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 Fear of LDS Doctor's Storage Leads Police To Evacuate Neighborhood
The puzzling suicide of Dr. Larry Ford, and LDS Church member with all three of his children currently attending BYU, has gained notoriety throughout North America as Orange County police had to evacuate 48 homes in his neighborhood for fear of biological booby traps he might have set before killing himself. Police suspect that Ford ordered the murder of his business partner, James Riley, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the face. Ford killed himself a day after police searched his home.

 Adoptive LDS Attorney Fighting To Protect Birth Mothers
LDS Attorney Franklin Hunsaker, 57, is at the forefront of a lawsuit over a controversial new Oregon law that would allow adoptees to discover the identity of birth mothers. The law, known as Measure 58, was passed by a voter referendum. It give adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates. The Oregon Supreme Court could issue its decision on Hunsaker's challenge to the law as early as today.

 Mormon Temple Dedicated
Chilling winds and sleet greeted the 250 people that showed up for the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple on Sunday. Most of the members that came to the Temple's dedication that day were inside the Temple or in one of several Albuquerque chapels where the cornerstone ceremony could be seen on closed-circuit TV. President Hinckley braved the weather to set the cornerstone.

 New temple serves area Mormons
The new Louisville Kentucky Temple will mean that LDS Church members in Cincinnati will need to travel for less than two hours to reach the Temple, instead of six to travel to the Chicago Temple. The Louisville Temple will be dedicated March 19th, "It will make it a lot closer for us to go and participate in temple activities," said Neil Hahl, president of the Cincinnati Stake.

 Evangelical Group Uses Schools To Undermine LDS Church
An evangelical Christian group drew fire from parents in Santa Fe, New Mexico last weekend for using public school property to tell students that Mormons and Unitarians are not Christians. The group, Impact World Tour, travels the world promoting its Christian message, which includes warnings against groups that it considers not Christian.

 LDS Teen's Accidental Death Mourned
An LDS teen, missing since February 25th, was found dead Saturday afternoon by two young falconers. After discovering 17-year-old Aaron Russell's truck, the young men discovered his body down a rarely-used utility access trail. This week friends from Catholic Central High School and family mourned his death.

 KSL Nixes New Animated Comedy
KSL-TV in Salt Lake and KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho will not carry NBC's new animated comedy "God, the Devil, and Bob" because of their objections to the show's taste. The show is about a 32-year-old Detroit auto worker picked by the Devil in a bet with God over whether mankind is worth saving. KSL is owned by Deseret Management, the for-profit arm of the LDS Church.

 LDS Church Lobbying Crucial to King Holiday In Utah
Utah State Senator John L. Valentine credits LDS Church lobbying for passage of a bill in the just-ended session of the Utah State Legislature. Valentine, speaking to the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce on Friday, said that the LDS Church made it clear that it would like to see the "Human Rights Day" holiday changed to "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day" to match the rest of the United States. The legislation made Utah the last U.S. state to name the day after Dr. King.

 Elder Neuenschwander emphasizes testimony
Speaking to a fireside for prospective missionaries, Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander of the First Quorum of the Seventy said that the key to effective missionary work is a testimony. He said that a testimony effects how missionaries teach, "Though you will be calle

 LDS Church Enforces Temple Square Performer Dress Code
If you don't follow the Temple Square dress code when you show up to sing, the staff will go to great lengths to help you. That happened on February 18th, when soprano Daniella Eherlich arrived in a sleeveless dress. Eherlich was performing in the Temple Square's concert series in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

 Hamblin home tells tales of Utah frontier
This article covers the museum that has grown out of Jacob Hamblin's home near Kanab in Southern Utah. It is called the Hamblin Family Home because Jacob was usually on the road, leaving the home inhabited by his two wives (Rachel &Priscilla) and twelve of his twenty-four children. The home has had various owners since it was built by missionaries in the 1860s, but became Church property in 1974.

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