Church Policy

Where Are All the Men? You’ll Never Know.

September 22, 2014
Where Are All the Men?  You’ll Never Know.

The church has recently released a 9 minute video called “You Never Know.” It features what must be assumed to be a single mom who is trying very hard to get her to do list done so she can meet her cousin at the airport to spend the evening with her.  But her to do […]

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Pure Speculation – Ordaining Women – How Would it Work?

September 20, 2014
Pure Speculation – Ordaining Women – How Would it Work?

I have wondered what if the Prophet had a revelation extending the Priesthood to all worthy women. Many of us have said, if that were to happen, we would happily accept it. But since it has not, well…… But if it did happen, how it would work? Since adult men who join the church are […]

Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, emotions, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 24 Comments »

Hang the Proc! (Weekend Poll

September 19, 2014
Hang the Proc!  (Weekend Poll

Some consider hanging the Family Proclamation evidence of one’s orthodoxy.   Others received it as a gift and hung it to be polite.  And many don’t hang it up for a variety of reasons.  What’s on your wall? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 23 Comments »

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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Speak, Girl! Speak! Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

September 13, 2014
Speak, Girl!  Speak!  Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

The recent European Women’s conference has got people talking about E. Ballard’s admonishment (or joke) that women should not speak too much in councils but should defer to male authorities.  If you haven’t read it, Cynthia L.’s excellent post on BCC bears a quick reading.  Women can now try to walk that razor’s edge to […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Europe, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 22 Comments »

Consumer Church

September 9, 2014
Consumer Church

“Ask not what your church can do, but what you can do for your church” is what JFK might have said if he had been a General Authority. Not attending church used to carry a very high penalty:  fines, ostracism, and even death.  In Shakespeare’s day, it was illegal not to attend church.  Nowadays, there really […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride | 45 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 »

Who’s Privileged?

September 5, 2014
Who’s Privileged?

One of the war cries of modern feminism is that of male privilege. There is no doubt that in certain areas like employment and pay, education, property rights, sexual rights, etc., men throughout the ages have enjoyed considerable advantage due to perceived gender roles. This so-called privilege has largely, but not completely dissipated in areas […]

Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Uncategorized, Women | 70 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 »

The Art of Bath Abbey: Textiles

August 28, 2014
The Art of Bath Abbey: Textiles

This summer we spent a few days in Bath, Somerset. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is the Bath of the Roman Baths, the fashionable spa town of Beau Nash and Jane Austin. For me, summer isn’t complete without visiting at least one of the historical churches or cathedrals of […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

August 14, 2014
Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

This last Sunday I was released as Ward Music Chairman, a post I have occupied for a year. I had also been asked to speak in sacrament meeting about the importance of music in the church and in the home. The talk (abridged & adapted) follows. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye […]

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Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

MD Podcast: White Shirt Pseudo Doctrine

August 10, 2014
MD Podcast: White Shirt Pseudo Doctrine

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about how cultural mores can become pseudo doctrines. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a close r look at the “The White Shirt Phenomena”.  This is a great issue to use as a backdrop for our culture creating rules that do not really exist, […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

August 2, 2014
Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

Being single and celibate is no picnic.  What if that single status stretches on for much longer than hoped? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Serving in the Church (Callings): A Personal Perspective

July 31, 2014
Serving in the Church (Callings): A Personal Perspective

One woman I know loves her church callings, whatever that calling might be, and she’s invariably distraught when released. Even if she’d felt trepidation at the start, at the end she’s sobbing because she doesn’t want to go. I regard her experience with wonder and awe. It is something completely alien to me. Myself, I […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon Belief | 33 Comments »

MD Podcast – Elder Oaks and his April 2014 talk

July 20, 2014
PowerAuthority

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about E. Oaks’ recent talk on Priesthood authority. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a closer look at Elder Oaks April 2014 Conference talk and suggests there may be more given by Elder Oaks than some first thought In the April 2014 conference Elder Oaks […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 7 Comments »

Brother Jake and Church Discipline

July 18, 2014
Brother Jake and Church Discipline

In light of all the confusion about church discipline lately, I made a little video to explain the issue. I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

July 17, 2014
Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

On Monday 14 July 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops following five hours of debate. Women were first ordained as deacons from 1985 onwards, the issue of ordaining women having first appeared on the agenda at the Lambeth Conference back in 1920 (see resolutions 47-54). The […]

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