Mormon History Podcast: 011: Testify or Testi-Lie?

What is a Testimony? When does a Testify become a Lie? Today we talk about scenarios in which the Testimony was changed or only parts of it were included. Can we historically say that we have been honest? Resources: -Joseph Smith was ordained to the High Priesthood by Lyman Wight 1831 http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minutes-circa-3-4-june-1831/2 -Original Story about “John […]

POST: Mormon Apologists and Ad Hominem

Laura Hales – You once again show your true colors. For those who say apologists don’t engage in Ad hominem – take a look   Laura Hales tonight came onto one of my post and made a personal attack that is inexcuseable   Her First Comment “Bill Reel I’m neither critical, delusional, greedy, fame-hungry nor […]

291: Stand Up Speak Up!!!

Today on Mormon Discussion, Bill Reel ties together several facets playing out in his own life and in his Church regarding the LGBT Issue.  How it is playing out in his wrestle with Mormonism, How it is playing out in his family & Friendships, How the Church is slowly coming around, How some leaders are […]

290: Tony Ortega & The Church of Scientology & Scientologists

Today we sit down with Tony Ortega, a journalist who has covered Scientology for over 20 years.  We talk about the mechanisms of Scientology and contrast and compare them with some of the mechanisms Mormonism.   We cover topics like how both religions handle dissenters, what gives the members certainty with their respective religion, interviews […]

Mormon History Podcast: 010: Word of Wisdom

Today I talk about Historical events surrounding the current Section 89 in the Doctrine and Covenants called the Word of Wisdom.   Sources: Oliver Cowdery Journal: https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/MS%203429 (Journal Page 5) Chastised for not blessing: A President of the Elders’ Quorum, old father Baker, was called upon to visit a very sick woman, a sister in the […]

Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Fireside 1.13.2018

This is an audio recording of a Fireside held in Southern Utah on January 13 2018 on Joseph Smith’s polygamy.  We share the accounts of the plural wives of the Prophet Joseph Smith in their very words.  Going through multiple accounts one begins to see a pattern appear.  Religious pressure, rhetoric to each women that […]

Marriage On A Tightrope: 001: Allan & Kattie

Today we introduce a new podcast “Marriage On A Tightrope”.  Co-hosts Allan & Kattie, husband and wife, introduce themselves and introduce their podcast which focuses on navigating a mixed faith marriage.  With so many Mormons entering faith shifts, more and more helpful conversations around mixed faith marriages are needed and Marriage on a Tightrope is […]

Cognitive Dissidents: 009: Doubt and the Internet

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast, Host Bill Reel tackles the religious mechanism of faith leaders discouraging research into their faiths claims and history from outside sources.  Whether that is asking a church member to not trust the internet, not trust unauthorized sources, or even asking them to disassociate from friends and family who ask […]

Radio Free Mormon: 23: Dumbing Down Revelation

Radio Free Mormon tackles the pillar of revelation.  In his normal RFM fashion, he lays out like a legal case the fact that Mormonism has gone from a religion that encouraged and expected its membership to have direct revelation from God, his son, and his angels to a faith that has stripped away any real […]

Mormon History Podcast: 008: By Your Deeds

Today, I discuss how some people feel the Church holds families hostage. I share a couple of Historical stories that show where the Church itself has caused the hostage situation. I also talk about Women in the church. Resources for this episode: Jedediah Grant “Joseph ask for your Wife” Letter from James Glover to his […]

289: Institutional Overreaching – A Better Framework

People are constantly trying to figure out how they can be in Mormonism while trying to reconcile where they stand versus where the Institution stands.  In spite of the fact that the Church has always struggled to define itself, it’s history, it’s theology, and even the Word of God when it isn’t; we still seem […]