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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 20 October

October 20, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

Lithuania: Mormon Women Sew 90 Infant Quilts
Women of the Church’s Relief Society in Lithuania got busy in August sewing quilts for infants living in a community children’s home — 14 hours later the 90 quilts were completed.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormons-around-world-country-newsroom-websites-20-october

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Analysis of Textual Variants Now Available Online FREE

October 20, 2014

FairMormon Blog

I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in May of 1987. A year later, in Provo, Utah, Royal Skousen took over the FARMS-sponsored Book of Mormon Critical Text Project (CTP from this point on). For the last quarter-century and some change, Skousen has been dedicated to that project, while I have just been living a rather ordinary and unaccomplished life. Frankly, I cannot personally imagine what it would be like to spend what is essentially my entire lifetime (up to this point) with a dedicated focus to a single topic of study. Yet that is exactly what Skousen has done. And anyone who has even lightly pursued the fruits of his labors can only stand in appreciative awe at the breadth and depth of Skousen’s work.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/20/analysis-of-textual-variants-now-available-online-free/

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Articles of Faith 16: Margaret Blair Young – The Heart of Africa and The Welcome Table

October 20, 2014

FairMormon Blog

Margaret Blair Young was raised in the Church and learned the standard Mormon clichés and customary phrases of a Mormon testimony. As a child, she could imitate the strokes and expressions of Mormonism well, in time she came to understand these were expressions of an immature, inexperienced faith. Time propelled her further into the faith. In time she began to be immersed in more controversial areas of LDS history: race issues and the priesthood restriction, keeping those of African lineage from receiving the priesthood or temple blessings for over a century. She wrote three books and made two documentaries on these subjects with Darius Gray, a black man who joined the Church in 1964, fourteen years before the restriction was lifted.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/20/articles-of-faith-16-margaret-blair-young-the-heart-of-africa-and-the-welcome-table/

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Fair Issues 71: Were there transoceanic voyages in ancient times?

October 19, 2014

FairMormon Blog

While LDS scholars agree with non-LDS scholars that the New World was populated primarily by humans who traversed the Bering Strait thousands of years ago, a growing number of non-LDS scholars agree with LDS scholars that there was transoceanic contact between the Old World and the New Worlds in ancient times.

In the podcast brother Ash explores the evidences for cultural, linguistic and botanical discoveries that confirm such voyages did take place in both directions between the 7th millennium B.C. and the European age of discovery.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/19/fair-issues-71-were-there-transoceanic-voyages-in-ancient-times/

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4th Watch 17: A Broken Vessel – What is anxiety and PTSD?

October 18, 2014

FairMormon Blog

In the last podcast I talked about depression and now add anxiety and PTSD will be added to the mix of mental and emotional issues we may have to deal with in this life.

These issues can cause cognitive dissonance in our relationship with the Lord and His Church and create unintended consequences from our perceptions of world. We often don’t see the world the way it is. We see it more as we are. If we are viewing our life as full of danger and threats it may be because we have experienced events in our lives that foster those feelings.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/18/4th-watch-17-a-broken-vessel-what-is-anxiety-and-ptsd/

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No, Mormon temples aren’t getting out of the marriage business

October 20, 214

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

It is a tad premature for Mormons to brace for a possible change in the LDS Church’s temple wedding policies, including Monday’s rampant Internet rumor that all members’ weddings would have take place first outside a Mormon temple.

“Church leaders are well aware of the issues surrounding marriage and continue to examine them carefully,” LDS Church spokesman Dale Jones said Monday in a statement, “but we are unaware of any meetings where changes to temple marriage policies have been discussed.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58542650-180/temple-lds-mormon-marriage.html.csp

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Mormon bloggers spreading reports of marriage changes in church

October 20, 2014

Provo Daily Herald (Utah)

Whether it’s wishful thinking, or agitating for change, well-meaning LDS bloggers have suggested The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is changing its policy on church weddings.

One blog and podcast, thisweekinmormons.com, has suggested LDS Church leaders will be announcing a policy change that would make it necessary for couples to be married civilly, by a Justice of the Peace or other official, before they can be sealed in an LDS temple ceremony.

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/mormon-bloggers-spreading-reports-of-marriage-changes-in-church/article_cdc21777-7f0f-571e-96cd-1cda3194de22.html

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Could Mormon LDS Church Perceptions Be Changing? Seattle Leaders Invite Gay People to Worship

October 20, 2014

International Business Times

Leaders of a Seattle branch of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) have decided to sidestep the Law of Chastity to invite Mormon gay and lesbian members to worship.

The Washington Park LDS Ward in Seattle sent out letters to its “less-active members within the ward boundaries”, that invited them to attend a church sacrament meeting on 19 October, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/could-mormon-lds-church-perceptions-be-changing-seattle-leaders-invite-gay-people-worship-1470932

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Church posts pictures, video explaining Mormon ‘garments’

October 20, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Mormon temple “garments” have been maligned, mocked and misunderstood by outsiders and former members of the LDS Church for so long that the Utah-based faith decided last week to simply post photos and a video explaining them.
The pictures were added to an essay about temple clothing that has been on the church’s website for more than three years.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58541815-180/clothing-church-temple-garments.html.csp

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Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

October 19, 2014

National Public Radio (United States)

In 1856, Mormons walking to Salt Lake City, dragging wooden carts, got stuck in a blizzard. Each year, thousands of Mormon teenagers return to that site to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.

http://www.npr.org/2014/10/19/357341831/mormon-teens-re-enact-handcart-disaster-to-bring-history-to-life

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3 Arrested in Utah for Mormon Meetinghouse Vandalism

October 20, 2014

Magic Valley Times-News (Idaho)

Two men and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a Mormon meetinghouse in eastern Utah and spray-painting an anarchy symbol over a portrait of Jesus Christ.

The three also are accused of painting swear words on walls in red paint, and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash and other items.

http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/arrested-in-utah-for-mormon-meetinghouse-vandalism/article_49f32126-5865-11e4-90c6-efbfdab74c9e.html

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Beyond politics: Carlos Jaime talks about food, Mormon faith and family

October 20, 2014

Michigan Live

Heading into this year, Carlos Jaime and his wife Darlene, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, were planning a several-months-long mission trip somewhere around the world.

“It’s something that’s very important to us and that we’re called to do,” Carlos Jaime said.

But those plans were put on hold for potentially a new mission: Representing Bay County in Michigan’s 96th House District. Earlier this year, the local Republican Party called upon Jaime — a 61-year-old retiree with no political experience — to run against incumbent Democrat Charles Brunner.

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2014/10/beyond_politics_carlos_jaime_i.html

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Buyers line up for Mormon farmland

October 20, 2014

The Land (Australia)

A HOST of big-name buyers have lined up to purchase the $100 million, 47,000-hectare NSW Riverina farming aggregation owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The four properties, which grow wheat, corn, beans and other crops, were bought by the Mormon church in the late 1990s for about $70 million from the renowned South Australian family business G. H. Michell & Sons, an institution in the wool industry. It is understood the portfolio includes river water entitlements and bore water extraction rights. Sheep and Wagyu cattle are also part of the package.

The Utah-based church owns an enormous portfolio of farming properties across the United States, Canada, England, Argentina and Mexico through various corporations.

http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/property/general-news/buyers-line-up-for-mormon-farmland/2715357.aspx

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Mormon conference to be held in Bournemouth

October 18, 2014

Bournemouth Echo (United Kingdom)

A MAJOR conference for Mormons is set to be hosted in Bournemouth.

More than 1,000 members of the Church of Latter-day Saints from throughout the region are expected to gather in Bournemouth International Centre’s Tregonwell Hall on Sunday, October 26, for their biannual stake conference.

A stake is approximately comparable to a diocese in other Christian denominations and Poole’s now boasts 1,200 members living in the area.

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11543307.Mormon_conference_to_be_held_in_Bournemouth/

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World Series: Meet the Kansas City Royals

October 20, 2014

San Jose Mercury News (California)

Jeremy Guthrie (13-11, 4.13): The Stanford product put his college career on hold at one point to serve a two-year Mormon mission in Spain. He pitches to contact and is among the best in the game at inducing grounders, enabling him to take advantage of the Royals’ strong infield.

http://www.mercurynews.com/giants/ci_26765649/world-series-meet-kansas-city-royals

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World Series 2014: Meet the Royals

October 20, 2014

Newsday

The Royals sent former Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies on July 20, 2012, to get Guthrie, who had a 6.35 ERA in 19 games (15 starts). He pitched to a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts with Kansas City the rest of the year and re-signed with the team in the offseason. Guthrie was valedictorian of his senior class at Ashland High School. His Stanford bio says he “did not pitch or even touch a baseball for two seasons (1999-2000) while on a Mormon mission in Spain.”

http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/world-series-2014-meet-the-kansas-city-royals-1.9525549

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Niumatalolo balances job as Navy football coach with faith

October 18, 2014

Capital Gazette (Maryland)

Niumatalolo is a devout Mormon, a religion that decrees Sundays as sacred and reserved solely for worship or spending time with family. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe Sunday should be a day of rest and attending service is the only acceptable activity.
When Niumatalolo elected to eliminate mandatory meetings on Sunday, he made sure to tell his assistants they could still come into the office to review film or prepare game plans. Defensive coordinator Buddy Green, a 35-year veteran of the college football business, still puts in long hours on Sundays. Almost all the other assistants stop by the office for some period of time on Sundays to get work done.
– See more at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/sports/navy_sports/ph-ac-cs-niumat-mormon-1019-20141018,0,2867434.story#sthash.inZ2NP6Z.dpuf

http://www.capitalgazette.com/sports/navy_sports/ph-ac-cs-niumat-mormon-1019-20141018,0,2867434.story

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Giving a voice to the voiceless

October 20, 2014

University of South Florida Oracle

“If you’re growing up in the Mormon Church as a military kid in the South, you very quickly hear names for what you are. People aren’t sorry about saying the F-word or ‘homosexual,'” he said. “You’re hearing these things in church and school, and so it doesn’t take long to figure out what those words mean and figure out that they might be you.”

http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/851806/Giving-a-voice-to-the-voiceless

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