Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Religion
12:40 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Group Hoping 'Discussions' Move LDS Church Toward Ordaining Women

Kate Kelly, an attorney from Washington DC, is the founder of Ordain Women
Dan Bammes

  Priesthood ordination is available only to men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  But a group of women seeking ordination is trying a new tactic to persuade Mormons to change their minds.

Ordain Women is publishing a series of six discussions on its website, covering the history and doctrine of the LDS church and hoping to persuade more women to join the effort to change church policy.

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Religion
4:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

LDS Apostle: Freedom of Religion Under Attack

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaking at Utah Valley University's Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says religious freedom is under attack in the United States.  Elder Dallin Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies on Wednesday. 

Oaks said the inability of conservative scholars to publish in some academic journals and campus speech codes are examples of organizational restraints on both free speech and religious expression.

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Religion
7:26 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Ordain Women Turned Away Again from LDS Priesthood Conference

Members and supporters of Ordain Women walk to Temple Square, hoping to attend the priesthood session of General Conference, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Dan Bammes

  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.

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Religion
1:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Reporters Excluded from Temple Square

LDS spokesperson Ruth Todd with reporters outside Temple Square, October 2013
Dan Bammes

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.

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Religion
12:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Atheists Plan Resignation Rally During LDS Conference

American Atheists President David Silverman
atheists.org

  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. 

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Health Care
8:46 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Salt Lake City LDS Ward Helps Congregants Sign Up for Health Insurance

12th Ward, Salt Lake City

Many faith leaders in Utah have been vocal about encouraging lawmakers to expand Medicaid in the state. But the dominant faith – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – has been silent when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, one LDS ward in downtown Salt Lake City is quietly working to help congregants get access to health insurance.

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Religion
2:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

LDS Women's Meeting Will Include a Quiet Statement from Ordain Women

Pictures of the Young Women's, Relief Society and Primary presidencies on display at the Conference Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans its general women’s meeting on Saturday, a week before its twice-a-year general conference.In the past, church leaders held annual meetings for its auxiliary organizations, the Relief Society, Primary and Young Women.  These have been combined into a single meeting that will be broadcast by internet and satellite around the world and translated into 55 languages.

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Religion
12:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ordain Women Supporters Plan to Wear Purple at LDS Women's Meeting

Ordain Women spokesperson April Young Bennett with her family
courtesy photo

  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.

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Religion
2:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ordain Women Group Again Asking LDS Church to Open Doors

Katy Kelly at the Ordain Women rally in City Creek Park October 5, 2013
Dan Bammes

  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.

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Religion
10:53 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Will Simulcast Messiah Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Orchestra at Temple Square
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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.

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Religion
2:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

LDS Leaders Urge Participation in Party Caucuses

  As it did in 2012, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members in Utah to participate in neighborhood caucuses for this election year.

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LGBT Rights
1:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Churches, Legislators File Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Russel Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

  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

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Religion
4:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

LDS Church Will File Arguments in Utah Marriage Case

LDS church offices in Salt Lake City
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

U Brain Study Looks At Religious Experience

A functional MRI scanner will be used in Dr. Jeffrey Anderson's research on religious experience.
Wikimedia Commons

  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.

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Religion
3:41 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

LDS Church Says No Change Needed in Utah Liquor Laws

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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. 

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Religion
1:45 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

LDS Church Won't File Amicus Brief in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case

Federal Judge Robert Shelby's order prohibiting enforcement of Utah's laws against same-sex marriage

  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.  

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LGBT Rights
5:12 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Group Aimed at Helping Mormons Overcome Homosexual Behavior Shuts Down

North Star International is now the largest single faith-based ministry organization for Latter- day Saints who experience same-sex attraction.

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.

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Religion
12:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Article on LDS Website Disavows Past Teachings on Race

Mormons in Ghana work on a community service project.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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. 

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Religion
2:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

BYU Opens "Sacred Gifts" Exhibit of Religious Art

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hoffman
The Riverside Church /BYU Museum of Art

  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.

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Religion
6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

LDS Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii

Hawaii State Representative Richard Fale (R)
richardfale.com

  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.

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Religion
3:38 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Hawaii Debates Marriage Equality Bill Opposed by Religious Groups

Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
Wikimedia Commons

  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.

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Religion
12:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

LDS Church Opposes Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill

File: Offices for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Brian Grimmett

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.

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Religion
12:57 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Genealogist Connects Leicestershire to the Greenwells of Ogden

The village of Dunton Bassett, England is the ancestral home of the Greenwells of Ogden

  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.

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Religion
7:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Ordain Women Group Turned Away from LDS Priesthood Conference

Members and supporters of Ordain Women sing a hymn before trying to gain entrance to the priesthood session of the LDS general conference.
Dan Bammes

  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. 

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Religion
1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

One Year Later: 27% More LDS Missionaries

LDS missionaries are now allowed to use social media sites to contact potential converts
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
11:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Group Seeking to Ordain LDS Women Hopes to Attend LDS Priesthood Session

Ordain Women group founder Kate Kelly
Alicia Geesman

  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.

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Religion
11:40 am
Mon September 2, 2013

LDS Missionary Killed In Colombia

File: Salt Lake City Temple

A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has died in Cali, Colombia.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.

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Religion
1:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Group Supporting LGBT Mormons Hopes Exhibit Fosters Discussion

Boys Life Illustrations by Norman Rockwell on display at the LDS Church Museum
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The group Mormons Building Bridges plans to attend the opening of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the LDS Church Museum this afternoon. The paintings on display showcase Rockwell’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. 

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Religion
12:43 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Rockwell Exhibit Opens at LDS Museum

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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-KUER News Pod
11:29 am
Thu June 27, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 27, 2013

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.

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