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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

LDS Worthiness Interviews and Lay Clergy

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There’s a petition challenging the way Mormon bishops discuss sexuality with young men and women. Intimate questions come up in interviews conducted one-on-one by adult men. We’ll look at the potential risks, and the pros and cons of untrained clergy.

RadioWest divider.

Wednesday, we’re talking about a petition that’s making a stir in some Mormon circles. Sam Young is a former LDS bishop, but he’s worried about the way lay clergy discuss sexuality with Mormon youth. It can come up in interviews that determine a young man or woman’s temple worthiness, but they’re conducted one-on-one by adult men, behind closed doors. So, we’re asking about the potential risks in these encounters, and about the limitations and strengths of untrained religious leaders.

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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