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6 October 2014

Coverage and News Media Resources from the 184th Semiannual General Conference

October 4, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City and reaching a global audience estimated to be in the millions. The proceedings are available in multiple languages via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. Five sessions of the conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, 4-5 October 2014, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/coverage-184th-semiannual-general-conference

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Photos of the Speakers From the 184th Semiannual General Conference

October 4, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

News media and bloggers will find high-resolution, downloadable photos of the speakers at the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on this page. This page will be updated throughout the conference.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/photos-speakers-184th-semiannual-general-conference

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David Archuleta Song From Meet the Mormons Captures Audiences on Social Media

October 3, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

A new uplifting song recorded by Mormon artist David Archuleta is being enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The single, “Glorious,” is from Meet the Mormons, a new feature-length documentary that will be released in 250 theaters across the country on 10 October by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/david-archuleta-song-from-meet-the-mormons-captures-audiences-social-media

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Releases Announced at October 2014 General Conference

October 4, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the following leadership changes at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 184th Semiannual General Conference, 4 October 2014:

First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Carlos H. Amado and Elder William R. Walker of the First Quorum of the Seventy were released and granted emeritus status.

Area Seventies

Elder Arayik V. Minasyan and Elder Gvido Senkans were released as Area Seventies.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/releases-october-2014-general-conference

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Faith and Reason 23: Laban and his “Fifty”

October 3, 2014

FairMormon Blog

When Nephi and his brothers asked Laban for the brass plates in trade for their silver and gold, Laban tried to kill them and he took away their possessions. After a narrow escape, Laman and Lemuel complained about the impossibility of their task because of Laban and his “fifty”:

“And after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us?” (1 Nephi 3:31)

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/03/faith-and-reason-23-laban-and-his-fifty/

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Announcement: 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

October 6, 2014

FairMormon Blog

The Interpreter Foundation would like to announce a forthcoming conference, the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference to be held in 251 TNRB (N. Eldon Tanner Building) on the campus of Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, on 25 October, 2014. This conference is sponsored by the BYU College of Humanities and Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages as well as The Interpreter Foundation.

The conference focuses on LDS conceptions of ancient and modern Temple theology as reflected in the Bible and LDS scripture. There will be thirteen presenters. You can see a list of presenters and schedule on the Program & Schedule page.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/06/announcement-2014-temple-on-mount-zion-conference/

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Articles of Faith 15: Loren Spendlove – Understanding Nephi with the Help of Noah Webster

October 6, 2014

FairMormon Blog

Loren Spendlove (MBA, California State University, Fullerton and PhD, University of Wyoming) has worked in many fields over the last thirty years, including academics and corporate financial management. Currently, he and his wife design and manufacture consumer goods. A student of languages, his research interests center on linguistics and etymology.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/06/articles-of-faith-15-loren-spendlove-understanding-nephi-with-the-help-of-noah-webster/

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Fair Issues 69: Where is the land Bountiful?

October 5, 2014

FairMormon Blog

In this podcast brother Ash discusses possible locations for the land Bountiful.

Current research supports the view presented in the Book of Mormon. In the southern Arabia country of Oman near the border of Yemen is a costal province known a Dhofar which has a fertile region – only a few miles wide – on the coast of the Arabian Sea. This mountainous area covers more than 38,000 miles square miles and historically was the chief source of frankincense in the world.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/05/fair-issues-69-where-is-the-land-bountiful/

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Be civil in opposing gay marriage, Mormon apostle says

October 4, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

If LDS opposition to same-sex marriage does not prevail in the United States, Mormons should respond graciously and “practice civility with our adversaries,” a leading church apostle counseled Saturday at the faith’s General Conference.

“We should be persons of goodwill toward all,” Dallin H. Oaks said, “rejecting persecution of any kind, including persecution based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58487148-78/church-lds-god-apostle.html.csp

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2-day Mormon general conference kicks off in Utah with 1st non-English speech expected

October 4, 2014

Fox News

The two-day Mormon general conference is kicking off in Salt Lake City with the faith’s growing international footprint expected to take center stage.

Some 65 countries will be represented among the 100,000 people who are expected gather Saturday and Sunday to hear speeches from church leaders.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/10/04/2-day-mormon-general-conference-kicks-off-in-utah-with-1st-non-english-speech/

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Mormon leader reiterates church’s stance on gay marriage

October 4, 2014

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)

A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church’s opposition to gay marriage Saturday, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently.

Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve said during the faith’s biannual conference that the strong tide legalizing same-sex marriage is among current world values that challenge Mormon beliefs.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/religion/mormon-leader-reiterates-church-s-stance-gay-marriage

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Non-English Speeches Given at Mormon Conference

October 4, 2014

ABC News

On a day when two Mormon leaders made history by delivering speeches in foreign languages, the church reiterated its opposition to gay marriage while urging members to be gracious toward those who believe differently.

The first non-English speech in the 184-year history of the church’s biannual general conference came in Cantonese by Chi Hong “Sam” Wong of Hong Kong. He spoke of the importance of people in local congregations working together to help those in need. The second speech came several hours later in the afternoon session in Spanish from Eduardo Gavarret of Uruguay, who urged members to follow the voice of the Lord.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/mormon-conference-shows-churchs-global-reach-25963992

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Speeches in Spanish, Cantonese make history at Mormon conference: ‘It was awesome’

October 5, 2014

Fox News Latino

On a day when two Mormon leaders made history by delivering speeches in foreign languages, the church reiterated its opposition to gay marriage while urging members to be gracious toward those who believe differently.

The first non-English speech in the 184-year history of the church’s biannual general conference came in Cantonese by Chi Hong “Sam” Wong of Hong Kong. He spoke of the importance of people in local congregations working together to help those in need. The second speech came several hours later in the afternoon session in Spanish from Eduardo Gavarret of Uruguay, who urged members to follow the voice of the Lord.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/10/05/speeches-in-spanish-cantonese-make-history-at-mormon-conference-it-was-awesome/

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Speaker: Heeding Mormon prophet is not hero worship

October 5, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Mormons listen to, love and support their church president, Thomas S. Monson, as a “prophet, seer and revelator.”

But it is not mere “hero worship,” Henry B. Eyring said Sunday at the 184th Semiannual LDS General Conference. “It is a gift from God. With it you will receive more easily the gift of confirming revelation when he speaks in his office as the Lord’s prophet.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58489813-78/church-christ-jesus-lds.html.csp

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Mormon Women See Priesthood Meeting

October 5, 2014

New York Times

Ignoring rebukes from church leaders, members of a Mormon women’s group for the first time joined men at regional church buildings across the United States to watch a live broadcast of the male priesthood meeting.

Members of the group, Ordain Women, watched the session Saturday night at locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Utah and the Washington, D.C., area, according to its Facebook page.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/us/mormon-women-see-priesthood-meeting.html

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Some women get into Mormon priesthood session

October 4, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

With little fanfare but much trepidation, members of the Ordain Women movement attended their first-ever LDS general priesthood session Saturday night — albeit at satellite sites and not at the main meeting in downtown Salt Lake City’s Conference Center.

Seven women, accompanied by three men, entered Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center to watch the broadcast of the session. Another 13 women later joined the group.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58487302-78/women-priesthood-session-ordain.html.csp

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Same-sex marriage decision for Utah comes after Mormon leader calls for civility should same-sex marriage become law

October 6, 2014

Washington Post (DC)

The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to not hear the appeals of marriage cases for Utah and four other states comes two days after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called for tolerance should their views opposed to marriage for same-sex couples not be upheld.

Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Mormon Church Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, its second-highest governing body and a former Utah Supreme Court justice, spoke at the Church’s semi-annual General Conference in Salt Lake City Saturday and doubled down on opposition to marriage for same-sex couples.

“Like the savior, his followers are sometimes confronted by sinful behavior,” Oaks said. “And today, when they hold out for right and wrong as they understand it, they are sometimes called bigots and fanatics. Prominent among these today is the strong tide that is legalizing same-sex marriage in many states, provinces in the United States and Canada, and in many countries around the world.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/10/06/same-sex-marriage-decision-for-utah-comes-after-mormon-leader-calls-for-civility-should-same-sex-marriage-become-law/

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Mormon apostle: Be civil in fighting gay marriage

October 6, 2014

Washington Post (DC)

If Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage does not prevail in the United States, Mormons should respond graciously and “practice civility with our adversaries,” a leading church apostle counseled Saturday (Oct. 4) at the faith’s General Conference.

“We should be persons of goodwill toward all,” said Dallin H. Oaks, a senior of member of the Mormon’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “rejecting persecution of any kind, including persecution based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/mormon-apostle-be-civil-in-fighting-gay-marriage/2014/10/06/1ae42b68-4d80-11e4-877c-335b53ffe736_story.html

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Resist Call of Marriage for Gays, Mormon Leader Says

October 4, 2014

New York Times

A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who have different beliefs.

The church leader, Dallin H. Oaks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said during the faith’s biannual conference that the strong tide of legalizing same-sex marriage is among current world values that challenge Mormon beliefs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/us/resist-call-of-marriage-for-gays-mormon-leader-says.html

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Faith calls Mormon women to missionary work

October 5, 2014

USA Today

he image of two young men in suits walking down the street may be a common visual of Mormon missionaries, but it’s not a complete picture. There is growing population of young female missionaries.

Living that out are four young women who now reside in a plain, humble two-bedroom apartment in Salem. Two desks dominate their living room. No TV or stereo is in sight. Instead, the home is decorated with a map of Salem marked up with highlighters, pictures that look like they were ripped out of a magazine depicting stories from the Bible and The Book of Mormon, and whiteboards that display goals, prayer reminders and schedules.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/05/faith-calls-mormon-women-to-missionary-work/16724189/

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Non-English speeches given at Mormon conference

October 4, 2014

WHDH (Massachusetts)

On a day when two Mormon leaders made history by delivering speeches in foreign languages, the church reiterated its opposition to gay marriage while urging members to be gracious toward those who believe differently.

The first non-English speech in the 184-year history of the church’s biannual general conference came in Cantonese by Chi Hong “Sam” Wong of Hong Kong. He spoke of the importance of people in local congregations working together to help those in need. The second speech came several hours later in the afternoon session in Spanish from Eduardo Gavarret of Uruguay, who urged members to follow the voice of the Lord.

http://www.whdh.com/story/26704302/1st-non-english-speech-given-at-mormon-conference

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Mormon conference gets first-ever non-English speech

October 4, 2014

Christian Science Monitor

A Mormon leader’s speech in Cantonese on Saturday marked the first time in the history of the faith’s signature conference that a lecture was delivered in a language other than English.

As Chi Hong “Sam” Wong of Hong Kong spoke, the 21,000 in attendance at the conference center read English subtitles on big screens while people watching the live broadcast at home heard a dubbed English version. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have in the past given speeches in English, no matter their native language.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/1004/Mormon-conference-gets-first-ever-non-English-speech

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Mormon leader Uchtdorf warns against hypocrisy, bias

october 4, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

It is easy to see others’ faults before we recognize our own, but self-awareness is the beginning of wisdom, a top LDS authority said Saturday night during the faith’s all-male priesthood session of General Conference.

“We are able to diagnose and recommend remedies for other people’s ills so well,” said Dieter Uchtdorf, second counselor in the governing First Presidency, “while we often have difficulty seeing our own.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58488560-78/church-conference-spiritual-uchtdorf.html.csp

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American Idol Star David Archuleta Is Back From Mormon Missions With A ‘Glorious’ New Single

October 6, 2014

Huffington Post

American Idol star David Archuleta has released his first new single in years — and it’s received a glowing stamp of approval from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Archuleta’s silky smooth rendition of the song “Glorious” will be featured front and center in the LDS church’s upcoming documentary, “Meet The Mormons.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/david-archuleta-mormon-glorious_n_5941136.html

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Angel Moroni Statues Grace The Spires Of Mormon Temples Around The World

October 5, 2014

Huffington Post

Moroni has appeared on top of LDS churches since 1893, at the dedication of the Utah’s Salt Lake Temple. The idea for the sculpture was actually conceived by Cyrus Dallin, an artist who was not part of the Mormon church.

Asked by former church President Wilford Woodruff to create a piece that would grace the highest spire of the temple, Dallin combed through LDS scriptures and chose Moroni to represent the spreading of the gospel.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/05/moroni-mormon-temple_n_5918170.html

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Mormon conference to highlight church’s international mark; 1st non-English speech anticipated

US News and World Report

The expanding international footprint of the Mormon church will be on display this weekend during a biannual conference that brings 100,000 church members to Salt Lake City to listen to words of guidance and inspiration from the faith’s leaders.

Thousands of the attendees will be coming from countries outside the U.S. — most stopping on their way into the 21,000-seat conference center to grab headphones so they can listen to speeches translated into 23 different languages.

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2014/10/03/mormon-churchs-international-mark-on-display

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Go behind the scenes with female Mormon missionaries

October 4, 2014

Statesman Journal (Oregon)

The image of two young men in suits walking down the street may be a common visual of Mormon missionaries, but it’s not a complete picture. There is growing population of young female missionaries.

Living that out are four young women who now reside in a plain, humble two-bedroom apartment between Lancaster and Cordon Road in Salem. Two desks dominate their living room. No TV or stereo is in sight. Instead, the home is decorated with a map of Salem marked up with highlighters, pictures that look like they were ripped out of a magazine depicting stories from the Bible and The Book of Mormon, and whiteboards that display goals, prayer reminders and schedules.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/life/2014/10/05/go-behind-scenes-female-mormon-missionaries/16663503/

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Book of Mormon scholars to hold conference

October 3, 2014

Ogden Standard-Examiner (Utah)

s the Book of Mormon historically “true”?

How can Google Earth be used to answer questions about Book of Mormon Geography?

Do the legends of the white god of ancient America point to Christ as told in the Book of Mormon?

What new methods are being used to discover the actual locations of Book of Mormon events?

http://www.standard.net/Faith/2014/10/04/Book-of-Mormon-scholars-to-hold-geography-conference.html

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Cardston holds plebiscite on lifting ban on alcohol in mostly Mormon town

October 6, 2014

CBC (Canada)

A ban on alcohol sales that has been in place since Alberta became a province will be voted on in a plebiscite in the town of Cardston today.

The predominantly Mormon town, 240 kilometres south of Calgary, has been dry for the past 109 years.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cardston-holds-plebiscite-on-lifting-ban-on-alcohol-in-mostly-mormon-town-1.2788673

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College time for younger Mormon women

October 3, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The first wave of younger Mormon sister missionaries are back and filling Utah’s college classrooms.

Their presence is especially strong at Brigham Young University, where an early look at fall semester enrollment shows just shy of two in five women on campus have served a mission.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58484971-78/women-mission-utah-college.html.csp

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Mormon movie will be offered in Oklahoma City area

October 4, 2014

The Oklahoman

“Meet the Mormons,” a feature-length documentary film produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be released in select theaters in October.

The film is coming to the metro area at the request of local Mormons.

The Harkins Theater in Bricktown will show the film Friday through Oct. 16, said Beth Stephenson, assistant Oklahoma City multistake public affairs director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://newsok.com/mormon-movie-will-be-offered-in-oklahoma-city-area/article/5348123

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