Articles of News/Week of May 22nd

By May 26, 2017Articles

LDS Utahns Shannon and Dean Hale authoring Ever After High/Monster High mashup

LDS Utah authors, husband-and-wife Shannon and Dean Hale, will be taking on a new Ever After High/Monster High mashup book series, starting with “The Legend of Shadow High,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

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10 things to know about Millennial Mormons

Here are some key findings about the current Mormon population, based on the 2016 Next Mormons survey. I’ll be blogging about several of these findings individually over time, but for now here is a handy infographic that encapsulates some main points.

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Police recover stolen 800-pound statue of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young

An 800-pound statue of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young chatting on a bench was found in good condition after being stolen early Tuesday, authorities said.

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Church Releases Statement Following Manchester Arena Bombing

The Church released a statement following a devastating bombing at the Manchester Arena in Manchester.

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Victims want LDS church to return ill-gotten tithing money

Harry Segura can’t understand why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints won’t return tithing money given by a man who is in jail for stealing millions of dollars from him and thousands of others.

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Mormon President Thomas S. Monson scales back duties

Mormon President Thomas S. Monson is no longer coming to meetings at church offices regularly because of limitations related to his age, church officials said Tuesday.

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7 LDS-themed coloring books provide ways to focus on doctrine while relaxing, enjoying art

Coloring book lovers can find joy in any of these coloring books filled with quotes from LDS authorities and scriptures. Many of these books feature abstract artwork embellishing uplifting passages while others show temples and common doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints such as the armor of God and baptism.

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LDS Church merging two missions in Russia

The LDS Church’s First Presidency has announced a merger of two of its seven missions in Russia, with the Russia Vladivostok Mission folding into the Russia Novosibirsk Mission.

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President Eyring dedicates Paris France Temple in ‘royal location’

In an area of France famous for its beauty, President Henry B. Eyring of the LDS Church’s First Presidency dedicated a new temple on Sunday morning.

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Is the Old Testament dying? Maybe, but less so for African-Americans and Mormons

Brent Strawn was teaching at a Methodist church in Atlanta when he asked his class to identify the origin of Jesus’ well-known cry from the cross — “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

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Nigerian refugee survives shooting attack, rescue at sea, and goes on a Mormon mission

Walking the streets of southern Italy and Sicily, the young Nigerian man daily sees hundreds of refugees who have fled their native lands — mostly from Africa or the Middle East — and who are escaping religious persecutions, economic devastation, political instabilities, ethnic cleansing or unlivable living conditions.

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Peruvian president thanks Church for flood relief

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski recently reached out to President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, to offer thanks for the Church’s relief assistance in the aftermath of historic flooding in Peru.

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Utah State student’s family gets $172,500 in slackline death

Utah State University has agreed to pay $172,500 to the parents of a student killed four years ago when he hit a slackline rope tied between two trees while he was biking on campus, according to documents released by the university following a public records request.

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Joseph Smith’s Fight with His Brother That Left Him Unable to “Sit Down or Rise Up Without Help” and What It Teaches Us About Forgiveness

As The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 5: October 1835–January 1838 editor Christian Heimburger says, it was not uncommon in the days of the early Church for men to resolve their conflicts with physical blows. But on December 16, 1835, a particular physical confrontation resulted in the members of the Twelve Apostles to hold a special council for one of the men involved, while the other was left unable to “sit down or rise up without help,” according to the new Joseph Smith Papers volume.

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Exhibit celebrates 150th anniversary of Salt Lake Tabernacle organ

A new exhibit titled “The Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ: Celebrating 150 Years!” is on display at the Church History Museum.

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LDS Church dedicates new cannery facility in northern Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its newest cannery, a 45,000-square-foot facility, located in the northern Utah on Thursday.

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Desert Hills teen defies odds after breaking back

Conner McArthur was snowboarding during Christmas break in 2016 when he decided to go through the terrain park at Brian Head. He decided to go off a jump that he had gone off multiple times before.

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The Mormon temple wedding photo game

When I was a teenager, my father sat me down one day to show me a “game” he played. He’d open the newspaper to the section that had wedding announcements. Then he’d hold his hand over the names and other information and he’d try to guess just based on the image of the couple whether or not they were getting married in the temple.

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New Joseph Smith Papers volume reveals the prophet’s humanity

No volume of the Joseph Smith Papers better conveys the highs and lows of the prophet’s life than “Documents, Vol. 5, October 1835 to January 1838,” according to co-editors Elizabeth A. Kuehn and Christian K. Heimburger.

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“We Kind of Live a Double Life”: How 5 BYU Students Became Outrageously Famous in the Philippines Without Realizing It

When BYU students Tylan Glines, Connor Peck, Davis Blount, Jake Mingus, and Sumner Mahaffey made their first video for their Hey Joe Show, they had no idea just how outrageously famous they were about to become.

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Utah LDS mother-to-be wins big on Ellen’s Mother’s Day show

Allison Hill had a dream — to attend a taping of “The Ellen Show.”

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Mormon Will Hopoate makes U-turn over playing Sundays this NRL season

Canterbury will not allow Will Hopoate to skip Sunday matches in any future NRL deal, after he agreed to go back on the agreement for the rest of this season. The off-contract Bulldogs fullback will fulfil a request from the club to play on Sundays this season, but in a “perfect world” he admits he wouldn’t be doing so.

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Stolen keepsakes returned to grieving Utah mom

Before his death in February, 12-year-old Jaxon Lewis wrote notes and cards to his mother, Caylee Lewis. Those keepsakes were taken from Caylee’s car in a burglary last week, but Cottonwood Heights police reported Thursday that the items have been safely returned.

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