540: Millennial Mormons—Beliefs, Practices, and Authority Structures

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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 …

531: Talking New Testament Translation and Its Ramifications with Thomas Wayment

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As Latter-day Saints begin to dig into the New Testament as part of this year’s scripture study, a terrific new resource, a translation from the …

527–528: (Encore) A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts

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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, …

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 …

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

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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 …

503–504: Reflecting on Major Themes in 500-plus Mormon Matters Episodes

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Earlier this month, Mormon Matters released its 500th episode. In this two-part podcast, host Dan Wotherspoon speaks about the show’s evolution, but mostly he re-introduces …

483: The Prayer Wheel: “An Early Christian Handheld Device”

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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 …

479–480: (Encore) Mormon Views on Satan and the Origins of Evil

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Most religions, cultures, and philosophies contain stories or theories about human evil and its origins. Some, including Mormonism, place a major portion of the blame …

465 –466: Deeper Readings of Misunderstood and Under-Appreciated Scriptures

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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 …

449–461: (Encore Releases) The Old Testament—Teaching and Study Resources

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Links to the remaining episodes below _________ These episodes are encore releases of seven different Mormon Matters podcast shows from the last time the LDS …

443: Seeking a Good Death: Spiritual Practice and Framings to Help Us Prepare Now for Our Eventual Deaths

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Grief and Suffering, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Scripture, Spirituality, Theology 2 Comments

In this follow-up episode to our early December shows titled “Mormons Encountering Death”(MM 430–432), former hospice chaplain and meditation and contemplation teacher Phil McLemore joins …

433–435: Revelation

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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 …

343: An Exciting Approach to Scripture

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A new book edited by Julie M. Smith, As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture, does  something wonderful. It takes something we …

341: Teachings about War in the Book of Mormon

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As the LDS Sunday School Gospel Doctrine curriculum turns in coming weeks to the later chapters of the book of Alma and the stories they …

248: Approaching Scriptural Texts with Fresh Eyes

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Scripture is not its own genre. Some scriptural texts are letters, some are songs or descriptions of rituals and liturgies, some poetry. Many sections are …

244–246: Genesis, Part 6—Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, and the Transformation of Jacob

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In this episode, the Mormon Matters “Genesis Team”—David Bokovoy, Tom Roberts, and Brian Hauglid—join host Dan Wotherspoon for a discussion of Genesis 24–33, which focus …

225: Wrestling with Prophets and Scripture

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Among the most important and difficult wrestles in a faith transition are the struggles to move into new, better nuanced, and richer understandings of previously …

224: Genesis, Part 5—Entertaining Angels; Sodom and Gomorrah

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In this episode, the Mormon Matters “Genesis Team”–David Bokovoy, Tom Roberts, and Brian Hauglid–join host Dan Wotherspoon for a discussion of Genesis 18 and 19, …

211: Genesis, Part 4—Abraham

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In this episode, members of the Mormon Matters “Genesis Team”—David Bokovoy, Tom Roberts, and Brian Hauglid—discuss and give textual and theological analyses of the Genesis …

210: Genesis, Part 3–Cursing of Canaan and the Tower of Babel

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In this episode, the Mormon Matters “Genesis Team”–David Bokovoy, Tom Roberts, and Brian Hauglid–share good, fair, and scholarly framings of two difficult biblical stories: (1) …

208: Who Was/Is Jesus?

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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 …

207: Teaching the Old Testament to Latter-day Saints

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One of the most difficult but important things we can do as Mormons who are alerted to the complexities of cultural differences and sacred writings …

202–203: Genesis, Part 2—The Flood

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In this two-part episode, we continue our series on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible by examining one of scripture’s most difficult stories–God choosing to unleash a …

194–197: Genesis, Part 1—Creation, Garden, Expulsion, Cursing

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The texts that Latter-day Saints and other Christians call the Old Testament (differing from scholars, who use Hebrew Bible or Tanakh) is both wonderfully rich …

164: New Version of the LDS Scriptures

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has just announced the online release of a new edition of the LDS scriptures, with physical copies …

135–136: Racism and the Book of Mormon

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This episode examines the status of the claim that the Book of Mormon teaches that dark skin is a curse from God, that because of …

117–118: Truth in Revelation and Scripture

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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, …

23: The King James Version and Changes to Race-Related Book of Mormon Chapter Headings

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In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and panelists Kristine Haglund, Dallas Robbins, and Philip Barlow discuss two topics: The LDS Church’s recent reaffirmation …