November 17, 2008 |
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.
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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.
July 19, 1996 |
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.
February 29, 2012 |
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.
April 25, 2013 |
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. ...
September 6, 2012 |
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.