Articles of News/Week of February 13th 2nd Edition

By February 17, 2017Articles

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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 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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 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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 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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