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Latter-Day Saints

When the Bible doesn’t make sense

By Jana Riess — February 12, 2021
Kristin Swenson wants to give readers space to understand that the Bible is weird, and a box full of tools to deal with that weirdness.

Mormons, submit your COVID-19 stories

By Jana Riess — February 9, 2021
(RNS) — Members of various Mormon traditions are being asked to upload their stories, photos and social media posts about what life was like during COVID-19.

Mormonism and the ‘one true church’

By Jana Riess — February 4, 2021
(RNS) — Author Patrick Mason says Latter-day Saints' focus on being the 'one true church' may be missing the larger purpose of the restoration.

Mormon leaders and the erosion of traditional power

By Jana Riess — January 29, 2021
(RNS) — What’s at stake when conservative Latter-day Saints begin to see following the prophet as a matter of individual conscience on an issue-by-issue basis?

A real Mormon’s guide to the temple

By Jana Riess — January 27, 2021
Card takes a sensible and open approach to those elements of the temple experience Latter-day Saints are permitted to discuss—which, as she points out, is actually most of it.

Top Mormon leaders get Covid vaccine and urge church members to do the same. Will they?

By Jana Riess — January 20, 2021
Some members are not happy that the LDS Church is taking a very public stand in favor of Covid-19 vaccinations.

Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?

By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021
The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.

At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism

By Jana Riess — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — The domestic terrorist who dangled from the Senate balcony and occupied Mike Pence's seat is a returned missionary of the LDS Church, to our shame. But Mitt Romney, also a Mormon, showed some of the best qualities our religion is capable of.

Hollywood loves the Mormon afterlife

By Jana Riess — December 31, 2020
Stories like 'Soul,' 'Coco' and 'The Good Place' depict core Mormon ideas that are alive in the popular imagination about the afterlife—and the “before life.”

LDS church sued for alleged role in Boy Scouts sex abuse

By Terry Tang — December 29, 2020
PHOENIX (AP) — The church was the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts of America troops and its greatest ally until January, when it pulled more than 400,000 young people from the program.

The creche brings home the Christmas story for these ‘mega’ collectors

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 24, 2020
(RNS) — For creche collectors, the Nativity scenes are both universal — something shared by all Christians — and deeply personal — reflecting their own cultures and even interests.

Why I stopped tithing to the LDS Church

By Jana Riess — December 23, 2020
At tithing settlement this year, I declared myself a full tithe-payer and explained why none of that money has gone to the LDS Church.

Mormon apostle calls masks “a sign of Christlike love.” Some church members are pushing back

By Jana Riess — December 8, 2020
(RNS) — "Covid-19 is serious," said a Mormon apostle. The backlash from anti-maskers isn't pretty.

How do Mormons deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says

By Jana Riess — November 25, 2020
Step One, says Chad Ford, is to let go of the fear of conflict, and recognize that conflict itself is not sinful. But for Mormons steeped in both niceness and hierarchical leadership structures, that may be hard to achieve.

Mormon prophet says to ‘flood social media’ with gratitude this Thanksgiving week

By Jana Riess — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — “Counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems,” LDS President Nelson said.
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