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Past articles by Jana:

More Jesus, less touching: 14 changes to the Mormon temple endowment ceremony

(RNS) — Just four years after the most recent revisions, the LDS temple ceremony has undergone more changes. → Read More

How to stay Mormon after a faith crisis (if staying is what you want)

(RNS) — Former LDS Bishop Christian Kimball has spent the last 25 years ‘on the inside of the edge’ of Mormonism. → Read More

Why Americans are leaving their churches

(RNS) — For sociologist Stephen Bullivant, the question is why it took so long for the religious exodus to happen. → Read More

Are double ear piercings and sleeveless tops OK now for Mormon teens?

(RNS) — The LDS church just backed off telling Mormon teens what not to wear. → Read More

For many Mormons who question, Faith Matters is a spiritual lifeline

(RNS) — With a podcast, a magazine, a publishing imprint and a major in-person gathering in Salt Lake City in October, the young Faith Matters organization is on the move. → Read More

'At Last She Said It' podcast helps Mormon women find their voices

(RNS) — Cynthia Winward and Susan Hinckley dare to speak aloud what many Mormon women are quietly thinking. → Read More

Dear Mormons in a faith crisis: You're not crazy, wrong or stupid

(RNS) — Your old faith, like the caterpillar’s body, used to serve you well, until suddenly it didn’t. → Read More

How Mormons are addressing sex abuse: Too little, too late

(RNS) — Latter-day Saints have the opportunity to learn from others’ mistakes. But will we? → Read More

Mormons are being oppressed and mocked on TV. We're not alone.

(RNS) — Are Mormons being singled out for religious persecution? → Read More

Mormon founder Joseph Smith's photo discovered by descendant after nearly 180 years

(RNS) — A great-great-grandson of Joseph Smith Jr. found the Mormon prophet’s photo tucked inside a locket passed down for generations. → Read More

Hulu's 'Mormon No More' rings true

(RNS) — While not perfect, 'Mormon No More' is a heartfelt docuseries that skillfully centers the painful experiences of LGBTQ Latter-day Saints. → Read More

Mormons now look liberal on abortion — by not changing

(RNS) — The GOP has swung so far to the right that Mormons’ nuanced abortion stance, once commonly accepted by fellow conservatives, now looks liberal by comparison. → Read More

How Mormons are sabotaging marriage and the family

(RNS) — People rightly object to the hot-wife-as-reward fallacy; it’s sexist, shallow and theologically bankrupt. But here’s another objection I haven’t heard raised: This is a surefire way to torpedo a marriage before it even begins. → Read More

In Mormon Utah, LGBTQ Pride celebrations meet a desperate need

(RNS) — Pride celebrations are taking off in Utah. They may be more needed there than just about anywhere else in the country. → Read More

A new novel explores a post-pandemic religious world — in the 14th century

(RNS) — Peter Manseau’s latest book examines the Black Death for clues to our cultural moment. → Read More

European Mormon women band together for solidarity in an American-led church

(RNS) — By Women, For Women aims to bring European Latter-day Saint women together for fellowship — and to talk honestly about tough issues. → Read More

Is Mormonism still growing? Five facts about Latter-day Saint growth and decline

(RNS) — COVID-19 continues to take a toll, but it could be a lot worse. → Read More

For Mormons, it's General Conference time. Remind me why we do this?

General Conference is touted as being prophetic and revelatory—must-see TV for Latter-day Saints the world over. So why does the format feel so stale? → Read More

Mormon support for same-sex marriage has doubled in the last decade, survey shows

(RNS) — Mormons have broadened their support for LGBTQ rights in three key areas, though they still lag the nation in supporting the right of gay couples to get married — or to walk into any bakery in the country and buy themselves a wedding cake. → Read More

If we want equality for women in Utah, we can look to history

(RNS) — A look back to when things seemed more hopeful for Utah’s women. → Read More