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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performs Annual Christmas Concert

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday night for the first of three live performances of the 17th annual Christmas concert held in the Conference Center by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square. 

2016 Year in Review

Take a look back at some of the significant Church-related stories and events covered on in 2016.

At Library of Congress, Apostle Speaks on Book of Mormon’s Lasting Legacy

The Book of Mormon was added to the list of "Books That Shaped America" in 2013 and since June 2016 has been a part of the “America Reads” exhibit at the Library of Congress. 

Elder Christofferson Offers Prayer in U.S. Senate

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered the morning prayer in the United States Senate. Customarily every Senate session begins with prayer, dating back to the Senate’s beginnings in the late 1700s. Usually the Senate chaplain offers the prayer, but Congress often invites guest chaplains from various faiths to pray.​

Church Presents Historic Freedmen’s Bureau Database to African American Museum

FamilySearch International, the world’s largest genealogy organization, has given a newly indexed database of the historic Freedmen’s Bureau Records to the Smithsonian National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The database contains genealogical information of freed African Americans after the Civil War.

Messages of Christ's Birth Shared at First Presidency's Christmas Devotional

“Our hope is to capture the true spirit of Christmas for ourselves and for those we love,” said President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional. 

Ground Is Broken for Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community leaders in Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, to break ground for a new temple. This will be the ninth temple in Canada.

Church Releases Historical Background of Doctrine and Covenants

In 2017, Latter-day Saint adults and youth will study the Doctrine and Covenants as part of the Church’s Sunday School curriculum. Stories behind sections of the Doctrine and Covenants have been released by the Church as a resource for the study of a book that Mormons regard as scripture. “Revelations in Context,” a series of narratives written by the Church History Department, includes insights behind the revelations, mostly given to Church founder Joseph Smith.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words | December 2, 2016

In Your Own Words is a regular sampling of online articles, blog posts and social media that represent some of the current conversations about Mormonism. The posts in this series do not necessarily represent the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor are they meant to be a comprehensive summary of the online conversations about the Church. The intent is to highlight social media content from individuals that will help journalists and the public better understand Mormonism. 

Primary Leader Participates in UNICEF Panel Discussion

A general officer of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed appreciation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).