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:

    Finding the deep text

    August 21, 2016
    Finding the deep text

    A spiritual experience related by many is encounters with the “deep text.” In scripture reading that comes when someone is reading and encounters a passage or a series of chapters with intense meaning, puts down a book mark and when they go back to read that section again, finds that the reading they completed is […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

    About Korihor and the real lesson …

    August 18, 2016
    About Korihor and the real lesson …

    There has been a lot of discussion about Korihor and Alma and what lessons we might learn. I would suggest that if we actually read the story, rather than read into it, we learn some important things. First, Alma gains his moral authority because in his preaching he “recieve[s] no gain.”  That is, “I have […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 47 Comments »

    Eliza R. Snow – Rorschach Test

    August 11, 2016
    Eliza R. Snow – Rorschach Test

    Ask yourself the following question. Was Eliza R. Snow: 1.  The first LDS proto-feminist? 2.  A complete servant of the patriarchy? 3.  Proof that Joseph Smith consummated all of his marriages? 4.  Proof that Joseph Smith only consummated one marriage? 5.  Or was she someone or something else? Your answers, and the answers of many […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

    Talking about Prescription v. Description

    August 4, 2016
    Talking about Prescription v. Description

    Prescription is saying what should be. Description is illustrating what is. Prescription is the choice of strategic balances. Description is the analysis of the elements. Description works well with tactics. Prescription belongs to strategy. I think we too often mistake the one for the other. I enjoy description. I am not good at prescription. So […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

    Being Called of God — Guest Post

    July 29, 2016
    Being Called of God  — Guest Post

    By Rosalie Stone. Rosalie Stone is an ordinance worker in the Seattle temple for the summer and has held church callings in ten different countries. I am grateful to be able to share this guest post as a part of my efforts to interject devotional and inspirational material from time to time as I have with […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

    What happens without a loyal opposition?

    July 28, 2016
    What happens without a loyal opposition?

    Most organizations face a dilemma. On the one hand, too much factionalism and resistance and they break down into feuding, balkanized  fragments. On the other hand, without any pushback, they turn into an echo chamber of yes men. The trick to success is to harness the power of loyal opposition. Thus the Chinese wisdom saying:  “A […]

    Posted in LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 76 Comments »

    What is the church, what is the gospel?

    July 21, 2016
    What is the church, what is the gospel?

    Years ago I was discussing the church, and it hit me: The church is more like a sailing regatta than anything else. When you sail, it is extremely rare for a sailing vessel, or a collection of them, to sail directly for the goal.  Instead, they adjust for the wind, the currents and for the […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

    When Elder Kimball visited our branch

    July 13, 2016
    When Elder Kimball visited our branch

    We have often heard that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Much more interesting to me was what Spencer W. Kimball taught our branch in Newfoundland when he stopped there around 1962, when the world, and the church, were both much smaller. I’m not sure how he ended up at […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

    Why didn’t anyone tell me – about the eye of the needle?

    June 29, 2016
    Why didn’t anyone tell me – about the eye of the needle?

    22. When the young man heard this, he went away in sorrow, because he had great wealth. 23. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through […]

    Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride | 28 Comments »

    Thoughts on the Book of Alma

    June 18, 2016

    Just some thoughts on the Book of Alma for gospel doctrine classes tomorrow and the next little while. I got thinking about the population of Nephites and Mulekites and such when in discussing King Benjamin’s speech, the text notes that King Benjamin’s people had showed up  during a civil war, were a minority, and ended […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

    Why didn’t anyone tell me — about polygamy in the Old Testament

    June 16, 2016
    Why didn’t anyone tell me — about polygamy in the Old Testament

    OK, everyone talks about how Abraham, Moses and Jacob were polygamists and how Solomon had so many wives, but why doesn’t anyone talk about the details — about how polygamy was an utter train-wreck for just about everyone who tried it. Let us start with Abraham.  He is married to Sarah.  She gets impatient for […]

    Posted in Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Polygamy | 69 Comments »

    Mama Dragons Interview (Jill Hazard Rowe)

    June 9, 2016
    Mama Dragons Interview (Jill Hazard Rowe)

    Could you tell our readers a little about yourself? I’m Jill Rowe. I’m known on Facebook as Jill Hazard Rowe. I am one of the originals who helped get the ball rolling with the Mama Dragons. I never thought it would grow so huge. I was born and raised in the SF Bay area to […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

    Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

    June 2, 2016
    Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

    A dear friend of mine died last year.  As she aged she reflected that while it used to be that waiting for Christmas seemed like years — and the wait was 25% of her life, it now seemed like it came once a week (or about 1.25% of her life).  The conversation was interesting because […]

    Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Culture, History, Mormon Culture, Premortality, Technology, Uncategorized, understanding | 13 Comments »

    Interview with Bryndis Roberts

    May 26, 2016
    Interview with Bryndis Roberts

    I was lucky enough to have an interview with Bryndis Roberts who has been passionately involved in supporting others in going to the temple, in the relief society and in the bloggernacle.  In this interview she tells us about herself.  If we are lucky, we may also get a follow-up interview about FEMWOC – Feminist Mormon […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

    What does equality for women in the LDS church look like?

    May 16, 2016
    What does equality for women in the LDS church look like?

    What would women’s equality in the LDS church look like?

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    Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Women | 195 Comments »

    Talking about Changes

    May 11, 2016
    Talking about Changes

    Introduction There have been five changes in the Church in the last fifty years that seem to have altered the shape of the modern church and its direction. They are: A move from the Church as a single tribe “the blood of Israel” or a large family to a collection of super families or affiliated […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 55 Comments »

    What does it mean “to see through a glass, darkly”??

    May 5, 2016
    What does it mean “to see through a glass, darkly”??

    Most people have heard: “Through a glass, darkly (phrase), a Biblical phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:12″   So, what does that scripture mean? What do the words mean? In Greek that is:  βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι’ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι (blepomen gar arti di esoptrou en ainigmati) What Paul is writing about has been described as either […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

    I have not abandoned you, you have abandoned me

    May 1, 2016
    I have not abandoned you, you have abandoned me

    This is a guest post for reflection this Sunday. Years ago, I had a Girl Scout troop when my daughter was very young. I think they are called Daisies at that age. There were many more girls interested than we had parents who could volunteer. There was another daisy troop that same year but they met one evening […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 40 Comments »

    The Church and …

    April 29, 2016
    The Church and …

    A few years ago, when sexual assaults and the Church and other things were being discussed, I had three things happen. First, under the auspices of the local JRCLS, Mark Romney prepared and trained local leaders on mandatory reporting.  No ifs, ands or buts.  You must report and how to do it immediately.  Mark, now […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

    Compassion, Gaslighting and You

    April 20, 2016
    Compassion, Gaslighting and You

    On creating the wrong perception. My blogging hiatus at Wheat and Tares came about when I was trying to write on being heard and avoiding the perception that the speaker was mentally ill.  I eventually gave up on the project, because I couldn’t wrap it into a post.  Well, I think I found a way to […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

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