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Utah soldier mourned (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
He was a young man who loved both his family and his country. Family members of 19-year-old Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka said he planned to officially ask his girlfriend to marry him when he returned home in December for a short visit before being deployed in January to the Middle East.

Hood massacre claims Utahn (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
The news came by phone, television, e-mail and the Internet. One by one, the family and friends of Utahn Aaron Nemelka learned of a mass shooting at the Army's Fort Hood, in Texas, on Thursday afternoon. The first vague details became clearer as evening fell. A lone gunman had opened fire in a building full of soldiers preparing to deploy overseas. Everyone knew Nemelka was at Fort Hood. And no one could reach him.

Some of the victims (Boston Globe - Massachusetts) (November 7, 2009)
Private First Class Aaron Thomas Nemelka Nemelka, 19, of the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan, chose to join the Army instead of going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his uncle Christopher Nemelka said. “As a person, Aaron was as soft and kind and as gentle as they come, a sweetheart,’’ his uncle said. “What I loved about the kid was his independence of thought.’’ Aaron Nemelka, the youngest of four children, was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in January, his family said. Nemelka enlisted in the Army in October 2008.

Injured Utahn helped other troops at Fort Hood (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
These emotions weren't supposed to come yet. The worry, the heartache, the fear: They were expected later, once Aggie Foster's son deployed to Afghanistan, not on Thursday while he still was awaiting his deployment at a Texas Army base. Aggie Foster was at work at Ogden Regional Medical Center when her daughter-in-law called to tell her that a gunman had walked into Fort Hood's Soldier Family Readiness Center and shot her youngest son, Joey, an Army private first class, in the hip.

Perpetual Education Fund a new era of church history (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley called Elder John K. Carmack on the phone about a "bold new initiative." It was February 2001, and Elder Carmack of the Quorum of the Seventy was serving as president of the Europe Central Area in Frankfurt, Germany. "We've got great missionaries from all these countries, especially Latin America, who serve their missions and then go back to poverty," Elder Carmack remembered President Hinckley saying. "We're going to do something about it." Elder Carmack was about to play a role in what he called a new era of church history.

General Authorities meet with former first lady (LDS Church News) (November 7, 2009)
Elder M. Russell Ballard, left, and Elder Quentin L. Cook, right, of the Quorum of the Twelve, met with former first lady Laura Bush and other business, government and educational leaders on Oct. 26 following the rededication of the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. Elder Ballard, Elder Cook and Mrs. Bush are joined by LDS businessman J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr., second from left, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, third from left, and University of Utah President Michael Young.

Mary N. Cook teaches the need for personal integrity (BYU-Hawaii news release) (November 7, 2009)
"Relationships are a very important part of our mortal life," taught Mary N. Cook, the First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a BYU–Hawaii devotional on November 3, 2009.

'Zion' can be anywhere where there are Mormons (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
Leaving Utah for a Massachusetts prep school in the 1940s, 15-year-old Chase Peterson felt like a Brigham Young going East. Peterson, the future University of Utah president, was the only Mormon most of his high school -- and later Harvard -- peers would ever know and thus felt a keen responsibility to uphold the traditions and standards of his parents, culture, church and place. But he was never homesick. "My values, my religion, and my parents all traveled with me," Peterson said Thursday at a two-day conference sponsored by Utah Valley University's Religious Studies Program. "With them, I had a passport that allowed me to engage opportunities that were not guaranteed to succeed and not always in areas where I was trained."

First Mongolian stake president and wife help fulfill President McKay’s prophecy (BYU-Hawaii news release) (November 7, 2009)
In an October address at BYU–Idaho, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles hailed the bravery of Oyun Altangerel, a Mongolian woman who paved the way to religious freedom in her country. Her son, Odgerel Ochirjav, is also a pioneer of sorts. He was called to be the first stake president of Mongolia on June 7, 2009. Odgerel began this spiritual journey when his mother introduced him to LDS missionaries in 1994. She had been baptized only a year before. Six years later in 2000, Odgerel found himself attending the Asian Executive Management Training at PCC. (pictured: First Counselor Adiyabold Namkhai with wife Tuul Puntsagtseden Namkhai and children, President Odgerel Ochirjav with wife Ariunchimeg Tserenjav Ochirjav, and Second Counselor Tsog Altangerel with wife Badamjav Dashdolgor Altangerel)

New bishop heads local LDS Church (Lufkin Daily News - Texas) (November 7, 2009)
The Lufkin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a new pastoral leader, and his goal is to follow his calling to serve others and share the gospel. Ted Adams, 38, is a sales representative for Morris and Dickson, distributing drugs to pharmacies. But in mid-October he became the next bishop — a non-paid local clergy chosen from the congregation. Adams is married to Kasi, who works with Angelina Home Health. The couple has three children, including Maddie, 12, Tryce, 10, and Walker, 8.

LDS intellectual: Care for little things yields big results (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
Orson Hyde has a name that many people recognize, but most of what he did isn't too well known. Mildly famous for a long, dangerous mission to Palestine, where he dedicated the land for the return of the Jews, Orson was kind of plain and stocky and short. He wore short hair and a clipped beard. Behind those average looks was an incredible, energetic, enigmatic life -- one that ended on Thanksgiving Day, 1878. I like -- but follow poorly -- some advice he gave to LDS Church members gathered for general conference in 1865. Hyde was talking to farmers, but this advice can apply to anyone. As the head of colonizing efforts in Sanpete County, he had seen men trying to farm too many acres, thinking they could get ahead this way. But they couldn't manage so much: "They run from break of day until dark of night, wearing themselves out" and still couldn't get everything done. Instead, he advised the people to tend smaller tracts well .

Author delves into Mormonism's unique culture (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
Until he moved to Utah, author Todd Robert Petersen had no idea there was a whole canon of LDS fiction. He had never been inside a Deseret Book. He didn't know there were other Mormon writers interested in delving into both the intricacies and humorous aspects of their culture. Now he has published two award-winning books -- both exploring the quirks of and relationships between Mormon characters.

No 'backlash' for handcart pioneers and gays analogy (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009)
In an Oct. 13 speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks made an analogy comparing the "effect" of Proposition 8 protests on Mormons to the chilling effect on African-American political participation felt during the civil rights era. The media went out of its way to manufacture a "backlash" only hours after the speech had been delivered. Fast forward to this week to the actions of a group which is critical of the LDS Church's position on same-sex marriage. During a handcart trek Nov. 4 in Salt Lake City from This is The Place monument to church headquarters, supporters, dressed in pioneer garb, pulled a handcart and delivered a petition of "reconciliation." I don't know about other Latter-day Saints, but to me the whole show was disrespectful. Yet, local reporters didn't make much of the analogy. Some didn't even mention it. But only weeks earlier, journalists told readers of their Elder Oaks report that seeking out reaction to a controversial analogy was just "how they do it."

Navy Diver Turns Ironman (WMBB News 13 - Florida) (November 7, 2009)
Ford Ironman Florida, an event where the best of the best triathletes compete every November in Panama City Beach. Some athletes are considered pros, and others do it for the challenge. That’s the case for Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wiser. On Saturday, Senior Chief Wiser, who works for the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, will be competing in his second Ford Ironman Florida, four years after his first appearance in the event. “I’m the type of person that I’m never satisfied with how I do. I’ve done this race before. I remember the swim being longer than I thought it would be. The bike I felt pretty good on. The run, I just kind of wasn’t prepared,” said SCPO Wiser.

LDS Church News headlines (November 7, 2009)
LDS Church News headlines for the week ending November 7, 2009.

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