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January 27, 2015

LDS apostle Elder David A. Bednar offers prayer over Utah Senate (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015)
Opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature on Monday commenced with prayers from two prominent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Practicing Pure Religion Brings Happiness, Seventy Tells Students (Church News) (January 27, 2015)
In order to be happy, feel the Holy Ghost, and grow closer to the Savior, individuals must practice pure religion, Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy said during a BYU campus devotional on January 13. Thousands of students listened to the General Authority as he spoke in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus.

The Spirit's role in conversion (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015)
Conversion could be thought of as a process along a continuum that includes experiencing the Spirit of Christ, feeling the confirming power of the Holy Ghost, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, being endowed with spiritual gifts and feeling the assurance expressed in the Savior’s words “Well done thou good and faithful servant,” Elder Per G. Malm said.

Role of the Book of Mormon in conversion (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015)
Ascertaining the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon is a revelatory and spiritual experience, Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy told couples attending the 2015 Seminar for New MTC Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors Jan. 14 as he spoke to them about the role of the Book of Mormon in conversion.

Repentance helps missionaries to prosper (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015)
For missionaries to teach repentance, they must know of the principle themselves, Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy said to couples attending the 2015 Seminar for New MTC Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors on Jan. 14.

New visitors' center director (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015)
David B. Ostler and Rachelle Ostler, six children, Falls Church Ward, McLean Virginia Stake: Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center, succeeding Elder Stephen H. Stewart and Sister Anne L. Stewart. Elder Ostler previously presided over the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission and is a former counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, stake Young Men president, bishop and missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Retired executive vice president, OptumInsight. Born in Salt Lake City to Oliver Don and Barbara Ruth Ostler.

BYU exhibit celebrates Christ's 'Words and Deeds' (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015)
Today’s students of the gospel enjoy an almost endless cache of learning resources. To wit: you can study the Book of Mormon on a smartphone as you cross-reference general conference talks on a tablet while listening to a live radio broadcast of the Tabernacle Choir.

Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith Driving Him to Consider 3rd Try at Presidency; Will Decide in '2 Weeks' (Christian Post) (January 27, 2015)
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will reportedly decide on a 2016 presidential bid in coming weeks and a close ally says the idea of a third run is being driven by his Mormon faith. Despite having lost the 2008 Republican nomination to Arizona Senator John McCain and the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama, Romney remains hopeful about his future in politics. Veteran journalist Larry King confirmed over the weekend that the former Mormon pastor is seriously considering another bid at the presidency.

NFL's digital chief: 'Football is the only sure bet' (Fortune) (January 27, 2015)
One of the folks behind the curtain is Brian Rolapp, who is in charge of NFL Media and, by extension, properties like NFL Network, NFL.com, the RedZone channel, Thursday Night Football, and the league’s many digital offerings. A devout Mormon and a graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard Business School, Rolapp, 42, grew up outside Washington, D.C. He joined the NFL in 2003, after three years at NBCUniversal.

'In Football We Trust' puts a religious twist on a familiar story (Deseret News - Utah) (January 27, 2015)
“In Football We Trust” is not the first film to paint the dream of professional sports as an all-or-nothing venture, but it may be the first to suggest that religion offers an alternative path to happiness.

From an ex-gay pastor to Bible scams and Scientology defectors — Sundance goes to church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 27, 2015)
Jesus in an epic battle with the devil, who coincidentally looks like the Christian Savior's identical twin. A former gay activist turned pastor who condemns his earlier self. A biblical archaeologist caught up in a comedic scam for lost artifacts. The Church of Scientology as seen by those who have left it.

January 26, 2015

'His paths are righteous' — Elder Cook speaks to young adults in Logan area (Deseret News - Utah) (January 26, 2015)
Following the path of righteousness is a choice all must make for themselves, taught Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a devotional for young adults on Sunday night in Utah State University’s Spectrum auditorium.

Leaders Say Primary Theme Builds Children’s Testimony of Christ (Church News) (January 26, 2015)
This year the Primary general presidency wants Latter-day Saint children worldwide to come to know that Jesus Christ lives. The theme of the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time—“I Know My Savior Lives”—is based on the scripture “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).

Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say (New York Times) (January 26, 2015)
A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration.

Matheson honored at Democratic fundraiser (KSL - Utah) (January 26, 2015)
Former Congressman Jim Matheson, who served for seven terms in a "sea of Republicans," received a lifetime achievement award from the state Democratic party, Saturday.

Former Utah speaker remembered as compassionate and tough (Signpost - Utah) (January 26, 2015)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered comfort from the faith that Lockhart’s family would see her again. He quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, “It’s not the length of a life that matters, it’s the depth.” He said Lockhart’s life had plenty of depth.

Catholic Archbishop Delivers Message on Religious Freedom at Brigham Young University (LDS Newsroom) (January 26, 2015)
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia shared a message on the importance of preserving religious freedom to students, faculty and administrators at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Friday, January 23, 2015. The university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Utah: Utah Valley University fills a niche like no other (Deseret News - Utah) (January 26, 2015)
Last summer, after finishing his fifth year as president of Utah Valley University, Matthew Holland joined several of his students for a hike to the summit of Mount Timpanogos. It was a clear day and the view of Utah Valley from the top was, as expected, terrific. The best part was when everyone’s gaze shifted across the valley to the UVU campus. Even from up there, it looked big and impressive.

Reid L. Neilson Named Assistant Church Historian and Recorder (LDS Newsroom) (January 26, 2015)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today appointed Reid L. Neilson as a new assistant Church historian and recorder. He will serve together with current assistant Church historian and recorder Richard E. Turley Jr. He is the latest in a long line of assistant historians, including Orson F. Whitney, Brigham H. Roberts, Junius F. Wells and Andrew Jenson.

New mission presidents (LDS Church News) (January 26, 2015)
Eight mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Monroe Latter-day Saints introduce new leaders (News Star - Louisiana) (January 26, 2015)
The Monroe Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has introduced its new leaders. The new Stake President is John Heim of West Monroe assisted by First Counselor Jeremy Crook of Ruston and Second Counselor Walker Ross of Monroe.

Op-ed: Why is ‘Book of Mormon’ play tolerated and even praised? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 26, 2015)
Everybody knows that "The Book of Mormon" musical pokes fun at Mormonism. That's the whole premise, as goody-two-shoes Elder Price and mediocre sidekick Elder Cunningham are sent to Uganda to complete a two-year mission for the Mormon church. Initially, the humor is witty and rather innocent, with dancing Starbucks cups depicted in "Mormon hell" and gags about over-zealous door-to-door missionaries. Yet, by act two, the humor abandons all inhibitions and progresses to the epitome of offensiveness: The Book of Mormon is literally shoved up a missionary's rectum.

January 23, 2015

LDS mission president's wife dies (Deseret News - Utah) (January 23, 2015)
The wife of the president of the LDS Church's Utah Salt Lake City Mission died unexpectedly Wednesday after she collapsed at the mission home.

LDS.org Appearance, Menus to Evolve Over Time (Church News) (January 23, 2015)
LDS.org is getting a new look in a release scheduled for early February, the first in a series of improvements meant to make the official Church website more personalized and easy to use.

LDS Church celebrates 50 years in Bolivia (LDS Church News) (January 23, 2015)
The Church recently celebrated its golden anniversary in Bolivia. On Nov. 22, 1964, 19 people gathered in the interior city of Cochabamba for the nation’s first official Church meeting. Missionaries arrived two days later.

Bible Videos DVD Special Price Extended (Church News) (January 23, 2015)
In December, the Church released a DVD of 50 videos about the Savior’s life, titled The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos: The Gospels on DVD, with a special price of only $5 until the end of the year. Because of overwhelming demand, the DVD was out of stock most of the month of December. But it is back in stock now, and the introductory price of $5 has been extended until the end of January, after which the price will go up to $10.

Faith, friends and football: Stanford linebacker shares LDS conversion story (Deseret News - Utah) (January 23, 2015)
Lane Veach had always been surrounded by Mormons. Growing up in Chandler, Arizona, many of his friends, including his girlfriend, were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sometimes he found himself at Eagle Scout service projects, family home evenings or LDS youth activities.

Mormon Church funding model inspires Digital Harbor Foundation 3-D printing program (Baltimore Business Journal - Maryland) (January 23, 2015)
A 3-D printer could be a great investment for a school, but when budget season forces administrators to choose between a $600 printer and $600 worth of needed school supplies, the printer gets cut. Digital Harbor Foundation Executive Director Andrew Coy thinks there's a way for schools to have it all — by making 3-D printers pay for themselves.

Defending the Faith: A tribute to heroes in the kingdom (Deseret News - Utah) (January 23, 2015)
I’ve been reflecting lately on people who’ve significantly, directly and personally impacted my life as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are many of them, ranging from local teachers to general LDS Church leaders.

Themes hint at reengineered Mitt Romney (Boston Globe - Massachusetts) (January 23, 2015)
The politician on the stage talked about the “human tragedy” of middle-class people struggling to make ends meet. He lamented income inequality, saying “People want to see rising wages — and they deserve them. They’re working hard.” Then, winding up a 15-minute speech to loud applause, he vowed, “We’re going to . . . finally end the scourge of poverty in this great land!”

Romney's Mormonism brings money (Lewiston Tribune - Idaho) (January 23, 2015)
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is assessing his prospects for another run at the presidency. His name identification alone from being the GOP presidential candidate in 2012 would, in normal times, give him a leg up and make him the leading contender.

12-year-old who fell through ice into pool in Magna Tuesday has died (Fox 13 - Utah) (January 23, 2015)
A 12-year-old boy who was taken to a hospital in critical condition after he fell through ice and into an outdoor community pool in Magna Tuesday evening has died, officials announced Thursday evening. According to information from the Unified Police Department, the child died Thursday. Family members as well as the family’s LDS Church Bishop told FOX 13 News that a fundraising account to help the family with burial costs has been established under the boy’s name, Jacques Bushman, at Mountain America Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch or by calling Mountain America at 800-748-4302.

Disciplinary council delayed for ‘Mormon Stories’ podcaster John Dehlin (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 23, 2015)
John Dehlin, founder of the popular "Mormon Stories" podcast, said Thursday that his disciplinary council for apostasy, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed. Dehlin spoke on Trib Talk, The Salt Lake Tribune's online video chat. A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that Dehlin's ecclesiastical leader, Bryan King, a stake president in North Logan, is "attending to family duties" in the wake of his father's death Wednesday.

Baring Man Arrested For Damaging LDS Temple Property In Nauvoo, Illinois (Nemonews.net - Missouri) (January 23, 2015)
According to court documents and a press release from the Nauvoo Police Department, Frank Junior Utter, 60, of Baring, formerly of Edina, was arrested for allegedly driving a vehicle through a wrought iron fence surrounding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple in Nauvoo, IL, early Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015. Utter allegedly drove the vehicle through two locked gates and damaged a nativity scene driving over the figures.

January 22, 2015

LDS Church announces creation of Wyoming Mormon Trail Mission (LDS Church News) (January 22, 2015)
A new mission has been created in central Wyoming that takes in the Church’s Mormon Handcart Historic Site, the First Presidency has announced.

The Humanitarian Impulse (LDS Newsroom) (January 22, 2015)
It is hard to count the ways religion benefits society. Intangibles are what faith does best. Churches invigorate communities through local associations of support. Differences in religious worldviews enrich our common existence.

Missionaries Brighten Up Community Event in Houston, Texas (Church News) (January 22, 2015)
It was the morning of Saturday, November 8, 2014. Sister Dona Stelzig looked out across the local park in Houston, Texas, as volunteers and workers set up different booths that would be used for the Get Up! Get Moving! event, organized to help members of the local Hispanic community.

The Power of Personal Journals Is Enduring (Church News) (January 22, 2015)
The new year is here! What a future we have before us! But do we remember what we did last year or the year before? Reflecting back perhaps even a little further, do we remember how we felt when a best friend or a family member passed on?

Alexandria Church Marks 60th Anniversary with Open House (Alexandria Patch - Virginia) (January 22, 2015)
Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are opening their doors this Sunday for a special event with their neighbors and friends, according to a news release from the group.

The Kirtland Temple (Patheos.com) (January 22, 2015)
Every year tens of thousands of people visit the Kirtland Temple, dedicated in 1836 by what was then the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The vast majority of those visitors are members of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they come in part to see where Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery saw Jesus Christ and Elijah in the temple.

Picturing history: Wilford Woodruff baptismal site (Deseret News - Utah) (January 22, 2015)
Wilford Woodruff was born in 1807 at Northington (now Avon), Connecticut. He spent his childhood in that area. Woodruff was quite well-educated by the standards of that time.

LDS dad among finalists for Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest (Deseret News - Utah) (January 22, 2015)
Jason Johnson enjoys spending time with his family, and for the past three years, entering the Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest has been an opportunity to do just that. But this year, the video Johnson created has far exceeded his expectations.

Wright Words: BYU freshman finds faith, 'tender mercies' after fall (Deseret News - Utah) (January 22, 2015)
On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, Brigham Young University student Heather Burton joined her outdoor skills leadership class on a hike in Ding Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park. She was just three weeks into her dream of attending the Provo, Utah, university.

Advertise with usReport this ad Brad Rock: BYU asleep at the switch on Miami Bowl fallout (Deseret News - Utah) (January 22, 2015)
The second-most surprising thing about BYU I’ve seen in the last month was when its football team engaged in a full-on brawl with Memphis at the end of the Miami Beach Bowl.

BYU’s new alternate reality game: Save your parents’ lives with science (BYU News Release) (January 22, 2015)
A team of Brigham Young University students is about to knock every adult on the planet unconscious (in the name of science, of course) and it’s up to the world’s teenagers to save them.

January 21, 2015

Taking their faith to the street (Maryville Daily Forum - Missouri) (January 21, 2015)
It’s a familiar sight in Maryville — a familiar sight, in fact, in thousands of towns and cities all across the United States — two lanky, clean-cut young men in dress slacks, collared shirts and neckties walk down a residential street carrying satchels, occasionally stopping to ring someone’s doorbell.

David Knopf: Monument tucked on back road offers lesson on Mormon history (Kansas City Star - Missouri) (January 21, 2015)
Wandering is what makes this possible, and the dust on my car is evidence of my back-road curiosity. I turned off South Liberty Parkway to photograph a brilliant orange sun rising through the trees. When I was done, I continued up Campbell Drive, a Clay County two-lane, looking to turn around. On my right, I spotted a tall, four-sided monument behind an ornate fence. It was a remote area, surrounded by trees, a dilapidated farm and pasture pocked by junk cars and trash. I stopped for photos.

Mormon designer shares goodness, has missionary opportunities through app and Instagram account (Deseret News - Utah) (January 21, 2015)
For the past 18 years, Rhonna Farrer has tried to incorporate her mantra, "uplift and inspire," into her work as an artist. Now she shares positive messages with more than 60,000 followers on social media, as well as through her app, Rhonna Designs.

David Archuleta blogs about life in the spotlight as an introvert (Deseret News - Utah) (January 21, 2015)
David Archuleta’s vocal talent thrust him into the spotlight when he finished second on the seventh season of "American Idol" in 2008. While Archuleta appears to be at ease behind a microphone, he recently expressed in a blog post on his website that other aspects of fame have placed him outside his comfort zone.

Utah Jazz: Longtime Jazz usher Wally Price dies at 99 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 21, 2015)
Escorted on each side by a young dancer, Wally Price pushed his walker down the center line of the hardwood court that had been such a central piece of his life, even if he rarely watched the games that took place on it. This was last April at EnergySolutions Arena. The poppy dance tune "Happy" was bumping over the speakers, and a few of the ushers who make things run a little more smoothly at every Utah Jazz home game were on the floor performing a routine at halftime of the season finale. "Wally, by golly!" public address man Dan Roberts exclaimed as the 98-year-old Price took his hands off his walker and shimmied along to the music.

BYU football: Cougars close to wrapping up 2015 signing class (Deseret News - Utah) (January 21, 2015)
Last-minute National Letter of Intent Day drama isn't something typically associated with most BYU signing classes, but this year's class could buck that trend. At least according to BYU recruiting coordinator Geoff Martzen, who said Tuesday there's several uncommitted prospects who could be making decisions for or against BYU on or shortly before NLI day.

BYU football: Memphis penalizes 12 players involved in brawl; Cougars handle measures internally (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 21, 2015)
Twelve Memphis football players who were involved in the brawl with BYU players after the Dec. 22 Miami Beach Bowl face penalties for their roles in the post-game melee, the University of Memphis announced Tuesday. Responding to media inquiries a few hours after the Memphis announcement, BYU associate athletic director for communications Duff Tittle said BYU has also completed a "thorough review" of the incident, but will not be announcing anything publicly.

Ordain Women's Bennett says being silenced gave her a voice (Daily Herald - Utah) (January 21, 2015)
During the past few years some vocal members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been in the uncomfortable spot of choosing between their church activity, including temple recommends, and continuing with public commentary and conscience directed at the church and its doctrine. Unusual among them is the now-public story of April Young Bennett, one of the early founders of Ordain Women, who recently faced the delicate balance of public conscience versus private submission.

January 20, 2015

Summer 2015 Opening for New Temples (LDS Newsroom) (January 20, 2015)
A free public open house for the Trujillo Peru Temple will begin on Friday, May 8, and go through Saturday, May 30, 2015, and run every day except Sundays, May 10, 17 and 24. The cultural celebration will be held Saturday, June 20, and the temple will be dedicated Sunday, June 21, in three sessions.

Tabernacle event pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. (Spectrum - Utah) (January 20, 2015)
Speakers at a Martin Luther King Day celebration called for more political and cultural unity Monday, expanding King's message of respect and tolerance in a nation still sometimes divided along partisan and racial lines.

Missionaries are called to bring joy to others, Elder Nelson says (LDS Church News) (January 20, 2015)
Missionaries of the Church are called to bring joy into the lives of all who will follow the Lord, Elder Russell M. Nelson affirmed Jan. 13 at a devotional in the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Pasco man, 20, dies of heart attack during church mission in Mexico (Tri-City Herald - Washington) (January 20, 2015)
A 20-year-old Pasco man on a church mission in Mexico died unexpectedly Friday night while playing soccer with community members. An autopsy showed Nathan Castle McBride had a heart attack, according to his father, Robert McBride. After a break in the game, Nathan McBride was running to get the ball when he fell down and never got back up. His father said the other players performed CPR and paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

FamilySearch launches app gallery (Deseret News - Utah) (January 20, 2015)
FamilySearch.org has recently launched an online App Gallery at familysearch.org/apps to help patrons find FamilySearch’s partner apps to meet their needs, platform, operating system and price, according to a news release. The FamilySearch App Gallery is accessible from a variety of handheld devices. It allows patrons to browse, find and learn about applications developed by partners of FamilySearch. The gallery links patrons to partner sites where they can access and download the right applications for their needs, according to the news release.

Mitt Romney Highlights Mormon Faith Ahead Of Potential 2016 Bid (ABC News) (January 20, 2015)
In a speech here Friday night, Mitt Romney reminded the world that he’s a Mormon – and made clear that it would be a key part of his presidential campaign if he does decide to run for a third time. Romney put his faith, something he rarely spoke about or demonstrated on the 2012 or 2008 campaign trail, front and center while addressing Republican National Committee members aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, saying that those closest to him, including his wife Ann, know him not only as a businessman and politician but as a devoted leader in the Mormon church.

Jews, outnumbered by Muslims, suffer under mob rule (Los Angeles Times - California) (January 20, 2015)
Nearly every conversation about the Charlie Hebdo cartoons makes reference to the fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, as if there's an obvious correlation between the number offended and the nature of the offense. This is less about manners and more about power worship. A musical mocking Mormons (15 million worldwide) has been a smash hit on Broadway for years. Yet according to many of the same people who leap to defend Muslim sensibilities on cable TV, defending Mormon sensibilities marks you as a rube.

The Coming Crackdown on Mormon Liberals (Daily Beast) (January 20, 2015)
A difficult year for progressive members of the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS) got harder this week. On Jan. 15, two Mormon dissidents, John Dehlin and April Young Bennett, both members of a critical minority that challenges the church’s positions on issues like women’s ordination or LGBT marriage, announced that they had come under the threat of church discipline.

Mormon steps down from Ordain Women post to keep temple recommend (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 20, 2015)
April Young Bennett, a member of Ordain Women's board, was forced to resign from the group's leadership as a condition of renewing her Mormon temple privileges. Local LDS officials issue so-called "recommends" to devout Mormons attesting to members' "worthiness" to participate in the faith's most sacred temple rituals, including eternal marriages.

Mormon Church Vandalized In Lake Elsinore (CBS Los Angeles - California) (January 20, 2015)
Vandals caused approximately $5,000 in damage to a Mormon church in Riverside County over the weekend, authorities said. Deputies responded to a burglary call at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located in the 18000 block of Dexter Avenue in Lake Elsinore, around 7 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s officials said.

Op-ed: LDS political history shows plenty of successes (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 20, 2015)
In his op-ed, Steve Warren ("LDS political history shows plenty of failures," Jan. 3) states that the best approach to voting is to find out the LDS Church's official statement on an issue and then to, " … vote exactly opposite." With this in mind, I wish to ask some questions about a number of issues, both past and present, which the LDS Church has addressed but which Mr. Warren did not include.

Mormon church building new retail, social services, missions complex in Glendale (Phoenix Business Journal - Arizona) (January 20, 2015)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is building a new thrift store, missions office and Bishop' Storehouse in Glendale just west of Bell Road and 67th Avenue.

LDS Brazilians join in massive service project (LDS Church News) (January 20, 2015)
Legions of LDS Brazilians recently participated in a nationwide “Helping Hands” project, delivering needed services to thousands of their fellow Brazilians. The massive, multi-services humanitarian project stretched across several Saturdays in Church meetinghouses across the country. Volunteers donned yellow “Helping Hands” vests and went about the business of looking after their neighbors.

Community rallies around former hoops star who suffered accident on her LDS mission (Deseret News - Utah) (January 20, 2015)
The crowded, chaotic gymnasium where she played high school basketball wasn’t exactly the homecoming Kendal Levine dreamed about when she was serving her mission in Australia. But watching his daughter sitting in her wheelchair, fist in the air, grin on her face as she soaked up the cheers from hundreds of people, some of whom spelled out her name in giant letters, her father realized it was perfect.

Dick Harmon: BYU football enlisting missionary prospects at a record rate (Deseret News - Utah) (January 20, 2015)
They come from as far away as England, Brazil and the Philippines but how soon will they be ready? BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has about two weeks left to finish recruiting before national letter of intent signing day.

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