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October 20, 2017

Missionaries Temporarily Transferred from Madagascar (LDS Newsroom) (October 20, 2017)
Due to the emerging outbreak of plague in Madagascar, as a precautionary measure, the missionaries serving on the island of Madagascar are in the process of being transferred out of this area or temporarily reassigned to other missions.

Learning How to Minister: Relief Society Leaders Explain Changes to Visiting Teaching (Church News) (October 20, 2017)
Beginning January 2018, changes to the monthly visiting teaching message will help sisters “minister” to each other in a more personal way.
Rather than providing a specific message, each month a “Visiting Teaching Principle” will provide ideas to help sisters minister more effectively to each other.

Mormons regrouping after California fires (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2017)
As Diablo winds blasted the wildfire out of the mountains and down into the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa in the middle of the night on Oct. 9, Jack Reisner saw the first embers arriving. “It was the middle of the night, but it felt as hot as if I were standing in the sun in the middle of a hot day,” said the Primary chorister in the Peterson Lane Ward. “I was standing in the swirling wind. It was like the ‘Ten Commandments’ movie. I know now what the children of Israel and the armies of Pharaoh saw. I understand the pillar of fire now. “It was here.”

October 19, 2017

Sunday School general president: 'How can I receive more revelation in my life?' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 19, 2017)
One of the ways we can enhance our personal revelation is to write down and record spiritual insights and impressions when they come. When we do so, we show the Lord we value His counsel and are ready for more.

Mormons lend meetinghouse to Jewish congregation for one year (Deseret News - Utah) (October 19, 2017)
After meeting for a year in an LDS stake center, the Shir-Ha-Ma’alot Jewish congregation listened to a Shabbat service sermon by Rabbi Richard Steinberg titled, “What We Have Learned from Our Friends.”

Father of contemporary Mormon fiction Douglas Thayer dies at 88 (Deseret News - Utah) (October 19, 2017)
Douglas Thayer, called "the father of contemporary Mormon fiction and one of its major voices," died Tuesday morning at his home in Provo after a battle with liver cancer, according to his wife, Donlu Thayer. He was 88.

A Comedy Show Thrives by Avoiding Vulgarities—Such as the Word ‘Gosh’ (The Wall Street Journal) (October 19, 2017)
Studio C, a sketch comedy troupe out of Brigham Young University, has become an internet sensation, despite—or perhaps because of—its super-scrubbed brand of humor.

October 18, 2017

President Eyring dedicates Provo MTC, marking a new era to accelerate LDS missionary work (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2017)
The completion and dedication of the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center expansion “marks a new era in the work that will accelerate,” said President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency.

All can "live happily ever after" BYU-Idaho students told (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2017)
“Life is not a fairytale, but I believe that as we end this life, everyone can experience the words ‘and they lived happily ever after,’” said Brother M. Joseph Brough, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Oct. 17.

Commentary: Mormons and the Boy Scouts, once joined at the hip, are now heading down different trails (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 18, 2017)
It is a common stereotype, though one not far from the truth, that the average Mormon boy is an Eagle Scout. There are certainly a lot of them. Recent statistics suggest that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes up about 20 percent of the Boy Scouts of America enrollment. This has been a long and interdependent relationship: The BSA provided a wholesome structure for Mormon boys, with typically half the LDS Church’s weekly activities nights dedicated to some Scouting initiative, and the Utah-based faith provided a continuous stream of boys (and money) for the national institution. It seemed a match made in heaven. says Mitt Romney is the hero Puerto Rico needs (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2017)
Mitt Romney saved the 2002 Winter Olympics. Now, says the former presidential candidate, Mormon and Utah resident should be sent to save Puerto Rico. The website says that, while Romney was not successful in his run for president, he is the person with the experience and wisdom to help the Island nation of Puerto Rico navigate Washington as it recovers from recent hurricane damage, financial problems and other issues.

October 17, 2017

Mormon Leaders Visit Fire Evacuees in Northern California (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2017)
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in Northern California over the weekend to comfort those recently impacted by the deadliest wildfires in California state history.

Open House Begins for Meridian Idaho Temple (LDS Newsroom) (October 17, 2017)
A public open house is set to begin for the Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the suburbs of the capital city of Boise. The 67,331-square-foot temple is made of structural steel and a precast white exterior and is topped with an angel Moroni statue that stands 13 feet tall.

New LDS temple in Idaho welcomes thousands of visitors, says it’s ‘sacred, not secret’ (Spokesman-Review - Washington) (October 17, 2017)
Before the LDS church’s 158th temple is dedicated here on Nov. 19, more than 200,000 people are expected to tour it, from its baptistry fashioned after descriptions of King Solomon’s temple to its cream-colored sealing rooms, where marriages are performed for a kneeling couple dressed in white under a sparkling crystal chandelier.

Church's new temple presidents testify of the faith, sacrifice and healing found in the temple (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2017)
For the 36 couples participating in the 2017 Seminar for New Temple Presidents and Matrons on Oct. 9-12, their new assignments entail far more than full-time administrative duties. Each calling, they say, doubles as a sacred charge to help others realize and enjoy the blessings found only inside one of the Church’s dedicated temples.

Christofferson brothers share how they remained 'as one' (KSL - Utah) (October 17, 2017)
Nearly 40 years ago, Tom Christofferson told his family he was gay. The initial reactions from his parents and brothers varied but their love for him never changed. This KSL television special — "That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon's Perspective on Faith and Family" — shares the story of Christofferson's spiritual journey.

Walking in the Prophet’s Shoes (Church News) (October 17, 2017)
Editor’s note: Former Church News editor Gerry Avant retired in May after 45 years as a reporter/editor chronicling events of the Church and the work of its leaders and members. This is the first in a series of articles about behind-the-scenes events she witnessed.

The missionary story: Providing help in a time of crisis in California (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2017)
Mormon missionaries famously go door to door, but not the way two did last week during Northern California’s disastrous wildfires. The idea germinated when the young women fled their fire-threatened apartment in the wee hours of Oct. 9 and became some of the first evacuees to shelter at the Stony Point Ward meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Q&A: 'Hamilton' actor, Mormon and Utahn Thayne Jasperson on faith and doubt (Deseret News - Utah) (October 17, 2017)
Thayne Jasperson is a Utah native, a graduate of Springville High School, a former contestant on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and a member of the cast of one of the biggest Broadway musicals of all-time, “Hamilton.” And he’s a Mormon.

Mormon Man Ministering to Las Vegas Victims Says God is 'with His Children Who are Suffering' (Christian Headlines) (October 17, 2017)
Little about Brian Scroggins’ role overseeing crisis preparedness for dozens of southern Nevada’s churches prepared him for the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history.

October 16, 2017

Latter-day Saints Serve Fire Evacuees in Northern California (LDS Newsroom) (October 16, 2017)
Latter-day Saints in California are helping displaced residents who have been forced to flee their homes due to recent wildfires. At a Mormon meetinghouse in Santa Rosa, displaced residents can find a warm meal and shelter.

Hunted by fire: How members of one LDS ward survived California's firestorm (Deseret News - Utah) (October 16, 2017)
He was hosing down the back of his house when intense heat on Bishop Allan Darrimon's back made him spin around. What he saw shocked and scared the 63-year-old retired parks and grounds manager.

Elder Oaks, Elder Ballard talk about upcoming Face to Face in new video (Deseret News - Utah) (October 16, 2017)
Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be speaking at the next Face to Face worldwide broadcast Nov. 19.

Records reveal how money from Utah and U.S. Mormons props up LDS operations overseas (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 16, 2017)
For his new book, “The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power,” noted historian D. Michael Quinn obtained the LDS Church’s financial disclosures for 2010 in six countries that require churches or charities to make such filings: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines, Tonga and the U.K.

Historian digs into the hidden world of Mormon finances, shows how church went from losing money to making money — lots of it (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 16, 2017)
Some Mormons — and plenty of others — were appalled to witness their church build a $1.5 billion mall in downtown Salt Lake City and hear their prophet proclaim, “Let’s go shopping.” Isn’t religion, they argued, supposed to be about feeding the hungry and clothing the poor? How is selling Tiffany jewelry, Nordstrom cocktail dresses and luxury condos any part of a Christian faith?

October 13, 2017

Guest Artists Announced for Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2017 Christmas Concerts (Church News) (October 13, 2017)
Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville will be the featured guest artist and narrator at this year’s Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Reserve Tickets for Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2017 Christmas Concerts (Church News) (October 13, 2017)
If your 2017 holiday plans include attending one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s popular Christmas performances, plan to reserve your free tickets on October 21, at 10:00 a.m. MDT.

Broadway’s Sutton Foster and ‘Downton’s’ Hugh Bonneville will join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Christmas (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 13, 2017)
Get ready for a thoroughly Downton Christmas. Sutton Foster, who won Tony Awards for her performances in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes,” will headline the Mormon Tabernacle Choir‘s Christmas concerts. The narrator will be Hugh Bonneville, best-known for playing the patriarch on the long-running British drama “Downton Abbey.”

“We Don’t Want to Be Forgotten,” Says Stake President in Puerto Rico (Church News) (October 13, 2017)
Wilfred Rosa wages daily battles with food and water shortages, power outages, gas lines, and spotty cell phone service. Such challenges have come to define life in the days and weeks since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. But perhaps his greatest fear is “that people will forget about us. We don’t want to be forgotten. We will have needs here for months to come.”

Why is Utah so Mormon? Googlers want to know (Deseret News - Utah) (October 13, 2017)
Why is Utah so Mormon? That’s the question on most Googlers minds, according to recent research from, a product review website. The website typed in the phrase “Why is [State] so…” to find its answers. When “state” was replaced with Utah, the word “Mormon” topped the list.

October 12, 2017

Boy Scouts, Cubs to add girls; LDS Church says no change to its programs, plans (Deseret News - Utah) (October 12, 2017)
Beginning next year, the Boy Scouts of America will admit young girls into its Cub Scouts program, and within two years, older girls will participate in a new program patterned after the Boy Scouts curriculum for boys.

Boy Scouts to open ranks to girls, but historic change may not alter Mormon church programs (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (October 12, 2017)
In a historic swing to bolster its declining numbers, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will be able to join the Cub Scouts and even rise to the rank of Eagle. But Mormon girls may not be decked out in neckerchiefs and blue uniforms in LDS Church-sponsored troops anytime soon.

LDS Musicians Share Testimonies, Love of Music with Youth during Face to Face Event (Church News) (October 12, 2017)
Whether performing on a popular television show or in a viral Youtube video, many young LDS musicians are making their mark in the music industry and winning fans around the world. Along with their powerful voices are strong testimonies of the Savior, and a desire to share their talents with others.

Gold Olympian Scott Hamilton to Keynote RootsTech 2018 (Church News) (October 12, 2017)
RootsTech 2018 has announced that Scott Hamilton, American champion figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker, author, philanthropist, cancer survivor, TV broadcaster, and husband and father will be the RootsTech 2018 keynote speaker on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Elder Andersen shares one more example of Elder Hales' kindness in 'Story of Tie Buddies' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 12, 2017)
After all the tributes given at the funeral of Elder Robert D. Hales, fellow member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elder Neil L. Andersen couldn't help sharing one more example of kindness and friendship that involved a boy from Baltimore.

'Johnny Lingo' set maker tells BYU-Hawaii students 'anything is possible' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 12, 2017)
"Johnny Lingo" set builder and master woodcarver Tui’one Pulotu told Brigham Young University-Hawaii students, “Anything is possible,” during a campus devotional on Oct. 10. Pulotu, who is from the Tongan island Pangai, has been involved in many artistic pursuits over the last few decades including as a set builder for the original "Johnny Lingo" film and as a labor missionary to help build the Polynesian Cultural Center and much of the BYU-Hawaii campus.

Why Tim Allen almost walked out of a performance of 'The Book of Mormon' musical (Deseret News - Utah) (October 12, 2017)
Tim Allen said he nearly walked out of a performance of “The Book of Mormon” musical, but hopes Utahns won’t do the same to him Oct. 20 when he comes to the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City. Ahead of his stand-up comedy performance, the actor and comedian spoke with the Deseret News sharing his thoughts on conservative TV characters in Hollywood. Allen also spoke about Mormons, his faith and his stand-up comedy career.

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