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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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Posted in Agency, BYU, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Women | 37 Comments »

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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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, Grace, Mormon Culture, Reviews, understanding | 22 Comments »

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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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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To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

December 17, 2015
To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

Jenny Shunn/Ewing gave a talk in Sacrament meeting that was very touching. She graciously agreed to allow me to share her talk, but she worked from an outline (“Mom always told me not to read my talk”), and I was not focused on taking notes instead of listening. So here is the outline. For what […]

Posted in Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 12 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 »

Always towards better things…

December 9, 2015
Always towards better things…

It’s that time of year (in Australia anyhow!!!) where school is coming to an end for the year. Formals, schoolies and parties mark the calendars of anyone under the age of 18. It’s often a time, also, for speeches. One speech by Sarah Haynes, school captain of Ravenswood Girls High School in Sydney (Ravo) has […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Culture, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Next Steps? (weekend poll)

November 28, 2015
Next Steps? (weekend poll)

The new church policy regarding children of gay parents has been out for a few weeks now.

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 10 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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One Step Forward

November 14, 2015
One Step Forward

Today’s guest post is by friend of the blog, mom3. The events of the past week have rattled me like the unexpected death of a loved one. At times I barely breathe. Even when I try to go about life, it is sitting there on my chest like the proverbial elephant, only I am the […]

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Church Updates Policy

November 13, 2015
Church Updates Policy

The following statement was released at LDS.org ————- THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS OFFICE OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY 47 EAST SOUTH TEMPLE STREET, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84150-1200 November 13, 2015 To: General Authorities; Area Seventies; General Auxiliary Presidencies; Stake, District, Mission, and Temple Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents Dear Brethren and […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 38 Comments »

Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

November 10, 2015
Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

All is not well in Zion, folks.  Relax, I’m not going to attack anything more than what deserves to be called out.  I’m certainly not going to talk about church leaders either–they can speak for themselves on this as on all matters. Rather, let’s talk about ourselves, fellow Saints.  Let’s take a good look in the […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Grace, Jesus, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Mitch Mayne, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Pride, Prophet, Religion, scriptures, Spirituality, understanding | 59 Comments »

I Am Greek; I Am Orthodox

November 8, 2015
I Am Greek; I Am Orthodox

Warts and all, their church was their home, and they were going to stay and do what they could to help.

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Posted in Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 11 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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Preserving a Heteronormative Mormonism

November 6, 2015
Preserving a Heteronormative Mormonism

What is the LDS church hoping to accomplish with its new policy on LGBT apostasy?

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Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, LGBT, Mormon | 8 Comments »

Untouchable

November 5, 2015
Untouchable

From the newly changed Church Handbook, posted without comment. Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. A natural or adopted child of a parent living […]

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None of Your Business

November 3, 2015
None of Your Business

There are many stories shared online about busybody ward members who pry into people’s private lives, either with good intentions or not.  Sometimes these are simply tactless questions about personal matters like the state of one’s marriage or lack thereof, one’s children or lack thereof, or one’s church attendance or lack thereof.  In a church […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Women | 29 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 […]

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