Latter-Day Saints

After a boom in west Africa, LDS church finds increasing acceptance in the east

By Fredrick Nzwili — February 20, 2024
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Once shunned as cultic and anti-Christian, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has converted not only thousands of Africans, but has come to collaborate with Africa’s historic denominations, and even with Muslims.
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Those sexy Mormon swingers

By Jana Riess — February 2, 2024
(RNS) — Here’s the reality that will never feature in a 'reality' TV series: Most Mormons are deeply, predictably, embarrassingly boring when it comes to their sex lives.

A Mormon faith beyond the performance checklist

By Jana Riess — January 26, 2024
(RNS) — 'When we really stop and reflect, we realize that in our religious performance, we're nurturing the very part of ourselves that the gospel instructs us not to feed,' says meditation teacher and LDS author Thomas McConkie.

Meet Elder Patrick Kearon, the first LDS convert in a century to be named apostle

By Bob Smietana — January 24, 2024
(RNS) — The 62-year-old British and Irish citizen, who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his 20s, was named an apostle in December. He's best known for a 2016 talk about the refugee crisis.

New member of Mormon church leadership says it must do better to help sex abuse victims heal

By Deepa Bharath — January 24, 2024
The Utah-based faith has stuck by the system despite the criticism and increasing scrutiny from attorneys and prosecutors who argue it is inadequate to quickly stop abuse and protect victims.

I’m the collateral damage of Mormon racism and homophobia

By Jana Riess — January 19, 2024
(RNS) — 'Everyone knew before I did that the church was white on purpose,' writes guest columnist Carlene Fraser. 'The Saints they were 'perfecting' didn’t look like me. Think like me.'

Dealing with racism in the Book of Mormon

By Jana Riess — January 12, 2024
(RNS) — The Book of Mormon could teach us some hard truths about racism if we're brave enough to listen, say co-authors Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming.

Juicing up your Book of Mormon reading this year (Part 1, with Grant Hardy)

By Jana Riess — January 4, 2024
(RNS) — Hardy’s ‘The Annotated Book of Mormon’ promises to enrich Latter-day Saints’ yearlong study of the scripture.

The top 10 Mormon news stories of 2023

By Jana Riess — December 30, 2023
(RNS) — There's a mix of good news (more missionaries!) and bad news (more sexual and financial scandals).

Study: Utah is no longer a majority-Mormon state

By Jana Riess — December 28, 2023
(RNS) — With more nonmembers moving into the state and smaller Mormon birthrates, Utah is no longer a majority-Mormon state.

Faith leaders, influencers who died in 2023: Preachers, protesters, writers, singers

By Adelle M. Banks — December 26, 2023
(RNS) — We also bid farewell to some celebrities and influencers whose time on stages sometimes represented public faith or whose lives were strengthened by their personal faith.

I volunteered with ‘Light the World’ Giving Machines for Christmas. Here’s what I saw.

By Jana Riess — December 22, 2023
(RNS) — A church that has been criticized for its vast wealth is trying to do more for charity.

New Mormon apostle is a bridge builder, and a Brit

By Jana Riess — December 11, 2023
(RNS) — The LDS Church didn't wait until April's General Conference to fill the vacancy, appointing British convert and longtime Church leader Patrick Kearon as its newest apostle.
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