It’s common for teens and new members to receive a patriarchal blessing, directed to them as an individual. Looking back, how do you feel about your patriarchal blessing? Discuss.
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We’ve been conducting a weekend poll regularly here at Wheat & Tares. Some of the insights are no-brainers. At times, there is a result that takes me by surprise. Here are some of the most surprising insights (to me) from a year in polls: For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll 68% of readers believe Jesus […]
The church is in the international headlines once again, this time because of the much anticipated “October Surprise” promised (threatened?) by Tom Phillips, current head of MormonThink and previous Stake President, now disaffected former Mormon, who detailed his experience with the Second Anointing ordinance when he was a church leader in the UK. While it’s […]
We are told to wear our Sunday best to church. What’s inappropriate for someone to wear to a Mormon church service? Anything goes? Cultural norms only? What’s your opinion? Does it differ for visitors, investigators and inactives? Discuss. P.S. Sunday, December 15th is the second annual Pants to church day, so consider wearing pants or […]
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 […]
Whether you’ve been an investigator or are just a Mormon who doesn’t live in a complete Mormon bubble, you’ve doubtless discovered that some words we use are used differently by others. There are many different reasons for this. Sometimes we simply are using words, particularly religious words, that are commonly used in other faiths, but when […]
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? […]
It seems to be an especially tough year to be on a mission. This is from the Deseret News. CALI, Colombia — A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Colombia was shot and killed Saturday by a stray bullet, church officials confirmed Sunday. Jose Daniel Encarnacion Montero of the […]
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 […]
You’re for us or you’re against us. People are good or evil. We serve God or Satan. Many people prefer the simplicity of true/false and either/or choices to the subtlety of an essay question or even the slightly elevated risk of a multiple choice quiz. It’s easier to follow a checklist (which is essentially a […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain Every so often, the idea that there’s nothing new to talk about in Mormon internet discussions comes up. Someone will state that we’ve said all there is to say, the audience is waning, people have worked out their opinions, etc. What do you think? And […]
I considered myself unpopular at BYU. My hair was very short, kind of a punk rock ‘do with bleached bangs. I often wore tie-dyed jeans and a men’s thrift store blazer with a concert tee underneath. In Pennsylvania, I never had a shortage of guys who were interested in me, including lots I thought were […]
We’ve been cleaning the chapels in most areas (except where it is not feasible) for many years now, although most of us remember a day when the church employed professional janitors to keep the building sparkling. With so many people out of work, should the church change back to professional help? Discuss.