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Thank God for Foster Parents

September 1, 2014
Thank God for Foster Parents

I went to a missionary farewell at my old ward today.  It was fun to see old friends and catch up on their lives.  One family sticks out in my mind.  The father was just released as a singles’ ward bishop.  He and his wife have raised several children of multi-races and ethnic backgrounds.  While […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Mormon | 4 Comments »

A Thought Experiment

August 31, 2014
A Thought Experiment

Imagine a classroom where the ratio of boys and girls is fairly even. Now, let’s pick class president, vice president, treasurer, and other leadership positions. First rule: Boys only.

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized, Women | 34 Comments »

What is Dating?

August 30, 2014
What is Dating?

The church’s definition of dating seems straight out of an episode of Leave It To Beaver.  Many yearn for the simpler days when dating was straightforward, men did the asking and paying, and women had the right of refusal.  But we live in a changing world, in which it’s more common to “hang out” and […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 11 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

3 Missionaries dead in past 24 hours

August 23, 2014
3 Missionaries dead in past 24 hours

KSL is reporting the death of 3 missionaries in the past 24 hours. Two LDS missionaries serving in the Taiwan Taipei Mission were found dead in their apartment Saturday. Elder Connor Benjamin Thredgold, of the church’s Springville Utah West Stake, was found dead in his apartment, along with Elder Yu Peng Xiong, of the Kaohsiung Taiwan […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon | 3 Comments »

Stained Glass

August 22, 2014
Stained Glass

I met a man who makes stained glass for a living.  He told me that he has made stained glass for several temples.  I was surprised to learn that when the LDS Church builds a temple, the stained glass must have geometric patterns, rather than other artwork. I asked him if he knew why, and […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 11 Comments »

The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Brain Injuries and Free Agency

August 18, 2014
Brain Injuries and Free Agency

Nearly everyone has been heart-broken over the news of Robin Williams. In recent days, we have discovered that Williams not only had been suffering with depression for years, but also was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Because of Williams death, physicians are being advised to more aggressively treat patients for depression that have been diagnosed […]

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

Liberals don’t have testimonies?

August 17, 2014
Liberals don’t have testimonies?

Might there be some truth to the idea that liberals don’t have testimonies?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

August 14, 2014
Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

This last Sunday I was released as Ward Music Chairman, a post I have occupied for a year. I had also been asked to speak in sacrament meeting about the importance of music in the church and in the home. The talk (abridged & adapted) follows. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

Moderating Mormons Online – Thoughts from Sunstone

August 11, 2014
Moderating Mormons in Cyberspace Sunstone Panel

What is it like to moderate Mormons online? Are precarious, fragile spaces worth protecting?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

MD Podcast: White Shirt Pseudo Doctrine

August 10, 2014
MD Podcast: White Shirt Pseudo Doctrine

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about how cultural mores can become pseudo doctrines. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a close r look at the “The White Shirt Phenomena”.  This is a great issue to use as a backdrop for our culture creating rules that do not really exist, […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

Circumcision (weekend poll)

August 9, 2014
Circumcision (weekend poll)

Circumcision is one of the most prevalent procedures done to male infants in the United States, but there are many who question the value of circumcising boys, and it has dropped to the lowest level since the 1960s.  According to this article, circumcision helps prevent kidney and urinary tract infections.  It is also being used […]

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Posted in Culture, Jewish Studies, Mormon | 84 Comments »

Garments a Protection?

August 7, 2014
Garments a Protection?

During the initiatory rite, patrons are clothed in the garment of the holy priesthood.  During the ceremony, Mormons are promised that the garment will serve as a protection to us until we have “finished our work on earth”, so long as we do not defile them through sin.  Mormons love to promote stories in which […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Violence | 45 Comments »

Does Pres Monson Have Dementia?

August 4, 2014
Does Pres Monson Have Dementia?

I was listening to John Dehlin’s interview of Kate Kelly this past week, and they brought up an interesting point that I wanted to discuss more openly.  In the last 5 minutes of part 2, John, “Some people are speculating that there’s a power vacuum in the Church right now, that….” Kate Kelly interrupts, “Some people […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Roman Catholic Church | 86 Comments »

Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

August 2, 2014
Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

Being single and celibate is no picnic.  What if that single status stretches on for much longer than hoped? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

July 28, 2014
Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

From Thursday to Saturday is the Sunstone Conference in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, and here is the conference program. Sunstone, Mormon History Association, and the FAIR Conference have always been very interesting to me because it is a time to get more serious discussions that you get in Sunday School. As […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, theology | 7 Comments »

How do you explain John? (weekend poll)

July 26, 2014
How do you explain John?  (weekend poll)

Many have noted the inconsistencies in church discipline.  Kate Kelly has been exed, and it looked like John would as well.  As noted last week, it doesn’t appear that Tom Phillips has been excommunicated, despite calling Thomas S. Monson a fraud.  Many have noted the double-standards of church discipline–letting John and Tom off easy, but […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

In the name of Jesus

July 24, 2014
In the name of Jesus

In a previous post, I noted that the words “Melchizedek Priesthood” were nearly absent from the initiatory rite at the temple and the ordinances were merely performed “by authority.”  This past week, I noticed another absence:  “In the name of Jesus Christ.”  Nearly all Mormon prayers end with the words “In the name of Jesus […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture | 9 Comments »

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