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By Kent Larsen

National Conference Coverage Light, Focused on Temples, Faith

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Coverage of the LDS Church's annual General Conference in US national newspapers was limited to a handful of Associated Press articles that focused on LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's statements that the Church would build more Temples and that faith is the basis of the Church's success. The articles were few and limited compared to coverage of Conference in Utah news sources, which covered many more elements of the conference and placed more emphasis on the announcement of a Perpetual Education Fund.

Covering Saturday's sessions of conference, the Associated Press' C. G. Wallace noted President Hinckley's statements about Temple building in the opening session. In that session President Hinckley observed that the Church had met the goal of 100 operating temples worldwide by the end of the year 2000. "It is wonderful, but we are not satisfied. We will keep on working to bring temples to the people, making it more convenient for Latter-day Saints everywhere to receive the blessings which can only be had in these holy houses," he said. He also pledged to continue building temples, saying that the Church is now looking at other locations for temples, but declining to specify where because the Church hasn't yet purchased property.

Wallace's coverage missed the announcement of the Church's Perpetual Education Fund, presumably because of newspaper deadlines and because the announcement was made in the Priesthood session of conference. However, in his coverage of the conferences' second day, Wallace relegated the announcement to the end of his article, after coverage of President Hinckley's talk on faith underlying the Church's progress in the final session. Wallace also mentioned President Faust's talk on the importance of baptism and Elder Oaks discussion of priorities and the deluge of information available today on the Internet and Television.

Coverage in Utah was much more complete, with the Deseret News devoting three articles to the new Perpetual Education Fund and the Salt Lake Tribune and Ogden Standard Examiner each covering the new program. Surprisingly, all these articles failed to mention that Hinckley had hinted that the fund would be established in a speech at the National Press Club given a year ago.

Utah news sources also devoted whole articles to each day's talks, and the Ogden Standard-Examiner covered the difficulties faced by Church members in getting tickets to attend Conference.

See also:

Church president vows to build more temples
USA Today (AP) 1Apr01 N1
By C. G. Wallace: Associated Press

Mormon leader vows to keep building
Walnut Creek CA Contra Costa Times (AP) 1Apr01 N1
By C. G. Wallace: Associated Press

90-year-old Mormon leader pledges expansion
Raleigh NC News &Observer (AP) 1Apr01 N1
By C. G. Wallace: Associated Press

Mormon church ends semiannual conference
Boston Globe (AP) 1Apr01 N1
By C.G. Wallace: Associated Press

Mormons ponder role in Christian kingdom
Boulder CO Daily Camera (AP) 1Apr01 N1
Associated Press

Hinckley: More temples needed
Provo UT Daily Herald pgA3 1Apr01 N1
By Debra Jandreau: Daily Herald

Temples focus of talks
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 1Apr01 N1
By Melisa Ann Wilson: Standard-Examiner Staff

LDS Church Extends Hand to Needy Missionaries
Salt Lake Tribune 1Apr01 N1
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

Temples at Core of Faith That is 'Stronger Than Ever'
Salt Lake Tribune 1Apr01 N1
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

New General Authorities Announced
Salt Lake Tribune 1Apr01 N1
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

Education fund is a hit
Deseret News 1Apr01 N1
By Jerry Johnston and Lynn Arave: Deseret News staff writers

New loan program to help LDS youths
Deseret News 1Apr01 N1
By Twila Van Leer: Deseret News staff writer
Pres. Hinckley unveils efforts to help the needy get an education

Perpetual Emigration Fund is a model for new program
Deseret News 1Apr01 N1
By Lynn Arave: Deseret News staff writer
19th-century fund financed pioneers' trek to the West

Church plans to educate those in need
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 1Apr01 N1
By Joey Haws: Standard-Examiner Staff

Faith Church's True Might, Hinckley Tells Conference
Salt Lake Tribune 2Apr01 N1
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

Standby tickets work like a charm
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 1Apr01 N1
By JaNae Francis: Standard-Examiner Staff

Attendees create creative ways to get tickets
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 2Apr01 P2
By Joey Haws: Standard-Examiner Staff


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