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'Standing Together As One' deep in the heart of Texas (7-31-11)
Nearly 2,000 youths from the 11 stakes of the Dallas Texas Mission came together June 23-25 under the banner “Standing Together As One in Truth and Righteousness.” Participants had the opportunity to join in celebrating and strengthening their position as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Restored Mormon meetinghouse from the 1890s open for tours in Historic Chesterfield, Idaho (7-30)
A chapel, restored to how it would have looked in the 1890s, has been added to this summer’s tours in Historic Chesterfield, Idaho.
Knowing what to keep: lessons from a handcart tragedy (7-30)
As members of the Martin Handcart Company crossed Wyoming in October 1856, they faced evaporating food supplies, increasingly difficult terrain and impending winter storms.
Martin Harris Pageant opens in Clarkston (7-29)
You may have seen the LDS Church's annual Martin Harris Pageant before, but you've never seen it quite like this.
Oldest living descendant of Martin Henderson Harris turns 90 (7-29)
Marion Robert “Bob” Henderson, the oldest living descendant of the founder of Harrisville, celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday, July 27. His great-grandfather, Martin Henderson Harris, was the founder of Harrisville, Utah, and its first resident in 1851, according to information at the Harrisville city office.
Warren Jeffs defends polygamy during sex assault trial (7-29)
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs broke his silence Friday, delivering before jurors a 55-minute sermon defending plural marriage as ordered by God and protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Recording documents Mormon forger Mark Hofmann at work (7-29)
Decades after Mark Hofmann pleaded guilty to murder and the Mormon documents he had pitched as historic were exposed as forgeries, an audiotape has surfaced that gives a glimpse of the swindler at work.
'Partying frat guy' to faithful Mormon: The rest of the story (7-28)
I joined the LDS Church less than three weeks after my first encounter with two Mormon missionaries, who I initially suspected were regular salesmen. It's a story I shared in my previous column.
Warren Jeffs asks to represent himself in sex abuse case (7-28)
FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs told a Texas judge Thursday morning that he wants to fire his attorneys and represent himself in his trial.
Mormon Apologetics Conference has grown from humble roots (7-28)
The 2011 conference of FAIR, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, will be held on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 4-5, at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.
Picturing history: Palmyra Temple (7-28)
The Palmyra New York Temple was the 100th announced and the 77th dedicated temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
'The Locator' looks toward promising broadcasting future (7-28)
Linking long-lost loved ones, let alone loved ones who have never even seen each other before, isn’t always an easy task.
Writers consider what other churches can learn from Mormons (7-27)
Two non-LDS writers have taken a first-hand look at LDS outreach efforts in two different parts of New York and asked what other churches can learn from what the Mormons are doing.
A new Mormon-themed musical premieres (7-27)
Brace yourselves, theater-goers. Another Mormon-themed musical is on the way.
Real giants are people, not just natural wonders (7-27)
In California, about 19 miles outside of San Bernadino at marker 138 on I-15, travelers are greeted by some striking rock formations.
Deseret Book Top 10 (7-27)
Some would-be jurors already decided on Warren Jeffs (7-26)
More than 100 would-be jurors in the sexual assault trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs said Tuesday they'd previously heard enough about his background to no longer presume him innocent — meaning seating a jury in this rural corner of West Texas may prove even more difficult than expected.
D.C. Temple graffiti prank won't die (7-26)
Who did it?
Arsonist who caused $400K damage to 2 Mormon meetinghouses gets probation (7-26)
A man charged with setting fire to two South Salt Lake church meetinghouses — causing more than $400,000 in damage — has been sentenced to probation.
Thousands enjoy Mormon Night with Dodgers (7-26)
More than 4,200 Latter-day Saints and their friends gathered in Los Angeles on July 22 for the annual Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium.
Romney's religion unknown to most (7-25)
New polling from the Public Religion Research Institute shows only 40 percent of Americans correctly identify presidential candidate Mitt Romney as Mormon.
Performing, sharing the gospel and feeling the Spirit at the Nauvoo Pageant (7-25)
As we began rehearsal for the 2011 Nauvoo Pageant, we heard the familiar bars of the pageant’s opening tune, and the actor portraying Parley P. Pratt stepped onto the stage to welcome us to Nauvoo. Instantly, we felt like we had come home.
Time for journalists to look more deeply at the 'countercult' movement (7-25)
It’s time for journalists to investigate the “countercult” movement within some branches of Christianity and bring to public scrutiny the connections that have likely led to some of the public hostility against Mormonism.
The lionheart of Brigham Young (7-25)
Brigham Young, the American Moses, is a singular figure in modern history.
Pioneering Faith: 'One-ness,' not 'same-ness' (7-23)
LDS Religion is not only faith to help shape local landscape
Mormons, baseball and media: Dale Murphy speaks at Pa. youth conference and LDS Night at the Dodgers (7-23)
Dale Murphy is a two-time National League MVP and played in the 1993 World Series.
Vai's View: Planting seeds of faith in the Sacred Grove (7-22)
We live close enough to upstate New York, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints originated and was organized, that we can get there in a five-hour drive.
Cricket & Seagull: Celebrating Pioneer Day with songs of the Mormons from the Library of Congress (7-22)
Happy pioneer day!
Comments from Fox News host about Romney not being Christian spark debate (7-22)
Since Fox News' "Fox and Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt made comments Sunday morning about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney not being Christian, there has been no shortage of response to her opinion.
An app for 'good' — BYUtv technology aimed at furthering network's mission (7-21)
BYUtv technology aimed at furthering network's mission
Hill Cumorah Pageant attendance down despite national media attention (7-21)
As the LDS Church's annual Hill Cumorah Pageant opened two weeks ago, local media outlets were wondering if Pageant attendance would go through the roof in light of the current ongoing "Mormon Moment."
Ron Howard to direct 'Under the Banner of Heaven' film (7-20)
Warner Bros. is currently bargaining for the rights to Jon Krakauer's controversial book, "Under the Banner of Heaven," according to a report from The Wrap on Wednesday.
Life in 'Old Deseret' — This Is the Place Heritage Park carries on LDS pioneer traditions (7-20)
Late in the morning, a relentless mid-summer sun has begun to broil the hillside pioneer village. Nevertheless, a woman under a broad-brimmed hat tends to a small garden outside the Godbe-Pitts Drug Store. The foliage is bright with violet blossoms, so she is mindful of bees.
Trek by Mormon pioneers helped create identity (7-20)
The "Mormon migration" from Nauvoo to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, along with the other pioneering experiences associated with it, was essential to making The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints what it is today.
Picturing history: Oliver's schoolhouse (7-20)
The lower portion of the yellow home is the structure in which Oliver Cowdery taught school when he boarded with the Joseph Smith Sr. family in their Manchester, N.Y., frame home.
Ideas and inspiration at church (7-20)
I earn my living by making up stories — which means making up people, relationships, families, communities, cultures, worlds and universes that don't exist.
New Harmony: Remembering clear words of Elder Maxwell (7-20)
July 21 is a day to remember.
SI features big-time recruit and his Mormon faith (7-20)
A highly recruited junior from Chicago is the subject of a Sports Illustrated article that addresses his Mormon faith, while a Kentucky baseball player has decided to put his career on hold to serve a mission.
Special K: From 'partying frat guy' to faithful Mormon (7-20)
In my introductory article, I introduced readers to my alter ego, “Special K,” while suggesting that I was perhaps “The Most Interesting Mormon in the World.”
The Mormon church and the media’s ‘cult’ box (7-19)
As part of the rhetorical warfare that has come to characterize modern American political discourse, it was only a matter of time before someone once again used the term “cult” to describeThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Warren Jeffs' request to remove Texas judge denied — again (7-19)
A visiting judge on Tuesday denied polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs' second attempt to remove the West Texas judge overseeing his upcoming sexual assault trial, this time because of alleged bias after she made calls to inquire about progress in the case and accepted extra police protection because of threats associated with it.
Mormon pro basketball player skips Sunday game, earns respect (7-19)
A professional basketball team in New Zealand lost a big game Sunday because it was missing a key player.
Jon Huntsman Jr. stands by his Mormon religion (7-19)
Jon Huntsman Jr. talks about running for president as a Mormon in a Washington Times profile published Monday.
Behind the music: 'I Hope They Call Me on a Mission' (7-18)
More than 40 years have passed since a Mormon music professor combined some simple lyrics with a bouncing accompaniment for a Primary song he was asked to submit.
Mormon Media Observer: This is one of many 'Mormon moments' (7-18)
Run an Internet search for “Mormon moment,” and it becomes clear that reporters and commentators think America is in one.
LDS bishop recounts Ronnie Lee Gardner's final days before execution (7-18)
Second in a two-part series about notorious murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner and the gradual change of heart he experienced in the final years of his life as he reached out to Dan Bradshaw, a Salt Lake City banker who served as an LDS prison bishop.
Defending Mormonism and a long-awaited patriarchal visit (7-18)
Defending Mormonism: “This week, the Reverend Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, a national association of 185,000 progressive people of faith, criticized FOX News for its recent segment ridiculing Mormon beliefs … Gaddy expressed his concern over the way ‘religion’ was being made an ‘electoral tool’ in a segment that ‘seems simply to make a joke out of a major religion’s doctrine.’”
Author uses humor, scriptures in 'Bad Guys in the Book of Mormon' (7-18)
"BAD GUYS IN THE BOOK OF MORMON," by Dennis Gaunt, Deseret Book, $15.99, 256 pages (nf)
Fox News host: Romney not Christian (7-17)
“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said Mitt Romney was not a Christian during her program this morning.
Elder Holland: Be like pioneers, learn to work together (7-17)
Individuals must work together with their communities to foster civic good will and to create a better future, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during the Ogden Pioneer Days Devotional on Sunday night.
LDS World: Defending faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel (7-17)
In 1859, British philosopher John Stuart Mill published “On Liberty,” which was perhaps his most well-known tract.
Family travels from China to New York for Hill Cumorah Pageant (7-16)
The Preston family came more than 10,000 miles from their home in China to go to Palmyra, N.Y., to participate in the Hill Cumorah Pageant.
Hill Cumorah pageant worth the trip even with high gas prices (7-16)
When gas at $3.50 a gallon and finances tight, is it still worth driving hundreds of miles to take in a short theatrical production about the Book of Mormon — and not the one that won Tony Awards?
Young men have a mini-MTC experience in California (7-16)
“Have you ever wondered what you’re doing here on earth? Is there a plan?” 16-year old Jace Webster asked while role-playing a missionary teaching moment. “I’m here to tell you there is,” Jace continued.
Joyce McKinney resurfaces in Errol Morris' 'Tabloid' (7-15)
The so-called "Mormon Sex in Chains" case of 1977 was the stuff of tabloid sensationalism: a love-smitten former Miss Wyoming World travels to England and kidnaps the man of her dreams, who is serving an LDS mission there.
LDS Church announces 'hopes' to build new temple in France (7-15)
In 2004, President Gordon B. Hinckley visited Latter-day Saints in France as part of a 10-day European tour during which the Copenhagen Denmark Temple was dedicated.
Attending Hill Cumorah Pageant an experience rich with memories, spirit (7-14)
The Hill Cumorah Pageant holds a special place in my heart because of the many sweet memories I have of attending. I spent the first 10 years of my life in Pennsylvania, about a three-hour drive from Palmyra, so those memories are attached to nostalgia for days of my youth.
Defending the Faith: What exactly does 'faith' mean? Trust removes misunderstanding (7-14)
I sometimes regret the fact that we use the word "faith" in religious discussions.
Portraits of the Past: The Stoddard home (7-14)
This image shows the Russell Stoddard home during a period of remodeling. Alvin Smith, the Prophet's oldest brother, had commenced building a new frame home on the Smith Manchester, N.Y., farm, also pictured, and worked on it until his untimely passing in 1823. There is evidence that Alvin had been employed by Russell Stoddard and that both of them worked on the Smith frame home as well.
Times has a 'Mormon Moment' at Hill Cumorah Pageant (7-13)
With all of the New York City buzz on all things Mormon these days — from "The Book of Mormon" to "I'm a Mormon" to dueling Mormons for the Republican presidential nomination — it is understandable that the New York Times felt it was a good time to send a reporter to upstate New York to "get the Mormon view of the extended Mormon moment" at the LDS Church's annual Hill Cumorah Pageant.
'Mormon Champions' honored at San Francisco Giants' LDS Family Night (7-13)
"Mormon Champions" were recently celebrated at AT&T Park.
The recipe for a Mormon entrepreneur (7-13)
Take two cups of creativity, add a cup of practical thinking and season the mix with market savvy.
Hi, my name is Jason, and I'm an FHE survivor (7-13)
I ease out of my chair and take my turn at the head of the room. My nervous, marshmallow white fingers grip a wobbly portable podium, faded by time and tears.
'Sister Wives' family to challenge Utah bigamy law (7-12)
A polygamous family made famous by the reality TV show "Sister Wives" plans to challenge the Utah bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal, a Washington-based attorney said Tuesday.
Miracles saved Mormon missionary mauled by lions, father says (7-12)
Oakey's 20-year-old son, Paul, is recovering in a Guatemalan hospital after being mauled by two lions Monday at a zoo.
Mormons & Media: LDS missionaries (7-12)
The missionaries in "The Book of Mormon" musical, the Tony-winning Broadway show which parodies the doctrines within scripture of the LDS Church, aren't the only ones making headlines.
Post on CNN's belief blog seems an assault on biblical authority (7-11)
Funny how some things that might seem to challenge one's testimony end up enhancing it.
Examining curriculum at school of the prophet (7-11)
"SCHOOL OF THE PROPHET: Joseph Smith Learns the First Principles, 1820-1830," by Richard E. Bennett, Deseret Book, $21.99, 163 pages (nf)
Mitt Romney’s religion appeals to Jews (7-11)
Mitt Romney's Jewish supporters find solace in the fact that, like them, Mitt Romney comes from a "religious minority."
Forest for the future — Mormon program brings Guatemalan families efficient ovens to help save (7-10)
High in the Alta Verapaz, the fires are seemingly always burning.
The errand of angels (7-10)
One Monday evening my husband and I gathered our four young boys together for a family home evening.
LDS World: Richard Bushman on Mormon scholarship (7-10)
A recent symposium at the Springville, Utah, Museum of Art honored Richard Lyman Bushman on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Bushman is an American historian and Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University.
Southern Baptist gay marriage story a hoax (7-9)
A story in Saturday’s Deseret News erroneously reported that a Southern Baptist leadership group has recommended that the Southern Baptist Convention approve gay marriage.
DNA solves a Joseph Smith mystery (7-9)
Ugo Perego had almost all the DNA evidence he needed to determine who was the father of John Reed Hancock.
Women of character: Looking back at the lives of the general Relief Society presidents of the church (7-9)
Though they lived during different time periods, the general presidents of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all have had similar goals to help build unity, provide watch care and service, and stand as advocates of the family.
Fort Collins LDS temple site announced (7-8)
The Fort Collins Colorado Temple, the 158th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the second in Colorado, will be built on the southeast corner of the intersection of Trilby Road and Timberline Road, church officials announced Friday.
Homeless man charged with stalking Mormon church president (7-8)
A homeless man was charged Friday with stalking the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Members enjoy LDS famliy night at AT&T Park (7-8)
LDS Family Night at AT&T Park felt a little bit like a typical family outing, except there were millionaire athletes and the view was spectacular.
Politico: Fox affiliate 'making fun of Mormons' (7-7)
The Memphis' Fox-TV affiliate aired a segment Wednesday in which conservative talk radio show host Ben Ferguson is "making fun of Mormons," according to a post by Politico blogger Ben Smith today.
Scholar says 'God had a wife'; LDS writer Tresa Edmunds says, 'Yeah. We know.' (7-7)
The theory that "God had a wife," presented strongly in a BBC documentary earlier this year, got support Wednesday from a Mormon writer for the UK Guardian.
Tricia Erickson: 'An indoctrinated Mormon should never be elected as President' (7-7)
ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today’s OFF-SET questions is Tricia Erickson, author of the new book,"Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus The Office Of The Presidency of the United States of America."
Defending the Faith: Keeping our eye on the president of the church (7-7)
There's little challenge in having modern prophets, and very little point to it, if they're only allowed to ratify our opinions and endorse our behavior. If they always agreed with us, wouldn't they be redundant?
'A Mormon President' documentary (7-6)
Politico.com posted the following trailer on their web site today promoting a documentary called, "A Mormon President."
LDS Church members rally around Jimmer Fredette (7-6)
Jimmer Fredette is not only college basketball's reigning national player of the year and first-round pick of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, he's also a champion for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Book examines Savior's cheerfulness (7-6)
"HAPPY LIKE JESUS," by D. Kelly Ogden, Deseret Book, $16.99, 134 pages (nf)
New Harmony: Practice learning from others (7-6)
Last Sunday a group of us were bouncing around some ideas when an odd thought surfaced. Instead of going on a mission to teach, it might be fun to one day be called on a "learning mission."
Gay marriage debate shows threat to religious freedom (7-4)
In a 2009 devotional at BYU-Idaho, Elder Dallin H. Oaks said something that I had never fully considered before he said it:
Relief Society's responsibility with welfare (7-3)
Welfare responsibilities in the LDS Church has long been identified with the women of the church.
Book Review: 'Road Map to Happiness: How to Find the Joy You Want in Your Life and Beyond' (7-2)
"ROAD MAP TO HAPPINESS: How to Find the Joy You Want in Your Life and Beyond," by Jared A. Pixley, $3.99, 56 pages (nf)
Mexican Mormon history preserved in new museum (7-2)
"Mormons are brave and industrious men, good citizens, gentlemen in all their treatments, loyal husbands and extraordinary parents who search for their children the most advanced and solid education."
Looking for understanding in the Mormon spotlight (7-1)
With the bright spotlight of national media scrutiny clearly focused on all things Mormon, the LDS Church's Public Affairs Department has joined others in the media — most notably this week's CNN story and video — in trying to help people understand Mormonism.
Commentary: Robin Williams Mormon bashing? Keep it under your hat (7-1)
I'm going to try on a hat that I haven't worn in 21 years — let's see how much the ol' noggin' has swollen through the years.
Utah massacre site designated as national landmark (7-1)
The southern Utah site where Mormons massacred members of a 19th Century Arkansas wagon train has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Interior Department.