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Free Access to Censuses Makes Family History Research Easier

News Story — 21 July 2008

FamilySearch announced today that it is joining forces with other major online historical records Web sites — including Ancestry.com and Findmypast.com — to make significant U.S., English and Welsh census record collections more freely available online.

Church Family History Records Lead to Groundbreaking Genetic Research

News Story — 18 July 2008

Utah is leading the world in genetic research because of the Utah Population Data Base (UPDB), a unique combination of state vital statistics, other medical profiles and genealogical records from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why Is a Mormon Excommunicated?

Commentary — 16 July 2008

Periodically the news media gives extensive coverage to a high-profile case of a Mormon being excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While excommunication is rare — and in the LDS tradition is different from what you might expect — by Elder M. Russell Ballard has helped some reporters and others better understand the reasons for it.  We encourage journalists, bloggers and others who write about excommunication, or other Church discipline, to read to better understand why the Church sometimes takes this action.

Mormons Mentor in Many Fields

News Story — 15 July 2008

The faces that sit across from Joseph Kelly are all too familiar.  The heavy eyes, frustrated facial expressions and clenched jaws can only mean one thing — a new semester has started at Brigham Young University, and each student opposite of Kelly is taking Chemistry 105. 

Spanish Speakers Have Greater Access to Records on FamilySearch

News Story — 11 July 2008

FamilySearch’s indexing system is now available in the Spanish language, giving Spanish speakers easier access to an enormous collection of family history resources.  Familysearch, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains the world’s largest repository of genealogical records. 

BYU Ballroom Dancers to Participate in Olympic Cultural Festival in China

News Story — 11 July 2008

The championship Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company recently returned from a three-week performing tour in China, including an invitation to participate in the Olympic Cultural Festival, an international celebration prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Proportion and Perspective on Polygamy Reporting

Commentary — 10 July 2008

On 26 June, a package of information featuring profiles of ordinary Latter-day Saints in Texas. With no other intention but to define themselves, these members provided a tangible depiction of what their faith is all about. They serve as the best distinction between the lifestyles and values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Texas-based polygamous group that has recently attracted media attention.

The Grand Enterprise of Mormonism

Commentary — 8 July 2008

Of all the institutions in the modern world that have learned the art of give and take with the news media, religion has perhaps had the most difficult time adjusting. Religious matters, with all their miraculous narratives and complicated histories, don’t easily lend themselves to neat explanations. The demands and rigors of journalistic objectivity are not always aligned with the subjective nature of religious experience. So it is with Mormonism. 

New Temples Open in Panama and Idaho

News Story — 8 July 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will dedicate new temples in Panama City, Panama, and Twin Falls, Idaho, this summer bringing the number of operating temples worldwide to 128.

Mormons Encouraged to Share Personal Perspectives Online to Explain Their Faith

News Story — 3 July 2008

The July edition of the Ensign, a monthly magazine distributed to English-speaking Church members, features an address given by Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Elder Ballard encourages Church members to participate in the growing online discussion about the Church.

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