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Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children’s voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday. The proselytizing youngsters can call home every week instead of only twice a year. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in […]

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Mormon church opposes plan to increase alcohol in Utah beer

Mormon church opposes plan to increase alcohol in Utah beer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church has come out against a proposal to allow more alcohol in Utah beer, a position that could hurt the state’s chances of joining most of the country in shedding low alcohol limits. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposes the […]

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Mormons account for nearly 90 percent of state Legislature

Mormons account for nearly 90 percent of state Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons will account for nearly 90 percent of the state Legislature this session, giving members of the faith outsized influenced in a state that is becoming slightly more religiously diverse. When the new session begins Monday, Mormon legislators will account for 91 of the 104 […]

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Mormon church says it’s not opposed to hate-crime bill

Mormon church says it’s not opposed to hate-crime bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church says it won’t oppose strengthening hate-crimes legislation in Utah to include protections for LGBT people. The announcement Thursday could break a long-running legislative logjam on the issue. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ lobbyist Marty Stephens said that the church […]

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Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year. Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed Tuesday in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to the policies of […]

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Utah lawmakers approve medical pot changes, despite concerns

Utah lawmakers approve medical pot changes, despite concerns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise that secured the support of the influential Mormon church but sparked a backlash from advocates. Supporters of the compromise cheered the vote, saying it would help […]

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Arrest warrant issued for man accused of stealing rare photo

Arrest warrant issued for man accused of stealing rare photo

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of stealing a photo of an early 20th century apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could face other charges involving stolen rare items. The Salt Lake Tribune reports an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for 29-year-old Kevin Schuwer of […]

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Mormon missionary from Nevada dies in South Africa

Mormon missionary from Nevada dies in South Africa

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon missionary from Nevada serving in South Africa has died after he collapsed while exercising. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Tuesday that 19-year-old Zane Lamping died Monday at hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. He collapsed while […]

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Police search for man who broke into church, assaulted woman

Police search for man who broke into church, assaulted woman

CENTERVILLE, Utah (AP) — Police in Centerville are searching for a suspect who broke into a church and assaulted an elderly woman. KUTV in Salt Lake City reports that the incident happened Saturday night when the victim was inside an LDS church which was locked. Authorities say the woman was playing the […]

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Marijuana backers balk at plan to revise ballot measure

Marijuana backers balk at plan to revise ballot measure

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah are threatening to sue over a special session scheduled for next month when a medical marijuana ballot measure passed by voters will be revised as part of a compromise reached before the election. The groups allege in a […]

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