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L. Tom Perry, second in line for the LDS Church's presidency, left, shakes hands with Executive Director of Equality Utah Troy Williams following a press conference at the Utah Capitol to announce the nondiscrimination bill SB296. Mormon church lobbying in Utah’s Capitol — hardball or light touch?
    Former state Rep. Carl Wimmer has ignited a fiery debate within Utah’s political circles by accusing the LDS Church of bullying Mormon lawmakers on su...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 03:45 pm   |     |   Share
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Erin Tall directs a combined Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society Choir from stakes in Salt Lake City, Murray, Kamas and Park City, at the first session of the 185th LDS General Conference, designated as the General Women's Meeting, attended by all LDS females 8-years-old and older, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Defend ‘traditional families’ and beware of ‘worldly dogma,’ Mormons told
    In 1995, the LDS Church issued a strongly worded theological defense of the importance of marriage between a man and a woman and spelled out tradition...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
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LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, President Henry B. Eyring,first counselor in the First Presidency, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, talk at the morning session of the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday April 6, 2013. ` New policy lets female reporters attend all-male Mormon priesthood session
    For the first time in years, the LDS Church is allowing all reporters — including females — into the all-male priesthood session of the faith’s Genera...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 02:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Imagine life without the long commute. Imagine never getting snarled in traffic jams again. Imagine saying goodbye forever to the lawnmower, the snowb...
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A fly fisherman casts his line in the middle Provo river near Midway, Sunday, March 8, 2015. 
To fish or not to fish — that is the Sunday question for Mormons
    Wilford Woodruff is widely recognized by historians as one of if not the first fisherman to cast a fly west of the Continental Divide. It happened, ...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 09:04 am   |     |   Share
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A choir performs at the LDS General Women's Meeting at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday March 29, 2014. Mormon feminist wants women’s session to be just that — only women
    Suzette Smith hopes all the speakers at Saturday’s LDS General Women’s meeting will be female. The Washington, D.C., area consultant and devout Mormon...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, President Henry B. Eyring,first counselor in the First Presidency, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, talk at the morning session of the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday April 6, 2013. ` Cannon: OK, non-Mormon visitors, here’s your ‘Field Guide to Conference’
    Many (!) years ago, my husband and I picked up a colleague of his at the airport who lived and worked in New York City. As we drove through downtown S...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 09:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Ex-BYU student settles eviction lawsuit with apartment after gay-attraction dispute
    A former Brigham Young University student has settled a lawsuit with a Provo apartment complex over an eviction that he claims followed a dispute with...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 09:36 am   |     |   Share
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Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City. How one Utah hill became a Mormon temple — for a day
    Jutting up like a rounded brown thumb a mile north of the Utah Capitol, Ensign Peak boasts a unique claim: This humble hill once served as a Mormon te...
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  • Survey: Millennials are the ‘don’t judge generation’ on sexual morality
    Most young adults of every religion, race and ethnicity support access to affordable contraception. And 56 percent of people ages 18 to 35 say that in...
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  • Kirby: What surprises await Mormons this conference? More tithing? Less church?
    LDS General Conference is upon us again. Thousands of Mormons will cram themselves into the Conference Center (and lesser buildings) to get the latest...
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young statue at BYU in Provo. Lawsuit: Ex-BYU student says eviction followed disclosure of ‘same-sex attraction’
    A former Brigham Young University student has sued a Provo apartment complex over his eviction — a move he claims followed a violent dispute with room...
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Grayson Moore, who is transgender, in his Syracuse, Utah home. Transgender Mormons struggle to feel at home in their bodies and their religion
    Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. It was like car sickness, h...
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  • Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Obamas to host Pope Francis at White House in September
    Washington • The White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when the pontiff visits the United States this fall. Whi...
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  • Haaz Sleiman stars as Jesus in the National Geographic Channel's Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’
    “Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him.” This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman’s mother after she learned that her son ha...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Erin Tall directs a combined Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society Choir from stakes in Salt Lake City, Murray, Kamas and Park City, at the first session of the 185th LDS General Conference, designated as the General Women's Meeting, attended by all LDS females 8-years-old and older, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Defend ‘traditional families’ and beware of ‘worldly dogma,’ Mormons told
    In 1995, the LDS Church issued a strongly worded theological defense of the importance of marriage between a man and a woman and spelled out tradition...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
A small group of students from Juan Diego and Judge high schools joined Westminster College students in a special lunch for Sister Helen Prejean, an anti-death penalty advocate and the author of ‘Dead Man Walking’ nun: Utah’s firing squad reveals brutality of capital punishment
    By bringing back the firing squad, Utah officials are being “really honest,” famed anti-death-penalty nun Sister Helen Prejean said Tuesday. “They are...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard & husband Dan Diaz at their wedding (PRNewsFoto/Compassion & Choices) Analysis: Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and ‘death with dignity’
    Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children Sunday. She was 38 years old. But in her last year...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Members of the Kargi Kala Kendra Indian Classical Dance School, of Sandy, directed by Sudha Kargi, perform the dance Interfaith Musical Tribute represents various faith traditions at the Salt Lake Tabernacle
    Members of the Kargi Kala Kendra Indian Classical Dance School perform during the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable’s Interfaith Musical Tribute on Sund...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 11:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s anti-bias law has teeth Salt Lake City’s does not
    Salt Lake City’s anti-discrimination ordinances passed in 2009 and set the stage for 18 other local governments and, eventually, the Utah Legislature,...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 05:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
The 2015 Humanitarian Social organized by the Inclusion Center honors LDS leader, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the governing First Presidency, Gina Cornia of Utahns Against Hunger and Ronald Coleman, longtime  professor of history at the University of Utah, from left, during the event on Thursday, March 19, 2015. . Mormon leader Uchtdorf calls for welcoming attitude among all groups
    Everyone across the globe is at some time and some place a stranger or a foreigner, so it is important to expand social circles and build bridges betw...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 10:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Church is finally changing me
    Despite a nefarious reputation, I still work in the nursery of my LDS ward. It’s coming up on five months since the connection between the bishop and ...
    Updated Mar 20 2015 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jason Isaacs as Peter and Anne Heche as Lynn in ‘Dig’ TV series starts adding up: Watch the number
    “Dig,” the new action-thriller series from the USA Network, is starting to add up — at least in terms of its religious content. The third episode, bro...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      
Cathedral of the Madeleine holds a special Spanish language Mass for Christmas on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, in Salt Lake City. ‘God, family, country’? That’s not how most Americans view it
    Washington • “God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not how most Americans see the strongest influences on the...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 11:44 am   |     |   Share
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The Brigham Young University campus in Provo. BYU graduates complain to accrediting board over school’s treatment of lapsed-Mormon students
    A group of Brigham Young University graduates is strengthening its push for students who lose their Mormon faith to retain their spots at the private ...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 10:05 pm   |     |   Share