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A podcast where I interview people who have interesting research, theories, and ideas about anything in Mormonism.

Mormon Theories Ryan Hinckley

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A podcast where I interview people who have interesting research, theories, and ideas about anything in Mormonism.

    #011-Devon DowDell: The South American Model for Book of Mormon Geography

    #011-Devon DowDell: The South American Model for Book of Mormon Geography

    Devon DowDell joins me on the Mormon Theories podcast to discuss the South American model for Book of Mormon geography. Devon's father, the late Del DowDell, devoted the last years of his life to studying this fascinating theory. Del wrote several books and around 4,000 blog posts on the subject. Devon talks about his dad's model, how it fits the evidence, conforms to the words of the Book of Mormon, and shares his thoughts on the Mesoamerican and Heartland models as well.

    Check out the show notes for this episode here: https://mormontheories.wordpress.com/2022/02/11/011devondowdell/

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    #010-Mark Curtis: Was Joseph Smith a Polygamist?

    #010-Mark Curtis: Was Joseph Smith a Polygamist?

    Most historians you ask will tell you that Joseph Smith was definitely a polygamist, and that the practice started with him. But there is a growing resistance to those claims. Did Joseph actually practice polygamy? Mark Curtis had the same question, and his search led him to the primary source documents about Joseph's alleged polygamy. He found that some accounts appear decades after the fact, are secondhand (or more), and may not be as reliable as they seem. In this fascinating discussion, I ask Mark about Fanny Alger (Joseph's first plural wife), the provenance of D&C 132, what Jacob 2 was really saying, and how polygamy, if wrong, could have been justified in the scriptures.

    Mark Curtis runs the website and YouTube channel called Hemlock Knots, where he delves into topics of Church history, including polygamy. Find links to his work in the show notes!

    Show notes for this episode: https://mormontheories.wordpress.com/2022/02/01/010markcurtis/

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    #009-Jeremy Michel: Dinosaurs Survived the Flood

    #009-Jeremy Michel: Dinosaurs Survived the Flood

    Modern scientists claim that dinosaurs went extinct some 65 million years ago after an asteroid impact. Jeremy Michel has done research which may suggest otherwise. His theory about dinosaurs being a younger creation draws on scriptures from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, legends of dragons, ancient art depicting dinosaur-like creatures, modern testimonials and pictures, and current paleontological discoveries of dinosaur soft tissue. We had a fascinating discussion about all of these topics, including a possible discovery of Noah's ark. Please check out the show notes for some of the photos Jeremy shared.

    Show notes for this episode: https://mormontheories.wordpress.com/2022/01/25/009jeremymichel/

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #008-Ed Goble: The Book of Abraham

    #008-Ed Goble: The Book of Abraham

    Ed Goble's views on the Book of Abraham are different than those of the mainstream LDS apologists. Despite Egyptologists not finding the text of the Book of Abraham anywhere on the extant papyri, Ed has found numerous examples of Joseph Smith getting things right in his translations of the Kirtland Egyptian Papers. It seems that an inspired Joseph was somehow correctly pairing words with Egyptian symbols in valid ways that one merely looking at the literal Egyptian translation wouldn't expect. It's some really fascinating stuff, and he can definitely explain it better than I can! While the Book of Abraham controversy tends to be a leading factor of why people lose faith in the restored gospel, Ed's theory can help explain a lot about how Joseph translated Abraham. And I think his theory can help a lot of people struggling with this issue.

    Ed also shares a bit about his theory on Book of Mormon geography, and his history researching that topic. He's written books about it! We also go into his interesting thoughts on human origins and evolution. Such an awesome discussion.

    Check out the show notes for this episode at https://mormontheories.wordpress.com/2022/01/11/008edgoble/

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    • 2 hr 15 min
    #007-Jeff Roundy: Mother in Heaven, Messiah ben Joseph, & More

    #007-Jeff Roundy: Mother in Heaven, Messiah ben Joseph, & More

    Jeff Roundy’s YouTube channel, Latter-day Saints' Q&A, has helped countless people navigate their faith journeys and find answers to their questions. In this episode of Mormon Theories, we talk about if the Messiah ben Joseph is Joseph Smith, if Heavenly Mother is real, if Joseph Smith’s prophecies were fulfilled, if evidence for the Book of Mormon has been found, and many more interesting things. God’s divine fingerprints are all over Joseph’s life and works, and Jeff’s research can show you where to look for some of that.

    We definitely didn't have time to go through everything in depth, so check out Latter-day Saints' Q&A on YouTube!

    Find the show notes and links to Jeff’s videos here: https://mormontheories.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/007jeffroundy/

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    #006-Patrick McKay Sr.: Lehite Wisemen & Healing the Breach

    #006-Patrick McKay Sr.: Lehite Wisemen & Healing the Breach

    Following the death of Joseph Smith, the Church was fractured into several pieces. Today those have grown into many branches of the Restoration, and they all believe in the Book of Mormon. Patrick McKay Sr. is devoted to working on healing the breach and bringing all of the Restoration groups together. His work highlights the miracles and manifestations of the power of God among these separate factions, showing that God is with them all. One day, we will all be one in Christ, so let’s talk to each other now. Patrick’s vision of peace and Zion will inspire you.

    He also shares his theory on the true identity of the Three Wise Men. Were they Nephites/Lamanites? The Book of Mormon might shed more light on Christ’s nativity story than we think.

    Find links to Patrick’s work, including his book, Healing the Breach, in the show notes: https://mormontheories.wordpress.com/2021/12/21/006patrickmckaysr/

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    • 1 hr 3 min

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