Politics

January 10, 2022 03:00 PM MST
Brandon Flowers added the melody from the hymn “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” at the conclusion of the song “Be Still,” which he performed at Senator Harry Reid’s memorial service.
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June 25, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
With the political rhetoric circulating in our nation, many families are stymied in trying to determine how to talk to each other when political ideologies differ. We’re all aware of the need to avoid contention when we disagree, but that can be a tall order when discussing politics.
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October 26, 2020 09:01 PM MDT
Many US citizens have begun casting their votes prior to election day on Tuesday, November 3. But while voters may have strong opinions about the candidates on their ballot, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “takes no sides in support of or against political parties and candidates and encourages individual members of the Church to participate and engage in the political process,” a recent Church News article reminded readers.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following letter in English and Spanish on October 6, 2020, to Church members in the United States in advance of that nation’s upcoming election on November 3, 2020.
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July 21, 2020 10:30 PM MDT
This story originally ran in the July/August 2020 issue of LDS Living.
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Fun
February 17, 2020 09:56 AM MST
Latter-day Saints aren't the only ones who have spoken from the podium of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Many US Presidents have as well. In honor of President's Day, we are resharing this 2017 article with a few interesting details behind each of their visits to this historic Temple Square building.
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September 19, 2019 12:56 PM MDT
To those who know him, Robert C. O’Brien, the administration’s newest national security advisor, is an ideal choice for the job.
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August 22, 2019 03:37 PM MDT
Religious freedom and the crisis in Venezuela were among issues Vice President Mike Pence and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussed in a brief meeting Thursday morning in Salt Lake City.
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August 22, 2019 01:59 PM MDT
Two Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Thursday morning with U.S. Vice President Michael R. Pence in Salt Lake City during the government leader’s one-day visit to Utah.
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May 30, 2019 04:20 PM MDT
Glenn Beck was a teenager when his mother died by suicide. Having experienced depression as a boy, Beck recalls the oppressive grief and the feeling of inevitability that he would follow in his mother's footsteps. "You get to a place to where you think, 'Well, that's just in our blood. That's the way it works in our family, and I am going to repeat her mistakes,'" Beck says in the Good Morning America podcast Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris.
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May 13, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply concerned that the ongoing conflicts between religious liberty and LGBT rights is poisoning our civil discourse, eroding the free exercise of religion and preventing diverse Americans of good will from living together in respect and peace. Lawmakers across the nation, including members of Congress, are working to enact or strengthen laws that ensure LGBT persons fair access to important rights, such as nondiscrimination in areas like housing, employment and appropriate public accommodations. The Church is on record favoring reasonable measures that secure such rights.
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February 17, 2019 10:19 PM MST
From Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney, Latter-day Saints have had a long history with presidential races. But did you know there have been eight Latter-day Saints who have made a bid to be the leader of their country? Read on to learn more about these fascinating Church members!
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January 07, 2019 07:22 PM MST
Former Utah Republican Congresswoman Mia Love has landed a job with CNN as a political commentator.
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By  LDS Living
January 04, 2019 06:37 PM MST
A recent Pew Research study, "Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 116th Congress," shows that Congress has reached a decade low of Latter-day Saint members.
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December 06, 2018 02:46 PM MST
"I hope it lightens their spirits and gives them some joy this Christmas season, because they've got a lot of pain going on right now," said Craig Mitton, president of Ben Lomond Landscape Maintenance, a local franchise of Christmas Decor, that put up the decorations in frigid temperatures on Wednesday.
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December 01, 2018 02:49 AM MST
On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94.
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November 12, 2018 11:50 AM MST
A press release from the White House celebrates Latter-day Saint and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch for his 41 years of service, saying he "championed religious liberty, fought against communism, and stood on the side of freedom around the world." Senator Hatch will be honored along with six others including Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Anton Scalia, Roger Staubach, Alan Page, and Miriam Adelson.
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November 02, 2018 07:59 PM MDT
On Friday afternoon, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, sat down with Dr. Paula Cook, a doctor and assistant professor at the University of Utah, and DeAnn Kettenring, health commissioner for the Utah PTA, with the intent of reiterating the dangers of Proposition 2. Utah will vote on this initiative next week, which could potentially legalize medical cannabis in the state.
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October 25, 2018 08:38 AM MDT
“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance—you have to work at it.”
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By  LDS Living
August 28, 2018 03:14 PM MDT
Senator John McCain, a Vietnam war hero and senator from Arizona, passed away on Saturday from a brain tumor.
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August 01, 2018 01:27 PM MDT
How will the kingdom of God be established? . . . We have portrayed the world broken, corrupted, fallen, degraded and ruined; and shown that nothing but a world's God can put it right. . . .
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July 13, 2018 12:18 PM MDT
While the Church maintains its stance on political neutrality, members are encouraged to "engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner." Since its establishment, Church leaders have been committed to public service.
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July 03, 2018 08:00 PM MDT
So begins the Declaration of Independence, which outlines 29 reasons why America’s young 13 colonies ultimately, and unanimously, agreed to pledge to each other “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” in separating themselves from England.
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Fun
July 03, 2018 08:26 AM MDT
Throughout the history of the Church, our leaders have praised America and what its flag represents. Read on for some fun and historical facts you might not have known about this patriotic symbol.
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July 02, 2018 10:18 PM MDT
Among the 25 people President Donald Trump has listed as prospective candidates for the Supreme Court, LDS brothers Mike and Thomas Lee are both named. About his brother, Mike Lee said, "He is as bright and capable a lawyer and as sharp a legal mind as anyone I've ever worked with."
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July 02, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
After Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the person he will nominate will come from a previous list he released, one which includes two Mormon brothers.
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June 25, 2018 08:36 AM MDT
Did you know that women’s suffrage was originally granted to the Utah Territory in 1870, but it was revoked by the U.S. government in 1887 in attempt to eliminate polygamy? Utah women had to fight to regain this right, which was granted in 1895 when the Utah Territory became a state—Utah’s State Constitution was written to include women’s right to vote and run for office 25 years before the 19th Amendment was passed.
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By  LDS Living
June 04, 2018 06:59 PM MDT
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for the wedding ceremony of a same-sex couple.
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By  LDS Living
April 18, 2018 02:36 PM MDT
On Tuesday, April 17, Barbara Bush, former first lady and wife to former U.S. president George H.W. Bush, passed away at the age of 92. We honor her legacy of Christian values and her advocacy for the family.
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April 10, 2018 02:04 PM MDT
In this past general conference, President M. Russell Ballard encouraged that “Church members—both men and women—should not hesitate, if they desire, to run for public office at any level of government wherever they live.” He continued, “Our voices are essential today and important in our schools, our cities, and our countries” (“Precious Gifts from God,” general conference, April 2018). Here are eight LDS women in U.S. politics who have already dedicated their lives and their voices to making the world a better place.
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March 14, 2018 12:58 PM MDT
"Integrity cannot become a lost art form for those of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ," Elder Ronald A. Rasband said.
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March 10, 2018 01:29 PM MST
With the Book of Mormon musical, prominent Church figures in the spotlight, and frequent mentions on TV shows and in pop culture, Latter-day Saints are used to their religion being the butt-end of a joke or the subject of heated public debates.
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March 05, 2018 11:37 AM MST
Learn about some of the ways Billy Graham defended Mormonism throughout his ministry. Read the Church's statement on Billy Graham following his death.
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February 18, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Mormons have left a profound mark on history, and their influence has been felt around the world. Even U.S. presidents have taken note of Latter-day Saints and their religion.
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February 17, 2018 02:24 PM MST
The delegation of power to rule in the earthly kingdom of Jesus Christ will be necessary during the Millennium because He will not always be physically present on the earth. “Christ and the resurrected Saints will reign over the earth, but not dwell on the earth,” said Joseph Smith. They will rather “visit it when they please or when [it is] necessary to govern it.”1 Likewise, the Prophet taught the following: “That Jesus will be a resident on the earth a thousand [years] with the Saints is not the case. But [He] will reign over the Saints and come down and instruct [them] as He did the five hundred brethren [after His resurrection (see 1 Cor. 15:6)]. And those of the first resurrection will also reign with Him over the Saints.”2
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February 13, 2018 03:22 PM MST
"Huntsman, a former Area Seventy, stake president, and mission president in Washington, D.C., was a 'strong, powerful, fair businessman' whose 'word was his bond,'" said Elder Ronald A. Rasband.
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Larry Miller was well known for his philanthropy and generosity. This excerpt from the book Behind the Drive: 99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur details Larry's friendship with Jon Hunstman Sr.
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February 02, 2018 08:12 PM MST
Former Area Seventy and successful businessman Jon Huntsman Sr. passed away Friday at the age of 80.
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January 23, 2018 03:23 PM MST
Jon Huntsman Jr. took a dip in a frozen Russian river in honor of a Russian holiday called Epiphany, which commemorates Christ's baptism in the river Jordan.
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January 17, 2018 02:57 PM MST
During his closing remarks to President Trump on the Senate floor, LDS Arizona Senator Jeff Flake prompted a tweet from The Atlantic when he quoted the LDS hymn "Oh Say, What Is Truth?"
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January 09, 2018 02:11 PM MST
On the Senate floor Monday, Senator Orrin Hatch paid tribute to President Thomas S. Monson, his "dear friend" and "a beloved leader whose love of God and his fellow men defined a lifetime of selfless service."
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January 05, 2018 01:32 PM MST
Recently, President Trump talked with Mitt Romney over the phone, wishing Romney best of luck in his future endeavors.
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January 04, 2018 07:25 PM MST
On Thursday, Senators Jeff Flake and Mike Lee honored President Monson's life with tributes given on the Senate floor.
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January 02, 2018 09:40 PM MST
Here's the latest national news involving two high-profile LDS politicians.
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December 04, 2017 05:54 PM MST
"You're helping people," President Trump praised as he toured Welfare Square on Monday.
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November 29, 2017 01:57 PM MST
On Monday, December 4, President Donald Trump is coming to Utah for the first time as president. Among other things, President Trump will tour the LDS Church's Welfare Square and meet with Church leaders.
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November 14, 2017 03:40 PM MST
Filipino artists, including "Asia's Nightingale" Lani Misalucha, received a standing ovation by President Donald Trump at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gala.
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November 07, 2017 12:00 PM MST
Read how Martha Hughes Cannon, a mother, a champion for women's suffrage, and a Mormon became the country's first female state senator.
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October 26, 2017 03:35 PM MDT
Editorial note: LDS Living shared this report from The New York Times because it highlights the faith of a prominent Mormon politician. We do not support or promote particular political views or statements.
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By  LDS Living
October 19, 2017 05:42 PM MDT
The Huff Post and BYU's The Daily Universe teamed up to conducted roughly 60 interviews with college students, many of whom were Mormon, to find out about their political views.
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October 12, 2017 01:26 PM MDT
Arguably, the saga of the American movie industry has gone full circle—salacious (relatively speaking), to moral and proper, and back to salacious. The Supreme Court played a significant role in the last two stages of that cycle.
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By  LDS Living
October 09, 2017 07:50 PM MDT
When Reed Smoot was elected a Utah Senator in January 1903, the U.S. Senate put up a strong fight to keep him from serving as a senator, opening up what is now known as the Smoot Hearings. At the time, Elder Smoot served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Senate disliked the idea of having a high-ranking LDS Church leader in their midst. Though polygamy had been abolished almost 15 years ago, many U.S. citizens were still skeptical of the Church and its teachings. “It was during this time of public scrutiny of the Church that Theodore Roosevelt weighed in most consequentially on the side of the Mormons,” (Michael K Winder, Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal “Theodore Roosevelt and the Mormons,” 12).
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October 03, 2017 03:45 PM MDT
What an incredible find thanks to the help of Mormon genealogical records.
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By  LDS Living
October 03, 2017 02:26 PM MDT
Thanks to Deseret News for making us aware of this video.
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September 29, 2017 12:59 PM MDT
"Honored and humbled to serve our great country as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Looking forward to joining America's Embassy team in Moscow," Huntsman posted on Twitter.
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September 25, 2017 03:45 PM MDT
This is fascinating. What a way to inspire some motivation for family history work.
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September 13, 2017 12:51 PM MDT
"Believing in basic fairness for all, the church has openly encouraged and participated in legislative efforts to secure essential rights for LGBT citizens while protecting religious freedom," a brief created by the LDS Church and seven other religious organizations says.
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September 07, 2017 05:43 PM MDT
What an incredible accomplishment.
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August 25, 2017 03:36 PM MDT
For more than a year, returned missionary Joshua Holt has been held in a Venezuelan prison. With reports of failing health, torture, and refusal of medical treatment, Holt has experienced a number of hardships while in prison. Throughout his imprisonment, U.S. government officials have called for his release and most recently, Trump has called again for Holt's release.
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August 25, 2017 03:08 PM MDT
It's amazing to see how historical events helped shape the Restoration of the gospel.
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