Following Faith

Peggy Fletcher Stack

    |  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 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