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A.M. notes: LDS Church surveys missionaries on safety, U. adds new esports teams, Pres. Eyring rededicates temple

A woman prepares to leave a bouquet of flowers at a floral tribute in the London Bridge area of London, Monday, June 5, 2017. Police arrested several people and are widening their investigation after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed sever
A woman prepares to leave a bouquet of flowers at a floral tribute in the London Bridge area of London, Monday, June 5, 2017. Police arrested several people and are widening their investigation after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed several people and injured more than 40 others in the heart of London on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Here’s a look at the news for June 5.

New survey asks missionaries if they’re safe

A new online survey from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent out this past weekend asks missionaries about safety, according to the Deseret News.

The LDS Church, which sent out a link to the survey to more than 62,000 missionaries across the world, asked questions about physical threats and assaults, residential safety and sexual assault, the Deseret News reported.

The survey remains confidential, but participants are asked to identify their mission by name and any cities or areas where they’ve been assigned, according to the Deseret News.

LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins told the Deseret News the survey will improve missionary safety.

“The safety of missionaries is of great importance to the church,” Hawkins said. “Missionaries are taught principles to keep themselves safe, and in areas where missionary safety may be at risk, we may alter assignments or provide them with more specific guidelines to enhance their safety.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

U. adds two new teams for eports teams

The University of Utah will add two more esports teams to its already blossoming program, both for games “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone,” according to the Deseret News.

The U. previously announced that its esports competition team would battle in the “League of Legends” game, the Deseret News reported.

The U. will likely announced another game in the coming days, according to the Deseret News.

A.J. Dimick, the U.'s director of operations for esports, told the Deseret News that esports is more popular than many people think.

"I always tell people in other schools that esports has a bigger presence than they think," Dimick said. "And the energy and enthusiasm for esports here at the U. has just been tremendous."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Police investigate aftermath of London terror attack

Saturday night, three attackers killed seven people and injured 48 more in London, according to BBC.

The three attackers, who drove into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others in Borough Market, were shot and killed, BBC reported. About 36 people are in the hospital and 18 remain in critical condition.

Police are investigating the terror attack's potentially large network of attackers, having detained a number of people following raids in Newham and Barking, England, BBC reported.

Prime Minister Theresa May said "enough is enough" and the world needs to change the way it responds to terrorism, The New York Times reported.

“Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would,” she said. “Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values. But when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.”

Read more on BBC and The New York Times.

President Eyring rededicates Idaho Falls Temple

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the church’s First Presidency, rededicated the 72-year-old Idaho Falls Temple over the weekend, according to the Deseret News.

Thousands of people participated in Sunday’s rededication ceremony, where the Idaho Falls Temple was reopened, according to the Deseret News.

Eyring said that the building’s history will inspire a better future.

“This temple has a glorious future,” he said. “The young people who come here to be sealed will build wonderful families that can be together forever.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Warriors take Game 2 in NBA Finals

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant brought the Golden State Warriors their second straight NBA Finals win, putting the team up 2-0 on the Cleveland Cavaliers as the series shifts back to Cleveland, according to the Associated Press.

The Warriors, who defeated the Utah Jazz in a seven-game series in the Western Conference semifinals, won on Sunday night 132-113, the Associated Press reported.

Golden State celebrated the return of coach Steve Kerr, who hasn’t been on the sideline for six weeks thanks to an injury.

"He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got," Curry said of Kerr. "But having him back on the bench means a lot. We love his presence. We love his voice. And we're a full group when he's out here. So that means a lot."

Read more from the Associated Press.

Trailer for “Raven’s Home” drops

The Disney Channel shared its first trailer for “Raven’s Home” over the weekend. The show will be a sequel series to “That’s So Raven.”