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December 14, 2018

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December 13, 2018

Kristin Chenoweth Rings in Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir (LDS Newsroom) (December 13, 2018)
“This moment in my life has been a long time coming,” said Kristin Chenoweth, the featured guest artist and narrator at this year’s Christmas concerts by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. “This is a bucket list. It’s the music that draws me in every time.”

Performing with Tabernacle Choir to Be a “Bucket List” Moment for Kristin Chenoweth (Church News) (December 13, 2018)
Growing up in Oklahoma, do-it-all singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth had a trio of must-see television shows: The Tony Awards, the Miss America Pageant, and finally, the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas special.

Church to Close Dominican Republic MTC in January 2019 (Church News) (December 13, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced December 12 that it will close its missionary training center located in the Dominican Republic, effective January 2019.

Animated, kid-friendly video puts Book of Mormon story about Christ's birth in a whole new light (The Church News) (December 13, 2018)
A Book of Mormon story about the birth of Christ is portrayed in a new animated video by the Church. "Samuel and the Star," published on Dec. 6, tells the story of Samuel the Lamanite (an ancient American prophet in the Book of Mormon) and how he prophesied that the Savior would be born in five years from that time.

December 12, 2018

Read the dedicatory prayer of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple (The Church News) (December 12, 2018)
Following is the text of the prayer offered by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, to dedicate the Barranquilla Colombia Temple on Sunday, Dec. 9.

In Honor of Human Rights (LDS Newsroom) (December 12, 2018)
Sixty-six years ago a document graced the world that set new horizons for human relations. It is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was the first global expression of its kind.

Deadpool spoof of Adventist's Jesus painting now subject of LDS discrimination petition (KUTV - Utah) (December 12, 2018)
The painting recently spoofed by forthcoming film "Once Upon A Deadpool," commissioned by the LDS Church decades ago, was painted by Seventh-day Adventist painter Joseph Harry Anderson. It is now the subject of a petition that states the poster should be changed "to not mock the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."

December 11, 2018

Claremont scholar Patrick Mason eager to head up USU’s Mormon studies program and write a ‘bunch of books’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 11, 2018)
Patrick Mason, head of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University, is trading his post in balmy Southern California for the snowy climes of northern Utah.

Melvin Dummar, Utahn who claimed a piece of Howard Hughes’ fortune in ‘Mormon Will,’ dies at 74 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 11, 2018)
Melvin Dummar, a Utah gas station owner who became the stuff of legend, punchlines, a Hollywood Oscar winner and years of litigation over a chunk of Howard Hughes' estate that was supposedly left to Dummar, died Saturday. He was 74.

Clarkston pageant among those discontinued by LDS Church (Herald Journal - Utah) (December 11, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday it will end four of its seven large, faith-promoting pageants, including “Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew,” held in Clarkston. The pageant, held every other year at the Martin Harris Memorial Amphitheater in Clarkston, commemorated one of the early leaders of the church and was well known to many local Latter-day Saints. It was first performed in 1983 with the original script written by Rhett James.

Rare LDS artifacts dealer charged with three more felonies, appears before judge (ABC 4 - Utah) (December 11, 2018)
The man accused in thefts of rare Latter-day Saint artifacts appeared before a Provo judge Tuesday as he faced three more felony charges. Kevin Mark Ronald Schuwer, 29, of Orem, was charged Monday with theft, theft by deception and pattern of unlawful activity. The former two are third degree felonies, the latter is a second degree felony. Schuwer's attorney was not present at his initial appearance. Bail will be discussed at a hearing next week.

December 10, 2018

Barranquilla Colombia Temple Is Dedicated (LDS Newsroom) (December 10, 2018)
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple was formally dedicated Sunday, December 9, 2018, in three sessions by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Colombia’s Newest Temple Is Already Helping Area Youth Make “the Right Choice” (The Church News) (December 10, 2018)
Latter-day Saint youth here had to make a tough choice Saturday night. The local professional soccer team, Junior, was competing for the national club finals against vaunted rival Medellin.

Elder Bednar Dedicates New High-Tech BYU Engineering Building (Church News) (December 10, 2018)
A “new season” has begun for engineering students at Brigham Young University after the dedication of a 200,000-square-foot building and research lab for the college.

Holiday Service Project Brings Christmas Gifts to Temple Square Missionaries (Church News) (December 10, 2018)
“Mom, please stop sending me so many packages.” That’s a phrase not many mothers of full-time missionaries expect to hear—but that’s the message Jerri-Ann Sturzenegger received from her daughter, Blakely, while Blakely was serving full-time in the Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission in December 2016. The reason? Blakely noticed her companion, Sister Yi Yi Liu, was being left out.

Salt Lake County is now minority Mormon, and the impacts are far reaching (Fox 13 - Utah) (December 10, 2018)
With major implications on everything from the classroom to the church pews, from the Capitol to the dinner table, an unrelenting demographic shift has hit a major milestone: Fewer than half the people living in Salt Lake County are on the rolls of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

December 7, 2018

First Presidency 2018 Christmas Message (LDS Newsroom) (December 7, 2018)
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts—the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance, and the promise of life everlasting.

Elder Soares visits Central America during first solo trip as an Apostle (The Church News) (December 7, 2018)
Reading from the pages of his mother’s journal, Elder Ulisses Soares recently learned much about his parents’ conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Full-time Peruvian missionary dies from illness while serving in Bolivia (The Church News) (December 7, 2018)
A full-time missionary from Peru serving in Bolivia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, following a brief illness. Elder Brian Lezama Sanchez, 26, of Cajamarca, Peru, who had been serving in the Bolivia La Paz El Alto Mission since August 2017, died while being transferred to a hospital after receiving medical treatment at another hospital. The exact cause of death is undetermined.

This week in Mormon Land: BYU students embrace evolution, a new string of excommunications stirs questions, church’s political stances draw scrutiny (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 7, 2018)
Two days before Election Day, Marty Stephens, a Latter-day Saint stake president and the church’s chief lobbyist on Utah’s Capitol Hill, took to the pulpit and urged his congregations to “Follow the prophet” and, in so many words, vote against the ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana.

December 6, 2018

Fun vs. joy: Elder Bednar speaks at BYU about finding true happiness (The Church News) (December 6, 2018)
During a “spiritually powerful testimony meeting” recently, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles listened intently as a woman declared great joy because of the Father’s plan of salvation.

Church makes final decision on pageants. See which 3 productions made the cut (The Church News) (December 6, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced officially which pageants will continue following the Church's Oct. 27 statement that "the goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world."

How Caribbean Church members are staying vibrant and energized post Hurricanes Irma, Maria (The Church News) (December 6, 2018)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s recent Caribbean visit placed an exclamation point on a monumental year here for Latter-day Saints. Decades from now, when Caribbean members study their history, they will surely find multiple chapters written on a period bookended loosely by the autumn of 2017 to the autumn of 2018.

New $85 million BYU Engineering Building is high tech with research labs, project space. Here are highlights from the dedication (The Church News) (December 6, 2018)
A “new season” has begun for engineering students at Brigham Young University after the dedication of a 200,000-square-foot building and research lab for the college. Known for their impressive innovation with energy-efficient vehicles, self-flying drones, rocketry, and developments in wheelchair capabilities, the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology has a new place to call home — one that is now equipped to accommodate more creativity and growth than ever before.

December 5, 2018

An Apostle's perspective on the 'universal' nature of the gospel (Church News) (December 5, 2018)
Sitting in his office overlooking the grounds of Temple Square after returning from a nine-day visit to the South America South Area, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on a recent experience he had of witnessing the ongoing fulfillment of a prophecy made more than 180 years ago.

Light the World (mormon.org) (December 5, 2018)
Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. Join us this Christmas as we follow His example and find ways to share our time, love, and resources with those in need.

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