- Massive LDS relief effort responds to 'Great flood of 2016' (LDS Church News)
Church-sponsored relief efforts are continuing in communities here still reeling from what is being called the “Great Flood of 2016.”
- Bumper crop at LDS farms, orchards will feed those in need (LDS Church News)
A warning if you’re offered a peach grown at the Church’s North Ogden Peach Orchard: Don’t take a bite without first grabbing an extra-strength, double-ply, high absorbent paper towel. The juicy peaches here can make a sticky mess of your face and fingers.
- South America Northwest Area leadership change (LDS Church News)
The First Presidency has announced the following changes to the South America Northwest Area Presidency, effective Aug. 15.
- Wright Words: Young Women president who died in Idaho had eye for big moments (Deseret News - Utah)
Pamela Rae Solomon had a keen eye. She saw people others didn’t. She saw teachable moments the rest of us might roll right by. She saw opportunities to serve God with all her heart, might, mind and strength.
- Utah team forfeits Sunday game in Little League Softball World Series (Deseret News - Utah)
It’s not every day a team gets the opportunity to play in the softball Little League World Series, but a group of 12- and 13-year-olds from Santa Clara, Utah, did. The effort and hard work of each member on the team made the experience worth it.
- Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right (LDS Newsroom Blog)
NBC News Looks at Why So Many Latinos are Latter-day Saints
“The face of [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] is changing,” says NBC News reporter Raul A. Reyes in a story about Latino Latter-day Saints. Though the Church’s substantial Latino membership is not a new phenomenon, it’s important for those who still think of Latter-day Saints as a mostly American church to know that large chunks of the faith’s 15.6 million members come from countries such as Mexico (nearly 1.4 million), Brazil (1.3 million), Chile (581,000), Peru (568,000), Argentina (438,000), Guatemala (261,000) and Ecuador (234,000).
- BYU Education Week: Former mission leaders offer tips for returned missionaries and their parents (Deseret News - Utah)
Stephen D. Richardson and his wife know something about the difficulties some missionaries face as they transition home from full-time service. Brother Richardson served a mission to Brazil and returned some 35 years later to serve with his wife, Marianna E. Richardson, as he presided over the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission from 2008-2011. In addition to their mission service, the couple has taught an institute class geared toward returned missionaries for the Alpine Utah YSA Stake since 2013.
- Buses Bring Tourists to “Music and the Spoken Word” (Church News)
A single microphone in the Tabernacle on Temple Square was the main piece of recording equipment that carried the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Music and the Spoken Word program on its first radio broadcast on July 15, 1929. For 87 years the program has been broadcast on the radio, making it one of the longest running programs in the United States. Then in 1962 the broadcast also started appearing on television.
- 2 more LDS missionaries to be deported from Russia (KUTV - Utah)
Two more LDS missionaries are set to be deported from Russia Friday, 2News has learned.
This makes a total of six young men and women -- now referred to as volunteers -- who have been forced to leave the country after getting detained by police.
- New article of faith for these Mormons: We believe Trump should never be president (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
A grass-roots coalition of Mormons has joined the "never-Trump" movement.
More than 100 Latter-day Saints — "single, married, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, teachers, scholars, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, artists, authors ... Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Social Democrats" — have signed an online statement, agreeing that the "threat posed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supersedes party boundaries."
- Commentary: Religious traditionalists and LGBT activists should rein in their passions and compromise (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Lawyers, philosophers and all those who have seen the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde" know Aristotle's famous saying: "Law is reason free from passion."
In the legal clashes over LGBT rights and religious liberty, passions run high, what's "reasonable" is hotly contested, and the law is unsettled. A proposed bill in California shows how contentious and contradictory our most-cherished rights and liberties can be.
It also reveals that compromise between LGBT rights advocates and religious traditionalists is possible.
- Has the 2016 election produced a political 'Mormon Moment'? (Deseret News - Utah)
There’s been so much attention recently on how Utah and members of the LDS Church feel about politics that we may in fact be experiencing a smaller-scale "Mormon Moment.”
Back during the 2012 presidential campaign, Time magazine asked whether or not Mitt Romney’s nomination to run for president signaled the beginning of a Mormon moment in pop culture. Romney’s time in the national spotlight came as “The Book of Mormon” musical rose to popularity on Broadway.
- Editorial: Big 12 expansion should leave BYU behind (Iowa State Daily)
The Big 12 Conference may soon hold true to its name and consist of 12 universities. The conference, currently made up of 10 teams, has been exploring the possibility of expanding to 12 or 14 teams by the end of the year.
BYU, a private, religious institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has formally requested to join the Big 12 Conference, which presents an ethical dilemma for the conference.