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  Missionaries Evacuated From Solomon Islands Following Coup Attempt
The eight LDS missionaries serving in the Solomon Islands have been evacuated to Brisbane, Australia, according to a press release issued by the LDS Church on Saturday. The six young men and senior couple were evacuated by ship along with the Australian citizens in the area.

 Elder from China killed
An LDS missionary that had recently arrived in the Provo Mission Training Center was hit and killed in a freeway onramp traffic accident early Friday morning. Elder Wen Ping Shi, 27, of Fujin, China was killed at about 1:14 am by a driver in a pickup truck. Since Shi was wearing a dark suit, the driver did not see him.

  ACLU Says SLC Refused To Settle Main Street Lawsuit
ACLU attorney Stephen Clark claims that Salt Lake City refused to settle the lawsuit over the sale of a block-long stretch of Main Street to the LDS Church. Clark said he was ready to settle weeks ago if the City would pay his client for the cost of filing the lawsuit. But City Attorney Roger Cutler says that is not an "appropriate and fair" basis for the city to consider.

  Anti-gay marriage petition nears filing
Proponents of the Nevada version of California's Proposition 22 plan to file their proposed amendment to Nevada's constitution next week. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage announced Wednesday that it has collected "significantly more" than the 44,009 signatures needed to get the measure on the November ballot. According to the article, the effort is "heavily supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

  Bill Allowing Foreign Missionaries in US Clears Senate Committee
The full U-S Senate will soon be considering a bill important to the growth of the LDS Church around the world. The "Mother Theresa Religious Worker Act" allows missionaries from other countries to serve in the United States. While the law currently permits missionaries to enter the US, this legislation would make that law permanent.

  President Faust Tells Scouts To Keep Scout Values
Speaking at the Boy Scout Expo 2000 Friday, President James E. Faust of the LDS Church's First Presidency told the scouts to honor and keep Scout values. "The message is always, everyday, 'Obey the Scout honor and the Scout oath,' " said President Faust. The Expo was held at the new Deseret Peaks Recreational Complex in Tooele, Utah.


  Successful Campaign Preserves Open Space on Mormon Trail
A stretch of land on the Mormon Trail will be preserved thanks to fund-raising efforts. Grants come from various private foundations and groups, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 2.56 million dollars that has been raised will be used to preserve 73 hundred acres of land along East Canyon Creek near Salt Lake City.

  Religion good for your health
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long known that the Word of Wisdom has helped with health matters. Now comes word that stats show being an active member of this Church, or other churches, also helps your health.

  LDS Apologetics Symposium at Alta lodge Aug. 24, 25
The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, started just over a year ago, will hold its second annual Mormon Apologetics Symposium in August. The event, titled "The Methodology of Deceit: Tactics and Methods of LDS Critics," will be August 24th and 25th at the Alta Peruvian Lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon, near Salt Lake City.

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