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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 | 5 Comments »

Jabari Parker Announces his Decision

April 18, 2014
Jabari Parker Announces his Decision

I wanted to post this excerpt from the most recent Sports Illustrated article. Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official — my days as a Duke basketball player are over. But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I’m in […]

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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 »

Missionary Killed in Sweden

March 2, 2014
Missionary Killed in Sweden

LDS Church Spokesman Cody Craynor released the following statement: “Elder Mason Lewis Bailey, age 19, from Richfield, Utah, serving in the Sweden Stockholm Mission since July 2013, died after being struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking along a road on their way to an appointment. Elder Bailey’s companion was not […]

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Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

March 1, 2014
Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

It’s common for teens and new members to receive a patriarchal blessing, directed to them as an individual.  Looking back, how do you feel about your patriarchal blessing? Discuss.

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 27 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 »

The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

February 10, 2014
The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

Anthony Ivins was an LDS apostle from 1907-1934.  He was the cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served in the First Presidency with Grant from 1921-1934.  Signature Books has recently come out with Cowboy Apostle:  The Diaries of Anthony Ivins 1875-1932 (the Kindle version is only $20.)  Ivins is notable for a few reasons:  (1) […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

Missionaries on Facebook (Weekend Poll)

January 18, 2014
Missionaries on Facebook (Weekend Poll)

Have you seen the missionaries on Facebook?  What do you think?  Genius idea, moronic, or somewhere in between? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

God Wasn’t in Your Story

January 6, 2014
God Wasn’t in Your Story

We had a missionary homecoming last week.  I usually bring a book to sacrament meeting, because I often find the talks dreadful, but this particular missionary gave a rather entertaining talk.  He told two experiences in which he bore testimony that God had helped him, but I greatly question whether God had anything to do […]

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Missionary BMI Restrictions (Plus Poll)

December 31, 2013
Missionary BMI Restrictions (Plus Poll)

There are two interesting trends in missionary work right now:  1) more missionaries of both sexes are putting in their papers to serve now that the lower age requirement enables some to go who might otherwise not go, and 2) many western countries are in the grip of an obesity epidemic, with a rising average […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 28 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

December 21, 2013
Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

Is censorship ever justified?  What about showing journalistic restraint when there will be disastrous consequences for the truth coming out?  Is there some truth that is not useful?  Is it appropriate for conservative communities to suppress news that they don’t want published?  Should private institutions be allowed to suppress opinions they don’t like?  Where is […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Lost in Translation: Mission Stories

December 3, 2013
Lost in Translation:  Mission Stories

We recently had the missionaries over for dinner, one of whom is a convert from Brazil.  He shared a funny language mix-up he had.  In Portuguese as many other languages, nouns have a gender assignation, which is why Italians say things like:  ”The boat, she is sinking!” before they grab a taxi and flee the […]

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Bar the Exits! (Weekend Poll)

November 23, 2013
Bar the Exits!  (Weekend Poll)

Church attrition is a big problem across all denominations, one that is discussed often in the bloggernacle.  What should the church do to retain those who wish to resign? What efforts have you seen that have been effective at helping people stay or come back?  What efforts have you seen that have been ill-advised?  Why? […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

Mormons “Most Healthy” by a Landslide on the Religious “Health-O-Meter”

November 20, 2013
Mormons “Most Healthy” by a Landslide on the Religious “Health-O-Meter”

Interpreted as an “anomaly” by Visual Interpretation Guy, who created the visualization based on findings from the Pew Research Religious Landscape Survey, Mormons overall religious health was shown to be much higher than any other religious group according to the graphic. While no definitive conclusion can be made about a religious organization’s true well-being, it […]

Posted in Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Advice to Mormons from a Non-Mormon

November 5, 2013
Advice to Mormons from a Non-Mormon

I had a different post prepared for today, but Mormon Heretic’s post about Mormons and proselyting reminded me of a book I just finished a couple months ago called To Mormons, With Love by Chrisy Ross.  She blogs here and gives a quick overview of her book here.  You can buy her book on Kindle […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

Mormons Being Proselyted

November 4, 2013
Mormons Being Proselyted

Mormons are known for proselytizing other faiths, rather than being the subject of being proselyted. I hadn’t considered why Protestants get upset at Mormon missionaries, or even why Mormons get so upset when evangelicals try to proselyte during General Conference weekend. I also hadn’t considered Mormons proselyting or getting upset as being a double standard. […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church | 12 Comments »

Daniel’s Journey: Jew to Atheist to Mormon

November 3, 2013

Recently I wrote about Daniel Ortner’s conversion story and thought that it was a very appropriate and inspiring story to share on Wheat and Tares.  Daniel also has a blog that he writes on called Symphony of Dissent. Enjoy his story! Daniel’s Conversion Story I was called many times and I would not hear (Alma […]

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Expectation of Privacy (Weekend Poll)

October 26, 2013
Expectation of Privacy (Weekend Poll)

Have you ever felt your ears were burning at church or had a sneaking suspicion you were being discussed?  It’s gossip and tittle-tattle when members do it.  What is it in ward council?  Where is the line of privacy drawn? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

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