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Emphasising Sabbath Observance

May 21, 2015
Emphasising Sabbath Observance

How important is the Sabbath to you? At our recent stake conference the visiting area authority 70, Elder Charles, spoke about the Sabbath*. He told us that in a change to previous practise, those assigned to attend stake conferences had been assigned the topic by the Brethren, and that in an increasingly secular world, our […]

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Facts or Feelings — Just what is truth?

May 13, 2015
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This is a guest post (by invitation) by Rosalie Erekson Stone. This final post in a trilogy on discerning truth recounts a poignant example of memory distortion that has bittersweet connotations for our family now that my husband has passed on. Genuine tragedies have occurred when false memories have resulted in false accusations. Fortunately, most […]

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“I Can’t. I’m Mormon.”

May 12, 2015
“I Can’t.  I’m Mormon.”

A few years ago, my boss excitedly said she had a real treat for the two of us to share.  It was a special tea from London that someone had bought her on a business trip.  I explained that I didn’t drink tea (although I do drink herbal tea).  She asked why I didn’t drink […]

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Mormonism’s thoughts on Cafeteria Mormonism

May 9, 2015
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast”.  His Podcast serves to help those reconstructing their faith within Mormonism to do so “Leading with Faith” rather than leaving the Church. What in Mormonism is off limits?  What could a faithful believer absolutely not discard in his faith?  As I thought […]

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Mormons in Politics in Britain

May 7, 2015
Mormons in Politics in Britain

“Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” (mormon.org) During one Institute discussion group back in my student days the Institute director told us […]

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Proudly Stupid

May 5, 2015
Proudly Stupid

See, this is why our theological amateurism is so lamentable. It’s pure zeal without knowledge, to borrow from Nibley’s brilliant observation. I know we take pride in being stupid, but it’s pride all the same. – RJH When I read this comment by RJH last week on BCC, it immediately resonated.  The Spirit testified of […]

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Why do we ignore the first major female prophet?

May 2, 2015
Why do we ignore the first major female prophet?

We hear talk of female prophets. Deborah, Huldah and others, but we do not get much discussion of Miriam. — the classic illustration of her singing in triumph while leading the Israelite nation. While she has a number of places she is mentioned,  Miriam’s signature moment is criticizing Moses for his polygamous wife and being […]

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Gaslighting and You

April 27, 2015
Gaslighting and You

Preface. I’ve written about communicating with general authorities and others in a hierarchy, and about understanding people who have spent most of their lives spending most of their time deferring gratification and caring for others. The last significant post in that series was “On Being Heard.” This post takes up where that left off, years […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Handicapped Stalls (weekend poll)

April 25, 2015
Handicapped Stalls (weekend poll)

One of the nice things about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is the fact that handicapped stalls are so much larger than a regular stall.  You need to use the restroom.  It seems to me that these stalls are often under-utilized.  Is it ok to use the stalls when you’re not handicapped?  What are your […]

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Bearing Testimony to Richard Dawkins

April 23, 2015
Bearing Testimony to Richard Dawkins

In a recent priesthood lesson our teacher played an excerpt from the Brandon Flowers/Richard Dawkins interview on Swedish television. Then he asked us if we were in Brandon Flowers place, how would we have responded to Richard Dawkin’s smug assertion that “the Book of Mormon is an obvious fake, a 19th century book written in 16th century […]

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Harry Reid’s a Better Missionary than you

April 20, 2015
Harry Reid’s a Better Missionary than you

Very interesting story today in the Deseret News about the baptism of former United States Senator Larry Pressler, Republican of South Dakota. Pressler, 73, was baptized on April 19th (yesterday) at the Chevy Chase Ward in Maryland. He had some pretty impressive missionaries. In addition to Senator Reid, who gave Brother Pressler a Book of […]

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Nazi Mormons

April 20, 2015
Nazi Mormons

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law”, states the 12th Article of Faith. So how does the LDS Church respond when missionaries are in a country where Nazis take over the government? David Conley Nelson gives a fascinating history of Mormons in Nazi Germany […]

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Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

April 16, 2015
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

This is a guest post from Ryan Lane. We are often told that Jesus died to pay the price of our sins.  Yet it seems strange that the unfair death of God’s innocent son could somehow be a good thing to the rest of us.  We try to explain this mystery by telling stories that […]

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Romancing the Shadow: Taming Our R-Rated Nature

April 9, 2015
Romancing the Shadow: Taming Our R-Rated Nature

When I was about 14 years old, my father angrily chased me out of the house and down the block as I laughed gleefully. I don’t remember exactly what caused the altercation but I was undoubtedly behaving like a snotty brat. Later, I stole back into the house and overheard my mother trying to calm […]

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Nephi today: Would he be a member of the NRA?

April 8, 2015
Nephi today: Would he be a member of the NRA?

I find it ironic that upon giving a person a Book of Mormon, they will probably in that day or the next read about how the initial central figure of the story is called upon by the spirit to kill another man, impersonate him and steal from him. Peace and love come a little later […]

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Have A Blessed Weekend

April 3, 2015
Have A Blessed Weekend

I’m leaving at noon today to drive from Rexburg to Salt Lake City to attend General Conference. I’m suffering from my own case of GC anxiety, as I’m sure many unorthodox saints feel about this weekend. It’s a feeling only exasperated by the family traditions that surround this weekend. Last year I was at my […]

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Sin and the School of Metaphysics

April 1, 2015
Sin and the School of Metaphysics

Awhile ago, I belonged to a club called the School of Metaphysics.  We studied dream interpretation, past-life analysis, and other New Age hocus pocus. I’ll never forget the beautiful definition they gave of sin: Sin is anything that is out of alignment with our true, divine nature. Sins are imbalances in our psyche, misunderstandings and […]

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Northern Ireland’s Gay Cake

March 26, 2015
Northern Ireland’s Gay Cake

Today and tomorrow the case brought by Gareth Lee, a volunteer with the Queer Space collective, supported by the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland against Asher’s Bakery supported by The Christian Institute is to be heard in court. So far as I can tell, this particular cake differs from similar cases in the US in […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Freedom, LGBT, Morality, Politics, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Explaining God’s Silence: Our Journey with Infertility

March 26, 2015
Explaining God’s Silence: Our Journey with Infertility

After 14 years of infertility, my wife recently miscarried on her 5th IVF attempt.  We took the miscarriage and buried it on a green Yorkshire hillside near a flock of sheep and thought about the future.  We both believe that we will have children one day. It’s promised in our patriarchal blessings and numerous other […]

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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 […]

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