Mormon Belief

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 | 66 Comments »

Emotional Labor

April 26, 2016
Emotional Labor

“Women are just better at that stuff.”  This is a phrase often used to wash one’s hands of an unpleasant task.  It reminds me of something I hear sometimes from customers:  “Hispanics just clean houses better than other people.”  If so, why is that?  Not because there’s a house cleaning gene that they are passing […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Gratitude, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Temple, theology, Women, workplace | 29 Comments »

Mormon Feminism: An Anthology for the Ages

April 18, 2016
Mormon Feminism:  An Anthology for the Ages

“We began as a group of women talking about our lives.”  So begins the collection of essays that comprise Mormon Feminism:  Essential Writings (in the words of Claudia Bushman).  And so begins feminism in general, for certainly this is how women shared their experiences and talked about their struggles.  There’s something powerful about a group of women talking […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women | 29 Comments »

Refugees of Our Own Making

April 12, 2016
Refugees of Our Own Making

Today we are honored to hear from guest blogger, Bryce Cook. Two of the most moving talks at this month’s General Conference were Sister Linda Burton’s “I Was a Stranger” and Elder Patrick Kearon’s “Refuge from the Storm,” which were about administering relief to the world’s refugees. The Church has even set up a special website to educate people […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Empathy, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 33 Comments »

April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 5, 2016
April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who need a quick recap of general conference weekend, here’s the GIF version.                            

Posted in General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, Women | 13 Comments »

Finding Wisdom in Weakness

April 4, 2016
Finding Wisdom in Weakness

Over a decade ago I sat in a Sunday School class discussing 2 Nephi 3. The chapter is Lehi’s farewell instruction and blessing to his youngest son, Joseph. Verses 22-24 of that chapter are problematic to many people, and this occasion was no different[1]. One older classmember, pointing out verse 24, asked a common question, “Do […]

Posted in Book of Mormon, Charity, Doctrine, Empathy, Faith, General Conference, Grace, Jesus, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Prophet, scriptures, Sunday School, understanding | 11 Comments »

Church as a Gated Community

March 28, 2016
Church as a Gated Community

At the end of the book Planted, Patrick Mason makes the analogy of church being like living in a gated community, but one with open gates that welcomes others to come in. In the meantime, we live in houses in a gated community that paradoxically swings open its gate for all to enter.  Yet like […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion | 40 Comments »

Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

March 23, 2016
Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

I’ve been thinking about Andrew’s post on Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements over the past two months. As a quick summary here are the three different ways he identified that Mormons engage with their faith (but really this makes more sense if you re-read Andrew’s post. It’s really good.): Physical – focused on doing […]

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Posted in Faith, faith crisis, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Canaanite Dieties

March 21, 2016
Canaanite Dieties

It’s Easter time again (next Sunday is Easter if you weren’t paying attention.)  Easter is that one holiday that Mormons observe, but don’t really celebrate.  With Easter comes the story of the Passover.  (This is one of those strange years in which Easter occurs a month BEFORE Passover.)  In the past, I’ve blogged about various […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Israel, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, scriptures, theology | 23 Comments »

Temple Dedications

March 20, 2016
Kirtland Temple

Today the new Provo City Center Temple (previously the Provo Tabernacle) is being dedicated.  My daughter said that this is her third temple dedication (others were Brigham City, Payson).  How many temple dedications have you been to?  (It used to be once-in-a lifetime.) It got me thinking about the Kirtland Temple dedication.  According to LDS.org Joseph […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 27 Comments »

The Mormon Urge to Glurge

March 15, 2016
The Mormon Urge to Glurge

glurge (GLURJ) n. A sentimental or uplifting story, particularly one delivered via e-mail, that uses inaccurate or fabricated facts; a story that is mawkish or maudlin; the genre consisting of such stories. Not a day goes by that I do not get some sort of email glurge from a relative, old friend or ward member. […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Gratitude, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Truth. Lying | 39 Comments »

A Mormon Theology of Depression?

March 9, 2016
A Mormon Theology of Depression?

Many in the Mormon community are saddened by the recent passing of Stephen H. Webb, a well-regarded Christian theologian who worked closely in recent years with Mormon scholars. A few weeks ago, Webb wrote an article articulating the dearth of Christian theological understanding regarding depression. Theological understanding is necessary, he argued, because “no other kind of pain […]

Posted in Christian, Doctrine, emotions, Grace, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Religion, theology, understanding | 33 Comments »

Gender Soup with Roles

March 8, 2016
Gender Soup with Roles

According to the Proclamation on the Family, gender is an eternal characteristic.  The proclamation goes on to describe certain traits within marriage as male and others as female.  The problem is twofold:  diction and science.  On the diction side, words used to describe gender are often unclear, imprecise, outdated or simply not the right word.  Saying […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women, workplace | 44 Comments »

Inoculation: CES to Prepare Youth

March 1, 2016
Inoculation: CES to Prepare Youth

Elder M. Russell Ballard addressed Church Educational System (CES) employees and their spouses Friday evening for the annual “Evening with a General Authority.” He urged instructors to take more seriously their responsibility to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. We give medical inoculations to our precious missionaries before sending them into the mission field […]

Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Religion, seminary | 35 Comments »

Boys Need Not Apply

February 29, 2016
Boys Need Not Apply

A friend was recently crowdsourcing because her son is interested in babysitting, and he even said he wanted to take some classes to make himself more ready to babysit.  He’s an oldest child, very responsible, and he likes kids.  While most of her friends were supportive of his ambitions, a few raised concerns about boys […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 28 Comments »

Medical Marijuana & Death Penalty (weekend poll)

February 27, 2016
Medical Marijuana & Death Penalty (weekend poll)

This week in Utah, state senator Mark Madsen helped push a bill through the Utah Senate legalizing medical marijuana, despite LDS Church opposition.  The LDS Church’s main concern was over “unintended consequences.” The bill moves onto the House and it is unclear how they will vote on it. In other news, state senator Steve Urquardt […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 8 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 »

Servant Sealing

February 22, 2016
Jane Elizabeth Manning James

This past weekend, I had occasion to attend an unusual sealing ceremony.  One of my wife’s co-workers is in her 70s.  Her husband passed away last year.  Yesterday she was sealed to her dead husband.  Her son served as proxy for her deceased husband.  (Incidentally, she has been married and divorced to 2 other men […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Temple, theology, Women | 6 Comments »

Dead Free Will and Choice?

February 21, 2016
image of sealing room courtesy of LDS.org

I’m pretty active in genealogy and finding names for the temple.  Recently I participated in some temple sealings on behalf of the dead.  The ceremonies are essentially the same between the living and the dead except for the addition of the following words “Bro/Sis Brown in behalf of {fill in the name} who is dead”.  […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology | 2 Comments »

Another Way Of Looking At Temples

February 11, 2016
Another Way Of Looking At Temples

When it comes to reading the Old Testament, I have for the last few years liked to consider the Jewish perspective. It is, afterall, first and foremost, Jewish scripture. From time to time I will dip into the archives of the Jewish Bible Quarterly looking for perspectives. I also like the website of Rabbi Lord […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Temple | 11 Comments »

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