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Notable Mormons, Apostle Support New 'Alliance for Unity'
The "Alliance for Unity," a group of church, business, political and media leaders stood together Monday on the steps of the state Capitol under a U.S. flag and read a statement of unity crafted by the alliance. "We are concerned that acceptance of diversity in Utah today is not of the scope or at the level it ought to be," read billionaire industrialist Jon M. Huntsman and Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. "Our overriding goal is to help people cross boundaries of culture, religion, and ethnicity to better understand and befriend one another."

New York Stake Member Details Help Needed
A member of the New York, New York Stake sent the following e-mail message detailing some of the local needs in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center and suggesting that it be forwarded to "those who have expressed a desire to serve." As some of the needs are applicable to communities outside New York City, and since Mormon News has learned of several efforts around the US to provide assistance, we are forwarding the message for the benefit of those interested in helping.

President Clarke Lauds 'Heroes in our Midst'
During a recent address to the Brigham Young University Hawaii student body, J. Richard Clarke, President of the Laie Hawaii Temple took the opportunity to offer prayers and words of hope from all those affected by last week's tragedy in New York City and Washing, D.C. Posing the question of whether students "fear the dignity of difference" and "are proud of being a peculiar people," President Clarke counseled students to remain true to their testimonies.

BYU's Jerusalem Center Closed Again
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and on the Pentagon have led BYU to again cancel classes at its Jerusalem Center, this time for the next full year. The current round of cancellations will mean that the center will have been vacant for nearly two years, if it opens in the Fall of 2002 as now planned.

New Edmonton Stake
A meeting of Edmonton Area and northern wards and branches held Sunday, September 9th at the Edmonton Bonnie Doon Stake Centre saw the creation of a fourth stake.

Missionary Families Asked to Avoid Airport Send-offs
To accommodate new FAA regulations that allow only ticketed passengers to pass beyond airport security checkpoints and out of respect for the safety and convenience of all travelers, The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked today that families and friends of missionaries say their farewells when they take their missionaries to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo.

September 11 Touches Laie
A candlelight vigil was held at the beginning of BYU-Hawaii's campus production of Shakespeare's Hamlet Friday night, in observance of the national day of prayer and remembrance called for by President Bush.

Jesse S. Crisler to direct BYU Center for Study of Christian Values in Literature
A professor of English has been named the new director of the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature at Brigham Young University.

LDS Town Gives OK for Sunday Shopping
Following Canadian grocery-chain Extra Foods announced plans to build a store in this predominantly LDS town, City Council made a decision three months ago to change a local Lord's Day bylaw to allow stores to operate on Sundays.

Latter-day Saints Give Mayors Proclamation
When leaders of the Saint John New Brunswick Stake encouraged its members to share A Proclamation to the World: The Family with local civic leaders, members of the Saint John and Kennebecasis (Hampton) Wards accepted the challenge.

BYU-Idaho celebration to begin with devotional and torch lighting
A week-long celebration of Brigham Young University-Idaho will kick off Tuesday with a special devotional speaker and the lighting of the Legacy Torch later that night in Viking Stadium.

Michael J. Perkins new Communications Department chair
Michael J. Perkins has recently been named chair of the Communications Department at Brigham Young University. He replaces Laurie J. Wilson, who will return to full-time teaching and research.

Brigham Young's counsel to women lecture topic Sept. 28
As part of a series of free lectures highlighting the life of Brigham Young, Jill Mulvay Derr will give a lecture on Friday, Sept. 28, regarding Young's counsel to women.

BYU hosts second Service Learning Conference Sept. 21
The president of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be featured speakers at the second annual Service Learning Conference Friday (Sept. 21) at Brigham Young University.

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