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  Boston Temple Open House Begins, Demand Brings Down Website
The Boston Globe reports that 2,500 invited guests attended the first day of the Boston Temple's open house, as nearby residents, town officials and clergy were awed by the building's size and beauty. The LDS Church's Don Mangum, who is helping to organize the one-hour guided tours, says he expects 70,000 to 100,000 visitors to tour the building during the open house, which ends September 21st.

  LDS Church Delays Sending Mountain Meadows Artifacts to Arkansas
Scott Fancher, president of the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation, is encouraged by a recent letter that was issued Tuesday, August 29th by the Utah Attorney General's Offices state archaeologist Kevin Jones, that recommended that six buttons and some broken crockery that were discovered and removed from the burial site be re-buried with the emigrants' bones at Mountain Meadows.

  Mormon Foods Featured on Olympic Pins
Salt Lake City has Olympic pins for sale, but with a twist -- the pins feature traditional Mormon foods and cookware, including funeral potatoes, lime Jell-O with grated carrots, the present-at-every-activity red punch and the ubiquitous Dutch oven. These and other pins highlight familiar Utah foods, such as fry sauce -- mixed mayonnaise and ketchup -- and mint sandwiches, and are already being bought and traded by collectors.

  Court Rules Utah Didn't Discriminate Against non-LDS worker
Susan Raymond worked for 10 years as director of the Bear River Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging. After being dismissed from her post, she filed a complaint of religious and sex discrimination with the state. Raymond claimed that she was fired because she filed a complaint against the state in 1995, which alleged religious and sex discrimination.

  President Hinckley to Speak to BYU Alumni
President Gordon B. Hinckley will speak to thousands of Salt Lake area alumni and friends of Brigham Young University in an unprecedented devotional meeting on Tuesday, 12 September 2000. The devotional, reminiscent of weekly devotionals held every Tuesday on BYU campus since 1953, marks the first time a Tuesday devotional for BYU alumni has been held in Salt Lake City.

  UVSC Mormon Studies Program Wins Startup Grant
Eugene England, writer-in-residence at Utah Valley State College, has received a $25,000 grant to help establish an LDS cultural studies program at UVSC. England, who received the grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, hopes to establish a full-fledged religious-studies approach to LDS culture. Mormons need to study their own culture in order to understand it better, England said.

  LDS Church Will Build New Institute Building at University of Utah
The University of Utah will be the recipient of the new 114,000-square-foot Salt Lake Institute of Religion. The facility will replace the existing cluster of aging buildings east of Rice-Eccles Stadium on 500 South. The construction will begin this fall and the project is slated for completion by early summer 2002.

  Marriott School hires largest pool of new faculty members
The Marriott School at Brigham Young University has completed its most successful hiring season to date. The school will introduce 20 new professors to students beginning this fall. The
added personnel will increase the school's full-time faculty from 111 to 118, making room for 150 additional students.

  BYU Office of General Counsel honored by National Association of College and University Attorneys
In recognition of the achievements of Brigham Young University's legal team during his 23-year tenure, Eugene H. Bramhall, the university's general counsel, has been awarded a lifetime membership to the 6000-member National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is one of only 25 recipients of the honor in the 40-year history of the organization.

  President Thomas S. Monson at BYU devotional Sept. 12
President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency of the LDS Church will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday (Sept. 12) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional, which is open to the public, will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11) and KBYU-FM (89.1). It will be rebroadcast Sept. 24 on KBYU-TV at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and on KBYU-FM at 10 a.m.

  BYU professor debunks mental illness myths in movies, books
The recent controversy over Jim Carrey's hit movie "Me, Myself & Irene" and its misleading depiction of personality disorders brought attention to Hollywood's insensitivities to the mentally ill, a topic that Jay Fox has been studying for years.

  Elder Rex D. Pinegar Tells People to be Happy
"The best people I know are happy," said Elder Rex D. Pinegar, a member of First Quorum of the Seventy, at the annual Ricks College Faculty-Staff Dinner. "When people see you, they should be able to smile." Elder Pinegar told the nearly 1,300 people in attendance that they should be happy because "we know the truth and we should just as well enjoy it."

  Ricks invites alumni back to campus to celebrate Homecoming and Spori
Ricks College is inviting alumni and friends to a millennial homecoming celebration like no other on Oct. 13 and 14 at the Rexburg College.

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