LDS Church Says Hugs and Heart-felt Conversations ‘Divisive’

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided, in the weeks before its spring 2014 General Conference, to bar media from Temple Square during the two-day event. Photographers and journalists from major news outlets who have been covering General Conference for decades with the church’s blessing and assistance were informed Saturday that they would have to leave.

Which means that coverage of Ordain Women’s second attempt to gain admittance to the priesthood session of General Conference is significantly more limited than it might otherwise have been, and there’s no professional footage to contradict the church’s press release from one Cody Craynor about what happened on Temple Square:'

Holly Welker [@hollywelker] has an MFA in nonfiction writing and PhD in literature from the University of Iowa. Her poetry and prose have appeared in publication ranging from Seventeen to Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought to Bitch to the New York Times. Born and raised in southern Arizona, she currently lives in northern Utah.

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