Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new essay Wednesday on the practice of plural marriage during the church’s early history.
The essay, called “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo,” discusses LDS Church founder Joseph Smith’s marriage to 14-year-old Helen Mar Kimball. It claims that, at the time, such marriage practices were not unusual. Newell Bringhurst is the author of Scattering of the Saints: Schism Within Mormonism.
Draft documents being considered by a meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome are showing a new openness in the church toward homosexuals and divorced people. Catholic priests and church members in Utah are watching the meeting closely.
Mormon activists who’ve been pushing for more inclusion of gays and lesbians within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints see a new opportunity now that the U-S Supreme Court has decided not to hear Utah’s appeal of its same-sex marriage case.
Erika Munson is one of the founders of Mormons Building Bridges, which has marched in Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade and helped to moderate many private discussions among Mormons.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will hold its second General Women’s Meeting tomorrow evening. For those who support ordaining women to the L-D-S priesthood, the atmosphere has changed since last spring.
Since the first General Women’s meeting last March, the founder of Ordain Women, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other leaders of the group have faced sanctions related to their activism, including release from church callings and loss of their temple recommends.
The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, began Wednesday evening at Sunset. It marks the beginning of the High Holy days, which culminate October 4th with Yom Kippur.
Laurence Loeb is the long-time cantor at Congregation Kol Ami, Utah’s largest synagogue. It’s a combined Conservative and Reform congregation, with different services planned for those who have a more liberal or a more traditional focus. Loeb says there’s always a pretty big crowd.
September 11th, is the anniversary of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The families of the victims of the massacre and the descendants of those who killed them have found a new way to reconcile more than 150 years later.
In 1857, a wagon train of emigrants from northern Arkansas was passing through Utah on its way to California when they were attacked by a local militia made up of Mormon settlers. About 120 people were killed, and the history of the incident has only recently been researched in detail.
Mormons were excluded from the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893. But the Parliament has now chosen the home of the LDS church for its next worldwide meeting.
“Salt Lake City, you’re in for a treat," said Mary Nelson, the executive director of the Parliament of the World's Religions at the announcement that its next meeting will be held in Salt Lake in October, 2015.
The annual Greek Festival begins Friday at Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake. It’s a fundraiser for the Greek Orthodox parish that also includes Prophet Elias Church in Holladay. But that parish is no longer the only one serving the Greek Orthodox community on the Wasatch Front.
About 200 people attended the first worship service held by the new Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah last Sunday. The hall at The Woods reception center could barely hold the crowd – not everyone got a seat.
Utah’s governor believes the state of Utah should appeal a federal court decision that struck down a key part of the state law banning polygamy.
The decision in Brown v. Herbert was first issued last December, but only became final this week. It struck down the part of Utah’s law dealing with cohabitation. Kody Brown, who appears on the TV show Sister Wives, had challenged the law on the basis of religious freedom.
After the taping of his monthly TV news conference, Governor Gary Herbert told reporters the state ought to appeal that decision.
The Greek Orthodox church has sanctioned a new mission parish in Salt Lake City.
Back in April, about two dozen members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish decided to study options to resolve ongoing issues within the congregations. The parish includes both Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay.
The family of a Mormon missionary who died in Taiwan is waiting to hear from the Taiwanese government before making funeral arrangements.
Elder Connor Thredgold, who was 19, comes from Springville, Utah. He and his companion, 24-year-old Elder Yu Peng Xiong, were found dead in their apartment in New Taipei City on Saturday. Police think carbon monoxide from a faulty water heater is to blame.
Tom McHoes, a family friend, says many people have stepped forward to comfort Elder Thredgold’s parents in Springville, Utah.
A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging Mormons to “sweep the earth” with positive messages in social media. One LDS blogger says she's already trying to do that.
Elder David Bednar of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles gave a talk at Brigham Young University on Monday, saying members of the church have only begun to tap the potential of social media. He encouraged Mormons to do much more – without going overboard.
The annual Sunstone Symposium starts Wednesday, bringing together scholars and others interested in current issues in Mormonism. There’s one issue in particular drawing much of the attention this year.
The symposium plans several sessions on the excommunication of Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly. They’ll include a look at how the practice of excommunication has evolved through Mormon history and the personal experiences of some who lost their official membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints years ago.
It's the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Utah’s Islamic congregations are celebrating the happiest holiday of the year.
After a month of fasting from dawn until dusk, the appearance of the crescent moon marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of a festival called Eid al-Fitr. More and more Utahns are marking the occasion – the number of mosques in Utah has grown from three a few years ago to nine, and there are other groups that meet outside of a formal mosque.
Kate Kelly, the founder of the group Ordain Women, has appealed her excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And her husband is wondering why he hasn’t also been subjected to church discipline.
Descendants of Utah’s Mormon pioneers have a new way to connect with the stories of their ancestors’ adventures on the trek to Utah.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates the FamilySearch genealogy database. And it’s also compiled records of the pioneers’ overland travel to Utah in a database that links to journals, photos and other records.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has published another in a series of articles on controversial historical topics on its official website. This one looks at the origin of the Book of Abraham, the source of some uniquely Mormon teachings.
Thousands of young Latter-day Saints took advantage of the change in age for missionary service after it was announced almost two years ago. It won’t be long before some of those missionaries will be coming home. KUER’s Dan Bammes reports the University of Utah is making plans to accommodate them.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has about 86-thousand missionaries serving around the world. Church leaders are expecting that number to peak later this year. KUER’s Dan Bammes has more.
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that two private companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It’s the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
The top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement on the issue of women’s ordination to the priesthood over the weekend. But it hasn’t deterred those who are hoping the church will still make that change.
Even though she’s no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the founder of Ordain Women says she’ll continue in the leadership of the movement to gain the priesthood throughout the church.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have decided to excommunicate Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly. Earlier this month, Kelly received a letter from the bishop of her former ward in Vienna, Virginia stating that she had been accused of apostasy and that a disciplinary council would decide the fate of her Church membership. That group met last night, though Kelly did not attend the hearing. She was informed of the decision today via email by Bishop Mark Harrison.
The founder of the group Ordain Women is waiting to find out whether she’ll be excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But hundreds of people gathered to support her yesterday near church headquarters, promising to stand by her no matter what a disciplinary council decides.
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.