Latter-Day Saints

Mormon pioneer grit helped prepare me for this pandemic

By Jana Riess — May 22, 2020

“Even though I’m not attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints anymore, I had a moment of real gratitude that I’d been raised to have a year’s supply of food,” says guest columnist Mette Harrison.

Mormons’ new plan for reopening doesn’t go far enough

By Jana Riess — May 20, 2020

Last week the LDS Church issued a statement mandating which of 16 artworks would be acceptable for use in its buildings. If we can micromanage that, can we not also make it clear that this is not the time to be cavalier about a deadly pathogen?

When Mormon women can’t have the sacrament

By Jana Riess — May 12, 2020

This spring, I and several million other Latter-day Saint women have lost access to the sacrament, but it’s not because we have sinned.

Mormon women are finding their voices. Are Mormon men listening?

By Jana Riess — May 9, 2020

(RNS) — The new issue of Dialogue, guest edited by Mormon feminists and chock-full of diverse voices, will likely not be read by the people who most need to read it.

Even if I’m not a believing Mormon anymore, family will be forever

By Jana Riess — May 1, 2020

“Family is family,” says guest blogger Mette Harrison. “And even if I’m not a believing Mormon anymore, family will be forever.”

Learning (again) to walk in the dark

By Jana Riess — April 28, 2020

Last week I was coughing, battling an intermittent but lousy headache, and feeling utterly fatigued. And through it was the nagging question: Was this the Covid-19 virus?

LDS Church joins fight against Covid-19, with members sewing 5 million face masks

By Jana Riess — April 16, 2020

The LDS Church is donating medical supplies in 57 countries affected by the pandemic, and encouraging Mormons to sew face masks.

Going deeper with Mormon fasting

By Jana Riess — April 10, 2020

A lot of Mormon fasting is taken up with fasting *for* something—a particular end, a better life. What would it look like to go deeper?

When the “big reveal” of General Conference feels tone-deaf in a pandemic

By Jana Riess — April 7, 2020

General Conference’s focus on the way Latter-day Saints are unique recipients of the fullness of God’s truth came across as tone-deaf in a time of need.

LDS General Conference to feature a surprise “solemn assembly” and hosanna shout on Sunday

By Jana Riess — April 4, 2020

It’s intriguing that President Nelson is instituting the hosanna shout on the perfect day in the liturgical calendar: Palm Sunday.

HBO’s ‘McMillions’ offers a surprising tale of true crime and redemption

By Bob Smietana — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — ‘McMillions,’ the hit HBO documentary series, offers true crime with a soul.

For Mormons, a General Conference to remember–but let’s leave our smugness at the door

By Jana Riess — March 31, 2020

Here is what I’m hoping for this weekend: that we focus on a bigger God and a less grandiose church. That our leaders emphasize how to respond to Covid-19 with Christlike compassion for the world, without indulging in denominational pride.

Please stop meeting Mormon missionaries at the airport

By Jana Riess — March 23, 2020

Last night hundreds of people gathered at the Salt Lake City airport to welcome Mormon missionaries home, despite social distancing instructions from the state of Utah and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What kind of people will Mormons be in a global apocalypse?

By Jana Riess — March 20, 2020

This is an apocalypse. It will help to reveal who we are individually . . . and who we are as a Mormon people.

Dear Mormons, please take coronavirus seriously

By Jana Riess — March 12, 2020

(RNS) — This is not a drill, Mormons, and it’s not the seasonal flu. It’s a Martin and Willie handcart rescue operation.

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