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Marriage Covenants

October 22, 2014
Marriage Covenants

MB comes for a first guest post in response to a question from Mormon Heretic on Guy Templeton’s post about Excommunication after Sealings. I was married in the temple to my excellent spouse in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage.  But we were not sealed to each other. But before I go into details, […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 17 Comments »

Moderation in Teaching Modesty

September 21, 2014
Moderation in Teaching Modesty

I received the following message privately from a friend who read my last post entitled “Men, Sex & Modesty” and have permission to share it under my name so the writer remains anonymous. It is long, but it is incredibly important and ought to be read by EVERY person on this earth, and especially by […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

September 21, 2014
The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

[Morgan Deane is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com ] The Duck Dynasty patriarch made news recently for advocating a controversial policy in response to the […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, theology, Violence | 31 Comments »

Selfies/Texting at Funerals?

September 17, 2014
Selfies/Texting at Funerals?

A friend wrote this on Facebook a few days ago….. It has been several years since I’ve attended a funeral in an LDS chapel. Today was the funeral of jr high/high school friend and classmate. I was disheartened to see both teens and adults texting and browsing social media sites on their phones during this […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon | 15 Comments »

The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

September 3, 2014
The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

This is our first guest post from Forgetting, a frequent commenter here at Wheat and Tares. Microbes are the most often overlooked aspect of the Word of Wisdom. Not only are microbes there in the spirit of the principle, but they are mentioned in the text both plainly and also somewhat obscurely. Fermentation is the […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 23 Comments »

A Thought Experiment

August 31, 2014
A Thought Experiment

Imagine a classroom where the ratio of boys and girls is fairly even. Now, let’s pick class president, vice president, treasurer, and other leadership positions. First rule: Boys only.

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized, Women | 46 Comments »

A Prayer from the Sidelines

June 22, 2014
A Prayer from the Sidelines

This is a guest post from Christian Harrison. Today, Kate Kelly — our sister in God and our coreligionist for as long as we’ll keep her — is being tried for apostasy. She’s being tried in absentia, an act of shocking cowardice. Others, too, are facing Church disciplinary courts. It’s an uneasy season… and I’ve […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 11 Comments »

Best Frenemies

June 2, 2014
Best Frenemies

Dear Brother Otterson, I so appreciate the step you took with your latest letter.  I find a lot of hope there.  I feel so grateful that you referred to some mormon feminists in a positive light.  As a cultural group the church members try to silence and ostracize many of us.  The letter seems to […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 2

May 11, 2014
Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 2

Markag continues his series on differences and similarities of LDS and RLDS worship services. The worship service of the LDS and RLDS both utilize congregation hymn singing and special music; by which I mean any musical pieces outside the official hymnbook and/or prepared by members in advance. The RLDS in recent years refer to them […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

General Conference Buffet

April 23, 2014
General Conference Buffet

This is our first guest post from Kristine A. I think that General Conference could be called Mormonism’s Golden Corral. Twice a year, every year, we are invited to a feast of words of counsel and guidance from our leaders. The past two years since my faith transition I’ve been more acutely aware of a […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride | 11 Comments »

The Gospel of Conformity

April 17, 2014
The Gospel of Conformity

Today’s guest post is by Benjamin.  Imagine that you are asked to participate in a study. The researcher tells you that she is studying people’s ability to interpret visual information. You are placed at the end of a row of four chairs with three other participants. On the projector screen in front of you appears […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 1

April 13, 2014
Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 1

This is our second guest post from Markag.  He shares his experiences as a convert from the RLDS to the LDS Church. I have been a singer/player of music, both sacred and secular, all my life; eventually getting a degree in music. I was elected Music Director on a branch/district level in the RLDS Church.  […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 25 Comments »

Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

March 30, 2014
Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

This guest post comes from Morgan Deane.  He blogs at Warfare and the Book of Mormon as well as The Arsenal of Venice. I just got out of the movie Noah, and it certainly left a great deal on my mind. With some Christians having issues with the movie I thought it would be wise […]

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Posted in Mormon, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 5 Comments »

30 Years of Lessons: Women and Gays in the CoC

March 30, 2014
30 Years of Lessons:  Women and Gays in the CoC

We are very pleased to have our first guest post from Rich Brown.  Rich was an editor at the then-RLDS Church’s publishing division (Herald Publishing House) for 14 years before the operation was merged into International Headquarters across town in Independence, Missouri. He has also served a book and magazine editor there for nine years, the […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon, Priesthood | 17 Comments »

Comparing the Sacrament/Communion between the LDS & RLDS

March 28, 2014
Comparing the Sacrament/Communion between the LDS & RLDS

This the first post from commenter Markag.  Growing up RLDS, he converted to the LDS Church in 1999, a few years prior to the RLDS name change to the Community of Christ.  He gives some insights into differences between LDS and RLDS/CoC worship practices. There are a few similarities and differences of the service conducted […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon | 23 Comments »

Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

February 12, 2014
Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

Today’s guest post is by Jared. When I started blogging in 2007 my objective was to write about the doctrine of Christ as it is taught in the Book of Mormon and by church leaders. As time as gone on, I realize that there are not many LDS who search the internet with the intent […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 21 Comments »

The Nauvoo Temple 1840’s Dedication: Inimitable or Invalid?

December 16, 2013
The Nauvoo Temple 1840’s Dedication:  Inimitable or Invalid?

This is the first guest post from our frequent commenter Rigel Hawthorne. After reading the recent W&T post about regarding Denver Snuffer’s conclusions on the Nauvoo Temple dedication, I wanted to go back and examine the events.  The Nauvoo Temple dedication was certainly singular in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day […]

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Posted in Apostasy, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 26 Comments »

Purple Heart RMs

October 23, 2013
Purple Heart RMs

This is a guest post from Ryan who blogs at Rational Faiths. Lately I’ve been working with others on a new project called Purple Heart RMs.  We are a group of members trying to help the Church navigate missionary health issues. We believe that the way injured, ill, and early returning missionaries are treated is […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 10 Comments »

What Don’t Women Get

October 11, 2013
What Don’t Women Get

In response to the Ordain Women movement, many women in the church have been circulating a video by Sheri Dew called “What Women Get.”  Today’s guest post is a response to the points Sis. Dew raises in this video, and why this isn’t enough.  Welcome to guest poster Madison P.! Here’s a run down of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 28 Comments »

The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

October 2, 2013
The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

When my Mormon feminist sisters decided to make their point by wearing pants to church, I was curious.  The method seemed amusing even, although I really didn’t understand what the expected outcome was.  If they felt comfortable worshiping in pants,  it seemed fine to me.  I couldn’t see how it would be a strike for […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, understanding | 38 Comments »

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