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75th Anniversary of LDS Institute Program
The first LDS Institute of Religion was established 75 years ago at the University of Idaho, in response to the complaints of LDS Church Member William Geddes, whose daughter was studying there, about the LDS meeting facilities in the town. Since then the program has grown to include 316,000 students in 2,000 programs located in 129 countries. Officials in Moscow expected 10,000 people to arrive this past weekend to help celebrate the anniversary.

Gilbert Arizona Study Finds 'Religious Separatism,' Racism, Homophobia
A diversity task force co-chaired by a stake president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued its findings, showing that the town has a problem with racism, homophobia and religious separatism. The task force spent eight months studying diversity in Gilbert, and according to the task force's other co-chair, Annette Ward, the town is sitting on a time bomb.

Southern Virginia Grows
Southern Virginia College, which opened in 1996, has earned its nickname of "BYU East." While the school is not officially associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the school was organized by Mormon businessmen, and 98 percent of the students and 75 percent of the faculty are also members. Along with Brigham Young University, SVC enforces a moral code of no coffee, tea, cursing, cheating, tobacco, alcohol, pornography or premarital sex. Professors regularly entwine church teachings with academic material and lead students in prayer.

Kirtland Restoration Project will Turn Town into Historical Village
For more than a century the lush river valley of Kirtland, Ohio held the vestiges of a community that was once thriving with Mormon history. Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is centering its efforts on a multimillion-dollar restoration project that will turn the 170-year-old Kirtland site into an historical village by 2003.

A Look at the LDS Conference Center Gardens
The roof of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center is covered with a 4 acre garden designed by Lauri Olin &Co. to look like a mountain. The western half of the roof is a meadow of wildflowers and prairie grasses. Serbian spruce, bristlecone pine trees and aspens follow the progressive elevations of a Utah Mountain. Waterways and walkways cover the rest of the roof. The plants are in an artificial growing mix which is lighter than dirt and eliminates weeds, disease and pest problems.

Former Bishop And Musician Died
Glen Broadhead, 93 and a former Bishop in the Beazer, AB, area and a popular local musician, passed away last Tuesday in the Cardston Auxiliary Hospital.

Elder Alexander B. Morrison named Administrator of the Year
The Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University's Marriott School named Elder Alexander B. Morrison, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as its Administrator of the Year.

W. Gibb Dyer at BYU devotional May 15
The director of the Marriott School's master of organizational behavior program will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday (May 15) at 11 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

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