(RNS) The assassination of Mormon church founder Joseph Smith provides rich insights into mob violence in 19th-century America and the country’s failure to protect religious freedom for unpopular churches, says the author of a new book.
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(RNS) If Mormon higher-ups want disciplinary actions against two activists to stop, they could do so. They’ve done it before.
(RNS) Even though the annual pranks may not be grounded in any ancient religious merrymaking, the notion of “holy fools” does have a long and respected place in Judeo-Christian history.
(RNS) Judge Howard Riddle said the case sought to use the legal system as “a high-profile forum to attack the religious beliefs of others.”
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Mormon Church rebuffed Ordain Women’s second push for entrance to the priesthood session and urged the grass-roots group to “demonstrate” instead outside Temple Square.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The church’s message remains largely the same: Cover up, lest you cause the males around you to sin.
The ideal of love as a primary reason for marriage began to spread in the late 18th century and early 19th century, partly due to the French and American revolutions and the idea that people had a right to pursue personal happiness.
(RNS) The LDS San Jose Mission has discontinued tracting, or handing out tracts door-to-door. Mission leaders got the word three years ago: Find something else for these eager, young full-time missionaries to do.
(RNS) A 1,900-page, two-volume survey of the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has just been issued. The almanac is considered unprecedented in its scope and resources.