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| General News
LDS Missionary Work Faces Government Opposition in Russia, Far East
A number of recent news reports indicate that the LDS
Church continues to face significant opposition from governments in Russia
and the Far East. While the difficulties are not new, they demonstrate that
the political difficulties that the LDS Church faces in these cases is due
at least in part to a dominant religion.
New York Missionaries Talk Baseball in 'Fearless' Contacting
Two LDS missionaries told the New York Times about a
challenge many missionaries face -- trying to make contacts during a major
sporting event. The missionaries tried to make the best of the difficulty,
however, talking about baseball when making street contacts.
| Local News
LA Times Says Mormons in Gilbert, AZ In Denial Over Gang Violence
In a major article detailing the trouble
Mormon-dominated Gilbert, Arizona has had with gang violence, the
newspaper claims that Mormons and city officials have failed to
acknowledge the gang trouble. It also says that Mormon culture has
led witnesses and victims to prefer handling the trouble through the
Church, rather than with the local police. The article ties the gang
to both racism and to a mafia-run drug ring.
Thousands Hear President Faust At New York Regional Conference
Thousands of LDS Church members packed 15 local stake
centers and chapels to hear President James E. Faust of the Church's First
Presidency speak via satellite from the Plainview New York Stake Center. The
New York Regional Conference included 9 stakes and districts covering New
York City, Long Island and lower New York state, as well as the New York New
York North and the New York New York South missions. In his remarks,
President Faust said several recent regional conferences had been broadcast
in this manner, with video feeds of speakers at one LDS facility being
broadcast to others.
LDS Hockey Player Gets Second Shot at Pros
John Shockey, the Cleveland Lumberjacks
defenseman, received a Utah hometown welcome while playing one of
four games for the Grizzlies, even though he never lived in Utah.
Shockey, a Lethbridge, Alberta native is a member of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The southern part of Alberta is
predominately Mormon, but Salt Lake City is the home of the LDS
At Least Seven Mormons Running for Colorado State Offices
The results of candidate questionnaires by the Rocky
Mountain News have allowed Mormon News to identify seven Mormon candidates
who are running for Colorado state offices and two that are running for the
US Congress from Colorado. Unfortunately, not every candidate responded to
the questionnaires, or even to all the questions asked, so the list is
Utah Lawmaker Says Good LDS Church Members Can't Be Democrats
An LDS lawmaker in Utah has caused a controversy by
claiming that it is not possible to be a good Mormon and a Democrat. Bill
Wright, a member of the Utah House of Representatives who is running for a
seat in the Utah Senate, made his comments in a recent column in the Payson,
Utah Chronicle, soon after the LDS Church released its regular letter
affirming the Church's political neutrality.
Mormon Women's Boston Globe Declaration Yields Debate
A declaration signed by more than 50 Mormon women
and first published in the Boston Globe has led to a debate over what it
means to be "feminist" in a Mormon context, as well as questions over what
the declaration meant to accomplish. After the declaration was also
published in the Salt Lake Tribune, Cambridge, Massachusetts LDS Church
member Elizabeth Dionne wrote an editorial for the Tribune disputing the
95-year-old Newlywed's Bliss Cut Short in Auto Accident
Lula Johnston, 95, left a nursing home to move in
with her family after tragedy cuts short her three-month wedded life
with her college sweetheart.Johnston was injured in a car crash in July, just one month after she married Paul Johnston, also 95.
| Arts & Entertainment
LDS Artist Turns Family History Into Queens Museum of Art Exhibit
LDS Artist Valerie Atkisson has taken her family history to a new level, integrating it with her artwork in a way that is garnering
praise and attracting attention to her work. Atkisson's latest work,
entitled "Family in Norway" opened Tuesday evening at the Queens Museum of
Art in New York City.
Dallas Morning News Explores Boom in Mormon Science Fiction
A feature article in Saturday's Dallas Morning News looks at the surprising number of Mormons who write science fiction. A website
that tracks religious affiliation counts 175 Mormon science fiction writers,
and many of the writers credit LDS Church theology for the strong showing.
According to the article, the trend started with a BYU literature class
started in the late 1970s.
God's Army VHS and DVD to Hit Stores Nationwide on November 14
God's Army gave the outside world it's first glimpse into the inner workings of the lives and minds of Mormon missionaries when
the film hit theater screens in cities across the nation this summer.
How Utah Video Store Pornography Prosecution Led to Criticism of Marriott Corp.
The prosecution of a Utah county video store chain here has
exposed the involvement in the industry of a number of large corporations,
either for producing and distributing the videos, as companies like AT&T,
TimeWarner, and General Motors do, or for providing access to the films,
like hotel companies Hilton Hotels and Marriott Corp. Marriott has come
under criticism especially because it was founded by Mormon J. Willard
Marriott, Sr., and is even now run by his son, LDS Church member J. Willard
LDS Nevada Newspaper Goes Online
An LDS newspaper that covers Nevada and Arizona is now online, bringing news and information oriented to those US
states. The Beehive, a well-known print publication distributed
through LDS bookstores and offices throughout Arizona and Nevada
includes on the website articles from its print edition, a calendar
of events, a business directory and classified ads.
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