Mormon Church

12:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Mormon Church Raises Requirements For High School Seminary Students

Seminary in Provo, Utah.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is raising the bar for high school students enrolled in seminary, adding tests and reading requirements to a program that previously just required attendance.

Church-run seminary classes are geared toward students ages 14 to 18 and overview the Mormon scriptures in 50-minute, daily sessions typically held at a home or LDS meetinghouse in the mornings before regular high school classes begin.

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4:03 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled

This statue is located in Utah's Capitol building, beneath a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers traveling out west. "Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration," says Utah's speaker of the House, Becky Lockhart.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:28 pm

At the Utah State Capitol, a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers brings some color to the building's spartan rotunda. Beneath it is a more modern sculpture — a woman walking forward with her son, who's holding a globe.

Underneath the statue are the words "Immigration and Settlement." The symbolism isn't lost on state House Speaker Becky Lockhart.

"Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration, the value of peoples coming to find a better life," she says, pointing up at the sculpture.

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3:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mormon Missionaries To Get iPad Minis As Part Of Social Media Initiative

Credit Diego Andres / Flickr Creative Commons

The Mormon church is expanding a program that gives missionaries iPad minis and broadens their proselytizing to social media.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week that a test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well. That has prompted the church to expand the initiative.

Church leaders expect to have the specially configured mobile devices in the hands of more than 32,000 missionaries by early 2015. Most missionaries will cover the cost of the $400 device.

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2:57 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Podcaster Risks Excommunication For Defending Gay Mormons

Spires from the Mormon temple in downtown Salt Lake City reach to the sky.
George Frey AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 2:26 pm

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cracking down on members who openly dispute the doctrine of the faith. Earlier this week, a Mormon feminist was excommunicated for pursing membership in the all-male priesthood of the church. Now another member, John Dehlin, is facing the same fate — for questioning scripture and speaking out on behalf of gay Mormons.

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9:41 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Mormon Women's Group Founder Faces Excommunication

The founder of a Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality says the church is trying to excommunicate her.

Kate Kelly says she was shocked and dismayed when she received a letter this week from her bishop in Virginia informing her of a disciplinary hearing June 22. Two months ago Kelly led hundreds in a demonstration to shed light on gender inequality in the religion, defying church orders to stay off Temple Square.

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12:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Mormon Women's Group Pushing For Gender Equality Shifts Strategy

Assembly Hall, on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, was constructed by Latter-day Saints between 1877 and 1882.
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr Creative Commons

A Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality is shifting from public demonstrations to small discussion groups.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Ordain Women is aiming to find new supporters among the 15 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The group has created six discussion topics that highlight gender disparity in the faith.

The group formed last year to advocate for women's inclusion in higher-level positions, including the lay clergy.

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7:44 am
Sat April 12, 2014

BYU-Idaho Makes List Of Most Underrated Colleges

BYU Idaho's Rexburg campus.

Leaders at many of Idaho’s colleges and universities would argue their schools don’t get the credit they deserve. But the most underrated is Mormon Church-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho, at least according to the news website Business Insider.

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10:04 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Survey: Nearly A Quarter Of Idaho Residents Are Mormon

This is the exterior of a Mormon Temple in Boise.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A new Gallup survey shows six in 10 Utah residents identify as Mormon.

That's more than double the proportion in any other state. Idaho ranks second with 24 percent of its residents belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The survey is based on phone interviews with 500 adults in each state done in 2013.

Past Gallup surveys show the percentage of Utah residents who call themselves Mormon has held steady around 60 percent for the past six years.

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9:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Boise's Mormon Cannery Serves Beyond Its Church Walls

On this day in Garden City’s LDS cannery John Viehweg (left) is first to get his hands on the pears that have been peeled, cored and halved by a machine. Viehweg turns them right side up. The volunteers further down the conveyor belt cut the bad spots off
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.  

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12:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Mormon Film 'The Saratov Approach' Details Idahoan's 1998 Kidnapping

Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson play missionaries Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst in 'The Saratov Approach.'

A new movie tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and held for ransom in Saratov, Russia in 1998. 'The Saratov Approach' details what Andrew Propst and Travis Tuttle went through.

The film opened in theaters throughout the West this fall. Because of it’s success, managers at Boise’s Edwards 22 Theaters have extended the movie’s run until at least December 12.

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11:48 am
Wed November 27, 2013

'Saratov Approach': This Fall's Biggest Film You've Never Heard Of

Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson play missionaries Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst in 'The Saratov Approach.'
Saratov Films

In 1998, two Mormon missionaries, including one from Oregon, were kidnapped in Russia. Their dramatic tale is now the subject of a movie that’s setting box office records in a specific genre this fall.

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9:41 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mormon Leader Defends Stance Against Same-Sex Marriage

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A top Mormon leader says more states and nations may legalize same-sex marriage in the future, but human laws cannot "make moral what God has declared immoral."

Apostle Dallin H. Oaks, in an address Sunday at the Mormon church's biannual general conference in Salt Lake City, said the faith's stance against same-sex marriage might be misunderstood or prompt accusations of bigotry.

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5:35 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Mormon Church Membership Reaches 15 Million

A Mormon temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The president of the Mormon church says worldwide membership has hit 15 million, representing a three-fold increase over the three decades.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the milestone during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday morning.

The biannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings 100,000 members to Salt Lake City. More than half of church members live outside of the United States.

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12:21 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Steve Young To Headline Conference On Gays And Mormons

Former NFL great Steve Young will be one of the keynote speakers at a three-day conference in Salt Lake City exploring how the Mormon faith is dealing with gays and lesbians.

The 32nd annual Affirmation International Conference begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Affirmation president Randall Hacker says he's expecting about 300 people at the gathering.

Steve Young and his wife, Barb, are scheduled to speak Saturday night. Young is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He played collegiately at Brigham Young University.

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Idaho News
11:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Mormon Missionary In Critical Condition In Idaho

Hospital officials say a 19-year-old Mormon missionary is in very critical condition following a car crash in Idaho.

Idaho State police say Taylor Ward of Vacaville, Calif., and another missionary with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in a two-car crash early Tuesday in southeastern Idaho.

Police say 20-year-old missionary John Floyd of Deep Run, N.C., was driving when he went through a stop sign in a sedan. The car collided with the passenger side of a pickup truck.

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2:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Why The Mormon Church Is Sending So Many Missionaries To Idaho

Since we met Colby Denton (right) two months ago he finished his two year stint as a missionary and went home to Arizona. He immediately started back in his old sales job for the month of August. Now he's starting his final year of college. Davis Jones (left) has two months left in Boise.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The typical image of Mormon missionaries going door-to-door with pamphlets is antiquated. Colby Denton says in Boise they only do it if they have a few minutes to kill between appointments. Denton is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Boise mission.

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2:31 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mormon Church To Triple Missionary Numbers In Southwest Idaho

Colby Denton (left) and Davis Jones at the Boise Mission headquarters. Behind them is a board with pictures of everyone serving in the mission on one side and everyone arriving next month on the other.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

At 23-and 21-years-old Colby Denton and Davis Jones introduce themselves as Elder Denton and Elder Jones. That’s traditional for young men serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both are relentlessly cheerful. Both say they wouldn’t trade their two years in the Boise, Idaho Mission for anything.

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Supreme Court
12:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions Won’t Affect Idaho Law

Credit Franz Jantzen / U.S. Supreme Court Website

Law experts in Idaho say today’s decisions from the Supreme Court that strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and allow gay marriage to resume in California will have no effect on Idaho law.

Gay couples do not have the right to marry in Idaho.  Idaho passed a constitutional amendment in 2006 that says the only marriage the state will recognize is between a man and woman. 

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
2:16 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Four Idaho Men File Sexual Abuse Charges Against Boy Scouts, Mormon Church

Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court because they say they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.

Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the four men, who are named only as John Does I (one) through IV (four) in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.

Chasan says what the church and the Boy Scouts did amounted to a cover-up.

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Mormon Democrats
10:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

What It's Like To Be A Mormon Democrat In Idaho

Travis Manning teaches high school English. He's running on the Democratic ticket for the Idaho Legislature: Caldwell's house seat 10 A.
Credit Rachel Cheney

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up about a quarter of Idaho’s population, and they’re watching Mitt Romney’s presidential bid on the edge of their seats. It’s the closest a Mormon has come to the presidency. But not all are voting for Romney.

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