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Mormon Stories Podcast is an attempt to build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.

Mormon Stories Podcast Dr. John Dehlin

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 5K Ratings

Mormon Stories Podcast is an attempt to build understanding between and about Mormons through the telling of stories in both audio and video formats.

    High-Ranking Leader Leaves Mormon Church: The Second Anointing | Ep. 1919

    High-Ranking Leader Leaves Mormon Church: The Second Anointing | Ep. 1919

    As part of our mini-series on Mormonism's Second Anointing Ritual, we are re-releasing part of Hans and Birgitta's original interview discussing their participation in this exclusive ceremony. ⁠Hans H. Mattsson⁠ is a 3rd generation LDS church member from Sweden who served as a bishop and stake president in Sweden before serving in the LDS church 3rd Quorum of the Seventy from 2000-2005 in the Europe Central area under LDS Apostle L. Tom Perry. After discovering troubling information about the Church's history and truth claims, the Mattssons, along with many Swedish saints wanted answers, leading up to the Church's infamously poor attempt to keep them in the fold, now known as "the Swedish Rescue."



    Truth Seeking with Hans & Birgitta Mattsson:

    Part 1

    Part 2



    Remembering the Swedish Rescue:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3


    Hans' book may be purchased here

    • 39 min
    Revealing The Secret Mormon Report That Shattered Racist Doctrine | Ep. 1918

    Revealing The Secret Mormon Report That Shattered Racist Doctrine | Ep. 1918

    Join us today as we discuss Mormon the priesthood and temple ban with historian Matt Harris. We will be talking about missionary work in South Africa, patriarchal blessings for black individuals, the removal of church leaders because of their ancestry, and the notes from the top secret meeting that came to be known as the Bennion report. Nate Byrd of the Black Menaces is joining us today to share his perspective.

    • 2 hr 12 min
    Receiving the Second Anointing and then Leaving Mormonism - Tom Phillips (Rebroadcast) | Ep. 1917

    Receiving the Second Anointing and then Leaving Mormonism - Tom Phillips (Rebroadcast) | Ep. 1917

    In this compelling rebroadcast (first time on youtube), we revisit John Dehlin's 2012 interview with Tom Phillips, a U.K. convert and former LDS stake president whose close friendships with LDS leaders like Harold Hillam, Gordon Hinkley, Russel Ballard, and Jeffrey Holland likely led to the invitation to receive the religion's most exclusive ordinance, the Second Anointing. However, Tom's journey would soon take an unexpected turn after taking part in the secretive ritual which would have repercussions for his place among the community and even his own family.

    Since the original episode, an intriguing twist has emerged: Tom's son, Alan, has ascended to the role of General Authority in the Church, despite his father's well-documented disaffection. This development adds a poignant layer to an already complex narrative of faith, doubt, and family dynamics within the LDS Church.

    Whether you're hearing this story for the first time or revisiting it with fresh ears, Tom Phillips' journey continues to resonate, raising thought-provoking questions about faith, truth, and the accountability and privilege of Mormonism's top leaders.

    • 4 hr 15 min
    Black Mormons Respond to LDS Priesthood and Temple Ban | Ep. 1916

    Black Mormons Respond to LDS Priesthood and Temple Ban | Ep. 1916

    Today we are joined by Dr. Darron Smith, Summur-Rayn Barrett, and Nate Byrd of Black Menaces to react to the first three episodes with Matt Harris. Their commentary unpacks Joseph Smith's complex racial attitudes, Brigham Young's implementation of the priesthood ban, and the painful legacy of racist doctrines. Their candid discussion highlights the urgent need for accountability within the Mormon church and grapples with the lasting impact of this racial discrimination.

    Purchase Matt Harris’ book, Second-Class Saints: Black Mormons and the Struggle for Racial Equality

    Donate to Matt Harris directly for this series with Donorbox

    • 2 hr 19 min
    Was Utah Jazz Draft Pick Kyle Filipowski Groomed by his Mormon Girlfriend? | Ep. 1915

    Was Utah Jazz Draft Pick Kyle Filipowski Groomed by his Mormon Girlfriend? | Ep. 1915

    Tonight we will be discussing one of the biggest surprises of the 2024 NBA Draft - the fall of Duke forward Kyle Filipowski. Filipowski is a skilled 7-foot big man, two-time All-ACC selection and All-American in 2024. He was projected as a first-round pick by many accounts, but ended up being chosen as the second pick of the second round. Most are blaming Kyle's Mormon girlfriend - Caitlin Hutchison (8 years his senior) - and accusing her of grooming him as an adult while he was a child/teenager.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Dark Side of Mormon College Towns (Rexburg, Provo) - Courtney Kimpel ft. Hayley Rawle | Ep. 1914

    The Dark Side of Mormon College Towns (Rexburg, Provo) - Courtney Kimpel ft. Hayley Rawle | Ep. 1914

    Hayley and Courtney bravely unmask the devastating impacts of sexual shaming in the LDS Church. Representing Provo and Rexburg, two cities with highly dense Mormon populations, Courtney & Hayley reveal how dogmatic teachings warp self-worth and consent. This raw conversation offers validation and healing for those grappling with religious sexual shame, charting a path toward self-acceptance and empowerment.

    • 1 hr 54 min

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brad173737 ,

Texting sounds during show is so distracting

Love love love this pod but the texting sounds throughout the episodes are so distracting. Just a little bit of hopeful helpful feedback :)

Fosbid ,

The Research Behind the Feelings

I grew up in a dedicated LDS family but it never rang true for me. As a kid, I thought I could be the next Joseph Smith as the spirit told me “none of this is true” but then my Mia Maid teacher reminded me I was a helpmate and not to be worried about things that were for men. I thought I had dealt with most of my childhood-church trauma and started listening as I wanted to hear how others dealt with it and although this started as a voyeuristic practice, I’m now getting the well-researched facts behind the feelings and my true healing is just beginning. I wish John was my therapist!

208Yogi ,

When your only source of info is the church….

Negative reviews expected a correlation-committee approved rhetoric. However, yesterday’s “anti Mormon” literature is todays official church essay. If you’re a current member check the official church website, “Gospel Topics Essays” and try your best to open your mind. It’s uncomfortable and difficult, but the truth will set you free. Make no mistake; this is a great podcast documenting that which the church leaders want to keep hidden for obvious reasons.

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