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Flunking Sainthood

Utah is the most generous U.S. state, study finds

By Jana Riess — November 17, 2020

Since approximately three out of five residents of Utah are Mormons, it makes sense that Utah would perform well in the measures about financial generosity and volunteering.

A very COVID Christmas: Having an unforgettable holiday season when you’re stuck at home

By Jana Riess — November 16, 2020

(RNS) — Traci Smith’s book of Advent crafts and practices is perfectly timed to help you have a joyous Christmas even in the midst of a pandemic.

Did Mormonism’s anti-LGBT policy cause more people to leave the LDS Church?

By Jana Riess — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — For many former Mormons, the 2015 LGBT exclusion policy was an important grievance. But we do them a disservice when we imagine it was the only reason they said goodbye.

Joe Biden has best showing of any Democrat in Utah since 1964

By Jana Riess — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — Even heavily Mormon Provo, once reliably red, turned purple.

Mormonism made me a Mama Dragon

By Jana Riess — October 30, 2020

“I still believe that most Mormon of doctrines for women: that being a mother is my most important role,” writes Mette Harrison. So when LDS policies toward LGBTQ persons seemed to be harming her children, she chose them over the church.

Senator Mike Lee’s just one example. Mormon men still like Donald Trump.

By Jana Riess — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — Mike Lee’s fawning comment comparing Donald Trump to a Book of Mormon hero reveals a fault line among U.S. Latter-day Saints.

For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions

By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020

For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).

Retired BYU professor denounces Donald Trump in viral video

By Jana Riess — October 21, 2020

Fox’s video outlines five reasons why he thinks Trump is a threat to America’s democratic principles. He does not mince words.

Suicide, complicated grief and the hidden darkness of the heart

By Jana Riess — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Do we ever truly know people?

10 years after Elder Packer’s anti-LGBTQ talk, have Mormons turned the corner on gay rights?

By Jana Riess — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — We’ve certainly come a long way since 2010, but it remains to be seen if the LDS church charted a new course on LGBT issues.

How did Mormons become so Republican?

By Jana Riess — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — What explains more than a half-century of ruby-red Republicanism in the Mormon-dominated state of Utah? How did Latter-day Saints become so Republican in the first place? A new book about Ezra Taft Benson sheds some light.

For Mormons, a wonderfully boring opening day of General Conference

By Jana Riess — October 3, 2020

(RNS) — Saturday’s General Conference was like Corn Flakes—nutritious, fortified, and blissfully predictable. After a tumultuous week in our nation, boring was helpful. Boring gave me time to think.

Donald Trump just gave white supremacists legitimacy, and the Proud Boys were never prouder

By Jana Riess — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — The moderator asked Trump if he would tell white supremacists to ‘stand down,’ which is to withdraw. Trump instead told the group to ‘stand by,’ which means to stay near at hand to be of use in an emergency. Then he gave them the emergency.

General Conference would be a good time for the LDS church to apologize to the Black community

By Kristin Lowe — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Racist statements and policies were once made by prophets and apostles, and we specifically need prophets and apostles to overturn them now,’ says guest columnist Kristin Lowe.

For adult Mormons, there’s more to spirituality than ‘endure to the end’

By Jana Riess — September 23, 2020

Feeling burned out? A new online course from author Thomas McConkie casts a wide net to help Latter-day Saints deepen their faith through meditation, theology and psychology.

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