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 Presidency Christmas Devotional,” with music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sermons by Mormonism’s top three male leaders.
This year, the name has been changed to the “Christmas Devotional,” and speakers will include other LDS leaders besides church President Thomas S. Monson, and his counselors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
All the free tickets have already been distributed, but the devotional at 6 p.m. on Sunday...
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 church decision, but made by dining services, based on what our customers want.”
There has not “been a demand for it,” Carri Jenkins said in September 2012, a statement met with guffaws by Coke-guzzling students and faculty at the Provo campus.
Now some enterprising undergrads have decided to test the question of demand.
In November, a group of nine launched “Caffeine on Campus,” a service that...
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.
“The reason is because it’s holy ground,” Steffanie Anderson, assistant regional director of LDS public affairs, told philly.com. “We dedicated it a couple years ago.”
The Utah-based faith wanted to give preference to “union-affiliated Mormon workers in the Philadelphia region, but none could be found,” the site said.
So The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints simply asked all the workers t...
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 of England’s governing body voted overwhelmingly to approve the appointment of women bishops, Reuters reported.
A series of measures, which paved the way for females to be appointed as senior clergy, advanced 78 to 8, with 25 members of the General Synod abstaining. This legislation opens the door for women to be appointed bishops in the global faith as early as 2014, when the action goes before the whole church body.
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 Chrysostomos Gilbert, son of the Rev. Matthew Gilbert from Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, will be installed in New York City during a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
After his ordination, Chrysostomos will replace the Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as the church’s presiding priest.
The son, however, has chosen to remain celibate, unlike his Utah father, who is married wi...
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.
Organizers have set Dec. 15 as the Second Annual Wear Pants to Church Day, when Mormon women are asked to don dress pants — rather than the usual skirts and dresses — and male supporters put on purple.
The event is not meant as a criticism of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, organizers emphasize on their website, but as “an act of solidarity” with those who might feel excluded because of their clothing.
“We are ac...
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.
The letter, published Sunday in a full-page ad in The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, argued that “expanding Medicaid in Utah could ultimately assist 123,586 adults who would otherwise be uninsured. Providing this assistance would ensure that thousands of Utahns have access to preventative care and are able to receive medical attention before their situation becomes catastrophic.”
It was signed by Catholic and mainline Prote...
Updated on Nov 15, 2013 10:42AM
Mormon environmentalists got a boost on Nov. 6, when the LDS Church launched a web page on its newsroom site, laying out the church’s views on “stewardship and conservation.”
The approach may not be new, but the place of publication and emphasis is.
For the first time, an official site gathers in one place LDS pronouncements and teachings about care for the natural world. It carries an authoritative tone.
“The Earth and all things on it should be used responsibly to sustain the human family. However, all are stewards — not owners — over this Earth and it...
Updated on Oct 23, 2013 12:45PM
On Dec. 16, 2012, hundreds of Mormon women strolled into their weekly LDS services wearing trousers instead of the typical skirts, and now 81 pairs of those pants — plus 53 purple ties, shirts or other items men and children wore in support of the women — have been made into a quilt.
And that quilt might end up in the Smithsonian.
The symbolic effort, known as “Wear Pants to Church Day,” was the brainchild of Utahn Stephanie Lauritzen, who said at the time she “wanted to do something that would be a sign of solidarity and visibility for those Mormon women who don’t feel included or accepte...
Updated on Oct 16, 2013 05:04PM
The leader of Utah’s 300,000 Catholics has a message for reporters: Dig deeper for stories about Pope Francis, his vision for the faith and his impact on his native South America.
Bishop John C. Wester, who oversees the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications, delivered the keynote address last week at a conference in Washington, D.C.
Wester urged the gathering of journalists and historians at The Catholic University of America to cover the church as a “movement,” reports Carol Zimmermann of Catholic News Service, and encouraged them to e...
Updated on Oct 11, 2013 11:23AM
More than 130 women from the Ordain Women movement, seeking entrance to the Oct. 5 all-male priesthood session of the LDS Church’s 183rd Semiannual General Conference, were turned away with the message: the Conference Center meeting was for men and boys only.
If the women had gone, though, to one of the Utah-based faith’s chapels to watch a broadcast of the session, would they have been allowed to enter?
Possibly — if they insisted.
“We have received inquiry about whether women may be admitted to local meetinghouses to view the broadcast of the general p...
Updated on Oct 10, 2013 09:33AM
LDS apostle D. Todd Christofferson has removed the words “feminist thinkers” from his recent General Conference address about the role of Mormon women in the version now online at lds.org.
During the afternoon conference session on Oct. 5, Christofferson said, “Some feminist thinkers view homemaking with outright contempt, arguing it demeans women and that the relentless demands of raising children are a form of exploitation.”
The revised version now reads: “Some view homemaking with outright contempt, arguing it demeans women and that the relentless demands of raising children are a form ...
Updated on Oct 9, 2013 10:10AM
Caffeinated colas — long forbidden for sale at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University — popped up Tuesday in a vending machine on the Provo campus.
They were sighted in the Brimhall Building and immediately caused a run on the machine there, tweeted Provoan Sarah Kathryn Smith.
Alas, it was all an accident, said BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins.
“Coke mistakenly included a limited number of caffeinated Coke Zeros in our order,” Jenkins wrote in an email, “which no one caught while the vending machines were being stocked.”
Updated on Oct 4, 2013 01:11PM
At least 80,000 Mormon children across the globe are malnourished, according to LDS physician Bradley Walker, but he believes their deprivations could be easily and not-too-expensively eliminated.
Walker served as a Mormon missionary in Ecuador 1980 and returned to the South American nation as a Brigham Young University student three years later to find rampant malnutrition among the Latter-day Saints there.
Walker saw a woman he had baptized as an LDS missionary now coughing up blood. Her tuberculosis could be cured with a $200 treatment, but she couldn’t afford it. Walker, who had spent ...
Updated on Oct 1, 2013 11:47AM
As thousands of American Muslims prepare to make their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca later this month, Islamic leaders have put out a guide for “flying while Muslim.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants pilgrims from this country “to be aware of their legal rights and responsibilities as citizens and travelers when leaving from or returning to the United States.”
“As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel,” the guide says. “It is illegal for law enforcement officials to per...
Updated on Sep 30, 2013 05:03PM
Nearly 170 years ago, Mormon founder Joseph Smith found himself fending off efforts to extradite him from Illinois to Missouri, where he was facing a charge of treason and attempted assassination.
The legal tool Smith used to defend himself was the notion of “habeas corpus” and that a judge must determine whether there is enough evidence to hold an accused criminal.
Last week, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Illinois Supreme Court Preservation Commission, staged a re-enactment of the three Smith habeas corpus hearings, and then a ...
Updated on Sep 26, 2013 09:21AM
Just because next week’s general priesthood session will be broadcast live, doesn’t mean Mormon leaders want fathers and sons to watch the meeting in their PJs at home while munching on popcorn.
No, they would rather have them go in white shirts and ties to their local LDS meetinghouses to view the proceedings by satellite — just like they have done for decades.
“Priesthood holders [most Mormon men and boys over age 12] are encouraged to attend the general priesthood meeting in their local chapel,” says a letter to be read to all local LDS priesthood quorum meetings Sunday. “The Saturday e...
Updated on Sep 23, 2013 02:12PM
Religion can help moms and dads feel happier about their roles — as long as the faith posits a supportive, rather than a punitive, God.
Daily prayer, weekly worship and the notion of “sanctification” — that parenting is a divine role — contributed to a mother’s or father’s sense of well-being and satisfaction, explains David Briggs, a writer with the Association of Religion Data Archives, who was reporting the findings of a study conducted by Baylor sociologist Jeremy Uecker, with Samuel Stroope of Louisiana State University and W. Matthew Henderson of Baylor.
“The belief that ‘you are doi...
Updated on Sep 20, 2013 09:23AM
Don’t drink the holy water.
That’s the advice of researchers who found fecal matter and bacteria in numerous Austrian religious shrines and springs.
“Scientists at Vienna University medical school’s Institute of Hygiene and Applied Immunology came to the conclusion after analyzing the water quality at 21 ‘holy’ springs and 18 fonts at churches and chapels at various times of year,” Reuters reported. “Only 14 percent of the water samples from holy sources showed no fecal contamination and none of the springs could be recommended as a source of drinking water, the study presented to a confer...
Updated on Sep 18, 2013 11:23AM
Among mainline Protestant clergy, there is a growing trend: not getting paid.
As these churches “face declining numbers and look to new ministry models to make ends meet,” G. Jeffrey MacDonald of Religion News Service reports, “more mainliners [are] cutting back to halftime or one-quarter-time packages for clergy, who increasingly work second jobs.”
Some denominations now “expect more church leaders in years ahead to earn their livings in secular jobs,” MacDonald writes. “The Presbyterian Church (USA), for instance, encourages new seminarians to plan for nonchurch employment so they can s...
Updated on Sep 16, 2013 03:34PM
The University of Virginia has tapped American religion scholar Kathleen Flake for its first endowed chair of Mormon studies.
Flake — who is moving from Vanderbilt, where she has taught for 13 years — “has a distinguished record of published work on the American religious tradition and the emergence of Mormonism, has written a major book in Mormon studies about the relationship between nation and religion,” the school said in a news release, “and she is highly renowned among her peers in modern religious academia.”
The University of Chicago-trained Flake has written numerous articles on Mo...
Updated on Sep 12, 2013 05:59PM
Forty years to the day after being baptized into the LDS Church, Denver C. Snuffer Jr. received word that he has been excommunicated from the Utah-based faith for apostasy.
Snuffer, author of a controversial book alleging contemporary Mormonism bears little resemblance to the church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830, reported on his blog that his Sandy LDS stake president, Truman Hunt, called him Tuesday morning to inform the writer of the church disciplinary council’s decision.
At the time he received the call, Snuffer was en route to Boise to make a presentation about his book, “Passing th...
Updated on Sep 10, 2013 02:31PM
A new children’s book aimed at promoting strict adherence to Mormon values is generating controversy, criticism and even a recall petition among LDS bloggers for what it omits — any sense of repentance and forgiveness.
“The Not Even Once Club,” written by Wendy Watson Nelson, wife of LDS apostle Russell M. Nelson, tells the story of Tyler, a new kid in town, who wants to join the club the other Mormon kids at church have. They tell him he can come into the treehouse if he knows the password, which is “Not. Even. Once.” He is offered candy, games, puzzles, popcorn and pretzels as long as he pledges never to “break the Word of...
Updated on Sep 9, 2013 04:45PM
Denver C. Snuffer Jr. says he has no idea what happened at the LDS Church disciplinary hearing Sunday convened to consider excommunicating him for apostasy.
Snuffer, author of a controversial book alleging the Utah-based faith bears little resemblance to the church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830, arrived for the hearing with his wife and children by his side.
He wanted his family to know that the charges had nothing to do with immoral conduct, Snuffer said Monday.
Before Sunday’s hearing, Snuffer had informed Truman Hunt, the Sandy LDS stake president ...
Updated on Sep 6, 2013 05:58PM
Denver C. Snuffer Jr., a Utah lawyer and Mormon convert of 40 years, faces possible excommunication from the LDS Church on Sunday for writings that assert the Utah-based faith has fallen away from its founder’s vision.
Unlike most earlier high-profile cases of church discipline against Mormon intellectuals, though, Snuffer is no liberal.
In his book, “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” Snuffer used the faith’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, and founder Joseph Smith’s “divine revelations” to analyze LDS history from Smith’s death in 1844 to the present. He concludes that every Mormon pro...
Updated on Aug 28, 2013 05:54PM
Some Mormon feminists are moving their drive for ordination in the LDS Church from talk to action: They are pushing for tickets to the all-male priesthood meeting at the faith’s October General Conference.
First, the group wishes to publicize the fact that women are not permitted to attend the semiannual priesthood meeting, says Kate Kelly, an international human rights lawyer in Washington, D.C., active Mormon and one of Ordain Women’s founders. “Some Mormon women may not know that.”
Second, since the meeting is open to men who are “prospective elders,” Kelly says, “were we permitted to a...
Updated on Aug 28, 2013 09:43AM
Brigham Young University’s ancient-scripture department has hired its first married woman with young children as a tenure-track professor.
Amy Easton-Flake comes to the Mormon-owned school with a doctorate in American literature and women’s studies from Brandeis University — plus a 2-year-old, a 6-month-old and plans for more children.
“No married woman with small children has ever, ever been hired in a tenure-track appointment in the College of Religious Education at BYU,” writes Valerie Hudson, a former BYU professor who now teaches international affairs at Texas A&M University.
Updated on Aug 19, 2013 11:21AM
Mormons in Connecticut sang “Happy Birthday” to their prophet-leader this past weekend, but it was the members’ wishes that were coming true: a temple in their state.
President Thomas S. Monson, who turns 86 on Wednesday, Aug. 21, joined with other LDS and community leaders Saturday to break ground for the faith’s Hartford Temple in the suburb of Farmington, Conn.
“Today is a special and sacred day as we bring to fruition the hopes and dreams of the church members here,” Monson told the crowd of 500, according to a news release. “ ... Each [temple] stands as a beacon to the world, an expre...
Updated on Aug 16, 2013 07:47PM
The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination has made history by electing its first female presiding bishop, and a Utah pastor couldn’t be more thrilled.
The elevation of the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton is another sign that “new winds are blowing” in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, according to the Rev. Jeffrey Louden, pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Taylorsville.
“What does it mean for me as a 15-year Utahn?” Louden writes in an email. “That we have chosen the best candidate for interesting and challenging times, that at the highest levels of our church we embrace all people...
Updated on Aug 15, 2013 01:21PM
Make that 75,000 — and counting.
That’s how many Mormon missionaries are currently serving in more than 400 missions around the globe.
Before that historic change, there were 58,500 LDS missionaries, so the latest tally represents a 28 percent jump.
To help with the continuing surge, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has created dozens of new missio...
Updated on Aug 13, 2013 08:19AM
The LDS Church has laid off 13 computer-tech staffers in its Family History Department, a cutback that comes six months after a workforce reduction in two other church departments.
“Though this number is relatively small, we are mindful of the individuals and families affected by these changes,” church spokeswoman Ruth Todd said Monday of last week’s layoffs. “These employees will each receive a generous severance package to assist them as they seek new employment.”
In late January, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to trim “between 5 percent and 8...
Updated on Aug 10, 2013 01:34PM
Nearly 200 people — women, a few men, kids and babies — gathered last week for singing, s’mores and skits at a campground near Mapleton, but this was no ordinary LDS outdoors adventure.
It was the first ever Feminist Mormon Girls Camp, modeled loosely on the annual church-sponsored event for LDS young women everywhere.
Campers wore Eliza R. Snow T-shirts and feminist bonnets. They bore their “testimonies” of Mormon matriarchs, discussed the strengths of the LDS feminist community and offered traditional and nontraditional prayers.
The girls and young women could earn their camp “ce...
Updated on Aug 5, 2013 03:43PM
For the first time in more than 20 years, the LDS Church has produced a new film for use in its temple rituals.
Its actors are all new and production values enhanced, say those who have seen it. But “there have been no changes to the script,” says church spokeswoman Ruth Todd.
Mormon temple ceremonies include a ritual re-enactment of the creation, Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, mortal experience of the world, and the return to God’s presence. At each stage of this progression, participants make covenants with God in the name of Jesus Christ.
Updated on Jul 30, 2013 12:30PM
Pope Francis startled everyone this week with his seemingly tolerant statement to the press about gays in the church.
“If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?” the pontiff said in an off-the-cuff news conference en route to Rome from Brazil, according to the Washington Post. “They shouldn’t be marginalized.
In answer to a question about the so-called “gay lobby” in the Vatican, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said, “When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby.” Then, according to a transcript provided by the Nation...
Updated on Jul 26, 2013 03:19PM
Mostly, the LDS Church’s new missionary grooming standards make “elders” (male) and “sisters” (female) appear more, well, up-to-date — like contemporary professionals.
But one change seems inexplicable — skinny ties are on the forbidden list, along with string, bow or wide ties.
These Mormon ambassadors are expected to choose “only business- or professional-style ties,” and even a men’s fashion magazine says ties should not be too thin or too fat.
“At GQ, we like a narrow — but not super-skinny — tie, about two and a quarter to two and three-quarter inch...
Updated on Jul 23, 2013 11:58AM
The Provo LDS temple has made RealClearReligion’s “ugliest churches” list.
As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this list, like all such assessments, is subjective. It favors more traditional religious architecture, while mocking modern expressions.
Still, Nicholas G. Hahn III, deputy editor of RealClearReligion, defends his choices.
“Not only are these artistic innovations ugly, but also bizarre, weird, dumb, and gross,” Hahn writes. “These holy train wrecks come to you from Monroe, Ohio, to Uvari, India. Gaze upon these Catholic chap...
Updated on Jul 22, 2013 02:45PM
Hans Mattsson, at one time an LDS area authority who helped oversee the LDS Church in Europe, says now that his faith has been shaken by facts about Mormon history that he discovered online.
“I felt like I had an earthquake under my feet,” Mattsson, now an emeritus area authority, told The New York Times. “Everything I’d been taught, everything I’d been proud to preach about and witness about just crumbled under my feet. It was such a terrible psychological and nearly physical disturbance.”
Mattsson may be the highest-ranking Mormon official to go public with his move from disciple to doub...
Updated on Jul 19, 2013 07:59PM
Mormon missionaries may be giving up the door-to-door approach just as a Catholic nun is taking it up — and in LDS territory.
Sister Margery Therese Harkin, accompanied by seminarians or lay people, is knocking on doors in Phoenix to ask “if there are any baptized Catholics in residence and inviting them to church,” according to a story in the The Catholic Sun.
“We always tell them that the priest sent us,” Harkin told the paper. “Just as the apostles were sent, we never go in our own name.”
She and two other sisters reside in a convent at Christ the Ki...
Updated on Jul 16, 2013 01:52PM
A few weeks after creating a new Mormon mission in Botswana, LDS leaders are temporarily moving five missionaries assigned to the south African nation.
“Due to a recent change in its forms and processes, the government of Botswana is not currently granting new visas or some visa renewals,” church spokeswoman Ruth Todd said in a statement. “While those visa issues are being resolved, affected missionaries will be temporarily moved to nearby countries.”
Mormons have had a small presence in Botswana since the early 1990s, when the Utah-based church organized its first branch there. The faith ...
Updated on Jul 15, 2013 05:00PM
On the same evening that the George Zimmerman verdict came down in the Trayvon Martin case, Mel Hamilton was in Provo, describing to an eager crowd his experience 44 years ago as a black football player protesting Mormonism’s former priesthood ban.
In 1969, Hamilton was one of the so-called “Black 14” — African-American players on the University of Wyoming’s football team — who planned to wear black armbands in their game against LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University to symbolize their opposition to the Utah-based faith’s policy (discarded in 1978) of excluding black men from holding its all-male priesthood.
Updated on Jul 12, 2013 05:50PM
The image of Mormon missionaries roaming the streets in dark suits is changing.
According to new dress-and-grooming standards, male missionaries no longer are required to wear suits “during everyday [proselytizing] activities.”
Instead, they can be dressed as young professionals in white shirts, ties and dress slacks (even lighter-colored ones).
Suits — including light grays or browns — will be reserved for Sundays or special occasions.
For years, many Mormon missions allowed their “elders” to go without full suits d...
Updated on Jul 3, 2013 04:00PM
Christians use more “positive” words in their 140-character messages on the online social network Twitter than atheists and appear to be happier.
So say University of Illinois researchers after doing a computer analysis of nearly 2 million tweets.
Believers also were more likely to tweet about their “social relations.”
But the believers, the study found, “engage in less analytical thinking” than nonbelievers.
The findings were reported in the journal, Social Psychological & Personality Science, according to a news rel...
Updated on Jun 28, 2013 12:45PM
A modern Orthodox Jewish bride-to-be had some specific requirements for her bridesmaid dresses: They had to be pretty (no “sky-blue taffeta monstrosity with a mermaid frill and a plunging neckline”), affordable (under $250) and — here’s the kicker — modest.
By that, Arielle Landau, meant they had to have hemlines past the knee, sleeves and reveal no cleavage.
She scoured the Internet looking under the categories of “Modern Orthodox bridesmaids dresses” and “Jewish bridesmaid dresses.” Some were too pricey, some too modest, she writes in the New York Daily News, “covering everything from cl...
Updated on Jun 27, 2013 01:06PM
Mormon founder Joseph Smith spent a lot of time in courtrooms, fighting allegations of wrongdoing and wrangling for his legal rights.
Finally, Smith was murdered June 27, 1844 — 169 years ago today — by an armed mob in Carthage, Ill., while awaiting yet another trial.
Now, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Illinois Supreme Court Preservation Commission, are taking up one of his cases in a re-enactment. And LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks, former Utah Supreme Court justice, will weigh in.
Updated on Jun 25, 2013 01:54PM
The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic lay organization, set an “all-time record for charitable donations and service hours in 2012,” according to a news release.
The Knights’ “Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity” reported that for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, “record amounts of money and hours — more than $167.5 million and 70 million hours — were donated to charitable causes.”
The Knights’ financial contribution in 2012 grew by more than $9.4 million from the previous year — to $167,549,817, the release said.
The number of volunteer se...
Updated on Jun 21, 2013 04:24PM 144 Comments
The LDS Church’s announcement that it is broadcasting what it says will be a “historic” meeting on Sunday, June 23, has Mormons buzzing.
For the first time, members, who have been encouraged to watch the broadcast at their local chapels, will get a glimpse of a special session of the annual New Mission Presidents seminar, typically closed to the public. This is also the largest class of new mission presidents on record — more than 150 — because the Utah-based faith is adding 58 new missions worldwide.
The session, titled“The Work of Salvation,” will be broadcast from the Marriott Center in...
Updated on Jun 20, 2013 11:37AM
The Catholic Academy for Communication Professionals is giving a Brigham Young University original film project its highest honor: the 2013 Gabriel Award for “best entertainment.”
“Silent Night,” a full-length, BYUtv movie, was filmed in Austria and tells the story of the popular Christmas carol, written in the 19th century by priest and composer Joseph Mohr.
The international Vatican-approved communications organization for the Catholic Church was looking for works that “uplift and nourish the human spirit.” A Gabriel-worthy film “affirms the dignity of human persons; it recognizes and u...
Updated on Jun 18, 2013 10:02AM
Openly gay clergy in the Anglican Church can be considered as bishop candidates, but only if they are not having sex.
“Under a new policy any priest in a civil partnership will have to convince an archbishop that they are not sexually active before their name can go forward,” John Bingham writes in The Telegraph.
Bingham reports that a briefing paper drawn up by the church’s legal office says that “sexual orientation should be ‘irrelevant’ in assessing someone’s suitability to become a bishop. But it maintains the requirement for celibacy, adding that bishops’ private lives must be in acc...
Updated on Jun 11, 2013 06:26AM
Hundreds of Bountiful High graduates lined up to receive their diplomas at the Regional Center in Woods Cross on Friday, many of whom have already received their LDS mission assignments since the minimum age went from 19 to 18 for young men.
As is the custom, graduating seniors wrote their names on a card to be read aloud as they crossed the stage. Apparently, dozens of young men added what appeared to be the place of their Mormon mission as a “middle name” – as in John “Russia” Doe and James “New York” Smith.
By the end, perhaps 50 or more had done this, according to one parent in attenda...
Updated on Jun 6, 2013 09:45AM
Ever wonder how the Chinese got to Utah, how Mormons relate to Freethinkers, or how single LDS men fit into the faith’s intellectual landscape in the 19th century?
If so, you can join hundreds of historians from all over the country at the Mormon History Association’s annual conference, which began Thursday at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.
The three-day conference — organized under the theme “The Crowded Landscapes of the Mormon West(s): Agency and Action From the Wasatch Front to the Pacific Rim” — offers a potpourri of fascinating topics relating to LDS history.
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