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October 25, 2016

Photos: Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast caps new theater's opening weekend (Deseret News - Utah) (October 25, 2016)
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings a song after its broadcast at the Eccles Theater during "Music and the Spoken Word" as part of a three-day grand opening celebration of the new theater in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Will Keynote RootsTech 2017 (Church News) (October 25, 2016)
FamilySearch International has announced that LeVar Burton will be the Friday keynote speaker at RootsTech 2017 on February 10, 2017.

Steve Young opens up about anxiety, faith and what he wants his kids to know (Deseret News - Utah) (October 25, 2016)
Steve Young's recently published autobiography, "QB: My Life Behind the Spiral," Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30), started out as a personal family history project.

Official search suspended, but family, volunteers continue search for Annie Schmidt (Deseret News - Utah) (October 25, 2016)
The search for Annie Schmidt was suspended on Sunday evening, according to a press release from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. But according to a Facebook post by The Piano Guys, the search for Schmidt continues.

7 Popular Mormon Bloggers on Why They Would Never Vote for Donald Trump (NY Magazine) (October 25, 2016)
For many people outside the Mountain West, their first exposure to the Mormon community was through blogs. Over the past few years, a popular wave of Mormon lifestyle bloggers have subtly introduced the feminist blogosphere to the LDS community, offering wholesome family values alongside Pinterest-friendly shots of DIY home décor.

Mormon Support Could Push McMullin Over the Top in Utah (Bloomberg - New York) (October 25, 2016)
In an election year when voters in record numbers say they’re fed up with major-party nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Utah alone appears poised to walk the walk and deliver a win for independent Evan McMullin.

Why Several Native Americans Are Suing the Mormon Church (The Atlantic) (October 25, 2016)
Native Americans who were part of a little-known Mormon program from 1947 to the mid-1990s share much of the same story. Year after year, missionaries or other members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints approached these families and invited their children into Mormon foster homes. As part of the Mormon Indian Student Placement Program, Native American children would live with Mormon families during the school year, an experience designed to “provide educational, spiritual, social, and cultural opportunities in non-Indian community life,” according to the Church.

October 24, 2016

Leaders in Video Series Affirm All Have a Place in Christ’s Church (Church News) (October 24, 2016)
In a new video series published on the Mormon Channel on YouTube, five Apostles and two General Officers of the Church reassure those who may feel unwelcome in the Church that they are loved and needed.

Church announces scriptures translations (Deseret News - Utah) (October 24, 2016)
The First Presidency announced a new translation of the triple combination of the scriptures in Croatian at and in the Gospel Library mobile app. Printed copies of the new scriptures will begin to be available by March 31, 2017. The Priesthood and Family Executive Council also announced today the availability of the printed editions editions of the triple combination of the scriptures in Russian and Icelandic.

NEW: Watch Mormon Leaders Speak of Diversity, Love, Inclusion and Morelusion and More (LDS Newsroom) (October 24, 2016)
There should be no question that diversity, love, inclusion, hope and personal responsibility would describe a Christ-centered faith. In a new video series from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, five apostles and two general women leaders speak to the importance of these very topics.

Updated printed scriptures in Russian (Deseret News - Utah) (October 24, 2016)
The Church announced that printed copies updated edition of the triple combination of the scriptures is available in Russian. First Presidency has stated that “members are not expected to obtain a new set of scriptures as a result of this updated edition.” Copies are available through local distribution services or

Latter-day Saints answer 'call to arms' following hurricane (Deseret News - Utah) (October 24, 2016)
Goldsboro North Carolina Stake President Franklin Jones will likely remember Hurricane Matthew from two distinct angles. First, of course, will be memories of historic flooding in his stake and across the Atlantic Coast, stretching from the nations of the Caribbean to the American Southeast. In all, the hurricane claimed more than 1,000 lives, displaced tens of thousands and caused incalculable damage.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom Blog) (October 24, 2016)
Thailand: Neonatal Resuscitation Is Dr. Supa’s Passion A phone call to the LDS Charities office in Thailand in 2006 was, at first, thought to be a wrong number, but the Mormon missionary who answered stopped the person on the other end of the line from hanging up and turned the phone over to Dr. Edward Kimball, a visiting physician. The doctor explained to the caller about the neonatal resuscitation training being developed by LDS Charities in Thailand.

Austin Texas Stakes Renovate Local Elementary (Church News) (October 24, 2016)
“I worry I am going to wake up and realize this was just a dream,” said an elementary principal after 800 volunteers from two Texas stakes devoted an October morning to carrying out 19 projects on his campus.

October 21, 2016

Fort Collins Colorado Temple Dedicatory Prayer (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
Following is the text of the prayer President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, offered in dedicating the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on Oct. 16, 2016.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple: A beacon of light and blessing to all (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
Anytime a temple is built around the world members of the Church rejoice in celebration and gratitude for a temple in their area. The visual reminder of eternal truths brings joy to individuals and strength to families and communities.

Hartford Connecticut Temple open house: 'A gift' for New England (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
One of the many things Jillian Juarez has loved about volunteering at the Hartford Connecticut Temple open house has been the drive from her home. The three-week open house — which began Sept. 30 and ends Oct. 22 — coincided with the peak of autumn in New England, when the area’s dense greenery transforms to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.

Studio C Talks to LDS Teens about Testimony, Faith, and Self-Confidence (Church News) (October 21, 2016)
In a live broadcast, the stars of BYUtv’s sketch comedy group Studio C gathered at the BYU Broadcast House on Wednesday, October 19, to “have a conversation” with LDS teens.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog) (October 21, 2016)
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.

South Korea celebrates six decades of missionary work (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
Thousands of returned missionaries recently gathered at Utah Valley University to celebrate a historic Church anniversary in South Korea. It was no ordinary reunion. The many attendees had served under the leadership of 53 mission presidents over the course of six decades. It was 60 years ago — in 1956 — that the first group of Mormon missionaries arrived in South Korea and began sharing the message of the restored gospel. Since that time, legions of Latter-day Saints have answered a call to labor in the Land of the Morning Calm.

Twile integrates with FamilySearch, adding timeline capability for family history online (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2016)
A new feature that will allow users of to generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online has resulted from FamilySearch joining forces with Twile, a company based in the United Kingdom.

Want to Prepare Your Child to Serve a Mission? Teach Repentance (Church News) (October 21, 2016)
Recently, one of our board members—Brother Mark Pendleton—was at a breakfast with several stake presidents and stake leaders, during which a sincere father asked a question: “What do you feel is the most important thing I can do to help my son prepare to serve a mission?” the father asked.

It's not just women and minorities. Donald Trump has a Mormon problem — and here's how it could cost him (Los Angeles Times - California) (October 21, 2016)
No religious group has been more reliably Republican than members of the Mormon faith, who routinely vote in landslide numbers for the party’s presidential nominee. But Donald Trump — with his garish personality, libertine attitude and caustic rhetoric toward immigrants, women and others — has caused many church members to search their souls and rethink their longstanding political allegiance, reshaping the presidential map in dramatic and unexpected ways.

No On Trump: In Utah, Mormons Show Principles Matter (Hartford Courant - Connecticut) (October 21, 2016)
An extraordinary poll released Wednesday showed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump both losing in Utah to Evan McMullin, a conservative Mormon ex-CIA officer on the ballot in only 11 states.

October 20, 2016

Studio C talks to LDS teens about testimony, faith and self-confidence (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
In a live broadcast, the stars of BYUtv’s sketch comedy group Studio C gathered at the BYU Broadcast House on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to “have a conversation” with LDS teens.

Final debate between Trump and Clinton may help McMullin in Utah (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
The big winner in Wednesday's third and final presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton for Utah voters may have been independent candidate Evan McMullin. "Neither candidate overcame their weak points tonight," said Sutherland Institute President Boyd Matheson. "For Utah voters, I think this will reinforce why so many are looking at and even leaning toward Mr. McMullin."

As final debate looms, Utah emerges as conscience of Republican Party (Globe and Mail - Canada) (October 20, 2016)
In an election already beyond belief, one of the biggest surprises is unfolding in Utah, a deep-red state where Donald Trump is struggling to secure a Republican victory and a political nobody is surging in the polls. As Mr. Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, prepare for their final debate confrontation on Wednesday evening, a large chunk of voters in Utah are sending a different message: neither of the above.

Excitement over budding Mormon-Lutheran partnership for refugee relief grows with donation, visit (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
A flash flood of Mormon volunteers was a spring surprise for Lutherans who run refugee resettlement organizations in 25 U.S. states. Motivated by statements of church leaders encouraging them to help refugees, the influx of Mormons prompted resettlement centers of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to add volunteer training sessions in places like South Carolina, Colorado and Arizona.

'Hand of God moments' lead Philadelphia 76ers CEO to join LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
At the end of July, friends of Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil received a text from him that simply said, “I believe.” The text was his way of informing them of his decision to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. O’Neil, who is not only CEO of the Sixers but also of the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center, had been married to his wife, Lisa, a lifelong member of the LDS Church, for nearly 21 years. The two are parents of three daughters, Alexa, Kira and Eliza. He attended church with family on Sundays, held family home evenings each week, led his family in scripture study and paid tithing for years.

Trio seeks to inspire faith through LDS Church history in 'History of the Saints' seventh season (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2016)
It was early 2010, and for more than two years, both men had devoted themselves to helping produce more than 100 episodes of the KJZZ-TV "Joseph Smith Papers: Television Documentary Series," and in the process, their passion for the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began to burn bright. But the project's main financial supporter, auto dealer and Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, had died the previous year. The LDS Church History Department would continue to publish volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers, but it appeared the television series was over.

Mormon church's company buys property (Pacific Business News) (October 20, 2016)
A company with ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has purchased property on Maui from Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Inc. for $3 million, Pacific Business News has learned. Utah-based Ensign Peak Investments LLC recently acquired the property, which has a 1,600-square-foot building on 5.3 acres of land on Bay Drive in Lahaina.

October 19, 2016

BYU Forum addresses audacious faith in the LDS Church (Universe - Utah) (October 19, 2016)
Brett G. Scharffs addressed the BYU community on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in a forum address. He spoke on embracing audacious faith and appreciating the unique power and singular appeal of LDS doctrine.

Mesa event honors ‘big family’ of Mormon Latinos (Arizona Republic) (October 19, 2016)
Two years ago, when she became a Mormon, Andrea Hunt faced opposition from her staunchly Catholic Guatemalan family. “They’re very Catholic,” said Hunt, now 24.

Rolly: Stranger things for Utah: A Democrat could win, a Republican could lose — all because of a Mormon (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 19, 2016)
Who said pigs can't fly? A Democratic presidential candidate could carry Utah this year. That hasn't happened since 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in a landslide. Since then, the Beehive State has been solidly Republican, thanks in part to the dominant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which, according to a 2014 Pew Research survey, is the nation's most Republican religious group.

Political oppression? Not at my LDS Church (The Spectrum - Utah) (October 19, 2016)
I am a Democrat and was fascinated by Brent Holloway’s opinion piece entitled, “Democracy is oppressed in tightly controlled Utah.” After reading the piece closely, I felt that a response was warranted. I was inclined to make several observations about the writer’s opinion. However, I think four comments will suffice:

October 18, 2016

Mormons dedicate their second temple in Colorado (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
Colorado gained its second Mormon temple Sunday. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church's governing First Presidency, dedicated the Fort Collins Temple in three services.

Construction begins on new Family History Discovery Center (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
SALT LAKE CITY — Construction has begun on the Family History Library's new Family History Discovery Center. The project is set to be completed in February 2017, according to a news release. "Our guests, particularly those who are completely new to family history, will be able to enjoy fun, personal discoveries through interactive technological experiences with their family's history," said Tamra Stansfield, manager of the Family History Library, in the news release.

Sen. Orrin Hatch proposes bill to speed up missionary visa applications (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced a bill Wednesday to speed up the visa application process for international missionary programs. The Utah Republican proposed to reduce visa processing times by allowing eligible religious organizations to participate in a streamlined blanket petition procedure. Missionaries covered by the blanket petition could get their visas in just a few weeks rather than a few months.

BYU athletics: Big 12 presidents say no to expansion, leaving Cougars outside looking in (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 18, 2016)
Provo • Brigham Young University's decades-long quest to join a Power 5 conference suffered a major setback but will continue, the school announced Monday after the Big 12 Conference's 10 presidents made the decision to not expand at this time. "Our national fan base and broadcast ratings, along with the many historical and recent successes of our teams, attest we certainly belong," BYU said in a statement released after the Big 12 announced its decision. "We believe that BYU can significantly contribute to the athletic and academic excellence of a [Power 5] conference." That won't be happening soon, however.

Sultan puts LDS church in spotlight (Monroe Monitor - Washington) (October 18, 2016)
The Sultan ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was honored as the Volunteer Spotlight during last week’s Sultan City Council meeting, for its decade-long span of service to the community. Volunteer Spotlights are awarded monthly in Sultan. Volunteers are given a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick, and are invited to shake hands with each councilmember. Eslick presented the honor to ward service coordinator Joshua Dunbar during the council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, acknowledging his work in orchestrating the church’s volunteer efforts. The Sultan ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Startup was built in the early 1990s.

October 17, 2016

Fort Collins Colorado Temple Is Dedicated (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2016)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on Sunday, October 16, 2016, in three sessions.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple: A place of refuge (LDS Church News) (October 17, 2016)
More than a century after the first congregation was organized in Colorado — and five and a half years after President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple in general conference — the Church’s 153rd temple has been dedicated in Fort Collins, Colorado. Situated near the Cache La Poudre River between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the great plains to the east, the temple stands — just as the previous forts in the area did — as a place of peace and refuge.

Fort Collins Colorado Temple Called “A Fortress of Faith” in Cultural Celebration (Church News) (October 17, 2016)
Just as weary travelers found strength and refuge in the early forts of the area, Church members will soon have access to a divinely inspired “fortress of faith” as the Fort Collins Colorado Temple—the Church’s 153rd temple—is officially dedicated on October 16.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Honored With Visionary Leadership Award (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2016)
His Eminence Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York City, was recognized Thursday at an interfaith event for his focus on issues involving faith, family and religious freedom. He was honored that day with the Visionary Leadership Award from the New York Latter-day Saint Professional Association.

2016 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional (Church News) (October 17, 2016)
The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

Face to Face Broadcast Features ‘Studio C’ Cast (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2016)
Mormon youth are being encouraged to submit their questions for the upcoming Face to Face broadcast hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The guests for the live event are all 10 cast members of BYUtv’s comedy show “Studio C.” The performers, who are all members of the Church, include Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Matt Meese, Adam Berg, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, James Perry and Jeremy Warner.

Nurse receives Florence Nightingale Award for improving the health of LDS missionaries worldwide (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2016)
For her work to improve the health of the Church’s missionaries worldwide, Deanne Francis has received the Florence Nightingale Award from Collegium Aesculapium, an association of LDS physicians and health professionals. The presentation was made Sept. 29 at a dinner preceding the organization’s annual conference in Salt Lake City, where Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was the featured speaker (see related article).

Tickets for Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert sell out in minutes (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2016)
Tickets to this year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert sold out minutes after becoming available. Those wishing to hear Tenor Rolando Villazón sing alongside the choir had mixed experiences with trying to secure tickets Saturday morning. Tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m., Saturday. People reported the tickets as sold out anywhere between six and 13 minutes later.

Updated: Hacked emails show how pro-Clinton super PAC would have attacked Romney by using Mormon links (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 17, 2016)
A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC compiled a thick book of opposition research on Republican candidate Mitt Romney, including several sections noting his Mormon mission, his ties to the Marriott family and protests during his college days against the white only teams at Brigham Young University.

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