Wednesday, 16 April 2014
- President Uchtdorf, Other Faith Leaders Meet With President Obama on Immigration (LDS Newsroom)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today reaffirmed its position on immigration as the White House met with religious leaders to discuss immigration reform.
- LDS leader, Obama meet to push for immigration reform (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
A top LDS Church official joined fellow faith leaders to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging action on immigration reform that has so far stalled in Congress.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson, said outside the White House that he’s hopeful for a break in the partisan logjam preventing meaningful reform.
- LDS Church reaffirms stance on immigration (Deseret News - Utah)
Congress has a window of opportunity to approve common-sense immigration reform and should act, faith leaders, including President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Tuesday after meeting with President Barack Obama.
"The president mentioned in our conversation in the Oval Office he would not use executive orders through the summer because he hopes Congress can find a solution," President Uchtdorf told the Deseret News. "Executive orders aren't permanent. A law can provide a comprehensive, common-sense solution.
"I think there is a window of opportunity now."
- Elder Lynn G. Robbins: Call to Presidency of the Seventy (LDS Church News)
Since being called as a General Authority in April of 1997, Elder Lynn G. Robbins has enjoyed the “sweet blessing of becoming acquainted with saints all over the world.”
“You feel an immediate bond with people wherever you go,” he said. “It is immediate.”
- Tad R. Callister: New Sunday School general president (LDS Church News)
Decades before his recent call as Sunday School general president, Sunday School had already played a pivotal role in the life of Brother Tad R. Callister.
It was while he was serving as Sunday School president in a student ward at Brigham Young University in 1967 that he became acquainted with his future wife, Kathryn L. Saporiti.
- Salt Lake City's Secret to Escaping the Recession (National Journal)
...One of the striking data points about Salt Lake City is its low unemployment compared with the national rate. It seems that Salt Lake escaped the aftermath of the recession better than most places. What's the secret?
There were a few things that helped us. One is that we have a very diverse economy; it's not like we were completely dependent on one sector. Certainly another key factor was that just before the recession started, the LDS church started to think about building a $1.5 billion downtown development called City Creek Center. There was a mall in its place once, but now it is an example of one of the first LEED-certified, true mixed developments. The LDS church paid cash for that development. As Lane Beattie, head of the Salt Lake Chamber says, the difference between Salt Lake and other cities is that in Salt Lake the cranes kept moving. So really, there was virtually no slowdown in development.
- Spending a day with Provo missionaries (Universe - Utah)
It was 6:34 a.m. when I nervously knocked on the door.
You know those moments when you feel like running away from something you know is going to be hard, maybe a bit uncomfortable and potentially life changing? This was one of those moments.
I nervously pulled at my skirt and wondered what the heck I was doing as I waited for the BYU North sisters to open the door to their apartment. I was there to document a “day in the life” of missionaries serving in Provo, and to be completely honest, I was terrified.
- Fresh off LDS mission, BYU transfer Baker Pritchard keeps perspective during Oregon State Beavers spring practices (Oregonian)
Baker Pritchard spent the past two football seasons in Honolulu, sharing his Mormon faith with anyone willing to listen.
The 6-foot-3, 244-pound defensive lineman knocked on doors, assisted families with household chores and mowed lawns. Once or twice a month, he cleaned ships at Pearl Harbor.
- Food Drive a success for Food Bank (Melfort Journal - Canada)
The Melfort Food Bank and the Melfort LDS Church teamed up on Saturday, April 12 for a Food and Bottle Drive. In total they collected nearly 3,000 pounds of food, which is just short of their 5,000-pound goal. The entire event was deemed a success.
“We were ecstatic about the whole thing,” Perry Froc, who was one of the organizers for the LDS Church, said.
- Wright Words: Despite horrific fire, Mormon couple has inspiring message for the world (Deseret News - Utah)
With fresh tears filling her eyes and dangling from her long lashes, Naomi Avery looked at me and summarized the theme of our nearly three-hour-long interview.
“God loves us.”
Naomi said the words quietly, but with confidence. Dirk, her husband, smiled warmly, squeezed her arm and nodded in agreement.
- Atheist leader: ‘Mormonism demonstrates the power of indoctrination’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The Beehive State will be swarming with atheists this week as their national convention gets under way in Salt Lake City.
As many as 700 nonbelievers will be on hand for the gathering, which runs Thursday through Sunday.
As a "warm-up event," the group is featuring a panel discussion at Salt Lake City’s Main Library with two Mormon professors from LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University and two atheist experts.
38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us."
President Thomas S. Monson