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Opinion Desk: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Opinion Desk: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

By Morgan Barron, Josh Petersen, Kristiane Sonnenberg, Andrea Alvarado, Elise Scott, and Jacob Brown

April 10, 2019

  What is the Church's Influence on You? While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant religion in the state of Utah, individual experiences with and within it are hardly monolithic. At the University of Utah, students pursue an education in an environment that regu...

Sonnenberg: White Religious Conservatives and the Utah Pro-Life Movement

Sonnenberg: White Religious Conservatives and the Utah Pro-Life Movement

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

April 10, 2019

  The Utah March for Life was smaller than you’d expect. Utah has a reputation for its social conservatism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ stances on controversial topics often influence the opinions of its membership. The Church teaches that “elective abortion for pe...

Brothers On and Off the Field: How Faith and Friendship Go Hand in Hand

Brothers On and Off the Field: How Faith and Friendship Go Hand in Hand

By Sammy Mora

April 5, 2019

  Since he began attending the University of Utah, Devonta’e Henry-Cole knew that he wanted to be involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Coming to Utah from Boca Raton, Florida, he was unsure of how to take the first step. What he didn’t know was one of his teammates a...

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Christina Giardinelli

March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts, Marina Gomberg. The recording is the result of an interview...

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...

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...

Legacy of the LDS Church at the U

Legacy of the LDS Church at the U

By Connor Applegate

January 22, 2019

  In the fall semester of 2018, the Institute of Religion at the University of Utah, (which is referred to as the institute for the remainder of this article), had an enrollment of 4,000 students from the U. The institute, a program headed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS)...

Barron: Chenoweth Must Match Her Performance with Activism

Barron: Chenoweth Must Match Her Performance with Activism

By Morgan Barron

January 15, 2019

  For Gay Pride Month 2017, “pop culture luminary” Kristin Chenoweth penned a “love letter” to the LGBTQ community in which she told the story of a young gay man whose life was impacted by her spiritual Christian record, “As I am.” She recalls him telling her, “I’m a Christian. I...

Scott: It’s Time for Utah to Acknowledge its Treatment of American Indians

Scott: It’s Time for Utah to Acknowledge its Treatment of American Indians

By Elise Scott

December 3, 2018

  In 1847, when the first Mormon pioneers permanently rested their handcarts in what would later become the state of Utah, roughly 20,000 Shoshone, Goshute, Ute, Paiute and Navajo were already living on the land. It wouldn’t be until 1980 that the Native American population in Utah would again ...

Sonnenberg: Celebrate Our Differences During The Holy War

Sonnenberg: Celebrate Our Differences During The Holy War

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

November 23, 2018

  The "Holy War" is coming. The University of Utah Utes will play the Brigham Young University Cougars on Nov. 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the latest installment in the rivalry between the two schools. According to Winsipedia, the rival schools have been playing regularly since 1892 and the U has con...

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