Mormon News Report


“Kelly and Dehlin: ON TRIAL” Edition

Top stories caps UPDATE

Lots of news on the Kate Kelly (Ordain Women) and John Dehlin (Mormon Stories) excommunication courts making its way to publications:

The Salt Lake Tribune, on the heels of the Dehlin/Kelly news, details additional information on how LDS Church disciplinary councils work here

Kate Kelly will also be appearing on Utah’s X96’s (96.3 FM) Radio From Hell program to talk about the Times piece yesterday and her feelings. Live link is here, with a link to download podcasts here.

Additionally, the Bloggernacle has also been ablaze with the news of the Dehlin/Kelly disciplinary action:

Feminist Mormon Housewives:

Neylan McBaine

Times and Seasons:

By Common Consent:

The Millennial Star:


Mormon Mentality:

The Exponent:

Gina Colvin of KiwiMormon at Patheos:

Our Thoughts:

Wheat & Tares:

Expert Textperts:



  • KGW News of Portland (OR) reports that the 15-year old shooter the tragic shooting at Reynolds High School was an active member of the LDS Church. Quoting “Church Elder” (not sure if they meant a bishop, or someone locally at the church) Earl Milliron, “I just can’t believe it…He was very quiet, very serious about his church.” Milliron told KGW that shooter Jared Padgett was very active in the church, along with older brother Lucas and father Michael.
  • Mormons Building Bridges (MBB) is disputing the label it’s been given as an “advocacy group,” according to Erika Munson, one of the leaders of of MBB, said in an interview “I think it’s a complex issue of definition…Our mission is to show unconditional love and support to our LGBT brothers and sisters.” Executive President of the Days of ’47 Parade Greg James, however, disagrees. “They certainly advocate for a lot of change in public policy…Once you allow an advocacy group into the parade, then we have to start being judges of what other advocacy groups come and join the parade.”
  • Dominican Today reports that President Danilo Medina met with LDS church leaders Jeffrey R. Holland, Donald L. Hallström, Claudio D. Zivic and Rafael G. Gutiérrez. Zivic said they wanted to “meet the President and offer him their services.” We’re willing to cooperate with this country, through socialassistance. We’ve helped with a lot of money, with elements for education, health and intend to continue to doing so.”
  • Winnie Hagemeyer of American Univeristy’s Washington College of Law (at Intellectual Property Brief) delves into the LDS Church v. case. According to Hagemeyer, “…the ability for an institution to hold such a trademark has been recently questioned. The Church argues that the only services allowed to use the word “Mormon” are those affiliated with the Church and have received permission, which Eller has not. This means that the current legal dispute between Intellectual Reserve, Inc. and Eller revolves around the ability to trademark the word “Mormon” and its use in other services.”
  • As reported here first on Monday (10-June), Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune picks up on the very interesting coincidence of Sunday’s interesting “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast and the Utah Pride Parade going on at the same time.
  • Harvard Magazine (yes, THAT Harvard) profiles fellow Mormon (and Harvard Business School professor) Clayton Christensen and his 2012 book “How Will You Measure Your Life,” including some great personal insights into his life that shaped his religious beliefs.
  • Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes (of the awesome “Sistas in Zion” blog, podcast, and now authors of the book “Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons”) were interviewed by Camri Meacham for City Weekly. Meacham doesn’t hold back with some of her questions, asking Smith her feelings about women not holding the priesthood in the LDS church, and the church’s history of denying blacks the priesthood. Smith said “We don’t feel like we’re missing out on any opportunities because we don’t have the priesthood. We grew up in church where women prayed and they also gave blessings. We don’t have to have the priesthood. We don’t see a correlation between blacks not being able to attain the priesthood and women’s ordination. I think that the blacks and the priesthood issue affected black women and black men, and since that change has been made, black women can do anything all other women can do in the LDS Church. We don’t feel there is a correlation, but we feel that others do tend to see a correlation.”
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers selected BYU Shortstop (and fellow Mormon) Tanner Chauncey with their 35th round pick, number 1059 overall in the draft. Chauncey hasn’t played since age 21 due to serving an LDS mission in Brazil. Chauncey attended Las Vegas High School, where he was a 2-time All State selection in baseball, via
  • Scott Jarvie has spent the last 8 months travelling the nation, attempting to photograph every LDS temple in America, according to the Deseret News. If you like nice pictures of temples, the DesNews has a lot Jarvie’s pictures.
  • According to a report at (of Lima, OH), the LDS church in Delaware (OH) is attempting to expand. For those that love the nitty-gritty details, “Currently, the 2.38-acre site has a 7,678-square-foot church and a 73-space parking lot that was constructed in 1984. If approved, there would be a 3,962-square-foot addition and a new 33-space parking lot, bringing the total to 11,640 square feet and 106 parking spaces.”
  • According to MyFoxLubbock (of Lubbock, TX), the LDS Church in the area helped fill up the South Plains Food Bank by bringing in 50,000 pounds of potatoes from Colorado, while local Boy Scouts helped bag the potatoes for distribution.
  • Three Mormon youth from the Pearland (TX) area were recently awarded their Eagle Scout awards. Present at the award ceremony was Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, who is also an Eagle Scout, via


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