Priesthood

When the Priesthood is Everything, It Becomes Nothing

March 20, 2015
Priesthood Blessing

The latest viral-nova mormon essay to hit the internets is about how a woman taught primary children how priesthood blesses our lives. I believe it is a valiant attempt to wrestle with the complicated and contradictory messages that we have always been given about women and the priesthood. It is a worthwhile endeavor, and I […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Sunday School, Women | 35 Comments »

The Stories We Choose to Tell

March 12, 2015
The Stories We Choose to Tell

The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Culture, Education, Freedom, History, LDS, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, seminary, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Even when I’m wrong, I’m right (weekend poll)

March 7, 2015
Screen shot 2014-10-08 at 11.18.59 AM

Please watch this 30 second video, and let us know your comments. Do you think Elder Oaks regrets saying this on the PBS documentary, The Mormons?  Do you support Elder Oaks comments? What are your thoughts about Al Pacino’s character saying essentially the same thing?

Tags:
Posted in Blind Obedience, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Prophet, Truth. Lying | 20 Comments »

Nephite Patriarchy and Egalitarianism

March 6, 2015
Nephite Patriarchy and Egalitarianism

Over the last few years as I’ve gone through my faith transition my husband has been by my side. He’s listened to me and tried to understand me, even though we haven’t agreed on everything. He may not be a full-fledged mormon feminist, but he’d qualify as an mofem-empathizer. Recently my husband and I were […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Book of Mormon, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Prophet | 40 Comments »

Remembering the Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

February 23, 2015
Remembering the Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

In my previous post on how to agitate faithfully, I noted that the only revelations we have received in the past 125 years came about as a result of agitation.  With regards to polygamy, the US government agitated in such a coercive manner that we got the Manifesto in Official Declaration 1 in which Wilford […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Race Relations | 32 Comments »

Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Science and Religion, scriptures, theology, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 20 Comments »

Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, scriptures, social media, Women, workplace | 11 Comments »

Authority vs. Authenticity

November 25, 2014
Authority vs. Authenticity

Do Mormons have an authenticity problem? If so, is it related to our views of authority?

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Priesthood, Uncategorized, workplace | 29 Comments »

All Rise! Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

October 11, 2014
All Rise!  Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

Where does respect end and worship begin?  Where do we go from looking unified to looking like a cult?  You decide! Discuss.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet | 25 Comments »

Temple Ordination?

October 2, 2014
Temple Ordination?

Jeff Spector recently asked what would happen if women received the priesthood.  I have a question about what would happen at the temple.  Currently men are ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood immediately prior to the initiatory rite, but women do not need to be ordained at all.  If the prophet received a revelation extending priesthood […]

Tags:
Posted in Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Temple, theology, Wheaties | 25 Comments »

10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

September 30, 2014
10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

From the tongue-in-cheek folkloric depths of Mormondom, we have a treasured gem of Gospel Doctrine classes of yesteryear: trying to ascertain (based on current life circumstances) who was more valiant in the pre-existence.  This is the kind of speculation born of the race ban, but it certainly wasn’t limited by that ban.  It’s the Mormon […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Culture, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 9 Comments »

Pure Speculation – Ordaining Women – How Would it Work?

September 20, 2014
Pure Speculation – Ordaining Women – How Would it Work?

I have wondered what if the Prophet had a revelation extending the Priesthood to all worthy women. Many of us have said, if that were to happen, we would happily accept it. But since it has not, well…… But if it did happen, how it would work? Since adult men who join the church are […]

Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, emotions, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 33 Comments »

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: The European Sisters’ Meeting

September 11, 2014
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: The European Sisters’ Meeting

Two weeks after the kerfuffle over the poster advertising the European Sisters’ Meeting, I was able to attend the broadcast itself. The poster was a bad start, but let’s see how we’re doing from a “show me, don’t tell me” perspective of the position of women in the church. I’ll give a brief overview of […]

Tags: ,
Posted in gender equity, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding, Women | 21 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 […]

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

Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

July 17, 2014
Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

On Monday 14 July 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops following five hours of debate. Women were first ordained as deacons from 1985 onwards, the issue of ordaining women having first appeared on the agenda at the Lambeth Conference back in 1920 (see resolutions 47-54). The […]

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Doctrine, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 9 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 […]

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

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014
HarrelDoctrine

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 […]

Tags: ,
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 […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Mormon, Priesthood, theology | 40 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 […]

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

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

Search