This Week in Mormons

Episode #156 – Gay Boy Scouts Church Blockers


Are gay Boy Scouts coming? It appears the Boy Scouts might finally life their ban on having gay Boy Scouts.

Speaking of gay stuff, Joanna Brooks writes a thoughtful piece about an openly gay young man currently serving a mission. This is seriously thought-provoking stuff here.

Also, a group has organized to take care of homeless LGBT Mormon youth who have been disowned by their families. Sad.

The Provo City Center Temple gets serious designs. Let the speculation cease!

After being declared Mormon of the Year by Times and Seasons, Mitt Romney shows up again in DC, but nobody cares.

A great Church history conference called “Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith and the Ancient World” is coming. Attend!

Other news – the Church might block a train in Florida as retribution for years of everyone else blocking its own construction projects; a great Mormon satirical paper in the spirit of The Onion; a fire clears a church building; and in our most axiomatic statement of the week – it is difficult to be in high school in Utah and not be LDS. You heard it here first, folks.

The evil spawn of Peggy Fletcher Stack and Kevin Barney

The evil spawn of Peggy Fletcher Stack and Kevin Barney

Geoff Openshaw


Geoff Openshaw is an international development consultant as well as the Managing Editor and Executive Producer of the This Week in Mormons podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and Brigham Young University and loves all sorts of nerdy geopolitical stuff. He also writes and performs music and really, really loves Del Taco.

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  • Tevya

    Haha Geoff!! My wife and I just got released from being primary teachers, after over 2 years of teaching in 2 different wards. It can be frustrating not getting to go to EQ and Gospel Doctrine, but man those kids will make you laugh. Especially if you're in the younger primary.

    I have a hard time with stuff like Sis Brook's post, because it seems to ignore things like the excellent presentation by Joshua Johanson:… wherein he says that labeling people as "gay" ignores a lot of complexity and assumes a lot. She seems intent that they are "gay" and that is all. If it hadn't been for the likes of Bro. Johanson, I'd of assumed her approach was correct. But he really changed my perspective. And I think he has more insight into the issue, than she.

    • TWiM

      I'm sure I'll like it alright. Eh. Maybe. I hope. See, I hate primary kids singing. Just hate it. Can't stand it. I hated even being in the primary program when I was part of it. Just so much awfulness all around.

  • Megan

    After going back and listening to some older shows, I've realized that there has been a severe decrease lately in Arrested Development references. I love the This Week in Mormons, but it's a bit of a let down when you neglect Arrested Development. I feel like it has come to be an integral part of the show!
    You must bring them back!

    • TWiM

      I don't understand the question, and I won't respond to it.

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