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30 January 2013

Mormon-Made Quilts Reach the Needy in Ukraine

January 30, 2013

mormonnewsroom.org

Thousands of quilts made by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were recently delivered to those in need in southeastern Ukraine and the Republic of Crimea with the help of International Relief & Development, Inc.

Needy families, single mothers, children in orphanages and medical institutions are among those who received the quilts.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-quilts-ukraine

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Mormon FAIR-Cast 127: Did an Apostasy Actually Occur?

January 30, 2013

FAIR Blog

What is an “apostasy?” Are there any scriptures that say there was an apostasy that required a restoration? Do we know when the apostasy ocurred? Does that matter? In this episode of Religion Today, which originally aired on KSL Radio on August 19, 2012, Martin Tanner responds to claims that an apostasy did not occur.

http://www.fairblog.org/2013/01/30/mormon-fair-cast-127-did-an-apostasy-actually-occur/

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Mormon school in Mexico to become a Missionary Training Center

January 30, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Mormon leaders are closing Benemerito de las Americas, an LDS Church-owned high school near Mexico City, and turning it into a Missionary Training Center (MTC).

The move was triggered by the massive influx of new missionaries after the Utah-based faith lowered the mission age for young men from 19 to 18 and for young women from 21 to 19. It is not yet clear what will happen with the small MTC that is adjacent to the Mexico City LDS Temple.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/55733624-180/church-lds-mexico-missionary.html.csp

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Missionary duties as a Mormon

January 30, 2013

Newton Daily News (Iowa)

Missionary duties as a Mormon can be hard at times, but for Elder Allen, 20, and Elder Boydston, 24, the work is well worth it.

Mormons have the option to go on missions and spread the word of God: for two years, missionaries give up TV, radio and Internet to concentrate on their faith.

http://www.newtondailynews.com/2013/01/30/missionary-duties-as-a-mormon/az6bnms/

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Ben Platt: Stormin’ ‘Mormon’

January 30, 2013

Windy City Times (Illinois)

WCT: Does it poke fun at religion?

Ben Platt: That is the platform it uses, but is not so concerned with the religion itself. It is more being fascinated by the Mormon religion. The rules, regulations and traditions of Mormons are the platform of the comedy. You get a taste of religion but that is not the main point.

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Ben-Platt-Stormin-Mormon/41372.html

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Prophet or Predator: Investigation Discovery Reveals Mormon Story of Sex Trafficking

January 30, 2013

Reel Life with Jane

Marie is not the typical runaway teen who falls prey to men who profess love and protection. She was a grown woman when she met Adam (his real name is withheld to protect the victim) at a Mormon singles dance. “He immediately charmed me because he looked exactly like the man who had appeared in a dream revealing the man I was destined to marry.”

“I had always been taught that dreams are powerful because Joseph Smith’s revelation about the ancient Gold Plates had come in a dream. His translations of the text became the basis for The Book of Mormon, a tenant of our faith.”

Adam convinced her that he had found a new sealed version of the Gold Plates that he was translating. Thus, he would become the new prophet and Marie would become his spiritual wife. Together, they would become as revered as Joseph and his wife, Emma.

http://www.reellifewithjane.com/2013/01/prophet-or-predator-investigation-discovery-mormon-sex-trafficking/

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VIDEO: Josh Gad Confirms BOOK OF MORMON Film

January 30, 2013

Broadway World

1600 Penn star Josh Gad was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway SMASH THE BOOK OF MORMON. Rumors have been circulating that the award-winnning musical, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of SOUTH PARK fame, is headed for the big screen. “Eventually it absolutely will, I can assure you of that,” affirmed the actor.

http://movies.broadwayworld.com/article/VIDEO-Josh-Gad-Confirms-BOOK-OF-MORMON-Film-20130130

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Victim’s ex says he duped her about being a virgin and cheated with defendant Jodi Arias in Arizona murder trial

January 30, 2013

New York Daily News

Lisa Daidone said she first met Alexander in a Mormon singles group when she was 18 and he was 29. She said they began dating in July 2007 and continued an on-again, off-again relationship until February 2008.
She said she first broke up with him when she “came to the understanding that he was cheating on me” with Arias. The couple got back together, she said, and she believed him to be a devout Mormon who was a virgin saving himself for marriage, but she wasn’t ready to wed at such a young age.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/victim-testifies-arias-trial-article-1.1251618

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Feminist Mormons ask LDS leader to clarify comment

January 30, 2013

Fox 13 (Utah)

Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints want one of its leaders to clarify a statement she made about women’s rights at a BYU devotional earlier this month.
Elaine Dalton is the LDS Church Young Women General President, and she said in part, “You will also be the ones who provide the example of family life in a time when families are under attack, being redefined and disintegrating. You will understand your rights and your responsibilities, and thus see no need to lobby for rights.”

http://fox13now.com/2013/01/30/feminist-mormons-ask-lds-leader-to-clarify-comment/

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Boy Scouts consider lifting gay-ban

January 30, 2013

My Fox Houston (Texas)

Nearly 70 percent of Boy Scout units in the nation are chartered to religious groups, and the LDS, or Mormon, church has the largest presence. More than 420 thousand members are in the boy scouts.

The LDS church is also the organization’s biggest sponsor in terms of money, calling many to wonder what this change in policy will mean to the church.

“I think removing the policy is in line with their viewpoints today,” Clayson said. “The LDS church says, yes you can be gay. You just can’t act on your feelings. The Boy Scout policy is if you’re gay you can’t be a Boy Scout.”

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/20811532/boy-scouts-consider-lifting-gay-ban

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Same-sex marriage opponents running out of money ahead of Supreme Court hearing

January 30, 2013

Long Beach Press-Telegram (California)

The fund-raising fall-off is a result of donor fatigue, the dramatic rise in public support for gay marriage and the softening of some major gay marriage opponents, including the Mormon Church, people involved with the campaigns say. Both individuals and institutions opposed to gay marriage say many are fearful of being associated with the cause.

“On the New York cocktail party circuit, the intensity of anger over the marriage issue has made being pro-life easy,” said Sean Fieler, who runs the New York City hedge fund Equinox Partners. Fieler has donated over $1 million to gay marriage opponents such as the National Organization for Marriage.

http://www.presstelegram.com/breakingnews/ci_22474944/same-sex-marriage-opponents-running-out-money-ahead

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Bizarre Utah Bribery Case Sucks In Harry Reid

January 30, 2013

Mother Jones

Utah may be best known for its clean-living, teetotaling Mormon culture, but the state has long had a reputation as the home for less savory activity: financial fraud. Long known as the “scam capital” of the world, Utah has the dubious distinction of producing large numbers of con artists, penny stock scammers and other charlatans–so many that the Securities and Exchange Commission has an office in Salt Lake City (which is unusual for the agency). Yet another one of these sordid stories is underway in the state right now, and this time, an accused scammer has said he tried to bribe a big name: the highest ranking Democrat in the US Senate, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), himself a Mormon with many ties to Utah.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/01/utah-bribery-investigation-harry-reid

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Gay marriage opponents running out of cash ahead of Supreme Court hearing

January 30, 2013

LGBTQ Nation

Karger said he had noticed early on that tremendous financial support for ProtectMarriage.com during the initial push for Prop 8 was coming from the Mormon Church.

According to freelance journalist Stephanie Mencimer, writing for backpage.com:

Karger found Mormons everywhere in the Prop 8 campaign: as actors in the TV ads, as volunteers, organizers, and political consultants. Just as intriguing, he would discover eventually, the group that had done the lion’s share of the work to get Prop 8 on the ballot to begin with, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), also had deep ties to the Mormon Church–and the church itself had been engaged in a campaign to block gay marriage across the nation for more than a decade.

Reuters reported that while the image-conscious Mormon church was one of the most visible Prop 8 supporters, once the church came under fire from LGBT advocacy groups and their allies, Mormon fundraising to oppose same-sex marriage plummeted.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/01/gay-marriage-opponents-running-out-of-cash-ahead-of-supreme-court-hearing/

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Remember the dead

January 30, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

There had been unwarranted killings of both Indians and immigrants, leading to the massacre: A band of Indians had killed a group of miners; soldiers had executed innocent Indians suspected of killing settlers. But those camped on the Bear were peaceful. As Mormon pioneers had expanded their settlements north into Cache Valley, the Shoshone lost hunting territory, and the wildlife diminished. Many were hungry, even starving.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/55733940-82/indians-shoshone-bear-massacre.html.csp

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The Tectonic Impact Of Obama’s Re-Election

January 30, 2013

Daily Beast

It’s not just the return to Clinton tax rates for the very wealthy; it’s a real cultural shift as well. In the last week, we have seen the Boy Scouts back off a national policy of excluding openly gay scouts and scout-masters (which means the Mormon hierarchy must have not made too big a fuss);we have Tom Tancredo almost smoking a joint in public (don’t make a bet with him on anything in the future); we have Sean Hannity’s ratings plummeting; we see gay couples included in the president’s comprehensive immigration reform; we have Limbaugh edging ever-so-slightly toward Rubio on immigration; and we have this somewhat astounding “favorable/unfavorable” chart for the president:

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2013/01/the-tectonic-impact-of-obamas-re-election.html

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