|87,000 gather at LDS event in Mexico (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 17, 2008) - Relevance: 7.1
The colossal Aztec Stadium is anchored in Mexican sports history — it's hosted Summer Olympic events (1968) and a pair of World Cup soccer finals.
On Saturday, the storied venue secured a chapter in Mormon history. Some 87,000 people squeezed into the open-air stadium to hear counsel from President Thomas S. Monson and enjoy a Mexican cultural event that boasted a cast of more than 8,000 youths. It was perhaps the largest gathering to ever listen to an LDS president in person.
Elder Neil. L. Andersen throws out first pitch at Dodger Stadium (LDS Church News)
(July 5, 2016) - Relevance: 7
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on July 1.
More than 2,500 Church members and their friends gathered at Dodger Stadium for a continuation of the largest and longest-running community event sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Local man dies at Dodger Stadium (Ventura County Star - California)
(August 7, 2010) - Relevance: 6.8
A leader in the Mormon Church in Newbury Park died on Thursday night after collapsing during a Dodger batting practice at Dodger Stadium.
Witnesses said Don Hawkins, 64, was standing near the third-base coach’s box at Dodger Stadium when he fell ill.
He was one of about 4,000 Mormons on hand for the Mormon Community Night event. His wife and grandson were also there.
Hawkins was the former president of the Newbury Park Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform at Yankee Stadium (YES Network)
(March 3, 2015) - Relevance: 6.7
The New York Yankees announced today that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has added a pregame set at Yankee Stadium to their previously announced Atlantic Coast Tour schedule this summer.
On Friday, July 3, the 360-person Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform a brief medley of patriotic songs from the field at Yankee Stadium before singing the national anthem prior to the start of the Yankees' 7:05 p.m. game vs. Tampa Bay.
2 cities vying for stadium (Utah)
(January 12, 2005) - Relevance: 6.6
Major League Soccer advocates and Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson have insisted the LDS Church's presiding bishopric supports having a Major League Soccer stadium downtown.
Outback Bowl's real winner may be Tampa (TBO - Florida)
(January 2, 2013) - Relevance: 6.3
For two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tuesday's bowl game was a chance to spread their faith. That's not always easy in a crowd of people whose minds are on football and beer.
As they pedaled through the grassy lot just south of the stadium, dressed in pressed white shirts and ties, the two 20-year-olds — who gave their names as Elder Redd and Elder Waite — said they hoped to introduce some fans to Jesus Christ.
"There's a lot of people who are interested," Waite said, "and a lot of people who aren't."
Congregations pray, fast to pass Prop. 8 (Associated Press)
(September 25, 2008) - Relevance: 6.2
Hundreds of pastors have called on their congregations to fast and pray for passage of a ballot measure in November that would put an end to gay marriage in California.
The collective act of piety, starting Wednesday and culminating three days before the election in a revival for as many as 100,000 people at the San Diego Chargers' stadium, comes as church leaders across California put people, money and powerful words behind Proposition 8.
Dodger Stadium hosts 2017 Mormon Night (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 28, 2017) - Relevance: 6.1
Latter-day Saint baseball fans in Southern California gathered to celebrate Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 21.
This event, held for more than 40 years, is the largest and longest consecutive running community event held by the Dodgers.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir reaches the big leagues: Yankee Stadium (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 4, 2015) - Relevance: 5.8
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform on Independence Day weekend in a hallowed but different kind of cathedral: Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees announced Monday that the choir will offer a patriotic medley July 3 before singing the national anthem prior to the American League team's night game against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a release on the LDS Church's newsroom website.
New Harmony: Ogling the penmanship of the prophets (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 17, 2014) - Relevance: 5.6
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.
Notre Dame football: Te'o warming up to starting for ND (South Bend Tribune - Indiana)
(October 8, 2009) - Relevance: 5.6
It was a scene cut and pasted from some vintage era of Notre Dame football, and freshman Manti Te'o had stepped into it.
The Notre Dame Stadium crowd, soaking from the raindrops and exuberance, met the Notre Dame freshman linebacker in the Saturday twilight with shrieks of adoration as he approached the stadium tunnel.
As Te'o got closer, he breathed in the thickest football atmosphere he had ever experienced, tore off his football gloves and threw them into the admiring crowd.
Church members react on Instagram to President Nelson's inspiring address at State Farm Stadium (Church News)
(February 12, 2019) - Relevance: 5.4
President Russell M. Nelson spoke to a crowd of 65,000 in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday night at the State Farm Stadium. Inviting members of the Church to help “gather Israel on both sides of the veil," the devotional was the largest Church gathering in the state's history. Here’s what that visit meant to members of the Church who were able to attend the devotional, or who were watching from where it was broadcast live.
California LDS teens brave heat, complete stadium project (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 3, 2011) - Relevance: 5.4
With Southern California temperatures reaching 100 degrees, most teens would be at the pool or inside an air-conditioned mall, but not Dallas Hartmann. The 15-year-old was outside at Mission Viejo High School stadium Aug. 26-27 with paint and stencils, repairing bleachers. Alongside his friends and family, Hartmann's Boy Scout Troop 752, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came to help him on his project, even in the extreme heat. There were 25 volunteers who gave more than 100 man-hours of service to complete his Boy Scout Eagle project.
Latter-day Saints audition to sing national anthem at Dodger Stadium (KSL - Utah)
(July 10, 2009) - Relevance: 5.3
Final auditions will be held in Salt Lake City in about two weeks to find a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to sing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium next month.
Every year the Los Angeles Dodgers host "Mormon Night" and about 12,000 Latter-day Saints attend. This year, organizers decided to hold open auditions for any LDS Church member to sing the national anthem before that game.
Former Aggie Nelson can only watch from BYU’s sideline now (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 1, 2010) - Relevance: 5.3
This is not what Riley Nelson envisioned on Memorial Day, 2008, when his father made the stunning announcement while Nelson was on an LDS Church mission in Spain that the quarterback was transferring from Utah State to BYU, after having started as a true freshman for the Aggies. “Yeah, sometimes things don’t go as planned,” Nelson said with a chuckle after BYU’s practice Tuesday afternoon, his non-throwing right arm in a sling. Nelson obviously wanted to play against his former team in the stadium where he performed as a high school All-American and a freshman — USU hosts BYU at 6 p.m. today in Romney Stadium — but the shoulder injury and resulting surgery squashed those hopes.
Ex-Valley Center star takes unexpected path to success at Utah (North County Times - California)
(November 19, 2010) - Relevance: 4.9
Trevor Reilly left home a boy and returned a man.
"People might not recognize me," Reilly said. "I've put on 50-55 pounds since high school."
At Valley Center High in 2005, Reilly was a 6-foot-5, 180-pound middle linebacker/tight end. He was a big part of Valley Center's first CIF San Diego Section football title in 2004, a 39-36 Division III thriller against Brawley at Qualcomm Stadium.
Y. to miss mission-bound freshman
(November 11, 2004) - Relevance: 4.6
Brigham Young's game Saturday marks the last time Austin Collie will play in LaVell Edwards Stadium for two years.
QBs Jerseys to be Retired (BYU Newsnet)
(August 21, 2007) - Relevance: 4.6
Two of college football's all-time greatest quarterbacks, Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer, will be honored together on Saturday, Sept. 1 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Several Groups Oppose Stadium Plans (Indiana)
(December 21, 2004) - Relevance: 4.4
"Each community is judged based upon the greatness of their individuals and their families. And I believe in my opinion that gambling can have a stifling effect on that,” said Michieal Hammond, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
An LDS birthday bash (Utah)
(July 18, 2005) - Relevance: 4.4
More than 22,000 youths and advisers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filled the stands of Romney Stadium on Friday night to share in a "Vision of Truth" and to stand together as "Warriors of Light."
Y. getting ready for Wyo. trip (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 12, 2007) - Relevance: 4.3
The Cougars are making another journey to Laramie, Wyo., this weekend to face Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium, a site that's produced many memorable moments and just as many memorable quotes.
45,000 Teens to Celebrate Legacy of Joseph Smith
(June 25, 2005) - Relevance: 4.2
Forty-five thousand Latter-day Saint youth from 173 stakes (regional groupings of congregations similar to a diocese) in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming will gather in Rice-Eccles stadium on 16 July 2005 for a "Day of Celebration."
First Lady's 'rock star' status fails to draw crowds (Independent - UK)
(November 2, 2010) - Relevance: 4.1
The crowd went wild when Michelle Obama swept into a high-school gymnasium in Las Vegas yesterday morning, with little Harry Reid trailing in her wake and a local Mariachi band, in full dress uniform, entertaining the crowd. But behind the flag waving and anthem-singing, and the sunny optimism of a typical American election rally, there was a palpable sense of unease.
Two years ago, at the height of Obamania, the First Lady was a sort of rock-star; with a following wind, she could fill an outdoor stadium. Today, her stock has fallen. A few hundred people did turn out to hear her speech, but there were swathes of seats left empty at the back, and plenty of standing room around the stage. Ticker tape was conspicuous by its absence.
Cougars are own biggest concern (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 7, 2006) - Relevance: 4.1
BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae is very acquainted with the 3-3-5 defense deployed by Tulsa, the Cougars' next opponent Saturday in LaVell Edwards Stadium. He saw it all last year from his boss, head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Kinahan: Y. sports speak to non-LDS folk (Utah)
(May 2, 2005) - Relevance: 4.1
The faithful, assuming they're of right mind, want the well-stocked missionary branch of this church to have success. Well, right down there in Provo, on the sacred grounds of LaVell Edwards Stadium, stands one of the church's most potent missionary weapons.
Utes accept Pac-10 invite (Universe - Utah)
(June 18, 2010) - Relevance: 4.1
Cheers rang out from the audience as the president of the University of Utah, Michael K. Young, signed an agreement in a press conference today at Rice Eccles Stadium, officially sending the Utes to the Pac-10.
Detmer remains humble (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 30, 2007) - Relevance: 4
On Saturday, BYU will officially retire Detmer's jersey No. 14. That number was also worn by another college Hall of Fame QB, Gifford Nielsen, who will also be honored Saturday at halftime of the BYU opener against Arizona in LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Apostle Throws Out the First Pitch at Dodgers Game (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 3, 2014) - Relevance: 4
More than 4,500 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, 27 June, 2014, to see the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals during the Annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.
Chile greets Pres. Hinckley (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 13, 2006) - Relevance: 4
When President Gordon B. Hinckley stepped to the podium at the north end of Santiago's Monumental Stadium on Saturday — his first official public appearance anywhere since being diagnosed and treated for cancer — a warm round of applause rose from among the tens of thousands in attendance.
Viewpoint: Making Choices (LDS Church News & Events)
(November 26, 2012) - Relevance: 4
Consider the iconic black-and-white shot of a young Mohammed Ali towering over a fallen Sonny Liston, the photo of a terminally ill Lou Gehrig bidding a graceful farewell inside a crowded Yankee Stadium, or, perhaps, the image of an airborne Michael Jordan hurdling himself toward the basket.
Former MVP reaches out to area youth (Centre Daily Times - Pennsylvania)
(July 22, 2011) - Relevance: 4
To Atlanta Braves fans in the mid-1980s, he was basically the franchise. The Braves nearly always had problems on the mound and at the plate, averaging just 65 wins from 1985-1990, but they always had Dale Murphy belting home runs and patrolling the outfield in Fulton County Stadium.
Mathis Brings Sparks to Checketts's New Team
(April 1, 2005) - Relevance: 3.9
It took Dave Checketts about two seconds to answer the question.
Checketts used to run the Knicks but now he runs Real Salt Lake, the expansion team that opens its Major League Soccer season against the MetroStars at Giants Stadium tomorrow night.
Grandma Farnsworth marching to new beat (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 17, 2005) - Relevance: 3.9
Bloodlines — it's one of the more intriguing aspects of the crazy BYU-Utah rivalry.
Households get split, marriages cross borders, in-laws are a mix and match. Even former BYU quarterback Brandon Doman had his wedding reception in the new Rice-Eccles Stadium press box shortly after the 2002 Olympics.
BYU football: Big block for Cougars (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 8, 2008) - Relevance: 3.9
After years of finding maddeningly creative ways to lose non-conference road games, BYU altered the script Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.
To do it, the No. 15 Cougars borrowed from their dramatic ending in last December's Las Vegas Bowl against another Pac-10 opponent. Once again, the difference was a blocked kick.
Tribute To Jason Long: A Cougar At Heart (Rebel Nation)
(September 22, 2007) - Relevance: 3.9
Jason Long was an incredible athlete for Lone Peak High School who wanted nothing more than to play for the Cougars of BYU. Even though he was sent home early during his mission due to cancer, he still dreamed of beating his illness for the purpose of playing at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
To Pray or Play, That Is Not a Question (FanHouse)
(April 19, 2010) - Relevance: 3.9
The field was empty Sunday. Just a day earlier, the BYU women's rugby players had happily posed for a team photo under the stadium's scoreboard. The lights said the Cougars had just beaten Wisconsin-Milwaukee 46-7. The score didn't begin to tell their story. "We won today," Coach Tom Waqa said. "But the girls' biggest opponent is tomorrow. That is adversity."
Bias suit targets college (Arizona Republic - Utah)
(September 28, 2006) - Relevance: 3.9
The federal lawsuit, announced a day after the country's largest private university signed on as the naming sponsor of Cardinals Stadium, says the company treated employees who were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints less favorably when it came to sharing recruiting leads on new students, tuition waivers and reprimands.
Hatch's big day arrives (The Advertiser - Louisiana)
(August 30, 2008) - Relevance: 3.9
Harvard meets the bayou this morning. Andrew Hatch, a sophomore transfer from Harvard, will likely take the first snap at 10 a.m. today at quarterback for No. 7 LSU when it
opens the 2008 season against lower division No. 1 Appalachian State in Tiger Stadium. Should redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee start instead, Hatch will still play a lot.
Hatch will quarterback Harvard (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(September 16, 2010) - Relevance: 3.9
Andrew Hatch first stepped on the Harvard campus in the fall of 2005. On Saturday night, under the bright lights at Harvard Stadium, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior will make his first start under center for the Crimson in the season opener against Holy Cross.
It's been quite a journey.
Fan dies on field before Dodgers game (Associated Press)
(August 6, 2010) - Relevance: 3.9
A baseball fan participating in Mormon Community Night at Dodger Stadium has died after collapsing on the field during batting practice.
Officials say Don Hawkins was standing near the third-base coach's box Thursday night when he fell ill. He was one of about 4,000 Mormons on hand for the annual event, which included his wife and grandson.
Elder Cook throws pitch (LDS Church News)
(August 2, 2011) - Relevance: 3.9
Elder Quentin L. Cook took his place as the pitcher July 22 at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, wound up and threw the first ball in the game with the Washington Nationals. He threw a good pitch that was called a strike.
Boy Scouts honor wounded soldiers (Denver YourHub.com - Colorado)
(December 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3.8
As parachutists jumped into Falcon Stadium and F-15 jet fighters flew overhead, scouts from Troop 148 of the Denver Area Council prepared to execute their own game plan during the November 15, 2008 football game between the Air Force Academy and Brigham Young University.
Ex-Cougar Collie an easy fit with Colts (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 3, 2010) - Relevance: 3.8
As he surveyed the field being painted for Sunday's Super Bowl XLIV, while surrounded by interviewers in the seats of Sun Life Stadium, Austin Collie remembered being perplexed when NFL teams were drafting one receiver after another and nobody was calling him.
"To say that you're not wondering why, I'd be lying," Collie said Tuesday, "but I really wasn't concerned about that as much as ending up in the right situation."
Number 7 no more (Daily Universe)
(September 22, 2009) - Relevance: 3.7
The letdown so many feared would haunt the Cougars in New Orleans decided to show up in Provo instead.
Florida State snapped BYU’s 18-game home winning streak with a 54-28 win at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, dropping the Cougars to No. 19 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Seminoles’ 54 points are the most BYU has allowed at home since 2003, when Colorado State defeated BYU by a score of 58-13.
Gathering hygiene and hope for Haiti (Kansas City Star - Missouri)
(October 20, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
A 13-year-old Leawood boy is using his Eagle Scout project to reach out to the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Max Schow of Troop 117 is bringing together kids from around the metro area Saturday for a musical performance and presentation in Olathe that he hopes will get people thinking about those with less access to health care and many basic supplies.
“I’m just hoping people will realize what’s happening to people and will recognize what they need to do to help,” he said.
Debunking the mystery of BYU: School isn't weird or cultish, just into clean living (The Oklahoman)
(August 31, 2009) - Relevance: 3.7
Next weekend, fans of Oklahoma and Brigham Young will congregate outside Cowboys Stadium for tailgate parties, with one discernible difference. One side will be imbibing beer by the gallons; the other, sipping orange juice.
Sooner and Cougar fans both share a fervor for their historically successful football teams. But BYU and its football program are worlds apart from any other.
First Presidency Expresses Love, Support for French People (LDS Newsroom)
(November 16, 2015) - Relevance: 3.7
With people around the world, we mourn today as we consider the horrific tragedies that have occurred in Paris. We pray for those affected, for their families and loved ones, for the leaders of nations and most especially for the people of France as they struggle to recover from the violence and loss they are feeling so deeply.
Indianapolis youth cultural celebration: 'Gather to the light' (LDS Church News)
(August 24, 2015) - Relevance: 3.6
Some 1,500 youth in Indianapolis, Indiana, shared the rich culture and history of the Hoosier State through music and dance on Aug. 22.
The celebration was held in the Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, in conjunction with the dedication of the Indianapolis Indiana Temple — the first in Indiana and the 148th worldwide.
Thousands enjoy Mormon Night with Dodgers (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 26, 2011) - Relevance: 3.6
More than 4,200 Latter-day Saints and their friends gathered in Los Angeles on July 22 for the annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.
Marking the beginning of the celebration for Pioneer Day weekend for many, the members had gathered with high expectations and were not disappointed, even though the Dodgers came out of the short end of a 7-2 score to the Washington Nationals. The fireworks following the game didn't disappoint.
Anthem singers hope for a homer (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 22, 2009) - Relevance: 3.6
Oh, say can you see … where this promotion is headed?
With a dash of "American Idol," a pinch of America's pastime and a heavy dose of the national anthem, 50 hopeful vocalists from across the country will audition this afternoon at the LDS Conference Center's Little Theater for the chance to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" next month for the Los Angeles Dodgers' annual "Mormon Night" baseball game at Dodger Stadium.
Facts about the Indianapolis Indiana Temple (LDS Church News)
(August 28, 2015) - Relevance: 3.6
Location: 11565 Temple Drive, Carmel, IN 46032
Plans Announced: Oct. 2, 2010
Groundbreaking: Sept. 29, 2012
Public Open House: July 17 through Aug. 8, excluding Sundays
Cultural Celebration: Saturday, Aug. 22, at the IUPUI Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium
Dedication: President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the temple on Sunday, Aug. 23, in three sessions
Blocked! BYU wins on last play (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 22, 2007) - Relevance: 3.6
As it turned out, the Letdown, er, Las Vegas Bowl wasn't so bad for the Brigham Young University Cougars after all.
Can it ever be a bad trip to Vegas if you come out ahead?
It just takes a good, healthy scare to put things into perspective.
The Cougars blocked UCLA's 28-yard field goal try on the game's final play, to claim a 17-16 win, Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Ruckus over retail regulation (Utah)
(June 27, 2005) - Relevance: 3.6
"It's sad that it has divided people," says Charelle Bowman, who opposes the proposed bans. "People of all faiths have been affected by this. People wanted to say it's Mormons against other faiths, but it's not. It's Mormons against Mormons."
Long journey for howitzer ends in Porterville
(November 12, 2004) - Relevance: 3.6
"I probably had 20 people - Scouts, leaders, people from my church - the Latter Day Saints Church - that helped," Mark Gilstrap said. "I know some people in the church that are really skilled. That helped."
BYU's respected Museum of Peoples and Cultures enjoying new digs (LDS Church News)
(August 5, 2015) - Relevance: 3.6
Brigham Young University’s venerable Museum of Peoples and Cultures has gotten a bit younger.
After more than four decades of residency at the Church-owned school’s Allen Hall, the museum was recently relocated to a more spacious, more modern facility just north of Lavell Edwards Stadium at 2201 North Canyon Road.
Romney urges Liberty University grads to honor family commitments (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 14, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has shaped his life, but he barely mentioned it as he spoke to graduates at an evangelical Christian university Saturday.
And he barely touched on hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage, instead offering a broad-based defense of values like family and hard work.
"Culture — what you believe, what you value, how you live — matters," Romney told graduates gathered in the football stadium on Liberty University's campus in the Virginia mountains. "The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the preeminence of the family."
Instead of a red-meat conservative policy speech, Romney discussed his own family and offered a defense of Christianity, saying that "there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action." Still, he was inclusive: "Men and women of every faith, and good people with none at all, sincerely strive to do right and lead a purpose-driven life," Romney said.
Members Enjoy 2018 Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium (Church News)
(June 15, 2018) - Relevance: 3.5
Roughly 1,500 LDS Church members and their friends gathered together to watch baseball and enjoy hot dogs in Los Angeles, California, on June 9, 2018, for the annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium—a tradition that has held strong for more than 40 consecutive years.
BYU, Utah Utes football: Utes pull off shocking 54-10 rout (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 19, 2011) - Relevance: 3.5
Jarring hits, momentum swings and big plays.
For a while, it almost seemed like November.
But this year's version of the Rivalry Game, played in September, did not feature a dramatic last-second ending as has been commonplace in recent years.
It wasn't necessary. That's because Utah throttled BYU, 54-10, Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The 44-point margin of victory marked the Utes' most lopsided win over the Cougars since a 43-0 win in 1931.
BYU names starting quarterback (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 17, 2007) - Relevance: 3.5
The BYU quarterback derby couldn't have taken a more dramatic turn.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall named Arizona State transfer Max Hall the starter coming out of spring drills on Monday, and Snow College all-American Cade Cooper is not only out of the race but will miss the 2007 football season with a serious foot injury suffered Saturday during his brief appearance in the team's final scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The 5-Minute Interview: Donny Osmond, Singer and entertainer (The Independent - UK)
(June 20, 2007) - Relevance: 3.5
People have strange views about my religion. I'm a Mormon. It's such a misunderstood religion. People keep asking me if I'm a Christian. The name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe in God. I believe in the Bible. I am a Christian. Some people even ask me how many wives I have.
BYU football: Cougars' quest for perfection ends at TCU (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 17, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
BYU's quest for an undefeated season came to an unceremonious end Thursday night against TCU.
So did a lot of other things — such as the No. 9 Cougars' top 10 ranking, a nation-leading 16-game winning streak, a 18-game Mountain West Conference winning streak, and, almost certainly, their shot at a BCS bid. The fast, athletic and inspired Horned Frogs jumped out early and didn't let up in a 32-7 rout over BYU at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
BYU football: Home finale for '03 frosh starter (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 5, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
At least 18 seniors will play their final home game at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday when BYU takes on limping San Diego State at noon.
Few in that group, if any, have made as much of an impact on the Cougar football program than linebacker David Nixon, who started two games as a true freshman in 2003 and almost every game since returning home from an LDS Church mission to Ecuador in 2006.
Big rivalry game includes largest gathering of returned LDS missionaries (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 20, 2013) - Relevance: 3.5
When Utah and BYU meet on the turf of LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday night, it will be the largest gathering of returned missionaries in college football.
It's like an outdoor priesthood meeting.
These young men traded their football uniforms for white shirts and ties and went about serving and preaching the gospel at different locations around the world.
Missionary Service a Tradition at West Point Military Academy (Church News)
(December 18, 2014) - Relevance: 3.5
Lying 50 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River, the United States Military Academy at West Point is a photographer’s dream. Along with the University of Washington and Brigham Young University, West Point’s Michie Stadium is rated in the top three most picturesque football stadiums in the nation.
Te’o A Role Model Worth Watching (Midweek Kauai - Hawaii)
(November 7, 2012) - Relevance: 3.5
Since 1964, The Word of Life Mural, better known as Touchdown Jesus, has watched over the South Bend campus of Notre Dame University and the world’s third-greatest symbol of Catholicism, Notre Dame Stadium. In the mosaic’s shadow have paraded countless false idols from the Four Horseman to Lou Holtz, but after decades of glory, God and unquestioned marketing genius, the Fighting Irish have a figure truly worthy of special admiration.
USU has Cougars' attention (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 28, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Even before they knew Utah State had posted its first win in 2009 by rolling up 53 points and 604 yards of offense on Saturday night, the BYU Cougars figured the Aggies would be difficult to handle this Friday.
Shortly after dismantling Colorado State 42-23 at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Cougars began talking about the challenge they expect to get from the Aggies, who rolled past Southern Utah 53-34 after a few anxious moments.
Pregame firesides strengthen team as season wanes (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 17, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
Travis Bright has been holding down a starting spot on the Brigham Young University offensive line since 2006, and this Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium, he will play his final game in a Cougar uniform.
But the senior from Queen Creek, Ariz., did not secure a place on the program for his final team fireside, which will take place Friday at the Henderson Green Valley Stake Center.
Cougs Ready for Friday Night Battle in Logan (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(October 3, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
High school football generally reigns supreme on Friday nights, but this week BYU and Utah State will try to steal the show to kick off the weekend.
“Utah State, from what I here, is a fun place to play, especially when BYU comes to town,” quarterback Max Hall said. “I think it’s going to be a fun atmosphere and a full stadium. It’s the Friday night lights again and it’s going to be good to play a night game.”
Young Mormon missionaries have one request: Don't be mean to them (Morning Sentinel - Maine)
(June 10, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Carter Howell had one request when, at the end of an hour-long interview, I asked if there was anything I should tell people who read this column.
"Tell people not to be mean to us," he said.
"We are just 19- and 20-year-old guys and we're not different than other people."
I'm glad to pass on that request -- and to echo it. There is no reason to be mean to Howell or to his associate, Seth Munger.
Te'o's ND career ends, legacy will live on (ESPN)
(January 10, 2013) - Relevance: 3.5
Jack Swarbrick was the last man taking questions in the bowels of Sun Life Stadium early Tuesday morning, minutes after the locker room doors closed behind him, signaling the official end of Notre Dame's 125th season of football here on the final day of the sport's season.
Time and place are a giveaway to what was by any measure a remarkably successful season. The last man left behind by reporters in the locker room -- the man the athletic director kept heaping praise upon -- was not.
BYU knocks out No. 20 Boise State with another late Mangum TD pass (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 14, 2015) - Relevance: 3.5
It wasn't as dramatic as the 42-yard Hail Mary a week ago as time expired at Nebraska, but BYU freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum did it again Saturday night.
Mangum, making his first collegiate start, completed another improbable touchdown pass to lift BYU to a 35-24 victory over No. 20 Boise State Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium before a sellout crowd of 63,470.
Video: Preparing for the prophet — behind the scenes of a 65,000-person devotional in Phoenix (Church News)
(March 7, 2019) - Relevance: 3.5
On Feb. 10, President Russell M. Nelson spoke to over 65,000 Latter-day Saints in the State Farm Stadium. Speaking on the topic of what it really means to gather Israel, President Nelson's address in the indoor venue was the largest Church gathering ever in Arizona. It was also one of the largest gatherings in the Church since the 1970s and 1980s, which included a May 1980 conference of approximately 75,000 at the Rose Bowl in Southern California.
LDS Church begins MTC expansion (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 23, 2010) - Relevance: 3.5
Work crews have started pulling down some of the canopies around the east wing of the Jacob Hamblin Building at the Missionary Training Center.
It will be two weeks before demolition of the one-story structure on the MTC campus, located at 900 East and Stadium Avenue, begins in earnest.
"We're going to clear the site for about a week or so, then I'm guessing in two weeks we'll have a track hoe in and some trucks for hauling the building away," said Brian Webb, project manager for Okland Construction.
Soon-to-be Episcopal bishop: Don’t let LDS Church define us (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 5, 2010) - Relevance: 3.5
“I asked, ‘Does this mean if the LDS people are against gambling, we should be for it? If the LDS people have the Mormon diet and believe whole grains, moderation in eating and getting exercise is what you should do, that means we should eat all high-fat foods and not exercise? If the LDS people are against smoking, that means we should all be smoking like chimneys? Does this make any sense?’ ”
BYU bringing big crowd to play MTSU (Daily News Journal - Tennessee)
(October 30, 2014) - Relevance: 3.5
Brigham Young will be the second former Football Bowl Subdivision national champion to play MTSU in Floyd Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
And one of the biggest crowds in the Blue Raiders' (5-3) history is expected to be on hand when they try to become bowl eligible for the third straight season.
According to MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro, the number of tickets sold to BYU and other Mormon-affiliated groups is among the most ever sold to a visiting team.
No. 25 BYU jumps into polls after making statement at Texas (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.4
Raucous cheering resonated from inside BYU’s locker room in the bowels of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night, underscoring how much a 41-7 shellacking of Texas meant to the Cougars.
BYU saw this showdown as an opportunity to make a statement against a marquee opponent. The Cougars dominated offensively and defensively, handing the Longhorns a humbling 34-point loss on their home field in front of 93,463 fans.
Utah football: Whittingham, Ute players downplay baptism video (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 19, 2013) - Relevance: 3.4
With BYU and Utah three days away from their meeting at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the rivalry has taken a controversial turn via social media.
Late Tuesday, a video surfaced on Twitter showing what appears to be Utah football players engaging in a mock baptism, with senior linebacker Brian Blechen being immersed by a fellow Ute player with a towel over his head.
Video: 15 seconds change everything in BYU-Boise State wild ending (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 14, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
SportsCenter may need to keep BYU on speed dial.
For the second straight week to open the 2015 season, the Cougars turned in an unforgettable finish. This time, the victim was No. 20 Boise State.
The Cougars scored two touchdowns 15 seconds apart in the final minute, turning a three-point deficit into an 11-point victory, 35-24 over No. 20 Boise State on Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Defending the Faith: Latter-day Saints and the study of the temple (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 24, 2013) - Relevance: 3.4
“What,” asked the Prophet Joseph Smith, “was the object of gathering … the people of God in any age of the world?” He then answered his own question: “The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby He could reveal unto His people the ordinances of His house and the glories of His kingdom, and teach the people the way of salvation ….
Taysom and Emily Hill: Faith, football and trusting in the Lord (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 10, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
Emily Hill’s stomach dropped as soon as she read the text from her sister. “I’m so sorry. I hope he’s OK.” Emily had just left her seat in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium for a moment after her husband, Taysom Hill, scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to tie the game between the BYU Cougars and Nebraska Cornhuskers at 14 a piece in the first game of the 2015 football season. She didn’t see him limp from the sideline to the locker room.
Tonga Celebrates Mission Centennial (Church News)
(September 1, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
Rainy, cold weather on August 10, the third day of the Tonga Mission Centennial Celebration, threatened to prevent the cultural show at Teufaiva Stadium from happening. But the organizers determined that “rain or shine, the show must go on!”
Three thousand Tongan youth of the Church danced before Their Majesties, King George Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u; the Crown Prince, HRH Ulukalala and his wife, Sinaitakala; and HRH Prince Ata, with more than 3,000 others in attendance.
Apostle Throws First Pitch for Dodgers (Church Newsroom)
(July 26, 2019) - Relevance: 3.4
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family Night at Dodger Stadium was held in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, July 19, 2019. As the Dodgers prepared to face off against the Miami Marlins, thousands of Church members and friends witnessed Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles throw the first pitch. It was caught by local leader Elder Gary Wilde, who was positioned at home plate.
A belief in helping
(November 22, 2004) - Relevance: 3.4
Young people from across the spectrum of faith work together to ease the lives of people in need.
Feeling right at home (Spokesman Review - Washington)
(November 28, 2008) - Relevance: 3.4
Vaughn Lesuma was introduced to football in Hawaii.
Washington State's starting left tackle used to attend games in Aloha Stadium as a youth. That was before his family moved to Fiji, where Lesuma attended high school.
Still, his love of the game was nurtured in Hawaii. The Lesumas moved back to the state after Vaughn's high school days were finished.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Launches Blog to Reach More People (Church News and Events)
(April 5, 2014) - Relevance: 3.4
As part of a strategy to bring more people the blessings of gospel choral music around the world, the Church has launched a blog for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (mormontabernaclechoir.org/blog).
“We’re sharing more about the choir than we ever have,” said Scott Barrick, general manager of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “Social media provides people with a personal connection. With the blog, we are prying back the covers of the choir to let people take a look.”
Youths celebrate Gila Valley Temple in Arizona (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 24, 2010) - Relevance: 3.4
More than 1,600 youths draped in white capes stood on the football field at Eastern Arizona College stadium on Saturday evening and watched as a replica Angel Moroni — sounding his horn — was hoisted high into the air.
The scene was a fitting end to a production staged to celebrate the dedication of the Gila Valley Temple — the 132nd temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS church crash: 'People were flying and being knocked down' (KTVB - Idaho)
(October 9, 2013) - Relevance: 3.4
Witnesses of Monday's accident at the LDS Church on McMillian Road say it was like a scene from a movie. A car unintentionally accelerated into a crowd of people gathered at a funeral, injuring nine people.
"Everything was calm and peaceful and them whoom! This car came out of nowhere," said Dee Cazier.
Cazier says he had just left the funeral service and was standing on a sidewalk outside the church when the white Toyota sedan came crashing up the curb and onto the sidewalk.
"Just all of a sudden, out of nowhere, here comes this white car really moving fast. And I turn and I look down the sidewalk and people were flying," said Cazier.
“The Time Is Now,” Tucson Temple District Youth Declare at Cultural Celebration (Church News)
(August 14, 2017) - Relevance: 3.3
For more than 2,100 Latter-day Saint youth in the new Tucson Arizona Temple district, “The Time Is Now!”
That was the message they conveyed Saturday evening, August 12—the eve of the temple’s dedication—through a cultural celebration, a spectacle of music, dance, color, and affirmation staged at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, a large baseball park in Tucson.
Why Religion Matters: Making Selves Out of Others (LDS Newsroom)
(March 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
Why do people belong to religions? Some inherit a religion at birth while others may convert to one. But at one point or another people make a conscious decision whether to participate in their religious communities. In fact, the root word for religion is the Latin “religare,” which means to reconnect or bind. In an age that magnifies personal freedom, what could sound less attractive than “binding” oneself to the quirks and idiosyncrasies of a large group of people?
Miller leaves 'legacy of a life well-lived' (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 2, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
It fluttered down as if on cue, the lone piece of confetti, slipping from the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena just as the pallbearers stood Saturday to help Larry H. Miller take final leave of the stadium he built and loved. As if in poignant witness to the victory of a life well lived, the confetti danced past the silenced jumbo screen, gave a nod to the uncharacteristically noiseless crowd and landed, smoothly, on the Utah Jazz insignia painted on the wooden boards of the court.
Mark Hofmann details mindset in 1988 letter that led to forgeries, murder (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 12, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
Fooling people at a young age with card tricks and magic laid the groundwork for one of Utah's most infamous criminals to take on a life of forgeries and murder.
In a handwritten letter made public this week, Mark Hofmann provides a look into what led him to fake hundreds of historical documents and kill two people with homemade bombs more than 25 years ago.
"As far back as I can remember I have liked to impress people through my deceptions," he wrote. "Fooling people gave me sense of power and superiority."
Incredible Bulk: Identical twins stack ISU's offensive line (Des Moines Register, Iowa)
(August 27, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Good thing the Fisher boys will wear numbers and names on their jerseys when Iowa State opens the football season against Illinois State at Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 3. Otherwise there could be a 650-pound mass of confusion.
Both are transfers this season from Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Both initially signed letters of intent with Brigham Young. Both went on a Mormon mission to Chile. Both play offensive tackle.
BYU football: Rested Cougars expect an angry Utah team Saturday (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 17, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
The BYU Cougars turned into an angry and driven football team the week following their season-opening 19-16 loss at Virginia, and that manifested itself in a punishing 40-21 victory over the No. 15 Texas Longhorns on Sept. 7.
For that reason, and also because the rivalry game almost always brings out a fanatical effort from Utah, the Cougars (1-1) are expecting an angry bunch of Utes to invade LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday (8:15 p.m., ESPN2).
Prophet Pens Op-Ed for the Arizona Republic in Advance of His Visit (LDS Newsroom)
(February 11, 2019) - Relevance: 3.3
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a devotional at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, for an estimated 68,000 members and friends of the faith on February 10, 2019. President Nelson’s historic visit is believed to be the single largest gathering of Latter-day Saints in Arizona and among the largest crowds to hear a president of the Church. He will be accompanied by President Dallin H. Oaks, who is one of his counselors in the faith’s First Presidency.
Who wants healthcare reform, who doesn’t, and why (Christian Science Monitor)
(August 11, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
As complex as the healthcare debate is, one part of it should be easy to understand: who wants reform.
It seems logical that a driving factor in determining support for large-scale reform would be how many people are covered. Presumably, places with fewer people covered would be more in favor of reform, while places where more people have coverage would be less interested, right?
Jabari Parker and Duke's early-season scare (Indy Week - North Carolina)
(November 28, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
Five minutes into the second half of Duke's weird 91–90 win last Sunday over the 1-4 Catamounts of the University of Vermont, Blue Devil freshman Jabari Parker, the 6-foot-8, 235-pound future NBA All-Star, stole the ball from a green-clad guard named Candon Rusin, loped down court and dunked delicately with two hands, as if dropping a bomb down a foxhole.
The crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium went nuts. Vermont called a timeout. The score was 61–49, Duke.
Church Leader Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch (LDS Newsroom)
(July 27, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, 22 July 2011.
Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended the event with more than 4,200 Latter-day Saints and their friends. Elder Cook threw a strike, which was caught by local Church leader Elder Jerryl Garns.
Top prep QB Jake Heaps headed to BYU (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(June 4, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
Washington prep star Jake Heaps, who is rated by some recruiting Web sites as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country, has chosen BYU and will make the announcement this afternoon, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
A news release issued by a publicist on Wednesday noted that Heaps has made his college decision and will announce it today, although the time and place was not finalized. A source said it would take place in Provo, possibly at a location near LaVell Edwards Stadium.
BYU football players gather for 30 year reunion of 1984 championship (LDS Church News)
(February 3, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
More than 40 former BYU players from the 1984 national football championship team gathered Jan. 24 at LaVell Edwards Stadium for their 30th reunion.
The group heard remarks from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who was president of BYU in 1984. Team captains Jim Herrmann, Glen Kozlowski, reunion coordinator Robbie Bosco and Coach LaVell Edwards also spoke at the reunion.
Mormon Church launches media campaign (USA Today)
(October 3, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
The "I'm a Mormon" campaign — mostly TV spots and billboards — will encourage people to learn about Latter-day Saints by visiting the mormon.org website, which features video profiles of thousands of Mormons from around the world.
"These are real people," said Cindy Packard, the LDS Church spokeswoman for the metropolitan Phoenix area. "There are no scripts, no fake stories, no wardrobe, just real people talking about their lives."
Mormon Olympic hopeful from Ghana learned priceless lessons on mission (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 4, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
At the National Athletics Championship at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana, Allah Laryea-Akrong tenses at the line, crouched down, mind clear, on the verge of making it to the 2012 Olympics in London as a sprinter in the men's 100-meter event.
The bang from the gun pierces the air, and mechanically Akrong is out of the blocks and sprinting to the finish line. He crosses first, breaking his personal record, only to realize he's missed the Olympic mark by two-hundredths of a second off the B standard qualifying time of 10.25 seconds. Akrong has clocked in at 10.27.
BYU football: Cougars lose opportunity to shine nationally, fall to Wisconsin (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 11, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
BYU’s opportunity to make a big splash on the national stage wasn’t just taken away on Saturday afternoon by the bigger, badder Wisconsin Badgers, it was pounded, squashed and pulverized in an overpowering display of Big Ten football.
Dominated for much of the game by the No. 21-ranked Badgers on offense and defense and outsmarted by an old nemesis, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, the Cougars fell 27-17 in front of 80,191 fans and a national television audience at windswept and chilly Camp Randall Stadium.
A low attack on same-sex therapy (New York Post)
(July 22, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Oral arguments started Friday in New Jersey Superior Court in Ferguson, et. al. v. JONAH, et. al. — a landmark case in which the Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to shut down JONAH, a Jewish group that helps people with unwanted same-sex attraction live their lives in accord with Torah values.
It’s just the opening shot in a massive legal effort to ban help for gay people — a campaign I take personally.I’m one of those people the SPLC is out to harm — by substituting its judgment about what’s good for me for my own.
The client’s right to determine the course of his own therapy is a touchstone of modern psychotherapy. So the effort to deny people access to this therapy not only infringes on my right to self-determination, it violates the ethical standards of every major mental-health association.
American History Series: Brigham Young Leads His Mormons to a New Home (Voice of America)
(June 4, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
In the eighteen twenties, in the state of New York, a man named Joseph Smith started the Mormon religion. Smith based it on what he said were God's words to the ancient people of America. Many people became members of the new church. Others, however, laughed at some of the beliefs of the Mormons. This led to trouble. Smith had to move his people many times. For a while, they settled in the state of Illinois, in a town they built and called Nauvoo.
"8th Habit" cultivates new mind-set (Colorado)
(April 15, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
Covey is a Mormon who preaches moral authority.
"There's nothing in it that is uniquely Mormon," he said. "I work hard at that because other people will think you have a hidden agenda of trying to get people into your church.
Mormons sing for Dodgers, Elder Ballard throws pitch (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 8, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
This year, a national competition was held to invite Mormon singers from anywhere in the U.S. to audition to sing the national anthem on Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium. The two winners -- Shea Owens, a vocal performance major at BYU, and JoDee Stott, a mother from South Ogden, Utah -- had the chance to sing at the Thursday, Aug. 6 game. Owens sang the national anthem before the game, and Stott sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.
Arson Tears Through LDS Church (Idaho)
(February 28, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
From the outside, the building looks the same. But like all the loyal patrons that attend the church, the damage is from within.
"Here, between the 2 wards, we have about 900 people. Of course, people are concerned. They're upset, confused, and disillusioned," lists off Taylor.
SHeDAISY's Kassidy Osborn Weds (Country Weekly)
(July 1, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
SHeDAISY lead vocalist, Kassidy Osborn, recently married longtime boyfriend Derek Williamson in a private ceremony in San Diego, Calif.
The couple exchanged vows at the LDS Temple with their families present. Kassidy said, "For being one of the most important days of my life, it couldn't have been more perfect and beautiful!" SHeDAISY, which also includes Kassidy's sisters Kristyn and Kelsi, is gearing up for the release of their fifth album on Lyric Street Records. The multi-platinum sister trio is in the midst of summer tour dates and will be a featured act at the annual Stadium of Fire Fourth of July celebration in Provo, Utah.
Orson Scott Card: Managing people at church (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 29, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Many people have a misconception about management. We get the idea that it's about assignments and accounting. Managers give training and set goals; workers do their work and fill out reports. You can look at the paperwork and know just how everyone's doing.
The Root: Is Broadway's 'Book Of Mormon' Offensive? (NPR)
(April 16, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the guys who created South Park, like to boast that they are equal-opportunity offenders. Which is true. Over the past 10 years that their potty-mouthed, thumb-in-your-eye animated series has been on the Comedy Channel, they've mocked gay people, black people, Canadian people, Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology, the Pope and, most infamously and dangerously, the Prophet Muhammad.
Now Parker and Stone have brought their act to Broadway. The Book of Mormon, the new musical that they've written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the co-creator of the equally irreverent Muppets-style musical Avenue Q, sends up the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrity do-gooders and the people of Uganda.
BYU hopes independent status means a BCS opportunity (CBS Sports - New York)
(July 13, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe is well aware of the sacrifices made and tribulations suffered by individuals that decided to declare their independence.
"The people that signed the Declaration of Independence, you can look it up, the people that signed it did not have easy lives," Holmoe said. "A lot were persecuted, went broke, got run out and some were killed. Some, though, survived and did well such as John Adams and Ben Franklin."
BYU's move from playing in the Mountain West Conference to becoming an independent certainly won't be that dramatic, but Holmoe knows one thing: it won't be boring.
"Good or bad," Holmoe said. "People will know our name."
Angry? It's likely not righteous (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 12, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
Everybody chuckles at oxymorons -- those expressions that are self-contradictory. Say "jumbo shrimp" or "freezer burn" to people and they smile. People get a kick out of two dissimilar things getting tossed together. It must be why we laugh at Roger marrying Jessica Rabbit.
Lifesaving donation for people with disability (Vanuatu)
(January 14, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has generously started the year by handing over more that 250 wheelchairs to the Vila Central Hospital and the Vanuatu Society for Disabled People (VSDP).
London Chapel Renovation, Rededication Extend the Gospel to Many (Church News and Events)
(July 21, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
The Hyde Park building, in the heart of London, will be a beacon of light, hope, and truth for people from all over the world. That was the powerful message during rededication services for the British capital’s most prominent Latter-day Saint meetinghouse, which has been renovated.
Elder Erich W. Kopischke, President of the Europe Area, who presided at the meeting, said, “My hope is that ... literally hundreds of thousands of people over the years will come into the building, and that this building will have a kind of an attraction to the people to learn more.”
Gila Valley residents celebrate Pioneer Day (Eastern Arizona Courier)
(July 28, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Fire trucks, floats and fireworks are the Gila Valley’s way of expressing patriotism, but festivities go beyond the Fourth of July. On Saturday, July 24, fire trucks and floats paraded down Stadium Avenue in Thatcher, and community members lined the street next to the college to watch a progression of floats depicting various scenes from LDS history and the settling of the West.
Pioneer Day, held annually on the closest Saturday to July 24, marks the entrance of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake valley in Utah. To the LDS church, the 24th of July is just as important as the Fourth of July.
Manti Te'o: How much exposure would he have brought BYU? (KSL - Utah)
(October 24, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Jon Bon Jovi wasn’t the only rock star generating a buzz among the tens of thousands at Notre Dame Stadium last Saturday.
In this case, “Livin' On A Prayer” takes on a double meaning. While it made millions for the conventional rocker, it’s also the reason an unconventional decision has left millions of Catholics ecstatic.
It’s not every year that Notre Dame successfully recruits a star football player from Hawaii, let alone a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who chooses the most renowned Catholic institution over his faith's institution. But that’s the story of Manti Te’o, the linebacker who has garnered rock star-like attention over the four years he’s played for the Irish.
Airline CEO and Romney friend: Claims that Romney doesn't care are "nuts" (CBS News)
(September 20, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Friend of Mitt Romney's and fellow Mormon, David Neeleman came to the GOP presidential nominee's defense on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday in the wake of backlash over the nominee's comments in a secretly taped video of Romney describing "47 percent of the people" as Obama supporters who depend on government and believe they are victims.
Neeleman, former JetBlue chief executive officer, when asked what people don't know about the former Mass. governor, said, "He's just a great person. I've known him for a long time. I've hung out with him. He's a very caring person. "You know, this whole thing of 'he doesn't care about people,' you know, it's just nuts," he said. "Here's a guy that, since 1999, when he took the job in Olympics -- and I'm from Utah so it's really special to me -- didn't take a salary, worked as governor of Massachusetts, didn't take a salary, gives a lot of his money away. And, you know, I think sometimes it comes across wrong, but then things are taken out of context, but to say, 'I don't care about 47 percent of Americans' is not true. He's saying, 'I want to take care of people that are creating jobs so we have money around to continue to support for these other people' and so - "
Pres. Uchtdorf throws first pitch at Dodgers' Mormon Night (KSL - Utah)
(July 6, 2012) - Relevance: 3
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, threw the ceremonial first pitch at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles last Friday.
It was part of the Dodgers' annual "Mormon Night," which is a 25-plus year tradition.
More than 8,000 Latter-day Saints were in attendance, according to Mormon Newsroom. It says the crowd greeted Pres. Uchtdorf with a loud cheer as his name was announced. His pitch was caught by Elder William Reynolds, a Seventy in the church. Honorary umpire Kevin Hamilton, director of the Southern California Public Affairs Council, called the pitch a strike.
Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple: National motto - "Libre, Soberana e Independiente" (LDS Newsroom)
(March 18, 2013) - Relevance: 3
On the eve of the dedication of this nation's first temple, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf stood in front of thousands of Latter-day Saint youth and repeated the words of Honduras' national motto: "Libre, Soberana e Independiente" ("Free, Sovereign and Independent").
His passionate recitation prompted cheers from the many who had gathered at a baseball stadium inside the capital city for the March 16 LDS Honduras cultural event.
"I like the motto of your country … because that is what the Church is all about — that is what the temple is all about," he told the program's young cast members. "You are independent. You stand free to make a marvelous [contribution] to Honduras."
Messages for our times (LDS Church News)
(October 13, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Today, more than ever, the world needs to know that God has called a prophet to tell people what He would have them do. And thanks to inspired inventions and modern technologies, along with members of the Church who willingly use them, those messages are going farther and helping more people than ever.
Faith to find and baptize converts (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 20, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Finding people to teach is different in various parts of the world, and missionaries need to adapt to circumstances, but the universal principle that must be in the hearts of every missionary is that the Lord is preparing people to receive them and the restored gospel, Elder W. Craig Zwick said Jan. 11.
Baskets of love and boxes of "Cheer" (YourHub - Colorado)
(August 28, 2006) - Relevance: 3
The Dove Valley and Parker Wards, congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Parker, are two such groups of thoughtful people who felt they might not be able to change the world, but they could make it a bit brighter for a few people they will never meet.
Church group skips conference to help with cleanup effort (Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise - Nebraska)
(June 10, 2014) - Relevance: 3
As neighbors are helping neighbors clean up from Tuesday’s storm in Blair, a large group of teens came to Blair on Thursday to help people in need. About 165 people from area Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) churches, including Blair members, helped city workers clean up Ralph Steyer Park and yards along the Gateway parade route. They also worked in the yards of people in other parts of the community who needed their help.
Young people reenact journey in honor of pioneers (Union Leader - New Hampshire)
(August 9, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Over a three-day period, 160 young people from New Hampshire and Vermont will shed their cellphones, computers and iPods and don suspenders, shawls and bonnets to participate in a reenactment of the 1856 handcart trek of Mormon pioneers.
On Thursday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 11, these young people will pull handcarts over a distance of more than 20 miles and experience some of the challenges that the original pioneers faced as they walked 1,500 miles.
During the Westward Expansion, thousands crossed the heartland of America seeking better lives and religious freedom.
New Mormon campaign only the beginning (WAFB - Louisiana)
(August 5, 2010) - Relevance: 3
A new campaign hit the airwaves last week featuring people claiming to be Mormon. Church organizers say they are only the beginning.
Mormon.org project manager Ron Wilson says the church's goal is to dispel so-called myths about Mormons and the Mormon religion. The ad campaign is the product of two and a half years worth of research.
The people featured in the campaign are musicians, surfers, and artists from all over the world with moving stories. They all have one thing in common, they are Mormon.
"The goal is to try to help people," said Wilson. "We're not as different as you think."
Touching hearts in the South (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 1, 2009) - Relevance: 3
More than 1,700 people visited "Reflections of Christ" exhibit in Baton Rouge, La., during a two-week stop there before heading to Alexandria, La., where at least 1,200 people viewed the exhibit.
"Our reason for bringing the exhibit to Baton Rouge," said President Bill Woods the Baton Rouge Louisiana Mission president. "was to bring the community closer to Jesus Christ, ... anytime people come closer to Christ, they come closer to their families, each other, and they are happier."
Washington Mormon choir sings at DC United-Real Salt Lake match (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 17, 2015) - Relevance: 3
The Mormon Choir of Washington sang the national anthem before a crowd of about 15,000 attending a Major League Soccer match between Real Salt Lake and D.C. United on Aug 1. Several members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also helped carry the United States flag onto the field at RFK Stadium.
More than 300 church members were in attendance, including members of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the BYU Alumni Association, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, the Utah State Society and the BYU Washington Seminar.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Update (Church News and Events -- scroll to the bottom for the latest update)
(April 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3
On April 7, 2011, a 7.1-magnitude aftershock originated near the epicenter of the original 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on March 11. At least three people were killed, and numerous buildings sustained minor damage. A tsunami warning was issued, then later cancelled.
To date, more than 12,750 people have been confirmed dead, 14,700 people are still missing, and 155,000 continue to seek shelter in evacuation centers.
The Japanese and U.S. military forces are working to recover missing bodies.
LDS urged to share gospel with all people (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 23, 2006) - Relevance: 3
The restored gospel of Jesus Christ must be shared with all people — regardless of culture, ethnicity, religious background or heritage — and Latter-day Saints have an obligation to share their faith without arrogance or self-righteousness.
7 wonders of the Book of Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 20, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Donald W. Parry, a BYU professor of Hebrew Bible studies, translates the familiar passage of Isaiah 29:14 not as "I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder," but as "I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder."
Association with LDS softens negative opinions (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 17, 2009) - Relevance: 3
LDS Church research shows that people tend to view Mormons much more favorably if they know a Latter-day Saint, but more negative impressions are linked to what people have read or seen in the media about Mormons, especially if the coverage is associated with controversies.
Michael Otterson, managing director of Public Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said that while there is no overriding idea that emerges when people hear the term "Mormon" or "Latter-day Saint," personal association with Mormons does make a difference when examining the fragmented way Latter-day Saints are viewed.
Iraqi students enjoy supplies (Free Lance-Star - Virginia)
(June 26, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Last year, a Stafford County teen asked his father for help with an Eagle Scout project.
The outcome created a connection between Muslims and Mormons as well as an increased understanding between people in a village near Baghdad and people in the Fredericksburg area.
Hundreds serving in Family and Church History Headquarters Mission (LDS Church News)
(September 11, 2015) - Relevance: 3
With more than 1,000 missionaries from all across the world serving in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission, it could be considered the largest LDS mission in the world, one that few people have even heard of.
“Most people who have never heard very much about this [mission] are aghast at how big this is,” said President Warren G. Tate. “It’s a little city over here, and most people don’t know about this.”
NuSkin founder Blake Roney discusses the key to success (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 1, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Any time one can sit and learn from amazingly successful people and see what makes them tick, it’s an opportunity that begs for a notebook and pen.
I consider Blake Roney one of the finest people I know. Many know him as the founder and chairman of NuSkin, the billion-dollar company based in Provo, Utah. I have had the privilege of knowing him as a grandfather, father, husband, mentor and friend. He is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I know. And before he sets off on his new endeavor, as an LDS Church mission president, in Lyon, France, I sat down with him to talk about success in life, and in his words, this is what he had to say:
Religious people are happier, studies show (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 9, 2012) - Relevance: 3
One of the most interesting and provocative social analysts in America today is Arthur Brooks, currently president of the American Enterprise Institute.
In his 2006 book "Who Really Cares," Dr. Brooks summarized scores of academic studies demonstrating that religious people give far more to charity — even to non-religious charities — than do the non-religious. They're also more likely to volunteer to serve with such charities, as well as to assist family and friends, to donate blood, to give food or money to homeless people on the street, and even to return change mistakenly given to them by a cashier.
11,000 visit temple on first day of public open house in Boise (LDS Church News)
(October 19, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
More than 11,000 people visited the Boise Idaho Temple Saturday, Oct. 13 — the first day of the public open house for the edifice that will be rededicated Nov. 18.
Elder K. Brett Nattress, an Area Seventy and chairman of the local temple committee, called the public open house a community event and said many people from a variety of faiths have lined up to see the newly renovated temple. In fact, interest in the temple is so great, people from 38 states, two provinces, and 10 countries have signed up to come to the open house, he said.
Jews, Mormons and Intermarriage (Jewish Journal)
(August 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
“WHEN the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee… thou shalt make no covenant with them… Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son… For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. “ – Deuteronomy 7:1-3, 6
Early Mississippi Converts Leave a Proud Legacy (Church News)
(April 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
It was a typical warm, humid day in Kirby, Mississippi, on April 23, 1915, when a dozen people gathered at a nearby creek to witness the baptism of five people into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
‘Y’ luminaries (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(May 21, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
From academia to athletics, from broadcasting to business, BYU has produced some of the most successful people in the world.
You probably know about the bigger names: Steve Young, Mitt Romney, and that Jeopardy guy. But there are others we’re pretty sure you haven’t heard of.
So here’s a list (compiled without any real methodology whatsoever) of the 14 most successful people you didn’t know went to BYU...
Young Women in Africa Serve Others (News from the Church)
(January 24, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Gathered together in a bush camp in Africa without any modern conveniences, such as running water, 160 young women worked together to give more than 200 people they had never met something those people didn't have.
11,000 Visit Temple on First Day of Public Open House in Boise (Church News and Events)
(October 22, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
More than 11,000 people visited the Boise Idaho Temple Saturday, October 13—the first day of the public open house for the edifice that will be rededicated November 18.
Elder K. Brett Nattress, an Area Seventy and chairman of the local temple committee, called the public open house a community event and said many people from a variety of faiths have lined up to see the newly renovated temple. In fact, interest in the temple is so great, people from 38 states, two provinces, and 10 countries have signed up to come to the open house, he said.
Temple experience has been 'life-changing' (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(September 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
The Ogden temple recently closed its open-house doors and many people worked long hours to get the freshly renovated temple ready for its dedication on Sept. 21.
In the last month almost 600,000 people got a look at the downtown temple and many were impressed with what they saw.
Crow, LDS leaders: Education lifts humankind (Arizona State University)
(January 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow told a gathering of Mormons that education is the best tool for discovering how to help other people, and that ASU is dedicated to creating a multitude of pathways for young people to do just that.
Crow joined Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a question-and-answer discussion Tuesday night at ASU's Gammage Auditorium. About 3,000 people attended the first-ever “Family Education Night,” including many high school students.
Columbia rains, landslides (LDS Church News)
(December 17, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
More than 1.6 million people — including 300,000 families — were impacted torrential rains and landslides in Colombia this December.
More than 200 people have died in the disasters, which damaged more than 275,000 homes on the northern coastal provinces of Colombia.
Jews say no to online porn; Mormons applaud (Jewish Journal)
(May 22, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
When my wife told me that tens of thousands of religious men had gathered at a stadium in New York yesterday to hear sermons on the dangers of the internet, I was sure that some kind of LDS priesthood meeting had been held. It turned out to be a gathering of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, and the speakers were rabbis instead of apostles and prophets. Nevertheless, the unprecedented event highlighted the desire of religiously observant leaders throughout the country to warn their congregants of the downside to a wireless world.
In recent years it seems that at almost every large LDS conference, at least one speaker condemns online pornography. When my former stake president (= Catholic bishop) began his service, one of the first things that he did was to establish a pornography self-help group for members of the stake (= diocese). He had been a bishop (= rabbi) for many years, and after counseling many pornography addicts he had decided to help them.
An optimistic, purposeful people (LDS Church News)
(June 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Mexico's dutiful Latter-day Saints would be recognizable to fellow members across the globe. They are diligent, temple-going people who worship, serve and raise their families in faith despite the troubles sometimes found just outside the doors of their homes. Yes, they have worries — but they also live purposeful lives fueled by optimism and gospel principles.
The Surprising Science Behind “Supremely Happy” People (Church News)
(September 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
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.”
Africa Water Project Brings Happiness (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(January 31, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
A video on the Church News and Events page details what Latter-day Saint Charities has done for some of the seven million people living in Sierra Leone, a small country in the western part of Africa, where many people lack access to clean water.
A faithful people: 'We can feel the Spirit' (LDS Church News)
(June 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
"Some time ago I asked President Monson if I could go to Russia," President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, addressing members in the Cosmos Hotel in Moscow, Russia, the evening of June 1.
"Yes, you go," President Thomas S. Monson responded. "They are a people who have shown faith."
"I will tell President Monson that I have been with a faithful people," President Uchtdorf said, smiling over a large audience of members, some of whom had traveled significant distances to hear the second counselor in the First Presidency. President Uchtdorf was in Eastern Europe to visit members in Kyiv, Ukraine, as well as Yekaterinburg, Russia, and Samara, Russia.
Closet Mormon in Idaho? No (Get Religion)
(August 31, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Today, I went out of my way to ask people here in Washington, D.C., if they knew the religious affiliation of the besieged senator [Larry Craig] from Idaho. I picked on people who were reading newspapers, mainly.
Every single one of them said these words or words to this effect: “Isn’t he Mormon?”
No, he is not. He is listed in several locations as a “Methodist.”
Hinckley: A legacy of taking temples to the people (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
In 1994, LDS Church president Howard W. Hunter said one of his goals was to encourage all Mormons to be temple-going people.
The temple, after all, has been central to Mormon worship since the 1830s. It tells the story of human history from the Garden of Eden through to the afterlife, ritually re-enacted by volunteers.
Severe Flooding Affecting Thousands of Australians (LDS Newsroom)
(January 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
According to news reports, more than 200,000 people have been forced from their homes in 31 towns primarily in the state of Queensland and its capital city Brisbane following the worst flooding in half a century. An area approximately one million square kilometers, the size of France and Germany, has been impacted. At least 26 people have died, with 53 still reported as missing.
BYU documentary adds testimony to scholarship (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
S. Kent Brown sits alone in his family room in Utah. He watches a PBS documentary with intense interest, quietly taking notes. He knows several of the people being interviewed in the show. They are fellow scholars, people Brown respects, experts on the New Testament.
On a Mission (Cowra Guardian - Australia)
(March 3, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
They are a little more formally dressed than most young people, but they are still essentially students enjoying learning about a foreign country and having new experiences.
Elder Savage and Elder Qualls are two missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently visiting Cowra.
They are becoming a familiar sight walking everywhere, even during 40 degrees summer heat and they welcome people asking them who they are and what they are doing.
Fast for Ethiopia accelerated work (LDS Church News)
(February 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
The feeding camp in Makalle, Ethiopia, housed 120,000 people in tents.
But it was the 30,000 people outside the camp — those who had arrived at the gate after traveling hundreds of miles to find relief from starvation, only to learn there was a waiting list to get in — who captured the hearts of two visiting officials from Salt Lake City.
Water Is Happiness (LDS Church News)
(January 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
In Sierra Leone, thousands of people are returning to their villages following a long and devastating war.
Most people live simply. The sight of women balancing buckets of life-sustaining water on their heads as they traverse the long miles to and from a water source—be it lake, river, or stream—is common here.
BYU football: Cougars wallop Texas Longhorns (with video) (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
There is messing with Texas, and then there is what the BYU Cougars did to the mighty Longhorns in a mind-boggling, weather-delayed college football game on Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Then again, maybe the Cougars were just messing with their fans last week when they couldn’t do much of anything, offensively, at least, at Virginia in one of the worst offensive displays in the Bronco Mendenhall era.
Whatever the case, BYU laid a Texas-sized whipping on the Big 12’s No. 15-ranked Longhorns, rushing for a school-record 550 yards in a 40-21 beatdown in front of 63,197 fans who had to wait an hour and 52 minutes for the kickoff due to a severe rain and lightning storm that hit the Provo area about an hour before the game.
It was the most rushing yards Texas has given up in school history, too, surpassing the 452 it yielded to Rice in 1997.
Connections between addiction recovery and the Book of Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Many have read the words of Proverbs chapter 29, verse 18, which says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish."
"But what happens where there is vision?" J. Douglas LeCheminant asked the class of a few hundred seated in the N. Eldon Tanner Building during Brigham Young University's Campus Education Week. "Where there is vision, the people flourish."
Mormon youth walk in ancestors’ footsteps (Gresham Outlook - Oregon)
(August 18, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
A group of young people from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pushes a handcart as part of a reenactment of The Mormon Trek. The reenactment drew young people from all over East County, and took place near Richland, Wash., the week of Aug. 6.
Olson ready to face BYU (Arizona Republic - Arizona)
(September 8, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Ben Olson doesn't regret leaving Brigham Young to serve a Mormon Church mission and then winding up at UCLA. "Some people don't really quite understand what you do on a mission. You're not out there working out, improving as an athlete," the Bruins' 24-year-old quarterback said. "Your focus is other people. That was my life for two years.
Sunstone Symposium: Why Emma stayed in Nauvoo (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
"When people ask what caused a change in Emma's behavior, what they really are asking is, 'Why didn't she goes west with the Saints?' And when people say she was wrong for remaining in Nauvoo, they are implying they know what she should have done," Richard Delewski said at the Sunstone Symposium on Thursday, Aug. 13.
What famous people have said about Mormons (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Has any religious community been the subject of more curiosity, controversy or misunderstanding than the Latter-day Saints? From the time pioneers settled the Salt Lake valley, Mormon culture has drawn the public eye and colored the public record — for better or for worse. Below are statements on Mormons from prominent people in history as well as modern times.
Church Releases New Video on Refugees (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(September 21, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
An estimated 65 million people have been displaced from their homes due to conflict and famine. Half of these refugees are children.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced a new video, “Refuge from the Storm,” to encourage people to get involved in assisting refugees in their communities.
Survey: More Americans say they have no religion (Douglas Dispatch - Arizona)
(March 25, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Mormon numbers also held steady over the period at 1.4 percent of the population, while the number of Jews who described themselves as religiously observant continued to drop, from 1.8 percent in 1990 to 1.2 percent, or 2.7 million people, last year. Researchers plan a broader survey on people who consider themselves culturally Jewish but aren’t religious.
New radio station goes online (BYU-Idaho news release)
(June 5, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Brigham Young University-Idaho has unveiled a new online radio station, bringing the university to a worldwide audience through podcasts and a live stream.
BYU-Idaho Radio is hosted solely online at www.byui.edu/radio, giving people around the world an opportunity to feel and understand the “BYU-Idaho experience.” “This new radio station has been established to reflect the mission of BYU-Idaho and represent university life to people across the world. We hope the station will convey to many people a sense of what our students experience,” said Jim Clark, BYU-Idaho Radio Services manager.
BYU quarterback’s dream put on hold for LDS mission (Universe - Utah)
(April 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Tanner Mangum stood on the manicured grass inside LaVell Edwards Stadium looking up at the empty blue and white seats. He dreamed of playing here before cheering crowds all through his high school years, where he earned national honors and became BYU’s number-one recruited quarterback.
But Mangum’s dream will have to wait. Instead of suiting up in his football pads, Mangum will wear a suit and tie for the next two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Success is nothing new to Mangum, a freshman from Eagle, Idaho. He wowed recruits all around the nation during high school with his talent and dedication. Senior year, he threw nearly 4,000 yards. He also participated in the Nike Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, where he earned MVP Honors, and the Under Armour All-America game, where he was given a special MVP award for switching teams at half time.
BYU football: Black 14 game lives in BYU memories (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Forty years ago, BYU and Wyoming met at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo., for a football game that turned out to be much more than a game.
It was October, 1969 — a turbulent time in American history, with demonstrations and protests abounding around the country, sparked by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
So when 14 black Wyoming football players decided to wear black armbands for the game against BYU — to protest what they considered to be "racist practices" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns and operates BYU — and when then-Cowboys coach Lloyd Eaton decided to boot those 14 players, which included seven starters, from the team for that decision, it touched off a maelstrom of controversy and it immediately became a national story. The following week, reporters from media outlets like the New York Times and Sports Illustrated descended upon Laramie to chronicle the episode.
Revelations among Mormons (Bay Area Reporter - California)
(August 9, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
A lot of people are surprised that Carol Lynn Pearson hasn't been excommunicated by the Mormon Church. "People have been chastised for less than I'm doing in terms of feminism — and of this issue, too," said Pearson, a feminist Mormon author of national renown. "This issue" is the Mormon intolerance of homosexuality that she is fighting, from the inside, to change.
Some Facts About The Mormons (DNR On-line - Virginia)
(April 14, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
I WANT TO CLEAR UP some misconceptions, if I can, regarding the religion that people have nicknamed "Mormon."
Many people would be surprised to learn that "Mormon" is not the name of any religious sect. It is a nickname applied to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1930 as a response to the religions new scripture called "The Book or Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ."
All Polls Aside, Utah Is Keeping Faith in Bush (New York Times)
(June 5, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Here in what may be the reddest city in the reddest of states, where Democrats sometimes gather like lost souls at the one Starbucks, most people are standing by President Bush. When he gives a speech that angers voters or brings ridicule from other parts of the country, people here pick up different messages. They might break with Mr. Bush on the war in Iraq or on illegal immigration, but not with the man himself.
New York Mormon Night includes missionaries and Muckdogs (LDS Church News)
(August 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
"Let's play ball!" yelled Evan Harter of the Batavia New York Branch Primary while Vernon Law, a Latter-day Saint and pitcher for the 1960 World Series Championship team, made the first pitch.
The first Batavia Muckdogs Mormon Night "hit a home run" July 15 as the minor league took on the Tri-City Valley Cats. Brother Law, the Rochester Mormon Choir and members of local stakes were participants and spectators at the game.
Attendance at the local Batavia Muckdogs baseball game was double the usual Monday night turnout. Mormon Night is the longest-running tradition of the Los Angeles Dodgers stadium, and it has been replicated all over the nation in large cities. Elder Lee Snarr, who organized the event, said this was the first "small market" attempt, which allowed for a more all-encompassing "Mormon" flavor.
RootsTech conference expecting to draw more than 20,000 people (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
With several prominent LDS Church leaders, notable speakers and entertainers, numerous classes and the latest technology on display, the fifth annual RootsTech conference convenes this week at the Salt Palace Convention Center. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the largest family history gathering in the world.
The Mormonizing of America (Huffington Post)
(November 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
There are nearly seven million Mormons in America. This is the number the Mormons themselves use. It's not huge. Seven million is barely 2 percent of the country's population. It is the number of people who subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. London boasts seven million people. So does San Francisco.
A good corporate citizen (Columbia Basin Herald - Washington)
(May 26, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
They would talk about going out and experiencing the world, living in the big cities.
"Having grown up in big cities, I come to Moses Lake and view it as a kind of breath of fresh air," Wiberg said. "I think the quality of life here is superior to many other locations in the United States where I've lived. I don't have bars on my windows at home. That's a far cry from where I was in the Los Angeles area. People down there are no less bored than people up here, really. I think there's lots of opportunities here."
How are Mormons seen in world? (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Editor's note: Part one of a two-part series on the Pew Forum's "A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S."
Sometimes we Mormons feel a bit defiant and declare we don't much care what the world thinks of us.
But of course we always do. For one thing, the ability of our missionaries to teach people the gospel is strongly affected by what people think they already know about us.
Controversy isn't always bad for our purposes -- when we take a stand and become known for it, there are those who are drawn to us because of it.
L.D.S. donate to Samoa Social Welfare (Samoa Observer)
(July 31, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
The L.D.S. Charity of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints presented some computers to the Samoa Social welfare Fesoasoani Trust last week.
According to Elder Clifford Vellinga the cost of the computer project is approximately $25,000.
“We hope that we have made it possible for them to be able to have a much more effective way of teaching the people that they work with who need the help so that they can become better people,” he said.
Mitt Romney, other GOP candidates debate religion (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
"We recognize that the people of all faiths are welcome in this country," said Mitt Romney, responding to Cain's comments. "Our nation was founded on a principle of religious tolerance. That's in fact why some of the early patriots came to this country and we treat people with respect regardless of their religious persuasion."
Rise of the executive MP (Times - UK)
(May 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Another former businessman and banker is David Rutley, the new Tory MP for Macclesfield and a Mormon. Although he admits his religion influences his views, he believes what matters most is his mammon experience. “My job is to represent the people of Macclesfield,” he said. “What I found on the doorstep is that people were crying out for [an MP] with real world experience. I’ve got experience in business at Asda, Pepsico and Barclays at a senior level.”
LDS Charity Volunteers Treating People In South America (KUTV - Utah)
(July 2, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Right now, there is a ship off the coast of South America full of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. And some of them are from Utah.
LDS Charities was asked to come up with volunteers in April and found 40 people who were able to take time off and up with the US Navy. One of those volunteers was Diane Muir.
Local genealogy chapter takes root (Florida)
(December 24, 2004) - Relevance: 2.7
Apryl Wiese is a volunteer who has worked at the center for four years helping people research their family history. With access to more than 2.5 million reels of microfilm of international genealogical records for people of every faith, its Salt Lake City center helps patrons obtain those reels for their research.
Atlanta Georgia Temple: Youth present 'Southern Lights' (LDS Church News)
(May 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
No one, it seems, enjoys watching young people perform more than President Thomas S. Monson. He was among the most enthusiastic members of the nearly 3,000 people who attended the youth cultural celebration in the Civic Center in downtown Atlanta on Saturday evening, April 30, prior to the temple's rededication on Sunday, May 1.
Church Working With Oklahoma Officials to Provide Support in Wake of Tornadoes (LDS Newsroom)
(May 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses condolences to those affected by Monday’s destructive tornadoes that hit five states, the most devastating of which occurred in Moore, Oklahoma. It has been reported that at least two dozen people are dead, including children, with more people missing and hundreds of homes damaged.
Putting your faith on Facebook — Is it heavenly or pure hell? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Most college-age young people turn to Facebook to share elements of their lives — including their faith. The question then becomes: how much to tell? New studies show that the more people share about their faith, the more they face both costs and benefits, according to an article by David Briggs on the Huffington Post.
Float party gives thousands a sneak peek of Thursday's big parade (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 22, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
For the past 75 years, the Days of '47 Parade has been a tradition for lifelong Utah resident Ruth Mahoney.
"I think it just takes thousands and thousands of hours of work and clever people and people that are willing to give their all. … It’s one of the nicest parades in the country. We wouldn’t miss it for anything," she said.
President Nelson Reaches India on Global Ministry Tour (LDS Newsroom)
(April 23, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
“The influence of the temple will be felt not only by the people here in this particular part of India, but it will bless the people of the entire nation and neighboring nations,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as he reached Bengaluru, India, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
'Wonderful people all over the world' (Herald Journal - Utah)
(March 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
We are Glen and Margene Stringham who live in Millville. Missionary experiences have been a big part of our lives. In our younger days before we were married, we both went on missions to Eastern Canada. Then several years later we went to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for three years as Glen presided over the mission there. After retirement, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints kept us busy in various parts of the world. A few months after the Church bought a 115,000 acre farm in Australia, we were asked to go there for Glen to oversee and help improve irrigation practices. While we were there, Margene did volunteer work in three different local schools. We learned that although the people speak English in Australia, it is an entirely different language, because so many words are used differently and because of the accent the people have. We had 18 months of really enjoying Australia.
Area residents receive hot meal courtesy of Bluefield Union Mission (Bluefield Daily Telegraph - West Virginia)
(November 23, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Sterling Hasting, 20, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Elder Seth Harrison, 19, of Salem, Ore., representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stopped in to help out with the distribution. “I think it’s great that people work together like this to feed people who are hungry,” Harrison said.
Need for Foreign Language Speakers Grows in FamilySearch (Church News and Events)
(February 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
All over the world, people are searching for their ancestors.
And all over the world, other people are making that search possible.
FamilySearch indexing, introduced online in 2006 and powered by volunteers around the world, is the process of taking physical records (such as those found on microfilm) and entering the information they contain into a searchable, online database.
Officials Say 6 Miners May Not Be Recovered (The New York Times)
(August 20, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
For Ed Knight, a Mormon bishop from Price who is also a veteran miner, Sunday was another day underground.
After a long week serving as spiritual adviser to many Mormons in his ward, Mr. Knight, who is an electrician, headed back to work at 6 a.m. for a 12-hour shift at a mine near Crandall Canyon. “These incidents either drive people to drink and use drugs or toward God,” he said. “Thankfully, most of the people I’m talking to are tending toward the latter.”
Tips for Living Providently During the Holidays (Church News)
(December 22, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
For many people, the holidays are a favorite time of year because they are an opportunity for families to come together and focus on Christ. However, for many other people, the holidays are the most demanding time of year. Many stresses during the holidays can be avoided by incorporating principles of provident living into your holiday celebrations.
Multistake Youth Conferences Build Character, Community, Testimony (Church News and Events)
(August 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
On July 21, 2012, 1,300 youth from seven stakes in Virginia—Annandale, Ashburn, Centreville, Fredericksburg, McLean, Mount Vernon, and Woodbridge—gathered on the stadium stage at Patriot High School in Nokesville for the finale of their three-day Youth Celebration, which included three performances of a powerful dance festival sponsored by the Church.
Youth held flashlights and white flags while full-time missionaries from the region—accompanied by a medley of “True to the Faith” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers”—came onto the field waving to a cheering crowd of thousands.
Prior dance numbers ranged from Bollywood and hip-hop to the “Cupid Shuffle” and the waltz. Some youth auditioned to learn and perform smaller specialty numbers that expressed faith in Jesus Christ, told the story of America’s history, or showcased cultural dances.
East Coast quake damages people's nerves and temple spires (KSL - Utah)
(August 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
From the Carolina's to Martha's Vineyard, the earthquake that shook the East Coast Tuesday rattled the nerves of many people who had never felt an earthquake.
Just after noon, buildings began to shake along the Eastern seaboard. The 5.9 earthquake was the most powerful in Virginia in decades.
LDS Church launches website designed to build bridges in communities (Connect Amarillo - Texas)
(July 1, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
A website launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is helping to connect people and organizations for service opportunities.
Non-profits like the Salvation Army, who depend on volunteers year round will now have another resource at their disposal. With the help of www.Justserve.org they can gain the services of people who want to volunteer in the community.
With Prop. 8 reversed, some want reconciliation for LGBT, LDS (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 17, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
As California looks to resume marrying same-sex couples next week, some in Utah's gay and lesbian community say now is the time for a new dialogue between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the LDS Church.
About 100 people gathered Friday evening on the steps of the Utah state Capitol in hopes of moving toward "reconciliation" between two sides of the Proposition 8 debate.
Civil Society: Faith in the Public Square (LDS Newsroom)
(June 9, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Where does religion happen? In church, some might say, or a synagogue, mosque or monastery. Others will say it happens at home or even in the solitude of one’s heart. People of faith pray, listen to sermons, study scripture and perform rituals in their own houses of worship. But religion does not end there. The religious life carries over into the bustle and noise of society. Religion, therefore, happens wherever people are.
Family History becomes a passion for many (Lake Stevens Journal - Washington)
(September 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world today and for good reason– people want to know where they come from.
“It received a great boost when Alex Haley wrote Roots back in 1977,” Family History Center volunteer Susie Putnam said. “People want to find out where they came from, and in doing so, they realize the sacrifices made by those who went before them. Their ancestors become real people, not just a name.”
Defending the Faith: Christ's resurrection was a witnessed fact, not a later fantasy (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 29, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Modern people commonly assume that pre-modern people were stupid, inhabiting a primitive fantasy world detached from reality, unenlightened by science and awash in superstition. Such gullible minds, some modern “realists” claim, merely imagined the resurrection of Christ.
This is a largely baseless prejudice. Pre-modern people knew death intimately, in a way that most of us today don’t. For them, death occurred at home, in battle, through accidents or as a result of plague, not in a sterile hospital staffed by cool, efficient professionals. It was up close, personal and very visible. Family or friends typically disposed of the bodies of their dead. They couldn’t delegate that final service to others.
Ex-Mormon creates MormonWikiLeaks website, set to launch on Monday (KUTV - Utah)
(December 19, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
In the name of transparency, ex-Mormon Ryan McKnight hopes to "do some good" by providing an avenue for people to leak confidential information about the LDS church.
"If somebody is in possession of a document, that their conscience tells them that the public would benefit from seeing it, and they want a way to get that out, then MormonWikiLeaks.com will be there to help those people out," McKnight told KUTV 2News Friday night.
Mormon leader: Kids should date more, hang out less (Montana's News Station)
(November 6, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
1 of the Mormon church's 12 most important leaders told Pocatello residents yesterday that he's concerned about young people who are increasingly delaying getting married.
Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of 12 Apostles, spoke to about 1,500 people at a church center on the campus of Idaho State University.
Mormon missionaries come to Palestine (Palestine Herald-Press - Texas)
(November 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
In today's digital world, most people stay in touch through phone calls or email, maybe a letter every now and then. But every once in a while, there's still the chance of getting a knock on your front door.
“We don't spend all our time knocking doors, but we do knock on doors a lot of times,” Elder Cameron Osborn says, adding with a laugh, “That's why people sometimes associate us with Jehovah's Witnesses.”
20 years later, man donates kidney to former LDS missionary companion (East Idaho News)
(July 27, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Right now, there are more than 100,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the United States. For many, the donation doesn’t come soon enough, but sometimes people connect in a way they never expected.
Eight years ago, Maka Aulava was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease that can potentially cause many other health issues, including kidney failure. Then Aulava received a tough diagnosis in January of last year.
Author finds 'Grace' in American religion (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(October 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
A: The answer to the puzzle of how Americans can be devout and diverse and still tolerant is we have very close personal ties to people across these religious lines. It's hard to demonize people when you love them. … Very few Americans know a Buddhist. Very few Americans know a Mormon. Very few Americans know a Muslim. Therefore those are the three groups Americans are not so warm toward. It has nothing to do with theology or being touched by terrorism. We have not yet developed those interpersonal ties.
Flooding worsens in Iowa City (Gazette - Iowa)
(June 9, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
About 40 parishioners of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — Iowa City 2nd Ward, worked to fill sandbags to add to the growing wall. Jason Clark, 37, a member of the church, said he got a call to come help at around 10:30 a.m. today and was happy to volunteer.
"When you think about what religion is all about, it's about helping people, so when you can get out to help people in a neighborhood that's great," Clark said.
Nephi Pageant Commemorates Handcart Pioneers (BYU NewsNet)
(July 29, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
Pioneer Day weekend saw many celebrations in Utah. Many people attended parades and carnivals to commemorate the state's pioneer heritage. In Nephi, people remembered their pioneer heritage during the Mormon Handcart Pageant.
Thousands Expected at Mormon Miracle Pageant (ABC 4 - Utah)
(June 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Manti next week for the Mormon Miracle Pageant. The pageant features a cast of 900 people.
Dave and Linda Gunderson stopped by ABC 4 Utah to talk about what it’s like to put the production together.
Tickets tempt fibbers and scalpers (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 7, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas Concert is a hot ticket. It must be. People will do almost anything to get into the Conference Center to see the annual event.
Some people write letters explaining that they absolutely must have tickets for the upcoming concert because they have a terminal illness and won't be around to see next year's concert. Some of them really are sick; others send the same letter again the next year.
BYU study says therapy for depression nearly as effective over phone (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Many deeply depressed people who may never consider walking into a therapist's office can be counseled successfully over the phone, according to a new study just published by researchers at Brigham Young University.
The findings are particularly promising because approximately 50 percent of people with clinical depression "don't receive any treatment at all," according to Diane Spangler, a psychology professor at BYU, who co-authored the study.
Provo museum showcases Mormon history in Mexico (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
For some people, the history of Mormons in Mexico began in the late 19th century, when polygamists established colonies south of the border to avoid U.S. marshals.
But Fernando Gomez hopes to show Utahns that LDS history in Mexico dates back further, just as he has done for the people of his native Mexico for the past 20 years.
Over 100 attend Christmas Dinner (Brooks Bulletin - Canada)
(January 1, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
About 175 people were fed during the Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and its success will likely mean the event will return in 2009.
There were 110 people from all walks of life who attended the church and about 75 plates sent to those who couldn’t attend.
“We had tons of great feedback,” said Tracey Materi, an event organizer.
Elder Rasband Calls for “Religious Freedom and Fairness for All” (LDS Newsroom)
(September 17, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Speaking to students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Our society has become so blind by its quest to redress wrongful discrimination against one class of people that it is now in danger of creating another victimized class: people of faith like you and me.”
Church installs new bishop (The Journal - West Virginia)
(October 29, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
Bringing people to Christ is James Melby’s main goal as the new bishop for the Martinsburg Ward of the Martinsburg Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
“I want to continue the effort to bring people unto Christ, which was done well by our previous leaders,” said Melby, a pharmacology scientist. “It’s an opportunity that I am more than happy to accept and do.”
David Archuleta: Already serving a mission (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 4, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
David Archuleta hasn't let success spoil him.
Even though he recently wrapped up his first headlining tour and his self-titled first CD debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (and is nearing platinum status), he's still just a kid from Murray, Utah. "I was amazed at how many people came to my concerts," Archuleta observed during an interview Wednesday. "I knew people liked me on 'American Idol,' but I didn't think they'd care to come see me sing at my own show."
Census: Share of Utah's Mormon residents holds steady (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
For nearly two decades, Utah’s population continued to rise while the percentage of its people who are Mormon slowly and steadily declined. Then the recession hit, jobs dried up and people hunkered down.
Utah’s population is 62.2 percent LDS and that percentage hasn’t moved much in the past three years.
Thousands expected at Chorley pageant (Chorley Guardian - UK)
(July 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Thousands of people are expected to attend a British Pageant in Chorley to mark the 175th anniversary of the Church of Latter-day Saints in the British Isles. A marquee that will house 1,500 people is being erected at the Mormon Temple in Chorley for the event which will start on July 31.
Minuteman Award: Elder Nelson honored by Utah National Guard (LDS Church News)
(June 29, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Decorated war veterans and members of the Utah National Guard filled a ballroom at the Little America Hotel on Wednesday evening to honor Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and seven other Utahns with the Bronze Minuteman Award — an award granted to military members and civilians for their service to the state and their communities.
"You are an example of people finding ways to serve," Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said. "In the throes of adversity we see the character of the people. We've got challenging times; we've had some challenging times. It is not just the fires going on today ... it's been amazing to see the character of the people in these times of adversity as they've stepped forward."
Helping Hands: Volunteer aid descends on tornado-ravaged community (Daytona Beach News Journal - Florida)
(December 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Gratitude, but not surprise, was the reaction of residents of Terra Mar Village to the assistance that continued coming their way two days after a tornado ripped through their subdivision near Edgewater.
"There are a lot of good people in this world," Janette Garnsey said Wednesday afternoon as she watched one of the many volunteers in her neighborhood trim a fallen oak tree that had covered her front yard. "It is wonderful the way people came out to help us."
Current focus concentrates on retaining LDS members (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 14, 2008) - Relevance: 2.6
When asked by the media about those who had drifted from the faith, President Thomas S. Monson had three words: "Don't give up."
He sounded like a man with a life preserver calling to a struggling swimmer.
In a sense, he was.
Keeping people afloat in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is called "retention," but it's less about "retaining" people on the rolls than it is helping them retain some spiritual sense of life.
Typhoon recovery: Sleepless nights for those in search of help and giving help (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Ever since the storm, Benson E. Misalucha finds it hard to sleep.
There is too much to do.
Along the coast of the Philippines the wreckage from the storm festers under the sun — villages flattened, trees pulverized to splinters, the smell of decay and rot rising with the heat. Misalucha knows that far away from the attention of the world, in little villages most people don’t know exist, water is scarce and people are hungry. That’s where he wants to go.
More than 800,000 people tour Provo’s new Mormon temple (Associated Press)
(March 11, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
The Mormon church says more than 800,000 people toured its new temple in downtown Provo.
KUTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1TP5dsD ) that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the number of guests on Wednesday. Members of the public, including non-Mormons, were allowed to tour the faith’s 150th operating temple during an open house between Jan. 15 and March 5.
Clean Water Initiative Blesses Lives around Globe (News from the Church)
(March 11, 2005) - Relevance: 2.6
In an effort to combat the sickness, discomfort, and danger facing the more than one billion people worldwide who don't have access to clean water, the Church has established a clean-water initiative that has already helped people in 31 countries across the globe.
FamilySearch Publishes Complete 1930 Mexico Census (LDS Newsroom)
(June 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
People with ancestors from Mexico can now search the complete 1930 Mexico census for free on the familysearch.org website. With the names of nearly 13 million people, the census is a goldmine for anyone who wants to know more about their Mexican family history.
Essence of Mormonism missed in Broadway plays, Matthew Bowman says (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Although many national stories are portraying Mormons in a lot of different ways, including those in which members of the faith say they are regular people who many know as neighbors and friends across the world, one historian says people are missing the mark in defining Mormonism.
Matthew Bowman, a Mormon with a doctorate in American religious history from Georgetown University, recently authored a book distributed by international publisher Random House Inc., The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith. In an excerpt from the book featured on Slate, Bowman says that "South Park" creators and Tony Kushner brought attention to the Mormon faith with their respective Broadway productions, "The Book of Mormon " musical and "Angels in America."
Church Recognized for Positive Portrayals of Members With Disabilities (LDS Newsroom)
(March 7, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) honored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at its annual Leadership Awards Gala Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. The Church received the 2013 AAPD Image Award for “outstanding work in mass media which positively change public perceptions and opinions about people with disabilities.”
Church Opens Meetinghouses to Argentine Flood Evacuees (News from the Church)
(April 4, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
Hundreds have sought shelter in Church meetinghouses following flooding and heavy rains in Argentina.
For several days, rain has drenched parts of Argentina, causing widespread flooding that has killed at least 7 people. Nearly 37,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes, prompting the Church to offer its meetinghouses as shelters in the affected areas.
Oklahoma learns Cougars aren't so weird (KSL - Utah)
(September 3, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
As the big game between BYU and Oklahoma approaches, people in the Sooner State are learning a little more about BYU. They're learning the Cougars aren't really that strange.
The headline of the story from The Oklahoman reads, "Debunking the mystery of BYU: School isn't weird or cultish, just into clean living." It's a complimentary article on Brigham Young University, but it begs the question, "What exactly do people in Oklahoma think of BYU?"
LDS film fest starts Wednesday (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
The 8th Annual LDS Film Festival begins next Wednesday, and director Christian Vuissa anticipates it will be the largest festival to date.
"Each year we add, like, 30-40 percent to attendance," Vuissa said Tuesday. With last year's attendance at about 6,500 people, he hopes for well more than 8,000 people to attend this year.
Church Assists Victims in Eastern Europe (News from the Church)
(September 11, 2008) - Relevance: 2.6
Church Humanitarian Services sent funds to the Europe East Area on August 22, 2008, for the purchase of emergency supplies and materials to assist hundreds of thousands of people affected by the area’s worst flooding in 200 years.
At least 65 people died and nearly 90,000 homes received flood damage in parts of Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania. Some residents fled the area, while others stayed put.
One man on mission to improve life in Nepal (KSL - Utah)
(October 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
When you go to your sink and turn on the faucet, you expect water to pour out for you to drink. But in many parts of the world, that's not reality. In the country of Nepal it's been one man's goal to make sure running water is a way of life for his people.
Sandwiched between China and India is Nepal, land of the highest mountain in the world: Mt. Everest. It's also estimated that half of its nearly 30 million people live in poverty. One man, Bishnu Adhikari, wants to change that.
Mormonism in Pictures: Mormon Helping Hands Aid Fire Victims in Chile (LDS Newsroom)
(May 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are providing ongoing cleanup efforts following a devastating wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in Valparaiso, Chile last month. Thousands of people were left homeless and 15 people died in the port city, located northwest of Santiago in central Chile. The fire began on 14 April 2014 and burned for days.
Church leader expresses condolences to victims of Manchester explosion (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 24, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
More than 20 people were killed and dozens more injured during an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, in Britain's deadliest terrorist attack since 2005.
A suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb near the venue's exits Monday night as a concert of artist Ariana Grande was ending. The American pop star's concerts attract crowds of young people.
Quest: Mitt Romney's university familiar, but a world apart (CNN)
(October 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
I didn't really know what to expect when I got to Provo, Utah. I knew that many people here were followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, better known as the Mormons. And I was here to visit Brigham Young University -- also known as the Mormon university.
Mitt Romney graduated from here in 1971. I was visiting the school to find out how they viewed their famous alumnus, and if people would vote for him because he was of the same faith -- that report comes next week. For the moment, let me muse on my visit to BYU.
Interview with Elizabeth Smart (Newsweek)
(November 8, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Elizabeth Smart, a Mormon girl who survived a horrific and highly-publicized abduction, is wary of people who use religion to justify their actions.
Smart’s abduction was followed carefully by people across the United States when she was kidnapped from her bedroom by a homeless street preacher at the age of 14. In a conversation with Reddit users on Monday, Smart talked openly about her nine months in captivity in 2002, and about integrating back into society after she was rescued by police.
Sharing your values with family and friends without sounding preachy or judgmental (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
It’s tricky when you and your neighbors — or even other family members — don’t work off the same set of guidelines or values. It doesn’t mean you’re right and they’re wrong. It just means you have to really communicate.
We experienced this in the mission field with our teenage son, who accompanied us to Atlanta for those three years. First, I have to say that you can’t find a more God-fearing, Jesus-loving people than in the Southeast. It’s right in the middle of the Bible Belt — and, collectively, Georgians are truly people of great faith.
Religious vs. spiritual: Study says the truly 'spiritual but not religious' are hard to find (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
The term "spiritual but not religious" has, over the last decade, evolved from an academic definition to a widely used label for people who have abandoned traditional congregations in favor of a more solitary form of belief and worship.
But new research by a Boston University sociologist has found that the ideas of "spirituality" and "religiosity" are rarely at odds but rather intersect often in the daily lives of people as they describe their spirituality.
Manhattan leaders share their religions’ beliefs, practices (Kansas State Collegian - Kansas)
(October 30, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Religious leaders are sometimes stereotyped or misunderstood in today’s world, but often lead lives similar to lay people. Most religions allow their leaders to marry, and many even have day jobs. Requirements for religious leaders vary depending on the religion and even the denomination, but leaders throughout Manhattan said they feel they live normal lives compared to the people around them.
2013 FAIR Conference: 'Toward a more effective apologetics' (LDS Church News)
(August 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
When Daniel C. Peterson years ago became involved with LDS apologetics (the academic defense of the faith), it was with the intent "to help faltering Church members and to help interested observers see enough plausibility in the Church's claims to take the gospel seriously or to overcome their doubts."
But, speaking Aug. 2 at the FAIR Conference, he said, "We have to beware, because other goals can substitute themselves for the principal goal of bringing people into the Church, helping people to maintain and retain testimony."
Local artist experiences success internationally (Gwinnett Daily Post - Georgia)
(March 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
A daughter sitting with her father as he teaches her how to draw is the picture local artist Connie Reilly’s life began with. “When I was a child, my father was the artistic one,” said Reilly, a Buford resident. “I have great memories of having quality time with him.” As Reilly grew older, different teachers encouraged her artwork along the way. It was in high school that she learned that she most enjoyed drawing people. “I always gravitated towards people. I think it’s the most beautiful thing you can ever paint. There is nothing more beautiful than that.” Reilly said. After high school, she continued to draw on the side and did a lot of independent study. She sold charcoal portraits at $35 apiece for the local high school. Soon, people from all over the United States, and eventually the world, commissioned her to paint portraits. Her portraits now start at $10,000.
The shameful hypocrisy of our double standards on religion (The Week)
(May 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Everyone has blind spots. And some people have bigger blind spots than others. But the people with the biggest blind spots of all? It might be secular liberals, especially when it comes to thinking about conservative forms of Christianity. Their double standards are so egregious that they'd be laughed out of town on any other topic.
The examples are legion. But two in The New York Times over the last week were particularly shameful.
'I know where I'm going, who I am - that makes me strong' (Irish Times - Ireland)
(November 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
ATHLETICS: If Jason Smyth’s ambitions run true, the humble Derry man will become the first athlete to compete in an Olympics and Paralympics in the same summer, writes JOHNNY WATTERSON
THE MORTON Stadium running track is red with mottled pools of clear grey water. Inside Jason Smyth is hunched up in a warm coat looking sheepish. Cold is not a sprinter’s thing.
In his head there is an ever-present light bulb with the number 10.18 inside. It will not go away. It is the London 2012 qualifying time. It sits there all the time and is Smyth’s life’s project over the next eight months. At 10.22 over 100 metres he is four hundredths of a second off the figure in the light. Only 10.18 seconds will switch it off.
Unfussed by the parameters that define his disability, Smyth is the 100m and 200m Beijing Paralympian Champion and world record holder, the first Paralympic athlete to run in the European Championships, where he made the semi-finals and, if his ambitions run true, he will become the first athlete to compete in an Olympics and Paralympics in the same summer. He is . . . famous, celebrated, feted. Don’t ask.
Pageant is a powerful gift of faith (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
The official title is "Jesus the Christ," but people here simply call it the Annual Easter Pageant.
In fact, they've been calling it that for 70 years, from the day it debuted as a simple sunrise service performed on the flatbed of an old cotton wagon.
Now, 15,000 people show up each night on the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to see a modern passion play with production values that would wow a Broadway producer.
Jeremy Guthrie’s long path to Game 7 (Washington Post)
(October 30, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
Seventeen years ago, as an 18-year-old, Jeremy Guthrie pitched at BYU in his freshman season. He led the team with six wins and his ERA finished north of 6.00. He had been a high school star, but the experience – struggling for a lousy team – soured him. He felt “burned out” by baseball, he said.
The next chapter his life took changed it forever, an experience that has shaped him ever since and will accompany him to the mound Wednesday night at Kaufmann Stadium for Game 7 of the World Series. Guthrie will pitch in the biggest game of his life, trying to lift the Royals to the World Series title against the Giants and Tim Hudson. His path to baseball’s biggest stage began when he left baseball behind.
After his freshman year, Guthrie moved to Spain for two years for his Mormon mission. Following the obligation of the trip, he left behind anything that would distract him. That meant Jenny, the girlfriend who would become his wife. That meant his chessboard. And that meant his baseball glove. For two years, from age 19 to 21, Guthrie did not pick up a baseball.
Mormons don't judge 'Book of Mormon' by its cover (News-Press - Florida)
(January 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
If you're expecting Mormon outrage over the musical "The Book of Mormon," then you probably don't know many Mormons.
So says local church member Troy Dunn. Mormons are used to being the butt of jokes on TV shows, movies and elsewhere, he says. They've adapted.
"I don't think people really appreciate how thick-skinned a Mormon is," says Dunn, 47, the North Fort Myers man who stars in the TV reality show "The Locater." "Our history as a people is one of being persecuted and run out of our homes back in the day."
Survey: Mormon perception unchanged (Daily Herald - Utah)
(December 18, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
A new national survey shows that America's perception of the Mormon church changed very little despite the religion getting unprecedented attention this year.
A Pew Research Center poll found that eight in 10 people said they learned little or nothing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 2012 Presidential election.
But the study found that more Americans now use positive terms to describe Mormons than before, such as "good people," "dedicated" and "hardworking."
Behind the Scenes at General Conference (Church News and Events)
(March 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
The seating is in position, the flowers are arranged, the lighting is designed, the music is chosen, the attendees are present … but no curtain rises, and conference begins.
An extraordinary amount of work requiring the coordination of many Church departments and hundreds of people around the world goes into preparing for general conference. The five sessions of conference draw a total of about 100,000 people to the Conference Center every six months and are broadcast to millions more around the world.
Church Helps Provide Comfort and Aid to California Fire Victims (LDS Newsroom)
(November 19, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
In the aftermath of the deadliest wildfire in California history, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are reaching out to those who need help.
Several hundred people gathered Saturday morning at a warehouse in Oroville, California, to fill 5,000 food boxes for victims of the Camp Fire. That fire heavily damaged the town of Paradise and surrounding areas and has displaced tens of thousands of people.
Highly religious people are happier, study finds (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 13, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
Look around. Three in 10 people you see say they are pretty satisfied with life, happy, healthy and moral, too.
They're the "highly religious," 30 percent of U.S. adults who say they pray daily and attend church at least once a week.
"Religion in Everyday Life," a new survey from Pew Research released Tuesday, teases out the particular ways they differ from the majority of U.S. Christians who are less observant and from non-Christians, including the "nones" who claim no religious identity.
Latter-day Saints in Central America realizing blessings promised in the Book of Mormon (LDS Church News)
(March 31, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
The Book of Mormon offers a remarkable gospel promise for the people of Central America.
“And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; and then shall they know and come to the knowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved” (1 Nephi 15:14).
Project Linus event turns out 542 blankets for ill, traumatized children (Herald-Review - Illinois)
(October 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Making blankets in a gymnasium jammed with people, tables, sewing machines and fabric is a fall tradition for most of the 152 people who participated Thursday in Make A Blanket Day for Project Linus at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
But for 85-year-old Mary Alice Lanter, who started the day working on fleece blanket No. 255 since she began making them in February 2009, it was a first.
Cruz in Utah: Best friend Mike Lee ‘would look good’ on the Supreme Court (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 21, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told Utahns on Saturday that the biggest danger America faces is career politicians who no longer listen — and he relishes battling them for the people.
"The biggest divide we have today in politics is between career politicians in Washington — in both parties — and the American people," he said. "Our freedom is at stake. Our nation is dangling in the balance."
BYU Museum Exhibit: Caring for the Earth Is Everyone’s Responsibility (Church News)
(March 5, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
A visit to Brigham Young University’s Monte L. Bean Museum is akin to a child entering a huge candy store—there’s so much to see and so much to try. The daunting question: Where to begin? Start by visiting the Our Sacred Stewardship exhibition. It’s found just a few steps from the main entrance, and for good reason. Our Sacred Stewardship is the anchoring feature in a museum committed to the belief that people of faith and people of science can be one and the same.
Victims' family member talks about accident outside LDS funeral (KTVB - Idaho)
(October 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
On October 7th, a car accelerated into a crowd of people outside a Boise LDS church who had just attended a funeral.
Nine people were hurt in the accident and two suffered serious injuries.
Now, all are back home recovering after being released from the hospital.
David Hobson witnessed the accident in which several of his family members were hurt, including his 5-year-old grandson Tanner Hobson.
He says it was an unfortunate accident that has ended in miraculous recoveries.
LDS church fills with smoke in West Bountiful (ABC 4 - Utah)
(January 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Sunday services for a couple hundred people were interrupted Sunday when their church building started filling up with smoke.
It happened at the LDS Church at 600 West 1900 North in West Bountiful.
During morning meetings, people started smelling smoke, so they evacuated.
Religion doesn’t affect platform, Romney says (The Telegraph - New Hampshire)
(October 26, 2007) - Relevance: 2.5
Some evangelical leaders are supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney even if they don't agree with his Mormon faith.
"I am proud to have the respect of people and support of people who don't agree with my faith, but agree that I am the right person to be president. And I'm not running for preacher, I am running for president," Romney told reporters after an Ask Mitt Anything forum at Elliot Hospital.
South Jordan marks its 150th anniversary (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
South Jordan turns 150 this year.
The city of close to 50,000 people is celebrating its sesquicentennial throughout 2009 with festivities ranging from an old-fashioned picnic to a musical recounting of South Jordan's past.
"Our goal is to help the residents … understand their history," said Lori Edmunds, the city's special-events coordinator. "People came here and lived in the side of a hill when they first settled. Now there are million-dollar homes all over the place."
Pastor Tackles Truth, New Age Spirituality, Mormonism (Christian Post)
(March 24, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
Today, many people generally view Mormons as a people with strong family values and clean living, according to one pastor at McLean Bible Church. Some also believe they are just one of many Christian denominations.
But that view is the result of a multibillion dollar campaign over the last couple of decades by Mormons who have attempted to present themselves in such a way, according to Todd Phillips, teaching pastor at Frontline, the young adult ministry of McLean in Virginia.
Obama nominates LDS Church member for Special Envoy position (Ke Alaka'i - Hawaii)
(November 17, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
Robert R. King, an LDS Church member, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, with the rank of ambassador. This nomination occurred on Sept 25.
“Obama seems to like to surround himself with people who are better or more qualified. If he surrounds himself with them, then he looks better. I think he’s trying to make a better relationship with the Church because I think most LDS people are not in favor of him,” said Kenson Pribyl, a junior in finance from Utah.
Humanizing Mitt: Romney tries to show softer side on campaign trail (Washington Post)
(December 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Mitt Romney has a message for anyone who thinks he doesn’t understand ordinary people: “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
And he’s been trying to show his everyman credentials on the campaign trail in the past few days. He’s been talking about living modestly as a missionary with a makeshift toilet he calls “a bucket affair” and about his years counseling people in his church when they were down on their luck, depressed or struggling to keep their marriages intact.
First Presidency Expresses Condolences at Passing of Nelson Mandela (LDS Newsroom)
(December 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today in regards to the passing of Nelson Mandela:
With the rest of the world, we mourn the passing of revered statesman Nelson Mandela. His courage, kindness and extraordinary moral leadership have been an example to all people. We express our love and sympathies to his family and the people of South Africa as they remember his extraordinary life.
Mitt Romney: The perfect candidate (The Independent)
(November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
If you created an identikit portrait of the ideal candidate for the American presidency, you'd come up with something pretty close to Willard Mitt Romney.
First of all, his pedigree – his father was George Romney, business magnate, governor and presidential candidate in his time, and idolised by the son whose career uncannily mirrors his own. Mitt looks the part, too. At 64, he's slender and handsome, his dark hair flecked with white on the sideburns. Indeed, in 2002, People magazine named him one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Church Participates With Volunteers of America (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided a $200,000 challenge grant to the Volunteers of America's Adult Detoxification Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The money will be used to help remodel the current facility and increase the number of beds from 56 to 66 for people who need a place to stay. Zach Bale, vice president of external affairs for Volunteers of America, Utah, says there are people who are not able to come in to the center because there is no room.
Religious art (Herald Journal - Utah)
(November 19, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
By the time Chuck Engebretson got his copy of the November LDS Ensign in the mail this month, at least a dozen people had already recognized him as the model on the front cover. Posed as King Benjamin, a prominent character in the Book of Mormon, Engebretson is painted as if he is standing above a crowd of people giving a sermon with his right arm stretched in front of him. The painting was completed by Jeremy Winborg of Hyde Park and is a part of a collection of art Winborg and his father, Larry Winborg, will be working on for the next couple of years.
Angel statue is placed atop Philippines' second temple (LDS Church News)
(November 21, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
Activities in the busy street of Gorordo in Cebu City temporarily halted as people witnessed the installation of the statue of angel Moroni on the Cebu Philippines Temple on Thursday, Nov. 5. People on the street applauded after the statue was placed atop the spire of the temple.
More people seek help from church programs (News Tribune - Washington)
(December 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
The Tri-Cities still is better off than other regions, said Richard Meyer, president of the Kennewick stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Some of the increased need seems to be from people who moved here in the last year because they heard the region was insulated from the national economy, Meyer said.
As need has grown, the church's 18,100 Tri-City members have increased their giving, he said.
For example, the Tri-City congregations aim to provide 3,000 to 4,000 food boxes for the Salvation Army's Christmas program, up from 2,500 last year, Meyer said.
Badger leaving Notre Dame to serve mission (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 31, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Chris Badger received his mission call on Friday, July 30. The Notre Dame safety will spend the next two years teaching the people of Guayaquil, Ecuador. He departs on Sept. 1.
His excitement for the call was clearly evident. A little before 2 p.m., he posted the following on his Facebook page: “The people of Guayaquil, Ecuador, better get ready. Cause a storm of love and truth is coming!”
Band with Utah roots and Mormon members, Imagine Dragons, awarded Grammy (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 28, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Imagine Dragons has come a long way since a September 2012 interview with the Deseret News.
"In our case, we got a lot of little starts. But it doesn't matter if we're playing to four or five people in a lounge or in a concert hall, we want to use our music to uplift people,” band member Wayne Sermon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in the article.
Unlikely friendship emerges between LDS man and heckling 'street preacher' (KSL - Utah)
(October 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Anyone in downtown Salt Lake City during Conference weekend has probably seen the "street preachers" — and heard them too. They're the people brandishing huge signs, yelling at members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A new documentary, "Us and Them: Religious Rivalry in America," tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a practicing LDS man and a street preacher.
"Growing up as a devout Mormon, I had always been raised with a little bit of a fear of these people who stand outside the Conference Center and protest," said filmmaker Bryan Hall.
St. Louis jubilee celebrates stake's 50th year (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 7, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
By Robert Walsh
Published: Saturday, Jun. 7, 2008
When organizers of St. Louis Jubilee were setting up chairs for the event, they didn't know how many people would show up.
As the time drew near Sunday, people kept pouring into the St. Louis Missouri South Stake center until more than 1,500 were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first modern stake to be formed in the area. There had been a stake in St. Louis in the 1850s, but it had been dormant for more than 100 years.
Utah sends people, supplies to Texas (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 13, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
The wind and rain of Hurricane Ike hit Utahn Jana Sweeny's Texas hotel throughout Friday night, flooding the first floor and blowing out windows.
"People were staying in the ballroom, moving floors to find a safe place to sleep," said Sweeny, who is the disaster officer for the Red Cross' Salt Lake City office, on Saturday morning. "It's been a pretty rough night."
BYU grad a presidential contender in Mali (Daily Herald - Utah)
(December 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
While LDS Church members Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney are running for president of the United States, another LDS Church member will be seeking the office of president in Mali in 2012.
His name is Yeah Samake. He is seeking the top political office of the landlocked western Africa country because he truly believes in the principles of democracy. He believes if the power is given to the people, they will rise up and make Mali a strong country. Samake explained that the basic principles of integrity and a sense of service are what he hopes to instill in his people if they elect him to be their president next year.
"Local participation is key," he said. "We as leaders do not have the capacity to make Mali succeed, we have the capacity and authority to facilitate and bring the potential out of the people."
His eyes lit up as he discussed the potential that he sees for his country because he has seen these same principles he relies on work in the town where he is the mayor.
Provo city prepares for LDS temple open house (KSL - Utah)
(October 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
The long-awaited public open house of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new temple in Provo is now just two and a half months away.
Nine-hundred-thousand people are expected to visit the new temple during the open house, averaging 20,000 people a day during the 54 days the public is welcome inside.
Provo city is getting ready.
Evangelicals slowly warming up to Romney (Witchita Eagle - Kansas)
(May 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
It wasn’t exactly the belly of the beast Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited recently on a picture-perfect commencement day at “the world’s largest Christian university.” But his appearance was a test as to whether the conservative school, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, would embrace a devout Mormon. And Romney passed.
The more than 30,000 assembled in Liberty University’s stadium to hear his commencement address not only applauded him when he proclaimed that marriage was a relationship between one man and one woman but also when he appealed to a “common purpose” in pursuit of shared goals, regardless of theological differences.
Romney was introduced by Mark DeMoss, president of Atlanta-based public relations firm DeMoss Group and also a member of Liberty’s board of trustees and a Romney adviser.
DeMoss said of Romney: “I suspect I won’t agree with Mitt Romney on everything. But I will tell you this – I trust him. I trust him to do the right thing, to do the moral thing, to do what’s best for our country. I trust his character, his integrity, his moral compass, his judgment and his perfect decency. And finally, I trust his values – for I am convinced they mirror my own.”
“Relative Finder” now certified with FamilySearch (BYU news release)
(February 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
When it comes to family history, many people enjoy the thrill of discovering long lost ancestral lines. But what about your group of friends? Or your coworkers at the office? Have you ever been with a group of people and thought to yourself, “I wonder if any of us are related?”
Thanks to a BYU-developed app called “Relative Finder”, which is now officially certified by FamilySearch.org’s Family Tree, you can find out just how closely related you are to not only past historical figures, but your neighbor, your BFF, or even your boss at work.
BYU Broadcasting, Tabernacle Choir Awarded Emmys (Church News and Events)
(November 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
BYU Broadcasting won several Emmys recently at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmys, including an Emmy for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents the Joy of Song.
The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced Emmy winners on Saturday, October 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, in partnership with the Arizona Cardinals. In the category “Special Event Coverage (other than news or sports)—Live or Edited,” BYU Broadcasting took home the award for its special The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents the Joy of Song. Award recipients for this one-hour musical special, which featured the choir and Welsh classical and crossover artist Katherine Jenkins, include producers Jim Bell and Edward Payne, choir music director Mack Wilberg and general manager Scott Barrick, BYU Broadcasting executive producers Derek Marquis and Scott Swofford, and supervising producer Terri Pappas.
People of Faith Should Defend Freedom of Religion, Elder Oaks Says (Church News and Events)
(February 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Freedom of religion strengthens society, and people of faith should unite in its defense, according to Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In an interview provided prior to a speech at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, and also in that speech given on February 4, 2011, Elder Oaks defended the right to free exercise of religion.
'When thou art converted' (LDS Church News)
(August 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Teachers are essential in helping people become converted and close the gap between knowledge and actions, Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School general president, said during BYU's Campus Education Week on Aug. 17.
"We know what we ought to do, but then our actions sometimes don't meet that image of what we know we should do," Brother Osguthorpe said. "… If we could help people live what they know, things would really get better in a hurry."
The key to helping oneself or others change actions comes through the conversion process, he said. Although some think conversion comes at baptism, Brother Osguthorpe said, that is just the beginning.
4 THS Grads from Trumbull Mormon Church on a Mission (Trumbull Patch - Connecticut)
(July 29, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
By the end of the month, four Trumbull High School graduates from the Trumbull Ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints will be living their faith abroad.
"The concept of young people postponing their lives, and leaving school, family, and friends for 1 1/2 to 2 years to serve other people is a fascinating concept," said Teresa Hogan, director of Public Affairs for the New Haven CT Stake (area), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Utah Lake drowning: Search for body continues (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 8, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
The family of Craig Decker expressed thanks to searchers who continued to scour Utah Lake for his body, as well as the countless people who have sent condolences by e-mail.
Lyle Decker, Craig Decker's father, said Monday afternoon that there has been a tremendous outpouring of messages on Web sites and e-mail from people whose lives Decker touched. And they had a message for them.
Blue Men, Dalai Lama, Mormons and red noses (Vancouver Sun - Canada)
(September 30, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
A few minutes earlier I had spoken backstage to Stephen Covey, the famous author of Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, which has sold millions of copies.
Most people don't realize Covey is a Mormon, a member of the theologically conservative Church of the Latter-Day Saints, based in Utah.
I asked Covey how he feels taking part in a dialogue on stage with Buddhists, Blue Men, a Jewish scientist and a host of other spiritually diverse thinkers and artists.
It felt great, Covey said.
Latter-day Saints in the NFL (Ke Alakai - Hawaii)
(October 27, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
The 2009 National Football League has 33 Latter-day Saints counted on their roster for the upcoming season, as counted by the Mormon Times. Of these 33, 15 are returned missionaries.
Despite busy schedules and lack of time, people are still interested to know how the players are representing the church. Sabrina Gentry, a junior in math education from Utah, said, “Since there are so many people watching and paying attention to national football, it brings the players a lot of responsibility to represent the church well so others have a better understanding of what we (the church) are about.”
Watch Meet the Mormons at Home on Various Digital Outlets (Church News)
(February 10, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
In an effort to make Meet the Mormons more accessible to people around the world, the film is being distributed to TV channels and digital providers.
Theaters in all visitors’ centers and historic sites of the Church began showing the film in January. The documentary-style movie, designed to dispel common misconceptions people have about Mormons, made its national debut in more than 400 theaters across the United States in October.
LDS president spoke at Osmond funeral (Examiner)
(March 9, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
The tragedy of losing such a young life in Marie Osmond's son, Michael Bryan, shook a lot of people. His funeral, held in Provo, Utah, brought 450 people who loved and admired the young man who committed suicide. LDS church president Thomas S. Monson spoke and the Osmond shared their musical talents as they laid Michael to rest. Loving words and fond memories were shared in his behalf.
No, People Don't Get Own Planets in Afterlife Like in 'Book of Mormon' (ABC News / Associated Press)
(February 28, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
The Mormon Church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they'll get their own planet in the afterlife, a misconception popularized in pop culture most recently by the Broadway show "The Book of Mormon."
A newly-posted article affirms the faith's belief that humans can become like God in eternity, but says the "cartoonish image of people receiving their own planets" is not how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints envision it.
Beulah Mormon church grows thanks to oil country (Crookston Times - Minnesota)
(August 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
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.
650, city mayors attend as new Latter Day Saints Stake Center opens (Brentwood Home Page - Tennessee)
(September 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated a new Nashville Stake Center complex on Sunday in Brentwood that attracted more than 650 people, including the mayors of Brentwood and Nolensville, to participate in a ribbon cutting.
The new $7 million center has a chapel, a baptismal font, a gymnasium, a stage, 16 classrooms, a library, an open-air atrium, administrative offices, an outdoor pavilion and can accommodate up to 1,500 people.
Interfaith conference draws 500 women to Irvine (Orange County Register - California)
(September 19, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Women representing more than 25 faiths congregated Saturday morning at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints campus for the inaugural Irvine Women's Interfaith Conference.
The conference – which intended to create a sense of unity among local women of different backgrounds and religions – was open to women ages 18 and older in Irvine and bordering areas.
Presenters spoke to nearly 500 people in workshop sessions that covered topics ranging from the uplifting power of community service, to penny-pinching and money saving tips, to emergency preparedness.
"It brought together a significant group of people that had not previously had the opportunity," said Daniel Rasmussen, president of the Irvine stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which organized the event. "And when you know people and you can talk to them face-to-face, it helps to alleviate other concerns or biases or prejudices from before."
More than a year after arson, Mormons gather to dedicate a new church (HeraldNet - Washington)
(January 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
People fought back their tears, but smiled broadly.
At the rebuilt Harbour Pointe meeting house of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony doubled as an emotional thank-you to the people of Mukilteo.
On Oct. 16, 2010, an arsonist torched the Latter-day Saints church, used by two wards, in the city's northeast neighborhood. The case remains unsolved. On Saturday, the new church was dedicated with prayer, music and speeches, followed by an open house for the community.
Finding Incredible: What Cancer—and Trials—Can Teach Us (Church News and Events)
(February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
It’s incredible that I had a stage-four cancer, and I’m still alive. It’s incredible that the doctors thought I would lose a leg, and I didn’t. It’s incredible that they gave me a 30 percent chance to live, and here I am.
In September 2011, Daniel Hedlund, a seminary teacher in Layton, Utah, USA, wrote the above words and submitted them to an online competition called “In Search of Incredible.”
Singer and filmmaker Jason Mraz was in search of incredible stories from around the world, and he invited people to share theirs. And in December, people from around the world voted.
March of the digital Mormon door-knockers (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
For a moment I thought a friend of mine had become a Mormon. There in my news feed on Facebook, between posts from people I barely know and photos of babies (I'm 30), was a status update that read: "No matter how bad your past has been, you can change and move on."
How nice! But the post wasn't by or even endorsed by anyone I know: it was an advert for the Mormon Church placed in my feed (where I don't remember ever seeing advertising) as part of an online mission of such scale it would be the envy of its most prominent believer's presidential campaign.
After 200 years of pounding pavements all over the world, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which counts Republican candidate Mitt Romney among its 14 million followers, has put its faith in digital door-knocking. Its Facebook page has Jesus as its profile picture and "likes" by almost 650,000 people. A YouTube channel has scored 40 million video views, while the church's UK arm calculates that its own Facebook page "reaches" 900,000 people.
Psychology professor examines crises of faith at BYU Education Week (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 23, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
Scott R. Braithwaite, an associate psychology professor at Brigham Young University, discussed the psychological component to crises of faith in a BYU Education Week presentation on Monday, Aug. 21.
“Fundamentally what this is about is people, and I think that having an understanding of people maybe helps to understand some of what’s going on and also helps us to understand what we can accomplish,” Braithwaite said.
Black Mormon Documentary Now Available on DVD (7th Space Interactive)
(June 17, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
For many people, the words "black" and "Mormon" don't belong in the same sentence, unless in a pejorative manner. Few people, Mormon or non-Mormon, are aware of the African American presence in the LDS Church from its earliest days. Free and slave blacks have been members of the LDS church since the 1830s and, in most cases, worshiped together with white members. The vanguard company of Mormon pioneers, fleeing religious persecution in 1847, included three "colored servants." At least one of those was a baptized Mormon whose descendants remained active in the Church for generations.
Days of '47 Parade preview party has something for everyone (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
Hundreds of people spent their Monday getting up close and personal with the floats for this year's Days of '47 Parade.
The family-friendly float preview party at the South Towne Expo Center gives everyone the chance to meet with the creators and technicians behind many of the parade floats, cast a vote for the People's Choice or the Children's Choice awards, enjoy live entertainment and watch balloon animals take shape — all free of charge.
Jacksonville one of nine markets selected for Mormon campaign to dispel myths (Florida Times-Union)
(September 2, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
Dennis Berry has heard the stereotypes about Mormons.
“A few people that think we’re maybe a little strait-laced and rigorous in our actions, and we can’t do this, this and this,” the Orange Park resident said. “We’re just everyday people, and we do the same things you do.”
As Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign also revealed, many believe Mormons aren’t Christians.
As president of the West Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jacksonville, Berry’s done plenty of talking to educate folks about his faith, one conversation at a time.
Mexico City Education Fair Helps Locals Find Learning and Employment (Church News)
(August 2, 2018) - Relevance: 2.4
Approximately 1,000 people from across Mexico City and neighboring regions participated in the 2018 Church-sponsored education fair. The event was hosted in the multistake center located next to the Mexico City Mexico Temple. It was designed to help people of all backgrounds network with local schools and discover new paths to learning, provident living, and employment.
Church Volunteers in Japan Use Internet to Locate Missing People (LDS Church News)
(April 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
In recent years, Church leaders have encouraged members to use the Internet to share the gospel, find people ready to learn about the Church, and bring them to the missionaries. Following the massive earthquake in Japan in March, though, a small group of Latter-day Saints in Japan began using the Internet to find missionaries and members and bring them to the local meetinghouses.
New family history apps take ancestor hunting on the go (LDS Church News)
(August 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
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.
Fourth-oldest living Utahn celebrates 106 years today (The Spectrum - Utah)
(August 30, 2008) - Relevance: 2.4
As people stopped to say hello to Clara Graf Sorenson, who was seated in the foyer of the St. George Care and Rehabilitation Center, she broke into a big smile time after time.
"She loves it when people stop and give her a smile," said her daughter, Lynn Thorne.
Sorenson, the fourth-oldest living Utahn, celebrates her 106th birthday today.
Despite some resistance (and threats), missionaries keep the faith (Wellsville Daily Reporter - New York)
(February 20, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
Elders Lance Shearer and Kevin Gunn have gotten various reactions when they knock on the front door of a home or business to share the Gospel and talk about their faith.
“A lot of people think we’re trying to sell them something. It’s usually not hostile,” says Shearer, 19, of Cedar City, Utah.
Most, whether they’re willing or unwilling to listen, are polite about it, they said. Some aren’t as polite to the two Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) missionaries, they said.
“When we’re walking down the street, people will yell at us,” Shearer said, adding that it’s sometimes not clear what they’re saying.
Utahn on Trump’s list of his top Supreme Court picks (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 19, 2016) - Relevance: 2.4
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says that if he were in the White House, one of the few people he would consider naming to the Supreme Court is one of Utah's high court members: Associate Chief Justice Thomas Lee.
Lee, the brother of Utah Sen. Mike Lee and son of the late Rex Lee, who was President Ronald Reagan's solicitor general, is one of 11 people Trump named Wednesday as potential nominees he would name to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lee has served on the Utah Supreme Court for six years.
Senior missionaries 'needed, blessed, loved,' Missionary Department says (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.4
“You are needed,” was the LDS Missionary Department’s message to senior Church members at BYU Education Week on Aug. 22.
“In the history of the world, there hasn’t been more of a need where the times cry out for missionaries as they do now, especially mature people in the gospel such as yourselves, who live the gospel, … know how to navigate this world and know how to bring the blessing of the gospel to the hearts of the people that you talk to,” said Chris Miller, pre-field services group manager for the Missionary Department.
Local Latter-day Saints discuss their faith (Stephenville Empire-Tribune - Texas)
(September 27, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
According to Reuters’ May 1 report of this year, the number of Mormons whose formal name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew by 45 percent to 6.1 million in 2010, as calculated by the U.S. census.
With the Republican nominee being a member of the church, many Americans are turning their focus to that religious institution. Unfortunately for Latter-day Saints, many people base their assumptions about the faith upon reality television personalities and news reports of offshoot sects adhering to the practice of polygamy.
Heather and Greg Millar were both born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and agreed to visit with E-T in order to bring truths about their church to light.
When asked what misconceptions trouble them most, they had two.
As a husband and father to four children, Greg is particularly bothered by the mistaken belief that members of the church practice polygamy.
“Some people think that we still have multiple wives,” he said. “Especially with some of the things that happened out in West Texas with people out there who were practicing polygamy.”
Pioneer trail database (LDS Church News)
(November 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
When Mel Bashore hired on with the Church History Department in 1975, "strictly tasked to create finding aids for research," he noticed a deficiency that he set about to correct. Now, 30 years later, a national historic trails association has honored Brother Bashore for the database he launched in that pre-Internet age and has built up over the years into a convenient, on-line resource.
"I would see people come into the library, and I estimate about a third of the people coming in were interested in that pioneer experience of their ancestors, and we had nothing, really, to help them," Brother Bashore reflected in a recent interview.
LDS official: Don’t let trust blind you to scams (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
A representative of the LDS Church said Wednesday that church leaders are "deeply concerned" about a rising tide of fraud and warned members to not let their "natural trust" blind them to the people trying to exploit them. He likened those who commit fraud based on bonds of trust to child molesters.
Michael Otterson, managing director of public affairs, pointed to the increase in recent years of affinity fraud, in which members of a group who share friendships and trust are exploited by people peddling fraudulent investments. The problem of affinity fraud has been especially acute in Utah, where 60 percent of residents belong to the LDS Church.
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes the significance of this problem and is deeply concerned about the harm it can cause," Otterson told about 325 people gathered at the University of Utah for a Fraud College conference whose aim was to educate Utahns about avoiding fraud.
After Typhoon Maring, Church helps thousands of storm's victims (LDS Church News)
(September 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Some 260,000 families or 1.2 million people — including 1,150 Latter-day Saint families — were displaced by the storms, according to a Church welfare report.
Roads and bridges were impassable and more than 500 houses were damaged or destroyed.
At the height of Typhoon Maring, Church buildings were used as evacuation centers as people left their homes to find higher, safer grounds. Bishops of the Church immediately went into action providing basic needs to evacuees. Four Church members and two missionaries sustained minor injuries in flooding.
Thousands tour Cedar City LDS Temple during first weekend of open house (Spectrum - Utah)
(October 31, 2017) - Relevance: 2.4
Officials say the first weekend of the public open house for the new Cedar City LDS Temple went surprisingly smooth despite the fact that more than 18,000 people visited over the two-day period.
Approximately 18,430 people toured the 39,802-square-foot temple on Friday and Saturday, according to open house coordinator John Yardley. More than 8,400 came Friday, while another 10,000 attended Saturday.
Members, missionaries safe (LDS Church News)
(May 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
On May 21, 18 tornadoes touched down in several U.S. Midwestern states, causing widespread death and destruction. The town of Moore, Okla., was the hardest hit. There, entire neighborhoods were destroyed, including two elementary schools and a community medical facility.
The tornado in Moore cut a catastrophic swath reported to be two miles wide and 20 miles long. As of press time, 24 people were reported killed, including 10 children. The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.
Hundreds mourn Simi teen hit by train (Ventura County Star - California)
(May 12, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
Hundreds of mourners packed into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Simi Valley on Monday to remember Amanda Shoemaker, a Simi Valley High School senior hit and killed by a train last week near Ventura.
Before the service, a line of people stretched from the front of the church at 3979 Township Ave. to its parking lot as mourners waited to sign guest books. About 600 people ultimately signed their names.
Open days at Mormon church (Bridlington Free Press - UK)
(August 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
THE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Medina Ave, Bridlington, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year with a series of open days.
When the church opened in 2004 people visited from as far away as Manchester and Blackpool, and the chapel still enjoys visits from members of the church from across the country.
Numbers to the church have swelled this summer and the open days will offer people the chance to explore the building and learn more about the organisation.
The open days are taking place today, tomorrow and Saturday from 10am to 4pm each day.
Rollover Accident : 3 remain in Hospital (KYMA - California)
(February 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Saturday evening a van travelling east on I-8 near Telegraph Pass rolled over sending eight people to the hospital. Seven people were taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center. Another person was flown to the hospital by care flight.
"My initial thoughts were just fear. There were seven young men and women that were teenagers in there," said Greg Titensor.
Bishop Greg Titensor with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Yuma saw it all happen right before his eyes as he drove in a separate vehicle. The group from the Cibola ward were on their way to a Wellton ward dance.
Filming Begins on New Book of Mormon Videos (LDS Newsroom)
(July 10, 2017) - Relevance: 2.4
Stories from the Book of Mormon are coming to life in a new live-action video series being produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filming is underway in Utah on the project and is expected to take up to six years to complete.
Church leaders hope the Book of Mormon visual library will bring people closer to God and Jesus Christ, help them understand the doctrines taught in this book of scripture and inspire people to live better lives.
Mormonism’s modern-day problem (Washington Post)
(January 23, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
“Mormons are all crazy,” said my New York liberal atheist friend. ”They’re nuts!”
“Why do you think they’re crazy?” I asked.
“It’s a weird religion. Very strange,” he said. “It’s so recent. It’s not something that happened in biblical days. A burning bush in the desert thousands of years ago is one thing. But golden tablets in upstate New York in the 1820s is another. They call themselves the ‘Church of Latter-day Saints,’” he continued, “But Christianity was completed before then.”
My friend is right about one thing: You couldn’t sell the fact that God spoke to Moses through a burning bush today. You’d have a hard time getting people to believe in the Ten Commandments, or many other divine revelations, not to mention Jesus’ resurrection. People would probably not buy the idea today that Mohammad rode up to heaven on a silver horse either.
The problem for Mormons is that their prophet, Joseph Smith, discovered golden tablets in New York in 1827 which had inscribed on them the Book of Mormon. That seems to be, for a lot of people, a little bit too recent.
Church History Library Reveals Treasures (Church News and Events)
(March 25, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
The weekend of April conference, the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, will extract from its vaults some of its most rare and precious historical gems during the third “Treasures of the Collection” open house.
“This is an opportunity for people to see some of the most unique historical items we have,” said Patrick Dunshee, manager of marketing and communications for the library. “When people come, they feel a connection with their history, and it’s almost as if they are transported back to the day and time when that event took place, whether it was a manuscript being written or a recording being made.”
In More Religious Countries, Lower Suicide Rates (Gallup Poll)
(July 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2.4
In 2002, statistician Sterling Hilton and colleagues showed that among young men who were actively involved in the Mormon church, suicide rates were three to five times lower than those of either non-members or less active church members. Moreover, in a review of 42 studies of religiosity and mortality, Michael McCullough and associates showed that, compared with less religious people, highly religious people are slightly less prone to mortality from several specific causes, including suicide.
Elder Larry Echo Hawk: 'Lifting people' a lifelong choice (LDS Church News)
(April 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
As a young man, Elder Larry Echo Hawk heard Spencer W. Kimball give a speech at BYU envisioning Native Americans as educated leaders. From that day forward he has dedicated his life to "lifting people."
A member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Elder Echo Hawk was born in Cody, Wyo., on Aug. 2, 1948, to Ernest and Emma Jane Echo Hawk. While growing up in Farmington, N.M., in 1962, he and his family were taught and baptized by LDS missionaries.
Seminar for mission presidents: We are followers of Christ (LDS Church News)
(June 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Bringing the Church out of obscurity goes beyond people knowing that the Church exists, said Elder Quentin L. Cook during the 2012 Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 25.
"It involves helping God's Children understand more fully what the Church stands for, what we do and what we believe," said Elder Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve. "As you go forth and share our core beliefs and the fruits of our doctrines, misperceptions will dissolve, prejudices will diminish and people will come to see Latter-day Saints as devout disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Book of Mormon pushes personal revelation (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
There is a radical insistence in the Book of Mormon that people seek personal revelation. This demand or invitation is not that people become prophets to a nation.
The revelation is not an ineffable expression of the mystery and futility of apprehending God.
In his book, "The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction," Terryl L. Givens starts a section with a quote from theologian Emil Brunner:
"God's revelation of Himself always occurs in such a way as to manifest more deeply his inaccessibility to our thought and imagination. All that we can know is the world. God is not the world. ... He is mystery."
Letter: "Book of Mormon" musical destroying nation's moral fiber (Suburban Journals - Missouri)
(March 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
To the editor:
Please tell me how you and so many others can laugh and applaud the crude, disgusting portrayal of a religion, decency and perversion such as the "Book of Mormon"? No, I am not a Mormon. We talk about guns killing people, but how about TV and plays such as this, which break down the moral fiber of this country? What have we become?
Playwrights no longer try to lead people in a good and decent direction, and because they do not have the brains to come up with a good plot, they stoop to anything for shock value. Because the idiots in New York and elsewhere say it's so wonderful, why must we jump on that band wagon as well. Grow up!
How Mormon is Mormon enough (or too much) for Huntsman? (USA Today)
(May 25, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Some people keep track of every time President Obama does or doesn't go to church and endlessly debate Obama's true religion. So one has to wonder if attendance at Mormon meetings will make a difference pro or con for Jim Huntsman, who seemed to skate across his faith commitment in a recent interview.
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Asked by ABC if he's Mormon or not, the former Utah governor replied:
I believe in God. I'm a true Christian. I am very proud of my Mormon heritage. I am Mormon. Today, there are 13 million Mormons. It's a very diverse and cross-section of heterogenous people. And I'll probably add to that diversity
Soccer title cements legacy for UNC coach (LDS Church News)
(January 14, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
John Wooden coached the UCLA men's basketball team to 10 national championships and the university raised a heroic-sized statue in his honor. Wrestling's Dan Gable led Iowa to 16 NCAA titles. He would be lauded on the floors of Congress. And legends Lavell Edwards and Dean Smith both plied their coaching trade in famous venues that now bear their respective names (one a football stadium, the other a basketball arena). Coach Edwards claimed one national crown; Coach Smith claimed two.
So it's tough to fathom how the University of North Carolina will honor their women's soccer coach when he steps away from the pitch. Coach Anson Dorrance, a Church convert and his ward's high priest group leader, has won 22 national championships for the Tar Heels, including the recent 2012 NCAA title.
The simple math is staggering — he's coached for 34 seasons and walked away with college soccer's top trophy 65 percent of the time. (He can also list a world title on his coaching resume after guiding the U.S. women's national team to the 1991 World Cup title.)
Dawkins and Hitchens are wrong: Religious people are actually much nicer than atheists, according to new study (Telegraph - UK)
(November 16, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
There’s an interesting article in USA Today by David Campbell and Robert Putman, two political scientists who’ve just completed a magisterial, five-year study of the way in which religion affects American society. They try and present their findings in an even-handed, politically neutral way, but there’s no escaping the fact that religion and religious people emerge vey well. Their new book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us All, sounds like a definitive rebuttal to Christopher Hitchens’s assertion that “religion poisons everything”.
Nearly $60K in donations raised for new father's grieving family (KSL - Utah)
(December 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
It's been less than a week since Josh Robison died, just hours after his wife gave birth. His family is still healing. It will take time, they say, but the community is helping them get through.
"When you see somebody you know, you just burst into tears because you know they hurt just as bad as you do," Jared Robison, Josh's father, said Monday.
Jared and his wife, Jodi, have received an overwhelming gift of support over the last few days, mostly from people they've never met.
A donation page* on a website called GiveForward.com was created last weekend by friends who had little money but wanted to help the family. Since the page went online, more than 1,000 people have contributed a total of nearly $60,000.
Cousins trace family history mystery (Piqua Daily Call - Ohio)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
The increasing popularity of genealogy has been credited to TV shows like "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," but local genealogist Amie Tennant attributes it to something simpler: The basic human need to know who we are.
"People want to know, 'Where do I come from? Who were the people who made me who I am?' It's a mystery, and everyone loves a good mystery," said Tennant, who studied through the National Genealogical Society and teaches classes in genealogy at the A.B. Graham Memorial Center in Conover and for the Miami Valley Historical and Genealogical Society at the Piqua Public Library.
LDS Church sponsoring Day of Culture and Brotherhood (Cache Valley Daily - Utah)
(September 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
Latin artwork and Latin American food from a variety of countries will be for sale. There will be cultural displays and much more at the Logan LDS Tabernacle grounds on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts it's first-ever Day of Culture and Brotherhood, or Día Cultural y Hermanamiento.
Providence Utah LDS Stake President Robert Henke is in charge of the event and he says the purpose of it is to bring people together, Hispanics and non-Hispanics, LDS Church members and non-members, and people from all walks of life.
Mormon church launches PR campaign to put misconceptions to rest (Cronkite News - Arizona)
(October 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
The Mormon Church has launched a nation wide campaign to inform the American public about their church doctrine and put misconceptions to rest. The “I Am Mormon” campaign uses commercials and advertisements to direct people to their website to learn about the people behind the religion. Cronkite News reporter Lydia Camarillo met with a political analyst who believes that this could benefit presidential candidates like former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.
Church Humanitarian Aid, Japanese Church Members Helping People Suffering From Disaster (LDS Newsroom)
(March 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Humanitarian aid from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting to the Japanese people suffering from the effects of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, powerful tsunami and lingering threats of radiation.
The Church has provided more than 135,000 pounds of food and water, 8,000 liters of fuel and 15,000 blankets and is working with the local prefectural governments to coordinate their distribution.
These items are being purchased in Japan and shipped to Sendai and surrounding areas where they are most needed. The blankets have been purchased in China, and are now being distributed in Japan.
Truman G. Madsen: a poet philosopher in Zion (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 2, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
When Truman G. Madsen died on Thursday, May 28, there was an outpouring of gratitude for his life. People spoke of his unassuming personality, his speaking style, his work with interreligious dialogue or his leadership at Brigham Young University's Jerusalem Center.
But it was his words that captured people's imagination. Words that inspired spirits and challenged minds. "He transcended complexity and achieved simplicity without being simplistic or simple-minded," said Philip Barlow, the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University.
Faith and adventure: A patriarch leads a full life (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Not many people would fly more than 1,500 miles for a two-hour interview with a reporter. Then again, there aren't many people who approach life like Robert "Robin" O'Brien.
The spur-of-the-moment trip fit O'Brien's track record as a tenacious go-getter. This veteran of the U.S. Army and former Delta Air Lines pilot has traveled the world. He drove his motorcycle from Atlanta to the Arctic Circle on the unpaved ALCAN Highway. He served in multiple church capacities from elders quorum president to temple sealer. And that is just the beginning of his list of accomplishments.
"I've had a very exciting life," he said, putting it mildly.
First Presidency Encourages Members to “Just Serve” Hurricane Harvey Victims (Church News)
(September 3, 2017) - Relevance: 2.3
In response to an outpouring from people who want to know how to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the following letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
The still-unfolding disaster caused by the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey has caught the attention of people throughout the United States. Our hearts go out to the thousands who have borne the brunt of this storm, and we are deeply grateful for the acts of unselfish service and the heroic efforts of first responders that have been reported. All who find themselves amid these grave difficulties are in our prayers....
Free Online Classes Help People Climb Their Family Tree (LDS Newsroom)
(April 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
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.
Local LDS bishop: Romney’s faith isn’t determining factor (Vindy.com)
(March 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
The bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Girard said the fact he and Mitt Romney share religious views is not enough to persuade him to cast his ballot for the former Massachusetts governor.
Bishop Robert Palmer, who leads the church, said a person’s religion does not determine whether he or she would be a strong president.
“I want good, caring, trustworthy people to be leaders. It doesn’t matter what walk of life they come from, as long as they serve the people,” Palmer said. “I don’t care if they’re Muslim or Jewish or Mormon, as long as they understand that they have been called to serve.”
FamilySearch YouTube Channel Provides Fun and Inspirational Genealogy Videos (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(August 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
FamilySearch has always used the latest technology to help people learn more about their ancestors. Now, this nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing genealogy-related videos on its FamilySearch YouTube channel.
Fun and inspirational videos are available for the rookie genealogist and the seasoned veteran alike. For those new to family history research, a series called Genealogy in 5 Minutes shows how to get started. The Woven Generations playlist features powerful stories of people connecting with their family heritage.
Church grieves with Mexico following two massive quakes (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 21, 2017) - Relevance: 2.3
The Church is grieving the deaths of several Latter-day Saints during recent quakes in Mexico — even while providing temporal and spiritual support.
Two massive quakes have severely rattled a nation that is home to more than a million members. The first struck southern Mexico on Sept. 7, killing more than 90 people, including three members. The second struck closer to the sprawling capital of Mexico City on Sept. 19, killing more than 220 people.
At press time, the Church was still assessing the impact of the second Mexico quake.
BYU art exhibit skirts controversy (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
Edgy art exhibitions can be problematic, says Jeff Lambson, curator of contemporary art at Brigham Young University Museum of Art. While he wants exhibits to inspire people to think and question their beliefs, at BYU those impulses can lead to controversy.
The museum’s “The Matter of Words,” a three-artist exhibit that has been attracting and challenging visitors since it opened last month, is a case in point.
”I saw people come in and their jaws dropped and their eyes popped open,” Lambson says. “Two kids popped into the gallery and got this expression of wonderment. They left and got their mother, each kid pulling her by a hand into the gallery — ‘You’ve got to see this!’ It was really great.”
Who are those people in the LDS Church's 'Book of Mormon' ads? (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
The recent announcement that the LDS Church is buying advertising space to promote the actual Book of Mormon in the playbill for upcoming performances of "The Book of Mormon" musical in Los Angeles has spawned one consistent question: Who are those people in the church's ads?
Each of the three ads features one attractive Mormon face along with copy that suggests play-goers should read the book from which the musical takes its name. "You've seen the play," says one, "now read the book." Another says, "The book is always better," and the other says, "I've read the book."
The three faces belong to Rose Datoc Dall, Alex Boye and Jeff Decker.
Mormon Helping Hands: Fix Up, Clean Up, Build It in California and Hawaii (LDS Newsroom)
(May 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
Thousands of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers painted, collected food, planted trees, cleaned and fixed up the states of California and Hawaii.
Mormon Helping Hands are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) anxious to make a difference by being good neighbors in beautifying their communities. Approximately 70,000 people participated in the daylong activity on Saturday, 28 April, and not all the volunteers were Latter-day Saints; 17,000 were people of other faiths. Volunteers donated 227,280 hours on 536 projects.
Missionaries killed by hit-and-run driver mourned (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
Trevor Reinhold Strong — one of two bicycle-riding Mormon missionaries killed in Tuesday night Texas by a hit-and-run driver in Texas — was just weeks away from coming home to Utah.
Strong’s bishop, Lowell Caldwell, said Wednesday that the 21-year-old Taylorsville man had actually finished his mission for the LDS Church two weeks ago, but had purposely extended his stay.
"There were people he was working with [that] he wanted to see through," said Caldwell.
Caldwell called Strong "an outstanding young man with love for people and many friends. He was always busy, willing to take time to serve. ... We’ll miss him very much."
The religious landscape of Wyoming and Montana (Star Tribune - Wyoming)
(May 12, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
Earlier this year, the prestigious Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released the results of its U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. This massive survey interviewed more than 35,000 people and created an important portrait of religious adherence for the nation.
Unfortunately, this survey failed the states of Wyoming and Montana. Because it surveyed only 272 people from the two states, it had to analyze them together to create a statistically valid sample. Since the two states have quite different religious characters, both historically and presently, the survey reveals little useful information about the religious nature of these two states. This is clear both for Catholicism and Mormonism.
Church Employees Volunteer in 19th Annual Day of Caring (Church News and Events)
(September 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
On September 8, 2011, more than 450 employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with thousands of other people, once again answered the United Way call to help make a difference in the lives of people throughout two Wasatch Front counties.
The United Way of Salt Lake City sponsored the Day of Caring in Salt Lake and Summit Counties.
Prior to the event, president and CEO of United Way Deborah S. Bayle told assembled volunteers, “The Day of Caring is a success every year because of you.” She emphasized that there are many different ways to volunteer.
Mongolian siblings serve in same mission -- some as companions (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
While siblings are often called to serve concurrently as Mormon missionaries, either in their homeland or abroad, what is so remarkable is the extent to which this is occurring in Mongolia. After all, the LDS Church has had a formal presence here for only 16 years.
The Mongolian people are quick to share the gospel with their family and friends. Three-generation member families are becoming common. The spirit of missionary work has led these faithful people to serve full-time missions in large numbers, with about 170 serving or with calls at the present time. In the current year, there have been 13 sets of siblings serving missions from Mongolia.
Local Church Helps Temple Theater (WTOK - Mississippi)
(March 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
Trash, trash and more trash. That was the issue at the Temple Theater recently when a sold-out crowd filled the over 80-year-old theater and had fans lined up around the building.
“The people who were not VIP members were lined up around the theater for a long time, eating and so on, and so that is really where all the trash come from outside of the theater,” explained Temple Theater manager, Roger Smith.
What many people may not know is that the Temple Theater is non-profit, so everyone who works in the theater is a volunteer, and with so much trash on its hands, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints saw the need to help clean the historic building.
Utah artist Trevor Southey, who celebrated human form and became a gay Mormon icon, dies at 75 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 22, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
Trevor Southey, a Utah artist who celebrated the human form and inspired a generation of students, artists and gay Mormons, died Tuesday in a Salt Lake City hospice. He was 75.
"He had a real love of the figure, of the body," said Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. "He loved people, and he loved painting and drawing and sculpting people."
LDS Church, Layton man: Commit to helping long term in Haiti (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(January 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
A Layton man is encouraging area residents to make a long-term commitment to donating to the people of Haiti.
Bennie Lilly, who has a home in Layton but serves as the Caribbean area welfare manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Friday that the people of Haiti will need extra support for some time.
"The needs are tremendous," he said. "We've had a wonderful outpouring of generosity. That's made it possible for us to do the things that we're doing."
But he said with Haiti's political situation and other recent disasters, helping the Haitians will take a long-term effort.
Springfield, Ill., had early LDS connections (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
A statue of young Abraham Lincoln, depicted on the Illinois state commemorative quarter, was sculpted by a Mormon from Utah, but not many people know that.
"In many ways the New Salem sculpture of Lincoln has become a symbol of the state of Illinois — the land of Lincoln," said the luncheon speaker at the 44th annual conference of the Mormon History Association. "But almost nobody in Illinois (church members included) knows its Mormon connection. The statue is a fitting symbol for the often unknown or forgotten connections between the Mormon people and the Springfield area."
China official looking to improve relations with Church (LDS Church News)
(August 31, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
Recent talks by Church leaders with a high government official in the People's Republic of China are expected to result in "regularized" activities for the Church in that nation, the First Presidency has announced.
"The First Presidency and other senior leaders at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City have had discussions with a senior official of the People's Republic of china from Beijing and have established a relationship which we expect will lead to regularizing the activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in China," read the brief statement released Aug. 30.
Israeli guide talks about 16 years of working with LDS tour groups (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 26, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
In this interview, recorded in Jerusalem, Asher Ashkenazi talks about the country he loves, why he became a tour guide and why he thinks it's important for people of all faiths to visit the Holy Land.
You'll discover right away why most LDS groups he works with quickly name themselves "The Tribe of Asher" as they come to love Israel, and you might be surprised to hear him quote Nephi and Orson Hyde about the fulfillment of prophecy that has gathered a people and made the desert "blossom as a rose." Plus, if you live in Utah, jot down the details of how you can meet Asher in person this coming January at the annual Travel Expo.
LDS members travel across the world to General Conference (Standard Journal - Idaho)
(October 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its 181st Semi-annual General Conference on Saturday and Sunday, with people from countries across the world traveling to attend this meeting inside the LDS Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
General Conference is held the first weekend every April and October, with two sessions on Saturday and two sessions on Sunday for two hours per session.
It unites people from all around the world through the addresses from the leadership members of the church.
Police and partners clear a path for Lindley locals (West Yorkshire Police - UK)
(June 29, 2007) - Relevance: 2.3
West Yorkshire Police, working with partner agencies including the council and the Mormon Church are clearing the way in Lindley to offer young people in the area more activities.
Over recent months a lot of work has been carried out to offer young people in the area a wider choice of things to do. This has included the drainage of the local recreation ground to make it more usable and the subsequent building of a youth shelter and litter bin, a ball wall and basketball hoop on a hard standing court and mini football posts.
Counterpart International Assists the Disabled People of Georgia with LDS-Donated Wheelchairs (PR-USA)
(October 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Counterpart International’s (Counterpart) Community & Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) and Georgian Non-Governmental Organization “Adamiani” arranged a joint charity event in the park of House of Culture of Mtskheta.
New wheelchairs worth $6,372 donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) were distributed to 108 disabled local residents and internally displaced people located in the region. The US Department of State Georgia based Grantees – UMCOR, IRD and HelleniCare – also participated in the event and delivered the vulnerable disabled recipients hygiene and school kits.
Fasting promotes healthier arteries, study suggests (Cox news service)
(November 15, 2007) - Relevance: 2.3
A small study from the University of Utah, based on patients who had undergone an X-ray of the blood vessels of the heart, showed people who fasted for just one day a month seemed to have healthier heart arteries as a result of their abstinence.
"People who fast seem to receive a heart-protective benefit," said study author Dr. Benjamin Horne in a press statement released by the AHA.
The study specifically showed that those who fasted as part of their religious practice as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and those who fasted for general health reasons both seemed to benefit.
Why We Need Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom)
(February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
This is Part 3 in a series of articles on religious freedom. For the series introduction, see “An Introduction to Religious Freedom.”
Over the past two years, general officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have delivered major addresses on many aspects of religious freedom — what it means, what it does, the threats it faces and why it is so vital for free people everywhere. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles said, “There is a battle over the meaning of [religious] freedom. The contest is of eternal importance.” And Elder Quentin L. Cook, also an Apostle, challenged university graduates to “work with people of other faiths” to protect and “be an advocate for religious freedom and morality.”
LDS Church in Washington, D.C., joins Unity Walk in remembrance of 9/11 (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
In a remarkable show of unity, every house of worship along Washington's Embassy Row opened their doors to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and welcomed people of all faiths to celebrate their commonalities rather than their differences. Among them were Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Anne Golightly, who serves as an LDS public affairs director for the Washington metropolitan area, stood with an Episcopal bishop, a Jewish rabbi and a Buddhist chaplain to share a message of faith with the hundreds of people gathered at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.
Mormon Church won't oppose hate-crime protections for LGBTQ people (Los Angeles Times - California)
(January 25, 2019) - Relevance: 2.3
The Mormon Church said Thursday it doesn't oppose hate-crime legislation in Utah that includes protections for LGBTQ people, an announcement that could break a longtime legislative logjam on the issue.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sought to clarify that it has not been actively blocking hate-crime legislation and will not stand in the way if lawmakers take up the issue this year, said Marty Stephens, the faith's director of government and community relations and a lobbyist for the church.
Help at hand to trace your family trees (Peterborough Evening Telegraph - UK)
(December 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
FAMILY history enthusiasts are encouraging people to take up a new hobby for the New Year.
Peterborough Family History Centre, based at the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, in Cottesmore Close, Westwood, runs a free service offering advice and help for people to trace their family tree back through the generations.
It also offers free access to records of births, deaths and marriages in the city dating back to the 1830s.
Eric Dutton, a family history consultant, said that thanks to the television programme Who Do You Think You Are? family geneaology has become the second most popular hobby in the country.
Mormon Leaders Propose New Stance on LGBT Rights (Wall Street Journal)
(January 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
Leaders of the Mormon Church are advocating a new approach in the struggle over gay rights and religious freedom claims, saying the church will support legal protections for both religious believers and gay people.
In a rare news conference Tuesday at the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, church leaders said it would back fair access to housing and employment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But the church also urged lawmakers to support “legislation that protects vital religious freedoms” for individuals and faith groups.
Mormon church has built downtown housing; will people come? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
The LDS Church has completed all of the 425 condominiums that will be part of its City Creek project when it opens next year. Now the tough part: Getting people to buy them.
The downtown Salt Lake City condos arguably present the most difficult marketing challenge in the massive mixed-use development, given the continued downturn in the residential market. Since construction on the retail-residential-office project began in late 2008, Utah’s economy has deteriorated, and a booming real-estate market has given way to one plagued by falling prices and foreclosures.
LDS boxer B.J. Flores hopes his next fight is for a title (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 20, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
Most people want help now and then.
They appreciate a hand, and when circumstances are toughest, they long for company.
But cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores is not most people.
The 33-year-old calls the boxing ring “the most lonely place,” and yet he made that place his home.
“I’m a very stubborn person — good or bad,” said the accomplished pro boxer who was in Salt Lake City this past weekend to watch amateurs compete for national Golden Gloves championships at the Salt Palace. “But in boxing, it actually helps me because I’ve had to be very independent. You’re in the ring by yourself. It’s not a team sport. If you aren’t ready, it’s going to show when you go up there. There is nowhere to hide when you’re in the ring.”
Philippines: Monsoons bring floods, landslides (LDS Church News)
(January 22, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
Monsoon rains in early January have soaked parts of the eastern Philippines causing flooding and landslides in a number of provinces. The government reports the flooding is the worst the area has had in 10 years. As of Jan. 19, flood waters have caused at least 25 deaths; 9,000 people had been displaced and more than 70,000 people were evacuated during the peak of the storm. All missionaries and members in the flooded areas are safe, and no Church buildings sustained serious damage. Several of the LDS buildings are being used as emergency shelters. Two member homes were destroyed by flood waters, but most members who were displaced have returned to their homes.
Religion on campus: Being Mormon at UW-Madison (Daily Cardinal - Wisconsin)
(September 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
Being Mormon at UW-Madison poses challenges, yet grants opportunities for Mormon students to strengthen their faith.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' doctrine strictly prohibits sex, drugs and alcohol. At a school with a prevalent party culture, Mormon students at UW-Madison face an environment counter to their religious teachings.
Lisa Chang, a UW-Madison freshman and life-long member of the Mormon Church, said abstaining from drinking inhibits her ability to meet people on campus.
"I think it is because I don't drink or party that it's so much harder for me to find friends, because that's where you meet people here," she said.
Romney's religion: Who are evangelicals to question Mormonism? (Baltimore Sun - Maryland)
(April 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
Jokes about polygamy and funny long underwear aside, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has not been, and will not become, a factor in the presidential campaign of 2012.
I have a friend who wishes that were not so. She thinks it's creepy that Mormons comb genealogical records to find people to retroactively baptize into the church -- people who were not Mormons when they were alive and probably would not want to be Mormons if they still were. Knowing that the one constant in Mr. Romney's otherwise malleable set of beliefs is his religion, my friend cannot understand why the Obama campaign has not raised the oddities of Mormonism as an issue.
It is not going to happen. The Obama campaign gurus are wise enough to know there is nothing to gain by opening up the can of very fat worms that is religion.
Major BYU exhibit may give Christendom a new favorite painting, draw 200,000 visitors (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
Many Mormons might have a favorite new painting of Jesus Christ after they see the blockbuster, $1.2 million "Sacred Gifts" exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art.
Both the director and the curator of the museum believe Christians everywhere will be touched by the spirit of a 19th-century painting of Gethsemane few of them have ever seen from a painter whose name few of them have ever heard.
More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the exhibit, which opens today and runs through May — 30,000 people already have secured free tickets at sacredgifts.byu.edu/tickets, including "sellouts" on Friday and Saturday — but "Agony in the Garden" by Frans Schwartz may resonate particularly with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Advice to World Wide Conference of Mormons Good for All Faiths (American Chronicle)
(October 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
Saturday and Sunday more than 100,000 Mormons gathered on Temple Square and millions more at thousands of local congregations watching by private broadcast, and many of the sermons they heard gave advice that was helpful to people of all faiths.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called Mormons, were given advice on living happier lives. The counsel and advice given by leaders included teaching children to pray, honesty, integrity, how to avoid unwanted influences of the world on families, developing and strengthening faith, moral character, making better choices, and other values of concern to people of all faiths.
NYTimes (surprise) covers Mormon sexual ethics, without talking to Mormons (Get Religion)
(September 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
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.
Vote on Alcohol Sales Divides a Utah Town Where Few Drink (New York Times)
(November 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
When a convenience store chain approached city officials here last year about selling beer, people knew a fight was coming.
After all, this quiet town near the Idaho border, founded by Mormon pioneers, had a longstanding ban on alcohol sales. And in keeping with the tenets of the Mormon Church, few people in Hyde Park drank at all.
But this month, after a long and bitter battle, residents voted nearly two to one to allow alcohol sales, making Hyde Park one of the last bastions to loosen its rules on drinking in this button-down state, where liquor laws have grown less restrictive in recent years.
Former Stallings councilman will take on worldwide task (South Charlotte News - North Carolina)
(May 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
Former Stallings town council member Paul Frost and his wife, Tracie, have served their community for years.
And after seven years in Union County, they are about to take their commitment to service around the world.
Paul Frost, 39, is attending training in Washington, D.C., to become a foreign commercial service officer. He will work with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which sends trade professionals around the world to help U.S. companies enter foreign markets.
Frost said he is one of 25 people who recently was appointed to the service. Several thousand people applied for the job in the most recent hiring process, and about 75 will get final offers over several phases of hiring, he said.
The Summer of Sharing emergency food drive kicks off today (KCBD - Texas)
(August 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
An emergency SOS call went out to the community from the South Plains Food Bank to stock their bare shelves and the community has answered the call. The food bank teamed up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the Summer of Sharing food drive bringing in more than 125,000 pounds of food.
Hundreds of people came out to the food bank Monday evening where they brought bags of food. "I think we forget how much we have, and we forget how little other people have so it's an opportunity to bless their lives," Spencer McComb said after his family donated several bags of food.
Reaction to LDS Church announcement on LGBT, religious protections (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.2
"The statement made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today is an additional and important step to help us find common ground on these important issues. It will be helpful in our effort to resolve these difficult and emotional matters. I firmly believe that, in order to protect the personally held values of people on all sides, any advancement of nondiscrimination legislation should be coupled with legislation to safeguard protections to religious freedom. I am confident that, as elected officials, we can work together with religious, business and civic leaders as well as the LGBT community to craft policies that treat all people with dignity and respect."
Elder M. Russell Ballard: “Pokemon Go" distracts from things that matter most (BYUI Scroll - Idaho)
(September 20, 2016) - Relevance: 2.2
Elder Ballard shared his thoughts about “Pokemon Go” in the Regional Broadcast on Sept. 11, 2016.
Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, invited members to remember that the Lord counseled His children to find time to be still and know that He is God.
“Now someone has found one more way to keep family members occupied away from what matters most,” Elder Ballard said. “It’s something called ‘Pokemon Go.’ I don’t understand this, and don’t ask me anything about it. I just know one thing is that young people, and maybe a lot of old people, they look down on their smartphones, trying to find Pokemon, I guess, instead of looking up to see the beautiful creations of God’s wonderful world.”
LDSSA president unites campus and institute (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Women presidents are rare at the Latter-day Saint Student Association at the University of Utah.
In fact, some people think Charlotte Hansen is the first, but she pays no mind to it as she bustles about her business and carries out the responsibilities of her position.
"The theme for this year is U&I," Hansen says as she displays a T-shirt sporting a logo that combines the two organizations (Utah and institute).
"It shows the idea of unity between campus and institute. We want to continue to work with campus in a way that they want to come to our activities — maybe even nonmembers will want to come and take part …
"Another thing that we are doing is making sure that the Spirit is here so that people will want to come closer to Jesus Christ … through the classes and through the activities to make them feel welcome here so that they can make that happen in their lives," Hansen says.
Coming out Mormon (Washington Post)
(April 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
As a gay Mormon, people often assume that I have an interesting and unique story to share. While I feel what I have to say is interesting, it’s not as unique as one might assume. It simply seems to me that the majority of other gay Mormons often don’t “come out.” As a result of their silence, members of our faith have felt little incentive to even think about gays in the church. They were ignorant, and they have caused real hurt.
I study at Brigham Young University in Utah, where 98 percent of students are Mormon. In April 2012, an unofficial club on campus called USGA (Understanding Same-gender Attraction) released an “It Gets Better” YouTube video that consisted of several BYU students coming out as gay. While the video was politically neutral, it got people talking and thinking, including me.
Teens find prom with higher standards more fun (Thousand Oaks Acorn - California)
(March 30, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
There is a prom where young ladies do not have cleavage. Boys act like gentlemen at all times. Freak dancing and grinding are forbidden. Not only is the music devoid of profanity, the lyrics must not be suggestive and there will be more melody than beat. Some young people might ask, "How do you have a mosh pit with such tunes?" The answer is, "You don't."
On April 5 at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, 300 young people ages 16 to 18 will arrive as couples for what has come to be known as the Mormon Prom. Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Newbury Park and Camarillo will gather for a formal dance with high standards. The prom goes from 7 to 11 p.m.
Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans (The New York Times)
(September 29, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.
Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.
On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.
Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.
'Twilight' writer and star greet the end of an epic era with sighs and relief (Argus Leader - South Dakota)
(November 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Even after all this time, author Stephenie Meyer, the Mormon mother of three who became an overnight literary sensation with the 2005 publication of her young-adult novel “Twilight,” can’t explain the phenomenon that surrounds the grand romance between vampire Edward Cullen and human teenager Bella Swan, characters played on-screen by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
“I don’t know what makes people love it, I don’t know what makes people hate it,” said Meyer, seated comfortably in a suite of a Beverly Hills hotel. “But I do know that the feeling of being in love is a good feeling. We want to feel that emotion.”
Eastwood’s empty chair, and Mitt’s Mormon moment (AJC - Georgia)
(September 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
The enduring image from the 2012 GOP convention may well be an empty chair, the prop Clint Eastwood used to represent Barack Obama’s presidency during a prime-time performance that was at turns bizarre and bitingly effective.
That empty chair — an apt symbol for a president known during his legislating days for voting “present” and during his White House tenure for being MIA on the country’s most pressing economic and fiscal issues — is already a social-media icon. It’s already spawned a meme of people photographing themselves talking to unoccupied furniture: “Eastwooding.” Plus, at least two new snarky Twitter accounts: @InvisibleObama and @ClintsChair.
But if that’s the only visual people take away from this past week, it will be a shame. The picture burned in my mind is of a yellow legal pad.
Town Dinner a highlight of Clarkston's Martin Harris Pageant (Cache Valley Daily - Utah)
(July 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Thousands of people are expected to attend the Martin Harris Pageant that opens July 29 and plays for 12 nights in Clarkston, the town where the early Mormon leader was buried.
People come from all over the country each year and Clarkston, with its 700-plus population, has no restaurant, no gas station, no convenience store. What it does have, though, is a Town Dinner served each evening prior to the pageant and Dorothy Page, who chairs the event along with her husband Lynn, says everyone is invited to attend.
"We figure that there'll be an average of 400 a night," Page says. "The last time the pageant was held they served just under 5,000. They had it 11 nights then.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Hits the Road for 2011 Tour (LD Newsroom)
(June 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Many people have heard the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but now thousands of fans in the Eastern United States and Canada will be able to hear the world-famous choir in person. The Salt Lake City-based group is taking its show on the road for a week-long tour that starts Monday, 20 June 2011.
The choir will perform seven concerts in seven days, in Norfolk, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chautauqua, New York and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The choir’s administrative manager, Barry Anderson, says people in the area are looking forward to seeing the renowned choir in person.
Romney focuses on personal subjects (CBS News)
(February 9, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Mitt Romney is starting to tweak perceptions of a presidential candidate he has previously ignored -- himself.
Romney has opened up with details about his personal life in recent days on the campaign trail, telling stories about his family and his faith. At an event here on Wednesday, he talked about how his work as a lay leader in the Mormon church helped him see the perils of unemployment.
"In my church, we don't have a professional ministry, and so people are asked to serve as the minister or the pastor of the congregation from time to time, and I had that privilege for, I think, over ten years," he said. "And in that capacity I had a chance to work with people who lost their jobs, in some cases, or were facing other financial distress, losing their homes and I found that those kinds of circumstances were not just about money or numbers, they were about lives and about emotions.
Killed Utah deputy Brian Harris laid to rest in Glendale (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 7, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
A community said goodbye to its hero Friday.
Kane County sheriff's deputy Brian Harris, shot and killed in the line of duty Aug. 26 while pursuing a burglary suspect, was laid to rest in the small Kane County town of Glendale.
More than 2,000 people packed the gymnasium of Valley High School in Orderville for Harris' funeral service. A couple hundred other people listened to an audio and video feed of the ceremony from adjacent auditoriums and even in the neighboring LDS Church meetinghouses in Orderville and Glendale.
Hundreds watch as Angel Moroni statue placed on LDS temple in Phoenix (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Hundreds of people, including dozens of families, braved triple-digit temperatures Wednesday in the Valley of the Sun to watch as construction crews placed a golden statue of the Angel Moroni on top of the new Phoenix Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"It was supposed to be low-key — just the construction workers and their families," said Cheryl J. Taylor, whose husband, Scott, is president of the church's Arizona Phoenix Mission. "But it's hard to keep it quiet when there are these two massive cranes towering over the temple. People have been watching and waiting for this for so long, so word got out pretty quickly."
Pressing forward on Caribbean Island (LDS Church News)
(June 27, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
Almost six months after the Church sent missionaries to begin work in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a branch was created on the island of Providenciales on May 24, 2009.
The Church gave permission to send the first missionaries to begin the work in the Turks and Caicos Islands in December 2008. The country is located along the southernmost portion of the Bahamas Island chain, just north of Haiti. It consists of six islands. Providenciales Island is the most populated with approximately 25,000 people. Providenciales, one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, has many resort hotels along its shores. Many people immigrate from other areas to take advantage of jobs at the construction projects that are under way.
Religion enhances mobility toward American dream, LDS Church says (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 21, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Drawing from an observation in a recent Washington Post column, a blog posted on the LDS Church's Newsroom website suggests a variety of ways in which people of faith "nurture social capital in their efforts to make the world a better place."
The Newsroom posting refers to Fareed Zakaria's Washington Post column about declining social mobility in America, which is detailed in a new study by economists at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. The study confirms recent analysis that many European countries are doing a better job of helping poor people climb out of poverty to economic success.
Romney avoids thicket of LDS statements on gay marriage (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Potential presidential candidate Mitt Romney sidestepped the question of whether people were born gay, on the heels of strong statements by a leader of his LDS faith that same-sex attraction is “impure and unnatural.”
“I still consider myself in the public arena, and as such I just don’t delve into matters of faith and my religion and doctrines of my church, whether it’s to try to explain it to other people or ascribe my own personal beliefs,” Romney said Tuesday during a visit to Salt Lake City in which he expressed his support for Gov. Gary Herbert.
On Sunday, Boyd K. Packer, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a firm condemnation of gay marriage and expressed the view that same-sex attraction is something that can be changed.
A musical 'gift of Christmas' with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
As audiences have been dazzled by the performances at this year's Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square, the guest artists have been thrilled by the whole experience.
"For me, this is the gift of Christmas," said British actress Jane Seymour in a news conference Friday, the morning after the dress rehearsal of the concert in the LDS Conference Center.
"To be doing something that is so heartwarming and so necessary at this time, to be involved in a program that lifts people's spirits up, especially when the year's been really tough for a lot of people" is the essence of the holiday for Seymour, "the universal message of giving and receiving love."
BYU Campus Education Week: Facilitating learning - Instructors have an important role in helping the Spirit teach (LDS Church News)
(September 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
The lesson is inside the learner, but it is the responsibility of a teacher to facilitate learning, Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School general president, said during Campus Education Week at Brigham Young University on Aug. 20.
This year's annual conference, from Aug. 19-23, brought more than 18,000 visitors to the BYU campus, including people from almost every state and 14 countries outside of the United States. This year's theme, "A People of Profound Learning," comes from the words of President Brigham Young. The devotional address was given by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve on Aug. 20 (see the Aug. 25 edition of the Church News, p. 4).
The Book of Mormon in Hebrew—A Labor of Love (Jewish Journal)
(May 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
On this blog I occasionally profile people whose work should be known by both Mormons and Jews. When I heard that there was a rocket scientist in Alabama who is working on a Hebrew translation of the Book of Mormon, I knew that I had to find out more. By day Tom Irvine analyzes shock and vibration data from rocket vehicles for NASA. In his spare time, he translates the Book of Mormon into Hebrew. Since Mormons believe that the book was originally written in “reformed Egyptian” characters by people who also knew Hebrew (leading most LDS scholars to claim that it was written in either Egyptian or in Hebrew using an Egyptian script), this translation project promises to be an interesting one. At his request, I have posted Tom’s comments in full and unedited.
Ground Broken for Provo, Utah’s Second Temple (LDS Newsroom)
(May 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Ground was broken today for the Provo City Center Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Church's second temple in Provo and 16th in Utah. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided over the morning ceremony.
“What an absolute stunning site!” declared Elder Holland. “It is a picture-perfect day in Utah County. The temple site is filled with faithful people making history.” He said he was deeply touched today. In fact, he said, “You can tell people Elder Holland was downright giddy today about the temple groundbreaking.”
Philippines Hit with Widespread Destruction by Tropical Storm Washi (LDS Newsroom)
(December 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Tropical storm Washi, which hit the southern Philippines island of Mindanao in the early hours of Saturday, 17 December, triggered flooding and landslides causing widespread destruction and hundreds of deaths.
According to official government reports, hundreds of people remain missing nearly three days after the most devastating cyclone to hit the Philippines in the past two years. Floods have affected nearly 150,000 people.
All full-time missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) are safe. Church Welfare personnel are on the ground in the Cagayan De Oro area working with local church and community leaders to provide assistance and seek solutions for continuing relief efforts.
Slain Border Patrol agent described as loving father, husband, served Mormon mission in Mexico (Associated Press)
(October 5, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
A U.S. Border Patrol agent killed along the Mexico-Arizona border this week was a devoted Mormon who developed a love for the country's people and culture while serving on a mission in Mexico City, his family said Thursday.
Agent Nicholas Ivie and two other agents were fired upon Tuesday about five miles north of the border as they responded to an alarm triggered by a sensor aimed at detecting people crossing into the U.S. illegally. A second agent wounded in the shooting was released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent wasn't injured.
A Mexican law enforcement official says federal police have arrested two men who may be connected with the shooting but authorities aren't saying much else.
Huntsman seeks GOP presidential nomination his way (Miami Herald - Florida)
(December 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
At 19, Jon Huntsman arrived in Taiwan for a two-year gig as a missionary for the Mormon church. He didn't receive a warm reception. The Taiwanese government was furious at the United States for re-establishing diplomatic ties with China, and the people whom Huntsman was there to recruit to his faith weren't much happier.
"You don't know much of the language at all," Huntsman recalled of his first days, bunking in a squalid apartment, riding his bicycle by the U.S. Embassy, which had been pelted with tomatoes, eggs and rocks. "You're in a foreign environment. People are calling you names and spitting at you for reasons that you're not fully up to speed on."
Yet the teenage venture would serve as a defining moment for Huntsman. He learned Mandarin and later would return to live in the region three more times, including stints as the U.S. ambassador under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama.
New York City Young Single Adults Meet (Church News and Events)
(May 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Just as New York City is a gathering place for people from all over the world, so was the Regional Young Single Adult Conference held there April 20 and 21. Drawing from 13 stakes in the Northeast, conference attendees’ countries of origin included China, Brazil, Ukraine, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, as well as many American states.
Katherine Dorny, a coleader of the YSA committee, said the purpose of the conference was “to bring people together.” More than 500 young single adults participated in the two-day event, which included tours of New York City, a devotional, a leadership training meeting, a regional sacrament meeting, and a testimony meeting.
Mormon Defense League launched (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Jewish people have the Anti-Defamation League "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people." Muslims have the www.cair.com/ Council on American-Islamic Relations to "to enhance understanding of Islam." Now some Mormons are launching their own group to "respond to false information put forward in the media."
The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research is announcing at 9 a.m. this morning the formation of the Mormon Defense League and the new website mdl.org MDL.org. FAIR is a volunteer organization that attempts to answer criticism and questions about LDS Church doctrine and history. The announcement takes place at FAIR's 13th annual Mormon Apologetics Conference, which runs today and Friday at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy.
Matthews: 'Glenn Beck is a nincompoop' (Hardball Blog)
(March 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Let me finish tonight with this: Glenn Beck is a nincompoop. I talked the other night about the Catholic as well as the Mormon religion being viewed as "cults" in the South. I talked about the fact that many who hold this view are voting for Mitt Romney because they view President Obama as a Muslim. Beck, either out of stupidity, hardness of hearing, or malice, said that I was calling my religion and the Mormon religion a "cult." I make Beck's dishonesty a matter of record because sometimes people hear something from even someone like Beck and take it as having an element of truth. Everyone who watches me knows I have never said a word critical of the LDS religion or my own. I have taken on members of our religions and will continue to do so. Beck is out there saying something absurd: that I don't believe in my own religion. He is saying something about me that I resent more: that I've ever said anything against the Mormon faith. The fact is, I owe my start in politics to a couple of wonderful people of that faith.
The route to success (Colorado)
(December 29, 2004) - Relevance: 2.1
Greeley Central's Chanae Nordhoff has about 300 people to thank for being fast on her feet.
Members Safe After Flooding in Argentina (Church News and Events)
(April 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
Many Church members lost their homes in La Plata, Argentina, during the early hours of Tuesday, April 2, when a record-breaking storm inundated the area with more than 10 inches of rain in just a few hours. Water levels quickly rose, flooding many neighborhoods and low-lying areas and causing at least 52 deaths. Several people drowned after being trapped in their cars or while walking along city streets as the water quickly rose. The same storm killed at least five people in Buenos Aires.
The rains also flooded the country’s largest oil refinery, causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.
All missionaries and members were reported safe after the storm, according to a Church welfare report.
Michelle King: Jimmer Fredette on living the gospel in the NBA, on 'Mormon Times TV' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
In the many years I’ve been involved in broadcasting, I’ve been fortunate to do personal interviews with some pretty interesting, noteworthy people. In the political arena, that’s included former U.S. presidents' wives as well as Utah governors. I was privileged to sit down with a prophet and various apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one-on-one. And I can’t forget sports stars, actors and famous musicians — many who are legends in their fields. In all cases, they were kinder, gentler and more fun to be with than I ever imagined.
But you always wonder if these accomplished people will live up to your expectations. And that’s the question I had on my mind when Jimmer Fredette sat down to chat on our "Mormon Times TV" set with his new wife, Whitney. “Jimmermania” hit Brigham Young University while we were serving our mission in Atlanta, so I really had no idea as to what they were like. Well, these newlyweds far exceeded my hopes as well!
On The Trail, Romney Avoids His French Connection (NPR)
(February 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Mitt Romney waxed eloquent in French as he promoted the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, calling the two years he spent as a young man in France an "enriching experience."
But now that he's running for president, Romney doesn't talk a lot about his time as a Mormon missionary in France.
"Voila," Philippe Brillault says as he points to the site of what would be France's first Mormon temple.
Brillault is the mayor of Le Chesnay, which lies just outside Paris and next to Versailles. He can point to Louis XIV's chateau from his office.
Brillault says a petition against the temple is causing him real headaches.
"People are wary of the Mormons because they're rigorous, organized and they have money," he says. "People are scared of organized groups that have money because that means they have the means to achieve their goals."
LDS intellectual: Care for little things yields big results (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 7, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
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 .
I’m a Gay Mormon Who’s Been Happily Married for 10 Years (Gawker)
(June 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Yesterday, blogger and family therapist Josh Weed published a 6,000-word post on his personal site that he'd co-written with his wife of 10 years. In the post, Weed came out publicly for the first time. Still, he explained, he is a "devout and believing Mormon" who has been "very happily married to a woman" for a decade, and he and his wife plan to remain together. Here is a condensed and edited excerpt from his post. Weed will also be joining us in the discussion to answer your questions.
This is the post where I tell you that I, Josh Weed, am homosexual.
When my wife Lolly and I do tell people about this—and we've been telling a lot of people lately, so we've gotten really practiced at it—they usually have a lot of really good, genuine questions. Here are some of the questions we're most frequently asked (there really should be an acronym for that—I know! I'll call it a FAQ!). We hope answering these questions will help you understand how we make sense of this delicate and complicated issue in our lives.
American icons relish chance to collaborate on concert (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
In a match that was years in the making, on a stage in the Salt Lake LDS Conference Center, two American icons formed an unlikely union, and the result was a remarkable night of music, with an encore still to come.
Who knew James Taylor and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would ever even appear in the same sentence, yet alone on the same stage, but there they were Friday night. Tonight they will do it all over again.
Taylor alternately teamed with the choir and the Utah Symphony to sing several of his classic songs — “Lonesome Road,” “Shower the People,” “My Traveling Star,” “And Shed a Little Light,” among others. He also delivered solo renditions of “Fire and Rain,” “Carolina in My Mind” and “Secret of Life,” as well as covers of two traditional songs, “Water is Wide” and “Getting to Know You.” He drew a standing ovation with his performance of "Shower the People."
Mormon Missionary look becoming hot Halloween costume (ABC 4 - Utah)
(October 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
This Halloween a lot of people will be dressing up as Mormons. In fact, being a Mormon missionary for Halloween made Time magazine's top ten topical costume list. The magazine says its a great way to tap into the 2011 Mormon phenomenon.
Plus, the editors say its easy to do. The magazine even provides a checklist: White shirt, Necktie, Name tag, Book of Mormon, Slacks and Bike helmet (which is optional).
However, not everyone likes the idea of a missionary costume. Sue Perdue said, "It would be like dressing up as a Muslim - I think it would be in bad taste." Sam Hugo said, "I think it is totally disrespectful - I think its making fun." Carol DeBoer-Langworthy said, "It seems a little disrespectful to me." About half the people we spoke to at temple square in Salt Lake City took offense to missionary costumes - which came in at number six in the Time magazine article - behind costumes for a pregnant Beyonce, Rebecca Black and Muammar Gaddafi.
Church, LAWMA to Clean, Beautify Select Places (This Day - Nigeria)
(August 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will on August 21, 2010 carry out various projects to clean and beautify selected places across the country.
The church made this known during a press briefing organised weekend in Lagos. According to the church’s Area Director of Public, Affairs West Africa, Mr. Adesina Olukanni, “many are already aware of the “Helping Hands” project where members of the church all over Africa come together in partnership with the community in a connected effort to clean and beautify selected places around their environments”.
With more than 50,000 people providing more than 150,000 man hour’s service, the programme is expected to promote the ideals of unity in service and create bonds of friendship among the people in the communities.
Tracing History (Virginia)
(February 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Waynesboro is helping to teach people about the Freedman's Bank CD.
History cannot begin to say it all
(February 26, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
When the name J. Golden Kimball surfaces, people always smile. He has become the LDS Will Rogers. Stand-up comedy routines have been built around his remarks.
Mormon apostle Elder Quentin L. Cook urges 'restoration of morality' (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
REXBURG, Idaho — In order to protect religious freedom, individuals must work with people of other faiths to improve the moral fabric of this nation, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during commencement exercises at BYU-Idaho on Friday night.
The ceremony, held in the BYU-Idaho Center on the university's Rexburg campus, honored 1,533 graduates — the largest Fall graduating class BYU-I has had to date.
"My challenge today is that you join with people of all faiths who feel accountable to God in defending religious freedom so it can be a beacon for morality," Elder Cook said. "We caution you to be civil and responsible as you defend religious liberty and moral values."
Mormon missionary applications surge after age rules lowered (Reuters)
(November 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
The Mormon Church's decision to lower its age requirements for missionaries, who travel the world in pairs trying to convert people to their religion, has prompted a sharp spike in the number of young people clamoring to serve the faith.
Mormonism has been gaining broad public attention recently from its association with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, who served as a missionary in France and has talked about his work as a pastor in the Mormon Church.
The change in policy lowered the age of service by one year for men, to 18, and by two years for women, to 19 from 21, in a move church observers say could ultimately lead to an increase in the Utah-based church's worldwide ranks.
Statistics released by the Church show the average number of missionary applications rose five-fold since the October 6 announcement by church leaders - from around 700 each week to more than 4,000.
Archaeologists Discover They Really “Dig” Nauvoo (Church News and Events)
(August 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
People with varied religious backgrounds from all over the country made a “pioneer trek” to Nauvoo, Illinois, to participate in an inaugural archaeological excavation throughout the month of June.
Teams of workers in the “I Dig Nauvoo” project scraped the earth with trowels in search of artifacts from the site of the small cabin where Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith once lived.
“It’s a wonderfully exciting time in the life of the site,” said Lachlan Mackay, great-great-great-grandson of Joseph Smith Jr. and director of historical sites for Community of Christ. “It’s been many years since we’ve had an active archaeology program in Nauvoo, so to see people excavating brings the research part of the story back to life again. I’m incredibly excited to see us working together for this common heritage.”
10 Mormon TV moments — the good, bad and stereotyped (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
Forget the so-called "Mormon moment" of Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid. There have been lots of Mormon moments in scripted TV through the years — some good, some not so good.
Here are 10 that stand out:
"The Single Guy"
September 1995 » In the pilot of this series about a single guy surrounded by his married friends, Jonathan (Jonathan Silverman) says, "You married people have this bizarre need to turn everyone else into married people. You’re like vampires — or Mormons."
January 1998 » Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) is fed up with the dirty dealings of his agent, Bebe (Harriet Sansom Harris), and replaces her with Ben (Robert Stanton), a Utah-bred Mormon who is as good a guy as there is. Heck, he even shows up in his Boy Scout uniform at one point. "Well, when there’s a dirty job to be done, you can’t go wrong with a Mormon," Bebe says sarcastically.
Church Statement Regarding Switzerland Missionaries (LDS Church news release)
(December 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement in response to news media inquiries regarding a new policy in Switzerland that would ban all missionaries from non-European Union countries beginning in 2012:
The Church has a long history in Switzerland dating back to 1850. We hope a solution can be found that allows missionaries, regardless of their country of origin, to continue to serve the Swiss people.
In our experience, the Church's missionaries return home after service in Switzerland with great love and respect for the people, history and culture of the country.
Missionary work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in Switzerland in 1850, and the Church now has nearly 8,000 members in Switzerland. The first Church temple built in Europe was completed in Zollikofen, near Bern, Switzerland, on 11 September 1955.
People throughout world offer donations, supportive messages to late LDS missionary’s family (Idaho State Journal)
(September 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Roughly one week ago, Christine Larsen set up a website to raise funds for the family of Taylor Ward, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who recently died from injuries he sustained in a car accident in Bingham County, Idaho.
Larsen, who attends church with the Ward family in Vacaville, Calif., and considers them to be close friends, said she was hoping to raise a few hundred dollars to help them with funeral expenses. But she had no idea how many “angels” would come forward to offer their love and support to the family at this difficult time.
As of Tuesday evening, people had donated more than $15,500 to help the family, and numerous others had left messages of support on the site, www.gofundme.com/46w1ro, called “Elder Taylor Ward — A Great Missionary.”
Historian from Huntsville (Utah)
(August 13, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Marlin Jensen is a busy man who cares deeply about the people around him, his family, his God and his full-time calling to serve his religion.
In response to football top 10 reasons
(October 17, 2005) - Relevance: 2
The Collegian sure is a laugh a day. If it's not people responding to Ryan Chapman's inflaming editorials, it's Tim Waddingham's feeble political arguments.
People and Place (LDS Newsroom)
(June 25, 2015) - Relevance: 2
In the early years of the Church, during the 1800s, the Latter-day Saints gathered in one spot to build a spiritual community. They often called it Zion.
Did fellow Mormons cover up officer's baby molestations? (Idaho Statesman)
(December 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2
As many as 15 people who knew that a Boise police officer had confessed to molesting babies will face no criminal charges.
Ada County sheriff’s deputies investigated whether those people should be charged with failing to report the crimes. But deputies have determined that the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation that Stephen R. Young attended can’t be charged because of Idaho’s clergy privilege law.
And church officials say it’s because of that very clergy privilege that Young is in prison today.
“It was efforts of the church and its leaders that resulted in this matter coming to the attention of the authorities,” said Randy Austin, an attorney specializing in child abuse cases for the church in Salt Lake City. “From the moment Mr. Young confessed, church leaders took every precaution they legally could to protect victims and the public.
A Mormon temple in a dust storm (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 9, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Jumping off of Michael Otterson’s Washington Post column asking reporters to visit wards to see “What makes Mormons tick” this blogger describes what reporters would have seen if they had visited her branch this past Sunday: "1. An outpouring of love, support and concern over someone who just (barely) survived a massive heart attack. 2. The distress of the young people who requested the roller skating activity that resulted in the heart attack. 3. The victim's wife's assurance to the young people that being at the roller skating rink probably saved the victim's life because an EMT was at the rink who administered immediate and crucial care and the easy proximity of the hospital made quick transport of the victim possible. 4. The administration of a priesthood blessing to the victim where healing was promised, giving us all faith that the victim would survive.” And six other points that follow this same trajectory. Love it!
Mormon volunteers outperform government in New England Sandy aid (
(November 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Many who are still without heat, water, and power following Hurricane Sandy, are looking to the federal government to provide the kind of organized and effective disaster relief that can restore their lives. Can private groups and citizens offer what is needed in this time of crisis?
In Milford, Connecticut, for example, where entire expanses of beach homes have been destroyed by the storm, one family member reports to us that FEMA and the Red Cross were nowhere to be seen. What she did see, however, were “dozens of people in yellow vests helping to gather up all the debris that residents were putting out in the road.” Our observer tells us that these individuals assisted homeowners in clean-up, helping to load town trucks to remove destroyed decks, furniture, siding, and other debris.
Recalling that she saw the same group of people “in yellow vests” helping out after Hurricane Irene last year, she later discovered that the helpers were Mormon Helping Hands volunteers.
The fear among the infidels
(October 30, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Perhaps more people should emulate Rob Davis, the police chief in San Jose, California, who, despite being Mormon, makes it a habit to observe Ramadan with Muslims in his community.
Traditional family championed at world congress (LDS Church News)
(June 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2
The traditional family — father, mother and children — is in rapid decline, though children are entitled to be born within the bonds of matrimony and to be reared by a father and mother who honor their marriage vows, a Church leader warned at the World Congress on Families held in Madrid May 25-27.
Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy addressed the audience at the opening plenary session of the congress. He was introduced by Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, former Relief Soceity general president.
"Even though many people yearn for traditional family life, fewer and fewer have it," Elder Kopischke lamented in his speech. "During the second half of the last century, annual marriages in Germany declined by more than 40 percent. Too many young people do not marry anymore. Many foster a variety of personal lifestyles, often driven by fun, freedom and self-fulfillment."
A world of compassion (Utah)
(February 7, 2005) - Relevance: 2
"We gave the people in the camp a little beaded bracelet and you would have thought we were giving out gold," Headlee said, noting the bracelets were made by an LDS ward in Salem.
Mormon Missionary Expansion (PBS Video)
(December 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2
The number of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is going up steadily as a result of the new, lower age limits for both men and women who want to serve as missionaries.
MTC's language program gets national attention (KSL - Utah)
(June 10, 2014) - Relevance: 2
What goes on in the MTC is no secret to the 80,000 people currently serving as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But for those on the outside, it’s a mysterious place.
Atheists rip Mormons, Christians in bipartisan billboard blitz (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2
You have to give it to American Atheists — when it comes to mocking people of faith, they are completely nonpartisan.
The group has purchased billboard space in Charlotte, N.C., which will host the Democratic National Convention from Sept. 3 through 6, for an attack on Christianity, espoused by President Barack Obama. The ad features a drawing of Jesus on a piece of toast and these words: "Sadistic God; Useless Savior, 30,000+ Versions of ‘Truth,’ Promotes Hates, Calls it ‘Love.’ ”
The billboard kicker in bold letters – “Atheism: Simply Reasonable.”
A similar format reduces Mormonism, the faith of Republican nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney, to this: "God is a Space Alien, Baptizes Dead People, Big Money, Big Bigotry.” The words are accompanied by a man in white underwear, alluding to the LDS Church's sacred undergarments.
It also concludes with the line about atheism being “simply reasonable.”
Mormons in Switzerland: When a Minority Religion Blends Into the Scenery (World Crunch)
(May 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2
In a country that has banned the building of Muslim minarets, Mormons have set up a new community center with its own, unmarked tower. The locals don’t seem to mind.
At first glance, the slender tower near the Bonstetten-Wettswil railway station looks like a minaret that is missing its crescent. Indeed, the tower shows no symbol at all. In the future, a modest plaque will explain which religious community has found a home here: the Mormons. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is building a new community center with a chapel in Bonstetten, a small town in the Swiss canton of Zurich. Starting this winter, about 120 people will come here for Sunday services.
At first, the Zurich Mormons were a little skeptical about the new construction, says Christian Gräub, spokesman for the religious community. The tower in particular caused some commotion – because it resembled a cell phone antenna.
“When we assured people that the tower will have no bells and loud speakers, the concerns died down,” says Gräub.
In His Friend's Words: "Mitt Can Motivate People to Greatness" (Parade Magazine)
(December 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Tom Stemberg, cofounder of Staples, on how he met Mitt Romney. As told to David Gergen.
In the fall of 1985, I was shopping around my business plan for Staples. I met Mitt Romney at Bain Capital, where he was working. Half the venture capital firms I talked to didn’t understand why you’d think of
saving money on office products. But Mitt is a cheap son of a gun; paying twice what he should for paper clips was offensive to him. My research showed that the average small business spent $1,100 a year on office supplies.
A week after our meeting, Mitt asked me to come in. He’d had his guys poll 50 small businesses, and the average amount was $200 -- one-fifth what I said it was. I told him, "You asked them what they think they spend. You need to find out what they actually spend." I left his office thinking that was the end. A week later, Mitt called and said, "You’re right. People spend much more than they realize. Let’s do a deal."
Theatre: Watch 'South Park' before 'Book of Morman' Charlotte opening (WCNC - North Carolina)
(December 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2
It's one of the most popular shows on Broadway, but are Charlotte audiences ready for the "Book of Mormon?"
The theatre wants to make sure, encouraging ticketholders to --get this-- watch an episode of South Park.
They call it provocative.
Some say it's crude. And just about everyone who sees it says it's hilarious, and heartwarming.
“The Book of Mormon” is now headed to Charlotte.
“Yes, absolutely. It’s all those things. It's edgy, it’s provocative and very, very funny,” says Charlotte based producer and actor Donna Scott.
So edgy, the Blumenthal Theatre where the Broadway show debuts later this month sent a letter warning ticketholders the show will offend, and provoke laughter.
Scott thinks that’s a good idea. “Giving people a heads up just shows a respect for the audience. All a producer wants is for people to come to the show and enjoy it.”
Mormon story opens up (USA Today)
(April 25, 2007) - Relevance: 2
In their 180-year history, Mormons have evolved from a reviled and persecuted people in exile to a religious group that produces top leaders in business and politics.
(Science and Religion Today)
(December 22, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Strange as it may seem, you can tell the religious from the nonreligious simply by looking at their photos. True, it’s only a little better than chance, but it’s a still an intriguing fact. Maybe, as this woman believes, people really can see the holy spirit glowing from within...
Finding your family (Ohio)
(February 1, 2005) - Relevance: 2
In genealogy, nothing brings out emotion like finding a long-lost relative. Some people beam. Some laugh out loud....
Covey's habit is inspiration (Indiana)
(December 27, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Stephen R. Covey's first book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," was a classic of the personal-improvement genre.
Quilting the fabric of tradition (Idaho)
(February 14, 2005) - Relevance: 2
"My mother used to make them for people that served LDS missions, so it was just a tradition I picked up from her," Melda said of the blankets, which take her about two weeks apiece.
Tiny US town's big Welsh heritage (UK)
(July 21, 2005) - Relevance: 2
It is not surprising that Malad, in the US state of Idaho, lays claim to having more people of Welsh descent per capita that anywhere outside of Wales.
Good deeds, indeed (Sun Herald, Mississippi)
(September 20, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Thank you to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who came to my home with 16 people, chain saws and muscles. In 20 minutes, it was cleared of trees, limbs, lumber and debris. Thank you.
Deadly bombs on paper trail
(October 15, 2005) - Relevance: 2
A bomb, some say, is the weapon of a coward who prefers not to see the victim's agony. That is how Mormon forger Mark Hofmann killed two people - one a friend, one a stranger - 20 autumns ago.
'It's a sad, sad thing' (KnoxNews - Tennessee)
(February 7, 2007) - Relevance: 2
Four pretty regular kids, brothers and sisters with the same dreams, curiosity and imagination as any other people their ages. Today, there's a hole in Blount County's heart where these four children used to be.
Couple's wish: 'Bring people to God' (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 4, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Don and Jerri Harwell could cite their desires to know God, their beliefs in prayer or even the Osmonds as reasons that led them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, eventually, to each other.
Idea Behind New Mormon Ads (Fox 9 - Minnesota)
(July 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2
A lot of people are talking about the commercials about Mormons and asking the same question: what is it all about? They talk about their jobs, their families and different passions, like surfing, skateboarding or motorcycles. But each ad ends the same way, with each person declaring their faith.
Valley sermons spread hope (Arizona)
(December 25, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
'Tis the season when thousands of people deviate from their weekend routines to flock to Valley churches for a Christmas message.
On a mission (The Huntsville Item - Texas)
(May 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
What is it like to pull two years out of your life, to move across the country and away from your family? To do all this to serve others, even while missing out on your own life is something most people wouldn’t, or couldn’t do.
Why Even Have a Mormon Blog? (Religion Dispatches)
(March 12, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
A few people have asked me why, given that Mormons constitute only 2% of US population and .21% of world population, RD has someone who blogs about Mormonism, but not about other equally small churches.
Charities Still Collecting to Send Aid to Asia (Utah)
(January 5, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
A top UN official describes the international response to the tsunami as "phenomenal." But getting help to all the affected areas is a "logistical nightmare”, tens of thousands of people still have received no relief.
Ragsdale: People of faith rush in where government fails
(September 17, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
If President Bush is serious about making the Federal Emergency Management Agency more responsive to national disasters, he need look no further than this nation's religious relief organizations.
Unshaken Faith (Greeley Tribune - Colorado)
(January 21, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
People aren't always polite to missionary Joshua Heidbrink. Some just don't want him to talk about salvation through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So they slam the door in his face.
More than 900 people attend Garrett Reid's funeral (Associated Press)
(August 8, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns President Mike Holmgren and Patriots coach Bill Belichick were among more than 900 people who packed a Mormon church for the funeral service of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid.
Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was assisting the Eagles strength and conditioning coach during training camp. The 29-year-old recovering drug addict had seemingly turned his life around.
Many current and former players, coaches and other league officials traveled from all across the country to pay their respects Tuesday morning at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The list included Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Saints interim coach Joe Vitt and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and Browns general manager Tom Heckert.
LDS artist adapts religious text
(November 11, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
The Book of Mormon is many things to many people, a spiritual guide to the truths of the world to some, a topic of scorn and controversy to others - now it is one more: a comic book.
Is lying ever ethical? (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 31, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
With the Christmas cookies about to be officially put away for another year, people can get busy on a batch of everyone's favorite holiday treat — New Year's fudge.
Oregon Senator speaks on suicide (BYU NewsNet)
(October 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
About 790,000 people attempt suicide annually, and in 2002, 31,655 of them were successful. Statistics like these are what U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., a BYU alumnus, is determined to change.
Civil Society: The Art of Human Connection (LDS Newsroom)
(May 26, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Running a society always seems to be the job of someone else — someone with more influence, more money, more time. Perhaps we expect some program or sponsor to take the lead. But when it comes to taking care of people, there is no someone else; there is only us.
Holy scene evokes people's passions (Ohio)
(December 4, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
Alba Veracierto, who has been collecting holiday items for 25 years, sets up one of her many Nativity scenes at the event sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
People in Need Helping Others in Need (LDS Newsroom)
(November 13, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Luis Camarillo, Mexico Area welfare manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is in awe of the faith and love of thousands of Mexicans who are not only taking care of their own but also reaching out to others in their communities.
Charity toward all people (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 29, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
As I prepared to talk about Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants with our ward's priests quorum, my eye was drawn to a phrase that is often overlooked, since it doesn't come in the most commonly recited list of instructions.
Devotional: 'It's all in the little things'
(June 6, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Small choices in life mold character and determine who people really are, said Dana Griffen, associate dean in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Devotional.
Moose puts on show at church (Standard-Examiner, Utah)
(September 26, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
"I wish I could get as many people to come to my missionary meetings as were out there in the parking lot watching that moose," said Tom Webber, a member of the Burch Creek LDS Third Ward.
Another revolution in genealogy (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 28, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
And finally, Dobson announces, excitedly, "We are about to go through another revolution." Using the Internet, from their homes or laptops, people around the world are about to have access to more documents than they ever dreamed possible.
No need for welfare...if you're Mormon (Wallet Pop)
(March 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
I've heard of food banks and people going to them in hard times, but the Mormons seem to know how to do it best with one of the most sophisticated private welfare systems in the country, according to a San Francisco Chronicle story.
'Pay it forward' (LDS Church News)
(August 19, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Bruce Payne, program administrator for BYU Campus Education Week, hopes the nearly 20,000 people who attend the annual BYU conference will "pay it forward" and share what they learn with others.
Young people evince faith in helping (California)
(December 20, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
Hundreds of teenagers, representing multiple faiths, recently joined forces to assemble hygiene kits for families of refugees and disaster victims throughout the world.
Heat pushes out many who stayed through Rita (Washington Post)
(September 28, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
By Tuesday, more than 1,000 people had been transported to San Antonio, far from familiar surroundings, with little more than a bag of clothes, a personal care kit handed out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a brown bag lunch.
Making people happy is a family business (icLiverpool - UK)
(January 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
...we're talking here of the Osmond Brothers. Once the slightest bending of one of their knees was sufficient to excite screaming along the front rows of any theatre in the country. Now you would be more likely to hear a crack and a creak.
Disagree but don't be unkind (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 23, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Some people have misunderstood the LDS Church's position on Proposition 8 in California, and its opposition to gay marriage. They think that we are "against homosexuals" -- that we think of "them" as our enemies, and that individuals who have entered into "gay marriages" pose a direct personal threat to us.
The Book of Mormon's Warning About the NSA (Huffington Post)
(August 19, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
The revelations about the federal government's attempts to protect citizens from terrorist attacks by engaging in unprecedented levels of surveillance have inspired many people to worry about their freedom and privacy.
Sedereburg: UVSC is misunderstood
(February 2, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Sederburg said a comment he made about how UVSC was not out to become Brigham Young University may have helped in upsetting people.
''To some that means that I was rejecting the values of BYU,'' he said. ''It was not my intent to raise that concern.''
Utah's non-war over evolution
(March 19, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Anxious e-mails have been filling Karlene Bauer's inbox this school year — messages about Cobb County, Ga., and Dover, Pa., and all the other places where people are up in arms over the teaching of evolution.
Newcomer vies for spot (Observer, New Mexico)
(October 18, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
A lot of people have moved to Rio Rancho to get a job; some have come to work here as teachers or at Intel, others to work in the burgeoning housing industry, bringing along their hammers, ladder and level.
Faiths focus on gratitude (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 21, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Gratitude for God's blessings and the need for solidarity with people of other beliefs and ethnic groups was the theme of a multifaith Thanksgiving service Sunday night.
More people catching a bus (Press-Citizen - Iowa)
(September 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Zac Jergensen and Tucker Tayrien's work takes them to all corners of the city each day. When they're not walking, the two Mormon missionaries count on the city bus system to get around town.
More people catching a bus (Press-Citizen - Iowa)
(September 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Zac Jergensen and Tucker Tayrien's work takes them to all corners of the city each day. When they're not walking, the two Mormon missionaries count on the city bus system to get around town.
Pornography: 'a growing scourge' (LDS Church News)
(April 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
More than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the 9th annual Conference on Protecting Children and Families From Pornography and Other Harmful Material.
Nativity across the globe (Sacramento Bee - California)
(December 16, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
About 5,000 people visited the Elk Grove Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Sunday for the final day of the seventh annual Elk Grove Nativity Scene. The three-day event was expected to draw 7,500 people. Visitors were treated to 520 nativity sets from around the world, as well as four Christmas trees decorated by Hmong and Latin American church members and parishioners from the Marshall Islands and Tonga. New this year was a 1/35th scale plywood model of the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City and a cloth creation of the first Mormon temple in Kirtland, Ohio. Church rooms and hallways were transformed into exhibit areas, with the creches displayed on 63 tables. A total of 75 volunteers, including 25 designers, took two days to set up the displays.
On the top of every hour, children from the community and local wards of the Mormon church would perform a live nativity, in which the story of the birth of Jesus Christ was told in rhyme by an announcer. At the bottom of each hour, adults in small choirs would sing Christmas songs.
Plane crash survivor begins tough recovery process
(October 27, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
Bonham said the emotional pain comes when his wife thinks of the other people who died while she survived. Bonham said Wendy is especially sorrowful for the Ator family, whom she knows well.
Threat to human uniqueness (Jerusalem Post)
(January 15, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
We religious people are not adept at taking criticism. Since religion is based on the idea of divinely revealed truth, most religions would rather hide their imperfections, the better to demonstrate that their practitioners are as infallible as their doctrines.
Mormons share their faith (Times News - North Carolina)
(January 22, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Freddie Oakley was asked by his landlord to move out when he joined the Mormon church as a young man.
Now 71, he remembers similar reactions from other people he knew. Some would go out of their way to avoid him if they saw him on the street.
I belong to a cult (Mukilteo Beacon - Washington)
(October 31, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Pastor Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, Oct. 7 before a speech in Iowa. According to Kasie Hunt of the Associated Press, he contrasted Perry's religion with Mit Romney's, and in comments to reporters, called Mormonism "a cult" and said Romney is "not a Christian."
His remarks stung a little. You see, it wasn’t so many generations ago that members of the religious majority at the time called people like me and the other members of the church to which I belong, “heretics” and “blasphemers” because we held convictions and beliefs that differed from the religion of the powerful and wider mainstream.
My kind were consigned to rot in Hell. That was more than 300 years ago but, the smell of that word, “cult” still lingers.
I belong to a “cult.”
I am among those who have attached themselves to a particular tradition and theological language that differs a bit from more popular versions of the Christian religion. We have our own rituals, our own liturgies, our own vocabulary and our own way of speaking of Jesus Christ.
It sounds, to some ears, that people like me and others of my kind are different or “lesser” than the more conventional varieties of “church.” If that makes me a member of a “cult,” I’m happy to wear the label.
I am not a Mormon.
Mormon Congressman Rips NBC Right to Gregory’s Face (Fox Nation)
(April 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Congressman Labrador, let me get you into this. We-- we are on the precipice of-- of an historic moment-- for Mormons in this country. And that is that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. And somebody was-- you know, very significant role in the church looks like he's going to become the republican nominee....
But going back to your question about Mormonism th-- everyone in-- in politics is gonna have some sort of role-- i-- is gonna be influenced by their faith whether it's Emanuel by his faith, whether it's me by my faith. And I think we can't talk about having-- s-- politics void of any religious faith because then what you're saying is you have-- you're asking people to not be who they are.
GREGORY: But I'm asking you about this very specific charge. You have the-- senior Senator from Utah saying that the Mormon Church is gonna be thrown at the republican nominee who is a Mormon. In what way? And you just said you think the media'll do it. I mean, let's talk--
GREGORY: --about what-- what you mean.
LABRADOR: --you-- you look at your own network. MSNBC, you have Lawrence O'Donnell, it's-- just saying some really nasty things about the Mormon religion, about the founding-- of-- of our religion. That it was based on-- on some guy just waking up some morning and deciding that he-- that he wanted-- that he had-- an extramarital affair and that-- that-- that's how the r-- religion was founded.
There-- there's some really nasty things already being said by-- by your own network, by NBC. There's-- there's many other people that are gonna be talking about these things. And tie what we need to realize is that everybody's faith origins are-- are peculiar i-- if you look at any one of-- of-- of us.
Actor has played Smith 4 times
(October 26, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
But Harding, who graduated from Orem High School this year, is in the unique position of being the star of the movie he'll be handing out and watching with people interested in the story of Joseph Smith.
LDS fund transforms lives (Deseret News, Utah)
(September 30, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Initially funded on little more than an explanation and a request, an educational loan program for impoverished young people looks to be transforming the lives of tens of thousands around the globe.
Church hosts preparedness fair (Star Press - Indiana)
(October 24, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
With hurricanes in the south, an ice storm here in Muncie and disasters of every other sort in between, Mother Nature has given people plenty of encouragement to take all the talk of preparedness seriously this year.
People, get ready (Union Leader - New Hampshire)
(November 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
In fact, one church is ahead of the game when it comes to family readiness.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the Mormons — counts emergency preparedness as an obligation of the faithful.
Ageless animation (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 2, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
A stop-motion DVD distributed by the people who created LDS missionary films "God's Army" and "States of Grace" have released a new movie about another missionary — Old Testament prophet Jonah.
LDS missionaries safe after Honduras quake (ABC 4 - Utah)
(May 29, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is waiting to see what aid is needed in Honduras and Belize after a strong earthquake.
Six people, including two children were killed and forty more injured.
Mormons: People don't get own planets in afterlife (AP)
(March 3, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
The Mormon Church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they'll get their own planet, a misconception popularized in pop culture most recently by the Broadway show "The Book of Mormon."
Viewpoint: Get Organized and Delegate (Church News)
(May 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
During a son’s visit with his elderly parents, his mother remarked at how complex the world seemed. “All around us, people are busy. It often appears we have very little time for what’s important because we are too busy trying to do everything.”
Op-ed: Thank You, Mormon Church (Advocate)
(July 15, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
The president of the Utah Pride Center says we should be greeting the Mormon Church's slow embrace of LGBT people with appreciation, not scorn.
Religion walks fine line at work
(September 29, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
Smith, who works for Lockheed Martin, is a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said that while people can be too pushy in their interest in another's beliefs, a person with integrity can present a strong example of the benefits of faith.
Mexico's building boom (Houston Chronicle - Texas)
(April 18, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
"We can see improvement in the economy, with the houses and all, but it's destroying the families," said Justino Sanchez, Martin's 28-year-old brother, a bishop at one of Atexcac's two Mormon temples. "They are disintegrating. People are losing their values."
People Before Prophets (Wall Street Journal)
(November 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
...His name was George Romney. He was Mitt's father. And no one back in those narrow-minded, benighted days seems to have cared that much that he was a Mormon.
Now it's an issue. Now we debate the candidate's faith.
This is change. Is it progress?
It doesn't feel like it.
Lundbergs use skills to spread happiness (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Joy and Gary Lundberg make things better.
By combining their talents — she writes, he counsels — over the past three decades, they've saved marriages, inspired many and improved communication between people and families.
Room for Improvement (Mother Jones)
(February 17, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
It's early December, 10:30 in the morning, and Rene Zepeda is driving a Volunteers of America minivan around Salt Lake City, looking for reclusive homeless people, those camping out next to the railroad tracks or down by the river or up in the foothills.
Mormons will lease out farms (Florida)
(August 5, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Deseret Farms, a vast agricultural operation owned by the Mormon Church, is closing its tomato farms in Ruskin and putting roughly 40 people out of work.
Skeletons Discovered on Coalville School Grounds (Utah)
(December 17, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
A construction crew in Coalville has uncovered the skeletons of four people and they've found evidence of a fifth. Although the identities of the bodies may never be known, experts believe they know why they were there.
Nativity scenes come alive in area (New York)
(December 13, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
They hand out fliers in the neighborhood, invite friends from school and from their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fairport, and some people simply stop by when they pass on the street.
First Presidency Statement on Temples (LDS Newsroom)
(January 3, 2019) - Relevance: 1.9
Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey His word, they have been commanded to build temples. Scriptures document patterns of temple worship from the times of Adam and Eve, Moses, Solomon, Nephi, and others...
No Room at Visitor's Center
(October 27, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
For the past ten years during the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Idaho Falls L.D.S. Temple Visitor's Center lures more than 20-thousand people for its gingerbread display.
Information overload called harmful
(August 18, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Dr. Lynn Scoresby told hundreds of people attending Education Week at Brigham Young University on Wednesday that one manifestation of a righteous life is the desire to create, achieve and build on the successes of the past.
From ordinary to missionary (Herald Journal - Utah)
(June 9, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
If LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley’s call for the greatest generation of missionaries in the church’s history was taken to heart four years ago, then today’s 52,000 young people serving their church are the best and brightest the religion has to offer the world.
Religious bigotry factor in politics (WCF Courier - Iowa)
(February 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
I'm going to advance a hypothesis. I dearly hope that I'm wrong.
If religion was not an issue in this election, the top four candidates at this point would be Obama, Clinton, Romney, and Giuliani. Few people would know who Huckabee is, and McCain would be trailing third among Republicans.
Memorial held for slain teen (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 11, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Katelyn Mikolasy told her mom that when she died, she wanted to be an organ donor.
"Now she's done that," her mother, Patsy Brereton, said quietly. "Every tragedy has to have a silver lining somewhere. She was able to give, literally, of herself to save and help other people."
LDS editorial: A salute to 175 years
(April 6, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
To a casual observer, the gathering at a farmhouse in upstate New York 175 years ago must have seemed not only strange but insignificant.
Fifty-six people gathered at the home of Peter Whitmer Sr. in Fayette for the formal organization of a new Christian church...
Politics puts LDS religion in spotlight (The Coloradoan)
(May 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, many wondered whether a Catholic could be elected president. People worried he'd have to take orders from the Pope. Forty-seven years later, some are wondering whether a Mormon can take the highest office.
Who are you? Mormons have the answer (Inquirer - Philippines)
(January 1, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Who am I? Where did I come from?
People plagued by these questions can find the answers at the Family Search archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, which has copies of all civil registries in the Philippines dating to the 16th century.
The Storm Over the Mormons (Time Magazine)
(June 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Last November, Jay Pimentel began hearing that people in his neighborhood were receiving letters about him. Pimentel lives in Alameda, Calif., a small, liberal-leaning community hanging off Oakland into the San Francisco Bay.
Second Annual Day of Service for Southeast Area (LDS Church News)
(April 28, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
"When the review went back to the Quorum of the Twelve on our Day of Service last year," Elder Burns said, "the feedback we got was that we just need to continue to be Christlike in our behavior and our demeanor and follow the example of the Savior in helping people."
Elder Cook shares thoughts on suffering
(February 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Elder Gene R. Cook encouraged students during the Devotional address Tuesday that the Lord is showing his love for people by allowing them to suffer.
Covey gives 8th habit (Utah)
(June 28, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” discussed “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness,” at the 10th annual BYU Management Conference Friday.
LDS Church celebrates Latino culture
(November 15, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
The presence of about 16,250 people at a Spanish-speaking event at the LDS Conference Center indicates a modern Mormon migration akin to the settlement of 19th century pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, an LDS General Authority said Saturday night.
LDS growth rate is beat by some churches (Arizona)
(July 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
The 12-million member The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints more than doubled the number of people on its membership rolls in the last 25 years and has long been described as the fastest-growing religious faith in the world with its global missionary work.
How healthy lifestyle pays dividends into old age (Vanguard - Nigeria)
(January 17, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
More people are living longer, healthier, happier lives than ever because they are modifying their lifestyles. This is the finding from a brand new study report that appears in the February 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
'Have faith and be brave' — Young adults, teens reach out (LDS Church News)
(March 27, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
" 'Helping hands' is more than a slogan — it's a reality," said Barbara Corro, an elementary school teacher and institute student in Santiago, Chile.
"It was really frustrating to see people in pain, so we put together a service project so we could do something for them."
Technology hastening the Lord's work (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 7, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
We live in a day when the gospel has been restored in its fullness. As Aaronic priesthood bearers it is our responsibility to prepare and spread this message of joy to the people of the earth.
To make that possible God has given us powerful technologies and media, with which youth are well acquainted.
Professor: Adoption blesses families (Utah)
(March 12, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Adoption blesses the lives of people and relates to LDS doctrine because every church member is adopted into Christ’s family, Mark Peterson said at BYU Devotional Tuesday.
Mormons to seek more missionaries (Illinois)
(April 9, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were urged during a recent general conference to increase the number of young people serving as church missionaries.
Mormon movie comes to Shreveport (Louisiana)
(April 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Another religious-themed film has made its way to Shreveport this week after a grass-roots effort to teach people about Mormonism and make a statement to the movie industry.
Huntsman's religious 'hybrid model' (Politico)
(August 25, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Jon Huntsman suggested there's a bawdier side to his lineage than people may believe, stressing the "heterogeneous" aspect of Mormonism in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, according to POLITICO's Dan Hirschhorn...
How to Get Started Writing a Personal History (Church News)
(August 19, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
For many, starting to write a personal history can seem overwhelming. Many people feel they haven’t done anything extraordinary in their life that others would want to hear about, and the thought of piecing everything together can be intimidating.
Teens produce humanitarian goods
(November 20, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
Two hundred teenage members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton counties participated in a humanitarian effort this month, assembling items that will benefit more than 1,900 people worldwide.
The people beneath the steeple (California)
(February 18, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Eastbound on Bonita Canyon Road from MacArthur Boulevard, the landmark is already a sight to behold. A 90-foot-tall, white steeple pointing toward the heavens, capped off by a golden statue of the Angel Moroni.
For Tom Smart, book is testament to family's faith (Utah)
(April 18, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
The Smarts come from privilege, which allowed them access to powerful people: Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited the morning of the kidnapping and blessed the family.
'Elder Buns' is home (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 3, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Most LDS missionaries make it a point to let people know about their farewells. That wasn't the case for the 20-foot-tall inflatable "elder" tethered atop the Missionary Mall store on University Parkway.
Opera commemorates pioneers (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Regardless of one's background, the story of the Willie and Martin handcart companies is as compelling as any of the Mormon pioneer sagas. Between the two companies, more than 200 people died in Wyoming when they were caught in early winter storms.
'Mormons' maker defends film (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Responding to pointed questions about her recent PBS documentary, "The Mormons," filmmaker Helen Whitney said Friday the criticism she gets most is over her insistence not to label the people she interviewed on camera as either Mormon or not.
LDS help sought for victims of polygamy (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 19, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
A former child bride hopes her meeting with LDS Church officials will lead to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doing more to help people leaving abusive situations within closed polygamous societies.
God's Salesmen (Columbus Dispatch - Ohio)
(July 7, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Elders Jonathan Hoy and Taylor Nielsen know a thing or two about rejection. They are Mormon missionaries. Slammed doors and people claiming to worship Satan just to get them off the porch are common -- almost as common as being confused for Jehovah's Witnesses.
Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(August 29, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Tracing their roots (Houma Today - Louisiana)
(April 17, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
People have a better sense of who they are once they know where they came from, Alvin Tillman said.
He and others are looking to connect locals with their personal histories through a partnership between Houma’s Finding Our Roots African-American Museum and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tolerance? We have a ways to go (USA Today)
(November 30, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Americans still have a bias against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a study conducted during last year’s election. Not a political bias, but a religious one. The good news: When people understood his Mormon faith, the bias melted away.
The Mormon Church makes new efforts on race (World Religion News)
(July 29, 2019) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has not always been the
pinnacle of equality as it pertains to racial matters within the church.
However, the leaders are trying to change that to include people from all races.
Mission donates 1,000 food boxes (Missouri)
(December 23, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
The generosity of numerous donors and the work of many volunteers made it possible for the United Gospel Rescue Mission to distribute 1,000 Christmas boxes to needy people this year.
Passing The People's Religious Test (CBS News Opinion)
(January 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
The U.S. Constitution says that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." It also says that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
Mormon trail use to be examined
(December 9, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
The popularity of the historic Oregon/Mormon Pioneer Trail is increasing, prompting the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to re-examine how many people it allows on the trail.
Battle over gay marriage heats up in Massachusetts (Reuters)
(November 10, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
"My options are limited but we will explore any alternatives that may exist to protect the constitutional rights of the people," said Romney, a Mormon millionaire who has staked out conservative positions on a number of sensitive social issues ahead of a likely 2008 presidential bid.
Does it matter that he's Mormon? (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(May 31, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
If elected, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be the first member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve in the Oval Office. But he has refused to go into detail about his beliefs and insists the American people will not reject him because of his faith.
BYU posts 115 LDS missionary journals online (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
When Hyrum Smith scribbled down his feelings about proselyting for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 175 years ago, the Web was something a spider spun, not somewhere millions of people looked for information. He certainly never dreamed anyone would use such an invention to search for his diary.
LDS offers parenting seminar (Spokesman Review - Idaho)
(April 14, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
In many professions, people often must obtain a license, take tests and attend classes in order to continue working in their field.
These same prerequisites, however, aren't required for one of the most common "jobs" with the highest degree of responsibility: Raising kids.
Family of 5 weathers economy with 7 housemates (CNN)
(February 20, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Chris and Georgia Frankel have no idea what it must be like to live alone as a married couple. They started out their life together staying with relatives and later friends.
Those early years proved to be good training because their house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, now has 12 people calling it home.
Groundbreaking draws thousands to Rexburg (Idaho)
(August 4, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 8,000 people poured onto the site of the Rexburg LDS Temple Saturday morning in Rexburg, some arriving more than an hour before the groundbreaking ceremony began.
Mormons assist with anti-bias bill
(April 26, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
When local gay rights activists decided they needed to put through a law this year protecting the housing rights of gay and transsexual people, they looked for help from an unexpected source - the Mormon Church's Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
Celebrating Freedom Around the World (LDS Newsroom)
(July 3, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
People from all over the world mark a special day during the year wherein they celebrate a national day of commemoration. They honor the establishment of rights, privileges and protection afforded citizens of every belief that safeguard the opportunity to live according to the dictates of their faith.
What I wish I knew when I opened the mission call (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
If you think it seems more people are leaving on missions than usual, you would be right. Yet, we have yet to see the true tidal wave. Many are waiting for the end of school before they prepare to leave on a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
THE MAKING OF A NATION #88 - James Buchanan, Part 4
(November 12, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
In the eighteen-twenties, a man named Joseph Smith started the Mormon religion in New York state. Smith based the religion on what he said were God's words to the ancient people of America.
Locals gear up relief effort (California)
(December 31, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
Dozens of Southern California relief workers and charity organizations ramped up efforts Thursday to help millions of people left devastated by the tsunami in South Asia.
Protecting and serving, with badge or without (California)
(May 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
"That is where my life-long involvement with my church takes over," said Medlar. "It helps me balance out things. My church helps me to remember that there are a lot of great people out there. They are glad to see a police officer show up and appreciate what we do.
New Oxford event teaches emergency (Pennsylvania)
(August 13, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Most people don't realize that somewhere before all the phone numbers, yellow pages and advertisements, there's a step-by-step checklist on how to handle an emergency - even instructions on what to do in the case of a Three Mile Island disaster.
Church donates wheelchairs (Pacific Daily News - Guam)
(September 29, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
People in Chuuk state and the Republic of Palau who are unable to walk will have more mobility thanks to the donation of 250 wheelchairs to each location by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Theology Divides Mormons, Evangelicals (New York Newsday - New York)
(December 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Polygamy, missionaries on bicycles and the Osmonds. What most people know or think they know about Mormons might be summed up in those few words. The renowned Tabernacle Choir and, perhaps, quarterback Steve Young could also fit on that list.
A president among his people (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Last Sunday, the Mexico City LDS Temple was rededicated. Last Saturday, the Saints threw a big "fiesta." If you missed the broadcast of the celebration -- featuring President Thomas S. Monson -- you really missed something.
Two new Doctrine and Covenants study aids (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Lilburn W. Boggs is arguably one of the most notorious figures in early Mormon history. As such, the likes of the Missouri governor might not be one of the first people the curious would look for in a "Who's Who" of the Doctrine and Covenants.
The Utah Compact (New York Times)
(December 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Not all the political news this year involves the rise of partisan extremism and government by rage. There has been lots of that. But maybe there is a limit, a point when people of good sense and good will band together to say no. As they have just done in Utah.
Identity crisis: Mormons as Minority
(July 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Utah and Mormons are synonymous. So it may be a little difficult for people to get their heads around the idea that in the near future, Mormons will be a minority population in this state, and that active, church-going Latter-day Saints already are.
Rexburg Temple Open House Almost Over (KPVI - Idaho)
(January 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
The Rexburg Temple is three days away from closing its doors and cleaning up for the dedication February 3rd. More than 150,000 people have already gone through the temple, and 50 more tickets have been added to every hour.
Speakers stress spiritual preparation (Deseret News, Utah)
(October 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
As more than 21,000 people packed the Conference Center and thousands more listened on Temple Square Saturday morning, President Gordon B. Hinckley announced that two new temples are to be built in the Salt Lake Valley — one in the west and the other in the southwest.
Minico senior dies in accident (Weekly News Journal - Idaho)
(May 22, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
It’s hard to understand why some accomplished, ambitious young people are taken from this life, but having a strong belief system in a loving Heavenly Father helps loved ones get through it, says the family of the late 18-year-old Dakota Twiss.
Faith, hope and politics (The New York Post)
(August 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
The first Mormon to run for president was the first Mormon. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, formally announced his candidacy on Jan. 19, 1844, urging his supporters to "tell the people we have had Whig and Democrats Presidents long enough.
For Mormons in Missouri, a time of healing (Washington Post)
(April 24, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
It was just a small group - perhaps a dozen and a half people - who assembled in one of the most sacred rooms of the new Mormon temple in Kansas City, Missouri, a couple of weeks ago, but what happened there was deeply significant and will be long remembered.
The Mormon Ethic of Community (LDS Newsroom)
(October 17, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
A characteristic commonly attributed to Latter-day Saints is that they take care of their own. Though generally accepted as a compliment, this tells only half the story. Mormons look outward as well. The practice of cooperation among the Mormon people is being extended to larger communities and faith groups.
Volunteers flood to ranch
(March 4, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
BYU’s Lytle Nature Preserve hosted its largest group of volunteers last weekend, as about 135 people from the Henderson Nevada Anthem Stake cleaned up and repaired damages from the southern Utah flood.
Will Mormon faith hurt bid for White House? (USA Today)
(February 13, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
It's easy to find Mormons who have run into misconceptions about their faith. Take Jeff Hartley, executive director of the Republican Party in Utah, a state that's 70% Mormon. "I only have one mom. I only have one wife," he says. "That's not the understanding that a lot of people have."
2,000 remember mission president (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 21, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
About 2,000 people Saturday paid their respects to a Heber businessman and religious leader who was killed in a traffic accident May 10 while serving as president of the LDS Church's Uganda Kampala Mission.
Typhoon, flooding impact thousands (LDS Church News)
(October 23, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
There are no reports of injury to Latter-day Saints after Typhoon Megi, the strongest storm in years to crash into the Philippines, killed at least 10 people, injured others and sent thousands scampering to safety in near-zero visibility on Oct. 18.
Missionary learned to live with adversity (Mormon Times - Utah)
(May 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Jordan Colton opened his final church talk before leaving on his two-year Latter-day Saint mission with a lie. "Those of you who know me know how little experience I have had with adversity," he said. "OK, that's a lie."
Some people have even told him that he has dealt with more adversity than most in his 21 years of life.
Individuals With Addictions Find Hope and Help (LDS Church news release)
(August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
When Jeff (not his real name), an addiction recovery facilitator, sits down with people struggling with addictions, he doesn’t tell them what to do. Instead, he shares what has helped him to recover from his own debilitating addictions and to stay sober one day at a time.
Eagle eye: Moral crusader Ruzicka wields 'phone tree'
(November 8, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
There must be some mistake. The woman who answers the door says she's Gayle Ruzicka, but this can't be her. Ruzicka has been ranked among the 20 most powerful people in Utah and one of the two most powerful women in the state ...
Fund created to aid family in wake of fire (Oregon)
(April 14, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Many people have already donated clothes, and the Red Cross has provided store vouchers for the family, said Jennifer Schuyler. Schuyler and Colin Frias are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Oceanside family mourned, remembered (California)
(April 20, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
The mother of 31-year-old Richard Patrick McDonough, a Camp Pendleton Marine who was killed Sunday along with his wife and 7-year-old son in a traffic collision in Valencia, said she has been amazed by all the people who have offered to help her family.
Locals to appear in Joseph Smith movie (Wisconsin)
(May 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Knapmiller, the bishop of the La Crosse Ward's First Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will join nearly 150 other people as an extra in a section of the movie to be filmed May 23 and 24 on the Julia Belle Swain in La Crosse.
Missionary back from Brazil (The Republican - Massachusetts)
(October 4, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
While the idea of a young unmarried man helping a couple resolve marital problems may seem odd, 21-year-old Nathan J. Demary said he just taught the gospel to people he converted while working as a missionary for two years in Brazil.
Churcn News: Hope for recovery (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 1, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Nearly 800 people from across the United States attended the LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program Conference Aug. 24-25, part of a small army the Church has marshaled in its war against addictions of all kinds.
Those in need get holiday meal (Florida Today)
(November 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
The Salvation Army in Melbourne served about 300 people, and the Titusville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also provided a Thanksgiving meal to Crosswinds Youth Services, which provides shelter and services to troubled children.
Men on a mission (Savannah Morning News - Georgia)
(July 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
About one in every 50 people will invite these two young men into their home.
Those are the odds Elder Matthew Wilson and Elder Tysen Johnson have come to expect as they knock on doors of Savannah homes, introducing themselves as "ambassadors of Christ."
52 fun MMP facts (Daily Herald - Utah)
(June 12, 2019) - Relevance: 1.8
For over 50 years the Mormon Miracle Pageant has been performed. In that span, millions of people have witnessed the pageant’s story unfold on the hill beneath the Manti Temple. A list of 52 fun pageant facts has been compiled:
1,000 wheelchairs donated to poor (Jakarta)
(December 21, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
The Wheelchair Foundation and Latter-day Saints Charity (LDSC) donated on Monday 1,000 wheelchairs for poor people with disabilities in the country.
BYU Students Experience Tension of the Middle East (BYU NewsNet)
(April 9, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
She said it was cold, even under the hot desert sun. All 436 feet of it - like a cold scar on the landscape.
"There was this ancient world and then a new wall, with hate and malice splashed across it," said Kira Dockum, a junior from Kennewick, Wash. "It looks so abrasive, so big and imposing. The people on either side are exactly the same."
Dying cemeteries (Altoona Mirror - Pennsylvania)
(August 18, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
The sound of traffic is forgotten several hundred yards away from Route 45 in Harris Town-ship.
A bouncy trip through a farm field takes a carload of people to an isolated but prominent location on a Centre County farm.
Mormonism in Pictures: What Do Mormon Teens Do? (LDS Newsroom)
(August 18, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are like many other young people around the world. They go to movies, participate in sports, watch videos, text their friends, study for school, attend church and play musical instruments.
LDS missionaries boost humanitarian efforts (Daily Gate City - Iowa)
(March 12, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
A group of seven people manned the Family Living Center Feb. 27 in Historic Nauvoo, Ill.
The building, a location to show what life was like in the mid 1800s, is operated by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.
Viewpoint: Walk the Covenant Path (Church News)
(June 30, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
During a 2010 trip to New Delhi, India, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, walked a long path leading through Munirka, a three-block area that is a maze of dwellings inhabited by 400,000 to 500,000 people.
Final farewell to an Idaho soldier (Fox 12 - Idaho)
(May 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Funeral services were held Friday for PFC Jacob Hamilton Allcott.
900 people from across Idaho spent the afternoon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center in Caldwell to remember a 21-year-old hero.
United Way donates $5,200 to the Neighborhood Supper
(November 26, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
United Way of North Central Massachusetts has donated $5,200 to the Neighborhood Supper, which provides weekly free meals to people from Littleton and surrounding communities.
The Mormon Question (Yahoo! News)
(January 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
In public polls, as many as 37 percent of all voters have said they don't think they could vote for a Mormon for president -- a higher number than you get when you ask the same question about whether people could vote for a woman or a black.
Cove Helps Mormons Understand Their History
(June 17, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Martin's Cove, Wyoming Most people who visit Martin’s Cove in southwestern Natrona County are interested in learning the Mormon history surrounding the tragic winter of 1856.
Huntsman charms Chinese (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 18, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
After shaking the hands of two dozen Utah business men and women, National People's Congress Chairman Cheng Si-wei turned to Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and asked a question...
Speaker Offers New Insight On Massacre (BYU NewsNet)
(February 14, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Certain events in history such as the Mountain Meadows Massacre are often considered to be a blot on the history of the LDS people, said Thomas Alexander, BYU professor emeritus of western history Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at UVSC.
From the almanac: Temples on the horizon (LDS Church News)
(May 31, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
During the October general conference in 1902, Church President Joseph F. Smith said he hoped that one day the Church would “have temples built in the various parts of the [world] where they are needed for the convenience of the people.”
Locals lend talents to New Salem film
(October 6, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site was bustling Monday morning as hundreds of people reported to work as extras for a historical film being produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Olson leaning this way (California)
(December 20, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
For the past week, people close to Ben Olson said they believed the former Thousand Oaks High quarterback was leaning heavily toward UCLA, and Saturday the 6-foot-5 left-hander gave his strongest indication the Bruins would be his choice.
Pianist has worldwide fan base (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 11, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
New-age pianist Paul Cardall has found that some of his most popular recordings have been arrangements of LDS Church hymns. But the funny thing is, many of the people buying the albums have never even heard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Skybridge support high (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Salt Lake City residents like the idea of a skybridge spanning Main Street as part of a major downtown renovation project, even if their support isn't as overwhelming as that of people who live elsewhere in the state.
The things people believe (Ottowa Citizen - Canada)
(December 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, yet non-Mormons know little about it. We've all had encounters with young Mormon missionaries who fan out by the thousands across the world, but in my experience these missionaries, at least when you first meet them, aren't always keen to delineate the specifics of their faith.
Mongolia's fight for religious rights (LDS Church News)
(October 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Illustrating the importance of basic human rights in other countries, Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke of struggles the people of Mongolia went through in order to enjoy freedoms of speech, press and religion.
Destructive Cyclone Hits Fiji (LDS Newsroom)
(February 22, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Cyclone Winston, a category 5 storm, left a trail of destruction in Fiji Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Up to 10 people are believed dead and many families have lost homes, according to latest reports.
Y. raising funds for Hinckley Center (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Feel bad you didn't send a present to LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley for his 95th birthday in June?
Left him off your Christmas shopping list because you just don't know what to get a man considered a prophet, seer and revelator by more than 12 million people?
Lou Dobbs Tonight transcript (CNN)
(May 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Utah's dominant religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, teaches that a lost tribe of Israelites are the ancestors of indigenous people in Latin America. Mormons have converted a million Mexicans to their faith, and many welcome them to Utah with no regard for legal status.
Wilberg's Requiem adds to his growing reputation (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Utahns tend to think of Mack Wilberg - if they think of him at all - as an arranger of LDS hymns and associate conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Most know little of his international success as a composer of religious music that appeals to people of many faiths.
LDS youths get set for 'Brand New Year' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 6, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Commuters going north on I-15 Wednesday night during rush hour in Salt Lake County found themselves crawling toward downtown, as some 21,000 young people made their way toward the LDS Conference Center amid traffic for the Utah Jazz game.
Gay marriage supporters rally at Mormon church (Gazette - Maryland)
(November 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
About 25 people gathered outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple Visitor's Center in Kensington Saturday to take part in a national protest of a California constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying in the state.
Defending the Faith: Were Smiths workers or slackers? (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 27, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
The character and claims of Joseph Smith are fundamental to the claims of the church he founded. Knowing this, critics of the Prophet have contended for more than a century and a half that he and his family were the kind of people from whom nobody would want to buy a used car, much less receive a plan of salvation.
"We are trying to help people who are suffering" (LDS Church News)
(November 12, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
As tens of thousands of Syrian refugees flee their war-torn country and seek refuge in Jordan, the Church has answered a Jordanian charity's call for additional assistance — providing more than $1 million in humanitarian aid and supplies with more en route or planned for the near future.
Why Religion Matters: The Salt of Society (LDS Newsroom)
(April 28, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
In cultures throughout the ancient world, salt was a symbol of friendship, compassion and generosity. The people of Israel revered it as a sign of a covenant. Persians honored it as an emblem of virtue and grace. Arab culture cherished it is a gesture of goodwill.
'Lord, help me to endure this' (Dayton Daily News - Ohio)
(October 24, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
First person account of plane crash one year ago that took the lives of 11 people, including LDS bishop, Clark Ator:
John Krogh hits the ground with the force of a diver smacking the side of a swimming pool. He feels disoriented, groggy.
BYU's got the best student
(June 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Melissa Winder, a senior in the college of nursing at BYU, has been awarded as the best college/university student in Utah by Best of State, a Utah-based company that awards people or companies each year for outstanding performances.
Physically disabled say they need help (Ghana News)
(December 28, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
The Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled has appealed to government to come out with comprehensive modules under the National Youth Employment Programme so that people with physical disabilities could benefit from the scheme.
Searchers learn of Wilberger's fate (Oregon)
(August 4, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
People who took part in the search last year for missing 19-year-old Brooke Wilberger said Wednesday morning they were glad someone has been charged in the case, but they were sad and disappointed the arrest probably means the Brigham Young University student is dead.
Beck, Palin Rally the Faithful as Other Rallies Focus on MLK Jr. Legacy (PBS Newshour)
(August 30, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
They came looking for hope, for change, for like-minded people. They came because they didn't want to be alone. They came because of a belief that "they" (the government, politicians, someone) is taking away their freedoms.
"Glenn Beck said this is about God, and not about politics," said Jolynne Manon, of Hollidaysburg, Pa. "It's mostly about not losing any more of our freedoms."
Why Kufuor is Dangerous For Ghana
(December 6, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
In Salt Lake City (Utah) Kufuor was given $40,000 which he failed to account to the people of Ghana? Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey was also there and was wheeled around by the Latter Day Saints Church protocol in appreciation for his fronting for the church.
Picking grapes, blessing lives (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 15, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
An estimated 10,000 Church members converged on the Church's Fresno Vineyard this August to do more than just pick grapes. They came together in a common purpose to bless the lives of other people.
BYU grads' award-nominated film 'River of Victory' features family's triumph over living conditions (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 18, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Through filming "River of Victory" about a family who lives near a garbage dump in Cambodia, two returned Mormon missionaries found that happiness isn't limited to a location.
“You can find happiness wherever you are,” noted Trevor Wright, director and producer of “River of Victory,” an International Documentary Association award-nominated documentary. “There are people everywhere and they are not defined by their circumstances.”
When serving as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cambodia, Wright and A. Todd Smith thought they had seen the worst of living conditions. As Brigham Young Univeristy students, they returned to the country as humanitarian workers for Cambodian Children’s Fund. They worked for several months teaching English and conducting surveys and assessing needs. After seeing the living conditions, Wright, Smith and other BYU film students decided to document the people by telling their story. The original goal was to film Scott Neeson, executive director of CCF, but things fell through and within a couple of days the premise of their film changed.
Research links some scriptures to hostile acts (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 27, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Chances are, not many people in Utah would like to think of scripture as a violent medium that promotes hostility.
But a study of 490 students — 248 of them at Brigham Young University — suggests a correlation between exposure to scriptural violence that is condoned by God and increased aggression.
Good People, Bizarre Beliefs (Washington Post - On Faith)
(May 3, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comprises approximately two percent of the U.S. population, according to the Pew Research Council. This is substantially behind the number of Protestants and Catholics, so by numbers alone it is difficult to say that the faith has entered the "mainstream of American religious life."
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom)
(May 5, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Residents of Valparaiso, a western coastal city near Santiago, Chile, suffered what many are calling the largest fire in its history on 15 April. Close to 500 acres (1,200 hectares) were burned, severely impacting the people who lived there, including some Latter-day Saints.
Hard work pays for villager (Fiji Times - Fiji)
(June 22, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
"After we got married, I joined the Church of Latter Day Saints and then I decided to start a business and teach other people the things I leant in Japan. "I recruited some men and started a painting business. "Although business is not that good, it is better than doing nothing at all."
What does it mean to be a Mormon? (6 ABC - Pennsylvania)
(November 7, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
When most people hear the mere mention of the word Mormon, it conjures images of Salt Lake City; temples and shrines of a faith far away. But Philadelphia has played a critical role in the foundation of the Mormon faith, and its growing fast.
Local religions answer the question: Who is God? (Spectrum - Utah)
(February 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
It's a word uttered by many - religious and non. At times it is shouted in anger and other times whispered in prayer. It represents a person to some and an idea to others so the answer to the question: "Who is God?" is as varied as the people who respond.
Divine Revelation in Modern Times (LDS Newsroom)
(December 13, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
The idea that God communicates with mankind challenges some modern sensibilities. A distant God, the thinking goes, is a safe God. And though many religious people believe God spoke to prophets in antiquity, they often limit divine revelation to the past.
An Introduction to Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom)
(January 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
For many people in the world, there are few things more precious than freedom. Freedom — the power to live as one would choose — is one of the great sources of human dignity. Exercising freedom correctly is also one of the great responsibilities that humans hold.
College to study LDS Church
(November 6, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become the subject of intensive scholarly study at one Southern California university, where officials hope to create a chair of religious studies as the focal point for examining the faith's history, people and traditions.
Nephi Handcart Pageant begins
(July 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Many people have heard stories of the Martin-Willie handcart company -- the near starvation and bitter cold the members of the company struggled through, the men, women and children who died and the rescue that got the half-dead survivors to Salt Lake City.
Four Translations of the Scriptures Completed (News from the Church)
(August 10, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
The people of four nations have received another portion of the printed word of God in their own language. In letters to area Church leaders July 28, 2006, the First Presidency announced the completion of the triple combination of the scriptures in Armenian, Latvian, and Lithuanian.
McCain, 1,200 others attend Groscost funeral (Arizona Republic)
(November 10, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
An estimated 1,200 people, including U.S. Sen. John McCain and Gov. Janet Napolitano, packed a Mormon stake center Thursday where former state House Speaker Jeff Groscost was eulogized as a visionary leader and "the consummate dad."
8 people arrested in copper wire theft (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 6, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
While that case was being wrapped up, KSL-TV reported that thieves were interrupted as they attempted to steal several thousand dollars worth of copper from the construction site of the new LDS temple in South Jordan. Workers say it's at least the third time the site has been hit.
Calling all BYU alumni (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 9, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
In the summer of 1965, between my sophomore and junior years at Northwestern University, I took a telemarketing job selling magazine subscriptions in downtown Chicago. The job was simple enough. Pick a page in the Chicago phone book and start calling people.
After the storm recover efforts under way (LDS Church News)
(November 12, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
The storm that affected more than 60 million people, killing more than 110 in the United States, 11 in Cuba and 65 in the Caribbean, has caused millions of dollars in damage and brought countless acts of charitable service. Latter-day Saints have been on the giving and receiving end of such service.
Mormon Temple Tours Drawing Big Crowds (WFYI - Indiana)
(July 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
The clock is ticking for the public to see the inside of the world's newest Mormon temple, in Carmel. Over 30,000 people have already made their way through the ornate limestone building, and church officials are expecting more than twice that many before it closes its doors to outsiders on Aug. 8.
7 Ways You Can Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief (Church News)
(September 1, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
Hurricane Harvey has ravaged the greater Houston, Texas, area of the United States, affecting thousands of people. Many organizations and individuals have provided rescue efforts and continue to help those with the greatest needs. (See related story.)
Church Aid in Eastern African Famine (LDS Church News & Events)
(August 15, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
With more than 11.5 million people in Eastern Africa in urgent need of assistance, and conditions being the driest recorded in the past 50 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is working with various other organizations to offer relief.
Church man in saviour role (Waikato Times - New Zealand)
(September 25, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Robert Cammock, himself a Mormon, has distributed a leaflet around Temple View asking for people to support his proposal. The idea would be to use the library and auditorium, which the church wants to bulldoze when Church College closes at the end of next year, for "future educational use" associated with Koromatua School.
Living their faith (Louisiana)
(February 1, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
"It works out well for the farmers," said Scott Conlin, president of the New Orleans Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "They're able to not have to pay for people to tear the fruit off, and it works out great for the church because it goes to our central tenet of: You've got to be engaged in your faith.
Protesters gather at Mormon pageant (Finger Lakes Times - New York)
(July 24, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Pageant spokesperson Kevin Clawson said the protests are nothing new to LDS events and that they don't bother him.
"People come to pageant to see the pageant," Clawson said. "Just because someone is shouting that we are going to hell doesn't change our point of view."
Overcoming Pornography (KNDO/KNDU - Washington)
(November 23, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Local leaders at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said one third of all the people they counsel suffer from pornography addiction. The LDS church teaches God will give you strength when you begin to follow Christ's teachings.
Mormons: We're misunderstood (Press & Argus - Michigan)
(April 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Ask Mark Briscoe, leader of the Howell ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the greatest misconception about the church, and he doesn't have to think very long or hard. "Sometimes people would say that we're not Christians," he said. "We definitely are. We believe in Jesus Christ."
Questions About the Mormon Faith (WSYR - New York)
(November 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
A presidential candidate, a hit HBO show and the conviction of a polygamous leader have all put some extra attention on the Mormon faith. In Central New York, the number of people joining the Church has increased in the past year.
LDS Church celebrates 50 years in Bolivia (LDS Church News)
(January 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church recently celebrated its golden anniversary in Bolivia.
On Nov. 22, 1964, 19 people gathered in the interior city of Cochabamba for the nation’s first official Church meeting. Missionaries arrived two days later.
Unity in Diversity (LDS Newsroom)
(March 26, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
Can a church be unified and diverse at the same time? In a global world like ours, where people exchange ideas and culture easier than ever, the better question may be “How can a church survive without unity and diversity?” Far from a contradiction, the two complement each other, like sides of a coin.
Open doors, see all the people (Ohio)
(January 17, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
And to accommodate growing interest in the Mormon faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built a new structure in Hebron, expanded a branch meeting house in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and split two Greater Cincinnati "stakes," organizations similar to dioceses, into three to accommodate growth....
Genealogist’s tragedy saddens columnist (Lebanon Daily News - Pennsylvania)
(June 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
One of the smartest and most pleasant people I’ve met in these years is Emily Wilbur Alley.
I first met in 2003 Emily at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Orlando, Fla., when she represented the family history department of her college, Brigham Young University.
Inside the Mormons’ elite Missionary Training Center (Religion News Service)
(July 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
The 35-acre campus is an island of young people, where teens and 20-somethings outnumber grown-ups by 10-to-1.
The place is awash in fresh-faced students, and even the workers — from the cafeteria to the copy center, the mailroom to the bookstore — and most of the teachers are under 30.
'America's Choir' celebrates in Arizona (LDS Church News)
(February 20, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
In two stellar performances in front of nearly 20,000 people, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — often referred to as "America's Choir" — became part of Arizona's centennial celebration Feb. 10-11.
Mormons in Romney spotlight (The Enquirer - Ohio)
(June 30, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
With scriptures in hand and pamphlets in their pockets, two young, clean-cut men in white shirts, dark pants and ties walk briskly toward a Covington housing project.
Most of the people they'll meet this day - or any day - give them the brushoff. But a middle-aged woman outside an apartment, Beverly Simpson, is more receptive.
Book Review: People of Paradox by Terryl Givens (Salon.com)
(September 21, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Almost a hundred years before Mitt Romney, Harry Reid and "Big Love," Mormonism had its first big pop-culture moment. It was not a happy one. In the early days of cinema, more than 30 films were made featuring villains drawn from a new and controversial sect, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Orson Scott Card: Heroes and victims in Prop. 8 struggle (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 13, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Many people worked to pass Proposition 8 in California. Those who wish to be our enemies are working hard to blame it all on the Mormons, but our votes alone could never have done the job of protecting marriage from a fatal redefinition.
If anyone doubts that, they should read the letter from Kevin Hamilton that has been circulating on the Internet.
Commandant Recognizes Top Marines Through Awards (Quantico Sentry - Virginia)
(January 31, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
“When I first came on to recruiting, I said I wanted to be recruiter of the year,” Butters said. “I worked hard for it. I was meritoriously promoted to corporal and sergeant and I recruited 100 people this year – more than any other prior service recruiter – so I was pretty sure of myself, but I also didn’t want to jinx it.”
LDS Yuma Stake celebrates milestone (Yuma Sun - Arizona)
(April 26, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
There is curiosity, questions and misunderstandings when it comes to the Mormon church, said Colleen Whitmer, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
"There has been a lot in the press with Mitt Romney running for president and this mess in Texas, and sometimes people's opinions can get colored," she said.
Michael McLean celebrates 25 years of songwriting (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 6, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
A songwriter writes a song, and people like it. So, he writes another and another, and pretty soon, he has enough for an album. So he keeps writing.
There is another album and another. Somewhere along the line, the musician realizes that music is paying his bills and may send his kids to college, but still it is an uncertain world.
Mormons Make Their Voices Heard — Digitally (LDS Church news release)
(June 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
In an age when the Internet has become a primary way that people communicate, three young Latter-day Saint women endeavor to discuss their faith. They don’t do it in their Sunday best sitting in a church house; they do it sitting in front of a Web cam with a high-speed connection.
New Mormon.org Brings Mormons to the Forefront (LDS Church news release)
(July 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are known the world over for knocking on people’s doors to share the gospel. Now people interested in the faith can figuratively knock on Mormons’ doors on the Internet to better understand their beliefs.
Can Dale Murphy save baseball? (Yahoo Sports)
(May 1, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
The name didn't sound familiar. And Dale Murphy is the type who remembers acquaintances, first names and last, so he was fairly certain he never met Kirk Radomski. He wishes he had.
Murphy would like to talk with the people at the center of the performance-enhancing-drug world and ask them: Is this necessary?
Funeral held for couple killed in fiery crash (KSL - Utah)
(November 24, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
A car accident which killed a Murray, Utah couple last week is still under investigation....Over and over, people said Kim Novas and her husband Doug Stoddard were happy; the kind of folks who make others feel good about themselves.
Woman's mission: Aiding Guatemala's poor (Inside Bay Area - California)
(December 24, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Evelyn Candland has helped many people, but it still doesn't feel to her as if it's enough.
As founder of the nonprofit organization Pan En La Boca, Candland has made numerous trips to Guatemala to help those who are less fortunate. But she can't help but feel there is more to be done.
Remembering President Hinckley (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 27, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
President Gordon B. Hinckley died quietly in his home one year ago today. Texting fingers flew to send the news to friends. People grabbed their cellphones to call loved ones.
Many LDS faithful becoming ‘digital missionaries' (KSL - Utah)
(February 9, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been sharing stories of faith and lifestyle on the blogosphere for awhile, now some are taking it one step further. They call themselves "digital missionaries" and hope to reach out to people who have questions about their church.
Y. trio turns scriptures into games (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Brigham Young University student Charan Prabhakar doesn't just read the Book of Mormon — he plays it. Prabhakar, 24, is the creative mind behind BoMToons, a Web site designed to help people see the scripture stories of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a new and different way.
Sense of loss drives Ngata (Baltimore Sun - Maryland)
(September 11, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
In Polynesian culture, a celebration, by definition, is not a private affair. Word of good news spreads as if it were carried by the wind, touching uncles, cousins, brothers, friends, sisters, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends and strangers, and without hesitation, people simply show up.
Ship lists online for ancestry searches (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 9, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Between 1820 and 1960, more than 41 million people boarded ships to start new lives as American immigrants.
Now, information about those new Americans and millions of other travelers to the United States during that time is being made available in a searchable index by Provo-based Ancestry.com.
Moving Moroni (Times-News - Idaho)
(June 1, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Officials in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they wanted to keep it quiet....Hundreds of people watched and some trained cameras on the golden statue of the angel Moroni as it was lowered onto the steeple of the LDS temple being built about a block away in northeast Twin Falls off of Eastland Drive.
A Debut and Protest at the Los Angeles Mormon Temple (LA Weekly - California)
(November 12, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
As Michael Sanchez marched through the streets of Westwood last Thursday night, he kept meeting people--many of them young, a mix of gay and straight--who wanted to do more. The chanting was good, even somehow uplifting, but they wanted to reverse Proposition 8, the ballot measure that took away the right of gays and lesbians to legally marry.
Deported family is trying to re-establish its life in Argentina (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 11, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
The morning of Nov. 5 was hot and humid, although it was only spring.
At the Ezeiza Airport, the largest international airport in Buenos Aires, we were welcomed with a airline pilot strike, so there were many people walking around, sleeping on the seats or simply protesting because their flight had been canceled and they did not know when it would be rescheduled.
Mormon Mama Dragons make life easier for young LGBT people (Al Jazeera America)
(July 1, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
When Alyson Paul Deussen, a devout Mormon, learned three years ago that her son Stockton was gay, she thought he might be going through just a phase.
“So I probably, in hindsight, didn’t do the right thing,” she said. “I kind of just tried to let it play out. And ultimately it led to him trying to overdose on pills and ended up in the hospital.”
Church stops flat-tax proposal (SL Tribune, Utah)
(September 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
When the LDS Church talks, people on Utah's Capitol Hill listen.
And Thursday, when an attorney representing the faith urged state lawmakers debating tax reform to keep a tax deduction for charitable giving in place, the message had the desired effect.
Youth Take On an “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover” (News from the Church)
(June 17, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Getting up before 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning to shingle roofs, paint houses, and mow lawns after being soaked in a mountain downpour the day before might deter some people, but not Andy Pearce and Ryan Wheeler, youth from the Alpine Fourth Ward, Alpine Utah Stake.
Controversy? Not for HBO (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
If you were inside the state of Utah, you might have thought that there was a big controversy over the HBO series "Big Love." Not only was the local media coverage heavy — some might say excessive — but lots of people, up to and including Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., weighed in on the show about a family of polygamists living in suburban Salt lake City.
Media Focuses Attention on Mormonism (LDS Newsroom)
(June 19, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
News media interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has hit new highs in the past 10 days as major television networks, news agencies, newspapers and even a radio program run by bloggers have tried to answer questions about a religion many people still do not understand.
Days of 47 Parade (LDS Church News)
(July 25, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
It's been 167 years since the first of the Latter-day Saints entered the Salt Lake valley behind the leadership of President Brigham Young. Every year, in commemoration of that event, people from all over the valley participate in a parade — and many more line the streets — to honor and recognize the efforts of the early Mormon pioneers.
RootsTech vignettes (LDS Church News)
(February 12, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
In only a few years, RootsTech has grown to be one of the biggest family history conferences around the world and brings thousands of people together — in the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City and visitors who watch online — to learn about the latest improvements and tools in the industry.
It’s not easy being black at BYU, film shows (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 18, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Johnisha Demease-Williams had a serious case of culture shock when she arrived at Brigham Young University last fall. Despite being loaded with thousands of young people who shared the black student’s LDS faith, the Provo campus was nothing like the...
Elder Quentin L. Cook: "The Restoration of Morality and Religious Freedom" (LDS Newsroom)
(December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Graduates, Families and Friends,
It is a great pleasure, President Clark, to join with you, your wife, Sue and the faculty to rejoice with you wonderful graduates on this special day. I congratulate you and your parents for attaining this singular honor. To attain a cherished goal in the presence of family and friends is a memorable experience.
One of the most significant benefits you have received in your education is the knowledge that will prepare you for the eternities - “…things which have been, things which are, things which must…come to pass…” (D&C 88:78-79).
My purpose today is to challenge you to work with people of other faiths to improve the moral fabric of this nation and the world and to protect religious freedom. In order to do this, you need to understand and comprehend “things which have been” with particular emphasis on certain knowledge and events which were precursors to the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and still need to be protected. These are the underpinnings of our Judeo-Christian heritage and bless people worldwide. If you understand these events, then as graduates of this great university, you can help protect, defend, and with your unique abilities, enhance those elements of knowledge that will bless mankind, prepare for the Kingdom of God, and bring you happiness and joy. Much of what you will do to improve the moral fabric and protect religious freedom will be accomplished in your families and the communities in which you live.
Hooked on family history (Oregon)
(December 17, 2004) - Relevance: 1.7
"I believe that the Internet is just really making the world smaller in a way because it's easy to contact people ... all over the world," said Patricia Gausnell, a volunteer at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center in Roseburg, which also offers genealogy resources.
Sacred Ground (Star Bulletin - Hawaii)
(October 21, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Clergy from three faiths gathered at this former leprosy colony Saturday to honor more than 8,000 people buried here -- more than 6,000 in unmarked graves.
The unprecedented "service of rededication and remembrance" was held in Kalawao, the original site of the Hansen's disease settlement.
About 80 descendants of former patients and current Kalaupapa residents attended.
LDS Film Festival plays to its largest audience (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
LDS Film Festival founder Christian Vuissa said it several times during the 2008 event.
"There are more people in this room than attended the festival combined our first year," he said as he surveyed a packed house on Jan. 16 at the SCERA Center for the Arts.
Singing elders took Korea by storm (LDS Church News)
(December 5, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
One of the first concerns of new Korea Seoul Mission President Eugene P. Till when he began service in 1974 was raising awareness of the Church among the people. A survey he conducted after arriving showed that only 7 percent of Koreans knew anything about the Church.
LDS observe Jewish Passover (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 13, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
It looked like a traditional celebration of the Jewish Passover on Friday evening at the Scenic View Academy, complete with men wearing yamalkas. But most of the 200 people at this Passover dinner April 10 were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Why We Need to Talk About Faith, Reasonably (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(May 3, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
One writer has said that “over the long haul, religious faith has proven itself the most powerful and enduring force in human history.” If this is true — and we believe it is — recent findings from the Pew Research Center about how rarely people today talk about faith are puzzling if not troubling.
Fulton building his legacy (Arizona)
(January 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Establishing a home-building empire, giving millions to charity and wielding political influence have made Ira Fulton, founder of Fulton Homes, one of the most influential people shaping Arizona's future.
LDS Church Settles Series of Sex Abuse Lawsuits (Yahoo!)
(September 27, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled a series oof lawsuits filed by a group of people alleging they were sexually abused within a church-run program for Native American children.
FamilySearch.org Reaches Seven-Year Mark (News from the Church)
(May 27, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
FamilySearch.org, the largest provider of free family history resources and genealogy records in the world, has helped millions of people find ancestors and preserve their family history since it first launched seven years ago on May 24, 1999.
8 LDS Church members among those killed by tsunami (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 1, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Eight LDS Church members are among the more than 100 people who have been confirmed dead during second-day recovery and relief efforts in the Samoan islands after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake Tuesday morning in the south Pacific Ocean spawned a deadly tsunami.
Volunteers spruce up school grounds (Florida Today)
(April 26, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Leola Dawkins let out a big sigh of relief when she thought about all of the people weeding and pruning the landscaping at Cambridge Elementary.
"Oh, it's a great help," the school's master head custodian said. "It makes me feel really good that you have (the volunteers). It makes you want to come out and do more."
Gilbert temple open for tours (East Valley Tribune - Arizona)
(January 24, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
More than five years after announcing its intent to build another temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened the doors to its newest house of worship in Gilbert, and people from across the Valley can tour it until mid-February.
Major Earthquake Strikes Nepal (LDS Newsroom)
(April 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Nepal impacted by Saturday’s earthquake and particularly those who have lost loved ones," Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said today. Initial reports indicate that over 1,400 people lost their lives in the magnitude-7.8 quake and thousands more are homeless.
MormonSpeak: Notoriously rebellious (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 27, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
I have a confession to make: I Google “Mormon.”
I Google it a lot.
It’s sort of an occupational hazard, I guess. When you do what I do for a living, and you’re constantly on the lookout for stories for and about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you do a lot of things normal people with real, actual lives wouldn’t do.
Kentucky Saints had to help each other (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
When ice storms caused power outages and temperatures went below what household thermometers would register, members of the Louisville Kentucky Stake had to rely on each other and the Lord.
Thousands of people went as long as 10 days without electricity. Trees littered streets, and ice coated roofs, cars and walkways. The challenges were many.
Pres. Uchtdorf visits Provo MTC, delivers an Easter message (LDS Church News)
(April 23, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the most remarkable event in the history of the world — created a way for all people to receive eternal life. Also, it transformed a band of frightened, worried disciples into a dynamic group of fearless missionaries who changed the world.
Letter from France: The mission moves forward (Lowell Sun - Massachusetts)
(December 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
As rampaging crowds, mostly comprised of young people, set vehicles and churches or mosques on fire in France at the end of October, a Lowell missionary working in the Paris suburbs sent home reassurances to family and church members concerned about his safety.
Mormon church provides good sources for genealogists (Signal Item - Pennsylvania)
(March 29, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Heckla has visited both the church's history library in Green Tree as well as its main branch in Salt Lake City, a place where it is estimated that nearly 3,000 people a day use the archives -- and close to 80 percent of them are not church records, according to Dan Rascon, a spokesman for the church.
Mesa advocate for homeless eulogized (Arizona Republic)
(April 17, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
From dignitaries to unskilled laborers, more than 500 people packed a Mesa church Saturday to celebrate the memory of Margie Frost, a community activist who blended a drill-sergeant toughness with a mother's love to restore dignity to the lives homeless men.
Is DUP museum a thieves' paradise? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 22, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Earlier this year, the museum again fell prey to similar thefts, and some of the same rare volumes of LDS scripture that Smith had nabbed were stolen in an after-hours burglary. The recurring thefts at the state-owned building have some people questioning the security.
Mormon mission calls CEO, family from Delaware (Delaware Online)
(June 5, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Give up your job as a CEO responsible for $500 million in revenues and 1,110 employees. Move across the country with your wife for three years and therefore limit contact with your nine grandchildren.
Supervise 175 young people, 19 to 25, who become leaders in mission work across territory that takes in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming.
Why Mormons are still thriving (Malvern Gazette - UK)
(September 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
THE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - the Mormons - is often thought of as a religion of exclusively American origin.
But how many people know that the world's oldest surviving Mormon chapel nestles in green countryside just south of the Malvern Hills, in the hamlet of Gadfield Elm, between Staunton and Pendock?
Elder Oaks Defends Religious Freedom (Church News and Events)
(February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a landmark address on Friday, February 4, 2011, affirming the importance of the free exercise of religion and calling for people to work together to protect this First Amendment right.
1,000 white shirts for Haitian missionaries (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 7, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
A simple e-mail triggered a response from members of the Vista California Stake to reach out to people thousands of miles away in Haiti, a country still recovering from the massive Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
The e-mail was sent to Garth Smith of the Vista 8th Ward.
Rubio And Cruz Need The Mormon Vote In Nevada (FiveThirtyEight)
(February 24, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
The people lined up on stage waiting for Marco Rubio to arrive at the Texas Station casino in North Las Vegas on Sunday night looked like a phalanx of soldiers dressed by Men’s Wearhouse, and the Florida senator liked the way they looked up there, I guarantee it.
Eastern Kentucky lawsuit accuses Mormon missionary (AP Article)
(January 30, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary who was accused of sexually abusing three people during a 2005 missionary trip to Kentucky and Indiana has been sued along with the church by the mother of one of the accusers.
Charity gives wheelchairs to disabled children (New Vision - Uganda)
(October 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
OVER 700 children with disabilities are to get wheelchairs worth sh500m donated by the Church of the Latter-Day Saints in Kololo.
Edward Christensen, the president of the Church’s Kampala mission, said the wheelchairs would improve the well being of people with disabilities.
American is ancestry for many (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 23, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
If you ask most people living in America to name their ancestors' country of origin, they might select England or Norway or Mexico or maybe even a continent. Or they might list a combination of foreign places.
Unless you're an American Indian, your ancestors are likely from overseas.
Yet, for an estimated 183,522 Utahns, the reply is simply "American."
Family home evening turns 40 (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 20, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Home can be a sanctuary from the world. Good people strive to make their homes havens of peace and places of love and learning. After all, as Thomas Jefferson said, "The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family."
Women and the priesthood in Mormon theology (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 27, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
But there is one problem that pervades the feminism culture and that is actually working against the ultimate and worthy goal of total equality. It is the notion that equality means sameness. In actuality, striving for sameness will never produce equality, because there will always be small variants and no two people will ever be the same.
Mormon Trail Maybe Not as Deadly as Once Believed (KSL - Utah)
(July 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
For 159 years we've been celebrating the bravery and sacrifice of those who hit the trail to Utah, but it turns out that many people have had a false impression of how dangerous and deadly the Mormon migration really was.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (PBS Video)
(December 11, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Boe’s moving signature performance of “Bring Him Home” is a highlight.
Women of Faith Come Together to Help Those Less Fortunate
(April 14, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
A group of local church congregations has an ambitious goal - to put together 2,000 disaster relief kits to help needy people throughout the world.
Congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want to assemble 1,000 newborn kits and 1,000 hygiene kits by June.
LDS Church finds way to help cyclone victims in Myanmar (ABC 4 - Utah)
(May 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Humanitarian aid has had a difficult time reaching more than a million homeless people Myanmar after the devastating cyclone that ripped through the small country. Some Utah organizations have figured out a way to get emergency relief supplies to Myanmar.
Mafi's new mission all but accomplished (Australia)
(March 26, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
After emerging as a potential star in Sydney club rugby in 2001 and 2002, Mafi, a Mormon, made a tough decision in 2003 to abandon his burgeoning rugby career and commit to a two-year mission to spread the word of God and help as many as people as he could.
NJC to host LDS Youth Conference (Journal Advocate - Colorado)
(June 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Northeastern Junior College is once again playing host. Approximately 200 people ages 14 to 18 from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Loveland and Fort Collins area will be on the college’s campus for a Youth Conference this Thursday through Saturday.
American Idol: Salt Lake City (TV Grapevine.com)
(January 29, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
This episode starts off with a really dramatic montage of the empty audition room and people waiting over night in Salt Lake City – then the sun rises to show the happiest auditioners ever!!! Apparently, Utah is the “Friendliest place on earth”.
LDS gender survey leaves some questions (Daily Herald - Utah)
(November 18, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
A survey on Mormon gender issues is working its way through Facebook at a rapid pace.
What people should understand before taking the survey is that it is not sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and while a legitimate survey, it feels a bit misleading to some who have completed it.
Service Emphasized in 2018 ‘Light the World’ Initiative (LDS Newsroom)
(November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
A global Christmas initiative launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages people around the world to serve others during the holiday season. The “Light the World” campaign, now in its third year, runs through the end of December 2018.
New research centre for historians (UK)
(July 6, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
People in the Dereham area now have a new research area to find out about their NorfolkRoots and beyond.
The Dereham Family History Centre opened to the public on 25 June.
LDS Church to hold 175th annual conference
(April 1, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its 175th annual General Conference Saturday and Sunday, and expects more than 100,000 people to converge on downtown Salt Lake City.
A lot doing a little (LDS Church News)
(May 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
With dramatic changes in recent years in family history work, the challenge in the Church today is to have more people helping to do the work, said Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy in an evening fireside for family history consultants.
Finding faith behind bars (Herald Journal - Utah)
(November 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Branch President Glade Rawlings presides over the Sunday services and is ready to help any inmate learn more about the church.
“That’s kind of what we like to do here: Help the inmates so they can step out of jail right into church activity,” Rawlings said. “This whole facility was dedicated as a place to help people overcome.”
Giving Sight to the Less Privileged (This Day - Africa)
(May 12, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
At a recent visit to the hospital and coincidentally during the official visit of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fogg from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, California, United States, hundreds of patients both aged men and women, couple with handful of young people, converged at the hospital waiting to be screened.
Idaho Physicians Leave to Help in Haiti (KPVI - Idaho)
(February 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
A group of 30 people, including seven Idahoans will be leaving Thursday. Each of them is paying their own way, and hospitals are donating the supplies.
Brad Hobbs from Ammon has a piece of his heart in Haiti. After serving an LDS mission there, last year, after years of working with an orphanage, he and his wife adopted a little girl.
New Conference Encourages Innovation in Genealogy Technology (LDS Newsroom)
(February 11, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
FamilySearch has been helping people find their ancestors for over 100 years, but the nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never participated in anything quite like this before. FamilySearch is hosting a new annual conference called RootsTech that begins in Salt Lake City today.
'The Church is reaching out and helping' (LDS Church News)
(March 12, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
One year after a horrific earthquake and tsunami, prominent signs standing amid the miles and miles of devastation and destruction in Japan's Miyagi prefecture send a one-word message of the resiliency of the people: Ganbaru, which means "hold out, stand firm and hang in there."
Seminar for mission presidents: Book of Mormon promises (LDS Church News)
(June 30, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Holding up a copy of the Book of Mormon, Elder Russell M. Nelson declared it "is the keystone of our religion" and that it testifies of Christ, that it and the Bible support each other, that it answers questions of the soul and that it draws people nearer to God (see "Preach My Gospel," chapter 5).
East Coast Mormon Helping Hands Work to Stop Hunger (LDS Newsroom)
(October 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Some people made homemade apple butter or casseroles, others cleared public trails and parks, but the majority of the effort was focused on the battle against hunger in the states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and in the District of Columbia.
Doug Robinson: The carpenter from West Valley (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 7, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
It’s been more than two decades since Norm Bangerter was Utah’s two-term governor, but everywhere he goes people still recognize him, or think they do. He was stopped three times at a Fillmore Maverik the other day. “Wish you were back in politics,” one man told him. He was in a crowded elevator once when a woman asked him, “Anybody ever tell you you look like Norm Bangerter?”
Mexico's first temple prepares for rededication (LDS Church News)
(October 27, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
President Spencer W. Kimball once spoke of his temple-centered vision for Mexico at a 1977 area conference in that nation's massive capital city: "When I was in Mexico in 1946, I had great expectations for the Mexican people, and I had a dream about your progress and growth....
Journals prove to have value and worth in family history (BYU Universe)
(December 1, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Some people feel writing in a journal seems selfish, but it is actually a service to a person’s descendants.
Learning about a person, growing closer to a person and applying experiences in one’s own life are just some of the benefits of reading a relative’s journal and are reasons to start and keep a journal right now.
The LDS Church in Mongolia (LDS Living)
(January 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Mongolian Mormons are no strangers to extremes. From extreme temperatures (traveling to church in 50-below weather) to extreme firesides (with a typical attendance of more than 300 people) to extreme missionary work (with every member a missionary—truly), the most sparsely populated country in the world (Antarctica excepted) is multiplying in faith.
LDS marking 30-year milestone (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 7, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Since 1978, when 19 Africans were baptized members of the LDS Church, more than 270,000 people on that continent have become Latter-day Saints, and the estimate of black membership worldwide is pegged at about 1 million.
Currently, Africa has 46 LDS stakes, 19 missions, 41 districts, 336 wards, 466 branches, three temples and two missionary training centers (in Ghana and South Africa.)
Missionary man (The Economist)
(August 28, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
When David Neeleman returned to Brazil as a 19-year old Mormon missionary, he spent two years among shoeless children and their toothless parents in the country’s poor north-east. The experience turned him into “kind of an anarchist”, he says. His band of missionaries rented a house in Recife that was next to a slum and started trying to convert the people who lived there.
Orson Scott Card: The right way to run a meeting (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 28, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Every Latter-day Saint knows how to conduct a meeting.
Not that we ever get lessons in doing it. We merely watch other church members lead meetings, knowing that anybody might have such a calling someday, and it seeps into our bones.
That's one of the reasons Mormons tend to do well in management positions in our worldly employment. Most of us know how to take charge of a group of people, without being bossy, and get things done.
Apostle Emphasizes the Importance of Religious Freedom to Society (LDS Newsroom)
(February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
In a landmark address today to the Chapman University School of Law, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirmed the importance of the free exercise of religion and called for people to work together to protect this First Amendment right.
LDS Church growth helping make Africa a 'bright land full of hope' (KSL - Utah)
(February 21, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Early in life, Dominic Tshabalala was surrounded by hostility, fear and violence — the result of growing up under the South African Apartheid. Boys and men were often rounded up by police and never seen again, he said, and people of his race were often attacked by police dogs trained to single them out.
Missionaries serve those in need with 350K meals (KSL.com - Utah)
(December 2, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Elder Austin Evans used to work at a pizza place, checking the clock constantly to see how much time had passed.
On Thanksgiving Day, thousands of miles away from his family amid people he's just barely getting to know, Evans said he had no idea how long he'd spent packing lentils into a bag to turn into a stranger's lunch or dinner.
Viewpoint: Church’s Humanitarian Work Continues to Lift Burdens (Church News)
(May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 1.7
The horrors of World War II began for Holland in late 1940 when Nazi troops overran the country in five days, leaving 40,000 civilians dead and destroying 400,000 homes. For five years the German military occupied Holland. More than 200,000 Dutch people died because of the war.
Prophet Inspires Latter-day Saints in Hong Kong (LDS Newsroom)
(April 23, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all people “to come unto their Savior, to be blessed by the ordinances of the temple and have enduring joy and qualify for that greatest of all blessings — that of eternal life,” said President Russell M. Nelson. These comments were made as he concluded his visit to Asia Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Progress seen on new Provo LDS temple (KSL - Utah)
(August 9, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
People in Provo are starting to notice some significant changes to a historic building.
It has been three months since the groundbreaking for the Provo City Center Temple. During that time, plans have been finalized, but now visible progress on the new temple can be seen.
BYU symposium to focus on restoration of LDS Church
(October 29, 2004) - Relevance: 1.7
For 33 years, the Brigham Young University Sydney B. Sperry Symposium has offered academic insight on a book of LDS scripture, but this year's symposium...[focuses]on the people and events that led up to the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- known as the Restoration.
Home builder Fulton shapes legacy (Arizona)
(February 9, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Establishing a home-building empire, giving millions in charitable donations and wielding political influence have made Ira Fulton, founder of Fulton Homes, one of the most influential people shaping Arizona's future.
Renovated Laie Hawaii Temple reopens (Star Advertiser - Hawaii)
(October 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
In the first public viewing in 32 years, more than 17,000 people from around the world will get to walk on "holy ground" inside the Laie Hawaii Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following a major renovation project.
LDS missionary from Utah embraces unique culture of Rio (KSL - Utah)
(August 15, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Meeting people on the street is nothing new for Elder Muir.
On this day, he and his companion, Elder Coca, are spending time with Amarildo, a homeless man.
“He was very receptive to the message and told us one day maybe he'll show up at the church,” Elder Muir said. “One day, he'd pass by there but we'll see."
“Helping Hands” Inspire Hope, Gratitude in Storm Victims (Church News and Events)
(November 19, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Volunteers in yellow shirts and vests scurried around Rockaway, New York, toting shovels and hammers. Neighborhood residents lined up at the local school-turned-emergency-relief-center to get clothing, blankets, and food. A despondent elderly couple looked on. They had been staying in Brooklyn, and when they returned, their home had been destroyed.
“Thank goodness we were there to help them,” said President David L. Duffy of the Queens New York Stake.
More than 120 people died as a result of the storm, which caused $50 billion in property damage and economic loss and has been classified as one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the northeastern United States, according to Reuters news outlet. Power has been restored to much of the affected area, with 6,000 homes and businesses without power as of Wednesday, November 14, according to the Wall Street Journal, down from 166,499 reported Sunday by the Department of Energy. This does not include the 90,000 customers in the New York region with homes or buildings too damaged to receive power, the Wall Street Journal reported, because the department of energy counts power meters, not the number of people without power. Gas rationing in New Jersey ended, with five gas terminals remaining closed and 52 open as of November 14; rationing remained in place in New York.
Multi-faith effort to preserve city heritage (OC Register - California)
(August 18, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormons, Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, history buffs.
Nearly 400 people from different faiths recently gathered in Mile Square Park for a luau – complete with Polynesian dinner and dance group – to plan out how they together will finish the interior of the new museum for the Fountain Valley Historical Society.
Peterson has mission in life (Canada)
(June 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Being on a mission to a foreign land is nothing new for Renegades quarterback Paul Peterson.
He's left the U.S. to give it a shot north of the border in the CFL.
But six years ago, he went a mission of a different sort.
As a devout Mormon, he followed in the footsteps of his father and some of his older brothers on a mission to Nicaragua to teach people his faith.
Granny’s Attic huge success (Texas)
(August 4, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
The crowd was waiting in the hot Texas sun for the doors of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Bonham Ward building to open last Saturday. The church’s annual service project to help people with free clothing and household goods was going to again be a huge success.
Mormons Knit to Save Endangered Penguins
(April 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — an organization that undertakes hundreds of life-saving humanitarian service projects across the world every year — are collaborating with community members on a project to save the lives, not of people, but of an endangered species.
Mormons give interfaith award to Cardinal Cassidy (Catholic News)
(September 28, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
The Mormon Church in Australia has presented Sydney's Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, with an award for heroic efforts to bring better understanding to the people of the world.
Baby blessings -- bright, sweet as birthday cake (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 13, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
People who study The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- either as a way to live or simply as an item on the menu of American religion -- are often struck by the sweet sincerity of the blessings that church members give to their children.
RootsTech 2019 Concludes (LDS Newsroom)
(March 4, 2019) - Relevance: 1.7
The Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City attracted thousands of people to RootsTech 2019, the world’s largest family history conference, which was held February 27 through March 2. Attendees strived to “connect” and “belong” to their ancestors.
Celtics GM Ainge putting life, basketball in perspective (USA Today)
(October 7, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Five months after a heart attack, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge looks tan and fit behind his desk at Sports Authority Training Center. Through one window he can watch the Celtics practicing and through another, everyday people lifting weights and running on treadmills.
Mingling Singles (Herald Journal - Utah)
(October 15, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
The band is playing, the lights are dim and Dottie Classick is looking for a dance partner. She’s driven to Logan from Roy for a singles dance and as she scans the LDS church cultural hall, she says these types of activities put on by Cache Valley Singles 31 and Over provide great ways to meet people.
Church redesigns LDS.org (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(December 4, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
A major redesign of the official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has drawn more people to the site who are reporting that it's easier and more efficient to use.
On the first day of its launch Tuesday, the redesigned lds.org drew 223,000 visitors, according to information from Joel Dehin, chief information officer for the church.
Church Aids in Eastern African Famine (Church News and Events)
(October 27, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
With an estimated 13 million people in Eastern Africa in need of assistance, the conditions there being the driest recorded in the past 50 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is working with various other organizations to coordinate the distribution of aid in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.
Love Frames Elder Bednar’s Teachings to Emerging Church in Asia (Church News)
(June 11, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
Church history was happening in real time in Rajahmundry, India—and the people collecting inside the stake center on May 26 likely sensed it.
For the first time, a latter-day Apostle was in their city. What would he say, they surely wondered. What counsel would he share? What would we learn?
Utah churches are going extra mile in relief efforts (Deseret News)
(September 1, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Utah's faith communities are working with national religious and secular organizations to ship relief supplies, collect funding, organize feeding and cleanup teams and to pray for the tens of thousands of people devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
LDS Employment Resource Services keeps people on the job (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 23, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that one of the keys to a person's self-respect is having meaningful employment, receiving fair compensation for hours worked, having insurance to protect against the unexpected, and receiving time for vacation and sick leave to rejuvenate and to heal.
LDS members expect conference speakers to discuss economy (ABC 4 - Utah)
(October 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
It has been an unnerving few weeks: Collapsing credit, troubled banks, a bailout and a wild ride on Wall Street. In troubled times, people of faith turn to their spiritual leaders for comfort and guidance. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are no different.
The Prop 8 Campaign Money (The New York Times)
(November 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
California’s fair-elections commission is investigating a complaint against the Mormon Church’s role in campaigning for Proposition 8, which made marriage illegal between people of the same sex. Based on the facts that have come out so far, the state is right to look into whether the church broke state laws by failing to report campaign-related expenditures.
Pioneer Day: Mormons celebrate Utah settlement (Jackson Sun - Wyoming)
(July 24, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
163 years ago today, a group of people settled in modern-day Utah, claiming the area home after being driven from the United States. In 1846, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was banished from Illinois and all members of the church were ordered to leave the country.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | October 5 (LDS Newsroom)
(October 6, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
In a report about a personal email urging Mormons to fast and pray for a political candidate, writer Jessica Ravitz does a commendable job of putting the situation in proper context. Ravitz notes that one woman sent the email to her children and a few friends, and the message “was intended for a group of about 10 people.”
Church Provides Furniture to Utah Ronald McDonald House (LDS Newsroom)
(April 17, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Humanitarian outreach by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is benefitting many people throughout the country through dozens of non-profit organizations in Utah and surrounding states. Donations range from assistance for the homeless to those in drug treatment programs to families in need of temporary shelter.
Church Thanks Members and Friends for Disaster Donations (LDS Newsroom)
(November 6, 2017) - Relevance: 1.7
In response to the generous help given following a series of recent unprecedented catastrophes, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed his gratitude. “In the midst of this suffering, people throughout the world have rallied to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters,” he said in representing the First Presidency.
Vale: The Mother of Television (gizmag.com)
(May 2, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
As extraordinary as it may seem, one of the people who created the first television died last week when Elma G. "Pem" Farnsworth, author of the Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on the Invisible Frontier and wife of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, died in Bountiful, Utah at the age of 98.
LDS church sponsors Community Service Day (Your Hub - Colorado)
(September 1, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Volunteers came with bags of nonperishable food, school supplies and personal care items. The Columbine Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a community service day, and more than 200 people participated in projects at the church on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Church volunteers respond to assist in tornado cleanup (LDS Church News)
(May 9, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
On May 7, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a massive volunteer project to help the people of Birmingham and Tennessee who were hit by many tornadoes. More than1,500 volunteers came from the greater Atlanta, Birmingham and other surrounding areas.
Mocking Mormons (Washington Post - Washington, D.C.)
(June 15, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormons in American society are in pretty much the same position as women in the workplace. They’re a minority, but they’re gaining in visibility and power. They are now the object of humor because they’re moving from margin to center and that makes some people uncomfortable. Hence, the ridicule.
How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive (Bloomberg)
(March 31, 2017) - Relevance: 1.7
I went to Utah precisely because it’s weird. More specifically, because economic data suggest that modest Salt Lake City, population 192,672, does something that the rest of us seem to be struggling with: It helps people move upward from poverty. I went to Utah in search of the American Dream.
On assignment to teach (Lodi News-Sentinel - California)
(July 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
It's a frequent sight in Lodi and other cities and towns across the nation: A team of two young Mormons, dressed in sharp, black slacks; white shirts; ties and bike helmets.
They peddle across town looking to talk to people about their faith and about joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Serving up comfort (The Spectrum - Utah)
(December 18, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Amid the economic downturn, many people are facing more concerns than usual this holiday season. For some, it has been difficult just to find a hot meal.
That's where Ralph Cortez steps in.
Cortez, director of the twice-weekly soup kitchen hosted at the Saint George Catholic Church, has been helping some of the area's most in-need community members for more than four years.
Did dispatch delay contribute to death of BYU student? (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 28, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
BYU student Ashleigh
Cox had just finished a day of snowshoeing with five
friends on Feb. 8 near Tibble Fork Reservoir when a
slab of snow broke free while they were walking past a
steep part of the mountain.
Four people, including Cox, were caught in the
avalanche. Three freed themselves, but it took time to
locate Cox. She died at a hospital the
Church attempts religious balance at Martin's Cove (Wyoming)
(May 31, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Clouds are reflected in the windows of the newly rebuilt fort near Martin's Cove.
Most people who visit Martin's Cove in southwestern Natrona County are interested in learning the Mormon history surrounding the tragic winter of 1856....
Millions hail the prophet (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 24, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
The modern successor of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith joined millions of people Friday in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Smith's birth on Dec. 23, 1805. Satellite technology brought the commemoration to church members and others in 61 countries around the globe.
Mormons welcome Romney run (Courier-Journal - Kentucky)
(February 5, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
In 1844, the Mormon church sought refuge in Kentucky shortly after the murder of Joseph Smith, its founder and first Mormon presidential candidate.
The church's new leader, Brigham Young, wrote the governor asking for asylum for his "disfranchised and long afflicted people."
Genesis group seeks to nurture black LDS church members (Daily Herald - Utah)
(February 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Like many converts to the LDS faith, Don Harwell's first experience at a Mormon church was one he'll never forget.
"After the first hour I thought, 'This is nice. Chintzy snacks, but the people are nice.' " he joked, referring to his experience with the sacrament. "This is a lot better than the bars where I've been hanging out."
First Presidency Sends Christmas Message (LDS Newsroom)
(December 4, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the Church’s highest governing body — delivered its traditional Christmas message last night to over 21,000 people at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and to millions across the globe watching via satellite or on BYU Television.
Elder Falabella Teaches the Principles of Becoming a Zion People (Church News and Events)
(September 26, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Our Heavenly Father, as a perfect being, has the power to act upon things and not allow things to act upon Him. If we want to be like Him, we have to follow His example, Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the First Quorum of the Seventy said at an LDS Business College devotional held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on September 17.
Descendants of Scots form global clans on the Internet (Vancouver Sun - Canada)
(May 31, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
When the ancient system of Scottish tribes risked fading away two decades ago, the 30th chief of the Carmichael clan turned to the Mormon Church.
That's where Richard Carmichael of Carmichael found thousands of genealogical records and the addresses for people around the world who shared his surname.
Tyler Glenn Is Tired Of Being Told He Can’t Be Gay And Mormon (BuzzFeed)
(May 16, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn isn’t quite sure how to describe his brand of Mormonism. Unlike, say, Catholicism or Judaism, where people sometimes identify as a member of the faith without actively participating, Mormonism tends to be more in-or-out. But Glenn doesn’t want to have to pick.
Finding A Christian Date (Daily News - Virginia)
(February 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Some congregations see the joining of singles as not only desirable, but invaluable. Newell Wright, bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward in Harrisonburg, insists that his church needs couples because the Mormon faith is family centered.
“Young people are the future of our church,” said Wright.
Missionaries Help Protect Flooded Communities (LDS Church news release)
(March 26, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
The people of Fenton and Valley Park, Missouri, saw a different side of their local Mormon missionaries over the weekend. As floodwaters rose and homes and businesses were threatened, 50 young Latter-day Saints serving as missionaries for their church loosened their ties, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Temple Open House Guests See Beauty, Feel Hope (LDS Church news release)
(August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
One of the more than 32,000 people who have visited the new Mormon temple in Panama City over the last three weeks, Luis Farias, says that his experience has allowed him “to renew hope.”
“I see that the world is losing its values,” he said, “and after entering the temple my hopes increase that not all is lost.”
Flood prepared Ricks President Eyring (Standard Journal - Idaho)
(June 8, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
The Teton Dam burst midday on June 5, 1976. This is a fact that most people in southeast Idaho are aware of -- the event, its predictors and its consequences have been heavily publicized over the last 33 years. So this article is not about the event. It's a story about personal growth and leadership through dealing with the event.
BYU Education Week celebrates Joseph Smith (Utah)
(August 17, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this is the year of Joseph Smith.
The church founder, born 200 years ago this December, has been the theme, topic and reason for many gatherings of LDS members, scholars and young people.
Mormon.org Redesigned (News from the Church)
(October 19, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
People interested in learning more about the Church can now access both basic and deep doctrine from the recently redesigned Web site, Mormon.org. The site is now easier to navigate and more closely aligned with the material found in the missionary lessons from Preach My Gospel.
LDS missionary dies in England (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 15, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
A Farmington woman collapsed while jogging and died Saturday near Birmingham, England, where she was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Lindsey Spjute, 23, "loved life as she loved people and had a work ethic that didn't quit," said Richard McKenna...
Gathering Israel Focus of Lecture (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(September 9, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
The gathering of Israel is one of the most important doctrines taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, and implies more than simply finding a group of people "beneath the polar ice caps," according to Joseph F. McConkie, professor emeritus of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.
When the saints offer helping hands (Daily Sun - Nigeria)
(September 27, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
The song, “when the saints go marching on,” could have re-echoed across the country recently. That day, as if to emphasise the chorus of the song, “I will be among the number,” the people involved came out in hundreds. They were dressed in yellow short aprons. They came out with working implements. And they worked for three hours, in a special “All Africa Service project.”
Mormon chalk art draws people in again (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 15, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
After seeing the positive reactions their first chalk art event at Union Square received last month, missionaries in the Southern Manhattan Zone took on another chalking project in New York City. This time, they drew the scene depicted in 1 Nephi 8 in the Book of Mormon, which is referred to as Lehi’s Dream.
Living the gospel makes you a better person (LDS Church News)
(May 20, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Under the direction of Frank Rodarte Jr, President of the Maple Valley Washington Stake in Washington state, stake and ward leaders put together a youth missionary devotional on April 27 featuring Mallory Everton, one of the stars of the hit television show Studio C on BYUtv. More than 700 people attended.
Seminary Blesses the Lives of Thousands of Mormon Youth (Houston Chronicle - Texas)
(September 1, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
When most people hear the word “Seminary,” they think of college-level training for those who are preparing for full-time work in the ministry. In our Church, where there is no professional clergy and everyone participates in the ministry, Seminary relates to religious education for high school students.
Ira Fulton still building solid legacy in Arizona (Arizona)
(January 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Establishing a home-building empire, giving millions in charitable donations and possessing political influence have made Ira Fulton, founder of Fulton Homes, one of the most influential people shaping Arizona's future.
Young Mormons help local seniors (Pahrump Valley Times - Nevada)
(August 25, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
When Maxine Moffett-Taylor, an elderly disabled citizen, told her neighbors she needed help around the house because it's hard for her to stand with her back problems, she didn't expect to receive so much, and from young people at that.
She was even more surprised to learn she was being helped by elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon church growing through youth movement (Dexter Leader - Michigan)
(August 6, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Young people speak the sermons regularly at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Chelsea. They are involved in seminary classes at 6 a.m. every school day morning. Boys, at nineteen, and girls at 21, serve as missionaries to wherever the Prophet and his 12 apostles, located in Salt Lake City, send them.
Finding family at national site (LDS Church News)
(September 28, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
The large city skylines and Statue of Liberty is more than just a far-off view for sisters serving in the New Jersey Morristown Mission. As part of their proselyting responsibilities, some companionships spend a few hours a week with people from around the world in the American Family Immigration History Center located on Ellis Island, New York.
Utah's population jumps (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Utah's population has topped 2.5 million for the first time, and the state's growth is being driven largely by a record number of people moving into the state, according to the Utah Population Estimates Committee.
Bus carrying children crashes in Dunedin (New Zealand)
(May 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
"At least we didn't die," said seven-year-old Phaedra Ngahooro, of Invercargill with tears in her eyes, still in shock after being pulled from the bus by rescuers who feared the bus would catch fire....The bus was carrying 22 people, half of them children, from the Invercargill branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back home after a conference.
Healthy Lifestyles Pay Dividends Well Into Old Age (Health Central)
(December 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
In a new study, researchers found that in a predominantly Mormon county in Utah, the majority of people reported enjoying good or excellent health, even past age 85. In addition, their later life is not necessarily a steady decline in health, but rather more healthy years followed by a short period of ill health right before death.
Beehive House is Salt Lake fixture (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 27, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
People who lived in Salt Lake City 150 years ago would hardly recognize the town. So much has changed. Even the streets wide enough to turn around a team of oxen have been narrowed for sidewalks, light rail and outdoor cafe seating, and there are a lot fewer oxen.
No Need to Pick a Fight (Newsweek)
(July 19, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
I try to make it a habit not to pick fights with people of other faiths, and it’s not because I don’t disagree with them. Even when I read the Pope’s reassertion last week of the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, including the statement that other churches are not actually churches “in the proper sense” but communities, I saw no compelling reason to change my habit.
For Democrats, Nevada Is a Throw of the Dice (Wall Street Journal)
(January 16, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
The voter-registration office here in Clark County says it received 4,025 new-voter registrations last week and 2,240 the week before that. In a presidential race where new voters are trending toward Barack Obama, and in a state where Saturday's Democratic caucus may attract no more than 50,000 people, those new voters could tip the balance.
Visiting historical sites a great family vacation (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
While touring the Sacred Grove or beautiful Susquehanna River where the priesthood was restored, there are many other national historical sites nearby worth looking into. Though many people might think that church history and American history should be completely different vacations, one might be surprised at how well they coincide with one another.
500-year-old book surfaces in Utah (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 25, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Book dealer Ken Sanders has seen a lot of nothing in his decades appraising "rare" finds pulled from attics and basements, storage sheds and closets.
Sanders, who occasionally appraises items for PBS's Antiques Roadshow, often employs "the fine art of letting people down gently."
Church Partnering to Help East Africa Drought Victims (LDS Newsroom)
(October 27, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
The worst East African drought conditions in 50 years have left more than 13 million people in urgent need of assistance, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is working with various other organizations to coordinate the distribution of aid in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.
Non-Mormon Faux Holiday 'Pie and Beer Day' Gains Traction (Associated Press)
(July 24, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Most people will gather Friday in Utah to celebrate the state's Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. But many non-Mormons will be enjoying an increasingly popular counter-holiday with a playful name: Pie and Beer Day.
A player on a mission (Arizona)
(May 6, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Gosch is leaving for his 2-year Mormon mission to a yet to be decided location. Offers to play college ball can wait.
"Sharing the gospel is a wonderful thing," Gosch said. "The people you can bring into the church is something you can't get anywhere else, and I can always play ball. Life goes on. Baseball is not the No. 1 priority."
‘Thou Shall Not Be Thirsty’ (This Day - Africa)
(December 6, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Latter-day Saints Charities, the humanitarian arm the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently brought soccour to the people of Odemuyiwa community in Egbeda area of Lagos State. The church commissioned a borehole, which is one of the 20 it is sinking in communities in Lagos and Ogun State.
The Publicity Dilemma (LDS Church news release)
(March 10, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Like other large faith groups, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes finds itself on the receiving end of attention from Hollywood or Broadway, television series or books, and the news media. Sometimes depictions of the Church and its people are quite accurate. Sometimes the images are false or play to stereotypes. Occasionally, they are in appallingly bad taste.
Heart-2-Heart Carnival draws 300 visitors (OC Register - California)
(March 14, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
On March 2, the culmination of several "coincidences" led to almost 300 people showing up at the Heart-2-Heart Carnival: A Special Carnival for Special Kids in La Habra. The event was hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS therapist: Mormons need lessons in healthy sex (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Religious leaders long have warned their flocks about the dangers of pornography and promiscuity, but in doing so they often failed to celebrate the joys of marital sex.
That’s too bad, says Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, an LDS psychotherapist in Chicago, since there’s so much to extol.
“Sexuality is a profound expression of yourself to another, a way of knowing and being known,” she says. “It requires people to be comfortable with their bodies and with their sexuality.”
Even on the doorstep of war, 'you are not forgotten' (LDS Church News)
(May 15, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy, has seen much of the world in his 15 years as a General Authority. He has spoken to congregations numbering in the hundreds at stake centers and thousands at special events in arenas. However, the meeting that will live forever in his memory, he feels, is one attended by about two dozen people in a low-ceilinged room not much bigger than a two-car garage.
Local teens help clean up city (Leavenworth Times - Kansas)
(July 19, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Groups of young people swarmed parts of Leavenworth Friday on a mission to spruce up the area.
Wielding trash bags and paint brushes, the youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a busy morning working in the sun as one of their activities for an annual youth conference.
King called 'champion of peace' in holiday service at his church (AP article)
(January 22, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Clinton noted the diverse presidential race that includes a Mormon, a black man and a Baptist preacher as well as his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"Isn't this interesting? I mean, how cool is it? You know, we've got all these different people seeking the presidency," he said. "And guess what? It's all possible because of Martin Luther King's vision of the beloved community."
Back to basics (Bellevue Reporter - Washington)
(July 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
New president of Bellevue Stake wants members to grow their faith
Robert Johnson had heard the words spoken so vividly that he looked up because he thought somebody was in the room.
He has heard smaller voices before. They have told him to do something, or go to someone’s house because they were in trouble - but nothing as distinct as the time he was called to be bishop for the Newport Ward of more than 350 people.
10,000 demonstrate for gay marriage in Southern California (Associated Press)
(November 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
As many as 10,000 people took to the streets in San Diego and similar numbers marched in Los Angeles Saturday to protest passage of an anti-gay marriage ballot initiative, authorities said.
Demonstrators began marching through central San Diego at noon, according to police Sgt. Diane Wendell. The event lasted about 90 minutes and was peaceful, with no arrests.
Jewish and Muslim children join in song (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 9, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Upset by killings in Mumbai last year and aware that innocent people were dying on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Alan Bachman set out to write a song about similarities.
He wanted to express how two groups that have a long history of conflict are descended from the same ancestor.
Students realize dream of Mormon Club at LJHS (La Jolla Light - California)
(September 10, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
When Christie Richmond, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), was in eighth grade, she found herself constantly explaining why her beliefs were different from everyone else's.
"Starting a club would help people learn about the Church and have fun at the same time," she said. "I couldn't start it then but I always believe that hope doesn't grow old."
Leprosy-affected people find aid in India (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 9, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Padma Venkataraman headed a lending effort in India before the term "micro-loan" was a buzzword, said Becky Douglas, founder of the charity Rising Star Outreach. Not only was Venkataraman a pioneer in the movement, but she offered the loans to a segment of the population believed to be the least likely to repay them.
Member Receives Humanitarian Award for Work in Nepal (LDS Church news release)
(January 4, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Like many of Nepal’s 27 million residents, Bishnu Adhikari was raised in poverty. However, despite many difficulties, Brother Adhikari was able to raise himself out of poverty. Since then he has dedicated his life to helping others do the same. Today, people in more than 1,000 Nepalese villages can thank him for clean water, schools, electricity, and other strides toward self-sufficiency.
Gay rights advocates say Mormon Church stance symbolic (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(January 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormon leaders sought Tuesday to put their conservative church on middle ground in a major culture war issue — saying for the first time that they support some legal anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, so long as the religious freedom of those who oppose gay equality is taken into account.
New Guide Helps Wards, Stakes Prepare for Emergencies (Church News)
(April 1, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Whether you’re a Primary teacher, home teacher, Relief Society president, or bishop, you would probably do a lot to keep the people you serve safe and healthy. In an emergency or disaster, preparedness is key. In those moments of chaos, a prepared ward and stake will be better equipped to make sure members are safe and accounted for.
Elder Holland shares the Mormon refugee experience at Windsor Castle (LDS Church News)
(September 15, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
In recalling the persecutions and forced migration of Latter-day Saints in 19th century America, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland noted that their anguish was lessened by the compassion of others. “We will never forget the precious opportunities, blessings, and miracles given to us during that time from God and from kind, caring people.”
Turnout reaches 100 for Extreme Makeover Day (California)
(May 19, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
More than 100 people turned out to work at Oak Creek Intermediate School’s (OCI) Extreme Makeover Day recently. Rakes, squeegees, paintbrushes and shovels were put to work by volunteers ranging in age from 5 to 65, as the campus was spruced up.
Along with many students, staff, and their families, groups from the boy scouts, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...
LDS Employment Resource Services Keeps People on the Job (LDS Church news release)
(February 21, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that one of the keys to a person’s self-respect is having meaningful employment, receiving fair compensation for hours worked, having insurance to protect against the unexpected and receiving time for vacation and sick leave to rejuvenate and to heal.
Joseph Smith and difficult doctrines (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Revelation is what attracts people into the LDS Church, but, according to Matthew Porter Wilcox, a BYU first-year graduate student in religious education, it also can push them out of the church. He quoted Joseph Smith lamenting only six months before he was martyred that Mormons "will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions."
Counting blessings while giving service to others (LDS Church News)
(January 29, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Latter-day Saints in the state of Queensland have been counting their many blessings considering how few were personally affected by what has been labeled the worst natural disaster in the state's history.
With more than 200,000 people being forced from their homes in 31 towns in the devastating January floods, only a handful of members were reported to have suffered significant losses.
This is why I'm single: An LDS young adult's perspective (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 4, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Singlehood in Mormon culture can be a, well, singular experience. As a young adult approaching her mid-20s in a religion that emphasizes marriage and family (and rightly so), sometimes I feel like I’m in this strange in-between place that people don’t talk about much — that post-graduation, before-marriage limbo where I’m trying to figure out what to do next. Not where I expected to be.
SGF Church's Labor of Love in Louisiana (Ozarks First - Missouri)
(September 6, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
At 5:30 on Labor Day evening, people are likely homeward-bound, worn out from spending the weekend at the lake. But that’s not the case for the members of Springfield's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They spent their holiday in Louisiana, aiding those suffering from damages brought on by recent floods.
Mormon - polygamy cult? (Magazine - Slovakia)
(October 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Meet today mormónov Slovakia is nothing exceptional, but in the 19th century, this sect, now recognized as a church, pursued. About mormónoch to describe it a lot, but people still wonder exactly who they are mormóni? As indeed was Mormon sect? Who concealeth truth about its origin?
Bob Rice — A great life well worth eulogizing (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Despite the circumstance that made the gathering necessary, there was a decidedly celebratory air yesterday as more than a thousand people filled every niche, corner, bench and Mount Olympus Stake Center cultural hall folding chair for funeral services honoring Robert L. "Bob" Rice, who passed away from cancer last week at the age of 78.
Online LDS missionaries seek converts in the virtual world (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 3, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Elder Tyson Boardman sits before the computer screen at the LDS Missionary Training Center, discussing Mormonism with Jason and Travis in two Internet conversations at the same time.
Why do people say Mormons aren't Christian? What does it mean to be baptized for the dead? How do Mormons view Jesus? Why do you have a prophet?
Julianne Hough wins skeptics over (Indianapolis Star - Indiana)
(June 26, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Julianne Hough says she doesn't hold a grudge against anyone in Nashville who doubted her dream of becoming a country singer.
"I would be one of those people thinking, 'Oh, what is this reality star thinking she can do -- go over to music because she has a little bit of fame?'." says the two-time winner on ABC series "Dancing With the Stars."
'Mormon Stories' Podcast Founder Contemplates Excommunication (NPR)
(February 2, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
John Dehlin started a popular podcast and website called Mormon Stories as a space for people to question Mormon teachings. Next Sunday, he'll face a disciplinary hearing where he expects to be officially excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Auxiliary Leaders Visit Africa Southeast Area (News from the Church)
(July 2, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Representatives of the Relief Sociey, Young Women, and Primary general presidencies recently visited African Saints. They described the African people as "noble in spirit and strong in the gospel" as they taught African members and visited schools, meetinghouses, and the only chapel in Tanzania.
Church Aid to Sudanese Refugees (LDS Church news release)
(December 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
For several years, the Darfur region of Sudan has been an area of conflict resulting in the displacement of over two million people and the death of thousands. Since 2004, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has cooperated with several partnering organizations...to respond to the basic humanitarian needs of the refugee population in Sudan and neighboring Chad.
BYU sports: a hoops reunion (LDS Church News)
(January 21, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
As a cliché, "It's a small world" can ring remarkably true in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thanks to a world-wide proselytizing effort that has sent missionaries to locales across the globe to find, teach and baptize people for more than a century and a half, the Church can sometimes resemble one massive, extended family. Members everywhere seem to know someone who knows someone who knows someone. ...
Church Responds to Over 100 Disasters in 2012 (LDS Newsroom)
(February 28, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Every year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides emergency assistance to people all over the world affected by natural disasters, war and famine. Within hours of a disaster, the Church works with local government officials to determine what supplies and food are needed. Those suffering from loss are helped regardless of nationality or religion.
Mormon writer proves she's . . . A novel writer (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 12, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Best-selling author Stephenie Meyer never wanted to be a writer. In fact, if she hadn't married and started a family, she would have gone to law school.
"That was what my goals were," the Brigham Young University graduate said in a phone interview from Phoenix. "I never considered writing at all because it's too scary. You let people see what you're thinking in kind of an unprotected form and that seems like a really big vulnerability to me....
Walking Through History At Zion National Park (NPR)
(August 28, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Wednesday before dusk, rangers at Zion National Park, in southern Utah, blocked all traffic on the highway that crosses the park so that 300 people holding rare and precious tickets could walk through the historic, pitch-black and narrow Zion Tunnel.
Rising Son (Ledger-Enquirer - Georgia)
(January 5, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Brandon Riggs went to Japan and fell in love. With the people. With the land, the cities, the countryside, the food, the culture. Everything. He left Columbus in December 2005 as a 19-year-old and, after spending 2 1/2 months training in Utah to be a Mormon missionary, he flew to Tokyo and immersed himself in the Land of the Rising Sun. For two years he shared his faith and his service and himself.
Leader broke down barriers, spread good will (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
A trademark of President Gordon B. Hinckley's tenure as church president was the way he reached out to all people — not just members of the LDS Church — seeking to build bridges and dispel misunderstanding.
He was interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes," appeared four times on CNN's "Larry King Live" and spoke to prominent press groups.
A new declaration (The Mercury - Pennsylvania)
(February 25, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
I recently joined former Attorney General Ed Meese and a number of leaders of conservative think tanks and other groups in signing the Mount Vernon Statement. When I watched the press coverage that evening, I saw the event through the media's prism: a bunch of white guys reaffirming what some dead white guys said. Never mind that all types of people were in the room
LaBute on Tragedy and Faith (Wall Street Journal - New York)
(November 19, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Playwright Neil LaBute is fascinated by the ritual that follows a public tragedy: the search for heroes, the discovery of evidence in the wreckage, the survivor's story. He uses these events as the starting point for his latest drama, "The Break of Noon," about the aftermath of an office massacre that kills 37 people but spares the life of one man.
Church Aid to Help Brazilians in Wake of Floods and Landslides (LDS Newsroom)
(January 17, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Incessant rain over the past two weeks has triggered fatal landslides and flooding in areas around Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In what is already being referred to as Brazil’s worst natural disaster in half a century, 540 people have perished across the cities of Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, and Petrópolis, and scores of others are missing.
Denominations take different paths to missionary work (USA Today)
(March 16, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Jake Pulsipher's first day as a working missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began at 6:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday with prayer and exercise, followed by breakfast and study.
Then he put on a black suit, white shirt, and red tie, along with his official name tag, and headed out to knock on doors and tell people about Jesus. In doing so, he became the latest of 20,000 Mormon missionaries in the United States.
Mormon prom’s ‘London Calling!’ (Washington Post - Washington, D.C.)
(May 17, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
A procession of limousines dropped off young people dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns to the Annandale, Virginia stake center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last weekend. When the teens entered, they were welcomed with a London theme, adorned with British Union Jacks and other trimmings.
A mighty change of heart in the Ukraine (Herald Weekly - North Carolina)
(November 1, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Thomas Crowley, of Huntersville, a 2010 Hopewell High graduate, returned on Aug. 21, from L’viv, Ukraine, after serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At 19, Thomas found himself taking a message of hope to a people emerging from decades of Communism that had fostered atheism.
General conference from behind the scenes (LDS Church News)
(September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Staging an event the size of general conference is a major undertaking that requires careful planning, both temporally and spiritually. While speakers carefully prepare their messages, the production staff from the Church’s Publishing Services Department performs a variety of interesting tasks that help people across the world receive the word of God.
LDS Colombians celebrate 50 years with service (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 18, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Colombian Latter-day Saints are renowned for three distinct “personality” traits:
1. They are people of faith who love the Lord and His restored gospel.
2. They are said to be among the world’s friendliest — eager to help their neighbor, a fellow member or a stranger in need.
3. And they love to celebrate — especially birthdays, anniversaries and historic occasions. (This is, after all, a country with almost 20 national holidays.)
LDS aid getting to Latin America (Deseret News, Utah)
(October 19, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
With bridges out and roads buried, the relief effort mounted last week by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Latin America was circuitous and bumpy. But by week's end, thousands of food boxes and hygiene kits had been delivered to people left hungry and homeless by Hurricane Stan.
Being prepared a matter of faith, common sense (The Record - Canada)
(September 18, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
They keep ready what they can. It quells worry, Jonathan says, as he walks among more than 100 people in the halls and rooms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Lorraine Avenue.
Being prepared is part of being Mormon, Jonathan says. In the faith's Doctrines and Covenants, Mormons are taught to "prepare every needful thing."
Requests for help pose challenge for Inland churches (Press-Enterprise - California)
(December 1, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
As the economic crisis deepens, Inland religious institutions are getting more requests for help, even as some of their own congregants face job losses and foreclosures.
Families are asking for help in buying Christmas gifts for their children. More people are knocking on church doors asking for food. Congregants need help paying utility bills.
Utah missionary: Mongolians hit hard by harsh winter (KSL - Utah)
(February 27, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Like many parts of the world, people in Mongolia are experiencing a heavy winter. But in a country where much of the population lives in remote areas as livestock herders, this is more than some extra snow -- it's become life or death.
Though the country is used to extreme winters, this one has been devastating.
"They say it's the worst they've had in 30 years," Richard Lasson says.
Mormon From Mali (PRI's The World)
(January 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
We’re on the African continent for the Geo Quiz, looking for the capital of a sub-Saharan country roughly the size of South Africa.
13 million people live in Mali which ranks among the poorest nations of the world, with few natural resources.
And it faces terror attacks from Islamic extremists who organize in desert camps in the north of the country.
Park plants to get 'Mormon Helping Hands' (Orange County Register - California)
(April 26, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Don’t be surprised if you see more than 100 people working on the landscape of Forster Ranch Community Park on Saturday in San Clemente.
It’s a “Mormon Helping Hands" service project, and you’re welcome to join the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are organizing it.
Elder Holland visits Cuba (LDS Church News)
(June 20, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the Church's second branch in Cuba on Sunday, June 15, during a branch conference attended by almost 100 people.
Thousands join in big Tonga clean-up (Matangi Tonga Online - Tonga)
(July 25, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
The biggest and most ambitious clean-up Tonga campaign was launched on Saturday July 21 with huge support from thousands of people in a bid to not only clean-up the islands but to forever change attitudes toward littering and to restore pride in the community.
The New New Mitt (Wall Street Journal)
(January 7, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
'Washington is simply broken," exclaimed a dogged Mitt Romney at a town-hall meeting here the day after his Iowa caucus defeat. "Sending the same people back to Washington and just having them fill different chairs is not going to change Washington. If you want to change Washington, it'll take somebody going there who knows how to change things."
8 Ways to Access General Conference Sessions (Church News)
(September 27, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Twice a year, the Church invites people around the world to participate in general conference when the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.
8 Ways to Access General Conference Sessions (Church News)
(March 24, 2017) - Relevance: 1.7
Twice a year, the Church invites people around the world to participate in general conference when the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.
8 Ways to Access General Conference Sessions (Church News)
(March 27, 2017) - Relevance: 1.7
Twice a year, the Church invites people around the world to participate in general conference when the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.
Temple View trips the lights fantastic (Waikoto Times - New Zealand)
(December 20, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Two thousand people watched 100,000 light bulbs flicker into life at Temple View last night.
The annual light display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' temple was switched on at 9.15pm by Hamilton Deputy Mayor Bob Simcock.
Urumqi officials praise BYU-Hawaii choir (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(May 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Government and Xinjiang University officials praised the BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir and new-found friends bid a touching farewell after the group's second and final performance in this far-western city where approximately half of the people are ethnic Uyghurs of Turkic heritage.
Black and Mormon (National Public Radio)
(May 21, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Until 1978, black people were denied priesthood in the Mormon Church. Church leaders are now working to cleanse stereotypes surrounding the religion, particularly in urban areas. An African-American talks about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the reaction among his friends and family.
Members Respond to Extreme Flooding in England (News from the Church)
(August 2, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Torrential rains caused massive flooding throughout parts of central and western England leaving more than 15,000 homes in Gloucestershire without power and up to 350,000 people without running water as severe flooding forced the closure of a water treatment plant on July 23, 2007.
Uganda: Kamuli Drills 40 Boreholes (AllAfrica)
(September 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Kamuli District has taken a step towards improving hygiene by drilling 40 boreholes and shallow wells at a cost of Shs455 million.
Despite the fact that sanitation remains one of the biggest development challenges in Uganda today with 440 people mainly children dying of diarrhoea every day, Kamuli has changed this trend
Two by two: Missionaries teach the Word of God in Lufkin (Lufkin Daily News - Texas)
(August 15, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
In his first week in Lufkin, LDS missionary Elder Josh Nielsen, 19, of Moses Lake, Washington, has had doors slammed in his face, people tell him he doesn't believe in the Bible and has rescued his companion missionary, Elder Sawyer Prestwich, 21, of Orem, Utah from getting punched.
Church Sends Additional Aid to Haiti Earthquake Victims (LDS Church news release)
(January 14, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is mobilizing resources to address the most pressing needs of the people in the Caribbean nation. Images of collapsed buildings and devastated families tell the story of the widespread destruction.
Elder Cook speaks in Idaho (KIDK - Idaho)
(February 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Ever since no-fault divorce laws were enacted in the 1970's, divorce rates have risen. As an attempt to re-strengthen families, LDS Apostles have been visiting Eastern Idaho and speaking to their members. LDS Apostle Quentin Cook spoke Sunday to a congregation of around 1000 people in Rexburg.
The Mormon obsession (Washington Post)
(May 21, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
The New York Times' Jodi Kantor has a piece on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. It is largely sympathetic and reveals, despite Kantor’s thesis that everything you need to know about Romney boils down to Mormonism (hmm, funny how the New York Times ignored and deplored similar inquiries about candidate Barack Obama in 2008, but what do you expect from the liberals’ paper of record?), that his religiosity is identical to those of other faithful people. (“He prays for divine guidance on business decisions and political races . . .” or “‘He is an unabashed, unapologetic believer that America is the Promised Land.’”). Perhaps if the liberal media did not treat religious people like Margaret Mead approached natives it would seem less strange.
The piece is a troubling, and in many cases a bizarre, attempt to picture Romney as “The Mormon candidate,” a standard that would repel most Americans if applied to another faith. Take for example this sentence: “He may have many reasons for abhorring debt, wanting to limit federal power, promoting self-reliance and stressing the unique destiny of the United States, but those are all traditionally Mormon traits as well.” Now substitute a different religion: “He may have many reasons for abhorring debt, wanting to limit federal power, promoting self-reliance and stressing the unique destiny of the United States, but those are all traditionally Jewish traits as well.” You see, it comes across as rank bigotry when we talk about other religions.
Christ-followers emerge from Mormon area (Baptist Press)
(February 27, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Drive an hour south of Salt Lake City down Interstate 5 and you enter a different world, says North American Mission Board missionary Mickie Kelly.
"People think I'm exaggerating when I tell them the kinds of things that go on here," said Kelly, a church planter in Payson, Utah, near Provo. "The spiritual darkness is like a blanket that you wear every day."
Genealogy -- America's Latest Obsession (Huffington Post)
(September 12, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Carved into the solid granite of a mountain in the Wasatch Mountain Range, located in the Little Cottonwood Canyon, 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a place that stores information about the births, marriages and deaths, of more than 2 billion people. It's the largest single database on the details of the human race in the world.
Mormons–yes, Mormons–have an LGBT moment (Washington Post)
(November 14, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
There have been times while living in India that I thought the better part of valor was not identifying myself as an American, but to claim to be a Canadian or Icelander. Something benign. Call me a coward, but the impossibility of convincing some people that I didn’t bomb Muslims or help arm terrorists makes getting some work done impossible. More significantly, the security of my wife and children is more important to me than dogmatic patriotism.
Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites April 27, 2018 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(April 30, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
Volunteers and donations from LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have rejuvenated the Ozalla Primary Health Center for the people of the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. The building and restroom facilities adjacent to the facility were refurbished and painted.
Silas 1st African-American to hold position (Hattiesburg American - Mississippi)
(August 31, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Randall Silas is the new bishop of a Hattiesburg congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Of all that I have to do, the key responsibilities are to love the members, and to teach them to love the Lord," Silas said. "My goal is to get the teachings of the Savior into the lives of the people."
Mixing faith with business is becoming more common (Virginia)
(May 17, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
At Christian Gymnastic Athletics, a center in Salem that offers gymnastics classes, owners Randy and Celia Dion, who attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said some people call them because they see the word Christian in their business name. They have pictures of Jesus up inside the center.
'Message given just for me' (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 9, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Whenever people say that a certain sacrament meeting or general conference talk was given "just for them," I wonder why it is that various sermons affect everyone who hears them in a different way. Some feel the message pierce their very heart, while others cannot even recall what it was about at the end of the meeting. If we are willing to listen, the Lord allows us to hear the answers to individual questions from the words of his servants. That is a true miracle of general conference.
‘Twilight,’ Mitt Romney and the Mormons (The Hill)
(June 19, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Probably not many people with actual lives have noticed, but several scholars have pointed out that the vampires in the “Twilight” movies, the third of which — “Eclipse” — opens next week, are not really the “undead” as in the tradition.
They are Mormons. And they are not really bad, like the old-school vampires in the Transylvania tradition. They are good. In fact, they are really angels. Really well-organized, helpful and competent angels.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2011 Tour: Behind the Scenes (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(June 24, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Many people dream of singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but few actually do. On 22 June 2011, four lucky contest winners got that opportunity during the sound check before the choir’s concert at Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia.
The Clean Cut: Mormon Channel releases Thanksgiving video (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 28, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
The Mormon Channel released a video Monday about the importance of gratitude.
"No matter where you are and what you have, there is always something to be thankful for," the video description reads.
Throughout the video, several people share what they are most grateful for. Answers range from snow and pineapple to family and Jesus Christ.
Maddy the Mighty (LDS Church News)
(July 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Around the time that 8-year-old Maddy Grayless was making a Mother’s Day card, she decided to make one for her dad. “That was the kind of person that she was, always thinking, ‘Hey, Daddy, can I draw you something? Daddy, can I do something for you?’ ” said her father, Brian. “She just loved spending time together and loved doing things for and with people. That was the essence of her character.”
Choir, orchestra have had 'unifying effect' in Europe, leaders say (LDS Church News)
(July 8, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Performing to enthusiastic audiences in four European cities so far, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have had “a tremendous unifying effect upon the people who listen to them,” said an LDS general authority who has been traveling with the performers during the first half of their 20-day, seven-city tour.
Journal on LDS scholarship celebrates 50 years (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Turning 50 isn't normally a birthday to savor — unless you're a journal.
And then, thriving for five decades is something to be celebrated, which is what BYU Studies will do this weekend with a two-day anniversary symposium.
"This is a special event," said the journal's editor John Welch, a BYU law professor and a scholar of history and classical languages, "to celebrate, bring people together and do what we like doing best, which is exploring academic insights into Mormon topics."
Casey library's new records will attract researchers (Advocate-Messenger - Kentucky)
(December 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
Brenda Sanders, a family history consultant for the local branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints, knows the importance of having research tools in the library. She constantly searches for information on Casey County families for people across the nation who are unable to travel to the county.
Mormons Continue Helping Neighbors After California Fires (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 2, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
The Riley family, of Brentwood Street in Lake Arrowhead, California, is one among many families who lost their homes to the ravages of recent wildfires. Brentwood was described as a local street that “lost the battle of the blaze,” and now the Rileys and other people in the community are returning to inspect their losses.
Clean water is an answer to villagers' prayers (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 3, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Word spread quickly as two missionary couples traveled from village to village earlier this year in the remote area surrounding Luputa, DR Congo. They had come to finalize the development of a Church-funded humanitarian project that would provide clean water to an estimated 160,000 people.
The Monsons commemorate 60th anniversary (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 6, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
By the time Tom Monson entered the University of Utah at age 17, the Big Band era was in full swing and many social activities for young people included dancing. He remembers one activity in particular, the university's "Hello Day" dance.
He has good reason to remember it: It was at that social that Frances Johnson, quite literally, danced into his life.
Pro-Mormon 'thank you' petition circulating (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 25, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
The National Organization for Marriage has launched a petition drive in response to attacks from gay activists in California and around the United States.
AboveTheHate.com has collected nearly 1,500 signatures of people thanking The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its support of Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
BYU students take 'Zion' abroad (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 7, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
For a number of international students at Brigham Young University, Provo isn't necessarily the place to be.
After graduation, that is.
"Zion for Brazil is in Brazil," said Anderson Goncalves, a native of the South American country that is home to more than one million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "You have a responsibility with your own people."
New Bishops' Central Storehouse Ready to Serve the Needy (LDS Newsroom)
(January 30, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
A new state-of-the-art storage facility is helping The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) more efficiently serve the needs of people who are struggling to feed their families.
Latter-day Saints, through the organization of the Church, try to follow Christ’s teachings by providing food, shelter and comfort where and when they’re needed.
Digging for conspiracy theories in ‘Frozen’ and ‘LEGO’ movies (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 21, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
There are days when the conspiracy theories run so thick that it’s a shock to see that the grocery stores can keep tinfoil in stock, what with all those people lining their hats with the stuff.
One recent one came from Charles Payne, a host on the Fox Business Network, who commented that "The LEGO Movie" was "anti-business."
At Vatican Summit, Mormon Leader Calls for “Renaissance” of Happy Marriages (LDS Newsroom)
(November 19, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
In his address to faith leaders gathered for a summit on marriage at the Vatican, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said “a man and a woman, united in marriage, have a transcendent power to create happiness for themselves, for their family, and for the people around them.”
Meet the Mormons -- From the Margin to the Mainstream (Commonweal Magazine)
(November 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
There’s been a lot of “Mormon talk” in the air lately. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has something to do with that, as do the acclaimed HBO series Big Love (chronicling a fictional polygamist family that splits from its traditionalist Mormon roots) and the real-life trial of polygamist Warren Jeffs. People have the usual questions. What do Mormons believe? Are they really Christians? How many wives do they have, anyway?
2 Mormons lead Beijing Olympics' legal team (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
eading Morrison & Foerster's engagement as international counsel for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, Steven L. Toronto and Kelly C. Crabb have the key bases covered -- the former in the capital city of the People's Republic of China and the latter in Los Angeles, the acknowledged entertainment capital of the world.
Mormonism and the cult of name-calling (Washington Post)
(July 12, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
There is much debate on whether Joseph Smith—the man who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often known as the Mormon Church—was truly a prophet called of God, but one of his prophecies has undoubtedly come to pass. According to Smith, an angel visited him in the autumn of 1823, telling him that his name “should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people.”
Honoring faith, 12,000 strong (The Republic - Arizona)
(February 28, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
Nearly 12,000 young people in a sea of blue, green, yellow and red fanned across Discovery Park last weekend against the backdrop of the new Mormon Gilbert Arizona Temple. In unison, they sang a promise to “Live True” to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a rehearsal of a cultural celebration Saturday preceding the temple’s dedication.
Latter-day Saint Missionaries visiting in Sallisaw (Sequoyah County Times - Oklahoma)
(December 9, 2006) - Relevance: 1.6
Two young missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are traveling around Sallisaw telling people about their religion.
The two explained they take the first name Elder when they go on the two-year mission trips. Elder Raybould, 21, is from San Diego, and Elder Garvin, 21, is from Yuba, Calif., close to Sacramento.
'The leader we need is you,' Beck tells 17,000 at BYU (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 30, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
The answers to America's problems aren't found in Washington; they're found in the people of America.
That's what radio and TV personality Glenn Beck told a vocal crowd of nearly 17,000 gathered at BYU's Marriott Center Sunday evening for America's Freedom Festival's annual Patriotic Service
'There to help' in disaster's wake (LDS Church news)
(July 18, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
In the hours after a massive mudslide claimed the lives of three people and devastated a Logan, Utah, neighborhood on July 11, Church members rallied to provide help and support.
"It is touching to watch how the Church works when there is a disaster," said Elder Thomas M. Cherrington, an Area Seventy. "Wherever there was a need [members] went. They followed the flood and tried to help those who would accept help."
The spirit of Brighton (LDS Church News)
(August 6, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
"May we help each young woman know that she can make a difference in the world," said Sister Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. More than 220 people gathered at Brighton Camp on Saturday, July 30, to commemorate the camp's 90th anniversary. They recalled fond memories and spiritual growth at the first LDS girls camp.
New Harmony: I like my Mormons sunny side up (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 5, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
It’s crazy and dangerous to try to sum up an entire group of people in just one word.
So let’s do it.
When I say “Mormons,” what word comes to mind?
Sober? (as in not drunk?)
Sober? (as in serious?)
Here’s my word: Sunny.
The presidents of the church model Mormonism for the world, and President Gordon B. Hinckley was famously optimistic.
FamilySearch Hosts Worldwide Indexing Event (LDS Newsroom)
(July 13, 2016) - Relevance: 1.6
“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve people worldwide who visit FamilySearch.org to find their ancestors,” said Jim Ericson, product manager at FamilySearch, which is sponsoring its annual Worldwide Indexing Event.
Prayer and a promise push Mormons west (Miami Herald - Florida)
(October 21, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
People do remarkable and appalling things in the name of religion. Distinguishing between the two categories isn't always easy. In the mid-1850s, Brigham Young directed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to gather in Zion -- Utah Territory -- to enable the struggling Mormon colony to hold its ground against the encroachments of westering American gentiles.
Blessing in disguise: career-ending injury didn't stop BYU athlete (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 1, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
The first thing you notice about Danny Frazier is that he fills a room. He is 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, with wide shoulders and a flat stomach. At 52, he looks like he could still line up for BYU's defense, if not the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then there is his booming laugh, which punctuates every other sentence and is so loud that it used to scare his grandchildren until they realized he is a warm, engaging man who tends to draw people in.
Inter-faith friendship leads to Bible exhibit (LDS Church News)
(April 23, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
A recent Bible exhibit at Church stake centers in Oklahoma that drew more than 2,000 people resulted from a friendship that developed between a stake president and non-denominational minister on a cruise to the Panama Canal.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2011 Tour: Behind the Scenes (LDS Newsroom)
(June 29, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
When you watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform, you see hundreds of people who are wearing matching outfits and hitting the same notes. But each of those individuals has a unique story to tell about how they joined the choir or orchestra and what they do when they are not singing or playing.
Faith and basketball help Jabari Parker find balance in life (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 6, 2017) - Relevance: 1.6
Quietly seated at his locker, Jabari Parker understands what is most important in life: loving those around him.
His faith has helped him learn that.
“It just carried on from when I was a kid,” Parker said. “It gave me morals and the attitude I have towards other people, and that is we’re all connected in some way, somehow, or some fashion.”
Church and NAACP Leaders Meet in Salt Lake City (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
Senior leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) met with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, 2018 — another indication of the growing friendship between the two groups.
God can lift your ‘burden,’ LDS leader tells gay Mormons (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 20, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
An LDS general authority on Saturday comforted Mormons who are attracted to people of the same sex but want to live by the church’s chastity rules, which bar sexual acts outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
“Each of us has problems,” said Bishop Keith B. McMullin, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Together, we shall overcome them.”
Nearly 90-year-old man stays healthy one step at a time (Yakima Herald - Washington)
(May 23, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
When Ike Simonian walks up and down Washington Avenue, he ponders how much the world -- and the people in it -- have changed in the nine decades he's been around.
Sometimes, he talks to the horses and cows in the fields along one of his three regular routes.
Mostly, though, he thinks about Billie.
"We had a lot of good times together," says the widower who met the love of his life when he was a soldier and she was hitchhiking, a waitress who needed a ride back across state lines.
'Studio C' cast talks to LDS teens about humor — seriously (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
When Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray and Matt Meese are trying to be funny, they’re very funny. More and more people are discovering this fact as the popularity of their BYUtv sketch comedy show, “Studio C,” continues to grow, especially among young viewers looking for the kind of laughter they can share with friends and parents alike.
10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos (News & Record - North Carolina)
(April 10, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
This week's collection includes a partially-eclipsed full moon setting behind a statue in Kansas; people attending the opening session of the Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City; and a rescued Cambodian fisherman blowing cigarette smoke from his nose while waiting to be registered upon arrival in Indonesia.
Students coping with loss of teacher (Utah)
(May 18, 2005) - Relevance: 1.6
Bleazard's 25 students from this school year sang in a children's choir at her May 9 funeral along with 75 students from past years.
The 25 students each held a yellow rose, said parent Rebecca Jensen. Hundreds of people showed up to the funeral and packed an LDS chapel and all surrounding overflow seating, Jensen said.
Early White House polls provide important clues (Centre Daily - Pennsylvania)
(February 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Romney may find his Mormon faith an obstacle with many voters. One-quarter of people questioned say they would not vote for a Mormon candidate, compared with 8 percent who say they would not vote for a woman and 3 percent for a black candidate, according to a Newsweek poll in December.
Actors in 'Meet the Mormons' talk about film (Good4Utah)
(October 8, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
A new movie called "Meet the Mormons,” is ready to hit theaters, but this movie is different because it doesn't focus on pioneers or church history. Instead it features six ordinary people living in today's modern world while sharing their beliefs and faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Helping parents teach their children about pornography (LDS Church News)
(February 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
For many parents in the Church, talking to their children about pornography seems like a daunting and difficult task. New resources produced by the Church are meant to help parents — and leaders — talk to young people about sacred and sometimes sensitive topics.
Church, NGO donates wheelchairs to the disabled (News in Ghana)
(November 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
The Atwima-Mponua district branch of People with Disabilities Association last Sunday received 17 wheelchairs to be distributed to its members during a ceremony at Nyinahin in the Ashanti region.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Adikanfo Progressive Foundation (ADF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) presented the wheelchairs worth GH¢2,000 (20 million cedis).
‘Harvard guy’ aces LSU test (AP article)
(January 7, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
f somehow Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux get hurt in tonight’s BCS championship game, LSU will call for its third-string quarterback.
That would be “The Harvard Guy.”
Andrew Hatch admits he took an odd path to the Tigers. It included playing in the Harvard-Yale junior varsity game and throwing passes in remote Chile with people who had never seen a football.
Mormonism: A Scrutinized, Yet Evolving Faith (NPR)
(November 29, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
Mitt Romney refused to mix religion with politics in this year's presidential campaign, but that didn't repress people's curiosity about Mormonism. His candidacy brought the homegrown faith into the spotlight. Patrick Mason, a professor and chairman of the Mormon Studies program at Claremont Graduate University, says attention paid to his faith has been twofold.
Miracles in Mozambique (LDS Church News)
(July 27, 2013) - Relevance: 1.6
The small baptistery is crowded and stuffy on a warm Sunday afternoon. Half of the seats in the room are filled with men, women and children dressed all in white. Four families, 17 people total, were baptized into the Beira 1st Branch, Beira District in Mozambique on June 9. The four couples were married the day before — and this is not an unusual event for the Mozambique Maputo Mission.
Legacy of Faith Continues in Pacific Area (Church News and Events)
(March 12, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
The men, women, and children living in the islands of the Pacific “have a natural affinity for things of spiritual worth,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “They love the scriptures and they love to sing—they worship through music. They love the temple and are a covenant people.”
Are Mormons Christian? (Tucson Citizen - Arizona)
(July 27, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
First, I am not trying to convince you what Christianity is or that Mormons are Christian.
Second, I am trying to share some facts that you may have not already know AND I am also interested in seeing how people respond to the survey below.
1… There is no Mormon church. There is a Church called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) that others outside (and even inside) the LDS church refer to as “the Mormons”.
Mormon Base a Mixed Blessing for Romney (Washington Post)
(April 4, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
It is the rare presidential candidate who comes to Idaho to raise money, but there was Mitt Romney last month, packing more than 100 people, at up to $2,300 a head, into the Crystal Ballroom in Boise.
"Nearly every seat was filled. Just about everybody that's anybody was there," said Grant Ipsen, a former Idaho state legislator. "I don't think I'd ever attended another fundraiser for a federal candidate in Idaho."
Hatch to Romney: Discuss Mormonism (USA Today)
(November 29, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney probably should give a speech to declare he's not a captive of the Mormon church, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday.
"There's a concern that his religious beliefs might interfere with serving all people. There's no question they do not," said Hatch, also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "He needs to put that problem to bed."
Conference Center is prophet's legacy (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
In April 1996, President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans for a new "great hall" to accommodate church membership. The building was to hold four to five times as many people as the historic church Tabernacle — a number President Hinckley himself said might not be met initially.
BYU graduates marketing special athletic tape (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 10, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
Jim Jenson was just one of the millions of people watching the Olympics who noticed it.
"During the Beijing Olympics, I was just really stunned by the use of two things," he said. One was the tape on the volleyball players, but more surprising was the seemingly endless discussion among the announcers about the tape worn by athletes on their shoulders, backs and knees.
"They hadn't seen this before," said Jenson.
Remembering Alaina for her 'think-of-others-first' spirit (LDS Church News)
(February 26, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
Much has been said and written about Alaina Petty in the mournful days following last week’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Fourteen-year-old Alaina — who was one of the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 tragedy — has been honored for her “think-of-others-first” spirit, her fun-loving personality and her devotion to her family, friends and faith.
LDS missionary serves during island cyclone (Local News 8 - Idaho)
(March 20, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
It was one week ago tonight that Cyclone Pam began to hit the island nation of Vanuatu. The United Nations has revised the official number of people killed, decreasing it from 24 to 11. As of Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said all missionaries in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission are accounted for, safe and well.
Watch the New Videos about Ministering on LDS.org (Church News)
(April 16, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
The Church has added several instructional videos to Ministering.lds.org, the website mentioned during general conference on April 1 after President Russell M. Nelson announced the retirement of home and visiting teaching in order to implement a “holier,” coordinated effort called ministering—“a better way to minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of our people in the Savior’s way.”
General Young Men Presidency: “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” (Church News)
(July 18, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
It was an inspiring scene to view the prophet of God addressing the youth of this worldwide Church in a devotional on June 3. His direction and counsel surely will change many lives. Moved by the Spirit, many young people came away with a commitment to join the Lord’s youth battalion and help gather Israel.
Translators and interpreters needed for more than conference (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 8, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has just finished the prelude music, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is walking to the pulpit to start the 180th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tucked under the balcony in the Conference Center, a small army of people are watching him on dozens of screens in little rooms.
How-To Series: Resources for Dealing with Addictive Behavior (Church News)
(September 7, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
This week, the Church’s How-To channel on YouTube is publishing animated videos about addiction, adolescent addiction, recovery and support, and more.
Many people around the world struggle to resist temptations of many kinds. Some can even rise to the level of addiction. Whether it’s a friend or loved one who has struggled deeply, or even ourselves, addictions and compulsive behaviors can make us feel powerless.
Foundation announces new Mormon chapter (BYU NewsNet)
(May 9, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
With the help of BYU professors, the Foundation of Interreligious Diplomacy announced the newly formed Mormon chapter, which is the first organized chapter within the foundation.
The foundation provides a place for people of many religions or belief systems to have in-depth discussions with others in an effort to help build trust within religious categories that have a difference of opinion.
New Latter-day Saint meetinghouse draws faithful from Loudoun (Loudoun Times - Virginia)
(June 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
Latter-day Saints in Loudoun and Fairfax counties on May 22 celebrated the grand opening of a new meetinghouse in Chantilly, near the Loudoun-Fairfax border.
The new meetinghouse likely will draw a significant portion of Loudoun’s 4,000 Mormons, said LDS regional president Scott Wheatley. It can house about 1,200 people.
Addiction Recovery Program Site Added to LDS.org (Church News & Events
(May 17, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
Throughout the world, members of the Church and others have found hope and healing through the Addiction Recovery Program (ARP), sponsored by LDS Family Services. Now, with the advent of http://arp.lds.org, the 12-step program’s message of recovery through the Atonement of Jesus Christ is accessible to more people than ever before.
Huntsmans' disunity on candidates is intriguing (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 9, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Jon M. Huntsman Sr., a self-made billionaire, philanthropist, and patriarch of one of Utah's most powerful families, waxes philosophic in the letters he has written urging people to support former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts as the Republican nominee for president. "A defining moment for the future of our great country," Huntsman calls the 2008 election.
Kirby: Valiance trumps balance (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
Porta-potty stop No. 1, Wyo. I am writing this in the middle of a sagebrush flat. It's hot, the wind is blowing and there isn't a tree for 10 miles. In about an hour, 200 sweaty and parched people will heave into view pulling handcarts.
For the past two days, we've followed the Willie-Martin handcart trail as part of a faith-promoting experience for LDS youngsters. I tagged along to see if it's working.
Does social networking make us closer? (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
I'd like to meet someone who went to college in the late 1990s/early 2000s who didn't spend at least one night with roommates and friends in a dorm room Googleing people they knew. Back then, you were lucky if you found someone in a random list of high school sports stats, a campus publication or a local newspaper. It was considered a jackpot if there was somehow a picture attached.
Keeping Youth Away from Drugs (News from the Church)
(January 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
As a parent, what can you do to keep your children away from drugs?
Julio Guarteche has answers, and he is in a position to know—he is the head of drug enforcement for the country of Uruguay. He has seven children of his own, and he is also first counselor in the bishopric of the Montevideo 18th Ward, Montevideo Uruguay West Stake, so he has ample opportunity to work with young people.
MormonTimes.com: A virtual tour of Temple Square (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
While Temple Square is the most-visited tourist attraction in Utah, thousands of general conference attendees will rush through the historic block this weekend without ever taking a look around. Full of history and architecture, the site is more than just a corridor for people going from their parking spots to the Conference Center.
Service members use leave to participate in Hill Cumorah (WHEC - New York)
(July 14, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
The pageant has been going on for 70 years, and involves hundreds of people performing on the stage at one time. One came from halfway around the world to be here.
Army specialist Greg Doyle has been stationed in Afghanistan since February. When he found out he was getting leave, he knew exactly where he wanted to spend it- at the Hill Cumorah pageant.
Genealogy center helps locate family history (BC Local News - Canada)
(March 19, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
Most of us know who our parents and our grandparents were. Have you ever wondered about your great-grandparents and those who came before them?
There is a resource in this community for researching genealogies that many people don’t know about.
The local chapter of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) maintains a genealogy center next to its meeting place at the former Star Lake School.
Genealogy center helps locate family history (BC Local News - Canada)
(March 19, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
Most of us know who our parents and our grandparents were. Have you ever wondered about your great-grandparents and those who came before them?
There is a resource in this community for researching genealogies that many people don’t know about.
The local chapter of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) maintains a genealogy center next to its meeting place at the former Star Lake School.
Utah Passes Antidiscrimination Bill Backed by Mormon Leaders (New York Times)
(March 12, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
With the backing of Mormon church leaders, the Republican-dominated Utah Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday night that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in housing and employment, while also protecting religious institutions that object to homosexuality.
Elder Ulisses Soares: A 'witness' for the world (LDS Church News)
(April 16, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
A son of South America now sits for the first time in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
That historic fact works as a first day news headline — and Elder Ulisses Soares is quick to say he’s grateful to hail from a land “where the gospel is growing and the Lord is bringing so many blessings to our people.”
Healing Hands for Haiti needs help (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
Poverty is so crushing in Haiti that a simple cut or broken bone can become so infected in slums plagued with filth and raw sewage that the only remedy is amputation.
Adding to the misery in the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation are hurricanes -- Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike this year left 790 people dead and hundreds more injured, and now facing life-threatening infections.
Scholars defend 'Messiah' (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 1, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
The attacks on the New Testament usually begin during the holidays.
"Every Easter or every Christmas there will be a cover story in one of the major news magazines about the 'historical Jesus,'" said Daniel C. Peterson, a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at BYU. "A lot of people read this sort of thing and assume ... that there were some new textual finds, documentary discoveries or archeological excavations that have gutted traditional belief."
Mormon view of hell obscured in survey (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 11, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
The question was about hell.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently asked Americans, "Do you think there is a hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished?" Of those who identified themselves as Mormon, 59 percent said "yes."
However, Robert L. Millet, professor of ancient scripture and former dean of religious education at Brigham Young University, would have answered "no."
Mourners reflect on crash victims (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 27, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
Following a 24-hour wake and memorial service, the two directors of the CHOICE Humanitarian group in Guatemala were laid to rest Tuesday morning.
Javier and Walfred Rabanales were two of the 11 people killed in a plane crash Sunday in Guatemala during an emergency landing. The pilot had reportedly radioed that he was having engine problems just before the crash.
Role of the apostles in the latter days (LDS Church News)
(September 25, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
In an 1837 revelation to Thomas B. Marsh, then president of the quorum, He said the Twelve are "chosen to bear testimony of my name and to send it abroad among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people," (Doctrine and Covenants 112:1), that they are to send forth His word "unto the ends of the earth" (verse 4), feed His sheep (verse 14) and "unlock the door of the kingdom in all places" where the First Presidency cannot come (verse 17).
Apostle Joins Other Faith Leaders to Share Vision of Marriage and Family (LDS Newsroom)
(March 13, 2017) - Relevance: 1.6
“One of the great tasks of our time — one on which our diverse faith communities should be united — is to help people understand the true meaning and purpose of marriage,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a forum on marriage in New York City.
Book explores varied roles of Mormon women (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
They are mothers and wives, sisters and daughters. They are people you know.
Some are easily recognizable for their accomplishments; others are not.
But read their stories, told in the new book Mormon Women: Portraits and Conversations (Handcart Press, $15.95), and these women will teach you things you may not have known about, well, Mormon women.
What about statements that say the Lehites came here alone? (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 22, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
From a textual and scientific standpoint there is no escaping the conclusion that other native populations co-existed and intermarried with the Lehites, so let's move on to our second question: What about statements from leaders or verses in the Book of Mormon that suggest Lehites arrived to a continent void of other people? This article and the following article will address that question.
Mormons, senators intersect in Monmouth (Review Atlas - Illinois)
(June 19, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
On June 9, 1841, a prophet and two future senators met in a town of a few hundred people to decide the future of a religion. The Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, was represented by one future senator, Orville Browning, in a trial judged by another, Stephen Douglas, in Monmouth.
Ohio Mormon migration: New signs mark trail of Kirtland Camp (LDS Church News)
(August 26, 2013) - Relevance: 1.6
As if to remind people of the hardships that the early pioneers endured, rain poured down during the dedication of an official Ohio historical marker. The event commemorated the 175th anniversary of the Kirtland Camp's 30-day encampment along the Mad River, and their contributions to the city of Dayton, Ohio.
For young people, there's more than one message in a talk (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
Hack Miller, the voice of the Deseret News sports pages for decades, once said he liked to attend high school basketball games to "jump-start" his heart.
For a religious writer, attending a fireside for Mormon youths can have the same effect -- especially a fireside in the mission field among Spanish-speaking kids.
Rejoice and be merry with King's Singers, Tabernacle Choir release (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 12, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
When King's Singer Phillip Lawson stepped out on the stage at the Conference Center for last year's Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "there were more than 20,000 people all cheering. I felt a bit like a soccer star. That is the most amazing venue," he said, in an interview from his hotel in New York, where the sextet was touring.
President and CEO of Deseret Management Corporation Mark Willes outlines lofty goals (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
When the goal is to reach hundreds of millions of people worldwide, you can't inch your way along.
"There's power in setting an objective that appears to be so ambitious that you can't possibly get there," Mark H. Willes told a group at BYU Thursday. "That's the magic of it. Because if you can't get there doing what you're currently doing … then you have to think radically differently, and then some wonderful things can happen."
Mormons Continue Aid for Neighbors of Sandy Disaster Into New Year (LDS Newsroom)
(December 29, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
Mormon Helping Hands (MHH) volunteers have made a significant dent in the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy in late October.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who make up a large part of MHH, began almost immediately after the hurricane, helping the thousands of people devastated by the super storm.
Seven Mormons killed in Sierra Leone mudslide (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 18, 2017) - Relevance: 1.6
Seven Latter-day Saints are numbered among the hundreds who were killed in a massive mudslide in this West African nation.
More than 330 people died in Monday’s disaster in a rain-soaked sector on the outskirts of the capital city. Almost five acres of hillside collapsed, covering homes in a community that stretched across more than nine acres, according to a CNN report.
President Nelson Counsels Members in Eastern Europe about Faith and Hope (Church News)
(November 15, 2017) - Relevance: 1.6
Almost a quarter of a century ago, on May 10, 1993, President Russell M. Nelson addressed a large crowd—which included very few Latter-day Saints—in Minsk, Belarus.
The following day, he offered a prayer on the land and the people of Belarus, a country of 2 million located between Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.
Virginia LDS embrace U. marching band (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
The University of Utah marching band has two communities to thank for the historic opportunity to parade down Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday.
People in Utah opened their wallets to raise the money needed to get the band to Washington for the inaugural parade.
Laie temple open house (LDS Church News)
(November 19, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
More than 45,000 people visited the renovated Laie Hawaii Temple — the Church's first temple constructed outside the continental United States — during a public open house that began Oct. 22 and concluded Nov. 13.
All I Wanted Was a Hug (The New York Times)
(October 30, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
I WAS strolling through a park in Taichung, Taiwan, hand in hand with my missionary companion at the time, Sister Shi. Although she was Chinese and I American, we both were 22-year-old women serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the Mormons. Our stroll wasn’t recreational; we were looking for people to chat up, hoping to persuade them to accept a pamphlet and invite us to their homes for an in-depth discussion of the church.
Rebounding From Rock Bottom Through Church’s Deseret Industries (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(May 25, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
Deseret Industries (more commonly known as D.I.) is a nonprofit business enterprise owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, designed to provide employment and to aid in the economic rehabilitation of disadvantaged persons.
Many who are familiar with D.I. think of it simply as a place to donate unneeded goods, but D.I. also helps people like Wes Oliver get a second chance at life.
New Harmony: Five Mormon-like quotes from folks who aren't Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 8, 2017) - Relevance: 1.6
“It is the business of the Elders of this Church (Jesus, their Elder Brother, being at their head), to gather up all the truths in the world pertaining to life and salvation, to the Gospel we preach — to the sciences and to philosophy, wherever it may be found in every nation, kindred, tongue and people and bring it to Zion” (see “Discourses of Brigham Young,” Deseret Book).
Pope thanked for outreach to other faiths
(April 2, 2005) - Relevance: 1.6
"I understand that with respect to different religions that he was a good man," Hurwitz said. "I know on certain social issues, it's not agreed upon by the Jewish people. ... Obviously, there's a Jewish belief and a Catholic belief. There are differences that are there."
However, those differences are overshadowed by the importance of teaching the world about Christ, said Temecula Stake president Kevin Osborne of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon missionaries meet modern Judaism (Jewish Journal)
(May 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
"Do Jewish people still practice sacrifices?"
This was among the questions asked recently by a group of Mormon missionaries, 50 students who came to Palos Verdes' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to hear a lecture by Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid, located right next door to the church.
LDS missionaries OK after Italy earthquake (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 7, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed that all of its missionaries located in central Italy are fine and accounted for after a deadly earthquake ripped through the region Monday.
The original quake in L'Aquila registered 6.3 on the Richter scale and was followed by several aftershocks. The quake killed at least 150 people and injured hundreds of others.
Mukilteo chuch members look forward after arson (Herald Net - Washington)
(October 29, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
Arson destroyed their building, but members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are finding blessings in the aftermath.
There is no room in their faith to focus on loss or destruction, Stake President Jeff Lee said.
Lee oversees several congregations, including the people who worshipped at the Mukilteo building that burned down Oct. 16.
Eight Members Remain Missing in Wake of Typhoon Bopha (Church News and Events)
(December 15, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
Typhoon Bopha, a category four hurricane, hit the southern Philippine island of Mindano on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. There have been 540 confirmed deaths and reports of at least 400 missing people, with the death toll rising as rescuers continue to look through mud and rubble, according to a Church Welfare report.
Using the Atonement in Missionary Work (Church News and Events)
(January 30, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
It is important to understand how missionaries access the Atonement of Christ and how it affects the lives of people with whom the missionaries work: investigators and less-active and even active members, said Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy in his address at the January 15 session of the 2014 Seminar for New MTC Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors.
Strangers unite in belief they were hoodwinked by ‘best friend’ (Chicago Sun-Times - Illinois)
(May 13, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
A group of 25 people gathered one evening in March at a Holiday Inn meeting room in Skokie. They were strangers for the most part, united mostly by their shared anger and embarrassment.
What they also all had in common was their belief they had been hoodwinked out of their money by a Chicago businessman named Carlos Meza, someone many of them once regarded as a friend.
Cliven Bundy rebukes Trump over attack on migrants: 'We should have a heart' (The Guardian - UK)
(November 29, 2018) - Relevance: 1.6
The Bundys are Mormons, and the father and son both referenced faith in their commentary about migrants.
“We are sort of a worldwide church. We do believe that all of the people on this earth are Heavenly Father’s children,” said Cliven, noting that there are Mexican members of the Mormon church. “We do believe we’re equal, and we oughta be treated equal and not be divided.”
Nebraskan Saints Join Community in Remembering Handcart Pioneers (News from the Church)
(June 3, 2006) - Relevance: 1.6
Beginning in 1856, almost 3,000 Mormon pioneers in 10 handcart companies pulled their handcarts some 1,300 miles on their trek to Salt Lake City.
Now, 150 years later, a celebration in Kearney, Nebraska, gets underway this weekend (June 2 and 3) in which an estimated 3,000 people will gather to pay tribute to the handcart pioneers who passed through the area.
In a Game of Total Victory We All Lose (LDS Newsroom)
(March 30, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
It has been two full months since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called publicly for legislators to pass laws that safeguard religious freedoms while also extending protections in housing and employment for LGBT people. Six weeks after the Church’s news conference and after intense negotiations between various community stakeholders, the Utah State legislature passed groundbreaking legislation that achieved that goal.
4 Mormons among dead in El Salvador flooding (LDS Church News)
(November 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Torrential rains across El Salvador triggered floods and mudslides over the weekend of Sunday Nov. 8, killing at least 130 people including four members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a Church welfare report, but all Mormon missionaries are safe. In addition, between 16 and 18 Latter-day Saints are missing and presumed dead.
It’s Mormon In America (Newsweek)
(June 11, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
Voters are likely to know two things about Mitt Romney: that he’s rich and that he’s a Mormon. At the same time, more than one fifth of Americans tell pollsters they won’t vote for a Mormon for president. Yet if Americans understood Mormonism a little better, they might begin to think of Romney’s faith as a feature, not a bug, in the Romney candidacy. If anything, Romney’s religion may be the best offset to the isolation from ordinary people imposed by his wealth.
LDS church vandalized in Duchesne (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 16, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
Detectives are looking for at least two people who vandalized a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Duchesne.
The vandalism happened at the church, 181 N. 200 West, sometime after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Duchesne County Sheriff's Lt. Travis Tucker. It was discovered about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday by a facilities management worker, Tucker said.
Marriott CEO J.W. Marriott Jr. to step down (Washington Post)
(December 14, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
J.W. Marriott Jr., who built the company his parents started as a District root beer stand into a global lodging giant, is stepping down as chief executive, ending a storied 39-year run that ushered in a new standard of dependable, middle-class hospitality for travelers around the region, the country and then the world.
The word “Marriott,” in red letters on buildings from Bethesda to China, came to signify home for weary families making their way to Disney World, for traveling salesmen careening around the Midwest and lately for weary road jockeys keeping pace with globalization.
In the process of building the 3,600-hotel empire, Marriott’s family became one of the richest and best-known in the region. The family and the firm donate millions every year to philanthropic efforts, particularly for people with disabilities.
The company employs 15,000 people locally, but its influence stretches beyond its hotels and its Bethesda headquarters. Many in the industry say Marriott was critical to seeding the region’s strength in hospitality. A host of former Marriott executives have run some of the largest hotel companies, including Hilton Worldwide, RLJ Lodging Trust, Choice Hotels and Host Hotels & Resorts — all of which are based in the area.
Throughout the growth of his family’s company and the industry, there was Mr. Marriott, as his devoutly loyal employees call him, espousing his family’s simple maxim that if you take care of your employees, your employees will take care of your customers, and your customers will come back.
Cultural Evening to Celebrate Dedication of Tonga Temple (Tonga-Now)
(November 3, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Thousands of people packed the Teufaiva Park for a cultural evening with regional traditional dances as the first part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ celebration of the dedication of the its Tonga Temple, scheduled for November 4th.
New LDS Temple Will Help Our Local Economy (KMVT - Idaho)
(June 20, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
In just a few more weeks the new Mormon temple will open its doors for visitors.
Church officials are expecting quite the crowed.
Twin Falls could see an influx of people this summer when the new Mormon temple opens to visitors, both church members and non-members alike.
The Mormon Lens on American History (New York Times)
(July 3, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
For a century and a half, Mormonism has been something of a paradox in the history of the American West: passionately argued about by the church’s adherents and detractors, but largely ignored by professional scholars unsure of what to make of the religion Joseph Smith founded in 1830 or the communities created by what Mormon scripture itself described as a “peculiar people.”
But now, as Mitt Romney’s candidacy prompts talk of a “Mormon moment,” a growing cadre of young scholars of Mormonism are enjoying their own turn in the sun, and not just on the nation’s op-ed pages. Books relating to Mormon history are appearing in the catalogs of top academic presses, while secular universities are adding courses, graduate fellowships and endowed chairs.
“People are seeing right now that Mormonism is a great laboratory for studying all kinds of questions about religion and the modern world,” said Patrick Mason, the chairman of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University in California, which four years ago became the first secular university outside Utah to establish a program on the subject.
Latter-day Saints — as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prefers its members be called — are also cropping up in broader historical accounts that might previously have just left them out.
“Mormons have been seen as outliers, as oddities, as strange, as people who don’t seem to fit the American narrative,” said Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a professor of history at Harvard University who is working on a book about Mormon women. “But they end up illuminating some of the most important themes in our national history.”
Mormon 'idol' being crowned (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 16, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Late last summer, after David Archuleta and Brooke White made it to the finals of the 2008 "American Idol" competition, Bob Wood began to wonder just how many other singers raised in the LDS culture had that kind of talent ...
It was more than just idol curiosity.
Bob is in charge of brainstorming ways to get people to log in to Mormontimes.com, the relatively new online appendage to the Deseret News.
Few Mormons In China And No Preaching Missionaries (KUTV - Utah)
(July 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, the presumptive next U.S. ambassador to China, served as an LDS missionary in Taiwan decades ago. If he's confirmed to his new post, which is widely expected, Huntsman will become the United States' top representative in the People's Republic of China. He will articulate U.S. policy and engage in high levels of diplomacy, but it's likely he could not so much as give someone a Book of Mormon.
Living History: Pennsylvania converts to LDS Church were as generous as they were industrious (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Maples, oak brush, fir trees, rocks, flowers, birds, dogs and people, that's what you'll find in lower Neff's Canyon -- the first canyon south of Millcreek. Back in the 1840s, John Neff found timber there. He built the first road into the canyon to get the timber, and that's how it got its name.
Meteor up early morning sky, alarms Utahns (KSL - Utah)
(November 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
A fast-moving meteor lit up the night skies over most of Utah just after midnight Wednesday. Moments later, the phones lit up at KSL as people across the state called to tell us what they saw and ask what it was.
Scientists are calling it a "remarkable midnight fireball." The source of all the excitement was basically a rock, falling from space.
In addition to KSL, witnesses to the meteor quickly began call 911.
New book puts divine face on the LDS people (Deseret News, Utah)
(August 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.6
David L. Rowe is the dean of Spiritual Life at the Salt Lake Theological Seminary. We've been friends for many years. Like the guy in the Kris Kristofferson song, Dave is a poet, a preacher and a pilgrim. He holds fast to his own brand of Christianity with one hand while reaching out to help floundering souls with the other.
Now he's written a book about all that: "I Love Mormons." (Baker Books).
Religion & recession: Churches help people find jobs (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
Larry Adakai was out of options.
He lost his welder job after taking too much time off to care for his ailing wife through numerous surgeries. The Navajo father had no savings and few places to turn.
That's when the Rev. Steve Keplinger and the good folks at St. David's Episcopal Church in Page, Ariz., part of the Utah diocese, stepped in.
Is this really a ‘Mormon moment’? (Washington Post)
(May 10, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
In my line of work, I get to read what a lot of people say about my church.
Every day, news media reports mentioning The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or “Mormons” cross my desk, many from remote parts of the world. Since the advent of the Internet the number has increased exponentially, especially in the US.
We’re not alone. Many of my counterparts in other large churches feel the spotlight on their faiths. But over the past few years something singular has been happening in conversations about Mormons.
Tornadoes knock out power in Alabama but not spirit of service (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 4, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
As May 1 came and went, several hundred thousand people were still without power in Alabama, primarily in the northern half of the state. I write this by candlelight on my 3G-enabled iPad. Isn't technology amazing?
Plenty of annoyances come with having been without power since April 27. No hot showers, canned tuna and a lack of air conditioning are just a few items leading a list that grows longer every day.
Miracles found at new temple in Florida (LDS Church News)
(April 19, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
Tens of thousands of people have visited the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple during the temple open house March 29-April 19.
Curiosity drew most visitors to the edifice. Some simply wanted to tour its placid ordinance rooms and halls and enjoy the surrounding gardens. Others had interest in learning what will soon happen inside the new structure.
Mormonism in Pictures: Reflections of General Conference Fall 2015 (LDS Newsroom)
(October 13, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
Thousands of people from all over the world, young and old, attended morning and afternoon sessions of conference in the Conference Center to hear inspiration from their leaders on Saturday and Sunday, October 3–4, 2015. Millions more watched and listened to the broadcasts around the globe on television and radio and in Church buildings and in their homes via satellite and online.
iPad LDS Gospel Library app is free, great (KSL - Utah)
(September 8, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
For many people, smartphones and tablets have completely changed how and where they consume media of all types, including music, movies, books and magazines. And going to church is no exception. The LDS Gospel Library app produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes available for download nearly all of the gospel library text that’s available online at lds.org.
The arts with a side of sunscreen (The Star - Canada)
(July 17, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
But I'm a festival veteran. It takes a lot to amaze me. Elder Armstrong is a different matter.
He bumped into me at the jazz festival while searching for the best angle to take pictures of a percussion group on his digital camera. A couple of hundred people had crowded round the musicians, some of whom were dancing as they drummed. A name tag on his white shirt identified Elder Armstrong as a Mormon missionary.
Former Missionaries Reconnect With People They Served (LDS Newsroom)
(July 26, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
The death of little Hilda, a 4-year-old child living in the remote villages of Peru, changed the focus of Dr. Tim Evans, an Oakley, Utah, dentist. Hilda died as a result of drinking tainted water. Evans, who had once served as a Mormon missionary in Hilda’s village, knew her family and already was aware of the limited circumstances of their lives.
I'm a Mormon—and I Play One on TV (Business Week)
(January 6, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
On Dec. 19, Mitt Romney appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to read “The Top Ten Things Mitt Romney Would Like to Say to the American People.” He gazed into the camera and deadpanned, “Isn’t it time for a President who looks like a 1970s game show host?” He also poked fun at his helmet hair and took a jab at Newt Gingrich. One thing absent from the list: his religion.
'An amazing man' - New BYU-Hawaii building bears name of Heber J. Grant (LDS Church News)
(September 14, 2013) - Relevance: 1.6
Noting that "everything we do in the Church pertains to changing people" for the better, Elder Russell M. Nelson on Sept. 8 dedicated the newest building on the campus of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, an institution he, quoting President David O. Mackay, said "exists to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life."
The inglorious end of the world? Nah, just people (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(September 17, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
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.”
LDS Employment Centers Changing Lives in South America (KSL - Utah)
(February 20, 2006) - Relevance: 1.6
Humanitarian shipments leave Utah many times a year for people in need throughout the world. They come from government, private and religious organizations. One of the target areas is South America. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has several programs aimed at creating major social change in this part of the world.
Most interesting valley graves (Herald Journal - Utah)
(May 28, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Cache Valley is a beautiful place to live, but it can also be a beautiful place to die.
Death can be a sensitive — and for many, sacred — topic. But cemeteries, and more specifically, graves, serve as cultural markers that capture a place’s history and people in real terms.
What would Clarkston be without Martin Harris’ obelisk piercing the horizon?
Anti-mormons visit BYU-Hawaii campus (Ke Alakai - Hawaii)
(October 3, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
If you have encountered anti-Mormon literature on campus in the past few weeks, you are not alone. Recent production of a DVD by an association called Search For Truth may be the cause for the influx of these pursuits on campus.
In the halls, at the library, and even at the temple visitor’s center, people have been surprised to find a negative opinion of the church and its doctrine on campus.
Gunnison Valley residents re-enact pioneer trek (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
It was a different month of the year and took a slightly different route. Nonetheless, about 90 people who participated in a recent covered-wagon trek got a glimpse of what their pioneer ancestors went through — wind, rain-slick trails, thick brush at their feet and finally a panoramic view of the Gunnison Valley.
Mormon missionary from Mesa lends aid in Chile (Arizona Republic)
(March 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
The people of Talca, Chile, were literally tossed from their beds in the early hours of last Saturday as the 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck just 65 miles away.
Among those residents was a 19-year-old Mormon missionary from Mesa, Mark Roberts, who darted into the streets with his roommate in their pajamas and immediately began searching for survivors.
Montreal Mormon Flash Mob Musically Shares Christmas Message (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(December 23, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
More than 230 Montreal, Canada, Latter-day Saints formed a flash mob singing carols of the season in French at the mall Complexe Desjardins.
“We wanted to send a special Christmas message of goodwill to the people of our beautiful city!” said Marie-Frédérique Carter, one of the event organizers.
‘Meet the Mormons’ Movie to Show on TV Channels, Digital Outlets (LDS Newsroom)
(February 3, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
In an effort to make “Meet the Mormons” more accessible to people around the world, the film will be distributed Tuesday, February 3 to TV channels and digital providers. Theaters in all visitors’ centers and historic sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began showing the film in January.
From Philo to Donny — 22 Mormons who made their mark on TV (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 3, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
The first and, no doubt, most notable Mormon associated with television was Philo T. Farnsworth. Whether he was an inventor or the inventor of TV was the subject of decades of lawsuits. But there's no arguing that he contributed greatly to the development of television, and in 1999 Time magazine named Farnsworth (1906-1971) one of the 100 "most important people of the century."
MOA Exhibit Highlights LDS Painter (BYU NewsNet)
(July 30, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Explore the murals of LDS painter Minerva Teichert at a new exhibit in the BYU Museum of Art. "Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint" opened Friday and will run through May 2008.
"It's a good opportunity for people to get familiar with her work," said Chris Wilson, MOA marketing director. "Then they can recognize a Minerva Teichert painting in the future."
Church Membership Grows in West Africa (Church News and Events)
(February 20, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
The restored gospel took root in Nigeria and Ghana in the two decades before it was formally preached in West Africa as different groups obtained Church literature and felt the truthfulness of the message. During that time, some of these people wrote to Church headquarters requesting missionaries. The missionaries did not come right away, however.
Discover, Embrace, Share “He Is the Gift” Video and Message (Church News)
(December 4, 2014) - Relevance: 1.6
The Church is launching a new initiative designed to reach millions of people around the world this December. The monthlong initiative—“He Is the Gift”—is designed to share the message of Heavenly Father’s love, which He demonstrated in giving the sacred gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Communities look for a roadshow revival (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 2, 2006) - Relevance: 1.6
While church roadshows continue to survive, they don't thrive as they did 40 years ago. You might even say they're on life support.
Robin Hicks, another Fair Park long-timer, said the productions create "camaraderie" among church members and throughout neighborhoods. Besides, "It's great to see the other shows" and meet people. Themes may or not be directly church-related, but tend to emphasize church history, neighborliness and humor.
Trips to the American spectrum (Reprint from Orange County Register)
(November 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.6
Provo is also home base to the Mormon's Missionary Training Center. Swarms of young people train for evangelic trips around the world. The male missionaries in training walk around the neighborhood in their dark slacks, white shirts, and large name tags. It's a religious uniform as recognizable as anything worn by the Amish or Hassidic Jews.
LDS stakes join in job search for those in need (Las Vegas Sun - Nevada)
(February 19, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
As 58-year-old Harley Walker details his work experience to the small gathering inside a gymnasium at a northwest valley church, his story is a reminder that for some people the Great Recession has only just begun.
He tells how less than a month ago, he lost a job he held for more than 20 years, supervising construction projects and managing facilities. On his first day of work all those years ago, he told his employer he would retire there.
Missionaries hit the road for 2 large denominations (The Tennessean)
(March 7, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
Jake Pulsipher’s first day as a working missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began at 6:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday with prayer and exercise, followed by breakfast and study.
Then he put on a black suit, white shirt and red tie, along with his official name tag, and headed out to Castleman Drive in Green Hills to knock on doors and tell people about Jesus. In doing so, he became the latest of 20,000 Mormon missionaries in the United States.
Draper LDS temple opens doors to the public (KSL - Utah)
(January 16, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Today, on the first day of a public open house for the new Draper Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thousands of people have or will tour the new temple.
Tours began at 8:00 this morning. Everything appears to be running smoothly. The reason may be that the crowds that early were smaller and all of the volunteers had an opportunity to learn while doing on this first day.
Mormons break ground on long-awaited temple (Calgary Herald - Canada)
(May 17, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
A massive temple that will serve as many as 20,000 Calgary-area Mormons broke ground on a residential hilltop in the northwest Saturday.
More than 1,000 people, including the mayor, several aldermen, MLAs and an MP oversaw the ceremony, which marks the beginning of construction on what will become the third Mormon temple in Alberta.
FamilySearch website: One of the best genealogical resources (LDS Church News)
(February 28, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
The Church takes genealogical research seriously. Its FamilySearch.org website receives more than 10 million hits a day, a reflection of Church members' dedication of countless volunteer hours and sacred funds to move the work forward not only for their ancestors but also to assist people worldwide in searching their family histories.
ABCs of Religion: B is for the Book of Mormon (Courier Press - Indiana)
(January 13, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the word “Scripture” includes not just the Bible but also the Book of Mormon and two other texts. (The two other Latter-day Saint Scriptures are called the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.)
According to the church’s official Web site (www.lds.org), the Book of Mormon “is a record of God’s dealings with the people who lived in the ancient Americas.”
Rexburg Temple Open House Visitors Nearing 200,000 (Local News 8 - Idaho)
(January 26, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
The temple open house will finish up tomorrow, and temple officials say already the number of visitors to tour the new building exceeds their expectations. They're nearing the 200,000th visitor mark, so how did the LDS church handle all of the people coming through?
President Uchtdorf Lauded as a Community Builder (Church News)
(March 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
The Inclusion Center for Community and Justice honored President Dieter F. Uchtdorf on March 19 for his ongoing commitment to bring people of all backgrounds together and to better their communities.
President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, was presented with the organization’s Humanitarian Award during its annual awards social in Salt Lake City.
Joining Hands as Neighbors and Now Friends
(September 15, 2005) - Relevance: 1.6
Over 4,000 volunteers wearing bright yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” T-shirts flooded into Louisiana and Mississippi from throughout the Gulf Coast to help clean up communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. John Anderson, Emergency Operations Center director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “It’s hard to put into words the feeling you get seeing thousands of people heed the call to help with such generosity and enthusiasm.”
Themes hint at reengineered Mitt Romney (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(January 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
The politician on the stage talked about the “human tragedy” of middle-class people struggling to make ends meet. He lamented income inequality, saying “People want to see rising wages — and they deserve them. They’re working hard.”
Then, winding up a 15-minute speech to loud applause, he vowed, “We’re going to . . . finally end the scourge of poverty in this great land!”
General Conference Now Available on CD, DVD in Spanish (News from the Church)
(April 4, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Proceedings of this weekend’s general conference will be made available in Spanish on CD and DVD. Both the audio and video formats will contain the full conference proceedings, including all of the music and the talks.
“We wanted to get conference products out quickly so people can use them, rather than getting them out in four or five months when they’re getting ready for the next conference,” said Rob Jex, director of scriptures and administrative services.
Mormon church helps people research their genealogy (Press Enterprise - California)
(June 23, 2008) - Relevance: 1.6
Ken Lewis wanted to solve a historical mystery.
Lewis, a retired Army first sergeant, had an ancestor named Welsh who lived during the 1760s, but he didn't know who Welsh's parents were. Lewis, who has researched his genealogy for more than 30 years, went to the Family History Center in Sunnymead Ranch to search for answers.
A Year Later, Church Continues to Provide Aid to Haiti (LDS Newsroom)
(January 14, 2011) - Relevance: 1.6
The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 shattered and changed millions of lives, but the relief efforts and outpouring of support by organizations and individuals worldwide offered hope. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working diligently since the disaster to provide aid to the people of Haiti through its humanitarian aid program.
Collaboration of Jewish Center and LDS Institute Builds Friendship (Church News and Events)
(January 3, 2012) - Relevance: 1.6
From May through August 2011, there could be found at the Tucson Arizona LDS Institute of Religion an interesting mix of people. For those four months, students and staff of the University of Arizona’s Hillel Foundation Jewish Student Center utilized empty offices and space at the institute while their facility underwent extensive renovation.
Following the prophet: Author able to witness devotion of President Monson (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 25, 2010) - Relevance: 1.6
She walked where he has walked in places around the world. She read his works, his journals, his speeches. She talked to him and to the people who know him best. She listened to the river sounds that bring him peace and contemplation in his favorite canyon retreat. She visited his favorite restaurants, ate his favorite foods. She found stories of myriad ways he has touched lives.
Pope's staff at BYU's Jerusalem Center (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 13, 2009) - Relevance: 1.6
Five people in Pope Benedict XVI's traveling party are staying at Brigham Young University's Jerusalem Center while His Holiness is in the Holy Land this week.
"We're cooperating with them so that they're close by to where he is staying, and they're available to him and can easily travel with him wherever he goes," said S. Kent Brown, BYU Jerusalem Center assistant director.
Mormon apostle reorganizes Louisiana stake he once dissolved (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 7, 2017) - Relevance: 1.6
June 3, 2007, was a sad day for Latter-day Saints in Hurricane Katrina-fatigued regions of eastern Louisiana and Mississippi.
Almost two years earlier, the massive storm had severely impacted tens of thousands of people living in those two states and beyond — including many Mormons. Waves of members had to leave their homes and wards in search of shelter, safety and jobs.
Smiles, sorrow at bear victim's farewell (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(June 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.6
Perhaps the flowers - those bright orange and yellow hues that seemed more suited to smiles than sorrow - described Samuel Ives best.
That's the kind of boy mourners remembered Friday as more than 400 people gathered in this Utah County suburb to eulogize the 11-year-old bear-attack victim.
'I Remember': Montreal temple youth cultural celebration (LDS Church News)
(November 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.6
“Je Me Souviens.”
That’s the official motto of the province of Quebec in Canada. Translated it means, “I remember.”
But the phrase has deeper meaning for the people of Quebec. It means they will not forget their lineage, traditions and memories.
For Latter-day Saint youth, the phase will now have added meaning.
LDS prophet at home in the world as an optimist (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 14, 2006) - Relevance: 1.6
In 1939, when John Steinbeck published "The Grapes of Wrath," folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote a long song detailing the entire plot. When asked why he didn't just let people get the plot from the book, he said not everyone could get the book. But they just might hear the song. I felt the same way last week after spending part of an evening with President Gordon B. Hinckley.