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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Kate Kelly appeals excommunication from Mormon church http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58221626-80/kelly-church-women-ordain.html.csp Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to obtain Mormon priesthood for women, has appealed her excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The appeal includes a letter of support from Kelly’s husband, Neil Ransom. He contends the way leaders have excommunicated his wife but not disciplined him is proof of sexism in the church. Kelly sent her appeal to Scott Wheatley, the president of her former stake in Virginia. The appeal is dated Wednesday and was posted on the Ordain... Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to obtain Mormon priesthood for women, has appealed her excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The appeal includes a letter of support from Kelly’s husband, Neil Ransom. He contends the way leaders have excommunicated his wife but not disciplined him is proof of sexism in the church. Kelly sent her appeal to Scott Wheatley, the president of her former stake in Virginia. The appeal is dated Wednesday and was posted on the Ordain... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58221626@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:49:43 MDT Ordain Women, abuse, defections on tap for Mormon symposium http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58234093-78/abuse-lds-mormon-symposium.html.csp Not all Mormon marriages live up to the ideals of love and mutual respect the LDS faith teaches. And not all abuse is physical. These are among the conclusions of a presentation that will be given at the 2014 Sunstone Symposium, which begins Wednesday night and runs through Saturday at the University of Utah. The four-day annual conference, with the theme “Bridges and Byways: Traversing the Mormon Landscape,” will feature scores of speeches, panel discussions, artistic displays, full-length fil... Not all Mormon marriages live up to the ideals of love and mutual respect the LDS faith teaches. And not all abuse is physical. These are among the conclusions of a presentation that will be given at the 2014 Sunstone Symposium, which begins Wednesday night and runs through Saturday at the University of Utah. The four-day annual conference, with the theme “Bridges and Byways: Traversing the Mormon Landscape,” will feature scores of speeches, panel discussions, artistic displays, full-length fil... 58234093@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:24:15 MDT This is the place for facts you might not know about Mormon pioneers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216230-78/mormon-pioneers-wagon-1847.html.csp You may be yawning at the thought of yet another Pioneer Day parade celebrating the heroic arrival of beleaguered Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley. You’ve heard of the LDS prophet declaring on July 24 that “this is the right place.” The tragic Willie and Martin handcart companies, trapped in snowy Wyoming. The crickets and sea gulls. But there’s a lot you might not know about Mormon pioneers and their historic trek. We asked several historians to share little-known facts about the day, the pe... You may be yawning at the thought of yet another Pioneer Day parade celebrating the heroic arrival of beleaguered Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley. You’ve heard of the LDS prophet declaring on July 24 that “this is the right place.” The tragic Willie and Martin handcart companies, trapped in snowy Wyoming. The crickets and sea gulls. But there’s a lot you might not know about Mormon pioneers and their historic trek. We asked several historians to share little-known facts about the day, the pe... 58216230@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:33:04 MDT Video: Anatomy of a Days of ’47 Parade float http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58217042-78/float-lake-salt-cherry.html.csp Late last year, the LDS Church assigned the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, among dozens of others, to design and construct a float for the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade with the theme, “Pioneers Pushing Towards the Future.” Video producer Mike Stack was asked to document the process from design to finished product. Scores of artists, engineers, painters, and builders donated endless hours to build their entry. It features a giant rotating cherry pie, an old-fashioned grandma, whose rolling pin spins as w... Late last year, the LDS Church assigned the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, among dozens of others, to design and construct a float for the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade with the theme, “Pioneers Pushing Towards the Future.” Video producer Mike Stack was asked to document the process from design to finished product. Scores of artists, engineers, painters, and builders donated endless hours to build their entry. It features a giant rotating cherry pie, an old-fashioned grandma, whose rolling pin spins as w... 58217042@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:51:29 MDT Black Mormon pioneers — a rich but forgotten legacy of faith http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198497-78/black-mormon-flake-says.html.csp Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, driving a wagon into the Salt Lake Valley with LDS prophet Brigham Young, who famously declared Utah to be the right place to build Zion. But you won’t likely see a figure of Flake atop any floats in Thursday’s Days of ’47 Parade as they glide down the streets of Utah’s capital. That could be because Flake’s story is unfamiliar to the vast majority of Mormons. Or because the South Carolina-born convert’s narrative is, well, a ta... Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, driving a wagon into the Salt Lake Valley with LDS prophet Brigham Young, who famously declared Utah to be the right place to build Zion. But you won’t likely see a figure of Flake atop any floats in Thursday’s Days of ’47 Parade as they glide down the streets of Utah’s capital. That could be because Flake’s story is unfamiliar to the vast majority of Mormons. Or because the South Carolina-born convert’s narrative is, well, a ta... 58198497@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:42:30 MDT Poll: Obama scores best with Muslims, worst with Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58173999-78/percent-obama-gallup-mormons.html.csp President Barack Obama should be grateful Mormons account for barely 2 percent of the U.S. population — otherwise his overall approval rating would be sinking even lower than its current 43 percent. That’s because only 18 percent of Latter-day Saints give a thumbs up to the commander in chief’s 2014 job performance, according to a new Gallup poll. On the other hand, Muslims hand Obama the highest marks, with 72 percent approval, followed by other non-Christians at 59 percent. More than half of... President Barack Obama should be grateful Mormons account for barely 2 percent of the U.S. population — otherwise his overall approval rating would be sinking even lower than its current 43 percent. That’s because only 18 percent of Latter-day Saints give a thumbs up to the commander in chief’s 2014 job performance, according to a new Gallup poll. On the other hand, Muslims hand Obama the highest marks, with 72 percent approval, followed by other non-Christians at 59 percent. More than half of... 58173999@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:04:00 MDT Religion survey: Jews score highest, Muslims lowest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190745-78/groups-evangelicals-jews-pew.html.csp Washington • We like ourselves. A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers. Americans give their highest scores to Jews, Catholics and evangelicals on a zero-to-100 “thermometer” featured in the survey, “How Americans Feel about Religious Groups,” released Wednesday. They’re nestled within a few degrees of one another: Jews, 63; Catholics, 62; evangelicals, 61. In the middle of the chart:... Washington • We like ourselves. A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers. Americans give their highest scores to Jews, Catholics and evangelicals on a zero-to-100 “thermometer” featured in the survey, “How Americans Feel about Religious Groups,” released Wednesday. They’re nestled within a few degrees of one another: Jews, 63; Catholics, 62; evangelicals, 61. In the middle of the chart:... 58190745@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:04:00 MDT Hikers to retrace Mormon pioneers’ first steps in Salt Lake Valley http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190930-78/encampment-park-pioneers-breakfast.html.csp The First Encampment Celebration hike is a relaxed family affair and fun for those who want to get a feel for what it was like for the original Mormon pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley. Oh, yeah, there’s a pancake breakfast, too. On July 22, 1847, about 100 pioneers camped in tall grass near Parleys Creek at what today is 1700 South and 500 East. (Brigham Young’s contingent followed two days later.) The spot has been many things through the years, but leading up to the sesquicentennial cel... The First Encampment Celebration hike is a relaxed family affair and fun for those who want to get a feel for what it was like for the original Mormon pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley. Oh, yeah, there’s a pancake breakfast, too. On July 22, 1847, about 100 pioneers camped in tall grass near Parleys Creek at what today is 1700 South and 500 East. (Brigham Young’s contingent followed two days later.) The spot has been many things through the years, but leading up to the sesquicentennial cel... 58190930@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:47:50 MDT Kirby: How much pain does your faith cause? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58167015-78/buddy-faith-kirby-pain.html.csp Here’s another important gospel question. I’ll direct it at Mormons because there are so many of us around here, but it works just as well for people of other “only one way” faiths. Come to think of it, the question also applies to anyone who believes something with such certainty that reason is occasionally ordered to shut up and sit in the back. First, some groundwork. How much does your unshakable faith comfort you in moments of genuine pain and uncertainty about eternity? A lot? Some? Only ... Here’s another important gospel question. I’ll direct it at Mormons because there are so many of us around here, but it works just as well for people of other “only one way” faiths. Come to think of it, the question also applies to anyone who believes something with such certainty that reason is occasionally ordered to shut up and sit in the back. First, some groundwork. How much does your unshakable faith comfort you in moments of genuine pain and uncertainty about eternity? A lot? Some? Only ... 58167015@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:54:49 MDT Mormon missionary numbers to rise — and then fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146904-78/evans-missionary-missionaries-church.html.csp First came the surge. Next comes the settling. The Mormon missionary force began to balloon almost from the moment the LDS Church lowered the service age, jumping from 58,500 then to nearly 86,000 today. That number is expected to plateau at about 88,000 this fall, David F. Evans, head of the Missionary Department, said this week in a video interview on the Utah-based faith’s newsroom website. That two-year surge then will start to slip — as expected. Evans estimates the missionary tally to set... First came the surge. Next comes the settling. The Mormon missionary force began to balloon almost from the moment the LDS Church lowered the service age, jumping from 58,500 then to nearly 86,000 today. That number is expected to plateau at about 88,000 this fall, David F. Evans, head of the Missionary Department, said this week in a video interview on the Utah-based faith’s newsroom website. That two-year surge then will start to slip — as expected. Evans estimates the missionary tally to set... 58146904@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:33:23 MDT Fear runs through many Mormons in Ordain Women ranks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58147363-78/women-says-church-ordain.html.csp They are anxious, worried and occasionally petrified. They have been lectured and patronized and shunned by fellow Mormons who were once friends — and even blocked from family gatherings. In a barrage of brutal online insults, they have been called “mean-spirited,” “misguided twits,” “heretics to be burned at the stake,” “arrogant,” “self-centered” and “anti-Christs,” who believe that “all men are pigs.” So who are these so-called demons? They are churchgoing, believing Mormons who boldly post... They are anxious, worried and occasionally petrified. They have been lectured and patronized and shunned by fellow Mormons who were once friends — and even blocked from family gatherings. In a barrage of brutal online insults, they have been called “mean-spirited,” “misguided twits,” “heretics to be burned at the stake,” “arrogant,” “self-centered” and “anti-Christs,” who believe that “all men are pigs.” So who are these so-called demons? They are churchgoing, believing Mormons who boldly post... 58147363@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:33:48 MDT Mormon, Catholic leaders in Utah laud Hobby Lobby ruling http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58134601-78/church-catholic-religious-lds.html.csp Several Utah faiths — including Catholicism, which opposes all forms of artificial birth control, and Mormonism, which does not — hailed Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby’s favor as a clear victory for religious freedom. “In its ruling, the Supreme Court reaffirmed vital constitutional protections for our individual right to fully form our own conscience,” Bishop John C. Wester, leader of the state’s 300,000 Catholics, said in a statement. “The narrow ruling recognizes that private... Several Utah faiths — including Catholicism, which opposes all forms of artificial birth control, and Mormonism, which does not — hailed Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby’s favor as a clear victory for religious freedom. “In its ruling, the Supreme Court reaffirmed vital constitutional protections for our individual right to fully form our own conscience,” Bishop John C. Wester, leader of the state’s 300,000 Catholics, said in a statement. “The narrow ruling recognizes that private... 58134601@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:28:28 MDT