Posts Tagged ‘ faith ’

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 »

MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

August 23, 2014
MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on Julie Willis’s BYU Speeches Talk   – “Gaining Light through Questioning”  Mormon Discussion Podcast So takes a closer look at the ability to ask tough questions within the LDS culture. – Do you feel comfortable asking tough questions in your Ward and Stake? […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 43 Comments »

Mitt: the Documentary

January 27, 2014
Mitt:  the Documentary

This week is the Sundance Film Festival, and one of headlining movies was Mitt:  The documentary (it’s now available on Netflix.)   Don’t forget to participate in the LDS Film Festival coming up Feb 5-8.)  I’m curious if any of you have seen it? I didn’t realize that the movie covered both of his campaigns […]

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Posted in Mormon, Politics | 6 Comments »

The Internet: Good or Evil (Weekend Poll)

September 21, 2013
The Internet:  Good or Evil (Weekend Poll)

Many have claimed that the internet has eroded testimonies and caused a mass exodus (estimated at ~100K members per annum).  Others have noted the power of the internet to win new converts and to attract people through targeted campaigns like missionaries on Facebook, apostle pages, and the “I’m a Mormon” campaign.  What do you think? […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Is Excommunication Useful?

August 26, 2013
Is Excommunication Useful?

Denver Snuffer is the latest Mormon author to face disciplinary action from the Church.  He posted his disciplinary letter on his blog; his disciplinary meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 31.  In case you are not familiar with Snuffer, he is a lawyer here in Sandy, Utah, and has published about 12 books, most notable […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 321 Comments »

A ‘Church’ for the Disillusioned and Other Questions on Doubt

August 15, 2013
A ‘Church’ for the Disillusioned and Other Questions on Doubt

Pippa Evans (PE) co-founded The Sunday Assembly in January of this year, described “as a chance for disillusioned former believers, nostalgic atheists and anybody searching for a sense of community to meet and turn good intentions into actions”. Speaking in an interview with Ernie Rae (ER) on a recent BBC radio ‘Beyond Belief’ broadcast, Pippa […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, understanding | 13 Comments »

What’s in a Mission?

July 18, 2013
What’s in a Mission?

  “There is not just one way to do mission.” (Jack Thompson) “I have the understanding of mission of being a beautiful song. We are singing a song of the kingdom of God.” (Paul Lloyd) “I see it as working in partnership with the Holy Spirit.”(Paulette Robinson) Just this week I received an email from […]

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Posted in Faith, Freedom, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Race Relations, Uncategorized, understanding | 2 Comments »

Why I like Tithing

July 16, 2013
Why I like Tithing

Lots of discussion on the ‘nacle centers around issues with tithing.  There are plenty of people with complaints, no surprise given that money is involved, and very few people of any religion pay 10% like we do.  Here are some of the most common criticisms of tithing I hear: Lack of financial transparency in the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Our Different Journeys

May 23, 2013
Our Different Journeys

This is a condensed version of  a sacrament meeting talk given few weeks ago. I was asked to use President Uchtdorf’s address at the the recent General YW Meeting. Back when I was a youth in the church, I often felt frustrated by the prescribed roles we seemed to be taught in YW, and in […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

March 31, 2013
Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

Recently one of my online friends requested that I write about healing stories within the Mormon faith. My first thought was to share the traditional stories those of us who have been around the Mormon Church for awhile have all heard.  I’m sure there are many bloggers out there who are well more versed on […]

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Posted in Faith | 16 Comments »

What is the Word of God?

March 12, 2013
What is the Word of God?

When Joseph Smith was explaining our faith’s beliefs to John Wentworth, he wanted to point out that we believe in the Bible, but that he felt it had errors.  After all, he was working on a new translation of it.  He said: 8 We believe the aBible to be the bword of God as far as […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

“Believe” –> You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

February 13, 2013
“Believe” –> You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

To many, “do you believe in the gospel?” means “do you cognitively accept this set of propositions to be a map of reality?”

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Posted in Doctrine, Faith, Mormon Belief | 17 Comments »

Are You a Monotheist, or a Fetishistic Henotheist?

February 6, 2013
Are You a Monotheist, or a Fetishistic Henotheist?

Welcome back to class! How might Mormonism be viewed through Fowler’s descriptions of poly-, heno-, and monotheism. Or, why we’re probably all idolatrous.

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Posted in Faith | 4 Comments »

Faith vs. Works: Weekend Poll

January 5, 2013
Faith vs. Works: Weekend Poll

Which is more important?  What a person believes or actions they take?  What about works done without faith?  Deep thoughts. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

The Formula for Success

December 4, 2012
The Formula for Success

The story is often told of a person who complained to a friend that she couldn’t see well.  The friend took of her glasses, handed them to the friend, and said, “Try these – they work well for me!”  I suspect we have all had a boss or a friend that fits this description. When […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 12 Comments »

Mormon Yin Yang

November 28, 2012
Mormon Yin Yang

Yin and Yang are powerful concepts stemming from Chinese philosophy, and religiously from Taoism. I was recently reading a book that leveraged the concepts of Yin and Yang to explain why liberals and conservatives (in America) are both needed. The point is brought out that opposites are interconnected, interdependent, and their harmonization is critical to […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics | 8 Comments »

Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

November 18, 2012
Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

For me, as a conservative Mormon guy living in Washington state, the 2012 elections were rough in a number of ways, starting from the top down: Romney lost the election.  I had spent a year volunteering for his campaign and truly thought he had a good chance of winning.  He nearly pulled it off, but […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 46 Comments »

Engaging with Real Intent

October 12, 2012
Engaging with Real Intent

I haven’t been around as much here because I’ve been working on something new. Hawkgrrrl and I were discussing recently that you might be interested, so here’s an introduction. Meet Real Intent.

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Posted in Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief | 4 Comments »

Which Side of the Lines? Wheat or Tares? Choose.

September 7, 2012
Elijah casting his mantle on Elisha

For more than a month I’ve felt driven in family times each evening to talk to my teens (I have five still at home) about asking more of themselves. We can get up each day, brush our teeth, put on clothes, go do our thing, come home and relax, go do fun stuff, and go […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality | 36 Comments »

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