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Odds and Ends: LDS Church members engaged in good works

Published: Monday, Oct. 31 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

Terry Tempest Williams, a fourth-generation LDS member, was awarded the 18th Community of Christ International Peace Award.

Blue Springs Examiner

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Imagine your mother is on her deathbed when she announces, “I am leaving you all my journals … but you must promise … that you will not look at them until after I am gone.”

“My mother left me her journals, and all her journals were blank,” Terry Tempest Williams said while accepting the 18th Community of Christ International Peace Award. “We all begin with an empty page. Perhaps our most profound voice is found inside.”

Williams, an author, native of Utah and fourth-generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was honored with the award on Oct. 21 in Independence, Mo. An article was written about the event in the Blue Springs Examiner.

Williams is an environmental activist, naturalist and educator. A $20,000 grant associated with the award will go to the environmental humanities graduate program at the University of Utah, where Williams serves as the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities.

Members of the LDS Church were recently featured in The Daily Reveille, a student publication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. These members wanted to address confusing and inaccurate reports, as well as common stereotypes surrounding the church.

Bryan Saxon, a vocal performance senior who serves as elders quorum president in his single adult LDS ward, talked about Sabbath Day observance.

"We use the time to meditate and be with our families and to focus on God," he said in the article. "I try not to do homework on Sundays. It can be inconvenient because I may have something big due on Monday, but I keep Sunday to focus on reading scriptures."

Elder Benjamin Brockbank, a full-time missionary from Salt Lake City, decided to serve after several family members served missions.

"Our doctrine is truth from God," Brockbank told the student newspaper. "We invite everyone to experiment upon it and ask the Father in Heaven if it's true, and if it is, they will receive a witness."

Another member in New York, Juan Luis Peguero, was recently called to be the Young Men's president in his Brooklyn ward. Peguero was the subject of an article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

“I love this program,” Peguero said in the article. “I strongly believe that this program will help our youth to grow socially, academically and spiritually.”

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