‘Book of Mormon’ musical called surprisingly sweet

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

NEW YORK (RNS) A Ugandan villager in the new Broadway musical from the creators of “South Park” offers a plaintive love song about paradise — and the object of her yearning is none other than Utah's capital. “Salvation has a name – Salt Lake-y City,” croons Nabalungi (played by Nikki M. James) in “The Book […]

When marriages are eternal, single and divorced Mormons struggle

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) To many Americans, religious or not, chastity before marriage is a quaint tradition at best and emotionally damaging at worst. After all, more than 90 percent of men and women, according to Guttmacher Institute surveys during the past 50 years, have reported engaging in premarital sex. And the older a single […]

Will Romney, Huntsman help or hurt Mormons?

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Amid the prospect of presidential runs by Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney, reporters are bombarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with calls about the potential candidates and their Mormon faith. So much so, in fact, that the Utah-based LDS Church decided it needed to reiterate its longstanding […]

Mormons lift the veil on official `handbook’ of teachings

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For Mormons — or anyone else — who might be wondering, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes no stand on drinking Coca-Cola. The church opposes gambling, guns in churches, euthanasia, Satan worship and hypnotism for entertainment. It also “strongly discourages” surrogacy, sperm donation and vasectomies. These and other […]

Mormons catch a glimpse of life in the big leagues

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormons have been making headlines across the nation — from HBO's “Big Love” to California's Proposition 8, from American Idol wannabe David Archuleta to “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to conservative icon Glenn Beck. Church spokesman Michael Otterson writes essays for The Washington Post and Mormonism […]

Mormons see potential in online proselytizing

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Not so long ago, Mormon missionaries were prohibited from using the Internet, even to contact their families. The system then loosened a bit to allow weekly e-mails home and some occasional viewing of church materials. Now the nearly 14 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is attempting to revolutionize […]