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Welcome to our podcast! My name is Richard Ostler (twitter: twitter.com/Papa_Ostler; FB: facebook.com/richard.ostler.5; IG: instagram.com/papa_ostler/) and am a native of Salt Lake City. I am the author of "Listen Learn and Love: Embracing LGBTQ Latter-day Saints at Amazon (amazon.com/dp/1462135773) and Deseret Book (deseretbook.com/p/listen-learn-and-love-embracing-lgbtq-latter-day-saints) I am the author of two recent Ensign articles on ‘How the Savior’s Healing Power Applies to Repenting ...
 
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My friend Tanner Robinson joins us to share his story. Tanner (age 24, active LDS, and working on a Doctor of Audiology) starts with his mission in Taiwan and returning home early because of fibromyalgia. Tanner then shares his journey to understand and be at peace with his sexual orientation as a bisexual Latter-day Saint. I have made many incorre…
 
My friend Emerson Fersch, recently released as Stake President in the California Long Beach East Stake, talks about ‘creating Zion’ in his stake where everyone felt welcome, loved and needed. That included a significant outreach to LGBTQ Latter-day Saints in his stake—as well as working to make sure other groups who often feel on the margins feel a…
 
Alison Rosen (Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, Childish) joins the 'boys to talk about their favorite egg preparations before a review of Olive Garden. Plus, another edition of Let Me Be Frank. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.orlando.gov/Our-Government/History https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/history-of-disney-world-facts-timel…
 
My friend David Woods (early 60’s) and his niece Bekah Clements (married mother of three, HR Director) share their story. David (who served a mission in Switzerland) talks about being gay in Utah, moving away from Utah and leaving the Church, developing a successful multi-faceted career, returning to the Church after being out for several decades, …
 
My friend Kristen Reber (active LDS, married mother of three) joins us to talk about her early release from her mission 10 years ago. Kristen talks about the myriad of feelings that accompanied that experience including anger, pain, relief, and feelings of failure and frustrations with that experience. Several years after her early return, Kristen,…
 
Jason Concepcion (Binge Mode, Takeline, ALL CAPS NBA) returns to talk about movie theaters and review virtual restaurant MrBeast Burger with the 'boys. Plus, a McDonald's edition of Jingle All The Whey. Commercials featured in the Jingle All The Whey segment: DeBarge sings "I Like It" McDonald's ist einfach gut McDonald's And You Back to Basics/Foo…
 
My friend Sharla Goettl joins us to talk about her outstanding new book called “Spiritual Resilience: Leading Our Youth to Go and Do”. This wonderful book is for LDS parents and will give you added tools, learned from Nephi's teenage years, to help guide your own children. The book is available at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08T8L8…
 
My long-time friend Michael Broadhead joins us to share his journey being gay and raised LDS. Michael is joined by his husband Michael Massoni (they have been together for 25 years and married for 7 years). They both work for Southwest Airlines and live in Phoenix. Michael shares doing his best to navigate being gay, trying to find his way in the L…
 
My friend Jeanie Edwards (active LDS, married mother of three, teacher in Princeton NJ) and Sean Edwards (RM, Married to Matt, School Administrator in Utah) share their family story. Sean and Jeanie share Sean’s coming out at age 17, serving a mission, trying to date women, dating men and eventually getting married to Matt (also a RM) 2 years ago. …
 
Matt Selman (The Simpsons) returns to talk work lunches, chicken sandwiches, and Raising Cane's. Plus, the debut of Who Had a Cow, Man? Sources for this week's intro https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/labrador-retriever-most-popular-breed-29th-year-row/ https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/labrador-retriever-history-behind-the-breed/ ht…
 
My friend Jeffrey Scott Parsons (late 30’s, RM, talented signer, dancer and actor) shares his story as a gay Latter-day Saint. Jeff shares positive and difficult Church experiences, why he stays in the Church and attends his Ward, his hopes for the future, and how congregations can work with LGBTQ Latter-day Saints to be stronger and enjoy a better…
 
Alec and Irene Barrow’s (episode 397) children join us to talk about their love for their gay father (who is a seminary teacher in Utah) and their parents wonderful marriage. Their children are Amalia and her husband TJ, Ben and his wife McKaela, Clark and his finance Tegan, Caroline and Elizabeth. The Barrow kids love their gay father Alec and str…
 
Joe Wengert (Big Mouth, New Girl) joins the 'boys to talk sandwiches, Pennsylvania eats and Outback Steakhouse. Plus, an Australian Outback edition of Slop Quiz. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.businessinsider.com/virtual-brands-owned-by-chain-restaurants-pasquallys-just-wings-2020-8#neighborhood-wings-1 https://www.restaurantdive.com/ne…
 
My friends Alec and Irene Barrow (married 30 years, 5 kids) talk about Alec being a gay Latter-day Saint. Alec, who has done everything he knows to not be gay, eventually came to accept this part of himself and is now being given space in his Stake and his Church employment to share his story as a gay Latter-day Saint—which is deeply healing for Al…
 
My friend Blaire (married mother of three) is a philosopher specialized in queer studies. She joins us on the podcast to teach about intersex variances and her own intersex journey. Blaire (no relation) does a great job of teaching the facts while also sharing her story. For me, learning more about intersex variances helps me better understand the …
 
Jacob Wysocki (I Don't Want To Talk About Fight Club Anymore) joins the 'boys to discuss yoga, video games, and Wendy's. Plus, a Diet Coke edition of Jingle All The Whey. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.wendys.com/who-we-are https://www.nav.com/blog/the-inspirational-story-of-wendys-founder-dave-thomas-30772/ https://biography.yourdictio…
 
My friend Liz Macdonald (UVU psychology graduate, married mother of three, lives in SLC) shares research from her capstone project on “Exploring the Impact of Parents’ Religious Rigidity on Young Adults Disaffiliating from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’. Liz (who does not attend Church) is not trying to pull people out of the Chur…
 
My friend Kate Mower (PhD candidate, University of California Riverside) brings together all the different aspects of their life into a deeply moving and spiritual podcast. Kate talks about stepping away from the Church at age 17, their suicide attempt at age 19, their path to healing, their education pursuits (including three degrees from the Univ…
 
Nicole Byer & Jessica McKenna join the 'boys for the exciting Munch Madness: Pie Noon finale and crown a winner in The Tournament of Chompions! The 2021 Munch Madness: The Tournament Of Chompions: Pie Noon is sponsored by Manscaped. "Restaurant" performed by PUP Sources for this week's intro: https://www.nhl.com/news/stanley-cup-has-incredible-125-…
 
My friend Rachel Grant (Spain RM, BYU Philosophy Major, Digital Media Manager at Saints Unscripted) shares how we can improve Church culture around asking and answering questions. She teaches how questions need to be normalized in our families and church settings and are part of our journey to understand our religion—and how we should not fear if w…
 
Warren Bittner joins us to share his experiences of living as a gay Latter-day Saint through more than 60 years. In 1976, as a teenager, he found himself in the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Church to get help for being gay, where he was put in contact with a list created by President Spencer W Kimball, which if followed would make him no l…
 
My friend TJ Thomas (age 29, RM, Active LDS, BYU and USC Grad, Therapist) shares his journey as a bisexual Latter-day Saint. TJ shares the peace he has felt since accepting his sexual orientation and sharing this part of him with trusted friends and family. Further, TJ shares how his relationship with Heavenly Father and personal revelation has imp…
 
Carl Tart and Ahsohn Williams (Carl Calls His Cousin) join the 'boys for a royal showdown to decide if Burger King or Dairy Queen will move on to the Munch Madness finale. Plus, another edition of Let Me Be Frank. The 2021 Munch Madness: The Tournament Of Chompions: Pie Noon is sponsored by Manscaped. Sources for this week's intro: https://baseball…
 
My friend Madison Scholes Belnap (active LDS, married mother of two, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor) shares her journey to relearn Intuitive Eating, reject diet culture expectations, and heal her relationship with food and her body. Her story is deeply transformative and inspiring. Madison’s insights will help you (and help others) have bette…
 
Arden Myrin (Shameless, Insatiable, Will You Accept This Rose?) returns to helps the 'boys decide if The Cheesecake Factory or Ben and Jerry's will move on to the Munch Madness finale. Plus, the debut of Let Me Be Frank. The 2021 Munch Madness: The Tournament Of Chompions: Pie Noon is sponsored by Manscaped. Sources for this week's intro: https://w…
 
My friend Jordan Jasmer joins us to share his story as a gay Latter-day Saint. Jordan shares coming out to his Mission President (positive experience) and his parents (positive experience). Jordan shares getting engaged to a woman (Jordan told her he was gay early in the relationship) and how that engagement eventually ended. They remain friends. T…
 
This is it. Julie and Grace's greatest battle of wits yet comes to its thrilling conclusion as podcast grandmasters Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport (Hollywood Handbook) choose who is worthy to join their little clique and who is an absolute fucking idiot who read The Secret History by Donna Tartt wrong. Check out Hollywood Handbook's Patreon and …
 
My friend Warren Osborn (married father of six and award-winning Utah entrepreneur) bravely shares his 4 year journey with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Warren, who has been open with his story on Facebook and Instagram, shares all he and his wife Tricia have done to treat this disease. It’s a remarkable story. Warren has shares insights on how to de…
 
Jon Gabrus (Action Boyz, High and Mighty) joins the 'boys to tackle the first two regions of Munch Madness: Pie Noon! Plus, another edition of Pie in This Guy. In this episode: Baskin-Robbins takes on Ben & Jerry's in the Creamsman Region, while BJ's squares off against The Cheesecake Factory in the Junior Prom Region! The 2021 Munch Madness: Tourn…
 
My friend Brian bravely shares his journey with pornography which started at age 11 and is now largely solved. Brian shares all he has learned in his journey and the role of Dr. Cameron Staley (Episode 345) and the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach as part of the Life After Pornography Program (check out their website https://www.lif…
 
Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport from Hollywood Handbook join Julie and Grace to admire and explore The Secret History by Donna Tartt, the only book that has never been adapted into a movie and the first book we've covered that couldn't fit into only one episode. Part two is out next week, until then why not check out Hayes' excellent deep dive in…
 
My friend Aly Grunander (active LDS, Married, Age 21) shares her journey starting her mission in New Zealand full of hope and determination and having those dreams crushed with serious emotional health challenges leading to her coming home. Aly, who had no history of emotional health challenges before her mission, talks about that dark time in her …
 
My friend Bob Rees joins us to share principles and insights to bring our families and congregations together. Bob, who holds a PhD and is the Visiting Professor and Director of Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (see his Wikipedia page for more info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Rees), was a Bishop in a Los Angeles …
 
Lauren Ash and Christy Oxborrow (True Crimes and Cocktails) join the 'boys to talk cold weather, shameful snacks, and KFC. Plus, another edition of Jingle All The Whey. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/glenna-whitley-stolen-valor http://www.jameswebb.com/articles/military-and-vetera…
 
My friend Gretchen Seamons (active LDS, RM, married mother of 4 and one grandchild) is working on her PhD in Clinical Psychology and as part of her dissertation wants to interview early release missionaries who came home because of anxiety related issues. If are an early release missionary (under the age of 30) for anxiety related issues and want t…
 
My friend Clark Morley (age 27, applying to grad school, high school teacher), shares his journey as a gay Latter-day Saint. Clark shares not accepting this part about him until he realized that he was not going to be able to marry a woman. This sent Clark, for the first time in his life, in to a world without hope and feelings of suicide. Clark ta…
 
Raiza Licea (Spanish Aquí Presents) joins the 'boys to talk basketball, Cuban food, and Papa John's. Plus, another edition of Can I Take Your Order? Sources for this week's intro: http://www.sogoodblog.com/2008/05/03/papa-johns-pizza-hates-the-state-of-ohio/ https://slice.seriouseats.com/2008/05/papa-johns-lebron-james-crybaby-shirt-controversy-mea…
 
My friend Andy Miller (Uruguay RM, Westminster Graduate, Mid-Twenties, Works in the Airline Industry) shares his journey as a gay Latter-Day Saint. Some of you may remember Andy's story from the Mormon and Gay website released by the church a few years ago (https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/topics/gay/videos/tonyas-story?lang=eng). Andy shares co…
 
Writer of comedy, comics, children's novels and more Daniel Kibblesmith joins Grace and Julie to talk about John Gardner's Beowulf-inspired novel Grendel. But who did a better job of reading the book and is therefore an objectively smarter, more important person? Listen to find out! Then follow Daniel at @kibblesmith, Julie at @JulieAbridged, and G…
 
My friend Tom Christofferson joins us to talk about his new book which invites readers to learn more deeply about the Lord’s supernal gift of charity and shows how understanding that gift can change our very discipleship. We also talk more generally about Tom’s experiences with his former partner, his family, the local church leaders who have influ…
 
Andy Daly (Review, Eastbound & Down, Bonanas for Bonanza, Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project) joins the 'boys to talk Ithaca College and revisit Five Guys. Plus, the debut of Bananas for Ba-na-nas. Sources for this week's intro: https://web.archive.org/web/20090618192325/http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid21766.asp https://www.advocate.com/news/…
 
My friend Rosie Card joins us to talk about improving the experience for those attending the temple for the first time with her new online book called “House of Light: Your Guide to the Temple”. Rosie’s book “takes you by the hand” to understand the various stops starting at the recommend desk til leaving the temple. Rosie also, which is consistent…
 
The scholarly pair of Rajat Suresh and Jeremy Levick join Grace and Julie to talk about Dr. Seuss' most important work: The Sneetches and Other Stories. Follow Rajat and Jeremy on Twitter at @rajat_suresh and @jeremylevick, and remember to subscribe to Competitive Literature wherever your grubby little hands get your dirty little podcasts.…
 
My friend Jocelyn Fowler (active LDS, married mother of three) joins us to share you journey with multiple mental health challenges. All this resulted a deep dark period of time about 2 years ago with feelings of hopelessness, suicidality and, because of emotional triggers, a decreased connection to her Church community. Jocelyn shares her journey …
 
Oscar Montoya (Bless the Harts, Spanish Aquí Presents, Inside the Disney Vault) joins the 'boys to talk video games and horror movies before a review of Panda Express. Plus, everyone admits their food secrets in another edition of Concessional. Sources for this week's intro: https://web.archive.org/web/20090417061928/http://uclabruins.cstv.com/spor…
 
My friend Serena Jamison shares her journey as a transgender women. Serena is in her early 40’s, a convert to the Church, married with four children. She talks about her long-term journey with gender dysphoria and finally accepting herself in November 2019 as transgender. Serena helps us better understand our transgender friends and how their exper…
 
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