Church Policy

Are Mormons Happy?

April 27, 2016
Are Mormons Happy?

Wheat & Tares is pleased to feature today’s guest post. Mormons clearly value happiness on Earth, and they have the pithy quotes to prove it.  If you ask me (and nobody is) happiness is pretty much the point of any spiritual journey.  I mean, deep down, the idea of eternal bliss after death ought to make life […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Religion, Women | 66 Comments »

New Revelation in the Community of Christ

April 24, 2016
New Revelation in the Community of Christ

Here is another guest post by Rich Brown, a member of the Community of Christ. It used to be that World Conference delegates in the Community of Christ arrived in Independence, Missouri, wondering if the church’s prophet-president would submit an inspired document to be considered for inclusion in the Doctrine and Covenants. When they arrive […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, LGBT, Mormon, scriptures, theology | 12 Comments »

Understanding Title IX and BYU

April 23, 2016
Understanding Title IX and BYU

There has been a good deal of discussion about Title IX recently.  This guest post explains just what Title IX is and how the law impacts the current BYU policy. The Law In shorthand, Title IX means that universities must have a program for reporting sexual assaults. [It is much, much more, but that is […]

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Posted in BYU, BYU-Idaho, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 51 Comments »

Mormon Feminism: An Anthology for the Ages

April 18, 2016
Mormon Feminism:  An Anthology for the Ages

“We began as a group of women talking about our lives.”  So begins the collection of essays that comprise Mormon Feminism:  Essential Writings (in the words of Claudia Bushman).  And so begins feminism in general, for certainly this is how women shared their experiences and talked about their struggles.  There’s something powerful about a group of women talking […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women | 29 Comments »

Teachers who don’t Teach

April 17, 2016
Teachers who don’t Teach

D&C 20:53-59 says, 53 The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them; 54 And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; 55 And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Mormon, Priesthood | 16 Comments »

Refugees of Our Own Making

April 12, 2016
Refugees of Our Own Making

Today we are honored to hear from guest blogger, Bryce Cook. Two of the most moving talks at this month’s General Conference were Sister Linda Burton’s “I Was a Stranger” and Elder Patrick Kearon’s “Refuge from the Storm,” which were about administering relief to the world’s refugees. The Church has even set up a special website to educate people […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Empathy, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 33 Comments »

How do we meet expectations?

March 31, 2016
How do we meet expectations?

Introduction “We need women who are organized and women who can organize. We need women with executive ability who can plan and direct and administer; women who can teach, women who can speak out. … and We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Joseph Smith, leadership | 49 Comments »

Juggling Church Callings in a Family

March 24, 2016
Juggling Church Callings in a Family

For most of our married life my husband and I have held callings that did not conflict, or which, sometimes complimented each-other. Early in our marriage, before children, we both served in the youth programme, and I was pianist, whilst he served as chorister in our sacrament meetings. Once children came along we weren’t called […]

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Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Uncategorized | 40 Comments »

Tattered Passports & Dual Citizenship

March 2, 2016
Tattered Passports & Dual Citizenship

In Armand Mauss’ memoir, Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport, he describes his frustration of holding a “Mormon passport” in the intellectual world because he was mistrusted and not seen as a true intellectual (how could someone intelligent fall for that cult, right?). Yet when he was in his home Mormon land he was viewed with […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, Feminism, LGBT, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

Medical Marijuana & Death Penalty (weekend poll)

February 27, 2016
Medical Marijuana & Death Penalty (weekend poll)

This week in Utah, state senator Mark Madsen helped push a bill through the Utah Senate legalizing medical marijuana, despite LDS Church opposition.  The LDS Church’s main concern was over “unintended consequences.” The bill moves onto the House and it is unclear how they will vote on it. In other news, state senator Steve Urquardt […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 8 Comments »

Servant Sealing

February 22, 2016
Jane Elizabeth Manning James

This past weekend, I had occasion to attend an unusual sealing ceremony.  One of my wife’s co-workers is in her 70s.  Her husband passed away last year.  Yesterday she was sealed to her dead husband.  Her son served as proxy for her deceased husband.  (Incidentally, she has been married and divorced to 2 other men […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Temple, theology, Women | 6 Comments »

Dead Free Will and Choice?

February 21, 2016
image of sealing room courtesy of LDS.org

I’m pretty active in genealogy and finding names for the temple.  Recently I participated in some temple sealings on behalf of the dead.  The ceremonies are essentially the same between the living and the dead except for the addition of the following words “Bro/Sis Brown in behalf of {fill in the name} who is dead”.  […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology | 2 Comments »

Oaks Addresses Church Accountability in LGBT Deaths

February 15, 2016
Oaks Addresses Church Accountability in LGBT Deaths

A Salt Lake City-based television station reported yesterday that Elder Dallin H. Oaks addressed Church responsibility in recent LGBT Mormon deaths. A few days ago, Elder Oaks was at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., speaking about… wait for it… religious freedom. In a Q&A session following the address, Andrew Evans (an attendee) posed this […]

Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon Discussion | 86 Comments »

Comparing 1978 and 1985

February 15, 2016
Prophet/President Stephen Veazey, First Counselor Becky Savage, Second Counselor Scott Murphy (seated)

Continuuing with the theme of Black History Month, I thought I’d reflect on changes in the past 30 years or so.  In 1978, the LDS Church announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on black men.  In 1985, the RLDS Church (now known as the Community of Christ) announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on women. […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Prophet, Race Relations, Women | 32 Comments »

Herd Baptisms in Utah

February 14, 2016
Herd Baptisms in Utah

I’ve lived in several places in the United States, and one conclusion I have is that Stake baptisms in Utah are awful.  In the “mission field”, family members of the prospective 8 year old members give a couple of talks on baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Family members often pick hymns.  Often […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 25 Comments »

Another Way Of Looking At Temples

February 11, 2016
Another Way Of Looking At Temples

When it comes to reading the Old Testament, I have for the last few years liked to consider the Jewish perspective. It is, afterall, first and foremost, Jewish scripture. From time to time I will dip into the archives of the Jewish Bible Quarterly looking for perspectives. I also like the website of Rabbi Lord […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Temple | 11 Comments »

Families vs. Dynasties

February 9, 2016
Families vs. Dynasties

A recent disturbing trend surfaced in Mormon internet groups in which parents wrote letters to their young adult children explaining that if they did not stay active in the church, they would be cut from the inheritance.  At roughly the same time, LDS Philanthropies published a video featuring a father who said that if his […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Atheism, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, debt, doubt, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom | 21 Comments »

The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
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February is Black History Month.  I recently finished Matthew Harris & Newel Bringhurst’s most recent book, The Mormon Church & Blacks:  A Documentary History.  The black priesthood ban has been a pet topic of mine; I have written nearly 60 posts on the topic over the past 8 years. For me, this has been one of […]

Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews | 14 Comments »

Bending over Backwards for Baptism

February 7, 2016
Looks like this guy is getting snuffed out

I recently witnessed baptisms (on behalf of the dead) at the temple.  Mormons, as well as many other Protestants, typically lean the person backwards.  Mormons make a big deal that the entire body must be immersed, or the ritual needs to be repeated.  In this Catholic baptism, an adult woman was baptized by immersion as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, theology | 15 Comments »

Disenchanted, but not Disillusioned

February 3, 2016
disappointment

The last few weeks I’ve been in kind of a funk since Elder Nelson’s comments at CES devotional. I thought I’d made peace with the policy existing and found a path to move forward, but his comments really tripped me up and I found myself trying to avoid energy-draining conflict. At church I’ve wandered into […]

Posted in Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, faith crisis, leadership, Prophet | 19 Comments »

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