Morality

To Be Honest

May 2, 2016
To Be Honest

Mormons consider honesty to be an important virtue, and who doesn’t?  I learned pretty quick that my mom would punish me for lying → could read my mind → so I might as well tell the truth When I told a whopper, my mom made me suck on a bar of Ivory™, perhaps in the […]

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Are Mormons Happy?

April 27, 2016
Are Mormons Happy?

Wheat & Tares is pleased to feature today’s guest post. Mormons clearly value happiness on Earth, and they have the pithy quotes to prove it.  If you ask me (and nobody is) happiness is pretty much the point of any spiritual journey.  I mean, deep down, the idea of eternal bliss after death ought to make life […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Religion, Women | 72 Comments »

Understanding Title IX and BYU

April 23, 2016
Understanding Title IX and BYU

There has been a good deal of discussion about Title IX recently.  This guest post explains just what Title IX is and how the law impacts the current BYU policy. The Law In shorthand, Title IX means that universities must have a program for reporting sexual assaults. [It is much, much more, but that is […]

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Posted in BYU, BYU-Idaho, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 51 Comments »

Why the “No Proselyting” Rule Exists

April 13, 2016
Why the “No Proselyting” Rule Exists

By Common Consent recently published a guest post by Maryan Shumway[1] describing her missionary service among Southeast Asian refugees in the 1980s. She noted a particular rule: “[We] were absolutely not allowed to proselyte or even mention the church in any way. I was a missionary, but was strictly forbidden to talk about the church.” It […]

Posted in Charity, Christian, Empathy, Holy Land, Humanitarian Aid, Morality, Religion, understanding | 17 Comments »

The Road Not Taken

February 23, 2016
The Road Not Taken

Everyone’s heard the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken. [1]  Often people mistakenly focus on the notion of the path taken being the less traveled route, not the one that others take, or in other words, they see this as being primarily about marching to the beat of your own drummer, doing your own […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Culture, doubt, Education, emotions, Empathy, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

A Short History of Robbers and Insults

January 15, 2016
A Short History of Robbers and Insults

The Oregon standoff has included the frequent use of the word “terrorism” to describe the Bundys and their associates. Because of my research into revolutionary warfare, I’m not surprised that words like “terrorists” are used as tools to delegitimize political actors.[1]  My research projects have included insurgencies into the Late Roman Empire, samurai warfare in […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Violence | 12 Comments »

The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

January 12, 2016
The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

When I was a YW, I had a nightmare about my imaginary future marriage.  I dreamed that my parents had arranged a marriage for me with a “worthy” young man.  He came to my parents’ house to live, and when it was time to go to bed, he came out of the bathroom wearing 1950s […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Women | 37 Comments »

Last Week of Nominations! Tell your Friends! #Wheaties #TareficAwards

January 11, 2016
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Nominations ramped up this week, but we still need you to tell your friends!  Every year someone doesn’t hear about nominations until it’s too late!  This is your chance to nominate, or be nominated!  This is our final week of nominations.  (Leave comments on other blogs to tell them to nominate!) Voting will begin next Monday […]

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Posted in Feminism, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, social media, Temple, Wheaties, Women | 30 Comments »

Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

December 28, 2015
Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews | 12 Comments »

Scripture Swearing

December 27, 2015
Scripture Swearing

Mormons take swearing seriously, and prefer not to do it, even when it’s in the scriptures sometimes.  My son was reading from the Book of Mormon.  We came across a few swear words–he read hell and damn as heck and darn.  I told him if it’s in the scriptures, it’s ok, but he still refused to say […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Honor Code, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 16 Comments »

Trump or Sanders? (weekend poll)

December 12, 2015
Trump or Sanders?  (weekend poll)

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing surprisingly well in their respective party campaigns.  Jimmy Fallon even asked Bernie Sanders about a head-to-head matchup!

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Posted in Agency, Morality, Mormon, Politics | 32 Comments »

Duty Bound to Reject it!

November 18, 2015
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on the recent policy changes. The recent policy change on Same Sex couples has opened so many new questions, ramifications and doctrinal contradictions that in spite of our being burned out and numb by all this, it needs be revisited.  I hope to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, scriptures, theology, Truth. Lying, understanding | 93 Comments »

Church Policy Clarification (weekend poll)

November 14, 2015
Church Policy Clarification (weekend poll)

Now that the LDS Church as clarified that they are only excluding children who predominantly live with gay parents from baptism and priesthood ordination, what are your thoughts? Change.Org has called on the NCAA to boycott BYU over the policy.  

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 11 Comments »

Church Updates Policy

November 13, 2015
Church Updates Policy

The following statement was released at LDS.org ————- THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS OFFICE OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY 47 EAST SOUTH TEMPLE STREET, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84150-1200 November 13, 2015 To: General Authorities; Area Seventies; General Auxiliary Presidencies; Stake, District, Mission, and Temple Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents Dear Brethren and […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 38 Comments »

Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

November 10, 2015
Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

All is not well in Zion, folks.  Relax, I’m not going to attack anything more than what deserves to be called out.  I’m certainly not going to talk about church leaders either–they can speak for themselves on this as on all matters. Rather, let’s talk about ourselves, fellow Saints.  Let’s take a good look in the […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Grace, Jesus, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Mitch Mayne, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Pride, Prophet, Religion, scriptures, Spirituality, understanding | 59 Comments »

Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

November 7, 2015
Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

Many have been wondering, after watching Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s video statement explaining the handbook policy change, how his brother Tom (who is gay) feels about this.  Brian Dillman and Jerilyn Pool posted a podcast today at Rational Faiths that included an interview with Tom.  The whole podcast is great, please click over to hear the words […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Prophet, Religion, Uncategorized | 57 Comments »

Untouchable

November 5, 2015
Untouchable

From the newly changed Church Handbook, posted without comment. Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. A natural or adopted child of a parent living […]

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Women Exist

October 27, 2015
Women Exist

It’s been an interesting week for women.  Suddenly we’ve become visible again, with mixed results.  Let’s recap. Reddit began buzzing with a leaked copy of a new church essay on Heavenly Mother. The church responded to the leak by immediately releasing two essays:  “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple and Women,” and a shorter, simpler […]

Posted in Agency, BYU, Criticism, Culture, doubt, Education, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Singles, Women | 22 Comments »

Choices, Choices

October 20, 2015
Choices, Choices

I’ve been reflecting a lot on E. Quentin Cook’s talk called “Choose Wisely.”  This was the opening talk of the Priesthood session in April 2015, so I suppose that makes me not the target audience, and yet it’s clearly a talk with universal application. [1]  I won’t let that stop me. E. Cook begins by […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 18 Comments »

Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

September 28, 2015
Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

Bernie Sanders is a socialist.  Yup, I said it.  Apparently Karl Marx thought that Socialism leads to Communism (as is the USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)  or Naziism, which was headed the the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  But the opposite seems to be true.  Both Naziism and the Soviet Union have died, although certainly Vladimir […]

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