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The Martin Harris Pageant

August 17, 2015
The Martin Harris Pageant

This year my family has tried to attend several pageants (Manti Pageant, Hill Cumorah Pageant) but schedules haven’t worked out.  Last night, we attended the Clarkston Pageant.  Never heard of it?  Neither had my wife. Clarkston is definitely off the beaten path.  It is about 30 minutes northwest of Logan, Utah, just 10 miles or so […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 6 Comments »

A Sunstone Newbie

July 31, 2015
A Sunstone Newbie

Imagine if someone were to create a community where all interested or connected to Mormon thought in any way, shape, or form were welcomed and accepted? It exists, and it’s meeting in SLC this weekend. I just returned from my first day of Sunstone (ever), and I have to sit and process what I just […]

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Posted in faith crisis, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Reviews, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

July 23, 2015
Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

Having just returned from a few days away in York, I wanted to comment on York Minster. I mentioned on a similar post last year that family holidays don’t seem complete without at least one visit to a place of worship. York Minster is particularly spectacular, and is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Education, Faith, History, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, theology | 16 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

Interview with John Hamer

June 3, 2015
Interview with John Hamer

I understand you have been involved in collecting manuscripts and original documents that touch upon or concern the “Mormon” Church. What has that meant in your life? What perspectives has that given you? I’ve done work in the Community of Christ Archives, which are located in the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The archives contain a […]

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Posted in Christian, Community of Christ, Culture, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Memorial Day Traditions

May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Traditions

The last Monday in May is known as Memorial Day in the United States. Originally called Decoration Day, it was started in 1868 as a way to remember the Civil War dead among Union soldiers. (The Confederates had their own day as well.) By the 20th century, Union and Confederate holidays were merged into Memorial […]

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Posted in Christian, History, LDS, Mormon, Violence | 8 Comments »

Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

April 22, 2015
Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

Here is another guest post from Morgan Deane. He is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com How do you solve a problem like Iraq? Insights from the fall […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, BYU-Idaho, History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 15 Comments »

Topical Guide: Abominable

March 15, 2015
Topical Guide: Abominable

As I mentioned in a previous post, I thought it would be interesting to go through the Topical Guide and look for unusual meanings.  I came across an interesting scripture concerning the word abomination. Genesis 46: 34 …for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Egyptians consider the occupation of shepherds to be an […]

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Posted in Culture, History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, Topical Guide, Truth. Lying | 15 Comments »

The Stories We Choose to Tell

March 12, 2015
The Stories We Choose to Tell

The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]

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Posted in Culture, Education, Freedom, History, LDS, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, seminary, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

March 2, 2015
D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

One of the things I love about blogging is that it helps me learn, and better articulate my positions.  I’m not sure why polygamy is such a hot topic lately, but it is.  I enjoyed Kristine A’s post at Wheat and Tares this week:  Joseph Smith’s Multiple Wives and Why I Care A Lot.  It […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, scriptures, theology, Women | 154 Comments »

Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, seminary | 10 Comments »

Are Doubters Welcome?

January 20, 2015
DoubtersWelcome

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast” There is an epic war of ideology occurring right before our eyes in Mormonism. There are people lining up to take various sides. The trouble is the lines have been blurred and the average onlooker is perhaps not seeing things as they […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Bill Reel, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, gender equity, History, Joseph Smith, Latter, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 35 Comments »

It’s all in your head!!!

January 14, 2015
It’s all in your head!!!

This will be the first of three posts I will do over the next three months. I want to examine some issues around mental illness – firstly some myths, secondly, mental illness and the Gospel and finally, a bit of a surprise (code for I’m still working on it!!!). I think we have come a […]

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Posted in History, Mental Health | 25 Comments »

Tarefic/Wheaties Update on Nominations

January 12, 2015
Tarefic/Wheaties Update on Nominations

We wanted to give you an update on the Wheaties and Tarefic Awards!  Please spread the word about nominations.  Last year we had a 3 week nomination period, and still some blogs didn’t get the word in time. As you can see, we are short on nominations for a few categories.  Feel free to continue […]

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Posted in Criticism, History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Wheaties | 16 Comments »

Church Ball

January 9, 2015
Church Ball

My son recently became a deacon and was invited to play ward basketball for the first time this week.  We got there right at 7pm (in the middle of the prayer), and discovered my son was the 5th guy there for his team.  Good thing he showed up! To my surprise, my 12 year old […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 10 Comments »

Festive Food: Mince Pies

December 4, 2014
Festive Food: Mince Pies

The smell of baking pastry and mincemeat heralds the arrival of Christmas. As a child my first mince pie of Christmas was always December 1st, since there was a family birthday that day. Our tradition was a mince pie each everyday in December thereafter. My mum would bake them in large batches at least twice […]

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Posted in Culture, History, Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

Big Week on LDS Websites

October 27, 2014
Big Week on LDS Websites

This was an amazing week on the LDS websites. The LDS Newsroom published a video in which they showed both temple garments, as well as the temple robes that are worn. The Church emphasized that many religions have religious clothing, and said that it is derogatory to refer to LDS garments as “magic underwear.” Some […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Temple, theology | 4 Comments »

Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

October 20, 2014
Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

Malcolm Jeppsen served as a Seventy from 1989-94, passing away in 2012.  His daughter, Christine Jeppsen Clark talked to John Dehlin concerning her father’s role in the September Six excommunications in 1993.  The Church has long maintained that excommunications are local decisions, but Church leaders at headquarters have been known to release stake presidents who […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Truth. Lying | 42 Comments »

MD Podcast: David Bokovoy Historical Jesus

October 12, 2014
HistoricalJesusBokovoy

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on “David Bokovoy: Historical Jesus”, an interview that discusses what we are to make of Jesus in the Historical sources. At Mormon Discussion Podcast we interviewed David Bokovoy this Week Scholars and Authors like Bart Erhman take the Divine Jesus and strip him down to […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Christian, Criticism, Doctrine, History, Latter, LDS, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 1 Comment »

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