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Glass Box Podcast

Join Bryce and Braden as we walk through deep Mormon doctrine, headlines in and out of the LDS Church (Mormonism), and explore the lighter side of current events. We hope to provide good feels and a burning in your bosom that'll leave you wanting to download the next episode.
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Sep 4, 2019

It’s a long episode today! Don’t let the long timestamp scare you away. We invite a guest to tell us his story of joining the church, working for the church, and eventually leaving it. His story reveals a side of Mormonism most of us know is there, but aren’t privy to. Part 2 of the conversation comes after the C segment where Michael tells a bit about his personal story. Braden and I also talk about a new documentary and discuss The Teachings of Don Juan. Then we round out the episode with a climate initiative in India.

 

Links:

Light of Gazalem: https://www.thestatesman.com/india/climate-emergency-india-offers-financial-and-technical-support-to-developing-nations-1502794652.html

Show links:

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Aug 21, 2019

We finally wrap up the first Armstrong Lecture! We learn all about hell, the different degrees of the Celestial Kingdom, and Mormon trickle-down heaven! After that we talk about “The Good Place,” a sitcom about heaven and hell. Then we wrap with good news about cow farts!

 

Show links:

Light of Gazelem:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-15/seaweed-for-cows-could-be-mass-farmed-reduce-methane/11414724

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Jul 31, 2019

Now we’ve had the introduction to how heaven is structured, let’s find out how we actually get to each of the degrees. Part 2 of this Armstrong lecture describes the different degrees and who is deserving of them. Plus, Mormon reincarnation is totally a thing! After that we have Ryan McKnight of the Truth and Transparency Foundation to discuss a recent story broke by the organization.

 

Truth & Transparency story
https://truthandtransparency.org/news/2019/7/24/court-documents-show-local-mormon-leaders-failed-to-report-the-manufacturing-of-child-pornography-following-confession

Links mentioned by Ryan
@the_ttf

https://truthandtransparency.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEnp6o4S974&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3CUns_MADCRfe-U_HFfbRA087ogQburkwObdss88w4kEcyG7lGpIQGL8g

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Jul 17, 2019

We’re doing something a little different for this episode! We start with a little background on how Braden and Bryce met and use that as a launch point to discuss the main topic today. We read a lecture… Yeah… I lecture. But don’t worry! It’s a lot more fun than it sounds and we’d really like to get some feedback on it to hear what you think! After that, Braden tells us about The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and then we talk about a couple who planted 2,000,000 trees in 20 years! We round out the show with some listener feedback that is absolutely amazing.


Apostle John replaced in Temple video:
https://wheatandtares.org/2011/01/30/temple-john-where-do-the-fallen-go/

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Jul 3, 2019

Missions! Braden did his, Bryce left the Mormon church before he could do one. After Braden gives us an overview of his mission experience, we discuss the history of the “Preach My Gospel” program, the impetus behind it, how it came to be, who was involved, and how it was implemented into the field. Hopefully it will be as interesting to listen to as it was to research the topic! After that Braden talks about some media that passes the Bechdel test and we talk about a school in Iowa that’s giving out P.E. credits for service projects.

History of Preach My Gospel
https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/volume-14-number-1-2013/history-preach-my-gospel?fbclid=IwAR0BZUafYGnNOhs-PlVj7tmZRgeCe3hhH-qD9-V1pxqHCWqSdUTKJtQAWVs

Ballard: https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2019-06-26/president-ballard-baptize-2019-mission-leadership-seminar-50222

Mission cost increase in 2020:

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900077168/church-announces-mormon-mission-lds-cost-increase.html

Light of Gazalem
https://www.wthr.com/article/iowa-school-giving-students-pe-credits-helping-elderly-people-disabilities-do-yard-work

Jeffrey Suhr’s Children’s Books
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732251703/

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Jun 5, 2019

It's been one year since the Be One Celebration; Mormonism isn’t racist anymore!!! We know the high-level overview of what the Priesthood ban included, now we take a foray into the human element. We talk about the tough paradoxes introduced when institutionalized theological racism comes into conflict with an ever-expanding global religion. An oft-forgotten aspect of Mormon conversion, Patriarchal Blessings, become the litmus test for African ancestry. Patriarchs fight with the First Presidency. The church takes no official position. Chaos and pandemonium rule doctrinal racism throughout the entire 20th century.

 

Links:

Mormons and Lineage: The Complicated History of Blacks and Patriarchal Blessings by Matt Harris
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1erugEZ1LYvyMwMfFiQD1H_y0bZP16pFBNnjy-8ScP0E/edit?usp=sharing

 

Black, White, or Brown? Racial Perceptions and the Priesthood Policy in Latin America by Jeremy Talmage and Clinton D. Christensen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FqDep89418UPnrN2r5wFg0GAJn7Mx_Li6o13bfEBjJc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Race and the Priesthood (Faithful & Official)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FqDep89418UPnrN2r5wFg0GAJn7Mx_Li6o13bfEBjJc/edit?usp=sharing

 

Race and the Priesthood (Critical & Skeptical)
http://www.mormonthink.com/essays-race-priesthood.htm

 

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May 22, 2019

World tour time! Rusty and his apostle friend travel the world and meet Pacific Island dignitaries to bless the masses with their presence. Also, when a religion creates new political operatives as “specialists” and opposes a bill with ‘Equality’ in the name, it’s never a good sign. After that, Braden and I both bring books to the table for our Media of Great Price. We round out the episode with a company that froze CEO wages to pay the bottom-line workers more and Costa Rica progressing on Abortion restrictions.

 

Links:

Mormon policital ‘specialists’
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/05/14/lds-church-is-assigning/

 

Rusty world tour
https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-nelson-pacific-ministry-2019-samoa

 

Light of Gazalem

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/15/executive-pay-salaries-carecentrix-senior-team-employees

https://ticotimes.net/2019/05/18/morning-after-pill-legal-without-prescription-costa-rica?fbclid=IwAR1jJcOdoBj9G8tC5sLsutIx5by6ADHSHCaH5QXu3NqEDXjXE23ejNCjLfM

 

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May 8, 2019

We finally discuss the Temple Endowment Ceremony changes as of January 2019! But not so fast! Before that we get into the Strengthening Church Members Committee (SCMC) and the awkward phone call between Elder Timothy Dyches and Radio Free Mormon. Lesley, Colleen, and Bryce call the number and debrief over on Mormon Happy Hour (links below). Then, Braden and I finally get into how the endowment ceremony was slightly altered with “massive implications” in order to remove some of the overtly sexist theology. We give you a play by play so you don’t have to watch it and go through exactly what the changes mean, along with a little history where applicable. The changes simply don’t go far enough.

 

Links:

 

Mormon Happy Hour SCMC
http://angelsonfire.org/mhh73-part-1-call-to-elder-dyches-of-the-strengthening-church-members-committee/

 

Radio Free Mormon SCMC
https://radiofreemormon.org/2019/05/radio-free-mormon-064-spying-for-the-lord/

 

Temple Endowment Stuffs

SLC Live secret cam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8sbYtFOnxk&t=814s

Endowment as of Jan. 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VOb0XNjdXE

 

Adam-God Doctrine

http://www.mormonthink.com/QUOTES/adamgod.htm

 

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Apr 24, 2019

Just as the title states, Braden and I go through the Sunday April 2019 General Conference talks. We [I] watched it so you don’t have to! Plus Media of Great Price about Abducted in Plain Sight and a Light of Gazalem about Morgan Freeman single handedly saving the planet! We wrap with a short listener mail segment.

 

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Apr 24, 2019

Just as the title states, Braden and I go through the Saturday April 2019 General Conference talks. We [I] watched it so you don’t have to!

 

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Apr 10, 2019

November 2015 exclusion policy? What November 2015 exclusion policy? Today is an historic day! The Mormon church ceased to be bigoted against LGBTQ+ people! Oh, wait… no. It didn’t. Not included in the show, but maybe this has something to do with the recent anti-hate crime bill that passed in Utah this week.

In November 2015, while Thomas Monson was president of the church, a policy from the Mormon church leaked stating that children in a home with homosexual parents couldn’t be baptized.

A few months later, Russell Nelson stated it was actually “revelation” born by 15 witnesses. This was before he was called as president of the church.

Now the church announced this policy has been reversed.

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900063943/church-lgbt-gay-lesbian-policy-mormon-baptisms-blessings-apostasy.html

Additional links:

Video of Church leaders defending the policy 2015-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSPBxFEttiI

https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/first-presidency-messages-general-conference-leadership-session-april-2019

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Mar 27, 2019

What’s the deal with cannabis in Utah? We resurrect this old headline to see if any new developments have occurred. We also invite Andrew Torrez from Opening Arguments Podcast to help us understand the law behind Utah legislature overturning the cannabis bill ballot initiative. Elections have consequences… After that Braden talks about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and we discuss a new U.N. proposal to help get African countries closer to green energy!

 

Check out these episodes of OA to hear Andrew’s amazing legal takedown of big headlines!
https://openargs.com/oa13-hillary-clintons-damned-emails/

https://openargs.com/oa2-the-2000-election-neverforget-part-1/

https://openargs.com/oa12-tax-protesters-sovereign-citizens-wackiness/

https://openargs.com/oa21-second-amendment-masterclass-part-1/

https://openargs.com/oa154-stormy-daniels-is-a-legal-genius/

 

Prop 2 headlines

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/02/08/its-commerce-bill/

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/12/06/medical-cannabis/

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/02/14/utahs-biggest-health-care/

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/02/19/former-business-leader/

 

Light of Gazalem

https://mygoodplanet.com/african-billion-funding/

 

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Mar 13, 2019

Something slipped through the cracks and it smells fishy. We go through some of the quality control mechanisms used in Mormon genealogy research at the ward level. The Church collects and digitizes a lot of information and history, what do they do with it? We tie a few stories together to figure out what the church is planning with a recent $2 million investment into the International African American Museum in South Carolina. After that we bring on Weird Alma to talk about the recent Masonry and Mormonism essay published by the Church. Then we talk about the uptick in EV sales in America and what it might mean.

 

Headlines:

 

Temple and Family History Consultants
https://www.lds.org/family-history/temple-family-history-consultant?lang=eng

Family Search blog post
https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/elder-dale-g-renlund-2019-temple-and-family-history-leadership-instruction/

Church donates $2mn to IAAM
https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-donation-2-million-international-african-american-museum-center-family-history

Church sells data to Ancestry.com
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585877/LDS-FamilySearch--Ancestrycom--1-billion-new-historical-records-online.html?pg=all

Church data collection timeline
https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/3fi88e/exploitation_and_spin_how_the_lds_church_is/

 

Check out Weird Alma here:

http://www.WeirdAlma.com

 

Light of Gazelem

https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/electric-power/010319-us-ev-sales-jump-725-on-year-in-2018-top-354000

 

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Feb 27, 2019

Even if it takes Black History Month to spur the conversation, we dive into racism in the Mormon church. We take a brief high-level overview of how non-white people have been treated throughout the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even though the Priesthood ban was lifted in 1978, racism didn’t go anywhere. From overt examples of prophets advocating slavery, to covert and insidious racism pervading our everyday lives, if we don’t talk about it it’ll never stop being a problem. We wrap with talking about 12 Years a Slave and an initiative in New Orleans to curb homelessness in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

 

Links:

 

Racism in Mormon Scripture
http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/racialstatements.htm

 

Book of Abraham 1:26-7
https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/abr/1?lang=eng

 

Green Flake
https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/flake-green-1828-1903/

 

Five Time Mormons Changed Their Position on Slavery
https://gregkofford.com/blogs/news/five-times-mormons-changed-their-position-on-slavery

 

Slavery in Utah
https://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/pioneers_and_cowboys/slaveryinutah.html

 

Be One celebration
https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/be-one-celebration-optimism-overcoming-prejudice

 

Healing the Wounds of Racism by Darius Gray
https://www.lds.org/blog/healing-the-wounds-of-racism?lang=eng

 

MormonNewsRoom fake racism apology
https://www.apnews.com/8453dce99ccf46c2a938a4e65c5addc5

 

Light of Gazalem
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/02/19/new-orleans-reducing-homeless-hurricane-katrina

 

Show links:

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Feb 13, 2019

Braden did a thing! We start with an interview he had with Milo and Angela about their creative muse: healing after Mormonism. It’s alright to be you, everybody! After that we talk about An Honest Liar, a documentary about The Amazing James Randi, and we wrap up with a story about science winning in a world besieged by “alternative facts”.

 

Light of Gazalem:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/vaccinations-jump-500-in-antivax-hotspot-amid-measles-outbreak/

 

Interview show notes:

Song: https://soundcloud.com/angela-soffe/alright-to-be-you/s-laqLD

Angela Soffe: https://angelasoffe.com/about

Miles Germer (Milocraft): http://milocraft.net/music/bio

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/angelasoffemilocraft

 

Show links:

Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html

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Jan 25, 2019

REVELATION! Braden and I go through the history of Mormon Temple ceremonies. Remember folks, religion has ceremonies, cults have rituals… there’s totally a difference. We use history to provide context for the ceremony changes of 2019 and the move toward equality between sexes in the passion narrative. “Between” sexes, not “among”. After that, Braden tells us about Kumare and how private citizens are making due during the Government shutdown.

 

Temple changes

https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/abwknz/summary_of_temple_changes_we_know_so_far_morning/

 

Summary of changes

http://www.ldsendowment.org/timeline.html

 

SL Trib article
https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2019/01/02/lds-church-releases/

 

MORMON newsroom release
https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/temple-worship

 

Alonzo Gaskill post
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsHKYi1gwaK/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=10360gliwoswi

 

NewNameNoah Temple Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VrsFEiTpsQ&t=1765s

 

Media of Great Price:

Kumare (documentary)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumar%C3%A9

 

Light of Gazaelem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/us/national-parks-shutdown-clean-up.html

 

Show links:

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Jan 18, 2019

Join us for the epic conclusion to our discussion about disunity in Mormon leadership and censorship of General Conference addresses. We pick up with a long segment about Boyd K. Packer and censoring his various talks, including his address from 2010. Then Joe and I draw some conclusions based on everything discussed in our conversation as a whole.

Links mentioned in the show:

To the One
https://archive.org/details/ToTheOne/page/n1

To Young Men Only
https://archive.org/details/ToYoungMenOnly

Harold Lee talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/harold-b-lee_ye-deceived/

Benson BYU talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson_safety-face-danger/

Rector talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/hartman-jr-rector_roots-branches/

Henry Eyring talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/henry-b-eyring_family/

Quinn telling about his conflicts with Packer
http://signaturebookslibrary.org/on-being-a-mormon-historian/

Review of Packer's talk in FARMS
https://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1426&index=11

Packer provokes academics in Sunstone
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/issues/066.pdf

Lost Sermons
https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/CR%20100%20912/?componentid=427210

Further Reading:

http://signaturebookslibrary.org/essential-james-e-talmage/

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V26N01_23.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/046-38-39.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/045-44-57.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/015-43-46.pdf

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Jan 17, 2019

Joe and I pick right back up where we left off with J. Golden Kimball. Joe walks us through nearly 80 years of Mormon history discussing disunity among General Authorities and censorship of General Conference addresses. As we broach more modern General Authorities we discuss how the modern conservative bend of the Mormon church was moved and shaped by prominent figures in the Quorum of Apostles. Ezra Taft Benson and the John Birch Society are the focus for a substantial part. Then Joe documents the lengths the Church will go to cover up controversial opinions from the pulpit, even going so far as to retape a portion of General Conference with a superimposed “cough track” at the cost of $10-15,000. Joe was nice enough to give us over 5 hours of his time, making this episode part 2 of 3.

Links mentioned in the show:

To the One
https://archive.org/details/ToTheOne/page/n1

To Young Men Only
https://archive.org/details/ToYoungMenOnly

Harold Lee talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/harold-b-lee_ye-deceived/

Benson BYU talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson_safety-face-danger/

Rector talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/hartman-jr-rector_roots-branches/

Henry Eyring talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/henry-b-eyring_family/

Quinn telling about his conflicts with Packer
http://signaturebookslibrary.org/on-being-a-mormon-historian/

Review of Packer's talk in FARMS
https://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1426&index=11

Packer provokes academics in Sunstone
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/issues/066.pdf

Lost Sermons
https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/CR%20100%20912/?componentid=427210

Further Reading:

http://signaturebookslibrary.org/essential-james-e-talmage/

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V26N01_23.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/046-38-39.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/045-44-57.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/015-43-46.pdf

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Jan 16, 2019

Over 7,000 General Conference talks given by hundreds of General Authorities, mistakes must have been made, right? Our guest this week, Joe Geisner, walks us through 120 years of Mormon General Conference addresses that were censored in some way. From the earliest talks by John W. Taylor to more recent addresses by Boyd K. Packer, the history of disunity within the highest ranks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the resulting censorship, is a surprisingly dense and fascinating subject. Joe was nice enough to give us over 5 hours of his time, making this episode part 1 of 3.

Links mentioned in the show:

To the One
https://archive.org/details/ToTheOne/page/n1

To Young Men Only
https://archive.org/details/ToYoungMenOnly

Harold Lee talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/harold-b-lee_ye-deceived/

Benson BYU talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson_safety-face-danger/

Rector talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/hartman-jr-rector_roots-branches/

Henry Eyring talk
https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/henry-b-eyring_family/

Quinn telling about his conflicts with Packer
http://signaturebookslibrary.org/on-being-a-mormon-historian/

Review of Packer's talk in FARMS
https://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1426&index=11

Packer provokes academics in Sunstone
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/issues/066.pdf

Lost sermons
https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/CR%20100%20912/?componentid=427210

Further Reading:

http://signaturebookslibrary.org/essential-james-e-talmage/

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V26N01_23.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/046-38-39.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/045-44-57.pdf

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/015-43-46.pdf

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Jan 2, 2019

The title says it all, this is 2018 in review! 2018 was an eventful year for the Mormon church and we review some of the most important headlines with the help of an astute redditor. Be sure to read the post at the link below! After that Braden tells us about the new Pixar movie, Small Foot. Then we take on a happy headline about the cost of coal energy vs. renewable sources.

 

Reddit post

https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/aa0ii7/2018_year_in_review_a_look_back_at_tsccs_year/

 

Light of Gazalem

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/its-now-cheaper-to-build-a-new-wind-farm-than-to-keep-a-coal-plant-running/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0h&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5bf0114b00bd4700016eb39a&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2XKE4MO6ldUM7JugS2lhLzT4dV1fV-rrerWpmE0y6x4osJRNW762RY0H8

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