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4:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

New Mormon Essay Discusses Polygamy

Joseph Smith
Credit Courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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.

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1:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Utah Catholics Following Synod Discussions on Homosexuality, Divorce

Fr. Carl Schlichte, pastor of the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center
Dan Bammes

  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.

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1:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Mormon Activists See New Opportunity Following Gay Marriage Decision

Mormons for Equality marched in Salt Lake City's 2014 Pride Parade
Dan Bammes

  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.

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Religion
1:31 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

"Meet the Mormons" Movie Goes to Theaters Nationwide

U.S. Naval Academy football coach Ken Niumatololo is one of the Latter-day Saints featured in the new documentary Meet the Mormons
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The new documentary Meet the Mormons premieres Tuesday evening at the Jordan Commons theaters in Sandy.  On Friday, it will open in more than 300 theaters around the United States.

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Religion
12:58 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

LDS General Conference: Sermons Translated, Ordain Women Attend Priesthood Session

Members and supporters of Ordain Women enter the Marriott Center at BYU to view the priesthood session of the LDS General Conference.
Dan Bammes

  The General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be heard in more than 70 languages.  But Saturday marked the first time conference sermons have been translated into English.  And, this time, the group Ordain Women succeeded in attending the conference’s priesthood session.

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3:34 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Ordain Women Plans Take Shape as LDS Conference Approaches

Members of Ordain Women plan to attend the priesthood session of the LDS General Conference at local meetinghouses, including the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.
Ken Lund / Creative Commons

  Members of the group Ordain Women say they’ll try to attend the priesthood session of the LDS General Conference at local meetinghouses this weekend. 

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1:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Activists Plan to Attend General LDS Women's Meeting

Both priesthood officials and leaders of women's auxiliaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at the first General Women's Meeting of the church, held in March 2014.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
2:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Rosh Hashanah Begins Jewish High Holy Days

Congregation Kol Ami is Utah's largest synagogue
Dan Bammes

  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.

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Religion
3:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Ordain Women Now Seeking Local Access to LDS Priesthood Session

LDS Women gather at a General Conference hoping to attend an all male priesthood meeting.
Credit Courtesy of Ordain Women

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.

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Religion
2:49 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Quilt Commemorates Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Remembrance and Reconciliation Quilt contains panels made by descendants of the victims and the perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857
Mountain Meadows Association

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.

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Religion
1:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Parliament of the World's Religions Coming to SLC

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, at the news conference announcing the meeting of the Parliament of the World's Religions planned for Salt Lake City in October 2015.

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.

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Religion
12:22 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

First Worship Service at New Greek Orthodox Parish

Father Jimi Foreso officiated at the first worship service held by Salt Lake City's new Greek Orthodox mission parish
Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah

  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.

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Religion
11:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Herbert: Utah Should Appeal Polygamy Decision

L-R, Janelle, Christine, Kody, Meri, and Robyn Brown of TLC's "Sister Wives"

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.

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Religion
1:57 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

New Greek Orthodox Mission Parish in Salt Lake City

Iconostasis at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Elaine Emmi

  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.

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Religion
12:40 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Families Remember 3 LDS Missionaries

Sister Nancy Ann Vea
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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.

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Religion
2:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

LDS Blogger Responds to Call to Use Social Media

LDS blogger Allison Kimball with her husband and nine children
www.allisonkimball.com

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.

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Religion
12:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Excommunication Hot Topic at Sunstone Symposium

Sunstone Symposium Director Mary Ellen Robertson
Dan Bammes

  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.

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2:29 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Big Crowds Expected for Ogden LDS Temple Open House

The renovated Ogden Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  After three years of reconstruction, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open its temple in downtown Ogden for public tours starting Friday, August 1st.

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2:24 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Utah Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr as Ramadan Ends

Imam Shuaib Din at the Utah Islamic Center
Dan Bammes

  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.

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12:11 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Kate Kelly Appeals LDS Excommunication

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

  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.

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12:32 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors

Records of the Mormon pioneer handcart companies are included in the Overland Travel database
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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