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November 20, 2019

In His First Visit to Cambodia, Prophet Unveils Phnom Penh Temple Rendering (Church Newsroom) (November 20, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brought glad tidings Tuesday night to hundreds of gathered Church members at the Premier Centre Sen Sok in Phnom Penh.

President Oaks Encourages a ‘Spirit of Giving’ in Society (Church Newsroom) (November 20, 2019)
President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke Tuesday in the Salt Palace about the importance of private philanthropy and persuading “citizens to a ‘spirit of giving’ in our communities and in our personal efforts throughout the state.”

President Eyring Tells Saints in North Carolina that Ministering Is Precious Gift, Opportunity (Church News) (November 20, 2019)
In the closing moments of Saturday’s Charlotte Leadership Conference, an elders quorum president who had joined the Church just three years ago stood and asked a question of President Henry B. Eyring.

Young Women General Presidency Invites Young Women, Leaders to Learn the Doctrines of the New Theme (Church News) (November 20, 2019)
Heavenly Father knows and loves His daughters. For the past 35 years, young women have proclaimed this truth as they stand and repeat the Young Women theme. In the women’s session of the recent general conference, the Young Women theme was revised.

Menifee Valley Community Cupboard delivers 42,000 pounds of food (Press-Enterprise - California) (November 20, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints runs storehouses worldwide to assist families with food and other supplies. After the church determined it had a surplus, truckloads of food went out across the nation to communities that included Menifee, the release states.

November 19, 2019

President Nelson calls Vietnam’s future miraculous, promises Latter-day Saints they will be empowered to share the gospel (Church News) (November 19, 2019)
Diem Thuy Nguyen entered the waters of baptism on Nov. 18, 2012 — seven years to the day that President Russell M. Nelson spoke to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Video: President Nelson, Elder Christofferson share the ‘great hope’ they feel for the Church’s future in Vietnam (Church News) (November 19, 2019)
It’s been 23 years since a prophet has visited Vietnam. The first time was in 1966, when then-Elder Hinckley traveled to the country and offered a prayer on the land in behalf of the people. It would be 30 years before he would return to the area as president of the Church.

Elder Cook prays for leaders of US in Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple rededicatory prayer (Church News) (November 19, 2019)
Following is the text for the prayer offered by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to rededicate the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

Mormon leader: We didn’t leave Boy Scouts, they left us (Associated Press) (November 19, 2019)
A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday the church severed its century-long tie with the Boy Scouts of America because the organization made changes that pushed it away from the church.

Read the New Young Men Theme (Church News) (November 19, 2019)
During a Face to Face event outlining the new Children and Youth program on November 17, Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men General President, invited young men around the world to stand and recite the new Aaronic Priesthood quorum theme...

New Missionary Handbook Is about Becoming a Disciple of Christ (Church News) (November 19, 2019)
The new missionary handbook of instructions is simply “a manual on becoming” and a guide to lifelong discipleship in following the Savior.

Why do Mormons ignore the Pearl of Great Price? (Religion News Service) (November 19, 2019)
A few weeks ago I was in a Deseret Book store in Utah and found the Scripture section predictably divided into four subsections: one bookshelf each for the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants.

BYU extends coach Kalani Sitake’s contract through 2023 (Miami Herald - Florida) (November 19, 2019)
BYU has extended the contract of coach Kalani Sitake through the 2023 season. The school said Monday that the extension adds three years to the original deal Sitake signed after taking over the program in 2015.

How religion can heighten or help with financial stress (Phys.org) (November 19, 2019)
Churchgoers who are strapped for cash may experience a spike in anxiety when the donation plate is passed. However, knowing they have a church family to support them in times of need may help ease their money worries.

November 18, 2019

Leaders Outline Church’s New Children and Youth Program (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
Details of the new global children and youth initiative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were outlined Sunday in a live Face to Face broadcast originating at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

President and Sister Nelson Embark on Weeklong Southeast Asia Ministry (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
“Wendy and I are looking forward to traveling with Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife Kathy to Southeast Asia. We will have the privilege of visiting two countries celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Church being organized in their lands—Singapore and Indonesia—and two countries where the Church is much younger—Vietnam and Cambodia,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Prophet Makes First Visit to Vietnam (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
The global leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke Sunday to assembled Saints in Hanoi’s JW Marriott Grand Ballroom of his gratitude to the government for the privilege to gather and worship.

Church Celebrates Milestone in Vietnam (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
On November 14, 2019, Madam Thieu Thi Huong of the Vietnam Government Committee for Religious Affairs (CRA) presented an official certificate authorizing members of the Church to conduct religious activities in the country, in compliance with a new religious law established in 2018.

Church Leaders Meet with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
Two senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Friday with Maryland governor Larry Hogan and then ministered Saturday and Sunday to Saints in North Carolina. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave Governor Hogan a personal family genealogy (prepared by FamilySearch), invited him to the Washington D.C. Temple open house (the temple is being renovated and will reopen in late 2020), and thanked him for first lady Yumi Hogan’s recognition of the Church for its day of service in Maryland in September.

Apostle Rededicates the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
Latter-day Saints will soon be able to enter the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Renovations to the sacred structure are complete, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the temple on Sunday, November 17.

Apostle Building Bridges of Understanding in New York City (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited the United Nations Friday morning in New York City, meeting with representatives from the office of the president of the U.N. General Assembly.

Church Transferring 63 Missionaries from Bolivia (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released this statement today to media about Latter-day Saint missionaries in Bolivia: The Church is in the process of transferring 63 missionaries from the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. This is due to growing political unrest as well as the U.S. government’s recent decision to pull non-emergency workers from that country. The missionaries — who are all from North America — are being temporarily reassigned to other missions....

Church Releases New Missionary Handbook (Church Newsroom) (November 18, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new, updated handbook of instructions for missionaries serving around the world. The handbook, “Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ,” replaces the previous handbook that was last updated in 2010. Missionaries refer to the handbook regularly for guidance on dealing with a variety of situations and to help them act appropriately.

Church apostle speaks about policy changes in Utah’s largest faith (Fox 13 - Utah) (November 18, 2019)
When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes a change in policy, it affects the way many Utahns live — inspiring some, angering others. But what is the process to those policy changes, and how much do church leaders think or know about individuals living those policies? FOX 13’s Erin Cox has an exclusive interview with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Unlike modified version for teenage LDS girls, new theme for boys mentions ‘God,’ not ‘Heavenly Parents’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 18, 2019)
Latter-day Saint young men now will repeat a theme each week, just as their female counterparts have been doing for years. Activity Days, which have been held for girls in the past, now will be called Primary activities, and will include boys and girls, though they will meet separately.

November 15, 2019

President and Sister Nelson, Elder and Sister Christofferson embark on Southeast ministry (Church News) (November 15, 2019)
Continuing his worldwide ministry, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, embarked Friday to Southeast Asia, with plans to visit four countries in seven days Nov. 15 to Nov. 22.

2019 Christmas Initiative Encourages Service ‘One by One’ (Church Newsroom) (November 15, 2019)
A global effort to minister to others during the 2019 Christmas season has been unveiled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

‘Giving machines’ provide easy way to donate during holidays (Las Vegas Review-Journal - Nevada) (November 15, 2019)
These vending machines dispense happiness, minus the guilt. Between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., from Nov. 15 to Jan. 1, “giving machines” in front of Macy’s at Downtown Summerlin will provide people a way spread holiday cheer through charitable donations, according to information provided to local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints members.

Donny Osmond helps unveil Giving Machine in Downtown Summerlin (Las Vegas Review-Journal - Nevada) (November 15, 2019)
During the holidays we are always looking for ways to give back. Well, thanks to the partnership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, local and global charities, giving back is as simple as using a vending machine. “No place is better on the planet earth, for Light the World, than right here in Downtown Summerlin,” said Jeff Parker, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Former presidential candidate and ambassador to Russia joins Utah governor's race (CBS News) (November 15, 2019)
After appearing on the world stage as ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, Jr., is ready to resume his political career at home. The former U.S. ambassador and presidential candidate announced on Thursday that he's running for governor of Utah — a job he previously held.

Jon Huntsman’s entry into Utah governor’s race sets up a ‘showdown for the ages,’ says political scientist (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 15, 2019)
Former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman says he’s grown weary of the national political scene, with its “theatrics,” time-wasting and dearth of meaningful action. Now, he’s asking Utah’s voters to return him to what he calls “the best job in the world” — working as governor.

Relief Society Web Pages on Church Website Updated (Church News) (November 15, 2019)
The Relief Society General Presidency has implemented a number of improvements to the Relief Society section of ChurchofJesusChrist.org in a continuing effort to provide help and instruction for all Relief Society sisters. The improvements include inspiration from prophets, apostles, and general officers. The updates are organized in an easy-to-read, tiled template—allowing for easier access and navigation that will help women find the content they need.

Read about these new MTC leaders who were recently called (Church News) (November 15, 2019)
The following six new MTC presidents and companions have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in January.

New leaders called to serve over Church historic sites (Church News) (November 15, 2019)
The following couples have been called by the First Presidency to lead the work in various Church history sites. They will begin their service early next year.

BYU-Idaho won’t accept Medicaid as health insurance (KTVB - Idaho) (November 15, 2019)
An Idaho university has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage, forcing full-time students to buy a university-backed plan. Health plans at Brigham Young University-Idaho can be purchased for at least $81 a month for single students and up to $678 a month for a family, officials said.

November 14, 2019

Violence, Mass Protests in Bolivia Affect Missionaries and Latter-day Saints (Church News) (November 14, 2019)
Latter-day Saints and missionaries in Bolivia are taking precautions to stay safe during ongoing civil unrest following a violently-contested presidential election.

FamilySearch celebrates 125th anniversary — here’s how it has become the largest genealogy organization in the world (Church News) (November 14, 2019)
In an upstairs room of the Church Historian’s Office in Salt Lake City on Nov. 13, 1894, the Genealogical Society of Utah was established under the direction of Wilford Woodruff, the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Water fight continues in eastern Nevada, western Utah with church-owned ranch in the middle (KSL - Utah) (November 14, 2019)
Attorneys for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Millard and Juab counties were in a Nevada court Tuesday and Wednesday arguing that a monitoring plan for a proposed groundwater pumping project is insufficient to protect water resources in eastern Nevada and western Utah.

Former Latter-day Saint stake president pleads guilty to one count of wire fraud (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 14, 2019)
A former Utah stake president in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no longer seeking acquittal on allegations that he used his role in the church to orchestrate a phony investment scheme worth $1.5 million.

November 13, 2019

Doors Open for Public Tours of the Arequipa Peru Temple (Church Newsroom) (November 13, 2019)
A public open house will begin this week for the Arequipa Peru Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the country’s third temple. Peru has a Church membership of more than 605,000.

How the US military embraced America’s religious diversity (Navy Times) (November 13, 2019)
In 1919, Lee Levinger buried four soldiers in France. The responsibility to preside over a funeral was not unusual for military chaplains. But during World War I, most Americans would have been surprised to learn that a rabbi led a service for four Christian soldiers.

Learn more about your ‘homeland’ with FamilySearch blog country pages (Church News) (November 13, 2019)
Maybe you know the seven generations of your family that go back to a small town in Italy. Or maybe the only thing you know about your heritage is that you have an Italian last name. With the new blog country heritage pages, FamilySearch wants to reach people wherever they are and provide fun, engaging experiences while learning more about where they came from.

November 12, 2019

An Inside Look at the First Visitors’ Center in South America (Church News) (November 12, 2019)
Guided on a tour by sister missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visitors walk through the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple Visitors’ Center.

Elder Cook returns to his mission in England — here are highlights from his trip (Church News) (November 12, 2019)
Elder Quentin L. Cook began his service as a full-time missionary in South West England in September of 1960 — walking the cobble-stone streets of Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon, viewing centuries-old architecture and scenic views of the River Severn, and thinking of his own English roots.

FBI Joins Investigation Into Killing Of 9 Members Of Mormon Family In Mexico (NPR) (November 12, 2019)
The FBI has joined an investigation into the killing of three women and six children last week along a mountain road in northwest Mexico, an ambush that has shaken the Mormon community that has lived near the border for decades.

Mormon church leader denounces official's adoption scheme (Associated Press) (November 12, 2019)
A leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he is "disgusted" by an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, marking the first time a church official has commented on the case.

November 11, 2019

Elder Uchtdorf’s remarkable story of how good comes from your mission — even if you don’t see it for 46 years (Church News) (November 11, 2019)
A formula for missionary success. A reminder to be intentional and repentant rather than overwhelmed by perfectionism. An anecdote spanning nearly a half-century to represent missionaries being unaware how their simple efforts ripple across eternity. And a closing apostolic blessing.

General Authority Shares Two Strategies to Help You Win the “Battle for Your Soul” (Church News) (November 11, 2019)
One of the most piercing questions in all of scripture was spoken by the Savior when he asked Peter, “Do you love me?” (John 21:15) “This question is universal to all of us,” said Elder Robert C. Gay of the Presidency of the Seventy during an LDS Business College devotional held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on November 5.

Brother Owen explains why young adults should be interested in the new Children and Youth program (Church News) (November 11, 2019)
Shortly after returning from his mission, Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, said he felt he needed some direction for his life. He knew it was up to him to determine what his future would be like. Trying to discern the Lord’s will for him, Brother Owen prayerfully set some goals that would create balance in his life.

Two science societies removed BYU job postings over the school’s Honor Code ban on ‘homosexual behavior' (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 11, 2019)
Two internationally recognized science societies have removed Brigham Young University job postings from their websites after their members raised concerns about the religious Utah school’s LGBTQ policies — which ban “homosexual behavior” among students and faculty.

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