- Mormon Helping Hands Clean Out Flooded Homes in Louisiana (LDS Newsroom)
More than 6,500 volunteers to date from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are assisting with relief efforts in parts of Louisiana damaged by recent record flooding. At least 5,000 additional volunteers are expected to participate this weekend.
- Freiberg Germany Temple Open House and Rededication (Church News)
The renovated Freiberg Germany Temple will be rededicated in three sessions on Sunday, September 4, 2016: 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m.
Rededication ceremonies will be broadcast to Church meetinghouses in Germany as well as to Latter-day Saints living in the Freiberg Germany Temple district. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday to allow members in the area to participate in the dedication services.
- Reed Benson — BYU religion professor, John Birch Society leader, son of Mormon prophet — dies (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Reed Benson's varied career included teaching religion for 25 years at Brigham Young University — plus a run for Congress in 1962, a stint as national public relations director for The John Birch Society and becoming an advocate for home schooling.
Benson, 88, died Aug. 24. Funeral services are scheduled Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant View Chapel, 650 Stadium Ave., Provo.
- In Russia, LDS Church defends 6 deported former missionaries (Deseret News - Utah)
LDS Church leaders in Russia have challenged the deportation of six American volunteers from the country in a statement on a church website.
In early August, police in Samara, one of Russia's largest cities, detained the six men and women for a few hours for allegedly failing to register with migration authorities. The six, ages 19 to 25, had served as Mormon missionaries until Russia implemented a new anti-terrorism law on July 20 that requires any proselytizing to happen within houses of worship. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints redesignated all its missionaries in Russia as volunteers.
- Public gets a rare chance to see Philadelphia's new Mormon Temple before its dedication (Newsworks)
Philadelphia has a new neighbor -- a new Mormon Temple at 18th and Vine Streets. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider their temples to be the most sacred places to worship on Earth.
"It's a place of peace, inspiration, and sacred ceremonies," said Elder Milan Kunz, a senior Mormon leader in the Philadelphia region. "People think when they look at the temple that it's going to be one great hall inside, but it isn't. It contains four floors and each floor has a specific function and purpose."
- First-edition Book of Mormon belonging to press foreman up for auction (Deseret News - Utah)
A first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon that originally belonged to Pomeroy Tucker, the foreman of the historic E.B. Grandin press, is up for auction by Heritage Auctions. This copy is one of 5,000 printed by Grandin for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- LDS comic artist Robert Atkins shares journey, impact of his faith (Deseret News - Utah)
A career in comic art has had something of an effect on Robert Atkins’ family. When his now 10-year-old son Connor was 4 years old, he told his friend in preschool that he wanted to be Dr. Fate for Halloween.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considering Springfield food pantry (Register-Guard - Oregon)
A religious organization may build a food pantry and supply store on Highbanks Road at the eastern end of the city.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed planning documents with Springfield’s Development and Public Works Department, saying it wants to build what it calls a “bishops’ storehouse” on a seven-acre parcel the church owns on Highbanks Road near 52nd Street in east Springfield.
- BYU advisory council preparing final recommendations on campus sexual assault (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
An advisory council formed to review Brigham Young University's response to reports of sexual assault is nearing completion of its final recommendations.
Julie Valentine, a nursing professor at BYU and member of the advisory council, said Monday that the four members of the council are in the process of drafting and finalizing their report, which will be delivered to the BYU president's council prior to the end of the semester.
- BYU, BYU-Idaho named to ‘Shame List’ over LGBT policies (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Provo's Brigham Young University and its Idaho counterpart were among 102 schools included on the "Shame List" on Monday by the advocacy group Campus Pride.
The list targets schools for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, and labels campuses as the "absolute worst" for LGBT youths.
Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the North Carolina-based Campus Pride, said "Shame List" schools were selected based on two criteria. The campuses either requested exemptions to Title IX — a federal education law that bans sex-based discrimination — or have a history of discriminatory policies and rhetoric against LGBT students.
- Scott D. Pierce: ESPN analyst Desmond Howard’s call on BYU is most ‘foul’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Desmond Howard isn't dumb, but he sure sounded less than smart on ESPN a few days ago.
In an effort to play devil's advocate in a hokey segment, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner played the fool. It's what his bosses are paying him to do. But he did himself and viewers a disservice — and he ticked off BYU fans.
(BYU fans love being ticked off, but in this case they actually had a legitimate reason.)
- He was a Moroccan in a refugee camp. She was a Mormon volunteer. They fell in love. (USA Today)
Carly Harris isn’t sure what she expected to get out of volunteering in a refugee camp in Greece — but she definitely wasn’t expecting a boyfriend.
The University of Utah senior was traveling with her cousin in December when she saw a video on social media of the conditions of the camp in Greece.
“We both saw it and thought, ‘What are we doing, just traveling for fun?’” Harris says. “We both just felt that we needed to go there.”