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Overcoming Mormon doubt is hard when you’ve never been given the tools

By Jana Riess — April 8, 2021

(RNS) — LDS leaders want doubters to be able to magically know how to do something we’ve never taught believers how to do, which is to understand that we could be very wrong in what we are currently thinking about religion.

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President Russell M. Nelson leaves the morning session of a twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Mormon Israel and the problem with “Let God prevail”

By Jana Riess — March 29, 2021

The overall idea of translating “Israel” as “let God prevail” ignores the original story, in which Jacob actively refuses to let God prevail.

A gay pride flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of a church in Prairie Village, Kansas, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

By Yonat Shimron — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.

A man walks past the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Sept. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mormon leaders accused of fraud, misusing tithes in lawsuit filed by brother of former Utah governor

By Bob Smietana — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — A prominent former church member filed suit after reading an IRS whistleblower report claiming the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had $100 billion in assets that were not being used for charity.

A man walks past the Salt Lake Temple, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Sept. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

What the LDS church wants to know from young adult Mormons

By Jana Riess — March 22, 2021

(RNS) — A peek behind the scenes of a landmark survey of LDS church members reveals the stirrings of possible change.

A rendering of the celestial room in the renovated Salt Lake Temple. ©2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

No more live endowment sessions in Mormon temples

By Jana Riess — March 16, 2021

Something important is lost when we erase history in the name of efficiency and a franchised, on-brand temple experience.

In the 1990s, the number of people with no religious affiliation (purple stars in the illustration) began to suddenly climb. Why?

“Allergic to religion”: Conservative politics can push people out of the pews, new study shows

By Jana Riess — March 12, 2021

Various studies have argued that one reason for the rapid rise of the “nones” may be a backlash against the actions of the Religious Right. Three political scientists have now proved that there’s a direct connection.

A scene from “Murder Among the Mormons” re-enacts when Mark Hoffman tested a homemade explosive. Image courtesy of Netflix

Netflix docuseries ‘Murder Among the Mormons’ is TV worth watching

By Jana Riess — March 4, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Murder Among the Mormons’ is a gripping docuseries, and largely free of Mormon-bashing. If anything, it lets the Church off the hook a little too easily.

Racism at BYU is a problem, study finds

By Jana Riess — March 3, 2021

(RNS) — Mormonism’s flagship university has issued a self-critical report of its own racism and lack of diversity.

Ohev Shalom – The National Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil Street. © Joel Hoffman, courtesy DC History Center

Dozens of houses of worship, one DC street, a 9-year photo project

By Adelle M. Banks — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — People at the first church ‘were so welcoming that it kind of got our project off to a happy start,’ said one photographer.

Latter-day Saint Charities donates $20 million to UNICEF’s Covid vaccination campaign

By Jana Riess — February 27, 2021

The donation is the single-largest gift from any private organization so far in UNICEF’s efforts to fight the pandemic.

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The Mormon Jesus can handle your grief and pain

By Jana Riess — February 22, 2021

(RNS) — I hunger greatly for deeper connections at church, a frank acknowledgment that most of us are the walking wounded.

Pres. Dallin H. Oaks delivers the talk

Leadership by old men: In Mormonism, gerontocracy is a blessing and a curse

By Jana Riess — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — With an average age of 90, top Mormon leaders are unlikely to be named in headlines about religious sex scandals. The cost of gerontocracy, though, is that they are also resistant to needed social change.

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