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September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

Elder Ballard shares time-tested counsel with Ogden institute students (LDS Church News) (September 2, 2014)
Classes start soon for Latter-day Saint students at Weber State University. On Aug. 24, several thousand decided to usher in their fall semester by listening to Elder M. Russell Ballard of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in an evening devotional at the Ogden LDS Institute.

Faith Lecture to Detail 1923 Exploration of Latin America (Church News) (September 2, 2014)
The Church History Library will host a Men and Women of Faith lecture: “Exploring Book of Mormon Lands: Historian Andrew Jenson’s 1923 Latin American Expedition” Thursday, September 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall. The presenters will be Justin R. Bray and Reid L. Neilson. This event is free and open to the public.

Brigham Young, Utah War topic of Leonard J. Arrington history lecture Oct. 2 (Deseret News - Utah) (September 2, 2014)
“Heroes and Hero Worship: Brigham Young and the Utah War” is the topic of speaker Ronald W. Walker’s presentation at the 20th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Logan LDS Tabernacle, 50 N. Main, Logan, according to a news release.

For many black Mormons, racism is a bigger issue than sexism (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 2, 2014)
Black Mormon women may have powerful voices, but few are ready to join the white LDS feminist chorus, pushing for gender equity in the Utah-based faith. And their reasons are as varied as the women involved.

Dennis Nordfelt, ex-West Valley City mayor, dies (Daily Herald - Utah) (September 2, 2014)
Dennis Nordfelt, who was hailed as a "model public servant" after serving as mayor and police chief of West Valley City and superintendent of the Utah Highway Patrol, died Saturday. He was 71. He died after a lingering illness at his home in West Valley City, Utah's second-largest city, family members said.

Wife of British Mormon father-of-six who was killed by bee sting reveals how she battled in vain to save his life by injecting him with three EpiPens (Daily Mail - UK) (September 2, 2014)
The wife of a British Mormon father-of-six killed by a severe reaction to a bee sting has paid tribute to her 'soulmate' and told of how she struggled in vain to save his life. Luke Calcraft, 46, was rushed to hospital after being stung by a bee while cutting down trees in the garden of his family home in Pennsylvania, but died four days later.

September 1, 2014

President Uchtdorf Visits Provo City Center Temple Site (Church News) (September 1, 2014)
Putting a bright orange vest over his suit coat and wearing a hard hat, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, got an up-close look at the construction that is transforming the ruins of the Provo Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple.

The ‘real’ Book of Mormon in New York City (LDS Church News) (September 1, 2014)
In a city where a Broadway musical has brought attention to the Book of Mormon, missionaries serving in the New York New York North Mission are seeking to bring a little clarity.

Well-prepared Scouts rescue couple off Mount Whitney (LDS Church News) (September 1, 2014)
Each summer, tens of thousands of LDS Scouts head to the hills (or, maybe, the mountains, the caves or the lakes) to enjoy the outdoors, earn a few merit badges and unify their troops and quorums.

Missionary Moment: Family History Work Blesses Man 32 Years Later (Church News) (September 1, 2014)
When Victor Morrison walked into church on Father’s Day 2013, he did not know that one of the elders who had taught and baptized him years before was visiting from Utah. My husband and I were serving in the England Leeds Mission in the Billingham England Stake and living in the Middlesbrough Ward. For some weeks, we had worked with Victor, reteaching the missionary lessons and answering his questions. This was his third time at church.

BYU coach, players answer questions at fireside (Deseret News - Utah) (September 1, 2014)
For BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, perhaps the first real surprise of the season came during Thursday night’s traditional pre-game fireside here prior to Friday’s season-opener against Connecticut.

Is Ordain Women an apostate group? Mormon leaders won’t say (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 1, 2014)
Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly is an "apostate," the LDS Church’s top spokesman declared in a recent radio interview. So does that make the organization she founded to push for women’s inclusion in the all-male Mormon priesthood an apostate group?

BYU football: ‘Embarrassed’ Texas looks forward to Cougars’ visit (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 1, 2014)
Just in case there were doubts about Texas’ focus on BYU since Charlie Strong took over back in January, the Longhorns’ coach proved otherwise moments after a season-opening 37-7 win over North Texas on Saturday night in Austin. "I told [his players] enjoy this one, be ready and come back to work tomorrow, and this is a team [BYU] that we are going to face that played well in their opener. And plus they are a team that embarrassed us last season with a quarterback [Taysom Hill] who ran the ball all over our defense. Looking forward to this matchup," Strong said in his postgame news conference.

August 29, 2014

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 29, 2014)
The Meridian Idaho Temple groundbreaking was held Saturday, 23 August 2014. Hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking in person, and the proceedings were broadcast by satellite to Latter-day Saint chapels in the area.

Faith Lecture Honors Alexander Schreiner's Legacy of Music (Church News) (August 29, 2014)
When iconic Salt Lake Tabernacle organist Alexander Schreiner played his final broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on December 4, 1977, his heart was full. He expressed his feelings in writing: “My blessings have been many: The huge dome of the Tabernacle above me, the gorgeous organ kept in perfect condition, the nearly 400 singers and staff which have poured love on me through the years have been marvelous, to say the least.”

Elder David E. Sorensen, former executive director of LDS temple department, dies at 81 (Deseret News - Utah) (August 29, 2014)
Elder David E. Sorensen, who served as the executive director of the LDS Church's temple department during a period of remarkable temple building, died Thursday in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Elder Sorensen was 81.

'True compassion': Members of the LDS Developmental Center Ward serve those who serve them (Deseret News - Utah) (August 29, 2014)
The LDS meetinghouse across the street from the Mt. Timpanogos Utah Temple looks like any other. Inside on Sunday mornings, Aaronic Priesthood holders, dressed in white shirts and ties, pass the sacrament to the congregation. After sacrament meeting concludes, teachers check out materials from the meetinghouse library for classes that follow.

Mormon woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 29, 2014)
A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them. Inside cotton sacks, burlap bags and blankets buried in the ground are the remains dating back to the 1930s of stillborn babies, tuberculosis patients, and sick and malnourished Native Americans from Winslow and the nearby Navajo and Hopi reservations.

Why we care about the LDS Ogden temple rededication (Signpost - Utah) (August 29, 2014)
August 1 marked the first day of Ogden’s LDS temple open house. Since then, thousands of people have flooded in from all across the country for a chance to see the inside of the building.

‘Book of Mormon’ disappointing (Spokesman-Review - Washington) (August 29, 2014)
I went to “The Book of Mormon” based in part on the review in The Spokesmen-Review. Having seen and heard it, I think the reviewer missed a couple of items. I go to musicals and sometimes participate in them to fully absorb the music and the message. Easy to do in the past, with “Les Miserables” or “The Sound of Music” or even “Jersey Boys.” Not so with “The Book of Mormon.” I know I have lived too long when I can’t find a reason to jump up and clap and laugh out loud when the sacred name is blasphemed, when obscenities are screamed out to 1,000-decibel music that leaves not a tune worth whistling. They ridiculed Mormon beliefs and the young elders spreading the word. I am not a Mormon, but know many. They are good people who help each other, believe in community and live it. From what I can tell, they personify what I wish this country could be, and once was. Those in attendance seemed more willing to shout down Mormons and all other religions. We all could use something to believe in, something that might give us pause before we scoff at what others hold dear. Jim McArthur Spokane

Watch: Mormon missionaries save baby ducks (Deseret News - Utah) (August 29, 2014)
In a video posted in October 2010, two missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are shown helping several young ducklings escape from a storm drain in New Zealand.

August 28, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Temple Named Best Cultural/Worship Project by Top Southeast Contractors (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 28, 2014)
Engineering News-Record (ENR) announced that the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the best cultural/worship construction project in the Southeast.

LDS Church releases video about overcoming pornography addictions (Deseret News - Utah) (August 28, 2014)
In a YouTube video released Aug. 20 by the Mormon Channel, Sister Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, warns against the dangers of pornography.

Mitt Romney, Disney Animation/Pixar president among 2014-15 BYU Forum speakers (BYU news release) (August 28, 2014)
Six times a year, BYU invites experts in their fields, noted public officials and even sometimes our rivals, to come to campus to deliver a Forum address on campus. Due to the diversity of experience and backgrounds, these illustrious speakers address students and the wider campus community on a variety of topics.

Payson fireside to feature Joseph Smith descendant (Daily Herald - Utah) (August 28, 2014)
The annual Payson Onion Days Fireside on Sunday night will feature Kimberly Jo Smith, great-great-granddaughter of Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith. The direct descendant of the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will share her personal conversion story and insight into her family history.

LDS expo, benefit concert aim to help new, returned missionaries (Deseret News - Utah) (August 28, 2014)
An LDS Missionary Expo and benefit concert are scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University to help missionaries, both prospective and those who have returned, according to information from the organizers, which include returned missionaries and fathers Scott Anderson and Kent Hansen. Both have children currently serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

August 27, 2014

'Frozen' star Santino Fontana discusses experience with Mormon Tabernacle Choir in behind-the-scenes video (Deseret News - Utah) (August 27, 2014)
When Santino Fontana, the voice behind "Frozen's" Prince Hans, was asked to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the annual Pioneer Day Concert in July, it wasn't the first time he'd heard of the choir.

Inside The Story: LDS Missionary Nearly Killed (KUTV - Utah) (August 27, 2014)
A young man who shattered his face and tore up his body in a deadly car accident on his LDS mission is making a remarkable recovery. Brandon Lewis, 19, from the small Summit County town of Francis, was in the back of a pick-up truck in Central America with his companion when it flipped. His family is calling it a miracle that he survived that crash back in May.

Book Review: 'Seeking the Promised Land' by David E. Campbell, John C. Green and J. Quin Monson (Wall Street Journal) (August 27, 2014)
'In many ways, we don't always agree with this administration," Dieter F. Uchtdorf, one of the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said after meeting with President Barack Obama in the spring. The comment was an exercise in understatement, of course: From gay marriage to government-funded social programs, the president and the Mormons are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Oddly, though, they have roughly similar views about immigration. In addition to pushing for national immigration reform, the LDS church supported a guest-worker initiative in Utah a couple of years ago. Rank-and-file Mormons, heavily Republican, are much less likely than other Republicans to see immigrants as a burden to the American economy.

Picturing history: San Bernardino Ranch camp, Mormon Battalion (Deseret News - Utah) (August 27, 2014)
After leaving Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Mormon Battalion followed the Rio Grande and then worked through Guadalupe Pass. This is a remote area close to where Mexico and the states of Arizona and New Mexico come together.

Meeting poster for Mormon women shows only male speakers (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 27, 2014)
The poster advertising a Sept. 9 "Sisters Meeting" for all European Mormon girls and women — ages 12 and older — features a pink-pastel background with lavender type. It invites the region’s female Latter-day Saints to watch the two-hour meeting — which will be streamed live from Offenbach, Germany — at their local Mormon meetinghouses.

LDS stake presidency participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Deseret News - Utah) (August 27, 2014)
Three members of a LDS stake presidency from Mesa, Arizona, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In addition to raising awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended a challenge to the youths of their congregation.

August 26, 2014

Elder Ballard Gives Institute Students Time-Tested Advice (Church News) (August 26, 2014)
Classes start soon for Latter-day Saint students at Weber State University. On August 25, several thousand decided to usher in their fall semester by listening to Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in an evening devotional at the Ogden LDS Institute.

Elder Bednar Attends Meridian Idaho Temple Groundbreaking (Church News) (August 26, 2014)
More than seven decades after breaking ground for the first Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Meridian, Idaho, Church and community members gathered on August 23—a breezy summer day—to celebrate the growth of the Church in the area and break ground for a new temple.

Success stories flow in from International Indexing Challenge (LDS Church News) (August 26, 2014)
A challenge by the Church’s FamilySearch International to establish a new record for the most volunteer indexing participants online in a single day met with success on July 22, as 66,511 volunteers went on the Internet to view images of historical records and transcribe the information for inclusion in the searchable database on

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 23 August (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 26, 2014)
Many Okanogan Valley, Washington, residents were forced out of their homes in July because of wildfires. The fires burned more than 400 square miles and destroyed 500 structures, including 325 homes.

New family history apps take ancestor hunting on the go (LDS Church News) (August 26, 2014)
With the advances in technology in recent years, family history work is becoming easier and more convenient to do. Many time-consuming tasks people used to do can be done in moments. With mobile technology, family history work can be done almost anywhere. Two new mobile apps have been produced to assist people in this important work: FamilySearch Family Tree and FamilySearch Memories. Both are available in the Apple and Android app stores.

Beulah Mormon church grows thanks to oil country (Crookston Times - Minnesota) (August 26, 2014)
The congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Beulah is crediting its dramatic growth in membership to the state's oil boom. The church had an average attendance of 34 people in 2011, but the congregation these days has 247 members, with an average attendance of 130 people every Sunday, the Bismarck Tribune reported Sunday. Most of the new members have moved to North Dakota from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and California.

Mormon women are flocking to the mission, but inequalities remain (Public Radio International) (August 26, 2014)
On this day at the Church of Latter-Day Saints' Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, 500 fresh-faced young men and women arrive for the first time. Soon they'll venture out across the world to spread their Mormon faith.

Trib Talk: Moderate Mormon women speak out (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 26, 2014)
The excommunication of Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly has not silenced LDS women as some feared. Rather, moderate Mormon women are finding more acceptance and more willingness to speak out on the role of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On Monday at 12:15 p.m., author Neylan McBaine, blogger Cynthia Lee and Segullah editor Shelah Miner join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the emerging voice of moderate Mormon feminists.

Push to ordain Mormon women leads to excommunication (BBC - UK) (August 26, 2014)
Kate Kelly stands frozen at an empty intersection in Salt Lake City. There is no traffic coming in either direction. "I need to wait for the signal," she says, "I'm obedient, I'm a Mormon." She laughs, her eyes twinkling behind her thick, retro-style glasses. But if Ms Kelly thinks she's an obedient Mormon, her Church leadership does not. She was excommunicated in June for founding a campaign to ordain women to the priesthood.

August 25, 2014

3 Mormon missionaries die in 2 separate incidents (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
Thredgold and a missionary from Taiwan both died in their Taiwan apartment from unknown causes. LDS Church officials also confirmed Saturday that a sister missionary who was critically injured in a Friday car crash in Oklahoma died from her injuries.

Carbon monoxide leak suspected in death of 2 Mormon missionaries in Taiwan (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
Two LDS missionaries who died while serving in Taiwan are believed to have been killed by a carbon monoxide leak in their apartment, according to news reports in Taipei.

Three Mormon missionaries die in two separate incidents (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
Connor Thredgold worked 20-hour shifts to pay for his Mormon mission to Taiwan, and by the time he got there, he was smiling bigger than his family ever saw.

Two missionaries die from CO poisoning (China Post - Taiwan) (August 25, 2014)
New Taipei police said Sunday that carbon monoxide poisoning was the cause of the death of two Mormon missionaries who were found a day earlier in an apartment they shared in New Taipei's Sanchong District.

No reports of injuries to missionaries, members following Napa quake (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
Both missionaries and members serving and residing in California’s Napa Valley region are reportedly safe following an early Sunday morning earthquake.

Ground Broken for Meridian Idaho Temple (LDS Newsroom) (August 25, 2014)
Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community leaders in Meridian, Idaho, on Saturday, 23 August 2014, to break ground for a new temple.

Temple rises in Philadelphia (LDS Church News) (August 25, 2014)
The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is rising and changing the city’s skyline nearly three years after ground was broken in the historic downtown area.

Thousands volunteer at LDS Ogden Temple during open house (Deseret News - UT) (August 25, 2014)
Usher Christina Myers was at her post near the stairs of the Ogden Tabernacle on Friday, smiling and greeting crowds of people walking by, when an older couple approached and asked if she wouldn't mind snapping a photo.

A Report From the Jewish Genealogists’ Summer Camp (Jewish Daily Forward) (August 25, 2014)
As a latecomer and a relative newbie in Jewish genealogy, I have to admit I was a little apprehensive this July as I walked into the lobby of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center where the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies was holding its 34th annual conference. This was the tribe’s gathering of the tribes, the big powwow for the umbrella organization that oversees 74 Jewish genealogical groups around the world.

Members Participate in Kane, Pennsylvania, Sesquicentennial (Church News and Events) (August 25, 2014)
Members of the Church were front and center for the “Kane’s 150th” celebration, marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of the northwestern Pennsylvania town founded by Thomas L. Kane, personal friend of Brigham Young and defender of the Latter-day Saints.

LDSTech game creation contest (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
In conjunction with the 2014 LDSTech Conference in October, the Church is inviting app developers to participate in a Gospel App and Game Development Contest. The contest is open to everyone and participants are tasked with developing a gospel-centered game or app that will help flood the marketplace with quality entertainment alternatives for families.

Oregon LDS stake includes special needs youths on pioneer trek (Deseret News - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
Just north of the Columbia River and surrounded by farmland and orchards, Bing Canyon, near Plymouth, Washington, is a place similar in terrain to parts of Wyoming's Mormon Trail. Sagebrush, canyons, prairie and a dusty trail greet handcart companies who travel up to 20 miles on a trail circling a grassy base camp known as Zion.

Forget priesthood — moderate Mormon feminists seek a middle way (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 25, 2014)
When McBaine, a lifelong Latter-day Saint reared in New York City, accepted an invitation to speak about women’s issues at a Mormon apologists’ meeting two summers ago, she simply wanted to communicate to an orthodox audience that the pain of some women within the Utah-based religion was real — and potent.

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