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Glass Box Podcast

Join Bryce Blankenagel and Shannon Grover as we walk through deep Mormon doctrine and history, headlines in and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (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 15, 2021

Bishop’s Interviews Survey: https://forms.gle/LrhBWKkyX8DeGanh8

The recent updates to the recently openly-published church handbook contain some fascinating details, some of which have stirred controversy and caused Mormons to leave the church! Shannon walks us through a few of the prominent changes and helps put them in context by comparing the 2020 Handbook to the 2006 Bishop’s Handbook. Then it’s off to the next segment of Miracle of Forgiveness. Spence tells us about repenting or perishing, abandoning sin, and awakening to sins we’re committing. He also spends some time justifying the holocaust and genocide of Native Americans after which he commits egregious sins against founding member of the church, Oliver Cowdery. Then we wrap with some happy news about the job market in climate studies and activism! Be sure to chime in for our survey about bishop’s interviews if you’d like to contribute your voice to the next segment of Miracle of Forgiveness. 

Show notes: 

Bishop’s Interviews Survey: https://forms.gle/LrhBWKkyX8DeGanh8 

Changes to Bishop’s Handbook: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/general-handbook-update-december-2020 

Happy News: “No point in anything else!” Gen Z members flock to climate careers: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/06/gen-z-climate-change-careers-jobs 

Guest appearances: 

RfRx Religion Spotlight — Mormonism with Shannon Grover and Bryce Blankenagel : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkdUZcHQpM0 

God Awful Movies Podcast: GAM316, The Work and the Glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J56pgVYEOcY 

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Sep 1, 2021

Apostle, and glorified school teacher, Jeffrey R. Holland gave a speech at BYU recently titled The Second Half of the Second Century of BYU. It’s made waves within the community for its viciously anti-human and bigoted bend, but there are many deeper messages and a truly disturbing historical context for the speech. Let not the fire of muskets keep us from seeing the true evil within. After that we invite Devin Sunde onto the show to discuss his upcoming graphic novel, Love & Sects! See his kickstarter below. Then we round out the episode with a story of students standing and protesting on campus for a teacher who was the victim of bigoted school policy.

 

Show notes: 

 

The Second Century of BYU by Spencer W. Kimball

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/spencer-w-kimball/second-century-brigham-young-university/

This Time of Crisis: THe Race-Based Anti-BYU Athletic Protests of 1968-1971 by Gary James Bergera

https://issuu.com/utah10/docs/uhq_volume81_2013_number3/s/10418366

BlackLatterDaySaints race in the church timeline

http://www.blacklatterdaysaints.org/history

The Second Half of the Second Century of BYU by Jeffrey R. Holland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg36L1989Ss

 

Devin Sunde’s Love & Sects Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/devinsunde/love-and-sects-the-complete-series 

 

Love & Sects: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/love-sects/list?title_no=80697&page=1

 

Happy News: Students walk out of class in protest of school forcing gay coach to quit: ​​https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/life/students-walk-out-of-class-in-protest-of-school-forcing-gay-coach-to-quit/ 

 

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

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

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Merch store: https://exmomerch.creator-spring.com/ Be sure to use discount code GLASSBOX for a tithing off your order!!!

Aug 18, 2021

Shannon brings us some interesting information derived from a recent study about feeling the spirit™. The study was conducted on a small population of believing Mormons which produced some interesting results. After that we jump into Miracle of Forgiveness discussing sins of omission and suicide. We wrap up talking about some new tech that harnesses water from the air!



Show notes: 

 

Main topic: 

 

Article on Jeffrey Anderson’s study: https://unews.utah.edu/this-is-your-brain-on-god/ 

Sunstone Podcast Episode 2: https://sunstonemagazine.com/sunstone-podcast-episode-2-jeffrey-s-anderson/ 

If you get goosebumps while listening to music: https://awarenessact.com/if-you-get-goosebumps-while-listening-to-music-your-brain-could-be-unique/ 

 

Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to music:  ​​https://academic.oup.com/scan/article/11/6/884/2223400?login=true 

 

Happy News: A new technology for producing water from air in Oregon: https://www.opb.org/article/2021/08/10/warm-springs-leaders-back-high-tech-in-struggle-for-safe-drinking-water/ 

 

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

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glassboxpodcast/ 

Merch store: https://exmomerch.creator-spring.com/ Be sure to use discount code GLASSBOX for a tithing off your order!!!

Aug 4, 2021

We decided it was time for us to prove we are actual human beings! Shannon and Bryce were able to attend the Sunstone Symposium in Sandy, Utah, along with our friend Julianne Briscoe, and we had an amazing time. We met extremely interesting people — both new friends and old friends — and learned new things that gave us some exciting ideas for us to explore on the podcast. We hope you enjoy our special episode! 

 

Show notes: 

 

Sunstone: https://sunstonemagazine.com/ 

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

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glassboxpodcast/ 

Merch store: https://exmomerch.creator-spring.com/ Be sure to use discount code GLASSBOX for a tithing off your order!!!

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