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 Mormon 11-year-old Boy Shot Saturday, in Grave Condition
11-year-old Phillip Talalima is in grave condition at UCI Medical Center after he was shot in the head on Saturday night. His family is praying for his recovery while he lies in intensive care struggling to recover.

 No Suspects In Murder of Mormon Mexican Immigrant
Mexican immigrant Bernardo Sanchez-Archila, 27, was found murdered by a visiting ex-roommate on Monday and police don't have any suspects in the murder. Sanchez-Archila was an LDS Church member who left a pregnant girlfriend behind in northern Mexico. An autopsy determined that he died of a single stab wound to the heart. Police have no suspects.

  Father of LDS Missionary On Trial for Sex Abuse
Robert William Morrissey, 45, is on trial for sodomy and sexual abuse in the alleged molestation of two preschool-age girls in his wife's care at an in-home day care center. Morrissey and his wife have one son that left on an LDS mission in the middle of 1998 and three other sons at home. If convicted, he faces 27 to 46 years in prison.

  Mormon Temple Debuts
The open house for the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple starts tomorrow, giving nonmembers the chance to see the Temple before it opens. Following a tour for the media given by Elder Rex Pinegar, President of the LDS Church's Southwest U.S. Area, Albuquerque Journal writer Paul Logan wrote his reaction to the building, calling it one of Albuquerque's most elaborate houses of worship.

  Angel installed atop new Mormon temple
Due to the Church's desire not to disturb the neighbors, the setting of the Angel Moroni statue atop the new Reno temple was attended by less than 50 people. The temple's neighbors had had a previous disagreement with the Church over the lighting of the temple at night, so the Church did not broadcast the placing of the statue on the spire.

  Panama City Florida Stake & Red Cross Assist Tornado Victims
Bay and Washington Counties experienced a series of tornadoes the evening of February 13, 2000. The Central Panhandle Chapter responded to a request for emergency services within one hour. The On-duty DAT team responded first to the on-scene command post in Bay County on Highway 77 north of Southport. Within two hours a fully loaded and staffed ERV arrived on scene at the Gulf Coast Electric COOP. This disaster was the first operational test of our Community Disaster Action Partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

  Friends turn out to raise money for woman getting new kidney
"Kelly's Walk for Life" took place on Saturday amid melting snow and rivulets of water as  between 50 to 70 LDS members from her home ward decided to do something to help offset the tremendous cost of the kidney transplant which Kelly Bittle is facing in Omaha on Tuesday.

  Mongolian Missionaries
Two Mormon missionaries serving in Twin Falls Idaho are originally from the same place. Both men, never having met before, joined the church in their homeland of Mongolia. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has more than 50,000 missionaries serving around the world. Approximately 75 percent of them are young men between the ages of 19 and 26. The chances of being from the same country and serving in Twin Falls, Idaho are pretty slim.

  LDS Girls Make Quilts for Kosovo
A group of about a dozen high school girls in the Liberty township of Ohio have been getting together once a week to make quilts for babies in Kosovo. The girls are members of the Liberty Ward of the LDS church, and their volunteer quilting teacher is Kelly Corbridge, a quilting expert.

 LDSBC Spring Enrollment Falls, Climbs
Enrollment at the LDS Business College was lower than last year for Spring sememster, but showed an increase over Fall semester, unlike what has happened in past years. Normally enrollment is highest in Fall semester and decreases thereafter.

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