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 …

475: “Revelation” and “The Will of the Lord”: Changing Rhetoric and Its Effects in Today’s Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Church Leadership, Communication, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Revelations 2 Comments

The April 2018 General Conference confirmed a trend that some have noticed in recent years that, as they speak about various policies, practices, and teachings, …

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 …

403–406: Revelations of Joseph Smith and Others: A Naturalistic Hypothesis

Dan Wotherspoon Revelations 6 Comments

In her very important new book, Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths, historian and religion scholar Ann Taves offers a naturalistic framing for …

378: Engaging Constructively with General Conference

Dan Wotherspoon General Conference 3 Comments

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 …

213–214: The Book of Abraham as Scripture

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith, Revelations 55 Comments

For many struggling Latter-day Saints, a pivotal moment in their transitioning faith comes when they are confronted with the mismatch between traditional teachings about the …

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 …

135–136: Racism and the Book of Mormon

Dan Wotherspoon Race, Scripture 130 Comments

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 …

131–132: The Word of Wisdom

Dan Wotherspoon Revelations 27 Comments

The Word of Wisdom has been in the news again, triggered by a claim about caffeine made on a network news show, which led to …

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 …