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The Making of a Lamanite: Popular Native American Cultural Efforts from the LDS Church

The Making of a Lamanite: Popular Native American Cultural Efforts from the LDS Church

By Miacel Spotted Elk

February 23, 2019

  In the second and final part of this series, we are looking back at the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that has involved or depicted Indigenous communities in Church-sponsored cultural campaigns. These examples include a musical group from Brigham Young Univer...

The Making of a Lamanite: A Brief History Between the LDS Church and Indigenous Communities

The Making of a Lamanite: A Brief History Between the LDS Church and Indigenous Communities

By Miacel Spotted Elk

February 14, 2019

  The history between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Native Americans has spanned almost two centuries. This is a two-part series to analyze this area in LDS studies which remains fast-growing and controversial. With the expertise of a University of Utah professor and insight f...

Faith and Films at Sundance

Faith and Films at Sundance

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

February 13, 2019

  The Sundance Film Festival isn’t the first place that you’d think that a group of Christians would gather. Sundance is more known for pride, celebrity and cutting-edge films than for explorations of faith. For the organizers and attendees of the 2019 Windrider Forum, however, Sundance is a p...

Apostle M. Russell Ballard and U President Ruth Watkins Speak at the LDS Institute

Apostle M. Russell Ballard and U President Ruth Watkins Speak at the LDS Institute

By Katelyn Collett

February 12, 2019

  On Sunday, Feb. 10, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held an event at its Institute of Religion for students at the University of Utah. The chapel of the building was full, along with the overflow, gym and another adjacent chapel. Everyone braved the snow to come to the Institu...

Alvarado: Are Atheists Less Trustworthy?

Alvarado: Are Atheists Less Trustworthy?

By Andrea Alvarado

February 9, 2019

  Although the First Amendment clearly states that freedom of religion is protected under the Constitution, there is confusion surrounding atheism and the rights of those who consider themselves non-religious. Atheists are estimated to comprise roughly 25 percent of the population in the United States, though polls struggle to find the exact number. Stigmas su...

Sonnenberg: Why I Get Relationship Advice from a Celibate Man

Sonnenberg: Why I Get Relationship Advice from a Celibate Man

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

February 8, 2019

  Most people ask their friends and family for relationship advice and try to learn from couples that they admire — couples who have been there, done that and survived the hard times. I get relationship advice from all of these sources, too, but the best advice I’ve ever received actually c...

Brown: Race Relations and the LDS Church: A Problematic History of Revisionism

Brown: Race Relations and the LDS Church: A Problematic History of Revisionism

By Jacob Brown

February 5, 2019

  The Book of Mormon is a product of the century it was written in and the doctrinal policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were shaped by an America which structured its society in racial castes and justified that structure with divine and pseudoscientific authority. To...

Dan Reynolds’ Mission: Love Should Never Be Taboo

Dan Reynolds’ Mission: Love Should Never Be Taboo

By Palak Jayswal

February 4, 2019

  Utah is often forgotten in the grand scheme of things. Most references to the state are punchlines in popular culture, subjected to bad stereotypes. Which is why a band like Grammy-winning Imagine Dragons, whose lead vocalist is Dan Reynolds, is so important for Utah — a state which is m...

Bill Seeks to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors in Utah

Bill Seeks to Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors in Utah

By Amy Loret

February 1, 2019

  “Conversion therapy” is any of several dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality Utah, a group that advocates for equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns, is pushing for legislation that would curb c...

Parker Van Dyke Uses Mission Experience to Lead a Young Utah Team

Parker Van Dyke Uses Mission Experience to Lead a Young Utah Team

By Zach Janis

February 1, 2019

  For Parker Van Dyke, sports and religion have always been intertwined, and the two share equal parts in his life. Currently a senior for the University of Utah's Runnin' Utes, Van Dyke joined the team in the 2011-2012 year. As a freshman, he played in 23 games for the Utes and had a prod...

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