Emily Kaplan On The Rise of the Liberal Latter-day Saints
In a feature piece for the Washington Post Magazine, reporter Emily Kaplan writes that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an institution “that has excelled at survival and, often, reinvention.”
Looking back at its nearly 200 year old history, Kaplan cites key moments in the Church's past when it made significant changes in its practices. When the Church was under threat from the U.S. government in 1890, then-prophet Wilford Woodruff banned the practice of polygamy — citing prophetic revelation. Such was the case in 1978, when a new revelation paved the way for Black men to receive the LDS priesthood. And today, in a church that values personal revelation from God, younger, liberal members may slowly be changing the character of the faith. We'll talk with Emily Kaplan this Friday at 11 a.m. about the future of the LDS church.
Airs: Nov. 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. MT and 7 p.m. MT.
- Patrick Mason | @patrickqmasonThe Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University
- Emily Kaplan | @emdashkap You can read her Washington Post Magazine piece "The Rise of the Liberal Latter-day Saints" here.
Cristina Rosetti | @CristinaMartaR Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College