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While many Americans spend this weekend waving flags and watching fireworks, Utah’s Tibetans are turning to prayer — more than a million mantras, in fact. Members of Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa are devoting their annual around-the-clock Prayers for Compassion to …

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Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the morning session of the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday October 4, 2014. Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer dies — a man of wit, known for tough talk
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  • Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division remove the remains of a door from the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP) Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson
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  • FILE - In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Pope Francis presents Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes with the book of the gospel during a private audience at the Vatican. Pope Francis is taking his Unpredictable Pope Francis to bring ‘church for the poor’ to South America’s poorest
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With Carolyn Tanner Irish in the foreground, more than 60 Episcopal bishops and and about 2,000 in all march to protest gun violence, Sunday, June 28, 2015. The march started at The Salt Palace, went to Pioneer Park and returned to the Salt Palace - site of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. ‘The word of God is my weapon’: Episcopal bishops, Utahns march against gun violence
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School teacher, Angela Stewart takes a break from organizing her classroom to do a science experiment with her 7-year-old son Davis, at Centennial Junior High School, in Kaysville, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Debate about science standards pits faithful Mormon against faithful Mormon
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An aerial view of the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah. Bats at Provo’s MTC prompt LDS Church to relocate 600 female Mormon missionaries
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  • Sealing room in the Brigham City Utah Temple.
Courtesy LDS Newsroom Top Mormon leaders sending letter to members, reaffirming God’s law against same-sex marriage
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    Updated Jul 01 2015 05:10 pm   |     |   Share
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