Susquehanna County native daughter, Emma Hale’s home is a “sacred place to the church,” Dunford said. “(The project) will not only be to honor Joseph Smith, but also Emma.” “We feel strongly about the history of what occurred here,” said Dunford. Community leaders indicated they thought the development of the site could be a boon [...]


NAUVOO, Ill. — Applications to audition to be a young performing missionary next summer in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission are due Nov. 30. Late applications will not be considered. Each year 20 stage missionaries, two to four tech missionaries and 16 to 18 band members are selected through an audition process, and will receive a [...]


With the cheers of the Republication National Convention still ringing in the ears of the electorate, it’s hard to remember that roughly a year ago, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was like the nerdy middle-aged dad of the Republican Party, someone who made the cool kids roll their eyes and whose presidential potential was exciting [...]


Does Mitt Romney’s Mormonism make him too scary or weird to be elected to President of the United States? via Polygamy? Magic underwear? People on bikes? Glenn discusses Mormon myths in TheBlaze TV special! – Glenn Beck.


Hollywood has never taken to Mormons the way it has with members of many other faiths. Sure, there was "Brigham Young," the epic 1940 Western starring Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell as Mormon pioneers and Dean Jagger as the title character. But depictions like that were few and far between. It took LDS filmmakers to [...]


"People were so surprised with the show at Sundance," Clark said. "Some people would say, 'That was Broadway quality. Those actors were Broadway quality.' And I don't think they were exaggerating. We have a lot of local talent that's as good as anything we will see in the bigger cities. And you can chalk that [...]


One of the common criticisms leveled against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is that he almost comes across as being “too” put-together and restrained when it comes to showing emotion. While Ann Romney has provided much warmth and been a good focal point for campaign-watchers seeking insight into the softer-side of her husband, those whose [...]


After performing his 11th concert this month in Europe as a part of the iTunes Download 2012 festival, Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers appeared on “Skavlan,” a Norwegian TV show, to wrap up a European trip before the Sept. 17 release of the band's new album "Battle Born." The show started out as a normal [...]


Now, I don't want to wander too much in the academic weeds, but there is something profound buried in the concept of model minorities — and it relates to Bill Clinton's description of his experience with LDS missionaries this week. via Mormon Media Observer: Clinton raises the Mormon issue — or not | Deseret News.


Over the last few months, it has been absolutely stunning to see Mitt Romney, of all people, portrayed as some sort of greedy, ruthless, unfeeling corporate raider who plows over everyone who gets in his way so he can make a few dollars more. Of all the criticisms you could aim at Mitt Romney, there [...]


I was reminded last week, upon reading Simon Critchley’s opinion piece in the New York Times, what a unique stretch of time we’re in. Much has been written about the Mormon Moment. As a columnist, I’ve been watching this moment snowball for more than a decade, from the rustlings that came during the 2002 Winter [...]


We will return to Ryan. But first we have to get through Romney. This was the best thing about the Clint Eastwood warm-up: he ignored the red light and mumbled on for an extra seven minutes, sowing panic, as well as excruciation, in the control tower. All we lacked was a live feed to Romney—to [...]


Producer Gerald Molen is used to reading reviews – both good and bad – for his movies. The Oscar winner's resume is golden enough to give him a pretty thick skin. He's helped bring such modern classics as "Minority Report," "Schindler's List" and "Rain Man" to the big screen. Let's assume he can take whatever [...]


“It’s not weird to be a Mormon. And it‘s not weird to be president if you’re Mormon,” Beck concluded. This special episode comes as the nation prepares to potentially elect its first Mormon president. While some biases certainly continue to color Romney’s candidacy, the impact appears to be minimal. As we’ve previously reported, November 2011 Pew [...]


JFK and Mitt: The Media’s Double Standard on Faith | Media Research Center.   Attacks on Mormonism attempt to paint Mormons as backward. In an April 16 piece, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins (ironically, himself a self-identified Mormon) used Mormon teachings on gender as a club to bash Mormons for not being progressive, declaring: “These doctrinally-defined gender roles aren't entirely [...]


“Their suffering, along with that of other pioneers, forged a strength in their lives that is passed on to us,” he said. “Packing a few belongings into wagons or handcarts and walking 1,300 miles (2,090 km) isn’t the way most of us will be asked to demonstrate our faith and courage. There are different challenges [...]


During tonight’s episode of GBTV, Glenn Beck mentioned an touching video of Restoring Love performer Alex Boye singing the National Anthem earlier this year after becoming a U.S. citizen. It’s truly incredible. We’ve included it below: via Alex Boye National Anthem Video | Video | TheBlaze.com.


When the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, was first created in 1963, attendance was so low some days that the employees would go out to the road to recruit people to come watch them perform. "It is because of the faith of these people that the center is still around today," said Ray Magalei, [...]


When Bloomberg Businessweek used a sketch of an angel appearing to Joseph Smith as the cover for its July 16 issue about the LDS Church finances, it inadvertently chose an image tied to the sacrifices and faith of a Mormon pioneer artist. C.C.A. Christensen was born in Copenhagen in 1831, a year after Joseph Smith [...]


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no stranger to controversy surrounding his The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints membership. Both in the 2008 and 2012 electoral cycles, he has fielded numerous anecdotal attacks — anti-Mormon incursions that have continued despite DNC chair and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-Fla.) pledge that the contender’s faith will be off-limits during [...]


Individual Mormons are encouraged to participate in public life, including running for office and supporting candidates, but the church officially stays out of electoral politics. It won't allow its property to be used for polling, unlike many other churches, and has been careful not to run the "I am a Mormon" ads in early primary [...]


Before Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon in 1830, he was already drawing media attention. via Mormon Media Observer: A milestone for Mormons and the media | Mormon Times.


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, [...]


“We are looking for anyone who could be made to look as if they’ve stepped out of the pages of the New Testament,” said Hillary Straga, casting coordinator. via Wanted: Greeks, Romans and Egyptians | Universe.byu.edu.


John Yves Bizimana may have been one of thousands who graduated from BYU this year, but his story of survival through genocide in Rwanda, through refugee camps and orphanages in Zaire and Zimbabwe, adoption to Belgium, and finally fulfilling his dream of going to the U.S., is unquestionably unique. via Cricket & Seagull: 'Escape From [...]


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 [...]


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“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 newly opened diary of Leonard J. Arrington, Mormonism’s most influential historian of the late 20th century, reveals a life imbued with the sense that he was chosen by heaven to help the LDS Church and its people truthfully tell the Mormon story. via Diary of famed Mormon historian reveals more of the man | [...]

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