Mormon Culture

To Be Honest

May 2, 2016
To Be Honest

Mormons consider honesty to be an important virtue, and who doesn’t?  I learned pretty quick that my mom would punish me for lying → could read my mind → so I might as well tell the truth When I told a whopper, my mom made me suck on a bar of Ivory™, perhaps in the […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 19 Comments »

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 »

Understanding Title IX and BYU

April 23, 2016
Understanding Title IX and BYU

There has been a good deal of discussion about Title IX recently.  This guest post explains just what Title IX is and how the law impacts the current BYU policy. The Law In shorthand, Title IX means that universities must have a program for reporting sexual assaults. [It is much, much more, but that is […]

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Posted in BYU, BYU-Idaho, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 51 Comments »

Natural Consequences

April 21, 2016
Natural Consequences

An overarching sense of justice runs through Mormon beliefs. “And thus we see” is usually followed by a nightmare scenario for those who weren’t listening to God in the first place.  Our young women stand and chant a mantra every week that includes embracing the virtue of “Choice & Accountability.” And if you paid any […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, BYU-Idaho, Feminism, Honor Code, Modesty, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Women | 67 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 »

Honorable Mention Dissidents?

April 11, 2016
11 Jesus

A few weeks ago, Rock Waterman announced that he was pleased to be included in a list of top ten LDS Dissidents and Troublemakers.  I read through the list of the top ten, wondering why John Dehlin was merely an honorable mention.  I also wondered who Adrian Larsen was.  I had never heard of him. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Jesus, Joseph Smith, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 17 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 »

Jersey vs Politics (weekend poll)

April 2, 2016
Jersey vs Politics (weekend poll)

In Saturday morning’s session of General Conference, Elder Duncan said that God doesn’t care about the color of your jersey or your political affiliation.  Give us the reasons why you chose your selection. (Elder Renlund, who spoke in the same session, was previously credited for the quote. Apologies for the error.)

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Posted in Christian, Culture, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 2 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 »

Juggling Church Callings in a Family

March 24, 2016
Juggling Church Callings in a Family

For most of our married life my husband and I have held callings that did not conflict, or which, sometimes complimented each-other. Early in our marriage, before children, we both served in the youth programme, and I was pianist, whilst he served as chorister in our sacrament meetings. Once children came along we weren’t called […]

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Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Uncategorized | 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 »

TW: Trigger Warnings

March 22, 2016
TW:  Trigger Warnings

For those who participate in online discussion forums, you have doubtless encountered what are termed “trigger warnings.”  There seem to be two schools of thought about them.  One school says they are necessary to protect individuals in discussions from the emotional distress of reliving past traumatic events.  Another school says that everything’s becoming a trigger […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Race Relations, Violence, Women, workplace | 24 Comments »

Fellow Mormon Progressives: You’re Doing it Wrong

March 19, 2016
Fellow Mormon Progressives: You’re Doing it Wrong

I have something to say and I’m not sure it’s my place to say it, but I have tried to bite my tongue all day, and I have been so concerned about ALLY THEATER (which I suck at) that I didn’t want to claim a voice in this controversy. But I can’t take it anymore. […]

Posted in Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Women | 45 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 »

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 »

Instruments in the Orchestra – How Inclusive is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

March 7, 2016
Instruments in the Orchestra – How Inclusive is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Near the end of last year, I wrote a post asking whether inclusiveness was a meaningless virtue. This post was written in response to several comments and posts that I’ve seen expressing related thoughts: 1) boundaries are essential for an identity to have meaning, 2) those who argue for inclusion without limits either implicitly place […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 33 Comments »

Mitt-Trump-or Someone else? (weekend poll)

March 5, 2016
Mitt-Trump-or Someone else? (weekend poll)

Mitt Romney blasted Donald Trump this week in a speech at the University of Utah.  CNN and Bloomberg News are reporting that Mitt is exploring the option to block Trump at Republican National Convention.  This could result in either a “contested” convention, or a “brokered” convention. The last “contested” convention was 1976 (Reagan-Ford, but Ford […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

Tattered Passports & Dual Citizenship

March 2, 2016
Tattered Passports & Dual Citizenship

In Armand Mauss’ memoir, Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport, he describes his frustration of holding a “Mormon passport” in the intellectual world because he was mistrusted and not seen as a true intellectual (how could someone intelligent fall for that cult, right?). Yet when he was in his home Mormon land he was viewed with […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, Feminism, LGBT, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

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