- Visitors Tour Phoenix Temple during Open House (Church News)
In Arizona’s capital and largest city, visitors are touring the new Phoenix Arizona Temple during an open house that runs through Saturday, November 1.
- Mormon Church peels back mystery of sacred undergarments (Washington Post)
For years, the Mormon Church’s undergarments have been mocked and misunderstood. Often referred to jokingly as “magic Mormon underwear,” the garb, which resembles a T-shirt and shorts, has been ridiculed on Broadway, referenced in political campaigns and exploited online for profit. That’s why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has come forward to explain one of its most sacred Mormon mysteries.
The church released a four-minute video on its Web site, comparing the white two-piece cotton “temple garments” to the priest’s cassock, nun’s habit, Jewish prayer shawl, Muslim’s skullcap and Buddhist monks’ saffron robes. It rejected the perception that the garments have protective powers.
- Mormon church explains undergarments, denounces 'magic Mormon underwear' jokes (Christian Science Monitor)
The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.
The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website compares the white, two-piece cotton "temple garments" to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.
- Researching Family History: FamilyTree — Gathering 'a book containing the records of our dead' (Deseret News)
In his inspired address titled "The Book” at general conference earlier this month, Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defined “... a book containing the records of our dead which shall be worthy of all acceptation" (see Doctrine and Covenants 128:24).
- Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 20 October (LDS Newsroom)
Women of the Church’s Relief Society in Lithuania got busy in August sewing quilts for infants living in a community children’s home — 14 hours later the 90 quilts were completed
- Wright Words: A day in the life of Mormon missionaries in Norman, Oklahoma (Deseret News - Utah)
This spring I spent time trailing missionaries from the Maryland Baltimore Mission serving in two very diverse areas: north Baltimore and my home ward in cozy Woodstock, Virginia.
- Same-sex couples can now get married in the five most Mormon states (Washington Post - Washington, D.C.)
From Alpine, Utah, to Queen Creek, Ariz., same-sex couples can now marry across the “Book of Mormon Belt.”
- Seattle Mormons’ outreach to gays yields a spiritual feast (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The recent outreach effort to Mormon gays and lesbians in one Seattle LDS congregation was a "tremendous success," with attendance swelling to three times the usual number, according to participants.
- 'Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration' comes to Netflix (Deseret News - Utah)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to make its media library more accessible to the general public. Most recently, the movie "Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration" was made available on Netflix, according to Larry Richman of LDS Media Talk.