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Posted 03 Jun 2001   For week ended May 25, 2001
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Anti-Mormon Group Opens Office Near LDS Mesa Temple
The anti-Mormon ministry Concerned Christians has moved its main office to new quarters, just two blocks from the Mesa Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ministry, operated by former LDS Church members Jim and Judy Robertson, expects the new location to give their work an expanded presence in the community. But LDS Church spokesman Wilford Anderson says that the move won't get a reaction from the Church, "The only appropriate response to criticism from others is to live our religion."

Infested Again, Maybe Reno Should Pray for Seagulls
For the third year in a row, crop and flower eating Mormon crickets have homeowners in the Red Rock area north of Reno, along with agricultural officials, concerned about the economic damage to Nevada's rural economy. "It's the worst infestation by the little buggers since the early 1970's," said Jeff Knight, an entomologist for the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Helsinki Finland Temple Site Reserved
A news report in the Helsinki Sanomat last week said that the city of Espoo had reserved a lot for the LDS Church's planned Helsinki Temple. The city council's vote last Tuesday put the Temple about 7 miles northwest of downtown Helsinki. According to the report, the lot is reserved until the end of next year, contingent upon the Church getting city zoning and other plans in place.

LDS Stake Collects Socks for Africa
Members of the Murrieta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are stockpiling socks for distribution in Africa. Boxes of socks, gray, blue, black or even teeny pink and purple socks will do. This luxury item has Leah Edwards and others gathering more than 400 pairs of socks for the June 1 deadline of 5,000 pairs they hope to collect.

Mill Creek Mormons Example of Getting Along with Neighbors
An appreciation for each other's beliefs have the neighbors of the Canyon Rim East Mill Creek neighborhood sharing different religious customs and events. Putting aside fears and forging into unknown territory Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Latter-day Saints are enjoying being together and not using religious affiliation as an excuse for not getting involved.

Perth Australia Temple Dedicated
President Gordon B. Hinckley, world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Perth Australia Temple on 20 May 2001, making it the 106th operating temple worldwide. The temple was dedicated in four separate dedicatory sessions in order to accommodate as many as possible of the 12,000 Latter-day Saints who reside in the temple district.

Lethbridge Man Had Two lives
The name's Lickiss. Kenneth Lickiss. No, wait a minute, it's Scott Davion. Actually, no it's Kenneth Lickiss. And that's the way life has gone for a Lethbridge man for the last seven years.

Vice President leaving Ricks College for mission assignment
Ricks College Vice President Brent Kinghorn has lived in his comfort zone long enough. "My car pulls out of the garage and automatically heads in the direction of Ricks College," he says. Before long the lifetime Sugar City resident will leave his familiar surroundings that he's known since childhood to become president of a church mission in the relatively poor and unknown eastern European country of Albania. "It's a land we've never visited and a language we've never spoken," he says. The 60-year-old Community Services vice president will be taking a three-year leave of absence from the college with the prospect of a job upon his return if he so chooses.

Thomas E. Ricks descendants invited to last Ricks graduation
Descendants of Rexburg pioneer Thomas E. Ricks are invited to attend the final commencement ceremony at Ricks College before it becomes Brigham Young University-Idaho.

BYU Dining Services receives national honor
Brigham Young University Dining Services was recently selected to receive a 2001 Ivy Award, the only university on the list of six exclusive restaurateurs.

Other Local News

Gilbert, Arizona Holds Second Interfaith Summit
GILBERT, ARIZONA -- Outgoing Gilbert, Arizona Mayor Cynthia Dunham hosted a second Interfaith Summit May 17th at the city's municipal building. The event drew more than 30 participants who discussed a wide range of issues. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was represented by Gilbert Stake President John Lewis and by Dennis Barney and Roberta Stapley. Dunham is herself an LDS Church member.
Admirers pay tribute to memory of 12-year-old girl
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 25May01 D1


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