Category: Podcasts

Tabernacles of Clay: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Mormonism”: A Book Panel and Response from Author Taylor G. Petrey

This panel brings together a diverse group of scholarly voices to react to Tabernacles of Clay: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Mormonism by Taylor G. Petrey. Drawing on deep archival research, Petrey situates LDS doctrines in gender theory and American religious history since World War II. His challenging conclusion is that Mormonism is conflicted between …

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Gaining from Grief; Living in Gratitude

As human beings we are bonded by one common thread: we all go through seasons. Grief and gratitude are examples of such seasons and how we adjust to and learn from the seasons will determine who we become and whether we will able to acompilsh our God-given purpose in life.

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No Industrial Revolution, No Latter-19th-Century (and later) Mormonism: How a Religion Founded in America Became Largely British

Had not its main body moved to the inter-mountain west, the Church would not have grown and prospered that way it did. In order to achieve an economically self-sustaining societal critical mass in an inhospitable environment, Brigham Young, the industrialist, needed a large number of workers possessing post-agrarian vocational skills and the motivation and financial …

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How Faith and Rationality Are Incompatible

Of course all are free to believe whatever they want (as long as they’re not harming others), but not every belief is rational. In this presentation, Spencer Wright will demonstrate the ways in which faith-based beliefs are incompatible with rationality. Recognition of this incompatibility can be both a cause for grief and a cause for …

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Freemasonry’s Impact on Mormon Mourning in Nauvoo

In Mormon Nauvoo, there was barely a person who did not feel the pangs of a loved one’s death. At the passing of one of his dear friends, King Follett, Joseph Smith sought to comfort those who had experienced loss. Secreted within the words of his sermon were Masonic themes which many in the audience …

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Mormons and Native Americans: Myths vs. Realities

Brigham Young is quoted as having said about Native Americans: “It is cheaper to feed them than to fight them.” Due to this and the Mormon belief that Native Americans are descended from the Book of Mormon people, it is a common myth that 19th-century Mormons were always kind to Native Americans. The reality is …

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Why We Stay

This perennially well-received session features the stories of those who have chosen to remain active, dedicated Latter-day Saints even in the face of challenges to traditional faith.

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In Search of a Larger God

I used to feel like I needed a bigger church, but behind that need was actually a more fundamental one: the need for a larger God. When my children left Mormonism, they somehow took with them my belief in the Heavenly Father that had been the center of our religious life. Regaining my spiritual footing …

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