Odds & Ends: Coverage of the LDS Church from Korea to Harlem

Published: Monday, Nov. 21 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

The Uptowner, an online newspaper that covers Harlem, Hamilton Heights, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood in New York, recently featured an article about the LDS ward based in Harlem.

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Articles featuring Mormons aren't limited to announcements about missionaries and eagle Scouts. Some news stories feature wards, stakes or students at LDS Institutes of Religion. Others interview full-time missionaries in places as far away as Korea.

“We’re one of the most diverse wards in Manhattan because of the local people born and bred in Harlem,” Bishop Jay Salmon of the Harlem First Ward told The Uptowner in New York about the Mormon faith. “Other congregations are full of interns or students, where our ward is much more local.”

The Harlem ward has settled nicely into a new location and is under the direction of a the bishop. The article notes that they want to keep close ties with the neighborhood and are working to be open to community. However, some tourists have come by for church and didn't quiet get the famous Harlem gospel choir they were expecting.

On the other side of the world, The Korea Herald interviewed two sets of missionaries to explore what serving a mission entails and why the missionaries serve.

“I’ve gotten so much happiness from the message, from the gospel of Jesus Christ I wanted to share that,” said Sister Brooke Ellis, who is from Indiana. “To me that’s everything, all my happiness.”

Back in the states, reporter Audrey White hit the Institute of Religion on campus for a feature in the University of Texas at Austin student paper, The Daily Texan. She weighed in on student's views on Mormon politics and ad campaigns.

"Both the Romney presidential run and the 'I Am a Mormon' campaign are giving LDS Church members the chance to share their faith," White wrote of what her fellow students had told her.

In Chicago, the city's very first stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was planning a 75th anniversary celebration on Nov. 19.

The stake was formed by President Heber J. Grant on Nov. 29, 1936. The area that started as a 2,000-member stake now houses 11 stakes with 35,000 people.

“It was kind of a big deal,” church member and local resident Jim Holbrook told TribLocal.com (part of the Chicago Tribune). “This was the first move back, if you will, of the church into Illinois.”

Reporter Brian Cox covered the event on Nov. 19, providing and updated feature on festivities that included music, refreshments and a keynote speaker. Members were able to add their photos to an interactive timeline of the history of the stake.

Email: hbowler@desnews.com

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