‘Mormon Land’: Religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack reflects on 30 years of covering the LDS Church

She talks about travels with Gordon Hinckley, exchanges with Russell Nelson, and even her close encounter with apostle David Bednar’s hair.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Peggy Fletcher Stack asks a question to Russell M. Nelson at a news conference in the lobby of the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

This month marks religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack’s 30th anniversary of covering The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for The Salt Lake Tribune.

During that time, she has traveled the globe, journeying with prophets and interviewing apostles. She has written about divisive doctrines and inclusive gatherings, emerging trends and groundbreaking shifts, religious eras and “Mormon moments.”

Mostly, though, she has written about people — people cherishing faith, people questioning faith, people rejecting faith.

On this week’s show, she shares highlights from her remarkable career and answers questions from our Patreon supporters.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Peggy Fletcher Stack interviews Gordon B. Hinckley in Harare, Zimbabwe, in Feb. 1998.

Listeners will get the scoop on her travels with Gordon Hinckley — including how she got into a meeting with the Latter-day Saint prophet and Ghana’s president — her behind-the-scenes conversations with Marjorie Hinckley and apostle Dallin H. Oaks. They’ll also get her take on what prompted church President Russell Nelson’s remark about knowing her family, how she learned about apostle David Bednar’s hair gel and many other stories.

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