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March 11, 2009 | Associated Press
HBO on Tuesday defended its plans to depict a sacred Mormon temple ceremony in an episode of "Big Love." The drama about a Utah polygamous family will show an endowment ceremony Sunday. HBO said it did not intend to be disrespectful of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and apologized. The ceremony is an important part of the "Big Love" story line, HBO said. In the scene, actress Jeanne Tripplehorn's character, Barb, goes through the endowment ceremony as she faces losing her membership in the Mormon church.
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April 18, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
It didn't last long, but for a short time in the 1840s the Mississippi River town of Nauvoo was the largest city in Illinois. While most municipalities thrived on trade, Nauvoo's propelling force was something much less tangible: faith. And that would also be the city's downfall. Before the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - the Mormons - made Salt Lake City the center of their earthly existence, they had settled in Nauvoo, following their founding prophet Joseph Smith.
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March 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An investigation into whether three Mormon missionaries defaced a Catholic shrine on a butte overlooking San Luis has been dropped after Roman Catholic Bishop Arthur Tafoya urged forgiveness. Costilla County sheriff's investigator Cpl. Scott Powell said that the investigation had just gotten underway. Mormon Church officials earlier issued an apology. "I ask that we as Catholics, who believe in the forgiveness of Christ, will ourselves forgive and pray for the young men who showed such a lack of tolerance and understanding," Tafoya said.
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April 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
In the early 2000s, the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on same-sex marriage aligned with the opinions of most Americans: Gays and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to marry. Since then, popular opposition to same-sex marriage has collapsed across much of the country, with 17 states and the District of Columbia allowing the practice. Shifting public opinion may explain the message that Neil L. Andersen, an elder in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles - the second-highest governing body in the Mormon Church - had for listeners at the semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
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June 5, 1989 | JAN BRESLAUER
Joel Grey clones they are not. But musical cabaret artists Curtis York and Robert Daniels, the two young iconoclasts known as Les Mormons, do share a certain flamboyance with the Kit Kat Club's androgynous emcee. Mixing song, dance and theater in a variety act rife with black humor, Les Mormons call attention to the contradictions facing gays today. Like Grey's host in Weimar Germany, Les Mormons have fun in the midst of an urgent situation, employing show-biz strategies to mitigate against prejudice.
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November 17, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
In June, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a fateful decision. They called on California Mormons to donate their time and money to the campaign for Proposition 8, which would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that permitted gay marriage. That push helped the initiative win narrow passage on election day. And it has made the Mormon Church, which for years has striven to be seen as part of the American mainstream, a political target.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1994
Though well written, your article made it appear as though leaders of the church prefer to have believers accept, without question, what we're told. On the contrary, the doctrines and leaders of the church have always encouraged members to pray and ponder and gain a testimony of the Gospel, whether contained in the Scriptures or received as modern-day revelation. Part of that testimony entails faith in our leader. The doctrines of the church will not change to cater to people who cannot accept God's teachings.
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July 19, 1996 | VANORA BENNETT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Mormons first came to the Russian capital about five years ago, city authorities gave the preachers from Utah what seemed an appropriate place to hold their prayer meetings: rooms in a ramshackle former Russian Orthodox monastery, closed decades before by the Soviet government. But as the strictures of communism fell away in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, Russians were again permitted freedom of worship and, in 1993, President Boris N.
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February 29, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. In yet another public relations embarrassment for the Mormon Church, a Utah researcher has discovered that slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was posthumously baptized last year in a serious breach of church protocol. According to records, Pearl, who is Jewish, was baptized "by proxy" last summer in a Twin Falls, Idaho, temple -- much to the surprise of his parents, who learned of the event this week.
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April 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a message for the Boy Scouts of America's plan to allow gay Scouts: We're fine with it. The Mormon Church, which has historically opposed same-sex marriage, said Thursday that it supported the Scouts' recently proposed rules change that "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," as the proposal puts it. ...
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - The art of bartending, Matthew Pfohl says, is all about the performance, the subtle dance of bottle and glass. Over his career this virtuoso of the high-end pour has dazzled customers, effortlessly grabbing a top-shelf gin, say Bombay Sapphire, and making a delicate decant to create another liquid masterpiece. But in Utah, his act takes place backstage. He mixes drinks out of view in the kitchen, one result of strict regulations governing alcohol and backed by the politically powerful Mormon Church.
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January 10, 2014 | By David Ng
This post has been corrected. See below. "The Book of Mormon" will hold a lottery for a limited number of $25 seats before each performance when the national tour of the hit musical returns to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles starting Jan. 21. Lottery entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance. Each entry can request a maximum of two tickets and only one entry per person will be allowed. Names of the winners will be announced two hours before curtain, and the winners must be physically present and must pay in cash. During the first week of performances, one winning lottery winner for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances will be given their tickets free of charge.
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October 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
You have 10 minutes to sell someone on Catholicism, no more than that to distill the teachings of the Koran or the foundations of Mormonism. It's speed-dating for religion, and in a burst of faith-driven curiosity, dozens of students at UC Irvine raced from room to room Wednesday to listen to religious students (and two atheists) break down the core tenets of their belief system while on the clock. "Is it required to wear wraps on your head?" "What exactly do you do on a mission?"
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July 15, 2013 | By David Ng
"The Book of Mormon" has added five more weeks to its return engagement to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. A touring Broadway production of the hit musical from the creators of "South Park" is scheduled to run at the Pantages from Jan. 21 to March 16. The Tony-winning musical initially came to the Pantages in 2012 for a 12-week run as part of the first national tour that kicked off last year in Denver. The musical has since created a second national tour, which is coming to L.A. with a cast that currently includes Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt as two bumbling missionaries sent to a remote village in Africa.
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April 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a message for the Boy Scouts of America's plan to allow gay Scouts: We're fine with it. The Mormon Church, which has historically opposed same-sex marriage, said Thursday that it supported the Scouts' recently proposed rules change that "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," as the proposal puts it. ...
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The newer, smaller and more centrally organized a religion is, the less prone it is to reformed versions breaking away. It also helps if the religion's followers form an insular group, to one extent or another, away from the tug of societal trends. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has typically had a very strong form of this identity. It's a highly centralized organization, with a clear set of rituals and behaviors that are expected, with clear outcomes for those who follow suit -- and those who don't.
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September 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Taking the high road, or throwing down the gauntlet? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has purchased ads promoting the faith in the playbill for the Los Angeles engagement of "The Book of Mormon," the satirical musical from the creators of TV's "South Park. " The show, which is currently in previews at the Pantages Theatre as part of a national tour, tells the comical story of two Mormon missionaries who travel to a remote African village. The musical pokes fun at the tenets of the Mormon Church, as well as those of other religions.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
In the early 2000s, the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on same-sex marriage aligned with the opinions of most Americans: Gays and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to marry. Since then, popular opposition to same-sex marriage has collapsed across much of the country, with 17 states and the District of Columbia allowing the practice. Shifting public opinion may explain the message that Neil L. Andersen, an elder in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles - the second-highest governing body in the Mormon Church - had for listeners at the semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2013 | By David Kelly
For the first time in memory, a woman has led a prayer at the major conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Jean A. Stevens offered the closing prayer for more than 100,000 Mormons gathered Saturday for the church's general conference. Millions of others watched via satellite. “Women have been praying in church and speaking at conferences for years,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins told the Los Angeles Times. “But this is the first time in memory that we have had a sister lead a prayer.” A feminist group launched the Let Women Pray campaign in January asking for the right to offer opening and closing prayers at the conference, which has been held for 183 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
During the 2012 presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney's openness about his Mormon faith brought to the surface many of the generalizations Americans maintain about what it means to be a Mormon. Ryan McIlvain's debut novel " Elders " might serve as a fascinating and lively fictional corrective  - a portrait of what it can mean to be a Mormon missionary - complete with all the doubts, hesitations and temptations that come with the territory. McIlvain, who was born in Salt Lake City and left the Mormon Church in his mid-20s, tells the story of Elder McLeod and Elder Passos, two young missionaries in Brazil, each struggling with specific aspects of their faith.
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