Coordinator, Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Professor of Ancient Scripture
Offices: 2015 HRCB (Kennedy Center); 365-F JSB
Phone: 801-422-3359
Twitter: @EricDHuntsman

Mormon Identities

Mormon Identities

From 2010-2012, I hosted an internet radio program on the Mormon Channel called "Mormon Identities." Its episodes are still archived and available online.

"Mormon Identities” is an Internet radio program about real Latter-day Saints as they live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in the world today. The gospel shapes our identity and serves as a common thread in the other factors that help define who we are. We will explore these factors in episodes dealing with topics about our community and culture; scripture and doctrine; and life experiences and challenges. Mormon Identities is hosted by author Eric Huntsman, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. Please join us each week as we invite experts and rank-and-file members of the Church to talk with us about what it means to be a Latter-day Saint in the twenty-first century.

Some favorite episodes

  • How Latter-day Saints Perceive Christ through the Art of Carl Bloch: For most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the paintings of Carl Bloch are a familiar sight both in our literature and in our Church buildings. In this episode we talk to Dawn Pheysey, curator of religious art at the BYU Museum of Art, and Rita Wright, a museum educator also from BYU, about how Latter-day Saints perceive Christ through the art of Carl Bloch.
  • My Best Day Yet: George Durrant: "Speaker, storyteller author George Durrant shares how we can have a positive outlook on life and make every day our "best day so far." His charm and wit will brighten anyone's day as he truly realizes the importance of every human soul.
  • A Temple Forged Identity: "President M. Richard Walker and his wife, Kathleen H. Walker, call in to the Mormon Channel studio from England, to talk about creating a temple-forged identity. He is currently presiding over the England Missionary Training Center. Before that, they served as president and matron of the Salt Lake Temple. They tell us how we can get the most out of our temple experience."
  • Living with Cancer: "Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Marilyn Huntsman recovered fully from skin cancer but is now suffering from her second bout with breast cancer. Her husband died from cancer of the liver, stomach, kidney, and colon. Angel Randall has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. But neither Angel nor Marilyn lets cancer stop them from living. Angel just published her first children's book. Marilyn continues to serve in the temple and to serve her family and her community. They join oncologist Steve Wallentine to talk about what spiritual and physical help is available for cancer patients. Doctor Wallentine explains how the gospel brings his patients comfort, having witnessed firsthand how Christ takes upon Him the "pains and the sicknesses of His people."
  • Autism: Few life challenges strike parents more deeply than disabilities or struggles faced by their children. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are becoming more and more common in the Church, as they are in the general population. Join us for this episode as Tina Dyches, a professor of counseling psychology and special education; Robyn Anderson, a private therapist and resource coordinator; and Elaine Huntsman, the mother of a son with autism; talk about the challenges---and joys---of raising and working with special-needs children. Listen also as they discuss how wards can support families in their efforts.

Music and Mormons

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“For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12). Listen as Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, expounds on some of the most beloved hymns of the Latter-day Saints. You’ll also hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing hymns about the Restoration, the gospel, and our Savior.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Recent Lectures

September 12: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, Denver

August 18-21 “Worship: Encountering and Being Transformed by God,” BYU Education Week

August 17 “LDS Christology and the Gospel of John,” BYU Education Week

August 5-11 Aspen Grove Family Camp

April 22: “Grateful for Grace: Appreciating the Saving and Transforming Power of Jesus Christ,” YSA 18th Stake Fireside

April 30: Womens Conference 2015 "Wells of Trust Fanning Flames of Faith"

May 8–9:   “The Search for the ‘Real’ Jesus of Nazareth: The Jesus of Faith, History, and Revelation,” Miller-Eccles Study Group, Fullerton and La Cañada, California

Upcoming Lectures

September 24 Second John A. Widtsoe Symposium, “Religion in the Public Square,” 7:00-9:00, tutor Center Ballroom, USC, Los Angeles (with the following link:

October 9 “The Footsteps of Jesus: Remembering His Miracles,” Cruise Lady Learn Our Religion Series, 7:00, 9118 S Redwood, West Jordan

November 8: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, St. George

November 14: “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus,” Time Out for Women, Portland