L.A. Mormon temple closed after suspicious envelope arrives in mail.

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    Nov 14, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    L.A. Mormon temple closed after suspicious envelope arrives in mail
    The FBI is investigating the incident involving a white, powdery substance. Officials said it was unclear if the envelope had anything to do with protests against Prop. 8.
    By Tami Abdollah
    7:18 PM PST, November 13, 2008
    The Los Angeles Mormon temple in Westwood was closed Thursday afternoon after an envelope filled with an unidentified white, powdery substance was delivered to temple employees, police said.

    About 3:30 p.m., a hazardous-materials team was sent to the temple at Santa Monica and Overland boulevards, said Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Smith.


    The temple has recently been the site of protests by opponents of Proposition 8, though it is unclear whether the envelope was related to protests over the gay marriage ban, officials said.

    "It is unknown who it's from or who it's addressed to, or any of that," Smith said.

    Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles office, said agents were investigating.


    A similar letter was received at the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple about 3:30 p.m. local time today, said Juan Becerra, a spokesman for the FBI's Salt Lake City office.

    "Our hazmat team as well as Salt Lake City Fire Department responded, collected the evidence, and it is now at the lab," he said.

    Meanwhile, a gay rights activist submitted a formal complaint to the enforcement division of the California Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that the Mormon church failed to report the value of the work, including phone banks, commercials and other services, done to support the Proposition 8 campaign.

    Proposition 8, which amends the state Constitution, was approved by voters last week.

    Abdollah is a Times staff writer.

    tami.abdollah@latimes.com

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    Nov 14, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    They were run off before, we can run them off again.....starting to see why they were run off in the first place....
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    Nov 14, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    they probably sent it to themselves.
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    Nov 14, 2008 4:29 AM GMT
    Caslon7000 saidthey probably sent it to themselves.
    thats what i was thinking
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    Nov 14, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    heh heh. Awesome
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:17 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 saidthey probably sent it to themselves.


    Boy I hope that's the case. I would be really upset otherwise.
    Even if it was just corn starch in the envelope, I still think it's a sick joke to play... and going WAY to far.
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:22 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 said
    Caslon7000 saidthey probably sent it to themselves.


    Boy I hope that's the case. I would be really upset otherwise.
    Even if it was just corn starch in the envelope, I still think it's a sick joke to play... and going WAY to far.

    Yes. If it's the "gay avengers" like the ones who actually did disrupt a church (in Michigan, I think), that's bad news, because the Tony Perkins, etc. use any 1 extreme event and use it to represent gays everywhere.
    If it's one of the self-directed letters from a Mormon to plant, they should be called out--just like the "Backward B" McCain volunteer girl, or gays that put graffiti on their own homes to claim hate crimes.
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    Nov 14, 2008 2:29 PM GMT
    It was probably magic laundry detergent for their magic undergarments.