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 …

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

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Prophets, Revelations, Scripture, Social Media, Women 2 Comments

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 …

494–495: “What Do We Do with All This?”: Sunstone and Today’s Uncorrelated Mormon Discussions

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Most Mormon Matters listeners are, as consumers of LDS-related websites, blogs, podcasts, Reddits, Facebook groups, and other social media platforms, enmeshed in the world of …

484: Robert Kirby: Mormonism’s Lampoonist Extraordinaire

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Were there an official calling within Mormonism of “Church and Culture Lampoonist” (and there should be!), Robert Kirby would be magnifying the heck out of …

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 …

473–474: First Reactions to the April 2018 General Conference and Its Big Announcements

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Life, Priesthood, Prophets, Relief Society, Teaching 9 Comments

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 …

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 …

448: Shadow Practice

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This episode is a supplement to the previous two-parter on “sustaining” within Mormonism—which concentrated especially on times when we find ourselves in some sort of …

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

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Community, Confidence, Covenants, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Prophets 1 Comment

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, …

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 …

338: Mormons and Humor

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 6 Comments

Are Mormons funny? Do we Mormons have a good sense of humor—in general, or, more importantly, when it focuses on ourselves? In introducing Mormonism to those …

334: Growing and Living a Fully Engaged Mormon Life

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 13 Comments

Once someone has begun to explore ideas and have experiences that are not outlined explicitly within the typical Mormon curriculum, it is often very difficult …

247: The “Best Thing” About Mormonism—2

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 5 Comments

This episode features four one-on-one conversations between Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and wonderful friends of his—Jeff Krey, Chelsi Archibald, Jim Smithson, and Becky Linford—who he asked …

201: Good Shepherds

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life, Spirituality 5 Comments

My recent call for stories of LDS leaders who through their vision and love and ways of inhabiting their pastoral roles have made a wonderful …

200: Let’s Collaborate!

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 4 Comments

This short episode announces two projects I’d love to work on with collaborators from the Mormon Matters listening community. The first is a call for …

198: Engaging Mormonism from Outside the Fold

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 13 Comments

Over the course of its run, Mormon Matters has received emails from non-LDS persons who have become regular listeners to the podcast, as well as …

190–191: The Institutional Church and the Individual

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 13 Comments

Are we made for the Sabbath, or is the Sabbath made for us? Likewise, are we here primarily to serve the Church, or does the …

180: Mormon Missions Take to Facebook!

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life, Social Media 20 Comments

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, LDS leaders announced changes to the LDS missionary program, with most of the new focus directed to decreasing door-to-door contacting, …

172–173: Proactive LDS Parenting

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life, Worthiness 32 Comments

Most Latter-day Saints who are negotiating a faith transition, including developing a new relationship with God and the church in which they were nurtured, naturally …

155–156: LDS Military Chaplains

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 10 Comments

This two-part episode offers a wonderful peek into military chaplaincy, a career unlike any other, and, in particular, experiences of LDS chaplains. Two active duty …

147–148: LDS and Pacific Islander Layers of the Manti Te’o Saga

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life, Social Media 4 Comments

Very little coverage of the story of the cruel hoax perpetrated on Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o has focused on aspects of the Mormon …

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 …

122: Challenges in Making Church “Work” For Everyone

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 24 Comments

In this episode, sociologist Jim Smithson talks of the LDS Church and all of its programs and organizational systems as a vehicle for delivering the …

114–116: Brazilian Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 25 Comments

This three-part episode features a wonderful discussion about some of the peculiarities about the LDS Mormon experience inBrazil, as well as the many ways that …

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 …

91: Cleanflix and What Its Story Reveals about Mormon Culture

Dan Wotherspoon Film, Mormon Life 33 Comments

The documentary film Cleanflix tells the story of the dramatic rise and fall of businesses (based primarily in Utah) that rented and sold versions of …

83-84: Creating Spaces for Non-Traditional Latter-day Saints

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mormon Life 25 Comments

This episode explores both the difficulties of creating more comfortable spaces for unorthodox Mormons in wards, stakes, and families, as well as the benefits. What …

74: Writing Mormon Lives

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 15 Comments

Phyllis Barber and Joanna Brooks are two of Mormonism’s bravest voices, writers of memoirs in which they offer us privileged glimpses of their inner lives, …

57: LDS Young Single Adult Experiences Revisited

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 37 Comments

Mormon Matters episode 31 featured a panel discussion about the LDS Church’s struggle to meet the needs of many of its young single adults and …

52: Rebirth of the Student Review

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Mormon Life 11 Comments

From 1986 to 1997, the Student Review enjoyed a wonderful run as BYU’s independent student newspaper, which at its peak published weekly and reached a …

33: The LDS Church and Its Single Young Adults, Part 2

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 59 Comments

Episode 31 provided a solid first framing of many of the issues faced by Mormon young single adults—of which group, some 80 percent are becoming …

31: The LDS Church and Its Single Young Adults

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Life 130 Comments

Official statistics are hard to come by, but it has become clear over the past several years that Mormonism is seeing many of its 18- …