Mormons in the eyes of the New York Times

In an occasional column, The Mormon Media Observer will look at the times when Mormons and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have made news in the New York Times.

Here's a sample of front page headlines and stories since the 1970s:

Nixon welcomed in Salt Lake City, July 25, 1970

Joseph F. Smith of Mormons dies, July 3, 1972

Purported will of Hughes found at Mormon office, April 30, 1976

Mormon church strikes down ban against blacks in priesthood, June 10, 1978 (one of the few stories that have led the Times' front page)

"The 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood was struck down by the church's leaders yesterday.

"Spencer W. Kimball, president of the 4.2 million members of the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the declaration from church headquarters in Salt Lake City. It was a result, he said in a letter to all church leaders, of a revelation given to the top leaders of the church.

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