Brady McCombs is an author at Religion News Service.
Bolivia religious debate: The Bible vs. Andean earth deity
(AP) — For 14 years under its first indigenous president, Bolivians saw Christian symbols replaced with the Andean deity Pachamama, but a new president has vowed to bring back the Bible.
Mormons pulling 400,000 youths out of struggling Boy Scouts
KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — On Jan. 1, the Utah-based faith will deliver the latest blow to the struggling organization when it pulls out more than 400,000 young people and moves them into a new global program of its own.
Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names
(AP) — The new guidance in a church youth magazine seems to reflect growing concern about young Latter-day Saints’ adherence to the rules.
Woman suing over rape by Mormon leader speaks at his church
(AP) — McKenna Denson was ushered away from the podium at the Mormon church shortly after she began talking during a monthly segment in Mormon services when church members are invited to share their testimony.
Church president: Use ‘Latter-day Saints,’ not ‘Mormon’
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The terms ‘Mormon,’ ‘Mormonism’ and ‘LDS’ have been frequently used for decades to refer to the Utah-based faith that counts 16 million members worldwide.
Honduran woman vows to fight for asylum from Utah church
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Seeing other immigrant parents separated from their children at the border makes her even more reticent to return home and face a possible split from her daughters if she tried to seek U.S. asylum again.
Most municipal workers quit in Utah polygamous sect town
(AP) — Mayor Jessop said all of (those resigning) are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that practices polygamy.
Polygamous group slowly loses influence in longtime hometown
HILDALE, Utah (AP) — Elections here have long been decided behind the scenes by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon offshoot that has made its home among the rocks for more than a century and hand-picked men to run unopposed.