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August 28, 2015

President Thomas S. Monson: Gratitude for birthday greetings (LDS Church News) (August 28, 2015)
The Church News has been asked to express gratitude on behalf of President Thomas S. Monson for the many cards, letters and other greetings sent to him on his 88th birthday, which was Aug. 21.

Angel Moroni Lifted to the Top of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple (LDS Newsroom) (August 28, 2015)
Standing atop most temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the angel Moroni, an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon. The statue is not a figure of worship, but rather symbolizes his role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Facts about the Indianapolis Indiana Temple (LDS Church News) (August 28, 2015)
Location: 11565 Temple Drive, Carmel, IN 46032 Plans Announced: Oct. 2, 2010 Groundbreaking: Sept. 29, 2012 Public Open House: July 17 through Aug. 8, excluding Sundays Cultural Celebration: Saturday, Aug. 22, at the IUPUI Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium Dedication: President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the temple on Sunday, Aug. 23, in three sessions

LDS church, Boys Scouts remain tight (Idaho State Journal) (August 28, 2015)
Scout leaders in Southeast Idaho are pleased the close relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Boy Scouts of America will continue. LDS Church leadership had expressed its displeasure with a July decision by BSA to no longer ban openly gay leaders from Scout troops, but the First Presidency of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a press release Wednesday stating the church will stick with the scouting organization.

BYU Education Week: 'Hope an anchor of the soul' (LDS Church News) (August 28, 2015)
Students of all ages filled classrooms around the Brigham Young University campus for the annual Campus Education Week held Aug. 17-21. Each year, thousands of participants from around the world gather to hear a variety of topics available in the hundreds of class sessions throughout the week. This year’s theme came from Hebrews 6:18-19, where it reads, “Lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul.”

Joseph Smith Papers: Insights from the Printer's Manuscript (LDS Church News) (August 28, 2015)
In the wake of the Aug. 4 release of the latest Joseph Smith Papers volume — the one containing photo images and a printed transcription of the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon — the two volume editors spoke Aug. 20, giving insights about the manuscript and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

Learn Best Teaching Practices from “Gifted Teachers” (Church News) (August 28, 2015)
Members of the Sunday School general presidency have the opportunity to visit various wards and observe the teaching that takes place. After my visits, I often walk away with a feeling of gratitude in my heart for the excellent teachers I have witnessed as they blessed the lives of their learners.

Young Men leader offers shepherding counsel in Japan (LDS Church News) (August 28, 2015)
“You can walk into any building in the Church and you feel at home,” commented Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, after his recent visit to Japan with his wife, Jane. “We found pockets of home,” he said.

Helping people deal with criticisms against the Church (LDS Church News) (August 28, 2015)
In helping Latter-day Saints young and old to deal with criticisms against the Church and the doubts they might cause, there is no substitute for the guidance of the Holy Ghost, Ed J. Pinegar declared at the annual FairMormon Conference on Aug. 6.

How serving an LDS mission prepared me for motherhood (Deseret News - Utah) (August 28, 2015)
I have always admired the two young men who knocked on my family’s door when I was 5. They taught us about the faith I have grown to love, and I made a goal at an early age I would be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was older. And in 2010, I became just that.

Trib Talk: Mormon singles in a family-centric church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 28, 2015)
Fewer Mormon men means more single LDS women, yet marriage and children remain core to the faith's sermons and culture. On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., LDS members Ardis E. Parshall, Laura Durham and Chelsea Sue join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about how contemporary Mormonism addresses the needs of its single adults.

Irvine teens re-enact pioneering religious trek (Orange County Register - California) (August 28, 2015)
More than 100 teens from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently made a three-day pioneer trek through the hills of Beaumont to replicate their ancestors’ Utah journey.

August 27, 2015

Church to Go Forward with Scouting Program (LDS Newsroom) (August 27, 2015)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth.

Mormon Church Will Keep Ties With Boy Scouts Despite Objecting to Gay Leaders (New York Times) (August 27, 2015)
The Mormon Church announced Wednesday that it would continue its close association with the Boy Scouts for now, ending speculation that it would sever ties because of the Scouts’s decision last month to let openly gay men and women serve as leaders.

Utah Scout leaders breathe easier; Mormon church is sticking with the group (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 27, 2015)
Like a loyal Scout and a good Mormon, Stan Lockhart was prepared. In this case, he was ready to leave behind a boys program that he loves — if his faith followed through on its threat last month to form its own system. Lockhart, president of the Scouts' Orem-based Utah National Parks Council, learned Wednesday he won't have to do that after all — the LDS Church is sticking with the Boy Scouts of America.

Statue marks milestone for Fort Collins Mormon temple (Coloradoan) (August 27, 2015)
A golden angel soared through the sunny southeast Fort Collins sky Wednesday before coming to rest on the highest point around. As dozens of people looked on, crews used a towering crane to carefully lift and place a 7-foot-tall statue of the angel Moroni atop the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple under construction at the intersection of Timberline and Trilby roads.

New Mormon Stake Center opens on Sunset Road (Brentwood - Tennessee) (August 27, 2015)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold an open house and dedication this weekend of its new Nashville Stake Center at 1646 Sunset Road, close to the Brentwood / Nolensville border, according to an announcement from the church.

Latter-Day Saints undertake clean-up (Ghana Web) (August 27, 2015)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the La-Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), have jointly organized a five-hour massive clean-up exercise at the La beach.

World-famous DJ Kaskade to perform free concert in Provo (Deseret News - Utah) (August 27, 2015)
World-famous disc jockey and record producer Kaskade will perform a free concert Sept. 4 in downtown Provo. Kaskade, whose given name is Ryan Raddon, will entertain fans on Provo's Center Street as part of the sixth annual Rooftop Concert Series. Two Utah bands, The Brocks and Two Nations, will open for Kaskade.

August 26, 2015

Alzheimer's, fall claim life of Elder Keith K. Hilbig, former LDS general authority, at 73 (Deseret News - Utah) (August 26, 2015)
Elder Keith K. Hilbig, whose Alzheimer's cut short his service as a general authority of the LDS Church, died Saturday. He was 73.

LDS Church releases statement after vandals damage Fort Collins Temple construction site (Deseret News - Utah) (August 26, 2015)
Vandals damaged exterior structures and machinery at the Fort Collins Colorado Temple construction site early Sunday morning, according to the Coloradoan.

Argentine youth participate in handcart trek across the Pampas (LDS Church News) (August 26, 2015)
The Mormon Pioneers’ westward trek to the Salt Lake Valley was fueled by equal measures of faith and gritty resourcefulness. The pioneers utilized wits and cooperation — even as they humbly invoked the Lord’s guiding hand.

Mormonism’s dating dilemma is a guy thing — there aren’t enough of them (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 26, 2015)
In Utah, there are 150 LDS women for every 100 Mormon men — and that's causing a problem for a faith in which heterosexual marriage is among its highest values. These are the statistics writer Jon Birger cites this week in a Time magazine article, titled, "What Two Religions Tell Us About the Modern Dating Crisis."

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | August 25, 2015 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 26, 2015)
The Indianapolis Star, Associated Press and WISH TV are among the news outlets with coverage of Sunday’s dedication of the Church’s Indianapolis Indiana Temple in Carmel, Indiana. The Star article is the most extensive, describing the purpose of Latter-day Saint temples and how they differ from chapels.

Mormon woman will be first female West Point cadet to serve LDS mission (Deseret News - Utah) (August 26, 2015)
Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been honored to attend The United States Military Academy at West Point. But only after a policy change in the 1970s could cadets leave school, usually after their “Yearling” or sophomore year, to serve full-time missions for their church.

August 25, 2015

Senior LDS official gives talk in Pocatello (Idaho State Journal) (August 25, 2015)
Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the Quorum of 12 Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the church will continue to grow over the next 20 years, but it won’t compromise its values.

Missionaries with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider work an honor (Ledger-Enquirer - Georgia) (August 25, 2015)
It is not easy serving a mission call for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For two years, you start early in the morning and do not finish work until well into the evening.

Opening Devotional: Establishing peace, living the mission (BYU-Hawaii news release) (August 25, 2015)
Finding a personal connection to the historic and prophetic purposes of the University was the theme of President John and Sister Susan Tanner first Devotional address to the students, faculty and staff of BYU–Hawaii on Tuesday, August 4. Both speakers focused their instruction on principles found in President David O. McKay’s inspired addresses at the campus groundbreaking 60 years ago (1955), and at the campus dedication three years later (1958).

At least one key Mormon committee still lacks women (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 25, 2015)
Three top Mormon women officers were added this week to high level, previously all-male LDS Church councils, which oversee budgets, curriculum, missionary work, temple rites and family history. But church spokeswoman Kristen Howey has confirmed that at least one significant panel remains exclusively male: the Correlation Executive Committee.

What two religions tell us about the modern dating crisis - TIME (August 25, 2015)
One of my web searches turned up a study from Trinity College’s American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) on the demographics of Mormons. According to the ARIS study, there are now 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men in the state of Utah—a 50 percent oversupply of women.

Uani' Unga Using Life Lessons to Make Push for New York Giants' Final Roster (Bleacher Report) (August 25, 2015)
New York Giants linebacker Uani’ Unga is such a soft-spoken young man that, at times, it becomes necessary to lean in a little closer than what is perhaps desired to hear what he has to say. However, when it comes to his play on the field, Unga’s “voice” is about as loud as anyone’s.

Alex Boyé discusses transformation from homeless teen to singing star (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2015)
Alex Boyé recently discussed how faith helped him along his journey from being homeless as a teen to performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and appearing on "America's Got Talent." Boyé shared the struggles behind his rise to fame as a singer in three videos posted Friday by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

California community rallies around LDS family amid tragedy and hardship (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2015)
Family, friends and residents of a California community are rallying around an LDS family that is dealing with the tragic death of a child and other hardships. McKaylee Belle Grampp, 3, was accidentally struck and killed by a car driven by her father in a parking garage last week. The child was treated for serious injuries at the scene and later died at the hospital, according to the Burbank Leader.

August 24, 2015

First Latter-day Saint Temple in Indiana Dedicated (LDS Newsroom) (August 24, 2015)
Indianapolis, in the Hoosier state, now has a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Indianapolis Indiana Temple on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

President Eyring dedicates temple in the Crossroads of America (LDS Church News) (August 24, 2015)
Because of the intersecting of important roads, railroads and waterways in Indiana, the state as long been dubbed the “Crossroads of America.”

President Eyring dedicates first temple in the Hoosier State (LDS Church News) (August 24, 2015)
It’s a mystery that even life-long residents of the state of Indiana can’t solve. They call themselves Hoosiers — an identity that has to do with cornfields, basketball and racecars, a transportation hub, and a community of acceptance and rich cultural diversity. Being a Hoosier is tightly woven into the fabric of Indiana’s local identity.

Thousands celebrate Mormon temple dedication (USA Today) (August 24, 2015)
As James Wheatley stood outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Carmel on Sunday morning, he knew that he was witnessing something special. An Avon resident in the process of becoming a member of the church, Wheatley was among hundreds who attended one of three dedication ceremonies for the recently constructed temple.

Indianapolis youth cultural celebration: 'Gather to the light' (LDS Church News) (August 24, 2015)
Some 1,500 youth in Indianapolis, Indiana, shared the rich culture and history of the Hoosier State through music and dance on Aug. 22. The celebration was held in the Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, in conjunction with the dedication of the Indianapolis Indiana Temple — the first in Indiana and the 148th worldwide.

Utah colleges brace for first wave of younger, returning Mormon missionaries (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 24, 2015)
As he stepped onto the airport escalator Tuesday, Taylor Ogden looked like every other returning Mormon missionary eager to reconnect with his family and friends, except he was sporting a black felt, hard-brimmed sombrero, the kind worn by Chilean cowboys.

LDS Scout parents speak out about openly gay adult policy (Herald Journal - Utah) (August 24, 2015)
Some local LDS parents of Boy Scouts would like to see the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America even after the BSA removed the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees, but they understand if the church feels it’s best to part ways with the organization.

LDS mother 'redefining feminism' with Big Ocean Women nonprofit network (Deseret News - Utah) (August 24, 2015)
Carolina Allen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and mother of five children, said she is "redefining feminism." Two years ago, Allen began learning about national and international policies and their impact on the family. What she learned inspired her to become more personally involved.

18-year-old pushes youth leader in wheelchair across Mormon pioneer trek (Deseret News - Utah) (August 24, 2015)
Brian Allen was surprised when his LDS bishop asked him participate in a youth pioneer trek. The 34-year-old has been in a wheelchair for 16 years. He certainly didn't want to be a burden.

Stop looking for a soul mate, BYU professor advises (Deseret News - Utah) (August 24, 2015)
One way to cause problems in a marriage before it even begins is to go looking for a soul mate. That's according to Scott Braithwaite, who spoke Tuesday at BYU's Campus Education Week on “Who Decides Whom We Marry?”

‘We are an afterthought,’ says one black Mormon woman. Here’s why. (Fusion) (August 24, 2015)
upbringing. Except for one thing: she was black. “Every summer the youth, 12 through 18 [year olds], would do a pioneer trek and dress up like pioneers and pull carts. And I already didn’t wanna dress up like a pioneer,” said McGriggs. “I knew that wasn’t right inside. I knew if I were in that time I would have been a slave. I would have been property.”

August 21, 2015

LDS Church to reopen, dedicate site where priesthood was restored (KSL - Utah) (August 21, 2015)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reopening and dedicating the site where the priesthood was restored.

90,000 tour new Indianapolis temple (Deseret News - Utah) (August 21, 2015)
More than 90,000 Church and community members participated in the public open house for the Indianapolis Indiana Temple — the first temple in the Hoosier State and the 148th worldwide.

Frankfurt Germany Temple to Close for Renovation (LDS Newsroom) (August 21, 2015)
The Frankfurt Germany Temple will close beginning Monday, September 7, 2015, for extensive renovation. The temple is expected to reopen in July 2017.

Martin Harris Pageant cast members are performers, missionaries (LDS Church News) (August 21, 2015)
Clarkston — population of about 670 at the last census — is nestled in the northwest part of Utah's Cache Valley. Its patchwork of gold and green fields are fringed by views of the mountains on each side. Directions to Clarkston often include the warning that the nearest gas station is 15 to 20 miles away. There is no grocery store. Yet from July 31 to Aug. 15, this remote farming town received close to 36,000 visitors.

Professor speaks about Icelandic Latter-day Saints at Pioneers in Every Land series (LDS Church News) (August 21, 2015)
Latter-day Saints “should know there are wonderful, active members of the Church in two branches of Iceland,” said Professor Fred E. Woods of the BYU Department of Church History and Doctrine on Aug. 13.

84-year-old man travels to 77 LDS temples after wife's death (Deseret News - Utah) (August 21, 2015)
There are few things 84-year-old Calvin Goulding enjoys more than driving and attending LDS temples. So when his wife died in August 2014 after a long struggle with kidney failure, the Sandy resident decided to visit every operating LDS temple in the United States and Canada, documenting his journey through selfies along the way.

Speaker gives 'barebones secular argument for the gospel' (LDS Church News) (August 21, 2015)
Belief in the truth of the restored gospel is neither illogical nor irrational, a speaker at the FairMormon Conference declared Aug. 7. Daniel C. Peterson, a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU and a frequent defender of the Church, was the closing speaker at the two-day conference sponsored by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research. FairMormon is not affiliated with the Church, but it is dedicated to defending the Church against verbal and written attacks.

Defending the Faith: Book of Mormon parallels that are all too easy to find (Deseret News - Utah) (August 21, 2015)
Critics have long seen the “Gadianton robbers,” a violent revolutionary group that plays a recurring role in the Book of Mormon, as clear proof that Joseph Smith drew upon his early 19th-century American environment to create a fictional narrative. Although Freemasonry is far less central to American life today, it was a very big deal in the Republic’s formative years. Moreover, controversy swirled about it in western New York precisely while Joseph lived there. Almost since the publication of the Book of Mormon, therefore, some critics have dismissed the Gadianton robbers as thinly disguised Freemasons.

Sorensen brothers have shared experiences in football, faith, family (Deseret News - Utah) (August 21, 2015)
More than 370 sets of brothers have played professional football, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brothers Brad and Daniel Sorensen would like to join the uncommon fraternity this season. Brad Sorensen, 27, is now with the San Diego Chargers as a third-string quarterback. Daniel Sorensen, younger by two years, is third on the depth chart at free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Man charged with attack on Mormon bishop to appear in court (itv - UK) (August 21, 2015)
A man will appear in court this morning charged in connection with an attack on Mormon bishop David Charmbury last weekend. Harley Heyes, 36 of Bluebell Drive, Chelmsley Wood, was charged this morning with assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent, taking a vehicle by force and having no insurance.

Church art mystery (LDS Church News) (August 21, 2015)
Two "art detectives" have solved a Church history art mystery. Enoch Wood Perry Jr. was a 19th century American painter known for his thematic and stylistic works, including many portraits and landscapes. In the 1860s he was commissioned by the Church to create portraits of early LDS leaders, such as Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff and several others.

Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity (Religion News Service) (August 21, 2015)
Mormons across the globe praised LDS leaders for adding the faith’s top female officers to three high-level councils, calling the historic move a moment to savor. “This allows women to join their brothers — and to include their perspective, talents, spiritual gifts and leadership abilities — in church governance,” said Suzette Smith, a Mormon feminist in the Washington, D.C., area. “A real positive. Decisions like this make me feel valued and heard.”

ABC has crossed the line (Standard-Journal - Idaho) (August 21, 2015)
I read a story in the news recently that I found extremely disturbing. It wasn’t about a murderer or a sex offender or even a politician. It was about a TV show. ABC is putting out a new series called “Quantico” about a group of new recruits at an FBI training base in Quantico, Virginia. The article I read reports that there’s a scene in the show where two recruits are assigned to be roommates, and one is surprised when he sees the other, who is LDS, wearing only his temple garments.

August 20, 2015

Women Church Leaders Appointed to Leadership Councils (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 20, 2015)
Several women general officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been appointed by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to priesthood leadership councils within the Church.

Women to take part on general Church councils (LDS Church News) (August 20, 2015)
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have appointed three Latter-day Saint women to serve on general councils that establish policy for the Church.

Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 20, 2015)
Mormons across the globe Wednesday praised LDS leaders for adding the faith's top female officers to three high-level councils, calling the historic move a moment to savor. "This allows women to join their brothers — and to include their perspective, talents, spiritual gifts and leadership abilities — in church governance," said Suzette Smith, a Mormon feminist in the Washington, D.C., area. "A real positive. Decisions like this make me feel valued and heard."

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites August 19, 2015 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 20, 2015)
In the spirit of interfaith relations, leaders and missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Salvador, El Salvador, hosted eight leaders from other religions to provide better understanding about the Church.

David Archuleta sings 'Come, Come Ye Saints' for LDS missionaries in New Zealand (Deseret News - Utah) (August 20, 2015)
David Archuleta spoke and sang last week at a devotional for missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in New Zealand, according to a video from the Pacific Mormon Newsroom. The devotional was held Aug. 12 in Auckland and included talks by Brad Wilcox, a Brigham Young University professor, and Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, a member of the Pacific Area Presidency.

Mormons Should Embrace Gay Boy Scout Leaders (Slate) (August 20, 2015)
When I became an Eagle Scout four years ago, nobody knew I was gay—I was still in the process of accepting it myself. If I had told anyone, I would not have been given the award, despite a decade of involvement with scouting, countless hours with dozens of volunteers installing a garden at my elementary school, and more than a hundred nights camping in the California wilderness.

Video captures demolition of BYU's final Heritage Halls buildings (Deseret News - Utah) (August 20, 2015)
The last of the old Heritage Halls buildings at Brigham Young University are being demolished, and a YouTube video captures the clearing of one hall. The video, posted by BYU to YouTube on Tuesday, features time-lapse and close-up clips of the clearing of one of the final four old buildings. Broadbent Hall, Felt Hall, Fox Hall and Harris Hall are being demolished to make way for a new central building and residence hall.

BYU unveils donated painting 'Treasures of Knowledge' by artist Greg Olsen (Deseret News - Utah) (August 20, 2015)
A small group that included two LDS Church apostles and Brigham Young University administrators witnessed the unveiling of an original Greg Olsen painting at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on Wednesday during BYU Education Week.

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