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June 28, 2016

Church in Asia Turns Milestones into Building Blocks (Church News) (June 28, 2016)
In the 22 countries or territories that comprise the Asia Area of the Church, the last two years have been rich with important milestones. In 2014, the Church in Hong Kong celebrated 65 years of missionary work and the Taipei Taiwan Temple celebrated 30 years since its dedication.

Elder Christofferson Says Religious Freedom Is ‘Under Fire’ (June 28, 2016)
“My remarks this evening are about America’s great heritage of religious liberty — and about the need for each of us to defend that heritage before it is too late,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson...

Never on Sunday: BYU won't compete on the Sabbath Day, regardless of the consequences (Deseret News - Utah) (June 28, 2016)
or decades, BYU has fought to compete at the highest levels of college athletics while upholding its longstanding commitment to keep the Sabbath Day holy by not competing on Sundays.

June 27, 2016

New Mission Presidents Told to Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts (Church News) (June 27, 2016)
“Whom God calls, God qualifies,” said President Thomas S. Monson during the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents, held June 22 through June 26 at Church’s Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.

Pennsylvania’s First Mormon Temple Comes To Ben Franklin Parkway (CBS Philly - Pennsylvania) (June 27, 2016)
Pennsylvania’s first Mormon Temple is just days from completion. “It’s beautifully appointed and people will just feel God’s love for them,” said Elder Milan Kunz, a senior leader in the region’s Church of Latter Day Saints.

Mormon History Association Conference: Journal entries share experiences of women during 'Mormon War' (LDS Church News) (June 27, 2016)
Characterized by a New York Times editorial of June 17, 1858, as “a mass of blunders from beginning to end,” the “Mormon War” of 1857-58 brought hardship to the Latter-day Saints of northern Utah territory, who were instructed by President Brigham Young to undertake a massive relocation in advance of what they perceived as an invasion by the U.S. Army.

Doctrinal Mastery brings relevant experiences to Seminary students (LDS Church News) (June 27, 2016)
For the past ten years, Richard Dowse has been teaching release time seminary in Utah County. Whether he is teaching about families, studying the scriptures or helping students work through a question, he hopes his classroom is a place for students to feel the spirit as they learn about the gospel.

Mormon founder turned over priesthood keys to women, says Deseret Book author (Religion News Service) (June 27, 2016)
Folks, take a look at the lead article in the new issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. (It’s behind a paywall but is well worth the two bucks, I promise.) Titled “The Perfect Union of Man and Woman,” it makes three main historical and theological arguments: 1) Joseph intended the Relief Society to give women a role that was collaborative with male priesthood. 2) Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother co-preside. 3) Ancient traditions (and some early Mormon traditions) associated Heavenly Mother with the Holy Spirit.

Tattoo dilemma leaves its marks on BYU-Hawaii students who work at Mormon-owned Polynesian Cultural Center (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 27, 2016)
If you are a student at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and also work at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the same island, you might experience a cultural whiplash going from one to the other. "Both entities are owned by the LDS Church," BYU-Hawaii professor Chiung Hwang Chen told a group of scholars during the recent Mormon History Association meetings at Snowbird, "but they have two different sets of rules."

Mormon discrimination diminishing on campuses (Deseret News - Utah) (June 27, 2016)
A prominent member of the LDS Church recently related an uncomfortable anecdote. An Ivy League professor sent him a letter endorsing a student for a job in his office. The recommendation highlighted the applicant’s many virtues but cautioned that the candidate was a Mormon, and, in the professor's opinion, Mormon students tend to exhibit strong work ethic but lack “intellectual imagination.” Several years later, this professor sent a recommendation for a different LDS student with the same caution.

Elder Rasband Offers Apostolic Blessing to Quake-Weary Ecuadorians (Church News) (June 27, 2016)
In the days leading up to his recent trip to northwestern South America, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles experienced a powerful prompting.

Member Dies during Pioneer Trek (Church News) (June 27, 2016)
A 29-year-old mother of two died Monday, June 20, during a Church trek reenacting the Mormon pioneer exodus west. Meaghan Lee Querry Blair of Rogers, Arkansas, began to experience problems near the end of a seven-mile hike through 95-degree heat on the first day of the trek. She received immediate care and was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she died.

Utah’s not the only place where Trump has a Mormon problem (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 27, 2016)
Donald Trump's Mormon problem extends beyond Utah and, if it persists, he may find himself scrambling in traditional battlegrounds like Nevada and Colorado and struggling in Republican-leaning Arizona. That has turned one of the nation's most conservative states into an interesting presidential bellwether.

LDS Church files new restraining order request in sex abuse cases (Fox 13 - Utah) (June 27, 2016)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed an amended restraining order in a series of lawsuits alleging sex abuse in a church-run program involving Navajo children.

Trial ordered for politician accused of impersonating LDS general authority (Deseret News - Utah) (June 27, 2016)
A former Utah County commissioner was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges that he and a business partner bilked investors for millions after impersonating an LDS Church general authority to assure the development project was sound. Former Commissioner Gary Jay Anderson, 68, of Springville, was bound over on three counts of communications fraud and one count of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, all second-degree felonies.

June 23, 2016

Dalai Lama meets with two high-level Mormon church leaders (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 23, 2016)
The Dalai Lama met Wednesday morning with two high-level Mormon church authorities during the Buddhist leader's two-day visit to Utah.

Mormon missionary killed in taxi accident in Venezuela (Deseret News - Utah) (June 23, 2016)
A 24-year-old Mormon missionary died Wednesday afternoon after his taxi was involved in a traffic accident in Venezuela.

Mormon youth leader dies on trek outing in Oklahoma (Deseret News - Utah) (June 23, 2016)
Monday's death of a 29-year-old mother of two provided a tragic tale of caution to the early part of trek season, when thousands of LDS teens around the world re-enact the Mormon pioneer exodus west.

Mormon Message: Like a Broken Vessel (LDS Newsroom Blog) (June 23, 2016)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a Mormon Messages video Monday based on an October 2013 general conference talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The talk, “Like a Broken Vessel,” addressed depression, something Elder Holland acknowledged he has personally dealt with in his life.

Historic Freedmen's Bureau Project Completed (LDS Newsroom) (June 23, 2016)
“Now that the names are indexed, we will focus our efforts on teaching African Americans how to search the new digital records to discover and reunite with their families,” said Thom Reed, marketing manager of FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, which is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch has announced completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, indexing the names of millions of African Americans collected directly following emancipation.

VIDEO: A Brief History of LDS Charities (LDS Newsroom Blog) (June 23, 2016)
Since 1985, LDS Charities (the humanitarian vehicle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has donated billions of dollars in food, commodities and volunteer hours in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

Ground Broken on Scouting Complex Named After President Monson (LDS Newsroom) (June 23, 2016)
“The need for strong, capable leadership is critical today, both in Scouting and in the world generally,” said President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a video greeting recorded for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event was held Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the site of the future complex scheduled for completion in 2020.

New initiative takes education to Church members around the world (LDS Church News) (June 23, 2016)
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.

LDS family stars in new TLC show, stresses importance of faith (Deseret News - Utah) (June 23, 2016)
Tyson and Audrey Leavitt and their three children took a leap of faith when they decided to sell their landscape business of nine years to build elaborate playhouses — and will soon star in their own TV show on TLC.

BYU alum Rob Gardner, Cinematic Pop featured on 'America's Got Talent' (Deseret News - Utah) (June 23, 2016)
Mormon composer Rob Gardner and his orchestra, Cinematic Pop, were shown auditioning for NBC's hit reality show "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night. The group performed a dazzling interpretation of Tears for Fears' hit song "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and received four "yes" votes from the judging panel, advancing them to the next round of auditions.

Churchill — yes, that Churchill — investigated Mormon missionaries to see if they were just shopping for wives (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 23, 2016)
In July 1910, Mormon missionaries were expelled from Germany amid allegations they were recruiting women to become polygamous wives in Utah. That move prompted the British Parliament to wonder whether England should follow suit. The politician assigned to oversee the investigation? A young man named Winston Churchill. The future prime minister took to the task with his usual aplomb and thoroughness, but the final report was lost — until it was unearthed recently by Utah researcher Ardis Parshall.

Editor's Note: Finishing up a trip to Asia; posts will resume normal schedule on Monday, June 27 (June 23, 2016)
Editor's Note: Finishing up a trip to Asia; posts will resume normal schedule on Monday, June 27

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