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Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.
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Faithful Mormons won’t be happy with Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

By Jana Riess — April 25, 2022
(RNS) — Despite excellent performances and production values, Hulu's 'Banner' left me with the same wary bewilderment I felt after reading Jon Krakauer’s book.

Long-serving US Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah dies at age 88

By Lindsay Whitehurst — April 25, 2022
(AP) — After moving to Utah in the early 1970s, Hatch — a former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — ran for his first public office in 1976 and narrowly upset Democratic Sen. Frank Moss.

European Mormon women band together for solidarity in an American-led church

By Jana Riess — April 21, 2022
(RNS) — By Women, For Women aims to bring European Latter-day Saint women together for fellowship — and to talk honestly about tough issues.

Renovations complete, Washington’s LDS temple provides rare public glimpse inside

By Adelle M. Banks — April 18, 2022
KENSINGTON, Maryland (RNS) — ‘It’s a conduit for heaven for a lot of us,' said a church member, 'where we believe that’s where we can commune with God here on earth.'

World Council of Churches faces calls to expel Russian Orthodox Church

By Jack Jenkins — April 11, 2022
(RNS) — WCC head the Rev. Ioan Sauca has pushed back on the idea, but a growing chorus of Christian leaders is suggesting the group cut ties with the ROC.

Is Mormonism still growing? Five facts about Latter-day Saint growth and decline

By Jana Riess — April 7, 2022
(RNS) — COVID-19 continues to take a toll, but it could be a lot worse.

BYU speech therapy clinic’s cancellation of transgender services draws probe

By Alejandra Molina — April 7, 2022
(RNS) — Shane Reese, academic vice president at BYU, in a March 10 letter cited the church’s handbook in justifying the cancellation of the clinic’s gender-affirming speech therapy.

Mormon leader reaffirms faith’s stance on same-sex marriage

By Sam Metz — April 5, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The highest level of salvation, Oaks said, 'can only be attained through faithfulness to the covenants of an eternal marriage between a man and a woman.'

For Mormons, it’s General Conference time. Remind me why we do this?

By Jana Riess — April 2, 2022
(RNS) — General Conference is touted as being prophetic and revelatory — must-see TV for Latter-day Saints the world over. So why does the format feel so stale?

With ‘Christian cannabis,’ a pastor is promoting the spiritual side of marijuana

By Diana Kruzman — March 29, 2022
(RNS) — Craig Gross believes he can convince Christians to give getting high a try.

Mormon support for same-sex marriage has doubled in the last decade, survey shows

By Jana Riess — March 24, 2022
(RNS) — Mormons have broadened their support for LGBTQ rights in three key areas, though they still lag the nation in supporting the right of gay couples to get married — or to walk into any bakery in the country and buy themselves a wedding cake.

If we want equality for women in Utah, we can look to history

By Jana Riess — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — A look back to when things seemed more hopeful for Utah’s women.
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