Peggy Fletcher Stack

Peggy Fletcher Stack is an author at Religion News Service.

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LDS missionaries can now call home weekly. Some parents worry new policy is too lax.

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — February 16, 2019
In the past, LDS missionaries were only allowed to call home twice a year, a policy designed to let them focus on their mission, free from distractions. But a new policy will allow them to call or video chat with family once a week.

World Congress of Families is full of Mormon connections

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — October 27, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — The conference will tackle topics such as “ways to strengthen marriages and families; the social costs of pornography; human trafficking; global health care initiatives; the bioethics of cloning and genetic modification.”

Mormon apostle: Kim Davis was wrong not to issue same-sex marriage licenses

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — October 21, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — The senior apostle, second in line for the LDS church’s presidency, suggested some general principles for all sides to follow along a “center path” that balances the rights and interests of church and state.

Conversion therapies don’t work, experts say, so why do gay Mormons still seek them out?

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — September 28, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – By not providing an alternative, the LDS church unwittingly created a vacuum and conversion-aimed retreats have filled it.

Some Mormons stocking up amid fears that doomsday could come this month

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — September 10, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – "Preppers" believe that starting Sept. 13, the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days, there will be another, even larger financial crisis, based on the United States' "wickedness." That will launch the "days of tribulation" — as described in the Bible.

Group prods fellow Mormons to get behind family-friendly immigration reform

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — September 3, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY -- How can Mormons hear their faith’s messages of love “and still talk about undocumented members as if they don’t exist or their families should be separated?” one organizer asks.

Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — August 20, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – Installing three women to high-level leadership councils could have far-reaching consequences in a denomination led exclusively by men.

Most Utah Mormons want their church out of Boy Scouts, poll shows

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — August 18, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY A Mormon exodus could devastate the Scouts, given that, as recently as 2013, more than a third (37 percent) of the troops were LDS-sponsored, accounting for 18 percent of the BSA’s 2.4 million total membership.

Joseph Smith’s seer stone: the stuff of revelation or a rock to mock?

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — August 6, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – The seer stone, said one critic, "drags across the line into the realm of the superstitious."

Mormons considering alternative international scouting organization for boys

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — July 29, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – While the BSA insists that religiously affiliated troops, including those sponsored by the LDS Church, can continue to ban gay leaders, many observers doubt such an exemption can be legally defended.

Letter on same-sex marriage has Mormons talking, listening

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — July 13, 2015
An unprecedented letter from top Mormon leaders on how the LDS church should respond to the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling has started a dialog in many local churches.

Some Mormon missionaries may now cast aside suit coats

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — July 5, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – Male Mormon proselytizers, known as "elders," who toil to find converts in scorching, humid regions like Kenya, Indonesia, and Thailand will no longer be required to bring a coat with them on their two-year volunteer service.

Where do feminist Mormons stand, a year after excommunication?

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — June 23, 2015
Many Mormon feminists experienced Kate Kelly’s excommunication as a harsh slap felt around the world.

Bad marriages had women running to and away from Mormon polygamy, historian says

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — June 17, 2015
“Latter-day Saints shockingly were closer to the so-called free lovers of the 19th century than to the evangelical Protestants who were opposing them (Mormons) and opposing divorce.” historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich told a crowd of Mormon scholars recently.

How a new Mormon apostle is chosen

By Peggy Fletcher Stack — June 1, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY – All Mormon apostles are seen by members as “prophets, seers and revelators.” They also become full-time executives, running a billion-dollar enterprise.
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