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November 19, 2018

President Nelson Addresses Life’s Challenges During Texas Devotional (LDS Newsroom) (November 19, 2018)
“Each person here tonight — in fact, everyone — lives with challenges,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a Sunday devotional in San Antonio, Texas.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president addresses more than 23,000 at the Alamodome (San Antonio Express-News - Texas) (November 19, 2018)
Dr. Russell M. Nelson had a simple but soothing message for the more than 23,000 who gathered Sunday evening at the Alamodome to listen to the 17th president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church Helps Provide Comfort and Aid to California Fire Victims (LDS Newsroom) (November 19, 2018)
In the aftermath of the deadliest wildfire in California history, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are reaching out to those who need help. Several hundred people gathered Saturday morning at a warehouse in Oroville, California, to fill 5,000 food boxes for victims of the Camp Fire. That fire heavily damaged the town of Paradise and surrounding areas and has displaced tens of thousands of people.

LDS Church members volunteer to help California fire victims (KUTV - Utah) (November 19, 2018)
Hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent their weekend preparing food and hygiene kits for victims of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history.

Keep Pursuing Education, Say Church Leaders during BYU–Pathway Worldwide Devotional (Church News) (November 19, 2018)
When it comes to education, “you have divine help,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Speaking to 450 BYU–Pathway Worldwide students and educators in a special devotional originating from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City on November 8—and more via broadcast around the world—Elder Holland and many of his associates on the executive committee of the Church’s Board of Education offered encouragement and advice to students.

Elder Uchtdorf shares message during Volkstrauertag: A German national day of remembrance (Church News) (November 19, 2018)
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, recently travelled to Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe. While there, they visited Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and Gdansk (Danzig), two cities that were for many generations “beautiful and strong German communities.”

Come January, there will be the fewest number of Mormons in Congress in nearly 30 years (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 19, 2018)
The incoming Congress will include fewer Mormons than in nearly three decades, a development that could dent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' clout in Washington. With the retirement of Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Sen. Dean Heller losing re-election, there will be 11 Mormons in the House and Senate come January, bringing down the number of Latter-day Saint adherents in Congress to the lowest level since 1990.

Woman assaulted while playing organ at Centerville church (KSL - Utah) (November 19, 2018)
A person allegedly broke into a church Saturday evening and assaulted a 71-year-old woman who was playing the organ, police said. The incident took place between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 270 N. 300 East in Centerville, according to Centerville Police Lt. Zan Robison.

November 16, 2018

Church Announces Changes to Recommendation Process for Young Missionaries (LDS Newsroom) (November 16, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced changes to the recommendation process for young missionary candidates. These expanded opportunities will allow more young people to serve as missionaries in various capacities that meet their personal needs or circumstances.

Expanded Service Missionary Program Means More Ways to Serve (Church News) (November 16, 2018)
When reoccurring health problems prevented Schuyler Mickelson from completing her proselyting mission in Boston, Massachusetts, she was “devastated and really sad. I was depressed for months and months,” she said.

Apostles of Jesus Christ Use Instagram to Share Savior’s Message (LDS Newsroom Blog) (November 16, 2018)
Russell M. Nelson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with his counselors in the First Presidency and all members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, can now be found on Instagram, a social media platform used by 1 billion people around the world.

South Texans Humbly Anticipating President Nelson’s Scheduled Visit (Church News) (November 16, 2018)
Thirteen years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley visited San Antonio—and, according to local Latter-day Saints, south Texas was never the same. On May 21, 2005, the Church’s 15th President presided at a youth jubilee at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.

Teen living in Boulder learns his family home was lost to Camp Fire (9 News - Colorado) (November 16, 2018)
A teen on a mission trip in Colorado learned his family home in California was destroyed by the Camp Fire burning in northern California.

November 15, 2018

Public Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for the Haiti Temple (LDS Newsroom) (November 15, 2018)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced dates for the open house, youth devotional and dedication for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites November 14, 2018 (LDS Newsroom) (November 15, 2018)
An apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited with members of the Church, as well as religious leaders of other faiths, in France, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Sending Love and Relief to Drought-Stricken Farmers and Their Families (LDS Newsroom) (November 15, 2018)
Members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met at the Church’s Ipswich Australia West Stake Centre in Brassall on 10 November to assemble gift packs for farming families doing it tough in the state’s drought-stricken west.

2018 #LightTheWorld Asks Members to Give as Christ Gave (Church News) (November 15, 2018)
For the third year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging members to #LightTheWorld with simple acts of service and Christlike love during the 2018 Christmas season.

Sutton Foster And Hugh Bonneville To Join The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on PBS This Christmas! (Broadway World) (November 15, 2018)
This December, Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and renowned actor Hugh Bonneville, of "Downton Abbey" on MASTERPIECE, will star as guest musical artist and narrator, respectively, in the beloved annual holiday television special "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" on PBS and BYUtv.

“Remarkable Blessings” in Home-Centered, Church-Supported Curriculum, Pilot Participants Say (Church News) (November 15, 2018)
Alish and Doran Anderson had been looking forward to the time when they, with their four children, could attend general conference in the Conference Center.

Speakers talk overcoming faith crises, fear (Daily Universe - Utah) (November 15, 2018)
Richard ‘Papa‘ Ostler and Taylor Christensen spoke about their personal experiences with overcoming faith crisis and helping others through the process as part of a Listen, Learn and Love Productions event on Nov. 13. The focus of the event was to explore ways for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have doubts about their faith to find authentic ways to remain active in their congregations. Each of the speakers had been through their own faith crisis and came out the other side as a faithful member of the Church.

Church News: Elvis Presley's copy of the Book of Mormon ain't nothin' but a forgery, Church history experts say (Church News) (November 15, 2018)
For almost 30 years, a copy of the Book of Mormon has been preserved in the historical collections of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book was published in 1976 with a soft, light blue cover featuring a golden Angel Moroni. Within the book there are handwritten markings on nearly one of every six pages — the majority are underlining or curved brackets, but three dozen of the pages contain handwritten words. The first page contains the signature “E. A. Presley” and on the last page (in the index) was written, “Father, I want more! I need more now. Help me!” The content and placement of the annotations suggest that Elvis Presley read this copy of the Book of Mormon from cover to cover.

November 14, 2018

Elder Bowen shares 3 attributes that will help you be your best self (Church News) (November 14, 2018)
Elder Shayne M. Bowen spoke to students at a Brigham Young University campus devotional on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Provo, Utah. In his address, Elder Bowen urged students to become their “best” selves...

How Elder Marlin K. Jensen came to know Joseph Smith was a true prophet (Church News) (November 14, 2018)
Epistemology: a great word that can be used to impress others. It’s also the study of the methods of human knowing, or “how we come to know,” Elder Marlin K. Jensen said in a Joseph Smith lecture series and BYU Hawaii devotional address on Nov. 13.

Mitt Romney Goes to Washington After All (New York Times) (November 14, 2018)
The latest polling in Utah’s senate race has Mitt Romney up by some 36 points over Jenny Wilson, his Democratic opponent. Barring an enormous upset, Mr. Romney will join the United States Senate. This will put him a few checks and balances away from a president — the leader of his party — whom he once called “terribly unfit for office.”

Brevard LDS Members 'Return the Favor' in the Panhandle After Michael (Spectrum News - Florida) (November 14, 2018)
Members of one Brevard County church are continuing to show their support for victims of Hurricane Michael by practicing what they preach.

November 13, 2018

Sister Aburto Reaches Out to Navajo Latter-day Saints in the American Southwest (LDS Newsroom) (November 13, 2018)
“I’m impressed to see how strong the Church is in this place,” said Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as she reached out to Latter-day Saints in New Mexico and Arizona.

Here's what Church members are doing after losing their homes to Camp Fire (Church News) (November 13, 2018)
The wildfire that largely incinerated Paradise, California, offered a stark reminder that Latter-day Saint bishops often shepherd others even while enduring their own trials.

These MTC presidents have just been called to serve (Church News) (November 13, 2018)
The First Presidency has called five new missionary training center presidents and their wives; with the exception of the Milders, who have already begun serving, the couples will begin their service in January.

LDS Church developer plans to build a 28-story office tower in downtown Salt Lake City (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 13, 2018)
Building on their success with 111 Main, developers for the LDS Church are planning a new 28-story office tower in downtown Salt Lake City. City Creek Reserve, a real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has submitted preliminary plans for a sleek, curving and glass-clad skyscraper on the northeast corner of State Street and 100 South, just west of the Harmons Grocery store and south of the church’s Social Hall Heritage Museum.

Called to serve, not called to suffer: Hope for early returned missionaries (Deseret News - Utah) (November 13, 2018)
Nate Clyde lost 18 pounds in the Missionary Training Center. Suzy Thornock developed an eating disorder a few weeks into her mission. And Maurice Melligan found himself confronting suicidal thoughts. From Utah to New Zealand, these young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are just a few of the “early-returned missionaries” who have come home from missions due to mental health challenges that cropped up unexpectedly, or resurfaced during their time “in the field.”

Former Mormon bishop Sam Young loses his appeal in fight over bishop interviews; his excommunication stands (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 13, 2018)
Sam Young, the former Mormon who was excommunicated for “deliberately attacking and publicly opposing the church” in his campaign to end bishops’ one-on-one youth interviews, has learned that his appeal of that disciplinary decision has been rejected.

Mesa seeks public input for downtown land development (Phoenix Business Journal - Arizona) (November 13, 2018)
The city of Mesa is looking to the public for input on creating a master plan for 27 acres of undeveloped land in the city’s downtown. The city has hired Crandall Arambula, an urban planning consultant, for a six-month master planning process to create three conceptual master plans for the property, located at University and Mesa drives.

Why SAP Stock Is Getting Hammered After Its Qualtrics Acquisition (Investor Place) (November 13, 2018)
The deal will make Smith, a Mormon whose family owns 40% of the company and who founded it with his father and brother 16 years ago, a billionaire, but he said he plans to remain with the company, which has offices in Seattle as well as Provo, Utah.

November 12, 2018

What Church members can look forward to in the 'Come Follow Me' 2019 home curriculum (Church News) (November 12, 2018)
Alish and Doran Anderson had been looking forward to the time when they, with their four children, could attend general conference in the Conference Center.

President Eyring paints to capture memories of his wife, who is in failing health (Deseret News - Utah) (November 12, 2018)
His wife has lost much of her memory, and President Henry B. Eyring's effort to capture his memories with her makes a surprising new exhibit of his water colors especially poignant.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks at Neal Maxwell Lecture series (Daily Herald - Utah) (November 12, 2018)
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said he first heard of former apostle Neal A. Maxwell in a June 1971 Church News announcing Maxwell had been made the church’s Commissioner of Education. He went on to be a close friend and colleague in the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Paradise Camp Fire hits Latter-day Saint families hard, destroys Church meetinghouses (Church News) (November 12, 2018)
Bishop Robert Harrison was commuting from his Paradise, California, home Thursday morning when a spiritual urge he couldn’t ignore hit hard. “I had several promptings to turn around; turn around and go back,” he said Friday.

Latter-day Saint Missionary Dies in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (Church News) (November 12, 2018)
A 24-year old full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, died Thursday, November 8, of a sudden illness. Elder Spencer Owusu, 24, from Ghana, had been serving in the Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan West Mission since September 2018.

How One Family Built $8 Billion Startup Far From Silicon Valley (Bloomberg) (November 12, 2018)
The tech industry’s newest billionaires are a pair of brothers who started a software company in their parents’ basement in Utah. Now Ryan and Jared Smith are selling Qualtrics International Inc. to European giant SAP SE for $8 billion -- and they’ll get to keep running the business.

'Another greatest generation': BYU's Saints at War Conference explores Latter-day Saint connections to the Great War (Deseret News - Utah) (November 12, 2018)
The events that transpired in the last days of World War I were still vivid in Calvin S. Smith's memory 17 years later. Smith, the son of then-President Joseph F. Smith and one of three Latter-day Saint chaplains that served in The Great War, recalled what he saw and heard on Nov. 11, 1918, in an article for the Deseret News published Nov. 11, 1935.

Music and the Spoken Word: Celebrating 100 years since the end of World War I (Church News) (November 12, 2018)
At dawn on the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, two railroad cars arrived in a remote forest outside Compiègne, France. One carried German military officers; the other, Allied commanders. They were gathering for a meeting that would make history. It was here that leaders of these two military forces signed an armistice — an agreement to end years of deadly conflict. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I was over.

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