By John Larsen
Mormon Expression was a weekly discussion of topics dealing with Mormon faith, culture, doctrine and history. It was led by John Larsen and ran from 2009 until 2014. This podcast is hosted with John Larsen's permission, and as a partnership between John and Mormon Stories Podcast. The plan as of August 2021 is for John to appear once/month on Mormon Stories Podcast.
285: John says Goodbye
Listen to John’s discussion of what the podcast has meant to him as he records his last podcast as the host of Mormon Expression.
December 28, 2014
284: What I learned being a Mormon and why it wasn’t all Bad
John discusses the things he learned being Mormon.
December 22, 2014
283: How we know beyond a shadow of a Doubt that the Church isn’t True
Join John is one of his final episodes as host as he discusses why the church isn’t true.
December 15, 2014
282: Why the Church Cannot Reform on the Gay Marriage Issues
Join John as he discusses why the church cannot make changes in it’s stance on gay marriage.
December 08, 2014
281: Top 10 Things You Would Expect To See If The Church Were Actually True
Join John with guests Brian, Nathan and Flip as they discuss how things would be if the church were actually true.
November 24, 2014
280: Mormonism and the Red Scare
Join John and Bill as they discuss the Red Scare and Mormonism.
November 17, 2014
279: Top 10 Goofiest Things in the Doctrine and Covenants
Join John and Micah as they discuss the Doctrine and Covenants.
November 10, 2014
278: Part 2 of the Top 10 Scandals in Mormon History
Lindsey hosts tonight. Join Lindsey, John, Katrine and Misha as they discuss more scandals from Mormon history.
November 03, 2014
277: The Top 10 Goofiest Things in the Book of Mormon
Join John, Keith, Nick and Adam as they discuss the Book of Mormon.
October 27, 2014
276: How to build a transoceanic vessel
Join John, Terrell, Randy and Megan as they discuss the challenges to building a transoceanic vessel.
October 20, 2014
275: How to Become an Ex-ex-Mormon
Join John as he discusses how to become an ex-ex-mormon.
October 13, 2014
274: Mormonism Vs. Orwell
Join John, Adam and Angie as they discuss Orwell in light or Mormonism.
October 06, 2014
273: Burning Down The House: The End of the Mormon Expression VIP Lounge
John discusses the burning down of the VIP lounge.
September 29, 2014
272: The Top 10 Goofiest Ideas in the Pearl of Great Price
Join John, Brooke and Mr. D as they discuss the Pearl of Great Price.
September 22, 2014
271: The Top Ten Lesser Known Mormon Scandals
Join Lindsay, Misha, John and Bill as they discuss some of the lesser known Mormon scandals.
September 15, 2014
270: Post Mormon Spirituality
Join John and Cat as they discuss spirituality in a post Mormon mindset.
September 08, 2014
269: John’s Dilemma
John discusses some of the challenges and opportunities that the podcast at White Fields Educational are presenting.
September 01, 2014
268: What To Do If You Decide To Leave The Church
Join John, Rich, Robyn and Terrell as they discuss what to do and not do when leaving the church. Closing Music was The Ride by Whiskey Bravo.
August 25, 2014
267: Mormon Humor
John discusses mormon humor and why its so weird.
August 19, 2014
266: The New Comers Guide to Utah Culture
Join John, Robyn, Randy and Cat as they discuss Utah culture and how to navigate them as a stranger.
August 11, 2014
265: John Delivers a Message to your Mormon Loved Ones
John Delivers a Message to your Mormon Loved Ones
August 04, 2014
264: Mormonism and the Prosperity Gospel
Join John, Mark, Laura and Dr. D as they discuss the prosperity gospel and how it relates to Mormonism.
July 28, 2014
263: Mormonism and PTSD
Jenny, Lisa, John and Matt discuss Mormonism and PTSD. Producers note: We experienced an unnoticed equipment malfunction during this recording. As such the audio quality is quite poor. Our apologies, the episode is presented as best as we could salvage it.
July 21, 2014
262: Mormonism vs. Voltaire
Join John, Adam, Robyn and Angie as they discuss Mormonism and Voltaire.
July 15, 2014
261: The Church’s PR and Kate Kelly
Join John, Lindsay and Mike as they discuss the church’s PR approach. The panel will focus on the RadioWest interview with Ally Isom.
July 07, 2014
260: Mormon Privilege in Utah
Join John, Lindsay, Terrell and Mark as they discuss what is and is not Mormon privilege in Utah.
June 30, 2014
259: The Tight Vs. Loose Translation Theories
Join John, Thayne, Keith and Johnathan as they discuss the Loose and Tight Translation Theories. Also in the news features John’s commentary on the Kate Kelly and John Dehlin excommunication stories.
June 23, 2014
258: The Great Weird Off – Mormonism Vs. Jehovah’s Witness
Join the panel as John and Dustin settle a years long argument. Which religion will win the Great Weird-Off? Have a listen and see if you agree with the judges. Featuring John, Dustin, James and Breanna.
June 16, 2014
257: Mormonism and Plato
John, Adam and Hilary discuss Plato.
June 09, 2014
256: Dialogs with Myself – How John Larsen Disagrees with John Larsen
Join John, Zilpha and Lindsey as they discuss how John Larsen disagrees with thoughts and concepts from the Mormon Expression past.
June 02, 2014
255: The Most Problematic Areas for Mormon Apologists
Join John, Flip, Thayne and Becca as they explore the top ten issues for Mormon Apologists.
May 27, 2014
254: The Grand Demonic Conspiracy
John, Laura, Jen and Randy Discuss the character of the Devil in Mormonism and the role he plays.
May 12, 2014
253: Mountain Meadows Massacre, It Could Happen to You
Lindsay, Brian, Thayne and Richard Dutcher discuss the events leading up to Mountain Meadows Massacre and talk about how the culture of violence could affect anyone of us.
May 06, 2014
252: What it means to be a Bishop
John, Phillip, Natalie and Mr. “D” discuss what it really means to be a Bishop in the Mormon Church.
May 05, 2014
251: The Kübler-Ross model and Mormonism
Join John, Jenny and Lindsay as they explore the Kubler-Ross model (better known as the 5 stages of grief) and how it relates to leaving Mormonism.
April 28, 2014
Join John, Flip, Jeff and Thayne as they explore the history of the church and the sales techniques they have used in the past and present. The Episode culminates in a discuss of the HeartSell technique used and marketed by Bonneville International.
April 21, 2014
249: The Time Commitment Required To Be A Good Mormon
Join John, Rich, Hilary and Katrine as they discuss the time commitment it takes to be a good Mormon.
April 14, 2014
248: Now What?
Having left the Church, many feel the desire to help fix “the problem of the Church”. John, Lindsay, Thayne and Dan discuss what the problem is and the best ways to change the world and the less effective ways to kick against the pricks.
April 07, 2014
247: The Ex-Mormon Struggle for Identity
John, Thayne, Jenny and Laura talk about the transitions ex-mormons go through after leaving the faith.
March 31, 2014
246: The Governing Philosophy and Structure of the Church
The panel discusses how the Church governs itself and why.
March 24, 2014
245: The First Four Verses in the Book of Mormon
Join John, Lindsay, Paulette and Flip as they discuss the first four verses in the Book of Mormon.
March 17, 2014
244: The Doctrine of Mormon Heaven
Join John and Zilpha as they talk about the doctrines of Mormon heaven.
March 10, 2014
243: The Doctrine of Mormon Hell
Join John as he and other panelists discuss Mormon hell.
March 02, 2014
242: Mormonism and Violence
Join John, Lindsay, Jen and Thayne as they discuss the culture of violence within Mormonism.
February 24, 2014
241: The Church and Technology
Join John, Lindsay, Steve and Charles as they talk about the technology the church uses to track its members.
February 17, 2014
240: Leaving the Church and Finding Yourself
Join John, Dustin, Brian and Rich as they talk about how you’re all going to be okay.
February 10, 2014
239: D&C 77 For Dummies
John is joined by Bruce, Randy and Brian to discuss D&C 77.
February 02, 2014
238: Top Ten Things ExMos Do That Suck
Join John as he discusses his top ten list of things that exMormons do that bug him.
January 27, 2014
237: Nibley’s Book of Mormon Challenge
John, Randy and Mike discuss Hugh Nibley’s “Book of Mormon Challenge.”
January 12, 2014
236: 2014 Studio Campaign
Listen to John as he invites you to help him build the new studio and offices.
December 19, 2013
235: The Great Satanist Scare
John talks with Ted and Jen about the Satanist Scare of the 80’s and 90’s.
December 11, 2013
John talks with a studio audience about Epistemology, or the “philosophy of knowing.”
November 29, 2013
233: Listener’s Q and A
John fields questions that listeners have sent in about the podcast and about his life.
November 20, 2013
232: The Euthyphro dilemma and Mormonism
John talks with philosophy professor Dennis Potter, Megan and Lindsay about Plato’s socratic dialogue, “Euthyphro” and how it relates to Mormonism.
October 29, 2013
231: Elder Uchtdorf’s Talk, “Come, Join with Us”
John discusses Elder Uchtdorf’s 2013 October Conference talk, “Come, Join with Us.” Book mentioned in this podcast: Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me.
October 14, 2013
230: “The Not Even Once Club”
John and Jen discuss Deseret Book’s new controversial book, The Not Even Once Club by Wendy Watson Nelson.
October 03, 2013
229: The Mormon View of Divinity
John and studio audience discuss the Mormon view of the divine and the role of men and women in exaltation.
June 20, 2013
228: How the Church Takes Things From You and Sells Them Back
Join John, Zilpha, Brian, Randy and Dustin as they discuss how the LDS church takes the best parts of people and sells it back to them.
June 05, 2013
227: The Divorce
John and Zilpha discuss their divorce
May 29, 2013
226: Is the Mormon God a Narcissistic Psychopath?
John poses the question: Is the Mormon God a Narcissistic Psychopath? with Pam, Toby, Richard and Randy.
May 22, 2013
225: Top Ten Ways to Transition Out of the Church
Join John as he gives his top ten reasons on how to best transition out of the church.
May 15, 2013
224: Passive Aggression and Mormonism
Join John, Lindsay, Brian and Dustin as they discuss passive-aggression and how it relates to Mormonism. Article Mentioned in the podcast: Passive-aggression among the Latter-day Saints, by Michael J. Stevens
May 01, 2013
223: Are Mormons Persecuted?
Join John, Zilpha, Lindsay, Brian Whitney and Mike as they debate whether Mormons are persecuted or not.
April 24, 2013
John is joined by Zilpha and Tyson to discuss the issue of "Tolerance" in general and in an LDS context.
April 17, 2013
221: Top Ten Ways the Church is Like North Korea
John is joined by Brian and Cody to discuss the top ten things the LDS church has in common with North Korea.
April 10, 2013
220: Searching for the Smoking Gun and the Parallax Problem
John is joined by Zilpha, Brian and Dustin to discuss what establishes that the Church is not true and why it is nearly impossible to dislodge someone else's belief.
March 23, 2013
219: Ex-Mormonism as a Hero’s Journey
Zilpha, John, Brian and Dustin reflect about Joseph Cambell's hero's journey and its parallels to those who have left Mormonism.
December 20, 2012
218: The Ex-Mormons Come to Dinner
John, Zilpha, and Rich rock out with a bunch a ex-Mormons: Cody, Angie, Brandon, Cydney, and Heather. We relate common mistakes taken while transitioning out of Mormonism and offer practical solutions in helping one another through them. *Adult Language
December 06, 2012
217: October 2012 General Conference Relief Society and Priesthood Sessions
Heather and Troy host reviews of the Relief Society and Priesthood sessions of General Conference. Panelists include Alyssa, Lindsay, Shawn, and Taylor. For more episodes of the Mormon Expositor, please visit: http://mormonexpositor.com/
October 12, 2012
216: October 2012 General Conference Sunday Sessions
Heather and Greg host reviews of the Sunday sessions of General Conference. Panelists include: Clay, Mike, Letti, Amanda, Matt and Meredith. For more episodes of the Mormon Expositor, please visit: http://mormonexpositor.com/
October 11, 2012
215: October 2012 General Conference Saturday Sessions
Heather and Clay host reviews of the Saturday sessions of General Conference. Panelists include Megan, Chris, Greg, and Allen. For more episodes of the Mormon Expositor, please visit: http://mormonexpositor.com/
October 10, 2012
214: The Male Standard Within the LDS Church
John, Zilpha, Greg, and Lindsay investigate what it means to be a man inside of the LDS church.
September 26, 2012
213: Top Ten Reasons to Open Your Mouth and Take a Stand
John and Zilpha are joined by a cast of familiar voices and the participation from a live audience.
August 01, 2012
212: Listener Essays 2012
Rich narrates a multitude of Mormon Expression listeners' audio submitted essays.
July 25, 2012
211: Mormon Expression and Beyond
John and Zilpha talk with the folks running the new White Fields Educational projects.
July 18, 2012
210: Conversations with Mike Tannehill
Zilpha and John talk with Mike about Mormon Expression http://mormondiscussions.com/ http://www.mormondialogue.org/
July 11, 2012
209: The Top 10 Doctrines Missing from the Book of Mormon
Matt hosts a discussion about the top 10 doctrines missing from the Book of Mormon with panelists Amy, Brandt, and Heather. 10. The difference between the Aaronic & Melchizedek priesthoods 9. Endorsement of polygamy 8. The pre-existence of man 7. Limited punishment (no hell / generous salvation) 6. Nature of God (flesh and bone, 3(...)
July 04, 2012
208: Temple Marriage: From the Outside Looking in
Heather, Michelle, Insana Dee, and Truth discuss what happens when a parent cannot attend their child's temple marriage.
June 27, 2012
207: Can LDS Men and Women Be Friends?
Lindsay is joined by Kaimi, Zilpha, and Malia in discussing whether or not it is possible for men and women to be friends within the LDS culture and beyond.
June 21, 2012
206: Mormonism and Race
John, Zilpha, Darron Smith, Christian, and Troy discuss current and historical views that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hold towards those of African, Native American, and Mesoamerican decent. darronsmith.com SURVEY
June 13, 2012
205: The Book of Mormon Movie Review
Glenn Ostlund, Randy Snyder, Bob Caswell join forces with Lunchtime Movie Review's Matt Long, and Patrick Guard to review "The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol.1: The Journey."
June 06, 2012
204: The Resignation of John and Zilpha
John and Zilpha recall their journey out of Mormonism and explain their recent decision to resign from the Church.
May 30, 2012
203: Secrets and Wives with Sanjiv Bhattacharya
John and Zilpha discuss Utah's polygamist underground with author, reporter, and documentary film-maker Sanjiv Bhattacharya.
May 23, 2012
202: Feminist Mormon Housewives
Lindsay leads a panel from Feminist Mormon Housewives in a discussion about what feminism is and isn't and pays special attention to how women are treated and perceived within Mormonism.
May 16, 2012
Matthew Crowley hosts Brandt, Greg, Jared Anderson, and John-Charles Duffy through a look at the word "cult", and its connections to the LDS church.
May 09, 2012
200: The Top Ten Changes to the Temple
John and Zilpha Larsen speak with Megan, Amy, and Richard Packham about the top ten changes to the LDS temple ceremony.
May 02, 2012
199: Pre Existence for Dummies (Live)
This is the live recording on stage at the Salt Lake Downtown library recorded 4/15/12. Appearing on the Panel are John Larsen, Zilpha Larsen, Amy Blosch, and Brian Jolley. Watch the video on our YouTube channel
April 24, 2012
198: Children in LDS Families
Zilpha is joined by John, Alyssa, and Lyndsay to discuss how children are viewed within the context of Mormon culture.
April 17, 2012
197: Baptism for the Dead
John, Zilpha, Brandt, Greg, and Thayne look closely at the Mormon church's practice of posthumously baptizing non-Mormons.
April 12, 2012
196: Young Women and Priesthood Sessions Review
Zilpha is joined by Lindsay, Jen, and Loralei to discuss Young Women's Conference. Next, John is joined by Zilpha, Andrew, Clay, and Allen to review the Priesthood session.
April 06, 2012
195: April 2012 General Conference Sunday Sessions
Greg and John host a review the Sunday sessions of the 182nd semi-annual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
April 04, 2012
194: April 2012 General Conference Saturday Sessions
Heather hosts a review of the Saturday sessions of the 182nd semi-annual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
April 04, 2012
193: Polygamy Today
Clay Painter speaks with Salt Lake Tribune's Lindsay Whitehurst about Utah's current polygamous profile. The Polygamy Blog
March 28, 2012
192: Myths Concerning the Community of Christ
John Larsen and John Hamer discuss popular myths that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have of the Community of Christ.
March 21, 2012
191: Alcohol 101 for Mormons
John, Zilpha, Devin, and Rich discuss basic histories, social aspects, and physical effects of alcohol for the uninitiated.
March 14, 2012
190: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith
John, Zilpha, Lindsay (Winterbuzz at FMH), and Kaimi discuss the the plural wives of Joseph Smith and early Mormon polygamy.
March 07, 2012
189: The Kinderhook Plates for Dummies
John, Zilpha, and Amy talk with Bill and Jesse about Joseph Smith's translation of the Kinderhook Plates.
February 29, 2012
188: The Adam-God Doctrine for Dummies
John, Zilpha, Heather, Brandt and Troy examine the validity and complex history of the Adam-God Doctrine.
February 22, 2012
187: Doctrine and Covenants 129 for Dummies
John, Glenn, Mike, Megan, and Brandt break down the state of affairs during Joseph Smith's revelation of how to detect an evil spirit from an angelic personage.
February 15, 2012
186: Live Cruise Recording: Apostates
John and Zilpha speak with a contingency of Mormon Expression listeners about what it means to be an apostate in Mormonism.
February 08, 2012
185: The White Horse Prophecy for Dummies
John, Zilpha, Troy, Jesse, and Matthew discuss a controversial apocalyptic revelation credited to Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism.
February 01, 2012
184: A Closer Look at “Anti-Mormon” Statements
John, Zilpha, Bob, Brandt, and Randy break down Mormon voices' article: Top Ten Anti-Mormon Statements in 2011.
January 25, 2012
183: Bible Geek Bob Price
Clay Painter talks with Robert Price about ways to interpret scriptures and their validity. Bob Price is a theologian and the author of Latter Day Scripture which was discussed in ME Episode 169, as well as many other books. He also has a podcast called, "Bible Geek."
January 20, 2012
182: Sex 101 for Mormons
John and Zilpha engage in a frank discussion of the mechanics of sex.
January 18, 2012
181: State of The Union
John and Zilpha are joined by Matthew, Troy and Bob to discuss the current state of affairs with Mormon Expression and its parent company, White Fields Educational Foundation.
January 11, 2012
180: John Dehlin
John and Zilpha Larsen talk with John Dehlin about his views of Mormonism and his project, Mormon Stories.
January 03, 2012
179: Women in LDS Families
Zilpha, Chris, Melissa, Alyssa, and John discuss the role of women in in Mormon families.
December 28, 2011
178: Modesty in Mormonism
John, Zilpha, Robyn, Jessica, and Tierza discuss the recent BYU Idaho skinny jeans controversy and other dress and grooming standards of the Mormon church.
December 21, 2011
177: The God of the Lost Keys
John, Zilpha, Jared, and Randy focus in on the Mormon narrative of God and His system of, and fascination with, common miracles.
December 14, 2011
176: Top 10 Reasons to Leave the Church
John and Zilpha are joined by Amy and Patrick to continue the discussion of the top 10 reasons to leave.
December 09, 2011
175: Top 10 Reasons to Stay in the Church
John and Zilpha are joined by Amy and Patrick to about the top 10 reasons to stay in the Church.
December 07, 2011
174: Live Event: Mormon Fight Songs for Dummies
The Mormon Expression community gathers to sing and discuss some of the more bombastic Mormon hymns, their origins, and their alterations. Note: Audio issues clear up significantly.
November 30, 2011
173: A Critique of the Critics
Is Mormon Expression too negative? Listen as John, Zilpha, Amy, Heather, and Gale reflect on the negative tone of Mormon Expression.
November 23, 2011
172: Living Narrative Series: Chris and Alyssa
Heather listens to Chris and Alyssa's moment in Mormonism in this, the first of the "Living Narrative Series". This series is conceptualized after "The Up Series", and will follow Chris and Alyssa's journey a couple of times a year, or as they see fit.
November 18, 2011
171: Divorce in the LDS Culture
Zilpha talks with John and a mixed Mormon panel of divorcees and divorce attorneys, Colleen, Jesse, and Matthew about divorce within Mormonism.
November 16, 2011
170: William and the “I Am An Ex Mormon” Videos
John and Zilpha interview D. William Johnson about growing up Mormon in Canada and about his "I Am An Ex Mormon: video series. The "I am an Ex-Mormon" video Sam Harris recommended: William's brother, Chris
November 09, 2011
169: Latter-day Scripture
Heather talks with Glenn, Randy, and Matt about the authorship of the Book of Mormon and Robert M. Price's book "Latter-day Scripture."
November 04, 2011
168: Hell House
Glenn is joined by Mike Tannehill, Randy Snyder, and Bob Caswell to talk about Christian "Hell Houses" the concept of Hell in Mormonism, and common scare tactics used for obedience. Documentary
November 02, 2011
167: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 4
John and Zilpha, break down Articles of Faith 11, 12, and 13 with Robyn, Brandt, Matthew, and Troy.
October 28, 2011
166: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 3
John and Zilpha, Amy, Glenn, Jesse, and William rap about Articles of Faith 8, 9, and 10.
October 25, 2011
165: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 2
John and Zilpha are joined by Nyal and Richard to discuss the Articles of Faith 4, 5, 6, and 7. Articles of Faith
October 21, 2011
164: Articles of Faith for Dummies Part 1
John is joined by Mike Tannehill, Heather, Rich and Zilpha to discuss the Wentworth Letter and the Articles of Faith 1, 2 and 3. Ensign Article
October 18, 2011
163: Top 10 Mormon Sites to Visit in Salt Lake City
John and Zilpha are joined by Heather and Amy to talk about the must see Mormon sites in Salt Lake City, Utah.
October 12, 2011
162: Chuck Borough the Atheist, Agnostic, Believer
John and Zilpha chat with Chuck Borough about his experiences and beliefs.
October 07, 2011
161: October 2011 General Conference Relief Society and Priesthood Sessions
Review of 181st semi-annual general conference.
October 04, 2011
160: October 2011 General Conference Sunday Sessions
Review of 181st semi-annual general conference.
October 04, 2011
159: October 2011 General Conference Saturday Sessions
Review of 181st semi-annual general conference.
October 04, 2011
158: D&C 19 for Dummies
John is joined by Zilpha, Brandt and Matthew to discuss Doctrine and Covenants section 19.
September 28, 2011
157: Top 10 Anachronisms of the Book of Mormon
John and Zilpha are joined by Garen (George) and Brandt to discuss the anachronisms in the Book of Mormon.
September 21, 2011
156: Dale Morgan Lecture: Will Bagley
Will Bagley presents his Dale L. Morgan Lecture: "The Sharpest Thorn: Life on the Boarderlands of the American West"
September 14, 2011
155: Annual Essay Contest
Zilpha hosts the listener essay contest. Essay Information: 1. Blinking In the Starlight: Jesse 2. I Am Pro-Polygamy: Seth 3.Thoughts on his 30th birthday about leaving his 20’s: Gardener 4. I want a Disney Romance, Not Polygamy!: Kate 5. Word of Wisdom?: Roger 6. An Outsider In Our Lovely Deseret: Travis 7. Thinking(...)
September 08, 2011
154: “Discussing Pornography with Your Future Son-in-Law”
Heather, Glenn, Jake, Erica, Randy, and Matt discuss Meridian Magazine's "Discussing Pornography with Your Future Son-in-Law" by Geoff Steurer, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Article
August 31, 2011
153: “The Mantle is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect” for Dummies
Heather and Greg are Joined by Garen and Mike to discuss President Boyd K. Packer's 1981 BYU talk "The Mantle is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect." & "The Writing of Latter-day Saints History: Problems, Accomplishments and Admonitions" by Leonard Arrington
August 26, 2011
152: Mormonism and Masonry part 4: Joseph Smith and Beyond
George Miller returns to finish the series on Mormons and Masonry.
August 24, 2011
151: John, Zilpha and God
John and Zilpha talk about their belief (or lack thereof) in God.
August 17, 2011
150: The Temple Recommend Questions for Dummies
John and Zilpha are joined by Matthew and Amy to discuss the temple recommend questions.
August 10, 2011
149: Mormonism and Masonry part 3: The Book of Abraham and Nauvoo
John is rejoined by George Miller to discuss Masonry as it relates to the Book of Abraham and Masonry into the Nauvoo period.
August 03, 2011
148: Top 10 Unique Mormon Doctrines
John is joined by Zilpha, Brandt and Jesse to discuss the top 10 doctrines and beliefs that are distinctively Mormon.
July 27, 2011
147: American Grace with David Campbell
Heather interviews David Campbell, co-author of the book: American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
July 22, 2011
146: Tub Talk with John and Zilpha
John and Zilpha talk about the podcast while taking a bath.
July 20, 2011
145: Mormonism and Masonry: Into the Restoration
John Larsen talks to George Miller about the history of Masonry in and around the beginnings of Mormonism.
July 13, 2011
144: Mormonism and Masonry: The Background
John Larsen talks to George Miller about the history of Masonry prior to Mormonism.
July 07, 2011
143: Book of Mormon Musical Criticism
Heather is joined by Randy, Matt, and Dustin to discuss media criticism of the Book of Mormon musical.
July 01, 2011
142: The History of Online Mormonism: The Board Wars
John Larsen is joined by Ann (Nanna P), Jason (Dr. Shades), Thayne (Nom de Cypher), and Chris (Froggie) to discuss the history of online bulletin boards. New Order Mormon (NOM) Further Light and Knowledge (FLAK) Mormon Dialogue (Mormon Discussions aka MAD Board) Mormon Discussions (MD) Ex-Mormon Recovery Board (RFM) Post Mormon
June 28, 2011
141: The Top 10 Mormon Criminals
John is joined by Jim, Robyn, Amy and Zilpha to discuss the all time top 10 Mormon criminals. Brian David Mitchell Mark Hoffman with the Prophets
June 21, 2011
140: Top 10 News Stories in Mormonism: May 2011
John, Christian, Heather, Nathan, and Devin count down the top ten news stories in Mormonism for May 2011.
June 14, 2011
139: D&C 8 and 9 for Dummies
John Larsen is joined by Heather, Mike Tannehill, George and Brandt to discuss Doctrine and Covenants sections 8 and 9. FAIR's Tight vs. Loose Translation Page The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary Early Mormonism and the Magic World View Main image used with permission of Images of the Restoration.
June 08, 2011
138: Top 10 Apostates from the Quorum of the 12
John Larsen is joined by Tom Perry, Heather, and Mike Wagstaff to discuss the top 10 Apostates from the Quorum of the Twelve.
May 31, 2011
137: Sybil and Zilpha: Daughters of Mormonism
Zilpha talks with Sybil, creator of a new podcast called Daughters of Mormonism. After talking about Sybil's podcast, they discuss issues of morality and changes in their perspectives about their roles as women as they have moved beyond mainstream Mormonism. Daughters of Mormonism
May 27, 2011
136: Ingrid Ricks
Tom and Stephanie sit down with writer and author Ingrid Ricks and discuss her experiences of growing up Mormon and dealing with abuse. Her website: IngridRicks.com More information on her book: Hippie Boy Book
May 24, 2011
135: Battlestar Galactica and Mormon Theology
John is joined by Zilpha, Alyssa, Heather and Travis to discuss the Mormon Theological foundations of the original television series "Battlestar Galactica".
May 17, 2011
134: The Screwtape Letters
Glenn and Heather discuss with Tom, Randy, and Andrea C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" through a Mormon lens.
May 10, 2011
John, Zilpha, Mike, Glenn, Robyn, Rich, and the online community self-reflect upon the intention and goals of the mormonexpression.com project.
May 04, 2011
132: Mark E. Petersen’s Steps in Overcoming Masturbation
John Larsen is joined by Zilpha, Glenn, Robyn and Rich to discuss Mark E. Petersen's Steps in Overcoming Masturbation.
April 28, 2011
131: Bias, Balance and Objectivity
John Larsen is joined by Glenn Ostlund, Tom Perry, Rich and Heather to discuss issues of bias, balance and objectivity on the podcast. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
April 26, 2011
130: Grant Palmer
John Larsen talks with former Church Educational System Institute Director, teacher, and author about his journey within Mormonism and his view of Jesus. Biography/Writings/Reports An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins The Incomparable Jesus
April 23, 2011
129: Duwayne R. Anderson
John Larsen is joined by author Duwayne R. Anderson to discuss his faith journey and his book Farewell to Eden: Coming to terms with Mormonism and Science. Farewell to Eden: Coming to terms with Mormonism and Science
April 19, 2011
128: Mike Tannehill and the Abrahamic Covenant
Mike discusses his doctrinal theories on the Abrahamic Covenant.
April 14, 2011
127: Bookclub: Added Upon
John Larsen, Zilpha and Robyn discuss Nephi Anderson's "Added Upon".
April 12, 2011
126: Brian Dunning of Skeptoid
Tom and Al interview Brian Dunning of the popular scientific podcast Skeptoid. Brian is a former Mormon and he talks to us about his background growing up Mormon and his life being involved with the skeptic community. Skeptoid Podcast Decrypting the Mormon Book of Abraham A Mormon History of the Americas Here Be Dragons Movie
April 07, 2011
125c: Conference Review Part 3
John, Tom and Glenn are joined by an all-star cast to review conference. Part 3 Contains the Sunday Am & PM sessions.
April 06, 2011
125b: Conference Review Part 2
John, Tom and Glenn are joined by an all-star cast to review conference. Part 2 Contains the Priesthood Session.
April 05, 2011
125a: Conference Review Part 1
John, Tom and Glenn are joined by an all-star cast to review conference. Part 1 Contains the Saturday AM & PM sessions.
April 05, 2011
124: The Book of Mormon Musical
**SPOILER ALERT** Glenn Ostlund is joined by Randy Snyder, Andrew Ainsworth, Josh Packard, Heidi Packard, Tyson Jacobson, and Rachael Payne to review the Book of Mormon Musical in New York City.
March 29, 2011
123: The Development of LDS Temple Worship 1846-2000
John and Zilpha are joined by the Devery S. Anderson, author of the newly published The Development of LDS Temple Worship 1846-2000
March 22, 2011
122: Bookclub: Goodbye I Love You
John is joined by Chris and Robyn to discuss Carol Lynn Pearson's book Goodbye I Love You.
March 15, 2011
121: Church Handbook of Instructions 2010
John Larsen is joined by Glenn, Zilpha, Tom, Heather and Mike to discuss the CHI 2010 edition.
March 10, 2011
120: Female Sexuality in the LDS Culture
Female perspectives and issues surrounding sexuality within Mormonism. Zilpha is joined by Jessica, Chris, and Robyn.
March 09, 2011
119: Levi Peterson
In this episode, Tom Perry and John Larsen interview Levi Peterson. Levi is an award winning author and novelist. We talk to him about two of his greatest works, "The Backslider" and his award winning biography "Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian". Mormon Stories interview with Levi: http://mormonstories.org/?p=340
March 03, 2011
118: Polygamy Manifesto for Dummies
John Larsen, Glenn Ostlund, Tom Perry and Rich discuss the Manifesto.
March 02, 2011
117: Mathew Gill, Prophet of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ
John Larsen interviews Mathew Gill, the president and prophet of "The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ" and translator of the Book of Jeraneck.
February 24, 2011
116: Pure Mormonism
John Larsen is joined by Zilpha and Cody to discuss Rock Waterman's views on "Pure Mormonism".
February 22, 2011
115: Apologetics and Apostasy in the Church
William Wilson lecture at the Southern Utah Post Mormon group on How Apologetics and Apostasy are Working Together in the Church
February 18, 2011
114: Book Club: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
John Larsen is joined by Jessica, Robyn, Alyssa and Zilpha to discuss the Book Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith.
February 16, 2011
113: Belief and Alma 32
Glenn Ostlund is joined by Brandt, Andrew, and Lorin to discuss the pattern of belief defined in Alma 32.
February 11, 2011
112: Mormon Expression Cruise
Broadcast from the 2011 Mormon Expression Cruise.
February 10, 2011
111: Steven Fehr
John Larsen and Robyn speak with Steven Fehr about his homosexuality and his faith in the LDS Church. Salt Lake Tribune: LDS and gay: Believer reconciles faith, love
February 08, 2011
110: A Discussion with a Current Bishop
Tom Perry is joined by John to talk to a current bishop about his belief.
February 04, 2011
109: The Seldon Plan
John talks to Michael Nestor from The Seldon Plan, the musicians responsible for “See a Word”, the Mormon Expression intro song.
January 30, 2011
108: Seth and his father, Allen
Seth Leigh speaks with his father Allen Leigh about the Church and disbelief. Allen remains a believer while his son has left the Church. Allen's Website The Convergence of Science and Religion
January 29, 2011
107: Mormon Folklore
Glenn discusses Mormon Folklore with Tierza and Arle.
January 28, 2011
106: Mormon Nudists
John and Zilpha are joined by Jason and Lilith to discuss Mormon Nudism LDS-Skinny Dipper Connection UANR
January 26, 2011
105: Richard Packham
John Larsen and Richard Packham discuss the state of online criticism of the Church for the last 25 years. Richard Packham's Website
January 21, 2011
104: The Poelman Conference Talk
Glenn Ostlund leads a discussion with Jesse, James, and Rock Waterman about the 1984 redacted talk by Elder Ronald Poelman. Side by side versions of the original talk and the revised talk. Rock Waterman's post at Pure Mormonism. Video of the original talk: Part 1 Part 2
January 19, 2011
103: Big Love Panel
Glenn Ostlund leads a panel of fans of the show including Melissa, Logan, Bob, and Andrea.
January 14, 2011
102: Book Club: The Backslider
John Larsen is joined by Jessica, Chris and Robyn to discuss The Backslider. Christian and Jesse call in to add their wisdom.
January 12, 2011
101: 2010 Mormon News in Review
John Larsen is joined by Zilpha, Tom and Glenn to discuss the top 10 Mormon related news stories for 2010.
January 07, 2011
100: The Live Anniversary Show
The Live broadcast is hosted by John Larsen, Zilpha, Mike, Tom, Glenn, and George.
January 05, 2011
99: The God Makers Reviewed
John is joined by Nathan, Nyal, Tom, Chris, Brian and Zilpha to view the film: The God Makers; and provide their review. Also listen to our podcast interview with Ed Decker.
December 29, 2010
98: Christmas Music
Glenn Ostlund discusses Christmas music with Zilpha, Nyal and Melissa.
December 22, 2010
97: The Utah Boy’s Ranch
John Larsen talks with Eric Norwood and Kade about their experiences at the Utah Boy's Ranch (Westridge Academy) Mormon Gulag
December 15, 2010
96: Bishop Higgins
Glenn Ostlund and Tom Perry interview Bishop Higgins (Justin Hackworth). http://bishophiggins.blogspot.com/ http://www.justinhackworth.com/
December 08, 2010
95: Doctrine and Covenants 132 for Dummies
John Larsen is joined by Zilpha, Glenn and Tom to discuss D&C 132.
December 01, 2010
94: Mixed feelings for Mormonism
Zilpha, Tom and Glenn join John Larsen to discuss what the love and hate about Mormonism and become tangentially distracted.
November 24, 2010
93: Depression in the LDS Culture
Glenn Ostlund interviews Adam, LDS social services, about the myths and stigmas of clinical depression in LDS culture.
November 17, 2010
92: The Kirtland Temple
Barbara and John Hamer and Barbara Walden join John Larsen to discuss the Kirtland temple. House of the Lord: The Story of Kirtland Temple
November 10, 2010
91: Steve Taysom and the Mormon Studies Reader
Glenn Ostlund interviews author Steve Taysom about his upcoming Mormon Reader. Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds: Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Studies Reader
November 03, 2010
90: Ed Decker
John Larsen interviews Ed Decker, the author the God Makers and founder of Saints Alive in Jesus. Saints Alive The God Makers The God Makers Film To Moroni With Love
October 27, 2010
89: The 14 Fundamentals of Following a Prophet for Dummies
John, Glenn, George, Mike and Wes discuss the Ezra Taft Benson talk on following the prophet 14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophet
October 20, 2010
88: Saturday’s Warrior for Dummies
John, Zilpha and Glenn are joined by Travis to get to the bottom of Saturday's Warrior
October 13, 2010
87: The October 7th 2010 LDS Protest
John Larsen and Jim take to the streets to interview participants at the Pride in Utah protest at temple square on October 7th 2010. Pride in Utah Strayfamily.com
October 09, 2010
86: Mormon Meeting House Architecture
John Larsen, Glenn Ostlund and Tierza discuss the issues surrounding the architecture of Mormon meeting houses.
October 08, 2010
85: 180th Semi-annual General Conference Review
Review of the Saturday, Priesthood, and Sunday Sessions of Conference
October 04, 2010
84: The Church Handbook of Instructions for Dummies
John Larsen, Zilpha and Mike are Joined by Gale and Eliza to discuss the Church Handbook of Instructions.
October 01, 2010
83: 2010 General Relief Society Meeting
Zilpha Larsen, Chris, Melanny, Melissa, review the General Relief Society Meeting held on September 25th, 2010.
September 29, 2010
82: Tom Kimball and Signature Books
John Larsen interviews Tom Kimball of Signature books about his faith journey and about Signature Books. Signature Books Signature Books Library Early Mormonism and the Magic World View In Sacred Loneliness Insiders View DNA and The Book of Mormon Backslider Nauvoo Endowment Companies Quorum of the Anointed
September 22, 2010
81: Mormon Ad Campaign
Glenn and Jim discuss the new Mormon ad campaign with Holly Welker. Holly is a regular writer for the Huffington Post on issues surrounding Mormonism. Holly's Article on the Ad Campaign Holly's Article about the Parade Mormon Ad Campaign Jeff Decker Ad Robert the ex-Mormon Rock Ad.
September 17, 2010
80: Leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses
In this episode John talks to Joe; an ex-Jehovah's Witness.
September 15, 2010
79: Mormon Stories and Mormon Expression
In this episode John Dehlin of Mormon Stories and John Larsen chat and take caller questions. Find Mormon Stories at: http://mormonstories.org/
September 08, 2010
78: An interview with Dennis and Sue
Tom sits down with Dennis and Sue and lets them tell their heartbreaking leave story.
September 01, 2010
77: Mormon Expressions
John Larsen is joined by Glenn, Tom and special guest Mark to talk about Mormon Expressions - meaning Mormon turns of phrases.
August 25, 2010
76: Mistakes were made: How not to leave the Church
John Larsen is joined by Nyal, Jim and Zilpha to discuss common mistakes that are made when people leave the Church.
August 18, 2010
75: Live Recording
This is the recording of our live recording in Salt Lake City on August 6th. Panelists include John Larsen, Zilpha Larsen, Glenn Ostlund, Tom Perry, Bridget Jack Jeffries, Jim Hill, and Mike Tannehill and the lovely and talented Salt Lake audience.
August 11, 2010
74: Panelist Essays
In this episode Glenn, George, Tom, Zilpha and John Larsen all contribute personal essays.
August 04, 2010
73: Why Mormon Church Meetings are so Dull
Glenn Ostlund and Bridget join up to discuss with Jana Riess why Mormon meetings tend to be so dull.
July 30, 2010
72: Listener Essays
Several months ago, Mormon Expression sent out the call for listeners to submit their own personal essays. Listen to their voices.
July 28, 2010
71b: The King Follet Discourse for Dummies Part 2
On the 7th April 1844 Joseph Smith gave one of the most important discourses of Mormonism. Join Tom, Mike, Glenn and John Larsen for the discussion. The King Follet Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text
July 20, 2010
71a: The King Follet Discourse for Dummies Part 1
On the 7th April 1844 Joseph Smith gave one of the most important discourses of Mormonism. Join Tom, Mike, Glenn and John Larsen for the discussion. The King Follet Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text
July 20, 2010
70: Little Happy Secrets with Melissa Leilani Larson
Tom and Glenn are joined by Melissa Leilani Larson, the playwright of the play “Little Happy Secrets”. We talk to Melissa about her controversial play and some of her thoughts surrounding it. Links: “Little Happy Secrets” – The Audio Play: http://tinyurl.com/bj95hr Fundraising effort to get “Little Happy Secrets” in Salt Lake City: http://tinyurl.com/2cgfgw5 Melissa’s Blog: http://melissaleilanilarson.wordpress.com/ Little Happy Secrets on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/2d86uqd
July 13, 2010
69: Author Anthony Larson and the Last Days
Mormon Author Anthony E. Larson joins John Larsen to discuss his research and writing concerning the last days. Anthony’s Webpages: mormonprophecy.blogspot.com www.mormonprophecy.com
July 13, 2010
68: Zilpha’s Conversation with Nate: Coming Out and Coming to Terms
Zilpha interviews high school friend Nate Koch about being gay and serving a mission. After being sent home, he decides to come out of the closet and leave the church.
July 06, 2010
67: Guns, Germs, Steel and the Book of Mormon
Guest Host Seth Leigh is joined by Jonathan, Lorin and John Larsen to discuss Jared Diamond’s Work Guns, Germs and Steel and its implications for Mormonism. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
June 29, 2010
66: The First Anniversary Episode
Zilpha, Tom, George, Nyal and John Larsen reunite to talk about the foundation and journey of the podcast.
June 23, 2010
65b: The First Vision for Dummies Part 2
George, Mike, Glenn, join John Larsen to discuss the 4 major accounts of the First Vision.
June 22, 2010
65a: The First Vision for Dummies Part 1
George, Mike, Glenn, join John Larsen to discuss the 4 major accounts of the First Vision. Lost in a Shopping Mall New Your Times Ideas & Trends; For Air Crash Detectives, Seeing Isn’t Believing
June 22, 2010
64: Returned Sister Missionary Panel
Tom is joined by returned missionaries Kay, Laura and Heather to discuss their experiences as sister missionaires.
June 17, 2010
63: Conference Statistical Review
John Larsen, Tom & George are joined by resident conference statistician Alf O’Mega to discuss the annual numbers provided by the Church at the spring conference.
June 15, 2010
62: A Lesbian Couple’s Story
Zilpha interviews a post-mormon lesbian couple, Ellie and DJ about growing up in the church and their struggles to feel accepted by their families and the conservitive culture surrounding them.
June 09, 2010
61: Bonus: 10 Tribes–the After Discussion
John, Zilpha, Tom, Mike, and Glenn in a “captured” lively discussion about a variety of topics. Perk up your ears for great lines such as “You know who screwed them up?, God!”, “The cows are gonna pass down the culture?”, “They’ll be having sex”, “You don’t pray to the Daughter in the name of the Mother, it doesn’t work that way.”, “So you’re not “Fowler Stage 5?”…I couldn’t even say it without laughing.”, “Faith for me is just kind of a hope to keep peace in my house.” and other gems.
June 03, 2010
60: Bullseyes in the Book of Mormon
In this Episode John Larsen chats with “consiglieri” about the historical hits in the Book of Mormons.
June 01, 2010
59: Alexander Zaitchik on Glenn Beck
John Larsen chats with Alexander Zaitchik author of numerous article on Glenn Beck and the recently published Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance. Alexander’s Web Site www.zaitchik.com
May 26, 2010
58: The Doctrinal Differences in the Community of Christ
John Hamer and David Howlett of the Community of Christ are joined by John Larsen to explain the difference in the doctrines between the Community of Christ (RLDS) and the Salt Lake Branch of the Restoration Movement.
May 25, 2010
57: A Requiem for Bruce R. McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine
John Larsen, Mike, and Glenn are joined by special guest Jon B to discuss the end of the run of Bruce R. McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine.
May 18, 2010
56b: The Lost 10 Tribes Part 2
John is joined by Zilpha, Tom, Mike and Glenn to discuss the Lost 10 Tribes in Mormon theology. The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History voyagehollowearth.com
May 11, 2010
56a: The Lost 10 Tribes Part 1
In this episode, Glenn Ostlund interviews author Dr. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite about his book The Ten Lost Tribes and the history of the lengend of the lost tribes. The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History
May 11, 2010
55: Mormon Apologists Kevin Barney and Seth Rogers
John Larsen and Bridget team up to interview internet apologists and Mormon bloggers Kevin Barney and Seth Rogers. FAIR Kevn Barney’s Blog Seth Rogers’ Blog
May 04, 2010
54: Struggles in Mormon Marriage and Sexuality
John Larsen and Tom Perry team up for a discussion with Natasha, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Wes, a Mental Heath Counselor. They discuss issues in Mormon marriages particularly as related to sexuality. Natasha’s Website Wes’ Website
April 27, 2010
53: Glenn Ostlund Interviews Kaboh
19 Years ago on his Mission, Glenn Ostlund baptized Kaboh Miyashima. Listen to this fascinating interview as Glenn reconnects with his past convert and they discuss his conversion and what it means to be a member in Japan.
April 20, 2010
52: Unsolicited Advice
John Larsen is joined by Zilpha, Nyal and Mike to read and discuss listener’s suggestions to the Church.
April 13, 2010
51b: Interview with Will Bagley part 2
In part 2 of our discussion with Will Bagley, Will describes how he became a historian and his interest in Mormon History. He also gives his perspective on the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
April 08, 2010
51a: Interview with Will Bagley part 1
In this episode, Tom is joined by Will Bagley. Will is an independent historian and a prominent author who has written close to 20 books. In this episode, Will talks about his background and growing up Mormon. Links: Kingdom in the West Series So Rugged and So Mountainous: Blazing the trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848 Blood of the Prophets Always a Cowboy Innocent Blood: Essential Narratives of the Mountain Meadow Massacre (V.12 Kingdom in the West) Scoundrel’s Tale: The Samuel Brannan Papers One Long Funeral March” Article LDS church’s Pioneer Company Search
April 08, 2010
50b: 180th Annual General Conference Sunday Review
Tom is joined by Mike, Glenn and Jim to discuss the Sunday morning session. John is joined by Andrew, Rich, Seth and Jon B to talk through the afternoon session.
April 07, 2010
50a: 180th Annual General Conference Saturday Review
John is joined by Russ, Bridget, and Gardner to cover the first session. For the second session, Tom is joined by Kyle, LeAnna, Wes, and Flip to discuss the second session. Finally, John and Alf O’Mega join up again to harmonize about the priesthood session.
April 06, 2010
49: The Civil War Prophecy (D&C 87) for Dummies
Zilpha, Tom Perry, Nyal and Mike join John Larsen to break down the Civil War Prophecy. The FAIR page on the Prophecy
March 31, 2010
48: Mormon Humor
Zilpha, George, Tom and John Larsen are joined by Glenn Ostlund to discuss Mormon Humor. Salamander Society Website Sunstone Article on L Tom Perry’s Kuna Idaho stake, Talk Text of Kuna Idaho Talk Email
March 24, 2010
47: Bob McCue
John Larsen is joined by Bridget, Zilpha, Tom, George and Jim to interview Bob McCue. The original The Church is not True podcasts can be had here Bob’s Website Holland’s Talk: A Prayer for the Children FAIR’s Bob McCue Page FAIR’s Bob McCue Page priory to February 2010 Michael Shermer’s Book: Why People Believe Weird
March 17, 2010
46: The Mountain Meadows Massacre with Dr. Gene Sessions
In this episode, Tom is joined by Dr. Gene Sessions from Weber State University to discuss the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Gene Sessions is a well known author and historian and is also a former president of the Mountain Meadows Association.
March 12, 2010
45: Faithful Spouses
ohn is joined by Brian, Charlene, and Kristene. Each talk about their own struggles dealing with their spouses’ lose of belief and discuss their online project, Faces East. Faces East Discussion Board: http://www.faceseast.org/
March 10, 2010
43: Outside Looking In
John Larsen is joined by Guests Chris Smith and Bridget Jack Meyers to discuss their observations of the Mormon world. Both Bridget and Chris are non-Mormons who have made a significant part of the University study the subject of Mormons and Mormonism. Bridget’s Blog: Clobber Blog Chris’ Blog: Mild-Mannered Musings
February 24, 2010
42: The Three Nephites
John Larsen, Mike, George, are joined by Casey to discuss the legends of the 3 Nephites. Casey is the webmaster for the Holy Fetch web site.
February 17, 2010
John Larsen is joined by Zilpha, Jim, Tom and Mike to discuss the podcast and gaze at their navels. Listen for a special guest appearance by Jason “Dr. Shades” and listener Brian.
February 10, 2010
40: Brian Dalton and Mr. Deity
John Larsen, Tom, Jim and George team up to interview Brian Dalton about his internet film phenomena “Mr. Deity” and his journey out of the Church. Mr. Deity Website: http://www.mrdeity.com/ Mr. Deity Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/misterdeity
February 03, 2010
39: Atheism and the Church
John Larsen is joined by Jason “Dr. Shades” and Lorin “The Dude” to discuss the issues of leaving the Church and arriving at atheism/agnosticism. Episode 39 Your browser does not support the audio element.
January 27, 2010
38: Stages of Faith Part 2: The Fifth Stage and What it Means
Brian, Logan and John Dehlin join John Larsen in a further discussion about the Fowler Stages of Faith focusing on stage 5. Listen to Episode 25 for the introduction to the Fowler Stages of Faith. Chaim Potok’s: The Choosen
January 20, 2010
37b: The Nauvoo Expositor for Dummies Part 2
John, George, Mike, Nyal and Jim continue the discussion.
January 13, 2010
37a: The Nauvoo Expositor For Dummies Part 1
John Larsen is joined by regular panelists, George, Mike, Nyal and Jim to discuss the Nauvoo Expositor. Expositor Text: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Nauvoo_Expositor Facsimile of Expositor: http://www.solomonspalding.com/docs/exposit1.htm Books Mentioned: Among the Mormons: Historic Accounts By Contemporary Observers The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power Nauvoo: KINGDOM ON THE MISSISSIPPI
January 13, 2010
036: Mormon Schismatic Groups
John Larsen and Tom interview guests Newell Bringhurst and John Hamer about Mormon break-off groups from the beginning of Mormonism until today. Scattering Of The Saints: Schism Within Mormonism
January 06, 2010
035: An Interview with Mike
John interviews TBM panelist Mike and gets a Sunday School less in the mix.
December 31, 2009
034: The Temple Wedding Petition
Jean Bodie and Michelle Spencer discuss their project, The Temple Wedding Petition. The Petition is to allow for the option of having a civil ceremony outside of the temple without penalty to the couple. Petition Web site: http://www.templeweddingpetition.org/enter/index.html
December 23, 2009
033: An Interview with Jeff Lindsay
Noted Mormon internet apologist Jeff Lindsay talks with the panel.
December 16, 2009
032: Faith & Graduate School–A panel Discussion
George interviews three graduate students: Melanny, James and Clay. The group discusses issues of faith encountered as students.
December 09, 2009
031: An Interview with John Larsen
The tables are turned as Tom interviews John Larsen. John’s Interview with the Ogden Standard Examiner
December 02, 2009
030: The Dream Mine
In August of 1894, Bishop John Koyle had a dream that there was an Ancient Nephite Gold Reserve full of gold, records and treasure that would help save the church in the last days. The Dream Mine, or sometimes known as the Relief Mine, is located just above Salem, UT in Utah County.
November 25, 2009
029: The Occult in America and the Rise of Mormonism
Author Mitch Horowitz discusses his book Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation and how these early ideas influenced the rise of Mormonism. Mitch's website: http://www.mitchhorowitz.com/ Mitch's Book: Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
November 18, 2009
028: Richie T the Fresh Faced Mormon Producer
In this episode we interview Richie T. Steadman about his faith. Richie is the “fresh faced Mormon producer” of Utah’s morning radio show, “Radio From Hell” on x96 (96.3 FM).
November 13, 2009
027: The Word of Wisdom for Dummies
The panel tries to explain the Word of Wisdom.
November 11, 2009
026: Interview with Author, Actor, and Writer–Elna Baker
Elna Baker just published her new book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance. Listen as she talks about her life, the book and living in two worlds and loving both.
November 06, 2009
025: Fowler Stages of Faith
John Larsen is joined by guest panelists Adam, Logan, Lois & Brian to discuss the Fowler Stages of Faith and how the stages apply to Mormonism.
November 04, 2009
024: An Interview with Nyal
John interviews Nyal.
October 30, 2009
023: An Interview with George
In this episode John Larsen interviews regular panelist George.
October 28, 2009
022: Does the Church Discourage Discussion? The Debate
In this episode hosted by Tom, regular panelists Nyal and George stage a debate to discuss if the Church discourages discussion of its history and doctrine.
October 23, 2009
021: Aaron Shafovaloff and Evangelizing Mormons
In this episode we interview Aaron Shafovaloff, Evangelical man on the street with a camera. Aaron's ministry is focused on converting Mormons to Evangelical Christianity. The panel and Aaron discuss the difference between Christian and Mormon beliefs, why Mormons need to be saved, methods of evangelizing, critical thinking, supernatural thought and whether or not Mormonism
October 21, 2009
020: Listener Feedback
In this podcast the panel takes some time to answer voice mail and to answer some FAQs.
October 17, 2009
019: Mormons and the Cross
In this episode we chat with Mike Reed about his thesis work concerning Mormons and the cross, its history and current attitudes today. Deseret New article Mormon Times article Salt Lake Tribune article Mike's Blog: http://culturalmormoncafeteria.blogspot.com/
October 14, 2009
018: Historical and Current Women’s Role in the Church
In the episode hosted by George, he and Tom interview Melanny Cowley about the History of Women and the Church and issues of Feminism and Women's role today. Melanny's short story: http://www.thepaperbagwriter.org/articles/fiction/broken-shoulders/
October 09, 2009
017: 179th Semiannual General Conference Review
This episode is a review of the sessions of the 179th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. John Larsen and a group of special guests to help us out in our review of each session. Special thanks to Devin, Nyal, Nate, Leanna, Tom, Zilpha and Alf.
October 07, 2009
016: In the Shadow of the Temple
In this episode, we speak with Dennis and Karen, the producers of the In the Shadow of the Temple documentary. This film, which will be released at the ex-Mormon conference on Oct 10th 2009, explores the emotional experience of several individuals who leave the Church and the journey they follow. The non-Mormon producers bring a unique eye to this tragic phenomena.
October 03, 2009
015: Jeff Ricks and Postmormon.org
In this episode, we interview the founder and visionary behind the Postmormon movement and website. Jeff's community forum website can be found at http://www.postmormon.org.
September 30, 2009
014: Science and Disbelief
In this podcast guests Seth and Lorin join John Larsen in a discussion concerning the role of science in the loss of testimony. Seth and Lorin share their own journeys out of the Church and how scientific thought effected their outlook on Mormonism.
September 23, 2009
013: An Interview with Jim
In this episode, John Larsen interviews regular panelist Jim to get to the bottom of this guy.
September 16, 2009
012: Ex-Mormon Exit Narratives
The panel is joined by Seth Payne to discuss his work on the phenomena of Ex-Mormon exit narratives. Topics discussed include the sociological research on such narratives, exit narrative’s formulas and structures, the communities playing into the narratives and narrative purpose and intent.
September 09, 2009
011: An Interview with Tom
John Larsen interviews regular panelist Tom to find out what makes him tick.
September 02, 2009
010: The Pew Forum Portrait of Mormons in the US
In this Episode John Larsen is joined by regular panelists Tom, James and Nyal to discuss the statistical findings of the Pew Forum Portrait of Mormons in the US released on July 24th, 2009. The Pew paper can be found at http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=427.
August 25, 2009
009: Women and the Church
Host John Larsen is joined by guest panel KimberlyAnn, Elizabeth and Zilpha to discuss women and the Church.
August 18, 2009
008: John Dehlin and Mormon Stories
In this episode the panel is joined by special Guest John Dehlin. John Discusses his Mormon Stories project and what has happened since. The discussion includes a retrospective of John’s favorite interviews, the reaction to Mormon Stories by the public, John’s personal journey of faith and his renewed faith in the Church, issues of faith, and John’s motivation. The original Mormon stories podcast can be found at itunes or http://mormonstories.org/. To support the ongoing availability of this podcast, and the return of John Larsen as a podcast talent, please consider becoming a monthly donor at: https://donorbox.org/mormon-expression-podcast.
August 11, 2009
007: Marriage and Short Courtships in Mormon Culture
This special panel brings together three couples: Devin & Melissa, Holly & Adam, and John & Zilpha. Each married young and less than six months after first meeting one another. They discuss their marriages in the context of Mormon culture.
August 05, 2009
006: New Order Mormons
In our special “members only” episode panelist Tom and George interview the guest Dave. Dave is a moderator and founder of the new order website at http://newordermormon.org/. Dave and the panel discuss what it means to be a cafeteria or New Order Mormon (NOM).
July 28, 2009
005: What does it Mean to be Mormon?
In this podcast, the panel returns to discuss what it means to be Mormon and the Churches role in defining the term. We discuss the Churches efforts to control and define the proper usage of the term and sort out who is a Mormon and who is not, the modern polygamists, trademark and brand protection, the corporate Church, racism, criticism and anti-Mormonism. The panel further explores the role that titles play and those who are cultural and liberal Mormons and what relationship they hold with the Church today. To support the ongoing availability of this podcast, and the return of John Larsen as a podcast talent, please consider becoming a monthly donor at: https://donorbox.org/mormon-expression-podcast.
July 21, 2009
004: An Introduction to Issues Surrounding the Book of Abraham
In this episode the panel is joined by Mormon Scholar Chris Smith to discuss the issues surrounding the Book of Abraham. Between critics and defenders, the Book of Abraham is probably the most contentious of all Mormon issues. To the uninitiated, these issues can quickly become technical and complicated and here we hope to unravel the mystery a bit. Topics discussed include the 19th century understand of Egyptology, Reformed Egyptian, the Egyptian and Hebrew languages, The Catalyst Theory, the Missing Papyri Theory, the Anton Transcript, the Kirtland Egyptian Papers (KEP) and the theories of John Gee and Hugh Nibley. To support the ongoing availability of this podcast, and the return of John Larsen as a podcast talent, please consider becoming a monthly donor at: https://donorbox.org/mormon-expression-podcast.
July 14, 2009
003: Our 3 Favorite Things about the Church
In this Episode each of the panelist discusses the three things about the Church they admire, they miss or they respect. Topic range from music, to freemasonry. Also discussed are various doctrines, culture, society, business and practices of the Church. See if the panel can agree on even one thing, and if the ex-Mormons can’t say anything nice or can’t say anything at all. Plus, the panel is joined by its first female voice. To support the ongoing availability of this podcast, and the return of John Larsen as a podcast talent, please consider becoming a monthly donor at: https://donorbox.org/mormon-expression-podcast.
July 07, 2009
002: Internet vs. Chapel Mormons
In this episode we are talking with special guest Jason, aka “Dr. Shades”, about the Internet vs. Chapel Mormon dichotomy. You can see his webpage dealing with this topic at http://www.mormoninformation.com/imvscm.htm. We discuss the distinction between internet and chapel Mormons, belief patterns in the Church today, orthodoxy, the influence of apologetics today, and the role of General Authorities. We also discuss the reception that Jason’s ideas have received in the Mormon world and particularly FAIR’s response to Jason’s theory. To support the ongoing availability of this podcast, and the return of John Larsen as a podcast talent, please consider becoming a monthly donor at: https://donorbox.org/mormon-expression-podcast.
June 30, 2009
001: Leaving the Church but not Leaving it Alone
In this episode, the panelists discuss the issue of "leaving the Church but not leaving it alone. Panelists include George, Jim, John, Nyal and Tom. Topics addressed include dealing with the loss of faith and what to do next, the role of the online community, researching the Church, ongoing connection to the Mormon community and the psychology of those who stay and those who leave. To support the ongoing availability of this podcast, and the return of John Larsen as a podcast talent, please consider becoming a monthly donor at: https://donorbox.org/mormon-expression-podcast.
June 23, 2009