379–380: Effective Teaching in the Church

Dan Wotherspoon Teaching, Top 10 5 Comments

Mormonism provides numerous opportunities for us to teach each other. But, as we know, many times our Sunday classes fall short of being wonderful, too …

327–328: Explorations in Depth—The Two Lost Sons and Growing in God

Dan Wotherspoon Spirituality, Top 10 26 Comments

This episode departs from the typical Mormon Matters pattern in that it features a conversation with just one guest rather than a panel. But what …

308–309: Making Sense of the Research on Homosexuality—Parts 1 & 2: Biological Factors

Dan Wotherspoon LGBTQ, Top 10 17 Comments

With the renewed conversation in Mormonism about homosexuality initiated by the November 6th policy changes, it has become clear that many Latter-day Saints have never …

251-252: Mormonism’s Apostasy Narrative

Dan Wotherspoon Apostasy, Top 10 25 Comments

No story differentiates Mormonism from other Christian traditions more than its claim to be the restoration of the church Jesus Christ set up while on …

227: “Living” Stories

Dan Wotherspoon Mythology, Theology, Top 10 51 Comments

In this episode, philosopher-theologian Adam Miller and narrative studies specialist Stephen Carter join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon to explore the many and varied ways …

149–150: Near-Death Experiences

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Spirituality, Top 10 31 Comments

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) fascinate. Most share similar features that suggest the existence of a spirit or consciousness separate from the body that can continue to …

119–121: The Problem of Evil and Suffering

Dan Wotherspoon Grief and Suffering, Top 10 70 Comments

One of the most prominent and difficult issues in philosophy of religion addresses the dilemma that arises when one asserts the existence of an all-powerful …

110: Abuse and the Forgiveness Dilemma

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Forgiveness, Top 10 57 Comments

The April 2012 General Conference featured a terrific talk by President Uchtdorf, “The Merciful Obtain Mercy,” that reinforces the importance of being forgiving and non-judgmental. …

69: Patriarchal Blessings

Dan Wotherspoon Ordinances, Top 10 75 Comments

One of Mormonism’s unique features is the patriarchal blessing in which LDS church members–generally mid-teens or older, though there is no official age limit–are given …

62: A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Top 10 44 Comments

This podcast episode examines the Christmas story as it traditionally gets told—but what do the scriptures actually say and not say about the birth of …