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| General News
Mormon Church To Build New Temples
In final comments made at the close of the
LDS Church's 170th semiannual General Conference, President Gordon B.
Hinckley announced plans to build six new temples, raising the total
number of temples operating, under construction or planned to 121. 76
temples are currently in operation, with 2 more to be dedicated this
New Mormon Temple
The new Palmyra, New York Temple received
national attention with a nearly 5-minute story about the new
building. The story, by Brenda Tremblay of NPR member station WXXI
(Rochester, New York), talks about the unique nature of the Temple
because of its location near the birthplace of Mormonism.
| Local News
Palmyra Temple Dedication Causes White Handkerchief Shortage
The dedication of the Palmyra, New York Temple has
caused a shortage of white handkerchiefs in Utah County, Utah as LDS
Church members sought them for the ceremony broadcast. Stores in Utah
County reported selling-out of handkerchiefs days prior to the
ceremony, and fielding many anxious calls from members trying to find
them. White handkerchiefs are used during the dedication of a Temple.
Former LDS Missionary Found Guilty Of Death Of Wife
Former LDS missionary Dan Mackay, 44, was
found guilty Thursday, April 6th of voluntary manslaughter in the
death of his wife. Mackay could face up to 12 years in prison at his
July 21st sentencing hearing before Alameda County Superior Court
Judge Leo Dorado. The four-woman, eight-man jury took less than three
days to find him guilty of manslaughter instead of murder, which
could have led to a life sentence.
ACLU Action Unlikely Against LDS Coach That Gave Blessings
Mountain View High School girls basketball
coach, Dave Houle, may not have to endure a court case because of
giving LDS blessings of comfort to some of his players. The ACLU says
that it is unlikely to take any action over the issue, which came to
light in a newspaper article during the recently-ended basketball
LDS Man Trying To Walk Into Olympics
John Nunn, a 22-year-old former Harrison,
Indiana High School graduate, isn't running towards his goal of
a spot at the July U.S. Olympic trials. He is walking, and doing that
as fast as he can. The rules are tough and state that one foot
must be on the ground at all times. As soon as one foot hits the
ground, the leg above that foot must be straight; the knee cannot bend.
Sound like a lot to remember? Nunn had plenty of practice while
serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
LDS Palestinian Deported From US Seeks Custody Of Son
A Palestinian who joined the LDS
Church while living in the United States is seeking any help he can
get to get custody of his five-year-old son, Edward. The case of
Mohammed Shiabat, 38, is strikingly similar to the high-profile Elian
Gonzalez case now being negotiated at the highest levels of the U.S.
Government. Like Juan Miguel Gonzalez, Mohammed simply wants to get
his son."I ask God and the American government to be merciful to me
and give me back my son," Shiabat said yesterday. "Edward is my whole
world and he needs my love."
LDS Columnist Jack Anderson's Legacy Continues Through His Children
Salt Lake City Attorney Kevin Anderson and
his sister, Cheri Loveless of Orem, have many fond memories growing
up with one of the nation's most famous reporters, Jack Anderson.
Jack and Olivia Anderson are the parents of nine children and two of
them have returned to the state where their father spent his
formative years being a newspaper reporter.
| Arts & Entertainment
LDS Member Examines Evil In Documentary
Phil Tuckett has looked into the face of Evil
and reports, "It is very frightening." Tuckett is the director,
producer and writer of the TNT documentary entitled, "Faces of Evil".
For his research, Tuckett examined evil in all of its forms--from
Satan and Hitler to Marilyn Manson and horror movies.
Mormon Writer Terry Tempest Williams Explores Religion In Life
Mormon naturalist writer Terry Tempest
Williams' new book "Leap" will be released next month, giving readers
an insight into her explorations on religion in life. Williams, who's
previous books looked at environmental issues, this time explores her
own childhood and the place of religion in life.
CNNfn Tells Huntsman Story
CNNfn's 'Pinnacle' program featured LDS
billionaire and philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman in a half-hour
biography broadcast Sunday night. Huntsman's story is well known in
Utah, according to the Deseret News, who compares his notoriety to
Abraham Lincoln, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.
LDS Entrepreneurs Launch Mission Website
Jason W. Turley and Steve C. Pinegar both
returned missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have formed a new web site. The website, "called2serve.com"
is designed for those who are planning for future missions, those who
have returned and the families and friends of missionaries who are in
LDS Digital Artists From New York Talk To BYU Students
New York digital artists Devin and Kevin Shelley
visited BYU on Wednesday, March 5th to host a student night and tell
students about their multi-million dollar venture, SilverKid Digital
Studios. The twin brothers started the company while students at BYU.
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