Articles of News/Week of May 1st

LDS Church reaffirms ‘political neutrality’ in response to Trump’s religious liberties executive order

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said a new executive order issued by President Donald Trump on religious liberties will not affect its vow to remain “politically neutral.”

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The most Mormon country in the world? It’s Tonga

There are a lot of Tongans in Utah. After all, one in every four U.S. Tongans resides in the Beehive State, which features several all-Tongan Mormon stakes, including more than 30 all-Tongan LDS congregations.

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Utah woman critically hurt on LDS mission eyes new goal — Ragnar

She went from being a star athlete to losing her ability to walk.

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LDS Utah native wins $10,000 prize for film on immigration

A crazy election season, friends who are immigrants and refugees, and a film hobby all came together to allow an 18-year-old from Logan to win the $10,000 grand prize at a Tribeca Film Festival youth competition this April.

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An Open Letter to Bishops From a Wife of a Porn Addict

Sara Walker currently lives in Amity, Oregon. She served in the Chicago Illinois North mission, met her husband at BYU-Idaho, and has a been striving to improve her marriage and help her husband overcome his addiction to pornography.

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7 Unbelievable Facts About Porter Rockwell

A notorious gunslinger, wanted man, and devout Church member, Orrin Porter Rockwell led a life of paradox. His lethal accuracy with a shotgun and policy to “always shoot first . . . that way they know you’re armed” made his time as a lawman controversial at best. Charged with murder or attempted murder on three occasions, Porter was acquitted twice and died before the last charge could come to courts. Despite his rough-and-tumble attitude, Porter Rockwell remained unshakably faithful to the Church and its leaders until his death in June 1878, serving as a body guard to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. The incongruities and myths surrounding Rockwell’s life have drawn the fascination of Mormons and non-Mormons alike. But here are a few curious tidbits you might not have known about Orrin Porter Rockwell.

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Utah distiller introduces Madam Pattirini Gin, named for a little-known Mormon drag diva

Utah liquor distillers often enjoy poking fun at Utah’s conservative Mormon culture, and the newest product from Ogden’s Own Distillery — Madam Pattirini Gin — is no exception.

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LDS Church donates $1.5 million to Red Cross

The American Red Cross says a $1.5 million donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will enable the organization to be ready to respond to future disasters in the United States.

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DEAR MISSIONARY….IT’S YOUR CALL

My son Andrew (Drew) is due to receive his mission call literally any day now. He’s been checking the mail several times a day, hoping for that much anticipated white envelope. I remember going through the same anticipation with Anthony. I was a ball of nerves! Yesterday he checked the mail like four times, even though he knew the answer wasn’t going to change. Not today friend, not today. It’s killing us!

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Tauranga man has words of advice after turning his life around

Tauranga man Maurice Melligan has defied the odds. He had a troubled childhood and started partying at 15. A year later he dropped out of school. At the time, he was using social media to throw big parties at his Gate Pa home.

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5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Plural Marriage

Throughout the history of the Church, the practice of plural marriage has been viewed at different times with defensiveness, derision, or outright bewilderment. However, recent works produced by scholars working on the Joseph Smith Papers project, and independent researchers such as Brian and Laura Hales, Kathryn Daynes, and others have helped bring to light some vital facts that help us better understand the nature of this practice. Here are five things you might not have known about plural marriage:

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Pure Flix founder on his faith: ‘The Mennonites make the Mormons look like a pack of Hell’s Angels’

Pure Flix founder and CEO wants you to “forget Netflix and chill” — and embrace more Pure Flix and prayer. In a profile for the New York Times published over the weekend, Pure Flix CEO David A.R. White spoke at length about his faith, the state of the entertainment industry today, and the need for more Christian media.

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BYU Student Tweets the Perfect Response to Hateful Letter Taped to Her Front Door

After Hannah Taylor came home from her classes at BYU and read a hateful letter taped to her door, she tweeted, “I legitimately had to sit on the floor so that I could cry without falling over.”

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Former Tri-City youth who died in Central America is coming home

The body of a former Tri-City man who died while traveling in Central America should be coming home soon. Dallen Young’s remains are expected to be back in the U.S. later this week or next week, his mother said. The 21-year-old, who grew up in Kennewick and Spokane and had a zest for life and travel, died April 7 in Nicaragua.

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BYU grad overcomes life-changing accident to finish degrees, regain independence

Stephen Merrill stepped onto Brigham Young University’s campus his freshman year with the same excitement and hope for the future that many newcomers feel.

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World-Renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Release New Album ft. Legendary Guest Artists

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square announced today the launch of their latest album, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends to be released on May 12th, which features some of the world’s top artists, including James Taylor, Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, David Foster, Angela Lansbury, Amy Grant, Santino Fontana, Renée Fleming, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sissel, Bryn Terfel and The King’s Singers.

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Twin Mormon sisters have ‘best day ever,’ meet Johnny Depp during surprise trip to Disneyland

Aimee Christensen wanted to surprise her twin sister, Bethany Christensen, who recently returned from an LDS mission in Edmonton, Canada, with a trip to Disneyland.

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20,000 and growing: Women on a mission

They’re young. They’re committed. They’re energetic. They’re fun-loving, faith-filled, and they comprise a force of nearly 20,000 — most in the age range of 19 to early 20s. They are the “sister missionaries” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — a little less than a fourth of the Church’s current missionary force of more than 70,000.

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‘We have to take a stand’: Mormon history scholars file brief against Trump travel ban

Muslims fearful that President Trump’s travel ban targets them are finding an ally in scholars of Mormon history. A group of 19 scholars recently filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit comparing the government’s proposed treatment of Muslims to how it treated Mormons in the 19th century.

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BYU Jr.? High LDS student population plays strongly into student life at USU

Utah State University student Lauren Morrill has a message to all Utahns, including USU students, who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“Dear Utah, just because someone is LDS doesn’t make them a good person and just because someone isn’t LDS doesn’t make them a bad person,” she wrote on Twitter.

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One Dangerous Part of Our Church Culture We Need to Stop That Distances Us from God

There are so many things I love about our Church culture—our outgoingness, our willingness to serve, our focus on the Savior and others, and the fact that no matter where I go, I instantly have a community I’m a part of.

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LGBTQ students discuss challenges faced at Mormon-owned BYU in first-ever forum

How has your mental health been affected as an LGBTQ student? On a college campus in 2017, the question might not raise many eyebrows.

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Former Ute Garett Bolles will play pro football in state where he served Mormon mission

Utah offensive lineman Garett Bolles was taken 20th overall by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the National Football League draft Thursday night in Philadelphia.

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Church cuts down on mailing costs, implements faster way to communicate with leaders worldwide

The Church has implemented a system that allows immediate communication by email from headquarters to ward and stake leaders worldwide. Now, when the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, or Presiding Bishop issues an official letter or notice, it is immediately emailed to local leaders worldwide.

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2 LDS Boys Go Viral After They’re Caught “Doing the Right Thing” on a Security Camera

CNN and news outlets across the country are talking about two adorable boys who were caught on a security camera “doing the right thing.” Becky Squire shared a video of her sons, Eli and Bronx, talking after they found money outside a neighbor’s house.

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Elder Holland Shares How One BYU Grad Saved the University from Closing After a Remarkable Vision

For BYU Commencement Day, BYU Speeches created a remarkable video from a talk Jeffrey R. Holland gave while president of BYU in 1987. Elder Holland told how Alfred Kelly, a student graduation speaker, was given not only the task of speaking at commencement but of helping convince community leaders in attendance to donate money to save the university.

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Body found in Grand Canyon believed to be missing 14-year-old

A body believed to be a 14-year-old Tennessee boy who went missing along with his step-grandmother, a retired emergency medical technician from Vernal, was found Friday, park officials said.

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against LDS Church & Boy Scouts of America Includes Lewiston Man

Five men are filing a lawsuit in US District Court this morning against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for alleged childhood sexual abuse that they say occurred as the result of the fraud those institutions committed by not informing Scouts, their parents, the Scouting community, and law enforcement of the alleged threat of child molesters in Boy Scouts. A Lewiston man is included in the lawsuit as an alleged abuser.

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