Articles of News/Week of February 13th

By February 16, 2017Articles

Utah bridesmaid goes all out in hilarious bridal photo

Janessa James is the bridesmaid of the year. Or, she should be — if there were such an award.

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Parker LDS church building catches fire from heat tape

The South Fremont Fire District responded to a fire at the LDS church on Tuesday at 7:23 p.m. There were no injuries and no damage to the church’s roof.

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Man arrested for theft at LDS Lakepa office

A man from Kolofo’ou has been arrested and charged for allegedly stealing $2322 pa’anga worth of office goods from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, at Lakepa.

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The Remarkable True Story of an LDS Woman Facing a Missouri Mob

Amanda Barnes Smith tragically lost a husband and a son in the Haun’s Mill massacre. She had been miraculously inspired to know how to save another of her sons who had also been a victim of the violent attack. In the days after the tragic event, the women who remained were continually harassed by the Missourians. Still, as illustrated by one of Amanda’s personal accounts, she found strength and courage through Jesus Christ.

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When a Mormon Teen Comes Out

Suicide is the number 1 cause of death for people ages 10-17 in the state of Utah, nearly tripling since 2007. This past summer alone, at least four LBGTQ teens in Utah took their own lives. We cannot know how many more suicides went unrecognized or unreported. It is only when a teen is out and is visibly struggling in the blazes of institutionalized homophobia that the media takes notice. Despite this unforgivable loss of life, the state continues to fence the issue, blaming weather rather than taking a good look at the pandemic homophobia in Utah’s youth culture.

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She fell in love with someone who won’t be allowed in

Carly Harris was a Mormon college student volunteering in November 2015 at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Soufiane El Yassami was a Muslim fast food worker fleeing Morocco in hopes of a better life.

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What are those little gold trumpet players on top of all those temples?

Kids ask great questions.

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Meet the Mormon mom and seminary teacher who advises Fortune 500 companies and is speaking at RootsTech Wednesday

Apple, Nike, eBay, Disney, and Facebook are only a few of the Fortune 500 companies who have hired Liz Wiseman, an LDS mom and president of the Wiseman Group, to teach leadership strategy.

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Elder Rulon G. Craven, secretary to apostles and LDS general authority, dies at 92

After he decided to stop the blood transfusions that eased the symptoms of leukemia, Elder Rulon G. Craven, a nonagenarian emeritus General Authority Seventy of the LDS Church, made another difficult call.

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When Gordon B. Hinckley Proposed with Only $150 to His Name: Marjorie’s Priceless Response

Before marrying Marjorie, even President Hinckley had some concerns about his personal financial situation. We can all take comfort from his and his wife’s faith to move forward, no matter the circumstance, and to trust that the Lord would provide. The following is a brief excerpt from the book, Courtships of the Prophets: From Childhood Sweethearts to Love at First Sight, by Mary Jane Woodger and Paulette Preston Yates

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Utah town votes to sell city street to Mormon church

Add a 1.65-acre portion of 100 East Street in Manti to the list of public properties approved for sale to the LDS Church in Utah.

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LDS docs make up sports medicine team at U.S. Air Force Academy

The in-house sports medicine team is the last thing Air Force Falcon fans want to see at a football or basketball game. If the doctors are on the field it almost always means someone from the home team is injured.

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Jabari Parker Shares His Struggle Coming to Grips with Church History of Blacks and the Priesthood

The youngest of five children, Parker awoke each day at 5 a.m. to take seminary classes for LDS youth. Then he went to school, and then Lola drove him to basketball practice. He played several years with a club team based in Indiana. Sonny believed Jabari would be well served learning fundamentals out in the country. So each day, Jabari sat in the car with his mom, doing homework as she drove.

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Bill Maher says he would become a Mormon for Mitt Romney

Comedian Bill Maher jokes about his newfound love for Mitt Romney during the latest episode of “The Messy Truth,” a town hall series hosted by Van Jones.

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Mormon apostle bemoans kids today

There’s been some pushback this week in response to Elder Quentin Cook’s BYU devotional of February 7, when he spoke of a “banquet of consequences” for young people who engage the pleasures of the world instead of focusing on the path ahead, which should be about faith and family.

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BYU, Wyoming and race are focus of CBS documentary

Almost half a century after it sparked a national controversy, racial policies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the BYU football team are the center of a documentary on the CBS Sports Network.

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Young LDS Couple Adopting 5 Kids All at Once

A young couple unable to have children is about to undergo a huge change as they adopt five children, and maybe two more, within the next few weeks.

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Mom Finds 25 Letters from Daughter Who Passed Away: “I’m Sorry That You’re Missing Me”

A month after losing her teenage daughter in a tragic car crash, a Georgia woman rediscovered a gift that would bring her comfort she never thought she’d find again.

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This Single Mom Dressed Up Like a Dad for Her Son’s School Event

Whitney Kittrell, a single mother living in Utah, served her son in an unusual way and now the story, originally posted on Facebook, is going viral.

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Mormon motto for Utah’s 2002 Olympics: Let the Games begin, let the missionary push end

About 15 years ago, as Mormons were readying Salt Lake City to welcome the world at the 2002 Winter Olympics, an unexpected edict came down from LDS Church headquarters:

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