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30 October 2014

FairMormon on Social Media

October 29, 2014

FairMormon Blog

With the mission of FairMormon being the defense of the LDS Church, we find it necessary that a key element of defending our religion, is the promotion of our mission and of our love for the Gospel of Christ. With valuable information and perspective, our voice is useless if it is no where to be heard.

In an effort to make our voice heard and to share our insight, give our love and support, all in an effort to defend the Gospel that we hold dear, we are embracing the counsel from Elder Bednar and will strive to “Sweep the Earth as With a Flood” and turn our attention more fully to social media. With that being said, we cannot accomplish this on our own. As with everything about the FairMormon organization, we rely heavily on your support and donations (as we are a non-profit organization). This will be no different. We rely on your help and support by helping us “go viral”.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/29/fairmormon-on-social-media/

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Mormon fair-cast 307: #6, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?

October 30, 2014

FairMormon Blog

Many scholars, skeptics, and Bible students alike may wonder about the authorship of the four Gospels: were they really written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? How old are they really? How accurate are the versions we have today-after 2000 years? D.M. Johnson and I are back discussing these very issues relating to the eyewitness testimony in the Gospels. They talk about the following points: ◾How ancient writers recorded biographies; ◾Why it’s important to be intellectually consistent; ◾Differences between the Gnostic and Canonical Gospels; ◾Why legendary development didn’t happen in the four Gospels; ◾Why the “telephone myth” of how we got the New Testament isn’t accurate; ◾Evidence that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the actual authors of their gospels. Please join us for this sixth installment on the authenticity of the Bible!

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/30/mormon-fair-cast-307-6-is-the-bible-an-authentic-source-of-truth/

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Mormon temple rises in southeast Fort Collins

October 29, 2014

Coloradoan

A vision of heaven is under construction in southeast Fort Collins.

Work on a new temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are known as Mormons, is well underway at the intersection of Timberline and Trilby roads.

In time, the clanging of tools and roaring of machinery will give way to tranquility and sacred rites. Temples are special places for the Mormon faithful, said Eric Adams, public affairs director for the new temple.

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2014/10/28/mormon-temple-rises-southeast-fort-collins/18096613/

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Pogue: Mormon faith unites BYU

October 29, 2014

Daily News Journal (Tennessee)

The brand that is Brigham Young football goes beyond a tradition that includes the 1984 national championship and the coaching back in the day of legendary LaVell Edwards.

There’s the long line of former Cougars star quarterbacks like Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Ty Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner.

The university is the crown jewel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the formal name for the Mormon religion of 14 million worldwide, including 5.5 million in the United States to make it the fourth-largest denomination in the country.

http://www.dnj.com/story/sports/college/mtsu/football/2014/10/29/pogue-mormon-faith-unites-byu/18153499/

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MTSU expects big crowd for BYU game

October 29, 2014

The Tennessean

Brigham Young will be the second former Football Bowl Subdivision national champion to play MTSU in Floyd Stadium on Saturday.

And one of the biggest crowds in the Blue Raiders (5-3) history is expected to be on hand when they try to become bowl eligible for the third straight season.

MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro said the number of tickets sold to BYU and other Mormon-affiliated groups is among the most ever sold to a visiting team.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/mtsu/2014/10/29/mtsu-expects-big-crowd-byu-game/18151277/

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Religion news: Mormon church acknowledges founder’s teen bride

October 30, 2014

Record Net (California)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church acknowledged via a recent essay published on its official website that its founder, Joseph Smith, had a 14-year-old bride. The article also confirmed that Smith was married to other men’s wives, the first time the church has commented on polygamy in the early days of the Mormon faith. Though polygamy was a common practice in the church’s early days, the practice has been outlawed in the U.S. since 1890. The essay is part of an effort by the Mormon church’s leadership to discuss sensitive issues that have been considered off-limits in the past.

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20141030/NEWS/141039997/101114/A_LIFE

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Mormons and American Politics

October 29, 2014

KUER (Utah)

Thursday, our guests are political scientists David Campbell and Quin Monson, co-authors of a new book that explains Mormons’ place in the American political landscape. Some facts they outline won’t come as a shock, like that Mormons are primarily conservative. But there are surprises in the research. For instance, there are more Republican LDS Church members than ever before, and the numbers seem to be growing. We’ll talk about what makes Mormons tick politically, how America responds, and what it teaches us about faith and politics.

http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/mormons-and-american-politics

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Author: Mormons follow their leaders to left and right on politics

October 29, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Mormons believe that their leader is not only the president of the 15 million-member church, but also a “prophet, seer and revelator.”

That means LDS believers listen to the prophet and heed his words, says political scientist David Campbell, not just theologically but also politically — and not always on the right side of the spectrum.

On Thursday, Campbell, a Mormon who teaches at the University of Notre Dame, will present these and other ideas at the University of Utah’s Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/1759331-155/mormons-campbell-political-church-leaders-politics

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Tonga halts Prince’s Mormon baptism – claim

October 30, 2014

Radio New Zealand

Tonga’s King is reported to have sent soldiers and the Prime Minister to halt the baptism of his son Prince Ata into the Mormon church.
Prince Ata is the King’s second son and fourth in line to the throne, and some reports say the King has warned his son he could have his title revoked.

Kaniva News says the prince agreed to postpone the ceremony, but two months later the 26 year old prince has still not been baptised, despite continuing to attend the Latter Day Saints Church.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/258170/tonga-halts-prince’s-mormon-baptism-claim

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Utah Churches Send Help for Ebola Epidemic

October 29, 2014

KUER (Utah)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an update Wednesday on how its members and missionaries are dealing with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. It’s just one of many local religious groups making significant contributions to the effort.

The statement on the church’s news website says it’s working with International Medical Corps to provide medical clothing and supplies for a hospital in Sierra Leone. It’s also working with other relief organizations in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.

http://kuer.org/post/utah-churches-send-help-ebola-epidemic

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Sex-trafficking survivor: ‘God put the best Mormons in my path for me to change’

October 30, 2014

Columbus Republic (Indiana)

In 2007, after years of “sex slavery,” Crosson fled to Utah from California.

“By that time in my life I had been with my pimp for more than 15 years. Almost none of the actions I took at that point in my life were ever my choice,” she explains. “I was owned, as a piece of property, by another human being. I did what he told me to do, or I was beaten, starved or drugged into compliance.”

Crosson sought help from an LDS bishop associated with Deseret Industries. He introduced her to his wife, who ran an organization for victims of domestic abuse. The Mormon woman took in Crosson, and the two formed a lasting friendship.

Within a year or so, the sex-trafficked pornography star had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she says. “God put the best Mormons in my path for me to change my life.”

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/0455c98e65cc4a7ba7f10c3e00cec1a0/UT–Sex-Slavery-Survivor

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The Human Spirit: BRCA on my mind

October 30, 2014

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

It turns out that early researchers in the 1980s and early 1990s didn’t target us Ashkenazi Jews. In fact, they didn’t think that breast cancer, with its multiple cause factors, could be connected to a specific ethnicity or race. Instead, they focused on families with multiple cases of breast cancer, so-called cancer-prone families. In 1994, a group at Myriad Genetics in Salt Lake City, Utah, led by geneticist Mark Skolnick, isolated and sequenced BRCA1.

They were working with Mormon, not Jewish, families. Skolnick wanted to “use the power of the Mormon family history and pedigrees to help map and clone genes.”

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-Human-Spirit-BRCA-on-my-mind-380309

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