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Peggy Fletcher Stack

Reporter, Religion

801-257-8725, pstack@sltrib.com


  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Employees head for home from the LDS Church Office Building on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A new dress code will allow women to wear dress slacks and professional pantsuits while men can don light-color shirts. Paid parental leave, pantsuits for women, colored shirts for men — those changes are coming for Mormon church employees
    Like their peers, many contemporary Mormon women work side by side with men in boardrooms and courtrooms, surgical theaters and sports franchises, col...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:49 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune File Photo)   Barbara Woodhead Winder was general president of the LDS Church’s Relief Society from 1984 to 1990. Former LDS women’s leader Barbara Winder, who united Mormons after divisive ERA fight, dies
    Barbara Woodhead Winder took the helm of the LDS Church’s all-female Relief Society in April 1984, a few years after the United States became embroile...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 01:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • A bicycle taxi rides past a building painted with a Cuban flag and an image of Che Guevara, along with the Spanish slogan ’Always toward victory!’ in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, March 19, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the island on March 20. During his three-day trip, the first to the country by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years, he will meet with President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution and attend an exhibition baseball game. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Mormon church opens a district in Cuba. Will missionaries soon follow?
    Just days after President Donald Trump announced a scaling back of U.S. involvement with Cuba, the LDS Church enlarged its presence in the Caribbean c...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 09:35 pm   |     |   Share

  • photo courtesy LDS Church President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Neil L. Andersen and Bishop Dean M. Davies are greeted by members of the Pacific Area Presidency in Temple View, New Zealand on 16 June 2017. Image credit: Tessa Dewsbury New Mormon buildings in New Zealand paint a bright future, but some members lament loss of the past
    Mormons in New Zealand gathered in Hamilton on June 17 for the dedication of a massive new LDS building — the David O. McKay Stake and Cultural Events...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 02:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • Adam & Eve Eat Forbidden Fruit 1) Sacred-biblical history of the old and New Testament. two Hundred and forty images Ed. 3. St. Petersburg, 2) 1873. 3) Russia 4) Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld What Adam and Eve can teach us about lust, love and parenthood that most Bible readers miss
    It may be the world’s oldest love story — a naked Adam and Eve in a garden, surrounded by forbidden fruit and a seductive snake — but it still carries...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 09:47 am   |     |   Share

  • This Thursday, April 28, 2016, photo shows bottles of Coca-Cola in Concord, N.H. Coca-Cola reports financial results Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Coca-Cola arrives at LDS Business College, but BYU stays on no-caffeine wagon
    It looks like Brigham Young University may be Mormonism’s last institutional holdout against what some see as “evil” cola drinks — you know, the ones ...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 08:35 am   |     |   Share

  • Buteera Faustin, right, and Emma Kakande chat at an LDS sacrament table in Seeta, Uganda, before the service begins. Mormon growth is surging in parts of Africa. Courtesy of Michael Stack. Mormon growth rate falls to lowest level in 80 years, but ups and downs vary by region
    At his inaugural news conference in 1995, then-LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley quipped that his church’s biggest challenge — a “remarkable and...
    Updated Jun 11 2017 05:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LDS Genesis Group Choir singer Marj Desuis rehearses. This choir is different from most LDS choirs. The group sings gospel and soul music. 39 years later, priesthood ban is history, but racism within Mormon ranks isn’t, black members say
    Tamu Smith was called the N-word in the Salt Lake LDS Temple a week after her wedding day more than 20 years ago. The same slur was aimed at Zandra Vr...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 09:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sister missionaries at the LDS Missionary Training Center in Provo Tuesday June 18, 2013. Since the Utah-based faith lowered the age for women from 21 to 19, it has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of female missionaries. Previous, fewer than 20 percent of those training at the MTC were women, now it is up to 42 percent. Mormon church to undertake sweeping survey on missionary safety
    They wear bike helmets and seat belts. They travel in pairs and follow a strict routine, making sure to be in bed by 10:30 p.m. They spray their cloth...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 01:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy LDS Church The new two-building complex at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo provides additional space to teach missionaries before they are sent to their assigned areas of the world. The MTC will be open for public tours through the end of July. Public can tour the bigger Mormon Missionary Training Center in Provo
    Anyone desiring a glimpse of the campus where thousands of young Mormons prepare to preach their faith can walk through the halls of the newly expande...
    Updated Jun 03 2017 09:19 am   |     |   Share

    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Conference attendees moved about near the waterfall prior to the afternoon session of 186th Semiannual General Conference of the LDS church, Sunday, October 2, 2016. LDS millennials are more Democratic, diverse than older Mormons, survey shows
    Mormon millennials are mostly married and wed at about the same age as their parents. They grew up in smaller families, are more racially diverse and ...
    Updated May 26 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   President Thomas S. Monson arrives during the morning session of the 187th LDS General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday April 1, 2017.  Frail Mormon prophet Monson no longer goes to office regularly, confers with counselors ‘as needed’
    Due to declining health, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson has given up overseeing the global faith’s daily operations, but his absence will scarc...
    Updated May 27 2017 05:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • | courtesy LDS Church  Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world visit the Family History Library every year. The new 10,139 square foot interactive discovery experiences, located on the main floor of the worldís largest genealogy library, uses technology to introduce visitors to their family tree. The new facility will accommodate large and diverse groups. Admission is free to the public. Interactive Mormon genealogy exhibit plays to cultural stereotypes, critics argue
    An interactive computer app meant to raise cultural awareness and help visitors discover their roots at the LDS Family History Library is drawing fire...
    Updated May 26 2017 09:22 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ann Pack, a transgender woman, listens as her wife, Brigit, speaks about their lives and their relationships with their daughter. A happy Mother’s Day for two Utah Mormon women — whom their kids know as Dad
    Syracuse • Ann Pack so dreaded becoming a parent, she felt relieved when her spouse was infertile. That’s because Ann had a secret — one she feared w...
    Updated May 14 2017 08:28 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan   |  Tribune file photo)                                                                                     Boy Scouts salute during Provo’s Stadium of Fire on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Mormon church takes steps away from Boy Scouts of America; does total exodus loom?
    It is not the end of Mormonism’s longtime alliance with the Boys Scouts of America, but it could be a step in that direction. The Church of Jesus Chri...
    Updated May 11 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hundreds of people gather during the Monumental Rally for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments at the Utah State Capitol Saturday, May 6, 2017. Supporters of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase rally in advance of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit
    After his birth in Utah’s Monument Valley, James Adakai’s umbilical cord was buried at Bears Ears. The Navajo Nation’s commissioner for Bears Ears now...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 07:23 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann   |  Tribune file photo)   Temple Square with Tabernacle, Salt Lake Temple, LDS Conference Center, Joseph Smith Building and LDS Church Office Building seen from high angle above South Temple and West Temple on March 22, 2011 Mormon church vows to stay neutral in partisan politics — despite Trump’s order
    President Donald Trump’s latest executive order may give tax-exempt religious organizations the green light for greater political involvement, but don...
    Updated May 05 2017 10:18 am   |     |   Share

  • (|  Tribune File Photo)    Chelsey Uesi, 20, performs a Tauolunga, a traditional Tongan dance, for Halaevalu Mata’aho, the Queen Mother of Tonga, during an evening prayer and celebration at a home in West Valley City, Utah, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. The most Mormon country in the world? It’s Tonga
    There are a lot of Tongans in Utah. After all, one in every four U.S. Tongans resides in the Beehive State, which features several all-Tongan Mormon s...
    Updated May 04 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Rev. George H. Niederauer at the Bishop’s Dinner, a fundraiser for the preservation of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, and held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Thursday, September 26, 2013. Niederauer,  the former archbishop of San Francisco, used to oversee the Salt Lake City Diocese. Bishop George Niederauer — ‘the soul of goodness’ and former leader of Utah Catholics — dies at age 80
    In 1994, George H. Niederauer seemed an unlikely candidate to become the eighth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. An only child and a ...
    Updated May 04 2017 08:31 am   |     |   Share