‘Mormon Land’: Liberals vs. conservatives — the tug of war within the church

Author of a Washington Post article discusses the rise of progressive Latter-day Saints.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is undergoing major renovations, Aug. 4, 2021. A recent Washington Post article focused on the rise of progressive Latter-day Saints and that tug of war over the future of the faith.

When the governing First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints amped up its plea in August for masking and vaccinations, some conservative members who oppose such COVID-19 measures balked.

Now they know how it feels, responded many progressive Latter-day Saints, who have found themselves similarly on the outs with top church leaders on a range of issues from women’s rights to same-sex marriage.

Such was the setup for a major Washington Post story about the rise of liberal Latter-day Saints, especially among younger members.

On this week’s show, author Emily Kaplan joins us to discuss her piece and the tug of war taking place between progressive and conservative forces within the faith.

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