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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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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 | 23 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 »

The Acceptable Range

July 22, 2014
The Acceptable Range

A few years ago, I was talking with my husband about who he thought was more emotional at work in his experience:  men or women.  He said women, definitely.  I said on the team I worked on and in general, I would say the men were more emotional.  I asked my then boss what his […]

Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Resting bitch face, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

The Frustration of Symbolic Temple Language

July 21, 2014
The Frustration of Symbolic Temple Language

I’ve really enjoyed the past few posts by Guy Templeton over at Wheat and Tares regarding some topics of the temple.  I’ve also enjoyed the interactions with Jettboy and Forgetting here at by blog.  Guy has discussed temple symbolism.  I have expressed frustration at this symbolism, because to me it seems just like a puzzle […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology | 71 Comments »

MD Podcast – Elder Oaks and his April 2014 talk

July 20, 2014
PowerAuthority

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about E. Oaks’ recent talk on Priesthood authority. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a closer look at Elder Oaks April 2014 Conference talk and suggests there may be more given by Elder Oaks than some first thought In the April 2014 conference Elder Oaks […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 7 Comments »

Tom Phillips Status (weekend poll)

July 19, 2014
Tom Phillips Status (weekend poll)

Tom Phillips is a former stake president in England and has been the managing editor of MormonThink, a website many refer to as anti-Mormon.  After he was released as stake president, Tom received the Second Anointing, also known as Calling and Election Made Sure, or the Second Endowment.  While this ordinance was somewhat common in […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Criticism, Excommunication, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 24 Comments »

3rd New Temple Film/Symbolism

July 17, 2014
3rd New Temple Film/Symbolism

I mentioned in a post back in August 2013 that there could be up to 3 new temple movies coming out.  The Deseret News is reporting that the 3rd movie was finally released this week to give variety to temple attendees. The temple teaches in symbols.  I overheard two temple workers in the lunchroom discussing one […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology | 28 Comments »

Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 25 Comments »

Changing the Temple Ceremony for Female Priesthood?

July 14, 2014
Changing the Temple Ceremony for Female Priesthood?

In the previous post from Guy Templeton, Jettboy explained that priesthood in the next life will be different from priesthood in this life, but noted the inherent sexism (though I’m sure he wouldn’t have couched it in those terms.)  He said, Ah, but Sarah, there is even with those “conferrals” a God, then man, and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Priesthood, theology, Women | 48 Comments »

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014
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Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with Prof. Charles Harrell to discuss his book “This is My Doctrine”.  Bro. Harrell discusses the complexity and difficulty in defining LDS Doctrine and the way in which we can deal with such issues. How do you differentiate between Doctrine, Policy, and Culture? What do you make of the tansfiguration […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

By Authority

July 10, 2014
By Authority

In nearly all blessings and ordinances, priesthood members perform the blessing or ordinance under the “authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.”  I noticed recently at the temple that the ordinances are performed merely “by authority.”  As I understand it, women repeat words nearly identical to men when performing initiatory rites.  There has been some debate about […]

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Posted in Mormon, Priesthood, theology | 40 Comments »

Denied! Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

July 8, 2014
Denied!  Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

A specific section of the Church Handbook of Instruction is being cited as the rationale for denying family members Temple Recommends due to the views of their family members.  The section in question is this: Section 3.3.4  Members Whose Close Relatives Belong to Apostate Groups Bishops and their counselors must take exceptional care when issuing […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 103 Comments »

Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

July 7, 2014
Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

Back in May, I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with William Shepard at the Kirtland Sunstone Conference.  Shepard is both an impressive historian in his own right, but also a member of the Strangite Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  (Yes the name of his church is […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Priesthood, theology, Women | 14 Comments »

Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 39 Comments »

Parker on Excommunication

June 30, 2014
Parker on Excommunication

News has it that John Dehlin met with his Stake President, and no future meetings are currently scheduled.  On another note, Natasha Parker, who blogs at the Mormon Therapist has written several Facebook posts that I think are spot on.         In regards to the recent Mormon excommunication: the main pushback I’m getting from LDS […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 31 Comments »

Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

June 28, 2014
Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have issued a statement today regarding Priesthood, questioning and apostasy. The full text of the statement is: Office of the First Presidency 47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 June 28, 2014 In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Uncategorized | 91 Comments »

Saved or Not Saved? (Weekend Poll)

June 28, 2014
Saved or Not Saved?  (Weekend Poll)

“Who then can be saved?”  Wouldn’t you like to know? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

That Will Do

June 26, 2014
That Will Do

During the temple ceremonies, patrons are asked at various points of the ceremony to consent to a covenant, or demonstrate certain actions.  Once completed, the dialogue says “That will do.”  It always reminds me of a scene in the children’s movie “Babe” where the farmer tells Babe, “That’ll do.” Maybe I’m getting too hung up […]

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