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Another Mormon Moviestar Gone Bad

Michael Birkeland arrested for felony theft:

Has he rejected the faith and become one of the many Mormon stars who has declined into a life of debauchery and denied his morals for the almighty dollar?

Thoughts on General Conference

Here's a few of my randomly assorted thoughts on conference. Most of this is paraphrase:

President Hinckley: It was a relief to see that, during the priesthood session, he spoke-out so strongly against gambling. It's been getting to the point where it almost seems socially acceptable among college-age LDS guys. I'm glad he talked about it.

A few notable points he made were: 1. Gambling is any game of chance that offers something for nothing. 2. Gambling is morally wrong. 3. The deterioration of the man occurs for both the winner and loser alike. 4. In general, do not "fritter away your time in aimless pursuits" of which gambling is only one.

Elder Nelson's wife passes away

Deseret News

Dantzel Nelson, wife of heart surgeon Elder Russell M. Nelson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at her Salt Lake home.

Sister Nelson was 78. Her husband was with her when she died.

The cause of death was not immediately known, said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Dale Bills.

President Hinckley on Larry King

I wasn't able to watch it but just finished reading the transcript. It was a good interview, mostly sticking to the standard topics of course. It was neat to see King's reaction to being given his own genealogy ... "[this] just might be the best gift I've ever gotten."

President Hinckley to be on Larry King this Sunday

This Sunday at 7:00 pm MST on CNN. More here.

Two New Apostles

from the church-is-true dept.
For those who missed the Saturday morning session of conference, the two new apostles are Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf (from 2nd Quorum of the Seventy) and David A. Bednar (President, Brigham Young University-Idaho).

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