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December 12, 2019

New Temple Site Locations Announced in Texas and Utah (Church Newsroom) (December 12, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the locations of three temples announced in October 2019 by Church President Russell M. Nelson.

‘Come, Follow Me’ for youth in 2020 is now available online and in Gospel Library app (Church News) (December 12, 2019)
Lesson outlines for the updated youth curriculum in 2020 are now available digitally. “Come, Follow Me — For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020” can be found in the Gospel Library app and on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. The outlines are being released in sets.

Latter-day Saint soldier killed in Afghanistan is memorialized, laid to rest (Church News) (December 12, 2019)
A Latter-day Saint soldier known for his love of aviation and a commitment to “standing up for his beliefs” died Nov. 20 in a helicopter crash in Logar Province, Afghanistan. U.S Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Takeshi Fuchigami Jr., 25, of Keaau, Hawaii, died while providing security for troops on the ground.

Here’s what these Primary children love about the new Book of Mormon Videos (Church News) (December 12, 2019)
Nine-year-old Ryan Christensen said he loves watching the new Book of Mormon Videos series with his family on family night. Watching stories like Nephi getting the plates of brass and building a ship has taught him something important.

December 11, 2019

Video: A look at how President Nelson is ‘building bridges’ with world leaders (Church News) (December 11, 2019)
In the two years since he was called as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson has traveled the world meeting with leaders — including leaders of religious, government, civic and charity groups.

Sister Bingham’s 5 keys for being happy, keeping an eternal perspective and progressing (Church News) (December 11, 2019)
Perspective is an interesting phenomenon, said Sister Jean B. Bingham looking up at the climbing rows of some 3,600 students gathered in the Marriott Center on Brigham Young University‘s Provo, Utah, campus on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

BYU Devotional: How to be happy now – and forever (BYU News - Utah) (December 11, 2019)
Sister Jean B. Bingham, General Relief Society President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered Tuesday’s campus Devotional address. She spoke about how keeping an eternal perspective leads to current and lasting happiness.

FamilySearch Now Provides Ability to Document Same-Sex Family Relationships (Church Newsroom) (December 11, 2019)
FamilySearch is one of the world's largest collections of genealogical data, drawn from civil, ecclesiastical and other sources to be assessed for their genealogical value by each researcher. FamilySearch Family Tree now provides the ability for users to document same-sex family relationships. Consistent with the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, only marriages between people of the opposite sex may be solemnized or sealed in the temple.

Family Search, owned by the LDS Church, adds same-sex couples to its database (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 11, 2019)
A year and a half ago, FamilySearch.org projected it would include same-sex parents and same-sex couples in its genealogy website sometime in 2019 — and it has, with three weeks to spare. The site, which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced Tuesday that FamilySearch Family Tree now provides the ability for users to document same-sex family relationships.

The 150 greatest coaches in college football's 150-year history (ESPN) (December 11, 2019)
22. LaVell Edwards, 257-101-3 Brigham Young (1972-2000) Edwards did more than lead the Cougars to 19 conference titles, 10 10-win seasons and that incredible run to the 1984 national championship. He did more than take the vertical passing game and use it as a cudgel to bash down the door to the national elite -- although grooming five first-team All-American quarterbacks is pretty cool. Edwards used college football to take a regional religious institution and turn it into a brand. BYU became known for exciting, entertaining, edge-of-the-seat college football, and it proved that three yards and a cloud of dust wasn't the only way to win games. It was just the old-fashioned one.

Marriott's Arne Sorenson still thinks his company isn't big enough (Forbes India) (December 11, 2019)
With his acquisition of Starwood three years ago, Arne Sorenson created the world's largest hotel empire. Globally, 20 percent of new hotel rooms being built are now Marriott properties. But Sorenson wants more

Jane Clayson Johnson featured in BYU-Pathway Worldwide Devotional (Facebook) (December 11, 2019)
Join us for a devotional about mental health with Jane Clayson Johnson, an award-winning author and journalist known for her work at CBS News, ABC News, and NPR.

December 10, 2019

The unique role Utah played in a federal push to expand LGBTQ and religious rights (Deseret News - Utah) (December 10, 2019)
Utah Congressman Chris Stewart is sponsoring legislation that would expand LGBTQ and religious rights at the federal level, and he’s not the only link between the bill and the Beehive State.

Why a Church donation of 60 tons of food to Houston food banks is an example of ‘pure religion’ (Church News) (December 10, 2019)
Just two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated and delivered more than 60 tons of food to several local food banks in Houston, Texas.

Army pilot killed in Afghanistan is laid to rest in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 10, 2019)
A U.S. Army pilot killed in action in Afghanistan when his helicopter crashed was buried Monday in Utah. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., 25, was from Keaau, Hawaii; his wife of eight months, McKenzie Norman Fuchigami, is a Utah native.

Meet the Mormon College Student Behind the Viral A.I. Game That Took Dungeons & Dragons Online (Daily Beast) (December 10, 2019)
In late November, a college senior at Brigham Young University named Nick Walton published a short fable called “My Musical Troupe of Orcs Uses Music to Advance Orc Rights.” In the story, written in the second person, you are a goblin. “I am a goblin!” you say proudly. “And I’m glad to be one.” Also, you’re with an orc captain. “Well then, congratulations,” says the orc captain. “We’ll let you live.”

Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure' (USA Today) (December 10, 2019)
Seventeen years after his daughter Elizabeth's high-profile kidnapping and rescue, Ed Smart spoke Monday of his struggle to come out as a gay man. “There is no cure. This is absolutely not a choice," Smart said, sobbing in an interview with Gayle King on "CBS This Morning."

Fors and Christensen: Understanding the LDS Church origin of City Creek Center (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 10, 2019)
In the last six years, City Creek Center has become a pillar of the Salt Lake cityscape. The mall, constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sparked criticism and controversy at the time of inception. Now that the initial controversy surrounding its construction has faded, it is a better time than ever to assess the subtext of its creation by the destruction of what once stood on the same land: the first Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution.

December 9, 2019

Messages and Music Inspire Members Worldwide during 2019 First Presidency Christmas Devotional (Church News) (December 9, 2019)
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered on Sunday evening, December 8, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and in homes and meetinghouses around the world to watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional.

How Do We Obtain World Peace, Become More Angelic and Experience Joy? Christmas Devotional Provides Answers (Church Newsroom) (December 9, 2019)
What is the key to unlock world peace? Personal righteousness rooted in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. How can we behave more like angels? Visit the isolated among us with Jesus Christ’s good news. What can we do to experience joy? Embrace simplicity, service and stillness. What is the perfect gift to give during any season of the year? A life modeled on the way of Jesus Christ.

The Church of Jesus Christ Supports the Federal Fairness for All Act (Church Newsroom) (December 9, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed support Friday for the federal Fairness for All Act introduced at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., this morning by nine members of Congress from seven states. The Church joins a broad coalition of bill supporters, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the 1st Amendment Partnership, the American Unity Fund, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and the Center for Public Justice.

December 6, 2019

First Presidency 2019 Christmas Message (Church Newsroom) (December 6, 2019)
Memories of Christmas bring recollections of family, gifts, and service. They stem from the real reason for Christmas, that transcendent gift from our Heavenly Father. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

President Oaks Addresses Issues Specific to Immigrants during Spanish-language Meeting in Chicago (Church News) (December 6, 2019)
Leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feel “a special kinship with those trying to make their way in a new country or community,” said President Dallin H. Oaks during a unique devotional in Chicago on November 23.

Oman ambassador joins Elder Rasband in turning on Christmas lights at Washington D.C. Temple (Church News) (December 6, 2019)
“The Christmas season is a wonderful time to use the words, ‘thank you,’ and to share a little bit more love to God and to all humanity,” Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Elder Soares Testifies of the Savior in “Special Witnesses of Christ” Video (Church News) (December 6, 2019)
In a video produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Ulisses Soares invites us to keep the spirit of Christmas all year and become more interested in others than in ourselves.

Multi-year Renovation of Iconic Salt Lake Temple Begins December 29 (Church News) (December 6, 2019)
It’s December—a month synonymous with holiday countdowns until Christmas. But for scores of Church engineers, designers, construction workers, and historians—along with thousands of Salt Lake-area temple patrons—the final month of 2019 also signals a historic countdown to December 29, the final day the Salt Lake Temple will be in operation.

December 5, 2019

New Renderings Released for Salt Lake Temple Renovation (Church Newsroom) (December 5, 2019)
Additional renderings showing the planned renovation of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been released.

Visitor experience about to change at Salt Lake City’s Temple Square. Here’s how and why. (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 5, 2019)
Mormonism’s iconic Salt Lake Temple, in the heart of Utah’s capital, will close Dec. 29 for renovation, but the square surrounding it — as well as the historic domed Tabernacle and nearby Assembly Hall — will remain open during the four years of construction.

Primary General President Speaks at the UN in Geneva (Church Newsroom) (December 5, 2019)
Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address an international audience at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Sister Jones will join a panel of speakers at the UNICEF-sponsored event at the Palais de Nations.

December 4, 2019

Elder Renlund Shares a “Three-Fold Prescription” for Feeling God's Love (Church News) (December 4, 2019)
As a seasoned physician, Elder Dale G. Renlund knows that properly functioning receptors are vital to good health.

Modern-day apostles in the Mormon church come from all walks of life (Houston Chronicle - Texas) (December 4, 2019)
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he introduced his gospel to the world. Early in his ministry he sought out and called 12 disciples, or apostles, to help him in that work. They came from several walks of life, fishermen, tax collectors and even zealots. Jesus himself was the son of a carpenter. But when called, they put down their nets and followed him.

Charitable Vending Machines Pop Up in NYC in Time for ‘Giving Tuesday’ (NBC 4 - New York) (December 4, 2019)
Want to give back this “Giving Tuesday”? The holiday spirit is coming to the streets of New York City in a unique way once more thanks to charitable vending machines.

What a visit to the Venezuelan border taught these Church leaders (Church News) (December 4, 2019)
In the city of Cúcuta, Colombia, on a bridge overlooking the Pamplonita River — which acts as a natural border between Colombia and Venezuela — some 40,000 people cross from east to west each day seeking medicine, aid, comfort and relief from the ongoing civil unrest in their home country of Venezuela. But after receiving aid and medicine in Colombia, more than half of those crossing the bridge each day return back the way they came, carrying much needed supplies for their families still in Venezuela.

LDS Church announces it still opposes Equal Rights Amendment as supporters rally at Capitol (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (December 4, 2019)
As roughly 200 people gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to encourage Utah to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would continue to oppose the ERA.

Republican Bill Weld says he can beat Trump in at least five states on Super Tuesday (Fox News) (December 4, 2019)
As House Democrats ramp up phase two of their impeachment inquiry, Bill Weld, former two-time Massachusetts governor and Republican 2020 presidential candidate, said Wednesday that he believes he can beat President Trump in five states on Super Tuesday.

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