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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 »

Mormonism & Capitalism

December 4, 2013
Mormonism & Capitalism

Last week I submitted a post comparing and contrasting Communism with Mormonism. Today I’d like to do the same with Capitalism.  In doing so, I attempt to explore where it is Mormons might stand between these two opposite poles of the political and economic landscape.  Capitalism is easier for most Mormons to sympathize with, because it happens […]

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Posted in Agency, America, debt, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 44 Comments »

Mormonism & Communism

November 27, 2013
Mormonism & Communism

Like many of Satan’s glass imitations, Communism has some remarkable truths mixed with its errors, and Mormons share many of these same truths.  The similarities might make us uncomfortable, given Communism’s terrible reputation.   It’s tempting to casually dismiss Communism as “Satan’s plan” while ignoring the many similarities between it and the Law of Consecration.  We […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 34 Comments »

How to Stop Writing Like a Mormon Using this One Weird Trick

November 12, 2013
How to Stop Writing Like a Mormon Using this One Weird Trick

In a recent New York Times article, Mark Oppenheimer writes about how Mormons are pretty awesome at penning sci-fi, fantasy, and YA novels, but how they can never seem to write “great” fiction. Why is this? Shannon Hale is quoted as saying that the “great” books she read for her master’s degree “treated ‘decline and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Obamacare and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Web Site

October 22, 2013
Obamacare and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Web Site

The key driver for the Affordable Care Act was a statistic that showed that 47 million in the US (of a population of 300 million) were uninsured, many of these children.  In order for the Affordable Care Act to be financially sustainable, 30 million will need to sign up.  The goal is to have 7 […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

“I Know It When I See It” (Weekend Poll)

October 19, 2013
“I Know It When I See It” (Weekend Poll)

What exactly is pornography?  Can it only be known by the response it creates in people or is it able to be defined in and of itself? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

Is Shaming a Good Parenting Technique?

September 17, 2013
Is Shaming a Good Parenting Technique?

The Deseret News posted an interesting article about a father (Mackintosh, right) who didn’t like the shorts his daughter was wearing, so he cut some of his own pants to mimic hers and wore them in public. [1] This act was sufficiently lauded to be featured in the Deseret News, but then it also got […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Singles | 25 Comments »

Is This Racist?

September 10, 2013
Is This Racist?

Are we becoming hypersensitive to racism in the US?  Will our perspectives be viewed as racist by future generations the older we get as those views of prior generations appear to us? Singapore practices what I would call “institutionalized racism.”  There is a hierarchy within the races in the country, and some races are given […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Education, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 9 Comments »

Prayer at the Rameumptom, LDS Edition

September 8, 2013
Prayer at the Rameumptom, LDS Edition

What exactly is so objectionable about the prayer of the Zoramites on the Rameumptom? When we discussed it in church a few weeks ago, most members agreed that it was pride: the Zoramites see themselves as chosen and saved, while everyone else is damned because they were not chosen. But is there more to it […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 12 Comments »

“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

August 8, 2013
“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

Charles Barkley was interviewed in the Dan Patrick Show this week where he discussed the recent racial comments made by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, as well as the Trayvon Martin verdict.  Barkley had some interesting views. Ninety-five percent of black people who get killed, get killed by other black people.  I don’t see […]

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Posted in America, Race Relations, Violence | 38 Comments »

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