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 Fresno Temple Dedication Draws Thousands
A crowd of LDS Church members estimated at 10,000 visited the grounds of the new Fresno LDS Temple on Sunday, witnessing President Gordon B. Hinckley place the building's cornerstone and dedicate the Temple. Some members unable to attend the dedication inside the Temple itself, arrived as early as 6 a.m. to catch a glimpse of President Hinckley for the 9 a.m. cornerstone ceremony.

 About 40,000 people tour new $5 million Mormon temple in Reno
The LDS Church's new Reno Nevada Temple completed its weeklong open house on Saturday, attracting about 40,000 people to see the building before its dedication, according to local church officials. The temple's completion came after Church officials resolved some opposition from neighbors who felt that the building's outside lighting was excessive.

 Man Who Rammed LDS Chapel With Truck Enraged At Church
The man accused of raming his pickup truck into an LDS Chapel in Powell, Wyoming was dissatisfied with the Church and said he wanted to form his own church, one that would allow members to smoke and drink coffee. Kenneth Albert Wiley, 47, has been charged with nine felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one felony count of property destruction in the 4:30 p.m. Monday incident.

 Man Damages LDS Chapel With Truck
Members of the LDS Church's Northwest College Ward had just concluded a baptismal service on Monday when a truck driven by a fellow Church member sped in through the building's front doors and crashed into an interior cement wall in the gymnasium. While no one was hurt in the incident, Powell Police arrested the 47-year-old driver, who had apparently become angry when local Church leaders told him on Sunday that he couldn't smoke in the building.

 LDS Accused Of Bias In Arizona
Complaints by black students in Gilbert, Arizona have led the East Valley Chapter of the NAACP to file a federal civil rights complaint against the Gilbert Unified School District, saying that the district discriminated against blacks, looking the other way when they were harrassed. While the complaint itself doesn't implicate Mormons, the statements made by the NAACP and by the students and parents involve say that the district favors Mormons over everyone else.

 Mormons dispute favoritism in Gilbert
LDS Church spokesman Wilford Andersen took issue with allegations disclosed Tuesday by the East Valley chapter of the NAACP that LDS Church members demand or encourage preferential treatment from the Gilbert Unified School District. But he did acknowledge that some LDS teachers or administrators may show favoratism, contrary to LDS Church teachings.

 Tribute to Agricol Lozano Herrera held in Mexico City
Last Sunday, April 9, 2000 at the Industrial Stake building, a service was held to give tribute to President Agricol Lozano Herrera. The service was promoted by the stake presidency and was presided by Armando Gaona of the area presidency. The Industrial Stake was once presided over by Agricol Lozano Herrera and was his stake during all his life except while he presided on the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission.

 Sister Okazaki Speaks At 'Okazaki' Stake, Japan
Sister Chieko Okazaki, former counselor in the General Relief Society presidency, spoke at a district 30-year anniversary commemoration service at Okazaki Stake, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on April 12th. Sister Okazaki told members in Okazaki Stake that we should "trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and learn not unto thine own understanding."

 Prosecutors May Reopen Missionary Killing Cases
Prosecutors in Austin, Texas say they may seek to again try Robert Elmer Kleasen for the 1974 murders of two LDS missionaries. Kleasen has been in the news recently for an arrest in Britain for lying on a gun dealer application about his criminal history. Authorities in Britain are expected to deport him for the crime, which would put him back in the United States where Texas could try him again.

 Convicted Sex Offender Used LDS Church To Exploit Victims
Fifty-six-year-old Matthew Stephen of Edmonds, Snohomish County Washington, was recently convicted of the third degree rape of a child and will receive sentencing on May 31. The Superior Court jury took only 90 minutes to find the handyman guilty of sexually exploiting a 15-year-old boy he'd met at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 New LDS New Hampshire Bishop Recognized
Russel Noel of Hollis, New Hampshire, has recently been appointed as the bishop of the newly formed Nashua First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "It's exciting and humbling - it runs gamuts of emotions, Noel said."

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