- LDS Church confirms women's meeting now part of general conference (Deseret News - Utah)
The LDS Church's semiannual General Women's Meeting is now an official session of the faith's semiannual general conferences.
- About-face: Mormon women’s meeting now part of General Conference (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The issue of what to call the LDS General Women’s Meeting, held twice a year on the Saturday before General Conference, has been settled.
The Utah-based faith’s governing First Presidency "has decided that the General Women’s Meeting will be designated as the General Women’s Session of General Conference," according to a statement Thursday by spokeswoman Jessica Moody.
- 2014 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional (Church News)
The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
- Members in Hawaii and Bermuda Safe after Tropical Storms (Church News)
Church welfare officials were relieved that two recent tropical storms—one reaching the Atlantic island nation of Bermuda, the other in Hawaii—caused little damage to Church properties and member homes.
- Religion news: Mormon church acknowledges founder's teen bride (South Coast Today - Massachusetts)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church acknowledged via a recent essay published on its official website that its founder, Joseph Smith, had a 14-year-old bride. The article also confirmed that Smith was married to other men’s wives, the first time the church has commented on polygamy in the early days of the Mormon faith. Though polygamy was a common practice in the church’s early days, the practice has been outlawed in the U.S. since 1890. The essay is part of an effort by the Mormon church’s leadership to discuss sensitive issues that have been considered off-limits in the past.
- Defending the Faith: Doctrine and Covenants 76 is deeply significant in many ways (Deseret News - Utah)
Of Joseph Smith’s many revelations, his vision of the three degrees of glory recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 76 was surely among the most significant and spectacular.
- Dating coaches address LDS singles' concerns (Deseret News - Utah)
Amy Stevens, a professional matchmaker and dating coach, and Alisa Snell, a marriage and family therapist, were recently featured on Mormon Channel Daily and offered their tips for greater success in dating.
- Owens, Love spar over issues, values, religion (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Democrat Doug Owens took the offensive Thursday, accusing Republican Mia Love of wanting to eliminate student loans, education funding and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Love countered that Owens was launching personal attacks, demonstrating the types of division that plague Washington, going so far as to question whether she represents the values of her religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Mormon father, son are horror writers (Deseret News - Utah)
Two decades ago, Michael R. Collings bought a house that quickly became a homeowner's nightmare.
The slab that the house was built on was cracked. The western wall rose or lowered three inches depending on the weather. The roof leaked regardless of what he did to try and fix it. Almost everything that could go wrong with the house did go wrong.
- Utah Lit for November: ‘The Lost Book of Mormon’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Writer Avi Steinberg calls himself a "fascinated nonbeliever" in The Book of Mormon. He was an Ohio-bred former Orthodox Jew living in Jerusalem, the city where he was born, procrastinating the completion of his first book when he realized Joseph Smith was once a guy like him with a stack of manuscript pages sitting on a dining room table.
That let to an obsessive hunt to find a copy of The Book of Mormon, but in the very city that birthed Nephi, Steinberg writes in "The Lost Book of Mormon," a copy of the book itself is absent. That set Steinberg off on a bigger literary pilgrimage through the jungles of the Land of Zarahelma. And then he went on to lie his way into the drama of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, before visiting the Midwestern land that Mormons consider the Garden of Eden.
- Review: 'Missionary' refuses to let go of his little flock (Los Angeles Times - California)
"Missionary" is one risky little movie. This latest iteration on the "Fatal Attraction" theme takes on the Mormon faith — or at least one of its fictional followers — in ways that are certain to inflame church members. For other viewers, this lean thriller deftly shows how the fervency needed to wholly embrace any one belief or institution can, if unchecked, yield dire consequences.
- Former Long Beach Mormon Church Member Arrested for Sexually Molesting Teenage Boys (ABC 7 - California)
A 55-year-old man suspected of sexually molesting several teenage boys at his Mormon church and boys' youth organization in Long Beach beginning in the 1970s has been arrested.
Daniel Montoya was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona without incident on Oct. 6, after being tracked down by Long Beach police detectives.