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A Poke in the Eye With a Mormon Pointy Stick: Excommunication as a Model of Violent Dominion Theology

June 13, 2014
Jeanne d'arc

Catholic dissident Sylvester L. Steffen has written: Excommunication is an arcane and violent tool of dominion theology and imperial ecclesiology. It intends to control by instilling emotions of guilt and fear in the minds of the people and to stifle dissent. In so doing it truncates personal conscience and cuts off communication. These words seem […]

Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Roman Catholic Church, theology | 30 Comments »

The Sacred Embrace as Five Points of Fellowship

April 4, 2012
The Sacred Embrace as Five Points of Fellowship

I often lament that modern Mormonism has lost portions of its early history. While some of these forms and concepts are best consigned to the trash-bin, others are sorely missed. I believe that there are traditions from our nineteenth-century past which have lost their significance because there has been a lack of understanding about their […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Uncategorized | 126 Comments »

How to Survive Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011
How to Survive Mother’s Day

I am the proud survivor of 26 Mother’s Days as an LDS mother, and they haven’t all been easy! Today’s the day I share some of my survival tips with all of you. 1. Learn that Mother’s Day is not about you. I’m not sure exactly what Mother’s Day is all about. But once I learned […]

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To the Virgins and High Priests of the Second Ward: An Easter Message

April 24, 2011
risen christ

Today is not a day for rosary-beaded rumination, not a day for bathing his feet with tears, or oil, or any other expensive ungent of the soul. Temple-toned whispers are not welcome here; nor silent reverie. And even Contemplation, Meditation, Urbane oration, Have no station at this cross – It is empty. Rise, Shout him […]

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Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

April 22, 2011
Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

Wheat and Tares supports Earth Day 2011. This year the theme is “A Billion Acts of Green.” Let me expound upon why this theme inspires me. There are many worthwhile things we are encouraged to do it the Church and in the community, but often our lives are so full that it is difficult to […]

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Just Keep Swimming

April 17, 2011
Just Keep Swimming

In swimming lessons this week I was teaching a brother and sister, 6 and 7 year olds who seemed to magically pick up everything I presented. I demonstrated the breaststroke kick and the first time they tried it their little legs moved exactly as mine had, propelling them smoothly through the water. No land drills […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 9 Comments »

Elder Cook: Doctrinal Development on the Role of Women

April 3, 2011
Elder Cook: Doctrinal Development on the Role of Women

Saturday Morning Session: Elder Quentin L. Cook Kristine Haglund has pointed out that talks about women by men are always a bit awkward. This is always going to be true as long as LDS men have ecclesiastical power and women do not. Many women across the internet have hailed the conference talk by Elder Quentin […]

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Posted in General Conference | 212 Comments »

Women and Priesthood: A Blending of Stapley and Wright

March 28, 2011
Women and Priesthood: A Blending of Stapley and Wright

If you know your way around the Bloggernacle, you’ve probably encountered J. Stapley’s comments about the research he and Kristine Wright were conducting on the subject of early Mormon women’s healing blessings. This culminated in two articles, The Forms and the Power: The Development of Mormon Ritual Healing to 1847 (reviewed earlier today by MH, […]

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Posted in Reviews | 12 Comments »

Eulogy and Phantasm

March 27, 2011
ET

Two icons of American womanhood passed away this week, and I miss them both. They were each highly respected and admired in their own field. They both made an impact on my life. Elizabeth Taylor was already firmly established as a film star by the time I was born. When I was a child, she […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

What-in-the-heck is Warren Jeffs Doing?

March 13, 2011
wj

Warren Jeffs has been a fascinating character to watch ever since he took the reins of leadership of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) upon his father’s death in 2002. He’s an interesting case study for Latter-day Saints to observe, since practically everything he has done or claimed was also […]

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Youth and Public Recognition: 145 Badges and Counting

March 6, 2011
Youth and Public Recognition: 145 Badges and Counting

NT SS Lesson #9 Included in NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9 is the following strange little story: Elder William R. Bradford of the Seventy once spoke with the bishop of a ward whose youth had worked to earn money for an activity. The bishop asked Elder Bradford if he would help the youth get some […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 25 Comments »

Miracles and Natural Law

February 27, 2011
Miracles and Natural Law

NT SS Lesson #7 Growing up as the daughter of a Protestant minister, I was well acquainted with many of the Biblical miracles. The parting of the Red Sea, the appearance of manna, the healing of the sick, walking on water, these were all supernatural occurrences which couldn’t be readily explained. I viewed these events […]

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Posted in New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Science and Religion | 19 Comments »

“Evolving” Attitudes on Marriage Equality

February 24, 2011
“Evolving” Attitudes on Marriage Equality

“It is my strong belief that the government has to treat all citizens equally. I come from that, in part, out of personal experience. When you’re a black guy named Barack Obama, you know what it’s like to be on the outside. And so my concern is continually to make sure that the rights that […]

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Posted in America | 182 Comments »

Campaigning for a Calling

February 20, 2011
Campaigning for a Calling

“In the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how.“ (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., CR, April 1951, 154) “Sometimes men and women in the Church aspire for office. This is unfortunate. It becomes the very reason why they should not be granted such office.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Keep the Chain Unbroken, […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

Thorn in the Flesh

February 16, 2011
Thorn in the Flesh

Bell’s Palsy. There, it’s out. You might have an inkling of how difficult this is for me. I’ve had a phobia about aging that’s grown steadily the past few years. I rage against it, I ignore it, I try to put it off. Fortuitously, my medical history has been sound. If I ever do get […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

This is for all the Lonely People

February 13, 2011
This is for all the Lonely People

This afternoon I was eavesdropping on a conversation between a woman of a certain age and a man of her generation. They were discussing social media, in particular: Facebook. The woman was explaining her reasoning for refusing her friends’ and children’s requests to get a FB account. She ridiculed a particular status she had read […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

Why I Declined the Facebook Invitation to Support Egyptian Protesters

February 6, 2011
egyptian protesters

Last week I was invited to join a facebook “event” — A Virtual “March of Millions” in Solidarity with Egyptian Protestors. How exciting it looked, with its fanpage and impassioned wall posts! “Egypt, you are the family of all nations,” one supporter wrote, “and we stand by you in your struggle for freedom and democracy. As […]

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Posted in Freedom, Uncategorized, Violence | 76 Comments »

Temple John: Where do the Fallen Go?

January 30, 2011
Temple John: Where do the Fallen Go?

NT SS Lesson #6 Apostles. This Sunday School lesson gives them a special cachet; a privileged status as special emissaries and powerful witnesses of the Savior. There is no mention of Judas, or William McLellin, of Richard R. Lyman, or even Peter. Though the lesson states that “many of those who heard Jesus failed to […]

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Posted in New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 29 Comments »

Spiritual Conversion: Pickles or French Fries?

January 23, 2011
Spiritual Conversion: Pickles or French Fries?

NT SS Lesson #5 It seems to me that whenever I’ve listened to a discussion of spiritual conversion in the Church, there have been two different and conflicting ways of describing the process. The first was made famous by Elder Bednar in his Conference talk of 2007, Ye Must be Born Again. In this talk, […]

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Posted in New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 21 Comments »

Mormons and Authority/Changing Zodiac Signs

January 16, 2011
zodiac

If you are my friend on Facebook, you may have noticed how appalled I was about the change in zodiac signs. This past week, a news article which originated at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that there has been a change in the equatorial alignment of the Earth since 3000 years ago when the study of […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

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