Another Mormon Podcast

Episode 19: Share Goodness, BYU Commencement and other news

In this episode, Richard, Sarah, and TR discuss some recent news items including Elder Bednar’s talk about social media, Elder Nelson’s controversial BYU commencement address, and the new seminary graduation requirements.

To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood by Elder Bednar

Be a Disciple of 24/7 by Elder Nelson at BYU’s commencement exercises

New Seminary Graduation Requirements Expect More from Youth


3 thoughts on “Episode 19: Share Goodness, BYU Commencement and other news

  1. johnny

    Hey Richard and Sarah, just came across your blog and wanted to say that I enjoy it. Having recently experienced a truth crisis with the LDS church, I can relate to much of what you guys have been going through on your faith journey. In the interest of sincere discussion, may I push back a bit on something that Richard said in this episode while discussing gay marriage? “Let’s be clear about one thing though, gay sex is icky…. Most people who are heterosexual have a certain aversion to homosexual activity.” That seems like a stereotypical characterization of same sex physical intimacy. By “gay sex” do you mean anal sex, or oral sex, or both? I’m fairly confident that there are many heterosexual couples that enjoy anal sex and/or oral sex in addition to vaginal sex, and while that might not be something that you enjoy, it seems inaccurate to classify such types of physical intimacy as “gay sex” and “icky.” Not trying to be argumentative, just something to think about. At any rate, keep up the good work on the podcast.

    1. Sarah Post author

      Thanks for pushing back. I was trying to make the point that just because we may think something to be “icky” or even unnatural doesn’t mean that should be the standard that we should impose on everyone else. Me thinking gay sex is icky doesn’t mean that I should be against gay marriage.

      I don’t really think it is as icky as I was pretending, and I made some jokes later in the podcast to show that I don’t really think it’s icky but I edited those out because they weren’t really funny and kind of weird.

      I was just trying to make a point. Thanks for showing me that I might have been unfair. I’ll try to do better.

      1. johnny

        All good! I agree with you that attempting to impose our own personal standards of morality on others is problematic. For an institution that once bloviated that “the one-wife system not only degenerates the human family, both physically and intellectually, but it is entirely incompatible with philosophical notions of immortality; it is a lure to temptation, and has always proved a curse to a people …”, I find the church’s current opposition to gay marriage to be pretty pathetic and uninformed.

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