492–493: Women’s Ordination and Congregational Leadership: Exploring New Research

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Church Leadership, Community, Mentors, Priesthood, Women 2 Comments

On July 2nd, a terrific new book was released by Oxford University Press: She Preached the Word: Women’s Ordination in Modern America. Co-authored by Benjamin R. …

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 …

436–437: New Temple Baptisms Announcements

Dan Wotherspoon Baptism, Covenants, Priesthood, Sexuality, Temple, Women 2 Comments

On 14 December 2017, a new directive from the First Presidency was released outlining changes to certain things related to youth performing baptisms for the …

413: The New Plan for Relief Society and Adult Priesthood Meetings

Dan Wotherspoon Priesthood, Relief Society 2 Comments

On 25 August, the Church announced a new plan for Relief Society and Priesthood meetings to begin January 2018. Instead of focusing two weeks each …

206: At Peace with Human Prophets–Personal Journeys

Dan Wotherspoon Priesthood, Prophets, Race 11 Comments

The recent official statement on Race and the Priesthood has highlighted in a fresh way the difficult issue of prophets and apostles who are subject …

204–205: The New Statement on Race and the Priesthood

Dan Wotherspoon Priesthood, Race 41 Comments

On 6 December 2013, the LDS Church posted on its website, LDS.org, a new document titled, “Race and the Priesthood,” along with videos and other …

193: Ordain Women and Renewed Conversations about Priesthood

Dan Wotherspoon General Conference, Priesthood, Women 23 Comments

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) …

128: The One True Church

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, Priesthood 51 Comments

One of the most difficult things for many who have begun to think deeply about religion—their own as well as others and the relationship between …

59: Mormon Messages about Priesthood, Fatherhood, Patriarchy, and More

Dan Wotherspoon Priesthood 37 Comments

In August, Mormon Matters hosted an important and fascinating discussion about messages Mormon women hear about their divine roles as mothers. What messages do Mormon …

35–36: Moving Beyond the “Negro Doctrine”

Dan Wotherspoon Priesthood 144 Comments

This month marks the thirty-third anniversary of the 1978 revelation extending the priesthood to “all worthy males” in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …