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Contributed By By Gerry Avant, Church News editor
“We can be such an influence [for good] as we become well informed about current events and join in community discussions and decision making.” —Letter insert, February 2014 Ensign
Deseret News management has announced a change in policy for the Church News. The change allows residents of Utah to subscribe for mail delivery of the Church News, a service that for decades has been available only to residents outside the state of Utah except for those who live in certain Utah zip codes.
Utah residents may now receive by mail the Church News, along with the Deseret News national edition, for the same rate as out-of-state subscribers, which is $30 per year.
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A letter sent out with the February 2014 issue of the Ensign states: “As members of the Church, we have been encouraged by the Lord and His servants to be an influence for good in our communities. Rather than simply accept the perils of our day, we are to make a positive difference in the world. This, in part, is what it means to be the ‘salt of the earth’ and the yeast that leavens the whole loaf (see Matthew 5:13; 13:33).
“We can be such an influence as we become well informed about current events and join in community discussions and decision making. There are many resources available to help us: local and national periodicals, school and council meetings, trusted online news sources, and community forums.”
The letter noted that the Deseret News national edition is one such resource.
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