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Standing Rock begins re-entry program for ex-prisoners

A cultural and spiritual program meant to lower recidivism rates at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation by partnering successfully reintegrated ex-convicts with recently released offenders kicked off Friday on the community that straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.

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Refugees coming to Idaho need our support

In October of 2015, as the flood of refugees into Europe increased, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a letter to its members expressing concern and compassion for the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to leave their homes and seek refuge.

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Loren Yadon: Our real worth comes neither from us or others

While employing a young man to help him clean out a rental house, the landlord discovered an old box of denim pants left in the basement. In disgust, he told the young helper to dispose of this accumulated junk. The young man asked if he could take the contents to someone he knew to see if it had any worth. He asked if he and the landlord could split any proceeds he might be able to gain from this “junk.” My friend agreed to the arrangement and commenced to clean while his helper took the box of jeans out of the house.

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Said Ahmed-Zaid: Community connections can fight Islamophobia

On Feb. 28, 2016, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) reported to law-enforcement authorities that its headquarters building in Plainfield, Ind., had been spray-painted with racial epithets over the weekend. Surveillance cameras caught three young men committing the act of vandalism in the early hours of the morning.

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What will we look like in Heaven?

Will we sport halos? Will we sprout wings? Will we be round and “roll around Heaven all day?” Will we be naked, like Adam and Eve, or draped in shining apparel? Will I still need suspenders to hold up my britches?

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Ponder, don’t just read, Scriptures

Those who profess a belief in Jesus Christ and who count themselves among his followers seek to follow his teachings and obey the commandments he has given them. In Matthew we read Christ’s commandment, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt 4:10)

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Dan Fink: Idaho’s ‘Add the Words’ gay-rights compromise is a farce

On some matters of principle, there is no room for compromise. When well-meaning but cautious liberals asked Martin Luther King to proceed slowly in pursuit of civil rights, he responded in his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail:” “For years now I have heard the word ‘wait.’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This ‘wait’ has almost always meant ‘never.’ We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’ ”

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Our Lady of Guadalupe evokes powerful spirituality

Oralia Lorenzana speaks about her deep connection with the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness of all the Americas. St. John's Cathedral in Boise observes one of the most important feast days, particularly among Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics. According to believers, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared in 1531 in the hills above Mexico City to a poor man, Juan Diego. She appeared with dark skin, speaking not Spanish but Nahuatl, the indigenous language, and appeared to a working man, not a high church official. As proof of her appearance, the Virgin made roses bloom in December. Diego gathered the flowers in his cloak, or tilma, and brought them to the bishop. When he unwrapped them, an image of the Virgin remained on the tilma. The Virgin is always portrayed with roses.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
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