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Reconciling Utah's Mountain Meadows Massacre
NPR's Morning Edition aired the first part of
a two part story yesterday on the Mountain Meadows Massacre this
morning, examining the history of the tragedy and recent attitudes
toward the tragedy. The more than eight minute report includes
comments by historian Will Bagley, Glen Leonard of the LDS Church's
Museum of Church History and Art, and descendants of the victims. The
second part of the story was broadcast this morning.
Olympics TV Coverage Leads to Week-Long Delay of General Conference
The recent LDS Church press release announcing
General Conference indicated that the semi-annual conference would be held
on October 7th and 8th. But the release didn't mention that the Church had
decided to delay Conference by a week because of the Sydney Australia Summer
Olympic Games, allowing LDS Church-owned KSL-TV to fulfill its contractual
obligation to show the games and still broadcast conference.
Crime Story's Focus Offends LDS Church
The LDS Church objected on Friday, August 11th to
national news coverage of a gristly San Francisco are murder, suggesting
that the coverage shouldn't have mentioned the alleged perpetrator's former
membership in the Church. The Associated Press and other news organizations
have carried the story about the murder of Saline Bishop, daughter of Blues
musician Elvin Bishop, and an elderly couple.
| Local News
LDS Church Moves Monterrey Mexico Temple Site Due to Neighbor Opposition
An article in yesterday's El Norte
newspaper in Monterrey says that the LDS Church has decided to move the
planned Monterrey Temple to a new site due to opposition from neighbors. The
Church first announced the Temple in 1995, but has not been able to start
construction due to a three-year-long lawsuit by neighbors. While the Church
won the lawsuit, it has instead decided to move the building to another site.
Mesa, Arizona Buy's Mormon Pioneer Homestead
The city of Mesa authorized the purchase of the Crismon
farmstead last week, including a four acre land plot and one-bedroom house
built by Mormon pioneer Charles B. Crismon about 1890. The city will pay
$243,455 to buy the property from the Crismon family, descended from Charles
Crismon, Sr., one of the four Mormon pioneers that founded Mesa.
Detmer tears his Achilles'
LDS quarterback Ty Detmer is out for the season,
leaving the Cleveland Browns scrambling to find a new quarterback. Detmer
tore his right achilles tendon Saturday night in a pre-season game against the
LDS Coach's Journey to NCAA's Division I
When Mike Leach was a student at BYU, he didn't
think he'd coach football. He studied hard at BYU, then worked his
way through law school at Pepperdine. Now Leach finds himself
mentioned as a possible replacement for famed BYU coach LaVell
Edwards when Edwards eventually retires. Leach is head coach at Texas
Tech, and on his journey to that post he has gone from the NAIA ranks
to a semi-pro team in Finland. After years of hard work, however,
Leach has gone from assisting at small colleges to leading a Division
I team against powerhouses like Nebraska.
LDS Teacher Brings Chinese To Southern California
An LDS teacher in Orange county,
California, has led a "cultural revolution" there, bringing Chinese
language and culture to 900 students. Steve Cook, who served an LDS
mission to Taiwan, is winning praise for his Chinese classes, which
have grown from a 25-student after-school program to a full-time
federally funded Chinese programs that teaches 20% of elementary and
high school students learning Chinese in the state.
An LDS Entrepreneur's Work Ethic
Raymond Zinn, President and Chief Executive
of Micrel Inc. of San Jose, California, spells success "WORK." Zinn
learned a valuable lesson from his father, Milton in 1958. Midway
through his junior year at Brigham Young University, he returned home
to tell his father that he was quitting school and going to work.
Zinn's father, a devout Mormon, father of 11 and a cattle rancher,
was about to give his son a lesson in tough love.
Utah Gov. Leavitt's Silicon Valley Initiative Has Secret Weapon: Mormon Culture
A lengthy article in the weekly Internet
magazine The Standard looks at Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt's "Silicon
Valley Initiative," an attempt to get firms from California to
relocate or open offices in Utah. Leavitt tells The Standard's Robert
Boynton that Mormon Culture is why they should come.
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