288: Lucy Walker and Spiritual Experiences

Today we tell the story of Lucy Walker, plural wife of the prophet Joseph Smith.  We tell her story and then spend time exploring who has spiritual experiences, whether they can be trusted specifically when one us under stress, pressure, and sleep deprivation.  Then we explore the spiritual experiences of those of other faiths and […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 028: Darkness Now

It’s winter in New England, and so it’s very dark. Jack Naneek discusses the darknesses of life and our inability to predict when light will return.  He reviews and discusses a certain sacrament talk given by a typical member who thinks he controls the universe through personal performance.  Does he? And what is God teaching […]

Radio Free Mormon: 022: The Ghost of Homophobia Past

In today’s episode, RFM tackles the recent leak of a 1981 official manual of the Church Of Jesus Christ if Latter-day Saints on the topic of homosexuality.  RFM demonstrates conclusively that the Church held many views officially that were demonstrably wrong and deeply unhealthy.  RFM then, in traditional fashion, dissects the why of the Church […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 027: Mailbag

Jack Naneek responds to three emails received this past week.  The emails represent interesting and common issues raised with Jack over the past six months of podcasting.  Jack does his best to answer these emails.  But at the end of the day, everyone needs to answer their own questions for themselves.

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 026: Don’t Be Illogical

Jack Naneek discusses the human mind’s use of heuristics.  We use shortcuts to save time and mental capacity, but, sometimes such shortcuts lead to illogical conclusions.  The bad serves a purpose too, pointing us towards all that is good in life. In the end, we realize Lehi might be right: it’s all about learning from […]

286: Guilt Shame And Leading With Faith

Today’s Episode is split into three segments.  In segment #1 Bill Reel addresses guilt and shame and shares an experience from his personal life.  In segment #2 Bill makes a plea on behalf the Mormon Discussion team in order to keep this work going.  And Bill concludes by addressing the criticism that he no longer […]

Mormon History Podcast: 001: Teen Brides and Trying Times

The Newest Edition to the Mormon Discussion Lineup is “The Mormon History Podcast”.  This initial episode is titled “Teen Brides and Trying Times”.   Does sacrifice bring blessings? Today we hear a story of a Woman who was willing to sacrifice all that she had for the gospel. Would she be blessed? Would her children be blessed […]