514 –515: Thoughts on the October 2018 General Conference

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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 …

512–513: Wrestling with the Obedience vs Conscience Dilemma

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, General Conference, Holy Ghost, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Prophets 4 Comments

We’ve all heard statements such as, “Obedience is the first law of heaven.” We’ve also been charged to seek our own light and revelation on …

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 …

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 …

414: (Encore) Engaging Constructively with General Conference

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The October 2017 General Conference season is upon us. Having started last weekend with the Women’s session, it continues September 30th and October 1st with four general …

378: Engaging Constructively with General Conference

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The April 2017 General Conference season is upon us. Having started last weekend on March 25th with the Women’s session, it continues April 1st and …

319: Is There Good News for Faith in Today’s Mormon Crises?—Part 2

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 8 Comments

This episode is the second part of a co-released (with Gina Colvin and A Thoughtful Faith podcast) podcast discussion with Patrick Mason and Boyd Petersen …

225: Wrestling with Prophets and Scripture

Dan Wotherspoon Prophets, Scripture 41 Comments

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 …

206: At Peace with Human Prophets–Personal Journeys

Dan Wotherspoon Priesthood, Prophets, Race 11 Comments

The recent official statement on Race and the Priesthood has highlighted in a fresh way the difficult issue of prophets and apostles who are subject …

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, …

79-80: How Can We Truly Confront Racism within Mormon Thought and Culture?

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Culture, Race 78 Comments

A recent Washington Post article that discussed the origins and history of Mormonism’s racialized teachings and policies has caused quite a stir, launching important conversations. …