Michael Otterson

Stories by Michael Otterson

More Mormons On a Mission

Some 80,000 Mormon missionaries are now serving worldwide — a rise of 22,000 in the past year, half of them young women.

Why Mormons back the new scouting policy

The Boy Scouts of America reintroduced and reinforced some of its century-old core values and nailed those colors firmly to the mast in an unmistakable message.

What lies ahead for the Mormons?

Linda Davidson THE WASHINGTON POST The Mormon LDS Temple and State Capitol are reflected in a business window in Salt … Continued

What makes Mormons tick?

Jeff Blake FOR THE WASHINGTON POST CAMDEN, SC – JANUARY 11: The Book of Mormon sits on a coffee table … Continued

For Mormons in Missouri, a time of healing

AP AP This photo released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shows a sealing room, where eternal … Continued

Mormon temples are places apart

Later this week yet another new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint–this one in Kansas City, … Continued

More than a ‘Mormon moment’

History has not recorded the name of the journalist who created the phrase, “the Mormon moment.” The originator may have … Continued

What baptism for the dead means to Mormons

Toward the end of May, 1970, I stood waist high in water in a baptismal font of a temple in … Continued

Mormons and the practice of tithing

In May of 1899, a frail, kindly looking 85-year-old gentleman with white hair and a long beard stepped slowly to … Continued

Why ‘I’m a Mormon’?

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP/GETTY IMAGES Ruth Williams hands out programs as she greets those arriving for a Sacrament Meeting of the … Continued

Mormons: Not necessarily who you think they are

A substantial accumulation of polling data over the years has given us a pretty clear picture of current public perceptions … Continued

Brandon Davies suspension: BYU stands on principle

BYU basketball star Bradon Davies was suspended from the basketball team this week, reportedly for admitting to having premarital sex. … Continued

Mormons speak for the faith

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

Threats to what is best in America

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Knowledge not the same as religious experience

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Mormon voices in the public square and what to make of them

In all of the media analysis and dissection of the Glenn Beck rally in Washington last weekend, and in particular … Continued

Political, not theological

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued

Government must tread lightly

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued

Religious expression: a fundamental right

Freedom of expression, including sharing one’s faith with others, is a fundamental human right enshrined in national and international law … Continued

Pure religion in Haiti

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti that left millions of lives shattered, the world saw, and continues to … Continued