MORMONISM IN THE NEWS
Jeffs captured and arrested
August 31, 2006
Clark Officially Named 15th President of BYU-Idaho
Kim B. Clark has been officially named B-Y-U-Idaho's 15th president.
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told the former
dean of the Harvard Business School to lead the university to new heights of
honor, achievement and recognition. In his address, President Hinckley talked
about the importance of education. He said that's why the church spends millions
of its resources on educating its young people.
October 12, 2005 by KSL Radio and the Associated Press
Mormon church founder's arrest records rediscovered
A local historian has rediscovered historical records that detail how Mormon church
founder Joseph Smith was arrested on four occasions while living in Chenango
County in the mid-1820s.
Chenango County Historian Dale Storms said she turned over the newly found
documents to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is based in
Utah and has 11 million members worldwide.
The documents include arrest warrants, court transcripts and legal bills from four
separate charges filed against Smith. Storms said the cases involved Smith's
involvement in glass looking, or treasure seeking, and being a disorderly person.
One of the documents includes a bill from then-South Bainbridge Justice Albert
Neely to the county for services rendered. Included in the bill is a $2.68 charge for
fees in examining the case of "Joseph Smith, the glass looker."
NY Newsday, September 16, 2005
Mormon inmate sues prison over religious materials, worship
A Mormon inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary has been illegally denied
access to church books and the prison has repeatedly refused to provide Mormon
religious services, according to a suit filed Friday. Norman Sanders, [serving life
sentence for murder] a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, contends that the prison's actions have violated his
The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, cites a federal law
passed in 2000 that forbids the control of a prisoner's private practice of
religion, unless it clearly poses a safety or security risk.
Warden Burl Cain denied the allegations in the suit and said Sanders'
religious freedom is not being restricted by the prison. "We have great
respect for all religions," Cain said.
Cain called the allegations "ridiculous" and said prison officials initially banned
shipments that did not directly come from publishers, such as the church. Cain said
that step was taken to prevent the smuggling of contraband, such as drugs, into
the prison. But now, all religious book shipments are allowed, though security
personnel search packages that do not come from publishers, he said.
"He was getting Mormon literature," Cain said. "He was just complaining
about where he was getting it from."
Cain also said Mormons can worship together any time they wish at the
prison. "I'm not going to keep the Mormons from having church," Cain said.
Dateline Alabama, August 26, 2005 by Alan Sayre, Associated Press
Book of Mormon Documentary
Those are the rough parameters of the family excursion outlined in "Journey of
Faith." The new documentary records what scholars believe is the probable route
followed between 600 B.C. and 589 B.C. by ancient inhabitants of Jerusalem who
traveled to the Americas, as documented in the Book of Mormon, a volume of
scripture sacred to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Journey of Faith," completed over a five-year period in Israel, Jordan, Yemen,
Oman and Guatemala, is being presented to audiences for the first time on all five
nights of Brigham Young University's Campus Education Week, which begins today.
The documentary's estimation of the course traveled by the Book of Mormon
prophet Lehi and his kin is based on the best research available, said S. Kent
Brown, a BYU professor of ancient scripture who is featured in the film and will
present it to Education Week attendees.
Brown said the film -- to be marketed on DVD in Utah and elsewhere later this year
by Covenant Communications -- was made primarily for Latter-day Saints, but
that he believes it might be of interest even to viewers with no connection to
Mormonism. "We think we've done our homework well enough," he said, "that
anyone could watch it and find the account to be believable, or at least credible."
The Daily Herald, August 15, 2005, page A1.
Note by Donna Morley: While you may want to get the above DVD for review,
Ihighly recommend, for intellectual balance (and truth), the DVD " ". For more
information about this DVD, go to our Mormon or Resource section. We also link
you to the ministry that provides it. This video is free to Mormons.
Selling vintage Book of Mormon page by page stirs controversy
Helen Schlie said she hopes hundreds of Mormons are eager to snap up a
piece of church history by buying a page from an 1830 first-edition Book of
The landmark book, one of the revered writings of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been on the block for up to $4,500 per
page for about a year. Schlie, who lives in Gold Canyon, would only say
that "quite a few" pages have sold.
Arizona Central.com, August 9, 2005, Dale J. Neilson, Special for The Republic
LDS splinter groups growing
Fundamentalists: Most espouse polygamy as a tenet, but fewer actually practice it as their
A new, informal survey pegs the number of fundamentalist Mormons in the
Intermountain West and other areas at 37,000 - with fewer than half of those
people living in plural households. The survey found that the largest group is the
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), based at the
Utah/Arizona border. The fastest growing group is the Salt Lake Valley-based
Apostolic United Brethren, which has added about 2,500 members in recent years.
Anne Wilde, a co-founder of Principle Voices of Polygamy, canvassed various
polygamous communities and individuals after realizing an oft-quoted figure of
30,000 fundamentalists hadn't changed in years. "There are more now than there
were, say, 10 years ago," said Wilde, adding she believes some of the
self-reported tallies may be overstated, while others may be low. She released her
findings last week at a state-sponsored polygamy workshop in St. George.
Wilde said, for instance, that the estimate of 15,000 independent fundamentalist
Mormons is probably conservative. And the FLDS count may be high given the
exodus of the so-called Lost Boys - a term that describes the hundreds of teen
boys who have left or been pushed out of the church - and movement of
members to other communities, she said.
Wilde said the term "fundamentalist Mormon" signifies belief in the early doctrines
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as espoused by church founder
Joseph Smith and early leaders such as Brigham Young and John W. Taylor.
Fundamentalists believe the mainstream Mormon church has erred in abandoning
early teachings, such as polygamy and banning of blacks from the priesthood. The
LDS Church publicly gave up polygamy in 1890 as a condition of gaining statehood.
Counts of plural households are hard to come by, given the fear most groups have
of being identified. Consequently, estimates can vary widely.....
In the 1996 book Polygamous Families in Contemporary Society, authors Irwin
Altman and Joseph Ginat reported being told by one unidentified urban
fundamentalist group that 20 percent to 40 percent of followers practiced
polygamy, with a third of those relationships consisting of a man and two women.
The Salt Lake Tribune, Auguest 9, 2005 by Brooke Adams
Keeping members a challenge for LDS church
Mormon myth: The belief that the church is the fastest-growing faith