Article: The LDS Church, the oldest and largest charter organization of the Boy Scouts of America, will drop Scouting from its Young Men's program for boys ages 14 through 17.
Read article in Deseret News Salt Lake Tribute covers the video leaks. Leaked videos show Mormon apostles discussing political influence, gay marriage, marijuana and more More than a dozen leaked videos posted online Sunday show high-level LDS Church leaders privately discussing hot-button issues ranging from politics to pot, the "homosexual agenda" to the housing crisis, marriage to morality, Muslims to Kurds.
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Per the author: When the Church released photos of the brown seer stone that was owned and used by Joseph Smith, the news ignited a firestorm of curiosity and controversy.
People wanted more information and wondered why they hadn't been aware of the stone's existence.
When he was sent to nearby Carthage, the county seat, and charged with treason, he knew there was a strong chance he would never escape alive.
Before he left he whispered instructions to his secretary, William Clayton, “to burn the records of the kingdom, or put them in some safe hands and send them away or else bury them up.”* Clayton, a British convert who became a keeper of Smith’s most important documents, chose the latter option and, according to his later account, “put the records in a small box and buried them in my garden.” Read full article When we last heard from her, Elizabeth Smart was a budding critic of purity culture, but now it seems her critiques have made their way into her advocacy work in a permanent way.
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center as part of a broader Religious Landscape Study , 78 percent of people who do not identify with any religious group were raised in a faith system and then left as adults.