With the beginning of 2010 in a few short days, BYU Television will celebrate ten years of operation—and the festivities will include more than cake and ice cream. Executives will be transforming the aim of the station and with that, launching new programming and services. via LDS Living.

NAUVOO, Ill. — As the covered wagon moves slowly along an otherwise-deserted street, a crisp autumn breeze blows in off the Mississippi River. What leaves still on the tree limbs rustle while the wagon's passengers huddle beneath the quilts and blankets they've been given to keep warm. via chicagotribune.com.

YouTube – Sammy the Island Boy Bears Testimony (Tongan) .

"We should leave the world a better place than we find it." via MormonTimes – Beloved LDS institute teacher to retire in January.

"Glenn Beck: the pudgy, buzz-cut, weeping phenomenon of radio, TV and books. Our hot summer of political combat is turning toward an autumn of showdowns over some of the biggest public-policy initiatives in decades. The creamy notions of postpartisan cooperation — poured abundantly over Obama's presidential campaign a year ago — have curdled into suspicion [...]

We don’t often delve into the history of Mormonism in the arts, although I don’t think that is by design. More likely, this history is simply not very well known among even those of us who write about Mormon culture, and, I suspect, many details simply aren’t known. Other details were known at one time, [...]

With Thanksgiving and Christmas uniting families across the nation, we have the opportunity to become reacquainted with those who matter most and strengthen the bonds that can last throughout the eternities. With activities, traditions, and simple conversation available to families and sweethearts, it seems almost vulgar that so many spend time during the holidays with [...]

I didn't accept the assignment to cover the first-ever BYU Dance Symposium with any serious enthusiasm. At best, I expected to be entertained for a couple of hours by some talented but relatively unremarkable performers. via MormonTimes – Spirit of dance was a welcome, sweet reminder .

According to the federal government Web site tracking stimulus spending, Utah has as of the last reporting cycle 603 projects funded by $1.5 billion worth of federal money. The $426,000 received by Utah arts organizations constitutes less than 0.03 percent of the stimulus money allocated for the state. via Utah arts get a jump-start – [...]

Morality is a mark of Mormon literature. via Benson Parkinson’s “Three Kinds of Appropriateness” | A Motley Vision.

In my youth I had my first exposure to people with handicaps or disabilities through my mother’s cousin Cheryl, a plump, round-faced girl with something my mother called Down Syndrome. When we visited Cheryl’s home she would take turns putting her arm around the back of each of us, laying her head on our shoulders, [...]

OK, so we know that most people treat New Year's resolutions with abandon. Yet we're of the opinion that each act of resolve should be considered as precious as it is foolhardy. There are only so many years of life. There are only so many moments to resolve to make a change. via Salt Lake [...]

Late-night television audiences have come to expect zany song-and-dance numbers from Conan O’Brien’s “The Tonight Show,” but the show’s recent Mormon Christmas send-up actually had its roots in an unusual place: an offline brainstorming session among progressive Jewish bloggers. via Jewish Journal.

The attitude of many people was that Mormons were just shallow westerners — uneducated rubes. "Well, I may still be a rube," Peterson said with a laugh, "but I'm no longer uneducated." When Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve gave a speech in 2007 encouraging Mormons to use the Internet to [...]

He was born according to the timetable of the Lord; the third son, yet bearing the name of his father, Joseph Smith. via MormonTimes

Originally planned as a 40-acre block, Temple Square was reduced to one-fourth that size "for convenience," according to Carolyn J. Rasmus in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism. That made it compatible with the 10-acre-size blocks planned for the rest of the city. via MormonTimes

The "tight control" theory for the Book of Mormon translation suggests that Joseph dictated a fairly literal translation of the Nephite text into the scriptural language of his day. According to several witnesses, Joseph actually spelled out proper nouns the first time he dictated them to his scribe. One interesting example is the name "Coriantumr." [...]

The concept was personal for Lewis — he really does want to be a filmmaker, and he’s doing his best to make it happen. He works regularly with his two older brothers who are filmmakers, and he plans to go to film school after he graduates and finishes an LDS mission, he said. via The [...]

A favorite among sci-fi readers and video gamers, the prolific Orson Scott Card has taken on a topic closer to real life than usual — and with more of a Christian tone. via MormonTimes

In a season when the world puts a well-needed focus on service for others and goodwill towards men, the fifth Parliament of the World’s Religions was held. In Melbourne, Australia, more than 5000 people gathered to discuss harmony and peace between religions from December 3 to December 9. via LDS Living.

Salt Lake City has gift-wrapped a dusty downtown jewel for future generations of film fans. via Salt Lake Tribune.

What’s a father to do? I knew this day would come, and I have to be honest, I was one of the longest holdouts to believe in Abe Lincoln, myself but I just remember when I finally discovered the truth about, um, Abe, I was so disappointed. Sure, I had spent many hours breaking down [...]

Gray said the pageant serves two purposes: to celebrate and to educate. “This is our church’s Christmas gift to the community,” he said, adding that by producing the pageant, the church also informs those who are unfamiliar with his faith that Mormons are Christians, too. via NashuaTelegraph.com .

So how do Mormons rank in the top national religion stories of 2009? Which typo in an LDS college publication has earned notoriety? And what does a St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist think about the Mormon Song episode on 'The Late Show'? via MormonTimes

Many media commentators critiquing the film New Moon are asking if there is a link between the Mormon faith of the author of the books that inspired the film, and the theme of chastity. Well, yes, Stephenie Meyer is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But those who wish to [...]

There are really very few reasons to watch TV these days. Reality shows are officially the most annoying thing in the world at this point, right next to little yappy dogs in sweaters and anything related to Jon & Kate. If you don’t know who they are, I congratulate you on skipping the saddest exploitation [...]

Filmmaker T.C. Christensen's most recent movie, "Treasure in Heaven," chronicles the little known story of an early LDS philanthropist. Released in November, the movie follows John Tanner, who was a wealthy landowner and Baptist minister in New York state who converted to the church, then gave all he had to it. via MormonTimes

Singer and songwriter Brooke White will perform at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Hart Auditorium as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series. via News Release – BYU–Idaho.

PALMYRA, N.Y. — Scattered throughout what Mormons call the Sacred Grove are a few living witnesses of the First Vision of Joseph Smith. These are the trees that were there in 1820 when young Joseph saw God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Today about 150,000 people come each year, walk through the grove [...]

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