Following Faith

Peggy Fletcher Stack

    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
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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 Apr 08 2015 08:18 pm   |     |   Share
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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
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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
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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
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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 Mar 02 2015 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
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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
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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
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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
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LDS Apostle Dallin H. Oaks makes a public statement for religious freedom and nondiscrimination in Salt Lake City Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. He was one of four LDS leaders that called for legislation that protects vital religious freedoms while at the same time supporting protections in housing and employment for LGBT people. No apology? Really? Mormons question leader Dallin H. Oaks’ stance
    LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks set off a global chain reaction among Mormons this week, when he said he wasn’t sure apologizing for the faith’s past rheto...
    Updated Jan 30 2015 03:57 pm   |     |   Share
    (Screen shot) The LDS Church has posted a video and photos explaining these temple garments, which faithful members where beneath their clothes. LDS Church asking Mormons for input on temple garments
    In October, the LDS Church added a video and photos to an essay about its temple clothing — including two-piece underwear known as “garments” — as a w...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 02:31 pm   |     |   Share
    Iconic Italian evergreens peek out in 2012 above the temporary privacy wall surrounding the large square outside Rome that will house four Mormon buildings, including an LDS temple, Iconic trees peek out above the wall.
Courtesy Mike Stack Italy’s Mormons fast, pray as work on Rome temple stalls
    In October 2008, Mormon officials announced with great enthusiasm that a temple would be built in Rome and, two years later, LDS President Thomas S. M...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 09:57 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormon steps down from Ordain Women post to keep temple recommend
    April Young Bennett, a member of Ordain Women’s board, was forced to resign from the group’s leadership as a condition of renewing her Mormon temple p...
    Updated Jan 16 2015 07:12 pm   |     |   Share
    LDS Church wins, Canadian polygamist loses in fight for ‘Mormon’ name
    For the past year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been in a mighty battle over rightful ownership of its name with Canadian polyg...
    Updated Jan 14 2015 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
    LGBT Mormons can apply for ‘Sit With Me Sunday’ Scholarships
    Utahns Bill and Sherri Park, parents of three and grandparents of six, say they didn’t know of any gay friends or family members before 2010. That’s w...
    Updated Jan 12 2015 01:47 pm   |     |   Share
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Ordain Women has created a series of photo illustrations — not photos of actual events — to help women imagine what it might look like if Mormon women were allowed into the LDS Church’s all-male priesthood. Picture this: Mormon women giving blessings (Ordain Women can)
    Ordain Women, a movement to open the all-male LDS priesthood to females, imagines a very different future for their faith — one with gender equity at ...
    Updated Jan 10 2015 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
    (Imam Shuaib Din, speaking at  the Utah Islamic Center in Sandy in 2007, condemned the mass shooting at the offides of a satirical newspaper in Paris. Tribune File Photo)  Utah mosque to offer Islam 101 course
    Many people who consider themselves Muslims — maybe they grew up in an Islamic country, their parents are believers, or they are converts — may still ...
    Updated Jan 10 2015 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
    Group to offer weekly insights from beloved Mormon women’s leader
    For more than a decade, adult Mormons have studied the writings, sermons and moral views of the faith’s presidents during Sunday services. Week after ...
    Updated Dec 30 2014 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
    BYU students create video marking WWI Christmas truce
    Soldiers were huddled amid battlefield bunkers on Flanders Fields in Belgium, when suddenly they heard the faint notes of holiday carols waft through ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:54 pm   |     |   Share
    You can now see if your ancestors ever met Mormon founder Joseph Smith
    If you want to know whether Mormon founder Joseph Smith ever met, mentioned or mentored your ancestor, the answer now is just a few clicks away. Famil...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 01:48 pm   |     |   Share
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Elder Henry B. Eyring, LDS President Thomas S. Monson and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during the morning session of the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday October 4, 2014. Coming soon to Mormon inboxes: emails from top LDS leaders
    The LDS Church’s governing First Presidency has decided to cut out any middlemen and take its message directly to members — through email. Starting th...
    Updated Nov 27 2014 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
    L-R:  Virginia Jensen (first counselor), Mary Ellen Smoot (president) and Sheri Dew (second counselor).  These women are the leaders of the LDS Relief Society.  Tim Kelly Lecture to focus on politics of Mormon prophet-patriot Ezra Taft Benson
    Come January, all adult Mormons will spend a year studying the religious teachings of their 13th church president: Ezra Taft Benson. But those members...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 04:52 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormon genealogy site offers links to millions of WWI vets
    In honor of Veterans Day, the LDS Church has announced that it is adding three free World War I collections to its FamilySearch site, containing infor...
    Updated Nov 10 2014 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
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Brigham Young statue at BYU in Provo. New Mormon curriculum divides scholars
    The LDS Church is overhauling its educational approach to Mormon scriptures — and while some are cautiously optimistic, others clearly are unhappy abo...
    Updated Nov 03 2014 03:54 pm   |     |   Share