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‘Who Killed Joseph Smith?’ and other amateur hour conspiracy theories

By Jana Riess — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — A new documentary recycles old conspiracies about the murder of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
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COVID outbreak reported at Mormon missionary training center

By Associated Press — December 31, 2021
PROVO, Utah (AP) — All 588 missionaries at the Provo, Utah missionary training center were tested and a total of 91 tested positive.

Idaho sheriff, charged with felonies, must surrender guns

By Associated Press — December 31, 2021
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho sheriff accused of threatening a church youth group with a gun can stay on the job but must surrender his firearms.

Harry Reid remembered as a fighter, skilled Senate dealmaker

By Ken Ritter and Laurie Kellman — December 29, 2021
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reid died Tuesday at 82 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How religious are Gen Z Mormons in the US? The results are mixed.

By Jana Riess — December 27, 2021
(RNS) — Gen Z Mormons attend church and youth activities, but many say they've been harmed by religion.

What partnership looks like in Mormon marriages is shifting – slowly

By Caroline Kline — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — LDS leaders still stress that men should ‘preside’ over their families. But in recent years, messages about marriage have stressed more equal partnership.

Mormon women’s influence expands despite priesthood ban

By Holly Meyer and Lindsay Whitehurst — December 14, 2021
(AP) — While women are not filling the leadership roles traditionally held by men, 'women’s positions are being expanded.'

Why do people leave the LDS Church? Let’s drill down further and find out.

By Jana Riess — December 8, 2021
In 2016, we got some excellent starting data about why people leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now it's time to learn even more through a fresh wave of research--donate today to the Kickstarter campaign that will make it happen.

Mormon tithing, revisited

By Jana Riess — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — When I paid tithing to the church, the logistics of sitting down to do it might take up five minutes of my month. Now, it requires a good deal more time and consideration.

For US Mormons, religiosity has declined over time, study shows

By Jana Riess — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — Mormons are still more religious than the nation as a whole, but not as devout as they used to be.

Why was last week’s speech on LGBTQ rights ‘the most difficult’ of LDS apostle Dallin Oaks’ career?

By Jana Riess — November 15, 2021
(RNS) — Oaks is trying to chart a middle course between religious freedom and LGBTQ+ rights. But in our terribly polarized times, I doubt many Americans are capable of the compromise and civility he’s advocating.

How religious is your average 22-year-old? A new golden age of survey data opens a door

By Ryan Burge — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — A decade ago, we couldn’t answer many questions on American faith habits with accuracy.

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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