Listen, Learn & Love Hosted by Richard Ostler

Listen, Learn & Love Hosted by Richard Ostler

Published by: Richard Ostler
129 Episodes | First Released: Feb 10 '18
Welcome to our podcast! My name is Richard Ostler (twitter: @papaostler) and am a native of Salt Lake City. I have degrees from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (business). I married my best friend and eternal companion Sheila Juergens of Houston, Texas in 1990 and we are the parents of six children and two grandchildren and live near Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. I believe in and am deeply committed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and want it to work for a wider group. The name ‘Papa Ostler’ resulting from being introduced to Twitter by my High School age son Matt in 2010. I wanted the high school age youth to know I wasn’t their age as I interacted with them … hence the name Papa Ostler. I served as a YSA Bishop in the West Valley City/Magna area of Salt Lake (released in 2016) and met some of the finest people I will ever know. In addition to meeting with wonderful active members of my Ward, I reached out and connected via social media (mostly via the private messaging features of FB and Twitter) with many of our inactive members and their non-member friends. Over time, many felt comfortable meeting with me and sharing their stories. Through hundreds of interviews and ‘listening to understand’, I was able to ‘see’ the church from the eyes of those on the outside. Many feel the church is their ‘spiritual home’ but feel uncomfortable attending for a variety of reasons such as work-in-progress testimonies, concerns about church history, feeling unworthy because of past or current sin, don't fit the cultural mold, role of women, are LGBTQ and/or feel God's LGBTQ childen should be more welcomed in our congregations, etc. This podcast is designed to 'Have a Conversation' about some of the more complicated issues in our church to help all of us 'listen, learn and love' so we can minister in a more effective way to all of Heavenly Father’s children. Most podcasts will be from our LDS LGBTQ friends to give them voice so we can better understand their road, touch their cross, learn from them, and minister to them as directed by President M. Russell Ballard when he said 'Mormon leaders, along with the rank and file, need to listen to and understand what LGBT members are feeling and experiencing (Nov 2017 BYU Devotional).' Some podcasts will be from LGBTQ allies sharing their experiences and how to be helpful. Other podcasts will be from guests talking about other complicated topics such as mental health, returning from a mission early, overcoming sin, and faith challenges. Thank you for joining us. You can't donate to this podcast. There are no sponsors. But you can leave a review/rate the podcast on the platform you are listening. With love, Richard 'Papa' Ostler ❤ richard@listenlearnandlove.org
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evan.g.smith
Nov 23 '19
Rating:   10
A vital work

Richard Ostler is doing a vital work with this podcast to help everyone better understand and love one another - which is the whole point of the gospel. I especially love hearing what our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and their allies have to say. His listening and loving approach is allowing voices that are oft-neglected in our church to be heard in productive and powerful ways.

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MojoIsAllin
Nov 18 '19
Rating:   10
Thank you!

This podcast is wonderful because of Richard Ostler's approach. You can tell how genuinely he really listens to what his guests are saying and his sincerity makes you want to follow that example. Thank you for sharing that Christlike gift with us.

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flyingcanadianmonkeys
Nov 16 '19
Rating:   10
A Godsend

Listening to Papa Ostler’s podcasts have helped me discover more meaning in my journey to find Christ. The messages have helped me as a gay Latter Day Saint continue to find spiritual home in the church as well as smooth over bonds in my family that have been rattled in the past by misunderstanding. I can’t be more grateful.

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DHJ59
Nov 12 '19
Rating:   10
Worth a listen

This is a podcast worth listening to. So helpful. You are helping heal hearts and save lives through these podcasts. Thank you.

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bericjohnson
Oct 3 '19
Rating:   10
Fantastic!

Richard Ostler‘s podcast has given me much greater understanding and compassion for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and for others with unique challenges. The frequency of episodes is also awesome!

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kattaustin
Oct 1 '19
Rating:   10
Life changing

You were introduced to me by a grown child who was our neighbor for 25 years. Her father posted something scathing about LGBTQ on Facebook and the child pushed back. I messaged her that I was glad that she had pushed back. Immediately she wrote me thanking me for my note. She began to tell me her story and recommended your podcasts. What a blessing to our lives. We have some LGBTQ people in our extended family and know of a couple who are married. I learn by stories and my husband and I have learned so much about love and acceptance. We love your countenance which is one of humility and grace. The diversity of stories is amazing...what life experiences we all have. We are solid in the gospel, but two children and their families have chosen to distance themselves. We honor their journey and do everything possible to keep them close. They are all amazing good people. I feel that my faith has been strengthened by your interviews and stories of struggles. Thank you for your love and acceptance of all journeys. Claire

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Jobodahobo97
Sep 20 '19
Rating:   10
How can I learn to love better?

If this is important to you, then this fabulous podcast will help you learn to open your heart to everyone in your neighborhood, congregation, and family. As you listen to the stories of faithful people trying to stay spiritually connected and mentally healthy, you will be moved to love people right where they are and be a comfort to them. This podcast has changed my heart!

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BLT06
Sep 16 '19
Rating:   10
Papa Ostler is the best

This podcast is so needed. Papa Ostler brings so much love and humility and willingness to learn. Thank you.

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Seasoncolor
Sep 3 '19
Rating:   10
Podcast of Healing

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is trying to better understand LGBTQ issues. I appreciate the personal stories of courage, struggle and growth in these episodes. This podcast and these stories are helping me better understand how to love and minister to LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Bllplyr2214
Sep 1 '19
Rating:   10
Life Changer!!!

Hearing other’s stories has allowed me to mold brand new opinions on matters I was putting to the side. I love hearing all the hard things in our church. They need to be talked about...especially down here in good ‘ol Texas! I recommend this podcast to many family members who literally just need to LISTEN, LEARN...and LOVE all these subjects! 🙌

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ChelleHaws
Aug 27 '19
Rating:   10
Eye and heart opening.

Thank you for helping me be a better Latter-Day Saint and a better mom and friend to my LGBTQ circle of influence. LGBTQ FHE coming soon to Charlotte, NC!

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12jpqrse
Aug 19 '19
Rating:   4
Great idea but needs a bit of work

I love the goal of this podcast, but I have a few suggestions. I’d love to hear far more from the guests and much less from the host. The guests are usually excellent but I’d say often the host out-talks the guests, which is frustrating. The host might want to take an entire episode from time to time to express his views, and that would be great. But PLEASE let us hear from the guests much more. Their voices are very worthwhile and additional views are so helpful and might touch some listeners in different ways from Mr. Ostler.

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sgrover
Aug 16 '19
Rating:   10
A premier source to help increase our love for our LGBTQ friends and family

For anyone wanting more in-depth understanding of our LGBTQ friends, Richard Ostler’s podcasts are indispensable, and have helped open my eyes and my heart to the pure love our Savior has for His LGBTQ children. Through the courageous sharing of their honest and often painful life experiences, these wonderful LGBTQ people have touched my heart, and have given me a clearer understanding of their trials and struggles. Perhaps most importantly, these podcasts have helped me to realize that those who identify as LGTBQ are human like everyone else, are worthy of our love and kindness, and who are a priceless blessing in my life. Thank you!

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ZPhoenixZ
Aug 11 '19
Rating:   10
Much Needed!

Thank you for the great podcast, I’ve listened to about a dozen and am always inspired by the insights of your guests it’s so awesome of you to facilitate such a tremendous platform that makes us all want to work a little harder to be much better! Keep up the great work! ♥️

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slickassoap
Aug 5 '19
Rating:   10
Can’t recommend this podcast enough

Steven Covey said seek first to understand, then be understood. Anyone seeking to understand those who are LGBTQ, or those dealing with depression, faith journey’s or other challenges, please start here. To know someone is to love them. Hearing the stories of real people, with real challenges will open your heart, as it did mine. Thank you”Papa” Ostler for showing us how to better love, respect and honor those whose path may not be own own. These stories have taught me that God truly is not a respecter of persons. He loves all of us, wherever we are on our journey, inside or outside the church. We all have a story to tell and I have come to love, understand better, and respect each person who has bravely shared their story on this podcast.I wish everyone would listen. It will teach you and increase your capacity to love those different from yourself.

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llammastay
Jul 26 '19
Rating:   10
Thank u

Thanks for all your work and sharing your growing perspective ... i find peace and clarity with your thoughts and insights into this gospel...You exemplify and magnify Christ teachings. Thank u

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Slammin' Poet
Jul 21 '19
Rating:   2
Limited in scope

“Papa Ostler” has jockeyed himself into a position where he is considered a leader in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the LDS Church, and even though this in itself is problematic, he makes it even more disturbing by only valuing certain experiences within LDS and LGBTQ intersection. Transgender people are often ignored in his brand of advocacy, as are those who have left the Church. The message he sends to cis-het people through this podcast is so wildly popular because it’s not radical at all — “you are only valuable to the degree that you are active in the Church.” It reinforces the common belief that the best way to show love for LGBTQ people is to punish them for not worshipping in an orthodox manner. Furthermore, this podcast strays from its original intent (to explore the lives of LGBTQ Mormons and former Mormons) to explore other controversial topics and demonstrate a commitment to the false progressivism that seems to pervade the Church today. He says he doesn’t care whether people drink alcohol or get tattoos, yet criticizes people for their reasons for engaging in those behaviors. “Papa Ostler’s” platform, as with all platforms run by cis-het people on LGBTQ issues, has become more about HIS opinions and HIS interpretations rather than the experiences of LGBTQ persons he claims to be centering.

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Exiled LDS
Jul 14 '19
Rating:   10
Hopeful and inspirational

A wonderful podcast for those who want inspirational stories. Bishop Ostler talks with members of the Church who have faced tough times in their journeys and have managed to overcome them This type of podcast is needed. Virtually everyone has something that dogs them everyday. This podcast helps folks to realize they’re not alone in the struggle. It’s hopeful.

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Robert Scholes
Jul 10 '19
Rating:   10
Very Fitting Title

If you listen you will learn. If you learn you will love! This podcast has been a great blessing in my life. To listen to the various stories and experiences of many different people has helped be a better disciple of Christ, a better husband and father. If you want to be a better person who is more charitable and loving then listen, learn and love! Thank you Papa Ostler!!

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MandaJones
Jul 6 '19
Rating:   10
Great, unique perspectives.

One of my favorite podcasts. It is so needed in our communities and congregations! Thank you for having these conversations, sharing the important stories, and bringing us a valuable resource to listen. We need more Richard Ostlers in this world, and certainly in our church!I am an ally. I love our lgbtqia brothers and sisters. 💛

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