Faith

Truth or Fiction? Mary and Joseph Taught Jesus

May 22, 2016
Truth or Fiction?  Mary and Joseph Taught Jesus

It was high council Sunday today in our ward.  One of the high councilors, a former bishop, stated that Joseph and Mary taught Jesus of his divinity while he was growing up.  Other than the story of Jesus in the temple at age 12, and the stories of his birth, there is nothing told in […]

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Likes, Dislikes, and Ironic Liking

May 17, 2016
Likes, Dislikes, and Ironic Liking

Why do we like the things we like?  Why do we prefer certain things? I was reading in Adam Miller’s book Rube Goldberg Machines:  Essays in Mormon Theology.  In the second essay, Notes on Life, Grace, and Atonement, he talks about how we allow distractions like preferences, hopes and fears remove us from the present, and […]

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Belief vs. Faith

May 10, 2016
Belief vs. Faith

A recent Relief Society lesson was using the terms belief and faith interchangeably, which reminded me of a post I did a long time ago that I thought I would revisit. Belief vs. Faith Belief is defined as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists” and also “trust, faith, or confidence […]

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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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To Be Honest

May 2, 2016
To Be Honest

Mormons consider honesty to be an important virtue, and who doesn’t?  I learned pretty quick that my mom would punish me for lying → could read my mind → so I might as well tell the truth When I told a whopper, my mom made me suck on a bar of Ivory™, perhaps in the […]

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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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Emotional Labor

April 26, 2016
Emotional Labor

“Women are just better at that stuff.”  This is a phrase often used to wash one’s hands of an unpleasant task.  It reminds me of something I hear sometimes from customers:  “Hispanics just clean houses better than other people.”  If so, why is that?  Not because there’s a house cleaning gene that they are passing […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Gratitude, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Temple, theology, Women, workplace | 29 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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Honorable Mention Dissidents?

April 11, 2016
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A few weeks ago, Rock Waterman announced that he was pleased to be included in a list of top ten LDS Dissidents and Troublemakers.  I read through the list of the top ten, wondering why John Dehlin was merely an honorable mention.  I also wondered who Adrian Larsen was.  I had never heard of him. […]

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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 […]

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Church as a Gated Community

March 28, 2016
Church as a Gated Community

At the end of the book Planted, Patrick Mason makes the analogy of church being like living in a gated community, but one with open gates that welcomes others to come in. In the meantime, we live in houses in a gated community that paradoxically swings open its gate for all to enter.  Yet like […]

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Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

March 23, 2016
Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

I’ve been thinking about Andrew’s post on Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements over the past two months. As a quick summary here are the three different ways he identified that Mormons engage with their faith (but really this makes more sense if you re-read Andrew’s post. It’s really good.): Physical – focused on doing […]

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Canaanite Dieties

March 21, 2016
Canaanite Dieties

It’s Easter time again (next Sunday is Easter if you weren’t paying attention.)  Easter is that one holiday that Mormons observe, but don’t really celebrate.  With Easter comes the story of the Passover.  (This is one of those strange years in which Easter occurs a month BEFORE Passover.)  In the past, I’ve blogged about various […]

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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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Posted in Agency, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 28 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 »

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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The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

January 12, 2016
The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

When I was a YW, I had a nightmare about my imaginary future marriage.  I dreamed that my parents had arranged a marriage for me with a “worthy” young man.  He came to my parents’ house to live, and when it was time to go to bed, he came out of the bathroom wearing 1950s […]

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Why “Planted”?

January 6, 2016
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“We live in an age of doubt, but we need not be overcome. When we are planted in the Savior we can be nourished as much by our questions as by the answers.”  “Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt” is written by Patrick Mason and is a joint venture between the Maxwell […]

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God Is Love

January 5, 2016
God Is Love

The last time I substitute taught Gospel Doctrine, I got to teach John’s epistles that he wrote to the believers in his soon-to-disband Johannine community while he was living in Ephesus.  His community was divided, something we are also experiencing within our Mormon congregations in the wake of the policy change toward homosexuals and their […]

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