- Top Mormons Could Meet Soon About Leaving Scouts (New York Times)
In August, the most senior leaders of the Mormon Church are expected to meet and discuss a decision with profound consequences: whether to end a 100-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America that has helped shape both institutions.
- If Mormons leave Scouting, BSA will feel it — in its wallet (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
For many years, the LDS Church has discussed breaking away from the Boy Scouts of America, but the group's decision this week to admit "openly gay leaders" into its ranks may finally push the Utah-based faith to bolt.
LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins confirmed Tuesday that the 15 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "considering creating its own international program for boys, separate from the Boy Scouts of America."
- Mormon Temple Tours Drawing Big Crowds (WFYI - Indiana)
The clock is ticking for the public to see the inside of the world's newest Mormon temple, in Carmel. Over 30,000 people have already made their way through the ornate limestone building, and church officials are expecting more than twice that many before it closes its doors to outsiders on Aug. 8.
- Newly redesigned Mormon pioneer website helping users connect with ancestors (Deseret News - Utah)
There was a time when Paul Embley found it difficult to do any meaningful family history work because so much had already been done on each of his lines.
- Satirical Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon' gets warm reception in heart of Mormonlandia (U.S. News)
The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater.
The audience cheered wildly as the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" began, with the show's gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away.
- Early Mormon marriages database to shed light on polygamy, past and present (Phys.org)
University of Virginia religious studies professor Kathleen Flake is building a digital database of early polygamous marriages among Mormons to understand the nature of these marriages, their internal logic and the resistance to conventional 19th-century norms. Though a historical study, it raises many of the same issues as today's debate over the definition of marriage.
- Monroe youth participate in re-creation of historic Mormon handcart trek (Monroe Monitor - Washington)
It was hot. It was dusty. It was, at times, excruciatingly difficult. It was also incredibly rewarding and vastly meaningful. Most of all, Snohomish Trek 2015 was an experience that its participants will not soon forget.
Meant to pay homage to the Mormon migration that took place in the mid-1800s, Trek is coordinated every four years by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Church-goers between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to participate in Trek, which involves a realistic simulation of what it might have been like to travel across the Great Plains, painstakingly toting their possessions in wooden handcarts.
- LDS Church holds off on plans to demolish driving range (KSL - Utah)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints canceled a hearing over a controversial plan to demolish the Thanksgiving Point driving range.
VCBO Architecture was going to present its plans to the Lehi Planning Commission scheduled for Thursday but the church withdrew its request for the hearing.
- Picturing history: Sidney Rigdon's Nauvoo home (Deseret News - Utah)
Sidney Rigdon joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by baptism in November 1830. He was serving as a Campbellite minister in Mentor, Ohio, at the time. Many of his congregation joined the LDS Church when he did. He was prominent in those early days of the LDS Church, sharing in revelation to the Prophet and being called to the First Presidency.