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Kirtland Temple Open House Seeks to Acquaint Neighbors to Building
The historic Kirtland Temple, located in Kirtland, Ohio, is listed on the Registry of National Historic Landmarks and draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. Many of these out-of-state visitors are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who want to examine the historical roots of their religion. Even though the temple is currently owned by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (soon to be renamed the "Community of Christ"), there is a strong draw for faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ since the temple is one of the most important sites in early Church history.

Provo Chinese Ward Celebrates First Anniversary
BYU has a strong international flavor and is known as a place where people from all around the world can find someone else who understands their culture. This is due in large part to the many returned missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have served missions in all parts of the world. These missionaries typically return to BYU with a deep love and respect for the culture and the people of the countries where they served. Additionally, there are significant numbers of foreign nationals pursuing their educational objectives at BYU.

Washington DC Relief Society Project Benefits' Zimbabwe
More than 500 Newborn Kits and approximately 200 dresses produced by the Washington DC Stake Relief Society's humanitarian effort will go to The Republic of Zimbabwe. The Humanitarian Aid Project began in January and culminates with a huge Service 2001 work day on Saturday, March 24.

Devotional: Dale Murphy
Living gospel fundamentals was the subject of retired professional baseball player Dale Murphy's devotional talk Tuesday at Ricks College. Murphy, a recently released president of the Massachusetts Boston Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, elaborated on his experiences as a mission president and stressed to listeners that fundamentals are the key to staying strong in their faith.

Local politician featured guest speaker at university forum
Mufi Hannemann, candidate in the last mayoral race of Honolulu and former chair of the Honolulu City Council, spoke at a forum sponsored by the University Honors Program on March 20th. During his talk, Hannemann focused on "the mission of educated men and women."

Women's Week Fireside -- Virginia Pearce
A glimpse into the life of Marjorie P. Hinckley, the wife of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was given by her daughter, Virginia Pearce, at the Women's Week fireside Sunday night at Ricks College.

Ricks/BYU-Idaho receives candidacy status for proposed bachelors degree programs
Ricks College, which is in the process of changing to Brigham Young University-Idaho, received notice this week that it is now a candidate for full-scale accreditation of its proposed bachelor's degree programs. Candidacy status was granted to Ricks College by the Commission on Colleges and Universities of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Notre Dame provost at BYU forum March 27
The provost of Notre Dame University will speak at a Brigham Young University forum on Tuesday (March 27) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Rexburg Woman honored as Exemplary Woman of the Year
Gail Jensen Seely, a Rexburg mother of eight children, was honored as the Exemplary Woman of the Year by Ricks College Sunday night.

Marriott School entrepreneurship ranks high
Success magazine ranks the Marriott School's Center for Entrepreneurship among the best entrepreneurial programs in the country.

Other Local News

Stake Participation Recognized on Interfaith Council Website
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- The new website of the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council was launched recently, giving those interested a schedule of council luncheon meetings, information on the May 3, National Day of Prayer breakfast, and interfaith contacts. Included on the website at is both the Newport and Irvine stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Briefly in the News
Los Angeles Times 18Mar01 D1

BYU's Multicultural Student Organization adds to Performing Group Diversity
PROVO, UTAH -- While the well-known Living Legends group (formerly Lamanite Generation) has long demonstrated cultural diversity among BYU's performing groups, the newer Multicultural Student Organization, also a performing group, has less stringent requirements, allowing students to perform the dances of a variety of cultures, even if they don't belong to those cultures. The Living Legends requires 1/4 Native American blood.
BYU multicultural performing groups share their diversity
BYU NewsNet 19Mar01 D3
By Mark Brinkerhoff &Irinna Schwenke

Devotional Speaker Says Blessings Come from Receiving Lord's Servants
PROVO, UTAH -- Receiving the servants of the Lord qualifies one for the blessings of the Lord, said Kent Crookston, dean of the College of Biology and Agriculture, at the Devotional on Tuesday. "All that the Father has will be ours if we meet one simple qualifier," he said. "The simple qualifier is that we receive the servants of the Father's son." Crookston used a promise found in the Doctrine and Covenants as the basis for his remarks.
Crookston tells Devotional audience to follow Lord's servants
BYU NewsNet 20Mar01 D3

Institute and Student Wards Provide Spirituality for Students

PROVO, UTAH -- Institute programs and student wards at predominantly non-Latter-day Saint universities like Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio can still provide Latter-day Saint students with spiritual opportunities similar to what they would get at an LDS University like BYU. The Daily Universe looks at these programs at Ohio State University.

Ohio State Latter-day Saints combine institute, ward forces to achieve goals
BYU NewsNet 20Mar01 D3
By Kim Brauning: NewsNet Staff Writer

Conway, Arkansas Family History Center Records Update Makes News

CONWAY, ARKANSAS -- Getting updated information is important, at least in Conway, Arkansas. The Conway Log Cabin Democrat thought the receipt of updated records at the Conway LDS Family History Center was important enough to write a news story on it March 20th. The center received the Church's updates dated January 25, 2000 to the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and the Social Security Death Index.

Family History Center receives updated records
Conway AR Log Cabin Democrat 20Mar01 D6

Winter Quarters Temple Open House Scheduled

OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- The open house for the Winter Quarters Temple will begin March 30th, observes the Lincoln Journal Star. The Star's article review's the Mormon history of Winter Quarters and greater Omaha and the purpose of Temples in the LDS Church.

Temple open house scheduled
Lincoln NE Journal Star 23Mar01 D1

Community is Getting Involved with BYU-Hawaii Canoe Project

LA'IE, HAWAII -- The BYU Hawaii project to build a two hull voyaging canoe is getting enthusiasm from BYUH students and neighboring residents alike. When giant logs for the canoe arrived from Fiji recently, BYUH students joined the work. Now neighboring residents and others have begun to stop by, both to see the canoe and to drop off food for the workers or to perform odd chores. William Wallace, director of BYUH Center for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies says the help is similar to Polynesian customs of long ago. "We're seeing a resurgence of Hawaiian village culture," said. "We'd be working and a car would drive up and people would bring us food."

Enthusiasm for making sailing canoe is spreading through La'ie
Honolulu HI Advertiser 23Mar01 D3
By Eloise Aguiar: Advertiser North Shore Bureau

Parowan LDS Chapel Remodeled

PAROWAN, UTAH -- A historic LDS chapel in Parowan, Utah has been remodeled and will be open April 7th for tours. The building was originally dedicated in 1918 and was designed by a student of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic buildings in 1976. In addition to the renovations, the original Steinway grand piano in the building has been refurbished.

State of the State
Salt Lake Tribune 23Mar01 D6

Marriage viewed differently in Utah

LOGAN, UTAH -- Older singles are often looked down on, says Sulunga, writing in the USU Utah Statesman, and the culture in Utah expects early marriages. She believes that because of Utah culture, marriage is viewed differently there than elsewhere.

Marriage viewed differently in Utah
Excite News (Utah Statesman) 22Mar01 D6
By Julie Sulunga: The Utah Statesman

Seattle Editor Disagrees with LDS Church, Catholics Over Zoning
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- Continuing the public debate about building churches in rural King county, Washington, the Seattle Times' Vesely used the paper's editorial page to disagree with the LDS Church and the Catholic Church over the right to build in rural areas. While the Churches argue that land use restrictions impinge on their right to worship, Vesely says that preserving rural areas is more important.
Classic Seattle overhang and the cross we carry
Seattle WA Times 19Mar01 OD1
By James Vesely: Times editorial page editor


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