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Inside the Missionary Training Center: Boot camp for Mormons (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 15, 2013)
The 35-acre campus is an island of young people, where teens and 20-somethings outnumber grown-ups by 10-to-1. Sure, the place is awash in fresh-faced students, but even the workers — from the cafeteria to the copy center, the mailroom to the bookstore — and most of the teachers are under 30.

Strengthening the Church with faith, courage, actions and efforts (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013)
The faith manifested by early European pioneers is required now if Latter-day Saints are to move the Church and kingdom of God forward, said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve during a broadcast to Church members in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Seminar for New Mission Presidents: Revelation and the gift of Holy Ghost (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013)
Teaching by the Holy Spirit is fundamental to missionary work, said on June 24. "We teach as directed by the Spirit of the Lord," he said. Speaking without a prepared text, Elder Oaks addressed the topic of revelation and the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Seminar for New Mission Presidents: The doctrine and message of repentance (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013)
The doctrine of repentance is an all-inclusive, glorious message of salvation that is offered to all. Missionaries — and all who reflect Christ's love — are about "the great work of persuading all men" to repentance. That was the message Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve shared June 25 at the 2013 Seminar for New Mission Presidents. In several passages found in the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord stresses the importance of the doctrine and message of repentance.

Seminar for New Mission Presidents: The converting power of the scriptures (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013)
The scriptures remain a powerful and essential tool in the sacred work of bringing others to the gospel, said Bishop Gérald Caussé in his June 25 address at the 2013 Seminar for New Mission Presidents. The first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric spoke of the importance of the scriptures in the conversion of his own family 50 years ago. A pair of young American missionaries visited the Caussé household in France and began sharing the discussions. The family peppered the elders with questions even as they began attending Church meetings.

No suit and tie — LDS missionaries get wardrobe makeover (Daily Herald - Utah) (July 15, 2013)
Grandpa wore fedoras, dark suits and black wing tip shoes. Dad wore Rockports, 3-piece suits and London Fog coats. Today missionaries are going for the young business professional look -- brighter ties, creased khaki slacks, and in some places closed-toed sandals sans socks. White shirts and name tags remain a standard. The LDS social circle is abuzz about the more modern and perhaps more relaxed styling for mission attire and accessories as seen on the church's website. Sisters are encouraged to be more colorful, with simple accessories including watches, bracelets and necklaces. Pantyhose and ankle-length skirts went by the wayside years ago. Sisters also get makeup tips, and elders are given instruction on three variations of knots for their ties. Hairstyles for both are suggested.

Elder Adhemar Damiani dies at 73 (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013)
Elder Adhemar Damiani, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy, died on June 16, 2013, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 73.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | 12 July (LDS Newsroom Blog) (July 15, 2013)
In this edition of Getting It Right, we include two stories about Mormon missionary work and an article about the volunteer efforts associated with the Church’s Hill Cumorah pageant.

Viewpoint: Remember and Emulate LDS Pioneers (Church News and Events) (July 15, 2013)
The lives of Latter-day Saint pioneers Jens Neilson and his wife, Elsie, demonstrate sacrifice, faith, and charity. A member of the Willie Handcart Company, Jens—a relatively prosperous Danish farmer—heeded the call to bring his family to Zion. The family had enough money to buy wagons, horses, and other supplies, but instead they chose to help others with less means travel to Zion. In Iowa, Jens wrote that he gave all his money to the Church, except enough to buy and stock a handcart.

BYUtv uplifting entertainment (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013)
In January 2000, BYU launched its own TV channel: BYUtv. Its vision was to provide uplifting and entertaining programming that enables its viewers to see the good in the world. Today, BYUtv is carried by DirecTV, DISH Network and almost 877 cable television providers nationwide. It won 11 Emmy awards last year alone. BYUtv is growing but remains committed to produce family friendly content.

On the church history trail (Deseret News - Utah) (July 15, 2013)
As marvelous as books and photos are, there is something special about visiting LDS Church historical landmarks, trails and sites in person. That's how Kenneth Mays, a Church Educational System instructor and a church history enthusiast, feels about it. "There are feelings that one can feel when visiting a church history site ...," Mays said. "There is a connection that never seems to happen in a book. There is a new reality that emerges. It becomes more than just a story. … It becomes so much more real."

Former Utah Attorney General Vern Romney dies at age 89 (Deseret News - Utah) (July 15, 2013)
Republican Vernon B. Romney, former Utah attorney general and candidate for governor, died Saturday at the age of 89. He was a first-cousin once removed of former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Mormon convert named Calif. Young Mother of the Year (Deseret News - Utah) (July 15, 2013)
Stephanie Williams McKnight, California Young Mother of the Year, with her daughters, Sarah and Autumn. At age 25, Sister McKnight is the youngest woman to be named a Young Mother of the Year.

Midway woman alleges LDS leader had her involuntarily committed (Daily Herald - Utah) (July 15, 2013)
On June 3, outspoken child advocate Connie Fielding, of Midway, was taken by her LDS stake president to a hospital for involuntary commitment to a lockdown psych ward. She was released 18 days later when, because of the outcry of her friends, her case garnered national attention from a group called Lawless America and a volunteer lawyer took her case before a judge, who ordered her release. At noon on June 3, Fielding met with her stake president in his office. Within 30 minutes, she was being driven to the McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, two hours away. By 2:30 p.m., court papers show, Fielding, 51, was "involuntarily committed" to the hospital's psychiatric unit. When asked if stake presidents are often involved in involuntarily committing church members to psych units, a spokeswoman for the LDS Church said the stake president was simply giving Fielding a ride.

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