Posts Tagged ‘ family ’

Curmudgeons vs. Pokemon Go

July 18, 2016
Curmudgeons vs. Pokemon Go

The world is suddenly split along generational lines once again. Today’s controversy? Pokemon Go, the new game that has cars pulling over to the side of the road to restock Pokeballs and kids wandering the sidewalks with faces glued to their screens, searching for that elusive Charmander. I went to the nearby park on Sunday evening […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mental Health | 15 Comments »

Juggling Church Callings in a Family

March 24, 2016
Juggling Church Callings in a Family

For most of our married life my husband and I have held callings that did not conflict, or which, sometimes complimented each-other. Early in our marriage, before children, we both served in the youth programme, and I was pianist, whilst he served as chorister in our sacrament meetings. Once children came along we weren’t called […]

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Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Uncategorized | 40 Comments »

Duty Bound to Reject it!

November 18, 2015
policy

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on the recent policy changes. The recent policy change on Same Sex couples has opened so many new questions, ramifications and doctrinal contradictions that in spite of our being burned out and numb by all this, it needs be revisited.  I hope to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, scriptures, theology, Truth. Lying, understanding | 93 Comments »

The Plan of Happiness vs. Being Happy

October 13, 2015
The Plan of Happiness vs. Being Happy

It seems that every time our ward talks about the Plan of Happiness, someone brings up the fact that the happiness in the plan is not necessarily today, but it’s a future state of happiness that arrives by obedience, or some other theoretical mumbo jumbo.  Sometimes I like to refer to this as our eventual […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Book of Mormon, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

August 25, 2015
“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

Nearly from its inception, the Proclamation to the World has been a controversial document as people have different ideas about how to have a successful marriage and family when God only approves of one way [1].  At the heart of this controversy:  so-called wholesome recreational activities. Consider this advice from BYU’s Marriage & Families website: There […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Education, emotions, Freedom, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Truth. Lying, Violence | 20 Comments »

So You Want to be a Foster Parent

February 13, 2015

Recently a couple in my ward accepted a foster placement of three young brothers. This week the state took the boys back and placed them with their biological mother. My friend was upset because she knew she was a better mother than bio mom, and it seems like it had been her understanding that she […]

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Posted in America | 10 Comments »

I Resolve: Weekend Poll

December 27, 2014
I Resolve:  Weekend Poll

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you successfully completed them in the past?  What do you hope to do in 2015? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 6 Comments »

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

December 20, 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Discuss.

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Posted in Culture, economics, emotions, Jesus, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 4 Comments »

Pondering on Polygamy

November 20, 2014
Pondering on Polygamy

When did you first hear about polygamy*, and what has your experience been with this topic? What attitudes have you observed? Growing up in the church in here in Britain, non-members would raise the issue of polygamy, as in “Mormon, that’s the religion where the men can have lots of wives”. And we’d then have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Women | 43 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 »

Mormon Marriage Equality

November 26, 2013
Mormon Marriage Equality

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.  In the book, she talks about several things we can do to help women truly achieve their potential and to help men and women within their personal lives and in the workplace be more equal and personally satisfied.  This list includes things like: As women “lean […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, economics, Faith, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Home Birthing: Weekend Poll

June 1, 2013
Home Birthing:  Weekend Poll

Home is where the heart is.  But should we be giving birth there or is it too risky?  What’s your view?  And would you eat the placenta?  With or without fava beans? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Best and Worst Holiday Gifts

December 25, 2012
Best and Worst Holiday Gifts

Personally, I’m not a big fan of gifts.  I neither like to give nor to receive.  I feel inept at selecting gifts, and I feel awkward about receiving them.  Gifts feel like an obligation, and also like we’re putting a value on a relationship.  I was raised by parents who were not big on gifts either.  […]

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Posted in Agency | 14 Comments »

Pieces on Earth

December 22, 2012
Pieces on Earth

The response to trauma is instinctual, even if our instinctual responses are wired individually. God evolved our species’ instincts to do something fast –flee, fight, or freeze — because the lethal nature of most of the dangers that killed humans throughout history is immediately perceptible and requires immediate response. Instincts don’t do as well when […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Violence | 7 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

Preacher’s Kid: Romney’s OTHER Mormon Problem

February 4, 2012
Preacher’s Kid: Romney’s OTHER Mormon Problem

How does knowing you’re supposed to grow up being part of the “aristocracy” affect a political candidate’s ability to connect with everyday people? In elementary school in the 1950’s, we used to be given as “enrichment” a little news magazine called the Weekly Reader tailored toward stories on current events that would appeal to children. […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 19 Comments »

What’s Good and Unique

November 15, 2011
What’s Good and Unique

A criticism I’ve heard about Mormonism on the internet is:  “What’s unique about it isn’t good, and what’s good about it isn’t unique.”  While it’s true that Mormon culture has some flaws, and that other religions share some of its good points, I can’t agree with this observation.  Still, I think something about this phrase […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

LDS Men Are Incredible!

September 20, 2011
LDS Men Are Incredible!

OK, I started with the title “Why LDS Men Suck,” which I don’t in fact think at all, but it’s really easy to get that impression sometimes, especially in contrast to the praise heaped on the women in the church.  I have met a few rare LDS men I couldn’t stand, but on the whole, […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture, Pride | 48 Comments »

Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

July 23, 2011
Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

There has been a book of personal testimony making waves in Evangelical Christian circles for the past few months. Indeed, it isn’t just limited to Protestant Evangelicals; the person who recommended it to our family is a devout Catholic liberal. The book, entitled Heaven is for Real, is the real life story of Todd Burpo, […]

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Posted in Faith, Reviews | 17 Comments »

Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

June 11, 2011
Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

In response to revelatory guidance accepted at its 2010 World Conference, the Community of Christ scheduled a US National Conference for the summer of 2012 specifically to deal with questions of sacramental marriage and priesthood ordination for GLBT members of the church. On May 25, the church announced a delay in the US National Conference […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Politics | 21 Comments »

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