438–440: Prayers for the New Year

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Happy New Year, Mormon Matters listeners! To start 2018, I asked many of my friends if they would consider writing prayers for the new year …

421–423: Examining Mormon Apologetics, Neo-Apologetics, and Informational Obligations to Church Members and Investigators

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In this, the second installment in a series of co-hosted and co-released shows related to Mormon Apologetics, Mormon Matters and Mormon Stories hosts Dan Wotherspoon …

415: “That We May Be One”: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family

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In his new book, That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family (Published by Deseret Book), Tom Christofferson shares his story …

398–399: Staying Actively Engaged in Mormonism

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This two-part episode is a co-release with the Mormon Stories Podcast. It is a discussion that took place on 29 June 2017 in front of …

393–394: Does “Certainty” Hinder Living Faith?

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Living faith is a growing faith. It is faith in a living God. It is trust in a trustworthy being (or beings). It is striving …

367–368: Faith within a Mormonism that Points Beyond Itself

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We all sort of “know” but still very often forget that God and religious and spiritual truths are couched in symbols, language, propositions, metaphors, stories, …

360: Faith and Doubt: Balancing Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 15 Comments

Doubting our long-held views of the world, especially if firm faith positions are part of it, is a high stakes matter. Not only do enter …

335: Hope

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 8 Comments

In commenting about Hope, Patrick Mason writes: “The three great Christian virtues are faith, hope, and charity. The first and the third receive significant attention, …

317: Is There Good News for Faith in Today’s Mormon Crises?—Part 1

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In his recent book, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, Patrick Q. Mason offers an optimistic vision for the future of Mormonism, …

301–302: Doubt and Faith as Discussed in the October 2015 General Conference

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Four talks in the October 2015 General Conference focused, at least to a significant degree, on the issues of doubt and faith, and also chose …

274–275: Beyond Belief and Unbelief

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We bring our faith crises to word most often through expressions about our no longer “believing” this or that teaching. We’ve been confronted with evidence …

272: Paul’s Theology of Grace

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The Apostle Paul’s theology can be difficult to grasp–and, in a few ways, especially so for Mormons. Some challenges arise from Latter-day Saints’ primary use …

261: Faith and Repentance

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 16 Comments

Because they come up so often in gospel lessons and are indeed the “first principles” of the gospel (Article of Faith 4), we might think …

259: A Reason for the Hope That Is In Me

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 23 Comments

In 1 Peter, we are encouraged as Christians to always be ready to give voice to “a reason of the hope that is in you …

249–250: Being Authentic within Mormonism

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Mormonism is a powerful tradition, presenting a worldview and truth claims that are extremely potent, but also creating a culture that can be, for many …

228–229: Mapping LDS Faith Transitions (with help from James Fowler)

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Many Mormon Matters listeners find their way to the podcast and other online communities and discussion groups because they recognize that they are experiencing some …

199: Untangling Faith, Belief, and the Expectation to “Know”

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We think we know what it means to “believe” or to “have faith.” But do we? Has the current ways we use these terms remained …

165: Mormon Women Sharing Their Lives

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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

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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 …

104: Growing Up Mormon—and Fearless

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The three guests in this Mormon Matters episode grew up in faithful, committed Mormon homes. In important ways, however, these panelists’ homes were different than …

96–97: Mormonism and Its History—Past, Present, and Future

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Every religion has many dilemmas when it comes to its history. How does a group incorporate the idea of a God or Universal force or …

Matters of the Heart 2: On “Masturbatory Rage”: A Theatrical Call to Repentance

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ON “MASTURBATORY RAGE”: A THEATRICAL CALL TO REPENTANCE  By Allan Davis In this episode of Matters of the Heart, Allan Davis shares a short meditation …

74: Writing Mormon Lives

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Phyllis Barber and Joanna Brooks are two of Mormonism’s bravest voices, writers of memoirs in which they offer us privileged glimpses of their inner lives, …