Wheat & Tares

The philosophies of men mingled with the philosophies of women.

Common Acronyms & Abbreviations

Most of the bloggers at Wheat & Tares are current or former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). The bloggers and commenters thus often use acronyms or abbreviations peculiar to those denominations. For those unfamiliar with this religious jargon, we’ve assembled a guide.

AD = Activity Days, an activity and enrichment program for boys and girls age 8 to 11.
AoF/AofF = Articles of Faith, a list of beliefs compiled by Joseph Smith.
AP = Assistant to the President, a leadership position for men serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
ATF = A Thoughtful Faith, may refer to A Thoughtful Faith podcast by Gina Colvin or a closed Facebook support group (now called Waters of Mormon)

BCC = By Common Consent blog.
BIC = Born in the Covenant, referring to a child whose parents (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) were sealed in a temple marriage prior to that child’s birth.
BKP = Boyd K. Packer (1924-2015), former apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints known for his conservative views.
BOA/BofA = Book of Abraham.
BOM/BofM = Book of Mormon.
BRM = Bruce R. McConkie (1915-1985), a former apostle and influential writer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints known for his conservative views.
BY = Brigham Young.
BYU = Brigham Young University, traditionally referring to the church’s flagship university in Provo, Utah. The church also owns four-year universities in Rexburg, Idaho (BYU-Idaho, formerly Ricks College), and Laie, Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii).

CES = Church Educational System, the educational arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints overseeing the religious instruction for seminaries (high-school level), institutes (college-level), and church-owned institutions of higher learning (BYU-Provo, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, Ensign College, BYU-Pathway Worldwide).
CFM = “Come, Follow Me,” the home-centered, church-supported curriculum for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
CHL = Church History Library.
COB = Church Office Building, the building housing top leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.
CoC/CofC = Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Headquartered in Independence, Missouri, this is the second-largest denomination of the Latter Day Saint Movement.
COJCOLDS = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
CTR = Choose the Right.

D&C = Doctrine & Covenants (a book of scripture).
DezNat = Deseret Nation or Deseret Nationalism.
DHO = Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former Utah Supreme Court Justice and president of Brigham Young University.
DL = District Leader, a leadership position for men serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
DN = Deseret News, newspaper based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

EE = Ecclesiastical Endorsement.
EFY = Especially for Youth, former conferences held for youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
EQ = Elders Quorum (ward level).
EQP = Elders Quorum President.
ETB = Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994), former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints known for his conservative political and religious views.
ExMo = Ex-Mormon, a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

F&T = Fast & Testimony, usually referring to a Sacrament Meeting held the first Sunday of each month, reserved for the sharing of testimonies in an “open mic” format.
FAIR = Foundation of Apologetic Information & Research now using the tagline “Faithful Answers, Informed Response.” Also went by the name FairMormon for several years. A non-profit organization established in 1997 to defend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from online criticisms of its history and beliefs. FAIR is based in Provo, Utah.
FamProc = Family Proclamation, officially titled “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
FARMS = Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, a now defunct non-profit organization established in 1979 dedicated to research and apologetics for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This organization was eventually brought under the umbrella of Brigham Young University’s Maxwell Institute, and eventually absorbed into the Maxwell Institute’s Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies.
FHE = Family Home Evening.
FHL = Family History Library.
FLDS = a reference to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or the wider fundamentalist Mormon movement. Fundamentalist denominations broke off from Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the twentieth century and often practice polygamy.
FMH = Feminist Mormon Housewives blog.
FP = First Presidency, the three-man top tier of leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
FS = FamilySearch.org, the free genealogical website sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
FSY = For the Strength of Youth, originally a pamphlet outlining behavioral standards for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. May also refer to larger regional youth conferences.

GA = General Authority, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
GBH = Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008), former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
GC = General Conference.
GT = may refer to Gospel Topics or the Gospel Tangents podcast by our own Rick Bennett.
GTE = Gospel Topics Essays.

HC = High Council.
HF = Heavenly Father.
HG = Holy Ghost.
HM = Heavenly Mother.
HP = High Priest, High Priests Group (ward level, now defunct) or High Priests Quorum (stake level).
HPGL = High Priests Group Leader (ward level, now defunct).
HT = Home Teaching or Home Teacher (now referred to as Ministering).

IV = Inspired Version, the bible containing all edits by Joseph Smith. Copyright currently held by the Community of Christ. The Latter-day Saint version of the bible only contains some of Joseph Smith’s edits, marked as the JST or Joseph Smith Translation.

JC = Jesus Christ.
JD = may refer to our permablogger JD or the podcaster and head of Open Stories Foundation John Dehlin (excommunicated in 2015).
JFS = usually referring to Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972), former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints known for his conservative views.
JI = Juvenile Instructor blog.
JRH = Jeffrey R. Holland, current apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former president of Brigham Young University.
JS = Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint Movement.
JST = Joseph Smith Translation, referring to the edits and additions Joseph Smith made to the Bible text.
JWHA = John Whitmer Historical Association, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to studying the history of Latter Day Saint Movement. JWHA tends to focus on the early history of the movement and the midwestern denominations, such as Community of Christ. JWHA is based in Independence, Missouri.

Keepa = Keepapitchinin’ blog.
KK = Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, excommunicated in 2014.
KJV = King James Version, the version of the bible currently used by Latter-day Saints and originally edited by Joseph Smith. The full KJV bible with all Joseph Smith’s edits is called the Inspired Version, used by the Community of Christ.

LDS = Latter-day Saint, typically referring to members or the institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, this is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint Movement.
LHP = Lindsay Hansen Park, current executive director of the Sunstone Education Foundation and an influential voice in the progressive and post-Mormon community. She’s been a blogger at Feminist Mormon Housewives, podcaster (Year of Polygamy and various Sunstone podcasts), and activist for various causes relating to women.

M* = Millennial Star blog.
MHA = Mormon History Association, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to studying Mormonism (encompassing all aspects of the Latter Day Saint Movement). MHA is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MI = Maxwell Institute a.k.a Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.
MIA = Mutual Improvement Association, former name of the Young Men/Young Women’s organizations.
MM = may refer to the Mormon Matters blog or the Mormon Matters podcast. The Wheat and Tares blog was created in 2010 by former authors of the Mormon Matters blog.
MMM = Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Mo = Mormon, traditionally referring to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2018, the leader of that church (Russell M. Nelson) discouraged the use of “Mormon” in reference to members or the church itself. The term Mormonism may refer to the LDS Church or the broader Latter Day Saint Movement.
MoTab = Mormon Tabernacle Choir, now called the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.
MP = Mission President, the adult male leader overseeing all missionaries (young adult and elderly) in a specific mission.
MTC = Missionary Training Center.
MWEG = Mormon Women for Ethical Government, an independent, nonpartisan organization.
MWS = Mormon Women Stand, a conservative women’s group formed in response to Ordain Women (now Latter-day Saint Women Stand).

NeverMo = Someone who has never been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
NT = New Testament.

OSF = Open Stories Foundation, media company run by John Dehlin.
OT = Old Testament.
OW = Ordain Women, an independent organization.

Perma(s) = Permablogger(s), the permanent bloggers on the Wheat and Tares blog (as opposed to guest bloggers or posters).
PFS = Peggy Fletcher Stack, senior religion reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune and former editor of Sunstone magazine.
PIMO = Physically In, Mentally Out, a way for current Latter-day Saints to quickly summarize their activity level.
POGP/PofGP = Pearl of Great Price, a book of Latter-day Saint scripture encompassing the Book of Moses, Book of Abraham, JST-Matthew, and the Articles of Faith.
POX = Policy of Exclusion, a policy instituted on November 5, 2015, that declared members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in gay/lesbian marriages apostates and restricted baptisms for children of those individuals. The policy was rescinded in 2019.
PP = Personal Progress (now defunct), an activity and enrichment program for Young Women.
PPI = Personal Priesthood Interview, a one-on-one interview typically between a male church member and their priesthood leader, though it may refer to any personal “check-in” with a male authority such as a father.
ProgMo = Progressive Mormon, a current member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with “progressive” views.

Q12 = Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Q15 = The combined fifteen men in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

RFM = Radio Free Mormon podcast or the podcaster himself.
RLDS = Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the former name of the Community of Christ.
RM = Returned Missionary.
RMN = Russell M. Nelson, current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
RS = Relief Society, the adult women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
RSP = Relief Society President.

SCMC = Strengthening Church Members Committee.
SLT/SLTrib = The Salt Lake Tribune, independent newspaper based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SM = Sacrament Meeting.
SP = Stake President.
SWK = Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985), former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints known for lifting the priesthood and temple ban on men of African descent in 1978.

T&S = Times and Seasons blog.
TABCATS = Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the former Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
TBM = True Blue Mormon or True Believing Mormon, referring to a mainstream/orthodox member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some people view this acronym as derogatory.
TR = Temple Recommend.
Trib = usually The Salt Lake Tribune, an independent newspaper based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
TSCC = The “So-Called” Church, a derogatory reference to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Please don’t use this acronym on our website.)
TSM = Thomas S. Monson (1927-2018), former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

VT = Visiting Teaching or Visiting Teacher (now referred to as Ministering).

W&T = Wheat & Tares blog.
WoM/WofM = Waters of Mormon, a closed Facebook support group (previously called A Thoughtful Faith)
WoW/WofW = Word of Wisdom, the health code for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

YM = Young Men or Young Men’s organization.
YSA = Young Single Adult.
YW = Young Women or Young Women’s organization.

ZD = Zelophehad’s Daughters blog.
ZL = Zone Leader, a leadership position for men serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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