Mormon Belief

Two Narratives: Either Way Mormons Win

August 30, 2016
Two Narratives: Either Way Mormons Win

I met up with a friend a few months ago, and he shared some thoughts about two different narratives we often hear in the church that are truly at odds. It’s something I’ve thought about from time to time, too, but perhaps not to this extent. Narrative 1 In one narrative, the gospel will roll […]

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The Echo Chamber

August 26, 2016
The Echo Chamber

Today’s guest post is from long-time commenter Happy Hubby. A few years ago I had the pleasure of being given an informal tour in Eyring Science building at BYU in Provo.  Even though I studied business in college elsewhere, I have always been quite a nerd at heart.  I was eating up the tour and […]

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From Pillar to Post

August 23, 2016
From Pillar to Post

Sometimes when I hear other people talk about what they get from their church experience, I wonder if we attend the same church. I’m sure they feel likewise. The things that matter to some people aren’t important to me, and the things I care about aren’t important to them. Some people complain about things that […]

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Your opinion on POX?

August 13, 2016
Your opinion on POX?

Last November’s policy change in which gay church members are now considered apostates and their children cannot be blessed, baptized, or advance in the priesthood, has been dubbed POX (Policy Of eXclusion).  One of our readers wondered why the POX was allowed to move forward, and gave some options.  What to you think?

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What Got Left Out? Sharon Eubank’s 2014 FairMormon Address in the August Ensign

August 9, 2016
Ensign cover

A few days ago I saw a familiar phrase on LDS.org, “Is this a woman’s church?” I recognized it as the title of a past FairMormon Conference address by Sharon Eubank, Director of LDS Charities. Clicking the link brought me to the cover article in this month’s Ensign, “Being a Woman: An Eternal Perspective,” and sure enough it was based on […]

Posted in Faith, gender equity, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women | 37 Comments »

Being Burned Over

August 8, 2016
Being Burned Over

Joseph Smith was born in 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. By 1820 he and his family were living in Manchester, New York, a frontier area with a rapidly growing population. This was an auspicious time to be living in Western New York State because it coincided with a period that historians would later dub the Second […]

Posted in Christian, Faith, History, Holy Spirit, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, Spirituality, understanding | 10 Comments »

He called “them” Adam?

August 7, 2016
adam-eve

I had a seminary teacher that told me to pay attention to pronouns.  I just came across a confusing one in Genesis: 5:1-2 In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called *their* name Adam… God called Eve […]

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The Article on Marriage: What Is (Was) It?

August 4, 2016
The Article on Marriage:  What Is (Was) It?

Many LDS Church members don’t know about its first official statement on the subject of marriage. With all of the current brouhaha over what constitutes a marriage, I thought it would be fun to acquaint you with this piece of history. On August 17, 1835, Priesthood and members assembled in Kirtland, Ohio to vote on […]

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(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

August 2, 2016
(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

We are often told we should read our scriptures, but we aren’t told how to read them. Since most people are literate, but have never been taught how to read, it’s a crapshoot how effective their study is. We learn about reading scriptures as Primary children, but our methods often fail to transcend that approach. […]

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Are we really a church of revelation?

August 1, 2016
7 of first 8 prophets don't follow the Current Grooming Standards of the Church

We like to claim that we are a church led by revelation.  In light of the last two posts (part 1 and part 2) by Guy Templeton, asking who among the current crop of apostles might give us a revelation, I thought it might be interesting to show a few graphs. It’s interesting to compare […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology | 97 Comments »

Godly Curses

July 31, 2016
Godly Curses

Genesis 3:14-17 14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, […]

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Abandoned

July 25, 2016
Abandoned

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, outside the small village of Bainbridge on a country lane called Locust Grove. We lived atop a hill surrounded by corn fields. The Conoy Indians used to live there [1] nestled between the banks of the Susquehanna and the Conoy Creek. We sometimes found arrow heads in the corn […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 16 Comments »

Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

July 24, 2016
Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

Several of you didn’t like the choices last week when I asked who was the most likely apostle (among the top 6 in seniority) to give us a new revelation.  So, let’s ask the question again, amongst the bottom half of the apostles!  (Note this is listed by seniority.)

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Posted in LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 28 Comments »

The Shape of Eternity

July 15, 2016
The Shape of Eternity

Intro Note: I’m SUPER-excited to be a new permablogger here at Wheat & Tares. Thank you, hawkgrrl, for making it happen. I’m sure we’re all going to have a lot of fun. :-D A few months ago some friends and I visited the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. It’s a great place, part planetarium, part science […]

Posted in Agency, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Science and Religion | 8 Comments »

The Limits of Empathy

July 12, 2016
The Limits of Empathy

Today’s guest post is from Brother Sky. There have been some significant events over the past eight months involving the church and how it treats people (the November policy change, sexual assault at BYU, ongoing women and the priesthood discussions, etc.) Kristine A wrote a post about a year ago about how Mormons aren’t terribly good at empathy. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Race Relations, Spirituality | 21 Comments »

Doctrinal History of Vicarious Ordinances

July 11, 2016
Doctrinal History of Vicarious Ordinances

A friend asked me about the doctrinal history of why Mormons, and specifically Joseph Smith, came up with the doctrine of baptism of the dead, and vicarious ordinances.  He noted that in Elder Bednar’s 2011 General Conference talk, Bednar tied vicarious work not only with the visit of Elijah to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 35 Comments »

The Hereafter is a Hustle

July 6, 2016
The Hereafter is a Hustle

There is one quote (among many) that I heard over the last few years that has changed the way I see and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” -Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara […]

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Happiness vs. Marriage

July 5, 2016
Happiness vs. Marriage

A recent New York Times article talked about the psychological reasons we choose our marital partners, and those reasons were far less designed to result in our happiness than we might expect. Because we lack self-awareness about our wishes and rationales, we are unaware of both what we need and what we seek in marriage. But though […]

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Posted in Agency, emotions, Empathy, faith crisis, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, Women | 19 Comments »

Temples Struck by Lightning

July 3, 2016
Utah Temple Passport

My daughter recently turned 12, and wanted to participate in baptisms for the dead.  She also wanted a temple recommend holder.  I stopped by Seagull Book and discovered these temple recommend holders cost between $3-4, which seems ridiculously expensive for a simple piece of plastic.  While there, I discovered a Utah Temple Passport for around $6. […]

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When Are Women Men and Men Women?

June 28, 2016
When Are Women Men and Men Women?

As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what in the scriptures applies to me and what doesn’t. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think I am being purposefully obtuse. Today’s guest post is from EBK. To illustrate the issue, I have made a list of scriptures below that can present […]

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