Doctrine

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 […]

Tags:
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 »

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 […]

Tags: , , , , , , ,
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 »

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 […]

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 28 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”.  […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology | 2 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 […]

Tags: , , , , , , ,
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 […]

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Faith, Religion | 17 Comments »

Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology | 67 Comments »

Becoming Devout?

December 11, 2015
Becoming Devout?

One of the troubling aspects within certain parts of Islam seems to be the instances where some adults, previously casual in their religious observance, suddenly or over a short period of time, become devout. In the case of the shooters in San Bernardino, both the man and the woman were known to their family and […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Religion | 10 Comments »

Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

December 5, 2015
Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

Too often we think of Aaron and Abraham and others through a modern lens. I still remember someone asking what it must have been like to be Abraham’s home teaching companion.   I thought about this when someone asked me about this ditty that has been going around: Aaron was a prophet, built a golden […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Topical Guide, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Two Hour Block? Hallelujah! Oh Wait, Nevermind.

December 1, 2015
Two Hour Block?  Hallelujah!  Oh Wait, Nevermind.

Rumor was that a stake in Boston announced they would begin piloting a new two-hour block schedule in the coming year.  Throw in coffee & donuts, and allow for shorts, and we might be able to compete with all the surrounding megachurches in my community! There will be an “elimination of all but essential Sunday meetings, i.e. […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 47 Comments »

Texts Before Sects

November 24, 2015
Texts Before Sects

As I’ve taught various classes at church, I’ve been struck by the similarities between frustrations expressed by teachers in using the church-approved materials with the frustrations of the Protestant reformers 500 years ago. One of the fundamental questions of the Protestant reformation was who should be reading and interpreting scripture:  the clergy or the congregation.  In Catholicism, the mass […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, seminary | 19 Comments »

Duty Bound to Reject it!

November 18, 2015
policy

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on the recent policy changes. The recent policy change on Same Sex couples has opened so many new questions, ramifications and doctrinal contradictions that in spite of our being burned out and numb by all this, it needs be revisited.  I hope to […]

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, scriptures, theology, Truth. Lying, understanding | 93 Comments »

“Suffer little children, and forbid them not”

November 9, 2015
“Suffer little children, and forbid them not”

Matthew 19:13-14 13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. History is repeating itself.  The LDS Church surreptitiously released some changes to […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, scriptures | 74 Comments »

Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

November 7, 2015
Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

Many have been wondering, after watching Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s video statement explaining the handbook policy change, how his brother Tom (who is gay) feels about this.  Brian Dillman and Jerilyn Pool posted a podcast today at Rational Faiths that included an interview with Tom.  The whole podcast is great, please click over to hear the words […]

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Prophet, Religion, Uncategorized | 57 Comments »

Will the Real Heavenly Mother Please Stand Up?

October 28, 2015
Will the Real Heavenly Mother Please Stand Up?

Today’s guest post is by long-time friend of the blog:  Mary Ann. Heavenly Mother as Lady Wisdom, Asherah and/or the Holy Ghost: What You Should Know The recent Mother in Heaven essay sparked quite a few discussions on the nature of female deity. I’m thrilled that Heavenly Mother got her own essay, as I was […]

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Charity, Christian, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Education, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 34 Comments »

Bednar: “Priesthood is not Male”

October 26, 2015
Bednar:  “Priesthood is not Male”

Elder and Sister Bednar recently addressed temple workers in Utah County.  I received some notes from the address in which Elder Bednar talked about keys of the priesthood.  I was told he spoke quickly, and often said “put your seatbelts on.”  These notes are from someone trying to write as fast as possible, and some […]

Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Patriarchy, Priesthood, scriptures, theology, Women | 77 Comments »

Let’s Get Real!

October 23, 2015
Let’s Get Real!

One of the major complaints among some of church members is that they cannot be themselves, cannot speak their minds and cannot ask genuine questions without being ostracized, looked down upon or shunned. That more conservative members will not put up with nor tolerate anything that isn’t 100% correlated, faith-promoting or doctrinal. And it is […]

Posted in Agency, Doctrine, doubt, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Spirituality, theology | 34 Comments »

Search