LDS Perspectives Podcast: Book of Mormon Central with Neal Rappleye


Neal is the office manager at Book of Mormon Central. Like most of his co-workers, he is a Millennial. His team is young and talented.

Five days a week they pump out KnoWhys on some aspect of Book of Mormon scholarship. Each KnoWhy includes a one-minute video, a short essay, references, and an audio version of the essay.

But Book of Mormon Central is much more than a collection of KnoWhys. Neal shares some of the other resources it provides and introduces us to a new and exciting tool that may just change the way we study the Book of Mormon. Read more, and listen here.

LDS Perspectives Podcast: LDS Artwork Revisited, with Anthony Sweat


In this fascinating and enlightening episode, Russell Stevenson of LDS Perspectives Podcast interviews Dr. Anthony Sweat, who is an artist, BYU religion professor, and illustrator of the resent publications From Darkness into Light and Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones
In recent years, LDS artwork found in church curriculum and magazines has been criticized because it does not portray the Book of Mormon translation process historically accurate. Read more here.

Continue directly to the podcast here.


What is Grace? with Brad Wilcox


LDS Perspectives Podcast, Episode 2 is now available.

In this episode, Dr. Brad Wilcox joins Nick Galieti to discuss the grace of Christ.

Grace is a term often misunderstood. Dr. Wilcox sheds clarity on the concept and shows how the LDS Church proclaims a gospel of grace. The term can be found in hymns, in conference talks, and throughout the Book of Mormon.

By demystifying and destigmatizing the concept of grace, he invites us to explore how this important doctrine relates to how we may use Christ’s gift in our lives — not just once, but continually.

LDS Perspectives Podcast


The field of Mormon studies has blossomed over the past two decades. There are more conferences to attend, more books to read, and more articles delivered to our inbox. Despite our desire to consume even a small portion of this great scholarship, there doesn’t seem enough hours in the day to make our bookshelves any lighter.

Enter the podcast that enables the curious and the serious learner to multi-task their way to greater knowledge and understanding. Whether driving, exercising, or engaging in another enterprise that allows our minds to absorb new ideas, podcasts can infuse new insights into our brains to be enjoyed and even savored.

Over the past few years, the podcasting landscape has seen many presentations come and go, leaving many wondering where to go for faithful scholarship.

LDS Perspectives Podcast grew out of a desire to fill that void. We hope to offer a place for mainstream members to learn more context about history, seek more depth to doctrine, and gain more support with cultural challenges. And all in a half-hour podcast.

Each week one of our podcasters sits down with a respected LDS scholar, author, or educator and has a casual discussion about some aspect of LDS doctrine, history, or culture. We are just everyday Mormons, but we are sharing extraordinary conversations about our religion and our faith.

Join us in the upcoming months as we discuss topics that span the spectrum of new Mormon studies: from the historical Jesus to our Heavenly Mother, or from artwork that depicts the Book of Mormon translation process to the artwork found in sacred space, or travel with us from a small Palestinian village to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

Whether you are just beginning your studies or are an expert, we hope you will enjoy listening to our conversations.

In our first episode, we explore the historical Jesus. … Continue Reading Here

You may have heard discussions about the historical Jesus and wondered exactly what that phrase means. This episode explores the meaning of the term and why studying the New Testament differently can help us discover the Jesus of history. Often we concentrate our study of the New Testament on the teachings and ministry of Jesus, but there is value in studying the historical Jesus. Do we sometimes forget that he was a man who lived over 2000 years ago in Palestine? Do we think about what kind of clothes he wore? Were they the same or different than those commonly portrayed in portraits? Does what he was wearing tell us anything about Jesus as a man or lend understanding to the stories of the miracles of Jesus? Biblical historians believe it does. These are the things that made Jesus a man living in his time and set him apart from the many itinerant preachers of the period.

In the past, the Gospels of the evangelists have often been taught through harmonization or the comparing of each authors’ telling of a miracle, parable, or event in the life of Jesus. But when we homogenize, we lose the voice of each author who had a distinct story to tell to a specific audience. Matthew was Jewish and wrote to the Jews. Luke was a gentile and fashioned his narrative for a gentile audience. Their different presentations lend richness and diversity to the telling of a common story, while sometimes even correcting prior writings.

In this episode, Dr. Thomas Wayment chats with Laura Harris Hales about the value of looking for the historical Jesus in our study of the New Testament.

Martin Tanner interviews Daniel Peterson on KSL Radio

This Sunday, Martin Tanner will air an interview with Daniel Peterson regarding The Interpreter Foundation on KSL radio (AM 1160; FM 102.7), at 6:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 9:30 PM, on Martin Tanner’s program, Religion Today.

Here is a link to listen to the broadcast:

The program will also be available for listening in Interpreter’s podcast.