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Glass Box Podcast

Join Bryce Blankenagel, Braden Hamm, and Shannon Grover 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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Aug 12, 2020

Our resident General Authority, Shannon Grover, at long last joins us for an entire episode. We begin with hearing her story growing up in the church, her early life, mission, marriage, and finally apostasy. She’s had quite the incredible journey and we’re lucky to have her share so much. After that, we get through the next chapter of The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen and wrap up with some happy news about a miner in Tanzania!

 

Happy news

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53642490

Jul 22, 2020

A lot of people have debated this question for decades. We sit down with some work from Steven Hassan, Margaret Singer, and other cult experts to discuss what makes a cult a cult. Short answer, yes. Longer answer, yes and it's complicated. Longest answer, yes and listen to the show. Now that I have your attention, reader, here’s a fun activity: send a Facebook message to Braden Hamm and ask him “if the players were required to be drunk, what would be the funniest sport to watch?” But don’t tell him why! I want to know who reads these show notes. If you do, send me a direct message to nakedmormonism@gmail.com with your physical address. After that we talk about The Life of Brian and some happy news about New York building up its electric automotive infrastructure.

 

Cult resources:

BITE model https://freedomofmind.com/bite-model/

Steven Hassan on LDS Church https://freedomofmind.com/the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints/

The Cult of Trump https://freedomofmind.com/the-cult-of-trump-media-page/

Ethical concerns of Steven Hassan https://medium.com/@cults/ethical-concerns-raised-on-steven-hassans-book-on-cults-1f6133f63d9f

Steven Hassan “responds” to critics https://freedomofmind.com/the-truth-about-steven-hassan/

Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Singer (2003) https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Cults-in-our-midst%3A-The-continuing-fight-against-Singer/99e864eba1383e84c40d36a6aba62d8c11fd6041

Cults and the Law https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=136681

 

Happy news:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-electric-new-york/new-york-to-invest-750-million-to-expand-electric-vehicle-infrastructure-idUSKCN24H3DD?utm_source=reddit.com

 

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Jul 8, 2020

This episode begins with a panel discussion with Marie D’Elephant and Marissa McCool about navigating ethical non-monogamy. Open relationships/marriages can be a taboo topic and uncomfortable for some; Marie and Riss help us by giving a 101 discussion to introduce us to the subject, uncover some common pitfalls, and provide resources for further reading should non-monogamy be a topic which interests you. After that Braden and I debrief from the interview before jumping into part 1 of reading through The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen. We wrap with some good news about black-owned businesses experiencing a spike amid the current protests and a little bit of listener mail.

 

Marie D’Elephant

https://www.facebook.com/mariedelephant/
https://mariedelephant.com/
https://everyonesautonomous.com/

 

Marissa McCool (The Purple Amazon)
https://www.facebook.com/RisMcCool

https://centerforinquiry.org/speakers/mccool_marissa/
https://www.amazon.com/Marissa-Alexa-McCool/e/B075NQV56B%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-cis-are-getting-out-of-hand
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/alexander-goodlive/inciting-incident

 

Ethical Slut by Dossie Eaton, Janet W. Hardy
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ethical-slut-dossie-easton/1100528572

 

Happy news https://apnews.com/5738fc904a6b29118e63a5d762f48791

 

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Jun 24, 2020

Lots of interlocking stories to discuss this week. We jump right in with a discussion about the most recent headlines sparked by the protests following George Floyd’s death. A lot of legislation has been crafted in response to the protests, including an executive order from President Donald Trump. We examine the organizations he listed during the signing to determine the intent of the order, followed by looking at the text of the order itself. Once created, tools can be used for good and evil. Then we discuss CHOP, the occupation movement in Capitol Hill, Washington. The Seattle City Council crafted resolutions in response to the leverage held by the CHOP protestors joined by protests across the nation. Seattle chose to ban the use of chokeholds, riot control weapons, and officers covering their badge numbers. We weigh in on #DefundPolice and how useful it can be in sparking a conversation, but why does the “defunding” stop at police? Then we finally tackle the Mormon angle by examining the recent rulings in the Supreme Court concerning churches being “non-essential” services and LGBTQ+ people actually being people with Title VII protections. We wrap the episode with some great media for understanding racism in America as well as coming out as gay to your family.

 

Links:

 

Trump’s Executive Order on Police Reform
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-safe-policing-safe-communities

 

Orgs mentioned during EO signing
Federal law enforcement officers association https://www.fleoa.org/news.aspx?id=19

Fraternal order of police https://www.fop.net/CmsPage.aspx?id=39

Internal ass of chiefs of police https://www.theiacp.org/

Intl union of police association; “The Voice of Law Enforcement Officers” https://iupa.org/

Major county sherrifs of am ass https://mcsheriffs.com/

Natl Ass of police orgs http://www.napo.org/

Natl District attorneys ass https://ndaa.org/

Sergeants benevolent ass https://sbanypd.nyc/

 

Who wasn’t at the Exec Order signing? https://fundersforjustice.org/organizations/

 

Atlanta, GA Police Walkout
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/18/atlanta-rayshard-brooks-walkout/

 

Seattle just expelled the Police Union from the city’s labor group. https://apnews.com/7267abcb991ec5210f85aa03eb7ed433#:~:text=SEATTLE%20(AP)%20%E2%80%94%20The%20largest,address%20racism%20within%20its%20ranks.&text=Local%20elected%20leaders%20are%20reluctant,150%20unions%20and%20100%2C000%20workers

 

Seattle City Council on Police reform bills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spGMa6-Xu1U

 

BYU formed a committee to “examine race and inequality at BYU”. https://news.byu.edu/announcements/committee-formed-to-examine-race-and-inequality-at-byu

 

Donate to groups working or advocating for racial justice and end of racism

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fre...

https://justiceforbreonna.org

https://www.joincampaignzero.org

https://www.naacp.org/

https://www.aclu.org/

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

 

Show Links:
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Jun 10, 2020

Racial tensions and police brutality in America have caused protests, riots, and citizens becoming the victims of war crimes committed by our military-police force. How did we get here? Where do we go? How can we effectively reform policing in America? It’s a complicated issue and a couple of white guys are going to do their best to introduce you to the topic and form a basic foundation on which to build a base of knowledge about these subjects. We also take a look at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints angle of race, as this is a Mormon-centric podcast. We encourage you to use the resources and further reading below. We wrap the episode with the final installment of Case for the Book of Mormon, a tool of genocide and racial supremacy which shaped American history.

Links:

First Presidency statement https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-shares-social-post-encouraging-understanding-and-civility

Church’s social media post: https://twitter.com/Ch_JesusChrist/status/1268233951719510016

The Negro: A Proclamation to the World

https://www.missedinsunday.com/memes/race/proclamation-1949/

Resources:

SISTAS in ZION Twitter

Blacks and the Priesthood by 3 Mormons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN5Gp07zaZE

Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams https://www.akpress.org/our-enemies-in-blue.html

Read the Stanford Prison Study https://www.simplypsychology.org/zimbardo.html

@Mica_McGriggs presentation June 15, 2020 “Racial Equity & Social Impact” weekly classes https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-equity-social-impact-tickets-104768040028

Mormon Stories #630 Black Lives Matter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgViT0zuSrk

Black and Mormon by Darron Smith https://books.google.com/books/about/Black_and_Mormon.html?id=lSvRnQgJAx8C

https://8cantwait.org/ for police reform

The Dollop - Furgeson Episode 19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp1uF67UeyY

Ibram X. Kendi How to be an Antiracist https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

Donate: https://www.joincampaignzero.org

Joanna Brooks Mormonism and White Supremacy https://global.oup.com/academic/product/mormonism-and-white-supremacy-9780190081768?cc=us&lang=en&

Moroni and the Swastika by David Conley Nelson https://www.oupress.com/books/14220363/moroni-and-the-swastika

Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989 in China https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeoMn1DeUek

Watch: Just Mercy, released free on all platforms by Universal

Killer Mike speech about George Floyd and protests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSWasOhArfM

Stand By Me by Liesa (Lisa) Rodger https://www.thebeehive.com/stand-by-me/

Check your blindspot BYU diversity project https://www.checkyourblindspot.org/

Historian’s take on police brutality against Black people https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/gvu38i/george_floyd_was_murdered_by_america_a_historians/

Talking to kids about this:

https://www.amazon.com/Belle-Last-Mule-Gees-Bend/dp/0763687693/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28

https://www.amazon.com/Juneteenth-Mazie-Fiction-Picture-Books/dp/1479558206/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1591332700&sr=1-1

Donate to groups working or advocating for racial justice and end of racism

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fre...

https://justiceforbreonna.org

https://www.joincampaignzero.org

https://www.naacp.org/

https://www.aclu.org/

https://blacklivesmatter.com/


Show Links:
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May 27, 2020

Update on COVID-19 time! The Mormon church is taking steps to reopen wards around the globe while there’s no evidence that we’ve effectively flattened the curve. They’re also investing some resources into making PPE for medical workers in the form of masks and surgical gowns made from sacred-underwear cotton. Plenty to discuss. Then, Braden tells us about After Life starring Ricky Gervais. We wrap with some happy news about a vodka company based in Utah making hand sanitizer to combat the ‘Rona. Plus listener mail and an iTunes review!

 

Angel's Trumpet:

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/05/20/lds-church-sells-exxon/

 

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/05/19/lds-church-unveils-plan/

 

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/global-sacred-clothing-production-facilities-temporarily-produce-masks-gowns

 

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/safe-return-church-meetings-activities

 

Media of Great Price:
After Life

 

Happy News:

Interesting contrast to the church. Church worries about stocks, while Utah vodka brand makes and donates sanitizer to the navajo nation: https://www.facebook.com/FiveWives/posts/2870931026289832


Don’t miss Bryce’s guest spot on the most recent How 2 Heretic Podcast episode 140!
https://howtoheretic.com/podcast

May 13, 2020

We do something a little different this week. This show starts out with an interview of two elders in the mission field who no longer believe in Mormonism, yet are stuck on their mission during COVID lockdown. How do Elders A and B cope with being on a sales force for a product they know isn’t real? They offer a window into the day-to-day life of missionaries stuck in the world of lockdowns while trying to be good people in spite of being missionaries. After that we dive into part 4 of Tad R. Callister’s Case for the Book of Mormon: how to gain a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon. Can we be done with this book yet?! Then we get to some happy news about Germany banning gay conversion therapy for minors at the nationwide level.

 

Follow Broken Missionary here:
https://twitter.com/BrokenMissionay

 

Happy news https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52585162


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Apr 29, 2020

We take a break from headlines and current events to dabble into the lighter side of Mormonism. Braden and I square off in a trivia challenge drinking game. Braden brings the culture, I bring the history and we see who comes out on top. But, it turns out, when you play a drinking game everybody wins! Join us for a light-hearted hangout along with a Media of Great Price about Pineapple Express and a happy news segment about countries transitioning off coal power.

 

Media of Great Price https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/04/22/sweden-exits-coal-two-years-early/

 

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Apr 15, 2020

We hit our goal on patreon.com/glassboxpod! Braden had to watch General Conference for the first time in our podcast history. It, indeed, is a historic conference! We go through talk by talk to see what slipped through the cracks of all 5 sessions of the April 2020 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Strap in, it’s a long one. Did Rusty make this as historic of an event as the hype made it? Just like the other episodes about #GenConf, we get a little extra NSFW on this broadcast; listener beware.

 

Jana Riess’ article about General Conference
https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/04/07/jana-riess-when-big/

 

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Apr 3, 2020

How is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints handling the Coronavirus epidemic? We explore current events and the coming end of the world. Then we get into our next installment of The Case for the Book of Mormon by Tad R. Callister… ugh. Finally, we wrap up with some happy news about how celebrities, artists, and regular folk are helping each other through the epidemic.

 

Being sent home

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/30/city-creek-mall-merchants/

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/04/02/this-week-mormon-land/

https://www.insider.com/mormons-gathered-salt-lakes-airport-greet-missionaries-with-hugs-2020-3
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/service-options-missionaries-march-31-2020
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/april-2020-edition-of-the-world-report
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/covid-19-mtc-adjustment
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/covid-19-impact-missionary-service

 

Samuel L. Jackson reads “Stay the F*** At Home”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSrbxyna4z4

Cattle Decapitation “Bring back the Plague” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXGSLKWeVwE

Dolly Parton reads children’s books from home https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/31/824638554/dolly-parton-will-read-bedtime-stories-to-kids-online-every-week

Musicians live streaming concerts FOR FREE: https://www.vulture.com/2020/04/all-musicians-streaming-live-concerts.html

 

If you can help or need help, check out Modest Needs
https://www.modestneeds.org/

Or donate to your local blood bank
https://americasblood.org/membership/membership-directory/


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Mar 18, 2020

Yes, we’re jumping into the outrage ball-pit of COVID-19, Coronavirus. We do our typical overview of the issue and piece together a chronology from multiple reputable sources. This is a worldwide topic and therefore dives into politics, which we don’t often do. If you want a break from all the hype or don’t want to hear about politics, this may not be the episode for you. If you want to be informed on what a viral outbreak looks like and attempt to gain some perspective, this episode may be worth a listen. Of course, because this is a show about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we tie the issue into Mormonism at the end. Stay safe, everybody. Please follow the guidelines of experts to remain distanced and hygenic. This episode has a bit more NSFW language than usual.

 

Links:

https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/coronavirus-a-timeline-of-how-the-deadly-outbreak-evolved/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/pedrodacosta/2020/03/07/trumps-lies-about-the-coronavirus-raise-the-risk-of-a-recession/#5308212d6eb2
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/the-biggest-lie-in-donald-trumps-coronavirus-address/
https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/columnists/zurawik/bs-ed-zontv-corona-trump-lies-20200310-6mrkjbkwprecfg6cw2ljkzh4u4-story.html
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/april-2020-general-conference-format-change
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/covid-19-impact-missionary-service

https://www.rollcall.com/2020/03/16/road-ahead-covid-19-stimulus-still-behind-fisa-on-senate-schedule/

 

Happy News:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51915723

 

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Mar 4, 2020

Boy Scouts of America is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy because of child sex abuse? We thank thee, O God, for our Profit, Russel M. Nelson for getting the Mormon church out of Scouts before all those lawsuits crippled BSA! While this isn’t a story directly about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these issues long predate the divorce of these two institutions. Braden and I explore the common threads and what this bankruptcy means. Then Braden tells us about some kids at a Catholic school who walked out when their gay teachers were fired for being gay!

 

Links:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/02/18/boy-scouts-of-america-files-for-bankruptcy-over-sex-abuse-claims/#353a52cd2e58
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-wave-of-sexual-abuse-lawsuits-could-cost-catholic-church-over-4-billion-2019-12-02

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/806721827/boy-scouts-of-america-files-for-bankruptcy-as-it-faces-hundreds-of-sex-abuse-cla
https://theoutline.com/post/8687/boy-scouts-bankruptcy-filing-sexual-abuse-lawsuit?zd=1&zi=oeee5led
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/us/boy-scouts-bankruptcy-sex-abuse.html

https://abusedinscouting.com/history-of-abuse/

https://www.reddit.com/r/BSA/comments/8il1du/on_the_separation_of_assets_the_financial_cost_of/

Happy news segment:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/19/students-walk-class-catholic-school-forced-gay-teachers-quit-12269247/

 

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Feb 19, 2020

The Wall Street Journal somehow got an interview with two of the leading guys of Mormon Money, the Presiding Bishop, Gerald Causse, and the head of Ensign Peak Advisors, Roger Clarke. We discuss the story with the help of a post in the /r/mormon subreddit (linked below). After that, it’s our next installment of The Case for the Book of Mormon by Tad R. Callister where he decides to go completely offensive because us critics have had the ball in our court for too long! Then we talk about Jeff Bezos pledging $10 billion to climate change.

Links:
https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/f1yu3w/epa_what_we_know_now/

https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/f5gtrg/1billion_fake_church_news_live

https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/f4mfbs/netflix_explained_series_i_just_watched_the/

https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/f4h1xz/if_mormonism_is_going_to_survive_it_will_not_be/

https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/f4cgte/how_much_is_124_billion/

https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/f1vi62/the_mormon_church_amassed_100_billion_it_was_the/

Light of Gazalem
Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

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Feb 5, 2020

Clutch my pearls! Braden and I talk about the Super Bowl halftime show and the expected responses from Mormons scared that the female figure exists who never batted an eye at a topless and tattoo-covered Adam Levine last year. After that Braden tells us about Ramy, a Hulu series about a Muslim-American finding his way in life. Then we talk about Activision utilizing lootboxes for good, for a pleasant change!

 

Links:

Super Bowl Halftime show:

https://youtu.be/pILCn6VO_RU

Media of Great Price:

Ramy: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7649694/

Light of Gazalem:

https://blog.activision.com/activision/2020-02/Together-the-Call-of-Duty-community-raises-over-one-point-six-million-dollars-for-Australian-Bushfire-Relief

 

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Jan 22, 2020

2019 in review! We read through the recent Jana Riess article about the most significant Mormon headlines of 2019 and discuss some highlights. Then we make predictions for what we might expect in 2020 and also what we’d REALLY like to see in 2020 regardless of how probable they might be. Then we do our next segment of The Case for the Book of Mormon by Tad R. Callister concerning evidence for a historical Book of Mormon. We wrap up with a happy news story about a church in St. Louis paying off thousands of people’s medical debts (yes, we have those in America). We finish off the episode with a bit of listener mail resulting from our Mormon Money series.

 

Links:

Jana Riess:  Seven top Mormon news stories from 2019
https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2019/12/31/jana-riess-seven-top/

Light of Gazalem
https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-churches-buy-up-million-in-medical-then-give/article_cb5202e1-19ae-5cdb-aa4a-4359d17b5db2.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_St._Louis_Post-Dispatch&fbclid=IwAR2H7gIy-0erbu-qpTG2SSnrLJFshJVOZJO3OsbMOslE_ls3q2n9MQnU-Q4

Opening Arguments Ep 344
https://openargs.com/transcript-of-oa344-did-the-mormon-church-really-hide-100-billion-in-assets-from-the-irs-feat-bryce-blakenagel/

Mormon Land episode 114 w/ D. Michael Quinn
https://www.sltrib.com/podcasts/mormonland/

 

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Jan 8, 2020

Today’s show centers around an interview with an anonymous person sharing her story of the Mormon welfare system. She’s currently undergoing a divorce and found out in court the church has been paying her estranged husband’s car and mortgage payments, over $18,000, for the past year on accounts bearing her name without her knowledge. When our interviewee attempted to find more information about the financial support for divorce and tax reasons, she was stonewalled by local leadership. She ran up the ranks to find more information only to be stonewalled by a senior attorney at Kirton-McConkie the primary law firm for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her story is incredible and reveals a troubling aspect of the church welfare program; there are simply no checks and balances available to members when they suspect abuse or misappropriation of funds related to fast-offering funds from the Mormon Church.

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Dec 24, 2019

$100 billion (yes… with a “B”) is a lot of money for the church to be hoarding. Unfortunately, the media coverage has been inaccurate in many regards and has missed some of the larger issues contained in the expose “Letter to an IRS Director” by Lars Neilsen. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has become so wealthy and powerful it seems to simply operate by its own set of rules. The size of Ensign Peak Advisors (EPA) is larger than the media has discussed and the alleged violations regarding its disbursements to City Creek Center and Beneficial Financial Group (totally $2 billion) could threaten its tax-exempt status. Also included in the expose is the whistleblower discussing with EPA director, Roger Clarke, “worst practices” which included “deleting receivables” and opening the way for “dark money” payouts EPA made to unknown entities. The actual portfolio by Nov 2019 is estimated to be closer to $124 billion. We discuss a bit of the media coverage and wrap up with talking about how the church should use that money, could use that money, and how we’d use that money. $124 billion is hard to conceptualize but we try our best. Please share if you learned anything worth sharing.

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Links:

Religion Unplugged $100 Billion Stockpile article
https://religionunplugged.com/news/2019/12/16/whistleblower-exposes-100-billion-stockpile-by-mormon-church

 

“Mormons, Inc. “Kingdom Come”” Time
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,986794,00.html

 

Official church response to expose
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/first-presidency-statement-church-finances

 

Deseret News Op-ed on expose
https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2019/12/17/21026103/the-washington-post-mormon-church-whistleblower-says-billions-thank-goodness

 

Polynesian Cultural Center
https://www.polynesia.com/packages/

https://www.kitv.com/story/38903471/activist-says-mormon-church-should-pay-taxes-on-polynesian-cultural-center

 

Deseret Trust Company
https://www.deserettrust.com/about-us?lang=eng

 

Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q5918641

 

Temples
https://www.businessinsider.com/fancy-mormon-temples-2014-8

 

Reuters 2012 Mormon Money article
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-mormons/insight-mormon-church-made-wealthy-by-donations-idUSBRE87B05W20120812

 

Bloomberg 2012 “How the Mormons Make Money”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-07-18/how-the-mormons-make-money

https://archive.org/stream/HowTheMormonsMakeMoney/How%20the%20Mormons%20Make%20Money-%20Bloomberg%207-18-12_djvu.txt

 

Quinn on Church Finances SLTrib
https://www.sltrib.com/religion/local/2017/10/14/historian-digs-into-the-hidden-world-of-mormon-finances-shows-how-church-went-from-losing-money-to-making-money-lots-of-it/

 

Dowry is not the Lord’s Way Deseret News Article
https://www.deseret.com/2018/4/16/20643748/dowry-is-not-the-lord-s-way-in-kenya-lds-president-nelson-says-tithing-breaks-poverty-cycle#anna-waithira-has-margaret-wanaki-on-her-back-as-she-lines-up-to-attend-a-special-devotional-with-president-russell-m-nelson-of-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints-in-nairobi-kenya-on-monday-april-16-2018

 

List of Temples
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_temples_of_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#Dedicated:_2010s

 

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Dec 17, 2019

Wheeew what a doozey! We cover Mormon Money from the 1930s to the 1980s. When this much money gets involved and a church grows to have a significant international presence, money begets politics and politics feed money. Once Franklin S. Richards died another needed to carry the Mormon Money torch; here enters Henry Dinwoodey Moyle, a man with grand ideas and exponential growth intentions. He rolls out new missionary programs, local “baseball baptisms” sports leagues, carbon copy chapels, the new 28-story Church Office Building, and a litany of other aggressive expansion programs. After bankrupting many companies and chewing through untold resources, Moyle died leaving the church $32 million in debt but on a good path toward global expansion. N. Eldon Tanner, with the help of Marion Romney, takes the helm of Mormon Money and rights the sinking ship by filling leadership with more businessmen and lawyers than ever before. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also began to gain a national political foothold with George Romney running for President and subsequently being appointed Nixon’s HUD Secretary. Gordon B. Hinckley is brought in as Tanner’s protege to take the Mormon Money colossus rampaging across the planet. Part 3 will discuss the recent revelations concerning the church’s $100 billion in holdings and Ensign Peak Advisors.

Links (there are a lot of them):

Get Quinn’s latest book in the Mormon Hierarchy series Wealth and Corporate Power
https://www.amazon.com/Mormon-Hierarchy-Wealth-Corporate-Power/dp/1560852356

Henry D. Moyle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_D._Moyle

  1. Eldon Tanner
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Eldon_Tanner

Mormon Corporate Structure
https://exploringmormonism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Corporate-structure-image-400.jpg

Church finances (official)
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/church-finances-commercial-businesses?lang=eng

Church Office Building
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Office_Building

Consolidated Freightways
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_Freightways

Marion Romney
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_G._Romney

George Romney
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Romney#Local_church_and_civic_leadership

George Romney and MLK “marching together” fact check
https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2007/dec/28/mitt-romney/george-romney-and-mlk-marched-but-not-together/

Tax churches for $71 bn per year
https://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/how-to-make-71-billion-a-year-tax-the-churches

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Dec 11, 2019

We finally broach a subject that’s taken the back-burner for far too long. Mormon money is one of the most complicated subjects associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and we decided it requires a multi-part series to understand with some level of depth and context. Join us for part one where we start at the beginning with Joseph Smith, get into Brigham Young and the Mormon exodus to Utah in 1847, and tie together financial strands all the way into the Great Depression. Some topics of discussion: Joseph Smith as an entrepreneur, Brigham Young as a theocrat and tyrant, polygamy and the first manifesto under President Wilford Woodruff, complicated finances with intermingling the prophet’s personal with the church’s corporate assets, Joseph F. Smith and the church in near-bankruptcy he inherited in 1901, Franklin S. Richards and his rehabilitation program, the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (COP), The Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (CPB), and the trajectory upon which the church was set going into the Great Depression.

Links (there are a lot of them):

Get Quinn’s latest book in the Mormon Hierarchy series Wealth and Corporate Power
https://www.amazon.com/Mormon-Hierarchy-Wealth-Corporate-Power/dp/1560852356

Kirtland Safety Society
https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/byu-religious-education-student-symposium-2012/kirtland-safety-society-and-its-effect-faith

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/kirtland-safety-society?lang=eng

Nauvoo Charter
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/topic/nauvoo-charter

Sunstone and Presentation “Joseph Smith, the Entrepreneur”
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/joseph-smith-the-entrepreneur/
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com

Edmunds Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmunds_Act

Wilhelm Von Wymetal 1886 expose
https://archive.org/details/josephsmithproph01wyme/page/276

Late Corp of LDS v. U.S.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/136/1

Ann Eliza Webb Young Wife No. 19
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Eliza_Young

1870 census data
https://www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/fast_facts/1870_fast_facts.html?

Lorenzo Snow
https://historyofmormonism.com/2008/07/08/lorenzo_snow/

Franklin S. Richards
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_S._Richards

CPB
https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/company/0122898D:US

COP
https://secure.utah.gov/bes/details.html?entity=553976-0145

COP Structure
https://exploringmormonism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Corporate-structure-image-400.jpg

Church Finances (official)
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/church-finances-commercial-businesses?lang=eng

“Corporate-sole” “Corporation-sole”
http://hushmoney.org/corporate-sole_facts.htm

AgReserves Inc
https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/company/0275969D:US

PropertyReserves Inc
https://www.exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,398698,399463

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Nov 27, 2019

Joe Geisner returns to spend 2 hours on one of the most iconic and influential characters in recent Mormon history, Boyd K. Packer. We discuss his inauguration into the Quorum of Apostles and how he molded and shaped the church from the highest leadership body from that time forward. We cover the internal issues between Packer and the church’s history department, discuss the shroud of secrecy he helped to foster, and then get into the outward expressions he declared from the pulpit which directly influenced members and national politics. We wrap with discussing what kind of a legacy was left behind when Packer died in 2015.

Hugo Olaiz’s Sunstone Presentation
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/sl10212-sacred-secrecy-in-the-teachings-of-president-boyd-k-packer/
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Nov 13, 2019

From Evergreen to North Star, gay-conversion therapy runs deep through Mormon tradition. October headlines blazed with the LDS church opposing a ban on conversion therapy for minors which was defended, misrepresented, and misunderstood by much of the media. We deep dive on conversion therapy in Mormonism and discuss some of the names associated with this abusive and anti-science practice. After that Braden talks about a climate change movie and some YouTubers getting together to plant some trees!

 

Sources for conversion therapy stuff:

Evergreen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_International
North Star https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Star_(organization)
A. Dean Byrd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Dean_Byrd
NARTH https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_Research_%26_Therapy_of_Homosexuality
https://psychology.wikia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_Research_%26_Therapy_of_Homosexuality
Joseph Nicolosi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Nicolosi
Evergreen expose https://truthwinsout.org/ministry-evergreen-international/
Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History https://web.archive.org/web/20051220234201/http://narth.com/docs/schoenewolf2.html
Conversion therapy VICE expose https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jmvya8/i-joined-a-bunch-of-gay-conversion-groups
NARTH rebrand https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/ex-gay-group-attempts-rebranding-narth-conversion-therapy/
ATCSI (Formerly NARTH) https://www.therapeuticchoice.com/why-the-alliance-supports-safe-ther
September 1999 gay conversion therapy Ensign article https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1999/09/when-a-loved-one-struggles-with-same-sex-attraction?lang=eng
North Star founder comments https://truthwinsout.org/pressrelease/2014/01/38796/
North Star staff https://truthwinsout.org/news/2013/07/36344/
North Star founder defense of conversion therapy https://nypost.com/2013/07/22/a-low-attack-on-same-sex-therapy/
North Star support group criteria https://www.northstarlds.org/join-facebook-mens
North Star President’s Message https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ca12d887fdcb87df5da2b9f/t/5d3e724604588900019087ad/1564373583142/North+Star+President+Message+Winter+2018.pdf
HB 399 https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/HB0399.html
Psychologist Licensing Act Rule https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r156/r156-61.htm
Mormon church opposes LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’ ban https://apnews.com/da5c04204c194e11a5836495f36d818d
SL Tribune church opposing conversion therapy ban article https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2019/10/21/lds-church-says-proposed/
Church’s press release opposing act https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/statement-proposed-rule-sexual-orientation-gender-identity-change
LDS Church defends its objections to proposed gay conversion therapy ban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rXWY-HPQHA

Media of Great Price:
First Reformed (2017) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6053438

Light of Gazalem:
https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/31/20941626/teamtrees-youtuber-charity-fundraiser-climate-change-trees-musk-dorsey-pewdiepie

Oct 30, 2019

I watched it so you don’t have to. We go through every talk given during General Conference of October 2019 from Oaks to Oaks and back to Oaks again, we try to identify what slipped through the cracks of media reporting on this semiannual GC. It’s a long one! Hopefully the length makes up for the month hiatus as Braden moved and I was on a 3-week road trip. Patrons of the show get an extra hour of podcast about the General Women’s session. Please get us to our next Patreon goal to make Braden suffer through the April 2020 Conference with me!!!

 

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Sep 18, 2019
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

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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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