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Posted 27 Apr 2002   For week ended February 8, 2002
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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.

President Hinckley in Olympic Torch Handoff
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has confirmed that LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley will "hand-off" but not carry the Olympic Torch this week as it makes its way to the Olympic Caldron at the University of Utah's Rice Stadium. The 91-year-old Hinckley disclosed the plan himself in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack.

University Newspaper Discovers Sister Missionaries
Sister Donahoo and Sister Kuhn, currently serving in Kingston, Canada, find serving in a university town is a great opportunity to speak with others about their beliefs and the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "It's quite intimidating. We're the same age, but we're doing completely different things. It's very intimidating to go up to someone's door and just say `hey!'" said Sister Kuhn. Donahoo, from Idaho and Kuhn, from Utah, aren't pushy, and while many people are not interested, the door is generally not slammed in their faces. "We've been doing a lot of work down around Queen's," said Donahoo, "and we've done a lot of work with students, and we find that people are generally open-minded and willing to talk about things, you know, [even if] they're not interested [in converting]."


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