- Two Mormon Girls Numbered among Victims of Mass Shooting at Florida High School (Church News)
The family of Alaina Petty, a Mormon teen who was killed in Wednesday’s Florida school shooting rampage, is “heartbroken” by the loss of their loved one.
- Church Statement on Florida School Shooting (LDS Newsroom)
Once again we find ourselves as a nation and as communities faced with a tragic loss of life and incomprehensible sorrow following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Among the many injured or killed were two members of our faith. To all of the victims and their loved ones, we extend our love. These are hours filled with grief, emptiness and a terrible sense of loss. We unite our prayers with millions of others who are mourning and praying for them.
- Reason to rejoice: missionaries return to Puerto Rico (LDS Church News)
When Hurricane Maria’s lethal winds and rain finally subsided, Puerto Rico San Juan Mission President David Smart wandered about his neighborhood, searching for cell service.
After finally discovering a weak signal he dialed Church headquarters and uttered, perhaps, the happiest words he had ever spoken:
“All the missionaries are safe and accounted for.”
- Conference planned by black Mormons will feature black Mormons, talking about black LDS history and experiences (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
It’s an auspicious time for black Mormons, with an approaching anniversary that will be honored in workshops, conferences, speeches and celebrations throughout 2018.
- Histories of black Mormon pioneers remind us 'all are alike unto God' (LDS Church News)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Revelation on Priethood given to late Church President Spencer W. Kimball regarding priesthood availability to all worthy male members of the Church. And with the celebration of black history month in February, independent historian Amy Thiriot said it is “a joyous occasion and a fitting time to remember the earliest black members” in the Church.
- LDS blogger Corrine Stokoe shares 'real life love story' of husband's pornography addiction recovery (Deseret News - Utah)
Utah native Corrine Stokoe found peace and happiness after seven years of struggling with her husband’s recovery from a pornography addiction. In a Valentine's Day post on her blog, Stokoe opened up about her family's experience in an effort to provide others with hope.