Church Policy

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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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 | 54 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 | 51 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 […]

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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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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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Weekend Poll: Euthanasia

January 17, 2015
Weekend Poll:  Euthanasia

The LDS Church recently put out a statement concerning Euthanasia (probably due to questions related to Brittany Maynard.) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life, and is therefore opposed to euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as deliberately putting to death a person who is suffering from an incurable […]

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Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

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White Weddings

January 8, 2015
White Weddings

It used to be that everyone who attended a temple wedding was supposed to be dressed in their temple robes.  I’m not sure when (perhaps in the 1980s) only the bride and groom were supposed to wear temple robes, and everyone else just wears their “Sunday Best”?  Why do you think that policy changed?

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The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

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Female Officiators?

December 26, 2014
Female Officiators?

If women were ordained to the priesthood, how would we have to re-interpret our temple ceremony?  For one, could we have female officiators in the endowment ceremony?  During various parts of the ceremony, the officiator either plays the role of God, or Peter.  Peter is obviously a man, and “The Father has a body of […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology, Women | 24 Comments »

Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

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