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Religion and Culture Combined

The personal conversion stories shared in “Hybrid identity no contradiction for Jewish,” an article found in The Times of Israel, adds an interesting perspective on the lives of some Latter-day Saint converts. Many Latter-day Saints who converted from the Jewish faith have continued to enhance their identity with Jewish rituals and traditions. Read more . [...]

Royal Gratitude

The speedy response of Church members of York to provide a helping hand to the victims of the floods attracted the attention of royalty. Prince Andrew publically thanked Latter-day Saints who participated as Mormon Helping Hands volunteers by providing relief to flood victims through rescue searches, care packages, removing damaged belongings, and providing comfort to [...]

Going Far

Stephen (Brent) Wilson is a new member of the society with a considerable global experience.  Wilson's blog notes: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” an African Proverb. He invites us to consult his blog at

26th Conference Proceedings Online

Members may now access the 26th annual Conference Proceedings online (see Publications). Inside you will find the Keynote Address, "Welcoming Leaders from Around the World," given by Elder Richard Hinckley, director of Church Hosting, and Erlend D. Peterson, associate international vice president of Brigham Young University. Other presenters included are Terry Warner, professor emeritus [...]

Brazilian Transplant

Marcos Gallo Marcos was raised Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and the social problems he saw while growing up in Brazil inspired him to focus his education on international development. Gallo is a BYU student majoring in economics, with minors in international development, Chinese, and mathematics. He loves the Chinese culture and plans on attending graduate [...]

A Closer Look

Ricky Gettys Ricky is currently an international relations major at BYU, living in Provo. He conducted ethnographic research in Thailand on business development and ethics and was a facilitator for the BYU anthropology field school to Vietnam last summer, conducting research on integration of minorities into the state. Ricky teaches the culture and language [...]

A Mile in Another’s Shoes—The Value of Perspective

Developing a Global Mindset through Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion An American negotiating team arrives in Riyadh. They are sure their proposal will be a big hit with the Saudi negotiating team. Their talking points are ready, and they feel they should have the whole thing sewn up by evening.  However, their best-laid plans [...]

BYU and Beyond

Lisbeth Hopper is the accountant for BYU Title VI CIBE, in the Whitmore Global Management Center. Hopper's experience includes twenty years in commercial banking and finance with responsibilities in portfolio management, commercial underwriting, compliance, and personnel management and development. She is a native of Denmark and fluent in Scandinavian languages, president of the Danish Rebild [...]

Luncheon with Assistant LDS Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr.

Assistant Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr. will speak at the Milton A. Barlow Center in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, 28 July at noon. A light lunch will be served. There is no cost for this event. This event is sponsored by the DC Law Society Chapter, and LDS International Society members are invited to [...]

Religious Freedom Annual Review: Fairness for All

BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies will hold their annual conference Monday, 6–Wednesday, 8 July. The Annual Review will provide an up-to-date review for lawyers and nonlawyers on religious freedom challenges in the United States and around the world. In both workshop and lecture settings, the BYU International Center for Law and Religion [...]