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The Economist Looks at Mormonism
Drawing heavily on Professor Rodney Stark's prediction that the LDS Church would grow to some 50 million members by 2040, the highly-respected international business magazine The Economist wonders how the world will react to 'the next world religion.'
First Presidency Passes Olympic Torch
As expected, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley handled the Olympic Torch, passing it on to fellow members of the First Presidency as part of the torch relay. But none of the First Presidency actually carried the torch, leaving that to Elders Robert D. Hales and Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve.
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Local News
Maryland Stake Adds Spanish Speaking Branch
Mercedes Yarn, and 30 other Spanish speaking members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be able to worship in their native language as the Church adds a Spanish speaking branch to the Columbia, Catonsville, Laurel, Hampstead and Eldersburg wards in Maryland. Over 1,300 members meet in the 1976 brick church on Johns Lane and U.S. 29.
BYU Enrollment Doesn't Require Church Attendance
Despite common perception, BYU does not require that students attend Church each Sunday in order to get its "continuing ecclesiastical endorsement," which is required to enroll each year.
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National Law Firm Takes On Utah Census Lawsuit
The national law firm Sidley Austin Brown &Wood LLP has agreed to represent the state of Utah in its lawsuit seeking a fourth U.S. Congressional seat before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the case, to be heard March 27th, Utah argues that the U.S. Census Bureau illegally increased the population counts it made when enumerators were unable to contact residents in a process the Bureau calls "imputation."
Salt Lake City to Shelter the Homeless during Olympics
The Los Angeles Times reports that Salt Lake City is experiencing an increase in homeless persons due to the coming Olympics, in part because some motel owners are forcing out weekly and monthly renters to get higher room rates from event attendees. The city has planned for such an increase by adding a 450-bed emergency shelter and providing increased meal services.
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Web Site Created to Help Olympic Media
The Latter-day Saint Frequently Asked Questions ( ) Web site, sponsored by BYU Studies, provides answers for some common and not-so-common questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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How Barton-upon-Humber England Got Missionary Murderer
An article in The Times of London last week gives an account of how Robert Elmer Kleasen, once convicted and newly accused of the 1974 murder of two LDS missionaries, was able to not only enter the United Kingdom, but there amass a large weapons cache under the noses of local police. Kleasen is currently facing an extradition request from Travis County, Texas, which wants to try him again in the 1974 murders. The extradition hearing is now scheduled for later this month.
Episcopal Priest Finds Book of Mormon in Trade Center Wreckage
An Episcopal priest, one of hundreds of ministers who volunteer as chaplains at ground zero in lower Manhattan, has collected dozens of bibles and other sacred books, including a copy of the Book of Mormon, from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
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Arts & Entertainment
2002 Not the First Time Mormons Have Played Host to An International Race for Gold
A new documentary film by History Channel veteran Scott Tiffany reveals the historic saga of an overlooked sea trek. Forgotten Voyage relates the exodus of a clan of Mormon families who fled persecution in 1846 on an unprecedented sea journey-six months crammed into a ship with just two square feet of space per person. Aboard the ship Brooklyn, they became the first civilian families to sail the nearly 20,000-mile journey from New York to California, rounding the treacherous tip of South America at Cape Horn. These Mormons survived horrific storms, buried loved ones at sea, and-accidentally-settled San Francisco for America.
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The Church Flag Internet Store Increases Business
Exciting News! Now there are more beautiful and historical LDS souvenir items available at The Church Flag. Since starting his LDS online business, back in April of 2001, John T. Wardle, owner of The Church Flag, has seen his flags sold to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all over the world. "Members of the church have enjoyed our distinctive product, but we're not simply selling flags any longer. We've added new merchandise with the beautiful Church Flag design on them. Items like our quality made Cloisonne Church Flag Lapel Pins and dazzling Church Flag Sterling Silver Rings," states Mr. Wardle.
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