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July 18, 2018

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July 18, 2018

Elder Gerrit W. Gong Urges Today’s Pioneers to Build Bridges of Understanding, Kindness (Church News) (July 18, 2018)
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was standing just a short walk from the towering This Is the Place Monument on Monday when he delivered a pioneer-themed message.

Sister Craig talks her hardest high school moments, gaining confidence and being a believer (LDS Church News) (July 18, 2018)
Sister Michelle Daines Craig was 15 years old when she learned her family would be moving from Provo, Utah, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for her father to accept an assignment to preside over the mission there.

General Young Men Presidency: “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” (Church News) (July 18, 2018)
It was an inspiring scene to view the prophet of God addressing the youth of this worldwide Church in a devotional on June 3. His direction and counsel surely will change many lives. Moved by the Spirit, many young people came away with a commitment to join the Lord’s youth battalion and help gather Israel.

Mormon Arts Festival Highlights Artistic Work and Stories of People Around the World (Church News) (July 18, 2018)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had a brother who at one point seemed more poised to become famous than the well-known Apostle. James W. McConkie was a composer who received his PhD from Columbia and studied in Paris with some of the most important classical music teachers of the 20th century.

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Is On a New Kind of Mission for the Mormon Church (Time) (July 18, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not condone same-sex marriage. But for Dan Reynolds, the frontman of Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons, that official position doesn’t mean its followers have to shun the LGBTQ kids in their communities and homes. In fact, Reynolds — the powerful voice behind blockbuster hits like “Believer” and “Thunder” and a Mormon himself — insists that the church is facing a crisis of teen depression and suicide.

Thanks to new redshirt rule, BYU can ease returned Mormon missionaries back into play without burning their eligibility (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 18, 2018)
Kalani Sitake has seen it time and again in a football coaching career that has taken him from Eastern Arizona to Southern Utah, Utah, Oregon State and now BYU.

New Mormon church planned for Bridgeland (Houston Chronicle - Texas) (July 18, 2018)
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will soon have a new home in Cypress — with plans to build a chapel in Bridgeland in the future.

Twitter purge costs Mitt Romney, Mormon church, The Tribune and other Utah-tied social media accounts thousands of followers (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 18, 2018)
What do Marie Osmond and The Used have in common? Music, Utah ties and a drop Thursday of roughly 11,000 Twitter followers apiece. The social media site announced Wednesday that it planned to purge millions of “locked” accounts, or user profiles that had been frozen due to inactivity or suspicious behavior.

July 17, 2018

Elder Gerard Addresses NAACP National Convention (LDS Newsroom) (July 17, 2018)
Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced expanded collaboration between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Church at the organization’s 109th annual national meetings held in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday evening, July 15, 2018.

Church members, missionaries relieve Japan following nation's deadliest disaster in 7 years (LDS Church News) (July 17, 2018)
Dramatic weather battered Asia in recent weeks — forcing members from their homes, keeping missionaries indoors and prompting Church-sponsored relief projects.

How an embarrassing moment, learning Portuguese and serving a mission taught Sister Cordon that she could do hard things (LDS Church News) (July 17, 2018)
For Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, there have been moments of challenge and choice throughout her life but the result has always been added blessings and tremendous joy. Her father, Harold Hillam, always taught her that with the help of the Lord, she could do hard things. “There are no limits,” her father would say.

July 16, 2018

LDS Church, NAACP to launch joint education, employment initiative (Deseret News - Utah) (July 16, 2018)
Two months after a joint press conference that signaled a historic new partnership between the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the budding collaboration took a practical turn on Sunday night.

Inside the Quorum of the Twelve: The Divine Calling Apostles Share with Missionaries (Church News) (July 16, 2018)
While serving in the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Ulisses Soares often traveled with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—men he now counts as fellow Apostles. “Many times I watched them travel all night and arrive at their destination. They would take a quick shower, change clothes, and then head to meetings with the members,” he said.

President Ballard Discusses 7 Principles for Finding People to Teach (Church News) (July 16, 2018)
Taking moments to turn back the clock, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, drew upon his experiences and those of his ancestors as he spoke at the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar.

Elder Christofferson speaks at Second annual International Forum on Law and Religion held in Philippines (LDS Church News) (July 16, 2018)
The second annual International Forum on Law and Religion was held this year in the Philippines, reported Mormon Newsroom. "Religious freedom undergirds and is inseparably connected to all other freedom we cherish. It is the core right," Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told audiences during his keynote address.

Elder and Sister Renlund Review the What, Why, and How of Developing Christlike Attributes (Church News) (July 16, 2018)
In teaching new mission leaders about developing Christlike attributes, Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, cited from the scriptures and Preach My Gospel. But their most poignant teachings came from describing influences and examples from his Sweden Stockholm Mission service more than four decades ago and from the wives of his two former mission presidents.

Church releases trailer for new Mormon Messages featuring Sister Reyna Aburto (Church News) (July 16, 2018)
The Church recently released a trailer for a new three-part Mormon Message to be released on July 19. The clip features Sister Reyna I. Aburto sharing some difficult experiences in her past.

NYC Mormon Arts Festival uncovers story of Elder McConkie's brother, highlights culture of LDS Church (Church News) (July 16, 2018)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had a brother who at one point seemed more poised to become famous than the well-known Apostle. James W. McConkie was a composer who received his Ph.D. from Columbia and studied in Paris with some of the most important classical music teachers of the 20th century.

July 13, 2018

Church Announces Come, Follow Me for Home, Sunday School, and Primary (Church News) (July 13, 2018)
The First Presidency has announced a series of resources to help Church members and their families study the scriptures at home: Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families.

Elder Uchtdorf Visits German Chancellor in Berlin (LDS Newsroom) (July 13, 2018)
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, Friday, July 6, 2018. It was the first time that a German chancellor officially met with a senior leader of the Church.

Elder Holland presents ‘David O. McKay Stone’ to Scottish Museum (LDS Newsroom) (July 13, 2018)
Global faith leader Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presented a Scottish museum with the exact replica of an artefact that became linked with Scotland’s religious history, at an event attended by Stirling Member of Parliament Stephen Kerr and Stirling’s Provost, Councillor Christine Simpson (July 5).

Seek Divine Assurance to Remove Self Doubts about Service, Says President Eyring (Church News) (July 13, 2018)
Only the Father, His Beloved Son, and the Holy Ghost can provide the assurance Latter-day Saints need to go forward boldly in their service, said President Henry B. Eyring on June 26.

Elder Bednar Shares Five Lessons about the Spirit of Revelation with New Mission Leaders (Church News) (July 13, 2018)
Receiving, recognizing, and responding to revelations from God are spiritual gifts for which Latter-day Saints should yearn and appropriately seek, said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 26.

President Joseph F. Smith’s Descendants Donate His Bible to the Church (Church News) (July 13, 2018)
Scott Jackson was thumbing through his family’s treasured Bible in 1995 when he saw it: markings made by his great-grandfather, President Joseph F. Smith.

Historians Share What You Should Know about Emma Smith (Church News) (July 13, 2018)
Named by the Lord as “an elect lady” and known for being the first Relief Society General President, Emma Hale Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, lived a life of sacrifice and service.

Note: LDS Today has been on vacation this week; daily posts will resume on July 16 (July 13, 2018)
Note: LDS Today has been on vacation this week; daily posts will resume on July 16

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