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What Now

By Mary Alice Hatch
What Now was created to address the stigma that surrounds certain cultural norms in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in an open and honest way in an effort to create more understanding, hope and healing, while still supporting church doctrine. Host: Mary Alice Hatch
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47. A Faith Crisis I What it looks like and how to support those going through it

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66. Understanding Transgender I Emily Russon shares how she reconciled having a transgender brother
Join me as I speak with Emily Russon, who shares how she got past her own insecurity and negative attitude about having a brother who is transgender and the importance of showing unconditional love and what that should look like as a true follower of Christ. Emily shares insights on how to interact and support someone who is transgender and how to have an authentic connection with loved ones who have different orientations.
33:05
June 29, 2022
65. A Gay Mormon’s Perspective I Tom Christofferson shares his journey of faith and how he came back
Join me as I speak with Tom Christofferson, author of, “That We May Be One - A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith & Family".  Tom talks honestly about his experience as a gay man and what ultimately brought him back into full activity in the gospel of Jesus Christ, after being in a committed gay relationship for over 12 years. Tom shares how the unconditional love of his family (including his brother, Elder D. Todd Christofferson) and ward community, helped him come back. His story is powerful.
50:01
June 29, 2022
64. Staying Anchored I Autumn McAlpin shares how to stay tethered to Christ when life gets hard
Join me as I speak with Autumn McAlpin about how to anchor ourselves in the gospel of Jesus Christ when we face unique experiences in life that can challenge our faith and cause us to doubt the plan of happiness. Autumn shares how we can show up for each other in productive ways and how being vulnerable can be a strength that allows ourselves and others to find the hope and connection we need in our faith journey.
46:01
June 15, 2022
63. LGBTQ Parenting I Jenie Hunter shares tips on how to support LGBTQ & stay anchored in the gospel
Join me as I speak with Jenie Hunter, certified LDS LGBTQ life coach, about how to support, love and lift our LGBTQ loved ones, while still staying anchored in our faith. Jenie shares how to effectively communicate when a loved one come out and how to support them as they reconcile their orientation with gospel doctrine. Jenie also shares the challenges and blessings that come with being an LGBTQ parent and offers helpful resources for parents who are trying to help their children and themselves find a safe space to land within our Church culture.
31:47
May 31, 2022
62. Choosing Essentialism I Greg McKeown, teaches how to live by design and not by default
Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, where he identifies what essentialism is and how to live a life by design and not by default. He shares how to lead in our church callings and counsels with intention and simplicity and what we are really here to do and how to do it. It really comes down to following the “first ping.” Listen to the full episode to find out what that means and how it will change your life!
48:23
May 18, 2022
61. LBGTQ perspective I Ben Schilaty shares how to be an ally and still support church teachings
Join me as I speak with Ben Schilaty, BYU Honor Code administrator, author of A Walk in My Shoes, and podcast co-host for Questions From The Closet where he speaks openly about being gay and how to blend orientation with faith in healthy and productive ways. Ben shares how vulnerable members of the Church can rebuild trust and move past hurtful comments. Ben also shares how to be an ally, while still supporting church teachings.
36:52
May 04, 2022
60. Managing Trials and Stress I Dr David Morgan shares a productive perspective & coping strategies
Join me as I speak with Dr. David Morgan who shares coping mechanisms for managing stress, disappointment and failure in a productive way. He also shares how to move forward when we feel stuck and how to cope with unwanted outcomes. His insights are empowering and will infuse you with renewed optimism.
28:04
April 20, 2022
59. Wearing The Cross I John Hilton clarifies mixed messages about the cross in our Church culture
John Hilton III, Professor of Religious Education at BYU, dispels some of the myths we have in our Church culture about the symbolic nature of the cross. John helps us understand why members might hesitate to display and use the cross as a symbol of our faith as many Christians do. He talks about how the cross can be used as a bridge instead of a barrier when identifying with other Christian believers. John also addresses mixed messaging about the cross from church leaders and the different ways we use the symbolism of the crucifixion in our temple and church worship.
34:10
April 06, 2022
58. Raising Joyful, Responsible & Faithful Kids (Part 2) I Richard & Linda Eyre share how it’s done
Join me for Part 2 with New York Times #1 best-selling authors and parenting and family experts, Richard and Linda Eyre, who share strategies for raising joyful, responsible and faithful kids. They also share time tested approaches for all ages that build confidence and increase resiliency. If you haven’t listened to Part 1 (episode 57) please join in to learn how to manage the hurdles of guilt, frustration and stress that come with being a parent and how to become the parent you WANT to be.
49:44
March 23, 2022
57. Guilt Free Parenting (Part 1)) I Richard Eyre shares how to become the parent you WANT to be
Join me as I speak with New York Times #1 selling author, speaker and parenting expert, Richard Eyre, who shares productive insights on how we can manage the hurdles of guilt, frustration and stress that come with being a parent. Richard also talks about the importance of respect for ourselves and our children, leading to healthy family relationships.
48:05
March 09, 2022
56. Empty Nest Syndrome | Jody Moore shares how to productively manage changing family dynamics
Join me as I speak with seasoned life coach, Jody Moore, where she shares tips for parents on how to navigate the changes that come with being an empty nester. Jody shares strategies for identifying new opportunities that add purpose and meaning as well as tips for how to address the changes in marital relationships when the focus shifts away from the kids to the couple relationship. Jody also shares ideas for how to give your adult children independence, while maintaining a healthy connection.
43:00
February 23, 2022
55. Excommunication I Richie Steadman shares his experience with the process and why he came back
Richie Steadman talks openly about his excommunication in his early 20s. He shares his experience with a church court and how he salvaged his confidence to come back despite the challenges. Richie also shares how he worked through the shame and guilt from being excommunicated and offers powerful perspective and advice for those who struggle with the church culture and their church membership.
38:32
February 09, 2022
54. Born To Lead | Susan Madsen redefines leadership and tips for how to identify your strengths
Join me as I speak with global leadership scholar, Dr. Susan Madsen, about how we can follow the prophet’s plea to lead out in our homes and communities to create positive change. Susan shares strategies for how to identify our strengths and implement them in productive ways.
49:26
January 27, 2022
53. Mental Health Warnings I Former Senator Gordon Smith shares mental health warnings to watch for
Former Senator Gordon Smith shares his experience with loosing his son, Garrett, to suicide and the behavioral changes and warnings that loved ones should look for and when to step in with professional help. Gordon shares the counsel and reassurance he received from President Hinckley and Elder Faust, following Garrett’s death, and how that counsel gave him the courage to move through his heartbreak and continue with his life in a productive way. Gordon’s transparency offers the encouragement and support needed to navigate the difficult journey of mental health.
39:42
January 13, 2022
52. Coming Back I Megan Bailey shares how she drifted away from the church & what brought her back
29 year-old Megan Bailey shares how she drifted away from the church and why she chose to come back. She shares suggestions for those who have left their faith and are trying to figure out how to come back on their own terms. Megan also shares the challenges and fears she felt as she started coming back to church and how she overcame her insecurities. Her story is inspiring!
26:21
December 30, 2021
51. There is No Perfect Relationship I Matt Townsend shares his 7 essential relationship strategies
Join me as I speak with Dr. Matt Townsend, acclaimed marriage and relationship expert, where he shares his relationship strategies for creating better communication, getting to the heart of problems, breaking negative cycles, and approaching sex in a healthy way.
52:34
December 24, 2021
50. Healing From Our Past | Strategies for healing spiritually, physically and emotionally
Join me as I speak with Lisa Ashby where she shares her journey being raised in an unconventional LDS home. She shares what her reality looked like and the strategies she used to turn away from repeating her past and heal from the challenges of her childhood to create the life she has always wanted. Her story is inspiring!
37:10
December 02, 2021
49. Finding Your Purpose I Amy Antonelli shares tips for finding more meaning and purpose in life
Join me as I speak with Amy Antonelli, current CEO of HEFY, where she shares her journey with finding her true purpose and strategies for how to find meaning in our lives no matter who we are or where we live. Her transition from the epicenter of technology working with Facebook and Apple during their explosive years to the impoverished leper colonies of India and how her unfathomable journey led her to embrace her purpose is inspiring! Amy shares how we can truly “see” others and how to avoid fear and embrace faith so the Lord can let us manifest our true potential.
44:52
November 18, 2021
48. Mental Health Hacks I Strategies for controlling negative thoughts, triggers and emotional pain
Join me as I speak with seasoned life coach, Kristi Reeves, where she shares strategies for controlling the triggers and thoughts that contribute to anxiety and strategies for breaking negative cycles that don’t serve us. Kristi also shares how we can heal from emotional pain as well as useful communication skills that create validation.
35:02
November 04, 2021
47. A Faith Crisis I What it looks like and how to support those going through it
Join me as I speak with marriage and family therapist, Andrea Lystrup about what a faith crisis looks like. Andrea shares strategies for how to support someone in a faith crises and the common reasons members consider moving away from the church. She shares how to avoid going to a place of fear and instead moving towards a place of understanding and trust in the individual who is struggling. Andrea shares her own experience with her husband who went through a faith crises and how they navigated through that difficult journey. This podcast offers helpful insights for those of you who are in a faith crises or supporting someone who is.
44:27
October 22, 2021
46. Happiness Connection I How The Church of Jesus Christ leads to increased well-being & happiness
Join me as I speak with Robin Johnson, Positive Psychology specialist, about her research which shows the intersections of the restored gospel of Christ and positive psychology. Robin shares how the common theories of well being overlap with the Church of Jesus Christ leading to an increase in positivity and happiness and to more positive life outcomes. She also shares the fundamental truths behind why religion has lasted so long and the value that a faith tradition offers.
45:15
October 07, 2021
45. When A Mission Ends Early I Advice for how to move on & show unconditional love❤️
Join me as I share my personal journey with a son coming home early from a mission as well as the journey of another faithful mother who had 3 of her 8 children come home early for different reasons. We share our personal experiences in an effort to help parents know how to navigate this challenging situation within our church culture and how to better support young adults who face the stigma of an early return.
39:13
September 22, 2021
44. Coping With Loss I LDS therapist, Tammy Hill, share strategies for managing grief and moving on
Join me as I speak with family therapist, Tammy Hill, about loss. Tammy was just 37 with 4 young children when her husband suddenly died. Tammy shares the reality of her loss and how different grief can look for family members and how to process and navigate life after a significant loss. Tammy shares advice for friends and family on what to say and do and what NOT to say and do to bring meaningful support and facilitate healing. Tammy also shares how to help young children, adolescents and adults manage their grief in a productive way.
37:26
September 09, 2021
43. Are you converted? I A converts perspective on true conversion and how to get there
Join me as I talk with Mark Hendricks, who joined the Church as an 18 year old college freshman, about what true conversion looks like and the difference between knowing about the Church and it’s teachings and being truly converted. Mark shares his journey with conversion and how we should all be converts, whether or not we were born into the Church. Mark also shares perspective and advice for navigating the challenges that exist with certain aspects of our “church culture.”
40:34
August 26, 2021
42. Dating/Marriage Pressure Post Mission I 3 returned missionaries share how they face the pressure
Join me as I speak with three return missionaries who weigh-in on the dating culture in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, post mission, and share their personal stories of how they chose to navigate the cultural pressures they faced.
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August 22, 2021
41. Staying Grounded I Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, shares what grounds him as a celebrity music artist
Join me as I speak with multi GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and remixer Ryan Raddon, otherwise known as his stage name, Kaskade, about how he stays grounded, despite his international celebrity status. Ryan shares how he stays relevant in a fast-paced celebrity world, while still embracing his core values and standards. His story will inspire you!
41:42
August 12, 2021
40. Sex and Relationships I Tammy Hill shares tips to help foster healthy sexuality & relationships
Join me as I speak with sex and marriage therapist, Tammy Hill, about healthy sexuality and what to look for in a lasting relationship, in addition to physical attraction. Tammy shares age appropriate tips for parents on how to speak to children and young adults about sex as well as what young adults need to look for in a healthy relationship and how to recover from a pre-marital relationship that gets too physical too fast.
36:48
July 29, 2021
39. Redefining Modesty I Dr Julie Hanks shares a different perspective on modesty and individuality
Dr Julie Hanks shares her thoughts as a seasoned LDS therapist of 20+ years about what modesty really looks like. Frequently in our culture, modesty is mostly focused on women and how they dress, but it is so much more than that! Dr Hanks talks about how modesty also relates to men, our thoughts, language and behavior in addition to how we dress. Dr Hanks shares how we can change our mindset on modesty to allow for individuality and respect for others and strategies on how to see past what someone is wearing to embrace the whole person without judgement.
26:52
July 15, 2021
38. Political civility I Dr Gary Browning talks about how to build unity and diffuse contention
Join me as I speak with Dr Gary Browning, respected BYU Russian professor, who served as the first mission president in the former Soviet Union as the Cold War was winding down. Dr Browning shares his experience with political polarization and how members can use their influence to temper the rise of political contention to increase civility and foster peace.
36:10
July 01, 2021
37. There Is No Perfect Parent I Dr Matt Townsend shares his strategies for productive parenting
Join me as I speak with Dr Matt Townsend, renowned LDS family therapist, about strategies for avoiding the trap of trying to be the perfect parent. Matt shares tips for how to improve communication, create healthy boundaries and increase unconditional love, leading to more productive and healthy parent/child relationships.
44:07
June 18, 2021
36. Unrighteous Dominion I Dr David Morgan shares the reality of unrighteous dominion & how to cope
Join me as I speak with Dr. David Morgan, LDS psychologist, and counselor, where we address several areas of unrighteous dominion; specifically, physical, emotional, and ecclesiastical. Dr. Morgan shares his insights on the root of unrighteous dominion and how to manage it. He also shares tips for both men and women on how to avoid unrighteous dominion in their home, work, and ward settings.
35:00
June 03, 2021
35. Do You Love It Here? I Clint Pulver shares how to create a positive ward culture
Join me as I speak with Clint Pulver, Award-winning motivational speaker and workforce expert about what members are really looking for in an authentic ward experience and tips for how leaders can foster trusted relationships that build authentic connection, allowing ward members to honestly say, “I love it here!”
37:24
May 20, 2021
34. Divine Role of Heavenly Mother I Kirk Richards portrays Her powerful influence in his paintings
Join me as I speak with J Kirk Richards, a renowned, award winning, LDS Judeo-Christian contemporary artist, who talks about his powerful artwork depicting Heavenly Mother and the importance of Her presence in our Church culture. We explore the motivation behind Kirk’s work and the powerful messages he shares through his detailed images, drawing us closer to our Heavenly Mother and the important role She plays in ALL of our lives.
25:33
May 06, 2021
33. Connecting with Heavenly Mother I McArthur Krishna talk about the blessings and benefits for us
Join me as I speak with McArthur Krishna, noteworthy Deseret Book childrens and tween author, about the divine role of our Heavenly Mother and how important Her role is for all of us to understand, allowing us to connect with our Heavenly Mother in a more significant way. McArthur also dispels some of the myths about why Heavenly Mother isn’t mentioned frequently in our Church culture. McArthur recently released A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother and A Boys Guide to Heavenly Mother, where she shares quotes from our prophets and church leaders about the divine role of our Heavenly Mother, as well as beautiful artwork from noted LDS artists offering a visual representation of Her powerful influence. This book is an informative resource for any age and can be bought online at www.Dstreetpress.com
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April 28, 2021
32. Be a Leader Not a Calling I Kurt Francom shares the value of our gifts in any calling
Join me as I speak with Kurt Francom where he talks about the danger of relying on our callings for validation and how to avoid the pitfalls of comparison when our calling is not put on a pedestal. Kurt helps us see how to avoid discouragement and realize that the only validation we truly need is the validation God gave us when He created us as His child and that He will use us and our abilities to fulfill our purpose on earth.
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April 22, 2021
31. Being Authentic I Calyann Barnett shares how she embraces her faith and authenticity
Join me as I speak with celebrity stylist, Calyann Barnett, about her journey back to God and how she turned the corner from being a sceptic to being a believer. Calyann shares how she has maintained her authenticity despite joining a more conservative church culture and how she left behind what she thought brought her true happiness to embrace the principles of faith, hope and charity leading her to being happier than she ever thought imaginable!
37:29
April 08, 2021
30. Coming Out I BYU mascot, Charlie Bird, shares how he has embraced his orientation and his faith.
Join me as I speak with famed BYU mascot, Charlie Bird, about his journey with being gay in our Church culture. Charlie shares powerful insights from his recent book, Without The Mask, about how he mustered the courage to reveal his true identity and leave a life of fear and embrace the reality of his sexual orientation. Charlie shares how our personality characteristics shouldn’t be defined as masculine or feminine, but by whether or not they are Christlike. Charlie also shares tips on how to break negative cycles and how to build a safe and trusted circle of friends in and out of the gay community. Charlie breaks through the stereotypes in an effort to thwart ignorance and create more acceptance and a safe space for gay members in our Church community.
39:05
March 25, 2021
29. The Tattooed Mormon| Al Carraway shares how to stay faithful when facing judgement & ignorance
Join me as I speak with Al Carraway, otherwise widely known as the tattooed Mormon, where she shares how she got past the judgment and exclusion she faced as a recent convert when many members could only focus on her visible past, instead of on what she was trying to become. Al shares how she embraced positivity, despite the fiery darts of judgment that were thrown at her and how her connection with God carried her through. Al has used her faith and innate positivity to move forward with transparency to help all members embrace their self-worth, despite their history and appearance, so they will know that there is a place for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
35:22
March 11, 2021
28. Setting Healthy Boundaries I Dr David Morgan, shares tips for how to set and HOLD a boundary
Join me as I speak with Dr. David Morgan, a counseling psychologist with over 20 years of experience helping LDS members navigate the challenges of life. On our podcast, we will talk about why boundaries are necessary for healthy relationships at home, at church and at the office. Dr Morgan shares his strategies for how to set and hold a boundary and how to work with individuals that might challenge our boundaries as well as other insightful relationship enhancing advice!
34:39
February 25, 2021
27. Embracing diversity I Kyle Reyes shares his journey as a mixed-race member and how to integrate
Join me as I speak with Kyle Reyes, VP of student affairs at Utah Valley University and member of the Utah Governor’s multicultural commission, where he shares his perspective as a mixed-race member of the Church and how we as members can contribute to the inclusion of all people in our increasingly diverse Church culture. Kyle shares his personal experiences of how he found his groove in our Church culture. His perspective is inspiring.
38:42
February 11, 2021
26. Divorced in a Family Centered Church I Two perspectives on navigating the reality of divorce.
Join me as I speak with two inspiring men who will be sharing their different perspectives about their journey with divorce. My first interview is with Allen Evans, a respected bishop, who faced the reality of divorce and how his perspective changed as he became a single member of his congregation. Allen shares powerful insights from his experience and advice for members on how thy can be more inclusive of those who face the challenge of being single in a family centered church. Following Allen Evans will be Beau Walker. A 27 year old young adult who faced divorce when he was just 26 years old. Beau shares meaningful insights about his journey as well as strategies for how to move forward towards a healthy relationship and renewed hope.
45:53
January 28, 2021
25. Mental Paralysis I Chad Hymas shares strategies for how to create a productive mindset.
At the age of 27, Chad Hymas became a quadriplegic when a 2,000 pound bale of hay fell on his neck, leaving his life forever altered, but Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day. Chad’s experience with pushing through his physical disabilities allowed him to unleash his mental capabilities. Chad shares how we are only disabled when we allow our negative thoughts and self-defeating behavior to paralyze us. As an inductee into the Nation Speaker Hall of Fame, Chad has traveled the globe, physically and now virtually, with his powerful message about how to overcome fear and doubt, allowing us to achieve levels of productivity and influence that we never knew were imaginable!
37:28
January 14, 2021
24. YSA Cultural Makeover I Rob Ferrell shares insights for empowering and supporting young adults
Join me as I speak with Rob Ferrell who has spent over 10 years as a YSA bishop and stake president. He shares some of the hurdles that young single adults face today and how they can navigate these challenges.  Rob honestly addresses the needed cultural changes for the YSA program and strategies to help young single adults become more empowered and draw closer to Christ.
37:55
December 31, 2020
23. Increase Your Impact I Justin Sua talks about managing your mindset to get the outcomes you want
Join me as I speak with Justin Sua, elite performance mental and leadership coach, currently working with MLB Tampa Bay Rays, where he shares strategies for how to fight through difficulty and uncertainty, leading to increased productivity and progression. Justin also shares strategies for how to cultivate a positive mindset, leaving us uplifted and inspired.
41:08
December 17, 2020
22. Making Scripture Study Fun! I Cali Black shares her tips for learning and loving the scriptures
Join me as I speak with scriptorian and Come Follow Me Study founder, Cali Black, where she shares her strategies on how to make scripture study more meaningful and fun! Cali shares tips for how to transition from just reading the scriptures to studying the scriptures in a way that will make them more relatable allowing them to be a trusted resource for our lives!
25:18
December 03, 2020
21. Breaking Free From Pornography I Zach Spafford, shares how to break the vicious cycle
Join me as I speak with behavior coach, Zach Spafford, about his personal journey with pornography and how he overcame a 25 year. habit. He shares important strategies on how to break the negative cycle and recognize our personal power as well as important advice for spouses, parents and friends on how to help someone who is struggling in a way that leads to lasting change. Zach also shares tips on how to communicate effectively with our loved ones who struggle to create a positive outcome, free from shame and guilt.
48:56
November 19, 2020
20. The Power of Unconditional Love I How to diffuse conflict and maintain healthy relationships
Join me as I speak with seasoned LDS marriage and family therapist, Jonathan Decker, about the dangers of conditional love. Jonathan shares important insights on how to maintain healthy relationships, even when we don’t agree with our loved one’s choices. Jonathan shares essential strategies for how to avoid the temptation to control, shame, and judge in an effort to foster harmony and unconditional love.
47:19
November 05, 2020
19. Seekers of Truth I Anthony Sweat shares a productive approach to navigating church history
Join me as I talk with Anthony Sweat, professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, about how to navigate the sometimes dangerous waters of church history. In this podcast, Anthony will share his 5 intuitive measures, as well as other strategies to apply when approaching the wide variety of internet information about church history, in an effort to avoid deception and identify truth.
47:43
October 07, 2020
18. Bend Don’t Break I Alex Boye shares his challenging life journey and how he pulled through
Join me as I speak with Global singing sensation, Alex Boye, about his journey from living on the streets to lighting up the stage with his African-infused pop music. Alex talks about how the Lord has guided him throughout his life, during some of his toughest trials, and how his faith in the power of prayer has empowered him to make the impossible…possible. Alex created his groundbreaking single, Bend Don’t Break, to bring more visibility to suicide prevention and continues to be an ambassador for suicide awareness.  His message will inspire you!
50:22
September 24, 2020
17. Avoiding the Doctrine of the World I Hank Smith shares strategies to manage worldly negativity
Join me as I speak with religious educator and motivational speaker, Hank Smith, about how to navigate being in the world but not of the world. Hank, using his signature humor and spiritual insights, shares critical strategies on how to engage with the world and with social media in a way that leaves us feeling uplifted and optimistic.
44:31
August 27, 2020
16. Living with Anxiety I Steve Young, NFL superstar,talks honestly about his struggle with anxiety
Join me as I speak with Steve Young two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and first ballot Hall of Famer about his journey with acute separation anxiety, which began in childhood and followed him into adulthood, where he was diagnosed at the age of 33. Steve talks about how his anxiety kept him from serving a mission and the challenges it created for him as he became a more visible professional athlete. Steve is committed to changing the stigma and shame that exists when cultural expectations in the Church aren’t met. Steve also talks candidly about how he stayed spiritually grounded, despite his fame and fortune. His story will inspire you!
44:21
August 13, 2020
15. What’s The Rush? I John Bytheway talks about dating and marriage in our Church culture
Join me as I speak with best selling author and well known motivational speaker, John Bytheway, about how to navigate dating and the pressure to marry young in our church culture. John shares 6 critical things to look for in a dating relationship to increase your chances of having a happier marriage, drawn from his over 30 years of experience working and speaking with young adults.
35:54
August 05, 2020
14. The Reality of Racism I Robert Brown shares his journey with racism and how members can help
Join me as I speak with Robert Brown about his journey with racism, as a black member of the church. Robert joined the church when he was 14 while living on the south side of Chicago. Through the love and acceptance of his ward family, he was able to change the course of his life, leading him to a college education and a promising career, while still dodging the fiery darts of racism. Robert talks about the reality of systematic racism, which he experiences almost daily and offers advice for church members on how they can help reduce the stigma that surrounds people of color.
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July 30, 2020
13. Progression Not Punishment I YSA Bishop Brett Smith shares a productive approach to repentance
Repentance is a sensitive topic often surrounded by guilt, shame and fear. Join me as I speak with YSA bishop, Brett Smith, about the important role a thoughtful bishop can play in helping those who are seeking repentance break free from the burden caused by their mistakes and focus on progression and potential instead of on past mistakes and setbacks, in an effort to draw closer to Christ.
51:42
June 18, 2020
12. You are a Free Agent | John Hilton III talks about the reality of cultural fence laws
Join me as I talk with John Hilton III, a BYU religion professor and seasoned author, about the benefits and drawbacks of fence laws. Fence laws are personal boundaries and rules we create to help us keep the commandments and our covenants. We can be tempted in our church culture to impose our personal fence laws on others, leading to unrighteous judgment, offense, and incorrect teachings and risk focusing more on the fence law than the actual gospel doctrine or principal. Join us as we explore this important topic.
34:24
June 04, 2020
11. Navigating Depression | Jane Clayson Johnson shares how to support those who are suffering.
Join me as I speak with Jane Clayson Johnson about depression. Jane is an award winning journalist widely known for her work at CBS News, ABC News, and on the nationally syndicated NPR program, On Point. At the age of 36 she chose to step away from her career to get married and raise her two children. When her children were young, Jane started having dark thoughts; feeling unworthy of her family, wanting to fall asleep and fade away and even about planning her own funeral. It wasn’t until her husband stepped in to get her the help she desperately needed that she was able to get diagnosed with depression and start her journey of healing. Jane’s personal experience with depression prompted her to open up and write a book, Silent Souls Weeping, about her brain illness in an effort to change the stigma, shame, and isolation surrounding the disease and advocate for those whose lives have been altered by mental illness. In the interview, we share important information about depression to empower listeners to advocate for themselves, their friends and loved ones.
44:30
May 21, 2020
10. Successful Home Church I How to customize Come Follow Me for your family
Join me as I speak with parents of young families, teenage families and empty-nesters about how they approach the Come Follow Me program in their own unique way. The take-home message is that no family is going to do it perfectly, but it will be perfect for their family.
55:18
May 10, 2020
9. COVID-19 | When a civil wedding Is your only option
When COVID-19 hit the United States, many Americans were faced with an altered reality, including the thousands of church members who planned on getting married in the temple. With marriage license offices closing, as well as all the church buildings and temples, many soon-to-be newlyweds were quickly running out of options. Join us as we talk with newlywed, Emily Manwaring, about how she navigated her marital journey against all odds.
26:41
April 07, 2020
7. The Reality of Autism I Keith & Melisa Nellesen talk about the challenges and blessings of autism
Join me as I talk with Keith and Melisa Nellesen about their journey with autism. Melisa’s mother’s instinct told her from day one that something was wrong when Cole failed his hearing test as an infant. As he rolled into his toddler years she noticed that he didn’t engage with other kids, but preferred to be alone and not make eye contact. When Cole was 2 years old, Melisa acted on her concerns and took Cole to be tested and discovered that he was autistic. It was a devastating diagnosis leaving both Keith and Melisa scrambling to find the resources he needed. Intensive early intervention helped him to speak and function at a low functioning level. Cole’s sensory challenges with restrictive clothing, loud noises and physical touch made church attendance painful, which led them to make the difficult decision to not have their son attend church and be at peace at home. Keith and Melisa had to face the sobering reality that their son was never going to check all the standard church boxes of serving a mission, going to college and getting married in the temple and face the fact that you can do all the right things and hard things still happen. Their experience inspired them to create the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University, which offers community education, professional training, college and life skill coaching for autistic adults, as well as free resources to offer hope and direction to parents who are searching for answers about how to help their autistic child.
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March 06, 2020
6. When Your Dream Becomes Reality I Brigitte Madrian shares her journey as an LDS working mother
Brigitte Madrian's connection to BYU began when she started attending the BYU preschool program after her father excepted a teaching position as a sociology professor on campus. Brigitte grew up visiting campus with her father and dreamt of one day becoming a professor herself. "If you like learning and you like education, the highest level you can do it at is to be a university professor, so that’s what I was aspiring to.” Brigitte Madrian used her faith and intellect to navigate her way through some of the most prestigious institutions of learning, building a strong foundation that would prepare her to ultimately return to BYU to accept the role as the first female dean of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. 
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February 20, 2020
5. When Your Eternal Companion Leaves the Church I How to cope with an healthy expectation
When Abby got married in the temple to her newly returned missionary,  she never thought that he would be the one to leave the church 12 years later. His decision left her asking herself the hard questions of what she truly believed and how she was going to navigate her new reality of  being a mother of 3 raising her children in the church alone. It took a powerful spiritual experience with her husband to push away her bitterness and heartbreak and embrace him with love and choose to move forward with faith in herself and in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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February 06, 2020
4. Poverty to Prominence I Astrid Tuminez shares the key elements to get success
Join me as I speak with Astrid Tuminez, who is the first female President of Utah Valley University, where she shares her incredible story of being rescued by nuns from the slums of the Philippines at the tender age of five, leading her to a primary education that would eventually launch her into the Ivy Leagues and international corporate success. She talks about how she got past the fear, shame and self-doubt of being a working mother in a church culture that at times has been less supportive of working mothers. She describes how she discovered her own divine worth and how she pushed herself to the very limit of what she could accomplish, with the talents the Lord has given her. She brings this same vision to her new role as UVU President, where she strives to model for her students the ability to be resilient and proud of the path they choose for themselves. It is fitting that the new UVU theme she has selected is, “Come as you are, UVU has a place for you.” 
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January 23, 2020
3. Creating Your Opportunity I Clark Gilbert shares how education changes lives and communities
A discussion with Clark Gilbert, former President of BYU-Pathway Worldwide, about how online education is being used to educate everyone from mothers who have never finished college to young adults who might not qualify for a four year degree.  Pathway is a unique tool being used to educate an increasing international church population in an effort to foster more leadership and empowerment throughout our church culture.  BYU-Pathway inspires hope by opening new opportunities in higher education through study and faith.
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January 09, 2020
2. Manifesting Your Potential I Lynnett Rands shares how to create your own opportunity and success
Lynnett Rands, Communications Dean for Brigham Young University Law School, shares her journey of escaping a small town mindset to manifest her dream of achieving a higher education. She takes us through her journey starting as a 16-year-old freshman at BYU, entering law school at the age of 18 and achieving professional success, while balancing her role as a devoted mother.
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December 11, 2019
1. BYU & Beyond! I Strengthening Your Faith Wherever You Attend College
Is the stigma of not getting into BYU a real thing or just a perception? If you are accepted to BYU, does that ensure your testimony is secure? BYU & non-BYU college students weigh in on these questions and more. Join me as I sit down with Douglas & Alex Arner of BYU and Tatum Fox and Garrett Halls of UVU. Then we’ll hear from Boston University graduate, Tiegan Vogeler. She makes a pretty good case of why college hopefuls should feel confident about considering education outside of BYU.
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December 01, 2019