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Posted 20 Jun 2001   For week ended June 15, 2001
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NEWSFLASH: Car Accident Kills Missionaries in England
A short article in today's Salt Lake Tribune reports that two LDS missionaries died in a car accident Wednesday in Bristol, England. Elder Mark Gleason of Pleasant Grove, Utah and Elder Mihai Teodorescu of Ploiesti, Romania died in a head-on collision.

LDS Missionary Killed in Accident Was Track Star
One of the LDS missionaries killed in a traffic accident in England Tuesday was a Southern California track star who was chosen Orange County runner of the year by the Los Angeles Times in three consecutive years. Elder Mark Gleason died when a car driven by his companion, Elder Mihai Teodorescu, had to swerve into oncoming traffic. Gleason was three months away from completing his mission and presumably resuming his collegiate track career.

Long-time Sunstone Publisher Elbert Peck Resigns
Citing exhaustion after 15 years of running the Sunstone Foundation and its magazine and symposiums, Elbert Peck turned in his resignation to Sunstone's board of directors Friday. Peck is credited with expanding Sunstone's mission to include regional symposiums in Washington DC and the US west coast, among other places, and for giving the magazine a vision of what it could become. The resignation, which was not unexpected, came after the 46-year-old Peck had indicated that he feels worn down for the past year.

NEWSFLASH: Missionary Dies in Jamaica
An LDS missionary from Burley, Idaho died suddenly Sunday while serving a full-time mission in Jamaica for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the South Idaho Press reports today. Elder Nicholas Martin Silcock, 19, died suddenly Sunday night as he returned to his apartment from eating out with other missionaries.

Missionaries Make the News in Kansas, Texas
Newspapers in Garden City, Kansas and in San Antonio, Texas both looked at missionaries serving in their areas, covering their day-to-day lives and the rigors of missionary work. In Garden City, the Telegram met Elders Derek Waldron and Sean Cowley, serving Spanish-speaking missions in the Colorado Denver South Mission, while the San Antonio Express-News talked to Elders Cory Hunter and Keith Arbuckle, serving in the Texas San Antonio Mission.

First Annual Pioneer Day Commemoration on 22 July
The First Presidency has announced an annual Pioneer Day Commemoration to be held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. This year's commemoration will be held on Sunday, 22 July. The event, featuring an address by President Gordon B. Hinckley and a program of music and narration, will begin at 6:00 p.m., MDT. The program will be broadcast via the church satellite system.

New PAF Version Has Palm, Multiple Language Support
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released announced version 5.0 of its popular personal genealogy management software. Key new features include a Palm OS application and the ability to view user screens in six languages and enter data in most known languages (including Asiatic and Cyrillic characters). Personal Ancestral File (PAF), is now available on CD ROM or as a free download from the Internet.

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