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MormonTimes - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Pilot and apostle (9-29-9)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve in many years who was born outside the United States. He sees that fact as simply an indication of the ever-growing church.
LDS among 240 dead in Philippine storm (9-28)
At least 24 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among the more than 200 dead after tropical storm Ketsana scythed across the northern Philippines over the weekend, church officials said.
MormonTimes - Mormon apostle makes historic visit to Latvian saints (9-28)
On March 17, 1993, with his back to the Baltic Sea, Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the country of Latvia in Eastern Europe for the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was in front of a small gathering of missionaries and new members.
MormonTimes - Challenging issues and keeping the faith: Imperfect scriptures (9-28)
In last week's column it was explained that the scriptures can be both imperfect and still be the word of God.
MormonTimes - Angel placed atop Gila Valley Arizona Temple (9-28)
A monumental occasion took place Tuesday morning as the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was set in place atop the Gila Valley Arizona Temple.
MormonTimes - Missionaries help in finding family at Ellis Island (9-28)
The large-city skylines and Statue of Liberty are more than just a far-off view for sisters serving in the New Jersey Morristown Mission. As part of their proselyting responsibilities, some companionships spend a few hours a week with people from around the world in the American Family Immigration History Center located on Ellis Island.
We can all make a better effort in bringing an end to racism (9-27)
Like many of you, I have been irritated and somewhat offended by statements from defenders of President Barack Obama's policies that opposition to his plans is based in part on racism.
MormonTimes - Cockpit to pulpit: 50 years of flight (9-26)
That phrase aptly sums up the past 50 years of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's life.
MormonTimes - Christ-themed exhibit at BYU Museum of Art (9-26)
Visitors to art museums or galleries sometimes utilize a passive eye while viewing a painting or sculpture.
MormonTimes - New Harrisville Welfare Services Center dedicated (9-26)
Bishop Richard C. Edgley, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has dedicated a new welfare services center in Harrisville, Utah.
MormonTimes - Mormon peanut farm fortifies faith’s welfare system (9-26)
FRIO COUNTY, Texas -- Under a grueling sun, about 25 men whacked at weeds between rows of peanut plants covering massive fields of sandy, red soil on a Saturday morning this summer.
MormonTimes - Five Mormon-related stories you may have missed (9-26)
Sometimes it's not the big stories that attract the attention of the Mormon Media Observer.
MormonTimes - Lehi's DNA: What's missing? (9-25)
It is possible that the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi came to the Americas and left many descendants -- but no traceable DNA. To understand what may have happened to Lehi's DNA, it is necessary to understand how population geneticists track populations.
MormonTimes - 'East Angels' captures author's youth (9-25)
"East Angels," by Brad Douglas, paperback, 176 pages, $11.95
MormonTimes - Early revelations provide a glimpse into the past (9-24)
The aim of Joseph Smith Papers editors for the first volume of the Revelations and Translations series is really no different than that of the Prophet, who anticipated the need for the Saints to have recorded versions of the revelations he received.
MormonTimes - Life, faith captured in LDS art (9-24)
My wife and I never think of ourselves as "stuck" in Salt Lake City --with a morning to kill before a meeting in Provo that night, we had a chance to walk around town and see things.
MormonTimes - BYU professor finds meaning in sacred architecture (9-24)
A desire to gain a richer experience in attending a Mormon temple led Val. W. Brinkerhoff to begin researching the symbols in temple architecture and their meaning.
LDS Church complies in Guyana (9-23)
About 40 Mormon missionaries who were asked to leave Guyana because of outdated documents are complying with government orders, the church said Wednesday.
MormonTimes - Firesides build bridges between LDS and Jews (9-23)
California Mormon Mark Paredes knew he was heading into charged territory when he embarked on a fireside tour to Europe -- a mission designed to answer questions and clear up misunderstandings about Mormons and Jews.
MormonTimes - Seven faith 'tribes' can reverse nation's course (9-23)
A writer suggests that Latter-day Saints are among seven faith "tribes" that can reverse what he calls the nation's course of self-destruction.
MormonTimes - Prayers for the dead not wasted (9-23)
Why don't LDS people ever pray for the dead -- for those who've moved on to the next level?
Newest Joseph Smith Papers book strikingly different (9-22)
The newest offering from the Joseph Smith Papers project is not required reading.
BYU cancels controversial play produced by University of Utah (9-22)
The University of Utah's rock-opera version of Euripides' classic Greek tragedy "The Bakkhai" is apparently too much "wine, sex and rock and roll" for the Brigham Young University campus.
MormonTimes - Our relationship with Jesus: Where does it stand? (9-22)
This past Sunday in our sacrament service, we had the opportunity to listen to a member of our stake presidency.
MormonTimes - Angel Moroni statue placed atop the Kiev Ukraine Temple (9-21)
The Angel Moroni was placed atop the Kiev Ukraine Temple recently, a significant event for members in Eastern Europe, where Mormon presence is still in its infancy.
MormonTimes - Why baptize children at young age of 8? (9-21)
A friend of my daughter recently said she could not understand why Mormons baptize children at such a young age, 8 years old. This got me thinking.
FLDS man sues Arizona over loss of police job (9-21)
A former police officer from a polygamous community has filed a lawsuit against Arizona officials, claiming he was defamed and his civil rights violated when they revoked his police certification.
MormonTimes - Can imperfect scriptures lead to God? (9-21)
The 8th Article of Faith states: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."
MormonTimes - Renowned tenor visits Tabernacle (9-21)
Famed Italian operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli spent several hours in Salt Lake Cityfor a video recording with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
Taft left a big impression on Utahns in 1909 (9-20)
Probably no other national figure has ever received the kind of welcome that greeted President William Howard Taft when he made a three-day stop in Utah 100 years ago this week.
Museum has a long history as a fixture downtown (9-20)
The Church History Museum is the fourth in a pedigree of downtown Salt Lake City museums owned or supervised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU documentary filmmakers could bring home Emmy (9-20)
BYU film professor Brad Barber will be in the audience tonight at the Lincoln Center in New York for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony hoping to hear his name called.
Celebrating living history (9-20)
Perhaps it's the christening gown so carefully crafted by the young woman crossing the Atlantic Ocean a century and a half ago. She was anxious to rejoin her fiance, who had gone ahead to the Great Salt Lake Valley and homesteaded in Coalville.
MormonTimes - Latest Papers volume presents facsimiles of early revelations (9-20)
When the latest volume in the Joseph Smith Papers Project is published next week, readers will gaze back in time and glimpse the process for preserving many of the revelations in what is now the Doctrine and Covenants.
Gay Mormons seek to be LDS on own terms (9-19)
Alanna Farnsworth had no one to talk to when her son told her he was gay.
LDS Church News - How to testify (9-19)
The Book of Mormon records an occasion when Alma bore pure testimony:
Elder Hafen urges those with same-sex attraction to have faith (9-19)
Individuals struggling with same-gender attraction should not let their challenges define their entire identity nor succumb to the increasing cultural confusion swirling around the topic of homosexuality.
MormonTimes - Miracle of the lost temple-ordinance cards (9-19)
The Glendora California Stake was scheduled for a day at the Los Angeles Temple. I sent a stack of about 200 family-file cards ahead of time with a temple worker from my ward, so that others could help with the work early that morning, and then didn't end up attending, because of emergencies at home.
MormonTimes - Does DNA disprove Lehi story? (9-18)
Somewhere among the varied coasts of the two American continents was landfall for a small group of ancient Israelite seafarers led by a prophet named Lehi.
Elizabeth Smart could testify before leaving for LDS mission (9-17)
Elizabeth Smart, who has accepted a call to serve an LDS mission, may take the witness stand for the first time in the case against one of her accused kidnappers.
Phoenix neighbors voice opposition to LDS temple (9-17)
Some north Phoenix residents are voicing strong opposition to a proposed LDS temple, saying it would be an eyesore and would disrupt their mountain views.
MormonTimes - Joseph Smith Papers editors reveal tools of trade (9-16)
When handling an original book that contains the only known account of the First Vision written by the Prophet's hand, it's wise to take precautions.
MormonTimes - Of Romney, road signs, social media and seminary (9-16)
Should Mitt Romney run for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat? Is a road sign in Florida the wrong sign for the times? Are churches replacing traditional religion reporters with social media? The Mormon Media Observer looks at odds and ends.
MormonTimes - Gaining favor with Ishmael (9-16)
This column has been following the Saints prior to their "expulsion" from Missouri. We will soon tag along for their adventures in Illinois. But first, a lesson that almost shouts at us from Missouri. We could call it the principle of "gaining favor with Ishmael."
MormonTimes - Annual Mormon movie festival seeks 2010 entries (9-15)
Organizers of the annual LDS Film Festival have issued a call for film and scriptwriting entries for the 2010 Mormon-theme film event.
MormonTimes - First female Cosmo had to learn swagger (9-15)
To adequately fill the shoes of Cosmo, the BYU mascot, in 1955, Peggy Herron Mortensen had to put shoes within shoes.
MormonTimes - Happiness doesn't come from fame, Murphys say (9-15)
The real happiness in life comes from the Savior's Atonement, faith and family -- not fame, Dale and Nancy Murphy say.
MormonTimes - Do Fab Five cloggers stand a chance? (9-14)
With this summer's edition of "America's Got Talent" down to its final 10 acts, the obvious favorites are -- not surprisingly -- singers.
MormonTimes - Challenging issues and keeping the faith, Part 17 (9-14)
As explained in the previous issue, God doesn't reveal all things about all aspects of the gospel to all prophets as soon as they assume the mantle of a prophet.
MormonTimes - Cub Scouting sets priesthood foundation (9-14)
Bishops and branch presidents -- want a deacons quorum filled with young men well prepared to perform their Aaronic Priesthood duties? Start first by building successful Cub Scout dens.
MormonTimes - Buenos Aires temple to close in November (9-13)
Beginning November 1, 2009, the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple will close for approximately 18 months to accommodate a renovation of the temple. This is necessary to upgrade the temple's mechanical systems and bring the temple up to current standards.
LDS Church publishes new Spanish-language Bible (9-13)
"Una obra maravillosa ... un milagro ... inspirado ... unificar y facilitar."
MormonTimes - Documentary project tracking nine potential missionaries (9-12)
A documentary series currently under production will feature the lives of nine LDS young men as they graduate from high school and consider and prepare for missionary service.
MormonTimes - Guyana official: missionaries flouted law (9-11)
Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday said that the Mormons are not the only persons who have flouted immigration laws, by overstaying their time in Guyana. He recalled that similar issues had arisen in the past with Hindu and Muslim Missionaries.
MormonTimes - Making their mark: 32 LDS players are on NFL rosters (9-10)
Kevin Curtis loves football. He has an intense belief in himself. And at every level, from high school to junior college to Division I football, he's fought to stay on the field.
MormonTimes - Sunstone speaker attempts to explain LDS 'aversion' to cross (9-10)
In 1916 a church asked the Salt Lake City Council to allow them to build a huge cross, "the symbol of Christianity," on Ensign Peak. "We would like to construct it of cement, re-enforced with steel, of sufficient dimensions that it can be readily seen from every part of the city," the request read.
MormonTimes - Ravens boast most Mormon players on NFL roster (9-10)
This season, the Baltimore Ravens are the most-Mormon team in the NFL. There are five members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Baltimore's 2009 roster, and Mormons are among the team's most notable performers and acquisitions.
MormonTimes - Students realize dream of Mormon Club at La Jolla High School (9-9)
When Christie Richmond, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), was in eighth grade, she found herself constantly explaining why her beliefs were different from everyone else's.
MormonTimes - Mormon Media Observer: Outpouring of news about service (9-9)
It seems there are a lot of Latter-day Saints offering service around the world, service that has gotten a lot of news media attention from Nigeria to Alberta to California. Here's just a sample of some of the good news.
Ex-seminary principal seeks cell-phone records (9-9)
Attorneys for a former seminary principal accused of having sexual relations with a student told a judge on Tuesday they need the cell-phone records of the two before the case can go forward.
MormonTimes - Mormon Studies may join University of Utah curriculum (9-9)
When Philip Barlow left Utah to study religion formally in Boston he had no intention of studying anything to do with Mormonism, but as he studied the sources and evidences that scholars used to make their conclusions about religion he came to a realization.
MormonTimes - Mormon freshman will be part of documentary about collegiate life (9-9)
You will never see Stephen Nelson walking out of the Gelman Starbucks with a caffeinated beverage. Nor will you ever see him taking tequila shots in Thurston. Or smoking. Or having sex -- before marriage at least.
MormonTimes - Church News: LDS teen gets perfect ACT and SAT scores (9-9)
What started off as a friendly rivalry between brothers resulted in 16-year-old Justin Gottula achieving perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams.
MormonTimes - Mormons work with other faiths at California food bank (9-8)
Today, Mormons work hand-in-hand with other faiths at the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to feed the hungry throughout an area of some 280,000 people.
MormonTimes - TLC films LDS quintuplets in 'Multitude of Multiples' (9-7)
Getting seven children through a regular day is one thing -- getting seven children, five of whom are only 2 years old, through a day is something else.
Yellowstone crowds pack LDS chapel (9-6)
Nearly 3,000 vacationing Mormons overwhelmed a small LDS chapel 25 miles outside Yellowstone National Park for services on Sunday, with churchgoers spilling out into hallways and onto the lawns, sidewalks and driveway surrounding the building.
MormonTimes - LDS chocolate-maker impresses world's chocolatiers (9-6)
To the members in the Oakhills 4th Ward, Art Pollard is simply the ward librarian, a nice man with a nice wife and two young sons.
MormonTimes - Kirtland's history interwoven with the Restoration (9-6)
The peaceful rolling hills, green pastures and tree-lined roadways of northern Ohio belie the wealth of significant events that occurred in the Restoration in and near Kirtland.
MormonTimes - Gladys Knight on Jackson's death: 'That belongs to God' (9-5)
Gladys Knight talks with ThisIsNottingham.co.uk, a news Web site from Nottingham in the U.K., about the death of her friend, Michael Jackson.
MormonTimes - Panel paves way for new Mormon temple in Gilbert (9-4)
The Gilbert Planning Commission got its first look Wednesday at a temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans for the southeast corner of Pecos and Greenfield roads as it approved a series of zoning changes to pave the way for its construction.
MormonTimes - Bennett says take a 'leap of faith' (9-4)
The biggest problem with the Book of Mormon is that it exists, says Sen. Bob Bennett.
MormonTimes - Showcase winner keeps singing (9-4)
Brett Winn may have taken first place in the recent Mormon Times Summer Showcase music contest, but he doesn't intend for his performance at last week's concert to be his last.
LDS missionaries released in Guyana (9-4)
While the buzz surrounding the 40-plus LDS missionaries detained in Guyana centered on correcting inaccurate first-day media reports, LDS Church and government officials continued discussions Thursday over the missionaries' legal status in the South American country.
MormonTimes - Faith-promoting music from fellow Christians (9-4)
If you asked me who some of my favorite artists are right now, without hesitation I would say Natalie Grant, Nichole Nordeman and Britt Nicole.
MormonTimes - Celebrating heritage: Tenth Ward to observe building's centennial (9-3)
Everyone is invited to attend the chapel centennial celebration, but a special invitation is extended to people who have lived in the Tenth Ward.
MormonTimes - What's new: 'Men of Influence' (9-3)
Church members looking for a refresher course on Christlike behavior will find Robert L. Millet's "Men of Influence: The Potential of the Priesthood to Lift the World" an excellent resource.
LDS missionaries may be deported from Guyana (9-2)
Some three dozen missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were detained Wednesday in the South American country of Guyana because police said they did not have updated travel documents.
MormonTimes - Mormon scholars speak up for church historian of other faith (9-2)
Reap what you sow. Ron Romig of Independence had a personal experience this summer with the biblical parable.
MormonTimes - Winsor Castle, a historic Mormon ranch (9-2)
In a region where most of the federally protected lands in the National Park System feature the surrounding red rock cliffs and canyons, a national monument focused on a home is unique.
MormonTimes - Early LDS art missionaries put training to good use (9-2)
Imagine the expression on George Q. Cannon's face when, in the spring of 1890, two determined young men came to talk to him about embarking on an LDS mission.
MormonTimes - Hatch-Kennedy, urban Hispanics and LDS airline boss make news (9-2)
Latter-day Saints have been making news in a variety of ways the past week. Whether is be the odd-couple relationship between Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, the growing number of Spanish-speaking congregations or an airline "missionary man" with a startup in Brazil, the media has taken note.
MormonTimes - Replacing thorny creeds (9-2)
When we visit the Far West, Mo., area, we can peer into forests so overgrown we can't imagine walking, or even crawling, through them. We see brush-choked ravines, where the water slashes through after torrential storms and gouges out ever-deeper rifts of dark and greasy clay. We notice the vast, undulating prairies that are often streaked with tall, tough and prickly brush.
MormonTimes - Fab Five storm 'America's Got Talent' (9-1)
The Whitear sisters are impressing audiences across America not only because of their fancy footwork, but because the Mormon sisters -- better known as the "Fab Five" -- are all wives and mothers with 17 children collectively.
MormonTimes - Joseph Smith portrait discovered in Provo (9-1)
For decades, two extremely rare historical treasures have sat unnoticed in Provo's Pioneer Village.
MormonTimes - Mormon missionaries bring urban Hispanics into church (9-1)
Traditional greetings -- "buenos dias" and smacking kisses, one on each cheek -- sound out over the organ music 22-year-old missionary Charisse Horn plays at a Sunday morning service in Logan Square.
MormonTimes - Know a Mormon who's famous outside the United States? (9-1)
As both members and missionaries, Mormons cover the globe.