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Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?

By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021

The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.

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LDS church sued for alleged role in Boy Scouts sex abuse

By Terry Tang — December 29, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — The church was the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts of America troops and its greatest ally until January, when it pulled more than 400,000 young people from the program.

The creche brings home the Christmas story for these ‘mega’ collectors

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 24, 2020

(RNS) — For creche collectors, the Nativity scenes are both universal — something shared by all Christians — and deeply personal — reflecting their own cultures and even interests.

Why I stopped tithing to the LDS Church

By Jana Riess — December 23, 2020

At tithing settlement this year, I declared myself a full tithe-payer and explained why none of that money has gone to the LDS Church.

Mormon apostle calls masks “a sign of Christlike love.” Some church members are pushing back

By Jana Riess — December 8, 2020

(RNS) — “Covid-19 is serious,” said a Mormon apostle. The backlash from anti-maskers isn’t pretty.

How do Mormons deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says

By Jana Riess — November 25, 2020

Step One, says Chad Ford, is to let go of the fear of conflict, and recognize that conflict itself is not sinful. But for Mormons steeped in both niceness and hierarchical leadership structures, that may be hard to achieve.

Mormon prophet says to ‘flood social media’ with gratitude this Thanksgiving week

By Jana Riess — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — “Counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems,” LDS President Nelson said.

Mormon apostle’s comments on racism fall short

By Jana Riess — November 19, 2020

Dallin Oaks recently said that “of course” Black Lives Matter. But Adam Harris and Carlene Fraser-Harris take issue with his underlying message.

Utah is the most generous U.S. state, study finds

By Jana Riess — November 17, 2020

Since approximately three out of five residents of Utah are Mormons, it makes sense that Utah would perform well in the measures about financial generosity and volunteering.

Did Mormonism’s anti-LGBT policy cause more people to leave the LDS Church?

By Jana Riess — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — For many former Mormons, the 2015 LGBT exclusion policy was an important grievance. But we do them a disservice when we imagine it was the only reason they said goodbye.

Joe Biden has best showing of any Democrat in Utah since 1964

By Jana Riess — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — Even heavily Mormon Provo, once reliably red, turned purple.

Mormonism made me a Mama Dragon

By Jana Riess — October 30, 2020

“I still believe that most Mormon of doctrines for women: that being a mother is my most important role,” writes Mette Harrison. So when LDS policies toward LGBTQ persons seemed to be harming her children, she chose them over the church.

Senator Mike Lee’s just one example. Mormon men still like Donald Trump.

By Jana Riess — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — Mike Lee’s fawning comment comparing Donald Trump to a Book of Mormon hero reveals a fault line among U.S. Latter-day Saints.

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