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Nauvoo Brass Band played as the Saints mourned Joseph Smith's death

William Pitt's band was a vital part of the culture of Nauvoo.

Organizer hopes Provo 5K will build 'one-on-one' connections with refugees

A 5K run fundraiser, organized by an Alpine couple, will be held Saturday, June 18, at Rock Canyon Park in Provo. Proceeds will go to Utah's three refugee settlement organizations. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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A father's faith: How modern dads impact their children's religious views

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What role do dads play in raising children to embrace the family's religious tradition? Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Obama meets with Dalai Lama despite objections

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The president and spiritual leader discussed how to smooth the relationship between the Dalai Lama and Chinese officials. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Joseph Smith or the sword?

A quotation from an 1838 Missouri affidavit portrays Joseph Smith as a militaristic would-be dictator. Although it's often been used by critics as evidence against his claims, it's out of... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Church, Scout leaders break ground on Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex

Future facility will be a leadership training ground for thousands at West Virginia's sprawling Summit Bechtel Reserve. Read more »

June 15, 2016

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President Monson's 'Scout duty' to be exemplified at future training center

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Church and national Scout leaders break ground for the future site of the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex in southern West Virginia. Read more »

June 15, 2016

Southern Baptists: ‘Discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag’

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The Southern Baptist Convention, born in 1845 in a split over its support for slavery, has passed a resolution calling for Christians to quit using the Confederate flag. Read more »

June 15, 2016

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LDS Church offers to donate $3 million to support Fairpark stadium proposal

Supporters of a planned $17 million stadium at the Utah State Fairpark want Gov. Gary Herbert to call a special session in July to approve $10 million for a proposal that includes a $3 million... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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New initiative takes education to Church members around the world

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A new global initiative in the Church Educational System will bring education to Church members around the world “in the Lord’s way,” announced Elder Kim B. Clark, General... Read more »

June 15, 2016

Picturing history: Webb Blacksmith Shop, Nauvoo, Illinois

Another popular stop for families in Nauvoo, Illinois, is the Webb Blacksmith Shop, where skilled missionaries show visitors various aspects of life for a wainwright. Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker shares about her new album 'Awakening,' rearing a musical family

Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker recently released a new album featuring popular classical pieces, hymns and a new original piece as well as some special performers, including former... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Elder Ballard visits Baltic States and Ukraine

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Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently concluded travels in Eastern Europe. Read more »

June 14, 2016

Joel Hunter on nightclub shooting: ‘I’ve got to go back and examine my own heart’

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In the aftermath of the shooting at an Orlando, Fla., gay club, diverse leaders in the city have reached out to the LGBT community. One surprising photo emerged: evangelical megachurch pastor Joel... Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Southern Baptists invite black Baptist leader to drive home message on race

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Southern Baptists turned a sharp focus on racism during their annual meeting, welcoming the president of a historically black denomination in a rare address to their national gathering. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Tonga's king, queen 'reign' at reopening of PCC's Tongan Village

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The king and queen of Tonga spent June 10-11, at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, to participate in the "grand reopening" of the PCC's recently renovated Tongan Village. Read more »

June 14, 2016

WSU professor urges state leaders not to meet with Dalai Lama

A representative of the Chinese province that has ties to the Utah Legislature is urging state leaders not to meet with the Dalai Lama when he speaks next week at the University of Utah. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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1 in 6 million: LDS newlyweds rely on faith as wife battles rare lung disease

One week after Henry and Mackenzie Unga were married, Mackenzie Unga was diagnosed with a rare lung disease. The couple rely on their faith and each other as she awaits a transplant. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Wright Words: How a smile at Wal-Mart saved my day

A few days ago I woke up with a vision for the day as wide as the Grand Canyon. I had energy, big goals and hope in my heart. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Orlando shooting illustrates how ISIS affects communities around the world

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The terror group uses propaganda videos and social media sites to expand its reach beyond the Middle East. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: The family history 'miracle' found in an 1875 plumbing supply catalog

Norma Denson searched for information about her husband's ancestry for more than 25 years before it popped up in the least likely place imaginable — an 1875 plumbing supply catalog. It's the... Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Why some evangelicals changed their minds about evolution

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Creationist Christian tourists may soon flock to the Ark Encounter, a literal vision of Noah’s story in Genesis come to life in July as a theology-packed tourist attraction in Williamstown, Ky. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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Chicago archbishop decries targeting of gays in Orlando attack

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Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has decried the apparent targeting of gays and lesbians in the Orlando nightclub massacre and called for greater efforts on gun control, the first senior U.S.... Read more »

June 13, 2016

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Christians respond to Orlando massacre

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Christians responded quickly to the shooting rampage at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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LDS woman crowned Miss New Zealand Tourism International

Ariel Pearse, a returned LDS missionary, was crowned Miss New Zealand Tourism International during the 2016 Miss World New Zealand pageant held on June 4. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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UTubers: Alex Boye appears on 'Hour of Power'

LDS singer Alex Boye recently appeared on “Hour of Power,” a Christian worship broadcast hosted by the Rev. Bobby Schuller. Boye discussed his upbringing as the son of a single mother. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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Joseph Smith apparently was not Josephine Lyon's father, Mormon History Association speaker says

A century-old question about whether Josephine Lyon was the child of founding LDS prophet Joseph Smith Jr. from a polygamous marriage to her mother was addressed Saturday on the concluding day of... Read more »

June 13, 2016

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Romneys speak to single LDS adults about life's journeys, lessons learned

Mitt and Ann Romney spoke to hundreds of mid-single LDS adults at a devotional Sunday. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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50 historic photos to commemorate 50 years of the Mormon Miracle Pageant

The Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah, will be performed for the 50th time beginning June 16. The pageant draws between 70,000 and 100,000 visitors each year. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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LDS leaders mourn 'shocking' Orlando terror attack, pray for victims, law enforcement

The LDS Church released a statement Sunday afternoon mourning the terror attack in Orlando, which is being reported as the deadliest shooting attack in American history with 50 dead and 53 wounded. Read more »

June 12, 2016

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Photos: Utah's Muslims celebrate Ramadan — and invite the community

Muslims all over the world observe the annual fast during the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Read more »

June 11, 2016

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Mormon History Association betstows awards at annual conference

Former LDS general Relief Society leader Aileen H. Clyde and author D. Michael Quinn have won the highest awards presented this year by the Mormon History Association. Read more »

June 11, 2016

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New York Times reporter quit Twitter because of its inability to stop anti-Semitic abuse

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Some anti-Semitic trolls picked the wrong person to antagonize in New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman, who publicly blasted Twitter after the comments deriding his Jewish heritage were ignored. Read more »

June 11, 2016

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'Papal Ninja' puts his Catholic faith and athletic abilities on display for primetime audience

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Sean Bryan, a former college gymnast and active Catholic, is competing on this season of "American Ninja Warrior." Read more »

June 11, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Steady, reliable Old Faithful

Old Faithful has become the best-known geyser in the world because it is, in a word, faithful. Read more »

June 11, 2016

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Stanford football player reflects on how his Mormon mission helped rather than hurt his career

Upon returning from two years of missionary service in Chile, Stanford football player Dallas Lloyd began to wonder if his mission had served as a setback for his football career. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Do Mormons practice intercession for deceased loved ones? Anthropologist suggests they sometimes do

Though it’s not a formal doctrine within their church, Latter-day Saints in practice sometimes engage in what other faith groups might call “intercession” on behalf of deceased... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Family History Library block party June 11

The second annual Family History Block Party will be Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on West Temple Street from North Temple to South Temple, according to a news release. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: Similarities in Hebrew and Hindu 'high places'

Hindu practices, if examined with care, can shed interesting light on long-dead practices described in the Hebrew Bible. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Area churches prepare for season of vacation Bible school

It's part fun and games and part instruction, but the underlying goal of vacation Bible schools in Utah, is sharing the story of Jesus. This summer's offerings range the gamut of waterslides,... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Conservative Christian women confront their doubts on Trump

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The prospect of choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for president is driving Veronica Mahaffy straight to prayer. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Tabernacle Choir posts picture of Muhammad Ali; Al Fox Carraway welcomes son

Social media posts with a connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members this week included a picture of Muhammad Ali attending a "Music and the Spoken Word"... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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UTubers: Piano prodigy who is blind plays rap song written by James the Mormon

An 18-year-old from Hawaii plays "Motivation" after only hearing the song twice. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Sen. Orrin Hatch celebrates Muhammad Ali's greatness in funeral speech

God raised up Muhammad Ali to be the greatest boxer of all time but also allowed him to wrestle with Parkinson's disease as an inescapable reminder that everyone is mortal and dependent on grace,... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong: Like Frodo and Sam leaving the Hobbits' Shire, BYU-Hawaii grads face new adventures

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Presidency of the Seventy addressed 250 graduates of BYU-Hawaii during the university's spring commencement exercises held in the Cannon Activities Center on June 9. Read more »

June 10, 2016

Bulgarian church says it won't attend Orthodox synod

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Friday pulled out of a meeting due later this month that is meant to bring together leaders of all the world's Orthodox churches for the first time in more than a... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks at England's University of Oxford on complementary functions of religion and government

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In an address at England's university of Oxford, Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks on the complementary functions of religion and government in a global setting. Read more »

June 10, 2016

Marking the anniversary of the Charleston church shooting with words and action

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The shooting in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, took place on June 17, 2015. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Ali remembered in prayer as an icon who pushed for unity

Thousands of fans, dignitaries and faithful from across the globe filled a Kentucky arena Thursday to honor Muhammad Ali at a traditional Muslim prayer service where he was remembered as a global... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Guam Catholics devastated by accusations, but resilient in their faith

Members of the Catholic church in Guam are reacting with devastation to the accusations that Archbishop Anthony Apuron sexually abused young boys decades ago, but they're saying they're still... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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At Oxford, Elder Oaks says religion's value evident in refugee crisis

Elder Dallin H. Oaks said Mormons donated 25 million hours of labor last year in welfare, humanitarian and other LDS Church-sponsored projects and that the church averages $40 million year in... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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