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February 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Gordon B. Hinckley was remembered as a "prophet to the people" as tens of thousands of faithful Mormons gathered to say goodbye to the church's longtime president. The funeral at the conference center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City capped a week of mourning for Hinckley, who died Jan. 27 at age 97. Hinckley's children and closest advisors chronicled his lifetime service to the faith, including unprecedented growth during his years as president.
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February 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Thomas Monson, a longtime senior leader of the Mormon church in Salt Lake City, was officially named its 16th president at age 80. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the faith is officially known, has a global membership of 13 million, more than half of whom reside outside the United States, its country of origin. Monson takes over from Gordon Hinckley, who died Jan. 27 at age 97 after leading the church since 1995. Monson had been Hinckley's second-in-command.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mormons stood by the thousands with upraised hands Saturday, officially installing their first new leader in 13 years. Thomas S. Monson took over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February after the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, but the faith traditionally calls for a sustaining vote by members in a ceremony known as the solemn assembly. Each church organization took its turn standing when called to cast votes in the packed conference center in Salt Lake City. Monson, 80, is the youngest church president since 1973 and the 16th president of the American-born denomination, which claims 13 million members worldwide.
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July 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The creator of a 2008 calendar that featured shirtless Mormon missionaries was excommunicated after a disciplinary meeting with church leaders in Las Vegas. Chad Hardy says he bears no ill will toward the council of elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Men on a Mission," which has sold about 10,000 copies, included pictures of 12 returned missionaries wearing black slacks -- but not their trademark white shirts -- in modest poses. The 2009 calendar, which drew 100 inquiries from interested missionaries, is to be released in September.
BOOKS
July 31, 1994
This letter is in response to John Schulian's June 5 review of Mikal Gilmore's "Shot in the Heart." As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I must inform you that there is no "Mormon code of life-for-a-life retribution," which Schulian equated with the phrase "Blood Atonement." According to Mormon doctrine, there is only one "blood atonement," specifically, the atonement of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, which enabled men to overcome the consequences of sin and thus be reconciled with God. R. ADERMANN, LONG BEACH
NEWS
September 22, 1994
I want to thank Mary Guthrie and her team for the well-researched article with respect to the Mormon Church ("Mission of Diversity," Aug. 18). As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is good to see conscientious attempts to cover all sides of a story. Members of the church acknowledge the difficulties of objective reporting of religious issues, but this article shows it can be done. Unfortunately, the reported comments by Father Gregory Coiro, who is identified as a spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, mischaracterize the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then suggest that persons who join the church are not "well grounded" in Christianity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object.  In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part of the arrangement, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Another Newport Beach attorney might have been power-lunching. But Whitney Clayton spent his noon hour on a recent day grocery shopping for the sake of The Principles. As a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--the Mormon equivalent of a parish priest--Clayton had heard that morning about a church family in crisis. Told that an out-of-work Bolivian widower and his son were desperately hungry, without money or transportation, Clayton drove immediately to a Fountain Valley warehouse.
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