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March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites March 16, 2018 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (March 19, 2018) features stories from its 81 international Newsroom websites as well as those from around the United States to share what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

LDS church ends monthly First Presidency message in Ensign magazine (KUTV - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
The LDS church is doing away with its monthly First Presidency message, published in its magazine the Ensign. The change was announced in the April edition at the bottom of what is the last such message with new church leader President Russell Nelson.

How General Conference teachings to LDS women have changed (Daily Universe - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
The topics LDS Church leaders discuss in General Conference messages to women — such as homemaking, birth control and motherhood — have changed over the decades, according to data from the LDS General Conference Corpus.

Op-ed: Elder Keetch and the LDS journey between public engagement and private devotion (Deseret News - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
The Russian literary master Fyodor Dostoevsky responded to one of Christianity’s thorny theological queries, the problem of evil, not with a tightly crafted syllogism, but with a person — the Christlike literary figure Father Zossima. Dostoevsky’s suggestion seems to be that evil is principally combated via individual human hearts, rather than, say, abstract schemes.

Bishop proposing bill to include overseas Mormon missionaries in U.S. census (Deseret News - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
Mormon missionaries serving outside the United States along with all Americans living overseas would be counted in the census under legislation Rep. Rob Bishop proposed Thursday.

Commentary: Hallelujah! Mormon women’s temple garments just got a lot better (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
Last month on social media, I started seeing cryptic references to improvements to the fit and fabric of Mormon women’s temple garments. Women were waxing rhapsodic about this, like Lululemon levels of rhapsodic.

David Archuleta, Stephanie Nielson headline North Star conference for Mormon LGBT (Deseret News - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
Special musical guest David Archuleta and speakers like Stephanie Nielson, Tom Christofferson and Hank Smith headline the fifth annual conference of North Star International on Friday and Saturday at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Mormon leaders in Blanding urge members to push feds for group access to pioneer site within Bears Ears (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 19, 2018)
In an unusual move, Mormon church leaders in Blanding have asked their members to weigh in on the planning process for the controversial Bears Ears monument designation because they want access to an environmentally sensitive site once visited by pioneers.

March 16, 2018

Easter initiative to reprise 'Because of Him,' 2014 video (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2018)
“Because of Him,” a popular short video created by the Church for its social-media Easter initiative in 2014, will again be the centerpiece of this year’s campaign.

Elder Rasband: 'This is just the beginning' for the Church in the Philippines (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2018)
After standing on the sites of current and future temples in the Philippines and looking into the faces of some of the more than 750,000 Filipino Church members, Elder Ronald A. Rasband did not wait to share his impressions. In a seven-minute Facebook live video — the first of its kind broadcast in the Asian nation by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — Elder Rasband made an Apostolic promise.

Elder Andersen and other Church leaders speak in Auckland (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2018)
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder O. Vincent Haleck, General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s Pacific Area, each spoke to separate gatherings of members and friends of the Church in Auckland on Sunday, March 11.

Florida Youth Finding Peace in Christ after Shooting, Says Sister McConkie (Church News) (March 16, 2018)
I recently had the privilege of attending church with the young women of the Coral Springs Ward in Florida where young women are mourning the loss of LDS school shooting victim Alaina Petty. I witnessed the after effects of a severe traumatic and violent experience in the lives of those who are continually striving to increase their faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement. As I looked into their eyes, I saw overwhelming grief. But I also saw gratitude for an abundance of miracles and the assurance that God is deeply aware of their circumstances, that He loves them, and that He is very much in the details of their lives.

‘I thought I was the only queer person at BYU’: LGBT students host panel focused on faith and gender identity at Mormon church-owned university (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 16, 2018)
Gabriel Cano doesn’t get called on in class. Maybe he’s just not raising his hand high enough. Maybe he’s just paranoid. Maybe. But probably not.

Hundreds Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Alabama’s First Organized Stake (Church News) (March 16, 2018)
On March 3 hundreds of Latter-day Saints gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alabama’s first organized stake. In the spring of 1968, the Alabama Stake, later renamed the Huntsville Alabama Stake, was assembled by Elder Harold B. Lee, who became the 11th President of the Church four years later.

Six hours on St. Thomas: A microcosm of hurricane recovery in the Caribbean (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2018)
Outside the secure baggage-claim area of St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King International Airport, a man and a woman scan passengers coming in from Puerto Rico on a 34-minute Monday morning flight on Feb. 19 between the two U.S. territory islands in the Caribbean. The couple wait to greet a trio of passenger pairs arriving for different reasons, but all three as a result of last September’s devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria.

March 15, 2018

Jewish Leaders Tour Church Welfare Operations and Mormon Temple (LDS Newsroom) (March 15, 2018)
For Saba Soomekh, a Jewish leader from California, seeing firsthand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ welfare and temple operations is a way of practicing what she preaches to her university religious studies students.

Millennial and Mormon: How Frederick young adults reconcile their beliefs with modern society (Frederick News Post - Maryland) (March 15, 2018)
This is the first in an monthly series about Frederick millennials who actively participate in organized religion. The series will explore the challenges and benefits experienced by local young adult followers of various faiths at a time when their generation is characterized by declining interest and attendance in church nationwide.

LDS Church outlines project to extend visitor experience in Nauvoo (Herald-Whig - Illinois) (March 15, 2018)
Standing on the steps of the William Weeks Home and overlooking an empty grassy field, Steven Olsen sees not only Nauvoo's past but its future. The two are intertwined for Olsen, senior curator for historic sites in the church history department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

'I went to Dennis' rescue': Phil Jackson revisits comments about Mormons from '98 NBA Finals (Deseret News - Utah) (March 15, 2018)
On Wednesday, legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson revisited the comments he and Dennis Rodman made about Mormons during the 1998 NBA Finals, with Jackson saying that he tried to "rescue" his controversial player. Jackson, whose Chicago Bulls faced the Utah Jazz in two straight NBA Finals, was in town on Wednesday speaking at Domopalooza, the annual conference hosted by Utah-based software as a service company Domo, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Jackson was one of several speakers on Wednesday who had a sitdown interview with Domo CEO Josh James.

March 14, 2018

Integrity Stems from Love for the Savior and How We Treat Others, Says Elder Rasband (Church News) (March 14, 2018)
As a student studying marketing and business with only two semesters left until graduation from the University of Utah, Ronald A. Rasband was faced with a heavy decision.

The young women are ready: Changes to camp provide leadership opportunities (LDS Church News) (March 14, 2018)
In an effort to strengthen Latter-day Saint young women and give them leadership opportunities, the Church has announced changes to the Young Women camp program — including a emphasis on youth leaders, the elimination of certification, the charge to simplify, and a focus on safety.

Rolly: Former bishop spending thousands to tell others that the Book of Mormon is true (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 14, 2018)
Missionary work is a centerpiece of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with tens of thousands of young men and women spread across the globe to teach the Mormon gospel.

Once again, LDS First Presidency discredits belief that Mormons should be Republicans (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 14, 2018)
Pssst. Have you heard that to be a good Mormon, you should be a Republican?

LDS mom breaks world record for half-marathon with triple stroller (Deseret News - Utah) (March 14, 2018)
Tennessee mom Ashlee Eskelsen ran the Boston Marathon 14 weeks pregnant last year. This year, she wanted a new challenge. Eskelsen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, set a world record on Saturday for finishing a half-marathon pushing a triple stroller with her three sons — her youngest just 4 and a half months old.

March 13, 2018

Sister Joy D. Jones Says More Love and Talk Needed to Protect Children from Pornography (Church News) (March 13, 2018)
Pornography is a problem affecting “our boys and our girls and we’re not talking about it enough,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President during the Utah Coalition Against Pornography conference held in Salt Lake City on March 10.

Public Open House Begins for Jordan River Utah Temple (LDS Newsroom) (March 13, 2018)
The public will have six weeks to tour the newly renovated Jordan River Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, beginning Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Welcome Back to the Jordan River Utah Temple (Church News) (March 13, 2018)
Sister Joy D. Jones and Elder Larry Y. Wilson teamed-up as “tour guides” Monday, walking reporters and photographers through the placid rooms and hallways of the newly renovated Jordan River Utah Temple.

Viewpoint: Use the Church’s Full Name to Emphasize This Is Christ’s Church (Church News) (March 13, 2018)
It had been some time since the Nephites had been visited by the resurrected Christ at the temple in Bountiful. Now, His disciples were dutifully engaged in telling others the things they had seen and heard, baptizing in His name those who accepted their teachings.

Bill Whitaker, ‘granddaddy of Utah artists,’ remembered as lifelong mentor and artist of faith (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2018)
Dr. Rita Wright, director of the Springville Art Museum, said she often hears people from out of state comment on the number of artists from Utah and their high-quality work. She attributes Utah’s art success to artist William “Bill” Whitaker, the “granddaddy of Utah artists,” who she said was at the heart of the growth and mentoring of this generation of artists.

Tongans Join with LDS Charities to Prepare for Possible Food Shortage after Cyclone Gita (Church News) (March 13, 2018)
Cyclone Gita not only damaged or destroyed homes and other buildings in Tonga last month, but many gardens and community vegetable gardens were also ruined.

Christian artists come together for the 'Worth of Souls' project to fight suicide, depression (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2018)
Who can tell the value of a soul? Only God, and he has declared that “the worth of souls is great” in his sight (see Doctrine and Covenants 18:10). He created us, his children. He has made it his work and glory “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (see Moses 1:39).

Family of Elder Keetch giving Taco Amigo's proceeds to Huntsman Cancer Institute on late father's birthday (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2018)
Elder Von G. Keetch had a favorite saying, according to his family, "If you don't like your lot in life, build a service station on it." With that in mind, the family of the recently deceased LDS general authority has planned a day of service that will allow them to give back to the organization that helped their father in his long battle with cancer.

Winter adventures of two Mormon missionaries featured in Boston U. student publication (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2018)
Two Mormon missionaries had just locked their apartment door and stepped into the frigid Boston winter air when they realized their keys were still inside. "They were stuck outside in over 13 inches of snow with 51 m.p.h. winds, so they made snow angels," wrote student journalist Jenny Rollins for the Boston University online student publication,

Pop group The Strike talks about Mormon roots in article by The National (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2018)
The Strike’s “pristine recordings” have led to supporting gigs with Kelly Clarkson, Journey and Macy Gray. The American pop group’s music has also been licensed to “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Got Talent.” From Utah to Los Angeles to Dubai, The Strike continues to make a name for itself with professional and high-quality music. In a recent article by The National, Chris Crabb talked about the group’s humble beginnings and its Mormon roots.

March 12, 2018

Mormon Missionaries Expand Online Teaching (LDS Newsroom) (March 12, 2018)
Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expanding their online teaching efforts. “The world is changing and so the way we do missionary work is changing as well,” said Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, who serves on the Church's Missionary Executive Council.

Legions being taught the gospel via smart phones, laptops (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Sister Rebecca Hinkey and her companion recently taught the missionary lessons to a man named Victor. They prayed and studied scriptures together. And when Victor had gospel questions, the sister missionaries helped find the answers. Weeks passed and Victor accepted their invitation to join the Church. He was soon baptized.

Primary General President Says ‘Love Kills Porn’ (LDS Newsroom) (March 12, 2018)
“As the popular catchphrase says, ‘porn kills love,’ but let’s also remember that love kills porn,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “That doesn’t mean that our love for someone else can change their addiction or even their behavior. But love can motivate us — how we prepare, how we respond, how we listen — particularly with our children,” said the leader of the faith’s more than 1 million boys and girls worldwide.

Mormon prophet surprises California Mormons with unannounced appearance (Religion News) (March 12, 2018)
Yesterday, members of the Oakland, California LDS stake got the surprise of a lifetime when the announced lineup of speakers at their stake conference underwent some last-minute changes to accommodate an unscheduled visit from the recently ordained Mormon prophet, Russell M. Nelson. I was visiting the area to speak about Mormon Millennials last night (in the same building, weirdly), so I had fourth-row seats to hear Pres. Nelson, his wife Wendy, and an array of other speakers.

Doubting Yourself? Reach for God’s Love, Says Sister Marriott (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Sister Neill F. Marriott discovered at an early age that if she talked a lot, blurted out ideas, inserted opinions over others’ words, or made others laugh and listen, she felt temporarily good and important.

RootsTech Leadership Session: Family History Work Essential to God’s Plan (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
The salvation of the whole human family is interdependent and interconnected—like the roots and branches of a great tree, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Our doctrinal obligation is to our own ancestors,” said Elder Cook. “That is because the organization of heaven is families, not geography or anything else.”

President Oaks' great-granddaughter experiences transforming power of family history (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Margaretta Unwin Clark’s life story is riddled with courage and faith in overcoming trials. After joining the Church in England, Margaretta traveled across the ocean in 1856 and then across the American plains with the Martin Handcart Company. As Kaitlyn Ward learned about Margaretta, her fifth-great-grandmother, she felt an instant kinship. “I found out she struggled with terrible seasickness, and I have a hard time traveling. I have terrible travel anxiety.

“Remember Me” Song Flavors RootsTech 2018 Family History Conference (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
The day before her performance of “Remember Me” at the Academy Awards presentation—where it won the Oscar for best song—Natalia Lafourcade performed it in Salt Lake City at RootsTech 2018, the world’s largest family history conference. Lafourcade is the Mexican singer-songwriter-guitarist who recorded the song with fellow pop star Miguel for the movie “Coco,” which also won an Oscar for best animated feature.

How DNA Is “Changing Everything” about Genealogy (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
When it comes to family history research and genealogy, DNA is the new buzzword, and according to Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch who gave the keynote address that kicked off RootsTech 2018, “It’s changing everything.”

Don't diminish your role, Primary general presidency tells Primary teachers (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Have you ever wondered if you can really make a difference in your calling? Some members may say, “I am just a Primary teacher.” But before diminishing the value of your role, consider the following story about one such sister: “Several weeks ago, my telephone rang and on the other end was my daughter. Like all young mothers, her days include the many responsibilities of caring for a young family.

New mission presidents called to serve in Barbados, Madagascar, Denmark and Samoa (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Mauro de Almeida, 54, and Rosa Maria Rodrigues Almeida, three children, Jardim São Paulo Ward, Sorocaba Brazil Stake: Brazil Belém Mission, succeeding President Alexandre Stasevskas and Sister Lelia Stasevskas.

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