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October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

'Meet the Mormons' reaches $4.5 million mark, now 37th on all-time documentary list (Deseret News - Utah) (October 24, 2014)
"Meet the Mormons" was the 16th biggest movie at the box office over the weekend with $568,409 after finishing 10th over the previous week.

Defending the Faith: Some things are more important than others (Deseret News - Utah) (October 24, 2014)
In October 1993, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at the annual dinner of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, an organization of Latter-day Saint scholars on the campus of Brigham Young University in those days. His topic was “The Historicity of the Book of Mormon,” which he defended against the suggestion beginning to emerge in some circles that the Book of Mormon be viewed as “inspired” but non-historical.

Stanford alum Guthrie back in Bay Area for big game (San Francisco Gate - California) (October 24, 2014)
Should Jeremy Guthrie last about half as long Friday night in Game3 of the World Series as he did in his most memorable start for Stanford, the Royals no doubt would take that in a second. On May 31, 2002, Guthrie pitched a complete game in the Cardinal’s 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA regional matchup. Calling it a complete game is accurate, but doesn’t tell nearly the whole story; the right-hander, then a junior only days away from being drafted in the first round by Cleveland, went 13 innings.

Jeremy Guthrie’s still making Royals’ trade with Rockies look like a steal (Kansas City Star - Missouri) (October 24, 2014)
From the outside, anyway, the text message to Royals general manager Dayton Moore sounds more like the stuff of a prank or a joke than a sincere inquiry: “Hey, would you be interested in swapping struggling starters?” That’s the casual but all-too-true way Royals manager Ned Yost remembers Colorado dangling Jeremy Guthrie to Moore in the summer of 2012.

Changing fields: Returned missionary college football players find new opportunities to share gospel (Deseret News - Utah) (October 24, 2014)
Dallas Lloyd had a big decision to make. Four years ago, the Pleasant Grove High School senior had several scholarship offers to play college football. It would have been easy to stay close to home, but he was curious about the opportunities that might come outside of Utah. After visiting the schools and considering all the factors, counseling with his parents, creating a list of priorities and saying a lot of prayers, Lloyd felt strongly that Stanford University was where he needed to be.

2014 Latino Christmas Concert: “Ven a mi casa esta Navidad” (Church News) (October 24, 2014)
The three Utah areas of the Church will present a Latino Christmas concert, “Luz de las naciones: Ven a mi casa esta Navidad,” in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee performance on Saturday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m.

Maybe Don’t Make Fun of Mormon ‘Magic Underwear’ (New York Magazine) (October 24, 2014)
Seemingly out of the blue, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints this week published a video and post about the history and meaning behind Mormon temple garments, sometimes flippantly called “magic underwear.” The main point: It’s offensive to call the garments “magic underwear,” so everybody stop now, please.

Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU (Universe - Utah) (October 24, 2014)
The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film “Pride and Faith” on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith.

Mormons vs. Zombies: Mormon mom starts new video game (Updated) (Universe - Utah) (October 24, 2014)
Jana Maughan, 43, climbed down the stairs to her parents’ basement to retrieve some canned peaches. As the mother of five looked around at the boxes of wheat, rice, potato pearls and canned fruit she had an epiphany. “If anyone is going to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, it would be the Mormons,” she realized. Hence, the idea for Mormons vs. Zombies, a side scrolling-style game designed for iOS and Android, was born. The game, still in development, features a variety of archetypal Mormons, each with their own unique zombie-fighting weapon.

October 23, 2014

LDS Church publishes two new essays on past history of plural marriage (Deseret News - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
The LDS Church posted two lengthy new essays on its website Wednesday about plural marriage in the faith's early history.

New Mormon essay: Joseph Smith married teens, other men’s wives (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
Mormon founder Joseph Smith took his first "plural wife," Fanny Alger, in the mid-1830s. He later married many additional women — including young teens and some who already were wed to other men — and introduced the practice of polygamy to select members in the 1840s.

Utahns support bill making clear clergy don't have to perform same-sex marriages, poll shows (Deseret News - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
Utahns overwhelmingly support legislation clarifying that clergy don't have to perform weddings for gay and lesbian couples, a new poll shows.

Young Women Leader Shares Message of Faith With Girl Scouts (LDS Newsroom Blog) (October 23, 2014)
Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discussed the impact of faith on the lives of girls with other youth religious leaders during a 90-minute panel discussion at the 2014 Girl Scouts Convention held Thursday, 16 October 2014, in Salt Lake City. The session was titled “Faith in Action: Understand the Impact of Faith on Girls’ Lives and on Their Communities.”

Sister Burton: Use Resources to Improve Learning and Teaching (Church News) (October 23, 2014)
In one of the rooms in the Relief Society Building hang four paintings. The first is a picture of the resurrected Savior with Mary Magdalene. Off to the side reads the purpose of Relief Society: “To prepare women for the blessings of eternal life.”

Campus enrollment returns to pre-2012 missionary age announcement levels (BYU-Idaho newsroom) (October 23, 2014)
Statistics released for Fall Semester 2014 at Brigham Young University-Idaho show a total campus enrollment of 16,193 students, an increase of 3.9 percent over last fall's campus enrollment of 15,584.

‘I had the advantage of disadvantage’ (Harvard Gazette) (October 23, 2014)
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Harvard’s 300th Anniversary University Professor, a feminist scholar with a taste for history from the bottom up and an appreciation for the pedagogic power of artifacts like hand-woven cloth and furniture. In 1990, she unraveled a cryptic 18th-century diary in “A Midwife’s Tale,” which earned a Pulitzer Prize. Soon after came a MacArthur Fellowship, and then — in 1995, when Ulrich was 57 — an invitation to teach at Harvard.

LDS church video addresses suicide prevention (Daily Herald - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
Every human soul is precious. But some souls are suffering and need love and friendship in a special way. That is the message of a new Mormon Messages video that went live online Tuesday night on the Mormon Channel. "Sitting on the Bench: Thoughts on Suicide Prevention," is intended to help individuals, through a number of examples, learn how they can help those suffering from depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.

Senior Missionary Couple Digitizes Over 180,000 County Records (Church News) (October 23, 2014)
Some of Montgomery County’s vital records date back to the 1820s. They are deteriorating, yet the county is required by law to preserve the information. Preserving the actual documents is too costly, and the county doesn’t have the manpower to microfilm them all. To solve this problem, the Montgomery County chief deputy clerk, Valerie Howard, working under the direction of clerk Jennifer Bentley, has entered into an agreement with FamilySearch to digitally preserve these old documents.

Donny Osmond coming to RootsTech in 2015 (Deseret News - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
Donny Osmond is coming to RootsTech in 2015. It was announced Wednesday that Osmond, the entertainer, actor, singer and television host, will be a keynote speaker at the world's largest family history conference on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

LDS Church will give 'Standing for Something' award to film executive-turned-philanthropist (Deseret News - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
Leslie Moore, a senior missionary for LDS Church Public Affairs in Sydney, Australia, first heard of Scott Neeson at a synagogue when a Jewish rabbi equated his story with Joseph of Egypt. “We sat there in disbelief at what (Neeson) had done, and said he would be a good candidate for the ‘Standing for Something’ award,” Moore said.

Teens face charges for allegedly vandalizing LDS church (Fox 13 - Utah) (October 23, 2014)
Two teenagers accused of vandalizing a church in Duchesne County owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now facing criminal charges.

October 22, 2014

Visitors Tour Phoenix Temple during Open House (Church News) (October 22, 2014)
In Arizona’s capital and largest city, visitors are touring the new Phoenix Arizona Temple during an open house that runs through Saturday, November 1.

Mormon Church peels back mystery of sacred undergarments (Washington Post) (October 22, 2014)
For years, the Mormon Church’s undergarments have been mocked and misunderstood. Often referred to jokingly as “magic Mormon underwear,” the garb, which resembles a T-shirt and shorts, has been ridiculed on Broadway, referenced in political campaigns and exploited online for profit. That’s why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has come forward to explain one of its most sacred Mormon mysteries. The church released a four-minute video on its Web site, comparing the white two-piece cotton “temple garments” to the priest’s cassock, nun’s habit, Jewish prayer shawl, Muslim’s skullcap and Buddhist monks’ saffron robes. It rejected the perception that the garments have protective powers.

Mormon church explains undergarments, denounces 'magic Mormon underwear' jokes (Christian Science Monitor) (October 22, 2014)
The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God. The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website compares the white, two-piece cotton "temple garments" to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.

Researching Family History: FamilyTree — Gathering 'a book containing the records of our dead' (Deseret News) (October 22, 2014)
In his inspired address titled "The Book” at general conference earlier this month, Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defined “... a book containing the records of our dead which shall be worthy of all acceptation" (see Doctrine and Covenants 128:24).

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 20 October (LDS Newsroom) (October 22, 2014)
Women of the Church’s Relief Society in Lithuania got busy in August sewing quilts for infants living in a community children’s home — 14 hours later the 90 quilts were completed

Wright Words: A day in the life of Mormon missionaries in Norman, Oklahoma (Deseret News - Utah) (October 22, 2014)
This spring I spent time trailing missionaries from the Maryland Baltimore Mission serving in two very diverse areas: north Baltimore and my home ward in cozy Woodstock, Virginia.

Same-sex couples can now get married in the five most Mormon states (Washington Post - Washington, D.C.) (October 22, 2014)
From Alpine, Utah, to Queen Creek, Ariz., same-sex couples can now marry across the “Book of Mormon Belt.”

Seattle Mormons’ outreach to gays yields a spiritual feast (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 22, 2014)
The recent outreach effort to Mormon gays and lesbians in one Seattle LDS congregation was a "tremendous success," with attendance swelling to three times the usual number, according to participants.

'Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration' comes to Netflix (Deseret News - Utah) (October 22, 2014)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to make its media library more accessible to the general public. Most recently, the movie "Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration" was made available on Netflix, according to Larry Richman of LDS Media Talk.

October 21, 2014

Prophet statue marks final stages of Mormon temple in Carmel (Indy Star - Indiana) (October 21, 2014)
The placement of an 8.5-foot, 900-pound, gold-plated statue atop a spire is just a moment in the construction project that will eventually become the Indianapolis Mormon Temple.

No, Mormon temples aren’t getting out of the marriage business (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 21, 2014)
It is a tad premature for Mormons to brace for a possible change in the LDS Church’s temple wedding policies, including Monday’s rampant Internet rumor that all members’ weddings would have take place first outside a Mormon temple. "Church leaders are well aware of the issues surrounding marriage and continue to examine them carefully," LDS Church spokesman Dale Jones said Monday in a statement, "but we are unaware of any meetings where changes to temple marriage policies have been discussed."

Mormon bloggers spreading reports of marriage changes in church (Daily Herald - Utah) (October 21, 2014)
Whether it's wishful thinking, or agitating for change, well-meaning LDS bloggers have suggested The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is changing its policy on church weddings. One blog and podcast,, has suggested LDS Church leaders will be announcing a policy change that would make it necessary for couples to be married civilly, by a Justice of the Peace or other official, before they can be sealed in an LDS temple ceremony. That information is new to LDS Church leadership, which released this statement Monday through LDS Church Public Affairs: "Church leaders are well aware of the issues surrounding marriage and continue to examine them carefully, but we are unaware of any meetings where changes to temple marriage policies have been discussed,” said Dale Jones, spokesperson for the church.

Mormon Media scholars discuss church and media intersection (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2014)
Students and scholars came together Friday to learn about Mormonism's current and historic relationships with the media, from Twitter and Internet memes to action figures and portrayals on the big screen. Presenters gathered for the third annual Mormon Media Studies Symposium — sponsored by Brigham Young University and Brigham Young University-Idaho — at the BYU Salt Lake Center.

Could Mormon LDS Church Perceptions Be Changing? Seattle Leaders Invite Gay People to Worship (International Business Times) (October 21, 2014)
Leaders of a Seattle branch of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) have decided to sidestep the Law of Chastity to invite Mormon gay and lesbian members to worship. The Washington Park LDS Ward in Seattle sent out letters to its "less-active members within the ward boundaries", that invited them to attend a church sacrament meeting on 19 October, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Book of Mormon Translated into Gregg Shorthand (YouTube) (October 21, 2014)
Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith originally translated the Book of Mormon from "The Golden Plates." Mormons believe that ancient prophets wrote the book. In this case Lisa Dayley has translated the Book of Mormon into American Gregg Shorthand - because she can.

October 20, 2014

LDS Church releases video, topic page discussing temple garments (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2014)
In a video, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seeks to take some of the mystery out of temple garments and temple robes, explaining the clothing's role as sacred religious vestments similar to a nun's habit, the Jewish prayer shawl, the Muslim's skullcap, and the saffron robes of the Buddhist monk.

Indianapolis Indiana Temple Topped With Angel Moroni Statue (LDS Newsroom) (October 20, 2014)
A new addition to the under-construction Indianapolis Indiana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in place.

Elder David Rodger Stone passes away (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2014)
Elder David Roger Stone, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 1999-2006, died on Oct. 4, at his home in Mill Creek, Washington. He was 78. Elder Stone grew up in Argentina speaking English at home and Spanish at school. When his mother joined the Church in 1951 she decided to move to Provo, Utah, so that her children could attend Brigham Young University.

David Archuleta’s “Glorious” Missionary Work Finds Success (Church News) (October 20, 2014)
Since claiming fame in 2008 as the second place winner of American Idol, David Archuleta has captivated fans and audiences for years. “Glorious” is Archuleta’s first single upon his return from a full-time mission in Chile, and it has been acclaimed by members and nonmembers alike.

'My dear sister': Joseph F. Smith's letters to Martha Ann Smith subject of lecture (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2014)
Carole Call King may not have realized the treasure she inherited when her father, Anson B. Call Jr. died in 1993, but some time later, when she opened a box bearing the words “letters to mother,” she found a historian’s bonanza.

Jenna Kim Jones: The new, cool face of Mormonism (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2014)
Flashback nine years ago: Jenna Kim Jones, 18 years old, fresh out of Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, is standing in a New York University dorm room in the heart of Greenwich Village with a crowd of newly arriving freshman girls when one of them, the extrovert, the one who’d play Rizzo in “Grease,” announces, “You guys, I just learned there’s a Mormon girl in this building!” All eyes turned to the blond-haired, brown-eyed girl in the corner — the likeliest suspect. Outed. On her first day of school.

Buyers line up for Mormon farmland (The Land - Australia) (October 20, 2014)
A HOST of big-name buyers have lined up to purchase the $100 million, 47,000-hectare NSW Riverina farming aggregation owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. US-based Westchester Group (owned by American financial services giant TIAA-CREF), Auscott (owned by J. G. Boswell Co of California) and the Harvard Endowment Fund are all said to be contenders for the four farms.

An LDS missionary and a Marine: Twin brothers have surprise meeting in Atlanta airport (Deseret News - Utah) (October 20, 2014)
Del and Don Gull have been there for each other through it all. From competing in eighth-grade football to playing in their high school band, the twin brothers from Parowan have stuck together.

LDS husband and father is also a firefighter and wakeboard world champion (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2014)
Sam Cole isn’t your average working dad. He doesn’t sit behind a desk, working a 9-to-5 job. He stands behind a giant fire hose, washing down anything that’s aflame. And what does he do in his spare time? He’s a world champion wakeboarder. The 26-year-old champion attends the Page 3rd Ward of the Page Arizona Stake and works hard to balance his role of husband, father, active Church member, firefighter and wakeboarder. While it hasn’t been easy, he has been rewarded in bounteous ways.

October 17, 2014

President Uchtdorf Speaks to Delegates on Religious Freedom, Rule of Law (Church News) (October 17, 2014)
Religious freedom and the rule of law have been central messages from the very beginning of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf told delegates from 40 countries who participated in BYU’s 21st Annual International Law and Religion Symposium.

Broadway Star Santino Fontana and ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets™ Headline Christmas Concerts (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2014)
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have announced their guest artists for their annual Christmas concerts. Broadway star Santino Fontana and the “Sesame Street” Muppets™ will join the choir for several concerts in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on 11, 12 and 13 December 2014. The artists will also appear on the weekly “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast and mini-concert on Sunday, 14 December.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square (Church News) (October 17, 2014)
Broadway star Santino Fontana will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on December 11, 12, and 13 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Taking the stage with Santino, and in a first for the choir, the beloved Sesame Street Muppets™ will join in bringing the holiday spirit to audiences young and old.

Christmas 2014 on Temple Square (Church News) (October 17, 2014)
Visiting Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, during the Christmas season is a yearly tradition for many families and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for others. Tickets and reservations for the various 2014 Christmas programs and events are available beginning October 14, and due to the popularity of the events, tickets tend to get snatched up quickly.

Access to a Billion Obituaries Will Help Families Find Ancestors (Church News) (October 17, 2014)
Obituaries, a rich source of family history information, will be more accessible to Church members who are researching their ancestors, thanks to a new agreement announced October 1 between the Church’s FamilySearch International ( and “Obituaries can solve family puzzles, tell stories, dispel myths, and provide tremendous help with family history research,” said Paul Nauta of FamilySearch public affairs. “Clues from a single obituary can lead to connections that ultimately bring temple blessings to many people.”

Missionaries will be moving out of Raintree apartments (Daily Herald - Utah) (October 17, 2014)
The LDS Church Missionary Department has announced it will be closing the Missionary Training Center West facility at the Raintree apartments within the next few weeks. The apartments at 1849 N. Freedom Blvd. were leased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as were portions of the BYU-owned Wyview Park apartments at 146 W. 1940 North, as a short-term housing answer to the influx of missionaries at the Missionary Training Center.

'Meet the Mormons': Good Documentary or Slick, Corporate PR? (Huffington Post) (October 17, 2014)
What do you think you know about Mormons? Big families, Utah, (polygamy?), Osmonds, clean living, Mitt Romney? First released in theaters October 10, Meet the Mormons is an 80-minute infomercial produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the full name of the Mormon church) highlighting a diverse cross-section of church members. This includes profiles of a black lay clergyman in Atlanta, the coach of the football team at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, a female professional kickboxer in Costa Rica, the famous "Candy Bomber" of the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian in Nepal, and a Utah mother sending her son on a mission.

REVIEW: ‘Meet the Mormons’ offers lots of nice, little spice (Spectrum - Utah) (October 17, 2014)
“Meet the Mormons” is a documentary sanctioned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that offers audiences a gentle, well-crafted look inside the lives of six church members of temporal and cultural distinction and the religious beliefs that are a driving force in their lives. That’s it. There is nothing, really, beyond those basic objectives. Many are likely to criticize the film because it avoids controversial issues. But isn’t it silly to demand the film be more than what the filmmakers intended it to be? Did anyone expect the church to hire Michael Moore to direct its film?

October 16, 2014

Apostle Speaks on 50th Commemoration of 1964 New York World’s Fair (LDS Newsroom) (October 16, 2014)
Fifty years ago, Elder L. Tom Perry, now of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was living in Scarsdale, New York. Elder Perry, now 92, was serving as a leader in the stake over missionary work and part of that assignment included working on the committee for the 1964 New York World’s Fair in New York City, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

Defending the Faith: When the criticisms of the Book of Mormon can't be taken seriously (Deseret News - Utah) (October 16, 2014)
A set of arguments commonly advanced by Latter-day Saints seeking to commend and defend their beliefs cites things that Joseph Smith got right about the ancient world where, humanly speaking, he should probably have been wrong, or forgotten ancient doctrines that somehow reappeared in his revelations or teachings. Such arguments then ask, "How could he have known this?"

Excited about Payson temple, local artist documents progress on Facebook (Daily Herald - Utah) (October 16, 2014)
When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' President Thomas S. Monson announced plans for a temple in Payson, Tausha Coates couldn’t get a smile off her face.

Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage (Associated Press) (October 16, 2014)
Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. The church's stance toward gays has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California's ban on gay marriage in 2008, but high-ranking leaders have reiterated time and again the faith's opposition to same-sex unions.

LDS church vandalized in Duchesne (Deseret News - Utah) (October 16, 2014)
Detectives are looking for at least two people who vandalized a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Duchesne. The vandalism happened at the church, 181 N. 200 West, sometime after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Duchesne County Sheriff's Lt. Travis Tucker. It was discovered about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday by a facilities management worker, Tucker said.

Name new building after a Mormon woman, petition urges BYU (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 16, 2014)
LDS Church-own Brigham Young University has named its buildings after male prophets, businessmen, scholars, scientists, and pioneers of every kind — they are "legacies in stone," says student Kristi Thomas Boyce. Boyce argues in a petition that it’s high time at least one honored a prominent Mormon woman.

From the Web: Rare Book of Mormon valued at $40,000 on 'Pawn Stars' (Daily Herald - Utah) (October 16, 2014)
The Book of Mormon is valuable to many Mormons, but to one person it was incredibly valuable. On the most recent episode of the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" that aired last week, a customer brought in an 1842 version of the Book of Mormon.

October 15, 2014

General Conference Reach Continues to Steadily Advance (Church News) (October 15, 2014)
Every six months Church leaders and staff work tirelessly toward making general conference the most spiritually uplifting, strengthening experience possible. As technology has steadily advanced, so has the reach and ease of accessing conference worldwide.

The Mormon Church Is Building a Family Tree of the Entire Human Race (New Republic) (October 15, 2014)
Mormons think as hard as, probably harder than, anyone else in the world about what it means to keep facts alive, or at least to keep them accessible to the living, and the phenomenon they have built out of granite, microfilm, machines, and software is as mind-bogglingly ambitious for our century as the flying buttresses and gargoyles of Notre Dame were in the twelfth century.

EFY medley goes global in new YouTube video (Deseret News - Utah) (October 15, 2014)
When Michael Hicks arranged “The EFY medley” in 1999, he had no idea the impact the song would have all around the world, but a new video he compiled shows the worldwide influence of the arrangement. The video features 60 performances of the medley in 23 different countries on six continents.

Pathway marks 5th anniversary (BYU-Idaho newsroom) (October 15, 2014)
When the final figures for Pathway's fall 2012 enrollment came across the desk of BYU-Idaho president Kim B. Clark, he was astonished. The numbers were much higher than he had expected. But as impressive as the numbers may have been, it wasn't the sheer quantity of Pathway students that was important. It was the story those statistics told. Pathway had identified - and was meeting - a critical need within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS missionaries, motivated by love for God and people (Woodburn Independent - Oregon) (October 15, 2014)
With their uniforms and name tags, their rigorous work and study schedules, their two-year, full-time commitments to their church, the missionaries currently based at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Woodburn are not your average 19- and 20-year-olds.

You can't always trust the critics: 'Mormons' movie is very inspiring (Bakersfield Californian) (October 15, 2014)
I went to Edwards Cinemas on Saturday and viewed "Meet the Mormons." And, yes, I am a Mormon, so I can't honestly write without bias. But I believe Barbara Vandenburgh's review of this movie didn't give the it the credit it deserved ("'Mormons' presents an in-house view of church," Oct. 10).

Utah father and son emerge from 'Shark Tank' with deal (Deseret News - Utah) (October 15, 2014)
On Friday night, a Highland, Utah, father-son duo appeared on the ABC hit show “Shark Tank” and flew away with a big deal for their business, “Paper Box Pilots.” More importantly to his dad Brian, 14-year-old Noah Cahoon gained a one-of-a-kind life experience.

More editing, more confusion about Mormon women’s meeting (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 15, 2014)
And the debate about what to call the LDS General Mormon Women’s Meeting continues — with some Mormon authorities on one side, the church’s public affairs arm on the other and church-owned publications going back and forth between them. To recap: On the night of the Sept. 27 gathering, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the governing First Presidency, called it the opening of the faith’s semiannual General Conference.

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