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From Pillar to Post

August 23, 2016
From Pillar to Post

Sometimes when I hear other people talk about what they get from their church experience, I wonder if we attend the same church. I’m sure they feel likewise. The things that matter to some people aren’t important to me, and the things I care about aren’t important to them. Some people complain about things that […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, understanding | 9 Comments »

Dunn and other Bad Business Deals (part 2)

August 22, 2016
Dunn and other Bad Business Deals (part 2)

I finished the book, Lying for the Lord by Lynn Packer.  (Click here for part 1.) It seems to me that most Mormons are upset by his telling stories that weren’t true.  To be honest, I ‘m not all that fond of piling on Dunn for that, though after reading the book, it wasn’t so much him […]

Posted in Culture, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 18 Comments »

Uprooted

August 16, 2016
Uprooted

Our stake just underwent a huge boundary change. Did I mention it was huge? To quote Donald Trump, it was YUGE! We’ve been through many boundary changes in my lifetime of church attendance, and they are never very easy, hardest of all on the teens it seems, and yet, all my teens have been in […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Empathy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, understanding | 17 Comments »

Lying for the Lord (Paul Dunn)

August 15, 2016
Lying for the Lord (Paul Dunn)

I’m about halfway through Lynn Packer’s book, Lying for the Lord.  Packer is brother for former apostle Boyd K. Packer.  I didn’t know that Paul Dunn and Boyd Packer had a little bit of a CES rivalry going on.  Both came up at the same time in the LDS Seminary program.  Paul got a theology […]

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Posted in LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 35 Comments »

Temple Tourism

August 14, 2016
Utah Temple Passport

I know a few people who have served temple missions to the Nauvoo Temple.  They indicated that while there are lots of LDS tourists who visit Nauvoo, very few of them actually attend the temple there, and it is often not very busy. My sister and her husband travel quite a bit (her husband frequently […]

Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 17 Comments »

A Candidate Mormons Can vote For?

August 10, 2016
A Candidate Mormons Can vote For?

One of the interesting side notes in this bizarre election cycle has been the widely reported fact that Utah Mormon voters, including stanch Republicans (which is practically the same thing) are not supporting the Republican Nominee, Donald Trump. In fact, by and large that can’t stand him.  Trump came in third in the Utah Primary, […]

Posted in Agency, America, BYU, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics, Religion | 15 Comments »

Being Burned Over

August 8, 2016
Being Burned Over

Joseph Smith was born in 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. By 1820 he and his family were living in Manchester, New York, a frontier area with a rapidly growing population. This was an auspicious time to be living in Western New York State because it coincided with a period that historians would later dub the Second […]

Posted in Christian, Faith, History, Holy Spirit, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, Spirituality, understanding | 10 Comments »

He called “them” Adam?

August 7, 2016
adam-eve

I had a seminary teacher that told me to pay attention to pronouns.  I just came across a confusing one in Genesis: 5:1-2 In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called *their* name Adam… God called Eve […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Christian, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology | 13 Comments »

In or Out? (weekend poll)

August 6, 2016
In or Out?  (weekend poll)

There were a few comments earlier this week about revelations that should be/shouldn’t be canonized.  It made me wonder what you all thought.  Are there some sections you’d like added or removed from the D&C?  Let’s see if you agree with some of these suggestions, and then see if you’d like some sections removed.  Is […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, scriptures | 16 Comments »

The Article on Marriage: What Is (Was) It?

August 4, 2016
The Article on Marriage:  What Is (Was) It?

Many LDS Church members don’t know about its first official statement on the subject of marriage. With all of the current brouhaha over what constitutes a marriage, I thought it would be fun to acquaint you with this piece of history. On August 17, 1835, Priesthood and members assembled in Kirtland, Ohio to vote on […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, Tradition | 16 Comments »

(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

August 2, 2016
(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

We are often told we should read our scriptures, but we aren’t told how to read them. Since most people are literate, but have never been taught how to read, it’s a crapshoot how effective their study is. We learn about reading scriptures as Primary children, but our methods often fail to transcend that approach. […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, scriptures, seminary, Violence | 39 Comments »

Are we really a church of revelation?

August 1, 2016
7 of first 8 prophets don't follow the Current Grooming Standards of the Church

We like to claim that we are a church led by revelation.  In light of the last two posts (part 1 and part 2) by Guy Templeton, asking who among the current crop of apostles might give us a revelation, I thought it might be interesting to show a few graphs. It’s interesting to compare […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology | 97 Comments »

Godly Curses

July 31, 2016
Godly Curses

Genesis 3:14-17 14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology | 6 Comments »

What happens without a loyal opposition?

July 28, 2016
What happens without a loyal opposition?

Most organizations face a dilemma. On the one hand, too much factionalism and resistance and they break down into feuding, balkanized  fragments. On the other hand, without any pushback, they turn into an echo chamber of yes men. The trick to success is to harness the power of loyal opposition. Thus the Chinese wisdom saying:  “A […]

Posted in LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 74 Comments »

Abandoned

July 25, 2016
Abandoned

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, outside the small village of Bainbridge on a country lane called Locust Grove. We lived atop a hill surrounded by corn fields. The Conoy Indians used to live there [1] nestled between the banks of the Susquehanna and the Conoy Creek. We sometimes found arrow heads in the corn […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 16 Comments »

Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

July 24, 2016
Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

Several of you didn’t like the choices last week when I asked who was the most likely apostle (among the top 6 in seniority) to give us a new revelation.  So, let’s ask the question again, amongst the bottom half of the apostles!  (Note this is listed by seniority.)

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Posted in LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 28 Comments »

Bad Memes

July 18, 2016
US President Eisenhower with Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson.  He later called Eisenhower "a tool of the communists."

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen many of these memes.  I’d like to point out some of the ones that I’m not much of a fan of.  Take this one from Elder Ezra Taft Benson. On the one hand, it seems to be intended for conservative leaning folks, those who can’t seem to stomach […]

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

Prophet Among Us?

July 17, 2016
Prophet Among Us?

I was talking to a friend, and asked him if there was a current apostle like Spencer W. Kimball–that is someone who might come up with a groundbreaking revelation (concerning perhaps gays, women, or some other issue) among the current crop of apostles.  I remind you all that when Pres Kimball assumed the role of […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Prophet | 62 Comments »

The Shape of Eternity

July 15, 2016
The Shape of Eternity

Intro Note: I’m SUPER-excited to be a new permablogger here at Wheat & Tares. Thank you, hawkgrrl, for making it happen. I’m sure we’re all going to have a lot of fun. :-D A few months ago some friends and I visited the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. It’s a great place, part planetarium, part science […]

Posted in Agency, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Science and Religion | 7 Comments »

The Limits of Empathy

July 12, 2016
The Limits of Empathy

Today’s guest post is from Brother Sky. There have been some significant events over the past eight months involving the church and how it treats people (the November policy change, sexual assault at BYU, ongoing women and the priesthood discussions, etc.) Kristine A wrote a post about a year ago about how Mormons aren’t terribly good at empathy. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Race Relations, Spirituality | 21 Comments »

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