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As another Christmas approaches and the usual holiday laments are unpacked like so many old ornaments — too much commercialism and too little faith, too much food and too little time — there has always been one reassuring constant: The …

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    Updated Dec 10 2014 08:22 pm   |     |   Share
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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles holds priesthood training in Havana, Cuba. Will Mormon mission calls soon say Havana?
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Brian Birch, director of religious studies at Utah Valley University, has been elected to the board of the Parliament of the World's Religions, which is hosting an international gathering in Salt Lake City in October 2015. UVU religious scholar elected to global panel
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    Updated Dec 15 2014 08:30 am   |     |   Share
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The under-construction Payson Utah LDS Temple. The groundbreaking ceremony for this temple was held Oct. 8, 2011, and the temple is approximately 63 percent complete. It will be dedicated June 7, 2015. Utah’s 15th Mormon temple to open in spring
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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church's governing First Presidency, is unaffiliated. Top Mormon leaders mostly Republican; two switch to unaffiliated
    A Brigham Young University student wanted Mitt Romney’s reaction to the claim that Democrats can’t be good Mormons. “Baloney and ridiculous is my resp...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 03:00 pm   |     |   Share
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Emma Lou Thayne, Mormon writer and mystic, died this week. She was 90. Mormon poet Emma Lou Thayne remembered as ‘hugger of life’
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Cougar fans were bundled up as they watch their team during first half action in the BYU versus UNLV football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Saturday, November 15, 2014. Kragthorpe: Mormon fans can make own choices about cheering for BYU
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    Updated Dec 03 2014 10:32 am   |     |   Share
  • Laura Bush, daughter to speak at Utah family history conference
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Newlyweds get their photo taken after being married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Americans increasingly want to separate religious, civil marriages
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  • (Courtesy  |  Mormonnewsroom.com)
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

People dressed all in white and wearing their costumes wait on the sidewalk at Rock Canyon Park as they joined 1039 participants in an attempt to break a world record for a living nativity in Provo, Monday, December 1, 2014. O come all ye faithful: Utahns break Guinness record for largest live Nativity ever
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    Updated Dec 02 2014 06:41 pm   |     |   Share
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Tamu Thomas-Smith, left, who with Zandra Vranes, right, wrote Black Mormons lament that race is taboo topic at church
    A year after the LDS Church published a landmark essay about its past priesthood ban and amid a nationwide uproar over police shootings of African-Ame...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 01:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • . Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to discover Earth's Cosmic Address and its coordinates in space and time in the all-new Meet the pope’s astronomer, who would baptize E.T. if given the chance
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Emma Lou Thayne, Mormon writer and mystic, died this week. She was 90. Emma Lou Thayne, renowned Mormon poet, dies at 90
    Emma Lou Warner Thayne was wheeled to a computer in her Salt Lake City home on Wednesday morning to work on one last poem — this one for the inaugurat...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
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Elder Henry B. Eyring, LDS President Thomas S. Monson and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during the morning session of the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday October 4, 2014. Coming soon to Mormon inboxes: emails from top LDS leaders
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  • Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Pope Francis has demanded Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the thousands of refugees coming ashore need acceptance and assistance, not self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel social conflict. Francis made the comments Tuesday to the European Parliament during a brief visit meant to highlight his vision for Europe a quarter-century after St. John Paul II travelled to Strasbourg to address a continent still divided by the Iron Curtain. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Pope Francis urges Europe to reject ‘throwaway culture’
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