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| General News|
English-Speakers Now Less than 50% of LDS Church Members
The LDS Church News reported Saturday that the
proportion of Church members that speak English fell below 50% for the first
time last month. The change came as the Church passed the 11 million mark
and growth outside the US continues at twice the growth rate in the US.
LDS Church Struggles with Who to Please over Mountain Meadows Buttons
Since you can't please everyone all the time,
you're often left trying to figure out who to please. When
contractors building a new monument at the site of the Mountain
Meadows Massacre near Cedar City, Utah uncovered the remains of
several victims and buttons and other property that belonged to the
victims, the Church quickly re-buried the remains. But recently the
status of the buttons and the other property has become uncertain.
LDS Church Takes Mountain-Meadows Buttons to Arkansas
The LDS Church decided last week to give the artifacts
accidentally uncovered last year at Mountain Meadows to a Museum in
Harrison, Arkansas. Glen Leonard, director of the LDS Church's Museum of
Church History and Art, traveled to Harrison on Friday to "indefinately
loan" the artifacts to the Carroll County Historical Society.
| Local News|
LDS Church to Comply With Subpoena in Green Polygamy Case
In an unusual move, Juab county, Utah prosecutor
David Leavitt issued a subpoena last week requesting LDS Church records on
polygamist Thomas Arthur Green, currently under prosecution for polygamy.
The subpoena covers the period before the birth of a child to his then
14-year-old wife, Linda Kunz. Green, who has been excommunicated from the
LDS Church, was no longer a Church member in 1985 and 1986, the period
covered by the subpoena.
Birmingham Temple Dedicated
The LDS Church's Birmingham Temple was
dedicated on Sunday by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, and
local members got to participate in the traditional cornerstone
laying ceremony, which was covered by the Birmingham News. About
2,800 Church members attended the dedicatory ceremonies in the Temple
while another 7,000 watched through satellite hookups.
Both BYU Campuses Advance In US News Rankings
Both BYU's main campus in Provo and BYU-Hawaii in
Laie, Hawaii advanced in US News &World Reports' annual survey of US
colleges. BYU advanced in the "National Universities" category,
ranking 78th out of the 228 universities in the category, up from
80th last year. And BYU-Hawaii ranked 11th among "Western Liberal
Arts Colleges," up from 14th last year.
LDS Coach Andy Reid's Sons Get Fame and Father Time
Many fathers to the same thing. Garrett
and Britt Reid got summer jobs at their father's work. The fact that
their father is the boss made it easy to arrange. But, as sometimes
happens, even in these cases, they go no special treatment from John
Hatfield, who they report to.
Mormon Candidates Win In Yesterday's Nevada Primary
Several articles in the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicate that several Mormon candidates for state assembly and for the Clark County Commission appear to have won their primaries and
will go on to the November general election. However, four of those
candidates, all Republicans, face difficult races in which their
opponents have raised more money than they have.
Open House Makes Strange Bedfellows
The Salt Lake Tribune's Rolly & Wells
report that US Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) will be escorted on his tour of the
LDS Church's new Boston Temple today by his former opponent, Salt Lake
Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney. Kennedy is just one of
500 VIPs that will be given special tours of the building, which is scheduled
to be dedicated on October 1st.
| Arts & Entertainment|
LDS Author David Howard Wins Hugo Award for 'Galaxy Quest'
Author David Howard wrote a story that made hard
core science fiction fans its heroes, and now the fans have returned
the compliment, giving Howard, his co-author Robert Gordon and
director Dean Parisot a Hugo award for the Best Dramatic Presentation
in 1999."Galaxy Quest" beat out critically acclaimed films like
"Being John Malkovich" and "The Matrix" to win the award, perhaps the
largest of the three major awards in science fiction.
'Nurse Betty' Leads To LaBute Profile in LA Weekly
Much like the title character in his new movie, LDS writer Neil
LaBute is following his own glittering road.
Small LDS Publisher Cornerstone Buys 29-year-old Horizon
Cornerstone Publishing, a small LDS publisher
started about two years ago by Richard Hopkins, last month purchased
the older and larger book publisher Horizon Publishing and
Distribution, owned and operate by LDS author Duane Crowther. The
purchase makes Cornerstone one of the five largest LDS publishers,
increasing its number of titles inprint from less than 20 to more
than 400. Crowther reportedly sold his business to serve an LDS
mission in Mexico.
LDS Man's Buyers Club Collapses After Suit by State of Ohio
A buyer's club started by an LDS man and based in
Westerville, Ohio, closed September 1st, a week after Ohio Attorney General
Betty Montgomery filed a lawsuit to force the company to return to its
customers $100 million. The Attorney General claims that the Purchase Plus
Buyers Group was a ponzi scheme that prayed on relationships, primarily in
the LDS community.
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