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Mormon officials leave Jerusalem due to strike on Syria

Mormon officials leave Jerusalem due to strike on Syria

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S.-led air strikes in Syria have prompted senior Mormon church officials to change their travel plans as they continue a world tour. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church spokesman Doug Anderson said Saturday that delegation led by church President Russell M. Nelson […]

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Mormon church opposes Utah medical marijuana initiative

Mormon church opposes Utah medical marijuana initiative

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church came out against a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah on Tuesday as opposition mounts against the proposal that would allow people with certain medical conditions access to pot. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement Tuesday […]

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Mormons to celebrate 1978 lifting of ban on blacks in clergy

Mormons to celebrate 1978 lifting of ban on blacks in clergy

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church says it will celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion’s lay priesthood. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Monday night that the celebration will take place June 1 in Salt […]

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Woman suing Mormon church speaks of alleged rape

Woman suing Mormon church speaks of alleged rape

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a woman suing the Mormon church over alleged sexual abuse (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A woman suing the Mormon church alleging she was raped by a former Mormon leader in the 1980s says she’s seeking justice and wants the church to […]

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Utah man gets prison time for theft of Mormon statue

Utah man gets prison time for theft of Mormon statue

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison for stealing a bronze statue of Mormon church leaders. The Deseret News reports 53-year-old Larry Forness was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to felony theft. The 800-pound (362-kilometer) statue of Joseph Smith and Brigham […]

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Changes announced to the LDS Church’s Priesthood quorums

Changes announced to the LDS Church’s Priesthood quorums

President Russell M. Nelson announced two significant organizational changes Saturday night designed to help everyday Latter-day Saints in congregations throughout the world minister more like Jesus Christ. “Tonight we announce a significant restructuring of our Melchizedek Priesthood quorums to accomplish the work of the Lord more effectively,” President Nelson said […]

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Gerrit W. Gong, Apostle of the LDS Church/ Photo courtesy of mormonnewsroom.org

New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church made history and injected diversity into a top leadership panel on Saturday by selecting the first-ever Latin-American apostle and the first-ever apostle of Asian ancestry. The selections of Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, were announced at the […]

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Mormon conference ushers in leaders as church faces scrutiny

Mormon conference ushers in leaders as church faces scrutiny

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon conference this weekend in Utah will usher in a new era of church leadership that comes as the faith grapples with heightened scrutiny about its handling of sexual abuse reports and one-on-one interviews between local lay leaders and youth. Church President Russell M. […]

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1,000 march in Salt Lake City over Mormon youth interviews

1,000 march in Salt Lake City over Mormon youth interviews

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 1,000 current and former Mormons marched to the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City Friday to deliver petitions demanding an end to closed door, one-on-one interviews between youth and lay leaders where sexual questions sometimes arise. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints […]

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2nd alleged sexual assault victim of ex-Mormon leader

2nd alleged sexual assault victim of ex-Mormon leader

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Friday it is investigating a second accusation of sexual assault against a former missionary leader dating back to the 1980s and vowed to “bring accountability” for what has occurred. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints didn’t say in its statement if […]

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