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 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 […]

 Episode 14: Curriculum and Correlation – David B. Marsh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:42

Russell Stevenson interviews David Marsh, who has worked developing curriculum for the LDS Church for decades. Together they discuss the nitty gritty details of taking a teaching concept from its […]

 Episode 13: When Was Jesus Born? – Jeffrey R. Chadwick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:07

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25? Was it just a random date chosen by the early Christian fathers or is there more […]

 Episode 12: Revelations in Context – “An Elect Lady” with Matthew Grow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:06

Laura Harris Hales sat down with Matthew Grow, the LDS Church History Department Director of Publications, to discuss the completion of an exciting project. The Revelations in Context essays, which have […]

 Episode 11: Joseph, Mary, and Jesus – Eric Huntsman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:20

Several years ago Eric Huntsman sat down and asked himself a question: How can we take the celebration of Christmas and the texts that teach us about it and connect them with families?  His […]

 Episode 10: Book of Mormon Scholarship, Theories, and Folklore – Brant A. Gardner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:49

In this episode, Laura Harris Hales interviews Brant A. Gardner. He is the author of several books and articles discussing the text of the Book of Mormon and ancient Mesoamerica. The […]

 Episode 9: Joseph’s Seer Stones – Michael Hubbard MacKay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:41

Russell Stevenson interviews Dr. Michael Mackay about the use of seer stones in the Book of Mormon translation process. Some may not realize that Joseph continued to use seer stones after […]

 Episode 8: What is Isaiah Doing in the Book of Mormon? – Joseph Spencer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:26

Second Nephi has a reputation for being a bit dry. Missing is the drama of the Book of Mormon. Where the story line pauses, it is replaced with long passages […]


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