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Posted 08 Dec 2001   For week ended December 7, 2001
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Anthropologists Examine Issues in LDS Culture
At the centennial meeting of the American Anthropological Association last week, for the first time one session of the annual conference examines Mormon culture for the first time. But the session was not for the faint of heart, examining such difficult questions as same-sex attraction, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and the archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon. But session organizer David Knowlton called the session important, saying, "All one has to do is listen to the general conference of the church to hear the confidence, the aplomb, the assurance with which the church presents itself to the world. They occupy and dominate an entire region of the United States in a way no other denomination does and that makes the Mormons somewhat unusual."

Church added to Chilean Census
The LDS Church News reports that "Mormon" will be on the Chilean census for the first time in 2002 (see LDS Church News, December 1, 2001,,1721,240000955,00.html ). Rodolfo Acevedo, director of LDS public affairs in Chile, is quoted in the article as stating: "This has not only given us the opportunity to remain apart from the other traditional registrations of the past, but we will also be able to see exactly how many Chileans claim membership in the Church."

First Presidency Christmas Devotional
Christmas traditions, gifts, and the testimony of Jesus Christ were emphasized by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in an annual Christmas devotional held tonight in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. In addition to messages delivered by each member of the presidency, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square provided several Christmas numbers.

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