Mormon Stories Podcast

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Mormon Stories Podcast
Hosting John Dehlin (primary host)
Genre Mormon studies
LDS/social activism
Latter-day Saint history
Debut September 2005

Mormon Stories Podcast is an independent, therapeutic support, and quasi-pastoral podcast hosted by John Dehlin featuring interviews with scholars and others on topics of interest to Mormons experiencing crises of faith,[1] with the intention of giving listeners reasons to remain in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2]


In September 2005, after finding reasons to stay a member of the LDS Church, John Dehlin created the Mormon Stories podcast as an open discussion of Mormon issues with the intention of giving listeners reasons to remain in the church.[2] Through interviews, Mormon Stories focused on varying Mormon experiences and perspectives, including antagonistic, apologetic, intellectual, gay, black, fundamentalist, feminist, and dissenting. Several notable Mormon figures were guests on Mormon Stories, including Gregory Prince, Todd Compton, Grant Palmer, Darius Gray, Margaret Blair Young, Richard Bushman, and Margaret and Paul Toscano. To date, listenership at times exceeds 25,000 downloads per episode.[citation needed] Mormon Stories has been featured in many venues, including being broadcast on KVNU in Logan, Utah.[3] In June 2007 John Dehlin was quoted for stories by The New York Times and Good Morning America, discussing Mitt Romney and Mormonism.[4][5]

At times personally conflicted about continuing Mormon Stories, Dehlin stopped and restarted the project a few times.[6][7] In January 2010 Dehlin resumed the blog and podcast, focusing on faith crises, mental illnesses, and notable guests,[8] beginning with interviews of Joanna Brooks and John Hamer.[9][10] Two other regular hosts joined Dehlin in conducting interviews for the podcast: Dan Wotherspoon, former editor of Sunstone magazine; and Natasha Helfer Parker, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.

Criticism [edit]

In 2013, a critical review of Mormon Stories by Gregory L. Smith was published in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. In the review, Smith alleges that "Dehlin is frequently uninformed of the often controversial material he discusses with interviewees, and that he promotes views hostile to the foundational beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints".[11][12] The pending publication of the piece catalyzed within the Mormon studies community a discussion (often referenced as the Dehlin affair)[13][14][15] about the roles of apologetic and non-faith-based scholarship, respectively, within the academic study of Mormonism by Mormons.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

The New York Times reported in June 2014 that Dehlin was threatened by his local LDS Church leader with excommunication for apostasy for his LGBT rights activism in the Mormon community. The next day, Kate Kelly, a Mormon activist who founded Ordain Women, was scheduled for a disciplinary council. The successive disciplinary actions against prominent critics is similar to actions taken in 1993 against the September Six.[24][25]


Featured guests of the podcast have included:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (July 20, 2013). "Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt". The New York Times 
  2. ^ a b Dehlin, John (September 4, 2005). "Mormon Stories Podcast # 001: Bad Baptisms? My Mission Experience in Guatemala". Mormon Stories. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  3. ^ Grover, Tom (January 3, 2008). "John Dehlin, Mormon Stories featured in today’s Herald Journal". KVNU’s For The People. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Church and State: Mormonism and Romney" (video). Good Morning America. ABC News. June 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (June 11, 2007). "Romney’s Run Has Mormons Wary of Scrutiny". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  6. ^ "What is/was Mormon Stories?". Mormon Stories Podcast. April 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Some Bonus Material, and a Break". Mormon Stories. December 25, 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  8. ^ "Mormon Stories 2010 — A New Direction". Mormon Stories Podcast. January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Mormon Stories # 112 & 113: Joanna Brooks Parts 1 and 2". Mormon Stories Podcast. January 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  10. ^ "Mormon Stories # 116: John Hamer Pt. 1 — The LDS Succession Crisis of 1844 and the Beginnings of the RLDS Church". Mormon Stories Podcast. January 24, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  11. ^ Stephen Smoot, "Controversial Paper Critiquing Popular Mormon Podcast Published", Student Review, February 2013.
  12. ^ by glsmith7 (2013-03-12). "Rollo review – Introduction | Angels in the Architecture". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  13. ^ "Dehlin | Interpreter". 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  14. ^ Hamblin, William (2013-02-25). "It is not personal". Mormon Scripture Explorations. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  15. ^ "The Dehlin Affair–The Current Uncivil War - General Discussions - Mormon Dialogue & Discussion Board". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  16. ^ B Hodges (2013-08-16). "A Mormon Studies Blogliography". Maxwell Institute Blog. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  17. ^ By admin (2012-06-23). "Did John Dehlin Bring Down the Mormon Studies Review: (Hint: the answer has two letters…)". John Adams Center. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  18. ^ "Controversy over dismissal of BYU professor from Mormon Studies". Student Review. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  19. ^ March 1, 2013 (2013-03-01). "Wheat and Tares Apologetics". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  20. ^ "The Dehlin Affair–The Current Uncivil War - General Discussions - Mormon Dialogue & Discussion Board". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  21. ^ "In Defense of Mormon Apologetics | Worlds Without End". 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  22. ^ "FARMS Fires Peterson et al . . . | Messenger and Advocate". 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  23. ^ October 16, 2013. "Who should get the credit for giving me the boot?". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  24. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (11 June 2014). "Mormon Church Warns 2 Activists of Excommunication". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 June 2014. "Kate Kelly and John P. Dehlin, who have gained national attention for pushing the church to ordain women to the priesthood and to accept openly gay members, have been notified this week that they face expulsion for apostasy." 
  25. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "Founder of Mormon women’s group threatened with excommunication". The Salt Lake Tribune (June 11, 2014). Retrieved June 11, 2014. 

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