- Mormon missionaries badly injured in car accident in Sierra Leone (Deseret News - Utah)
Four Mormon missionaries are recovering from injuries sustained in a serious car accident in Sierra Leone on Wednesday, an LDS Church spokesman announced Saturday.
- The Interview: Why you'll see Vai Sikahema at the big new Mormon Temple (Inquirer Daily News - Pennsylvania)
THE FIRST time Vai Sikahema's family traveled from their island home in Tonga to have a sacred ceremony performed at the nearest Mormon Temple, in New Zealand, it took four days, three modes of transport, and so much money that Sikahema's parents had only enough for one-way tickets for their family of five.
Sikahema's dad sheared sheep for three months to earn funds for the family's return trip. Their faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints later took the Sikahema family to Hawaii and Arizona.
- New bishops' storehouse in Twin Falls, Idaho, a 'metaphor of love' (LDS Church News)
"We are assembled today in a place of consecration, sacrifice and service to others," said Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, at the Aug. 27 dedication of the Twin Falls Idaho Bishops' Storehouse. "This is truly a day of celebration."
- Choosing to Stay in the Mormon Church Despite Its Racist Legacy (The Atlantic)
It’s been six years since I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each year has been a lesson in faith and doubt, stretching and engaging what it means to be black, a woman, and Mormon. The decision to join on my own was not an easy one. As the child of a Protestant mother and a father who converted to Islam in his teens, I was doing something unheard of in my family by becoming a Mormon. And as a black woman, I had a heightened awareness of what it means to potentially be the only black person in any given congregation in the United States.
- Hal Boyd: Why Mormon culture makes better Apple store managers (Deseret News - Utah)
All signs suggest a certain community should fail.
And then, it doesn’t.
Why did it succeed? For commentator John Sanphillippo, the answer is often culture.
When a community possesses all the “qualities that should result in long-term failure,” but the community still thrives, Sanphillippo writes that “local culture” frequently makes the difference.
- 'Cultural Mormons' Adjust The Lifestyle But Keep The Label (NPR)
On a recent evening in Manhattan's Upper East Side there is a group of women gathered to chat. They're seated in the living room of a cozy one bedroom apartment.
"I consider myself a cultural Mormon," says Christy Clegg, who grew up active in the church. "I don't attend regular church services on Sunday but I very much identify with my Mormonism."
The group is called Feminist Home Evening. It's a play on words. Mormon families are encouraged to have Family Home Evening — a night at home — once a week.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Open House (WCBI - Mississippi)
The doors of the church are open for the Starkville Latter Day Saints.
This morning The church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints; invited the community to tour the church;
learn a little about the work the church does and enjoy refreshments
Saturday’s open house included special guests like; The Latter day saints state president, Gary Pettus and Starkville Mayor
- Mormon church begins work on new Casper meetinghouse (Casper Star Tribune - Wyoming)
The Casper Wyoming Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin construction Monday on a new meetinghouse in Casper.
Within the LDS Church, a meetinghouse is a multipurpose venue, used for youth and adult activities, as well as Sunday worship services.
The new meetinghouse will help serve the Mormon community in Casper, as well as surrounding areas.
- Roanoke County woman sues local Mormon church (Roanoke Times - Virginia)
A Roanoke County woman is suing local leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for defamation because she claims church officials issued a letter to Roanoke County police claiming the woman caused disturbances on church property and made other churchgoers fear for their safety.
Karena McGraw, a former member of the Cotton Hill branch of the church, is suing several church leaders whom she claims made false and defamatory statements in order to intentionally harm her reputation. She is seeking $850,000 in damages.
- Custodian at LDS Missionary Training Center arrested for suspected ID theft (Daily Herald - Utah)
Police arrested a Chilean man working as a custodian at the LDS Missionary Training Center on Saturday for reportedly taking financial information from a missionary there.
According to reports from the Brigham Young University and Orem police departments, Matias Andres Fuentes Escobar, 21, of Santiago, Chile, entered a classroom where missionaries left their belongings as they went to lunch during the first week of August. He reportedly used his cellphone to photograph a debit card to use the number for purchases.