MORMONS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MORMONS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57781931-78/atheists-church-american-temple.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57781931-78/atheists-church-american-temple.html.csp">Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square</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="2014-04-07T09:21:35.194-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 09:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The sky grew angry over some 75 atheists as they assembled to march around downtown Salt Lake City’s Temple Square during the LDS Church’s General Conference. But the gathering storm had nothing to do with the wrath of the Almighty, according to the nonbelievers, because there is no God. Despite the raindrops, the crowd, led by Dan Ellis, president of Atheists of Utah, remained in high spirits. Most of the marchers were former Mormons and many mailed resignations to the LDS Church at the end 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> 57781931@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:21:35 MDT Atheists plan to march with ex-Mormons during General Conference http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765900-78/atheists-church-march-convention.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57765900-78/atheists-church-march-convention.html.csp">Atheists plan to march with ex-Mormons during General Conference</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="2014-04-03T17:38:10.501-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah atheists are joining forces with former Mormons to march around LDS Temple Square during the faith’s General Conference on Sunday. “We hope [Latter-day Saints] will join us who are wanting to come out or would like to be able to identify as their more authentic and true selves to let the world know that they are atheists; that they don’t have to try to maintain the facade of being LDS, when they’re not,” Dan Ellis, president of Atheists of Utah, said Wednesday. “Hopefully, it will be catha...</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> 57765900@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:38:10 MDT Noted Mormons recall sermons about stressed moms, world cultures and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57714310-78/conference-general-mormons-center.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57714310-78/conference-general-mormons-center.html.csp">Noted Mormons recall sermons about stressed moms, world cultures and more</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T14:58:54.274-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 02:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Speeches given at semiannual Mormon General Conferences, whether streamed, beamed or broadcast from the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, are viewed as authoritative. They are posted on the faith’s website, printed in its official magazine and reviewed by Latter-day Saints in their homes and at their chapels. Some addresses build hope; others tear down myths. Some lament worldly vices; others celebrate heavenly virtues. We asked several Mormons to tell us about a favorite conferen...</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> 57714310@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:58:54 MDT Op-ed: I am lesbian, and I have felt the love of Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57771643-82/love-mormons-alone-believe.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57771643-82/love-mormons-alone-believe.html.csp">Op-ed: I am lesbian, and I have felt the love of Mormons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marina Gomberg</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T09:36:18.047-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 09:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">She isn’t a (hand gesture) “normal” Mormon, you see. She said that while she hugged me at the memorial service for her neighbor, Jim, a beloved friend of my wife. She mentioned it, presumably, because Elenor had just introduced me as her wife (as one is wont to do). And this sweet and vibrant woman, who also happens to be married to the bishop, wanted us to know that she supports same-sex marriage. I was struck by her unabashed compassion and bravery to be open with what were, I wondered, rare 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> 57771643@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:36:18 MDT Kirby: All LDS General Conference talks don’t apply to everyone http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57765695-80/conference-general-talk-talks.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57765695-80/conference-general-talk-talks.html.csp">Kirby: All LDS General Conference talks don’t apply to everyone</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Kirby</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T17:52:44.184-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 05:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mormons worldwide are preparing for LDS General Conference this weekend, awaiting counsel from our top leaders. LDS general authorities will speak on gender roles, chastity, Internet porn, helping the disadvantaged, temple attendance, mission service, family history, pioneer hardship, modesty, heeding the Spirit and marriage. Note: The value of these talks depends on where a person is on the whole Mormon question. They might help you recommit to eternal salvation or simply give you something e...</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> 57765695@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:52:44 MDT The top 15 Mormons on reality TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57698816-223/mormons-winner-survivor-reality.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57698816-223/mormons-winner-survivor-reality.html.csp">The top 15 Mormons on reality TV</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Scott D. Pierce</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T15:03:58.739-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 03:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dozens of Mormons (and ex-Mormons) have appeared on reality television, but only a few have made much of an impression. That doesn’t make members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a peculiar people. Most people on reality shows get a few minutes of minor fame and then disappear from sight. But a few of the Mormons (and ex-Mormons) have made bigger impressions. A few even became household names. What follows is a purely subjective list of the top 15 Mormons (or ex-Mormons) on 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> 57698816@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:03:58 MDT Letter: ‘Real’ Mormons are thoughtful, kind, so who’s electing GOP? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57699015-82/mormons-real-believe-letter.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57699015-82/mormons-real-believe-letter.html.csp">Letter: ‘Real’ Mormons are thoughtful, kind, so who’s electing GOP?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T01:01:04.114-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The letter from Ron Molen, (“‘Real’ Mormons, Democrats think alike,” Forum, March 15) was a beautiful portrait of the LDS faithful who most of us know as friends, neighbors, and family and he refers to as “real Mormons.” I am convinced Mormons believe in kindness, tolerance, justice, sharing and equality. I believe they honor the U.S. Constitution, respect the rule of law and support the general welfare of citizens, including health care for everyone. If these are the “real Mormons,” then wh...</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> 57699015@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:01:04 MDT Kirby: Anger, outrage come with 20 years of writing about Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57707526-80/mormons-kirby-com-sltrib.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57707526-80/mormons-kirby-com-sltrib.html.csp">Kirby: Anger, outrage come with 20 years of writing about Mormons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Kirby</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T20:18:44.776-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 08:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">This September will mark 20 years that I’ve worked for The Salt Lake Tribune. It’s still a bit hard to get my head around. That’s an eternity in my employment history. Before this I rarely lasted a similar number of months at a job, and usually for the same reasons I ended up at The Tribune: irreverence. Ironically, I was hired in large part because I am Mormon. It makes sense in a way. It’s easier to get away with lampooning something if you’re a legitimate part of it. It’s like making fun 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> 57707526@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:18:44 MDT Letter: Real Mormons and Democrats think alike http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672262-82/real-mormons-believe-democrats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672262-82/real-mormons-believe-democrats.html.csp">Letter: Real Mormons and Democrats think alike</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:05.729-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Most LDS legislators are not real Mormons. Real Mormons believe “The glory of God is intelligence” and would never place highway funding ahead of public education. Real Mormons support welfare for those in need and find stiffing the poor reprehensible. Real Mormons find nothing ‘’virtuous, lovely, or of good report” about assault weapons, gun addiction and the NRA. Real Mormons live the Word of Wisdom yet have to breathe poisoned air because paid-off legislators have refused to seriously addres...</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> 57672262@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT Kirby: Why I remain a Mormon despite faith’s flaws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57676442-80/church-uchtdorf-german-kirby.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57676442-80/church-uchtdorf-german-kirby.html.csp">Kirby: Why I remain a Mormon despite faith’s flaws</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Kirby</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T10:36:11.375-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 10:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Shortly before leaving for my LDS mission in 1973, a coworker tried to get me to see the light by giving me the bloody details of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In 1857 immigrants traveling in a wagon train were slaughtered near Cedar City. The actual perpetrators of the massacre had long been debated but the truth was finally coming out. Jordan was extra happy about that. Jordan: “And it was the Mormons who killed them.” Me: “Yeah, I know. Two of my great-great-grandfathers helped.” The fact 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> 57676442@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:36:11 MDT Kirby: The truth about Mormon tithing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57636466-80/tithing-church-kirby-mormons.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57636466-80/tithing-church-kirby-mormons.html.csp">Kirby: The truth about Mormon tithing</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Kirby</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T18:51:10.153-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 06:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">People have a lot of misconceptions about other faiths. We tend to believe we know how other people worship based on what we hear going around. For example, I once heard Anglicans could get divorced only by chopping off their spouse’s head, preferably in public and with a large ax. It sounded pretty cool at the time. I believed this idiotic rumor for all of about two minutes before concluding it was ridiculous. For starters, think of the mess. I hear a lot of similar assumptions about Mormons. ...</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> 57636466@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:51:10 MDT Essay explains Mormon teaching on ‘becoming like God’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57597557-80/god-says-lds-essay.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57597557-80/god-says-lds-essay.html.csp">Essay explains Mormon teaching on ‘becoming like God’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-27T09:22:13.848-06:00">Updated Feb 27, 2014 09:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Yes, LDS teachings hold that humans can, at some point in the eternities, become like God. But the popular notion — pounced on by critics, mocked in the media and belted out in Broadway’s “Book of Mormon” megahit — that Mormons believe they will rule their own worlds does a disservice to the doctrine. So says the LDS Church in its latest “Gospel Topics” posting at lds.org. “Latter-day Saints’ doctrine of exaltation is often … reduced in media to a cartoonish image of people receiving their own p...</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> 57597557@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:22:13 MDT Some Mormons chime in against Arizona’s religious-freedom bill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57609731-180/religious-mormons-arizona-church.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57609731-180/religious-mormons-arizona-church.html.csp">Some Mormons chime in against Arizona’s religious-freedom bill</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T10:52:48.982-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 10:52AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah-based LDS Church has taken no official stance on Arizona’s hotly disputed and now-vetoed religious-freedom bill, but more than 100 Mormons sure have. They’re against it — and said so in an open letter this week to Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislators, according to a blog on the Human Rights Campaign website. “As Mormons, we feel a call to ‘mourn with those that mourn ... comfort those that stand in need of comfort’ and protect the persecuted from persecution,” they wrote. “ … We expres...</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> 57609731@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:52:48 MDT LGBT Mormons share their struggles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57583812-90/conference-church-gay-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57583812-90/conference-church-gay-lake.html.csp">LGBT Mormons share their struggles</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Vince Horiuchi | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T10:30:20.629-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 10:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As president of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends, Randall Thacker has met many members of the LGBT community who have faced pain, frustration and confusion when reconciling their sexuality with their Mormon faith. There was the gay man and aspiring opera singer who had to endure hurtful comments from his mother, on how “gross it would be to be gay.” Another young gay man lived “a double life for over a decade when he was serving in priesthood callings.” “What did I tell him?” Thac...</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> 57583812@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:30:20 MDT Mormons and homosexuality topic of weekend conference http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57574024-78/conference-church-gay-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57574024-78/conference-church-gay-http.html.csp">Mormons and homosexuality topic of weekend conference</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="2014-02-21T13:13:38.368-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 01:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mental health professionals from diametrically opposed points of view on homosexuality and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be part of a conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday that includes a public meeting organizers say is the first of its kind. The Circling the Wagons conference will include both a therapist who works with gay men to “diminish homosexuality” and a psychologist who worked on a report that found efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation can be harmf...</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> 57574024@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:13:38 MDT