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Last Updated Jan 27, 2015 03:01PM

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom. The …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Sister Neill Marriott, right, makes a public statement of religious freedom and nondiscrimination in Salt Lake City Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. From left, LDS Apostles Jeffrey R. Holland,  Dallin H. Oaks, and D. Todd Christofferson listen at the side. The leaders called for legislation that protects vital religious freedoms while at the same time supporting protections in housing and employment for LGBT people. Reaction to LDS Church announcement on LGBT, religious protections
    Gov. Gary Herbert, Republican “The statement made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today is an additional and important step to hel...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse, right, catches the game-winning touchdown pass during overtime of the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Seattle. Kearse was having an NFC championship game to forget until the final play. That's when the Seahawks receiver added yet another memorable postseason touchdown to his resume. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) What’s God got to do with football devotion? Plenty
    Did God lift Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s overtime pass into the end zone Sunday, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with a championshi...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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. In major move, Mormon leaders call for statewide LGBT protections
    Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and e...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
    This picture represents the Golden era of the stage performance They Reminisce; The mid 1980's to the 1990's is known as the golden era of hip hop. This era represents a block parties and club dances. Performed in a cypher (or circle of dancers). BBoy Fed: Reaching & Empowering Local Teens Through Non-Traditional Dance
    Designer by day, ‘BBoy’ extraordinaire by night, it’s how those who know 33-year-old Joshua Perkins might describe him. Josh is great at his job as ...
    Updated Jan 05 2015 11:41 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Father Thomas Reese gives the 2015 Aquinas Lecture, titled, “Pope Francis and the Reform of the Church Pope Francis is reforming Catholicism by reforming Catholics, Utah speaker says
    Because style is substance in Catholicism, Pope Francis’ choices about where to live, what to drive and whose feet to wash are more than empty gesture...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Men pray at the Alrasool Islamic Center in Taylorsville earlier this month as Shia Muslims celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. Kirby: A Mormon faces toward Mecca
    I signed up for a religion class this week. Shocking, I know. Why would someone like me — a confessed opponent to boring church — intentionally listen...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 04:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis, right, delivers his speech during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The pontiff is praising big families after saying Catholics don't have to breed Days after ‘rabbits’ remark, pope praises big families
    Pope Francis on Wednesday praised big families for “welcoming children as a true gift of God,” just days after igniting a controversy by saying Cathol...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ethan Ball and members of his Scout troop learn how Sorenson technology has revolutionized communication for deaf persons. Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Communications helped a  Boy Scout troop earn digital technology merit badges, using the company's video-relay technology for communicating with the hearing impaired, Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Boy Scout membership falls in first full year of new gay policy
    The Boy Scouts of America’s youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decadelong decline for one of the nation’s oldest youth organiza...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
    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
  • Salt Lake City LDS mission president’s wife dead at 69
    Carol Hansen, wife of LDS Church Salt Lake City Mission President Stephen Hansen, has died at age 69. Carol Hansen collapsed suddenly at the church’s ...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • John Dehlin is the founder of Did Mormon podcaster go too far? Dehlin faces possible excommunication
    Utahn John Dehlin, founder of a popular podcast for Mormon doubters and dissenters, has spent the past six months chronicling his critiques of the LDS...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Mormon home teaching at the Big House
    I got my home teaching done and it isn't even close to the last day of the month. That's some kind of record for me. Home teaching, of course, is the...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • ((Tribune file photo)  ) John Dehlin, appearing on Trib Talk in June. Disciplinary council delayed for ‘Mormon Stories’ podcaster John Dehlin
    John Dehlin, founder of the popular “Mormon Stories” podcast, said Thursday that his disciplinary council for apostasy, originally scheduled for Sunda...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 11:17 am   |     |   Share
  • If a gay Mormon man marries a woman, divorce is likely, study finds
    The LDS couples profiled on TLC’s “My Husband Is Not Gay” may find these statistics sobering: Marriages like theirs — same-sex attracted husbands and ...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 06:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis gives his speech during a meeting with families at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Walking into a packed 20,000-seat arena, Francis greeted and blessed the people who lined his long way to the stage. Pope Francis is on a five-day apostolic visit in this predominantly Catholic nation in Asia. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, Pool) Pope strongly defends Catholic teaching against contraception
    Manila, Philippines • Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a Friday rally in Asia...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 11:09 am   |     |   Share
    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
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2009 file photo, Beth Malarkey, left, covers up her son, Alex, right, with a blanket after surgery as Alex's father, Kevin, watches at University Hospital's Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland. Alex Malarkey was in a 2004 car crash left him paralyzed below the neck and was receiving an artificial breathing device. Spokesman Todd Starowitz of Tyndale House, a leading Christian publisher, confirmed Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, that Alex Malarkey’s “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World” was being withdrawn. Earlier this week, Alex Malarkey acknowledged in an open letter that he was lying, saying that he had been seeking attention. The book was first published in 2010. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) Best-seller about journey to heaven is pulled; boy recants
    New York • A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy’s journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story. Spokesman Todd S...
    Updated Jan 16 2015 11:09 am   |     |   Share
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LDS missionaries in Ghana Mormons add 11 new missions, including two in Utah
    Most observers predicted the dramatic rise in the number Mormon missionaries during the past two years — from about 58,000 in 2012 to nearly 90,000 at...
    Updated Jan 09 2015 10:50 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
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Men pray at the Alrasool Islamic Center in Taylorsville on Saturday as Shia Muslims celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. Utah Muslims celebrate birth of the Prophet Muhammad
    Taylorsville • Members of Salt Lake City’s Shia Islam community gathered Saturday to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The event, at the...
    Updated Jan 18 2015 10:19 am   |     |   Share
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This photo shows the hand of a mummified child thought to be about 18-months-old.

After flub, BYU researcher restores Egyptian ties
    Ancient history can still hit a nerve. A researcher’s offhand comment made international headlines in recent weeks, jeopardizing Brigham Young Univer...
    Updated Jan 12 2015 09:13 am   |     |   Share
  • Letter to my possible son: You will always be my child
    My Darling Daughter: I’ve been meaning to write you this letter in case you need it when you’re older, but after hearing about the Dec. 28 suicide of ...
    Updated Jan 09 2015 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?
    From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. That’s the mess...
    Updated Jan 09 2015 09:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Judge sides with LDS Church in lawsuit over injuries at ward singles event
    A federal judge has ruled that an LDS bishop’s personal insurance policies and not the church were responsible to pay the claims of a woman injured wh...
    Updated Jan 14 2015 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
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LDS missionaries in Ghana Expert tracks the top 10 ups and downs of Mormon growth
    Religious demographers one day may view 2014 as the year that some trends in LDS growth — or the lack of it — were reversed. Or at least a year of sur...
    Updated Jan 03 2015 11:02 am   |     |   Share