Peggy Fletcher Stack
Mormon authorities want to know what it’s like on the front lines for their 62,000 missionaries assigned to proselytize in nations across the globe.
The LDS Church announced Aug. 26, that the Utah-based faith will stick with the Scouts after threatening to bolt from the youth group and form its own international organization.
More Utahns go to church every week -- 51 percent -- than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll.
That statistic is "a direct result of [Utah]'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."
Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns -- as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.
The move, one LGBT advocates have been pushing for years, provides a major boost for the prospects of a state nondiscrimination statute. Such proposals have been bottled up in the legislature for years, despite the church's historic endorsement of similar protections in Salt Lake City ordinances in 2009.