Women Ask LDS Church Again To Attend Priesthood Session
(KUTV) Once again, the group Ordain Women is asking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to allow them to attend next month's General Conference priesthood session, which is currently restricted to men.
"I think that we are ready. It has been quite some time. Women used to give blessings in the LDS Church not through the priesthood but healing blessings. I think we've got a lot of legacy of women being powerful, spiritual authorities in the church," said Ordain Women spokeswoman Hannah Wheelwright, who said women were told to stop giving blessings at General Conference in 1946. "Women are not equal in the LDS Church. Equality is not a feeling; it's something that can be measured and something looking at women's organizations in the church."
Two weeks ago, the group submitted a request to the Director of Events for Temple Square for tickets to the meeting, Wheelwright said. She and a group of as many as 500 people from around the world plan to head to Temple Square on April 5.
"We are hoping that showing up outside of the Tabernacle and trying to get tickets to the priesthood session that we can demonstrate to the church leaders that we still support them praying and asking The Lord about women's ordination in the LDS Church," Wheelwright said of their efforts not only to attend the meeting but to move toward gaining a new role in the church. "We believe all are alike unto God and that God views women equally, but we need to have the church manifest that equality."
Wheelwright and an estimated 250 other participants attempted to enter the meeting last October. The church turned them down, instead broadcasting the session live to anyone.
"I was immensely disappointed. I was very, very distraught," said Wheelwright, who will graduate Brigham Young University in June with a minor in women's studies. "Being individually turned away demonstrated to me that it was solely on the basis of my gender. It didn't matter that I was ready and willing, and didn't matter that there were plenty of empty seats in the Conference Center and more than enough in the Tabernacle. It only mattered that I was a woman."
Wheelwright's friend, Rachel Mitchell, is behind the group's efforts, despite some initial reluctance.
"I didn't want to be seen as disrespecting anyone, but what I'd like to be seen as is just someone asking a question," Mitchell said of her participation in the group. "I think that it's pretty exciting. I like the discussion."
The LDS Church did not have a statement regarding the group's request, spokesperson Jessica Moody said.
Last year, the church said LDS leaders denied the group tickets because the priesthood session was meant to "strengthen men" and "parallel" Relief Society meetings were already in place for women.
Nonetheless, Wheelwright and Mitchell are hopeful this General Conference will be different.
"I think they expected us to turn away quietly, and so I do not anticipate the church doing the same thing," Wheelwright said. "We'll be there no matter what, and we'll just roll with whatever happens."
(KUTV) Two people were injured Sunday afternoon when the driver of a vehicle went through two fences and crashed into a residential carport.
The driver tried to make a left turn near Interstate-215 and 3900 South. The vehicle was apparently going so fast the driver couldn't make the turn, Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said.
The vehicle crashed into a backyard and struck the homeowners carport. Both the driver and occupant were taken to the hospital in fair condition. They are in their 80s.
Police say the driver may have got his foot stuck on gas while trying to make the turn. The crash is still under investigation.
Endangered Adult Missing from Retirement Center Has Been Found
(KUTV) South Jordan police say that Randolph Neil Campbell, who was reported missing from a retirement center Saturday night, has been found by a homeowner in Sandy.
The Sandy resident found the 73-year-old man in his backyard on Sunday. Mr. Campbell was taken to the hospital in fair condition, South Jordan police said in a press release.
Here is the earlier report about the endangered missing adult.
South Jordan Police are searching for 73-year-old Randolph Neil Campbell, a missing and endangered adult.
Campbell was last seen at the Legacy Retirement Center in South Jordan on Saturday afternoon.He was wearing khaki pants with a blue button-down shirt, a tan jacket and black shoes. He may also be wearing a tan hat with his grandchildrens’ signatures.
Campbell suffers from Alzheimer’s but may recognize his name or the name of his son, Richard Campbell.
(KUTV) The Davis County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call from a woman claiming a man was waving a gun in her West Point neighborhood.
"She believed she heard him say something about shooting. Then she says he went back into the home and she heard a couple of pops," Davis County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Brener said.
Police arrived on the scene--but no one involved was responding. Officers say the homeowner, where the alleged assault took place, couldn't be reached and those inside refused to come to the door.
"Some yelling and commotion [was heard]. So we responded to what we thought could have been an assault." Lt. Brener said. "It appeared to be a barricaded situation. We didn't know if we still had armed individuals in the house."
Deputies believed people were trapped inside the house.
A SWAT team responded and secured the area. Eventually, five people came out of home, no injuries were reported, but police say an illegal substance was found in the home, along with a gun. Two people were arrested, including the homeowner.
Authorities say three of the five people that came out of the home were just visiting, and two of them were brother and sister.
Utah weather for the evening of Sunday, March 9, 2014: Today was another very warm day across the entire state, but high thin clouds have started to filter out some of the sunshine. These clouds are moving in ahead of our next storm, which will push into the state late tomorrow.
Forecast for the Wasatch Front: Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Lows in the upper 40s. Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Showers move in by late-afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s.
Dive Team Searching For Dinosaur Fossil in Colorado River
(KUTV) The Grand County Sheriff's Office revealed "investigators have identified a suspect" in a dinosaur track taken from land near Moab more than two weeks ago; and divers have now gone into murky water to try to find the fossil.
"Currently, a dive team from the Department of Public Safety is… searching the area of the Colorado River located at the Dewey Bridge on SR 128, where the fossil is believed to have been dumped," said the sheriff's office. Officials have not released the suspect's name, and no charges have yet been filed.
Still, investigators are said to be speaking about the case with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake.
"The Bureau of Land Management has been working with Grand County, and so the BLM has consulted with attorneys in our office as this began to unfold," said Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney. "If the facts warrant it, we will be filing charges."
The BLM reported the "theft" more than two weeks ago---and the sheriff's office said the track was removed from the Sand Flats area.
"The dinosaur track, preserved in Navajo Sandstone, dates to the Jurassic Period and is estimated to be 190 million years old," said a BLM release. "When fossils like these are taken, we lose irreplaceable scientific and educational opportunities to explore some of the natural history that makes Utah's public lands so special."
Even if divers find what they're looking for, what might be the condition of the remains?
An earlier report said BLM officials thought someone chiseled the track out of the sandstone, and carried it away. Was it further broken after it was taken? What might be the effect of being underwater for extended time?
The BLM said a 2009 federal law, known as the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, protects dinosaur tracks and bones of the prehistoric creatures. "Vandalism and theft of these resources can result in criminal and civil penalties, including fines and potential jail time."
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