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April 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Mormon Church has named a member to its Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Church President Thomas S. Monson on Saturday announced the appointment of Neil L. Andersen, 57, to the second-highest governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Andersen replaces member Joseph B. Wirthlin, who died in December at age 91. Apostles serve for life and are in line to become president of the church.
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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.
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July 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Las Vegas man who devised a calendar that features shirtless Mormon missionaries is facing a disciplinary hearing and possible excommunication because of the project. A lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chad Hardy, was summoned by letter to a Sunday meeting with a council of elders to discuss his "conduct unbecoming a member of the church." A copy of the letter from Frank E. Davie, the senior leader over a group of Mormon congregations in the Las Vegas area, was sent early this week, days before the 2009 version of the "Men on a Mission" calendar went to press, Hardy said in a telephone interview.
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April 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mormons who have strayed from their faith were invited to return to the fold by the church's new president. "Come back," Thomas S. Monson said in Salt Lake City as part of his first address since taking over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February. Members will welcome "the less active, the offended, the critical, the transgressor" into fellowship, he said.
OPINION
April 7, 2008
Re "U.S. Muslims share friendship, similar values with Mormons," April 2 This article about the close relationship between Mormons and Muslims was accurate, and, in fact, as a Mormon, parts of it touched me deeply. It made me even prouder to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mutual affection reported between our two great religions reminded me of the great lyric in the musical "Les Miserables": "To love another person is to see the face of God." Reporting that really moves people is the best kind, in my view.
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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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.
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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.
OPINION
June 19, 2007
Re "For them, faith trumps works," June 16 I don't remember ever reading a more immature article than the one on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church. The article starts by quoting 26-year-old Jason Thurman implying that Romney could not be guided by God because he is a Mormon. The quote, "The faith draws among the most unfavorable ratings of any religion," is amazing. Surely The Times can do better than that on a church of 13 million people. There is plenty of biblical support for Mormons' "untraditional" view of the Godhead and other "mysterious" teachings.
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