Mormon Culture

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 | No Comments »

MD Podcast – Mark Staker and Kirtland’s History

July 27, 2014
HearkenO-Ye-People

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 | No Comments »

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 | 23 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 »

MD Podcast – Elder Oaks and his April 2014 talk

July 20, 2014
PowerAuthority

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about E. Oaks’ recent talk on Priesthood authority. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a closer look at Elder Oaks April 2014 Conference talk and suggests there may be more given by Elder Oaks than some first thought In the April 2014 conference Elder Oaks […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 7 Comments »

Tom Phillips Status (weekend poll)

July 19, 2014
Tom Phillips Status (weekend poll)

Tom Phillips is a former stake president in England and has been the managing editor of MormonThink, a website many refer to as anti-Mormon.  After he was released as stake president, Tom received the Second Anointing, also known as Calling and Election Made Sure, or the Second Endowment.  While this ordinance was somewhat common in […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Criticism, Excommunication, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 24 Comments »

Brother Jake and Church Discipline

July 18, 2014
Brother Jake and Church Discipline

In light of all the confusion about church discipline lately, I made a little video to explain the issue. I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 25 Comments »

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014
HarrelDoctrine

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with Prof. Charles Harrell to discuss his book “This is My Doctrine”.  Bro. Harrell discusses the complexity and difficulty in defining LDS Doctrine and the way in which we can deal with such issues. How do you differentiate between Doctrine, Policy, and Culture? What do you make of the tansfiguration […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

Denied! Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

July 8, 2014
Denied!  Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

A specific section of the Church Handbook of Instruction is being cited as the rationale for denying family members Temple Recommends due to the views of their family members.  The section in question is this: Section 3.3.4  Members Whose Close Relatives Belong to Apostate Groups Bishops and their counselors must take exceptional care when issuing […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 103 Comments »

Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 39 Comments »

Parker on Excommunication

June 30, 2014
Parker on Excommunication

News has it that John Dehlin met with his Stake President, and no future meetings are currently scheduled.  On another note, Natasha Parker, who blogs at the Mormon Therapist has written several Facebook posts that I think are spot on.         In regards to the recent Mormon excommunication: the main pushback I’m getting from LDS […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 31 Comments »

Saved or Not Saved? (Weekend Poll)

June 28, 2014
Saved or Not Saved?  (Weekend Poll)

“Who then can be saved?”  Wouldn’t you like to know? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Approved Post Topics: An LDS Blogger’s Guide

June 24, 2014
Approved Post Topics:  An LDS Blogger’s Guide

In the wake of Kate’s excommunication, and in light of the Newsroom’s recent statement [1], I thought I’d help out my fellow bloggers with some suggestions of approved topics for future posts: What is your favorite color? How glad are you when Daddy comes home? Which of the twelve apostles is tallest? Will our pets […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Education, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 111 Comments »

Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

June 23, 2014
Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

From Sister Oscarson, General President of the Young Women’s Organization:  “All of us as sisters in the gospel have the responsibility and privilege to support and nourish one another. We have all committed to be disciples of Jesus Christ and this discipleship should be at the heart of all that we do. Each of us […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 22 Comments »

Kirby on Kate

June 23, 2014
Kirby on Kate

I stayed up really late trying to find out what would happen to Kate Kelly, and now we’re told that a decision will come Monday or Tuesday.  Hmmm, I need a humor break.  So here are some of Robert Kirby’s words from the Salt Lake Tribune. The outcome of Sunday’s “court o’ love” is a […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 54 Comments »

Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

June 21, 2014
Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

First things first.  What’s on your sandwich? And while we’re at it. Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

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