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A Pocket-Sized Book of Inspiration from the Prophet
President Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has asked Church members to "stand tall and live the gospel," to "make each day a little better than the one before."

Set Sail Launched on Sea Trek
Enoch Train, the Americana Folk Hymn group, released its second album, fittingly named Set Sail, after returning from the decks of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, the flag-ship of Sea Trek 2001.

Shipps Says LDS Church is Evolving
Historian Jan Shipps, who has developed an expertise on the LDS Church, told a group of nearly 300 people in the Logan Tabernacle Thursday evening that the church has evolved and will continue to evolve as it enters its third century. Shipps experienced culture shock when she moved to Logan with her husband in the 1950s, finding it odd that her new neighbors were so quick to tell them they were gentiles, and strange that grocery store workers were stumped when she asked for coffee. Ships said that Church members use 'signifiers,' outward expressions of their belief like abstinence from coffee or wearing CTR rings to indicate their belief. These signifiers separate church members from the rest of the world. Shipps says that as the world changes, it becomes necessary to make sure that the signifiers give the proper message or signals.

New Tools Available for Family History Month
In recognition of the fact that researching one's ancestry has become one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world, Congress has proclaimed October to be Family History Month. To aid family history enthusiasts whether they're new to the hobby or experienced, The Studio has produced a library of genealogy training videos.

New Products: Children's Books
LDS Publishers have several new children's books this season, including a couple that try to meet the demand for scripture stories written for the very young. Cedar Fort's "Jr. Book of Mormon" and Deseret Book's "My First Old Testament Stories" both are illustrated stories drawn from the scriptures and written for children aged 2 and up.

HBO Film Looks at Gary Gilmore
HBO premiered its new film "Shot in the Heart" Sunday night, exploring the background and life of Gary Gilmore, the first person executed after the death penalty was reinstated in the 1970s. The film is based on the book of the same name by Gary's brother, Mikal Gilmore, and makes clear several Mormon connections. Gilmore's mother, Bessie, is called a 'devout Mormon,' his victims were Mormon, and his crimes and later death occurred in Utah. Gilmore's life and death are also the subject of the better-known Norman Mailer book and film, "The Executioner's Song." Tribune reviewer Houston says the film "doesn't romanticize Gary, but it does credit him with recognizing that he was better off without the world and the world was better off without him."

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