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May 6, 2016

Robert Bennett, Former Senator from Utah and Tea Party Casualty, Dies at 82 (New York Times) (May 6, 2016)
Former Senator Robert F. Bennett, a conservative Republican from Utah who played a central role in shaping the bank bailout legislation during the 2008 financial crisis, an act of compromise that made him a stunning casualty of the Tea Party movement, died on Wednesday in Arlington, Va.

'These are all my sisters' — LDS women share unity during BYU Women's Conference (LDS Church News) (May 6, 2016)
When individuals read “East Essex, England,” on the name tags of Tonya Easter and Kathryn Coules, the standard question they heard was, “Did you come all the way here just for women’s conference?” But the two women were quick to respond. There should be no “just” in that question, the two women agreed.

Elder Weatherford T. Clayton: Loving the Lord and His people (LDS Church News) (May 6, 2016)
Born of pioneer stock with ancestors such as Brigham Young and William Clayton, Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, a new General Authority Seventy, grew up as one of four sons of parents who were growing and developing in the gospel. “My mother was baptized about a year and a half after my parents were married,” said Elder Clayton. “I was baptized when I was nine.”

Elder Haleck and ‘BYU Living Legends’ meet with U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (LDS Church News) (May 6, 2016)
Elder O. Vincent Haleck, a General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Church's Pacific Area presidency, met with Mark Gilbert, Ambassador of the United States of America to New Zealand and Samoa on May 4.

BYU volleyball: Cougars beat Long Beach State, advance to national championship game (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 6, 2016)
Michael Hatch, the only senior who plays regularly on BYU's No. 1-ranked men's volleyball team, had been in this situation before. In 2014, the Cougars had a 2-1 lead over Stanford in an NCAA Tournament semifinal match, but eventually fell 3-2 to the Cardinal.

With Trump on top, Romney will not attend Republican convention (Deseret News - Utah) (May 6, 2016)
Mitt Romney isn't going to the Republican National Convention that will officially nominate Donald Trump as the party's presidential candidate, an aide confirmed Thursday. "Gov. Romney has no plans to attend the convention," a Romney aide told the Deseret News. Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 pick, helped jumpstart the now-stalled "Stop Trump" movement.

May 5, 2016

Former Utah senator Bob Bennett dies (USA Today) (May 5, 2016)
Former U.S. senator Bob Bennett, a moderate Republican who became the first Utah senator in seven decades to lose his party's nomination, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Robert F. Bennett, former three-term U.S. senator from Utah, dies at age 82 (Deseret News - Utah) (May 5, 2016)
Robert F. Bennett, a Utah native, businessman and three-term U.S. Senator turned teacher, died Wednesday at age 82. Bennett's son, Jim Bennett, confirmed his father died early Wednesday evening in Virginia surrounded by his wife and four of his children.

Bob Bennett, longtime Utah senator, dies at 82 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 5, 2016)
Bob Bennett had one task that always occupied a top priority in the calendar that helped make him a millionaire: Make a difference. "One of Bob's goals has always been to make a difference — he wrote that in his Franklin Day Planner," recalled his wife, Joyce, after his first election to the Senate in 1992.

Tribune religion reporter: Why I looked up to my Uncle Bob Bennett (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 5, 2016)
To me, Bob Bennett was a giant of a man — and I don't just mean intellectually. At 6-foot-6, my mother's youngest brother — who was described in one Watergate book as Sleepy Hollow's Ichabod Crane — towered over my 5-foot-2 frame. Hugs were a tad awkward between his stooping and my reaching. But he never talked down to me, not even on subjects on which we disagreed. He asked my opinion about religion, writing and journalism. On several occasions he invited me to critique his words or offer feedback.

Catholics, LDS stand together on issues 'good for America,' archbishop says (Deseret News - Utah) (May 5, 2016)
The Most Rev. Joseph Kurtz, visiting Salt Lake City at the invitation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says the two faiths "stand together on issues that are good for America." The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, said promoting "the gift of family" and "safeguarding religious freedom" are examples of two issues where the faiths are aligned.

Hundreds Gather at First Canadian Black History Summit (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 5, 2016)
Nearly 500 people recently gathered for the inaugural Canadian Black History Summit held in a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The free conference, held April 16, 2016, was co-hosted by the nonprofit FamilySearch International (the genealogical arm of the Church) and the Ontario Black History Society.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites May 4, 2016 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 5, 2016)
Elder Dallin H. Oaks's of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to the first meeting of legislators and inter-religious councils of Mexico earlier in April.

Losing Everything Twice: President Uchtdorf’s Refugee Experience (Church News) (May 5, 2016)
Latter-day Saints in many countries are finding ways to help victims of the refugee crisis by participating in service projects and giving donations. In a video posted on mormonnewsroom.org, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, expressed his deep empathy for those enduring the current crisis.

Miracles by the Bagful: Welcome Kits Donated to Refugee Camps in Germany (Church News) (May 5, 2016)
Three large box trucks left Frankfurt loaded with 1,061 “miracles by the bagful” for six different refugee camps in Germany on April 22, 2016. It was the culmination of a monthlong “welcome kit” project organized by three Relief Society sisters in the Frankfurt 1st Ward. Melina Grahovac and Lisa Koy have callings to serve the young mothers in their ward; they often trade clothing and toys with ward members and acquaintances in their children’s play group at the local kindergarten. When they collect more than they need, they donate the extra items to local charities and social welfare organizations.

Do Smart Things with Your Smartphone (Church News) (May 5, 2016)
In his April 2014 general conference talk, Brother Randall L. Ridd, then second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, made the following statement: “Young men, don’t do dumb things with your smartphone. You all know what I mean. There are countless ways technology can distract you from what is most important. Follow the adage ‘Be where you are when you are there.’ When you are driving, drive. When you are in class, focus on the lesson. When you are with your friends, give them the gift of your attention. Your brain cannot concentrate on two things at once” (“The Choice Generation”).

BYU men's volleyball: Cougars to face familiar foe in NCAA semifinal (Deseret News - Utah) (May 5, 2016)
If the "better the devil you know" idiom holds true, No. 1 seed BYU has to like its NCAA semifinal matchup No. 4 seed Long Beach State, a fellow MPSF team, beat Erskine Tuesday to earn a matchup against the Cougars Thursday. The 49ers swept the Flying Fleet, 25-14, 27-25, 25-20. Long Beach State played BYU Jan. 22 and 23 in Long Beach, California, and dropped the first day's match before coming back to beat the Cougars in straight sets the next day.

Youths from ‘Mormon Helping Hands’ program clean up Pocatello cemetery (Idaho State Journal) (May 5, 2016)
Nearly 350 youth from the Pocatello, Central, East, Alameda, and West stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered the morning of April 16 to remove leaves and winter debris from the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello. This annual service project is part of the church's "Mormon Helping Hands" initiative. According to organizers, the spring cemetery beautification project is one way the youth of the church are able to provide service to the greater Pocatello community.

Many of America's poorest communities dig deepest for charity (Sacramento Bee - California) (May 5, 2016)
When it comes to charitable giving in the United States, it's not the wealthy northeast and West Coast communities that contribute at the highest rates. It's the southern states, Utah and parts of Idaho. Forty-eight of the 50 counties whose residents gave the highest proportion of their income to charity in 2013 were located in those areas, according to recently released IRS figures detailing itemized tax returns. Several of the counties reporting the highest rates of giving are in impoverished areas of Mississippi, Texas and Alabama.

May 4, 2016

Elder Oaks Speaks to Mexican Legislators on Religious Freedom (Church News) (May 4, 2016)
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on the importance of religious freedom to representatives of 97 different religions from 23 Mexican states and half a dozen legislators.

Report: Religious freedom deteriorating around the world (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 4, 2016)
Religious freedom remains under "serious and sustained assault" around the globe, according to a new annual report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. "At best, in most of the countries we cover, religious freedom conditions have failed to improve," commission chairman Robert P. George said Monday. "At worst, they have spiraled further downward."

Oldest member of Madison Company DUP nearing 100 (Standard Journal - Idaho) (May 4, 2016)
The oldest member of the Madison Company of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) is a bit of a pioneer herself. When Norma Brindley Westwood was born in 1917, the modern conveniences taken for granted now were the stuff of science fiction. The horse and buggy were the main forms of transportation. Running water, indoor plumbing and electricity were unheard of. Schooling took place in a one-room schoolhouse, and only the very rich owned cars.

DPA Microphones Give Voice To New Exhibit At LDS Church History Museum (LiveDesign) (May 4, 2016)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) recently opened a new exhibit, The Heavens Are Opened, at its Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. The exhibit includes a seven-minute short film that depicts the First Vision, an integral moment in Mormon history when Church founder Joseph Smith prayed out loud within a grove of trees asking for guidance.

May 3, 2016

Elder Maynes Shares Insights of Church Restoration at Worldwide Broadcast (LDS Newsroom) (May 3, 2016)
Elder Richard J. Maynes encouraged Mormon young adults around the world to follow the example of the faith’s first leader and ask questions, seek truth and find purpose for their lives.

New effort aims to promote 'teaching in the Savior's way' (LDS Church News) (May 3, 2016)
Monthly teacher council meetings and a new booklet are part of a new effort to promote "Teaching in the Savior’s Way" that is now being rolled out to local priesthood leaders in the Church.

Why We Need to Talk About Faith, Reasonably (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 3, 2016)
One writer has said that “over the long haul, religious faith has proven itself the most powerful and enduring force in human history.”[1] If this is true — and we believe it is — recent findings from the Pew Research Center about how rarely people today talk about faith are puzzling if not troubling.

Public To Get Rare Look Inside New Mormon Temple In Philadelphia (CBS Philly - Pennsylvania) (May 3, 2016)
A new Mormon temple will soon open in Philadelphia and the public is invited to take a tour this summer. The building in the 1700 block of Vine Street is the only Mormon temple in Pennsylvania and once dedicated only faithful Mormons will be allowed inside, according to spokeswoman Flora McConkie.

East Hartford Man Named President Of Connecticut's First Mormon Temple In Farmington (Hartford Courant - Connecticut) (May 3, 2016)
n East Hartford man has been named the president of Connecticut's first Mormon temple, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday. Wayne Spencer Taylor, 66, has lived in East Hartford for 41 years. He is a member of the church's Glastonbury congregation. "We feel tremendously good about the opportunity to serve in the temple," Taylor said Monday. "We feel that the temple will be a great blessing for the community."

Rep. Bishop’s longtime top aide departs to take post with Mormon church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 3, 2016)
Rep. Rob Bishop's longtime top aide, Scott Parker, is leaving the congressional office to take a post with the LDS Church's Washington Temple, and a onetime intern who worked his way up the staff hierarchy will take over. Parker has served as Bishop's right-hand man since Bishop's time as chairman of the Utah Republican Party from 1997 through 2002. Parker served as the state GOP's executive director. He ran Bishop's first run for Congress in 2002 and then was tapped to run the Utahn's congressional office.

Former BYU running back Luke Staley paying a painful price for gridiron glory (Deseret News - Utah) (May 3, 2016)
Long after the cheering stopped, Luke Staley is paying the price for those Saturday afternoons when he was the greatest running back in the history of BYU and the best running back in the land. It has been 15 years since he limped off the field for the last time, a trainer under each arm, and he’s been hurting ever since. He recently underwent his 23rd surgery — his 12th since leaving BYU in 2001, almost one per year. There will be more. His shoulder is arthritic and needs to be replaced. Knee replacements won’t be far behind. His elbows hurt. His back hurts. His ankles hurt. His feet hurt. His neck hurts. His doctor says his X-rays look like that of a man twice his age.

LDS Church member appointed to US Commission on International Religious Freedom (Deseret News - Utah) (May 3, 2016)
Sandra Jolley, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Nevada, was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. A Las Vegas resident, Jolley, who is a local church leader and advocate for women and families, was appointed to USCIRF by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid on April 27, according to a news release on the politician's website at reid.senate.gov.

May 2, 2016

LDS leaders announce new teaching manual, teacher council meetings (Deseret News - Utah) (May 2, 2016)
LDS leaders continued to implement an emphasis on improved church teaching and learning Sunday when they released a new manual for Sunday School and other teachers and announced a new program to provide monthly teacher training.

Elder and Sister Renlund Discuss Charity at BYU Women’s Conference (LDS Newsroom) (May 2, 2016)
“Conversion to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement is the key to developing charity, the pure love of Christ,” said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 40th annual BYU Women’s Conference in Utah Friday, April 29, 2016.

Sister Linda K. Burton Speaks at BYU Women’s Conference of the “Two Great Commandments” (Church News) (May 2, 2016)
Sister Linda K. Burton began her remarks Friday morning by sharing the experience of her 8-year-old granddaughter, Lizie, who was recently hospitalized for an infection in her femur. While awaiting surgery, Lizie “lay in agony, biting her lip and trying not to cry. But as soon as Lizie’s daddy entered the room, tears started rolling down her cheeks,” Sister Burton recalled.

New Primary General Presidency Speaks on Family Unity during BYU Women’s Conference (Church News) (May 2, 2016)
In their first speaking assignment since being called to the Primary general presidency, Sister Joy D. Jones, Sister Jean B. Bingham, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon spoke together on the topic “Family Unity” during their address on April 29 as part of the annual BYU Women’s Conference.

Thousands Gather for 40th Annual BYU Women’s Conference (Church News) (May 2, 2016)
Thousands of women from more than 13 countries and 48 states spent the day on the Brigam Young University campus in Provo, Utah, for classes and service projects as part of the 40th annual BYU Women’s Conference.

Elder Richard J. Maynes speaks to young adults around the world (LDS Church News) (May 2, 2016)
Different accounts of the First Vision bring a more complete understanding of the sacred experience, Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy taught during a Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults held May 1.

Mormon leader: Differing versions of Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ make it the ‘best-documented in history’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 2, 2016)
For years, critics have pointed to the differing accounts of Joseph Smith's so-called "First Vision" as proof that the Mormon founder made up his boyhood encounter with the divine. But a high-ranking LDS leader said Sunday that those varying versions do just the opposite.

Would BYU honor code be better with an amnesty clause like Southern Virginia's? (Deseret News - Utah) (May 2, 2016)
The dating culture at LDS-oriented Southern Virginia University has undergone a major change recently, and it may have implications for Brigham Young University and the controversy over its policies for students who report sexual assaults. Before Shoushig Tenguerian, a 23-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, served a Mormon mission, she saw some strong relationships on campus that led to good marriages.

A year after his death, Austen Russell is celebrated by his family — PHOTOS (Las Vegas Review-Journal - Nevada) (May 2, 2016)
After the doctors stopped trying to save him because there was no brain activity or heartbeat, after time alone with him to say how much they loved and cherished him, after gathering their four other children inside a neighbor’s house and telling them their brother’s appointed time had come and he was gone, after the police had asked their questions and the sun had set on the most dreadful day of their lives, Troy and Deedra Russell finally laid down in their bed.

In solo release, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn metaphorically and literally renounces LDS Church for LGBT teachings (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 2, 2016)
In March 2014, Tyler Glenn proclaimed on the pages of Rolling Stone that he was proud of his life as a gay man, his career as a musician and his Mormon faith. On Friday, two years later, the Neon Trees frontman and former Utah County resident was back in Rolling Stone again, overtly parting ways with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints via the video for his debut solo single, "Trash."

April 29, 2016

Church Marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month (LDS Newsroom) (April 29, 2016)
Child abuse prevention advocates met with the leader of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 28, 2016, to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

LDS Church outlines how it prevents child sexual abuse, makes donation (Deseret News - Utah) (April 29, 2016)
An official Mormon website has published the most comprehensive review yet of how the LDS Church works to prevent child sexual abuse in its congregations. It characterized child sexual abuse as a societal plague and said the church's first priority when it learns of abuse is to help the victim and stop the abuse.

'One in Charity': 40th annual BYU Women's Conference (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2016)
Thousands of women from — from more than 13 countries and 48 states — spent the day on the BYU campus for classes and service projects as part of the 40th annual BYU Women’s Conference. “Every topic, every speaker, every decision has been a matter of earnest prayer,” said Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, as she welcomed women to campus during the opening session of the conference. “Individual needs of our sisters have been considered carefully by this inspired committee.”

Church-Service Missionaries: 'If Ye Have Desires to Serve God Ye Are Called to the Work' (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2016)
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal and share a message with the choir that performed so beautifully at the General Women’s Session of general conference. I arrived early to visit and to see if I could be of assistance. I observed, with gratitude, priesthood and Relief Society leaders — along with choir members and Church-service missionaries — working together in, as Elder M. Russell Ballard once said, a “highly organized beehive” of activity.

LDS First Presidency announces changes to area leadership assignments (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2016)
The First Presidency has announced changes in the Church's area leadership assignments effective Aug. 1. All members of area presidencies are General Authority Seventies.

Elder Mark A. Bragg: Seeing the Lord's hand in all things (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2016)
When Mark Bragg was 14 years old, friends from his Little League baseball team — Rob and Lane Peterson — introduced his family to the Church. Mark was baptized and his mother, who had been a member of the Church in her youth, was reactivated. “It changed our lives,” said Elder Bragg, sustained April 2 as a General Authority Seventy.

Niumatalolo and Navy make another trip to the White House (Deseret News - Utah) (April 29, 2016)
You could say that Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Midshipmen have become well acquainted with U.S. President Barack Obama during his two terms in office. Navy has received the Commander-in-Chief trophy by defeating fellow military schools Army and Air Force in 10 of the last 13 seasons, which includes a ceremony and trophy presentation in the White House. Navy was there when President Obama started his first term, and the team was there again Wednesday in the final year of the president's second term.

LDS missionary Mason Wells returns home 37 days after Brussels bombing (Deseret News - Utah) (April 29, 2016)
Welcome home, Elder Wells. Children did the advance work, excitedly running across, up and down the street to tie yellow ribbons to every tree, pole and mailbox.

Relief Society in Frankfurt organizes effort to donate 'welcome kits' to refugee camps (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2016)
Three large box trucks left Frankfurt loaded with 1,061 “miracles by the bagful” for six different refugee camps in Germany on April 22. It was the culmination of a month-long “welcome kit” project organized by three Relief Society sisters in the Frankfurt 1st Ward.

‘Grandparent scam’ may target families of Mormon missionaries (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 29, 2016)
The Utah Division of Consumer Protection has received a report of a scam artist calling grandparents of a Mormon missionary claiming that their grandchild was in trouble and needed them to send money, The Idaho grandparents receiving the call sent $3,885 via wire transfer to an alleged bail bondsman for bail and court fees to aid their grandson who supposedly faced DUI charges, according to Jennifer Bolton with the Utah Department of Commerce.

King of Mormon folklore, Bert Wilson, a legend in his own right, dies, but all those tales live on (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 29, 2016)
If you've heard of Mormonism's Three Nephites appearing out of nowhere to change a flat tire and then vanishing, you know the work of William A. (Bert) Wilson. Do you know about missionary "Dear John" letters, young proselytizers faking their daily work records or test-driving a Ferrari against mission rules, or old bishops passing gas in church meetings? Those would be in Wilson's corpus, too. Collecting these gems was the former professor's passion as the father of Mormon folklore.

Mormon man's rap album hits No. 1 spot on iTunes chart (Deseret News - Utah) (April 29, 2016)
James Curran, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released an extended play, “I’m Not a Rapper,” on April 17 using his artist name, “James the Mormon.” On Thursday, his six-track EP reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes hip-hop/rap top albums chart and the No. 7 spot on the chart for top albums overall.

April 28, 2016

Richard E. Turley Jr. Appointed as New Managing Director of Church Public Affairs (LDS Newsroom) (April 28, 2016)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has appointed Richard E. Turley Jr. as the new managing director of the Church’s Public Affairs Department.

Assistant church historian to oversee Mormon public affairs (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 28, 2016)
By summer's end, there will be a new face — and a new accent — atop the LDS Church's vast and massive media operation. Richard Eyring Turley Jr., assistant LDS Church historian and recorder, was named Tuesday as the new managing director of public affairs for the Utah-based faith. Turley, a U.S.-born attorney and co-author of the acclaimed "Massacre at Mountain Meadows," succeeds Michael Otterson, a British convert and journalist who is retiring after holding the position for eight years.

Update: Information in Aftermath of Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan (LDS Newsroom) (April 28, 2016)
Humanitarian relief efforts by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are under way in earthquake zones in Ecuador and Japan. Food, water and other necessities are being provided to communities in the impacted regions in South America and Asia. Some Church meetinghouses are also being used for temporary shelter.

BYU will buy Provo High School for $25M, expand west across University Avenue (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2016)
Go West, BYU. The university's campus will stretch west across University Avenue and swallow up 25 acres where Provo High School has stood for 60 years, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed Tuesday morning. The university will pay $25 million. What BYU will do with its expanded western boundary is unknown.

Funeral set for Elder David Hampton, Mormon missionary who died in Taiwan bike accident (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2016)
The funeral for a Mormon missionary who died April 12 when his bicycle toppled over into traffic in Taiwan is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Coldwater Stake Center in North Ogden, Utah.

Sexual assault victims say abusers wield BYU’s Honor Code as a weapon (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 28, 2016)
Julie remembers her 19-year-old self as a "strict rule-follower." But her neighbor, whom she had been casually dating for about a month, started urging her to bend the Honor Code at Brigham Young University. Hanging out in his apartment when his roommates turned out not to be home, or staying too late — these were hardly criminal transgressions, he assured her.

The evolution of LDS 'lady missionaries' and a gender-integrated missionary force (LDS Church News) (April 28, 2016)
Although women had been serving in many of the capacities of a missionary for nearly half a century, the official “call” to serve as a full-time proselytizing missionary didn’t come until 1898, Matthew S. McBride said during the Church History Symposium on March 4.

LDS women in art and culture (LDS Church News) (April 28, 2016)
Faith and culture were common themes in the art and literature of LDS women. In the late 1800s women used poetry, painting and essays as ways of expressing their beliefs and opinions. Basing their style on classical works, women shaped Utah’s artistic history.

New poll finds Americans less likely to keep Sabbath than in 1978, but majority still say it's important to society (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2016)
The Sabbath may be losing its religious significance in the eyes of many Americans, but a majority still believe taking a day of rest benefits society, according to a new survey on Sabbath observance by the Deseret News.

How These Mormon Women Became Some of the Best Cybersecurity Hackers in the U.S. (Fortune) (April 28, 2016)
Sarah Cunha and Laura Wilkinson, two seniors at Brigham Young University, didn’t make it to graduation this year. Instead, the two women spent their grad weekend, April 22-24, fighting hackers and defending a network from malware attacks at the 2016 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship (NCCDC).

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