This Week in Mormons

Episode #158 – The Dying Is All Part of It

Bye, guys!

Bye, guys!

The Pope resigns. Could we ever see a similar thing happen to the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Why do the Brethren stay until death? Can they leave if they choose? How did we establish prophetic succession?

President Monson continues celebrating five years with five articles about various things accomplished during his tenure. Fun.

Speaking of fun., the band fun. won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Do we need further evidence that the Grammys are a crock?

The Church is working with Utah lawmakers on a gay rights bill.

Utah and the Mormon Church are also now the central focus of President Obama’s immigration reform plans. Because no one knows how to treat Hispanics like Utahans.

After the Boy Scouts vote is postponed, questions arise as to whether the Church had a hand in it. The Church has also praised the postponement.

Other stuff – Yeah Samake fights for freedom but doesn’t explain how to do it; the Church settles a protest dispute in Brigham City; the Tegucigalpa Temple opens its doors; the Tabernacle Choir streams video for Valentine’s Day and it’s a big deal…

…and a Mormon woman shakes it at Carnival. She wants to feel many-a-man’s hand on her.


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Geoff Openshaw


Geoff Openshaw is an international development consultant as well as the Managing Editor and Executive Producer of the This Week in Mormons podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and Brigham Young University and loves all sorts of nerdy geopolitical stuff. He also writes and performs music and really, really loves Del Taco.

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  • Sarah

    The church doesn't have to worry about local ordinances affecting the ability to discriminate on religious bases. Employment discrimination is vetted through the EEOC, which is a federal agency, and federal discrimination laws do not apply to religious organizations' selection of religious leaders. So long as a religious institution has an established doctrine about an issue, they are able to discriminate on those grounds in hiring decisions.

    • TWiM

      Excellent research!

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