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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 14, 2022

Girl’s Camp! We talk about the history of how it came to be, the experiences of many folks who attended, and discuss the evolution of the program since its inception. What happens there? Who gets (has) to attend? Why don’t young women get to do the same kind of stuff Scouts do? Tune in and all answers shall be revealed! After that we review the most recent Tarzan movie and wrap the show with a new paper proposed as forthcoming EU legislation to reduce slave labor.

 

Show links

 

History of LDS Youth Programs: https://juvenileinstructor.org/history-of-lds-youth-programs/ 

 

Changes made in 1993: https://www.thechurchnews.com/1993/2/20/23258666/new-young-women-camp-manual-written-for-today  

 

Young Women of Zion: An Organizational History: https://rsc.byu.edu/firm-foundation/young-women-zion-organizational-history 

 

Young Women Organization Timeline: https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/training/library/young-women-organization/young-women-organization-timeline 

 

A Century and Counting: How Girl’s Camp Has (and Hasn’t) changed Since 1912: https://utahvalley360.com/2016/07/15/century-counting-girls-camp-changed-since-1912/ 

 

Changes made in 2018: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/changes-to-young-women-camp-detailed-in-new-guide?lang=eng 

 

Camp Dress codes: https://www.the-exponent.com/oh-those-girls-camp-dress-codes/

 

Camp (1972 article in New era) https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/1972/05/camp?lang=eng 

 

True Stories of Girl’s Camp: https://bycommonconsent.com/2006/05/23/true-stories-of-girls-camp/ 



MOGP: 

 

The Legend of Tarzan: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918940/?ref_=hm_rvi_tt_i_1 

 

King Leopold II of Belgium: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_II_of_Belgium 

 

Force Publique: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_Publique 

 

Congo Free State: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Free_State  

 

George Washington Williams: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Williams 

 

Happy News: https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/exclusive-eu-seeks-ban-products-made-with-forced-labour-document-2022-09-09/

 

Come see us on Aron Ra’s YouTube channel! He’s doing a series titled Reading Joseph’s Myth BoM. Bryce showed up for episode 7 and Shannon was added in on Episode 8. They will be on Sunday’s. This link is for the playlist:   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJ4dsU0oGMKfJKvEMeRn5ebpAggkoVHf 

 

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Aug 31, 2022

What a fun grouping of topics! We do a relatively long deep-dive into the history of how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has dealt with organic evolution and how the stance has changed over time. Of course, the Book of Mormon is predicated on eugenics, as is the history of Utah, so we also include this more controversial subject as it is related. Then we dive into Bruce R. McConkie’s Millennial Messiah where he continues to harp on his favorite topic, the end times. Turns out the book title is very revealing of the subject matter. We wrap the episode with a new press release from the White House about government-funded research.

 

Show links

Improvement Era article (Official publication on organic evolution) https://archive.org/details/improvementera28011unse/page/1088/mode/2up

Organic Evolution (current Church official) https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/organic-evolution?lang=eng&fbclid=IwAR2JSViKt8X5b58lHFTGwP223jzjn9pm5Vi9Y1j2kz94QC8bjCHNrhuPpMk

Pew Research interview with Russel M. Nelson https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2007/05/16/in-focus-mormonism-in-modern-america/

Ben Spackman analysis of Official Church essay https://benspackman.com/2022/06/an-annotated-version-of-the-new-church-history-evolution-topic/?fbclid=IwAR2AhOens_H9jWsIZVzw9YZCro0syh7TsHuZ-G4C44BX9p46z2lMDwRs_CY

How Darwin’s Book holds up 150 years later https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-darwins-descent-man-holds-150-years-after-publication-180977091/

Descent of Man http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?itemID=F937.1&viewtype=text&pageseq=1

Orson Pratt’s statement possibly favorable to theological evolution https://bycommonconsent.com/2015/04/30/orson-pratt-and-god-emergence-as-fundamental-mormonism/

Man; His Origin and Destiny by Joseph Fielding Smith http://www.sainesburyproject.com/mormonstuff/Man%20His%20Origin%20and%20Destiny.pdf

“BYU Packet” https://biology.byu.edu/00000172-29e6-d079-ab7e-69efe5890000/byu-evolution-packet

Mormons and Genetics by Mary V. Rorty Sunstone 2003 https://web.stanford.edu/~mvr2j/mormons.html

 

Millennial Messiah

 

Blood moon: https://www.space.com/39471-what-is-a-blood-moon.html 

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

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

 

Dragonheart (metal music): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMaLY2wF94c 

 

Happy News: Delivering equitable access to all government funded research to the public: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2022/08/25/breakthroughs-for-alldelivering-equitable-access-to-americas-research/ 



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Aug 17, 2022

Numerology 101! What is it? How many is it? Why is it? We do a quick deep-dive into the esoteric field of numerology and how it influenced Joseph Smith and early Mormonism. We even find out our own numbers just for the fun of it! After that we talk about The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey in a very non-Jim Carrey role, witnessing him driven to madness by, you guessed it, the number 23. We round out with a brief signal boost of the recent sex abuse scandal with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Which sex abuse scandal specifically? Any of them because they never end.

 

Show links

 

Number Symbolism https://www.britannica.com/topic/number-symbolism

Pythagorean numerology https://www.dcode.fr/pythagorean-numerology

Kabbalah numerology http://numerology.center/kabbalah_numerology.php

Chaldean numerology https://numerologytoolbox.com/numerology/chaldean-numerology/ 

The Philosophy of Numbers by L. Dow. Balliett https://archive.org/details/philosophyofnum00ball/page/126/mode/2up

 

Happy News:   

https://apnews.com/article/Mormon-church-sexual-abuse-investigation-e0e39cf9aa4fbe0d8c1442033b894660

 

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Aug 3, 2022

We’ve discussed Mormon endtimes on numerous episodes, but this time we will also discuss some results. Mormonism breeds dangerous men; men who believe the end of the world is coming. Bruce R. McConkie loved the idea of the endtimes. He wrote about it so much that we decided to cover what Mormon Doctrine says are the signs of the endtimes. Then, because we know you just can’t get enough of McCrankie, Shannon will give the 5th segment of Millennial Messiah which, surprise surprise, is all about the death and destruction that is going to happen in the second coming. Then we actually will end the episode leaving you with a feeling that the world isn’t completely on fire with some really cool news about green infrastructure. So fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night! 



Show links

 

Mormon Endtimes

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

https://mormonbeliefs.org/mormon_beliefs/mormon-doctrine-salvation/do-mormons-believe-in-the-end-times/

https://bycommonconsent.com/2016/04/28/no-george-washington-didnt-believe-in-the-mormon-god/#wrap

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

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/08/576502739/judge-dismisses-federal-case-against-cliven-bundy-and-sons-bars-retrial

https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bundy-mistrial-2018-story.html

https://www.yearofpolygamy.com/uncategorized/episode-169-conversations-across-the-aisle-with-bryan-hyde/

https://www.justice.gov/usao-nv/pr/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-appoints-dayle-elieson-interim-united-states-attorney

 

Happy News:   https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/green-infrastructure-benefit-frontline-communities 

 

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Jul 20, 2022

Finally, the long-awaited deep-dive of Paul H. Dunn! Dunn was a General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a consummate liar. He tweaked or fabricated dozens of stories with a spiritual bend which caused Mormons to feel the spirit that what he was saying was true. He also committed financial fraud by cashing in on his high church rank and grandiose public personality. When all this came to light, shelves of believing Mormons came crashing down worldwide, and he was sent to a pasture up north by the apostles. He was, however, successfully insulated by church leadership from any legal repercussions. After that we review Plan 10 From Outer Space, a 90s Mormon sci-fi flick! We round out the episode highlighting the newly created 3-digit number for mental health resources.

 

Show links: 

 

Oral traditions: https://ich.unesco.org/en/oral-traditions-and-expressions-00053 

 

Douglas Stringfellow: https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1901-1950/The-controversial-career-of-Representative-Douglas-Stringfellow-of-Utah/ 

 

Paul H Dunn: 

 

Lying for the Lord: The Paul H Dunn Stories, by Lynn H. Packer 

What Hast Thou Dunn? By Jerald and Sandra Tanner 

FAIR response: https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/answers/Mormonism_and_church_leadership/Criticisms/Paul_H._Dunn%27s_baseball_and_war_stories 

 

Newspaper reports on Dunn: 

Deseret News: https://www.deseret.com/1991/2/16/18906053/arizona-paper-alleges-many-stories-were-exaggerated 

 

Sunstone: https://ia804506.us.archive.org/6/items/storiesof_Dunn/Dunn.pdf 

 

The only clip from Plan 10 you NEED to watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BA3SO1sokA

 

Happy News:  https://apnews.com/article/mental-health-hotline-988-ac50f02b74b8b89be5592be3f3605ff5

 

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Jul 6, 2022

Yes, it’s time for our next installment of the Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie. Before that, however, we’re doing a deep-dive into the history of the BYU center in Jerusalem. We discuss how it came to be, the hurdles overcome, and the strange and mysterious ways in which Mormon God works. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints punched far above its weight class in the sphere of international politics to shoehorn this place onto the Mount of Olives! Then we round out the episode with some happy news about scrap wood being used more sustainably.

 

Show Links: 

Interview of David Galbraith

https://rsc.byu.edu/vol-9-no-1-2008/jerusalem-center-near-eastern-studies-reflections-modern-pioneer

Orson Hyde: A Life of Lessons Learned by Roy Huff

https://rsc.byu.edu/vol-3-no-2-2002/orson-hyde-life-lessons-learned

Eliza R. Snow 1875 Jerusalem trip journal

https://archive.org/details/palestietourutah00smit/page/260/mode/2up

The Haifa German Cemetary and the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center

https://rsc.byu.edu/missionarys-story/haifa-german-cemetery-brigham-young-university-jerusalem-center

Mormon Missionary Miracle in Jerusalem

https://historyofmormonism.com/2012/10/11/mormon-missionary-miracle-in-jerusalem/

In the Footsteps of Orson Hyde by Blair Van Dyke, LaMar Berrett

https://byustudies.byu.edu/article/in-the-footsteps-of-orson-hyde-subsequent-dedications-of-the-holy-land/

Provo becomes Sister City

https://www.newspapers.com/image/469494086/?terms=byu%20jerusalem&match=1

Couple Donates $267,992 to BYU Jerusalem Center

https://www.newspapers.com/image/286499702/?terms=byu%20jerusalem&match=1

Israeli Jews Fight New Mormon Center by William Claiborne 12/24/1985

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1985/12/24/israeli-jews-fight-new-mormon-center/2d7fe78d-4cac-4ed9-ab41-b76a69fb56d9/?fbclid=IwAR0IEoaFWdjjI0CsF3_7DJZ-G9v45a3EcaZieJrt9xYhb_OehR6xCYtudBw

Three sets of brothers…

https://www.thechurchnews.com/archives/2012-11-03/three-sets-of-brothers-serve-in-six-different-temples-as-temple-presidents-48850

 

Happy News:  

https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/reforestation-hubs-trees-landfills 

 

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Jun 22, 2022

EPISODE 100!!! We’re celebrating this achievement with a different style of show. We’re talking all about hymns and music. What does music do to our brains? How can it be used for benevolent or, conversely, malevolent, purposes? Why is music easier to remember than just about any other media we create or consume? We also discuss some history of hymns and folk music in the Mormon culture and tradition as markers for significant events or used to ensure conformity or battle public perceptions. We round out the episode with some parodies of hymns we wrote to help break the spell!

 

Show Links: 

Hymn Parodies by Bryce & Shannon: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1095C1WDVWjOU0I2LVa7bm0Ob-r9e3EORPqJavZd7gd4/edit?usp=sharing 

 

We were on episode #333 of Serious Inquiries Only!: https://seriouspod.com/ 

 

Music, Rhythm, and the Brain: https://brainworldmagazine.com/music-rhythm-brain/ 

The Power of Music: MInd Control, by Rhythmic Sound: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-power-of-music-mind-control-by-rhythmic-sound/ 

Why Does Music Give You Chills? https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/51745/why-does-music-give-us-chills 

How Cult Leaders Use Music for Mind Control: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/08/206497/cult-music-mind-control-brainwash 

Genetically Modified Skeptic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7btz0ocXDeg 

Your Brain on Music: A Popular class breaks down how our brain responds to music: https://www.ucf.edu/pegasus/your-brain-on-music/ 

Your Brain on Music | Alan Harvey | TEDxPerth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZFFwy5fwYI 

What the Latter-Day Saint Hymn ‘Love at Home’ has to do with Blackface: https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2022/06/12/what-latter-day-saint/ 

 

Bryce’s links:

Mormon Songs by Levette J. Davidson

https://www.jstor.org/stable/537180

History of hymns

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/hymns?lang=eng

Emma Smith hymn compilation revelation

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/revelation-july-1830-c-dc-25/2

Emma 1835 hymnal

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/collection-of-sacred-hymns-1835/8

1880s Psalmody

https://archive.org/details/latterdaysaintsp00unse/page/n90/mode/2up?view=theater

 

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Jun 21, 2022

I'm uploading this as a token of gratitude for all you listeners showing up for 100 episodes! Plus, people have been asking for our review on the main feed but UtBoH is just too big a topic for the regular show, so here's a standalone episode taken from our YouTube broadcast!

This is the next installment of our quarterly live Q&A broadcasts! We have our lovely patrons to thank over at https://www.patreon.com/GlassBoxPod for helping us reach our goal to make these possible.

This time around we're reviewing the new Hulu series, Under the Banner of Heaven, based on Jon Krakauer's book by the same title. SPOILER ALERT!!!

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Jun 8, 2022

Hey it’s Pride Month! We all hear about Prop 8 and how the LDS church paid a boatload of money to make it go their way. We thought the actions the church took in the past which led to these actions needed to be brought to light. We also discuss Patriarch Joseph Fielding Smith who was called to the office while known to be gay, then was fired from the job once the bigots spoke out against him. Then, in our Media section, Shannon brings you a large list of books you should look into written by Mary Renault. And finally, we bring you some excellent news out of New York



Show notes

 

Links

Memories of Being Gay at BYU by Earl Kofoed

https://web.archive.org/web/20060617213245/http://www.affirmation.org/memorial/memories_of_being_gay.shtml

LGBTQIAP+ history in America

https://www.lgbtqhistory.org/lgbt-rights-timeline-in-american-history/

Chronology of Events Patriarch Joseph Fielding Smith’s Homosexuality

https://web.archive.org/web/20100122080551/http://www.affirmation.org/memorial/joseph_fielding_smith.shtml

Queering the LDS Archive by K. Mohrman

https://read.dukeupress.edu/radical-history-review/article-abstract/2015/122/143/22262/Queering-the-LDS-Archive?redirectedFrom=fulltext

History of Sodomy Laws

https://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/history/history.htm#:~:text=All%20states%20had%20laws%20against,effect%20in%201962%20without%20fanfare.

LDS Officials Seek to Join Hawaii Suit

https://www.deseret.com/1995/4/14/19169785/3-lds-officials-seek-to-join-hawaii-suit

Mormon campaign against gay marriage in Alaska

https://www.lds-mormon.com/gaylds-shtml/

The Mormon Proposition by Doe Daughtrey

https://www3.trincoll.edu/csrpl/RINVol11No3/Mormon%20Proposition.htm

LDS Cash Carries Gay-Marriage Fight

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/96367929/lds-cash-carries-gay-marriage-fight/

Improvement Era 113th semiannual conference report

https://archive.org/details/improvementera4511unse/page/n39/mode/2up?view=theater

Prelude to the National “Defense of Marriage” Campaign: Civil Discrimination Against Feared or Despised Minorities by D. Michael Quinn

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45226709?seq=11

Single men a “menace to society”?

https://www.ldsliving.com/are-single-lds-men-really-a-menace-to-society/s/76642



MOGP 

 

Mary Renault: A Biography, by Daniel Sweetman

 

Books and series by Mary Renault: 

 

Purposes of Love

The Friendly Young Ladies

Kind are her Answers

Return to Night

North Face

The Charioteer

The Last of the WIne

The Lion in the Gateway

The Nature of Alexander (Non-fiction)

The Mask of Apollo

The Praise Singer

 

(Theseus series) The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea

(Alexander the Great series) Fire from Heaven, The Persian Boy, and Funeral Games 




Happy News: “X” Gender Markers Coming to New York State IDs This June: https://www.them.us/story/x-gender-markers-coming-to-new-york-state-ids-this-june 

 

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May 25, 2022

The end is neigh at hand, or so Abrahamic believers have been saying for over 2000 years. Mormonism has its own special brand of the apocalypse and endtimes. This launches us into the next installment of the Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie. He talks about the endtimes as well, along with the role of the Book of Mormon. The final chapter we cover he leans deep into the white supremacy of Mormon theology. Be prepared, because we weren’t. Then we wrap the show with an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune from a long-time listener and patron, Dave Winslow, about the problems with violent rhetoric coming from the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

Be sure to tune in to our next live hangout on June 6th at 6 p.m. MST wherein we’ll review Under the Banner of Heaven. Supporters at Patreon gain access to join the conversation on air!

 

If you’d like to share your experience for the upcoming PRIDE month episode (Ep 99), please do so through social media or a direct email to glassboxpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Show notes

 

Links:

View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith 1823 https://archive.org/details/ViewOfTheHebrews1823EthanSmith/page/n81/mode/2up?view=theater

Hope of Israel by Manasseh Ben Israel 1650 http://olivercowdery.com/texts/1650hope.htm

Stick of Joseph flyer Dec 1844 https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/appendix-2-document-3-stick-of-joseph-1844/1

 

Happy News: https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2022/05/19/dave-winslow-lds-leaders/

 

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May 11, 2022

We examine the fascinating era of the 1970s feminist Mormon history studies. We focus on the central figure of Claudia Bushman and her push to build a non-existent world within Mormon studies. A group of east-coast women scholars began publishing controversial history in the form of Mormon Sisters and the resulting Exponent II quarterly journal. The official church historian, Leonard J. Arrington, encouraged and assisted where he could, but the General Authorities, especially Ezra Taft Benson, Mark E. Petersen, and Boyd K. Packer, couldn’t handle the prospect of women scholars publishing in academic journals about Mormon women’s issues. The retaliation, blacklisting, and PR fights quickly followed Claudia Bushman, Marueen Ursenbach Beecher, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich as they worked to advance the burgeoning field. After that we review the movie/book Hidden Figures and discuss the new White House Press Secretary!

 

Links:

Interview w/Claudia Bushman

https://rsc.byu.edu/conversations-mormon-historians/claudia-l-bushman

Some Reflections on the New Mormon History by Bob Flanders

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45224462?seq=2

History of Exponent II by Carrel Hilton Sheldon

https://test.exponentii.org/1999/08/27/history-by-carrel-hilton-sheldon-arlington-massachusetts/

Where to get Mormon Sisters and Confessions of a Mormon Historian

https://www.benchmarkbooks.com/

 

MOGP: 

Hidden Figures: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/?ref_=tttr_tr_tt 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, By Margot Lee Shetterly 

 

Happy News: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/05/lesbian-karine-jean-pierre-will-become-new-white-house-press-secretary/

 

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Apr 27, 2022

In this episode, we talk about Mormon priestcraft and show just how much they fit into their own description, all while denying it, of course. (Mormons and their leaders are awfully good at that!) This will lead us directly into part 2 of Bruce R McConkie’s book Millennial Messiah. We have an enjoyable time also discussing Martin Luther and the rise of Protestantism. We will also talk about why we think McCrankie hated Catholicism so much.  Then we’ll close it out with some amazing news about a successful Malaria vaccine. Enjoy! 



Show notes

 

Main topic: Priestcraft

Priestcraft:  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/gs/priestcraft?lang=eng

The Dangers of Priestcraft:    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teaching-seminary-preservice-readings-religion-370-471-and-475/the-dangers-of-priestcraft?lang=eng 

A Popular History of Priestcraft In All Ages and Nations:    https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00howiuoft/popularhistoryof00howiuoft_djvu.txt

 

MOGP: Millennial Messiah by Bruce R McConkie 

Martin Luther: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther 

The Ninety-Five Theses by Martin Luther: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses 

Protest Reformation:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformation 

Catholic Counter-Reformation:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-Reformation 

Council of Trent:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Trent 

These countries have the most religious freedom:   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/rankings/religious-freedom 

Tyndale Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyndale_Bible 

Happy News: 

More Than One Million African Children Protected by First Malaria Vaccine:   https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220421-more-than-one-million-african-children-protected-by-first-malaria-vaccine 

 

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Apr 13, 2022

Hey guess what. It’s Gen Con time. AGAIN! It keeps showing up every six months. Go figure.

In this episode we talk about what slipped through the cracks of this General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And yes, the timestamp is accurate. It’s a long listen, but hearing us dissect #GenCON is much, much, MUCH better than actually watching the 10 hours for yourself, right?

This episode has a general content warning as there are talks involving some damaging concepts including death of a child, suicide, and, of course,  LGBTQ+ issues because those mormon leaders just won't stop being bigots. So fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night!

 

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Mar 30, 2022

It’s time to break into our next long-form review of Mormon literature; Bruce R. McConkie’s Millennial Messiah! We get an idea for the purpose and objective of the book as well as McCrankie’s pet issues right off the bat. He speaks of the heresies integral to false prophecy and warns of the various movements and political groups are anti-Christ. But before we crack open the spine of this tome, our main segment is a brief deep-dive into Mormon prophecy. What is it? From where does it come? How reliable are Mormon prophecies and can they be trusted? And the greatest question with which some believers may wrestle, what’s Joseph Smith’s batting average? We round out the show with some happy news about government diversity in Portugal!

 

Show notes

Mormon Prophecy:

https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/archive/publications/the-truth-about-the-god-makers/ic

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

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-march-september-1838/41

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-1839/2#historical-intro#josephsmithpapers

https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/prophecies-of-joseph-smith?lang=eng&adobe_mc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariff_of_1833

https://www.jstor.org/stable/43200790

https://mit.irr.org/joseph-smith-william-miller-and-prophetic-speculation

 

MOGP

Book of Common Prayer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Common_Prayer 

Edward VI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_VI 

Indulgences: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indulgence 

Protestant Reformation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformation 

 

Happy News

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Mar 16, 2022

As March is Women’s History Month in the USA, we knew it was time to talk about some amazing and strong women who have had a powerful effect on all of our lives. First we look at a fascinating figure integral to a transitory period of church history, Emmeline B. Wells, who pioneered women’s suffrage in Utah. Then, in MOGP we talk about the documentary RBG.  Following that, we round out the episode talking about the 120 3D printed statues of women scientists in the “#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit” at the Smithsonian March 5-27. Enjoy! 



Show notes: 

Emmeline B. Wells Journals:  https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/news/chpress-publishes-emmeline-b-wells-diaries?lang=eng

Emmeline B. Wells: “Am I not a Woman and a Sister?” by Carol Cornwall Madsen https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol22/iss2/3/

Emmeline B. Wells Romantic Rebel by Carol Cornwall Madsen

https://rsc.byu.edu/supporting-saints-life-stories-nineteenth-century-mormons/emmeline-b-wells

Woman’s Exponent archive https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/WomansExp/id/3365/rec/61

Women’s Suffrage in Utah by Jean Bickmore White

https://historytogo.utah.gov/womens-suffrage-utah/

https://www.utahwomenshistory.org/bios/emmelinebwells/

https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol22/iss2/3/



MOGP

RBG: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7689964/?ref_=tt_rvi_tt_i_2 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg 

Sarah Moore Grimke: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Moore_Grimk%C3%A9 

 

And, what Shannon was trying to remember while recording but forgot the name of until long afterwards, it was Shannon Faulkner at The Citadel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Faulkner 

 

Happy News

120 3D-Printed Statues of Women Redefine What Scientists Look Like: “#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit” takes over Smithsonian March 5-27: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2022/03/08/120-3d-printed-statues-of-women-redefine-what-scientists-look-like/

Women’s Futures Month at the Smithsonian Institution: https://www.si.edu/womensfutures 



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Mar 2, 2022

One of the most influential leaders of the modern Mormon church, Bruce R. McConkie, made a name for himself with his seminal 1958 work Mormon Doctrine, an encyclopedia of Mormon doctrine and theology. It immediately made waves in the community and the rest of the leadership decided to censor McConkie and the book was pulled from the shelves. With significant edits to address leadership complaints, the book was republished in 1966 and again massively edited and published in 1979 after the priesthood ban was lifted. We explore the life of Bruce McConkie and discuss the impact of Mormon Doctrine and McConkie, as well as the reasons for censure and highlighting necessary edits to tone the book down. Yes, this is the deep-dive on Bruce McConkie and Mormon Doctrine you’ve been waiting for and this episode launches us into our next long-form book review of Millennial Messiah by Bruce McConkie!

 

Mark your calendars! Our next Live Q&A!! is March 7th!!! 6:00 PM (MST) 

 

Show notes: 

 

The Bruce R. McConkie Story: Reflections of a Son, by Joseph Fielding McConkie  

 

The End of Bruce R McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine, by Stirling Adams: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43201315?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents 

 

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Feb 16, 2022

Much is said and thought of John C. Bennett from Nauvoo Mormon history, but what do the documents actually say? Today we go through a brief deep dive into this fascinating figure. He became a close friend and then personal greatest enemy of Joseph Smith throughout a complicated sequence of events. Bennett is most renowned for his 1842 expose, The History of the Saints, which he wrote after his abrupt removal from all church, government, and military appointments. We deal with the charge that he was providing abortions and what the implications which follow actually mean. After that we review Reign of Fire, a Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey dragon movie with surprisingly deep interpretations. We wrap with some happy news from the Lego company to help children undergoing medical procedures.

 

Mark your calendars! Our next Live Q&A!! is March 7th!!! 6:00 PM (MST) 



Interview read for patrons: https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/interview-3november-1841/1

Other Bennett Sources:

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/john-cook-bennett

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/letter-from-john-c-bennett-15-august-1840/2

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/letter-from-john-c-bennett-25-july-1840/1

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/discourse-from-john-c-bennett-18-december-1841/1

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/discourse-from-john-c-bennett-3-february-1841/3

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minutes-3-february-1841/1

https://archive.org/details/historysaints00benngoog/page/n63/mode/2up?view=theater

 

Happy News: https://interestingengineering.com/lego-is-donating-mri-scanner-kits-to-help-hospitals-reduce-anxiety-in-children 

 

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Feb 2, 2022

YES! WE’RE FINALLY DONE!! The Miracle of Forgiveness has been a grind and we’re finally putting this monster of a book to rest. However, we can’t do it alone so we are joined by the incredible expertise of Natasha Helfer. She’s been working in sex and relationship therapy within the Mormon space for two and a half decades and she helps us contrast Spencer W. Kimball’s statements about sex and gender with modern science. Be sure to follow her at the links provided below. We hope you enjoy this celebration along with us before we crack into Bruce McConkie for our next long-form review!

Show Notes: 

A veritable gagglefuck of links to find Natasha Helfer!

MMHA: https://mormonmentalhealthassoc.org/

Symmetry Solutions: https://www.symmetrysols.com/

Home page: https://www.natashahelfer.com/

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/amp/tag/natashahelfer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natashahelfermft

Or Google her to find plenty more projects!

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Jan 19, 2022

The Black 14 was a group of athletes at University of Wyoming in Laramie who stood up to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU. They suffered the wrath of withering public ire, but their story is immortalized as emblematic of the struggle for racial justice and equality in the 1960s and 70s. Join us as we learn their story and discuss Brigham Young University’s fight to keep discriminating when it became illegal to do so. After that we discuss Small Foot, a movie about asking questions and breaking out of the shell in which people are raised. We round out the show with some happy news about gender and sex equality in Israel of all places.

 

Show Notes: 

 

Resources concerning the Black 14

https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/black-14-race-politics-religion-and-wyoming-football

https://www.newspapers.com/image/598921419/?terms=byu%20protest&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/636296214/?terms=byu%20protest&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/536317000/?terms=byu%20protest&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/582751880/?terms=byu%20protest&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/215625791/?terms=byu%20protest&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/113865632/?terms=byu%20protest&match=1

http://www.byhigh.org/History/Ymountain/Yletter.html

https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2020/3/9/21171077/byu-honor-code-lgbt-protest-church-of-jesus-christ-mormon-lds-activism

https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/11/17/21561355/black-14-wyoming-byu-latter-day-saints-thanksgiving-food-deliveries-partnership-mormon

https://policy.byu.edu/view/demonstration-policy

https://universe.byu.edu/2022/01/12/byu-bans-demonstrations-on-y-mountain-in-updated-policy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=byu-bans-demonstrations-on-y-mountain-in-updated-policy

https://www.clickorlando.com/features/2020/06/10/protesting-is-part-of-american-history-these-historic-demonstrations-led-to-changes-in-us-policy/

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/what-black-armband-means-forty-years-later

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/393/503/

 

MOGP: Smallfoot: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6182908/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt 

 

Happy News: Same Sex Couples can Now Opt for Surrogacy in Isreal : https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/israel-news-lgbtq-rights-surrogacy-rights-same-sex-couples-can-now-opt-for-surrogacy-in-israel-supreme-court-order-2688163

 

Bryce will be on Thrive: https://www.thrivebeyondreligion.com/event/thrive-unite/ 

 

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Jan 5, 2022

Yes, a show about New Year’s Resolutions for 2022! We discuss what resolutions the Mormon church should consider for the new year and some of the hold ups of accomplishing them. We have some resolutions of our own though! Then we get to the penultimate segment of Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball. There’s light at the end of the tunnel and it feels good. Then we round out the show talking about clean flying goals for Denmark!

 

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Happy News:  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59849898 

 

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Dec 21, 2021

It’s the last episode of the year and since we had a blast doing an all media episode last year, we decided to make it a tradition! We each brought something to the table in each category — books, movies, and music — and we had a great time discussing them.  We hope you enjoy them too. Have a fun holiday season! 

 

Books: 

Shannon’s book: Eva, by Peter Dickinson

Bryce’s book: Understanding History, by Louis Gottschalk



Film: 

Shannon’s movie: Spy Game  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266987/?ref_=tt_rvi_tt_i_5 

Bryce’s movie: Uncut Gems  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5727208/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt 

 

Music: 

 

Bryce music: The Uneraseable Past by Cattle Decapitation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmYcFP1vTdk

 

Shannon’s music: The Planets, by Gustav Holst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OD_HzdZwKk 

 

Metal version of Neptune, The Mystic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUePYhmdLAA

 

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Dec 8, 2021

We take on the next recommendation from the 2019 NPR broadcast Hidden Brain episode. Shannon tells us how our beliefs can be informed by people we trust and how resilient they prove. Then we get into the next segment of Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball telling us about the benefits of forgiving folks who wrong us. Then we wrap with happy news about green power from India!

 

July 22, 2019 episode: Facts Aren’t Enough: The Psychology of False Beliefs. 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/18/743195213/facts-arent-enough-the-psychology-of-false-beliefs

 

The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread, by James Weatherall and Cailin O’Connor https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300234015/misinformation-age 

 

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary (because it is too funny!):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_Lamb_of_Tartary

 

Happy News: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/india-achieves-target-of-40-power-generation-capacity-from-non-fossil-fuel-sources/articleshow/88057024.cms

 

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Nov 24, 2021

Our main segment features a piece done by NPR on their Hidden Brain podcast a few years ago. We discuss the type of mindset people need in order to be influenced for various purposes. Hope and fear feature in informing the mindset of a receptive brain when facts simply aren’t enough. After that we get into the next segment of The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball. We read a couple of the most infamous passages from the book including the level of sin assessed on survivors of sexual assault and the implication that those who choose to end their own lives are unforgivable. This is a heavy segment but we lighten it up with some fun and a poetic reading by Shannon from the book. We finish the episode with happy news about black Santas! Be sure to join us next Monday Nov 29th at 6 p.m. MST for our first live hangout!

 

Main topic: Facts Aren’t Enough: The Psychology of False Beliefs, From the podcast, Hidden Brain: A Conversation About Life’s Unseen Patterns.

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/18/743195213/facts-arent-enough-the-psychology-of-false-beliefs

 

The Influential Mind, by Tali Sharot: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627792653 

 

Happy News: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/black-santa-disney-parks/index.html

 

WE MET OUR FIRST PATREON GOAL!! Quarterly live Q&A’s are now on the program!  First one is Monday Nov 29th at 6 p.m. MST 

 

Naked Mormonism YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCopxTiqSmR9YUCTKXURvPtA

 

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Nov 10, 2021

Let’s chat about some funny Mormon stories! We start from the earliest days of the church. We hear about missionaries raising the dead, Joseph Smith training a dove to eat grain out of his ear, and then going for a swim while covered in phosphorus oil. After that we talk about funny stories told about Mormons by the genius minds of Matt Stone and Trey Parker in the Mormon South Park episode and The Book of Mormon musical. We wrap with a story about lasers saving agriculture and discussing some listener mail.

 

Main topic: 

http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/OH/miscoh08.htm

http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/OH/miscoh03.htm

http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/NY/miscNYSi.htm#072044

http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/NY/miscNYSb.htm#060635

http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/NY/wayn1830.htm#062230

http://www.solomonspalding.com/docs/Wil1878a.htm#Moss1

 

Happy News:   https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2021/11/02/self-driving-farm-robot-uses-lasers-to-kill-100000-weeds-an-hour-saving-land-and-farmers-from-toxic-herbicides/?sh=4f3d316e4070



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Oct 27, 2021

Welcome to today’s show. This episode contains another installment in the dangerous shitshow that is the Miracle of Forgiveness. Because the chapter we discuss is about bishop’s interviews, for our main segment, we interviewed Sam Young to talk about his Protect LDS Children movement — now named Protect Every Child. We also go over some of the answers you, our wonderful listeners, gave us on our survey about bishop’s interviews. Then to cleanse ourselves and you, we finish up with some happy news about cleaning up trash in the Pacific Ocean. And we should point out a content warning for the main segment as well as MoGP. 



Show Notes: 

 

Main topic: Sam Young’s Blog: https://invisiblescubit.com/ 

https://protectldschildren.org/

 

Happy News:   20,000 Pounds of Trash Removed From Pacific Garbage Patch: ‘Holy mother of god. It worked!’: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/20000-pounds-of-trash-removed-from-pacific-garbage-patch/

 

WE MET OUR FIRST PATREON GOAL!! Quarterly live Q&A’s are now on the program!  Monday Nov 29th at 6 p.m. MST

 

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