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 spells out the faith's policies for its lay clergymen, excommunication may be necessary for "church leaders or prominent members, whose transgressions significantly impair the good name or moral influence of the church in the community that is aware of the transgression."