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 LDS Church Opposes ACLU's Amendment To Main Street Lawsuit
The complexity of the main street lawsuit continues to grow. The LDS Church's attorney's filed a memorandum Thursday opposing the American Civil Liberty Union's attempt to amend its federal lawsuit against Salt Lake City and the LDS Church over the sale of a block of Main Street by the city to the Church. The ACLU is seeking to bolster its claim that restrictions in the sale placed on the use of the property are unconstitutional, violating the First and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The amended lawsuit also argues that the city's administrators obscured facts and skirted city processes to push through the sale.

 Mormons appeal steeple ruling
Lawyers for the LDS Church filed an appeal on Monday of a judge's ruling that limits the height of the steeple on the Boston Massachusetts Temple to just 14 feet above the height of the building. The appeal, filed with Middlesex Superior Court, seeks to reinstate a Belmont Zoning Board of Appeals' decision to allow a 139-foot steeple (from the ground -- the building is 58 feet high) on the building.

 LDS Church Supports National Anti-Racism Effort
The LDS Church supported a recent effort by the National Conference for Community and Justice to improve the race climate in the United States and fight racism in the United States. As part of the effort, Elder W. Don Ladd of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, participated in a meeting planning the NCCJ's recent Faith Communities Leadership Summit and represented the Church at the summit. The effort urges Churches and religions to take new steps to fight racism and classism in the United States.

 Scouts Under Pressure To Review Homosexual Policy
An attempt by two Boy Scouts of America Councils to get the national parent organization to review its 90-year-old policy banning homosexuals has stagnated. Rhode Island's Narragansett Council and the Indian Head Council, of St. Paul, Minnesota, had sent appeals to the national organization seeking a review last year. But the national organization has ignored the calls for a review and the Narragansett Council says that it hasn't followed up on its request.

 Service, Integrity Themes at LDS Young Women's Conference
The Young Women of the Church met with their leaders and mothers, in their annual spring meeting, to hear words of counsel and inspiration from the General Young Women's Presidency and President Faust of the First Presidency. The theme of the conference echoed the general theme of the Young Women's program--"stand as a witness".

 Utah Asks Returning LDS Missionaries To Get TB Checks
International travelers from Utah, including missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are being encouraged by Utah State Health Department officials to be tested for tuberculosis. They face a high risk of contracting tuberculosis and should be tested for the infectious disease when they return home, according to state health officials.

 Was There a Secret Order to Wipe Out Mormon Church?
This article debates the question of whether there had been a secret order to wipe out the Mormon Church in the mid-1800's. The debate centers around the Mormon Batallion, a group of 500 LDS men who fought during the Mexican War in 1846.

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