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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.

Music and Inspiration Highlight Mormon Latino Devotional

Blog Post — 15 November 2011

Spanish-speaking members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enjoyed this year’s annual Latino devotional, “En la Luz de Su Amor” (“In the Light of His Love”). Elder Claudio D. Zivic of the Seventy, a native of Argentina, and Elder Gary B. Doxey, of the Seventy, shared uplifting messages associated with the conference’s theme, and a large choir provided beautiful music sung entirely in Spanish.

Utah Compact One-Year Anniversary Marked by Utah Community Leaders

News Story — 11 November 2011

Utah community, business, political and faith leaders gathered today to mark the one-year anniversary of the Utah Compact, a document that lays out a responsible approach to the urgent challenge of immigration reform.

Catholic Community Services Honors Salt Lake Humanitarians

Blog Post — 11 November 2011

Welfare Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was honored 10 November 2011 along with other community leaders by Catholic Community Services of Utah (CCS). The Deseret News reported on the event.

Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple Opens Doors to Public

News Release — 9 November 2011

The public was recently invited to tour the recently finished Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Church Statement Regarding Missionary Deaths in Texas

News Release — 9 November 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Tuesday:

Two missionaries were killed and another was injured when a vehicle struck all three while they were riding their bikes in Donna, Texas Tuesday evening. Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, Utah and Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, of Fairfield, Idaho were killed. Elder Zachary Todd Harris, 19, of Huntsville, Alabama was rushed to a nearby medical center, but has now been released from the hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missionaries involved in this tragic incident. We pray that they will be comforted as they mourn the loss of their loved ones, who served others selflessly as missionaries.

Honduran First Lady Meets
with First Presidency

News Release — 8 November 2011

The first lady of Honduras, Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo, met with President Thomas S. Monson and President Henry B. Eyring of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tuesday, 8 November 2011.

Football Star Will Hopoate Gives Up Millions for Missionary Service

Blog Post — 7 November 2011

Turning down million-dollar contract offers for two years of nonprofit service might seem silly to some. But that’s just what 19-year-old Australian rugby star Will Hopoate did in May when he chose to become a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) instead of accepting a lucrative offer to keep playing rugby.

Christianity: Following Jesus in Word and Deed

Commentary — 3 November 2011

For Latter-day Saints, being a Christian means being a disciple of Jesus Christ, loving and worshiping Him above all.

CNN: Diversity Reflected in Church's Congregations

Blog Post — 3 November 2011

Eric Marrapodi, co-editor of CNN’s Belief Blog, has penned an insightful piece that highlights the growing diversity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

President Monson: To Follow Christ, You Choose to Change

News Release — 1 November 2011

Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, emphasized the importance of following Christ to students and faculty at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Tuesday morning.

‘On Faith’ Blog: The Real Mormons Behind TV Advertising

Blog Post — 31 October 2011

Church Public Affairs managing director Michael Otterson uses his Washington Post “On Faith” forum space this week to explain why the "I'm a Mormon" ads are successful.

The Economist: Mormons Are Christians

Blog Post — 28 October 2011

During the past few weeks there have been many articles and commentaries published regarding what it means to be a Christian. One piece, published in The Economist on Wednesday, states:

It's always been my understanding the necessary and sufficient condition of being a Christian is that you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and saviour....

Church Partnering to Help
East Africa Drought Victims

News Story — 26 October 2011

The worst East African drought conditions in 50 years have left more than 13 million people in urgent need of assistance, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is working with various other organizations to coordinate the distribution of aid in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.

Senator Lieberman Talks Religious Freedom at BYU

News Story — 25 October 2011

Current U.S. Senator, and former vice-presidential nominee, Joseph Lieberman delivered a speech today emphasizing the importance of religious liberty at the Church-owned Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

European Year of Volunteering Showcases Mormon Helping Hands

News Story — 25 October 2011

Project Helps Children with Cancer

On a well-traveled street in Berlin, Germany, recently, passers-by stopped at the Mormon Helping Hands display at the Sony Center and experienced a hands-on service project. The daylong event on 16 October 2011 allowed Mormon Helping Hands volunteers to help the people of Europe catch the spirit of volunteering by engaging them in helping children with cancer.

Deseret News Highlights Church-Service Missionary Program

Blog Post — 25 October 2011

Many recognize the image of young men and women missionaries riding bikes and wearing name tags as a symbol of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). But these are not the only missionaries giving service and spreading the message.

Groundbreaking Held For Sapporo Japan Temple

News Release — 22 October 2011

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Sapporo JapanTemple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) was held Saturday amidst wind and rain, marking the beginning of the Church’s third temple in Japan and sixth in Asia.

New Zealand Mormons Respond to Children’s Needs in Fiji

News Story — 19 October 2011

As a young girl growing up in rural Fiji, Ledua Kollinisau says there were very few books at her school. Today, she says, reading books are still scarce in the remote parts of Fiji.

Apostle Asks Senate Finance Committee to Preserve Deductions for Charitable Giving

News Release — 18 October 2011

Elder Dallin H. Oaks testified before the Senate Finance Committee today, imploring government leaders not to reduce the tax deduction for personal charitable donations.

Perpetual Education Fund Infographic

News Release — 17 October 2011

Perpetual Education Fund (PEF) Infographic.

The Perpetual Education Fund: A Decade of Changing Lives

News Story — 17 October 2011

In 2001 Gordon B. Hinckley, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced a “bold initiative” to help faithful young members of the Church in developing nations who were trapped in a cycle of poverty.

BYUtv Documentary Details Coming Forth of King James Bible

Blog Post — 17 October 2011

BYUtv aired the first of a three-part documentary on Sunday, 16 October, titled, Fires of Faith: The Coming Forth of The King James Bible. The sacred text’s impact on religion is detailed in more than 130 reenactments filmed in eight different countries (including actual sites where original events transpired), and 18 international scholars and religious leaders provide insight into the book’s origin.

A Christ-Centered Faith

Insights — 13 October 2011

Over the past several days, the Church has received a flood of inquiries from media asking about the Church’s belief in Christ and other tenets of our faith. As part of the ensuing conversations, Church representatives have referred media to pages on mormon.org that explain clearly our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of mankind, and to the following scripture from the Book of Mormon:

“We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in, study and seek to live by the teachings found in the Old and New Testaments. We also believe the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. As the verse above plainly teaches, Christ is at the center of our worship, study, service and faith, and we believe this is clearly demonstrated in the lives of more than 14 million members in over 130 countries around the globe.

“On Faith” Blog: How Do Mormons Answer “Not Christian” Claims?

Blog Post — 12 October 2011

Recent political events have once again brought the “Mormons aren’t Christians,” “Mormons are a cult” epithets into the national spotlight. In his “On Faith” commentary this week, Church Public Affairs managing director Michael Otterson suggests why people make such claims and shares his own experience of being labeled not Christian.

Groundbreaking Held for Payson Utah Temple

News Release — 8 October 2011

Thousands braved light rainfall and temperatures in the 30s Saturday to witness Elder Dallin H. Oaks preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Payson Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

Elder Hales Thanks Members for Faith and Prayers

Blog Post — 7 October 2011

Many members and friends of the Church have expressed concern for and interest in Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Hales suffered health challenges earlier this year that affected his mobility and endurance. As a result, he was not able to speak in the April 2011 general conference. His presence at the October general conference is an indication of the improvement he has made since the problems arose.

Church Response to "Not Christian" Statement

Blog Post — 7 October 2011

In response to media calls regarding comments made by a Baptist minister at a political event stating that Mormons are not Christians, the Church issued the following statement today:

We really don’t want to comment on a statement made at a political event, but those who want to understand the centrality of Christ to our faith can learn more about us and what we believe by going to mormon.org.

Beloved Actress, Acclaimed Baritone to Perform in Annual Christmas Concert

News Release — 6 October 2011

Actress Jane Seymour and opera star Nathan Gunn will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their 2011 Christmas concerts, titled “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.” Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy will conduct the concerts.

MSNBC: Hispanics Rely on Church Resources to Find Their Roots

Blog Post — 6 October 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing people of Hispanic descent a digital index of Mexico's 1930 census. In addition to including the information in the FamilySearch index for names, the Church is providing Ancestry.com with the information as well.

October 2011 World Report

Blog Post — 5 October 2011

The October 2011 edition of The World Report, a semiannual report of news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), is now available.

“I’m a Mormon” Media Campaign Expands Across United States and Australia

News Release — 3 October 2011

There is a widespread conversation taking place about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members, and starting Monday, 3 October 2011, Mormons in 13 major cities in the United States and Australia will be taking part in that conversation in a more direct way.

Coverage and News Media Resources from the 181st Semiannual General Conference

News Release — 1 October 2011

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. The proceedings are available in 93 languages via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. Five sessions of the conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, 1-2 October 2011, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Releases Announced for Church Leaders

News Release — 1 October 2011

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the release of several members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, the Second Quorum of the Seventy and Area Seventies at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 181st Semiannual General Conference on 1 October 2011.

Photos of the Speakers from the 181st Semiannual General Conference

News Release — 1 October 2011

News media and bloggers will find high-resolution, downloadable photos of the speakers at the 181st semiannual general gonference of the Church on this page. This page will be updated throughout the conference.

New Temples Announced for France, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming

News Release — 1 October 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to build new temples across the globe to meet the needs of an expanding worldwide membership. Today the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced six new temples during the morning session of the faith’s 181st Semiannual General Conference.

What Three Words Describe the Faith of a Latter-day Saint (Mormon)?

Blog Post — 30 September 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ main Facebook page, which has more than 513,000 fans, recently posed the question, “What three words describe your faith as a Latter-day Saint?”

Mormons Invited to Submit General Conference Videos

Blog Post — 29 September 2011

In an effort to capture a glimpse of how Latter-day Saints experience general conferences, the Church’s Media Services Department encourages Church members to submit videos of their October 2011 conference experience by 1 November 2011.

Thousands to Attend 181st Semiannual General Conference

News Release — 27 September 2011

More than 100,000 Church members, friends and invited guests are expected to attend the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“On Faith” Blog: Mormons and General Conference

Blog Post — 27 September 2011

With another general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just days away, Church Public Affairs managing director Michael Otterson this week uses the Washington Post “On Faith” space to discuss this worldwide event that originates from Salt Lake City.

Church Marks 50 Years of Interpretation at General Conference

News Release — 23 September 2011

The process of interpretation, the spoken transfer of information from one language to another, actually began with the October 1961 session of general conference, now a 50-year landmark of service.

Unique Project Tells Story of Early Icelandic Mormons

Featured — 23 September 2011

Iceland is nearly 4,000 miles from Utah, but the two places are tied together by the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now this shared story is the subject of a unique international project and a new museum exhibit.

From Dirt Floors to Digital Delivery: 50 Years of General Conference Interpretation Technology

News Release — 23 September 2011

The Church’s wide-ranging interpretation effort — which celebrates 50 years of general conference interpretation this fall — is made possible in large part by cutting-edge technologies.

Mormons in the Northwest United States and Canada Pitch In to Help Communities

News Release — 22 September 2011

Museum repair, pear harvesting and wall building were just a few of the service projects completed by thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Northwest Area Day of Service on 17 September 2011.

All Smiles at Operation Smile Breakfast

Blog Post — 21 September 2011

The Utah Chapter of Operation Smile recently recognized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the 75th anniversary of its welfare program and gave thanks for the faith’s support. The praise came at the organization’s fund-raising breakfast in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 20 September 2011.

Mormon Helping Hands Clean and Comfort

News Story — 21 September 2011

“It felt like a million pounds lifted off my shoulders,” was the reaction of an elated New Jersey widow after Mormon Helping Hands volunteers cleaned her flooded basement. In late August, between the damage of Hurricane Irene and rain, the Saddle River overflowed its banks. The water poured into the widow’s basement as well as other homes, destroying furniture, walls, carpet and possessions. In some cases even the main floor of homes was damaged.

Church Breaks Ground for Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Trujillo Peru Temples

News Release — 17 September 2011

A new building will soon be added to the Philadelphia skyline. Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the help of local community leaders, broke ground for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple on Saturday, 17 September 2011.

Rebuilding Japan: Supplies Donated to Sendai Fishermen; Missionaries Restore Shinto Shrine

News Story — 15 September 2011

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) continues to help in the effort to rebuild Japan since March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Two recent efforts include the donation of a new industrial size ice maker to fishermen in a small village near Sendai, and the restoration of a Shinto shrine in Tagajo.

“On Faith” Blog: "From the Bible to the Book of Mormon"

Blog Post — 13 September 2011

In the Washington Post "On Faith" blog this week, Church Public Affairs managing director, Michael Otterson puts to rest some common misconceptions about the Book of Mormon.

Faith Keeps Texas Families Close in Spite of Fires

Blog Post — 13 September 2011

Austin, Texas, television station YNN interviewed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently concerning their plight with the devastating and destructive fires. The reporter indicated that victims are pulling together because of their faith and the close bond with family.

Mormon Apostle Urges Tolerance, Wisdom in Promoting Religious Freedom

News Release — 12 September 2011

In an address to young adults on 11 September titled “Truth and Tolerance,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke of four key principles that should govern religious participation in the public square.

Tom Brokaw on 9/11, America and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Blog Post — 11 September 2011

Revered network news anchor Tom Brokaw joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Music and the Spoken Word for a special tribute on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Brokaw gives his thoughts about 9/11, the ten years that have passed since that tragic day, and what it meant to work with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Hurricane Irene Cleanup Update

News Story — 9 September 2011

Last week, Newsroom reported on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ initial cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Many cleanup events have taken place since then. Two of the most recent humanitarian efforts occured in New Jersey and North Carolina.

Mormon Helping Hands Paint, Garden and Clean in the UK

Blog Post — 9 September 2011

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donned their familiar Mormon Helping Hands yellow vests to do some volunteering throughout the United Kingdom recently.

President Monson, Other Religious Leaders Share Thoughts on 9/11 Anniversary

News Release — 8 September 2011

As the United States commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The Washington Post has invited notable religious leaders to pen their thoughts.

Astute Reporting Reveals Then Corrects Misconceptions

Blog Post — 7 September 2011

In a Los Angeles Times piece by Robin Abcarian covering how evangelicals may vote in the next election, the reporter, to the benefit of her readers, does not let comments from a less-than-informed source stand as fact. Journalists have the difficult task of reporting on what people think or believe about a situation, which can be instructive, while also informing readers about what the actual facts are.

Groundbreaking Announced
for Payson Utah Temple

News Release — 7 September 2011

The Church announced today that the Payson Utah Temple groundbreaking will take place on 8 October 2011. Elder Dallin H. Oaks will preside at the 9:00 a.m. meeting. Other information about the groundbreaking will be released as it becomes available.

Informed Reading in This "Mormon Moment"

Blog Post — 2 September 2011

GetReligion.com, a respected blog that critiques and discusses reporting on religion, today covered the importance of inquiry and attribution in religion journalism. Terry Mattingly points to a blog post in a publication called Religion Dispatches that “demonstrates what happens when this process breaks down or, worse, is ignored.”

Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Tom Brokaw to Remember 9/11

News Release — 2 September 2011

Revered news anchor Tom Brokaw joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square for a special Music and the Spoken Word which commemorates the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. The special, entitled “9/11: Rising Above,” will air on radio, television, cable networks and Internet channels around the country.

Africa Mormon Helping Hands Celebrate Five Years by Volunteering

News Story — 31 August 2011

More than 120,000 hours of service were rendered in over 40 African countries, Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius in celebration of the 5th Annual All Africa Mormon Helping Hands day Saturday, 20 August 2011.

First Standardized International Church Newsroom Website Launched

News Release — 30 August 2011

This week, Newsroom took another step forward in its Web outreach with the launch of its Mexico Newsroom website, saladeprensamormona.org.mx.

Deseret Industries More Than a Thrift Shop

Blog Post — 30 August 2011

The Salt Lake Tribune recently profiled a new Deseret Industries store recently built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sugar House, a neighborhood in Salt Lake City. We provided  information about the dedication and opening of the store in June.

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