Mormon News, April 4–8

In the News

After several tumultuous months for the LDS Church, including international coverage of a widely criticized policy change impacting LBGTQ members and their children, some members were predicting strong lightpostwords during the April 2016 General Conference. Instead, it proved to be a traditional conference with a few stand-out talks, such as Elder Patrick Kearon’s on refugees, and new temple announcements. One of the more eye-grabbing moments was a significantly shortened Saturday night Priesthood session that ran 90 minutes instead of the usual two hours, a major change for an event usually so meticulously structured. President Thomas Monson spoke for only five minutes in the Priesthood session, raising further questions about his health.

Two former LDS missionaries posted a parody video to Adele’s megahit “Hello” on YouTube. It’s already closing in on one million views. The video pokes gentle fun at the difficulty missionaries face in getting inside homes as they tract, but it also serves as a kind of proselytizing tool in its own right, debunking some myths about polygamy and showing the missionaries achieving success in getting inside a home.

On the Blogs

Blogger Alliegator (first name Alice) wrote at Feminist Mormon Housewives this week about how the LDS Church perpetuates a larger US cultural view of sex as a male-centric experience. She explained that many women get married and end up believing they have a low libido, when in fact they find that sex isn’t very fun because of its focus on male satisfaction. She recommended different resources for couples and parents to shift their perceptions and improve expectations.

Upcoming Events

The Utah State Historical Society and the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah will host the dedication of a new monument honoring the victims of the Circleville Massacre of 1866. On April 24, 1866, around thirty Paiutes were murdered by white settlers in retaliation for the shooting of a Utah militiaman. The Paiute men, women, and children were shot and had their throats cut. The monument dedication will take place on April 22 at 11 a.m., at Memorial Park (at the corner of Main St. and 1st East), US Highway 89, Circleville, UT 84723. The event is open to the public.

On April 12–13, Utah Valley University will host its annual Mormon studies conference, this year themed “Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance.” Keynote speakers include Michael Otterson of the LDS Church Public Affairs Department and Ross Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times.

News update by John Hatch