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Aren’t You Too Young to Be Doing Genealogy?

News Story — 21 May 2008

Family history research, or genealogy, has traditionally been a hobby pursued mostly by middle-age adults and seniors. Formal college courses and advances in technology are now attracting teenagers and young adults to the pastime.

100th Mormon Congregation Created in Taiwan

News Story — 21 May 2008

The Pacific island of Taiwan now has 100 congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Last month Mormon officials organized the new Mingchien Branch (small congregation) by dividing the larger Nantou Ward (large congregation).

Missionaries Help Neighbors Save Homes From Fires

News Story — 20 May 2008

Four Mormon missionaries helped save homes in their neighborhood when fires threatened the area last week.

Church Aid Sent to Myanmar

News Story — 19 May 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the United Parcel Service, and Atlanta-based CARE International shipped 142,000 pounds of medical and other supplies to Myanmar yesterday, to aid those affected by a recent cyclone.

Church Responds to California Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Commentary — 16 May 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes that can be an emotional and divisive issue.  However, the Church teaches that between a man and a woman is and that the family is the basic unit of society. Yesterday’s California Supreme Court decision is unfortunate.

How Mormons Deal With Fame

News Story — 15 May 2008

Seventeen-year-old Utah Mormon David Archuleta, one of two finalists in the singing contest  American Idol, is experiencing what many other Latter-day Saint celebrities have faced before him.The Osmonds, golfing great Johnny Miller, singer Gladys Knight, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, snowboarder Torah Bright, author Stephenie Meyer and other high-profile Mormons have all had to deal with questions about their faith and their fame. How do they reconcile the two?

Genealogy Web Site Publishes Civil War Records, Adds Web 2.0 Enhancements

News Story — 15 May 2008

FamilySearch, a genealogy Web site maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced yesterday its agreement with Footnote.com to publish two Civil War-era databases online — the 1860 U.S. Census and the Civil War Pensions Index. The two collections will provide free online access to millions of names of individuals from 1860 to 1865 in the United States.

Newspaper Profiles Latter-day Saint Women

News Story — 13 May 2008

The Salt Lake Tribune recently profiled several women who are leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other female Church members with leading roles in their communities.

Mormons Speak Up to Define Themselves, Their Faith

News Story — 13 May 2008

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tiring of having their religion misunderstood and sometimes confused with other groups, are increasingly speaking up. Cydne Horrocks Watterson, who describes herself as “a Mormon transplant in the Bible Belt,” today shared her experience as a Latter-day Saint living in North Carolina, on WFAE 90.7 FM, the National Public Radio affiliate station in Charlotte.

Scholars Provide Clarity on Polygamy Story

Commentary — 13 May 2008

There’s a hint of clarity in relation to the news about polygamy.  Two observers — both university professors — see a limit to the confusion about “FLDS” and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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