541–543: A Celebration of Dan Wotherspoon and Mormon Matters

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Mentors, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality 4 Comments

This three-part episode consists of a recording of a live event held Sunday evening, March 24, 2019 in Salt Lake City. It is an interview …

540: Millennial Mormons—Beliefs, Practices, and Authority Structures

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Scripture, Spirituality 2 Comments

In the brilliant and fascinating new book, The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church, Jana Riess, with collaboration from Benjamin Knoll shares …

534–535: “The Covenant Path”: Reflections and Extensions

Dan Wotherspoon Atonement, Baptism, Community, Covenants, Faith Development, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Ordinances, Priesthood, Prophets, Temple 2 Comments

No term to date has been more associated with the leadership tenure of President Russell M. Nelson than “Covenant Path.” It’s become ubiquitous in his …

532–533: What Is the “Good News” Jesus Taught?

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Personal Essays, Theology Leave a Comment

As they begin to experience shifts of faith, many Latter-day Saints and others within the Christian tradition come to think of Jesus Christ differently than …

530: Impressions and Reflections on Changes to LDS Temple Ceremonies

Dan Wotherspoon Covenants, Faith Development, Marriage, Mythology, Ordinances, Religion, Spirituality, Temple, Women Leave a Comment

This is a quick turnaround podcast episode that was both recorded and released on the day after LDS temples around the world implemented and offered …

529: A Mystical Approach to the Christmas Story

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Mythology 3 Comments

This episode suggests layers of depth to the Christian Nativity story and the insights it has for our own individual spiritual paths. It features meditation …

521–524: The Enneagram for Mormons

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Community, Disaffection, Faith Development, God, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Spirituality 5 Comments

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for coming to know ourselves and others. Emerging in the mid-twentieth century and refined during the ensuing years, interest …

516–517: Becoming Powerful: Dr. LaShawn Williams on Her Faith Journey and Path to Spiritual Confidence

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Activism, Communication, Faith, Faith Development, God, Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, Mormon Culture, Spirituality, Testimony, Women, Worthiness 2 Comments

TW: Brief mentions of sexual assault in this conversation Dr. LaShawn Williams (EdD., LCSW, MPA) is on the faculty at Utah Valley University, where she …

503–504: Reflecting on Major Themes in 500-plus Mormon Matters Episodes

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith, Faith Development, God, Mentors, Mormon Culture, Mythology, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality, Truth 1 Comment

Earlier this month, Mormon Matters released its 500th episode. In this two-part podcast, host Dan Wotherspoon speaks about the show’s evolution, but mostly he re-introduces …

501: Centering in God: Experiences and Insights from the Living School for Action and Contemplation

Dan Wotherspoon Activism, Christianity, Community, Faith Development, God, Grief and Suffering, Jesus Christ, Prayer 4 Comments

This episode features reflections on a wonderful experience the two panelists and I shared this past week in Albuquerque, NM. All three of us—Jana Spangler, …

499: Faith Journeying with Matt Jones — Rambunctious Youth to LDS Bishop and Wise Soul

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Community, Faith Development, God, Spirituality 8 Comments

Just two weeks ago, Matt Jones was released as an LDS bishop. How he came to be someone who might be called to that position …

488–490: Resurrecting Atonement

Dan Wotherspoon Atonement, Christianity, Faith, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Spirituality, Theology 24 Comments

The concept of “atonement” is powerful: being “at one” with God, others, and ourselves. But the panelists on this episode, Mark Crego and George Andrew …

487: Exclusivism

Dan Wotherspoon Confidence, Faith, Faith Development, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mythology, Spirituality, Testimony, Truth 4 Comments

This episode wrestles with exclusivist claims in religion, including Mormonism, as well as in our psyches. How does the idea of chosenness, specialness, uniqueness, and …

484: Robert Kirby: Mormonism’s Lampoonist Extraordinaire

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Were there an official calling within Mormonism of “Church and Culture Lampoonist” (and there should be!), Robert Kirby would be magnifying the heck out of …

483: The Prayer Wheel: “An Early Christian Handheld Device”

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Scripture 3 Comments

At Mormon Matters we will occasionally focus on the importance of sticking with (though often with changed forms) spiritual practices even while in the midst …

481–482: Mental and Spiritual Gymnastics: Might Something Deeper Be Going On?

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Faith Development, Intellectuals, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Spirituality, Truth 13 Comments

We all have different temperaments, and there are many combinations of elements that affect our spiritual journeys—including how recently we’ve entered into a time of …

477–478: Improving the Way Mormons Discuss Anger

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Depression, Faith Development, Grief and Suffering, Mormon Culture, Spirituality, Women 2 Comments

This episode begins with a description of occasions in which one of our guests expresses feelings of anger over something only to be told one …

476: A Healer’s Healing Journey: An Interview with Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks

Dan Wotherspoon Confidence, Faith, Faith Development, Grief and Suffering, Marriage, Mentors, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Spirituality, Women 2 Comments

Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks has over the past decade-plus become a leading voice in mental health, marriage and family, women’s issues, and faith journey …

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 …