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Flunking Sainthood

All aboard the Mormon women’s history cruise

By Jana Riess — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — Sign me up for that.
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Spencer W. Kimball diaries shine a light behind the scenes of modern Mormonism

By Jana Riess — February 17, 2023
(RNS) — This week’s release of the former LDS president’s diaries offers a peek behind the curtain of the 1978 priesthood/temple revelation and Kimball’s relations with Mormon leaders.

More Jesus, less touching: 14 changes to the Mormon temple endowment ceremony

By Jana Riess — February 10, 2023
(RNS) — Just four years after the most recent revisions, the LDS temple ceremony has undergone more changes.

‘Real Housewife’ Heather Gay pens a juicy ex-Mormon memoir

By Jana Riess — February 8, 2023
(RNS) — Mormonism worked well for ‘Real Housewife’ Heather Gay — until it didn’t. She’s not looking back.

What will it take for Mormon women and girls to be believed?

By Jana Riess — January 31, 2023
(RNS) — Mormon men seem no more prone to abuse than men of other faiths. The failure comes after abuse is reported.

For today’s Mormons, it’s Food Storage Lite

By Jana Riess — January 26, 2023
(RNS) — From two years to one year to six months to three months: Food storage requirements aren’t what they used to be for Latter-day Saints.

How to stay Mormon after a faith crisis (if staying is what you want)

By Jana Riess — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — Former LDS Bishop Christian Kimball has spent the last 25 years ‘on the inside of the edge’ of Mormonism.

6 ideas for Mormons studying the New Testament this year

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2023
(RNS) — From podcasts to YouTube channels to books, here’s my curated list of favorite (fun, even!) companions for studying the New Testament in 2023.

Top 10 Mormon news stories of 2022

By Jana Riess — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — From a Joseph Smith photograph to David Archuleta's decision to 'step away' from the church, it's been an eventful year.

The ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ of Mormon prayer

By Jana Riess — December 23, 2022
(RNS) — I want the language I use in prayer to reflect my relationship with God and help it to grow.

On Mormon tithing and a $100 billion investment fund

By Jana Riess — December 14, 2022
(RNS) — Tithing can’t be reduced to checking a box that says you support an insanely wealthy institution with yet more wealth and are suddenly right with the Lord because of it.

Mormon TikTok star debunks Bible conspiracies, misinformation

By Jana Riess — December 9, 2022
(RNS) — More than a quarter-million TikTok followers enjoy Dan McClellan's unusual combination of deadpan humor and solid biblical scholarship.

Why Americans are leaving their churches

By Jana Riess — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — For sociologist Stephen Bullivant, the question is why it took so long for the religious exodus to happen.
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