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LDS church fire not yet ruled arson, criminal investigation continues

A fire that torched a church building in St. George, Utah, is under investigation but is not yet confirmed to be arson.

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‘Abducted in Plain Sight’: Doc Is Stranger-Than-Fiction Tale of 1970s Kidnapping

The true crime documentary, Abducted in Plain Sight, which recently appeared on Netflix, initially seems to be a nightmarish but otherwise unremarkable suburban kidnapping story. Set in the 1970s, Robert and Mary Ann Broberg and their three young daughters, Jan, Karen and Susan, are a nice Mormon family from Pocatello, Idaho, who quickly become close pals with their new neighbor, Robert Berchtold, and his wife and kids. So close that the Broberg girls come to view Berchtold, known as “B,” like a second father, especially middle daughter Jan. Somewhat predictably, the documentary soon reveals that in 1974, two years after befriending the Brobergs, Berchtold picked up 12-year-old Jan from school and disappeared with her for five weeks. Not so predictable is the eventual revelation that, in 1976, Berchtold abducted Jan for a second time. This stranger-than-fiction true story only gets more outrageous, dumbfounding and utterly unpredictable from there.

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Asia Temple Will Close for Renovation

The temple will be closed for extensive renovation. While the temple is being renovated, members are encouraged to attend other temples as their circumstances allow.

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New Planning Tool Available for Prospective Missionaries

Prospective missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now have a new tool available to assist them in planning for their missions.

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Latter-day Saints Charities donates water tanks

Fusi Anoama’a villagers have received three 10,000 litre tanks from the Latter-day Saints Charities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Boutique of Blessings offers clothes, housewares to Camp Fire victims

Kelsey McCallister brought the Boutique of Blessings to Chico at the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints to help those affected by the Camp Fire on Friday and Saturday.

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LDS missionary from Brazil dies while serving in Portugal

A young missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Brazil died after collapsing during a soccer game Monday in Portugal.

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Exodus commemoration, symposium planned in Nauvoo

Descendants of early pioneers will gather Saturday morning to commemorate the initial wave and subsequent flood of migrants who left Nauvoo for Utah beginning in February 1846.

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The Mormon Disney Star Who Quietly Came Out

Mollee Gray, the multi-talented star recognized for her role in Disney’s Teen Beach and Teen Beach 2 and becoming a finalist on season six of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, was in the final stages of planning her September 2017 wedding when she remembered one small but critical detail: she needed to come out. Before officially tying the knot with her “hersband,” dancer and choreographer Jeka Jane, Gray felt like she had to go public. Even though she and Jane had been together for four years, only Gray’s family and close friends knew.

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Investigation points to arson in St. George Stake Center fire

Investigators believe someone used a fuel on the outside of the building to start the overnight fire that destroyed a new building meant to be used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Guns and God: Growing number of churches want armed security

When Chris Crews prepares for church on Sunday mornings, he follows a routine. He rises early. He puts on his church clothes, a button-down shirt paired with blue jeans or khakis. Then, before leaving the house with his wife and two children, he straps a firearm — a 9 mm or a .45 — to his right hip.

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From P. Diddy to “Dr. Phil”: 8 Times Church Leaders Were Quoted in Bizarre Places You Wouldn’t Expect

From P. Diddy to ESPN and Criminal Minds, the wisdom from our latter-day prophets and apostles has shown up in some pretty unexpected places. Here are just a few:

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Church donates $1M to Red Cross

The American Red Cross last week received $1 million for their operations, according to an executive of the local chapter of the humanitarian organization.

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