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| General News|
Matis Remembered In Newsweek
This week's issue of Newsweek recounts the
tragic story of LDS Church member Stuart Matis, who struggled with
homosexual feelings until his suicide February 25th on the steps of
his LDS stake center in California. His suicide came just two weeks
before the vote on California's Proposition 22. Matis had, by all
accounts, remained celibate, refusing to yield to his homosexual
Gay Marriage Target Of Proposed Nevada Amendment
Richard Ziser, chairman of the Coalition for the
Protection of Marriage, is hard at work to amend the Nevada
Constitution to prove that religion and politics are inseparable
bedfellows. Ziser is actively circulating petitions that will amend
the constitution during the November vote to include the wording:
"Only a marriage between a male and a female person shall be
recognized and given effect in this state."
New Zealand Paper Reports Assault Charges Against LDS Missionary
Details are not clear in this report that
an LDS missionary is accused of assaulting a Levin, New Zealand man
on his back doorstep. Peter Munro claims that an LDS missionary that
he had earlier turned away from his door returned and assaulted him,
claiming that he tried to run them down in his car.
Methodists declare Mormonism outside the Christian tradition
The United Methodist Church approved a new policy
Wednesday that says Mormonism is not a Christian religion, and
requiring converts from the LDS Church to be treated like
non-Christians and re-baptized. The body cited the LDS Church's
doctrines, saying that its teachings were "radically differing
doctrine" in several areas.
| Local News|
Judge Orders Vandals Of LDS Chapels To Write Book Of Mormon Essay
A California Judge has sought to make the
punishment for vandalism of an LDS chapel fit the crime. Judge Vilia
Sherman, after deciding that the crime was due to the defendant's
religious hatred, added a condition to a plea-bargain requiring two
men convicted of vandalizing an LDS chapel to write a 2,000 word
essay on the Book of Mormon after reading it.
U.S. Gun Zealot Alters U.K. Law
More than 25 years after earning a notorious spot in LDS history for the murder of two LDS missionaries, Robert Elmer Kleasen
has earned a spot in English history, inducing the country to
strengthen its already stringent gun laws. English officals will now
do an Interpol background check on any foreign national that wishes
to purchase firearms there.
Mormon Indians Denied Catawba Membership
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs turned down the appeal from the Western Catawbas to be included on the Catawba Indian Nation's membership roll. The Western
Catawbas are descended from a group of five Catawba families that
joined the LDS Church and moved to Utah in the late 1880s.
LDS BBall All-American Chooses BYU
LDS high school basketball sensation Garner
Meads has decided to play for BYU, turning down offers from Utah and
Stanford, schools which have also hosted star LDS basketball players.
Meads, who is 6-foot-9, told the Associated Press that he plans to
sign a national letter of intent today. He also said that BYU coach
Steve Cleveland "let out a whoop" when Meads told him the news.
RM Returns To NCAA Championship, Maybe Olympics
Less than a year after returning from an
LDS mission to Argentina, olympic-class diver Tyce Routson is back in
top form. Routson, currently a senior at the University of Miami, won
his first NCAA championship since returning, and is back in
contention for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
LDS Jockey Gets New Honor
Russell Baze, one of the winningest jockeys
in U.S. history, will be inducted into the San Mateo County Sports
Hall of Fame on June 7.
LDS Princeton Student To Give Annual Student Sermon
LDS student Daniel Holt will give the annual
Student Sermon this coming Sunday in the historic Princeton University
Chapel. Holt was chosen from among the students that submitted sermons to
the office of the University's Dean of Religious Life. Students have been
giving the annual sermon in the chapel for more than 10 years.
LDS Mother's Struggle Remembered
Carolyn McMurrin, 57, lost her seven-year
battle to cancer on May 7, after courageously accepting the drug
Herceptin to battle metastatic breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration approved the drug in 1998 after Mrs. McMurrin began
treatment. Dr. Juliet M. Kral, McMurrin's oncologist, believes the
drug extended her life as well as helping many other women. "She was
a pioneer in getting on Herceptin trial before it was approved," said
Dr. Kral. "Now millions of women around the world are benefiting
from the research generated with this new drug."
Profile of LDS Woman Shows Her Courage
This article is the moving story of Concord,
California, special education assistant Pat Parscal. A busy mom of
five children and grandmother of 14, Sister Parscal began working at
Ygnacio Valley High School ten years ago.
| Arts & Entertainment|
'Standing' sales are outstanding
The strong sales of President Gordon B.
Hinckley's book "Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That
Will Heal Your Hearts and Homes," are coming principally from LDS
Church members, sales seem to indicate. Random House, which published
the book under its Times Books imprint, says it has now printed more
than 470,000 copies, more than three times what it initially printed,
a clear indication of the unexpected success the title has enjoyed.
'Two-Headed' Opens For Three-Week Run In New York City
In "Two-Headed," her first play about Mormons, playwright Julie Jensen takes on horrors within the community in Southern Utah, where her two characters grow up in the wake of the Mountain Meadows Massacre and amid the practice
and persecution of polygamy. The play opened yesterday off-Broadway in New
York City at the Women's Project Theatre.
LDS Theater Producer's Festival Wins Tony Award
LDS theater producer Fred Adams' Utah
Shakespearean Festival was awarded a Tony award for the best regional
theater in the U.S. for 1999. The award, which will be presented
June 4th, validates the 39 years of effort put into making the
Festival one of the top Shakespearean festivals worldwide and a major
tourist attraction for Southern Utah.
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