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Help LDS with trials have a resource that is easy to find, empathizes with their struggle, and encourages them to lead with faith.
Help LDS with trials have a resource that is easy to find, empathizes with their struggle, and encourages them to lead with faith.
48 backers pledged $3,500 to help bring this project to life.

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You may be unaware, but there are hundreds of thousands of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) who are having a hard time,  losing faith over difficult history, conflicting teachings, and differing opinions on social issues. Elder Marlin Jensen (Former Church historian) noted, "The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve realize that maybe since Kirtland, we never have had a period of, I'll call it apostasy, like we're having right now"

This podcast was created to help these Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) who have a hard time in Church dynamics and who want and desire to find faith in the restored gospel again.  They may be going through a difficult faith transition, desiring to think deeper about the Church and issues within it, or may simply want to learn more about the gospel.  This podcast leads with faith and encourages people to grow their testimony of the gospel and lead with faith but it also doesn't sidestep the difficult issues and the pain felt by many who have a hard time.  The podcast has grown remarkably and currently gets 50,000 feed hits a month.  We have interviewed well known LDS Members such as Brad Wilcox, Mike Ash, Brian Hales, Steven Harper, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and many others

The Podcast was started 2 years ago on very little funding or equipment and a handful of listeners  and currently has over 13,900 unique IP listens each month and about 1,700 unique listeners to each episode  that with very little advertising or marketing.  The problem is that my website is limited and my equipment is amateur.  Knowing there are hundreds of thousands of members having a hard time and my podcast only within earshot of a few has encouraged me to broaden my scope and improve my visibility. These funds will be used to accomplish 4 objectives

1 - create a brand new website separate from podbean to allow better design capability and viability and personal control. 

2 - Finance the setting up of a 501 C 3

      - a Listener is a lawyer and willing to do this at a a discount (300.00 his charge, $125 for state filing for LLC, and Federal filing approx $125)

3 - finance marketing in dense LDS populated areas to get the podcast visible.  Specifically Deseret news and Salt Lake Tribune 

4 - purchase a top notch mic, mixing board, and video recording equipment to allow for some video episodes

  In the end this podcast is about helping LDS who might find themselves on in a faith transition to feel more accepted, loved, and encouraged to lead with faith.  http://mormondiscussion.podbean.com  My goal is to create a viable podcast and connected website that will allow it reach to significantly increase.  $3,000 gets this ball rolling strongly in that direction and anything more is icing on the cake. 

- Travel to willing wards and stakes to put on training and have conversation about how to better tackle this issue (I have already done this 3 times at my own expense)

- Work with other companies that have faith promoting products to put them within reach of the listener.

Rewards

- Subscription memberships to the podcast that allows you to listen early to episodes months before the public

- free link on the site and mention in the episodes for a year to lifetime

- Branded Hats and shirts

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Risks and challenges

What stands in the way of this project being a success? Only one issue even comes close to standing in my way.

- Market is limited in that we are talking only Mormons for the most part. Many mormons could care less about deeper issues of history, theology, and culture. There are only so many people who desire to both delve deeper into Mormonism and who also want to lead with faith within the mormon church's membership. That said, I know those in this market are in the hundreds of thousands and we have only reached a drop in the bucket. My listenership has doubled every 4-6 months and I see no reason for that to level off in the near future.

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    I will tweet out a sincere thanks from my twitter page #MormonDisc

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    I will have a page on my site mormondiscussion.podbean.com dedicated solely to thanks those who have contributed to the podcast - your name will be on the "Wall of Fame" plus all includes all lower rewards.

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    You will receive one year of membership as a premium subscriber (Listen to most episodes episodes months before the general public) plus all lower rewards

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    You will receive a a special episode only sent to those who pledge at this level or higher that will speak directly to you and cover all things me outside of Mormonism, along with lower rewards

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    you will receive a MormonDiscussion: Faith & Doubt T-shirt along with all lower rewards

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    You will receive a lifetime Premium Subscriber membership with the podcast, a "MormonDiscussion: Faith & Doubt" Hat along with one year of advertising of your company or project mentioned on the podcast and a link on the website as a featured sponsor. As well as all lower rewards.

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    You can choose 1 of 2 rewards - #1 I will pay travel to get myself to your home (continental US Only and notice is needed so I can arrange time off work and try to find a decent airfare rate) and spend up to 4 days with you helping you or your loved one work through a faith transition; Any month September through March. #2 I will interview you either as a private momento to your family or for the podcast. I will also place a link on my site to your company or product for life and a ad in the episodes for two years. Plus you get all lower rewards as well.

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