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Leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with child abuse prevention advocates Thursday and delivered two checks.

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The oldest of the LDS missionaries injured in the Brussels Airport terrorist attacks nearly a month ago has finally returned to Utah.

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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.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Monday condemning the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Harney County, Oregon, but some LDS members taking part say they’re following God’s will.

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Salt Lake-area interfaith partners are calling on Utahns to wear a hijab or head covering Friday in support of religious freedom.

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The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake released a statement after it was revealed that the suspected perpetrators of the attacks in San Bernardino were Muslim. Imam Mohamed Mehtar of Khadeeja Mosque in West Valley City condemned the attacks, but also said he hoped “that Muslim communities around our nation will not be implicated for this barbaric act committed by these people.”

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Hundreds gathered at a park in Salt Lake City over the weekend to publicly resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mass resignation came in response to LDS Church policy changes clarifying that those who are in a same-sex marriage should be considered apostates, and banning baptisms for children living with gay parents until they’re 18.

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The LDS Church is standing behind its new rules targeting gay members and their children, but officials provided information Friday intended to clarify the policies.

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 The restoration of the historic Provo Tabernacle is nearing completion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent over three years turning the burned out building into a sparkling new temple.

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Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have considered resignation over the last few days. It’s a response to updated policies that say members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out, and that bar their children from being baptized unless they disavow same-sex relationships.

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Apostle M. Russell Ballard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City. He addressed the controversy that has been surrounding the event directly.

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Three native Utahns have been called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointments on Saturday during the Church’s semiannual General Conference. 

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remembered and honored the late Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at his funeral service on Monday.

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that the organization will continue its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, despite a recent rule change that allows troops to register gay adult leaders.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released new documents related to the translation of the Book of Mormon Tuesday. It’s the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers project, an effort to make original documents produced by the Church’s founder available to the public.

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Faithful Mormons gathered at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square today to say goodbye to Boyd K. Packer.  The President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church died last week at the age of 90. 

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At BYU’s annual religious freedom conference, state Senator Stuart Adams outlined how Utah’s compromise religious liberty, LGBT protection legislation should be a model for the nation.

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Boyd K. Packer, leader of the Mormon faith’s highest governing body, has died. Packer was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was next in line to become President of the Church.   Packer served in World War Two as a bomber pilot and was appointed a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1970.

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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.

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Hindus in South Jordan are holding a temple rededication ceremony this weekend, including the construction of a tower on the site. This religious event is celebrated every 12 years, and organizers say they are expanding the temple as the Indian community in Utah has grown.

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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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This weekend, Utah Catholics will say goodbye to the Most Reverend John Wester who has led the Diocese of Salt Lake for more than eight years.  Wester was recently appointed Archbishop of Santa Fe and will begin his service there next week.   

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Roman Catholic Bishop John C. Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City will soon be moving on to become the Archbishop of Santa Fe. Before he leaves, Wester explained how his time in Salt Lake City has had an impact on his ministry.

Roman Catholic Bishop John Wester is leaving Salt Lake City to lead the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. 

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, arguing that if the high court recognizes same sex marriage as a right it would undermine religious liberty.

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Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have excommunicated Mormon critic and podcaster John Dehlin. Dehlin’s local Church leaders notified him of their decision in a letter.  

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Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for new laws to protect gays and lesbians… as long as those measures also protect religious freedom. The move may help the prospects for a statewide nondiscrimination statute in Utah.

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April Young Bennett has resigned her position on the board of Ordain Women, the group that advocates granting Mormon women priesthood authority within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving to excommunicate a Mormon for using his podcast to challenge Church doctrines.  

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The course is meant for new converts to Islam, who might not have learned basic things—like praying in Arabic, or proper conduct in a mosque. Imam Shuaib Din is teaching the class. And he’s also inviting non-Muslims to attend and learn more. 

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