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The Localist Project

Kristen Lavelett & Richie T Steadman

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Localists are a dedicated group of people that believe in supporting Utah’s economy, while building community and equity. Created by Local First Utah, The Localist Project is your guide to all things local, and your key to understanding why Utah truly is "the place." Are you a Localist?
 
What does it mean to be "all in" the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days? The answers might surprise you. All In is a brand new podcast from LDS Living where we explore this question with the help of Latter-day Saints who are striving to live their faith every day—just like you.
 
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Richie T. Steadman once found himself in a situation he never could’ve imagined: excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was an unexpected note in the life of someone who had otherwise been a devoted member of the Church his entire life. But even while he worked toward being rebaptized, Steadman never missed a Sunday…
 
Various philosophers have often mused that there are two halves of our lives. What separates them is the period of time when we transition from a belief system to a humble inner knowing. This week’s guests, Brett and Kate McKay, are not strangers to the evolution of faith and say they have experienced significant moments of decision within their ow…
 
Imagine a holiday shopping season where you don't have to wait for things to arrive on your porch from destinations unknown, thwarting off porch pirates every step of the way. In this episode we talk about the MANY things that Local First Utah is doing to help your gift giving (and gift getting) go just a little smoother. From Small Business Saturd…
 
A successful business woman takes her boyfriend home for Thanksgiving only to find her family is scheming to reunite her with her lost love. Adam White – Adam White is a director and writer, known for Inspired Guns (2014), Funny Thing About Love (2021) and Chick Magnets (2012). Jon Heder best known for his role as the title character of the 2004 co…
 
This warmhearted memoir describes how a small, insecure boy with a vibrant imagination found an unlikely family in the company of monks at Holy Trinity Abbey, in the mountains of rural Latter-day Saint Utah. Struggling with his parents’ recent divorce, Michael O’Brien discovered a community filled with warmth, humor, idiosyncrasies, and most of all…
 
The Anatomy of Book of Mormon Theology divides into two volumes exploring and thinking about these pertinent questions. Whereas the first volume principally contains essays that deal with relatively traditional theological questions and concerns, the essays in this volume ask about what new worlds might be discovered in doing theological work on th…
 
In 2002, President James E. Faust gave a talk during the priesthood session of general conference. He said, “Your future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity.” Twelve years later in 2014, Nate Checketts co-founded Rhone Apparel, an activewear compa…
 
Listen as we chat with Hannah Foster, owner of the one-of-a-kind Foster’s Refillery, a door-to-door delivery service that helps customers reduce their consumption of single use plastics. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, indep…
 
Listen as we chat with Kara Alden, co-owner of the Ellerbeck Bed & Breakfast about the historic charm of this century old mansion. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and The Localist Project is one the b…
 
Andrea Hales felt inadequate to the task but she couldn’t deny the prompting she was feeling to start a podcast. The podcast would tell the stories of Native American Latter-day Saints and provide a platform to share their testimonies as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hales knew she didn’t grow up close to her Navajo si…
 
Listen as we chat with Chad Linville, co-owner of Simplicity Cocktails Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and The Localist Project is one the best ways for individuals like you to get involved! Make sure…
 
Our Heavenly Parents need you now more than ever to prepare to step forward and lead in your homes, congregations, communities, and beyond. They know each of you perfectly and have reserved you to come to earth at this specific time in the history of the world. They knew the stakes would be higher and the opposition more intense than ever before. Y…
 
Davis and Asialene Smith, founders of the outdoor gear company Cotopaxi, were raised under very different circumstances, but their ties to parts of the world experiencing poverty are the same. What they witnessed in those struggling countries planted in them a desire to do what they can to alleviate suffering. On this episode, we talk with the Smit…
 
President John D. Amos, a retired nuclear power engineer, was introduced to the Church as a college student by his future wife. He knew there was something special about Michelle Amos, but he also knew he needed to seek answers for himself. So he attended early morning seminary—with high school students—for an entire year. He was even class preside…
 
Her passion for the work she has done in over 30 years at NASA is contagious. Her love for the gospel of Jesus Christ would make almost anyone want to sit and talk all day. Blend those two things together and what do you get? Today’s conversation with Sister Michelle Amos on why she believes science supports religion and true religion supports scie…
 
Listen as we chat with Romina Rasmussen, owner of Les Madeleines about how her international travels have inspired one of Utah’s most beloved bakery experiences. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and Th…
 
Having spent the last decade of his life working on the Joseph Smith Papers, Matthew Godfrey knows a thing or two about the Prophet’s life. And as next week the Come, Follow Me chapters cover the stirring revelations Joseph received in Liberty Jail, we sat down to learn all we could from Matthew about them. For example, did you know that Joseph wro…
 
This season there will be a Relief Society president on Project Runway. Yes, you read that correctly. Katie Kortman is as shocked as you are. She knows she is not the fashion designer people are used to seeing after 19 seasons of the show, but she also knows that, as her mom taught her, “different is good.” On this week’s episode, we talk with Kati…
 
You know her as a beloved Latter-day Saint author and the host of “Don’t Miss This” but Garett Bolles calls her “mom.” Hear the story behind Greg and Emily Freeman’s decision to adopt Garett and how she has seen God’s hand in Garett’s life in the years since on this special bonus episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
What could’ve been the darkest moment of his life turned into the moment that changed Garett Bolles’ life. It is a story that has been widely referred to as “Utah’s Blind Side” but Garett’s story was far from over when Greg and Emily Freeman took him in as a high school student. On this week’s episode, we talk to Garett about how God brought light …
 
When Marie Osmond was a little girl, her mom told her that she could gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon for herself. The witness she received in answer to her prayers has carried her in the 50 years since. She has spent her life in the spotlight and it has not been a life without challenges or mistakes, but Marie has stood b…
 
***CONGRATULATIONS TO BROTHER KYLE – HEAR HIS JOURNEY NOW*** IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships: Kyle Brown (USA) Battles ALS to Finish Utah cyclist diagnosed with aggressive ALS to compete in Ironman World Championships The post Brother Kyle Ironman Update Ep. 551 The Cultural Hall appeared first on The Cultural Hall Podcast.…
 
Nadia Cates is on a mission. Literally. She and her husband are mission leaders of the Costa Rica San José West Mission. But long before putting on the black name tag she now wears, she felt a desire to create something that would preserve the hispanic heritage she has grown to love and cherish—a heritage that has given her power and confidence. Bu…
 
Listen as we chat with Kristen Lavelett, Executive Director of Local First Utah as she shares this history of the Buy Local Movement in Utah, and what’s in store from Local First Utah in the future. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally …
 
Gabrielle Shiozawa plans to spend her whole life bringing people together through stories. She is pursuing a bachelors degree in journalism from Brigham Young University, where she endeavors to try new things and conquer her fears whenever possible. Gabrielle has been published in YA Weekly, LDS Living, The Palouse Review, The Las Vegas Sun, and Th…
 
A young mom, Jess Kettle had always found joy in her membership in the Church. But when people she had looked up to and trusted began to leave, she found herself filled with anxiety regarding her faith. Jess felt a pressing need to double-down spiritually and dedicate herself to finding answers from God. In the process, she found herself more conve…
 
Coming from humble beginnings, professional golfer Tony Finau has not forgotten his roots or the true source of the blessings he enjoys. He carries with him the hopes and dreams of the people who made sacrifices to help him arrive where he is at today. Recognizing that on the golf course he is a representative of Jesus Christ and a conduit of His l…
 
Listen as we chat with Jennifer Hamilton, of Mountain West Hard Cider about their inspiration for bringing an old world style beverage to Utah, and their commitment to elevating dozens of other locally owned independent businesses as they grow! Join us for the 4th West Oktoberfest, on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th. Tickets sta…
 
***Living Scriptures Offer*** 17:27 LDS ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING DATE ON CASPER WYOMING TEMPLE, WYOMING’S SECOND 22:11 Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced 23:07 Church has a new name for Oregon’s third Latter-day Saint temple 24:20 Tradition of service lives on in children of Latter-day Saints faith 31:45 Manhattan sk…
 
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