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Summer hiatus

By Jana Riess — June 1, 2021

I plan to be back in early September with renewed energy and some fresh perspective. Until then, God bless you.

Finally! Single Mormons have new opportunities, greater respect

By Jana Riess — April 30, 2021

(RNS) — New leadership policies and a general shift in attitude could help invigorate single members, who have low activity rates in the LDS church.

What the LDS church wants to know from young adult Mormons

By Jana Riess — March 22, 2021

(RNS) — A peek behind the scenes of a landmark survey of LDS church members reveals the stirrings of possible change.

Dear Mormon parents, it’s not just your children who are leaving the church

By Jana Riess — June 29, 2020

(RNS) — In this month’s Ensign, an apostle says it’s ‘simply not true’ that more members are leaving. Why, then, devote an entire issue of the magazine to discussing how to talk to members who leave?

When Mormon women can’t have the sacrament

By Jana Riess — May 12, 2020

This spring, I and several million other Latter-day Saint women have lost access to the sacrament, but it’s not because we have sinned.

Why it’s important that Mormon women can now be official witnesses to a baptism

By Jana Riess — October 2, 2019

Women and girls can now act as official witnesses in some Mormon rituals. While it may seem small, here’s why it’s actually a big deal.

This is your brain on Mormon Facebook

By Jana Riess — September 18, 2019

Racially, religiously, and educationally, the small subset of former Mormons who are now involved in ex-Mormon social media groups are not representative of the whole.

Calling former Mormons to participate in research study

By Jana Riess — September 7, 2019

Former members of the LDS Church who are over 18 may be eligible to be interviewed about their experiences in leaving Mormonism.

With new gun rule, Mormons take a step away from Republican right wing

By Jana Riess — August 27, 2019

(RNS) — This marks the latest small step the church has taken away from the GOP, either by tweaking its policies or upholding its usual position to the right of center, while Republicans swing ever further to the right.

‘Stranger Things’ sees Mormons as ‘super-religious white people’

By Jana Riess — July 8, 2019

(RNS) — Unfortunately, the ‘Stranger Things’ characterization of U.S. Mormons as predominantly white is spot on.

Why can’t ex-Mormons just leave the LDS Church alone?

By Jana Riess — July 2, 2019

I was prepared for pushback from very orthodox Mormons who might be unwilling to admit there are serious retention problems in the U.S. LDS Church, but surprisingly, former Church members have been more resistant to the NMS survey findings.

The incredible shrinking Mormon American family

By Jana Riess — June 15, 2019

New research shows that U.S. Mormon families are still larger than the nation’s, but the difference is smaller than it used to be.

Did the 2015 Mormon LGBT exclusion policy drive a mass exodus out of the Church?

By Jana Riess — May 29, 2019

Data shows that the 2015 Mormon LGBT exclusion policy was not enough by itself to drive many out of the LDS Church, but it contributed to disillusionment.

So Cal conference this weekend on Mormon Millennials

By Jana Riess — April 25, 2019

Scholars, journalists, and data crunchers are meeting in Claremont, CA on Saturday to discuss what’s happening with Mormon Millennials.

Mormons get back to basics at church’s General Conference

By Jana Riess — April 8, 2019

7 things you may have missed at the April General Conference.

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