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Church by Men for Men

April 22, 2014
Church by Men for Men

This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded, before a woman prayed in General Conference.  I was surprised to find it in draft, fully written, and yet still mostly timely.  I’ve done a little updating to include some current references and five suggestions for next steps […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized, Women | 39 Comments »

The Gospel of Conformity

April 17, 2014
The Gospel of Conformity

Today’s guest post is by Benjamin.  Imagine that you are asked to participate in a study. The researcher tells you that she is studying people’s ability to interpret visual information. You are placed at the end of a row of four chairs with three other participants. On the projector screen in front of you appears […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Hands Are Tied

April 10, 2014
Hands Are Tied

It’s been a year of study and contemplation. A year in which the priesthood has been more at the forefront of my mind, whereas it had previously been something I just didn’t bring myself to think about, ignored on the proverbial shelf, as something too difficult. A year when a discussion in Relief Society about […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Women | 38 Comments »

Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

April 4, 2014
Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

Most members of the LDS Church look forward to the first weekend in April and October to hear from the Prophets, Apostles and other General Leaders of the Church. It also affords them a weekend off of normal Church activities.  But this time around, the main attraction may not actually be in the Conference Center, […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 24 Comments »

5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

April 1, 2014
5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

The internet is rife with great pranks for this most inauspicious of holidays.  Here are a handful that are uniquely Mormon-themed, just for our Bloggernacle readers. Find some of your Kindergarten clay projects.  Sell them on ebay as “Authentic Mayan Artifacts.” Using the ward list, call everyone on it about an “exciting scented candle opportunity” […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

March 22, 2014
Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

Science and religion walked into a bar . . . Joke 1:  How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it. Joke 2:  During the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Land of the Free Imprisoned

March 17, 2014
Land of the Free Imprisoned

We like to complain about human rights abuses in Communist China or North Korea. However, it is the United States with the highest incarceration rate in the world, and it is more than 6 times larger than Communist China. (The U.S jails 743 per 100,000 Americans; China jails just 122 per 100,000.) It seems that […]

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Posted in Freedom, Joseph Smith, Morality, Mormon | 38 Comments »

The Paperless Stake

March 13, 2014
The Paperless Stake

“Unfortunately, many of the benefits of living in a technology-rich age accrue primarily to those who can afford to learn about and gain access to new technology. Those who cannot are left further behind.” (taken from Chapter 1 of  “Creating an Information Democracy” Centre for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University) In our embrace of modern […]

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Posted in Church Policy, economics, Education, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Technology | 27 Comments »

How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward? (Poll)

March 11, 2014
How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward?  (Poll)

We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time.  I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole.  This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

What It’s Like Being a Single Adult in the Church (as told in GIFs)

February 25, 2014
What It’s Like Being a Single Adult in the Church (as told in GIFs)

YSAs or “Young Single Adults” often feel they are in a difficult situation in the church.  Why is that?  Let’s see. But on the upside . . .

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Singles, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

Let’s Talk About Sex (Weekend Poll)

February 22, 2014
Let’s Talk About Sex (Weekend Poll)

Sex education is a controversial subject in some places, and people have strong opinions about how it should be handled (or not) in the school system.  What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 20 Comments »

Ten Cultural Insights from 2013 Weekend Polls

February 18, 2014
Ten Cultural Insights from 2013 Weekend Polls

We’ve been conducting a weekend poll regularly here at Wheat & Tares.  Some of the insights are no-brainers. At times, there is a result that takes me by surprise.  Here are some of the most surprising insights (to me) from a year in polls: For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll 68% of readers believe Jesus […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

I Hope They Call Her on a Mission (Weekend Poll)

February 15, 2014
I Hope They Call Her on a Mission (Weekend Poll)

Should women be under the same obligation as men to serve missions?  What should that obligation be exactly? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 8 Comments »

Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

February 12, 2014
Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

Today’s guest post is by Jared. When I started blogging in 2007 my objective was to write about the doctrine of Christ as it is taught in the Book of Mormon and by church leaders. As time as gone on, I realize that there are not many LDS who search the internet with the intent […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

February 11, 2014
Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

Being a woman in a patriarchal church is bound to have some ups and downs. In summary . . .

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Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Mormonism on Trial in the UK (plus early Weekend Poll)

February 6, 2014
Mormonism on Trial in the UK (plus early Weekend Poll)

The church is in the international headlines once again, this time because of the much anticipated “October Surprise” promised (threatened?) by Tom Phillips, current head of MormonThink and previous Stake President, now disaffected former Mormon, who detailed his experience with the Second Anointing ordinance when he was a church leader in the UK.  While it’s […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 49 Comments »

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, BYU, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Sunday School, War in Heaven | 47 Comments »

Global Warming: Disaster or Hoax? (Weekend Poll)

February 1, 2014
Global Warming: Disaster or Hoax? (Weekend Poll)

People are divided on the subject of global warming.  Where do you sit? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 17 Comments »

The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

January 30, 2014
The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

Several recent experiences have caused me to ponder this topic. It’s not new of course. The most obvious example would be the temple/priesthood ban for people of black African descent, which arose early in the life of the church, was perpetuated until 1978, and which was not properly disavowed until last year. And even then, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 Comments »

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