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March 24, 2017

Son-in-Law of Temple Missionaries among Dead in London Terror Attack (Church News) (March 24, 2017)
The son-in-law of temple missionaries is counted among the three people who were killed in a March 22 terrorist attack outside Great Britain’s Parliament.

London terror attack: Utah man killed, wife seriously hurt in rampage (FOX News) (March 24, 2017)
A Utah man was killed and his wife seriously injured during the terrorist attack outside London's Parliament building on Wednesday, relatives announced, saying the two were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

Unbelievably, international terrorism strikes at Utahns again (Deseret News - Utah) (March 24, 2017)
Islamic State terrorists now have killed one Utahn and wounded four others in two international attacks exactly a year apart, a frightening coincidence that has left Utahns dumbfounded and grief-stricken.

Easter initiative: 'Learn principles of peace from the Prince of Peace' (LDS Church News) (March 24, 2017)
On the heels of a successful Christmastime social media campaign entitled “Light the World,” the Church is now embarking on an Easter initiative to celebrate the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Better days await members in Brazil (LDS Church News) (March 24, 2017)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered a central message during his recent visit to Brazil: The Lord is in charge — and things will work out for the best.

8 Ways to Access General Conference Sessions (Church News) (March 24, 2017)
Twice a year, the Church invites people around the world to participate in general conference when the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.

14th annual Book of Mormon conference features BYU professors (Daily Universe - BYU) (March 24, 2017)
BYU professors and Book of Mormon scholars Taylor Halverson and Matt Roper recently spoke at the 14th annual Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum Conference at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

Contributions of women celebrated across the Dominican Republic (LDS Church News) (March 24, 2017)
The Dominican Republic can surely be called a Mormon success story. Home to some 130,000 Latter-day Saints, this Caribbean island nation enjoys a relatively brief yet rich Church history — and a promising future of continued growth and influence.

Could an LDS temple be on the horizon for Pocatello? (Idaho State Journal - Idaho) (March 24, 2017)
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have six temples that are less than a two-hour drive from Pocatello....

March 23, 2017

New 2017 Mission Presidents Called to Serve in the U.S., Brazil, France, and More (Church News) (March 23, 2017)
Eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2017.

Advocacy groups ask feds to investigate Mormon church for allegedly procuring ‘favors’ from foreign governments (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 23, 2017)
An equal rights group and a nontheistic group have called for a federal investigation of the Mormon church in light of allegations that it procured "favors" from foreign governments through a former senator.

Trump’s executive orders could change BYU’s international student demographic (Daily Universe - Utah) (March 23, 2017)
President Donald Trump has passed three executive orders that could impact Brigham Young University’s international students.

Are the Mormons a 'peculiar' people? (Deseret News - Utah) (March 23, 2017)
The question has long been raised, both by Mormons themselves and by gentile onlookers (such as I): Are the Mormons a "peculiar" people?

Mormons and plastic surgery — a connection that is more myth than reality (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 23, 2017)
No one could blame Mormon writer Jana Riess for presuming that women in her faith were going under the plastic surgery knife at a higher rate than others.

Temples Have Proliferated in 20 Years Since Smaller Design Announced (Church News) (March 23, 2017)
When President Brigham Young in 1863 foretold there one day would be hundreds of temples built and dedicated to the Lord (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 395), it no doubt seemed incredible to the relatively small flock that belonged to the Church then.

Kurt Cochran's family say he was a 'good man and loving husband' (The Guardian - UK) (March 23, 2017)
The family of Kurt Cochran have issued a statement, through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after the American tourist was identified as the third victim of the attack in Westminster.

Utah man killed, wife injured in London terror attack (Deseret News - Utah) (March 23, 2017)
Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa were in London visiting the woman's parents, who are serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church spokesman confirmed, and were caught in the attack.

March 22, 2017

Presidential historian gives advice to President Donald J. Trump (Daily Universe - Utah) (March 22, 2017)
Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns-Goodwin recounted her experiences working with past presidents during a forum given on March 21. She described how people can learn from others by looking back at history.

Wounds still healing, LDS missionaries share lessons a year after Brussels bombing (Deseret News - Utah) (March 22, 2017)
Mason Wells and Richard Norby still nurse open wounds on their legs. Dresden Empey had surgery last week to remove a piece of shrapnel nestled against a nerve in his leg. Sister Fanny Clain is scheduled to have surgery on her wounded ear in two weeks.

'It's a sacred day,' Utah missionary recalls Brussels terror attack one year later (KUTV - Utah) (March 22, 2017)
"The airport on March 22 has given me lots to think about and lots to be grateful for," Norby said. His journey to recovery has taken him from an emergency triage center at the airport, to a Belgian hospital, to the University of Utah Hospital and then to countless physical therapy sessions.

Mormons’ reactions to LGBT video reveal the LDS Church’s mixed messages about gays (Religion News Service) (March 22, 2017)
Last Thursday, the Mormon Channel released a new video to Mormonandgay.lds.org: “The Mackintoshes’ Story – A Son Comes Out and a Family Loves.”

LDS members assist in returning lost WWII flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier (Deseret News - Utah) (March 22, 2017)
A lost and forgotten World War II Japanese flag, found in an Alabama middle school closet 15 years ago, was recently returned to the son of the soldier who once carried it, thanks in part to a few members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Members Assemble 250 Hygiene Kits for Local Refugee Families in Denver (Church News) (March 22, 2017)
Heeding a call to service from the Church’s “I Was a Stranger” effort, a Colorado resident discovered a desire within her Denver community to aid local refugee families.

March 21, 2017

Interfaith Musical Event Held at Historic Tabernacle on Temple Square (LDS Newsroom) (March 21, 2017)
A couple thousand people of various faiths attended an interfaith musical event at the Tabernacle on historic Temple Square on Sunday. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable organized the event. Prayers were offered by local Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders.

Provo City Center Temple celebrates one year, downtown area vibrant (Daily Herald - Utah) (March 21, 2017)
It has been one year since the Provo City Center Temple opened its doors for patrons. For two months prior to that the temple’s open house made downtown Provo a flurry of activity. The public response to the new temple was overwhelmingly positive with many people curious to see how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints transformed the old, burnt out tabernacle into a “House of the Lord.”

BYU law professor teaches as Scholar in Residence at USC (Daily Universe - Utah) (March 21, 2017)
BYU law professor John W. “Jack” Welch is known for his contributions to Mormon scholarship and is seen as an influential scholar and professor by many of his colleagues.

'We're not pulling back' from helping refugees, LDS leader says as First Presidency increases budget (Deseret News - Utah) (March 21, 2017)
The LDS Church is escalating its efforts to help refugees, directing more resources to aid programs one year after its "I Was a Stranger" program activated Mormons around the world to help on an individual basis. "I hope it's more of the same" in the second year, Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, said of rank-and-file members The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who volunteered for resettlement agencies, mentored refugees one-on-one, gave money, put together aid kits or launched grassroots English classes or daycare groups.

Discover how often emotions are used in the scriptures (LDS Church News) (March 21, 2017)
John 11:35 is well-known for being the shortest verse found in the scriptures: “Jesus wept.” But while that New Testament passage contains but two words, it is long in meaning and significance. Readers gain a glimpse of divine emotion and a deeper understanding of the Savior’s compassion and love.

I Planned My Wedding in 5 Days. You Could, Too. (The New York Times) (March 21, 2017)
It was the day before my wedding, and I still didn’t have a dress. In less than 24 hours, family and friends would be gathering to celebrate the occasion, and at this point my “something borrowed” was going to be an entire church outfit. Was I concerned? Not really, and not for long. I decided to throw a Hail Mary at my mom by asking if she would make a skirt to match the $10 top I found. She did. And it was lovely.

Mormon church releases video of family accepting gay son who leaves the faith (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 21, 2017)
After wrestling with his same-sex attraction throughout his childhood and into his early 20s, Xian Mackintosh finally told his Mormon parents he was gay — through Facebook. "I'm not going to beat around the bush, I just need to tell you guys that I'm gay," read the private message from Xian, one of seven children of Scott and Becky Mackintosh of Lehi, sent while he was away at college.

March 20, 2017

Plan to Participate in Church’s “Prince of Peace” Easter Initiative (Church News) (March 20, 2017)
During the past few Christmas and Easter holiday seasons, the Church has sponsored worldwide efforts to share simple yet powerful messages about Jesus Christ.

Discover If Your Ancestors Were Part of Early Relief Society Organization (Church News) (March 20, 2017)
In honor of the 175th anniversary of the Relief Society, FamilySearch has published a new experience where you can read inspiring stories about the women who were part of the early Relief Society organization—and find out if you are related to any of them!

Essential Reason Porn Is Wrong: It Objectifies Humans, Says Speaker (Church News) (March 20, 2017)
Despite the negative consequences of pornography—addiction, marital breakdown, sexual violence—it’s crucial to see pornography as wrong in and of itself because of the way it objectifies human beings, said the keynote speaker at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography conference March 11.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites (LDS Newsroom Blog) (March 20, 2017)
LDS Charities, in partnership with the Pediatrics Association of Nigeria (PAN), has helped save more than 1.8 million babies in the past 10 years through the neonatal resuscitation project in Nigeria.

Groups ask Trump administration to investigate LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah) (March 20, 2017)
A lobbyist group for nontheists and a gay rights organization have requested an investigation by the U.S. State and Justice departments into the way LDS Church missionaries obtained some visas. But those close to the congressional process called any impropriety far-fetched.

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