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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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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 …
 
Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives (Crossway Books, 2020) explores the biblical covenants and how they form the structure of the Bible and inform the Christian life. Featuring contributions from twenty-seven scholars, this monumental work in reformed scholarship is biblically grounded, systematically conveyed, and…
 
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…
 
Shawn Wilhite is author of this outstanding new commentary on one of the most important early Christian documents. We don't know who wrote the Didache, when it was written, or who it was written for, but Wilhite's work demonstrates how the text sets out teaching about ethics, sacraments and eschatology that seemed so authoritative that some readers…
 
In this episode, Brandon and John talk about the trashure known as The Circle. We then head back to Scotland to discuss the true weaknesses of 1950s children. Discord: https://discord.me/cryptopediacast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=14015340 --- The Gorbals Vampire – Did a 1950s Nosferatu Prowl Glasgow's Southern Necropolis? Iron Man of G…
 
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…
 
In this episode, we finally set our sights on Nessie in John's quest to cover the heaviest hitters of the Cryptozoological world. Discord: https://discord.me/cryptopediacast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=14015340 --- Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch …
 
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…
 
Memory plays a central role in the book of Deuteronomy, meant to shape Israel’s life as a nation in the land. In Memoir of Moses: The Literary Creation of Covenantal Memory in Deuteronomy (Fortress, 2019), A.J. Culp explores the role of Deuteronomy as the chief memory producer of Israel’s covenant with the Lord God—instead of a product of memory fr…
 
The Talmud ‘is the central pillar supporting the entire spiritual and intellectual edifice of Jewish life’—so wrote Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz. Not only did Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz publish an English translation and commentary of the entire Talmud in 42 volumes, The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli, he also published a guide for studying the Tal…
 
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…
 
**CLARIFICATION** Around 8:40, John mentions the BLM protests in response to George Floyd's death in 2020. John wants to clarify that he meant George Floyd's death was the problematic and terrible thing, not the protests themselves (which Cryptopedia supported then and now). **CLARIFICATION** It's finally here. That's right, the lost episode of Cry…
 
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 …
 
Samuel David Luzzatto (1800-1865), known by his Hebrew acronym Shadal, was the leading Italian Jewish scholar of the 19th century. A linguist, educator, and religious thinker, he devoted his talents above all to the interpretation of the Bible. As a master of Hebrew grammar and usage, he focused on the plain meaning of the text. Although he was a d…
 
This time Steven Segal dominates the opening and John is broken by Brandon's jokes. Discord: https://discord.me/cryptopediacast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=14015340 --- The Guyra Ghost Australia's most baffling Poltergeist the Guyra ghost in NSW Poltergeist rocks town: The stone-throwing ghost of Guyra The Guyra Ghost Mystery New polter…
 
Angelic beings can be found throughout the Hebrew Bible, and by late antiquity the archangels Michael and Gabriel were as familiar as the patriarchs and matriarchs, guardian angels were as present as one’s shadow, and praise of the seraphim was as sacred as the Shema prayer. Mika Ahuvia recovers once-commonplace beliefs about the divine realm and d…
 
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…
 
Olam Ha-zeh V'olam Ha-ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice (Purdue UP, 2017), for which Professor Greenspoon served as the editor, explores Jewish notions and conceptions of the afterlife and how it compares to our live on this earth. Covering sources from Apocryphal literature from 400BCE to 200CE to modern thinkers l…
 
Did the prophets foretell a priestly Messiah? Who was the mysterious figure of Melchizedek? In his new book, Jesus: The Incarnation of the Word, David Mitchell uses exegetical acumen and his expertise in ancient sources, to offer intriguing answers to these and other questions. Join us as we speak with David about his latest book on the Messiah. Da…
 
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 John talks about a bunch of stuff from the late 90s and early aughts, so pretty much a standard episode. Discord: https://discord.me/cryptopediacast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=14015340 --- Tracking the Chupacabra Puerto Rico Why Chupacabra Reports Only Go Back to 1995 Cristina Saralegui Creatures of the Night - Chupacabra Chu…
 
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…
 
The extra Calvinisticum, that the eternal Son maintains his existence beyond the flesh during his earthly ministry and perpetually, divided the Lutheran and Reformed traditions during the Reformation. K. J. Drake's book The Flesh of the Word: The Extra Calvinisticum from Zwingli to Early Orthodoxy (Oxford UP, 2021) explores the emergence and develo…
 
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…
 
Samuel: The Making of the Monarchy, a volume of The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel with Koren Publishers, offers an innovative and refreshing approach to the Hebrew Bible. By fusing extraordinary findings by modern scholars on the ancient Near East with the original Hebrew text and a brand new English translation, The Koren Tanakh of the Land o…
 
The Biblical book of Lamentations contains a whirlwind of emotional responses to tragedy and suffering—expressing anger, doubt, and confusion—and yet its central message is one of deep hope and trust in God’s goodness. Join us as we speak with Dr. Yael Ziegler about her recently published commentary, Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World. We wil…
 
This week Brandon covers a ghost and John accuses him of stealing his shtick. Discord: https://discord.me/cryptopediacast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=14015340 --- The Guyra Ghost Australia's most baffling Poltergeist the Guyra ghost in NSW Poltergeist rocks town: The stone-throwing ghost of Guyra The Guyra Ghost Mystery New poltergeist …
 
In his book Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress (Jewish Publication Society, 2020), Leonard Greenspoon is the first to examine thoroughly Jewish Bible translations from the third century BCE to our day. It is an overdue corrective of an important story that has been regularly omitted or downgraded in other histori…
 
Every Sunday, Christians all over the world recite the Nicene Creed as a confession of faith. While most do not know the details of the controversy that led to its composition, they are aware that the Council of Nicaea was a critical moment in the history of Christianity. For scholars, the Council has long been a subject of multi-disciplinary inter…
 
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…
 
Lyle D. Bierma's Font of Pardon and New Life: John Calvin and the Efficacy of Baptism (Oxford UP, 2021) is a study of the historical development and impact of John Calvin's doctrine of baptismal efficacy. The primary questions it addresses are (1) whether Calvin taught an "instrumental" doctrine of baptism, according to which the external sign of t…
 
In The Nero-Antichrist: Founding and Fashioning a Paradigm (Cambridge UP, 2020), Shushma Malik reconstructs the means by which the emperor Nero came to be identified with the New Testament's antichrist. Malik surveys the first four Christian centuries to show how Nero mythology developed, often in ways that were much more positive than we might exp…
 
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