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May 23, 2018

Summary of Church Financial Information released by Presiding Bishop Caussé (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
The following is a summary of the materials provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help clarify how the Church handles their finances...

Bishop Gérald Caussé: The Spiritual Foundations of Church Financial Self-Reliance (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
In a detailed, multi-pronged article released Tuesday, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé affirmed that providence and principles of self-reliance define and direct the Church’s finances.

LDS Church leaders provide insight into church finances (Deseret News - Utah) (May 23, 2018)
The LDS Church has spent "billions of dollars over the past few years" to meet global welfare and humanitarian needs, according to one of two documents about the faith's finances released Tuesday through its official websites.

Church Transferring 169 Missionaries Out of Nicaragua (LDS Newsroom) (May 23, 2018)
Due to growing political instability in Nicaragua, the Church is in the process of transferring 169 missionaries out of that country. This includes 37 missionaries from the Nicaragua Managua North Mission, all of whom were nearing the end of their service and will return home.

Mormon church transfers missionaries out of Nicaragua due to ‘growing political instability’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 23, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving 169 missionaries out of increasingly unstable Nicaragua. A news release Tuesday said 158 missionaries will remain in the Central American country but are being moved to safe areas.

Utah honors Mormon President Russell Nelson, a former heart surgeon, with its highest science award for lifetime achievement in medicine (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 23, 2018)
LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson is now known mostly for seeking spiritual healing of hearts, but Monday he won Utah’s highest civilian scientific award for a lifetime of earlier work as an innovative surgeon who physically healed hearts.

'Let's just serve': Luncheon reiterates unity of LDS Church and NAACP in efforts to serve (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
Following the statement released by LDS Church and the NAACP on Thursday, May 17, which called for unity and greater racial harmony from the citizens of this nation, the two organizations turned their focus to engaging their respective communities. A luncheon was held on Friday, May 18, to further discuss the statement.

Black Latter-day Saint history on display in the Church History Library (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
The Church History Library is pleased to present historic documents from black Latter-day Saint history as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of President Spencer W. Kimball’s announcement that the priesthood could be conferred on “all worthy male members of the Church.”

Unique 'Pioneer Day' event celebrates heritage of Black, Jewish, Native American and LDS pioneers (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
More than 3,500 people in the inland region of Southern California experienced a unique pioneer day celebration on May 5, held in Yucaipa, Calif. Based on the history of the colony in San Bernardino established by LDS Church members in 1851, San Bernardino Heritage Day included music, food and activities with volunteers and visitors representing LDS, black and Jewish pioneers, as well as Native Americans, Spanish rancho families and Polynesians in period dress.

'There is room in this Church for everyone,' Elder Anthony D. Perkins tells BYU-Idaho students (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
Be inspired by and consecrated to "the better cause of Christ and His Church," Elder Anthony D. Perkins told BYU-Idaho students at their weekly devotional Tuesday afternoon.

Church-sponsored humanitarian projects allow hope to fall like rain on parched Mexico town (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018)
It’s easy sticking a price tag on most natural resources. Online postings list up-to-the-minute values of, say, a barrel of oil, an ounce of gold or a carat-sized diamond. Established markets determine the cost.

May 22, 2018

Church Leaders Teach New Zealanders and Australians How to Love and Lift Others (LDS Newsroom) (May 22, 2018)
President M. Russell Ballard and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with local leaders of the Church in New Zealand and Australia on Saturday 19 May.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone Remembered as “a Man of Christ” (Church News) (May 22, 2018)
Anyone who shared even brief amounts of time with Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone likely walked away with a life-changing story to tell. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency spent plenty of time with his good friend and fellow General Authority. And yes, he said, he was blessed for it.

Dedicatory Prayer for the Rededication of the Jordan River Utah Temple (Church News) (May 22, 2018)
Following is the prayer offered by President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in First Presidency, to rededicate the Jordan River Utah Temple on Sunday, May 20.

About Utah: The story behind last week's meeting between the LDS Church and the NAACP (Deseret News - Utah) (May 22, 2018)
Whatever else they might have imagined doing with their lives when they were growing up in the 1960s, they couldn’t have dreamed up this: More than a half-century later, their friendship would facilitate the unlikely bringing together of these two acronyms — LDS and NAACP.

'Sacred Events' exhibit represents 'global nature' of Church (LDS Church News) (May 22, 2018)
Laura Allred Hurtado was first drawn to "The Call." The cubism-influenced painting by Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo depicts Christ standing before a lake and extending his arm to a boat, where Simon Peter and Andrew are fishing. But it was more than that; Hurtado, who is the global acquisitions art curator at the Church History Museum, found the painting realistic enough to recognize the story while still using complicated color motifs, abstractions and linear lines. This made it stand out from the other entries at the 10th International Art Competition in 2015, an event which Hurtado said is designed to build the museum’s collection.

This week in Mormon Land: What’s this? The LDS Church doesn’t want donations? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 22, 2018)
It’s not often that a charity tells potential donors: “Don’t give us any more money. We have enough.” But that’s essentially what the LDS Church is urging members who want to contribute online to the faith’s Perpetual Education and Temple Patron Assistance funds.

May 21, 2018

Jordan River Utah Temple Is Rededicated (LDS Newsroom) (May 21, 2018)
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the Jordan River Utah Temple May 20, 2018.

Youth in Jordan River Utah Temple District “Ready” for Their Temple to Reopen (Church News) (May 21, 2018)
Youth in the Jordan River Utah Temple district gathered for a “once in a lifetime experience” in the Conference Center on Saturday, May 19, to sing, dance, and show they are “ready”—the theme for the event—for their temple to be open again.

Brook P. Hales Called as General Authority Seventy (LDS Newsroom) (May 21, 2018)
Brook P. Hales has been called to serve as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints effective May 17, 2018, at age 62. At the time of his call, he had been serving as the secretary to the First Presidency and will continue in this role. He previously served as assistant secretary to the First Presidency from 1997 to 2008.

Elder Uchtdorf Presents President Gauck of Germany With Personal Family History (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 21, 2018)
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the former president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, met with representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Berlin and received a detailed collection of his personal family history spanning five generations of ancestors.

“Stay Engaged” in Personal Progress until 2020, Say Young Women Leaders (Church News) (May 21, 2018)
Progression is an eternal principle. It is what God’s plan of happiness is all about; it is what we are all about. Alma taught this principle when he said, “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men [and women] to perform their labors” (Alma 34:32).

Seeing the Church through a Global Lens: Church Photographers Exhibit Images Inspired by Member Stories (Church News) (May 21, 2018)
Leslie Nilsson has worked as a staff photographer for the Church for almost 15 years, but one experience—an evening spent with the Omar family in Salta, Argentina—has continued to stick with him.

Saints, New 4-Volume History of the Church, Debuts in Magazine Installments (Church News) (May 21, 2018)
“Lucy and Joseph Sr. both came from Christian families and believed in the Bible and Jesus Christ. Lucy attended church meetings and often brought her children with her. She had been seeking the true church of Jesus Christ since the death of her sister many years earlier.

May 18, 2018

The power of ministering: How the enduring faith of members overcame 'The Freeze' in Ghana (LDS Church News) (May 18, 2018)
Wielding machine guns in the midday summer sun, the soldiers invaded the mission home. The automatic weapons added fear to the bewilderment felt by mission leadership and staff. Minutes earlier during a lunch break, they learned from a radio broadcast that Ghana’s government had frozen all activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After a historic meeting, Mormon prophet Russell Nelson, NAACP president call for greater civility and an end to all prejudice (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
In a dramatic gesture on the 64th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson strolled decisively into a news conference Thursday at the LDS Administration Building in downtown Salt Lake City arm in arm with top NAACP officers.

How the NAACP brass and top Mormon leaders got on friendly terms — and plan to work together in the future (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
In 1965, the NAACP led an anti-discrimination march in downtown Salt Lake City to protest the LDS Church’s racial policies at the time. A half-century later, national leaders of that historic black civil rights organization are in the Beehive State for a friendly landmark meeting with top Mormon officials.

LDS Church to assist renters displaced by redevelopment near Mesa temple (Arizona Central) (May 18, 2018)
The investment arm of the Mormon church will assist Mesa renters living in church-owned properties in finding new housing after asking them to vacate for planned redevelopment, according to a spokesman for the church's development arm.

How one Utah rare book collector acquired a first edition Book of Mormon signed by Hyrum Smith (Deseret News - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
One year ago, Reid Moon acquired a first-edition Book of Mormon signed by Hyrum Smith, the older brother and fellow martyr of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. The book, still in good condition, is presumed to be the copy Hyrum Smith purchased after it was printed in Palmyra, New York, in 1830. There is no mistaking the handwritten words inside the front cover: "Hyrum Smith's Book."

Defending the Faith: Idolatrous deities and the Book of Abraham (Deseret News - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
As I write, I’m sitting atop the Giza Plateau near Cairo, where the most famous of Egypt’s roughly 80 pyramids have watched over the Nile Valley for nearly 5,000 years. It seems an appropriate place to think about the Book of Abraham.

New Salt Lake City exhibits feature cubist paintings of Christ’s life, photos of Mormons across the globe (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
The LDS Church’s History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City unveiled two new art exhibits Thursday. The first features the work of Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo, depicting “Sacred Events from the Life of Christ.” He uses a style called “sacrocubism” to showcase episodes in Christ’s ministry as described in the New Testament.

Utah Mormon jailed in Venezuela begs for help inside prison taken over by inmates (Daily News - New York) (May 18, 2018)
A Mormon missionary from Utah held prisoner in Venezuela for the last two years begged for his freedom, claiming in a pair of videos shared to social media that an inmate revolt has put his life at risk.

She’s worked with Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg; now she’s the CEO of a humanitarian nonprofit for youth (Deseret News - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
Three weeks before Amy Antonelli was scheduled to speak at Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Power to Become conference in October 2014 about her successful career path, she lost her job. Antonelli rewrote her speech about 20 times, trying to “skirt around" what had happened. But nothing felt right, she said, because it wasn’t the truth. Having scrambled to finish a final version at 2 a.m., Antonelli took the stage and shared her story.

No, the Mormon church did not apologize for having a history of racism; hoaxer says he meant fake message to spark discussion (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 18, 2018)
Utah social media got caught up in an elaborate — and, to some, deeply hurtful — hoax Thursday involving the NAACP, LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson and a fictitious apology for the Mormon church’s former practice of excluding black members from its priesthood and temple rites.

May 17, 2018

Church Releases Additional Answers to Questions about Ministering (Church News) (May 17, 2018)
The Church has released an additional set of answers to questions members and leaders may have about priesthood quorum changes and ministering announced during April 2018 general conference.

First Presidency Announces 2018 Temple Presidents for Uruguay, Hawaii, Guatemala, and More (Church News) (May 17, 2018)
The following new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service soon.

“Maybe We Can Help”: A Look into LDS Charities’ Efforts to Ease the Pain of Refugees in Rome (Church News) (May 17, 2018)
The bold strokes of Fasasi Abeedeen’s pencil record the story of his tenuous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

First Presidency, NAACP national leaders call for civility, talk possible future efforts together (LDS Church News) (May 17, 2018)
In a unified global call for increased civility, harmony and respect, the First Presidency joined leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in pledging to explore ways to serve together and lift those in need.

What should Latter-day Saints do in the 19 months before the new youth initiative launches? 'Keep moving forward' (LDS Church News) (May 17, 2018)
A lot can happen in 19 months. Not convinced? • Nineteen months is about eight times as long as Columbus’ voyage to America and nine times as long as the Mayflower’s journey. • Nineteen months is five-and-a-half times as long as the Spanish-American War.

May 16, 2018

President Nelson, other Mormon leaders to host NAACP leadership Thursday (Deseret News - Utah) (May 16, 2018)
The national leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet Thursday with LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors.

New four-volume history of the Church will be 'transparent, honest and faithful' (LDS Church News) (May 16, 2018)
Readers are now getting their first look at a new four-volume history of the Church announced last year. Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days debuted in the February editions of the Ensign and Liahona magazines. The first chapter of volume one was printed in the edition, preceded by an introductory article by Elder Steven E. Snow, General Authority Seventy and Church historian and recorder. Subsequent chapters were published in the magazines over the next several months.

Energetic LDS leader Vaughn J. Featherstone dies after a life devoted to making Mormonism fun for young members (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 16, 2018)
Vaughn J. Featherstone was equally at home plunging down a raging river, leading a Scout troop on an arduous trek up a mountain, overseeing a gaggle of Mormon missionaries, managing LDS finances, and penning books for the church’s next generation.

Elder Rasband Visits Europe Area, Gives Members a “Vision of the Future” (Church News) (May 16, 2018)
In Santiago, Cape Verde, a small island off the west coast of Africa, is a school for young children. Inside the school on the orangey-pink walls are art projects—obviously done by students. A fish tank rests on a shelf on one side of the room, with buckets of paintbrushes sitting next to it. Books are neatly stacked on the shelf below. Small tables and chairs fill the room. The space is bright, and a group of children, dressed in blue-and-white checked uniforms, watch as their teacher shakes hands with a man in a white shirt and tie.

BYU engineering students design priceless gift: improved mobility (LDS Church News) (May 16, 2018)
Recent BYU grad Ryan Larson can read the Book of Mormon again and again. He won’t find mention of wheelchairs or hand-trikes. But when he stops and ponders ancient verses such as Mosiah 18:8-9, perhaps such modern-day instruments — and the people relying upon them — enter his mind.

LDS Church, ex-MTC leader ask judge to dismiss Colorado woman's sexual assault suit (Deseret News - Utah) (May 16, 2018)
The LDS Church and a former Missionary Training Center president asked a federal judge in separate court filings Tuesday to dismiss a Colorado woman's lawsuit alleging the church leader raped her while she was a missionary there in early 1984.

May 15, 2018

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, 87, dies (LDS Church News) (May 15, 2018)
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone — an emeritus General Authority, former temple president, and beloved youth leader — died Saturday night at his home in Bountiful, Utah.

Face to Face event with Elder Quentin L. Cook and two Church historians to be broadcast from Nauvoo (LDS Church News) (May 15, 2018)
The Church recently announced a Face to Face event for young adults with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and two Church historians, Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow, to be held on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. They will answer questions submitted by young adults from around the world.

Top Mormon leaders to meet with NAACP’s national officers (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (May 15, 2018)
In a potent symbol of openness, the LDS Church’s governing First Presidency will meet Thursday in Salt Lake City with national officers of the NAACP. After the two sets of leaders huddle, they will issue “a joint statement,” according to a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thousands of LDS teens walk to Jordan River Utah Temple to prepare for rededication (LDS Church News) (May 15, 2018)
On a rainy Saturday morning of May 12, the 17,000 youth living in the Jordan River Utah Temple district filled the front lawn of the recently renovated temple to sing a hymn, recite a scripture and show they are prepared and “Ready” — the youth celebration theme — for the dedication next weekend.

Details emerge about man accused of damaging LDS temple in St. George (Spectrum - Utah) (May 15, 2018)
New details emerged this week about the suspect accused of breaking into the LDS St. George Temple on Saturday and the extent of the damage police say he caused. Charles Gregory Logan, 23, was arrested in the vandalism incident, which is estimated to have resulted in $10,000 to $15,000 in building and property damage, according to the report from a St. George police officer.

A look at ‘Served,’ a new comic book anthology about LDS missions (Deseret News - Utah) (May 15, 2018)
Most Mormons only hear about the spiritual side of Latter-day Saint missions from talks over the pulpit, and most non-Mormons may only know what they've seen in "The Book of Mormon" musical. Many returned missionaries, however, could tell you there was much more to their missions than that.

Mormon Scouts rush to earn Eagle rank before church severs ties with group (Hawaii News Now) (May 15, 2018)
The Boy Scouts of America's Aloha Council estimates more than 750 Mormon Boy Scouts across the state have the potential to reach Eagle Scout by the end of 2019. That date is important because it's when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints plans to sever ties with the Boy Scouts. "We are now in a small window," LDS Scout Master Kerry Moeai said.

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