Monday, 25 July 2016
- Pioneer Day Concert Features the King’s Singers and Mormon Tabernacle Choir (LDS Newsroom)
Fresh off of their successful seven-city European tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square were back in the Conference Center on Temple Square this weekend for their annual Pioneer Day concert.
- Thousands of youth participate in the Days of '47 youth parade (LDS Church News)
Over 5,000 children gathered on July 23 for the annual Union Pacific Youth Parade as part of the Days of ’47 celebration. Eighteen stakes from around the state were invited to participate in one of the largest youth parades in the nation. This year’s theme, “Pioneers — Inspiring Today’s Generation!” helped participants reflect on the pioneers’ sacrifice and how it has inspired them.
- Treks give Mormon teens a taste of pioneer past, but some practices steer away from history (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
It happens every summer.
Mormon teens forsake cellphones, iPads, makeup and video games, don long dresses, aprons and bonnets or pants with suspenders, and set out on a grueling, exhausting, heat-smacking three-day wilderness experience. Organized into "families," with mock siblings and an assigned "Ma and Pa," they pull wooden handcarts for miles over uneven terrain, sing old-time hymns, munch beef jerky and saltwater taffy, jot in their journals, read scriptures by campfire and sleep under the stars — sometimes in hailstorms.
- Pennsylvania County Hopes to Build Mormon Site into Tourism Anchor (Wall Street Journal)
When Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and received a series of religious revelations here, he stayed in this northeast Pennsylvania township for three years.
Thus far this summer, though, the busloads of Mormons descending on this rural area are sticking around for only a few hours.
That is a source of frustration in the faded community of less than 600 residents along the Susquehanna River, which largely missed out on the fracking boom that lifted other parts of the state.
- Mormon church moves to quash subpoena of President Monson in Navajo abuse case (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The LDS Church is asking a federal court to quash a subpoena requiring President Thomas S. Monson to testify at a deposition concerning the alleged sexual abuse of four Navajos.
The motion, filed Thursday, states that Monson has no special knowledge of the church-sponsored Indian Student Placement Program (ISPP), which operated from 1947 to the mid-1990s, nor the experiences of the two female and two male Navajos who say they were abused in its care during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
- Meet the Mormon brothers who make adorable ads about disgusting things (Washington Post)
A few years back, the founders of Squatty Potty had a problem. Their product is a plastic footstool that wraps around the base of a toilet to elevate the feet and make going to the bathroom easier. Its founders say that changing the sitting angle unkinks the colon, making for a more natural and satisfying experience. But advertising such a product is difficult. The company’s previous attempts to explain the benefits of squatting veered from the scientific to the euphemistic; one TV ad featured a woman Hula-Hooping in a “healthy colon” T-shirt.
- Year after easing ban on gay adults, Boy Scouts faring well with Mormons, Catholics and other faiths (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Mormon, Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.
Remarkably, nearly 12 months after the BSA National Executive Board's decision, the Boy Scouts seem more robust than they have in many years. Youth membership is on the verge of stabilizing after a prolonged decline, corporations that halted donations because of the ban have resumed their support, and the vast majority of units affiliated with conservative religious denominations — including the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — have remained in the fold — still free to exclude gay adults if that's in accordance with their religious doctrine.
- Mormon Mentions: Bryce Harper posts about his new scriptures; The Gardiner Sisters go on tour with Us the Duo (Deseret News - Utah)
Social media posts with a connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members last week include posts from LDS performers on tour, an LDS Major League Baseball player, and a recap of a BYU-Idaho graduation speech. Social media accounts for LDS Church leaders featured inspiring pictures, quotes and counsel.
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.
Understanding the Savior’s freely given atoning love can free us from self-imposed, incorrect, and unrealistic expectations of what perfection is."
"Becoming Perfect in Christ" - Elder Gerrit W. Gong, July 2014