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28 February 2013

Mormon Helping Hands Assists Recovery From Severe Brazilian Rains
February 28, 2013


Heavy rains struck Brazil’s southeast area in Sao Paulo late Friday afternoon 22 February 2013 and forced more than 300 people out of their homes.

Help was not delayed as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and friends and neighbors began helping flood victims through the organized effort of the Mormon Helping Hands (MHH) program.

The heavy rains caused landslides that blocked the roads linking the Santos region to the state capital. Volunteers, with their yellow vests, spared no effort. At the end of the day, the vests were brown from the mud.


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Mormon FAIR-Cast 131: Blacks and the LDS Priesthood
February 27, 2013


In this episode, Darius Gray provides a partial chronology concerning Blacks and the LDS priesthood. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established in 1830, at which time, its first president and prophet, Joseph Smith ordained all men unto the priesthood. The only qualification is that they embrace the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ and the promised restoration in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. After the death of Joseph Smith at the hands of a mob, it would be three years before Brigham Young was officially named as the next president, leader and prophet of the church.


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Demand for ‘Book of Mormon’ tickets overwhelms Kennedy Center Web site
February 28, 2013

Washington Post (DC)

Good news: “Book of Mormon,” the uber-successful Broadway musical from the brains that brought you South Park, is making its D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center, and Washingtonians really, really want tickets.

Bad news: Unlike your average Girl Scout, the Kennedy Center wasn’t prepared for what spokesperson John Dow called “historic” demand. In the minutes before 10 a.m. Wednesday, when members-only tickets went on sale, the number of people trying to log onto the site jumped from 3,000 to 6,000, according to Dow, which overwhelmed both the ticketing module and the Kennedy Center’s main Web site, ultimately crashing the system.


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The Mormon Jesus and the Garden of Eden
February 28, 2013


Pelikan uses these illustrations of Genesis as an example of how Christians affirmed the cosmic significance of the Word, the Logos, the Son of God. Very quickly, I realized that Phelps’s image of Adam worshiping Jesus face to face wasn’t quite so unique. Instead, early Christians (and some to this day) identified the Lord walking in the garden of Genesis 3 as the pre-existent, eternal Word of God. Perhaps the idea of Jesus appearing to Adam following the expulsion is distinctive. It’s a rather beautiful thought, that Jesus graciously made himself known to the first human family following fall. The paradisiacal setting of “Adam-ondi-Ahman” also seems to convey the idea of a more fortunate fall.
When I read Pelikan’s book and savor the images therein, I sometimes sense the scales falling (slowly) from my eyes.


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Missionaries, raring to go, start younger
February 28, 2013

USA Today

The immediate trajectory of Allison Riding’s life changed Oct. 6, when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lowered the minimum age at which young church members can serve as missionaries.

Riding, 19, of Highland Village, Texas, was sitting in the Salt Lake City auditorium when church President Thomas Monson made the unexpected announcement during a semiannual church conference.

“It was just like a collective gasp from the audience,” Riding said.


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TRENDING: Romney: Campaign was a ‘roller coaster’
February 28, 2013


Life off of the campaign trail is “different,” he said – and no doubt less stressful and slower paced.

His wife, Ann, was along for the ride and described her husband’s bid for office as a type of civic service similar to his service within the Mormon church.

Life since November, she said, has been “an adjustment but it’s one that I think we did well.”


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Bloomberg Businessweek Apologizes After Controversial Cover Draws Fire
February 28, 2013

Fox News

This is not the first time the magazine has drawn controversy over a cover. Other controversial covers include two airplanes having sex and what some called a sacrilegious depiction of Jesus and Mormon disciples.


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All White High School Basketball Team Breaks Racial Stereotypes, Earns No. 1 Rank [VIDEO]
February 28, 2013

Hip Hop Wired

It’s been over two decades since the film White Men Can’t Jump came out, but racial stereotypes in the game of basketball still exist today. Perhaps it’s this thinking that surprises opponents of an all-White high school basketball team which boasts the best record in the nation.

The players belonging to Utah’s Lone Peak Knights had no trouble making their way into the 5A semifinals, thanks to their 84-50 victory this week, and have garnered national attention based on their appearance. In a location known for its dedication to the Mormon faith, the students, and the area of Salt Lake City, isn’t exactly what comes to mind when thinking of basketball stars.
From The New York Times:

Here, among a string of quiet Mormon towns, where the spires of Latter-day Saints churches glint against the Wasatch Mountains, is the home of what many consider the nation’s best high school boys’ basketball team.


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Out West, Reaching the Summit
February 26, 2013

New York Times

Here, among a string of quiet Mormon towns, where the spires of Latter-day Saints churches glint against the Wasatch Mountains, is the home of what many consider the nation’s best high school boys’ basketball team.


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Anissa Rivera: Glendora Community Coordinating Council gives Youth Recognition Award
February 28, 2013

San Gabriel Valley Tribune (California)

Anna’s involvement with community service is extensive: she is an accompanist for her local church choir for a year, playing for meetings and accompanying soloists at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She gave piano lessons for a service project for six months, having been on a committee to plan activities for 150 youths. Anna also helped to plan a Youth Conference, a three-day pioneer trek for 150 youths.

She has organized a food drive for Shepherd’s Pantry, a Glendora nonprofit that provides emergency food, clothing, resources and educational programs to families in the East San Gabriel Valley.


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The Cowardice of Gay Inc.
February 28, 2013

Huffington Post

This same failure of political courage is why gay NGOs routinely fail to take on powerful anti-gay forces like the Mormon Church and Catholic Church leaderships, frequently allied with powerful local and national Democratic politicians, even when these religious leaders are pushing discriminatory referenda like Prop 8. Even when such failure spells defeat for gay rights (unlike back in the day when Harvey Milk, et al., took on Anita Bryant and the Briggs Amendment, and won).


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NFL Teams Are Breaking Their Own Rules by Asking if Manti Te’o Is Gay
February 28, 2013

Color Lines

Te’o came to national prominence during the 2012 college football season when he led his team through an undefeated regular season. His story had all the makings of a future feature movie: he grew up in a devoutly religious Samoan Mormon family in Hawaii, chose to play for the nationally known but perennially struggling Notre Dame, and came out as a man in love. Early in the season, Te’o revealed that his beloved girlfriend, a Stanford grad named Lennay Kekua, had died of leukemia on the same day as Te’o’s grandmother. The tragic story soon took off in the media, and became one of the heart wrenching undercurrents of Notre Dame’s undefeated season.


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Midvale resident, 92, raising funds for memorial to his settler great-grandparents
February 28, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Marion Cox would like nothing more than to honor his great-grandparents with a statue near the site of their ancestral home.

The 92-year-old retired carpenter is a direct descendant of Jehu and Sarah Cox, early Mormon pioneers who immigrated to Utah in 1848 and eventually settled in the area now occupied by the Family Center at Fort Union in Midvale.

In 1849, Brigham Young ordered a fort to be built in the area to protect farmers from what was then perceived to be a threat from the American Indians nearby. Jehu Cox and his wife donated 10 acres of their 40-acre farm for what would become Union Fort. The threat never materialized and the Union Fort was never completed, although three of the four walls that were erected were 12 feet high and 6 feet wide at the bottom.

“They agreed to donate the land provided their home was inside the fort,” said Cox, who is known fondly in the community as the honorary mayor of Fort Union.”They deserve to be recognized for their generosity and the role they played in settling this area.”


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Utah might snip liquor curtains
February 28, 2013

York Dispatch (Pennsylvania)

The so-called Zion curtains go back decades in the state’s history. The nickname nods to Utah’s legacy as home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A former incarnate of the barriers went up in the late 1960s in social clubs serving alcohol, and stood until the state legalized bars in 2009. Those former barriers took the form of glass walls separating customers from bartenders.
Opponents of today’s Zion curtains say the law forces restaurant owners to waste money and space on configurations to keep bartenders out of sight. Some construct wall-like barriers, and others put up strategically positioned service bars. Curtain opponents also say the law hinders tourism by annoying outsiders and reinforcing their perception of Utah as staunchly sober.


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Postcards: 1,000 years have yet to pass, so where’s that concrete house?
February 28, 2013

Richmond Daily News (Missouri)

Last weekend I went to the Farris Theatre to see the movie, “Lincoln.” As we were sitting there waiting for the movie to start, I put on my historical hat and started telling about how the Farris Theatre looked different when it was first built.

There is a picture of the stage taken in 1912 when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was at the Farris Theatre. Whenever I read old newspapers, I always look for ads about the Farris to see what shows were playing there. I didn’t find any in 1920, so I assume the Farris was not showing “picture shows” yet because movie Theatres were rare prior to 1920.


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Irvine actor drinks in possibility of stardom
February 28, 2013

Orange County Register (California)

Q. What’s it about?
A. It’s about a 19-year-old kid who gets his Mormon girlfriend pregnant. She dumps him because she doesn’t think he’s fit to be a dad. He’s forced to move in with his stoner best friend who has to teach him how to be a man.


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