Mormon Tabernacle Choir Joins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Joins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Anyone who has ever visited a Disney theme-park in the United States or abroad is very familiar with the sing-along song “It’s A Small World.” On 10 April 2014, the “It’s A Small World” attraction which has become “an iconic part of a day at one of Disney’s enclaves” [1] will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a historic, global sing-along which will include guests and cast members at Disney parks from three continents and four countries. Disney’s US resorts – Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida – will join forces with Disneyland Paris, plus two of Disney’s parks in the Far East – the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort – for an arms-around-the-globe rendition of the famous song. Included among...

BYU Scientists Make Amazing Breakthroughs

BYU Scientists Make Amazing Breakthroughs

The word science comes from the Latin “scientia,” meaning knowledge. A basic dictionary definition of the word “science” is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Thus, through observation and experimentation, a scientist is able to acquire knowledge to describe and explain natural phenomena to produce useful models of reality. Knowledge of Raw Natural Gas Leads to Experimentation of New Energy Source Using their combined knowledge of raw natural gas, chemists from Brigham Young University (BYU) and the Scripps Research Institute, in the March 14 issue of Science magazine, identified a process that could be...

Skeleton Athlete Eric Neilson Takes on Olympics

Skeleton Athlete Eric Neilson Takes on Olympics

When you take a look at the Olympic athletes, you see many–if not most–who have trained since early adolescence at the least. Late-coming athletes are rare in the Olympic village. Eric Neilson, however, defied the norm and represented Canada in skeleton even though he started training in the sport when he was already 25 years old. source A Taste of Skeleton Neilson had his first glimpse of skeleton in 2006 when his friend convinced him to attend a talent ID camp in Vancouver after the city was selected for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Neilson’s build and other physical qualifications convinced officials to recommend him for further evaluation in Calgary. After he tried skeleton for the first time, he loved it and devoted all his extra time to...

Why the World Will Remember Mormon Olympian Kate Hansen

Why the World Will Remember Mormon Olympian Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen came in tenth place in luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Among Olympians that’s nothing to brag about–but people are still talking about Kate. Why? Kate Hansen has turned out to be not only a remarkable luger who made it to compete in the Olympics, but she also has a happy and fun-loving spirit that helps keep the other Olympians thinking positive. source Viral Dancing Anyone following the 2014 Olympics will have heard Kate’s name. She’s the luger who warms up listening to Beyonce and has no shame in it. A GIF of Kate dancing to music in her headphones went viral and has been imitated by other athletes competing in the Olympic Games. Kate’s trademark warm-up originated when she had a broken foot in fall 2013 and had a...

Jessika Jenson Tackles New Olympic Snowboarding Category

Jessika Jenson Tackles New Olympic Snowboarding Category

Jessika Jenson hails from Rigby, Idaho, and grew up snowboarding as well as dirt biking, wakeboarding, and mountain biking. Snowboarding, though, is her specialty. Jessika first started snow sports skiing at a local resort and switched to snowboarding when she was only 10 years old. Since then she took her training into her own hands and entered every open competition she could. She started competing when she was 14 and found open competitions at local resorts like Kelly Canyon and Grand Targhee. Jessika’s talent made her a notable contender, and she quickly rose in the rankings. The past two seasons have served up a handful of injuries to the young snowboarder, but she pushes through and continues to pull out unique tricks and competitive runs. Jessika...

LDS Church Increases Membership in the 18-29 Age Group

LDS Church Increases Membership in the 18-29 Age Group

As part of a larger study on religious values, diversity, and immigration, the Public Religion Research Institute released an infographic which shows the age range of religious affiliations throughout America. Concerning the infographic, Tony Jones in his blog post on Patheos titled “Bye-Bye Millenials” stated, Here, in living color, we see the church’s failure to engage an entire generation. You’ll notice that it [the infographic] also undermines the evangelical claim that they’re doing better with younger generations than progressive Christians. You’ll see that’s not true. In fact, the evangelical drop is more precipitous than the mainline drop — they’ve also got further to fall. [1] Evangelicals Experience Decrease, Other Faiths Witness...


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