- Church Easter Video Hits 2 Million YouTube Views (LDS Newsroom Blog)
A weeklong social media effort by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share the Easter story and to give hope through Jesus Christ is getting worldwide attention.
- Mormons launch Holy Week media campaign about Christ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
No doubt Mormons tire of insisting that, yes, they are Christians (despite what some Christians say).
They almost instinctively point to their religion’s official name — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — as proof.
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates Easter weekend with highly anticipated 'Messiah' concert (Deseret News - Utah)
The highly anticipated "Messiah" concert from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will occur this Easter weekend on Friday and Saturday night.
The Choir announced additional options for viewing the Easter event after tickets for the live concert in the Tabernacle sold out on less than 10 minutes.
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir to carry on tradition of Handel's 'Messiah' (Deseret News - Utah)
George Frideric Handel composed the music for his oratorio “Messiah" in the summer of 1741. Since then, the 260-page manuscript has had a lasting impact on the world of Christianity.
Although “Messiah” performances are most common during the Christmas season, Handel’s work was originally created for an Easter benefit concert. Now, nearly 275 years after that first performance, music groups around the globe continue to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ through the songs of “Messiah.”
- My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA (Sports Illustrated)
After losing in the NCAA tournament, I needed to clear my mind. I was incredibly disappointed and blamed myself. I didn't watch basketball or go to the gym for several days. But I soon realized the real test is how we handle defeat and I laced my shoes and headed to the student rec center to play some pick-up.
It reminded me of how much I loved the game, but it was only a temporary reprieve. As soon as I got back, I turned my attention to one of the hardest decisions I've had to make up to this point in my life: whether to remain in school or enter the NBA draft.
- Jeff Benedict: Jabari Parker announces decision to turn pro in first-person essay for SI.com (Deseret News - Utah)
Today, Duke University freshman Jabari Parker announced his decision to enter the 2014 NBA draft. His 1,300-word essay on SI.com marks the first time a student-athlete has declared his intention to leave college for the pro ranks by writing a first-person account with Sports Illustrated.
Typically, announcements of this nature are done through press conference or press releases. But Jabari is not typical.
- Jabari Parker Jumps to NBA Instead of Leaving on Mormon Mission (Liberty Voice - Nevada)
Jabari Parker announced on Thursday that instead of leaving for his Mormon mission or returning for his sophomore year at Duke, he will make the jump to the NBA. The five-star recruit out of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago has been the center of attention since high school, being named the National High School Player of the Year, as well as being chosen as a consensus first-team All American during his freshmen year at Duke University.
- Elder Russell Nelson of Quorum of Twelve Apostles to Visit Santa Maria LDS Stake (Noozhawk - California)
Elder Russell Nelson of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will visit members of the Santa Maria LDS Stake at 908 Sierra Madre Ave. in Santa Maria from 9 to 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, April 20.
- State urged to sell farmland in Hillsborough (Tampa Tribune - Florida)
A Mormon Church-affiliated firm is in line to purchase 142 acres of vacant land in Hillsborough County from the state, with the money potentially helping Florida’s future efforts to preserve environmentally sensitive land.
State staff has recommended Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet approve the $803,000 sale Tuesday of two noncontiguous parcels to Farmland Reserve Inc., a corporate entity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Hamson may need 'hook' in WNBA (Daily Herald - Utah)
BYU senior center Jennifer Hamson has never really needed to develop a hook shot, since at 6-foot-7 she’s generally been significantly taller than most of her competition.
But with the Los Angeles Sparks drafting Hamson with the 23rd overall pick in Monday’s WNBA draft, that might change.
Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler said during a phone interview Tuesday that there is someone in the organization who might be able to help.
- Atheists, Mormons hash it out in religious give-and-take (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Is a religion like Mormonism fundamentally a force for good, or a "poison" that "deserves to die"?
Those were the two opposing views presented Wednesday night during a panel discussion at the downtown Salt Lake City Main Library. On one side, American Atheists President David Silverman and author, ex-Mormon and ex-polygamist Joanne Hanks argued that religion basically brainwashes its members. Silverman, in particular, came out swinging, repeatedly describing the faithful as "victims" of their respective religions.
- Are Atheists the New Mormons? (Daily Beast)
It’s a bit like holding the Republican National Convention in Berkeley: this weekend, the American Atheists are gathering in Salt Lake City for their annual conclave. Attendees can hear a keynote speech by outspoken former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, attend workshops with titles like “So you want to debate Christians?” and mingle during a karaoke night and a costume dinner.
- LDS youth enjoy dancing and socializing at ‘Simply Prom’ (Observer - Texas)
Twinkling lights hung from the ceiling and loud music echoed through the building as local teens joined with many others in the Houston area to dance at “Simply Prom,” a special no-cost formal dance focused on creating a positive environment for youth ages 16 and up.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the event at their Bering Street building. Teens came from many congregations in the Houston area to dance and make friends with other young people who hold the same standards of modest dress and behavior.