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Last Updated May 6, 2015 07:39AM

It all started with a question. The Mormon youth simply asked his white Sunday school teacher why the man’s Nigerian wife and her family would join a church that had barred blacks from being ordained to its all-male priesthood until …

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  • Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks to the media at the Arthur Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Ala., before he was to deliver a speech at a fundraising dinner for the University of Mobile, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Mobile, Ala. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star. (Mike Brantley/AL.com via AP)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT 5 faith facts about Ben Carson: retired neurosurgeon, Seventh-day Adventist
    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon once best known for separating conjoined baby twins, announced Monday that he will pursue the Republican nominati...
    Updated May 04 2015 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
    A message reading Baltimore Mormons to fast and pray for ‘peace in our city’
    Mormons in Baltimore are responding to violence in their city with a religious practice they know well — fasting. A top LDS leader in the Maryland met...
    Updated May 01 2015 07:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
President Matthew S. Holland, Mitt Romney and Gov. Gary R. Herbert talk before Utah Valley University's Commencement Ceremonies at the UCCU Events Center Thursday April 30, 2015. Romney tells UVU grads to ‘live large,’ get married
    Orem • Mitt Romney says he has learned some valuable lessons while traversing the highs and lows of life — including reaching the top of the world by ...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 09:32 pm   |     |   Share
    Cuisine Unlimited on Corporate Summer Parties Done Right
    Summer is fast approaching and with it comes great parties and fun times. If you think the corporate world is excluded from these shenanigans, guess a...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 09:57 am   |     |   Share

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Brian Dawson and his wife, Ezinne Dawson. This Mormon Sunday school teacher was dismissed for using church's own race essay in lesson
    It all started with a question. The Mormon youth simply asked his white Sunday school teacher why the man’s Nigerian wife and her family would join a ...
    Updated May 06 2015 07:39 am   |     |   Share
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Protesters kiss while standing in Temple Square, Sunday 7/19/09. In solidarity with Derek Jones and Matthew Aune, arrested and handcuffed July 8 for a display of public affection on Main Street Plaza, protesters have organized a second Rolly: Remember the gay kiss on Mormon plaza? Well, cop who refused Pride Parade duty wrote that citation
    Eric Moutsos, the former cop who resigned from the Salt Lake City Police Department after he was suspended for refusing to ride his motorcycle in the ...
    Updated May 01 2015 07:29 am   |     |   Share
  • Groundbreaking set for Cedar City Mormon temple
    Southern Utah’s Festival City soon will gain another attraction: a Mormon temple. An Aug. 8 groundbreaking has been set for the Cedar City Temple, The...
    Updated May 04 2015 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
    (Tithing helps the LDS Church build temples, chapels, seminaries and more.    Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)   09/30/2004 Online tithing? Yes, Mormons soon will be able to pay with a simple click
    The LDS Church has embraced modern financial tools and will now allow members in the United States — and those outside who bank with American institut...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin |  Tribune file photo)  

A UTA TRAX train climbs out of downtown Salt Lake City as it heads to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday June 24, 2013. Good city to own a car? Salt Lake ranks 4th best nationally
    Salt Lake City ranks fourth among big U.S. cities as a place to own a car — considering the cost of driving, congestion, parking availability and like...
    Updated May 05 2015 08:22 am   |     |   Share
    Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s four versions of First Vision get another retelling — in 10 languages
    One of the complaints about the LDS Church’s published essays, attempting to explain aspects of Mormonism’s messier history, is that the reasoning is ...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Poll: Nuanced views on gay rights, religious liberty
    Washington • Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated ...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • LDS Church donates $100,000 to fight child abuse
    In acknowledgment of Child Abuse Awareness month and the commitment to combat child abuse, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently ma...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 09:47 am   |     |   Share
  • Mama Dragons lead the fight for their gay Mormon kids
    For these Mormon moms, their “coming-out” — as activists — often follows the same storyline. They are fairly traditional Latter-day Saints. Their son...
    Updated May 04 2015 09:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
City Creek Center Wednesday April 29, 2015. City Creek Center: Boon for downtown or one of SLC’s ‘biggest mistakes’?
    As City Creek Center accepts yet another award, a debate continues over how well the Salt Lake City mall connects with the surrounding downtown. Unvei...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 02:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson salutes the crowd during the 185th Annual LDS General Conference Saturday April 4, 2015. At 87, Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson ‘feeling the effects’ of his age, LDS Church says
    LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson is “feeling the effects of advancing age,” the Utah-based faith said Friday, but don’t expect him or any other t...
    Updated May 04 2015 09:13 am   |     |   Share
  • Elder Richard G. Scott, left, and Elder L. Tom Perry. Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott goes home from hospital
    Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott has been released from the hospital after suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding. The 86-year-old LDS authority is r...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

John Wilkes, of Murray, center, participates in a honk and wave to support same-sex marriage arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, outside Piper Down Pub near 1500 South and State Street in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Utahns react to same-sex marriage arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court
    Two weeks ago, when someone asked Peggy Tomsic if she felt she should be the attorney to argue for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court, he...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 10:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • A Nepalese woman walks past a collapsed temple in Bhaktapur Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015 .A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) A rundown of religious sites lost or damaged in Nepal’s quake
    In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal toppled, destroyed and damaged a millennium of religious history. What religious buildings were damage...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 01:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, (Karen Archer did not attend), Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, (left to right)  who were plaintiffs in the original suit versus Utah, attend a press conference with their attorney Peggy Tomsic to comment on the 10th circuit court's ruling on their lawsuit in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Q&A: Could high court legalize gay marriage nationally? Could it end the practice in Utah?
    When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a landmark case that many expect will legalize same-sex marriage for the nation, Utah attorney ...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  
Bishop John C. Wester shakes hands with people, including representative Tim Cosgrove following a Red Mass for Justice at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The mass was held in honor of the legal community, including lawyers, judges, law enforcement and members of the military. Catholic Bishop Wester ‘sad’ to leave Utah, takes immigration fight to New Mexico
    Bishop John C. Wester has spent eight years in Mormon-dominant Utah, counseling, confirming and christening Catholics, officiating at Masses, fighting...
    Updated May 02 2015 06:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, left, Pamela Atkinson, Tarunjit Butalia, Rev. Dr. Anne Benvenuti and Robert Sellers sit on the stand Saturday with organizers of the Parliament of the World's Religions for an interactive preview of this year's Parliament, which will be held in Salt Lake City in October. ‘Olympics of religions’ receives a preview in Salt Lake City
    The world’s religions are set to gather in Salt Lake City in October, and organizers and city officials met Saturday to preview and prepare for the gl...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 03:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Elder Richard G. Scott, left, and Elder L. Tom Perry. Two Mormon apostles fighting serious medical problems
    Two Mormon apostles were fighting serious medical problems Friday. L. Tom Perry — who, at 92, is the oldest LDS apostle and second in line for the Ut...
    Updated Apr 26 2015 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU President Kevin J. Worthen speaks during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises at the Marriott Center Thursday April 23, 2015. A total of 5881 students from 10 colleges received degrees at the ceremonies, with 5004 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 692 students receiving master’s degrees and 185 receiving doctoral degrees. Speakers at BYU commencement laud special role of ‘heaven-supported’ school
    Gemie Martin’s education at Brigham Young University began 40 years ago, when the Moab native transferred from Snow College to start work on a bachelo...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Thomas Burr  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
MSNBC's Abby Huntsman and Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly talk on stage at the Gotham Comedy Club about Kelly's excommunication from the LDS Church as part of an offshoot program of the Tribeca Film Festival. Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly ‘happier’ and ‘invigorated’ after Mormon excommunication
    New York • Nearly a year removed from the LDS Church, Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says she has found happiness living a more authentic life while ...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Elder Richard G. Scott, left, and Elder L. Tom Perry. Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott goes home from hospital
    Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott has been released from the hospital after suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding. The 86-year-old LDS authority is r...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share