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Mormon Church's Baby Step Towards LGBTQ Reconciliation Isn't Enough For Many Queer Mormons

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion

Mormon leaders have a message for lesbian and gay members of their religious community: You’re welcomed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day ...

Mormon Church Responds to Refugee Crisis (and it's Remarkable!)

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 04.06.2016 | Religion
Seth Adam Smith

Between March 26 and April 2, Latter-day Saints (also known as "Mormons") gathered in Salt Lake City and in churches around the world to watch General...

Love's Final Form

KidSpirit | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion

I waxed and waned until I found power within my own happiness. I didn't have to rely on the happiness of others anymore. I deepened my relationship to truth and light, not necessarily in my religion. It was a flowing and deep river of self-trust and self-learning.

Coming Out of the Religious Closet in Utah

Bonnie Glass-Coffin | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Bonnie Glass-Coffin

Speed-faithing helped address the elephant in the room by breaking the ice so that students could begin to talk about their religious beliefs and practices. It provided an important point of entry for beginning the work of sharing and listening in order to find common ground.

Why the Mormon Church Leaders Still Don't Get It

John Halstead | Posted 11.17.2016 | Religion
John Halstead

The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."

The Missouri Effect: Finishing What Kareem and Others Have Started

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2016 | Sports
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.

Mormon Church Punishes Children Of LGBT Parents for Parents' 'Transgressions'

John Halstead | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
John Halstead

In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.

A Farewell To Life As A Mormon Housewife

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
Lisa Pullen Kent

Her identity as a Mormon housewife had to go. When she removed it, the whole structure collapsed. Choosing to undergo such a radical metamorphosis, in hindsight is astounding, but she knows however painful, it was the only choice. In destroying her life, she saved it.

6 Photos From A Mormon Who Has Experienced God In Beautiful Places

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion

After growing up near the wild and rugged central California coastline, Chris Burkard became convinced that there was much more beauty to be found in ...

Why Some Mormons Are Preparing For Doomsday

Salt Lake Tribune | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.12.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Mixing a brew of biblical prophecies, the Hebrew calendar, a volatile economy, world politics, and astronomical occurrences, hordes...

Mormon Church Tackles Addiction in Brutally Honest Videos

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Seth Adam Smith

As an active Mormon who has battled addiction throughout my life, I found these videos to be both powerful and beautiful. The Mormon Church isn't holding back -- it is making a concerted effort to tackle addiction head-on. These videos are raw, and in some cases, quite heartbreaking.

Is White Supremacy Inherent to Mormon Doctrine?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Is it enough, white America? Is it enough to make us look at ourselves and wonder -- am I part of this problem? Am I doing anything to change racism? Will my children be part of a new problem or part of a solution? There is a particularly Mormon bent to this problem of racism.

Do Mormons Believe in Magic?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In his early years before founding the Mormon church, Joseph Smith admitted that he sought after gold through magical means. Some might argue that his search for "magic" never ended, that the "golden plates" which he translated by use of seer stones in a hat were an extension of the same search.

Are We Mormons a Cult?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I have begun to wonder if it might not be useful for Mormons to understand more clearly why so many people think of Mormonism as a cult. Are these reasons that are true and are things we embrace? Are they true and things we might want to change? Are they simply not true and things we need to correct people about?

Mormon Mother Fighting for LGBTQ Inclusion in Her Church

Wendy Montgomery | Posted 05.21.2016 | Religion
Wendy Montgomery

Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, it turned our world upside down when our 13-year-old son came out to us. The learning curve was steep since we were coming from a place of almost total ignorance about all things LGBT-related.

Two Wrongs and Nothing Right in Utah

Don Elkins | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Don Elkins

When I tell you "the church" opens up a mic to talk to the world about something important, people there pay attention, and take it as true. That open-mic really doesn't happen too often in Salt Lake City.

Religious Freedom Gives Me the Constitutional Right to Violate Your Constitutional Rights, Right?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Conservatives just love the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees.

How the Mormons Punked the Press

Brooke P. Hunter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Five to Nine Things You Maybe Didn't Know About Mormon Missionaries

Craig Harline | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Harline

Mormon missionaries pay their own way (about $400 a month); get up at 6:30 every morning and go to bed at 10:30 every night; are allowed only two telephone calls home a year to family; write letters/emails home only once a week.. and much more!

No Women Allowed

Reuters | Jennifer Dobner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, April 5 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Mormon women who want ecclesiastical equality were denied admittanc...

Social Conservatives Say Gay Marriage Will Lead To Polygamy

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Fueling debates over marriage and religious freedom, a federal judge declared on Dec. 13 Utah laws criminalizing polygamy are unconstitutional, ...

Mormon Feminists Wear Pants For Equality

Reuters | Jennifer Dobner | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Mormon feminists wore pants to church services on Sunday, rather than their usual dresses or skirts, as a symbol of gender ...

The Mormon Church Disavows Its Racist Past But Still Offers No Apology

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Over seven generations of white Latter-day Saints have been taught some version of the negative white racial frame about black people as spiritually unworthy.

Coming Home Is The Toughest Challenge, For Some Missionaries

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) It’s what fellow Mormons didn’t say that Ryan Freeman found most unnerving. Freeman had left for his two-year LDS mission ...

Genealogy -- America's Latest Obsession

Doug Bremner | Posted 11.11.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Doug Bremner

Carved into the solid granite of a mountain in the Wasatch Mountain Range, located in the Little Cottonwood Canyon, 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake Ci...