Articles of News/Week of May 30th

By May 31, 2017Articles

Meet the first LDS missionary couple assigned to refugees in Italy

While living in Europe for nearly three decades, Tom and Anita Herway took frequent trips to Italy. Sometimes they were work-related, with Tom based in Belgium as the NATO’s chief of contracts; other times, they were personal vacations. Like other tourists visiting Italy, they would see refugees in the streets and plazas, never paying them much attention.

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Long waits for visas a problem for Mormon missionaries entering the U.S.

Every year, nearly 1,000 Mormon missionaries remain on hold in their home countries for as many as 11 months, waiting for a visa to enter the United States.

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The new face of Mormon racism

Over the last week or so, the social media hashtag #DearWhiteMormons has given Mormons of color an opportunity to share their experiences of being in a mostly-white church. Like this:

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Model raised as Mormon who wants “extreme Jessica Rabbit look” earns £77k-a-year posing with her 54-inch breasts

A model who was raised as a strict Mormon has enlarged her breasts so much she struggles to tie up her own shoes.

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Four-year-old walks for Mountain View grad on an LDS mission

Cyrus Stafford isn’t even in kindergarten yet and he’s already walked in his first high school graduation.

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LDS millennials are more Democratic, diverse than older Mormons, survey shows

Mormon millennials are mostly married and wed at about the same age as their parents. They grew up in smaller families, are more racially diverse and more politically balanced than previous LDS generations.

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Mormon wards to host Ramadan meals for Muslim neighbors

Fear, stereotypes, ignorance and hunger have this in common: They seldom survive sharing a meal, honest conversation, a desire to learn and making eye contact with the stranger across the table.

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The Skinny: Let my prophet retire

This week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publicly announced that President Thomas S. Monson, the prophet since 2008, is “no longer attending meetings at the Church offices on a regular basis.”

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When getting-to-know-you questions at church feel intrusive

I’ve been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years and I’ve recently moved into a new ward. My husband is not a member, so he typically does not attend church with me and my three young children. Before meetings, after meetings, even during meetings — I get a lot of questions from other members about my family, my job, my husband, where we’re from, am I a stay-at-home mom? How do I afford a nanny? When did we get married? Will we have more children? What am I going to do to get my husband baptized? Etc., Etc., forever.

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Home teaching — Mormonism’s answer to Mister Rogers

Last Saturday, I dragged a shovel over to the home of a single mother and helped move 10 yards of topsoil to various parts of her yard. I almost died.

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Ex-Utah official who posed as Mormon leader pleads guilty

A former Utah County commissioner has accepted a guilty plea deal to one count of communications fraud for his role in a scam where he and a businessman impersonated Mormon officials to trick companies into investing in an industrial park and rail line.

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What I Would Have Missed, If I Had Died: an LDS Woman’s Story of Hope After Attempting Suicide

Nothing about me is typical. I’m not your average American white woman. Your average mother and wife. Your average student. Your average Mormon.

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Attempted murder survivor tells women to fight back

Bre Lasley still remembers the weight of her attacker’s body on her thighs and his knife piercing her stomach — not once, but several times.

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RM Who Miraculously Survived Knife Attack Inspires Women to Fight Back

Just before midnight on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, a man crawled through Breann Lasley’s window, violently attacking her and her sister. Despite the horrors of that night, Lasley knows, “I know, without a question, that we were totally protected, that there were angels there helping us.” Read more about her miraculous story here.

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Man recognizes childhood friend among Salt Lake’s homeless

Michael Hansen usually got off on the Temple Square TRAX stop when he headed to Salt Lake City. Sometimes he offered food to homeless people but never money.

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Elder Renlund Shares One Crucial Question Every LDS Husband and Wife Should Think About

In a recent Facebook post, Elder Renlund shared 1 Corinthians 11:11 and discussed the importance of one question he says “. . . each husband and wife would benefit from pondering.” He wrote:

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