537–538: Being “Good and Mad” within Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Activism, Communication, Feminism, Mormon Culture, Women 1 Comment

In this two-part episode, a conversation between Kristine Haglund and host Dan Wotherspoon, Kristine shares insights and distillations from various sources and her own thinking …

530: Impressions and Reflections on Changes to LDS Temple Ceremonies

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This is a quick turnaround podcast episode that was both recorded and released on the day after LDS temples around the world implemented and offered …

516–517: Becoming Powerful: Dr. LaShawn Williams on Her Faith Journey and Path to Spiritual Confidence

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Activism, Communication, Faith, Faith Development, God, Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, Mormon Culture, Spirituality, Testimony, Women, Worthiness 2 Comments

TW: Brief mentions of sexual assault in this conversation Dr. LaShawn Williams (EdD., LCSW, MPA) is on the faculty at Utah Valley University, where she …

514 –515: Thoughts on the October 2018 General Conference

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Doctrine, General Conference, God, Grief and Suffering, Joseph Smith, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Women 5 Comments

The October 2018 General Conference has just ended, but certainly not the discussion of it! Not for many, many months in our wards, stakes, and …

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 …

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. …

477–478: Improving the Way Mormons Discuss Anger

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Depression, Faith Development, Grief and Suffering, Mormon Culture, Spirituality, Women 2 Comments

This episode begins with a description of occasions in which one of our guests expresses feelings of anger over something only to be told one …

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 …

471–472: Reflections on the Recently Revealed MTC Sexual Abuse Cases

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Atonement, Christianity, Church Leadership, Communication, Community, Depression, Disaffection, Faith Development, Jesus Christ, Mormon Culture, Sexuality, Women, Worthiness 7 Comments

Within the past ten days, Mormonism has been rocked by a recoding and transcript released through MormonLeaks that depicts the confessions of a former president …

462–463: Lessons From the Historical Jesus

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith, God, Grief and Suffering, Jesus Christ, Marriage, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Women 2 Comments

James and Judith McConkie have taken a deep dive into something relatively few Mormon scholars and teachers have researched: the historical Jesus. Latter-day Saints have …

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 …

390–392: Mormon Women Gaining Spiritual Confidence within a Patriarchal Church

Dan Wotherspoon Women 8 Comments

The title of this three-part episode says quite a bit about it. Several weeks ago, Mormon Matters released a conversation, “Gaining Spiritual Confidence,” featuring three men sharing …

342: Mormon Women’s Position and Organization Names and Titles

Dan Wotherspoon Women 5 Comments

The Summer 2016 edition of the online journal SquareTwo features the results and a discussion of a recent poll of Mormon women about the ways …

316: Reflections on the New Mormon Gender Survey

Dan Wotherspoon Women 1 Comment

A long-awaited survey of LDS attitudes toward gender relationships and women’s ordination has begun to yield intriguing snapshots of just where we are within Mormonism …

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) …

165: Mormon Women Sharing Their Lives

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Women 5 Comments

This past week saw the publication of a book, Mormon Women Have Their Say (Greg Kofford Books), which is comprised of essays drawn from research …

Matters of the Heart 3: A New Story for Mormon Women

Dan Wotherspoon Personal Essays, Women 7 Comments

A NEW STORY FOR MORMON WOMEN  By Joanna Brooks In this episode of Matters of the Heart, Joanna Brooks reads an excerpted version of her …

98–99: “Middle Way” Mormonism and Women

Dan Wotherspoon Feminism, Women 54 Comments

Mormon Matters episodes 85–86 featured a panel consisting of four men discussing “Middle Way Mormonism,” a term that has been gaining traction as a way …

49: Mormonism’s Messages about Motherhood

Dan Wotherspoon Women 96 Comments

This panel discussion examines the wonderful gifts of Mormonism’s strong emphases and teachings about the divine role of motherhood as well as the external and …

30: Mormon Women and Equality

Dan Wotherspoon Women 100 Comments

Michael Otterson, head of the LDS Church’s Public Affairs department, recently wrote a short piece for the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” blog titled, “What Mormon …