Author: Geoff Openshaw

Episode #29 – The Whitest Church Alive

http://media.blubrry.com/thisweekinmormons/p/thisweekinmormons.com/podcast/TWiM_EP29_The_Whitest_Church_Alive.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (1.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWe are joined by Allan Mount, known as DogsDieInHotCars on his podcast, the Sarcastic Gamer Brown Podcast. It was President Monson’s birthday!  Four more years!  Four more years! The Phoenix Temple finally has a new design.  It’s still 30 feet tall, but it also has…. A BASEMENT.  Huzzah!  Basements!  Either way, hopefully this will expedite the process of constructing it. Americans are not being very kind to Muslims wishing to build a cultural center close to Ground Zero in New York City.  We discuss many of the parallels between Muslims and Mormons, and how the LDS Church has faced similar periods of persecution and misunderstanding in the past. Searching YouTube for Mormon content is always interesting.  Allan takes us through his favs. Alex Hayley, author of Roots, gets a museum of sorts in his native Tennessee; and the Church has a FamilySearch center there! Follow me to glory: Allan Mount – Former assistant to the President, currently unemployed stay-at-home dad Follow Allan on Twitter Listen to the Sarcastic Gamer Brown podcast 83 years of Thomas S. Monson Phoenix Temple redesign (see picture below) FamilySearch at the Alex Haley memorial Great little YouTube channel Our own “9/11 Mosque” – Reed Smoot Mosque uproar in NYC possibly damaging to future temple...

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Episode #28 – Turn It Up to Catholic

http://media.blubrry.com/thisweekinmormons/p/thisweekinmormons.com/podcast/TWiM_EP28_Turn_It_Up_to_Catholic.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (1.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSShttp://media.blubrry.com/thisweekinmormons/p/thisweekinmormons.com/podcast/TWiM_EP28_Turn_It_Up_to_Catholic.mp3Even more buzzwords!  Democrat = less active. Los Angeles Temple visitors center finally reopens after a massive, multi-year renovation.  We’ll do some on the ground reporting in the future. Al hates nature; or farms, or some form of Soviet-era collectivization.  We’re not really sure what he’s going on about, but having a ward or stake farm – you know, the type for all to use communally and enjoy (see: communism) – never ever work. Gary Lawrence, a prominent market researcher speaks at the FAIR Conference in Sandy.  He discusses his findings and recommendations about missionary work and the public relations efforts of the Church.  The man raises some very valid points.  After all, are people afraid to even interact with us because they are afraid that Mormon = crazy nutjob who is going to try and convert me? The Philadelphia Temple clears its final hurdles.  It’s a big one! 85,000 square feet or so; and right in the heart of Philly. …and more outstanding journalism from the Mormon Times. Seriously, if this hack McKay Coppins can get published, why the heck can’t we?  How about we write an article on variations of fry sauce and Jell-O and how that somehow reflects on the inner spirituality of members of the...

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Save Al’s Arm

Hey friends, As you may know, half of the TWiM team, Mr. Al, broke his arm last week and required surgery to fix his trashed radius.  That’s an inconvenience in and of itself, but even more so when one does not have health insurance. Please join us in supporting Al by donating just a few dollars to our “Save Al’s Arm” fund. Any amount is welcome, even just $1.  No one should have to be buried in a year’s salary worth of debt just to fix their arm, and while we wish we could do this for everyone who needs help, we can’t; but what we can do is help Al. So please, in all sincerity, donate something – anything- and tell your friends, associates, colleagues, and pets to help support a great cause.  Your donations are greatly appreciated, and all of your payment information is completely confidential and protected. Let’s fix Al and save his arm! Thanks,...

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Episode #26 – My Name Is Stetson, and I’m A Mormon

http://media.blubrry.com/thisweekinmormons/p/thisweekinmormons.com/podcast/TWiM_EP26_My_Name_Is_Stetson.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (1.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAl broke his arm and has no insurance!  Smooth!  Listen for details on how to help. The Church has a new ad campaign that seeks to show viewers how Mormons are just like everybody else.  We expand on this and debate whether a “big tent” theory (all-inclusive; we’re just like you) or a more contrasting (we’re different, and that’s ok.  There’s a reason why we’re special) approach is better when it comes to Church PR and missionary work.    Both have their merits, but what will help best close the gap when it comes to the public’s perception of the LDS Church? Also, keeping that in mind – Mormons and politics.  What’s the right balance between being a proud member of the Church and trying to not freak one’s would-be constituents out with too much Mormonness? We’re tired of people using mobile phones during church meetings.  Seriously, unless you are actually somehow doing positive work for the Church (as Geoff illustrates), put the thing away and remember the reason you allegedly came to church – to learn and feel the spirit. Retention is an issue that has faced and always will face the Church.  What’s the best way to retain members?  It doesn’t appear that getting people to commit...

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Episode #25 – Fetch…You

http://media.blubrry.com/thisweekinmormons/p/thisweekinmormons.com/podcast/TWiM_EP25_Fetch___You.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (1.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOur silver weekiversary! 25 shows and counting!  Thanks to all of you! This week, Janna Mcferson, author of There’s No Place Like Home…Evening! , visits with us to discuss her just-released book, as well as allow us to bask in her wonderful presence We visit Holy Fetch (dot com) – a site full of Mormon lore and mythology.  Pointless?  Undoubtedly.  But Mormons have some pretty amazing urban legends, so it’s always worth a discussion. SB1070 goes into effect in Arizona, and the Church has been under pressure from both sides to take a firmer, more explicit stance on immigration.  As one might expect, the statement released by the Church doesn’t tow any particular line, but it does call for civil discourse and pragmatism.  We hash it out! This weekend also marks the anniversary of Missouri officially apologizing for the extermination order put out against the Saints in the 1800s.  Until the 1970s, Mormons could still be killed on site in Missouri.  Nice of them to care about us. A writer decries the continued use of Gospel Principles in teaching classes with investigators.  He argues that sticking to its written order undermines effective missionary work. Lastly, one of the most amazing Tweeters across which you shall ever come!  She jives...

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