Mormonism

Russell M. Nelson

LDS Church Announces New President

January 19, 2018

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.

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LDS General Authority Excommunicated, First in Decades

August 11, 2017

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.

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Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

August 18, 2016

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.

Indeed, Utah—a heavily Mormon state—has not...

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After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

April 28, 2016

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.

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Modest beachwear sparks controversy in France

Modest beachwear sparks controversy in France

April 12, 2016

Beachwear has become the newest item of contention in France’s ongoing battle between Muslim citizens’ veiling practices and state-mandated secularism.

British department store chain Marks & Spencer recently introduced a new item to its Western European stores, designed specifically to appeal to Muslim shoppers. The “burkini” is a one-piece swimsuit closely resembling a hooded wetsuit. The suit satisfies modesty requirements for women whose religious convictions lead them to cover their...

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Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

December 21, 2015

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’...

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With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

November 23, 2015

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...

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