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How Mormons are sabotaging marriage and the family

By Jana Riess — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — People rightly object to the hot-wife-as-reward fallacy; it’s sexist, shallow and theologically bankrupt. But here’s another objection I haven’t heard raised: This is a surefire way to torpedo a marriage before it even begins.
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‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ raises the question: Are Mormons dangerous?

By Jana Riess — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — If ‘Banner’ undermines its own credibility by only presenting the horrific side of Mormonism’s founding, the contemporary LDS church undermines its credibility by ignoring the dangers of religiously inspired violence.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

Heavenly Mother, are you really there?

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — I worry that Elder Renlund's advice not to speculate about her will result in some LDS church members thinking that it’s not permissible to speak of her at all.

A more inclusive Mormon Family Home Evening

By Jana Riess — May 2, 2022
(RNS) — If one parent isn't LDS anymore but a couple still wants to hold Family Home Evening, using the church's own curriculum can cause conflict. Enter Uplift Kids.

Faithful Mormons won’t be happy with Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

By Jana Riess — April 25, 2022
(RNS) — Despite excellent performances and production values, Hulu's 'Banner' left me with the same wary bewilderment I felt after reading Jon Krakauer’s book.

Long-serving US Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah dies at age 88

By Lindsay Whitehurst — April 25, 2022
(AP) — After moving to Utah in the early 1970s, Hatch — a former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — ran for his first public office in 1976 and narrowly upset Democratic Sen. Frank Moss.

European Mormon women band together for solidarity in an American-led church

By Jana Riess — April 21, 2022
(RNS) — By Women, For Women aims to bring European Latter-day Saint women together for fellowship — and to talk honestly about tough issues.

Renovations complete, Washington’s LDS temple provides rare public glimpse inside

By Adelle M. Banks — April 18, 2022
KENSINGTON, Maryland (RNS) — ‘It’s a conduit for heaven for a lot of us,' said a church member, 'where we believe that’s where we can commune with God here on earth.'

World Council of Churches faces calls to expel Russian Orthodox Church

By Jack Jenkins — April 11, 2022
(RNS) — WCC head the Rev. Ioan Sauca has pushed back on the idea, but a growing chorus of Christian leaders is suggesting the group cut ties with the ROC.

Is Mormonism still growing? Five facts about Latter-day Saint growth and decline

By Jana Riess — April 7, 2022
(RNS) — COVID-19 continues to take a toll, but it could be a lot worse.

BYU speech therapy clinic’s cancellation of transgender services draws probe

By Alejandra Molina — April 7, 2022
(RNS) — Shane Reese, academic vice president at BYU, in a March 10 letter cited the church’s handbook in justifying the cancellation of the clinic’s gender-affirming speech therapy.

Mormon leader reaffirms faith’s stance on same-sex marriage

By Sam Metz — April 5, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The highest level of salvation, Oaks said, 'can only be attained through faithfulness to the covenants of an eternal marriage between a man and a woman.'
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