Minnesota's first Mormon temple comes to the people
The open house for the Minneapolis Temple
starts Saturday and continue through year-end, giving thousands in
the Minneapolis - St Paul metropolitan area and in the region the
opportunity to see it prior to dedication. Currently the only Temple
between Chicago and Denver, the Temple will serve Church members in
Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, as well as the 22,000
Church members in Minnesota. Dedication is scheduled for January 9th.
| Death sought for Falater
The sentencing hearing for former LDS high councilor
Scott Falater concluded Thursday with prosecutor Juan Martinez calling
on the Judge to give Falater the death penalty. Martinez asked Judge
Ronald Reinstein to imagine what Yarmila Falater must have felt when her
husband of 20 years attacked her.
Columnist asks for Judge to remember Falater's wife (Will silence of the dead be heard?)
After reviewing the testimony in favor of former LDS
High Councilman Scott Falater, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts
wonders who will speak for the wife that he was convicted of murdering.
Many witnesses have testified in Falater's favor, including both his
children and his mother-in-law.
LDS 'Sleepwalking' killer makes plea for life
Former LDS high councilor Scott Falater plead on
Monday for a judge to spare his life. "Please give us the chance to
rebuild what we can, to rebuild our relationship as much as we can,"
said Falater, in tears, to Judge Ronald Reinstein. Falater was
testifying at his sentencing hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court.
| Raleigh NC Temple Dedicated
President Gordon B. Hinckley laid the
cornerstone to the Raleigh North Carolina Temple as part of the
dedicatory ceremonies held this past weekend. LDS Church member Jeff
Jackson reports on his website that more than 600 people were
present for the cornerstone laying ceremony. Elders M. Russell Ballard
and Loren C. Dunn also participated in the ceremonies.
LDS 'Straight Edger' Gets 5 to Life (Straight Edgers Sentenced)
Straight Edge gang member and Mormon Colin
Reesor, 18, was sentenced to 5 years to life in prison for the murder
of 14-year-old Latino Bernardo Repreza during a street brawl on
October 31, 1998. Co-defendant Andrew Moench, 19, was given a 6 to 15
year sentence for his part in the fight and ensuing attack on
Repreza.The trial of a final defendant, the fourth, begins on Tuesday.
| 2 Accused of Giving Missionaries Marijuana Cookies Convicted
The bizarre case of two men accused of giving
two LDS missionaries cookies laced with marijuana ended Friday with
their convictions. Alexander McLean, 47, was sentenced to two months in
jail while Douglas James Lynch, 40, was fined $450. McLean's sentence
was suspended for 12 months, and he says that he will appeal.
Defense Claims Cannabis Poisoning Just a Joke
The lawyer for two men accused of poisoning two
LDS missionaries with cookies laced with cannabis (marijuana) told the
court that the prosecution couldn't prove that the cookies had marijuana
in them, and even if they did, giving them to the missionaries was an
Cannabis cookies served to Mormon Missionaries
The details of a cruel joke played on two LDS
missionaries in Melbourne were explained to a Melbourne court Tuesday.
The unsuspecting missionaries were invited in to the home of Douglas
Lynch, 40, and Alexander McLean, 46, on May 19th and offered cookies
laced with cannabis, the plant that makes up marijuana. Both
missionaries became ill and ended up in the hospital.
UAW accused of fostering prejudice against Mormons
A labor dispute at Wabash National Corp. has
escalated into accusations of religious discrimination at the
semi-trailer manufacturer. Management at the company claims that the
union harassed members of the Mormon faith within the plant and tried to
convince workers there was a "Mormon conspiracy" there.
Gang Shooting Claims LDS Youth Preparing for Mission
LDS youth Omar Antoine, 19, who was preparing
to serve a mission, was killed about 6 p.m. Wednesday evening when one
gang shot at the car Antoine was in. Police believe the shooting was in
retaliation for a shooting the day before that left a gang member
| Contractors Still Removing LDS Conference Center Granite
Neighbors of the LDS Church's granite extraction
project in Little Cottonwood Canyon say that the contractors have not
stopped hauling the stone as promised. Two weeks after the contractors
said that they would stop because of the ski season that began recently,
flatbed trucks are still transporting the granite.
LDS Ward's 'Scam' confused police
Police in Salt Lake City issued a warning
Wednesday that someone was passing-out flyers requesting charitable
donations to the Washington Elementary School. Initally the school
claimed it wasn't involved in any campaign, leading Police to believe
that someonw was trying to run a scam. However, Police later
discovered that the "scam" was run by an LDS Ward.
| Sydney Australia Temple Lights Get Mention
The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Column 8' lists the LDS Temple there as one
place to check out Christmas lights. Like many Temples around the world,
the Sydney Temple has been decorated with thousands of lights to
celebrate the Christmas season.
Brazilian who used LDS Church to Defraud Flees to Brazil (Utahn jumps bail, flees to native Brazil)
A 38-year-old Brazilian immigrant who faced fraud and
money laundering charges for using LDS Church connections to deceive
illegal aliens has jumped bail and fled to Brazil. Manoel F. Silva lied
to an immigration judge and asked to be deported, effectively escaping
the charges because the U.S.'s extradition treaty with Brazil doesn't
allow Brazilians to be extradited to the U.S.
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