514 –515: Thoughts on the October 2018 General Conference

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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

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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

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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 …

506 –507: What Do Latter-day Saints Consider Authoritative?: Wrestling with Scripture, Prophetic Utterance, Personal Conscience, and an Expanding and Changing Canon

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At this moment, with the 2018 October General Conference just weeks away, many Latter-day Saints are—consciously and unconsciously—going through in their minds and hearts how …

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

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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

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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 …

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

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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, …

418–419: Exploring the Messages in and Responses to Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s Recent General Conference Talk

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During the recent October 2017 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Council of Twelve …

414: (Encore) Engaging Constructively with General Conference

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The October 2017 General Conference season is upon us. Having started last weekend with the Women’s session, it continues September 30th and October 1st with four general …

378: Engaging Constructively with General Conference

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The April 2017 General Conference season is upon us. Having started last weekend on March 25th with the Women’s session, it continues April 1st and …

349: The Leaked Videos: A Church That Is Also a Corporation

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On October 2nd 2016, the final day of the LDS Church’s October General Conference, a dozen or so videos were leaked online that show the briefings of various …

331: Reflections on Two Recent Talks and the Online Reactions They Generated

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Excerpts from two talks by prominent General Authorities (one by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, and the other by Elder Richard J. Maynes) have in the …

301–302: Doubt and Faith as Discussed in the October 2015 General Conference

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Four talks in the October 2015 General Conference focused, at least to a significant degree, on the issues of doubt and faith, and also chose …

276: Being Heard in Today’s Church

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At the April 2015 General Conference, several church members took the unusual step of voicing opposition during the sustaining of the First Presidency and Quorum …

193: Ordain Women and Renewed Conversations about Priesthood

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On 5 October, a group of women (and some male supporters) will, either through tickets granted by LDS leaders (they have petitioned leaders for them) …

27: Mormons and Their Leaders

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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 …