Mormon News, March 10–14
In the News
This week in the news, the ongoing discussion of reconciling one’s faith with the historical realities of the Mormon past continued to emerge.
LDS LEADER: HAVE TRANSPARENCY AND TRUTH IN HISTORY
First Presidency member Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who made headlines last year when he acknowledged that the LDS past is not entirely pristine, continued in the same vein at the Church History Symposium sponsored by the church. He encouraged attendees to be patient, keep an open mind, and embrace transparency as well as the truth of LDS teachings.
KIRBY: WHY I CHOOSE TO STAY MORMON
Popular Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby penned an essay explaining why, in spite of LDS shortcomings, he chooses to remain in the faith. Simply stating that, “I’m Mormon. It’s who I am,” Kirby compares his experience to Uchtdorf’s by invoking Uchtdorf’s time in the German military shortly after World War II. Kirby argues that, despite the atrocities of the Nazis, Uchtdorf is still right to embrace his heritage and that doing so might make the cultures he is a part of a better place.
NEW IDEAS ON THE PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS
Scientists continue to unearth and debate the ways the ancestors of Native Americans may have migrated to what is present-day North America. An article in the New York Times explores a relatively new theory, the Beringian standstill hypothesis, which claims that those who eventually migrated may have lived in isolation for some 15,000 years. Dennis O’Rourke, a geneticist at the University of Utah, suggests that there may have been multiple streams of people stemming from this one isolated group.
On the Blogs
Mitch Mayne, writing for the popular Huffington Post blog, highlighted seven unsung Mormon heroes who “stand for LGBT inclusion and equality.” Although some see the church as having softened on gay and lesbian issues considerably since its involvement in getting Proposition 8 passed in California, it remains vehemently opposed to marriage equality and continues to file amicus briefs supporting opponents of same-gender marriage. Such a list of heroes, then, might come as a surprise to outsiders, unaware that diversity of opinion within the church. Mayne’s list of heroes includes Bishop Donald C. Flether, Sherri Park, Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Laura Compton, Scott Holley, Spencer Clark, and John Dehlin. Mayne offers an explanation for each person’s inclusion.
—News updates by John Hatch, acquisitions editor