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Church's FamilySearch.org Works to Put World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation

News Release — 4 February 2014

RootsTech kicks off this week. FamilySearch.org hosts the worldwide family history event that includes news of a collaborative effort to make available online 5.3 billion historic records.


Mormonism in Pictures:
The Gilbert Arizona Temple,
House of the Lord

Photo Essay — 3 February 2014

“Mormonism in Pictures” is a photo essay feature from Mormonnewsroom.org depicting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members around the world. Today we feature photos of the newly constructed Gilbert Arizona Temple.

To date, tens of thousands of people from many faiths and walks of life have visited the temple.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | 
30 January 2014

Blog Post — 30 January 2014

This edition of Getting It Right features a Time.com post that neglects key facts about Mormons’ understanding of the Bible, a rabbi’s lessons learned from touring a Mormon temple, a Los Angeles Times feature on a Mormon pursuing an Olympic dream, and the Church bringing relief to wheelchair users in Trinidad and Tobago.

VIDEO: Mormonism Is a Christ-Centered, Global Faith

Video — 24 January 2014

Did you know that Mormons are guided by basic tenets, such as a belief in Jesus Christ and a focus on family? This new video from the Church lists these facts and more for those not familiar with the faith.

Church Says Existing Alcohol Laws Benefit Utah

News Release — 21 January 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today released the following information that includes a video interview with Elder D. Todd Christofferson and a whiteboard animation which explain the Church's position on existing Utah alcohol laws.

Evangelical and Mormon Leaders
Gather in Tabernacle to
Promote Faith and Religious Freedom

News Story — 21 January 2014

Evangelist Dr. Ravi Zacharias addressed topics of faith, family and religious freedom during a gathering on Temple Square. “We must build our lives on things that are eternal,” he said.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 17 January

Blog Post — 17 January 2014

Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to serve the communities in which they live.

Arizona Governor Brewer Visits Gilbert Temple

Blog Post — 17 January 2014

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer toured the new Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with legislators, local government and religious leaders, and educators. She visited the temple during an open house and luncheon with Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy.

New Mormon Mission Presidents for 2014

Blog Post — 16 January 2014

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced 122 new mission presidents who will begin serving in July.

Gilbert Arizona Temple Opens for Visitors

News Release — 15 January 2014

The Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open for free public tours on Saturday, January 18 through Saturday, 15 February 2014.

From Pacific Mormon Newsroom

Mormons Mobilise After Devastating Cyclone Hits Tonga

News Release — 14 January 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is rushing emergency supplies from Tongatapu to the island group of Ha’apai following the weekend’s devastating cyclone.

Iowa Governor Declares 16 January Religious Freedom Day in His State

Blog Post — 14 January 2014

Local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined Catholic, Hindi and Presbyterian leaders in Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s office last week as he signed a proclamation that declares 16 January as Religious Freedom Day in his state. In the proclamation, Governor Branstad notes that Iowa has a “long history of welcoming and protecting people of divergent faiths by allowing them to live according to their own beliefs.”

Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced

News Release — 13 January 2014

The First Presidency has announced open house and dedication dates for the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage

Official Statement — 10 January 2014

Following recent court actions bearing on same-sex marriage, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles today sent the following instructions and guidance to congregational leaders throughout the United States. Leaders were asked to share this information with their members in appropriate settings.

Church Historian Receives Prestigious History Award

News Release — 7 January 2014

Richard E. Turley, Jr., assistant historian and recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has received national recognition for his contributions to public history. The 2013 Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association (AHA) was given to Turley during the association’s 128th annual meeting, 2-5 January 2014, in Washington, D.C

Church Community Helps Refugees in Utah

Featured Story — 3 January 2014

After wandering, of running, of confinement in refugee camps and of escaping, some very fortunate asylum seekers receive their first gift in Salt Lake City, Utah — a bed, complete with a mattress and a hand-tied quilt, as a symbolic beginning to their resettlement in the United States of America.

Dramatic Increase in the Number
of Church Missionaries
Highlights 2013

Photo Essay — 30 December 2013

The announcement by Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the October 2012 general conference forever impacted missionary work worldwide.

Church Missionaries Provide Cleanup of Historic Site in Cambodia

News Story — 27 December 2013

More than 100 Mormon missionaries participated in a Christmas service project to help clean the grounds of the Choeung Ek Memorial in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The missionaries from six countries donated 200 service hours.

Nativities around the World

Photo Essay — 23 December 2013

Latter-day Saint congregations in the United States and overseas hosted thousands of nativity displays during the Christmas season depicting biblical accounts of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The nativities from around the world bear testimony of the divinity of the Savior's birth.

Church Statement on Court Ruling
Regarding Same-Sex Marriage in Utah

Official Statement — 20 December 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding the court ruling on same-sex marriage in Utah.


Elder David Archuleta Shares Musical Talents in Christmas Concert in South America

Blog Post — 18 December 2013

One of the more well-known members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is serving a mission, Elder David Archuleta, sang in the recent Santiago Chile Temple Christmas Concert.

Mormon Newsroom Is Now on Instagram

Blog Post — 18 December 2013

Mormon Newsroom is now on Instagram, a social media photo and video sharing site. One of the page’s first videos, embedded below, provides a glimpse of this year’s Christmas lighting ceremony at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple. 

VIDEO: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly Examines Mormon Missionary Expansion

Blog Post — 16 December 2013

A new video report from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly examines the growth of the ranks of Mormon missionaries — from 58,000 in October 2012 to 82,000 today — since the age requirements to serve were lowered. Young men can now serve at 18 instead of 19, and young women can serve at 19 instead of 21.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square Host Annual Christmas Concert

News Release — 13 December 2013

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square welcomed American soprano Deborah Voigt and British actor John Rhys-Davies for their annual Christmas concerts in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Mormon Leaders Encourage a Christ-Centered Christmas

News Release — 10 December 2013

“Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit,” said Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Church’s annual Christmas devotional in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, 8 December 2013.

Visitors’ Center Reopens at Mexico City Temple

News Release — 9 December 2013

More than 20,000 guests have visited The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Mexico City Temple Visitors’ Center since it reopened to the public on 23 November 2013.

Latin America Christmas Program on Temple Square Celebrates Birth of Christ

News Release — 9 December 2013

Nearly 1,000 cast and crew members performed in the annual Latin Christmas program in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

First Presidency 2013 Christmas Message

News Release — 7 December 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its 2013 Christmas message:

“Let us make Christmas a time of rejoicing and celebration, a time to share the marvelous truth that Almighty God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world! May the joy of that knowledge be with each of us this Christmas season and throughout the coming year."

VIDEO:  Time-Lapse of Temple Square
Clothed in Christmas Beauty

Photo Essay — 5 December 2013

Historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City glows brightly with thousands of Christmas lights ushering in the season of Christ’s birth.

First Presidency Expresses Condolences at Passing o f Nelson Mandela

News Release — 5 December 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today in regards to the passing of Nelson Mandela.

From Canada Mormon Newsroom

New Mormon Chapel Opens in Slave Lake After Wildfire 

News Release — 3 December 2013

After a long two-year wait, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints once again have a meetinghouse in Slave Lake, Alberta. 

Missionaries Serve Those in Need With 350,000 Meals

Blog Post — 29 November 2013

About 1,800 young men and women at the missionary training center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, learned firsthand the lessons of faith, charity and giving on Thanksgiving Day by packing up lentils, rice and other hearty ingredients into 350,000 individual meals that will make their way to the Utah Food Bank.

Breaking Down the Walls: Mormons Join Interfaith Effort to Feed Hungry at Thanksgiving

News Story — 27 November 2013

The parking lot of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday morning (just a stone’s throw from Monterey) is a scene of diversity and unity: Baptists, Pentecostals, Mormons and other believers form relay lines 20 people deep that stretch into the church to quickly distribute 1,500 bags of food to needy families who have come by in hopes of a nice Thanksgiving meal.

Church Hosts Concert of Praise in
Tabernacle for National Bible Week

News Story — 25 November 2013

Hundreds of people of many faiths gathered in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday, 23 November 2013, for a concert to celebrate the Bible. The "Concert of Praise for God’s Word" was the signature event.

VIDEO: Ministering to
the Needs in Tacloban

Video — 22 November 2013

In each of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 29,000-plus congregations throughout the world, a local leader guides and serves his congregants. Ricardo Aban, a local leader in Tacloban, ministers to 4,300 typhoon survivors.

Mormon Channel Recognized for YouTube Success

Blog Post — 22 November 2013

Last month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received attention when the Touchstorm Video Index listed the Mormon Channel as a “top brand” on YouTube.

VIDEO: Filipinos Find Shelter, Aid in Church's Chapels After Typhoon

Video — 21 November 2013

More than 14,000 Mormons and their neighbors sought refuge in 200 Church meetinghouses from Typhoon Haiyan. Now these sturdy chapels are serving as shelters and centers for humanitarian relief in dozens of ravaged communities.

Mormonism in Pictures: Chapels Dot the Globe

Photo Essay — 20 November 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 15 million members worldwide, the majority of whom live outside the United States. This Mormonism in Pictures shows where Latter-day Saints worship across the globe.

VIDEO: Mormon Missionaries
Bid Farewell to Colleagues

Video — 18 November 2013

More than 200 Mormon missionaries serving in the Philippines Tacloban Mission were displaced by the 8 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. All of those missionaries, apart from some who have concluded their mission service, are now on their way to new assignments.

Mormon Missionaries Serve People in Tacloban Day After Devastating Typhoon Hits

Photo Essay — 17 November 2013

In today's Mormonism in Pictures, we feature photos of missionaries giving service after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the provinces of Cebu, Leyte, and Samar. On November 8, 2013 one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, with sustained winds nearing 200 mph, struck the Philippines. The next day missionaries from the Tacloban Philippines Mission gathered in the city of Tacloban to help.

Elder Brent H. Nielson, Philippines Area President, Discusses Typhoon's Impact on Missionaries

News Release — 16 November 2013

An interview with Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy, who serves as Philippines Area President. He details the experience of getting 204 missionaries out of harm's way as Typhoon Haiyan approached.

Missionaries Receiving Care, Supplies After Typhoon

News Story — 13 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan has left many areas of the Philippines devastated. Seven of the 21 Church missions in the Philippines were impacted by the storm, but all missionaries are safe. Most Church missionaries serving in the Philippine Tacloban Mission have been evacuated to Manila.

Church Continues to Assist Typhoon Survivors

News Release — 13 November 2013

UPDATE (13 November 2013 -  1:00 p.m. MST) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Church Welfare Department personnel are working with Philippines Area leaders to establish a relief operations center and distribute supplies. Many areas affected by the storm are still without power or running water, and communication systems are not fully operational. 

Church Providing Aid in Wake of Typhoon

News Release — 11 November 2013

The Church is providing temporary shelter to over 14,000 displaced persons in 200 Church buildings and is working with the Philippine government and other organizations to distribute food, water and other life-sustaining supplies.

Church Responds to Inquiries on ENDA, Same-Sex Marriage

News Release — 7 November 2013

The Church has been consistent in its support of traditional marriage while teaching that all people should be treated with kindness and understanding. If it is being suggested that the Church’s doctrine on this matter is changing, that is incorrect.

Church Members, Missionaries in Philippines Prepared for Typhoon Haiyan

News Release — 7 November 2013

The Church in the Philippines has taken precautions in anticipation of Typhoon Haiyan. Church leaders have been evaluating resources and making specific preparations for the storm for the past week.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 6 November

Blog Post — 6 November 2013

Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

First Presidency Announces
New General Women’s Meeting

News Release — 4 November 2013

On Friday, 1 November, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that beginning in 2014, a semiannual general women’s meeting will replace the general Relief Society and general Young Women meetings held annually since 1993. 

Mormons in the Philippines Help Clean Up and Rebuild After 7.2 Earthquake

News Release — 1 November 2013

Mormon volunteers on the Philippine islands of Bohol and Cebu are working alongside their neighbors to rebuild damaged communities two weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck 15 October.

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