510 – 511: Upcoming General Conference–Rumors, Hopes, Worries, and Preparing Ourselves for Whatever Unfolds

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference, Prophets, Revelations, Spirituality 3 Comments

In just over a week after the release of this podcast episode, millions of Latter-day Saints from around the world will gather in person or …

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 …

502: The New Push to Use the Church’s Official Name: An “Impression” Becomes an “Official Statement”— But What about “Implementation”?

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Mormon Culture, Revelations 6 Comments

On 16 August 2018, the Newsroom website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement that set off a significant …

475: “Revelation” and “The Will of the Lord”: Changing Rhetoric and Its Effects in Today’s Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Communication, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Revelations 2 Comments

The April 2018 General Conference confirmed a trend that some have noticed in recent years that, as they speak about various policies, practices, and teachings, …

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 …

433–435: Revelation

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, Holy Ghost, Prophets, Revelations, Scripture 3 Comments

Mormonism hangs its hat, so to speak, on the reality of revelation. It claims that God the Father and Jesus Christ visited a teenage boy …

403–406: Revelations of Joseph Smith and Others: A Naturalistic Hypothesis

Dan Wotherspoon Revelations 6 Comments

In her very important new book, Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths, historian and religion scholar Ann Taves offers a naturalistic framing for …

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 …

131–132: The Word of Wisdom

Dan Wotherspoon Revelations 27 Comments

The Word of Wisdom has been in the news again, triggered by a claim about caffeine made on a network news show, which led to …

117–118: Truth in Revelation and Scripture

Dan Wotherspoon Revelations, Scripture 15 Comments

What does it mean to still claim that scripture is “true” or “inspired” when we fully recognize that much of it is fictional (parable, allegory, …