Articles of News/Week of November 5th

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Wife of Latter-day Saint Killed in Action Calls Husband’s Service a “Sacred Honor”

“The price of freedom surely feels incredibly high to all those of us who know and love our individual soldier,” Jennie Taylor said. “But the value of freedom is immeasurable to all those who know and love America and all that she represents.”

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My Husband Blames Me for His Pornography Use

My husband blames me for his pornography use. He says that he watches it because I don’t make love with him enough. He says that he knows it’s wrong, and he does believe in the gospel, but that I’m driving him to it because I’m denying him intimate connection. But why would I want to be close to him that way when I feel like he’s thinking of these women or trying things he’s seen in pornography?

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Mormon political grip on Utah may be loosening, election shows

Three months ago, I identified Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative as one to watch — not just because of the issue itself but as a test case in Mormon politics. It would be a test, I said, whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can still be a political force when it takes a decisive stand on a measure.

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Artwork of Latter-day Saint leader Henry B. Eyring goes on display in Salt Lake City

To Henry B. Eyring, art is not about public recognition of his skill but rather a reflection of his life and faith.

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Latter-day Saints continue recovery efforts

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members of the Fort Walton Beach Stake and surrounding areas descended upon hurricane ravaged areas in Northwest Florida and went to work.

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Clergy should be required to report child abuse, group behind MormonLeaks says

The nonprofit group behind MormonLeaks called on lawmakers Wednesday to remove the “clergy exemption” from Utah law when it comes to mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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As his free agency heats up, Bryce Harper begins ‘social media fast’

Don’t bother looking to Bryce Harper’s social media accounts for clues about what the free agent outfielder makes of the reaction to the 10-year, $300 million deal the Nationals reportedly offered him in September. At least not for the next week.

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On “Ellen,” Claire Crosby Sings Sweetest Daddy-Daughter Duet of “Meant to Be,” Shows Off Her New Ukulele Skills

With a cute personality and incredible talent, is there anything Claire Ryann Crosby doesn’t have?

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LDS Church releases latest volume of The Joseph Smith Papers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the latest volume of The Joseph Smith Papers.

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Victim who was robbed at knifepoint at Arkansas business gives assailant Bible, Book of Mormon

A woman who was robbed at knifepoint shortly after she arrived at work last year in Northwest Arkansas on Monday spoke to the assailant in court and gave him a Bible and the Book of Mormon.

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Mormon candidate in Utah facing Jewish incumbent urges a vote ‘in memory of our God’

A Mormon candidate for a Utah state House seat running against a Jewish incumbent urged residents to vote “in memory of our God” and “our religion.”

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The Mormon Church vs. Pot

In September, a billboard appeared near downtown here urging voters to support Proposition 2, an initiative to legalize medical marijuana that is on the ballot Tuesday. Quoting from Mormon Church scripture and its “word of wisdom” about food and drink, the billboard read, “All Wholesome Herbs God Has Ordained for the Use of Man.” In other words, you can use pot for your medical ills and still be a good Mormon.

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Why this young man is unashamedly sharing his experience as a porn addict

In this edition of East Idaho Newsmakers, Nate Eaton speaks with Josh Peters. He’s a 22-year-old Brigham Young University-Idaho student who just released a video sharing his experience as a pornography addict.

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North Ogden mayor killed in Afghanistan was ‘personification of love’ for God, family, country

Brent Taylor, North Ogden mayor and a major in Utah’s Army National Guard, was “the personification of love of God, family and country,” Gov. Gary Herbert said Sunday, one day after news spread of Taylor’s killing during an insider attack in Afghanistan.

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Chandler classmate remembers Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan

Before walking the halls of city hall as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, a town 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, Major Brent Taylor walked the halls of Chandler High School in the East Valley as student body president in 1997.

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McAdams campaign says it didn’t send texts saying ‘you won’t be excommunicated’ for voting for him

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ campaign released a statement Sunday, saying it did not send text messages that said members of the LDS Church would not be excommunicated if they voted for him.

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‘Helping Hands’ program brings about 11,000 volunteers to assist in Hurricane Michael recovery process

According to officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Louisiana, about 11,000 volunteers from 5 southeastern states have made their way down to Florida to offer a helping hand in the past 4 weeks.

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LDS Church-owned developer proposes new high-rise in downtown SLC

The developer that is responsible for several of Salt Lake City’s largest real-estate projects is proposing a new downtown high-rise tower.

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RIFA receives $35K food donation from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Jackson Regional Inter-Faith Association received $35,000 worth of food Friday from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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Encouraged to preserve the Earth

At an environmental symposium on Oct. 10 at Utah State University, Elder Steven E. Snow, General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged all members of the Church to prioritize maintaining the Earth’s environment.

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Volunteers in Yakima prepare 12,000 meals for hungry kids, families

A group of volunteers spent Saturday morning making 12,000 meals at the Davis High School cafeteria.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Calls on Women to Vote Against Proposition 2

Friday afternoon, three Utah women joined together to share their concerns regarding Proposition 2.

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“Sports Illustrated” Gives BYU’s Athletic Director “Best Costume” Award in Amazing Tweet

When it comes to Halloween costumes, BYU’s athletic director Tom Holmoe doesn’t hold back—and that fact is capturing national attention.

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‘If someone dropped a bomb on the world, that’d be OK’: Mormon couple reveal how their ice-addicted grandson has completely destroyed their lives

Devout Mormon grandparents have spoken up about their town’s ice-addiction problems after watching their grandson succumb to the drug.

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Returned Missionaries Travel 2,000 Miles to Help Hurricane Survivors: “When You Love People, There Is No Distance or Anything You Won’t Do for Them”

A group of 21 young men and women—who had completed their missions in the Florida Tallahassee region for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—were back in their homes over 2,000 miles away. After learning of the devastation from Hurricane Michael, their call to serve again was no question. They piled into four vehicles in Provo, Utah, and traveled over 30 hours to their former service area. Their goal was to help the devastated victims in Panama City, Florida, arriving in time to help in the October 20-21 weekend relief effort.

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19-Year-Old Swimsuit Designer Becomes Youngest Person to Win Phoenix Fashion Week’s “Designer of the Year”

Marissa Barlow, a 19-year-old fashion designer from Logan, Utah, recently participated in the Emerging Designer Bootcamp leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week. All of Barlow’s hard work paid off when she was named Phoenix Fashion Week’s “Designer of the Year” on October 20, 2018.

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President Nelson About the Church in the Coming Years: “Eat Your Vitamin Pills. Get Some Rest. It’s Going to Be Exciting.”

“If you think the Church has been fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning,” President Russell M. Nelson said about the Church in a video during his South American tour.

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How Surrounding Himself with Darkness Has Taught Ex-CIA Agent Tim Ballard the Power of Angels

Tim Ballard is a member of a church that often teaches the importance of “standing in holy places,” but in his fight against child slavery, he spends a lot of time in dark spaces. However, in the second episode of All In, Tim Ballard told LDS Living host Jamie Armstrong that he often feels the Spirit most in those moments. In fact, Ballard went as far as to say that he wouldn’t be able to do what he does in his work with Operation Underground Railroad if he didn’t have “a powerful faith in the Atonement and in the Savior.”

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“It Is as Though He Has Been Unleashed”: Sister Nelson on President Nelson’s Role as Prophet

While traveling with President Russell M. Nelson on his South American tour, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson says in a Newsroom video that the prophet’s work so far “Is as though he has been unleashed.”

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LGBTQ Meeting In Heber Invites The Community To Come Listen Learn And Love

Richard Ostler is hosting a meeting Thursday evening in Heber for people to come learn more about the LGBTQ community. Ostler has a background as a Bishop in the LDS church and has started a speaker series and website called “Listen, Learn and Love”.

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Massive Volunteer Effort for Hurricane Michael Cleanup Organized by LDS Church in Coral Springs

Hurricane Michael, the second major hurricane to make landfall this season, packed winds of up to 155 miles per hour and devastated the Florida Panhandle in October.

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6 Myths Latter-day Saints Often Tell Each Other About Our Beliefs

People who aren’t members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often associate our religion with a long list of rules we follow. While the Church has many guidelines in place for our protection and overall happiness, it’s important to understand what is and isn’t actual doctrine.

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Palmyra area leaders: We’ll survive pageant’s end

The Hill Cumorah Pageant will end after next year, according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Chilean Leaders Praise Church, New Temple: “Beauty of This Temple Represents Beauty of the Souls of Church’s Members”

“The church is a very good member of the community,” Concepción Chile’s mayor, Alvaro Ortiz, said. “It extends its arms into places the state can’t go. The social work of the church is very important here. We recognize their great work. They absolutely and totally make a difference in neighborhoods that need it most.”

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A Mormon Pioneer’s Grave, Marked Only With a Wagon Wheel Rim

REBECCA WINTERS WAS BORN IN 1802 and baptized into the Mormon church in 1833. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had been founded only a few years before, and as an early convert, Winters and her family faced harassment and discrimination. By the 1850s, they were on the move west, as part of the Mormon migration to Utah, led by Brigham Young.

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Rip Van Winkle

Stanley Dale “Rip” Van Winkle died Oct. 17, 2018, in Snowflake, peacefully in his sleep. His family and loved ones were able to spend the day with him before he left this world. He was born Sept. 7, 1936, to John H. and Fern Harden Van Winkle in Arapahoe, Oklahoma. He moved to Arizona as a boy.

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Lawsuit dropped that alleged sex abuse in Wenatchee Mormon church fostercare

A civil suit accusing the Mormon church of allowing Indian children to be sexually abused in church-managed foster care in Wenatchee was dismissed last week after the case fell dormant.

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3 faiths surround Independence land where many believe Second Coming will occur

It’s not exactly a holy war, but there’s a small piece of land in Jackson County that means everything to millions of people worldwide.

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40 Clever Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family

Maybe you’ve had your costume planned out for months in advance, but if that’s not the case, we’ve got you covered! These clever, last-minute Halloween costumes can likely be pulled together with things you already have in your closet.

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2 West Virginia mothers speak out about Mormon church babysitter abuse

Two local mothers are speaking out after reaching a settlement with the Mormon church. The women claim church members knew a member was sexually abusing their children, but didn’t do enough to stop it.

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Century-Old Logan Square Mormon Church Shuts Down English-Speaking Congregation

After more than a century in Logan Square, the area’s Mormon church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is shutting down its English-speaking congregation.

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds Helps Mormons Accept LGBTQ Community

Dan Reynolds is not shy about his faith. He’s also not shy about his political views and acknowledges that the Mormon faith is not the most tolerant when it comes to the LGBTQ community.

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