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April 26, 2017

What you need to know about the Mormon temple open house ( - Arizona) (April 26, 2017)
The long-awaited temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open its doors to the public in June, but you’ll need to make reservations.

Where will LDS church build new temple in Pocatello? (Idaho State Journal) (April 26, 2017)
The announcement earlier this month of a Mormon temple coming to Pocatello has prompted waves of speculation about the potential location for what will be the sixth operating temple in Idaho. Pocatello annexed about 75 acres of land in the east Satterfield Drive neighborhood near 10 acres of land owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints less than a week after the official announcement from LDS Prophet Thomas S. Monson. But Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad is not convinced the temple will end up in that spot.

Mormon history stars in legal brief on Trump travel ban (Deseret News - Utah) (April 26, 2017)
American Mormons still endure "pernicious consequences" created by U.S. government discrimination against them in the 1800s, says a legal brief filed against President Trump's travel ban in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist to teach class, perform in Topeka (Topeka Capital-Journal - Kansas) (April 26, 2017)
Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will give a free group organ class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Topeka Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow Road.

LDS Youth Inspired to Create Songs for 2017 Mutual Album from Personal Experiences (Church News) (April 26, 2017)
Music has the power to impact people—that’s what Brandon Harms, 18, said when talking about his opportunity to sing for the 2017 Mutual theme album. The album shares songs and testimonies of LDS youth from across the Church. Each of the songs was inspired by the youth who composed and performed it, and the music explores topics about facing life and living the gospel as a teenager.

Mormon women and depression, revisited (The Gazette - Colorado) (April 26, 2017)
It has long been conventional wisdom that Mormon women are more prone to depression than American women are generally. So in the Next Mormons Survey, I wanted to find out if that was really true – and if so, why.

Utahn charged with fraud in California (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 26, 2017)
Jacob Keith Cooper, 40, a resident of Washington in southern Utah, was arrested April 5 on a warrant out of San Diego, court records show. Cooper, owner of Total Wealth Management, faces charges of conspiracy, misrepresentations in the sale of investment opportunities, theft from an elder and employing an artifice or scheme to defraud. Cooper is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday in San Diego.

April 25, 2017

Church History Museum: 'Unnumbered multitudes' appreciate builders of the past (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2017)
The Church History Museum has served approximately 500,000 visitors since re-opening in September 2015 after a sweeping renovation of its exhibition spaces, which now include more interactive learning experiences than ever before.

Watch Elder Stevenson’s BYU Women’s Conference Talk Live on (Church News) (April 25, 2017)
Enjoy a taste of the 2017 BYU Women’s Conference no matter where you live in the world by watching the live stream of Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Relief Society General Presidency speaking during the BYU Women’s Conference on Friday, May 5.

Pathway choir from Ghana participates in BYU-Idaho devotional (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2017)
A choir made up of Pathway students in Ghana will provide a special musical number at the Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional on Tuesday, April 25, in the BYU-Idaho Center. The 50-voice Collegiate Bountiful Chorale from Accra, Ghana, will sing “The Lord Is My Shepherd” in a livestreaming performance prior to former Primary General President Sister Rosemary M. Wixom’s devotional address.

More than 1,000 expected to participate in annual Redlands Community Day of Service (Redlands Daily Facts - California) (April 25, 2017)
More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to give some parts of the community special attention during the annual Redlands Community Day of Service. The all-volunteer effort, hosted by the Redlands Service Club Council, city of Redlands and the Redlands stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, begins 9 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Park and the Redlands Boulevard median between Ford Street and Fern Avenue.

Meet Greg Trimble, the California man behind the viral Mormon blog (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2017)
In recent years, Greg Trimble's blog posts in defense of the LDS Church have been read by millions. But at age 21, Greg Trimble wasn't an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A spiritual awakening the night before his sophomore season of college baseball changed the course of his life, he told the Deseret News.

Doug Robinson: Former BYU basketball coach Tony Ingle 'making lemonade out of lemons' (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2017)
Maybe you missed the news earlier this month: Tony Ingle, the former BYU basketball coach who is now at tiny Dalton State in Georgia, was named NAIA National Coach of the Year. It marks the fourth time in 14 years he has won such an award. He also has won two national championships, thus making good on a vow he made — twice.

New LDS stake president announced (Lebanon Express - Oregon) (April 25, 2017)
At a recent conference, new leadership was announced for the Lebanon Oregon Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After nine years of service, President Jason Carlile and his counselors, Brent Wiest and Brian Corbett, were released from their duties as leaders of the Lebanon Oregon Stake, and a new presidency was organized and announced.

Glassell Park Mormon church remains in ruins (Eastsider - California) (April 25, 2017)
Nearly two years after it was nearly destroyed in a fire, the Mormon church next to the 2 Freeway remains closed, with most of its vast roof missing and its brick exterior tagged with graffiti. The building looks like it will remain in this state for the immediate future because the church has not yet decided what to do with the property.

The beginning and the end of 'The Krakens' through the eyes of its creator (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2017)
Have you ever felt that Mormon art was “stuck in a rut?” Have you ever thought that you’re seeing the same 20 paintings in every church building? Do you know the name of even one LDS artist? Garrick Infanger, director and curator of “The Krakens,” a digital art gallery, set out two years ago to broaden perspectives of LDS art and give LDS artists more exposure.

This Provo boy's lemonade stand still shines during spring break thanks to his sister's help (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2017)
Zack Francom started his own pop-up lemonade stand in Provo almost eight years ago, and it’s still receiving national attention. Francom’s store, Zack’s Shack, made headlines in 2013 because the then 9-year-old planned to use any earned money to buy wheelchairs for people in need, according to the Deseret News.

April 24, 2017

New LDS temple in France opens to public (KSL - Utah) (April 24, 2017)
A temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France is a dream come true for French Mormons, who have waited decades for a house of worship in their country.

Bingham called to mission Down Under by LDS church (Independent Record - Montana) (April 24, 2017)
After 12 years as dean of Helena College, Daniel Bingham is preparing to lead his church as a mission president in Sydney, Australia. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked Bingham and his wife, Donna, to move to Australia for a three-year stint managing 170 missionaries in the area. Bingham said he will be on call 24 hours a day for the entire three year period. According to the Mormon Newsroom, there are 70,946 missionaries serving in 421 missions across the world.

Mormon missionaries spend years ministering in Oklahoma ( - Oklahoma) (April 24, 2017)
For years, Mormon missionaries have traveled the globe to spread the message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, their quest has brought them to Stillwater. Missionaries, including elders wearing their signature button-up shirts, ties and name tags, are knocking on doors in Stillwater and ministering on the Oklahoma State University campus.

Hal Boyd: UVU's Holland should run for Congress, supporters say (Deseret News - Utah) (April 24, 2017)
UVU President Matthew Holland spent his career as a professor preaching the importance of political involvement. Now local politicos are asking Holland to practice what he preached. With Utah’s 3rd Congressional District up for grabs (Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced this week that he will not seek re-election) Utahns are striving to curate a superlative candidate pool of both Republicans and Democrats.

New ‘His Grace’ video addresses Postpartum Anxiety and OCD (Deseret News - Utah) (April 24, 2017)
A new episode the Mormon Channel series, "His Grace," opens with a startling quote: “I remember sitting at my house in Maine, and I just looked at the fireplace, and I thought ‘What if I just put my baby in there and just walked away?’...What kind of mother has thoughts like that?” A woman named Lindsay explains her struggle with postpartum anxiety and OCD in the video.

Mormon singer wins national awards for traditional gospel music (Deseret News - Utah) (April 24, 2017)
After participating in the weeklong North American Country Music Association International Competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Chenille Saunders walked away with highest honors, according to a Hancock County Journal-Pilot article. Saunders, who is from Logan, Utah, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, competed in the traditional gospel category on March 16. She was awarded 2017 Female Vocalist of the Year for her performance of “Amazing Grace,” and 2017 Female Entertainer of the Year for her renditions of “I'll Fly Away” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Lake Land College to host interfaith panel (JG-TC - Illinois) (April 24, 2017)
The public is invited to attend an interfaith discussion panel that a Lake Land College honors student has organized Tuesday afternoon on campus. The panel, organized by Ashlee Burton of Charleston, will bring together representatives from the Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, and Mormon faiths to talk about their beliefs and practices. This event is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Luther Student Center Theater.

Genealogy Researchers Gather At LDS Church To Build Family History (KHTS - California) (April 24, 2017)
Researchers turned back the clock at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints off McBean Parkway to learn about genealogical research at the SCV Family History and Technology Fair.

April 21, 2017

Women Leaders Tour Children’s Justice Center in Utah (LDS Newsroom) (April 21, 2017)
A donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will enhance on-site medical services at eight Children’s Justice Center locations in Utah.

New Deseret Industries Opens in Cedar City, Utah (LDS Newsroom) (April 21, 2017)
The grand opening for a new Deseret Industries facility was held Thursday, April 20. Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the new building in a ceremony the previous evening.

Persecution of early Mormons underscores error in U.S. ban of Muslims, LDS legal scholars argue in court brief (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 21, 2017)
The U.S. government once attacked Mormons for their faith, blocked LDS immigrants from entering the country or jailed them at the border. It even tried to coerce some of them into converting to Protestantism. It should not make the same mistake with Muslims, Mormon legal scholars and historians argue in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday against President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from six mostly Muslim nations.

Mormon Channel Series Is TED Talks for Mormons (Church News) (April 21, 2017)
The Mormon Channel sponsors a video series titled Hope Works, which is basically TED Talks for Mormons. This series of videos captured at live events features LDS presenters sharing interesting insights about how hope and faith work in their lives.

3 LDS artists paint landscapes along Mormon Trail as tribute to pioneers, faith (Deseret News - Utah) (April 21, 2017)
John Burton still remembers how freezing he felt as he kneeled on the edge of the Mississippi River. He was completing a sketch of the place where Latter-day Saint pioneers started on their trek from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City.

April 20, 2017

Museum of the American Revolution Opens in Philadelphia (LDS Newsroom) (April 20, 2017)
Preserving history, connecting families and improving the local community are three core practices of the Latter-day Saint life. Wednesday’s opening of the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR) is a combination of each.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites April 18, 2017 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (April 20, 2017)
Peru: Mormon Helping Hands Answer the Call in Local Disaster Latter-day Saints, wearing their familiar Mormon Helping Hands yellow shirts and vests, and themselves suffering from the effects of flooding rainfall, left their homes to help their neighbors.

LDS Church dedicates historic monument to late apostle in New Zealand (Deseret News - Utah) (April 20, 2017)
A historic marker now rests in the same grove where an LDS apostle once learned a foreign language and served as a 17-year-old missionary. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated a monument to the late apostle Matthew Cowley last week in Matiu Kauri Grove, the place where he often came to fast, ponder and pray while studying the Māori language and serving as a missionary in New Zealand from 1914 to 1919, according to

An LDS mission wasn't the original plan for All-American wrestler who threw Mormon Night first pitch (Deseret News - Utah) (April 20, 2017)
Elder Dusty Hone, a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, threw out the first pitch at the Round Rock Express vs. the Omaha Storm Chasers minor league baseball game Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Dell Diamond for the home team’s annual Mormon Night.

‘Trust gap’ hounds the Mormon church, research shows (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 20, 2017)
Some Latter-day Saints may leave the fold after finding out aspects of their history that don't match the Sunday school version — like the fact founder Joseph Smith used a stone in a hat to help him produce the Book of Mormon — but such a discovery is not what drives away most former believers. It's the realization that they didn't hear it first from their church.

April 19, 2017

Large crowds expected as renovated Idaho Falls Mormon temple reopens; see new photos of interior, exterior (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 19, 2017)
After more than two years of extensive renovation, the Mormon temple in Idaho Falls will reopen starting this weekend for a public open house.

Why it's time for the Mormon Church to revisit its diverse past (My San Antonio - Texas) (April 19, 2017)
In an era where traditional church attendance has declined and the fastest-growing religious affiliation in America is the “nones” – those who claim no affiliation with an organized faith – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has continued to expand.

9 reasons to check out Family Discovery Day ( - Idaho) (April 19, 2017)
If there are a few unknown branches on your family tree, consider attending the second annual Family Discovery Day. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Twin Falls Stake Center, 421 Maurice St, and is hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The event is free and open to the public. Participants can learn how to research their ancestry and are encouraged to bring their own computers. Internet service is will be provided.

Mostly Catholic but 100% Christian: What is Pa.'s Congressional delegation? (Penn Live - Pennsylvania) (April 19, 2017)
Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation is more Christian than its constituency. That's according to data collected by the Pew Research Center. The Keystone state's 20 delegates to the House and Senate combined are 100 percent Christian, compared to the state's adult population, which is 73 percent Christian.

April 18, 2017

Public Open House to Begin at Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (LDS Newsroom) (April 18, 2017)
Latter-day Saints in southeastern Idaho are ready to host thousands of visitors to the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

LDS Church opens Idaho Falls Temple after two-year renovation project (East Idaho News) (April 18, 2017)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opening the doors of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple this week following a major renovation project. 160,000 reservations have been made for the public open house, which begins Saturday, and church officials announced Monday that an additional 60,000 open house tickets have been released. The temple closed in March 2015 and construction crews have updated all mechanical and electrical equipment, redone the entire interior of the building, restored large murals and finished a variety of other improvements.

Mormons who 'have been changing the world' highlighted by Catholic news site (Deseret News - Utah) (April 18, 2017)
Some of the most influential Mormons aren’t widely known., a Catholic news service, recently compiled a list of famous influential figures who were Mormon. The list includes members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who “have been changing the world for many years,” but who aren’t known for their Mormon faith.

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