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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.

Arizona Invites Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Perform in State’s Centennial Celebration

News Release — 12 February 2012

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square  joined the state of Arizona in celebrating 100 years of statehood.

Upgrades to the Newsroom Site

Blog Post — 10 February 2012

Today MormonNewsroom.org (previously Newsroom.lds.org), the Church's official website for news media, opinion leaders and the public, has an updated front page.

Elder Maynes Called to Serve in the Presidency of the Seventy

News Release — 10 February 2012

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) announced that Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Quorum of the Seventy has been called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy.

10th Anniversary of 2002 Winter Olympics Remembered

Blog Post — 8 February 2012

Like many other Utahns, we recall fondly the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Clearly the games were a community effort made possible in large part by the thousands of volunteers that lent their time and talents to welcome the many visitors and athletes to our state. It was a thrill to help support these efforts and those of the organizing committee to make the games a success.

Church Representative to Address Affinity Fraud

Blog Post — 7 February 2012

A Church representative will speak on 15 February at the Fraud College, a Utah-based organization that promotes fraud awareness and education. Michael Otterson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (Mormon) Public Affairs managing director, will address the importance of making all people, including members of religious organizations, aware of the dangers of affinity fraud. While senior Church leaders have repeatedly warned against fraud, this is the first time a Church representative has spoken at the Fraud College.

Church Issues Statement on Appeals Court Prop 8 Ruling

Official Statement — 7 February 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement regarding the decision on Proposition 8 by a federal appeals court in California.

Why We Need Religious Freedom

Commentary — 3 February 2012

Religious freedom, or freedom of conscience, is critical to the health of a diverse society. From its very beginning, the United States has been home to a wide range of religious beliefs.

Traditional Christianity and the Latter-day Saints

Blog Post — 3 February 2012

The issue of whether Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are Christian is not a new one, but the current media climate has caused the question to be revisited in both private and public conversations. No matter the circumstances, the underlying question is an important one and a matter whose implications reach well beyond the momentary news cycle.

Mormon Missionary Experience Recounted by Journalist

Blog Post — 1 February 2012

Being a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) is a positive and challenging experience for the women and men who volunteer. In an interview with the Research on Religion podcast (supported by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion), Deseret News associate editor Allison Pond discusses her mission to Russia in the late 1990s.

Ancestry Easier to Discover Thanks to Worldwide Genealogy Volunteers 

News Release — 31 January 2012

Indexing is something that can be done by anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Volunteers come from all walks of life; the only requirements are a computer with Internet access (though indexing can be done while disconnected as well) and the ability to read cursive handwriting and type what they see.

Church Representative Speaks at Poynter Institute

Blog Post — 27 January 2012

Michael R. Otterson, managing director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed journalists at the Poynter Institute’s conference, “Politics and Religion: Getting It Right in 2012," on 8 December 2011.

New Bishops' Central Storehouse Ready to Serve the Needy

News Release — 27 January 2012

A new state-of-the-art storage facility is helping The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) more efficiently serve the needs of people who are struggling to feed their families.

'On Faith' Blog: Mormons and the Practice of Tithing

Blog Post — 25 January 2012

Michael R. Otterson, managing director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), dedicated his On Faith blog post this week to addressing the Latter-day Saint practice of tithing.

Dr. Robert L. Millet: A View on Interfaith Respect

Blog Post — 24 January 2012

On 12 January 2012 Robert L. Millet, professor of religion and emeritus dean of religious education at Brigham Young University, gave a devotional message about the importance of interfaith outreach. 

Youth Come Together to Commemorate 100 Years of Seminary

News Story — 23 January 2012

Youth gathered in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and around the world to celebrate 100 years of the seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What Religious Freedom Means

News Release — 23 January 2012

Religious freedom is a fundamental freedom that runs deeper and reaches farther than many realize. Most Americans know that religious freedom is one of the most basic freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Seminary Program Celebrates Century of Teaching Mormon Teens

News Story — 19 January 2012

In 1912, adjacent to Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thomas J. Yates assumed the challenging task of organizing and teaching the first seminary class of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Seminary 100th Anniversary Commemorated in Worldwide Broadcast

News Release — 19 January 2012

President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will speak at a broadcast on the 100-year anniversary of the Church’s seminary program, where high school age students learn about the Holy Scriptures.

Kansas City Missouri Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced

News Release — 19 January 2012

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has announced open house and dedication dates for the Kansas City Missouri Temple.

Bishop Burton Joins Leaders to Promote Religious Freedom and Marriage

Blog Post — 17 January 2012

Last Thursday, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, H. David Burton, joined 38 prominent leaders of different faiths in signing a letter advocating traditional marriage and religious freedom.

Pew Mormon Study Highlights Christianity, Religiosity of Latter-day Saints

News Release — 12 January 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons’ faith, beliefs and practices translate to satisfaction with their lives according to a report studying members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States released today by the Pew Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

"On Faith" Blog: Mormons in the Mainstream

Blog Post — 12 January 2012

On the “On Faith” blog today, Michael Otterson comments on the study on Mormons released today by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:

Over the years we’ve learned quite a bit from opinion polls about how Americans view Mormons. Clearly, there is a big knowledge gap about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, complicated by a lot of erroneous assumptions.

But this morning we saw something different with the release of an important study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which put questions to Mormons themselves about how they see their place in the religious and secular world, and what they think is important about their own faith. It delivers some fascinating data.

Read the full blog post at the Washington Post here

Read the Church's official news release regarding the Pew study

Church Launches New Hong Kong Newsroom Website

Blog Post — 4 January 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)has launched the Hong Kong Newsroom website: mormonnewsroom.hk.

An Introduction to Religious Freedom

News Release — 3 January 2012

For many people in the world, there are few things more precious than freedom. Freedom — the power to live as one would choose — is one of the great sources of human dignity. Exercising freedom correctly is also one of the great responsibilities that humans hold. We continue to grapple with how to define our freedoms, how to understand them, and how they should be both cultivated and tempered. At the heart of these questions, we find one of the most fundamental of all freedoms: freedom of religion.

Wall Street Journal: Pop Star David Archuleta to Benefit From Serving Mission

Blog Post — 30 December 2011

An op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal Friday highlighted American Idol pop star David Archuleta’s announcement that he plans to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survey Lists President Monson Among Most Admired in the World

Blog Post — 29 December 2011

Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is listed among the most admired people in the world according to a Gallup/USA Today poll.

Prof. Michael McConnell on Religious Freedom

Blog Post — 28 December 2011

Last month the Deseret News ran an opinion piece titled, “Is religion special?” by Michael W. McConnell, a Stanford Law Professor and former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Year in Review: 2011 Another Year of Progress for the Church

News Release — 27 December 2011

New temples were announced and others dedicated, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was thrust into the public eye in what has been called the “Mormon Moment.”

Interfaith Concert Inspires Donations to Food Pantry

News Release — 22 December 2011

Two Christian religions came together in December to present a Christmas concert and to collect food for the local pantry.

Latter-day Saint Worship: Keeping the Spirit of Christmas Throughout the Year

Blog Post — 21 December 2011

Every year, Latter-day Saints gather with family and friends and recall the tender scene of “the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

Meridian Idaho Temple Site Announced

News Release — 19 December 2011

The site for the Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been selected. The new temple will be constructed at 7345 North Linder Road, a few blocks north of the intersection of North Linder Road and Chinden Blvd.

Philippines Hit with Widespread Destruction by Tropical Storm Washi

News Release — 19 December 2011

Tropical storm Washi, which hit the southern Philippines island of Mindanao in the early hours of Saturday, 17 December, triggered flooding and landslides causing widespread destruction and hundreds of deaths.

Elder Quentin L. Cook Delivers Speech on Morality and Religious Freedom

News Release — 16 December 2011

In a timely speech Friday, an apostle stressed the importance of restoring the principles of morality and religious freedom to modern society.

Elder Quentin L. Cook: "The Restoration of Morality and Religious Freedom"

News Release — 16 December 2011

In a timely speech Friday, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stressed the importance of restoring the principles of morality and religious freedom to modern society.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Thrills Tens of Thousands

News Story — 16 December 2011

Music, stories, dancers and the colors of the season will fill the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, this weekend as capacity crowds in the tens of thousands attend the Church’s annual Christmas concert.

'On Faith' Forum: 'Pure Religion' in Wake of Utah Wind Storm

Blog Post — 14 December 2011

A 1 December wind storm with gusts of more than 100 miles per hour caught many northern Utah residents by surprise. Michael Otterson, Public Affairs managing director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), tells what it was like to be a part of the storm cleanup in a Christian community the following Sunday.

Divine Revelation in Modern Times

Commentary — 12 December 2011

The idea that God communicates with mankind challenges some modern sensibilities. A distant God, the thinking goes, is a safe God. And though many religious people believe God spoke to prophets in antiquity, they often limit divine revelation to the past. This puts members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a unique position. Mormons believe “all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and … that He will yet reveal many great and important things” (Articles of Faith 1:9).

Church Dispels Rumors Regarding Tennessee Canning Facility

Blog Post — 12 December 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has received a number of inquiries about an alleged visit by federal officials to a Church canning facility in Tennessee seeking information about those who use the facility. The Church has investigated these claims and there is no basis for the rumors.

Dedication Held for Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple

News Release — 11 December 2011

The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple was formally dedicated Sunday, in three sessions by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

BibleVideos.lds.org and Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos App Viewed By Thousands

News Story — 9 December 2011

The new Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos website from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) now includes an app.

Actors Share Nativity Experiences With Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos

Blog Post — 8 December 2011

What would it be like to witness firsthand the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ? Actors who took part in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (Mormon) Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos project had this opportunity, if only in a vicarious way.

Wheelchair Project Benefits Young and Old

News Release — 7 December 2011

“In my old wheelchair, it was slow, slow, and I had to move softly,” explained Rizal, the recipient of a new wheelchair from Latter-day Saint Charities and Rumah Amal Cheshire Homes. He had been using an old wheelchair that was too small and not sturdy enough. Now he has a new “Rough Rider” wheelchair that fits him properly and will carry him into the future on rougher sidewalks and roads at no cost to him.

Indonesian Water Project Brings Clean Water to 28,000 Villagers

News Release — 7 December 2011

The sounds of ancient music from the island of Java resounded among the high mountains above Solo, Indonesia on a very special day. That day celebrated the completion of the pipeline that brought clean, fresh water flowing to four villages for the first time.

Newsroom Now on Google+

Blog Post — 6 December 2011

Newsroom launched a new Google+ page today to provide another way for journalists, bloggers and others to follow the site. The Newsroom has had a presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for some time now. The Newsroom profile on Google+ is intended to serve those who are using that social media site.

First Presidency Introduces BibleVideos.LDS.org at Christmas Devotional

Featured — 4 December 2011

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) urged Church members to focus on Jesus Christ this holiday season, and also announced the launch of a new “Life of Jesus Christ” Bible video website at the annual First Presidency Christmas Devotional.

The First Presidency 2011
Christmas Message

News Release — 3 December 2011

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its 2011 Christmas message.

Kyiv Ukraine Temple Receives Construction Award

Blog Post — 29 November 2011

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has received first place for the best religious building constructed in Ukraine in 2010.

Hundreds of Christmas Nativities Exhibited at Historic Kirtland

Featured — 28 November 2011

The American Bus Association has named the “Wise Men Still Seek Him Nativity Exhibit” at Historic Kirtland, Ohio on its top 100 list of places to visit.

Christmas on Temple Square

Featured — 25 November 2011

The day after Thanksgiving not only attracts multitudes to local shopping centers, but also brings thousands to Christmas on Temple Square – a month-long event focused on the birth of Jesus Christ that draws hundreds of thousands of guests and tourists each year.

U.S. Senate Recognizes Church’s 75th Anniversary of Welfare Program

Blog Post — 23 November 2011

This month the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Welfare Program. Aside from noting the program’s historic anniversary, the resolution congratulated, “the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the significant contribution that its Welfare Program has had on United States citizens and many people throughout the world; and commend[ed] the many efforts made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members, through its Welfare Program, to serve others regardless of religious affiliation.” The full text of the resolution can be read here.

A Thanksgiving for Religious Freedom

Commentary — 21 November 2011

In the United States of America and many other nations around the world, people are grateful to God for their blessings during this time of year; among these blessings is that of religious freedom .

Texas Communities Remember Missionaries
Killed in Tragic Accident

News Story — 20 November 2011

In an outpouring of support, people in the south Texas communities of Weslaco and McAllen attended a memorial service honoring  two Mormon missionaries. Elder Trevor Reinholds Strong, of Taylorsville, Utah, and Elder Derek Jason Walker, of Fairfield, Idaho were remembered at the service Sunday, 20 November.

Church Expands Donations to Japan

News Release — 16 November 2011

One day shy of eight months from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled to a remote area along the coast of Tohoku, Japan, and presented equipment and supplies to the devastated fishermen in that region. The donation is in addition to the support already given by the Church in Sendai and other villages this year.

Ground Broken for Fortaleza Brazil Temple

News Release — 15 November 2011

Ground was broken today for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Church's seventh temple in Brazil. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided over the ceremony.

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