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 …

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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

526: Reigniting My Christmas Fire

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In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon shares his experiences with the Christmas Nativity stories presented in the New Testament, moving from literal belief, …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Doctrine, Faith, Jesus Christ, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Revelations, Scripture, Theology 2 Comments

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 …

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 …

428–429: Restoring a Lost Jesus and Beautiful Vision of God’s Work and Glory

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Fiona Givens‘ and Terryl Givens‘ most recent book, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth That Saves Us, is remarkable. But it’s not because very …

372: Jesus’ Abba: The God Who Has Not Failed

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Theology 2 Comments

John B. Cobb is one of the world’s most renowned theologians and philosophers, noted especially for his Christological pluralism and work across many disciplines, and …

362: Taking Jesus Seriously

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Meet in this podcast two wonderful, active Latter-day Saints who are “alive in Christ,” Jesus focused, and modeling in their wards and circles a robust faith in …

332: Mercy

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Mercy is a fundamental tenet of the Christian gospel and its descriptions of the attributes of God, and it certainly is a topic familiar to …

330: Mormonism’s Jesus

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John G. Turner’s recent book, The Mormon Jesus: A Biography (Harvard University Press, 2016) presents a wonderful overview of the various ways Mormon scripture, leaders, …

273: The Passion (Final Week of Jesus’s Life)

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ 5 Comments

On 29 March 2015, the Christian world will celebrate Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem for what turned out to be the final …

267–268: The Gospels

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ 14 Comments

In this two-part Mormon Matters episode, Taylor Petrey and Eric Huntsman join host Dan Wotherspoon to help ground the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and …

239–243: Jesus Christ within Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ 33 Comments

We Latter-day Saints “talk of Christ . . . rejoice in Christ . . . preach of Christ . . . prophesy of Christ . …

217–221: (Encore) An Easter Primer

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Jesus Christ 3 Comments

Encore presentation of a great discussion of all things Easter first released 12 March 2013. With a forty-day Lenten season that flows to a conclusion …

208: Who Was/Is Jesus?

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Scripture 20 Comments

In this episode that was co-produced with the Mormon Sunday School and Feminist Mormon Housewives podcasts, Eric Huntsman, Jared Anderson, and Lindsay Hansen Park join …

159–163: An Easter Primer

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Jesus Christ 5 Comments

One of Mormon Matters podcast’s most popular episodes explored Christmas through a close examination of scriptural narratives and traditions related to the Nativity as they …

140–141: A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts (Encore Presentation)

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Mythology 7 Comments

This is an encore presentation of a December 2011 podcast episode examining the Christmas story as it traditionally gets told—looking closely at what the scriptures …

107–109: LDS Salvation Theology and Practices

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Temple 43 Comments

“Am I saved?” “Is this idea or that practice ‘pertinent to my salvation’?” Many Mormons and other Christians focus quite a lot of energy on …

65: LDS Views on Christ’s Second Coming and the End Times

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ 44 Comments

Elder Boyd K. Packer’s October 2011 General Conference encouragement to youth to not fear that because of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ they will …

62: A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Top 10 44 Comments

This podcast episode examines the Christmas story as it traditionally gets told—but what do the scriptures actually say and not say about the birth of …