Friday, 30 September 2016
- 186th Semiannual General Conference Under Way in Salt Lake City (LDS Newsroom)
Final preparations are under way on Temple Square in Salt Lake City for the remaining sessions of the 186th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Coverage and News Media Resources from the 186th Semiannual General Conference (LDS Newsroom)
General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City and reaching a global audience estimated to be in the millions. The October 2016 proceedings are being interpreted live into more than 80 languages and are available in 94 languages total via television, radio, satellite and Internet. Six sessions of the conference are being held September 24, October 1 and October 2, 2016.
- See Inside New Hartford Connecticut Temple (Church News)
The Hartford Connecticut Temple opens to the public on Friday, September 30. Photos of the interior and exterior of the first temple in Connecticut are below.
The open house will go through Saturday, October 22, except for Sundays. A
Open house tickets may be reserved on tickets.lds.org or by calling 1-855-537-2000.
- New temple highlights Mormon church growth, bucking national trend (Christian Science Monitor)
At a time when many Christian denominations are experiencing declines in membership in the US, one sect's numbers have continued to grow: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church.
Granted, the rate of growth has slowed in recent decades, recently hitting its lowest level in more than 70 years. But the steady increase still marks a significant contrast to many other denominations, as fewer and fewer Americans choose to identify with an organized religion.
The first Mormon Temple in Connecticut, set to open this week, is the latest reflection of expansion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is only the second in New England, joining one in the suburbs of Boston.
- Members across the globe respond to 'I Was a Stranger' relief effort (LDS Church News)
Almost exactly six months ago, Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, stood before the women of the Church to discuss the plight of refugees. In her address on Saturday, March 26, during the general women’s session of the 186th Annual General Conference, she described the tremendous difficulties facing some 60 million refugees across the globe.
- Star Valley temple: ‘It’s all about happiness' (LDS Church News)
Late one night a few months ago, Peggy Frome stepped out into her yard on the east bench of Afton, Wyoming. Although she couldn’t see the darkness, she could feel it.
“It was almost thick darkness. I could hear something, probably an owl. It was kind of cold. I didn’t feel safe,” she recalled.
- Scholar Discusses Joseph Smith’s 1844 Presidential Election Campaign (Church News)
In a season when election news is dominating the headlines, Susan Easton Black regaled a Church History Museum audience on September 15 with an account of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s U.S. presidential campaign of 172 years ago.
- LDS apostle to Utah Mormons: Remember, we were once in the minority (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Mormons may dominate Utah's religious landscape, but they must not be domineering, especially in their interactions with outsiders, a top church leader counseled Salt Lake City area Latter-day Saints.
Apostle M. Russell Ballard, addressing 220 stakes (regional groups of LDS congregations) in a sermon live-streamed earlier this month from downtown's Conference Center, cautioned members to recall the times when their Mormon ancestors were in the minority and suffered "persecution and discrimination."
- Elder Scott D. Whiting speaks on 'Fixing Your Eyes' on prophets at BYU-Hawaii devotional (LDS Church News)
Elder Scott D. Whiting, General Authority Seventy, spoke on the importance of the Lord’s prophets at a BYU-Hawaii devotional on Sept. 27.
Elder Whiting began by recalling a childhood playground with a man-powered merry-go-round. “I would watch kids playing and laughing and having a good time. Every now and again, I would give it a go only to end up feeling sick, dizzy and miserable,” he said.
- 'Comics and Mormons': Colorful, interactive exhibit at BYU (Deseret News - Utah)
Batman. Superman. Captain America. Wonder Woman.
Each of those iconic characters first appeared, of course, in comic books in the years surrounding World War II. For aficionados of the popular medium, it marked the “Golden Age” of comics.
- Online instructors help BYU-Idaho lead the way in educating students worldwide (Deseret News - Utah)
It is a weekday afternoon and three of Kami Howard’s four children are home from school. Her husband is still at work, and her children are doing their homework in the living room of their home. This school year marks a big year for her family — her oldest, 18, recently moved away from home to attend college.
- Tyler Haws: One of my most influential teachers was my bishop (Deseret News - Utah)
I believe that some of the greatest teachers in our lives are the ones who show love and invite us to act on true doctrine. One of my life-long heroes and teachers is my close friend President Buzz Butler. He was my bishop for many years and now serves as the stake president in the Alpine Utah West Stake. I felt President Butler’s friendship, love, and encouragement from a very early age. He saw things in me that I did not see myself. He had an inspiring vision for my spiritual life that made me want to follow the gospel.
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