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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 »

New Revelation in the Community of Christ

April 24, 2016
New Revelation in the Community of Christ

Here is another guest post by Rich Brown, a member of the Community of Christ. It used to be that World Conference delegates in the Community of Christ arrived in Independence, Missouri, wondering if the church’s prophet-president would submit an inspired document to be considered for inclusion in the Doctrine and Covenants. When they arrive […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, LGBT, Mormon, scriptures, theology | 12 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 »

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 »

Teachers who don’t Teach

April 17, 2016
Teachers who don’t Teach

D&C 20:53-59 says, 53 The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them; 54 And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; 55 And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Mormon, Priesthood | 16 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 »

Who will win in November? (weekend poll)

March 26, 2016
Who will win in November?  (weekend poll)

Despite Bernie Sanders great showing today (winning the states of Alaska & Washington, Hawaii voting hasn’t concluded as of the publication of this post, but Bernie will probably win there too.) It seems highly likely that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties.  It’s been more than 160 […]

Posted in Mormon, Politics | 22 Comments »

Canaanite Dieties

March 21, 2016
Canaanite Dieties

It’s Easter time again (next Sunday is Easter if you weren’t paying attention.)  Easter is that one holiday that Mormons observe, but don’t really celebrate.  With Easter comes the story of the Passover.  (This is one of those strange years in which Easter occurs a month BEFORE Passover.)  In the past, I’ve blogged about various […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Israel, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, scriptures, theology | 23 Comments »

Temple Dedications

March 20, 2016
Kirtland Temple

Today the new Provo City Center Temple (previously the Provo Tabernacle) is being dedicated.  My daughter said that this is her third temple dedication (others were Brigham City, Payson).  How many temple dedications have you been to?  (It used to be once-in-a lifetime.) It got me thinking about the Kirtland Temple dedication.  According to LDS.org Joseph […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 27 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 »

Thoughts on Mitt, Trump, and Hillary

March 14, 2016
Mitt can't stand to see either of these as next president of the US, but it is likely one of them will be.

I’ve been thinking about politics a lot lately.  I listen to a lot of talk radio.  It seems that people are divided about Mitt’s recent bashing of Donald Trump.  One ultra-conservative talk show host said he supported Mitt in 2012, and was absolutely ashamed of him now.  Today’s Op-Ed in the Deseret News is takes the […]

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Posted in Criticism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Politics, Women | 79 Comments »

A Mormon Theology of Depression?

March 9, 2016
A Mormon Theology of Depression?

Many in the Mormon community are saddened by the recent passing of Stephen H. Webb, a well-regarded Christian theologian who worked closely in recent years with Mormon scholars. A few weeks ago, Webb wrote an article articulating the dearth of Christian theological understanding regarding depression. Theological understanding is necessary, he argued, because “no other kind of pain […]

Posted in Christian, Doctrine, emotions, Grace, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Religion, theology, understanding | 33 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 »

“There are no homosexual members of the church”

March 1, 2016
“There are no homosexual members of the church”

Preguntas y Respuestas con élder David A. Bednar, del Cuórum de los Doce, 23 de febrero de 2016 ¿Cómo pueden hacer los miembros homosexuales de la Iglesia para vivir y seguir firmes en el Evangelio? Posted by Biblioteca SUD on Sunday, February 28, 2016 In January, Mike Cammock wrote a guest post at KiwiMormon entitled “There […]

Posted in LGBT, Mormon | 80 Comments »

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