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  LDS Bishop Excommunicated, Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges
An Associated Press report in today's Salt Lake Tribune says that a now-excommunicated LDS Bishop has been indicted for sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl. The indictment alleges that Gordon Brent Bodily of Hyrum, Utah lured the girl from North Carolina to Salt Lake City, according to the indictment filed in federal court on Wednesday.

  Mormons Oppose 'Godspell' At Ogden, Utah High School
News that a group of Mormon parents in Ogden, Utah have forced Ogden High School to scale back and postpone a planned production of the musical "Godspell" has made newspapers outside of Utah. The high school changed the production from a school-sponsored play, paid for with state money, to a student drama club production, paid for with donations.

  Prosecutors Indict Suspect in Murder of LDS Mother
Prosecutors have uncovered enough evidence in the murder of an LDS mother to file an indictment against a suspect in the case, raising the hope of justice for her family. Daniel Wade Moore, 26, was indicted Wednesday for the March 1999 murder of 39-year-old LDS mother Karen Croft Tipton.

  Child Abuser That Used LDS Church Charged in Third State
A man who used the LDS Church to find victims that he then abused was charged Wednesday in a third US state. William B. Hanson, 38, was charged with five counts of first degree child sexual assault and three counts of second degree child sexual assault in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Hanson has also been charged in Utah and in New Jersey, where he is currently being held on $1 million bail.

  LDS Chapel Evacuated Sunday Followed Gas Leak
An LDS chapel in Rio Rancho was evacuated Sunday following a gas leak at a neighboring storage facility. According to police, the evacuation was made as a precaution because of high natural gas levels.

  Parents Shocked at Prosecution of LDS Teen's Pranks
The parents and friends of two LDS teens are shocked that county prosecutors would prosecute their Halloween pranks. The two teens have pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a destructive device and other charges after they built and exploded two small "bombs" and destroyed a neighbor's plastic pumpkin and a basketball-sized real pumpkin.

  Fallen Grave Stones Rise Again
The idea had been buzzing around in my head for a couple of years, gathering mass like a snow ball. We could cover all sorts of bases with this service project. We are a recently-formed Ward with a new building, right in the middle of the City of Pittsburgh, with an amazingly diverse membership of all races, backgrounds, economic stations. Working together is one of the very best ways for Priesthood holders to really get to know one another. Hard physical labor is just about the best glue to hold a bunch of brethren together. We needed a real work project, something both hard and meaningful. But this project will also need people with lots of different physical abilities.

  Lethbridge Nativity Back on Track
The annual nativity display in Lethbridge is now back to normal despite not running in 1999, when the organiser moved to Regina in November with her husband, Lethbridge Alberta Stake President Jack Oviatt. President Oviatt had been called to be the second counsellor in the Regina Saskatchewan Temple presidency.

  New York Family History Seminar Combined with Concert by Pianist Grant Johannesen
Nationally known LDS pianist Grant Johannesen will wrap up a busy day at the New York, New York stake center performing a concert of both well-known works and works by two LDS composers. The concert follows a regional Family History Seminar that attracts hundreds of genealogists and LDS Church members from the region each year.

  BYU-Hawaii Students Give Back to Community
BYU-Hawaii students set out to make a difference in the lives of people both near and far as part of the nationwide "Make A Difference Day" on Oct.28. Students gathered on Saturday morning at Laie Elementary School eager to repaint one of the main classroom buildings.

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