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NEWSFLASH: Harrison Temple Gets Judge's Blessing
The proposed LDS Temple in Harrison, New York is one step closer to reality after a New York judge overruled the Harrison Zoning Board of Appeals. acting state Supreme Court Justice Peter Leavitt ordered the board to grant a variance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday that allows the Church to build the 53-foot-tall Temple. Buildings in the town are generally restricted to 30 feet.

Nauvoo Temple Brings New Tension to City
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the city of Nauvoo have a long history together. Unfortunately, some of that history is very painful and awakens troubled memories for all concerned. However, like it or not, it's time for round two of the "Meet the Mormons" in the city of Nauvoo.

LDS Church Takes Idaho's Surplus Potatoes for the Needy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed a plan to aid needy people in the United States and abroad and help Idaho potato growers. The fall 2000 potato crop was so good that farmers took 10% off the market in an attempt to stabilize prices. A surplus of potatoes is good news for consumers -- the price goes down -- but if you're a farmer, it means your hard work won't make enough to pay the bills.

Elder M. Russell Ballard rededicates McDonald Building
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided over ceremonies rededicating the Howard S. McDonald Building on the Brigham Young University campus today (March 13).

Devotional: Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke about the transitions of earthly life Tuesday at the weekly Ricks College devotional.

Biology and Agriculture dean at BYU devotional March 20
The dean of Brigham Young University's College of Biology and Agriculture will speak at a devotional on Tuesday (March 20) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Original Thomas E. Ricks organ back at college one more time
A trip to a local antique shop ended in the retrieval of a piece of Ricks College history. Two Ricks art teachers, Gerald Griffin and Matthew Geddes of Rexburg, who often go antiquing, found the organ that belonged to Rexburg founder Thomas E. Ricks in the Main Street Antique Mall in Rexburg.

Other Local News

Historic Jacksonville LDS Chapel Renovated
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA -- The first LDS chapel in Jacksonville, Florida, built in 1925, has been renovated by the Jacksonville Junior League, which is using the building as its headquarters. The renovation restored the building's splendid Georgian Revival structure, including its huge bay windows with copper guttering, chandeliers that are replicas of those in the White House, hammered-tin crown molding and a clay tile roof.

The building was designed by Joseph Don Carlos Young, the youngest son of Brigham Young, based on plans sent to him by L. H. Brimhall from Georgia. The building, which has a New England meeting style auditorium has national and local historic designation. The Junior League will make the building available as a community meeting place for other individuals and groups at a low rental.

First Coast Community: Junior League renovation
Jacksonville FL Times-Union 14Mar01 D1
By Charlie Dixon

Church Discourages Big Missionary Send-offs
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Concerns about the congestion created in the airport by large family contingents, who often crowd around both arrival and departure gates, have prompted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to ask its members in the Intermountain West to either say their goodbyes elsewhere or to voluntarily limit the number of well-wishers. In a letter from Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve dated Feb. 9, recently read from the pulpit in some local wards, the church said, "Families are discouraged from traveling to the Salt Lake International Airport for missionary departures. However, if a family feels a need to see a missionary after having sent him or her to the MTC (Missionary Training Center in Provo), they are requested to limit the group to only the immediate family members and to be considerate of other patrons at the airport."
Goodbye to big send-offs
Deseret News 14Mar01 D1
Say 'Bye to Big Airport Send-Offs: LDS members asked to scale back throngs for missionaries
Salt Lake Tribune 14Mar01 N1
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

At BYU Devotional Elder Ballard Says Women's Role in Church Vital
PROVO, UTAH -- Speaking at Tuesday's BYU Devotional, Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told BYU students that Women have divine roles in the Church. "Does the Lord respect women? Do women matter to the Lord? Yes. The answer is a resounding yes." Women have divine roles as wives, mothers, counselors and friends, he said.

But Elder Ballard also said that women who don't marry or have children also have gifts that are needed in the church. "Motherhood and fatherhood are not the only measure of goodness or of one's acceptance before the Lord. . . . My earnest plea and prayer is that young men and women will understand that our sisters have always been vital and integral to the work of the Lord."

Women's vital role in church hailed
Deseret News 14Mar01 D3
Elder Ballard speaks on role of women
BYU NewsNet 13Mar01 D3
By Erin Smith: NewsNet Staff Writer

BYU Struggles With How to Get Diverse Student Body
PROVO, UTAH -- H. Nolan Reed, dean of students at BYU, told BYU's Daily Universe that BYU needs to cultivate an ethnically and culturally diverse population. "But, not just so we can say 'Look how diverse we are,'" Reed said. BYU needs to have cultural diversity throughout the university so students can learn from each other. But Reed admits that creating a diverse student body at BYU is difficult because multicultural scholars are highly recruited and offered scholarships by many schools.

BYU has two programs to recruit students from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, The Vision Quest program sends successful multicultural students to weekend assemblies of high school students and their parents to tell prospective applicants about the advantages of BYU. And the SOAR, or Summer of Academic Refinement, program helps introduce multicultural students to the different activities and majors that interest them.

BYU aims to diversify fairly
BYU NewsNet 13Mar01 D3

Mormon Muffin pins soon back in stock
OGDEN, UTAH -- Five days after a news story on the "Mormon Muffin" collectible pin's upcoming release hit the newsstands, the pin was sold out. But because response was so overwhelming, pin-makers are planning to produce a slightly different version of the pin, but still featuring a nutty, sweet bran muffin on a "golden plate," in reference to the Book of Mormon's origin. Mormon Muffins are a signature bakery item at The Greenery Restaurant at Rainbow Gardens, the gift emporium at the mouth of Ogden Canyon. Collectible food pins commemorating the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, like the Mormon Muffin pin, have become a major fad in Utah.
Mormon Muffin pins soon back in stock
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 13Mar01 D6
By Amy Schoon: Standard-Examiner staff
Olympic collector's item sold out fast, but new one on the way

BYU NewsNet Reports Ghana Temple Groundbreaking In Error
PROVO, UTAH -- An article in today's BYU Daily Universe claimed that the groundbreaking for the Accra Ghana Temple was to occur today. Quoting a BYU student whose father is a stake president in Ghana, the Universe claimed that the groundbreaking would happen today. However, Nick Literski, editor of a widely-read temple website, reported this evening that LDS Church construction officals say the Universe story is in error.
Ground breaking for temple in Ghana
BYU NewsNet 15Mar01 D1

Ballard named president of Oakdale Stake
OAKDALE, MINNESOTA --Pediatric ophthalmologist Evan Ballard has been called to be the president of the newly-formed Oakdale Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Ballard, 51, will preside over approximately 3,000 members of the church in several congregations in the east metropolitan Twin Cities, as well as in Red Wing, Hudson, Menomonie, Eau Claire and a Spanish-speaking congregation in Minneapolis.
Ballard named president of Oakdale Stake
Dunn co MN News 16Mar01 D1

USU Hoops Player on "Mormon" Logan
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -- USU point guard Bernard Rock, a non-Mormon native of New York City gave a very direct answer to Sun-Times columnist Telander when asked what it was like moving to 'Mormon Logan' to go to school. Rock had attended a boarding school in Mayer, Arizona and a junior college in Texas, but said that going to Logan was still "Culture shock." But Rock still manages to get tattoos, "They have a place in Ogden," he says.
Big day for little guys
Chicago Sun-Times 16Mar01 D6
By Rick Telander: Sun-Times Columnist


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