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This Week in Mormons

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The greatest podcast about Mormon err LDS err Latter-day Saint news that has ever exited or will ever exist

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EP 458 – Alright, Wendy Nelson, I’m Gonna Need to See Some Credentials

The week is here! THE week! Our favorite Singaporean resident, Josie Gleave, is with us from across the world to bring us some international news, as well as her singular form of comedy. Last month, the Salt Lake Temple closed for its four-year major overhaul. Renovating a temple means, of course, that the temple can no longer be a dedicated building, as it would be unrealistic for construction workers to hold temple recommends and conduct the work in the appropriate reverence. So when does a temple under revamp cease to be a temple? The Church let us know! http://www.thisweekinmormons.com/2020/01/when-exactly-does-a-temple-cease-to-be-a-temple/ There's much in the world of women's issues this week. First of all, the Herald Extra has been kind enough to let us know that women who serve missions typically develop better leadership skills and gain in overall quality development. That's according to science! Next up: the forthcoming edition of theNew Era magazine has a section on femin...

67 MIN5 d ago
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EP 458 – Alright, Wendy Nelson, I’m Gonna Need to See Some Credentials

EP 457 – It’s the New Year, and We Can’t Think of a Title for This Episode

As seems to be the case whenever Kurt is in the hot seat, it's a strange grab bag of news this week without a single, dominating headline (unless you want to talk about Iran, which we don't). So let's dive in! So there's this interesting Tree of Life augmented reality app that the Church just released. For the uninitiated, augmented reality is something like Pokemon Go, where your phone shows you what is around you - as it normally would when taking a photo or video - but other material pops up in the process and you can interact with it. In this case, it's the opportunity to live through the Tree of Life story from the book of 1 Nephi. It's interesting. We had some trouble getting it to play nice on Android, but we'd love to hear what you think of it if you manage to use it. Also new from the Church is a new podcast focused exclusively on the First Vision, Joseph Smith's experience seeing God the Father and Jesus Christ. It's pretty great and contains interviews with scholars and h...

68 MIN1 w ago
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EP 457 – It’s the New Year, and We Can’t Think of a Title for This Episode

EP 456 – Money

Given our production schedule the past few weeks, we haven't actually discussed the big one: the Church's wealth! In case you missed it, a whistleblower alleged that the Church has mishandled charitable contributions and used them to either build a war chest or bail out other for-profit, Church-owned entities as opposed to spending the charitable contributions on charitable purposes. The Church is famously opaque about its finances, but that was not always the case. You might have read in passing that Salt Lake used to publish financial reports well into the 20th century, but then stopped sometime in the 1950s or 160s. The presumption is that this was to avoid shedding a light on all of our money. However, that wasn't the case, as this great op ed explains. It was to avoid embarrassment for being in the red during the McKay era due to spending so much money on international expansion. The tradition has continued, but at this point, for what purpose? Who is benefiting from caginess a...

53 MIN2 w ago
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EP 456 – Money

EP 455 – Stories of Christmas

Merry Christmas to you! To mix things up a bit this week, we've gotten together your favorite This Week in Mormons co-hosts to share personal stories of Christmas most relevant to them. You'll find laughter, tears, joy, and humility in these stories from Tiffany Hales, Devin Thorpe, Al Doan, Kurt Francom, Jared Gillins, Arianne Smith, and Geoff Openshaw. We hope they will bring you Christmas cheer. Transcript Geoff Openshaw: [0:16]Hello my little elves to die Santa. Headed to this week in Mormons thanks for taking the time to tune in this week because this week is Christmas were right upon it we wanted to mix things up a little bit. So what follows in this special episode are small Christmas anecdotes from the various co-hosts of this week in Mormons. Some of the stories are humorous some of the stories are tearjerkers summer touching summer spiritual summer secular. [0:45]What's Ray's we see the common threads of the Christmas season through different lenses through different hosts...

53 MIN3 w ago
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EP 455 – Stories of Christmas

EP 454 – Fake Plastic (Christmas) Trees

Original picture: Merrick's Art Have you survived your ward Christmas party? Did kids disappear? Was all hope lost? Was the program too long? Did Santa make an appearance? This is serious stuff! Tiffay isvery bothered by Geoff's, Al's, and Devin's thoughts on the forthcomingReal Housewives of Salt Lake City, going as far as saying she has "street cred" on this issue. Do. Not. Mess. With. Tiffany. Either way, the Sisters are excited now that the cast has been revealed, a member of which is LDS and owns a tequila company.... Did you catch the Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert? How did such an affair become such a tradition? The Deseret News has the answer. In more Christmas news, what have the prophets said about Santa Claus? If this matters to you — and it shouldn't — LDS Living compiled a list containing such pertinent information. Here's a tragic tale of competing visions of what it means to "sustain" leaders and how it relates to LGBT rights. A young missionary from Idaho, se...

61 MIN2019 DEC 18
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EP 454 – Fake Plastic (Christmas) Trees

EP 453 – No Doughnut Shackles Can Chain These Hands

Josie! Josie! Josie! We're thrilled to have our favorite expat back in the studio, and there's been plenty of international news to cover since we last spoke with Josie Gleave. Due to a protest at Utah's capitol building in supporting of Utah ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, a long-gestating proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Church felt it important to first have no comment, and then an hour later revise that lack of comment with a reminder that the Church's position on the issue hasn't change in 40 years. (See this primer from 1980 that elaborates in detail on said position.) But what is the issue with a piece of legislation that would codify equality between the genders? We know that women are paid less than men. We know that women face inequities in social situations. We know hat women aren't privy to the same opportunities as men. So what's wrong with formally banning such practices? It's more complicated than you'd think, and as is often the case with these ...

64 MIN2019 DEC 10
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EP 453 – No Doughnut Shackles Can Chain These Hands

EP 452 – ‘Show Offs’ with Lisa Valentine Clark and Hailey Smith

For those in the United States, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving and did not succumb to the worldly deluge the is Black Friday. (But we do hope that you had a fabulous Cyber Monday.) Comedy is a fickle medium. What's funny to one is not funny to another. Moreover, what passes as comedy in some environments is considered rude or inappropriate in others. Latter-day Saints are no strangers to comedy, having pursued it with varying degrees of success. BYUtv is eager to capitalize on the need to bring appropriate, uplifting comedy to the masses, and it has done so with its new hit improv comedy show, Show Offs. Lest you be confused,Show Offs is not just improv in the vein ofWhose Line Is It, Anyway? Rather, it is long-form improvisational comedy neatly packaged for families. It's great. Two stars of the show, Hailey Smith and Lisa Valentine Clark, who joined us four years ago to promoteOne I Was a Beehive, are back in the studio to discuss comedy as it pertains to Latter-day Saints, ...

57 MIN2019 DEC 3
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EP 452 – ‘Show Offs’ with Lisa Valentine Clark and Hailey Smith

EP 451 – Samuel the Lamanite Was Balthazar. Change My Mind.

Devin Thorpe, the nicest person alive and host of Your Mark on the World with Devin Thorpe, is in the guest seat today. We love you, Devin! Arguably the biggest story this week is BYU-Idaho's decision to stop accepting Medicaid, the government-sponsored health care plan for low-income individuals and families. University policy requires students to have a form of health insurance, and without Medicaid, some students are required to purchase BYU's more expensive health care plan. What is the deal here folks?Update since time of recording: BYU-Idaho has rescinded the policy. Check out this new Nativity video,The Christ Child. The Church has gone to enormous lengths to make it as historically accurate as possible, and we dare say, it might be the best Nativity video ever produced by anyone ever. Period. Related to that, apparently there is a faith-affirming legend that the Three Wise Men are actually Samuel the Lamanite, Nephi, and Lehi. Yes. This is real. Google it! Mormons love Disne...

57 MIN2019 NOV 26
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EP 451 – Samuel the Lamanite Was Balthazar. Change My Mind.

EP 450 – All Is Not Well in Rock Canyon

We've got a smattering of a news, a veritable cornucopia of information for you to digest as it relates to Latter-day Saints. Plus, TWiM founder and all-around wonderful human, Al Doan, is back in the hot seat along with Geoff. There's a new white handbook for missionaries. To be clear, this is not a replacement ofPreach My Gospel, which is more of a missionarymanual. The white handbook, which now has a faded image of Christ on the front (how Catholic of us, having Jesus near our hearts!) contains rules and regulations, as well as best practices for missionaries. It was last updated in 2010. In other missionary news, North American (i.e. American and Canadian) missionaries were pulled from the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission last week following weeks of civil unrest due to disputed elections in the Andean republic. No missionaries have been harmed, but given the history of violence against Latter-day Saint missionaries in Bolivia, it's understandable that the Church is being cautious. Th...

63 MIN2019 NOV 21
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EP 450 – All Is Not Well in Rock Canyon

EP 449 – We’re All Mormons

Tragedy has struck a Latter-day Saint offshoot in Mexico, with Mexican cartels executing women and children near the Mormon colonies. As the affected families mourn, many have noted that these individuals are not Mormons, but fundamentalists unrelated to the Utah church. So what defines a "Latter-day Saint" or a "Mormon"? Who owns the right to be called a "Mormon"? And why are Mormons in Mexico in the first place? Let's talk about bishops. Should we still call released bishops "bishop"? Kurt, a former bishop, has experience with this. Geoff, as his usual self, demands that all female leaders be addressed as "President" following their release. Also, what is a bishop's most important duty in the new era of Young Men and Young Women organization? On to Utah, land of glory and fry sauce. We now know the location of the unfortunately named second temple in the St. George metropolitan area. Wikipedia also has a wonderful article about "Utah Mormon English," reminding us all that Utah is ...

63 MIN2019 NOV 13
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EP 449 – We’re All Mormons

Latest Episodes

EP 458 – Alright, Wendy Nelson, I’m Gonna Need to See Some Credentials

The week is here! THE week! Our favorite Singaporean resident, Josie Gleave, is with us from across the world to bring us some international news, as well as her singular form of comedy. Last month, the Salt Lake Temple closed for its four-year major overhaul. Renovating a temple means, of course, that the temple can no longer be a dedicated building, as it would be unrealistic for construction workers to hold temple recommends and conduct the work in the appropriate reverence. So when does a temple under revamp cease to be a temple? The Church let us know! http://www.thisweekinmormons.com/2020/01/when-exactly-does-a-temple-cease-to-be-a-temple/ There's much in the world of women's issues this week. First of all, the Herald Extra has been kind enough to let us know that women who serve missions typically develop better leadership skills and gain in overall quality development. That's according to science! Next up: the forthcoming edition of theNew Era magazine has a section on femin...

67 MIN5 d ago
Comments
EP 458 – Alright, Wendy Nelson, I’m Gonna Need to See Some Credentials

EP 457 – It’s the New Year, and We Can’t Think of a Title for This Episode

As seems to be the case whenever Kurt is in the hot seat, it's a strange grab bag of news this week without a single, dominating headline (unless you want to talk about Iran, which we don't). So let's dive in! So there's this interesting Tree of Life augmented reality app that the Church just released. For the uninitiated, augmented reality is something like Pokemon Go, where your phone shows you what is around you - as it normally would when taking a photo or video - but other material pops up in the process and you can interact with it. In this case, it's the opportunity to live through the Tree of Life story from the book of 1 Nephi. It's interesting. We had some trouble getting it to play nice on Android, but we'd love to hear what you think of it if you manage to use it. Also new from the Church is a new podcast focused exclusively on the First Vision, Joseph Smith's experience seeing God the Father and Jesus Christ. It's pretty great and contains interviews with scholars and h...

68 MIN1 w ago
Comments
EP 457 – It’s the New Year, and We Can’t Think of a Title for This Episode

EP 456 – Money

Given our production schedule the past few weeks, we haven't actually discussed the big one: the Church's wealth! In case you missed it, a whistleblower alleged that the Church has mishandled charitable contributions and used them to either build a war chest or bail out other for-profit, Church-owned entities as opposed to spending the charitable contributions on charitable purposes. The Church is famously opaque about its finances, but that was not always the case. You might have read in passing that Salt Lake used to publish financial reports well into the 20th century, but then stopped sometime in the 1950s or 160s. The presumption is that this was to avoid shedding a light on all of our money. However, that wasn't the case, as this great op ed explains. It was to avoid embarrassment for being in the red during the McKay era due to spending so much money on international expansion. The tradition has continued, but at this point, for what purpose? Who is benefiting from caginess a...

53 MIN2 w ago
Comments
EP 456 – Money

EP 455 – Stories of Christmas

Merry Christmas to you! To mix things up a bit this week, we've gotten together your favorite This Week in Mormons co-hosts to share personal stories of Christmas most relevant to them. You'll find laughter, tears, joy, and humility in these stories from Tiffany Hales, Devin Thorpe, Al Doan, Kurt Francom, Jared Gillins, Arianne Smith, and Geoff Openshaw. We hope they will bring you Christmas cheer. Transcript Geoff Openshaw: [0:16]Hello my little elves to die Santa. Headed to this week in Mormons thanks for taking the time to tune in this week because this week is Christmas were right upon it we wanted to mix things up a little bit. So what follows in this special episode are small Christmas anecdotes from the various co-hosts of this week in Mormons. Some of the stories are humorous some of the stories are tearjerkers summer touching summer spiritual summer secular. [0:45]What's Ray's we see the common threads of the Christmas season through different lenses through different hosts...

53 MIN3 w ago
Comments
EP 455 – Stories of Christmas

EP 454 – Fake Plastic (Christmas) Trees

Original picture: Merrick's Art Have you survived your ward Christmas party? Did kids disappear? Was all hope lost? Was the program too long? Did Santa make an appearance? This is serious stuff! Tiffay isvery bothered by Geoff's, Al's, and Devin's thoughts on the forthcomingReal Housewives of Salt Lake City, going as far as saying she has "street cred" on this issue. Do. Not. Mess. With. Tiffany. Either way, the Sisters are excited now that the cast has been revealed, a member of which is LDS and owns a tequila company.... Did you catch the Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert? How did such an affair become such a tradition? The Deseret News has the answer. In more Christmas news, what have the prophets said about Santa Claus? If this matters to you — and it shouldn't — LDS Living compiled a list containing such pertinent information. Here's a tragic tale of competing visions of what it means to "sustain" leaders and how it relates to LGBT rights. A young missionary from Idaho, se...

61 MIN2019 DEC 18
Comments
EP 454 – Fake Plastic (Christmas) Trees

EP 453 – No Doughnut Shackles Can Chain These Hands

Josie! Josie! Josie! We're thrilled to have our favorite expat back in the studio, and there's been plenty of international news to cover since we last spoke with Josie Gleave. Due to a protest at Utah's capitol building in supporting of Utah ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, a long-gestating proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Church felt it important to first have no comment, and then an hour later revise that lack of comment with a reminder that the Church's position on the issue hasn't change in 40 years. (See this primer from 1980 that elaborates in detail on said position.) But what is the issue with a piece of legislation that would codify equality between the genders? We know that women are paid less than men. We know that women face inequities in social situations. We know hat women aren't privy to the same opportunities as men. So what's wrong with formally banning such practices? It's more complicated than you'd think, and as is often the case with these ...

64 MIN2019 DEC 10
Comments
EP 453 – No Doughnut Shackles Can Chain These Hands

EP 452 – ‘Show Offs’ with Lisa Valentine Clark and Hailey Smith

For those in the United States, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving and did not succumb to the worldly deluge the is Black Friday. (But we do hope that you had a fabulous Cyber Monday.) Comedy is a fickle medium. What's funny to one is not funny to another. Moreover, what passes as comedy in some environments is considered rude or inappropriate in others. Latter-day Saints are no strangers to comedy, having pursued it with varying degrees of success. BYUtv is eager to capitalize on the need to bring appropriate, uplifting comedy to the masses, and it has done so with its new hit improv comedy show, Show Offs. Lest you be confused,Show Offs is not just improv in the vein ofWhose Line Is It, Anyway? Rather, it is long-form improvisational comedy neatly packaged for families. It's great. Two stars of the show, Hailey Smith and Lisa Valentine Clark, who joined us four years ago to promoteOne I Was a Beehive, are back in the studio to discuss comedy as it pertains to Latter-day Saints, ...

57 MIN2019 DEC 3
Comments
EP 452 – ‘Show Offs’ with Lisa Valentine Clark and Hailey Smith

EP 451 – Samuel the Lamanite Was Balthazar. Change My Mind.

Devin Thorpe, the nicest person alive and host of Your Mark on the World with Devin Thorpe, is in the guest seat today. We love you, Devin! Arguably the biggest story this week is BYU-Idaho's decision to stop accepting Medicaid, the government-sponsored health care plan for low-income individuals and families. University policy requires students to have a form of health insurance, and without Medicaid, some students are required to purchase BYU's more expensive health care plan. What is the deal here folks?Update since time of recording: BYU-Idaho has rescinded the policy. Check out this new Nativity video,The Christ Child. The Church has gone to enormous lengths to make it as historically accurate as possible, and we dare say, it might be the best Nativity video ever produced by anyone ever. Period. Related to that, apparently there is a faith-affirming legend that the Three Wise Men are actually Samuel the Lamanite, Nephi, and Lehi. Yes. This is real. Google it! Mormons love Disne...

57 MIN2019 NOV 26
Comments
EP 451 – Samuel the Lamanite Was Balthazar. Change My Mind.

EP 450 – All Is Not Well in Rock Canyon

We've got a smattering of a news, a veritable cornucopia of information for you to digest as it relates to Latter-day Saints. Plus, TWiM founder and all-around wonderful human, Al Doan, is back in the hot seat along with Geoff. There's a new white handbook for missionaries. To be clear, this is not a replacement ofPreach My Gospel, which is more of a missionarymanual. The white handbook, which now has a faded image of Christ on the front (how Catholic of us, having Jesus near our hearts!) contains rules and regulations, as well as best practices for missionaries. It was last updated in 2010. In other missionary news, North American (i.e. American and Canadian) missionaries were pulled from the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission last week following weeks of civil unrest due to disputed elections in the Andean republic. No missionaries have been harmed, but given the history of violence against Latter-day Saint missionaries in Bolivia, it's understandable that the Church is being cautious. Th...

63 MIN2019 NOV 21
Comments
EP 450 – All Is Not Well in Rock Canyon

EP 449 – We’re All Mormons

Tragedy has struck a Latter-day Saint offshoot in Mexico, with Mexican cartels executing women and children near the Mormon colonies. As the affected families mourn, many have noted that these individuals are not Mormons, but fundamentalists unrelated to the Utah church. So what defines a "Latter-day Saint" or a "Mormon"? Who owns the right to be called a "Mormon"? And why are Mormons in Mexico in the first place? Let's talk about bishops. Should we still call released bishops "bishop"? Kurt, a former bishop, has experience with this. Geoff, as his usual self, demands that all female leaders be addressed as "President" following their release. Also, what is a bishop's most important duty in the new era of Young Men and Young Women organization? On to Utah, land of glory and fry sauce. We now know the location of the unfortunately named second temple in the St. George metropolitan area. Wikipedia also has a wonderful article about "Utah Mormon English," reminding us all that Utah is ...

63 MIN2019 NOV 13
Comments
EP 449 – We’re All Mormons
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