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The Sexual History Of The LDS Church

Renee Bright

Natasha Helfer, a sex therapist and now-former member of the LDS church, has lost her church membership for, in part, being outspoken about her professional stance on sex. 

Her case begs the question: What do LDS mental health professionals do when their work comes in direct conflict with their church’s teaching? We’ll talk this Friday at 11 a.m. with historian Taylor Petrey about the history of sexuality in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what informed the church’s — and broader Christianity’s — teachings on sexuality. And we’ll turn to practicing sex therapist Kristin Hodson to help us understand how members of the LDS church in her profession walk the line between these two worlds — and how the fallout from Helfer's church disciplinary hearing could impact their work.


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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