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Peggy Fletcher Stack

Reporter, Religion

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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

  • (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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • (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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (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

  • (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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    This screen grab shows Xian Mackintosh, who came out as gay and left the Mormon faith. The church recently produced a video about his story. Mormon church releases video of family accepting gay son who leaves the faith
    After wrestling with his same-sex attraction throughout his childhood and into his early 20s, Xian Mackintosh finally told his Mormon parents he was g...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 09:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Past LDS Young Women leader Florence Jacobsen, left, and Ruth Funk are honored during a reception at the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Former Mormon women’s leader Florence Jacobsen dies at 103, but her hand in preserving historic sites lives on
    Florence Smith Jacobsen was a woman of impeccable taste, an educated eye, a generous spirit and a steely determination that she sometimes showed to ot...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 08:18 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bishop Oscar A. Solis presents the Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis that officially appoints him as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. ‘God’s providence’ brings new Catholic bishop to his place among Utah’s faith leaders
    Utah’s newly installed Catholic bishop stood before more than a thousand people packed into the pews inside the Cathedral of the Madeleine and urged t...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bishop Oscar Solis knocks and is received and welcomed at the doors of the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Monday March 6, 2017. Utah Catholics open their cathedral and their hearts to new bishop
    On a chilly Monday night in Salt Lake City, the bells of the magnificent Cathedral of the Madeleine began to peal as Bishop-elect Oscar A. Solis stepp...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 12:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Mike Stack  |  for The Salt Lake Tribune)    Bishop Oscar Solis in contemplation with other priests before Mass. From City of Angels to land of Mormons, new Catholic bishop bringing fun-loving, faith-filled dynamism to Utah
    Anaheim, Calif • Make no mistake — Utah Catholics got the right Oscar. And what a win it was for a minority faith in the heartland of Mormonism. By al...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 12:30 pm   |     |   Share

    Demonstrators march across 42nd Street during a women’s march, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in New York. The march is being held in solidarity with similar events taking place in Washington and around the nation. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Former Mormon youth leader Elaine Dalton laments the ‘unladylike’ behavior of women’s marchers
    In a speech Sunday to Mormon women, a former global youth leader in the LDS Church contrasted members of the audience who “will lead the world” with p...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • New trailblazing volume gives voice to women’s words throughout Mormon history
    Latter-day Saints read, study and recognize notable speeches and sermons by Mormon men from the faith’s beginnings to today — many of the earliest gat...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 12:36 pm   |     |   Share