Doctrine

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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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, […]

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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
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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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 | 33 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 | 76 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 »

Choices, Choices

October 20, 2015
Choices, Choices

I’ve been reflecting a lot on E. Quentin Cook’s talk called “Choose Wisely.”  This was the opening talk of the Priesthood session in April 2015, so I suppose that makes me not the target audience, and yet it’s clearly a talk with universal application. [1]  I won’t let that stop me. E. Cook begins by […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 18 Comments »

A Dream–or Vision–of Equality

October 18, 2015
A Dream–or Vision–of Equality

Today’s guest post is by Richard Redick. Sunday, October 18, 2015 – I had a dream early this morning.   This was not one of those nonsensical dreams one gets because one’s G.I. tract is working overtime while she or he slumbers.   Oh, I get those, too – don’t get me wrong.   I, also, occasionally get […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Faith, Feminism, gender equity, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Spirit, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Priesthood, Spirituality, Women | 31 Comments »

Race & Mormon Women

October 14, 2015
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I attended the same conference Mormon Heretic did last week, Black, White & Mormon, held at the University of Utah. His earlier post highlighted the remarks from the first panel, Race and the Inner City. The other panels held that day were: Race & Mormon Women, Race at BYU, Elder Sitati speaking about Race and the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Priesthood, Race Relations, Sunday School, Temple, theology, Women | 24 Comments »

The Plan of Happiness vs. Being Happy

October 13, 2015
The Plan of Happiness vs. Being Happy

It seems that every time our ward talks about the Plan of Happiness, someone brings up the fact that the happiness in the plan is not necessarily today, but it’s a future state of happiness that arrives by obedience, or some other theoretical mumbo jumbo.  Sometimes I like to refer to this as our eventual […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Book of Mormon, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

Morning of the First Resurrection

October 11, 2015
Morning of the First Resurrection

During the temple sealing, we’re promised that if we live according to our covenants, we’ll be resurrected on the “morning of the First Resurrection.”  Who is going to be resurrected in the afternoon?  Or during the Second resurrection?  Is there a third, or a fourth? People who are sealed posthumously are also promised this same […]

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Posted in Christian, Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, scriptures | 4 Comments »

6 Ways to Shut Down a Gender Equality Discussion

October 9, 2015
6 Ways to Shut Down a Gender Equality Discussion

Today’s guest post by Mary Ann is pragmatic advice for those seeking more gender equality in the church. Have you ever tried to mediate a tense reconciliation between two opposing factions, only to hear one of those parties say something that makes you just want to scream, “Dear God, why, why, WHY would she say […]

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When in Romans . . .

September 29, 2015
When in Romans . . .

Last Sunday I substitute taught the Gospel Doctrine lesson on Romans, which is one of the most pivotal books in Christian scripture, inspiring Luther’s 95 Theses, and thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation.  A single lesson was not sufficient to do it justice, obviously, but there were a lot of interesting facts. [1]  For those who haven’t […]

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