Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon Matters ’

Should the Church Apologize for the Ban?

June 11, 2012
Should the Church Apologize for the Ban?

Following up with the conversation on whether the timing of the 1978 revelation was correct, Brad Kramer and Marguerite Driessen disagreed on the necessity of whether the LDS Church should repent for the previous restrictions on black church members.  You might be surprised at their stances.  Here’s more of their conversation on whether an institution […]

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Was 1978 the right year?

June 4, 2012
Was 1978 the right year?

As we come upon the 34th anniversary of the lifting of the priesthood/temple ban, I thought it would be interesting to discuss whether 1978 was the “right year”.  The priesthood and temple ban was lifted in a 1978 revelation given to President Spencer W. Kimball and the Twelve Apostles.  With Civil Rights being a big […]

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Book of Mormon Maps

September 26, 2011
Book of Mormon Maps

It’s been quite some time since I blogged about Book of Mormon geography theories.  KC Kern runs a website called Book of Mormon Online, and has recently updated his website with satellite images with Google maps of some of the theories.  (Click here.)  I always post stuff on my blog first, but there have been […]

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John Dehlin and the Technicolor Bloggernacle Game-Changer

January 29, 2011
John Dehlin and the Technicolor Bloggernacle Game-Changer

It’s been nearly four months since Mormon Matters functionally disbanded and Wheat & Tares was created, and already, it feels like a new tenuous equilibrium has set. While I for one can’t help but feel that the transition has divided our tribe in a way that makes it difficult (if not impossible) for us ever […]

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Where Have All the 20-somethings Gone?

December 21, 2010
Where Have All the 20-somethings Gone?

A recent post at neighboring blog, BCC, talks about the rising percentage of 20- and 30-somethings who claim “none” as their religion.  Historically, the church has experienced a lot of attrition in this age range, either YSAs (Young Single Adults) who find the strict adherence to the law of chastity increasingly difficult to navigate or […]

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Community of Christ After Action Report Part 2

November 6, 2010
CofChrist Temple

Last spring at its 2010 World Conference held at its Independence Temple Complex, the Community of Christ canonized Section 164 of its Doctrine and Covenants to address serious controversies within the church. The major point of the revelation was to call the church to separate fundamental, world-wide principles of the gospel from the culturally-dependent problems […]

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Best Places to Raise an LDS Family (Poll)

October 29, 2010
Best Places to Raise an LDS Family (Poll)

There was an interesting article in Mormon Times about the best places to raise an LDS family.  Their top 10 picks included places with similar values and lifestyles.  The entire list started with 4 Utah cites (in this order):  Provo-Orem, St. George, Logan, and Ogden-Clearfield.  The non-Utah cities listed (in this order) were:  State College […]

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How is a Group Blog like Church?

October 19, 2010
How is a Group Blog like Church?

Who owns a community?  The URL owner who made the financial investment and created it? The administrative team who runs it, creating the culture and policies?  Or the regular commenters on the site who come back time and again to the discussion?  Is the answer somewhere between all of these?

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Friday Poll: E. Packer’s Revised Talk

October 15, 2010
Friday Poll:  E. Packer’s Revised Talk

Just a quick recap. E. Packer gave a talk in General Conference that many considered controversial.  Controversy centered around:  1) the implication that homosexuality is a choice and homosexuals can change, and 2) that the Proclamation on the Family was canonized revelation and therefore binding to members. Fueled by recent gay teen suicides in the news, […]

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Hawkgrrrl’s 14 Fundamentals

October 12, 2010
Hawkgrrrl’s 14 Fundamentals

Some folks were surprised to hear the Ezra Taft Benson’s controversial list of 14 Fundamentals repeated twice at the most recent General Conference.  What many may not realize is that this list was really just one of many lists of 14 Fundamentals (patent pending) that were penned at the time.  For your perusal, I submit […]

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Why Wheat & Tares?

October 3, 2010
Why Wheat & Tares?

Welcome to our new blog, Wheat & Tares.  Who are the wheat?  Who are the tares?  Who knows?

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all decisions are emotional

September 10, 2010

I always have to laugh when people claim we Mormons (or even believers in general) make our decisions based on “feelings.” What they don’t realize, is EVERYONE makes EVERY decision, at least in part (and often mostly) due to their feelings. Without emotions, we are literally not capable of making decisions. No amount of logical […]

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WHY our meetings are dull for some, and great for others

August 13, 2010

Okay, so our meetings are dull. Complaining about it is dull. I’ve been wondering though, what about the wards that have better meetings? What makes them better? Whenever this topic arises, people want to toss around blame. Either the church or the individual members are responsible. After all, if the church is run by God, […]

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