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US News Puts LDS Church on Cover
National US News magazine U.S. News &World Report has a major cover story on the LDS Church in its current issue. Titled "The Mormon Way," the article looks at the growth of the LDS Church and its expanding influence in the world. But author Jeffery L. Sheler goes beyond growth and influence, also looking at the LDS Church's finances, doctrine, missionary work and the difficulty its international growth may bring.


Court Filings In; Main Street Trial Set For February
The ACLU's challenge to the April 1999 sale of a one-block section of Main Street by Salt Lake City to the LDS Church is scheduled to go to trial in February. However, all three parties had until this past Friday to file motions in the case. The result was a mountain of paper for US District Judge Ted Stewart to wade through, including a poem and a video tape from the ACLU.


 Local News

Resolution of Book of Mormon Expulsion Delayed As Lawyers Get Involved
The Salt Lake City Board of Education has delayed its investigation of last week's incident in which three students were escorted from their West High School English class, allegedly for reading the Book of Mormon during free time in class. The school district has started an investigation into the incident, but attorney Frank Mylar, who represents the students, objected to the investigation's format, in which the students were questioned in the presence of the teacher.


Historic Mormon 'Honeymoon' Trail Part Of New National Monument
US President Bill Clinton recently named Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs as a national monument, and in the process preserved a portion of the Honeymoon Trail, or Old Arizona Road, used by the Mormon settlers of Arizona to travel to the St George Temple. The naming of the land, situated north of the Grand Canyon and southwest of Page, Arizona, as a national monument protects all Federal land in the area from sale or development.


Ohio Teen That Drugged Missionaries Gets 30 Days
An Ohio teen that spiked cupcakes with a sedative, making 17 people ill at an LDS missionary luncheon, was sentenced to 30 days in a juvenile detention center on Thursday. Judge Stephen Rule ordered Joseph Cordell, 15, to serve the 30 day sentence in the Wood County juvenile detention center starting immediately.



Despite News Reports, Reid Says Not Looking at BYU Job
Despite news reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer that LDS officials were trying to influence Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to replace LaVell Edwards at BYU, on Saturday Reid again emphasized that he is not looking at the job. "I'm not even addressing that," Reid said yesterday. "There's nothing there. . . . I'm still looking to see who my 'friend' is." The Inquirer cited a 'friend' who claimed that LDS Church official had spoken to Reid about the job.



New Mormon Congressional Delegation Smaller, More Democratic
Early election returns show that the Mormon delgation in the US Congress is slightly smaller and slightly more Democrat. But the remaining incumbents all won their races, giving the congressional delegation a very familiar face.


LDS-Supported DOMA Questions Win, Other Issues Fail
The two LDS Church-supported Defense of Marriage questions both passed in yesterday's election results, but other issues widely supported by Mormons did not pass. Both Nebraska's proposition 416 and Nevada's question 2 received 70% of the vote in those states. But another anti-homosexual measure in Oregon appears to have failed, and the fight of conservatives led by LDS Church member Howard Ruff against Hillary Clinton's bid for a New York Senate seat has also failed.


Former Missionary Hits Comedy Network
Former missionary Jessica Holmes is poking fun at idols, celebrities and friends, and her work was just captured in a series of 13 episodes that will air starting next week on the Comedy Network. Holmes, 27, stars as anchor Tricia Farr in "The Itch," a send-up of Hollywood entertainment shows. Her comedy is also the subject of an hour-long special, "Holmes Alone" which will air Sunday as the season premiere of "Comedy Network Presents."

 Arts & Entertainment

LDS Stake To Host 'Messiah' Sing-In
The Camarillo, California Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring a community, family sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" on December, 10. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend and participate. Participants must obtain their own music scores and have them reviewed by conductor Marcene Jardine for admission to the chorus. "Families are encouraged to bring their children and introduce them to this great music," Jardine said.


Work of LDS Composer Boren and Librettist Nelson on Temple Square
On Saturday, November 11 at 7:30, the Temple Square Assembly Hall will feature new orchestral/vocal works by Murray Boren and Glen Nelson as part of its recital series of LDS music and musicians. Composer-in-residence at Brigham Young University, Murray Boren, has composed an evening of new religious music to texts by New York author Glen Nelson, to be performed by soprano Susan Boren.


New Website Eases Letters To Missionaries
A new website launched by two BYU students hopes to make it easy to send letters to LDS missionaries. allows users to address and write a letter to an LDS missionary on-line, which is then printed out and mailed to the missionary. But the nascent service is currently limited to "pouch" missions and to the MTC, expansion of the service depends on advertising on the website.


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