Once again, members of a group of women seeking ordination to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were denied the opportunity to attend the priesthood session of the church’s General Conference.
Ordain Women gathered for a devotional service in a city park two blocks from Temple Square in the afternoon before the priesthood session on Saturday. Gina Colvin came from New Zealand. She says the church’s patriarchal structure disempowers women.
Temple Square is typically crowded with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other visitors during General Conference sessions twice a year. But reporters and media cameras or recorders won’t be allowed on the square this weekend.
Members of the church public affairs staff say they’re just reiterating a long-standing policy about media access to Temple Square, though reporters with cameras have often taken pictures and interviewed visitors on the square in past years.
Last year, the Atheists of Utah held an event in conjunction with the LDS General Conference, inviting disaffected Mormons to quit the church. They’re planning a similar event this year with some national leadership.
A group pushing for the ordination of women to the priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members to wear purple to the church’s general women’s meeting this weekend.
A group of Mormon women asking for ordination to their church’s priesthood is planning to stage another demonstration at the LDS General Conference in three weeks. But they may not get as far as they did last October.
Tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's performance of Messiah on Easter weekend were gone less than ten minutes after they became available last week. But the choir has decided to make the performance available to a worldwide audience on the internet.
While the Tabernacle Choir has recorded George Friederich Handel's oratorio a couple of times, it's never done a public performance of Messiah in its entirety.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not alone in its arguments against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah. Other religious groups have signed on to a friend-of-the court brief to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, while another has been filed by Utah state legislators
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is planning to file a friend-of-the-court brief after all in the appeal of the federal court case on same sex marriage in Utah. The case is currently before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The church has been involved in other cases and in political battles involving same-sex marriage in the past. But a spokesperson said shortly after the U-S Supreme Court issued a stay of Judge Robert Shelby’s decision that it probably would not add a formal argument to the case.
A new study at the University of Utah is trying to determine what’s happening in the brain when someone has strong religious feelings.
Studies of Buddhist monks and Catholic nuns have shown significant changes in the brain during periods of quiet meditation. Now, neurology researcher Jeffrey Anderson has designed a study to watch what happens to former Mormon missionaries as they experience religious emotions.
A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Utah’s liquor laws are just fine the way they are. But that may not stop further attempts to change them during the upcoming legislative session.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been an active participant in some past court cases involving same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t look like it will make arguments in the state of Utah’s current legal battle.
A group that once helped gay Mormons attempt to eliminate their same-sex attractions has closed its doors. Salt Lake City-based Evergreen International is turning over its resources and mailing list to an organization for gay Latter Day Saints called North Star International. The merger makes North Star the biggest group in the world that deals with LDS teachings and same-sex attraction.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an article on its website last week taking an in-depth look at its past practice of refusing to ordain black men to its priesthood. But a historian who’s studied the issue says there’s more to the story.
Newell Bringhurst has published several books on the history of the church’s denial of the priesthood to men of African ancestry – a ban that ended in 1978 with a revelation announced by then-church President Spencer Kimball.
Brigham Young University is building on the success of its exhibition of Carl Bloch’s religious paintings three years ago to bring more works by Bloch and two other acclaimed religious artists to its Museum of Art on the Provo campus.
The Hawaii State Senate will vote on a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, and it’s expected to pass. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has worked with opposition leaders to fight the bill, but it’s unclear exactly what role the Church is playing.
The Hawaii legislature has opened a special session to look at a bill legalizing same-sex marriages. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other conservative religious groups oppose the legislation, but it appears likely to pass.
Hawaii’s state legislature is holding a special session this week to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state. Hawaii was one of the first states to pass a constitutional amendment on the question, but it didn’t define marriage as amendments in other states have. Instead, it gave that power to the legislature.
Descendants of a big pioneer family that came to Utah in the 1850’s are gathering Thursday to meet with a British genealogist. Peter Cousins comes from Leicestershire in the English Midlands. His research on a British industrialist named Orson Wright led him to the Greenwell family, whose forebears joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1850’s and emigrated to Utah.
In just a few days in Utah, Cousins says he’s met dozens of people descended from Ambrose Greenwell, who had five wives and forty children.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints limits its priesthood ordinations to men and boys 12 and older. And while the church’s positions on some long-standing policies have evolved in recent years, the group Ordain Women found little flexibility on that issue.
It’s been a year since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the age requirements for young men and women to serve as missionaries. That’s led to a huge increase in the number of young Mormons who’ve signed up to serve.
In the opening session of the church’s General Conference in October, 2012, President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men would be allowed to begin missionary service at age 18 and young women at 19.
In the past, women have not been welcome at the priesthood session that is part of the general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But the group Ordain Women is trying to change that. Its leaders sent a letter to the church asking for 150 tickets for women to attend the session scheduled for October 5th.
A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has died in Cali, Columbia.Elder Jose Daniel Encarnacion Montero died on Saturday from what appears to be a stray bullet. He was with three other missionaries at the time of the incident.
An exhibition of Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scout paintings and magazine covers opens this weekend at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.
Norman Rockwell was on the staff of Boys Life, the Scouting magazine, long before he became famous as the cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post. The exhibit at the church museum on West Temple includes 26 Rockwell paintings and many more Boys Life magazine covers on loan from the Boy Scouts museum in Irving, Texas.
Local religious leaders and marriage equality advocates react to the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage. We find out what the rulings mean for Utah, and the state education task force wonders if they should be pushing kids toward certain careers.
Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will do less tracting and more tweeting as they try to recruit new members.
Mormon missionaries have traditionally spent much of their time “tracting,” or going from door to door. Their use of e-mail has been limited to a message home each week. But new mission presidents and others were told during a meeting at Brigham Young University on Sunday that they’ll now be able to use social media such as Facebook and text messaging to reach out to potential converts.