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Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly is an “apostate,” the LDS Church’s top spokesman declared in a recent radio interview. So does that make the organization she founded to push for women’s inclusion in the all-male Mormon priesthood an apostate group? It is no idle question. The Utah-based faith asks members seeking entrance to any Mormon temple to assert that they do not “support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those acc... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58353062@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:22:11 MDT Forget priesthood — some Mormon feminists seek a middle way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326218-78/women-church-mormon-lds.html.csp Neylan McBaine doesn’t see herself as a feminist crusader. When McBaine, a lifelong Latter-day Saint reared in New York City, accepted an invitation to speak about women’s issues at a Fair Mormon apologists’ meeting two summers ago, she simply wanted to communicate to an orthodox audience that the pain of some women within the Utah-based religion was real — and potent. But that speech — which outlined ways LDS women feel marginalized, offered statistics on female members who are leaving the fai... Neylan McBaine doesn’t see herself as a feminist crusader. When McBaine, a lifelong Latter-day Saint reared in New York City, accepted an invitation to speak about women’s issues at a Fair Mormon apologists’ meeting two summers ago, she simply wanted to communicate to an orthodox audience that the pain of some women within the Utah-based religion was real — and potent. But that speech — which outlined ways LDS women feel marginalized, offered statistics on female members who are leaving the fai... 58326218@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:47:39 MDT Temple-building Mormon leader dies at 81 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58353158-78/sorensen-lds-temple-temples.html.csp David E. Sorensen, an LDS general authority assigned by the late President Gordon B. Hinckley with overseeing a massive expansion of Mormon temple building, died Aug. 26 at his home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was 81. Sorensen, who made his living as a businessman first with a health services company in California and then as vice chairman of Nevada Community Bank in Las Vegas, was tapped in 1992 to join the LDS hierarchy as a member of the Second Quorum of Seventy. Three years later, he ... David E. Sorensen, an LDS general authority assigned by the late President Gordon B. Hinckley with overseeing a massive expansion of Mormon temple building, died Aug. 26 at his home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was 81. Sorensen, who made his living as a businessman first with a health services company in California and then as vice chairman of Nevada Community Bank in Las Vegas, was tapped in 1992 to join the LDS hierarchy as a member of the Second Quorum of Seventy. Three years later, he ... 58353158@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:47:39 MDT Utah youth with muscular dystrophy gets his wish: a helicopter ride http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58344121-78/wish-utah-ride-helicopter.html.csp Sean Anderson has seen plenty of hospitals and ambulances in his 18 years, but on Wednesday his trip aboard a helicopter ambulance was nothing but a joy ride. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah and University of Utah AirMed teamed up to give the Stansbury Park youth a ride from Tooele to the U. and back to Tooele Wednesday morning. Anderson’s wish was to ride in a helicopter, but Make-A-Wish coordinators were having trouble arranging such a ride because of his medical needs, said Nathan Morreale, ou... Sean Anderson has seen plenty of hospitals and ambulances in his 18 years, but on Wednesday his trip aboard a helicopter ambulance was nothing but a joy ride. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah and University of Utah AirMed teamed up to give the Stansbury Park youth a ride from Tooele to the U. and back to Tooele Wednesday morning. Anderson’s wish was to ride in a helicopter, but Make-A-Wish coordinators were having trouble arranging such a ride because of his medical needs, said Nathan Morreale, ou... 58344121@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:32:34 MDT Mormons turn to Internet to preach, but sometimes it turns on them http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317890-78/church-lds-members-internet.html.csp The LDS Church has embraced the virtual universe with unalloyed enthusiasm, hoping to harness its global reach to bring converts to Christ, while some local Mormon leaders have used the same tools to monitor — and occasionally discipline — longtime members. Whether to proselytize or to punish, social-media outlets are part of the LDS landscape, and leaders and members alike are struggling to adopt and adapt guidelines for getting along in what they see as God’s kingdom. The 15 million-member Ch... The LDS Church has embraced the virtual universe with unalloyed enthusiasm, hoping to harness its global reach to bring converts to Christ, while some local Mormon leaders have used the same tools to monitor — and occasionally discipline — longtime members. Whether to proselytize or to punish, social-media outlets are part of the LDS landscape, and leaders and members alike are struggling to adopt and adapt guidelines for getting along in what they see as God’s kingdom. The 15 million-member Ch... 58317890@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:49:29 MDT Taiwan news reports carbon monoxide leak killed Mormon missionaries http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58331788-78/news-thredgold-taiwan-carbon.html.csp Two Mormon missionaries, including Connor Thredgold of Utah, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Taipei apartment, according to two Taiwan news agencies. “Prosecutors found a faulty indoor gas water heater, which they determined to be the cause of the fatal carbon monoxide leak,” The Taipei Times reports. The Taiwan News reported the same. No foul play is suspected, according to both news agencies, as well as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thredgold and 24-year-old Yu P... Two Mormon missionaries, including Connor Thredgold of Utah, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Taipei apartment, according to two Taiwan news agencies. “Prosecutors found a faulty indoor gas water heater, which they determined to be the cause of the fatal carbon monoxide leak,” The Taipei Times reports. The Taiwan News reported the same. No foul play is suspected, according to both news agencies, as well as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thredgold and 24-year-old Yu P... 58331788@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:23:47 MDT Three Mormon missionaries die in two separate incidents http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58328721-78/amp-thredgold-family-mission.html.csp Springville • Connor Thredgold worked 20-hour shifts to pay for his Mormon mission to Taiwan, and by the time he got there, he was smiling bigger than his family ever saw. The 19-year-old was in the country for only about three months. He and another missionary, 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong, were found dead Saturday in their Taipei apartment. Foul play is not suspected, church officials said. Another 19-year-old missionary from West Jordan, Nancy Ann Vea, also died Saturday. She was injured in an... Springville • Connor Thredgold worked 20-hour shifts to pay for his Mormon mission to Taiwan, and by the time he got there, he was smiling bigger than his family ever saw. The 19-year-old was in the country for only about three months. He and another missionary, 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong, were found dead Saturday in their Taipei apartment. Foul play is not suspected, church officials said. Another 19-year-old missionary from West Jordan, Nancy Ann Vea, also died Saturday. She was injured in an... 58328721@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:54:42 MDT Mormon-owned BYU removes gay-marriage cards at bookstore http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317715-78/byu-cards-marriage-hallmark.html.csp Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn’t want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. It wasn’t immediately c... Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn’t want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. It wasn’t immediately c... 58317715@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:38:12 MDT Mormon survey: Women, ordination, apostasy, PR and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58293555-78/church-women-lds-members.html.csp Feminist Kate Kelly’s excommunication from the LDS Church in June may have been a local decision, but Mormon officials knew its impact, given all the media attention, would reach members across the nation, if not the globe. So this week the Research Information Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emailed a survey to see how concerned members — or their family, friends and acquaintances — are about “the roles, responsibilities or treatment of women in the church,” and what... Feminist Kate Kelly’s excommunication from the LDS Church in June may have been a local decision, but Mormon officials knew its impact, given all the media attention, would reach members across the nation, if not the globe. So this week the Research Information Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emailed a survey to see how concerned members — or their family, friends and acquaintances — are about “the roles, responsibilities or treatment of women in the church,” and what... 58293555@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:57:21 MDT Utah vendors put Mormon faith behind their products http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58279144-80/lds-expo-com-campau.html.csp Sandy • To the uninitiated, the T-shirts Mark Thayer is selling bear an interesting pattern of circles and lines. To those who get the riddle — that the symbols represent the “plan for salvation” that is part of the doctrine among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the shirts are, Thayer boasted, “the best thing since the CTR ring.” Thayer, co-owner of Houston-based Oh My Words, and his business partner Robert Hall were two of the vendors at the first Latter-day Expo, ... Sandy • To the uninitiated, the T-shirts Mark Thayer is selling bear an interesting pattern of circles and lines. To those who get the riddle — that the symbols represent the “plan for salvation” that is part of the doctrine among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the shirts are, Thayer boasted, “the best thing since the CTR ring.” Thayer, co-owner of Houston-based Oh My Words, and his business partner Robert Hall were two of the vendors at the first Latter-day Expo, ... 58279144@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:54:51 MDT LDS Church chipping in to help Iraq’s fleeing Christians http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58276544-78/church-lds-christians-eubank.html.csp The LDS Church this week authorized $100,000 in goods to be sent to northern Iraq to aid Christians escaping the military assault of the radical Islamic State group, a church official said Friday. The funds will be used to “buy oil, beans, rice and bedding, “ Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities, told hundreds of Mormon apologists meeting at the 16th annual FairMormon Conference in Provo. Eubank received a call from an LDS missionary couple, Walt and Peggy Plumb, who are doing humanitarian ... The LDS Church this week authorized $100,000 in goods to be sent to northern Iraq to aid Christians escaping the military assault of the radical Islamic State group, a church official said Friday. The funds will be used to “buy oil, beans, rice and bedding, “ Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities, told hundreds of Mormon apologists meeting at the 16th annual FairMormon Conference in Provo. Eubank received a call from an LDS missionary couple, Walt and Peggy Plumb, who are doing humanitarian ... 58276544@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:45:48 MDT Bundy’s views ‘far on the fringes’ of Mormonism, says BYU prof http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58268821-78/church-bundy-honor-byu.html.csp Mormon cattle rancher Cliven Bundy takes an idiosyncratic stance on his church’s 12th Article of Faith, which calls for “being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” Bundy, who owes the federal government more than $1 million in grazing fees, supports the U.S. government only when it doesn’t interfere with what he views as his rights. “We are to be ‘subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates’ as they honor the Constitutio... Mormon cattle rancher Cliven Bundy takes an idiosyncratic stance on his church’s 12th Article of Faith, which calls for “being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” Bundy, who owes the federal government more than $1 million in grazing fees, supports the U.S. government only when it doesn’t interfere with what he views as his rights. “We are to be ‘subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates’ as they honor the Constitutio... 58268821@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:48:10 MDT Photo gallery: Utahns get first peek inside Ogden’s renovated Mormon temple http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58250986-78/temple-lds-ogden-open.html.csp For the first time Friday, Utahns got to see Ogden’s renovated Mormon temple from the inside as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the sacred edifice to five weeks of public viewing. Visitors lined up throughout the day for the chance to see the temple, which crews have transformed from a Space Age appearance to a more traditional LDS temple look. The open house, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, will last through Sept. 6. Free tickets still ca... For the first time Friday, Utahns got to see Ogden’s renovated Mormon temple from the inside as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the sacred edifice to five weeks of public viewing. Visitors lined up throughout the day for the chance to see the temple, which crews have transformed from a Space Age appearance to a more traditional LDS temple look. The open house, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, will last through Sept. 6. Free tickets still ca... 58250986@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:47:34 MDT FAIR gathering to focus on women, blacks, gays, other Mormon issues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58263725-78/mormon-church-conference-fair.html.csp As the 16th annual FAIR conference gets underway this week, participants will find the same hot-button topics that Mormon apologists have explored in years past — the role of women in the LDS Church, homosexuality, the exclusion of black men from the faith’s all-male priesthood until 1978 and questions about the historicity of the Book of Mormon. It was, in fact, these issues that prompted a group of Internet-savvy Mormon defenders to launch FAIR, which stands for Foundation for Apologetic Infor... As the 16th annual FAIR conference gets underway this week, participants will find the same hot-button topics that Mormon apologists have explored in years past — the role of women in the LDS Church, homosexuality, the exclusion of black men from the faith’s all-male priesthood until 1978 and questions about the historicity of the Book of Mormon. It was, in fact, these issues that prompted a group of Internet-savvy Mormon defenders to launch FAIR, which stands for Foundation for Apologetic Infor... 58263725@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:35:39 MDT Mormon feminists discuss tone and the patriarchy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58254493-80/women-church-tone-lds.html.csp LDS officials have said that simply asking about the possible ordination of women to the all-male priesthood is not a problem, but the approach taken by Ordain Women is. In other words, a question’s “tone,” more than its tune, is what makes it off-limits for Mormons. Yet there is no acceptable tone for LDS leaders since these feminists are challenging the status quo, said several speakers Saturday on the last day of the annual Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City. The women, speaking on a panel ... LDS officials have said that simply asking about the possible ordination of women to the all-male priesthood is not a problem, but the approach taken by Ordain Women is. In other words, a question’s “tone,” more than its tune, is what makes it off-limits for Mormons. Yet there is no acceptable tone for LDS leaders since these feminists are challenging the status quo, said several speakers Saturday on the last day of the annual Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City. The women, speaking on a panel ... 58254493@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:14:37 MDT Mormon missionaries leaving Sierra Leone and Liberia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58251904-78/missionaries-liberia-release-sierra.html.csp The LDS Church is pulling its missionaries out of Sierra Leone and Liberia as a precaution against the deadly Ebola virus, which has already killed hundreds of people in West Africa. Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in those countries are being “reassigned to other missions,” the Utah-based faith said in a news release Friday. “In recent weeks measures have been taken to reduce risk to missionaries, including asking them to remain in their apartments,” the release... The LDS Church is pulling its missionaries out of Sierra Leone and Liberia as a precaution against the deadly Ebola virus, which has already killed hundreds of people in West Africa. Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in those countries are being “reassigned to other missions,” the Utah-based faith said in a news release Friday. “In recent weeks measures have been taken to reduce risk to missionaries, including asking them to remain in their apartments,” the release... 58251904@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:14:44 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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:16:56 MDT