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Latter-Day Saints

Americans like Jews, Catholics and mainline Protestants. Evangelicals, not so much.

By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — A new Pew Research poll finds that only 18% of nonevangelical Americans had favorable opinions of evangelicals; 32% had somewhat unfavorable views.

All aboard the Mormon women’s history cruise

By Jana Riess — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — Sign me up for that.

State lawmakers push for priests to report abuse learned about in confessional

By Jack Jenkins — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Catholic bishops are pushing back, arguing the statutes would infringe on the First Amendment rights of priests.

Mormons know how the Church sanctioned racial exclusion. That policy has a paper trail.

By Jana Riess — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — Paul Reeve's new book argues the decision to ban Blacks from priesthood and the temple began with Brigham Young but wasn't fully entrenched until the early 1900s under Joseph F. Smith.

Mormonism’s slow shift away from demonizing working mothers

By Jana Riess — March 1, 2023
(RNS) — The LDS church used to vilify working mothers. Then it began to quietly tolerate them. Now it has begun to celebrate their achievements.

Push to require clergy to report abuse stalls in Mormon Utah

By Sam Metz — March 1, 2023
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Behind-the-scenes conversations between legislative leaders and what Senate President Stuart Adams said was “a broad base of religious groups” helped thwart proposals.

Spencer W. Kimball diaries shine a light behind the scenes of modern Mormonism

By Jana Riess — February 17, 2023
(RNS) — This week’s release of the former LDS president’s diaries offers a peek behind the curtain of the 1978 priesthood/temple revelation and Kimball’s relations with Mormon leaders.

How much do Americans know about the faiths around them?

By Ryan Burge — February 15, 2023
(RNS) — And what helps us most to understand our neighbors’ faiths?

More Jesus, less touching: 14 changes to the Mormon temple endowment ceremony

By Jana Riess — February 10, 2023
(RNS) — Just four years after the most recent revisions, the LDS temple ceremony has undergone more changes.

‘Real Housewife’ Heather Gay pens a juicy ex-Mormon memoir

By Jana Riess — February 8, 2023
(RNS) — Mormonism worked well for ‘Real Housewife’ Heather Gay — until it didn’t. She’s not looking back.

What will it take for Mormon women and girls to be believed?

By Jana Riess — January 31, 2023
(RNS) — Mormon men seem no more prone to abuse than men of other faiths. The failure comes after abuse is reported.

For today’s Mormons, it’s Food Storage Lite

By Jana Riess — January 26, 2023
(RNS) — From two years to one year to six months to three months: Food storage requirements aren’t what they used to be for Latter-day Saints.

How to stay Mormon after a faith crisis (if staying is what you want)

By Jana Riess — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — Former LDS Bishop Christian Kimball has spent the last 25 years ‘on the inside of the edge’ of Mormonism.

Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians unite in support for Apache fight to save Oak Flat

By Alejandra Molina — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — Congress approved the transfer of the land to Resolution Copper in 2014 in exchange for 6,000 acres elsewhere, but the Western Apache claim that the site has unique spiritual meaning.

6 ideas for Mormons studying the New Testament this year

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2023
(RNS) — From podcasts to YouTube channels to books, here’s my curated list of favorite (fun, even!) companions for studying the New Testament in 2023.
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