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Norweigan Ships Will Take SeaTrek Foundation to Court over Debts
The non-profit foundation that runs one of the Norweigan ships used in last summer's Sea Trek 2001 says it plans to take the Sea Trek Foundation to court over unpaid bills. The foundation behind one of the three ships, represented by its managing director, Per Langhelle, plans to file a complaint in a Norweigan city court in the next few days, seeking payment of the more than $750,000 owed to the ships. Langhelle claims his organization believed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was behind the event, and therefore didn't seek as large an upfront payment as they normally require.

Community of Christ Takes Its Own Road
While the Olympic world will be focusing on Salt Lake City and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members of the former Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took on a new name last year and swapped the "RLDS" moniker for the new "Community of Christ." Shifts at the Independence-based church go deeper than the name change and some say the focus is away from the Book of Mormon and more into the mainstream.

Primary General President to Participate in Children's Sports Discussion
Coleen Menlove, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will participate in a planned discussion of using spots to improve the lives of children in desperate conditions. The discussion, scheduled for February 9th during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, will also include U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

LDS Church Helps Presbyterians Restore Historic Chapel
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of several faiths that have made donations to help restore Salt Lake City's First Presbyterian Church, which was built in the early 1900s. The Presbyterian congregation has raised $2.3 million of the $3 million restoration cost in a campaign that started in 1998.

Anniversary of Mormon Battalion Arrival Commemorated
January 29th the city of San Diego commemorated the 1847 arrival of the Mormon Battalion in San Diego, completing the longest march in modern military history. The Battalion was raised by the U.S. Government in 1846 from among the Mormon pioneers in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to help in the war against Mexico. The Battalion marched 2,000 miles to San Diego, but never saw action in battle.

Missionaries Even Paint Pictures to Help
A picture in the Anchorage Daily News Sunday shows LDS missionaries helping out -- by painting pictures. The Anchorage Center for Families holds an annual 'paint-a-thon' each year, and a group of LDS missionaries showed up at Anchorage's Dimond Center to take a brush to the canvas.

Tallahassee Stake Holds Family History Fair
The Tallahassee Florida Stake held a Family History Fair on Saturday, January 26th in an effort to help amateur genealogist of all skill levels to trace their family trees. Workshops during the day-long event covered a wide range of topics, including African American genealogy, Native American genealogy and Irish genealogy. "We have something that will help everyone from the novice to the expert in family history," said Ernie Bone, who serves with his wife, Jo Ann, as co-directors of the local Church of Jesus Christ family history center. "The idea is to bring the community together and let everyone know what is available and let everyone share what they know, which is what genealogy research is all about."


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