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 …

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 …

465 –466: Deeper Readings of Misunderstood and Under-Appreciated Scriptures

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Doctrine, Faith, Jesus Christ, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Revelations, Scripture, Theology 2 Comments

Very few of us give deep consideration to the nature of scripture and how it should be read and understood. We grow up (or come …

449–461: (Encore Releases) The Old Testament—Teaching and Study Resources

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Prophets, Scripture, Teaching Leave a Comment

Links to the remaining episodes below _________ These episodes are encore releases of seven different Mormon Matters podcast shows from the last time the LDS …

443: Seeking a Good Death: Spiritual Practice and Framings to Help Us Prepare Now for Our Eventual Deaths

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Grief and Suffering, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Scripture, Spirituality, Theology 2 Comments

In this follow-up episode to our early December shows titled “Mormons Encountering Death”(MM 430–432), former hospice chaplain and meditation and contemplation teacher Phil McLemore joins …

363–364: Mormonism’s Wonderful, Vulnerable God

Dan Wotherspoon God 20 Comments

For many who find themselves in the middle of a faith crisis, casting about for new footing and ways of orienting to life and others, …

343: An Exciting Approach to Scripture

Dan Wotherspoon Scripture 1 Comment

A new book edited by Julie M. Smith, As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture, does  something wonderful. It takes something we …

248: Approaching Scriptural Texts with Fresh Eyes

Dan Wotherspoon Scripture 17 Comments

Scripture is not its own genre. Some scriptural texts are letters, some are songs or descriptions of rituals and liturgies, some poetry. Many sections are …

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 …

207: Teaching the Old Testament to Latter-day Saints

Dan Wotherspoon Scripture, Teaching 13 Comments

One of the most difficult but important things we can do as Mormons who are alerted to the complexities of cultural differences and sacred writings …

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 …

123–124: Emergence Christianity and Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity 16 Comments

It goes without saying that religion is intricately entwined with culture. And since this is so, when we find that the various ways of thinking …

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, …

50: The Call to Be Peacemakers

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 16 Comments

The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks provide an important moment for all of us to reflect on life’s most precious things and what …

23: The King James Version and Changes to Race-Related Book of Mormon Chapter Headings

John Dehlin Scripture 22 Comments

In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and panelists Kristine Haglund, Dallas Robbins, and Philip Barlow discuss two topics: The LDS Church’s recent reaffirmation …