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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 […]

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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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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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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 | 60 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 »

Doctrinal History of Vicarious Ordinances

July 11, 2016
Doctrinal History of Vicarious Ordinances

A friend asked me about the doctrinal history of why Mormons, and specifically Joseph Smith, came up with the doctrine of baptism of the dead, and vicarious ordinances.  He noted that in Elder Bednar’s 2011 General Conference talk, Bednar tied vicarious work not only with the visit of Elijah to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 34 Comments »

Running Out of Temple Names?

July 10, 2016
Now you can print your own cards at home and take them to the temple!

On a visit this week to the temple with my daughter, I learned a few interesting things. I noticed that during confirmations, the temple has only printed sheets with three names. The temple worker said the temple is running out of names, so if you don’t bring your own names, they will let you only […]

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Happiness vs. Marriage

July 5, 2016
Happiness vs. Marriage

A recent New York Times article talked about the psychological reasons we choose our marital partners, and those reasons were far less designed to result in our happiness than we might expect. Because we lack self-awareness about our wishes and rationales, we are unaware of both what we need and what we seek in marriage. But though […]

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Posted in Agency, emotions, Empathy, faith crisis, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, Women | 19 Comments »

Was the Revolution a Mistake?

July 4, 2016
Was the Revolution a Mistake?

Monday July 4 is Independence Day in America.  I came across an interesting (heretical) point of view:  3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake.  Dylan Matthews argues that “the British Empire, in all likelihood, would have abolished slavery earlier than the US did, and with less bloodshed.” “Independence was bad for Native Americans”, and […]

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Temples Struck by Lightning

July 3, 2016
Utah Temple Passport

My daughter recently turned 12, and wanted to participate in baptisms for the dead.  She also wanted a temple recommend holder.  I stopped by Seagull Book and discovered these temple recommend holders cost between $3-4, which seems ridiculously expensive for a simple piece of plastic.  While there, I discovered a Utah Temple Passport for around $6. […]

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When Are Women Men and Men Women?

June 28, 2016
When Are Women Men and Men Women?

As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what in the scriptures applies to me and what doesn’t. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think I am being purposefully obtuse. Today’s guest post is from EBK. To illustrate the issue, I have made a list of scriptures below that can present […]

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Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

June 27, 2016
Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

I was listening to a great Maxwell Institute podcast in which Blair Hodges interviews Peter Martens. Among other topics, Martens briefly discussed early church father Origen who was denounced postumously for his heretical views, some of which, although they may have been anathema to Catholics, are particularly of interest to Mormons. Origen was an early Christian scholar […]

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Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?

June 26, 2016
Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?

This past week, we’ve discussed polyandry–the idea that a woman can have multiple husbands.  (Polygyny is the concept where a husband can have multiple wives.  Polygamy encompasses both polygyny and polyandry.)  The reason this came up was due to a presentation I attended at the Mormon History Association meetings.  Many people have charged that Josephine’s mother […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Women | 6 Comments »

Less Temple Laundry?

June 25, 2016
Less Temple Laundry?

The LDS Church has recently changed clothing requirements for both baptisms and initiatory rites at temples.  With regards to baptisms for the dead, patrons used to be issued 2 white jumpsuits:  (1) that got really wet for the baptisms, and (2) to be worn during the confirmation process.  Due to recent administrative changes, patrons may […]

Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 9 Comments »

What’s the Cost of a Mission?

June 21, 2016
What’s the Cost of a Mission?

Today’s guest post is by Megan. What’s the cost of a mission? There’s a monetary cost, of course, money spent in preparation and then more money paid every month in support. My father took a second job to help pay for the cost of sending my brother and me into the mission field, while he was […]

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Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

June 21, 2016
Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

I recently listened to one of Blair Hodges’ Maxwell Institute Podcasts. He was speaking with Elizabeth Drescher, discussing “The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.” She studied the behaviors and beliefs of the increasing number of people who are leaving religion behind and claiming no affiliation. Personally, I hate podcasts, but this one was well worth a listen, […]

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Joseph’s DNA Test #MHA2016

June 20, 2016
Ugo Perego and Brian Hales

The most exciting, newsworthy event at the 2016 Mormon History Association meetings was the announcement of the DNA test of Josephine Lyons.  As the story goes, Joseph Smith had more than 30 polygamist wives.  Except for Emma, none of these wives had children via Joseph.  There had been a few rumored children but John Reed Hancock […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Science and Religion | 64 Comments »

Hillary, Donald, or Gary?

June 18, 2016
Hillary, Donald, or Gary?

It looks like we’re down to two candidates–but wait!  Is there a third?  Mitt Romney may endorse Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, because Mitt has said #NeverTrump.  Johnson describes himself at Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal.  Does Mitt’s possible endorsement influence your decision on whom to vote for?  Gary is currently polling at 12%.  If he can get up […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Politics | 10 Comments »

Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

June 14, 2016
Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

I’ve gotten immersed in the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  It’s the story of a combat nurse from World War II transported back in time 200 years while visiting the Scottish highlands.  Although she’s English, and therefore an enemy in the conflicts underway in Scotland in the mid-1700s, these are not her personal conflicts.  Her own […]

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