- Richard E. Turley Jr. Appointed as New Managing Director of Church Public Affairs (LDS Newsroom)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has appointed Richard E. Turley Jr. as the new managing director of the Church’s Public Affairs Department.
- Assistant church historian to oversee Mormon public affairs (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
By summer's end, there will be a new face — and a new accent — atop the LDS Church's vast and massive media operation.
Richard Eyring Turley Jr., assistant LDS Church historian and recorder, was named Tuesday as the new managing director of public affairs for the Utah-based faith.
Turley, a U.S.-born attorney and co-author of the acclaimed "Massacre at Mountain Meadows," succeeds Michael Otterson, a British convert and journalist who is retiring after holding the position for eight years.
- Update: Information in Aftermath of Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan (LDS Newsroom)
Humanitarian relief efforts by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are under way in earthquake zones in Ecuador and Japan. Food, water and other necessities are being provided to communities in the impacted regions in South America and Asia. Some Church meetinghouses are also being used for temporary shelter.
- BYU will buy Provo High School for $25M, expand west across University Avenue (Deseret News - Utah)
Go West, BYU.
The university's campus will stretch west across University Avenue and swallow up 25 acres where Provo High School has stood for 60 years, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed Tuesday morning.
The university will pay $25 million. What BYU will do with its expanded western boundary is unknown.
- Funeral set for Elder David Hampton, Mormon missionary who died in Taiwan bike accident (Deseret News - Utah)
The funeral for a Mormon missionary who died April 12 when his bicycle toppled over into traffic in Taiwan is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Coldwater Stake Center in North Ogden, Utah.
- Sexual assault victims say abusers wield BYU’s Honor Code as a weapon (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Julie remembers her 19-year-old self as a "strict rule-follower."
But her neighbor, whom she had been casually dating for about a month, started urging her to bend the Honor Code at Brigham Young University. Hanging out in his apartment when his roommates turned out not to be home, or staying too late — these were hardly criminal transgressions, he assured her.
- The evolution of LDS 'lady missionaries' and a gender-integrated missionary force (LDS Church News)
Although women had been serving in many of the capacities of a missionary for nearly half a century, the official “call” to serve as a full-time proselytizing missionary didn’t come until 1898, Matthew S. McBride said during the Church History Symposium on March 4.
- LDS women in art and culture (LDS Church News)
Faith and culture were common themes in the art and literature of LDS women. In the late 1800s women used poetry, painting and essays as ways of expressing their beliefs and opinions. Basing their style on classical works, women shaped Utah’s artistic history.
- New poll finds Americans less likely to keep Sabbath than in 1978, but majority still say it's important to society (Deseret News - Utah)
The Sabbath may be losing its religious significance in the eyes of many Americans, but a majority still believe taking a day of rest benefits society, according to a new survey on Sabbath observance by the Deseret News.
- How These Mormon Women Became Some of the Best Cybersecurity Hackers in the U.S. (Fortune)
Sarah Cunha and Laura Wilkinson, two seniors at Brigham Young University, didn’t make it to graduation this year.
Instead, the two women spent their grad weekend, April 22-24, fighting hackers and defending a network from malware attacks at the 2016 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship (NCCDC).