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Peggy Fletcher Stack

Reporter, Religion

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    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 21 2017 06:55 am   |     |   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

  • Christ at Emmaus painting by Carl Bloch. Let there be enlightenment: Jesus Seminar bringing its brand of Bible scholarship to Mormon Utah
    With a name like the Jesus Seminar, you might think the enterprise was intended to build faith in the Christian savior. You would be wrong. It was the...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:36 pm   |     |   Share

    Photo courtesy BYU-Hawaii  The Seasiders play basketball at BYU-Hawaii in 2012. Game over — BYU-Hawaii plays its final basketball games; remaining sports soon will follow
    Mormons in Laie were in mourning this week as Brigham Young University-Hawaii’s Seasiders — both the men’s and women’s teams — played their final bask...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:52 am   |     |   Share

    Photo Courtesy of Jim Anderson  Syrian refugees help UNHCR workers to set up tents in the ever-expanding camp.  Jordan, escape hatch for fleeing Syrians, also shelters most of the Mideast’s Arab Mormons
    As Syria continues to devolve into chaos, violence and destruction, its refugees have little hope of making it to the United States — especially with ...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 03:10 pm   |     |   Share

    Want to honor influential Mormon women? Grab some crayons
    Tapping into a current American craze, a group of Mormon feminists has found a novel way to celebrate the lives of prominent LDS women — a coloring bo...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:07 am   |     |   Share

  • This Aug. 3, 2016 photo shows a 21-foot statue of the trumpeting Angel Moroni sits atop the new Mormon Temple, center, set to open near Logan Square in Center City in Philadelphia. The Mormon church is offering the general public a rare opportunity to tour its 152nd temple, a first of its kind in Pennsylvania.  Regional membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to more than 40,000 members in parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The growth prompted church leadership in 2008 to announce the temple plans.  (AP Photo/Michael Sisak) Opposing sides in Mormon rift unite for survey seeking deeper understanding of gays
    Lee Beckstead believes orthodox Mormons in the gay community hate him. After all, the Salt Lake City clinical psychologist and former Latter-day Saint...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 09:25 pm   |     |   Share

    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) gets caught on the baseline as he tries to pass during NBA game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. How hoop star Jabari Parker views Mormonism’s past black ban: a personal foul by fallible leaders
    Jabari Parker, a basketball prodigy who has been compared to LeBron James, may be among the most celebrated of young Mormon athletes but even he didn’...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    LDS leaders Gordon B. Hinckley and Neil A. Maxwell participate in the torch relay on the eve of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Mormon motto for Utah’s 2002 Olympics: Let the Games begin, let the missionary push end
    About 15 years ago, as Mormons were readying Salt Lake City to welcome the world at the 2002 Winter Olympics, an unexpected edict came down from LDS C...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 09:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Bingham’s Justen Nuffer leads his team in the Haka dance prior to the start of the 5A semifinal football game between Bingham and Riverton at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday, November 13, 2014. Haka: A dance of diversity or ignorance?
    Laie, Hawaii • You’ve seen it on TV or at a football game — men in formation, bending knees and arms in synchronized gestures, chanting unfamiliar wor...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 03:32 pm   |     |   Share

    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is unaffiliated with a political party. Mormon leader Quentin L. Cook points to alcohol, abortion and more as the devil’s doing
    LDS apostle Quentin L. Cook’s speech Tuesday at Brigham Young University addressing hot-button contemporary issues — alcohol, sexuality, abortion, mar...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 08:51 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy of the LDS Church speaks at a news conference announcing the church’s new education program BYU Pathway Worldwide, in Salt Lake City, Tuesday February 7, 2017. At right rear are church leaders Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Dallin H. Oaks. New BYU Pathway offers online higher education to Mormons and others worldwide
    Brigham Young University says that the world is its campus, and a new global initiative unveiled Tuesday by top Mormon church officials is taking that...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 10:59 pm   |     |   Share

    This Friday, July 10, 2015, photo shows the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Trump’s refugee order could hurt a growing group: Iranian Mormons
    If President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries is reinstated, it could prevent some Iranian Mormons from fleeing to ...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 08:33 am   |     |   Share

  • | Courtesy David Musselman  David Musselman, 45, of Taylorsville, decided to dress as a down-on-his-luck homeless man to drive home the lesson of compassion to his Mormon flock.  Former Mormon bishop remembers the day he went undercover — as a homeless person — and stunned his ward
    David Musselman can’t say his experiment with homelessness three years ago changed many Mormons, but it did change at least one — him. Flash back to 2...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 08:45 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Choir members of the in house recovery program at the Rescue Mission in Salt Lake raise their hands as they chant ’praise God’ during the singing of Amazing Grace during nightly religious services. Mormon service and a nondenominational one offer Salt Lake City’s homeless a spiritual home
    On a recent Sunday morning in a nondescript rectangular room at a forgettable brick building in a run-down part of Salt Lake City, a Mormon authority ...
    Updated Feb 05 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Stephanie and Javier Tinajero straighten up their family’s converted Sunday school room at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sandy, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Many area churches are involved with Family Promise in which various churches house up to homeless families at their meetinghouses for a week. Lots of volunteers help provide the meals and help take care of the residents. How Utah churches help the homeless — they provide food, volunteers, money, even shelter space in Sunday school rooms
    Sandy • As Javier Tinajero was strolling up the sidewalk to check out a downtown Salt Lake City shelter, three separate shaggy-haired pushers offered ...
    Updated Feb 05 2017 02:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Imam Shuaib Din leads study about fasting at the Utah Islamic Center in Sandy Friday June 3, 2016. Utah mosque to seek greater police presence — just in case — after Quebec shooting
    Though not overly concerned about the safety of his worshippers, a Utah Muslim leader will seek a greater police presence in the wake of a deadly atta...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 09:29 am   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    A screen shot from a leaked video shows Mormon apostles Dallin H. Oaks and M. Russell Ballard discussing WikiLeaks and Chelsea Manning’s sexuality. The battle over MormonLeaks — two websites with one name and one goal: target the LDS Church
    Craig Criddle and Ryan McKnight have a lot in common. Both are former LDS missionaries. Both have stopped believing in their church. Both have resigne...
    Updated Jan 27 2017 06:19 pm   |     |   Share