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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 […]

Posted in Blind Obedience, BYU-Idaho, Honor Code, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized, understanding | 17 Comments »

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 »

My Wrongs Are Washed Away

May 14, 2015
My Wrongs Are Washed Away

  I’ve been in primary for about the past ten years in every capacity. There’s a song we often sing for Baptisms: “When I am Baptized” I like to look for rainbows, whenever there is rain And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again. I want my life to be as clean […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, theology, understanding | 17 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 73 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 34 Comments »

Are Doubters Welcome?

January 20, 2015
DoubtersWelcome

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast” There is an epic war of ideology occurring right before our eyes in Mormonism. There are people lining up to take various sides. The trouble is the lines have been blurred and the average onlooker is perhaps not seeing things as they […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Bill Reel, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, gender equity, History, Joseph Smith, Latter, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 35 Comments »

Tolerance is a Two-way Street

January 17, 2015
Tolerance is a Two-way Street

The word tolerance is an oft thrown about word these days. It’s rather easy for us to be tolerant of like-minded people or ideas, but becomes increasing difficult when people differ. The dictionary definition (according to Merriam-Webster) is “willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.” The secondary definition is […]

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Posted in Agency, Uncategorized, understanding | 15 Comments »

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 »

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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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

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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Posted in gender equity, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding, Women | 21 Comments »

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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Posted in Faith, Holy Spirit, LDS, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 39 Comments »

Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

February 27, 2014
Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:4-5). Are we losing moderate religion in our societies? Does it matter? This week the BBC R4 programme Beyond Belief discussed religious decline. Presenter Ernie Rae was joined by the Revd […]

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Posted in Christian, Europe, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 21 Comments »

Musings on Milk and Meat

February 13, 2014
Musings on Milk and Meat

What comes to mind when you think about the milk and meat of the gospel? In writing my last post I stumbled across the following in Isaiah: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” (Isaiah 28:9) which […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Europe, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, understanding | 26 Comments »

The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

January 30, 2014
The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

Several recent experiences have caused me to ponder this topic. It’s not new of course. The most obvious example would be the temple/priesthood ban for people of black African descent, which arose early in the life of the church, was perpetuated until 1978, and which was not properly disavowed until last year. And even then, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 Comments »

A Year in Pants (Trousers*)

December 19, 2013
A Year in Pants (Trousers*)

Has it really been a year? Sunday 15 December was the second annual ‘Wear Pants to Church’ event. Of course the first time around I had no idea this would be an annual event. Back then it took me a while to decide what I was going to do. I love trousers. I wear them […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 8 Comments »

Woman’s Place

December 5, 2013
Woman’s Place

“My experience and observation lead me to believe that while men admit the superiority of women in many respects, the latter do not care so much for this admission as they do for an acknowledgement of their equality.” (Franklin S. Richards) Following on from my previous post, this post is also prompted by observations noted […]

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Posted in Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 5 Comments »

Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

November 21, 2013
Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

Eliza R Snow and Emmeline B Wells both served as General President of Relief Society: Eliza (born 1804) from 1866 to 1887 as the second General President, and Emmeline (born 1828) from 1910 to 1921 as the fifth General President. Both women were prolific poets. However, what intrigued me were the different attitudes they would […]

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Posted in Agency, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 38 Comments »

Giving Thanks, Expressing Gratitude

November 7, 2013
Giving Thanks, Expressing Gratitude

“..in everything give thanks ” (1 Thess 5:18; D&C 98:1) In Luke 17 we read of the healing of the ten lepers, of whom only one returned to thank Christ for the healing that had occurred. I have always had a sneaking sympathy for the other nine. I’ve always presumed they were simply obeying the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized, understanding | 6 Comments »

What Don’t Women Get

October 11, 2013
What Don’t Women Get

In response to the Ordain Women movement, many women in the church have been circulating a video by Sheri Dew called “What Women Get.”  Today’s guest post is a response to the points Sis. Dew raises in this video, and why this isn’t enough.  Welcome to guest poster Madison P.! Here’s a run down of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 28 Comments »

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