Friday, 15 December 2017
- LDS Church leadership to send letter allowing young men to do proxy baptisms in temples (Daily Herald - Utah)
A letter released Thursday by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to LDS bishops and other ecclesiastical leaders reportedly states that 16-year-old priests in the Aaronic Priesthood of the church will now be able to perform proxy baptisms in LDS temples.
- Mormon teens to have greater opportunities for temple service in 2018 (Deseret News - Utah)
Eli Staggs, 17, has been dying to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for two years, but while he stood in line to see the movie in Kansas City on Thursday afternoon, he found himself looking ahead to performing proxy baptisms in an LDS temple in January.
"It's a pretty rare opportunity to baptize someone before your mission," said Staggs, a Mormon priest, a priesthood office for boys 16 to 18 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
That's about to change.
- Sutton Foster, Hugh Bonneville thoroughly charm the crowd at Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
“What a spectacular drawing room you have here,” Hugh Bonneville exclaimed as he took the stage of the LDS Conference Center on Thursday night. The British actor, best known for his portrayal of an early 20th-century earl on the popular period drama “Downton Abbey,” was a guest of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on their annual Christmas extravaganza. He shared the bill with two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, whose radiant personality was easily big enough to fill the hangar-size hall.
- The story behind the LDS creche exhibit that started them all (and where you can see a portion of it this Christmas) (Deseret News - Utah)
Elizabeth Anne (Betsy) Christensen waited until she was sure her parents had gone to sleep in the early morning hours of Christmas morning. She snuck up to the attic where she had hidden a crate she brought home from her study abroad trip to Europe. She used a crowbar to carefully pry the crate open, and she was sure she was going to wake someone despite her best efforts to be quiet.
28 ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives."
President Thomas S. Monson, April 2017