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First Presidency Issues Letter Encouraging Political Participation, Voting (LDS Newsroom)

The following letter was issued by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 2014, to be read to Church congregations throughout the United States...

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  • First Presidency Issues Letter Encouraging Political Participation, Voting (LDS Newsroom)
    The following letter was issued by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 2014, to be read to Church congregations throughout the United States...
  • Church Continues to Monitor and Respond to Ebola Situation (LDS Newsroom)
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares in the growing concern across the world about the Ebola virus and is monitoring the situation carefully. Below is an update on how the Church is responding.
  • Game 7 starters Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Hudson last a combined 5 innings (Yahoo! Sports)
    With the key relievers of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants all rested and available for Game 7 of the World Series, it was widely anticipated the bullpens would figure prominently. And they did. Really prominently. Game 7 starting pitchers Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Hudson combined to pitch just five innings in the Giants' series-clinching 3-2 victory Wednesday night. The 15 outs tied the mark of fewest outs by Game 7 starters and meant the teams' bullpens – including that guy Madison Bumgarner – had to combine for 13 innings.
  • Jeremy Guthrie’s long path to Game 7 (Washington Post)
    Seventeen years ago, as an 18-year-old, Jeremy Guthrie pitched at BYU in his freshman season. He led the team with six wins and his ERA finished north of 6.00. He had been a high school star, but the experience – struggling for a lousy team – soured him. He felt “burned out” by baseball, he said. The next chapter his life took changed it forever, an experience that has shaped him ever since and will accompany him to the mound Wednesday night at Kaufmann Stadium for Game 7 of the World Series. Guthrie will pitch in the biggest game of his life, trying to lift the Royals to the World Series title against the Giants and Tim Hudson. His path to baseball’s biggest stage began when he left baseball behind. After his freshman year, Guthrie moved to Spain for two years for his Mormon mission. Following the obligation of the trip, he left behind anything that would distract him. That meant Jenny, the girlfriend who would become his wife. That meant his chessboard. And that meant his baseball glove. For two years, from age 19 to 21, Guthrie did not pick up a baseball.
  • Royals will start Jeremy Guthrie in Game 7. Wait…who? (Washington Post)
    The Kansas City Royals’ hopes for their first World Series triumph since 1985 will rest with starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, a man who once walked away from the game.
  • Royals Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie expresses gratitude for opportunity of a lifetime (Deseret News - Utah)
    Tonight, Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will start in the most important baseball game of his life, game seven of the World Series. But Guthrie, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recognizes that baseball is not life. He once gave it up for something he considered more important.
  • Royals turn to Jeremy Guthrie, their man on a mission, for Game 7 (Sports Illustrated)
    He left everything behind. His family, his friends, his girlfriend, his glove. He packed his bags for Europe, walked away from the game, and was prepared to never come back. It was 1999, and Jeremy Guthrie, having just finished his freshman year at BYU, was off to Spain to serve a mission for the Mormon Church, and over the next two years, he did not pick up a baseball—he barely even thought about baseball. “It wasn’t one of those things where I prayed one night and said, ‘Lord, if I do this, you promise [to do this for me],” Guthrie recalled last week during the World Series. “It was not that way. It was: ‘I'm going to give this up, and I know whatever happens will be the best for me.’”
  • Guthrie latest of Mormon pitchers to start World Series Game 7 (The Spectrum - Utah)
    When right-hander Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill for the Kansas City Royals tonight in Game 7 of the World Series, he joins four other members of the LDS Church who received starting nods in the most pressure-packed game Major League Baseball has to offer. Here is a rundown of how the other four Mormons fared in their Game 7 starts.
  • LDS Church changes religion curriculum for BYU, seminary, institute (Daily Herald - Utah)
    Students at Brigham Young University will have new courses to study as they pursue their religious education. The religion courses required by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which operates the university, are being changed to what is called a cornerstone curriculum. The new offerings include "Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel," "Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon," "Foundations of the Restoration" and "The Eternal Family." Previously, students studied the scriptures themselves: Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price.
  • What Will You Do with the Words of the Prophets? (Church News)
    Three weeks ago we gathered. Whether in the Conference Center, our stake centers, or our homes, we Latter-day Saints gathered with a purpose “as touching one thing.” That “thing” was to hear what the Lord wants us to learn and do for the next six months and beyond. And such a gathering comes with a promise and blessing: “there will I be in the midst of [you].”
  • LDS Olympian Torah Bright bullied on Dancing With The Stars (Standard Examiner - Utah)
    Olympic Gold medalist Torah Bright is back in her native Australia tearing it up, not on the snow slopes, but competing on Australian television. Bright, 27, is currently appearing on Series 14 of Dancing With The Stars with professional dancer Robbie Kmetoni.
  • Pogue: Mormon faith unites BYU (Daily News Journal - Tennessee)
    The brand that is Brigham Young football goes beyond a tradition that includes the 1984 national championship and the coaching back in the day of legendary LaVell Edwards. There’s the long line of former Cougars star quarterbacks like Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Ty Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner. The university is the crown jewel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the formal name for the Mormon religion of 14 million worldwide, including 5.5 million in the United States to make it the fourth-largest denomination in the country.
  • BYU bringing big crowd to play MTSU (Daily News Journal - Tennessee)
    Brigham Young will be the second former Football Bowl Subdivision national champion to play MTSU in Floyd Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. And one of the biggest crowds in the Blue Raiders' (5-3) history is expected to be on hand when they try to become bowl eligible for the third straight season. According to MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro, the number of tickets sold to BYU and other Mormon-affiliated groups is among the most ever sold to a visiting team.
  • Hattiesburg couple to head Baton Rouge LDS Temple (Hattiesburg American - Mississippi)
    Blair and Betty Pack, Hattiesburg residents for more than 34 years, have been called as president and matron of the Baton Rouge Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will begin their new positions on Nov. 1 and serve for three years.
  • Author: Mormons follow their leaders to left and right on politics (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
    Mormons believe that their leader is not only the president of the 15 million-member church, but also a "prophet, seer and revelator." That means LDS believers listen to the prophet and heed his words, says political scientist David Campbell, not just theologically but also politically — and not always on the right side of the spectrum. On Thursday, Campbell, a Mormon who teaches at the University of Notre Dame, will present these and other ideas at the University of Utah’s Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture.
  • In the Whirled: Book review: 'Promised Land' is sweeping account of Mormons and politics (Deseret News - Utah)
    The LDS Church makes a point of stating that it is nonpartisan, yet two-thirds of Mormons in the United States identify as, or learn toward, the Republican Party. The question of why, and what that does for the public perception of Mormons, is just one of the many issues dissected in "Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics", by political science professors David E. Campbell of Notre Dame, John C. Green of the University of Akron and J. Quin Monson of Brigham Young University.
  • Mormons in the rodeo: LDS competitors find extra strength in their faith (Deseret News - Utah)
    There are many things a missionary has to worry about when returning home from two-year service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: going back to school, finding a job, catching up with friends and getting back into shape, to name a few. For returned missionary Taylor Winn from Annabella, Utah, rodeo was on the list.

4 And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.

Alma 42:4

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