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July 22, 2016

Elder Francis Marion Gibbons, a lifetime of service (LDS Church News) (July 22, 2016)
Elder Francis Marion Gibbons, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on July 16, 2016, at the age of 95. Elder Gibbons died in his sleep in his home in Salt Lake City.

Francis Gibbons, aide to top Mormon leaders — and who wrote books about first 14 LDS presidents — dies at 95 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 22, 2016)
It was 1970, and the LDS Church was looking for a "mature" male secretary for its governing First Presidency — someone who had administrative experience and could take notes in shorthand. Ever faithful, Francis Marion Gibbons, a successful lawyer and Mormon bishop on Salt Lake City's east side, answered the call (he had trained as a court recorder in his teens, his official church biography says, and continued to use that skill for decades in his education and work). He had to take a pay cut to do so.

New auxiliary leader learned 'you can do anything' with the help of the Lord (LDS Church News) (July 22, 2016)
As a young missionary venturing away from home for the first time, Bonnie Hillam arrived at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, and knew she needed confirmation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Christ’s restored church on the earth.

Updated printed version of Spanish scriptures now available (LDS Church News) (July 22, 2016)
The Church announced this July the availability of the updated printed edition of the Latter-day Saint edition of the scriptures in Spanish. The First Presidency announced the digital publication of the Spanish standard works on December 16, 2015, found at escrituras.lds.org and on the Gospel Library mobile application.

President and Sister Uchtdorf visit site of Rome Italy Temple: 'It is impressive to see' (LDS Church News) (July 22, 2016)
During a recent trip to Italy, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, visited the Rome Italy Temple site on July 17. “The members in Italy are anxiously awaiting the completion of the House of the Lord,” he said. “Rome and all of Europe will be better because of this temple.”

'The right voice' (LDS Church News) (July 22, 2016)
voice to oppose wrong,” Brother Devin G. Durrant, first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency told graduates during commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Idaho on July 20.

Mormonism in Pictures: Pioneers’ Trek West (LDS Newsroom) (July 22, 2016)
Before the historic 1847 trek of the Mormon pioneers, the early Latter-day Saints gathered from across the Atlantic Ocean to join the westward migration. Prior to heading west, the early Saints settled in several areas in the East, including Kirtland, Ohio.

July 21, 2016

BYU climbs from No. 15 to No. 5 in this year's 'Best Colleges in America' by Money Magazine (Deseret News - Utah) (July 21, 2016)
BYU made a significant jump in this year’s list of Best Colleges in America by Money Magazine, making a leap from No. 15 to No. 5.

Angel Moroni Statue Tops Meridian Idaho Temple (LDS Newsroom) (July 21, 2016)
Crane operators and construction workers hoisted the 13-foot-6-inch angel Moroni statue to the top of the Meridian Idaho Temple July 20, 2016.

A Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont (Bloomberg) (July 21, 2016)
David Hall is snapping up farmland to bring his vision of a sustainable high-density community to life. The neighbors are horrified.

Utah Republicans long for the good ol’ Romney days (videos) (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 21, 2016)
Republicans were giddy. The excitement was palpable; their joy unconstrained. One of their own ­— a Mormon and "Utah's favorite adopted son" — was about to take the crown as the Republican nominee for president. The Utah GOP delegates proudly offered their 40 votes for Mitt Romney but would have given more if they could.

Utah Mormons find Trump’s style and substance tough to swallow (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 21, 2016)
Members of the Utah delegation to the Republican National Convention woke up early Wednesday morning and traveled to Kirtland, Ohio, once the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before members of the faith were driven West.

Ohio Mormon prays for political leaders, enemies at GOP convention (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 21, 2016)
A Mormon lay leader offered the invocation at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, praying not only for America's leaders but also its enemies. "Please bless all of our leaders father that they may have wisdom and humility as they serve," said Nathan Johnson, the second counselor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Kirtland Ohio Stake Presidency.

Kyle Collinsworth signs with Dallas Mavericks (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 21, 2016)
Collinsworth is one step closer to realizing his NBA dream. Collinsworth, a 6-foot-8 guard/forward and one of the best players in BYU history, signed a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the Dallas Mavericks, he told The Tribune on Wednesday night.

July 20, 2016

Choir, orchestra said to have brought healing during European tour (Deseret News - Utah) (July 20, 2016)
Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wrapped up their three-week, central European tour Friday by re-creating a photo shoot from a 1955 tour, when their predecessors posed in front of the famous Eiffel Tower.

Elder Stevenson Throws First Pitch at Angels Game (Church News) (July 20, 2016)
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 15.

Pokemon Go player spots fire that destroyed Deseret Industries donations (Deseret News - Utah) (July 20, 2016)
Two storage units of donations for Deseret Industries went up in flames around 4 a.m. on July 10 in Kuna, Idaho. News station KTVB.com reported that damages are estimated to be more than $23,000. However, the situation could have been worse had an 18-year-old Pokemon Go player not found the fire and called 911.

Mormon sues Arkansas car dealership, says he was harassed, fired because of faith (Arkansas Online) (July 20, 2016)
A former salesman at Randall Ford in Fort Smith has filed a lawsuit saying he was repeatedly harassed about his religious undergarments and fired because of his faith. Richard Black, 44, of Van Buren, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the lawsuit, which was filed June 17 in Sebastian County Circuit Court and moved to federal court on Friday. Attorneys for Randall Ford hadn't filed a response as of Tuesday afternoon.

Ann Cannon: Dear Donald Trump, a history lesson on the Mormon ‘Extermination Order’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 20, 2016)
The pioneers finally showed up here to get away from folks like Gov. Lilburn Boggs of Missouri, who once issued an extermination order where the Mormons were concerned. (I'm not making this up. I've attached a copy of the order in Boggs' own handwriting for you to peruse. You're welcome!)

July 19, 2016

'We honor our pioneer ancestors,' said Brother Tad R. Callister at Ogden Pioneer Days devotional (Deseret News - Utah) (July 19, 2016)
“We honor our pioneer ancestors by the lives we live,” said Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School general president, during the annual Ogden Pioneer Days devotional...

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings to Enthusiastic Audiences in Europe (LDS Newsroom) (July 19, 2016)
More than 300 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 65 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square wrap up a seven-city summer tour in western Europe, with 90-minute live performances that were scheduled from June 29 through July 13, 2016. The music ranged from classical choral to American folk and gospel music to well-known songs of stage and screen.

Service missionaries shuttle 'the world' to Temple Square (LDS Church News) (July 19, 2016)
While the Church is well known for sending missionaries to the far-flung corners of the globe, Elder Jesse Taylor and his wife, Sister Nedra Taylor, spend a lot of time shuttling “the world” to Church headquarters. As senior service missionaries at Temple Square, the couple fulfills their “tiny little part” — as Sister Taylor describes it — in contributing to missionary efforts by driving a 15-passenger van the 8 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport to downtown Salt Lake City and then back again.

Latter-day Saints receive 2016 Pioneers of Progress Awards (Deseret News - Utah) (July 19, 2016)
A trio of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were among those honored with Days of '47 Pioneers of Progress Awards last week. LDS Church members Matthew S. Holland, Keith B. McMullin and Clive Romney were recognized, along with Cynthia Furse, Apa Sherpa and the 1966 Marine Platoon 1071, for their modern-day pioneer spirit and service at a gala banquet at the Salt Lake Marriott City Center Tuesday, July 12.

University, ex-coach deny discriminating against Mormon tennis player (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 19, 2016)
Idaho State University's former assistant tennis coach and the school have denied allegations made in a lawsuit in which a former tennis player says he was discriminated against because of his Mormon faith. The Post Register reports — http://bit.ly/29JmcI8 — that former coach Nate Gross has been accused of harassing Orin Duffin, who played on the team during the 2014-15 season, because of his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the lawsuit filed in May, Duffin said he was harassed while playing for the men's tennis team.

LDS Church missionaries in Russia now to be known as 'volunteers' (July 19, 2016)
A change is coming to the designation for missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are serving in Russia, with elders and sisters serving in the country to be known as volunteers, rather than as missionaries.

July 18, 2016

Popular Mobile App Brings Visitors to Church Facilities (Church News) (July 18, 2016)
We've grown accustomed to seeing people texting while walking, but lately have you noticed strangers wandering outside your local ward or stake building while expectantly staring into their phone's camera?

Mormon missionaries safe amid coup attempt in Turkey, LDS Church says (Deseret News - Utah) (July 18, 2016)
All Mormon missionaries in Turkey are safe as a coup attempt plays out, but it is unknown if any church members are caught up in the chaos. “At this point we know that all missionaries in Turkey are currently safe and accounted for," said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "We have no information that our members are involved in the conflict. We pray for their safety as these events unfold."

LDS Church releases statement following attack that killed 84 in France (Deseret News - Utah) (July 18, 2016)
Mormon Newsroom France published a statement Friday following the terrorist attack in Nice, France. The statement expresses the sentiments of Elder Patrick Kearon, President of the Europe Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and members of the LDS Church in France.

University leader, stake president heads for SLC (Standard Journal - Idaho) (July 18, 2016)
After 14 years of living in Rexburg, Brigham Young University-Idaho Vice President Charles Andersen said he is leaving with mixed emotions. He has enjoyed his time in Rexburg, but he looks forward to what the future will bring. Charles will formally finish his job July 29 and begin a new job with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City Aug. 1.

July 15, 2016

Sapporo Japan Temple open house begins (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2016)
The open house for the Sapporo Japan Temple began Friday, July 8, and will continue through Saturday, July 23, excluding Sundays.

Performers, audiences have found warm connections during choir and orchestra tour (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2016)
Carma Huggard lived in Belgium in 1988, when her husband, Gary, was stationed here with the United States Air Force. Every Sunday, while driving from their village 50 miles to Church, the Huggards would listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast on the car radio.

'Music for a Summer Evening' (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2016)
The King’s Singers will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square for this year’s Pioneer Day concert, “Music for a Summer Evening.” The performances will be held on July 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center. Mack Wilberg, the music director, and Ryan Murphy, the associate music director, will conduct the concerts.

LDS Church rolls out ‘Meet the Mormons’ — the sequel (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 15, 2016)
It is time, the LDS Church believes, to meet even more Mormons. On Thursday, the Salt Lake City-based faith provided a preview of its newest short promotional films, "Meet the Mormons: New Faces/New Stories," featuring a horse trainer and his wife in Morgan, Utah, a Tokyo-based singing group, and an Italian convert who launched a homeless service in Las Vegas.

New ‘Meet the Mormons’ Stories Released by Church (LDS Newsroom) (July 15, 2016)
Several new stories made by the producers of the movie “Meet the Mormons” will be shown exclusively in visitors’ centers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beginning this summer. They make their public debut on Temple Square Saturday, July 16, 2016, following the July 15 premiere in Salt Lake City and will be available at the Church’s other English-speaking visitors’ centers by request starting in August. The new 20-minute vignettes featuring diverse members of the Church and their families will join the original six documentary-style segments from the movie that was released in the fall of 2014.

Stake leaders and families attend the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2016)
On a Saturday afternoon in July, carloads of travel-weary but excited families drive up a tree-lined road at the Philmont Training Center in northern New Mexico.

U.S. officials meet with Utah man jailed in Venezuela (Deseret News - Utah) (July 15, 2016)
A 24-year-old Utah man jailed in Venezuela has been allowed to meet with U.S. diplomats two weeks after he and his new bride were arrested on weapons charges, a United States official said Wednesday. Representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas met with Josh Holt on Tuesday, according to a U.S. government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. Details of the meeting were not immediately available.

Mormon family raises children on boat in the Caribbean (Deseret News - Utah) (July 15, 2016)
Tracy and Christa Prows decided to make their dream a reality around 1996. The couple's big plan: sell their 10-acre home and farm in Bear River City, Box Elder County; move to Florida; and buy a boat big enough to house their family of seven children for years to come.

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