MORMON - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MORMON News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216230-78/mormon-pioneers-wagon-1847.html.csp">This is the place for facts you might not know about Mormon pioneers</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="2014-07-23T20:15:27.387-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 08:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58216230@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:15:27 MDT Letter: Guilt complex shows in black Mormon story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215466-82/black-flake-mormon-complex.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215466-82/black-flake-mormon-complex.html.csp">Letter: Guilt complex shows in black Mormon story</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T17:10:01.6-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 05:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Peggy Fletcher Stack’s story of Green Flake, “forgotten black Mormon,” (“Black Mormon pioneers ... ” July 22), while interesting, rings with the apologetic guilt complex that is pervasive in American academia and journalism today. The Green Flake story, as well as other black persons of family interest, has been recorded in both family journals and published books for many decades. I recall seeing the wagon, with captioned story, that Green drove from Winter Quarters to Utah prominently displaye...</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> 58215466@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Letter: Book of Abraham essay doesn’t help much http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215518-82/essay-abraham-book-smith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215518-82/essay-abraham-book-smith.html.csp">Letter: Book of Abraham essay doesn’t help much</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T17:10:01.8-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 05:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Abraham from Egyptian hieroglyphics has long been a problem f or questioning Mormons, but the church’s recent essay on the subject (“Mormon essay: Abraham essay may not be literal translation,” July 8) may not help much. It requires members to be linguistic contortionists. The church insists that “translate” doesn’t really mean translate, though that’s exactly what Joseph Smith said he was doing. Rather, they claim, he was just “inspired” to write this a...</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> 58215518@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT 7 surprises in the Mormon pioneer diet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58169927-223/cheney-utah-pioneers-mormon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58169927-223/cheney-utah-pioneers-mormon.html.csp">7 surprises in the Mormon pioneer diet</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kathy Stephenson</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T19:33:56.047-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 07:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As Pioneer Day approaches, Utah tends to remember only those Mormon settlers who survived on boiled mush, sour weeds or — in some cases — nothing at all as they crossed the Western plains. Of course, the stories about starvation are the exception, said Utah author and food historian Brock Cheney. Because of their tragic nature, “a lot of our stories about the pioneers talk about the hardships,” said the author of “Plain but Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers.” “But once they were settle...</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> 58169927@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:33:56 MDT New Mormon mental health group to take less-churchy approach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58211921-180/health-lds-mental-mormon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58211921-180/health-lds-mental-mormon.html.csp">New Mormon mental health group to take less-churchy approach</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T16:43:10.136-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 04:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Next week, a group of newly organized mental health providers, clinicians, educators and advocates — interested in or working with the LDS population — will meet in Utah. Organizers created the Mormon Mental Health Association in June to provide “training, research, strategy, collaboration and education in the mental health treatment of Mormons, helping ensure that this population’s needs are being met by trained professionals who adhere to their professions’ code of ethics.” There already is th...</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> 58211921@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:43:10 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198497-78/black-mormon-flake-says.html.csp">Black Mormon pioneers — a rich but forgotten legacy of 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="2014-07-23T18:41:40.932-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 06:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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> 58198497@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:41:40 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190930-78/encampment-park-pioneers-breakfast.html.csp">Hikers to retrace Mormon pioneers’ first steps in Salt Lake Valley</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Christopher Smart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T22:47:30.159-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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> 58190930@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:47:30 MDT Rolly: As ex-AG is booked, his Dem foe rises to Mormon temple leader http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187160-90/shurtleff-attorney-richards-mormon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187160-90/shurtleff-attorney-richards-mormon.html.csp">Rolly: As ex-AG is booked, his Dem foe rises to Mormon temple leader</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T22:29:38.109-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 10:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested and charged with multiple felonies Tuesday, another event not nearly as sensational and with far less public attention took place 40 miles north of the Salt Lake County Jail. The comparison of the two events, though, evokes a symbol in Utah politics that can’t go without mention. Reed Richards, the Democrat whom Shurtleff defeated in 2000 to become the state’s attorney general, was made a member of the presidency of th...</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> 58187160@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:29:38 MDT Could Mormon church excommunicate Shurtleff, Swallow? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58191132-180/church-mormon-disciplinary-lds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58191132-180/church-mormon-disciplinary-lds.html.csp">Could Mormon church excommunicate Shurtleff, Swallow?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T16:39:43.938-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On the heels of Mormon feminist Kate Kelly’s recent excommunication for “conduct contrary to the laws and order” of the LDS Church, a new question has emerged: Could former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff lose their Mormon memberships, too? The short answer is yes. If convicted, the two prominent LDS politicians, who now face 21 felony charges between them, could end up in disciplinary councils before Mormon leaders in Sandy. After all, according to LDS Handbook 1, which 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> 58191132@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:39:43 MDT Abraham to blacks to Brigham — Mormon essays confront tough questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58183736-180/church-essay-lds-tribune.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58183736-180/church-essay-lds-tribune.html.csp">Abraham to blacks to Brigham — Mormon essays confront tough questions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T17:11:00.098-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">They have tackled touchy topics: Did Mormons really abandon polygamy in 1890? Did Brigham Young order the Mountain Meadows Massacre? Do Latter-day Saints believe a man can become like God? These are just some of the prickly questions confronted in a string of provocative essays released in the past half year or so by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The aim of these articles is to help devout members, skeptical outsiders and even committed critics better understand the sometimes...</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> 58183736@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:11:00 MDT Letter: Fair treatment means equal treatment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58191159-82/church-equal-mormon-woman.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58191159-82/church-equal-mormon-woman.html.csp">Letter: Fair treatment means equal treatment</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:27:32.462-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Charlene Pineda (“Church treats me fairly,” July 15) affirms her own experience of fairness as a Mormon woman. Although she admits that she has not always lived the tenets of Mormonism, and has had to seek counsel from her bishop, she states she has never been treated unfairly, condescendingly, or lesser than any man would have in the same circumstances. I might be more convinced of her argument on the day when she, as a Mormon woman, is no longer dependent upon a man in authority to counsel wit...</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> 58191159@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 MDT Letter: Women in priesthood is inspired http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58158191-82/gun-patriarchal-priesthood-women.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58158191-82/gun-patriarchal-priesthood-women.html.csp">Letter: Women in priesthood is inspired</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T17:11:02.089-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Male plumbing as an arbitrary tribal requirement for the priesthood makes no sense and never has, while full participation by the female gender is a truly inspired idea. Think of the improvements that could result. Issues dismissed or postponed by patriarchal hubris could be addressed with a new dimension, a kind, nurturing, tolerance. Homosexuals would no longer be marginalized. They are some good sisters’ children. Gun addiction, so pervasive in the Mormon culture, would be treated like alco...</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> 58158191@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:11:02 MDT Mormon missionary numbers to rise — and then fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146904-78/evans-missionary-missionaries-church.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146904-78/evans-missionary-missionaries-church.html.csp">Mormon missionary numbers to rise — and then fall</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="2014-07-07T13:24:55.754-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 01:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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> 58146904@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:24:55 MDT Fear runs through many Mormons in Ordain Women ranks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58147363-78/women-says-church-ordain.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58147363-78/women-says-church-ordain.html.csp">Fear runs through many Mormons in Ordain Women ranks</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="2014-07-08T19:31:40.478-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 07:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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> 58147363@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:31:40 MDT Ordain Women tells top Mormon leaders: We sustain you http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58133234-180/church-leaders-statement-women.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58133234-180/church-leaders-statement-women.html.csp">Ordain Women tells top Mormon leaders: We sustain you</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T15:52:12.604-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 03:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Leaders in the Ordain Women movement, which is pushing to open the all-male Mormon priesthood, has affirmed in a statement that they “sustain the [church’s governing] First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles” and that they hoped the top LDS authorities “will continue to respond directly to the needs and desires of church members and take their concerns and questions to God.” The OW comments came Sunday in response to Saturday’s statement by the three-member First Presidency and the 12 ...</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> 58133234@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:52:12 MDT Mormon crickets descend into Utah’s neighbor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58153824-68/crickets-idaho-mormon-according.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58153824-68/crickets-idaho-mormon-according.html.csp">Mormon crickets descend into Utah’s neighbor</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-06T18:06:21.273-06:00">Updated Jul 6, 2014 06:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Boise, Idaho • Mormon crickets are moving through Oneida County in southeastern Idaho and damaging valuable farm crops, according to agriculture officials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Mormon crickets have recently been found near the Elkhorn Mountains, Malad Range, Pleasantview Hills and Samaria Mountain. According to the department, landowners are already reporting damage to their pastures, the Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/1t2T5Ht) reported. Mormon crickets are known to cause ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581538242014-07-06T18:06:21.273-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-06T18:06:21.273-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58153824@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:06:21 MDT Review: ‘Voyeur’ drops comedic bombs in its satirical send-up of Utah culture http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58119676-223/voyeur-lake-salt-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58119676-223/voyeur-lake-salt-utah.html.csp">Review: ‘Voyeur’ drops comedic bombs in its satirical send-up of Utah culture</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ELLEN FAGG WEIST</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T15:38:49.814-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 03:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There’s a great version of “Saturday’s Voyeur” tucked away in the third act, where the satirical musical’s two strongest attributes come together. That is: a richly talented ensemble cast, set in motion by a theater company that takes wicked joy in making fun of the earnestness and hypocrisy of local culture. All of this comes together at a Modesty and Values beauty pageant honoring Sen. Mike Lee. And it’s worth the price of the show’s expensive ticket for the brilliant “What Does Fox (News) Say...</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> 58119676@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:38:49 MDT Mormon missionaries remove flagpole concrete from Mount Olympus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58133720-78/concrete-missionaries-flagpole-wilderness.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58133720-78/concrete-missionaries-flagpole-wilderness.html.csp">Mormon missionaries remove flagpole concrete from Mount Olympus</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T07:29:32.4-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 07:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Mormon missionaries who planted a flagpole in a concrete plug on Mount Olympus last week returned to the 9,026-foot summit Saturday to remove what was left of their unauthorized project. They chiseled some 80 pounds of concrete from the rock and hauled it off the mountain, said District Ranger Cathy Kahlow of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Although installing such fixtures in wilderness areas violates federal law, no citations will be issued. “They cleaned up what they were suppos...</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> 58133720@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:29:32 MDT Top Mormon leaders repeat ‘only men’ qualify for priesthood http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58126770-78/church-leaders-lds-statement.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58126770-78/church-leaders-lds-statement.html.csp">Top Mormon leaders repeat ‘only men’ qualify for priesthood</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-29T15:17:16.489-06:00">Updated Jun 29, 2014 03:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For months, LDS feminists have been asking top Mormon leaders to address directly the question of female ordination. On Saturday, church leaders finally did, and the answer was no. Though the “blessings of [God’s] priesthood” in the LDS Church are available to both men and women, priesthood offices are reserved only for men, the church’s all-male ruling councils reaffirmed in a rare joint statement posted on the church’s website. The statement, signed by the Utah-based faith’s governing First ...</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> 58126770@www.sltrib.com Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:17:16 MDT Book examines pivotal moment in U.S. history — Joseph Smith’s murder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58119497-78/smith-says-beam-joseph.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58119497-78/smith-says-beam-joseph.html.csp">Book examines pivotal moment in U.S. history — Joseph Smith’s murder</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T09:49:18.567-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 09:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On a muggy June afternoon in Carthage, Ill., exactly 170 years ago, a mob of men stormed up the stairs of a makeshift jail and murdered a Mormon prophet. That day — June 27, 1844 — is pivotal in LDS history, marking the end of the faith’s founding era and the beginning of its exile and exodus to Utah. But it merits no more than a footnote in most American history textbooks, says Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam. And that is unfortunate, says Beam, author of “American Crucifixion: The Murder of ...</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> 58119497@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:49:18 MDT