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President Uchtdorf recalls being a refugee, asks members to reach out

During a recent trip to the city of his birth, President Uchtdorf reflected on the refugee situation in Europe.

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Eric Benson: Deflategate has no place in the courts

The Deflategate controversy should not have clogged up the court system like it did. The NFL itself is in a far better position to handle contract issues with its players and determine appropriate... Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Local soup kitchen sells empty bowls to feed the homeless

Hundreds turned out to buy hand-made pottery as part of an annual public fundraiser for Catholic Community Services, which feeds the poor and homeless downtown at St. Vincent de Paul's Dining Hall. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Fulfilling a mission: Guadalupe School marks 50 years of transforming lives

Next week, Guadalupe School will observe 50 years of transforming lives through education. What began as a modest community center for Latinos on the city's west side has evolved into a nationally... Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Egypt court recommends death for 2 Al-Jazeera employees

An Egyptian court on Saturday recommended the death sentence against six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the... Read more »

May 7, 2016

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In Minnesota, 100s take opportunity to sue over sex abuse

It's been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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London's new Muslim mayor vows to be leader for everyone

Sadiq Khan has a simple, striking message for Londoners: He'll be a mayor for people of all faiths and none. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Finding the divine in Wyoming

In Wyoming, Anthony’s Lord Lurks just beneath the skin of things; Like water in a blade of grass. Like the color blue Hiding in the color green. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Bells on Temple Square concert tickets available May 10

Tickets for the Bells on Temple Square spring concert will be available beginning Tuesday, May 10. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Book review: Author shares 5 parental battle plans for parents in 'Raising Latter-day Stripling Warriors'

In "Raising Latter-day Stripling Warriors," Utah author Debbie Bowen shares her personally tested strategies to beat Satan in his fight against the family. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Somebody's mother

Today we honor mothers — our own and the women around us with mothering hearts, whether or not they have been blessed with children. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Methodist General Conference to discuss LGBT issues — again

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“It’s time,” said the Rev. A. Wendy Witt during Sunday services at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Liberty University board member resigns over Trump endorsement

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Mark DeMoss, a public affairs executive with deep ties in the U.S. evangelical community, has resigned his board seat at Liberty University after clashing with university President Jerry Falwell... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Supporting mothers through conversation: A Q&A with Elizabeth Tenety Galle

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Elizabeth Tenety Galle is a former religion reporter and editor who recently founded a new online venture dedicated to helping mothers learn, grow, share and evolve. Ahead of Mother’s Day,... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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India rejects US religious freedom report

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NEW DELHI — India is rejecting a U.S. panel’s charges that the religious freedom of minorities in the world’s largest democracy is being violated with tacit support from elements... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Magazines feature Donny and Marie Osmond; Vocal Point does the Running Man Challenge

Magazine covers featured LDS entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond. BYU Vocal Point did the Running Man Challenge. LDS leaders shared stories and counsel. Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Reader voices: Lessons from mother to daughter

I visualize my mother teaching when I teach, and I think of her when I become acquainted with those learning about the LDS Church. What would she have said or done? Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: For the unglamorous mother

The days when I am the most worn out, the most exhausted, the most unkept are usually the days when I feel like my little heart has given the very most. Those are the days that I know, even if I... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Mothers, a midwife and boxing lessons: LDS Church leaders share memories about their mothers, wives

In celebration of Mother's Day and wonderful mothers everywhere, here is a small selection of anecdotes, thoughts and tributes to mothers and wives by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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National Day of Prayer speakers decry moral decline

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Long a celebration of evangelical influence in Washington and beyond, speakers at this year’s National Day of Prayer observance decried what they saw as America’s moral decline, in... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Graham daughter: Prayer, not politics

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Author and speaker Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has been named chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Sen. Hatch meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu during Israel trip

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, met Thursday in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after both participated in a ceremony marking Holocaust Memorial Day. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, many worry about violence against religious minorities

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A new report on religious freedom violations around the world noted that violence against Muslims and Jews is on the rise in Europe. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Throwback Thursday: Eli Herring doesn't regret bypassing NFL riches for religious reasons

One year ago this week, Deseret News writer Jeff Call caught readers up with Eli Herring, the former BYU lineman who passed up the potential riches of professional football to stay true to his... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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6 powerful prayer stories for the National Day of Prayer

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Thursday, May 5 is the National Day of Prayer, an opportunity for people of faith to celebrate the strength, healing and peace that prayer brings them. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Tapping into the power of prayer: LDS Church leaders share principles of prayer

In celebration of National Prayer Day on May 5, here is a collection of thoughts and principles shared by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the topic of prayer. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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'Matriarchs of the Messiah' shares stories of women in Jesus Christ's lineage

Jo Ann Skousen’s “Matriarchs of the Messiah” tells the stories of the women in Jesus Christ’s lineage. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Defending the Faith: When Jesus purged the temple at Jerusalem

Significantly, according to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus revered the temple at Jerusalem. He believed that he stood in a special relationship with the God to whom it was dedicated, and he took... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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What's new: 'To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family' by Elder and Sister Holland celebrates motherhood

Although it is small, this tender book titled "To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia T. Holland spotlights the essential importance of... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Catholics, LDS stand together on issues 'good for America,' archbishop says

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, visiting Salt Lake City at the invitation of the LDS Church, said Wednesday the two faiths stand together “on issues that are good... Read more »

May 4, 2016

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LDS general conference, Disneyland and Chelsie Hightower: The most-read stories of April 2016

Live coverage of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made for the most-read stories on DeseretNews.com during the month of April. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Ewan McGregor explores the humanness of Jesus

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Daunting” is one word Ewan McGregor used about stepping into the role of Jesus in the new film “Last Days in the Desert. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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German politicians suggest taxing Muslims to fight radicalization

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In American politics, raising taxes is seen as a sure way to provoke a voter revolt. But in Germany, some politicians see taxing Muslims as a strategy to keep them from becoming radicalized. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Here's why pastors might be missing from their offices

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One faith leader published a list of ways that people in ministry spend their days. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Picturing history: Nauvoo Land and Records Office

The Land and Records Office allows one to find out “who lived where” in Nauvoo, Illinois, during the early to mid-1840s. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Small churches should save for emergencies

You should already be running a monthly and annual budget on the church, so separate the necessities per month and multiply that by a three to six month figure. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Andover Newton to partner with Yale, shutter Mass. campus

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The nation’s oldest graduate school of theology is planning to relocate from Newton, Mass., to New Haven, Conn., where a small remnant of the faculty will teach on the campus of Yale Divinity... Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Report: Religious freedom deteriorating around the world

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Religious freedom remains under “serious and sustained assault” around the globe, according to a new annual report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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LDS leaders announce new teaching manual, teacher council meetings

LDS Church leaders introduced a new monthly program Sunday called teacher council meetings and released a new manual for training teachers throughout the church. The announcement was made via email... Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Priest, protester and poet Daniel Berrigan shaped what it means to be an American Catholic

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Daniel Berrigan, a famous Jesuit priest and anti-war activist, died on April 30 at age 76. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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LDS Church member appointed to US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Sandra Jolley, a member of the LDS Church in Las Vegas, was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: Look before leaping into family history projects

My brother and I had a great idea — we would write a more concise biography on William Gimbert Saunders, our great-great-grandfather on our father's mother's line. But we found there already... Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Award recipient's affiliation draws ire of University of Utah-based organization

Philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay has resigned from the board of directors for the World Congress of Families after her affiliation with the organization brought controversy to an honory degree... Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Putting the family council to work

Some of our best moments as a family come when we take the time to talk as equals. Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Roman police seize thousands of fake Vatican souvenirs

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Police raided a storeroom near St. Peter’s Square and seized a cache of Vatican souvenirs and trinkets including flags, bracelets and key rings bearing Pope Francis’ image. Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Wheaton group blasts college's silence over Hastert confession

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Gay students, supporters and alumni at Wheaton College, a top evangelical Christian school that counts former House Speaker Dennis Hastert among its most famous grads, have told the administration... Read more »

May 2, 2016

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USCIRF calls for government to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has released its 2016 annual report. Read more »

May 2, 2016

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UTubers: LDS violinist Jenny Oaks Baker releases cover of ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’

Jenny Oaks Baker released a violin cover of "Nearer, My God, to Thee" from her new album, "Awakening." Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Many foretold Restoration, Elder Maynes tells young adults

“The Restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days has been foreseen and predicted by prophets throughout history,” said Elder Richard J. Maynes during a... Read more »

May 1, 2016

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Elder Richard J. Maynes speaks to young adults around the world

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Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy speaks at Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults originating from the Tabernacle on Temple Square on May 1 Read more »

May 1, 2016

Greek Orthodox parish in Cottonwood Heights votes to name church for St. Anna

The recently established Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah has a new identity after parishioners voted the past five weeks to name it for a patron saint. Read more »

May 1, 2016

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