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Peggy Fletcher Stack

    Year-old Greek parish getting its own priest — and he’s a Utah native
    Looks like Utah’s Greek Orthodox community soon will be getting a home-grown priest. Starting on Sept. 1, Anthony — Tony, to his friends — Savas will ...
    Updated Aug 03 2015 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
    Elder Ryan Mourelatos, left,  and elder Ryan Wood work to bring the message of the LDS Church to the West Valley city area.  Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as LDS or Mormons, send missionaries throughout the world including Utah where the Church is based.  While there are older couples that also help in this missionary work, the most common face is the young men and women that proselytize door to door.   They encounter many adventures from their day to day work as they work on bringing the LDS religion to the masses.  photo by Danny Chan Some Mormon missionaries may now cast aside suit coats
    The iconic look of Mormon missionaries — dark suit, white shirt, tie and black name tag — has just dropped one element — the suit coat. That is, howev...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young statue at BYU in Provo. BYU conference to examine religious-freedom issues
    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage and Utah’s recent passage of anti-discrimination protections for people of faith,...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, shows flowers blooming in front of the Salt Lake Temple in Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Mormons will descend on Salt Lake City beginning Saturday, April 4, 2015 for the faith’s biannual conference to listen to spiritual guidance from leaders and to learn about church news. Millions more will watch live broadcasts of the event from around the U.S. and in more than 200 other countries. This year marks the conference’s 185th year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Memo to Mormons: Those essays have been approved by the faith’s highest leaders
    Sure, the LDS Church gets praise for tackling tough historical and theological issues in its recent essays, but many Mormons don’t take the effort ser...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 09:58 am   |     |   Share
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A church meeting in Ghana, Africa. Mormon women to have more say in plans for weekly services
    Until recently, weekly LDS worship services were planned exclusively by Mormon lay leaders who form a congregation’s three-man “bishopric.” Soon LDS w...
    Updated Jun 15 2015 08:17 pm   |     |   Share
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Craig Whittiker, a member of the House of Commons, with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Westminster Hall. Mormon aid helped in 132 disasters last year, apostle Holland says
    Mormons sponsor humanitarian relief around the globe, an LDS apostle told British Parliamentarians on Wednesday, because of their “religious convictio...
    Updated Jun 10 2015 06:28 pm   |     |   Share
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Janan Russell, a Mormon graduate student at Howard University. On 37th anniversary of priesthood ban’s end, black Mormons say race issues still need attention
    Thirty-seven years ago Monday, the LDS Church announced a momentous decision: Its priesthood would henceforth be open “to all worthy male members,” en...
    Updated Jun 08 2015 06:20 pm   |     |   Share
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‘God Loves Gays’ — It’s a sign, er, Utah billboard, from ‘God’
    An anonymous person going by the name “God” has put up a billboard on Interstate 15 in Utah County to support gays. The sign reads “God Loves Gays,” s...
    Updated Jun 04 2015 11:23 am   |     |   Share
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Lee and Carolyn Perry, Barbara and L.Tom Perry in the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park. For late Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry, Fenway Park was a slice of heaven
    Some Mormons credit LDS apostle L. Tom Perry with breaking the Curse of the Bambino. Perry, the towering 92-year-old LDS leader who died Saturday, had...
    Updated Jun 03 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
    Unrest prompts Mormon leaders to pull missionaries out of African nation
    All young full-time Mormon missionaries have been withdrawn from the East African nation of Burundi due to “civil unrest and a coup,” independent demo...
    Updated Jun 02 2015 04:28 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Father Carl Schlichte prepares for an evening Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Schlichte has been reassigned to a parish in Berkeley, Calif. Another Catholic leader leaving Utah
    Utah Catholics are losing another leader. The Rev. Carl Schlichte is leaving as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center, the Intermountain Cath...
    Updated May 26 2015 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
    The grass has turned brown in front of the Los Angeles California Temple on Santa Monica Boulevard in Westwood, Calif., Monday, May 11, 2015. California's first Mormon temple is letting its lawn go brown as drought concerns have water users tightening their consumption statewide. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) L.A. Mormons join California’s drought fight, let temple lawn go brown
    Mormon temples are famous for their scenic grounds. Flowers, fountains and greenery — lots of greenery — often adorn these edifices. Not so much anymo...
    Updated May 12 2015 11:27 am   |     |   Share
    A message reading Baltimore Mormons to fast and pray for ‘peace in our city’
    Mormons in Baltimore are responding to violence in their city with a religious practice they know well — fasting. A top LDS leader in the Maryland met...
    Updated May 01 2015 07:40 am   |     |   Share
    (The LDS Church has made a donation to the Utah Pride Center's food pantry.
Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)   09/30/2004 Online tithing? Yes, Mormons soon will be able to pay with a simple click
    The LDS Church has embraced modern financial tools and will now allow members in the United States — and those outside who bank with American institut...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s four versions of First Vision get another retelling — in 10 languages
    One of the complaints about the LDS Church’s published essays, attempting to explain aspects of Mormonism’s messier history, is that the reasoning is ...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
    Want to get a read on Mormon founder Joseph Smith? Bushman’s blunt book still delivers
    Ten years and many critical Internet posts ago, Richard Lyman Bushman’s award-winning biography of Mormon founder Joseph Smith seemed, maybe, a tad to...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 10:07 am   |     |   Share
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Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the 185th Annual LDS General Conference Saturday April 4, 2015. Group scolds Mormon apostle for ‘disparaging’ LGBT families
    A few weeks after officials from the LDS Church and Utah’s gay-rights community jointly celebrated the passage of an anti-discrimination law with reli...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 07:33 pm   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Reporters Sonja Carlson, Ogden Standard-Examiner, and MacKenzie Holbrook, and Lindsey Johnson, of BYU-Idaho, cover the185th Annual LDS General Conference Priesthood Session in the media room, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Who were the four women who got into the all-male Mormon priesthood session?
    What’s this? Four women attended Saturday’s all-male priesthood session of Mormon General Conference? Right there, in the Conference Center? And with ...
    Updated May 12 2015 11:31 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, President Henry B. Eyring,first counselor in the First Presidency, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, talk at the morning session of the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday April 6, 2013. ` New policy lets female reporters attend all-male Mormon priesthood session
    For the first time in years, the LDS Church is allowing all reporters — including females — into the all-male priesthood session of the faith’s Genera...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 12:02 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
A choir performs at the LDS General Women's Meeting at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday March 29, 2014. Mormon feminist wants women’s session to be just that — only women
    Suzette Smith hopes all the speakers at Saturday’s LDS General Women’s meeting will be female. The Washington, D.C., area consultant and devout Mormon...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake, left, greets top Mormon leaders, including apostle D. Todd Christofferson, center, and L. Tom Perry, second in line for the LDS Church's presidency, as they appear at a news conference at the Capitol to publicly endorse nondiscrimination bill SB296. Mormons free to back gay marriage on social media, LDS apostle reiterates
    An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships — e...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 08:05 am   |     |   Share
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LDS missionaries in Ghana LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland predicts 100,000 Mormon missionaries by 2019
    The LDS Church expects to have more missionaries than ever in its global proselytizing force by 2019, according to a top Mormon leader. “We’re project...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, President Henry B. Eyring,first counselor in the First Presidency, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, talk at the morning session of the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday April 6, 2013. ` With average age of 80, Mormon church has never had older top leaders
    The LDS Church has never had an older First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The average age of the 15 men — who together comprise the fa...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
    The new Yankee Stadium is shown in this aerial photo Sunday, March 22, 2009, in New York. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear on the pregame lineup card on July 3, 2015, performing patriotic tunes and singing the national anthem. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir reaches the big leagues: Yankee Stadium
    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform on Independence Day weekend in a hallowed but different kind of cathedral: Yankee Stadium. The New York Yanke...
    Updated May 12 2015 11:32 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jean A. Stevens prays during the morning session of the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday April 6, 2013. For the first time ever, a Mormon woman offered a public prayer in the LDS Church’s General Conference before millions of viewers. Stevens is the first counselor in the LDS Church’s Primary presidency, which oversees instruction of children under age 12 in the worldwide faith. Mormon woman who uttered historic prayer gets new assignment
    There’s a change coming to the LDS Primary’s general presidency, which directs programs for Mormon children up to age 12. On Saturday, the faith’s Chu...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormons Building Bridges brings to Capitol flowers, message: Pass LGBT protections
    Dozens of women with Mormons Building Bridges showed up at the Utah Capitol in a snowstorm Thursday, bringing bouquets of flowers to thank legislators...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
     Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson walks across the Cosmic Calendar, on which all of time has been compressed into a year-at-a-glance calendar, from the Big Bang to the moment humans first make their appearance on the planet in the all-new Secularism is spreading, but belief in afterlife lives on
    The vast majority of Americans embrace a belief in eternal life, and that has remained steady despite rising secularism and attacks on religion by out...
    Updated Feb 19 2015 03:53 pm   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Two LDS chapels built adjacent to each other on Angel Street, in Kaysville. Thursday, August 21, 2014. Mormons put Utah on top among U.S. churchgoers, poll shows
    More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent — than any other state, according to a just-released poll. That statistic is “a direct result of [Uta...
    Updated Feb 18 2015 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Father Luke Uhl delivers a devotional at the start of a meeting to establish a new Greek Orthodox mission parish in Utah, Saturday August 23, 2014. The meeting was held at Hillcrest Junior High School in Murray. Utah Greek Orthodox Mission Parish to worship in Catholic church
    Utah’s only Greek Orthodox Mission Parish has found a new home — in a Catholic church. The mission, founded last August by former members of Prophet E...
    Updated Feb 17 2015 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
    Longtime scholarly Mormon publication names a new editor
    For nearly 50 years, as LDS history, social stances, programs and institutional changes have been debated, demeaned and dissected, one independent Mor...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 02:39 pm   |     |   Share