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16 May 2012

Manaus Brazil Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced

May 16, 2012


The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has announced open house and dedication dates for the Manaus Brazil Temple.

The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from 18 May through 2 June 2012, excluding Sundays. Tickets are not necessary for this open house. The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 10 June 2012, in three sessions. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district.


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Mitt Romney, One Night Stands, and the Economics of Relationships

May 16, 2012

The Atlantic

In the course of a discussion about Mormons, a friend pointed me to a religious testimony offered by Clayton Christensen (who is best known for his work on disruptive innovation). In his testimony, Christensen describes his belief in the Book of Mormon through a religious epiphany reminiscent of St. Augustine’s “tolle lege” experience. However this is in the second half of the essay, the first half being devoted to a description of the strength of the LDS community and an argument that this social capital is directly related to the lay priesthood ecclesiastical structure of LDS.


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Late Night: Bill Maher on ‘stupid’ Mormonism, Mitt Romney bullying

May 16, 2012

Los Angeles Times (California)

A strident atheist, Maher also used his appearance to take a shot at Romney’s Mormon faith. He suggested the candidate’s defense of “traditional marriage” is especially ironic, given that his ancestors practiced polygamy. “Of all the people to be making this claim, a Mormon?” he sneered. “This is a religion that is so stupid that Tom Cruise would not join it.”

Conan O’Brien is not generally inclined to intellectual debates on his show, but he took issue with Maher’s attack on Mormonism. “Who am I to throw stones when you eat a cookie and you turn into Jesus?” O’Brien asked in reference to his own Catholic faith.


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New Mormon Missionary Training Center building plan upsets residents

May 15, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Pleasant View neighborhood residents weren’t satisfied after a presentation on plans for a nine-story building at the LDS Missionary Training Center.

“I wonder why [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] didn’t contact the people before they hired the architects,” said resident Kay Woodworth. “I feel tricked.”

Woodworth was among 20 residents who crowded into the Provo City Council’s study session for the presentation by Richard Heaton, the MTC’s administrative director. The council did not accept public comments during the meeting.


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Jabari Parker steps into spotlight

May 16, 2012


We are not strangers to his story: He is nearing the end of his junior year at Simeon High School in Chicago, Ill., the alma mater of Derrick Rose and plenty of other sought-after prep talents. He is 6-foot-9 (and possibly still growing) with nearly unlimited skills — passing, ballhandling, mid-range shooting, interior strength — and he comes across as more well-grounded and unselfish than your average highly ranked recruit. His father, Sonny, played for Texas A&M and the Golden State Warriors; his mother, Lola, was born a Mormon in her native country of Tonga. Parker shares his mother’s faith; as Seth Davis wrote last summer, Mormonism is a bedrock of the recruit’s worldview.


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Sports Illustrated calls Jabari Parker ‘best since LeBron’

May 16, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois)

The cover story takes an indepth look at Parker’s Mormon faith. Writer Jeff Benedict, who is also Mormon, reports that Parker might have to make a choice between the NBA or a faith-spreading mission after his freshman year of college.


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Boys basketball ‘ Simeon’s Jabari Parker featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated

May 16, 2012

Chicago Tribune (Illinois)

The story also quotes Parker as being conflicted as to whether he will embark on a two-year mission when he turns 19, like thousands of other Mormon men, including his older brother.

“When he came home from his mission, we talked a lot about it,” Parker says. “I want to go. But I have doubts. The NBA is the biggest dream of basketball players, and I’m not different.”


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Faith and Hoops: Check out Sports Illustrated

May 16, 2012

NewsOK (Oklahoma)

I’ve read the story and it’s an interesting article about how faith has made an impact on this young man’s life. I just wrote a story for The Oklahoman about local high school students who are Mormons. The students gather together between 5 and 6 a.m. several days during the week for an international Bible study program simply called Seminary. It looks like Parker is participating in the same program.


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This 17-Year-Old Phenom On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated Is The Combination Of LeBron James And Tim Tebow

May 16, 2012

Business Insider

Parker is a committed Mormon. His high school team moved Sunday practices to the afternoon so he could attend church services, and he left his team the night they won the state title so he could be ordained as a priest the next morning.

When he becomes eligible for the NBA Draft in 2014, he’ll have to choose between beginning his pro hoops career or embarking on a two-year Mormon mission.

He says he wants to go on a mission eventually. The only problem is that he’s a “once in a generation” talent, according to a high school scout.


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Primary 2012: What Do Mormons and Democrats Have In Common?

May 16, 2012

Boise Weekly (Idaho)

Tolman and Perry share a lot in common. They’re both blue ladies in a red state. The two Idaho natives like to rock a Congressional candidate Nicole LeFavour campaign T-shirt and get out the vote. And by their own admission, they’re “recovering Mormons.”

But their Mormon values still run deep – so deep they needed an outlet. And they found that outlet in the Democratic Party.

“Mormon values more closely align with that of the Democratic Party than those of the Republican Party. Mormons and Democrats both take care of each other. Mormons and Democrats are both blue collar, hard-working people,” Tolman said.


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Gilbert LDS temple construction hits benchmark with placement of Moroni statue

May 15, 2012

East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

Word spread through the East Valley’s Mormon community that the under-construction Gilbert Temple was set to reach a major milestone. And with a break from the winds, the visitors got to see what they came for: the placement of Moroni atop the temple spire.

The crowd cheered as the golden statute was put into place by a mammoth crane.


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Frank Rich on the National Circus: Bully Romney and the Gay Vote

May 16, 2012

New York Magazine

Some of that same Romney commencement speech was devoted to reassuring evangelical Christians that they needn’t fear a Mormon in the White House.

Yes, but most tellingly, he did not mention the word “Mormon.” At least in the big speech he gave in Texas to defend his faith during his 2008 run, Romney managed to say the actual word out loud once.


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Romney’s faith could fix compassion gap

May 15, 2012

The Hill

There’s no shortage of anecdotes about Romney’s compassion and kindness on a personal level – many of them recounted in Michael Kranish and Scott Helman’s biography, The Real Romney. But there’s a distinct danger in regaling voters with these stories. Many of Romney’s acts of kindness were toward Mormon families, and so any discussion about those tales also raises the prospect of a less welcome discussion of Romney’s religion.

Romney himself has made it clear that he’s not interested in veering into theological discussions during the campaign, and it’s not hard to see why. Mormon doctrine remains a mystery to many Americans, and the Romney campaign would rather litigate Obama’s record, not Joseph Smith’s.


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For now, Obama and Romney turn away from economy

May 16, 2012

Market Watch

Evangelical Christians have a big problem with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Evangelicals view Mormons as phony Christians, as a cult that takes the name of Jesus Christ in vain. The beef that evangelicals have with Mormons is strictly theological. It’s not political, because Mormons are every bit as conservative as evangelicals. Their political and social views are nearly indistinguishable.

When it comes to the culture wars, the Mormons have been on the front lines. Who killed the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s? The Mormons. Who killed gay marriage in California? The Mormons. No mainstream religious group believes in traditional families and traditional roles for women more than the Mormons do.


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Can We Trust Christians? A Question For LGBT People And Straight Allies

May 16, 2012

The New Civil Rights Movement

A few weeks ago I attended a conference called “Circling The Wagons,” organized by members of the Mormon community in Washington, D.C. I am not a Mormon, but I respect the opinions and theology of anyone (including these LGBT affirming Mormons) who are causing no harm to anyone because of their beliefs. Towards the beginning of the conference, I attended a breakout session where a powerful experience was shared by a straight woman named Katy Adams. All her life she was Mormon. She grew up in the Mormon church, with Mormon parents, and Mormon siblings who all attended the largest religious University in our country, Brigham Young University (BYU), owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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Alina Powell Shows Home Video of Presumed Murdered Susan Powell

May 16, 2012

Asian Week

It now turns out the Josh’s father Steven is the one who started a pattern of hating Mormons and controlling his family as posessions. He fell into porn soon after marriage and fell out of the LDS church, eventually being arrested in 2011 for taking photos and videos of his neighbor’s small girls doing things girls do in the bathroom, and found with inappropriate stalking pictures (really, really inappropriate, like naked fantasy inappropriate) of Susan as well who had to leave Washington to get away from Steve’s advances.


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Man Pleads Guilty To Sharing Child Pornography

May 15, 2012

Carmichael Patch (California)

Dustin Cassady, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of sharing child pornography via a peer-to-peer file sharing network over the Internet, Wagner said in a news release.

Cassady was identified as a former Mormon youth pastor by News 10.


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Former youth pastor pleads guilty to sharing child porn

May 15, 2012

ABC News 10 (California)

A former Mormon youth pastor pleaded guilty to sharing child pornography Tuesday.

Dustin Cassady, 31, was arrested in January 2011 during a statewide FBI raid that targeted people possessing and sharing child pornography.


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Angel in the sky

May 16, 2012

Casa Grande Dispatch (Arizona)

A Moroni angel statue is lifted with cranes Tuesday to be placed on the spire of the Gilbert Temple at the southeast corner of Pecos and Greenfield roads in Gilbert. Moroni is an iconic symbol of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is used on most of the Mormon temples worldwide. Hundreds of people turned out to see the angle put into place.


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‘Virginia’ in Obama’s corner

May 16, 2012


Entertainment One preemed Dustin Lance Black’s “Virginia” on Monday, appropriately on the heels of Mother’s Day, at the Crosby Street Hotel. Pic focuses on a mom in the throes of a schizophrenic episode.

“I grew up very poor with a disabled single parent as a Mormon in the South,” Black revealed.


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