Following Faith

Peggy Fletcher Stack

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) New article of faith for these Mormons: We believe Trump should never be president
    A grass-roots coalition of Mormons has joined the “never-Trump” movement. More than 100 Latter-day Saints — “single, married, fathers, mothers, sister...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Archbishop John C. Wester is welcomed after Vespers Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe and his Rite of Reception of the Archbishop in his Cathedral Church. Utah’s former Catholic bishop takes aim at death penalty — again
    In an effort led by former Utah Bishop John C. Wester, Catholic clergy in New Mexico sent out a stern letter this week, unanimously opposing the gover...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 10:34 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the 185th Annual LDS General Conference Saturday April 4, 2015. ‘Freedom of religion’ isn’t same as ‘freedom to worship’ — just ask Catholic priests or Mormon apostles
    Few would be upset — or even notice — the subtle difference between “freedom of religion” and “freedom to worship and believe.” But the Rev. Thomas Re...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
    ((Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) A choir featuring members from more than 50 countries sing at the General Women’s Session of the 186st Annual LDS General Conference on Saturday. Mia Maids? Mission prez’s wife? Please, in the name of all that is holy, change these outdated Mormon monikers, LDS women plead
    If a married woman helps oversee the physical and mental health of 200 LDS missionaries, isn’t there a better way to describe her than as the “mission...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 02:31 pm   |     |   Share
    | Courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Fijian Missionaries Signed, sealed, delivered? A contract designed to keep returning Mormon missionaries in the fold
    Some local Mormon leaders in Utah landed on a novel approach for keeping their young people — including those who have served two-year or 18-month ful...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 10:10 am   |     |   Share
    (The Salt Lake Temple is seen in a long exposure night shot at Temple Square, Sunday March 23, 2008.   Jeremy Harmon/The Salt Lake Tribune)  Trump wants to ban Muslim immigrants? U.S. tried to do the same thing once — targeting Mormons
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, citing terrorism fears, has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Nearly 140 years ago...
    Updated Aug 10 2016 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Nathan Johnson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gives the invocation at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, Wednesday July 20, 2016. Mormons have prayed at four of the GOP’s past five national conventions
    Last week, Nathan Johnson, a black Mormon convert and a regional LDS Church leader in Ohio, offered an invocation at the Republican National Conventio...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah’s Days of ’47 Parade couldn’t keep out this pioneering gay couple
    Salt Lake City Council members long have been invited to ride — with a guest — in the annual Days of ’47 parade, marking the Mormon pioneers’ arrival ...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 07:43 pm   |     |   Share
    ’Early Morning With the Savior’ oil on canvas by Sopheap Nhem Art competition features an uncommon Mormon Savior: a brown Jesus
    There sits brown-skinned, round-faced, curly haired Jesus, surrounded by children with Asian features — on his lap, next to him and responding to his ...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 10:02 am   |     |   Share
    | Courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Polynesian Cultural Center hip dance Tattoo dilemma leaves its marks on BYU-Hawaii students who work at Mormon-owned Polynesian Cultural Center
    If you are a student at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and also work at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the same island, you might experience a cul...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 12:26 pm   |     |   Share
    (The Dalai Lama waves goodbye to the crowd after speaking at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT More from the Dalai Lama on the afterlife, science, China and Tibet’s future
    The Dalai Lama captivated thousands of Utahns this week with his speech Tuesday at the Huntsman Center, emphasizing the power of individuals in bringi...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
    February 4, 1943 Allied Leaders Struggle With War Strategy - Furrowed brown and grim-set jaws marked the faces of the leaders of the two most powerful Allied Nations as they drafted the broad strategy for conduct of the war against the Axis in all theaters of combat, during the historic conference at Casablanca, North Africa, of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.  Associated Press Photo Churchill — yes, that Churchill — investigated Mormon missionaries to see if they were just shopping for wives
    In July 1910, Mormon missionaries were expelled from Germany amid allegations they were recruiting women to become polygamous wives in Utah. That move...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 07:27 pm   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A choir featuring members from more than 50 countries sing at the General Women’s Session of the 186st Annual LDS General Conference, Saturday, March 26, 2016. What’s a Mia Maid anyway? In the name of equity, women’s journal seeks new titles for Mormon groups
    Titles are important, says the Mormon women’s journal, SquareTwo, so it’s time to rethink some of the standard ones for LDS organizations associated w...
    Updated Jun 16 2016 07:41 am   |     |   Share
    photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with other dignitaries, get ready to break ground for the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex in Glen Jean, West Virginia, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Photos: Scouts break ground on complex named for Mormon leader Monson
    Super-Scouter Thomas S. Monson already has a Silver Beaver, a Silver Buffalo, a Silver Fox and a Bronze Wolf. On Wednesday, the LDS Church president a...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 04:08 pm   |     |   Share
    All is not well in Zion on the race front, black Mormon tells historians
    A week ago, Mormons quietly marked the 38th anniversary of their faith lifting its ban on black men and boys holding the priesthood and black women pa...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf  l  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A portrait of Leonard J. Arrington hangs in USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library where the writings of the former LDS Church historian are kept. An early 1935 Arrington diary  is in the foreground. Mormon historian Leonard Arrington’s wish list for LDS Church reforms
    The late Mormon historian Leonard Arrington not only documented the faith’s past, he also yearned to shape its future. Gregory A. Prince’s new biograp...
    Updated Jun 10 2016 12:58 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Christus, a statue of Jesus Christ on display at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Temple Square. The Mormon Jesus: Just how different is he than the traditional Christ?
    Though Mormons and evangelicals may be allies on some social issues — opposition to gay marriage, for one — they have long been theological foes. In r...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 04:24 pm   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young statue at BYU in Provo. Defining what ‘rape culture’ means, and doesn’t mean, at Mormon-owned BYU and beyond
    In the ongoing debate about sexual assault at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, this much is clear: Many readers and observers do not underst...
    Updated May 25 2016 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the 185th Annual LDS General Conference Saturday April 4, 2015. Czech pleased — Mormon leader Uchtdorf returns to his East European home
    Mormon leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf, refugee-turned-pilot-turned-apostle, returned to his childhood home in the Czech Republic this week more than 70 yea...
    Updated May 21 2016 11:40 am   |     |   Share
    Mormon missionaries in West Valley City. Tribune archives. Here come the sun...glasses — and hats — for Mormon missionaries
    There are some new dressing options under the sun — because of the sun, actually — for Mormon missionaries. Hats are now OK as are sunglasses — “conse...
    Updated May 20 2016 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Mormonism? The questions are there — and so, argues new book, are the answers
    Reflecting an ongoing concern within Mormonism, LDS Church-owned Deseret Book is once again tackling some of the historical controversies that have tr...
    Updated May 17 2016 02:33 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormon leader: Differing versions of Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ make it the ‘best-documented in history’
    For years, critics have pointed to the differing accounts of Joseph Smith’s so-called “First Vision” as proof that the Mormon founder made up his boyh...
    Updated May 02 2016 03:51 pm   |     |   Share
    King of Mormon folklore, Bert Wilson, a legend in his own right, dies, but all those tales live on
    If you’ve heard of Mormonism’s Three Nephites appearing out of nowhere to change a flat tire and then vanishing, you know the work of William A. (Bert...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 10:36 am   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Bishop John C Wester, left, speaks with Monsignor J. Terrence Fitzgerald, center, and Colin F. Bircumshaw, during a press conference where Bishop Wester discussed his recent appointment to New Mexico after serving in Utah since 2007. When will Utah Catholics get a new bishop? After all, it’s been a year
    It has been 366 days — that’s right, one full leap year — since Utah’s Catholic bishop, John C. Wester, was appointed as archbishop of Santa Fe, leavi...
    Updated Apr 27 2016 01:53 pm   |     |   Share
    Christ the Redeemer statue is lit with the colors of France’s flag, in solidarity with France after attacks in Paris, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) Affirmation brings support to LGBT Mormons in Brazil
    For Affirmation President John Gustav-Wrathall, the recent meetings for LGBT Mormons in Brazil were a “highlight of [his] spiritual life.” Some Mormon...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 07:42 am   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Author of ‘Letter to a CES Director’ resigns from Mormon church
    Jeremy Runnells — whose 2013 “Letter to a CES [Church Educational System] Director” gained widespread attention on the Internet by outlining numerous ...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 02:04 pm   |     |   Share
    The Salt Lake LDS Temple (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) More Mormon millennials are delaying marriage, leaving their faith, author says
    American millennials born in the 1980s and ’90s are getting married somewhat later than their parents — only 26 percent are married by age 32, compare...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
    Vietnamese refugees getting down from a sinking boat which they brought in to the Kuala Terengganu beach, Malaysia on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1978. There were 153 on board and all were rescued. (AP Photo) Remembering a time when Mormon missionaries helped refugees by aiding ‘boat people’
    This is hardly the only time in modern Mormon history when Latter-day Saints have addressed the plight of refugees. In the 1980s, Marion D. Hanks was ...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormon missionaries in West Valley City. Tribune archives. And it came to pass that the Mormon missionary surge did cease — tally now at 75K
    The LDS Church’s full-time missionary force has settled at 75,000 after topping out at nearly 89,000 sometime last year, according to a leading Mormon...
    Updated Apr 01 2016 01:27 pm   |     |   Share
    A Syrian refugee holds her daughter while standing outside her tent during a rainfall at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) Mormon feminist rejoices at call for LDS women to lead refugee effort
    Mormon feminist, writer and blogger Neylan McBaine was in the LDS Conference Center on Saturday night when the faith’s female leaders announced a new ...
    Updated Mar 29 2016 04:21 pm   |     |   Share