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15 January 2013

Reports of the Death of the Church are Greatly Exaggerated
January 15, 2013

FAIR Blog

The first myth that must be dispelled is the claim that Elder Jensen said members of the Church are leaving “in droves”. In fact, Elder Jensen said no such thing. Rather, it was at a fireside in November of 2011 at Utah State University that Elder Jensen, in responding to someone else in the audience saying members of the Church were leaving “in droves”, acknowledged that the role of the Internet in bringing up controversial aspects of Mormon history and doctrine has become significant, and has led to what he called a period of apostasy in the Church

http://www.fairblog.org/2013/01/15/reports-of-the-death-of-the-church-are-greatly-exaggerated/

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Pantages tweaks recent box-office record for ‘Book of Mormon’
January 15, 2013

Los Angeles Time (California)

The Pantages Theatre has added an asterisk or two to its claim in October that “The Book of Mormon” had set a new record for the biggest single-week box-office take in Los Angeles theater history.

On further review, Pantages spokesman Wayne McWhorter said, the theater jumped the gun a bit on Oct. 23 when it sent out a news release saying that the musical comedy about Mormon missionaries in Africa had set a new record by raking in $2,246,093 during the week ending Oct. 21.

After The Times reported the claim, McWhorter said that “we got a polite call from ‘Wicked,’” whose general manager’s office reminded the Pantages that the musical about budding witches in Oz had pulled down $2,291,511.50 in the same house for the week ending Jan. 4, 2009. The proselytizing Mormons were still $45,418.50 short of the mark for a standard theatrical week of eight performances in seven days.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-book-of-mormon-pantages-box-office-record-20130114,0,7854030.story

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“THE BOOK OF MORMON” is popular, but is it the best?
January 15, 2013

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington)

It might be the most popular, but I’m not willing to call it “the best musical of this century” as its been lauded by the NYT and touted in all of its promotional lit. I realize I’m in the minority. Everybody loves this show. People are going over their own fiscal cliffs in some cases in order to afford tickets to its sold-out runs. It’s completely sold out in Seattle by the way, but there is a lottery for a small number of tickets each night. If you really want to see it, that would be the way to go. Do not mortgage your home for tickets upwards of $300 on StubHub. I repeat, do not do that.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/alltheworldsastage/2013/01/15/the-book-of-mormon-is-popular-but-is-it-the-best/

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Three musical theater seniors audition for “The Book of Mormon”
January 15, 2013

Oklahoma Daily

The Broadway smash-hit “The Book of Mormon” is looking for a new cast and three musical theater seniors have answered the call.

Sean McGee, Ethan Kahn and Ethan Spell traveled to New York City for a callback audition last month and said that the experience, regardless of the results, was great in itself.

http://www.oudaily.com/news/2013/jan/15/three-school-musical-theatre-seniors-audition-book/

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South Park Creators Launch Their Own Company, Important Studios
January 15, 2013

Time

The duo behind South Park, now in its 16th season on Comedy Central, and The Book of Mormon, still a hot Broadway ticket, have launched their very own company, appropriately dubbed Important Studios. They’ve built the new biz with revenue from their show and musical, along with support from various investors, the New York Times reports. The company is already sitting comfortably at an estimated value of $300 million.

http://entertainment.time.com/2013/01/15/south-park-creators-launch-their-own-production-company-important-studios/

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MARIE OSMOND FAMILY SEX SCANDAL
January 15, 2013

National Enquirer

Rachael’s 22-year-old fiance is a recent Mormon convert, but under tenets of the church, converts must be members of the church in good standing for at least a year before they can be wed in a Mormon temple.

“Marie had to go along with the couple’s wishes because they made it clear they didn’t intend to wait a whole year to have sex,” said the close source.

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/marie-osmond-family-sex-scandal

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Author Tobias Wolff visits The Haverford School for the Hallowell Literary Lecture
January 15, 2013

Main Line Times (Pennsylvania)

The librarian noticed Wolff’s fascination with dog books and introduced him to The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London. His interest began to shift from dogs to stories about Alaska, so he read more novels by London. Wolff loved him so much that he changed his name to Jack: “We had moved to Salt Lake City and I was one of two non-Mormon boys in the entire elementary school and my mother was terrified that I would become a Mormon – not that there’s anything wrong with being a Mormon – but she was Catholic and wanted to keep me in the fold, so she allowed me to change my name on the condition that I be confirmed. Jack is my confirmation name and my friends back home where I grew up still call me that; they think I made up this other name. That’s how powerfully affected I was by the writing and sense of adventure I got from London.

http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2013/01/15/main_line_times/life/doc50f567d624b0a670132106.txt

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Obama’s Wrong: We Kind of Are a Nation of Deadbeats
January 15, 2013

Mother Jones

MJ: You connect the accumulation of debt to the rise of Mormonism. What’s the story there?

SN: Joseph Smith has got a lot of stories. And among the stories is that in the midst of this 1819 downturn, he says that he can find gold anywhere using a dowsing rod and a special kind of glass rock, he can look through and see where the Spaniards [buried gold]–

MJ: The seeing stone.

SN: Right, the peep stone. And he attracts all of these followers and in the midst of this downturn there’s this sort of revulsion against the Panic. In some ways, the interesting thing to me about the Mormon church is this collective uplift, without credit. They’re gonna settle in these regions, and they [have a] kind of communal responsibility that they’re gonna build the city on a hill, they’re connected to these Native Americans, but everyone is gonna profit together. That anger about these downturns leads to a kind of collectivism that’s an important part of the Mormon church.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/deadbeat-nation-barack-obama-scott-reynolds-nelson

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Daniel J. Edelman, a Publicity Pioneer, Dies at 92
January 15, 2013

New York Times

As an example, Richard Edelman cited his father’s work in the firm’s representation of the Mormon Church for a decade, starting in the mid-1990s. The idea of the publicity campaign, he said, “was that this religion has made a very important contribution to America and had changed from some of its original precepts.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/business/daniel-j-edelman-a-publicity-pioneer-dies-at-92.html?_r=0

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Prosecutors play voicemail they claim woman left to cover tracks in Arizona murder trial
January 15, 2013

Fox News

Prosecutors have said Alexander was a businessman, motivational speaker and a devout Mormon. His roommates found his body days after he was killed, and Arias was arrested the following month at her parents’ northern California home.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/15/prosecutors-play-voicemail-claim-woman-left-to-cover-tracks-in-arizona-murder/

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Yuma trek a tribute to church’s pioneers
January 15, 2013

Yuma Sun (Arizona)

About 181 youths and adults from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now have a better understanding of the harsh conditions their Mormon ancestors faced while immigrating west in the mid-19th century.

During the Yuma Arizona Stake Pioneer Trek held in early January, the group walked through about 25 miles of desert while pulling handcarts and wearing authentic pioneer attire. Each night they camped in the wilderness.

“The Handcart Trek is a local re-creation of one of the ways Mormon pioneers came west to the Salt Lake Valley from the late 1840s into the late 1860s,” explained Mike Erfert, bishop of the LDS Yuma Mesa Ward.

http://www.yumasun.com/news/erfert-84578-day-yuma.html

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5 free things to do in the Salt Lake City area
January 15, 2013

East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

TEMPLE SQUARE
Utah’s most-visited landmark, the granite-towered Temple Square invokes the mystery of Mormonism. The 35-acre square is the worldwide headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and features the church’s sacred temple, one of the world’s largest genealogy libraries and spectacular gardens. The square is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and free tours are available in 30 different languages. Female church missionaries are happy to answer any questions.
The sacred temple — built over 40 years from 1853 to 1893 — is closed except to all but the most devoted churchgoers with a wallet pass. The temple is considered sacred to church members. At the Family History Library, genealogists will help you track down your family roots free of charge. The gardens within the square feature 250 flower beds with more than 700 different types of plants. They are redesigned every six months.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/life/travel/article_a6547526-5b7a-11e2-91f4-001a4bcf887a.html

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Cards eye Seattle’s Darrell Bevell
January 15, 2013

ESPN

Bevell, 43, has local roots. He grew up in Scottsdale, and attended Chaparral High. He spent a redshirt freshman season at Northern Arizona before leaving for a two-year Mormon mission. When Bevell returned, he enrolled at Wisconsin and quarterbacked the Badgers to a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA in 1994.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8847966/arizona-cardinals-add-seattle-seahawks-offensive-coordinator-darrell-bevell-list-candidates

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The Falls (DVD)
January 15, 2013

Big Gay Picture Show

RJ (Nick Ferrucci) is a high school athlete who’s now out of education and keen to take on missionary work, spreading the word of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons). It’s something many thousands of young Mormons do, so RJ heads away from home and gets paired with Chris (Ben Farmer).
Together they are tasked with going out and spreading the word, trying to get as many people interested in their religion as possible, with the hope the newcomers will eventually be baptised as Mormons. Although they initially take to their task with fervour, Chris soon begins to flag and doubt whether they’re doing the right thing. Slowly the two young men fall for one another – something that’s particularly difficult in their church, which is deeply homophobic.

http://www.biggaypictureshow.com/bgps/2013/01/the-falls-dvd/

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Manly Sea Eagles throw lifeline to ill-disciplined Jamil Hopoate
January 16, 2013

News.com (Australia)

The family has repeatedly dismissed any concerns that Will Hopoate might be persuaded to renege on his rich three-year deal with Parramatta because of the drama.

Eels trainers have continued to monitor Hopoate’s fitness as he enters the second half of a two-year Mormon mission in Brisbane.

http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/manly-sea-eagles-eagles-throw-lifeline-to-ill-disciplined-jamil-hopoate/story-fndujljl-1226554645362

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