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15 April 2014

Poignant Bumper Sticker Memes

April 15, 2014

FairMormon Blog

[This post was originally written by Allen Wyatt on his blog
Ruminatio. It is reposted here with his permission.]
I enjoyed general conference earlier this month, and in fact wrote
a good deal about it and the goings-on by other groups at
conference time. One of those groups is Ordain Women, which
sponsored an event designed to heighten awareness of those who
would like to see women be ordained to the priesthood.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/

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President Uchtdorf, Other Faith Leaders Meet With President Obama on Immigration

April 15, 2014

mormonnewsroom.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. —
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today reaffirmed
its position on immigration as the White House met with religious
leaders to discuss immigration reform.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the Church
was among invited leaders from various religious faiths to meet
with President Obama and administration officials to give their
input on immigration policy.

After the meeting, the Church issued the following statement:
“In 2011 the Church publicly endorsed the principles of the Utah
Compact as a responsible approach to dealing with the complex issue
of immigration reform. The foundational principles on which the
Church’s position is based are:

– We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The meaning of
‘neighbor’ includes all of God’s children, in all places, at all
times.

– We recognize an ever-present need to strengthen families.
Families are meant to be together. Forced separation of working
parents from their children weakens families and damages society.

– We acknowledge that every nation has the right to enforce its
laws and secure its borders. All persons subject to a nation’s laws
are accountable for their acts in relation to them.”

Repeating the Church’s long-standing position on immigration laws,
President Uchtdorf said that public officials should create and
administer laws that reflect the best of our aspirations as a just
and caring society, including not only immigration but securing
religious freedom and liberties around the globe.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-apostle-joins-other-faith-leaders-in-meeting-with-president-obama-on-immigration

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BecauseofHim: Church Launches Easter Initiative Focused on Jesus Christ

Apr 15, 2014

A weeklong, Christ-focused social media initiative that includes
memes and a prominently placed YouTube video begins today (Palm
Sunday) and extends through Easter. In the effort (titled “Because
of Him,” with an accompanying #BecauseofHim hashtag), The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims its belief that Jesus
Christ is the divine Son of God who overcame sorrow and death for
men and women everywhere.

Downloadable HD quality video – “Because of Him”

“Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ rising from the dead on
the third day–a truth not only at the core of our faith, but also
at the heart of answers to the deepest questions of the soul,” says
Greg Droubay, director of Mormon.org. “We’ve launched this
Christ-focused initiative because we want to be a resource for
those seeking second chances or wondering about death after losing
a loved one.”

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/becauseofhim-church-easter-initiative-focused-on-jesus-christ

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New Mormon dating site facing backlash from church

APR 15 2014

nydailynews.com

Mormon Match is trying to build a safe space for Mormons to meet
online and find true love. However founders Jonathan Eller and
Matthew LaPointe are facing pressure from the LDS church for using
the word ‘Mormon.’

BY CAROL KURUVILLA

The course of true love never did run smooth.

A group of faithful Mormons is trying to launch a dating website
for LDS singles–but they’re facing backlash from their church.The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is crying foul at
Mormon Match’s decision to use the Salt Lake Temple and the word
“Mormon” on their site, claiming the church has total ownership
over those things.

“We believe we are well within our rights to protect both the use
of the name of the church and the image of the Salt Lake temple and
to make clear that the plaintiff’s business has no connection
whatsoever to the church,” attorney Robert Schick told the Houston
Chronicle.

The church’s moves–and alleged backhanded attempts to shut down the
site–came as a surprise todateamormon.com founders Jonathan Eller
and Matthew LaPointe. The two come from Mormon pioneer families and
claim a deep and authentic belief in the tenets of Mormonism.

“I love the church,” Eller said. “I’m hoping we can come to a
mutually beneficial arrangement. I don’t want to do any harm to the
church.”

Representatives for the church reportedly wrote to the company that
was hosting Mormon Match and asked for it to be taken offline
immediately.

Intellectual Reserve Inc., an organization that manages the
church’s trademarks, questioned Eller’s right to use the word
Mormon anywhere on his site.

The website’s use of the word Mormon “is the central issue of this
case,” Schick said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/new-mormon-dating-site-facing-backlash-church-article-1.1757574

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LDS leader, Obama meet to push for immigration reform

APR 15 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune

Washington – A top LDS Church official joined fellow faith leaders
to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging action on
immigration reform that has so far stalled in Congress.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson, said outside the
White House that he’s hopeful for a break in the partisan logjam
preventing meaningful reform.

“There are many programs and actions that the president or the
administration is standing for, for which we have opposing views,”
Uchtdorf told reporters. But “in regard to this with immigration,
we certainly hope that a values-based, balanced approach to this
reform is coming about and not being delayed by small things, which
can be resolved by common consent and common sense. And we hope
that this time around the communities and the nation pull together
and find a solution to this problem, which could be resolved in a
Christian … way.”

It was the Mormon leader’s second trip to the White House to meet
with Obama, and he reaffirmed the LDS Church’s values line up with
the proposals the president has put forward that would allow a path
to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822496-90/church-citizenship-common-immigrants.html.csp

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LDS Church celebrates Easter with ‘Because of Him’ initiative

Apr 15 2014

heraldextra.com

PROVO — In its history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints has been criticized for its attention, or perceived lack of
attention, to the Easter season and the days of Holy Week.
On April 13 the church launched “Because of Him,” an Easter
initiative focused on Jesus Christ.

While the LDS Church does not outwardly celebrate days such as Palm
Sunday or Maundy Thursday, or celebrate the 14 Stations of the
Cross, this new initiative does discuss the principles taught in
the LDS Church about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The week-long, Christ-focused social media initiative includes
memes and a prominently placed YouTube video placed online on Palm
Sunday and available through Easter Sunday.

“Because of Him,” proclaims the LDS Church’s belief that Jesus
Christ is the divine Son of God who overcame sorrow and death for
men and women everywhere.

“Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ rising from the dead on
the third day — a truth not only at the core of our faith, but
also at the heart of answers to the deepest questions of the soul,”
says Greg Droubay, director of Mormon.org. “We’ve launched this
Christ-focused initiative because we want to be a resource for
those seeking second chances or wondering about death after losing
a loved one.”

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/lds-church-celebrates-easter-with-because-of-him-initiative/article_8ec31ad8-cca0-59e6-a65a-ed3abe9854a6.html

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