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Strange Bedfellows

September 16, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

About a week ago I had a dream that I was in the Creationism museum.  I’m sure this was inspired in part by the Buzzfeed articles about that dubious family-friendly recreational activity.  In the dream, I got separated from my family, and I was struggling to find my kids.  I kept passing anti-scientific exhibits and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, theology, Women | 31 Comments »

Back to School: Dress Codes (Weekend Poll)

September 6, 2014
Back to School: Dress Codes (Weekend Poll)

If your school district is like ours, it’s that time of year again when parents are warned what their kids can’t wear to school, and kids buy back to school clothes, many of which are designed to contradict dress codes.  Let’s talk about school dress codes. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 25 Comments »

5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 39 Comments »

Kate & John: Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

June 17, 2014
Kate & John:  Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

The recent actions against John Dehlin and Kate Kelly have been unsettling for many of us who are familiar with them and their work.  Others feel that the church’s action against them is long overdue, and that they are undermining (or attempting to) the very foundations of our doctrines.  There are people like me who […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 59 Comments »

In Kate’s Defense: Her Mother Speaks

June 12, 2014
In Kate’s Defense:  Her Mother Speaks

An Open letter for all who have ears to hear: My Amazing Daughter Kate Kelly Jesus said “ASK and ye shall receive. Significantly, he did not say “ASK and ye shall be punished.” #STANDWITHKATE *** An open letter to all who have ears to hear: From a very young age, Kate has been a bright […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 13 Comments »

(Heart)Breaking News: Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

June 11, 2014
(Heart)Breaking News:  Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

The New York Times reports that both Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are being called for a disciplinary council.  While their aims and methods are vastly different, both are politically more liberal than the majority of church members, and both are proponents of women’s rights and acceptance of homosexuals. From Robert D. Putnam’s book American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 119 Comments »

Five American Habits I Broke By Living in Singapore

June 10, 2014
Five American Habits I Broke By Living in Singapore

One of the key ways your life changes when you live abroad is that you discard old habits.  Sometimes you do this deliberately as you change your priorities in light of differences in local values.  Other times you do this out of necessity because your old habits are simply not as easily supported. Here are […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom | 15 Comments »

Manufactured Prejudice

June 3, 2014
Manufactured Prejudice

On a recent post at BCC, a commenter stated that in his stake at a recent meeting with a Q&A session with a general authority, two of the seven questions asked were how to get youth to accept the church’s stance on homosexuality. [1]  This is a question that I have wondered about myself as […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

We know why it ended, and we know the Book of Mormon condemns it.  Why did polygamy start in the Mormon church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Public Affairs’ Open Letter to the Bloggernacle

May 30, 2014
Public Affairs’ Open Letter to the Bloggernacle

This letter is being discussed on the other blogs.  Wheat & Tares is one of the blogs that did not receive a direct copy of this from Bro. Otterson, so this is a copy paste of the letter for our readers.  *Footnotes are editorial comments by wheatmeister and are not part of Bro. Otterson’s letter. […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 58 Comments »

Church by Men for Men

April 22, 2014
Church by Men for Men

This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded, before a woman prayed in General Conference.  I was surprised to find it in draft, fully written, and yet still mostly timely.  I’ve done a little updating to include some current references and five suggestions for next steps […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized, Women | 74 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 »

5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

April 1, 2014
5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

The internet is rife with great pranks for this most inauspicious of holidays.  Here are a handful that are uniquely Mormon-themed, just for our Bloggernacle readers. Find some of your Kindergarten clay projects.  Sell them on ebay as “Authentic Mayan Artifacts.” Using the ward list, call everyone on it about an “exciting scented candle opportunity” […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

My Brief Foray into Mormon Passive Aggression

January 7, 2014
My Brief Foray into Mormon Passive Aggression

My sophomore year at BYU, I lived in a house south of campus with four other girls.  One roommate was engaged, another was a grad student film major we didn’t see  much, and the remaining two were former mission companions who both had jobs in addition to going to school.  I didn’t see much of […]

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Posted in Agency, America, BYU, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

Missionary BMI Restrictions (Plus Poll)

December 31, 2013
Missionary BMI Restrictions (Plus Poll)

There are two interesting trends in missionary work right now:  1) more missionaries of both sexes are putting in their papers to serve now that the lower age requirement enables some to go who might otherwise not go, and 2) many western countries are in the grip of an obesity epidemic, with a rising average […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Is Free Speech Dead?

December 27, 2013
Is Free Speech Dead?

UPDATE:  A+E lifts suspension on Phil Robertson’s appearances on Duck Dynasty. New Season will  start on Jan 15 and filming for new episodes including Robertson will film in the spring.  A+E issued the following statement: “While Phil’s comments made in the (GQ) interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Race Relations | 36 Comments »

Brother Jake and Religious Freedom

December 19, 2013
Brother Jake and Religious Freedom

Just in time for the annual conflict for Christmas, here is my latest video. Warning: this one gets political. Growing up in rural Arizona, I had a pretty long bus home from elementary school every day. On the days when I didn’t fall asleep, miss my stop, and have to wait in the “bus barn” […]

Posted in America, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 9 Comments »

Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

December 10, 2013
Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

A recent study shows the different conspiracy theories espoused by the two US political parties.  While belief in these conspiracies isn’t restricted to partisan lines, there is a marked tendency for each camp to go one way or the other.  First, there were some statistics on things voters believe in general: 51% believe that there […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 22 Comments »

Facebook Police (Weekend Poll)

December 7, 2013
Facebook Police (Weekend Poll)

When it comes to LDS people and Facebook status updates or photos, what are the boundaries?  Should ward members or bishops ever intervene if someone’s status updates or photos violate LDS standards?  Or should people consider Facebook friendships a privilege they should treat with respect by not policing each others’ behavior?  What if someone was […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

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