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Murdered behind bars (The Tennessean) (June 27, 2012)
The founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), Joseph Smith Jr., was murdered while being held in an Illinois jail on June 27, 1844.

LDS congregations buy Camp El Wa Ho (Waynesboro Record Herald - Pennsylvania) (June 27, 2012)
A former longtime Girl Scout camp has been given new life as a religious youth facility. Local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known more commonly as Mormons, have acquired the former Camp El Wa Ho, located just off U.S. 30 between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, for around $800,000. The Girl Scout camp was discontinued two years ago. The late Eleanor Hoover of Waynesboro donated the property to the Girl Scouts for use as a summer camp more than 50 years ago. New use LDS plans to open a youth facility for eight weeklong girls’ camps during the summer, where girls ages 12 to 18 from each stake will learn camping skills and gain perspective on life. Others to be accommodated on an as-available basis include Boy Scout and Cub Scout camping and day camps; Boy Scout leadership training; LDS ward, stake and single or multi-family outings and picnics; and departure and arrival point for the church-sponsored youth treks, which occur once every four years and involve high school-aged youth connecting with their pioneer ancestors physically and spiritually. If the calendar allows, non-LDS functions will be considered. Adult couples will help to oversee the operation of the camp as part of the LDS Church Service Missionary Program.

A rumble, a whoosh, then Timothy was gone (Community Press - Ohio) (June 27, 2012)
A small group of hikers stood in the early morning darkness, listening and wondering. What’s that rumbling sound? Nobody knew. On Friday, Trevor Stansbury, 43, and his sons, Timothy, 13, and Jonathan, 12, were on the last leg of what had been an exhilarating eight-day guided hike through the Himalayan region of Nepal in South Asia. Along the way they’d seen many pack horses; maybe the sound was galloping hooves, Trevor thought. Suddenly Trevor heard a loud whoosh, what sounded to him like a meteorite streaking to earth, and a whack, like a baseball bat hitting a punching bag. Then the awful realization: Timothy, who had been right beside him, was gone, killed instantly by a rolling boulder. “I’ve cried a sea of tears,” the father of four said Monday evening, one day after he and Jonathan returned to their Clermont County home. “The reservoirs are just empty.”

Slim book ‘Talking with Mormons’ makes a lot of sense (Standard Examiner Blog - Utah) (June 27, 2012)
On page 38 of theologian Richard J. Mouw’s new book, “Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals” (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), the author recounts a telephone call from an LDS man who, 10 years after his baptism, was questioning whether he was a Christian. Mouw asked the following questions , quoted from the book: How many Gods are there, I asked. Well, there is one Godhead, made up from three divine Persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he responded. Will you ever become a god like them? Oh no. I hope I’m becoming more Christ-like, but only the three Persons of Godhood are worthy of worship. More like God — yes. To be a God — no way! What is the basis for your salvation? Do you earn it by your good works? No, my good works can’t save me. I’m saved by grace, through the atoning work of Christ on the Cross. My good works — those I perform in gratitude to what He has done for me. Mouw assured the caller he was a Christian, and he also told the man to remain a Mormon, so long as he can give those answers without reproach to his LDS leaders. That anecdote, delivered in this slim, valuable volume, shows the wisdom of the author. There is nothing untruthful in what that man told Mouw.

Danish Relief Society Members Collect Bandages for Ugandan Hospitals (Church News and Events) (June 27, 2012)
Lisbeth Bach Sørensen knows what it means to be “anxiously engaged in a good cause” (D&C 58:27). The healthcare worker, a member of the Roskilde Ward in the Copenhagen Denmark Stake, has been volunteering her time helping the poor in Uganda since 1994, often by meeting critical medical needs. She pays for her own airfare to the African county, where she travels two to three times each year as an independent humanitarian worker, because she believes that all of humanity are Heavenly Father’s children.

Next time Mormons pay tithing, they may notice something new (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 27, 2012)
The LDS Church has redesigned the slips members use to pay tithing and other donations, eliminating several of the line items. Until recently, church members could check a box in front of the Perpetual Education Fund (which helps Mormon students in less-developed nations), the Book of Mormon (to pay for publication of the Utah-based faith's signature scripture), or temple construction in addition to tithing, fast offerings (for the poor), general and ward missionary funds and humanitarian aid. The current form now has spaces only for tithing, fast offering, humanitarian aid and general and ward missionary fund. The education, temple and scripture funds have been removed.

Utah chess prodigy selected to train with Kasparov (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 27, 2012)
When he was 2 years old, Kayden Troff frequently sat atop his father’s lap to watch him play chess. When Kayden turned 3, he said he wanted to play, too. "We all just kind of laughed," said his mom, Kim Troff. That was, until the tiny boy started shifting pieces. "He knew not only how they moved, he could play a whole game of chess," she said. "From that point on, we realized it was something pretty amazing." For years, the 14-year-old Kayden has been Utah’s very own chess genius, winning championships and besting people many times his age. Now Kayden is working to take his play to the next level with former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. Kayden is one of about a dozen American chess prodigies who have been selected so far to spend up to the next five years working with Kasparov and others to perfect their game.

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