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February 5, 2016

Dieter F. Uchtdorf of Church’s First Presidency Recounts Childhood Refugee Ordeal (LDS Newsroom) (February 5, 2016)
World leaders met Thursday in London with the United Nations Refugee Agency to find solutions to the growing refugee crisis in Europe. Their goal is to create long-term work and education opportunities for the millions now in refugee camps.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Gail Halvorsen: Fellow aviators' lives intersect (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2016)
When he was 8 years old, Dieter F. Uchtdorf looked up at planes flying in and out of Berlin. He and his sister had traveled there from their home in Zwickau for an LDS youth conference in 1949. The planes were part of the Berlin Airlift. Years later, he learned that one of the airlift’s pilots was a fellow Latter-day Saint, Gail Halvorsen, the renowned “Candy Bomber”.

The Book of Mormon: 'The Keystone of Your Faith' (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2016)
Declaring the Book of Mormon to be “like an exquisite banquet table, one thousand feet long, covered with the most desirable food, fruit and flowers from across the world,” Elder Neil L. Andersen addressed thousands of young adults here Sunday evening, Jan. 31.

Elder Marcus B. Nash at BYU campus devotional: 'Guided safely home' (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2016)
Understanding the plan of salvation is crucial to navigating many of the social issues facing Church members today, Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, taught during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Feb. 2.

Illinois woman can keep rare Book of Mormon despite bankruptcy, court rules (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Missouri) (February 5, 2016)
A woman from Southern Illinois can keep a rare 1830 Book of Mormon worth tens of thousands of dollars despite filing for bankruptcy, a federal appeals court in Chicago said Thursday.

TV Host Runs into Missionaries During 'Only Say Yes' Experiment (LDS Living) (February 5, 2016)
In a new Flemish TV show entitled Ja Jan, a TV host commits to say "yes" to every question asked of him for 60 days. Including when he ran into two Mormon missionaries. Episode 4 of the show, which aired on January 26th, follows Jan as he flips a coin leaving his house to determine the direction he'll walk that day. As luck would have it, he drops the coin, which then rolls to a stop on tails--directing him to walk forward instead of to the right.

February 4, 2016

President Obama denounces anti-Muslim bias, mentions anti-Mormon history (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 4, 2016)
President Barack Obama on Wednesday noted that Mormons, too, have faced persecution like Muslims and other faiths as he made his first visit to a U.S. mosque and pleaded for tolerance toward all religions.

World's Largest Family History Event Held in Utah (LDS Newsroom Blog) (February 4, 2016)
Thousands of family history enthusiasts from the United States and overseas are gathering in Salt Lake City this week for RootsTech, the world’s largest family history event. The three-day conference is open to the public and runs February 4-6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

RootsTech keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin knows presidents, baseball and the power of stories (Deseret News - Utah) (February 4, 2016)
Doris Kearns Goodwin knows her U.S. presidents. The prominent presidential historian has authored six best-selling books featuring famous names such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her book delving into the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. At age 24, Goodwin also served as an assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson in his final year in the White House and helped him with his memoirs.

RootsTech 2016 a 25,000-member 'studio audience' (Deseret News - Utah) (February 4, 2016)
RootsTech 2016, the largest family history event in the world, got underway Wednesday, drawing the vanguard of an expected 25,000 registered attendees from all 50 states and 40 countries who will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center each day through Saturday.

The Virtuous Cycle of Dialogue (LDS Newsroom) (February 4, 2016)
In a January 13, 2016, segment of HuffPost Live, entertainer Lindsey Stirling describes her faith as a "staple of my life that's helped me maintain who I am as everything else changes." She then notes how fans react to learning she's a Latter-day Saint.

'A unique insight': Jermaine Sullivan shares conversion, experiences since 'Meet the Mormons' release (Deseret News - Utah) (February 4, 2016)
Jermaine Sullivan maintains that when it came to participating as one of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints featured in the documentary "Meet the Mormons," any number of individuals, families or even bishops could have been chosen. Even so, he's grateful to have been among those who were selected.

Mormon feminists score small gains — in word, in song, in lessons, and, they hope, in life (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 4, 2016)
Mormon feminists are celebrating a few more small steps toward gender equality in their Utah-based faith. February's edition of the Friend, the LDS Church's official magazine for children, features an article titled "Savannah the Engineer" about a young girl who enters — and whose team wins — a battery-powered-car-designing contest. The issue also highlights lots of ethnically diverse faces and stories.

February 2, 2016

LDS apostle visits Samoa, New Zealand, Solomon Islands (Deseret News - Utah) (February 2, 2016)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited LDS Church members, government officials and missionaries in the Pacific over the course of the last two weeks.

LDS.org launches 14-day 'Love One Another' challenge (Deseret News - Utah) (February 2, 2016)
The arrival of February signals the approach of Valentine’s Day. In honor of the upcoming holiday, LDS.org launched a 14-day challenge Friday to spread love, but the challenge does not limit itself to romantic love. Instead, it focuses on emulating the love of Christ.

5 faith facts for Sen. Marco Rubio: Once a Catholic, always a Catholic (Religion News Service) (February 2, 2016)
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has tried three religions for the right spiritual fit. But now, as he now pushes to prove he’s the right electoral fit for the GOP presidential nomination, he’s assuring Christians, “There’s only one savior and it’s not me. “It’s Jesus Christ who came down to Earth and died for our sins.”

The Book of Mormon and the modern-day Tyndale moment (Deseret News - Utah) (February 2, 2016)
Some months ago I published a vision statement about the need for increasing scriptural literacy, what I call the modern-day Tyndale moment for the digital age.

UVU assistant basketball coach reflects on LDS missionary service in the Philippines (Deseret News - Utah) (February 2, 2016)
Caitlyn Sears was the fifth all-time leading scorer at Southern Utah University, recording 1,216 total points in her four-year college career. After completing her time as a student-athlete, Sears immediately joined the coaching staff at SUU in 2011.

February 1, 2016

LDS Church provides instructions to missionaries for avoiding Zika virus outbreak in Western Hemisphere (Deseret News - Utah) (February 1, 2016)
The LDS Church will have its mission presidents provide guidance to missionaries about how to avoid the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is "spreading explosively" across the Americas.

Progress In Construction Of Mormon Temple Becoming More Visible In Philadelphia (CBS Philly - Pennsylvania) (February 1, 2016)
Progress in the construction of a new temple for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints is becoming more visible along Ben Franklin Parkway. It will be the first Mormon temple in Pennsylvania.

Lawsuit against newspapers is back on as poll shows Utahns want Salt Lake Tribune to survive (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 1, 2016)
Attorneys have quietly resumed a legal fight over The Salt Lake Tribune's business dealings with its main rival, the Mormon church-owned Deseret News — even as a new poll reveals most Utahns support The Tribune's continued operation.

Music and the Spoken Word: 'Life as we would like it to be' (Deseret News - Utah) (February 1, 2016)
American artist Norman Rockwell was known as the artist of the common man and of common places. His models were his neighbors and family members, his subjects the plain and simple moments of life, and he depicted them with fondness.

New Video Documents Ghana’s 1989 Ban on Church Activities (Church News) (February 1, 2016)
The Church History Department has released a new short video on the 1989–90 ban on Church activities in Ghana.

Linda and Richard Eyre: On understanding each other and the LDS Handbook (Deseret News - Utah) (February 1, 2016)
Last fall when the LDS Church Handbook statements on gay couples and their children were leaked to the media without context or explanation, it created some division and misunderstanding across our community and within the church.

Op-ed: As LDS grapple with handbook change, know that God loves his gay children (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 1, 2016)
Please do not judge, sentence, cast out or denigrate your gay child, relative, friend or their contributions to the LDS Church because of a label in the handbook or subsequent pronouncements regarding the LDS policy on gay marriage.

8 new mission presidents called (LDS Church News) (February 1, 2016)
Eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Viewpoint: Miracles Confirm Faith (Church News) (February 1, 2016)
Recently, a missionary companionship working in a large European city received a text message from the assistants to the mission president with a challenge for that week: each companionship in the mission was being asked to set a baptismal date for an investigator.

January 29, 2016

Mormon Tabernacles — Religious and Community Edifices (LDS Newsroom) (January 29, 2016)
"Mormonism in Pictures” is a photo essay feature from MormonNewsroom.org depicting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members around the world. Today we feature photos, many historical, of tabernacles Mormon pioneers built in the early days of the Church.

Provo City Center Temple windows reflect pioneer heritage (LDS Church News) (January 29, 2016)
The new Provo City Center Temple pays affectionate homage to the Provo Tabernacle — the burned-out pioneer-era structure from which it emerged — and in nowise is this more clearly reflected than in the stained-glass windows that grace it.

Suva Fiji Temple open house: 'Windows of heaven are open again' (LDS Church News) (January 29, 2016)
As the public open house for the renovated Suva Fiji Temple began, President Vito M. Qaqa described the sentiment of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific island nation: “It feels like the windows of heaven are open again,” he said.

New items in the Church History Library’s;'Foundations of Faith'; exhibit (LDS Church News) (January 29, 2016)
The Church History Library has recently placed several new items on display in its “Foundations of Faith” exhibit. An ancient papyrus, a record of the first general conference, and the handmade sketch that accelerated the construction of temples over the past two decades are among the items that make the Church’s organization and growth relevant to visitors today.

BYU exhibition: God's children 'converse' through the humanities (LDS Church News) (January 29, 2016)
There’s a challenging question posed at the entrance of the Brigham Young University exhibition “50 Years of Fluency in the Human Conversation”: How do you harmonize the secular and the sacred?

LDS Church leaders mourn reported deaths in Mormon LGBT community (Deseret News - Utah) (January 29, 2016)
The LDS Church responded Thursday to an unverified report about suicide deaths among Mormon LGBT people. "We mourn with their families and friends when they feel life no longer offers hope," senior church leaders said through a spokesman.

Suicide fears, if not actual suicides, rise in wake of Mormon same-sex policy (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 29, 2016)
The fears were there right from the start — that the LDS Church's new policy on same-sex couples would make gay Mormons feel more judged, more marginalized, more misunderstood and that more of them would take their own lives. Since early November — when the edict labeling gay LDS couples as "apostates" and denying their children baptism until age 18 took hold — social media sites have been buzzing with tales of loss, depression and death. Therapists have seen an uptick in clients who reported suicidal thoughts. Activists have been bombarded with grief-stricken family members seeking comfort and counsel.

Nevada high court rejects Mormon church appeal in water case (Deseret News - Utah) (January 29, 2016)
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a Mormon church appeal Thursday on a narrow legal question in a broad water rights dispute surrounding a proposal to pump groundwater from arid valleys along the Nevada-Utah border and pipe it to Las Vegas. The court unanimously denied a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contention that Nevada's top water official, state Engineer Jason King, misinterpreted state law when he decided in March 2012 to allow "incremental development" of pumping operations in the Spring Valley area.

'American Idol’ Hollywood Week begins; some LDS contestants continue to next round (Deseret News - Utah) (January 29, 2016)
The first episode of Hollywood Week on the final season of “American Idol” sent some LDS contestants on to the next round of the competition. The episode, which aired on Fox on Jan. 27, marked the first round of Hollywood Week. Contestants took the stage in groups of 10 but then performed individually. Following the performances, the judges — Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. — sent some contestants home.

LDS Missionaries digitize thousands of local historical records, present public program Saturday in Alliance (Star Herald - Nebraska) (January 29, 2016)
Volunteers at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance, including two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, have made it their mission to help others in the quest. Gretchen and Randy Ramsey, the missionaries from Crescent City, Calif. will present a program for the public Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.

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