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Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

February 4, 2016
Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

Recently I ran across a thread that discussed some potential Ensign articles that would help address some common criticisms or answer questions. That seemed to make a great concept for a post and a place to invite reader input. I’d invite your posting/commenting what you would like to see addressed in the “I have a […]

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Resolving the Resurrection Paradox

February 3, 2016
Resolving the Resurrection Paradox

A few months ago I wrote a blog called The Resurrection Paradox discussing my ambivalent feelings about the doctrine of the resurrection. On the one hand, I feel inspired by the idea of a reunion with loved ones in an eternal world. The LDS doctrine of the resurrection enshrines the relationships and physical characteristics of […]

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Depression, Mormon Beliefs and Suicidal Ideation

January 31, 2016
Depression, Mormon Beliefs and Suicidal Ideation

News stories have recently brought to light increased concern over LGBT Mormons in the context of mental health issues and suicide (here and here). Those articles contain helpful information specific to LGBT Mormons and their loved ones, and there are also many other resources online (see here, for example). A main suicide risk factor in this population and […]

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The Only True Church in Spacetime

January 29, 2016
The Only True Church in Spacetime

Scientists tell us that space and time are interchangeable. Luke Mastin writes in Physics of the Universe: One person’s interval of space is another person’s interval of both time and space, and one person’s interval of time is also another person’s interval of both space and time. Thus, space and time are effectively interchangeable, and […]

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It’s Snack Time!

January 28, 2016
It’s Snack Time!

I’m feeling in need of some light relief at the moment. Yesterday my daughter came back from her youth activity with some left-over snacks; US flavours, courtesy of church members with contacts at a US military base. That would be Dill Pickle flavour potato crisps. So, this week I’m asking what is your favourite snack? […]

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An Anglican/Episcopalian version of “the policy” issue

January 25, 2016
An Anglican/Episcopalian version of “the policy” issue

January 19, 2016 Dear Bishop Sumner: I read with interest your remarks regarding the Primates’ meeting. There were two phrases that you used that especially struck me as rather insensitive when it comes to LGBT people – especially those here in Dallas where you were selected to serve. The first is your comment that our […]

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The Inefficiency of God

January 21, 2016
The Inefficiency of God

Do any of these phrases sound familiar? Everything happens for a reason Every time God closes a door He opens a window God never allows us to suffer any more than is absolutely necessary for our growth and eternal progress God tailored our trials (or we chose them) to give us exactly what we needed […]

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Interview with Jerilyn Hassell Pool

January 21, 2016
Interview with  Jerilyn Hassell Pool

Welcome to the interview series Ms. Jerilyn Hassell Pool. You are famous in some circles and others haven’t ever heard of you. Can you give our readers a quick thumbnail of how you came to be LDS (your short family history) and how that affected where you are now? I was born to a Mormon […]

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Interview with Mary Ann

January 14, 2016
Interview with Mary Ann

We’ve added a new permablogger and I thought an interview would make a great introduction:   What is your background in the church? What were influential factors that shaped your view? I grew up in a mainstream Mormon household in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a lot of Mormon pioneer ancestry (7th-generation Mormon from […]

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Three things

January 7, 2016
Three things

My father-in-law died and had his funeral this Tuesday.  I was asked to write a talk for his funeral (about a month before he died).  They ended up not using it. The had the stake president deliver a plan of salvation talk instead. Worse, he did a brilliant job, turns out that he is a […]

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A New Year, A New Start

December 31, 2015
A New Year, A New Start

The fun musical pieces I enjoyed listening to with my children growing up include John Rutter’s musical fables, particularly “The Reluctant Dragon”, and “The Wind in the Willows”, sung by the renowned King’s Singers, and based on children’s stories written by Kenneth Grahame. The closing songs of each are particularly poignant, and the closing song […]

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Suicide: A Mormon Perspective

December 31, 2015
Suicide: A Mormon Perspective

***This article is about suicide. Those who feel that this may trigger dangerous feelings are advised not to read on. If you need help, please seek out local mental health services*** If you lived in France in the 17th century and died by suicide it was considered a crime – hence the phrase “commit” suicide […]

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Tithing: Have You Considered Paying on Surplus?

December 27, 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” in the gospel rather than leaving the Church. D&C 119 renews tithing in this dispensation as a commandment and hence every week Latter-day Saints grab […]

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Why didn’t anyone tell me — about literal interpretation vs. reality

December 24, 2015
Why didn’t anyone tell me — about literal interpretation vs. reality

Many people claim to believe “literally” in the Bible. More or less. They read it as God speaking to them, often in the “original English” (to quote a school board debate). But if we start with the creation story, it turns out no one literally believes in the Bible. After all, the literal story in […]

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Dumping on the Church…

December 23, 2015
Dumping on the Church…

2015 has been a relatively turbulent year for the LDS Church. Beginning with the February ex-communication of John Dehlin and culminating in the November release of “The Policy”. Continued releases of LDS Gospel topics essays as well as the release of a photo of the seer stone used by Joseph Smith to produce the Book […]

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Interview with Natasha Helfer Parker

December 19, 2015
Interview with Natasha Helfer Parker

Tell our readers who you are and how you came to the LDS Church. My name is Natasha Helfer Parker. I am a Marriage & Family Therapist, a Sex Therapist, a blogger, podcast host, knitter, wife and mother of 4. My parents converted to the church when I was about 5 years old. They were […]

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Is inclusiveness a meaningless value?

December 15, 2015
Is inclusiveness a meaningless value?

Dear readers of Wheat & Tares, I regret to inform you that today’s post begins with a quiz. I will present three statements, and then ask questions regarding the state of affairs described in those statements. May the curve be ever in your favor. Statement 1: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is […]

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Posted in Christian, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Race Relations, Religion, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

Why didn’t someone tell me about Wheat and Tares?

December 10, 2015
Why didn’t someone tell me about Wheat and Tares?

People tend to think they know about the parable of the wheat and tares. God sows wheat.  The adversary sows tares (darnel weed, a species of bearded rye-grass that is a pretty effective emetic that causes violent vomiting if eaten). The wheat and the tares get separated and the tares are burned. At greater length […]

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“You’re Imperfect, You’re Wired for Struggle, But You are Worthy of Love and Belonging”

December 10, 2015
“You’re Imperfect, You’re Wired for Struggle, But You are Worthy of Love and Belonging”

I’m currently working on a production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty: a three hour marathon of traditional ballet set to some of the most magnificent music ever written. Sleeping Beauty begins and ends at church, opening with an infant christening and ending with a solemn wedding procession. As a Mormon, I can’t help seeing the story as […]

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Always towards better things…

December 9, 2015
Always towards better things…

It’s that time of year (in Australia anyhow!!!) where school is coming to an end for the year. Formals, schoolies and parties mark the calendars of anyone under the age of 18. It’s often a time, also, for speeches. One speech by Sarah Haynes, school captain of Ravenswood Girls High School in Sydney (Ravo) has […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Culture, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

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