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Following Faith
Peggy Fletcher Stack
Peggy Fletcher Stack has been producing stories for The Salt Lake Tribune's award-winning Faith section for nearly two decades. Writing about contemporary faith, rituals, and spirituality as well as religion's conflicts and cohesion has always been Stack's passion. Follow her at, Twitter @religiongal
Updated on Apr 17, 2014 12:32PM

Dallin H. Oaks was a lawyer and a judge, rising to the lofty title of Utah Supreme Court justice.

That all changed in 1984 with his ...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 01:18PM

No doubt Mormons tire of insisting that, yes, they are Christians (despite what some Christians say).

They almost instinctively poin...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 12:38PM

Concerned about civil unrest in Ukraine, the LDS Church said Friday it is moving another 85 of its missionaries from the Donetsk Mission to another part of the country....

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 03:29PM

Online Mormon missionaries, often discussing their faith with anonymous seekers and trolls, have five times the success of traditional LDS proselytizers.

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 04:18PM

As Chileans assessed the damage Wednesday from a massive magnitude-8.2 earthquake, the Utah-based LDS Church announced that its proselytizing forces were safe.

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 10:22PM

A Mormon bishop of an inner-city Salt Lake City congregation has found a new way to serve down-and-out members: help them sign up for Obamacare.

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 03:36PM

The LDS Church has agreed to work with the Utah Region of the American Red Cross to try to provide more than 200 volunteers throughout the Beehive State.

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 09:31PM

Controversial Utah County artist Jon McNaughton now has depicted 11 LDS Church presidents from Joseph F. Smith to the present, all in period Boy Scout uniforms, gathere...

Updated on Mar 27, 2014 03:48PM

Lowering the age for LDS “sister missionaries” to 19 from 21 has created a major shift in “gender negotiations” on all levels in the Utah-based faith, Mormon historian ...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 11:46AM

The LDS Church has named Barbara Morgan to head its LDS Institute of Religion in Cambridge, Mass.

Women rarely oversee Mormon insti...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 05:37PM

Pop star David Archuleta announced Monday in a YouTube video that he has returned from his two-year LDS mission to Chile.

“Hola, everyone,” he sai...

Updated on Mar 21, 2014 08:51PM

Many critics of the LDS Ordain Women movement presume that its members are interested only in participating in activities such as the all-male priesthood session of the...

Updated on Mar 19, 2014 03:52PM

In a hallway on the third floor of the giant LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, you can see photos of top Mormon leaders — the governing First Presidency and th...

Updated on Mar 17, 2014 12:38PM

Even if you weren’t one of the lucky thousands who scored quickly gobbled-up tickets to the Easter weekend “Messiah” performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orc...

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 02:26PM

Fans of Handel’s “Messiah” will shout “hallelujah” to this news:

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will per...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 05:52PM

European judges have rejected the LDS Church’s human-rights complaint against the United Kingdom, The Telegraph reported Tuesday, so now the Utah-based faith will have to pay ...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 04:13PM

Sen. Mike Lee has picked up an ally in his legislative quest to allow Utah and other states to define marriage as they see fit.

San ...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 05:22PM

Arizona has its fourth Mormon temple — with two more on the way.

President Thomas S. Monson and his top lieutenant, President Henry ...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 10:52AM

The Utah-based LDS Church has taken no official stance on Arizona’s hotly disputed and now-vetoed religious-freedom bill, but more than 100 Mormons sure have.

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 04:57PM

The head of Utah’s 300,000 Catholics joined with other Catholic and evangelical leaders across the nation Wednesday in an open letter urging Congress to adopt “common s...

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 01:14PM

OK, so Utah is the most Mormon state — by a long shot — but which U.S. state ranks second or third or fourth or fifth?

Answers: Idah...

Updated on Feb 24, 2014 12:52PM

Utah’s churchgoing Mormons are getting the word: Go to your political caucus meetings.

Democratic, Republican, whatever party, is fi...

Updated on Feb 23, 2014 12:02PM

During the final week of Black History Month, Brigham Young University is presenting a play about a black Mormon pioneer that requires nearly all African-American actor...

Updated on Feb 20, 2014 11:55AM

Two Mormon apostles made history this week in New York.

L. Tom Perry and D. Todd Christofferson became the first LDS apostles to vis...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 01:56PM

Worried Latter-day Saint parents seeing news reports of protests in Ukraine that have claimed dozens of lives can rest easier — all Mormon missionaries “have been conta...

Updated on Feb 18, 2014 03:50PM

The conflict between the parish council and clergy at the Salt Lake Valley’s two Greek Orthodox churches has reached that faith’s highest authority: Ecumenical Patriarc...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 07:36AM

Utahns visiting Philadelphia in the future may think they have stumbled onto City Creek’s doppelgänger.

That’s because the LDS Churc...

Updated on Feb 11, 2014 11:03PM

Mormon insiders are buzzing about chatter that the LDS Church may eliminate the one-year waiting period between a civil marriage ceremony and a temple wedding for membe...

Updated on Feb 7, 2014 06:19PM

The LDS Church Young Women’s organization is adding international representatives to its governing board, the Utah-based faith announced Friday.

Updated on Feb 5, 2014 06:08PM

The Beehive State is still abuzz with religion.

For the third straight year, Mormon-dominated Utah ranks just behind Mississip...

Updated on Feb 5, 2014 12:18PM

The LDS Church is not opposed to birth-control use among its members, leaving any such decision up to the couples involved. But the Utah-based faith does side with othe...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 06:14PM

Gay marriage is legal in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal a...

Updated on Jan 31, 2014 04:22PM

Latter-day Saints believe their signature sacred scripture, The Book of Mormon, is a record of three groups of Hebrews who left the Middle East and sailed to the Americ...

Updated on Jan 31, 2014 01:06PM

Utah may not have a team in Sunday’s Super Bowl, but it is one of the top two players in the Souper Bowl of Caring, second only to Texas.

Updated on Jan 29, 2014 06:05PM

The LDS Church-owned Deseret News has a new marketing tactic: Wrap the newspaper’s “national edition” in the faith’s official monthly magazine, the Ensign.

Updated on Jan 28, 2014 06:09PM

Two Mormon men — a physician and a lawyer — have recently weighed in on the knotty issue of birth control but from different fronts.

Updated on Jan 27, 2014 12:49PM

It wasn’t what he said that made Bishop John C. Wester’s Jan. 19 sermon on unity stand out — it was where he said it.

Wester, leader...

Updated on Jan 21, 2014 02:10PM

Apparently, returned Mormon missionaries make good U.S. ambassadors — even in dangerous places. Maybe especially in dangerous places such as the Middle East.

Updated on Jan 17, 2014 04:21PM

Backers of traditional marriage are calling for a traditional color scheme at their Jan. 28 rally in the Utah Capitol Rotunda.

They ...

Updated on Jan 13, 2014 05:04PM

Lowering the age for Mormon missionaries to 18 (from 19) for young men and to 19 (from 21) for young women swelled the ranks of full-time LDS proselytizers from 58,500 ...

Updated on Jan 9, 2014 01:55PM

Allen Oyler, an LDS regional leader in Oregon, believes — as his religion teaches — that Mormon families should not reject their gay sons and daughters.

Updated on Jan 8, 2014 12:42PM

Hundreds of Mormon women wore trousers to their LDS services Dec. 15, in part, to show solidarity with members of the faith who feel they don’t fit in with the traditio...

Updated on Dec 13, 2013 02:29PM

Utah’s Catholic bishop is pushing for continued governmental support of public-access cable TV — the channels that offer local religious and other community programming...

Updated on Dec 6, 2013 04:33PM

The LDS Church is changing one of its annual traditions.

Every December for decades, the Utah-based faith has hosted a “First Presid...

Updated on Dec 3, 2013 09:31AM

A Brigham Young University spokeswoman famously explained last year why caffeinated drinks are not sold at Mormonism’s flagship school: It is “not a university or churc...

Updated on Nov 25, 2013 01:19PM

Philadelphia construction workers toiling away on a new Mormon temple had to agree to an unusual set of requirements — no smoking, swearing or coffee allowed.

Updated on Nov 22, 2013 11:09AM

Catholic and Mormon feminists aren’t the only ones pushing for increased equity in male-dominated faiths.

On Wednesday, the Church o...

Updated on Nov 21, 2013 06:33PM

Following in his father’s footsteps, a Utah man will be ordained Sunday to the priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Deacon Chrys...

Updated on Nov 19, 2013 06:57PM

Mormon feminists are continuing their push for inclusiveness in the LDS Church by focusing once again on pants and priesthood.


Updated on Nov 18, 2013 11:51AM

More than 100 religious leaders signed an open letter to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, urging him to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for vulnerable residents.


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