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We are faithful Latter-day Saints who believe in using our intellect, gifts, and agency to be responsible citizens in our communities and to lift our brothers and sisters worldwide.We are thoughtful and prayerful in what we do and say.We believe in lifting others, in expanding civil conversation, and in taking action with worthy causes.
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This episode our host Matt Gardner and member of the LDSIA board of directors Kristin Hillman talk through the ways the attack on the Capitol this week felt so different from other events and how we move forward from here.
A New Day

A New Day

2021-01-0807:36

Our host Matt Gardner reacts to the attack on the Capitol and leaves with a message of hope for the new year.
During this episode our host Matt Gardner interviews Brittany Platt Gardner about the traditions in their family and how we can keep the traditions alive during this pandemic holiday season.
In this episode, former Latter-day Saints in Action board member Marlo Balmanno and our host Matt Gardner talk about various ways pop culture has influenced our lives and impacted this past year, including the election.  They talk about Marlo's experience growing up with a mixed-race background and what it means now that Kamala Harris is the Vice President-Elect.
Celebrate Our Country

Celebrate Our Country

2020-11-1225:51

This episode our host Matt Gardner speaks with Dr. Camie Hodlmair about her experience as a volunteer poll worker.  She shares stories and optimism about our future as a country.
Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

2020-10-2935:03

Our host Matt Gardner talks with the Latter-day Saints in Action Board of Directors about the incredible blessings we enjoy here in our country and what a privilege it is to vote.  We reflect on the first amendment and chat about some of our favorite actionables we've had while being on the board.
Vote

Vote

2020-10-2204:20

This week our host Matt Gardner covers a brief history of voting in the United States and encourages everyone to vote.
Our host Matt Gardner talks with Latter-day Saints in Action book club chair Elisabeth Westwood about our next book club book: Her Quiet Revolution by Marianne Monson.  This book is a historical fiction novel about Martha Hughes Cannon's life.  Martha Hughes Cannon was the first woman elected as a state senator in the United States.
This episode our host Matt Gardner speaks with mental therapist Matt Connelly about how we can engage in politics while still maintaining our relationship with those who disagree with us.  It is critically important during election season to learn and apply these simple, timeless communication principles.
Shape Your Community

Shape Your Community

2020-10-0139:10

This week host Matt Gardner speaks with Ariane Dansie who has created an anti-racist group in her neighborhood in Salt Lake City.  They have held rallies and these have been instrumental in creating more unity between members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and those who are not members.  They talk about her journey and how we all can do something similar.
This week our host Matt Gardner speaks with Grace Soelberg about her experience being Black at BYU.  We talk about some of the micro aggressions and overtly racist things she's heard there as well as her experience as a Black Latter-day Saint.
Remembering RBG

Remembering RBG

2020-09-2302:34

This is a small tribute our host Matt Gardner has created for the notorious RBG who just passed.  May we remember her even while all around us people are clambering for her replacement and arguing over fairness.
Help Homeless Refugees

Help Homeless Refugees

2020-09-1722:51

This week our host Matt Gardner speaks with Catherine Eslinger who was previously a co-chair in the Mormon Women for Ethical Government Utah Chapter.  They talk about the plight of some refugees in Utah being evicted from their apartments after living there for years.  They talk about some of the things we can do to help refugees in our own communities.
Vote Early

Vote Early

2020-09-0336:57

In this episode, our host Matt Gardner talks with the communications director for Alliance for a Better Utah, Katie Matheson.  They talk about Katie's story as a singer deciding to get into politics.  The touch on some of the difficulties this election season around mail-in voting and how we can make sure our ballot gets counted.
This episode, the head of our book club, Elisabeth Westwood, and our podcast host, Matt Gardner team up to share a preview of our book club book for September: Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman.  Join us for a look into this book as we ready ourselves for the upcoming election.
This week our host Matt Gardner speaks with the Executive Director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG), Emma Petty Adams.  We speak about the origins of the group and how women can speak up in politics.  MWEG gives women a powerful platform to Latter-day Saint sisters to speak out in political conversations and be educated in the political sphere.
In this episode our host Matt Gardner speaks with Sarah Brinton, a co-founder of Elect Women Utah.  They talk about the problems that come with having women hold far fewer elected seats than men in the legislature and how we can help change the balance in political power.
In this episode our host Matt Gardner talks with a co-founder and the CEO of Better Days 2020 Neylan McBaine.  They talk all about polygamy and how it is related to women's suffrage in the western United States.  They also touch on the Equal Rights Amendment and where we go from here.
This episode our book club host Elisabeth Westwood and I talk about the book for August, which is Tara Westover's "Educated".  This is a fantastic preview to an incredible book!
This week the host Matt Gardner talks with Madelaine Lamah about her experience as a Black member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also talks about her experience organizing a reverent march to the Utah State capital.This episode does briefly mention the sex trade in Brazil.
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