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Mormon Media Observer: LDS news roundup

News about church members and the LDS church is making headlines across the U.S. this week from LDS member Austin Collie in the Super Bowl to the redesign of the Phoenix Temple to an LDS member's suggestion of ballroom dancing in Missouri for physical education credit as well as insights into the human caring in Haiti.

Austin Collie (and his faith) making Super Bowl headlines

Austin Collie and references to his faith have making news around the country in anticipation of the Super Bowl. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

"Collie, 24, served his mission from January 2005 to January 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He returned to the United States just a couple of weeks before the Colts' victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI. Collie in fact was speaking fluent Spanish to a Hispanic reporter during the Colts' media session Wednesday. Switching over to English, Collie said he was star-struck at first — no, make that intimidated — working with Manning and the rest of the Colts' offensive stars when he arrived in Indianapolis."Oh yeah, I mean I grew up watching these guys all day, all your life," Collie said. "Or all your football life. And to suddenly be playing with these guys, it's a pretty neat experience. A pretty intimidating experience."

A few more links at the Sacramento Bee and the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Phoenix temple goes back to drawing board The Arizona Republic reports:

"Since voters won't go to the polls to approve a height increase for the proposed Phoenix Arizona Temple, the attention shifts to the Mormon church's redesign of the building.

The City Council on Tuesday rescinded its decision allowing an extra 10 feet of height for the temple at 5104 W. Pinnacle Peak Road. City leaders said they changed their minds about the zoning because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints withdrew its application and wanted to avoid a costly special election. Critics of the temple had collected enough valid signatures to force an election."

10 things you might not know about Harry Reid

A U.S. News and World Report blog reports about Reid. Inquiring readers definitely want to know this:"Harry Mason Reid was born in a tin-roofed, wooden cabin in Searchlight, Nev., on Dec. 12, 1939, to Harry and Inez Reid, a hard-rock miner and a washerwoman."

Vancouver residents to glimpse inside temple The Vancouver Sun reports:

"In the month of April, Metro Vancouverites will be offered the highly unusual opportunity to experience the inside of a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). By early May, the large new Langley temple will be formally dedicated by Mormon officials and closed to outsiders, virtually forever. Mormons consider the rituals performed inside their temples so holy that they are reserved only for Mormons judged worthy by church authorities. The nearly completed Vancouver British Columbia Temple, located in a semi-rural neighbourhood at the corner of 82nd Avenue and 204th Street, is the first Mormon temple in B.C."

Stake president: get dancing

A member of Missouri's legislature has suggested that the state's students get credit for ballroom dancing. He says an LDS stake president helped make the suggestion.

Pure religion in Haiti

Michael Otterson, LDS Church Public Affairs director, writes about the outpouring of service in Haiti in the Washington Post/Newsweek "On Faith" blog.