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When National and Faith Leaders Meet

Commentary — 29 May 2008

The first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to meet with an American president was Joseph Smith, in 1839. Smith traveled to the nation’s capital to meet with President Martin Van Buren.

New Temple for Phoenix Arizona Announced

News Story — 24 May 2008

President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today that the Church plans to build a new temple in Phoenix, Arizona. This will bring the worldwide total number of temples built or under construction to 140, including five in Arizona.     

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.

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