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.


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.


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 110 – Interview with Kim Smith

Born in Maryville Tennessee in 1962, to Joseph and Sue Smith, Kimberly Jo Smith has used her love of writing music and stories to expound upon the importance of family. After learning at the age of 12 that she had a great-great grandfather named Joseph Smith, Jr. who built a church, Kimberly began a journey that would reveal to her an ancestry she had never known, and a family that had been sorely broken. Kimberly travels with her son throughout the United States telling the story of her line of the Smith posterity, the importance of the Atonement of the Savior, and healing and uniting families.

Kimberly and her son, Bryan, have been touring the United States since 2000 doing firesides about the Smith posterity and are active as Ambassadors for the Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society. Kim is the author of the book Rising Hills and Sinking Valley’s.

Kim Smith will be doing a book and CD signing at Eborn Book’s downtown location on April 19th at 10:00 a.m.

Visit Kim Smith’s Website.

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