Latter-Day Saints

Religion can help LGBTQ Mormons’ mental health, especially if they’re out of the closet

By Jana Riess — June 8, 2023
(RNS) — So far in Tyler Lefevor’s longitudinal psychology study, religion has been a net positive for the mental health of some LGBTQ Mormons. As a queer former Latter-day Saint, he’s surprised by this too.

What ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ teaches us about ex-Mormons

By Jana Riess — May 30, 2023
(RNS) — Last year’s bestselling memoir of ‘a woman reckoning with love and violence’ was also a typically Mormon tale.

Faith at Work conference builds momentum on religious inclusion in workplace

By Adelle M. Banks — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — ‘You can integrate faith into every aspect of your workforce, but it has to be voluntary,’ one expert said.

Two new books untangle the Mountain Meadows Massacre

By Jana Riess — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — The books challenge some of the longstanding narratives about the attack and its coverup.

One in 4 US Mormons has thought about leaving the LDS Church, study shows

By Jana Riess — May 19, 2023
(RNS) — PRRI's findings showed Latter-day Saints were some of the most religious — but often uncertain — believers.

6 things we now know (maybe) about the LDS church’s wealth

By Jana Riess — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — A new ‘60 Minutes’ interview raised questions about the LDS church's finances, including whether its wealth now amounts to $150 billion.

The ‘Mormon Moment’ 10 years later: Why Joanna Brooks and Mitch Mayne left the public eye

By Jana Riess — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — We talk about where they are now, and why they walked away from the spotlight.

Arizona court upholds clergy privilege in child abuse case

By Michael Rezendes and Jason Dearen — April 14, 2023
This church's negligence in reporting abuse, the lawsuit argues, allowed a father to continuing abusing the girl for as many as seven years, a time in which he also abused the girl’s infant sister.

Woman tied to Arizona polygamous leader accused of threats

By Jacques Billeaud — April 14, 2023
PHOENIX (AP) — The indictment of Josephine Barlow Bistline marks the fourth woman associated with self-declared prophet Samuel Bateman to face federal charges.

Bing has a testimony of the Book of Mormon! And other adventures with AI chatbots.

By Jana Riess — April 14, 2023
(RNS) — AI chatbot searches are the next big thing. What will that mean in the Mormon world?

Mormons have discovered Holy Week. Why now?

By Jana Riess — April 8, 2023
(RNS) — Here's hoping that embracing Easter isn't merely a 'we’re not weird, please like us' campaign.

The limits of Mormon obedience

By Jana Riess — April 6, 2023
(RNS) — LDS prophets have been on the wrong side of justice. When it is acceptable to disobey them?

Behind the Latter-day Saint church’s vast wealth are two centuries of financial hits and misses

By Benjamin Park — April 5, 2023
(The Conversation) — Joseph Smith encouraged early Latter-day Saints to pool their resources. Two centuries later, one of the results is an investment portfolio estimated at $100 billion.

What’s going on with the wave of GOP bills about trans teens? Utah provides clues

By Kelsy Burke and Tyler Lefevor — April 4, 2023
(The Conversation) — Faith, politics and LGBTQ rights are more complicated than it can appear at first glance.

Most US Mormons are failing the Word of Wisdom, nurse says

By Jana Riess — March 29, 2023
(RNS) — Sugar and meat are killing us softly.
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