Mormon church

  • boy scouts of america Dec 17, 2019

    Mormons Pulling 400,000 Youths Out of Struggling Boy Scouts

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been one of the largest sponsors of the Boy Scouts of America for decades but is making its split official Jan. 1. The Utah-based faith will deal another blow to the struggling organization when it pulls out more than 400,000 young people and moves them into a new global program of its own.

  • spokesman Aug 16, 2019

    Mormon Church Warning: Beware of Fancy Coffee Drinks

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors. The new guidance in the August issue of a church youth magazine does not include fundamental changes to...

  • New York City Jul 18, 2019

    Across US, Clergy Mobilize to Support Vulnerable Migrants

    So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services. Here’s a look at some of the recent developments:

  • Utah May 1, 2019

    Sundance Film Festival Co-Founder Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

    A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a child. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, entered the plea as part of an agreement that includes a sentence of six years to life. He plans to plead guilty to a second charge involving the same victim later...

  • Jesus Christ Apr 4, 2019

    Mormons Repeal Ban on Baptisms for Children of Gay Parents

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules banning baptisms for children of gay parents and making gay marriage a sin eligible for expulsion — marking a reversal of policies condemned as jarring detours from a push by the faith to be more compassionate about LGBTQ issues. The 2015 rules that were approved by global church...

  • Utah Feb 22, 2019

    Republican Lawmakers Push to Ban ‘Gay’ Conversion Therapy in Utah

    Two Republican lawmakers proposed a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors in conservative Utah on Thursday, a plan that’s been hailed as a milestone by advocates and won’t be opposed by the influential Mormon church. Republican Rep. Dan McCay acknowledged he isn’t a typical sponsor for such a measure, but he said it’s an important way to support LGBT...

  • New York Dec 29, 2018

    Elections, Films Help Effort to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

    Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.

  • chief Jul 23, 2018

    1 Dead, 1 Wounded After Shooting at Mormon Church in Nevada

    Authorities say one person is dead and another injured following a shooting at a Mormon church on Sunday in Nevada. Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman says 48-year-old John Kelley O’Connor walked into the church, opened fire then walked home. TV station KOLO reports that O’Connor surrendered after authorities called his home and asked.

  • Donald Trump Jun 19, 2018

    ‘Papá! Papá!’ Audio of Children Detained at Border Stokes Rage Over Separation

    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. “Papa! Papa!” one child is heard weeping in the audio file that was first reported by...

  • United States May 9, 2018

    Diverging Values Lead to Mormon Retreat From Boy Scouts

    For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon church formed an ideal pair as they helped each other expand their organizations and build their brands while molding countless young men through bow knots, pinewood derby races and campouts. But as the calendar flipped to the 21st Century, the longtime partners originally drawn to each other...

  • United States May 9, 2018

    Mormons Severing All Ties With Boy Scouts, Ending Long Bond

    The Mormon church will completely sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year. The religion will move its remaining boys into its own scouting-type program. The announcement Tuesday night by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Boy Scouts marks an end to close relationship that lasted more than a century built...

  • President Apr 5, 2018

    Woman Sues Mormon Church Alleging Rape by Leader in 1980s

    A woman who recently accused a former Mormon missionary training center director of raping her in the 1980s and the church of failing to take her allegations seriously has sued them — a move that will bring more scrutiny to the handling of sexual abuse reports. McKenna Denson, 55, alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Utah...

  • Florida Feb 19, 2018

    2 More Parkland School Shooting Victims Laid to Rest

    Two more victims of the Florida school shooting in Parkland were laid to rest Monday.

  • President Jan 3, 2018

    Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson Dies at 90

    Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who led the nearly 16 million-member faith for nine years as the church’s “prophet, seer and revelator,” died Tuesday evening at the age of 90. President Monson, who served as president of the Church since February 2008, died from causes incident to age. Two years ago,...

  • President Jan 3, 2018

    Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson Dies at 90

    Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who led the nearly 16 million-member faith for nine years as the church’s “prophet, seer and revelator,” died Tuesday evening at the age of 90. President Monson, who served as president of the Church since February 2008, died from causes incident to age. Two years ago,...

  • Facebook Sep 22, 2017

    ‘It’s About Time’: Excitement Bubbles Up at BYU as Caffeinated Soda Ban Fizzles Out

    Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: “It’s happening.” The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles...

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