- Construction of Rome Italy Temple to Resume at Normal Pace (LDS Newsroom)
In recent months, progress on the Rome Italy Temple slowed due to contractor difficulties not related to this project. Those challenges have been addressed, and work will soon resume at a normal pace....
- BYU-Idaho devotional: 'Accomplishing the impossible' (LDS Church News)
“The Lord uses the unlikely to accomplish the impossible,” Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told students at Brigham Young University-Idaho during a campus devotional on Jan. 27.
- Church Announces Open House Dates for Indianapolis Indiana Temple (Church News)
The First Presidency has recently announced the open house and dedication dates for the Indianapolis Indiana Temple.
The temple open house will be available to the public for tours beginning Friday, July 17, 2015, and will run until Saturday, August 8, 2015. The open house will be closed Sundays. A cultural celebration will be held Saturday, August 22.
- Balancing LGBT, religious rights won’t be easy, Mormon leaders concede (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
In the tug of war between religious freedom and LGBT rights, neither side will get everything it wants, two Mormon apostles said Thursday.
"Neither right is an absolute," explained Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a former Utah Supreme Court justice. "Each has exceptions."
But neither Oaks nor fellow Mormon apostle D. Todd Christofferson would offer any guidance on how the Utah Legislature should balance the two sometimes-conflicting notions or where to draw the lines defining the exceptions to each interest.
Instead, Oaks said, their mission was to put forward principles and then "encourage the two extremes to talk to each other."
- Advocates Examine Mormon Church's Stance On LGBT Rights (NPR)
Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people celebrated when the church announced support for anti-discrimination laws. But now they are taking a closer look at the statements.
- Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism (NPR)
Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.
- LDS Church asking Mormons for input on temple garments (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
In October, the LDS Church added a video and photos to an essay about its temple clothing — including two-piece underwear known as "garments" — as a way to deflect misinformation on social media and in the popular press.
Now The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking members for feedback about the fit, fabric, size and style of garments. And many Mormon feminists are cheering — and eagerly sharing their opinions.
- LDS missionary preparation begins earlier than ever (LDS Church News)
There was a time, not long ago, when prospective missionaries could bank some post-high school “life experiences” before reporting to the mission field.
Most young men had at least six months or so after graduation before they celebrated their 19th birthday. During that time, many future missionaries began focusing on their gospel studies while attending college or maybe working a full-time job.
- Romney to tell supporters his 2016 plans Friday (CNN)
Former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made a decision on whether to go forward with a third presidential bid and will tell to supporters which way he is going in a Friday morning call, a source familiar with Romney's plans tells CNN.
Another Romney source said "the call is an 'update' call with finance, political, policy and grassroots leadership around the country." While Romney will not officially announce his plans for 2016, he will clarify whether he is moving towards a run or pulling back from the prospect.
- Fox News Poll: Romney remains top of GOP field, Clinton leads Democrats (Fox News)
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the front-runners for their respective party’s presidential nominations. In addition, Romney performs best against Clinton among the Republicans tested in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, coming out dead even.
That’s according to the latest Fox News poll, released Thursday.