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5 Fascinating Stories About Presidents and Prophets

Presidents and Prophets

Today, the United States honors the founding fathers of the country and all US presidents. But did you know that many US Presidents have interesting encounters with LDS prophets? Here are five stories that few people know about. Martin Van Buren and Joseph Smith After much persecution in Missouri, the Prophet Joseph Smith traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with …

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BYU Football Coach Offers Tongan Teen Who Barely Plays Football a Scholarship After Meeting for 15 Minutes

BYU Football Tongan Teen

The biggest surprise of college football’s National Signing Day is Motekiai Langi, a 6’7″, 410-pound teenager from Tonga with so little football experience that people thought he was a hoax. BYU gave Langi a scholarship, despite the fact that head coach Bronco Mendenhall met him for a grand total of 15 minutes and, as Deadspin notes, his entire recruiting evaluation was …

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Mormons vs. Romans: Insights from Rome on New Mormon Temple

Rome LDS Temple

Originally reported by Barbie Latza Nadeau for The Daily Beast: ROME, Italy — On the outskirts of Rome along the ancient Catholic pilgrim route known as the Via Francigena and not far from a giant shopping center featuring a massive IKEA and the French do-it-yourself Mecca called Leroy Merlin, cranes are hoisting giant spires onto the top of a Baroque-revival-style …

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Mitt Romney Decides Not to Run in 2016 Presidential Election

Mitt Romney Won't Run in 2016

Mitt Romney said Friday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, shared his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers. In a second call to a larger group of supporters, Mr. Romney said, “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided …

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#Fairness4All: 5 Tips to Better Understand Religious Freedom

#Fairness4All LDS News

Religious freedom is a hot topic, both within the Church and without. Nothing makes this more clear than the Church’s recent news conference calling for laws to protect religious freedoms that were described as “eroding.” But what does religious freedom mean for you? And how can you support the idea of fairness for all? We have five tips to help you …

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Members in Alaska Attend Church by Phone

Modern conveniences like cellphones and the Internet increasingly make living in rural Alaska less rural and decidedly more intriguing. With small villages scattered across the largest state connected by frozen roads and air travel, Alaskans are innovative in many ways. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are no exception, with the formation in recent years of the …

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2 LDS Temple Dates Announced

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the open house, cultural celebration and dedication dates for the Trujillo Peru and Indianapolis Indiana Temples. Trujillo Peru TempleA free public open house for the Trujillo Peru Temple will begin on Friday, May 8, and go through Saturday, May 30, 2015, and run every day except …

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Mormon Podcaster John Dehlin Facing Excommunication

John Dehlin

UPDATE: Dehlin has provided a press release. Ordain Women has also released a statement supporting Dehlin. – Reported by Laurie Goodstein for the New York Times. Photo Courtesy of Richard Perry of the New York Times.   The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for critical or doubting Mormons, charging him with …

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