Peggy Fletcher Stack is an author at Religion News Service.
World Congress of Families is full of Mormon connections
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
“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.
Transgender Mormons struggle to feel at home in their bodies and their religion
SALT LAKE CITY – Three transgender Mormons say the church’s emphasis on the physical link between body and spirit and its insistence that gender is eternal made it tougher to acknowledge what was happening with them.