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Why Religion Matters: The Salt of Society

Commentary — 24 April 2014

Religion seasons the interactions between strangers, adds flavor to our civic relations and preserves the dear things of our common existence. To be the salt of society means to savor its success.

Church Provides Gift to New American Revolution Museum

Blog Post — 24 April 2014

Construction is beginning on the new Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR) in the historic heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, due in part to a gift from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The $1.5 million donation from the Church was presented to H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, chairman of the museum, on Thursday, 24 April 2014.

Church Partners to Help the Homeless

Blog Post — 23 April 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is working with religious and community organizations in Ogden, Utah to improve living conditions for homeless families. In addition to the Church’s donation, the state of Utah has contributed along with several foundations.

Florida Governor Visits Fort Lauderdale Temple

News Story — 22 April 2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott toured the new Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with members of Florida’s congressional delegation, American Jewish Committee leaders in south Florida and local religious leaders. Governor Scott visited the temple during an open house with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, on Friday, 18 April, 2014.

Church “Because of Him” Easter Message Reaches Millions

Blog Post — 22 April 2014

A weeklong social media effort by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share the Easter story and to give hope through Jesus Christ received worldwide attention. The initiative, titled “Because of Him,” included a YouTube video released in 20 languages. It was viewed more than 5.2 million times since it was posted on Palm Sunday.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 18 April

Blog Post — 18 April 2014

MormonNewsroom.org pulls stories from its 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.

Mormon Leader: Resolve Differences
With Mutual Understanding

News Release — 16 April 2014

Elder Dallin H. Oaks told an audience at Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies that when religious freedom and nondiscrimination interests collide, we should seek “effective ways to resolve differences without anger or contention and with mutual understanding and accommodation.” 

Church Provides Furniture to
Utah Ronald McDonald House

News Story — 16 April 2014

Humanitarian outreach by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is benefitting many people throughout the country through dozens of non-profit organizations in Utah and surrounding states. 

President Uchtdorf, Other Faith Leaders
Meet With President Obama on Immigration

News Release — 15 April 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today reaffirmed its position on immigration as the White House met with religious leaders to discuss immigration reform. 

#BecauseofHim: Church Launches Easter Initiative Focused on Jesus Christ

News Release — 13 April 2014

A week-long Easter social media initiative titled “Because of Him” begins today (Palm Sunday) in which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims its belief in Jesus Christ as the divine Son of God.

New Mormon Tabernacle Choir Video Celebrates Easter Season

Blog Post — 11 April 2014

Fans of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will enjoy a new video recently posted online that celebrates the life and Resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter season. The video features the choir singing “He Is Risen,” and includes portions of Church-produced Bible videos that portray Christ’s life.

Church Continues to Monitor Mormon Missionary Safety in Ukraine

News Release — 11 April 2014

Due to continued unrest in the region, the Church has chosen to transfer the 85 missionaries from the Ukraine Donetsk Mission to serve in other areas within Ukraine. The wellbeing of missionaries is always our first priority, and every effort is being made to keep them safe.

Atlantic Coast Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tour Announced

Blog Post — 11 April 2014

A summer 2015 concert tour has been announced by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The 360-voice world-renowned choir will be accompanied by the 68 member Orchestra at Temple Square.

Photos of the Speakers From the 184th Annual General Conference

News Release — 5 April 2014

News media and bloggers will find high-resolution, downloadable photos of the speakers at the 184th  Annual General Conference of the Church on this page.

Newly Called Sunday School President Emphasizes Christ’s Pattern for Teaching 

News Story — 5 April 2014

The Sunday School general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has new leadership. The reorganization was announced by the First Presidency during general conference Saturday, 5 April 2014. Tad R. Callister, formerly of the Presidency of the Seventy, was sustained as the general Sunday School president, with John S. Tanner as first counselor and Devin G. Durrant as second counselor.

Leadership Change, New General Authorities and New Sunday School General Presidency Announced

News Release — 5 April 2014

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new member of the Presidency of the Seventy, four new General Authorities, a new Sunday School general presidency and 42 Area Seventies at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 184th Annual General Conference being held here this weekend.

Coverage and News Media Resources from the 184th Annual General Conference

News Release — 5 April 2014

General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2013 Statistical Report for 2014 April General Conference

News Release — 5 April 2014

The First Presidency has issued the following statistical report of the Church as of 31 December 2013.

Technology, Social Media Expand 
General Conference Worldwide Reach

News Release — 2 April 2014

While more than 100,000 individuals are anticipated in the live audience in the Conference Center for the 184th Annual General Conference this weekend, millions will view or listen to the five scheduled conference sessions in 94 languages via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts.

Mormonism in the News: Getting it Right |
1 April 2014

Blog Post — 1 April 2014

This Getting It Right features Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple coverage and a Real Clear Religion essay about how Mormonism is a multicultural and inclusive faith.

Angel Moroni Now Tops
The Provo City Center Temple

Photo Essay — 31 March 2014

Construction workers have placed a 13-foot statue of the angel Moroni on the Provo City Center Temple, marking another milestone for the transformation of the former Provo Tabernacle into a temple. The statue is on the center tower 160 feet from the ground.

Mormonism in Pictures: Church Hosts Inaugural General Women’s Meeting

Photo Essay — 30 March 2014

Hundreds of thousands of women, young women and girls 8 years old and above gathered around the world on Saturday, 29 March 2014, for the inaugural general women’s meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From United Kingdom Mormon Newsroom

Young singles attend dedication of new building in Manchester

News Release — 28 March 2014

Sunday afternoon 16th March saw the dedication of the new Young Single Adult Building in Manchester, England by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve. The 5 storey facility was full from the cultural hall on the top floor to the baptismal font area in the basement, bursting with 570 in attendance and around 100 non-member friends of the young adults.

Why Religion Matters: The Twinned Life of Family and Faith

Commentary — 28 March 2014

The fortunes of family and faith will continue to ebb and flow, as they have in various periods throughout history, but experience shows they will do so joining hands. As the one rises or falls, so will the other. But the course of history is not predetermined; it is chosen. And those choices have long trajectories.

Mormon Auxiliary Leaders Prepare for General Women’s Meeting

News Release — 26 March 2014

Women leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the first-ever general women’s meeting at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The general women’s meeting is for women, young women, and girls 8 years old and older.

Fort Lauderdale Florida Mormon Temple
Opens to Visitors

News Release — 26 March 2014

The Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open for free public tours beginning Saturday, 29 March, and extending through 19 April 2014, excluding Sundays.

Judge Describes UK Court Case as "Abuse of Legal System"

News Release — 20 March 2014

A district judge in Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom today dismissed a private prosecution brought against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for alleged fraud and described it as "an abuse of the process of the court."

Missionaries Who Are Not Citizens of Venezuela
Have Transferred Out of Country

News Release — 17 March 2014

Due to the unrest in Venezuela, the Church has transferred missionaries who are not Venezuelan citizens to other missions in South America. However, more than 500 Venezuelan missionaries continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in their native country.

Church Asks Activist Group to Reconsider Plans to Protest at General Conference

News Story — 17 March 2014

News media are reporting on a letter from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent to a women’s group called “Ordain Women” Monday regarding plans the group has to demonstrate for female ordination.

Mormon Channel Reaching a Global Audience

Featured Story — 14 March 2014

Efforts are underway to expand the popular Mormon Channel, the official media channel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of listeners and viewers enjoy the content being produced and broadcast in English and Spanish.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Easter Concert to Feature Handel’s Messiah

Blog Post — 12 March 2014

In a very rare performance, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s Messiah in its entirety. The Easter performance will coincide with Good Friday, 18 April, and Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle and will also be the first time in 10 years that the full choir and orchestra will perform at the Easter concert. Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will conduct the event.

Kevin J Worthen J.D. Named
Brigham Young University’s 13th President

News Release — 11 March 2014

Kevin J. Worthen JD will become the 13th president of Brigham Young University (BYU), replacing Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, effective 1 May 2014.  Worthen will replace Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, who has served as the 12th president of BYU for the past 11 years.

Generations Connect Through
Personal Histories and Life Stories

News Release — 11 March 2014

“In all of us,” wrote Alex Haley, author of the popular novel Roots (based on his own family history), “there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage — to know who we are and where we have come from.”

Why Religion Matters: Making Selves Out of Others

Commentary — 7 March 2014

In this age of falling trust and social disintegration, a return to the sacred commitments of congregations will make our communities more cohesive. When the fabric of society begins to fray, religion with its layered threads of social capital can help bind it together.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 7 March

Blog Post — 7 March 2014

MormonNewsroom.org pulls stories from its 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.

Church History Scholars Meet in Utah to Discuss the Global Reach of Mormonism

News Story — 7 March 2014

Experts on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered in Utah for a two-day 8th annual Church History Symposium. The event, titled “The Worldwide Church: The Global Reach of Mormonism,” was held at Brigham Young University in Provo and at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Church Issues Statements on Status of Missionaries in Ukraine and Venezuela

News Release — 6 March 2014

The Church has issued statements on the status of missionaries in Ukraine and Venezuela.

VIDEO: New Mormon Message on Bullying
Resonates With Global Audience

Video — 4 March 2014

A new Mormon Messages video that focuses on bullying in the digital age is striking a chord with audiences on the Mormon Channel and on social media channels. The film, produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was posted on the Mormon Channel’s YouTube channel on Friday, 28 February 2014.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | 
3 March 2014

Blog Post — 3 March 2014

After working on the story for several months, The New York Times published a 4,500-word article triggered by the surge in numbers of female missionaries serving for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the minimum age for service for women was dropped from 21 to 19.

Mormon Women Leader Speaks to Church Young Adults Worldwide

Blog Post — 3 March 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Relief Society general president, Linda K. Burton, spoke to the faith's young adults (ages 18 to 30) Sunday night. Among other things, Sister Burton encouraged her audience to seek to recognize the divinity of Jesus Christ through personal prayer and inspiration. 

Church Dedicates 142nd Temple

News Release — 2 March 2014

The Church’s 142nd temple and Arizona’s fourth was dedicated on Sunday, 2 March 2014. Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over the dedicatory services and gave the prayer in the second session.

Mormon Representatives Discuss Church Humanitarian Efforts at the United Nations

News Story — 28 February 2014

Representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed the role of the Church’s global humanitarian outreach efforts at a meeting at the United Nations in New York City on 27 February 2014.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right |
26 February 2014

Blog Post — 26 February 2014

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matthew Piper's review of a new Gospel Topics resource at LDS.org about the Latter-day Saint belief in becoming like God is notable because it tackles deep Mormon theology with fairness and care.

Mormon Apostle: Believers Should Join Together to Defend Free Exercise of Faith

News Story — 25 February 2014

In a speech at BYU-Idaho Tuesday, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suggested three things that Mormons and “all believers everywhere” can do to bolster religion’s role in society.

Mormon Church Leader Speaks About Joseph Smith during Missouri Legal Gathering

Blog Post — 25 February 2014

Emeritus General Authority and general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Lance B. Wickman, was on the Kansas City campus of the University of Missouri earlier this month to speak at a gathering of the Liberty Missouri Stake of the Church and the Alexander W. Doniphan Community Services and Leadership Foundation on 14 February 2014.

Mormon Volunteers Building Homes
for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

News Story — 21 February 2014

Several months after a devastating typhoon struck the Philippines, relief efforts by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) continue in some of the hardest hit areas of the country.

First Presidency Urges Participation
in Political Process

News Release — 21 February 2014

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has issued a letter to be read in all Utah congregations, encouraging Latter-day Saints to attend local precinct caucus meetings.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 15 February

Blog Post — 15 February 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 better the communities in which they live.

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