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Russell M. Nelson
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Some woman candidates for public office, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are worried that a recommended social media break could hurt their campaigns.

Russell M. Nelson, the president of the church, has challenged women of the faith to take a 10-day break from social media, "and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind."

The Mormon church backed a deal that would legalize medical marijuana.
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The Mormon church joined lawmakers, the governor and advocates to back a deal Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah after months of fierce debate.

The compromise comes as people prepare to vote in November on a medical marijuana ballot initiative that held its ground despite opposition from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Deseret Mill and Pasta Plant in Kaysville.
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The Mormon church is planning to increase food donations to community charities by more than 20 million pounds (9 million kilograms) annually over the next several years.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the changes to its welfare operations in a Thursday statement.

The Salt Lake City LDS temple.
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The president of the Mormon church wants people to stop using "Mormon" or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Russell M. Nelson said Thursday that the "Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church." The faith's presidents are considered prophets who lead the church through revelations from God.

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After its first year of implementation, how has Operation Rio Grande impacted crime and homelessness in Salt Lake City? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requests a shift away from the terms 'LDS' and 'Mormon.' Also, opponents to Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative argue against it on the basis of religious freedom. And the absence of a tiny star on driver licenses may affect Utahns' ability to travel. 

McKenna Denson
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 A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a woman was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct.

McKenna Denson's attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims.

Tabernacle in St. George, Utah
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A historic Mormon church building in southern Utah has re-opened its doors after a two-year project to restore the tabernacle built by early settlers even as the new town struggled to survive through floods and heat.

The Tabernacle in St. George, a LDS Church built in the 1860s, needed many renovations and upgrades to keep it safe and structurally sound.

Man accused of murdering someone in an LDS church in Nevada.
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A Nevada man accused of fatally shooting a fellow member of his Mormon congregation during Sunday services has made his first court appearance after being indicted on murder, battery and assault charges.

Defendant John O'Connor is charged with killing 61-year-old Charles E. "Bert" Miller, a longtime volunteer firefighter, and with battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Miller's 64-year-old brother.

Mormons pull missionaries from Nicaragua amid violence
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  The Mormon church is pulling the remaining 158 missionaries from Nicaragua because of ongoing violence and deteriorating conditions in the Central American country.

The move announced Tuesday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means the religion will no longer have proselytizing church members in the country. The faith pulled another 169 missionaries from Nicaragua two weeks ago.

LDS Salt Lake City Temple
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 The Mormon church on Friday will celebrate the 40th anniversary of reversing its ban on black people serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples, rekindling debate about one of the faith's most sensitive topics.

The number of black Mormons has grown but still only accounts for an estimated 6 percent of 16 million worldwide members. Not one serves in the highest levels of global leadership.

Jordan River Utah Temple rededicated after 2 years of renovations
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has rededicated a temple south of Salt Lake City after completing extensive renovations.

The temple in South Jordan was rededicated Sunday after being closed for two years to update its furniture, carpet, decorative paint motifs, artwork and art glass.

Mormon leadership calls for racial harmony.
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Top leaders from the NAACP and Mormon church are calling for greater racial harmony and mutual respect following the first official meeting between national leaders of the civil rights organization and Utah-based religion.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the alliance should be an example for others to work in harmony and with greater civility as he read prepared remarks during a media event in Salt Lake City Thursday. Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson called for greater racial and ethnic harmony.

Mormon (LDS) Church wants rape case thrown out.
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The Mormon church is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit accusing leaders of brushing aside rape allegations against a former missionary training center director.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says in court documents filed Tuesday that many people who could have testified about what happened in 1984 have died or are left with only cloudy memories, leaving the faith unable to fully defend itself.

LDS ex-missionary leader accused of victimizing women.
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The Mormon church says a man supervising young missionaries in Puerto Rico was removed from the post and kicked out of the religion after female missionaries reported behavior that was "immoral and sinful."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' spokesman Eric Hawkins said Thursday in a statement that Philander Knox Smartt III was immediately replaced in 2014 after the women said they had been deceived and victimized.

The Mormon church has made history and injected diversity into a top leadership panel by selecting the first-ever Latin American apostle and the first-ever apostle of Asian ancestry.

The selections of Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, were announced Saturday morning at the start of a twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

millennial Mormons are leaving the church at a higher rate than any past generation. LDS families are finding ways to bridge these faith divides.
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In 2014, the Pew Research Center conducted a study of 35,000 Americans called the Religious Landscape Study. They found that about a third of all millennials raised in Mormonism no longer identify with the faith.

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The Mormon church is calling on national leaders to support "Dreamer" immigrants who the religion says have earned the right to continue to "contribute positively" to society.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday in a statement that it respects the right of nations to establish immigration laws, but called on leaders to create polices that give "hope and opportunities" for "Dreamer" immigrants. That refers to young people brought to the country as children illegally and raised here through no fault of their own.

Photograph of Thomas S. Monson presented at his viewing.
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Thousands of Mormons are paying respects to their deceased president and prophet during a public viewing in Salt Lake City that comes a day before the funeral.

Church officials said 10,000 people had come to the viewing by mid-afternoon Thursday to honor Thomas S. Monson, who died Jan. 2 at age 90. He was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly 10 years.

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Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the LDS Church, has died after nine years in office. He was 90.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins says Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City.

  Utah County has agreed to free up 128 beds for Salt Lake County inmates, a decision that state, Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County officials hope will help address issues of lawlessness in downtown Salt Lake's Rio Grande area. The ACLU of Utah warns Utah lawmakers that blocking their constituents on social media is a violation of constituents' First Amendment rights. And an LDS general authority is excommunicated from The Church. 

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Although the dating app Tinder was initially met with concern from LDS officials, a growing number of Mormon couples have met through the app, prompting the creation of more dating apps tailored to the church’s young single adults.

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The Mormon church is giving a name and appointing a leader for a worldwide online college education program that has expanded to nearly 50 countries since it started several years ago at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Campus Pride is an educational organization for LGBT students and college campus groups. In the past, the organization released a "shame list" of 57 colleges. According to Campus Pride, the colleges all discriminate against LGBT youth through Title IX exemptions. This year’s list includes 102 religious colleges. Campus Pride claims all colleges discriminate against LGBT youth in policies, programs and practices.

A quaint, little church in the middle of an expansive field.
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The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study in 2012 which explored the rise of the so called “nones.” These are those who, when they come across a question about their religious preferences on a survey, check the box labeled “none.” The results of the study are pretty staggering, indicating that one in five American adults fall into this category.

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