February 28, 2013

Mali's Mormon Moment

Maurine Proctor, Meridian Magazine

Yeah Samake, the only Latter-day Saint in Mali, is running for president in the nation’s darkest hour. Recording his journey could be merely a dramatic human interest story for Meridian readers, but it is so much more. For those who barely know where Mali is (West Africa) and wonder why they should care, understanding this critical information may illustrate why a fellow Latter-day Saint finds himself on one of the hottest hot seats in the world—and why it concerns us as well.

In the last few months, the northern two-thirds of Mali has become a new nest of al Qaeda and Islamist terrorism. The violent Islamists there have had the aim of subduing all of Mali and transforming this fledging democracy into a terrorist regime.

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October 23, 2013
Mexican Mormons on the Rise
Monica Campbell, Public Radio
In Provo, Utah, one man, Fernando Rogelio Gómez, has created a small museum solely dedicated to this small Mexican slice of Mormon history. It started when he found a trunk full of documents buried inside his aunt's... more ››
October 22, 2013
Mormons & Evangelicals Together in Jail
Tad Walch, Deseret News
LDS Church apostles and leaders of other faiths increasingly are cultivating relationships with one another, a process recently accelerated by shared concerns over religious liberty.Mentioning what he termed his "friendship"... more ››
October 21, 2013
World of a White Mormon Rapper
Rebbie Groesbeck, Normons
I couldn’t count on two hands the number of times my friends in Provo rallied on a Friday night to see a Can’t Stop Won’t Stop show. They were a cult favorite in every sense of the word, bringing fresh hip-hop beats to a... more ››
October 23, 2013
The Mormon Megaplex Thriller
Andrew Stewart, Variety
Writing its own box office success in the history books, “The Saratov Approach,” the real-life story of two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and tortured in Russia, has quietly become a local B.O. hit in... more ››