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September 12, 2014

Church Expands Online Resources to Help Individuals Overcome Pornography Addiction (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2014)
Spouses and other family members carry heavy burdens when a loved one is involved with pornography. To help ease those burdens, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed more online resources for families and those addicted to pornography.

Famous Mormons featured in new BYU commercial (Deseret News - Utah) (September 12, 2014)
From musicians, to athletes, to politicians, several prominent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are also graduates of Brigham Young University are featured in the school's new advertisement. The commercial includes YouTube violinist Lindsey Stirling, Neon Trees drummer Elaine Bradley, Olympic athlete Kate Hansen, NASA fellow Shannon Zirbel, NFL player Ziggy Ansah and many others.

Mormon Temples Currently Under Construction (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2014)
The Ogden Utah Temple will soon be added to the list of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 140-plus operating temples throughout the world when it is dedicated on 21 September. The Phoenix Arizona Temple will be dedicated 16 November. They are two of 15 temples under construction and featured on the infographic below.

A conversation with Mormon convert Gladys Knight (Deseret News - Utah) (September 12, 2014)
Gladys Knight's new album, "Where My Heart Belongs," was originally intended to be a Christmas CD. But the seven-time Grammy Award-winner couldn't shake a certain impression.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 12, 2014)
How does the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do what it does with an all-volunteer ensemble? Rodger Dean Duncan of Forbes provides several reasons, one of which illustrates the ethos of commitment and volunteerism common in the lives of Mormons. “The Tabernacle Choir’s cause is simply to give voice to the hopes, joys, trials, and triumphs of people around the world,” Duncan says. “Yes, they are unflinchingly devoted to their Christian faith. But their primary purpose is to uplift and encourage, not to proselyte.”

Roller-coaster ride: BYU outlasts Houston after potential blowout turns into close game (Deseret News - Utah) (September 12, 2014)
Midway through the second quarter, the No. 25 BYU Cougars were cruising along with a 23-0 lead Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium. But something happened on the way to blowing out the Houston Cougars. Stuff like penalties, turnovers, struggles in the passing game, stalled drives, and a Houston Hail Mary just before halftime.

'Mormon Half Love' premiere: Looking for that other half (Zap2it) (September 12, 2014)
On "Mormon Half Love," TLC follows devout Mormon Melinda Bird, while she braves the treacherous waters of dating at age 40. Just like everyone else, Melinda is looking to make a connection and fall in love. But unlike almost everyone else, she suffers from sacral agenesis: a birth defect which prevents the bottom half of the body from growing that occurs in one out of every 25,000 births.

September 11, 2014

13th BYU President Formally Installed (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 11, 2014)
Kevin J Worthen was formally installed as the 13th president of Brigham Young University by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and first vice chairman of the BYU Board of Trustees.

Apostles Say Meeting Youth Was Highlight of South America Trip (Church News) (September 11, 2014)
When Elder Juan A. Uceda, who presides over the South America Northwest Area, joined the Church in 1972, there was one stake in his homeland of Peru. The nearest temple was found in Mesa, Arizona.


Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky dies at age 70 (Deseret News - Utah) (September 11, 2014)
Just months after announcing his resignation as president of Southern Virginia University, Paul Kay Sybrowsky, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away on Sept. 10 in Salt Lake City at the age of 70 after battling a prolonged illness.

Supreme court to look at Utah’s same-sex marriage case, 4 others (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 11, 2014)
On Sept. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court announced, it will take its first look at five states’ same-sex marriage cases and discuss which — if any — the nine justices would take. The high court, which will convene for a private conference before its session begins in October, distributed the seven gay marriage petitions it has received to the justices, according updated docket information Wednesday.

BYU holds on to high marks in latest U.S. News rankings (BYU news release) (September 11, 2014)
With another school year underway, U.S. News & World Report has released their latest rankings from their annual Best Colleges guidebook. The latest rankings slot BYU at No. 62 among roughly 300 “national universities”—matching BYU’s highest ranking in this category to date. BYU is also ranked No. 6 for graduates with the least debt and No. 14 among best value schools.

Bible, Book of Mormon make list of top 50 influential books (Deseret News - Utah) (September 11, 2014)
Last month, many Facebook users participated in a challenge that required them to post 10 books that have influenced them. Using the responses to this challenge, Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel, two Facebook data scientists, complied a list of the 100 most frequently mentioned books, which included the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon.

Australian rugby star Will Hopoate reflects on the blessings of missionary service (Deseret News - Utah) (September 11, 2014)
Since returning from his LDS mission in November 2013, Will Hopoate's transition back into the life of an Australian rugby star has been fairly smooth. According to NRL.com in August, the 22-year-old "started slow" but "quickly found his feet" before suffering a minor shoulder injury that required seven weeks of recovery time. Even so, Hopoate was recently named to a highly touted 21-member Australian squad that will compete in the prestigious Four Nations rugby league tournament and the Prime Minister's XIII match against Papua New Guinea, triplem.com.au reported.

BYU Football Team Holds Devotional in New England (Church News) (September 11, 2014)
The BYU football team’s recent foray into southern New England is being called a multi-leveled success. First, both print and online news services touted the Cougars’ August 29 nationally televised 35-10 victory over the University of Connecticut. Quarterback and returned missionary Taysom Hill passed for three touchdowns and ran for a couple more, while a stout BYU defense held the Huskies to 71 total yards.

Biggest Loser: Ex-Lions QB on new season (Lansing State Journal - Michigan) (September 11, 2014)
Scott Mitchell has already seen the human body at its best and worst. The joy happened on the football field. “I lived my childhood dream,” said Mitchell, the former Detroit Lions quarterback who’s featured on the new season of “The Biggest Loser,” starting Thursday.

Day of Service for Seward’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Seward City News - Alaska) (September 11, 2014)
On August 9, the designated Day of Service for Seward, dozens of volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked on a variety of service projects. Members gathered to assist the City of Seward Silver Salmon Derby operated by the Seward Chamber of Commerce. They sold derby tickets, weighed and recorded fish, and answered questions from the public.

Descendants to walk Mountain Meadows Massacre path (Spectrum - Utah) (September 11, 2014)
Descendants of the victims in the Mountain Meadows Massacre are gathering Thursday for the 157th anniversary of the killings, planning to take a symbolic walk in the footprints of some of the estimated 120 people who died there. Members of three descendant organizations — the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation, Mountain Meadows Association and Mountain Meadows Massacre Descendants — have been working in recent years with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to bring more attention to the site and its historical significance.

Exponent II, DUP forums to focus on Mormon women (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 11, 2014)
Exponent II, a magazine by and for Mormon women, turns 40 this year. Since the summer of 1974, its pages have featured personal stories of miscarriage, abortion, infertility, divorce, widowhood, young love, nurtured families and longtime commitments — all in the context of the LDS faith.

September 10, 2014

Kevin J Worthen installed as new president for BYU (Deseret News - Utah) (September 10, 2014)
Although Kevin J Worthen's tenure and responsibilities as president of Brigham Young University began more than four months before on May 1, students, faculty members, leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others joined in the Marriott Center on Tuesday morning to officially welcome and inaugurate Worthen as the 13th president of BYU.

Woman hit by car in Canberra was trapped and rescued by mystery man (Canberra Times - Australia) (September 10, 2014)
A man helped rescue the young American missionary critically injured after she was hit by a car in Monash on Friday evening.

LDS apostle Elder Russell M. Nelson turns 90 (LDS Church News) (September 10, 2014)
Lessons, principles and habits learned in childhood remain vivid in memory for Elder Russell M. Nelson, who turned 90 on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Develop and Nurture Talents Through Deliberate Practice (Church News and Events) (September 10, 2014)
Speaking about the science of improvement and performance within a gospel framework, Scott R. Braithwaite, assistant professor of psychology at BYU, began his session at BYU Campus Education Week by using a story about President David O. McKay.

New Pocket Scripture Set Available for All Members (Church News and Events) (September 10, 2014)
Since World War II the Church has provided members serving in the military their own set of scriptures to study and use. The old red-cover service-member scripture set had a unique pocket size that many people enjoy. Until now, the military edition of the scriptures has not been available to the public.

Rescuing the Beloved Wayward Soul (Church News and Events) (September 10, 2014)
Like the prodigal son’s patient father, almost everyone has a loved one (a child, a spouse, a dear friend, or even a parent) who has wandered from the gospel’s safe and secure path.

Forbes highlights leadership lessons from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Deseret News - Utah) (September 10, 2014)
Rodger Dean Duncan, a best-selling author and contributor to Forbes.com, discussed leadership lessons that can be learned from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an article posted Sept. 8.

September 9, 2014

LDS conference talks may be given in native languages (Deseret News - Utah) (September 9, 2014)
The internationalization of the LDS Church continued Monday with news that will change the sound of its semi-annual general conferences. “Speakers at the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose primary language is not English now have the choice to deliver their talks in their native tongue," church spokesman Dale Jones said in a statement.

Some Mormon leaders may speak in native languages at LDS Conference (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 9, 2014)
Mormons listening to sessions of LDS General Conference beamed from church headquarters in Salt Lake City to countries across the world have typically heard their sermons, which are all spoken in English, dubbed into their own languages.

Handbook update encourages 'flooding the earth' with gospel message (LDS Church News) (September 9, 2014)
In line with recent encouragement for Church members to “flood the earth” with gospel messages of truth, the Church’s Handbook 2 has been updated with newly worded guidelines on using the Internet for that purpose.

Y News Insider: Four Things to Know about Kevin J Worthen's Inauguration (BYU news release) (September 9, 2014)
This week's special devotional, the Inauguration of Kevin J Worthen, will mark the formal induction of President Worthen as the president of BYU and give the university community a chance to celebrate a milestone in BYU’s history. While the purpose of this ceremony is to look forward, Inauguration is also filled with symbolism and traditions dating back to medieval European universities.

5 Leadership Lessons From The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Forbes) (September 9, 2014)
If you’re like many business leaders, you feel the pressure to produce measurable results. But what if you had to do it in a conspicuously public way? And on a relentless schedule that never, ever, accommodates pesky little things like holidays or other forms of time out?

Mountain Meadows reconciliation highlighted by quilt (The Spectrum - Utah) (September 9, 2014)
Descendants of the victims and perpetrators of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre are coming to Washington County this week for the Sept. 11 anniversary of the event, and some of them have helped create a new "friendship quilt" to be hung on the top level of St. George's Pioneer Courthouse. One of two quilts made to symbolize the remembrance and reconciliation that descendants on both sides of the massacre have been able to forge over time, the quilt will be unveiled Wednesday, on public display from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a brief program including some of those who helped make it scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Young church volunteers come to the West Side to fight graffiti (San Antonio Express-News - Texas) (September 9, 2014)
More than 200 volunteers flocked to downtown last weekend for the city's 11th annual Graffiti Wipeout, decked in neon vests, brandishing paint primer and flashing huge smiles at passers-by.

Utah nonprofit uses playtime to shape future for Ghanians (KSL - Utah) (September 9, 2014)
A little ingenuity goes a long way — especially for thousands of children in Ghana. In rural areas where hundreds of students attend school, there’s little chance that the schools will receive power for decades. When the sun goes down nightly around 6 p.m., homework can’t be completed until the following day. There are no overhead lights, no illuminated computer screens, no lamps with cords running from the wall. This is where a Utah nonprofit organization comes in.

September 8, 2014

Five Faiths Urge Supreme Court to Hear Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case (LDS Newsroom) (September 8, 2014)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined four other faiths to file a "friend-of-the-court" brief on Thursday, 4 September with the Supreme Court of the United States. The amicus brief urges the Court to hear Utah’s same-sex marriage case (Kitchen, et al. v. Herbert, et al.).

Mormon church, other faiths urge US Supreme Court to intervene in gay marriage issue (Associated Press) (September 8, 2014)
The Mormon church and other faiths are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage once and for all. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement Friday, said it joined a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to hear Utah's marriage case. Also taking part in the filing were The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

2015 mutual theme: 'Embark in the Service of God' (LDS Church News) (September 8, 2014)
The 2015 Mutual theme doubles as a call to action to faithful young men and young women across the globe: “O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.”

LDS missionary critically injured in Australia (Deseret News - Utah) (September 8, 2014)
A 20-year-old Utah woman serving as a missionary in the Australia Sydney South Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was critically injured Friday after being hit by a car near the city of Canberra. Sister Kendal Levine, who graduated from Stansbury High School in Tooele, had pulled off to the side of the road to take a picture of a double rainbow when the vehicle she was in was struck by another vehicle, pushing Levine between the two cars, said her aunt Mindy Blake.

Mormons to study words of Ezra Taft Benson (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 8, 2014)
Ezra Taft Benson was the only Mormon apostle ever to serve in a U.S. president’s Cabinet. He was an avid supporter of American freedoms and a staunch opponent of any organization he deemed to be "communistic." He also was known for his advocacy of conservative politics espoused by The John Birch Society. But during his tenure as the 13th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Benson rarely addressed those topics. And now, as Mormons worldwide prepare to take up a study of his sermons, the 2015 course manual likewise places no emphasis on his political views.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 8, 2014)
Uganda: Sewing Ties Together Latter-day Saint Young Women in Africa and the U.S. Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Uganda and Utah have become long distance friends. The motivation behind this friendship was the desire of the young women in Utah to help the young women in Uganda learn how to sew.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 8, 2014)
Focusing on Family at the Ogden Utah Temple Open House The Church's Ogden Utah Temple public open house, which continues through 6 September, has many talking about and posting photos of the importance of family.

Connecting families, the community (LDS Church News) (September 8, 2014)
While children were dressing up in period clothing to have their photo taken, seasoned and beginner genealogists quietly pored over online records, sharing tips and new information with each other at the Church’s Family History Open Day held Aug. 30 on Auckland’s North Shore.

No. 25 BYU jumps into polls after making statement at Texas (Deseret News - Utah) (September 8, 2014)
Raucous cheering resonated from inside BYU’s locker room in the bowels of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night, underscoring how much a 41-7 shellacking of Texas meant to the Cougars. BYU saw this showdown as an opportunity to make a statement against a marquee opponent. The Cougars dominated offensively and defensively, handing the Longhorns a humbling 34-point loss on their home field in front of 93,463 fans.

Steve Kaufusi, BYU's defensive line coach: Mormon missions 'tough' for recruiting, spiritually worthwhile (The Pact) (Oregonian) (September 8, 2014)
Steve Kaufusi knows how hard a Mormon mission can be on football players and coaches. Now in his 13th year as Brigham Young University's defensive line coach, Kaufusi says coaches are taking a risk in recruiting men who plan to delay playing football for two years as they evangelize for the Mormon church.

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