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Peggy Fletcher Stack

Reporter, Religion

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  • | 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 22 2017 03:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (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
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  • (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 May 06 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (|  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
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  • (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
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  • Two scholars who explored Mormonism win Carnegie fellowships
    Two scholars who have written about Mormonism were among 35 academics and journalists named Wednesday as 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows. David E. Campbe...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Newly installed Bishop Oscar A. Solis greets his congregation following cervices at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Learn your religion, new bishop urges Utah Catholics in rare pastoral letter
    Barely a month after Oscar A. Solis was installed as Salt Lake City’s 10th Catholic bishop, the gregarious Filipino prelate issued an inaugural challe...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Persecution of early Mormons underscores error in U.S. ban of Muslims, LDS scholars argue in court brief
    The U.S. government once attacked Mormons for their faith, blocked LDS immigrants from entering the country or jailed them at the border. It even trie...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 01:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Lejla Ramic plays the piano for the Bulbuli Childrenís Choir as the sing for more than 70 religious and community leaders as they joined Gov. Gary R. Herbert during a signing event for S.C.R. 6, a Concurrent Resolution on Guarding the Civil Liberties and Freedoms for All American People, from the Gold Room, at the State Capitol  in Salt Lake City Monday April 17, 2017. Utah resolution tells world: We favor civil liberties for all Americans
    In an era marked by rising religious polarity, hostility toward immigrants and refugees, and bouts of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Utah legislators...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 12:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • photo courtesy The Parker Family  Emilie Parker at 5 years old in Albuquerque, N.M. When Christians confront the pain of death vs. the promise of Easter
    Resurrection may be easier to believe before your first-grader is gunned down at her school or your adult son is stabbed to death in a faraway airp...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:11 am   |     |   Share
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  • Mormon blog opens a new chapter, will now spread the word as a nonprofit book publisher
    These days, Mormon authors can choose from an array of publishers specializing in works by members or about the Utah-based faith ­— everything from th...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Photos courtesy of the LDS Church  These photos show some of the people who spoke in the recent General Conference in April 2017. The photos are presented in the order the speeches were given. Of the 36 speeches, four were given by women. They are Bonnie H. Cordon, Carol F. McConkie, Linda K. Burton and Joy D. Jones, who is shown here. Many may be called, but few women are chosen to speak at Mormon General Conference
    To plenty of Mormons, the just-completed LDS General Conference may have signaled a troubling trend, with its lack of female speakers and its failure ...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 05:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A homeless man covers up with his sleeping bag from the pounding rain Monday March 27 to use pedestian crosswalk at 200 South to cross from the Gateway mall back to the homeless shelter at Rio Grande Street. Salt Lake City and the Utah Transit Authority plan to close the mid-block pedestrian crossing. Officials say the move is about public safety, but the project comes at the urging of the Gateway owners. Top Mormon leaders call caring for the homeless a defining moment
    For months, some of Utah’s most powerful institutions — governments, business alliances, civic groups and more — have been discussing, debating, dicke...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 07:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks during the morning session of the 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Sunday April 2, 2017. Mormon leader condemns fear tactics; new Utah temple, four others announced
    Fear as a motivator may work when wielded by politicians, parents, promoters and some misguided Mormon leaders, but it lacks the transformative power ...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • The Church’s new Relief Society Presidency, from left to right: Sharon Eubank, first counselor; Jean B. Bingham, president; Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor. New Mormon women’s leaders bring a global bent
    The Utah-based LDS Church named a new — and unusually diverse — trio to lead the 6 million-member Relief Society for Mormon women, with an eye focused...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 05:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 1, 2017. Mormon apostles speak out on bullying, bigotry, slurs and guns
    During a time of jarring political polarity and town hall meetings marred by shouts and boos, several top Mormon officials Saturday strongly condemned...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 07:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mya James, on a mission for the LDS Church, serves at the Bountiful Food Pantry, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Mormons’ JustServe helps helpers find places to, well, help
    Not long ago, Suzanne Miller had a self-described crazy Christian idea. What if her Ogden church hosted a fresh-cooked weekly meal for the homeless, o...
    Updated Apr 01 2017 07:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Mormon missionaries in West Valley City. Tribune archives. Mormon church turns to Hatch for bill to speed up missionary visas
    At the prompting of one of his most-influential constituents — the LDS Church — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced a bill Thursday that would streamline...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • The Wife With A Purpose twitter account propagates ’alt right’ views. Mormon blogger trumpets alt-right racial views, but is out of tune with her religion
    Mormonism is doomed if it continues to celebrate racial and ethnic diversity, to support refugees and immigrant families, and to debase Western, white...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Matt Cashore  |  University of Notre Dame Patrick Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He formerly was an associate professor at Notre DameÃs Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Will the Mormon Word of Wisdom ever change? It has before.
    The wisdom of swearing off tobacco — with its clear cancer-causing and addicting elements — is a no-brainer. Forsaking liquor is a tougher sell, but a...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
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