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120 years of pioneering genealogy (LDS Church News)

FamilySearch International, the Church’s worldwide Internet genealogy service and the largest such service in the world, is observing a milestone this month: 120 years since the formation of its forerunner the Genealogical Society of Utah.

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  • 120 years of pioneering genealogy (LDS Church News)
    FamilySearch International, the Church’s worldwide Internet genealogy service and the largest such service in the world, is observing a milestone this month: 120 years since the formation of its forerunner the Genealogical Society of Utah.
  • Elder Robert B. Harbertson, LDS general authority and USU basketball star, dies at 82 (Deseret News - Utah)
    Elder Robert B. Harbertson, a former LDS leader known for his story about a snake tricking a young boy and for making a tournament-winning buzzer beater for Utah State at Madison Square Garden in 1952, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was at 82. Elder Harbertson was part of a historic group called to a five-year term in the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1984. Previously, all members of the Seventy served lifetime terms. During his tenure, the church created a Second Quorum of the Seventy, to which he was transferred and from which he was released in October 1989.
  • Monday set aside for the Bible (Daily Herald - Utah)
    Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being asked to start the week of Thanksgiving by sharing their testimony and love of Bible scriptures at noon Monday as part of International Day of the Bible. "At noon on Monday, members are encouraged to share their belief in the Bible on social media," said a church news release issued Thursday. "This could be a favorite verse, a video, or some other creative way of sharing while using the hashtag #BibleCelebration.
  • 'Candy Bomber' highlights local German Remembrance Day (LDS Church News)
    German communities worldwide gathered Nov. 16 to observe Volkstrauertag — the German veterans day. Counted among the many formal commemorations was Utah’s own German National Day of Remembrance Day — an event held each year at Fort Douglas Cemetery. Utah’s Volkstrauertag has a specific purpose. Folks from the local German-American community and their friends pay tribute to the 41 German prisoners of war who are buried here. The annual program offers people of all backgrounds a moment to pray together for remembrance, peace and healing.
  • 'Book of Mormon' overlooks power of faith (Tennessean)
    I have heard that the musical "The Book of Mormon," which has performances this week in Nashville, is witty and well-written. It follows the fictional adventures of two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Uganda. I have also heard that one of the themes of the musical is that people of faith are naive if they believe their faith can help make the world a better place. As a former full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I understand the value of faith in changing individual lives and communities. I lived and worked in the African countries of Zambia and Malawi for 18 months. During my service as a missionary, I saw hearts healed and burdens lifted by applying Christ's teachings from the pages of the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
  • BYU Management Society honors LDS slugger (Deseret News - Utah)
    For almost two decades, LDS baseball player Dale Murphy terrorized pitchers — belting almost 400 homers and driving in more than 1,200 runs. Twice while playing for the Atlanta Braves he was the National League’s Most Valuable Player. But Brother Murphy’s personal reputation stretched beyond his feared prowess at the plate. His superior character — inside and outside of the diamond — made him one of pro sports “Good Guys.”
  • Submit Artwork for “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” Competition (Church News)
    Every three years, artists from around the world participate in a theme-based competition hosted by the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. Many well-beloved pieces of LDS artwork have come from these competitions. Submissions for the 10th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum will be accepted February 27, 2015.
  • Capturing 'Mormon Faces': LDS mother, daughter share goodness on Instagram (Deseret News - Utah)
    A fascination with people and a desire to share goodness led Sandi and Claire Gentry — a mother and daughter from Ladera Ranch, California — to create an Instagram account they titled “Mormon Faces.” They believe “everybody has a story, no matter who you are,” and they are on a mission to share those stories. Sandi, a mother of six, felt an increased responsibility to share the gospel when her oldest son, Parker, left to serve a mission in Madrid for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She thought about all the members of the LDS Church she knows and had the idea to create an Instagram account featuring Latter-day Saints.
  • Wyoming couple celebrates 81st wedding anniversary (LDS Church News)
    On Nov. 25 in the small town of Byron, Wyoming, Edwin and Geraldine NeVille will celebrate their 81st wedding anniversary. Brother and Sister NeVille, members of the Byron Ward, Lovell Wyoming Stake, first met in high school and married when they were 18 and 16 years old, respectively.
  • Faith important for one LDS weightlifter (News-Press - Missouri)
    When Marissa Klingseis was on the platform at the Senior World Weightlifting Championships, she knew she wasn’t alone. For the 19-year-old weightlifter and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, religion has always been an important part of her life and weightlifting routine.
  • Faith important for one LDS weightlifter (News-Press - Missouri)
    When Marissa Klingseis was on the platform at the Senior World Weightlifting Championships, she knew she wasn’t alone. For the 19-year-old weightlifter and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, religion has always been an important part of her life and weightlifting routine.
  • The Return of Mormon Polygamy? (The American Conservative)
    Ross Douthat has a thought-provoking reflection on the future of religion, both globally and in America. He says that it’s dangerous to assume that the future will look like the present, only moreso. Which Catholics in 1940 would have foreseen something as epochal as the Second Vatican Council, coming just 20 years later? Who could have anticipated that China is on track to having the largest Christian population in the world, and that Africa would be sending missionaries to the West? But here we are. Douthat calls attention to Will Saletan’s Slate piece saying that the Mormon Church has a clear theological method to change doctrine, has done so (on polygamy and other issues), and will do it on homosexuality eventually. Saletan points out that the Mormons have a history of changing doctrine to make it easier for them to get along in American society.
  • Mormons grappling with their history (Baptist Press)
    Leaders within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are speaking more openly about Mormonism's controversial history and teachings. Even as Mitt Romney's presidential bid drew the national spotlight to Mormonism in 2012, leaders of the nearly 180-year-old religion expressed concern about its future.

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.

Alma 42:4

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