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March 21, 2019

Russia releases Latter-day Saint volunteers after 3 weeks of detention — here are their families' reactions (Church News) (March 21, 2019)
Two Latter-day Saint volunteers detained for nearly three weeks in Novorossiysk, Russia, have left for the United States and their families are rejoicing and expressing relief.

Mitt Romney, Utah governor and others react to release of Latter-day Saint volunteers from Russia detention (Deseret News - Utah) (March 21, 2019)
Two Latter-day Saint volunteers detained for nearly three weeks for allegedly teaching English without a license in Novorossiysk, Russia, have left for the United States and their families are rejoicing and expressing relief.

John Huntsman's wife posts touching tribute from LDS volunteer's family after release (KUTV - Utah) (March 21, 2019)
After two volunteers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were released from detainment in Russia, Mary Kaye Huntsman posted about the experience on Instagram. She says her husband, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman, received a touching message from one of the volunteer's family.

Daniel Peterson: 'A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon' examines primary sources (Deseret News - Utah) (March 21, 2019)
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are living now in a historical golden age. Primary source documents regarding Restoration history are more widely available and easily accessible than they have ever been before. In the vanguard of this new historical openness is the Joseph Smith Papers Project, which has published thousands of documentary pages for specialized professional historians and interested amateurs alike.

March 20, 2019

Commentary: 63% of Latter-day Saint men give Trump a thumbs up, but only 42% of women do the same (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 20, 2019)
On Monday, the Pew Research Center released its most recent findings about President Donald Trump’s approval rating among various U.S. religious groups. The highest support comes from white evangelical Protestants, 69 percent of whom approve of the job Trump is doing. This represents a decline from evangelicals’ previous approval rating of 78 percent, but is more than a two-thirds majority.

This All-American runner thought being a mom would end her career. Now, she says it makes her a better BYU athlete (Church News) (March 20, 2019)
Erica Birk-Jarvis may have been leading the pack of runners during the final third of last year’s West Coast Conference women’s cross-country championship race, but it wasn’t easy. She couldn’t seem to shake one of her competitors who never seemed more than a shadow’s length away.

Affirmation now able to offer greater personal support to LGBTQ Latter-day Saints in the US and Canada (Deseret News - Utah) (March 20, 2019)
Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends is doing something it's never done before.

Commentary: There is room for another Church of Jesus Christ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 20, 2019)
Last summer, I received a notification on my phone that my name was mentioned on Facebook. Of course, I was curious and clicked the link. Turns out, my friend mentioned that I was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ (colloquially referred to as the “Bickertonites”). She also indicated that I recently wrote a biography of William Bickerton, one of the major claimants to Joseph Smith’s prophetic mantle after his untimely murder in 1844. I was happy to see that my new book, “William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet” (Signature Books, 2018) was receiving attention.

March 19, 2019

Church Hosts Interfaith Musical Tribute in Tabernacle (Church Newsroom) (March 19, 2019)
Choirs, dancers and drummers representing many global faiths performed in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Sunday, March 17, 2019.

LDS Church: Communication restored with LDS missionaries in Mozambique; all ‘safe and accounted for’ (Gephardt Daily - Utah) (March 19, 2019)
An official from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has confirmed that the missionaries caught in Beira, Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Idai have been able to confirm they are well. “Yes, communication was restored and all missionaries are safe and accounted for,” LDS Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff told Gephardt Daily.

2 Latter-day Saint missionaries in Russia enter their third week of detention; no word on when they will be deported (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 19, 2019)
More than two weeks after missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were detained in Russia, the two remain in custody. Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the Utah-based church, said Monday there had been no change in the status of the two young men, called “volunteers” in Russia to comply with laws in that country.

More “The SafetyZone” Videos Underscoring Missionary Safety Released (Church News) (March 19, 2019)
Additional missionary safety videos have been made public by the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the March 1 announcement of the new “The SafetyZone” series.

Music and the Spoken Word: What a Nobel Prize winner and Stephen Covey teach us about living a life full of meaning (Church News) (March 19, 2019)
When the 2018 Nobel Prizes were awarded, an international trio of laser scientists shared the award in physics. Among them was 96-year-old Arthur Ashkin, believed to be the oldest person to ever receive a Nobel Prize. One might think that at his age, this achievement would be the ideal conclusion to a long career, a final exclamation point on a life of hard work. Ashkin doesn't seem to think so.

March 18, 2019

Groundbreaking Held for Pocatello Idaho Temple (Church Newsroom) (March 18, 2019)
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community and interfaith leaders in southeastern Idaho Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.

Massive crowd gathers at future site of Pocatello LDS temple (Post-Register - Idaho) (March 18, 2019)
A massive crowd gathered on Saturday morning for the long-awaited groundbreaking for what will soon be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Pocatello temple. While most of the over 3,000 people in attendance of the event were members of the LDS church, representatives of several other religions were present and participated in the groundbreaking at the future site of the temple off Satterfield Drive on the city’s north side.

Statement of Support for Muslim Communities and All Others Impacted by Christchurch Shootings (Church Newsroom) (March 18, 2019)
In response to yesterday's mass shootings in two Christchurch mosques, the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today issued the following statement of love and support: We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of so many lives as a result of yesterday's senseless attacks in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased, the injured, and all others impacted by this tragedy. We also pray for all New Zealanders and our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world.

How Presidents Nelson, Oaks and Eyring explained Latter-day Saint temple work to an Italian journalist (Church News) (March 18, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson's private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace was of deep interest to an Italian reporter granted an exclusive interview with the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

New rules about how Boy Scouts can recruit Latter-day Saints issued by church (Deseret News - Utah) (March 18, 2019)
Beginning June 1, community-based Boy Scout packs and troops may begin recruiting boys from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to guidelines the church released Friday. The church announced in May that it would implement a new worldwide initiative for children and youth beginning in January 2020 and discontinue its centurylong association with the Boy Scouts of America. No church units will sponsor any Scouting units after Dec. 31.

Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Fight, Elder Carlos A. Godoy Tells BYU Students (Church News) (March 18, 2019)
While dining with his family a few weeks ago just west of the Brigham Young University campus, Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Presidency of the Seventy saw the familiar entrance sign welcoming all to “Enter to learn, go forth to serve.”

Walk by Faith, Not by Sight, Church Leader Encourages BYU-Idaho Students (Church News) (March 18, 2019)
Faith centered in Jesus Christ is a key and essential part of mortality. God’s plan for His children requires that at least in this life, they learn to live by faith. The Apostle Paul taught, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

Kaysville man accused of $1.5M scam against fellow LDS Church members has heart attack, trial put off (Standard-Examiner - Utah) (March 18, 2019)
Age, health and fair-trial issues have put off a fraud case against a Kaysville man accused of scamming fellow church members out of $1.5 million. The 72-year-old defendant had a heart attack in early March and prosecutors meanwhile worry one of the alleged victims, 91, might die before the trial, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

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