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Latter-Day Saints

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.

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.’
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