Church attrition is a big problem across all denominations, one that is discussed often in the bloggernacle. What should the church do to retain those who wish to resign? What efforts have you seen that have been effective at helping people stay or come back? What efforts have you seen that have been ill-advised? Why? […]
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According to a news report, an incident of saving seats in a crowded Sacrament Meeting resulted in a fistfight at church, and then one man hitting the other with his car. Read all about it here. From the article: LDS Bishop Brett Ferrin said he was saddened by the fight. He said he was counseling […]
If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose? Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)? Does size matter? The content of the teachings? Do you cling to tradition? Do you prefer more freedom? Does a community appeal […]
For my latest endeavor, I decided that instead of my typical talk-real-fast style, I’d try something wildly different–sing-real-fast. So, without further adieu, I give you The True Believing Mormon Dude. I hope you enjoy it. Now that you’ve seen that, you may be wondering–what exactly was I trying to say with this video? And the […]
I recently had a visitor in my Sunday School class, a young Beehive who currently lives in Bali, Indonesia. I know from personal experience that there is no LDS branch in Bali. This girl said that her family just attends another Christian church that is in their neighborhood. This reminded me of when I was growing […]
Salt Lake City sees General Conference every six months. In the CofChrist, “World” Conference occurs every three years, and 2013 is the lucky year. A Community of Christ World Conference is far more of a legislative exercise than its Utah LDS analogue. It features worship, of course, and normally will have approval to changes and […]
Let’s face it. Although morality profoundly impacts American’s political views — making political and election issues an inevitable topic of attention for a Mormon blog — the idea of a Mormon being elected President of the United States has animated discussion on this site much more than would a contest between Barack Obama and a […]
We all know the drill. Someone is called and we are asked for a sustaining vote. Maybe it’s a bishop who micromanages and has a world-class ego. Maybe it’s a nursery leader who hates kids. Maybe it’s a gospel doctrine teacher who is the world’s most boring person. Maybe it’s a relief society president who […]
“Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful.” One of the most powerful talks this past General Conference was, for me, Elder Holland’s talk on the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. How simply he unwound the seeming unfairness of the Lord’s treatment of the workers at […]
We’re going to try something here at Wheat & Tares – call it Sacred Sundays if you will. We want to take a break from politics and social issues to discuss the foundations of our personal faith as Latter-day Saints or people interested in the Latter-day Saints.
In April Conference, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom (Converted to His Gospel through His Church) discoursed on the differences between the church and the gospel. He makes the point that the church serves the gospel as an institution to improve our conversion.
Today’s guest post is from Bloggernacle favorite EmJen who adapted an online quiz for a Mormon audience. I thought it would be interesting to see what forms of worship speak most to us, the Wheat & Tares audience, individually and collectively. Also, as you consider the results, are these typical for Mormons? Are there some […]
As I was researching a post last summer on some of the organizations that have sprung up in the stead of the RLDS movement as fundamentalist alternatives to the Community of Christ, I discovered that a childhood friend had become one of the leading officials of one such organization, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of […]
During a fast and testimony meeting, a new sister gets up to bear her testimony. She starts off pretty good, but then delves into her past, and explains that her father sexually molested her, and that the church didn’t do anything about it and he still holds his recommend. You have heard this story before […]
Recently a friend asked me to give them a list of talks that I would recommend that they should read. There is something exhiliarating about making a list of your top five things. In The Sound of Music, Maria lists her favorite things to cheer up her young charges. Lists also play a key role in one of […]