Here is what I’m hoping for this weekend: that we focus on a bigger God and a less grandiose church. That our leaders emphasize how to respond to Covid-19 with Christlike compassion for the world, without indulging in denominational pride.
Last night hundreds of people gathered at the Salt Lake City airport to welcome Mormon missionaries home, despite social distancing instructions from the state of Utah and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(RNS) — The LDS church's growth may be slowing, but research shows that 2019 saw more missionaries, more temples and more reactivating of lapsed members around the world.
Nearly 200 years ago, Joseph Smith asked God which church was true. Today, Mormon missionary work assumes this is still people's most burning question.
Mormon leaders have been hard at work to change missionary expectations, temple rituals, and curriculum to improve the Latter-day Saint experience for Millennials and Generation Z. Will it be enough?
Some reactions to last week's announcement about Mormon missionaries can be summed up in three words, delivered in your crankiest and most stereotyped elderly male voice: “In MY day. . . .”
In the past, LDS missionaries were only allowed to call home twice a year, a policy designed to let them focus on their mission, free from distractions. But a new policy will allow them to call or video chat with family once a week.
Mormon female missionaries can now wear pants for much of their work, but not to church -- which is in keeping with a long-standing cultural tradition that women still wear dresses and skirts to church.
(RNS) A former president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, is accused of sexual misconduct, which he appears to admit in a leaked interview. Meanwhile, his family points to the accuser's own checkered history of alleged fraud and run-ins with the police.
SALT LAKE CITY — The survey contains questions about whether missionaries have experienced or observed physical harm, such as being punched, kicked, choked, restrained, bitten by a dog or in any other way injured.
Guest blogger Mette Harrison, whose college-age son has decided not to serve a mission at this time, says we are in danger of throwing away a group of young Mormon men who do not go on missions, making them feel like second-class citizens or worse.
In this month's LDS youth magazine, one article tries to include young women in the exercise of priesthood, while the very next article excludes them. Guest blogger EmJen says we need better ways to teach girls about a priesthood they do not hold.
Why has Mormon growth slowed so much since the heady gains of the 1980s and 1990s, and why is this numeric stagnation considered a step forward?
They imagine they help the LDS Church by abusing its teachings and covering their unethical verbal assaults by feigning prayerful affection. They're wrong.
The hospitalization of three Mormon missionaries in Brussels prods me to remember: *Every* victim of terrorism could be my child, my sister, or my parent.
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