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Episode #110

John Dehlin

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Host Of One Of Utah's Most Popular Podcasts "Mormon Stories" Shares His Journey & Navigating His Mormon Faith



Guest Bio:

John Dehlin is a researcher, podcaster, and social activist.  He has a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Utah State University. 


John’s clinical and research interests involve the nexus of religion and mental health.  John’s research has been published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA), the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Identity, the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.


Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., John worked for seven years at Microsoft Corporation, and three years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Director of the International OpenCourseWare Consortium.


John is the founder of Mormon Stories Podcast, the most popular and longest running podcast within Mormonism.  Mormon Stories Podcast was established to explore and challenge Mormon culture.


John’s work has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Nightline, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, VH1, and RadioWest.



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Show Notes


  • Introduction (1:25)

  • Podcasting and why John started Mormon Stories (2:56)

  • His views on the start of his faith crisis (8:54)

  • Why John started and stopped the podcast multiple times (11:27)

  • John's switch of views on people that are apart of LGBTQ community (15:45)

  • What makes mormon stories so different (21:59)

  • How does someone open their opinion the right way to the world (22:58)

  • The power of storytelling (24:08)

  • John on being excommunicated (29:39)

  • How does John connect with each person coming to him (33:51)

  • Mormon Spectrum Map (36:21)

  • How has John's beliefs changed (37:15)

  • Marriages that are split religious views (42:41)

  • What could replace religion one day (58:09)

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