Articles of News/Week of October 15th

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BYU students grow beards, long hair for Book of Mormon videos

BYU students are playing a significant role in the production of a series of Book of Mormon videos in a project that started in 2011 with a video series on the New Testament.

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Poll: support for Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative dips to 51% three weeks before Election Day

A new poll released Tuesday finds support for Utah’s Proposition 2 has dropped significantly, just three weeks from Election Day.

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Why Are We Still Called Mormon Newsroom?

When President Russell M. Nelson announced the need to correct usage of the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he concluded with this clarification: “Additional information about this important matter will be made available in the coming months.” Less than two months later, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir changed its name to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

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Young football players injured in Alberta crash make ‘significant improvements’ in hospital

A Mormon church official in southern Alberta says two young football players who were seriously injured in a highway crash this week are recovering, while a third boy appears to have stabilized.

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WWE legend Don Leo Jonathan also known as the 6-foot-6, 340-pound Mormon Giant dies, aged 87

The WWE and its fans are in mourning after the death of wrestling legend Don Leo Jonathan. He was 87.

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Utah man who allegedly mailed ricin to White House to remain behind bars

A Logan man who allegedly mailed ricin to President Donald Trump and other government leaders will remain behind bars after a judge deemed him a danger to the community Monday.

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‘Jane and Emma’ ticket sales match $40K NAACP donation

Arthur VanWagenen, product director for film at Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment, choked back tears at the Utah premiere of “Jane and Emma” last week as he addressed an audience at Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons in Sandy following a screening of the film.

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The hymn President Nelson wrote that the Tabernacle Choir performed during general conference

President Russell M. Nelson’s final contribution to October 2018 general conference wasn’t his concluding remarks and temple announcements in the Sunday afternoon session. Rather, it was the conference’s closing hymn he penned, as performed by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square immediately after those remarks.

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This Elders Quorum Presidency Decorated for a Ward Party. The Results Were Incredible and Hilarious.

If you’ve ever been in charge of planning and executing a ward party, you know it can be stressful. But you can always count on the Relief Society for beautiful decorations.

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Elder Holland Shares Honest Marriage Advice Every Couple Needs to Hear: Keep a Sense of Humor and Buckle Up

When it comes to directness and inspiration—saying things how they are while still providing encouragement—no one can top Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. His extensive vocabulary, common sense, poetic language, wisdom, and faith just immediately put things into perspective.

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Ozzy Osbourne Visits Latter-day Saints’ Goat Yoga Studio, Opens Up About His Family Life

It was another typical day for Latter-day Saint and Arizona goat yoga studio co-owner April Gould. Well, as typical as it can get for a former American Ninja Warrior and Amazing Race contestant who broke a Guinness World Record and also owns a goat yoga studio.

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How Mormon women reacted when their prophet urged a social media fast

Aimee Winder Newton is in the thick of a re-election campaign for her seat on the Salt Lake County Council.

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WWJD? Mormon Helping Hands spread out through Big Bend to aid Hurricane Michael recovery

What would Jesus do? He’d leave his air-conditioned house, drive seven hours to a different city and start with recovery efforts after a disaster, said the volunteers with Mormon Helping Hands.

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Church historian says members need to take care of the Earth

Are you a good steward of the Earth? Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints thinks you can do better.

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In the time of #MeToo and the Year of the Woman, Mormon Church president tells women to get off social media for 10 days

For over a year since the #MeToo movement began, women have turned to social media with stories of sexual harassment and calls for reform that have powerfully reshaped our society. In recent weeks, women have flooded Facebook and Twitter and Instagram with pleas to #BelieveWomen, as Brett M. Kavanaugh gained a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court amid turmoil over accusations of sexual assault. And with just weeks to go before the Nov. 6 midterms, women are sure to make their presence known online in an election largely centered on female candidates’ surging campaigns and female voters’ intensifying anger.

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The Mormon who came to stay

In the few weeks that he appeared on It’s Showtime as escort for the “beauties” in the show’s widely-followed hilarious segment Miss Q&A, Greg Hawkins has attracted quite a following owing to his good looks, pleasing personality and charming ways.

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Homeless task force chief executive taking leave to open Mormon temple in Italy

Gordon Walker has announced he is taking a temporary leave as the chief executive officer of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless to help open a Mormon temple in Rome, Italy.

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In praise of single Mormons

In last weekend’s General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Presidency member Dallin Oaks sounded an alarm about single Mormons delaying marriage and childbearing.

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Dating experiment in the Latter-day Saint dating culture

What role does commitment play and what is the real role of chemistry in Latter-day Saint dating culture?

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The country’s second Mormon temple to be built in Auckland

The Mormon Church plans to build a temple in Auckland – its second one in New Zealand.

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Mormon Church Plans 2nd Temple in Utah’s Washington County

The Mormon church plans to establish a second temple in Washington County in southwestern Utah, the 20th temple either currently open or planned in the faith’s home state.

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LGBTQ youth flock to Encircle house for comfort after ‘triggering’ conference talk

After a top Mormon leader suggested Satan is behind efforts to “confuse gender” and “distort marriage,” an LGBTQ outreach group in Provo was inundated with calls and visits from gay, bi and trans Mormon youth struggling to find their place in the world, coordinators said.

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Mormon Church donates food to Mountaineer Food Bank

The Mountaineer Food Bank received a big donation from a national church today.

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MLB star Bryce Harper posts on Instagram about meeting President Nelson, Elder Uchtdorf

The 188th Semiannual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this past weekend brought people into town from all over the world. This particular conference weekend had a special guest in attendance: Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper and his wife, Kayla Harper.

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‘A Christ-like life’: Sister Ballard remembered for the love, service and light she gave others

Thousands gathered Monday to celebrate the “matchless life” of Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard — a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who made the lives of those around her “a little better, a little happier and better focused on the Lord and His gospel.”

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Neighbors have been helping a woman who uses a wheelchair get in bed every night for 10 years

Kathy Felt can’t get out of her wheelchair under her own power to get into bed at night.

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Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays, leaders say

Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday — two hours instead of three — after a change announced Saturday aimed at making worship more manageable for members around the globe.

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Daughter of LDS Church president at center of decades-old sex abuse cover-up allegations

At least six people are suing the daughter and son-in-law of Russell M. Nelson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Church Releases Letter Announcing New Responsibilities of Elders Quorum and Relief Society Presidencies

A letter released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 6 announces, “The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have approved new policies regarding responsibilities of those serving in elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies.” The letter also states these changes should be implemented no later than January of 2019. The new responsibilities include:

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Mormon no more: Tabernacle Choir renamed in big church shift

The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be singing the same tune but under a new name.

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Tour of former LDS ward house turned into beautiful family home on Uniquely Utah

When John Robinson saw a brick building for sale near downtown Salt Lake City, he said it was love at first sight.

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President Nelson Invites the Women of the Church to Help Gather Israel, Follow These 4 Challenges

On Saturday, October 6, President Russell M. Nelson addressed the women of the Church for the first time during a historic general women’s session.

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6 things you may be wondering about the new Sunday worship schedule for Latter-day Saints

While explaining the new format for Sunday worship services, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wanted to make one point clear.

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3 Reasons President M. Russell Ballard’s General Conference Talk Was Particularly Significant

When President M. Russell Ballard stepped up to the pulpit on Sunday morning, he revealed that the talk he would proceed to give was prepared before his wife’s passing on October 1, 2018, after battling many health problems, including Alzheimer’s.

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