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11 March 2014

Generations Connect Through Personal Histories and Life Stories

March 11, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

“In all of us,” wrote Alex Haley, author of the popular novel Roots (based on his own family history), “there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage — to know who we are and where we have come from.”

That “hunger” is growing throughout the world. People are discovering that to understand better who they are, they must know the stories of family members who went before them. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those who have a desire to connect in a personal way across generations by researching their family history, gathering written personal histories, preserving oral histories and recording interviews of the life experiences of elderly family members for the benefit of posterity.


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Why Even Have a Mormon Blog?

March 11, 2014

Religion Dispatches

A few people have asked me why, given that Mormons constitute only 2% of US population and .21% of world population, RD has someone who blogs about Mormonism, but not about other equally small churches.

I admit I haven’t asked my editors for their exact reasoning, but my standard explanation goes something like this: “Well, we’re interesting. Love us or hate us, a lot of people want to read about us. And we’re more politically engaged than other 19th-century American religions–Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, even Christian Scientists. They might have the Monitor, but they don’t have a Senate majority leader like Harry Reid or a former presidential nominee like Mitt Romney.”

But now I have another answer, thanks to fellow RD blogger Sarah Posner.


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Book of Mormon Finally Headed to Utah

March 11, 2014

The Advocate

For the first time since it debuted on Broadway in 2011, The Book of Mormon will be performed in Utah, where it is estimated that six in 10 residents are Mormon.

A national touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical juggernaut has been scheduled for a two-week run from July 28 to August 9, 2015, at Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre, which is located mere blocks from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints flagship temple and headquarters.

An irreverent satire from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone about mismatched Mormon missionaries in Uganda, The Book of Mormon features a character named Elder McKinley, a closeted gay missionary who leads a pink-sequined chorus in “Turn It Off,” a showstopper about how to squelch naughty urges.


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‘Book of Mormon’ tickets on sale to Utah Broadway series subscribers

March 11, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune

Tickets are on sale to Broadway series subscribers for the upcoming season, which includes the option to buy tickets for “The Book of Mormon” musical.New subscribers can buy season tickets beginning at 9 a.m. March 24.

The 2014-15 Broadway Across America — Utah series season includes the intimate film-turned-musical “Once,” the flashy Gershwin musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and the very raunchy, very sweet “Book of Mormon” musical as an add-on show.

When: Season tickets are on sale for subscribers.

Also » New season ticket orders begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 24. Packages » Subscriptions for five shows (with “The Book of Mormon” as an add-on) range from $204.50 to $454, including all handling and facility fees; subscriptions for four shows (without “The Book of Mormon”) range from $158.25 to $363.

Available » 801-355-5502 orBroadwayInUtah.com under the “season tickets” link.

Single tickets » Will go on sale, as available, at a later date. For past shows, after single tickets have sold out, the touring company has made a small number of show tickets available via lottery.


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Most LDS Church members oppose ordination of women, study shows

March 11, 2014

FOX13 Now-Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — More than half of women who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say marriage is more satisfying when the husband provides for the family and the wife takes care of things at home, according to a 2011 Pew Research study.

“That’s the arrangement for my family and I do find it very satisfying, but I do think there’s power in doing it because it’s what you choose to do and because you have considered other options and have other options — as opposed to doing it because that’s the only way things can be,” said Sara Hanks, blogger for Feminist Mormon Housewives.

According to the study, 90 percent of women believe that women should not be ordained to the priesthood.

The priesthood is held only by LDS men who uphold the Church’s standards.

Eighty-seven percent of LDS men believe women should not be ordained, the study showed.

Debra Jenson is the spokeswoman for ‘Ordain Women,’ a group that is fighting for women to receive the priesthood.

Jenson disagreed with the statistics saying the study did not ask the questions correctly.

“The Pew study asked people to agree with an idea that the prophet has not supported yet, so it absolutely violates this foundational idea of who we are,” Jenson said.

For the past year many women have joined the group Ordain Women in an effort to appeal to Church leaders to change its rules about women and the priesthood.


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