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| General News|
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. DearElder.com
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
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