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Daniel’s Journey: Jew to Atheist to Mormon

November 3, 2013

Recently I wrote about Daniel Ortner’s conversion story and thought that it was a very appropriate and inspiring story to share on Wheat and Tares.  Daniel also has a blog that he writes on called Symphony of Dissent. Enjoy his story! Daniel’s Conversion Story I was called many times and I would not hear (Alma […]

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Missionary Moment: You May not be Interested in God but He is Interested in You

May 26, 2013
Missionary Moment: You May not be Interested in God but He is Interested in You

This is an article I wrote that was published in Meridian Magazine this month.  It was inspired from an article I wrote on my blog a couple of months ago:   You May Not Be Interested in God, But He is Interested in You In the mid-90’s when I served my mission in Germany, we would often listen to […]

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Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

March 31, 2013
Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

Recently one of my online friends requested that I write about healing stories within the Mormon faith. My first thought was to share the traditional stories those of us who have been around the Mormon Church for awhile have all heard.  I’m sure there are many bloggers out there who are well more versed on […]

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Favorite Mission Stories

March 24, 2013
Favorite Mission Stories

I’ve been very busy working with our full-time Mormon missionaries in our ward the past couple months and have been very impressed with all the work and effort they put in.  It has been a while since I have been this heavily involved in missionary service.  Some days can be very awesome and others can […]

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Heavenly Mother: Are you Really There?

February 10, 2013
Heavenly Mother: Are you Really There?

A couple weeks ago I wrote about women holding the priesthood.  The discussion turned from women holding the priesthood to a lively discussion on Heavenly Mother.  Some of my Evangelical pastor friends who have followed my blog for a few years were shocked and appalled to learn that Mormons were openly discussing this.  I think they kind […]

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Which Scripture is most Important: Bible, BOM, D&C, PGP, or Prophets?

February 3, 2013
Which Scripture is most Important: Bible, BOM, D&C, PGP, or Prophets?

A few weeks ago, in Gospel Principles Sunday School class, I taught about the importance of scripture. The conversation was interesting because there were some investigators (people considering joining the Mormon church) as well as some “seasoned” Mormons in attendance.  When I asked questions about the importance of scripture, I noticed that most of the […]

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Mormon Women Hold the Priesthood

January 20, 2013
Mormon Women Hold the Priesthood

I teach a class at our local Mormon church called Gospel Principles.  It is a course designed for people who are not familiar with the Mormon faith who are wanting to learn more, or for those who need a “refresher” course.  This week’s lesson is on the Priesthood. According to the lesson manual, the definition […]

Posted in Mormon Belief, Priesthood | 50 Comments »

Your Favorite Church Calling

January 13, 2013
Your Favorite Church Calling

Today one of my friends, who is serving as a counselor in a bishopric for a Mormon Church, told me he couldn’t hang out this weekend because of his schedule with a church assignment.  I jokingly told him that the main reason I keep moving around is to avoid getting a “big” church calling.  I’ll […]

Posted in Church Policy, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

God doesn’t only Listen to Organ Music: Where the (Heck) is our Band? I Want a Band in Church!

January 4, 2013
God doesn’t only Listen to Organ Music: Where the (Heck) is our Band?  I Want a Band in Church!

I’ve been waiting to write this for a while now, but I laughed out loud when reading a comment on this post , so I thought it was time to share my thoughts on the issue with music in the Mormon church. When discussing the issue of Mormon church meetings lasting so long, one of the […]

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What is your Favorite Legacy left by Joseph Smith?

December 23, 2012
What is your Favorite Legacy left by Joseph Smith?

Jeff Lindsay thinks Joseph Smith’s greatest legacy is the Book of Mormon.  I agree with him and personally feel that the Book of Mormon is probably his greatest legacy for me personally because reading it has literally changed my life. However, there are many more things that Joseph Smith accomplished in his lifetime that I […]

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Life is a Triathlon…

November 25, 2012
Life is a Triathlon…

Wind hit me and rain pelted down on my frozen skin like a pellet.  Shivering and shaking like a leaf on a tree, I looked up and watched as all of the people in my heat of the race continued on without me.  My dream of finishing a triathlon seemed to diminish with every gust […]

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Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

November 18, 2012
Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

For me, as a conservative Mormon guy living in Washington state, the 2012 elections were rough in a number of ways, starting from the top down: Romney lost the election.  I had spent a year volunteering for his campaign and truly thought he had a good chance of winning.  He nearly pulled it off, but […]

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Are you a Grasshopper or an Ant?

November 4, 2012
Are you a Grasshopper or an Ant?

A former LDS prophet and president of the church, George Albert Smith, stated the following: We might learn a lesson from the ant. He harvests his supplies when they are available and stores them up against the day when it would not be possible to obtain them. The result is that his larder is usually […]

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What God says about how we Should Vote

October 28, 2012
What God says about how we Should Vote

In a revelation to Joseph Smith, God says (in Doctrine and Covenants section 98:4-10):  And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.  And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle […]

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Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | 72 Comments »

Women can be Prophets

October 21, 2012
Women can be Prophets

This article is inspired by an experience I had at my new Ward (congregation) at church a few weeks ago. In preparing for General Conference, the Bishop (Pastor) of the ward was giving a lesson to the adults in the congregation.  He was asking certain questions and getting feedback from the members.  I can’t remember […]

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Inspiration Received during October 2012 General Conference

October 14, 2012
Inspiration Received during October 2012 General Conference

As a follow up to the article I wrote on preparing for receiving revelation during General Conference, I thought it would be great to hear stories from peoples’ experience with spiritual guidance they received during General Conference.  I understand that some promptings are too personal to share, so I’ll highlight some of the guidance and […]

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