Great And Spacious Podcast

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Four apostate millennials sit down and take a long hard look at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:Follow these friends raised in varying degrees of Mormonism as they attempt to make sense of what the Mormon Church actually teaches, and how that measures up to actual history and fact.Oh, also we’re super drunk! read less
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Episode 56 - It's An Eternal Maybe
11-02-2024
Episode 56 - It's An Eternal Maybe
Join Moroni, Abigail, aaaAAAaaa, special guest Claudia, and Abish for another episode filled with banter, laughs, and irreverent discussions. From navigating stairs to pondering the mysteries of afterbirth, the hosts kick off with their trademark wit and sarcasm. They dive into the end of the Book of Mormon, exploring Moroni's challenge amidst tales of failed double dates and attempts at mixing the perfect "Moroni’s Challenge" cocktail.Scriptures: [00:17:25]aaaAAAaaa takes the reins in this segment, guiding the crew through a deep dive into Moroni 7-10. Amidst the ambiguity of scripture and the weighty themes of faith and judgment, the hosts inject levity with personal anecdotes and clever critiques. From rewriting passages as modern emails to dissecting the societal woes of ancient civilizations, nothing is off-limits. Join in as they navigate the complexities of religious teachings with a healthy dose of humor.Church Teachings: [00:55:55]Abish leads the charge in dissecting Church teachings, offering a critical lens tempered with wit. Tad Callister's talk gets a colorful critique, and the hosts playfully debate the moral compass of historical figures. As they delve into the gray areas of morality, they serve up a side of laughs and skepticism. Don't miss out on the hilarity as they tackle the intricacies of right and wrong in the Book of Mormon and beyond.History: [01:17:55]In this historical segment, the hosts dish out humor while discussing Brigham Young's demise and its aftermath. From wild speculations about his cause of death to media coverage of the event, nothing is sacred. As they wrap up, they tease upcoming content, from special episodes to a cocktail recipe book and merch updates. Don't forget to tune in for the next episode and join the conversation on social media – after all, where else can you find this unique blend of wit and irreverence?Tune in and join the fun – but remember, laughter is the best medicine, especially when navigating the complexities of faith and history.
Episode 55 - Called To Mansplain
04-02-2024
Episode 55 - Called To Mansplain
The hosts aaaAAAaaa, Abigail, Moroni, and Abish reunite in this lively episode. After almost finishing the Book of Mormon, they introduce the "Straining Ordinance" drink, sharing the recipe with a dash of sarcasm. Amid discussions about "Resident Alien," Alan Tudyk's brilliance, and life's struggles, they casually drop hints about hospital bills and job losses. The banter concludes with a cheeky mention of Joseph Smith.Scriptures: [00:08:40]Abish takes the stage, presenting her version of the Book of Moroni in Alexis Rose's style. They rewrite verses, introducing terms like "GayDHD" and "same-sex distracted". The hosts imagine biblically accurate apostles with wings and ears (instead of eyes), revamping sacrament prayers, and turning the Holy Ghost into a "spirit ninja warrior." As they spice up scriptures, laughter reigns, making even the most solemn verses entertaining. Who knew the Book of Mormon could be this fun?Church Teachings: [00:24:26]Moroni tackles the priesthood's gender bias in the Mormon Church. Abigail shares tales of her mother's struggle for equality and recalls the "Ordain Women" movement's uphill battle. The hosts delve into temple rituals, highlighting the unspoken disparities in gender roles. The discussion unfolds as they navigate through the complex power dynamics within the church, shedding light on the controversial Ordain Women movement and its aftermath.History: [00:52:04]Abigail takes a historical plunge into the "Adam God doctrine," unveiling Brigham Young's quirky beliefs about Adam's divine status. From Adam being the father of all spirits to fathering Jesus physically, it's a wild ride through early Mormon theology. The hosts dissect reactions within the Mormon community and the gradual distancing from the doctrine by the church. The episode wraps up with Abigail decoding 1869 newspaper jokes, leaving listeners questioning the humor of yesteryear and the mysteries of "quack dishes" and "double-enders."Join the hosts for another dose of humor, skepticism, and a journey through the quirks of Mormon history. Whether it's sipping on Straining Ordinances or pondering the mysteries of Adam God, this episode promises laughter and enlightenment in equal measure.
Episode 54 - When Shiz Hit The Fan
28-01-2024
Episode 54 - When Shiz Hit The Fan
Welcome to the Great and Spacious Podcast, where Abigail, aaaAAAaaa, and Moroni embark on a journey through the bizarre world of Mormonism with a side of snark and a generous pour of nihilism. In our tantalizing intro, our hosts dive into the "Enochian Dream" cocktail, a lavender-infused concoction that might just make you question reality. Lavender room spray or decomposing odors? You be the judge. Plus, ever heard of Zython? Neither had we, but it's got a past as murky as our Enochian Dream.Scriptures: [00:08:57]Get ready for a rollercoaster of disbelief in our Scriptures segment as Moroni unravels Ether chapters 11 through 15 from the Book of Mormon. Wars for seemingly trivial reasons, disappearing swords, and headless push-ups - because who needs a motivational war speech, right? But wait, there's more! Join the hosts in a laugh-out-loud exploration of potentially pornographic interpretations of the Book of Mormon events. It's like Sunday School, but with more imagination and irreverence.Church Teachings: [00:41:44]aaaAAAaaa takes the mic in our Church Teachings segment, confusing Zion in Jackson County, Missouri with Zion National Park. Easy mistake, right? The hosts share their humorous take on the church's beliefs about Zion and the New Jerusalem, from geographical blunders to the evolving concept of unity, godliness, and charity. Spoiler alert: Zion might be wherever the Saints gather, but make sure it's not a national park.History: [00:54:30]In our History segment, Abigail unfolds the epic saga of the Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri. Failed missions, legal disputes, angelic interventions, and Monty Python-esque calamities - it's the gift that keeps on giving. Discover the Temple Lot Church's optimistic attempts to build a temple, only to face fires, legal battles, and the inevitable Monty Python comparisons. Ever wondered about Jesus showing up at a lean-to? It's just another day in the Temple Lot Church.Hold onto your hats as the hosts dive into the vast land holdings of the LDS Church. From armories to skyscrapers, cattle ranches, and even McDonald's burgers, it turns out the church is quite the real estate mogul. But hush-hush, as they discuss the secretive financial activities, shell companies, and a mere $5 million SEC fine – a small price to pay for undisclosed billions. With a touch of concern for local communities and a generous sprinkle of sarcasm, the hosts unravel the jaw-dropping, mind-bending, and wallet-stretching world of the Mormon Church's wealth. Cheers to Mormon beef and the mysteries of Zion!
Episode 53 - Snake Lake City
21-01-2024
Episode 53 - Snake Lake City
Welcome back to another riveting episode of our podcast, where we share our thrilling holiday mishaps and delve into the complexities of the American healthcare system, because nothing says entertainment like discussing insurance premiums. We introduce a concoction called "Jaredite Bilge Water," because everyone loves a beverages inspired by ancient boat journey human, and animal, waste soup. Brace yourself for a banter-filled exploration of biblical references, where we promise to tone down the sexual innuendos but can't resist teasing the audience about the dubious allure of the "brother of Jared." Stay tuned for more biblical absurdities after the break.Scriptures: [00:13:54]In the Scriptures segment, aaaAAAaaa struggles through the convoluted Jaredite story, grappling with stone-induced illumination, confined spaces, and imaginary timelines. He attempts to decipher the logistics of waste disposal on a floating vessel and discuss rebellious characters, secret combinations, and snake-related kingdoms. Be prepared for a rollercoaster of confusion, humor, and occasional existential dread as we dissect the Book of Mormon narrative.Church Teachings: [00:55:15]Next up is Church Teachings, where Abish sheds light on the Church's stance on music. Get ready for a riveting discussion featuring a dog licking an arm in the background. We share scintillating anecdotes about attending a rock band-infused Christian Bible church and marvel at the musical restrictions within the LDS Church. Brace yourself for a hilarious take on Dallin H. Oaks' 1970s talk, where the Church's perspective on music genres is mocked and the elusive "spirit" that certain tunes apparently summon. Tune in for a reflection on the paradox of musical expression in religious settings.History: [01:16:30]In the History segment, Abigail recounts the life of William S. Godbe, a man who managed to be born and sail the seven seas before ending up in Salt Lake. Discover the thrilling tale of Fanny Stenhouse's bonnet-making venture and the unfortunate encounter with Brigham Young that left her financially wounded. Marvel at Godbe's rebellion against Brigham Young's economic policies and the birth of the Godbeites—a group that apparently thought spiritualist seances were a logical response to leadership dissatisfaction.The Godbeites embark on a quest for political reform, creating the Liberal Party of Utah to challenge LDS candidates. Spoiler alert: they face challenges and eventually get ousted as the party transforms into an anti-Mormon crusade. Godbe's church introduces spiritualist practices, leading to internal strife, disenchantment, and eventually irrelevance. As Godbe hangs on in Salt Lake City, we chuckle at his attempt to escape the heat by moving to Brighton. He dies at 69, nice, and so does the relevance of the Godbeites' political influence. We conclude with the LDS Church's attempt to control political affiliations, because who doesn't love a good power play? Enjoy this rollercoaster of historical absurdity and irreverence.
Episode 52 - Ether Bunny
14-01-2024
Episode 52 - Ether Bunny
Welcome to another riveting episode of the podcast where sanity goes to die! In our intro segment, Claudia, Moroni, Abigail, and aaaAAAaaa embark on a banter-filled journey through the realms of absurdity. From Bishlet's unfortunate illness to Abigail's attempts at magical healing rituals, the conversation careens into the creation of a cocktail with a name only a drunk person could pronounce – "Mhrrmhrmancmr." Because why not add linguistic gymnastics to your alcohol-induced confusion? Math class memories, chest hair anecdotes, and body shots – because nothing says intellectual podcast like reminiscing about high school escapades.Scriptures: [00:09:27]Moving on to our Scriptures segment, aaaAAAaaa bravely tackles Ether 1-5 from the Book of Mormon, where the hosts find themselves drowning in a sea of genealogy longer than your last family reunion. The hosts, with a delightful blend of mockery and skepticism, dissect the narrative, questioning the consistency of different Jesus accounts and cracking jokes about the Tower of Babel's linguistic chaos. The Lord's confounding response to the brother of Jared's plea for language clarification is met with eye-rolling humor, envisioning a divine comedy of miscommunication.Church Teachings: [00:44:15]In the Church Teachings segment, Moroni dons the cape of skepticism, taking a critical stance on the Tower of Babel. From questioning the flood's bloated corpses meme to challenging the literal interpretation of biblical tales, Moroni leaves no sacred cow unprodded. Nimrod's rebellious nature gets a satirical spotlight, and the entire biblical narrative faces a critical interrogation. It's a rollercoaster of skepticism, humor, and religious irreverence that might make your grandma clutch her pearls.History: [01:00:59]And now, onto History with Abigail, where glowy rocks, fanfic websites, and outdoor escapades take center stage. Luminous gemstones, folk tales, and personal anecdotes weave a tapestry of hilarity. Dive deep into the pseudo-archaeological rabbit hole of the "Dendera light" as Abigail debunks ancient Egyptian light bulbs with a healthy dose of sarcasm and evidence. Because nothing says history like a podcast that's one part illumination and two parts pure, unadulterated skepticism. Tune in if you dare – or if you've run out of mind-numbing alternatives.
Episode 48 - Get-Out-of Earth Free Card
17-12-2023
Episode 48 - Get-Out-of Earth Free Card
Welcome to another riveting episode of our podcast, where Moroni, aaaAAAaaa, Abigail, and the fabulous Claudia join forces for an intellectually stimulating discussion... or not. They playfully unveil their impressive acting skills, including an unexpected Aussie accent that's absolutely not an inside joke. They cover everything from Britney Spears' revelations to a Utah youth camp documentary, all while sipping on Prophetinis?Scriptures: [00:10:53]They take a deep dive into the Book of Mormon. Moroni (the narrator, not the host) expresses a rollercoaster of emotions, from sadness to frustration, sprinkling in unconventional interpretations, potential drug use references, and whimsical scenarios. Who knew religious texts could be so entertaining?Church Teachings: [00:48:03]Claudia takes the stage, sharing personal experiences involving medication, breakfast habits, and amusing stories featuring marshmallows and mushrooms. The hosts then dissect Church teachings with a side of skepticism, pointing out historical prophecies' contradictions and discrepancies. Oh, and there's a lesson plan involving a New Year's Eve popcorn party mix—because nothing says spirituality like popcorn.History: [01:19:30]Abigail narrates the captivating life of Mrs. (Fanny) TBH Stenhouse, the author of "Tell It All: The Story of a Life in Bondage." Fanny's journey from a French governess to a skeptical Mormon is the stuff of legends. As she faces the challenges of polygamy, we witness her struggles, revelations, and conflicts. Spoiler alert: it gets real bad.Abigail explores Fanny's interactions, relationships, and her daughter Clara's polygamous marriage. We delve into Fanny's reluctant preaching of polygamy, her friend Mary's opposing views turned marriage, and the harsh realities of Utah. Fanny criticizes the church's treatment of women, offering a glimpse into the polygamous dynamics with Brigham Young and his wives.Abigail unravels the Mormons' brilliant strategy to distract from polygamy—establishing a theater. We dissect the contrasting views of men and women, highlighting the absurdity of idealized love on stage versus the harsh realities of polygamous marriages. The episode ends with a teaser for darker twists in Fanny's story and a dedication to Mary Shrewsbury, who's been through some serious stuff. Because, you know, we're all about the sunshine and rainbows.
Episode 47 - Cursed With Butterfingers
10-12-2023
Episode 47 - Cursed With Butterfingers
Intro:Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of banter, laughs, and questionable drink choices as Moroni, Abigail, aaaAAAaaa, and the ever-entertaining Claudia dive into another episode. From their signature cocktail "The Flaming Moe-Mon" to Christmas sweaters and raccoon escapades, this intro is the epitome of unfiltered, hilarious conversations that you didn't know you needed. Join the hosts in dissecting Nicholas Cage's cinematic masterpiece, "Pig," and enjoy the ride through their random musings and inside jokes. Spoiler alert: the Flaming Moe-Mon might not be the only thing on fire.Scriptures: [00:27:15]Get ready for a biblical breakdown with Moroni as he takes a sarcastic stroll through the Book of Mormon. Discover the alleged origins of the name "Mormon" and witness the hosts dissecting the Nephite-Lamanite war with a healthy dose of skepticism and humor. The narrative's absurdity, body counts, and religious justifications for violence are laid bare, leaving you questioning the Book of Mormon's storytelling choices. And don't miss the hosts' commentary on repentance and humility – because nothing says humility like a good old-fashioned war.Church Teachings: [00:52:19]aaaAAAaaa takes the mic to explore Church Teachings on the 12 tribes of Israel, from their ancient origins to modern patriarchal blessings. Uncover the intricacies of the tribes' names, blessings, and the divine allocation process, spiced up with hilarious anecdotes from Reddit users. The hosts sprinkle humor on the interpretation of Israel in different contexts, leaving you questioning whether losing your inheritance due to immorality is a genuine concern or just a divine eye-roll.History: [[01:15:55]Join Abigail on a whirlwind historical tour from biblical patriarchs to the tumultuous events of 1949 and beyond. Marvel at the favoritism of Jacob (Israel) toward his sons, question the historicity of the 12 tribes, and ponder the symbolic nature of this biblical account. Traverse through the Roman Empire, Byzantine rule, Ottoman control, and the twists and turns leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The hosts leave no stone unturned, infusing the narrative with snark and wit, making history as entertaining as it is informative.Abigail unpacks the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a touch of dark humor. From the mass exodus of Palestinian refugees in 1949 to false flag operations and failed peace deals, the hosts dissect the complexities of the region. Enter the Trump era's "deal of the century," side-eyeing all the way. The historical context blends seamlessly with the hosts' critiques of Brigham Young's views on Jews, bringing you face to face with the harsh realities of the conflict. Spoiler alert: 2023 hasn't been a walk in the park, and the hosts are here to give you a dose of snark, sarcasm, and a hint of nihilism on the deadliest year on record for Palestinians. Buckle up for a podcast journey that spares no one and nothing.
Episode 46 - A Pocket Square In Prison
03-12-2023
Episode 46 - A Pocket Square In Prison
Intro:Welcome to another riveting episode where the hosts contemplate hosting a camp that's a strange amalgamation of Girls Camp and Great and Spacious youth camp. Their Girls Camp experiences are dissected, ridiculed, and rehashed, revealing the absurdity of camp activities. Meet the hosts—Abigail, Moroni, aaaAAAaaa, and Abigail again, as they present their signature cocktail, "After Death," and laugh about a champagne bottle mishap.Scriptures: [00:09:23]Dive into the thrilling world of the Book of Mormon's 4th Nephi, a book so captivating, it's almost non-existent. Moroni, your guide through the brevity, provides a humorous summary of 200 years, complete with peace, class divisions, governmental collapse, and wickedness-induced warfare. Parallels with contemporary issues are drawn, all while questioning the literary finesse of Joseph Smith. Spoiler alert: Even with tangible proof of Jesus' visit, people in 4th Nephi still decide to go down the wickedness route.Church Teachings: [00:26:28]aaaAAAaaa takes the wheel to enlighten us on what the Church teaches about 4th Nephi. Brace yourselves for a journey into the promised land of a Zionist society, where repentance, consecration, and pure, hardened hearts are the norms. Marvel at the hosts' skepticism as they question the practicality of utopian societies and poke fun at perceived contradictions. But fear not, for they have the answers to all your questions about Satan in Mormonism, and they're delivered with a hefty dose of sarcasm.History: [01:01:26]In this segment, Abigail unravels the riveting history of polygamy in the Mormon Church. Legislative attempts, political activism by Mormon women, and the complexities of managing multiple spouses are dissected with such finesse that you'll forget it's not a comedy show. And just when you thought it couldn't get more exciting, enter Ann-Eliza Young, Brigham Young's 19th wife, narrating the dark tales of polygamy—arranged marriages, commodification of women, and the emotional turmoil within. All in all, another uplifting exploration of the sunshine and rainbows in Mormon history. Cheers!
Episode 45 - Pontius Pilate Is A Fugly Slut
26-11-2023
Episode 45 - Pontius Pilate Is A Fugly Slut
Intro:In a podcast that's as organized as a bag of cats, our hosts Moroni, Abigail, and aaaAAAaaa embark on a chaotic journey into the depths of 3rd Nephi, leaving us to wonder if even divine intervention could save us from their banter. Special guest Norma, who's apparently more elusive than Waldo, joins the mayhem, and the hosts fondly recall her previous Halloween cameo like it's a distant, foggy memory from a past life. The literally intoxicating "Three Neflights" take center stage, as the hosts express their undying love for alcohol and dive headfirst into a sea of mispronunciations and Day of the Dead references, because nothing says spiritual enlightenment like a good ol' drinking game.Scriptures: [00:08:30]Hold on to your spiritual hats as aaaAAAaaa unleashes a whirlwind tour through chapters 20 to 30 of 3rd Nephi, dissecting Jesus' teachings, prophecies, and the surprisingly contentious topic of re-baptism. The hosts navigate this religious rollercoaster with all the grace of a cat wearing socks, injecting the discussion with enough pop culture references to make your Sunday school teacher weep. As aaaAAAaaa ventures into chapter 27, buckle up for Jesus' sassy refusal to spill the divine beans on his church's name, opting instead for a lecture on living right. The hosts then hilariously recount disciples requesting a golden ticket to avoid death, only to be booped into oblivion by a whimsical Jesus at 71 and a half. From prison breaks to immortal transfigurations, our hosts paint a biblical masterpiece that's more Monty Python than Moses.Church Teachings: [00:49:26]In a segment that's more Reddit than revelation, the hosts swap scriptures for stories from the internet's treasure trove. Norma takes center stage with car troubles and heartwarming tales of helpful strangers, transforming the podcast into a wholesome sitcom, complete with shoutouts to Seerstoners and stories from the Reddit hall of fame. The hosts express gratitude for benevolent roadside saviors while subtly questioning why the guy at the gas station couldn't fix their existential crises. Twitter responses add a sprinkle of humor to the mix, making this segment feel like a support group for those who've been stranded on the highway of life.History: [01:10:52]Abigail takes us on a wild ride through the folklore of the Three Nephites, a concept that's less Mormon mystery and more Marvel superhero origin story. From Orson Pratt's 1855 talk to the growing popularity of the Three Nephites as the ultimate divine fixers, the hosts explore the supernatural abilities and speed that would make even The Flash jealous. Speculations on bifurcation, prison-breaking prowess, and the Three Nephites' potential side gig as vampires turn this podcast into a religious folklore stand-up. But wait, there's more! The hosts unravel the impact of these stories on Mormon culture, proving that sometimes, a good tale is all you need to get through the apocalypse. The podcast concludes with a nod to the immortal beings, Jesus's alleged boyfriend John, and the wandering Jew. Cheers to chaos and folklore!
Episode 44 - Jesusily Sprinting Across A Field
19-11-2023
Episode 44 - Jesusily Sprinting Across A Field
Intro:In the riveting opening act, our hosts embark on a journey of name fusion that rivals the complexity of a Marvel Cinematic Universe plotline. Pedro Pascal's personal life takes an unexpected detour, leading to dreamy "quarple" scenarios involving Lena Headey and Jeff Goldblum. Amidst the chaos, aaaAAAaaa manages to concoct a cocktail named "Jesus Faced," a beverage more diverse than your neighbor's conspiracy theories. Sip along as they share the recipe, make pronunciation jokes, and nonchalantly introduce a sponsor, because what's a podcast without a dash of capitalism?Scriptures:Abish takes us on a wild ride through the Book of Mormon, dissecting chapters with the finesse of a literary critic on caffeine. Chapters 15 to 18 of 3rd Nephi get a Letterkenny-style makeover, leaving us wondering if Joseph Smith was secretly a fan of quirky Canadian humor. Our hosts delve into Jesus' Nephite escapades, including a magical wine party that makes Bacchus blush. The podcast takes an unexpected turn into Nephite larping, with the sacrament reenactment being as serious as your aunt's love for cat sweaters. Personal anecdotes are shared, emotions run high, and a potential commercial break looms in the background.Church Teachings:Moroni takes the reins dissecting the evolution of God's character from an Old Testament enforcer to a New Testament love guru. The hosts hilariously rewrite sacrament prayers in various styles, poking fun at the contradictions between teachings and practices within the Mormon Church. They explore everything from tithing to leadership compensation, all while keeping the tone light-hearted and delightfully critical.History:Abigail delves into the fascinating history of the Dixie Wine Mission in Southern Utah, where church and wine had a wild love affair. From George Jarvis and his grape-growing adventures to the demise of Southern Utah's wine industry, the hosts paint a picture of Mormons trying to balance their piety and love for the grape. Tiny cups become the unsung heroes, saving sacraments from backwash disasters and influenza outbreaks. Selden Clausen, the unsung cup crusader, gets a nod as the episode bows out with a dedication to the saviors of dry Mormon throats – the tiny cups. Cheers to history, tiny cups, and the absurdity of it all!
Episode 39.1 - Men Are Inconsistent and Contradictory
12-11-2023
Episode 39.1 - Men Are Inconsistent and Contradictory
It is the episode you’ve all been waiting for….On this week’s episode aaaAAAaaa finally gets his shit together and finishes editing the trial. Join Abish, Moroni, Abigail, aaaAAAaaa, and special guest Kali Koger for some MST3K inspired trial commentary. Opening Remarks & Witness Statements: [00:03:11] 2:23:22In the first segment, we hear the charges, opening statements and the testimony of the victim (Kali’s son), Naomi, Kali, Detective Alexander Wright, and we - kind of - hear the audio from the body camera footage from The Incident.Listen as the story unravels and Potty’s defense is crumbled. Certainly, Potty wouldn’t be dumb enough to testify a completely false story after the court hears these testimonies and sees the body cam footage. Right?!Potty's Testimony & Cross Examination: [00:55:59]In the second segment, we hear and laugh at Potty try to fabricate a believable story for the court. Hear all about tussles, wrestling, imaginary knives, and general hubris of a white man. Who could have predicted a cross examination that would ask clarifying questions? Not Potty it seems.Closing arguments point out the glaring holes in Potty’s story, and Potty’s lawyer really makes an attempt to patch them all.Judges Remarks & Verdict: [01:59:35]In the final segment, we hear the judge break down everything we have heard, and if you listen closely you might even hear Kali twerking when the judge reads the verdict.Once it is all over, the hosts unpack what they have heard and make some final jokes at the expense of Potty.Sit back, try to relax, mix up a Potty’s Regret, and join us on one of the most scream-inducing and shoulder-muscle-tensing episodes yet.
Episode 43 - Not At All Communism
05-11-2023
Episode 43 - Not At All Communism
IntroWelcome to another episode where the hosts reject divine intervention and embrace their inner cynics. In the uproarious intro, our hosts Moroni, Abigail, aaaAAAaaa, and special guest Claudia take the edge off their religious discussions with a sip of "Disco Jesus." Join them as they transform the Son of God into the ultimate party guest, cracking irreverent jokes about the crucifixion and reminiscing about '90s hairstyles that may or may not have been divinely inspired.Scriptures [00:10:01]aaaAAAaaa dives headfirst into the bizarre world of 3rd Nephi 11-14 from the Book of Mormon. Brace yourself for laugh-out-loud moments as they unpack the Nephite encounter with Jesus, complete with comical physical descriptions and holy "69ing situations." This segment is a rollercoaster ride through the scriptures with absurd interpretations and side-splitting commentary.Church Teachings [00:58:06]This segment provides a fresh perspective on the LDS Church's teachings about Jesus. Moroni delves into the Book of Mormon's mysterious reference to "other sheep" and hilariously connects it to a transcontinental sheep flock. Learn about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith's role in its translation, and the Church's unique rules for building a personal relationship with Jesus, all served with a side of irreverent humor and tangential humor.History [01:12:49]Abigail tackles the Mormon United Order, a curious communal living experiment with peculiar resemblances to both capitalism and communism. Discover the inner workings of Orderville, where members voluntarily (or "volumptually") gave away their money to a board of nine dudes. Find out how the system thrived before diversity disrupted the party, and hear how the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act rained on the parade. The hosts critique the Church's stance and leave you with a taste of the complexities surrounding religious and economic systems.So join us in raising a glass to skepticism and humor as we navigate the murky waters of religion and its eccentricities. Remember, we don't believe in divine intervention, but we do believe in a good laugh. Cheers to another blasphemously enlightening episode!
Episode 42 - Jacobugath, So Hot Right Now
29-10-2023
Episode 42 - Jacobugath, So Hot Right Now
Intro:Join Moroni, Abigail, Abish, and aaaAAAaaa in a world where folding clothes and cardboard cutouts of Legolas are the order of the day. After a riveting conversation about organization, our hosts dive into the meat of things, covering 3 Nephi chapters 6-10 of the Book of Mormon. But not before unveiling their pièce de résistance, "The Screaming Jesus" cocktail.Scriptures [00:10:08]:Our resident scriptorian, aaaAAAaaa, takes us on a whirlwind tour of 3 Nephi chapters 6-10. Brace yourselves for a natural disaster, Jesus-style. Amidst the chaos and upheaval, we dissect the Book of Mormon with all the seriousness it deserves. Or perhaps, just a tad more skepticism and humor than the scriptures typically receive.Teachings [00:40:29]:Abish leads a lively discussion on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on Halloween. Spoiler alert: there's no official word on whether you can dress up as Moroni, but there's a handbook section about avoiding occult activities. Prepare for insights from Church leaders like Boyd K. Packer and James E. Faust, who share their wisdom on steering clear of the spooky stuff. Our hosts also explore the fascinating double standards when it comes to men and women and delve into the intricacies of avoiding the appearance of evil.History [00:57:10]:Abigail takes us on a wild ride through the theory that Jesus is actually Quetzalcoatl in the Mormon religion. Cue the jokes about pronunciation troubles with Aztec names and the burning question of why he wasn't just called Christ if he was, in fact, Christ. We delve into the mystical "Mormon Doctrine" by Bruce R. McConkie and the mind-boggling connection between Quetzalcoatl and various animals. Ever heard of a god associated with resplendent quetzals, rattlesnakes, and ducks? Well, now you have.Hold on to your hats as Abigail unravels Quetzalcoatl's fascinating birth stories, including the one where he's born by swallowing an emerald. What follows is a hilarious journey into the misinterpretations of Aztec beliefs by white people, Cortez's alleged identity as Quetzalcoatl, and the notion that Franciscan monks had it all figured out. As for "Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites" by Chris Heimerdinger, let's just say it's a tennis-tinged romp through time. And no, there are no actual tennis shoes involved. Get ready for absurdity, bizarre elements, and a liberal dose of side-splitting humor.
Episode 41 - Flaming Butter Knife
22-10-2023
Episode 41 - Flaming Butter Knife
IntroWelcome to the most thrilling, riveting, and sarcastic episode you never asked for! In our intro, the hosts, Abish, aaaAAAaaa, Abigail, Moroni, and their very, very special guest Claudia, take you on a rollercoaster of name-related discussions and introduce you to the "Telestial Son-set" drink. Inspired by General Conference and an eyebrow-raising statement from a church leader, they dissect the church's divisive stances while sipping on irony.Scriptures: [00:15:05]In this segment, Moroni dives into the Book of Mormon's 3rd Nephi 1-5, taking you on a wild ride through battles, Gadianton Robbers, and some very creative names. With humor and commentary, they'll have you convinced this scriptural saga is secretly a multi-level marketing scheme. Along the way, the hosts share tales from coffee shops, Dutch Bros adventures, and tattoo parlor escapades, all wrapped up with a nod to Mormon's occasional interjections.Church Teachings: [00:38:02]Time to sip on your Telestial Son-set and take a swig of the Kool-Aid as aaaAAAaaa dissects the Church's teachings. In this lesson about Chapter 1 of 3rd Nephi, we're diving into a supernatural supernova, believers dealing with threats, and Satan's attempt to ruin the party. Join us for a deep, philosophical discussion about how giving away all your possessions and heading to the wilderness might not be the most practical life choice. Our hosts will put a humorous twist on choosing faith over doubt, but remember, faith can be like that double-shot espresso - it might keep you up at night.History: [00:56:37]Finally, in the "History" segment, Abigail unveils the captivating family history of James Lake Jr., her many-times great-grandfather, and Anson Carl, Moroni's many-times great-grandfather. Their tales involve numerous marriages, a dash of sarcasm, and a sprinkle of Mormon history. Brace yourself for quirky anecdotes, questionable marriages, and a little rebellion in the story of a girl who shot a man she met at a park. It's a wild journey through family trees and quirky news stories that will leave you wondering, "Is this even real?"
Episode 40 - Live Lawndartulously
15-10-2023
Episode 40 - Live Lawndartulously
IntroEpisode 40 of the "Great and Spacious" podcast kicks off with our hosts Abish, Abigail, Moroni, and aaaAAAaaa. They're back with their usual dose of musings and a side of nostalgia about their journey to episode 40. Along the way, they touch on Abish's fancy new microphone and their delectable cocktail creation for the episode, "Samuel the Lemon Drop." Naturally, they sprinkle in some cheeky commentary about the Book of Mormon and take an unexpected detour through Jeff Goldblum's Jurassic charm. They'll make you question if the internet is truly a blessing or a curse.Scriptures [00:10:23]Abish gives the Book of Mormon a playful makeover, summing up Helaman 13 to Helaman 16 with enough humor and pop culture references to make you laugh your sins away. From repentance to impending doom, they cover it all while making you wonder if the Nephites had a laugh track.Church Teachings [00:31:12]Moroni dives into an LDS primary lesson about "Samuel the Lamanite" (Lesson 31) and promptly unravels the absurdity of it all. Cue the hilariously snarky commentary about role-playing, dress-up, and that whole pride issue, which somehow relates to church leaders. We'd say it's almost like a spiritual roast with a side of thrift store shopping wisdom.History [00:53:18]Abigail embarks on a genealogical expedition, unraveling the tales of pioneer ancestors. First up is George Jarvis, aaaAAAaaa's forebear, who journeyed across oceans, Utah deserts, and whose child met a chilling end via lightning strike. Laughter meets lightning in a memorable twist.Then, Abigail takes us on a rollercoaster through the life of Matilda Lawrence Price, Abish's pioneer ancestor, who seemingly had more babies than practical sense. Sixteen kids, a treacherous sea voyage, a terrifying train ride, and a touch of sheer family chaos await you. And yes, we might get a tad frustrated at Matilda's spouse for not lending a helping hand. The hosts empathize with Matilda's challenging life, but really, what were you expecting from pioneer times?In sum, this episode delves deep into the chaotic life of Matilda Lawrence Price, her mind-boggling number of offspring, and the seemingly endless challenges her family faced. The hosts are here to chuckle, groan, and maybe even shed a tear for a woman who was the original multitasking mom. You'll leave this episode wondering, "What's the limit to one woman's patience and womb space?" but don't worry, we've got the answer – it's Matilda.
Episode 39 - Men Are Less Than Dust Part 6.1
08-10-2023
Episode 39 - Men Are Less Than Dust Part 6.1
Join us for a rollercoaster of topics in this final two-part episode of Kali's tragic tale. In the first part, our lively hosts Abigail, Moroni, aaaAAAaaa, and the fabulous Kali kick things off with a smorgasbord of entertaining discussions. From health issues and dating app mishaps to deciphering quirky bumper stickers on trucks, this segment sets the stage for a hilarious episode with some heavy themes.KaliIn the first segment, Kali takes the spotlight and shares her profound and often harrowing journey. She delves into her experiences with stalking, shedding light on the emotional toll it took on her and her children. Kali also courageously discusses her battle with complex PTSD (CPTSD), revealing the lingering effects of her traumatic past, including hypervigilance and anxiety.But that's not all—Kali's story takes an inspiring turn as she shares her path of leaving the Mormon Church (LDS Church). Her deconstruction journey is filled with candid moments, including the significance of having a "deconstruction buddy" by her side. Throughout this segment, Kali's raw and honest reflections on her faith transition highlight the complexity of the process.The first part of this episode concludes with a burst of laughter as the hosts delve into a myriad of topics, from overthinking decisions and notarizing church exit paperwork to newfound Sunday freedom and the importance of genuine help over religious gestures. Join us in this captivating episode that's equal parts poignant and uproarious, and stay tuned for the second part when we dive into the trial!
Episode 38 - Men Are Devilish Part 5
01-10-2023
Episode 38 - Men Are Devilish Part 5
Join hosts Abish, Moroni, aaaAAAaaa, Abigail, and returning special guest Kali Koger in this engaging podcast episode as they navigate through a diverse range of topics, from their unique concoction of the "Black Hawk W.A.R." cocktail to delving deep into the painful experiences of Kali and unraveling the complex history of the Walker War and the Black Hawk War.Intro:The episode kicks off with a lively introduction by the hosts, including Abigail, who has her extended family, including Gabriel and Norma, as a live studio audience. They share laughter, insights, and their new drink creation, the "Black Hawk W.A.R.," setting the stage for an intriguing journey. Abigail also recounts her first experience with liquor, sparking a humorous debate on the purpose of war, all while sipping on their distinctive concoction.Kali [00:06:26]:(https://www.facebook.com/KaliKoger0?mibextid=LQQJ4d)Prepare to be moved as Kali shares her heart-wrenching story of surviving spiritual abuse in her marriage. Her ex-husband, deeply rooted in the Mormon Church, controlled her and their children using religion as a weapon. Listen closely as Kali discusses the pressure he exerted on their son to embark on a mission, the controversial teachings from early Mormon leaders, and the racial prejudices within the faith. Discover the shocking transformation of her once-kind husband into a controlling and abusive figure. Her experiences will leave you reflecting on the hidden aspects of relationships.History [01:19:44]:In a fascinating turn, Abigail guides us through a historical exploration of the Walker War, a lesser-known conflict that unfolded between Mormon settlers and Native American tribes. The discussion delves into the initial understanding between the two groups, the clashes over land ownership, and the tragic events that culminated in the Walker War. Uncover the complexities of this period in American history, marked by cultural misunderstandings, violence, and strained relations. Abigail also sheds light on the resolution of the Black Hawk War, emphasizing the need for empathy and a deeper understanding of historical context to prevent history from repeating itself.