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Broadcasting behind Enemy lines, Radio Free Mormon tackles the difficult subjects in Mormonism like no one else.  Dissecting things like a surgeon, RFM gets to the crux of the issue, exposing all the connections and subtleties that lie below the surface.   His unique sense of humor, his knowledge of Mormonism, his displaying of the data.  If you haven’t yet listened…..  You likely could use some Radio Free Mormon in your life.

 

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “About

  1. HI RFM,

    I LOVE every one of your podcasts – and I listen the instant they are posted. I always love your General Conference break down – and would love to team up with you if you want to do a recap together.

    I will be listening to all 5 sessions starting tomorrow – and will be taking notes.

    Maybe we can talk afterward and share thoughts. Let me know what you think.

    Suzette at the Asherah Grove
    703.801.0258

  2. I love every episode I’ve listened to so far. I especially enjoyed “Wrong Roads,” and your recent discussion with Bill Reel about the Saints book and YSA broadcast. I appreciate the time, research and thought that goes into each episode. I really enjoy listening to your take on things! Thanks RFM!

    -Ryan

  3. You are a genius! I love your podcasts! So very articulate , cutting through the crap

  4. Your podcast is the best out there in my opinion. I appreciate the time and effort you put into each podcast and have shared so many. Thank you for what you’re doing to help me de-program the brain washing I developed over 47 years in the TSCC. Can’t wait for your next episode, every time!

  5. RFM, thank you for your analyses on a variety of topics. Your podcast is so interesting and informative.

  6. I have a suggested interview and topic that might be of interest RFM. If you are looking for an after dark interview I think you’d be the perfect interviwer for this “legal” topic that affects each member belonging to a 501c3 “Church”. Also, why did the “C” abandon the Corp Sole or is it still in existence. I have some research or atleast sites where more can be learned and could introduce you to an exoert on the subject (501c3) who has written a book and has another due in about 6 months on this and other interesting Religious topics. She isn’t a member (nor was a member that I know of) so does that eliminate her as being a guest?

  7. Just listened to the disciplinary session recording for Bill Reel. Bill presented his case beautifully. I struggled to hear most of the others, but BRAVO, Bill. From a fellow convert who is no longer a member (resigned), the “spirit” was truly with you. And RFM, the “Are You Man Enough” selection by the Four Tops?…Dayum. Couldn’t have picked a more perfect closing hymn. Huge thumbs up, guys.

  8. RFM, congratulations and thank you for your insights! I’m from Mexico and I enjoy everything you say in these podcasts. I would like to know if you have watched the movie small foot, I think it has strong faith crisis connotations. I´ve been reading a little bit about it, however, I would like to know your opinion. Thank’s in advanced.

  9. I’m listening to your podcast. I believe Article of Faith #9 answers the question and concept you have been discussing “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” explains the matters you are discussing completely. The Principles of which you speak have not changed even though the rituals have. The issue of to whom Eve covenants obedience in my opinion finally recognizes a woman’s role as an equal partner with her husband which has always existed. A man and a woman have different roles in the Plan of Happiness. You gentlemen appear sincere but are seriously blinded in your pursuit of logic.

    • How much equality did the Lawrence sisters (aged 16 and 18) have or did Helen Kimball (aged 14) have when Joseph Smith told them that the Lord wanted them to “marry” him or they’d be damned and/or destroyed???? These women could not have more than one husband (unless the second husband was Joseph Smith). Church leaders got rid of the Oath of Obedience for the women because the bullies among the Mormon men were using it for all sorts of Unrighteous Dominion, such as incest, anal sex, all sorts of things. Not every Mormon man, of course not, just thousands of them.

  10. RFM/Bill,
    Thanks for your efforts and insight into the “Great Mormon Meltdown” that appears to be underway. Upon listening to your podcast episode covering the recent changes in the temple endowment, and recalling Bill’s earlier podcast where he called out a number of predicted changes and announcements coming to the LDS Church in October 18 conference and beyond, I wanted to let you know about an unusual Church project that I was drafted into a few years ago. I think it adds some context to your comments and conclusions about the catalyst for these changes, and provides insight into the mechanisms in use in the modern Church.

    A close friend of mine in Utah Valley who has made a lot of money and who subsequently developed a relationship with a number of Apostles and other GA’s was given a “special calling” along with several other trusted members in Utah, under the direction of Elder Ballard via the local Area Authtority. This program may have been more widespread than that, but if so, they weren’t talking. At any rate, the purpose of the calling was to specifically address the current and growing epidemic of young people going inactive or outright leaving the church. The numbers cited, by the Area Authority, were that over 70% of LDS youth were going inactive by age 21, and even more dire was the fact that the church was losing about 50% of all returned missionaries. The direction given was to spend several months gathering data, where the rubber meets the road, on why this was happening and then to come up with a list of suggestions of how the church might change or take action to turn this around. My friend was admittedly a good candidate for this assignment in that he has an excellent relationship with young people in general and had just finished up as a YSA Bishop at a BYU Ward. He called me and enlisted me as a “consultant” on this project because he knows that I have four kids in the target demographic as well as a lot of experience working with youth and YA’s, in andnout of the church. He also knows that I have a lot of opinions about the shortcomings of the church in addressing critical issues that may well be at the heart of this crisis.
    Long story short, we both did a lot of work researching the causes and possible responses to this harsh reality in modern Mormonism and compiled our findings into a report that was then provided to the Area Authority to present to Elder Ballard. I have to say that I was disappointed in the report that actually made it back to SLC, because it was obvious that although we came up with frank and honest analysis of the causes for the problem as well as very pointed suggestions as to what the church might do to address it, I felt that the report was white-washed and watered down so as to protect the “faithful credibility” of those delivering it and to avoid falling victim to a “shoot the messenger” reaction from Ballard.
    Nonetheless, at the time I felt good about the fact that the project happened at all, and it demonstrated a willingness on the part of Elder Ballad, at least, to listen to the insights of the “little people”. Most of all it showed an awareness of the fact that the church is indeed facing a crisis, the declarations of Elders Cook and Holland notwithstanding.
    Now, two years later, with these fairly dramatic changes being rolled out by the Church on a nearly continuous basis, my friend and I recently had dinner and recalled the details of the report we delivered, and realized that while not everything we suggested has been addressed, every change that has been announced so far was represented in some fashion on our list of suggested changes or actions. It tells me several things: 1. The church is willing to listen to and adopt “bottom up” change, even if it is not necessarily a publicly acknowledged process.
    2. Unless the list was delivered into the hands of Jesus to get the final stamp of approval, policy and doctrine come from a source that may be different than what we have been taught. 3. The leaders of the church are looking at the numbers and are running a little scared. Rather than go on and on here, if you’d like more detail on what our suggestions were, let me know.
    Keep up the good work and don’t get bitter. Always remember that every single one of us is full of shit.

    • You should publish the suggestions as you remember them, if you didn’t keep a copy of it. Elder Ballard lost his grand-daughter due to “Google” (i.e. anti-Mormon or “real” Mormon history). In the 1980s, I remember the Church lost 20% (1 in 5) Returned Missionaries. On my mission, there was so much dishonesty among the missionaries, and the Mission Presidents kept promoting the most dishonest Elders who had the “best numbers” because they were B.S.ers and they baptized street people, addicts, homeless, insane, anybody they could for the “numbers”. That was forty years ago. I came to discover that “problem” is in all the Missions, some worse than others, some much worse than others. Publish the list you gave to Ballard, here, we’d appreciate it.

  11. It was 35 years ago but I believe we were in the same student Ward University Texas when you were there with professor/Bishop seal , David Knowlton was a council in a bishopric

  12. Your podcasts clearly show a passion for knowledge and clear, rational thinking. It seems we both grew up at a time when the Mormon church was at least trying to show that its beliefs were based on good reasons. That’s why I could relate with many of the things you say that those of the younger generation will probably not grasp. Keep up the good work.

  13. “John, at that time, was the only legal administrator in the affairs of the kingdom there was then on the earth, and holding the keys of power. The Jews had to obey his instructions or be damned, by their own law; and Christ Himself fulfilled all righteousness in becoming obedient to the law which he had given to Moses on the mount, and thereby magnified it and made it honorable, instead of destroying it. The son of Zacharias wrested the keys, the kingdom, the power, the glory from the Jews, by the holy anointing and decree of heaven, and these three reasons constitute him the greatest prophet born of a woman.“. From Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I thought it might be of interest given your thoughts in Phariseeism episode 3 on John the Baptist.

  14. I look forward with giddy anticipation to each of your podcasts, RFM. I’ve encouraged everyone who is traveling this bumpy road to listen in. Thank you for your concise insights, your thoughtful analysis and the subtle humor. I’m delighted to support you on a monthly basis and look forward to hearing more from you in the future. Brilliant!

  15. Collette Larsen again –

    I’m sitting here with my brother discussing your podcasts. He has also become a fan of your podcast – and after listening to your most recent podcast where you mention President Stout…thinks he might have served in Japan with you. Do you remember Elder Randy Larsen? If so, he’d love to connect with you by phone or text. His number is: (801) 787-2141.

    Thanks again for sharing your brilliance.

    Collette Larsen

  16. First-time listener and I am very impressed. You are the 2nd LDS guy I have met in my life who has the honesty to question LDS doctrine as God-given, and the 1st to publish it from within the church.

    I admittedly am not LDS (rejected it after being approached by LDS guy #1, and engaging with him for about 2 years – infinite regression of gods was the death knell…). But I always appreciated his demeanor, which I hear in your analysis and posture. Instead, I turned to the gospel of grace (specifically Molinism’s reconciliation of man’s free-will and God’s sovereign will) and read thinkers like Ravi Zacaharias, who has built some bridges with the LDS church. Keep up the good work. Blessings.

  17. This may be a dumb question. Joseph had visions / visitations how do you differentiate between the two? Did Jesus and the father actually come to Joseph Or was it a vision and does it matter.
    I would like to keep my identity off record at this time.

  18. RFM – It was bugging me while listening to your old TBM recordings, who you reminded me of. You sounded like someone I’d listened to, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I just realized – Steven Anderson, a fundamentalist, hate-mongering pastor in Arizona. If you’re lucky, you haven’t heard him. Though if you want, look for Steven Anderson Pees Standing Up on YouTube.

  19. Hi RFM

    Listener and supporter here, although we’ve never met, and this is my first correspondence.

    I am a Robert Frost fan, and wanted to point out my thoughts on the poem “A Road Less Travelled” which you recently quoted.

    For me, Frost seems to be saying, that choices made early in life are essentially blind. We see the diverging pathways in the woods, but generally the paths look about the same. We only have limited vision about where that path may take us.

    Nevertheless, when old and looking back, many think they took the “road less traveled” when they look back at life, as if they somehow had the wisdom to choose an infrequent path that would bring them happiness.

    I think this poem is mocking people who brag about how they made great choices in their youth, however it is usually quoted in exactly the way Frost wanted to mock “I took the road less travelled and that has made all the difference”…see what you think. You may see a subtle joke in the poem, like I do.

    By the way sincerely thank you for the excellent and always entertaining podcast. We are around the same age, and share common background and interest. If lived near each other I think we would be good friends. You are very special to me, and I wish you the very best,

  20. I think you sound just like Elliot Gould. You know, Ross and Monica’s dad on Friends?

  21. RFM, how can I search your site for something I believe I heard you discuss? Specifically, I’m looking for a discussion you had about Dallin Oaks talking about sister wives in heaven recently, but I’d also like to be able to find other things you’ve discussed in the past. Thanks!

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