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13 February 2013

News from Country Newsroom Websites from Around the World
February 13, 2013


Brazil: Incubators and Wheelchairs Donated in Brazil
Two incubators and more than 250 wheelchairs were recently provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ welfare and humanitarian departments to a Brazilian hospital and organizations that help people with disabilities.

The incubators were given to the pediatric unit of the hospital Santa Casa de Misericordia de Santana do Livramento in the southern part of Brazil.


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Mormon FAIR-Cast: 129: Skin Color & Curses
February 13, 2013


How can the Church better reach African Americans? What do the scriptures mean when they say that a person is “black?” Does it refer to skin color or is it metaphorical? What do the scriptures mean when they say that a person or people are cursed?

This episode is an audio version of segment 2 of the Blacks in the Scriptures DVD Series . The complete DVD can be purchased at the FAIR Bookstore here.

This presentation has been provided courtesy of Blacks in the Scriptures. The opinions expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent the official views of FAIR or of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s guest conductor in town this week
February 13, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Last June the Mormon Tabernacle Choir invited fans across the United States to enter the Conduct the Choir Video Facebook Contest for a chance to conduct the Choir’s 360 voices.

After numerous video entries and more than 18,000 votes were cast, Justin Lewis, a flight commander in the United States Air Force and married father of two from Pennsylvania, was declared the winner.


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Gay rights activists demand DC Comics fire Mormon Superman writer
February 13, 2013

Washington Times (DC)

Orson Scott Card is one of a team of writers and artists to create the new digital DC Comics product, “Adventures of Superman,” according to a report from Fox News. Mr. Card is a Mormon and vocal opponent of gay marriage. Fox News reported he once referred to same-sex marriage as the end of democracy in American and suggested “the left is at war with the family.”

Mr. Card also wrote: “Same-sex attraction is not a strait jacket; people’s desires change over time; gay people still have choices; a reproductive dysfunction like same-sex marriage is not a death sentence for your DNA or for your desire to have a family in which children grow up with male and female parents to model appropriate gender roles,” Fox News reported.


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Mission-Driven Change
February 13, 2013

Inside Higher Ed

Effective immediately, the church’s leadership said during the opening session of its semiannual General Conference, the minimum age for Mormon missionaries would be lowered from 19 for men and 21 for women to 18 and 19, respectively. That might not sound significant to individuals outside the faith, but reporters noted that the audience in the hall audibly gasped at the announcement.

And it meant something big for institutions like the Utah Valley University, Weber State University, the University of Utah and other colleges and universities with large Mormon populations, who realized they had a challenge on their hands.

Mormon missions, in which young men and women generally spend two years or 18 months, respectively, in a location determined by the church (often abroad), proselytizing and engaged in humanitarian, community and church service, are a rite of passage for many of the faith. The church’s announcement means that essentially two cohorts of college-aged men and three cohorts of college-aged women will be departing for missions simultaneously.


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My Best Mormon Life: New Book Provides Honest Mormon Voice the World Has Been Searching For
February 13, 2013


The book covers his youth growing up in Blackfoot, Idaho to his graduate education at Harvard Divinity School. It covers experiences at BYU and on a Mormon proselytizing mission in Atlanta, Georgia. It highlights influences from older bull riding brothers to a love of film. It’s filled with wrestling, bull riding, ballet, theology, literature, philosophy, and it’s all accessible. It’s bound by the meaning of the life and death of the writer’s mother. He pulls the covers off Mormon’s holy concept of the eternal family, the god Mormon’s worship, and the Book of Mormon. And leaves something more substantial in each of their places.

The book is narrative driven by events in his life and mixes essays on topics ranging from the Apostle Paul’s harm to individual flourishing to Mormonism’s greatest and unknown philosopher, who accurately conjectured dark energy was a major composition of the universe before any modern day physicist. It also discusses the purpose of the author of the Book of Acts not unknown to the readers of his day but to the readers of today, until now. The book is overwhelmingly positive in its aim to never stop questioning. While it is critical of everything under the sun, from religion to education, the intent is to examine foundations and build from them to a better approach with the world we experience. It’s also a lot of fun.
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Mormon Vs. Christian Scripture
February 13, 2013

Opposing Views

An American named Joseph Smith founded Mormonism in 1830. Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the official Mormon Church — has more than 14 million members. As the name of the church suggests, Jesus of Nazareth is significant to the Mormon faith. Members consider him to be the Son of God and the Messiah, which is in keeping with one of the most basic beliefs of Christianity. In fact, devout Mormons readily refer to themselves as Christians, so where is the chasm between mainstream Christianity and Mormonism? The division lies in the Scriptures, or holy texts, of the two faiths.


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Phony Mormon marriage counselor sentenced
February 13, 2013

Standard Examiner (Utah)

A state judge has sentenced a Kearns man accused of posing as a Mormon marriage counselor to three years in jail and five years’ probation for sexual misconduct.

In August, a jury convicted 59-year-old Arturo Tenorio of two counts of felony forcible sex abuse involving two female victims. On Tuesday, Tenorio was charged with two more counts of felony sex abuse involving two additional victims.


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UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage
February 13, 2013

Pink News

Two councillors in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, have quit the Conservative Party over its push for same-sex marriage, saying it conflicts with their beliefs as Mormons.

Nick, 44, and Matt Grant, 42, who have both served as Conservative councillors since 2000 and 2006 respectively, are also members of the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints, according to the Coventry Telegraph.


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Larry Johnston: Never controversial, so let’s talk religion
February 12, 2013

Florida Today

Joseph was born on Dec. 23, 1805, into an intensely religious family of nine children. At age 14, he was in the woods when a pillar of light appeared over his head which transfigured into the images of God and Jesus. Joseph became an anointed man.

By 1823, Smith’s family had moved to New York where he received another vision. This time his visitor was the angel Moroni. Moroni revealed the location of some buried golden plates on which biblical works were etched. Along with the plates were special glasses through which Smith could read the strange text. Four years later, he dug up the plates and began the laborious task of translating this new Bible into English.


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Jodi Arias Trial Update 2013: Defense Plays Phone Sex Recording To Prove Alexander’s Sexual Deviance
February 13, 2013

International Business Times

Arias defense team played the tape in the Phoenix court for the jury to show them that Alexander was not the devout Mormon virgin he appeared to be. They wanted to portray him as a conflicted individual who expressed and shared his erotic sex life and fantasies with Arias.

The defense is trying to convince the jury the victim was an abusive, sex-obsessed individual whom Arias could have plausibly killed in self-defense on June 4, 2008.


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White House Academy helps students flourish
February 13, 2013

Vernal Express (Utah)

Having a profound impact on students and families is just one of the aims of White House Academy which opened this fall in downtown Vernal. The K-8 curriculum is LDS-based, explained Annaliese White, who is the founder and principal of the school.

The Mormon-faith based school provides an alternative for parents when choosing the education for their children, and the fact that it is LDS-based appeals to some parents, White said. “As we have interviewed incoming students, that is a real draw. Parents want to be able to have those same values that are in their homes consistent throughout the day of their child’s schooling,” White said.


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Tim Tebow To Speak At Church That Opposes Catholics, Gays, President Obama (Video)
February 13, 2013

Opposing Views

Quarterback Tim Tebow is still looking for a new NFL team to sign with, but has reportedly found a new speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church Dallas, where Pastor Robert Jeffress has attacked Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, gays and lesbians and President Obama.

According to RightWingWatch.org, Pastor Jeffress once said that Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith made him a member of a “cult” that is “from the pit of Hell.”


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Matteo’s American Folk Played on Traditional Chinese Instruments
February 13, 2013

The World

The band Matteo, from Salt Lake City, Utah, plays songs that blend traditional Chinese and American folk music. Their inspiration is old, but the results are something new. It’s Western songs interpreted on Chinese instruments.

Matteo are four 20-somethings: Eric Chipman, his wife Brinn Bagley-Chipman, Luke Williams and Jordan Riley. Eric, Brinn and Jordan all speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. They were raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and they did their Mormon missions in Taiwan.

“You just agree, I’m going to be a missionary and wherever you send me, I’ll go,” Bagley-Chipman said. “You just get a letter and you open it up and you realize you are going to be in Taiwan for a year and a half or two years.”


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Unexpected champion of medical marijuana emerging in new fight to keep the drug legal
February 13, 2013

AZ Family (Arizona)

Melvin McDonald is a Mormon, a father, a former judge and US Attorney, and surprisingly, an outspoken supporter of medical marijuana.


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Protesters stage ‘cough-in’ at Capitol
February 13, 2013

Fox 13 (Utah)

Wednesday is the second time in a week protesters calling for an improvement in Utah’s air quality came to the Utah State Capitol with a petition.

Wednesday’s demonstration was much smaller than last week’s, but the message was the same. They want something to be done about the state’s air and they’re hoping Governor Herbert is listening.

Dozens of protesters from groups like the Utah Tar Sands Resistance, Peaceful Uprising, Mormon Environmental Stewardship and Utah Moms for Clean Air filed into the governor’s office to stage what they’re calling a “cough-in.”


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The Most Religious U.S. State Is …
February 13, 2013

Discovery News

As expected, the South dominated the “most religious” list, while the 12 least religious states were located in New England. For instance, while just 14 percent of Alabama residents indicated they were nonreligious, 50 percent of those in New Hampshire said the same. (In addition to very religious and nonreligious, Gallup also had a “moderately religious” category.) Utah, which has a large Mormon population, and Oklahoma, which straddles the border between the South and the Midwest, were the only exceptions to the dominantly Southern states in the top 10 list.


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Arias: When Travis was mad at me, I’d shake
February 13, 2013

Headline News

Arias is explaining Alexander’s standing with the church. She said she thought Alexander’s knowledge of all things Mormon was superior to her knowledge.

“He had read the book of Mormon 23 times at that point. He could quote hundreds of scriptures, maybe more, from memory. He knew all of the doctrine through and through.,” said Arias. “I believed he was superior to me in all matters of our mutual religion.”


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