I am writing this article for my children. They are big Alex Boye’ fans. They got that from their old man. When I first heard him sing, I just popped. He was at Brigham Young University at a Mormon Arts Festival. We talked for hours, and I told him then and there he had a [...]

A generation ago PG films like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Top Gun dominated at the box office, but more than half of what Hollywood serves up these days is rated R. That’s what got BYU economics students Jared Shores and Craig Palsson interested in whether a movie’s rating affects its revenue. The students [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

At first we scarcely realize we have been infected. We laugh and make lighthearted comment concerning the off-color story or the clever cartoon. With evangelical zeal we protect the so-called rights of those who would contaminate with smut and destroy all that is precious and sacred. The beetle of pornography is doing his deadly task—undercutting [...]

This level of violence is very disturbing. … Churches are supposed to be sanctuaries," said Roy Wasden, president of the Modesto stake of the Mormon church. The idea of churches as sanctuary is an ancient one. The Mosaic law let fugitives take refuge at the altar of God. The Jewish temple was a holy place [...]

Fans of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a lot to look forward to in 2011. The 15th  season of their hit Comedy Central series is scheduled to begin in the spring. And in a bit of showbiz synergy, their new stage musical, "The Book of Mormon," will open on Broadway around [...]

God's purpose for the artist in the Gospel plan is ultimately the same as for all his children: to bring to pass their immortality and eternal life. Each of us must use our tools, our gifts and opportunities to triumph in the contest of mortality. Immortality is a gracious gift; eternal life may demand that [...]

The Tillman Story is ferocious filmmaking, but it wouldn't have half the force it does if the director didn't also get at the complicated man Pat Tillman was — the football star who volunteered to serve in a war he later doubted the logic for; the avowed atheist who read the Book of Mormon. As [...]

Many viewers may feel searching for ‘decency’ in the modern movie industry is akin to taking bites out of items in a restaurant dumpster, hoping for a few morsels of food that are edible and nutritious. You may succeed, but is it even worth the trouble digging through what will certainly be a lot of [...]

In her Big Apple LDS ward, McBaine saw many such women, who seemed empowered, not hindered, by belonging to the American-born church. via New LDS women’s site features unique stories, common faith | The Salt Lake Tribune.

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 [...]

We call upon you in the arts, you my precious brothers and sisters, to expand your vision of what can be done. If we're going to fill the world with goodness and truth then we must have artists who are worthy to receive inspiration so they can bless the lives of our Heavenly Father and [...]

The conference also boasts an array of contemporary topics, including an analysis of the image of Mormons in film and television, an LDS view of physician-assisted suicide, a comparison of the church’s program for teenage girls and boys, a look at the differences between early Mormon and Muslim history, and personal stories of stay-at-home dads. [...]

Dealing with change is a popular topic in business. It’s the subject of many business books. Change in the business world parallels change in the gospel in many ways. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about repentance, the ultimate in personal change. Change in the business world focuses on how we as individuals and organizations [...]

Back in 2005, after posting my original review for The Other Side of Heaven, I received an email from a sister in the Church: I was greatly distressed to learn last week that the young woman who portrays Jean Groberg in “The Other Side of Heaven” has just made a movie (not released yet) which [...]

The Grand Theatre in Salt Lake recently finished their run of Margaret Blair Young’s I Am Jane, but I am very glad that the show is also going to the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, UT, on July 22-23. I am glad because I want to shout from the rooftops to everyone who [...]

Students worked under the direction of the Ad Council on the project. The BYU Ad Lab is the only student-run advertising agency that serves on the Ad Council, the leading producer of public service advertisements in America. via BYU Ad Lab behind new Smokey Bear DVD.

Ultimately, where the film really misses the mark is in its portrayal of Mormons—less than 2% of Americans belong to the church—as a threat to fundamental American political values. At various points in U.S. history, Protestant Christian majorities persecuted Quakers, Mormons, Catholics and Jews. Until recent decades, racial majorities deprived African Americans, Chinese Americans and [...]

A U.S. Supreme Court decision likely means the identity of those who support or contribute to political causes such as California's Proposition 8 will be subject to public disclosure. On June 24, the court ruled 8-1 in Doe v. Reed that people who sign petitions to place referendums on state ballots don't have a general [...]

To our young people, the glorious youth of this generation, I say, be true. Hold to the faith. Stand firmly for what you know to be right. You face tremendous temptation. It comes at you in the halls of popular entertainment, on the Internet, in the movies, on television, in cheap literature, and in other [...]

Pop culture routinely traffics in material unsuitable to the wee ones – just think Lady Gaga at Yankee Stadium. But media companies often defend their product by claiming, “it’s just a movie/record/TV show,” and it’s not meant to condone bad behavior. Can it work the other way? Can a teen girl who lives and breathes [...]

Many years ago, on an assignment to the beautiful islands of Tonga, I was privileged to visit our Church school, the Liahona High School, where our youth are taught by teachers with a common bond of faith—providing training for the mind and preparation for life. On that occasion, entering one classroom, I noticed the rapt [...]

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 [...]

Remember how your kindergarten teacher would yell "Stop, look, and listen!" when she wanted the class to pipe down? A good documentary should be something like that—something that makes you pay attention and, if youre lucky, learn something.Judging by that elementary standard, the film 8: The Mormon Proposition mostly flunks out. The film is a [...]

"In today's world our children aren't learning the traditional values of patriotism," said Sister Mitchell, who introduced the program to Vermont last year. "This program is a fun way to help them learn patriotic American messages. The people who wrote the music were inspired and are so willing to share." via LDS Church News – [...]

"With Liberty's commencement about three weeks away, the school's announcement Friday is expected to fuel many more debates on Mormonism and whether or not evangelicals should align with like-minded (though theologically different) Mormons in the social arena amid America's moral decline." via MormonTimes – Beck target of blind bigotry again.

News has been circling the globe about how creators of "South Park" are ready to open a new Broadway musical next March mocking Mormons. Latter-day Saints may want to consider how they will respond to what is apt to be some biting satire at the expense of their culture and most sacred beliefs and history. [...]

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