Mormon Culture

Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

September 2, 2014
Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

Sometimes as active members, we are caught up in being the best Mormon we can be, the most observant, ticking all the boxes, perceived well by other ward members.  We can forget that the point is to become a better person by following Christ’s teachings, not just to become a better adherent to a set […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, theology | 9 Comments »

What is Dating?

August 30, 2014
What is Dating?

The church’s definition of dating seems straight out of an episode of Leave It To Beaver.  Many yearn for the simpler days when dating was straightforward, men did the asking and paying, and women had the right of refusal.  But we live in a changing world, in which it’s more common to “hang out” and […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 11 Comments »

The Art of Bath Abbey: Textiles

August 28, 2014
The Art of Bath Abbey: Textiles

This summer we spent a few days in Bath, Somerset. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is the Bath of the Roman Baths, the fashionable spa town of Beau Nash and Jane Austin. For me, summer isn’t complete without visiting at least one of the historical churches or cathedrals of […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

Stained Glass

August 22, 2014
Stained Glass

I met a man who makes stained glass for a living.  He told me that he has made stained glass for several temples.  I was surprised to learn that when the LDS Church builds a temple, the stained glass must have geometric patterns, rather than other artwork. I asked him if he knew why, and […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 11 Comments »

The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Liberals don’t have testimonies?

August 17, 2014
Liberals don’t have testimonies?

Might there be some truth to the idea that liberals don’t have testimonies?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

MD Podcast: David Bokovoy and the Old Testament

August 16, 2014
MD Podcast: David Bokovoy and the Old Testament

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about David Bokovoy and how we got our old Testment. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a closer look at the Old Testament and Scripture in general as we sit down with LDS scholar David Bokovoy  We break down what scripture is and isn’t, leveling […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, Latter, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 3 Comments »

Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

Moderating Mormons Online – Thoughts from Sunstone

August 11, 2014
Moderating Mormons in Cyberspace Sunstone Panel

What is it like to moderate Mormons online? Are precarious, fragile spaces worth protecting?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

MD Podcast: White Shirt Pseudo Doctrine

August 10, 2014
MD Podcast: White Shirt Pseudo Doctrine

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about how cultural mores can become pseudo doctrines. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a close r look at the “The White Shirt Phenomena”.  This is a great issue to use as a backdrop for our culture creating rules that do not really exist, […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

Garments a Protection?

August 7, 2014
Garments a Protection?

During the initiatory rite, patrons are clothed in the garment of the holy priesthood.  During the ceremony, Mormons are promised that the garment will serve as a protection to us until we have “finished our work on earth”, so long as we do not defile them through sin.  Mormons love to promote stories in which […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Violence | 45 Comments »

The Upside to Gerontocracy

August 5, 2014
The Upside to Gerontocracy

My immediate family spans three generations.  My parents are from the Silent Generation (both born in the 1920s), and my oldest sisters are Baby Boomers, teens in the 1960s.  One of my sisters sang with Steve Miller.  I was an accident, born in the late 1960s (a Gen-Xer) when my older sisters were already getting […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized, Women | 23 Comments »

MD Podcast – Blind Obedience

August 2, 2014
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Mormon Discussion Podcast Takes a look at the subject of Blind obedience and how the culture and Doctrine can at times be conflicting. Some leaders have tried to explain that unquestioning obedience is not “blind” obedience but rather “faith” Obedience.  We are a faith of mixed messages on this topic.  We want people to follow the […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 25 Comments »

Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

August 2, 2014
Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

Being single and celibate is no picnic.  What if that single status stretches on for much longer than hoped? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

July 28, 2014
Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

From Thursday to Saturday is the Sunstone Conference in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, and here is the conference program. Sunstone, Mormon History Association, and the FAIR Conference have always been very interesting to me because it is a time to get more serious discussions that you get in Sunday School. As […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, theology | 7 Comments »

MD Podcast – Mark Staker and Kirtland’s History

July 27, 2014
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Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with LDS author Mark Staker and discusses the Church’s rich history in Kirtland.  Elsie Johnson’s healing, Kirtland Safety Society Bank, Apostasy, and much much more. Was Joseph Smith the impetus behind the Kirtland bank failure or can others really bare the blunt of blame? Did he really heal Elsie Johnson by […]

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Posted in Criticism, debt, Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet | 1 Comment »

How do you explain John? (weekend poll)

July 26, 2014
How do you explain John?  (weekend poll)

Many have noted the inconsistencies in church discipline.  Kate Kelly has been exed, and it looked like John would as well.  As noted last week, it doesn’t appear that Tom Phillips has been excommunicated, despite calling Thomas S. Monson a fraud.  Many have noted the double-standards of church discipline–letting John and Tom off easy, but […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

In the name of Jesus

July 24, 2014
In the name of Jesus

In a previous post, I noted that the words “Melchizedek Priesthood” were nearly absent from the initiatory rite at the temple and the ordinances were merely performed “by authority.”  This past week, I noticed another absence:  “In the name of Jesus Christ.”  Nearly all Mormon prayers end with the words “In the name of Jesus […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture | 9 Comments »

The Acceptable Range

July 22, 2014
The Acceptable Range

A few years ago, I was talking with my husband about who he thought was more emotional at work in his experience:  men or women.  He said women, definitely.  I said on the team I worked on and in general, I would say the men were more emotional.  I asked my then boss what his […]

Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Resting bitch face, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

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