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  • Defend Mormon teachings on marriage, family and sexuality, LDS women urged September 30, 2016
    Mormons need to be sensitive to others but not shy away from standing up boldly for their faith’s bedrock teachings about home, marriage, family and sexuality, a top women’s leader said Saturday. “I worry that we live in such an atmosphere of avoiding offense that we sometimes altogether avoid teaching correct principles,” Bonnie L. Oscarson, […]
  • Support group for LGBT Mormons gains strength even as Mexico's Latter-day Saints fight gay marriage September 30, 2016
    At a time when many gay Mormons feel unwelcome at church or confused about how their sexuality fits with their faith, Affirmation has become a safe haven. The decades-old group supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Mormons and their families and friends, as well as LDS Church leaders, its website says, “in seeking to live […]
  • Cannon: Why do YOU listen to Mormon conference? Because it inspires? You're curious? You need a nap? September 30, 2016
    As the 186th Semiannual General Conference approaches, I’ve been conducting an informal survey, asking a range of associates — Mormon, former Mormon, never Mormon — if they tune in and why. Their responses include the following: Because you have to report back to your Primary teacher. • This is a thing now in a lot […]
  • When U.S. Mormons clash with their overseas brothers and sisters about a key issue: war September 30, 2016
    On the eve of the first U.S.-led assault against Iraq in 1990, Nathan McCluskey, a lifelong Mormon from New Zealand, found himself sharing a room with an American Latter-day Saint who was cheering — even championing — that military action. The Kiwi was appalled. At the time, McCluskey was serving a two-year Mormon mission in […]
  • New book a revelation about love, sex, marriage in Mormon homes September 30, 2016
    Tolstoy may have believed happy families are all alike, but Holly Welker doesn’t. Plenty of happy families — especially Mormon ones — have surprisingly rich, angst-ridden, conflict-driven, yet resilient relationships. Others are done in by failed expectations or unexpected revelations. Still others, of course, contain moments of misery, abuse, miscommunication, infidelity, betrayal. Welker, an award-winning […]
  • Cooking class helps new Mormon missionaries do lunch ... and breakfast ... and dinner September 30, 2016
    Parents can’t help but worry about their children when they send them on Mormon missions. But Tami Mack had one less concern than most mothers and fathers after her son Jordan attended “Called to Serve Dinner,” a cooking class for prospective proselytizers. “As a parent, you hope they are able to take care of themselves,” […]
  • Center helps Mormon couples, other Utahns with frank talk about an often-taboo topic: sex September 30, 2016
    Carrie Mercer’s children chased her up the basement stairs of their Herriman home, racing past family photos on their way to watch TV in the bedroom she shares with her husband, Josh. Looking around the home, with kids giggling in the adjoining room, one would never know the couple were on the verge of divorce […]
  • Mormons recall their favorite conference sermons on priesthood, example, hope and God's will September 30, 2016
    Every six months, Mormons receive counsel, encouragement, explanations, even chastisement from their top leaders at General Conference. We asked several Latter-day Saints to recall their favorite conference sermons: J. Tekulve Jackson-Vann • Native of Milledgeville, Ga., he is a doctoral student in medical family therapy at Northcentral University and a marriage and family therapist. In […]
  • Former employee charged with stealing more than $67,000 from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind September 30, 2016
    A former financial analyst for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind was charged Thursday with stealing more than $67,000 from school accounts — crimes that were revealed by the state Auditor’s Office in a July report that did not name the suspect. Leslie Sue White, 44, of Ogden, was charged Thursday in 2nd […]
  • Utah jury finds man guilty of teen's 1995 death, now must decide his sentence September 30, 2016
    Heber • Jurors on Thursday found a Utah parolee — who had killed before — guilty of aggravated murder in the slaying of 17-year-old Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch, who was beaten to death on the banks of the Provo River more than two decades ago. The 4th District jury will return Friday morning to decide whether […]

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  • Russia, Syria geopolitics frame Pope Francis' Caucasus trip September 30, 2016
    Tbilisi, Georgia • Pope Francis arrived Friday in Georgia for a weekend of religiously symbolic meetings with Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews. But geopolitical concerns, including the bloodshed in Syria and the lingering effects of Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia, might overshadow the trip. Francis was greeted in the capital, Tbilisi by Georgian President Giorgi […]
  • Photo gallery: Connecticut's first Mormon temple opening to public September 30, 2016
    Farmington, Conn. • The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and soon will host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area. The new temple in Farmington reflects growing membership for the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the East Coast. Another recently constructed Mormon […]
  • Playboy's interview with a Muslim woman mocks modesty and offends women September 30, 2016
    In his 1966 debate with William Buckley about the “Playboy Philosophy,” Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner made clear that he opposes “religiously mandated, chastity-centered codes of sexual morality.” In fact, he opposes most any limit on public sexual expression, considering it fundamentally antithetical to freedom itself. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn […]
  • Commentary: The key religious factors in this election: education level, church attendance September 30, 2016
    In February 1993, Washington Post political reporter Michael Weisskopf wrote that the followers of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.” The next day, after a flood of angry phone calls, The Post printed one of the most abject retractions in the history of journalism: “There is no factual […]
  • Pope Francis backs opposition to Mexico's gay-marriage proposal September 30, 2016
    Vatican City • Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops and citizens opposing the government’s push to legalize same-sex marriage. At his weekly Sunday blessing, Francis said he willingly joined their protest “in favor of family and life, which in these times require special pastoral and cultural attention around the world.” Tens of thousands […]
  • Commentary: Here's what happens when churches ignore mental illness September 30, 2016
    During one of my manic episodes, I was convinced there was a conspiracy against me. Everyone was manipulating my surroundings to create a narrative I couldn’t figure out. I wanted to know who was in charge. I also wanted to know who was safe. I texted my pastor at the time to see if he […]
  • Commentary: Hyde Amendment denying federal abortion coverage targeted poor women -- it's time to end it September 30, 2016
    Forty years after Congress decided to deny coverage of abortion for women enrolled in Medicaid, the movement to reverse this disastrous, demeaning public policy is gaining strength. It is grounded in the belief that every woman must be able to make the important decision about ending a pregnancy for herself, and that her right to […]
  • On God and heaven, Americans are all over the map September 30, 2016
    Two-thirds of Americans believe God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The exception: Americans with evangelical Christian beliefs, according to LifeWay Research’s 2016 State of American Theology Study. Only 48 percent of evangelicals share the belief God accepts all worship. The study comes in the same year that Larycia Hawkins […]
  • Trump jokes about people who are not conservative Christians: 'Should we keep them?' September 30, 2016
    Donald Trump singled out people who were not Christian conservatives at a campaign rally in Iowa on Wednesday afternoon, jokingly asking the audience, “should we keep them in the room?” The comment, which Trump made in jest, came as Trump was applauding a Christian conservative group for supporting him. “We have our Christian Conservatives for […]
  • How decades of divorce helped erode religion September 30, 2016
    Two widely recognized trends in American society might have something to do with each other. Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. And, in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they […]