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Peggy Fletcher Stack


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    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
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     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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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

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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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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
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    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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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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
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    (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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    (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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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
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    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
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    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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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Gage Church, left, and his husband, Tim Sharp, embrace and kiss they are announced husband and husband Father Robert Trujillo, of Glory To God Old Catholic Church, at the Hampton Inn Suites in Ogden, Utah Monday, December 23, 2013. Volunteer clergy were performing marriage ceremonies for couples across the street from the Weber County Clerk's Office in downtown Ogden. Utahns back religious protections against gay marriage
    The vast majority of Utahns don’t want to see a Mormon bishop, a Catholic priest or any other religious cleric being forced to perform same-sex marria...
    Updated Oct 30 2014 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    Seattle Mormons’ outreach to gays yields a spiritual feast
    The recent outreach effort to Mormon gays and lesbians in one Seattle LDS congregation was a “tremendous success,” with attendance swelling to three t...
    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Screen shot) The LDS Church has posted a video and photos explaining these Church posts pictures, video explaining Mormon ‘garments’
    Mormon temple “garments” have been maligned, mocked and misunderstood by outsiders and former members of the LDS Church for so long that the Utah-base...
    Updated Oct 22 2014 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Nick Thomas and Leah Crawford have their wedding celebration (not the ceremony) at the Salt Lake City LDS Temple broadcast live over the Internet. No, Mormon temples aren’t getting out of the marriage business
    It is a tad premature for Mormons to brace for a possible change in the LDS Church’s temple wedding policies, including Monday’s rampant Internet rumo...
    Updated Oct 21 2014 01:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    Seattle Mormon leaders to gays: You are valued — worship with us
    In an extraordinary move, the Washington Park LDS Ward in Seattle is opening its arms to Mormon gays and lesbians in the area. These LDS congregationa...
    Updated Oct 21 2014 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Name new building after a Mormon woman, petition urges BYU
    LDS Church-own Brigham Young University has named its buildings after male prophets, businessmen, scholars, scientists, and pioneers of every kind — t...
    Updated Oct 28 2014 01:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

LDS faithful, make their way to the LDS Conference Center, for Women's Conference, Saturday, September 27, 2014.   More editing, more confusion about Mormon women’s meeting
    And the debate about what to call the LDS General Mormon Women’s Meeting continues — with some Mormon authorities on one side, the church’s public aff...
    Updated Oct 30 2014 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
“Meet the Mormons” writer and director Blair Treu. New York Times offers rare warning for why Mormon movie is PG
    Reviews are beginning to trickle in for “Meet the Mormons,” the LDS Church-produced documentary about six Latter-day Saints and how their faith influe...
    Updated Oct 29 2014 10:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

LDS faithful, make their way to the LDS Conference Center, for Women's Conference, Saturday, September 27, 2014.   Was women’s meeting a conference ‘session’? No, so Mormon church edits prayer
    Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church’s governing First Presidency, created a bit of a stir several weeks ago when he described a Gen...
    Updated Oct 30 2014 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    New Mormon Conference Center exhibit features brave women
    This much is certain: Women are becoming even more visible at the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — at least in the building’s artwor...
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:37 pm   |     |   Share