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A Sunstone Newbie

July 31, 2015
A Sunstone Newbie

Imagine if someone were to create a community where all interested or connected to Mormon thought in any way, shape, or form were welcomed and accepted? It exists, and it’s meeting in SLC this weekend. I just returned from my first day of Sunstone (ever), and I have to sit and process what I just […]

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Three Problematic Scriptural Memes

July 30, 2015
Three Problematic Scriptural Memes

LDS culture is largely works-based. But forces within LDS leadership are striving to find a way to incorporate more grace into our gospel understanding. These forces are held back by a number of key scriptures and works-based traditions of scriptural interpretation. The following three memes are among the most ubiquitous works-based scriptures in LDS culture. I’ve audaciously adapted them to incorporate a […]

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Nick Literski Interview

July 29, 2015
Nick Literski Interview

Nick Literski was a blogger at Mormon Matters, ran a site on LDS Temples and was married with five girls.  He came out of the closet, was divorced, and has gone through many other transitions, though he often comments at Wheat & Tares.  This is his story.  I understand you used to be involved in […]

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No More Cultural Appropriation

July 24, 2015
No More Cultural Appropriation

I’m sure you saw the headline: “‘Hunger Games’ Actress Amandla Stenberg Calls Kylie Jenner’s Cornrows Cultural Appropriation.” I had never heard that term before so I looked it up: “Cultural appropriation is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of a different cultural group, especially if the adoption is of elements of a […]

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Ankles, Earrings, & Hedges

July 24, 2015
Ankles, Earrings, & Hedges

Recently I got into a discussion about Elder Bednar’s “second earring story” in which an RM at Ricks College broke up with a young woman who didn’t remove her second pair after hearing Pres. Hinckley recommend it during a CES devotional. Someone commented, “Boy, she really dodged a bullet, eh?” I laughed and one of […]

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Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

July 23, 2015
Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

Having just returned from a few days away in York, I wanted to comment on York Minster. I mentioned on a similar post last year that family holidays don’t seem complete without at least one visit to a place of worship. York Minster is particularly spectacular, and is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. […]

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Love for the Prodigal or Love for the Individual?

July 23, 2015
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In a recent post at Millennial Star, Geoff B argued that liberals greatly exaggerate claims of conservative intolerance at church. After the recent First Presidency proclamation was read in his ward, Geoff related the following: There was not a single comment — not one, bloggernaclites! — criticising gay people in any way. There were no […]

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Father Figure

July 22, 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. The Church as an abusive Father Recently an acquaintance of mine explained that he didn’t understand me […]

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Supporting or Supplanting?

July 15, 2015
Supporting or Supplanting?

When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. We have two metaphors for assisting in the Church. One is for those who barge […]

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It’s a Fact!

July 10, 2015
It’s a Fact!

“Jesus loves me-this I know, For the Bible tells me so” – “Jesus Loves Me” by Anna Bartlett Warner “Mmm – but she blinded me with science—And failed me in biology” – “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby Last week, I wrote “Why Same Sex Marriage Probably Fails” in an effort to discuss […]

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The Most Useful Thing I Learned From A Church Magazine

July 9, 2015
The Most Useful Thing I Learned From A Church Magazine

What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned from a magazine? The LDS church publishes four magazines monthly: the Ensign aimed at adults, the New Era for youth, the Friend for children, and the Liahona a combined magazine which is available in 47 languages. The format and content has changed over the years, sometimes for the […]

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Why Same Sex Marriage Probably Fails

July 3, 2015
Why Same Sex Marriage Probably Fails

Now that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has made its ruling legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states (though a few will continue to resist), one has to wonder what it will actually mean in the end. While it upsets a great number of people (including many LDS Church members), in […]

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The Gospel of Distraction

July 2, 2015
The Gospel of Distraction

The gospel revealed to Joseph Smith is a marvellous work and a wonder, a profound movement with the potential to transform mankind. Yet from it’s inception the gospel has been beset by a long series of unsettling distractions. In the beginning, God could have given Joseph Smith revelations directly from His mouth as He had with […]

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So, should we find ourselves Samaritans?

July 1, 2015
So, should we find ourselves Samaritans?

The story of the good Samaritan generally gets focused on the punch line of who counts as a neighbor. But a better question in many ways is how should we act if we find ourselves Samaritans. 25 ¶And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit […]

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A the Church Softens on LGBT Issues, a Surge in Political Popularity?

June 25, 2015
A the Church Softens on LGBT Issues, a Surge in Political Popularity?

The church’s new, somewhat more tolerant approach to LGBT issues may not have been noticed by the general church membership, but some non-members have apparently taken notice. In his Washington Post article “What Mormon Problem? More would vote for a Mormon than and Evangelical” Hunter Schwarz has this to say about the change: Mormons aren’t on […]

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The Prophetic Voice and Personal Revelation

June 25, 2015
The Prophetic Voice and Personal Revelation

Following the completion of this year’s programme, the seminary students in our ward were asked to speak in sacrament meeting. My daughter just turned 15, and this was her first year of seminary. I was so impressed by her talk that I asked her permission to post it here. I have been asked to give […]

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Faith and Faithlessness

June 24, 2015
Faith and Faithlessness

I recently had the opportunity to baptize a friend back into the Church.  He had left about 25 years ago after encountering a good deal of anti-Mormon tripe.  We’ve been friends for about seven years.  Through honest careful seeking and nourishing his relationship with God he made it back.  It was a great experience. [Not […]

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Authenticity: Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

June 16, 2015
Authenticity:  Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

It’s a common claim among participants of Mormon internet groups that people feel they cannot be themselves at church or can’t say what they think for fear of being ostracized.  They feel they are discouraged from being honest or authentic, that they would be rejected if they disagreed with the party line or articulated a non-conforming […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Culture, emotions, Freedom, Jesus, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 Comments »

Europe Area Conference Broadcast: Summary and Comments

June 11, 2015
Europe Area Conference Broadcast: Summary and Comments

On the 7 June the Europe Area Conference for northern Europe (the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) was Broadcast from Edinburgh, Scotland to 56 stakes and 4 districts. Elder Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve presided, and the session was conducted by Elder Clifford T Herbertson of the Seventy. Elder […]

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God and the LDS Ego

June 11, 2015
God and the LDS Ego

And Jesus answered saying, “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but God.” We generally ignore this bizarre scripture. If Jesus isn’t good, then what does “good” even mean?  For the sake of argument, let’s take Jesus’ statement at face value. What if Jesus wasn’t good? Rather, what if His goodness came exclusively […]

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