What does it mean to be "all in" the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days? The answers might surprise you. All In is a brand new podcast from LDS Living where we explore this question with the help of authors and artists who are striving to live their faith every day—just like you.
E31: Erik and Emily Orton: Navigating the Seas of Marriage
This week, Emily and Erik Orton's book, "Seven At Sea," was recommended by The New York Times as one of the best travel reads of the summer but on this week's episode of "All In," the Latter-day Saint couple talks navigating the choppy seas of marriage. From communication to trust to embracing life together, Emily and Erik share their advice for marital smooth sailing.
"He doesn't often calm the storm, even though He can. ...But He will and can calm us in the storm."
2:34- Living in a NYC apartment with seven people
3:58- An intentionally balanced partnership
7:57- Fostering open communication in marriage
12:19- The middle school class that has impacted their marriage
18:05- Acknowledging and supporting your spouse's ideas
21:30- How sailing impacted their marriage
30:09- The wind and waves obey thy will
33:01- What does it mean to you be "All In" the gospel of Jesus Christ?
39:37- Addendum from Emily
E30: Tad Callister: Making a Case for the Book of Mormon
Tad R. Callister is among the most beloved Latter-day Saint authors whose titles include "The Infinite Atonement" and "The Inevitable Apostasy." In his new book, “A Case for the Book of Mormon,” the former Sunday School general president builds upon his general conference talk, which makes a full case (including what detractors might say) for this keystone of the Latter-day Saint faith, complete with witnesses, evidence and a closing argument.
"I don't think anyone can gain a better understanding of the Savior and His Atonement and His all-encompassing powers, His love for us, than you can gain from the Book of Mormon. And so if you have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, you will have a testimony of Jesus Christ, you will have a testimony of His Atonement. It will give you hope, it will give you comfort, it will give you direction in life, purpose in life, meaning in life. It will be a rock foundation upon which to build."
4:20-Why a Case for the Book of Mormon?
6:21-Why understanding the opposition is important
10:05- Brother Callister's personal testimony of the Book of Mormon
11:58- A book with a heartbeat
13:32- Why seek a personal witness of the Book of Mormon?
15:06- Arguments against the Book of Mormon
18:55- Responding to criticisms without contention
20:56- The importances of witnesses in making a case
22:05- Findings through writing "A Case for the Book of Mormon"
27:57- Parting words after release as Sunday School general president
29:06- Next year's "Come Follow Me" with the Book of Mormon
32:15-An exciting time to be a member of the Church
34:00-Closing argument and why Brother Callister is "All In"
E29: Emily Snyder: "Choosing Deliberate" in an Unexpected Life
Magnolia Chief of Staff Emily Snyder never imagined her life would include working for well known, influential people or getting an MBA from an Ivy League School. In fact, all she ever dreamed of becoming was a mother but when her life began to look very different than her dreams, she decided she couldn’t let it stop her from taking full advantage of her “one precious life.”
“If I'm already a daughter of God, He already sees me as that. I don't have to become His daughter. I am. He loves me completely. And all these opportunities of growth and progression, and heartache, and brokenness are not things that I have to become something through. But they are simply opportunities for me to see who He already sees me to be, to see the strength that I already have.”
1:09- Have her bosses been as great as they seem?
2:39- A Life Different Than Planned
5:07- The Dream of Motherhood
8:48- Trusting Your Life To God
11:57- Marriage or Jesus Christ?
13:58- Choose Deliberate
19:42- The Road to Magnolia
23:52- Unity in Christ
24:43- Become Vs. Be
38:02- Lessons Learned From Julie, Clay, Chip and Joanna
42:33- What Does it Mean To You To Be All In?
Bonus: The Bonner Family: Instilling a Love for Jesus Through Music
Debra Bonner didn’t know she could sing and she didn’t know Jesus until a friend invited her to church when she was 13 years old. Since then, she has spent her life singing the good news of a Savior while instilling a love for Him in her eight children and to all within the sound of her voice.
E28: Bishop Gérald Caussé and Nicolas Giusti: Why the Presiding Bishop and His Friend Recorded An Album of Piano Duets
In his spare time (that we doubt exists) the Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gérald Caussé, recently practiced and recorded piano duets with his Latter-day Saint friend, Nicolas Giusti, an acclaimed Italian composer and opera conductor from Rome. We spoke with the duo about their European heritage, how their families found the gospel and why Primary pianist is one of the best callings in the Church.
"Now I can see a temple from the windows of my house. And so every morning when I wake up, I go and have my breakfast, and I look to the temple. And I think of when I was a young boy, and it would take two days to get to the temple in Switzerland. And it's almost as if I have to pinch myself and I say to myself, every time I see the temple, 'You must not consider this as commonplace. Don't get used to seeing the temple every day. This is a miracle everyday.'"
1:50- A European Kinship
4:01- Finding the Gospel
13:21- The Temples They Dreamed Would Be Built
19:00- A Love for Music
22:58- Primary Pianist, The Best Calling in the Church
26:56- A Universal Language
28:21- Why An Album of Piano Duets?
32:22- "Where Can I Turn For Peace," a Joyful Hymn
33:33- What does it mean to be "All In" the gospel of Jesus Christ?
E27: Scott O’Neil: Why This NBA CEO Joined the Church After Being Married To A Latter-day Saint For Over 20 Years
Scott O'Neil, CEO of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, doesn't have any hobbies. He is a husband, father, NBA CEO and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believes prioritization is not a matter of balance but of being 100 percent present wherever he may be in the moment. He is the guy who smiles and says hi to every person he passes, calling many of them by name, and the recent convert who believes we all need to do more to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"We need to do more. We need to be less insular. We need be more loving. We need to be more open. We need to be more assertive. We need to leverage social media. We need to leverage the people we know, the influence we have, and we need to do a better job because this gospel is too special and we need to do a better job sharing it."
1:46- Scott's love for sports is NOT why he loves his job
2:54- Scott O’Neil, the recreation league girls basketball coach
5:54- How Scott O’Neil became an NBA CEO
7:22- When Scott met Lisa
23:12- Scott’s decision to meet with the missionaries
32:32- Experiencing “firsts” as a new member of the Church
36:55- Why being sealed to his family was significant/memories
39:20- Advice to other part-member families
41:18- Why Scott believes he joined the Church at the right time
43:20- Call for missionary work
44:03- Gratitude for his wife
45:58: Balancing being a husband, father, member of the Church and an NBA CEO
48:53- What it means to Scott to be “All In” the gospel of Jesus Christ
E26: Sheri Dew: Lessons Learned From (Literally) Following the Prophet
Sheri Dew has written books about three presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this week’s episode, she shares stories and observations from a lifetime of documenting and witnessing the lives of living prophets.
E25: Surviving Columbine: God in the Midst of Tragedy with Will Beck
Will Beck was a sophomore at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the day of the Columbine shooting. 20 years have passed since that fateful day but on this week’s episode of “All In,” we talk with Will about his memories of that day, what he learned from that experience and how it has shaped his life in the years since. He also responds to those who may question where God was that day.
Rob Gardner is the composer of the well-known Easter oratorio “Lamb of God,” and the arranger of the Latter-day Saint favorite, “Savior, Redeemer of my Soul.” On this week’s episode, in preparation for Easter, we sit down with Rob to discuss what he has learned from composing music about the Savior. We also get Rob’s thoughts about what he believes those who knew and loved Christ during His mortal ministry must have felt and experienced during the final week of His life.
E23: Wendy Ulrich: How God Expects Women to Use Priesthood Power
Are women meant to simply be recipients of the blessings of the Priesthood or do women actively participate in the Priesthood? Wendy Ulrich, who recently authored a book on the topic of women’s access to God’s power, explains that there are many ways women are able to, and even expected to, exercise Priesthood power.
Spencer Hyde first began to recognize symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when he was 6-years-old. Since that time, he has repeatedly seen God’s hand in his battle against OCD. In this week's episode, we talk with Spencer about why God allows His children to struggle with mental illness and how the scriptures have aided him in that fight.
E21: Directing The Tabernacle Choir with Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
What would you ask the directors of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square if you could sit with them in the basement of the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle? We put a call out on Twitter for questions and Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy set out to answer them (and a few of our own) on this week’s episode of "All In."
E20: Experiencing Excommunication with Perri Correia and Rory Mele
Excommunication. It’s something we don’t talk about much within the Church but what motivates someone to return to Church membership after excommunication? What is the purpose of excommunication from the perspective of those who have experienced it? This is what we discuss with two men who have experienced excommunication firsthand on this week’s episode of “All In.”
Greg McKeown has taught the principles of his book, “Essentialism,” to some of the most reputable companies in the world. On this week’s episode, McKeown explains why the way of the essentialist is really an effort to follow the example of Jesus Christ.
E18: Kim White: Choosing Faith in a Fight Against Cancer
Kim White is a Latter-day Saint woman, a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend who has been battling stage 4 cancer for nearly five years. On today’s episode, we talk with the woman thousands of Instagram users have come to love and pray for through her account @KimCanKickIt.
E17: Single in the Church Pt. 2 with Steve Soelberg and Sefa Palu
Last week, we heard two young single adult women discuss their experience as Latter-day Saints but this week, we get the male perspective as “All In” host Erin Hallstrom sits down with two single Latter-day Saint men.
In the first episode of this series about being single Latter-day Saints, “All In” host Morgan Jones and Mallory Everton, who is best-known for her work on BYUtv’s “Studio C,” discuss their experience as young single adult women in the Church.
Nathan Pacheco was a senior at Brigham Young University when he heard Elder Jeffrey R. Holland make a statement that gave him the courage to pursue a career in music. He has since learned that sometimes dreams come true quickly and other times a bit more gradually. He has also found that dreams can change with time and sometimes living out those dreams looks different than we anticipated but if we consecrate those talents to the Lord, we will discover something even greater than we imagined.
E14: Bre Lasley: Recognizing God's Hand After Surviving an Attempted Murder
Three years ago, Bre Lasley lived out most people’s worst nightmare when a stranger climbed through her bedroom window and attacked her. However, in a video following the attack Bre can be heard saying, “Heavenly Father was there the entire time, the entire time.” On this week’s episode of “All In,” Bre testifies of a living God who loves all of His children, even her attacker.
Elder Gerald Lund began writing his first book about the Second Coming nearly 50 years ago. He has devoted much of his life to studying the topic and recently began working on a rewrite of “The Coming of the Lord.” In this week’s episode, Elder Lund answers questions from Twitter users about the Second Coming.
E12: Jane Clayson Johnson: Depression in The Lives of Latter-day Saints
After a very successful career in network news, broadcast journalist Jane Clayson Johnson was finally the wife and mother she had always dreamed of becoming when she found herself overcome with a darkness she didn’t recognize. On this week’s episode, Jane discusses the clinical depression that blindsided her and what she has learned from interviewing over 150 Latter-day Saints who are also facing this difficult challenge.
E11: David Butler: When God Doesn’t Intervene, Does It Mean He’s Absent?
David Butler’s love for God is contagious and, in this episode, we discuss God’s love for His children and our love for Him. How does God balance His love as a father with his allowance of our agency? If He truly loves us, why doesn’t He always intervene in times of trouble?
E10: Bruce and Marie Hafen: Understanding and Navigating Stages of Faith, Pt. 2
“Being a doubting Thomas is not the end point of the journey of discipleship.” In part two of our conversation with Emeritus General Authority Bruce C. Hafen and his wife Marie, we delve deeper into why complexity and skepticism may be necessary for some people in the development of their faith.
Bonus Episode: Introducing LDS Living’s This Is The Gospel Podcast
The stories we tell matter. They can build our faith, help us empathize with others, demonstrate the true power of God in our lives, and help lead us to Christ. This Is the Gospel, a new storytelling podcast from LDS Living, collects and shares personal stories that illustrate the challenges and triumphs of living in the latter days.
E9: Bruce and Marie Hafen: Understanding and Navigating Stages of Faith, Pt. 1
“Trust me, it’s going to be good.” We often speak of trusting God but will everything really be good in the end? Should we be worried when we, or those we love, are struggling to trust Him? Emeritus General Authority Bruce C. Hafen and his wife Marie share their concept of three stages of faith after a lifetime spent exploring difficult topics and seeking peace amid the complexities we all face in real life.
E8: Brad Wilcox: The ‘We’ in ‘After All We Can Do’
You’ve likely read the scripture in 2 Nephi 25:23 that says, “It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." But who is the "we"? Does it simply refer to me and you? Or does the word "we" represent something more? Author and scholar Brad Wilcox shares his thoughts on this and other questions related to the topic of grace in this week’s episode of All In.
E7: Camron Wright: Finding God’s Plan for Your Life
Camron Wright, author of “The Rent Collector” and “The Orphan Keeper,” attributes his becoming an author to somewhat of a mid-life crisis. What do we do when we feel like life comes to a standstill? How can we seek and find God’s direction for our lives while maintaining hope when answers are slow in coming? Is his guidance always manifest in miraculous ways? Wright shares his personal experience in this week’s episode of All In.
E6: Jon and Michelle Schmidt: Grace Found In the Search for Annie
When Jon and Michelle Schmidt's daughter Annie disappeared while hiking in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge in 2016, they faced every parent's worst nightmare. On this episode, Jon and Michelle share with "All In" host Jamie Armstrong how their faith in the gospel sustained them during the grueling three-week search for Annie and how her body was miraculously found.
E5: Emily Belle Freeman and Nish Weiseth: Different Faiths and Deep Friendship
How can we do a better job of building on common ground rather than creating artificial divides? Authors Emily Belle Freeman, a Latter-day Saint, and Nish Weiseth, a non-denominational Christian, are best friends who have built a strong friendship on a foundation of Christ.
E4: Brandon Mull, NYT Best-Selling Fantasy Author, Explains what Worldbuilding has Taught Him about God
In the fourth episode of All In, host Erin Hallstrom talks with the author of the Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series, Brandon Mull, who reveals his past jobs and how he became a fantasy author. Brandon also discusses what creating a fantasy world has taught him about God and parenting.
E2: Tim Ballard: Searching for Hope in the Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
Tim Ballard shares with “All In” host Jamie Armstrong the miraculous story of how two of the children he rescued became his own. Ballard explains how he discovered a passion for rescuing children from sex slavery, his gratitude for the influence of his wife and how he is able to bring light into the darkness because of the faith that carries him.