- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The Mormon church has given $1 million to Utah State University’s Mormon studies program and an anonymous donor has pledged to match other donations up to $500,000.

Philip Barlow, USU’s only full-time Mormon studies professor, tells the Deseret News (https://bit.ly/2hAqary ) that the donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints came with no strings attached and will pay for guest speakers, symposia and fellowships for students.

The 66-year-old Barlow says the two gifts give him confidence that the program will endure after his retirement.

USU is the first Utah university to offer a Mormon studies major and is raising a $3 million endowment to fund the program and its Leonard J. Arrington Professorship of Mormon History and Culture.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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