In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Jon Ogden—author of When Mormons Doubt. Jon describes how his faith crisis blossomed during his LDS mission and time at BYU and ultimately became the impetus to writing the book, which strives to explore how the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness can save relationships even when we disagree with those we love.
- How his faith crisis developed on his LDS mission, but he finished his mission anyway
- Dating while at BYU and how it distracted him from his faith crisis
- How when a family member left the LDS Church, it forced him to confront his own doubts and begin an academic study of the truth claims of the Church
- When he realized that the same problems with Mormon historicity were also at play with Christianity in general
- He and his spouse’s current belief state, and their desire to have a sense of community and solid religious framework for their children to hold onto
- The main topics of his book, When Mormons Doubt, including a deep dive into sections on “Truth,” “Goodness,” and “Beauty.”
When Mormons Doubt, available on Amazon
An audio version of the book will be available by September 8, 2017
In this episode of Mormon Stories/Transitions, John and Margi interview the brilliant Dr. Julie DeAzevedo Hanks about her article titled “30 Questions Nobody Asks My Husband at Church.”
John, Margi, and Julie focus on the powerful cultural messages about gender, potential, life decisions, and worth that are broadcast in the questions we ask. During the interview, cultural assumptions are challenged in some of the questions from Julie’s article:
- Did you know that you are a son of your Heavenly Mother?
- What does your wife do for a living?
- Who’s watching your kids?
- Why are you getting a graduate degree?
- Will you go home and change? Your clothes are distracting the sisters.
…and many more.
Dr. Hanks is hosting a Women’s Workshop in Salt Lake City on July 26, 2017. Information for that event can be found here
Dr. Hanks is also presenting at this year’s Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium on July 29 at 9:00AM with her subject “The Shame with no Name: Identifying and healing aspirational shame in Mormon women.” Information for this can be found here
And finally, you can learn from Dr. Hanks alongside John at our Mormon Stories Mixed Faith Marriage Retreat on 8/11-12 in Salt Lake City. Event details are located here.
034-035: Navigating Progressive Mormonism with Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler
In these episodes of Mormon Transitions, John and Margi interview Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Riess, and Jana Johnson Spangler to explore their experiences as they navigate progressive Mormonism.
We cover important topics such as:
- Each panelist’s experience when their faith became more complex and whether they would self-describe as a Mormon
- What made them choose to remain engaged in the Church
- What the most valuable aspects of the faith are to each of them, and how they inform and impact their life
- Their social experience in their wards and whether they feel alone or among many others who are navigating a middle-way
- How they approach Sundays and whether they have supplemented their Sunday experience with anything that would be helpful to share with our audience
- Whether they observe a decline in the health and vitality of the Church
Carol Lynn Pearson’s new book, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy
Jana Riess’ new book, Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional For The Rest of Us
Jana Johnson Spangler with Symmetry Solutions
In this episode of Mormon Stories and Mormon Transitions, John interviews Brynne Thomas Gant — author of the article titled, “They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave the Church Alone,” in order to explore the impact of this saying held by many orthodox believers.