529: A Mystical Approach to the Christmas Story

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Mythology Leave a Comment

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 …

527–528: (Encore) A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, God, Jesus Christ, Mythology, Scripture, Spirituality 1 Comment

This is an encore presentation of a December 2011 two-part Mormon Matters podcast episode examining the Christmas story as it traditionally gets told—looking closely at …

521–524: The Enneagram for Mormons

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Community, Disaffection, Faith Development, God, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Spirituality 4 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 …

519–520: (Encore) The Living Nature of Mormon Covenants

Dan Wotherspoon Baptism, Covenants, God, Marriage, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Ordinances, Temple 2 Comments

This is an encore presentation of an important and still very relevant two-part episode first released on 24 April 2017. Covenanting is a huge feature …

518: Looking at Joseph Smith through Fresh Eyes

Dan Wotherspoon God, Joseph Smith, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Spirituality 4 Comments

This episode features two wonderful and creative thinkers and religious souls whose lives have been deeply influenced by Joseph Smith. But here is the kicker: …

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 …

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 …

505: The Heart and Depth of Father Tom Roberts: How the Things He Sees, Studies, and Shares Might Prove a Great Boon for Many Latter-day Saints

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Doctrine, God, History, Jesus Christ, Marriage, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Scripture, Theology 2 Comments

No one who has appeared on Mormon Matters has a more interesting, diverse, and ecumenical religious journey than Father Tom Roberts—one that also includes Mormonism from …

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 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 …

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 …

479–480: (Encore) Mormon Views on Satan and the Origins of Evil

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, God, Grief and Suffering, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Scripture Leave a Comment

Most religions, cultures, and philosophies contain stories or theories about human evil and its origins. Some, including Mormonism, place a major portion of the blame …

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 …

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 …

438–440: Prayers for the New Year

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, God, Jesus Christ Leave a Comment

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 …

363–364: Mormonism’s Wonderful, Vulnerable God

Dan Wotherspoon God 20 Comments

For many who find themselves in the middle of a faith crisis, casting about for new footing and ways of orienting to life and others, …

222–223: Becoming Like God

Dan Wotherspoon God, Theology 23 Comments

The most recent entry in the Gospel Topics series at lds.org, “Becoming Like God,” represents the LDS church’s newest attempt to help clarify (for members, …

182–183: Is Mormonism’s God Worthy of Worship?

Dan Wotherspoon God, Theology 31 Comments

Mormonism has a distinctive view of God that differs quite a bit from that of traditional theism. And though we as Latter-day Saints recognize and …

166–169: The Couplet (and Teachings about Theosis) in Today’s Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon God, Theology 18 Comments

The 2013 LDS Priesthood and Relief Society manual, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, features a lesson, “The Grand Destiny of the Faithful” …