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Siblings in Zion

Religion & Spirituality Podcas

Ex-Mormon siblings Brother Dan and Sister Lisa discuss Mormonism, LDS culture, religiosity, atheism, mortality, personal growth & the examined life.

Ex-Mormon siblings Brother Dan and Sister Lisa discuss Mormonism, LDS culture, religiosity, atheism, mortality, personal growth & the examined life.

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United States

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Ex-Mormon siblings Brother Dan and Sister Lisa discuss Mormonism, LDS culture, religiosity, atheism, mortality, personal growth & the examined life.

Language:

English


Episodes

What's Working for You?

9/25/2022
The siblings return to kick off Season 5! No plan, just going for it. They talk about what is 'working for them', current events in Mormon world, 'Keep Sweet' and the FLDS, Book Reports!, how they've changed since starting this podcast, and how they will be approaching this season's content and schedule. --- AP article on abuse in the LDS church - https://bit.ly/3dHuQNE LDS donation - https://bit.ly/3SoI8gP Columbia MTC closing - https://bit.ly/3BzIA5b The Hero with a Thousand...

Duration:00:40:24

Mormonism to Mushrooms | A Conversion Story

6/19/2022
In this season’s finale, the siblings welcome special guest Brother Jordan to tell his story of converting to the LDS church at 18, going the Missionary Training Center *twice*, serving a mission in Buenos Aires where he was held at gunpoint multiple times and suffered from ‘Jeep Butt’, attended BYU for a year before finally deciding to stop playing the game, how he eventually befriended Brother Dan, and how they recently reconnected via the influence of ‘caps’! This episode is also...

Duration:01:32:06

Mormon Mary Poppins & The Mission President

6/5/2022
Sister Lisa concludes the journey of reading from her past as she shares exchanges between herself and the President of the Florida Jacksonville Mission, where she devoted 18 months to proselytize for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stress, fear of failure, indoctrination, cognitive dissonance, rejection, judgement, repression, and 'love' ... Lisa also has Brother Dan read a ridiculous document entitled 'The Fellowship of the Unashamed'. This episode is also available...

Duration:00:50:00

'Dying' in Florida | Mormon Missionary

5/22/2022
Sister Lisa concludes sharing excerpts from the many emails she sent to family and friends each 'Preparation Day' while she served a mission for the LDS church. Training other missionaries, feelings of inadequacy, ‘dying’ a missionary death, explaining the mormon slang term ‘trunky’, and convincing herself that it all was worth it … somehow … This episode is also available entirely on video on YouTube, complete with helpful (and funny) visual aids - Check it out and subscribe for more -...

Duration:00:39:30

Letters From a Young Companion | Mormon Missionary

5/8/2022
Sister Lisa shares excerpts from the many emails she sent to family and friends each 'Preparation Day' while she served a mission for the LDS church. Stories of drunk men giving blessings, flat tires, slammed doors, cognitive dissonance, snake bites, and stalking the local Florida population. This episode is also available entirely on video on YouTube, complete with helpful (and funny) visual aids - Check it out and subscribe for more -...

Duration:00:38:29

Leave it in Dan! with Latter-Day Lesbian

4/24/2022
In this bonus episode you will hear a special presentation of the Latter-Day Lesbian podcast on which Brother Dan was a guest! LDL is a podcast about an 'Ex-Mormon gay girl trying to figure out her life'. That girl is Shelly and her partner and co-host is Mary, a former evangelical christian. For more than three years Dan has been the audio producer for the show. In episode 108 (January 2021) he joined them to talk about how they ended up working together, his relationship with Mormonism...

Duration:00:49:36

Sister Missionary in Florida

4/10/2022
We return to Sister Lisa's journals as she shares from her time serving a mission in Jacksonville, Florida for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many companions, many breakdowns, many prayers, many letters, many tears. Much indoctrination ... This episode is also available entirely on video on YouTube, complete with helpful (and funny) visual aids - Check it out and subscribe for more -...

Duration:00:41:26

We Are All Tomorrow's Food

3/27/2022
In this episode, Brother Dan concludes in sharing his written ‘Shower Thoughts’ beyond Mormonism. This set of musings trend towards mortality, atheism, philosophy, religiosity, logical fallacies, nature, humanism, and the future. ‘Religion really is a further complication on top of something we don’t understand truly, but we as humans have a problem with that. We gotta explain it somehow. And for a lot of people the easiest answer is that there is a God who made me and that I am beholden...

Duration:00:39:19

This Is Not the Place

3/13/2022
In this episode, it is Brother Dan’s turn to share his own writings - ‘Shower Thoughts’ you might call them. This set of musings came while studying The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its history and doctrine, and contemplating its validity in the real world as well as its role in his life. ‘I want to study Joseph Smith because I want to know him, and understand how he got away with being ‘Joseph Smith, the prophet’. Because if I am ever around a Joe in my life, I want to know...

Duration:00:45:02

Mormon Missionary Training Center

2/27/2022
As we continue in Sister Lisa’s journals, we arrive at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah - where young men and women encounter a kind of ‘indoctrination bootcamp’ before heading out for 1.5-2 years to spread 'the gospel' 24/7. She shares her experience of acquiescing to the control over her life including her communications, reading materials, schedule, talking points, and especially her privacy. This episode is also available entirely on video on YouTube, complete with helpful...

Duration:00:54:40

The Walls of BYU | Mormon Indoctrination

2/13/2022
Sister Lisa continues her journey through the many journals she kept during her young life as a Mormon. She recalls her time at BYU-Idaho, the insulation it encouraged, her decision to leave and serve a mission for the church, and her first experience with the LDS temple endowment. ‘They have you surrounded on all sides, so you might as well surrender.’ This episode is also entirely on video! It is available on YouTube, complete with helpful (and funny) visual aids - Check it out and...

Duration:00:49:10

The Husband List | Mormon Indoctrination

1/30/2022
The first in a series of episodes in which Sister Lisa presents entries from the many journals she kept during her young life, essentially documenting her indoctrination in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Girl’s summer camp, Personal Progress, Seminary, Father’s blessings, and the intervention that convinced her to go to BYU Idaho instead of following her intuition. This episode is the first to be produced entirely on video! It is available on YouTube, complete with helpful...

Duration:00:54:28

Freaky Geeky Christmas

12/19/2021
Before the next season starts, the siblings present a bonus chat to get things rolling: What they’ve been reading, watching, thinking about … Talking their way through the cognitive reframing of Christmas traditions outside of religion, and a preview what’s ahead in Season 4! --- Alan Watts 'The Book' - https://bit.ly/3GOxQkn Freaks & Geeks - https://bit.ly/3GN5vLe Undeclared - https://bit.ly/3se0zLw Why We Sleep - https://bit.ly/32c04Gx

Duration:00:41:28

Now That's What I Call Scripture!

9/19/2021
In this third season finale: the siblings use a random scripture generator to compare the text, tone, and perceived value of verses from the books of the Bible and the Mormon scriptures: The Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. Lisa also applies her Mormon missionary brain to provide the perception of the believer. They also share some verses of scripture from outside of Christianity, and philosophies they find valuable without religion entirely. They...

Duration:00:54:59

Mormonism 101 | Part 2 - Blessed & Cursed

8/15/2021
The siblings conclude reading the Mormonism 101 article published by the LDS church which presents a series of ‘frequently asked questions’ and answers that leave a lot to be desired when it comes to honesty and candor. Topics covered include: garments, polygamy, race relations, the location of the garden of eden, baptism for the dead, missionaries, and the word of wisdom … --- Mormonism 101 Article - http://tiny.cc/lds101 Gospel Topic Essays - https://bit.ly/3skpo6d The CES Letter -...

Duration:00:40:28

Mormonism 101 | Part 1 - Endurance & Exaltation

8/1/2021
An FAQ article was published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nearly a decade ago in an effort to help educate the news media and the curious public about their particular brand of Christianity. This recently became the source of some hubbub around the unique Mormon teaching that faithful members may become gods of their own planets, and the church’s apparent denial of it … kind of. They choose their words carefully. So, to be fair, the siblings start from the beginning...

Duration:00:58:39

Gods, Aliens & Ants

7/14/2021
After Armando’s interview (in the previous episode), Dan left the microphones on as they kept talking into the evening … The nature of God, the possibility of alien visitation, virtual reality and simulations, evolution, gullibility, purpose, what makes other lifeforms special to humans or Gods & more in this bonus episode. This conversation was brought to you by...

Duration:00:23:59

A Former Sh*tty Youth Pastor

7/3/2021
In this episode, the siblings invite one of Brother Dan’s oldest friends to talk about being a former Pentecostal Christian and Youth Pastor. Armando Santoyo discusses his connection to Dan over the last 20+ years, the faith he used to have, how he was converted to the Foursquare Church and groomed to be a leader, the challenges it presented to his friendship with Dan, the blessings and hardships it brought to his life, and the way he lives his life now that he has moved on. These days,...

Duration:01:15:43

Iron in a Lot of Fires

6/20/2021
The siblings convene for a mid-season check-in and catch-up! They review the recent episode featuring their faithful Mormon sister and what they took away from it. Dan shares points of interest from his current reading of ‘American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith’ and Lisa shares hers of ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ as well as the existential terror of ’The Handmaid’s Tale’. They also read and react to a recent 'faith-promoting' article from the LDS magazine Liahona...

Duration:00:52:14

The Good Sister

6/6/2021
For the first time, Dan & Lisa are joined by the other sibling of the family - Lacey! Lacey is still an active, believing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while Dan & Lisa are very much Ex-Mormons. They discuss their experiences growing up in the faith, how their relationships have changed and improved as they have evolved and become more honest with each other, how Lacey has felt about her siblings leaving the religion, and why she chooses to stay. They also...

Duration:01:29:00