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Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right|
15 May 2013

Blog Post — 15 May 2013

This edition of "Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right" features a column from an Episcopal priest who demonstrates the importance of speaking with Mormons to understand Mormons. We also include a blog post that discusses Mormon beliefs about grace and a story from Kansas about a returned Mormon missionary who describes the purposes of his service.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites |14 May 2013

Blog Post — 14 May 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.

Mormon Delegation Encourages Religious Dialogue at International Conference

Blog Post — 14 May 2013

Four delegates of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a worldwide conference on religion and culture held on 10-12 May 2013 in Skopje, Macedonia, and encouraged participants to find common ground with those of different religions and cultures.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | May 9

Blog Post — 9 May 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.

Church Donates More Than 1 Million Pounds of Food to Top Hunger-Relief Organization

News Release — 9 May 2013

Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization, announced a more than 1 million-pound food donation by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thursday.   

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right |
8 May 2013

Blog Post — 8 May 2013

This edition of "Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right" features a story from Utah about the Church honoring the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ogden, an article about the Church in Cincinnati and a report from Missouri about Mormon youth who attend the Church's youth seminary program.

 

Angel Moroni Statue Placed on Ogden Temple

News Release — 7 May 2013

Construction crews placed an angel Moroni statue atop the Ogden Utah temple temple spire Tuesday morning. The 14-foot, 2-inch figure is the same statue that topped the temple before it was closed. The statue was removed at the beginning of the project and completely reconditioned.

Homage to the Home:
Why Society Needs Strong Families

Commentary — 6 May 2013

We hear it all the time: “The family is the basic unit of society.” But do we, as a society, really think about what that means? The bonds between husband and wife, parents and children, are so firmly planted in history and experience that we often take them for granted — until, as happens from time to time, those bonds break down.

Mormons Donating 400,000 Trees to Haiti

News Release — 3 May 2013

It was a perfect pairing: Agriculture Day, Haiti’s national holiday, a time when Haitians are encouraged to do volunteer work, coupled with planting nearly 25,000 trees donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than 1,800 Mormons and their neighbors turned out to plant the much-needed resource.

Mormonism in Pictures: Church Donating 400,000 Trees in Haiti

Photo Essay — 3 May 2013

“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 related to the Church's efforts to plant 400,000 trees in Haiti.   

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | May 2

Blog Post — 2 May 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.

Students Give Book of Mormon Presentation at Yale Divinity School

Blog Post — 30 April 2013

Two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) gave a presentation on the Book of Mormon to the Yale Divinity School in January.

Mormonism in Pictures: Family History | 30 April 2013

Photo Essay — 30 April 2013

“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 related to family history research.

VIDEO: Mormon-GAVI Alliance Saves Lives With Immunizations

Blog Post — 26 April 2013

As part of World Immunization Week, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) — an organization that has prevented close to six million deaths through immunizations — posted a video about its partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

Church Issues Statement on Boy Scouts of America

News Release — 25 April 2013

For 100 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enjoyed a strong, rewarding relationship with Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Recently, BSA has been reviewing a possible policy change in its standards for membership and leadership.  Now that BSA has finished its review process and has proposed a resolution for consideration, the Church has issued a statement.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | April 24

Blog Post — 24 April 2013

Today's Getting It Right includes stories about the importance of interfaith relationships for Mormons and weekly community service for Mormon missionaries.

Church Helps Find Jobs for Thousands Worldwide

News Story — 24 April 2013

LDS Employment Resource Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers multi-faceted support to individuals in need of work. As part of those services, the Church operates 117 employment resource centers that provide training, networking, hands-on experience and encouragement to job seekers.

Apostle Encourages New Zealand Latter-day Saints to Have a Christlike Attitude

Blog Post — 24 April 2013

An apostle and members of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Mormons in the South Pacific recently.

Family History Volunteers Reach Billion-Record Milestone

News Release — 22 April 2013

In less than seven years, volunteers have added one billion searchable records to the free family history website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch.org.

VIDEO: Engineering Feat Puts Future Provo City Center Temple on 'Stilts'

News Story — 18 April 2013

For the past several months, Provo, Utah, residents have had a unique sight in their midst: the nearly seven-million-pound exterior of a 112-year-old building standing on 40-foot-high steel stilts. 

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | April 18

Blog Post — 18 April 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.

FamilySearch.org Redesign Includes Shareable Photo, Story Options

News Release — 16 April 2013

A new version of FamilySearch.org makes family history research more interactive and conveniently collaborative, with added social media, photo and story elements that create a more personal family history experience for each user.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Mormon Missionary in London

Video — 12 April 2013

MormonNewsroom.org has published a video that gives a glimpse into the daily life of missionaries in London and the selfless service they give. Their packed daily schedules include teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, community service, study and exercise.

Serious Discussion on Religious Liberty

Blog Post — 12 April 2013

This week, scholars from across the country gathered at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, for a two-day conference entitled “Religious Liberty in an Age of Change.”  They offered opinions and experiences in debate that exemplified serious and respectful conversation on the topic. 

Mormon Seminary Reaches Enrollment High

News Story — 12 April 2013

Enrollment for seminary, the youth religious education program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has increased some 4 percent in the past year to reach over 390,000—the highest enrollment ever. Seminary is a four-year religious educational program for high school-age students run by the Church.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | April 10

Blog Post — 10 April 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.

Mormonism in Pictures: April 2013 General Conference

Photo Essay — 9 April 2013

“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 from the Church's 183rd Annual General Conference, which took place last Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Distinguished Religious Freedom Scholars to Participate in UVU Conference

Blog Post — 8 April 2013

The challenges and erosions of religious freedom are concerns voiced by scholars and shared by many faiths around the world. A religious freedom conference at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, 9 and 10 April will feature some of the United States’ foremost scholars on the topic.

Church Launches “I’m a Mormon” Media Campaign in UK and Ireland

News Release — 8 April 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched an integrated "I'm a Mormon" media campaign in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

New Temples Announced for Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

News Release — 6 April 2013

Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced plans to build temples in Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today during the Saturday morning session of the faith’s 183rd Annual General Conference. Exact locations of the temples will be announced at a later date.

New General Authority Callings and Releases Announced

News Release — 6 April 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced eight new General Authorities and 59 Area Seventies, at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 183rd Annual General Conference this weekend.

First Presidency Announces New Young Women General Presidency

News Release — 6 April 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new Young Women General Presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the faith’s 183rd Annual General Conference today.

Coverage and News Media Resources from the 183rd Annual General Conference

News Release — 6 April 2013

General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City and reaching a global audience estimated to be in the millions. 

2012 Statistical Report for 2013 April General Conference

News Release — 6 April 2013

The First Presidency has issued the following statistical report of the Church as of 31 December 2012.

Top Mormon Women Leaders Provide Their Insights into Church Leadership

News Release — 5 April 2013

The general presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently participated in a conversation covering a number of topics relating to women in the Church.

First Presidency Expresses Condolences
At Passing of Patriarch Eldred G. Smith

News Release — 5 April 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today on the passing of Eldred G. Smith, who served as Patriarch to the Church from 1947 to 1979.

Church Adjusts Mission Organization to Implement "Mission Leadership Council"

News Release — 5 April 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making adjustments to the way its 405 missions are organized, to better utilize the skills and abilities of all missionaries in training and leadership.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | April 4

Blog Post — 4 April 2013

In today's Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right, we include a commentary from one Latter-day Saint who explains the meaning behind the Church's full name (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Pointing to the portion of the Church’s name that says “The Church of Jesus Christ,” this member writes: “Jesus Christ is the central figure of our church. We believe him to be our Savior and the Son of God.”

Mormonism in Pictures:
Young Women of the Church | April 4

Photo Essay — 4 April 2013

“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.

KUTV: Mormon Family of Four Receives Mission Calls on Same Day

Blog Post — 3 April 2013

Since President Thomas S. Monson announced lower age requirements for missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last October, more men and women are applying to serve. Among them is a family of four (a mother and her three children), who, as KUTV in Salt Lake City reports, received their mission calls on the same day.

Church’s 183rd Annual General Conference Approaches

News Release — 3 April 2013

More than 100,000 Church members, friends and invited guests are expected to attend the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions more will watch or listen to conference via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. Five sessions will be held Saturday and Sunday, 6 – 7 April 2013, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Mormon Young Women
Counseled to 'Be Not Moved'

News Release — 1 April 2013

At the annual General Young Women Meeting Saturday night, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged young women to remain firm in their beliefs when they encounter difficulty and opposition, to “stand...in holy places, and be not moved” (D&C 87:8).

Mormons Join Other Christians Around The World to Celebrate Easter

News Story — 30 March 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Easter with the rest of the Christian world this weekend, remembering the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Church’s First Presidency released  this Easter message:

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 30

Blog Post — 30 March 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.

Mormon Apostles Make Visits to Japan, Guam, Europe, Haiti, Ivory Coast and Central America

Featured Story — 29 March 2013

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traverse the globe to meet with Mormons, view Church progress firsthand, train Church leaders, develop relationships with government and civic leaders and, most importantly, to be “special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world” (D&C 107:23).

Church Secures Use of Additional Buildings for Missionary Training

News Release — 27 March 2013

To better accommodate the recent increase in new missionaries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expanding its missionary training operations by securing the use of additional buildings near the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC).

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 26

Blog Post — 26 March 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.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | March 26

Blog Post — 26 March 2013

In this edition of "Getting It Right," we feature a story from Associated Press reporter Brady McCombs, who writes about last week's RootsTech 2013. RootsTech is a family history conference hosted by FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. McCombs correctly notes that “the focus on genealogy by Mormons is rooted in their belief that families should be the focal point of their lives, and that family relationships continue into eternity.”

Church Reaffirms Position on Marriage
Following Supreme Court Hearing

News Release — 26 March 2013

In response to media requests, a statement was issued Tuesday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Uchtdorf Meets With Honduras President Porfirio Lobo

Blog Post — 25 March 2013

Two days prior to the dedication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' first temple in Honduras, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the Church's First Presidency, had breakfast with Honduras President Porfirio Lobo.

Family History Conference to Draw Over 5,000 Attendees

News Release — 20 March 2013

Thousands of genealogists will gather in Salt Lake City this week for RootsTech 2013, the largest family history conference in the United States. The conference runs Thursday through Saturday, and is hosted by FamilySearch, a non-profit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 19

Blog Post — 19 March 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.

Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple Dedicated

News Release — 17 March 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated its first temple in Honduras, the sixth in Central America and the 141st of the Church on Sunday, 17 March 2013.

New Church Website Will Help Chinese Nationals, Church Leaders Around the World

News Release — 15 March 2013

A new website is being launched that is designed specifically for those from the People’s Republic of China who have joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in other nations of the world.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 13

Blog Post — 13 March 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 Offers 'Warmest Wishes' to
Newly-Elected Pope Francis

News Release — 13 March 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Wednesday regarding the election of Pope Francis.

 

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | March 12

Blog Post — 12 March 2013

Today we feature stories from the Globe Gazette in Iowa, the Houston Chronicle and the Salt Lake Tribune.

LDS Charities Event at U.N. Discusses Improving Lives of Women Worldwide

News Story — 8 March 2013

Earlier this week, we previewed Wednesday's United Nations side event meeting that would be led by LDS Charities executive director Sharon Eubank and feature discussion about LDS Charities' work to improve women's lives worldwide. In a same-day report, the Deseret News details the meeting's discussion.

United Arab Emirates Is Location of Newest Mormon House of Worship

News Story — 6 March 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has dedicated a new house of worship in the United Arab Emirates.

Top Athletes Head for Next Goal: Missionary Service

News Story — 6 March 2013

When President Thomas S. Monson announced lower age requirements last October for missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he noted that departing for missionary service at an earlier age (18 for men, 19 for women) is an option, not a requirement. Nowhere is this better illustrated than with the Lone Peak High School men’s basketball team.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 6

Blog Post — 6 March 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.

Church Representative Speaks at the U.N.

Blog Post — 6 March 2013

The extensive work by LDS Charities to improve women’s lives worldwide is being discussed in an event at the United Nations in New York City today, 6 March 2013.

Church Recognized for Positive Portrayals of Members With Disabilities

News Release — 6 March 2013

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has honored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for “outstanding work in mass media which positively change public perceptions and opinions about people with disabilities.” The award recognizes the Church’s representations of members with disabilities on Mormon.org.

Distinguishing Fact From Fiction in a Fast-Paced Digital World

Blog Post — 5 March 2013

It is perhaps one of the great ironies of the information age that, although news and information are more accessible than ever before, it is still difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Because we all participate in the same basic information space, this creates an environment that challenges everyone, including individuals and institutions.

Church Releases 2013 Edition of
English Scriptures in Digital Formats

News Release — 1 March 2013

After nearly eight years of work, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has published an updated edition of its English-language scriptures and study aids in digital formats.

Mormon Helping Hands Assists Recovery From Severe Brazilian Rains

Blog Post — 28 February 2013

Heavy rains struck Brazil’s southeast area in Sao Paulo late Friday afternoon 22 February 2013 and forced more than 300 people out of their homes.

Church Responds to Over
100 Disasters in 2012

News Release — 27 February 2013

During 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded to 104 disasters in 52 countries. The Church organized thousands of member volunteers, including approximately 28,000 during Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | February 26

Blog Post — 26 February 2013

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

Missions to Be Created to Accommodate
Influx of New Missionaries

News Release — 22 February 2013

Thousands of young prospective missionaries have responded enthusiastically to the October 2012 announcement by President Thomas S. Monson that lowered the age requirement for missionary service.

Women Church Leaders Visit the South Pacific

Blog Post — 21 February 2013

Leaders of the women’s and children’s organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are in the South Pacific visiting and speaking to Mormons this week.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites

Blog Post — 21 February 2013

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

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | February 21

Blog Post — 21 February 2013

This "Getting It Right" features stories about Mormons' belief in Christ, why Latter-day Saints serve others and the appropriate use of the word "Mormon."

A Mormon's View on Love

Blog Post — 14 February 2013

In a Valentine’s Day commentary on the Washington Post’s “On Faith” forum, Kathryn Skaggs, a Mormon in California, notes that an eternal view of love is the “lens through which Mormons view their most personal relationships.”

News from Country Newsroom
Websites from Around the World

Blog Post — 13 February 2013

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

 

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Reflects
On Visit to African Nation

Blog Post — 11 February 2013

Elder Holland reflects on his visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone, and speaks about the role of the Church there and the resilience of the members. 

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | February 8
 

Blog Post — 8 February 2013

Misinterpretation of Church’s statements on Scouting decision

The Church posted two statements Wednesday in response to different media inquiries about the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to delay a vote to change its membership policy. Writing about the separate statements, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Peg McEntee claims that in the second statement the Church “scrapped the reference to a ‘moral issue’” which is contained in the first statement.
 

Tegucigalpa Temple Opens Doors to Public

News Release — 6 February 2013

The public is invited to tour the recently constructed Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Kenyan Man Enjoying Life as a Member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Blog Post — 6 February 2013

Amran Musungu is one of the first Africans to become a member of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He began singing in the choir in the mid-2000s after the choir’s music director invited Musungu to audition. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Church Statement on BSA Decision to Postpone Vote

Official Statement — 6 February 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Wednesday regarding the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to postpone a vote on membership standards.

Church Cautions Against Speculation
On Scouting Decision

News Release — 6 February 2013

For 100 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enjoyed a strong, rewarding relationship with Boy Scouts of America as both organizations have worked to build and strengthen the moral character and leadership skills of young men.

Mormons Share Their Stories in Mormon.org Profiles

Blog Post — 4 February 2013

It’s been two and a half years since Mormon.org 4.0 launched with 2,000 profiles. Today, over 120,000 Mormons have created profiles, with another 100,000 in process, sharing why they are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Leaders Speaking to Youth in Their Language: Technology

News Story — 1 February 2013

For Mormon youth in the Church, religion is not a Sunday-only affair, but part of who they are. So when Church leaders determined it was time to revamp the lessons taught to youth on Sundays, they knew they needed to provide the tools for them to integrate their faith into their digital lives.

New Missionary Training Center to Open in Mexico

News Release — 31 January 2013

The Church announced that it will close its Benemerito de las Americas high school in Mexico City and reopen it as a missionary training center.

Mormon-Made Quilts Reach the Needy in Ukraine

Blog Post — 30 January 2013

Thousands of quilts made by Mormons were recently delivered to those in need in southeastern Ukraine and the Republic of Crimea with the help of International Relief & Development, Inc.

What Drives Mormon Humanitarian Work?

Blog Post — 28 January 2013

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ on a daily basis. One of those teachings is doing just what the Savior did when He was on the earth, and that was to help people in need.

Capturing the Spiritual in Public Religious Discussion

Blog Post — 28 January 2013

Efforts to dissect, analyze and understand the Mormon faith meet with varied success. Religion — including the cultures, peoples, histories, practices and beliefs that come with it — is complex and multifaceted.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | January 22

Blog Post — 22 January 2013

Deseret News: Mormons are politically diverse
 

Latter-day Saints in Brazil Participate in Volunteer Fair

Blog Post — 22 January 2013

Latter-day Saints and their neighbors in São Paulo were invited to participate in a fair in December 2012 with several volunteer organizations.

Service With a Smile

Blog Post — 18 January 2013

Latter-day Saint volunteer service missionaries Elder Roger Roth and his wife, Julie, are bringing dental care to families displaced from their homes since last month's Cyclone Evan.

Church Participates With Volunteers of America

Blog Post — 17 January 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided a $200,000 challenge grant to the Volunteers of America's Adult Detoxification Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mormons Respond to Typhoon Pablo With Relief Supplies, Service

Blog Post — 16 January 2013

Since Typhoon Pablo slammed into the southern Philippines on 4 December 2012, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has responded with relief supplies and volunteer service.

A Day to Honor Religious Freedom

Blog Post — 16 January 2013

More than two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. On 16 January 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the bill, laying the groundwork for the First Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights that establishes the protection of religious freedom.

President Uchtdorf: Seeking Truth Leads to Increased Understanding of Others

Blog Post — 14 January 2013

The connection between seeking truth and increased understanding of others was one of the messages shared Sunday night by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a worldwide Church Educational System (CES) broadcast.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | January 12

Blog Post — 12 January 2013

In today's Getting It Right: The Deseret News writes that 2012 was more than a Mormon moment; KALW Public Radio has a piece about how Mormon temples differ from regular Mormon meetinghouses; The Post News Group describes how the Church blesses others through welfare services; and a Washington Post article underlines the importance of precise reporting about the Church’s stance on same-sex attraction.

Response to Mormon Missionary Age Announcement Remains Enthusiastic and Unprecedented

News Release — 7 January 2013

The decision to drop everything is not easy for any young man or woman in the Church. Nevertheless, the response to the 6 October announcement of lower missionary age requirements remains enthusiastic as unprecedented numbers of young men and women continue to fill out missionary applications.  

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | January 4

Blog Post — 4 January 2013

Today's "Getting It Right" features a New Zealand journalist's account of visiting a Mormon worship service, and San Antonio Magazine asks eight local religious leaders — one of them a Mormon bishop — to talk about their faith and how it is perceived by others.

Mormons Continue Aid for Neighbors of Sandy Disaster Into New Year

News Release — 27 December 2012

Mormon Helping Hands (MHH) volunteers have made a significant dent in the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy in late October.

Church Leader Visits Those Affected by Cyclone Evan in Samoa

News Story — 27 December 2012

Elder F. Michael Watson of the Seventy and his wife, Jolene, spent three days before Christmas (22-24 December) comforting victims of Cyclone Evan in Samoa. The 13 December storm was one of the most powerful to hit Samoa and American Samoa in 20 years.

PBS Documentary on Religious Freedom

Blog Post — 20 December 2012

A documentary on religious freedom was aired Tuesday, 18 December, on PBS. The show is called First Freedom and explores the importance of religious freedom as framed by the founders of the United States.

Australian Latter-day Saint Temple Draws Visitors to Christmas Lights

News Release — 19 December 2012

Thousands of lights adorn the grounds of the Sydney Australia Temple during the holiday season. Similar to lighting displays at other temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the presentation also features life-size nativity characters and an art show.

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