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January 17, 2020

President and Sister Oaks to Host February Face to Face for Youth (Church News) (January 17, 2020)
Youth worldwide are invited to share on social media how they are growing like Christ using #Strivetobe. The invitation from President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a prelude to a Face to Face event for youth...

Elder Renlund shares 3 ways missionaries should ‘treasure up continually the words of life’ (Church News) (January 17, 2020)
Reminding missionaries they “share the same apostolic calling” as his fellow members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Dale G. Renlund encouraged listeners at the Church’s missionary training centers worldwide to “treasure up continually the words of life.”

Shirley Ann Wilkes Thomas, former counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, dies at 94 (Church News) (January 17, 2020)
Sister Shirley Ann Wilkes Thomas, who served as second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency from 1978 to 1983, died on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 94 years old.

Jana Riess: Three ‘glass-half-full’ news items about LDS Church growth (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 17, 2020)
The past decade has witnessed slowing growth for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many parts of the world. The 2018 growth rate internationally was 1.2%, and half that — a rate of 0.6% — in the United States.

How Mormons Built the Next Silicon Valley While No One Was Looking (Marker) (January 17, 2020)
Eric Rea is wearing a dark-blue shirt buttoned to the neck, stretchy olive pants, black sneakers, and an Apple watch. With a mountain bike propped against his desk and crystal-blue eyes, the 34-year-old CEO of Lehi, Utah–based startup Podium is both physically fit and disarmingly gracious. He is also a Mormon who, between his freshman and sophomore years of college, went on a two-year mission to Madrid, Spain.

An inside look at how Taysom Hill recycles his talents (Deseret News - Utah) (January 17, 2020)
New Orleans restricted free agent Taysom Hill had a remarkable third season in the NFL as a do-everything football artist. Personal trainer Dave Stroshine explains his experience up close observing Hill’s remarkable versatility.

These Mormon twins worked together on an IRS whistleblower complaint over the church’s billions — and it tore them apart (Washington Post) (January 17, 2020)
Growing up in a Mormon family of 10 children, David and Lars Nielsen had a special bond. They were Science Olympiad partners in high school in Modesto, Calif., and chemistry lab partners at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They helped each other through prestigious MBA programs and, as fathers, took their kids to ride motorcycles in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

January 16, 2020

Elder Cook Makes Unannounced Visit to Taal Volcano Evacuees (Church Newsroom) (January 16, 2020)
Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, made an unannounced ministering visit on Wednesday evening to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others in the affected communities near Manila, Philippines, who are taking refuge at local Church meetings houses following the recent Taal Volcano eruption.

Elder Cook Meets With Philippine President Duterte (Church Newsroom) (January 16, 2020)
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Wednesday, January 15, for a 35-minute courtesy visit.

An hour with Latter-day Saints Elder (PhilStar - Philippines) (January 16, 2020)
The Philippines has the biggest number of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints followers in the world. There are more Filipino members than there are in the United States, where the Church’s main headquarters are located.

Church Announces Location of Bengaluru India Temple (Church Newsroom) (January 16, 2020)
An exterior rendering has been released showing the planned Bengaluru India Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The value of religious clubs on Utah’s college campuses (Deseret News - Utah) (January 16, 2020)
Michael Shukis converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a positive experience with a Latter-day Saint Boy Scout troop in his hometown of Redding, California.

January 15, 2020

Elder Vai Sikahema announces new BYU-Hawaii scholarships, details the importance of education (Church News) (January 15, 2020)
Latter-day Saints have a “religious obligation” to pursue an education and obtain knowledge, said Elder Vai Sikahema during the first BYU-Hawaii campus devotional of the new year and semester. But pursuing an education is not always easy or affordable for everyone.

President Henry J. Eyring shares 3 truths that yield ‘big faith’ in the face of doubt (Church News) (January 15, 2020)
Addressing the student body at the first weekly devotional of the 2020 winter semester, BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring offered an antidote to doubts that may beset Church members.

LDS Church will spare a beloved Salt Lake City community garden (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 15, 2020)
One of Salt Lake City’s oldest community gardens has won at least a partial reprieve from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ plans to pave the 1.5-acre field for a parking lot.

Utah man accused of Logan Temple burglary to take competency test (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 15, 2020)
A Utah man who authorities say vandalized a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple will receive a competency evaluation before his case moves forward, a defense attorney said.

Sexual abuse lawsuit against Mormon church may be dropped (Associated Press) (January 15, 2020)
A woman who accused The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of covering for a former missionary leader who she says raped her in the 1980s said Tuesday she may be ready to drop her lawsuit against the faith.

January 14, 2020

President Nelson became the prophet 2 years ago. What has happened since then? (Church News) (January 14, 2020)
On Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson was set apart by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How the annual mission tours and interactions impact missionaries and mission leadership couples (Church News) (January 14, 2020)
While conducting a mission tour on the Tongan island of Ha’apai several years ago, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen asked missionaries there what recent general conference talk had touched them. One young elder cited how a talk mentioning challenges in life had resonated with him.

Mission tours: What most Latter-day Saints don’t know about the hundreds of such events conducted worldwide each year (Church News) (January 14, 2020)
In a public discourse, a General Authority Seventy speaks of an experience while conducting a mission tour. And in a call or email home, a young missionary mentions an upcoming mission tour with a visiting General Authority and his wife.

LDS Church issues new statement on feminism (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 14, 2020)
In 1993, the late apostle Boyd K. Packer identified the “feminist movement” as one of three “dangers” to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reflecting the rough ride self-described Mormon feminists have endured through the decades.

January 13, 2020

Greater Manila, Philippines Threatened by Volcanic Ash (Church Newsroom) (January 13, 2020)
The Taal Volcano, located about 35 miles south of Manila, is spewing a large plume of ash, steam and rocks up to nine miles in the sky posing serious threats to residents. It’s the first time in 43 years the volcano has erupted.

Apostle Counsels Young Adults to Overcome Fear and Commit to Christ (Church Newsroom) (January 13, 2020)
An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke Sunday to a segment of society that, taken in the aggregate in the United States, is among the least likely to be affiliated with a religion. Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk to the Church’s global cadre of young adults ages 18 to 30 addressed, fittingly, several major concerns that may cause some of them to shy away from a life committed to faith or religious community.

How to overcome ‘FOMO’ and commit to the Savior, Elder Christofferson explains (Church News) (January 13, 2020)
Don’t let “FOMO” — the fear of missing out — delay the choice to commit to the Savior and His gospel path, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told young adults during a worldwide devotional on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Giving Machines total nearly $6.3 million in donations for charities (Church News) (January 13, 2020)
Nearly $6.3 million was generated for charitable organizations with purchases at the Giving Machines during the December 2019 Light the World campaign.

What Latter-day Saints in Washington D.C. are doing to be a ‘temple people’ during renovation (Church News) (January 13, 2020)
Last November, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency placed in front of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan a laptop computer displaying a photo of the Washington D.C. Temple. Hogan recognized the illuminated building immediately — he’d driven by it countless times.

LDS Church unlikely to face action from IRS for use of donations (Christian Century) (January 13, 2020)
The Mormon world was rocked on December 16 when news broke that a whistleblower had accused the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of misleading members regarding more than $100 billion retained in accounts accumulated from tithe donations. But legal experts are skeptical the news will trigger a response from the IRS, and they note that the LDS Church’s tradition of aggressive saving dates back decades.

January 10, 2020

2020 Mission Leadership Assignments (Church News) (January 10, 2020)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called 130 new mission presidents and companions who will begin service in July. This reflects eight new missions that go into effect in July 2020, and the new Africa Central and South areas that will go into effect in August 2020.

This week in Mormon Land: Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ through a historical lens, a new take on ‘unwed pregnancy,’ a ‘decommissioned’ temple (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 10, 2020)
While they won’t be the last word on the “First Vision” this bicentennial year, newly released podcasts certainly offer ample words on the event that gave birth to the Mormon movement.

MCRD San Diego’s Facebook name just changed to ‘Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Army Times) (January 10, 2020)
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego’s typically buttoned up Facebook page spiraled out of control Thursday evening, and no one can figure out what in the name of the angel Moroni is going on.

January 9, 2020

Latter-day Saints Provide Assistance Following Puerto Rico Earthquakes (Church Newsroom) (January 9, 2020)
Latter-day Saints in Puerto Rico are providing support to their neighbors after earthquakes hit the country, including a major 6.4-magnitude temblor that struck the island early Tuesday morning.

Mormon temple in Henrico on track to break ground this summer (Richmond BIZSENSE - Virginia) (January 9, 2020)
The transformation of an 11-acre lot in Henrico County into Virginia’s first Mormon temple is set to begin later this year. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in late November gained approval from the county planning commission to break ground on a two-story, 36,200-square-foot temple and an adjacent 16,200-square-foot meeting house at 10915 Staples Mill Road.

New Tree of Life App Lets You Explore and Teach Lehi’s Vision (Church News) (January 9, 2020)
Have you ever wished you could experience and explore Lehi’s vision of the tree of life for yourself? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is releasing an interactive mobile app that uses augmented reality to engage members—particularly children and youth—to learn from the scriptures in a new way and apply what they learn to their lives.

Elder Holland slated to speak at 2020 BYU Women’s Conference (Church News) (January 9, 2020)
The final speaker at this year’s BYU Women’s Conference, as announced in a Facebook post on Wendesday, Jan. 8, will be Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder and Sister Stevenson to speak at RootsTech Family Discovery Day (Church News) (January 9, 2020)
RootsTech is just around the corner. The annual four-day event will be held Feb. 26-29 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, will be the featured speakers at Family Discovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 29, RootsTech announced.

A woman suing the LDS Church says her husband’s confession led to jail time (Associated Press) (January 9, 2020)
An Oregon woman is suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for $9.54 million after her husband’s confession to church leaders led to his arrest, conviction and imprisonment on child sexual abuse charges.

Eastern Washington offensive lineman George Becker is dead at the age of 18 (Draft Diamonds) (January 9, 2020)
Eastern Washington University’s offensive lineman George Becker died during the winter break and the cause of death has not been announced.

January 8, 2020

Salt Lake Temple Undergoes Decommissioning (Church Newsroom) (January 8, 2020)
Within hours of the closure of the Salt Lake Temple for an extensive renovation, workers got busy transitioning the sacred structure from a working temple to a construction site.

Missionaries, Latter-day Saints Reported Safe Following Early-morning Quake in Puerto Rico (Church News) (January 8, 2020)
Latter-day Saints and their neighbors across Puerto Rico were rattled awake Tuesday morning, January 7, when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island that remains haunted by recent natural disasters.

Apply Now to Be in Multicultural Choir at “Unique” April 2020 General Conference (Church News) (January 8, 2020)
The music division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now accepting applications to participate in a multicultural choir for the Saturday evening session of the April 2020 general conference.

President Worthen focuses on ‘enduring joy’ at BYU devotional (Church News) (January 8, 2020)
As Brigham Young University students prepare for the challenges that await them this semester, BYU President Kevin J Worthen and his wife, Sister Peggy S. Worthen, reminded them of the eternal purpose of mortal experiences.

Ken Jennings’ Kids & Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Heavy) (January 8, 2020)
Since winning a fortune on Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings has crafted a new career as an author, podcaster, social media influencer, and spinner of homespun anecdote. Many of those homespun anecdotes involve his two kids.

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