Mormon Expression

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Mormon Expression is a periodic podcast created by John Larsen dealing with issues of Mormon faith, culture, doctrine and history. The podcast includes a mixed format of interviews and panel discussions. The overall tone of the podcast is somewhat critical of the mainline LDS Church, but also includes faithful perspectives from believing Mormons.

Content[edit | edit source]

According to the Mormon Expression website, the podcast is a "weekly discussion of topics dealing with Mormon faith, culture, doctrine and history." It adds, "We try to straddle the position between defense and criticism of the faith, and look at it from all points of view. We believe that Mormonism is interesting by itself, and we are going to talk about it!"[1] The podcast has had several guests who are faithful Mormons, but skews towards those who are not in the mainstream or those who have abandoned the faith.

John Larsen, founder of Mormon Expression, explains that the target audience for the website is “anyone interested in Mormonism as a legitimate topic of inquiry. So much of what is out there dealing with Mormonism is either apologetic, propaganda, or vitriolic attack. We want to get to the heart of what Mormonism is, not what people would have it be – for good or for bad."[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The podcast was the brainchild of John Larsen who was its host and director until he retired on December 23, 2014. John had been active in the ex-Mormon community for several years before beginning the show.[3] The podcast began publishing episodes on June 23, 2009[4] and released its 100th episode on January 4, 2011.[5] The podcast has included an active number of regular panelists. The initial panelists including Tom Perry, James Hill, "George" Thatcher, "Nyal Davidsson" (alias) and Zilpha Larsen who is John's ex-wife. Later additions include Mike Tannehill, Glenn Ostlund and Bridget Jack Jeffries.

On February 23, 2010, the podcast won the 2009 Brodie Award (an award for Mormon-themed blogs and websites) for best podcast.[6] As of December 30, 2010, the podcast was downloaded an average of 15,000 times per week.[7]

The podcast ended on September 27, 2015, with the release of final episode #317.[8] In the same episode, Larsen announced his intent to re-release 20 episodes of his choosing with added commentary, after which time the episode archive would require a fee to access.

Guest appearances[edit | edit source]

Several notable individuals with ties to the Mormon Community have appeared on the podcast including Ed Decker, Will Bagley, Brian Keith "Mr. Deity" Dalton, Richie T. the producer of the Radio From Hell radio show, and Elna Baker, author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance and contributor to This American Life.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "About". Mormon Expression. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. Aimee Larsen Stoddard (10 January 2011). "Mormon Expression Podcasts and Blog Explore LDS Religion". 
  3. Lampros, Jamie (4 August 2007). "CALM offers former Mormons empathy, support". Standard-Examiner.  Article reprint at, and reprint at
  4. Episode 1: Leaving the Church but not Leaving it Alone, Mormon Expression
  5. Episode 100: The Live Anniversary Show, Mormon Expression
  6. "Chanson" (23 February 2010). "The 2009 Brodie Winners Are…". Main Street Plaza (blog). Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  7. Larsen, John (30 December 2010). "Mormon Expression Turns 100!". Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  8. Larsen, John (27 September 2015). "Episode 317: Goodbye and Thanks for Listening". Mormon Expression. Whitefields Educational Foundation. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  9. "Swearing Elder" (11 November 2009). "I think I'm in love with Elna Baker". "Swearing Elders" (blog). Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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