About: ethesis

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Profile: I was born in 1955, married, father of five girls, three of whom are now deceased. You can find out more about me at http://adrr.com/ my personal website or at my blog, http://ethesis.blogspot.com/. I was one of the original bloggers at Mormon Matters and was please to be invited to blog here at Wheat & Tares.

Posts by ethesis:

    Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

    February 4, 2016
    Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

    Recently I ran across a thread that discussed some potential Ensign articles that would help address some common criticisms or answer questions. That seemed to make a great concept for a post and a place to invite reader input. I’d invite your posting/commenting what you would like to see addressed in the “I have a […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

    An Anglican/Episcopalian version of “the policy” issue

    January 25, 2016
    An Anglican/Episcopalian version of “the policy” issue

    January 19, 2016 Dear Bishop Sumner: I read with interest your remarks regarding the Primates’ meeting. There were two phrases that you used that especially struck me as rather insensitive when it comes to LGBT people – especially those here in Dallas where you were selected to serve. The first is your comment that our […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

    Interview with Jerilyn Hassell Pool

    January 21, 2016
    Interview with  Jerilyn Hassell Pool

    Welcome to the interview series Ms. Jerilyn Hassell Pool. You are famous in some circles and others haven’t ever heard of you. Can you give our readers a quick thumbnail of how you came to be LDS (your short family history) and how that affected where you are now? I was born to a Mormon […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

    Interview with Mary Ann

    January 14, 2016
    Interview with Mary Ann

    We’ve added a new permablogger and I thought an interview would make a great introduction:   What is your background in the church? What were influential factors that shaped your view? I grew up in a mainstream Mormon household in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a lot of Mormon pioneer ancestry (7th-generation Mormon from […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

    Three things

    January 7, 2016
    Three things

    My father-in-law died and had his funeral this Tuesday.  I was asked to write a talk for his funeral (about a month before he died).  They ended up not using it. The had the stake president deliver a plan of salvation talk instead. Worse, he did a brilliant job, turns out that he is a […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

    Why didn’t anyone tell me — about literal interpretation vs. reality

    December 24, 2015
    Why didn’t anyone tell me — about literal interpretation vs. reality

    Many people claim to believe “literally” in the Bible. More or less. They read it as God speaking to them, often in the “original English” (to quote a school board debate). But if we start with the creation story, it turns out no one literally believes in the Bible. After all, the literal story in […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

    Interview with Natasha Helfer Parker

    December 19, 2015
    Interview with Natasha Helfer Parker

    Tell our readers who you are and how you came to the LDS Church. My name is Natasha Helfer Parker. I am a Marriage & Family Therapist, a Sex Therapist, a blogger, podcast host, knitter, wife and mother of 4. My parents converted to the church when I was about 5 years old. They were […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

    To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

    December 17, 2015
    To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

    Jenny Shunn/Ewing gave a talk in Sacrament meeting that was very touching. She graciously agreed to allow me to share her talk, but she worked from an outline (“Mom always told me not to read my talk”), and I was not focused on taking notes instead of listening. So here is the outline. For what […]

    Posted in Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 12 Comments »

    Why didn’t someone tell me about Wheat and Tares?

    December 10, 2015
    Why didn’t someone tell me about Wheat and Tares?

    People tend to think they know about the parable of the wheat and tares. God sows wheat.  The adversary sows tares (darnel weed, a species of bearded rye-grass that is a pretty effective emetic that causes violent vomiting if eaten). The wheat and the tares get separated and the tares are burned. At greater length […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

    Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

    December 5, 2015
    Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

    Too often we think of Aaron and Abraham and others through a modern lens. I still remember someone asking what it must have been like to be Abraham’s home teaching companion.   I thought about this when someone asked me about this ditty that has been going around: Aaron was a prophet, built a golden […]

    Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Topical Guide, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

    What is Charity?

    November 28, 2015
    What is Charity?

    This is a week-end devotional post on the love of Christ. But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, […]

    Posted in Charity, Christian, LDS, Mormon | 8 Comments »

    Someone should have told me — about traditions

    November 19, 2015
    Someone should have told me — about traditions

    The scriptures are full of the problems that people run into because of “the traditions of the fathers” — mistakes made in the past and passed along and taken for fact that mislead the children and the children’s children. We’ve had some of those in our own time.  What is fascinating is the times when […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

    Someone should have told me — about not inhaling.

    November 12, 2015
    Someone should have told me — about not inhaling.

    The basic story about not inhaling is part of a talk on pride. When I was called as a General Authority, I was blessed to be tutored by many of the senior Brethren in the Church. One day I had the opportunity to drive President James E. Faust to a stake conference. During the hours […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

    An aside, why are people going inactive?

    October 29, 2015
    An aside, why are people going inactive?

    Some recent statistical analysis (which has huge problems as it is grossly in accurate for dates before 1970 or so since activity rates increased between 1960 and 1973) reveals that the trend of increasing inactivity started in the 1980s — long before general access to the internet or similar matters that are trendy to associate […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 78 Comments »

    Why didn’t someone tell me about — The Book of Abraham

    October 22, 2015
    Why didn’t someone tell me about — The Book of Abraham

    That is a fun question. What we know: There are two different narratives about the book. First, Joseph Smith was inspired by or translated a twelve foot scroll in black and red letters.  From that he obtained The Book of Abraham. Second, He then attempted to match up the Book of Abraham with a Book of […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

    Someone should have told me — Polygamy

    October 15, 2015
    Someone should have told me — Polygamy

    As a church we talk about polygamy seldom enough that there are people who are unaware that it was ever a practice.  When we do talk about it, we seem to either have people waxing extremely nostalgic or waxing extreme in their offense.  Usually over the same things.  The truth is that polygamy was extreme. […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 59 Comments »

    You are needed

    October 8, 2015
    You are needed

    A short break from my regular series. Years ago I knew Kathy Pullins when she was in charge of the BYU Womens’ Conference.  One thing that struck her is that President Hinckley told her that the Church needed leadership from the women in the Church and that it was pressing on him. In general conference this […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

    Someone Should Have Told Me — Genocide in the Bible

    September 17, 2015
    Someone Should Have Told Me — Genocide in the Bible

    Before I get into the information that isn’t as clear as it could be, a short quiz. Who can remember the story of Zipporah in Exodus? Who knows the story of what happened when Moses’ other wife showed up in the Israelite camp? Who knows the story of Aaron and the golden calf? Who can […]

    Posted in Christian, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, scriptures | 6 Comments »

    Someone Should Have Told Me — How to bear your testimony and make it a testimony

    September 11, 2015
    Someone Should Have Told Me — How to bear your testimony and make it a testimony

    I want to start with a quote: “Constant, never-varying inspiration is not a factor in the administration of the affairs even of the Church; not even good men, no, not though they be prophets or other high officials of the Church, are at all times and in all things inspired of God. It is only […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

    Interview with Margaret Young

    September 4, 2015
    Interview with Margaret Young

    I was lucky enough to interview Margaret Young for almost three hours in person and to follow it up with a more formatted written interview.  Her project www.heartofafricafilm.com is what she is currently working on. You can get steady updates at https://www.facebook.com/HeartOfAfricaFilm/ With that said, here is the interview: I understand you have a life […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

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