Articles of News/Week of November 12th

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Missionary for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dies in western Africa

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the death of a missionary serving in western Africa.

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Billboard Campaign Tells LGBTQ Mormons: ‘You Are Loved, You Are Needed’

A new billboard campaign is sending a message of hope and support to LGBTQ people in the Mormon Church. “You are loved,” reads a series of billboards along the I-50 corridor. “You are needed.”

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Paradise Camp Fire hits Latter-day Saint families hard, destroys Church meetinghouses

Bishop Robert Harrison was commuting from his Paradise, California, home Thursday morning when a spiritual urge he couldn’t ignore hit hard.

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90 Day Fiance Update

A major part of Kalani Faagata’s story line on the current season of 90 Day Fiance is that her family is Mormon, which created quite a bit of tension when Kalani got pregnant after losing her virginity to her Samoan boyfriend Asuelu Pulaa. Despite her family’s religious ties, Kalani is no longer part of the Mormon Church, and she reveals that she left after an “inappropriate experience” during an interview with a stake president.

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Hartman Rector Jr., a champion of Mormon conversions and former church leader, dies at 94

Hartman Rector Jr. loved to talk about Mormon conversions — his own and others.

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LDS apostle speaks to large crowd in Blackfoot

Hundreds of LDS faithful packed the Blackfoot South Stake on Nov. 4 to hear Elder M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speak.

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Mormon pageants and the performance of whiteness

Many were taken aback when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced last month that it would no longer support or encourage large-scale pageants. One of the church’s longest-running traditions of musical theater, pageants are a big deal in Mormonism. The Hill Cumorah Pageant in particular provides a long-running theatrical link to the faith. “Book of Mormon” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone drew inspiration from the pageant in constructing their musical satire of Mormonism, and one episode of the HBO series Big Love even followed the Henrickson family’s road trip to Palmyra, N.Y., to experience the show.

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