Faith Promoting Rumors - Exploring Mormon Myths and Culture
By John Stanley, Bill Stanley
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Father and son duo Bill and John dive deep into their Mormon faith and decipher the differences between LDS doctrine, practices and culture and, where necessary, debunk some myths and misconceptions.
||CleanCurrent Events: Caffeine and the Printer's Manuscript||An impromptu evening in Provo, Utah where Bill and John stroll the campus of BYU and discuss some important Church News.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBut Where are Your Horns?||Bill and John tackle another persistent myth: Do people really think that Mormons have horns? Where did this idea even come from, what does it imply, and what can we do to stop this rumor?||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9/11||John takes on a myth that cropped up sixteen years ago, one that surrounds that tragic events in New York City on September 11, 2001.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreen Jello||Are you hungry? John sure is. He endeavors to create the most clichéd Mormon meal he can make. Join him and his family to learn about and enjoy traditional latter-day dishes.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoon Men||John and Bill have been thinking about eclipses lately. What did the early prophets think about the moon and the sun? Did Joseph and Brigham believe in men on the moon?||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs This the Place?||John and Bill take a field trip to the mouth of Emigration Canyon, to the very spot where Brigham Young first laid eyes on the Great Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed, “This is the Place!” … or did he?||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRings||A handful of various Mormon myths about round jewelry. Was WWJD just a rip-off of CTR? What is the Church’s actual stance on earrings? What is a prairie diamond, and what eternal principle should we learn from Joseph Smith’s personal jewelry?||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGull Darn It!||Were the early Saints' crops really spared from a ravenous swarm of crickets by an even more ravenous flock of birds? Bill and John investigate this and other avian miracles.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFounding Fathers||Is there a connection between Latter-day Saint doctrine and the Declaration of Independence? John and Bill seek the truth surrounding the Mormon view of the framers of the United States government.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarthage Revisited||Amateur historians Bill and John take another look at that fateful summer day in 1844, this time focusing on the events after Joseph Smith was assassinated. They dig up a couple of lesser known but historically decisive rumors about the mob that did the||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMissionaries Can't Swim||Missionary rules don't allow our elders or sisters to go swimming. Could the reason be because some dark power rules over the water? John and Bill wade through the evidence to find out.||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTranslating the Book of Mormon: An Introduction||John and Bill begin their ongoing investigation of the methods Joseph Smith used to bring forth the Book of Mormon from the text of the golden plates. They'll discuss the Urim and Thummim, seer stones, and other divining practices.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRight Hand||Bill and his son John meet again to discuss another LDS custom– using the right hand. Is it wrong to take the sacrament with the left? What about in blessings or sustaining church leaders?||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEat Meat Sparingly||Bill and John return to continue their conversation about the intricacies of the Word of Wisdom. They discuss the Church's stance on tobacco, meat consumption, illicit drugs, and the Lord's promised blessings for obedience to this law.||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrong Drinks||John and Bill tackle another tenant of the Word of Wisdom. Alcohol. How have prophets ancient and modern treated liquor, and how should we Latter-day Saints interpret God's word on the subject?||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeards||Bill and John talk about beards! Should Latter-day Saint leaders sport facial hair? When and why did prophets make the clean-shaven look the Mormon standard?||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre We Mormons or Not?||John and Bill browse the history of the Church and study the age-old debate: Should we Latter-day Saints call ourselves Mormons?||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarthage Jail||John and Bill are joined by their friend Chad Odom to tackle three misconceptions about the last few moments of Joseph Smith’s life. What actually happened that fateful day in Carthage Illinois?||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrother Joseph||John recruits his brother Joey to talk about our Latter-day Saint forms of address. When and why do we use certain titles in certain situations?||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Church is True"||A recording of one of Bill's recent talks where he admonishes his ward to recognize the difference between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and policies of the Church.||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeneral Conference Fun Facts||John and Bill prepare to hear the words of the prophets by uncovering some amusing tidbits about the Church's semiannual convention.||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPopcorn Popping||John lightens the mood by ruining everything you thought you knew about Primary songs. A pop quiz on some common Mormon mondegreens (or misheard song lyrics).||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHill Cumorah||Bill and John prattle about one of Church history’s earliest landmarks from which the gold plates were retrieved, and delve into the dispute over whether it’s also the site of ancient American battles.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCriss-Crossed||Bill and his son John question why we Mormons do not wear crosses. They ask scholar Michael G. Reed to guide them through the history of the crucifix and its significance to Latter-day Saints.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMormons and the US Presidency||John and Bill celebrate Presidents’ Day by looking back at the Church’s sometimes uneasy relationship with the White House, and confabulate the prospect of a Mormon Commander in Chief.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoose Canon—part 2||John and Bill continue their investigation through the corpus of LDS writings to determine what's canon and what's not.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoose Canon—part 1||John and Bill crack open their scriptures to ascertain what parts are sanctioned canon and what parts are... not.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBulletproof Underwear||Two grown men look each other in the eye and chat about their skivvies, then debate their protective properties.||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHot Drinks||John and Bill observe the history of the Word of Wisdom, and find out what the Church actually has to say about caffeinated beverages.||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Cain the Sasquatch?||Father and son duo Bill and John search the Bible for Bigfoot, and see if the modern-day tale of Cain can be trusted.||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Best LDS Podcast I've Heard
This is a fantastic podcast. Their intended audience is other active Mormons and they talk about little things you may or may not have heard in church that may or may not be true. They have two different perscriptives—John is more into sqashing silly, sometimes whimsical, rumors like Bigfoot while Bill is making sure people separate the Gospel from the Church—and they work togehter really well. The production quality is great as well: good sound, good editing, good guests. Overall I'm very impressed with this podcast.
Wonderful! Absolutely love it.
This is a fantastic LDS-themed podcast! The Stanleys have created an entertaining, thoughtful, humorous, well-produced, and most importantly, faith-promoting (as its title declares) podcast. There are so many "LDS" podcasts out there that cleverly and subtly preach false doctrine (or "progressive Mormonism," is I've come to call it) under the guise of a well-intentioned Church-related podcast. Faith Promoting Rumors is most certainly not that. These men are not trying to lead listeners astray with pretentious, pseudo-intellectual babble nor do they have a hidden agenda. Their episodes are full of wildly interesting and well-researched information while always grounding their conversations in the Gospel and their testimonies of it, maintaing reverance and respect for the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets. I absolutely love what John and Bill are doing and hope they are able to continue producing episodes for a very long time. Thanks guys!
Can’t miss a single episode
I’ve been listening to podcasts for years but this is my very first review, if that means anything. I am hooked on this series. It has changed the way I look at the gospel and has helped me work through some questions and misunderstandings I’ve been hung up on. The canon episodes have been the most mind rocking ones for me so far. A+ every time. Keep it up guys!