Articles of News/Week of February 18th

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Today’s Mormon missionaries: Clingy, soft, and immature?

The reaction to last week’s announcement that Mormon missionaries will now be able to call home once a week—instead of twice a year, as was the former policy—has been mostly positive.

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Utah Missionary one of four involved in collision in New Caledonia

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Sunday, said several young missionaries, including one from Bluffdale, were recently involved in a serious collision in New Caledonia.

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Mormon son, 27, ‘murdered his multi-millionaire CEO father, his mother and their cleaner at their gated $3.4m Newport Beach home before being arrested at an ER’

Baptism: An Absolutely Priceless Gift

We baptized our fifth child on a Saturday morning in January. It was bitterly cold outside, but the church was warm. There were the usual elements: salt, chrism and water. Satan and his works were rejected. A new Christian was born.

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Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady Posts “I Love My Mormons”

Latter-day Saint and two-time Super Bowl champion Kyle Van Noy has enjoyed his fair share of media coverage since Super Bowl LIII when his 14-yard sack on Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff and rock-solid defense contributed to the Patriots holding the Rams to only three points in the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history.

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Key Macron aide quits Élysée as Benalla scandal deepens

Emmanuel Macron’s closest special adviser has become the latest to quit the Élysée Palace as the French president reshuffles his team to counter the gilets jaunes anti-government protests and an ongoing scandal around a former security aide.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders distribute donations from holiday initiative

The Primary President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, traveled to New York City to deliver donations to several of the Church’s global humanitarian partners.

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LDS organists volunteer at Pocatello Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pocatello once again has beautiful music for its worship services — thanks in part to members of another faith.

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Sister Missionary Searches for the Good Samaritan Who Helped Her After She Was Hit by a Car

McKenna Grover desperately wants to thank a good Samaritan from her past—if only she knew where to find him.

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TLC’s ‘Our Twinsane Wedding’ highlights these twin sisters who married twin brothers

Two twins sisters who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are getting married … to twin brothers.

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Southern Baptist Shares How “The Book of Mormon” Musical Led to His Conversion in Hilarious Video

In high school, Tanner Hutchens became obsessed with The Book of Mormonmusical. Within three days of hearing the music, he bought a plane ticket to New York to see the show on Broadway. Eventually, Hutchens realized this satirical musical wasn’t based on a fictional religion. He learned that missionaries and Latter-day Saints truly existed. He became so obsessed researching this new, bizarre religion, he tried to check out some books about “the Mormons” at his local library, but the librarian wouldn’t let him check them out.

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As Mormons open Rome temple, doctrinal hiccups with Vatican endure

Last month Rome became home to Italy’s first Mormon temple, which sits just a few miles from the Vatican. Yet while the Mormons say they’re planning to partner with the Catholic Church on several social initiatives, what they aren’t saying out loud is that technically speaking, the Vatican doesn’t even recognize the Church of Latter-Day Saints as Christian.

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Mother of Utah resident held 2 years in Venezuela jail dies

After becoming nationally recognized as a stalwart “Mama Bear” on behalf of her son Josh Holt, who spent two years in a Venezuelan jail before being released last May, a family social media posting Sunday announced Laurie Moon Holt has died.

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‘I just want to be a 100-year-old missionary’: Nellie Leighton continues to serve 20 years after she was shot in the Family History Library

At 99 years old, there aren’t a lot of things Nellie Leighton hasn’t seen or experienced.

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4 myths about ex-Mormons

With more people leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than in past generations, it seems everyone has an explanation for why this is happening.

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Latter-day Saint Psychologist: 3 Words that Can Carry You Through Mental and Physical Suffering

Our son recently returned home early from his mission due to anxiety and depression symptoms. His early return was the culmination of weeks of discussions with his mission president and medical professionals who determined that the best thing would be for our son to come home.

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Inside the Secret Facebook War For Mormon Hearts and Minds

In November 2017, a provocation appeared in the Facebook feeds of 3,000 Mormon parishioners. It was a sponsored post crafted in the gauzy style of one of the Mormon church’s own Facebook ads, but addressing a seldom-discussed truth about the early history of the church and its founding patriarch, Joseph Smith. “Why did Joseph marry a 14 year old girl?” the post asked. “The church has answers. Read them here.” Below the text was a photo of a gold wedding band balanced across the inside spine of an open Book of Mormon.

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How an American Latter-day Saint family is helping to bring busloads of Italians to the Rome Temple

In the kitchen of their home in Florence, Italy, members of the David and Heather Evertsen family maintain a chart for tracking their missionary efforts.

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LDS Church says it opposes bill eliminating 3.2 beer in Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it does not support a bill to eliminate 3.2 beer in Utah.

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The Gadianton Robbers: Organized Crime in the Ancient Americas

The Gadianton robbers were a band of robbers in the ancient Americas according to the Book of Mormon. This dangerous group operated as a ‘secret combination’, a term used to describe various malevolent secret societies. The Gadianton robbers were much feared and have been held responsible for the destruction of the Nephites and the Jaredites, two of the four major groups of people believed by the Latter Day Saints to have settled in the ancient Americas.

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Church Announces Groundbreaking for the First Temple in Cabo Verde

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the groundbreaking for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple will be held May 4, 2019. Elder Paul V. Johnson, president of the Europe Area for the Church, will preside.

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Here’s Why the Church Has Decided to Close 4 International MTCs

With the closing of four of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ missionary training centers in Spain, Chile, Argentina and the Dominican Republic, one might expect a subsequent decrease in the number of missionaries being trained at international locations.

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ATF offers $5,000 reward for information on LDS church fire

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Denver Field Division announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starting a fire at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. George, Utah.

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Mormon church’s ‘giving machines’ in Gilbert raise over $800K

Charity vending machines placed in Gilbert by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the holiday season raised more than $800,000.

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Thousands gather in Glendale for Mormon church President Russell Nelson’s speech

The leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday reminded a massive gathering of church members in Glendale to follow the covenants to unlock God’s promises and reminded them about the important role that church members will play in preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

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‘They are loved and valued just as they are’ — Encircle LGBTQ center opens in SLC to combat youth suicide

One day, there might not be a need for Encircle, a nonprofit group that helps LGBTQ youth and their families find support and build community.

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Ogden woman warns of imposters posing as Latter-day Saint missionaries

An Ogden woman has a warning about a pair of young men posing as missionaries. She said they tried to get into her home, and she’s not the only one who had this experience.

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3 things to know when watching the Abducted in Plain Sight documentary

Abducted in Plain Sight is one of the most difficult to watch documentaries. Here are three things you need to know about the context of the documentary.

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LDS Church to close Argentina Missionary Training Center in July

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday that they will be closing the Argentina Missionary Training Center, located in Buenos Aires, in July.

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Case against former LDS primary teacher charged with child sexual abuse headed to trial

The case against a former Utah church teacher charged with sexually abusing a child is headed to trial.

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Imagine being an FBS head coach *and* a leader of churches. Ken Niumatalolo is.

Being an FBS head coach is an extremely demanding job. It can easily be more than an 80-hour commitment. The idea of handling another significant life commitment outside of family responsibilities would be alien to most coaches. How would they have the time?

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Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Church History + 3 Tools to Help Us Navigate Tough Topics

The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is full of beautiful moments. The First Vision, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the organization of church meetings, and the restoration of temple ordinances are all just a few examples of moments from our history that impacted the world.

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