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February 16, 2020

February 13, 2020

Volume 2 of Saints Now Available (Church Newsroom) (February 13, 2020)
The second volume of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days is now available for purchase from the Church's online store and at retail outlets. The digital version is also available for free in the Church History section of the Gospel Library app.

Why the church’s new volume of ‘Saints’ doesn’t shy away from difficult issues (Deseret News - Utah) (February 13, 2020)
Less than one year after Latter-day Saints worked together to heroically rescue stranded and starving handcart pioneers on the Wyoming plains, tensions in southern Utah erupted in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, one of the worst disasters in the state’s history.

New volume of ‘Saints’ reveals the many sides of Brigham Young (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 13, 2020)
Latter-day Saints imagine Brigham Young as a commanding theocrat, who mobilized a crestfallen and beleaguered people after the death of their prophet-founder, who led them on an epic exodus across the Plains to what they hoped would be a Zion in the West, who battled a hostile government, and whose fingerprint was on every move — from their arrival in the Great Basin to his death in 1877.

Elder Holland invites young adults to pursue ‘the fulness of Christ’ (Church News) (February 13, 2020)
“The test of a Christian life lies in deeds and actions. … The instinct given to all of God’s children to seek happiness is a proof that happiness is a reality and within the reach of all.” These words are engraved in the stone walls of Stanford University’s Memorial Church. The inscription echoes the message shared by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he spoke to more than 1,000 young adults in a multiregional devotional in the building on Sunday, Feb. 9.

‘What did you hear that was not said?’ Elder Bednar teaches CES instructors about the Spirit and personal revelation (Church News) (February 13, 2020)
As a high school football coach and a father with three kids in high school, Troy McDougal often sees teenagers in what he describes as their “natural environment.” In seminary, sometimes their demeanor is different.

Elder Nash Hosts Former President of Ghana at Temple (Church Newsroom) (February 13, 2020)
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a key stakeholder when it comes to the religious community,” said former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama. He made those comments during his first tour of the Ghana temple grounds on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

April Open House Announced for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple (Church Newsroom) (February 13, 2020)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the dates of the open house for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. The public is invited to tour the temple from Friday, April 17 through Saturday, May 2, 2020, except for the Sundays of April 19 and 26.

Church History Museum Opens Interactive Temple-Themed Exhibit (Church Newsroom) (February 13, 2020)
A new interactive Church History Museum exhibit called Temples Dot the Earth: Building the House of the Lord is now open to the public. The display, primarily designed for children ages 1–11, offers families an interactive experience to discover the purpose of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temples, which are located around the world.

A Question and Prayer – Joseph Smith and the Mormon Faith (San Elizario News - Texas) (February 13, 2020)
Robert Dinsmoor explains how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to be.

Voters approve of Romney's impeachment vote to convict Trump 50%-39%, poll finds (USA Today) (February 13, 2020)
By a more than 10-point margin, registered voters approve of Republican Sen. Mitt Romney's decision to break with his party and vote to convict President Donald Trump on one of the articles of impeachment against him, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted after last week's vote.

February 12, 2020

Elder Soares Meets With Guatemala’s President (Church Newsroom) (February 12, 2020)
Elder Ulisses Soares, a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met with the president of Guatemala Tuesday during a ministry visit to Central America.

Australian-born General Authority uses story of ‘The Man from Snowy River’ to illustrate message to BYU students (Church News) (February 12, 2020)
A famous Australian poem tells the story of a stockman — or cowboy — who, with his horse, gathers with a number of drovers — or stockmen who herd cattle — to help round up a prized and unique colt, who has joined some wild bush horses.

Sister Harkness teaches lessons from Joshua trees and tumbleweeds (Church News) (February 12, 2020)
Legend has it that pioneers traveling through the Mojave Desert named the plant species yucca brevifolia the “Joshua tree” after the Old Testament prophet who raised his arms to guide his people toward the promised land.

In Memoriam: Professor Clayton M. Christensen (Innovation Excellence) (February 12, 2020)
“A professor, a rabbi and an entrepreneur walk into a bar….” As it turns out, the professor doesn’t drink, and the “bar” is the Harvard Business School Faculty Dining Room. Otherwise, what has been a running joke for years, is a true story. The year was 2007 when we met with Professor Clay Christensen for a remarkable lunch. The “we” is Irwin Kula (the Rabbi) and Craig Hatkoff (the Entrepreneur.) That lunch with Clay would change our lives. We had been meeting regularly for years to discuss innovation, technology, and religion. A new player, larger than life, was about to join us in our sacred space. Enter the Professor.

February 11, 2020

Mitt Romney is a ‘Judas’ to many Republicans, but many in Utah cheered his impeachment vote (Chicago Tribune - Illinois) (February 11, 2020)
Within hours of Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote to remove President Donald Trump from office Wednesday, Lyman, a freshman state representative from southern Utah who keeps an autographed “Make America Great Again” hat in a plexiglass case in his office, was at work drafting a resolution to censure the senator.

Mormon $100B fortune offers opportunity to do more good (Religion News Service) (February 11, 2020)
Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran a long piece about the corporate wealth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, seeming to confirm a whistleblower’s December allegation that the Church owns more than $100 billion in investments.

Mormon women are pushing the LDS Church to be clearer on its breastfeeding policies (Washington Post) (February 11, 2020)
A women’s conference hosted by Brigham Young University does not allow mothers to nurse their babies at the event, a policy that is drawing criticism from Mormon women who say they have faced gossip and official reprimands for openly breast-feeding in spaces run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

February 10, 2020

The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World. (Wall Street Journal) (February 10, 2020)
For more than half a century, the Mormon Church quietly built one of the world’s largest investment funds. Almost no one outside the church knew about it.

Sister Bingham Observes Pilot Nutrition Program in the Philippines (Church Newsroom) (February 10, 2020)
The general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says malnutrition can strike families anywhere in the world. Sister Jean B. Bingham, leader of one of the world’s largest women’s organizations, is in the Philippines to see how a Church-sponsored pilot nutrition program is working in a Latter-day Saint congregation in the community of Catarman, located in the province of Northern Samar.

Elder Holland visits Peru, Ecuador during unique season in the history of the Church in South America (Church News) (February 10, 2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru and Ecuador — a beautiful and historic area of South America that was once home to the ancient cultures of the Norte Chico civilization and the Inca Empire — is defined today by “a vitality, an enthusiasm and youthful strength,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

Romney, vilified by Trump and his allies for voting to convict, finds respect back home (NBC News) (February 10, 2020)
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to convict President Donald Trump on one count of abuse of power didn't bother Kelsey Malin. "I have kind of come to terms that even though he hasn't voted in a way that people say represents his party, the fact that he voted true to his conscience and over his party is a great thing," Malin, 28, said as she entertained her two children at a library two days after the impeachment trial concluded last week.

Latter-day Saint evacuees from Taal Volcano return to damaged homes, ash-covered streets (Church News) (February 10, 2020)
Peeking through the door of his small cinder block home, Jorge Alvarez smiled. “I’m very happy to be home,” he said. “But there’s a lot of clean-up to do.” After spending 25 days in the Batangas Philippines Stake Center — where he sought refuge following the evacuation of his hometown of Lemery, Philippines — Alvarez was excited to be home.

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