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After wrestling with his same-sex attraction throughout his childhood and into his early 20s, Xian Mackintosh finally told his Mormon parents he was gay — through Facebook. “I’m not going to beat around the bush, I just need to tell …

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  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  LGBT activist Fred Karger speaks during a news conference at the Hilton hotel in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Karger announced an ad campaign that encourages Mormons and ex-Mormons to come forward with information about the LDS church’s business and political dealings in a forthcoming complaint to the IRS regarding their tax-exempt status. Advocacy groups ask feds to investigate Mormon church for allegedly procuring ‘favors’ from foreign governments
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Matt Fradd gives the keynote address at UCAP - Utah Coalition Against Pornography -  conference at the Salt Palace, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Fradd, wrote the book, ’The Essential Reason Porn is Wrong.’ Utah Coalition Against Pornography discusses the reason porn is ‘intrinsically’ wrong
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  • Courtesy  |  Utah State Historical Society  This photo, taken from the Vermont Building, shows a crowd gathering to attend the 1912 LDS Conference on Temple Square. Kirby’s disturbing history: Close encounters of the bizarre kind at Mormonism’s Temple Square
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Past LDS Young Women leader Florence Jacobsen, left, and Ruth Funk are honored during a reception at the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Former Mormon women’s leader Florence Jacobsen dies at 103, but her hand in preserving historic sites lives on
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  • (Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)   (middle left) Missionaries Sister Khanitta Puttapong and (middle right) Sister Christina Wong talk to (left) Casey Ahlstrom and (right) Jason Mondon in Temple Square during the 183rd General Conference of the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 7, 2012. The day before, church President Thomas S. Monson had announced lower age limits for Mormon missionaries — 18 (down from 19) for men and 19 (down from 21) for women. MormonLeaks reposts LDS Church apostasy presentation, rebuffs faith’s copyright violation claim
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  • Courtesy  |  Wendy Stovall, Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable  Aden Batar, Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director at Catholic Community Services, discusses the resettlement of refugees on Saturday for an Interfaith Roundtable panel at the Center for Spiritual Living. Religious leaders laud Utah for its work with refugees
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  • |  courtesy of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office  Sen. Orrin Hatch met with Jewish leaders at his office on Tuesday. Hatch pledges to back bid to recover religious texts from Russia
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