Mormon

Earth Notes: Mormon Mulberries

Mar 21, 2018
Thompson Mansion

In springtime, the town of Saint George in southwest Utah is an island of green in a sea of rust-tinged rock. The verdant green is from shade trees planted by early Mormon settlers.  A sizable percentage of those are mulberry trees, according to professional arborist and former city forester Mark Hodges.


Scott Thybony

This winter is one of the driest on record, but the winter of 1877 was another story. Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall were documented in the journal of Lucy Flake, a pioneer woman traveling by covered wagon from Utah to Arizona with her young family. At Black Falls, near what is now Wupatki National Monument, Lucy described the hardships and anguish of the group. Commentator Scott Thybony recently hiked that same dry river bed and remembered Lucy’s suffering. 


Laurel Morales

Flip through any fashion magazine and you may wonder if there’s a nationwide wardrobe malfunction going on -- no neckline seems too low, no hemline too high. So what do you do if your religion requires a more modest dress code?

Peter O'Dowd

Mitt Romney campaigned in Arizona this week ahead of the state’s Feb. 28 Republican presidential primary. Polls show Romney way ahead in Arizona.

That’s in part because of the state’s large Mormon population.

But there is dissent in a place you might not expect.

In Arizona's White Mountains, an isolated spot between two Indian reservations, Mormon pioneer roots run more than a century deep.