Mormon Culture

Weekend Poll: John Dehlin’s Court of Love

January 24, 2015
Weekend Poll:  John Dehlin’s Court of Love

John Dehlin is in the news again.  He announced on Mormon Stories that he has received a letter advising him to attend a disciplinary council on January 25.  Then in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, the stake president re-scheduled the court until February 25 (rumor has it there was a death in the […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, doubt, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 6 Comments »

Refused Covenants?

January 22, 2015
Refused Covenants?

There is a moment early in the endowment ceremony where we are told that if we choose not to make any temple covenants, we should make it known to the temple workers (despite not being told what these covenants are.)  Do you think we should at least know these covenants before being given an opportunity […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 36 Comments »

Moderate MoFem Wish List

January 21, 2015
Moderate MoFem Wish List

We saw a lot of feminist changes in the year 2014 in the LDS church, big and small. We saw women of color praying for the first time in a General LDS Meeting, CES policy changes of women with children at home being able to teach as a full-time paid employee, and many more.  As […]

Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, General Conference, Modesty, Mormon Culture, Women | 32 Comments »

“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

January 20, 2015
“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

Sources confirm that June Olds Bennett was forced by her local Stake President to resign her position as a board member for Mormon Women Stand, a social media driven LDS women’s organization that actively opposes inclusion of feminists and other progressives in Mormon congregations. June Olds Bennett of South Jordan, Utah, says her stake president told […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Women | 64 Comments »

Are Doubters Welcome?

January 20, 2015
DoubtersWelcome

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast” There is an epic war of ideology occurring right before our eyes in Mormonism. There are people lining up to take various sides. The trouble is the lines have been blurred and the average onlooker is perhaps not seeing things as they […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Bill Reel, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, gender equity, History, Joseph Smith, Latter, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 32 Comments »

Last Call for Nominations!

January 19, 2015
TareficAward

Alright, please let everyone know that this is the last call for nominations.  Every year, someone finds out too late.  Don’t let that happen this year!  Don’t forget that Main Street Plaza is hosting their Brodie Awards too.  Please check out the links so you can be an informed voter. As you can see below, we are short […]

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Posted in Feminism, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 41 Comments »

Salt Lake’s Cure for Homelessness

January 18, 2015
Salt Lake’s Cure for Homelessness

Salt Lake City has reduced homelessness in Salt Lake City 72% since 2005.  How did they do this?  Comedy Central recently highlighted Utah’s cure and it is pretty simple:  they give homeless people homes. But doesn’t that cost a lot of money?  Lloyd Pendleton, the director of the Utah Homeless Task Force says it costs […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 12 Comments »

Enemies or Allies?

January 16, 2015
Enemies or Allies?

Many groups are accused of being enemies of the church rather than compatible or allies. The list changes (at one time Republicans led the enemies list). If you belong to a group that you believe is wrongly on the list, here is a place to speak out. Tell us your group. Tell us how being […]

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Posted in Criticism, Excommunication, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 12 Comments »

The Cult of the RM and Returning Missionaries

January 15, 2015
The Cult of the RM and Returning Missionaries

I’ll admit right at the start, I didn’t serve a mission. And I’m a woman. So I was at the receiving end of neither the expectation nor the condemnation. Still, I have a husband and brothers who served missions, and a nephew currently serving, and the eldest of those brothers has always disliked what he’s […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Science and Religion, scriptures, theology, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 20 Comments »

Tarefic/Wheaties Update on Nominations

January 12, 2015
Tarefic/Wheaties Update on Nominations

We wanted to give you an update on the Wheaties and Tarefic Awards!  Please spread the word about nominations.  Last year we had a 3 week nomination period, and still some blogs didn’t get the word in time. As you can see, we are short on nominations for a few categories.  Feel free to continue […]

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Posted in Criticism, History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Wheaties | 16 Comments »

Church Ball

January 9, 2015
Church Ball

My son recently became a deacon and was invited to play ward basketball for the first time this week.  We got there right at 7pm (in the middle of the prayer), and discovered my son was the 5th guy there for his team.  Good thing he showed up! To my surprise, my 12 year old […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 9 Comments »

White Weddings

January 8, 2015
White Weddings

It used to be that everyone who attended a temple wedding was supposed to be dressed in their temple robes.  I’m not sure when (perhaps in the 1980s) only the bride and groom were supposed to wear temple robes, and everyone else just wears their “Sunday Best”?  Why do you think that policy changed?

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 14 Comments »

Faith Crisis Redux

January 6, 2015
Faith Crisis Redux

If there’s one topic that never gets old in the ‘nacle[1] it’s faith crisis.  A few months back, I started to follow a Vietnamese Buddhist group on Facebook because they post quotes I like.  Over the weekend, a group member posted the following, expressing his faith crisis. “I am really having a hard time with […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Buddhism, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 27 Comments »

2014 in Review: Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations

January 5, 2015
2014 in Review: Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations

Now that 2014 is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start looking for the best and worst of this past year.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite Mormon blogs.  Once again Ziff, the mighty numbers cruncher of Zelophehad’s Daughters will handle results presentation at the end of this event.  Because some […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 48 Comments »

Kentucky Fried Home Teaching

December 31, 2014
Kentucky Fried Home Teaching

There is no shortage of posts about Home Teaching. Its origins, history, changes, good and bad attributes of home teachers, 100% home teaching….it’s a real hot topic. Like most others, I have my own opinions about home teaching. As a young boy I had wonderful experiences visiting families, as an older teenager I felt too […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Freedom, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 61 Comments »

Did you Meet the Mormons?

December 29, 2014
Did you Meet the Mormons?

This past weekend, we noticed that Meet the Mormons was at the Dollar Theater (actually it is $1.50), so we went to see it.  (I admit it–we don’t like to pay the higher prices.)  I walked into the theater, and it was nearly sold out.  A recent article said that Utah County is 84% Mormon […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

I Resolve: Weekend Poll

December 27, 2014
I Resolve:  Weekend Poll

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you successfully completed them in the past?  What do you hope to do in 2015? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 6 Comments »

Female Officiators?

December 26, 2014
Female Officiators?

If women were ordained to the priesthood, how would we have to re-interpret our temple ceremony?  For one, could we have female officiators in the endowment ceremony?  During various parts of the ceremony, the officiator either plays the role of God, or Peter.  Peter is obviously a man, and “The Father has a body of […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology, Women | 24 Comments »

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