Randal Wright Interview – Episode 3.5

Randal A. Wright obtained a PhD in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. His dissertation addressed the impact of electronic media (TV, movies, music and he internet) on the attitudes and behaviors of adolescents. He worked with the church educational System for many years as an institute Director and taught in the religion department at BYU. He is the founder of lifemission4u.com.

He is the author of several boo(s including-25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and  How to Avoid Them; Families in Danger: Protecting your Family in an x-rated world; The case forChastity: Helping Youth Stay Morally Clean and Achieving Your Life Mission)

He has written chapters in several other books and articles in magazines as well. He has been a frequent speaker to adults at Know Your Religion and has spoken regularly to the youth to the youth at especially for Youth and youth conferences throughout the United States, Canada and England. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of five married children and have sixteen grandchildren. Randal A. Wright is a fifth generation Texan. Randal Wright is the author of Book of Mormon Miracle, 25 reasons to Believe.

Dan Barker Interview – Episode 2.44

Dan Barker loves the outdoors, so much so that he went to school to become a forester. After enjoying an abbreviated career with the forest service, Dan is now currently employed in the food industry. Dan is married and has a handful of children and an even bigger handful of grandchildren. Dan is the author of multiple titles including Unique Stories and Faces from LDS History, Mormon History 101, Little Known stories about the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Old Testament Explained Through Modern Revelation. Dan is also the author/compiler of the newly released book Seeds of Faith.

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Fred Woods Interview – Episode 2.28


Dr. Fred E. Woods completed a bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University. In 1991 Fred earned a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible. He is a professor at Brigham Young University in the department of Church History & Doctrine. Professor Woods has lectured at many universities in America and internationally and is a bridge builder among peoples of varied cultures and faiths and held the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding (2005-2010).


Professor Woods has also produced several documentaries, including “The Soul of Kalaupapa,” and “That Promised Day” The Coming Forth of the LDS Scriptures. He was also the historical consultant for “Fires of Faith,” a three hour documentary on the history of the English Bible. His most recent publications include Mormon Yankees: Giants On and Off the Court, and Finding Refuge in El Paso: The 1912 Mormon Exodus from Mexico, which with include a DVD documentary, each of which was published by Cedar Fort in 2012. Dr. Woods is the compiler and editor of the “Mormon Migration” website http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/ and has authored dozens of articles and several works on Mormon migration with a specialty in Mormon maritime immigration to America in the nineteenth century which has prepared him to carefully analyze the story of the Julia Ann. He is married to JoAnna Merrill and they are the parents of five children and four grand-daughters.


To purchase a copy of Divine Providence: The Wreck and Rescue of the Julia Ann, click here.


Michael Ash Interview – Episode 2.7

Michael R. Ash was born in Rockledge, Florida but currently lives in Utah.

Michael R. Ash is a veteran staff member of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), a former weekly columnist for the Mormon Times and has presented several papers at LDS-related symposiums. Ash is the author of  Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith, as well as, Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony In the Face of Criticism and Doubt. Ash has written more than 100 articles defending the faith which have been published by FAIR, FARMS, Sunstone, Dialogue, and on several LDS websites.

To purchase a copy of Michael R. Ash’s book’s, click here.

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Mark Staker Interview – Episode 158

Mark Lyman Staker has a Ph.D., Cultural anthropology from the University of Florida. Mark began work as curator of the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City in 1993. For more than twelve years Mark has been involved in historic sites restoration and nineteenth-century expressions of the Latter-day Saint experience. He received the J. Talmage Jones Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Article on Mormon History from the Mormon History Association and has been involved in numerous museum exhibits. He and his wife, Kimberly L. Staker, are the parents of seven children and live in West Bountiful, Utah. Mark Staker is the author of Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations.

Best Book Award – Mormon History Association

Best Book Award – John Whitmer Historical Association

To purchase Mark Staker’s Book, click here.

Russell Stevenson Interview – Episode 153

Russell Stevenson is an independent researcher who also moonlights as an instructor at Salt Lake Community College. He has been studying Mormon history online and in the archives for nearly twenty years. He learned his first lesson of historical analysis from his father: if you’re going to drink water from a river, drink it from the source, not after all the cows have waded in it. Russell Stevenson is the author of the book Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables.

To purchase Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables click here.


Shannon Tracy Interview – Episode 144

Shannon Tracy, or S. Michael Tracy, is the author of a ground breaking book entitled, “Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again.” This book is unique in that is it not a biography, it is not a clinical research report, but it is a colorful, thought provoking history and treatment of all the objective information that has been compiled about the image and likeness of Joseph Smith. For years many have wondered if a picture of Joseph Smith existed as his death came around the beginning of the age of photography. Shannon explains some of the research content in his book and answers some of the questions from critics.

Bill Betenson Interview – Episode 137

Some wish they were related to a famous person. Our guest today, Bill Betenson is actually related to a famous person—he is related to Butch Cassidy who is his great-uncle. Bill’s interest in Butch Cassidy was sparked when he was four years old and attended a private screening of the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” He watched this movie with his great-grandmother, Lula Betenson, who wrote the book, Butch Cassidy, My Brother.

Since that time, and for over two decades, Betenson researched and studied the life and times of Butch Cassidy. Betenson had access to privileged family information and memorabilia, he traveled to South America to Butch Cassidy’s ranch to conduct personal interviews with those close to the story, and he spent hours in dusty archives. Betenson offers up new information about this infamous outlaw’s life and controversial death in his book, Butch Cassidy: My Uncle.

To buy Butch Cassidy: My Uncle from Eborn Books click here.

Brian C. Hales Interview – Episode 134

Brian C. Hales is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in biology and from the University of Utah, College of Medicine.

He authored Setting the Record Straight: Mormon Fundamentalism (2008) and The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: An LDS Perspective (1992). Hales has published articles in Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the Journal of Mormon History. Brian Hales is also webmaster of www.MormonFundamentalism.com and www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com.

In addition to a fulltime LDS mission in Venezuela (1976-78). He is the father of four adult children and author of the book Joseph Smith’s Polygamy.

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Episode 121 – Interview with Stephen G. Schwendiman

Stephen Schwendiman was born and raised in Freeport, Illinois. Steve attended Brigham Young University where he graduated in 1972 with a BA in Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration program, and went to Law School at the University of Utah.

After graduating, Steve worked as an Assistant Utah Attorney General with the State of Utah. In 2003 Steve accepted an assignment representing the Department of Natural Resources including general counsel for the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. Steve retired in January 2010 after 35 years with the State of Utah.

Steve has had a love of Church history and doctrine for many years amassing a library of over 3,100 church books and pamphlets, 40,000 church periodicals, and other church related material. Steve is currently President of the South German Mission Foundation, a private foundation of former missionaries who served in the South German Mission. This foundation translated the entire Encyclopedia of Mormonism and other church related material into the German language providing it free of charge on the internet to German speaking people everywhere.

To buy Stephen’s series on the Mendon Saints visit Eborn Books online store.