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August 22, 2017

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August 22, 2017

Jubilee Marks 50 Years from Book of Mormon Chiasmus Discovery (Church News) (August 22, 2017)
BYU Studies and Book of Mormon Central hosted a Chiasmus Jubilee on Wednesday, August 16, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon.

Church History Moment: President Monson Remembered Forgotten Saints in East Germany (Church News) (August 22, 2017)
Living under a restrictive communist government, members of the Church in East Germany had many difficult years, during which missionaries could not enter or leave the land to serve and it was very difficult to visit the temple. The saints there were cut off from many blessings available to others.

Out on a limb: LDS church to transfer genealogy records to digital format (Times Leader - Pennsylvania) (August 22, 2017)
An era for genealogists will end next week when the world’s largest repository of genealogy-related microfilms will switch to digital technology. On Aug. 31, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer offer the public its microfilm rental service, long familiar to genealogists who have visited the church’s many family history centers, the nearest of which is in Clarks Summit. Instead, researchers will find the material available for free on www.familysearch.org, the genealogy website sponsored by the church.

With LDS church mission ahead, QB Tanner McKee creates intriguing recruiting scenario (ESPN) (August 22, 2017)
While the quarterback recruiting dominoes for the Class of 2018 have been lined up and falling for well over a year, one of the nation's highest-ranked players has stood by, unaffected. Tanner McKee, the nation's fourth-ranked pocket passer and the No. 50 recruit overall, is one of just four quarterbacks in the ESPN 300 who remains uncommitted, and he is not in a hurry to change that.

Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn welcomes Mormon backing of LGBTQ concert, but says ‘PR move’ doesn’t atone for church policies (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 22, 2017)
The LDS Church’s endorsement this week of a fundraising concert for LGBTQ support groups sends a mixed message, says former Mormon Tyler Glenn, the outspoken lead singer for Neon Trees.

August 18, 2017

President Monson's 90th birthday: Looking back on the teachings of the prophet (Deseret News - Utah) (August 18, 2017)
Since being called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age 36, President Thomas S. Monson has offered words of comfort, direction, wisdom and testimony while ministering to members throughout the world.

President Monson to Celebrate 90th Birthday (LDS Newsroom) (August 18, 2017)
Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will celebrate his 90th birthday Monday, August 21, 2017. A “quiet family affair” will be held in Salt Lake City to celebrate his birthday, according to his daughter, Sister Ann M. Dibb. Family members will gather for lemon cake, ice cream and well wishes for the special occasion.

President Thomas S. Monson to Celebrate 90th Birthday August 21 (Church News) (August 18, 2017)
Days shy of his 90th birthday, President Thomas S. Monson sits in the living room of his downtown Salt Lake City condominium and receives visitors. His counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, spend a few minutes with the Church leader—as they do on a regular basis—and wish him a happy birthday.

Family Members Share Memories of President Monson in Honor of His 90th Birthday (Church News) (August 18, 2017)
In honor of President Thomas S. Monson’s 90th birthday, family members share personal experiences and recount important teachings from the prophet. Tom Monson, son: With my mother by his side, my father served as mission president of the Toronto Canada Mission from the time I was 7 through 10 years of age.

Church Leaders Pay Tribute to President Monson for His 90th Birthday (Church News) (August 18, 2017)
In the days before his 90th birthday, President Thomas S. Monson received birthday greetings and wishes from general Church leaders: “Our great example” “With all who love him, I wish President Monson greetings on his 90th birthday. His faith and his concern for all of Heavenly Father’s children have brought joy and peace to people across the world. He is the Lord’s prophet and he is our great example of a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to serve under his inspired leadership. Happy birthday, President Monson.” —President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency

Elder Holland Speaks at Book of Mormon Chiasmus Conference (LDS Newsroom) (August 18, 2017)
At remarks given at Brigham Young University Wednesday, John Welch, who first identified the ancient writing style chiasmus in the Book of Mormon, said, “The discoveries of chiasmus whether in the Book of Mormon or in the Bible belong to all of us.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom tells BYU grads to seek 'a balanced life' (Deseret News - Utah) (August 18, 2017)
"Seeking balance — giving adequate time and effort to each of those things that really matter — is vital to our success in mortal probation," Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a General Authority Seventy, told Brigham Young University graduates during commencement exercises on Aug. 17.

Seven Mormons killed in Sierra Leone mudslide (Deseret News - Utah) (August 18, 2017)
Seven Latter-day Saints are numbered among the hundreds who were killed in a massive mudslide in this West African nation. More than 330 people died in Monday’s disaster in a rain-soaked sector on the outskirts of the capital city. Almost five acres of hillside collapsed, covering homes in a community that stretched across more than nine acres, according to a CNN report.

August 17, 2017

The public will be allowed to visit the Mormon temple on the Beltway for the first time in 46 years (Washington Post) (August 17, 2017)
For anyone who drives around the Capital Beltway, the soaring white spires are a familiar sight — and yet a complete mystery to most.

Update: Church issues follow-up statement about its position on racism (Deseret News - Utah) (August 17, 2017)
One person was killed and more than a dozen injured when a car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally on Saturday, Aug. 12. The Church released a statement on Sunday, Aug. 13, then released the following update on Tuesday, Aug. 15: It has been called to our attention that there are some among the various pro-white and white supremacy communities who assert that the Church is neutral toward or in support of their views. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the New Testament, Jesus said: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37–39). The Book of Mormon teaches “all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).

Church Statement on LoveLoud Festival (LDS Newsroom) (August 17, 2017)
After receiving media inquiries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided the following statement about the LoveLoud Festival in Orem, Utah, which takes place August 26, 2017: We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBT youth's aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children. We join our voice with all who come together to foster a community of inclusion in which no one is mistreated because of who they are or what they believe....

Q and A: Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds talks music, Mormons and more (Deseret News - Utah) (August 17, 2017)
Deseret News reporter Morgan Jones spoke at length with Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about the upcoming LoveLoud concert in support of LGBTQ youth. This interview has been edited for content and clarity as he goes indepth on his views on life, his faith, the concert, and his desire to make a difference in people's lives.

August 16, 2017

Elder Christofferson Says Protecting Faith Is Path to Peace (LDS Newsroom) (August 16, 2017)
“Recognizing and protecting faith is the path to peace,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pune, India, Monday, August 14, 2017.

University in India honors Mormon church for humanitarian outreach (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 16, 2017)
In a world stained by hate and violence, the unfettered practice of “true religion” plays a critical role in building peaceful societies, a top LDS Church leader said in accepting the Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize in India.

Black Mormons applaud as LDS Church condemns white supremacy as ‘morally wrong and sinful’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 16, 2017)
Black Mormons celebrated — some even wept for joy — as their church updated an earlier anti-racism statement Tuesday and pointedly disavowed groups that promote white supremacy. “It has been called to our attention that there are some among the various pro-white and white supremacy communities who assert that the church is neutral toward or in support of their views,” according to a statement posted on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ official newsroom website. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

LDS Church issues statement of support for LGBTQ concert event (Deseret News - Utah) (August 16, 2017)
A first-time music festival aimed at supporting LGBTQ youth charities will bring several big names to Orem later this month and now has a statement of support from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LoveLoud Festival will be held Aug. 26 at Utah Valley University’s Brent Brown Ballpark and will be a homecoming of sorts for Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees, two bands whose paths to stardom began in Utah.

New lawsuits allege LDS Church failed to protect children (Associated Press) (August 16, 2017)
The number of lawsuits alleging LDS Church leaders failed to protect children from sexual abuse has grown to include two more Navajos and a member of the Crow Tribe. Thousands of American Indian children, most of whom were Navajo, participated in a now-defunct church-run foster program from the late 1940s until around 2000. The program was meant to give children educational opportunities that didn't exist on the reservations.

August 15, 2017

President Uchtdorf Dedicates Tucson Arizona Temple (Church News) (August 15, 2017)
Known for its desert grandeur, abundant cacti, and locations for classic western movies, Tucson can now add to its list of credits the newest house of the Lord.

World Peace Prize presented in India to Mormon leader (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017)
As the standoff over nuclear weapons continued Monday between the United States and North Korea, a senior LDS Church leader accepted a World Peace Prize in India and called on world leaders to recognize that a failure to accommodate religion results in conflict. White horses led a large procession to honor Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who walked down a green carpet on the street outside the World Peace Center in Pune, India, to the sounds of Indian bagpipers and high-pitched cymbals.

Elder David A. Bednar to speak at Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017)
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young adults worldwide on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The worldwide devotional for young adults — originating at 6:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time) — will be transmitted live on the Church satellite system, LDS.org, and other media.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom announced as BYU's commencement speaker (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017)
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, General Authority Seventy, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University's commencement exercises on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

Mormons, Catholics, other Utah faith leaders denounce bigotry, but some worry about persistent racism (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 15, 2017)
It is not often that Mormon leaders speak out about current events, but after Saturday’s deadly clashes in Virginia, Utah’s predominant LDS Church decided to take a stand. And, in a similarly rare move, a Mormon bishop in Charlottesville, mentioned in Sunday services the racial hatred that had devastated the city and reminded his flock that everyone is a child of God.

Emeritus General Authority Carlos H. Amado now answers to 'Bishop' (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017)
Bishop Carlos H. Amado is living proof that emeritus is not always synonymous with retired. Latter-day Saints likely recognize his name. For more than two decades, Bishop Amado answered to “Elder” Amado. He became a General Authority Seventy in 1989 and spent some 25 years organizing stakes, counseling mission presidents, participating in temple dedications and working shoulder-to-shoulder with prophets and apostles.

Clarkston Pageant, Concerts in the Park and other Church events coming up (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017)
AUG. 15-19 — The Martin Harris Pageant, a presentation of the life of Martin Harris, will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the Martin Harris Memorial Amphitheater in Clarkston, Utah. Clarkston Town offers a dinner that will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each night of the pageant at the Clarkston LDS Chapel at 25 East 100 South. Call 435-563-9090 for reservations. Cost is $7.50 per person. For more information, visit clarkstonpageant.org.

August 14, 2017

Tucson Arizona Temple Is Dedicated (LDS Newsroom) (August 14, 2017)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Tucson Arizona Temple on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in three sessions, making it the sixth Mormon temple in the state of Arizona and the 157th worldwide.

“The Time Is Now,” Tucson Temple District Youth Declare at Cultural Celebration (Church News) (August 14, 2017)
For more than 2,100 Latter-day Saint youth in the new Tucson Arizona Temple district, “The Time Is Now!” That was the message they conveyed Saturday evening, August 12—the eve of the temple’s dedication—through a cultural celebration, a spectacle of music, dance, color, and affirmation staged at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, a large baseball park in Tucson.

Church Issues Statement on Situation in Charlottesville, Virginia (LDS Newsroom) (August 14, 2017)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement Sunday, August 13, 2017: It is with great sadness and deep concern that we view the violence, conflict and tragedy of recent days in Charlottesville, Virginia. People of any faith, or of no faith at all, should be troubled by the increase of intolerance in both words and actions that we see everywhere....

In the Ecosystem of Rights, Religious Freedom Is Foundational (LDS Newsroom) (August 14, 2017)
A Mormon apostle said Friday that religious freedom “is the core right in what might be thought of as an ‘ecosystem’ of freedom. As religious freedom goes, so go many other precious rights.”

'Other Side of Heaven,' 'Sally Carmichael' star isn't Mormon, but he’s good at pretending (Daily Herald - Utah) (August 14, 2017)
Christopher Gorham became a star of Mormon cinema in the 2001 film “The Other Side of Heaven,” where he played Elder John Groberg, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now he’s playing another Mormon character on the big screen — but Gorham himself has never been a Mormon.

No-no for a man to have a business lunch with a woman not his spouse? Such thinking may be rooted in past Mormon counsel. (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (August 14, 2017)
For decades, LDS Church authorities cautioned every Mormon man not to be alone with a woman who wasn’t his spouse. Don’t drive with her. Don’t dine with her. Don’t stay at the same hotel when traveling for work. The same counsel went to LDS women in regards to one-on-one encounters with men. These days, Mormon career women — and men — are getting different advice, says Jeff Thompson, director of public management for the Marriott School at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University.

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