Following Faith

Peggy Fletcher Stack

    Photo Courtesy of Jim Anderson  Syrian refugees help UNHCR workers to set up tents in the ever-expanding camp.  Jordan, escape hatch for fleeing Syrians, also shelters most of the Mideast’s Arab Mormons
    As Syria continues to devolve into chaos, violence and destruction, its refugees have little hope of making it to the United States — especially with ...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 03:10 pm   |     |   Share
    Want to honor influential Mormon women? Grab some crayons
    Tapping into a current American craze, a group of Mormon feminists has found a novel way to celebrate the lives of prominent LDS women — a coloring bo...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:07 am   |     |   Share
    President Donald Trump speaks as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens as they both made statements about North Korea at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Thus saith Mormon Dems to Chaffetz: Investigate Trump campaign’s Russian ties
    LDS Democrats are joining the chorus of critics urging Rep. Jason Chaffetz to investigate recent revelations about ties between Donald Trump’s preside...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 03:16 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) gets caught on the baseline as he tries to pass during NBA game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. How hoop star Jabari Parker views Mormonism’s past black ban: a personal foul by fallible leaders
    Jabari Parker, a basketball prodigy who has been compared to LeBron James, may be among the most celebrated of young Mormon athletes but even he didn’...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is unaffiliated with a political party. Mormon leader Quentin L. Cook points to alcohol, abortion and more as the devil’s doing
    LDS apostle Quentin L. Cook’s speech Tuesday at Brigham Young University addressing hot-button contemporary issues — alcohol, sexuality, abortion, mar...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 08:51 am   |     |   Share
    This Friday, July 10, 2015, photo shows the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Trump’s refugee order could hurt a growing group: Iranian Mormons
    If President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries is reinstated, it could prevent some Iranian Mormons from fleeing to ...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 08:33 am   |     |   Share
    Football’s famed ‘Rudy’ switches faith jerseys — from Catholic to Mormon
    Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger — yes, the real Notre Dame football walk-on whose 27 seconds of fame were immortalized in the sports classic film “Rudy” — has...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 02:15 pm   |     |   Share
    LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley at a news conference in advance of his 95th birthday bash in July.  Photo by Leah Hogsten 6/20/05 Salt Lake City Top Mormon leader praised eco-icon Rachel Carson of ‘Silent Spring’ fame
    Rachel Carson — whose groundbreaking 1962 book, “Silent Spring,” exposed the dangers of pesticides — has been credited with energizing the global gree...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
    Senator Bob Bennett and Peggy Fletcher Stack Remembering two bipartisan buds — my Uncle Bob (Bennett) and his friend, a good old Joe (Biden)
    Viewing the video of Vice President Joe Biden’s tears at being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and hearing his self-effacing comments took m...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     President Russell M. Nelson speaks at the 186th Semiannual General Conference of the LDS church, Sunday, October 2, 2016.   Senior LDS leader Russell Nelson takes to Twitter, gives pre-sermon reading assignment to young Mormons
    The 92-year-old man next in line to lead the LDS Church invited millions of young Mormons on Thursday to tune in to his worldwide address this Sunday,...
    Updated Jan 08 2017 08:45 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mormons walk around Temple Square before the afternoon session of the 186th LDS General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday April 2, 2016. Mormon growth slowing in U.S., researcher reports
    In 2016, Mormonism saw steady — and occasionally impressive — congregational growth in Africa, Asia, Central America and Oceania, but a slowdown in ne...
    Updated Jan 03 2017 02:01 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Doctrine and Covenants first edition from 1835 on display at the LDS Church History Library Wednesday September 3, 2014. The new exhibit entitled “Foundations of Faith” includes 26 books, manuscripts and other historical documents that date back to the 19th Century and the beginnings of Mormonism. LDS Church publishes volume with a more scholarly approach to Mormon history
    Take heart, Mormon historians. There are subtle signs that the LDS Church is helping members embrace new scholarship on the faith’s history. No, the ...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  LDS Newsroom  Inner-city service missionaries talk to Bhutanese refugees at the Crossroads Square Nepali-speaking branch in the Salt Lake South Stake. Biggest Mormon mission ever coming to Salt Lake City
    Mormonism just created its largest mission ever, and it will be in the faith’s own backyard. The new Utah Salt Lake City Headquarters Mission will bec...
    Updated Dec 19 2016 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
    |  Courtesy LDS Church  (L to R) Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Elder Patrick Kearon, of the Seventy, Frans Timmermans, First-Vice President of the European Commission. Mormon leader pushes for refugee relief at European summit
    A leading Mormon official, who wowed General Conference listeners last spring with his impassioned plea urging Latter-day Saints to help refugees, is ...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 12:08 pm   |     |   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. Salt Lake City diocese has never gone this long without a bishop
    Next week, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City will have been without a bishop for 18 months, the longest time in its history, writes Gary Topping ...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
    BYU-Idaho gets its first female veep; will a woman ever land the top job at a Mormon university?
    Brigham Young University-Idaho recently gained its first female vice president, but it has a long way to go to catch up with its much larger sister sc...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
    photo courtesy LDS Church A portion of the Church’s Jerusalem movie set in Goshen, Utah. So, you always wanted to be in the Book of Mormon? Now’s your chance with new video series
    If you are a brown-skinned, dark-haired Mormon with a temple recommend and some acting experience, the LDS Church wants you for central roles in its f...
    Updated Nov 18 2016 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   President Boyd K. Packer, of the Quorum of the Twelve, speaks from his chair at the 182nd annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2012. Packer died July 3, 2015, at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 90. LDS Church ‘retires’ Mormon apostle’s ‘little factory’ pamphlet
    For 40 years, Mormon apostle Boyd K. Packer’s advice to teenage boys about their “little factories” was widely distributed inside the LDS Church and w...
    Updated Nov 14 2016 02:22 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Elder Jeffrey R. Holland delivers his talk ’Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You’ to close the afternoon session of the 186th annual General Conference of the LDS Church, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Meet the (heavenly) parents: Mormon leaders are mentioning this divine duo more often
    Mormonism’s “heavenly parents” are getting more earthly mentions from top LDS leaders, especially since the Utah-based faith published an essay last y...
    Updated Nov 07 2016 09:13 am   |     |   Share
    photo courtesy LDS Church  Sunset over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives looking toward the Old City of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock, October 27, 2016.                      LDS, Jewish allies gather in Jerusalem to remember a Mormon apostle’s prayer for peace
    The Mormon attachment to Jerusalem goes back, way back, to the fall of 1841. That’s when LDS apostle Orson Hyde first visited the Middle Eastern city,...
    Updated Oct 31 2016 09:44 am   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Elder M. Russell Ballard and his wife Barbara Ballard leave the morning session of the 186th annual General Conference of the LDS Church, Sunday, April 3, 2016. LDS apostle to Utah Mormons: Remember, we were once in the minority
    Mormons may dominate Utah’s religious landscape, but they must not be domineering, especially in their interactions with outsiders, a top church leade...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A choir sings at the General Women’s Session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, in Salt Lake City, Saturday September 24, 2016. LDS feminists applaud as church removes troublesome Book of Mormon verse on rape from youth book
    For several years, Mormon feminists have been trying to get their church to eliminate from official publications any connection between rape and chast...
    Updated Sep 26 2016 01:37 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  LDS Newsroom  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was invited by Baroness Emma Nicholson to participate in a conference at Windsor Castle on Religious Persecution. In a first for a top LDS leader, Mormon apostle denounces female genital mutilation
    Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland may be the first LDS leader ever to mention “female genital mutilation.” In a Sept. 11 speech at a four-day conferen...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy photo)    Patrick Mason and John Dehlin. LDS scholar, ex-Mormon team up on new blog to debate key topics facing the faith
    In a kind of “Odd Couple” pairing, well-known excommunicated Mormon John Dehlin has joined forces with nationally respected LDS scholar Patrick Mason ...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     President Thomas S. Monson speaks at the morning session of the 186th annual General Conference of the LDS Church, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Lord giveth and new manual taketh away? Mormon apostle’s statement on gay policy is cut from online lesson
    Senior Mormon apostle Russell M. Nelson gave the LDS Church’s hotly debated policy about gay couples and their children extra emphasis when he declare...
    Updated Sep 07 2016 11:15 am   |     |   Share
    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 fo 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