Articles of News/Week of February 27th

By March 6, 2017Articles

Letter to the editor: Students’ behavior at BYU game was childish, undermined GU mission

We lost in more ways than one Saturday night. Not only was BYU’s final score higher than the Zags’, but some students showed an ugly, hidden side of the Gonzaga student body that includes using religion as a means of criticism. Saturday night, a simple basketball game turned into a sort of religious crusade: Catholics vs. Mormons. Students filled the kennel dressed in stereotypical missionary clothes, others informing friends of their conscious effort to dress “un-Mormon” and some even using derogatory language to shake the opposing players. Before the game even began, discussions of archaic Mormon policies regarding polygamy and other stereotypes could be heard throughout campus, all in anticipation of the big game of GU vs. BYU. We students used derogatory comments based on the opposing players’ religion in attempts to distract them from performing well. Did this really help the Zags win?

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LDS Church issues first legal notice to MormonLeaks after new release

According to a news release from MormonLeaks, a site dedicated to unveiling behind-the-scenes information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the site has received a legal notice from the church to remove recently published information.

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Investigation underway after fire rips through Mormon church in Van Nuys

Flames raced through part of a Mormon church Wednesday in Van Nuys, causing heavy damage, but officials said no one was hurt.

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5 Interesting Facts About the Articles of Faith

First printed in the Nauvoo publication Times and Seasons on March 1, 1842, the Articles of Faith are a concise and beloved summary of Latter-day Saint beliefs. Here are five interesting facts you may not have known about the Articles of Faith.

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Daughter of the ‘Mormon Manson’ Shares Her Ordeal in New Memoir

“I’m shaking right now, just talking to you about it,” said Anna LeBaron, recounting how it felt to walk away from her mother, her sisters, and everything she’d ever known at the age of 13. The daughter of an infamous polygamist cult leader, Ervil LeBaron, Anna had reason to fear. Her father had orchestrated the murders of other family members who had tried to leave the cult and, in 1980, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a rival. “I look back and I don’t completely understand how I was able to walk away. But I did.”

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Former Mormon youth leader Elaine Dalton laments the ‘unladylike’ behavior of women’s marchers

In a speech Sunday to Mormon women, a former global youth leader in the LDS Church contrasted members of the audience who “will lead the world” with participants in January’s gigantic Women’s March in New York.

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Why a Presbyterian Pastor Converted to Mormonism After Writing a Book About Latter-day Saints

“No pastor, priest, or minister chooses his or her vocation,” says Roger Keller. “It chooses them, and this was my experience.”

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Former LDS Church president’s grandson lighting temples across the world

Former LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley created a temple building program unprecedented in the history of his faith. Now his grandson is following in his footsteps.

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Trailer returned to Boy Scouts, 2 charged in theft from church

Two men are accused of stealing a trailer belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its Boy Scouts troop. The trailer has been returned to the church.

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One Thing Every Mormon Should Understand Before They Go Less Active

I have lived in six states and attended 16 different wards or branches, in just the last 6 years! I love meeting new people. Because of this I often go out with the missionaries and visit the members. I have met many great members across the USA. And sadly, I know many who are, or who have gone, less active. And it is because they forget this simple truth.

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Want to honor influential Mormon women? Grab some crayons

Tapping into a current American craze, a group of Mormon feminists has found a novel way to celebrate the lives of prominent LDS women — a coloring book.

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LDS 8th Grader Gave 947 Girls Flowers in His Jr. High

Matt Strock, an English teacher at American Fork Junior High, looked across his class of squirrelly students and posed a very simple question: “Do you want to be a walnut tree or a marigold?”

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LDS Church, BYU Jerusalem Center remain neutral amid Israel-Palestine conflict

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remains neutral amidst the chaos and conflict in the Holy Land, despite the fact that with a new U.S. president, politicians and activists continue taking sides and voicing criticism.

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LDS Apostle visits Tonga, meets Royal Family

An Apostle from the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (LDS), Elder Dale G. Renlund, visited Tonga from the US over the weekend accompanied by two other high ranking members of the LDS church, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom and Bishop Gerald Causse. They met with Queen Nanasipau’u and other members of the Royal Family.

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Our 9 Favorite Mormon Moments on Reality TV

Mormons on reality TV is nothing new. From music to fashion, Latter-day Saints have showcased their talents across a variety of shows. Here are just 10 of our favorite Mormon moments on reality TV.

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Husband of woman injured in deadly crash overwhelmed by support

It’s been four days since a violent crash killed two West High School students and injured another when their Chevy Impala crossed the median on 300 West near 700 North and hit a Honda Pilot head-on.

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Utah judge quashes subpoena of Mormon President Monson in Navajo abuse case

A judge has issued an order quashing the subpoena that would have required LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson to testify in a case in which Navajos say they were sexually abused while placed in Mormon homes through a church program. Third District Judge Su Chon, however, appeared to leave open the possibility that Monson, considered a “prophet, seer and revelator” by the Mormon faithful, could give a deposition later. She ordered that “depositions of lower-level corporate representatives or officers should be noticed prior to any deposition of President Monson.”

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Complaints about noise falling on deaf ears

Sosefina has had enough of the noise coming from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just across the road from her house at Vailoa.

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Elder Ronald T. Halverson, emeritus General Authority, dies at age 80

Elder Ronald T. Halverson, an emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, Feb. 24, at his home in Ogden, Utah. He was 80 years old.

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Cartoonist expands story of ‘weird Mormon girl’ in new graphic novels

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Man gets prison for church burglaries

A New Richmond man convicted of burglarizing several churches last year was recently sentenced in St. Croix County Court to three years in prison followed by three years of extended supervision.

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Black students at BYU report ignorant comments, cultural isolation

Dhina Clement vividly remembers the day she realized Brigham Young University students looked at her differently because she is black.

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Jane Manning James, a free black woman who embraced gospel in 1841, portrayed in museum theater vignette

As Americans have been observing February as Black History Month, attendees at the Evenings at the Museum Lecture Feb. 23, remembered Jane Manning James, one of history’s first and most faithful African American members of the Church.

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Chief Seattle was secretly baptized by Mormon church after his death, leak shows

The website MormonLeaks says Chief Seattle was baptized posthumously in the Mormon church.

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Jeremy Kyle calls churchgoing Mormon his ‘favourite guest ever’ after he says his wife cheats on him every day except Sunday as it’s ‘God’s day’

HE rarely heaps praise on his guests. But Jeremy Kyle called a churchgoing Mormon man his “favourite guest ever” on Monday’s edition of the ITV daytime show, before declaring “I love you”.

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Discourses by Mormon Women Released in New Book

Discourses given by Latter-day Saint women over the past 185 years are now available in a new book by Church Historian’s Press, an imprint of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “At the Pulpit,” authored by Church historians Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook, showcases more than 50 speeches given by Mormon women since the founding of the Church.

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LDS church opposes renaming a street that would place temple on Mercedes-Benz Drive

The LDS church is opposing a Georgia city renaming a street that would place an already-existing Mormon temple on Mercedes-Benz Drive.

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Gay club has new owner, stops mocking LDS church

In October of 2014, as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was taking care of last minute details in preparation for the biannual LDS General Conference, Club Jam, a gay bar in the Marmalade District of Salt Lake City, was making preparations as well.

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