Faith Matters

Faith Matters
Faith Matters offers an expansive view of the Restored Gospel, thoughtful exploration of big and sometimes thorny questions, and a platform that encourages deeper engagement with our faith and our world.We focus on the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) traditi…

52. The New Normal, Part 2 - Melissa Inouye
Jul 18 • 44 min
This episode is part 2 of our mini-series we’re calling “The New Normal.”We spoke in Part 1 with Ashley Mae Hoiland a few weeks back. For this episode, we spoke with Melissa Inouye.Melissa’s been on our podcast before, and is one of our very favorite…
51. The Real Story of the Priesthood-Temple Ban - Terryl Givens with Paul Reeve
Jul 1 • 51 min
In this episode, Terryl Givens and Paul Reeve explore the history of the Church’s priesthood-temple ban that concluded in 1978.Paul is the Simmons Professor of Mormon Studies at the University of Utah. His award-winning book, Religion of a Different…
50. Navigating the Church in an Interracial Marriage - Kimberly and Matt Teitter
Jun 25 • 45 min
In this episode, we speak with two amazing guests, Kimberly and Matt Teitter. Matt and Kimberly have been married for ten years. Kimberly is a clinical psychologist at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment, and Matt is an assistant principal, and…
49. Joanna Brooks - Understanding the Past to Create a Better Future
Jun 16 • 50 min
In this episode, we speak with Joanna Brooks, author of a new book exploring the Church’s problematic history on the issue of race. Joanna holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA. She’s the Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement at San Diego State…
48. Lord, Is It I? LaShawn Williams and Yahosh Bonner
Jun 15 • 62 min
In this episode, we speak with two amazing guests, LaShawn Williams and Yahosh Bonner.In addition to the work they do in their communities, LaShawn is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Utah Valley University and Yahosh is the Athletic Director at…
47. The New Normal, Part 1 - Ashley Mae Hoiland
May 30 • 43 min
The global Covid-19 pandemic has caused a huge amount of suffering and death. It’s disproportionately afflicted vulnerable and minority populations, and its second-order effects have destroyed livelihoods and wreaked economic havoc on society.All of…
46. Belonging: On the Edge of Inside - with Jeralee Renshaw
May 16 • 45 min
In this episode, we have a conversation with our friend Jeralee Renshaw about what it means to be “on the edge of inside.”In Richard Rohr’s wonderful essay on the topic, he says that one who lives on the edge of inside is “not an outsider throwing…
45. In what way is our church the true church?
May 2 • 51 min
This episode is part of our Big Questions project, and in it, we discuss our Big Question #12 - “In what way is our church the true church?”For this conversation, we asked Patrick Mason to come back on — Patrick is the Leonard Arrington Chair of Mormon…
44. The Power of Stillness - Ty Mansfield
Apr 11 • 57 min
Deseret Book recently published a remarkable book titled “The Power of Stillness: Mindful Living for Latter-day Saints.” Mindfulness practices like meditation have become central to an emerging spirituality in the broader world. Latter-day Saints are…
43. Consecrating a Crisis - Thomas McConkie
Mar 28 • 45 min
We know it’s been an eventful, and uncertain, and even scary couple of weeks for everybody. We’ve been grappling with our “new normal,” just like everyone else, and have been feeling the anxiety, uncertainty, and isolation that we know a lot of people…
42. Memory and the First Vision: Steven C. Harper
Mar 21 • 81 min
Steven C. Harper is a Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, and author of the new book, First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins. Steve has also served as the Managing Historian and General Editor of Saints, and as a…
41. The King’s Good Servant, but God’s First - Terryl Givens with Thomas Griffith
Mar 14 • 59 min
In this episode, Terryl sits down with his good friend, Judge Thomas Griffith. Thomas has had a fascinating career in the highest levels of power in Washington, D.C., but politics takes a back seat as Terryl and Tom explore what really matters most….
40. Living a life of action — and contemplation - Jana Spangler
Feb 22 • 47 min
In this episode, we speak with Jana Spangler about how to live a contemplative life that’s also full of compassionate action. As we’ve brought more contemplative practices into our own lives, we’ve found many benefits — but have wanted to make sure we…
39. Remembering Clayton Christensen
Feb 8 • 52 min
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen died on January 23, 2020, and he left a remarkable legacy. He was a monumental figure in both the business and academic worlds, as well as in the Latter-day Saint community. He was the father of…
38. Connection Through Prayer - Thomas McConkie
Jan 25 • 58 min
In this episode, we speak with Thomas McConkie on the subject of prayer.Thomas brings a unique perspective, one that fuses a traditional idea of prayer with a more contemplative practice. He shares his insights on finding real connection to God through…
37. Stories and Sin - Adam Miller
Jan 10 • 55 min
In this episode, we speak with Adam Miller on the subject of sin. Adam has a really unique perspective on this — to quote his book, he says “God’s work in your life is bigger than the story you’d like that life to tell. His life is bigger than your…
36. Women in the Church - Valerie Hudson
Dec 28, 2019 • 35 min
This week, we are sharing a conversation with Valerie Hudson Cassler. Valerie is a distinguished professor of International Affairs at Texas A&M. She formerly taught at BYU, and has been an influential thinker and writer on Latter-day Saint…
35. The Priesthood Power of Women - Barbara Morgan Gardner
Dec 18, 2019 • 65 min
Barbara Morgan Gardner, associate professor of church history and doctrine at BYU, discusses her new book, The Priesthood Power of Women, published by Deseret Book.
34. A Faith Journey - Tim and Aubrey Chaves
Dec 7, 2019 • 88 min
Faith Matters has exciting plans for its podcast in 2020. In addition to more excellent Conversations with Terryl Givens, we’ll be expanding our reach with episodes hosted by Faith Matters executive team members Tim and Aubrey Chaves, exploring our faith…
33. (More) Gems of the Restoration - Patrick Mason
Nov 23, 2019 • 74 min
In this second episode of our mini-series we’re calling “Gems of the Restoration,” we talk with Patrick Mason, Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. We got to talk with Patrick about his background, his testimony and conversion,…
32. Gems of the Restoration - Fiona Givens
Nov 11, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, we talk with Fiona Givens about the beauty inside the restored gospel tradition. Fiona is a convert to our faith, and in this conversation, she talks about what drew her to the Church, what has kept her here, and why she feels hopeful…
31. Life on the Road to Emmaus - Terryl Givens with Rosalynde Welch
Oct 16, 2019 • 52 min
Why would one be religious but not spiritual? What are some obstacles that stand in the way of faith? Terryl Givens and Rosalynde Welch have written and spoken on these questions, and each of them bring interesting perspectives to the…
30. Can our faith embrace evolution? Terryl Givens with Dr. Heath Ogden | Part 2
Oct 2, 2019 • 15 min
In Part 2 of their conversation on evolution and the gospel, Terryl Givens and Dr. Heath Ogden delve further into the question of why it matters. What’s really at stake in whether a person of faith accepts the science of evolution? How might it affect our…
29. Can our faith embrace evolution? Terryl Givens with Dr. Heath Ogden | Part 1
Oct 2, 2019 • 16 min
Is there a conflict between the science of evolution and the gospel? Can accepting and understanding evolution actually enhance our faith and our understanding of how God works in the world? In this two-part conversation, Terryl Givens sits down with Dr.…
28. Confessions of an “Odd Intellectual” - Terryl Givens with Samuel Brown
Jul 15, 2019 • 55 min
This episode is a front row seat to a conversation between two of the great intellectual figures in the Latter-day Saint community, Samuel Brown and Terryl Givens. Enjoy the feast and prepare to be challenged in all kinds of good ways. Often, the…
27. Is patriarchy a problem for the modern church? Rosalynde Welch with Linda and Richard Eyre
Jun 29, 2019 • 40 min
In this fascinating conversation, Rosalynde Welch speaks with Linda and Richard Eyre about the issue of patriarchy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in the lives of its members.They cover the history and culture of patriarchy in the…
26. Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause - Terryl Givens with Neylan McBaine
Jun 22, 2019 • 50 min
helping LDS women recognize and bring their gifts to the community. Neylan has founded or helped create the Mormon Women’s Project, Better Days 2020, and even the “I’m a Mormon” campaign. She has been instrumental in shaping today’s conversation about…
25. Why do people leave the Church? Jana Riess with Melissa Inouye
Jun 9, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, Melissa Inouye and Jana Riess discuss what research and experience have taught them about why young Latter-day Saints become disaffected from the church, either temporarily or permanently, and how we might best respond to and support them…
24. What role do members have to play when loved ones leave? David Ostler with Melissa Inouye
Jun 9, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode, Melissa Inouye talks with David Ostler about why people leave the Church, and the role members have to play when loved ones leave.David Ostler has lived and served on four continents as a bishop, stake president, mission president, and as…
23. Tom Christofferson and Patrick Mason on the reversal of the Church’s policy on gay families
Apr 17, 2019 • 46 min
In this conversation, Bill Turnbull from Faith Matters sits down with Tom Christofferson and Patrick Mason to discuss the Church’s reversal of its controversial November 2015 policy regarding LGBTQ couples and their children. They discuss what we know…
22. The Spiritual Journey - Terryl Givens with Thomas McConkie
Mar 26, 2019 • 53 min
Thomas Wirthlin McConkie was born into a prominent American Latter-day Saint family, but the faith didn’t resonate with him as a teenager. He disconnected from the Church and began exploring the wider world’s faith traditions. He followed a thread through…
21. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 7
Mar 26, 2019 • 37 min
In Part 7, Bill’s final interview gives voice to how his native religion has “become new” for Thomas, and how it might become new for all of us. Thomas gives detailed examples of how his study in Buddhism and travels around the world offer a connection to…
20. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 6
Mar 26, 2019 • 29 min
Thomas and Bill explore the question “Is Mormonism a good place to grow?” How well does our faith community nurture individual growth across the whole spectrum of development? They discuss the value of staying grounded in concrete practices as we grow…
19. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 5
Mar 26, 2019 • 39 min
This conversation centers around the cultivation of creativity and imagination, and how this cultivation improves our ability to “transcend and include” as we grow. Thomas and Bill talk about our instinctive movement towards higher meaning as human…
18. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 4
Mar 26, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, Thomas shares more about his life story, describing his experience as an outlier to his devout Mormon family. Sharing intimate encounters with his grandfather (and Apostle) Thomas B. Wirthlin, he illustrates how important it is to trust…
17. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 3
Mar 26, 2019 • 43 min
Thomas and Bill share a deeper discussion around mindfulness and meditation, and how this practice can help us connect with our true nature. This is a discussion about “waking up.” They explore how we can experience gospel principles such as obedience,…
16. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 2
Mar 26, 2019 • 50 min
Bill and Thomas dive into the field of adult development, explaining the potential perspectives one might experience as a growing Latter-day Saint. Through the lens and insight of “adult developmental psychology,” the restored gospel of Jesus Christ can…
15. Waking Up, Growing Up: A Conversation with Thomas McConkie Part 1
Mar 26, 2019 • 57 min
Thomas shares significant experiences from adolescence which caused a fracture with his family and native faith and began his exploration beyond his family’s devout Mormon heritage. He gives an overview of his 18-year spiritual pilgrimage and his ultimate…
14. Can I Trust and Sustain Fallible Leaders? A Conversation with Patrick Mason
Mar 7, 2019 • 65 min
“Catholics teach that the Pope is infallible, but nobody believes it. Mormons teach that their prophet is fallible, but nobody believes it.”In this conversation for the Faith Matters Big Questions series, we speak with Patrick Mason (Dean of the School of…
13. A New Story of Creation - A Conversation with Scholars George Handley and Jani Radebaugh
Mar 2, 2019 • 66 min
In this Faith Matters Big Questions conversation, Faith Matters team members Kate Hargadon and Bill Turnbull speak with BYU humanities professor George Handley and planetary scientist and BYU professor Jani Radebaugh.They discuss, among other things, the…
12. A New Translation of The New Testament - Terryl Givens with Thom Wayment
Feb 1, 2019 • 47 min
Few scholars have the expertise, let alone the confidence, to embark on a new translation of the New Testament for Latter-day Saints. Fortunately, Thomas Wayment has enough of both. When Wayment sat down for this conversation with Terryl Givens, he was a…
11. Swimming in Deep Waters – Terryl Givens with Margaret Blair Young
Dec 2, 2018 • 59 min
Margaret Blair Young is an American author and filmmaker. She also taught for thirty years at Brigham Young University. She’s written with Darius Grey about early black Latter-day Saints and her latest project is a film about more recent black converts in…
10. Surprising Angels - Terryl Givens with Brian Kershisnik
Oct 3, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Terryl Givens sits down with LDS artist Brian Kershisnik.
9. Risk-taking Discipleship - Terryl Givens with Thomas Rogers
Sep 5, 2018 • 50 min
Risk-taking Discipleship | Thomas Rogers - Audio
8. The God Who Marvels - Terryl Givens with Steve Peck
Aug 30, 2018 • 54 min
The God Who Marvels | Steve Peck - Audio
7. Can Creation Heal Us? Terryl Givens with George Handley
May 29, 2018 • 52 min
For George Handley, both our physical and spiritual natures are inseparably connected with the natural world. An important aspect of the Restoration, according to Handley, is restoring our awareness of this connection, treasuring that connection in our…
6. Extraordinary Women in Mormon History - Terryl Givens with Kate Holbrook
Jan 2, 2018 • 60 min
Kate Holbrook is known to friends, neighbors and family first as a wonderful cook and gentlefriend. In the intellectual world, she is know as an accomplished historian and author. Sheearned her master’s degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity…
5. The Genesis of Change - Terryl Givens with Darius Gray
Dec 14, 2017 • 60 min
Darius Gray is an author and historian who has had a wide and varied career in television broadcasting, publishing, business management and church leadership. Raised in a devout Christian home, Gray converted to the LDS faith during the time of the…
4. A Disciple’s Plea for Openness and Inclusion - Terryl Givens with Elder Marlin K. Jensen
Nov 21, 2017 • 57 min
During his 24 years as a beloved LDS General Authority and Official Church Historian, Elder Marlin K. Jensen presided over an historic shift toward greater openness in the LDS church’s approach to its history. In this Conversation with Terryl Givens, we…
3. The Christ Who Heals - Part 2
Nov 9, 2017 • 27 min
Christ the Healer:Judgment as Prelude to Eternal Progress
1. Faith, Family, and Discipleship as a Gay Mormon - Terryl Givens with Tom Christofferson
Nov 9, 2017 • 55 min
Tom Christofferson’s journey through life has been anything but ordinary. On the surface, itbegan as a typical Mormon story. He grew up in a close gospel-centered LDS family and wenton to serve a faithful mission. But during these years, he was also…