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June 13, 2019

Answer Questions the ‘Right Way in the Right Time,’ Apostle Tells Church Educators (Church Newsroom) (June 13, 2019)
Seminary and institute teachers today received instruction and guidance from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during an annual worldwide training broadcast designed to help them fulfill their roles as teachers and mentors for young members of the Church.

Fiji Village School Gets New Teacher's Quarters (Church Newsroom) (June 13, 2019)
In May, the Kade Village School on Fiji's Koro Island received much needed improvements. A new teacher's quarters was handed over by LDS Charities, which is funded by personal contributions from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and friends from around the world.

Saints quarterback Hill shares thoughts with audience at annual prep sports banquet (Daily Comet - Louisiana) (June 13, 2019)
In case you were still wondering, Taysom Hill thought it was pass interference. The New Orleans Saints do-it-all quarterback discussed the blown call in the NFC championship and more at the Best of Bayou Preps Banquet Wednesday night where he was the guest speaker. The Courier and Daily Comet newspapers honored the best prep athletes at the event, which was held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.

20 women had a group date with a Mormon millionaire last week, but his identity remains unknown (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 13, 2019)
Organizers of an exclusive matchmaking event for an unidentified Latter-day Saint millionaire bachelor say a dinner social with 20 prospective women last week was a success and that their client was “blown away by the quality of the women.”

Authorities ask for help identifying vandals responsible for graffiti on church in Eagle Mountain (Fox 13 - Utah) (June 13, 2019)
Authorities are asking for help identifying the vandal(s) responsible for graffiti on a church in Eagle Mountain. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office states they were notified about graffiti on a meetinghouse owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 7944 Smith Ranch Road in the Ranches area of Eagle Mountain.

June 12, 2019

Apostle Thanks State of Kuwait for Formally Recognizing the Church (Church Newsroom) (June 12, 2019)
In February — and for the first time in more than 40 years — the State of Kuwait gave official recognition to a religious organization. That organization is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At Global Faith Forum, Apostle Shares Seven Ways Religions Can Help Society Prosper (Church Newsroom) (June 12, 2019)
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to global faith leaders gathered in Japan Saturday about seven ways religions can address sustainable development goals that can achieve peace and help people thrive and care for the planet. Elder Gong was joined at the sixth annual G20 Interfaith Forum by his wife, Susan, and Sister Sharon Eubank (who participated on a Sunday panel) of the Church’s Relief Society General Presidency.

The most reliable prevention for anxiety, according to President Oaks (Church News) (June 12, 2019)
Feeling impressed to speak on anxiety and living in stressful times, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, told BYU-Hawaii students that the most reliable prevention of anxiety in eternal terms is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sister Cordon and Sister Harkness Say African Women Are a Powerful Force for Change (Church News) (June 12, 2019)
Looking out over a crowd of women in Cape Town, South Africa—women of all ages and all colorfully dressed—Sister Lisa L. Harkness felt impressed to hum a simple hymn. After just the first few notes of “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet,” a swell of music rose around her, encompassing her and overwhelming her quiet hum.

52 fun MMP facts (Daily Herald - Utah) (June 12, 2019)
For over 50 years the Mormon Miracle Pageant has been performed. In that span, millions of people have witnessed the pageant’s story unfold on the hill beneath the Manti Temple. A list of 52 fun pageant facts has been compiled:

What color is joy? Utah artist explores meaning through art (KSL - Utah) (June 12, 2019)
For Salt Lake City-based artist Kendra Burton, art has always been a part of her life. “I feel like it was in me,” Burton said, reflecting on her life’s artistic journey.

Ex-bishop sent to jail for sexual misconduct, lewdness with teens (KSL - Utah) (June 12, 2019)
After his Latter-day Saint bishop inappropriately touched him in 2016, it took a Draper teenager two years to tell his parents what had happened. “Keep in mind, I thought he was my friend,” his mother remembers her son saying when he finally came forward.

June 11, 2019

First Presidency Welcomes Delegation from Vietnam’s Committee for Religious Affairs (Church Newsroom) (June 11, 2019)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Tuesday with a delegation headed by Vietnam’s Committee for Religious Affairs (CRA). The delegation was in Utah Tuesday through Thursday to meet Church, government, religious and academic leaders.

Elder Gong addresses 'faith, hope and goodwill' at G20 Interfaith Forum in Japan (Church News) (June 11, 2019)
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Tokyo, Japan, on June 8. Addressing the conference theme, "Peace, People Planet: Faith, Hope and Goodwill in Pathways Forward," Elder Gong delivered the following address titled, "Seven Ways Religious Inputs and Values Contribute to Practical, Principle-Based Policy Approaches."

Boyd Matheson: Sister Eubank shares practical, tactical, 'small and simple' strategies during G20 Interfaith Forum (Church News) (June 11, 2019)
As the G20 Interfaith Forum entered its final afternoon, the "Ideas to Action" discussion — what I viewed as the critical session — was about to begin. It was time for some “therefore, what?” questions and answers. But as is often the case in large conferences, such sessions are easy to get lost in lofty ideas and academic exercises.

How President Nelson’s Visit Made Dreams Come True in Orlando (Church News) (June 11, 2019)
In the hours before President Russell M. Nelson entered the Amway Center here Sunday evening, June 9, Disney show director Ken Malquist looked at the electronic ribbon circling the arena and explained the pattern had its origins on the Orlando Florida Temple.

Basketball led Church's first African-American General Authority to Christianity (Church News) (June 11, 2019)
Prior to receiving a PhD in accounting from Arizona State University, Peter M. Johnson was employed by a major international accounting firm and in academics before accepting a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Alabama in 2011.

Gay, Republican and Mormon: Politician Nathan Ivie breaks new ground for Utah (Los Angeles Times - California) (June 11, 2019)
He got into his black pickup with the rifle his father gave him when he was a boy. He figured it would take him about a half-hour to get to the foothills. Country music played on the radio, but Nathan Ivie barely heard it. He wore a light jacket. The weather had turned chilly that morning. Orange leaves on trees were beginning to make their last stand.

Stained-Glass Artists Share What It’s Like Contributing to Temples around the World (Church News) (June 11, 2019)
When someone mentions the beauty and art of stained glass, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds likely has more to do with Europe and Catholicism than it does with Utah and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But when it comes to modern stained-glass installations, both Utah and the Church are gaining recognition. For Tom and Gayle Holdman of Holdman Studios, located in Lehi, Utah, stained glass—or art glass, as they refer to it—is making a “comeback” in the art world, and they are happy to be part of the reawakening.

June 10, 2019

President Nelson Addresses Saints in ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ (Church Newsroom) (June 10, 2019)
“Orlando can claim to be the site of many happy memories for countless individuals. But lasting happiness, even joy, comes to those who keep the commandments of God,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Cook Addresses Commonalities of Latter-day Saints and Jews in Jerusalem (Church News) (June 10, 2019)
With the historic and iconic backdrop of the Old City slowly darkening under the setting sun behind him, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said his mind focused on the people, the land, and the shared history of all those who honor Jerusalem as the Holy City.

Ground Is Broken for Peru’s Fourth Temple (Church Newsroom) (June 10, 2019)
Construction of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has begun. Ground was broken for the temple under the direction of Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the Seventy and president of the South America Northwest Area.

West African Leaders Praise Church Focus on Family and Humanitarian Work (Church Newsroom) (June 10, 2019)
Senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited several countries in West Africa last week, where they met with government representatives, including the president of the Republic of Ghana.

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