LDS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/LDS/ Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Atheist leader: ‘Mormonism demonstrates the power of indoctrination’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57822743-78/atheists-atheist-lake-salt.html.csp The Beehive State will be swarming with atheists this week as their national convention gets under way in Salt Lake City. As many as 700 nonbelievers will be on hand for the gathering, which runs Thursday through Sunday. As a “warm-up event,” the group is featuring a panel discussion at Salt Lake City’s Main Library with two Mormon professors from LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University and two atheist experts. The discussion, moderated by University of Utah history professor Paul Reeve, wi... The Beehive State will be swarming with atheists this week as their national convention gets under way in Salt Lake City. As many as 700 nonbelievers will be on hand for the gathering, which runs Thursday through Sunday. As a “warm-up event,” the group is featuring a panel discussion at Salt Lake City’s Main Library with two Mormon professors from LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University and two atheist experts. The discussion, moderated by University of Utah history professor Paul Reeve, wi... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57822743@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:01:08 MDT Mormon women again turned away from priesthood meeting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57778960-78/women-church-square-ordain.html.csp For the second time in six months, hundreds of women seeking ordination to the Mormon priesthood were turned away Saturday when they sought tickets to an all-male priesthood session. Their goal, several said, was to get the attention of the First Presidency and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Apparently they did. An LDS Church statement indicated patience is wearing thin with the Ordain Women group’s efforts. “Despite polite and respectful requests from church ... For the second time in six months, hundreds of women seeking ordination to the Mormon priesthood were turned away Saturday when they sought tickets to an all-male priesthood session. Their goal, several said, was to get the attention of the First Presidency and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Apparently they did. An LDS Church statement indicated patience is wearing thin with the Ordain Women group’s efforts. “Despite polite and respectful requests from church ... 57778960@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:53:21 MDT Mormon prophet Monson: Be like Christ, love others http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57781603-78/love-christ-god-lds.html.csp Showing love toward others is the essence of the gospel and follows Jesus Christ’s example, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said Sunday during the Utah-based faith’s 184th Annual General Conference. “Beyond comprehension, my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for us,” Monson said. “Because of this love, he sent his son, who loved us enough to give his life for us that we might have eternal life. As we come to understand this incomparable gift, our hearts will be filled with love.” C... Showing love toward others is the essence of the gospel and follows Jesus Christ’s example, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said Sunday during the Utah-based faith’s 184th Annual General Conference. “Beyond comprehension, my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for us,” Monson said. “Because of this love, he sent his son, who loved us enough to give his life for us that we might have eternal life. As we come to understand this incomparable gift, our hearts will be filled with love.” C... 57781603@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:57:17 MDT Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57781931-78/atheists-church-american-temple.html.csp The sky grew angry over some 75 atheists as they assembled to march around downtown Salt Lake City’s Temple Square during the LDS Church’s General Conference. But the gathering storm had nothing to do with the wrath of the Almighty, according to the nonbelievers, because there is no God. Despite the raindrops, the crowd, led by Dan Ellis, president of Atheists of Utah, remained in high spirits. Most of the marchers were former Mormons and many mailed resignations to the LDS Church at the end of... The sky grew angry over some 75 atheists as they assembled to march around downtown Salt Lake City’s Temple Square during the LDS Church’s General Conference. But the gathering storm had nothing to do with the wrath of the Almighty, according to the nonbelievers, because there is no God. Despite the raindrops, the crowd, led by Dan Ellis, president of Atheists of Utah, remained in high spirits. Most of the marchers were former Mormons and many mailed resignations to the LDS Church at the end of... 57781931@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:15:49 MDT Message to Mormons: Prophets not always popular http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57778654-78/church-lds-conference-gods.html.csp Jesus, ancient prophets and, by extension, Mormon apostles, considered “prophets, seers and revelators” in the 15 million-member faith, are often unpopular because they have to tell uncomfortable truths and insist on upholding moral standards. These modern LDS leaders “know full well that the road leading to the Promised Land, ‘flowing with milk and honey,’ of necessity runs by way of Mount Sinai, flowing with ‘thou shalts’ and ‘thou shalt nots,’ ” Jeffrey R. Holland, of the church’s Quorum of ... Jesus, ancient prophets and, by extension, Mormon apostles, considered “prophets, seers and revelators” in the 15 million-member faith, are often unpopular because they have to tell uncomfortable truths and insist on upholding moral standards. These modern LDS leaders “know full well that the road leading to the Promised Land, ‘flowing with milk and honey,’ of necessity runs by way of Mount Sinai, flowing with ‘thou shalts’ and ‘thou shalt nots,’ ” Jeffrey R. Holland, of the church’s Quorum of ... 57778654@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:47:31 MDT Angelic painting reminds Mormon mom she is not alone http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57772059-78/baird-says-painting-angels.html.csp Janae Baird knows pain and she knows angels. The Mormon mother of five in Arlington, Texas, had a bone-marrow transplant at age 13. She almost died five times before she and Cris Baird married six years later. After her last child’s birth, Baird underwent pelvic reconstruction and, as part of the preparations, had a blood test. Turns out she had hepatitis C, a viral disease that can cause liver failure and other serious health problems, many of which she had already suffered. During 11 long mon... Janae Baird knows pain and she knows angels. The Mormon mother of five in Arlington, Texas, had a bone-marrow transplant at age 13. She almost died five times before she and Cris Baird married six years later. After her last child’s birth, Baird underwent pelvic reconstruction and, as part of the preparations, had a blood test. Turns out she had hepatitis C, a viral disease that can cause liver failure and other serious health problems, many of which she had already suffered. During 11 long mon... 57772059@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:57:00 MDT Storify: Day One of the 2014 LDS General Conference http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57779556-200/story.csp &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;div class=”storify”&gt;&lt;iframe src=”//storify.com/bsmith18/general-conference-2014-day-one/embed” width=”100%” height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;script src=”//storify.com/bsmith18/general-conference-2014-day-one.js”&gt;&lt;/script&gt;&lt;noscript&gt;[&lt;a href=”//storify.com/bsmith18/general-conference-2014-day-one” target=”_blank”&gt;View the story “General Conference 2014 Day One” on Storify&lt;/a&gt;]&lt;/noscript&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&l... &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;div class=”storify”&gt;&lt;iframe src=”//storify.com/bsmith18/general-conference-2014-day-one/embed” width=”100%” height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;script src=”//storify.com/bsmith18/general-conference-2014-day-one.js”&gt;&lt;/script&gt;&lt;noscript&gt;[&lt;a href=”//storify.com/bsmith18/general-conference-2014-day-one” target=”_blank”&gt;View the story “General Conference 2014 Day One” on Storify&lt;/a&gt;]&lt;/noscript&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&l... 57779556@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:55:23 MDT Atheists plan to march with ex-Mormons during General Conference http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765900-78/atheists-church-march-convention.html.csp Utah atheists are joining forces with former Mormons to march around LDS Temple Square during the faith’s General Conference on Sunday. “We hope [Latter-day Saints] will join us who are wanting to come out or would like to be able to identify as their more authentic and true selves to let the world know that they are atheists; that they don’t have to try to maintain the facade of being LDS, when they’re not,” Dan Ellis, president of Atheists of Utah, said Wednesday. “Hopefully, it will be catha... Utah atheists are joining forces with former Mormons to march around LDS Temple Square during the faith’s General Conference on Sunday. “We hope [Latter-day Saints] will join us who are wanting to come out or would like to be able to identify as their more authentic and true selves to let the world know that they are atheists; that they don’t have to try to maintain the facade of being LDS, when they’re not,” Dan Ellis, president of Atheists of Utah, said Wednesday. “Hopefully, it will be catha... 57765900@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:18:02 MDT Reporters banned from Temple Square for Mormon conference http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57772455-78/square-news-church-temple.html.csp First, Mormon officials said no to news cameras on Temple Square during this weekend’s LDS General Conference. Now, reporters aren’t welcome there, either, during the two-day religious gathering. In a March 17 letter to the organizers of Ordain Women, church spokeswoman Jessica Moody wrote that “news media cameras” would not be allowed on the church’s square in downtown Salt Lake City during the conference, saying the prohibition was “consistent with long-standing policy.” The group, pushing for... First, Mormon officials said no to news cameras on Temple Square during this weekend’s LDS General Conference. Now, reporters aren’t welcome there, either, during the two-day religious gathering. In a March 17 letter to the organizers of Ordain Women, church spokeswoman Jessica Moody wrote that “news media cameras” would not be allowed on the church’s square in downtown Salt Lake City during the conference, saying the prohibition was “consistent with long-standing policy.” The group, pushing for... 57772455@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:17:06 MDT Noted Mormons recall sermons about stressed moms, world cultures and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57714310-78/conference-general-mormons-center.html.csp Speeches given at semiannual Mormon General Conferences, whether streamed, beamed or broadcast from the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, are viewed as authoritative. They are posted on the faith’s website, printed in its official magazine and reviewed by Latter-day Saints in their homes and at their chapels. Some addresses build hope; others tear down myths. Some lament worldly vices; others celebrate heavenly virtues. We asked several Mormons to tell us about a favorite conferen... Speeches given at semiannual Mormon General Conferences, whether streamed, beamed or broadcast from the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, are viewed as authoritative. They are posted on the faith’s website, printed in its official magazine and reviewed by Latter-day Saints in their homes and at their chapels. Some addresses build hope; others tear down myths. Some lament worldly vices; others celebrate heavenly virtues. We asked several Mormons to tell us about a favorite conferen... 57714310@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:12:06 MDT 500 Mormon women to enter Temple Square to seek priesthood tickets http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765886-78/women-lds-church-priesthood.html.csp Even though the LDS Church asked Ordain Women participants to stay off Temple Square in their quest to gain tickets to an all-male priesthood meeting at this weekend’s General Conference, an estimated 500 plan to enter that space Saturday night. And church officials have no plans to stop them, according to Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly. Mormon officials are closing the square in downtown Salt Lake City to news cameras — despite objections from the press — but not to the activists. “They have ... Even though the LDS Church asked Ordain Women participants to stay off Temple Square in their quest to gain tickets to an all-male priesthood meeting at this weekend’s General Conference, an estimated 500 plan to enter that space Saturday night. And church officials have no plans to stop them, according to Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly. Mormon officials are closing the square in downtown Salt Lake City to news cameras — despite objections from the press — but not to the activists. “They have ... 57765886@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:11:28 MDT Lights, camera, gospel: A look at the pioneers of Mormon cinema http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57712835-200/dutcher-elder-hale-saints.html.csp Mormon cinema has had its ups and downs in the past 15 years — an early boom, followed by a glut of lesser-quality films that left audiences disenchanted. In those years, though, some notable figures changed the movie landscape and inspired LDS filmmakers to tell their stories. Here are four of them: Richard Dutcher Why he matters • Dutcher launched the genre with his well-received 2000 missionary drama “God’s Army.” He followed that up with a murder mystery, “Brigham City,” set in an LDS-domi... Mormon cinema has had its ups and downs in the past 15 years — an early boom, followed by a glut of lesser-quality films that left audiences disenchanted. In those years, though, some notable figures changed the movie landscape and inspired LDS filmmakers to tell their stories. Here are four of them: Richard Dutcher Why he matters • Dutcher launched the genre with his well-received 2000 missionary drama “God’s Army.” He followed that up with a murder mystery, “Brigham City,” set in an LDS-domi... 57712835@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:03:40 MDT Provo’s next Mormon temple gets an angel on high http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57755233-78/temple-provo-mormon-church.html.csp Now, it looks like a Mormon temple. Construction crews labored Monday to put a golden Angel Moroni statue atop the city’s historic Provo Tabernacle — soon to become the Provo City Center Temple. A devastating fire gutted the tabernacle in December 2010. Months later, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson announced that the building would be restored to its original appearance — including a center spire that was removed in 1917 — and repurposed as a temple. Many LDS temples boast iconic Moroni s... Now, it looks like a Mormon temple. Construction crews labored Monday to put a golden Angel Moroni statue atop the city’s historic Provo Tabernacle — soon to become the Provo City Center Temple. A devastating fire gutted the tabernacle in December 2010. Months later, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson announced that the building would be restored to its original appearance — including a center spire that was removed in 1917 — and repurposed as a temple. Many LDS temples boast iconic Moroni s... 57755233@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:40:19 MDT Serving as a bishop is hardly a prerequisite for LDS apostles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57703712-78/bishop-bishops-church-lds.html.csp Here’s a trivia question: How many of the 16 presidents of the LDS Church served at one time as bishops of wards, or congregations? Just two: current President Thomas S. Monson and former President Howard W. Hunter. That may be a bit surprising since former President Gordon B. Hinckley once said that “no one else, not even the stake president nor the quorum president nor the mission president nor, for that matter, the general authorities so directly affects the lives of the members of this churc... Here’s a trivia question: How many of the 16 presidents of the LDS Church served at one time as bishops of wards, or congregations? Just two: current President Thomas S. Monson and former President Howard W. Hunter. That may be a bit surprising since former President Gordon B. Hinckley once said that “no one else, not even the stake president nor the quorum president nor the mission president nor, for that matter, the general authorities so directly affects the lives of the members of this churc... 57703712@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:58:28 MDT Some choose Mormon missions over graduation ceremonies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57712580-78/mission-early-missions-graduation.html.csp Taylor Hart’s high-school yearbook will likely have a few more blank pages than those of his classmates. That’s because he won’t be around the last day of school to gather yearbook signatures. He’ll have left to begin training for his Mormon mission in Portugal. “I’ve always liked to just move on to the next phase of my life, and this is the next phase for me,” said Hart, who graduated early from Taylorsville High so he could leave for his two-year mission in mid-April. The Church of Jesus Chri... Taylor Hart’s high-school yearbook will likely have a few more blank pages than those of his classmates. That’s because he won’t be around the last day of school to gather yearbook signatures. He’ll have left to begin training for his Mormon mission in Portugal. “I’ve always liked to just move on to the next phase of my life, and this is the next phase for me,” said Hart, who graduated early from Taylorsville High so he could leave for his two-year mission in mid-April. The Church of Jesus Chri... 57712580@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:59:46 MDT A first: University of Utah may offer a Mormon studies minor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57713916-78/utah-mormon-university-studies.html.csp With Salt Lake City as the global headquarters of the LDS Church, you might assume the University of Utah, the state’s flagship school, is a major hub for scholars studying and teaching about the Mormon faith. You’d be wrong. While schools ranging from the University of Virginia to Claremont Graduate University in Southern California are beefing up their Mormon studies offerings, the U. only a few years ago started teaching its first course in decades specifically on the religion. “How do you... With Salt Lake City as the global headquarters of the LDS Church, you might assume the University of Utah, the state’s flagship school, is a major hub for scholars studying and teaching about the Mormon faith. You’d be wrong. While schools ranging from the University of Virginia to Claremont Graduate University in Southern California are beefing up their Mormon studies offerings, the U. only a few years ago started teaching its first course in decades specifically on the religion. “How do you... 57713916@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:55:41 MDT Why BYU is going silent on honor code violations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57714167-78/byu-honor-code-jenkins.html.csp Provo • It was a part of Carri Jenkins’ job as the primary spokeswoman for Brigham Young University that she never really felt comfortable doing. A media inquiry would come into Jenkins’ office regarding whether a BYU student — almost always a high-profile athlete — had violated the LDS Church-owned school’s honor code, and Jenkins was bound by school policy to offer a confirmation or denial. Now, thanks to a “decision that was made by the university,” Jenkins said, and became effective Jan. 1... Provo • It was a part of Carri Jenkins’ job as the primary spokeswoman for Brigham Young University that she never really felt comfortable doing. A media inquiry would come into Jenkins’ office regarding whether a BYU student — almost always a high-profile athlete — had violated the LDS Church-owned school’s honor code, and Jenkins was bound by school policy to offer a confirmation or denial. Now, thanks to a “decision that was made by the university,” Jenkins said, and became effective Jan. 1... 57714167@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:55:41 MDT ‘Most glorious sisterhood’ of Mormons gathers in historic meeting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57744898-78/women-general-lds-lake.html.csp More than 20,000 LDS girls and women gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — while millions more watched in Mormon meetinghouses across the globe — Saturday night for the faith’s General Women’s Meeting, bringing together for the first time LDS females from 8 years old to 80 and older. Noting the historic nature of the session, Bonnie L. Oscarson, general president of the church’s Young Women organization, declared: “The combined power of our testimonies and faith in Jesu... More than 20,000 LDS girls and women gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — while millions more watched in Mormon meetinghouses across the globe — Saturday night for the faith’s General Women’s Meeting, bringing together for the first time LDS females from 8 years old to 80 and older. Noting the historic nature of the session, Bonnie L. Oscarson, general president of the church’s Young Women organization, declared: “The combined power of our testimonies and faith in Jesu... 57744898@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:55:41 MDT Mormons again say no to news cameras on Temple Square http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57744687-78/cameras-church-conference-square.html.csp Hoping to avoid a repeat of media images of an October “protest” on Temple Square, the LDS Church on Friday reaffirmed its plan to ban news cameras from those sacred grounds during the faith’s upcoming General Conference. In a March 20 letter, Utah journalists had asked the church to reverse its decision forbidding news cameras from the iconic square in downtown Salt Lake City during the two-day gathering on April 5 and 6. That prohibition was spelled out in a letter to Ordain Women, a group pus... Hoping to avoid a repeat of media images of an October “protest” on Temple Square, the LDS Church on Friday reaffirmed its plan to ban news cameras from those sacred grounds during the faith’s upcoming General Conference. In a March 20 letter, Utah journalists had asked the church to reverse its decision forbidding news cameras from the iconic square in downtown Salt Lake City during the two-day gathering on April 5 and 6. That prohibition was spelled out in a letter to Ordain Women, a group pus... 57744687@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:53:30 MDT Feminist mag turns 40 during ‘Mormon women’s moment’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57712876-80/women-mormon-exponent-sltrib.html.csp You could call this the “Mormon women’s moment.” Feminist issues in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have made headlines lately — from the effort by Ordain Women to secure tickets to the all-male LDS general priesthood meeting to women praying for the first time at Mormon General Conferences and the dramatic surge of young women serving full-time missions. But one publication has been exploring the roles and experiences of Mormon women for four decades: Exponent II. Th... You could call this the “Mormon women’s moment.” Feminist issues in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have made headlines lately — from the effort by Ordain Women to secure tickets to the all-male LDS general priesthood meeting to women praying for the first time at Mormon General Conferences and the dramatic surge of young women serving full-time missions. But one publication has been exploring the roles and experiences of Mormon women for four decades: Exponent II. Th... 57712876@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:51:37 MDT