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Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 24 Comments »

Denied! Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

July 8, 2014
Denied!  Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

A specific section of the Church Handbook of Instruction is being cited as the rationale for denying family members Temple Recommends due to the views of their family members.  The section in question is this: Section 3.3.4  Members Whose Close Relatives Belong to Apostate Groups Bishops and their counselors must take exceptional care when issuing […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 103 Comments »

Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

June 23, 2014
Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

From Sister Oscarson, General President of the Young Women’s Organization:  “All of us as sisters in the gospel have the responsibility and privilege to support and nourish one another. We have all committed to be disciples of Jesus Christ and this discipleship should be at the heart of all that we do. Each of us […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 22 Comments »

Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

June 21, 2014
Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

First things first.  What’s on your sandwich? And while we’re at it. Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

In Kate’s Defense: Her Mother Speaks

June 12, 2014
In Kate’s Defense:  Her Mother Speaks

An Open letter for all who have ears to hear: My Amazing Daughter Kate Kelly Jesus said “ASK and ye shall receive. Significantly, he did not say “ASK and ye shall be punished.” #STANDWITHKATE *** An open letter to all who have ears to hear: From a very young age, Kate has been a bright […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 13 Comments »

(Heart)Breaking News: Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

June 11, 2014
(Heart)Breaking News:  Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

The New York Times reports that both Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are being called for a disciplinary council.  While their aims and methods are vastly different, both are politically more liberal than the majority of church members, and both are proponents of women’s rights and acceptance of homosexuals. From Robert D. Putnam’s book American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 119 Comments »

Five American Habits I Broke By Living in Singapore

June 10, 2014
Five American Habits I Broke By Living in Singapore

One of the key ways your life changes when you live abroad is that you discard old habits.  Sometimes you do this deliberately as you change your priorities in light of differences in local values.  Other times you do this out of necessity because your old habits are simply not as easily supported. Here are […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom | 15 Comments »

Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

June 7, 2014
Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

What hurts testimonies and results in people leaving the church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 49 Comments »

Manufactured Prejudice

June 3, 2014
Manufactured Prejudice

On a recent post at BCC, a commenter stated that in his stake at a recent meeting with a Q&A session with a general authority, two of the seven questions asked were how to get youth to accept the church’s stance on homosexuality. [1]  This is a question that I have wondered about myself as […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

Best Frenemies

June 2, 2014
Best Frenemies

Dear Brother Otterson, I so appreciate the step you took with your latest letter.  I find a lot of hope there.  I feel so grateful that you referred to some mormon feminists in a positive light.  As a cultural group the church members try to silence and ostracize many of us.  The letter seems to […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

Living Our Principles (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Living Our Principles (Weekend Poll)

Do as I say, not as I do.  Is the church doing a good job of living the gospel?  Do we fall short?  Are we a good example? How about our leaders?  What qualities do they exemplify? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

We know why it ended, and we know the Book of Mormon condemns it.  Why did polygamy start in the Mormon church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Public Affairs’ Open Letter to the Bloggernacle

May 30, 2014
Public Affairs’ Open Letter to the Bloggernacle

This letter is being discussed on the other blogs.  Wheat & Tares is one of the blogs that did not receive a direct copy of this from Bro. Otterson, so this is a copy paste of the letter for our readers.  *Footnotes are editorial comments by wheatmeister and are not part of Bro. Otterson’s letter. […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 58 Comments »

Low Church, High Church

May 27, 2014
Low Church, High Church

Mormons don’t wear crosses or display them in our churches, and yet we are Christian.  Mormons don’t have paid clergy who wear special robes to officiate at an altar, and yet in our temples, there are special clothes and rites.  The differences between these forms of worship relates to being a “low church” versus a […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Roman Catholic Church, theology | 12 Comments »

Martyrdom Motives (Weekend Poll)

May 24, 2014
Martyrdom Motives  (Weekend Poll)

Joseph Smith’s life was complicated.  So was his death. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Bishop Bill Asks: What is Doctrine?

May 20, 2014
Bishop Bill Asks:  What is Doctrine?

Once again, we revisit the beloved series:  You’re the Bishop! As Bishop I often got asked by ward members about various practices in the church and why we did them. I finally compiled this list of various practices, beliefs, and norms in the church, and why we do them. I’ll leave off my answers as […]

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

The Stepford Meme

May 20, 2014
The Stepford Meme

A recent article from lds.org entitled “Celebrate Nurturing” was associated with a meme on the church’s Facebook page encouraging women to build friendships using three “techniques”:  speaking confidently of motherhood, speaking more often about nurturing, and expanding your circle of sisterhood.  This bizarre advice (the first two parts anyway) has little practical application, and raised […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

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