Articles of News/Week of January 14th

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Staff determined to start

The fire at Vailoa Primary School early this month has not dampened spirits with Principal, Lemafoe T Leituala, saying they are looking forward to the new academic year.

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Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at 2019 Super Bowl

Latter-day Saint Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, will be singing at the 2019 Super Bowl on February 3, 2019.

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Notorious Mormon Gay Conversion Therapist Now Says He Just Wants to Date Men

The more vocally anti-gay you are, the greater the odds you harbor same-sex desires.

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Mixing sensitivity and social media savvy for “Mormon Love”

My company Leopard USA recently delivered the multi-episodic documentary series Mormon Love to be on the Facebook Watch platform. Over the course of five episodes, the program is a unique exploration of teen life in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mormon community in Utah.

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Everyday hero Paul Dickson is helping save children in Africa

Paul Dickson admits his upbringing was typical, nothing out of the ordinary or extraordinary, but as a man his life is anything but typical.

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Judge denies early depositions in sex abuse case involving LDS Church president’s family

A motion to speed up the deposition process in a case involving The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president’s family has been denied.

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Anti-Mormon Mockery of Family Proclamation Begins to Circulate

This past weekend a document formatted to appear like The Family: A Proclamation to the World was distributed in chapels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in and around Herriman, Utah.

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Temple Rededications Announced for May 2019

The Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been renovated and will be rededicated in May.

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A Provo musician was ‘a public face’ for Latter-day Saints. On her new album, she sings about leaving the faith.

For all her adult life, singer-songwriter Mindy Gledhill has been deeply rooted in Provo culture — which is to say, the culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Italians wowed by Michelangelo motif in Rome Temple

The first Italians to tour the new Rome Italy Templestopped just inside the front door Monday and began to point and smile at something familiar, even though none had ever been inside a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before.

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My Improbable Mormon Mission

When I walked into the Mormon church on Columbus Avenue, I felt a twinge of uneasiness. The chapel was wide with white walls and rows of dark wooden pews; it felt new and modern, more like a community center than a chapel. There were no religious symbols or stained-glass windows. But the giveaway was the organ and, of course, the altar, which I never expected to speak from.

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LDS Church releases drawings of new Puerto Rico temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have released drawings of one of its new temples.

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Utah is being asked to ban the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ children

Benji Schwimmer was very popular in Utah.

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PRESIDENT OF MORMON CHURCH VISITS BUTTE CO. IN RESPONSE TO CAMP FIRE

The president of the 16 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called the Mormon Church) visited Chico and Paradise Sunday to see the devastation of the Camp Fire for himself.

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Mormon women have a new heaven

Mormon women have just gotten a new heaven. Or, rather, have gotten a new temple ceremony that proclaims a different heaven.

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UVU PRESIDENT ASTRID TUMINEZ ADDRESSES HUNDREDS OF LDS INSTITUTE STUDENTS ABOUT FAITH

UVU President Astrid Tuminez addressed LDS Institute Directors, university guests and a few hundred students at the LDS Institute of Religion on Campus Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The topic of Tuminez’s speech was on her faith and the influence the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has had on her life.

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Priesthood Blessing and Ordinance Instructions Now Available on the Gospel Library App

Instructions for priesthood blessings and ordinances are now available on the Gospel Library app.

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First Official Photos Inside the Rome Italy Temple

Public tours begin this month for the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy, the Church’s 162nd operating temple in the world.

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Priesthood Blessing and Ordinance Instructions Now Available on the Gospel Library App

Instructions for priesthood blessings and ordinances are now available on the Gospel Library app.

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Four Mormon missionaries threatened by armed man in northern Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owned KSL Television station reports that an inebriated man held four Church missionaries at gunpoint and later forced them to get money from a gasoline station around 9:30 Friday night. No one was injured.

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Hometown Hero: Taysom Hill

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How Attending My First Gay Wedding Changed Me As A Practicing Mormon

One year ago, I attended my sister and her girlfriend’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony that took place among fragrant pine trees in the mountains of Montana — but that’s not what I remember most about it. What I remember is witnessing pure joy in the countenance of someone I care for deeply, someone who has been through immense pain and many trials, someone who is finally living her truth.

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Why does Bob Woodward want to talk about Watergate with Elder D. Todd Christofferson?

Bob Woodward literally wrote the book on Watergate. Five books, in fact, including “All the President’s Men” with Carl Bernstein, his partner in the landmark reporting on the presidential scandal that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.

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10 ways Utah Latter-day Saints are different than other U.S. Latter-day Saints

When I lived in New Jersey years ago, Utah Latter-day Saints would sometimes move in and out of our ward, having come East for their educations.

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The FBI has been tracking crimes against Latter-day Saints for 3 years. Here’s why

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise, but so are crimes against members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to hate crime statistics from the FBI released in December.

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Members praise, criticize LDS Church move to two-hour Sunday services

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got to spend an extra hour at home with their families Sunday as the church officially moved from a three-hour block to a two-hour block.

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Church Creates 2 New Stakes, Calls 19 New Stake Presidents in Utah, Philippines, Colombia + More

A new stake has been created from the Agoo Philippines District. The Agoo Philippines Stake, which consists of the Sison and Tubao branches and the Agoo 1st, Agoo 2nd, Agoo 3rd, Damortis and Rosario wards, was created by Elder Michael John U. Teh, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Raul S. Villanueva, an Area Seventy.

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Donny Osmond Recovering from Surgery After Dancing Accident

Donny Osmond will not be performing for a month as he recovers from shoulder surgery, which the musician says was a success. In fact, Osmond felt well enough after the surgery to post a pun on Facebook: “I’m home after a successful shoulder surgery and settling in for some serious rest and recovery. My only complaint about the day: my doctor gave me the cold shoulder.”

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See the Final Tally for the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines

The giving machines for the Church’s #LightTheWorld campaign raised more than $2 million dollars over the holidays, according to a Facebook post from LDS Charities.

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The Political Progression of Modern Mormon Women

Even now, more than 100 years after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints banned polygamy, the practice is often still viewed as stereotypically Mormon. For Mormon women in particular, these outdated polygamous caricatures obscure a rich history and ignore the complicated place Mormon women have held in faith and politics from the nineteenth century to the present day. In 1870, women in Utah territory were granted the right to vote and freely exercised their enfranchisement until 1887, when the federal government disenfranchised them. (When Utah achieved statehood in 1896, the right was restored.) In the early twentieth century, Mormon women led projects of reform and modernization as did other Progressive Era Americans. For much of the twentieth century, female leaders raised funds and independently administered an increasingly global community of Sister Saints. In the era of modern feminism, Mormon women fought for and against the Equal Rights Amendment. In short, women in the LDS Church, like most American women, have a varied and vivid history that has faced sweeping changes over the last century.

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