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Local LDS Impact Huge in WTC Attack
The attack on New York City's World Trade Center this morning will have a huge effect on LDS Church members and the Church in the region because of those injured or killed in the attack. In what is now being called a terrorist attack, two planes slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center at about 8:45 am, leading to the eventual collapse of both towers. Members in Washington DC may also feel the impact of today's attacks, since they included a plane that crashed into the Pentagon and a car bomb that struck the U.S. State Department.

Mesa LDS Chapel Heavily Damaged in Arson Fire
An LDS chapel in Mesa, Arizona was heavily damaged early this morning in an arson fire. Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in to investigate the fire, which caused damage estimated at $200,000, according to local Fire department officials.

Residents Question Traffic at Planned Harrison NY Temple
Residents of Harrison, New York are questioning the amount of traffic that proposed Temple in their neighborhood will bring, and are asking the Town Board for an independent study of traffic patterns in and around the site and at other Temples around the country. A lawyer representing the residents, Jeff Grant, will ask the board for the study at the board's meeting tonight.

BYU Shuts Down WTC Tragedy Fundraiser
A long-time former New York LDS Church member, Doug Ellis, was frustrated in his efforts to collect funds in support of the victims of yesterday's attacks when BYU shut down his effort because he lacked a permit. Ellis set up a card table and started collecting funds outside of BYU's Wilkinson Center within hours of the tragedy, but was shut down by BYU before the 11 am devotional.

Reactions from LDS Members Nationwide
Statements from local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the United States have appeared in local newspapers, and local congregations and leaders have been active in hosting prayer vigils and memorials across the nation in the wake of Tuesday's horrifying attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Many local newspapers have surveyed clergy looking for local reactions to the tragedies, and LDS leaders have given a wide range of advice and counsel on coping with these events.

100 Years of Mormonism in Japan Celebrated
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 100th anniversary of missionary work in Japan on September 1st by unveiling two bronze commemorative plaques to be installed on the base of the steeple of a new chapel. The chapel will be built not far from the Japanese park where Elder Heber J. Grant, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, dedicated Japan for the gospel in 1901. Since then Church membership in Japan has grown, at first slowly, and then quickly after a long hiatus, to include more than 110,000 members in 30 stakes and 20 districts.

Restored BY Academy Building Dedicated as Provo Library
It was a sad sight. The 108-year-old Brigham Young Academy Building sagged in disrepair after being sold by Brigham Young University in 1975. There were attempts to use the historic building, but it was finally slated for the wrecking ball. That's when Academy supporters enlisted BYU engineering professor Douglas Smoot to help save the building.

BYU-Hawaii Ranked 4th in U.S. News & World Report Listing
BYU-Hawaii is ranked fourth in its Western region category in the U.S. News and World Report's annual survey of America's best colleges, released Thursday September 6th.

Christian Perspectives topic of BYU conference Sept. 20-22
A free conference highlighting the life and teachings of Christ will be held at the Brigham Young University Conference Center Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 20-22).

Elder Henry B. Eyring to speak at BYU-Idaho
Elder Henry B. Eyring of the LDS Church Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at the weekly BYU-Idaho devotional Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m.

President Bednar counsels students to carry on
this hour of sorrow, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses profound sympathy to those whose loved ones, friends and associates were lost or injured in today's senseless acts of violence. We offer our prayers in behalf of the innocent victims of these vicious attacks. We ask our Heavenly Father to guide President Bush and his advisors as they respond to these devastating incidents.

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