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Pressures that families face formed a thread running through talks during the 183rd Semiannual General Conference. The issues, from addictions to absent fathers, premarital births to depression, are well known to those who study family challenges.
Whenever more than 10,000 gather to hear a sermon along the Wasatch Front, the speaker is typically an elder of the predominant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But on Friday, the draw will be America's most popular pastor, Joel Osteen.
With the recent addition of animated multimedia and a Facebook page, the LDS Church is joining what one of its leaders said is a "growing chorus" of faith groups around the country seeking to engage followers in the issue of religious freedom.
At the invitation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Southern Baptist and evangelical leader Richard Land was in Utah this week. He met with the Deseret News on Thursday to share his views on faith, family and religious freedom.
Boys Scouts of America leaders recently received a boost for its proposed policy on gays from a powerful stakeholder — the Mormon church.
With the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, there seems to have been no shortage of people — Catholic and non-Catholic — offering the new Pope Francis advice. Much, if not most, of that advice has been theological, suggesting a wide range of changes in Church doctrine and rules.
Mitt Romney's run for president in 2012 has blazed a new path for Mormons, making him the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to fight his way to the top of a major-party ticket and into the hearts of millions of Americans on the biggest of political stages.
President Obama invited French president-elect Francois Hollande to the White House later this month, expressing hope the two would work "closely," a spokesman said Sunday.
Mormonism and Islam are among the fastest growing religions in America, while just over half of all Americans are unaffiliated with any denomination, according to a major census of the country's religious congregations published Wednesday.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he will once again seek the Republican presidential nomination, but four years after his first bid, analysts say he will once again face the same unique hurdle: his Mormon religion.