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2:14 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

LDS Article Addresses Origin of Book of Abraham

The Book of Abraham is part of the Pearl of Great Price, one of four volumes of scripture used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
BYUtv

  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.

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11:07 am
Fri July 4, 2014

U of U Prepares for Returning LDS Missionaries

Image courtesy University of Utah

  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.

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Religion
1:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

LDS Missionary Numbers Approach Peak

LDS Missionaries in Ghana, West Africa
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
4:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

How Does Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision Affect Utah?

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.

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Religion
2:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

LDS Statement Reserves Priesthood Ordination to Men

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Henry B. Eyring, Thomas S. Monson and Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
6:53 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kelly Says Ordain Women Movement Will Continue

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly with her husband, Neil Ransom
Dan Bammes

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.

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3:04 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kelly Excommunicated from LDS Church

Credit Dan Bammes/KUER

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.

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Religion
9:24 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Hundreds Support Ordain Women Founder at Vigil

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly speaks to a rally supporting her at City Creek Park in Salt Lake City
Dan Bammes

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.

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Religion
4:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

LDS Church Will No Longer Operate Adoption Agency

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.

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Religion
12:44 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

LDS Church Discipline Process Different For Men and Women

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly
Dan Bammes

Only men are allowed to hold the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Advocating for a change in that policy is the reason Kate Kelly is facing possible excommunication.  But because she’s a woman, the rules for church discipline are different than they would be for a man.

Margaret Toscano knows what the experience is like – she was excommunicated 14 years ago for her public statements on ordaining women to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Religion
2:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ordain Women Founder, Podcaster Face Excommunication from LDS Church

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly
Dan Bammes

  The founder of the group Ordain Women and the creator of a podcast on Mormon issues are facing formal discipline from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Both face the prospect of excommunication from the church.

Kate Kelly led members of Ordain Women through the gates of Temple Square during the last two general conferences of the church, asking to be admitted to the session reserved for only those men and boys who hold the priesthood.  Each time they were turned away, but the demonstrations drew a lot of media coverage.

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Religion
1:31 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Mormon Podcasters Reaching Out With New Book

Zandra Vranes (l) and Tamu Smith (r)
sistasinzion.com

  Two African-American Mormon women who’ve gained a following with a popular podcast, Sistas in Zion, are out with a new book about their experiences in the LDS church.

Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes say their book Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons addresses spiritual topics as it bounces back and forth between uniquely Mormon culture and the urban dialect they grew up with.  They say it’s helping them find a new audience.

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Religion
2:30 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Victims of Rwandan Genocide Remembered at Memorial Service

Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi lighting candles
Patrick Lee

  It’s been 20 years since hundreds of thousands were murdered in attacks against the Tutsi people of Rwanda.  They were remembered at a service on Sunday at Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City.

A representative of the Rwandan embassy and survivors of the genocide were asked to tell their stories as part of the service.  As many as a million people were killed in months of attacks by the country’s Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority.

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Religion
2:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

VA Chooses New Contractor for Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Canvas tarps cover a framework of willow branches to create the sweat lodge used by veterans at the Salt Lake VA medical center.

  The Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center has chosen a new contractor to provide sweat lodges and other Native American healing ceremonies.  That’s disappointed supporters of Arnold Thomas, who’s been doing it for the past ten years. 

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Religion
12:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

LDS Public Affairs Chief Says Church is Listening to Women

Mike Otterson, Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The head of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has responded to criticism that the church is not engaging with women seeking to change its practices.

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12:40 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Group Hoping 'Discussions' Move LDS Church Toward Ordaining Women

Kate Kelly, an attorney from Washington DC, is the founder of Ordain Women
Dan Bammes

  Priesthood ordination is available only to men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  But a group of women seeking ordination is trying a new tactic to persuade Mormons to change their minds.

Ordain Women is publishing a series of six discussions on its website, covering the history and doctrine of the LDS church and hoping to persuade more women to join the effort to change church policy.

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Religion
1:56 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Mormons Building Bridges Excluded from Days of '47 Parade

Members of Mormons Building Bridges march in Salt Lake City's 2013 Pride Parade
Mormons Building Bridges

Mormons Building Bridges was last year’s largest entry in Salt Lake City’s annual Pride Parade. But the group’s request to have a modest presence in the Days of ’47 Parade this year has been turned down. 

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Religion
2:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Russian Orthodox Church Dedicated, Priest Recognized

Archpriest Michael van Opstall
St. George Russian Orthodox Church

  It’s been a big week for Utah’s only Russian Orthodox parish.  It dedicated a new church in West Jordan last weekend – and its leader has been honored with a new title as well. 

Michael van Opstall was ordained as a Russian Orthodox priest about ten years ago, and since then he’s guided the growing community of believers in Utah.  Last weekend, the parish dedicated the new St. George Russian Orthodox Church in West Jordan, made possible by an anonymous donation of a million dollars.

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Religion
12:20 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Prophet Elias Parishioners Looking at Options for Orthodox Congregation

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Dan Bammes

  A group of parishioners at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Holladay are looking at future options for their church after a letter from the church’s national leadership asked them to suspend any talk about dividing the parish.

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Religion
2:53 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

St. Vincent de Paul School Celebrates 50 Years

Sister Lelia O'Sullivan and Sister Mary Casey were among the first teachers at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Holladay when it opened 50 years ago.
Dan Bammes

  Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

Irish dancers were among those participating in the celebration in the gymnasium at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Holladay.  The school began with a kindergarten class in the basement of the old parish church in Murray, and from the very first, there were more students hoping to attend than it could accommodate.

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Religion
1:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

American Atheists Meet For National Convention in Salt Lake City

Portraits of scientists, including Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson displayed for sale at the American Atheists National Convention in Salt Lake City
Dan Bammes

  The American Atheists national convention is underway in Salt Lake City, with its leadership promising to take their message to other cities with a strong religious presence. 

American Atheists is the group started by Madalyn Murray O’Hair in the 1960’s following the Supreme Court decision that banned Christian prayers in public schools.  Its president is David Silverman, who told a crowd of several hundred people in a hotel ballroom they’ll continue the fight to keep government from endorsing religion.

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Religion
4:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

LDS Apostle: Freedom of Religion Under Attack

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaking at Utah Valley University's Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says religious freedom is under attack in the United States.  Elder Dallin Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies on Wednesday. 

Oaks said the inability of conservative scholars to publish in some academic journals and campus speech codes are examples of organizational restraints on both free speech and religious expression.

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Religion
7:26 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Ordain Women Turned Away Again from LDS Priesthood Conference

Members and supporters of Ordain Women walk to Temple Square, hoping to attend the priesthood session of General Conference, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Dan Bammes

  Once again, members of a group of women seeking ordination to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were denied the opportunity to attend the priesthood session of the church’s General Conference.

Ordain Women gathered for a devotional service in a city park two blocks from Temple Square  in the afternoon before the priesthood session on Saturday.  Gina Colvin came from New Zealand.  She says the church’s patriarchal structure disempowers women.

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Religion
1:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Reporters Excluded from Temple Square

LDS spokesperson Ruth Todd with reporters outside Temple Square, October 2013
Dan Bammes

Temple Square is typically crowded with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other visitors during General Conference sessions twice a year.  But reporters and media cameras or recorders won’t be allowed on the square this weekend.

  Members of the church public affairs staff say they’re just reiterating a long-standing policy about media access to Temple Square, though reporters with cameras have often taken pictures and interviewed visitors on the square in past years.

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Religion
12:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Atheists Plan Resignation Rally During LDS Conference

American Atheists President David Silverman
atheists.org

  Last year, the Atheists of Utah held an event in conjunction with the LDS General Conference, inviting disaffected Mormons to quit the church.  They’re planning a similar event this year with some national leadership. 

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Religion
10:49 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Rabbi Chosen for Park City Synagogue

Rabbi David Levinsky
Chicago Sinai Congregation

  Temple Har Shalom in Park City has announced the selection of a new rabbi.  David Levinsky will be coming to Utah from a much larger synagogue in Chicago.

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Religion
2:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

LDS Women's Meeting Will Include a Quiet Statement from Ordain Women

Pictures of the Young Women's, Relief Society and Primary presidencies on display at the Conference Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans its general women’s meeting on Saturday, a week before its twice-a-year general conference.In the past, church leaders held annual meetings for its auxiliary organizations, the Relief Society, Primary and Young Women.  These have been combined into a single meeting that will be broadcast by internet and satellite around the world and translated into 55 languages.

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Religion
1:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Archdiocese Letter Not Enough for Some in Greek Orthodox Parish

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Dan Bammes

  Some members of the Greek Orthodox parish in Salt Lake City are rejecting an effort from the church’s national leadership to settle some long-standing disputes.

Calling itself “Protect Our Clergy,” the group of about a dozen members says the plan proposed in a letter from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is not a viable one to restore peace and order in the parish.

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Religion
1:04 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Letter from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Aims to Settle SLC Parish Disputes

Interior of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Salt Lake City

  Members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish have received a letter from the national leadership of the church that hopes to resolve some of the issues that have divided the parish.

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Religion
12:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ordain Women Supporters Plan to Wear Purple at LDS Women's Meeting

Ordain Women spokesperson April Young Bennett with her family
courtesy photo

  A group pushing for the ordination of women to the priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members to wear purple to the church’s general women’s meeting this weekend.

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