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Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced

News Release — 13 January 2014

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

Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage

Official Statement — 10 January 2014

Following recent court actions bearing on same-sex marriage, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles today sent the following instructions and guidance to congregational leaders throughout the United States. Leaders were asked to share this information with their members in appropriate settings.

Church Historian Receives Prestigious History Award

News Release — 7 January 2014

Richard E. Turley, Jr., assistant historian and recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has received national recognition for his contributions to public history. The 2013 Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association (AHA) was given to Turley during the association’s 128th annual meeting, 2-5 January 2014, in Washington, D.C

Church Community Helps Refugees in Utah

Featured Story — 3 January 2014

After wandering, of running, of confinement in refugee camps and of escaping, some very fortunate asylum seekers receive their first gift in Salt Lake City, Utah — a bed, complete with a mattress and a hand-tied quilt, as a symbolic beginning to their resettlement in the United States of America.

Dramatic Increase in the Number
of Church Missionaries
Highlights 2013

Photo Essay — 30 December 2013

The announcement by Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the October 2012 general conference forever impacted missionary work worldwide.

Church Missionaries Provide Cleanup of Historic Site in Cambodia

News Story — 27 December 2013

More than 100 Mormon missionaries participated in a Christmas service project to help clean the grounds of the Choeung Ek Memorial in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The missionaries from six countries donated 200 service hours.

Nativities around the World

Photo Essay — 23 December 2013

Latter-day Saint congregations in the United States and overseas hosted thousands of nativity displays during the Christmas season depicting biblical accounts of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The nativities from around the world bear testimony of the divinity of the Savior's birth.

Church Statement on Court Ruling
Regarding Same-Sex Marriage in Utah

Official Statement — 20 December 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding the court ruling on same-sex marriage in Utah.

 

Elder David Archuleta Shares Musical Talents in Christmas Concert in South America

Blog Post — 18 December 2013

One of the more well-known members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is serving a mission, Elder David Archuleta, sang in the recent Santiago Chile Temple Christmas Concert.

Mormon Newsroom Is Now on Instagram

Blog Post — 18 December 2013

Mormon Newsroom is now on Instagram, a social media photo and video sharing site. One of the page’s first videos, embedded below, provides a glimpse of this year’s Christmas lighting ceremony at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple. 

VIDEO: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly Examines Mormon Missionary Expansion

Blog Post — 16 December 2013

A new video report from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly examines the growth of the ranks of Mormon missionaries — from 58,000 in October 2012 to 82,000 today — since the age requirements to serve were lowered. Young men can now serve at 18 instead of 19, and young women can serve at 19 instead of 21.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square Host Annual Christmas Concert

News Release — 13 December 2013

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square welcomed American soprano Deborah Voigt and British actor John Rhys-Davies for their annual Christmas concerts in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Mormon Leaders Encourage a Christ-Centered Christmas

News Release — 10 December 2013

“Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit,” said Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Church’s annual Christmas devotional in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, 8 December 2013.

Visitors’ Center Reopens at Mexico City Temple

News Release — 9 December 2013

More than 20,000 guests have visited The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Mexico City Temple Visitors’ Center since it reopened to the public on 23 November 2013.

Latin America Christmas Program on Temple Square Celebrates Birth of Christ

News Release — 9 December 2013

Nearly 1,000 cast and crew members performed in the annual Latin Christmas program in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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.

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