An exciting “first event” occurred last fall in Nauvoo, Illinois—the first semester of Nauvoo Study Program. In time, this study program will become Nauvoo University, a four-year institution. Evan Ivie, former director of BYU’s Semester at Nauvoo, is spearheading the effort. via LDS Living.

Winners at the 2010 LDS Film Festival were announced Saturday evening following four days of screening and competition. The festival was held at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah. via MormonTimes – 9th Annual LDS Film Festival winners announced.

Many people are frustrated with Hollywood-produced films that don't measure up to Christian values. Hollywood studios often defend their choices by explaining that a profitable market for Christian films doesn't exist. via MormonTimes – Film producers finding new ways to market family-friendly films.

Thierry Fischer's entire first season as Utah Symphony music director will be performed this weekend. The orchestra announced it had hired the Swiss conductor a couple of weeks into the current season, in which he was scheduled to conduct only one pair of concerts. via Utah Symphony: A new baton in town – Salt Lake [...]

Most church members — especially out of Perry's state of Utah — have likely never heard Perry's name, but they certainly have heard her music as evidenced by the touching footage of 800 children in Accra Ghana singing Perry's "I Love To See The Temple," at the temple dedication there in 2004. Kathleen Hinckley Barnes, [...]

When 47-year-old painter Brian Kershisnik retreats to his Kanosh studio in an old, sandstone dance hall, he doesn't invite models along. He paints with oil, and from his imagination alone. Never mind labels of "style." The Provo artist's work is about maintaining a consistent method that produces consistent results. That means producing a large rotation [...]

ck'd Up" is not so much a don't-try-this-at-home flick as a don't-try-this-if-you-value-your-life film. The antics and tricks in this nine-minute short — directed by Christian Serge Nelson and screened at the 2010 LDS Film Festival on Jan. 22 — are unbelievable and performed by a guy in a wheelchair. via MormonTimes – 'Jack'd Up' flick [...]

en, just wait until you see him in person. He will be performing along with Chelsie Hightower, Thayne Jasperson and other television dance stars at Vibe Center for the Performing Arts' "MOVE" show in Provo. via Utah's reality TV dance superstars 'MOVE' this way – Salt Lake Tribune.

On Feb. 4 Historic Nauvoo will commemorate the famous river crossing known as the "Mormon Exodus." The public is invited to witness or join in a symbolic march down Parley Street to the riverfront. It was on Feb. 4, 1846, that early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began to cross [...]

When the Mormon pioneers headed West under duress in 1847, they had reason to feel bitter at their treatment by the world's foremost liberal democracy. For years, Americans had chased, robbed, beaten and killed them. Joseph Smith, seeking redress for his people, earlier had gone to Washington, D.C. The towering statesmen of the day who [...]

A documentary filmmaker warned that the United States’ military success in Afghanistan is dependent on how relationships with Pakistan are managed. via Filmmaker discusses US and Pakistani relations |

T.J. Spaur remembers playing with a Hula-Hoop in his grandmother's backyard as a child — tossing it; climbing in and out of it; and skipping through it, jump-rope-style, while running along. via Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Hoop-de-do: Play comes full circle – Salt Lake Tribune.

McNaughton has recently been in the forefront of the art world for his piece “One Nation Under God,” which depicts Christ standing in the center of the portrait holding the Declaration of Independence with other various influential political figures surrounding him. The painting has received positive and negative attention locally, nationally and internationally. via Artist [...]

So many changes have occurred since the original festival began with a handful of volunteers using a couple of rooms in the public library. Ten years ago, most films were shot on, well, film. Now the digital age and HD has proven to be something filmmakers are embracing. Many who couldn't afford to make films [...]

Director Jorge Ramirez received a raucous round of applause after the debut of his Spanish-language LDS theme film, "Melted Hearts/ El Otro Lado del Corazon." "As far as I know, this is the first one (of its kind)," he said Friday at the ninth annual LDS Film Festival at the SCERA Theater in Orem, Utah. [...]

A $26,000 contribution to the initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California appears to have cost a 96-year-old former Mormon temple president his seat on the board that oversees Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre. via Prop. 8 aid puts Paramount board member on hold.

Each time Patrice Arkins opens her mouth, the passion in her voice leaves her audience mesmerized. Arkins played in the original Australian cast of the Broadway musical "Wicked" for almost a year. She understudied the role of Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, and performed in the ensemble. She has had many opportunities [...]

BYU–Hawaii's newly launched iLead website highlights one of the university's main goals—instilling leadership. Dr. Peter Chan, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, was the brains behind this concept, which helps to fulfill President David O. McKay's prophecy. The website functions as a resource for current and prospective students, and faculty, highlighting professional cases as well as [...]

There are many wondrous components of the gospel for Mormons to focus their study on rather than unsubstantiated details and rumors, said Elder Bruce C. Hafen at a fireside for young adults Sunday, Jan 24. Elder Hafen, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, compared the theological gems uncovered through the restoration to awe-inspiring mountains [...]

It may be the friendliest audience Reed Cowan will get in Utah. Cowan received two sustained standing ovations Sunday for his documentary "8: The Mormon Proposition," which harshly criticizes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its campaigning for California's ban on same-sex marriage, from the 600-strong audience attending the film's world premiere [...]

"We are not here to be anti-LDS," rally organizer Eric Ethington said Sunday, outside the documentary's premiere at the Racquet Club venue in Park City. "We are here to share our own stories." via At Prop. 8 movie premiere, two dozen protest LDS stance – Salt Lake Tribune.

Joseph Smith was a terrible writer. via MormonTimes – Scribes recorded Prophets crooked, broken language.

This is the home of the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Organ. It is known for its dome shape and exceptional acoustic qualities, making it one of the most remarkable buildings in the world. When it was dedicated on October 9, 1875, it was the largest auditorium in the nation without a center support [...]

"This would be like Martin Scorsese calling up Adam Sandler and telling him to stop making comedies because he didn't feel they were the kind of movies he would make." via 'God's Army' creator foresees better LDS films – Salt Lake Tribune.

Provo » Before Brigham Young University was worthy of its premature designation as a university, the Knight family figured the school needed art work if it was to become a true guardian of American culture. William Knight, a scion of the Provo family that kept the school afloat in the late 1800s, bought a landscape [...]

Kirby Heyborne's music career is getting a boost this week as Microsoft is featuring one of his songs on its weekly free download site, Playlist 7. The Microsoft site ( features songs from independent artists, and Heyborne's song "Keep it All Inside" from his most recent album "Elm Tree" was selected. via MormonTimes – Heyborne's [...]

Because of a snowstorm, we had our Christmas program the Sunday after Christmas this year. Our regular conductor of the congregational hymns had already made provision for a substitute, but because we were doing "Christmas Sunday" instead of "the Sunday after Christmas," she simply forgot that she was supposed to do it. Her turn was [...]

Uniting Latter-day Saint youth around the world by giving them a sense of the gospel rolling forward is an aim behind a new youth-oriented Internet site the Church has just launched, according to Lee Gibbons, director of the Church's Web site, via LDS Church News – New Web site for youth now accessible.

Chances are if you have ever attended a baptism, if you have heard Primary children sing in sacrament meeting on Mother's Day or listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's CD "Love Is Spoken Here," you have enjoyed sweet melodies penned by Jeanne Lawler. Thanks to Lawler, staples such as "I Often Go Walking," "When Jesus [...]

In 1982, Eugene England surveyed the history and current landscape of Mormon literary production in a seminal article published in BYU Studies entitled “The Dawning of a Brighter Day: Mormon Literature after 150 Years.”  There England celebrated the flowering of Mormon “faithful realism”; the publication of Richard Cracroft and Neal Lambert’s anthology of Mormon literature [...]

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