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Following Faith
Peggy Fletcher Stack
Peggy Fletcher Stack has been producing stories for The Salt Lake Tribune's award-winning Faith section for nearly two decades. Writing about contemporary faith, rituals, and spirituality as well as religion's conflicts and cohesion has always been Stack's passion. Follow her at facebook.com/peggy.fletcherstack, Twitter @religiongal
 
Updated on Aug 27, 2014 06:06PM

Starting this fall, two courses in Asian religion will be taught at Salt Lake Community College and cross-listed at the University of Utah.

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Updated on Aug 26, 2014 11:10AM

The poster advertising a Sept. 9 “Sisters Meeting” for all European Mormon girls and women — ages 12 and older — features a pink-pastel background with lavender type.

Updated on Aug 25, 2014 04:49PM

After serving an unprecedented 12 consecutive years at the helm of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Salt Lake City — longer than any pastor in the hi...

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 12:06PM

In 1947, the LDS Church had about a million members in 170 stakes, 1,293 wards, 132 branches (smaller congregations) — and no debt.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2014 12:48PM

At first, LDS officials thought their newest feature film would best be shown in the Legacy Theater in the church-owned Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt ...

Updated on Aug 15, 2014 06:29PM

At 4, Eddie Hayward told his Mormon parents he wanted to be Cinderella and go the ball. By 10, he said he had two people inside of him — one male, one female. Six years...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 03:51PM

As Americans mourn the death of comedian Robin Williams, a few have reiterated the view that suicide is a “sin.”

Indeed, that was a long-held idea...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 10:43AM

During the past week, all Mormon missionaries assigned to Sierra Leone and Liberia have been evacuated safely from those West African countries and reassigned to other ...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 06:00PM

For the first time in its 33-year history, the LDS Booksellers Association is opening its doors to the book(and other products)-buying public — not just authors and mar...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 06:48PM

Responding to criticism that its “Six Discussions” were akin to Mormon missionary work, Ordain Women has changed “discussions” to “conversations.”

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Updated on Aug 7, 2014 02:58PM

Ogden’s Mormon temple got a makeover — and so did the city itself.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will begin seeing all the upgra...

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 04:18PM

Starting this week, more than 100 LDS believers have accepted the challenge to read a chapter a day from the faith’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon.

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 10:58AM

A bright red tour bus — with the banner “God’s Hope for America” emblazoned on its sides and filled with members of the Unification Church — is slated to pull into east...

Updated on Jul 22, 2014 04:43PM

Next week, a group of newly organized mental health providers, clinicians, educators and advocates — interested in or working with the LDS population — will meet in Uta...

Updated on Jul 21, 2014 06:34PM

More than 400 Lutheran teens from across the United States are expected to gather on the Utah State University campus this week to learn about “cultivating and promotin...

Updated on Jul 30, 2014 09:18AM

Starting on Monday, Mormons, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, anyone really, will be able to make reservations for a relat...

Updated on Jul 16, 2014 04:39PM

On the heels of Mormon feminist Kate Kelly’s recent excommunication for “conduct contrary to the laws and order” of the LDS Church, a new question has emerged:

Updated on Jul 14, 2014 05:11PM

They have tackled touchy topics:

Did Mormons really abandon polygamy in 1890? Did Brigham Young order the Mountain Meadows Massacre?...

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 09:48AM

It’s been two weeks since her local Mormon leaders excommunicated Kate Kelly from the LDS Church. So what has the Ordain Women founder been up to since then?

Updated on Jun 30, 2014 03:52PM

Leaders in the Ordain Women movement, which is pushing to open the all-male Mormon priesthood, has affirmed in a statement that they “sustain the [church’s governing] F...

Updated on Jun 19, 2014 07:42AM

French-born Isabelle Collin Dufresne, aka Andy Warhol’s sidekick, Ultra Violet, was among the most unlikely Mormon converts ever.

Sh...

Updated on Jun 16, 2014 11:04AM

Former Brigham Young University President Cecil Samuelson is going from running a college of higher learning to overseeing what Mormons view as a place of highest learn...

Updated on Jun 10, 2014 04:53PM

Christian women long have recognized the value in getting together to share stories from the battlefield of faith and buoy up one another. Now, some say, it’s time for ...

Updated on Jun 4, 2014 04:55PM

It’s not just Utah high school yearbooks that are concerned about the sight of women’s bare shoulders or upper arms — LDS Church magazines are, too.

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Updated on Jun 4, 2014 04:49PM

Saint Roberto?

The pitch to canonize the late baseball great Roberto Clemente may seem like something straight out of left — or, in ...

Updated on Jun 2, 2014 04:49PM

Some six months after Episcopal Bishop E. Otis Charles died, his ashes are being interred in the columbarium at Salt Lake City’s Episcopal cathedral — joining those of ...

Updated on May 30, 2014 03:09PM

Top Mormon officials are listening to many members — including feminists — on women’s issues but are not willing to engage with “more extreme groups,” which “make nonne...

Updated on May 30, 2014 03:10PM

The LDS Church’s chief spokesman argues that the push by some Mormon feminists for ordination to the all-male priesthood is “hindering” discussions about the “voice, va...

Updated on May 28, 2014 12:52PM

In most ways, Tom Christofferson’s spiritual journey was not unlike that of many gay Mormons.

Christofferson grew up in a close-knit...

Updated on May 23, 2014 05:43PM

After a bloodless military coup in Thailand, LDS missionaries in the Southeast Asian nation “are safe and are communicating regularly with mission leaders,” church spok...

Updated on May 22, 2014 01:35PM

Mormons are mobilizing online. They’re blogging. They’re posting profiles. They’re tweeting apostles’ quotes. They’re shooting videos (a recent Easter ad amassed more t...

Updated on May 21, 2014 12:00PM

Mormonism often points with pride to popular inventions by Latter-day Saints, including the television, traffic lights, stereophonic and digital sound.

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Updated on May 19, 2014 05:33PM

On Sunday, LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks delivered another strongly worded sermon on the essential role in society of “traditional marriage” uniting one man and one woman....

Updated on May 16, 2014 08:41PM

A Mormon apostle joined the nation’s highest-ranking Catholic and other faith leaders this week in honoring a pre-eminent Jewish rabbi for his contributions to the caus...

Updated on May 14, 2014 04:02PM

More women than ever are serving Mormon missions. They are undertaking new leadership roles. They are gaining greater visibility in church events. Some are wearing pant...

Updated on May 12, 2014 04:45PM

Which is a “higher quality” faith — Judaism or Mormonism?

That’s one question that Huffington Post and BuzzFeed founder Jonah Perett...

Updated on May 9, 2014 12:55PM

Ongoing strife in Ukraine has prompted the LDS Church to change the assignments of more than 100 of its missionaries.

The Utah-based...

Updated on May 9, 2014 10:52AM

With the news that George Clooney is marrying Lebanese-born human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin comes the question: Is she Muslim?

Ki...

Updated on May 12, 2014 09:40AM

For the first time, the LDS Church has added photos of its female leaders to a visual gallery of the faith’s all-male general authorities in its official Ensign magazin...

Updated on May 6, 2014 04:35PM

<freeform>LDS apostle M. Russell Ballard has joined Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama. the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis in the Twitter universe.

Updated on May 1, 2014 10:10AM

A spam email with an attachment that discusses concerns with Mormon teachings was sent Tuesday to LDS Business College students.

The email was add...

Updated on Apr 30, 2014 03:10PM

Leaders of two of the world’s fastest-growing Christian denominations met recently to discuss an upcoming social media campaign designed to promote faith and religious ...

Updated on Apr 28, 2014 06:08PM

During the past week, the LDS Church has been surveying Mormon “millennials” (those born between 1980 and 2000) on their attitudes about marriage and same-sex attractio...

Updated on Apr 22, 2014 03:55PM

Will another show about wacky Latter-day Saints attract the same size New York audiences as the Tony-award winning “Book of Mormon” musical?

Not l...

Updated on Apr 17, 2014 12:32PM

Dallin H. Oaks was a lawyer and a judge, rising to the lofty title of Utah Supreme Court justice.

That all changed in 1984 with his ...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 01:18PM

No doubt Mormons tire of insisting that, yes, they are Christians (despite what some Christians say).

They almost instinctively poin...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 12:38PM

Concerned about civil unrest in Ukraine, the LDS Church said Friday it is moving another 85 of its missionaries from the Donetsk Mission to another part of the country....

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 03:29PM

Online Mormon missionaries, often discussing their faith with anonymous seekers and trolls, have five times the success of traditional LDS proselytizers.

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Updated on Apr 2, 2014 04:18PM

As Chileans assessed the damage Wednesday from a massive magnitude-8.2 earthquake, the Utah-based LDS Church announced that its proselytizing forces were safe.

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 10:22PM

A Mormon bishop of an inner-city Salt Lake City congregation has found a new way to serve down-and-out members: help them sign up for Obamacare.

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