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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 | 9 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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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

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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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Doctrine, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 9 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 »

Denied! Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

July 8, 2014
Denied!  Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

A specific section of the Church Handbook of Instruction is being cited as the rationale for denying family members Temple Recommends due to the views of their family members.  The section in question is this: Section 3.3.4  Members Whose Close Relatives Belong to Apostate Groups Bishops and their counselors must take exceptional care when issuing […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 103 Comments »

Women of the Bible: Phoebe

June 29, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Phoebe

Phoebe was a very trusted Christian missionary.  Church meetings were held in her home in Cenchreae.  Paul said she was a deacon in the church and a patron of many.  Because she was so trustworthy, the apostle Paul asked her to deliver a letter to the Roman church (Romans 16:1-2.)  She was a very important […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mormon Belief, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Women | 3 Comments »

Approved Post Topics: An LDS Blogger’s Guide

June 24, 2014
Approved Post Topics:  An LDS Blogger’s Guide

In the wake of Kate’s excommunication, and in light of the Newsroom’s recent statement [1], I thought I’d help out my fellow bloggers with some suggestions of approved topics for future posts: What is your favorite color? How glad are you when Daddy comes home? Which of the twelve apostles is tallest? Will our pets […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Education, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 111 Comments »

Kirby on Kate

June 23, 2014
Kirby on Kate

I stayed up really late trying to find out what would happen to Kate Kelly, and now we’re told that a decision will come Monday or Tuesday.  Hmmm, I need a humor break.  So here are some of Robert Kirby’s words from the Salt Lake Tribune. The outcome of Sunday’s “court o’ love” is a […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 54 Comments »

At Their Own Word: The Mormon Newsroom on Church Discipline

June 20, 2014
LDS Newsroom Moroni

What can we learn about the church, discipline, and apostasy if we take the Newsroom at its own word?

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Excommunication, Mormon, Priesthood, Women | 33 Comments »

Introducing restorepolygamy.com

June 20, 2014
Introducing restorepolygamy.com

In light of two key events happening in the US and within the Church, we are excited to announce the latest in member-driven agitation. As you know, the US is rapidly moving toward legalizing and recognizing same sex marriage (SSM). The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and many individual states […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

June 19, 2014
Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

We’re not the only religious faith undergoing scrutiny from within and without on the topic of apostasy and what it means to us individually and collectively. The case of Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan has rightly received international attention. Meriam’s case was recently discussed in the wider context of what apostasy […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Belief, Politics, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

MHA 2014 in San Antonio

June 9, 2014
MHA 2014 in San Antonio

I thoroughly enjoyed MHA 2014 here in San Antonio, and getting to meet some other bloggers like Clean Cut and Matt W from New Cool Thang.  I didn’t live blog MHA like Kevin Barney did at By Common Consent, but thought I’d give a “quick” recap of the happenings there.  (Kevin and I obviously overlapped […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Reviews, Women | 7 Comments »

Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

June 7, 2014
Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

What hurts testimonies and results in people leaving the church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 49 Comments »

In Defence of our Local Leaders: The Otterson Letter

June 5, 2014
In Defence of our Local Leaders: The Otterson Letter

The recent letter from Michael Otterson, public affairs, appears to indicate that only one of the very many issues some Mormon women have with the church has been recognised and acknowledged: namely, difficulties with local leaders. He recommends greater recognition that “we are all human, and occasionally we say things clumsily or we lack sufficient […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, Women | 42 Comments »

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