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Peggy Fletcher Stack

    Mormon leader: Differing versions of Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ make it the ‘best-documented in history’
    For years, critics have pointed to the differing accounts of Joseph Smith’s so-called “First Vision” as proof that the Mormon founder made up his boyh...
    Updated May 02 2016 03:51 pm   |     |   Share
    King of Mormon folklore, Bert Wilson, a legend in his own right, dies, but all those tales live on
    If you’ve heard of Mormonism’s Three Nephites appearing out of nowhere to change a flat tire and then vanishing, you know the work of William A. (Bert...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 10:36 am   |     |   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. When will Utah Catholics get a new bishop? After all, it’s been a year
    It has been 366 days — that’s right, one full leap year — since Utah’s Catholic bishop, John C. Wester, was appointed as archbishop of Santa Fe, leavi...
    Updated Apr 27 2016 01:53 pm   |     |   Share
    Christ the Redeemer statue is lit with the colors of France’s flag, in solidarity with France after attacks in Paris, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) Affirmation brings support to LGBT Mormons in Brazil
    For Affirmation President John Gustav-Wrathall, the recent meetings for LGBT Mormons in Brazil were a “highlight of [his] spiritual life.” Some Mormon...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 07:42 am   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Author of ‘Letter to a CES Director’ resigns from Mormon church
    Jeremy Runnells — whose 2013 “Letter to a CES [Church Educational System] Director” gained widespread attention on the Internet by outlining numerous ...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 02:04 pm   |     |   Share
    The Salt Lake LDS Temple (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) More Mormon millennials are delaying marriage, leaving their faith, author says
    American millennials born in the 1980s and ’90s are getting married somewhat later than their parents — only 26 percent are married by age 32, compare...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
    Vietnamese refugees getting down from a sinking boat which they brought in to the Kuala Terengganu beach, Malaysia on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1978. There were 153 on board and all were rescued. (AP Photo) Remembering a time when Mormon missionaries helped refugees by aiding ‘boat people’
    This is hardly the only time in modern Mormon history when Latter-day Saints have addressed the plight of refugees. In the 1980s, Marion D. Hanks was ...
    Updated Apr 11 2016 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
    Mormon missionaries in West Valley City. Tribune archives. And it came to pass that the Mormon missionary surge did cease — tally now at 75K
    The LDS Church’s full-time missionary force has settled at 75,000 after topping out at nearly 89,000 sometime last year, according to a leading Mormon...
    Updated Apr 01 2016 01:27 pm   |     |   Share
    A Syrian refugee holds her daughter while standing outside her tent during a rainfall at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) Mormon feminist rejoices at call for LDS women to lead refugee effort
    Mormon feminist, writer and blogger Neylan McBaine was in the LDS Conference Center on Saturday night when the faith’s female leaders announced a new ...
    Updated Mar 29 2016 04:21 pm   |     |   Share
    photo courtesy The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints  Celebrated poet Eliza R. Snow posed for this photo in 1866, two years before her husband, Brigham Young, commissioned her to assist in organizing local branches of the Relief Society in Utah. Snow was the first secretary of the Relief Society. BYU-Idaho historian sheds more light on the 1838 attack on Mormon poet Eliza Snow
    The recent report that 19th-century Mormon poet Eliza Snow was raped by eight Missourians has aroused intense curiosity, questions, debate and some di...
    Updated Mar 09 2016 01:20 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, walks off of the stage during morning session of the 185th LDS General Conference at  the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday October 3, 2015. Apostle tells Mormon educators: Don’t duck tough questions — whether about polygamy, priesthood or other topics
    Some Mormons have been grappling with doubts after discovering controversial elements from their history, many of which they learned for the first tim...
    Updated Mar 04 2016 04:31 pm   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) LDS leaders to Utah Mormons: Go to your party caucuses
    Top LDS leaders have a message for their Utah followers: Get involved in party politics — whether Democratic, Republican or some other partisan persua...
    Updated Mar 01 2016 03:31 pm   |     |   Share
    (Mike Stack  |  special to The Salt Lake Tribune)    LDS missionaries talking to local shopkeeper Lenore Ahwah in the Pig Hill section of Accra, Ghana.  03/05/2014 Mormonism is growing in Africa, but is its rise “exponential”?
    Earlier this month, the LDS Church announced that it had broken ground for its first temple in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the number o...
    Updated Feb 26 2016 08:04 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ellen Koester, Analisa Estrada, Cheryl Holdaway, and Abby Hansen pray before entering a broadcast of the LDS General Priesthood Session at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo Saturday October 4, 2014. The event was one of several planned by Ordain Women. Ordain Women backers to Mormon leaders: We’re ready to do more even without priesthood office
    If the LDS Church isn’t ready to admit females into the all-male priesthood, Ordain Women wants to let the faith’s top authorities know that women are...
    Updated Feb 17 2016 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
    photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  An LDS family reads together. Mormon feminists score small gains — in word, in song, in lessons, and, they hope, in life
    Mormon feminists are celebrating a few more small steps toward gender equality in their Utah-based faith. February’s edition of the Friend, the LDS Ch...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 02:55 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Missionaries at the Missionary Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo Tuesday June 18, 2013. From surge to slump? No, but Mormon missionary tally has dropped by 12%
    It took an extra year, it seems, for the number of Mormon missionaries to settle back into the 70,000s after a post-2012 “surge” swelled the proselyti...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 06:11 pm   |     |   Share
    U. establishes fellowship in honor of popular emeritus Mormon leader Marlin Jensen
    Marlin K. Jensen was one of the most popular and respected LDS Church historians in recent memory — both within the Utah-based faith and among outside...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 04:12 pm   |     |   Share
    And it came to pass that a website was created for all things Book of Mormon
    Just as Latter-day Saints worldwide begin their yearlong study of the faith’s signature scripture, a group of members has launched a website, Book of ...
    Updated Jan 06 2016 05:46 pm   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Gay leader huddles with Mormon officials, finds ‘genuine empathy and concern’ in wake of policy
    Like many Mormons, John Gustav-Wrathall was troubled when learning of the new LDS policy dubbing same-sex couples as “apostates” and barring their chi...
    Updated Dec 25 2015 09:31 am   |     |   Share
    Courtesy LDS Church LDS missionaries in Ghana Mormonism reaches milestone — 30,000 congregations — after period of slower growth
    Though the LDS Church claims more than 15.3 million members, a more important barometer of its continued growth and appeal is the number of congregati...
    Updated Dec 17 2015 09:42 am   |     |   Share
    Mormon feminists: Since girls are daughters of ‘Heavenly Parents,’ let them say so
    Now that the LDS Church has publicly and emphatically affirmed its belief in a Heavenly Mother, some feminists believe it’s time to acknowledge her in...
    Updated Dec 11 2015 06:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the 185th LDS General Conference Saturday April 4, 2015. Tribune town hall will explore how LDS policy change has played out in ward pews
    Is it a hurtful policy or an act of kindness toward children in nontraditional families? Is it worthy of debate or should it be quietly accepted becau...
    Updated Dec 04 2015 11:30 am   |     |   Share
    New Mormon volume offers groundbreaking glimpse at founder Joseph Smith’s final year, days
    In the final year of his life, Mormon founder Joseph Smith was mayor of one of the largest cities in Illinois, while directing a burgeoning religious ...
    Updated Nov 30 2015 09:17 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  LDS Newsroom  Elder M. Russell Ballard (right) and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pause for a photo during a visit with guests of a refugee shelter on the Greek island of Lesbos, Friday, November 20, 2015. Mormon apostle’s European visit underscores need to help refugees
    If actions truly do speak louder than words, then in the current debate about refugees, the LDS Church comes down squarely on the side of helping thos...
    Updated Nov 25 2015 10:50 am   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Audience members listen to Gov. Gary Herbert as he reads a scripture from the Bible at the Utah Capitol Rotunda as part of Salt Lake City being selected as the National Bible City for 2013 Monday, November 25, 2013. Christians to blanket the Internet today — with Bible talk
    Twitter will be buzzing Monday with Bible banter. That’s because it’s the International Day of the Bible, and Christians around the globe are being en...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 09:55 am   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Missionaries at the Missionary Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo Tuesday June 18, 2013. Back to the future: New Mormon missionaries to spend more time at MTCs
    Mormon missionaries who don’t need to learn a new language for the country in which they will be serving can count on spending a bit more time anyway ...
    Updated Nov 14 2015 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
    The mother of all Mormon questions: What is our Mom God like?
    After more than a century and half of de facto believing in a female deity, the LDS Church recently published an essay making it clear — Heavenly Moth...
    Updated Nov 04 2015 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
    image courtesy Church History Museum  Who Touched Me by Dianne Johnson Adams Crossover art? More Mormon works now featuring crucifixes
    The cross is a compelling image — even for Mormon artists. That was among the observations made by Glen Nelson, one of the jurors in the 10th Internat...
    Updated Oct 19 2015 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)    The Brigham Young University campus in Provo. BYU reaches record number of returned Mormon missionaries, thanks largely to women
    A historic wave of young Mormon missionaries is flowing back to Brigham Young University. “BYU now has more returned missionaries on campus,” reads a ...
    Updated Sep 15 2015 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
    Demonstrators gesture and hold banners during a Solidarity with Refugees march from Marble Arch to Parliament in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) In face of refugee crisis, head of Mormon charities tells how everyone can help
    Like other Americans, many Utahns feel helpless as they watch thousands of Syrian refugees pour into Europe, fleeing war and devastation back home. Su...
    Updated Sep 14 2015 01:27 pm   |     |   Share