J. Bonner Ritchie: The Case for Sunstone

We’ve put together a short, 10 minute video on the case for Sunstone — as told by J. Bonner Ritchie: retired BYU professor, active member of the LDS church, and avid Sunstone supporter.

We hope you enjoy! Please consider supporting Sunstone today — either by subscribing to the magazine, purchasing some MP3s or making a donation.


  1. Michael says:

    Dear John,

    I know you are excited about your new opportunity and challenge to revitalize Sunstone and to make it relevant to Latter-Day Saint culture. I support you in this challenge. I would like to make a suggestion. When an organization finds it influence waning, it is sometimes a good idea to make your resources, opinions and articles available for free online. This would allow your voice to be heard and to reach new converts. Then, once you find your influence growing, you can seek more funding through charging.

    I would suggest you give consideration to making the magazine and conference MP3s free on-line including all the back issues. I know it goes against what Sunstone has been doing for the past decades but it has worked with many other organizations that find themselves in the same predicament. You will find yourself grateful that you did.

  2. I know it’s a long shot, but Bonner and his wife hosted an “Indian placement” girl in about 1976. Her name was Ella Mae Spencer and she was my best friend. We lost contact after she left Orem.

    Bonner, if you still know where she is, I’d love to contact her. You can reach me on my website.

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