MORMON - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MORMON News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Atheists, Mormons hash it out in religious give-and-take http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57826691-78/religion-silverman-atheists-discussion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57826691-78/religion-silverman-atheists-discussion.html.csp">Atheists, Mormons hash it out in religious give-and-take</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By jim dalrymple ii</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T10:46:57.215-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 10:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Is a religion like Mormonism fundamentally a force for good, or a “poison” that “deserves to die”? Those were the two opposing views presented Wednesday night during a panel discussion at the downtown Salt Lake City Main Library. On one side, American Atheists President David Silverman and author, ex-Mormon and ex-polygamist Joanne Hanks argued that religion basically brainwashes its members. Silverman, in particular, came out swinging, repeatedly describing the faithful as “victims” of their re...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57826691@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:46:57 MDT Amen! A farewell to the Tribune’s print Faith section http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803888-80/faith-mormon-religion-section.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803888-80/faith-mormon-religion-section.html.csp">Amen! A farewell to the Tribune’s print Faith section</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T11:09:12.088-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 11:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57803888@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:12 MDT Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn proud to be gay and Mormon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57826807-223/glenn-neon-trees-band.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57826807-223/glenn-neon-trees-band.html.csp">Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn proud to be gay and Mormon</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By David Burger</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T13:45:11.299-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 01:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">KISS may have been on the cover of the April 10 issue of Rolling Stone, but the most eye-opening headline — at least for those in Utah — was the one on Gene Simmons’ right thigh that proclaimed: “Gay, Mormon & Finally Out.” It led readers to page 46 and a story about Tyler Glenn, the frontman for Neon Trees, Utah’s most prominent band. After years of denials and lyrics that obscure the issue, the Utah County resident declared proudly that he is gay — and still a devout member of The Church of J...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57826807@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:45:11 MDT Mormons launch Holy Week media campaign about Christ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57827292-180/christ-org-church-faith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57827292-180/christ-org-church-faith.html.csp">Mormons launch Holy Week media campaign about Christ</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T13:18:52.036-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 01:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No doubt Mormons tire of insisting that, yes, they are Christians (despite what some Christians say). They almost instinctively point to their religion’s official name — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — as proof. This week, they also can note their faith’s latest ad blitz: a tribute titled “Because of Him.” The social media initiative includes memes and YouTube videos all focused on the life and mission of Jesus Christ, and timed to coincide with Christianity’s holiest week. The...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57827292@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:18:52 MDT Scholars: BYU prof’s ‘Place of Women’ book relies on hoax gospels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57808217-78/book-women-com-gaskill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57808217-78/book-women-com-gaskill.html.csp">Scholars: BYU prof’s ‘Place of Women’ book relies on hoax gospels</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lindsay Whitehurst</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T22:43:20.431-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 10:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A Brigham Young University professor’s new book is based on a manuscript that is considered a hoax, religion scholars said Friday. In “The Lost Teachings of Jesus Christ on the Sacred Place of Women,” associate professor Alonzo Gaskill relies on a book by a Russian war correspondent that was published in the 1890s. The journalist, Nicholas Notovitch, claimed to have uncovered previously unknown teachings of Jesus Christ at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, and Gaskill connects that text to the wo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57808217@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:43:20 MDT Letter: Ira Glass’ intolerant show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821649-82/intolerant-ira-mormon-mormons.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821649-82/intolerant-ira-mormon-mormons.html.csp">Letter: Ira Glass’ intolerant show</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T16:44:28.109-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 04:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I attended Ira Glass’ performance for This American Life at Kingsbury Hall on April 12. While I found Ira to be engaging, I am disappointed with his decision to add an anti-Mormon diatribe during the middle of his show. He included a writer for the show who lives in Salt Lake City. The writer read a story relating his experience with a bad tooth that required four root canals. He ended up at a dentist who skipped his lunch hour and then spent 45 minutes working on his tooth. During that time...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57821649@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:44:28 MDT How to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s ‘Messiah’ without a ticket http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57801994-223/choir-messiah-tabernacle-tickets.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57801994-223/choir-messiah-tabernacle-tickets.html.csp">How to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s ‘Messiah’ without a ticket</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Reese Newton </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T20:04:32.476-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 08:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">And you thought the Christmas concerts were a hot ticket. Tickets to a pair of Mormon Tabernacle Choir performances of Handel’s “Messiah” were snapped up within 7 ½ minutes of becoming available last month. If you weren’t among the lucky 5,600 or so who got tickets, there are other ways to experience the concerts, which will be the choir’s first performances of the complete oratorio in recent memory. Thursday’s regular 7 p.m. rehearsal in the Tabernacle will be open to the public, as will a Tues...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57801994@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:04:32 MDT Mormon prophet Monson: Be like Christ, love others http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57781603-78/love-christ-god-lds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57781603-78/love-christ-god-lds.html.csp">Mormon prophet Monson: Be like Christ, love others</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T11:40:09.775-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 11:40AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57781603@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:40:09 MDT Mormon Tabernacle Choir will tour Atlantic coast in summer 2015 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/57807747-66/choir-2015-tour-mormon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/57807747-66/choir-2015-tour-mormon.html.csp">Mormon Tabernacle Choir will tour Atlantic coast in summer 2015</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T15:09:02.691-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 03:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While most of us are still deciding what to do this summer, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is already preparing for its 2015 summer tour. The venerable choir, along with the Orchestra at Temple Square, announced today five tour stops for 2015 — all on the Atlantic coast. The 360-voice choir, and its 68-member orchestra, traditionally tour every other year. The choir is made up of volunteers, and members must get time off from their day jobs and family responsibilities to tour. The tour starts Thurs...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57807747@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:09:02 MDT Online Mormon missionaries outperform traditional proselytizers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57797283-180/online-missionaries-missionary-mormon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57797283-180/online-missionaries-missionary-mormon.html.csp">Online Mormon missionaries outperform traditional proselytizers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T15:29:35.386-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 03:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Online Mormon missionaries, often discussing their faith with anonymous seekers and trolls, have five times the success of traditional LDS proselytizers. “Whereas traditional Mormon missionaries convert, on average, six people during their 18- to 24-month service, the online apostles in Provo have averaged around 30 converts per missionary per year,” Gideon Burton, a professor at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, told The Huffington Post. “And these people stick around. Ninety-five perc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57797283@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:29:35 MDT Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57783730-78/sltrib-com-csp-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57783730-78/sltrib-com-csp-http.html.csp">Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T09:03:02.008-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 09:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s tough to follow the news when you’re finally off the clock and have time for yourself and your family. Rewind will help you catch up with all the happenings in Utah over the weekend. The human equation: 16 gay Utahns, 8 marriages, 1 theme: love • For 17 days this winter, same-sex couples from throughout Utah leapt at the chance to marry.Meet eight of those couples, for whom the stakes are both very high and very personal. Mormon women again turned away from priesthood meeting • For t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57783730@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:03:02 MDT The quest for Mormon intellectuals: how to balance facts and faith http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57774851-80/lds-church-mormon-faith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57774851-80/lds-church-mormon-faith.html.csp">The quest for Mormon intellectuals: how to balance facts and faith</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T19:57:26.156-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 07:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In every faith, tension rises between reason and revelation — with believers tipping one way or another. For Mormons, that dichotomy was eloquently spelled out by the late LDS historian Richard D. Poll in his landmark 1967 essay, “What the Church Means to People Like Me.” Poll used Book of Mormon symbols — “iron rod” and “liahona” — to describe two distinct types of committed members. The Utah-based faith’s unique scripture uses the iron rod to represent the “word of God,” Poll wrote. “To the pe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57774851@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:57:26 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765886-78/women-lds-church-priesthood.html.csp">500 Mormon women to enter Temple Square to seek priesthood tickets</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T18:11:15.387-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 06:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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 ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57765886@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:11:15 MDT Utah Bro: The ‘Mormon All-Star’ known for preening, piety http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57766252-226/bro-mormon-star-williams.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57766252-226/bro-mormon-star-williams.html.csp">Utah Bro: The ‘Mormon All-Star’ known for preening, piety</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Erin alberty</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T19:51:02.723-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 07:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah’s indigenous bro (young, image-assimilated male) “is a preening, hair geling, gym ratting, thick necked doofus who dresses like an Abercrombie ad and burns through Crest Whitestrips,” according to a new field guide to America’s regional bros. The “Provo Bro” (common name: “Mormon All-Star”) takes his inspiration from bro-totype Bentley Williams, villain of “Bachelorette” infamy, writes Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan. Hobbies include “going to the gym, attending church services in order to flirt...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57766252@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:51:02 MDT Mormon missionaries in Chile are safe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57765684-180/chile-church-safe-faith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57765684-180/chile-church-safe-faith.html.csp">Mormon missionaries in Chile are safe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T16:18:03.046-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 04:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As Chileans assessed the damage Wednesday from a massive magnitude-8.2 earthquake, the Utah-based LDS Church announced that its proselytizing forces were safe. “All missionaries serving in Chile have been contacted and are safe,” church spokesman Cody Craynor said in an emailed statement. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints counts more than 575,000 members in the South American coastal nation, with nine missions and one Mormon temple, according to the faith’s website.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57765684@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:18:03 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57755233-78/temple-provo-mormon-church.html.csp">Provo’s next Mormon temple gets an angel on high</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-01T15:23:52.676-06:00">Updated Apr 1, 2014 03:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57755233@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:23:52 MDT Missions trumpet a growing role for Mormon women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57630749-80/women-church-mormon-farr.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57630749-80/women-church-mormon-farr.html.csp">Missions trumpet a growing role for Mormon women</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JODI KANTOR </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and LAURIE GOODSTEIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T10:48:02.029-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 10:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Daejeon, South Korea • Ashley Farr, once Miss North Salt Lake Teen USA, is the first in her family’s long line of Mormon women to become a missionary, and, in December, she embarked on her new life in this gray corner of Asia. She packed her bag according to the church’s precise instructions: skirts that cover the knee, one pair of pants, earrings that dangle no longer than an inch, and subtle but flattering makeup, modeled in photos on the church’s website. Sister Farr, as she now is called, ha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57630749@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:48:02 MDT Some choose Mormon missions over graduation ceremonies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57712580-78/mission-early-missions-graduation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57712580-78/mission-early-missions-graduation.html.csp">Some choose Mormon missions over graduation ceremonies</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lisa Schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T10:53:16.421-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 10:53AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57712580@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:53:16 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57713916-78/utah-mormon-university-studies.html.csp">A first: University of Utah may offer a Mormon studies minor</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lindsay Whitehurst</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T10:46:21.761-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 10:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57713916@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:46:21 MDT Plays portray contemporary Mormon women with balance and compassion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57744045-223/women-plays-samuelsen-kell.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57744045-223/women-plays-samuelsen-kell.html.csp">Plays portray contemporary Mormon women with balance and compassion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Barbara M. Bannon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T09:03:52.156-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 09:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Why are you my friend?” Brandie asks Kell in “Bar & Kell,” the first of Eric Samuelsen’s three plays in Plan-B Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of “3,” now at the Rose Wagner. Kell isn’t sure how to respond. She and Bar have set out to transform Brandie’s life as their do-good neighborhood project. She stammers, “Because I want things to be better for you than they are.” It’s partly true, but what Kell really wonders is, “Was I helping her or just trying to feel better about me?” M...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57744045@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:03:52 MDT