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Hosted by Chris Heimerdinger, author of The Tennis Shoes Adventure Series and director of the feature film Passage to Zarahemla. Forever LDS features the intellectual and spiritual thoughts of its host as well as stimulating discussions with guest authors, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, scholars, and other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from a variety of exhilarating fields and backgrounds. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/foreverlds/support
 
Hi, my name is Russell Brunson, and I want to welcome you to the Book of Mormon challenge. Recently I spent a small fortune and purchased one of the original 5000 copies of the book of mormon that Joseph Smith originally printed.. I did it because I had been treating this sacred book lightly... and I wanted to make it special again to me and my family... As Ezra Taft Benson said... there is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study it. ...
 
Meditation for Mormons -This podcast explores the LDS (Mormon) concept of Zion, where "there (is) no contention in the land, because of the love of God which (does) dwell in the hearts of the people." We address many topics related to living as covenant keeping Mormons in the New Age. Specifically we talk about the technology of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for Mormons and how to use it to increase our spiritual awareness and uplevel to the "Zion Consciousness". Zion is "living after the mann ...
 
If the little angel and devil from your shoulders ever hung out without you and made a podcast, this is probably what it would sound like. Equal parts wholesome and horrific, Mormon and the Meth-head is about one unlikely friendship. Jessa and Aaron have led two completely different lives. While Aaron was stopping strangers on the streets of Milan to teach them about Joseph Smith, Jessa was teaching dudes how to keister meth while blowing them in Arby's bathrooms across Portland. But as Aaro ...
 
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Fifty years ago this month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established the Genesis Group, a support organization for Black members.It came at a time when men and women with African blood were denied access to the priesthood and temple. Genesis served as a quasi-branch of the faith, meeting on the first Sunday of every month. It was…
 
When the governing First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints amped up its plea in August for masking and vaccinations, some conservative members who oppose such COVID-19 measures balked.Now they know how it feels, responded many progressive Latter-day Saints, who have found themselves similarly on the outs with top church …
 
The recently completed 191st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided 10 hours of sermons from the faith’s top leaders, including four women among dozens of men.In this fourth straight all-virtual conference, worldwide listeners heard speeches about mental illness, the importance of temples and disse…
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was once known almost as an ethnic group.In the past three-plus years, since President Russell M. Nelson took the helm of the 16.6 million-member global faith, elements of that identity have been stripped away.Statues of the Angel Moroni, a figure from the faith’s signature scripture, the Book of Morm…
 
I can't think of a better way to end my second season than by interviewing Douglas Lyons. From acting to playwriting to a love of gummy bears, Douglas Lyons is a multi-hyphenate whose hilarious new and heart-felt play, Chicken & Biscuits makes its Broadway debut this fall from September 23, 2021-January 2, 2022 While Douglas has already been seen o…
 
In today’s world, ideas about sex are ever present and often confusing. Sexual relations can bond couples together, or be abusive, manipulative and unhealthy.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like most faiths, views the creation of life as sacred, but it also sees sexual intimacy as an expression of love. The Utah-based faith does no…
 
There's no better time to share the second part of Beth Grant's podcast episode than a few days before her birthday (9/18). From being fired to checking her ego to working with Patrick Swayze & Stockard Channing, Beth talks about lessons learned! Beth Grant is a character actress who has been featured in many iconic films & TV shows: Donnie Darko, …
 
If Brigham Young wanted to enroll at his namesake university, he’d have to shave his beard. A number of other former Latter-day Saint prophets would have to do the same.Warner Woodworth, an emeritus professor from Brigham Young University, argues that’s just wrong. So he launched a Change.org petition urging the Provo school to end its prohibition …
 
Beth Grant is a character actress whose career spans 40 years between Film, TV & Theatre. With over 200 credits to her name, Beth's talent has been seen everywhere including The Mindy Project, The Golden Girls, Speed, A Time To Kill, Donnie Darko, Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Little Miss Sunshine, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Ju…
 
Eugene England was at the center of Mormon intellectual life from the early 1960s until his death 20 years ago. As the founder of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, a popular professor at Brigham Young University, and a widely respected essayist, England was one of the most influential — and controversial — figures in the modern church.He lived…
 
Did sea gulls save Mormon settlers’ crops? Did Brigham Young mysteriously and miraculously leave a space in design plans for the Salt Lake Temple that later would be filled by elevators? Did Elvis Presley make margin notes in a Book of Mormon? Was Yoda of “Star Wars” fame really modeled after former church President Spencer W. Kimball?Those are jus…
 
Latter-day Saint apostle Jeffrey R. Holland addressed Brigham Young University faculty and staff this week, urging them to be committed to the school’s “unique mission” and the church that sponsors it.He made headlines for criticizing faculty members who challenge teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including its stance on…
 
It's so great to welcome back Crystal Skillman and Bobby Cronin, co-writer and composer of the Broadway Podcast Network hit audio play/podcast King Kirby. Today, Crystal & Bobby are truly Baring It All with lessons learned, industry secrets including bullying and sexual harassment, plus much more! Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! We talked a…
 
The delta variant of COVID-19 is surging across the country, with nearly half of all Americans still not fully vaccinated. As the enduring pandemic once again grows dire, Utah hospitals have been overwhelmed with mostly unvaccinated patients battling the disease.The new emergency prompted the top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …
 
I am so excited to welcome Tonya Pinkins back to the show! She's an actress, director, producer, author, filmmaker & so much more! Today we are talking about lessons learned and Tonya has learned a lot in her life! Plus, we chat even more about her horror film Red Pill, which will have its NYC premiere this Friday, August 13 (YES, FRIDAY THE 13TH) …
 
Scaffolding surrounds the Salt Lake Temple. The two visitor centers are no more. The plaza behind the Church Office Building is mainly dirt.Clearly big changes are in store in and around Temple Square, which ranks among Utah’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors from near and far every year.You may be wondering what this …
 
My spidey senses are tingling today because I am swinging into the world of Marvel Comics with my special guests Crystal Skillman & Bobby Cronin, whose fantastic podcast, King Kirby, is burning up the Broadway Podcast Network. I talk with Crystal & Bobby about their love of comics, how they adapted King Kirby (originally a play by Crystal & her hus…
 
The New York Times recently took up the topic of temple garments in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The piece focused on Idaho Falls member Sasha Piton, who is urging the church to produce softer, more comfortable and breathable garments, which the faithful wear as a private and personal reminder of their religious commitments.Piton…
 
In the 1940s, Trappist monks looked to create new monasteries in unlikely places, places not dominated by Catholics. They found just such a spot in a high mountain valley in Mormon Utah.For 70 years, Holy Trinity Abbey in the scenic Ogden Valley served as a religious refuge, where monks pondered and prayed, worked and worshipped, lived and died.For…
 
This week, Utahns and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are remembering the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.Not everyone, however, believes this epic migration is cause for unmitigated celebration. After all, these settlers ended up displacing Native Americans and transporting slavery to the region.O…
 
With the announcement that Season 12 of Blue Bloods will be premiering on CBS on October 1, 2021, I thought this was the perfect time to welcome back recurring Blue Bloods actor Mark McKinnon (who plays Officer Miller). In this episode we talk love, lessons learned, working with the legendary Sheryl Lee Ralph, acting lessons, marriage and much more…
 
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints return to in-person worship after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions, the question has become: Which pandemic-era changes should stay and which should go?Will members who are homebound or don’t feel comfortable in crowds still be able to watch services via Zoom? Will extra health …
 
I am so excited to welcome back Adam Jacobs who originated the role of Aladdin on Broadway. Today, Adam & I are talking Lessons Learned, more backstage tales from Broadway & and a story involving a stolen car, his sister (Arielle Jacobs) & the Hawaiian Mafia. Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! We discussed Adam's theatrical endeavors, his docu…
 
Debra Ann Byrd is back on Baring It All with Call Me Adam! Today we are discussing the lessons Debra Ann has learned about her life and career. Debra's play, Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey will perform LIVE, in-person outdoors at The Roman Garden Theatre, as part of Shakespeare and Company's 44th Season. July 16-25, 2021. Click here for t…
 
She was church founder Joseph Smith’s first scribe. She created the first Latter-day Saint hymnal. She was the first president of the women’s Relief Society. She was, indeed, the faith’s first first lady. Yet Emma Smith, beloved wife of Joseph Smith, remains a mystery to many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Jennifer Reede…
 
Today I welcome back Broadway Vocalist Sally Wilfert. In this episode Sally is Baring It All with Call Me Adam about her theatrical legacy, including her work with the legendary composer William Finn, singing at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), lessons learned & so much more! Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! We paid tribute to Sally's…
 
In an unexpected and bold move, President Russell M. Nelson announced a partnership with the NAACP in 2018 — just days before The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 40th anniversary of the end of its centurylong priesthood and temple ban on Black members.In recent weeks, the Utah-based faith elevated this unlikely alliance w…
 
I'm so excited to welcome back Broadway & Television actor Claybourne Elder. Today, Claybourne is Baring It All with Call Me Adam about family, fatherhood, gay parenting, lessons learned & living out his HGTV dreams. Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! We discussed Claybourne's career on Broadway and TV. Claybourne is getting ready to return to…
 
A recent U.S. survey found that more than a fifth of Gen Zers who self-identify as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or other.Nearly that many millennials (19%) do as well.That is almost double the 10% that researchers Jana Riess and Benjamin Knoll found in their 2016 Next Mormons Survey.…
 
He stole our hearts in Broadway's Bonnie & Clyde, melted them on the CW's The Carrie Diaries & just before the pandemic hit, Claybourne Elder was seducing us with "Barcelona" in the Broadway revival of Company. Today, Claybourne Elder is Baring It All with Call Me Adam about the ups and downs of a Broadway career including rehearsals, backstage ant…
 
The Mormon History Association’s just-completed annual conference offered the usual smorgasbord of delectable scholarly presentations relating to Mormonism.The 2021 theme for the hybrid in-person and online meeting in Park City was “Restoration, Reunion and Resilience.”There were sessions on polygamy and early Latter-day Saint experiences in Nauvoo…
 
Award winning composer Michael Mott discusses the music behind the composer! Known for his theatrical pop sound, Michael's latest EP, The Only One takes the listener on a journey through love, quarrels & the ending of a relationship. I'll be talking with Michael about love, loss, & what he learned as well as his new theatrical project, In The Light…
 
Editor's note: Due to an error in postproduction, we've replaced a previous version of this episode.Late in 1843, top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent letters to the five leading candidates for the U.S. presidency, asking each what he would do, if elected, to address the persecution the faith had suffered and to prote…
 
From All My Children to Mama's Family, I'm beyond excited to be catching up with two-time Emmy Award Winner Dorothy Lyman whose new virtual play, We Have To Hurry starring Alfred Molina will be streaming June 5th & 6th on Broadway on Demand. Dorothy & I talk about her legendary career in television, including how Fran Drescher gave Dorothy a direct…
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sprang from a young boy’s quest for religious truth, so it may seem strange that sizable numbers of its members are falling for political claims that stretch so far from the truth.A recent survey shows, for instance, that 46% of Latter-day Saints believe the “big lie” — that the 2020 presidential elec…
 
Debra Ann Byrd is Baring It All with Call Me Adam about how she defied race, gender, and a tough upbringing to achieve her dreams of performing Shakespeare Classics and becoming one of the most sought out actors to play Othello. Debra's memoir play, Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey will stream via Livermore Shakespeare Festival from May 27-…
 
As we approach the third anniversary of President Russell M. Nelson’s plea for members, media, academics and all others to start using the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and stop using the term “Mormon,” an outside religious scholar is suggesting a, shall we say, different approach. In fact, an opposite approach.Peter …
 
Proselytizing has been a hallmark of Mormonism since its founding. It has become common to see pairs of young men, called “elders,” or young women, dubbed “sisters,” sporting black nametags and talking to people about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.In recent years, however, the faith’s global evangelizing program has shifted in tac…
 
I'm so excited to welcome back New York Theatre Barn's Artistic Director Joe Barros & Associate Artistic Director Jen Sandler to discuss the lessons Joe & Jen have learned from running a non-profit theatre. Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! We discussed how New York Theatre Barn pivoted during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Join New York Theatre Barn…
 
Before the pandemic, T. Oliver Reid was in the Tony Award winning musical Hadestown. Now, this powerhouse performer joins me for a great conversation about Broadway re-opening, being a black performer on Broadway, Black Theatre Coalition & his latest project Black Writers Amplified. Black Writers Amplified is an album that will be released by Broad…
 
For 34 years, the Rev. Tom Goldsmith of Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church has been a prominent presence on Utah’s religious landscape.At the helm of his left-leaning congregation, Goldsmith championed social justice causes like immigration reform and climate change.He has shaped his congregation into a refuge for believers who do not feel at …
 
Iconic, legendary, Grammy nominee, Queen of Cabaret are just some of the terms used to describe the ever so vibrant Marilyn Maye. After a year of no live performances due to the global pandemic, at 93 years young Marilyn is back where she belongs, LIVE on stage! I talk with Marilyn about her illustrious career, upcoming Feinstein's/54 Below concert…
 
In recent years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more fully embraced its teachings about Heavenly Mother, but she has been a part of the faith since virtually the beginning.She has long been celebrated in song and verse, but now members and leaders have begun to openly discuss her and debate her qualities.Two Latter-day Saint wo…
 
Broadway's original Aladdin, Adam Jacobs showed us "A Whole New World" eight times a week, he stormed the Barricades as "Marius" in Les Miserables and roared as "Simba" in The Lion King. Now, Adam Jacobs is baring it all Behind The Curtain with some great backstage stories! The second part of our interview, where we discuss Lessons Learned, will be…
 
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