Jan 21, 2021
Robert Stickgold and Antonio Zadra On Dreams
Play • 55 min
Why do we dream? That’s one of the questions that Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold are trying to answer in their book, When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep .
Latter-day Saint Perspectives
Latter-day Saint Perspectives
Laura Harris Hales
Episode 128: What Is the Restoration? with Patrick Q. Mason
About the Interview: Celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration has proven to be one of the few highlights of 2020 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In commemoration, the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles issued a Bicentennial Proclamation that boldly affirmed beliefs in a restored church, restored priesthood authority (including priesthood keys), restored revelation through living prophets, and a restored fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This declaration affirmed church leaders’ consistent message regarding the importance of past revelations and the Latter-day Saint Church’s future path. President Russell M. Nelson and other apostles have repeatedly reminded members of the church that God’s work of restoration began with Joseph Smith, but it didn’t end with him. We believe in an “ongoing Restoration”—an organic, dynamic process by which God continues to breathe life into both the church and the world not just yesterday but today and tomorrow and always. As Latter-day Saints, we hold it as an article of faith that God has much work yet to do, and many things yet to say, in the gradual unfolding of his kingdom in these modern times. There are indeed many things that needed restoration: the fulness of the gospel, the priesthood, the church, covenants, ordinances, spiritual gifts, and so forth. We call this whole package “the restoration of all things.”[1] But I would suggest that God isn’t concerned with restoring “things,” no matter how important, so much as he is with using those things to restore what matters most. And what is that? Nephi explained that the restoration of the various branches of Israel—the Jews, the scattered tribes, and the remnant of Lehi—would all be accomplished not just for their own sake but as part of something bigger. What could be more significant than the gathering of Israel? The work of salvation, reconciliation, and healing whereby God will “bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth.”[2] In other words, “the restoration of all things” is designed with one grand aim in mind: to restore God’s people—our Father and Mother’s children, their eternal family—to wholeness. Those of us in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren’t the only ones called to restore God’s family to wholeness—the work is too big, as 0.2% of the world’s population, to do by ourselves. But we are called to do some very special things. We are called to lives of holiness—that through the gift of the Atonement the title “saint” becomes less aspirational and more actual each day. We are called to extend that holiness beyond our personal lives into our communities, thereby working toward the establishment of God’s social ideal, which we call Zion. We are called to proclaim the name and gospel of Jesus to every corner of the world. We are called to seal together the whole human family, alive and dead, in one great web of mutuality. But if we are to fulfill our mission, we cannot be content with restoring things, no matter how powerfully those things work in our lives and our world. We are called to restore God’s people. We do so in imitation of Jesus, who loves all humanity but whose heart beats in sympathy with the oppressed and marginalized children of God. When he first proclaimed his messiahship, he did so by quoting Isaiah, the great prophet of Israel’s scattering and restoration: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.[3] The poor. The brokenhearted. The captives. The blind. The bruised. These are the people to whom the Messiah’s anointing is specially directed. Any restoration we claim to participate in as disciples of Jesus must therefore be primarily oriented toward those who have suffered on the margins o...
1 hr 2 min
Breaking Down Patriarchy
Breaking Down Patriarchy
Amy McPhie Allebest
The Subjection of Women, by John Stuart Mill
Amy: Welcome to Breaking Down Patriarchy! I’m Amy McPhie Allebest.  Today we are going to be reading our first and possible only male author in this series, John Stuart Mill. His book, The Subjection of Women, written in 1869, is important to me personally because it’s the first philosophical critique of patriarchy that I ever read. About six years ago I was searching for books on the history of Patriarchy - I had never read any - and this book “The Subjection of Women” popped up as a suggestion. I thought the title looked intriguing so I bought it and read it. It is not an exaggeration to say that it was life-changing for me - I saw so many of my own private thoughts and feelings represented as legitimate cultural and political issues, and I couldn’t believe that this analysis had been written a century and a half earlier. My copy is marked up and dog-eared, and I’m really excited to discuss it with my reading partner today, Franceskay Allebes.  Hi, Franceskay! Franceskay: Hi, Amy! Amy:  Franceskay and I are dear friends and are also in the same family! She is my husband’s aunt, and she has always been one of those cool, hip young aunts who is more like an older sister than an aunt. And I remember from the time I met you when Erik and I were engaged, you were so welcoming and warm to me… and then your children have been such an important part of my children’s lives. And as a bonus it turns out that we’ve discovered over the years that we are quite like-minded and kind of kindred spirits. So thank you so much for being here today. And so our listeners can get to know you a bit more, I’m going to share a brief bio that you wrote. Franceskay is the youngest of 4 children. First generation American, she was born to Frans and Margaretha Allebes who immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands shortly following WW2 and after joining the LDS Church (or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). With their 3-year-old son Edward in tow (if you want you can add that this is your father in law😊) they decided to start a new life in the great American West starting in Salt Lake City then on to Wyoming and then to California. Franceskay was born in Northern California in a typical suburban community climbing trees, catching frogs, and popping wheelies on her Schwinn bike, anything her brother Brigham was doing cuz doing boy stuff was way more fun. Her first foothold as a feminist probably started there - questioning adults why girls couldn’t do the same fun things as boys, wearing pants to elementary school and wondering why scientists, presidents and famous artists were mostly men. Fast forward…with a degree from BYU she moved to Los Angeles in the mid 80’s and embraced the big city life, loving this treasure trove of arts, education and enrichment as well as a diverse ocean of people and ideas. She worked at UCLA as a special events planner for several years and after walking the bowels and bones of the university she walked with her diploma and a master’s in education and became a full-fledged Bruin. At the same time, she met her wonderful husband, Orell and they started their exciting lives together. Her second career, as a teacher, started in her early 30s and a move back to Orange County, where she and Orell started their family. It was a soft landing, with jobs, home prices within reach and the help of an Oma and Opa (Dutch for grandma and grandpa) to help raise their kids. They have 3 amazingly creative and smart children. Soren who just graduated and now working as a Mechanical Engineer, Dane who should be graduating in a year in Applied Design and Holland who is a super star senior. After a short retirement Franceskay went back to teach art at elementary schools and that became a springboard to what she does now, using art as therapy in rehab treatment centers for those dealing with addiction and mental health issues.    She enjoys hiking, yoga,...
1 hr 9 min
Dr. Finlayson-Fife's Podcast Archive
Dr. Finlayson-Fife's Podcast Archive
Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife
The Beauty and Challenge of Intimacy
Dr. Finlayson-Fife was interviewed on the From the Mouth of Babes podcast to discuss all things intimacy! Listen to this episode to learn more about... - What true intimacy looks like and the courage it requires. - The importance of managing our own sense of self. - Why honesty is key in intimate relationships. - Managing differences in a marriage. - Asking questions to truly understand your spouse and build intimacy in your marriage. - How to rekindle intimacy and passion in your marriage. To learn more about Dr. Finlayson-Fife’s work, visit our Website, check out our Course Page, and take a look at our upcoming Events. You can also follow Dr. Finlayson-Fife on Instagram or join her FREE Facebook Group for greater access to her insights. Www.Finlayson-Fife.Com You can also listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, and Stitcher. The advice offered through Dr. Finlayson-Fife’s Podcast Archive is educational and informational in nature and is provided only as general information. It is not meant to establish a therapist-patient relationship or offer therapeutic advice, opinion, diagnosis treatment or to establish a standard of care. Although Dr. Finlayson-Fife is a trained psychotherapist, she is not functioning in the role of a licensed therapist during these sessions, but rather using her training to inform these sessions. Thus, the content is not intended to replace independent professional judgment. The content is not intended to solicit clients or patients; and should not be relied upon as medical or psychological advice of any kind or nature whatsoever. The information provided through the Content should not be used for diagnosing or treating a mental health problem or disease. The information contained in these communications is not comprehensive and does not include all the potential information regarding the subject matter, but is merely intended to serve as one resource for general and educational purposes.
56 min
Listen, Learn & Love Hosted by Richard Ostler
Listen, Learn & Love Hosted by Richard Ostler
Richard Ostler
Episode 385: Dr. Bob Rees, Educator, Writer, Disciple, LGBTQ Ally
My friend Bob Rees joins us to share principles and insights to bring our families and congregations together. Bob, who holds a PhD and is the Visiting Professor and Director of Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (see his Wikipedia page for more info, was a Bishop in a Los Angeles singles ward from 1986-1992 and created a safe place for LGBTQ Latter-day Saints. Bob has been an LGBTQ ally for four decades with a “long-view” perspective that his helpful, hopeful, and insightful for other Latter-day Saints. Bob is co-author of the “Family Acceptance Project “(article #7 at an important document to keep Latter-day Saint families with LGBTQ children united, together and strong. Bob shares deeply moving stories of his work with his LGBTQ friends and asks this question when confronted with a situation “what is the most loving thing I can do”?. Bob also talks about Matthew 25 and the doctrine behind this chapter to reach out and love everyone. I encourage everyone to listen to Bob’s podcast—you will be moved and have more principals to help and support others—and better love like our Savior. Thank you Bob for being on the podcast and your six decades of service to bring others to Christ, feel His love, and bring us together as the same human family. ** Please Check Out My New Book At: ** Deseret Book: Amazon:
1 hr 14 min
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