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Debating Polyandry with Brian Hales

June 23, 2016
Debating Polyandry with Brian Hales

The recent DNA findings regarding the paternity of Josephine Lyon have sparked renewed interest in the question of Joseph Smith’s polyandry: was it sexual or non-sexual? Brian Hales is the leading scholar advancing the “non-sexual polyandry” theory. Yet Hales finds himself virtually alone among scholars on this question, as illustrated in this visual he created. Because […]

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Thoughts on the Book of Alma

June 18, 2016

Just some thoughts on the Book of Alma for gospel doctrine classes tomorrow and the next little while. I got thinking about the population of Nephites and Mulekites and such when in discussing King Benjamin’s speech, the text notes that King Benjamin’s people had showed up  during a civil war, were a minority, and ended […]

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All Revelation is Personal

June 16, 2016
All Revelation is Personal

The peculiarities of Mormonism arose from the unique way in which God’s Spirit interacted with Joseph Smith’s particular culture and personality. Is it a coincidence that Joseph Smith, a young treasure seeker and dowser, received his first revelations from buried golden plates and seer stones? Is it a coincidence that the Book of Mormon is […]

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Mama Dragons Interview (Jill Hazard Rowe)

June 9, 2016
Mama Dragons Interview (Jill Hazard Rowe)

Could you tell our readers a little about yourself? I’m Jill Rowe. I’m known on Facebook as Jill Hazard Rowe. I am one of the originals who helped get the ball rolling with the Mama Dragons. I never thought it would grow so huge. I was born and raised in the SF Bay area to […]

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Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

June 2, 2016
Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

A dear friend of mine died last year.  As she aged she reflected that while it used to be that waiting for Christmas seemed like years — and the wait was 25% of her life, it now seemed like it came once a week (or about 1.25% of her life).  The conversation was interesting because […]

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“When Gods Began to Be” Reconciling Fate and Karma

June 2, 2016
“When Gods Began to Be” Reconciling Fate and Karma

Last week I had the pleasure of conducting Carmina Burana, a hair-raising oratorio composed by Carl Orff and dedicated to Adolf Hitler. The opening number “O Fortuna” is a thrilling hymn to the god of fortune featured in countless films and television commercials. The lyrics come from poems written by mediaeval monks who were supposed […]

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Interview with Bryndis Roberts

May 26, 2016
Interview with Bryndis Roberts

I was lucky enough to have an interview with Bryndis Roberts who has been passionately involved in supporting others in going to the temple, in the relief society and in the bloggernacle.  In this interview she tells us about herself.  If we are lucky, we may also get a follow-up interview about FEMWOC – Feminist Mormon […]

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Inquisitions Revisited

May 19, 2016
Inquisitions Revisited

I’ve recently been reading a novel about the Cathars in France, and the entrance of the Inquisition recalled an earlier post. One of my first posts as a permablogger at W&T asked the following questions about church discipline: Could investigation by the SCMC and becoming subject to subsequent disciplinary procedures come to be seen as […]

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Talking about Changes

May 11, 2016
Talking about Changes

Introduction There have been five changes in the Church in the last fifty years that seem to have altered the shape of the modern church and its direction. They are: A move from the Church as a single tribe “the blood of Israel” or a large family to a collection of super families or affiliated […]

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What does it mean “to see through a glass, darkly”??

May 5, 2016
What does it mean “to see through a glass, darkly”??

Most people have heard: “Through a glass, darkly (phrase), a Biblical phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:12″   So, what does that scripture mean? What do the words mean? In Greek that is:  βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι’ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι (blepomen gar arti di esoptrou en ainigmati) What Paul is writing about has been described as either […]

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It’s Not Just the Honor Code, It’s Also the Missionary Handbook

May 1, 2016
It’s Not Just the Honor Code, It’s Also the Missionary Handbook

This is a guest blog from a friend of mine who has asked to remain anonymous. The latest article from the Salt Lake Tribune about sexual assault and the Honor Code was disturbing, to say the least.  BYU is my alma mater, and I have a brother, sisters, and in-laws currently attending there.  How could my university, […]

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I have not abandoned you, you have abandoned me

May 1, 2016
I have not abandoned you, you have abandoned me

This is a guest post for reflection this Sunday. Years ago, I had a Girl Scout troop when my daughter was very young. I think they are called Daisies at that age. There were many more girls interested than we had parents who could volunteer. There was another daisy troop that same year but they met one evening […]

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The Church and …

April 29, 2016
The Church and …

A few years ago, when sexual assaults and the Church and other things were being discussed, I had three things happen. First, under the auspices of the local JRCLS, Mark Romney prepared and trained local leaders on mandatory reporting.  No ifs, ands or buts.  You must report and how to do it immediately.  Mark, now […]

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Compassion, Gaslighting and You

April 20, 2016
Compassion, Gaslighting and You

On creating the wrong perception. My blogging hiatus at Wheat and Tares came about when I was trying to write on being heard and avoiding the perception that the speaker was mentally ill.  I eventually gave up on the project, because I couldn’t wrap it into a post.  Well, I think I found a way to […]

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What is Evil?

April 14, 2016
What is Evil?

Terrorism…pornography…Donald Trump? Evil is a popular word these days in Mormon culture. But what is evil and what exactly do we mean when we say it? In the church, I think the word evil has a Satanic component. But non-members often understand it differently. Some dislike the word because of its supernatural religious connotations. When George W. Bush used the phrase […]

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Memory, Simplification and Lies

April 10, 2016
Memory, Simplification and Lies

Thinking about the following made me understand why I react the way I do to people who insist that any simplification of a narrative is a lie.  In addition, because I do not have visual memories the way many people do, and am an abstract rather than a concrete thinker, I don’t deal in details […]

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A Parable of the Wheat and Beans — A guest post.

April 7, 2016
A Parable of the Wheat and Beans — A guest post.

We talk a fair amount about Wheat and Tares, but sometimes we need to talk about beans and wheat. I’m sharing a guest post on the topic of monoculture wheat (“Monocots”), standing in rows and tangled beans (“Dicots”), growing and giving back at the same time. Here is the guest post by Amateur Parent: I […]

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April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 5, 2016
April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who need a quick recap of general conference weekend, here’s the GIF version.                            

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Welcome to my Nightmare (Political style)

March 25, 2016
Welcome to my Nightmare (Political style)

Like many of you, I am aghast at this year’s edition of the United States Presidential campaign.  I guess I can start out by saying that the crop of candidates is probably the worst I’ve seen since I started voting in the early 1970’s. I take no satisfaction in saying this because the future of […]

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Juggling Church Callings in a Family

March 24, 2016
Juggling Church Callings in a Family

For most of our married life my husband and I have held callings that did not conflict, or which, sometimes complimented each-other. Early in our marriage, before children, we both served in the youth programme, and I was pianist, whilst he served as chorister in our sacrament meetings. Once children came along we weren’t called […]

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