Mormon church statistics on Nevada

The Church recently released a new beta version of its Newsroom site. It includes lots of statistics and information about several countries and each state in the U.S. Here is some info on Nevada: In 1852, three years after the discovery of gold in California, seven members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day […]

The Other Mormon Underwear

While some are fascinated with the sacred temple garment that endowed1, temple-going Mormons wear, another kind of Mormon underwear goes virtually unnoticed! The Mormon church encourages modest dress and demeanor. Mormon girls and boys are encouraged to follow the guidelines in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet: Servants of God have always counseled his […]

Mormon political clout grows

My senator, Harry Reid (D-NV), happens to be a Mormon. Rumors of Mormon governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign have brought a new wave of attention to Mormonism, but Senator Reid’s shared religion goes mostly unnoticed. (I wonder why.) When Harry Reid becomes Senate majority leader in 2007, he’ll be the “most powerful Mormon in Washington.” […]

The Saints of Sin City: Mormon rocker in the Killers

The Guardian has a good article on the rock band The Killers. They hail from my hometown of Las Vegas and lead singer Brandon Flowers is a Mormon. They’ve enjoyed successes like opening for U2 and a run at #1 with their latest album Sam’s Town. Brandon’s concept of God sounds like the Mormon prophet […]

LDS News Watch

As reported on the More Good Foundation blog, I’ve recently partnered with Chris Knudsen and Connor Boyack to launch a site called LDS News Watch, a place to find interesting news articles about the Mormon church. It will also encourage accurate reporting: LDS News Watch will also call out newspaper editors and writers who report […]

Mormon women should be accepting of themselves

J. Max Wilson has a good post on the importance of Mormon girls and women accepting who they are — “more precious than rubies”. It includes a video illustrating how the photo of a model’s face becomes marketing material, exposing the amount of fabrication that goes into it and implying that marketing material shouldn’t define […]

An outsiders view of Las Vegas

Jeff Lindsay is visiting Las Vegas this week and has two complimentary blog posts about the Church in Sin City. As a Mormon growing up in Las Vegas myself, I found these to be pretty accurate: My Small World Experience in Las Vegas Best Show in Las Vegas and My New Favorite Celestial Room

Resources for gay Mormons

Here are some links that Mormons struggling with homosexuality may find helpful: LDS.org: Homosexuality (Same Sex Attraction) — a library of information LDS.org: Same Gender Attraction — an interview with Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Wickman Ask Gramps: What is the Mormon church’s position toward transgendered persons and gay marriages? Ask Gramps: How can […]

A Black Man in Zion

Last weekend I attended the FAIR Conference where, among other good speakers, I heard Marcus Martins speak about being a “black man in Zion”. Marcus joined the Mormon church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1972, a time when the Church did not allow blacks to hold the priesthood. In 1978 when the priesthood was […]

Mormon church title

The official title of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name was given by revelation from God to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1838. It is common, though incorrect, to see a lowercase “t” in the “The” or an uppercase “D” in “day”. When used in the media, […]