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: …

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 …

508–509: The LDS Church’s New Official History Volume, Saints: The Standard of Truth

Dan Wotherspoon History, Joseph Smith, Marriage, Polygamy, Relief Society, Teaching 9 Comments

Just two weeks ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the first volume of its long-awaited history of the church series, Saints: …

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 …

371: New Perspectives on Joseph Smith and Translation

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith 5 Comments

As Richard Bushman mentions in this podcast episode, one of the very first things Joseph Smith did in announcing himself to the world was to …

287–288: Joseph Smith’s Use of a Seer Stone in Bringing Forth the Book of Mormon

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith 29 Comments

On Tuesday, August 4th, the LDS Church in conjunction with the Community of Christ held a press conference announcing the newest volume in the ongoing …

213–214: The Book of Abraham as Scripture

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith, Revelations 55 Comments

For many struggling Latter-day Saints, a pivotal moment in their transitioning faith comes when they are confronted with the mismatch between traditional teachings about the …

209: New LDS Statement on Book of Mormon Translation

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith 19 Comments

The LDS Church has recently published on its website, lds.org, a short article titled “Book of Mormon Translation” that lays out in greater detail than …

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 …