Hundreds of mourners gathered at the LDS Tabernacle in Temple Square Thursday to remember Frances J. Monson, the wife of President Thomas S Monson, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ann M. Dibb says her mother used her quiet manner to show her deep conviction and strength of her faith.
“As a family we are so grateful to Frances Monson for her legacy, a legacy of humility, service, faithfulness and love,” Dibb said.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang traditional hymns throughout the service.
The Boy Scouts of America has voted to change its policy on including gay youth. At a meeting in Grapevine, Texas 61-percent of the delegates from Scout councils across the country voted to support the change, which still bars gay adults from becoming Scout leaders. A delegate from Utah who says it was a very civil debate, even though there were strong feelings on both sides.
Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting.
Ken Krogue is among 17 members of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America who will be voting at the meeting in Grapevine, Texas. No lobbyists or media are allowed at the hotel where they’re meeting, but Krogue says there were some groups making their opinions clear as he traveled from the airport to the hotel.
Frances Monson, the wife of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early this morning at the age of 85.
A news release from the church says Sister Monson never sought the spotlight, but President Monson said she was the practical partner in their 64-year marriage. Speaking at the church’s General Conference in 2008, he recalled the moment when she woke up in the hospital after living in a coma for almost a month.
When Rabbi Joshua Aaronson arrived in Utah eleven years ago, Temple Har Shalom was a small Reform Jewish congregation meeting in rented space in Park City. Today, it’s in a beautiful new building with three times the attendance and a vacancy to fill. Rabbi Aaronson is moving on to Temple Judea in a suburb of Los Angeles – and leaving behind a lot of people who will miss him.
The prayer offered by Jean Stevens at the end of the Saturday morning session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unprecedented – no woman has ever been asked to pray in a General Conference session.
The change could be seen as part of an effort to draw attention to the leadership roles Mormon women already serve in their church – and a way of countering pressure from some members to ordain women to the LDS priesthood.
Utah's Catholic bishop, John Wester, was out of town when the church elected a new pope earlier this month. He's had a lot of people ask about it since, and that also offered the opportunity to talk about a number of other issues involving the Catholic church in Utah. On Friday March 22nd, I asked Bishop Wester what he's learned about Pope Francis since the conclave.
The church will hold its Sunday worship service in rented space just a few blocks away at Wasatch Elementary School for a few weeks. But former pastor Richard Axmann says the home-school group that met in the church will have to find another place to meet, along with several other programs.
Utah Catholics are welcoming Pope Francis I with high expectations.
The bells at the Cathedral of the Madeleine were ringing this afternoon as Utah Catholics welcomed the news of the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as pope.
Stephanie Olmstead was watching the news with a group of students at the Newman Center just off the University of Utah campus. She’s hoping the new pontiff will continue Benedict’s use of Twitter to communicate with the faithful around the world.
Utah's Roman Catholic bishop, as well as some non-Catholic religious leaders, were stunned by today's announcement that Pope Benedict the 16th will resign at the end of February.
Bishop John Wester met Benedict the 16th on a couple of occasions during his eight-year papacy and said he was always impressed by Benedict's kindness. Wester says he was also impressed by the pope's commitment to speaking the truth and by the way he confronted the most difficult issues facing the church.
The story of the Bear River Massacre isn’t well known outside Utah and Idaho. For many years, the complete story was only told by the descendants of the few who survived the attack on a Shoshone camp in 1863. Members of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation gathered at the site January 29th to mark the 150th anniversary.
A drum circle and a color guard opened the ceremony near the spot where the U-S Army attacked a Shoshone encampment next to the Bear River in 1863.
Retired U.S. Army Major General Peter Cooke was the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Utah in the 2012 election, but lost to the Republican incumbent, Gary Herbert. He says it was a surprise when church leaders asked him to be a mission president a few days ago. He doesn't yet know where he'll be assigned among the church's 350 missions worldwide, but he says his wife Heather and their four children are delighted with the opportunity to serve.
When we say, “Happy Holidays,” Utahns typically mean Christmas and Chanuka or the winter solstice for some folks. For Utah’s oldest Buddhist congregation, the winter holiday they’re celebrating this weekend is called Bodhi Day.
The sound of the daikin begins the Sunday service at the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. Reverend Jerry Hirano leads the congregation through the chants and hymns that make up the Jodo Shinshu or Pure Land Buddhist service.
In his concession speech, Governor Mitt Romney prayed that the president will be successful in guiding the nation. Shortly after that, LDS Church leaders invited Americans - whatever their political persuasion - to pray for the President and the new Congress. Now LDS Democrats are calling for a day of prayer. Caucus chair Steve Olsen told KUER the prayers are directed at leaders on both sides of the aisle.
Hundreds of Mormons in Utah participated in gay pride parades across the country this summer. Now some LGBT Mormons and their supporters have formed a choir in Salt Lake City. Organizers say they are not pushing a political agenda. They say they simply want to create a space where all are welcome to sing in praise of God. But the choir has not been completely welcomed by some Mormon communities.
On a Wednesday evening at a historic LDS Church in downtown Salt Lake City, about 20 people gather to sing.
Circling the Wagons held its 2nd annual conference over the weekend for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Mormons in Salt Lake City. The event is intended to be a supportive place for LGBT Mormons and their families, but some were offended by some of the invited speakers, and chose not to attend.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir launched its new YouTube channel on Tuesday, October 30th. The new channel includes performances of traditional hymns that you'd expect from the Tabernacle Choir, but also a new music video featuring soloist Alex Boyé, shot in what was once a slave trade fortress on the coast of Ghana.
The new channel will include concerts and past broadcasts of the weekly Music and the Spoken Word program.
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change in the minimum age for missionary service Saturday morning in the opening session of the church’s General Conference. President Thomas S. Monson says young men will now be eligible to serve at age 18, provided they’ve graduated from high school. The previous minimum age for missionaries from the United States was 19, but Monson says the church has had good experience with younger men from 48 other countries.
Brigham City's Main Street is shaded by dozens of huge sycamore trees that are close to a century old. But as you approach 300 South and Main, the trees suddenly open up to reveal a spectacular three-story white building with towers on either end -- and a statue of Moroni on the tallest one.
The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is wrapping up a four-month tour through Southeast Asia called Pacific Partnership. Among the 1200 military and civilians aboard the ship there are eight volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They include Nate Leishman, the church's manager of humanitarian disaster response, who says the opportunity to participate began several years ago when the Navy called to say the church could add volunteers to the humanitarian supplies it had donated on previous missions.
This year's Sunstone Symposium is underway at the University of Utah, drawing scholars of Mormonism from inside and outside the LDS church. It includes lots of presentations on political topics because of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. While he's the first Mormon to win a major party nomination, he's certainly not the first to run.
Cory Hanks, the president of the Bountiful South Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came up with a plan to recreate the story of Helaman and his two thousand stripling warriors in Friday's parade. For years, Hanks has been playing the character of Helaman, a military leader in the Book of Mormon's account of the long wars between the Nephites and Lamanites. In the story, Helaman led two thousand young warriors who had never fought before, but who had been taught by their mothers that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asking their members in the Pleasant View neighborhood of Provo to "sustain" a decision to build a nine-story addition to the Missionary Training Center there.
Lorie Johnson, who's been part of the group opposing the project, says the local stake president told members in a sacrament meeting on July 1st that top church leaders considered this an "ecclesiastical decision."