Category Current Events

Damned Rascals and the Constitution: The Paradox of Mormon Attitudes Towards Government

The attitude of Mormons towards government is paradoxical. Mormonism has beliefs that encourage support for governments, yet also a history of conflict with the United States Government. In addition, there are some Mormon doctrines that deemphasize the need for government that are held in tension with pro-government beliefs. This tension was manifested in nineteenth century […]

Any Opposed?

Within the corpus of J. Golden Kimball folklore, there is a story of the salty seventy getting bored during a long list of sustaining officers at a stake conference somewhere south of Provo. Noticing that most of the congregation was nodding off or had fallen asleep while mechanically raising their hands for every name read, […]

To a Wild Rose: The New Ogden Temple

Mormon residents of the Ogden, Utah region were recently excited by the announcement of the open house and dedication dates for the renovated Ogden Temple. Earlier this year, Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Committee announced that, “We are confident we can have the temple rededicated in the […]

Ministering Grace

General conference is time when families gather together and a time to listen to the prophets. Afterwards begins discussions about the talks, about the new temples to be built, and so forth. After general conference this last weekend, however, the talk of the Mormon community hasn’t been about President Uchdorf’s latest address, Elder Holland’s sermon, […]