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UGP 149 - Authenticity’s Double-edged Sword - Charles and Mireille - Part 3

Sat, 07/31/2021 - 05:54

Charles and Mireille both concluded that Mormonism was keeping them from the relationship with Jesus they both wanted and needed. But leaving the LDS religion created its own set of relational struggles as they now had to face themselves and their marriage with honesty and authenticity.  In this candid, and sometimes raw interview, they share what has carried them through and why they have so much hope for the future.  If you are struggling with life on the other side of Mormonism this episode will provide some much-needed encouragement and direction. The grace that brought healing to them is also available to you.

UGP 148 - How to Share Jesus with Mormons - It's Me Jessie - Part 2

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 09:39

Lynn and Joel interview Jessie, whose popular Youtube channel, "It's Me Jessie" has over twelve thousand subscribers.  Her videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and shared around the world. In this podcast, we explore what draws people to her channel and share key insights on how to winsomely present Jesus to Mormons - and anyone else who may be listening in.  If you have a heart for reaching Mormons this episode will provide the guidance and resources you need.

   

UGP 147 - The Power of Grace and Love - Interview with It's Me Jessie - Part 1

Sat, 07/17/2021 - 09:28

When two LDS missionaries showed up at their door on a cold Colorado evening, Jessie and her husband invited them in. That started a 4-month long odyssey of sharing, caring, and learning that changed them forever. When Mormon leadership finally broke up their meetings, Jessie took her knowledge and heart for Mormons to Youtube with her now popular It's Me Jessie channel. Part 1 of her story is a mix of laughter and tears as Jessie shares honestly the joy and heartbreak of loving and sharing truth with Mormon missionaries.

UGP 146 - Mormon Life was Cold - Jesus brought warmth - Jon Kim - Part 4

Sat, 07/10/2021 - 05:54

Jon decides to assess the evidence for the New Testament documents and in them encounters Jesus. Through a series of providential interventions, Jon discovers a world of color and warmth and freedom he never knew in Mormonism or Atheism. His challenge at the conclusion of his story in this episode gave Lynn and Joel chills. This is an episode about finding both hope and grace that heals, one you'll want to share with others who are looking for spiritual answers.

   

UGP 145 - God Uses Math to Bring an Atheist to Truth - Jon Kim - Part 3

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 09:18

After concluding the Mormon Church was not the true church it claimed to be and sharing this heartbreaking news with his parents, Jon explores numerous religious and philosophical options, including atheism and nihilism. With his world turning grey, Jon is exposed to set theory while studying mathematics and is challenged spiritually by his discoveries. He also discovers extensive evidence for the reliability and historicity of the Bible and learns what he was taught as a Mormon was a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Jon is drawn to reassess biblical Christianity. Will he finally find warmth for his cold soul and experience a grace that heals?

UGP 144 - Evidence, Crystals, and the Deconstruction of Faith - Jon Kim - Part 2

Sat, 06/26/2021 - 08:59

In this episode, Jon talks candidly about the mounting pressure of going on a Mormon mission, the shame and guilt of a pornography addiction and the lies he had to tell to cover it up, and the mounting evidence he was discovering that indicated the Mormon Church was not all that it claimed to be. He also shares the one piece of Mormon history that "broke his shelf" and allowed him to finally conclude the Mormon Church simply was not true and it shouldn't have a hold on him. Jon's honesty and authenticity makes for an engaging episode that many will relate to, and explains why so many disenchanted LDS church members turn to atheism and agnosticism when they lose their Mormon faith.

UGP 143 - Growing up Mormon on the Autism Spectrum - Jon K - Part 1

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 09:08

Growing up Mormon is never easy, but for Jon Kim, being on the autism spectrum added a whole set of new challenges.  In this interview with lots of laughter and a crazy connection to one of Lynn's former boyfriends, Jon shares candidly about his struggles. At the end we are left wondering - will Jon go on the expected Mormon mission? Jon's engaging style makes for a fascinating episode you don't want to miss.

 

UGP 142 - Passport to Heaven - Micah Wilder - Book Interview - Part 4 - Finale

Sat, 06/12/2021 - 05:54

As a former Mormon missionary, how do you go back and tell people you converted to Mormonism what you taught them was a lie? With one family Micah baptized into the LDS church after the death of their young child, it was a long, difficult, and painful process.

What is one of the most effective things we can do to reach Mormons, especially ones that are hostile to the message of grace?

How do you navigate the danger of knowing so much about Mormonism (or any other religion) that your knowledge might actually hurt the effectiveness of your witness?

Lynn, Joel, and Micah explore all these topics in this deep, rich, and at times emotional episode. Join us for a podcast full of insight and moving stories that will encourage and move your heart as you experience a grace that heals.

 

 

UGP 141 - Passport to Heaven - Micah Wilder - Book Interview - Part 3

Sat, 06/05/2021 - 05:54

In this week's episode, Micah shares more from his new book and talks about hurricanes, the Love Elders, and how God used the leadership of the LDS Church and their missionary policies to help him see why following the Mormon religious system would never bring salvation or eternal life.  He shares candidly about how the love of God was changing his heart.  Micah shared this about the impact of the 4th hurricane:  

"I remember this sickness in my stomach that I was going to put on a white shirt and tie and try and convert people to Mormonism when I knew that people were devastated. People had lost homes, they had lost power, they had trees through their roofs, and I remember praying about it and talking it over with my companion."    In the end, Micah and his missionary companion decided to put on street clothes and do what Jesus would do - not proselytize, but give people help where they needed it most.  That decision came with a price.  Listen to the podcast 

 

UGP 140 - Passport to Heaven - Micah Wilder - Book Interview - Part 2

Sat, 05/29/2021 - 05:54

We continue our series of interviews with Micah Wilder's whose book is out soon! Micah talks candidly about the Pentecostal pastor, the Baptist pastor, and the enigmatic Eric -- all people God used to draw Micah's heart to faith, grace, and the love of Jesus. His love for Jesus ultimately led to his dismissal from his mission. Over the next several episodes, Lynn and Joel talk to Micah about his faith journey and what led him to write his book, Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew.

As a special promotion, we are offering Micah's new book for a donation to the podcast. You can get your book, listen to this episode and all our past episodes, access the show notes, and subscribe to the podcast for free here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com

 

UGP 139 - Passport to Heaven - Micah Wilder - Book Interview - Part 1

Sat, 05/22/2021 - 05:54

Exciting News! Micah Wilder's book is out soon! As a zealous and committed LDS missionary, a Baptist pastor challenged Micah to read the New Testament with the eyes of a child. As he read the Bible to prove this pastor wrong, God pursued and captured Micah's heart with his love and grace. His love for Jesus ultimately led to his dismissal from his mission. Over the next several episodes, Lynn and Joel talk to Micah about his faith journey and what led him to write his book, Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew.

 

UGP 138 - Totally Devout LDS - till Jesus showed up - Mireille Koester

Sat, 05/15/2021 - 08:38

Like her husband Charles, Mireille was a totally devout, born-in-the-covenant Mormon.  They both served missions, met at BYU, got married in the Mormon temple. Life was good till Charles started having doubts (see the previous episode). Fearing for her husband's eternal destiny and their eternal marriage, Mireille begged God to change him. God's answer rocked her world. This is part 2 of three episodes with Charles and Mireille and the God whose grace brought healing to their lives and marriage.

UGP 138 - Totally Devout LDS - till Jesus showed up - Mirielle Koester

Sat, 05/15/2021 - 08:38

Like her husband Charles, Mirielle was a totally devout, born-in-the-covenant Mormon.  They both served missions, met at BYU, got married in the Mormon temple. Life was good till Charles started having doubts (see the previous episode). Fearing for her husband's eternal destiny and their eternal marriage, Mirielle begged God to change him. God's answer rocked her world. This is part 2 of three episodes with Charles and Mirielle and the God whose grace brought healing to their lives and marriage.

UGP 137 - When I Needed Jesus He Showed Up - Charles Koester

Sat, 05/08/2021 - 05:54

Charles was an all-in, totally devout, born-in-the-covenant Mormon. His nickname while on his LDS mission in Guatemala was "Flecha" (Arrow) because he was that straight-arrow about his LDS faith. He served, returned, graduated from BYU, married his RM wife, started a family, and joined the ranks of leadership in his local ward. Then things started to unravel, but when they did, Jesus showed up and changed everything. This is part 1 of three episodes with Charles and Mirielle and the God whose grace brought healing to their lives and marriage.

UGP 136 - Archaeology-Prophecy-Statistics that Support the Bible - Dr Steven Crane - Part 3

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 05:54

For centuries people have questioned the Bible's reliability. How much of what it talks about is rooted in reality? In this episode, Dr. Steven Crane walks through MAPS - a guide to establishing the Bible's trustworthiness using Manuscript evidence (last podcast), Archaeological finds (for the likes of King David and Pontius Pilate), Prophecy (who could have seen that coming), and Statistical probabilities for so many of the details about the Bible's content and conservation. Dr. Steven Crane has traveled the world researching these questions, including three trips to the Holy Land. It's a fascinating, fast-paced, and fact-filled episode that will help you separate truth from fiction when it comes to our Bible and why we can trust it. Whether wanting to deepen your faith, or learn how to better defend it, the next 27 minutes will help your life and relationships flourish.

UGP 135 - Has the Bible Been Changed-What the Evidence Shows - Dr Steven Crane - Part 2

Sat, 04/24/2021 - 05:54

Did the Council of Nicea invent the Bible in 325 AD? Did a bunch of guys in robes and pointy hats go around changing the text and sabotaging the meaning? How do we know today's translations of the Bible really reflect what the original authors wrote? What evidence is there people haven't changed the text over the last 2000 years? Dr. Steven Crane has traveled the world researching these questions. He's seen some of the oldest manuscripts for the Bible and read parts of the text for himself. In this episode, he does a rapid-fire review of the manuscript and textual evidence and even compares the evidence for the Bible with some of the oldest literary works from antiquity. It's a fascinating, fast-paced, and fact-filled episode that will help you separate truth from fiction when it comes to our Bible and why we can trust it.

UGP 134 - How to have Grace and Clarity in LDS - Non-LDS Conversations - Dr. Steven Crane - Part 1

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 05:54

After growing up as a pastor's kid in Salt Lake City, Steven Crane followed God's call to Idaho to start a new church. It grew from a house church of 7 to 111 in a rented space, to now over 3,000. Steven shares what was at the core of his teaching that led to this growth, and the types of questions he asks Mormons so his conversations with the LDS people are full of grace and clarity.