Even More Islands and Atolls

Sacred Music Sunday: God of the Women @ Exponent
  -  Earlier this summer, I attended a small local feminist Catholic mass and one of the hymns...

#hearLDSwomen: Ostracised for Discussing the History of Relief Society, Shamed about Modesty @ Exponent
  -  I’ve gotten berated for stating the history of women having the priesthood in RS and...

Spirit of Power @ Exponent
  -  Jean Hélion (French, Couterne 1904–1987 Paris) The following is an example of a...

#hearLDSwomen: “We don’t need you.” @ Exponent
  -    By Lynne “I’d like to know why you don’t have a current temple...

My First Experience with Breastfeeding Discrimination #LetBabiesEat @ Exponent
  -  When I was nursing my first baby, I spent some time visiting another state. One night,...

#hearLDSwomen: I Was Pressured to Accept a Calling @ Exponent
  -  I was called to be a counselor in the stake Young Women presidency. I didn’t think...

#hearLDSwomen: Released to Give Unwanted Break Because of Pregnancy @ Exponent
  -   I got released from my calling teaching the Young Women when I was seven months...

Introducing #hearLDSwomen @ Exponent
  -   A couple weeks ago, there was a thread on the Exponent II Facebook group asking women...

Patriarchy @ Exponent
  -  *content and language warning* This is a piece I submitted to my university student...

When Church Leaders are More Important than Church Children @ kiwimormon
  -  “Some churches, sects, cults or religious movements are basically collective egoic...

Guest Post: Your Place in the Parable — The Prodigal Son @ Exponent
  -   Wayward. There was that word again in a Relief Society lesson. The word that...

Please Give Me Advice for a Calling I Don’t Want @ Mormon Heretic
  -  After a few pleasantries, including how busy my life is, here’s the gist of a...

A Mormon Priesthood of All Believers in Alma 13 @ Worlds Without End
  -  I have a new essay out in A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by...

Things That Make You Go Hmmm… @ Mormon Heretic
  -  Fair warning:  this post is a downer.  But first let me say how blessed I am.  I was...

Backpacking shoes @ Ethesis
  -  I've found that I can't use zero drop (causes me knee problems, probably because of tight...

Review: “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources” @ Worlds Without End
  -  Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources, edited by Mark...

On the twists and tangles of church: Reflections on Kirtland @ kiwimormon
  -  A few days ago I sat in the Kirtland Temple.   It’s currently the only Mormon (or...

Elder Oaks: Be One, Unless You’re Gay @ Mormon Heretic
  -  I attended the “Be One” celebration last night at the Conference Center.  It...

Far as the Curse was Found, Farther than We Think @ LDS Science Review
  -  My ancestry is thoroughly European and Mormon. The ancestors of three of my grandparents...

Would You Buy A Product That Tells You It Doesn't Work? Of Course You Would! @ LDS Science Review
  -  Whenever I go to a drug store, I feel a renewed sense of amazement. Consider the...

The Creationification of America @ LDS Science Review
  -  In this strange era of 'fake news,' where truth is discounted as lies, and lies are...

Selling off a now extra tent. @ Ethesis
  -  Same tent I have listed at Gear Trade, discounted since if I sell direct it will have...

When the Soul Needs a New Home @ kiwimormon
  -  I think I’ve always been a God girl.   I knew I loved Jesus when at seven years...

Mules: On Confusing Outcomes with Inputs @ LDS Science Review
  -  While surfing the Internet I came across a new scientific article describing progress in...

The First Presidency Letter on Clergy Sexual Abuse That Never Came @ kiwimormon
  -  27 March, 2018 Dear Sisters, Children, and Brothers of the Church, In light of...

A Couple of Interesting Sacrament Meetings @ Mormon Heretic
  -  I’ve attended a couple of interesting Sacrament Meetings the past 2 weeks.  In...

Weeks 3 & 4: Am I an apostate if I prefer Jesus Christ to Russell Nelson? @ kiwimormon
  -  A couple of Sundays ago  I preached three back to back sermons at All Souls Anglican...

We All Fall @ LDS Science Review
  -  We each had our own fall.The first, almost immediate condition the fall introduced was a...

How the Creation Accounts Differ @ LDS Science Review
  -  One of the first questions in Lesson 3 (The Creation) of the Sunday school Old Testament...

Dear First Presidency: We are not your flavours @ kiwimormon
  -    Dear First Presidency,   I refer you to just one of the many conclusions from...

Week Two: Cultivating Environments of Developmental Expectation @ kiwimormon
  -  To what degree, (do) our congregations constitute “environments of developmental...

Revisiting Mormonism: Week One: On Certainty @ kiwimormon
  -  Last week I stated that I was going to bring my best and honest out-of-the-box self to...

Out-of-the-Box in 2018 @ kiwimormon
  -  Last night as our family and some friends saw the New Year in, we talked about our...

Cheating LDS Young Women – Again @ kiwimormon
  -  When I was a Laurels’ class president I was invited to a conversation with the...

Conspiracy Theories are Sweatpants of the Mind @ LDS Science Review
  -  There's a classic scene in Seinfeld where Jerry admonishes George for wearing...

Remember Planet Nibiru? It's (Not) Back! @ LDS Science Review
  -  Some people never learn. The Washington Post reports that a poor NASA scientist is having...

Reactions to ‘The Policy’: November 2015 @ Worlds Without End
  -  On the 2nd anniversary of what has become known simply as the “Policy,” or...

The ghoulish tactics of Dan Peterson and fiendish apologetics @ Worlds Without End
  -   Here I sit waiting for ghouls and goblins to manifest at my door with their insatiable...

Why It's Hard for Me to Get On Board with the Pro-Life Movement @ LDS Science Review
  -  Few topics in politics get as heated as abortion, and the Church is pretty clear about...

On Temples (a religious post) @ Ethesis
  -  I wrote this: https://wheatandtares.org/2017/09/07/asking-about-the-temple/ It follows...

Losing a Lost Tribe @ Mormon Heretic
  -  The 2nd post ever on this blog was Why are the 12 Tribes of Israel important? ...

President Erying, His Father, and the Letter @ LDS Science Review
  -  In two different General Conference addresses, President Henry B. Eyring has briefly...

Donald Trump is Nothing If Not Meticulous About Facts @ LDS Science Review
  -  At yesterday's press conference, when asked why he didn't condemn the hate groups...

When Modesty is a Matter of Life & Death @ Mormon Heretic
  -  I hate modesty posts.  This is my first modesty post.  I appreciate how it is a big...

The Paper Plates of Laban @ Worlds Without End
  -   Bind up the testimony, seal the teaching among my disciples. I will wait for Yahweh, who...

Baptist Church Problems with Race @ Mormon Heretic
  -  Mormons have long had a problem with race regarding the ban that resulted in blacks being...

Coke on Campus @ Mormon Heretic
  -  According to the Salt Lake Tribune Sometime this spring, LDS Business College in Salt...

BYU/Studio C’s Interracial Couple @ Mormon Heretic
  -  My kids love to watch Studio C.  For those of you unfamiliar with Studio C, it is a...

On Paris and Tribal Politics @ LDS Science Review
  -  I don't have much to say about President Trump's announcement today that the U.S. will...

Is it Time for Monson to Retire? @ Mormon Heretic
  -  Yes.  At least that’s my opinion, and of course my opinion is worth every penny...

FIRM: The Misleading of Latter-day Saints by Latter-day Saints @ LDS Science Review
  -  Last week, while on vacation, my attention was called to an article in the Salt Lake...

Lesson in church today @ Ethesis
  -   -Women need to be faithful to themselves.:how do they do that?:how do...

Bible Lessons @ Ethesis
  -   May you be like Ruth and like Esther, Marry someone of a different race, All will...

Mitt Romney Supports A Carbon Tax / Dividend @ LDS Science Review
  -  Earlier this month, Mitt Romney posted the following message on Twitter:Thought-provoking...

The day my dad got arrested @ Ethesis
  -  In the hospital. While donating blood. There was a police officer bleeding out, and...

Embrace the Weirdness: Review of ‘The Garden of Enid, Part 2’ @ Worlds Without End
  -  Review of Scott Hales, The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part Two...

BYU and the Reconstruction of the Legend of the First Vision @ LDS Science Review
  -  Last year Richard Bushman generated a bit of a stir when he said,I think that for the...

Day 1: Official Propaganda Begins @ LDS Science Review
  -  On the first day of his presidency, Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, called a...

Obama Did a Really Crappy Job.... @ LDS Science Review
  -  ...of taking away our guns....of setting up death panels....of instituting Sharia...

Joseph Fielding Smith and the Milk Mystery @ LDS Science Review
  -  I have a collection of draft posts in various phases of completion, most of which will...

Shaping History: Joseph Fielding Smith Milks a Cow @ LDS Science Review
  -  I have a collection of draft posts in various phases of completion, most of which will...

A Colorful God: Review of ‘The Garden of Enid’ @ Worlds Without End
  -  Review of Scott Hales, The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part One...

Glenn Beck is Sorry for Paving the Way for Trump @ LDS Science Review
  -  In case you missed it, after years of stoking the paranoia of the right about Barack...

My Post-Election Takeaway @ LDS Science Review
  -  Like just over half of Americans, I am quite distressed and disturbed by the election of...

The Policy on Gay Couples, and the Priesthood Ban: A Comparison @ Worlds Without End
  -  I’ve heard people wonder what relationship there might be between the Church’s policy...

Christ’s Unassuming Kingdom: A Review of “One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly” @ Worlds Without End
  -  Worlds Without End is pleased to welcome guest blogger James Egan to the WWE family! A...

The Vision of All: A Review @ Worlds Without End
  -  Review of Joseph M. Spencer, The Vision of All: Twenty-Five Lectures on Isaiah in...

The Church Has No Official Position on Evolution - New Era @ LDS Science Review
  -  The Church's October 2016 issue of the New Era magazine says the following about...

Joseph Fielding Smith: Time Will Level All Things @ LDS Science Review
  -  In the October 1952 General Conference, Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the...

@ Ethesis
  -   Most organizations face a dilemma. On the one hand, too much factionalism and...

@ Ethesis
  -   Getting Involved Wondering how to get involved? These resources can help you and your...

At the last day the King shall come ... @ Ethesis
  -   This moment does not define the refugees, but our response will help define...

Make America Better by Leaving - A Potent Image @ LDS Science Review
  -  My family and I visited the Statue of Liberty in the fall of 2011. The presidential race...

Lesson 12, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson @ Ethesis
  -   Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You Do” Teachings of Presidents of the Church:...

Book of Mormon Genetics: Good News and Bad News @ LDS Science Review
  -  As scientists have uncovered the genetic heritage of Native Americans, they've...

Working on a rough draft @ Ethesis
  -   Changes. Introduction There have been four changes in the Church in the last fifty...

Lesson Eight -- Overcoming the Walls of our Minds. @ Ethesis
  -   “The purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to bring about love, unity,...

Memory, Simplification and Lies @ Ethesis
  -  I realized recently that by the standards of some people who insist that all...

Rough Draft Interview of Jerilyn Hassell Pool @ Ethesis
  -   Welcome to the interview series Ms. Jerilyn Hassell Pool. You are famous in some...

Finding Faith in Jesus Christ -- January 10th lesson @ Ethesis
  -  When you think about how Howard W. Hunter lost his job about seven months after getting...

On the passing of my father-in-law @ Ethesis
  -   In the end it comes to three things. Did we accept that we needed a Savior? Did we...

Why didn't anyone tell me -- about literal interpretation vs. allegory @ Ethesis
  -  Many people claim to believe "literally" in the Bible.  More or less.  They read it as...

Sacrament talk, November 29, 2015 @ Ethesis
  -   Brothers and Sisters, the Apostle Paul wrote: o   But whether there be prophecies,...

Lesson 19 @ Ethesis
  -   In leading the Twelve, President Benson encouraged quorum members to express their...

A book review of Fresh Courage Take @ Ethesis
  -   Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard? 'Tis not so; all is right. Why should we...

Mitch Mayne Interview, rough draft (goes live on Wheat & Tares Thursday morning) @ Ethesis
  -   Mitch, you’ve become well known because of how you’ve interacted with the Church,...

Today's Lesson @ Ethesis
  -  I'm following our schedule in our local ward, and teaching the high priests, so my focus...

Lesson on the Family @ Ethesis
  -  “God intended the family to be eternal. With all my soul, I testify to the truth of...

Down at the [Y]MIA ... @ Ethesis
  -   For the last twenty-thirty years the Church has explored alternatives to scouting.  One...

Rough Draft of Nick Literski Interview @ Ethesis
  -  Nick Literski was a blogger at Mormon Matters, ran a site on LDS Temples and was married...