Category Archives: Mormonism in the News

LDS Leaders Speak More of Jesus

By Sharon Lindbloom Mormon blogger Jana Riess at Flunking Sainthood interviewed Gordon and Gary Shepherd regarding their research into the themes presented at the LDS Church’s General Conferences. The Shepherd brothers have performed a detailed analysis of all past General Conference talks and published their findings in a newly updated book, A Kingdom Transformed: Early […]

The Mormon Amazon Challenge

By Sharon Lindbloom 1 March 2016 The LDS volume of scripture, the Book of Mormon, is available on Amazon.com. As with all things for sale at Amazon, the book is open to reviews. The Book of Mormon had apparently not been faring well enough, receiving too many negative reviews. According to KUTV.com in Salt Lake […]

Joseph Smith is Triggering Faith Crises Among Mormons

By Sharon Lindbloom 22 February 2016 The Salt Lake Tribune recently conducted a survey, asking readers (Mormons) “if they have experienced a faith crisis, what triggered it and how they resolved it.” The newspaper received just over 1700 responses. The demographical breakdown was roughly in thirds: no longer members (538), inactive members (637), and still […]

Mormon Rebels and Eternal Punishment

By Sharon Lindbloom 12 February 2016 On February 4, 2016 the Huffington Post published an article by Mormon author and blogger Mette Ivie Harrison: “Do Mormons Believe in Hell?” She writes, “The short answer to this is simple: No.” Ms. Harrison goes on to explain that though the Book of Mormon speaks of Hell, it […]

Ordinary Mormon Families of Utah Territory

By Sharon Lindbloom 4 February 2016 Deseret News recently ran a story about Richardson’s Point, a historic spot in Iowa along the Mormon Trail. The graves of the first two casualties of the Mormon westward migration are found at Richardson’s Point. In March of 1849 toddler James Tanner fell off the tongue of a wagon […]

Mormon Apostle Discusses “The Essential Doctrine of Christ”

By Sharon Lindbloom 25 January 2016 Last week Deseret News reported on an address Mormon apostle Dallin Oaks delivered to LDS missionaries during a worldwide missionary broadcast. Reaching an audience of 75,000, Mr. Oaks chose to define “Our message for missionaries.” Deseret News explained, “Following a period of dramatic changes in the number of missionaries […]

No Room for Debate:
Mormon Church’s Controversial Policy Revealed By God

By Sharon Lindbloom 15 January 2016 It seems that perhaps the Mormon Church is tired of all the dissention and discussion regarding the Church’s recently revealed policy affecting same-sex couples and their children. It began in early November (2015) when the Church Handbook of Instructions was changed to include a directive for Church leaders to […]

Mormon Scripture and the Bundy Brothers

By Sharon Lindbloom 10 January 2016 Ammon Bundy believes in his cause. As a 4th generation Mormon, his church has taught him how to know right from wrong, how to recognize the leading of the Spirit, how to stay on the right side of any line. So Mr. Bundy is confident in his actions. He […]

The Possibility of Idolatry

By Sharon Lindbloom 4 January 2016 Peter Leithart at First Things recently addressed the oft-heard claim that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God but understand God in partly different ways.” He explains, “Muslims and Christians indeed share certain beliefs, and it is, of course, possible to believe different things about the same person… “Yet […]

Do Most Mormons Now Support the Ordination of Women to the LDS Priesthood?

By Sharon Lindbloom Surveys and polls have been conducted among Mormons in recent years regarding the controversial question of whether or not women should be ordained to the all-male Mormon priesthood. LDS Church leadership has been resistant to the idea, explaining that the issue is a doctrinal one (which implies that a revelation would be […]

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