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October 22, 2016

October 21, 2016

Fort Collins Colorado Temple Dedicatory Prayer (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
Following is the text of the prayer President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, offered in dedicating the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on Oct. 16, 2016.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple: A beacon of light and blessing to all (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
Anytime a temple is built around the world members of the Church rejoice in celebration and gratitude for a temple in their area. The visual reminder of eternal truths brings joy to individuals and strength to families and communities.

Hartford Connecticut Temple open house: 'A gift' for New England (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
One of the many things Jillian Juarez has loved about volunteering at the Hartford Connecticut Temple open house has been the drive from her home. The three-week open house — which began Sept. 30 and ends Oct. 22 — coincided with the peak of autumn in New England, when the area’s dense greenery transforms to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.

Studio C Talks to LDS Teens about Testimony, Faith, and Self-Confidence (Church News) (October 21, 2016)
In a live broadcast, the stars of BYUtv’s sketch comedy group Studio C gathered at the BYU Broadcast House on Wednesday, October 19, to “have a conversation” with LDS teens.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog) (October 21, 2016)
Youth from around the world watched the full cast of BYUtv’s comedy show “Studio C” participate in a Face to Face broadcast on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The live event was hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

South Korea celebrates six decades of missionary work (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
Thousands of returned missionaries recently gathered at Utah Valley University to celebrate a historic Church anniversary in South Korea. It was no ordinary reunion. The many attendees had served under the leadership of 53 mission presidents over the course of six decades. It was 60 years ago — in 1956 — that the first group of Mormon missionaries arrived in South Korea and began sharing the message of the restored gospel. Since that time, legions of Latter-day Saints have answered a call to labor in the Land of the Morning Calm.

Twile integrates with FamilySearch, adding timeline capability for family history online (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
A new feature that will allow users of to generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online has resulted from FamilySearch joining forces with Twile, a company based in the United Kingdom.

Want to Prepare Your Child to Serve a Mission? Teach Repentance (Church News) (October 21, 2016)
Recently, one of our board members—Brother Mark Pendleton—was at a breakfast with several stake presidents and stake leaders, during which a sincere father asked a question: “What do you feel is the most important thing I can do to help my son prepare to serve a mission?” the father asked.

It's not just women and minorities. Donald Trump has a Mormon problem — and here's how it could cost him (Los Angeles Times - California) (October 21, 2016)
No religious group has been more reliably Republican than members of the Mormon faith, who routinely vote in landslide numbers for the party’s presidential nominee. But Donald Trump — with his garish personality, libertine attitude and caustic rhetoric toward immigrants, women and others — has caused many church members to search their souls and rethink their longstanding political allegiance, reshaping the presidential map in dramatic and unexpected ways.

No On Trump: In Utah, Mormons Show Principles Matter (Hartford Courant - Connecticut) (October 21, 2016)
An extraordinary poll released Wednesday showed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump both losing in Utah to Evan McMullin, a conservative Mormon ex-CIA officer on the ballot in only 11 states.

October 20, 2016

Studio C talks to LDS teens about testimony, faith and self-confidence (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
In a live broadcast, the stars of BYUtv’s sketch comedy group Studio C gathered at the BYU Broadcast House on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to “have a conversation” with LDS teens.

Final debate between Trump and Clinton may help McMullin in Utah (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
The big winner in Wednesday's third and final presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton for Utah voters may have been independent candidate Evan McMullin. "Neither candidate overcame their weak points tonight," said Sutherland Institute President Boyd Matheson. "For Utah voters, I think this will reinforce why so many are looking at and even leaning toward Mr. McMullin."

As final debate looms, Utah emerges as conscience of Republican Party (Globe and Mail - Canada) (October 20, 2016)
In an election already beyond belief, one of the biggest surprises is unfolding in Utah, a deep-red state where Donald Trump is struggling to secure a Republican victory and a political nobody is surging in the polls. As Mr. Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, prepare for their final debate confrontation on Wednesday evening, a large chunk of voters in Utah are sending a different message: neither of the above.

Excitement over budding Mormon-Lutheran partnership for refugee relief grows with donation, visit (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
A flash flood of Mormon volunteers was a spring surprise for Lutherans who run refugee resettlement organizations in 25 U.S. states. Motivated by statements of church leaders encouraging them to help refugees, the influx of Mormons prompted resettlement centers of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to add volunteer training sessions in places like South Carolina, Colorado and Arizona.

'Hand of God moments' lead Philadelphia 76ers CEO to join LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
At the end of July, friends of Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil received a text from him that simply said, “I believe.” The text was his way of informing them of his decision to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. O’Neil, who is not only CEO of the Sixers but also of the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center, had been married to his wife, Lisa, a lifelong member of the LDS Church, for nearly 21 years. The two are parents of three daughters, Alexa, Kira and Eliza. He attended church with family on Sundays, held family home evenings each week, led his family in scripture study and paid tithing for years.

Trio seeks to inspire faith through LDS Church history in 'History of the Saints' seventh season (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
It was early 2010, and for more than two years, both men had devoted themselves to helping produce more than 100 episodes of the KJZZ-TV "Joseph Smith Papers: Television Documentary Series," and in the process, their passion for the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began to burn bright. But the project's main financial supporter, auto dealer and Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, had died the previous year. The LDS Church History Department would continue to publish volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers, but it appeared the television series was over.

Mormon church's company buys property (Pacific Business News) (October 20, 2016)
A company with ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has purchased property on Maui from Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Inc. for $3 million, Pacific Business News has learned. Utah-based Ensign Peak Investments LLC recently acquired the property, which has a 1,600-square-foot building on 5.3 acres of land on Bay Drive in Lahaina.

October 19, 2016

BYU Forum addresses audacious faith in the LDS Church (Universe - Utah) (October 19, 2016)
Brett G. Scharffs addressed the BYU community on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in a forum address. He spoke on embracing audacious faith and appreciating the unique power and singular appeal of LDS doctrine.

Mesa event honors ‘big family’ of Mormon Latinos (Arizona Republic) (October 19, 2016)
Two years ago, when she became a Mormon, Andrea Hunt faced opposition from her staunchly Catholic Guatemalan family. “They’re very Catholic,” said Hunt, now 24.

Rolly: Stranger things for Utah: A Democrat could win, a Republican could lose — all because of a Mormon (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 19, 2016)
Who said pigs can't fly? A Democratic presidential candidate could carry Utah this year. That hasn't happened since 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in a landslide. Since then, the Beehive State has been solidly Republican, thanks in part to the dominant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which, according to a 2014 Pew Research survey, is the nation's most Republican religious group.

Political oppression? Not at my LDS Church (The Spectrum - Utah) (October 19, 2016)
I am a Democrat and was fascinated by Brent Holloway’s opinion piece entitled, “Democracy is oppressed in tightly controlled Utah.” After reading the piece closely, I felt that a response was warranted. I was inclined to make several observations about the writer’s opinion. However, I think four comments will suffice:

October 18, 2016

Mormons dedicate their second temple in Colorado (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
Colorado gained its second Mormon temple Sunday. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church's governing First Presidency, dedicated the Fort Collins Temple in three services.

Construction begins on new Family History Discovery Center (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
SALT LAKE CITY — Construction has begun on the Family History Library's new Family History Discovery Center. The project is set to be completed in February 2017, according to a news release. "Our guests, particularly those who are completely new to family history, will be able to enjoy fun, personal discoveries through interactive technological experiences with their family's history," said Tamra Stansfield, manager of the Family History Library, in the news release.

Sen. Orrin Hatch proposes bill to speed up missionary visa applications (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced a bill Wednesday to speed up the visa application process for international missionary programs. The Utah Republican proposed to reduce visa processing times by allowing eligible religious organizations to participate in a streamlined blanket petition procedure. Missionaries covered by the blanket petition could get their visas in just a few weeks rather than a few months.

BYU athletics: Big 12 presidents say no to expansion, leaving Cougars outside looking in (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
Provo • Brigham Young University's decades-long quest to join a Power 5 conference suffered a major setback but will continue, the school announced Monday after the Big 12 Conference's 10 presidents made the decision to not expand at this time. "Our national fan base and broadcast ratings, along with the many historical and recent successes of our teams, attest we certainly belong," BYU said in a statement released after the Big 12 announced its decision. "We believe that BYU can significantly contribute to the athletic and academic excellence of a [Power 5] conference." That won't be happening soon, however.

Sultan puts LDS church in spotlight (Monroe Monitor - Washington) (October 18, 2016)
The Sultan ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was honored as the Volunteer Spotlight during last week’s Sultan City Council meeting, for its decade-long span of service to the community. Volunteer Spotlights are awarded monthly in Sultan. Volunteers are given a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick, and are invited to shake hands with each councilmember. Eslick presented the honor to ward service coordinator Joshua Dunbar during the council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, acknowledging his work in orchestrating the church’s volunteer efforts. The Sultan ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Startup was built in the early 1990s.

October 17, 2016

Fort Collins Colorado Temple Is Dedicated (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2016)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on Sunday, October 16, 2016, in three sessions.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple: A place of refuge (LDS Church News) (October 17, 2016)
More than a century after the first congregation was organized in Colorado — and five and a half years after President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple in general conference — the Church’s 153rd temple has been dedicated in Fort Collins, Colorado. Situated near the Cache La Poudre River between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the great plains to the east, the temple stands — just as the previous forts in the area did — as a place of peace and refuge.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple Called “A Fortress of Faith” in Cultural Celebration (Church News) (October 17, 2016)
Just as weary travelers found strength and refuge in the early forts of the area, Church members will soon have access to a divinely inspired “fortress of faith” as the Fort Collins Colorado Temple—the Church’s 153rd temple—is officially dedicated on October 16.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Honored With Visionary Leadership Award (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2016)
His Eminence Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York City, was recognized Thursday at an interfaith event for his focus on issues involving faith, family and religious freedom. He was honored that day with the Visionary Leadership Award from the New York Latter-day Saint Professional Association.

2016 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional (Church News) (October 17, 2016)
The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

Face to Face Broadcast Features ‘Studio C’ Cast (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2016)
Mormon youth are being encouraged to submit their questions for the upcoming Face to Face broadcast hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The guests for the live event are all 10 cast members of BYUtv’s comedy show “Studio C.” The performers, who are all members of the Church, include Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Matt Meese, Adam Berg, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, James Perry and Jeremy Warner.

Nurse receives Florence Nightingale Award for improving the health of LDS missionaries worldwide (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2016)
For her work to improve the health of the Church’s missionaries worldwide, Deanne Francis has received the Florence Nightingale Award from Collegium Aesculapium, an association of LDS physicians and health professionals. The presentation was made Sept. 29 at a dinner preceding the organization’s annual conference in Salt Lake City, where Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was the featured speaker (see related article).

Tickets for Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert sell out in minutes (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2016)
Tickets to this year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert sold out minutes after becoming available. Those wishing to hear Tenor Rolando Villazón sing alongside the choir had mixed experiences with trying to secure tickets Saturday morning. Tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m., Saturday. People reported the tickets as sold out anywhere between six and 13 minutes later.

Updated: Hacked emails show how pro-Clinton super PAC would have attacked Romney by using Mormon links (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 17, 2016)
A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC compiled a thick book of opposition research on Republican candidate Mitt Romney, including several sections noting his Mormon mission, his ties to the Marriott family and protests during his college days against the white only teams at Brigham Young University.

October 14, 2016

LDS leaders ask Mormons to oppose legalization of assisted suicide, recreational marijuana (Deseret News - Utah) (October 14, 2016)
The LDS Church's First Presidency is asking the faith's members in four western states to oppose bills that would legalize doctor-assisted suicide and recreational marijuana use.

Some 79,000 visit new Star Valley Wyoming Temple (LDS Church News) (October 14, 2016)
Corinne Drollette was 14 years old when she helped push a Mormon handcart during a youth trek at Martin’s Cove — a site sacred to Latter-day Saints for its pioneer legacy of tragedy and triumph. On that hot summer day 11 years ago in central Wyoming, she thought about those early pioneers.

Rolando Villazón Joins Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concert (LDS Newsroom) (October 14, 2016)
One of the world’s leading tenors, Rolando Villazón, will be the featured guest artist at this year’s Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square. The performances will be held on December 8, 9 and 10, 2016, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Villazón will also join the choir for the Sunday broadcast of “Music and the Spoken Word” on December 11, which will not be ticketed.

Latter-day Saints impacted by Hurricane Matthew (Deseret News - Utah) (October 14, 2016)
Latter-day Saints are counted among the tens of thousands whose lives have been severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew and its collateral damage. The powerful storm will never be forgotten by residents of the Caribbean and the south Atlantic region of the United States. Hundreds of lives were lost in Haiti and at least 35 people in the U.S. were killed in hurricane related flooding or accidents.

BYU-Idaho's Pathway program still growing faster than regular enrollment (Deseret News - Utah) (October 14, 2016)
Enrollment in BYU-Idaho's online programs is up 13.4 percent this fall, while campus enrollment rose 2.4 percent, according to a university news release. Pathway, the school's one-year, low-cost degree and certificate program that combines online courses with local gatherings, is feeding students into its online degree programs. In all, BYU-Idaho now has 26,864 online and Pathway students this fall, a new school record, up from 23,691 a year ago.

How to prepare your child to serve a mission? Teach repentance (LDS Church News) (October 14, 2016)
Recently, one of our board members — Mark Pendleton — was at breakfast with several stake presidents and stake leaders during which a sincere father asked a question. “What do you feel is the most important thing I can do to help my son prepare to serve a mission?” the father asked.

October 2016 General Authority Chart (LDS Church News) (October 14, 2016)
The First Presidency announced leadership changes during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, Oct. 1: During the session, Elder Daniel L. Johnson, Elder Jairo Mazzagardi, Elder Kent F. Richards and Elder Francisco J. Viñas were released as General Authority Seventies and granted emeritus status.

New Area Seventies (LDS Church News) (October 14, 2016)
Church members sustained two Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on Oct. 1. Sustained were: Bhanu K. Hiranandani, 41, Caracas, Venezuela; South America Northwest Area; owner, Clothing Trade; former bishop, stake presidency member and president of the Caracas Venezuela Palo Verde Stake; wife: Digna Esperanza Hiranandani; three children. Sandino Roman, 43, México City, México; México Area; Area Manager, Materials Management Department, Church’s México Area Office; former bishop and stake presidency member, and stake auditor in the Lerma México Stake; wife: Guadalupe Roman, four children.

Donald Trump’s very bad Mormon problem, explained (Washington Post) (October 14, 2016)
Most of the very first Republican lawmakers to disown Donald Trump and call for him to drop out of the presidential race over the weekend came from one relatively small state: Utah. That was no surprise. This reliably Republican state hates Donald Trump. That might seem harsh, but there's really no other way to describe it.

Much ado about Mormon leadership (Religion News Service) (October 14, 2016)
“Leaked Videos Pull Back Curtain on…” were six words placed above a New York Times story on Friday. Readers are used to such tantalizers and might ask, “… on whom? On Celebrities… Magnates… Professional Athletes… Entertainers… Politicians…?” Such lures in those cases point to scandals, skullduggery, and more. Now finish the headline with a reference to this or that group of religious leaders, and the headliners will ordinarily lose much of their by now half-lured readers. Write in “Methodist” or “Presbyterian” or other Protestant leaders, and expect yawns. These are too familiar to publics to quicken curiosity. But write in “Mormon,” and you are guaranteed a readership.

October 13, 2016

Interfaith Group Asks US Government to Reject Report that Stigmatizes Religious Americans (LDS Newsroom) (October 13, 2016)
The following letter has been sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Orrin Hatch and House Speaker Paul Ryan in response to a report issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Bishop Gérald Caussé signs letter to President Obama responding to U.S. Commission on Civil Right report (Deseret News - Utah) (October 13, 2016)
Bishop Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined with other faith leaders from a wide range of denominations in signing a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, Sen. Orrin Hatch and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The letter, dated Oct. 7, 2016, responds to a report that was released last month by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights titled, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Non-Discrimination Principles with Civil Liberties.” The letter expresses concerns that the report wrongly “stigmatizes tens of millions of religious Americans, their communities, and their faith-based institutions, and threatens the religious freedom of all of our citizens.”

Mormon church, others urge Obama to renounce report on religious freedom (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 13, 2016)
In the tug of war between religious freedom and nondiscrimination rights, the weight seems to be pulling toward the latter. At least that's the view of 17 religious leaders — including LDS Church Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé — who addressed their concerns with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' recent report in an Oct. 7 letter to President Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Reserve Tickets for Popular Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert October 15, 2016 (Church News) (October 13, 2016)
If your holiday plans include attending one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas performances December 8–10, don't wait to get your tickets, as this year’s ticketing process has changed.

'A beacon of peace and refuge': The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple reaches 20-year milestone (Deseret News - Utah) (October 13, 2016)
In the dedicatory prayer of the Mount Timpanogos Temple, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley prayed: "May its beauty never be marred by evil hands. May it stand strong against the winds and storms that will beat upon it. May it be a beacon of peace and a refuge to the troubled. May it be a holy sanctuary to those whose burdens are heavy and who seek Thy consoling comfort." Two decades later, temple presidents, matrons and patrons share how they have seen the fulfillment of those words.

Stephanie Nielson: 'From victim to thriver' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 13, 2016)
“Faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ, is absolutely essential for us to maintain a balanced outlook through times of trial and difficulty.” That was the message of well-known blogger and burn survivor Stephanie Nielson to thousands of Brigham Young University-Idaho students during a devotional on Oct. 11. “I know what it feels like to look different, and sometimes it’s excruciatingly painful,” she said. “I know what it feels like to feel ugly and worthless. I know all too much about the endless nights of loneliness and frustration, the depressing and devastating feelings that cause despair, pain and worthlessness. In contrast, I know what it feels like to be protected and loved.”

New focus on Utah as poll shows Trump and Clinton tied, McMullin close behind (Deseret News - Utah) (October 13, 2016)
A new poll of Utah voters showing Republican Donald Trump tied with Democrat Hillary Clinton — and independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin closing in — is focusing new attention on the reliably GOP state. "There's tons of interest," said Quin Monson, a founding partner of Y2 Analytics, the Salt Lake City-based firm behind the poll first reported online Tuesday by the Deseret News. "A lot of things are changing, and changing very quickly."

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