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6 Questions With A Black Mormon Feminist

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a complicated history with race. In 1852, church leader Brigham Young announced that men of ...

Joseph Smith's Many Wives Come To Life In Mormon Artist's Portraits

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dropped a bombshell statement last November confirming that founder Joseph Smith was a polyg...

LGBT Mormons See Church's Stance On Gay Boy Scout Leaders As Another (Tiny) Step Forward

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

The Mormon church is sticking with the Boy Scouts of America -- just as long as it is still able to ban gay adults from leadership positions...

Mormon Church Sticks With The Boy Scouts But Still Will Ban Gay Troop Leaders

Salt Lake Tribune | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – The Boy Scouts of America isn’t going to lose its largest sponsor after all. The LDS Church announced Wednesday (Aug. 26)...

Mormon Leaders Appoint Three Women To Top Church Positions

Salt Lake Tribune | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormons across the globe praised LDS leaders for adding the faith’s top female officers to three high-level council...

Mormon Church Releases First Photos Of The Stone Joseph Smith Used To Translate The Book Of Mormon

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

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Mormon Mom: Church's Refusal To Accept Gay Boy Scout Leaders Is 'Tragedy'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion

After nine years and countless hours of service, Jordan Montgomery spent last Saturday completing the very last task he needed to become an Eagle Sco...

The Mormons Of YouTube Keep Church Tradition Of Journaling Alive

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion

Ellie and Jared Mecham's YouTube channel is full of the minutiae of daily life. The two young parents upload vlogs of doctor's appointments,&nbs...

Pioneer Day Is A Mormon Celebration Of History And Faith. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

Pioneer Day is one of the most important dates on the calendar for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as Mormons....

Kate Kelly: If Staying In LDS Church Doesn't 'Spark Joy,' It's OK To Leave

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

When I was excommunicated from the Mormon church just over a year ago, I was widely quoted as saying, “Don’t leave. Stay, and make things...

It's That Time Of Year When 700 Mormons Put On Costumes For The Hill Cumorah Pageant

USA Today / Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

MANCHESTER, N.Y. — Christian Hancey is a lawyer, not an actor. But for the next week, the Pittsford, N.Y., father of four will don a wig and 18...

I Saw Two Americas Yesterday: From a Mormon Church to the Chicago Pride Parade

John Halstead | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

My 13-year-old daughter turned to me at one point and said, "One day I will tell my kids that I remember when gays and lesbians won the right to be married." I glowed. It was one of those moments when I could pat myself on the back, knowing I was a good parent.

How the Mormons Punked the Press

Brooke P. Hunter | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Brooke P. Hunter

The Mormon church punked the national press yesterday by calling a press conference purportedly about their support of some basic rights for LGBTQ people. The press conference was, in fact, mostly about defending Mormons' right to discriminate.

The Eating Habits of Married Not-Gay Mormon Men

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

One of My Husband's Not Gay's featured Mormon couples, Jeff and Tanya, appeared on Nightline last week, with Jeff defending his choice to repress his same-sex attraction. "An analogy I could use is: I love doughnuts," he says. "I would eat doughnuts three times a day. But I desire to be able to fit in my pants in the morning too."

Someone Allegedly Took A Christian Romance Novel And Added A Whole Bunch Of Sex

AP | LINDSAY WHITEHURST | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her ...

Transmormon Sheds Light on Trans Members of the LDS Church

Randall Frederick | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Randall Frederick

The Haywards were conservative Mormons who were not sure how to respond to their child when she came to them, confused that she felt like two people -- the boy she saw in the mirror and the girl she knew herself to be.

Why LGBT Pride Matters to Mormons

Mitch Mayne | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

What is it about Pride that makes Mormons so excited? I decided to ask my Mormon fellows that very question. I think you'll enjoy their responses as much as I did. After all, nothing I could compose could compare to the heartfelt messages I received in response to my question.

Prison Inmates Find Roots By Doing Genealogy Research For Mormons

Salt Lake Tribune | Brooke Adams and Jim Dalrymple | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) William J. Hopkins already knew a bit about genealogy work when he arrived at the Utah State Prison in 1994, an interest that was...

Hidden Heroes: Seven Mormons Who Stand for LGBT Inclusion and Equality

Mitch Mayne | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

As an openly gay Mormon, I'm keenly interested in how my Mormon fellows understand their LGBT brothers and sisters.

Shoulders to the Wheel: The Most Optimistic Gay Mormon Moments of 2013

Mitch Mayne | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

As an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint who just completed my calling as a priesthood leader, I'm keenly interested in the work taking place for LGBT inclusion and equality. So I'm taking a look back at 2013 and highlighting some of the strides Mormons have made on the journey to LGBT inclusion.

PHOTOS: Mormon-Centric Utah Epicenter For Food Storage

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 12.23.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, the...

Angel Moroni Sculptor Dies

Religion News Service | Janelle Stecklein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Karl A. Quilter, the man who designed the majority of the Angel Moroni sculptures that grace the steeples of Mormon temples worldwide, died last...

An Upward Spiral: How Mormon Hearts Are Changing With Regard to Gays and Lesbians

Mitch Mayne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

Mormons are in a state of flux when it comes to the way that members think about marriage equality. Since Prop 8, literally tens of thousands of Mormons have mobilized across the country to deliver a powerful new message to the gay and lesbian community.

'We Are At The Dawn Of Acceptance Of Gays In The Church,' Says Gay Mormon Author

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Jerry Argetsinger never felt a twinge of tension between being gay and being Mormon. Nobody talked about homosexuality in his Oregon congrega...

Why Mormon Support of the BSA Decision Is a Good Thing for Gay Mormon Youth

Mitch Mayne | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

By acknowledging -- maybe for the first time -- that gay kids can and do correctly identify their orientation, the Mormon Church is poised to make powerful changes to protect the health of young gay Mormon boys, helping to keep our gay youth safer and happier than ever before.