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| General News|
The Invasion of the Saints
Major articles this weekend, the first in Time Magazine
and three related articles in the Deseret News, look at the LDS Church's
construction of a Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, the effort going into the
Temple and the effect that the building will have on the town.
Judge Rules Against Polygamist Tom Green's Scheme to Avoid Bigamy
A judge in Nephi, Utah ruled Tuesday that admitted polygamist Tom Green must stand trial for bigamy. 4th District Judge Donald Eyre issued
a written ruling calling Green's practice of divorcing each wife before
taking another a "systematic scheme" and that Green could still be
prosecuted for bigamy, even though he had divorced prior wives. Eyre ruled
that Green still lived with his wives, in spite of the divorces.
Missionary Dies in Ukraine Accident
LDS missionary Elder Clark Henry Pixton of Logan,
Utah died Friday following injuries sustained in a July 5th fall.
Elder Pixton, believed to be 20 years old, had served in the Ukraine
Donetsk Mission for 17 months. The missionary failed to regain
consciousness following surgery.
| Local News|
Beaverton, Oregon LDS Chapels Vandalized
A string of 10 church break-ins in Beaverton and
surrounding areas during the weekend included 6 LDS Church buildings,
leading police to offer a $2,000 reward for information about the vandals.
All 10 of the churches were ransacked and had equipment destroyed by the
vandals, who entered the buildings through broken or forced-open windows or
LDS Leaders Urge Members To Become Foster Parents
The LDS Church's First Presidency is renewing
its call for Church members to provide foster care. The Church has sent a
letter to local stake presidents in Utah asking them to encourage families
"to volunteer their time and homes as foster parents," and
telling them that many of the children in need are LDS Church members also.
LDS Missionaries Win Discussion Through Basketball
Maybe this will be a scene in the next
Richard Dutcher film about LDS missionaries. Seeing a group of teens playing
basketball, four LDS missionaries challenge them to a game. What's at stake?
Five minutes listening to the missionaries. Who wins? The Elders.
Jeff Kent Becomes All-Star
San Francisco Giants baseball player Jeff Kent
has risen from an unknown second baseman to play in the all-star
game. When he was traded to the Giants, fans openly questioned the
move. But Kent has proven them wrong. After three consecutive seasons
hitting 20 home runs and 100 RBIs, Kent joins such famous Giants as
Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.
Osmonds Find Home In Wax
Donny Osmond is now appearing in a
long-term engagement at Fisherman's Wharf. He and many other
entertainers join historic figures at the new building housing the
Wax Museum, where you can see statues of Donny along with Gandhi,
Jesus, Muhammad Ali and many other interesting or important people.
Samoan Mission President & Temple President Dies
Former LDS mission president and temple president
Charles Ivan Sampson died July 11th. Sampson served as president of
the Samoan Mission in the late 1950s and later served as the first
president of the Apia Samoa Temple.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Gilgal Now Owned by Salt Lake City, But Not Park Yet
The status of the Gilgal Garden is finally settled.
The non-profit Trust for Public Lands purchased the sculpture garden from
the Fetzer family and turned over the title to Salt Lake City on Friday,
finally saving the Garden from possible destruction from developers. But
several steps remain before it becomes a public park.
LDS Composer Merrill Bradshaw Dies
Merrill K. Bradshaw passed away Wednesday, July 12
at Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful, Utah. He is survived by his wife,
Janet and their seven children. Merrill was born on June 18, 1929 in
Lyman, Wyoming. He will be remembered for his long and distinguished
career as Composer in Residence and as John R. Halliday Professor of
Music at Brigham Young University, where he served on the faculty for
37 years before retiring in 1994. In spite of all of his musical
accomplishments, he always counted his family as his most important
Mormon Stock Index Adds 4 companies, Rises Nearly 2 Points
Mormon News subscribers helped identify four
additional stocks that qualify for the Mormon Stock Index, raising
the number of stocks in the index to 22 and increasing the market
capital it represents above $180 billion. The performance of the
index itself, both before and after adding the four stocks, increased
about 1.5% during the week, a little less than most indicators for
the entire market.
Eccles to Get Bonus, Serve on Wells Board
A pending deal by Wells Fargo &Company to
buy Utah's First Security Corporation will see LDS executive Spencer
Eccles receive one million dollars (U.S.) a year until his 2004
retirement, than a 1.5 million dollar bonus.
Denver Post Manager will be Publisher of Deseret News
The Deseret News appointed Jim M. Wall, currently
executive vice president and general manager of the Denver Post, as
Publisher of the LDS Church-owned paper. Wall will replace the retiring Wm.
James Mortimer, publisher of the Deseret News since 1985.
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