Even More Islands and Atolls

When the Questions Aren’t There (Thoughts on Tuesday’s Press Conference) @ Exponent
  -  Photo by Bekah Russom on Unsplash Two Sundays ago, my 3.5 year old daughter had her first...

On Change @ Exponent
  -   Change is sometimes the best. Change can bring new hope, new resources, and new vigor. I...

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

Advocates for women react to the transition to a new Mormon prophet @ Exponent
  -  President Thomas S. Monson, Elder Russell M. Nelson and other Mormon leaders and their...

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

Guest Post: Currently Between Last Names @ Exponent
  -  by Lesley Butterfield Harrop What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as...

Overcoming Racist Religious Teachings with Max Perry Mueller @ Exponent
  -  Max Perry Mueller In this episode of the Religious Feminism interview series, Max Perry...

Guest Post — Made in Her Image: The Body Image Lesson My Heavenly Mother Taught Me @ Exponent
  -   I recently had a powerful experience with Heavenly Mother – more personal and pivotal...

A Personalized Assembly Line Baptism @ Exponent
  -  When my oldest daughter was baptized, we had permission to hold a family baptism in order...

Memories of President Monson @ Exponent
  -  Dani Addante I was sad when I found out Thomas S. Monson passed away. But I’m glad he...

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...

Saving Sunday School, Gospel Principles 2 Style @ Exponent
  -  “Morning” by Maxfield Parrish I’ve been ditching Sunday School since I was...

Relief Society Lesson Plan “The Eternal Everyday” by Elder Quentin L. Cook @ Exponent
  -  by Erika M. As a teacher, both at church and at the university, I find that the best...

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...

Not Enough @ kiwimormon
  -  When Nathan and I first married I discovered, somewhat to my dismay, that this...

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...

Finding a Priestly Response to Faith Crisis @ kiwimormon
  -  Utah! No other place outside of New Zealand feels more like home. A lot of this has to do...

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...

Leaving the Church to Lead the Nation @ kiwimormon
  -  For the last month, New Zealand has been in the grim, dim shadow space between a general...

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...

Breaking News: Rogue Apostles Plot Take Down of the LDS Church @ kiwimormon
  -  Reports are circulating that rogue Apostles are plotting the take down of the Church of...

Where Did God Go? @ kiwimormon
  -  On a hot late July evening, a group of us were gathered together at Little America in...

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...

Rich Brown: Speak to the Bones @ Mormon Heretic
  -  Richard Brown was kind enough to send me a copy of his book Speak to the Bones.  Rich is...

Being Grateful for Boring Church @ Mormon Heretic
  -  When I first started blogging nearly 10 years ago, I complained about how boring church...

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...

Having “The Talk” with your Parents @ Mormon Heretic
  -  If/when your parents sat you down to discuss the facts of life, it was probably pretty...

Drunk Driving in Utah @ Mormon Heretic
  -  The National Highway Transportation Board (NTSB) is encouraging all states in the U.S. to...

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
  -  A preliminary note on audience: I’m new to the blog as a writer, but I’ve...

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

MHA 2017 Call for Papers Deadline Extended @ Worlds Without End
  -  Dear members and friends of the Mormon History Association: Due to recent requests, we...

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...

Council of Fifty minutes: anti-American sentiment, theocratic aspirations, and institutional transparency @ Worlds Without End
  -  Matthew J. Grow, Ronald K. Esplin, Mark Ashurst-McGee, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, and Jeffrey D....

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...

Creationist Smackdown: Pterosaur Edition @ LDS Science Review
  -  While browsing The Guardian today, I came across a fun creationist smackdown. An article...

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...

The Basis for ABO Blood Typing Undermines Common Design @ LDS Science Review
  -  When Darwin first proposed the idea of common descent there seemed to be no evolutionary...

The Difference Between Ancestry and Race @ LDS Science Review
  -  The current issue of the journal Science has a policy article discussing the pitfalls of...

Earth's Warming Enters a New Pause @ LDS Science Review
  -  Richard Muller is a University of California, Berkeley physicist who took an interest in...

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

Some Science and Medical Myths are Tough to Correct @ LDS Science Review
  -  Last month the journal Nature published a news article, The science myths that will not...

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...

Climate Science and the Republican Soviet-Style Dictatorship @ LDS Science Review
  -  The post title may be a little clickbaity, but the words aren't mine. Conservative New...

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...

Lesson Thirteen -- The Temple as a reflection of people who love each other @ Ethesis
  -           President Benson said that a temple is “a symbol of all we hold...

Reflections on my life @ Ethesis
  -  I'm 59 years old.  Since I was about 14 or so I've known and interacted with a constant...