058: Seer Stones and Treasure Digging

Critics cite The Church as intentionally creating a simple sanitized view of the Translation of the Book of Mormon.  But what really happened?  Here is my personal take on the Translation process and what I think is a very good shot at the real storyline.  Did the Church intentionally hide information?  What are we to […]

054: Terryl Givens: Crucible of Doubt

Terryl Givens, professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, where he holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English.  He is the author of several books including “By The Hand of Mormon” and has a book approaching publishing called “The Crucible of Doubt”.  Terryl has been part of a series of firesides […]

052: Richard Bushman: Rough Stone Rolling

Richard Bushman – The foremost scholar on Joseph Smith and author of “Rough Stone Rolling” sits down with me and discusses Faith Crisis.  What helps and What doesn’t and how we need to deal with the historical issues head on!!!!   Thank you for subscribing Read the 2008 article referenced in the Episode here – http://www.lifeongoldplates.com/2008/08/bushmans-introduction-to-joseph-smith.html […]

037: Brian Hales : Polygamy

We sit down with Brian Hales, LDS author of “Joseph Smith’s Polygamy”  We ask him the hard questions fast and furious and does a great job answering them.  We discuss polygamy, Polyandry, Joseph’s withholding the knowledge of the practice from the public and even general membership. Brian’s Book can be found at Greg Kofford Books […]

034: Steven Harper: The First Vision

Steven C Harper until recently was a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU. He has written several books and has contributed to the Joseph Smith Papers project. In our interview we focus on his book “Joseph Smith’s First Vision – A Guide to Historical Accounts” and discuss the context, differences, unity, and other […]

033: True And Living Church

This is the the True and Living Church. What does that mean? What are the implications of that? Does it give us a right to arrogance or elitism? Does membership in it improve our chance for salvation? We explore that question and topic today on MormonDiscussion Please consider donating to the podcast as it is […]

031: Brant Gardner: Gift And Power

I sit down with LDS author Brant Gardner to discuss his book “The Gift and Power – Translating the Book of Mormon” and ask him tough questions about the translation process, Joseph’s Scrying or mystical use of the seer stone and skins of blackness in the Book of Mormon. We also touch on the Meso-American […]

029: Brad Wilcox Pt. 2

Brad Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University and author of several books as well as a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. Along with being a professor of education at Brigham […]

019: Richard Bushman describes Faith Crisis

This episode begins by discussing where the podcast is and some of the neat things that have occurred. We conclude by sharing remarks by Richard Bushman.  The following is Richard Bushman’s introduction paper to the 2008 summer seminar, “Joseph Smith and His Critics,” given July 29, 2008.For me he gets at the heart of it!!!!! […]

014: Britney Hartley Pt. 1

MormonDiscussion interviews Brittney Hartley. She discusses her faith journey which took her out of the church and then back in. She also discusses several topics important to the sisters of the church offering a better framework to support the sisters in their their faith and with the issues that concern them.To reach Brittney Hartley – […]

015: Britney Hartley Pt. 2

Part 2   MormonDiscussion interviews Brittney Hartley. She discusses her faith journey which took her out of the church and then back in. She also discusses several topics important to the sisters of the church offering a better framework to support the sisters in their their faith and with the issues that concern them.To reach […]

013: False Assumptions and Expectations

We each deal with critical information about the church and how these issues cause us to struggle. Some of us find difficulty with the issues and others find the problem is with our assumptions and expectations. This podcast deals with those assumptions and expectations…….. enjoy