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September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019

The Frankfurt Germany Temple Has Been a “Spiritual Jewel” for Elder and Sister Uchtdorf for the Past 32 Years (Church News) (September 20, 2019)
On a German late-summer’s day in 1987, Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder Neal A. Maxwell, and Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin told the Frankfurt Germany Temple committee chair that they wanted to stretch their legs for a few minutes before the temple dedication.

The personal connection Sister Cordon has with the Lisbon Portugal Temple (Church News) (September 20, 2019)
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has many ties to Portugal.

Church Announces Closure of Guatemala MTC (Church News) (September 20, 2019)
The missionary training center in Guatemala City, Guatemala, will close effective January 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced September 19.

‘There is always far more good’: Household items donated to dozens of Utah families in need (KSL - Utah) (September 20, 2019)
Beds. Toys. Microwaves. Clothes. Vacuum cleaners. Rugs. Pots and pans. They covered the lawn of Copperview Elementary School in the late afternoon, as an eager line began to form on the perimeter. Twenty minutes later, nearly everything — all 10 truckloads worth of items — was gone.

September 19, 2019

Elder who died following car accident remembered for devotion, humor (Church News) (September 19, 2019)
A young elder who died Sept. 17 following a car accident days earlier in western Canada is being remembered as a “missionary of faith” who lifted many with his humor and devotion to sharing the gospel.

Raleigh North Carolina Temple Opens for Tours (Church Newsroom) (September 19, 2019)
After a lengthy remodeling project, the Raleigh North Carolina Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is complete. Members of the public are encouraged to visit and learn more about the sacred work that occurs in the building during a free open house held Saturday, September 21 through September 28, 2019, excluding Sunday, September 22.

Mormon Leader Reaffirms Opposition to Gay Marriage, Adds That the Church Has Love For All 'Regardless of Sexual Orientation' (TIME) (September 19, 2019)
The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed Tuesday the religion’s opposition to gay marriage, saying God’s law dictates that marriage is restricted to unions between a man and a woman.

Changes to Emphasize the Correct Name of the Church of Jesus Christ (Church Newsroom) (September 19, 2019)
The Mormon Channel, a Church media channel that publishes inspirational videos, live video events, 24-hour music and radio streams, podcasts and blog posts, has changed its name to Latter-day Saints Channel. Content can be accessed at SaintsChannel.ChurchofJesusChrist.org or the Saints Channel mobile app (available on Google Play and the App Store).

Trump taps Latter-day Saint as new national security adviser (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 19, 2019)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O’Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser.

Trump realigns national security team with a low-profile adviser (Washington Post) (September 19, 2019)
Upon taking the job, O’Brien will become the highest-ranking Mormon in the U.S. government, an important development for a religious community that has shown some skepticism of Trump and will be a closely watched voting demographic in states such as Arizona. O’Brien converted from Catholicism in his 20s.

Latter-Day Saints open new church in The Woodlands (Houston Chronicle - Texas) (September 19, 2019)
As the population of The Woodlands and surrounding areas grow, so does the membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is set to open a new church building.

September 18, 2019

Read President Nelson’s full BYU devotional on the love and laws of God, 2015 LGBT policy (Church News) (September 18, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson spoke at a Brigham Young University devotional in Provo, Utah, on God’s love for His children. He invited young adults around the world to watch his message. View and read his address.

Love Motivated Policy Changes Toward LGBT Parents and Children, Prophet Says (Church Newsroom) (September 18, 2019)
Scripture makes clear that God wants the best for everyone (see Moses 1:39). His motive is pure love. This motive cannot be any different for the prophets He calls to communicate His love, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told young adult Latter-day Saints around the world Tuesday.

President Nelson explains LGBT 2015 policy, asks young adults to pray ‘if we truly are the Lord’s apostles and prophets’ (Church News) (September 18, 2019)
Addressing “The Love and Laws of God” during a BYU devotional Tuesday, President Russell M. Nelson shared “five truths” with young adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and pled with them to pray about the truthfulness of each one.

Missionary Serving in British Columbia Passes Away (Church Newsroom) (September 18, 2019)
We are saddened to share news of the passing of Elder Bryant Keck, a young missionary in the Canada Vancouver Mission who was involved in a serious crash late last week. Elder Keck, age 19, is from Sanford, Colorado and had been serving since June 2018. He passed away Tuesday with his mother by his side. Elder Keck and his companion, Elder Dallin Thompson, had been driving Friday in Kamloops in British Columbia when their vehicle collided with a truck. Elder Thompson, age 19, from Sahuarita, Arizona, remains in critical condition in the hospital.

Bishop Causse Gives Keynote Address at UN Conference in Geneva (Church Newsroom) (September 18, 2019)
"As a person of faith, I believe that all of us living on this beautiful planet share a sacred responsibility to care for all of God’s children and to reach out to others in need, whoever they are and wherever they may be,” said Bishop Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Geneva as he delivered a keynote address at a United Nations conference.

Baptisms at practice: How college football became a Christian empire (The Guardian) (September 18, 2019)
Many programs will send an assistant coach of Samoan, or Tongan descent who will tell the kid and his family that they have somebody to share their Christian faith once they get to the mainland.” Those recruits used to attend universities primarily in the western United States – those of Mormon faith often attended Brigham Young or Utah, others would sign to play at programs closer to the islands like Washington, USC and Oregon.

September 17, 2019

Elder Andersen blesses Portugal to be a land of freedom, prosperity during Lisbon temple dedicatory prayer (Church News) (September 17, 2019)
Following is text for the prayer offered, in Portuguese, by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to dedicate the Lisbon Portugal Temple on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

Here’s how to get tickets to the 2019 Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert (Church News) (September 17, 2019)
In an effort to give individuals an equal chance to see the The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square in their 2019 Christmas concert, the Event Services Ticket Office will use a random selection method to distribute tickets.

From Wyoming to Spain: Real Madrid shooting guard Jaycee Carroll talks faith, family and pro basketball (Church News) (September 17, 2019)
For an elite basketball player, adaptability is a skill valued just as much as a reliable jump shot or a quick first step off the dribble. Latter-day Saint pro hoopster Jaycee Carroll’s proven capacity to adapt to whatever changes he encounters has served him as well as his deadeye three-point shooting range — both on and off the court.

After 50 years, the University of Wyoming apologized for the dismissal of 14 black football players (CNN) (September 17, 2019)
Nearly 50 years ago, in 1969, 14 black football players at the University of Wyoming wanted to protest a racist policy.

September 16, 2019

Press Forward with Faith, Church Leaders Tell Young Adults at Face to Face Event (Church Newsroom) (September 16, 2019)
Elders Ulisses Soares and Craig C. Christensen participated in a live 90-minute Worldwide Devotional Face to Face broadcast for young adults of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 15, 2019.

President Oaks speaks to Latter-day Saints in Arizona on how the work of God is ‘hastening’ (Church News) (September 16, 2019)
Testifying that “Jesus Christ is the center of our restored gospel,” President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency spoke to nearly 8,500 members of the Church in rural northeastern Arizona.

A Glimpse of the New Program for Children and Youth: Focusing on Faith in Christ through Balanced Growth (Church Newsroom) (September 16, 2019)
What will the new program for children and youth to be implemented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 1, 2020, look like? Six Church leaders, including President Russell M. Nelson, speak to the vision and basic principles of the coming program in a 48-minute video that Latter-day Saints worldwide will watch during the second half of worship services on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Church Releases More Details about FSY Conferences Starting in 2020 (Church News) (September 16, 2019)
In July 2019, the Church announced that For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences will be held in stakes in the United States and Canada every other year beginning in 2021 and 2022. To prepare for implementation, a limited number of FSY conferences will be held in 2020.

Latter-day Saint missionaries injured in serious car accident (Church News) (September 16, 2019)
Two full-time missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Canada Vancouver Mission were involved in a serious car accident on Friday, Sept. 13. During the accident in Kamloops, British Columbia, the missionaries’ vehicle collided with a truck.

Elder Andersen Dedicates Lisbon Portugal Temple (Church News) (September 16, 2019)
Exploration. Discovery. And returning home. It has been a fundamental part of Portugal’s history for more than five centuries. And for the second time in the last half-century, a latter-day Apostle has evoked the imagery and accomplishments of 15th– and 16th-century sea-traveling Portuguese explorers in a key dedication for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this European country.

Elder Andersen Calls Lisbon Temple a “New Chapter” for the Church in Portugal (Church News) (September 16, 2019)
Smiling through tear-glazed eyes and sitting on the meetinghouse rostrum, Joaquim Moreira listened to a conversion story from several decades earlier of two brothers in Porto, Portugal.

Church Thanks Mali Government for Formal Recognition (Church Newsroom) (September 16, 2019)
“It was a historic and memorable day for the people of Mali, and for the Latter-day Saints in general, but [especially] for the Saints in Mali,” said Malian resident Yeah Samake, a Latter-day Saint and former 2013 and 2018 Mali presidential candidate.

Utah records board orders BYU to let them see police emails (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 16, 2019)
Utah’s Records Committee ordered Brigham Young University’s campus police Thursday to produce copies of emails between key law enforcement officers and the Provo school’s Honor Code Office.

September 13, 2019

Prophet Invites Young Adults Worldwide to Watch His September 17 Devotional (Church Newsroom) (September 13, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak from the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU) on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT. He invites young adults around the world to tune in live to his message on the Church’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, or main website (ChurchofJesusChrist.org).

President Russell M. Nelson Expresses Gratitude for Birthday Wishes (Church News) (September 13, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson, who observed his 95th birthday on Monday, September 9, 2019, has received birthday greetings from members and friends throughout the world.

The writing assignment 14 journalists had in the celestial room of the Frankfurt Germany Temple (Church News) (September 13, 2019)
A German General Authority Seventy asked German journalists here on Monday to help their readers and viewers on a secularized continent better understand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

‘Out of Liberty’ is historically accurate but meant to be a ‘Western jailbreak thriller,’ director says (Deseret News - Utah) (September 13, 2019)
While Garrett Batty’s ‘Out of Liberty’ is based on true accounts and well-known figures in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the writer/director is first and foremost promoting this film as a ‘Western jailbreak thriller’

Three unlikely Utah MMA champions share their LDS faith (Daily Herald - Utah) (September 13, 2019)
Mixed Martial Artists have many nicknames and faces. There’s Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg, Steve “Red Nose” Berger, Ryan “Darth” Bader and Cuki “The Flying Cockroach” Beerbohm. But what about Kaitlyn “Katniss” Neil, Carson “the Perfect Storm” Hardman or Westin Wilson?

Here’s why this ‘amateur’ photographer was inspired to donate 36,000 photos to the Church (Church News) (September 13, 2019)
Kenneth Mays started in 1985 using a family camera to capture “souvenirs” as he visited church history sites. He also figured the photos would be useful as he taught the Doctrine and Covenants in his seminary classroom.

September 12, 2019

German Journalist Tour Remodeled Frankfurt Germany Temple Prior to Open House (Church News) (September 12, 2019)
A German General Authority Seventy asked German journalists here on Monday to help their readers and viewers on a secularized continent better understand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hurricane Dorian Causes Minor Damage on US East Coast as Missionaries Are Moved from the Bahamas (Church News) (September 12, 2019)
The two full-time missionaries serving in Freeport evacuated Grand Bahama Island via cruise ship and arrived safely in Jamaica, confirmed President Tony Parker of the Jamaica Kingston Mission.

How BYU acts as a type of ‘gathering’ of Israel (Church News) (September 12, 2019)
In a time where technology has advanced to the point where students from all over the world can gain a low-cost education online without leaving their homes or countries, why, then, is it so important for Brigham Young University, and other Church schools like it, to exist?

President and Sister Tanner invite BYU-Hawaii students to dedicate themselves to the temple (Church News) (September 12, 2019)
On Thanksgiving Day of 1919, the Laie Hawaii Temple was dedicated by President Heber J. Grant. After three more dedicatory sessions spanning Nov. 27-30, President Grant led a special and unique meeting in the temple specifically for children — 235 children gathered with the prophet to sing “Who’s On The Lord’s Side?”

Video: Sister Wendy Nelson, Sister Mary Cook sing a duet, share details of traveling with the prophet (Church News) (September 12, 2019)
In a Church News video, Sister Wendy Nelson and Sister Mary Cook share their observations of how they minister to Latter-day Saints they meet on their travels.

Keller @ Large: Democrats Warned Not To Use Profanity At Debate (CBS Boston - Massachusetts) (September 12, 2019)
The president’s abysmal character ratings might suggest there is. And while curse words are often good for an easy laugh from the crowd, maybe the late Mormon Church leader Spencer Kimball was on to something when he said: “profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.”

Taysom Does It: Can he master darts? (WDSU - Louisiana) (September 12, 2019)
WDSU Saints on 6 analyst Taysom Hill can do it all...or can he? Advertisement Over the next few weeks WDSU will put Taysom Hill to the test where he will face different challenges to see if he really can do it all.

How these women in Mason found friendship when they learned about each other's different faiths (WCPO - Ohio) (September 12, 2019)
The group grew quickly, with the three women inviting more friends -- and friends of friends -- to join. Later that same year, Alycia McClurg became the first member representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Szucs wanted as many faiths represented as possible, said McClurg, who currently serves as a co-president of the group. “In her words, she said, ‘You know what we need in this group? We need a Mormon,’” McClurg said with a smile. “Laura, a friend of mine, said, ‘I know one of those.’ So she called me and asked me to join the group.”

This State Is Facing a Beer Shortage (Food and Wine) (September 12, 2019)
When it comes to alcohol regulations, Utah has always been a little bit weird. Thanks largely to the influence of the state’s outsized Mormon population, it wasn’t so long ago that restaurants had to prepare drinks out of sight from customers behind a partition nicknamed a “zion curtain” so that clean-living patrons wouldn’t be tempted to sin by the mere sight of alcohol.

September 11, 2019

LDS Church president to speak at upcoming BYU devotional (Daily Herald - Utah) (September 11, 2019)
After a nine-day tour through Central and South America and celebrating his 95th birthday, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints will be the next devotional speaker at Brigham Young University.

I Quit My Life For 18 Months To Be A Mormon Missionary In NYC (Refinery 29) (September 11, 2019)
A little over a year ago, Kili Franks, 21, left college. It wasn’t that things weren’t going well — she was studying to be a middle school math teacher and was on a full-ride athletic scholarship at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. She loved it there and was close with her basketball teammates, with whom she would participate in study parties and go on road trips.

Church leaders, cast and crew express excitement for upcoming Book of Mormon videos (Daily Universe - Utah) (September 11, 2019)
BYU graduate and Mexico native Liliana Corona originally auditioned for a part in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s videos depicting scenes from the Bible. Although she had the acting ability, she was told her physical features didn’t match the Mediterranean figures from the Bible. Since then, she has been eagerly awaiting the filming of the Book of Mormon videos, since the Book of Mormon is a “record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas,” according to the book’s introduction.

New Temple President and Matron Called to Serve in Guatemala (Church News) (September 11, 2019)
The following new temple president and matron have been called to serve by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in November.

Building a temple in Russia may be a heavy lift in a nation not eager to even see LDS chapels (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 11, 2019)
This is the third part in a three-part series examining how Western faiths, including the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are having to adapt to survive and grow in a nation where the government, with encouragement from the dominant Russian Orthodox Church, continues to put up barriers.

What the LDS Church, other Western faiths are up against in Russia: a dominant Orthodox Church and a wary government (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 11, 2019)
Russia’s campaign against Mormonism and other “new religions” is not unlike the devastating blockade of Leningrad during World War II, which killed 800,000 people trapped in that port city.

Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics (High Country News) (September 11, 2019)
On Sept. 6, 1870 — Election Day — officials in Wyoming were concerned. The previous year, a violent mob in South Pass had attempted to prevent African American men from voting. And since then, the territorial Legislature had granted full political equality to its women citizens. It was not clear how this latest change would be met.

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