You can listen to or download the April 7 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift, and they discussed General Conference and changes in Church policies. The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or you can listen live on the Internet at ktalkmedia.com. Call in to 801-254-1640 with your questions and comments during the live show.
Original air date: April 7, 2019. This recording has been edited to remove commercial breaks.
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The naming of John Dehlin as the cause for the detrimental effects caused by the November 2015 policy is either arrogant or ignorant or both. I would only hope that you have reviewed this broadcast and have apologised for, and repented, for that seriously misguided statement. The thousands who left the church over this policy or totally disagreed with it included Bishops (reading the source document) and others who I would argue had never heard of John Dehlin. Listening to him lately and listening to you guys it is obvious that John has a much more balanced and reasoned approach to LDS dialogue. As one who is hanging in there, despite the current crisis in leader confidence, broadcasts like this do more to turn people away than toward the Church.
Listening to this, you all reveal your profound privilege that you can have. People died as a result of this policy. Families were torn apart. And you all act as if it had no impact on people’s lives? Your lack of compassion is disturbing
John Dehlin is not an “idiot” as you said at about the 17 minute mark and John Dehlin did not leak it. The priesthood leadership (about 100,000 bishops and stake presidents) who saw it in their email boxes started notifying others who did not have the same level of access to the that Handbook. The unsuspecting Priesthood leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “leaked it” by sharing it worldwide within a few hours of it being received.
There is no place for name-calling or accusation when official LDS Church policies are frankly disclosed by the media generally or by any individual. All of us need to accept the consequences of our interim or long-term decisions, and that includes the First Presidency and Twelve.
The Brethren are not infallible and never have been, whether we consider the contretemps between President Brigham Young and Apostle Orson Pratt, or between St Peter and St Paul. Major changes in policy have taken place in times past as well as in modern times. We need a heightened sense of perspective, not embarrassing and lousy excuses made on the fly.
We need more gravitas and scholarship in our discussions, not defensive apologetics.
Here’s something that doesn’t add up for me with idea that they needed a trial period where all the cases escalate to the 1st Presidency for “highest levels of review” in order to do information-gathering to formulate a final policy to deal with legalization of gay marriage under the Obergefell SCOTUS decision. And that is that the church was happily operating in many jurisdictions with legalized gay marriage for years, even decades, before Obergefell. According to this post, “86% of U.S. members, 89% of U.S. wards, and 78% of U.S. temples operating in areas where same-sex marriage was already legal prior to Obergefell.”