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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:45 AM mt

Year later support for Mormon gay policy has grown poll shows -- but so has some of the pain



<freeform> Carlin Briggs was driving her car Nov. 5, 2015, when she heard the news: The LDS Church had adopted a policy that deemed gay Mormon couples apostates and barred their children from membership until age 18. Hearing it, I stopped the car and said, This cant be true, recalled Briggs, an LDS convert and three-time president of her Mormon congregations female Relief Society. It was true and a year later, a new poll shows, Utahs LDS faithful support the two-pronged policy, ...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:45 AM mt

Mass exodus from Mormonism LDS stats paint a different picture



The optics tell a stunning story of Mormon decline or so many observers insist. Photos of Mormons gathering en masse in a Salt Lake City park to quit their church officially and openly accompanied by video images spinning around the globe suggest the LDS Church is enduring an enormous, even unprecedented exodus. The trouble with those visuals, according to church calculations, is that they distort the real picture. While the departures certainly loom large for the individuals involved, the...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:44 AM mt

Elizabeth Smart: Generous family is a 'blessing' -- Mormon apostle Catholic leader honored



Elizabeth Smart was once among those waiting to receive food at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall. Were it not for the nine months she spent without a home kidnapped at 14 by rapist Brian David Mitchell Smart said she would never have known what it was like to be hungry, to go without, to be cold. And what a blessing that meal was at that point in time. Smart spoke Friday night at a fundraising gala honoring her, senior Mormon apostle Russell M. Nelson and Catholic Archbishop John C. W...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:42 AM mt

Fire damages Mormon church in Idaho



A fire caused significant damage to an LDS Church building in eastern Idaho on Tuesday afternoon. Fire crews were called to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, at 3109 Swan Valley Highway in Swan Valley, about 2 p.m. after someone reported smoke coming from the building, according to a news release from the Bonneville County Sheriffs Office. Flames were visible by the time firefighters arrived, and the crews kept the fire contained to the property around the church. Hi...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:39 AM mt

Mormon tabernacle near Pearl Harbor became a refuge for GIs after the attack



Honolulu On Sunday, Aug. 17, 1941, thousands of Mormons gathered on a stunning city square less than 10 miles from Pearl Harbor to dedicate what would be the last tabernacle the LDS Church would ever build. Hawaiian believers as well as visitors from the U.S. mainland marveled at the open-air design, the gleaming white concrete, the lush landscaping, crisp acoustics and shimmering reflecting pools. Its illuminated, 141-foot-high bell tower made the Mormon edifice the second tallest in Honolulu...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:37 AM mt

New website plans to showcase leaked Mormon documents



Ryan McKnight hopes to become a Mormon version of Julian Assange, the Australian whistleblowing hacker who has published tens of thousands of secret government documents. On Monday, McKnight, a former Latter-day Saint in Las Vegas, plans to launch Mormon WikiLeaks, an online website where anonymous tipsters including those who work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can post purloined papers by and about the Utah-based faiths programs, policies and policymakers. He and his ...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:37 AM mt

LGBT activist plans ad blitz targeting Mormon church's tax-exempt status



A prominent gay-rights activist and former U.S. presidential candidate hopes to build the biggest, loudest and most comprehensive legal case ever mounted for revoking the tax-exempt status of the Mormon church. Republican political operative Fred Karger, a longtime critic of LDS Church involvement in Californias 2008 Proposition 8 campaign, said Thursday he has amassed a network of lawyers, researchers, investigators and like-minded organizations to help take his fight to the IRS. Karger, ...

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:36 AM mt

Mormon authority Bruce Porter tall in stature and long in service dies at 64



Bruce D. Porter stood as a lanky, 6-foot-7 LDS leader whose physical awkwardness and self-deprecating manner (as well as his penchant for compassion, storytelling and robustly singing his children to sleep with hymns) endeared this gentle giant to every Mormon congregation or committee he served. Meanwhile, his quick wit, incisive observations and deep love of learning, including a political science education at Harvard University, made him the LDS Churchs go-to guy on international relations. ...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:36 AM mt

Singer resigns from Mormon Tabernacle Choir says she 'could never look myself in the mirror again' if she performed for Trump



The Mormon Tabernacle Choirs acceptance of the invitation to sing at Donald Trumps inauguration has spawned widespread debate among the faithful and thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the decisions reversal. Now the choirs participation has even more fallout: the resignation of a female singer. Since the announcement, I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family a...

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Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 03:03:35 AM mt

Nevada's Harry Reid sings praises of Mormon choir member who quit over Trump appearance



Sen. Harry Reid, the most powerful Latter-day Saint in the federal government, added his voice Friday to the chorus of those applauding and defending the singer who resigned from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rather than perform at President-elect Donald Trumps inauguration. Jan Chamberlin, a member of the famed group for five years, sent a resignation letter to the choir president and her fellow singers Thursday, saying she could not participate in any event that seemed to be an endorsement ...

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