News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
| National Conference Coverage Light, Focused on Temples, Faith
|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
| Mountain Meadows Massacre Artifacts to Remain in Arkansas
|They say that time heals all wounds. Perhaps
"they" never heard of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In the latest
chapter of the on-going saga of perhaps the most infamous incident in
the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the
Church and its primary opponent have reached an uneasy conclusion.
| Institute Program Supports LDS College Students Worldwide
|While much of the media focus on the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the past 10 years has
been on missionaries, temple-building, and other physical symbols of
its worldwide growth, the church itself has been busy creating
spiritual "homes away from home" for members who are college age.
| Daughters of the Utah Pioneers to Celebrate 100th Anniversary
|The International Society of Daughters of
Utah Pioneers will celebrate their organization's centennial next
week, cementing their status as one of the oldest associations
related to Mormons not part of the LDS Church. The organization was
established on April 11, 1901 and has since grown to include "camps"
(chapters) in every Utah county as well as in Arizona and Idaho.
Membership in the DUP totals some 19,000.
| LDS Rugby Player's Shocking Conduct May End Career
|LDS Rugby Player John Hopoate's professional career may
have ended this past week amid a storm of controversy. Hopoate reached an
agreement Sunday with his team, the Wests Tigers (in Australia's National
Rugby League), under which he resigned. The action came less than a week
after Hopoate was suspended from the league for 12 games for his unusual
method of distracting his opponents.
| A Potential Star's First Masters
|He is experiencing all the traditions in golf's most
traditional setting. Saturday and Sunday night he spent the night in the
Crow's Nest, the sleeping quarters in the clubhouse reserved for amateurs,
just like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He had the chance to browse the
clubhouse golf library and visit the lockerroom reserved for past champions.
Monday he was honored at a banquet and Tuesday, except for the rain, he
would have played a practice round with Arnold Palmer and Sergio Garcia. And
yesterday he played in the annual three-par tournament.
| Mormon Candidate Loses in Nauvoo, Margin Makes Registration Complaints Moot
|Don Capener, an LDS man seeking to be elected the first
Mormon mayor of Nauvoo in more than 20 years lost his challenge to incumbent
Tom Wilson, giving Wilson his third term in office. Wilson's margin of
victory made moot the charges that some LDS Church members, apparently those
temporarily in Nauvoo working on severa LDS Church projects, were not
allowed to register to vote.
| Reformed Rebel: Mormon Convert 'Big Daddy' Roth Dies
|Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, whose outrageous car designs and
anti-hero cartoon character "Rat Fink" helped define the California hotrod
culture of the 1950s and 1960s, died Wednesday in his studio in Manti, Utah.
More than 25 years ago Roth re-examined his life after a divorce and the
failure of his magazine and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, leading him to put LDS symbols and references in his recent car
designs. He was 69.
|Arts & Entertainment
| Brigham City PG-13 Rating Stirs Controversy
|With the premiere tonight of Richard Dutcher's
second movie about Mormons for a Mormon audience, the online discussion
board on the film's website is brimming with controversy of the PG-13 rating
given the movie. Zion Films announced earlier this week that "Brigham City"
had received the rating from the Motion Picture Association of America's
ratings board. But filmmaker Dutcher says he is not concerned over the
controversy and in fact welcomes the debate, "It's a conversation that our
people really need to have. If we're always holding ourselves to a G or a PG
standard, it's going to limit the kind of films that we can make."
| Brigham City Draws Positive Variety Review; Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News Split
|Richard Dutcher's new Mormon-themed film "Brigham
City" drew a strong positive review from the movie industry trade magazine
Variety today, but drew differing reviews from the two Salt Lake City
newspapers. What may be surprising to some is that the more negative review
came from the Deseret News.
| Book Claims LDS Church Money Financed Growth of Las Vegas
|In their new book, "The Money and the Power, The
Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947-2000," Sally Denton
and Roger Morris deem Las Vegas the "the American city of the 21st
century." Crediting the last census with the information of 6,000
new residents a month and a casino- service oriented city that has
put Las Vegas in the front ranking of a national economy, husband and
wife team Denton and Morris have put together exhaustive research to
support their premise of political, economic and criminal corruption.
| On to the Goal: Deseret Management's Rodney H. Brady
|'Goal driven' is a term often associated with type-A
executives, but LDS Church-owned Deseret Management Company's Rodney H.
Brady takes goals to a level that few manage -- and he meets his goals.
Brady, Chief Executive Officer of the holding company for The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' profit-making businesses, started out
setting goals in high school -- 200 of them. So far he has met 175 of those
200, while setting and meeting many more in the intervening fifty years.
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