Autumn provides cooler temperatures for an absorbing walking tour through historic St. George, Utah. Nearly 30 vintage structures from the city's pioneer era still stand within several blocks of old downtown. It includes early homes, businesses and public buildings. Pick up a printed guide for the stroll through history at the chamber of commerce office, [...]

"The media is Ground Zero" in the fight between good and evil, Smith said, "and the fight is waged daily on radio, television, in newspapers and magazines and all over the Internet, for all to see and hear." via Parents need to monitor TV use, NAB president Gordon Smith tells BYU audience | Deseret News.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the church is holding an international video contest in order to “give more members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints an opportunity to strengthen their testimonies as they share their talents with worldwide members and to “join the conversation” in sharing the gospel with the [...]

The battle we are engaged in is now an all-out war. This is a war we must all fight. We must fight it as Captain Moroni wrote on the Title of Liberty: "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." And win we must. via LDS [...]

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On one side a man can be outstanding in his community or church, a good dad and a provider. "But on the other side he is engaged in pornography or other sexual behaviors that he has been able — for a period — to keep separate or secret." via New initiative sheds light on pornography's [...]

Mormon composer Kathleen Holyoak wasn't asked to build an ark or part the Red Sea. No, she was merely asked to write the music for the 30-piece orchestra and 135-voice choir that performed at the cultural celebration event held prior to the Kyiv Ukraine Temple dedication. via Mormon musician takes up unfamiliar instrument to serve [...]

“There is really no way to study the history of art without seeing the works firsthand,” said Assistant Professor of Art History Heather Jensen. “It’s absolutely critical for art history students to have that experience.” via Art History – Study Abroad | College of Fine Arts and Communications.

"Our struggle is found in living in a world steeped in sin and spiritual indifference where self-indulgence, dishonesty and greed seem to be present everywhere. Today's wilderness is one of confusion and conflicting messages. The pioneers had to battle the wilderness of the rocky ridges and the dusty mountain trails with their faith focused on [...]

The main reason may be an undertone of bias against Beck's own faith. He's Mormon. According to the survey of 1007 adults conducted Sept. 10-12, , via Few believe Glenn Beck can be a religious leader, survey finds – Faith & Reason.

Mr. Beck acknowledged that he was not cut from ordinary cloth. He is a largely self-educated man who took a single college class at Yale University before dropping out; a tough-talking critic who frequently breaks into tears; a man now wrapping himself in a religious mantle but whose religion he is a Mormon is not [...]

As youth in his stake prepared for a regional dance festival and youth conference this summer, President Kelly Summers of the Grand Junction Colorado West Stake recalled the last time such a gathering took place in the area. via LDS Church News – Ties to the past fortified by dance festival.

John Vawdrey, a former LDS missionary who helps translate for the troupe, said the dress, the costumes, the music — which includes an unusual horse head fiddle and a python skin mandolin — are all different from any other region in China. via Unique Chinese dancers tour Utah landscape during visit for International Days | [...]

Explaining that "apologetics" does not mean the science of saying "I'm sorry," but rather denotes defense of one's religious faith, Daniel C. Peterson said Friday that Mormons have "an obligation to do apologetics." Apologetics, in the sense of defending one's beliefs, is actually an older derivative from the Greek term apologia than are words that [...]

When I first met Nancy I thought, “She must be a convert. There’s no way a life long member would ever say that.” via Glowworms for Jesus: the Expressive Arts meets the Enrichment Committee | A Motley Vision.

So let us remember and be grateful for what so many have done for us—including loved ones, mentors, and the countless unknown men and women upon whose shoulders we stand and in whose shadows we live and breathe. As we live in the present and look toward the future, we must never forget those great [...]

We live in an era when the boundaries of good taste and public decency are being pushed to the point where there are no boundaries at all. The commandments of God have taken a beating in the vacillating marketplace of ideas that absolutely rejects the notion of right and wrong. Certain factions of society seem [...]

As part of Laie Days, cast and crew of the Mormon classic “Johnny Lingo” came and celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the film. This event, sponsored by the Mormon Pacific Historical Society and the Laie Community Association, took place on July 29 in the Cannon Activities Center. Attendees were honored to hear guest speakers Naomi [...]

The Polynesian Cultural Center is tweaking the presentation of "Ha: Breath of Life" as the show approaches its first anniversary. The PCC also has an exclusive offering for its Japanese visitors: a summertime spook alley. "Ha: Breath of Life" launched Aug. 14, 2009, in the PCC's 2,675-seat Pacific Theater and has helped the PCC, Hawaii's [...]

Why are they doing it? Perhaps the answer comes from the strong faith they've developed, pioneering the gospel in French Polynesia. Perhaps their culture and language help, with age-old expressions like, "Haere noa!" — "Keep on going!" and "A rohi!" — "Ever onward!" And for this trip at least, some strength must come from generations [...]

Kiowa Gordon says the "Twilight" phenomenon has been "very good" to him. In fact, according to the 20-year-old actor, "I owe my entire career, at least to this point, to 'Twilight' and I'm very grateful for that." In the movies, which are based on author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling fantasy romance novels, Gordon plays Embry Call, [...]

During the past decade, Terryl L. Givens, who holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English at the University of Richmond in Virginia, has become one of the most prominent and prolific authors in Mormon intellectual circles. Armed with a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina, he teaches courses on romanticism, [...]

Utahns don’t have to travel far to see a Broadway star, as a number of stage notables are performing here in the coming months. via Seeing stars: Utah hosts Broadway actors and singers | The Salt Lake Tribune.

A young woman from Samoa was soft-spoken and polite as she led a group of tourists around the Grandin Building on Main Street in downtown Palmyra. It’s the place where the first Book of Mormon was printed. She asked one of the three or four children in the group about a story in the Book [...]

While soccer fans from much of the rest of the world were trying to make their way to her home country for the latter stages of the World Cup, Kim Brown was traveling from just north of Johannesburg, South Africa, to a hillside between the villages of Manchester and Palmyra. via Passion for Hill Cumorah [...]

The musical "Come Home to Kanesville" tells the story of love and faith among pioneers set against this historical backdrop. This summer, the show will run from July 20 to July 31, excluding Sundays and Mondays, at the Kanesville Tabernacle (222 E. Broadway in Council Bluffs). The show begins at 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and at [...]

From time to time we hear great artists or athletes described as “Renaissance men.” Society marvels at the variety of their accomplishments—a football player who also excels as a musician or a writer who can also paint. via Music and the Spoken Word.

Michael Ballard, a program producer for Montana PBS, was recently awarded two Emmys by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter.Ballard, a member of the Bozeman 1st Ward, Bozeman Montana Stake, won for directing and editing in connection with the documentary "Never Long Gone: Mission Mountain Wood Band Story." The documentary tells [...]

The closing sentence of the thirteenth Article of Faith provides a favorable frame of reference for both the production and the consumption of cinema, as well as all the arts. It reads “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” On the production side, this sentence [...]

Congress must ensure that obscenity laws are enforced so that children are not exposed to pornography on the Internet, researchers and advocates of Internet safety said Tuesday. Speaking at a briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, researchers said because obscenity laws have not been upheld or enforced, illegal adult pornography has flooded and polluted [...]

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