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June 5, 2020

October 2020 General Conference Will Be Virtual Only (Church Newsroom) (June 5, 2020)
While some areas of the world continue to experience the effects of a serious pandemic, other areas do not. As a worldwide organization, we have an obligation to be good citizens and to act with caution as it relates to such a unique setting as general conference, which traditionally brings thousands of visitors to Salt Lake City from around the globe.

9 truths from the bicentennial proclamation, Elder Rasband teaches missionaries (Church News) (June 5, 2020)
The bicentennial proclamation President Russell M. Nelson announced in the April general conference “came by revelation” and “is the mind and will of the Lord,” said Elder Ronald A. Rasband in a devotional for missionaries around the world.

New Brazilian General Authority shares his faith that the Lord knows best (Church News) (June 5, 2020)
Elder Ciro Schmeil has always strived to be obedient to the Lord, even if not understanding the reasoning behind a specific commandment.

Pro soccer’s return can’t come soon enough for former BYU star Ashley Hatch (Church News) (June 5, 2020)
Pandemic-weary soccer fans are being reintroduced to Washington Spirit veteran Ashley Hatch in a few weeks. The fleet-footed forward and her team will be competing in a Salt Lake City-based tournament for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) — the first U.S. professional team league to return to play after being suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Historic Latter-day Saints church stills stands in Chino Valley (Grand Canyon News – Arizona) (June 5, 2020)
This little stone building yields plenty of history and as long as it stands, it helps preserve memories of Chino Valley’s humble beginnings in the early 20th century. The antique building, which is now out of commission, was Chino Valley’s first Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel that was brought to life by the first Mormon settlers in the area. It was dedicated in June, 1924. (Amy Sanders/Courtesy)

This week in Mormon Land: A call to end racism, a vacuuming prophet, a scriptural gift (Salt Lake Tribune – Utah) (June 5, 2020)
The church is making it easier to keep up on official news, announcements and events by merging all of that content onto Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

June 4, 2020

Latest temple updates: 77 temples in limited reopening as 11 more temples start Phase 1 on June 8 (Church News) (June 4, 2020)
For the fifth time in as many weeks, more than 10 temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been identified to reopen for limited husband-and-wife sealing ordinances.

Primary: How music moves families toward greater spirituality (Church News) (June 4, 2020)
On the night of the Last Supper, the Savior and His disciples gathered together for the last time before Jesus would fulfill His Father’s will. To conclude this sacred event, Matthew tells us, they sang a hymn before leaving for the Mount of Olives (see Matthew 26:30).

‘Mormon Land’: Society, church and individuals can and must do more to erase sin of racism, say black Latter-days Saints (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 4, 2020)
George Floyd’s death — as just the latest example of a black person dying at the hands of law enforcement — has shaken, angered, agitated and, some say, awakened the nation, setting off waves of sometimes-violent protests against racism and police brutality.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints delivers over 40,000 pounds of food to East Texas Food Bank (Kilgore News Herald - Texas) (June 4, 2020)
As a part of a global effort to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints donated over 40,000 pounds of food to the East Texas Food Bank. Delivered in a 53-foot trailer from the church's base in Salt Lake City, the food bank received 25 pallets of boxed and canned food goods Wednesday.

South Central Community Action Partnership receives large donation of food (KMVT - Idaho) (June 4, 2020)
The South Central Community Action Partnership was excited to receive a large donation of food today, over 40 thousand pounds of food. Since March, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had donated over 7 million pounds of food to 31 different states, and today the South Central Community Partnership received a donation.

BYU TV journalists, returned missionaries ‘All Americans’ in their field (Church News) (June 4, 2020)
If broadcast journalism was a college sport, a trio of returned missionaries at Brigham Young University would be first-team All-Americans. Three communications students at the Church-owned school — Cierra Ysasaga, Danielle Wardinsky Hallows and Bela Erekson — recently won Gracie Awards, an honor presented annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF).

Falsely accused Mormon couple spent 23 months in Caracas prison (Daily Mail - UK) (June 4, 2020)
Thamy Caleno knew that her new husband, Josh Holt, was the answer to her prayer. So when Venezuelan authorities took him away in the middle of the night, she was determined not to lose him, searching her neighborhood and asking anyone she could where the gringo was.

Lawsuit Charges Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Jose with Allowing Church Leader to Sexually Abuse Two Young Girls (Business Wire) (June 4, 2020)
An amended civil lawsuit, (Santa Clara County Superior Court (case #20CV366443) filed by the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard claims the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Jose could have prevented the sexual abuse of two young children by a former high-ranking leader of the church.

June 3, 2020

Sister Aburto on women and priesthood — There is safety in counsel (Church News) (June 3, 2020)
I cherish President Nelson’s words that “we Latter-day Saints are not of the world; we are of covenant Israel. We are called to prepare a people for the Second Coming of the Lord” (“Spiritual Treasures” October 2019 general conference).

Brother Ahmad Corbitt on ‘learning by study and also by faith’ (Church News) (June 3, 2020)
In one of his great sermons on faith, the Book of Mormon prophet Alma describes three stages of faith. The first stage is a small particle of faith, like a seed, needing to be nourished. The second stage is like a small tree sprouting new life as faith’s belief and purpose are confirmed. The third stage is continual, requiring constant care and nourishment to develop strong roots.

How actively seeking Christ’s voice can change you, Elder and Sister Clayton discuss (Church News) (June 3, 2020)
How has the First Vision changed you? How are you actively seeking to hear Christ’s voice? Who is God? What would He have you do? These are some of the questions Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Lisa Clayton, posed to BYU–Idaho students in a livestream devotional on June 2.

LDS Church to reopen Deseret Industries stores (Daily Herald - Utah) (June 3, 2020)
Residents who found the time to do some hefty spring cleaning during the COVID-19 shutdowns but had no place to take their hand-me-down items will be glad to know Deseret Industries is reopening. “Deseret Industries, a nonprofit work training business owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will begin reopening some of its stores the week of June 1, 2020,” according to a Tuesday press release.

Disillusioned Mormon takes second shot at suing church (Legal Newsline) (June 3, 2020)
The woman who lost her faith in the Mormon church, then lost her lawsuit against it, is trying again. Laura Gaddy amended her complaint against the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-day Saints, weeks after Utah federal judge Robert Shelby threw out her original complaint. He expressed skepticism that she will be able to correct her lawsuit, but in late May she tried anyway.

June 2, 2020

President Nelson Shares Social Post about Racism and Calls for Respect for Human Dignity (Church Newsroom) (June 2, 2020)
We join with many throughout this nation and around the world who are deeply saddened at recent evidences of racism and a blatant disregard for human life. We abhor the reality that some would deny others respect and the most basic of freedoms because of the color of his or her skin. We are also saddened when these assaults on human dignity lead to escalating violence and unrest.

LDS Church president issues personal statement on recent events over the death of George Floyd (Daily Herald - Utah) (June 2, 2020)
Monday marked the 42nd anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extending to all worthy male members the rights of the priesthood. In a Facebook entry Monday afternoon, President Russell M. Nelson commented on the activities of the past weekend.

News of the Church Is Now Merged at Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org (Church Newsroom) (June 2, 2020)
Official announcements, news and events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now be found in one place: Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. This consolidation merges content from what were the “Church News and Events” and “Official Newsroom” sections of the Church website.

Happy 87th birthday to President Henry B. Eyring — an artist, lover of sports and Apostle of Jesus Christ (Church News) (June 2, 2020)
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, turned 87 on May 31. He was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 31, 1933, and was ordained an Apostle and joining the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1995.

Church Participates in Sheep Donation on Navajo Reservation (Church Newsroom) (June 2, 2020)
Latter-day Saints participated in an effort to provide live sheep to the Navajo Nation in Utah. Representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered assistance with senior staff from the Utah Governor’s Office and leaders from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the Utah Farm Bureau in Monument Valley and Navajo Mountain on Monday, June 1, 2020.

June 1, 2020

‘Helping Hands’ volunteers from 6 states offer help after Michigan flooding (Church News) (June 1, 2020)
After being told for 10 weeks to “stay home and stay safe,” at least 10,000 Michigan residents were told on May 19 to instead “get out and stay safe.” At 5:46 p.m. on May 19, the Edenville Dam in central Michigan failed, releasing 21.5 billion gallons of water.

Joyful Congolese Saints Are Preparing for the Future Lubumbashi Temple (Church Newsroom) (June 1, 2020)
For Latter-day Saints in Lubumbashi, last year’s dedication of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple marked an emotional so-near-yet-so-far-away paradox. A temple was operating for the first time in their central-African nation. That historic fact doubled as a miracle.

Some Utah LDS wards are resuming restricted Sunday services, but how they’re doing it varies (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 1, 2020)
Some Latter-day Saints scattered across Utah will gather with fellow believers for worship this Sunday for the first time since church services were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic — and what they experience will be dramatically different than what they had known their whole religious lives.

Private collectors donate rare Book of Mormon collection to BYU (KSL - Utah) (June 1, 2020)
Brigham Young University alumni Carolyn Potter Ingersoll and William Boley Ingersoll both had a passion for the Book of Mormon since they were children. However, they didn't expect to become the rare collectors they are today. The BYU Library announced the Ingersoll's rare collection — which includes several copies of the 1830 edition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' scripture, along with first editions in all 149 translations — has been donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department of the Harold B. Lee Library.

This week on social: 2 missionaries creatively produced Facebook ad about Christ’s peace, reached thousands (Church News) (June 1, 2020)
Church leaders took to social media this week, promoting messages of peace, creativity and celebration. In a Facebook post on Sunday, May 24, President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, wrote about peace.

Former Miner Jack Skidmore is foregoing college athletics for a higher purpose to serve his LDS mission in England (Park Record - Utah) (June 1, 2020)
Part of what makes high school and college so special is that more often than not, it takes kids on a journey of self-discovery. It’s a time in their lives when they begin to discover who they truly are in this world and what their purpose may be, or at least what direction they should be heading towards. Jack Skidmore is no different. A former Park City High School athlete who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Skidmore, 18, has spent parts of the last year on this same journey, albeit one based on faith.

May 29, 2020

President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson Share a Message about the Sacrament (Church Newsroom) (May 29, 2020)
On President Russell M. Nelson’s social media accounts, President Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson share their feelings of reverence and gratitude for the holy sacrament. They describe their personal experience in partaking of the sacrament in their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and give advice to those who desire to partake of the sacrament but have not been able to do so.

Why we need to stay connected amid COVID-19 social distancing, Elder and Sister Gong say (Church News) (May 29, 2020)
In the days after the Church’s 190th Annual General Conference, Elder Gerrit W. Gong was frequently asked what it was like to direct his remarks to an empty auditorium.

Elder F. Enzio Busche, emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at 90 (Church News) (May 29, 2020)
Elder F. Enzio Busche, an emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Thursday morning, May 28, in Bountiful, Utah, at the age of 90.

Sister Shirley Porter, wife of emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at 93 (Church News) (May 29, 2020)
Sister Shirley Porter, wife of emeritus General Authority Seventy Elder L. Aldin Porter and former matron of the Salt Lake Temple, died on March 28, 2020, in Ogden, Utah, at the age of 93.

Being imprisoned unjustly helped Cheng Hao Leung’s faith become stronger (Ke Alaka'i - Hawaii) (May 29, 2020)
After being arrested for a crime he did not commit, Cheng Hao “Nelson JS” Leung said his few days in an Egyptian prison strengthened his faith in the gospel and led him to serve a full-time mission in Canada. Through this experience, Nelson said he was able to find the courage to tell his family he was a member of the Church, a fact he had been hiding from them for years.

LDSC Donates PPEs, Hygiene Supplies to Olongapo and Subic LGUs (Church Newsroom) (May 29, 2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, through its humanitarian arm, Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC), has been one with the government in the efforts to assist the Filipinos during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Mormon Church Sends Truck With 40,000 Pounds Of Food To Chelsea (WBZ - Massachusetts) (May 29, 2020)
The Mormon church has been sending trucks around the country to help people impacted by coronavirus. WBZ-TV's Beth Germano reports.

This week in Mormon Land: Gay member of Tab Choir discusses his gift; former missionary on track for Olympics; apostle says follow doctor’s orders (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 29, 2020)
The Mormon Land newsletter is a weekly highlight reel of developments in and about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether heralded in headlines, preached from the pulpit or buzzed about on the back benches.

Tahitian Youth Groups Aim to do 150 Acts of Kindness (Church Newsroom) (May 29, 2020)
In honour of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Young Women organisation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, teenagers in French Polynesia have set a goal to each do five to ten acts of kindness for family, friends and neighbours.

BYU–Hawaii Student Team Is Eradicating Poverty One Farmer at a Time (Church News) (May 29, 2020)
In July 2016, Elvin Laceda arrived in Laie, Hawaii, from the Philippines with 88 pesos in his pocket. He was excited to explore his passion for agriculture at Brigham Young University–Hawaii after three years of studying agricultural engineering at a college in his home country.

May 28, 2020

Young Women Organization Celebrates 150 Years in 2020 (Church Newsroom) (May 28, 2020)
The Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary this year. Originally known as the First Young Ladies’ Department of the Ladies’ Cooperative Retrenchment Association, the Young Women organization was organized on May 27, 1870.

General Authority Seventy, Elder Duane B. Gerrard, dies at 82 (Church News) (May 28, 2020)
Elder Duane B. Gerrard, emeritus General Authority Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died on May 24, 2020. He was 82 years old.

Why some General Authorities are called to serve as mission presidents (Church News) (May 28, 2020)
Less than a year after Elder Ricardo P. Giménez and Elder Peter M. Johnson were sustained as new General Authority Seventies, they received calls to serve as mission presidents.

What is the difference between a General Authority Seventy, Area Seventy and general officer? (Church News) (May 28, 2020)
During general conferences, the First Presidency presents the names of newly called General Authority Seventies, Area Seventies and general officers for sustaining by Church members. What is the difference between these titles and callings, and what do they mean?

‘Mormon Land’: BYU professors discuss their gender research and how to elevate women’s voices in the church and beyond (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 28, 2020)
Women are gaining a higher profile in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at both the local and general levels. But having women in the room — and usually vastly outnumbered by men when issues are discussed and decisions are made, often by the faith’s all-male priesthood — doesn’t necessarily mean these women are being heard, let alone heeded.

From high school tuba player to NFL vet: Jordan Devey’s remarkable journey continues (Church News) (May 28, 2020)
Several years ago, Disney made the feel-good flick “Invincible” about Vince Papale — a real-life high school teacher who landed a roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons despite having no college football experience. Much respect to Mr. Papale, but his unorthodox path to the National Football League can’t match the ongoing saga of eight-year NFL veteran Jordan Devey — a well-traveled returned missionary who never played a down of high school football.

LDS neighbors are good friends (DeSoto Times-Tribune - Mississippi) (May 28, 2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), often referred to as “Mormons” was founded by Joseph Smith during a religious revival period in this country of the early 1800s known as the Second Great Awakening. After Smith's martyrdom in 1844, his followers were pursued because of beliefs across the Great Plains and led by Brigham Young into the Salt Lake valley of Utah, where the church established its headquarters. It is considered a non-trinitarian, Christian restoration church that considers itself to be the restored faith of the original church, founded by Jesus Christ.

What this BYU study found about addiction to video games (Church News) (May 28, 2020)
Here’s something to remember about Brigham Young University professor Sarah Coyne before knowing anything else about her research on video-game addiction: She’s not a video-game hater.

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