- Will Mormon mission calls soon say Havana? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Now that Cuba will be open to U.S. visas for religious activities, that island nation may soon be flooded with evangelizers — including its first name-tagged Mormon missionaries.
- How would LDS be affected by renewed US-Cuba relations? (Deseret News - Utah)
Mormons don't need much imagination to think about what normalized U.S.-Cuba relations could mean for the LDS Church in the Pearl of the Antilles.
The thoughts of a mission-minded faith turned directly to missionary work in a communist nation with two small but growing congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- US-Cuba news holds special meaning for LDS (Daily Herald - Utah)
After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.
The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations came with the release of American Alan Gross and an unnamed US intelligence agent, and the freeing of three jailed Cuban agents. The longtime enemies announced they would move toward full diplomatic relations, and Washington said it would ease economic and travel restrictions.
- Elder Cook Reports Europe Area Focused on Work of Salvation (Church News)
After visiting the Church’s Europe Area in November, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reported that missionary, temple, and family history work is moving forward.
The majority of the trip, November 14–23, was focused in Portugal and Spain—where Elder Cook presided over stake conferences in the Porto Portugal North Stake and the Lléida Spain Stake, met with members and missionaries, and conducted leadership training meetings.
- Missionary Service a Tradition at West Point Military Academy (Church News)
Lying 50 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River, the United States Military Academy at West Point is a photographer’s dream. Along with the University of Washington and Brigham Young University, West Point’s Michie Stadium is rated in the top three most picturesque football stadiums in the nation.
- ‘Mayor Dan’ headed to church mission in Mexico (Spectrum - Utah)
Longtime St. George Mayor Daniel McArthur and his wife Bunny are brushing up on their Spanish after having been selected to serve a mission in Monterrey, Mexico, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
McArthur, 66, who finished his 20-year tenure as mayor at the end of 2013, will serve as mission president and preside over the church’s Monterrey West Mission, which covers a large section of the city and its 1.1 million inhabitants.
- 2014 in review: An unsettling year, with religion in a starring role (Washington Post)
In a series of online essays, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tried to carefully debunk popular caricatures of Mormon beliefs, a remarkable exercise in the real-time evolution of a distinctly homegrown American religion. No, the church said, Mormons don’t get their own planet in the afterlife, and no, there’s nothing “magical” about sacred temple garments. No, founder Joseph Smith didn’t literally translate an ancient Egyptian papyrus scroll as part of LDS scriptures, and yes, Smith practiced plural marriage — as many as 40 wives, the church conceded.
- Defending the Faith: A modern witness to the baby born in Bethlehem (Deseret News - Utah)
Tuesday, Dec. 23, will be the 209th anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Appropriately, this year as every year, that anniversary will be vastly overshadowed by celebrations of Christmas, the traditional birthday of the master he sought to serve.
- 'A light on the hill': Las Vegas Nevada Temple reaches 25-year milestone (Deseret News - Utah)
Jason Abbott remembers attending the dedication of the Las Vegas Nevada Temple with his family on Dec. 16, 1989. It was his 12th birthday. He saw the members of the First Presidency and other general authorities. He still has the handkerchief he waved during the hosanna shout. He wrote about the memorable event in his journal.
- Jabari Parker steps into the unpredictable NBA (Washington Post)
The infancy of Jabari Parker’s career has been interrupted by the cruel, premature end to his first NBA season. In a play that captured so much of why Parker has helped invigorate the Milwaukee Bucks, the rookie of the year favorite led a fast break with long, fluid strides that belied his size and still dumped the perfect pass to a teammate for a wide-open three-point attempt before crumpling to the floor in agony.
- Dream come true: Nobles fulfills goal of playing at BYU, now going to Final Four (Daily Herald - Utah)
She was just a little girl growing up in Colorado, dreaming of one day playing college volleyball for BYU.
Tambre Nobles earned the right to live that dream. Now she'll step on the floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday against Texas in the NCAA Final Four.
- 4 reasons the Big 12 won't take BYU (KSL - Utah)
In last week’s article, I highlighted reasons BYU would be a good fit for the Big 12 Conference. Here are four potential reasons the Big 12 would not take BYU.
- Dick Harmon: How a simple decision in the early '70s impacted BYU football in 2014 (Deseret News - Utah)
Here's how the late Fred Whittingham helped save BYU’s 2014 season.
Now, before some folks get all cranked up, hear me out.
This is a tale of relationships, a four-game losing streak, the loss of the remarkable Taysom Hill to a broken leg, and the emergence of walk-on Christian Stewart.