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Latter Day Lives - Talking with Latter Day Saints

The Latter Day Lives Podcast features interviews with fascinating people who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a fun, positive, faith-promoting podcast. New episodes each week!

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Ep. 51 - Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife - Therapist, Counselor, Mormon

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Smith is a therapist, psychologist and marriage expert. We talk about her journey discovering worth and strength as a woman in the church, marriage, intimacy and issues facing today's LDS couples. Dr. Finlayson-Smith is so open and fascinating about her own journey and how she is helping LDS couples have more rewarding marriages.

58mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Ep. 3 - Michael Birkleland - Comedian, Imperfect Human, Mormon

Actor, comedian, and all around talented funny guy, Michael Birkeland burst on to the LDS film scene in such movies as The Singles Ward, The RM, The Home Teachers and Church Ball. Michael talks film, success, family, and how he lost it all to drugs and alcohol. He then tells the inspiring story of his road back to church and starting over. It is a sometimes funny, often touching, difficult, and surprisingly frank conversation.

54mins

7 Aug 2017

Rank #2

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Ep. 35 - Steve Soelberg - Comedian, Storyteller, Mormon

Steve Soelberg is a a hilarious comedian. He headlines comedy clubs all across the country. This week we discuss his family, how he gets material, moving from Hawaii to Utah, life as a "mid-single", the importance of laughter and how being a member of the church affects it all.

44mins

19 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Ep. 112 - Abby Stephens - Survivor, Speaker, Latter Day Saint

Abby Stephens grew up in Cokeville Wyoming. We talk about her family, small town life and her mission. She tells the story of her brother being part of the Cokeville Miracle, ending up completely unscathed after a bomb was detonated in his school. She then tells us how she met her husband and the fateful night one week before their wedding when they were in a major car accident, leaving Abby paralyzed. Abby was told she would never walk again. With a tremendous amount of faith and her soon-to-be husband by her side, she received very special blessing that ultimately lead to her walking again. Abby is so inspiring. You will love her story.

51mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 20 - Garth Smith - Musician, Witness, Mormon

Garth Smith is an amazing musician with a wonderful life story. He is currently touring with his fireside titled "The Hymns: Another Witness of Jesus Christ". He also recently released a new album of Christmas music. On this episode we discuss his family, music, firesides, involvement with Light The World, and how being a member of the church affects it all. Garth is a brilliant musician but there is much more to him. This is a wonderful, very candid conversation.

1hr 20mins

4 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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Ep. 80 - Sarah Hancock - Misdiagnosed Survivor, Mental Health Advocate, Latter Day Saint

Shortly after her mission, Sarah Hancock experienced her first psychotic break while attending BYU. For 12 years, she was essentially lost to her family and society. For nearly two decades, she lived with symptoms of both schizophrenia and bipolar (schizoaffective). Her unique journey includes 36 years memory loss. In 2017, she met a new doctor who recognized her “treatment resistant” symptoms were actually caused by toxic encephalopathy. She no longer experiences psychiatric symptoms. Sarah is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a specialty in psychiatric rehabilitation. She is also the host of the Emotional Self-Reliance Podcast. In the episode, we talk about her amazing journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Sarah is open, funny, insightful, inspiring, and so strong.

57mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 19 - Peter Breinholt - Singer, Seeker, Mormon

Peter Breinholt is an amazing guy and a great soul. He is a wildly popular singer / songwriter. In this episode, we discuss growing up, his start in music, his career, his family and his involvement in the #lighttheworld campaign. Peter is a great guy who has lead a fascinating life. You will love this conversation!

1hr 17mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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Ep. 101 - Monica Tanner - Convert, Marriage Enthusiast, Latter Day Saint

Monica Tanneris the host of the On The Brighter Side Podcast. In this episode, she tells her incredible conversion story. This includes growing up in a Jewish family, how she found the church, her inspiring conversion, the role of members of the church in this story, meeting her husband, raising their children, her podcast, her upcoming marriage summit and how being a member of the church affects it all. Monica is so positive and fun. Her story is incredibly uplifting and sure to make you smile!

56mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Ep. 40 - Keith Stubbs - Comedian, Comedy Club Owner, Mormon

On this episode, my guest is comedian and owner of Wiseguys Comedy Club, Keith Stubbs! We talk all things comedy, Keith's life growing up in the south, family and what national comedians think of Utah. Keith is humble, funny and open.

57mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Ep. 4 - Stephen Jones - Comedic actor, Teacher, Mormon

Stephen Jones is one of the stars of the BYUtv hit show Random Acts. He made national news when his ad for the BYU bookstore went viral and got more than 3.5 million views on YouTube. He hasn't slowed down since. We discuss his life, his acting projects, the Gospel, his decision to devote his life to teaching and of course, we laugh. A lot. Stephen is one of the funniest guys you will ever hear.

52mins

14 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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Ep. 5 - Dave Nibley - Actor, Producer, Mormon

Dave Nibley is a comedian, actor and producer. We discuss his his roles in iconic films such as The Best Two Years, Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed, and Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. We also discuss his newest film, We Love You Sally Carmichael!, in which Dave co-stars as well as produces. Dave talks about his faith, family and growing up with his famous LDS grandfather, Hugh Nibley. Show notes can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ik3nEf

53mins

21 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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Ep. 84 - Nate and Angilyn Bagley - Marriage Specialists, Podcasters, Latter Day Saints

Nate and Angilyn Bagley are the hosts of the Mormon Marriages podcast. We talk about their path to getting married, faith trials, the podcast and their passion for helping others have the best marriages possible through online and live events. Nate and Angilyn are so insightful, funny and passionate about what they do. You will love them and you will love this episode.

53mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 57 - Ganel-lyn Condie - Author, Speaker, Latter Day Saint

Ganel-Lyn Condie is a well known speaker and author. Through books such as "You Are More Than Enough, You Are Magnificent" and "I Can Do Hard Things With God" as well as through speaking to thousands, she has spread the joy and hope that come through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. In this episode we discuss her book and speaking career, her role in Hi-5 Live, health issues, financial challenges, the loss of her sister and how she has found joy and peace through her trials. Ganel-Lyn is an inspiring and special soul who is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

1hr 5mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Ep. 24 - Brad McBride - Blogger, Middle Aged, Mormon (Man)

For more than seven years, Brad McBride has authored the incredibly popular Middle Aged Mormon blog. This week, he tells us how the blog got started, the response of his readers, his time as Bishop, his family and how being a member of the church affects it all. We also discuss major events in the church in 2017. Brad is a brilliant, funny, engaging man.

1hr 16mins

1 Jan 2018

Rank #14

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Ep. 67 - Keri Fryer - Recovering Addict, Former Convict, Latter Day Saint

Keri Fryer has been on an an amazing journey through the dark underworld of drug addiction, the legal system, prison and situations few of us can imagine. Her story is a story of the insidious nature of addiction and ultimately the triumph of the atonement, hard work, family love and commitment. Keri is a hero. Please note, this is a frank discussion of addiction that includes some portions that may be inappropriate for younger children.

59mins

5 Nov 2018

Rank #15

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Ep. 16 - Word On The Mainstreet - Disney Experts, Podcasters, Mormons

Brothers Bryan and Sean Lords join friend Braden Gray to host the weekly Word On The Mainstreet podcast. Each week, they discuss all things Disneyland. This week on Latter Day Lives, they join us to discuss their lives, notable Mormons involved with Disney and Disneyland, and tips for LDS families planning to go to Disneyland. It is the happiest episode on earth!

1hr 14mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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Ep. 26 - Damon Hulsey - Soldier, Servant, Mormon

Damon Hulsey spent three years in the Army and eighteen years full time in the National Guard. He served two one year tours in Afghanistan, leaving behind a young family. In this week's episode, Damon talks about his time in the military, life on base in Afghanistan, and how being a member of the church affects it all. Damon is humble, has amazing perspective and really takes us inside what it is like to be LDS in the military.

1hr 7mins

15 Jan 2018

Rank #17

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Ep. 95 - The Other Side Of Heaven special episode: Mitch Davis - Writer, Director, Latter Day Saint.

Mitch Davis is the writer and Director of the Other Side Of Heaven movies. In the conversation we talk about how his inspiration for the original film, working for large film studios, the process of making independent film, surviving being struck by lightning, his relationship with Elder Groberg, how Pres. Monson influenced part two being made and so much more. Mitch has lead such a fascinating life. He is a sincere servant of the Lord. You will love his story.

1hr 20mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 31 - Brian Brough - Director, Producer, Mormon

Director / Producer Brian Brough is very well respected in the Utah as well as National film community. In this episode, we talk about what got Brian in to film. Also, Brian discusses his two films premiering at the 2018 LDS Film Festival, his upcoming movie "In Emma's Footsteps" on the later life of Emma Smith, and the future of LDS film. Brian is a brilliant director and producer who has worked behind the scenes on some of our favorite films.

51mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #19

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Ep. 120 - The Latter Day Lives Christmas Special

This week we read special stories and thoughts on Christmas, submitted by Latter Day Lives listeners. Music for this episode is by Garth Smith and is available at www.garthsmithmusic.com. Merry Christmas!

47mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #20