- Young Women: Sharing goodness on social media (LDS Church News)
We live in a day when everyone who chooses to speak has a voice. Through modern technology we can send messages to family, friends and hundreds of others in just seconds.
- Women leaders visit southeastern United States (Deseret News - Utah)
Members of the Church’s Relief Society, Young Women and Primary were in the southeastern area of the United States on Sept. 11-14 to meet with local Church leaders.
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, and Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, visited congregations in South Carolina and Georgia, where they attended meetings with five different congregations and held a couple of evening devotionals in Atlanta.
- BYU campus devotional: Constructing spiritual stability (LDS Church News)
Spiritual stability is crucial to successfully navigating one’s earthly experience, said Elder Dale G. Renlund during the campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Sept. 16.
“For us to successfully navigate our mortal sojourn, we also need sufficient lateral stability — that is spiritual stability — to confront cross-winds and cross-currents, make the necessary turns and return safely home to our heavenly home,” said Elder Renlund of the Seventy.
- Utah missionary’s funeral planned for Saturday (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The family of a Utah Mormon missionary will finally lay him to rest Saturday morning.
Connor Thredgold, of Springville, and a fellow missionary were found dead in their Taipei apartment Aug. 23. Taiwan news agencies reported that the two, 19-year-old Thredgold and 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Op-ed: Catholics could learn from Mormons’ eternal marriage (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
When Pope Francis married 20 couples two weeks ago, it was the first time a pope had done so in over a decade. It’s too bad Francis seems to think half of all marriages aren’t valid.
The pope said as much last year when he was asked on the papal plane about communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. His predecessor in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, the pope remarked, "used to say that as far as he was concerned, half of all marriages are null. But why did he say this? Because people get married lacking maturity, they get married without realizing that it is a lifelong commitment, they get married because society tells them they have to get married."
- Civil Society and the Church (LDS Newsroom)
Drive through any city and you’ll see steeples or domes aspiring in the skyline. These houses of worship have a way of both standing out and fitting in. Businesses, town halls and residents join them as neighbors. Children walk by them on their way to school. Yet come Sunday morning, a different purpose emerges. The spiritual ideal of a church spreads beyond the spires where few notice the homeless shelters, hospitals and soup kitchens. Like the religious people that run them, the difference they make is felt more than seen.
- FamilySearch Initiative Invites People to #MeetMyGrandma (LDS Newsroom Blog)
If you could share one story about your grandma, what would it be? That’s the question nonprofit FamilySearch International is asking people throughout the world to respond to as part of its worldwide #MeetMyGrandma social media campaign, 20-30 September.
- Face to face with David Archuleta (LDS Church News)
It is the first time the Church has ever done a live face-to-face event for youth. Returned missionary and former American Idol finalist David Archuleta spoke with youth in 91 countries doing two separate one-hour events, one in Spanish and one in English. The broadcast went to more than 34,000 video streams around the world, some in front of up to 80 youth on one stream at LDS meetinghouses and in homes.
- Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at Philmont Ranch (Church News)
The annual Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held at the Philmont Scout Ranch operated by the Boy Scouts of America in Cimarron, New Mexico. The first session will be held from June 27 through July 3 and the second from July 4 through July 10, 2015.
- The Orchestra at Temple Square Celebrates 15 Years with Concert (Church News)
The Orchestra at Temple Square will celebrate its 15th anniversary with one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved works, featuring 19-year-old piano prodigy George Li under the direction of acclaimed conductor Igor Gruppman.
- Snohomish and Island counties get a ‘Day of Service’ from LDS and others (HeraldNet - Washington)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations from throughout Snohomish and Island counties spent Sept. 13 cleaning up cemeteries, parks and schools as part of the “Day of Service.”
The south Whidbey Island ward worked on the Bayview Cemetery near Freeland, said Frank Thornton, 79.
- Mormon Pavilion at world's fair 50 years ago set the stage for future outreach to the public (LDS Church News)
Its impact can be hard to imagine in the Internet age, but 50 years ago, when the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65 was staged, it was a chance for many people to experience an array of world culture and glimpse the technological dazzle of the future.
For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it represented groundbreaking methods of taking the gospel message to multitudes.
- California ward's garden is missionary and teaching tool (Deseret News - Utah)
Latter-day Saints in Carpinteria have been busy planting the seeds of missionary work in their backyard.
What started out as a chest-high, weed-infested lot behind the meetinghouse for the Carpinteria Ward in the Santa Barbara California Stake has turned into a community garden where members of the Church and community gather to harvest the fruits of their labor.
- BYU-Idaho President gets criticism, support after posting dress code reminder (Fox 13 - Utah)
The President of Brigham Young University-Idaho has drawn messages of both criticism and support after he posted a reminder to students regarding the school’s dress code.
BYU-Idaho is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and students agree to abide by an honor code, which includes a dress code more strict than is found at many colleges in the country.
- Mormons, Mobilization, and the GOP (High Country News)
On Oct. 8, 2008, several elite leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—also known as the LDS or Mormon Church—went on air and urged members in California to boost their involvement in defeating the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. The LDS Church was one of the last to join the Protect Marriage Coalition, mostly comprised of conservative religious groups, including Catholics, Orthodox Jews, but they were certainly not the least. Elder M. Russell Ballard’s call to action was clear.