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New online LDS station features upbeat, contemporary music

A new online radio station aimed at Mormon listeners has launched.

The station, whose call letters are YLDSR, can be found at www.yourLDSradio.com. The program director is Sam Payne, a poet, singer, songwriter and radio show host.

The focus of the station is upbeat, contemporary music featuring new artists, with some pretaped program segments. When listeners click on the station, they hear a live stream of songs. Information about the song, artist and album, as well as a graphic of the CD cover, appears as the song is played. There is also an option to buy and download music.

Music played on the station "will be chosen at first from among songs that are already making the biggest impact in the cultural LDS listening experience," Payne said.

Listeners also will have the option of hearing on-demand prerecorded programs such as Steven Kapp Perry's "Cricket and Seagull" program, Greg Hansen's 10-minute "New Artist Show" and Payne's "Radio Family Journal."

The station is part of the music division of yourLDSneighborhood.com.

Southern Virginia University honors Fausts

BUENA VISTA, Va. — President James E. Faust, former second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Ruth Wright, have been honored posthumously with Southern Virginia University's Leader-Servant Award.

The Leader-Servant Award is the highest honor bestowed by Southern Virginia, a small liberal arts college in Virginia that caters to Latter-day Saint students and is given to recognize the contributions of respected leaders. The Fausts' five children were in attendance Sunday to receive the award on behalf of their parents.

"President Faust epitomizes what it means to be a leader-servant," Southern Virginia President Rodney K. Smith said. "And clearly, one cannot effectively capture the life and service of President Faust without including his eternal companion."

President and Sister Faust are the sixth recipients of the Leader-Servant Award. Past winners include Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Elder Marion D. Hanks, Chieko Okazaki, Glade M. and Kathleen N. Knight, and Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott.

President Faust, who died at the age of 87, served as a general authority of the LDS Church for 35 years, including 12 years as a member of the First Presidency.

Library offers military classes

The Family History Library is offering an all-day series of classes Saturday on military ancestry research.

Topics will include "U.S. Military Records 1775-1860," "U.S. Civil War Records" and "U.S. WWI & WWII Records." The classes will run from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All classes will be held in the main floor classroom.

To view the class schedule, go to www.familysearch.org. To register for the free classes, send an e-mail to FHLClassReg@ldschurch.org or call 801-240-4950,

On Saturdays, free parking is available for library patrons behind the Museum of Church History and Art.

Piano concert rescheduled for Nov. 22

A piano concert scheduled last Friday but canceled because of the protest at Temple Square has been rescheduled for Nov. 22. Elizabeth Ballantyne, the principal keyboard player with the Orchestra at Temple Square, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall. She will perform Bach's French Suite No. 6 in E Major; Haydn's Sonata No. 31 in Ab Major; Brahms' Intermezzi, Op. 118, Nos. 1 and 2; and Ravel's Gaspard De La Nuit. Admission is free, but is limited to those 8 years of age and older.