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September 22, 2014

Ogden Utah Temple Rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson (LDS Newsroom) (September 22, 2014)
The Ogden Utah Temple was rededicated Sunday, 21 September 2014, by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after undergoing extensive renovation. The temple’s entire exterior was reshaped and new stone and art glass were added.

President Thomas S. Monson rededicates Ogden Utah Temple (LDS Church News) (September 22, 2014)
Hundreds of thousands of Church members gathered in the renovated Ogden Utah Temple and in meetinghouses across Utah and Wyoming on Sunday to watch President Thomas S. Monson rededicate the Church’s 14th temple.

Ogden Utah Temple Cultural Celebration: 'Shine the light' (LDS Church News) (September 22, 2014)
After standing to sing a "We Thank Thee O God for A Prophet" as President Thomas S. Monson walked into the Dee Events Center on Saturday afternoon, youth from northern Utah and parts of Wyoming spent the day singing and dancing in a cultural celebration honoring the remodeled Ogden Utah Temple.

My experience with the Ogden temple dedication (The Signpost - WSU - Utah) (September 22, 2014)
I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I grew up outside of Utah, which was a much different experience than most members have. Living outside of Seattle Washington, you don’t see LDS churches on every street corner during your daily drive, and there are not nearly as many LDS temples.

Mormon youths celebrate reopening of the Ogden Temple (Deseret News - Utah) (September 22, 2014)
LDS youths from the Ogden area spent their Saturday singing and dancing in celebration of the remodeled Ogden Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a “cultural celebration.” The event, held in conjunction with the temple’s rededication on Sunday, brought more than 16,000 youths to fill the Dee Events Center at Weber State University. Their families, and others living in the temple district, gathered in stake centers to watch a broadcast of the event.

Electric Car Sets New World Land Speed Record (Silicon India) (September 22, 2014)
An ultralight electric car built by students at a U.S. university has set a new land speed record in its class, besting the previous mark by nearly 80kph. Electric Blue, an E1 streamliner designed and modified by more than 130 Brigham Young University (BYU) students over the past 10 years, averaged 330kph on two qualifying runs this month.

The secret to a long marriage? Coming from a big family helps (Sacramento Bee - California) (September 22, 2014)
Betty Grotheer was a 16-year-old high school student from Carmichael when a young civil engineer named Lewis Pritten asked her parents for her hand in marriage. He was already 22, a friend of one of her older brothers. Truth be told, she wasn’t all that interested in him. “I met him when I was 12,” she said. “At 16, when Lewis asked me out, I didn’t want to go. I had a boyfriend. But Mom saw something in him.”

Danny Ainge: Rajon Rondo not trade bait (Telegram - Massachusetts) (September 22, 2014)
Wherever Danny Ainge goes, people ask him if he's going to trade Celtics captain Rajon Rondo. Sunday night was no exception. Ainge spoke about his life on and off the court at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Chester Street and a member of the congregation asked the Celtics president of basketball operations if he plans to deal his star point guard. Ainge used to be a Mormon bishop and now he's a high councilor of the Boston stake (region) which includes Worcester so he had to tell the truth, right?

BYU football: Undefeated Cougars climb to No. 20 in AP Poll (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 22, 2014)
Undefeated BYU continues to climb in the national rankings. A day after defeating Virginia 41-33 in an uneven performance at LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU jumped to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 media poll and to No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

BYU football: Virginia linebacker says Taysom Hill will win the Heisman (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 22, 2014)
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill made quite an impression on Virginia. After Hill passed for two touchdowns and ran for another during the Cougars’ 41-33 win on Saturday, Cavalier linebacker Max Valles predicted Hill will win the Heisman Trophy.

LDS Missionary Expo Offers Help for New and Returned Missionaries, Senior Couples, and Families (LDS Living) (September 22, 2014)
The first LDS Missionary Expo will be held October 1–3, 2014 at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem. The free Expo is about all things missionary under five main themes: prepare, serve, support, return and senior couples.

September 20, 2014

Young Women: Sharing goodness on social media (LDS Church News) (September 20, 2014)
We live in a day when everyone who chooses to speak has a voice. Through modern technology we can send messages to family, friends and hundreds of others in just seconds.

Women leaders visit southeastern United States (Deseret News - Utah) (September 20, 2014)
Members of the Church’s Relief Society, Young Women and Primary were in the southeastern area of the United States on Sept. 11-14 to meet with local Church leaders. Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, and Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, visited congregations in South Carolina and Georgia, where they attended meetings with five different congregations and held a couple of evening devotionals in Atlanta.

BYU campus devotional: Constructing spiritual stability (LDS Church News) (September 20, 2014)
Spiritual stability is crucial to successfully navigating one’s earthly experience, said Elder Dale G. Renlund during the campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Sept. 16. “For us to successfully navigate our mortal sojourn, we also need sufficient lateral stability — that is spiritual stability — to confront cross-winds and cross-currents, make the necessary turns and return safely home to our heavenly home,” said Elder Renlund of the Seventy.

Utah missionary’s funeral planned for Saturday (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 20, 2014)
The family of a Utah Mormon missionary will finally lay him to rest Saturday morning. Connor Thredgold, of Springville, and a fellow missionary were found dead in their Taipei apartment Aug. 23. Taiwan news agencies reported that the two, 19-year-old Thredgold and 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Op-ed: Catholics could learn from Mormons’ eternal marriage (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 20, 2014)
When Pope Francis married 20 couples two weeks ago, it was the first time a pope had done so in over a decade. It’s too bad Francis seems to think half of all marriages aren’t valid. The pope said as much last year when he was asked on the papal plane about communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. His predecessor in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, the pope remarked, "used to say that as far as he was concerned, half of all marriages are null. But why did he say this? Because people get married lacking maturity, they get married without realizing that it is a lifelong commitment, they get married because society tells them they have to get married."

Civil Society and the Church (LDS Newsroom) (September 20, 2014)
Drive through any city and you’ll see steeples or domes aspiring in the skyline. These houses of worship have a way of both standing out and fitting in. Businesses, town halls and residents join them as neighbors. Children walk by them on their way to school. Yet come Sunday morning, a different purpose emerges. The spiritual ideal of a church spreads beyond the spires where few notice the homeless shelters, hospitals and soup kitchens. Like the religious people that run them, the difference they make is felt more than seen.

FamilySearch Initiative Invites People to #MeetMyGrandma (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 20, 2014)
If you could share one story about your grandma, what would it be? That’s the question nonprofit FamilySearch International is asking people throughout the world to respond to as part of its worldwide #MeetMyGrandma social media campaign, 20-30 September.

Face to face with David Archuleta (LDS Church News) (September 20, 2014)
It is the first time the Church has ever done a live face-to-face event for youth. Returned missionary and former American Idol finalist David Archuleta spoke with youth in 91 countries doing two separate one-hour events, one in Spanish and one in English. The broadcast went to more than 34,000 video streams around the world, some in front of up to 80 youth on one stream at LDS meetinghouses and in homes.

Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at Philmont Ranch (Church News) (September 20, 2014)
The annual Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held at the Philmont Scout Ranch operated by the Boy Scouts of America in Cimarron, New Mexico. The first session will be held from June 27 through July 3 and the second from July 4 through July 10, 2015.

The Orchestra at Temple Square Celebrates 15 Years with Concert (Church News) (September 20, 2014)
The Orchestra at Temple Square will celebrate its 15th anniversary with one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved works, featuring 19-year-old piano prodigy George Li under the direction of acclaimed conductor Igor Gruppman.

Snohomish and Island counties get a ‘Day of Service’ from LDS and others (HeraldNet - Washington) (September 20, 2014)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations from throughout Snohomish and Island counties spent Sept. 13 cleaning up cemeteries, parks and schools as part of the “Day of Service.” The south Whidbey Island ward worked on the Bayview Cemetery near Freeland, said Frank Thornton, 79.

Mormon Pavilion at world's fair 50 years ago set the stage for future outreach to the public (LDS Church News) (September 20, 2014)
Its impact can be hard to imagine in the Internet age, but 50 years ago, when the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65 was staged, it was a chance for many people to experience an array of world culture and glimpse the technological dazzle of the future. For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it represented groundbreaking methods of taking the gospel message to multitudes.

California ward's garden is missionary and teaching tool (Deseret News - Utah) (September 20, 2014)
Latter-day Saints in Carpinteria have been busy planting the seeds of missionary work in their backyard. What started out as a chest-high, weed-infested lot behind the meetinghouse for the Carpinteria Ward in the Santa Barbara California Stake has turned into a community garden where members of the Church and community gather to harvest the fruits of their labor.

BYU-Idaho President gets criticism, support after posting dress code reminder (Fox 13 - Utah) (September 20, 2014)
The President of Brigham Young University-Idaho has drawn messages of both criticism and support after he posted a reminder to students regarding the school’s dress code. BYU-Idaho is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and students agree to abide by an honor code, which includes a dress code more strict than is found at many colleges in the country.

Mormons, Mobilization, and the GOP (High Country News) (September 20, 2014)
On Oct. 8, 2008, several elite leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—also known as the LDS or Mormon Church—went on air and urged members in California to boost their involvement in defeating the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. The LDS Church was one of the last to join the Protect Marriage Coalition, mostly comprised of conservative religious groups, including Catholics, Orthodox Jews, but they were certainly not the least. Elder M. Russell Ballard’s call to action was clear.

September 19, 2014

New Mormon Message video highlights how much good mothers do (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2014)
In a Mormon Message video published Wednesday, a mother is shown going about her daily tasks, only to end up missing out on something she had been looking forward to.

Mourning family of Mormon missionary finds comfort in stranger's painting (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2014)
Almost a month after their missionary daughter's death, a local family received some comfort from a stranger. On a recent evening, Frank Thomas stood on the family's doorstep in a West Jordan neighborhood and gave five quick raps on the door, having made the almost two-hour trek with his wife from Holden in Millard County. In front of him he clutched a large canvas print of his own artwork surrounded by a gold frame.

At his funeral, Darrien Hunt’s friends say he was Christlike (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 19, 2014)
Darrien Hunt wanted to heal the world. That was just one of the ways that Hunt, who Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed last week, was remembered Thursday morning at his funeral, held at a church only about 1 1/2 miles from the shopping center where he died. Before all that, he was a man who took after Jesus Christ, his friend Duane Domino said, standing before a congregation of more than 100 friends, family and supporters.

No more excuses: Mormon dad designs home teaching app (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2014)
For Dax Castro of West Sacramento, California, there seem to be countless obstacles to fulfilling an important responsibility he has in his LDS ward: home teaching. That's why Castro, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, designed an app that he hopes will help eliminate excuses, and make home and visit teaching more effective.

New DVD tells story of David Archuleta's Mormon mission (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2014)
One of the turning points in David Archuleta’s decision to serve a mission was a conversation with his mother. She said singer Donny Osmond helped get her interested in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "but the missionaries changed my life.”

NYTimes (surprise) covers Mormon sexual ethics, without talking to Mormons (Get Religion) (September 19, 2014)
There are people out there in cyberspace (and in our comments pages from time to time) who think that, here at GetReligion, "balance" on stories about moral and cultural issues is all about finding the right number of voices on the right to say nasty things about the views of people on the left side of things. Well, I would prefer to say it this way: When journalists cover controversial moral, cultural and religious issues, the journalistic thing to do is to talk to informed, representative voices on both sides of these hot-button debates. Of course, this journalistic approach assumes that journalists are willing to concede that there are two sides in these debates worth covering with respect.

September 18, 2014

Two apostles visit Northern South America, where LDS Church continues to grow, mature (LDS Church News) (September 18, 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.

Share Your Stories During “Meet My Grandma” Campaign (Church News) (September 18, 2014)
Everybody has two grandmothers, and the Church’s FamilySearch International is soliciting stories about them during a worldwide Meet My Grandma campaign, September 20-29. “At the heart of the campaign is a 90-second video that we created that is purely and truly international in its scope,” said Brad Lowder, international marketing manager for FamilySearch.

LDS Church invites movie goers to "Meet the Mormons" (Herald Extra - Utah) (September 18, 2014)
A film originally designed and slated for viewing in the Legacy Theater in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City is instead being released to first-run theaters across the country with an invitation to "Meet the Mormons". The feature-length production premieres Oct. 10. The PG-rated film is financed and distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a first for the church. It is shot in documentary format and will be translated into 10 languages.

Thousands of Africa’s Youth Gather in First FSY Conferences (Church News) (September 18, 2014)
Nearly 2,400 West African youth, ages 14–18, participated for the first time in For the Strength of Youth programs in the countries of Ghana, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast. All four events took place during school vacation time in August, which also made school campuses available for the large groups of LDS young men and young women, counselors, and leaders who gathered together for their five-day conferences.

LDS volunteers clean river trail, neighbor's property and collect food (Arlington Times - Virginia) (September 18, 2014)
Two congregations in Arlington spent more than 250 man hours Sept. 10–13 in support of the Puget Sound Day of Service commemorating 9/11. Members of the Stillaguamish and Arlington Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donned their yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” vests and reached out to provide community service.

New academic calendar begins in Fall 2015 (BYU-Hawaii news release) (September 18, 2014)
Starting in 2015, BYU–Hawaii will be implementing a new academic calendar. In an academic year, there will now be three equal 14-week semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Fall semester will begin in August and go through October. Winter will start in November and finish in February with a two-week break for Christmas. Spring semester will begin in March and continue through the first week of June. There will then be a seven-week summer break between Spring and Fall semesters. Each semester will be formatted the same, having the same number of weeks and more consistent course offerings as well as a graduation ceremony following each semester. This means that graduates will be able to walk once they complete their coursework instead of walking first and then attending another session or semester.

The Surprising Science Behind “Supremely Happy” People (Church News) (September 18, 2014)
Hank Smith, a seminary instructor, author, and speaker known for his youth devotionals, was surprised that so many people showed up to hear him speak at BYU Education Week. He attributed the healthy attendance to the topic he had extensively researched for his presentation, “The Science of Happiness.”

Brigham Young’s Favorite Hymn (Patheos) (September 18, 2014)
On April 8, 1877, Brigham Young delivered a sermon on the occasion of his imminent departure from the St. George Temple. Many observers of Young’s multifaceted career forget how significant temple-building was for him and for his legacy. “We shall build Temples over north and South America,” Young declared in 1875 while planning the construction of a temple in Manti, Utah. Twenty years earlier, he had expressed his hope that men and women would one day work in “thousands of Temples” in order to redeem the world.

Ordain Women will take its message local (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 18, 2014)
Leaders in the Ordain Women movement have announced a new tactic — rather than making a big public statement by marching to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, they are going local. In October 2013 and again in April, hundreds of women walked en masse to the heart of Mormonism to ask for standby tickets to the all-male priesthood session of the semiannual LDS General Conference as a sign that they were ready to take on the responsibilities of ordination, currently reserved for men and boys starting at 12 years old.

BYU football: Zac Stout’s return to BYU tearful, but gratifying (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 18, 2014)
In BYU’s 33-25 win over Houston last week, Cougar linebacker Zac Stout tackled Ryan Jackson in the end zone for a safety, handing the home team its first two points and setting off a raucous celebration on the sidelines and in the stands.

September 17, 2014

Women Auxiliary Leaders Provide Training in the Southeast (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 17, 2014)
Members of the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in the southeastern section of the United States 11-14 September to meet with local leaders.

Request to See Meet the Mormons Movie in Theater Near You (Church News) (September 17, 2014)
Church members living outside of Utah can participate in a “demand it campaign” to draw the Church's new documentary to theaters in their area. The Meet the Mormons documentary marks the first time in history that the Church will release a feature-length documentary commercially; it will be released on October 10.

BYU football: No. 21 Cougars basking in national attention (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 17, 2014)
Play on national television for three straight weeks, humiliate Texas 41-7 in Week Two, feature an exciting, play-making quarterback who is a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate, stay undefeated and crack the national rankings. That’s what the BYU Cougars did the first quarter of the college football season, and naturally national attention has followed for the independent going against the grain in the college football world.

LDS missionaries give Snoop Dogg a Book of Mormon (Standard-Examiner - Utah) (September 17, 2014)
It’s been six years since rapper Snoop Dogg was making headlines for something he actually didn’t do — convert to Mormonism. An article on a fake CNN page, which has since been deleted, claimed he converted after studying the religion for a year. The article was a hoax and April fools joke.

New Harmony: Ogling the penmanship of the prophets (Deseret News - Utah) (September 17, 2014)
I remember a photo from an old Life Magazine. The Beatles had come to America and a young girl was clutching a fistful of grass in Shea Stadium and weeping: "Ringo stepped on this grass!" she was saying. Something inside of all of us wants to get close to special people, and if we can't touch them, we want to touch — or just see — things they have touched.

Family History Efforts Bless Ward in Utica, New York (Church News) (September 17, 2014)
“This work is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil, where help is given in both directions. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful” (Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 95).

Young performing missionary shares trombone talent in Nauvoo (Deseret News - Utah) (September 17, 2014)
For Sister Marsie Trego of Mesa, Arizona, receiving a call to serve meant both wearing a black name tag and bringing her trombone. Trego was called as a young performing missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois, this summer and that meant her trombone would be an essential piece of equipment in serving the Lord.

Picturing history: Montrose, Lee County, Iowa (Deseret News - Utah) (September 17, 2014)
Montrose, Iowa, is situated on the west side of the Mississippi River directly across from Nauvoo, Illinois. A good number of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settled in Montrose on the Iowa side of the river as Nauvoo was being established on the Illinois side. Some abandoned military barracks provided some immediate relief for a number of the destitute Mormons.

Teen's huge halibut holds up to win Homer derby (Alaska Dispatch News) (September 17, 2014)
Most high school athletes are happy if they get orange wedges and Gatorade after a tough game. For Preston (Idaho) junior soccer player Jackson Hobbs, 16, the Indians’ loss Tuesday night to rival Blackfoot High was made more palatable by news he’d just cashed in a five-figure jackpot. “Yeah, that brightened my mood,” said Hobbs, who received a phone call from his grandfather after Tuesday’s game informing him the 335-pound halibut the younger Hobbs caught last month would stand as the winner in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

The inglorious end of the world? Nah, just people (Boston Globe - Massachusetts) (September 17, 2014)
EARLIER THIS month, MIT professor and provocateur extraordinaire Noam Chomsky, a linguist by training, published an article titled “The End of History?: The short, strange era of human civilization would appear to be drawing to a close.” Chomsky argued that ISIS, German bankers (!), and climate change are somehow confabulating to bring civilization to “an inglorious end.”

September 16, 2014

Over half a million people attended Ogden Utah Temple open house (LDS Church News) (September 16, 2014)
Standing outside the newly remodeled Ogden Utah Temple on Saturday morning, Sept. 6, were several youth from the Welby 5th Ward, West Jordan Utah Welby Stake. Among the young men dressed in slacks, white shirts and ties was 13-year-old Carter Davis.

Former University of Utah President Chase Peterson dies (Deseret News - Utah) (September 16, 2014)
Former University of Utah President Chase Nebeker Peterson was remembered Monday as an unselfish man dedicated to his faith, his family and Utah. "Not only was he smart, he had such a great heart. He cared so much for the university, about his students, and about Utah," his wife, Grethe Peterson, said. "He was just so happy here."

Ex-LDS presiding bishop is favorite to head UTA board (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 16, 2014)
Former LDS Presiding Bishop H. David Burton was nominated Monday to become the new chairman of the Utah Transit Authority and is expected to take over next week as top shepherd of that sometimes tempest-tossed agency. The UTA Board’s executive committee nominated Burton, and the full board is scheduled to vote Sept. 24.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 16, 2014)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to the young adults of the Church on Sunday, 14 September. He encouraged them to find happiness through living a Christ-centered life. Many social media users commented online about their favorite parts of Elder Christofferson's address:

Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 16, 2014)
Since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mormon voters have become more and more ensconced in the Republican Party, to the point that today they represent the most reliable, cohesive bloc of voters for the GOP of nearly any demographic. The reason for the shift, argue three scholars in a new book on the topic, is that Mormons live in a tight-knit, insular subculture that sets itself at odds with the evolving social norms and shares conservative social values.

Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings (Religion News Service) (September 16, 2014)
It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. On a cool summer evening, in a borrowed classroom overlooking San Francisco Bay, about 150 men and women gathered to screen a short documentary about a Mormon family whose 13-year-old son came out as gay.

Lehigh soccer player Austin Decker returns after three-year Mormon mission trip (Brown and White - Pennsylvania) (September 16, 2014)
After a three-year Mormon mission in the Pacific Island of Kiribati, junior International Relations major Austin Decker is back as a striker on the Lehigh men’s soccer team and is looking to contribute as a leading scorer this season. Decker considered his return the afternoon before his first game back as a fresh start with the team.

September 15, 2014

Elder Christofferson Shares Blessings of Losing One's Life in Christ (Church News) (September 15, 2014)
As individuals lose their lives in Christ and His gospel they are able to find authentic—and eventually eternal—life, taught Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a Church Educational System devotional held in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on September 14.

Sister Reeves: Boldly Testify to World of Marriage, God's Plan (Church News) (September 15, 2014)
What a loving, humbling and profound declaration our Father in Heaven makes when he proclaims, “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

2014 BYU Education Week Summary (Church News) (September 15, 2014)
Thousands of Church members gathered in Provo, Utah, August 18–22 for BYU Campus Education week, one of the largest continuing education programs in the country. Based on the theme “Seek Learning, Even by Study and Also by Faith,” found in Doctrine and Covenants 88:118, the conference featured more than 1,000 classes taught by more than 200 presenters, teaching on a wide variety of topics.

See photos of LDS temples being built around the world (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 15, 2014)
The LDS Church has announced so many new temples in recent years, it’s hard to keep track of them. Rome. Paris. Provo. Philly. Phoenix. Tijuana and so on. How many have been completed? Where are they in the process of construction? Which ones are all but finished and which ones are barely begun?

Mormon population expanding in Pittsburgh region (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pennsylvania) (September 15, 2014)
Cynthia Greathouse and her husband, Dana, lived for much of their adult lives in Denver, where they raised their family and never expected to leave, but with their adult children settling in other states and her husband receiving a good job offer in southwestern Pennsylvania’s booming energy sector, they recently made the cross-country move. In the process, they became part of the steadily growing population of Mormons in the Tri-State region, now at about 9,000.

LDS General Conference brings out the Mormon in all (Daily Herald - Utah) (September 15, 2014)
There are two things that are Utah certainties this time of year: The seasons will change from summer to fall, and the first week of October will be the semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Regular sessions of General Conference will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5, with a Priesthood session at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Meet the Mormons (LDS Church News) (September 15, 2014)
Church members living outside of Utah can participate in a demand it campaign, and draw the Churchs new documentary to theaters in their area. The Meet the Mormons documentary marks the first time in history that the Church will release a feature-length documentary. The release date is Oct. 10.

Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney is leaving door open to another run (Deseret News - Utah) (September 15, 2014)
Mitt Romney is leaving the door open to a third run for president if no suitable Republican enters the race, according to one of his key supporters, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "I think that's right. He certainly hasn't put the ball cap down tightly over his head and sailed off with the grandkids," Chaffetz told the Deseret News when asked if Romney was leaving the door open for another bid in 2016.

Social Worker Spreads a Message of Acceptance to Mormons With Gay Children (New York Times) (September 15, 2014)
Late on election night in 2008, Caitlin Ryan sat in her apartment here, cat in her lap, computer at her side, watching the results on television. Sometime after Barack Obama was declared president, briefly lifting her mood, she saw the news she had been dreading: Proposition 8 was going to win, striking down same-sex marriage in California.

‘This Is the Place’ for largest gathering of gay Mormons (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 15, 2014)
When the annual Affirmation conference for LGBT Mormons and their supporters kicks off Friday in Salt Lake City, organizers expect to see more young people and family members than ever. The conference, titled "This Is the Place" and which runs through Sunday, will be "the largest single gathering of gay Mormons in the world meant to help attendees reconcile and celebrate being both LGBT and connected to the LDS faith," spokesman John Gustav-Wrathall said.

BYU moves up to No. 21 in AP poll, No. 23 in Coaches poll (Deseret News - Utah) (September 15, 2014)
The Cougars are rising. The undefeated BYU football team climbed four spots to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and has moved into the USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time this season, checking in at No. 23.

'Mormon girls' duo pokes fun at own quirky culture (Spectrum - Utah) (September 15, 2014)
When the popular YouTube video "S*** Girls Say" went viral a couple of years ago, Chelsea Wilson Calder, formerly of St. George, and Elisabeth Evans of New York City, saw an opportunity to flex their creative muscles by producing their own version, poking fun at their own religious culture with the video, "Things Mormon Girls Say." They were not prepared for the response it received. "It definitely blew up," Calder said of the video that, to date, has received more than half a million views.

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