Tuesday, 30 September 2014
- Mormonism in Pictures: Preparing for a Worldwide General Conference (LDS Newsroom)
The Conference Center has 21,000 seats; they will be filled five times between the 4th and 5th of October 2014 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ semiannual general conference.
- Church Provides Preview of Historic Site Under Construction in Pennsylvania (LDS Newsroom)
Work is under way by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to renovate historic property located in Oakland Township in northern Pennsylvania's Susquehanna County. Mormons believe the site, formerly called Harmony, is where Church founder Joseph Smith translated much of the Book of Mormon and the priesthood was restored.
- Mormon Church shoots film in Provo for Book of Mormon restoration site visitor center (Herald Extra - Utah)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is preparing to renovate an historic property located in northern Pennsylvania's Susquehanna County. The site is believed to be the location where LDS Church founder Joseph Smith translated much of the Book of Mormon. Local media were invited to a press conference in Provo, Utah on Sept. 29, 2014 for the announcement.
- Elder Christofferson speaks to Arizona young single adults (LDS Church News)
Urging a group of more than 1,200 young single adults to care more about each other and make a “magnificent difference,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at a devotional held in the Tempe Institute of Religion at Arizona State University on Sept. 20.
- LDS temples grow ever closer to members (Deseret News - Utah)
When her father, a lifelong Mormon, returned to active participation in the church in south Florida in 1981, the closest LDS temple to little Eliza Gomez was in Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 miles away.
Since then, Gomez, like millions of other Mormons, has seen new temples dot up closer and closer to her home, cutting down the time and sacrifice necessary to access the temple blessings, which are revered above all others by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- In Utah, Mormon chapels are here, there and everywhere (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
An old joke says it’s impossible to throw a pebble in any direction in Utah without hitting an LDS chapel. Or maybe two.
A data analysis by The Salt Lake Tribune shows that wisecrack may not be far from the truth.
- New Mormon Temple in Rome Fuels Polemics (Breitbart)
Rising from an expansive 15-acre plot just 11 miles from Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Mormon’s first temple in Italy shines tall and white.
The 140-foot temple, begun in 2010, will be the largest Mormon temple in Europe, and is scheduled to be inaugurated next year. The choice of 2015 is not a random date, but falls on the fiftieth anniversary of the first Mormon missions in Italy, an activity that has brought numbers of the faithful from just 1,400 in 1970 to nearly 30,000 today.
- Mormon women celebrate 40 years of faith and feminism (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
One morning in 1972, Susan Kohler was browsing the stacks at Harvard’s Widener Library when she came across a 19th century Mormon women’s newspaper called Woman’s Exponent. She started reading.
She was taken aback because the newspaper, published by Mormon women, took two seemingly contradictory stances: It was pro-polygamy and pro-suffrage. “I thought polygamy was abhorrent,” remembers Kohler, “but I couldn’t stop reading these female defenders of polygamy.” Their defense was that polygamy unburdened women from the weight of full-time marriage, freeing them to be true heads of household.
- Remembering Mormonism’s music man (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Alexander Schreiner had no time for mediocrity.
"In the first place one should avoid making a mistake, ever!" Schreiner, who played the Mormon Tabernacle organ for more than half a century, wrote. "When you start to learn something new, play it so slowly that the notes, the time and the rhythm are all played perfectly. Then gradually start to play faster, but it must always be played correctly."
- New Mormon Conference Center exhibit features brave women (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
This much is certain: Women are becoming even more visible at the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — at least in the building’s artwork.
Eleven new paintings of brave women from the Bible are on display on the west side of the plaza level, according to a news release on the LDS Church’s website.
- Mitt Romney to make his home in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Utah has always claimed Mitt Romney, and now Romney is making it official.
The former presidential candidate and his wife, Ann, decided "on a lark" to make their permanent home in Holladay after selling their town house in Belmont, Mass., according to a New York Times report.
- When it comes to Cougar sports, BYU’s president sure is game (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
Any fears Brigham Young University supporters have that their school’s new president isn’t one of them when it comes to sports fanaticism should be allayed by a one-word response — or is it four letters? — when Kevin Worthen was asked to list the one thing he couldn’t live without.
"ESPN," Worthen replied, referencing the television sports giant before noting that BYU-owned BYUtv is nice to have around, too.
- 2 LDS teens create video to share Mormon beliefs (Deseret News - Utah)
Madison Pritt, 16, and Sydney Christensen, 15, got their LDS ward members involved in sharing their beliefs online in response to a recent BYU Education Week speech by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
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