Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed
It’s tough to follow the news when you’re finally off the clock and have time for yourself and your family. Rewind will help you catch up with all the happenings in Utah over the weekend.
Are enough kids vaccinated in your child’s Utah school? » In 2011, a family in the affluent Salt Lake County suburb of Holladay drew scorn for starting the biggest measles outbreak in Utah in more than a decade. The family’s unimmunized children imported the virus from Poland after traveling there to retrieve a Mormon missionary. But public furor has faded, apparently along with support for tightening Utah’s exemption law — one of 19 in the country that allow families to forgo vaccines for personal, and not just medical or religious, reasons. Meanwhile, the percentage of kindergartners seeking exemptions from Utah’s school-entry immunization requirements is creeping up.
Mormon conversions lag behind huge missionary growth » The stats are staggering. In the year and a half since the LDS Church lowered the minimum age for full-time missionary service, the Utah-based faith has seen its proselytizing force swell from 58,500 to more than 83,000. That’s a 42 percent leap. But the number of convert baptisms last year grew to 282,945, up from 272,330 in 2012, an increase of less than 4 percent. How can that be?
Utah family hoping for a miracle as deportation seems inevitable » Ana Cañenquez hopes, prays, cries, and loses sleep thinking about who else she could ask for help to create a miracle, any miracle, to halt the ordered deportation of half of her family on June 25. The northern Utah resident believes the action may send four of her sons to their deaths at the hands of gangs in El Salvador, which they tried to escape by illegally immigrating to the United States. Even if they survive, "they still won’t have any life at all, there are no opportunities" in extreme poverty, she blurts in Spanish between sobs.
Same-sex marriage: Both sides want Utah Supreme Court to have say » It’s what both sides want. The Utah Attorney General’s Office filed a proposed order in federal court Friday asking that the state’s highest court resolve the question of whether gay and lesbian couples who wed after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex unions in December have "vested property rights" under Utah law.
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