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New Year’s Mormon Message Encourages Optimism about the Future

The Church has released a new Mormon Message New Year’s video called, “Look Not Behind Thee.” The video features comments from restaurant patrons in New York City that focus on the importance of leaving the past behind and looking ahead to a brighter future.

Meet the Mormons

In June of this year, the Church launched a new Mormon.org website, which, in addition to an updated design, features videos and stories of Mormons from all walks of life. During the past several months since the site’s launch, several new video profiles of Mormons have been added and 45,000 individual Mormons have written their own profile (10,000 are currently live and 35,000 are in process). Journalists and other readers of the Newsroom site who are seeking to better understand what membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means to individual Mormons might consider reading and watching some of the profiles on Mormon.org.

Church Historian Honors First Pacific Mormons

Elder Marlin K. Jensen, historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with other leaders, visited the Tubuai Latter-day Saints on the French Polynesian island over the weekend. During their visit, Elder Jensen rededicated the Church's Mahu Chapel after recent significant additions to the building, which is located on an original Tubuai meetinghouse site.

Apostle Visits, Establishes First Guam Stake

On 10 December, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the Barrigada Guam Stake, the first stake for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Territory of Guam.

Religious Americans as Neighbors: Insights from American Grace

Photo caption: Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Harlem.

New York Times Editorial Praises the Utah Compact

In a 4 December editorial, The New York Times praised the Utah Compact, a document supported by groups and individuals who were concerned about the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion. The New York Times editorial states:

Church History Library Receives International Media Award

A 15-minute video shown to people entering the Church History Library has won a prestigious international award. The video recently received an Aegis video and film production award as well as a Gold Plaque in the public relations category at the INTERCOM International Communications Media Competition presented by the Chicago International Film Festival.

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