Latter-Day Saints

Prepping for the coronavirus the Mormon way

By Jana Riess — March 5, 2020

(RNS) — I love my church’s consistent, and decidedly unglamorous, emphasis on preparing for emergencies. Mormons are famous for this stuff.

Bernie Sanders is poised to carry Utah, where Democrats are an energized minority

By Jana Riess — March 2, 2020

(RNS) — Bernie Sanders has a commanding lead in Utah polling, where Democrats are energized in the mostly red, majority-Mormon state.

The left-handed Mormon’s dilemma

By Jana Riess — February 27, 2020

(RNS) — Now that it is official church policy, will I start taking the sacrament with my right hand?

Polygamy, politics and frontier justice: Why Nauvoo still matters

By Jana Riess — February 24, 2020

(RNS) — A new history of the Mormons’ brief residency in Illinois in the 1840s shows how democracy has been neither assured nor safe for minority groups in America.

New LDS Handbook softens stance on sexuality, doubles down on transgender rules

By Jana Riess — February 19, 2020

(RNS) — The new LDS Handbook has good news for families that have used surrogacy to have children. It’s a mixed bag for members who are transgender.

Utah lawmakers get tough on porn, ease up on polygamy

By Lindsay Whitehurst — February 19, 2020

(AP) — Easing the severity of Utah’s historically strong polygamy ban, the state hopes to encourage more frequent reporting of abuses.

Apologizing after a Mormon faith transition

By Jana Riess — February 14, 2020

(RNS) — “If you’re someone who has realized that you’ve made mistakes on either side of this messy post-Mormon world, I recommend apologies,” writes Mette Harrison.

Mormon $100B fortune offers opportunity to do more good

By Jana Riess — February 10, 2020

(RNS) — Secret fortunes. Guarded treasure. Is this what we want our religion to be known for?

Study: College students of all faiths are a prime audience for Democratic candidates

By Matthew J. Mayhew, Kevin Singer, Alyssa Rockenbach, Laura Dahl — February 7, 2020

(RNS) — The ground is tilled for progressive faith activists to make an impact on college campuses going into 2020. Will they bother to plant the seeds?

Frozen in time: Mormons in the 24th century, as seen in ‘The Expanse’

By Jana Riess — February 7, 2020

(RNS) — While it’s a cheering thought that my religion has survived several hundred years in the imagination of ‘The Expanse,’ I’m not so enthusiastic about the way its Mormons seem stuck in the distant past.

When religious conviction trumps politics: The case of Mitt Romney

By Mark Silk — February 6, 2020

(RNS) — The former Republican standard-bearer puts his follow GOP senators to shame.

Romney cites faith as inspiring his vote to convict Trump

By Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — February 5, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am,’ he said, taking a long pause to collect himself. ‘I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.’

Donald Trump’s Mormon problem continues, new study shows

By Jana Riess — February 4, 2020

(RNS) — A new study shows that Trump is having a hard time generating enthusiasm among Mormon voters, especially women and young adults, even though Mormons remain supporters of the GOP.

Mormons (and everyone else) will soon have access to the Church’s Handbook

By Jana Riess — January 31, 2020

(RNS) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going to make one single policy handbook publicly available, ending decades of secrecy and, frankly, confusion.

The best way to remember Mormon business leader Clayton Christensen? With small moral choices.

By Jana Riess — January 29, 2020

What I will take away from Christensen is the insight that the smallest things I do in a day need to reflect the largest ideals about who I am and where I want to go.

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