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LDS Chapel in Australia Damaged in Firebomb Attack
An LDS chapel in Sydney, Australia was damaged in a firebomb attack on Wednesday, October 3rd, according to local news reports. The chapel, located on Kelly Street in the Punchbowl neighborhood of Sydney. The reports say that although no one noticed the fire when it was set, the building suffered only minor damage, valued at $15,000.

Local Church Members Save Chapel
The Latter-day Saint chapel on Center Street and 300 East was slated for destruction, but the local members wouldn't let it happen. They convinced the church to spend an extra $175,000 to restore the 65-year-old building and its unique features.

Honolulu Tabernacle Evacuated in Hazardous Material Scare
The Honolulu Tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was evacuated Wednesday, October 10th after fumes from old paint or a similar petroleum-based substance sent twelve people to the hospital. Fire Department officials evacuated the offices in the Tabernacle and the neighboring Beretania Foodland Store after they discovered a white liquid or cream in the trash bin outside the Foodland store. Two of the people sent to the hospital suffered watery eyes and scratchy throats. The others were decontaminated and sent to the hospital for observation.

LDS Church Dedicates First Ukrainian Meetinghouses
The first two meetinghouses built by the Church in the Ukraine Kiev Mission were dedicated on September 7th and 8th by members of the Europe East Area Presidency. Elder Robert F. Orton of the Seventy, second counselor in the area presidency, dedicated the Borshagovs meetinghouse in the Svyatoshinsky District on Sept. 7, while Elder Keith K. Hilbig, also of the Seventy and first counselor in the area presidency, dedicated the Voskresens meetinghouse in the Livoberezhny District on Sept. 8. The buildings were renovated from existing buildings with the assistance of local members and completed a year ago, but the Church only recently received final documentation confirming Church ownership. The Ukraine was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel 10 years ago by President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve. Since then it has grown to include 4,500 members. One meetinghouse in the Ukraine Donetsk Mission was previously dedicated.

Family Values Awards Presented in Perth, Australia
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia awarded three local community leaders Family Values Awards for their service to Australian parents and children. The awards, presented at Perth's Warwick Stake Center, recognized the role of Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey, Dr. Hamza Amira of the Western Australian Islamic Council and government leader Cheryl Edwardes in improving the environment for families in the community. Archbishop Hickey has worked for many years supporting those affected by many of society's greatest challenges, including unplanned pregnancy, family breakdown and drug abuse, says the Church's public affairs director in Perth, Philip Baker. Dr. Amira was recognized for his role in supporting families in Western Australia through many years of active community involvement. And Mrs. Edwardes, who is a member of the West Australia state parliament, is active in community causes and has supported family and moral causes in the legislature. The Church started the Family Values Awards program in 1995, recognizing the efforts of 17 community leaders during that time.

Terrorist Attacks Lead to Extra Work at Deseret Industries
Deseret Industries and other used-clothing stores have been asked by the Utah Department of Public Safety to strip all badges and insignia from used police, fire and military uniforms donated before selling them. The department has also asked dry cleaners to require identification before returning uniforms to customers. "We don't want someone with evil or destructive intentions to infiltrate an otherwise secure building," said department Deputy Commissioner Earl Morris. LDS spokesman Dale Bills said "all stores have been instructed to double-check donated police or military uniforms to ensure that badges, insignia and any identifying markings are removed before they are sold or used for humanitarian purposes."

BYU to host conference on the LDS Church in Japan Oct. 13
Brigham Young University will host a conference celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the first missionary efforts by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan on Saturday (Oct. 13). "Anyone who served anytime as a missionary or mission president is invited, as well as Japanese converts and interested members," said conference co-chair Reid Neilson, who served an LDS mission in Sapporo, Japan.

Founders Day ceremonies open BYU Homecoming Oct. 16
Brigham Young University's Homecoming 2001 will kick off a week of festivities with Founders Day ceremonies on Tuesday (Oct. 16) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The Cougar Marching Band will be on hand to energize festivities that include a Founders Day message by Matt Heimburger, a professor of American Heritage at BYU and a great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young, and an appearance by Head Football Coach Gary Crowton.

BYU establishes Peery Institute of Financial Services
Preparing for the opportunities and challenges of an evolving financial services industry, Brigham Young University has announced the establishment of a new institute of financial services. The institute, named for former Bank of America executive and Silicon Valley developer H. Taylor Peery, will be housed at BYU's Marriott School of Management.

Emeritus president of the Seventy speaks at BYU-Idaho devotional
Elder L. Aldin Porter, an emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, spoke about individual preparation during Tuesday's devotional.

BYUH Faculty Member Remembers Hiroshima at Peace Rally
During the Oct. 6 peace rally at BYU-Hawaii, faculty member Katsuhiro Kajiyama related his horrifying personal experiences of the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Images of Brigham Young topic of Oct. 19 lecture
An associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University will give a lecture on Friday (Oct. 19) regarding all known documentation of Brigham Young's life. The address by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel will be presented at 7 p.m. in the BYU Conference Center on University Parkway in Provo. Ample parking is available in the nearby Marriott Center parking lot.

Colleges to honor 11 alumni during Homecoming
Eleven graduates will be honored during Brigham Young University's Homecoming 2001 this month by their respective colleges and give a lecture as part of the week's activities.

BYU-Idaho acquires property along Teton and Snake rivers
Brigham Young University-Idaho has purchased 120 acres of property along the Teton River and Henry's Fork of the Snake River west of Rexburg for future academic and activity use.

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