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Posted 22 Oct 2001   For week ended October 12, 2001
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Rare and Storied LDS Book to be Auctioned at Christies in New York
The prestigious Christies auction house will sell a copy of what may be the most valuable published LDS book at auction October 29th in its Rockefeller Center auction house. The book, a copy of the 1833 Book of Commandments is one of perhaps 18 remaining copies, also carries one of the more dramatic and interesting histories of any published book.

MoTab Recording to Support September 11th Victims
A Mormon Tabernacle Choir recording is one of 15 songs by various artists included on a new album benefiting the Twin Towers Fund. The Choir's recording of "The Star Spangled Banner" is the 14th track on the new album "God Bless America" from Columbia Records, which will be in stores October 16th. The label says a 'substantial portion' of the proceeds from album sales will go to the Twin Towers Fund, supporting the families of the police, firemen and other government personnel who lost their lives in the World Trade Center.

Osmond Goes Retail: Jimmy Opens Memorabilia Store
Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the family that has become synonymous with Mormons in music, is opening the Osmond General Store in Park City, Utah to sell a combination of expensive show business memorabilia and inexpensive tourist trinkets and products for the home. But Osmond, who co-owns the store with John and Stephanie Perry, says the store is a showplace for other plans.

World Premiere of the song 'Testimony', from inVOICE Records
This Friday, KZION will broadcast the World Premiere of the song "Testimony", from inVOICE Records soon to be released CD, "One Mind, One Heart: Testimonies of the Savior": A collection of original sacred songs about Jesus Christ.

New Products: New Testament, Inspiration and Folk Music
Two recent books look at doctrinal aspects of the New Testament, taking indepth looks at little-examined subjects. Author Bruce E. Dana looks carefully at the life of "Mary, Mother of Jesus" in his new book with that same title. Former BYU dean Robert L. Millet also looks at a New Testament subject in "Lost and Found: Reflections on the Prodigal Son," his latest book.

New LDS Film Festival Will Celebrate Cultural and Artistic Diversity
"The time is right to initiate a festival that celebrates our cultural and artistic diversity and features young filmmakers who tell fresh stories and share new ideas," says Christian Vuissa, initiator of the First International LDS Film Festival 2001, which will launch next month in Provo. Deadline for film, video and screenplay submissions is October 15.

Finding the Secrets to Healing Our Relationships
From our relationships often flow our deepest joys, but these relationships can sometimes turn bad and thus also bring us our deepest sorrows. When that happens they seem almost impossible to heal, in large part because we can't see how to rid ourselves of the negative thoughts and feelings, like resentment and mistrust, that have grown within us.

New Children's Book by Greg Olsen Sells 24,000 Copies in Less than Two Weeks
The first illustrated gift book for children featuring the much-loved paintings of world-renowned artist Greg Olsen is fast becoming the best-selling children's book in LDS history.

Reviewer Praises Collection of Stories about Mormons
Lewis Horne's new short story collection, "The House of James and Other Stories" is about extraordinary ordinary people, mostly Mormons in Utah and nearby states in the 1950s and '60s, according to reviewer Martin Naparsteck, and paints a portrait of their "rarefied culture which has now largely disappeared." Naparsteck says that Horne's stories are "a carefully sculptured rendering of a culture within a culture and how one became absorbed by the other," and says of the book, "it's a masterful accomplishment. Thin, transparent stories that let in the light."

New LDS Museum Exhibit Looks at 'Fabrics of Latter-day Saint Life'
A new exhibit at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City shows how LDS artists have integrated their beliefs and faith into quilts, samplers, and American Indian rugs and pottery. The exhibit, titled "Family and Faith: the Fabrics of Latter-day Saint Life," opened September 22nd for a run through December 9th, 2001. It will then reopen May 11, 2002 for an eight-month showing.

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