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May 24, 2019

General Auxiliary Leaders Begin Their Ministering Visit in South Africa (Church Newsroom) (May 24, 2019)
Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18, Sister Cordon visited Young Women and their leaders in Port Elizabeth, while Sister Harkness visited Primary Children and their leaders in Cape Town.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Announces 2020 Heritage Tour (Church Newsroom) (May 24, 2019)
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will travel internationally for their upcoming tour. They will perform in six cities in four Nordic countries and the United Kingdom over 22 days from Thursday, June 25, through Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Love for Family at the Heart of Temple Work, Elder and Sister Duncan Say (Church News) (May 24, 2019)
Recalling the first time she heard her baby’s heartbeat, Sister Nancy Duncan said, “It was his heart I was hearing, but it was my heart that was exploding. Exploding with a feeling of love and joy like nothing I had ever experienced before.”

This week in Mormon Land: Social media diet pays off, longtime apostle makes first trip to India, church gives $4M to help refugees (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 24, 2019)
A Facebook fast. A Pinterest purge. A Twitter quitter. Thousands upon thousands of Latter-day Saint women know all about the above after accepting President Russell M. Nelson’s invitation last fall to swear off social media for 10 days.

What we misunderstand about religion's role in the abortion debate (Deseret News - Utah) (May 24, 2019)
Everything you think you know about religion and abortion is wrong. Well, maybe not wrong. But almost certainly incomplete, according to experts on religion and politics. Religious beliefs do influence abortion views, but so do other factors.

Yes, abortion activists use religious language. But it's still about politics (CNN) (May 24, 2019)
When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed her state's new abortion law, she called it a "powerful testament" to the belief that "every life is a sacred gift from God." Ivey, a Southern Baptist, was far from alone in viewing the law -- now the country's most restrictive -- in religious terms.

Mormon GOP official in Utah comes out as gay (The Hill) (May 24, 2019)
A Republican official in Utah who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) on Wednesday revealed that he is gay. “What I have to say is not easy for me and may not be taken well by everyone who hears it,” Utah County commissioner Nathan Ivie said in a video. “I just hope you’ll hear what I have to say with the same spirit I have to share it with.”

May 23, 2019

Latter-day Prophet Meets with Tongan King and Queen (Church Newsroom) (May 23, 2019)
"You are precious to us and to the Lord. We love you. We miss you when we are away from you," said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he visited the Kingdom of Tonga during his nine-day Pacific ministry to seven countries.

President Nelson Reminds Fijians of Their Divine Potential (Church Newsroom) (May 23, 2019)
“May I thank you for your great faith,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he addressed a large crowd under cloudy skies in Fiji Wednesday afternoon. “I wondered if you could do it and you did it. You turned off the rain.”

LDS Prophet Visits Fiji (Fiji Times) (May 23, 2019)
Local coverage of President Nelson's visit to Fiji. (Subscription may be required to view content.)

Church Shares Renovation Plans for the St. George Utah Temple (Church Newsroom) (May 23, 2019)
Detailed plans for the upcoming closure and renovation of the St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were released Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at a news conference in the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center. The temple is in the city of St. George in southern Utah.

‘Absolutely incredible’; LDS church reveals details of pending St. George Temple renovations (St. George News - Utah) (May 23, 2019)
Details of the pending closure and renovation of the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were revealed to the public Wednesday morning.

What will the St. George Utah Temple look like in 2022? Is the St. George Temple closed? Here's everything you need to know (Deseret News - Utah) (May 23, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced renovation plans for the St. George Utah Temple Wednesday at a news conference in St. George, Church News reports.

President M. Russell Ballard Teaches and Inspires on His First Visit to India (Church Newsroom) (May 23, 2019)
M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ, addressed nearly 700 Church members and friends at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi, India on May 19, 2019 – his first visit ever to the country. He expressed his love for the people of India.

Mormon temple long shrouded in secrecy briefly opens doors to the public (Fox News) (May 23, 2019)
Oakland's Mormon Temple, a hilltop landmark long shrouded in mystery to millions of its neighbors, is opening its doors to the public -- but only for a short time. After a 14-month closure to complete renovations, the 55-year-old temple is attracting huge crowds before it is rededicated next month.

Judgment, trust, LGBT issues driving millennials from Mormon church (UPI) (May 23, 2019)
Mormon millennials are leaving the church at about double the rate of their parents and grandparents, according to a new book that draws on a study of four generations of current and former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

May 21, 2019

President Nelson calls New Zealand's prime minister 'courageous,' promises Church will donate to mosques (Church News) (May 21, 2019)
Just outside of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings here, President Russell M. Nelson lauded Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as "a peacemaker, a policymaker, a consensus-giver” on Monday.

Commentary: It’s Mormonism’s loss that New Zealand’s dynamic leader couldn’t find a home in the faith (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 21, 2019)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a meeting Monday with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Nelson announces $100,000 donation to rebuild mosques damaged in New Zealand attacks (Church News) (May 21, 2019)
After announcing a $100,000 donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to rebuild and renovate mosques damaged two months ago in a deadly attack, President Russell M. Nelson stood arm-in-arm with Dr. Mustafa Farouk, the president of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand.

Rededicatory Prayer for the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple (Church News) (May 21, 2019)
O God our Eternal Father, Thou mighty Elohim, in the name of Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and by the authority of the divine priesthood, we come before Thee to rededicate this, the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unto Thee, our living God, and as a resting place for Thy Son.

Newest Volume in the Joseph Smith Papers Series Documents a Time of Hope and Optimism (Church News) (May 21, 2019)
At a Church conference in April 1840, Latter-day Saint apostles Orson Hyde and John E. Page were called to a special mission. Instead of going out to proselytize, the two apostles were appointed to travel to “London, Amsterdam, Constantinople, and Jerusalem” to converse with “Elders of the Jews” and collect information about the gathering of the Jews. They were also assigned to publish their findings throughout the United States.

Lesser-Known Facts about Salt Lake Temple's Construction Illustrate Pioneers’ Commitment, Sacrifice (Church News) (May 21, 2019)
Gathered around a simple, rather barren plot of land in a vast desert valley marked by just five years of habitation, a small group of people, shovels in hand, broke ground on February 14, 1853, on what would prove to be a building project of more than 40 years. Among the turning of shovels and prayers to dedicate the land for the purposes of the Lord, the crowd began to sing an old familiar tune.

May 20, 2019

President Nelson Meets With New Zealand Prime Minister (Church Newsroom) (May 20, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Monday with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as he reached the midway point of his nine-day Pacific ministry visits to seven countries.

Prophet Brings ‘Spirit of Aloha’ to Pacific Ministry Stop in Hawaii (Church Newsroom) (May 20, 2019)
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, regarded by the faithful as a modern-day prophet, began his nine-day Pacific ministry with a visit to Kona, Hawaii Thursday. Hundreds of Hawaiian Latter-day Saints greeted President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy, along with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, at a meeting with young single adults, a reception with community leaders, and an evening devotional.

President Nelson Admonishes Samoans to Protect Their Children (Church Newsroom) (May 20, 2019)
Under threatening skies and with the Apia Samoa Temple in the background, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints warned Samoans Saturday night to keep themselves and their children safe.

Prophet Blesses Australian Saints to Be a ‘Light and Attraction’ to Fellow Citizens (Church Newsroom) (May 20, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson reminded a capacity crowd of 8,000 Latter-day Saints Sunday night at the International Convention Centre in Sydney of the power and importance of the Book of Mormon in their personal lives and in the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia.

Texas teen dies during LDS mission in Mexico (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 20, 2019)
A Texas teen serving on a mission in Mexico has died, the LDS Church reported Sunday. Andrew Carr, 19, of Fort Worth, died Saturday morning, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Daniel Woodruff said. Woodruff said the missionary died of asphyxiation “from what appears to be a faulty water heater located near the shower in his apartment.” His roommate was unharmed.

Full-time missionary serving in Mexico City dies of asphyxiation in his apartment (Church News) (May 20, 2019)
A full-time missionary serving in Mexico City has died of asphyxiation in his apartment. Elder Andrew Carr, 19, who is from Fort Worth, Texas, and was serving in the Mexico Mexico City Northwest Mission, died Saturday morning, May 18. His companion was unharmed in the apartment incident.

Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple Rededicated (Church Newsroom) (May 20, 2019)
The extensive renovation of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple has been completed. President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the sacred structure in one session at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Elder Andersen witnesses great faith of members as massive floods hit Argentina (Church News) (May 20, 2019)
It rained and rained in the hours and days before Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, arrived to participate in missionary meetings and a stake conference in Resistencia, Argentina. Water filled the streets and ran down the sidewalks. Latter-day Saints had not seen this kind of flood in 34 years. But it didn’t stop them from attending the meetings.

Woman Suing LDS Church Alleging Rape Says Someone is Trying to Intimidate Her into Silence (Yahoo News) (May 20, 2019)
McKenna Denson is sharing a series of terrifying incidents she believes are trying to intimidate her to silence after she filed a high-profile lawsuit against the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

May 17, 2019

Prophet Embarks on Nine-Day Pacific Ministry (Church Newsroom) (May 17, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Wendy, left Salt Lake City, Thursday, May 16, 2019, for a nine-day ministry visit to seven destinations in the Pacific. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, are traveling with the Nelsons.

Church Changing Names of More Mobile Apps, Communication Channels (Church News) (May 17, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continuing to roll out changes to various communication channels to follow the Savior’s direction to use the correct name of His Church.

Sissel to Headline Tabernacle Choir’s Pioneer Day Concert (Church Newsroom) (May 17, 2019)
Sissel, the world-renowned vocalist known for her ethereal arias throughout the Oscar-winning film Titanic, will join the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at the 2019 Pioneer Day concerts. The concerts will be held in conjunction with communitywide celebrations at 8 p.m. mountain standard time on July 19 and 20 in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

'Come Back, Come Now, Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice' (Church Newsroom) (May 17, 2019)
In 2007 when President Russell M. Nelson—worldwide leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—rededicated the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple, the Helu family had the privilege and blessing of briefly visiting with the then Elder Nelson and his dear wife Sister Wendy Nelson.

Woman who disrupted LDS General Conference to go on trial (Fox 13 - Utah) (May 17, 2019)
A woman who disrupted a session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ General Conference will go on trial. Crystal Legionaires confirmed to FOX 13 she will face trial in justice court next week for disrupting a meeting, a class B misdemeanor. Legionaires declined to comment on her case ahead of trial but said she rejected a plea offer made by Salt Lake City prosecutors.

May 16, 2019

Mormon Temple in Oakland Hills Is Remodeled in Line with Art Deco Original (Architectural Digest) (May 16, 2019)
The Bay Area’s Mormon temple serves plenty of purposes: It’s a house of worship, an FAA beacon for incoming planes, and an architectural gem. Nearly six decades after its completion, the church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints has renovated the 18-acre complex, keeping the modern Art Deco elements and adding refined, classic touches to the interiors.

Church Provides $4 Million Donation to US Refugee Resettlement Agencies (Church Newsroom) (May 16, 2019)
For the third year in a row, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing a grant to the nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. Representatives of Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian organization of the Church, were on the East Coast this week to hold discussions and deliver a $4 million grant, which includes $1.2 million in cash and $2.8 million in commodities.

BYU pitcher-turned-Army general says military makes him a better Latter-day Saint (Church News) (May 16, 2019)
Serving in the armed forces was a family affair for many of the United States’ most prominent military figures. Five-star general Douglas MacArthur was the son of a three-star. Navy veteran Sen. John McCain’s father and grandfather were both admirals. And “Old Blood and Guts” — Army Gen. George S. Patton — was the grandson of a Civil War colonel.

May 15, 2019

A journey into the Holy of Holies — in a Latter-day Saints temple (Jewish News of Northern California) (May 15, 2019)
Last Monday morning, I found myself in an unexpected place, sitting silently with a group of Bay Area journalists in the Celestial Room of the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — accompanied by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Nigeria Set To Upset Mexico’s 140-year Old Record, Says LDS Leader (Uncova) (May 15, 2019)
A member of the 1st Quorum of 70 of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Utah, USA, has predicted that in less than 15 years, Nigeria would upset Mexico’s 140-year old record of number of stakes of the church. Elder Edward Dube, 1st counsellor, Africa West area Presidency of the church stated this at the 6th Annual stake conference of the church and the inauguration of its new Umuahia South Nigeria stake in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.

All you need to know about the newest volume in the Joseph Smith Papers series (Church News) (May 15, 2019)
At a Church conference in April 1840, Latter-day Saint apostles Orson Hyde and John E. Page were called to a special mission. Instead of going out to proselytize, the two apostles were appointed to travel to "London, Amsterdam, Constantinople and Jerusalem" to converse with "Elders of the Jews" and collect information about the gathering of the Jews. They were also assigned to publish their findings throughout the United States.

Latter-day Saint officials to enlist help of political specialists; what does it mean? (ABC 4 - Utah) (May 15, 2019)
A new policy within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints directs stake presidents to assign political specialists to get church members engaged politically. Some church members say they are uncomfortable with the policy.

New stretch cotton garments now available for men (Church News) (May 15, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is introducing new Stretch Cotton garments for men, available beginning May 14. Women’s Stretch Cotton garments were introduced in January 2018, with additional styles offered in February 2019.

Only thirty-six percent of students at the University of Utah are Mormon (World Religion News) (May 15, 2019)
The Utah state population is dominated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) or as they are popularly called Mormons members. The denomination comprises 61.55 percent or almost two-thirds of the population of the state. This dominance, however, stops at one place in the state: the campus of the University of Utah.

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