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Mormons fight to be called by their full name (The Economist) (November 7, 2018)
George Handley, a professor of literature at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has been working on a book that looks at responses to culture among fellow believers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Romney sails through Utah Senate race to succeed Orrin Hatch (Fox News - Utah) (November 7, 2018)
Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has won the race to succeed retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah, defeating Democratic opponent Jenny Wilson by a large margin.

The Mormon Church vs. Pot (New York Times) (November 7, 2018)
In September, a billboard appeared near downtown here urging voters to support Proposition 2, an initiative to legalize medical marijuana that is on the ballot Tuesday. Quoting from Mormon Church scripture and its “word of wisdom” about food and drink, the billboard read, “All Wholesome Herbs God Has Ordained for the Use of Man.” In other words, you can use pot for your medical ills and still be a good Mormon.

Medical marijuana ballot initiative has about 53 percent support from voters as results roll in (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2018)
A majority of Utah voters backed an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the Beehive State, with more than 53 percent in support of the measure out of nearly 740,000 ballots counted, according to results posted late Tuesday.

Church Statement on Local Celebrations, Including Pageants (LDS Newsroom) (November 7, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families.

Video: The remarkable way a prophecy about the Church in South America is being fulfilled (Church News) (November 7, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has experienced remarkable growth in South America since the continent was dedicated by Elder Melvin J. Ballard on Dec. 25, 1925.

Trading BYU jerseys for Helping Hands vests: Former athletes tackle Hurricane Florence cleanup (Church News) (November 7, 2018)
Mitch and Madie Mathews know the ins-and-outs of good teamwork. Both were celebrated athletes at Brigham Young University. Remember the Cougar’s last second, game-winning touchdown against Nebraska in 2015? That was Mitch on the receiving end of that unforgettable score.

Locals lend their help through Hurricane Michael relief (Monroe Journal - Mississippi) (November 7, 2018)
A group of Mississippi volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cleans up storm debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle. The volunteers are the most short-term workers onsite, working weekends when they can travel to Florida.

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