LDS Perspectives Podcast show

LDS Perspectives Podcast

Summary: Over the past few years, the podcasting landscape has seen many presentations come and go, leaving many wondering where to go for faithful scholarship. LDS Perspectives Podcast grew out of a desire to fill that void. We hope to offer a place for mainstream members to learn more context about history, seek more depth to doctrine, and gain more support with cultural challenges. And all in a half-hour podcast. Each week one of our podcasters sits down with a respected LDS scholar, author, or educator and has a casual discussion about some aspect of LDS doctrine, history, or culture. We are just everyday Mormons, but we are sharing extraordinary conversations about our religion and our faith.


 Episode 29: Art in Sacred Spaces – Rita Wright | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:46

Rita Wright is the curator for the Springville Museum of Art in Springfield, Utah. Formerly, she taught art at Brigham Young University and was the curator for the LDS Church […]

 Episode 28: The Three Witnesses – Larry Morris | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:51

By June 1829 Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer had verbalized a desire to be the special three witnesses alluded to in the Book of Mormon. D&C 17 records […]

 Episode 27: What is LDS Doctrine? – Michael Goodman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:01

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to read the LDS Church’s “Race and the Priesthood” essay, it would be worthwhile to do so. Not only does it articulate the church’s […]

 Episode 26: New Directions in Mormon Studies – Patrick Mason | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:52

Historian, author, and educator Patrick Mason tells his students that Mormon studies is just a really fun place to play. It gets to the heart of the questions we have in […]

 Episode 25: Another View of the Mormon Trail with Laura Allred Hurtado | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:21

Artists Josh Clare, John Burton, and Bryan Mark Taylor worked for years on a project called Saints at Devil’s Gate. It consists of landscapes capturing the Mormon Trail, the 1,300-mile […]

 Episode 24: LDS Women at the Pulpit – Jenny Reeder and Kate Holbrook | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:18

Editors Jenny Reeder and Kate Holbrook, respectively 19th- and 20th-century women’s historians, discuss their multi-year project to bring LDS women’s speeches together in At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint […]

 Episode 23: Depression and Mental Health Myths – Brian Murdock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:21

Religious LDS culture has historically struggled to find a place for matters of mental health and depression as it dovetails with our mortal experience and our theology. As a result, […]

 Episode 22: In Brigham Young’s Words – Gerrit Dirkmaat and LaJean Carruth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:51

In our first doubleheader, we present an episode covering the discrepancies between the shorthand versions of speeches of early LDS Church leaders in Utah and their published versions. First, Russell Stevenson […]

 Episode 21: Learning from Pakistan – Robert Eaton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:01

Several years ago a group of professors at BYU-Idaho designed an interdisciplinary course called “Global Hotspot: Pakistan at the Crossroad of Conflict.” Students are asked to learn and analyze issues relating […]

 Episode 20: D&C 76, The Vision of the Resurrection – Matthew McBride | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:38

In episode three of our Revelations in Context Series, host Nick Galieti interviews Matthew McBride of the Church History Department about his essay entitled “The Vision.” In 1832 Joseph Smith […]

 Episode 19: The Book of Mormon as Literature – Grant Hardy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:48

Grant Hardy became intrigued with world religions, especially those of East Asia, as a young missionary. He has reasearched and written widely on various topics, but his study of the Book […]

 Episode 18: Of Governments and Laws (D&C 134) – Spencer W. McBride | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:09

In November 2014, Smithsonian Magazine named Joseph Smith as the most influence American religious figure of all time. This founder of the Mormon religion also ran for president of the United […]

 Episode 17: Exploring Near Death Experiences – Brent Top | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:08

In 1975, Dr. Raymond A. Moody coined the term “near-death experiences” in his bestselling book Life After Life. Mormons have latched on to this concept, which is not surprising, considering […]

 Episode 16: Joseph Smith’s Papyri – John Gee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:03

Laura Harris Hales interviews Dr. John Gee about the history of Joseph Smith’s papyri. Dr. Gee has studied the papyri and the Book of Abraham for over thirty years, yet […]

 Episode 15: Women’s Voices – Janiece Johnson and Jenny Reeder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:01

While working on her dissertation, Janiece Johnson came up with the idea to create a resource for members to use while preparing lessons. She felt there would be value in […]


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