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.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the LDS Tabernacle in Temple Square Thursday to remember Frances J. Monson, the wife of President Thomas S Monson, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ann M. Dibb says her mother used her quiet manner to show her deep conviction and strength of her faith.
“As a family we are so grateful to Frances Monson for her legacy, a legacy of humility, service, faithfulness and love,” Dibb said.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang traditional hymns throughout the service.
The Boy Scouts of America has voted to change its policy on including gay youth. At a meeting in Grapevine, Texas 61-percent of the delegates from Scout councils across the country voted to support the change, which still bars gay adults from becoming Scout leaders. A delegate from Utah who says it was a very civil debate, even though there were strong feelings on both sides.
Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting.
Ken Krogue is among 17 members of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America who will be voting at the meeting in Grapevine, Texas. No lobbyists or media are allowed at the hotel where they’re meeting, but Krogue says there were some groups making their opinions clear as he traveled from the airport to the hotel.
Frances Monson, the wife of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early this morning at the age of 85.
A news release from the church says Sister Monson never sought the spotlight, but President Monson said she was the practical partner in their 64-year marriage. Speaking at the church’s General Conference in 2008, he recalled the moment when she woke up in the hospital after living in a coma for almost a month.
The prayer offered by Jean Stevens at the end of the Saturday morning session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unprecedented – no woman has ever been asked to pray in a General Conference session.
The change could be seen as part of an effort to draw attention to the leadership roles Mormon women already serve in their church – and a way of countering pressure from some members to ordain women to the LDS priesthood.
Retired U.S. Army Major General Peter Cooke was the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Utah in the 2012 election, but lost to the Republican incumbent, Gary Herbert. He says it was a surprise when church leaders asked him to be a mission president a few days ago. He doesn't yet know where he'll be assigned among the church's 350 missions worldwide, but he says his wife Heather and their four children are delighted with the opportunity to serve.
Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asking their members in the Pleasant View neighborhood of Provo to "sustain" a decision to build a nine-story addition to the Missionary Training Center there.
Lorie Johnson, who's been part of the group opposing the project, says the local stake president told members in a sacrament meeting on July 1st that top church leaders considered this an "ecclesiastical decision."