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13 May 2014

Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers Participate in Arkansas Tornado Cleanup

13 May 2014


Jason Rowland owns a tree service in central Arkansas and was among
other Mormon volunteers who showed up in western Pulaski County
over the weekend to clean up debris from a devastating tornado that
hit the region on 27 April 2014. In fact, Rowland has spent the
past two Saturdays and two Wednesday evenings helping out his

Volunteers gathered on 10 May in the Ferndale and Pinnacle Mountain
areas where the tornado first touched down with chainsaws, tractors
and tree service equipment. Much of the damage in the rural area
was from downed trees. Rowland is known for volunteering his
services during disasters, including storms such as Hurricane
Katrina and service projects. Local leaders of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints say cleanup efforts will be ongoing.


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lds.org essay explores violent acts by and against Mormons

13 MAY 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune

Vigilant violence was endemic to 19th-century America — with
Mormons on both ends of it.

Members of the new faith that emerged in upstate New York in 1830
saw their homes destroyed, their lands lost, their women brutalized
and their prophet murdered, but they also perpetrated “inexcusable”
attacks of their own — including the infamous Mountain Meadows
Massacre — sometimes in retaliation and sometimes in the wake of
fiery rhetoric from top LDS leaders.

At a glance
Highlights from the essay

» Mobs expelled Mormons from Missouri in 1839 after the governor
issued an “extermination” order and from Nauvoo, Ill., in 1846, two
years after the murders of LDS founder Joseph Smith and his brother

» At least 17 Mormon men and boys were slaughtered at Hawn’s Mill
in October 1838 in Caldwell County, Mo. “Some Latter-day Saint
women were raped or otherwise sexually assaulted during the
Missouri persecutions,” the essay notes. “Vigilantes and mobs
destroyed homes and stole property.”

» The rampaging Missouri mobs prompted some LDS leaders and members
to form a paramilitary group known as the Danites. These vigilantes
“intimidated church dissenters and other Missourians,” the article
states. ” … Mormon vigilantes, including many Danites, raided two
towns believed to be centers of anti-Mormon activity, burning homes
and stealing goods.” Joseph Smith likely approved of the Danites,
but historians doubt he was “briefed on all their plans and likely
did not sanction the full range of their activities.”

» After their Missouri woes, Latter-day Saints formed a militia,
the Nauvoo Legion, to protect themselves in Illinois. Feared by
many outsiders, this legion, nonetheless, did not retaliate after
the mob murders of the Smith brothers and eventually disbanded.

» Tensions between Ute Indians and Mormons mounted in 1849 after a
Latter-day Saint killed a Ute known as “Old Bishop, whom he had
accused of stealing his shirt. Back-and-forth skirmishes and
accusations eventually prompted Mormon leader Brigham Young, who
enjoyed friendships with several Indian leaders, to authorize “a
campaign against the Utes.” “A series of battles in February 1850
resulted in the deaths of dozens of Utes and one Mormon,” the essay
states. “In these instances and others, some Latter-day Saints
committed excessive violence against native peoples.”


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Cleveland Evans: As Utah goes, so goes the nations

13 May 2014


The Interstate 680 bridge over the Missouri River memorializes
pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who
spent the winter of 1846-1847 in a camp located in what is now part
of Omaha’s Florence neighborhood.

When the Mormons got to Utah, they created their own subculture,
and many Mormons now believe their names are a distinctive part of
that culture.

In 1997, Wes and Cari Clark, an LDS couple then living in
Washington, D.C., began the website The Utah Baby Namer. After
moving to Washington, the Clarks said they recognized fellow Utah
Mormons by their unusual names, like Odonna, Artax and Truthanne.
Their website has a collection of hundreds of names they think are
distinctive to LDS culture.

In 2004, Dallin D. Oaks of Brigham Young University asked me to
research if Mormons did indeed have distinctive names. So I
compared names given to kids born in Utah in the 1980s and 1990s to
those given to babies in Colorado. More than 70 percent of Utah’s
residents are LDS members while only 2 percent of Coloradans are


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Mormon U. Forces Gays to Be Celibate

13 May 2014


When Jimmy Hales came out, it was to an audience of nearly 600,000
people. In February 2013, he posted a YouTube video to let the
whole world know that he was out of the closet–and planning to
remain celibate for the rest of his adult life. “It sucks,” he
admitted in the video, in a tone curiously cheerful and content for
a college junior who had just sworn off sex forever. But for Hales,
an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, his YouTube post was
the gateway to peace of mind, his best attempt to be out and proud
while remaining committed to the Mormon Church.


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Neil LaBute: ‘Better for me not to be a Mormon than a bad Mormon’

13 May 2014


It is common for a particular work to be described as pivotal in a
playwright’s career and development. But in the case of Bash:
Latterday Plays, currently being revived at the Trafalgar Studios
in London, it would be no exaggeration to say that it changed its
author’s life. It wasNeil LaBute’s first published play, though it
is actually comprised of three short pieces: a duologue sandwiched
between two monologues, each part updating a different Greek
tragedy to modern-day America with the gruesomeness intact.


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NJ students attend Mormon Prom for a ‘modest’ celebration

13 May 2014

Religion News Service

(RNS) Hundreds of teens from North Jersey gathered in Morristown
on Saturday (May 10) for a night celebrating modesty — the eighth
annual “Mormon Prom.”

The event — open to any students ages 16 to 18, regardless of
religious affiliation — was unlike most hosted by high schools
across the state.

For starters, its organizers traded a pricey venue for a
transformed basketball court at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in Morristown.

The prom was also free to attend, but under one stipulation: Teens
were required to sign a pact agreeing to dress and behave modestly,
to dance “appropriately” and to abstain from using alcohol or drugs.
“This prom is unique in that it emphasizes wholesome conduct and
dress,” said Marcia Stornetta, director of public affairs for the
Morristown Church of Latter-day Saints.


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American Generosity, State by State

13 MAY 2014


At the top of the most-charitable list, survey responses and giving
match up. As a state, Utah gave $2.4 billion in 2012; that doesn’t
seem like much compared with other places (Tennessee gave $2.7
billion), but Utah’s annual donations per capita ($827) were the
highest in the country.

Why are Utahans giving so much? Members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints make up almost 60 percent of the adult
population (by far the highest of any state), and Mormons are asked
to donate 10 percent of their income in tithes to the church.


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Mexican-Americans show growing interest in genealogy

13 May 2014

Latino Fox News

A new interest in genealogy is prompting Mexican-Americans in the
Mountain West to find out about their distant ancestors.

“Learning about the family’s genealogy, we get more interested in
the period when our ancestors lived and begin to understand the
contributions they made,” Virginia Sanchez, a researcher with the
Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy, told Efe.

The result, she said, is “a new sense of cultural pride” that makes
us want “to share our discoveries with everybody in the family and
find new members of our extended family.”


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