530: Impressions and Reflections on Changes to LDS Temple Ceremonies

Dan Wotherspoon Covenants, Faith Development, Marriage, Mythology, Ordinances, Religion, Spirituality, Temple, Women Leave a Comment

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 …

496-497: (Encore) Mormonism As a “Religion”

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mythology, Spirituality 1 Comment

This is an encore presentation of a two-part Mormon Matters episode first recorded in March 2015.  Of course, we all know that Mormonism is a …

381: Why Ritual “Makes Sense”

Dan Wotherspoon Sunstone 5 Comments

Ritual is strange—or so it seems to our rational minds—yet, strangely, for many of us who participate in these often highly stylized and repetitive actions, …

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

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 4 Comments

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, …

265–266: Mormonism as a “Religion”

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 4 Comments

Of course Mormonism is a religion. But do we always think about it through the lenses of such a big and diverse category? Among those …

263–264: Ordinances

Dan Wotherspoon Ordinances 8 Comments

In the Doctrine and Covenants, we read that it is through ordinances that “the power of godliness is manifest” (D&C 84:20). There are many ways …

236: Encountering Other Traditions, Part 1: Freemasonry

Dan Wotherspoon Freemasonry 75 Comments

Mormon Matters is launching a new series that focuses on Latter-day Saints who, in addition to their Mormonism, are intimately familiar with another religion or …

217–221: (Encore) An Easter Primer

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Jesus Christ 3 Comments

Encore presentation of a great discussion of all things Easter first released 12 March 2013. With a forty-day Lenten season that flows to a conclusion …

159–163: An Easter Primer

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Jesus Christ 5 Comments

One of Mormon Matters podcast’s most popular episodes explored Christmas through a close examination of scriptural narratives and traditions related to the Nativity as they …

151–152: Short Takes—Adventures in Spirit

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Spirituality 11 Comments

We are experimenting with a different type of show this time. Instead of diving into a single huge topic, this show features short takes: thoughts, …

133–134: LDS Spiritual Supplementing

Dan Wotherspoon Spirituality 21 Comments

Studies are showing a huge increase in the number of people who claim hybrid spiritual identities, in which their religious lives include a combination of …

Matters of Perspective 2: The Sacred Secret Open to All: Ye Are Gods

Dan Wotherspoon Classic Mormon Writings 6 Comments

In this second episode of the “Matters of Perspective” series, Charles Randall Paul reads his May 2009 Sunstone article, “The Sacred Secret Open to All: …

107–109: LDS Salvation Theology and Practices

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Temple 43 Comments

“Am I saved?” “Is this idea or that practice ‘pertinent to my salvation’?” Many Mormons and other Christians focus quite a lot of energy on …