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Boise Idaho Temple Open House, Rededication Dates Announced

News Release — 19 July 2012

The First Presidency has announced open house and rededication dates for the newly renovated Boise Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 13 October through 10 November 2012, excluding Sundays.

Mormons Join Neighbors Helping Victims of Idaho Fire

News Story — 16 July 2012

Yellow-vested Mormon Helping Hands volunteers, along with members of several Pocatello, Idaho area churches, worked together to clean up after the 28 June 2012 Charlotte fire, near Pocatello. Sixty-six homes were burned.

The Church and Its Financial Independence

Commentary — 12 July 2012

The Church exists to improve the lives of people across the world by bringing them closer to Jesus Christ. The assets of the Church are used in ways to support that mission. Buildings are built for members to come together to worship God and to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionaries are sent to invite people to come to Christ. Resources are used to provide food and clothing for the needy and to provide ways for people to lift themselves up and be self-reliant. What is important is not the cost but the outcome. As former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The only true wealth of the Church is in the faith of its people.”

London’s Historic Hyde Park Chapel Inspires Hearts

Blog Post — 12 July 2012

The historic Hyde Park Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in London, England, has been remodeled and rededicated as a chapel for worship services and as a visitors’ center.

Knowing Why Mormons Are Good Neighbors Can Correct Misperceptions

Blog Post — 11 July 2012

Patheos.com has published an in-depth piece by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a member of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that explains why Mormons make good neighbors.

CNN: Salt Lake Mormon Temple One of Eight “Religious Wonders” in U.S.

Blog Post — 10 July 2012

CNN.com has labeled The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Salt Lake Temple one of “8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.”

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | July 6

Blog Post — 6 July 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” features two articles that include discussions of the Church and politics. The Church is politically neutral and does not allow its church buildings, membership lists or other resources to be used for partisan political purposes. Two additional articles note the diversity of political thought within Mormonism and the heterogeneous personalities of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon and Modern

Commentary — 6 July 2012

Mormons welcome truth from whatever source and take the pragmatic view that where religion and science seem to clash, it is simply because there are insufficient data to reconcile the two. Latter-day Saints approach such tensions as challenges to learn, not contradictions to avoid.

ABC’s Barbara Walters Discusses Heaven With Church Leader

Blog Post — 6 July 2012

ABC’s “20/20” program tonight with Barbara Walters features discussions with religious leaders from various faiths about their views on heaven and the afterlife.

Mormon Leader Tosses First Pitch at Dodgers Game

News Story — 3 July 2012

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), threw out the first pitch at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | July 2

Blog Post — 2 July 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes mentions of Mormon temples as places of peace, missionary service through the eyes of a parent, how the Church’s humanitarian work seeks to relieve suffering wherever it is found and the Church’s interest in educating others about the faith.

Celebrating Freedom Around the World

Blog Post — 2 July 2012

People from all over the world mark a special day during the year wherein they celebrate a national day of commemoration. They honor the establishment of rights, privileges and protection afforded citizens of every belief that safeguard the opportunity to live according to the dictates of their faith. Religious freedom is at the heart of these most basic and fundamental rights.

Church Joins in Prayer with other Utahns in Response to Area Wildfires

Official Statement — 29 June 2012

As requested by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, the Church is pleased to come together in prayer with other Utahns during this difficult time. We are mindful of those in Utah and neighboring states who have been impacted by wildfires. We encourage individuals, families and congregations to pray for the safety of firefighters, protection of lives and homes and favorable weather conditions to help control the many wildfires currently burning.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | June 28

Blog Post — 28 June 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes mentions of the Church’s political neutrality, diversity, health practices, youth seminary program and the importance of reporting on the things that motivate Mormons to be good neighbors and citizens.

Historic Nauvoo Building Houses New FamilySearch Center

News Story — 22 June 2012

In the midst of sacred early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) the newest FamilySearch Center has opened in a historic building in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Newsweek Reporter Explains Church's Political Neutrality Stance On MSNBC

Blog Post — 21 June 2012

Speaking with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Newsweek Washington reporter Michelle Cottle explains The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Mormon) political neutrality position.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | June 20

Blog Post — 20 June 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes mentions of the Church’s worldwide reach, belief in Christ, missionary service and respect for other faiths. We also include inaccurate reporting about Church leaders weighing in on moral issues and how the Church balances faith and reason.

Church and Red Cross Sign Agreement to Continue Relationship

News Release — 20 June 2012

A partnership of service has been renewed between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and the American Red Cross to help those in need.

Mormon Missionaries: The Joy of Finding Self in Sacrifice

Blog Post — 14 June 2012

Daniel Burke of Religion News Service provides valuable insight into how Mormon missionaries are impacted by their choice to sacrifice 18 to 24 months of their lives to serve others.

Church Commits Funds, Volunteers to Vaccinate Children with Global Immunization Partner, GAVI

News Release — 13 June 2012

Good health for the children of the world is a priority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church has participated in an immunization program for many years and this week the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) expressed gratitude to the worldwide faith for its $1.5 million donation.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | June 12

Blog Post — 12 June 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes stories about the Church’s political neutrality, family history efforts, belief in Jesus Christ and global reach. Another article does not make the important distinction between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and splinter groups that practice polygamy.

Invite Mormons to Tell Their Own Story

Blog Post — 12 June 2012

In an interview with the Mormon Channel, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy gives advice that can be helpful to journalists and others producing content about the Church: invite Latter-day Saints to tell their own story.

Manaus Brazil Temple Is Dedicated

News Release — 11 June 2012

The Manaus Brazil Temple was formally dedicated Sunday, 10 June 2012, in three sessions by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). The dedicatory sessions were broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district.

Thank Mormons for Genealogy Efforts, Professor Says

Blog Post — 8 June 2012

Dr. Jerry Park, an associate professor of sociology and an affiliate fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, writes of his interest in the PBS series Finding Your Roots. The show explores the ancestry of well-known Americans. A recent episode shows that, thanks to the work of Latter-day Saint genealogists at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, researchers were able to discover records that contain information about one celebrity's family back to the 1200s. (The Family History Library portion of the program starts at the 40:55 mark.)

Washington Post Commentary Highlights Mormon Christianity

Blog Post — 6 June 2012

In a recent opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Brigham Young University professor Robert L. Millet writes that the Church “is built upon the person, power and teachings of Jesus Christ. He is our King, our Lord, and our God.”

Calgary Alberta Temple Open House, Dedication Dates Announced

News Release — 6 June 2012

The public is invited to visit the Calgary Alberta Temple temple during an open house from 29 September through 20 October 2012, excluding Sundays and Saturday, 6 October.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Gets New President

News Release — 1 June 2012

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has named Ronald B. Jarrett as the new president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jarrett replaces Fred Macray “Mac” Christensen, who served as choir president since 2000.

Apostle Creates First Stake in India

News Release — 1 June 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) is a global faith with more members outside the United States than inside. Another sign of the Church’s worldwide reach came 27 May as Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized the Hyderabad India Stake — India’s first stake.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | May 31

Blog Post — 31 May 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes stories about political neutrality, questions that help journalists get at the heart of Mormonism, the Church’s global reach, the complex operation required to broadcast Church messages across the world, the Church’s youth seminary program and an unfortunate remark about Latter-day Saint temple garments.

Patheos Post Says It’s Time to “Revise Stereotypes”

Blog Post — 30 May 2012

Drawing on the anecdotes of Mark Twain, the intellect of Jorge Luis Borges and the wit of funnyman Conan O’Brien, the Church’s director of media relations, Michael Purdy, has written a column on Patheos.com.

Religious Leaders Consider Vital Need for Religious Freedom

Blog Post — 29 May 2012

Religious, political and academic leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., Thursday to discuss the importance of protecting religious freedom at the American Religious Freedom Program conference.

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Site Announced

News Release — 25 May 2012

The site for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has been selected. The new temple will be constructed east of U.S. Highway 89 on the Haderlie Farm property south of Afton.

Mormon Beliefs Explained at Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center Exhibit

News Story — 25 May 2012

What do Mormons believe? Are they Christian? How do they worship? Those are a sampling of questions answered by a new exhibit in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Mormons) visitors’ center in Washington, D.C.

Mormon Helping Hands Assist in Maryland Park Cleanup (Photo Essay)

Blog Post — 23 May 2012

Approximately 300 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers joined community members and elected officials to clean up Parkville, Maryland's Double Rock Park on 12 May. The following photo essay shows these volunteers in action.

Faith Leaders Gather in Pacific Over Freedom of Religion

Blog Post — 22 May 2012

Elder James J. Hamula joined Samoa’s head of state and leaders of other faiths last week in the first “Managing Religious and Cultural Diversity in the Pacific” conference at the National University of Samoa in Apia.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | May 21

Blog Post — 21 May 2012

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes stories about Mormons’ view of the Trinity, lay leadership, youth Church service and political neutrality. Other stories contain inaccuracies about polygamy and who can enter Latter-day Saint meetinghouses.

Mormon Leaders Discuss Helping Hands Efforts With Connecticut Governor

Blog Post — 18 May 2012

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Connecticut recently presented the state’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, with a photo book of service done by Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in the state in 2011.

Church Honored in Spain for Blood Drive Promotion

Blog Post — 18 May 2012

The Spanish Federation of Blood Donors in Spain is honoring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) for its positive contribution to improve people’s lives through the donation of blood.

Like Jabari Parker, Thousands of Mormon Youth Attend Seminary

Blog Post — 17 May 2012

This week’s Sports Illustrated cover story features Jabari Parker, a 17-year-old basketball player from Chicago who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

British Singing Sensation Katherine Jenkins to Perform at Pioneer Day Concert

News Release — 17 May 2012

Renowned Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins will be the featured performer at this year’s “Joy of Song” Pioneer Day Concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Manaus Brazil Temple Opens To the Public

News Release — 16 May 2012

The Manaus Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) opens to the public this week.

Connecticut and Indiana Mormon Temple Renderings Released

News Release — 16 May 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has released renderings of the Hartford Connecticut and Indianapolis Indiana Temples, as well as the site location of the Hartford Temple.

Ground Broken for Provo, Utah’s Second Temple

News Release — 12 May 2012

Ground was broken today for the Provo City Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Church's second temple in Provo and 16th in Utah.

Released for Mother's Day: Bible Video Depicts Mary, Mother of Jesus

Blog Post — 11 May 2012

Perhaps the woman who best exemplifies motherhood is Mary, the earthly mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary was chosen by God the Father above all others to bear and raise the Christ child. How pure and faithful she must have been for our Father in Heaven to entrust her with His Only Begotten Son and Savior of the World.

Pacific Mormon Helping Hands Come to the Aid of Their Neighbors

Blog Post — 11 May 2012

Residents of New Caledonia continue to suffer the effects of last December’s torrential rains. The island’s small communities of Houaïlou and Yaté have been the grateful recipients of aid from Mormon Helping Handsvolunteers.

Mormon Story: Journalist Describes It Well

Blog Post — 10 May 2012

A recent stake conference in Akron, Ohio, became the catalyst for an in-depth look into the devotion and lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Church Preserving Legacy of Historic Buildings

Featured Story — 10 May 2012

The bricks, mortar and beams of an LDS meetinghouse create a level of emotional connection for many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who attend services there.

“Stately and Magnificent” Mormon Kansas City Missouri Temple Dedicated

News Release — 6 May 2012

The Kansas City Missouri Temple was formally dedicated Sunday in three sessions by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). The dedicatory sessions were broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district.

Political Neutrality: Whiteboard Animation 'Draws Out' Church Position (VIDEO)

Blog Post — 3 May 2012

Earlier this year, Newsroom introduced a new way of talking about the issue of political neutrality. An explanation of the Church’s position has been on Newsroom for several years. But in an Internet age many people prefer a more immediate way to view and learn about topics and issues of the day.

Mormon Helping Hands: Fix Up, Clean Up, Build It in California and Hawaii

News Story — 2 May 2012

Thousands of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers painted, collected food, planted trees, cleaned and fixed up the states of California and Hawaii.

Measles Vaccinations by Mormons, Others "News Worth Celebrating"

Blog Post — 30 April 2012

A recent Deseret News article comments on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Mormon) role in helping to rid the world of measles. This is in light of an Associated Press story that states measles deaths worldwide dropped dramatically from the years 2000 to 2010.

UNC Newspaper Notes Star Player’s Decision to Be Mormon Missionary

Blog Post — 26 April 2012

A University of North Carolina freshman basketball player who rose from third-stringer to NCAA tournament starter in 2012, has decided to take a two-year hiatus and be a missionary for the Church.

Episcopal Priest Describes Her Visit to a Mormon Temple

Blog Post — 24 April 2012

Writing in the Huffington Post about her visit to the Church's Kansas City Missouri Temple open house, Danielle Tumminio, an Episcopal priest and theologian, captures the “why” of belief and religious practice, an element frequently missing in religious news coverage.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil and the Amazon Region

News Release — 23 April 2012

The first known members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Brazil were two German families who immigrated to Brazil — one in 1913 and the other in 1923. During the decade that followed, others joined the Church, and the first congregation was organized in Joinville in 1930.

“On Faith” Blog: “A Time of Healing” for Mormons, Missourians

Blog Post — 23 April 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, along with other state leaders, dignitaries and leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were in one of the Kansas City Missouri Temple sealing rooms two weeks ago during the temple’s open house. Before the tour ended, Governor Nixon addressed those gathered, and three times in his remarks he said the temple’s opening symbolizes “a time of healing.”

Mormon Apostle Delivers BYU Commencement Address

News Story — 19 April 2012

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered the spring commencement address at Brigham Young University on Thursday.

Brigham City Utah Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced

News Release — 19 April 2012

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has announced open house and dedication dates for the Brigham City Utah Temple, the Church’s 14th completed temple in Utah.

Mormon Helping Hands Busy Lending a Hand

News Story — 17 April 2012

With the recent tornadoes in the Midwest, in what has been a destructive tornado season so far, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) are giving needed assistance.

Conference Center Fire: Church Statement

News Release — 17 April 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement today regarding a fire Monday evening in the Church Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

The New York Times Follows Mormon Missionaries in Uganda

Blog Post — 13 April 2012

The New York Times has published an in-depth piece about Mormon missionaries in Uganda. The article, written by Josh Kron, explains the transformative effect missions have on the young men and women who serve, meticulously follows the active day in the life of missionaries in Uganda and clarifies common misconceptions people have of Mormons.

Mormon Volunteerism Discussed by Scholars at Pew Forum

Blog Post — 13 April 2012

Mormon volunteerism got the attention of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The research and survey group hosted an event titled “Mormons and Civic Life,” during which University of Pennsylvania professor Ram Canaan presented recent findings about Mormon volunteerism and charitable giving in the United States. The Pew Forum has now made the full transcript of this event available online.

Mormons, Kansas City Missouri Temple Recognized in Governors’ Proclamations

News Story — 9 April 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback presented the official proclamations to Church leader Elder William R. Walker following a tour on 5 April of the newly completed Kansas City Missouri Temple.

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right

Blog Post — 9 April 2012

“Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right” presents several recent news articles, blog posts or videos that, in our view, provide accurate and fair reporting on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as those that misrepresent the faith to readers. Don't forget to discuss these stories on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

First Presidency 2012 Easter Message

News Story — 6 April 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) joins with the rest of the Christian world this week in celebrating Easter and remembering the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church’s First Presidency has issued an Easter message.

Easter Weekend Internet Initiative Invites Testimony of Jesus Christ

Blog Post — 6 April 2012

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are enthusiastically joining an Internet initiative to express their belief in Jesus Christ and what He means to them. Easter is the time Christians celebrate the Resurrection of the Son of God.

New Easter Video Released: “He Is Risen”

Blog Post — 5 April 2012

To commemorate Easter, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has released “He Is Risen,” a new Bible video portraying the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Mormon Kansas City Missouri Temple Open House Begins

News Release — 5 April 2012

The Kansas City Missouri Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (Mormons) 137th temple, will open to the public on Saturday, 7 April. The open house will continue through 28 April before the temple is formally dedicated on Sunday, 6 May 2012 by President Thomas S. Monson.

“On Faith” Blog: Mormon Temples Are Places Apart

Blog Post — 2 April 2012

Latter-day Saint temples are found in many parts of the world. They are easily recognized from their stately structure and beautiful landscape.

New Presiding Bishopric, Relief Society Presidency and General Authorities Announced at Mormon General Conference

News Release — 31 March 2012

The First Presidency of the Church announced new leaders in the First Quorum of the Seventy, the Presiding Bishopric, the Relief Society General Presidency and Area Seventies, at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 182nd Annual General Conference.

Coverage and News Media Resources from the 182nd Annual General Conference

News Release — 31 March 2012

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.

2011 Statistical Report for 2012 April General Conference

News Release — 31 March 2012

The First Presidency has issued the following statistical report of the Church as of 31 December 2011.

Millions to View Mormons’ 182nd Annual General Conference

News Release — 30 March 2012

Millions of Church members, friends and invited guests are expected to view the 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). All five conference proceedings will be held Saturday and Sunday, 31 March and 1 April 2012, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and can also be viewed live via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts.

Jesus Christ’s Life Leading Up to His Resurrection Portrayed in New Bible Videos

News Story — 30 March 2012

The last week of the Savior’s life, His crucifixion and resurrection, as described in the King James Version of the Bible, are portrayed in a series of film vignettes by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) entitled The Life of Jesus Christ.

President Monson Addresses Teens

News Story — 27 March 2012

“No one has described the teenage years as being easy,” explained Thomas S. Monson president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), during the annual General Young Women meeting, Saturday, 24 March 2012.

What Religious Freedom Requires of Us

Commentary — 26 March 2012

There is a paradox to religious freedom — a genuine gain arising from an apparent loss. The dilemma goes something like this: If you want your religious beliefs to be protected, you must protect religious beliefs that fundamentally differ from your own. This does not require an endorsement of those beliefs, but it does require a certain respect for them.

Mormon Apostles’ Most Important Duty: Testify of Jesus Christ

Blog Post — 23 March 2012

In a commentary on Patheos.com, James Faulconer, a professor of religious understanding at Brigham Young University, explains the role of an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their primary duty, which is outlined in the New Testament and other Latter-day Saint scripture.

City Creek Center Opens

News Story — 22 March 2012

An idea, a plan and more than seven million hours of work is now reality — City Creek Center, built on three downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, blocks, is now complete and open to the public.

Mormon Inner City Project Blesses Lives of Thousands

News Story — 21 March 2012

Inner city missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve from all walks of life: from physician to firefighter, from teacher to building contractor and from attorney to homemaker. Each pair of missionaries is assigned to an inner city congregation and then to several families within the congregation.

Harvard Hosts Mormon Apostle as Speaker

News Story — 21 March 2012

An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) addressed students at Harvard Law School on Tuesday during the annual Mormonism 101 series sponsored by the school's Latter-day Saint Student Association.

Mormon Volunteerism Highlighted in New Study

News Story — 16 March 2012

As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) continues to receive heightened media attention, a new study focuses on the generous charitable donations and volunteerism of active Latter-day Saints in the United States.

“In One Heavenly Family”: Scholar Terryl Givens on Proxy Baptism

Blog Post — 16 March 2012

Religion presents complex questions but also provides profound answers. The Mormon practice of proxy baptism solves a scriptural puzzle over which Christian theologians have wrestled for centuries. What happens to those who died without ever knowing Jesus Christ? What can be said of their salvation? Christ said that “except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Does this shut the heavens to millions upon millions of the unbaptized?

“On Faith” Blog: More Than a Mormon Moment

Blog Post — 15 March 2012

In his Washington Post “On Faith” forum post this week, Michael R. Otterson, managing director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Public Affairs Department, suggests that the journalist-produced term “Mormon Moment” is a cliché in need of revision.

How Religion is Vital to Society

Commentary — 12 March 2012

Religious instruction and belief remain today the lifeblood of society’s moral ethos. Not only does religion teach virtue, it catalyzes moral action. As such, religion plays an essential societal role warranting special consideration.

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Response: One Year Later

News Story — 9 March 2012

During a recent visit to Japan, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a senior leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), said the Japanese people are “an example for the whole world” in the exemplary way they have responded to the tragedy of the great east Japan earthquake that struck on 11 March 2011.

Church Humanitarian Aid Helps During Costly 2011 Disasters

News Release — 7 March 2012

Earthquakes, a tsunami and massive flooding have combined to make 2011 the costliest year for natural disasters on record according to a recently released Welfare Services report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Over One Hundred Tornadoes Afflict Southern and Midwest United States

News Release — 6 March 2012

More than 100 tornadoes in 12 separate states between 29 February and 3 March caused widespread damage and power outages in affected communities in the Southern and Midwest United States. Forty-nine deaths have been confirmed, and thousands of homes have been severely damaged or destroyed.

Mormon Apostle Encourages Civic Participation by All Citizens

News Story — 5 March 2012

On Sunday Elder Quentin L. Cook, a senior leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), encouraged both Church members and those not of the faith to participate in the political process wherever they live.

Mormon Newsroom Topic Pages

Blog Post — 5 March 2012

One of the key features of the MormonNewsroom.org website is the Topics section. This page links to hundreds of topics, such as temple garments, proxy baptisms and the practice of paying tithing, that provide basic information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). The topics pages are designed to provide helpful background and information to anyone who is unfamiliar with the Church. Here is a brief look at the type of topics covered:

First Presidency Issues Direction on Names Submitted for Temple Ordinances

News Release — 2 March 2012

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a letter on 29 February reiterating policies concerning submission of names for proxy temple ordinances.

Race and the Church: All Are Alike Unto God

Official Statement — 29 February 2012

The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. The Book of Mormon states, “black and white, bond and free, male and female; … all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). This is the Church’s official teaching.

The Church unequivocally condemns racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the Church.

Church Statement Regarding 'Washington Post' Article on Race and the Church

Response — 29 February 2012

The Church issued a statement today in response to news media requests regarding a Washington Post article.

Portland Oregon Temple Visitors’ Center Opens

News Story — 28 February 2012

A new Mormon visitors’ center has been completed and is open to the public. It is located next to the Portland Oregon Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Interfaith Friends Bring Music and Energy to Historic Mormon Tabernacle

News Story — 28 February 2012

“Many Faiths, One Family” was the theme of the Interfaith Musical Tribute, which was held in the historic Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City Sunday, 26 February 2012. The free concert was under the direction of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable and hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"On Faith" Blog: What Baptism for the Dead Means to Mormons

Blog Post — 23 February 2012

Michael R. Otterson wrote on the "On Faith" blog today about the Latter-day Saint practice of baptism for the dead.

Church Statement on Violations of Proxy Baptism Policy

Official Statement — 21 February 2012

In response to questions about violations of the Church's proxy baptism policy, the Church issued a statement.

Why Religious Freedom Matters to Mormons

Commentary — 20 February 2012

Religious freedom is both a lesson of Mormons’ history and a principle of their faith. From early American Baptists and Quakers to Catholics, Muslims and Jews, minority religious groups in the U.S. have suffered persecution. Mormons too have at times experienced intolerance. In light of Latter-day Saint history and teachings, Mormons remember that religious freedom is not to be taken for granted.

Wall Street Journal Praises Mormon Welfare Efforts

Blog Post — 20 February 2012

While marveling at the size of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new 570,391 square foot Bishops’ Central Storehouse (dedicated at the end of January), Naomi Schaefer Riley, writing in the Wall Street Journal, calls the new edifice “a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency.”

Affinity Fraud a Pernicious Crime, Church Representative Says

News Release — 15 February 2012

Affinity fraud is a despicable crime plaguing communities by preying "on the weak and unsuspecting," a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) told an anti-fraud conference sponsored by the Utah-based Fraud College.

Church Statement on Jewish Names Entered in Genealogical Database

Official Statement — 14 February 2012

The Church issued a statement today in response to news media requests regarding prominent Jewish names that were entered into the Church's genealogical database.

First Presidency Issues Letter on Utah Precinct Caucus Meetings

News Release — 13 February 2012

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has issued a letter to be read in all Utah congregations, which encourages Latter-day Saints to attend their local precinct caucus meetings.

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