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 1 Comment

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

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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 …

488–490: Resurrecting Atonement

Dan Wotherspoon Atonement, Christianity, Faith, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Spirituality, Theology 22 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 …

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 …

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 …

467–468: The Work of Peace in Mormonism and the Religious World: An Interview with Charles Randall Paul

Dan Wotherspoon Apologetics, Christianity, Communication, Confidence, Doctrine, Faith, God, Grief and Suffering, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, Mentors, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Revelations, Spirituality, Theology, Truth 1 Comment

Many long-time Mormon Matters listeners will recognize the name Charles Randall Paul, (or, as host Dan Wotherspoon calls him 90 percent of the time, “Randy” Paul). He …

465 –466: Deeper Readings of Misunderstood and Under-Appreciated Scriptures

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Very few of us give deep consideration to the nature of scripture and how it should be read and understood. We grow up (or come …

462–463: Lessons From the Historical Jesus

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith, God, Grief and Suffering, Jesus Christ, Marriage, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Women 2 Comments

James and Judith McConkie have taken a deep dive into something relatively few Mormon scholars and teachers have researched: the historical Jesus. Latter-day Saints have …

443: Seeking a Good Death: Spiritual Practice and Framings to Help Us Prepare Now for Our Eventual Deaths

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In this follow-up episode to our early December shows titled “Mormons Encountering Death”(MM 430–432), former hospice chaplain and meditation and contemplation teacher Phil McLemore joins …

441–442: Living in (and Growing through) Tension: An Interview with Bill Reel

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith, Mormon Life, Spirituality, Theology 1 Comment

Bill Reel is widely known within the Mormon podcast world as a fellow traveler on the road many of us have found ourselves on—often quite …

438–440: Prayers for the New Year

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Happy New Year, Mormon Matters listeners! To start 2018, I asked many of my friends if they would consider writing prayers for the new year …

424-426: Celebrating the Different Spiritualities in the Two Halves of Life

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The four people on this three-part podcast episode love Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. If you find …

407-409: The Wilderness of Faith

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 3 Comments

This three-part episode features Kim Puzey and Lisa Scott, two brilliant and insightful people who are deeply familiar with both wilderness living and faith journeying. Drawing on their backgrounds as …

398–399: Staying Actively Engaged in Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 1 Comment

This two-part episode is a co-release with the Mormon Stories Podcast. It is a discussion that took place on 29 June 2017 in front of …

396–397: Spiritual Journeys Outside of Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 9 Comments

This episode features two wonderful teachers, pastors, scholars, and clergy from non-Mormon faith traditions sharing their own spiritual journeys and the ways that God has …

393–394: Does “Certainty” Hinder Living Faith?

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Living faith is a growing faith. It is faith in a living God. It is trust in a trustworthy being (or beings). It is striving …

388–389: Our Brains and Faith

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Our faith lives, including how we orient toward the world, God/Spirit (or whatever we consider the highest center(s) of value and power), and ourselves, are …

369–370: Helping Children Plant Lasting Seeds of Faith

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 9 Comments

Every person is different, and this is completely true with children, as well. Often we as parents will assume our children are picking up ideas, …

367–368: Faith within a Mormonism that Points Beyond Itself

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 4 Comments

We all sort of “know” but still very often forget that God and religious and spiritual truths are couched in symbols, language, propositions, metaphors, stories, …

360: Faith and Doubt: Balancing Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 15 Comments

Doubting our long-held views of the world, especially if firm faith positions are part of it, is a high stakes matter. Not only do enter …

335: Hope

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 8 Comments

In commenting about Hope, Patrick Mason writes: “The three great Christian virtues are faith, hope, and charity. The first and the third receive significant attention, …

319: Is There Good News for Faith in Today’s Mormon Crises?—Part 2

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 8 Comments

This episode is the second part of a co-released (with Gina Colvin and A Thoughtful Faith podcast) podcast discussion with Patrick Mason and Boyd Petersen …

317: Is There Good News for Faith in Today’s Mormon Crises?—Part 1

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 4 Comments

In his recent book, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, Patrick Q. Mason offers an optimistic vision for the future of Mormonism, …

303: Why Is This All So Hard?

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 3 Comments

Faith journeys are insanely difficult. Why? In this episode, Lindsay Hansen Park, Jon Grimes, Brian Whitney, and Emily Grover join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon …

279–280: Mutual Respect: Creating Healthy Relationships When Loved Ones Choose a Different Faith Path

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 39 Comments

For more than a decade, Chelsea Shields Strayer and her parents, Eric and Heidi Shields, have held very difficult but ultimately fruitful conversations regarding her …

277: Does Powerful Faith Require Scriptural Literalism?

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 72 Comments

In speaking at the April 2015 General Conference about the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland boldly stated that “the simple …

274–275: Beyond Belief and Unbelief

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 15 Comments

We bring our faith crises to word most often through expressions about our no longer “believing” this or that teaching. We’ve been confronted with evidence …

261: Faith and Repentance

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 16 Comments

Because they come up so often in gospel lessons and are indeed the “first principles” of the gospel (Article of Faith 4), we might think …

259: A Reason for the Hope That Is In Me

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 23 Comments

In 1 Peter, we are encouraged as Christians to always be ready to give voice to “a reason of the hope that is in you …

257: Negotiating Adult Faith within a Developing Institution

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Theology 35 Comments

Just as many theorists understand individual human maturation through developmental stages, a great deal of literature suggests that institutions (churches, corporations, governments) as well as …

249–250: Being Authentic within Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith 25 Comments

Mormonism is a powerful tradition, presenting a worldview and truth claims that are extremely potent, but also creating a culture that can be, for many …

228–229: Mapping LDS Faith Transitions (with help from James Fowler)

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Spirituality 17 Comments

Many Mormon Matters listeners find their way to the podcast and other online communities and discussion groups because they recognize that they are experiencing some …

216: Preserving and Strengthening Relationships During Faith Transitions

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Spirituality 9 Comments

Most listeners to Mormon Matters, like all seekers, are undergoing a faith transition—hopefully one of continuous deepening into greater richness of experience and peace. Often, …

199: Untangling Faith, Belief, and the Expectation to “Know”

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Joseph Smith 17 Comments

We think we know what it means to “believe” or to “have faith.” But do we? Has the current ways we use these terms remained …

165: Mormon Women Sharing Their Lives

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Women 5 Comments

This past week saw the publication of a book, Mormon Women Have Their Say (Greg Kofford Books), which is comprised of essays drawn from research …

153–154: Integrity with Self and Family: Parents on Sharing Their Faith Transitions with Their Children

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Truth 14 Comments

This episode continues a series of conversations about parents and children communicating about changes in faith perspectives. Episode 146 featured faithful, committed Latter-day Saint parents …

151–152: Short Takes—Adventures in Spirit

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Spirituality 11 Comments

We are experimenting with a different type of show this time. Instead of diving into a single huge topic, this show features short takes: thoughts, …

146: Relationships First: Mormon Parents Face Their Child’s Faith Transition

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Mormon Life 15 Comments

In this important episode that affirms love and clear vision, three LDS parents—Jeralee, Jim, and Teri—share their experiences in meeting the challenging situation of an …

104: Growing Up Mormon—and Fearless

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Mormon Life 17 Comments

The three guests in this Mormon Matters episode grew up in faithful, committed Mormon homes. In important ways, however, these panelists’ homes were different than …

96–97: Mormonism and Its History—Past, Present, and Future

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith 22 Comments

Every religion has many dilemmas when it comes to its history. How does a group incorporate the idea of a God or Universal force or …