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As another Christmas approaches and the usual holiday laments are unpacked like so many old ornaments — too much commercialism and too little faith, too much food and too little time — there has always been one reassuring constant: The …

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Christus, a statue of Jesus Christ on display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temple Square Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Salt Lake City Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there a Jesus Christ?
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Norma and Ron Molen attend the service to pay tribute to their son Steven Molen who was a victim of gun violence as a college student in 1992 on the campus of Indiana University.  A service of prayer, hope and remembrance honoring victims of the Sandy Hook school shootings as well as the 60,000 gun victims killed in the two years since was held Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. On Sandy Hook anniversary, Utahns lament plague of gun violence
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