- Vatican Strengthens Ties with Evangelicals and Mormons Against Gay Marriage (TIME)
In a month when papal conversation about marriage has been all the rage, the Vatican is enlisting a new set of allies to support its commitment to marriage between a man and a woman: American evangelicals and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Mormons expand with new stake in Seminole County (Orlando Sentinel - Florida)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expanded this month with the creation of its seventh stake in Seminole County.
The newly created Lake Mary Stake joins the Orlando Stake, the Orlando South Stake, the Hunter’s Creek Stake, the Cocoa Stake, the DeLand Stake and the Leesburg Stake.
- Mormon Gender Issues Survey Snowballs On Social Media (Utah Public Radio)
Along with the quizzes about which states you’ve visited and which Disney character is your spirit animal, another online survey has been spreading like wildfire across Facebook pages in Utah—the Mormon Gender Issues Survey.
Unlike other online quizzes, the gender issues survey has the backing of researchers from universities across the nation, who plan to publish the survey findings.
- Dalai Lama is returning to Utah (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The Dalai Lama is coming back to Utah.
"I’m ecstatic," said Pema Chagzoetsang, former president of the Utah Tibet Association. "Utah is so blessed. He embodies humanity. He is my leader and my teacher for this life and the next. I feel so much gratitude. So much happiness."
The spiritual and political leader of worldwide Tibetan Buddhists spent four days in the Beehive State in 2001, dazzling throngs of avid supporters at settings as diverse as the University of Utah, Primary Children’s Hospital, Abravanel Hall, the Governor’s Mansion, Utah Valley University and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
- 'My ancestor the Pilgrim Father' - Mormon missionary's spiritual connection to Plymouth (Plymouth Herald)
In September 1620, William Bradford sailed on the Mayflower to the New World, having fled England to escape religious persecution. He was among the first of the Pilgrim Fathers to sign the historic Mayflower Compact, and went on to serve as governor of the Plymouth colony for most of his adult life. Now, 394 years later, one of his direct descendants is in our city pursuing a spiritual mission of his own. SAM BLACKLEDGE reports.
- Utah faith leaders applaud Obama’s move (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The Rev. Steve Klemz of Salt Lake City’s Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was heartened Thursday by President Barack Obama’s executive action on behalf of undocumented immigrants.
"I applaud the president for stabilizing the status of families and for taking an important step toward a more compassionate system," said Klemz, a longtime immigration-reform advocate. "I am especially pleased to hear that the order may extend deferred action to [millions of] parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents."
- Mormon creator of 'Battlestar Galactica' dared to produce something profound (Deseret News - Utah)
So Glen A. Larson has passed away.
If that name means nothing to you, then you weren’t a kid in the '70s and '80s. But it just so happens that I was such a kid, and during my childhood, it was impossible to turn on the television and not see Glen Larson’s name on just about every TV show that mattered to me.
But there was one occasion when I got to see some of Mr. Larson’s work live and in person.
- Share Love for Scriptures on “International Day of the Bible” (Church News)
The International Day of the Bible is Monday, November 24. This multifaith celebration of the Holy Bible is an opportunity for Latter-day Saints to share their belief in and love for the Bible and the Savior.
At noon on Monday, members are encouraged to share their belief in the Bible on social media. This could be a favorite verse, a video, or some other creative way of sharing while using the hashtag #BibleCelebration.
- Missionary Moment: Our “Sacred Charge” to Share Gospel (Church News)
The sacred charge of Jesus to His Apostles to go and “teach all nations” (see Matthew 28:19) has been reemphasized in this dispensation, and the world stands in constant need of the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So declared President Thomas S. Monson, then First Counselor in the First Presidency, during the priesthood session of the April 1995 general conference.
“Almost everywhere one looks there appears an … erosion of spirituality and of compliance with eternal commandments. One sees a blatant disregard for the precious souls of mankind,” he said.
- Vernal teens catch vision of early-morning indexing (Deseret News - Utah)
While many LDS teenagers are used to the idea of early-morning seminary, a group of youths living in Vernal, Utah, greets the sun with temple and family history work.
- Klein Ward youths index 107,000 names in two months (Deseret News - Utah)
When the teenagers of Houston's Klein Ward recount how they spent their summer vacation, they can say, “indexed 100,000 names with my youth group.”
The youths were issued a summer challenge: an indexing competition of boys against girls. The group that indexed the most names was to be served dinner by the “other” group. (Because, of course, when it comes to indexing, there are no “losers.”)
- Group seeks change so ex-Mormons can stay at BYU (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
If you lose or change your Mormon faith at Brigham Young University, you get expelled — much to the dismay of some former students who are pushing to alter that policy.
Why, they wonder, can’t these BYU students be allowed the same religious freedom non-Mormons are afforded at the LDS Church-owned school?