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25 July 2014

Faith and Reason 13: If/And Conditional Sentences

July 25, 2014

FairMormon Blog

Dr. Daniel Peterson and Dr. Royal Skousen recently discovered that the Book of Mormon contains odd sentence structures utilizing the conditions if and and. In the original Book of Mormon manuscript, as dictated by Joseph Smith to Oliver Cowdery we find several examples, such as the following:

…yea and if he saith unto the earth move and it is moved…

…yea if he say unto the earth thou shalt go back that it lengthen out the day for many hours and it is done…

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/07/25/faith-and-reason-13-ifand-conditional-sentences/

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Pioneer Day of Mormons, Retooled for Saloon

July 24, 2014

New York Times

The Thursday special at the Shooting Star Saloon this week was a generous slice of apple pie and a pint of ice-cold beer.

To some, the pairing may sound wince-inducing, but for many here, the combination is a July 24 tradition and a tongue-in-cheek twist on Pioneer Day, the state holiday that commemorates the arrival of Mormon settlers back in 1847. Pioneer Day is the biggest holiday in Utah, a day when most businesses and government offices close to honor the moment that Brigham Young reportedly looked down on the Salt Lake Valley from the Wasatch Range and uttered the famous words, “This is the right place.”

But for non-Mormons — gentiles, as they are sometimes known here — it has become something else: “Pie ‘n’ Beer Day.” The celebration is a counterculture answer to the Mormon festivities, in which the parade floats often display replicas of Mormon temples and church leaders wearing cowboy hats wave at the crowd from convertibles.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/us/pioneer-day-of-mormons-retooled-for-saloon.html

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Book tells story of forgotten black Mormons

July 24, 2014

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, driving a wagon into the Salt Lake Valley with LDS prophet Brigham Young, who famously declared Utah to be the right place to build Zion.

But there was no recognition of Flake in the annual Days of ’47 event in Utah this week. Flake’s story is unfamiliar even to most Mormons.

http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Book-tells-story-of-forgotten-black-Mormons-5644544.php

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Pioneer Day Remember the Mormons Landing in Salt Lake City, Utah

July 24, 2014

World Religion News

Many people have never heard of Pioneer Day, but it is a very special occasion for those that follow the Mormon faith or live in Utah. Celebrated every year on the 24th of July, Pioneer Day, also known as the Days of ’47, commemorates the great sacrifices that were made by the Mormons of the past, specifically the pilgrimage to Salt Lake City in 1847, so that future generations could have their own religious freedom.

The United States of America was historically full of religious movements that had sailed to those shores in search of complete religious freedom, and yet when the Church of Latter Day Saints began to be established, they received fierce opposition from other parts of the Church. Eventually, after mobs started to follow the Mormon believers wherever they went, a prophet for the Mormon believers called Brigham Young decided that enough was enough. He organized the move for all Mormon people to go west, and they ended up in Salt Lake City in 1847.

http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/pioneer-day-remembers-the-mormons-landing-in-salt-lake-city-utah

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Polygamous wives who helped settle the west

July 24, 2014

Oxford University Press

Happy Pioneer Day! The morning of 24 July in downtown Salt Lake City, thousands of Westerners watch the “Days of ’47” parade celebrating the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers; in the afternoon, they attend a rodeo or take picnics to the canyons; at night they launch as many fireworks as they did for Fourth of July.

What may be less known than the role of Brigham Young in all this is the contribution made by polygamous women. When Brigham Young parceled out Salt Lake City land plots, he allowed polygamous husbands to draw a lot for each of their wives, and this pattern continued exponentially as polygamous wives sometimes moved without their husbands to settlements in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, supporting themselves as teachers, hat-makers, landlords, post mistresses, boarding house proprietors, laundresses, venders, and farmers.

http://blog.oup.com/2014/07/pioneer-day-polygamous-mormon-wives-settlers/

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Kate Kelly appeals excommunication from Mormon church

July 24, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to obtain Mormon priesthood for women, has appealed her excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The appeal includes a letter of support from Kelly’s husband, Neil Ransom. He contends the way leaders have excommunicated his wife but not disciplined him is proof of sexism in the church.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58221626-80/kelly-church-women-ordain.html.csp

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Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Church

July 25, 2014

Washington Post (DC)

Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to ordain women to the Mormon priesthood, has appealed her excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The appeal includes a letter of support from Kelly’s husband, Neil Ransom. He contends the way leaders excommunicated his wife without disciplining him is proof of sexism in the church.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/kate-kelly-appeals-her-excommunication-from-mormon-church/2014/07/25/70de6fae-1416-11e4-ac56-773e54a65906_story.html

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Group Conducts Mass Resignation From Mormon Church To Protest Excommunication Of Kate Kelly

July 24, 2014

Huffington Post

Nearly 500 Mormons joined a Facebook event for a mass resignation from the LDS Church on Thursday to protest the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly and disciplining of John Dehlin, two prominent activists in the Mormon community.

Participants gathered in City Creek Park across the street from Temple Square for a rally and march, according to the event’s Facebook page. At the end of the march, those gathered made the powerful statement of submitting their resignation letters in a public mailbox.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/mormon-mass-resignation_n_5618311.html?ir=Religion

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Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Church

July 25, 2014

Religion News Service

Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to ordain women to the Mormon priesthood, has appealed her excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The appeal includes a letter of support from Kelly’s husband, Neil Ransom. He contends the way leaders excommunicated his wife without disciplining him is proof of sexism in the church.

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/07/25/kate-kelly-appeals-excommunication-mormon-church/

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Excommunicated Mormon Feminist: “I Have Done Nothing Wrong”

July 25, 2014

BuzzFeed

Excommunicated Mormon feminist Kate Kelly is fighting to remain in the church that ousted her.

In a letter posted Wednesday, Kelly argues that she should not have been cast out of the Mormon church — officially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — last month. Kelly was excommunicated after publicly advocating for female ordination to the church’s all-male lay priesthood.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/excommunicated-mormon-feminist-i-have-done-nothing-wrong

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Excommunicated Mormon feminist tells elders: ‘Do the right thing and reinstate me’

July 24, 2014

The Raw Story

A Mormon feminist excommunicated from her religion after advocating for the ordination of women has appealed the ejection in a letter to the same panel of male church leaders who decided to oust her from the largely patriarchal faith.

Kate Kelly, the 33-year-old founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in June after church leaders deemed her actions and public statements to have violated the “laws and order” of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and amounted to apostasy.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/24/excommunicated-mormon-feminist-tells-elders-do-the-right-thing-and-reinstate-me/

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Excommunicated Mormon feminist appeals ejection from faith

July 24, 2014

Yahoo News

A Mormon feminist excommunicated from her religion after advocating for the ordination of women has appealed the ejection in a letter to the same panel of male church leaders who decided to oust her from the largely patriarchal faith.

Kate Kelly, the 33-year-old founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in June after church leaders deemed her actions and public statements to have violated the “laws and order” of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and amounted to apostasy.

http://news.yahoo.com/excommunicated-mormon-feminist-appeals-ejection-faith-172928089.html

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Biking with the Mormons in Covington

July 24, 2014

Covington Reporter (Washington)

I’m not sure what I expected as I entered the slightly overcast June 4 morning with the most spiritually excitable strangers I’d ever met. All I really knew was that I’d be riding with the Lake Sawyer Ward missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. You know, Mormons.

“Have you ever heard of Mormons before?” Pearson had asked me a few weeks prior, rolling up behind me at the corner of Kent-Kangley and Southeast Wax Road, with her companion, Sister Savannah Webb. The ladies wore modest, business casual clothing with helmets and matching blue and tan-trimmed backpacks. Before the small talk started, I noticed the daunting black name tags affixed to their cardigans: “Sister Webb” and “Sister Pearson” above the distinctively printed name “Jesus Christ.”

http://www.maplevalleyreporter.com/news/268464392.html

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Local Mormons mark 50 years since first chapel

July 24, 2014

Waterloo Record (Canada)

Over 50 years ago, a small group of local Mormons rolled up their sleeves and set out to build themselves a chapel.

They laid bricks, put up drywall, fitted pipes and wired electrical circuits so they could have a meeting place to call their own — one that wasn’t just rented space or a member’s home.

On Saturday, the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ will celebrate 50 years of Lorraine Chapel, the first permanent worship space for the Mormons of Waterloo Region and nearby Guelph.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4690501-local-mormons-mark-50-years-since-first-chapel/

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Lancaster County Mormons trek back in time

July 25, 2014

Lancaster News (Pennsylvania)

Fifteen-year old Hannah Young left her family to join a new family for three days earlier this month.
She left the comfort of her Grandview Heights home for the wilds of Fayetteville’s Caledonia State Park.
And she stepped back in time, to the period from 1856 to 1860 when Mormons emigrating from England pushed and pulled handcarts from Iowa, where the railroad ended, to Utah, where the Mormons settled in 1847 after being driven out of New York, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois by violent mobs.

http://lancasteronline.com/lifestyle/faith_and_values/lancaster-county-mormons-trek-back-in-time/article_66aafc56-141f-11e4-a023-001a4bcf6878.html

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commemorates Pioneer Day

July 24, 2014

Farmington Daily Times (New Mexico)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the church’s history on Thursday.

This year’s Pioneer Day marks the 167th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon leader Brigham Young to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. On the religious holiday, Mormons commemorate the migration of church pioneers to Utah after the assassination of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr. It is also a state holiday in Utah.

http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_26210941/church-jesus-christ-latter-day-saints-commemorates-pioneer

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