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Sacred AND secret: Is public activism inherently unfaithful?

September 17, 2014
Ordain Women at General Conference

Ordain Women’s latest planned action is to watch Priesthood session of October General Conference at local stake centers. Is this too low-key? Is low-key more spiritual?

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Posted in Faith, Feminism, gender equity, Mormon | 25 Comments »

Selfies/Texting at Funerals?

September 17, 2014
Selfies/Texting at Funerals?

A friend wrote this on Facebook a few days ago….. It has been several years since I’ve attended a funeral in an LDS chapel. Today was the funeral of jr high/high school friend and classmate. I was disheartened to see both teens and adults texting and browsing social media sites on their phones during this […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon | 12 Comments »

Strange Bedfellows

September 16, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

About a week ago I had a dream that I was in the Creationism museum.  I’m sure this was inspired in part by the Buzzfeed articles about that dubious family-friendly recreational activity.  In the dream, I got separated from my family, and I was struggling to find my kids.  I kept passing anti-scientific exhibits and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, theology, Women | 31 Comments »

Fed Up with Conspiring Men?

September 15, 2014
Fed Up with Conspiring Men?

D&C 89:4  “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—” Last year, I asked “Are conspiring men […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Politics | 44 Comments »

Speak, Girl! Speak! Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

September 13, 2014
Speak, Girl!  Speak!  Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

The recent European Women’s conference has got people talking about E. Ballard’s admonishment (or joke) that women should not speak too much in councils but should defer to male authorities.  If you haven’t read it, Cynthia L.’s excellent post on BCC bears a quick reading.  Women can now try to walk that razor’s edge to […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Europe, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 19 Comments »

Why can’t Mormons have a women-affirming theology?

September 11, 2014
Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Anna Lea Merritt

How is it that, in 2014, we are seriously confronted with serious articles about how women are the “brides of Satan”?

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Posted in Doctrine, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 62 Comments »

Consumer Church

September 9, 2014
Consumer Church

“Ask not what your church can do, but what you can do for your church” is what JFK might have said if he had been a General Authority. Not attending church used to carry a very high penalty:  fines, ostracism, and even death.  In Shakespeare’s day, it was illegal not to attend church.  Nowadays, there really […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride | 45 Comments »

Tools to get rid of Genealogy Guilt

September 8, 2014
Tools to get rid of Genealogy Guilt

I’m sure that lots of you have had a guilt-inducing lesson about doing you genealogy.  (We had one today.)  The thing that I hate about these lessons is that while they provide “inspiring” (more like “guilt inspiring”) quotes from prophets and apostles, they offer no tools on how to help people actually DO genealogy.  At […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 18 Comments »

Back to School: Dress Codes (Weekend Poll)

September 6, 2014
Back to School: Dress Codes (Weekend Poll)

If your school district is like ours, it’s that time of year again when parents are warned what their kids can’t wear to school, and kids buy back to school clothes, many of which are designed to contradict dress codes.  Let’s talk about school dress codes. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Who’s Privileged?

September 5, 2014
Who’s Privileged?

One of the war cries of modern feminism is that of male privilege. There is no doubt that in certain areas like employment and pay, education, property rights, sexual rights, etc., men throughout the ages have enjoyed considerable advantage due to perceived gender roles. This so-called privilege has largely, but not completely dissipated in areas […]

Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Uncategorized, Women | 70 Comments »

Ok to Ask?

September 4, 2014
Ok to Ask?

You’re sitting in the Endowment Room, and you’re not sure if you can remember the New Name you were given.

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 18 Comments »

The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

September 3, 2014
The Smallest Things in the Word of Wisdom

This is our first guest post from Forgetting, a frequent commenter here at Wheat and Tares. Microbes are the most often overlooked aspect of the Word of Wisdom. Not only are microbes there in the spirit of the principle, but they are mentioned in the text both plainly and also somewhat obscurely. Fermentation is the […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 23 Comments »

Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

September 2, 2014
Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

Sometimes as active members, we are caught up in being the best Mormon we can be, the most observant, ticking all the boxes, perceived well by other ward members.  We can forget that the point is to become a better person by following Christ’s teachings, not just to become a better adherent to a set […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, theology | 13 Comments »

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 | 6 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 | 46 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 | 13 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 »

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