Odds and Ends: Marie Osmond, missionaries and food

Published: Monday, Jan. 30 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

Marie Osmond, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is making headlines again.

The New York Observer is reporting that the Hallmark Channel is talking with the 52-year-old Osmond about a new daily show that would possibly replace the Martha Stewart show.

Fox News quoted a Hallmark spokeswoman as saying, "While we're still in discussion with Marie, we're extremely excited about the prospect of Marie Osmond joining the Hallmark family. We think she's perfect for our brand and we'll share more news when we have a deal."

While Osmond works on her new deal, LDS missionaries are working hard in England and Africa. The Yorkshire Evening Post recently featured a group of missionaries from various places in the world who have come to serve in Leeds. Other missionaries, Elder Saylor Levi Taylor from Wyoming and Samuel Essego of Nigeria, were highlighted for their work in Sierra Leone. Elder Thomas and Elder Moore, who are serving in Muncie, Ind., were recently featured in the Ball State University Daily News. Reporter Kameron McBride also inteviews Mormon students and a Mormon faculty member.

The Church Education System is celebrating 100 years of seminary, and students in Whitehouse, Texas, were featured in the Bullard Banner News. The seminary program gives students an opportunity to read the scriptures and better understand the gospel.

"The scriptures can be compared to a compass, that if followed will guide us through life," said Laura Mikulecky, a student quoted in the Bullard article.

College students in Pennsylvania are also receiving church educational opportunitities. An article in The Daily Pennsylvanian detailed activites by the Latter-day Saints Student Association. LDSSA is a Mormon organization that offers Latter-day Saint university and college students and others social, religious and recreational activities. The newly recognized LDSSA in Pennsylvania is currently made up of 16 undergraduates and hopes to increase its membership and bolster its position within the university and Philadelphia’s religious community.

Mormon cuisine has also been in the news. With Mitt Romney's candidacy for the White House, Americans are curious about all traditions of the LDS Church, according to Julia Moskin of the New York Times.

Moskin recently interviewed members of the church to examine traditional Mormon food and cooking standards.

“People think it’s just casseroles and Jell-O all the time,” Justin Soelberg, a chef at a restaurant in Provo, Utah, told Moskin.

"It takes 13 Mormons to change a light bulb," Sara Wells joked in the article. "One to change the bulb and a dozen to bring the refreshments. I can’t think of a Mormon gathering that doesn’t include food."

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