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| Ground Broken for Brisbane Temple
|Elder Kenneth Johnson, President
of the Australia/New Zealand area of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the
Church's Brisbane, Australia Temple on Saturday. The ceremony was
attended by more than 200 people, although attendance was limited
because each stake in the area was only permitted to invite 40
people. The groundbreaking comes after the Church reach an agreement
settling a lawsuit over construction of the Temple.
| LDS Missionary Injured at Memorial Day Church Picnic
|An LDS missionary was hit by a car at a
Memorial Day Church event yesterday, confirmed the New York Rochester
Mission office, and remains in the hospital recovering from his
injuries. Elder Tyler Fordham of Colorado had been playing basketball
with some of the kids attending the picnic when a mini van that had
just backed out of a driveway hit him as he tried to cross a road
and, according to eye witnesses, ran over him.
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| Sandy UT Police: Worst Church Vandalism Ever
|Police in Sandy, Utah are calling the vandalism of an
LDS Chapel in their town the worst vandalism of a church they have
ever seen. Vandals struck the chapel sometime late Friday or early
Saturday overturning pianos, file cabinets and a refrigerator and
punching holes in the walls. Damage is estimated to be in excess of
| Judge Throws Out U of U Anti-Mormon Discrimination Claims
|U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled last
week that claims of anti-Mormon discrimination from other
students have no bearing on a federal lawsuit filed against the
University of Utah by Christina Axson-Flynn. Flynn is the LDS student
who claims the U. faculty forced her to quit acting school because
she refused to swear during an audition. The lawsuit accuses several
theater department staff members of religious discrimination.
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| LDS Woman Leads Jump Over Track's Last Gender Hurdle
|Both women and men compete in every NCAA Track and Field
event, from the 100-meter dash to the marathon, except one: the
steeplechase. That is, until now. In the NCAA championships, starting today
in Eugene, Oregon, BYU's Elizabeth Jackson is favored to lead the field and
hurdle this last gender barrier. The event is gaining popularity, and may be
added to the Athens Olympics in 2004, breaking the last Track gender barrier
| Guthrie Leading Stanford towards the College World Series
|In his first year at Stanford University, Sophomore
Jeremey Guthrie has surprised everyone and become a starter in Stanford's
rotation, helping to put the team two of three games away from the College
World Series. Just one year ago Guthrie didn't know what would happen as he
expected to return to BYU after completing an LDS mission to Spain.
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| LDS Senator Persuaded Jeffords to Switch
|When Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords told Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott he was leaving the Republican party to
become an independent and support the Democrats, he caused a
political earthquake that rearranged the political landscape in the
US. While a number of factors led to his decision, the careful,
consistent persuasion of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, an LDS Church
member and the Senate's Democratic whip, was critical, leading one
aid to call him "The Jim Whisperer." But this wasn't Reid's first
connection with a lawmaker who switched parties.
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| LDS.org Adds Meetinghouse Locator
|With no fanfare and using information from readily
available internal databases, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints added a meetinghouse locator function to its lds.org website. The
addition fills a 'holy grail' for Mormons on the Internet, a place for
traveling members and interested neighbors to get an address, meeting times
and location of the closest LDS chapel. Those members that have used the
function found it nearly, but not quite, perfect.
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| David Leavitt: Bigamy Buster
|David Leavitt has done something which hasn't been done in
almost 50 years. As Juab County Attorney, Mr. Leavitt convinced a jury last
month to convict a polygamist, Tom Green, for his marriages to multiple wives.
| LDS Family is in INS Limbo
|Rita and Ashley Couch married for eternity four years
ago, but the US Immigration and Naturalization Service is keeping them in a
kind of purgatory, challenging the validity of their marriage and the
validity of Rita's eight-year-old divorce, all because Rita sought to
normalize her status and get a green card. Their story was told in today's
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|Arts & Entertainment
| Burton Releases Second Album
|Last month, Lethbridge native and part-time
singer and songwriter Wayne Burton released his second album aimed at
Latter-day Saints since "Closer to Heaven" was released in 1998. The
18-title album, according to Burton, is "a musical story of hope,
faith and forgiveness" and required numerous musicians, from Canada
and the United States, including a member of the Utah Symphony
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| Jet Blue's Neeleman Makes Fortune
|This week's Fortune magazine looks at the phenomenal
success of Jet Blue Airways and its LDS CEO David Neeleman, comparing him to
Southwest Airline's Herb Kelleher. With his airline so successful, Neeleman
is naturally compared to Kelleher: both have successful airlines providing
low-cost service in unexpected places. But Neeleman is very different from
| Merger of LDS Publishers Dissolves
|The purchase of longtime LDS publisher Horizon
Publishing and Distribution by newcomer Cornerstone Books announced
last Fall has fallen apart, the victim of financial woes. Last August
Cornerstone owner Richard Hopkins agreed to purchase Horizon, where
he once worked, from its only owner, Duane Crowther, who was going on
an LDS mission. But Hopkins says that when financing fell through
unexpectedly, the combined firm was left without enough capital. The
unexpected turn of events left the LDS market smaller, without the 12
to 24 new titles that Hopkins planned to publish each year.
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