Posts Tagged ‘ Joseph Smith ’

Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

December 10, 2013
Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

A recent study shows the different conspiracy theories espoused by the two US political parties.  While belief in these conspiracies isn’t restricted to partisan lines, there is a marked tendency for each camp to go one way or the other.  First, there were some statistics on things voters believe in general: 51% believe that there […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 22 Comments »

What does Restoration mean?

May 28, 2013
What does Restoration mean?

What does it mean that the church is a restoration?  As I grew up in the church, I always thought of restoration as implying stuff fell out that had to be put back in.  Things that fit into this category included: the role of prophets and apostles, translation capabilities (including that pesky Urim & Thummim that someone mislaid a […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History, Israel, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 10 Comments »

When the Languages Have Been Confounded

May 11, 2013
When the Languages Have Been Confounded

In my living room, I have an oil painting of the grove in Palmyra where Mormonism’s First Vision occurred. It is a family heirloom painted by the wife of a well-known RLDS Seventy of my parents’ generation who befriended them when they retired to Independence. Since Joseph Smith is not shown in the picture, nor […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

LDS Film Festival 2013

January 21, 2013
LDS Film Festival 2013

While the Sundance Film Festival gets all the press, Utah County is also home to the LDS Film Festival.  I reviewed the schedule, and thought I would point out a few films that sound interesting at the Scera Theater in Orem, Utah. Wednesday – Opening night 7 pm – The Playbook It’s the story of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 7 Comments »

Better Depictions of the Translation Process

September 17, 2012
Better Depictions of the Translation Process

John Dehlin and Richard Bushman spoke of the translation process in part 3 and part 4 of their interview back in 2007.  In the interview, Bushman says that the Church could do a better job in artwork of depicting the translation process, and Bushman states he does not know any evidence that states the Urim […]

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Posted in Mormon | 20 Comments »

Multiple First Vision Accounts

August 13, 2012
Multiple First Vision Accounts

One topic I have not discussed in my 4 years of blogging is discrepancies in the First Vision accounts.  Basically, there are 4 accounts of the First Vision.  The account in the Pearl of Great Price is the last account, and comes from 1838.   John Dehlin and Richard Bushman discuss these variations in Part 2 […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 97 Comments »

Why I Write for Wheat and Tares

June 21, 2012
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It’s been over 16 months and 40+ posts since Hawk invited me to try my hand writing a guest post for Wheat and Tares, and I’m still plugging along.  With some of the recent posts and comments, it made me step back and wonder – why do I keep doing this?  This site has been […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 25 Comments »

Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics | 13 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Revisit the Word of Wisdom (Including Obedience and Obesity)

May 17, 2012
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What is the Word of Wisdom?  From Mormon.org, we read that “our bodies are precious gifts from God.  We believe He has given us guidance about how best to take care of them.  He revealed a law of health, called the Word of Wisdom, to Joseph Smith in 1833.  The Word of Wisdom prohibits the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon | 93 Comments »

Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

April 14, 2012
Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

Community of Christ does not follow its LDS cousins in having secret temple rituals. So I read last week’s post by Bored in Vernal, on the “Sacred Embrace As Five Points of Fellowship” with the curiosity of one who has never even been inside an LDS Temple. Much of the terminology was unfamiliar to me […]

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Posted in Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

The Polygamy Principle

April 9, 2012
The Polygamy Principle

Today’s guest post is by Wayfarer. Joseph Smith approached both Helen Mar Kimball (14 years old) and Nancy Rigdon (19) to join him as his celestial wife, using in both cases the promise of exaltation if complied with, and something quite onerous if not.  Neither woman/girl wanted to accept the ‘principle.’  Helen Mar received a […]

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Posted in Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Pride, Prophet, Uncategorized | 51 Comments »

Thou Art a Whore

March 1, 2012

My 15 year old sister always gets told off by my mother when she prays.  The reason for this is that instead of saying “Thee,” “Thou,” or “Thy” (referred to as TTT from now on) she uses “you” and “your.”  My mother likes to quote these words of Spencer W. Kimball: “In all our prayers, it is well […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Oh, Ye, of Too Much Faith! (part 2 of 2)

February 9, 2012
Oh, Ye, of Too Much Faith! (part 2 of 2)

Last week I talked about the results of John Dehlin’s recent survey that showed that a leading cause of people leaving Mormonism has become the ready access to church history information on the internet.  Today I’d like to continue to evaluate the survey information. Oh Ye of Too Much Faith It seems that often those […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 90 Comments »

Does Studying Church History Lead to Apostasy? (Part 1 of 2)

February 2, 2012
Does Studying Church History Lead to Apostasy?  (Part 1 of 2)

Recent articles in the media have pointed to the study of church history as being key to the loss of faith. What role does it actually play?

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 104 Comments »

Joseph Smith’s Influence on Mormon Culture

December 27, 2011
Joseph Smith’s Influence on Mormon Culture

I recently read an excellent OP on By Common Consent by Brad titled Notes Toward a New Vision of the Prophet.  I’ve always had some contradictory thoughts about JS, and I’m not sure this changes them. JS does seem to be a megalomaniac and opportunist to me, someone who became increasingly blind to the consequences […]

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Posted in America, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Pride, Prophet | 183 Comments »

Nauvoo City Council Minutes

December 19, 2011
Nauvoo City Council Minutes

Not sure what to get for someone who knows everything about Mormon history?  Here’s a last minute gift-idea: The Nauvoo City Council and High Council Minutes.  The book is due to be released today and is edited by John Dinger.  This is the first time that the City Council Minutes have ever been available to […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 23 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 »

Bloom calls Smith “most eminent intellectual in Mormon history”

September 5, 2011
Bloom calls Smith “most eminent intellectual in Mormon history”

In 1969 Leonard Arrington asked 50 prominent Mormons to identify the “five most eminent intellectuals in Mormon history.” The list was published in Dialogue.  Twenty-four years later, Dialogue decided to run the survey again.  It was re-published a few month ago in the Deseret News, and it has been a favorite bloggernacle topic for the past few […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 39 Comments »

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