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We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Dr. Tyler Johnson says his Mormon religion ‘teaches me I have a moral obligation to seek out facts and to seek to understand the world as it is,’ which means rejecting vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation.
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LDS medical students revolutionize studying in the name of their faith

By Kathryn Post — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We want to help others ... because we feel that that’s what our savior would do if he was in our position,’ said one of the founders.

Blocklisting at Brigham Young University

By Jana Riess — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — The erasure of historian Benjamin Park's involvement from the Maxwell Institute's website reflects poorly on the institute and on BYU, particularly since he says he hasn't been told why it happened.

1st Afghan refugee since Taliban takeover arrives in Utah

By Lindsay Whitehurst — September 3, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 200 Afghan refugees are expected to eventually be resettled in Utah, said Aden Batar, director of migration and refugee services for Catholic Community Services in Utah.

Elder Holland’s BYU speech is for a university of yesteryear

By Jana Riess — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — As BYU looks forward to the second half of its second century, erasing difference and implicitly upholding one particular social location as normative for everyone won’t equip students to succeed in a diverse world.

New Mormon YA novel explores both faith and feminism

By Jana Riess — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I wanted to write a story that allowed for some degree of comfort with having questions,’ said novelist Rosalyn Eves.

LDS church pushes leaders further, adds welcoming refugees to official handbook

By Tamarra Kemsley — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has added a new section to its official handbook for lay leaders, calling on members to support refugees in their local communities.

Can the LDS talk honestly about polygamy? A new book could help.

By Emily W. Jensen — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The unknowns about eternal polygamy are ‘answered with speculation and myths, creating undue fear and angst,’ says the author of a new book.

LDS outreach to immigrants grows, pushing church members to examine GOP ties

By Tamarra Kemsley — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Immigration as an issue is going to reach a boiling point,’ said one political scientist.

Rising numbers of young adult Mormons in the US are gay, lesbian or bisexual

By Jana Riess — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — So far, Gen Z Mormons look like millennials in their sexual orientation, only more so, according to the largest dataset we’ve ever had about Latter-day Saints in America.

‘Green fluff’ brings the taste of church potlucks home during a pandemic year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Like a church lady hug,’ green fluff and its many-hued counterparts have been a church potluck staple for generations.

Summer hiatus

By Jana Riess — June 1, 2021
I plan to be back in early September with renewed energy and some fresh perspective. Until then, God bless you.

The Fulton Supreme Court decision could increase discrimination against religious minorities

By Samuel D. Brunson — May 28, 2021
(RNS) — While most of the analysis of this case has centered on the possible impact on LGBTQ Americans, we should also be aware of how a potential ruling could affect religious minorities.
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