MORMONS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MORMONS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Ordain Women, abuse, defections on tap for Mormon symposium http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58234093-78/abuse-lds-mormon-symposium.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58234093-78/abuse-lds-mormon-symposium.html.csp">Ordain Women, abuse, defections on tap for Mormon symposium</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="2014-07-29T19:10:18.991-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 07:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58234093@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:10:18 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 <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 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 Poll: Obama scores best with Muslims, worst with Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58173999-78/percent-obama-gallup-mormons.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58173999-78/percent-obama-gallup-mormons.html.csp">Poll: Obama scores best with Muslims, worst with Mormons</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-21T19:03:27.825-06:00">Updated Jul 21, 2014 07:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</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> 58173999@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:03:27 MDT Letter: Radicalized GOP defies ‘glory of God’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182841-82/obama-god-mormons-birth.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182841-82/obama-god-mormons-birth.html.csp">Letter: Radicalized GOP defies ‘glory of God’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T16:58:41.789-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 04:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re (“Obama scores ... worst with Mormons,” July 12): This evaluation is troubling to me as a Mormon. Certainly the LDS Church’s stand supporting Proposition 8 in California plus further opposition to gay marriage affected the decline. However, early in Obama’s first term, those of us who attended Town Hall meetings in Utah could see that efforts by groups such as Americans for Prosperity were successful in radicalizing those meeting against the President. Mike Lee’s town hall performances sugg...</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> 58182841@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:58:41 MDT Letter: Pioneer Day not just for Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182891-82/mormons-pioneer-freedom-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182891-82/mormons-pioneer-freedom-state.html.csp">Letter: Pioneer Day not just for Mormons</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T09:05:02.346-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 09:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The expulsion of the Mormons from Illinois represents the only time in American history where U.S. citizens were forced to leave the country because of their religion. Their entry into this valley in 1847 is commemorated by the celebration of Pioneer Day on July 24. The fact that Pioneer Day is a state holiday should not cause others to ignore or shun it because of their perception that it is “only about Mormons.” Pioneer Day is not just about Mormons, but about religious freedom for all Americ...</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> 58182891@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:05:02 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 From the archives: Andy Warhol’s Mormon sidekick http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58085269-78/mormon-church-temple-lds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58085269-78/mormon-church-temple-lds.html.csp">From the archives: Andy Warhol’s Mormon sidekick</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="2014-06-19T07:59:14.852-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 07:59AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note • French-born Isabelle Collin Dufresne, who kicked around with pop artist Andy Warhol in the ’60s as Ultra Violet and eventually converted to Mormonism, died Saturday. She was 78. Her funeral was Wednesday in an LDS chapel on the east side of New York City. Here is a 2004 Salt Lake Tribune story about Dufresne and Mormons living in the Big Apple: ———— New York • Isabelle Dufresne left France for America in the freedom-loving 1960s and became the flamboyant Ultra Violet, Andy Warho...</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> 58085269@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:59:14 MDT 3 council members to skip parade over Jerry the Horse & gay rights http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58061067-78/parade-council-gay-horse.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58061067-78/parade-council-gay-horse.html.csp">3 council members to skip parade over Jerry the Horse & gay rights</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="2014-06-13T07:42:07.91-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 07:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No gay guests and a dead horse. Those are just the latest hot-button controversies dogging a Days of ’47 Parade that strives to dodge controversy. Earlier this week, the parade committee again refused to let the gay-friendly organization Mormons Building Bridges participate in the July 24 procession — despite a request from the Salt Lake City Council. Now, three council members are refusing to take part in the parade, which honors the Mormon pioneers’ 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. Erin 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> 58061067@www.sltrib.com Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:42:07 MDT Dear Diary: We’re black Mormon women and we have lots to say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58033811-78/black-church-lds-smith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58033811-78/black-church-lds-smith.html.csp">Dear Diary: We’re black Mormon women and we have lots to say</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="2014-06-10T09:54:45.264-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 09:54AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Faith in God, Jesus and the Mormon gospel come easy to Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes. LDS culture? Not so much. You see, Smith and Vranes are black and were mostly reared outside the Beehive State. They were used to wearing hats to church and calling out “amen” when they agreed with a preacher. Their Jell-O never gelled or their funeral potatoes had too much kick. They were comfortable jawing in urban slang like “hooptie” (a junker car that still runs) and “boo” (a loved one). “I have a family hi...</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> 58033811@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:54:45 MDT Gay couples who made history lead Utah Pride Parade (videos) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58033220-78/pride-parade-gay-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58033220-78/pride-parade-gay-utah.html.csp">Gay couples who made history lead Utah Pride Parade (videos)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Danielle Manley</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-09T08:27:41.765-06:00">Updated Jun 9, 2014 08:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; Utah’s 2014 Gay Pride Parade rolled Sunday through downtown Salt Lake City under blue skies and before enthusiastic crowds. This weekend’s celebration is the first since some 1,300 same-sex couples — many of whom were part of the parade — were able to marry during a 17-day window that opened Dec. 20 when U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional, and closed when the state won a stay while appealing that ruli...</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> 58033220@www.sltrib.com Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:27:41 MDT Salt Lake asks Days of ‘47 to let in gay-friendly Mormon group http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58046273-78/parade-council-letter-bridges.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58046273-78/parade-council-letter-bridges.html.csp">Salt Lake asks Days of ‘47 to let in gay-friendly Mormon group</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="2014-06-10T11:01:41.119-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 11:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Despite an admonishment from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the Salt Lake City Council has formally asked Days of ’47 Parade organizers to reconsider denying the entry of gay-friendly Mormons Building Bridges from the Pioneer Day procession. Parade organizers have received the letter and plan to discuss it at Tuesday’s board meeting, Executive Vice President Greg James said Monday. He previously said organizers rejected Bridges’ entry because they feared it would create controversy...</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> 58046273@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:01:41 MDT Trib Talk: ‘Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58037405-231/black-com-mormons-diary.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58037405-231/black-com-mormons-diary.html.csp">Trib Talk: ‘Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-10T15:56:47.761-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 03:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As part of the 3 percent of Mormons who are African-American, Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes view their LDS identity through a slightly different cultural lens. The two self-proclaimed Sistas in Zion have navigated their faith with humor and openness in a successful podcast and now a book describes their journey as friends and believers. On Monday at 12:15 p.m., Smith and Vranes join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about their new book, “Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons,” and about diversity within...</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> 58037405@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:56:47 MDT Letter of the week: Parade debate is a welcome values discussion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58028910-82/parade-bridges-building-mormons.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58028910-82/parade-bridges-building-mormons.html.csp">Letter of the week: Parade debate is a welcome values discussion</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-06T16:52:02.11-06:00">Updated Jun 6, 2014 04:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Salt Lake City Council’s debate about the Days of ’47 Parade Committee’s rejection of Mormons Building Bridges’ entry is instructive. While we agree with the ACLU’s letter to the council that a private, not-for-profit organization like the Days of ’47, Inc., has every right to determine who participates in their event — that this is a form of speech that should not be inhibited by any government officials — the council’s discussions have encouraged the community to ask important questions 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> 58028910@www.sltrib.com Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:52:02 MDT Editorial: With liberty comes controversy, Days of ‘47 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58032830-82/parade-aclu-controversy-sltrib.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58032830-82/parade-aclu-controversy-sltrib.html.csp">Editorial: With liberty comes controversy, Days of ‘47</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-06T16:16:02.416-06:00">Updated Jun 6, 2014 04:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Interesting week for the American Civil Liberties Union. The Utah Chapter was backing a gay-friendly same-sex marriage decision on appeal as it slapped down Salt Lake City’s attempt to back a gay-friendly group’s participation in the Days of ’47 Parade. The ACLU rightly maintained its contrarian status by telling the city council that it shouldn’t be sending out letters on official stationery telling the parade folks to let Mormons Building Bridges have a parade entry. Days of ’47 is a private ...</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> 58032830@www.sltrib.com Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:16:02 MDT ACLU cries foul on SLC Council protest of Days of ’47 flap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58022660-78/parade-council-aclu-letter.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58022660-78/parade-council-aclu-letter.html.csp">ACLU cries foul on SLC Council protest of Days of ’47 flap</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="2014-06-03T22:37:25.069-06:00">Updated Jun 3, 2014 10:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Salt Lake City Council could be violating the First Amendment if it tries to officially influence the decision to exclude Mormons Building Bridges from the Days of ’47 Parade, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. While the council’s intention to send a letter standing up for the group dedicated to improving Mormons’ relationships with the gay community may be understandable, it’s still “a bridge too far” for a governmental body to try to influence a private event, ACLU l...</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> 58022660@www.sltrib.com Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:37:25 MDT