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  LDS Musician's Homeless Choir Changes Lives
A LDS immigrant from France has made a difference in the lives of 20 homeless men in a unique way -- by making them into a choir. Since Pierre Anthian formed the Accueil Bonneau Choir (aka Montreal Homeless Choir) in 1996, the choir members have gained attention and appreciation worldwide, both for the extraordinary nature of the choir and for the enthusiasm they bring to their music. And choir members have gained, too, splitting the proceeds of their concerts and gaining stability from simply participating.

  Black LDS Woman Tells Her Story In Essence
A black LDS woman is one of three women that joined "nontraditional" religions who told their stories in the December issue of Essence, a magazine for Black women. Paulette Maddox, an active member of the Monarch Beach Ward according to the article, says she joined the Church in 1994 because it felt right, "My spirit just felt like, This is so right."

  LDS Families Experience Ramadan, Learn Similarities With Muslims
Two LDS couples got to experience first hand the begining of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the invitation of their Muslim neighbors. Dennis and Linda Brimhall and George and Ilene Dibble were the guests of Muhamed and Siham Jodeh, natives of Jerusalem, for the feast that ends the first day of the month-long holiday of fasting from dawn to dusk. And during the feast the Brimhall's and the Dibbles discovered that Islam and the LDS faith have much in common.

  Lethbridge Member Dispels First Nations Myths
West Lethbridge resident, David Forbes, organised a forum to discuss the coverage of aboriginal issues by Southern Alberta news media. Backed by six months of study and sources, Forbes, a member of the Lethbridge Alberta West Stake, revealed that such coverage ranged only from fair to poor, with newspaper coverage rating the highest.

  Holiday Week Road Tragedies Decimate Two LDS Families
Two separate highway accidents devastated separate LDS families during the just ended Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the US. In McKinney, Texas, the Johnson family lost both parents, Keith Owen Johnson, 38, and Nancy Lou Wittbank Johson, 34, in an accident that left all their five children, including a 13-month-old son, injured. Meanwhile, four members of the Fairbanks family of Orem, Utah were killed in a head-on collision Saturday outside Page, Arizona.

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