Posts Tagged ‘ church ’

Bar the Exits! (Weekend Poll)

November 23, 2013
Bar the Exits!  (Weekend Poll)

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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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

Fistfight at Church! Would Jesus Save Seats? (with poll)

July 2, 2013
Fistfight at Church! Would Jesus Save Seats?  (with poll)

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 […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

Weekend Poll: Historic Mission Changes!

June 29, 2013
Weekend Poll:  Historic Mission Changes!

There have been many changes to LDS missions in the last year:  ages for both men and women being lowered, a surge in the number of missionaries serving, the numbers of women increasing to nearly 50% of the total pool, and now the announcement that missionaries will begin to use social media in chapels as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Technology, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

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 […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Brother Jake: True Believing Mormon Dude

June 6, 2013
Brother Jake: True Believing Mormon Dude

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 […]

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

Church Without Church: Weekend Poll

February 23, 2013
Church Without Church:  Weekend Poll

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 […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 5 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

February 23, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

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 […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

Pantspocalypse: Weekend Poll

December 15, 2012
Pantspocalypse: Weekend Poll

Women are banding together to break unwritten LDS cultural dress codes on Sunday Dec 16th by wearing pants to church.  The church’s PR team responded:  “Yawn.”  What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

If the Mormon Moment Lasts Four More Years?

October 13, 2012
If the Mormon Moment Lasts Four More Years?

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 […]

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Posted in America, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 60 Comments »

Any Opposed?: Weekend Poll

September 8, 2012
Any Opposed?:  Weekend Poll

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 […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Preaching the Ideal

August 28, 2012
Preaching the Ideal

Is it better to preach the ideal or to make all feel welcome?  Is it even possible to do both?  Within the church, there seems to be a tug-of-war between encouraging people to live the ideal and trying to be welcoming to everyone.  A “come as you are” approach has merit if we want to […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, economics, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

Grasping for Grace – Sacred Sunday

June 24, 2012
Grasping for Grace – Sacred Sunday

“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 […]

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Posted in Faith, General Conference, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

The Gospel, the Church, and Conversion

June 17, 2012
talking church and faith

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.

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Posted in Agency, Faith | 50 Comments »

What’s an Apostle? – Saturday Poll

April 21, 2012
What’s an Apostle? – Saturday Poll

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

What Is Your Worship Style? (Quiz!)

March 3, 2012
What Is Your Worship Style? (Quiz!)

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 […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 14 Comments »

Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

December 10, 2011
Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

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 […]

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Posted in History, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Fast & Testimony Meeting: SVU (You’re the Bishop Poll #13)

December 3, 2011
Fast & Testimony Meeting:  SVU (You’re the Bishop Poll #13)

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 […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Culture | 56 Comments »

Questions Are an Act of Faith

October 20, 2011
Questions Are an Act of Faith

Francis Bacon said that “a prudent question is one-half of wisdom” but is it equally true that questions are one-half of faith?

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Posted in Faith, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Top 5 Talks You Should Read if You Haven’t

October 13, 2011
Top 5 Talks You Should Read if You Haven’t

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 […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 10 Comments »

Blogs: Bitter Rantings or Vehicles for Change?

September 29, 2011
Blogs: Bitter Rantings or Vehicles for Change?

A recent online group made by YSA in the UK provides a way in which witty comments and cynicism can promote change.

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Posted in America, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

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