Mormon News Archive

Local Mormon Leader Receives Award for Gay-Friendly Message

Local Mormon Leader Receives Award for Gay-Friendly Message

In January 2014, Allen Oyler, a local lay leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church), received an award from the city of Beaverton, Oregon, for his message of love and compassion regarding same-sex relationships. Some may be surprised that a Mormon leader is speaking out for gay rights, but the truth is that this shouldn’t be a surprise, regardless of your faith. The Church of Jesus Christ promotes doctrine on the family that states that marriage is meant to be eternal and is between a man and a woman. Any sexual relationships outside of a heterosexual marriage are considered sinful, but feeling attraction to someone of the same sex is not itself a sin. This doctrine on marriage, family, and sexuality has led many to believe that Mormons are anti-gay and even discriminatory to gays and lesbians. The truth is that Mormons believe that all men and women are children of a loving Heavenly... Read the rest of this entry »

Elizabeth Smart: We Can Know That God is With Us

Elizabeth Smart: We Can Know That God is With Us

Elizabeth Smart has a story to tell: hers. But it’s not just a story of tragedy and despair and the depths of human depravity. Rather, it is hope when things seem hopeless, strength and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds, and the knowledge that no matter what, God is always with us. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Julianne Hough Blackface: Mormons Know Better

Julianne Hough Blackface: Mormons Know Better

I suppose it was inevitable. Julianne Hough, a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars turned singer and actor drew a considerable amount of attention to herself leading up to Halloween 2013 for wearing black-face for her Halloween costume. Hough has been decried in allquarters as hopelessly out of touch. Black-face is a relic of 1800′s  and early 1900′s ministerial shows which savagely displayed African Americans as illiterate jokers happy with their plight in life. But Hough grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Church of Jesus Christ), sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church, and even though she no longer practices the faith, finding the celebrity lifestyle too appealing, it was only a matter of time before someone accused Hough’s religious upbringing for her racist mistake. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Elizabeth Smart – We Can Know that God is with Us

Elizabeth Smart – We Can Know that God is with Us

By Lisa Montague. Elizabeth Smart has a story to tell: hers. But it’s not just a story of tragedy and despair and the depths of human depravity. Rather, it is hope when things seem hopeless, strength and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds, and the knowledge that no matter what, God is always with us. The now-25-year-old became a household name in the summer of 2002 when she was kidnapped from her affluent home in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 14. For 9 months, her parents, family and community prayed, searched and clung to the hope that she would be found safe and alive. Her family—members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church—worked hard to ensure that Elizabeth’s name and picture were not forgotten in the hopes that someone, somewhere would recognize her and bring her home. And through their faith, prayers and dedication, miracles happened. Elizabeth was brought home.... Read the rest of this entry »

President Uchtdorf Meets with President Obama on Immigration

President Uchtdorf Meets with President Obama on Immigration

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and thirteen other faith leaders met with President Obama at his invitation on March 8, 2013 to discuss immigration reform. President Uchtdorf, second counselor to the Mormon prophet Thomas S. Monson, accepted the invitation after consulting with the prophet and the other apostles. Mormon is a nickname sometimes used to describe members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon counselor is an immigrant himself, making him a valuable resource in the discussion on reform. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Mormon apostle The faiths invited represented a diverse range of political viewpoints. President Uchtdorf, who attended President Obama’s first inauguration as an official church representative, said that although everyone did not agree on every point, they were all in full agreement that new legislation needed to include respect for the law, protection against dividing families, compassion, and common sense. President Obama... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormons Honored for Portrayal of People With Disabilities

Mormons Honored for Portrayal of People With Disabilities

Many people have seen the popular “I’m a Mormon” campaign, which outlines the lives of ordinary and diverse members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What you may not know, though, is that more than 120,000 of those profiles are of people with disabilities. Some are written by the members themselves. Others are unscripted videos. Recently, The American Association of People with Disabilities recognized the Church for its outstanding portrayal of people with disabilities in mass media. AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello said, “They tell the disability experience in a way that is real, no apologies, and it’s absolutely astounding.” He called them a powerful force for changing public perceptions of people with disabilities. One video includes the amusing story of a man with just one leg. Most of his young martial arts students don’t know that one of his legs is artificial so when a child yanked it off by mistake,... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Statement on 2012 US Election

Mormon Statement on 2012 US Election

Following the presidential election of 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are often nicknamed Mormons, issued an official statement. One candidate for the office of president was Mormon Mitt Romney. The other was the sitting president, Barack Obama. The Church has a policy of not endorsing candidates for office and so they had issued no endorsement for this race, despite the presence of a Mormon on the ticket. They deflected all questions about Mitt Romney and questions about his faith were answered only in terms of the religion, leaving him out of the subject. In the statement, church leaders congratulated President Obama on winning a second term. They reminded members that Mormons have a tradition of praying for our leaders both privately and in public prayers given in our congregations. They called for Americans to put aside their political differences now and to pray for the president, his administration, and Congress... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormons Announce New Youth Curriculum

Mormons Announce New Youth Curriculum

A new Sunday curriculum was announced for Mormon teenagers in October, 2012. This curriculum impacts the Sunday School classes for teens as well as the youth auxiliary classes for teenage boys and girls. Each Sunday, after the basic worship service, Mormons (a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) stay on for two classes. Children attend the Primary program while teens and adults attend Sunday School classes. Then the teenagers continue on to either Young Men’s or Young Women’s while their parents go to Priesthood or Relief Society. Children remain in the Primary the entire last two sessions. The new curriculum is more flexible, allowing each congregation, called wards, to teach the essential topics in ways that meet the needs of their own youth. Lessons are organized by month, but more lessons are offered than can be taught in that month, so teachers and leaders will select those lessons their students most need.... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Church Lowers Missionary Age

Mormon Church Lowers Missionary Age

At the October 2012 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the president of the Church made an announcement that caused teenagers in the audience to react with great excitement. Thomas S. Monson said: “I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, all worthy and able young men who have graduated from high school or its equivalent, regardless of where they live, will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at the age of 18, instead of age 19. I am not suggesting that all young men will—or should—serve at this earlier age.Rather, based on individual circumstances, as well as upon a determination by priesthood leaders, this option is now available. As we have prayerfully pondered the age at which young men may begin their missionary service, we have also given consideration to the age at which a young woman might serve. Today I am pleased to announce that able, worthy young women... Read the rest of this entry »

Christ’s Church Established in India

Christ’s Church Established in India

By Rebecca An exciting event occurred far away from where I live that shows the Mormons’ global mission outreach. Although Mormon congregations have been organized worldwide since 1830, it was only 10 years ago when the first meetinghouse was built in India and dedicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormons by the media). On May 27, 2012, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle of Jesus Christ, formed the first stake (group of local congregations) in India called the Hyderabad India Stake. (“Apostle Creates First Stake in India,” Mormon Newsroom, June 1, 2012). I may never get the chance to visit India, but I know that God loves all of His children and will send the truth throughout all nations in the world. I myself was called by a prophet of God to serve as a missionary in Spain and taught people of all faiths and from many nations including Africa, South America, and Asia. Although The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day... Read the rest of this entry »