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| General News|
LDS Church to Lay New Nauvoo Temple Cornerstones Sunday
At noon on Sunday, LDS Church officials will lay the
four cornerstones of the new Nauvoo Temple, following as much as possible
the way the cornerstones were originally laid on April 6, 1841. The ceremony
will include hymns from the Church's first hymnal performed by two choirs.
Several LDS General Authorities will attend the ceremony.
Mother's Complaints Lead to Canadian Investigation of FLDS Church
Lenore Holm objected when her Fundamentalist
Latter-day Saints Church leaders determined that her 16-year-old daughter
should marry a 39-year-old Utah polygamist. But her daughter was then taken
to British Columbia to an FLDS commune there without Holm's permission.
Holm, who has been excommunicated by the FLDS Church, is now fighting back,
filing complaints with Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police and with
Utah's special investigator of "closed societies," Ron Barton.
LDS Church Starts 'Visitor's Center' Mission in Nauvoo
The LDS Church has formed its 334th mission from
the 200 missionaries working in Nauvoo's Visitors Center, construction
projects and BYU center. The Illinois Nauvoo Mission will include missionaries
that conduct tours and answer questions, but who generally don't proselyte
or baptize. The mission is similar to the Church's Salt Lake City Temple
| Local News|
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
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
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
Will Reid be Issued a Mission Call . . . to BYU?
A new article in today's Philadelphia
Inquirer suggests that a BYU offer to Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Andy Reid may be made into something like a mission call. Following
its assertion Wednesday that LDS Church officials were pressuring
Reid to take the job, the Inquirer quotes "a friend of Reid" as
saying that Church officials have been talking to Reid about the
positon for months now.
LDS-backed Coalition Raised Most Funds for Nebraska DOMA Vote
With the November US elections less than a week away,
campaign finance disclosures show that the pro-Defense of Marriage forces in
Nebraska have raised five times that of the state's anti-DOMA group. The LDS
Church-supported Coalition for the Protection of Marriage reported that it
has raised the most, about $730,000 so far, most of which appears to have
come from out-of-state LDS donors.
Arizona's LDS House Speaker Faces Heat Over Alternative Fuel Program
A high level of participation in a predominately LDS
neighborhood in Mesa, Arizona in a federally funded program by the
Environmental Protection Agency, has spurred a criminal investigation
by the Department of Commerce. On Friday, Attorney General Janet
Napolitano announced a criminal investigation into more than 20,000
applications that have been submitted for an alternative-fuel vehicle
Phoenix Journalist Says Laake Blamed Mormons for Her Mental Illness
In a tribute to Mormon journalist Deborah
Laake, who committed suicide earlier this year, Phoenix journalist Terry Greene
Sterling says that Laake blamed her clinical depression on
"Mormonism and the men in her life." Laake was the author of the controversial tell-all "Secret Ceremonies," which detailed LDS Temple ceremonies and led to her excommunication from the LDS Church.
Mormon Businessman in Australia Promotes Sperm Donation
A Mormon businessman, owner of the
well-known international franchise Jim's Mowing, promoted his views on sperm
donation in an article in the Melbourne, Australia Age. Jim Penman founded
the $70 million franchiser, which has sold more than 1,600 franchises in
Australia, Canada, the US and elsewhere.
| Arts & Entertainment|
President Hinckley attends MOA gallery opening
President and Sister Hinckley, along with BYU President, Merrill J. Bateman attended the official opening of the Robert W. and Amy T. Gallery on
Friday, October, 27. Following a dinner and a ribbon cutting ceremony the
work of Minerva Teichert, a young artist in the early 1900's, was on display
including her first mural, now over 80 years old. Teichert's pieces are
part of the new gallery funded by Amy and the late Robert Barker.
Like Old Clamshell, New Big Mac Container Made by Mormon Firm
About 30 years after Jon Huntsman's Huntsman Chemical
Corporation manufactured the first McDonald Big Mac Clamshell container,
another Mormon-run firm is making a new container for the sandwich.
Baltimore, Maryland-based EarthShell Corp., is just weeks away from
completing McDonald's validation testing on the new container. But this
time, the container isn't likely to be criticized for its effect on the
KZION Radio May Begin Independent LDS Radio
The modest KZION Internet radio station started this past week may be the beginning of independent Internet for
members of the LDS Church. The new station currently streams a play
list of LDS songs to anyone that wants to listen. The emergent
station has reached agreements with 6 LDS musicians and will soon
double that number.
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