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BYU Olympian teaches optimism, overcoming trials in TEDxTalk (+video)

Kate Hansen captured the hearts of people throughout the world during the 2014 Olympics.

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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Black Latter-day Saints featured on anniversary of priesthood announcement

Twitter users highlighted black Latter-day Saints on 38th anniversary of the announcement. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Elder Cook visits Asia, witnesses hope rising among the members

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As Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Gerrit W. Gong visited Japan in May, they saw signs of resiliency and hope rising from the 2011 tsunami disaster zone and the Sapporo... Read more »

June 9, 2016

Judge releases FLDS leader from jail pending food stamp fraud trial

An FLDS Church leader accused of helping orchestrate a multimillion dollar food stamp fraud scheme will be released from jail under strict constraints, a federal judge decided Thursday. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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New temple presidents

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The First Presidency has called the following seven new temple presidents and matrons. Read more »

June 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday: BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum returned from Mormon mission just one year ago this week

It has been a full year since Mangum returned from his mission and began to play BYU football. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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How a Brooklyn pool reignited debates over religious accommodation

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A pool in New York City's Williamsburg neighborhood offers nearly eight hours of women-only swimming each week. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Are you looking for a church with perfect leaders?

Church leaders don't claim perfection. Whether anciently or in this modern dispensation, they never have. And it's uncharitable to expect it. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Manti's Mormon Miracle Pageant hits 50-year mark

Manti's annual production of the Mormon Miracle Pageant will celebrate its 50th anniversary this June. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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At House of Lords, Elder Oaks says world is far short of religious liberty for all

Elder Dallin H. Oaks joined a panel discussion on religious freedom in foreign policy at Westminster Palace in London on Wednesday and said, "We demand as a matter of constitutional right a place... Read more »

June 8, 2016

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir announces Pioneer Day concert guest artists

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced Tuesday morning the special guests for its Pioneer Day concert. The King’s Singers, a Grammy Award-winning a cappella vocal ensemble, will join the choir... Read more »

June 8, 2016

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National Cathedral to remove Confederate flag images

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The Washington National Cathedral will replace depictions of the Confederate flag in its stained-glass windows with plain glass. Read more »

June 8, 2016

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A year after the Charleston church shooting, what has changed?

National Edition

A few weeks after a young white gunman killed nine people at a Bible study in a black church here, another young white man walked into a Bible study at another black South Carolina church. Read more »

June 8, 2016

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Picturing history: Scovil Bakery, Nauvoo, Illinois

The restored Scovil Bakery in Nauvoo, Illinois, has a rich history, including a connection to one of the presidents of the LDS Church. Read more »

June 8, 2016

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Mormon History Association convenes this weekend at Snowbird

Mormon history enthusiasts – professional and amateur – of various religious and cultural stripes will converge this weekend at Snowbird Cliff Lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon for the... Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Lawsuit accuses LDS Church of failing to protect Navajo students

Another Navajo man has sued the LDS Church, alleging he was sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct church program that placed children with foster families in Utah in the late 1970s and... Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Minnesota churches wish Muslim neighbors a 'blessed Ramadan'

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The sign in front of the building reads “Blessed Ramadan.” But the building isn’t a mosque or Islamic center — it’s Pilgrim Congregational Church, a United Church of... Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Southern Baptists decline as Assemblies of God grow

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The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the country, but it continues to lose members and baptize fewer people each year. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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New Mormon Channel videos feature children explaining Bible stories in their own words

The Mormon Channel released a series of videos featuring children explaining Bible stories in their own words. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Elder Ballard sees potential for Church growth in Russia

LDS Church News

Reflecting his impressions after just a few days in Russia, Elder Ballard said, "I see significant potential for growth in the Church in Russia. There is deep spirituality among the citizens of... Read more »

June 7, 2016

'Elvis of Asia,' Sean Reyes' father, hopes to promote the love of the Savior through benefit concert

Norberto "Buddy" Reyes will perform in West Valley City on June 9, singing Elvis songs and raising money and awareness for the Glowing Hearts Society to help the poor. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: What I learned from Alex Haley

In November 1976, I had the privilege of interviewing Alex Haley, the African-American author whose watershed book and subsequent television miniseries titled "Roots" gave family history an... Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Kourtney Kardashian posts Instagram picture of BYU student's 'Little Mermaid' costume

This weekend, Kourtney Kardashian's Instagram account featured a picture of a Brigham Young University student dressed in a “Little Mermaid” costume. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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600 teens attend Mormon prom in Maryland (+video)

On June 3, 600 youth from eight northern Virginia stakes participated in a Mormon prom. Hope Knudson and Karly Brown Productions filmed a video of the event. Read more »

June 6, 2016

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Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend, Muslim pathbreaker, dead at 74

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When boxing star Cassius Clay declared himself a member of the controversial Nation of Islam back in 1964 and demanded to be called by his new name, Muhammad Ali, he shocked the world of sports and... Read more »

June 6, 2016

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Polygamous towns oppose bid to disband police department

Two polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line are vigorously opposing a bid to disband their shared police department as a way to remedy religious-based discrimination against nonbelievers, saying... Read more »

June 6, 2016

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Muslim refugees prepare to observe Ramadan away from home

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The holy month of Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims around the world, will begin Monday. Read more »

June 6, 2016

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Returned LDS missionary to compete in Miss World New Zealand pageant

Ariel Pearse, a recently returned missionary, will compete June 4 in the Miss World New Zealand pageant. Read more »

June 5, 2016

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Elder Oaks makes surprise visit during Sister Oaks' keynote address at SVU

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles surprised attendees of the Southern Virginia University Education Conference on Friday morning as he joined his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks,... Read more »

June 5, 2016

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US Muslims draw inspiration from Ali's fight for his faith

Even in his final months, Muhammad Ali was speaking out on behalf of Islam, the religion he so famously embraced in the 1960s by changing his name and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. Read more »

June 5, 2016

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Book review: History, treasure mysteries and LDS missions meet in 'The Land of Look Behind'

Looking for a novel rife with adventure involving intrigue, history, returned missionaries, magic and treasure? Look no further than "The Land of Look Behind," by Latter-day Saint author Aaron... Read more »

June 5, 2016

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The promise of social media for religious communities

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Social media sites are a challenging new frontier for faith communities. It's hard to become as popular as Pope Francis. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Book review: 'Puzzle Pieces' neatly brings a lot of story together

Presley DeGraff is hiding from a painful past when she comes to Haggerty, Georgia. She finds a town full of kind people who have their own secrets, and a puzzle that comes together after a body is... Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Leadership at its best

Many of the best leaders are homegrown, and their greatest influence may be on those at the dinner table or down the street. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Why a Utah fan held up a BYU shirt at the top of Mount Everest

Bart Williams, an avid University of Utah fan, carried a BYU shirt up to the top of Everest to thank his friend Paul Shoemaker for watching his business while he was gone. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Feeling a kinship with the Bible's 'bad dads'

On and on the Bible goes, offering story after story about fathers with shortcomings and failings. It’s comforting, really. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Luke Staley, the Angel Moroni and 'incredible' church members in Europe: The most-read stories of May 2016

A profile on former BYU running back Luke Staley was the most-read story on DeseretNews.com during the month of May. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Growing concern for German churches: Muslim refugees harassing Christians

National Edition

Germany’s refugee crisis is challenging the country’s main religious groups as they try to balance a welcoming attitude to the mostly Muslim migrants and concern for the welfare of the... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Sheri Dew's remarks at BYU-Idaho devotional are most-viewed on school's Facebook page

Sheri Dew's advice for those who wonder if it’s OK to ask questions recently made an impact on social media. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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The Dalai Lama thinks Europeans can do something better than offer refugees a new life

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The Buddhist leader said Tuesday that there are too many refugees in Europe and urged leaders to focus on solving the crises in their homelands. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Newly restored Joseph Knight Sr. ancestral home open in New York

The newly restored Joseph Knight Sr. ancestral home in Nineveh, New York, is open for visitors seeking to learn more about LDS Church history. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Church updates Russian and Icelandic scriptures

LDS Church News

The First Presidency has announced updated editions of the triple combination of the scriptures in Russian at... Read more »

June 3, 2016

Terrorism didn't diminish Sister Fanny Clain's faith on Mormon missionary's long and winding road to Kirtland

The lengthy, painful wait is over. After suffering through delays that include hearing loss, burns and shrapnel wounds, a 20-year-old Frenchwoman left the MTC this week and finally arrived where... Read more »

June 2, 2016

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