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Martin Tanner explores religious and spiritual topics that matter to Utahns, and especially members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

  • Baptism
    This week Martin Tanner explores the history, various concepts, and various methods of baptism.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

  • Baptism
    This week Martin Tanner explores the history, various concepts, and various methods of baptism.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

  • The Poetry of Thomas L. Kay
    District court judge Thomas L. Kay joins Martin Tanner to share his poetry. Thomas has two books, One Silent, Holy Night: The Poetry of Christmas volumes one and two in which the poems from the perspective of everyone present at the birth of Jesus.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

  • Thanksgiving Experiences
    Martin Tanner shares stories from people who have had dramatic experiences in life that helped them gain perspective about life and that all things are important to God. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

  • Latest Volume on the Joseph Smith Papers
    Martin Tanner discusses the most recent addition of the Joseph Smith Papers. The latest papers to be published are Volume 4 of the revelations and translations, this particular volume deals with the Book of Abraham,transcripts,papyri, and mummies.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

  • The Prophet Isaiah
    Martin Tanner discusses the Book of Isaiah and the prophet who wrote it. Tanner dives into the history and life of Isaiah and explains the complicated nature of his writing. 
  • Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, and Jeremiah
    Martin Tanner discusses four Old Testament prophets, what they looked like, their authority, the amazing things they did, and dismiss some misconceptions.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

  • Jane and Emma
    Martin Tanner speaks with Chantelle Squires , the director f the new film Jane and Emma. Jane is a black woman who walks hundreds of miles to meet Joseph Smith. However hen Smith lands in trouble, Jane is there to comfort his wife Emma.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

  • Difficulties of Life
    marten Tanner discusses the plight of individuals and the question of why? Tanner brings up the idea that life is panned out and difficulties in life are for our gain.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • The Diaries of Wilford Wooruff
    Martin Tanner discusses the life Wilford Woodruff and the life he lived. Wilford felt prompted to record his life and thoughts even before he became a member of the LDS faith. Tanner also explains where you can red he diaries for yourself.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

  • The Golden Plates
    Religion Today host Marten Tanner talks in depth about the Golden Plates that were translated into The Book of Mormon. Tanner discusses what the plates were made of, how big they were, how much they weigh, and more.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

  • The Council of Fifty
    Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have heard about the Council of Fifty, but don't know much about it because until recently, that information just wasn't readily available. Martin Tanner says with the publication of the Joseph Smith papers, there is much more detail available from the Council of Fifty. The council was convened shortly before the prophet's murder. According to Tanner, they saw it as slightly different than the church itself - but more like the beginning of the literal kingdom of God on Earth. In other words, if the church helps its members with the religious and ecclesiastical side of their lives and also with ordinances that would carry on into the next life, the Council of Fifty was intended to help create the kingdom of God on Earth - p

Sunday, September 2, 2018

  • Wordplay throughout Scripture
    Martin Tanner's guest is Matthew Bowen, assistant professor of religious education at BYU Hawaii and a regular contributor to the Interpreter Foundation radio show, as well as the author of a new book called Name as Key-Word, available from Eborn Books and Amazon. Bowen's book explores the narratives of names in Old Testament Scripture, and argues the same principles can be applied to the writings of the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price as well. The idea is that there are words and names that mean something in a certain context. We see that a lot in modern usage, but when it comes to Biblical writing, sometimes the references go over our heads. Bowen helps make some of those plays on words in ancient writing easier to understand for Latter-day readers. For example, Bowen points to t

Sunday, August 26, 2018

  • Evolution and a belief in God
    Following up on the discussion from a few weeks ago about evolution, Martin Tanner explains why he believes those who say evolution explains everything about life and therefore do not believe in God are missing the big picture. Last time we talked about this in light of the Cambrian explosion, a time in which most of life as we know it appeared out of nowhere. Darwin predicted more fossils would be found for the Cambrian explosion period that would help fill in the gaps in the record of his theory of evolution -- but to date, they haven't found that missing link, and Martin believes they won't. Read any kid's science text book, and you'll see evolution presented as fact with no doubts, even though peer-reviewed scientific journals provide lots of reasons why scientists themselves doubt the

Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Anthropomorphism
    Today's topic is anthropomorphism: ascribing human characteristics to something other than a human being. It's particularly used in the context of describing human attributes to God. Martin Tanner believes the Book of Amos in the Old Testament provides an excellent example of how God appears in Scripture. Amos described the Lord Jehovah as standing by a wall, holding a plumb line. He has an arm and a body and he's having a conversation like anyone else would do. In many other places in the Bible, the way God is described is the same way you would describe a man: human-like. Even if you go to the New Testament's original Greek, the word the Apostle Paul uses to describe us as offspring of the Heavenly Father indicates that we are the same species and genus as God. Martin worries that poor t