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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.

Clear, Contextual Conversation Begets More of the Same “Church Seeks to Address Public Confusion Over Texas Polygamy Group.”

Commentary — 3 July 2008

Last week this Web site posted a package of videos and stories titled Several news articles and blog posts have reacted to these resources, the majority of which have acknowledged that there is still considerable misunderstanding about the two churches.

California and Same-Sex Marriage

Commentary — 30 June 2008

The following letter was sent from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Church leaders in California to be read to all congregations on 29 June 2008.

Protecting the Church’s Identity

Commentary — 26 June 2008

In an effort to reduce misunderstanding among the public and occasional misreporting among the media over the question of polygamy and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Newsroom” today is doing something a little different.

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