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  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.

  LDS Church Seeks Italian Recognition, Sponsorship
The LDS Church recently started the process to become a "concordate" or state-sponsored church in Italy. If successful, the effort would not only gain the Church a little money from the Italian government, like other churches recognized by the Italian government, but also raise its profile in the country.

  Texas Town Sued by Mormon Family Sees Signs of Stigma
Two recent articles discuss the struggles of a small Texas town in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision on public prayer before high school football games. The town of Santa Fe made history in June when the US Supreme Court rejected school officials' bid to protect student-led prayer before football games. The ruling was the culmination of five years of local activism, most of it supporting the school district.

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