|Brigham Young University graduates told to 'seek and find a balance' (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 26, 2013) - Relevance: 8
For Jesse Cobell and his family, seeing his name printed on the Brigham Young University commencement exercises program is a great sight. It represents years of studying and his undergraduate degree coming to a close.
"I took my last final yesterday," Cobell said. "It doesn't feel totally real yet, it feels like I am just finishing another semester."
But seeing his name in print is nothing new to Cobell, who is graduating in neuroscience. As an undergraduate he co-authored research about new behavior in cancerous tumors in one of the world's most highly cited scientific journal, Nature.
"It was definitely a highlight," he said. "A lot of the highlights I have had in my college experiences have been real world experiences … as we have taken what we've been learning in my classes and then seen how they apply to a real world situation."
Love: 'Joy of the Season' (LDS Church News)
(December 7, 2009) - Relevance: 7.7
"Finding the real joy of the season comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done or in the purchasing of obligatory gifts. Real joy comes as we show the love and compassion inspired by the Savior of the World, who said, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these...ye have done it unto me'" (Matthew 25:40).
Real life begins now (LDS Church News)
(April 27, 2010) - Relevance: 6.8
Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, told Southern Virginia University students that they are living real life now — even if they think that real life begins after college, missions or marriage.
Mormon Church launches media campaign (USA Today)
(October 3, 2011) - Relevance: 6.6
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."
Real science, truth coincide with real Mormon scholarship (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 22, 2010) - Relevance: 6.3
Before we get to Book of Mormon geography, archaeology and anachronisms, (as well as related issues such as DNA) we need to take another side-trip to a general topic that relates to the studies of these issues -- Mormonism, science, and truth.
Joseph Smith explained that "One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may."
"We should gather all the good and true principles in the world and treasure them up," he said another time, "or we shall not come out true Mormons."
Mormon neighbors have taken Shipps on a real trip (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 25, 2009) - Relevance: 6
Jan Shipps met her first Mormon in 1961 when she and her husband moved to Cache Valley, Utah. And "it's been a real trip since," she said as she spoke to a full auditorium at Utah State University on Tuesday.
Shipps, a non-Mormon who has been described as one of the most trusted scholars of Mormons, shared insights about the Mormon faith and the "spine"
of her latest book, "From Peoplehood to Church Membership: The Mormon Trajectory since World War II," which analyzes metaphors within Christianity, and specifically, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was hosted by USU's Religious Studies Program.
Biography; Aros Mackey: A man of many beginnings (Standard Journal - Idaho)
(April 4, 2009) - Relevance: 5.9
At age 31, this freshman at Brigham Young University-Idaho has seen what some might call a lifetime's worth of adversity. But if Aros Mackey has learned anything from his trials, it's that "you can always start over."
In 2007, Mackey was a successful real estate investor -- successful enough that he was bringing in more money on real estate then he was as a general manager at Titan Fuel Tanks, enough money that he resigned his position to focus solely on real estate.
Google Sightseeing (Newsweek)
(April 23, 2005) - Relevance: 5.8
“Why Bother Seeing the World for Real?” In just the past few weeks, they have visited the resplendent Mormon temple in Bethesda, Md., experienced the parched Black Rock desert of Nevada...
Young Mormon Moviegoers Have Faith in Real-Life Pic ‘Saratov Approach’ (Variety)
(October 24, 2013) - Relevance: 5.3
Writing its own box office success in the history books, ”The Saratov Approach,” the real-life story of two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and tortured in Russia, has quietly become a local B.O. hit in heavily Mormon areas throughout Utah, grossing nearly $500,000 in two weeks on only 23 screens.
Real faith, science unafraid (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 12, 2008) - Relevance: 5.3
I was 9 years old when I brought home a book about "cave men" from school.
It hadn't even crossed my mind that there might be difficulties in putting cave men and Adam and Eve in the same world story. But my parents were alert to the kinds of things that can lead to problems for believers.
'Stormin' Mormon' Romney to take on ex-champ for charity (Daily Mail - UK)
(May 15, 2015) - Relevance: 5.2
As a former US presidential candidate, Mitt Romney is no stranger to bruising fights, but he's in for a new kind of slugfest in a charity bout with ex-heavyweight world champ Evander Holyfield.
"Stormin' Mormon" Romney and the "Real Deal" Holyfield warmed up for their Friday showdown in Salt Lake City, Utah, with some tongue-in-cheek trash talking in a video posted by Charity Vision -- a Utah organization that provides eye surgery and vision care in the developing world.
‘Y’ luminaries (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(May 21, 2009) - Relevance: 5.1
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...
Missionaries lend hand in Africa (Tribune Chronicle - Ohio)
(August 27, 2007) - Relevance: 5.1
The Vines are missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have signed up to serve for two years anywhere in the world. That is not an easy task considering most of the students they are assigned to teach have never held a ‘‘real job’’ and ‘‘have lived their entire life growing maize and living in a mud hut in the African veld.’’
Missionaries use 'The Book of Mormon' to recruit (USA Today - reprint from Tennessean)
(November 20, 2014) - Relevance: 5.1
Theatergoers here are getting a low-key dose of real proselytizing when they come for the sold-out Broadway tour of The Book of Mormon.
Rocky Spiker — Elder Spiker to his colleagues — holds open the door as ticket holders rush to get out of the cold.
"You know the book is always better," he tells them, eliciting chuckles. Or, "We're real Mormon missionaries. Come talk to us after the play."
Confronting early Mormonism's critics (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 4, 2009) - Relevance: 5
The biggest target of 19th century anti-Mormons was not the Book of Mormon. "The real issue was that Mormonism was a religion that professed to be constantly engaged with the supernatural world," said Christopher James Blythe, a graduate student in the history department at Utah State University.
Countering subversive attacks on Mormon scholarship (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 8, 2010) - Relevance: 4.9
I know I said we'd discuss Book of Mormon anachronisms -- and we will -- but I felt it was important to tackle a couple of less-conspicuous (yet primary and subversive) anti-Mormon claims that have direct bearing on many Mormon issues. Critics frequently state, or imply that
LDS scholars are not real scholars.
"Real" scholars (by which they mean, "non-LDS" scholars) reject LDS scholarship.
LDS scholarship is biased.
Mormon church-owned company buys huge swath of Florida land (Orlando Sentinel)
(November 8, 2013) - Relevance: 4.9
The Mormon church stands to own nearly 2 percent of Florida by completing a deal to buy most of the real estate of the St. Joe Co. for more than a half-billion dollars.
The megapurchase was announced jointly Thursday by a corporate representative of church, which owns the nearly 295,000-acre Deseret Ranches in Central Florida, and by the real-estate and timber business, which has built several communities along the Panhandle coast.
Mormon church general conference broadcast not exactly 'live' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 1, 2010) - Relevance: 4.9
The live or real-time broadcasts of LDS general conference this weekend aren't truly live or real-time. The only place to experience the conference literally as it happens is inside the Conference Center.
That's because the quirks of broadcasting and the Internet create noticeable delays, ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes.
That might seem odd, in this age of high-tech gadgets and available media, when many expect speed-of-light delivery.
Members Play an Important Role in Sharing Gospel Online (LDS Church News)
(November 6, 2010) - Relevance: 4.9
Missionaries across the world have encountered a problem in recent years: after only a visit or two, an investigator who had shown real interest cuts off contact. Researchers have found that most of those investigators have one thing in common: they lose interest after finding negative, inaccurate information about the Church online.
Mormon Channel releases gritty videos of real addicts in recovery process (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 31, 2015) - Relevance: 4.9
The real, raw, gritty examples of the challenges and triumphs of drug, alcohol, sex and food addicts are the core of a new video series from the LDS Church.
The dozen videos in the series "12 Steps to Change" are part of a broader awareness campaign about the 12-step Addiction Recovery Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Book Review -- The Parenting Breakthrough
(August 13, 2005) - Relevance: 4.9
When was the last time your child cooked his own meal, did her own laundry and cleaned his toilet? Does all that sound too good to be true? The Parenting Breakthrough: A Real-Life Plan to Make Your Kids Work, Save Money, and be Truly Independent (Deseret Book, softcover, $15.95) shows that, as with any success, you must develop a plan – a real-life parenting plan – that will teach your children to be truly independent.
Worldwide devotional: Living with purpose and real intent (LDS Church News)
(January 13, 2015) - Relevance: 4.9
“The compounding effect of daily disciplines, with purpose and real intent, can make a big difference in all areas of your life,” said Brother Randall L. Ridd, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, during the first Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. “It can mean the difference between struggling through an ordinary life or being immensely successful and filling the measure of your creation.”
Rise of the executive MP (Times - UK)
(May 18, 2010) - Relevance: 4.8
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.”
Family History becomes a passion for many (Lake Stevens Journal - Washington)
(September 5, 2009) - Relevance: 4.8
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.”
LDS women describe joys of motherhood (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 20, 2008) - Relevance: 4.7
"THE MOTHER IN ME: Real-World Reflections on Growing Into Motherhood," edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper, Deseret Book, $19.95
This is a tender collection of essays about motherhood and all its challenges and joys written from the perspective of 29 women who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While their faith is similar, each of their stories is unique.
Mormon church real estate firm plans to bring thousands of new homes to Riverton (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(December 8, 2015) - Relevance: 4.7
One of the LDS Church's real estate companies is moving to develop a 540-acre swath of church-owned farmland on Riverton's west side into residential and mixed-use neighborhoods.
The church's Suburban Land Reserve (SLR) has requested city approval of a master plan for a residential and commercial project on several large open parcels between Bangerter Highway and Mountain View Corridor near 13400 South.
Mormon teen's testimony shines in her music (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 18, 2013) - Relevance: 4.6
Kira Stone hopes that her music will help make the listener's day better.
Stone, 17, hails from San Francisco, and has made a break in the music industry through iTunes. Her first single, “Peter Pan,” was featured in iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” section and made it to the top 50 on the charts in January of last year.
“Peter Pan” was her first real venture into the world of songwriting. She didn’t even know her song was such a hit until a friend texted her about it.
LDS Church buys vacant KJZZ building (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 1, 2010) - Relevance: 4.5
The LDS Church on Saturday confirmed it has purchased the KJZZ studio building west of the Salt Lake City International Airport, a deal that represents its third noteworthy real estate acquisition in recent weeks.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the vacant KJZZ building at 5181 W. Amelia Earhart Drive from Miller Family Real Estate LLC for an undisclosed price, spokesman Scott Trotter said in a statement.
BYU students impress India VIP with commitment to honor code (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 13, 2018) - Relevance: 4.5
BYU's honor code had long interested Rahul Karad, but when he finally got to visit the campus this week, he wanted to know whether it was for real.
So Karad, executive president of MIT World Peace University in India, spontaneously stopped separate, random groups of students during his visit and quizzed them whether they follow the honor code.
Growth in the Church: Retaining the spiritual change of heart (LDS Church News)
(January 21, 2012) - Relevance: 4.5
Teaching others the doctrine of Christ, inviting them to come unto Him and helping them endure to the end are components of what many of the Brethren are now calling "real growth" in the Church, Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy said in his presentation Jan. 10 at the Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors.
"For the Church to be built up, we must have real growth," said Elder Evans, executive director of the Missionary Department, who addressed the 21 departing couples in one of the opening sessions at the Provo Missionary Training Center.
LDS author Stephanie Dibb Sorensen invigorates motherhood with practical doctrine (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 29, 2013) - Relevance: 4.5
Stephanie Dibb Sorensen is a mother to three children. After starting a blog, Diapers and Divinity online at diapersanddivinity.com, several years ago, she discovered a passion for sharing real life stories mixed with real doctrine. From that journey came her book "Covenant Motherhood: Reflecting the Role of Christ in Our Lives" (Covenant Communications, $11.99). Sorensen teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the department of LDS Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University and presents regularly at Especially for Youth.
Family television series making national release (BYU NewsNet)
(April 15, 2009) - Relevance: 4.4
The research-based reality television series “Real Families, Real Answers,” a collaboration of the BYU School of Family Life and BYU Broadcasting, is now scheduled to make its national debut on public television stations across the nation. After a positively received television screening, about 61 stations across the United States plan on airing the 13-episode series, which documents experiences of real families alongside family research in themes such as strengthening marriage, managing emotions, single-parenting and parenting teenagers.
Saints rising: a journey into the lives of missionaries (Alligator - Florida)
(January 5, 2010) - Relevance: 4.3
Editors’ note: Every year, more than 52,000 Mormon missionaries descend upon the world. This is a four-part series that follows two such messengers.
God, Guns and Glory
When you’re staring down the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun, the Promised Land can either look very hazy or pretty close — depending on your outlook on life.
The only thing standing between James Tate and a round of angry shells tearing through his anatomy was his Book of Mormon and a belief that there was a God and that He had made him fast — real fast.
“We got to go,” insisted a hushed voice, carrying traces of urgency.
Get a sneak peek of newly-renovated Mormon temple in Boise! (KIVI TV - Idaho)
(October 11, 2012) - Relevance: 4.3
The temple is the most sacred place for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Mormon temple in Boise, which was first built in 1984, has undergone a magnificent renovation.
The building has new marble, intricate wooden trimmings and chandeliers made from real Swarovski crystals. The walls are also covered with glittering stained glass art and paintings of Jesus.
According to the Mormon elders, the temple is a place for special worship, to get baptized and to take a break from the noisy outside world.
England Stake Stamps out Poverty (Church News and Events)
(February 16, 2012) - Relevance: 4.3
In a world where electronic communication has all but replaced “snail mail,” most people relish getting a real letter. The members of the Coventry England Stake are maximizing that treat with an unusual service initiative.
Two years ago, Des Waddington was serving as the branch president of the Daventry Branch (now part of the Rugby Ward). He began the “Used Stamp Appeal,” an initiative in which members of the ward collected used stamps to be donated to two charities: Oxfam and Leukaemia Care.
Washington Mormon choir sings at DC United-Real Salt Lake match (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 17, 2015) - Relevance: 4.3
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.
Movie tells story of young Joseph Smith and Book of Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 2, 2011) - Relevance: 4.2
Real people, real struggles and the quest for salvation.
Those are elements that LDS filmmaker Christian Vuissa wanted to portray in his new film, “Joseph Smith, Volume 1: Plates of Gold.”
“I’m interested in exploring humanity in everyday situations and experiences,” Vuissa said.
The movie, which premieres in Utah theaters Friday, Sept. 2, details the story behind the coming forth of the Book of Mormon amidst the personal hardships and trials in the life of young Joseph Smith. The film also captures the courtship and early years of marriage between Joseph and Emma.
A New Book Examines 'The Real Romney' (NPR)
(January 20, 2012) - Relevance: 4.1
In a new biography, two longtime Boston Globe reporters write about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a complicated man who also "loves dichotomies ... strong versus weak, stagnation versus prosperity, leadership versus drift."
On their hunt for The Real Romney, Scott Helman and Michael Kranish traced Romney's life from his childhood in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to his career at private equity firm Bain Capital, and then to his work in politics — first as the governor of Massachusetts and then as a presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.
On Thursday's Fresh Air, Helman and Kranish join Terry Gross for a wide-ranging conversation about Romney, whom they portray as a deeply analytical man guided strongly by his Mormon faith.
BYU basketball: ‘Jimmermania’ sweeping the country (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 13, 2011) - Relevance: 4.1
It started to flicker more than a year ago with a 49-point explosion at national power Arizona, grew hotter at last year’s NCAA Tournament after Jimmer Fredette scored 37 against Florida and then re-ignited last week when he dropped 39 on UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center
But Jimmermania took hold of the country and the college basketball world for real on Tuesday night, as BYU’s senior guard dump-trucked rival Utah with 47 dazzling points, including a did-he-just-do-that? halfcourt shot that beat the halftime buzzer, his 30th, 31st and 32nd points of the half.
Mass exodus from Mormonism? LDS stats paint a different picture (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 3, 2016) - Relevance: 4.1
The optics tell a stunning story of Mormon decline — or so many observers insist.
Photos of Mormons gathering en masse in a Salt Lake City park to quit their church officially and openly — accompanied by video images spinning around the globe — suggest the LDS Church is enduring an enormous, even unprecedented exodus.
The trouble with those visuals, according to church calculations, is that they distort the real picture. While the departures certainly loom large for the individuals involved, their overall numbers remain relatively small in the scope of one of the world's fastest-growing religions.
McEntee: Harsh words about gays rekindle a mother’s anger (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 23, 2010) - Relevance: 4.1
Mike Urrutia wrote his note in the car he’d started in a closed garage. “I’m just tired. Please let me go.”
He was Marilyn Smith’s first-born, her only son. He was a tender boy, and she recognized early “that he wasn’t real boyish.”
But she’d grown up in a tiny Mormon community in Idaho, where no one ever even thought about people being gay.
“I wasn’t exposed to national newspapers,” Marilyn said. “We had the Lincoln County Journal, you know? And I read that for the gossip around town.”
And she never developed much interest in the rest of the world until Mike grew up and introduced his mother to the often devastating complexities of growing up gay in a highly conservative state and faith.
The Mormon Who Creates Billions of Fake Identities Every Month (Forbes)
(February 4, 2014) - Relevance: 4
Suspicious NSA and FBI agents have contacted Jacob Allred about his websites, and Social Security Administration investigators, waving badges, have showed up at his door. Businesses have cursed him. Some have telephoned to yell at him in the middle of the night, and others have threatened lawsuits.
Allred, 28, is the real person behind fakenamegenerator.com, a site that creates all aspects of a credible digital person: a name, date of birth, address, email, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, even a credible-looking credit card number with expiry date and security code. The identities may look real, but are entirely inventions, so are legal, a programmed figment of computer imagination. The original site announced itself as a public service, and required that visitors click to “agree to be responsible for your own actions.”
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(April 19, 2012) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
The World Report Available (LDS Newsroom)
(April 10, 2013) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(April 19, 2013) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2013) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 7, 2014) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 13, 2015) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Watch the October 2015 edition.
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(April 3, 2016) - Relevance: 3.9
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The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 3, 2016) - Relevance: 3.9
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The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(April 3, 2017) - Relevance: 3.9
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The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(April 2, 2018) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Watch the April 2018 edition below in English and Spanish.
The World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2018) - Relevance: 3.9
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Watch the October 2018 edition below in English and Spanish.
BYU's Christmas Around the World (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 30, 2006) - Relevance: 3.9
In a celebration of the gatherings around the world that bring cultures together, the Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble will present "The Gathering," the annual performance of "Christmas Around the World" Friday and Saturday.
Are returned missionaries smarter? (Daily Universe - Utah)
(February 2, 2011) - Relevance: 3.9
In 1955, a young man told his mother he wanted to “go to BYU and study business without delay.”
His mother, a dedicated Latter-day Saint, replied, “Son, if you serve a mission in the Church, you will learn more about business in those two years than you will ever learn in college.”
The young man, eager to prove his mother wrong, was called to serve in the Northern States Mission.
Two years later, this same young man enrolled at BYU to study business.
More than 50 years later, LeGrand Duce, a multi-million dollar real estate investor in northwestern Washington and graduate of BYU, said it was the skills he learned on his mission that “paved the way for me to have success at BYU, and ultimately, to have success in the business world.”
Report Spotlights Church around the World (Church News and Events)
(April 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.8
Between the Sunday morning and afternoon sessions of general conference, The World Report outlined the last six months of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This edition of The World Report highlighted the cultural celebration and rededication of the Laie Hawaii Temple, along with the history of the Church in that area.
Relief Society sister oversees World Cup event in Costa Rica (LDS Church News)
(May 2, 2014) - Relevance: 3.8
If soccer is the world’s most popular sport, then the various World Cup soccer tournaments can surely be counted among the globe’s most popular sporting events.
Costa Rica recently staged the Women’s Under-17 World Cup, becoming the first Central American nation to host a World Cup tournament. The international competition drew top teams from 32 nations and captured the attention of “futbol” fanatics worldwide.
For Harvard dean, a higher calling (Massachusetts)
(July 5, 2005) - Relevance: 3.8
In his 56 years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kim B. Clark had met the church's president exactly once, and had never had a real conversation with him.
Book of Mormon gets Old World details right (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 24, 2010) - Relevance: 3.7
Before we move further into the Book of Mormon's New World setting, where we will discuss geography and archaeology, I'm taking a step back to examine the Lehites in their Old World setting -- in about 600 B.C. -- as they fled Jerusalem for the New World.
Because 1 Nephi tells us the Lehites begin from a known city -- Jerusalem -- and traveled a course that ran parallel to another known geographical marker -- the Red Sea -- we can confidently deduce that their flight traveled southward into Southern Arabia.
Online role-playing games hurt marital satisfaction, says BYU study (BYU news release)
(February 15, 2012) - Relevance: 3.7
Online role playing games negatively affect real-life marital satisfaction, according to a new Brigham Young University study to be published February 15th in the Journal of Leisure Research.
The study reports that 75 percent of spouses of sword-carrying, avatar-loving gamers wish they would put less effort into their guilds and more effort into their marriage. The researchers, led by graduate student Michelle Ahlstrom, and recreation management professor Neil Lundberg, studied 349 couples to learn how online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft, affect marital satisfaction for both gamers and their spouses. And in some cases, gaming even increased satisfaction.
Now is the season of Jennings' discontent
(December 1, 2004) - Relevance: 3.7
The woman who ended "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings' 74-game winning streak is a California real estate agent whose own 8-year-old daughter asked for his autograph when they met.
Testimony has become more real (LDS Church News)
(April 18, 2009) - Relevance: 3.7
When Elder Neil L. Andersen was ordained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy 16 years ago at the age of 41, he had a firm and true testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel.
A world of Scouting: Close to 40,000 gather for jamboree (LDS Church News)
(August 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
Growing up in Utah County, Griffin Bodine is accustomed to being surrounded on all sides by fellow members of the Church. So for this teacher from Lindon, Utah, participating in the World Scout Jamboree with youth from around the world was an eye-opening experience.
The October 2017 World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 2, 2017) - Relevance: 3.7
The World Report is a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Watch the October 2017 edition below in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
October 2011 World Report (LDS Newsroom)
(October 6, 2011) - Relevance: 3.6
The October 2011 edition of The World Report, a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), is now available on the Church’s Public Affairs YouTube channel.
Mitt Romney and Mormon culture (Washington Post)
(August 7, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
Mitt Romney, speaking last week in Jerusalem, shows why religion is and ought to be part of our campaign discourse—not the pointless question of who is more Christian than whom, but the investigation of how the worldviews that religious communities conserve inspire the way that candidates read circumstances. During the primaries, we were so busy trying to figure out if Romney is a real Christian, we didn’t look very closely at what really matters in his religious worldview. If we had, his recent declaration that “culture makes all the difference” in Israel would not have so surprised and bewildered us.
Romney’s assessment of the situation in Israel-Palestine is of a piece with what literature scholar Harold Bloom has called the “most work-addicted culture in religious history.” Romney and other Mormons today read their heritage, even their very existence as Mormons, as a demonstration of the triumph of the cooperative strength of hard work and fiscal prudence. Indeed, work and economic care play a much more important role in Mormon theology, such as it is, than the loosely conceived notions that make real Christians choke on their coffee.
Idaho's real-life brothers in arms (CNN)
(June 16, 2005) - Relevance: 3.6
As the war in Iraq stretches on, American military families feel a mixture of pride and anxiety that comes with having a loved one in a combat zone. The family of Leon and Tammy Pruett knows those feelings four times over.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir appears in Disney's 'It's a Small World' 50th Anniversary video (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 21, 2014) - Relevance: 3.6
It was 50 years ago at the New York World's Fair that "It's a Small World" — what has since become one of the most iconic of all the attractions at Disney theme parks — debuted as a tribute to the UNICEF's work for children around the world.
As a kickoff to a worldwide celebration April 10, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was among groups and individuals from more than 25 countries featured in a video shown Friday in a segment of "Good Morning America" on ABC-TV.
Orem man 'most romantic in world' (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 14, 2008) - Relevance: 3.6
"My husband," says Orem resident Lydia Gibbons, "is the most romantic man in the world." She's only exaggerating a little. Ted Gibbons hasn't officially earned the title "World's Greatest Romantic," but he is one of the five finalists in a national romance contest sponsored by Princess Cruises.
LDS senior humanitarians serve the world (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 9, 2009) - Relevance: 3.6
A small group of women living in Orem is changing the lives of thousands of children around the world.
The women of the Seville Retirement Home make colorful bibs, blankets, balls and dolls, among many other things. They send them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Services, where the products are sent out across the world.
FamilySearch Adds New WWI Records for Armistice 100th Anniversary (Church News)
(November 9, 2018) - Relevance: 3.6
On Veterans Day 2018 this Sunday, the world will look back a century to the victory of Allied forces and the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of World War I. With that signing, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the world rejoiced.
Alleged schemer vows to pay back investors
(November 19, 2004) - Relevance: 3.6
To save himself from a crumbling real-estate empire built on at least $140 million in allegedly fraudulent loans, an Alpine man has agreed to spend the next three years repaying hundreds of Utahns who invested in his business.
Why I Love Mormons (Real Clear Religion)
(January 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.6
It was a cold evening and I was limping home. My right hip can't swivel like it should, so I've always walked with what is technically a limp. It's been much worse lately because of a hurt foot.
So when the young men on bikes started at me, I was especially unamused. It's easy enough to knock one guy off of a bicycle if it comes down to that, but more than one was going to be a problem.
World Congress of Families Mourns Passing of LDS President (News release)
(February 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3.6
World Congress of Families International Secretary Allan Carlson said Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – who died on Sunday -- was “a great champion of the natural family.”
“Under President Hinckley’s guidance, the LDS Church was resolute in its defense of family values, including traditional marriage,” Carlson noted. “LDS leaders have been active in the World Congress of Families. Church representatives and lay scholars participated in World Congress of Families I (Prague, 1997), WCF II (Geneva, 1999),WCF III (Mexico City, 2004) and World Congress of Families IV (Warsaw, 2007).”
What's new: 'More Amazing Mormon World Records' (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 17, 2008) - Relevance: 3.6
Paul B. Skousen continues to chronicle Latter-day super feats.
"The Skousen Book of More Amazing Mormon World Records" is a follow-up to 2004's "The Skousen Book of Mormon World Records." The updated version, released earlier this month, furthers Skousen's effort to present "the astonishing, the amazing, and the unbelievable achievements of Latter-day Saints from all around the world," according to a news release.
Junction soon may be heart of west Summit
(November 15, 2004) - Relevance: 3.6
Property Reserve Inc., the real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is also planning a 200-acre mixed-use development at Kimball Junction that will come before county planners for approval this month.
Area pilot remembered (Whittier Daily News - California)
(October 13, 2006) - Relevance: 3.6
To those who knew him, Tyler Stanger was the real deal: An aviation enthusiast who had hung around Brackett Field in La Verne since he was 17 and became both a mechanic and a pilot - an unusual combination.
BYU gives breath to newborns in developing world (LDS Church News)
(May 19, 2014) - Relevance: 3.6
According to the World Health Organization, about 1 million sick or premature newborns in third-world countries die every year due to the lack of oxygen. Mortality rates for infants in developing nations are high because health care workers don’t have the equipment of developed nations.
A Mormon viewpoint on migrant law (Arizona Central - Arizona)
(May 21, 2010) - Relevance: 3.6
Anyone who has gained a real testimony of the gospel from the teachings of the LDS Church would not let the political viewpoints of one man who in no way speaks for, or on behalf of the church, dictate their faith.
Need for Foreign Language Speakers Grows in FamilySearch (Church News and Events)
(February 7, 2011) - Relevance: 3.6
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.
Jon Huntsman, a conservative and a Mormon, says legalizing same-sex marriage is the ‘right thing to do’ (MSNBC)
(February 22, 2013) - Relevance: 3.5
Former Utah governor and presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is speaking out in favor of marriage equality, arguing that it is a “conservative cause” that the Republican Party should support. In an op-ed for The American Conservative, Huntsman writes about his time as governor of Utah during which he pushed for civil unions and equality for the LGBTQ community, and adds that the GOP now has the opportunity to do more.
“Conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry,” Huntsman writes. “There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love… This is both the right thing to do and will better allow us to confront the real choice our country is facing: a choice between the Founders’ vision of a limited government that empowers free markets, with a level playing field giving opportunity to all, and a world of crony capitalism and rent-seeking by the most powerful economic interests.”
Life on a mission (The Shreveport Times - Louisiana)
(July 23, 2007) - Relevance: 3.5
Fresh polish hides the work Elder Landon Hasson's shoes have done over the past 18 months.
But underneath, faint creases where grooves in the soles used to be reveal the real story of his mission.
Fathers of the prophets (LDS Church News)
(June 19, 2015) - Relevance: 3.5
The impact of righteous fathers in the gospel is real. From Christ’s relationship with His own Father to the scripture stories of Lehi and Nephi or Abraham and Isaac, there are principles learned, behaviors modeled and lessons taught.
Monson: BYU football at a crossroads (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 28, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
BYU football is at a crossroads, at the metaphorical intersection of what's real and what's imagined, with only the former authentically leading to what's next for Bronco Mendenhall's program. It is a junction where the Cougars have to face down not just what they want to be, but what they can be and what they are.
Simple Habits Help Us Live with Purpose and Real Intent (Church News)
(February 19, 2015) - Relevance: 3.5
It is through living a deliberate, focused life that we will find success and become more like our Heavenly Father, taught Brother Randall L. Ridd, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, during a recent worldwide devotional.
Covet this: The new rules for 'Religulous' (USA Today)
(October 10, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
Bill Maher says he's actually doing God a favor with Religulous, his globe-trotting takedown of organized religion.
"My theory is, if there is a God, he needs a break," says the standup comic and host of HBO's Real Time. "As we say in the movie, we don't know if He exists. But if there is a God, He is very put upon. He wants someone to debunk. Leave Him alone already. Keep the pressure off Him."
Most hugs given-world record set by Jordan Pearce (World Records Academy)
(September 18, 2007) - Relevance: 3.5
Love flowed fast in Provo on Saturday night when 765 people stood in line to hug 18-year-old Jordan Pearce in an attempt to break the world's record for most hugs given to one person in an hour. The event was part of the LDS Church's Edgemont North Stake Super Activity.
Mormon Parents Rejected For Scout Leadership Post (NPR)
(October 20, 2010) - Relevance: 3.5
A Presbyterian church was happy to have Jeremy and Jodi Stokes as Cub Scout leaders, at least until officials there found out they are Mormons and told them they would have to step down because the church does not consider them real Christians.
This woman is a real Joy ode to joy (Free Lance-Star - Virginia)
(January 3, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
Joy Phelps has the right first name.
She bubbles over with enthusiasm, talking a mile a minute about how much she loves children and teenagers, the disabled and the elderly, anyone and everyone.
Even teenagers who gather in her home to study the Bible and Mormon scripture say she's hyper, especially at 5:50 in the morning.
World Peace Prize presented in India to Mormon leader (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 15, 2017) - Relevance: 3.5
As the standoff over nuclear weapons continued Monday between the United States and North Korea, a senior LDS Church leader accepted a World Peace Prize in India and called on world leaders to recognize that a failure to accommodate religion results in conflict.
White horses led a large procession to honor Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who walked down a green carpet on the street outside the World Peace Center in Pune, India, to the sounds of Indian bagpipers and high-pitched cymbals.
Individuals With Addictions Find Hope and Help (LDS Church news release)
(August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3.5
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.
Reid stays real, wins over Philly's fanatics
(February 1, 2005) - Relevance: 3.5
On a frigid night six years ago, Butch Buchanico, the security director for the Philadelphia Eagles, was sitting with Andy Reid and his coaches in Frederick's, an Italian restaurant in south Philadelphia.
The Straw Poll: Give Mitt His Due (CBN News)
(August 13, 2007) - Relevance: 3.5
Mitt Romney’s victory in the Iowa Straw Poll was not unexpected but let’s break this down a little so you have a real sense of what’s going on here.
Time for Some Mormon Myth Busting (Real Clear Religion)
(June 4, 2013) - Relevance: 3.5
I can still see her out there, the second mission companion in a row I had driven crazy, furiously scrubbing her clothes in the concrete basin serving as washing machine in Brazil of the 1980s. I sat inside, fuming as well after another argument, but gradually embarked on a crucial mental trajectory.
Who to watch at the World Congress of Families (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 26, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
More than 2,700 attendees and 200 speakers are expected to flock to Salt Lake City for the World Congress of Families IX, which kicks off Tuesday.
The four-day conference, which will take place at the Grand America Hotel, is billed as the "largest gathering of pro-family advocates in the world." Scholars, religious leaders and motivational speakers are coming from around the globe to speak on topics as varied as homeschooling to sex trafficking.
West's water troubles getting worse (AP article)
(April 20, 2005) - Relevance: 3.4
Because of the drought, rent payments and livestock numbers have been reduced on many of the farms and ranches owned by Farm Management Co., the real estate subsidiary of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the West's largest private agricultural landowners.
Overlooking the Mormon Temple, a New Center (The New York Times)
(May 13, 2009) - Relevance: 3.4
While the economic crisis has silenced hundreds of real estate projects around the country, 1,100 construction workers are toiling on a 20-acre development here that is springing up across the street from the Mormon Temple in the center of downtown.
Freshman builds first 35 snowmen of year (BYU Universe)
(November 14, 2014) - Relevance: 3.4
BYU freshman Greg Sorenson of Hemet, California took advantage of Provo’s first real snowfall of the season Thursday evening by building 35 miniature snowmen on the walkway up from Helamen Halls to the Tanner Building.
October 2009 Edition of The World Report (LDS Church Newsroom Blog)
(October 20, 2009) - Relevance: 3.4
The latest edition of The World Report, a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is now available on YouTube. This latest edition includes a story on Elder Anderson's call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the dedication of the Church History Library, temple updates and many other stories.
October 2010 World Report (LDS Church Newsroom)
(October 16, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
The latest edition of The World Report, a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is now available on the Church’s Public Affairs YouTube channel and Facebook page. This latest edition includes a story on Church members in Russia, the launch of the new Mormon.org and the creation of a 1:32 scaled replica of the Salt Lake Temple.
TV becoming more 'real' for Mormons (Las Vegas Review-Journal - Nevada)
(June 23, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
The combination seems off, somehow, like pouring chocolate sauce on a bowl of Jell-O.
Mormons. And reality TV.
Nonetheless, the past TV season has been notable for its confluence of what may be religion's most stereotypically wholesome denomination and the TV genre that thrives on the anything-but-wholesome.
That's primarily because of David Archuleta
Mathis Brings Sparks to Checketts's New Team
(April 1, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
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.
First Presidency Easter Message for 2011 (LDS Church News)
(April 16, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
Among the most cherished thoughts and writings in this world is the divine statement of truth: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
The full text of the Observer's Q&A with Orson Scott Card (North Carolina)
(July 25, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Q. It was during the recession of the `80s that you took a day job, and chose one in North Carolina. What tipped the balance in favor of North Carolina -- or was it strictly the job?
A. Lots of things - it's easy to fall in love with Greensboro. The real question isn't so much why we came as why we stayed ...
Producing musical gives satisfaction (Davis Clipper - Utah)
(November 24, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
Producing a show for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is much different than producing a show in the secular world, the producer of “Savior of the World,” said. Jay Clark, a Layton resident, said producing the musical that tells the story of Jesus Christ’s birth and resurrection gives him a satisfaction that working in the secular world doesn’t
Sprawling project near I-75 revived (Florida)
(February 5, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Suburban Land is a subsidiary of Property Reserve Inc., the Salt Lake City-based commercial real estate arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Property Reserve obtained the original approvals for the project, but never acted on it.
MormonSpeak: Notoriously rebellious (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 27, 2007) - Relevance: 3.3
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.
ZCMI retailers biding time (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 28, 2006) - Relevance: 3.3
Clayton Williams, owner of Williams Fine Art gallery, said he was in negotiations with Property Reserve Inc., the real estate investment operation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"We have not reached a decision as to whether we will be here or we'll be moving," he said, "and if we'll be moving, where we'll be moving."
Traditional Family Championed at World Congress (Church News and Events)
(June 8, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
The traditional family—father, mother, and children—is in rapid decline, though “children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows,” a Church leader warned at the World Congress of Families held in Madrid on May 25–27 (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2010, 129).
Awards honor real teen idol (Daily Bulletin - California)
(May 31, 2007) - Relevance: 3.3
Promoting the importance of reading to the community. Working at a Boy Scout camp. Befriending special-ed students through the Best Buddies program.
Plus, going to Cajon High School and hanging out with friends snowboarding, surfing or dirtbiking.
The list can sound exhausting, but Ammon Becar is not tired.
Do you know the latest statistics of the Church? (LDS Church News)
(December 19, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
Of all the news throughout the world, there is no news like the growth of the Church.
For 36 years, the staff of the Church News section of the Deseret News has chronicled the history of the Church since its earliest days of Restoration to its expansion throughout the world.
The 624-page 2010 Deseret News Church Almanac is the most complete compilation of facts and statistics that are arranged to tell the greatest story in the world.
Find Your Family’s World War I Veterans in New Collections Online (Church News)
(November 12, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
Veterans Day is a time to recognize the veterans in our lives—to honor their service for our country and show them that we appreciate their sacrifices made in our behalf.
“The Great War,” World War I, began 100 years ago and later ended on November 11, 1918. In commemoration of Veterans Day, FamilySearch.org has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920.
A world of nativities (California)
(December 4, 2004) - Relevance: 3.3
About 500 nativities from 65 countries around the world will be on display this week in Palo Alto during the 17th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
World Record Feeds Many (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(March 25, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
People in need in Durham County, North Carolina, are the beneficiaries of a recent world record.
Nearly 560,000 pounds of food was collected in one day on Saturday, 5 March 2011, with the help of many community organizations, including local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The world record eclipsed an earlier record reached last year in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, of 509,000 pounds of food collected by Latter-day Saints.
Man off a mission saves Cardinals (Michigan)
(August 29, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Perhaps Saginaw Valley State University has found its man, again.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Dougherty, who spent two years on a Mormon mission in Chile before getting himself back into shape last year, saw his first real-game action in five years on Saturday and pulled off one of the most stunning victories in school history.
Movie follows early days of Mormon church (Nebraska)
(April 23, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
"The Work and the Glory" is an independent film that's part of a movie-making movement within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Based on Gerald N. Lund's novel, it's a period piece that weaves real-life church history into a fictional story.
‘Real Romney’ gets the gist of Mitt (USA Today)
(January 17, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
George Romney, Mitt's headstrong dad, stormed out of the 1964 Republican convention to protest the party's foot-dragging on civil rights.
Gaskell Romney, Mitt's self-made grandfather, built one of the finest homes in Salt Lake City.
'Savior of the World' Brings Scriptures to Life (BYU NewsNet)
(November 17, 2007) - Relevance: 3.3
She's the third angel from the left, a fact she'll eagerly share.
In fact, Gina Knighton would be excited to tell you anything about "Savior of the World." The show gives people something to talk about.
"Savior of the World," a musical dramatizing the events surrounding Christ's birth and resurrection, opens its eighth season Friday in the LDS Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake. Performances continue through Dec. 29, and tickets are available to buy online or through the Conference Center Ticket Office.
22nd World Scout Jamboree (LDS Church News)
(August 6, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
Almost 40,000 Scouts from across the globe have gathered here for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree. For many, it will be the first time they learn of the Church and its beliefs. For the hundreds of LDS Scouts and their leaders participating in this international event, the Jamboree offers a singular opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other members from scattered parts of the world while sharing their beliefs with Scouts from all corners of the earth.
Light the World (mormon.org)
(December 5, 2018) - Relevance: 3.3
Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. Join us this Christmas as we follow His example and find ways to share our time, love, and resources with those in need.
Time for UCLA's Olson to step up (Real Footall 365)
(July 25, 2007) - Relevance: 3.3
t's time for Ben Olson to show UCLA fans why he was once the most sought-after high school football player in the land. It has been a tough road for the redshirt junior. He started at BYU, and after a two-year Mormon mission transferred to UCLA.
BYU and the real Mormon mission advantage (Vanquish the Foe)
(September 21, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
For decades BYU has built a football program around the practice of sending teenage delinquents off on Mormon missions to see them come back as grown men ready to play disciplined football. What exactly are these missionaries doing to get them ready for a grueling season of college football?
Free & Easy (Washington Post)
(December 20, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
The Mormon Temple's annual holiday display is a real spectacle: more than 500,000 lights, 16 Christmas trees and a life-size nativity scene, not to mention twice-nightly musical performances.
Performances at 7 and 8 p.m. through Jan. 1. Washington D.C. Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. www.dctemplelights.lds.org.
Love Frames Elder Bednar’s Teachings to Emerging Church in Asia (Church News)
(June 11, 2018) - Relevance: 3.3
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?
Facade to be stored and reinstalled (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 5, 2007) - Relevance: 3.3
The cast-iron ZCMI facade, a staple of downtown Salt Lake City since the 1870s, is being readied for a careful disassembly, said Dale Bills, spokesman for City Creek Reserve Inc., a real-estate division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormonism in the National Spotlight (My Fox Memphis - Tennessee)
(July 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
By far and away, Southern Baptists and Methodists make up the majority of the protestant religious population in the Mid-South.
While almost all of the different denominations have an open book policy, very little is known about one faith that has recently stolen headlines.
Mormons are best known for their wholesome lifestyle and their mandated missionaries. But, the real tenants of their faith were not widely known, until recently.
Testimony of President Gordon B. Hinckley (LDS Church news release)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
"I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God's holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices. He gave heed to Their instruction.
'Rejoice and Be Merry!' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 28, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
Combining a world-famous choir and orchestra with the world-renowned King's Singers was both a joy and a challenge for Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg.
Ambassador explores US-world relations (BYU Newsnet)
(March 18, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
U.S. diplomatic relation resources are spread thin, damaging its image throughout the world, a U.S. ambassador said in a lecture to students. But, significant changes have been made since the Obama administration came to power.
Checketts: Destined for greatness (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 17, 2006) - Relevance: 3.3
It was a perfectly agreeable afternoon on that day nearly 23 years ago, and Dave Checketts - now the multimillionaire entrepreneur who owns the Real Salt Lake soccer team and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League - had just accepted the job that would launch his wondrous career.
Celebrating Freedom Around the World (LDS Newsroom)
(July 3, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
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.
'A Proclamation to the World' Is 20 Years Old (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(September 24, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
Wednesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of an important document. In 1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put forth a set of principles that would help strengthen families and communities throughout the world. Those time-tested guidelines came in the form of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Virginia H. Pearce, daughter of late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, was serving in the Church’s auxiliary leadership at the time. She shares her thoughts on the moment she heard the proclamation and her feelings today.
New Mormon Temple in Mexico Is 149th Temple in the World (World Religion News)
(December 18, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints temple that opened in November in Mexico is the 149th Mormon temple of the world, and the 13th of its kind in Mexico. President Uchtdorf, who was present during the traditional cornerstone ceremony, called on the assistance of local Latter-day Saints and Church leaders to join the ceremonious completion of the temple.
BYU luge star wins World Cup en route to Sochi (Universe - Utah)
(January 28, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
With the promise of being the most watched Olympic games in the history of broadcast television, America and Cougar nation will be on the lookout for BYU student and Olympian Kate Hansen during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Hansen, of La Canada, Calif., earned a place in history winning her first career World Cup luge race on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Sigulda, Latvia, marking the first World Cup singles for USA Luge since 1997.
Jane Austen Connects with Mormon Women, According to Austen Bio Sales (pr.com)
(February 11, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
When Editor Howard F. Clarke checked the sales figures of his newly formatted version of "Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters, a Family Record,” he found an odd statistic: the Jane Austen bio is selling more copies in Salt Lake City, Utah than in any other U.S. location… by a ratio of 8 to 1.
Why, Clarke wondered? Did this biography get selected by a Salt Lake book club, school, or an Austen group in that region or were there other factors involved? Unsure why this was so--and more intrigued by the puzzle than having any hopes in making marketing advances--he contacted Aspen Anderson, the Utah Regional Director of JASNA--the Jane Austen Society of North America.
"A book club becoming active is a possibility," Ms. Anderson says. "But the real reason behind the sales, I think, is likely to be one of morals.
“Honestly," Ms. Anderson reveals, "I think the most reasonable explanation would be that Salt Lake City is 60% Mormon. While society has shifted away from the culture and morals of Jane Austen's world, Latter Day Saints still believe in abstinence before marriage and complete fidelity afterwards, as well as the idea that women are inherently different from men--although for us, it is Equal but different.”
Tim Pawlenty Calls For Clarity About Religious Beliefs In New Video (Huffington Post)
(July 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Tim Pawlenty may have finally figured out who he wants to be as a candidate.
The former Minnesota governor's six-minute video explaining the importance and impact of the Christian faith to him and his wife Mary is something new, and it gives voters a glimpse of something real and substantive about Pawlenty, while drawing contrasts with each of the other Republican candidates in the race.
Church Updates Resources Addressing Same-Sex Attraction (Church News)
(October 26, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
“The hardest part of the journey is the two words gay and Mormon coexisting,” said Roger Sanchez, a member of the Church who began experiencing same-sex attraction at the age of nine.
“There were many sleepless nights spent crying to my Heavenly Father for help. … I couldn’t tell anyone because if that ever came out, I would not know how to survive on my own. I assumed I would be alone if they knew the real me.”
This is not your typical almanac (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 9, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
Of all the news throughout the world, there is no news like the growth of the Mormon church.
In one 624-page volume is the most complete compilation of facts and statistics arranged to tell the greatest story in the world.
How all of Utah is connected with monument (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 6, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Almost every piece of property in Utah has a connection to a small obelisk-shaped monument on the southeast corner of Temple Square.
"When you think of all the different kinds of sculptures and monuments around the city, this is probably the smallest and the least visually impressive," said Richard Oman, curator of acquisitions at the Museum of Church History and Art. "But ... this is the real thing."
'Mormon' show might ring your bell (Times Online - Pennsylvania)
(March 29, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Give credit to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which took out a three-page color ad in the middle of the free program handed out to Benedum spectators, touting the real Book of Mormon.
“You've seen the play...now read the book,” says one of the ad's smiling Mormons.
“The book is always better,” adds another.
Genealogy event helps you find your roots (The Herald - California)
(January 21, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Deep in the microfilm at a Family History Center, I made my first real breakthrough in researching the elusive family of my father in 1975.
I found a federal census record listing his great-grandfather's family — John Cullen Nevin and his wife Martha — living in Lodi in 1880.
BYU's Lee Library offers online exhibit of World War II items, stories (BYU News Release - Utah)
(May 23, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Stories of bravery and images of an iconic war from the collection in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University are now available in an online exhibit at wwii.byu.edu.
The Web collection, “Remembering World War II: Pearl Harbor and Beyond,” features items and stories selected from the BYU library’s collection of World War II materials. The Web site features a wide range of documents that give insight into the experience of Americans during the War.
It's a Mormon moment in new film about the faith (NJ.com - New Jersey)
(November 13, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the fastest growing Christian denominations in the world. And while most of the growth is attributable to an ingenious process of missioning young members all over the world, a blockbuster Broadway show keeps the Mormons in the spotlight.
This woman is an angel in real life (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 19, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Carolyn Ruth Anderson isn't your typical Mormon angel.
She's calm and at peace, but she doesn't just do good deeds and serve others; she actually shouts Hallelujah from high atop the Manti Temple Hill dressed in a gown of silvery white.
She dances and sings praises before an audience of thousands for 10 days every summer.
Unlocking secret combinations (BYU Universe)
(August 19, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
In a world growing darker with time, Clyde Williams took a moment to spread a little light on how to recognize the secret combinations, both ancient and modern, of the world.
The things people believe (Ottowa Citizen - Canada)
(December 15, 2007) - Relevance: 3.2
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.
Family changing the world — one nativity at a time (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 29, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Garrick Hyde practically stopped his car on the freeway the day God told him he needed to do more to help the world's poverty-stricken artists.
"I remember where I was. I remember what I was doing when God spoke to me and said, 'You can do more,'" said the Mormon husband and father.
Kirby: Going to hell in a handcart (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 26, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
I didn't go to the Days of '47 parade. I didn't even watch it on TV. What's the point? I'm doing the real Mormon pioneer thing next week.
My editor - who has never liked me - assigned me and two other Tribune unfortunates to an LDS handcart trek. On Wednesday, Jessica, Rick and I will be embedded with the Sandy Canyon View Stake as they tramp off into the desert.
Meet the Mormons -- From the Margin to the Mainstream (Commonweal Magazine)
(November 6, 2007) - Relevance: 3.2
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?
Keeping it all in the family (The Oregonian)
(December 4, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
It was 2006, and Southridge had just lost to Jesuit 56-7 in the Class 6A football final.
Kirk Werhane, Mitch Mathews and Trevor Harman -- sophomores on the team -- had watched their older brothers play their last game for the Skyhawks. Their playoff run was exhilarating, but the ending was harsh.
"I felt real bad for Paul and his friends, having to go out like that," said Kirk Werhane, referring to his brother.
Sidebar: The Bible vs. Mormon Beliefs (The Christian Post)
(November 24, 2007) - Relevance: 3.2
• He is the virgin-born Son of God, conceived by the Holy Ghost (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35).
• Jesus "was born in the same personal, real and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father" (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 547, 742).
Mormonism is global, but is it a 'world religion'?
(August 1, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
Twenty years ago, University of Washington sociologist Rodney Stark observed the phenomenal growth of Mormonism and declare that it would "soon achieve a worldwide following comparable to that of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and the other dominant world faiths."
Elder Nelson Teaches about Symbols of Christ’s Birth (Church News and Events)
(December 23, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Members of the Church have the responsibility to help prepare the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“Before that can happen, before it will happen, ‘this gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,’” he said. “And as we do this, each day can become our own day with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Yes, our own spirit of Christmas can be ours each and every day of our lives. We can be part of the solution to problems of the world as we live in accord with the teachings of the Creator of the world.”
Elder Nelson spoke December 13 at a Salt Lake hotel during a Christmas luncheon sponsored by the Salt Lake chapter of the BYU Management Society, whose purpose is to promote moral and ethical leadership in the workforce throughout the world.
LDS Church to make large donation to fight cancer (ABC 4 - Utah)
(September 12, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
The LDS Church is poised to make yet another generous donation to those in need.
ABC 4 News has learned that, Tuesday morning, the Church will donate a large and valuable piece of real estate in downtown Salt Lake.
The land is on the corner of First South and Fourth East.
Landmark for Eternity (News from the Church)
(November 17, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Walking to work every morning, Karen Zelnick passes some of the most well-known sites in the world-the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Central Park, Broadway. But the landmark that's most important to her is the Manhattan New York Temple.
Karen works as an event planner in one of the most event-full places in the world. The demands and pace of her work are intense. The temple is the place where she goes to find peace in a high-pressure world. It is the place where she finds spiritual growth and comfort through serving as an ordinance worker.
Nevada Mom Changing World One Baby at a Time (Church News and Events)
(August 2, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Montserrat Ventura Wadsworth wanted to change the world. She planned to live an exciting and glamorous life, saving millions by finding cures for the world’s diseases.
When Sister Wadsworth found herself raising 10 children on a large farm in Winnemucca, Nevada, she realized that Heavenly Father had a different plan for her.
In the speech she gave as Nevada’s Young Mother of the Year at the American Mothers, Inc. convention, Sister Wadsworth explained that she now viewed motherhood as an integral part of God’s plan to change the world. “While battles rage, diseases spread, and evil rears its ugly head, God is working quietly behind the scenes using mothers and babies to change the world.”
Mormon family reaches out to Romania’s forsaken children (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 29, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Westerners know little about Romania, save for the nightmarish tale about a night-stalking, blood-sucking villain.
In fact, searching for Count Dracula, the fictional figure built from legends about the real-life 15th-century Vlad the Impaler, has become one of the Eastern European nation’s most frequent tourist activities.
Modest missus’ demure dress wins real prize (Star Bulletin - Hawaii)
(September 15, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
In November I was asked on a dare to run for Mrs. Hawaii. The thrill seeker in me bought into the idea in a millisecond.
The pageant was a difficult task; we met weekly and learned dance numbers and runway walking in gowns and swimsuits, which takes a lot more skill then you'd imagine. I enjoyed the friendships that were forged and continue to watch them flourish.
'World-famous' Salt Lake Tabernacle organ celebrates 150th anniversary (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 22, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
The world famous Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ has a landmark birthday this year, and the Church History Museum is celebrating with a new exhibit.
It was 150 years ago at the 1867 October general conference that the as-yet-unfinished organ made its public debut.
Since then, the larger pipes that make up its façade have become a familiar sight worldwide, an “iconic backdrop for meetings and events broadcast throughout the world,” as one of the exhibit titles characterizes it.
Five of the coolest, most successful BYU inventions of this year (BYU news release)
(May 18, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Be it in the field of chemistry, engineering, or food science, dozens of real-life applications of academic research make it into the marketplace every year from BYU.
In fact, per every $1 million of research, BYU is No. 1 in the country in new patent applications, No. 1 in licenses executed and No. 2 in start-up companies started, according to data from the Association of University Technology Managers.
Student may get expelled for list (Utah)
(March 9, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
Although the Alpine School District has said a Pleasant Grove Junior High student's list of names was no real threat to other students, the district is now recommending the list's author be expelled, and police are recommending charges be filed against him.
But Can The Guy Win The Iowa Caucuses? (The Atlantic)
(May 6, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
So Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. is emerging as the choice of the Great Mentioners, the latest of which is Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, who admits that Huntsman seems to understand (gasp!) the real challenges facing the Republican Party. In another time, you'd wonder whether Plouffe was trying to build Huntsman up in order to avoid a tougher opponent, but Plouffe, while occasionally cagey, isn't that cynical.
Orem boy's actions save family from fire (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 3, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
When the smoke detectors went off in his home Saturday afternoon, Garrek Lott did exactly what he'd been taught.
"I grabbed my baby sister," the 12-year-old Boy Scout said. "Then I told everyone to get out."
By then, a few neighbors had arrived after hearing the screeching detectors.
Garrek told one of them to call 911 — this was a real fire, he told them.
Groundbreaking for New Office Building in Downtown Ogden
(May 12, 2006) - Relevance: 3.1
Zions Securities Corporation (ZSC), a commercial real estate management company associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday afternoon, 12 May 2006, at 3:00 p.m. in downtown Ogden, Utah, to initiate construction of a new mixed-use office building.
Jerry Earl Johnston: Following Mormon Battalion's footsteps (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 16, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
I never drive to California without thinking of Mormon Battalion boys and their amazing trek.
Here in California, of course, the Franciscan monks trudging up the coastline and establishing missions are seen as the real trekkers.
But I have to salute the battalion. It's hard to throw a stone in California without hitting an historical marker with their name on it.
General Conference Is Personal (LDS Newsroom)
(April 5, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City and reaching a global audience estimated to be in the millions. But for Mormons, the grand scope and scale of the event is merely backdrop to the real drama taking place in the individual life of each participant.
Real-life Mormons eschew musical satire (St. Louis Dispatch - Missouri)
(February 18, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Orthodontist Darren Rodabough and his wife, Erin, really enjoy the theater.
They took their children to the Fox Theatre for “The Lion King.” The doctor and his partner took their whole office there to see “Wicked.” Erin Rodabough directs annual productions of Shakespeare plays with a cast of children in their Dardenne Prairie neighborhood.
Valerie Phillips: LDS chef Carmell Childs won't compete for $50K on Sunday (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 28, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
After making it all the way to the finals of the World Food Championships held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas, Carmell Childs of Ferron, Emery County, gave up a chance at the $50,000 grand champion title.
The final contest was on a Sunday. "And because I teach my children that the Sabbath is a sacred day, I opted out of the Sunday competition for the $50,000," said Childs, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This is the same World Food Championships where Salt Lake City's Lucky 13 Bar and Grill won the World Burger Championship.
A Need for "Convicted Civility" in our Dialogue (Washington Post - On Faith)
(May 3, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
The history of relations between evangelicals and Mormons is largely characterized by hostile charges and counter-charges. This has begun to change, as our two communities have begun to see each other as potential partners in addressing some of the key moral issues in our society. But dialogue about the very real issues that divide us in understanding our eternal destiny is still a difficult matter.
Most interesting valley graves (Herald Journal - Utah)
(May 28, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
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?
1856 Fourth sparked fights (Press-Enterprise - California)
(July 4, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
You expect a little bit of fireworks on the Fourth of July.
But when the cannons firing the explosives start pointing at each other, it's even more interesting.
In the case of San Bernardino, the battle was more figurative than real, but the tension at one of the city's first Independence Day celebrations in the 1850s did lead to a few skirmishes.
The 1856 event did not have a lot of precedence. The holiday had only been significantly marked twice before -- one by little more than a protracted lecture -- by the still fledgling community.
Mormons give Hipsterville a good cleaning (The Brooklyn Paper - New York)
(September 16, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
Wake up, Williamsburg! While you were sleeping on Saturday morning there were real live Mormons cleaning up McCarren Park.
More than 100 19- to 30-year-old Mormons from across the tri-state area woke up at 7 am, prayed, and trekked to Greenpoint to pick up trash and rake leaves as part of the Church of Latter Day Saints’ annual community service day for young singles.
Sister Amalia's new song speaks of faith, not trials (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 23, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
THIS IS THE song of Sister Amalia -- not a symbolic song like "Song of the South" or "The Song of Bernadette" -- but a real song, a miraculous little song.
I went by Sister Amalia's to listen to it last week. She wanted to see if I could find some chords on my guitar to go with it.
2 men make service a real part of lives (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 25, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
They were wide-eyed 21-year-olds fresh off LDS missions to Ukraine when they hit up family, businesses and acquaintances for donations and flew right back to Ukraine to buy food, medicine, clothing, toys and candy for needy orphans.
Realists might have passed it off as short-lived idealism.
Cynics might have seen it as a nice excuse to return to the old mission field and see friends.
Mormons store, donate food as part of their faith (The Gazette - Colorado)
(November 17, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
John and Susan Leavitt’s Pine Creek home is lovely, the living room graced with a piano and stunning sculptures created by her father.
But the real interesting stuff is down the stairs past the family room, in a cramped storage area where the furnace sits amid Christmas boxes and all the other flotsam that families collect.
Hooked on family history (Oregon)
(December 17, 2004) - Relevance: 3.1
"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.
Letter: Good Samaritan a great example of kindness in the world (NJ.com - New Jersey)
(March 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
When I attempted to give him something for his help, he refused any payment. He said that he was of the Mormon faith and quoted Scripture regarding helping others without recompense.
Unfortunately, I did not get this gentleman’s name. He was a truly Good Samaritan and what an example of goodness in the world today. My brother and I felt so blessed.
Dan Peterson: Exploring universal Christian beliefs (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 3, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Glenn Beck has been in the news lately and, not surprisingly, so has his religion. Some have warned Christians to be wary of Beck, not because of his political views but because of his religious affiliation. He is, they say, not a real Christian.
I'm betting, though, that he is. I don't know Mr. Beck personally, but he belongs to the same church I do, and I'm a pretty mainstream member. I'll wager that his beliefs resemble mine.
Opinion: Who says Mormons aren't Christians? (CNN)
(October 13, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
The Rev. Robert Jeffress, a leading evangelical minister, claimed last Friday that Mormons are not Christians. Jeffress went on to declare that Mormonism is "a cult," meaning it's not a "real" religion, and he implored his followers to reject Mitt Romney, a Mormon, as a candidate for president because as Jeffress sees it: "As Christians, we have the duty to prefer and select Christians as our leaders."
'Mormon moment' pops up in Harlem land spat (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 11, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
In this so-called "Mormon moment," even a minor real estate flap in Harlem makes it into The New York Times. And the story even refers to Mitt Romney – “a Mormon,” as the article notes — but only due to the publicity for the Utah-based faith his presidential campaign has generated.
New reality show follows Mormon missionaries (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 5, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
When most people think of reality shows, they think of drunken fist fights, profanity laced tirades and sexual escapades.
But it’s a pretty safe bet that BYUtv’s new reality show — chronicling the gospel-filled adventures of eight real-life Mormon missionaries — won’t follow that formula.
Mormon Church Scrambles in Romney Spotlight (Newsweek)
(June 18, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
If you thought Team Obama was having a rough time figuring out how best to handle Mitt Romney’s presidential run, consider the plight of the poor Latter-day Saints.
Despite the growth and gradual mainstreaming of Mormonism in recent years, the church is still regarded by many as disconcertingly exotic. Now, with the very real possibility that one of its own could wind up in the Oval Office, the LDS finds itself scrambling to adjust to life in the global spotlight.
Pres. Uchtdorf visits Provo MTC, delivers an Easter message (LDS Church News)
(April 23, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
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.
Mormon Leader Encourages Dialogue, Deeper Understanding Among Global Faiths (LDS Newsroom)
(June 15, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
To achieve peace, security and harmony in the world, “we must really mean what we say. We should be sincere about each other’s well-being and in our good intentions towards one another.”
That was Elder Jörg Klebingat’s message to a session of the Fifth Congress of Traditional and World Religions convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Restoring sanity: Is Mitt Romney the real deal? (Market Watch)
(October 20, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
One candidate’s private security team handcuffs a journalist, another candidate slaps the hand of his opponent, and a third candidate refuses to shake his rival’s hand because he’s offended by a negative ad. A hyper-emotional TV personality leads a rally to restore America’s honor, while a funny man organizes one to restore its sanity.
Stop Saying ‘Mormon,’ Church Leader Says. But Is the Real Name Too Long? (New York Times)
(August 20, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
The word “Mormon” is out, says the president of the Utah-based church. But the proper term for what to call the faith and its followers is a mouthful.
In an announcement on Thursday, President Russell M. Nelson insisted that Mormons and non-Mormons alike stick to the term “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
BYUtv trains microscope on missionary work in 'The District' (Daily Herald - Utah)
(October 30, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
There have been Latter-day Saints on reality television programs — even before the parade of Mormons through “Survivor” on CBS, Julie Stoffer joined MTV’s “The Real World” while still enrolled at Brigham Young University. There have even been former LDS missionaries on reality shows. The producers of “Survivor” enjoyed Heber City resident Tyson Apostol so much that they brought him back for a second season.
The Real News Behind The Mormon Gay Rights News Conference (WBUR - Massachusetts)
(February 4, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
In an unprecedented press conference last week, apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outlined its concerns about individual rights, particularly, religious freedom. The presentations were said to signal a softening of the church’s opposition to same sex marriage. After watching the entire conference three times, I must report that it did nothing of the sort. Like Hemingway’s prose, the important messages were what was not said, exactly.
Orson Scott Card: Time real, arbitrary (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 1, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
So it's 2009, and I'm not all that impressed so far. Just another day. It has weather. There's some news. But there's always weather and there's always news.
When I was a kid, the minutes crawled by. So much time that I had no idea how to fill it. "There's nothing to do."
That didn't happen to me very often, because there was always a book. Or plastic American bricks (this was before Legos got to the U.S.), or my HO scale train set, or brothers and sisters who thought Careers or Monopoly or Risk were a good idea.
Church slams gambling (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 2, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
Late Thursday the LDS Church issued a statement saying it supports a bill in the Utah Legislature that makes it clear there can be no gambling at private clubs or beer bars that hold state liquor licenses.
HB104 by Rep. Steven Sandstrom, R-Orem, would stop games of chance, even if nothing of real value is at stake, in the state licensed establishments.
Living nativity brings baby Jesus to Southern California (Deseret News)
(December 17, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
The first weekend of December, almost 5,000 people visited Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., to see the living re-creation of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. The pageant, shown six times for three nights in a row, featured live actors, including a real baby, live animals and even a flying angel.
BYU hosts Conference on Teaching Ethics at Universities May 7 (BYU news release)
(May 11, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
A panel consisting of several of the top business ethics professors in the nation will discuss ethics education Friday, May 7, at 4 p.m. at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art Auditorium.
"This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear multiple viewpoints on ethics education from some of the real leaders in the field," according to Richard Williams, director of BYU's Wheatley Institution. This event is free and open to the public.
Why aren't other peoples mentioned in the Book of Mormon? (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 8, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Last week it was explained that the Lehites were a small incursion into a larger existing New World population. Such a position raises at least two questions:
1. If the Lehites met "others" in the New World, why are they not mentioned?
2. What about those verses that imply that the Lehites were alone in the Americas?
Q&A: Mormon Missionaries (SLToday - Missouri)
(August 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3
At any given time, there are more than 50,000 proselyting and service missionaries scattered throughout the world from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
That means during any given month, new, anxious missionaries from all over the world are leaving their homes to serve while others are returning home after their two years of voluntary service.
Families Are Forever—Beginning Today, Say Primary Leaders (Church News)
(December 10, 2014) - Relevance: 3
In 2014, Primary children all over the world have spoken and sung about families. It has been thrilling to observe.
When we sing the words “Families can be together forever,” we often imagine ourselves with our families after this life, reunited in the spirit world.
World Class Organist in Salt Lake
(January 7, 2005) - Relevance: 3
A celebrated British organist is in Salt Lake to perform in the LDS Conference Center this weekend. Dr. Stephen Cleobury is considered one of the world's finest organists; he is a recording artist, associated with King's College, Cambridge, and the BBC.
Talking sense will get you nowhere (World News Australia)
(August 23, 2011) - Relevance: 3
So Jon Huntsman is the Republican candidate who in a normal world would be most capable of beating President Obama in next year’s election.
But this is America we’re talking about so the reality is there’s no way Huntsman will win his party’s nomination. The reason? He talks too much sense.
Atrice returns from Mormon mission to Air Force with renewed purpose (Gazette - Colorado)
(April 16, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Stephan Atrice was supposed to be spreading the word of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during his two-year mission, but he was also searching for his own answers.
Atrice left the Air Force Academy and its football team a little more than two years ago to go on his mission. He hadn’t planned to go on a mission at all. Then his older brother died without any real cause after a boxing match in Atlanta.
Mormon teens relive fragments of ancestors anguish, courage (LIVE! - Texas)
(March 14, 2007) - Relevance: 3
“All of us are pioneers in one way or another. We don’t necessarily live the way the rest of the world does. All of us can be a pioneer in our own way, carving a niche in our world, like the pioneers did in theirs,” said Elizabeth Moynihan, youth leader in Del Rio’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).
You must apply knowledge to life, Elder Jensen says (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 14, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Referring to Joseph Smith as both profoundly normal and divinely inspired, Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Saturday evening that while there is much to be learned through studying the life and teachings of the founding prophet of the LDS Church, the real key is how that knowledge impacts the way we live our lives.
Should LDS insulate their children? (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 5, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Gary Stewart grew up in Kaysville during the 1950s, a decade he describes as "the time when the LDS Church was most in sync with the popular culture." But of course the 1950s were followed by the 1960s. And every decade since then has proven even more problematic for a church that cautions its members to be "in the world but not of the world."
Returned Missionary Plays in World Series (Church News)
(November 10, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie faced the expected questions leading up to his game 3 start in the World Series. There were, undoubtedly, queries about pitching strategies, batting lineups, and managing the pressure of performing on baseball’s biggest stage.
Individual Stewardship in the Miracle of Millennial Healing (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(November 23, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Sister Lupe Piena, director of International Student Services, invited students and faculty to be “in” the world but not “of” the world, at a weekly devotional on November 16.
“My talk today is not to burden us with the evils of the world, but rather to remind us of the great blessings we have to look forward to. These blessings associated with literal gathering of Israel and the Second Coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is what I believe we have an opportunity to become participants in—if we choose to do so. This is what I refer to as our ‘Individual stewardship in the Miracle of Millennial Healing,’” said Sister Piena as she introduced her talk.
"The Other Side of Heaven" director addresses Summit Conference (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(November 14, 2009) - Relevance: 3
"Whatever Heavenly Father tells you to do, do it. He will help you. Do it with the standpoint of fidelity to your god, spouse, children and you will change the world," said Mitch Davis, keynote speaker of the Leadership Summit Great Ideas Exchange that was held on November 6.
Davis (pictured right, receiving a CAMIE, the highest recognition in the entertainment world for entertaining and uplifting motion pictures without offensive content), famed director and screenwriter of the movie The Other Side of Heaven, expressed to his audience that as future leaders, they had the capacity to change the world as President David O. McKay prophesied.
SHe designed for young, Mormon singles (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 6, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Singular Humanitarian experience (SHe) is basically a new help-the-world organization designed for young, single Mormons.
They will be the ones volunteering and traveling to third world countries to dig ditches, train midwives and build schools. They will also be the ones reaping the rewards that come from selfless service, says one of the founders.
With Abstentions, Iowa Questions Political Role (The New York Times)
(June 11, 2011) - Relevance: 3
For decades, Iowa has served as the official kickoff for the presidential campaign, providing the first real test for candidates hoping to win their way to the White House.
But there are signs that its influence on the nominating process could be ebbing and that the nature of the voters who tend to turn out for the Republican caucuses — a heavy concentration of evangelical Christians and ideological conservatives overlaid with parochial interests — is discouraging some candidates from competing there.
LDS members travel across the world to General Conference (Standard Journal - Idaho)
(October 6, 2011) - Relevance: 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.
Monson: Would BYU-Provo ever drop sports? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 4, 2014) - Relevance: 3
BYU is dropping sports.
It’s shocking, but the school, after building a tradition of competitive teams for decades, is giving NCAA athletics the heave-ho because … well, the mission of the unique religious institution includes more important, more sweeping goals. Its real priorities lie elsewhere, especially as the rigors and costs, maybe the complexities and ramifications of modern college sports ride a rocket to a place BYU’s Board of Trustees no longer wants to go.
World's tallest Mormon temple lights up the sky (Your4State.com)
(December 6, 2016) - Relevance: 3
It's hard to miss while driving on the Capital Beltway: the tallest Mormon temple in the world.
While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints illuminates every night of the year right outside of Washington, D.C., the month of December brings something extra special.
LDS President Monson dedicates Draper Temple (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 21, 2009) - Relevance: 3
A white-suited LDS President Thomas S. Monson joked with hundreds of onlookers Friday as he presided over the traditional mortar ritual at the first dedication ceremony for the Draper Temple.
"Those who will use these trowels are not trained," he said of the Mormon officials and temple attendees lining up to press some of the squishy substance into the edges around the cornerstone. "But don't worry. Real professionals will come along later and fix it."
Scott D. Pierce: ‘Last Word’ host says LDS faith isn’t Mitt’s big problem (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 29, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Lawrence O’Donnell Jr. doesn’t think being Mormon would keep Mitt Romney from being elected president. It might, however, keep him from winning the GOP nomination.
The host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word” said he thinks Mormons “have a real struggle in the Republican primary electorate” because 20 percent say they won’t vote for a Mormon.
A Mormon might have an easier time running as a Democrat.
A 'real Mormon' reviews 'The Book of Mormon' musical (Daily Herald - Utah)
(August 4, 2017) - Relevance: 3
The writers of "The Book of Mormon" musical focus their story on two groups of people, but it is clear from the text that they, themselves, are outsiders of both groups.
The first group (and the one that gets the most respectful, nuanced and researched treatment in the play) are missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The second group, getting painted with more stereotypical simplicity, are poverty-stricken Ugandans.
Man shot at Utah temple was subject of Ponzi probe (Washington Post)
(December 29, 2010) - Relevance: 3
A Salt Lake City attorney says the man fatally shot by police outside a Mormon temple on Christmas Day was being investigated and sued on suspicion of scamming real estate investors.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that Daniel Pogue was the subject of an FBI investigation and debt collection lawsuit filed in 3rd District Court.
Elder Renlund: Real Power in Combining Family History with Temple (Church News)
(February 8, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Sharing a story about his grandmother’s spiritual course through life, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained the power of combining family history with the blessings of the temple. “It is not just randomly mixing two things together, but the one helps direct the other,” he said.
N.C. war records go online (Times-News - North Carolina)
(November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 3
It just got easier to learn about Tar Heels’ service in World War I.
A searchable database of North Carolina’s World War I service cards is now available online at Family Search (familysearch.org). The genealogy organization is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Truman G. Madsen passes away at age 82 (BYU NewsNet)
(May 29, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Truman G. Madsen, a world-renowned LDS educator and scholar, died at home in Provo on Thursday at age 82, after a year-long fight with bone cancer.
Madsen is known for his many books, DVDs and lectures on church history and doctrine, as well as his career as a professor at BYU and a guest lecturer around the world.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performs Annual Christmas Concert (LDS Newsroom)
(December 12, 2016) - Relevance: 3
"Regardless of what you believe, … Christmas is a time that opens the heart; Christmas is a time that sends us towards the others,” said Villazón at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. “And I think that's what we need — a world that embraces each of us as human beings. We need a world that unites us. … And I think these concerts are an opportunity to do that.”
Missionaries Look to Immigrant 'Chinatowns' (IPS - New York)
(May 15, 2008) - Relevance: 3
As people rush in and out of butcher shops and bakeries on Brooklyn's Eighth Avenue, He Zhanglao tries to get their attention. He speaks in clear Mandarin, and listens carefully to their replies. But he's tall and blond, and sticks out in this part of Sunset Park, home to many Chinese immigrants.
His real name is Trevor Hess, and he's a Mormon missionary. Though he's studying Chinese, he has no plans to visit China, which bars Mormons from doing missionary work. He's instead been sent to proselytise in a Chinatown.
Romney: Who will the red dot in a blue state be by 2008? (Christian Science Monitor)
(June 15, 2005) - Relevance: 3
A Romney who's real wouldn't have to defend his Mormon background. Most Christian churches take great issue with the Mormon explanation of God and creation. Many evangelicals will especially want to delve into his religious convictions. It's impossible to reconcile Mormon beliefs with those of most Christian conservatives. But abandoning his beliefs wouldn't earn Romney much admiration.
BYU sports: a hoops reunion (LDS Church News)
(January 21, 2011) - Relevance: 3
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. ...
BYU-Idaho commencement: Understanding to know and do what is right (LDS Church News)
(April 15, 2013) - Relevance: 3
“With all your getting, get understanding — real understanding,” Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop for the Church, said during Brigham Young University-Idaho’s commencement exercises held on April 12 in the BYU-Idaho Center. This semester’s graduating class earned 1,881 degrees — 668 associate degrees and 1,231 bachelor’s degrees.
Mormon From Mali (PRI's The World)
(January 4, 2012) - Relevance: 3
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.
On the church history trail (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 15, 2013) - Relevance: 3
As marvelous as books and photos are, there is something special about visiting LDS Church historical landmarks, trails and sites in person.
That's how Kenneth Mays, a Church Educational System instructor and a church history enthusiast, feels about it.
"There are feelings that one can feel when visiting a church history site ...," Mays said. "There is a connection that never seems to happen in a book. There is a new reality that emerges. It becomes more than just a story. … It becomes so much more real."
Bashir Uses Book Of Mormon To Sentence Romney To Damnation (Real Clear Politics)
(April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 3
On his MSNBC program this afternoon Martin Bashir not only accused presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of lying, but dragged Mormonism into the fray.
"It doesn't matter how many times he hears the truth, Mitt Romney prefers to tell lies," Bashir said after castigating Mitt Romney as a liar three times.
New Temple Presidents Begin Service (News from the Church)
(October 30, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Beginning November 1, 2010, 53 new temple presidents and their wives will begin serving in temples around the world. There are currently 134 temples in operation around the world with another 23 announced or under construction.
Kragthorpe: BYU gives Unga no credit for yardage gained (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 20, 2010) - Relevance: 3
For those who wondered about the value of 3,455 yards of prime real estate in Provo, the answer came Wednesday.
On the upper campus of BYU, in buildings overlooking the nice athletic facilities, all that yardage gained is meaningless -- and admirably so.
That's the lesson of the administration's ruling that denied Cougars running back Harvey Unga readmission to school until January, effectively costing him his senior season of football.
Loving life as a sculptor (Daily Herald - Utah)
(April 7, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Small shreds of clay fall to the table like the thin peels of a carrot as Blair Buswell delicately shaves some bulk from the body of a sculpted ox. Behind Buswell there is an array of anatomical drawings of oxen, photographs of the large animals in various positions and stages of movement, and a collection of real ox skulls. There is even a television playing videos of oxen moving around on a farm for additional reference. Buswell is meticulous and precise.
Early-morning seminary: 'A real spiritual charge' (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 14, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Most of Clara Hodder's days begin and end around a piano. The 14-year-old, her older brother and two youths from their ward in Nova Scotia, Canada, meet most days at 6:10 a.m. in the Hodders' living room, where they sing a hymn to open early-morning seminary class.
They then gather around the kitchen table where her mother -- who doubles as her seminary teacher -- imparts a lesson.
'Saviour of the World' in Pago Pago (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 26, 2008) - Relevance: 3
More than 700 Mormons and guests from other churches attended a musical performance here recently about the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
The play, titled "Saviour of the World," was produced by the Pago Pago Samoa West Stake of the LDS Church and was presented Dec. 4 and 5 at the Pavaiai chapel.
From the web: Mormon teen model from Spanish Fork makes debut on 'Ellen' (Daily Herald - Utah)
(May 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
In April, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" once again brought a Utah native into the spotlight with an entertaining feature on Lucky Blue Smith. With over one million followers on Instagram alone, it's safe to say the Spanish Fork teen is a pretty popular guy. The real story, though, and the one that drew the attention of Ellen, is how he became popular.
LDS authors pick up their pens to fight cancer (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 29, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Eight Arizona authors, five of them Latter-day Saints, turned their own hopes and dreams into a way to benefit others through an organization they founded called Writers Unite to Fight Cancer.
As the authors, all students of Pamela Goodfellow, owner of Goodfellow Publishing, worked toward publishing their first books, they learned that they shared some real-life stories in common as well. Each of their lives had been touched by cancer in one way or another.
The Family Proclamation: A Clear Standard to the World (Church News)
(November 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
It’s been a little more than 20 years since President Gordon B. Hinckley, then president of the Church, stood at the pulpit in the Tabernacle on Temple Square during the general Relief Society meeting and read the words of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
Mormon Tabernacle Choir: New associate director hitting the right notes (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
In a rehearsal earlier this week, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singers weren't getting the specific sound that associate music director Ryan Murphy was seeking. So Murphy explained:
"Like you're slipping on a banana peel."
Unorthodox, perhaps, but "everybody got it," tenor Scott Russon said. "It was a real hairpin dynamic, and then a sforzando . It was really quite amazing."
LDS woman faces deaths of 2 sons, husband with faith in new Mormon Messages video (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
The newest Mormon Messages video, released Tuesday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provides a visual for what the Bible calls “a refiner’s fire.” Showing a refiner carefully creating a rose by bending and burning an ordinary material into something beautiful, the video allows viewers to understand both the literal context of the metaphor along with a real-life example of the principle.
Now world can follow Mormon apostle on Twitter (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
LDS apostle M. Russell Ballard has joined Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama. the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis in the Twitter universe.
The Mormon leader sent out his first-ever tweet Sunday — "Thank you to all who tuned in to the devotional. It was a joy to be with you, both those in San Diego and throughout the world."
My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA (Sports Illustrated)
(April 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
After losing in the NCAA tournament, I needed to clear my mind. I was incredibly disappointed and blamed myself. I didn't watch basketball or go to the gym for several days. But I soon realized the real test is how we handle defeat and I laced my shoes and headed to the student rec center to play some pick-up.
It reminded me of how much I loved the game, but it was only a temporary reprieve. As soon as I got back, I turned my attention to one of the hardest decisions I've had to make up to this point in my life: whether to remain in school or enter the NBA draft.
The Prophet Joseph Smith was no double-dealing cynic (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
This past Monday, June 27, marked the anniversary of the assassination of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I've been thinking of him.
For a critic wanting to reject Joseph's own account, there are, broadly speaking, only two logical alternatives for explaining him: Either he was a false prophet but thought he was a real one, or he was a false prophet and knew that he was a false prophet. That is to say, again in general terms, that he must have been either dishonest or delusional, or some hybrid of the two.
'Stormin' Mormon' looks to senior year (Outer Banks Sentinel - North Carolina)
(May 12, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
When First Flight fans chant "Stormin' Mormon," you know Anders Jacobson has made a move.
The six-foot-one, 185-pound Nighthawks junior recently returned from the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) Showcase Event at Nash Central High School where he "played real well" in front of coaches from 12 colleges, coach Chad Williams said.
Mormon Web site handy, but be sure to examine details (Tampa Bay Online - Florida)
(April 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
One of the greatest gifts to the genealogical world comes from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which microfilmed thousands of local and state records it loans out to research centers around the world.
Other tools available from the church Web site, www.familysearch.org, are worth using, but researchers must approach with caution and closely scrutinize what they find.
Romney Tops Republican Field, Followed by…Trump (Wall Street Journal - New York)
(April 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
But real-estate magnate Donald Trump is making waves as a surprise alternative amid grumbling about a weak GOP field.
LDS missionaries: Church’s missionaries introduce themselves to community (Lacombe Globe - Canada)
(April 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
You may have noticed two individuals wearing a suit and tie walking around your neighborhood. Most of us are fairly young, we have a desire to serve God and we come from all over the world.
We dedicate two years of our lives to be missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We're assigned to serve in specific areas around the world. Currently there are over 50,000 missionaries worldwide and over 340 missions.
Latter-day Saints in Maryland Bring Relief to Refugees (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 23, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
A recent refugee explained the real-life drama of immigrating to the United States at an event in Maryland focused on helping refugees.
“The gang members took me to an empty soccer field and beat me with a baseball bat,” the refugee said. “Then they threatened to kill me.” He described how this incident forced him to embark on a perilous journey from his home in Central America for a new beginning in the United States.
How are Mormons seen in world? (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
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.
LDS are champion record keepers (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 4, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Mormons are "world champion record keepers" in the eyes of Phillip Barlow.
The Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University says LDS Church members, with all their journals, office records and genealogical information are unparalleled anywhere in the world.
BYU creates exhibit to commemorate World War I's 100th anniversary (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
While giving a tour of the new World War I exhibit recently, Brigham Young University professor Robert Freeman reflected on the sentiment that the "Great War" was supposed to be the war to end all wars.
"The great irony is that it was the first substantial war, the war that all other wars grew out of," Freeman said.
February Worldwide Leadership Broadcast to Focus on Priesthood and Families (Church News and Events)
(December 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
A worldwide leadership training broadcast that will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, will provide instruction to improve real growth in the Church, strengthen families, and better establish priesthood quorums in their important responsibilities.
Members of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and auxiliary presidencies generally speak at these trainings.
Dutch: Bidden voor de huizenmarkt (Praying for the housing market) - (Quotenet - The Netherlands)
(January 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Te midden van alle misère op de Amerikaanse vastgoedmarkt is er één wijk in Twin Falls, Idaho, waar de huizenprijzen glansrijk stand houden. Wat heet, huizen zijn er veel meer waard dan een jaar geleden.
In the midst of all the misery on the U.S. real estate market is a neighborhood in Twin Falls, Idaho, where house prices gloriously maintain. What is known, houses are much more than a year ago.
An accidental superstar (LDS Church News)
(September 25, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Kenzie Hower, an 18-year-old college freshman in the Nampa Idaho East Stake, is a world-class athlete in a sport that she undertook only four years ago.
At the Sub-junior World Powerlifting Championships on Sept. 12-13 in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Kenzie won the 82.5-kg weight class with a combined total of 1,042.8 lbs in the squat, bench press and dead lift.
LDS Employment Centers Changing Lives in South America (KSL - Utah)
(February 20, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
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.
LDS World: Women in the church (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 29, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
What does God expect of women in the world today? What does He expect of women in His Church? More critically, how do we, as women, learn what Christ would have us "be" and "do"?
Vocal Point wins world championship (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 3, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Vocal Point, the Brigham Young University sponsored a cappella group, sang its way to the world championship Saturday night in New York's Lincoln Center, when it took top honors at the 2006 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Religion and the Cult of Tolerance (Wall Street Journal - New York)
(August 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Earlier this summer, the chief rabbi for Great Britain warned about a new intolerance being imposed in the name of tolerance.
"I share a real concern that the attempt to impose the current prevailing template of equality and discrimination on religious organizations is an erosion of religious liberty," Lord Sacks told a House of Commons committee in June. "We are beginning to move back to where we came in in the 17th century—a whole lot of people on the Mayflower leaving to find religious freedom elsewhere."
Context and Controversy (LDS Church Newsroom Blog)
(November 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Context and balance are, more and more often, the casualties.
A case in point: On Saturday, 13 November 2010, the Church distributed a new administrative handbook to hundreds of thousands of lay leaders around the world. The handbook provides guidelines for administering local Church programs, serving members and ensuring continuity of Church operations around the world.
Church Marks Centennial of World War I Christmas Truce (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(December 17, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
This Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014, marks 100 years since a Christmas truce took place in Belgium during World War I. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is commemorating the anniversary by participating in the release of a video in a joint project with other faith groups.
Orson Scott Card: Teens face real life -- yet flourish (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 16, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
Last Saturday night, I dropped our 14-year-old off at a youth fireside and dance. The event was a half-hour away from home, and with my wife off in California for the weekend visiting our older daughter, there was no point in my driving home, doing nothing for an hour and a half and then driving back.
So after grabbing a bite to eat, I came back to the dance and stayed. I meant only to read a book till it was over, but instead I went to watch what was going on.
Facebook-to-Facebook: Churches use social media to reach members, spread faith (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
It was just one video of many posted on Southeast Christian Church's Facebook page. A few members of the nondenominational evangelical Christian church in Salt Lake City made a video about their experiences in a financial seminar the church sponsored. Someone saw it on Facebook, stopped by the church to see if it would be offered again and ended up coming regularly: Virtual interaction became real contact.
On a Mission of Love for LDS (Statesman Examiner - Washington)
(January 25, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
January arrived with extreme cold, deep snow, a flu epidemic, and a political climate of uncertainty. Some people are feeling overwhelmed by winter’s darkness. Yet, according to three young men serving as Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “There is light in the world. Each person can be a light, doing a small act of service each day, bringing change to the community and to oneself. We can truly brighten the world.”
BYU ranks 70th in new U.S.News & World Report survey
(August 21, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Brigham Young University is ranked 70th in U.S.News & World Report's annual survey, "America's Best Colleges," with the Marriott School of Management's undergraduate program ranked among the top 50 in "Best Business Programs," coming in at 37th.
Deep Throat rumors hurt, helped Bennett (Washington, DC)
(June 14, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
For decades, Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) was dogged by rumors that he was the real “Deep Throat” — the mysterious source who fed crucial information about Watergate to The Washington Post. Now that former FBI official Mark Felt has revealed that he was Deep Throat and Post reporter Bob Woodward has confirmed it, Bennett hopes legions of Watergate enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists will turn their attention elsewhere.
Maligning Mormons and more (Weekly Standard - Washington, D.C.)
(September 15, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
REGARDING FRED BARNES's profile of actor Jon Voight ("Hollywood Witness," September 3), apart from the overwhelming consensus of critics that September Dawn, in which Voight stars, is a pathetic excuse for a movie, there are several other points that should be made about its misrepresentation of history.
The so-called Mountain Meadows Massacre is in no substantial way parallel to the attacks of 9/11. Speaking as a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, there is no real resemblance between Mormons, even in the nineteenth century, and adherents of Wahhabi Islam.
LDS temples boost property values (Arizona Republic)
(January 8, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Homeowners near the proposed site of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Gilbert could see their property values increase, even in this depressed real-estate market.
As the focal point of the Mormon faith, a new temple tends to raise property values because church members like to live nearby. And for those outside the faith, temples have a reputation of being good neighbors and can anchor the long-term quality of an area.
Wright Words: Meet a former heroin addict, dealer, who is now a returned LDS missionary (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 2, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
On Thanksgiving day, Kayden Carlos stepped off a plane in Salt Lake City after completing a two-year assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
For some, his tearful and cheerful family reunion at the bottom of the airport escalators seemed like the classic final scene of an honorable Mormon mission. But for Carlos, the traditional removal of his cherished black name tag isn’t the end of the real mission that matters most.
LDS Christianity: Differences that matter (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
They gather twice each year — once on the Provo, Utah, campus of Brigham Young University and once at the Fuller Theological Seminary main campus in Pasadena, Calif.
Evangelical Christians and Mormons.
In the same room.
Talking about religion.
And — believe it or not — getting along famously.
"Our meetings are extremely cordial," said Dr. Robert L. Millet, former dean of Religious Education at BYU, who has been participating in the meetings since their inception. "We have great fellowship with one another, and there's a real feeling of brotherhood and affection even though we spend hours discussing our differences."
All your wildest dreams will come true (Universe - Utah)
(October 29, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
“My lips hurt real bad” is a phrase that won’t be put to rest just yet, because of a recent announcement by Fox about a Napoleon Dynamite cartoon.
Jared and Jerusha Hess, the writers of “Napoleon Dynamite” and alumni of BYU, will join Mike Scully, producer and writer of “The Simpsons,” to create the series. Fox has only ordered six episodes thus far, according to Jared Hess.
“The show already has a built-in audience of fans,” Hess said in an e-mail. “We hope to make it good enough that it stays around for a long time.”
Dutch sweethearts survived German occupation (Transcript-Bulletin - Utah)
(January 24, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
It has been more than 65 years since the Nazis marched into Holland during World War II. The Netherlands, which had maintained a policy of neutrality during World War I had hoped again to remain neutral, but the Dutch military was unable to hold against the Germans....Peter and Erica VanAmerogen were too young to fully understand what was happening to their country. But now their childhood memories are a fascinating testimony to the strength of the human spirit.
CCS to honor seven at Humanitarian Awards dinner (Intermountain Catholic)
(October 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
The Humanitarians of the Year include President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Harriet. "Uchtdorf, himself, was a refugee during World War II and he can relate to the struggles of the refugees we settle now," said Lazaro. "He and his wife have been tremendous humanitarians, leading projects throughout the world for the Mormon church."
Thousands Honor the Birth of Christ Through Unique Acts of Service (LDS Newsroom)
(January 2, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
In its second year, the Light the World campaign has inspired countless people around the world to help others this holiday season. The initiative, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is based on the scripture in the Holy Bible, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). The purpose is to draw individuals and groups closer to Christ by serving as He served.
Michelle King's Mormon Times TV preview: Serving for all the right reasons (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 1, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Is going back to television really like riding a bike?
Some people told me it would be easy to pick up again, but my "bike" is now a different model.
I anchored the evening news in Utah for nearly 30 years, and my new job as host of KSL's Mormon Times TV show is a real change.
And I like it. I can talk about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all I want, because the show is about Mormons and for Mormons — as well as anyone else who likes inspiring stories and values-driven content.
How the 'Light the World' campaign is changing this Christmas (The Church News)
(November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
For the third year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging members to #LightTheWorld with simple acts of service and Christlike love during the 2018 Christmas season.
The 2018 theme, “Light The World, Give as He Gave,” is influenced by President Russell M. Nelson’s call to minister in “new, holier ways.”
African Mormons still buzzing about President Nelson's visit (LDS Church News)
(May 4, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
In 1986, a new apostle traveled halfway around the world to dedicate a small, rented meetinghouse in a hot, humid land where plantains are plentiful but the Church was still an infant.
For three decades, he visited sub-Saharan Africa again and again, until he returned April 16 as the man Latter-day Saints revere as a prophet to the world to visit an emerging continent where a stake or district is created about every other week.
About Utah: Azul won't gouge, Neeleman promises (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 9, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
The World Cup arrives in Brazil this week, and does David Neeleman have a deal for you.
Fly anywhere Azul Airlines flies, including all 12 cities where the 2014 World Cup matches will be played, and he promises you will not pay over 999 reals (about $450 U.S.) for any trip.
It’s no idle promise, since Neeleman is the owner of Azul.
Missionaries target Chinese immigrants in Brooklyn (Madison Times - Wisconsin)
(May 23, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
As people rush in and out of butcher shops and bakeries on Brooklyn’s Eighth Avenue, He Zhanglao tries to get their attention. The tall, blond missionary speaks in clear Mandarin and listens carefully to their replies. The Mormon missionary, whose real name is Trevor Hess, sticks out in this part of Sunset Park, which is home to many Chinese immigrants. Though he’s studying Chinese, he has no plans to visit China, which bars Mormons from doing missionary work. So his church instead sent him to proselytize in a Chinatown.
Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites | 1 July (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Germany: “Candy Bomber” Honored in Germany
Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, a Mormon, was the “Chocolate Pilot,” “Uncle Wiggly Wings” or better known as the “Candy Bomber” during the Berlin Airlift 65 years ago. He dropped candy attached to handkerchief parachutes from his World War II plane to the German children.
GOP Sen. Hatch's Ballad to Liberal Buddy Ted Kennedy (Washington Post)
(July 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Hard to imagine, but conservative Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) stands to play a vital role at the Democratic convention in Denver next month. And it could be a real tearjerker.
Hatch, a songwriter, has written a ballad for the Senate's ultimate liberal lion, his dear old friend and longtime legislative ally, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), which Democrats are considering having performed in the Mile High City as a tribute to Kennedy, whose cancer treatment will prevent him from attending.
LDS youth experience handcart trek for 150th anniversary (Arizona Range News)
(November 8, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
The Sierra Vista Stake and the St. David Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints combined their efforts to give their young people aged 14 through 18 a real-life handcart experience. Most dressed in pioneer attire -- women in aprons, long skirts and sunbonnets, men in jeans, long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats -- and came prepared to push or pull or just walk along with the authentically constructed wooden handcarts.
Missionaries, Mormons and Moonies, oh my! (Baltic Reports)
(April 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Having grown up roughly two hours from Salt Lake City, the heart of world Mormondom, I know missionaries.
More than half of the men who graduated from high school with me went on missions for the Mormon Church, issuing forth with their Bibles, suits, and nametags to save the world. When I had been in Lithuania for only two weeks, I was sitting in the park on Vokečiu, wondering how the hell I would survive in a country 5,000 miles from home, and lo and behold two missionaries walked by.
Primary leaders encourage children to 'Light the World' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
The Primary general presidency is inviting Latter-day Saint children worldwide to participate in the Church’s Christmas initiative, “Light the World.”
The month-long campaign encourages members to share the light of Jesus Christ through small, but meaningful acts of service on each of the 25 days before Christmas.
Reports Show Alcohol’s Destructive Influence Worldwide (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 10, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
A Deseret News editorial about the importance of curbing alcohol abuse cites recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that show the destructive influence of excessive alcohol consumption in the United States and around the world.
A June CDC report says alcohol abuse accounts for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults (ages 20-64) in the United States — 88,000 deaths per year between 2006 and 2010. And a May WHO report says 3.3 million deaths in 2012 — nearly 6 percent of all deaths around the world that year — were due to excessive alcohol consumption.
New Era Special Issue Showcases Youth Programs (Church News and Events)
(August 18, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Due to major changes in the Personal Progress and Duty to God programs over the past few years, the New Era will distribute a special “flip” issue in September showcasing the new components.
One side of the magazine pages will feature Duty to God, and the reverse, Personal Progress. A special middle section will feature real responses from young men and women sharing what they find appealing about those who keep Church standards.
Mormon church hopes to have record broken (Apex Herald - North Carolina)
(March 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Usually anyone setting a world record hopes the mark will last for a very long time.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Apex feel just the opposite. They helped set a new world standard Saturday and they are hoping the record is broken as soon as possible.
The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham raised 540,508 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina over the weekend, unofficially shattering the Guiness World Record of collecting the most food in one location in a 24-hour period by more than 31,000 pounds.
Read more: Apex Herald - Morman church hopes to have record broken
Former Alta, BYU soccer player Bain named All-American (KSL - Utah)
(August 7, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Former Alta High midfielder Christian Bain was named an All-American by Top Drawer Soccer after leading the Hawks to the Class 5A boy's soccer state championship and a 19-1-1 season.
Bain, who was also named Mr. Soccer by The Deseret News, joined the BYU men's soccer team in the semi-professional Premier Development League for part of the summer, registering a goal in the Cougars' 3-2 loss to Real Monarchs that closed the season.
‘The Book of Mormon’ on stage plays for laughs, but in reality being missionary is hard work (Herald-Sun - North Carolina)
(February 27, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Thousands of people went to see the hit Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” when the tour came this month to the Durham Performing Arts Center. The comedy from the creators of “South Park” makes jokes at the expense of missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons.
Rather than take offense, six local Mormons who have been real missionaries said they’re more concerned about clearing up misunderstandings. None of them has seen the musical, but they do know what it’s like to be a missionary.
Republicans cut short Obama impersonator (BBC - UK)
(June 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
An Obama impersonator was shown off the stage at a Republican gathering after making jokes about the party's White House contenders and the real president's mixed-race heritage.
Reggie Brown mocked the Mormon faith of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney....
He said if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were to become president, he would have his "first lady, second lady, third lady". The Mormon church outlawed polygamy in the 19th Century.
My Jesus Year (PBS)
(April 21, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Orthodox Jewry and Mormonism have a lot in common. We are both minorities in America. We both have special dietary—they can’t drink caffeine, and we have to keep kosher. They wear special undergarments, we wear special undergarments. There’s a lot of laws that dictate all their lives, and so for me I felt a real kinship with the Mormon community, and I went knocking door to door with these two female Mormon missionaries, and their conviction, these are girls 19- and 20-years-old, and their conviction for their religion was just awe-inspiring to me. I’m sure the woman whose house we were visiting, I’m sure she’s wondering why the Mormons brought their accountant with them. You know, what is he doing here?
Religious freedom under increasing pressure around the world, latest Pew report finds (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Asia Bibi was getting water one day in 2009 when a handful of her Pakistani neighbors objected to the Christian mother of five sharing the well with them. Sharing water with a Christian contaminated the well, the Muslim women said. When Bibi spoke back, they accused her of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.
That was five years ago. She has been in prison ever since, and in the interval two Pakistani politicians who stood up to defend her have been killed.
The Asia Bibi case is just one piece within a much larger puzzle of religious friction around the world captured in a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. This is Pew's sixth annual report tracking religious persecution around the world, a dense 90 pages of data, with scores of drafts and charts.
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 20 June (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(June 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.
Church Apostles Meet With Latter-day Saints Around the World
Germany: Elder Russell M. Nelson Creates First Armenian Stake
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the first stake (similar to a diocese) of the Church in Yerevan, Armenia. He was one of several apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who met and gave spiritual counsel to Mormons in June.
Scope of Mormon Temple-area project in Mesa to be doubled (East Valley Tribune - Arizona)
(October 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
City Creek Reserve is planning to nearly double the size of the redevelopment project west of downtown Mesa’s iconic temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
City Creek Reserve, the church’s real estate division of the church, will expand the redevelopment project from the original 4.5 acres to 8.2 acres, according to spokesman Dale Bills.
Missionaries use ‘Book of Mormon’ at TPAC to recruit (Tennessean)
(November 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Three missionaries stood at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s front entrance for the opening night of “The Book of Mormon,” smiling broadly in their suits and ties, handing out stacks of the book itself or little cards offering free copies.
Rocky Spiker — Elder Spiker to his colleagues — held open the door as ticketholders rushed to get out of the cold. “You know the book is always better,” he told them, eliciting chuckles. Or, “We’re real Mormon missionaries. Come talk to us after the play.”
Why historic Mormon books are popular among collectors (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 10, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Within the larger world of book collecting, the market for Mormon books has become a very active field in the past 20 years.
The 1830 first edition of the Book of Mormon has always been the cornerstone. Its appeal as the first printing of the scripture of a major world religious denomination, released just days before the official establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is obvious.
How a cowboy made it big by taking risk out of real estate (Richmond-Times Dispatch - Virginia)
(May 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
The companies Glade Knight founded are now worth billions of dollars.
"I started with $100," said Knight, chairman and CEO of the four Apple REIT companies based in Richmond. "Anything over that is a profit."
Not bad for a Utah cowboy.
Today his companies and their 80,000 shareholders own more than 200 hotels, almost exclusively top-line Marriott and Hilton brands, in 31 states, making them one of the nation's largest hotel owners.
Locally, he owns the Richmond Marriott Hotel downtown.
Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity (Religion News Service)
(August 21, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Mormons across the globe praised LDS leaders for adding the faith’s top female officers to three high-level councils, calling the historic move a moment to savor.
“This allows women to join their brothers — and to include their perspective, talents, spiritual gifts and leadership abilities — in church governance,” said Suzette Smith, a Mormon feminist in the Washington, D.C., area. “A real positive. Decisions like this make me feel valued and heard.”
LDS Movie Studio Stands at Center of Church Film World (BYU NewsNet)
(March 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
An unassuming sign on 2230 North marks the entrance to the LDS Motion Picture Studio. Drive past that sign down a tree-lined lane that follows the Provo River and you will come to a guard shack, the only opening in a chain-link fence that surrounds a wonderland of modern technology which the Church, and occasionally BYU, uses to prepare and broadcast messages to the world.
Ten of the World's Most Religious Cities (International Business Times)
(March 28, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Religion plays a large important role in the lives of many people in the world. It can unite and bring peace and harmony to large groups, but it can also cause anger, strife, and long-lasting, deadly wars. Throughout history these ten cities have been significant spots for major religious events. They continue to be pilgrimage sites for millions. If you get the opportunity to visit any of them it’s sure to be an unbelievable experience.
Engineering a dress that shines (LDS Church News)
(June 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
In what could initially be viewed as an unlikely pair, the engineering department and the ballroom dance team at Brigham Young University worked together to show off months of hard work and skills that "wowed" audience members attending one of the biggest annual ballroom dance competitions in the world. The event, called "The World's First and Foremost Festival Of Dancing," was held in Blackpool, England, on May 29.
Elder Perry: Mormon Pavilion at 1964 World's Fair Had Impact (Church News)
(September 25, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Its impact can be hard to imagine in the Internet age, but 50 years ago, when the New York World’s Fair of 1964–65 was staged, it was a chance for many people to experience an array of world culture and glimpse the technological dazzle of the future.
For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it represented groundbreaking methods of taking the gospel message to multitudes.
Guthrie latest of Mormon pitchers to start World Series Game 7 (The Spectrum - Utah)
(October 30, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
When right-hander Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill for the Kansas City Royals tonight in Game 7 of the World Series, he joins four other members of the LDS Church who received starting nods in the most pressure-packed game Major League Baseball has to offer.
Here is a rundown of how the other four Mormons fared in their Game 7 starts.
Outback Bowl's real winner may be Tampa (TBO - Florida)
(January 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
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."
Mormons to clean up parks on Oahu (Star Advertiser - Hawaii)
(April 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Last year, John Burrett and about 50 other men from the Waipahu branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hauled out several truckloads of bulky trash from Waipahu Cultural Garden Park and vowed to make it an annual project.
“The same group of guys is coming out this year,” Burrett said. “All of us like helping to beautify the community. It makes you feel real good, and it bring us pride as church members and as part of the larger community. And it alleviates the burden for our government.”
Mormon Church Tackles Addiction in Brutally Honest Videos (Huffington Post)
(September 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as "the Mormon Church") recently released a series of videos highlighting the struggles and triumphs of individuals fighting addiction.
But these aren't your typical church videos. The LDS Church, to its everlasting credit, isn't holding back -- they are making a concerted effort to tackle addiction head-on. These videos are real, honest, raw, and in some cases, quite heartbreaking.
Newborn Kit Fills Unique Need (News from the Church)
(January 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Members around the world give time, resources, and love to assemble newborn kits for distribution by Church Humanitarian Services to those in need. Those who assemble them do not know where the kits will be delivered, but hope that they will meet the needs of someone somewhere in the world.
This is the story of how one of those newborn kits filled an unexpected need in an unexpected way.
Covenants Protect, Prepare, and Empower, Sister Wixom Teaches (Church News and Events)
(March 31, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Women, young women, and girls gathered all over the world March 29 as disciples of Jesus Christ, with “a desire to defend and sustain the kingdom of God.”
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom made this declaration as she addressed the General Women's Meeting that originated in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and was broadcast throughout the world.
Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Mormons across the globe Wednesday praised LDS leaders for adding the faith's top female officers to three high-level councils, calling the historic move a moment to savor.
"This allows women to join their brothers — and to include their perspective, talents, spiritual gifts and leadership abilities — in church governance," said Suzette Smith, a Mormon feminist in the Washington, D.C., area. "A real positive. Decisions like this make me feel valued and heard."
Conservatives And Romney Work At Working Together (Associated Press)
(June 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Conservatives at the core of the Republican Party are coalescing behind likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney faster than expected after a punishing primary season in which they loudly sought someone else — almost anybody else — to carry the fight to President Barack Obama.
They're opposed to Obama more than they like, trust or accept Romney as the party's standard-bearer. And they recognize that the former Massachusetts governor is their only real choice.
"I'm going (to support him) because it's my responsibility and, frankly, almost anything is going to be better than Obama," said Steve Troxel, chairman of the Lynchburg Republican Party in swing-state Virginia.
LDS Young Men leader Ridd advises living with purpose (LDS Church News)
(January 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
The antidote for a passive existence is living with purpose and real intent, said Randall L. Ridd, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the first Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults on Sunday night.
“The best way to avoid distractions is to have our focus firmly set on our purpose and be anxiously engaged in a good cause,” he said. “Be careful of your focus … don’t spent time focused on climbing a mountain, only to discover you have climbed the wrong one.”
The Changing Face of Mormonism in the Pacific (Pacific Scoop - New Zealand)
(December 2, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
There was a time when the term Mormon meant “American missionaries, or Polynesian church” to many people in this part of the world. But such perceptions are old news.
Mormon missionaries in the Pacific now come from all over the world, not just the United States. And while there are many Polynesian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Pacific and elsewhere, Mormon congregations are becoming increasingly diverse.
LDS Film Festival opens with peek inside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
It's always good for a film festival to lead with a star-studded movie — and the LDS Film Festival will start with one of Mormonism's artistic icons: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
"Nobody's really done a real movie with the Tabernacle Choir," said Brian Brough, the producer and director of "Singing With Angels," which will kick off the 15th annual LDS Film Festival, Wednesday night at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem.
16-year-old LDS ballerina shares her talents, testimony through dancing (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 16, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Sixteen-year-old ballerina Gisele Bethea of Mesa, Arizona, has received numerous awards, traveled the world to perform and been asked to join the American Ballet Theatre.
But her talent is not the only thing that sets Bethea apart in the world of ballet. She belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she is fearless about sharing her beliefs.
Utahns take part in World's Largest Family Reunion (ABC4 - Utah)
(June 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Utahns Saturday were officially part of the world's largest family reunion.
Several hundred people showed up downtown Saturday the LDS Church Family History Library. It was a block party with live music, carnival games and more.
MOTION GRAPHIC: LDS Charities Helps Provide Clean Water Around the Globe (LDS Newsroom)
(June 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Did you know water covers 75 percent of the earth? Yet, one in seven people, or one billion of the world's population don't have access to clean water. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes all communities should have access to fresh drinking water free from contamination which is why it helps fund clean water initiatives around the world.
Select group of missionaries serving online (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Not all the efforts in the LDS Church's Provo Missionary Training Center are focused on instruction, training, preparation and role-playing.
There's also real missionary work going on — honest-to-goodness contacting and teaching.
Just not in person — but rather online.
While nearly all of the missionaries arriving at the Provo MTC stay there for three to 12 weeks for training purposes before being sent across the globe, a handful of missionaries are assigned there full time for the entirety of their missions to help staff the chat services on mormon.org for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
LDS film captures miraculous pioneer journey (Daily Universe - Utah)
(June 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Hollywood movie magic can’t compare to the real-life 17 miracles brought to life in a new LDS film about the Willie Handcart Company of pioneers.
The film “17 Miracles” follows the historic trek of the Willie Handcart Company pioneers. Following the counsel of the prophet Brigham Young to gather at Zion, these Latter-day Saints left Liverpool, England, in May 1856 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley that November after enduring some of the harshest trials experienced by the pioneers.
Riverton sees Mormon church Daybreak-like project as ‘crown jewel’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 22, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
By approving plans for a Daybreak-like development for their city's west side, Riverton officials hope to welcome a "crown jewel" of new homes, stores and offices laced with green spaces and walking trails.
City Council members voted unanimously for an agreement to develop about 550 acres of what is now open land owned by Suburban Land Reserve, a for-profit real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Music and the Spoken Word: Celebrating 100 years since the end of World War I (Church News)
(November 12, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
At dawn on the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, two railroad cars arrived in a remote forest outside Compiègne, France. One carried German military officers; the other, Allied commanders. They were gathering for a meeting that would make history. It was here that leaders of these two military forces signed an armistice — an agreement to end years of deadly conflict. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I was over.
One man on mission to improve life in Nepal (KSL - Utah)
(October 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
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.
New initiative takes education to Church members around the world (LDS Church News)
(June 23, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
A new global initiative in the Church Educational System will bring education to Church members around the world “in the Lord’s way,” announced Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education, during the 2016 Seminaries and Institutes Annual Training Broadcast held in the Conference Center Little Theater on June 14.
Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites August 21, 2017 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(August 23, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
The First Lady of the Dominican Republic came to the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently. “We are impressed by its organization, how they operate and their social commitment in helping those in need in our country,” said Mrs. Montilla de Medina. She met with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy. She also visited the Church’s humanitarian center and other sites.
World-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir Changes Its Name (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
After more than 100 years, the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is changing its name to “The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.” The name modification, which drops the long-standing word "Mormon," follows an August 2018 statement by President Russell M. Nelson requesting the use of the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the choir’s sponsoring organization.
2015 Auditions for Salt Lake "Savior of the World" (Church News)
(September 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
The Music and Cultural Arts Division of the Church invites adults and families (with children ages 8 and older) to participate in the 2015 production of Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection. Members of the Church are encouraged to invite their friends or family of other Christian faiths to audition with them. We invite individuals from all ethnicities to audition.
School Choice and Adolescence in America (Real Clear Politics)
(May 9, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
Consider Latter Day Saints (Mormon) public health: Utah, where 70% of the population are Mormon, has the lowest, or near the lowest, rates of smoking, lung cancer, heart disease, alcohol consumption, abortions, out-of-wedlock births, work-days missed due to illness, and the lowest child poverty rate in the country. Utah ranks highest in the nation in number of AP tests taken, number of AP tests passed, scientists produced per capita, percentage of households with personal computers, and proportion of income given to charity.
New initiative takes education to Church members around the world (LDS Church News - Utah)
(June 17, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
A new global initiative in the Church Educational System will bring education to Church members around the world “in the Lord’s way,” announced Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education, during the 2016 Seminaries and Institutes Annual Training Broadcast held in the Conference Center Little Theater on June 14.
MOTION GRAPHIC: LDS Charities Provides Neonatal Resuscitation Training Around the World (LDS Newsroom)
(July 14, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
An estimated one million newborns will never manage life-sustaining breath. Not every birth is routine, which is why LDS Charities works with physicians around the world to provide neonatal resuscitation and maternal care training. Learn how this remarkable program remains self-sustaining and how these efforts are breathing new life into communities and families across the globe.
Bountiful man shares his toy-building hobby with the world (Standard Examiner - Utah)
(January 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Arthur Lifferth has got the whole world in his hands.
The 88-year-old Bountiful resident has been building and working with his hands his whole life, building seven homes, working on a motor home, restoring several classic cars and constructing a lighted Christmas village with more than 100 buildings, complete with trains and motor cars.
LDS purchases Maricopa land from builders (Arizona Republic)
(November 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
The Mormon Church has purchased a major chunk of undeveloped property in overbuilt Maricopa from two major home builders.
Property Reserve Inc., a real-estate holding company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, paid home builders Fulton Homes Corp. and Shea Homes for Active Adults a combined $72 million in October for about 1,900 acres of virgin land in the Pinal County city, 35 miles south of Phoenix.
What Drives Mormon Humanitarian Work? (LDS Newsroom)
(January 29, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder James J. Hamula, Pacific Area President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explained recently why Mormons engage in humanitarian service throughout the Pacific region, and globally.
“When you attend church in Australia or New Zealand you see tremendous ethnic diversity in Church membership,” he says. “Yet amidst this diversity there is great unity, remarkable unity, among our church members.”
He continues: “Such unity comes, I think, from a real and substantial faith among our people in the Fatherhood of God. You cannot believe in the Fatherhood of God without also believing in the brotherhood of man.”
Faith and mental health: Religious devotion gone too far (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(December 11, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Chad’s bout with scrupulosity began earnestly enough.
An Idaho health-care worker and devout Mormon, Chad (who asked that his real name not be used) began wondering if he was totally upfront with patients. Soon, he started scrutinizing his past, looking for times he might not have been completely honest.
“It started to steamroll on me,” the 35-year-old man says.
He began phoning and e-mailing past bosses and acquaintances. Did he deliver every paper on the route? What about that Snickers bar he snatched from the discard bin as a teenage bag boy? Or the sod that fell off the landscaping truck he was driving? Or the loaned scrubs he kept in college?
BYU student entrepreneurs rake in half a million in startup funding (BYU news release)
(May 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
In perhaps the most successful season ever for BYU entrepreneurship, innovating students have won or raised more than $500,000 for startup ventures this spring.
From a portable device that can charge a phone for a week to a spray technology that biodegrades plastics found in landfills, students have created technologies that are turning heads nationwide.
"We’ve probably brought in more money from competitions this year than any other year," said entrepreneurship professor Nathan Furr. "But more importantly, the students are getting real traction with customers. The proof that you’ve nailed the problem is that people will give you their money."
The "fastest Mormon in the world" honored in new film (ABC 4 - Utah)
(August 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
The story of the world's fastest Mormon is coming to a silver screen near you.
Wednesday night, the "Boys of Bonneville” will have its Utah premiere.
The documentary tells the story of Ab Jenkins and those who raced on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
When he wasn't being Salt Lake Mayor, Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor III set nearly 50 records, a dozen which still stand.
Elder Gay honored with 20th Distinguished Utahn award (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Whether in the business world, in his calling as a member of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or in his home, friends say Elder Robert C. Gay of the Seventy is a man known for his ability to build relationships and better the lives of others around him.
"In a world that we can all observe … that people are often wandering from sea to sea not knowing where to go, it is uplifting and refreshing to find someone who knows the greater path," said Brian C. Dixon, chairman of the Distinguished Utahn Event Committee.
Art Exhibit Will Showcase Fine Art from around the World (Church News and Events)
(March 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
The Ninth International Art Competition exhibit will open on March 16, 2012, and run until October 14, 2012, at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
This year’s competition, Make Known His Wonderful Works (D&C 65:4), drew 1,149 entries from around the world in a variety of media, including sculpture, quilts and other textiles, paper art, and paintings. The museum will display 198 of the pieces.
Group wants to buy college (Waikato Times - New Zealand)
(June 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
A group of wealthy American-based Mormons, led by a successful Utah property developer, have approached church leaders to take over Church College and keep it open.
Speaking from Utah where he runs a successful real estate firm and develops property, Will S Jones said he had a hugely memorable experience while based at Church College between 1971 and 1974, and wanted the school kept open.
"I think the biggest connection really comes from the guys I met in New Zealand, who had gone through Church College.
Placing the pieces (Herald Journal - Utah)
(February 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
All I’ve done is put it together,” says author Dr. Robert A. Pate of the research in his books on geography and names from the Book of Mormon.
Pate, of Young Ward, recently published “Mormon Names in Maya Stone,” a book that attempts to prove the names and cities used in the Book of Mormon were real. Locations and people mentioned in the Book of Mormon are not known universally, as the places and characters in the Bible are. But using Mayan hieroglyphics or pictures and referencing their meanings with dictionary definitions in various languages, Pate believes he may be cracking some of the mysteries behind the scripture used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Smart Mormons (Canada Free Press)
(January 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
During the 2012 presidential campaign, that awesomely deep well of perpetual wisdom, Alec Baldwin, proclaimed that if Barack Obama were not black, his vote total would have been 20 percent higher.
People of real intelligence realize that the opposite was probably true: if he had been white, his vote total would have been 20 percent lower. The African-American voting bloc combined with enough whites suffering from liberal guilt guaranteed a higher vote total for Obama.
The truth of the matter is, if Mitt Romney had not been a Mormon, his vote total might very well have been significantly higher.
Viewpoint: Disappointments Can Be Opportunities to Grow (Church News and Events)
(August 12, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Jacob de Jager was finishing high school in 1942 when Nazi forces occupied his home country, Holland. A rule was established that students could register for classes in Dutch universities only if they signed a “declaration of loyalty” to the occupying forces.
The majority of Dutch students refused to sign such a document. For young men between 18 and 30 years of age, there were two alternatives: to leave home, change names, use a fake I.D. card, and go “underground” somewhere in the country; or to run the very real risk of being arrested anywhere at any moment and being deported to Germany for slave labor in the war industry.
Many interconnected pieces of evidence support the Book of Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
For the past few weeks I’ve addressed the current limitations of New World archaeology and the naïve claims of some critics regarding the relationship between the Book of Mormon and archaeological discoveries. I have pointed out that there is a dearth of information regarding New World cultures during Book of Mormon times, that many cultural and religious aspects of these cultures rely heavily on interpretation of the data, and that names of some ancient cities and personalities may be forever lost.
Despite opposition, Phoenix temple inspires thanks (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Paul Gilbert was feeling serendipitous.
"I'm feeling good, very positive," said Gilbert, president of the Tempe Arizona University Stake and real estate attorney who represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its effort to obtain a zoning variance for the planned Phoenix Temple.
On Dec. 3, the day after Phoenix City Council had voted unanimously to allow the church to build a new temple -- a 40-foot-high building plus 86-foot steeple spire -- Gilbert was grateful for the support from Phoenix area Mormons.
Behind the Scenes at General Conference (Church News and Events)
(March 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
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.
Boy with broken heart touching hearts around the world (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 21, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Chris Jones has created all kinds of media presentations for clients, but his latest project is the most powerful and the most personal.
He is documenting his 11-year-old son’s final journey in this life.
“This was a little quiet thing for our family and friends to follow Mitchell’s journey,” Jones said. But the Facebook page Mitchell's Journey — filled with poignant reflections, photographs and meaningful videos — has attracted thousands of followers all over the world.
BibleVideos.LDS.org is Church’s Gift to the World (Church News and Events)
(December 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
During the December 4, 2011, First Presidency Christmas Devotional, Church leaders presented The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos website, a “gift” to the world for the coming holiday season.
BibleVideos.lds.org is a repository for original short videos that depict scenes from Christ’s life, ranging from the angel foretelling Christ’s birth to the Savior's Resurrection.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, announced the site during his talk at the devotional.
“Like the scriptures which these short films follow faithfully they may seem to you quiet,” he said. “Your faith and the Holy Ghost will create the emotion these world-changing events deserve.”
A nine-minute video shown during the devotional revealed a sampling of the content that is now available on the website or will be coming soon.
Carr places 10th in world championship (Brown County Democrat - Indiana)
(July 16, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
Brown County's Curtis Carr finished 10th in Sunday's 3,000- meter steeplechase during the 2008 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Carr achieved a personal best time of 8 minutes, 53.79 seconds, in the event and finished less than a second behind the United States' other entry, Dylan Knight of UCLA.
Second interactive, online event for LDS teens to feature Lindsey Stirling (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Lindsey Stirling, the world-renowned dancing violinist, will be featured in the second “Face to Face” online event for youths hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. MDT. The first event, which was broadcast in June to more than 34,000 video streams around the world, featured David Archuleta, who had recently returned from a full-time mission.
Minister Critical of Romney and 'Mormon Cult' Suggests Third-Party Options (Christian Post)
(May 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Christian minister Bill Keller of LivePrayer.com, who has frequently spoken out on the so-called dangers of voting for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in this year's general election due to his Mormon faith, suggests that the only real option for Christian voters are third-party candidates.
Keller recently compared the choice of voting for Mitt Romney or for President Barack Obama as "flipping a coin where Satan is on both sides."
Local Church Congregations Perform Savior of the World (News from the Church)
(April 10, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
For Macy Robison, a music teacher in the public schools of greater Boston, Massachusetts, and Brad Thompson, a music and drama teacher in Turlock, California, the opportunity to co-direct a local production of Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection, a sacred musical drama created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came as a welcome surprise.
Happiness doesn't come from fame, Murphys say (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 15, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
The real happiness in life comes from the Savior's Atonement, faith and family -- not fame, Dale and Nancy Murphy say.
During a fireside Sept.12 at the Roswell Georgia Stake center, the Murphys, who now live in Utah, spoke about searching for happiness, the fleeting nature of fame and the important things in life -- faith and family. They also reminisced about the years when Dale Murphy was playing baseball for the Atlanta Braves and they were living in the Roswell Ward.
How the social media world reacted to NPR's story about 'Mormon Funeral Potatoes' (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
On Wednesday, NPR posted a story sure to grab the attention of many Utahns: “Mormon Funeral Potatoes: The Carb-Heavy Meal For The End of The World.”
The story, published as part of NPR’s “Food for Thought” section, was written by Ash Sanders, a journalist and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was raised in Salt Lake City but now lives in New York City.
NYT Reporter Goes To Romney's Church, Seeks Info From Worshipers (Real Clear Politics)
(May 22, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss an investigative report she did on Mitt Romney's Mormon church, his values and what his fellow worshipers say about him.
"What we were really looking at is the biographical influence of faith on Mitt Romney's life," Kantor explained.
While Kantor concedes "nobody thinks that as president he would sort of impose Mormon doctrine or rule with, you know, a Bible on his desk in the Oval Office and make decisions that way," she investigated how he applies his religion to political and personal decisions.
'Jewish' Bachmann is costing Romney (New York Post)
(August 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Funny, she doesn't look Jewish.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He's having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish.
Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they'd rather open their wallets for the "Jewish candidate," who they don't realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned.
"It's a real problem," one Romney fund-raiser said. "We're working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama's Israel problem. This was surprising."
Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart (BYU news release)
(February 28, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Loads of studies over the years have shown that children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests and perform better in school, but the reason why remained unclear.
Is it the mother-baby bonding time, something in the milk itself or some unseen attribute of mothers who breastfeed their babies?
Now a new study by sociologists at Brigham Young University pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of this cognitive boost: Responding to children’s emotional cues and reading to children starting at 9 months of age. Breastfeeding mothers tend to do both of those things, said lead study author Ben Gibbs.
Big brother molds Fredette into star (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Al Fredette came home from his work as a financial planner in the tiny upstate New York town of Glens Falls one summer day to find his two sons, 9-year-old Jimmer and 16-year-old T.J., playing basketball in 90-degree temperatures on a small slab of concrete in the back yard.
But the brothers weren't playing a real game of basketball. Jimmer was dribbling the ball, and T.J. was doing all he could to steal it, get Jimmer to pick up his dribble, or knock little brother off the cement patch. The father said it looked like some form of torture, but Jimmer was enjoying every minute of it.
LDS Church lowers prices on downtown Salt Lake condo development (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
To cope with the sagging real-estate market, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has lowered prices on a large condo project in its City Creek development in downtown Salt Lake City.
Under construction at 35 E. 100 South, The Regent is set for completion in mid- to late 2011. The 20-story project, which will have 150 units, was originally priced starting from around $300,000 to as much as $1.7 million. The church said prices now start in the mid-$100,000s.
YWCA and LDS Relief Society Leaders Meet Together (KSL - Utah)
(July 14, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
Leaders of the two largest women's organizations in the world met today in Salt Lake City to talk about the issues facing women.
The two organizations are The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with nearly 5-million members world wide, and the YWCA, with 25 million members.
Nativities from around the world on display starting Thursday (Statesman Journal - Oregon)
(November 30, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Visitors can see how artists the world over imagine Christ's birth at the annual Salem Community Nativity Festival, Thursday through Dec. 6. About 450 creches will be displayed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in southeast Salem. Last year's offerings depicted the birth of Jesus in olive wood from Israel, myrtlewood from Oregon, crystal, glass, metal and Legos.
Going underground — LDS Church asks to buy land under streets (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 5, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
The LDS Church wants to partially close four downtown streets for new and expanded median ramps that will access underground parking for the City Creek Center development.
City Creek Reserve Inc., a new division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' real-estate arm, Property Reserve Inc., wants to construct a new median ramp on South Temple between State and Main streets and expand the existing median ramps on West Temple and 100 South.
Reuters publishes speculative story on Mormon Church finances (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
A Reuters story released Sunday suggests that if the Mormon Church were a corporation, it would need to change its investment strategy.
The problem with that premise is that the church is different from a corporation, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told Reuters.
The Reuters story, written by Peter Henderson, categorizes the church's "investment strategy" as "risk-averse," and claims investors "would call for less spending on real estate and more on charitable causes to improve membership growth — the Mormons' return on investment."
Counsel about media consumption from Mormon leaders (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 5, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
For Kathryn Skaggs the word "media" is a buzzword any time she is listening to a talk in church. That's doubly true on days like Saturday and Sunday this week, during the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Skaggs, of Murrieta, Calif., will join with more than 20,000 other Mormons seated in the church's Conference Center to listen to talks on gospel topics, family unity and financial responsibility while millions of others watch and listen.
Skaggs will be posting her reflections in real-time on Twitter and again later in her blog about Mormonism.
LDS church transfers Northwest Quadrant to Kennecott (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
A controversial vision to recast Salt Lake City’s desolate western flank as a "mini-city" is either on hold or about to get a jolt.
Kennecott Utah Copper has acquired the undeveloped but coveted swath of land known as the Northwest Quadrant in a swap with the real-estate arm of the LDS Church.
The mining giant says it has "no current development plans" for the acreage west of the Salt Lake City International Airport — a migratory bird haven that hugs portions of the Great Salt Lake.
Time Again Guy Takes Break for Mormon Mission (Aversion)
(October 13, 2008) - Relevance: 2.6
Note: link removed due to offensive advertisements on the site. Here's the synopsis of the article:
Time Again is taking time off the "three chords and the truth" mission to let one of its members go off on a "tacky name tags and questionable third-testament" mission. Because punk rock and Mormon missionary work apparently don't conflict on virtually all levels in Time Again's world, the punk act announced it was going on a two-year hiatus to allow guitarist Elijah Reyes the chance to prostilyze around the world.
Youngsters get a taste of the pioneer life as they pull handcarts through rugged terrain southeast of Socorro (News Bulletin - New Mexico)
(August 23, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
A Pioneer Handcart Trek has been authentically re-enacted by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Valencia, Socorro and southern Bernalillo counties.
Six months of planning and hundreds of man-hours in research and preparation have resulted in an accurate portrayal that gave youth and adult volunteers a real "Handcart Trek" experience. It also helped them appreciate the sacrifices made by many of their ancestors. Participants also gained first-hand knowledge about an important chapter in American history. It was an arduous, but fun and faith-building experience, they said.
2014 in review: An unsettling year, with religion in a starring role (Washington Post)
(December 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
In a series of online essays, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tried to carefully debunk popular caricatures of Mormon beliefs, a remarkable exercise in the real-time evolution of a distinctly homegrown American religion. No, the church said, Mormons don’t get their own planet in the afterlife, and no, there’s nothing “magical” about sacred temple garments. No, founder Joseph Smith didn’t literally translate an ancient Egyptian papyrus scroll as part of LDS scriptures, and yes, Smith practiced plural marriage — as many as 40 wives, the church conceded.
New York City: Blending cultures in the gospel at institute (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 26, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
The Brooklyn and Staten Island Institute of Religion is a world of its own.
"This is New York — and Brooklyn and Staten Island have people from every country across the globe … we are a world melting pot," said John Stephenson, institute director.
Students from places such as Ecuador, China, Peru, Mexico, Trinidad, Africa, Europe and around the United States come together and are united through the gospel.
Satirical Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon' gets warm reception in heart of Mormonlandia (U.S. News)
(July 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater.
The audience cheered wildly as the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" began, with the show's gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away.
Family History Moment: Spiritual promptings restore 1850 Bible to original family line (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
RaQuelle Owens restored an 1850 family Bible to its original family line after she felt compelled to reach out to one of its descendants, Leilani Speck, through Ancestry.com.
Owens, a member of the Church who found the Bible while cleaning out a closet at her home in Lakeside, Arizona, said the book was given to her father in about 1975 by a Mr. Speck, one of his real estate employees. Owens kept the Bible for 25 years after her parents died, and this January she felt the need to find a place for it.
Manti Te'o: A linebacker, a made-up girlfriend and a national hoax (CNN)
(January 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
This may be the strangest twist in a tale overflowing with strangeness.
Manti Te'o's deceased girlfriend tweeted late Wednesday night.
On a Twitter account -- not verified, naturally -- the "girlfriend" said the "myths" about the story that has sports fans scratching their heads will be addressed Thursday.
Whatever she says, she'll find it hard to top what's already come out about the Notre Dame linebacker and the woman he called the "love of my life."
First, sports website Deadspin published a piece dismissing as a hoax the existence of Te'o's girlfriend -- the one who he said died around the same time as his real-life grandmother while his team marched toward the BCS National Championship Game.
Students attempt dodgeball world record (BYU-Idaho news release)
(March 2, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Brigham Young University-Idaho will attempt to set a world record for the most players in a single dodgeball game on March 12. Event coordinators are hoping for 3,000 students, divided into two teams.
The BYU-Idaho Center’s multi-purpose facility has the capacity to hold 5,000 students on its 10 basketball courts, with plenty of room to spare. There are 70 volunteers to facilitate responsibilities such as helping out with people management, first aid and judging.
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: 2.6
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."
Hinckley: Downtown project will be a boon to Temple Square (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 1, 2006) - Relevance: 2.6
It may be a massive commercial undertaking, but the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sees another benefit to redeveloping 20 acres of prime real estate in downtown Salt Lake City. "The church is undertaking a huge redevelopment project in the interest of protecting the environment of Temple Square," church President Gordon B. Hinckley told the faithful at the Saturday morning opening session of the LDS Church's 176th Semiannual General Conference.
World Renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir holding auditions (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 13, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
The world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is currently auditioning altos, sopranos, tenors and basses to round out its 360-member ensemble.
“It is a very rigorous process that yields marvelous results,” says music director Mack Wilberg, “Each year we continue to be pleased with the high level of musical expertise displayed by choir applicants and look forward to meeting many of them during the audition process.”
Photo gallery: General Women's Session (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 28, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Speakers at the General Women’s Session of general conference encouraged women to emulate the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Women around the world gathered to the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — and virtually around the world — for the General Women’s Session of the 187th Annual General Conference on Saturday night, March 25.
Mormons in the 2012 Paralympics, Days 1 & 2: Jason Smyth sets a world record (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Jason Smyth, of Northern Ireland, set a new world record of 10.54 seconds for the men's 100-meter sprint Friday during the qualifying round for T13 athletes.
Smyth, of the Belfast Northern Ireland Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is legally blind, is scheduled to race in today's finals for the event at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Utah man goes around the world in 126 temples (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Attending an LDS temple is a common vacation activity for many Mormons. But for Ray Hansen, it usually is the vacation.
Since 1987, Ray Hansen, of Herriman, Utah, has had a goal to attend every temple in the world. Of the 130 operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they have visited 126 of them.
On one trip, they flew into St. Louis and drove to Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Nauvoo, Ill.; and then back to St. Louis.
LDS mom breaks world record for half-marathon with triple stroller (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 14, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Tennessee mom Ashlee Eskelsen ran the Boston Marathon 14 weeks pregnant last year. This year, she wanted a new challenge.
Eskelsen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, set a world record on Saturday for finishing a half-marathon pushing a triple stroller with her three sons — her youngest just 4 and a half months old.
Va. Mormon couple moved by Romney's success (Virginian-Pilot)
(August 31, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Of all the Virginians at the Republican National Convention, perhaps none were more personally moved by Mitt Romney’s acceptance of the party’s presidential nomination than Mark and Kay Dudenhefer.
Like Romney, the Dudenhefers are proud Republicans – and devoted Mormons. So seeing a fellow member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints achieve such heights feels like real progress to them.
Mormons’ current esprit de corps, observed Mark Dudenhefer, a Roman Catholic convert, is similar to the feeling Catholics like his parents felt when they had the chance to vote for John F. Kennedy in 1960 or how African Americans feel about Barack Obama.
Mormon Missionaries Confront Protesters with Hymns and Scriptures (American Chronicle)
(April 7, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
More than 100,000 Mormons from around the world gathered at Temple Square to listen to sermons from apostles and prophets, and that attracted a small group of protesters who wanted to let Mormons know they are wrong and attempt to incite a confrontation.
They were attending a weekend-long conference, held in five separate sessions, and broadcast to Latter-day Saint congregations around the world to enable the more than 13 million members to participate wherever they live. It was the 179th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS mom qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
A Utah woman has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and she balances her intense training with her children and her LDS faith, according to a story from Runner's World.
Amber Green lives in St. George with her husband and three sons. She ran her first marathon in 2000 "just to see if she could," according to Runner's World. She has come a long way from that first run and fell just short of qualifying for the Olympic trials several times in the past two years. Her children kept her going when she felt like giving up.
Mormon Apostle Joins World Leaders at Global Event (LDS Newsroom)
(May 31, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Faith freely chosen is the hallmark of a strong and stable society, Mormon apostle Elder Neil L. Andersen said during a panel discussion at a major global gathering of business, government and thought leaders.
For its global meetings, Horasis, an independent think tank based in Zurich, Switzerland, brings together a community of some 400 world leaders from 70 countries to pursue solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations and societies.
Mitt Romney, the first Mormon major-party nominee (Washington Times)
(May 31, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Mitt Romney clinched the GOP nomination yesterday, an accomplishment of some historical importance. We’ve had a black major-party nominee, and a woman in serious contention. Now America has its first Mormon with a real shot at the White House.
Much more than other Christian churches, Mormonism is a way of life, not just a liturgy and a theology. Mormonism is about doing as much as it is about believing; devout Mormons are called “active,” not “faithful.” The community is modeled on the family, and the family is a microcosm of the Kingdom of God. Understanding his religion is much more important to understanding Romney than it was to understanding Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton.
Richard Dutcher: Leaving his faith, staying with film (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
When Richard Dutcher wrote the screenplay for his dark drama "Falling" in 1999, he hadn’t started shooting his landmark LDS missionary film "God’s Army" — and he was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When Dutcher finally filmed the movie in 2007 — around the same time he was filming "States of Grace," the quasi-sequel to "God’s Army"— he wasn’t a Mormon anymore.
"In a very real sense, the writer was a very different person than the director was," Dutcher, 47, said in an interview this week. "The director was no longer a believer, but the script writer had been."
Husband and Wife Discover Their Grandfathers Fought Side by Side in Civil War (Church News)
(August 14, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
It was June 27, 1864, when three brigades of Union soldiers, totaling nearly 5,500 men, moved against entrenched Confederate positions on Burnt Hickory Road toward Pigeon Hill and Cheatham Hill on what would be a significant day in the battle for Kennesaw Mountain.
One hundred fifty years to the day later, some 200 visitors boarded buses at Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia, that would transport them to Kennesaw Mountain State Park, where they would participate in a real-time hike that would take them on the same path those Union troops took to approach Cheatham Hill the moment the battle began.
St. Helena couple sings with Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Napa Valley Register - California)
(January 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Feeling the power of 350 voices, woven in harmony, inside one of the most acoustically perfect buildings in the world, is an experience not available to everyone.
To sing with those voices is even more rare.
Earlier this month, St. Helena High School choir director Craig Bond and his wife Carolyn Bond climbed the risers of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake Center and sang with its world-famous choir.
International Video Contest Deadline Coming Up (Church News and Events)
(January 18, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
The online International Video Contest inviting members to “Make Your Own Mormon Message” will draw to a close on January 31, 2011.
Church members around the world ages 13 and up have until then to submit their videos online for consideration.
This contest is an opportunity for Church members to strengthen their testimonies as they share their talents with worldwide members and to “join the conversation” in sharing the gospel with the world.
World Congress of Families ends on Utah note — with The Piano Guys (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 2, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
The ninth World Congress of Families ended its global gathering in Salt Lake City on Friday night with a concert by Utah-based entertainers known as "The Piano Guys."
That concluded four days of speeches, training and networking among some 3,000 participants from more than 50 countries — all of whom came with concerns about what they perceive as the decline of the "natural family," meaning a man, a woman and their children.
Mormon church has built downtown housing; will people come? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
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.
Finding Incredible: What Cancer—and Trials—Can Teach Us (Church News and Events)
(February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
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.
Education Is Key to Future Opportunities (Church News and Events)
(April 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Many people in countries around the world are realizing their hopes and dreams of gaining an education through the Church’s Perpetual Education Fund.
In a news conference on February 4, 2008, President Thomas S. Monson said of the program: “Today’s world is competitive, more than it’s ever been. I believe men and women need to get a type of education which will enable them to meet the exigencies of life. … Men and women need to be prepared for a vastly broader scope than we’ve ever had before. … [The Perpetual Education Fund] is a fund that will go far into the future.”
Osmond is mature versatile entertainer, even if aura of childhood start remains (Richmond Register - Kentucky)
(January 14, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Donny Osmond got his start in show business when at age 5 he joined his brothers on the Andy Williams TV Show 50 years ago.
He first gained fame as a child and then teen star with his sister Marie. Fans of his early years remain passionate about him, but Osmund continuing show business success is based on his real, versatile talent, not simply nostalgia.
The doubts of any skeptic, including this reviewer’s, who attended Osmund Saturday concerts at St. Mark Catholic Church were dispelled by masterful performances demonstrating his range and depth.
Does Mormonism have a Mitt Romney problem? (The Economist)
(February 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
MORMONS are outing themselves. In 2010 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to counter “misconceptions” about the religion, and last October it was vastly expanded. Billboards have now gone up in a dozen American cities, featuring real members. “I’m a Mormon,” say lawyers, scientists and surfers, smilingly directing viewers to the church website. There the curious can chat with a missionary, or browse some 80,000 profiles to find Mormons who are like them. Over the past year, according to the church, people have initiated about 1m chats via the site, often asking about the Mormon record on gay rights, or other controversial things. And since the launch of the October campaign there have been 30,000 more Mormon profiles to look at.
RootsTech 2015: Innovator Showdown Winners Announced (Church News)
(February 16, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
The results of a first-time contest called the Innovator Showdown were presented at the 2015 RootsTech family history conference on February 13, 2015. Creators of the contest invited entrepreneurs from around the world to submit a mobile or web app that would affect the world of family history. Nick and Krista Baum, cofounders of StoryWorth, were presented with a $25,000 total cash prize.
The most Mormon country in the world? It’s Tonga (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 5, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
There are a lot of Tongans in Utah.
After all, one in every four U.S. Tongans resides in the Beehive State, which features several all-Tongan Mormon stakes, including more than 30 all-Tongan LDS congregations.
But did you know that the multi-island Pacific nation has the highest number of Latter-day Saints per capita — in the world?
Of Tonga's 106,513 inhabitants, 64,156 are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the Salt Lake City-based faith's official statistics.
Book Review: 'American Crucifixion' by Alex Beam (Wall Street Journal - New York)
(April 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism and that religion's chief prophet until his death in 1844, was many things: tireless, intelligent, personally magnetic. But humble he was not. "I am above the kingdoms of the world," he said. "I have no laws." When a visitor to Nauvoo, the Illinois city that Smith founded and ruled, asked if it wasn't dangerous to place municipal power almost exclusively in the hands of one man, he replied: "In your hands, or that of any other person, so much power would, no doubt, be dangerous. I am the only man in the world it would be safe to trust with it."
BYU Studies celebrates its 50th anniversary, continues traditions (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(January 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Over fifty years ago, Clinton Larson stood in a field north of Temple Hill in Provo and envisioned the imposition of a university magazine. Little did Larson know that half a century later that magazine he envisioned would be read all over the world.
Today celebrates the 50th anniversary of the BYU Studies academic journal, a publication that strives to apply Doctrine and Covenants 89:19 in bringing "wisdom and great treasures of knowledge to the world."
Stephenie Meyer turns rainy little Forks – and the world – into a Twilight zone (Guardian - UK)
(November 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
For millions of teenagers around the globe, next Friday is the most exciting day of the year: New Moon, the second film in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga about a sexy vampire, debuts in UK cinemas.
In less than four years, Meyer, a Mormon mother of three from Arizona, has become one of the world's bestselling authors, despite Stephen King saying she "can't write".
Every two seconds this year, someone in the UK has bought one of her books. Since her first novel, Twilight, was plucked out of an agent's slush pile and published in 2005, Meyer has sold more than 85m copies worldwide. Almost 5m of those were snapped up in the UK.
University helps N.C. high school break world record (Technician Online)
(March 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics was founded in 1980 as the nation's first public, residential high school.
On March 5, the school made another historic achievement: setting the Guinness World Record for the largest food drive in one location in a 24-hour time period. The school collected 559,885 pounds of food to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Senior missionaries 'needed, blessed, loved,' Missionary Department says (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
“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.
Judge orders former LDS branch leader to stand trial in sexual assault (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 5, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
They didn’t know who he was or what he wanted. They didn’t even know his real name.
But a woman, her 20-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter testified Monday in 3rd District Court that a man, known to them only as Frank, twice barged into their Millcreek home, sexually assaulted the teenager, attacked the mother and bit the son’s penis so severely he required reparative surgery.
Efrey Guzman, 46, a former LDS branch president of a Latino congregation in Sandy, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; and sex abuse of a child and forcible sexual abuse, second-degree felonies.
World-famous DJ Kaskade to perform free concert in Provo (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 27, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
World-famous disc jockey and record producer Kaskade will perform a free concert Sept. 4 in downtown Provo.
Kaskade, whose given name is Ryan Raddon, will entertain fans on Provo's Center Street as part of the sixth annual Rooftop Concert Series. Two Utah bands, The Brocks and Two Nations, will open for Kaskade.
New Joseph Smith movie being screened in Palmyra (Wayne Post - New York)
(July 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Palmyra will host screenings of the film "Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold" from July 7 to July 18.
Birthplace of the Book of Mormon, Palmyra is the first stop on a nationwide tour in support of the film, which was directed and produced by Austrian filmmaker Christian Vuissa. Vuissa says the film "tells the true story, the real story behind Smith and the Book of Mormon in a way that has never been told before," and he hopes his film "helps people realize what an impact Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon have had not only in the Latter-day Saint faith, but also in history."
Excellent seminary teachers made the scriptures real (Herald Journal - Utah)
(March 27, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
The LDS Seminary program turns 100 years old this year, and is more valuable than ever.
This many years out of high school, I am still relieved to be done. I wouldn’t go back for anything ... except maybe seminary.
Seminary was a haven for me, a chance to give focused attention to the important ideas that otherwise were crowded out during my slightly overbooked youth.
I remember explaining LDS Seminary to friends who were not religious. They wondered how I could commit to a life of full-time church service while I was still just a teenager; to them, “seminary” meant theological college to become paid clergy.
No, I wasn’t in training for anything except self-improvement, I said, and my church had no paid clergy. My seminary was a scripture-study class for young people that met early in the morning.
Mormon facility on tap for River North (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(January 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
A prized piece of River North real estate on the same corner that was supposed to accommodate a state-of-the-art synagogue and community center has been purchased by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build its first meetinghouse in Chicago's downtown.
The property at Clark and Chestnut streets is adjacent to the former site of the proposed Chicago Center for Jewish Life, a multimillion-dollar building that would have offered a sanctuary, school, kosher cafe and crisis intervention services for Jewish travelers and members of Lubavitch Chabad of the Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park, the Hasidic Orthodox community that built it.
Mormon genealogy site offers links to millions of WWI vets (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 11, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
In honor of Veterans Day, the LDS Church has announced that it is adding three free World War I collections to its FamilySearch site, containing information on millions of American and British citizens who served in — and registered for — the military from 1914 to 1920.
These resources include the free U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, according to an LDS Church news release. "Out of those who registered, approximately 4.8 million served and 2.8 million were drafted."
LDS Church sells Provo River tract to fund for development (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
A scenic tract of land on the upper Provo River owned by the LDS Church has been bought by a private equity fund than plans to turn the property into a high-end development aimed at well-heeled fly-fishing homebuyers.
Sporting Ranch Capital Management bought the 204-acre property in Summit and Wasatch counties east of Park City last month from Property Reserve Inc., which manages real estate owned by the Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Terms of the deal weren’t announced.
BYU Pathway program turning heads in world of online education and technology (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 17, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
Brigham Young University-Pathway Worldwide is turning heads in the world of online education and technology six months after it was created.
The BYU-Pathway program, specifically PathwayConnect, was recently featured in an in-depth article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighting its innovations and painting the program as a model of online education.
Coming out Mormon (Washington Post)
(April 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
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.
LDS Apostles join the world of Twitter (Daily Herald - Utah)
(May 6, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Members of the community who want to follow the prophets moment by moment can now do it through Twitter.
It was only a matter of time, with the advanced use of social media, that top leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would join the world of tweeting. Twitter, not related to the song birds of spring, is a social messaging tool that lets users give short messages of news interest, inspiration and opinion.
Elder M. Russell Ballard was the first to tweet Sunday, following his Church Education System fireside.
How the Swiss founded a Mormon town (Swiss Info - Switzerland)
(April 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Ask just about anyone from Santa Clara, Utah, about “the call” and there’s no mistaking what you mean: The time the Swiss Mormons rolled in and changed everything.
In fact, there was no real town to speak of in this remote corner of the American southwest before the Stuckis, Hirschis, and Toblers—some 85 Swiss pioneers in all—unloaded their covered wagons and began to build.
The epic journey the Swiss pioneers began 150 years ago this spring has now been immortalised in a mural hanging in Santa Clara’s Town Hall. Two documentary filmmakers are making a movie, having followed Utah artist Julie Rogers around as she put paint to history, using today’s descendants of those Swiss pioneers as models.
LDS Church developer plans to build a 28-story office tower in downtown Salt Lake City (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 13, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
Building on their success with 111 Main, developers for the LDS Church are planning a new 28-story office tower in downtown Salt Lake City.
City Creek Reserve, a real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has submitted preliminary plans for a sleek, curving and glass-clad skyscraper on the northeast corner of State Street and 100 South, just west of the Harmons Grocery store and south of the church’s Social Hall Heritage Museum.
Church Works Toward World Goal to Eliminate Preventable Diseases (Church News and Events)
(November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
A worldwide goal set by a consortium of health and humanitarian organizations is helping eradicate measles and other infectious diseases, and Church welfare has been assisting the cause by providing funding, service hours, and education.
The goal, which is to “reduce childhood mortality” by two-thirds by 2015, was set 21 years ago by the United Nations Foundation, World Health Organization, Red Cross, United Nations International Children’s Fund, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
Heard the one about the Mormon stand-up comic? (Guardian - UK)
(November 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
If I told you that Elna Baker had written a frank and self-deprecating memoir about dating which is unlike any other frank and self-deprecating memoir about dating, you probably would not believe me. However, Baker is a Mormon. A peachy, astute, witty 27-year-old Mormon who has never had sex. The book – The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance – is all about what it's like to live in Manhattan when the list of things you can't do (cigarettes, wine, coffee, drugs, swearing, sex outside marriage, marriage to someone who isn't Mormon) seems far more seductive than the things you can (studying scripture, prayer) and where the majority of your contemporaries think you might be – in Baker's words – "a whack job". Until now her faith is something she has avoided talking about when she first meets someone ("You know how in films people spit out their drinks when they're surprised, and you think that never happens in real life? It does").
Book of Mormon pushes personal revelation (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
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."
Prioritize pursuits, Sister Beck says (LDS Church News)
(May 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Women must prioritize their energy and pursuits as they seek the counsel of the Lord, said Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, during Women's Conference at BYU on April 29.
"I feel a great urgency for the daughters of God to do all they need to do to strengthen and lift — not just themselves, their families, sisters who are in their wards — but also the world," Sister Beck said. "I feel that the sisters in this church who know and understand their covenants will be a significant force in helping this world which seems to have lost its moral moorings."
At Its Core, the 'Twilight' Saga Is a Story About ________ (The Atlantic)
(November 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
TO THE NAKED EYE, IT MAY APPEAR THAT: The Twilight saga is a story about love. And vampires. And family. And abstinence. And racism. And the founding of the Mormon faith. And orphans, in a really weird way.
BUT ACCORDING TO SOME EXPERTS WHO THOUGHT REALLY HARD ABOUT THIS: Twilight is a story about all of these things. And more things.
Since the series' debut in 2005, multitudes of thinkers and scholars have claimed to know the real, profound meaning behind Stephenie Meyer's famous vampire-romance novel series. This tends to happen sometimes when books ignite widespread consumption and discussion: Just run a quick Google search on "The Great Gatsby is a story about" if you need further proof. But the degree to which Twilight has been analyzed, re-analyzed, reframed, and close-read makes it something of a lit-crit Choose Your Own Adventure story.
Hundreds serving in Family and Church History Headquarters Mission (LDS Church News)
(September 11, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
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.”
Pro-Perry Evangelical Leader Amplifies Anti-Mormon Rhetoric (Real Clear Politics)
(October 18, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
In the wake of anti-Mormon comments made by Robert Jeffress -- an influential pastor who has endorsed Rick Perry -- a second prominent evangelical power broker with ties to the Texas governor is now causing an additional stir.
On Sunday, The Daily Beast published excerpts of emails sent by David Lane, a key organizer of Perry's "The Response," an August gathering in Houston billed as “a call to prayer for a nation in crisis.” In the email excerpts, Lane questioned Mitt Romney’s fitness for the presidency on theological grounds and reveled in the potential political utility of Jeffress’ comments.
'City in the Clouds' — Devotion defines members from world's highest capital city (LDS Church News)
(May 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
The view from the upper rim of the world's highest capital city is like no other on the globe.
Below rests La Paz, a sprawling Latin American community that stretches across a massive geological bowl carved deep in the earth. Skyscrapers and stately government buildings are bordered by red brick apartment buildings numbering in the thousands. Most of La Paz's streets seem to travel two ways — up or down. And a distant gaze in almost any direction is obstructed by a snow-capped Andean peak, a reminder that La Paz (elevation 12,000 feet) is a mountain city.
Two churches, different financial trajectories (Inquirer - Pennsylvania)
(February 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Along the two blocks of North 17th Street on either side of the Vine Street Expressway in Center City, remarkably different financial trajectories of two religious groups are playing out.
At the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, south of Vine, church leaders are turning property accumulated over generations - such as cemeteries - into cash in a bid to fill huge financial gaps.
About a block north, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans this week to build a meetinghouse and a 32-story residential tower next door to its $70 million temple, already under construction. The apartment tower alone could cost $75 million to $90 million, a real estate expert said.
Spanish-language 'Savior of the World' shines (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
"El Salvador del Mundo," far from a typical foray into musical theater, brightly flourished all the same during three showings Dec. 4-5 at the Bountiful Regional Center in North Salt Lake.
After more than two years of planning, "El Salvador del Mundo" -- the Spanish-language adaptation of the popular Mormon stage production "Savior of the World" -- successfully channeled the considerable talents of amateur and first-time actors from several cultural backgrounds into a cohesive and poignant production depicting the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.
Mitt Romney Reflects 'Mormon Culture' Of Moderation, Expert Says (Huffington Post)
(March 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Mitt Romney has called himself "severely conservative" but an expert on religion and politics said the Republican presidential front-runner, a Mormon, is a product of "Mormon culture," which contains "a real strain of moderation and pragmatism" on issues like same-sex relationships, abortion and immigration.
David Campbell, co-author of "Amazing Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us" and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said at a policy briefing Thursday that "the moderation you see in Romney the candidate, and I suppose in Romney the governor of Massachusetts, I would say pretty nicely reflects what you see in the public opinion polls of the rank and file of the Mormon community."
Bloggernacle Back Bench: LDS bloggers are being seen and heard around the world (+video) (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Two bloggers are cleverly using contests to spread the name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its beliefs to the world.
First, the blog Murilovisck from Brazil: “My name is Vicente Leite Ribeiro Murilo. I am Brazilian. I'm 25 years old and am a Latter-day Saint. My blog about news and curiosities about the church is participating in a national competition for Brazilian Blogs. TOPBLOG Brazil 2012 is the name of the contest. I'm in the top 3 blogs in the category Religion. I ran over 400 blogs and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Sao Paulo on Jan. 26, 2013.”
Stakes produce 'Savior of the World' (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 11, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
Several LDS stakes, including the Anaheim East California, Henderson Nevada Anthem and the Missoula Montana stakes, are discovering a myriad of theatrical talents among their members as they put "Savior of the World" on stage. The Missoula Montana Stake put their show on March 19-21. The Anaheim East California Stake show opened March 25 with performances ending April 3.
Viewpoint: Never Give Up (Church News and Events)
(February 24, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
The world watched as Noelle Pikus-Pace of the Kiowa Valley 1st Ward, Eagle Mountain Utah East Stake, won a silver medal in the skeleton during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 14.
Yet, like all Olympic dreams, the road to the medal podium for this Latter-day Saint athlete was long and hard.
She was the reigning World Cup skeleton racer for the 2004–2005 season—and a favorite to win the gold at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy—when a four-man bobsleigh lost its brakes and crushed her leg during a training accident in Calgary.
Close to 12,000 women gather on the BYU campus for annual Women's Conference (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 10, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
On May 4-5, close to 12,000 women from around the world converged on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, for the largest two-day gathering of LDS women anywhere in the world.
Co-sponsored with the Relief Society and Brigham Young University, BYU Women’s Conference included more than 200 presenters sharing insights on topics of interest to women of all ages. This year's conference theme, "Converted unto the Lord," is taken from the scripture found in 3 Nephi 28:23.
President Eyring: 'Messiah brought light' (LDS Church News)
(December 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
One of the most beautiful symbols of the birth of Jesus Christ into this world is light, said President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, on Dec. 4.
"The appearance of the long-promised Messiah brought light to a darkened world," he said.
Speaking during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, President Eyring said Latter-day Saints know from the true record in the Book of Mormon that God's prophets had long taught the people that light would be a sign of the birth of the only begotten Son of God in the flesh.
Pathway to open 100th domestic site in Rexburg (BYU-Idaho news release)
(February 12, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
In April, Pathway will open its 100th domestic site in Rexburg, Idaho. Since its creation in 2009 under Brigham Young University-Idaho, Pathway has provided academic opportunity to thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the world.
While there are over 150 operating sites throughout the world, serving nearly 7,000 students, Rexburg will be the 100th site to open in the United States and Canada.
LDS husband and father is also a firefighter and wakeboard world champion (LDS Church News)
(October 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Sam Cole isn’t your average working dad. He doesn’t sit behind a desk, working a 9-to-5 job. He stands behind a giant fire hose, washing down anything that’s aflame. And what does he do in his spare time? He’s a world champion wakeboarder.
The 26-year-old champion attends the Page 3rd Ward of the Page Arizona Stake and works hard to balance his role of husband, father, active Church member, firefighter and wakeboarder. While it hasn’t been easy, he has been rewarded in bounteous ways.
Bill Maher, American exceptionalism and America the 'stupid country,' according to Donald Trump (Fox News)
(June 12, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
BILL MAHER, HOST, "REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER": Would it be better if the country just got over this notion of American exceptionalism? Oh, I think it would. I mean, this is...
MAHER: This is -- by the way, this is one reason why I say -- and people laugh at me, but I would say in 100 years, this country will be Mormon. It's a stupid religion and a stupid country. They were made for each other.
(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)
MAHER: And I tell you, one of the things Americans are going to love about Mormonism, when they find out about it, is that, first of all, Jesus is an American. Jesus is an American in Mormonism. And they love the idea that Mormons embrace more than anybody that we are the super-duper star-spangled best country ever! And if we have any flaw, it's that we make other countries feel bad because our awesomeness is so overwhelming.
Christmas production: "El Salvador del mundo" (LDS Church News)
(November 19, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that this year's Latino Christmas program will be a Spanish version of the LDS stage production "Savior of the World."
"El Salvador del mundo" is a musical production based on scriptural accounts of the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The show features a cast of talented actors, singers and musicians sharing testimony through drama and song of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world.
The Relevance of Religion (LDS Newsroom)
(July 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
How relevant is religion? It’s a question each new generation asks itself. As times change, new circumstances present new challenges and possibilities. And yet, through it all, this immemorial longing we call religion continues on.
In the 1960s, sociologists came to a consensus that religion was fading. As knowledge and freedom increased, they theorized, so modern society would outgrow religion. Thirty years later, however, that hypothesis was reversed. One of these sociologists, Peter Berger, explained the miscalculation this way: “Religion has not been declining. On the contrary, in much of the world there has been a veritable explosion of religious faith.” He concluded that just because the world is becoming more modern doesn’t necessarily mean it is becoming less religious. Religion, it can be said, is just as relevant now as it has ever been.
Country rose: Local singer and fiddler blossoms in Nashville (Daily Herald - Utah)
(March 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Utah and country music have, well, quite a lot in common actually. Cowboys. Belt buckles. Rodeos. Big hats. Now there’s another item for the list: Utah Valley native and Lone Peak High School graduate Susie Brown. Brown, 26, is one half of country music’s hottest new duo, The JaneDear Girls.
The Girls, Brown and Texas native Danelle Leverett, have a hit single on country radio, a new album and a real shot at the Academy of Country Music’s annual award for Top New Vocal Duo or Group. “We found out the day of our album release,” Brown said. “That was a really big day for us.” (The new album, “The JaneDear Girls,” is their first.)
Nativities around the World (LDS Newsroom)
(December 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States and overseas hosted thousands of nativity displays during the Christmas season depicting biblical accounts of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. From hand-crafted nativities to live presentations, the nativities from around the world bear testimony of the divinity of the Savior's birth. Traditional Christmas nativity scenes include Jesus in a manger with figurines of His mother, Mary; Joseph; angels; shepherds and farm animals.
With Pope Francis, a chance for the first real e-papacy (Washington Times)
(March 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
With the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, there seems to have been no shortage of people — Catholic and non-Catholic — offering the new Pope Francis advice. Much, if not most, of that advice has been theological, suggesting a wide range of changes in Church doctrine and rules.
Not being Catholic, I won’t go there, but I would like to offer a thought which some Catholics, I believe, would share: The new pope should be as digital as possible.
In both a pre-conclave homily at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle and in a subsequent interview with The Washington Times, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington stressed that the next pope “has to be able to get the message out using these modern means of communication,” twice referencing social media platforms such as Twitter.
BYU Church History Symposium set for March 7-8 (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
The Brigham Young University Church History Symposium, “Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World,” will be held March 7 at Brigham Young University in Provo and March 8 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
Participants will learn how Joseph Smith’s studies of the ancient world affected his prophetic development. Admission is free and open to the public.
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 13 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(March 14, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.
Canada: Latter-day Saint Women Help Prisoners Connect With Their Children
Every two weeks, inmates in an Ontario, Canada provincial women’s jail sign up to work with Latter-day Saint women and record a CD of themselves reading stories for their children. For many of the women who participate, it is the only way they can stay in contact with their children and provide motherly comfort.
Nativity Exhibit Shows Unity of Faith Worldwide (Church News and Events)
(November 29, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Once again nativity scenes from around the world are on display at the Church History Museum’s annual Christmas crèche exhibit. “Who Is the Child in the Swaddling Clothes?” opened November 16, 2012, and will be on display through January 14, 2013.
This year’s exhibit features 31 different nativity scenes from 28 countries including Malawi, Thailand, Ireland, Turkey, and Tonga. The nativities on display are from the personal collection of Yves and Kathleen Perrin. Extensive world travelers, they have collected crèche sets from an array of artisans and shops across the globe.
World Congress of Families opens on a Mormon note as LDS apostle preaches love for all (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
The World Congress of Families, an international movement to celebrate and promote the "natural family," opened Tuesday in the global center of the LDS Church — with a Mormon apostle as the keynote speaker.
At the stroke of 9 a.m., Utah's International Children's Choir, dressed in traditional country costumes, began serenading more than a thousand participants as they took their seats in the giant Grand America Hotel ballroom in downtown Salt Lake City.
FamilySearch hits 1 million photos submitted (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Less than six months after FamilySearch.org launched an enhanced version of its family history website, more than 1 million photos have been uploaded and preserved, according to a news release.
"With the help of our users, we are creating the world's largest, free collection of family history photos," Tim Cross, senior product manager of FamilySearch photos and stories, said in the news release. "We see this as a major achievement toward preserving, sharing and uniquely identifying family history memories for people from all over the world."
BYU Broadcasting mission is to help others 'see the good in the world' — now in HD (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
When BYUtv launched more than 11 years ago, it was barely reaching 1 million homes across the United States.
Today, families in more than 60 million homes nationwide and millions more across the globe have access to an array of family-friendly movies, lectures, sporting events, documentaries and food shows — which will now come in HD to Utah's Comcast subscribers.
"HD is not the 'next generation' of television programming, it is the current generation," said Derek Marquis, managing director of BYU Broadcasting. "And if our mission is to help viewers 'see the good in the world,' imagine how much better, clearer and crisper that experience will be seeing it in full HD."
LDS Church distances itself from land referendum in Layton (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(October 17, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is distancing itself from any position on a land referendum on the ballot this November, even though the church owns the property on which a potential development would be located and teamed with the city to help hire a consultant for the project.
Church Spokesman Scott Trotter issued a short statement on the West Layton Village property matter late Monday, after the church became part of the narrative on the issue, initiated by a group that forced the issues on the ballot. The group, Citizens for Responsible Growth, claims the church had unofficially apologized for appearing to be a force behind the potential development.
PRI, a real estate arm of the church, manages the property in question.
BYU–Hawaii Opening Devotional: The Blessings of Religious Freedom (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(September 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
BYU–Hawaii President Steven C. Wheelwright addressed the topic of religious freedom at the opening devotional of the Fall 2012 semester on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. The gathering included more than 1500 students, faculty, staff and others from the extended university ‘ohana.
“We live at a unique time in the history of the world,” he said. “We have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have the blessings of being guided by apostles and prophets. And on this campus we also have the blessings of being a part of the Church Educational System and having a temple of the Lord nearby. How we have been blessed!”
President Wheelwright described how the Church is receiving more publicity now than ever before, but that it does not change what is happening in the world. “In spite of this “Mormon Moment” on the world stage, those we sustain as prophets, seers and revelators have recently raised the voice of warning that our religious freedom is being challenged and threatened on several fronts. And they have made it clear that if we simply take the blessing of religious freedom for granted, we will lose that blessing.”
LDS Film Artist Follows Counsel in New Movie (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(December 12, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
President Spencer W. Kimball gave a talk in 1978 entitled "The Gospel Vision of the Arts." In this talk, Kimball said: "In our world, there have risen brilliant stars in drama, music, literature, sculpture, painting, science, and all the fields of excellence. For years I have had a vision of members of the Church greatly increasing their already strong positions of excellence till the eyes of all the world will be upon us."
Christian Vuissa, organizer of the LDS film festival and creator of the recent "Errand of Angels," has taken Kimball's words and creates films, putting the LDS community in a positive light.
Insight: Mormon church made wealthy by donations (Reuters)
(August 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
If the Mormon church were a business, wealthy adherents like Mitt Romney would count as its dominant revenue stream.
Its investment strategy would be viewed as risk-averse.
It would also likely attract corporate gadflies protesting a lack of transparency. They would call for less spending on real estate and more on charitable causes to improve membership growth - the Mormons' return on investment.
Those are a few of the conclusions that can be drawn from an analysis of the church's finances by Reuters and University of Tampa sociologist Ryan Cragun.
Relying heavily on church records in countries that require far more disclosure than the United States, Cragun and Reuters estimate that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings in some $7 billion annually in tithes and other donations.
Mormons in the 2012 Paralympics, days 3 & 4: Blind sprinter takes gold; archer advances to semi-finals (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Mormon sprinter Jason Smyth won gold and set another world record in the 100-meter race Saturday at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London this weekend.
Smyth, of the Belfast Northern Ireland Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ran the race in 10.46 seconds on Saturday, breaking the 10.54-second world record he set the previous day in the preliminary heat of the T13 division.
He picked up an Irish flag proclaiming: “Fastest Paralympian on the Planet” for his victory lap.
Thanksgiving Point opens new Light of the World Garden featuring sculptures of Christ (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
After 13 years of toiling, planning and generous support, a dream to create a scenic garden of religious-themed sculptures was realized Saturday.
More than 350 people packed into a room at the Ashton Gardens to celebrate the grand opening of the Light of the World Garden, a 2.5-acre space featuring 35 bronze, monument-size statues organized into 15 scenes — 14 depicting Jesus Christ in the New Testament and one of Joseph Smith's First Vision — created by Utah artist Angela Johnson.
Pakistani exchange student lives with Mormon family, attends Catholic school in Pasco (Tri-City Herald - Washington)
(December 31, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
A Muslim exchange student lives with a Mormon family and attends a small private Catholic high school.
It's not a sitcom script. It's a real-life cultural immersion experience for 16-year-old Muhammad Janjua.
Janjua, who goes by Umer, is living, learning and forging new relationships almost 7,000 miles from his home in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The people he lives and learns with can't imagine not having him around.
"He made instant friends," said exchange program coordinator Renee Kerr of Umer's first visit to his new school, Tri-Cities Prep. "Three students went to his home that night and took him to a football game."
Rick Perry backer decries Mitt Romney, Mormons (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 8, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
A Baptist mega-church pastor with ties to Rick Perry bashed Mitt Romney's religious bona fides at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, is a Perry supporter and the man who introduced the Texas governor Friday at the Values Voter Summit.
Politico reported, "Jeffress described Romney's Mormon faith as a 'cult,' and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries. ... Asked by Politico if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: 'No.' "
New Youth Site Offers 150 Mutual Activity Ideas (Church News and Events)
(December 5, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
To assist youth leaders and youth in finding fun and meaningful activities, the Church has launched a new youth activity website packed with more than 150 activities that work anywhere in the world.
Activities are an important part of the youth program in the Church. In addition to Sunday activities, LDS youth are invited to meet together on an additional night during the week to do activities together. “Many youth feel isolated in their efforts to live the gospel in an increasingly wicked world,” said Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president. “When they gather for activities, they draw strength from one another.”
Shame on you, Harry Reid (Fox News)
(September 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
In a conference call with reporters, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that his fellow Mormon, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, "is not the face of Mormonism." Reid added he agrees with Romney critics who claim Romney has "sullied" the faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the official name of the church.
We've been down this theological road before. In the 1980s, liberal Christians who pretty much had the "faith" territory to themselves since Prohibition and the Scopes "monkey trial," claimed that evangelical and fundamentalist Christians were not "real Christians” when they began to exert their influence in the political arena.
In recent weeks, Senator Reid has violated at least one of the Ten Commandments -- the one prohibiting the bearing of false witness -- as well as the command of Jesus to "Judge not, lest you be judged.
Tickets Soon Available for Savior of the World (Church News and Events)
(October 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Tickets for Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection, a musical production performed in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, and based on the events surrounding the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, will be available beginning October 16, 2012.
The two-hour event will run from November 16 through December 29, 2012. Performances are available Tuesday through Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m., mountain standard time, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance each Saturday. The matinee on December 8 is specifically for those with visual or hearing impairments.
Ruby Girl: New website aims to give LDS young women a place to belong and recognize their worth (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.4
When Elaine Dalton heard about the vision for RubyGirl.org, she immediately voiced her support.
“In my previous calling as (LDS) Young Women general president, I met with young women from around the world,” Dalton told the Deseret News. “My observation was that they are strong, bright and desirous to do the right thing. They are the noble generation of which prophets have testified. They live in a world of great challenge but also of great opportunity. They sometimes feel isolated and alone in living the gospel of Jesus Christ and keeping their baptismal covenants.
8 thousand Lindon residents participate in emergency drill (Daily Herald - Utah)
(September 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Residents gathered in their neighborhoods to check-in with block leaders, runners collected information and took it to city officials and police officers, public works officials and firefighters fielded and prioritized emergency calls, all as part of a city-wide emergency drill in Lindon.
The residents of Lindon and the Northridge neighborhood of Orem participated in the fifth annual Lindon City Drill Down for Safety held Monday night. The evening started with a reverse 911 call sent out to residents between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. Residents then gathered at their block captains' houses to check-in for themselves and their families, similar to what city officials hope would happen in the event of a real emergency.
Local Women Tie Quilts and Blankets for Haiti Victims (Placer Herald - California)
(February 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
In 4 hours the annual Relief Society Humanitarian Open House turned out 111 quilts and blankets, joining 100 more done previously this year. The annual event, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has always drawn an eager crowd of quilters, but this year the haunting images of destruction in Haiti gave it a very real sense of urgency. The largest turn-out yet at 300+ women, there were mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters, young and old alike. “Most of the blankets and quilts will be in the arms of Haitian earthquake victims soon,” said Sherie Abel, event organizer. “The Sacramento chapter of Project Linus plans to ship our blankets to Haiti on February 26th.”
The digital word of God (LDS Church News)
(October 27, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
"A knowledge of the scriptures is important," said President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve. "From them we learn about spiritual guidance. Everywhere in the world, humble members draw inspiration from the scriptures to guide them through life" (The Friend, February 2011).
Living at an unprecedented time in world history, the word of God goes forth at an incredible rate due to the wonderful technologies available. The Deseret News reported in its Oct. 14 national edition that technology is crucial for learning. The report indicated that 98 percent of college students own a digital device, and 38 percent say they can't go for more than 10 minutes without using one. People can interact with the scriptures in ways never before dreamed of because of technology.
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Runcorn welcomes Fijian missionary (Weekly News - UK)
(February 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
A GLOBE-TROTTING missionary has joined the team at a newly-rebuilt Runcorn church.
Elder Nemani Delaibatiki hails from Fiji but lived in New Zealand prior to his assignment to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Clifton Road.
Nemani – who is one of 11 children – was in his third year of a medical degree in his home country when he was given a posting half way across the world.
Every young Mormon man is expected to go on a ‘mission’, which means giving two years of voluntary service anywhere in the world, usually at their own expense, to spread the word about the work of the church.
Family history: Preserving the world's records (LDS Church News)
(January 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Back in 1938, the Church began pioneering the use of microfilm in the preservation and research of genealogy. Now, in the computer age, it has taken on the task of digitizing the world's records, and it is employing the services of senior volunteer couples to help accomplish that gargantuan task.
On any given day, the Church's family history organization, FamilySearch, has 200 digital preservation teams in 45 countries capturing digital photographs of rarely accessed historical records and then publishing them online for free access at the website familysearch.org, said Paul Nauta, marketing communications manager for FamilySearch.
Why Rick Perry is headed to the White House (CNN)
(August 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
The big brains gathered east of the Hudson and Potomac Rivers believe that Mitt Romney is the candidate to beat. But they are unable to hear what Rick Perry is saying. The Christian prayer rally in Houston was a very loud proclamation to fundamentalists and Teavangelicals, which said, "I am not a Mormon." The far right and Christian fundamentalists have an inordinate amount of influence in the GOP primary process and, regardless of messages of inclusion, very few of them will vote for a Mormon.
"We think a them Mormons as bein' in kind of a cult," one of the Houston rally attendees told me. "I couldn't vote for one a them when we got a real Christian like Governor Perry runnin'."
Perry, of course, can't come right out and print bumper stickers that say, "Rick Perry -- 2012 -- Not a Mormon." But he doesn't have to. He's wearing his faith like a power tie while Romney stays quiet as a tabernacle mouse on the topic of religion.
Tabloid turns Mitt Romney ‘Dear John’ letter from future wife into ‘love triangle shocker’ (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(February 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Mitt Romney’s political celebrity has taken an unlikely turn with a sensational-sounding entry in a gossip tabloid.
``Mitt Romney love triangle shocker!’’ screams a headline posted online by the National Enquirer.
The supermarket check-out publication reports – with salacious spin – how Ann Romney wrote to her future husband while he was a Mormon missionary in France and informed him she was developing feelings for another young man back in Utah.
The Enquirer begins its tale by citing an anecdote in “The Real Romney,” a new book by Boston Globe reporters. But is the biographical tale a ``shocker’’? That is definitely a stretch.
In a brash NFL world, Ravens' Heap has relied on faith to give him structure (Article & Video - Balitmore Sun - Maryland)
(January 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
In a violent world, where grown men curse and taunt each other in their struggle to reach the end zone, the Ravens' Todd Heap is strictly PG.
Heap doesn't smoke, drink or swear. "Gosh darn" are his naughtiest words. The tight end won't talk trash, but he'll take out the garbage without being asked. He doesn't carouse, like many teammates. Tattoos? You won't find one on Heap's 6-foot-5 frame.
"Todd leads a great life," said Haloti Ngata, the Ravens' Pro Bowl defensive tackle. "When I came here, I looked up to him. I knew that if I followed him, I could have a great life in the NFL, and also at home."
On The Trail, Romney Avoids His French Connection (NPR)
(February 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
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."
St. Joe to sell majority of its land to affiliate of the Mormon Church (Tallahassee.com - Florida)
(November 8, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
The St. Joe Company is selling about 383,000 acres, the vast majority of its landholdings in the Panhandle, for $565 million to Utah-based AgReserves, Inc., a tax-paying affiliate of the Mormon Church.
St. Joe announced the sales agreement on its website Thursday morning.
"This sale of timberland will help the Company concentrate on its core business activity of real estate development in Northwest Florida," said Park Brady, CEO for The St. Joe Company. "The proceeds from the sale will provide the Company with significant liquidity and numerous opportunities to create long-term value for our shareholders."
The deal does not include land within the company's existing residential or commercial developments or its resorts. Any land the company had plans to develop or use for such developments in the near future also will not be included in the sale, St. Joe officials said.
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | April 18 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(April 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.
Samoa: Communities Recovering From Cyclone Evan Express Thanks for Latest Aid
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in American Samoa donated and shipped food, water, clothing and other supplies to Samoan communities that are still recovering from last December’s devastating cyclone.
Mormon leaders focus on love, giving at holiday devotional (+photos) (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Focusing on themes of love and giving, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented its annual Christmas Devotional Sunday evening, carried from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City to a worldwide audience via satellite, the Internet, broadcast media and other means.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, highlighted the hour-long event with seasonal hymns and carols. The congregation in the 21,000-seat facility joined in on the closing selection "Silent Night."
Church President Thomas S. Monson remarked that the real joy of Christmas is found in making Jesus Christ the focus of the season.
L. Jay Findlay, 68: Movie stuntman and church builder (Atlanta Journal Constitution - Georgia)
(July 26, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
In "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the two Wild West outlaws are trapped on the edge of a canyon and decide to jump into the river.
L. Jay Findlay was one of the two stuntmen who made the leap. At the time, he was a real cowboy who worked on the family's cattle ranch near Kanab, Utah, a town where the actors and actresses would stay while filming western movies and TV shows.
Often, the productions required extras, particularly skilled locals such as Mr. Findlay who could handle horses and herds. He, along with his brother, Lynn Farnsworth Findlay II of Salt Lake City, was hired as a stuntman for various movies and shows. He appeared in the original "Planet of the Apes" and served as a stunt double for James Arness, the actor who portrayed Marshal Matt Dillon in the TV series "Gunsmoke."
Auditions Announced for 2016 Production of “Savior of the World” in Salt Lake (Church News)
(August 16, 2016) - Relevance: 2.4
The Music and Cultural Arts Division of the Church is inviting adults and families (with children ages 8 and older) to participate in the 2016 production of Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City.
Savior of the World is a two-hour musical production based on the events surrounding the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was first performed in 2000 for the inauguration of the Church’s Conference Center Theater.
Young Men General President Visits Japanese Saints at World Scout Jamboree (Church News)
(September 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.4
“You can walk into any building in the Church and you feel at home,” commented Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, after his recent visit to Japan with his wife, Jane. “We found pockets of home,” he said.
During their five-day trip, Brother and Sister Owen didn’t just feel at home in Church buildings. They also felt at home in a tent at the World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan, where they made their first stop.
Evangelical leader says commonality with Mormons deeper than differences (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Borrowing an ancient Hebrew word from an Old Testament text, one of America’s leading evangelical Christian scholars told nearly 2,000 young Mormons at Utah Valley University Friday that his faith and their faith, often at odds with each other through the years over doctrinal disparities, “need to find ways we can work together” to find “shalom,” or peace.
“God has placed us in the world, in this nation, and calls us to seek the shalom together,” said Dr. Richard J. Mouw, president emeritus of the Fuller Theological Seminary and noted author of such books as “Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World.”
Societal advances, founding of LDS Church coincided (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
In an entry recently written for "Mormon Scholars Testify," economist and economic historian Mark Skousen highlights the remarkable changes that occurred around the year 1830 — the year in which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded.
Two decades ago, he reports, he was struck by a 1991 book titled "The Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815-1830," written by the eminent British historian Paul Johnson. Johnson devotes more than a thousand pages to a mere 15 years that, he contends, changed the course of human history and founded the modern world.
Advice to World Wide Conference of Mormons Good for All Faiths (American Chronicle)
(October 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
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.
Mormon Websites Sweeping the World (Church News and Events)
(September 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
If you live in Mexico, you most likely know about it. If you live in Russia, Austria, Italy, Spain, or New Zealand, the possibility is great you know about it too. But if you live in the United States, you probably have no idea it exists. What is it? Individualized LDS.org websites called “country sites” based on the native language of a specific country.
Matt Robinson, product manager for the country websites said, “The primary purpose of the country websites is to provide an online (Internet and mobile) means to extend the reach of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles around the world. Also, it enables Area Presidencies to minister to, communicate with, teach, and strengthen members and local leaders within their areas.”
Emeritus general authority Elder Groberg will speak at AML conference (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder John H. Groberg will be the keynote speaker at the Association for Mormon Letters annual conference on Saturday, April 21, at Utah Valley University's Student Center.
The theme is "Going Forth Into All the World: Mormon Literature in an International Church," and panelists will discuss various authors and LDS film and literature throughout the world, or read poetry/personal essays.
Elder Groberg is an emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The movie "The Other Side of Heaven" was based on his Mormon mission to Tonga.
Mormon elder speaks on building of Kyiv temple (Kyiv Post - Ukraine)
(October 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
The Church of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons, has erected a glimmering 42-meter high granite temple on the outskirts of Kyiv – the first in Eastern Europe and 134th worldwide. A church spokesperson refused to reveal the cost of the building project, but Mormon elder Alexander Manzhos said it would serve 31,000 believers from as far away as Kazakhstan and Armenia. The first Mormon congregation in Ukraine was launched in 1991, the year the country gained independence, and now numbers over 10,700 baptized members, over sixty congregations and numerous meeting houses and chapels throughout the country. In an exclusive interview with the Kyiv Post, Manzhos fields questions about other church real estate, financial matters and the Mormons’ position in Ukrainian society.
Former Stallings councilman will take on worldwide task (South Charlotte News - North Carolina)
(May 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
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.
20 FamilySearch collections with more than a million new records, images (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
FamilySearch has added more than 20 collections in the past month that have more than a million new records or images. Dozens of collections from records around the world have also been updated with thousands of other records.
More than 6.6 million index records were added to Hungary Catholic Church Record, 1636-1895 and more than 2.5 million images were added to New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942. Another 1.5 million images and more than 800,000 records were added to U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 collection.
New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding and Hope (LDS Newsroom)
(December 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched the website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” (www.mormonsandgays.org). It features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive and sometimes emotionally charged topic.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says the website is important because it seeks to further understanding.
Elder Oaks said that because we don’t understand everything about this subject it is wise to stick to the revealed word of God as found in the scriptures. “What we do know is that the doctrine of the Church—that sexual activity should only occur between a man and a woman who are married—has not changed and is not changing. But what is changing and what needs to change is to help our own members and families understand how to deal with same-gender attraction,” he said.
Jesus Christ's life on show (Parramatta Advertiser - Australia)
(December 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
TWENTY years of the Sydney Temple Christmas lights display will be celebrated along with an international exhibition including the works of Bloch, Hoffman and Anderson.
Works will be on display at historic Buckland House, Carlingford, now owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Valued at tens of thousands of dollars, the exhibition features world-famous paintings of the life of Christ, from before his birth to his Second Coming.
Curator Debbie Gardner said this rare opportunity for people to view fine art reproductions of world-renowned paintings was a free event arranged by the church.
Mormon Apostles’ Most Important Duty: Testify of Jesus Christ (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(March 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
In a commentary on Patheos.com, James Faulconer, a professor of religious understanding at Brigham Young University, explains the role of an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their primary duty, which is outlined in the New Testament and other Latter-day Saint scripture.
“The most important part of what they do as apostles is the testimony that they bear of the reality that Jesus is Christ, the Messiah,” Faulconer says. “His resurrection was the first testimony to the world of his messiahship. The apostles' testimonies spread that first and fundamental testimony. Beyond whatever else the Church might need contemporary apostles to do, that witness to the Church and to the world is their first responsibility.”
Changes in Mormon church could have impact on BYU, recruiting (Sports Illustrated)
(October 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Damarcus Harrison found himself in the middle of a nightmare in August.
Harrison is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- he's a Mormon -- and his plan, like so many Mormon students, was to enroll in college for a year before spending two years on a mission. But unfortunately for Harrison, a former top 100 wing who averaged 3.2 points in nine minutes per game for BYU last season, the bishop of his church back in South Carolina wouldn't issue the paperwork for his mission as originally planned.
The decision put Harrison's season in jeopardy. BYU head coach Dave Rose, expecting Harrison to be away for two years, had already given his scholarship to someone else. That's not a knock on Rose; it's a reality he has to deal with. "It's a real challenge for us to plan for scholarships," Rose said. "Right now, we actually have a scholarship committed to a player who is verbally committed to us who is here through the 2019-20 season. The spreadsheet is quite complicated."
Mormon church makes myriad contributions to world (Ventura County Star - California)
(April 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
As the director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Thousand Oaks Stake, I was asked to give an opening statement on information about my church’s contributions to the world and of our fundamental foundational beliefs.
Under membership and volunteer leadership, I reported that the Mormon church is a worldwide religion with more than 14 million members in 167 countries, more than half of whom are outside the U.S. We are the fourth largest Christian denomination in America. We have 800,000 members in California. All local bishops and ecclesiastical leaders serve without pay. All chapels and temples are fully paid for before dedication and faithful members tithe 10 percent of their income annually.
Mormons in the Paralympics: 3 more medals (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 12, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Three Latter-Day Saint athletes earned medals as the 2012 London Paralympics came to a close this past weekend.
Jason Smyth, of the Northern Ireland Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, won a second gold medal in the 200-meter race of the T13 division. His time of 21.05 was a new world record.
Smyth, legally blind, also set a world record in the 100-meter sprint to win gold earlier in the Paralympic games.
Australian Todd Hodgetts, 24, of the Canberra Australia Stake, won the gold medal in the men's shot put for F-20 athletes with a mark of 16.29. Hodgetts was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 8 years old.
New radio station goes online (BYU-Idaho news release)
(June 5, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
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.
"Cougar Cooldown" breaks water balloon fight record (BYU news release)
(July 27, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
Brigham Young University broke the record for the world's largest water balloon fight Friday and produced plenty of smiles along the way.
With 3,927 participants and 120,021 balloons, the event unleashed a massive barrage of colorful cool for six minutes. It had taken students three days to fill that many balloons. A free lunch, music, and a blood drive added to the festival.
The previous record, held by the University of Kentucky, used 3,902 participants and more than 119,000 water balloons. BYU has to wait for official word from the Guinness Book of World Records, but event organizers say they are confident their record will be verified.
Mormon scientists do have competency on Book of Mormon DNA (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
As I conclude my discussion about how critics have approached DNA and the Book of Mormon, I want to point out that while I'm personally not a geneticist, I rely on the writings of those who really are experts in the field.
Some critics have claimed that real scientists -- by which, of course, they mean "non-Mormon scientists" -- wouldn't agree with LDS scientists on their approach to the DNA issues. The quotes from non-LDS scholars in a previous installment successfully refute this accusation.
Ironically, few critics who have engaged the DNA issue have advanced degrees commensurate with this particular topic. I'm aware of only two such critics. One is a biologist with advanced training in plant genetics (and he admitted in his writings that DNA science wouldn't refute the Book of Mormon if we theorize a small incursion of people into a larger population); the other is an anthropologist. Conversely, there are several LDS scientists with training in DNA studies, particularly population genetics, who have weighed in on the topic.
Boxing bishop beaten, but not quite finished (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Rainey Rogers fought his way to the finals of the Ringside World Championships in Kansas earlier this year, where he faced a 240-pound, "all-muscle heavyweight from New York."
"(It) was one of the toughest fights of my career," said Rogers, a Mormon bishop whose fight weight is 215 to 220 pounds. "The final outcome did not go as well as I had hoped."
He went back to McKinney with bruised ribs and a concussion.
Rogers, 45, is bishop of the McKinney 2nd Ward, a father of five and was featured in Mormon Times in July, just before he headed off to Kansas. He has won the Ringside World Championships three times and has the belts to prove it. Previously, he has beaten fighters 300 pounds and heavier.
BYU conference explores Joseph Smith and the ancient world (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
Hundreds of students of all ages — including at least one LDS apostle — gathered at locations in Provo and Salt Lake City Thursday and Friday to listen and take notes as 26 scholars examined the extent to which LDS Church founder Joseph Smith was familiar with ancient writings, scriptural or otherwise.
“Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World,” a two-day BYU Church History Symposium, drew capacity audiences to the BYU campus and the LDS Church Conference Center Little Theater. Dr. Lincoln H. Blumell of the BYU Department of Ancient Scripture and one of the symposium’s organizers said the idea for the event came to him while visiting LDS Church historical sites in upstate New York.
Church Draws Upon Diverse Membership to Interpret General Conference (LDS Church news release)
(September 29, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
When asked how he feels about his colleagues, Brad Lindsay says a lot with just three words. “I love them,” he states, drawing a wide grin. Lindsay is manager of interpretation services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he works to ensure the Church’s twice-yearly general conference is translated into 92 different languages for broadcast around the world.
The Church’s culturally and linguistically diverse membership allows it to recruit literally hundreds of interpreters to accomplish the colossal task. The interpretation of general conference is immense. Global broadcasts reach millions of listeners, making it one of the largest interpretation efforts in the world.
'Wonderful people all over the world' (Herald Journal - Utah)
(March 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
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.
Broadcasting to the world: Technology powers LDS Church connections (Herald Journal - Utah)
(May 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
Long before the days of YouTube and broadband Internet, the LDS Church was sharing video content with followers around the world using technology it says is still essential to spreading a global message.
The white satellite dishes tucked behind meetinghouses from Utah to Thailand help members stay connected with church leadership, attend training meetings and participate in firesides and the church’s biannual General Conference.
In its earliest days in the late 1970s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ satellite broadcast system reached only a handful of congregations in the U.S., and beaming video to members in Europe and South America would have to wait at least another decade.
U. students ask: Where’s my Mormon fraternity, sorority? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
Something’s missing from the University of Utah’s social scene — at least, for Mormons.
Institute classes? No. They’re still there.
Singles wards? Nope. They’ve been revamped, but they’re still around, too.
LDS frats and sororities? You got it. They’re gone.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has disbanded its fraternities and sororities at the U., putting an end to two organizations — Sigma Gamma Chi and Lambda Delta Sigma — that began before the world had ever heard of sunscreen, World War II and gasoline prices higher than 30 cents a gallon.
Why? Because the Salt Lake City-based faith says the activities that long defined those clubs are better placed in the hands of local congregations, overseen by spiritual leaders such as bishops and stake presidents.
Mormons Go Global With Launch of Ecommerce Store (Zippy Cart)
(September 17, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
Ecommerce is heating up in 2010, as many companies and organizations have decided to launch their first online store this year. Now Mormontimes.com is reporting that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has unofficially opened a new online store. This new site has already had thousands of visitors, as people are excited to see the storefront and what they have for sale. The LDS Church online store does not officially open for global business until September 30, and expectations are that this will be a major online shopping destination for Mormons around the world who want to connect with the church direct. It will be the first time that Mormons from around the world will be able to directly make purchases from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Church: Mormons can't lead Scouts (Charlotte Observer - North Carolina)
(October 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
In shopping around for a Cub Scout program for their two sons, ages 6 and 8, Jeremy and Jodi Stokes decided on the one at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews.
The Stokes, also of Matthews, weren't members of the evangelical megachurch, but they had many friends who were. And unlike the Cub Scout pack at their own church, which doesn't have a program for 6-year-old Tiger Scouts, Christ Covenant's was big enough to accommodate both of their boys.
The couple even signed up to be Scout leaders - he would lead the Bears, she'd help with the Tigers - when they discovered the church needed more adult help. And when the Scouting officials at Christ Covenant found out Jeremy Stokes was an Eagle Scout, they were thrilled.
So why, in the end, did Christ Covenant reject the Stokes' application to be Scout leaders?
Because they're Mormons. And, therefore, not real Christians, church officials told the couple last month.
Newtown woman seeks to share peace found in Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
In the days and weeks following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a woman in Newtown, Conn., found peace in a CD of children's songs by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Now, a year later, Jennifer Willis looks with a sense of urgency to a box of unanswered letters sent last December to the LDS Church she attends.
“That was enough to know that the world was praying for us,” Willis said, holding back tears, during a Skype interview from her home in Newtown. “That simple act of kindness was enough.”
But Willis said it’s time to reply to those 42 letters, which came from various denominations around the world. With the help of her cousin, she plans to send them the same CD that brought her peace a year ago.
'Breach barriers of hate,' Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf tells L.A. council (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
A theme of building and improvement — building bridges of brotherhood, building righteous societies and improving individual lives — underscored remarks by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the LDS Church's First Presidency to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
"It takes courage … and humility to put away old hatred, divisions and traditions that constrict and confine people into a blind succession of destructive behavior toward others," said President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the church's First Presidency. "It is within our reach to breach barriers of hate and build bridges of brotherhood and understanding between opposing cultures, beliefs, religion and world views."
Best-selling writer Card, composer Mitchell come together for world premiere of collaboration (News Tribune - Washington)
(November 5, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
Orson Scott Card, best-selling author of “Ender’s Game,” and composer Mark Mitchell will be in Lakewood this Sunday for an unusual world premiere: a sacred music story based on some 20 hymns written by the two, and inspired by Tacoma soprano Erin Guinup, who will direct a choir and orchestra for the performance at Lakewood Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I found Mark’s music last Christmas when I asked him to transpose some things, and happened to see his hymns on his website,” says Guinup, a local opera singer who also directs music at the Lakewood Mormon church. “They seemed to be calling out with a story.”
Romney's conservative roots lie in Mormon faith (Los Angeles Times - California)
(September 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
When the bottom fell out of the real estate market, Jason and Liz Anderson reached out to the institution they trusted most: the Mormon Church.
Meeting with their bishop in Rancho Cucamonga, they laid out the problem: Although Jason was working two jobs, he was barely earning enough to make ends meet.
The bishop "was really open and loving," Liz recalled. But it was tough love. "We're not going to pay bills. We can't pay your mortgage," she recalled him as saying. He offered food assistance and a blessing.
The Andersons said it never occurred to them to seek government assistance, although with two young children and a monthly income that had dwindled to $1,200, they surely would have qualified for food stamps.
That worldview, focused on church and not government, is part of the culture of American Mormonism, paradoxically rooted in both self-reliance and communitarian idealism. It may help explain the roots of Mitt Romney's conservatism, which in many ways mirrors the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon Serbs: Tiny group faces big opposition (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(June 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
The first LDS missionary arrived in the Balkans in 1899, but the region’s Mormons trace their real beginnings to 1972, when the late Croatian basketball star Kresimir Cosic — after a promising career at Brigham Young University — returned to proselytize in his home country, organizing branches in Zadar, Zagreb and Belgrade.
Earlier this month, Mormons from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia celebrated that event with a 40th-anniversary jubilee in Croatia — just weeks before Mitt Romney will formally accept the Republican nomination for U.S. president.
Dragomir Savic, a former LDS leader in Serbia, said in 2010 that "it could be great miracle if a Mormon became the president."
If such a "miracle" happens, would it convince Serbs, so dependent on U.S. financial and political assistance, that Mormonism is not a sect? After all, that’s how Serbs see the American-born faith — and that view hasn’t changed for years.
Netflix Documentary Shows "Mitt" Like You've Never Seen Him (Townhall)
(January 24, 2014) - Relevance: 2.2
“I can’t fake it,” then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney said as the political advisers and family members nearby deflated. They knew what that meant.
The scene, which occurred during the heated 2008 GOP primary battle between Romney and his rising political adversary, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), occurs early on in the new Netflix documentary, Mitt. The film premieres on Netflix at 11 AM today and offers a rarely-seen look at the former Governor and his family as they trudge through two seemingly-endless presidential campaigns.
Director Greg Whiteley was given great access to Romney during those campaigns, and he uses it to craft a delicate but commanding voyage into what it means to be a presidential candidate today. The feature begins and ends with the results of the 2012 election. We all know how the election ended but few of us know what it’s like working day-to-day on a presidential campaign and seeing the disparity between a candidate’s real personality and the caricature of him that’s presented to the public (“the flipping Mormon,” as Romney says).
Nielsens leaving Houston area for high-level Mormon post (Houston Chronicle - Texas)
(April 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
After 35 years in the Houston area - first as an Oilers' Luv Ya Blue-days quarterback and then a longtime KHOU-TV sports director - Giff Nielsen and his wife, Wendy, are heading to Salt Lake City to serve as a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nielsen, 58, will be part of what is called the First Quorum of the Seventy and his job for the next year will be to learn how church headquarters operates and to speak at church conferences around the world. "Serving the Lord everywhere in the world and not knowing what's around the corner, it's very exciting," he said of his new role, the highest level of administrative and ecclesiastical work someone can be called to do for the LDS church worldwide. "But goodbyes are hard. As we write notes to friends we've made living in Texas for 35 years, there's a tug."
Whatever happened to WordPerfect?
(October 16, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
The passage of time has healed much, but W.E. "Pete" Peterson will never forget March 23, 1992, the day his world imploded.
Browns spread gospel around world
(November 12, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
Dale, and his wife Pat, addressed club members concerning their work as missionaries in Mongolia.
Perfect world (Wyoming)
(December 16, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
Ostensibly, Carroll went to Chile to serve his Mormon mission, a calling that had long resonated within him.
A Mormon glass ceiling shattered (Washington Post)
(April 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
In recent weeks we’ve seen some grand changes in the world. A pope unexpectedly resigned, and a new one selected in record time. The U.S. Supreme Court has finally heard a case that challenges the ongoing resistance to same-sex marriage. North Korea has unsettled the world, following in the footsteps of two generations of Kims. Speaking of Kims, the Kardashian is showing more than her usual swellings.
There was one more globe-shifting event, this time in Utah. It happened this past weekend: Not one, but two women offered prayers at sessions of the annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was earth-shattering, even in its simplicity. It turned out Monday morning that the banks did not fail, cows did not stop giving milk, the lofty Rocky Mountain peaks did not crumble. Mormons did not need to tap into the five years of canned food they store the basement.
Mormons Around the World (LDS Newsroom)
(July 12, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
A Mormon mother is using her doctoral research from the University of Canterbury to help students improve their English literacy.
BYU law and business schools among top in country, says U.S. News (BYU news release)
(March 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Brigham Young University's business and law schools are again among the top 50 in the United States, reports U.S. News & World Report in its latest annual edition of "Best Graduate Schools.” Other BYU graduate programs and specialties rank in the top 100 in their categories.
The Marriott School of Management is ranked 32nd, up one spot from last year, while the J. Reuben Clark Law School stayed at 42nd. In a ranking new this year, the Law School jumps up 10 spots to 32nd when ranked by law firm recruiters.
“We are grateful to have been recognized in several national publications within the past month, including the latest poll by U.S. News & World Report,” said James R. Rasband, dean of the BYU Law School. “Each survey employs different methodologies and focuses upon different attributes but I am pleased that all of the rankings discern the remarkable strength of our students."
SL Tribune Opinion: Going too far
(October 21, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
It is the purpose of a religious body - and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no exception - to help its adherents negotiate their way through a confusing world.
A personal testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith (LDS Church News)
(January 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
At any given moment, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ somewhere in the world are testifying of the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith as the Lord's instrument in the latter-day Restoration of the gospel, Elder Eduardo Gavarret of the Seventy noted Jan. 16 in his presentation at the 2013 Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors.
"And this will fulfill the prophecy that his name will be known all around the world," said Elder Gavarret, alluding to the statement from the angel Moroni to the Prophet as recorded in Joseph Smith — History 1:33.
Elder Gavarret, a member of the Missionary Executive Council, noted that the lesson in Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel, generally the first lesson missionaries present to investigators, pertains to Joseph Smith and the Restoration.
Madison Wallace's Parents Speak Out to Honor Their Brave Daughter (ABC 9 - Iowa)
(March 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Lara and Jay Wallace say their young daughter, Madison, didn't say a lot, instead, it was her actions that defined her character.
That was obvious on Friday, when she sacrificed her life for her little brother, Garrett. Also lost that day, 28-year old Lyle Eagletail, who didn't know the Wallace's. Eagletail also drowned in the waters attempting to help Garrett.
16-year old Madison Wallace was a quiet girl, diagnosed with a high functioning form of Autism. But more often than not, her heart would persevere over it all.
"For the last month or so, she reached behind the seat because I was driving and she'd pat me on the shoulder and she'd say 'I love you, dad'. Something I'll cherish as the last memory of her," remembered Madison's father, Jay Wallace.
Madison and her family made frequent trips to Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD. It was there on Friday, where Madison Wallace drowned trying to save her 6-year old brother Garrett after the Wallace's say, he fell in to the Big Sioux River.
"It was surreal. It was like I wasn't even there. I was just witnessing something, but it didn't seem real," said Madison's mother, Lara.
As members of the LDS Church, the Wallace's find solace in knowing that they will reunite with their daughter someday.
Navajo Code Talker Dies (Native American Times)
(May 26, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., today conveyed his condolences to the family of the late Navajo Code Talker and Navajo Tribal Councilman John Brown, Jr., of Crystal, N.M., who died this morning at home. He was 88.
“Today, with sadness, we heard of the passing of Mr. John Brown, Jr., one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers and one of the Navajo Nation’s great warriors,” President Shirley said. “For so long, these brave men were the true unsung heroes of World War II, shielding their valiant accomplishments not only from the world but from their own families. The recognition and acknowledgment of their great feats came to them late in life but, for most, not too late. These heroes among us are now a very precious few, and we, as a nation, mourn their loss. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. John Brown, Jr.”
Men on a mission (Rocky Mount Telegram - North Carolina)
(July 14, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
You're going into the world right when you're in your prime. You're supposed to be getting ready for everything else for your life, and you actually take that two years out and give it to the Lord," said King, now 20.
The New LDS Web Site (Ancestry Magazine)
(September 25, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
The release of the LDS Church Web site, Familysearch.com, has received worldwide media attention. Computer genealogist Jake Gehring provides an overview of the recent LDS technological activity and details the sources available online.
The genealogical world shook a bit in May 1999 when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter referred to as the LDS Church) formally announced the online debut of FamilySearch® Internet Genealogy Service. The collection is the World Wide Web version of its genealogical databases formerly available only on CD-ROM at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City and at its branch family history centers. After a few weeks of excited and voluminous patronage, the church also announced the release of the long-awaited Personal Ancestral File® (PAF) version 4.0, a Windows-based software program downloadable from the church’s Internet site (www.familysearch.org) at no charge.
German POWs remembered (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
Germans worldwide paused Sunday to observe Volkstrauertag — the country's national day of mourning to remember those who died in wars or who were victims of violent oppression.
Counted among the formal observances of Volkstrauertag was a Sunday morning gathering at Fort Douglas Military Cemetery near the University of Utah. Scores from the local German-American community, along with many military personnel in uniform, attended the annual event.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, laid a commemorative wreath at the base of a memorial located at the west end of the cemetery. The memorial was erected decades ago to remember the German prisoners of war who are buried at Fort Douglas Cemetery. During World War I and World War II, 41 German soldiers died here while interned as POWs.
Cedar City celebrates Nativity (Utah)
(December 13, 2004) - Relevance: 2.1
More than 300 [nativities]from all around the world were on display The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Canyon View Stake Center...
Rocks of Aged
(January 8, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
One of the most successful organizations in the world is, in effect, a gerontocracy. Six LDS church presidents have held office past the age of 90. By comparison, Felipe Alou is only turning 70 this May!
Vital presence (Frontiersman - Alaska)
(January 12, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
They're relatively new on the world's religious scene, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is marching in greater numbers than ever before - both worldwide and locally.
Church hosts Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration (Apex Herald - North Carolina)
(December 3, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the 6th annual Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration on December 10th -12th. The three-day event features more than 300 nativity displays from around the world, art work, a live nativity, children’s activity room, and musical performances by local artists. The event is held at 590 Bryan Drive in Apex adjacent to the Mormon temple.
The Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration has become a holiday tradition in the community drawing several thousand visitors each year. “These beautiful nativity scenes not only convey the artistry and culture of people from all over the world but they also give the viewer an opportunity to pause and reflect on the true meaning of this holiday season – the birth of Christ, the spirit of love and peace, and the brotherhood of man,” said event coordinator, Jill Smith.
Traditional family championed at world congress (LDS Church News)
(June 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
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."
Jabari Parker tells students to focus on education (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(June 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
A 17-year-old Mormon was an unlikely selection as a guest speaker for a Catholic school's eighth-grade commencement ceremony, but students and parents at St. Sabina Academy in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood said the choice was a slam dunk.
Jabari Parker is Chicago's latest shining star of high school basketball, having been pictured last month on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which called him "the best high school player since LeBron James."
The Rev. Michael Pflegersaid Parker was not chosen because he's a star athlete, but "because he's a star person."
"His faith in God is not some extracurricular activity," Pfleger said. "His faith in God is a foundation on which he stands and the rock in which he lives his life."
Parker, son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, also carries a 3.7 grade point average at Simeon Career Academy and attends Bible study three times a week at 5:30 a.m., Pfleger said.
"I think he represents a real role model of what young people can look up today," Pfleger said when introducing Parker at commencement Sunday afternoon.
A world of compassion (Utah)
(February 7, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
"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.
Winning at luging (News from the Church)
(February 8, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
With less than 10 days left before Torino, 52-year-old Werner Hoeger was back home in Boise, Idaho, instead of being at one of only 16 luge tracks in the world.
Tethered to the gospel (LDS Church News)
(May 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
When Becky Andrews crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon — one of the best-known races in the world — on April 20, her friends and family were there to greet her.
Mac missionary survives tsunami (Oregon)
(January 7, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Nineteen-year-old Colby Ottley is on a mission assignment for his church in a remote part of the world. So he doesn't get many chances to call home....
Kaysville blends past, future (Utah)
(January 22, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Bonnie Kment spoke from behind the counter of Stewart's Gift Shop, one of a handful of World War II-era storefronts still standing on Main Street.
A sorrow felt worldwide (The Virginian-Pilot)
(January 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Two by two. From childhood, boys and girls who grow up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are taught that they will have a partner when they are sent into the world to spread the Gospel.
Opposition in All Things (Newsweek)
(September 7, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
"I am not complaining,” my father wrote to my mother from war-ravaged Europe during the closing days of World War 2, when he finally reached the safety of American lines after three years as a POW.
LDS Olympians (LDS Church News)
(January 13, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
From Feb. 7-23, the world spotlight will be pointed to Sochi, Russia, on the Black Sea, for the 2014 Winter Olympics as some of the best athletes skate, ski and slide in hopes of winning a medal.
The Dignity of Human Life (LDS Newsroom)
(March 2, 2017) - Relevance: 2.1
Sometimes it seems life’s problems are too big for us to solve. The world is rife with poverty, hunger, war and much more. No matter how hard we try or how much money or technology we employ, these challenges persist.
Six Palestine (Texas) Latter-day Saints serve in missions around the world (Palestine Herald - Texas)
(July 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
Last October, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lowered the age requirements for missionaries from 19 to 18 for males, and from 21 to 19 for females. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic as missionary applications soared from 700 to 4,000 per week. All missionaries serve at their own expense. Males serve for two years, and females for 18 months. As of December 2012, there were 58,990 missionaries serving in 347 missions worldwide. Most missionaries called to foreign missions learn to speak one of the 177 languages within two to six months.
Six members of the Palestine congregation of the church are some of those now serving around the world. Elder Marshall and Karlynn Holland, husband and wife, are serving at the historic Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Ill. Elder Alex Hunt was called to serve a mission in Pittsburgh, Pa. Elder Braxton Pew is serving a mission in Leeds, England.
Aid Needed for Tsunami Victims
(December 28, 2004) - Relevance: 2.1
International aid is rushing in behind the wake of the damage. Even though the quake was half way around the world, the shockwaves were detected here, and now some are wondering what they can to do to help the victims.
LDS World: To the glory of God (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 9, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Just past midnight last Dec. 5, I sat in St. Stephansdom Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, on the anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death, waiting for a performance of his “Requiem.”
‘Touching hearts’ around the world (BYU NewsNet)
(May 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
The BYU Singers has been lauded throughout its 25-year history as an excellent choir that gives not only entertaining but spiritually uplifting performances, and they were recently recognized for this quality while on tour in Ireland.
Local 20-Year-Old Volunteers in Indonesia (Nevada)
(January 8, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Relief keeps pouring in from all over the world, including Nevada. There is one young man from Las Vegas who is near the area hit by the tsunami. He is now helping the victims.
Famous saints (New Statesman)
(January 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Here's a challenge. Think of a famous Mormon - apart from the one who may well be the most powerful man in the world, come next November. No shame in being stumped. There's a good reason that Mormons are the invisible Americans.
Why Even Have a Mormon Blog? (Religion Dispatches)
(March 12, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
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.
Family mourns death of quint
(November 1, 2004) - Relevance: 2.1
Addyson Juanita Horton was the tiniest of fighters.
Since coming into this world 14 weeks early, she and her four premature siblings fought through respirators for air and feeding tubes for nourishment
CD aims to lift and inspire youths (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 9, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Like any other mother, Lynne Perry Christofferson worries about all the bad stuff in the world and what it can do to her kids. Four of her five children are now teens, "and I know that on the Internet, for example, they can be one click away from something deplorable."
Quest for Virtue: Peace is the reward (LDS Church News)
(December 27, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
It seems as if our world is becoming more and more polarized. Those who could rightly be identified as financially wealthy grow in numbers, as do those millions who slide, in an ever-increasing number, below the line of poverty.
And there she goes (Wicked Local - Massachusetts)
(March 26, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
So I was driving to work this morning and HOLY SMOKES WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT HOUSE?!!
Yes, I’m afraid the 1920s Colonial that sits on the site of a future Mormon church is not long for this world.
LDS artist adapts religious text
(November 11, 2004) - Relevance: 2
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.
LDS man creates 'Office Thief' Doritos ad for Super Bowl competition (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Chris Capel was a small-town boy with dreams of making it to the big screen one day. His chance might come at the most televised event in the world: the 2014 Super Bowl.
Capel created a commercial for the annual Doritos advertising contest, which draws thousands of entries from around the world. His ad was recently announced as one of five finalists. The winning ad, chosen by online votes, will be shown during the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 2.
Capel modestly said his ad is “just something that a couple of regular guys did.” But this regular guy managed to reel in a couple of seasoned actors to star in his production. The result is a look at a stereotypical “office thief.”
The boss is played by Larry Cedar, best known for his TV roles in "Community" and "Deadwood." Cedar confronts an employee whose Doritos addiction leads to a life of office crime. The thief is actor Steve Olson, who has appeared on Comedy Central and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
US know-it-all amazes the nation
(November 9, 2004) - Relevance: 2
It's literally because he has an answer for everything that Ken Jennings, a young Mormon software engineer, is now rich and famous, having broken world records in a game-show winning streak that has Americans holding their breath.
The Hortons' homecoming
(November 18, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Josh and Taunacy Horton's story has tugged at heartstrings around the world: a wounded U.S. Marine returns home to mourn the death of one of the quintuplets his wife gave birth to while he was fighting in Iraq.
Romney vs. Kerry in 2008?
(February 2, 2005) - Relevance: 2
In some ways, the next presidential election seems as distant as Mars. And yet it's already starting to dawn on the political world that three years hence, Massachusetts may become one of the historically rare states to field not just one White House hopeful, but two.
Called to Serve (Monument Newspaper - Maine)
(June 23, 2006) - Relevance: 2
While many young adults wait for the mail every day for their army papers, SAT results, or college enrollment decision, Tom Bibber of Gray was waiting to see where he would end up in the world. When the letter came, it said "Tonga."
Sunday Is for Campaigning (U.S. News & World Report)
(April 25, 2007) - Relevance: 2
Probably the best part of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's website is the blog written by his five sons. Five Brothers is mostly trip reports from the guys as they travel the country on behalf of their dad.
Mormon who put new life into vampires (Guardian - UK)
(July 21, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Teenagers across the world are anxiously awaiting the next instalment of author Stephenie Meyer's vampiric series of novels. On the eve of her new book, Dan Glaister reports on the woman hailed as the new JK Rowling
Are Mormons Keeping Mitt Romney Afloat? (The Atlantic)
(March 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2
There are six kids in white shirts and black ties standing in a line. One steps forward and dances around the others, hissing and sneering like a bobcat. He moves to the front on the chorus and the boys start slapping their thighs in a steady one-two-three, one-two-three rhythm. The leader cries, "Grab the book from your pants!" They pull out a black book -- one-two-three. "Slap the book on your chest!" They slap away -- one-two-three. "Read the book, read the book, pray, pray!" One-two-three. "We've got the gospel, you get it, you get it?" Then they step towards the camera and wave their hands. "You come walk in the waters with meeee!" The boys fall to the floor in a fit of giggles. It's one of the odder sights on YouTube.
The book is The Book of Mormon and the boys are young missionaries. They are dancing a Mormon-themed version of the Maori war dance, or Haka -- just one of the many Mormon Haka videos posted on YouTube (if you want to see the dance done with real force, check out this version by by Mormons Elders Hopoate and Ofahulu in Australia.) This extraordinary cross-fertilization of Mormonism and Polynesian culture is quite common. It's a testament to the broad and growing reach of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- and hints at the political power of the Mormon diaspora.
World's five best big city ski destinations
(January 7, 2005) - Relevance: 2
The city is also one of the cultural gems of North America. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings here, professional basketball teams play here, and you can enjoy theater...
The 5 Browns dazzle with piano work (MySA - Texas)
(January 19, 2007) - Relevance: 2
The 5 Browns, who made history when all five were simultaneously studying at Juilliard, are something of a Jackson 5 (minus the bellbottoms) of the classical-music world.
Another revolution in genealogy (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 28, 2007) - Relevance: 2
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.
CDs remember Wilberg's 16 years at BYU (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 30, 2009) - Relevance: 2
There are many BYU Men's Chorus fans all over the world; I am one of them. What is it about a chorus of men's voices that is so appealing? Maybe it's because I find men who can sing to be extremely attractive. What girl doesn't?
Mobility is key to a productive life (LDS Church News)
(November 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Imagine a world without personal mobility. Riqui did when he contracted Polio at a young age. Mayerlinth did when she was hit by a car. Ana Raquel did when her leg was broken in a motorcycle accident.
Dance for the world (Oregon)
(July 23, 2005) - Relevance: 2
It's Dance Festival 2005, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For about 800 teenagers, dance will be their life for the rest of the week.
Young people evince faith in helping (California)
(December 20, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Hundreds of teenagers, representing multiple faiths, recently joined forces to assemble hygiene kits for families of refugees and disaster victims throughout the world.
Oh brother, those boys still have what it takes (Scotsman.com)
(March 14, 2006) - Relevance: 2
The Osmonds were back. Well, most of them. Other commitments (Donny and Marie) and ill health (Alan) meant only four of the world's most famous Mormon rockers - Wayne, Merrill, Jay and 'Little' Jimmy - appeared at The Playhouse last night.
Life in the trenches
(October 1, 2004) - Relevance: 2
While Jordan Hill was halfway around the world on a two-year Mormon mission, the coaches at Arizona State were on their own mission, trying to convince him to forget about his first college choice and play for the Sun Devils.
Helping kids cope (The Union - California)
(May 9, 2007) - Relevance: 2
Joseph Voight is learning about the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, the need to "turn the other cheek" and the book publishing world at an age when most kids would rather be outside playing soccer.
First Presidency Easter Message (LDS Church News)
(April 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Jesus Christ was the promised Redeemer of the world, the Savior of mankind, the Son of the living God. He was with His Father before He came to earth in mortality, the Creator of the earth upon which we stand.
Jeremy Guthrie’s long path to Game 7 (Washington Post)
(October 30, 2014) - Relevance: 2
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.
Global Business and Mormon Missionaries
(May 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Landlocked Utah might seem an unlikely place to find speakers fluent in 90% of the world's written languages. But the state is home to thousands of Mormons who have served as missionaries abroad.
Ken Jennings chat transcript (JS Online - Wisconsin)
(October 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2
"Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings, can now add author to his resume with the publication of his new book, "Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs."
LDS women told to reach out (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 2, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Latter-day Saint women can be a more powerful force for good by walking toward Christ and away from the world, using their influence to define themselves as distinct and happy rather than allowing others to label them.
Swine flu (Durango Herald - Colorado)
(April 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Having emergency supplies makes sense regardless of what is going on in the world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long advocated such a system and provides good information about what to store and how to store it.
Pure religion in Haiti (Washington Post)
(February 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2
In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti that left millions of lives shattered, the world saw, and continues to see, an outpouring of love, compassion and service on a magnificent scale.
New Soldiers Database Identifies Missouri's Military Men
(November 12, 2004) - Relevance: 2
These range from well-known wars, such as the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, to the battles that were peculiarly Missourian, including the Heatherly War of 1836, the Mormon War of 1838, and the Iowa (Honey) War of 1839.
Locals Help Quake Victims a World Away (California)
(December 30, 2004) - Relevance: 2
A local Mormon couple serving abroad in Singapore are responsible for the safety of missionaries and church members in Sri Lanka, the Maldive Islands, Bangladesh, Malaysia and other affected areas.
Keeping members a challenge for LDS church (Utah)
(July 26, 2005) - Relevance: 2
The claim that Mormonism is the fastest-growing faith in the world has been repeated so routinely by sociologists, anthropologists, journalists and proud Latter-day Saints as to be perceived as unassailable fact.
The trouble is, it isn't true.
Logan family's wish coming true (Herald Journal, Utah)
(September 27, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Mark and Korin Johnson and their three children are hoping for a big Christmas present -- a house.
It might happen, with the help of a Cache Valley chapter of one of the world's biggest humanitarian programs.
World mourns beloved leader (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Reaction late Sunday to the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley came from all quarters of the political, religious and business worlds, as well as from typical Latter-day Saints locally and across the globe.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right (LDS Newsroom)
(June 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2
BBC: “Mormon life in Salt Lake City”
During the BBC’s “World Have Your Say” program last week, a panel of several Latter-day Saints answered listeners’ questions about their faith. Questions covered a wide range of topics, including Church growth, temples, diversity within the Church, interfaith relations and separation of church and state.
Concerning relations with other faiths, one panelist said:
There are good people all over this world and there is wonderful truth. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in Judaism or Sikhism or in the Catholic Church, or Buddhism, or wherever it is — there are some wonderful truths that are there. We take truth from wherever it is. … We honor and respect all other religions all across the world.
Regarding the separation of church and state, another panelist noted:
While we will respect other people’s participation in government and we feel members of the Church should be involved in government, we don’t believe government should be used to impose our religious beliefs on others. (See MormonNewsroom.org’s political neutrality video.)
The discussion concludes with panelists describing the Church’s core beliefs, which include Jesus Christ and family.
Listen to the entire discussion at BBC.co.uk.
Celebrating Christmas (Utah)
(December 25, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Though Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the ways in which they celebrate the religious significance of the holiday can be very different.
Humanitarian effort (Utah)
(May 26, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Four local dentists are making it a habit of traveling around the world, but they're not exactly counting it as vacation.
Dr. Scott Healey, a Lindon dentist, along with three others associated with the Academy of LDS Dentists, returned last month from a trip to India.
Ex-Utahn Helped Analyze Discovery's Torn Insulation
(August 10, 2005) - Relevance: 2
By the time this newspaper is distributed today, the world should know if space shuttle Discovery made a safe landing despite a ripped thermal blanket outside the cockpit win- dow.
LDS historical sites in midwest flood danger (ABC 4 - Utah)
(June 20, 2008) - Relevance: 2
As the waters of the midwest continue to rise, Mormons all over the world are keeping a close eye on the threatened town of Nauvoo, Illinois.
And thanks to the internet, the Mississippi is just a click away.
More than a ballplayer (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Harmon Killebrew's Hall-of-Fame baseball stats can be found elsewhere in the newspaper. It is the man himself that concerns us, and that ultimately will be his legacy to sports and the world. By all accounts, he was a Hall of Famer in that department, too.
Viewpoint: Get Organized and Delegate (Church News)
(May 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2
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.”
World was a school for HR chief (Czech Business Weekly)
(December 13, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Gordon-Smith says that her Mormon beliefs have played a key role in her life. That includes the raising of her four sons, now grown, who she looked after full-time. “The most important thing was my children,” she said.
Phoenix shooters likely took turns (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 7, 2006) - Relevance: 2
"The circumstances of Robin's death tells us how wicked this world has become," Blasnek's mother, Sandra, said Saturday at her daughter's funeral at a ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mesa.
U.S. Military Recruits Mormon Linguists
(December 18, 2004) - Relevance: 2
The Mormons have been sending missionaries around the world for decades. Now the U.S. military is knocking on their door, seeking recruits with foreign language skills.
Tabernacle Choir invites 'star' guests
(December 18, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Although it is a world-renowned ensemble, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir should not be content to rest on its laurels, according to director Craig Jessop.
Missionaries learn the word (Fiji Times)
(May 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2
Elder Taoupoulou is one of the many missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or LDS.
You see them on visits, serving their mission in Fiji and around the world.
While Some Religions Exalt Alcohol, Others Eschew It (Ohio)
(January 1, 2005) - Relevance: 2
One of the most abstemious religions remains the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormons. Sociologists are struck that it is the most successful religion originating in America, and among the fastest-growing in the world.
Local women bring their skills to other countries (New Hampshire)
(January 17, 2005) - Relevance: 2
We’ve all been through it. Seen images of tsunami victims in Asia, mudslide casualties in California and felt the pull to do humanitarian work. Three young women from the area know all about that yearning to do something to better the world...
Breaking the wave
(February 28, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Two months after the tsunami, the Observer's chief reporter Jason Burke recalls the trauma of reporting on the wave's destruction and hears the stories of the victims - and survivors - of the world's worst natural disaster
Church Announces Mission Adjustments (LDS Newsroom)
(February 2, 2018) - Relevance: 2
Mormon Newsroom reported in October that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would adjust the number of its 421 missions to better fit the needs of each region of the world.
Mormons Look Ahead As Anniversary Nears (The Day - Connecticut)
(December 30, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the world's fastest-growing religions — 120 million copies of the Book of Mormon are in print — believers still endure suggestions by mainstream churches that they are not authentically Christian.
Bedrock of a Faith Is Jolted (Los Angeles Times - California)
(February 17, 2006) - Relevance: 2
From the time he was a child in Peru, the Mormon Church instilled in Jose A. Loayza the conviction that he and millions of other Native Americans were descended from a lost tribe of Israel that reached the New World more than 2,000 years ago.
From ordinary to missionary (Herald Journal - Utah)
(June 9, 2006) - Relevance: 2
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.
Improvements at LDS.org (LDS Church News)
(October 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2
"It is believed to be the largest religious website in the world in terms of traffic, design and content," he said.
To begin his presentation on how the LDS.org website is doing, Brother Isom asked, "What year did the LDS.org website launch?"
Faithful heed call from Salt Lake City (Australia)
(February 14, 2005) - Relevance: 2
There was no clap of thunder or chorus of angels, but when Gordon B. Hinckley, world president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, spoke yesterday, Australia listened.
World tour for LDS leader (Utah)
(June 21, 2005) - Relevance: 2
To cap off his 95th birthday celebration, President Gordon B. Hinckley plans to visit 10 international cities in a 13-day whirlwind tour at the end of July, adding thousands of miles to his log as the most traveled of LDS Church presidents.
Mormon missionaries eager to help out in community (New Mexico)
(July 23, 2005) - Relevance: 2
You might see two young ladies wearing skirts and black name tags sharing their faith on the Hill. If you do, chances are they are two of the 51,000 missionaries world-wide working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Work of LDS women lauded (Deseret News, Utah)
(September 26, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Nurturing families, caring for each other and becoming instruments in the hands of God to bring about his work on Earth are hallmarks of what LDS Church leaders called the largest and most effective organization of its kind in the world.
Entering the world of LDS blogging (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Liz Jensen loves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She relished her time as a full-time missionary in Croatia. She considers her faith to be the most important part of her life.
Marines honor Elder Perry (LDS Church News)
(November 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Elder L. Tom Perry’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II was recognized at a formal reception, dinner and program on Saturday evening, Nov. 9 in downtown Salt Lake City.
Questions for Torah Bright (Australia)
(May 23, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Cooma-born snowboarder and committed Mormon Torah Bright, 18, is one of the world's best competitors and is tipped to win Olympic gold. Interview by Danielle Teutsch.
Cross purposes: Symbol is one of death and life
(March 26, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Last night's Good Friday interfaith processional downtown mirrored the solemn remembrances carried out in an untold number of cities and towns across the world, recalling Christ's tortured march to Calvary nearly two millennia ago.
LDS growth rate is beat by some churches (Arizona)
(July 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Paralyzed dancer determined to `Dance Anyway' (Reprint from Orange County Register)
(June 20, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
It was, perhaps appropriately, while on her way to church that Briana's world went into a tailspin. When the spinning stopped, her dad, Ed, was leaning over her hospital bed, cheeks wet with tears, saying words she'd heard since she was a kid when the going got rough. "It's time to be somebody," the former Marine told his "little sparkle."
Movie review: 'Saints and Soldiers'
(November 11, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
The World War II drama "Saints and Soldiers" seems awfully familiar: When a ragtag group of grunts get caught behind German lines, they must rely on one another to smuggle vital intelligence to the Allies.
Back in the game (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)
(May 17, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
On Dec. 19, 2002, Marcus Bailey's basketball world came crashing down.
The University of Wyoming senior guard and Cheyenne East grad went up for a lay-up against South Carolina in the Arena-Auditorium. It was something he had done routinely throughout his career.
Mormons perform 'Savior' (Fresno Bee - California)
(March 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
The cast of "Savior of the World" is a diverse group. But they have at least two things in common: they are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they are all volunteering their time and talents to bring the show to the Central Valley.
Heyborne in the age of purity (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
I am so thrilled to be alive during this new Golden Age of righteousness and purity in the Mormon Church.
I wrote an essay a few weeks ago about how we all had to find our own place to draw the line between what the world asks of us and what we believe is consistent with being a good Latter-day Saint.
Miracles happen after faith (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 5, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
It's no surprise when critics of the LDS Church scoff at our lack of miracles today. "Where's your speaking in tongues? Your moving of mountains? Looks like you Mormons use phones and cars and medicine and satellites just like the rest of the world."
Mormons in far-away places, on Mormon Times TV (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 9, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
If you’ve traveled at all, you know how easy it is now to find an LDS meetinghouse to attend church services. Just go online to mormon.org, click on “Visit Us” and “Worship with Us,” and you can see when and where members meet in any part of the world.
Rich history underlies Saturday’s Mormon ceremony in Richmond (Richmond News - Missouri)
(November 15, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
On Nov 22,1911, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came to Richmond and sang at the Farris Theater. The Choir was here to dedicate the monument that stands in the Mormon Cemetery that marks the grave of Oliver Cowdery. It is also known as “The Monument of the Three Witnesses.“
Richmond Missourian, Nov 23, 1911: “The Cowdery Monument Dedicated. A special train of 8 Pullmans, a day coach and baggage car arrived here early yesterday carrying the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake, officials and guests, numbering over 250 persons, for the unveiling exercise at the Farris Theater and the monument erected at the grave of Oliver Cowdery at the old Richmond Cemetery.”
Forty five descendents of the Whitmer family and many citizens of Richmond were present for this dedication.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir would come back to Richmond again in 1918 when Alexander Doniphan’s statue was dedicated at the Ray County Courthouse. Not many small towns in American have had the honor of hosting this world famous choir, so we are very lucky to have enjoyed their music on two different occasions.
Mormon choir joins Pops on CD (Ohio)
(April 26, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The recording - a world premiere and a coup for Kunzel - features the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir (360 voices).
Sonically and musically thrilling, it has Grammy written all over it.
Changes in missions to aid growth (LDS Church News)
(May 5, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Because of the Church's rapid growth in many far-reaching areas of the world, one new mission is being created while others are being consolidated or realigned in an ongoing effort to increase efficiency, balance needs and manage resources.
Sisters Eliminated From 'Amazing Race'
(December 2, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
The sister team on CBS' "The Amazing Race" failed to find a clue in a haystack, eliminating them from the race around the world.
Twin handles prove to be double trouble (The Province - Canada)
(August 1, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Laugh them off at your peril.
Playing with their funny-looking, two-handled rackets that have been compared to hedge clippers, a tuning fork, a divining rod and jumper cables, the Battistone brothers have climbed from nowhere to the top 350 doubles players in the world.
Mormons In America (CBS)
(December 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Most of us probably know very little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- the Mormon church -- other than the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Well, today, you may have a Mormon family living right down the block.
Port St. Lucie celebrates 'Mae Owen Day' (TC Palm - Florida)
(May 17, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Though she just turned 100, Mae Owen proved she didn't need a microphone to address a crowd of well-wishers and family.
The centenarian recalled going to a baseball game with her husband, living through two world wars and tending a store.
More on how world views Mormons (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 13, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
In comparing Mormon beliefs with those of other Americans, the pollsters have to use the same questions for everybody. This can lead to some pretty strange results, since our rejection of the neo-platonic tradition of mainline Christianity makes some questions very hard to answer.
The Gladys Knight Conversion Story (Meridian Magazine)
(January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Grammy Award winning solo artist and lead singer of Gladys Knight and the Pips, Gladys Knight’s oldest son, Jimmy Newman, was searching for the truth. Jimmy and his wife Michelene had both been raised Catholic and had been married in a Catholic church. But with 2 small children they searched for a new religion for their growing family. Since graduating from the University of San Diego in 1984 with a degree in business at the age of 22, Jimmy had managed his mother’s group - Gladys Knight and the Pips. After attending different church services, Jimmy and his wife decided to continue searching for the true church. They prayed that God would lead them to a religion where they would find true doctrine and where they could raise their growing family in an increasingly wicked world. As the business manager for his famous mother, Gladys Knight, Jimmy often spent weekends traveling with his mother to concerts around the world. His sister, Kenya Newman Jackson, also joined Gladys and Jimmy on these regular road trips as a business assistant to their entertainer/singer mother.
LDS World: Proud Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 3, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
This past week I had the opportunity of hosting two academic colleagues from England who were visiting Utah for the first time. One was here only a day, the other was here for a week. I had never met either of them before, and though they are religious historians they knew little about the LDS Church and our beliefs.
Light is glowing in the world of religion
(November 20, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
My mother's kitchen had an old neon light that would flicker several times, come on, then slowly build to a warm glow.
I thought of that old light last week when an evangelical minister delivered a sermon at the LDS Tabernacle on Temple Square.
#LDSConf Leads Twitter Trend? (Religion Dispatches)
(April 6, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
While some religion scholars worry out loud about the impacts of Web 2.0 relationality on brick-and-mortar churches--a development Elizabeth Drescher handled here at RD--Mormons appear to be cleaning up in the world of digital religion.
Poet has love affair with words (Arizona Republic)
(March 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
LaVern Clark does not call herself a poet. Rather, she says, "I write words. I'm not that good yet. I've written words all of my life." Countless others in the poetry world, however, would disagree.
The world's view of the Nativity (News-Leader - Missouri)
(December 5, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
What struck Tricia Derges as she left Venezuela was how each Nativity she saw there was unique.
"I took the Nativity for granted. I never thought about it before. That day when I went to all these little bitty crafters and every one had something different. I thought, 'Isn't that amazing.'
In Honor of Human Rights (LDS Newsroom)
(December 12, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Sixty-six years ago a document graced the world that set new horizons for human relations. It is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was the first global expression of its kind.
Everything I need to know, I learned in Mormon nursery (Religion News Service)
(April 15, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
A guest post by Mette Harrison
I am a child of God. This means that God is my father, and I have divine worth. There’s nothing I can do that can change my value in God’s eyes. There is no sin so great, no thought so terrible, no mistake so horrendous, that I cease to have value. (This also applies equally to everyone else in the world.)
Faith: Matt Peterson, Mormonism (Oakton Outlook - Virginia)
(October 26, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Matthew was born a Mormon in a country where little is known about this religious minority. Most can only recognize Mormons by their intense devotion and characteristic kindness. But in a world filled with pressure and temptation, it can be difficult to maintain faith.
Exhibit details mission life (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 27, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Former Deseret Morning News photographer Mark Hedengren likes missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so it's only natural for him to hang out with them when he is somewhere in the world on assignment.
Why The Internet Hasn’t Shattered My Mormon Faith (Buzz Feed)
(July 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Mormons around the world are stumbling upon information online that contradicts the stories they hear in Sunday school — and it’s driving many from the church. But the internet doesn’t have to spell the end of faith.
LDS dentists travel the world (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 12, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Dr. Scott Healey of Lindon and several colleagues from the Academy of LDS Dentists have applied that biblical lesson to dentistry, sharing knowledge with dentists in developing countries so they, in turn, can provide better care for their patients.
In Honor of Human Rights Day (LDS Newsroom)
(December 11, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Sixty-six years ago today a document graced the world that set new horizons for human relations. It is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was the first global expression of its kind.
Mormon church making movie
(October 25, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
The Mormon church is producing a film on the life of Joseph Smith, the faith's founder who claimed to have found a set of new Christian scriptures in 1820 that built a foundation for the world's fastest growing religion.
‘Sisters Of Service’ Aim To Help Needy (Rocktown Weekly - Virginia)
(October 2, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
As part of the 5th annual “Sisters of Service” gathering, more than 400 women got together in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville on Saturday to collect and make a variety of items to benefit needy families locally and around the world.
Come, listen to a prophet's voice (stltoday - Missouri)
(September 30, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Twice a year, every year, Mormons around the world skip church and are more than happy to do so.
Of course, I use the term "skip" rather loosely because rather than attend the normal three hours of Sunday worship services, we instead tune in to General Conference.
General Conference Sessions Consolidated (LDS Newsroom)
(October 30, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
In a message sent to Church leadership and to be read in worship services throughout the world, the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced changes for future general conferences.
Rotarians honor LDS Church (Utah)
(February 28, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Rotarians honored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the club's centennial celebration Saturday, recognizing that the LDS Church contributed enough funds to inoculate more than 12 million children in the world.
Away in a display of 2,000 mangers (The Star - Canada)
(November 19, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Flora Nabrotzky has noticed a groundswell of spirituality in Walkerton since the 2000 tainted-water tragedy, but even she was surprised when the community created one of the world's largest, non-commercial, nativity scene collections in response to her church's call to put Christ back into Christmas.
A focus on families (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 1, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Missionary lessons, feel-good television ads and thousands of family history centers are among the most visible signs to the world at large that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints puts families at the center of its faith and theology.
BYU Students Experience Tension of the Middle East (BYU NewsNet)
(April 9, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
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."
LDS temple growth 'continues unabated' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 1, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
With the announcement of two new temples, groundbreakings for two others and a number of interesting developments at still others, the establishment and reach of sacred temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued to grow and expand around the world during the past six months.
Mormonism in Pictures: What Do Mormon Teens Do? (LDS Newsroom)
(August 18, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
See photos of LDS temples being built around the world (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 15, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
The LDS Church has announced so many new temples in recent years, it’s hard to keep track of them. Rome. Paris. Provo. Philly. Phoenix. Tijuana and so on.
How many have been completed? Where are they in the process of construction? Which ones are all but finished and which ones are barely begun?
President Hinckley Delayed On Asia Trip
(August 1, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on his world tour. Next stop: Taiwan. But he was delayed in his visit to Korea.
Welcome to LDS Newsline (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
We are in the process of updating this site to include LDS-oriented news and information from all around the world — in addition to the Deseret Morning News and LDS Church News coverage you've seen here in the past.
German Joins Inner-Most Mormon Circle (DW-World - Germany)
(February 5, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Following the recent death of the Mormon's spiritual leader, a German pilot has joined the highest leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by becoming one of two counselors to the new Mormon head.
From the almanac: Temples on the horizon (LDS Church News)
(May 31, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
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.”
Hugh Nibley laid to rest (Utah)
(March 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Family members and friends remembered Hugh Winder Nibley Wednesday not only as a world-class scholar of the scriptures and defender of the LDS faith, but as a loving father, a humble humanitarian and a staunch environmentalist.
LDS role may boost trade site (Utah)
(July 2, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is among eight developers interested in building Salt Lake City's first world trade center, a highly visible symbol of a city's commitment to international business.
Unforgotten martyr (Rutland Herald - Vermont)
(December 23, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Atop a ridge in Sharon, stands an impressive shaft of Vermont granite. It is, at 40 tons, the largest single piece of granite used for a monument in the world, according to the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Web site.
Young women urged to shine (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 27, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
In an increasingly dark and challenging world, young women who live the gospel of Jesus Christ and remain true to its teachings become a shining light that will help lead them home to God while pointing the way for others.
BYU in the academic spotlight (Daily Herald - Utah)
(June 16, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
The weekly journal Science is the official publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest body of scientists in the world. It is the counterpart, of sorts, of Nature, a similar weekly based in England.
New LDS temple breaks ground (Eastern Arizona Courier)
(February 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Construction for The Gila Valley Arizona Temple officially began Saturday when local and world leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints overturned the ceremonial first shovel of dirt.
Saturday's Warrior, relived (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 5, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
And that summer in Salt Lake City, a little Mormon musical called "Saturday's Warrior" hit the stage. The world of Mormon theater and entertainment would never be quite the same.
Messages for our times (LDS Church News)
(October 13, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Bringing BYU Broadcasting under one roof (BYU NewsNet)
(May 8, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
On a sunny spring afternoon the future of BYU Broadcasting was realized when ground was broken for the new BYU Broadcasting Building on Thursday.
President Cecil O. Samuelson welcomed the crowd saying, “I think this [facility] will have a critical role in taking the message of BYU and the gospel around the world.”
Family's trip to serve in Africa was worth sacrifice (Kentucky.com)
(November 3, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Jonathan and Cynthia Austin got what they had hoped for. And much more.
The couple made plans to take their four children to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to show their children how blessed their lives are in Lexington and how great the need is for children in other parts of the world.
Humanitarian day is today (California)
(February 19, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The LDS church warehouses thousands of items in Salt Lake City that are available for immediate distribution throughout the world. In partnership effort with Islamic Relief Worldwide, the LDS Church sent more than 70 tons of medical supplies, hygiene kits, clothing and shoes to Indonesia Jan. 1 to aid disaster victims.
Branching out (Wire Services)
(November 28, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
But it's a race, says Linda Bailey, who manages the Danville (Calif.) Family History Center, one of the 4,000 branch genealogy libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which maintains the world's largest repository of ancestral
records). Every time there's a war, records are lost.
Berlin Airlift re-enacted with candy drop (Associated Press)
(May 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
A World War II-era cargo plane dropped hundreds of boxes of chocolate-covered raisins on tiny parachutes into a crowd of tens of thousands on Tuesday, recreating a highlight of the operation that kept West Berlin out of Soviet hands.
Reaching Out Around the World (LDS Church news release)
(November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Latter-day Saints believe that giving service to others is a lifestyle based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, who “went about doing good.” The desire to serve others crosses cultural boundaries and has been manifested in recent months with stories featured on International Church Web sites.
Elder Jensen preaches reverence (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 17, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Thousands of participants from around the world gathered at the BYU Campus beginning Monday morning for the annual Campus Education Week. The weeklong conference includes more than 1,000 classes and events and usually brings in around 20,000 individuals from many different walks of life.
'Fear not, I am with thee' (LDS Church News)
(December 18, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Faith in Christ overcomes fear of the future, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve told graduates of Brigham Young University-Hawaii during commencement exercises on Dec. 15. More than 270 students from around the world participated in this year's winter graduation.
Why Religion Matters: The Salt of Society (LDS Newsroom)
(April 28, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(October 21, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Youth from around the world watched the full cast of BYUtv’s comedy show “Studio C” participate in a Face to Face broadcast on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The live event was hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Faith to find and baptize converts (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 20, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Latter-day Saint Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook to Be Revised (LDS Newsroom)
(June 19, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Two books of sacred music published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are about to undergo significant changes. An official notice has been sent to Church leaders around the world announcing a revision to “Hymns” and the “Children’s Songbook” used in worship services.
Computer users dig those family roots (Contra Costa Times - California)
(August 14, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
It sounds like a script for a Hollywood movie or some new reality show — a granite vault stacked with precious books and more than a million rolls of microfilm, and 20 teams racing around the world to capture critical ancestral documents before it's too late.
Hayward woman has created, donated hundreds of quilts (Inside Bay Area - California)
(August 4, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
After a long day of work, Kathy Menzies heads to an outbuilding in her backyard.
There, she zones out in her own world surrounded by Elvis memorabilia. Not to pay homage to "The King" — though she wouldn't mind doing that, being an avid fan of the rock'n' roll legend — but to do something that has become second nature.
The Family History Centre (UK)
(June 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world. It is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA and is home to microfilms, microfiche, papers, books and maps.
150th Temple Is Dedicated (LDS Newsroom)
(March 21, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
The 150th temple in the world was dedicated by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
Web Extends Distribution Services’ Reach (LDS Newsroom)
(February 5, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
For many members of the Church who need essential Church materials and supplies, such as pictures, temple clothing, scriptures, or other distribution items, getting to a distribution center can be costly and time consuming, even with many such centers around the world.
Church continues its fight against Ebola (LDS Church News)
(February 2, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church is continuing its efforts to help contain the deadly Ebola outbreak, working closely with a variety of trusted partners to deliver education and relief aid to virus-weary areas of the world.
Soccer title cements legacy for UNC coach (LDS Church News)
(January 14, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
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.)
Napoleon who? (New Hampshire)
(February 4, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
"Napoleon Dynamite" was made by a Mormon couple in their late twenties on a $400,000 budget. The leading actors are virtual unknowns in the entertainment world. It has no swearing. It has no sex. The most violent scene involves the movie's leading man being hit in the face with an airborne slab of meat...
Baskets of love and boxes of "Cheer" (YourHub - Colorado)
(August 28, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Torah's future is Bright (Daily Telegraph - Australia)
(July 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
When Torah flies back into Australia next week, she will do so as the No. 1 pro women's snowboarder in the world, a nominee for the best action sports athlete of the year, and clearly among the nation's biggest earning sportswomen with a high six-figure income.
Church Growth Is Legacy of Mormon Leader (Associated Press)
(January 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Mormonism's home is America, but most of its believers don't live here anymore.
In the past 13 years the church has flourished as never before around the world, with new temples rising in Africa and South America and new members joining by the tens of thousands.
LDS mark passover holiday with Seder (AP)
(March 31, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
On Monday evening, Jews around the world began the holiday with a Seder, the traditional meal during which the biblical story of the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt is retold. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be holding one of their own this week.
New First Presidency Holds News Conference (LDS Newsroom)
(January 17, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
“Though our world is filled with serious challenges, I am optimistic about the future and confident about the fundamental goodness of humankind,” said Russell M. Nelson, the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a news conference this morning.
Concert Choir shines in New York City (BYU-Hawaii)
(June 21, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
For the first time in school history, the Brigham Young University Hawaii Concert Choir took the stage at one of the world's most important and prestigious venues – Carnegie Hall.
White Horse Mitt (Salt Lake City Weekly - Utah)
(July 13, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
If Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were mulling a candidacy for leader of any other country in the world, his religion would be no big deal. But this is America, where not only the presidency, but religion itself, is a very big deal.
CES Fireside for Young Adults (LDS.org)
(May 5, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
A CES Fireside for Young Adults will be transmitted live over the Church satellite system on Sunday, May 6, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. (MDT), with subsequent rebroadcasts to many areas of the world. The speaker will be President James E. Faust of the First Presidency.
Ballroom Dance Company Returns Victoriously (BYU Newsroom)
(July 11, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Countless hours of practicing, several months working on the same routines and over a year's worth of training have paid off for the BYU Ballroom Dance Company as they performed halfway around the world.
Smith's birthday, new pageant to draw tourists - Illinois
(April 1, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
This year a special, one-time event will be celebrated in Nauvoo, Ill., and the world that will impact the Tri-State Area. The ramifications will be religious for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and financial for area businesses that thrive on increased tourism.
The CIA couldn't have organised this... (Telegraph - UK)
(September 8, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Five years after the attack on the World Trade Centre, a group of 75 American academics is claiming that the truth about 9/11 has been covered up. The leader of the group - Steven E Jones, a physics professor at a university in Utah - has studied debris from the disaster and concluded that explosives were used to bring down the towers.
A sewing hand for those in need (Daily Herald - Utah)
(November 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Whenever Delpha Zentner hears of a disaster striking somewhere in the world she thinks to herself, "Oh, I hope they get a blanket to sleep under tonight."
That's because in the past three years she has made thousands of blankets, "6,800 and something," says Zentner, all of which have been donated to the humanitarian aid branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Beloved song turns 50 (News from the Church)
(January 9, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
The hymn "I Am a Child of God" (Hymns, no. 301) has rung across the earth, its music played and its words sung by adults and Primary children around the world since 1957.
As it reaches its 50th anniversary in 2007, the song, published in more than 90 languages, continues to touch the hearts of many.
Storms' survivors try to pick up the pieces (Miami Herald - Florida)
(February 5, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
A crew of 15 Mormon missionaries helped tip over the tattered remains of the home, delicately picking through Devere's personal effects -- World War II-era photographs, a birth certificate and a wedding certificate -- to preserve them for her children who were en route from Colorado.
Years of preparation (Herald Journal - Utah)
(December 25, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Megan Heaps has been ready to play Mary her whole life.
The 22-year-old Sky View High School graduate knows it sounds a little silly, but after years of acting and singing in several different productions, it’s been “Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection” that has made her feel at home.
LDS wards: grooming world 150 at a time (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Last week my wife and I took our eighth-grade daughter to an open house at the local high school where students can specialize in visual and performing arts.
I was surprised to see, in the commercial-art classroom, a member of our high priests group.
88 Year Old Man Makes Almost 700 Quilts for Charity (KIDK - Idaho)
(March 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
A local retired farmer is making a difference all over the world from his very own living room in Sugar City.
Russ Wilding has made almost 700 quilts over the past few years and donated all of them to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Center.
Amazing grace (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 22, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
I was sitting in my room the other night when my husband said quite suddenly, "We don’t think about Christ enough." He was making a general statement about us, our family, and the world. His comment unsettled me because it rang true. How often do I think of Christ, have him in my thoughts, guiding my decisions, my parenting, my conversations with others, and the activities I choose each day?
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom)
(May 5, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
100-Year-Old Sister Has Researched 400,000 Names (Church News)
(February 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Erma Rosenhan of the Forest Dale 1st Ward, Salt Lake Granite Stake, has spent most of her life working on researching the names on her family line. Getting the records in the first place on the eve of World War II required faith, courage, and more than a few miracles.
Why the Mormons are going global (Hamilton Spectator - Canada)
(January 13, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
But now, after a century of spectacular growth, the Mormon movement is flowing in the other direction: while it continues to be centrally directed from its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, the faith has gained a foothold in virtually every country in the world -- and the American share of church membership has fallen.
Gordon B. Hinckley in his own voice (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 27, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
MISSIONARY SERVICE: "We are deeply grateful for the opportunities of radio and television, and the generosity of the public press, all of which help to build a favorable atmosphere in which to teach the gospel. But I am confident that the time will never come when we shall not need vigorous men and women of faith to go into the world as missionaries for this cause." April 1959.
Gordon B. Hinckley in his own voice (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
MISSIONARY SERVICE: "We are deeply grateful for the opportunities of radio and television, and the generosity of the public press, all of which help to build a favorable atmosphere in which to teach the gospel. But I am confident that the time will never come when we shall not need vigorous men and women of faith to go into the world as missionaries for this cause." April 1959.
LDS Humanitarian Center helps boy's wish come true (ABC 4 - Utah)
(May 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
The LDS Humanitarian Center could be putting together the biggest quilt in the world. Workers and volunteers there will spend the next several months sewing nearly 15,000 firefighter, police, and EMT patches together. All of this for a young man in Michigan who's dream is to be a firefighter.
An Introduction to Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom)
(January 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Mormon professor named world's top management thinker, delivers emotional speech (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 18, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Thinkers50 measured Harvard professor Clayton Christensen's life over the past two years and named him the world's most influential living management thinker at an Oscars-style event last week in London.
This is the second straight time at the top of the Thinkers50 list for the bestselling author, a Salt Lake native and Mormon described by a British reporter as "perhaps the nicest man ever to lecture at Harvard Business School."
"Christensen was controlled, thoughtful, sincere and provocative" during an emotional acceptance speech, Financial Times blogger Andrew Hill reported.
Christensen turned to the central message of his latest bestseller, "How Will You Measure Your Life?" — which earned a nomination for the Thinkers50 best book award — and urged those at the banquet to put their families first.
"If you find you’ve spent 60 hours in a week trying to advance in your profession and you wonder whether you should spend another 20 hours, that’s a bad trade-off," Christensen said.
Hill referred to the respect Christensen, 61, had among those in the banquet hall, writing that Christensen closed by saying, "Thank you for being my friends.”
"It sounds hokey," Hill wrote, "and perhaps you had to be there, but as they say at the Academy Awards, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house."
New Mormon church to open (New York)
(May 30, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The new meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on North Avenue is not unlike Mormon churches across the country and around the globe. It is simple yet elegant, practical and comfortable, another sign that the world's fastest-growing denomination does not overlook details.
Architecture of the LDS Church in New York (New York Sun)
(August 1, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Architectural critics, and lovers of buildings in general, may wish to consider converting to Mormonism. Unlike most of the world's religions, which are happy to reveal the architectonic beauties of their creed even to unbelievers, the finest examples of Mormonism, its sacred temples, are open only to the faithful.
Ponderings from Temple Square (Calgary Herald - Canada)
(June 16, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Last week I spent a few sunny hours wandering around Temple Square in Salt Lake City, the spiritual epicentre of the world's 13 million followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as LDS, or more commonly, the Mormons.
Technology and the work of the Lord (LDS Church News)
(March 18, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
In 1995 the first flat screen TVs appeared, eBay had just begun, the Sony Playstation debuted in the United States and the World Wide Web was stretching to schools and businesses. The president of the Church at the time was President Howard W. Hunter.
Mormon Temple Tours Drawing Big Crowds (WFYI - Indiana)
(July 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Joseph Smith's fame (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 1, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Scholars around the world are studying the impact of Joseph Smith, attempting to account for the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here's what some have said in academic settings this year, the 200th anniversary of Smith's birth...
First Presidency Expresses Love, Support for French People (LDS Newsroom)
(November 16, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
BYU Education Week bloggers wanted (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Are you going to BYU's Campus Education Week Aug. 20-24? Would you be willing to share your daily experiences with the world? We'd like to have several attendees write their thoughts, feelings and impressions for LDS Newsline readers in a daily blog here on this Web site.
An Interview With Gordon Hinckley (60 Minutes - CBS News)
(February 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
The president and prophet of the Mormon church, Gordon B. Hinckley, died last Sunday at age 97. He was buried Saturday in Salt Lake City. The church broadcast his memorial service around the world in 69 languages.
Mormon church welcomes new bishop to NWI (Post-Tribune - Indiana)
(March 6, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is thriving around the world, and the new bishop of its Hebron-based congregation has faith that his congregation will continue to grow -- in numbers and spiritually -- under his leadership.
Staying faithful in the beach volleyball world (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
How does a Mormon fit in on the "big party" beach volleyball circuit? Quite well — at least for LDS rising star Casey Patterson, who says that promoters, advertisers and maybe some fans like to sell that party image, but in reality, it's not that way.
120 years of pioneering genealogy (LDS Church News)
(November 22, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
FamilySearch International, the Church’s worldwide Internet genealogy service and the largest such service in the world, is observing a milestone this month: 120 years since the formation of its forerunner the Genealogical Society of Utah.
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.
Improving women's world (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 8, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Where's the safest place on earth for a woman to live?...Fresh from her appearance last month on "60 Minutes," BYU professor Valerie Hudson is assembling a group of experts, volunteers and students to analyze the status of women in 171 countries and create an Internet database.
Documentary brings alive story of WWII POWs (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
"The Inheritance of War" is a compelling documentary that played Friday in Orem at the 8th annual LDS Film Festival. The movie vividly depicts the struggles of a certain class of World War II prisoners of war -- those who fought for the United States on the Philippine Islands.
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, spoke to more than one thousand Latter-day Saint women in Auckland, New Zealand, on 19 February 2013. Visits included one with a 100-year-old Mormon woman who has spent many years serving others.
Why Religion Matters: The Longing Within (LDS Newsroom)
(February 11, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Our modern world offers more choices and possibilities than ever before. Science and technology continually expand our knowledge, and the diversity of religious worldviews keeps growing. Our horizons seem to stretch thinner and faster than we are capable of handling. But in the end we remain the same spiritual creatures. Throughout our journeys the longing within endures.
LDSTech 2014 Update (LDS Church News)
(October 28, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
The annual LDSTech Conference was held Oct. 16-17 at the Salt Lake Institute adjacent to the University of Utah campus. “The main highlight this year has been the Gospel App and Game Contest,” said Anna Butler, committee chair for the event. “We had submissions from all over the world.”
Songs of praise (Guardian Unlimited - UK)
(September 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
A practising Mormon, 25-year-old Brandon Flowers is married to a primary school teacher and desperate to start a family. He's also the live-wire showman who fronts one of the hottest bands in the world. It's not an easy balancing act. Craig McLean talks to the Killers' singer about resisting temptation
LDS temple dedications set
(April 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Many LDS Samoans in Utah County and around the world may have felt a burden lifted Tuesday when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially announced the dedication of a new temple in the their homeland that will replace the important church building in Samoa destroyed by fire in July 2003.
Controversial church seeks mainstream acceptance (Daily Breeze - California)
(January 23, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the world's fastest-growing religions, and though 120 million copies of the Book of Mormon are in print, believers still endure suggestions by mainstream churches that they are not authentically Christian.
Michael McLean celebrates 25 years of songwriting (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 6, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
LDS women gather for general Relief Society meeting (KSL - Utah)
(September 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 20,000 Latter-day Saint women filled the Conference Center in Salt Lake City this evening for their annual meeting. Millions more watched in meetinghouses throughout the world to hear their leaders encourage them to fulfill the purpose of their organization.
America's Best Leaders: Orrin Hatch (U.S. News & World Report)
(October 27, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
By Joseph Biden -- Through word and deed, Sen. Orrin Hatch has demonstrated that a member of Congress can work to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation without compromising his core principles and strongly held ideological convictions.
New Mormon.org Brings Mormons to the Forefront (LDS Church news release)
(July 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
First Presidency 2014 Christmas Message (LDS Newsroom)
(December 6, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
As we celebrate this Christmas season, our thoughts turn to that sacred event long ago when the Prince of Peace and the Light of the World was born (see Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, who was “wounded for our transgressions, . . . and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Mormon Connection in Next Dan Brown Book? (KSL - Utah)
(May 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
With the success of the film version of 'The Da Vinci Code', many wonder what's next from author Dan Brown.
Freemasonry, the oldest and largest charitable fraternity in the world, is his focus. Dan Brown saw the Salt Lake Masonic Temple building when he first came to Utah two years ago.
Can Dale Murphy save baseball? (Yahoo Sports)
(May 1, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
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?
CES Fireside for Young Adults (LDS News)
(November 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
On Sunday, November 7, a CES fireside for young adults will be held, with Elder M. Russell Ballard as the speaker. The broadcast will originate from the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, at 6:00 p.m. mountain time, with subsequent rebroadcasts to many areas of the world.
Elder Scott urges BYU graduates 'To live well' (LDS Church News)
(April 27, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Individuals must be a force for good in a world that desperately needs it, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve told more than 6,000 Brigham Young University graduates and their supporters on Thursday afternoon.
A Special Invitation for Tuesday, January 16 (Church News)
(January 16, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world are invited to participate in a live message from President Russell M. Nelson on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. mountain standard time.
U.S. News ranks both BYU's law and business schools at 34
(April 4, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Brigham Young University's business and law schools are among the top 50 in the United States, reports U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue, on sale Monday, April 3.
Genealogy -- the talk all over the world (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 21, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Have you noticed lately the television shows about genealogy?
One of the foremost is "Who Do You Think You Are?" -- Friday evenings on NBC. Celebrities' genealogy is researched to various extents for the show, some going back quite a distance in time. Nearly every celebrity who has had his research done will say something close to the following: "It helps us to feel more fulfilled because we are connecting with our ancestors and learning more about ourselves!"
Self-reliance calls for self-policing, discipline (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
The crumbling of our American financial institutions has triggered a memory in me. On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists toppled the World Trade Center. On Sept. 14, I was sent to ask Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley his feelings. It was late. He'd just come from Larry King's show, but he agreed to take a few questions.
Orson Scott Card: Teaching our teens to speak (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 25, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
When I was young, back in the previous millennium, the California school system was the best in the world. And one of the things they did, which few schools seem to do anymore, was teach their students to speak.
We memorized poems. We recited them. We read aloud. And the teachers actually critiqued us on whether we could be understood.
567 degrees awarded in LDS Business College graduation (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 18, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
“As you go forth now to make your mark on the world, remember that fame and fortune should not be your primary motive,” said Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during LDS Business College’s 129th commencement exercises on April 15.
Sweatshop in Weston to send clothing aid (Massachusetts)
(January 13, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Typically clothing is mass-produced in third world countries and consumed in the wealthy U.S., but in Weston this week the tables are turned. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting a sewing fest to provide outfits for children in underdeveloped areas.
Gem State boasts its own Indiana Jones (Capital Press - Idaho)
(March 11, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Richard Hansen, a world-renowned archeologist, splits his time between his family’s Idaho farm and Guatemala. While in the Central American country, Hansen unearths ancient Mayan cities buried by centuries of jungle.
Technology Helps Further the Work of the Lord (Church News and Events)
(March 21, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
In 1995 the first flat screen TVs appeared, eBay had just begun, the Sony PlayStation debuted in the United States, and the World Wide Web was stretching to schools and businesses. The President of the Church at the time was President Howard W. Hunter.
RootsTech vignettes (LDS Church News)
(February 12, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
When Will It be Chow Time?
(January 15, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Now that the University of Southern California has been affirmed as having the No. 1 football team in the country, the next perplexing query for the college football world is: What’s next for the coach of the top-ranked offense, Norm Chow? Or perhaps the question is: What’s not next for Chow?
Keeping your balance in a bumpy world (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
If automobile tires aren't properly balanced, they may wobble, vibrate and wear unevenly. So with our daily lives. If a person's life isn't properly balanced, it can make for a bumpy, unpleasant journey.
First Presidency Easter message (LDS Church News)
(April 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
At this Easter season as we contemplate our own mortality and remember loved ones who have passed from this life, our hearts turn to Him who promised: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom)
(August 20, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
United Kingdom: The British Pageant Concludes on a Positive Note
Three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in the audience for the final performance of the British Pageant.
Frank Jackson is on an unofficial Mormon mission at Duke (ESPN)
(November 1, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
On Nov. 15, Frank Jackson will don his No. 15 jersey for Duke University, step on the court at Madison Square Garden -- The World's Most Famous Arena -- and take on Kansas in a nationally televised game between two preseason top-five teams.
Utahns greet news with praise, joy and support
(April 20, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
...The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledged the new pontiff, saying in a prepared statement, "We join with men and women of goodwill everywhere in congratulating Cardinal Ratzinger on his election as Pope Benedict XVI.
"We wish for him and his many followers continuing progress in furthering the cause of peace among the nations, and the alleviation of poverty and distress throughout the world."
A father's footsteps (Concord Monitor - New Hampshire)
(July 30, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
When the obituary writers of the world took on George Romney in 1995, they had two choices. They either started with the tale of a CEO who shook up the automotive industry, denouncing "gas-guzzling dinosaurs" and pushing compact cars, and who, as the Republican governor of Michigan, bucked his party's leaders to advance the case for civil rights.
What’s Ahead in the World of Mormonism for 2011 (Religion Dispatches)
(January 5, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
As The Book of Mormon: The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker prepares to open March 24 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, many Mormons are bracing for what promises to be an irreverent send-up of our distinctive history, culture, and religious practices.
Priesthood restoration remains an essential, momentous event (LDS Church News)
(May 21, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Geographically, the two points are a half a world away. But spiritually, they could be neighbors. It was 182 years ago this month that the resurrected John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery north of the Susquehanna and conferred upon them the Aaronic Priesthood, or the "Priesthood of Aaron."
BYU Women's Conference: 'Armed with righteousness' (LDS Church News)
(May 1, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 14,000 women from around the world gathered on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, USA, to listen, learn, and feel uplifted during the annual Women's Conference April 26 and 27. The conference is cosponsored by the Relief Society and BYU.
BYU Women's Conference: 'Armed with righteousness' (LDS Church News)
(May 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 14,000 women from around the world gathered on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, USA, to listen, learn, and feel uplifted during the annual Women's Conference April 26 and 27. The conference is cosponsored by the Relief Society and BYU.
2nd wave of South Asian deaths from disease seen (Pennsylvania)
(December 30, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
With the death toll from Sunday's earthquake and tsunamis in South Asia continuing to mount, world health authorities are bracing for what they predict will be a second wave of death from diseases associated with contaminated water and food shortages.
LDS choir broadcast approaching milestone (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 27, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
"Music and the Spoken Word" — already the world's longest-running continuous network radio broadcast — will reach yet another milestone at 9:30 a.m. Sunday when it airs its 4,000th consecutive program with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
FamilySearch.org Reaches Seven-Year Mark (News from the Church)
(May 27, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Missionaries: A Force for Service (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 15, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends young men and women as well as couples out into the world to teach and serve others.
They, like the apostles of old, are sent two by two to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that is not all missionaries do. They seek opportunities to help those in need. And currently there continues to be a great need in Japan.
Need for International Indexers Growing (Church News and Events)
(July 12, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
By the end of 2012, the number of LDS temples around the world will swell to more than 140, with dozens more planned or under construction. As the number of members with access to the temple increases, the need for members to actively participate in researching and recording their family history is also growing.
Natural Disasters Impact Members around the World (Church News)
(September 25, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Natural disasters have impacted the lives of Latter-day Saints in communities across the globe. Members in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula are drying out following Hurricane Odile—even as volcanoes threaten congregations in Hawaii and the Philippines.
A Golden Opportunity to See Old-World Artisans (Washington Post)
(May 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
God works in mysterious ways. And when He doesn't want you hanging a huge halo off the steeple of one of His churches, it's best not to hang that halo.
See, the six spires on the Mormon temple in Kensington are covered in gold leaf, as is the statue of the angel Moroni that tops the tallest steeple.
More Than A Place to Grab A Quick Drink (Washington Post - Washington, D.C.)
(June 12, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
In its heyday, Studio 54 in New York was the hottest nightclub in the world. Guests danced on a floor decorated with the man in the moon with a spoon. On the balconies they did more than just drink. Celebrities controlled dark corners. One night, a devout Mormon showed up. His name was J. W. Marriott Jr.
Teen centre Aussie-bound (The Northern Advocate - New Zealand)
(November 27, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
It takes a powerful rugby league boot to stride the divide between local amateur club rugby league and the professional world of the Cronulla Sharks in Sydney.
Jarom Wihongi-Henare from Tikipunga has made that leap.
Summerhays right at home in NZ (PGA News - Australia)
(March 11, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Tourist hot-spot Queenstown is always awash with Americans and 59 more are in town to contest the New Zealand Open, including one who feels right at home around the other side of the world.
The Open, which begins on Thursday, is the third and last Australasian/Nationwide Tour co-sanctioned event of the season, following last week's NZ PGA Championship in Christchurch.
Mormon retraces trail of ancestors (Omaha World-Herald - Nebraska)
(August 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Traveling 1,400 miles with nothing more than a handcart and some backup help, Lynn “Doc” Cleland, great-grandson of Sarah Goode Marshall, is re-enacting what many Mormans did before.
For the past 2½ months, Cleland has been following the Mormon, Oregon and California Trails as closely as possible.
Why Mormons are still thriving (Malvern Gazette - UK)
(September 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
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?
Even by study and also by faith (BYU Universe)
(January 11, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
As a university, BYU is uniquely known around the world for more than the fact it is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
To name a few, 25 percent of the student body is married, there is an Honor Code with severe consequences for those who have unmarried sex and it has a mission of teaching all disciplines in the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Taking a rare tour of a Mormon temple (CNN)
(April 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - Elder William Walker slipped white booties over his black wing-tip shoes and instructed his guests to do the same as he led them into the newest Mormon temple in the world. This day was the first chance the public had to see inside the sacred space for the area's 49,000 Mormons, and it was also one of the last.
General conference can be enhanced by using 2nd screens (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 6, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
When general conference rolls around twice a year, those iPhones, iPads and other assorted gadgets that can be distractions during “normal” church services take on a new life. They become like a portal to a whole new dimension, a way of connecting you to like-minded believers all over the world who are watching the broadcast in lock step with you.
RootsTech 2016 a 25,000-member 'studio audience' (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 4, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
RootsTech 2016, the largest family history event in the world, got underway Wednesday, drawing the vanguard of an expected 25,000 registered attendees from all 50 states and 40 countries who will gather at the Salt Palace Convention Center each day through Saturday.
Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(October 5, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide gather twice yearly for what is called “general conference.” Latter-day Saints travel from all over the world to attend general conferences, which originate in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Grads encouraged to 'live younger, think older' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 2, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
“Live younger, think older.”
That was the counsel an apostle gave to 299 Brigham Young University-Hawaii graduates during commencement exercises held in the Cannon Activities Center on Oct. 31. This semester's graduating class comes from 31 countries around the world.
Nyman aims to gain revenge on downhill course (NBC Sports)
(February 12, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Steven Nyman had to wait an extra day for his chance at revenge.
Thick fog wiped out the men's downhill Saturday at the world championships, setting up a Sunday doubleheader -- the women's downhill is set for 21/2 hours after the men's event.
Women's Conference continues at BYU (BYU NewsNet - Utah)
(May 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
In today's world, it is vital for women to build and remain faithful to a testimony of Jesus Christ, a panel of wives of previous and current university presidents told attendees of the closing session of Thursday's, May 4, 2006 Women's Conference.
Family home evening turns 40 (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 20, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
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."
More than a ‘Mormon moment’ (Washington Post)
(March 16, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
History has not recorded the name of the journalist who created the phrase, “the Mormon moment.” The originator may have been a headline writer for U.S. News and World Report who, back in November of 2000, used “Mormon Moment” as the label for a story triggered by a new Mormon temple in Houston.
EFY medley goes global in new YouTube video (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 15, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
When Michael Hicks arranged “The EFY medley” in 1999, he had no idea the impact the song would have all around the world, but a new video he compiled shows the worldwide influence of the arrangement. The video features 60 performances of the medley in 23 different countries on six continents.
Media Library Translated into Nine Languages (Church News)
(June 26, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
With more than 15,000,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints living all over the world and speaking countless languages, the Church continually works to improve and update the content needed for all nations to teach the Gospel in “their own nation and tongue."
Over 1,000 LDS Women Unite Across the Globe (LDS Today)
(November 4, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
The LDS Relief Society once had a magazine of its own, written by the women of the church, for the women of the church. That magazine, which provided a voice for LDS women throughout the world, was discontinued in 1970.
The Mormon Ethic of Civility (LDS Church news release)
(October 17, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
The political world is astir. Economies are faltering. Public trust is waning. Individuals feel vulnerable. And social cohesion wears thin. Meanwhile, stories of rage and agitation fill our airwaves, streets and town halls. Where are the voices of balance and moderation in these extreme times?
Apostle finds gospel "community" in Asia (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 2, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 23 years ago. He’s been a General Authority for almost three decades.
His broad ecclesiastical duties have made him something of a globetrotter in a white shirt and tie — traveling far and wide to testify of Jesus Christ and to minister to the many Latter-day Saints across the world.
CES Fireside for Young Adults (News from the Church)
(January 12, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
A CES Fireside for Young Adults will be transmitted over the Church satellite system on Sunday, January 13, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time, with subsequent rebroadcasts to many areas of the world.
Work on temples begins, ends around the world (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 14, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
The Rexburg Idaho and Nuku‘alofa Tonga temples are nearing dedication, ground has been broken for the Kyiv Ukraine, Tegucigalpa Honduras, and Vancouver British Columbia Temples, and a new temple has been announced in Manaus, Brazil, according to the LDS Church Newsroom.
A winning charm and a knack for shifting policies (Globe and Mail - Canada)
(November 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Mitt Romney doesn't just shake your hand. He shakes it, then envelopes it with his other hand, or uses the other hand to grasp your elbow, while he leans forward, his hazel eyes locked on you.
"Very glad to meet you" or "Thank you so much for coming" or some such, and then it's on to the next potential vote. But for a moment, you were the only person in his world.
Women of Faith Come Together to Help Those Less Fortunate
(April 14, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Hunt to fill some of Harvard’s biggest boots (UK)
(June 27, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
At the end of next month, Kim Clark will step down as dean of Harvard Business School, arguably the most prestigious job in the business school world, and become president of an undergraduate college in Idaho. The move has surprised and confounded many, but for Prof Clark there was no room for doubt.
Vets spin tales from the front for teens (Baytown Sun - Texas)
(June 5, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Potter, 17, was one of 95 teen-agers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who interviewed Berges and 21 other veterans of World War II and beyond as part of the Veterans History Project. Seven area LDS churches, including two from Baytown, participated in the project.
Faith important for one LDS weightlifter (News-Press - Missouri)
(November 22, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
When Marissa Klingseis was on the platform at the Senior World Weightlifting Championships, she knew she wasn’t alone.
For the 19-year-old weightlifter and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, religion has always been an important part of her life and weightlifting routine.
Faith important for one LDS weightlifter (News-Press - Missouri)
(November 22, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
When Marissa Klingseis was on the platform at the Senior World Weightlifting Championships, she knew she wasn’t alone.
For the 19-year-old weightlifter and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, religion has always been an important part of her life and weightlifting routine.
Remembering the Articles of Faith (LDS Newsroom)
(March 1, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
Like other Christian faiths, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes seriously what many call the New Testament’s “great commission” to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. In connection with this, when the opportunity arises to share their beliefs with others on a larger scale, Mormons usually welcome it.
Service Emphasized in 2018 ‘Light the World’ Initiative (LDS Newsroom)
(November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Hawaiian healer Mahilani Poepoe, 58
(December 15, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
Maui healer Mahilani Poepoe traveled around the world, bringing her wisdom, peace and Native Hawaiian traditions to other lands.
Faithful mourn death of Mormon president (Associated Press)
(January 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Thousands of believers were in mourning Monday following the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, the humble head of the Mormon church who added millions of new members and labored long to burnish the faith's image as a world religion. An announcement of his successor was not expected for days.
LDS World: Time to reject entertainment baloney (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 18, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
A movie review of a film about 14-year-old boys caught my eye recently. The headline called the movie "surprisingly endearing," and the reviewer called it "family friendly" despite the fact that the producers were responsible for a number of recent movies that were particularly raunchy.
'The Life of Christ' (LDS Church News)
(June 26, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
The 19th-century French artist was enjoying a successful career painting European high society when he experienced a religious rebirth — a life-changing epiphany that prompted Tissot to turn his talents from the fashions of the world and focus on what matters most: his relationship with Christ.
The Mormon Introvert (Religion News Service)
(September 10, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
I’m (finally) reading a marvelous book on introversion called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
And in typically extroverted fashion, I’m going to tell you some of what’s in the book before I’ve even finished reading it, because blurting out first impressions as if we are already experts is precisely what extroverts do. You’re welcome.
The Book of Mormon: 'The Keystone of Your Faith' (LDS Church News)
(February 5, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Declaring the Book of Mormon to be “like an exquisite banquet table, one thousand feet long, covered with the most desirable food, fruit and flowers from across the world,” Elder Neil L. Andersen addressed thousands of young adults here Sunday evening, Jan. 31.
World Organizations Grateful for Church's Humanitarian Efforts (News from the Church)
(July 7, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Whether it is for immediate emergency response, such as the medical supplies provided to victims of the May 2006 earthquake in Indonesia, or for ongoing major initiatives, such as the distribution of 40,000 wheelchairs each year in 70 countries, Church Welfare and Humanitarian Services responds to human need more now than ever before.
Families the hope of nations, Mormon apostle says (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 13, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Citing the importance of children to both families and nations, Elder Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve spoke Wednesday on the third and final day of the fifth World Congress of Families in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The LDS Church in Mongolia (LDS Living)
(January 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Leader had 'rich, righteous life' (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 11, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
President James E. Faust's "gentle manner and depth of knowledge" will be missed not only by leaders, but also by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who contacted church headquarters from many parts of the world to express their heartfelt condolences since his passing early Friday morning.
Moguls, scientists and 'Farnsworth' (Chicago Sun-Times - Illinois)
(December 4, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
For further enlightenment -- as well as a sense of grand ambivalence about whom to anoint with the honor and a fascinating meditation on the tension between scientific genius and marketing moxie -- you are advised to head straight to Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Invention" which had its world premiere Monday night at Broadway's Music Box theater.
Technology helps unearth family trees (CNN)
(November 10, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Here's a fun exercise: Compare the DNA profiles of random individuals who reside in different regions of the world, have little in common and don't much resemble one another.
If you could do this, you'd find close DNA matches once in a while.
About three months ago Kevin Shepherdson, a Eurasian in Singapore, discovered that his DNA matches strongly with Thomas Kurowski, a man of Polish descent living in Rhode Island.
Viewpoint: Embrace, Honor, and Carry Forth Truth (Church News and Events)
(June 17, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Endeavoring to communicate the aim and desire of the Latter-day Saints with respect to the outside world, the late President Gordon B. Hinckley said repeatedly in sermons and interviews, “Bring with you all that you have of good and truth which you have received from whatever source, and come and let us see if we may add to it” (“The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith,” Oct. 2002 general conference).
Graduates Told to “Learn, Lead, Build, Press Forward” (Church News and Events)
(December 26, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Although the music and words of encouragement given during recent commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Hawaii were not unusual to a graduation, spectators could take one look around the room and see there is something different about the students of BYU-Hawaii. The graduating class—consisting of 247 students—represents 46 countries throughout the world.
Difference and Dignity (LDS Newsroom)
(October 27, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Wouldn’t life be easier if everyone were the same? Think of the conflicts we could avoid if we all wanted the same things, voted the same way and went to the same church. The trouble is, however, that such a world doesn’t exist.
The temptation to form everyone “from a single mold,” said Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “would contradict the genius of God, who created every man different.”
Viewpoint: Church’s Humanitarian Work Continues to Lift Burdens (Church News)
(May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Oratorio was journey for BYU-Idaho composer
(March 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Just ask composer Dave Zabriskie. Commissioned by BYU-Idaho to write a work for its Sacred Music Series, Zabriskie found that the process of creating "Testament of Paul, His Witness of Christ to the World" was a journey.
Bountiful stake presents Easter program (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 15, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
The Bountiful Utah Orchard Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present “Savior of the World, Act II: His Resurrection” on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Charitable Projects Bubble Up From Grassroots (LDS Church news release)
(April 16, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
In addition to the humanitarian and charitable efforts initiated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, individual Mormons, independent of Church programs, are also identifying needs and organizing projects to provide relief.
Renovated Laie Hawaii Temple reopens (Star Advertiser - Hawaii)
(October 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Mormon family took the Lord along on its 52-week journey (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 19, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
As John and September Higham and their two young children traveled around the world in 2006, they could only take along the bare essentials.
That included a pair of tandem bikes and bike repair tools, books, cash, maps and wrinkle-free Sunday clothes squashed into zip-close bags.
Mormon apostle: BYU graduates go forth as marked men, women (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Brigham Young University’s 2012 graduating class is leaving campus with more than just a sheepskin, a former university president told them.
They are going out into the world with the indelible mark of a BYU graduate, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the LDS Church’s governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said at Thursday’s commencement.
Mormons Knit to Save Endangered Penguins
(April 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
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: 1.8
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.
Mormons on a mission to tell their story (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(October 13, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Mormonism is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world, with more than 13 million members, more than a third of those in Latin America, according to church figures. The church now ranks as the fourth-largest denomination in the U.S., with close to 6 million members, surpassing Presbyterians, Lutherans and Episcopalians.
Osmonds pop in for a private pilgrimage (Gloucestershire - UK)
(June 5, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Crazy Horses couldn't keep the Osmonds from making a pilgrimage to the world's first Mormon chapel.
American heartthrob brothers Jay, Merrill, Donny, Wayne Alan and other members of the Osmond clan diverted their tour bus to pop into Gadfield Elm Chapel in Staunton, near Corse.
The Man Who Made Romney Possible (Time Magazine)
(February 1, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Gordon B. Hinckley will be remembered for a lot of things within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose President and Prophet he was until his death Sunday at 97. His world travels, for instance, and the corresponding expansion of the church abroad; his modest redesign of Mormon Temples, which enabled their proliferation and thus the participation of many more Mormons outside of Utah in key Church activities.
Shopping Anytime. Anywhere (LDS Church News)
(October 1, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Your store, anytime, anywhere is the Church's slogan for a new online shopping site opening Sept. 30, for members around the world. Store.lds.org contains over 21,000 items from food storage to sacred clothing that can be delivered conveniently right to a customer's home.
First Presidency Expresses Gratitude for Humanitarian Outreach (LDS Newsroom)
(November 20, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
In this season of Thanksgiving, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expressing gratitude for unprecedented donations and volunteer service by members and friends of the Church in response to the many humanitarian needs around the world.
U.S. News: BYU top 75 in country, one of top 20 best values (BYU news release)
(August 18, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Brigham Young University is ranked 75th in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," with the Marriott School of Management's undergraduate program ranked among the top 50 "Best Business Programs," coming in at 34th.
The September 2010 issue of U.S.News & World Report, which hits newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 31, ranks more than 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities by mission and region. BYU falls into the category of "national universities," which includes schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral degrees.
This year the university is also listed as 20th in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category” – schools that are recognized for high academics but cost considerably less than many other schools. Additionally, it is listed as 4th in the category of "Least Debt," which compares the average debt carried by departing graduates.
The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology was also listed among the top engineering schools, with its undergraduate program ranked 78th.
In specialty categories, the Marriott School ranked 3rd in accounting, 17th in international business and 21st in management.
The top five institutions in the "national universities" category were Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Stanford.
Men on a mission: Setu may have to make a career choice (The Leader - Australia)
(May 22, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
IF he was ever asked, Fraser Anderson would tell Lagi Setu to go overseas and help the poor. No hesitation.
"He wouldn't regret it,'' said the tall Cronulla Sharks second-rower, who could be heading for World Cup selection in the New Zealand squad, the way he is playing.
"I know from my experience as a Mormon how rewarding it was for me, going on my mission and doing something so constructive.
Church Thanks Members and Friends for Disaster Donations (LDS Newsroom)
(November 6, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Saints at War project broadens its focus
(November 25, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
As part of an ongoing effort to document the experiences of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints involved in war, the Saints at War Project at Brigham Young University has expanded its research to focus on those who served in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I.
Dog euthanized after attacking Malaga woman (Wenatchee World - Washington)
(March 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Val Kesterson loves to run. But a dog attack two weeks ago now has the Malaga woman fearing to walk in her neighborhood.
"This is the worst experience I’ve ever had," Kesterson, 45, said this morning. "It was horrifying."
A dog charged her and bit her repeatedly during her Sunday jog along the Malaga Alcoa Highway on March 8.
Christmas Lights, Efforts Help Testify of Christ (December 2007 Ensign)
(November 29, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Hundreds of thousands of lights shine from Temple Square at the close of each year. Many glow from branches high in chesnut trees while others flicker and float in reflecting pools, but they all are meant to invite visitors to share in the message of the birth of the Savior, the Light of the World.
In a solitary sport, this Olympian is not alone (News Tribune - Washington)
(July 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
U.S. Olympian Melanie Roach will step alone onto the world sports stage Aug. 10 in Beijing. She will bend down to grasp a steel barbell holding more than twice her 117-pound weight and try to lift as much as she can. Breaking her own long-standing American record of 250 pounds in the clean and jerk would be great. Earning an Olympic medal would be over the top.
LDS leaders helped spur big changes in Europe (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 7, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Benson, McKay, Kimball, Hinckley, Monson, Nelson. These names highlight a long list of LDS Church prophets, apostles and general authorities whose service to former communist-controlled countries in central and eastern Europe were critical during the tense and tenuous four-plus decades following World War II.
Viewpoint: Prayer Overcomes Challenges of Mortality (Church News and Events)
(February 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
The fourth chapter of 2 Nephi finds the prophet Nephi at a pivotal crossroad in his life.
More than a decade has passed since his family fled Jerusalem. They have suffered hardships in the wilderness, endured physical and spiritual trials, and have been guided by the Lord’s hand to a new world and new possibilities.
New LDS women's group quickly gains steam on Facebook (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 4, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
But Fallentine also felt standing up for traditional marriage was one of the easiest things she's done because she and her husband were defending their beliefs and relying on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," the 1995 proclamation made by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
2015 Visiting Teaching to Center on Christ’s Attributes (Church News)
(January 16, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
Each new year is an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. During 2014, Relief Society visiting teachers have shared messages of the divine mission of Jesus Christ as our Exemplar, Good Shepherd, Light of the World, Savior and Redeemer, Minister, and Advocate.
President James E. Faust Remembered (LDS Church news release)
(August 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Thousands in Salt Lake City and across the world participated in funeral services Tuesday afternoon for President James E. Faust, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
More Mormon world records
(December 6, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
When U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson - who later became church president - hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on a state visit to Washington in 1959, Benson's son, Reed, taught the other members of Khrushchev's family about Mormonism and offered them copies of the Book of Mormon.
Mormon Athlete Personifies Traits of Mormon Youth (LDS Church news release)
(September 18, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
At the age of 20, Australian Torah Bright is a world champion snowboarder and Olympic competitor, finding success in the sport yet avoiding the wild lifestyle that sometimes accompanies the sport. She is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Church Grows Rapidly (News from the Church)
(July 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Worldwide Church membership continues to grow, reaching 12,560,869 in 2005. According to the 2005 Church statistical report, the Church has 2,701 stakes, 52,060 missionaries, and 122 temples in operation. In 2005 more than 240,000 converts joined the Church. Currently 341 missions are established throughout the world.
Reports of Polygamy Story Vary Across the World (LDS Church news release)
(April 11, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
The public affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today complimented U.S. media outlets for being careful to distinguish between the 13-million-member international Church and a small polygamous sect raided by Texas state officers late last week.
Descendants of Scots form global clans on the Internet (Vancouver Sun - Canada)
(May 31, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
The meaning of Easter (The Union - California)
(April 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
"It (Easter) is the most significant event in the world that's happened in our view, that being the atonement that Christ made for all mankind," said Layne Christensen, Nevada County ward bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nevada City. "We celebrate Easter, which has two aspects.
Four missionaries spread gospel (Douglas Dispatch - Arizona)
(June 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
If you see four young men dressed nicely on bicycles around town, they are Douglas’s missionaries at the Church of Jesus Christ Ladder Day Saints.
Missionaries come from all parts of world. They are here to offer service and teach about Jesus Christ. A mission lasts for two years.
CES devotional: ‘We are the architects of our own happiness’ (LDS Church News)
(November 5, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Individuals are the architects of their own happiness, Bishop Gerald Causse, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, said during a Church Educational System devotional for young adults on Nov. 4. Thousands attended the devotional — filling the Tabernacle — while many others around the world listened via broadcast and the Internet.
BYU action on Jones lamented (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 12, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Leaders of the American Association of University Professors are criticizing Brigham Young University for placing physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave while university administrators conduct a review of his statements and research about the attacks on the World Trade Center.
New Church President Serves (LDS Newsroom)
(April 5, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
The first session of the 178th annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be held this Saturday will begin just as conferences before. There will, however, be a notable exception: Thomas S. Monson will be leading the proceedings and speaking to millions gathered in Salt Lake City and around the world as president of the Church.
Temple Open House Guests See Beauty, Feel Hope (LDS Church news release)
(August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
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.”
Mormons Scour Archives to Baptize Dead (WCAX - Vermont)
(November 23, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
For decades the Mormon Church has been compiling one of the largest genealogical databases in the world. This collection of billions of names is rooted in a common church ritual, little understood by non-church members. Vermont, with its unique open records laws, has been at the forefront of their research.
Meet the Cougars in Meet the Mormons (BYU news release)
(October 10, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
The new full-length documentary Meet the Mormons premieres Friday, portraying the goodness that comes from individual members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.
Brigham Young University students, staff and alumni have played many different roles in the production of the film.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Dominates Classical Charts (New York)
(March 9, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
In recent weeks, a full 20% of the 15 titles on the Top Classical Albums chart have been occupied by one act. Those three spots do not belong to some fresh-faced newcomers, but to one of the choral world's most venerable institutions: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The culmination of the invitation (News from the Church)
(January 24, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
In the last few weeks of 2005, two sisters in the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission posed a familiar question to members in their mission, a question that at the time would have resonated with Church members anywhere in the world: “Manao ahoana ny famamkiano?”they asked. “How's your reading?”
As Romney Surges, Foes Prepare to Attack (US News & World Report)
(December 14, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
With Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now challenging former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain for front-runner status in popularity polls, backers of those White House hopefuls are fine-tuning the line of attack planned against the self-described conservative.
Unfamiliar territory (LDS Church News)
(March 5, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
One of the largest growing demographics in the Church and around the world is the young single adults. With the average marriage age continuously climbing, many individuals ages 18 to 30 are gaining educations, working as professionals and striving for personal righteousness.
Despite their desire to do good, this group is charting new territory — which is completely foreign to them and their parents.
Mormon Lay Leadership (LDS Newsroom)
(April 21, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints functions in large measure because of the unpaid volunteer ministry of its members. In fact, this lay ministry is one of the Church’s most defining characteristics. In thousands of local congregations or “wards” around the world, members voluntarily participate in “callings” or assignments that provide meaningful opportunities to serve one another.
New Triple Combination Now in Fijian (Church News)
(July 12, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
As the gospel continues to grow among Fijian-speaking individuals around the world, the First Presidency has announced a new triple combination of the scriptures in Fijian at iVolanikalou.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app.
Scholarship to impact for generations (Utah)
(March 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
The impact of Hugh Nibley's scholarship branches throughout the LDS Church and will be felt for generations, though the typical church member around the world might not recognize his contributions, say scholars and church leaders.
Finding family at national site (LDS Church News)
(September 28, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
A pure generation, win we must (LDS Church News)
(September 21, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Sitting on the edge of the couch as suiting his short legs, the 8-year-old averted his gaze from the television's image of immodesty.
He pointed at the screen while still looking away, and with all the righteous indignation a recently baptized boy could muster — which is considerable — said, "That's inappropriate!"
Well-taught by his mother, this youngster's discernment may well be a model in a world flooded with inappropriate, pornographic images.
A prophet's thoughts on 'unthinkable' (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 19, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
I've been sorting through my collection of books and papers and donating what I can to the new Mormon Studies program at Utah State University, my alma mater.
And while rustling around in a couple of boxes, I unearthed the transcript of my questions to President Gordon B. Hinckley just 72 hours after the terrorists had leveled the World Trade Center towers.
Where is God (and the Mormon church) in a natural disaster? (Washington Post Blog)
(May 25, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Years ago, in the early 1980s, Ronald Reagan made an offhand comment that for some reason has stuck in my mind for 30 years.
He was visiting a cannery operated for the benefit of the needy and run mostly by volunteers. After spending some time there he reflected (as near as I can recall) that “there is nothing in the world as generous as American good works.”
Aiding the world (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 6, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
After decades of helping the poor and needy, LDS Charities will take its place today at an international table with other major humanitarian organizations, and its representatives will talk about the work The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing to improve the lives of women.
The discussion will be led by Sharon Eubank, the first woman to serve as executive director of LDS Charities.
The Mormon Church Is Building a Family Tree of the Entire Human Race (New Republic)
(October 15, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Mormons think as hard as, probably harder than, anyone else in the world about what it means to keep facts alive, or at least to keep them accessible to the living, and the phenomenon they have built out of granite, microfilm, machines, and software is as mind-bogglingly ambitious for our century as the flying buttresses and gargoyles of Notre Dame were in the twelfth century.
How Mormons Use The Internet To Spread The Good Word (Forbes)
(April 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
We tend to think of religions as being conservative, stodgy, or lagging when it comes to anything that has to do with technology, and especially online technology. Therefore it may come as a bit of a surprise to find out that at least one religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are commonly known by the abbreviation “LDS” or the nickname “Mormons,” is one of the most advanced large organizations in the world when it comes to SEO, content marketing, and the use of social media...
The Straight Edge Mormon DJ Taking Over the World (The Daily Beast)
(July 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
“I don’t know what day it is, truth be told!” says Kaskade, surging with adrenaline.
It’s 4:30 on the morning of July 5, and the acclaimed DJ has just rampaged through a three-plus-hour set at the Encore Resort’s XS Nightclub—a 40,000-square-foot Dionysian dancehall in Las Vegas that’s half-nightclub and half-nighttime pool party, lit up by a plethora of pyrotechnics.
Preparing for the worst (Lawrence Journal-World - Kansas)
(November 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Sawyer is a model of disaster preparedness, something that U.S. Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff this week called a “civic virtue.” But for Sawyer, it’s also a religious virtue: She serves as the “emergency preparedness specialist” for the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Church helps teens discover old-world lifestyle (Times-Georgian - Georgia)
(July 31, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
A group of teenagers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buchanan received a lesson in gratitude during a three-day visit in the northwest Georgia mountains. Participation required them to leave behind modern technology and adopt a pioneer lifestyle.
Utah Man Compiles Mormon Feats
(November 11, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
You've no doubt heard of the "Guiness Book of World Records." It's been documenting various human feats for years.
Well, a Utah man has put together a similiar compilation of records: Mormon records.
U.S. News: BYU top 50 in business and law (BYU News Release)
(April 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Brigham Young University's law and business schools are again among the top 50 in the United States, reports U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue. Other BYU graduate programs and specialties rank in the top 100 in their categories.
'Da Vinci Code' creates stir among religious (Arizona Republic)
(May 1, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Runaway bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture, The Da Vinci Code struck a chord with millions of readers all around the world.
It also struck a note for the dozens of writers who purported to break, solve, unveil, engage and reject the "code."
BYU ranked 71st in latest U.S. News rankings (US News)
(August 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Brigham Young University is ranked 71st in the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," with the Marriott School of Management's undergraduate program ranked among the top 50 "Best Business Programs," coming in at 31st.
Mormon Funeral Potatoes: The Carb-Heavy Meal For The End of The World (NPR)
(May 31, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
A few weeks ago, Facebook users got an unexpected bit of morbid advertising when they were targeted with ads hawking "funeral potatoes" from a Utah company known as Augason Farms. Many of them immediately took to Twitter, wondering a.) what on Earth funeral potatoes were and b.) why on Earth they would want any.
2009 Brought New Temples, Church Progress (LDS Church news release)
(December 29, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Two temple dedications are among the many highlights for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 2009. In March, President Thomas S. Monson, world leader of the 13.5 million-member Church, dedicated the Draper Utah Temple.
Relief Society commemoration in Nauvoo (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 19, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
On March 17, LDS sisters throughout the world celebrated the 168th anniversary of the organization of the Relief Society. In Nauvoo, Ill., missionary sisters gathered at the actual site -- in Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store -- and commemorated that event.
How Faith Creates Lifelong Learners (LDS Newsroom)
(August 28, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
Much is said today about the need for lifelong learners — individuals who live out an ethic of continual education and intellectual development to adapt to a world of rapid and constant change. During this "age of accelerations," when forces such as technology, globalization and biodiversity loss are accelerating at once, lifelong learning is no longer simply a hobby — it’s a necessity.
Even on the doorstep of war, 'you are not forgotten' (LDS Church News)
(May 15, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Two points about Book of Mormon geography (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 15, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Before we can intelligently discuss supposed Book of Mormon anachronisms we need to explore the possible New World location for Book of Mormon events. A geographic model will help set the background for understanding many of the future articles in this series. First, however, some significant facts must be addressed to properly examine this topic.
Rise and shine ... faithfully (Jacksonville.com - Florida)
(September 20, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Yet it is at this time every weekday during the school year that Mormon teenagers such as Alyssa Chvala arrive at churches and homes around the world to attend what is known as seminary in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Designed for students ages 14 to 17, it is an hourlong, in-depth study of the Mormon faith, church history and Scripture.
Stay funeral highlights LDS customs (Houston Chronicle - Texas)
(July 18, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Footage of the parade of six white caskets has been broadcast around the world. Still photos of mourners have captured moments in time that could be from any funeral anywhere.
But the church service for six members of the Stay family - shot to death in their Spring home last week - contained elements unique to the Mormon faith.
Peaches for a prophet (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 3, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
I've traveled tens of thousands of miles on assignments throughout the world to cover the activities of General Authorities and other Church leaders. When asked to tell some of my “travel stories” I remember going to Tennessee with President Spencer W. Kimball and his wife, Sister Camilla Kimball, July 25-27, 1975. It was my first time traveling with a prophet.
New Web site for youth now accessible (LDS Church News)
(January 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Uniting Latter-day Saint youth around the world by giving them a sense of the gospel rolling forward is an aim behind a new youth-oriented Internet site the Church has just launched, according to Lee Gibbons, director of the Church's Web site, lds.org.
Evangelical preaches at Salt Lake Tabernacle
(November 15, 2004) - Relevance: 1.8
With Evangelicals and Latter-day Saints sitting together in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for an "Evening of Friendship," internationally renowned Christian philosopher Ravi Zacharias told them Sunday night that Jesus Christ's unique claim upon humanity is that he embodied truth and sacrificed himself for a world that often does not recognize him.
Geneaology: In search of the past (Rhode Island)
(May 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) provides an online search of the millions of names in its International Genealogical Index. It also has the largest family history library in the world (with 2.4 million microfilm rolls and more added every day) at Salt Lake City, along with family history centers around the country.
Bells will be heard on Temple Square
(February 17, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Ever since the arrival of the Mormon settlers in Salt Lake City, music praising God has rung out from Temple Square and has lifted the spirits of millions of listeners around the world. In keeping with that musical tradition, a new sound will soon be heard ringing out from Temple Square — handbells!
BYU ranked 71st in latest U.S. News rankings (BYU news release)
(August 20, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Brigham Young University is ranked 71st in the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," with the Marriott School of Management's undergraduate program ranked among the top 50 "Best Business Programs," coming in at 31st.
I'm thankful, even in out-of-control world (Sun Herald, Mississippi)
(September 19, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Another thing Katrina taught me is that being a bit older now, (I was 38 when Camille took our home and everything but each other), I can't move debris and trees and limbs and the heat does me in quickly. I heard about crews coming to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help clear debris and put tarps on the roof, so I called and the day before yesterday a crew came and cleared some of my yard. They were from Killeen, Texas. God bless them!
Family reunites across history (Manchester Evening News - UK)
(August 9, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
A BANKER'S decision to turn detective to uncover secrets of his family's past unearthed some hair-raising results.
Andy Luke's three years of research unravelled tales of mystery and tragedy - one ancestor's bid to start a fresh life in the New World was brutally cut short when he was ambushed and killed by Red Indians.
Online LDS missionaries seek converts in the virtual world (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 3, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
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?
Elder Nelson Delivers Spiritual Thanksgiving Feast to MTCs (Church News and Events)
(December 5, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
On Thanksgiving Day, elders and sisters at missionary training centers around the world feasted spiritually on words of counsel from an Apostle and his wife. Later that day, at the Provo MTC, missionaries helped nourish others physically as they packed ingredients for 350,000 meals to be distributed to the needy through the Utah Food Bank.
Women’s Divine Roles Include Nurturing Others (Church News)
(May 9, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Mother, motherhood, and mothering are defined in many ways in today’s world, but in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the word mother encompasses a woman’s eternal roles, her divine identity, and it describes her nature as a nurturer.
New Seminary Graduation Requirements Expect More from Youth (Church News)
(August 20, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
New requirements for seminary graduation are meant to “elevate learning” and better prepare students for lives of service and discipleship. The changes are being implemented throughout the world beginning this school year with this year’s course of study—Doctrine and Covenants and Church history.
BYU–Idaho Reaches Record High Enrollment (Church News)
(January 17, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
Fifteen years after transitioning from Ricks College to Brigham Young University–Idaho, the university has reached record high enrollment numbers as it serves students in Rexburg, as well as around the world via online learning.
LDS dedicate Rexburg Temple (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 11, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Newly named LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the church's newest temple in Rexburg Sunday morning in his first official act as leader of the 13 million-member church, thanking God for the restoration of priesthood authority and asking for help in spreading the faith throughout the world.
New Harmony: For Peter Lassig, the world began in a garden (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 11, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
Peter Lassig, the fabled caretaker of the Temple Square gardens, has passed away.
Earth, you have just received a special guest.
I’m sure the irony was never lost on Peter that he — the sower — would one day be placed in the earth like a seed. And I’m sure, as with his plants, he patiently planned to wait there for his day in the sun.
Pres. Hinckley Meets Members in China
(August 3, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
China was a destination for President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his world tour. President Hinckley has traveled to Asia a number of times as a church leader, both to the Mainland and Hong Kong.
Mormon Temples Currently Under Construction (LDS Newsroom)
(September 12, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
The Ogden Utah Temple will soon be added to the list of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 140-plus operating temples throughout the world when it is dedicated on 21 September. The Phoenix Arizona Temple will be dedicated 16 November. They are two of 15 temples under construction and featured on the infographic below.
Church Members Encouraged to Assist Refugees (LDS Newsroom)
(October 30, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being encouraged to provide assistance to refugees around the world. The First Presidency, the Church’s highest governing body, sent a letter dated October 27, 2015, to Church leaders...
Letter from the editor: Welcome to the new LDS Church News (LDS Church News)
(May 8, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
This week we introduced the new LDS Church News website and print edition, “A Living Record of the Restoration.” This site reflects The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, featuring the ministry of church leaders and the stories of devotion from the members wherever they live and serve.
Daughter's Denunciation of Historian Roils Mormon Church (Washington, DC)
(May 9, 2005) - Relevance: 1.8
Although the Mormon Church is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing Christian denominations, members of the faith often take a defensive stance toward the outside world. "Mormons of every stripe are obsessive about their image," historians Richard and Joan Ostling noted, "deeply concerned that their church appears to outsiders as a 'cult.' "
Church Responds to Over 100 Disasters in 2012 (LDS Newsroom)
(February 28, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Blessings of patriarch ease minds (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 6, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
In 1968 I received an LDS mission call to Bolivia. I had no clue where I was going. I thought I was headed to Bulgaria. My mother, however, knew full well I was in for some bone-chilling winters in the Andes mountains and a whole new world of illnesses. At that moment, she began wringing her hands. She didn't stop for the next two years. But her fretting was eased the day I was blessed by Eldred G. Smith.
Mormon Pop: Do you YouTube? (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 8, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
So we all know YouTube is taking over the world, right? Google paid a whopping $1.65 billion for the social phenomenon in late 2006. We’ve all taken part in the guilty pleasure. Did you see that Paul Potts, the cell-phone-salesman-turned-opera-singer (20 million views), turned up at the top of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Live Performances of 2007?
New Thanksgiving Bible video (LDS Church News)
(November 19, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Gratitude — it's one of the most important virtues we can develop in life. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20). In an act of tremendous love, God the Father sent His perfect Son to earth in order to bless every soul who comes here. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
General conference from behind the scenes (LDS Church News)
(September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
BYU students take their artistic, athletic talents on the road (LDS Church News)
(May 27, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
A sign at the entrance of Brigham Young University carries a familiar slogan: “The World Is Our Campus.”
It’s not a metaphor. The influence and reach of the Church-owned college stretches across the globe. BYU’s performing arts groups and athletic teams are responsible for much of that broad footprint.
Noble conducts Mormon Tabernacle Choir (CHIPS - Iowa)
(February 23, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
This past Sunday, professor emeritus Weston Noble conducted the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah for a nationally broadcast program called “Music and the Spoken Word.”
Mormon temple worship similar to other religions (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 8, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
SANDY, Utah -- While temple worship is a prominent and unique characteristic of Mormonism, there are numerous similarities to it in ancient religious texts and traditions throughout the world, said the closing speaker at the two-day FAIR Mormon Apologetics Conference on Friday.
The Mormon War in Missouri (CBS News - Missouri)
(November 14, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
A 182 year history in Missouri has not always been kind to Mormons, but the Show-Me State elected a Ladder Day Saint to lead the free world this year.
For 137 years, it was technically legal to kill a Mormon in Missouri. The law was on the books until 1975, when Governor Bond rescinded what was known as the extermination order.
Mormon Tabernacles — Religious and Community Edifices (LDS Newsroom)
(January 29, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
"Mormonism in Pictures” is a photo essay feature from MormonNewsroom.org depicting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members around the world. Today we feature photos, many historical, of tabernacles Mormon pioneers built in the early days of the Church.
Elder Rasband visits LDS Church members in West Africa (LDS Church News)
(April 1, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Elder Ronald A. Rasband took spiritual nourishment to Latter-day Saints in the West African nations of Nigeria and Ghana as he fulfilled an assignment March 10-21 to a part of the world where many of the gospel’s pioneers are spoken of in the present tense.
Colleges scramble to offer curriculum on Mormon religion (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(February 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Harvard Divinity School has long prided itself on the diversity of its curriculum - it currently features classes in American Buddhism, Jewish Apocalypticism, and Classical Sufism - but it took until this semester for the venerable school to offer a course on one of the fastest-growing faiths in the world: Mormonism.
LDS girls told to avoid temptation (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 31, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
LDS Church leaders cautioned young Mormon girls Saturday to avoid the world's temptations such as pornography, immodesty, premarital sex, tattoos, immorality, and drug abuse, while keeping the Sabbath holy, reading their scriptures and using the Holy Spirit as a guide.
Giving thanks in difficult times (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 25, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
As we approach the week of Thanksgiving, it is essential that we take stock of those things we are thankful for.
Gratitude and thankfulness might have come relatively easily in years past. I've often proclaimed, tongue-in-cheek, that I am THE most grateful person in the world -- when things are going well! (I can also add that I'm the most faithful person when everything's working out well). My heart is full of thankfulness, when everything works according to my plan!
Utah missionary: Mongolians hit hard by harsh winter (KSL - Utah)
(February 27, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Mormonism and the Bible (Washington Times)
(November 3, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas in his introduction of Governor Rick Perry stated that the Southern Baptist convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the world, considers Mormonism a cult. Needless to say, it set off a firestorm of controversy.
But a more important issue is this: What do the Mormons believe about the King James Bible (KJB)?
Young Men Challenged to “Aspire Higher” (Church News)
(August 4, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Today’s world could aptly be called “Distraction Days” for the youth of the Church. Electronic devices, social media, smartphone games, and many other diversions all vie for the attention of young men and young women alike.
But as more than 1,000 young men and their leaders recently learned, it’s still possible to set such distractions aside and lock on to the things that really matter.
Mormon Media Observer: Snapshots (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
With the nation's cameras now focused away from Mitt Romney, his presidential aspirations and his faith, the Mormon Media Observer offers some random snapshots of media reports about the LDS church and experience from around the world over the past several weeks.
Mormons prominent in western art world (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 6, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
In the Doctrine & Covenants the Lord says that all things are spiritual.
LDS western artist Clark Kelly Price takes that passage to heart as he says: "The Lord tells us to pray always; everything is spiritual to him."
Price added, "I ask the Lord every day to help me paint the best that I can."
8 Ways to Access General Conference Sessions (Church News)
(September 27, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
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: 1.8
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: 1.8
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.
Olson named starter (San Bernardino County Sun - California)
(August 22, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Ben Olson has the frame, the big arm and the persona to quarterback a high-profile team in the glamour capital of the world. All he needed was the job.
Now, he has it.
As expected, Bruins coach Karl Dorrell named Olson as UCLA's starter for the Sept. 2 season opener against Utah at the Rose Bowl.
ABC News focuses cameras on LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 11, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
In two high-profile segments, one on ABC's World News Tonight and the
other on ABC's Nightline Friday, reporter Dan Harris spent nine
minutes telling about the LDS Church, including reports on the new
Draper Temple and interviews with Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder
Quentin L. Cook.
Mormons Celebrate Their Pioneer Heritage (LDS Church news release)
(July 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Each year on 24 July, Mormons all around the world commemorate the arrival of the first company of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 with parades, concerts and other festivities. The festivities honor the sacrifice of tens of thousands of pioneers and are a reminder to Mormons of their faith.
BYU Young Ambassadors celebrate 40 years of performance (LDS Church News)
(March 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Performing for the queen of Thailand, being welcomed to India by Indira Gandhi, meeting Mother Teresa and visiting 66 countries around the world — these are the accomplishments Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors, observing the performing group's 40th anniversary this year.
VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Mormon Missionary in London (LDS Newsroom)
(April 15, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 65,000 Mormon missionaries are serving throughout the world and many more are now preparing to serve. MormonNewsroom.org has published a video that gives a glimpse into the daily life of missionaries in London and the selfless service they give.
Christ-followers emerge from Mormon area (Baptist Press)
(February 27, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
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."
Marie Osmond's son: 'Too tender-hearted for this world' (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 15, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
If stuck in the back seat of a car, Michael Bryan would joke for hours with siblings and friends rather than complain. Give him a hot, dirty job on a construction site, and he would seek you out one year later to thank you, once more, for the opportunity.
A deep thinker who was often quiet and unobtrusive, all the young man needed was a spot in a conversation to offer a joke that would have everyone laughing.
How Mormons see the world (New York Daily News)
(January 19, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Last week, the Pew Forum released the results of its “Mormons in America” study, the broadest survey of Mormon attitudes ever conducted by an outside organization. The results made headlines, in large part due to the Republican front-runner status of Mitt Romney, a devout and life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Genealogy -- America's Latest Obsession (Huffington Post)
(September 12, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
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 Around the World Country Newsroom Websites June 20, 2017 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(June 22, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
A Central American refugee described the drama of living in an area where he was taken by a gang and beaten with a baseball bat. This incident forced him to take a perilous journey to the United States to begin a new life. Other stories were told of hardships by refugees at a recent fair in Maryland organized by Latter-day Saints and community members.
Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites April 27, 2018 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(April 30, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Mormonism in Pictures: Family History (LDS Newsroom)
(May 1, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormonism in Pictures is a photo essay feature from Mormonnewsroom.org depicting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members around the world. Today we feature photos related to family history research.
What The IRS Could Learn From Mormons (NPR)
(March 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Lots of religious traditions stress the importance of charity. But Mormons are remarkable for the amount and the precision with which they give to their church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints preaches that each Mormon in good standing should tithe 10 percent of his or her income. The money goes right to church headquarters in Salt Lake City, and then is distributed back to congregations around the world.
President Packer tells women: 'church depends on you' (BYU NewsNet)
(May 10, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
President Boyd K. Packer counseled LDS women to not accept the the growing trends in the world, to stay strong to their gospel principles and to teach their children the gospel at the concluding session of Women's Conference on Friday, May 5, 2006.
Mormons counseled to cling to church teachings (USA Today)
(April 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormons should cling to their faith and church teachings in order to weather the problems and temptations they face daily in a tumultuous world, the church's president said at the close of a two-day conference Sunday, addressing one of the fastest growing denominations in the country.
Pres. Monson extends thanks (LDS Church News)
(August 20, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
President Thomas S. Monson, who will observe his 85th birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 21, has been receiving birthday greetings from members and friends throughout the world. He regrets he is unable to respond personally to each individual who has taken the time to send him cards or letters. He has asked the Church News to express to them his appreciation.
On Faith: Desire to Follow Jesus Christ Fuels Mormon Missionary Work (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Over the weekend, President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that more than 80,000 Mormon missionaries are now serving around the world — an increase of nearly 22,000 (half of whom are young women) from a year ago, when age requirements for missionaries were lowered.
Modesty Is a Witness of Our Covenants, Says Sister McConkie (Church News)
(June 5, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
“Modesty is an opportunity to use our agency to witness to the world that we do keep sacred covenants and that we humbly and faithfully follow the Savior in all things,” Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, taught during the 2015 BYU Women’s Conference.
Elder Bednar visits Japan, Korea (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
After visiting Japan and Korea — an area of the world where the Church is experiencing slow, but steady growth — Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles praised Asian Latter-day Saints for their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Meet Mitt. He's Mormon. (CBS News)
(February 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Yesterday, Mitt Romney formally announced his candidacy for president. All three nightly newscasts covered the announcement, but not at the top of the show: Romney was the sixth story on ABC's "World News Tonight" and the ninth on the "Evening News" and NBC "Nightly News."
Best bets on the Net (Florida Times-Union)
(July 17, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
FamilySearch.org claims to be the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world. Visit the non-profit service of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to review research guidance, search the records and library, find genealogy news, share information with others and more.
Priests give wise words a modern makeover (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 20, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
IT BEGAN WITH James Geary's wonderful book "Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists."
Reading through the aphorisms was a marvelously entertaining pastime, in large part because along with saying the truth in clever and memorable ways, the aphorists would also, just as often, say something howlingly false ... but in a clever way.
Mormon Church Launches Campaign to Dispel Myths (MyFox Phoenix - Arizona)
(September 30, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
The valley has one of the largest Mormon populations in the country. The church estimates there are 16 million Mormons around the world, yet there are many misconceptions about the religion.
So LDS leaders have launched a new medica campaign in a handful of U.S. cities, hoping to put some friendly faces on their often-misunderstood faith.
FOX 10's Kari Lake has more.
Mormons in Olympic history (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 30, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
With several Mormons participating in the 2012 London Games, we take a look back at members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have competed in past Olympics. Although not all-inclusive, this list features many athletes who competed on one of the world's largest stages in the Summer or Winter Games, including both triumphs and disappointments.
Inside the world of Mormon missionaries (The Michigan Daily)
(October 27, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Amid the Diag bustle on a recent Thursday evening, two men, roughly the same age as everyone else, stood apart from the rest of the crowd.
You've probably seen them before. Impeccably groomed, wearing identical white up shirts buttoned to the top and sporting black nametags, their names are Elder Stoker and Elder Mackintosh, and they'd like to give you a free copy of the Book of Mormon.
2 Mormons lead Beijing Olympics' legal team (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
The spirit of Brighton (LDS Church News)
(August 6, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
"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: 1.7
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.
Soon just a memory (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 18, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
After thousands of hours spent scrapbooking, Jorjana Brown is now working on the toughest page she has ever done: one commemorating the closing of her scrapbooking store.
All My Memories has become a legend in the scrapbooking world, but after seven years of brisk business, Brown is retiring and closing the store. Its last day will be April 26.
Thanksgiving a Time to Find Gratitude Amid Difficulty (LDS Newsroom)
(November 26, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live outside of the United States and will not celebrate the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving. Members in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and other celebrations of gratitude occur around the world at different times.
Mormon Leaders' Historic Visit to AJC Headquarters (PR Newswire)
(February 19, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Two apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) visited AJC in New York today. The extraordinary visit marked the first time that LDS church apostles have come to AJC's global headquarters, and follows upon a series of meetings at the LDS world headquarters in Salt Lake City last November.
Mormon church helps equip kids to learn, near and far (Gilroy Dispatch - California)
(October 23, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
In a large auditorium in Morgan Hill decorated with rows of blue, tan, and green world globes, more than fifty women of all ages laughed and joked together in small groups as they made cutouts of cupcakes. They were coloring, cutting, laminating, and binding books for children to use to learn to count and to practice their ABC's.
Nearly 90-year-old man stays healthy one step at a time (Yakima Herald - Washington)
(May 23, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
Sex-trafficking survivor: ‘God put the best Mormons in my path for me to change’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 29, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Three weeks ago, Laurin Crosson got word that yet another "client" had slit the throat of yet another sex-trafficked woman.
Crosson — who spent two decades in that dark, violent world — has seen the scenario painfully play out over and over.
The No. 1 cause of death for women in the sex trade is murder, she says. Many either have no families or have been isolated by pimps. Their bodies often remain unclaimed in morgues.
Culture Vulture: Hollywood celebs suit up to play 'Church Ball' in Utah
(June 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
What do Gary "Diff'rent Strokes" Coleman, Fred "Anchorman" Willard and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jr., son of the basketball legend, have in common? They're all in "Church Ball," a new comedy set in the cutthroat world of LDS ward basketball and currently filming in Utah.
Mormon Pageant Revives Debate Over the Religion's Past and City's History
(August 6, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
As the Mormon Church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Joseph Smith, its founding prophet, members from around the world are descending upon Nauvoo, a city that has come to symbolize Smith's meteoric rise and fall.
QA: Elder M. Russell Ballard on the Mormon Way (US News & World Report)
(November 7, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the church's governing body, the Council of Twelve Apostles, recently discussed some of the more contentious issues, while making it clear that, apart from urging its members to vote, the church remains strictly neutral on matters of politics.
Actors in 'Meet the Mormons' talk about film (Good4Utah)
(October 8, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
EFY: 30 and Beyond (News from the Church)
(May 5, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
This year, 50,000 youth, many from all over the world, will take part in the 30th year of the Especially For Youth program during the summer's 100 sessions—the most sessions to take place in one summer, in more places than ever before.
The program has become a phenomenon over the last 30 years, as more youth than ever return for an atmosphere program director Greg Tanner says does something to their hearts.
BYU-Idaho launches YouTube channel (BYU-Idaho news release)
(April 30, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Brigham Young University-Idaho has found a new way to share both secular and spiritual knowledge with the world: YouTube. The university has created a channel on the popular Web site to post videos originating from the university.
Famed choir lets writer lift voice she didn't know she had (Plain Dealer - Ohio)
(June 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
I can cross singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir off my things-to-do-in-life list.
Actually, warbling with "America's Choir" was never on my list, unlike jumping out of an airplane, climbing a mountain, traveling the world and running a marathon. (I'm still working on the 26 miles. The difficult part is doing them all at one time.)
Summer Travel Series: St. George, Utah's Dixie (LDS Newsroom)
(August 11, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
St. George is at the center of a lot of rich pioneer history located in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
It is home to a Latter-day Saint temple and tabernacle, Brigham Young’s winter home, the Jacob Hamblin home and a high mountain building that served as a school and continues to serve as a house of worship.
There’s More to Utah Than Just Mountains and Mormons (New University - California)
(May 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Two weeks ago, I argued that UC Irvine, or Irvine in general, is not as boring as it seems. There are places you can go to have a good time; all you have do is a little research.
This past weekend, my job as the New University sports editor took me to Provo, UT for the NCAA men’s volleyball Final Four. Provo is the home of Brigham Young University (BYU). Yes, the Mormon capital of the world.
"Choose to Serve the Lord": Women’s Conference at BYU April 29-30 (BYU Newsnet)
(April 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Women from across the United States and around the world will travel to Brigham Young University Thursday and Friday, April 29-30, for the annual BYU Women’s Conference. They will be attending instructional sessions and a service event during the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Is Mormon church turning the corner with blacks? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(June 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
On June 9, 1978, the LDS Church made a momentous announcement ending a longtime ban on blacks being ordained to its all-male priesthood.
Mormons across the world celebrated the news, delighted to see their Utah-based church allow full participation by members of every color and race.
Mormon trek offers glimpse of pioneer struggles (Washington)
(June 18, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
The wagon wheel ruts are still visible in places. Even after 150 years, they mark the toiled struggles of thousands of pioneers who settled the West.
And while they are well off modern highways, these parallel grooves in the sand and clay are again attracting tens of thousands of pioneers from around the world who seek to relive the experiences of their ancestors.
Church Responds to Questions on HBO's 'Big Love'
(March 9, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Over the past few weeks, Church Public Affairs has received numerous calls from newspaper, magazine and TV entertainment writers about a new television series called Big Love. In the series, set in a modern suburb of Salt Lake City, the main character keeps up a deceptive life in a fringe world of polygamy with his three wives and households.
Utah text champ meets match (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.7
Ben Cook's fingers flurried so fast you couldn't see what he was doing until he had done it. But when the cell-phone screens cleared, the world's fastest text messenger was handed his first head-to-head defeat Tuesday: a voice-recognition computer had bested his record time on a complicated 27-word message.
Honoring a veteran (KIDK - Idaho)
(July 28, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
"We pay tribute to a great soldier. A man who truly fought for this country and for the freedoms we enjoy. We are grateful."
An honorable World War I veteran was remembered today by the community, family, dignitary, and military personnel.
The late Thomas C. Neibaur was honored in his hometown of Sugar City, with the placement of a memorial stone in the city's Neibaur Park.
Honoring the Jimmer (Daily Universe - Utah)
(March 29, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
While BYU recovers from its early exit from the NCAA Tournament, the college basketball world has awarded Jimmer Fredette with a couple of prestigious honors.
Monday, Fredette was both named an Associated Press All-American and chosen to receive the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Hastening the Work program unfolds in the field (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(April 2, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Hooper resident Trevor Ward is so new off his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that he still often refers to himself as Elder Trevor Ward.
The 21-year-old returned March 19 from two years in London.
And in that time, he said, he watched a world of difference made in the success and spirit of missionary work.
How-To Series: Resources for Dealing with Addictive Behavior (Church News)
(September 7, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
LDS Church sends email newsletters to members around the world (LDS Church News)
(December 4, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
For the first time, the Church is contacting millions of its members via email to share important announcements. On December 3 and 4 batches of emails were sent to members who have provided an email address through their LDS account. The content is a message from the First Presidency and two messages concerning the holiday season.
Addiction Recovery Program Site Added to LDS.org (Church News & Events
(May 17, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
Re-examining the Nativity (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Every year Christians across the world make a symbolic journey to Bethlehem as they imagine the events of the first Christmas.
Donna B. Nielsen is no exception. Nielsen is the author of "Beloved Bridegroom: Finding Christ in Ancient Jewish Marriage and Family Customs" and is a candidate for a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies. She also loves the Nativity.
Richard Mouw: What I've learned about Mormons (Washington Post)
(June 18, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
It looks like evangelicals—at least many of those in the evangelical world who normally vote Republican—have made their peace with the Mitt Romney candidacy. Not that their support is necessarily enthusiastic. Romney will get their votes, but it isn’t clear that they will mobilize on behalf of his candidacy. They will end up deciding on the basis of “anyone but Obama.” But that doesn’t mean they will feel clean about voting to put a Mormon in the White House.
LDS President Hinckley In Taiwan
(August 2, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
President Hinckley's tour went on to Vladivostock, Seoul and now a stop in Taiwan. President Hinckley met with several thousand church members in Taipei; he told them he still has six more stops on this world tour.
Church updating the way its history is preserved (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 11, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Last year, it was decided that the Church History Department needed to implement a decentralized model and start making church history more accessible to the world. Under the direction and approval of area authorities, options will be given to preserve area histories locally — and hopefully, in the future, digitally.
Mormon missionaries find world view grows (The Oregonian - Oregon)
(June 12, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Landon Ainge is heading for Puerto Rico on June 18. Tommy Allen is traveling to Chile in July, and Ryan Collett departed for Peru last week.
These aren't summer jaunts for the 2007 graduates of Lake Oswego High School. For two years they will serve missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
CES devotional: 'How firm a foundation' (LDS Church News)
(November 3, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
In the shadow of the newly renovated Ogden Utah Temple, young adults of the Church gathered in the Ogden Tabernacle to hear the words of Church leaders during a Church Educational System broadcast on Nov. 2. The devotional was translated into many languages and broadcast throughout the world.
Service members use leave to participate in Hill Cumorah (WHEC - New York)
(July 14, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
Immigration: Church Issues New Statement (LDS Newsroom)
(June 11, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Around the world, debate on the immigration question has become intense. That is especially so in the United States. Most Americans agree that the federal government of the United States should secure its borders and sharply reduce or eliminate the flow of undocumented immigrants. Unchecked and unregulated, such a flow may destabilize society and ultimately become unsustainable.
Music and the Spoken Word: 'America’s best idea' (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 11, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
In 1872, United States President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill designating Yellowstone as America’s first national park. In fact, it was the first national park in the world. More than that, it was the birth of a new idea — the preservation of a natural site of notable beauty and importance.
Elder Ulisses Soares: A 'witness' for the world (LDS Church News)
(April 16, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
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.”
Wilberg Requiem soars (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 28, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
Mack Wilberg is a quiet man who allows his music to speak for him. And that is literally what transpired Friday in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. First, Wilberg conducted a performance of the Mozart Requiem, then he offered the world premiere of his newly composed Requiem.
U.S. News ranks BYU's law and business schools in top 50 (BYU news release)
(March 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
Brigham Young University's business and law schools are among the top 50 in the United States, reports U.S.News & World Report in its "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue, on sale Monday, March 31. Other BYU graduate programs and specialties rank in the top 100 in their categories.
It's official: Young sworn in as 14th U. president (Utah)
(April 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.7
"As you might imagine, assuming leadership of this university, with its remarkable history and its record of world-class accomplishments, is daunting," he told the audience packed with students, faculty, community members, dignitaries and religious leaders, including the men who govern as the First Presidency of the LDS Church: President Gordon B. Hinckley and counselors Thomas S. Monson and James E. Faust.
Advice From the Prophet of the Church to Millennials Living in a Hectic World (LDS Newsroom)
(February 19, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
How can the rising generation live more happy and meaningful lives? President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told a group of young adults in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, February 17, 2018, the answer can be found, in part, from a parable describing the importance of avoiding distraction and temptation.
Rod Dreher: Glenn Beck's world order endangers the right (Dallas Morning News - Texas)
(September 28, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
You can say this for Glenn Beck: He's charismatic, he was right on ACORN and Van Jones, and he's correct to point out that the government in Washington doesn't work for the common good. The affable Beck articulates the legitimate anger and frustration millions of Americans feel when faced by the fact that the country is in a hot mess of trouble.
Mormon Church’s Plans for Land Upset Harlem (New York Times)
(January 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
The wider world does not often glimpse the internal disputes of the Mormon Church. Formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the fast-growing religion is expanding in places as far-flung as Africa and Latin America, but most big decisions are still made centrally by a church hierarchy in Salt Lake City.
Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita: Missionaries changed his life (LDS Church News)
(May 30, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
In 1970 Kazuhiko Yamashita visited the Church's pavilion at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. Impressed with the missionaries' attitudes and the Latter-day Saint film, "Man's Search for Happiness," he wrote down his name and number and turned in a self-referral. Six months later, the missionaries called on him.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir remembers late Natalie Cole (Fox 13 - Utah)
(January 4, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
The world is remembering Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as “This Will Be” and “Our Love” and recorded “Unforgettable … With Love,” a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole.
Mormon Leaders Warn Followers To Stop Controversial Baptisms (NPR)
(March 6, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormons around the world are getting this warning Sunday: Stop posthumous baptisms of "unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims."
"Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors," says a letter to be read in every Mormon congregation. "Those whose names are submitted for proxy [baptisms] should be related to the submitter."
Defending the Faith: Latter-day Saints and the study of the temple (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
“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 ….
Opportunity knocks for Will Hopoate (Stuff - New Zealand)
(June 16, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
Rugby league was the last thing on Will Hopoate's mind during his two-year Mormon mission.
Then he inadvertently knocked on Queensland backrower Sam Thaiday's front door.
Banned from reading newspapers and watching television, Hopoate had no clue of the rugby league world he had left behind as he spread the word of God in Brisbane from 2011-13.
Mission Presidents Leave Home Behind to Serve Throughout the World (LDS Newsroom)
(June 26, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
This month 114 married couples will leave their homes, careers or retirement, and even family to serve without pay for three years in leading one of the 344 worldwide missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will replace mission presidents who have just completed three years of service.