Mormon Stories - LDS

Dr. John Dehlin

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

1718: If John Could Change the Church w/ Cults to Consciousness
Jan 16 2023
1718: If John Could Change the Church w/ Cults to Consciousness
John is in the hot seat again as Shelise Sola of @CultstoConsciousness does the interviewing around the topic of what and how John Dehlin would change the Mormon (LDS) Church if he were prophet. John expertly synthesizes and explains in easy-to-understand chunks the largest problems facing the Mormon Church today and ways it harms its most ardent believers and their families from past racism, current treatment of women and homophobia, covering up real history etc. While Shelise only recently started her podcast, “Cults to Consciousness,” she is quickly gaining viewership and a following due to her vibrant personality and quality content and interviews. In her own words: “From psychedelics to sexual distortions, I interview cult experts, cult survivors, cult advocates, therapists, way-showers, authors, healers, guides, shamans and more, to uncover how they find independence and healing through awareness and true individual sovereignty.” Cults to Consciousness on YouTubeCults to Consciousness on Patreon Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: YoutubePatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord
1715: Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America w/ Stephen Bullivant
Jan 9 2023
1715: Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America w/ Stephen Bullivant
Co-host: Nemo the Mormon Stephen Bullivant holds professorial positions at St Mary's University, London, and the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. He has doctorates in theology (Oxford, 2009) and sociology (Warwick, 2019). His studies of contemporary nonreligiosity have received wide international coverage, including from the BBC, New York Times, Economist, Financial Times, and Der Spiegel. The United States is in the midst of a religious revolution. Or, perhaps it is better to say a non-religious revolution. Around a quarter of US adults now say they have no religion. The great majority of these religious "nones" also say that they used to belong to a religion but no longer do. These are the nonverts: think "converts," but from having religion to having none. There are currently has about 59 million of them in the United States. Nonverts explores who they are, and why they joined the rising tide of the ex-religious. One of world's leading experts on contemporary atheism and nonreligiosity, sociologist and theologian Stephen Bullivant draws on dozens of interviews, original analysis of high-quality survey data, and a wealth of cutting-edge studies, to present an entertaining and insightful exploration of America's ex-religious landscape. Bullivant criss-crosses the country, talking to everyone from ex-Mormons in Utah to ex-Catholics in Pennsylvania, from ex-Evangelicals in Georgia to ex-Muslims in California, showing not only what they have in common but also how the traditions they left behind continue to shape them. While American religion is not going to die out any time soon, ex-Christian America is a growing presence in national life. America's religious revolution is not just a religious revolution--it is catalyzing a profound social, cultural, moral, and political impact. Nonverts will serve as an indispensable guide to this shifting landscape, as well as the future of American life. Join John and Nemo as they dive deeper into just why it is that people leave the LDS church. Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America Episode Show Notes Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: YoutubePatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord
1714: Leaving Mormonism Because of Racism - Channel Achenbach Pt. 3
Jan 6 2023
1714: Leaving Mormonism Because of Racism - Channel Achenbach Pt. 3
Fans of Mormon stories will be familiar with Channel Achenbach, who has been a guest on LDS Discussions' Race & Mormon Scripture Part 1 and Part 2 , Gender Discrimination in the Mormon Church with John Larsen and Mormon Leader Ahmad Corbitt Condemns Activism Towards the LDS Church or they may know her from her tiktok channel, @Bettenoir4. This is a 3-part series of Channel’s story. We’re back for a wrap-up of Channel’s story. Starting from where Part 2 left off, Channel, Margi and John discuss racism in general in the United States, and racism experienced in Utah by Channel and her children in Utah based on their skin color, with even her lighter-skinned children getting treated better than those with darker skin. Channel finally starts finding her own voice and speaking out about her experiences and observations in the church but with continued pushback from leaders, Channel decides to resign and starts her platform on Tiktok.  We learn where and how Channel is doing now that she's left the Church and found her voice and is finding herself again after all this time.  Episode Show Notes Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: YoutubePatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord
1713: Surviving as a Black Woman in the Mormon Church - Channel Achenbach Pt. 2
Jan 4 2023
1713: Surviving as a Black Woman in the Mormon Church - Channel Achenbach Pt. 2
Fans of Mormon stories will be familiar with Channel Achenbach, who has been a guest on LDS Discussions' Race & Mormon Scripture Part 1, Gender Discrimination in the Mormon Church with John Larsen and Mormon Leader Ahmad Corbitt Condemns Activism Towards the LDS Church or they may know her from her tiktok channel, @Bettenoir4. This will be a 3-part series of Channel’s story. Channel is continuing her story from her marriage, an embarrassing disciplinary council where she is judged for her “sins” by a group entirely of white men, and dealing with the fall-out of a marriage that was ill-suited from the beginning and facing the stigma of divorce within the LDS church as a woman of color. Channel marries again, this time to a non-member of the church and has two children. Despite her husband’s encouragement to leave, Channel continues to seek acceptance and approval from her religion despite her skin color. As she becomes disillusioned over time, Channel manages to stay in because of the influence of a few good friends, especially when her second marriage dissolves, and she finds herself needing more help. We learn more about issues around race issues in general such as the difference between racism and white supremacy and how both show up in the Church’s doctrines, practices, and members, including being constantly talked down to and told what to do with her life and what to think even by friends over a decade younger than she. Episode Show Notes Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: YoutubePatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord
1712: Joining the Mormon Church as a Black Teenager - Channel Achenbach Pt. 1
Jan 2 2023
1712: Joining the Mormon Church as a Black Teenager - Channel Achenbach Pt. 1
Fans of Mormon stories will be familiar with Channel Achenbach, who has been a guest on LDS Discussions' Race & Mormon Scripture Part 1, Gender Discrimination in the Mormon Church with John Larsen and Mormon Leader Ahmad Corbitt Condemns Activism Towards the LDS Church or they may know her from her tiktok channel, @Bettenoir4. This will be a 3-part series of Channel’s story. In Part 1 We get some background on Channel’s family growing up, how black families and black culture differ substantially from Mormon white culture, what led Channel to seek God and how that led to her joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Channel tells us the good, bad & ugly of how she was treated as a black teenage convert, when she learned of the Church’s racism, and ways that she accepted, excused, and eventually internalized it to see herself as “less” than her white counterparts. This became most apparent in dating and marriage. While white men in the church may find her exotic and are willing to date her, Channel finds that they are unwilling to marry her as “mixing seed” would pass her “curse” [black skin] to children that could otherwise have two white parents. As Channel loses herself and what makes her unique to the cultural expectations of the Church she marries another black member of the church at the counsel of her Bishop against her better judgment. Episode Show Notes Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: YoutubePatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord
1705: "Perfect" Mormon leaves the LDS Church - Kelsey Edwards Pt. 2
Dec 14 2022
1705: "Perfect" Mormon leaves the LDS Church - Kelsey Edwards Pt. 2
Welcome back for part two! A trip to Europe gives Kelsey a chance beyond her mission to see more of the outside world and the goodness and happiness that others have found while clearly outside of Mormonism. The trip also gives her the chance to tune in to herself and trust her intuition. Not ready to give up on her religion just yet, Kelsey returns home after the trip and ends up working with LDS Public Relations in various projects while also holding the calling of Relief Society President as she works through her active doubts. Kelsey moves back to LA and finally realizes how much of a “box” LDS doctrines & beliefs put herself in. Kelsey takes us on a journey of personal discovery as she learns who she really is & to trust her own authority, leading her to the freest and fulfilled life she’s experienced thus far. Social Media: New Song: Life in a BoxInsta: www.instagram.com/kelseymarieedwardsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kelseymarieedwardsYouTube.com/@kelseyedwardsKelsey Edwards on IMDB Squad Goals: Courses.kelseyedwards.co (For teen girls about making/keeping good friends)  Episode Show Notes Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: PatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord
1704: My Mormon Family Fell Apart - Kelsey Edwards Pt. 1
Dec 12 2022
1704: My Mormon Family Fell Apart - Kelsey Edwards Pt. 1
Kelsey Edwards has a unique upbringing as a child actor who was homeschooled by her Mormon parents. Driven by a desire to do what’s right and excel, Kelsey develops a perfectionism that goes beyond religious adherence into body image and leads to disordered eating. Kelsey is able to recover with help from her parents, only to be thrown into another family crisis as her father succumbs to an opiate addiction after chronic back pain and leaves both the Church and the family. As many children do, Kelsey feels she shares blame for the destruction of her family and re-commits to the LDS religion for strength and comfort.  When her family moves to Provo, Utah, Mormon purity culture has costs for Kelsey’s self-esteem and body image as she continues pursuing performance at high school and BYU. Kelsey’s first doubts come as she serves a mission in Birmingham Alabama and grapples with the spirituality and fulfillment members of other faiths feel. Kelsey realizes belief in “eternal families” is far from unique to Mormonism but what IS unique about the Mormon version is the dark element that it’s predicated on a God deliberately separating families first.Join us for the rest in Part 2! Social Media: New Song: Life in a BoxInsta: www.instagram.com/kelseymarieedwardsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kelseymarieedwardsYouTube.com/@kelseyedwardsKelsey Edwards on IMDB Squad Goals: Courses.kelseyedwards.co (For teen girls about making/keeping good friends)  Episode Show Notes Mormon Stories Thanks Our Generous Donors! Help us continue to deliver quality content by becoming a donor today: One-time or recurring donation through DonorboxSupport us on PatreonPick “Mormon Stories” as your charity on Amazon Smile or through the Amazon App  Our Platforms: PatreonSpotifyApple Podcasts Contact us: MormonStories@gmail.com  PO Box 171085, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  Social Media: Insta: @mormstoriesTiktok: @mormonstoriespodcastJoin the Discord