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Emeritus professor leads latest push to dump BYU’s ‘crazy’ beard ban

By David Noyce | Peggy Fletcher Stack | September 19, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

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‘Mormon Land’: The new push to get BYU to trim its beard ban

By David Noyce | Peggy Fletcher Stack | September 15, 2021, 2:16 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Rubina Halwani in Sandy on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. The Muslim woman says she "hated the [9/11] terrorists, but now everyone hates my faith and my people. All of us, lumped together. "

‘This was an attack on my United States and my religion’ — Utah Muslims reflect on 9/11 and its aftermath

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | September 12, 2021, 7:29 p.m.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Church President Russell M. Nelson receives the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City. The church is forbidding its leaders in California from signing "religious exemptions" to help members get around vaccine mandates.

LDS Church won’t help California members avoid vaccine mandates

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | September 10, 2021, 11:09 p.m.

(England family) Latter-day Saint intellectual Eugene England, who died in 2001, is the subject of a new biography titled “Stretching the Heavens: The Life of Eugene England and the Crisis of Modern Mormonism.”

‘Mormon Land’: In the wake of apostle Jeffrey Holland’s speech, we explore the life of a previous professor forced out at BYU

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | David Noyce | September 8, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The 2021 fall semester gets underway at Brigham Young University, Aug. 30, 2021, in Provo. The school, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes struggles in its pursuit of academic excellence and religious loyalty.

Can a ‘unique’ BYU really be true to its two missions: faith and scholarship?

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | September 7, 2021, 1:13 p.m.

(AP) Did Elvis Presley keep notes in a copy of the Book of Mormon? Keith Erekson, director of the Church History Library, answers this question and more.

‘Mormon Land’: How to debunk LDS myths — from Brigham’s temple elevators to Elvis’ Book of Mormon

By David Noyce | Peggy Fletcher Stack | September 1, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Funding the mall's construction is at the heart of a tithing dispute raised in a federal lawsuit.

Did LDS tithing go toward City Creek Center? Answer may depend on how you define tithing.

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 30, 2021, 8:02 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune).
Brigham Young statue at BYU. A Cougar alum, who is an administrator at Methodist university, says Latter-day Saint apostle Jeffrey R. Holland's speech could impact the academic research conducted at the the Provo school.

LDS apostle Jeffrey Holland’s talk puts BYU at risk of losing ‘national prestige,’ university administrator warns

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | David Noyce | August 28, 2021, 8:45 p.m.

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks to faculty at Brigham Young University on Aug. 23, 2021.

Apostle Jeffrey Holland to BYU: Stop aiming ‘friendly fire’ at LDS teachings

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 26, 2021, 2:46 p.m.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks to faculty at Brigham Young University on Aug. 23, 2021.

‘Mormon Land’: How Jeffrey Holland’s talk on LGBTQ issues could have consequences for BYU

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | David Noyce | August 25, 2021, 8:35 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Bailey Weems prepares doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during a free COVID-19 clinic on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.

‘Sense of betrayal’ — Latter-day Saint ICU doctor laments that more aren’t vaccinated

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | David Noyce | August 21, 2021, 2:21 p.m.

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President Russell M. Nelson arrives at the priesthood session of General Conference on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Nelson and his counselors are again urging members to wear masks get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Did LDS Church statement move the needle on vaccines and masking? Yes and no.

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 19, 2021, 8:46 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) 
Mormon book dealer Curt Bench, shown in 2012, has died.

LDS literary community marks a sad chapter with the death of beloved bookseller Curt Bench

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 19, 2021, 8:40 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Free Pfizer vaccines are shown at Weber State University Continuing Education Center in Ogden, Aug. 11, 2021. Dr. Samuel Brown, an intensive care unit physician-scientist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, says the vaccine is highly safe and effective.

‘Mormon Land’: From the front lines, a Latter-day Saint ICU doctor offers his views of the war against COVID

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | David Noyce | August 19, 2021, 6:35 p.m.

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A young priesthood holder offers the sacrament to a family during a modified church service in the Carrollton Ward, Washington, D.C., Aug. 16, 2020. Due to the rise of the delta variant, some Latter-day Saint congregations are again requiring masks for in-person participants.

Wear masks and get the vaccine, say top LDS leaders, even as more wards return to face coverings

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 16, 2021, 3:40 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is under major ongoing renovations, Aug. 4, 2021.

‘Mormon Land’: Get the latest on the makeover of Salt Lake City’s Temple Square and what it will be like when the work is done

By David Noyce | Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 11, 2021, 8:37 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) The sun rises on an empty plaza outside the Conference Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City in April 2021. The church has updated its General Handbook.

Keep politics out of church meetings, updated handbook tells Latter-day Saints

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 9, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his under major ongoing renovations, Aug. 4, 2021.

Salt Lake Temple sure looks different on the outside now, but it will also change inside

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 9, 2021, 5:08 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt was named the new president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

Familiar name in Utah politics takes on an unfamiliar role as president of the Tabernacle Choir

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 6, 2021, 11:04 p.m.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Church President Russell M. Nelson receives the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City. A new poll shows Latter-day Saints are increasingly accepting the vaccine.

Latest from Mormon Land: Fraud suit against church gets new life; COVID vaccine gains acceptance among members

By David Noyce | Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 6, 2021, 9:07 p.m.

(Kim Raff | The New York Times) Sasha Piton, 33, at her home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on July 3, 2021. Piton has called on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to manufacture more breathable and comfortable temple garments for its members.

‘Mormon Land’: Garments and tattoos and piercings, oh my! ‘The Mormon Hippie’ sounds off on her faith and its culture.

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | David Noyce | August 5, 2021, 1:15 a.m.

(Lynn R. Johnson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Monks at Our Lady of the Holy Trinity Abbey concelebrate the 6:25 a.m. daily Mass in the monastery's main chapel in 1997. Salt Lake City attorney Michael O'Brien has written a memoir of his boyhood interactions with the monks.

Torn by Catholic abuse scandal, Utah attorney remembers the monks who mentored him, helped him and saved him

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | August 2, 2021, 4:59 p.m.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Monks walk back to the monastery at Holy Trinity Abbey in Huntsville in 2010. Salt Lake City attorney Michael O'Brien has a new book about his family's many visits to the Trappist monastery in northern Utah and his life among Catholic monks and Latter-day Saints.

‘Mormon Land’: Utahn reflects on his visits to an unlikely monastery in LDS Zion and his life among Saints and monks

By David Noyce | Peggy Fletcher Stack | July 28, 2021, 7:55 p.m.

Matt Rourke | The Associated Press) This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone. An assistant Alaskan attorney general is out of a job after allegedly using a #DezNat handle to post bigoted comments on Twitter.

Embattled attorney under fire for alleged #DezNat tweets is out of a job

By Peggy Fletcher Stack | July 28, 2021, 3:56 p.m.