Articles of News/Week of October 2nd

By October 2, 2017Articles

Mormon leader denounces racism at conference

A Mormon leader is denouncing racism at a church conference in Utah.

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Mormon leader reaffirms faith’s opposition to gay marriage

A top Mormon leader reaffirmed the religion’s opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday during a church conference — and reminded followers watching around the world that children should be raised in families led by a married man and woman no matter what becomes the norm in a “declining world.”

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Support growing for petition to end BYU’s beard ban

The Brigham Young University community is hoping the university’s recent announcement offering caffeinated soft drinks on campus could usher in additional changes, particularly to BYU’s beard ban.

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“Newsweek” Highlights President Monson’s Life, Ministry After Recent Health Concerns

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will hold its biannual general conference this weekend, a major Mormon event that is broadcast in 90 languages. But perhaps the most important Mormon in the world won’t be there.

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Full Senate confirms Jon Huntsman Jr. as U.S. ambassador to Russia

The full Senate confirmed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. as U.S. ambassador to Russia on Thursday without a dissenting vote.

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Mormon missionary brings an unexpected Jesus to the streets of local graffiti art festival

For two Mormon missionaries, last Saturday was a long day of sharing their gospel message in the hot streets of St. Louis. But the pair of missionaries was not knocking doors. They were tagging a public wall with spray paint.

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LDS Church announces $11 million in humanitarian aid to Africa and the Middle East

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the office of the First Presidency will use $11 million in funds to assist victims of famine in eight countries in Africa and the Middle East.

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Discovery Channel’s Diesel Dave was sealed to family in LDS temple

Diesel Dave, co-host of Discovery Channel’s “Diesel Brothers” and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was recently sealed to his family in an LDS temple.

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Mormon apostle’s visit requested by Peruvian president

It’s not unusual for visiting General Authorities to request a meeting with a nation’s president or other prominent civic leaders.

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LDS opera singer Erin Morley stars at the Met — ‘Not bad for a girl from Utah’

Erin Morley is a mother, a Mormon and a world-class opera singer — and she takes the train to work.

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Returned Mormon missionaries in the NFL

This past offseason, Oakland Raider linebacker James Cowser accepted an internship with NFL China and traveled to Asia.

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Mormon missionaries evacuate Puerto Rico; LDS Church supplies head to islands

All young Mormon missionaries in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands are evacuating to the United States due to power outages and short supplies of food and water.

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Affirmation, the gay Mormon support group, has seen a ‘sea change’ in its 40 years

Affirmation, a support group for gay Mormons, was born in 1977, at a time when admission of same-sex attraction among the LDS faithful was a matter of inner turmoil, deep shame and religious rejection — even a cause for suicide.

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Mormon Drama in Vienna

Vienna-based artist gets dark and personal with his theatrics and music. This “stand-up tragicomedy” explores the failed suicide attempt of a Mormon missionary left with fragments of the past to put together and a present to reassess. “There are a lot of rumors and misconceptions about the Church to this day, and I want to put out my findings from first-hand experience.”

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Former LDS stake president, transgender woman to speak at Affirmation Conference

She worked on a regular basis with the highest levels of priesthood leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served 15 years in ecclesiastical callings as a bishop and then stake president.

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Poll: 2/3 of active LDS members want medical marijuana

The majority of Utah members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they’re in favor of medical marijuana, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

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Elizabeth Smart Says She Contemplated Suicide After Being Raped During Kidnapping: ‘I Remember Feeling Devastated’

Abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart contemplated suicide after being raped in captivity, a revelation she shares in a new interview with fellow survivor and victim advocate Daisy Coleman.

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Man reportedly destroyed Provo Smith’s room, left behind Book of Mormon

Provo police arrested a transient Provo man Monday afternoon after the man reportedly damaged a room at Smith’s.

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Swiping for salvation: Why Mormon singles put their faith in a dating app

More than 100,000 Mormons have used Mutual, a dating app for the faithful.

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The University of Utah’s first Mormon Studies professor is a historian researching early black converts

University of Utah History Professor W. Paul Reeve has been appointed as the school’s first Mormon Studies professor.

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LDS Church confirms Mexico missionaries are safe following earthquake

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has confirmed Wednesday that all its missionaries serving in Mexico are safe following a large-scale earthquake Tuesday.

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$35 million Book of Mormon manuscript sale called the ‘biggest game-changer in Mormon history’

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now owns the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon — for $35 million, the sellers say.

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Mormon church sets open house for Cedar City temple; how to get tickets

For more than four years, Cedar City residents belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have patiently waited for their temple to be finished, and that time has almost come.

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LDS Church rolls 2 dozen more trucks of aid to Texas

The LDS Church has now sent 28 truckloads of supplies to help Hurricane Harvey victims and support more than 10,000 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in southeast Texas.

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Police catch ‘rock bandits’ after LDS chapel vandalism around Salt Lake County

Residents in Midvale, Sandy and West Jordan can breathe a sigh of relief after police catch the so-called “Rock Bandits.”

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What My Muslim Friends Taught Me About Prayer: Surprising Insights from a Mormon

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Middle East. The Middle East is one of the most fascinating though deeply misunderstood regions of the world. Every time I’m in the region I learn something new about people, culture, history, civilization, language, food, or religion.

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Historic LDS Tabernacle in St. George struck by lightning; firefighters aided by LDS pioneers’ building style

When the St. George Tabernacle was struck by lightning Thursday morning, the blaze spread slowly in part due to the skills and quality construction practices of the Utah settlers who built the space in 1847.

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Man sentenced to prison for threatening members of Mormon church

A Tucson federal judge sentenced a 72-year-old man to prison last week for threatening members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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‘There’s always help’: Whittingham’s son praised for going public about his depression

Alex Whittingham sometimes laughs at the irony of his diploma. The Utes’ long snapper graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. “The way the brain works always interested me,” he said.

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