42: Mormons in the Military

Brandt interviews Riley, Melker, Kyle, and David about their experiences as Mormons in the military.



  1. Chris

    When I was living in Chandler, Arizona, I was denied temple recommend because I was against the Iraq war. Guess you guys would pass my bishop bar!

    Reply Jun 27, 2013 @ 06:30:09
    • brandt

      How would a bishop have grounds to deny a temple recommend based on one’s support for the Iraq war? I can’t think of anything in the temple recommend questions that would warrant something along those lines? Sounds like you had a rogue bishop….that shouldn’t have happened.

      Reply Jun 27, 2013 @ 14:21:07
  2. Dave

    I really enjoyed this discussion. I served in Iraq in 2007-08 and was in fact a serviceman group leader. I served with a guy whose SP told him to masturbate with the image of his wife in mind. Now that is what I would considered an inspired leader.

    Reply Jun 28, 2013 @ 15:05:55
    • brandt

      I have heard that before, though it seems like it is a “by stake president discretion” type of rule (as in, not a standardized rule). Then again, for a 18 month deployment it would be quite difficult (especially after being married) for that much self-control.

      Reply Jul 01, 2013 @ 06:52:44
  3. JD

    As usual great podcast Brandt. Very good to hear how these guys overcame their struggles and moved on. There seemed to be no bitterness on their part, but rather a desire to see things improved. Great job moderating on your part.

    Reply Jun 28, 2013 @ 18:02:08
    • brandt

      Thanks :-)

      I’m really glad on how it came out, and although all of them are done with the church, the thing that stood out to me was the feeling of brotherhood they felt with their fellow servicemen in the military, whether still practicing Mormon or not.

      Reply Jul 01, 2013 @ 06:54:27
  4. Utahhiker801

    Thank you all for taking the time to do this episode. Having never served in the military, I learned a lot from you. I was really shocked that for a member of the military to confess anything to presiding priesthood leader he has to do it by email to the bishop.

    I hope those in higher church callings hear these insights and understand more fully the actual affect that has on members. I can’t imagine how this would have worked in the days before email and instant communication. By writing letters home to the bishop? That is just crazy.

    Reply Jun 29, 2013 @ 17:47:30
  5. partyallday

    Brandt, to be totally honest I loved this podcast. It was different and insightful and I appreciate the blend of guests. Great job!

    Reply Jul 10, 2013 @ 18:13:10
    • brandt

      we totally need to get the ability to “like” comments at some point…..

      Reply Jul 10, 2013 @ 19:12:09

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