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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, Truth. Lying | 14 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 »

MD Podcast – Mark Staker and Kirtland’s History

July 27, 2014
HearkenO-Ye-People

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with LDS author Mark Staker and discusses the Church’s rich history in Kirtland.  Elsie Johnson’s healing, Kirtland Safety Society Bank, Apostasy, and much much more. Was Joseph Smith the impetus behind the Kirtland bank failure or can others really bare the blunt of blame? Did he really heal Elsie Johnson by […]

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Posted in Criticism, debt, Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet | 1 Comment »

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014
HarrelDoctrine

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with Prof. Charles Harrell to discuss his book “This is My Doctrine”.  Bro. Harrell discusses the complexity and difficulty in defining LDS Doctrine and the way in which we can deal with such issues. How do you differentiate between Doctrine, Policy, and Culture? What do you make of the tansfiguration […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

July 7, 2014
Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

Back in May, I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with William Shepard at the Kirtland Sunstone Conference.  Shepard is both an impressive historian in his own right, but also a member of the Strangite Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  (Yes the name of his church is […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Priesthood, theology, Women | 14 Comments »

Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

June 19, 2014
Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

We’re not the only religious faith undergoing scrutiny from within and without on the topic of apostasy and what it means to us individually and collectively. The case of Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan has rightly received international attention. Meriam’s case was recently discussed in the wider context of what apostasy […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Belief, Politics, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

MHA 2014 in San Antonio

June 9, 2014
MHA 2014 in San Antonio

I thoroughly enjoyed MHA 2014 here in San Antonio, and getting to meet some other bloggers like Clean Cut and Matt W from New Cool Thang.  I didn’t live blog MHA like Kevin Barney did at By Common Consent, but thought I’d give a “quick” recap of the happenings there.  (Kevin and I obviously overlapped […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Reviews, Women | 7 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 | 7 Comments »

Kirtland Sunstone 2014

May 12, 2014
Kirtland Sunstone 2014

This is the first time I’ve ever attended Sunstone outside of Utah.  It was very fun to come to Kirtland, Ohio.  I got in Thursday night and went to the LDS visitors center where they start out with a film.  Joseph Smith came to Kirtland just 8 months or so after organizing the church in […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 15 Comments »

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