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Elder Oaks: Religious freedom essential for free, prosperous society

Elder Oaks spoke Feb. 9 to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Voters warm to candidates who are not religious

On the growing list of ways the “outsiders” election of 2016 is upsetting conventional political wisdom, here’s a new entry: Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Morocco summit pushes Muslim clerics to improve the lot of religious minorities

MARRAKESH, Morocco -- After the Prophet Muhammad established the first Muslim state, he wrote the Charter of Medina to make sure his subjects lived in harmony, whether they were Muslims, Jews or... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Faithful Viewer: Biopic about black preacher is toast of Sundance

Reserve the hashtag #Oscarssoblack for next year’s awards. That’s because if viewer response is any indication, “The Birth of a Nation,” seems destined for Academy Award... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Rabbi who nurtured evangelical love for Israel courts black churches

The rabbi who has for decades painstakingly and successfully nurtured evangelicals’ love for Israel now extends his hand to African-American churches. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Pres. Uchtdorf posts picture with Han Solo, 'Candy Bomber'; Chick-fil-A gives shout-out to missionaries

From President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency posting a picture with Harrison Ford to Chick-fil-A praising the efforts of local missionaries, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Are smaller families better for kids? Here's what our readers think

The Washington Post recently reported on research that suggests children are better off in smaller families. We asked our readers to share their own reactions, experiences and opinions on the issue. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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New research highlights how Americans view candidates' faith

The analysis of voters' views on the religious backgrounds of presidential candidates revealed that Donald Trump is seen as the least faithful. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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The gap between rich and poor is larger than ever -- or is it?

A new report finds that inequality is growing, with the 62 richest people in the world controlling the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the earth's population. Some free market... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Obama honors 4 who protected Jews during Holocaust

As he honored four people on Wednesday for risking their lives to protect Jews, President Barack Obama warned that anti-Semitism is on the rise and that an attack on any faith is an attack on all... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Elder Neil L. Andersen shares stage with President Michael Crow at ASU

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Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared the stage with ASU President Michael Crow in the school’s first LDS Family Education Night on campus Jan. 26. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

RootsTech 2016 features classes, LDS Family Discovery Day, LDS leaders as speakers

The largest family history event in the world will feature keynote speakers, classes and one day designed especially for LDS Church members. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Elder Holland, Sister Stephens and Elder Hallstrom to participate in first Face to Face event for young single adults

Since June 2014, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has hosted live “Face to Face” events for the youth of the church to ask questions to both LDS leaders and fellow... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Tickets again available for Provo City Center Temple open house

The LDS Church has released more free tickets to the Provo City Center Temple open house, and a spokeman said the open house standby option has reasonable lines for those who can't find tickets at... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Holocaust victims honored 71 years after Auschwitz liberated

Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors lit candles at Auschwitz on Wednesday, exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp that has become the most powerful symbol of the human... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Wright Words: What strangers on a plane can teach about faith, friendship and forgiveness

Can a simple flight from D.C. to SLC change your perspective on faith, friendship and forgiveness? Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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LDS couple sealed in Washington D.C. Temple despite Winter Storm Jonas

Nate and Jenna McMaster were sealed in the Washington D. C. Temple one day earlier than they had planned because of Winter Storm Jonas. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Italian gay rights debate prompts proposed legislation for 'civil unions'

In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family? Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Less than half of Americans believe it's immoral to bet on sports

Less than half of Americans believe it's immoral to bet on sports, and yet relatively few want the practice to be legal. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Picturing History: Mission San Luis Rey

In January 1847 the Mormon Battalion stayed at Mission San Luis Rey near Oceanside, California. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Book review: New book outlines how to become spiritually 'Unstuck'

Typically, a book about the Savior, overcoming sin and redemption doesn't include quotes from prophets and rock bands. However, in his book,"Unstuck: How the Savior Frees Us From Our Favorite... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Is faith irrational?

While faith often goes beyond the evidence, it isn't necessarily irrational. And this is true in ordinary daily life, not merely in matters of religion. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Elder David A. Bednar: Repetitious learning and teaching brings understanding

Elder David A. Bednar explains the spiritual value and importance of repetitious learning and teaching during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Jan. 26. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Pope Francis: World’s powerful are ‘slaves to sin’ who risk hell by ignoring the poor

Pope Francis is taking direct aim at the wealthy and powerful of the world, saying in his message for Lent that they are often “slaves to sin” who, if they ignore the poor, “will... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Trump gets official and unofficial endorsements from two leading evangelicals

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the late televangelist, endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, a move that will likely dismay GOP rival Ted Cruz, a... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Pope Francis meets Iran's president to boost nuke deal, Mideast peace

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met for talks on Tuesday (Jan. 26) — the first such encounter since 1999 — in a private meeting in which the pontiff... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Elder David A. Bednar: 'Repeat Over Again ... the Same Things as Before'

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Elder David A. Bednar explained the spiritual value and importance of repetitious learning and teaching as he addressed a devotional assembly at BYU-Idaho on Jan. 26. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

Elder Ballard speaks at Salt Lake Institute about righteous expectations

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“Where are you going? What is it you really want to do? And what is it you really want to be?” Elder M. Russell Ballard asked a capacity congregation of students and young single adults... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

Iranian leader asks pope to pray for him after Vatican talks

Iran's president asked Pope Francis to pray for him Tuesday after the two men held private talks at the Vatican, part of an Iranian effort to take a more prominent place on the world stage after a... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Vows and body piercings abound as Hindus celebrate Thaipusam in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Batu Caves temple complex, built at the heart of a great limestone cavern cut in a hill, is usually a quiet place where tourists and worshippers are outnumbered by... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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London bishop urges vicars to grow beards as way of reaching Muslims

CANTERBURY, England -- A senior bishop in the Church of England has blessed the idea that its vicars, or parish priests, should grow beards as a way of reaching out to this country’s... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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What happens to the homeless in a blizzard?

Volunteers, government workers and business leaders worked to get the homeless shelter and food during Winter Storm Jonas. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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How religion has grabbed headlines on the campaign trail

Republican presidential candidates are pulling out all the stops to earn the support of evangelical Christian voters. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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'No Excuses' tells gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond's story of faith, success despite trials

"No Excuses" tells the story of Aimee Walker-Pond, an elite gymnast who defeated all odds to fulfill her dreams of becoming an elite gymnast despite the fact that she is deaf and blind in one eye. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Photos document progress of LDS Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple

Photos of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple document the progress of the construction. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Russian pressure forces historic Orthodox summit to meet in Crete

PARIS -- The first major council of the world’s Eastern Orthodox churches in over 1,200 years will take place in Crete after the influential Russian Orthodox Church said political tensions... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope will visit Sweden for Reformation anniversary

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit Sweden, one of the world’s least religious countries, for a joint celebration in October between Lutherans and Catholics to launch commemorations... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Breaking a taboo, some ultra-Orthodox Israeli men look for work

BNEI BRAK, Israel -- At the age of 36, Michael Luc realized he needed to find a good job. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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UTubers: Tour the attic of the Salt Lake Tabernacle

A YouTube video posted by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Jan. 22 allows viewers to look inside the attic of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope to visit Sweden, apologizes for Catholic wrongs

Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians and by announcing he will visit Sweden... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope Francis answers questions from children in new book

"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old Mohammed begins, "Will the world be again as it was in the past?" Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Jesus, take the radio dial: Country music's evolving relationship with religion

A recent column on country music noted that the genre has turned its back on authentic faith, choosing to reward singers for only name-dropping Jesus. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Playlist: Tracking religion's role in country songs over time

Here are seven songs that illustrate how country music's relationship to religion has evolved over time. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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LDS family gives single mom 'a home for the holidays'

Lindsay Larson had a dream of owning a tiny house. After separating from her daughter’s father and moving into a maintenance building, Larson purchased the shell of a tiny house. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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'Music and the Spoken Word': The road of life

It’s common in many cultures to compare life to a path, a road, a journey. Anyone who has ever embarked on a long journey can see why it makes such a useful metaphor. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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True story of courage, faith and love forms basis for new novel, 'As Ever Yours'

First-time author skillfully crafts 'As Ever Yours,' a novel based on her own grandparents' missionary experiences, their chance meeting and enduring romance and their life of faithful sacrifice... Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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Miss Utah Model International shares story of conversion to LDS faith

Joining the LDS Church came with sacrifice for Wilmara Pierce. The young Brazilian model paused her career to embrace life as a missionary. Recently named Miss Utah Model International, she shares... Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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LDS Church's First Presidency announces open house and dedication dates for 3 temples

The LDS Church's First Presidency has announced open house and dedication dates for temples in Japan, Germany and Philadelphia. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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UTubers: LDS 'American Idol' contestant covers 'Be Still, My Soul' and 'His Eye is on the Sparrow'

Amber Lynn Stoppel, an LDS contestant on the 15th season of "American Idol," combined "Be Still, My Soul" and "His Eye is on the Sparrow" in her latest YouTube video. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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The Clean Cut: Haka performed at LDS wedding reception viewed over 25 million times

A haka performed at the LDS wedding reception of Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong has been viewed over 25 million times. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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Lindsey Stirling's new book makes New York Times' best-seller list

Lindsey Stirling’s new book, "The Only Pirate at the Party," holds the 10th spot on the Jan. 31 New York Times' hardcover nonfiction best-seller list. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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