Latter-Day Saints

Why I’ve been AWOL

By Jana Riess — June 17, 2024
(RNS) — I am fine. Or at least, as fine as I ever am when I’m writing a book.
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New commission of religiously affiliated higher education aims to spark collaboration

By Adelle M. Banks — June 3, 2024
(RNS) — The Commission on Faith-based Colleges and Universities, recently announced by the American Council of Education, is set to launch with its first meetings on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Eternal polygamy? How LDS temple sealings and cancellations became a raw deal for women

By Jana Riess — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — Surprise: LDS Church policies around temple sealings and cancellations used to be more equal for women than they are today. What happened?

Can Donald Trump swear on the Bible to tell the truth?

By Jim Wallis — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — The former president is selling 'God Bless the USA' Bibles. What will happen if he has to swear on Scripture in court during one of his many trials?

The best way to honor Melissa Inouye’s memory is to be a kind and persistent badass

By Jana Riess — May 3, 2024
(RNS) — Melissa said it's not enough to memorialize our loved ones who die too young. We have to carry on their work.

It’s not just young women who have a problem with Mormon temple garments. It’s young adults, period.

By Jana Riess — April 18, 2024
(RNS) — An LDS church leader recently said that garment rules were getting stricter because of the laxity of young women. Let’s expand that to ‘young people.’

Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

By Associated Press — April 15, 2024
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say Bateman created a sprawling network spanning at least four states as he tried to start an offshoot of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Mormonism is still growing, but slowly

By Jana Riess — April 12, 2024
(RNS) — There's something for everyone to cheer — or boo — in the most recent data on the LDS church.

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — April 9, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The protest, organized by Christians for a Free Palestine, followed a Communion service held on Capitol grounds.

Latter-day Saints leader addresses congregants without a word on racial or LGBTQ+ issues

By Hannah Schoenbaum — April 8, 2024
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell M. Nelson announced the planned construction in a pre-recorded closing speech at the twice-annual Salt Lake City conference. It's traditionally watched by millions worldwide.

LDS leaders announce new Mormon temple for Cincinnati

By Jana Riess — April 8, 2024
(RNS) — The LDS Church has had a presence in the area since the earliest days of Mormonism in the 1830s.

Community of Christ celebrates 40 years of women’s ordination

By Jana Riess — April 5, 2024
(RNS) — 40 years ago this week, the world's second-largest Mormon denomination announced it would start ordaining women. That decision forever changed the church, which is now gearing up for its first female president.

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children

By Jacques Billeaud — April 2, 2024
PHOENIX (AP) — In pleading guilty, Bateman, 48, acknowledged taking underage brides, having sex activity with them and arranging group sex, sometimes involving child brides
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