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A Navajo woman is suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saying she was sexually assaulted while participating in the church’s Lamanite Indian Student Placement Program. This is now the third claim of sexual abuse that has been brought against the Mormon Church by members of the Navajo Nation since March.

University of Utah Hospital

The parents of two of the LDS missionaries injured in the Brussels Airport bombing say their sons are healing well, but they’re still expecting a long journey to full recovery.

Ray Luce

General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have asked local church leaders to open up discussion about same-sex marriage with congregants. This comes in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide.

Brian Grimmett

Thousands gathered at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City to remember the life of Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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Former Republican State Representative Carl Wimmer says tension often exists between Utah lawmakers’ political ideologies and their affiliation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SLC International Airport

Crowds that show up at the Salt Lake International Airport to greet returning missionaries and military personnel are increasing. That’s putting some additional stress on airport resources, security personnel, and airline passengers who just want to get their bags and leave the airport.

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The group Ordain Women still hopes to convince leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that women should be allowed access to the Mormon priesthood.

LDS Democrats

LDS Democrats, the largest caucus in the Utah Democratic Party has a launched a new billboard campaign aimed at Mormon swing-voters.

The billboards focus on education, poverty and LDS scripture. One billboard criticizes Utah’s position in the nation for per pupil spending in public education. It reads quote, “Our children deserve better than last place.” End quote.

One billboard states simply Mosiah 4, referring to the LDS scripture that State Representative and Mormon Democrat Brian King says highlights the churches’ focus on service, giving and reserving judgment. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that it will no longer operate a full-service adoption agency. LDS Family Services will instead shift resources toward counseling for unmarried, expectant parents.

LDS Family Services Adoption Manager David McConkie says the Church will still be working to promote adoption.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are worried about the safety of their missionaries in Ukraine, and some are being pulled out of that country.

67 missionaries who’ve been serving in the Ukraine Donetsk mission are being transferred back to their home countries to finish their service. Donetsk is in an area where pro-Russian militias have occupied buildings and confronted Ukrainian government troops.

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.

LDS Missionary Killed In Colombia

Sep 2, 2013

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.

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 27, 2013

Jun 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.

KUER News Pod: Monday June 10, 2013

Jun 10, 2013

The effort to pump water from Utah to Las Vegas heads to court, the University of Utah names a new dean of graduate studies, and the number of Mormon missionaries reaches an all-time high.

KUER News Pod: Friday May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

A long awaited report shows that Utah could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid, the Boy Scouts of America vote to include gay youth, and Latter-day Saints remember the life of Frances Monson.

LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade

May 20, 2013
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.

KUER News Pod: Friday May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

The wife of LDS President Thomas Monson passes away, the University of Utah receives a grant to research child asthma, and some members of the Utah Republican party propose a change to the delegate system.

KUER News Pod: Monday April 8, 2013

Apr 8, 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its annual general conference, a group of LDS women seek the priesthood, and the Utah State Office of Education questions what type of student data should be public.

KUER News Pod: Thursday February 7, 2013

Feb 7, 2013

Utahns crowd into Governor Herbert’s Capitol office demanding clean air, the LDS church weighs in on boy Scouts and gays, and local political and environmental leaders give their take on President Obama’s new Secretary of the Interior appointment.

Shoshone Mark 150 Years Since Bear River Massacre

Jan 31, 2013
Alicia Geesman

  The story of the Bear River Massacre isn’t well known outside Utah and Idaho.  For many years, the complete story was only told by the descendants of the few who survived the attack on a Shoshone camp in 1863.  Members of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation gathered at the site January 29th to mark the 150th anniversary.

A drum circle and a color guard opened the ceremony near the spot where the U-S Army attacked a Shoshone encampment next to the Bear River in 1863.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday December 26, 2012

Dec 26, 2012

Winter weather causes chaos on Utah’s roads, a top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells missionaries to stop spreading rumors, and Utah’s birth rate continues to fall.

Tabernacle Choir Launches YouTube Channel

Oct 30, 2012
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir launched its new YouTube channel on Tuesday, October 30th.  The new channel includes performances of traditional hymns that you'd expect from the Tabernacle Choir, but also a new music video featuring soloist Alex Boyé, shot in what was once a slave trade fortress on the coast of Ghana.

The new channel will include concerts and past broadcasts of the weekly Music and the Spoken Word program.

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.

New LDS Temple Reflects Brigham City History

Aug 15, 2012
LDS Temple in Brigham City, Utah
Dan Bammes

Brigham City's Main Street is shaded by dozens of huge sycamore trees that are close to a century old.  But as you approach 300 South and Main, the trees suddenly open up to reveal a spectacular three-story white building with towers on either end -- and a statue of Moroni on the tallest one.