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| General News|
LDS Church Pledges 'Appropriate' Publicity During Olympics
With Salt Lake City expecting hundreds of thousands
of visitors for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the LDS Church is trying to
find a balance between proselyting and correcting visitors misconceptions
about Mormonism. The Church is both preparing for the influx of visitors and
setting policies to avoid overbearing proselyting.
Dedication Of South America For Gospel Commemorated
The dedication of South America for the
preaching of the gospel by Elder Melvin J. Ballard took place at 7
a.m. Friday December 25, 1925 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Parque
Tres de Febrero, in a small grove of weeping willows near the banks
of the Rio de la Plata. The 75th anniversary open-air commemoration
was held on the Buenos Aires temple grounds with ten stakes attending
Saturday evening December 2nd and thirteen stakes on Sunday evening.
Crowds of thousands, members and non-members, excitedly arrived in
colorful old school buses, trucks, cars, or by walking, looking like
a modern-day Children of Israel leaving Egypt scene.
| Local News|
Mesa Police Officers Claim Discrimination By LDS Superiors
In a third major incident this year involving the
heavily Mormon eatstern Phoenix suburbs of Mesa and Gilbert, a group of nine
disgruntled police officers have filed a discrimination lawsuit
against their department. The lawsuit claims that the department illegally
favored other officers over them because of race and religion. The Mesa
police chief is LDS and the officers claim that their superiors favored LDS
officers over them.
Creches, Lights, Choirs Are Public Face of Mormon Christmas
Looking at the events at LDS facilities around the
U.S., it seems the Church's public face at Christmas time is made up of
Christmas lights decorating temples and visitors centers, choirs performing
Christmas music and exhibits of nativity creches at many local chapels
around the country. The newest of these traditions is the exhibit of
nativity creches, which in the past 18 years has grown from a pioneering
exhibit in Ann Arbor, Michigan to as many as 50 annual exhibits at LDS
chapels in North America.
LDS Man Murdered by Roommates in Arkansas
Police in Fayetteville, Arkansas have arrested the
two roommates of LDS Church member Keith VanMaren after they discovered
VanMaren murdered in his bed early Wednesday morning. Acting on a tip from
an informant, the police went to Van Maren's apartment and found him lying
faceup in his bed, apparently strangled with a belt. The roommates, James
Pugh, 29, and Joy Doss, 21, were in the apartment and arrested at that time.
Crowton Named BYU Head Football Coach
Gary Crowton, Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator and
former head coach at Louisiana Tech, today was introduced by Brigham
Young University President Merrill J. Bateman as the 13th head
football coach at BYU. "As we begin a new era of football at BYU, I can think of no other person who is as qualified and prepared to take over a program that
has been under the direction of a living legend in LaVell Edwards,
than Gary Crowton," said Bateman. "This is a wonderful day in the
history of our tremendous athletics program."
LDS Vegetarian Questions Church's Hunting Preserve
In a new article on the VegSource website, an LDS
Church member questions the Church's ownership of a hunting preserve
on the southwest shore of Utah lake in Utah. Jim Catano, who first
become vegetarian for health reasons before developing a distaste for
killing animals, looks at the past statements of LDS Church
presidents and finds them incompatible with the Church's preserve.
However, Catano is not able to give the Church's side of the picture.
Many LDS Palm Sites, Same Content
The seven or more LDS sites that provide
resources for members with Palm OS handheld computers are trying to
provide what handheld computers are good for -- frequently used
reference information. But that means there are a limited number of
useful files -- and most of these sites have them all.
Faith Amid Tragedy
Barry and Trisha Topham, like most couples,
have had their share of trials. With the sudden loss of their
daughter, Susannah 23, who died after being struck by a car while
riding her bike and the near-death of their son, Dan who three years
ago was stung by a yellow jacket and left with an allergic reaction
that caused severe brain damaged, they share the same grief but have
come to terms with the tragedies in different ways. "I'm always the
optimist and Barry's the pessimist," says Trisha. "This too shall
not pass," said Barry turning a familiar comforting phrase upside
Tribune-Deseret News Dispute Explodes After AT&T Agrees To Sell
The continuing dispute between the Salt Lake Tribune
and the LDS Church-owned Deseret News exploded last Friday after the
Tribune's owner, AT&T Broadband, reached an agreement to sell the newspaper
to the Denver-based MediaNews Group. The Salt Lake Tribune Publishing
Company, which has a contract to run the newspaper, immediately filed a
lawsuit to block the sale, claiming it has the right to purchase the Tribune
in 20021 under an earlier contract. The Tribune also published a series of
articles on Saturday and Sunday accusing the Deseret News and the LDS Church
of orchestrating the sale to force changes in the joint operating agreement
(JOA) the newspaper has with the Deseret News and to silence the Tribune on
issues sensitive to the LDS Church.
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