Emerging from a generation engulfed in podcasts and Blu-ray movies, BYU students continue to prioritize time to experience the traditional arts but some wonder what can be done to increase the arts’ appeal. Each year, BYU provides students and the local community with hundreds of artistic events from traditional folk dances to tragic operas to [...]

Audiences are frequently amazed to hear what sounds like the Tabernacle organ accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during performances on its concert tour, which began June 18 and concludes June 30. The choir is performing Saturday evening in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The final performance on the tour will be Monday evening, [...]

BYU unveiled a Web site Friday aimed at helping Internet users avoid a variety of high-tech dangers. The site — besafe.byu.edu — is available to everyone and offers insight and information on five areas of Internet concern — spam and phishing, viruses and malware, web content, social networking and gaming. via Deseret News

Phil Schwartz was pleasantly surprised Friday morning when he was able to access the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube on his laptop on the BYU campus. "We are college students now," said Schwartz, a Chinese major from Martinez, Calif. "We can judge for ourselves." BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said the site was unblocked Friday morning [...]

The way we use talent today evolved from the parable. Our ancestors took the lesson of the parable and recognized that any special ability a person is given is very much like the amount of money that the master in the parable gave to each of his servants. via MormonTimes

"It has all the classic signs of people probably doing their very best in a very unsettled and difficult time. Sometimes in those circumstances, on both sides, there's a misreading of motive. You know, if they had had an opportunity to sit down and talk it through it might have evaporated," Walker said. "Without a [...]

In essence, when it comes to speaking out about what we believe, it is better for Church members "to lean into the stiff wind of opportunity than to simply hunker down and do nothing." He asked members to do a few things: listen, know the doctrine, live the standards, be exemplary citizens, be good neighbors, [...]

The Utah Festival Opera Company says its 2010 season might be canceled without $655,00 in public aid. Michael Ballam, the company's founder, told Cache County officials his nonprofit needed an additional $400,000 in taxpayer money to survive this year, in addition to the $255,000 the county has already spent. County officials have scoffed at giving [...]

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MANTI, Utah — Every summer for four weeks running, Kaylene Yardley loads her boys, a trunk of costumes and sometimes her husband into the car to make the 324-mile round-trip from Clinton, Utah, to Manti so they can be in the Mormon Miracle Pageant. via MormonTimes

Audience Alliance was established as an international film enterprise in 2006, as the combination and culmination of the lifetime of filmmaking and media experience of its founders. The first public announcement concerning the company's bold mission was issued by co-founders Kieth Merrill & Peter Rancie at Park City, Utah (home of Sundance Film Festival). Audience [...]

Back when the church was first organized, many pious Christians believed that dancing was wicked. It excited the passions and led men and women to have inappropriate thoughts about each other. via MormonTimes

Wood was ahead of his time in his love for the past. Long before it even occurred to other people that Mormon history sites would be worth preserving, he was actively, tirelessly and relentlessly pursuing the purchase and preservation of key LDS Church history sites — places where Mormons believe heaven reached down and touched [...]

Don't attend or participate in any form of entertainment, including concerts, movies, and videocassettes, that is vulgar, immoral, inappropriate, suggestive, or pornographic in any way. Movie ratings not always accurately reflect offensive content. Don't be afraid to walk out of a movie, turn off a television set, or change a radio station if what’s being [...]

President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the new Church History Library today after 15 years of planning and four years of construction. He was joined by the First Presidency and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at today’s event in front of hundreds of [...]

"My attitude is we all have to go through trials in life," she said. "Some of them are small. Some of them are big. I was in a big trial, but I was lucky to have survived it. So I'm taking the good part out of it, I survived and learned tremendous lessons in life [...]

I know Mormon musicians are trying, and I know I should be patient, but you can only listen to the "Remember the Promise" soundtrack so many times before you start to get antsy. Is there nothing out there that I wouldn't be embarrassed to listen to with my non-Mormon friends? via MormonTimes

Certainly, the notion of "pop" LDS music is not new (remember "Saturday's Warrior"?). There have been many who have tried, some even successfully, to combine the current popular sound with the Mormon world view. And I think some are succeeding at it right now. Do we need more? I think we do. Are there enough [...]

From the earliest moments of the Church’s founding, Latter-day Saints have kept a record of their history. The principle behind this practice stems from a scriptural mandate: “There shall be a record kept among you” (D&C 21:1), intended for the “good of the church” and “the rising generations” (D&C 69:8). Maintaining a perspective on the [...]

LDS characters deal with issues including dividing time between work, home and church duties; being a good mother as well as a career woman; and whether killing someone in the line of police duty will affect spiritual or church standing. The show will not be preachy or gospel-oriented, Bay said. via Standard-Examiner.

Computer hackers disrupted the LDS Church News's Twitter Web site Sunday night and began to post anti-Mormon messages, which continued for three days before it could be discontinued. Hackers had changed the password, making it impossible for the Deseret News, which produces the LDS Church News as a separate insert in its paper, to end [...]

The Church History Department’s previous accommodations were designed to be more of an internal archive, said Steve Olsen, managing director over Church history. “The Church in its foundational documents has a huge commitment to preserving history and to making history useful for members and others interested in learning about its history,” said Olsen. “It is [...]

Controversial Fox Host Talks About Kicking Bottle, Turning Mormon and Common Sense via ABC News.

Following the release of a new video channel by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU is reconsidering the school’s ban on YouTube. “There is a review taking place because the amount of educational information and material on YouTube is increasing,” said university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins. “This certainly includes material coming from the [...]

In his remarks, President Uchtdorf testified of Jesus Christ as the master healer and presented Mr. Sytnyk with a replica of the "Christus" statue to place in the clinic as a reminder of the Savior's healing power. A fixed plaque was unveiled near the entrance of the building noting the exceptional contribution of the church [...]

When asked about his own plans for serving an LDS mission, Archuleta, who doesn't turn 19 until December, said he feels as if he's already on one. "There is so much that I want to give back to the One who has blessed me with this gift," he said about his singing abilities. "I feel [...]

Growing up on a ranch in the South Fork of Provo Canyon, Darel Conrad, 71, learned that quitting was never an option. He mended fences until every post was perfect. He bailed hay until there wasn’t anything left. Everything has fallen apart, he’s been tired and run down, but no matter how hard it got [...]

An appointment was arranged with Elder Harold B. Lee, then of the Quorum of the Twelve. "I remember five or six things from my blessing," he said. "One stands out in mind: 'You will hear music in the night.' " He made another attempt at a score. Brother Gates said he rarely dreams, and when [...]

Thomas L. Kane was a historical activist who helped defend Latter-day Saints in the early days of the church. Although he never joined the church it is believed that his original interest in the church came from his and Brigham Young’s similar stand against slavery. via BYU NewsNet

Presenting projects that range from one to 30 minutes, each faculty-hosted episode of “First Look” focuses on a certain genre of film. The directors invited to the show comment on different aspects of their projects, giving insight into creation concepts and experiences that influenced their films. via BYU NewsNet

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