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Mormon missionaries returning to Japan's most-affected missions (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
Six weeks after being evacuated in the wake of Japan's magnitude-9.0 earthquake, ensuing tsunami and subsequent radiation catastrophe, Mormon missionaries will begin returning to some of the safer areas within the LDS Church's Japan Tokyo and Japan Sendai missions.

Elder Jack H. Goaslind Jr., Mormon emeritus general authority, dies at 83 (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
Elder Jack H. Goaslind Jr., 83, an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Salt Lake City. He served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for two decades, twice as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and as counselor in the LDS Church's Aaronic Priesthood MIA general presidency and later as the general Young Men president.

Free Online Classes Help People Climb Their Family Tree (LDS Newsroom) (April 28, 2011)
Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and new online classes from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make it easier than ever to search for your ancestors from the comfort of your own home. Through the nonprofit FamilySearch organization, the Church provides records and resources to help people with their family history. This effort stems from the Latter-day Saint belief that families can be together after this life, but the Church provides access to genealogical information to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. These offerings now include a growing collection of free online classes that anyone can access on the Internet at their convenience.

Temple will be source of blessings (Coloradoan) (April 28, 2011)
The recent announcement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that a temple will be built in Fort Collins was great news for those of us who are church members. You might know us as Mormons (a nickname), but we also often refer to ourselves as LDS (Latter-day Saints).

Loss of members spurred LDS singles ward changes (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
This generation of Mormons represents future church leaders, who will carry the kingdom of God on their shoulders, LDS apostle M. Russell Ballard told nearly 5,000 young Latter-day Saints on Tuesday evening. “We want you to see yourselves as bishops, Relief Society presidents. … [even] seated on the stand as an apostle,” Ballard told the single Mormons between ages 18 and 30, gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City. “We need you to be prepared.”

John Huntsman and the Republican dilemma (The Guardian - UK) (April 28, 2011)
The expected announcement by former Utah Governor John Hunstman that he's entering the 2012 presidential race is certain to grab national headlines. Huntsman is a Republican, but since 2009, he's also served as President Obama's envoy to China. He supported the Obama stimulus package – a definite no-no for Tea Party types – but he's staunchly pro-life, and like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, notably moderate on immigration and environmental issues. But unlike Huckabee, he's also expressed strong support for gay civil unions.

Romney's Mormonism may not be an issue (KSL - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
For Mitt Romney to make a successful run for president in 2012, he will most likely not have to defend his Mormon religion. This may come as a surprise to some of you considering what he went through in 2008.

Curiosity and faith fueled Henry Eyring (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
Imagine you're a Mormon scientist invited to an apostle's office to discuss disagreements in science and religion. It happened in 1955 when world-famous chemist Henry Eyring met with Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, who later became the 10th president of the LDS Church. They talked for about an hour and gentlemanly agreed to disagree, according to the biography "Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry Eyring."

Juggling 2 Identities: Mormon Bishop and FBI Agent (MyFoxPhoenix - Arizona) (April 28, 2011)
Fighting drug cartels, then counseling couples having trouble in their marriage -- that was a day in the life of an FBI agent who moonlighted as a Mormon bishop. He says it was a call of duty to his country and God. An extortion case bust turned violent and FBI Agent Mike McPheters fired off a deadly shot.

Exodus of senior leaders at University of Utah not a problem, campus officials say (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
President Michael Young's departure for the University of Washington is only the latest to be announced among senior administrators at the University of Utah. Also leaving are: • Paul Brinkman, associate vice president for budget and planning, retiring after 20 years of service. • Steve Hess, chief information officer since 1999, leaving to serve a mission for the LDS Church.

Women’s Conference begins (Daily Universe - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
Campus demographics will change dramatically today and Friday as more than 16,000 women attend Women’s Conference. The annual conference, co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will feature numerous speakers from diverse backgrounds, including Relief Society General President Julie B. Beck and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve. While there are many guest speakers at the conference, the event also encompasses other activities. This year’s activities include multiple service projects, book signings and a concert with some well known Latter-day Saint musicians. The theme for this year’s conference is “By Small and Simple Things Are Great Things Brought to Pass,” from Alma 37:6 in the Book of Mormon. Many of the speakers’ topics will revolve around this message, though many other topics will be discussed, like infertility and the gospel plan, fidelity in marriage and overcoming depression, according to the Women’s Conference events booklet. The conference’s service portion also has a theme: “Errand of Angels.” Participants can take crocheting packets from the Marriott Center, crochet during their classes then return the completed items to the Wilkinson Center’s Garden Court. The influx of women on campus has a clear impact on Wilkinson Center sales, said David Smith, the Bookstore’s general merchandise manager.

LDS leader: Sorry, BYU fans, but some U. students will reach heaven (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
Turns out, blue heaven may also be a red heaven. LDS general authority David Evans got a big laugh Tuesday night when he joked to 5,000 young Mormons from the Salt Lake City area that the University of Utah might have some LDS students who would one day qualify for heaven. Evans, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was recounting the history of LDS student wards to the young people, many of whom attend the U.

Church youth host teacher appreciation dinner (NC Advertiser - Connecticut) (April 28, 2011)
On the evening of Tuesday, April 5, a majority of the teachers from Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School attended the annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) meetinghouse on South Avenue. Approximately 80 teachers and administrators from both schools came to be recognized and celebrated with a “Super Hero”-themed evening of food and presentations.

After delays, churches open new buildings (MyDesert - California) (April 28, 2011)
Cornerstone Covenant Church has opened its new home in Palm Desert, joining a new Mormon chapel in broadening options for mid-valley worshippers. Cornerstone has held its Sunday services at La Quinta High School since October 2006 and is celebrating its move into a 17,000-square-foot, two-story permanent home at 73-605 Dinah Shore Drive, tucked behind the retail hub on Monterey Avenue at Interstate 10.

Mormons invite other faiths to join ‘Helping Hands' cleanup day (MyDesert - California) (April 28, 2011)
The third annual “Mormon Helping Hands” day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday across California, with the Coachella Valley's participation led by the Palm Desert Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints.

'Helping Hands' to Serve Los Gatos this Saturday (Los Gatos Patch - California) (April 28, 2011)
An opportunity to fix up, clean up and paint up the town of Los Gatos occurs this Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Community volunteers are welcome and should gather at the LDS Chapel, 15985 Rose Ave., to receive their assignments. What’s it all about? This is the second annual Mormon Helping Hands California Day of Service.

Former BYU student denied parole for stun gun attack (Daily Herald - Utah) (April 28, 2011)
A former BYU student convicted of using a stun gun to kidnap a woman was denied parole earlier this month, and will spend at least four more years in prison. Stetson Geo Hallam, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and obstruction of justice in July. On April 13 the board of pardons and parole reviewed the case, but opted to deny Hallam the opportunity to leave prison. Spokesman Jim Hatch said Stetson will have a new hearing in 2015, at which time he could be granted release or be required to spend more time in custody.

Cause for sainthood is opened for former Utahn (Intermountain Catholic) (April 28, 2011)
Cora Louisa Yorgason Evans was born in Midvale, Utah, July 9, 1904, and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was married in the LDS Temple on June 4, 1924, and 10 years later became a Catholic and was baptized in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ogden. "Cora’s first mystical experience was of the Blessed Mother in 1907, when she was 3 years old," said Michael McDevitt, who is custodian of Cora Evans’ writings. "She bore the stigmata and would go into ecstasy while having mystical experiences. She had perfect recall and would journal her experiences."

Bill Maher's Issues with Mormon Underwear (Religion Dispatches) (April 28, 2011)
This week, on David Letterman, Bill Maher got ugly about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his Mormonism. “Don’t get me started on Mitt Romney,” Maher sneered to Letterman. ”Because Mitt Romney will teach America what’s really in Mormonism.” “Mitt likes to gloss over... ‘well, we’re just different types of Christians.’ No. No, I was raised Catholic,” Maher leaned in and raised an eyebrow, setting up for his big punchline: ”And there was no magic underwear.”

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