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  Saga Of A Hoffman Forgery May Be Made Into Film
The saga of a poem forged by Mark Hoffman could eventually be made into a movie, if author Simon Worrall is successful. Worrall wrote the story of a document Hoffman created and passed off as the work of famous poet Emily Dickinson. Even after Hoffman was jailed for murdering two LDS Church members in an attempt to cover up his forgeries, which centered around Mormon historical documents, the poem still appeared on the market, and was sold by the world-famous auction house, Sotheby's.

  Little-known Parley P. Pratt Expedition Subject Of Book
Parley P. Pratt was sent by Brigham Young in 1849 to survey Southern Utah and identify possible locations for settlements. In a letter to Pratt, Young wrote that the idea was "to explore the valleys three hundred miles south and also the country as far as the Gulf of California with a view to settlement and to acquiring a seaport." Pratt's party left in late November 1849, returning in late March 1850.

  LDS Author Finds Success in Sappy
LDS author James Michael Pratt's nationally published novel "The Last Valentine" is sappy, he admits. "I'm the guru of sappiness. I'm the schmaltz king," says Pratt. But sap sells, and the book reached No. 29 on the New York Times bestseller list in 1998. Now Pratt's second novel, "The Lighthouse Keeper," has been released, and he has two more in the works.

  Elder Maxwell Attends World Premiere of 'Apotheosis: A Glorification' At Ricks
In addition to speaking to the graduates at Ricks College, Elder Maxwell was there to hear the world premier performance of "Apotheosis: A Glorification" performed by the Ricks College Chamber Orchestra and Collegiate Singers.

  Exhibition Showcases Early Mormon History In Massachusetts
The Peabody Essex Museum will mount a commemorative exhibit that recreates the little-known history of the early years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and gives visitors a chance to trace their own genealogy. From New England to the Great Salt Lake: The Mormon Legacy of Faith opens to the public May 5 and will run through August 27.

  LDS artist known for western subjects expresses religious beliefs on canvas
Artist Gary L. Kapp was recently honored by the Provo Arts Council for his local artistic contributions to the community. The annual award was presented in a reception May 7 held on the lower level of the Utah County Courthouse.

  God's Army weekend gross
God's Army had a strong opening weekend in Southern California--full houses across Orange County, Riverside County and into LA. The trend of negligable Sunday box office numbers being more than made up for on Monday is continuing strongly. In most California theaters where the film opened, Monday's box office out-performed Friday or Saturday.

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