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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 Leaders Build Interfaith
Relationships in Baltimore

News Story — 26 November 2013

Five years ago, Richard Glickstein, president of the National Bible Association, brought together Reverend Doctor Al Hathaway, senior pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, and Craig Halsey, president of the Baltimore Maryland Stake (similar in size to a diocese) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other religious leaders from the area to read scriptures from the Bible at Baltimore City Hall.

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.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right |
1 November

Blog Post — 1 November 2013

Today’s “Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right” features two Religion News Service articles — one about the Church’s interfaith outreach, the other about the service Mormons provide in their communities. We also include an article from the New York Times about how the Church helps transform lives.

Mormon Apostle Speaks on “Big Issues” of Faith, Family, Religious Freedom

Blog Post — 1 November 2013

Three issues of paramount importance to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — faith, family and religious freedom — are the subject of an address from Church Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland published in the fall 2013 edition of the Clark Memorandum (the BYU law school magazine).

Boy Scouts and Church Celebrate a Century of Scouting

News Release — 30 October 2013

The great outdoors came inside the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America celebrated 100 years of Scouting together in a program titled “A Century of Honor.”

Catholic Community Services Honors Presiding Bishopric for Humanitarian Work

News Release — 25 October 2013

On Thursday, 24 October, Catholic Community Services (CCS) honored the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an award for service to others at CCS’ annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner.

Baptist Leader at BYU: Religious Freedom is Threatened

Blog Post — 22 October 2013

A Baptist leader spoke at Church-owned Brigham Young University this week about increasing threats to religious freedom.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, said he believes Mormons and Baptists “may go to jail together.”

Public Invited to Tour Gilbert Arizona Temple

News Release — 21 October 2013

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

Mormonism in Pictures: The Beauty and Purpose of Mormon Temples

Photo Essay — 21 October 2013

Learn about the role of temples in the lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in today’s Mormonism in Pictures.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 17 October

Blog Post — 17 October 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 Apostle Celebrates Anniversaries of Church History Sites

Blog Post — 16 October 2013

Apostle Elder M. Russell Ballard recently spoke at events in Kirtland, Ohio, and Liberty Jail in Missouri. Both sites have special significance in the Church’s early history.

From Philippines Mormon Newsroom

Church Expresses Love and Support Following Earthquake in the Philippines

News Release — 15 October 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today following the earthquake in the Philippines:

“We extend our prayers and love to the people of the Philippines as they seek to assess the damage from the recent earthquake and care for the individuals and families affected by this tragedy. We are especially mindful of those who are injured or who have lost loved ones.

“Church leaders are working with local officials to identify and address local needs. All missionaries of the Church serving in this region are safe and accounted for. Several member homes have been destroyed or damaged, and some Church buildings have sustained minor damage from the quake.”

Mormonism in Pictures: October 2013 General Conference

Photo Essay — 9 October 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 Semiannual General Conference.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Announces 2013 Christmas Concert Guest Artists

News Release — 8 October 2013

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will welcome American soprano Deborah Voigt and British actor John Rhys-Davies for their annual Christmas concerts on 12, 13, and 14 December 2013.

On Faith: Desire to Follow Jesus Christ Fuels Mormon Missionary Work

Blog Post — 7 October 2013

In a commentary this week at the Washington Post’s “On Faith” forum, the Church’s Managing Director of Public Affairs explains that Mormons serve missions because they learn from their youngest years to follow Jesus Christ by serving all people everywhere.

Releases and Callings Announced at October 2013 General Conference

News Release — 5 October 2013

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced various leadership changes at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 183rd Semiannual General Conference being held this weekend.

Photos of the Speakers from the 183rd Semiannual General Conference

News Release — 5 October 2013

News media and bloggers will find high-resolution, downloadable photos of the speakers at the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of the Church on this page.

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

News Release — 5 October 2013

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.

15 Million Member Milestone Announced at Church's General Conference

News Release — 5 October 2013

President Thomas S. Monson announced that members of the Church now number more than 15 million worldwide. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf offered reasons why the Church may be growing during an “age of waning faith.”

Church President Marks 50 Years of Service

News Story — 4 October 2013

Exactly 50 years ago today, Thomas S. Monson was sustained as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the second-highest presiding body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At age 36, he was the youngest man in 53 years to be called as an apostle.

VIDEO: Impact of the Mormon Missionary
Service Age Change — One Year Later

News Story — 3 October 2013

This week’s general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marks one year since Church President Thomas S. Monson announced lower age requirements for Mormon missionaries. In this video, Elder David F. Evans, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department, discusses the impact the missionary service age change has had since last October.

Thousands More Mormons Choose Missionary Service

Feature Story — 3 October 2013

Last year's change in mission eligibility ages has impacted the lives of Mormon youth around the world. The number of missionaries serving has swelled to over 80,000.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 3 October

Blog Post — 3 October 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 Leaders Speak About Importance of Keeping Promises to God

News Story — 30 September 2013

Church President Thomas S. Monson and leaders of the Relief Society, the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to Mormon women about making and keeping promises to God at the general Relief Society meeting on 28 September.

Mormon Apostle Speaks on
Joseph Smith at Illinois Law Event

News Release — 27 September 2013

Apostle Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said this week that Church founder Joseph Smith’s most lasting contribution to the world is the insight he received in his capacity as a prophet.

Millions to Watch or Hear 183rd Semiannual General Conference

News Release — 24 September 2013

More than 100,000 Church members, friends and invited guests are expected to attend the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Colorado Latter-day Saints Provide Flood Relief

News Story — 24 September 2013

Hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including missionaries, have been providing help to people impacted by recent flooding in Colorado.

Preparation With Purpose: Life in a
Mormon Missionary Training Center

News Story — 17 September 2013

Each week, young Mormon men and women embark on an 18- to 24-month journey as Mormon missionaries — a global force now numbering a record-high 75,000.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 17 September

Blog Post — 17 September 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.

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