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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
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  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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Religion
11:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

LDS, Catholic Leaders React to Gay Marriage Decisions

Dan Bammes

Mormon and Catholic religious leaders both say they’re disappointed with today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it “remains irrevocably committed” to strengthening traditional marriage after the Supreme Court rulings.

Church spokesperson Michael Otterson issued a statement saying the court has “highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates.”

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Religion
1:06 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mormon Missionaries Will Use Tech Tools

Mormon leaders address new mission presidents at Brigham Young University's Marriott Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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. 

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Religion
5:41 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Frances J. Monson Remembered by Faithful Gathered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle

Salt Lake Tabernacle memorial service for Sister Frances J. Monson
Credit Bob Nelson

    

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.

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Religion
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts of America Open Scouting to Gay Youth

Boy Scouts decorate veteran's graves in Tennessee
Wikimedia Commons

  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.

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Religion
1:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays

Utah National Parks Council Board Member Ken Krogue
Utah National Parks Council

  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.

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Religion
2:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses Mormons Building Bridges supporters in the 2012 Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Center

  Mormons marching in their Sunday best were a big part of last year’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.  This year, even more could turn out to support the LGBT community.

The group Mormons Building Bridges will be joined by the group Mormons for Equality.  In all, Corey Howard with Mormons Building Bridges expects as many as five hundred marchers.

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Religion
11:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Frances Monson, Wife of LDS President, Passes Away

Thomas and Frances Monson on their wedding day in 1948
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
11:33 am
Fri April 26, 2013

LDS Church Endorses Boy Scouts Policy Proposal

Wikimedia Commons

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is endorsing a proposed policy change by the Boy Scouts of America that would let young gay men participate as members, but would still exclude gay adults from leadership positions. The current policy excludes both gay adults and youth.

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Religion
10:36 am
Sun April 7, 2013

LDS Women Seek Ordination

Supporters of ordaining women to the LDS priesthood gather at the University of Utah
Alicia Geesman

  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.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

30-Year-Old Deal Could Save Salt Lake County Millions of Dollars

FILE: Salt Palace Convention Center

A deal made more than 30 years ago between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Salt Lake County could end up saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Religion
12:08 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Peter Cooke Called as LDS Mission President

Peter Cooke

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.

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KUER Local News
11:47 am
Tue September 4, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday September 4, 2012

LDS Democrats prepare to use the National Convention to grow their caucus, Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is staying home, and the Red Cross tries to make emergency food taste better.

Religion
4:30 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Italian Government Grants LDS Church Official Status

Aerial rendering of the Rome Italy Temple, Religious and Cultural Center
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After decades of negotiations the Italian Government has finally granted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints official status as a church and partner of the state.

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Religion
2:42 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Church Asks Members to "Sustain" MTC Project

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."

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