Mormon official: Church is expanding, not restricting

Michael Otterson, Managing Director of Public Affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks at the 2016 Mormon Studies Conference at Utah Valley University on the topic of Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (August Miller, UVU Marketing)

OREM, Utah (AP) — A public affairs official for the Mormon church says it is expanding its boundaries more than restricting them.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1p0MTyF) that Michael Otterson said Tuesday at the University of Utah that the Mormon church has been building relationships with interfaith leaders, academics and minority communities, including women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Otterson warned against what he called “bubbles,” or seeing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through a narrow lens.

He shot back at commentators who say the church is rigidly resisting change, pointing to its belief in modern revelation. Instead, Otterson said he recognizes the right of leaders to set boundaries for doctrine and behavior.

More than 150 people packed an auditorium to hear Otterson’s speech during UVU’s Mormon Studies Conference.

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