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Latter-Day Saints

‘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.
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Survey: White evangelicals, Hispanic Protestants, Mormons most likely to believe in QAnon

By Jack Jenkins — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — The groups are also the most likely to consume far-right media, which researchers noted is 'by far the strongest independent predictor of QAnon beliefs.'

A Mormon walks into a megachurch

By Jana Riess — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — Five things Latter-day Saints can learn from Crossroads, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America.

Why so many new Mormon temples when LDS growth is flat?

By Jana Riess — May 20, 2021
(RNS) — If yesterday’s temple was a prize bestowed on area members when they had achieved certain milestones related to growth, today’s temple is a jumper cable, a tool to re-energize the sputtering engine of the LDS Church.

If Mormons could just hang out in the church building

By Jana Riess — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — LDS leaders want members to view the church building as a genuine 'third place' in their lives. But it's hard for the church to surrender control and let organic community activities develop outside the chain of command.

RNS News Quiz: A Ramadan fast breaker and Catholic nuns’ new app

By Emily Churchill — May 8, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.

Half of US Mormons are COVID-19 ‘vaccine hesitant’ or ‘vaccine refusers,’ study shows

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — The study finds Mormons believe in vaccinations in general, and they trust their church leaders to do the right thing. Yet church leaders have been urging members to get the COVID-19 shot, and half don't want to.

Mormons’ petitions help to save historic artwork in Manti Utah Temple

By Jana Riess — May 1, 2021
(RNS) — Many are breathing a sigh of relief that Teichert's murals, as well as other irreplaceable pieces of art and history, will be saved from destruction.

Finally! Single Mormons have new opportunities, greater respect

By Jana Riess — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — New leadership policies and a general shift in attitude could help invigorate single members, who have low activity rates in the LDS church.

From Mormon missionary to Lutheran pastor

By Jana Riess — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — Langston ‘tried millions of ways’ to make Mormonism work, but she eventually found peace in the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and began to pursue a path toward ordination. Her parents and husband, who are still Latter-day Saints, were supportive, but ‘they were heartbroken.’

Mormon excommunication was not designed to happen this way, say scholars

By Isaac Barnes May, Samuel S. Wells — April 24, 2021
(RNS) — Joseph Smith designed an innovative and humanitarian system of church discipline that protected the rights of the accused. So what happened? Two scholars explain.

Mormon excommunication: Need not be present to win!

By Jana Riess — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — I find excommunication to be not only a theologically barbaric practice but also one of dubious utility. It doesn’t come from the example of Jesus. It also doesn’t work.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.
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