Doctrine

Lectures on Faith: Science of Theology

August 29, 2016
Lectures on Faith:  Science of Theology

“Lectures on Faith” is a set of seven lectures on the doctrine and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, first published as the doctrine portion of the 1835 edition of the canonical Doctrine and Covenants, but later removed from that work by both major branches of the faith. The lectures […]

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Are we really a church of revelation?

August 1, 2016
7 of first 8 prophets don't follow the Current Grooming Standards of the Church

We like to claim that we are a church led by revelation.  In light of the last two posts (part 1 and part 2) by Guy Templeton, asking who among the current crop of apostles might give us a revelation, I thought it might be interesting to show a few graphs. It’s interesting to compare […]

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Abandoned

July 25, 2016
Abandoned

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, outside the small village of Bainbridge on a country lane called Locust Grove. We lived atop a hill surrounded by corn fields. The Conoy Indians used to live there [1] nestled between the banks of the Susquehanna and the Conoy Creek. We sometimes found arrow heads in the corn […]

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The Shape of Eternity

July 15, 2016
The Shape of Eternity

Intro Note: I’m SUPER-excited to be a new permablogger here at Wheat & Tares. Thank you, hawkgrrl, for making it happen. I’m sure we’re all going to have a lot of fun. :-D A few months ago some friends and I visited the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. It’s a great place, part planetarium, part science […]

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Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

June 27, 2016
Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

I was listening to a great Maxwell Institute podcast in which Blair Hodges interviews Peter Martens. Among other topics, Martens briefly discussed early church father Origen who was denounced postumously for his heretical views, some of which, although they may have been anathema to Catholics, are particularly of interest to Mormons. Origen was an early Christian scholar […]

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Doctrinal Mastery: A Guide to Handling Difficult Questions

June 24, 2016
Doctrinal Mastery: A Guide to Handling Difficult Questions

A few months ago, Elder M. Russell Ballard announced an “inspired and timely” initiative replacing Scripture Mastery in seminary. The new program, Doctrinal Mastery,[1] teaches students “how to apply the doctrine of Christ and gospel principles to the questions and challenges they hear and see every day among their peers and on social media.” With this […]

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Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

June 21, 2016
Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

I recently listened to one of Blair Hodges’ Maxwell Institute Podcasts. He was speaking with Elizabeth Drescher, discussing “The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.” She studied the behaviors and beliefs of the increasing number of people who are leaving religion behind and claiming no affiliation. Personally, I hate podcasts, but this one was well worth a listen, […]

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As a Little Child

June 5, 2016
As a Little Child

Today’s guest post is from Megan. Ever since Holy Week, my dad and I have been trying to read the scriptures together whenever we get a chance.  Our first goal was to read 3 Nephi.  We started in April and it’s now June, so, like I said, trying. But our slow progress isn’t the point.  […]

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Tragedy and the Book of Mormon

May 29, 2016
Tragedy and the Book of Mormon

Today’s guest post is from commenter Brother Sky. Lately, there have been a few posts on W & T and elsewhere concerning Mormons and happiness.  The W & T one can be found here.   This post and others I’ve read have me wondering about the relationship between happiness and the scriptures, specifically the Book of […]

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Inquisitions Revisited

May 19, 2016
Inquisitions Revisited

I’ve recently been reading a novel about the Cathars in France, and the entrance of the Inquisition recalled an earlier post. One of my first posts as a permablogger at W&T asked the following questions about church discipline: Could investigation by the SCMC and becoming subject to subsequent disciplinary procedures come to be seen as […]

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The Mirror & The Window

May 3, 2016
The Mirror & The Window

At the April Women’s Conference, Cheryl Esplin used the imagery of a mirror and a window to talk about reaching out to others. ‘Be someone who reaches out to know and serve others—throw away the mirrors and look through the window.’. Business people will know very well the imagery of the mirror and the window, […]

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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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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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Finding Wisdom in Weakness

April 4, 2016
Finding Wisdom in Weakness

Over a decade ago I sat in a Sunday School class discussing 2 Nephi 3. The chapter is Lehi’s farewell instruction and blessing to his youngest son, Joseph. Verses 22-24 of that chapter are problematic to many people, and this occasion was no different[1]. One older classmember, pointing out verse 24, asked a common question, “Do […]

Posted in Book of Mormon, Charity, Doctrine, Empathy, Faith, General Conference, Grace, Jesus, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Prophet, scriptures, Sunday School, understanding | 11 Comments »

A Mormon Theology of Depression?

March 9, 2016
A Mormon Theology of Depression?

Many in the Mormon community are saddened by the recent passing of Stephen H. Webb, a well-regarded Christian theologian who worked closely in recent years with Mormon scholars. A few weeks ago, Webb wrote an article articulating the dearth of Christian theological understanding regarding depression. Theological understanding is necessary, he argued, because “no other kind of pain […]

Posted in Christian, Doctrine, emotions, Grace, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Religion, theology, understanding | 33 Comments »

Inoculation: CES to Prepare Youth

March 1, 2016
Inoculation: CES to Prepare Youth

Elder M. Russell Ballard addressed Church Educational System (CES) employees and their spouses Friday evening for the annual “Evening with a General Authority.” He urged instructors to take more seriously their responsibility to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. We give medical inoculations to our precious missionaries before sending them into the mission field […]

Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Religion, seminary | 35 Comments »

Boys Need Not Apply

February 29, 2016
Boys Need Not Apply

A friend was recently crowdsourcing because her son is interested in babysitting, and he even said he wanted to take some classes to make himself more ready to babysit.  He’s an oldest child, very responsible, and he likes kids.  While most of her friends were supportive of his ambitions, a few raised concerns about boys […]

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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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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 »

This Week In Britain: SSM and the Anglican Communion

January 14, 2016
This Week In Britain: SSM and the Anglican Communion

At the same time the LDS church seems to be doubling down on it’s position vis a vis gay marriage and the new policy, brandishing the big stick by belatedly describing it as revelation, whilst failing to go through the expected channels to present it as such, the Archbishop of Canterbury this week oversees a […]

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