Mormon Belief

If You Let a Woman Hold Her Baby . . .

February 2, 2016
If You Let a Woman Hold Her Baby . . .

I only recently (in the last few years) became aware that the church handbook prohibits women from holding their babies while babies are being blessed unless the bishop wants to make a case-by-case exception.  In our Singapore ward, all women held their babies while the babies were blessed.  That’s the last time I was in […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, faith crisis, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Women | 40 Comments »

Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements

January 28, 2016
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In America, we rarely talk about social class. But what if social class can help us understand different expressions of faith?

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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 »

Print your own Cards!

January 10, 2016
Print your own Cards!

This week I went to a family history center and learned that you can print your own cards for the temple now!  It used to be that you printed a list of individuals needing temple work to the temple, and then the temple printed cards (blue for men, pink for women, off-white for sealings.)  However, […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 7 Comments »

God Is Love

January 5, 2016
God Is Love

The last time I substitute taught Gospel Doctrine, I got to teach John’s epistles that he wrote to the believers in his soon-to-disband Johannine community while he was living in Ephesus.  His community was divided, something we are also experiencing within our Mormon congregations in the wake of the policy change toward homosexuals and their […]

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Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

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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 »

Tithing: Have You Considered Paying on Surplus?

December 27, 2015
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast”.  His Podcast serves to help those reconstructing their faith within Mormonism to do so “Leading with Faith” in the gospel rather than leaving the Church. D&C 119 renews tithing in this dispensation as a commandment and hence every week Latter-day Saints grab […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Charity, debt, Gratitude, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 76 Comments »

Happy Festivus!

December 22, 2015
Happy Festivus!

Tomorrow marks that most mundane of holidays.  No, I’m not talking about Joseph Smith’s birthday.  I’m talking about Festivus. Most people are aware of Festivus [1], the December 23rd holiday invented and celebrated by Frank Costanza on Seinfeld.  But did you know that this tradition has much deeper roots and is a longer-standing tradition, harking […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Culture, emotions, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 10 Comments »

To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

December 17, 2015
To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

Jenny Shunn/Ewing gave a talk in Sacrament meeting that was very touching. She graciously agreed to allow me to share her talk, but she worked from an outline (“Mom always told me not to read my talk”), and I was not focused on taking notes instead of listening. So here is the outline. For what […]

Posted in Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 12 Comments »

What Isn’t Church Abuse?

December 15, 2015
What Isn’t Church Abuse?

A recent study was circulated that shows the psychological markers of “church abuse,” or an environment in a religious atmosphere that can lead to exploitation or abuse of individuals who join.  In the study, participants rated their religion in light of the following 28 organizational behaviors, as either exerting a lot of pressure and control or […]

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The Book of Mormon: Blessed be the Tie that Binds

December 11, 2015
The Book of Mormon: Blessed be the Tie that Binds

To my knowledge, every sect that traces back to the religion founded by Joseph Smith Jr. claims the Book of Mormon (BOM) as one of its standard books of scripture.  The variance lies in how it’s regarded; some positions stated officially and otherwise.  I hope this will pique your interest enough to accept a challenge […]

Posted in Book of Mormon, Community of Christ, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures | 9 Comments »

Becoming Devout?

December 11, 2015
Becoming Devout?

One of the troubling aspects within certain parts of Islam seems to be the instances where some adults, previously casual in their religious observance, suddenly or over a short period of time, become devout. In the case of the shooters in San Bernardino, both the man and the woman were known to their family and […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Religion | 10 Comments »

Always towards better things…

December 9, 2015
Always towards better things…

It’s that time of year (in Australia anyhow!!!) where school is coming to an end for the year. Formals, schoolies and parties mark the calendars of anyone under the age of 18. It’s often a time, also, for speeches. One speech by Sarah Haynes, school captain of Ravenswood Girls High School in Sydney (Ravo) has […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Culture, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

December 8, 2015
Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted that despite pro-family rhetoric, many religions do not offer paid family leave to employees.  Mormonism was highlighted as providing no paid family leave to either men or women [1], although they were consistent with a few other conservative religious groups.  Given our focus on families, why doesn’t the […]

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Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

December 5, 2015
Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

Too often we think of Aaron and Abraham and others through a modern lens. I still remember someone asking what it must have been like to be Abraham’s home teaching companion.   I thought about this when someone asked me about this ditty that has been going around: Aaron was a prophet, built a golden […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Topical Guide, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Searching for Hope: Glorious

December 3, 2015
Searching for Hope: Glorious

  Music is still where I am at with this policy change. I can’t begin to properly articulate how I feel. Music more fully expresses aspects of those emotions. This week I’d like to share Stephanie Mabey’s Glorious as arranged by Masa Fukuda and performed by the One Voice Children’s Choir. This song was first […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Music, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Two Hour Block? Hallelujah! Oh Wait, Nevermind.

December 1, 2015
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Rumor was that a stake in Boston announced they would begin piloting a new two-hour block schedule in the coming year.  Throw in coffee & donuts, and allow for shorts, and we might be able to compete with all the surrounding megachurches in my community! There will be an “elimination of all but essential Sunday meetings, i.e. […]

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Texts Before Sects

November 24, 2015
Texts Before Sects

As I’ve taught various classes at church, I’ve been struck by the similarities between frustrations expressed by teachers in using the church-approved materials with the frustrations of the Protestant reformers 500 years ago. One of the fundamental questions of the Protestant reformation was who should be reading and interpreting scripture:  the clergy or the congregation.  In Catholicism, the mass […]

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