Articles of News April 15th Ep. 314

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Students at Mormon-owned BYU urge honor code compassion

Several hundred students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University chanted “If God forgives me, why can’t you?” during a protest Friday aimed at pushing college officials to be more compassionate with punishments for violators of rules banning things that are commonplace at other colleges — including drinking, premarital sex, beards and piercings.

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Ex-Lakers assistant Mark Madsen hired as next coach at Utah Valley

After head basketball coach Mark Pope left Utah Valley to take the same job at BYU, the Wolverines began their search for the next man up.

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LDS President Nelson to ‘minister’ to 7 Pacific nations

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Wendy will tour seven Pacific nations in May.

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BYU responds to student criticism, concerns over Honor Code Office

Some BYU students believe a document published on the school’s website Wednesday signals greater understanding between students and the Honor Code Office and how they interact.

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Other Side of Heaven’ filmmaker has big plans to take the LDS missionary story’s sequel worldwide

Filmmaker Mitch Davis has big plans for his new movie, a sequel to his 2001 film “The Other Side of Heaven” — one of the few movies about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that received worldwide distribution.

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Director of Mormon Temple Videos Charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Child

On April 2, 2019, Sterling Van Wagenen, noted film director and producer, was indicted in Utah on a single count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. An arrest warrant was issued on April 4 and Van Wagenen posted bail of $75,000 on April 8. The charge is a first degree felony which, according to the charging document, carries a 15 year minimum sentence and up to life imprisonment if he is convicted.

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Nike Teams Up with Latter-day Saint Pro Golfer for Elaborate April Fool’s Prank

The sound of Tony Finau’s ankle dislocating as he rushed down the fairway after scoring an incredible hole-in-one wasn’t picked up by the cameras.

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Child bride trial continues with evidence from Mormon religious experts

Testimony from two experts on mainstream and fundamentalist Mormon history, practices and beliefs continued in Cranbrook Supreme Court this week in the trial of a man charged with removing his underage daughter from Canada to marry an American man in 2004.

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The One Temple Announced in Conference That Was First Announced 42 Years Ago

Latter-day Saints across Polynesia rejoiced (albeit reverently) Sunday afternoon when President Russell M. Nelson announced the first temple to be built in American Samoa.

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Michael Bublé Surprises Latter-day Saint with Onstage Duet + How Her Elementary Class Made It Happen

Elementary school teacher Diana Fairbanks received the surprise of her life when Michael Bublé brought the Latter-day Saint onstage to sing an impromptu Disney duet. That surreal moment for Fairbanks all began with a sign, one handmade by her class of sixth graders.

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LDS Church sees drop in full-time missionaries, increase in service missionaries

When former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thomas S. Monson announced on Oct. 6, 2012, that the church was lowering the age for full-time missionaries, the church was thrust into a frenzy of mission applications and an immediate need to create missions throughout the world.

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3 more things I got out of general conference as a non-Latter-day Saint

Last fall, I listened to messages given by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during general conference and wrote a piecegiving my thoughts on what non-Latter-day Saints, like myself, could learn from, appreciate and apply to their lives.

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Salt Lake City is No. 24 on U.S. News list of best places to live because it’s not as ‘Mormon’ as it used to be

Salt Lake City is the 24th-best place to live in America, according to U.S. News & World Report, in part because it’s not just a “religious community” anymore.

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False Story Removed From Newest Book on the Life of Mormon President Russell M. Nelson

A book exploring the life and teachings of Russell M. Nelson, current President of the Mormon Church, underwent a last minute edit before its public release on April 8, 2019. The publisher, Deseret Book, became aware that the book contained a faith promoting story with material inaccuracies.The story was subsequently removed and the book reprinted in time for its scheduled release.

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