Two weeks after the death of leader Thomas S. Monson, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new president.
93-year old Russell M. Nelson will take the helm as the 17th president of the Church, LDS leaders announced via live broadcast Tuesday. Nelson’s “setting apart” was no surprise—the LDS Church operates according to a fairly predictable hierarchy, and as first counselor to President Monson, Nelson was expected to take his place.
A mid-level Mormon church official was removed from his post and excommunicated from the church Tuesday—the first excommunication of an LDS leader in almost three decades.
59-year-old James J. Hamula had served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy—a body of leadership just below the church’s First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles—since 2008. This body of top officials, together called General Authorities, are the only leaders that work for the church full-time, leaving behind their former careers. Hamula had previously worked as a lawyer.
Just over 2 months after its inception, a Utah national monument is in danger of having its status revoked.
In his last weeks of office, then-President Barack Obama designated 1.35 million acres of southwestern Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. The act was praised as an important recognition of the land’s spiritual significance for local Native American tribes. National monument status, the coalition of 5 tribes...
The Boy Scouts of America has officially opened its membership to transgender boys, the organization announced Monday.
Ending the former policy of accepting members on the basis of the sex listed on their birth certificate, Boy Scouts of America will now register members based on the gender identity listed on their application. In a statement, the group said that they decided the former policy was “no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and...
Last week, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wrote an op-ed in Utah’s Deseret News in an endeavor to woo an unlikely target: Mormons.
In most election years, Democratic presidential candidates do not expend much effort campaigning for the Mormon vote. Consistently right-leaning voters, nearly 80 percent of the self-identified Mormons voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
Last week, the Salt Lake City Council unanimously voted to rename a street in honor of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the state of California.
Many see the symbolic act—the street lies just a few blocks down the street from the headquarters of the LDS Church—as a stand for LGBT rights in light of the state senate’s recent rejection of a bill that would have bolstered Utah’s hate crimes protection.
This December, two Brisbane, Australia religious groups shared a common worship space.
As part of their annual Christmas outreach program, Brisbane, Australia-based ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited members of a local mosque to tour their house of worship. When it was time for the group of Muslim worshipers to engage in evening prayers, representatives of the Mormon ward provided them with a special room for prayer.
Ali Kadri, a representative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, posted pictures from the tour and praised the LDS hosts’...
Last week, 1500 Mormons gathered to publicly submit their resignations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). After Church authorities distributed new guidelines regarding same-sex parents and their children, many LGBT Mormons and allies are choosing to officially remove their names from the Church registry—the most definitive way to separate oneself from the LDS Church.
In early November, the LDS Church distributed new guidelines to its 30,000 congregations hardening its position against same-sex couples and parents in the church. While the Church does not...
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) made history by appointing three female Church officers to its three key high-level leadership councils.
Bonnie Oscarson, Linda Burton, and Rosemary Wixom— general presidents of children and women’s organizations within the Church—will now also serve on the Priesthood and Family, Missionary, and Temple and Family History Executive Councils, respectively. Their new roles, effective immediately, mark the first time women have been invited to participate in this level of leadership of the Mormon Church.
Those who are interested in exploring a Mormon temple have just three weeks to pack their bags for Carmel, Indiana.
The country’s 148th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) will begin operations in late August and is expecting to serve approximately 30,000 Mormons in Indiana and surrounding states.
Mormon temples differ from Mormon churches, of which there are many across the United States and beyond. While regular...