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Engaging with Real Intent

October 12, 2012
Engaging with Real Intent

I haven’t been around as much here because I’ve been working on something new. Hawkgrrrl and I were discussing recently that you might be interested, so here’s an introduction. Meet Real Intent.

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Posted in Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief | 4 Comments »

Which Side of the Lines? Wheat or Tares? Choose.

September 7, 2012
Elijah casting his mantle on Elisha

For more than a month I’ve felt driven in family times each evening to talk to my teens (I have five still at home) about asking more of themselves. We can get up each day, brush our teeth, put on clothes, go do our thing, come home and relax, go do fun stuff, and go […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality | 36 Comments »

For Whom the Bell Tolls

August 29, 2012
ambient despondency

What do you think happens when we die?
How do you think it differs for those who complete suicide?
What experiences with death have influenced your outlook on either life or death?

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief | 19 Comments »

The ABCs of Turning Friends Into Enemies

August 23, 2012
The ABCs of Turning Friends Into Enemies

While I think the virtual reality of public political discourse is probably beyond salvaging, we needn’t bring the bad behaviors we see there home to our families, friendships, or workplace, creating an us vs. them dynamic there. Crucial Conversations may provide a positive way to engage in healthy dialogue that creates a shared pool of meaning rather than alienating, baiting, and categorizing – the political tools of turning friends into enemies. (There is a poll embedded in the post)

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Posted in Morality, Politics, Reviews | 25 Comments »

Priesthood Power in the Church

August 16, 2012
Priesthood Power in the Church

Understanding the priesthood administrative structure and the balance of authority between stakes and the presiding quorums is one of the keys to understanding gender issues in the church today. Yep. It’s another post about women and the priesthood.

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 45 Comments »

Are there modern Lamanites and Nephites?

August 12, 2012

Seth Adam Smith, a private videographer who creates LDS-themed material and makes it available on YouTube, has written about the political and social connotations of being Nephite or Lamanite in a recent blog post. He makes some compelling connections to modern day with Christians and Muslims using the words of modern prophets, as depicted in […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Holy Land, Mormon Culture, Politics, Race Relations | 10 Comments »

Empowering Women God’s Way

August 1, 2012
Empowering Women God’s Way

Any woman can receive the power of the priesthood, and with it the ministering of angels and the presence of God. So says Sheri Dew, Virginia Pearce, and Joseph Smith. An interesting new book releases tomorrow.

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief, Priesthood | 12 Comments »

Training Priestesshood

July 25, 2012
from Daughters In My Kingdom

A friend of mine serves in a Stake Relief Society Presidency and recently shared with me her concerns about an upcoming leadership training. One suggestion is a lavish, pampering evening in one of the nicer homes in the stake to nourish the souls of the women who nourish other women’s souls. It’s a suggestion borne […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 47 Comments »

Dementiarata

July 11, 2012
Parenting

Sometimes Wednesdays call for a little light-heartedness and the perils of parenting make good fodder.

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Posted in Faith, Morality, Pride | 9 Comments »

The Parable of the Principals

July 8, 2012
hand-fed-hummingbirds

In two short weeks this leader changed an ingrained reactionary culture to an open, trusting platform. Discuss your thoughts about sharing stewardships and creating relationships that make things happen.

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Posted in Agency, Morality | 14 Comments »

I’ve Had a Revelation!

July 1, 2012
I’ve Had a Revelation!

I watched my father, who died at age 68, make abysmal health choices and despite having an incredibly strong constitution, he was almost unable to move by the time a massive stroke took his life. It would have been nice to have enjoyed my Dad a bit longer, but as I chew on Elder Scott’s quote, I realize that I didn’t need longer, I needed better: improvements in both the quality of his life and his well-being.

Share your thoughts about practical principles, especially health-related, that improve your quality of life, sense of well-being, and receipt of inspiration.

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Posted in Agency, Faith, General Conference, Mormon Belief | 15 Comments »

So, tell us a bit about yourself

June 28, 2012
speed-dating-1a

A recent conversation in which strong parallels were drawn between speed dating and job interviewing has me thinking about the side of ourselves we present to one another. We’ve talked a bit about who we are as a blog. Now we’d like to know a bit about who you are. And perhaps you’d like to know a bit about the people with whom you interact here. (3 polls onsite)

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Posted in Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 48 Comments »

Grasping for Grace – Sacred Sunday

June 24, 2012
Grasping for Grace – Sacred Sunday

“Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful.” One of the most powerful talks this past General Conference was, for me, Elder Holland’s talk on the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. How simply he unwound the seeming unfairness of the Lord’s treatment of the workers at […]

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Posted in Faith, General Conference, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

An Argument For Bloggernacle Participation by the Faithful

June 22, 2012
An Argument For Bloggernacle Participation by the Faithful

For the past week we’ve discussed what we believe Wheat & Tares contributes to the larger dialogue about the Mormon faith, exposing parts of a conversation that has been occurring behind the scenes for weeks. Hawk has articulated who we are with guidelines that we’ll post to the site permanently. Andrew has shared his views […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief | 49 Comments »

The Gospel, the Church, and Conversion

June 17, 2012
talking church and faith

We’re going to try something here at Wheat & Tares – call it Sacred Sundays if you will. We want to take a break from politics and social issues to discuss the foundations of our personal faith as Latter-day Saints or people interested in the Latter-day Saints.

In April Conference, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom (Converted to His Gospel through His Church) discoursed on the differences between the church and the gospel. He makes the point that the church serves the gospel as an institution to improve our conversion.

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Posted in Agency, Faith | 50 Comments »

You wanna step outside?

June 10, 2012
kids fighting

With all this discussion lately about men and women and the church, let’s talk a bit about how they get along in church. A friend recently called me to check on #4, over whom she has a church stewardship. Another parent was upset and had called her. Needless to say (and I won’t) there were a […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

Are There Angels Anymore?

June 3, 2012
Are There Angels Anymore?

“Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings?” George Bailey snidely remarks to the affable stranger Clarence. “I haven’t won my wings, yet. That’s why I’m called an Angel Second Class. I have to earn them. And you’ll help me will […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 25 Comments »

A Useful Illusion

May 27, 2012
A Useful Illusion

My dad is dead. He died the year before last. He lived for 68 years and he was cranky for a lot of it. When he died nobody was particularly sorry, including him. I know, because I was there. In the silence of the hospice room, after all our rushed arrangements – long days of […]

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Posted in Agency | 7 Comments »

Lazarus, the Widow, and Other Heroes

May 20, 2012
Lazarus, the Widow, and Other Heroes

He smiled warmly at me when I walked into the store, his wife having called ahead to brief him on my need. Motioning me to follow him, he checked to see that someone else would take care of the customers at the parts counter and we went out back to his pickup. I was sure […]

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Posted in Faith | 6 Comments »

Open Your Mouth

May 13, 2012
Open Your Mouth

A few days ago a friend sent me a long and specific email detailing how I had messed up. I value his opinion, so I read carefully. I had to agree with many of the points that he made. I had messed up. I began considering ways to make it right and I was back […]

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Posted in Faith, Pride | 11 Comments »

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