Utah storehouse at top of Mormon food chain

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The massive new Utah Bishops' Central Storehouse is the centerpiece of the Mormons' intricate network for taking care of its members and lending a hand to others in times of natural disasters. Holding a can of peaches grown on church-owned orchards, manager Richard Humpherys says, it's “the best food money can't buy.” By Brooke Adams.

Before politics, Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop

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(RNS) While Mitt Romney was building his career at Bain Capital, he was also a Mormon bishop who had to learn how to give sermons, advise squabbling couples, organize worship services, manage budgets and address the needs of more than 1,000 Mormons in the region. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

Mormons warned against baptizing Holocaust victims, celebrities

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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon leadersĀ  issued an unequivocal mandate to church members: Do not submit names of Jewish Holocaust victims or celebrities for proxy baptism. Doing so could cost Mormons access to their church's genealogical data or even their good standing in the faith. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

Americans intrigued but wary still of Mormon beliefs

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(RNS) Suddenly, America's abuzz about Mormonism's “gold plates and magic underwear,” says Terryl Givens, a professor of religion at the University of Richmond. Mormon ways are little-known, yet many Americans are suspicious of them. Why? Cathy Lynn Grossman reports.