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Is it Time to Update the Word of Wisdom?

November 24, 2014
Is it Time to Update the Word of Wisdom?

Fair warning: I know that Thursday is Thanksgiving, so this post will probably be a killjoy. The Word of Wisdom was written in Joseph Smith’s day and primarily concerned the major health problems of the day: alcoholism and and tobacco.  These were industries of “conspiring men in the last days.”  But obesity is turning out to […]

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Would Joseph Smith Have Liked the Bloggernacle?

November 19, 2014
Would Joseph Smith Have Liked the Bloggernacle?

I learned an interesting tidbit about LDS church history from Terryl Given’s excellent book, People of Paradox. Apparently in the early days of the church, debate “clubs” were popular among members. Not unlike the informal online gatherings in today’s bloggernacle, early LDS saints, Joseph Smith included, would regularly meet for debates, where they argued about […]

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You should have known better!

November 14, 2014
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion regarding placing of blame for a lack of knowledge of Historical Facts. As Richard Bushman says at a 2008 seminar “Increasingly teachers and church leaders at all levels are approached by Latter-day Saints who have lost confidence in Joseph Smith and the basic […]

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President Eyring off to the Vatican

November 6, 2014
President Eyring off to the Vatican

It was announced Monday that President Henry B. Eyring would be attending “The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium” to be held in the Vatican 17-19 November. From the colloquium website, this is “a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Roman Catholic Church, theology, Uncategorized, understanding, Women | 28 Comments »

Mormons Need Mormonism

November 5, 2014
Mormons Need Mormonism

Sometimes I get impatient with LDS theology: the clunky anthropomorphism of a “God who weeps,” the sentimental materialism of the eternal family “in heaven as it is on earth,” the focus on obedience, historicity, universality, etc. As a BYU student, I remember being thrilled by the doctrine of deification and eternal progression. But today, I […]

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The Sweet Consolation of an Impersonal God

October 29, 2014
The Sweet Consolation of an Impersonal God

Last week I attended an ordination of a new cleric at Norwich Cathedral. He gave florid vows in high, KJV style English and knelt before the bishop in his stately robes who solemnly laid his hands upon his head. The organist played a hair-raising postlude by Olivier Messiaen. The congregation sat in rapt attention as […]

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What is the Proclamation on the Family? (Weekend Poll)

October 25, 2014
What is the Proclamation on the Family?  (Weekend Poll)

There are many opinions about the Proclamation, even among the top leaders of the church. What do you think? Discuss.

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PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

October 23, 2014
PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

Sometimes it seems like it’s one PR problem after another, and plenty have fuelled bloggernacle discussions over the last year or so. In this post I’ll be looking at PR as discussed in this BBC R4 Beyond Belief programme, and a recent podcast in which Gina Colvin interviews members Roy and Emma Hann about their […]

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Seattle LDS to Gays: Come Back, But to What?

October 21, 2014
Seattle LDS to Gays: Come Back, But to What?

My little sister sent me an email yesterday, troubled about just what to make of what I called the “post-crusade era” of SSM in the church. She had the following questions: Should legally married gay/lesbian couples be allowed to take the sacrament? Say hypothetically that this couple wanted to get baptized, would they have to […]

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Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

October 9, 2014
Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

Just recently I’ve found myself reading books by LDS (or ex-LDS) authors consecutively, not that common an occurrence, so I thought I did give a quick review of my thoughts. The most recent was: “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry I have long enjoyed Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt, and Hester & William Monk series […]

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The Crusade Against SSM is Officially Over

October 8, 2014
The Crusade Against SSM is Officially Over

The church’s recent statement on the Supreme Court decision was notable for its lack of judgement, with no attempt to exercise political influence. Gone were the phrases “we hope,” “we were disappointed,” “we encourage.” Replacing it was a respectful acknowledgement of the authority of the courts, and an appeal to the free expression of our […]

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Updated: Who’s Privileged?

October 3, 2014
Updated: Who’s Privileged?

Recent blog posts by Kate Kelly and Joanna Brooks on FMHseem to embrace some of what I was trying to convey with this post.  There seems to me, the way that I read those two articles, a recognition that things are not just about white, privileged, Mormon feminists but the net of equality is cast […]

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Forbidden Fire: Eve as Prometheus or Pandora?

October 1, 2014
Forbidden Fire: Eve as Prometheus or Pandora?

A few months ago, I wrote a post positing two theories of Eve: “Eve, the Noble Transgressor,” and “Eve, the Sinner.”  Many Mormons celebrate the Noble Eve: an aspirational figure of righteousness who knew she was doing the right thing by partaking of the fruit.  However, earlier LDS readings viewed Eve in the traditional way, […]

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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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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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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.

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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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