(RNS) — A new history of the Mormons' brief residency in Illinois in the 1840s shows how democracy has been neither assured nor safe for minority groups in America.
From vaping (and green tea!) restrictions to a $100 billion nest egg, 2019 was a big year in Mormon news.
(RNS) — Polygamous Mormons didn't go to Mexico in the late 19th century in defiance of the church; the church sent them there with its blessing.
(RNS) — The families who were victimized in Monday's shooting were not involved in Ervil LeBaron's violent cult. In fact, they have been his targets in the past.
While plural marriage has officially been banned by the LDS Church for more than a hundred years, the truth and lived reality for many modern Mormon women is actually far more complicated. Tracy McKay-Lamb is one of those women.
Carol Lynn Pearson's new book argues that many, if not most, Mormon women feel pain and fear at the prospect of sharing their husbands with at least one other wife for all of eternity. Even if polygamy isn't currently practiced, it's "alive and unwell" in Mormon doctrine and temple sealing practices.
Where Mormon leaders once spoke at length about the end of the world and being victims of persecution, sociologists say now it's all about Jesus and the nuclear family.
Race? Seer stones? Polygamy? Mormon apostle M. Russell Ballard says the church's seminary teachers should address controversies openly to "inoculate" students.
Kolob, polygamy, and six other still-on-the-books Mormon beliefs that we could say good-bye to once and for all if we adhered to the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
How many Mormons confess to hating polygamy, yet imagine themselves practicing it for all of eternity? How many believe on the one hand in a loving God who desires their eternal happiness and, on the other, that this same God would make them grit their teeth and be obedient to a practice they consider immoral?
Terryl Givens and I discuss Mormon polygamy and changes in the LDS Church with NPR's "Interfaith Voices."
A number of Mormon blogs and websites discussed the polygamy statements when they came out in October. So why did it take the mainstream media three weeks to pursue the story?
Some used to consider it "apostate" to say that Joseph Smith married women who were already married to other men. Now the LDS Church has acknowledged it openly.
*No one* is going to force the LDS Church to perform religious marriages in the temple for anyone it would not already approve to hold a temple recommend. That's true whether Utah allows gay marriage, polygamous marriage, or marriage between a fish and a monkey.
What is different about the LDS Church's new statement about polygamy in the nineteenth century? How will it contribute to people's understanding of Mormonism and plural marriage?
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