Mormon Church

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There’s a community of former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believe they’ve found healing and discovered a new sense of spirituality in magic mushrooms. 

Illustration of the angel Moroni with a broken trumpet with with psychedelic colors coming out of the trumpet bell.
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Late last summer, Steve Urquhart, a lawyer and former Utah state legislator, announced that he was forming his own church. Urquhart was once a highly conservative lawmaker, which was in line with his background as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from Washington County.

Ivana Martinez / KUER

In 2020, former Utah State legislator Steve Urquhart founded a religion. Their sacrament? Magic mushrooms.

Earl Conrad / Salt Lake Tribune

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepared for General Conference in October of 1965, northern Utah was on high alert. 

Monday, we’re talking about the complicated relationship between the Mormon Church and homosexuality. Our guest is historian Gregory Prince who is working on a history that includes the public and not-so-public campaigns against same-sex marriage and their attempt at punishing and curing same-sex attraction. He also examines whether the LDS theology of an afterlife will ever have room for gay people. Prince is coming to Utah, and joins us to talk about Mormons and Gays.