Church Policy

LDS Church politics in Utah

March 23, 2015
LDS Church politics in Utah

There are some people who think that the LDS Church should not be allowed to lobby with regards to political issues.  I am not one of those people.  However, I think there are tactics the church should avoid, or they cross over boundaries with regards to the separation of church and state. Carl Wimmer served […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 43 Comments »

On Being Wrong

March 18, 2015
On Being Wrong

So let me ask you guys something. How does it feel — emotionally — how does it feel to be wrong? Dreadful. Thumbs down. Embarrassing. Okay, wonderful, great. Dreadful, thumbs down, embarrassing — thank you, these are great answers, but they’re answers to a different question. You guys are answering the question: How does it […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Morality | 10 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

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Haters Gonna Hate

March 13, 2015
Haters Gonna Hate

In general I’m a fan of Neylan McBaine, I first ran across her a few years ago when I saw her presentation at FAIR making the rounds online and then when her “Moderate Mormon Manifesto” was published on FMH. I’ve tried to follow her work since then, and it wasn’t until listening to the Dialogue […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Reviews, Women | 19 Comments »

Unhealthy Baby Abortion

March 9, 2015
Unhealthy Baby Abortion

A few years ago, I home taught an older gentleman.  His daughter was recently married, and discovered that the baby she was carrying had serious medical issues.  The baby was missing the right side of her body, and the doctor told the couple that the baby would be born alive, but live just hours due to […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Women | 21 Comments »

Sprinkling

March 8, 2015
Sprinkling

Mormons believe baptism must be done by immersion, and view sprinkling for baptism as a sign of apostasy.  It got me thinking about a recent change in the LDS temple ceremony called Washing and Anointing. When the endowment was first administered in the Kirtland Temple, as part of the Washing and Anointing ordinance, initiates had […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 13 Comments »

What is Real?

March 4, 2015
What is Real?

For those who were around in the 80’s, you might remember a church video called “What is Real”. Serving my mission in the early 1990’s, I showed it to nearly anyone who we met more than once. It is actually not a bad story, for a church video, if you can get away from the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Modesty, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Women | 27 Comments »

That Moment When You Realize You Are Talking to Crazy People

March 2, 2015
That Moment When You Realize You Are Talking to Crazy People

Have you ever been in a discussion at church in which the discussion was so far afield that you found yourself thinking “We have completely lost it.  We are talking total nonsense”? Recently I was called to be the ward trek coordinator. [1]  Our stake has never done a pioneer trek before, so I’m not […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 65 Comments »

Preaching Marriage: What Works for One…

February 26, 2015
Preaching Marriage: What Works for One…

What works for one won’t necessarily work for all. I’ve been following the comments on Hawkgrrrl’s recent post about dating with interest, particularly in light of Elder Holland’s recent address to the CES folk. The relevant portions of his speech, in which he raises a number of reasons why our young people may be delaying […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, debt, Education, LDS, seminary, Uncategorized | 54 Comments »

Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

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Merging Wards: A Change in Strategy?

February 12, 2015
Merging Wards: A Change in Strategy?

I’ve become aware that it is now seems to be more common for wards to be combined to form a single unit. This is something that has happened to my own ward recently. I am so happy. And apparently we’re not the only stake where this is happening. It was only last year that I […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

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Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

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Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

February 4, 2015
Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

We’re here to announce the official winners of our annual Wheaties and Tarefic Awards.  Some of you may remember the controversy we had a few years ago when we mixed up the winner of the Best Blog Category.  Well, apparently we like controversy, (or maybe we’re just not that technically savvy.)  We had some minor […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 12 Comments »

A Bishop’s Interview: Getting It Right

February 2, 2015
A Bishop’s Interview:  Getting It Right

Today’s post is a guest post by Hawkgrrrl’s friend, Katpur, a woman living in Salt Lake City.  A friend shared this recalled transcript of her recent temple recommend interview with her bishop. Bishop: Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 23 Comments »

Before Sacrament Meeting Begins

January 29, 2015
Before Sacrament Meeting Begins

In some wards sacrament meeting is held first and in others it is the last meeting of the 3 hour block. There is always that time when everyone is coming in to be seated, greeting those they haven’t spoken to yet that day, chatting amongst themselves and the accompanist for the meeting, be they organist […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 34 Comments »

Weekend Poll: John Dehlin’s Court of Love

January 24, 2015
Weekend Poll:  John Dehlin’s Court of Love

John Dehlin is in the news again.  He announced on Mormon Stories that he has received a letter advising him to attend a disciplinary council on January 25.  Then in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, the stake president re-scheduled the court until February 25 (rumor has it there was a death in the […]

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Moderate MoFem Wish List

January 21, 2015
Moderate MoFem Wish List

We saw a lot of feminist changes in the year 2014 in the LDS church, big and small. We saw women of color praying for the first time in a General LDS Meeting, CES policy changes of women with children at home being able to teach as a full-time paid employee, and many more.  As […]

Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, General Conference, Modesty, Mormon Culture, Women | 36 Comments »

Are Doubters Welcome?

January 20, 2015
DoubtersWelcome

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast” There is an epic war of ideology occurring right before our eyes in Mormonism. There are people lining up to take various sides. The trouble is the lines have been blurred and the average onlooker is perhaps not seeing things as they […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Bill Reel, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, gender equity, History, Joseph Smith, Latter, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 35 Comments »

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