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Posted 14 May 2001   For week ended May 4, 2001
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LDS Church Will Remove More Jews from Baptismal Records
A Salt Lake City genealogist recently discovered the names of more than 200 notable Jews in the LDS Church's records of baptisms for the dead, in violation of a 1995 agreement with Jewish organizations. The discovery has now lead to renewed controversy over the practice and a new agreement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to remove the names. Genealogist Helen Radkey discovered the names in her research and alterted the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, which negotiated the new agreement with the Church.

Perpetual Education Fund May Lead to Future Church Growth
The recently announced Perpetual Education Fund may provide a door to future growth for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says a recent Las Vegas Sun article. The article includes an interview with three foreign missionaries serving in the Las Vegas West Mission and comments from noted sociologist of religion Armand Mauss, who says that the Perpetual Education Fund will be a great benefit to the Church.

UVSC Honors Hinckleys with Doctorates
Utah Valley State College presented President Gordon B. Hinckley and his wife, Marjorie P. Hinckley with honorary doctorates at its commencement Friday. The honors came as the college, one of two major institutions of higher education in Utah County, Utah, along with BYU, awarded degrees to 2,638 students. UVSC is dominated by Mormon students and faculty, although it is a state institution.

Mission Impossible: How Serving a Mission is Hard -- at least in Finland
Nearly two years ago, a reporter from the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat visited the Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and there met eight missionaries learning Finnish and preparing to serve as missionaries in Finland. Now, as those eight missionaries are completing their two years of service, reporter Laura Pekonen spent a day with one of them, Elder Jeff Eschler of Salt Lake City, discovering that his two years of service has changed him.

Pre-Columbian Equine Find in Southern Alberta
This just in on CBC Radio One's "As It Happens." A Cardston, Alberta schoolteacher has found proof of co-existence of horses and humans in pre-Columbian times. The site's now being excavated by archaeologists from the University of Calgary (the schoolteacher is now working on his M.Sc. in archaeology as a result of his find). The site is the bottom of the St. Mary's River reservoir which forms the SE border of the Blood Indian Reserve, within walking distance of the Cardston temple.

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