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It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

December 20, 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Discuss.

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Posted in Culture, economics, emotions, Jesus, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 2 Comments »

“What would Christmas be without a Carol?”

December 18, 2014
“What would Christmas be without a Carol?”

“What would Christmas be without a Carol?” was a line from one of the songs in a BBC R4 festive musical drama I listened to as a child together with my siblings. Initially regarded as wholly secular, and stamped upon by the puritans and given new life by the Victorians, carols and other Christmas songs […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Mormon Culture | 3 Comments »

Mormon Sacred Cows

December 16, 2014
Mormon Sacred Cows

“There is no virtue like necessity.”  William Shakespeare (Richard II) In many Indian states, cows are literally sacred.  They are not to be slaughtered, and Hindus do not eat beef.  Cows support human life.  People drink their milk and eat curds and butter.  Cow manure is dried into patties that are used as fuel and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Women | 30 Comments »

Did the goalposts just shift…again?

December 15, 2014
Did the goalposts just shift…again?

This is a guest post from LDS_Aussie.  He is a PhD student in psychology and has served in many church positions including Branch president, EQ, HPGL and High Council in church land. This is his first guest post. Just imagine you are lined up to take a penalty shot at the goals depicted to the left. […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 61 Comments »

Feeding Time: Weekend Poll

December 13, 2014
Feeding Time:  Weekend Poll

A few years ago, to defray costs, feeding the missionaries became the responsibility of the ward members.  Good change?  Bad change?  Both?  You decide. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

Changing Men, Changing Women

December 9, 2014
Changing Men, Changing Women

I recently read an interesting article in the Atlantic. It noted a few key points about how men are impacted by the women in their lives: Male CEOs with sons (not daughters) pay employees less. Those with firstborn daughters pay all employees including women more. Men with daughters are less enamored of gender stereotypes and […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women, workplace | 65 Comments »

Impromptu Sacrament Meeting

December 8, 2014
Impromptu Sacrament Meeting

When I was a kid (approximately 8-10 years old), I used to get up every Fast & Testimony meeting and bear my testimony.  I was so obnoxious, my family told me I didn’t need to get up every month.  So, I took a few months off.  One day we had Ward Conference (and I still […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Agency, Schmagency! (Weekend Poll)

December 6, 2014
Agency, Schmagency!  (Weekend Poll)

If our agency is the gift we got for following Jesus’ plan rather than Satan’s salvation-for-all compulsion buffet, is obedience the gift we give back?  Isn’t that just giving up our agency?  Many of us remember that the term has traditionally been “free agency” [2].  Newcomers may be more familiar with the johnny-come-lately term “moral […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, BYU, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 17 Comments »

Uninspirational Missionary Farewells

December 2, 2014
Uninspirational Missionary Farewells

I attended my nephew’s missionary farewell this weekend, and it got me thinking about missionary farewells in general. It used to be that a missionary family would invite his family to speak, there would be special musical numbers, often advice from an older brother, and bishop’s remarks about the missionary. While some meetings went long […]

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Posted in Culture, Mission, Mormon Culture | 35 Comments »

Polygamy & Me: Weekend Poll

November 29, 2014
Polygamy & Me:  Weekend Poll

A lot has been said about the church’s polygamy essays recently.  Now that the dust has settled, let’s see what you think. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Prophet, Women | 23 Comments »

Authority vs. Authenticity

November 25, 2014
Authority vs. Authenticity

Do Mormons have an authenticity problem? If so, is it related to our views of authority?

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Priesthood, Uncategorized, workplace | 29 Comments »

BYU’s Beard Ban: Weekend Poll

November 23, 2014
BYU’s Beard Ban:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of discussion about BYU’s no-facial hair policy, including my personal favorite, and the policy that male leaders also must be clean-shaven in some wards and in the highest offices in the church.  What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, Honor Code, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Pondering on Polygamy

November 20, 2014
Pondering on Polygamy

When did you first hear about polygamy*, and what has your experience been with this topic? What attitudes have you observed? Growing up in the church in here in Britain, non-members would raise the issue of polygamy, as in “Mormon, that’s the religion where the men can have lots of wives”. And we’d then have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Women | 43 Comments »

The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

November 18, 2014
The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

I wrote the first half of this a year ago. In breaking news, teens are either not getting enough sleep or don’t need as much sleep as we used to think.  Either way, I can state with certainty that parents of teens who attend early morning seminary aren’t getting enough (consecutive) sleep. This is a huge […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures, seminary | 37 Comments »

Modal, Model Mormonism

November 13, 2014
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Can we ever generalize a typical Mormon experience?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 19 Comments »

Sexting & the Law of Chastity

November 11, 2014
Sexting & the Law of Chastity

For starters, sexting is pretty much a no-no in terms of the law of chastity, and yet, it is common among teens.  As a “no contact” sexual experience [1] it may seem like an easy way to avoid the nasty side-effects of breaking the law of chastity.  Will anyone get pregnant?  No.  Do you have […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

A Perspective On Christ’s Grace

November 8, 2014
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on “Grace and Christ’s Enabling Power”, and a discussion of how a more encouraging view of grace can be taught. At Mormon Discussion Podcast we discuss this week the topic of Grace.  God’s Enabling Power.  This view of Grace softens the “After all We Can […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 8 Comments »

President Eyring off to the Vatican

November 6, 2014
President Eyring off to the Vatican

It was announced Monday that President Henry B. Eyring would be attending “The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium” to be held in the Vatican 17-19 November. From the colloquium website, this is “a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Roman Catholic Church, theology, Uncategorized, understanding, Women | 28 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 35 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, Sunday School, Women | 138 Comments »

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