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Beloved Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, Dies at 97

News Story — 27 January 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97.

Mormon Missions Have Lifelong Impact

News Story — 25 January 2008

Instantly recognizable and seemingly ubiquitous, Mormon missionaries are hard to miss. In their neat business attire with name tags and enthusiastic smiles, they are seen in neighborhoods around the world.

Reverence for the Bible

Commentary — 25 January 2008

During the past several years, scholars, religious leaders, journalists and the general public have steadily shown an increased interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Much of this attention has been focused on the question of whether it is a Christian faith. Central to this inquiry is the Church’s relationship with the Bible. Many have wondered whether Latter-day Saints believe in the Bible at all. Still others have supposed that the Church uses the Bible only when convenient, while shrugging it off as an inessential part of scriptural canon. With so many conflicting voices participating in this discussion, it may seem difficult to know where the Church stands on this issue.

Media Lessons From Slovenia

News Story — 22 January 2008

Twenty-year-old Reggie Cavalier nervously adjusts his tie as he prepares to be interviewed for the Slovenian television network Pop TV. Cavalier, from Pennsylvania, is in the middle of a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His interview for the news program 24 Hours aired nationally last week.

Utah Membership

News Story — 17 January 2008

The net growth in Utah among members of the Church is growing steadily, approaching 1.8 million or 72 percent of the population according to end-of-year 2006 statistics.

Official Numbers Attract Media Interest

News Story — 16 January 2008

New official membership numbers will surge past 13 million for the first time when they are announced at the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April. The numbers reflect steady growth for the Church both nationally and internationally. According to recent trends, the Church is growing by about a million people every three years worldwide.

Looking Beyond Statistics: The Souls Behind the Numbers

Commentary — 16 January 2008

In an age when so many aspects of life are measured by statistical formulas and metrics, the incalculable value of the human dimension — devotion, dedication, compassion — is often overlooked and underappreciated. How does this relate to statistics gathered by churches? It is impossible to fully measure the faith and commitment of any person of faith by statistics. Likewise, a complex set of beliefs can never translate into a number. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes its statistics seriously but does not treat them as an end in themselves. Rather, keeping a record of Church members is a spiritual injunction enshrined in scripture, the main purpose of which is to make sure that they are “remembered and nourished by the good word of God” ( ). Thus, the main purpose of statistics is to help the Church help its members.

Church Aid Program Saves Over 400,000 Lives

News Story — 10 January 2008

One of the central pillars of the humanitarian aid program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — training medical staff and birth attendants how to resuscitate oxygen-deprived babies at birth — has saved the lives of more than 400,000 infants in developing countries.

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