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Posted 22 Oct 2001   For week ended October 12, 2001
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Fundamentalists Protest, ex-Mormons Convene During LDS Conference
While leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called for more tolerance of others during the Church's semi-annual General Conference, right-wing and fundamentalist groups outside protested the Church's policies on homosexuality and abortion, calling them too lenient. And, just a few blocks away, a group of former Mormons held their own conference, exploring how to live with LDS Church members.

Church Promotes Hinckley Conference Address
In an unusual move, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is promoting Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's Sunday morning address to media throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Church has released his remarks as part of a news release titled, "President Hinckley Offers Counsel in the Face of War," and put the release on the new service P.R. Newswire, in addition to its normal submissions of releases to local media. The Church uses the news service only occasionally, for its most important press releases.

Perpetual Education Fund Marks Progress
The worldwide Perpetual Education Fund, benefitting young men and women in less-developed countries, is operating in parts of Latin America according to President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Nine General Authorities Released
At the Saturday afternoon session of the 171st Semiannual General Conference, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustained previously announced changes in the Presidency of the Seventy.

New York Mormons Consoled By Conference
The LDS Church's General Conference was consoling for church members in New York City reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Members filled both chapels in the Church's building at Lincoln Square, across from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to hear the Church's leadership in Salt Lake City touch on the tragedy that affected many lives in the city. Members found hope in President Hinckley's remarks in the Sunday morning session. Judy Eggleston said, "It was nice to hear that he doesn't think that this is the end," and long-time New York member Joanne Rowland heard in his remarks that these events have touched the whole world. "I got a better understanding from him that this isn't about New York," she said.

Utah California Women Annual Luncheon Will Honor Sister Dew
At the annual fall luncheon of the Utah California Women, the group plans to present its Utah Heritage Award to Sister Sheri L. Dew, second counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency and executive vice president of publishing at LDS Church-owned Deseret Book Co. Sister Dew, a native of Ulysses, Kansas, has written three books, including biographies of both President Ezra Taft Benson and Gordon B. Hinckley. The luncheon will also include an all-day holiday boutique, a silent auction and a bake shop. Tickets are available to the general public, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics of Utah.

LDS First Presidency Sends Letter Urging Water Conservation
Concerned with local drought conditions, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter September 10th to local leaders in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and California, urging them to conserve water and encourage their neighbors to do the same. The letter urged members to be good citizens and support local water-conservation measures and said that the Church is implementing water-saving practices at local meetinghouses and other Church facilities. The letter also asked members to pray for rain.

Utah Panel Looks at Ethics of Circumcision
A panel at Utah Valley State College on October 5th looked at the ethics of circumcision, questioning its usefulness and calling the practice an ingrained "social ritual" rather than a necessary medical procedure. An article on the panel in the Deseret News observed that "Most Christian faiths, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have no formal position on the procedure. In fact, the Book of Mormon specifically states that the law of circumcision 'is done away' in Christ."

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