Mormonism in the 21st century

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2000s[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

The Auditorium where the RLDS Church adopts the name Community of Christ.

2002[edit]

Olympic flame during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

Harry Reid becomes the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate.

2006[edit]

  • March 12: First broadcast of HBO's Big Love, a series about Mormon fundamentalists in Utah. The LDS Church criticizes the show for not differentiating clearly between mainstream and schismatic Mormonism. An LDS Church public statement cites concerns over the program's depiction of abuse, polygamy, use of stereotypes, and television's depiction of moral and civic values in general.[23] In March 2009, the LDS Church stated that HBO displayed insensitivity to church members by depicting simulated segments of the church's Endowment ceremony in an episode of Big Love.[24][25][26] The church also stated that the show had continued to blur the distinction between the LDS Church and "the show's fictional non-Mormon characters."[24]
  • June 9: BYU Jerusalem Center re-opens.
  • June 29: The LDS Church announces that the Church College of New Zealand will not admit more students and eventually close.
  • August 29: Warren Jeffs is arrested after being on the FBI's Most Wanted List for nearly 4 months. He faced sexual charges in Arizona, Utah, and Texas.
  • September 3: Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Sacramento California Temple, the LDS Church's 123rd temple.[27]
  • October 22: Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Helsinki Finland Temple, the LDS Church's 124th temple.[28]
  • October: The Book of Mormon's introduction is modified to say the Lamanites "are among the ancestors of the American Indians," replacing the statement that "they are the principal ancestors." This is seen as a reaction to recent geography and DNA studies.[29]

2007[edit]

Mitt Romney and supporters at the Labor Day parade in Milford, New Hampshire.

2008[edit]

Protestors against Proposition 8 in front of the Newport Beach Temple.

2009[edit]

2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

Marquee for The Book of Mormon musical on Broadway.
Mitt Romney sitting outdoors during daytime, with crowd behind him holding up blue and white "Romney" signs
Mitt Romney gives an interview at a supporters rally in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

A new edition of the LDS scriptures is published in 2013.

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States brings responses from the LDS Church and its leaders.
BSA president Robert Gates lifts a ban on gay scout leaders, troubling the LDS Church.

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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