Religion

Conversion rate lags behind missionary increase

SALT LAKE CITY -- A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts.

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First test may surprise you

The first half of Colossians tells how Christ is pre-eminent in all things: creation, redemption, the church, wisdom and knowledge, even life itself. This is an important doctrine.

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Nazarene celebrates

Pastor James and Rhonda Lambert will celebrate 14 years at Nazarene Baptist Church, 220 Silver St., at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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Gospel singing

Shorewood Hills Assembly of God, 1322 Remmel Ram Road, at Jones Mill, will host a gospel singing at 11 a.m. April 19. The singing will feature "The Believers," formerly the Beebe Believers.

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Book signing

John McCallum, pastor of First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will sign copies of his book "How the Lord Sent Christmas" at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2350 Central Ave., from 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Close watch on pope

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Sunday will declare a little-known 10th-century Armenian mystic a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors a pope can bestow. More attention, though, is likely to be on whether Francis utters the word "genocide" during his homily.

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