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25 February 2013

“Book of Mormon” headed back to Denver
February 25, 2013

Denver Post (Colorado)

When “The Book of Mormon” launched its national tour in Denver in August, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s Tony-winning musical was everything it was cracked to be. Naughty. Optimistic. Fun.

As promised, Denver Center Attractions has announced dates for the return engagement of the record-breaking, wise-cracking musical.
Subscribers to the Denver Center Attractions 2013-2014 season get first shot at the tickets when they go on sale April 8. (A date for public ticket sales has yet to be announced, but stay tuned to “Stage, Screen & In Between.”)

http://blogs.denverpost.com/stagescreen/2013/02/25/its-official-book-of-mormon-headed-back-to-denver/

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Mormon leader’s comments about election debated
February 24, 2013

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)

The president of a Mormon church stake in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy is being accused of crossing the line by giving a speech from the pulpit that decried last year’s re-election of President Barack Obama.

President Matthew DeVisser said Feb. 3 at the Hidden Valley Stake Conference that he has never “witnessed a more stark difference between good and evil.”

Without mentioning names or political parties, he said the “voice of the people spoke loudly and clearly as it chose” socialism over capitalism, entitlements over free enterprise, and redistribution and regulation over self-reliance.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/mormon-leader-s-comments-about-election-debated-192830131.html

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Tuition cut for out-of-state students proposed due to Mormon missionary exodus
February 25, 2013

Standard Examiner (Utah)

Utah lawmakers aiming to fill a revenue gap left by an unprecedented exodus of students on Mormon missions will review a measure Monday that would allow public colleges and universities to offer in-state tuition to high-performing students from other states.

Enrollment is down this spring at nearly all of Utah’s colleges and universities, and they are expecting bigger dips in the fall. Higher education officials are projecting losses in the millions over the next 2 1/2 years due to the lost tuition.

http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/02/25/tuition-cut-out-state-students-proposed-due-mormon-missionary-exodus

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The Significance of Mormon Burial Garments
February 25, 2013

Opposing Views

FAMILY
The plain burial garment also holds sentimental value. Often an individual’s mother sews the garment by hand and gives it as a gift to their child once they’ve been endowed by the church. Yet while family involvement in the construction of the burial garment is personally significant to many Mormons, the Church still sanctions how the clothing is made by distributing approved sewing kits to Mormon families.

FERTILITY
Because the burial garment is worn by a Mormon for most of his or her life it takes on an additional significance of continuity “Mormons go to the grave wearing what could be regarded as a symbol of fertility,” writes Dredge, noting that the same garment is worn by a Mormon for their wedding ceremony and their own funeral.

http://people.opposingviews.com/significance-mormon-burial-garments-5042.html

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Mormon official denounces Obama’s re-election, accused of crossing line
February 25, 2013

Wisconsin Gazette

The president of a Mormon church stake in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy is being accused of crossing the line by giving a speech from the pulpit that decried last year’s re-election of President Barack Obama.

President Matthew DeVisser, in his Feb. 3 address at the Hidden Valley Stake Conference in Utah, said he has never “witnessed a more stark difference between good and evil” than 2012.

Without mentioning names or political parties, he said the “voice of the people spoke loudly and clearly as it chose” socialism over capitalism, entitlements over free enterprise, and redistribution and regulation over self-reliance.

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/national-gaze/mormon-official-denounces-obamas-re-election-accused-of-crossing-line.html

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The Friday Gospels, By Jenn Ashworth. Sceptre, £17.99
February 26, 2013

The Independent (United Kingdom)

In a crucial scene towards the end of Jenn Ashworth’s remarkable new novel, a Mormon Bishop enjoins the homecoming missionary to conceal his sense of failure, when testifying to the congregation: “I’m just asking you to look at things in the best possible way. And to help other people to do that too.” During his two years’ away, the missionary, Gary, has failed to convert a single person to the Church of Latter-Day Saints, but the Bishop claims that: “What the ward is after is inspiration, not a list of facts and figures.”

Inspirational testimony is, by this definition, selective. After Gary declares that he “can’t do anything except tell the truth,” the Bishop responds by saying: “Yes, but you can emphasise the most important aspects.” According to the Bishop, testifying to religious “truth” means emphasising only the spiritual, uplifting and “important aspects” of experience, but Gary worries that by not saying everything, he is being dishonest.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-friday-gospels-by-jenn-ashworth-sceptre-1799-8510580.html

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Jodi Arias Attempts to Explain Away Her Lies
February 25, 2013

ABC News

Arias said she lied because she was ashamed of having killed her lover, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. Arias also said she didn’t want details of their raunchy sexual relationship to be revealed, in part because Alexander lived a public life as a devout Mormon saving himself for marriage but privately was seeing multiple women romantically.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/arias-resumes-testimony-arizona-murder-trial-18587383

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Big 3 make Storm NRL favourites again
February 26, 2013

Nine MSN (Australia)

Skipper Smith said he had been particularly impressed by Setu, who spent the past two years completing a Mormon mission in the UK.

Before that the 24-year-old played two seasons at the Broncos after a two-year stint with the Dragons.

“Lagi’s got great skill and he’s got great feet; he’s very agile for a big man,” Smith said.

http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8617213

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2013 NFL Combine: Ansah runs unofficial 4.62 at 274 pounds
February 25, 2013

CBS Sports

BYU pass rusher Ziggy Ansah showed little reaction when he saw his 4.62 unofficial 40-time posted at Lucas Oil Stadium Monday. In part, because the 6-foot-5, 274-pound football neophyte is more accustomed to running sprints — track and his Mormon beliefs are the reasons he came to Provo.

He also has a quiet confidence about him, and the even-keeled rising draft star isn’t the celebrating type.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/21766663/2013-nfl-combine-ansah-runs-unofficial-462-at-274-pounds

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Breaking Amish gets a second season – even though the first came under fire for lying about cast members’ pasts
February 25, 2013

Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Rebecca eventually admitted to being married, divorced and having a baby before appearing on the show, but vehemently refused to name the father in the season finale.

Pictures also emerged of her wearing a bikini – behaviour at odds with her strict Mormon background.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284407/Breaking-Amish-gets-second-season–lied-characters-pasts.html

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Fighting Canine Halitosis, Orabrush Goes to the Dogs
February 25, 2013

Wall Street Journal

If the new channel, Orapup, performs like the company’s first YouTube endeavor, it will prove that big budgets and high-production values are sometimes no match for a few creative people sitting around together in a room-even if that room is in Provo, Utah, a town known less for tinseltown glamor than for Brigham Young University and a Mormon missionary-training center.

http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/02/25/fighting-canine-halitosis-orabrush-goes-to-the-dogs/?mod=tech

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For aging religious leaders, is it still ’till death us do part’?
February 25, 2013

Religion News Service

While many rank-and-file pastors and priests retire in their 60s, their superiors maintain their posts far longer: Benedict is resigning at 85, the same age as Mormon President Thomas Monson. The Dalai Lama is 77 and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the world leader of Eastern Orthodoxy, is the youngest of the lot at 72.

http://www.religionnews.com/2013/02/25/for-aging-religious-leaders-is-it-still-till-death-us-do-part/

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The temporary, mistaken ban on allowing women to pray in sacrament meeting
February 25, 2013

Standard Examiner (Utah)

I was listening to a Mormon Stories interview with writer Carol Lynn Pearson when I heard her say that in the 1970s, women were not allowed to offer prayers in LDS sacrament meeting. That caught may attention. I turned 17 in 1980 and had been to hundreds of sacrament meetings in the 70s. I called my mom and asked her if this was true. She said yes. She added that the ban bothered her enough to ask our Southern California ward bishopric for an explanation.

She told me that they told her the ban was in place because sacrament meeting was a priesthood meeting and that only priesthood holders could deliver prayers. Mom added a caveat, though. She stated that not long after her query, the ban on prayers offered by women ended. As she told me, the explanation was apparently that it had all been a mistake.

http://blogs.standard.net/the-political-surf/2013/02/25/temporary-mistaken-ban/

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Project nominations due Friday for Chapman work day
February 25, 2013

Chico Enterprise Record (California)

A massive community improvement project, involving up to 500 volunteers, will take place April 27 in the Chapman neighborhood. The name of the project is “Lovin’ on Chapmantown — Helping Hands for a Stronger Community.”

Sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands, the Chico Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in fellowship with Love Chapmantown Coalition, this event will afford residents of the Chapman neighborhood an opportunity to have trash hauled, fences repaired, gardens planted and perhaps even entire buildings painted — all at no charge.

http://www.chicoer.com/ci_22663879/project-nominations-due-friday-chapman-work-day

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UCLA offense out to become even more explosive in 2013
February 25, 2013

Sports Illustrated

Su’a-Filo started 13 games at left tackle as a freshman in 2009, but then he left Los Angeles to serve a Mormon mission. After two years spent spreading the word in Florida’s panhandle, Su’a-Filo returned to find a new head coach (Jim Mora), a radically different offense and a new mentality. He started 14 games at left guard last season, but the 21 year old felt like a freshman again. Considering the line also featured three actual freshmen (two redshirt, one true), senior guard Jeff Baca was left doing a lot of babysitting. “It was tough. We had our bumps,” Su’a-Filo said. “Especially me. I considered myself a young guy because I hadn’t played for two years.”

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130225/ucla-offense-brett-hundley/

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