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Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares made history in April when they were called as the first non-white apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The documentary Glass Temples is having its Utah premier Thursday night. The film examines how leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mishandled yet another case of child abuse.

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In a time of heightened attention to sexual abuse in the Mormon community, leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered a $50,000 donation to the Children’s Justice Center, a state run organization that helps victims of child abuse.

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Over the last few months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a magnifying glass pointed on its leaders handling of sexual abuse complaints, including some that are decades old.

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In the latest move to address sexual misconduct within its ranks, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued updated guidelines on how church leaders conduct interviews with teens and children. The group Protect LDS Children in particular has called for an end to sexually explicit questions when a young person meets with a leader, most often a bishop.

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This month marks an important anniversary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — and it comes with some controversy. Forty years ago the Mormon church allowed black men to be ordained to the priesthood. It's a moment the church would like to celebrate but one that also brings up a painful past.

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will meet with representatives of the NAACP this Thursday and share a joint statement to media outlets. This visit coincides with the civil rights organization’s first leadership meeting in Utah.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doubling down on their opposition to a citizen-led initiative expanding access to medical marijuana. In a statement released Friday, a church spokesperson wrote that the initiative raises “grave concerns” and that “the negative effects of marijuana are well-known.”

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church, announced Tuesday it is ending a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America that has lasted over 100 years. This represents a major cultural shift for Mormons across the country and the world.  

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that it will part ways with Boy Scouts of America. This announcement comes just days after the Boy Scouts welcomed girls into their ranks and changed their name to “Scouts BSA."

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New research shows that Mormons are unique in their views toward the LGBT community when compared to other faiths. While the majority oppose same-sex marriage, they also oppose discrimination against LGBT people.

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Generations before him, Gyanu Dulal’s family came from Nepal to settle areas in southern Bhutan, a landlocked country just east of India. While it's a predominantly Buddhist country, Dulal and his family have always been Hindu.

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The term “blog” is outdated these days. But, for all intents and purposes, that’s what By Common Consent is. It became popular during a time when Mormon blogs were popping up left and right. Now, a lot of them have fizzled out. But, with tens of thousands of hits each week, By Common Consent is as strong as ever.

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Issues of sexual abuse have been bubbling up for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the last few months. And while a Mormon #MeToo movement seems to be growing, there are a few things holding it back.

For many religious followers, faith and culture often blend together — to the point where the two can sometimes become indistinguishable. Faeiza Javed is a young Muslim woman who can relate to those who don’t understand her beliefs or culture. Because for a long time she didn’t either.

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A woman accusing a former Mormon leader of rape is now suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and her attorneys are asking for justice as well as policy changes to prevent further abuse.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its bi-annual General Conference over the weekend and with it came a number of changes.

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This Easter and Passover weekend, it's the Mormon Church that is making headlines. On Saturday, the church's first Latin-American and first Asian-American apostles were named.

The two men diversify the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, whose top leaders until today consisted solely of white men. One apostle, Dieter Uchtdorf, hails from Germany. They rank below the church president and his two counselors, acting as the core group of Mormon policymakers.

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Ulisses Soares and Gerrit W. Gong were named as the two newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The announcement came during the first session of the bi-annual General Conference in which Russell M. Nelson was formally sustained by church members as the newest president and prophet.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released revised guidelines for Bishops and other local leaders regarding abuse. It follows mounting criticism of how church leaders address and respond to sexual assault, but these changes may not go far enough.

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Just a week after an audio recording was leaked of a former Mormon leader, Joseph Bishop, admitting to sexual misconduct, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released revised and more detailed guidelines on how local church leaders should respond to abuse. 

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Rev. Tom Goldsmith’s church, the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, has been in the news recently. In January, his congregation welcomed in a young Honduran mother, Vicky Chavez, and her two young children. Chavez was facing deportation, but rather than head to the airport she came to Goldsmith's church to seek asylum.

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This week an audio recording was leaked between a woman and a man she accused of raping her in 1984. The man, Joseph Bishop, was serving in a leadership position for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time of the attack. In this explainer we'll walk you through the allegation, the LDS Church's reaction and the building evidence in support of the claims. 

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The Believers Series features conversations with people of faith as they navigate the more complicated and controversial aspects of their beliefs.

 

Nish Weiseth is an evangelical Christian (well, it’s complicated) who has often found herself at odds politically with those with whom she worships. But, she leans into that tension both through her writing and more recently with her podcast “Impolite Company.”

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President Trump’s former staff secretary Rob Porter has been all over the news since he resigned from the White House last week. Porter, a Mormon, left his position after his two ex-wives accused him of being physically abusive. It has since been revealed that both of these women confided in their Mormon bishops about the abuse and were encouraged to remain in their relationships.

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A letter penned by Utah’s Catholic Bishop Oscar Solis voiced support for a new hate crimes bill in the state legislature. A number of prominent local religious leaders added their signatures to the statement which called Utah a “gathering place” for all.

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A documentary making noise at the Sundance Film Festival this year is called "Believer," a look into the plight of LGBT Mormons in light of a recent uptick in suicide among Utah teenagers. While the topic is controversial, the film isn’t meant to be an angry critique as much as a plea from one practicing Mormon to another.

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Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s release from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to be getting much of the focus of conversation from members and non-members.

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Russell M. Nelson announced his call as the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a live broadcast from the Salt Lake Temple Tuesday. The expected appointment came along with news that Nelson chose Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring to join him the First Presidency.

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Russell M. Nelson announced this morning that he will accept the call to serve as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also named Dallin Oaks and Henry Eying to serve with him as counselors in the First Presidency, the highest governing body in the church.

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