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Posted 19 Nov 2001   For week ended October 26, 2001
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Academic Explains Why Rumors Show Mormons Protected from Harm
Amid false rumors and widely-circulated e-mails, claiming divine intervention among Mormon missionaries and BYU interns, Mary Ellen Robertson delivered a speech at the Sixth Annual Religious Studies Conference at Utah Valley State College in Provo claiming that some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are exhibiting the "Chosen People Syndrome." An expert on violence in Mormon history and scripture, Robertson sees a traditional longing for uniqueness along with an ecclesiastical mandate to be "in the world but not of the world," which leads to the syndrome.

New Family History Workbook and Research Guides Simplify Process
The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today the release of two new research products that will help family history enthusiasts succeed in their quest to learn about their ancestors. A new introductory workbook, How Do I Start My Family History?, and a new line of research guides, Finding Records of Your Ancestors, feature easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, colorful graphics and tear-out worksheets.

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