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Flunking Sainthood

Are double ear piercings and sleeveless tops OK now for Mormon teens?

By Jana Riess — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — The LDS church just backed off telling Mormon teens what not to wear.
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‘At Last She Said It’ podcast helps Mormon women find their voices

By Jana Riess — September 14, 2022
(RNS) — Cynthia Winward and Susan Hinckley dare to speak aloud what many Mormon women are quietly thinking.

Mormonism’s tortured genius

By Jana Riess — August 29, 2022
(RNS) — The big-C ‘Mormon Church’ will not save us. But the little-c church keeps a light of hope kindled in my heart.

Dear Mormons in a faith crisis: You’re not crazy, wrong or stupid

By Jana Riess — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — Your old faith, like the caterpillar’s body, used to serve you well, until suddenly it didn’t.

How Mormons are addressing sex abuse: Too little, too late

By Jana Riess — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Latter-day Saints have the opportunity to learn from others’ mistakes. But will we?

Mormons are being oppressed and mocked on TV. We’re not alone.

By Jana Riess — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — Are Mormons being singled out for religious persecution?

A real Joseph Smith photo — or not? Why do Mormons care so much?

By Jana Riess — July 28, 2022
(RNS) — The polarized response to the photo reveals less about Joseph Smith than it does about us.

Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s photo discovered by descendant after nearly 180 years

By Jana Riess — July 21, 2022
(RNS) — A great-great-grandson of Joseph Smith Jr. found the Mormon prophet’s photo tucked inside a locket passed down for generations.

Oh, now I get it: Purging the word ‘Mormon’ is a bid for the mainstream

By Jana Riess — July 14, 2022
(RNS) — I’m still not a fan of the attempt to purge ‘Mormon’ from our vocabularies, but it makes sense as a piece of the larger assimilation puzzle.

Hulu’s ‘Mormon No More’ rings true

By Jana Riess — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — While not perfect, 'Mormon No More' is a heartfelt docuseries that skillfully centers the painful experiences of LGBTQ Latter-day Saints.

Mormons now look liberal on abortion — by not changing

By Jana Riess — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — The GOP has swung so far to the right that Mormons’ nuanced abortion stance, once commonly accepted by fellow conservatives, now looks liberal by comparison.

How Mormons are sabotaging marriage and the family

By Jana Riess — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — People rightly object to the hot-wife-as-reward fallacy; it’s sexist, shallow and theologically bankrupt. But here’s another objection I haven’t heard raised: This is a surefire way to torpedo a marriage before it even begins.

In Mormon Utah, LGBTQ Pride celebrations meet a desperate need

By Jana Riess — June 10, 2022
(RNS) — Pride celebrations are taking off in Utah. They may be more needed there than just about anywhere else in the country.
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