Articles of News/Week of May 15th

By May 15, 2017Articles

Utah Mormons, Protestants finding new spiritual home in ancient Orthodox church

It shook the fundamentalist Christian world to its roots: Hank Hanegraaff, the darling of evangelicals as host of the long-running, nationally syndicated “Bible Answer Man” broadcast, had joined the Greek Orthodox Church.

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Meth-addict bikie jailed for five years after almost choking a Mormon preacher to death in paranoid drug-fuelled attack

A door-knocking Mormon preacher was choked to the brink of death by an outlaw bikie after the pair formed an unlikely friendship, a court has heard.

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Thirty-Two Years As A Mormon Changed My Life

Kevin Brown is now a high councillor in the state presidency of the Church of God of the Latter-Day Saints, after serving as mission president for two years.

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Mormon church accused of perpetuating ‘savage’ Samoan stereotype

A Mormon church’s exhibition which encourages people to superimpose their face on a Samoan warrior has been slammed as exploiting a culture for amusement.

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Elder Bednar Shares What Church Members Often Get Wrong About the Phrase “Called to Serve”

In the Church, we use the terms “called to serve” and “assigned to labor” often to describe missionary work, but there’s a crucial difference between the two phrases.

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Bet you’ve heard this before: Days of ’47 Parade rejects Mormons Building Bridges

It’s beginning to feel like an annual ritual. Mormons Building Bridges applies for a slot in Utah’s largest celebration of its heritage — the Days of ’47 Parade — and gets turned down.

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Latter-day Saints need open dialogue on pornography, researchers say

BYU researchers found religious individuals are more likely to label themselves as porn addicts, regardless of how often they actually view pornography.

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LDS singer performs original song with London Symphony Orchestra

When Rob Gardner heard his friend and bandmate Spencer Jones play an original song titled “So Low” on the guitar, he was drawn in by the hopeful lyrics.

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One LDS mom’s journey of gratitude

As the California sun shines through the windows of her home, Natalie Kjelstrom folds the large piles of laundry that her family of seven generates. As she folds, however, she isn’t thinking about what a drag it is, or how much she hates doing laundry for so many people. Instead, Kjelstrom said she thinks, “Wow, I have this laundry. Children live here. I’ve been blessed with these children who need clothes.”

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Prison for LDS ‘mentor’ who sexually abused minor

A 5th District Court judge handed down a harsher sentence than recommended for a St. George man who admitted to befriending a male teenager in his LDS ward and sexually abusing him.

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Why one LDS couple has stood by their gay son, and their faith

Five years ago, Becky Mackintosh’s son Xian sent her and her husband, Scott, a private Facebook message telling them he was gay.

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DA Seeks Potential Victims in Multi-Million Dollar Investment Fraud Case

There may be more possible victims in a multi-million dollar investment fraud case in San Diego County, many of whom are believed to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the District Attorney’s office said.

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Restoration of water wheel at Acton Mill Farm, on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, where Mormon miller Job Pingree

THE dilapidated water wheel at Acton Mill has not turned for many years, and time has taken its toll.

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Paul Walker’s Mormon mother says she’s still grieving her son’s death

Paul Walker’s mom said in an interview Thursday that she’s still grieving the loss of her son four years ago.

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When President Hinckley Answered a 14-Year-Old’s Powerful Question

In 1991, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then the first counselor in the First Presidency, stood before the women of the Church to answer the questions of a young 14-year-old girl, questions that still arise today. This poignant talk was the result:

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Mormon church vandalized, robbed in Barboursville

BURGLARY: Vandals caused thousands of dollars in damages after breaking into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints between Sunday and Monday on Shawnee Drive in Barboursville, shattering windows, breaking locks and stealing two televisions valued at $350 each.

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Mormonleaks releases purported internal survey showing support for LDS influence in Utah politics

The controversial website “Mormonleaks.io” released what is purported to be an internal church survey of Utah stake presidents, bishops, and active members asked about the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Utah politics.

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Self-proclaimed ‘jihadist’ against Mormons to see prison time

The man who disrupted classes on Eastern Arizona College and threatened Catholics and Mormons in 2013 has pleaded guilty to false threats against an elementary school in Utah.

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Taylor G. Petrey: The failures of Mormon conservatism

Since the 1960s, American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have increasingly aligned with a politically conservative ideology. This movement combined a libertarian free-market approach to deal with economic problems and strong government oversight of sex and gender to deal with social problems.

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Only Christ Can Heal All, Brother Callister Says at BYU Women’s Conference

Without Christ, there is no permanent healing, but with Him, there is no affliction that cannot be healed, Brother Tad R. Callister declared at the annual Women’s Conference at Brigham Young University.

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After Tragic Death, NFL Community Helps LDS Pro Player Remember 3-Year-Old Daughter in Sweetest Way

On April 14, 2017, the unthinkable happened when retired NFL tight end and Latter-day Saint Todd Heap accidentally hit his 3-year-old daughter with a truck while in his driveway.

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Sister Eubank tells LDS women, Relief Society is for all who don’t ‘fit in’

Sister Sharon Eubank recently went to an Asian café for lunch. The “friendly guy behind the counter” told her to pick a starch, pick a protein and pick a sauce.

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I’m just average, says new Mormon women’s leader, but God can make the ordinary extraordinary

Newly installed leaders of the LDS Church’s all-female Relief Society encouraged Mormon women Friday to look beyond their perceived personal limitations to embrace their divinely ordained potential.

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Elder Stevenson tells LDS women to avoid ‘debilitating comparisons’ of social media

To illustrate the “idealized reality and debilitating comparisons” resulting from social media, Elder Gary E. Stevenson shared the story behind one of his family photos.

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LDS missionary finds his own Jr. Jazz jersey while serving in Africa

Parker Strong, a 19-year-old from Centerville, Utah, sat on a tro-tro in West Africa. The Ghanaian public transportation was overcrowded and passengers began to pass their goods back for others to help hold. Strong was handed a goat to keep on his lap. It breathed on his face and he looked out the window at the rain forest he was driving through.

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Indie Spotlight: In The Charming Comedy ‘Ding Dongs,’ A Young Mormon Finds Himself

In this week’s Indie Spotlight column, we’re talking about a series that observes a young man’s personal transformation — and plays it for laughs. The show is called Ding Dongs, and it stars its creator, Joseph Baken, as a Mormon who grapples with his gay identity during a missionary trip to Los Angeles.

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Mormon missionary dies of unknown causes in Wisconsin

A 19-year-old Mormon missionary from Payson died of unknown causes Friday night in Wisconsin.

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LDS siblings develop app to reduce texting and driving

Nineteen-year-old Madelyn Erekson of Mesa, Arizona, learned last April that every day, 11 teenagers die in the United States as a result of texting and driving (see textinganddrivingsafety.com).

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NEW SEASON OF BYUI PRODUCED SHOW ‘LATTER-DAY PROFILES’ PREMIERES TODAY

Season 29 of ‘Latter-day Profiles’ launches with eight new episodes beginning on Sunday, May 7.

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Incidents Reported At Four Churches, One In Four Oaks

Law enforcement officers are investigating incidents reported at four Johnston County churches, all within the past week.

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University Studies program to launch this fall in Nauvoo

It was recently announced that a 15-week-long educational program will launch this fall in Nauvoo with plans to continue for the winter semester and beyond.

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