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Academic Interest in Mormonism Rises

News Story — 22 February 2008

Mormonism as a subject of scholarly interest was for many years explored by Latter-day Saint researchers and a small number of non-Mormon scholars, but now the field is attracting more academic attention.

Church Continues Steady Growth, National Council of Churches Says

News Story — 21 February 2008

According to the National Council of Churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to grow steadily, with a 1.56 percent increase in its United States membership in the last year. This is contrasted with most other churches, which are not experiencing membership growth or which are declining in numbers.

Mormon Students Counter Drop-out Trend

News Story — 19 February 2008

At a summit this Friday, America’s Promise Alliance will contend that high school drop-out rates are increasing. The group, founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, has gathered data that was announced today at a press conference and will be more deeply discussed on Friday, according to the New York Sun.

The Mormon “Open-Door” Tradition of Hosting Visitors

News Story — 14 February 2008

In his homes in New York, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, Joseph Smith often entertained visitors, those he invited and others passing through town. In fact, he built a hotel in Nauvoo, Illinois, to accommodate the frequent guests who called upon him and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church Offers Condolences Following Passing of Congressman Lantos

News Story — 14 February 2008

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a message of condolence this week, following the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos.

Martin E. Marty: Mormons and Idiosyncrasy "retrospective"

Commentary — 13 February 2008

Religious scholar and historian Martin E. Marty provides a on some of the extreme statements directed at the Church, asking "what went wrong, what goes wrong, when in a United States where so many good things are happening on the inter-religious, racial, ethnic, and gender front, this underground of ‘anti’s so frequently emerges.”

What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?

Commentary — 12 February 2008

“If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14). So inquired the anguished Job. On this one fundamental question hang much of the hopes and fears of mankind. And how one answers it will largely determine not only how one approaches death but also how one lives life. 

President Monson keeps close ties to Canada

News Story — 11 February 2008

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embrace President Thomas S. Monson as their new president, Canadian Mormons claim especially close ties to him.

Ruth Wright Faust Passes Away; Her Life Remembered

News Story — 10 February 2008

Ruth Wright Faust, widow of President James E. Faust recently of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passed away Sunday morning, February 10, 2008, in her apartment in Salt Lake City surrounded by members of her family. She was 86 and the cause of death was incident to age.

Church Will Work To Increase Understanding, Apostles Say

News Story — 8 February 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will increase its efforts to ensure that the public better understands its beliefs and the values it represents, two apostles of the Church said today.

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