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Mormon Youth Put Careers and Education on Hold to Serve as Missionaries

News Story — 30 April 2008

Geghetsik Avetisyan had never tasted a root beer float, flown on an airplane, eaten pork or even seen a dishwasher before leaving her homeland in Yerevan, Armenia, to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In fact, she had never been outside her own city except for a brief trip to Russia. Now she is getting a crash course in American culture at her assignment in Chicago, Illinois.

The Osmonds to Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Pioneer Day Concert

News Story — 29 April 2008

The entire Osmond family, including the Osmond Brothers, Donny, Marie and Jimmy, will be featured as guest artists for this year’s Pioneer Day Concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

President Monson Announces Two New Temples in Arizona

News Story — 28 April 2008

Plans to build two new temples in Gila Valley and Gilbert, Arizona, were announced today by Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This will bring the total number of temples to 139 already in operation or in the planning and construction phases.

Church Works With Governments to Strengthen Families

News Story — 25 April 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and government officials in the Philippines are joining together to provide resources to help strengthen families and communities.

Clarifying Polygamy Confusion

Commentary — 24 April 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterates that it has no affiliation whatsoever with any polygamous groups, including the polygamous sect in Eldorado, Texas. The Church discontinued polygamy officially in 1890, but more than a century later some news and Internet reports fail to draw clear distinctions between the Church and practicing polygamous sects.

A Week in the Life of a Mormon Family

News Story — 22 April 2008

It’s early morning, and Hilary and Patience Ekpo are going over the day’s plans. After reading scriptures and praying together, they gather their five children together and go through a similar exercise, this time with the whole family.

Church Embraces Increased Media Attention

News Story — 21 April 2008

Elder M. Russell Ballard, a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told the Brigham Young University Management Society in Washington, D.C., Saturday that the Church has embraced the increased media attention brought about by the recent political campaigns.

Mormons and Baptists Clean Up Houston Neighborhood

News Story — 18 April 2008

Over 200 Mormon teens and youth leaders worked with their Baptist neighbors recently to clean up a downtown neighborhood. After an early morning gathering at the Sunny Side Missionary Baptist Church to get acquainted and receive assignments, volunteers rolled up their sleeves to spend the day beautifying Sunnyside. The area is an older neighborhood south of downtown Houston that has many vacant lots and homes in need of repair.

Church Collaborates on Emma Smith Movie

News Story — 18 April 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collaborated with the Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society on the new movie “Emma Smith: My Story,” which was released in theaters across Utah on 11 April.

Respect for Diversity of Faiths

Commentary — 18 April 2008

A respect for the diverse beliefs and unique contributions of all the world’s faiths is one of the hallmarks of Mormonism. From the earliest days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith elevated the principle of religious liberty and tolerance: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” ( ).

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