- LDS Family Services providing free online profiles for parents wanting to adopt (Deseret News - Utah)
For the next 12 months, LDS Family Services will pay the monthly fee for qualifying hopeful adoptive parents to post profiles on Adoption.com, which birth parents use to select families to adopt a child.
- LDS Church to provide financial aid to Mormon couples looking to adopt (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Less than a year after LDS Family Services discontinued its adoption services, it is joining up with Adoption.com to give some LDS families profiles on the popular online adoption network.
Adoption.com/lds was launched Monday to link prospective LDS parents to birth parents. All families identifying as LDS will appear on the site. However, LDS Family Services will pay the $99 start-up fee and $199 monthly fee for couples who meet certain requirements. Eligible couples must have had their marriages sealed in an LDS temple and possess current temple recommends, a bishop's endorsement and a current adoption home study.
- Review: Mormon Tabernacle Choir wraps up American Choral Directors Association national conference (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Salt Lake City was choral central this week as thousands of singers, conductors and composers converged downtown for the American Choral Directors Association national conference. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir wrapped up the week with a crowd-pleasing concert in the Conference Center.
Santino Fontana made his third visit to the Conference Center in seven months, once again charming the multitude with his assured delivery of show tunes, spirituals and a medley of songs about happiness. Soprano Sylvia McNair proved equally charming and delivered the evening's best line: "Friends do not let friends clap on beats 1 and 3."
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir Inducted Into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame (LDS Newsroom)
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. The announcement was made on Thursday, February 26, 2015, prior to the choir’s concert for the American Choral Directors Association national conference in Salt Lake City.
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform at Yankee Stadium (YES Network)
The New York Yankees announced today that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has added a pregame set at Yankee Stadium to their previously announced Atlantic Coast Tour schedule this summer.
On Friday, July 3, the 360-person Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform a brief medley of patriotic songs from the field at Yankee Stadium before singing the national anthem prior to the start of the Yankees' 7:05 p.m. game vs. Tampa Bay.
- Church Dedicates Pasta and Mill Plant in Northern Utah (LDS Newsroom)
The new Deseret Mill and Pasta plant, 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, was dedicated Thursday, February 26, 2015. It is a food production facility to provide some of the basic staples of life to those in need. Another important benefit, said Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the opportunity for members of the Church and others to provide service.
- LDS Charities Hosts Conference to Discuss Help for Refugees (Church News)
A sizable majority of the workforce at the Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City is refugees. Most are women and very few are Church members. But almost all are making giant strides in their daily trek to self-reliance and assimilation into their new culture. That’s great news for many refugee families who have known only fear and hopelessness.
- 7 things to see at the LDS Film Festival (Daily Herald - Utah)
The LDS Film Festival kicks off Wednesday at the SCERA Center for the Arts. Now in its 14th year, the festival has steadily grown to include more than 20 feature films and documentaries this year. Here are seven films and events worth checking out.
- Mormon woman who uttered historic prayer gets new assignment (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
There's a change coming to the LDS Primary's general presidency, which directs programs for Mormon children up to age 12.
On Saturday, the faith's Church News announced that first counselor Jean A. Stevens — who, in April 2013, became the first woman to offer a public prayer at an LDS General Conference — will be accompanying her husband, Mark Stevens, as he presides over the London LDS mission, starting in July.
- ‘I think we’re going to make history together’: LGBT groups, LDS Church close to final religious liberty/nondiscrimination bill (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The long-awaited marriage of religious liberties and prohibitions against housing and employment discrimination may come as early as Tuesday — with gay-rights advocates heralding the arrangement and conservative organizations uneasy with the outcome.
- Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly loses last appeal; husband to resign from Mormon church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Ordain Women co-founder Kate Kelly has lost her final appeal to regain membership in the Utah-based LDS Church.
The activist, who is pushing for female ordination to the all-male Mormon priesthood, received word Saturday from her former lay leader in Virginia that the faith's governing First Presidency had rejected the appeal of her June 2014 excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Raised Mormon, actor Claybourne Elder is uniquely qualified for ‘Angels in America’ (Kansas City Star - Missouri)
Claybourne Elder considers himself an ex-Mormon.
But when you talk to the Utah-raised actor, you get the idea that there’s more involved than simply embracing or rejecting a belief system.
He might be “ex,” but he descends from generations of Americans who created their own brand of Christianity based on revelations delivered on golden plates by an angel to a living prophet in upstate New York.