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President Hinckley not eligible for Time's Most Influential Person

The flood of e-mails circulated on LDS Internet discussion lists, newsgroups, websites and between Church members urging votes for LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley as Time magazine's Most Influential Person of the Century amy be an unfortunate waste of time. Time magazine officials say that President Hinckley does not qualify for the honor.
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Mormon-Owned Station Edits NBC Show

LDS Church-owned TV station KSL, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, is editing-out offensive words from the new drama, "Law &Order: Special Victims Unit." The station sought to avoid editing the progbam by assing NBC to allow it to flip-flop the program with a later progqm -- "Dateline" -- but NBC refused.

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Christian group calls Mormons cult church

It seems that the power of Satan is always unleashed after a great, spiritual manifestation. It will most certainly follow the dedication of the Billings, Montana temple, for on October 23 a four-day seminar on cults (including prominently the LDS Church) will take place in a local church.

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Mormons take 'family values' to polls

Through programs like Family Home Evening the LDS Church has long tried to support families. Recently, says Bee reporter Jan Ferris, that support has shifted to the political arena as the Church has sought to defend 'traditional' families through support for legislation against same-sex marriages in Alaska, Hawaii, and now California.

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LDS Church declines to join gun effort (Group Takes Aim at Guns)

In the first step of getting an issue on the November 2000 ballot, a group of Utah educators and religious leaders are passing a petition that would prohibit guns in Utah's schools and churches. The first officially required signatures were collected from the group consisting of the Utah Education Association, the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Episcopal Diocese, the Roman Catholic Diocese, Utah State Board of Regents, Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Relief Society looks beyond leisures

The LDS Church's General Relief Society Presidency last week announced changes in the church's monthly homemaking meeting The changes reflect the church's desire to strengthen the spirituality and practical skills of 4.8 million women - both married and single - who belong to what is believed to be the world's largest organization for women.

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After 132 years, General Conference is leaving the Tabernacle

This weekend's conference will be the last to be held in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square. Next April, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will move its semiannual conferences to the new Conference Center, a newly built 21,000-seat hall just north of Temple Square.

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Maxwells Honored by Mental-Health Panel

Thc Association of Mormon Counselors &Psychotherapists (AMCAP) has awarded Elder Neal A. Maxwell and his wife Colleen it's Distinguished Service to Humanity Award. The award was presented at a banquet held in the Joseph Smith Memorial building in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

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Not the place for a temple? Smith's gives icon the boot

In Utah, a discussion is brewing about the governmental and commercial use of the image of the Salt Lake Temple as an icon to represent the state. Aside from the image of Delicate Arch that is seen on license plates, no other image speaks so clearly about Utah. As far as tourism goes, it is, after all, the most visited attraction in the state. An estimated 5 million people visit Temple Square every year, easily twice as many as visit Lake Powell or Zion National Park.

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Hatch has topped $1 million

Although Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah has not reached his goal of persuading 1 million people to each give $36 to his presidential campaign, he has raised $1.3 million. But that leaves him $54.7 million behind present GOP front-runner George W. Bush, according to recently released estimates.

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Wanted: your family tales for web market

Interlink, a privately held, family run business in Brisbane, Australia, said it has launched "," a free site giving users the chance to publish their personal stories, journals and anecdotes on the Internet. It is the first of its websites designed to capitalize on the burgeoning market for online family history.

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Building evidence of growth in religion

A new low-slung, white-steepled brick meetinghouse is being built on 4 acres of land in the eastern outskirts of Seaward, Nebraska. This beautiful new chapel will accommodate 400 to 450 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the latest Mormon site to be built in Nebraska, with dedication to follow in the next 30 to 60 days.

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