News Releases

Ground Broken for First Central Africa Temple

News Release — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

Ground has been broken for the first temple in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ceremony was held on Friday, February 12, 2016, for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.

With Kinshasa Temple Groundbreaking, Church Growing Rapidly in Africa

News Release — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

In Africa 30 years ago, the Church had 137 separate congregations and about 22,000 members. Today, there are more than 1,600 congregations and half a million members—that’s 11 times more wards and branches and 20 times more members than in 1985.

Church Urges “Cautious Approach” on Medical Marijuana Issue in Utah

News Release — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

As the Utah State Legislature considers two bills on the use of medical marijuana, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statements outlining its position.

Freedmen's Bureau Project Reaches Halfway Point

News Release — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

A national effort to connect African Americans with their Civil War–era ancestors through the release of documents from the Freedmen’s Bureau Project has reached a significant milestone.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Invites Fans to Join Virtual Hallelujah Chorus 

Blog Post — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is extending an open invitation to people around the world to sing and perform with them virtually this Easter.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites February 11, 2016

Blog Post — 11 FEBRUARY 2016

MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share 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 Missionary Department Explains Approach to Zika Virus

News Release — 8 FEBRUARY 2016

In recent weeks, general public concern over the spread of the Zika virus has prompted some questions about the Church’s approach to protect its missionaries. In the following interview, Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, assistant executive director in the Church’s Missionary Department, discusses the issue.

Seven Cities Announced for 2016 Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour 

News Release — 5 FEBRUARY 2016

Seven cities will be part of the 2016 Mormon Tabernacle Choir European tour. Tickets are available for the performances.


Dieter F. Uchtdorf of Church’s First Presidency Recounts Childhood Refugee Ordeal

News Story — 4 FEBRUARY 2016

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Church's First Presidency shares his own experience as a child refugee and gives insight to those enduring the current crisis in Europe.

World's Largest Family History Event Held in Utah

Blog Post — 2 FEBRUARY 2016

Thousands of family history enthusiasts from the United States and overseas are gathering in Salt Lake City this week for RootsTech, the world’s largest family history event. The three-day conference runs February 4-6, 2016.