514 –515: Thoughts on the October 2018 General Conference

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Doctrine, General Conference, God, Grief and Suffering, Joseph Smith, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Women 5 Comments

The October 2018 General Conference has just ended, but certainly not the discussion of it! Not for many, many months in our wards, stakes, and …

512–513: Wrestling with the Obedience vs Conscience Dilemma

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference, Holy Ghost, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Prophets 4 Comments

We’ve all heard statements such as, “Obedience is the first law of heaven.” We’ve also been charged to seek our own light and revelation on …

510 – 511: Upcoming General Conference–Rumors, Hopes, Worries, and Preparing Ourselves for Whatever Unfolds

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference, Prophets, Revelations, Spirituality 3 Comments

In just over a week after the release of this podcast episode, millions of Latter-day Saints from around the world will gather in person or …

502: The New Push to Use the Church’s Official Name: An “Impression” Becomes an “Official Statement”— But What about “Implementation”?

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Mormon Culture, Revelations 6 Comments

On 16 August 2018, the Newsroom website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement that set off a significant …

492–493: Women’s Ordination and Congregational Leadership: Exploring New Research

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Church Leadership, Community, Mentors, Priesthood, Women 2 Comments

On July 2nd, a terrific new book was released by Oxford University Press: She Preached the Word: Women’s Ordination in Modern America. Co-authored by Benjamin R. …

475: “Revelation” and “The Will of the Lord”: Changing Rhetoric and Its Effects in Today’s Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Communication, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Revelations 2 Comments

The April 2018 General Conference confirmed a trend that some have noticed in recent years that, as they speak about various policies, practices, and teachings, …

473–474: First Reactions to the April 2018 General Conference and Its Big Announcements

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Life, Priesthood, Prophets, Relief Society, Teaching 9 Comments

The April 2018 General Conference just closed. It was a monumental one, with many interesting features and announcements. From the Solemn Assembly that it led …

471–472: Reflections on the Recently Revealed MTC Sexual Abuse Cases

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Atonement, Christianity, Church Leadership, Communication, Community, Depression, Disaffection, Faith Development, Jesus Christ, Mormon Culture, Sexuality, Women, Worthiness 7 Comments

Within the past ten days, Mormonism has been rocked by a recoding and transcript released through MormonLeaks that depicts the confessions of a former president …

464: Protecting Ourselves and Loved Ones in Ecclesiastical Situations

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Issues surrounding sexual, physical, and emotional harassment and abuse, or of persons not feeling safe in certain institutional environments, have received fresh attention in the …

448: Shadow Practice

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This episode is a supplement to the previous two-parter on “sustaining” within Mormonism—which concentrated especially on times when we find ourselves in some sort of …

446–447: What Does it Mean to “Sustain” Our Leaders and Fellow Church Members?

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Community, Confidence, Covenants, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Prophets 1 Comment

One of Mormonism’s most attractive features is the wonderful chance all members are given to both formally and informally “sustain” each other as we play …

444–445: A New LDS First Presidency

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On 14 January 2018, twelve days after the passing of Thomas S. Monson, the long-serving prophet-president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, …

46: In Memoriam—Sister Chieko Okazaki and Elder Marion D. Hanks

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The first week of August 2011 saw the passing of two giants in the Mormon universe: Sister Chieko Okazaki, a former counselor in the Relief …

27: Mormons and Their Leaders

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference 32 Comments

This episode, which was recorded a couple of days after the close of the April 2011 General Conference, explores the interplay between Latter-day Saints and …