- LDS Church leaders, missionary couple offer support in Nepal (Deseret News - Utah)
Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Nepal to offer support and love to the people after the April 25 earthquake and aftershocks. A new photo gallery from the India Mormon Newsroom website captures the devastation they found.
- Returning Mormon missionaries cause BYU-Idaho enrollment to rise (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The return of Mormon missionaries who are now heading off to college has boosted enrollment at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/1PWnNrP ) that on-campus enrollment at the LDS Church-owned university is up 6 percent from last year. BYU-Idaho spokesman Marc Stevens says the Rexburg campus has seen an increase of more than 800 students since 2014.
- Defending the Faith: The plates of the Book of Mormon: 'As material as anything can be' (Deseret News - Utah)
I continually encounter the confident declaration that the witnesses to the Book of Mormon didn’t really see or touch anything at all and didn’t actually claim to have seen or touched anything. They only “saw” the plates with their “spiritual eyes,” I’m assured, and “spiritual eyes,” to them, meant “in their imaginations.”
- One overlooked factor in the American religious landscape — fertility rates (Deseret News - Utah)
Arguably the most pervasive takeaway of The Pew Research Center's recent report on the religious landscape of America is that Christianity in America is on the decline, and religion itself may be falling out of fashion.
- Brandon Flowers' new solo album, 'The Desired Effect,' takes personal turn (Los Angeles Times - California)
Here's one way to win Brandon Flowers' confidence: Tell him you like a song of his that nobody else likes.
That's what Ariel Rechtshaid did when the Killers frontman, on the hunt for a producer for his second solo album, played Rechtshaid a demo of "Still Want You," which Flowers had originally written for his main band's 2012 record "Battle Born."
- Hollywood Actress Shunned & Embraced By Amish Community? ’Love Finds You In Charm’ Star Learns First Hand Her Character's Struggles (Breathe Cast)
Hollywood actress Danielle Chuchran takes us on an insightful journey of her experience in the Amish culture while filming the UP's new movie 'Love Finds You In Charm.' She shared what learned about the secluded community, the contrast from Hollywood, and how she was both shunned and embraced.
- JustServe program benefits individuals, communities (Observer - Texas)
From caring for Hurricane Katrina refugees, to joining local cleanups after floods and hurricanes, to quietly assisting the family next door, Houstonians have always stepped up to help their neighbors.
- 19 young women recognized for hard work (Spectrum - Utah)
Nineteen young women from the Mesquite Nevada Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received their Young Womanhood Recognition awards at a special program on May 6.
To earn this award girls ages 12 to 18 years old must set goals in eight value areas — faith, divine nature, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity and virtue. They must achieve them through 70 hours of community service, church service and self-improvement projects. The women also are to read 531 pages of the Book of Mormon.
- Piano man fixes broken ivories across the West (Southeast Idaho Business)
The pages of the Idaho State Journal helped repair a digital piano recently.
Shelley resident Jeff Hansen used the paper as a dowel to hold the piano’s hammers in place as he repaired it.