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Long sleeves or short sleeves?

July 5, 2015
Long sleeves or short sleeves?

It was a hot summer day.  A coworker told me that I shouldn’t wear short sleeve dress shirts any more because that wasn’t a mature thing to wear.  I noted that I wore short sleeves on my mission.  When you go to the temple, you must wear long sleeve shirts or are asked to change. […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Mormon, Temple | 9 Comments »

Breaking News! Boyd K Packer Has Passed Away

July 3, 2015
Breaking News!  Boyd K Packer Has Passed Away

KSL is reporting that Elder Packer passed away at 2 pm today due to age.  He was 90.  With Elder Packer and Elder Perry both dying within the last month, it is likely that Elder Nelson will move up to be President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and next in line to become prophet. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Memento Mori, Carpe Diem, and Other Life Lessons

June 30, 2015
Memento Mori, Carpe Diem, and Other Life Lessons

Respecting one’s elders is a long-standing human tradition for good reason.  The elders of the tribe have often been seen as the wise ones, the ones who carry the experience and knowledge the younger ones need to survive and thrive.  And the elders of the tribe have lived long enough to have avoided some of […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Gratitude, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 5 Comments »

Parenting Taboos – Part 2

June 29, 2015
Parenting Taboos – Part 2

I wrote a TED Talk transcript of Parenting Taboos previously.  Parents Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman (I guess she didn’t take his last name–maybe that’s another taboo) gave an interesting TED Talk (episode 3 available on Netflix.) In part 1, they gave 2 parenting taboos. Taboo #1:  You can’t say you didn’t fall in love […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, LDS, Mormon | 5 Comments »

Topical Guide: Accursed

June 28, 2015
Topical Guide:  Accursed

I’ve been going through the Topical Guide looking for unusual meanings.  (See my posts on Abominable and Abhor.)  I came across an interesting verse, Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Paul wishes he were accursed from Christ?  What does that […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, theology | 5 Comments »

Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

June 27, 2015
Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two major rulings this week:  (1) re-affirmed the Affordable Care Act, and (2) made gay marriage legal nationwide.  What are your thoughts?

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 69 Comments »

Parenting Taboos – Part 1

June 22, 2015
Parenting Taboos – Part 1

With Father’s Day here, maybe it’s a good idea to talk about parenting Taboos.  Parents Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman (I guess she didn’t take his last name–maybe that’s another taboo) gave an interesting Ted Talk (episode 3 available on Netflix) where they discussed parenting taboos.  I created a transcript, and here’s what they had […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Women | 27 Comments »

Good or Bad Dad?

June 21, 2015
Good or Bad Dad?

Father’s Day is the time we get to think about our fathers.  Tell us about yours?  Was he the greatest Dad every, or a deadbeat?  Is he still alive or do you dearly miss him?  What are some of the good and bad lessons he taught you?  We don’t have to keep this as a […]

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Posted in Christian, Mormon | 6 Comments »

Birthdays or Anniversaries (Weekend Poll)

June 20, 2015
Birthdays or Anniversaries (Weekend Poll)

My anniversary and my wife’s birthday are both in the month of July.  I’m usually the one who makes a bigger deal about our anniversary than my wife.  My wife, on the other hand, has let me know when she thought I didn’t make a big enough deal of her birthday.  I’m just curious.

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Posted in Culture, Mormon | 6 Comments »

Interviews

June 17, 2015
Interviews

I decided to start a new feature at Wheat & Tares — interviews of people I either really like or find interesting. At first I had only one lined up — for December of this year — and I wanted to start in May.  But then I got some other great ones lined up, but […]

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Posted in Mormon | 15 Comments »

“Caitlyn Jenner, Welcome to being a Woman in America!”

June 15, 2015
“Caitlyn Jenner, Welcome to being a Woman in America!”

Last week the news has been filled with Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation from a man to a woman, and the Vanity Fair photo shoot.  I’m not sure how you feel about the issue.  Jon Stewart gave a very interesting take on the topic, and it was a very interesting monologue that was a bit different than […]

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Posted in Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, theology, Women | 72 Comments »

Standing for Women

June 14, 2015
Standing for Women

A temple worker told me an interesting story.  Apparently there is a veil waiting room where workers wait for the endowment to conclude.  Male and female temple workers are segregated, with an attached doorway.  As the endowment session concludes, female temple workers enter the men’s veil waiting room in order to enter the endowment room for the […]

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Posted in gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple, Women | 15 Comments »

Duty, Conformity, Authority, Obedience

June 9, 2015
Duty, Conformity, Authority, Obedience

These four virtues have held prime real estate in recent generations, and are still considered top virtues by many:  duty, conformity, authority, and obedience.  But within the 1900s and into our century, these virtues have also come under fire, their downside exposed.  These four virtues didn’t originate in scripture but are popular cultural values.  For example, […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 33 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

Most/Least Favorite Callings

June 7, 2015
Most/Least Favorite Callings

In the past, we’ve talked about being stuck in a calling, and asked if you were over or under-utilized.  I thought it might be interesting to find out what are your most and least favorite callings.  What say you?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Discussion | 29 Comments »

Interview with John Hamer

June 3, 2015
Interview with John Hamer

I understand you have been involved in collecting manuscripts and original documents that touch upon or concern the “Mormon” Church. What has that meant in your life? What perspectives has that given you? I’ve done work in the Community of Christ Archives, which are located in the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The archives contain a […]

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Posted in Christian, Community of Christ, Culture, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Honest in All Our Dealings

June 2, 2015
Honest in All Our Dealings

According to one study [1], 10% of communication in marriage is dishonest.  Another study showed that 38% of interactions between college students were deceptive [2].  And as we all know, 83% of statistics are made up [3].  Why do people lie?  Does everyone do it?  How can we be more honest? “It’s not a lie […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, Honor Code, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying | 25 Comments »

False Prophets

June 1, 2015
False Prophets

In the Bloggernacle, it seems that the main players are atheists, liberal Mormons, and Orthodox Mormons.  It is pretty rare that an evangelical Mormon enters the debate, and I think is even more rare for a Mormon to become an evangelical.  (Granted, my view could be biased by my experience.  From my experience, most former […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Mormon, Prophet, theology | 45 Comments »

Elder Perry Passes Away

May 30, 2015
Elder Perry Passes Away

Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Saturday, May 30, that Elder L. Tom Perry has died. He died at his home just after 3 p.m. after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. He was 92 years old. Elder Perry served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since […]

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Posted in Mormon | 4 Comments »

10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke

May 26, 2015
10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke

Noticing how tired I was one morning for my workout, my personal trainer asked if I drink coffee or tea which he was recommending so I wouldn’t be so tired in the morning [1].  I said no, but I drink Diet Coke.  He looked at me like I had just admitted to smoking heroin.  I […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 31 Comments »

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