Thursday, 18 September 2014
- Two apostles visit Northern South America, where LDS Church continues to grow, mature (LDS Church News)
When Elder Juan A. Uceda, who presides over the South America Northwest Area, joined the Church in 1972, there was one stake in his homeland of Peru. The nearest temple was found in Mesa, Arizona.
- Share Your Stories During “Meet My Grandma” Campaign (Church News)
Everybody has two grandmothers, and the Church’s FamilySearch International is soliciting stories about them during a worldwide Meet My Grandma campaign, September 20-29.
“At the heart of the campaign is a 90-second video that we created that is purely and truly international in its scope,” said Brad Lowder, international marketing manager for FamilySearch.
- LDS Church invites movie goers to "Meet the Mormons" (Herald Extra - Utah)
A film originally designed and slated for viewing in the Legacy Theater in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City is instead being released to first-run theaters across the country with an invitation to "Meet the Mormons".
The feature-length production premieres Oct. 10.
The PG-rated film is financed and distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a first for the church. It is shot in documentary format and will be translated into 10 languages.
- Thousands of Africa’s Youth Gather in First FSY Conferences (Church News)
Nearly 2,400 West African youth, ages 14–18, participated for the first time in For the Strength of Youth programs in the countries of Ghana, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast.
All four events took place during school vacation time in August, which also made school campuses available for the large groups of LDS young men and young women, counselors, and leaders who gathered together for their five-day conferences.
- LDS volunteers clean river trail, neighbor's property and collect food (Arlington Times - Virginia)
Two congregations in Arlington spent more than 250 man hours Sept. 10–13 in support of the Puget Sound Day of Service commemorating 9/11.
Members of the Stillaguamish and Arlington Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donned their yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” vests and reached out to provide community service.
- New academic calendar begins in Fall 2015 (BYU-Hawaii news release)
Starting in 2015, BYU–Hawaii will be implementing a new academic calendar. In an academic year, there will now be three equal 14-week semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Fall semester will begin in August and go through October. Winter will start in November and finish in February with a two-week break for Christmas. Spring semester will begin in March and continue through the first week of June. There will then be a seven-week summer break between Spring and Fall semesters. Each semester will be formatted the same, having the same number of weeks and more consistent course offerings as well as a graduation ceremony following each semester. This means that graduates will be able to walk once they complete their coursework instead of walking first and then attending another session or semester.
- The Surprising Science Behind “Supremely Happy” People (Church News)
Hank Smith, a seminary instructor, author, and speaker known for his youth devotionals, was surprised that so many people showed up to hear him speak at BYU Education Week. He attributed the healthy attendance to the topic he had extensively researched for his presentation, “The Science of Happiness.”
- Brigham Young’s Favorite Hymn (Patheos)
On April 8, 1877, Brigham Young delivered a sermon on the occasion of his imminent departure from the St. George Temple. Many observers of Young’s multifaceted career forget how significant temple-building was for him and for his legacy. “We shall build Temples over north and South America,” Young declared in 1875 while planning the construction of a temple in Manti, Utah. Twenty years earlier, he had expressed his hope that men and women would one day work in “thousands of Temples” in order to redeem the world.
- Ordain Women will take its message local (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Leaders in the Ordain Women movement have announced a new tactic — rather than making a big public statement by marching to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, they are going local.
In October 2013 and again in April, hundreds of women walked en masse to the heart of Mormonism to ask for standby tickets to the all-male priesthood session of the semiannual LDS General Conference as a sign that they were ready to take on the responsibilities of ordination, currently reserved for men and boys starting at 12 years old.
- BYU football: Zac Stout’s return to BYU tearful, but gratifying (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
In BYU’s 33-25 win over Houston last week, Cougar linebacker Zac Stout tackled Ryan Jackson in the end zone for a safety, handing the home team its first two points and setting off a raucous celebration on the sidelines and in the stands.
4 And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.
Understanding the Savior’s freely given atoning love can free us from self-imposed, incorrect, and unrealistic expectations of what perfection is."
"Becoming Perfect in Christ" - Elder Gerrit W. Gong, July 2014