Latter-Day Saints

Takeaways from The AP’s investigation into the Mormon church’s handling of sex abuse cases

By Jason Dearen and Michael Rezendes — December 5, 2023
HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — Nondisclosure agreements, also known as confidentiality agreements, have been used frequently by the Mormon church and other organizations, including the Catholic Church, to keep sex abuse allegations secret.
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A fire at a historic Chevy Chase ward raises the question: What is Mormon community now?

By Jana Riess — November 22, 2023
(RNS) — Latter-day Saints used to be geniuses at creating community. We need that again now more than ever.

Mormonism and the soft prosperity gospel

By Jana Riess — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — The LDS Church doesn't teach that God wants you to be rich. But it does promote a 'Plan of Happiness' that emphasizes your very own personal flourishing.

Remembering LDS apostle M. Russell Ballard

By Jana Riess — November 13, 2023
(RNS) — M. Russell Ballard, a longtime apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at 95.

Court cites clergy-penitent privilege in dismissing child sex abuse lawsuit against LDS church

By Michael Rezendes and Jason Dearen — November 9, 2023
(AP) — The investigation last year highlighted the use of a church Helpline used by bishops to report instances of child sex abuse to church officials in Salt Lake City.

Amish culture prizes peace − but you wouldn’t necessarily know it from a stop in Amish Country tourist towns

By Susan L Trollinger — November 2, 2023
(The Conversation) — Much of the tourism industry that’s sprung up around Amish areas says more about Americans’ own identity than Amish values, a scholar writes.

Suffering is a feature, not a bug, of Latter-day Saint life, says author Melissa Inouye

By Jana Riess — October 26, 2023
(RNS) — 'We want a world where God keeps us safe and none of us is gonna strike out or have problems,' Inouye said. 'But in Latter-day Saint theology, that is precisely the plan of Lucifer.'

Kiersten White, bestselling novelist, explains why she left Mormonism

By Jana Riess — October 5, 2023
(RNS) — 'There’s no part of me that regrets the choices that we made in leaving the church,’ the writer says.

Survey: US religious groups do not view climate change as a crisis

By Yonat Shimron — October 4, 2023
(RNS) — Among white evangelicals, the view that the Earth is in crisis actually dropped — from 13% in 2014 to 8% today.

The Mormon prophet’s test kitchen

By Jana Riess — October 3, 2023
(RNS) — Why do mature adults practice obedience? Hint: It’s not because someone told them, again and again, to obey.

Changes coming for Mormon service missions

By Jana Riess — September 28, 2023
(RNS) — LDS service missionaries will now be integrated more fully into the Church's overall proselytizing mission structure.

Wallace B. Smith, great-grandson of Joseph Smith and pioneer for women’s ordination, dies at 94

By Jana Riess — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — The leadership of Wallace B. Smith, who headed the RLDS movement from 1978 to 1994, was a game changer.

A fifth of Mormon college students in the US say they’re LGBQ, new study shows

By Jana Riess — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Among US Mormon college students, 78% said they were heterosexual and 22% identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or something else.
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