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28 June 2013

Mormon missionaries to tap online tools

June 28, 2013

Religion News Service

The LDS church is moving further into the digital age, unveiling plans to do less door-to-door missionary “tracting” and more social media networking to find potential converts.

Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry announced last week (June 23) that the Utah-based missionary force — more than 70,000 strong — will tap online tools to help them connect with and teach people interested in joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://www.religionnews.com/2013/06/28/mormon-missionaries-to-tap-online-tools/

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Mormons to use technology in missionary work

June 28, 2013

Lubbock Avalanche Journal (Texas)

The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door.

But in a few years, that image may be replaced by one of young Mormons sitting with an iPad, typing messages on Facebook.

Recognizing the world has changed, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders announced Sunday night that missionaries will do less door-to-door proselytizing, and instead, use the Internet to recruit new church members.

http://m.lubbockonline.com/faith/2013-06-28/mormons-use-technology-missionary-work

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Facebook to Facebook

June 28, 2013

Greenfield Recorder (Massachusetts)

The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door.

But in a few years, that image may be replaced by one of young Mormons sitting with an iPad, typing messages on Facebook.

Recognizing the world has changed, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders announced Sunday night that missionaries will do less door-to-door proselytizing, and instead, use the Internet to recruit new church members.

http://www.recorder.com/news/nation/world/7214496-95/facebook-to-facebook

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Moves to Salt Lake City’s Mormon-Owned NBC Affiliate

June 28, 2013

Hollywood Reporter

Utah’s KSL-TV, owned by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints company Bonneville International Corporation, announced this week that it would start airing Saturday Night Live in the fall.

“Starting this fall, KSL is pleased to welcome Saturday Night Live to its weekly line-up, on Saturday nights at 10:30,” the station posted on its Facebook page. “More changes and updates to the fall line-up are coming soon — stay with us and we’ll keep you posted!”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/saturday-night-live-moves-salt-577272

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Mormon missionaries taking task to social media

June 28, 2013

ABC 7 (Virginia)

The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door.

But in a few years, that image may be replaced by one of young Mormons sitting with an iPad, typing messages on Facebook.

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/06/mormon-missionaries-taking-task-to-social-media-90718.html

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ON Kilter: Mormon mavericks: Juanita Brooks, filmmakers kickstarting her story

June 28, 2013

St. George News (Utah)

When I was told that the definitive account of the Mountain Meadows Massacre had been penned by a Mormon from St. George, I rolled my eyes. I wondered how the horrific event would be told by a woman invested in Mormonism.

Juanita Brooks outright shatters the perception that the Mormon culture is one of revisionist history, one that seeks to hide or rewrite the history of its origin and what took place in its accession to acceptance in American culture. At least as to this event in history.

http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2013/06/28/on-kilter-mormon-mavericks-all-juanita-brooks-filmmakers-kickstarting-her-story-on-film/

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Will Exodus International’s exit affect Mormon gay support group?

June 28, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The departure of Exodus International, which has apologized for its efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight, has some gay Utah Mormons asking: What about Evergreen?

After all, Evergreen Resources, formerly Evergreen International, once referred gay Latter-day Saints to such “reparative” therapy but says it has discarded the controversial practice.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/56515338-80/gay-evergreen-therapy-exodus.html.csp

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Mormon and Evangelical Bullies Online

June 28, 2013

Religion News Service

Ex-Mormons tell Mormons they’ve never met that they are wholesale idiots for believing.

Evangelicals tell Mormons that they reject the Bible, worship a totally different Jesus, and are going to hell.

Mormons respond in kind that there is only one religious truth and, gee whiz, it just so happens that they own the patent for it. Go figure.
And then those Mormons tell other Mormons whose opinions they reject that any holders of those opinions should be excommunicated, lose their temple recommends, or just quit the Church already because they clearly hate the prophet.

http://janariess.religionnews.com/2013/06/28/mormon-bullies-online/

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Former Mormon Bishop Sentenced in Tarp Fraud Scheme

June 28, 2013

American Banker

A former bishop of a Mormon church in Connecticut was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for running a fraud scheme that roped in a participant in the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

A district court judge in New Haven sentenced Julius Blackwelder to 46 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in February to charges of wire fraud and money laundering. He will also spend three years on supervised release, the special inspector general for Tarp announced Friday.

Blackwelder defrauded investors of nearly $500,000 through an investment pool called the “Friends Investment Group.” Starting in 2005, he began soliciting investments from members of the congregation of the Bridgeport Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Trumbull, Conn., where he was a bishop.

http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/178_125/former-mormon-bishop-sentenced-in-tarp-fraud-scheme-1060287-1.html

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At last, modest dresses! Mormon site saves day for Jewish bride

June 28, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

She scoured the Internet looking under the categories of “Modern Orthodox bridesmaids dresses” and “Jewish bridesmaid dresses.” Some were too pricey, some too modest, she writes in the New York Daily News, “covering everything from clavicle to wrist to ankle.”

Finally, she Googled “modest bridesmaid dresses” and voilà — up came “Modest Bridesmaid Dresses: LatterDayBride & Prom.”
She clicked on the link, she writes, “and almost cried.”

“Thirteen pages of gorgeous, flattering dresses unfurled before me, and all had sleeves, high necklines, backs and hemlines that hit below the knees every time. I was awe-struck,” Landau writes. “Of course Mormons would have similar modesty standards. Of course they wanted to feel pretty. And, apparently, they didn’t want to pay more than $250 for a dress either. Hallelujah!”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/56527634-180/dresses-bridesmaid-modest-com.html.csp

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The Mormon Church in Norway

June 28, 2013

The Foreigner (Norway)

The first Norwegian members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (abbreviated LDS), informally ‘The Mormon Church’, were recruited in 1842 in a Norwegian immigrant community that had settled in Fox River, Illinois, USA.

Mormon members of that community joined with other Scandinavian Mormons to travel eastward across the Atlantic to set up a Scandinavian mission mark in Copenhagen in 1850. It quickly spread the faith across Denmark.

A Norwegian ship captain from Risør, Svend Larsen (1816-1886), sailed with a cargo of timber into the Danish port of Aalborg in August 1851. There he met Mormons, was converted, and baptised into the Church the following month. He then sailed home to Risør as a Mormon missionary.

http://theforeigner.no/pages/columns/the-mormon-church-in-norway/

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Utah’s Mormon-owned NBC affiliate decides to air ‘Saturday Night Live’ live

June 28, 2013

Celebrity Cafe

KSL-TV, the Mormon-owned Salt Lake City NBC affiliate, has decided to resume airing new Saturday Night Live episodes as they air around the country this fall.

The network, which has had a rocky relationship with NBC, made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday, confirming that the shows will air live at 10:30 p.m. local time. “More changes and updates to the fall line-up are coming soon – stay with us and we’ll keep you posted,” the network promised.

http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2013/06/utah-s-mormon-owned-nbc-affiliate-decides-air-saturday-night-live-live

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Mormon-Owned NBC Salt Lake City Station to Broadcast ‘SNL’ This Fall

June 29, 2013

Herald de Paris (France)

KSL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City owned by the Mormon church, will finally air new episodes of “Saturday Night Live” starting this fall. KSL will debut new “SNL” episodes starting Sept. 28 at 10:30 p.m. with the show’s 39th season, the station announced via a Facebook post.

http://www.heralddeparis.com/mormon-owned-nbc-salt-lake-city-station-to-broadcast-snl-this-fall/211363

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Un mormon brigue la présidence malienne

June 28, 2013

Le Monde (France)

In a country where Islam is increasingly invited into the field politics , a presidential candidate in the July 28 showing his faith in the Mormon Church clashes. While the current acting president Traore has launched a consultation on June 20 with 35 leaders of political parties, the outsider Mormon Niankoro Samaké Yeah, setting the tolerance of his countrymen: “Malians do not require a candidate’s religion, but what it can do for them ” , he says. Director of an NGO, mayor since 2009 Ouélessébougou his native town located 80 km south of Bamako, and founder of the Party for the civic and patriotic action, instead secularism and decentralization at the heart of its program. The atypical profile of this 44 year old man, who has long lived in the United States, intrigue interview on CNN, portrait in Time Magazine , articles in the press Mormon …

http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2013/06/28/un-mormon-brigue-la-presidence-malienne_3437450_3212.html

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Dustin Lance Black and Chad Griffin on Hollywood vs. Prop 8: ‘This Town Is So Critical to Civil Rights’ (Video)

June 28, 2013

Hollywood Reporter

The two men share more than a little in common. Both are 39, live in Los Angeles and were raised in the Bible Belt. Black was raised in a strict Mormon household in Texas, while Griffin was born in Hope, Ark., birthplace of President Bill Clinton (who gave him his first big political break). The pair have worked closely together since 2008, with the help of some powerful friends and Republican attorney Ted Olson, to mount a sound legal case against Prop 8.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dustin-lance-black-chad-griffin-577316

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Polygamy now!

June 28, 2013

The Economist (United Kingdom)

As a former tour-guide at Mormon historic sites, I have encountered more than one fundamentalist Mormon family in which the strutting husband seems to regard his flock of servile wives like glorified property. We’re not wrong to want to discourage this. Moreover, those remote compounds in which exile fundamentalist communities brainwash their girls and discard their surplus boys are intolerable horrors. But this is all the more reason to bring polygamy out from the margins of our society. As with sex work, the horrors here have little to do with anything inherent in the practice and almost everything to do with the fact that we’ve made it illegal and dishonourable.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/06/slippery-slopes

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