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19 April 2014

Church Easter Video Hits 3 Million YouTube Views

April 19, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

A weeklong social media effort by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share the Easter story and to give hope through Jesus Christ is getting worldwide attention. The initiative, titled “Because of Him,” includes a YouTube video released in 20 languages that has been viewed more than 3.4 million times since it was posted on Palm Sunday, 13 April 2014. The video hit 1 million views on Wednesday and jumped to 2 million views on Thursday. English, Spanish and Portuguese have been the most popular versions of the video.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-easter-video-hits-3-million-youtube-views

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Atheists target Mormon church with conference on Easter weekend

April 19, 2014

Regina Leader-Post (Sastakchewan)

Leaders of a U.S. atheist group say the best spot to find a non-believer is in a place of faith. So the American Atheists are holding their annual national conference over Easter weekend in the home city of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

They say the Mormon church’s large influence in Utah has made atheists in the state reluctant to speak about religious doubts for fear of being shunned. Atheist group leasers also criticize church influence as having overstepped its boundaries in areas of public policy.

http://www.leaderpost.com/life/Atheists+target+Mormon+church+with+conference+Easter+weekend/9753918/story.html

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How to determine whether the Exodus really happened

April 19, 2014

Jewish Journal (California)

The annual Exodus debate during Passover season and a recent discussion with a congregant highlight the divergent ways in which Jews and Mormons attempt to discover for themselves whether stories found in Scripture are meant to be taken literally. While Jews are generally more inclined to look to secular fields of study for confirmation of biblical stories (e.g., history, archaeology, textual analysis, linguistics), most Mormons believe that divine inspiration as a result of study and prayer is the only sure way to know spiritual things.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/how_to_determine_whether_the_exodus_really_happened

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The New England roots of a global church

April 19, 2014

Journal Inquirer (Connecticut)

There are larger towns than this one, with its 700 souls, but how many of those grand cities allow you to visit the birthplace of a prophet?
Although most people probably associate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — popularly known as the Mormon church — with the state of Utah, the origins of its two most famous members are solidly in the roots of Vermont.

http://www.journalinquirer.com/living/the-new-england-roots-of-a-global-church/article_a2fc380a-c71c-11e3-96e8-0019bb2963f4.html

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Atheist National Conference Aims at Mormon Church

April 18, 2014

ABC News

Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.

To that end, the American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, are holding their annual conference over Easter weekend in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/atheist-national-conference-aims-mormon-church-23385317

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Orozco: Mormons again lend helping hand

April 18, 2014

Fresno Bee (California)

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the central San Joaquin Valley again will perform community services projects in conjunction with the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service statewide efforts.

Today, April 19, Valley LDS members will clean up the Fancher Creek Trail, make improvements to the recreation area at Avocado Lake and paint a long, wooden fence along the Armstrong Avenue greenway in Clovis from Shaw to Bullard avenues.

http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/04/18/3884387/mormons-again-lend-helping-hands.html

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LDS Church in Fontana will participate in annual Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service

April 19, 2014

Fontana Herald News (California)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout California and Hawaii will participate in the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service on April 26.

Fontana’s LDS members will serve the city by working at Seville Park on that day. They will be repairing, cleaning and painting playground equipment and tables, in addition to providing landscape work and spreading new mulch along the Pacific Electric Trail. They will also clean up and ready garden plots at the nearby Cypress Center.

http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2014/04/19/news/doc5352e36cca5c6603304979.txt

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Nevada’s armed militia proclaims victory in range showdown

April 19, 2014

The Guardian

Bundy, the 67-year-old patriarch of a Mormon family with more than 50 grandchildren, seems to enjoy the attention. He met the media this week flanked by personal guards headed by a man who called himself Buddha Cavalier.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/19/nevada-armed-militia-cliven-bundy-victory-federal-government

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Weber Democrats looking for an edge in the issues

April 19, 2014

Ogden Standard-Examiner (Utah)

“People ask me ‘how can you be a Mormon and Democrat?” said Steve Olsen, a Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent Jeremy Peterson in the House District 9 race.

His reply? “I’m not sure how you can be a good Mormon and a Republican with the party the way it is now.”

http://www.standard.net/stories/2014/04/19/weber-democrats-looking-edge-issues

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