Friday, 19 December 2014
- LDS Church to create new missions in Utah and Washington in 2015 (Deseret News - Utah)
The LDS Church will announce the creation of at least two new missions next year, based on social media posts and other reports.
- LDS Church approves Utah Orem Mission (Daily Herald - Utah)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approved a new Utah Orem Mission that will open about July 1, 2015, according to a letter sent to missionaries in the Utah Provo Mission through mission office communications.
- Idaho Falls temple to close for 19 months starting next year (Standard Journal - Idaho)
The Idaho Falls Temple will be closed for over 18 months for renovations the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday.
According to a news release from the LDS Church, the temple, located on 1000 Memorial Drive in Idaho Falls, will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2015 to Oct. 2016.
- BYU upsets Texas, reaches NCAA volleyball national championship match (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
For two teams with big hitters and even bigger blockers, it was the small things that made all the difference.
The ability of unseeded BYU to take care of serving, passing and digging spelled the difference in a 3-1 national semifinal upset win over second-seeded Texas (25-20, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24).
With the win, the Cougars (30-4) advance to the NCAA Championship match for the first time in school history. Saturday night, BYU will face the winner of the second semifinal, either top-seed Stanford or fifth seed defending champion Penn State.
- Hamson and Gray step up big to get BYU past Texas and into the NCAA championship game (Deseret News - Utah)
BYU coach Shawn Olmstead likes just about all his hitting options during critical moments. But toward the end of a hotly contested fourth set in Thursday’s NCAA semifinal match against No. 2-seeded Texas, he had one particular option in mind: Jen Hamson.
- After sharp decline, Mormon numbers in Washington County stabilize (SU Independent - Utah)
Mormon numbers in Washington County seem to be leveling for now, a marked change to the plummeting LDS-faith population trend seen from 2000 to 2009 throughout the state of Utah.
Due to the influx in growth from newcomers throughout the 2000s, Washington County’s population dramatically jumped from 90,354 persons in 2000 to 138,115 in 2010, but Mormon numbers were left behind on a trending decline. In 2000, 67 percent of Washington County residents were Mormon, but by 2009, that figure had dropped to 61 percent. In 2010, the LDS percentage rose to 62 percent in Washington County and the figure has stayed steady for the past 4 years while the county has trailed off in growth.
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