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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 […]

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Life is Sacred: A Tribute to Yasujiro Ozu

September 10, 2014
Life is Sacred: A Tribute to Yasujiro Ozu

Film director Yasujiro Ozu’s 1949 masterpiece Late Spring opens with a Japanese tea ceremony.  Women in beautiful kimonos kneel in a circle together, bowing deeply as each new participant arrives.  The hostess starts the ceremony with elaborate formality, each movement choreographed to perfection.  The women in the circle watch in reverent silence.  The camera cuts […]

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Seeing the truth

September 7, 2014
Seeing the truth

Bad things can happen to us, but we do not need to become what has happened to us.

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Posted in Faith, Holy Spirit, LDS, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

MD Podcast: Men to Boys

September 6, 2014
menTOBoys

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on “Men To Boys”, a discussion of how the Doctrine of Priesthood adapted and changed over time.   Mormon Discussion Podcast disusses William Hartley’s article “From Men to Boys“. This episode tries to counter our assumptions of how Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood where developed […]

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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 | 69 Comments »

Thoughts from a Court of Love

September 3, 2014
Thoughts from a Court of Love

I once sat on a completely divided disciplinary council.  Half the council was pressing for excommunication, half for disfellowshipment.   Arguments on both sides were passionate and compelling.  I could see the Stake President struggling under the weight of his approaching decision.  At last he told the quorum, with tears in his eyes: “Brethren, the presidency and I […]

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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 »

Is John Going Down?

August 25, 2014
Is John Going Down?

John Dehlin has posted an update to his discussions with his Stake President.  The stake president has asked John several things in regards to his Mormon Stories and Facebook groups.  There is one item that John has agreed to do.  He was asked to “Resign my status as an ordained minister in another faith” (I signed up […]

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MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

August 23, 2014
MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on Julie Willis’s BYU Speeches Talk   - “Gaining Light through Questioning”  Mormon Discussion Podcast So takes a closer look at the ability to ask tough questions within the LDS culture. – Do you feel comfortable asking tough questions in your Ward and Stake? […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

What’s In a Title?: Weekend Poll

August 23, 2014
What’s In a Title?:  Weekend Poll

In the early days of the church members were addressed as Brother or Sister with their first name.  Later, this was switched to last names.  Some people refer to leaders as always by their title, including after they are released.  Other wards mostly use first names. Discuss.

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Brother Jake Gives the BYU Commencement Speech

August 20, 2014
Brother Jake Gives the BYU Commencement Speech

  In response to Elder Nelson’s recent keynote address at BYU’s commencement (here is a link to a recording of the whole ceremony–the address begins speaking at ~39 minute mark), I made an alternate version of the speech, published on the Infants on Thrones podcast. Find the recording here: http://infantsonthrones.com/?powerpress_pinw=469-podcast

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Mormons and Millennialism

August 20, 2014
Mormons and Millennialism

There are three types of millennialism in Christendom today: pre-millennialism, post-millennialism, and a-millennialism.  Pre-millennialism is the belief that Christ will return after a period of destructive tribulation and bring with Him 1,000 years of peace.  Post-millennialism is the belief that mankind will grow into the millennium through works and righteousness and that Christ will later come […]

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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 »

Women Giving Blessings: Weekend Poll

August 16, 2014
Women Giving Blessings:  Weekend Poll

There is a history of women in the early days of the church giving blessings.  Should that stay in the past or still be a thing? Defend your answer!  

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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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Some Thoughts on Suicide

August 13, 2014
Some Thoughts on Suicide

Most of us have healthy survival instincts.  We feel great dismay when someone commits suicide, unable to reconcile our intrinsic will to live with the thought of someone who has lost that will.  No animal in God’s creation would do such a thing.  But a suicidal person does not live in a normal world.  To understand […]

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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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The Upside to Gerontocracy

August 5, 2014
The Upside to Gerontocracy

My immediate family spans three generations.  My parents are from the Silent Generation (both born in the 1920s), and my oldest sisters are Baby Boomers, teens in the 1960s.  One of my sisters sang with Steve Miller.  I was an accident, born in the late 1960s (a Gen-Xer) when my older sisters were already getting […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized, Women | 23 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 »

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