Articles of News/Week of November 19th

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Police: elderly woman assaulted by man who broke into LDS Church in Centerville

An elderly woman sustained minor injuries after a man allegedly broke into an LDS Church and assaulted her Saturday night.

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Rochester LGBTQ community responds to viral GoFundMe for gay Webster teen Emily Scheck

Biff Boswell recalls coming to terms with coming out as a gay man to his conservative Mormon family. It was 2002 and he had been leading a secret double life in Salt Lake City away from his family in Amarillo, Texas when he worked up the courage to make that phone call.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president addresses more than 23,000 at the Alamodome

Dr. Russell M. Nelson had a simple but soothing message for the more than 23,000 who gathered Sunday evening at the Alamodome to listen to the 17th president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Latter-day Saint Tyke James Makes Top 13 on “The Voice”

Looking at the teen with long blond hair standing in the middle of the lit-up stage, Adam Levine made an almost prophetic prediction.

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CNN Features Video of Latter-day Saint Praying as She Escapes Deadly Camp Fire

“I feel very vulnerable posting this but I feel I should. My hometown of Paradise is on fire. My family is evacuated and safe. Not all my friends are safe. It’s very surreal.” That’s how a Facebook post from Brynn Parrott Chatfield begins, a post that includes a terrifying video of flames raging around her car as she and her husband evacuate Paradise, California.

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Relatives of Mormon pioneer ask to relocate Nebraska grave

Descendants of a Mormon pioneer are asking county officials to move the woman’s grave and historical markers to another location in the Nebraska Panhandle.

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Paradise Fire Burned Most Church Buildings, But ‘the Church Is Still Alive

The wildfire that left Paradise, California, in grim, dusty ruins this week destroyed more than half of about two dozen houses of worship in the town, along with thousands of homes and other structures.

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Here’s what Church members are doing after losing their homes to Camp Fire

The wildfire that largely incinerated Paradise, California, offered a stark reminder that Latter-day Saint bishops often shepherd others even while enduring their own trials.

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What the two ‘Mormon’ senators tell us about the LDS battle over sexuality

Last week, two states elected first-time senators who were raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both are graduates of Brigham Young University, both credit the Mormon faith for shaping their upbringing and both are seen as the kind of moderates that often reflect the pragmatic nature of the Utah-based church.

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Elvis Presley’s copy of the Book of Mormon ain’t nothin’ but a forgery, Church history experts say

For almost 30 years, a copy of the Book of Mormon has been preserved in the historical collections of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book was published in 1976 with a soft, light blue cover featuring a golden Angel Moroni. Within the book there are handwritten markings on nearly one of every six pages — the majority are underlining or curved brackets, but three dozen of the pages contain handwritten words. The first page contains the signature “E. A. Presley” and on the last page (in the index) was written, “Father, I want more! I need more now. Help me!” The content and placement of the annotations suggest that Elvis Presley read this copy of the Book of Mormon from cover to cover.

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Mormons Tried to Stop Native Child Slavery in Utah. They Ended Up Encouraging It

When Brigham Young and his band of Mormon settlers marched into Utah in 1847, they saw a vast expanse of land they envisioned as a sanctuary. Salt Lake City would soon become the bustling center of life in the Latter-Day Saints Church. But that life would rest in part on the backs of people who were not Mormon—and who weren’t even voluntarily in Salt Lake.

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LDS Church announces open house dates for Haiti Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced open house dates for the youth devotional and dedication at the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

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$10,000 donation by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints donated $10,000 to support the American Red Cross Super Typhoon (Yutu relief efforts. The $10,000 gift will be used to support families impacted by the catastrophic damage caused by Yutu.

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Original ‘Studio C’ cast members talk online comedy network

Since announcing their exit from BYUtv’s “Studio C” in August, all ten original cast members have been busy preparing to launch a new online comedy network, JK! Studios.

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Former Mormon bishop Sam Young loses his appeal in fight over bishop interviews; his excommunication stands

Sam Young, the former Mormon who was excommunicated for “deliberately attacking and publicly opposing the church” in his campaign to end bishops’ one-on-one youth interviews, has learned that his appeal of that disciplinary decision has been rejected.

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“They Just Can’t Leave the Church Alone”

“They just can’t leave the church alone” is a phrase many progressive or post mormons hear often from their believing friends, family and community members. It’s a phrase that is found belittling, marginalizing and offensive. Here is a good explanation as to why this is the case.

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Called to serve, not called to suffer: Hope for early returned missionaries

The Deseret News is exploring why teens are more anxious than ever and how families and communities can help. This is the latest in a multi-part series.

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Crews fight blaze on LDS Church roof in Provo

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