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Stepping Into Freedom

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For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or those interested in a Latter-day Saint perspective of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The goal in each episode is to identify how Christ sets us free as we live different parts of His gospel. Due to storage limitations making it necessary… read more

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Season II Finale

January 4th, 2021


A few thoughts to start the New Year off right and some exciting news for future episodes!

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Episode 34 - Christmas Music III - Join The Triumph of the Skies

December 24th, 2020


In Hark The Herald Angels Sing, there is so much goodness in a short two verses and in this one we invite you all to consider the healing and renewal …

Episode 33 - Christmas Music II - Find Ways to Adore Him

December 14th, 2020


Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him is repeated 12 times in the Hymn "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". We talk about why that is as well as why and how to find ways …

Episode 32 - Christmas Music I - Sing With Heart and Voice

December 6th, 2020


In this first of four Christmas music episodes to end off Season II, Collette and I sing Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains and explore the lyrics and …

Episode 31 - Paul Cardall - Freedom From Grief

December 6th, 2020


Paul has quite a unique and comprehensive experience dealing with different types of grief and finding solace and peace from and even within those …

Episode 30 - Bonus - #Givethanks

November 30th, 2020


After President Russell M. Nelson's #givethanks challenge, we - well, mostly Collette ;) - thought it appropriate to give a recap of what we learned …

Episode 29 - Jeff and Cathy Teichert - Freedom From Hatred

November 23rd, 2020


Both Jeff and Cathy have compelling experience and great advice for overcoming hatred and bitterness from failed marriages and other relationships.

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Episode 28 - Bobbi Bowman - Freedom To Turn Your Pain Into Power

November 16th, 2020


Bobbi has beautiful experiences with finding strength in the scriptures and the Lord in painful experiences with personal weakness, turning her pain …

Episode 27 - Jason and Emilia Julian - Freedom From A Fixed Mindset

November 9th, 2020


Jason and Emilia tell a few stories about missionary work, integrating gospel life with a constrasting home environment and moving during a crisis that illustrated how we can be ready for the Lord to change the way he …

Episode 26 - Ben Schilaty - Freedom From Impure Motives

October 31st, 2020


Ben has a fantastic story about what it means to do something because you love the Lord and those your serve rather than just to try and "obey your problems away". He has a book coming out January 4th on Deseret Book …

Episode 25 - Jillian Simmons - Freedom To Be Yourself

October 24th, 2020


This story with Jillian (Jilly) is a fantastic example for women out there who think that porn addiction is only a guy thing. She also has some awesome insights for overcoming any addiction or weakness that is weighing …

Episode 24 - Julie Lee - Freedom From Relying on Others for Our Beliefs

October 17th, 2020


A well known author, public speaker, podcaster, wife, mother and all around awesome person, Julie tells the story of her struggle with a faith crisis …

Episode 23 - Brandon Hart - Freedom From The Cancer of The Soul

October 10th, 2020


Returning from Season I, Brandon Hart this time shares his experience overcoming negativity from divorce and choosing love over bitterness, focusing …

Episode 22 - Paula Drysdale - Freedom From Unhealthy Perfectionism

October 3rd, 2020


In this episode, Paula Drysdale talks about her journey through some severe spinal problems through which she allowed our Savior to teach her the …

Episode 21 - Portia Louder - Freedom From Things

September 20th, 2020


Portia has some amazing experience learning what really matters in life and explains in her story of recovery from drug abuse and serving prison time due to other problems why integrity matters and the benefits of …

Bonus Episode - The Freedom that Comes from Standing Firm

September 15th, 2020


As a sort of follow up to Episode 40 from last season, I talk in this one about the unspeakable and exquisite beauty and joyful contrast of what the …

Episode 20 - Abbie Allred - Freedom From Self-Imprisonment

September 12th, 2020


Abigayle Allred has a fantastic, candid story about her journey of identity and learning to break free from her own internal conflict, fully enabling …

Episode 19 - Clint Pulver - Freedom to Accomplish the Impossible

September 5th, 2020


Clint Pulver has some pretty incredible perspective when it comes to accomplishing amazing things and what to do when a righteous desire becomes …

Episode 18 - Tom Bowers - Freedom To Feel the Spirit

August 23rd, 2020


Tom shares a beautiful multi-part story of how he came to understand what the Holy Ghost feels like and how coming to that understanding made him …

Episode 17 - Jozet Richardson Hulley - Freedom From Lack of Motivation

August 15th, 2020


Jozet has a fantastic story of overcoming crippling grief and anger by putting everything in front of the Lord and allowing Him to heal and …

Episode 16 - Jacqui Richards - Freedom From Opposition

August 8th, 2020


Jacqui has quite the compelling story of how to treat others with kindness no matter the opposition your enemies are to you. Listen to hear of how she overcame the effects of opposition from so many people in her life …

Episode 15 - Jack R Christianson - Freedom From Defeat

August 2nd, 2020


In an interview we've been waiting for for a long time, Jack Christianson illustrates some powerful lessons in his life that taught him how to be …

Episode 14 - C David Belt - Freedom From Worry

July 24th, 2020


David talks about his journey from being told not to sing in church to being accepted into the Tabernacle Choir and how following confusing advice …

Episode 13 - Drew Young - Freedom From Others Opinions

July 19th, 2020


Drew talks about his battle against the stigma people often put on people who struggle with mental illness and anxiety and how he became free from the opinions of others after being sent home early from his mission.

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Episode 12 - Susan Dixon - Freedom to Feel

July 12th, 2020


Having experienced often stunted spiritual senses growing up, Susan tells the beautiful story of her conversion story and how free she felt to feel …

Episode 11 - Independence Day - Live to Make Men Free

July 6th, 2020


With both of my co-hosts with their families this Independence Day Weekend, Collette and I discuss how to regain some of our lost (or partially lost) …

Bonus Episode - Human Connection and Sexuality

June 11th, 2020


In this 2 hour bonus episode, Collette and I have an extensive discussion about some of the darkest parts of Satan's attacks on human sexuality and …

Episode 10 – M Bridget Cook Burch – Freedom From Ego

June 11th, 2020


Bridget shares some of her journey to abandoning ego from an angle that perhaps you may not have considered.

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Episode 9 - Ashley and McKay Romney - Freedom From The Flesh

April 27th, 2020


Ashley and McKay have taken a journey toward complete freedom over the pull of the natural man that few others have been able to and give fantastic …

Episode 8 - Becky Mackintosh - Freedom From Our Secrets

April 20th, 2020


Secrets have a cost and in this episode, Jessica and Julie and I got to talk with Becky Mackintosh as she gave some great perspective about becoming …

Episode 7 - General Conference - Freedom From Fear

April 12th, 2020


Julie Hatch and I review the spiritual power received throughout the world from our prophets and apostles, highlighting some key points of Conference …

Episode 6 - Rebekah Plourde - Freedom To Live a Normal Life

April 6th, 2020


In this story about dealing with a severe dairy allergy and terrifying realities that come along side that, Rebekah gives several ways the Lord has shown His mercy through her journey with her daughter, enabling them to …

Bonus Episode - Covid19/Coronavirus

March 22nd, 2020


Julie Hatch joins Jessica and I as a second co-host along with Collette Marcum in a special bonus episode giving some positive perspective and …

Episode 5 - Patrick Risk - Freedom From Self-Criticism

March 22nd, 2020


Patrick has some effective experience in learning to overcome the negative voices of others and ourselves in the process of learning to become free from our own self-deprecation, especially when it only echoes the false …

Episode 4 - Jennilyn Prior Jorgensen - Freedom From Loneliness

March 14th, 2020


Jennilyn has a fantastic story about what it truly means to be a good samaritan and finding people who believe in you. Tune in to hear about ways to …

Episode 3 - Lachelle and Jackson Jex - Freedom From Despair

March 7th, 2020


Lachelle and Jackson relate both their heart-wrenching journey with their first child being still-born but also how they came to become spiritual …

Episode 2 - Dennis Schleicher - Freedom From the Past

March 7th, 2020


Jess and I learned a few amazing tips from Dennis about how he was enabled by Christ to go through the hard process of recovering and healing from …

Welcome to Season II!

March 7th, 2020


A huge thank you to my new co-host Jessica Sellers for working so very hard to help make this content possible! You are all going to love getting to know her. She has such an incredible relationship with Christ and is …

Season I Final Episode

December 31st, 2019


Some thoughts, encouragements and testimony from me for the New Year. Happy New Year everyone. Choose to make it a good one!


Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Madison Pulsipher

December 27th, 2019


Madison reiterates the incalculable value of what a few previous youth have mentioned, family, temple, friends, but has a special way of describing …

Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Benson Bond

December 24th, 2019


Benson has good experience being free from struggles surrounding a skin condition called Vitiligo, participating in a local youth "Zion's Battalion" …

Freedom in Music XIV

December 23rd, 2019


The Heavenly Gift is an original of mine that the Lord in His mercy brought to my mind and heart. Merry Christmas everyone! Carry the Spirit of …

Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Keala Baclayon

December 20th, 2019


In this episode Keala shows great faith and a special spiritual sense of joy and gratitude for gifts of temple worship and lighting the world with …

Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Tyler Eaves

December 16th, 2019


Tyler has a special ability to see and be markedly appreciative of the most important blessings in his life, especially family, friends and personal …

Freedom in Music XIII

December 15th, 2019


This one reflects my thoughts in a special verse I inserted in O Holy Night, my absolute favorite Christmas song.

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Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Cosette Dye

December 13th, 2019


Cosette has demonstrated great faith through her life through the spiritual gifts of creativing in writing and faith in Jesus Christ, which has allowed her to find peace in Him, inspite of not having a wide circle of …

Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with James Dayley

December 10th, 2019


Our third youth guest is James Dayley in Ogden, Utah. Much of the freedom James has found in his life has come from guidance in his Patriarchal …

Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Juliana Dye

December 6th, 2019


Juliana has been blessed with the incredibly helpful gifts of empathy and a special vision via a dream when she was little that has helped guide her …

Gifts of Freedom Through the Gift of Christ with Xavier Vieyra

December 3rd, 2019


For the first episode of youth month, Xavier has had a unique journey in the gospel and shares how he has found freedom alongside Jesus Christ with the gifts of insight and righteous influence on others through gospel …

Episode 67 - Charity Revisted: All In The Family

November 28th, 2019


Dr. Julie Hanks talks about several ways we can invite and show charity to strengthen familial bonds, including family not blood related.

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Episode 66 - The First Commandment

November 25th, 2019


Miguel Martinez has fantastic experience with removing "other gods" and influences from his life and passes on wisdom gained through that in this …

Freedom in Music XII - Stand In Holy Places

November 24th, 2019


Becoming a person who can indeed stand in holy places has particularly freeing effect when we partner with Christ who enables us to be a source of …

Episode 65 - Journalling

November 21st, 2019


Cari Skrdla shares personal insights about the freeing and healing benefits of being completely open and consistent with journalling.


Episode 64 - Our Mortal Experience

November 18th, 2019


Dr. Jeff O'Driscoll and Jeffery C Olsen provide an unique perspective about the freedom to be gained through our mortal journey. I haven't had almost …

Bonus Episode - Book of Mormon Part IV: Modern Evidences

November 16th, 2019


Rod Meldrum discourses on quite a few modern evidences of Book of Mormon culture, geography, DNA and more which can help free us from doubt by …

Freedom in Music XI - May I Serve Thee

November 16th, 2019


Another favorite of my wife, there is great freedom to be found in living the words of this song by following King Benjamin's counsel by looking for …

Episode 63 - Word of Wisdom

November 14th, 2019


Dawn Norton gives a fantastic perspective about what it means to take care of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally and truly find freedom …

Episode 62 - Book of Mormon Part III: Christ As Our Foundation

November 10th, 2019


Jason and Emilia Julian relate effective examples of the power of the Book of Mormon in increasing their personal freedom through faith in Christ.

Freedom in Music X - Seeking For Zion

November 9th, 2019


Seeking For Zion came from my desires to find freedom by aligning my mind and heart entirely with Christ's and helping others to do the same.


Episode 61 - Political Involvement

November 7th, 2019


Annette Bybee gives some excellent tips and encouragement on how to turn the tides of political warfare that binds the hearts of men by creating …

Episode 60 - Book of Mormon Part II: Examples of the Ancients

November 4th, 2019


James Dunne talks about how a musical project and his own study of the Book of Mormon from a scientific perspective helped him gain appreciation for the examples of the ancients in a way that enables freedom by making …

Freedom in Music IX - As Good As It Makes You

November 2nd, 2019


This song is kind of a fun one that expresses how important it is to allow the temporal blessings God gives us to change who we are at heart.


Episode 59 - The Armor of God

October 31st, 2019


Cytel Schults uses her own experience and her infectiously positive personality to give some excellent ideas for making the Armor of God fully …

Episode 58 - Our Divine Heritage

October 28th, 2019


Amy Rasmussen talks about some incredible experiences and insights gained from them that can teach all of us the true value of our divine heritage.

Freedom in Music VIII - How Great Thou Art

October 26th, 2019


In memory of my precious wife, Lorraine, an incredible arrangement of her favorite hymn. I love you honey, I always will.


Episode 57 - Following the Prophet

October 25th, 2019


Cindy Latimore relates the blessings of the restoration of the gospel in her life to the freedom she has felt through following their counsel and …

Episode 56 - Hope

October 22nd, 2019


Patrick Risk has a fantastic story of hope from his own life and in this episode gives so many reason why the freedom of hope is strong, real and …

Freedom in Music VII - No Man Is An Island

October 20th, 2019


The song featured this time isn't an original, nor a specifically spiritual song, but it has some awesome gospel truth in it as well, including that …

Episode 55 - Unity

October 18th, 2019


Becky Mackintosh gives some excellent examples from her own life experience as well as observations of others about what does and does not work to make us free through Christ-like unity, especially when deeply held …

Episode 54 - Christ Centered Relationships

October 14th, 2019


Mike Ramsey gives powerful lessons from poignant, complex experiences within his own relationships that taught him what it means to center them on …

Episode 53 - Consistency in Paying it Foward

October 10th, 2019


Randall McNeely has some great examples of why establishing a habit of paying it forward with kindness is an especially freeing habit.


Episode 52 - General Conference, A Focus on Christ

October 8th, 2019


In this episode I address how and why Jesus Christ is always the central focus of General Conference and talk about ways to stay free from the adversary's influence by applying counsel from prophets and apostles in our …

Episode 51 - Book of Mormon Part I: Covenants

October 3rd, 2019


The folks at Color My Media are back! Nancy James gives some powerful insights and personal experience into the freedom we find through covenants …

Episode 50 - Cleanliness

October 1st, 2019


Brandon Hart talks about his efforts to combat moral filth that degrades homes and families by helping provide more clean content in their homes through protecting against adversarial forces.

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Freedom in Music VI - He Believes in Me

September 28th, 2019


For anyone out there who feels like they are being drowned by perpetual trial and need a mental/emotional boost, this song came from a place where I …

Episode 49 - Blessings of Zion

September 27th, 2019


David Warwick returns with some excellent advice about purifying our hearts so we can receive the same freedom of revelation and counselling with our …

Episode 48 - Spiritual Gifts

September 25th, 2019


Bridget Cook Burch has blown my mind with the light and love she has for people and gloriously empowers listeners in this episode to seek for a develop spiritual gifts! This is a must listen!

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Freedom in Music V - Peace In The Storm

September 21st, 2019


This song was originally dedicated to victims of the horde of natural disasters in late 2017, but applies to all of us on a spiritual level. Jesus is …

Episode 47 - Judgement

September 20th, 2019


Brett Fleming gives some helpful insights about when and how to judge in a way that is freeing and when to stop making hasty or unfair judgments …

Episode 46 - Teaching

September 17th, 2019


Rebekah Plourde has personally seen the benefits of teaching in the Savior's way, both in religious and secular circumstances. She gives some awesome …

Freedom in Music IV - Teachings of Jesus

September 15th, 2019


Another original song that reflects how I feel about the value of finding freedom through staying consistent with spiritual habits and feasting on …

Episode 45 - Humility

September 12th, 2019


Brandt Gibson gives some excellent examples what humility really means and thoughts about how to know you are humble and still be humble and allow …

Episode 44 - Organization and Balance

September 10th, 2019


Allena Raymant has some good experience learning and practicing good time management and organizational skills from both a spiritual and temporal perspective, including being guided is our day to day routines by the …

Freedom In Music III - I Stand All Amazed

September 9th, 2019


I Stand All Amazed played a pivotal part in the development of my own faith in and testimony of Jesus Christ and His role as our Savior and Redeemer.

Episode 43 - Righteous Motivation

September 6th, 2019


Michael R. Hicks shares some fantastic benefits to working towards doing good things for the right reason and some helpful tips to get to that point.

Episode 42 - Knowledge

September 2nd, 2019


Livia Mendenhall Pewtress has learned from experimentation and personal Livia Mendenhall Pewtress has learned from experimentation and personal …

Freedom in Music II - Like Him

September 1st, 2019


The song "Like Him" is meant to express a zealous desire to abandon all things of the world and simply live a Celestial Christ-like life. There is …

Episode 41 - Reaching Our Power and Potential

August 29th, 2019


Jeff Griffin has lots of practice becoming free by overcoming personal barriers he was told he could not overcome, but did it anyways with his faith …

Episode 40 - Mercy in Disguise

August 26th, 2019


At the advice of a previous guest, this is the story of Lorraine and I, our lives, our struggles, our triumphs and the INCREDIBLE things God has taught us. I just realized I forgot to talk about my journey with the …

Freedom In Music I - Strong and Of A Good Courage

August 24th, 2019


For the first Freedom in Music Episode, a song about facing opposition, stress and the screaming demands of the natural man and the world with …

Episode 39 - Prayer

August 23rd, 2019


Tom Obenchain has some quite powerful tips regarding prayer from his own experience and from words of prophets, including how to make praying more …

Episode 38 - Family

August 20th, 2019


Mechelle McDermott uses the wisdom and heart she has gained from both very sacred and very disturbing experiences to give us ideas and encouragement to strengthen our families in a day where family is attacked from all …

Episode 37 - Faith

August 16th, 2019


Having a background with a wide variety and depth of experience, David Warwick relays some absolutely incredible events from his own life, how they …

Episode 36 - When Healing Doesn't Come

August 14th, 2019


Between Amy Keim and Elisha Ransom and I we were able to identify several ways and reasons for you to feel like you're never alone and there is always joy to be found somewhere, no matter the scope, intensity or …

Episode 35 - Kindness

August 9th, 2019


From across the world in Vietnam, Aiden Noland shares some super awesome experiences that taught him how freeing a little kindness can really be, …

Episode 34 - The Sacrament

August 7th, 2019


Pamela Beagley Ackerman has such wonderful insights and a powerful testimony of the freedoms we find through the sacrament.


Episode 33 - Mental Illness

August 1st, 2019


A tenor for the The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Michael Young provides some valuable life lessons and tips for finding freedom through and …

Episode 32 - Music Revisted: It's Power to Heal

July 30th, 2019


Critically acclaimed pianist and composer Paul Cardall discusses the many freeing benefits of music through healing as it invokes introspection, joy, …

Episode 31 - Chastity

July 25th, 2019


Dawn Hawkins joins with Oaklan Paul Davidsen to talk about Chastity, overcoming sexual addiction, the dangers the sex industry poses to everyone …

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