Articles of News/Week of July 24th

By July 26, 2017Articles

Russian court rules in favor of 2 Mormon ‘missionaries,’ says they shouldn’t have been deported

The LDS Church secured a small legal victory in Russia recently, when that nation’s Constitutional Court ruled that two Mormon volunteers — formerly known as missionaries — were wrongly deported.

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After leading LDS congregations and designing Mormon temples, this Utah dad is building a new life — as a woman

Laurie Lee Hall was excommunicated from the Mormon church for being a woman. At least, that’s how Hall sees it.

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Scholars ask BYU to investigate professor’s ties to Hobby Lobby after artifact-smuggling scandal

An anonymous group of “scholars of archaeology” is calling on Brigham Young University to investigate ties between an assistant professor of ancient scripture and Hobby Lobby, which recently become ensnared in allegations of antiquities smuggling.

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3 LDS Athletes Who Turned Down $1 Mill or $.5 Mill to Serve Missions

Did you know that three Mormons turned down six-figure signing bonuses or more to serve a mission? And in doing so, they made history in a unique way.

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LDS 11-Year-Old Killed Tragically in Parade While Passing Out Candy Remembered as a “Tender-Hearted, Intuitive Soul”

An LDS 11-year-old who died tragically following a parade in Nephi, Utah, on July 14 is remembered by her family as a “tender-hearted, intuitive soul.”

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White House bungles Mormon envoy’s first name

The White House misspelled Huntsman’s first name in its press release announcing Donald Trump’s intention to name him as ambassador to Russia, calling him “Governor John Huntsman Jr. of Utah” instead of Jon.

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Sacred sacrifices

When Benjamin Hilton, Mary Bailey and Michael Williams left for their missions in August 2015, January 2016 and October 2016 respectively, they each had no idea of the things they’d experience in the field — or that they’d never see some loved ones again.

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“Forrest Gump,” “Rain Man” + 12 More Movies Based on Mormons’ Lives

Here are just 14 examples of Mormons who lived lives that were so inspiring, they were turned into full-length films.

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LDS Scholar Examines History Of Mormon Theology In New Book

LDS scholar Terryl Givens visited Benchmark Books in South Salt Lake Wednesday evening to discuss his newest book “Feeding the Flock”. Givens, a professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, is in Utah this summer teaching a seminar at Brigham Young University.

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Two new coffee studies spark questions: Here’s what you need to know

Two studies published by the Annals of Internal Medicine this week suggest that coffee consumption has been “associated with reduced risk for death.”

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Venezuelan prosecutor seeks conditional release for Joshua Holt

The family of a Utah man held for more than a year in a Venezuela prison remains cautious after a chief prosecutor has requested the conditional release of their son and his wife.

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Drone discovered on top of LDS temple in Draper; raises questions of airspace rules

A drone stuck near the top of the LDS temple in Draper has put a tiny spotlight on the intersection of drone pilots, private entities, cities and the federal government.

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Students safe after deadly terrorist attack 1 mile from BYU Jerusalem Center

All students and personnel at the BYU Jerusalem Center are safe and accounted for after a terrorist attack a mile from the center on Friday left two policemen and three attackers dead.

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Divine Missions: How eLearning is Transforming Religious Education

The LDS Church: An Early Adopter of eLearning

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Mormonism’s Russia dilemma: How to grow a fledgling faith without preaching or proselytizing

Halfway through her Mormon mission, Sariah Warnick had to stop being what she was: a missionary.

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LDS Church announces construction of temple in Haiti

The first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple groundbreaking will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

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BYU professor: ‘Women are meant to receive direct spiritual revelation’

The devotional addresses housed on the BYU speeches website typically receive on average 1,000-2,000 page views in the first two weeks following the speech, but a BYU devotional given two weeks ago by Eva Witesman, an associate professor for the BYU Marriott School of Business, has been viewed nearly 14,500 times, according to the school’s speeches department. Its page views make Witesman’s speech, “Women and Education: ‘A Future Only God Could See For You,’” the highest viewed BYU devotional on the BYU speeches website in the last month. Witesman’s is not a household name, so what is it that she said that has attracted so much attention?

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USA Today names Polynesian Cultural Center ‘Best attraction in Hawaii’

The Polynesian Cultural Center was named the top attraction in Hawaii thanks to a USA Today reader poll Monday.

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Western state battling crop-killing swarms of Mormon crickets

Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads.

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Elders Ballard, Holland and Cook look back on missions and gospel legacy of British Isles

Few topics grab the attention of three LDS apostles like missionary work in England.

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Pre-med BYU student to compete on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

A pre-med student from Brigham Young University will be on “American Ninja Warrior” this Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m. on NBC.

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