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Mormon kids can’t wear Halloween masks to the trunk-or-treat … or can they?

By Jana Riess — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — The LDS church's ban on face masks at activities has quietly disappeared from the official Handbook, at least for now. Bring on those Chewbacca costumes!
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Families of different faiths swap houses, lives in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — In the unscripted TV series, 16 families from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds or sexual orientations trade homes for a week.

Mormons make strides in discussing mental illness. Is it enough?

By Jana Riess — October 4, 2021
(RNS) — When we emphasize that the Lord can’t abide any unclean thing and his acceptance of us is predicated on all the dazzling feats of self-improvement we’re going to perform, we’re hurting those who struggle with mental illness.

LDS president: Church leaders speak ‘pure truth’

By Brady Mccombs — October 4, 2021
President Russell M. Nelson expressed gratitude for those who followed church guidance during the pandemic by getting vaccinated.

We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Dr. Tyler Johnson says his Mormon religion ‘teaches me I have a moral obligation to seek out facts and to seek to understand the world as it is,’ which means rejecting vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Survey: Who Americans blame for insurrection depends on their faith

By Jack Jenkins — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — White evangelicals are far more likely than most other religious groups to falsely blame left-wing activists for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

LuLaRoe and the shadow side of Mormon gender roles

By Jana Riess — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — A new docuseries shows how a Mormon couple recycled anti-feminist ideas to stay-at-home moms for profit.

LDS medical students revolutionize studying in the name of their faith

By Kathryn Post — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We want to help others ... because we feel that that’s what our savior would do if he was in our position,’ said one of the founders.

Blocklisting at Brigham Young University

By Jana Riess — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — The erasure of historian Benjamin Park's involvement from the Maxwell Institute's website reflects poorly on the institute and on BYU, particularly since he says he hasn't been told why it happened.

1st Afghan refugee since Taliban takeover arrives in Utah

By Lindsay Whitehurst — September 3, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 200 Afghan refugees are expected to eventually be resettled in Utah, said Aden Batar, director of migration and refugee services for Catholic Community Services in Utah.

Elder Holland’s BYU speech is for a university of yesteryear

By Jana Riess — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — As BYU looks forward to the second half of its second century, erasing difference and implicitly upholding one particular social location as normative for everyone won’t equip students to succeed in a diverse world.

New Mormon YA novel explores both faith and feminism

By Jana Riess — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I wanted to write a story that allowed for some degree of comfort with having questions,’ said novelist Rosalyn Eves.

LDS church pushes leaders further, adds welcoming refugees to official handbook

By Tamarra Kemsley — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has added a new section to its official handbook for lay leaders, calling on members to support refugees in their local communities.
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