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April 19, 2019

President Nelson Pens Personal Note of Sympathy to Pope Francis after Notre Dame Fire (LDS Newsroom) (April 19, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote words of comfort and encouragement to Pope Francis in the wake of the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 15, 2019.

Tabernacle Choir 2019 Easter Concert Streamed Live (LDS Newsroom) (April 19, 2019)
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble will perform in a special Easter service on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The concert will be broadcast online and on television.

Missionaries Reported Safe Following Taiwan Earthquake (Church News) (April 19, 2019)
Missionaries were reported safe and accounted for in Taiwan following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on Thursday near the coastal city of Hualien. Seventeen people were injured across the island nation, including a pair of hikers in the Taroko Gorge National Park who were hit by falling rocks triggered by the shaking.

Meet the LDS Influencers: Faith, Fashion and the Rise to Internet Fame (Daily Utah Chronicle) (April 19, 2019)
Being an influencer is hard work. Achieving and sustaining the life of an influencer doesn’t only inspire a large aspiring pool, but also electrifies them to curate an image unique from anyone else’s while courting followers, especially sponsorships. One of these approaches is standing out to your followers by sharing your faith. Two influencers openly identify as members of The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What’s important for them is being as authentic as possible.

April 18, 2019

Dedicatory Prayer for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple (Church News) (April 18, 2019)
O God, our Heavenly Father, we come before Thee in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, on this historic day. We pray that all that is done will be in harmony with Thy mind and will.

Download the April 2019 General Authority Leader Chart (Church News) (April 18, 2019)
Changes to Church leadership are reflected in a new chart of General Authorities and General Officers dated April 2019, available to view or download. A new Sunday School General Presidency, 10 General Authority Seventies, and 55 Area Seventies were called and sustained during the 189th Annual General Conference on April 6.

BYU professor, distance runner Jared Ward top 10 finisher in Boston Marathon (Church News) (April 18, 2019)
When Latter-day Saint distance runner Jared Ward was running a few miles here or there to keep fit during his mission, he surely had no clue that he would one day hold the lead at the Boston Marathon.

Three Latter-day Saints' missionaries serving in Cleveland (Cleveland Daily Banner - Tennessee) (April 18, 2019)
The Cleveland ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has three new young missionaries serving in the community. The trio — all from Utah — are Hunter Stanger, Zack Nash and Zach Hair. Stanger, who is from West Point, has been on his mission journey eight months. After he completes his assignments, Stanger plans to attend college to pursue a career in the medical field. He noted during his journey so far, he has learned he needs to rely on the Father to do things. “I feel like I have learned to trust Him more and depend more on Him,” he said.

April 17, 2019

Sister Sharon Eubank joins others sharing hope for the future of Notre Dame on social media (Church News) (April 17, 2019)
Like many around the world who watched as smoke and flames destroyed the roof of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, April 15, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took to social media this week to share in the mourning of the historic loss.

Singing with Tabernacle Choir was no joke, contest winners say (Church News) (April 17, 2019)
McKenna Miller Reynolds' first reaction to the Facebook message was that it was a joke or a mistake. The message informed the North Salt Lake wife and mother that she was among four grand prizewinners randomly selected to sing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Four Latter-day Saints win a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing with the Tabernacle Choir (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 17, 2019)
Four people gambled — and won — Utah’s version of the lottery. Instead of pocketing millions, though, these winners — all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

April 16, 2019

Hope from ashes: Why the Notre Dame fire is a symbol of rebirth during Holy Week (Church News) (April 16, 2019)
Stepping out of his front door near Paris' Île Saint-Louis, Benjamin Poussard made his way toward the Pont de la Tournelle, a bridge crossing the Seine River.

What Church Leaders and Latter-day Saints in Kinshasa Are Saying about the New Temple There (Church News) (April 16, 2019)
Local leaders shared their thoughts following this weekend’s dedication of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: “My impressions and the feelings of members in the various countries in Africa where I am assigned to go (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Central Africa, Burundi, and other neighboring countries): God has blessed us with the temple among us. We will make the covenants in our temple in French and fulfill all the ordinances necessary to save our ancestors, strengthen our family bonds, and receive the instructions of the Lord in His holy house and promise to go there as often as possible.” —Elder W. Jean-Pierre Lono, an Area Seventy for the Africa Southeast Area who resides in Kinshasa

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square appoints a new organist (Deseret News - Utah) (April 16, 2019)
Strike a chord: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has a new Temple Square organist. Joseph Peeples will join a team of elite organists already working at Temple Square this June. Currently, there are three full-time organists, Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth and Brian Mathias, and two part-time organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts. Like his fellow organists, Peeples will perform organ recitals and play broadcasts and performances with The Tabernacle Choir.

Latter-day Saints move to remove ‘Mormon’ from lexicon (Columbia Journalism Review) (April 16, 2019)
FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS, we have been highlighting major changes in Associated Press style, as announced at the annual conference of ACES: The Society for Editing. This last roundup will include some smaller changes that might still have big impacts. The first concerns the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No longer should the church or its followers be called “Mormon” by default, both the church and AP say. No longer should the initials “LDS” be used to refer to the church.

Thank God for Mormons (Patheos) (April 16, 2019)
I’m not a Mormon; I could never be one. I disagree with many teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I disagree with its emphasis on “temple work” and many other things. My own personal opinion is that the LDS Church is not a Christian church, but I have come to know some Latter-day Saints who I consider Christians anyway.

April 15, 2019

Elder Renlund Dedicates Kinshasa Temple in a Historic Occasion for Latter-day Saints (Church Newsroom) (April 15, 2019)
On a beautiful Sunday, under the glorious African sky, hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered to witness a historic moment, the dedication of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.

Special Youth Devotional in Kinshasa (Church Newsroom) (April 15, 2019)
Hundreds of youth gathered in Kinshasa on Saturday to hear Elder Dale G. Renlund, a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, address a special devotional ahead of the dedication ceremony of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.

'Remember and never forget': Elder Holland teaches graduates how to have guaranteed happiness (Church News) (April 15, 2019)
On a chilly Friday evening defined by memories, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland asked Brigham Young University-Idaho’s newest graduates to not merely “recollect” all that their school stands for.

LDS Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks at BYU-Idaho commencement (Idaho State Journal) (April 15, 2019)
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a keynote speaker at the Winter Semester Commencement on Friday at the BYU-Idaho Center. At the beginning of Elder Holland’s remarks he said that the president and prophet of the church, President Russel M. Nelson, wanted to let students know that he loves them and was thinking of them.

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites, April 12, 2019 (Church Newsroom) (April 15, 2019)
More than 200 Latter-day Saint volunteers along with others from the Yarra Valley Railway and the local men’s shed near Melbourne, worked over 1,000 hours recently helping to restore parts of the railway.

Students at Mormon-owned BYU urge honor code compassion (Fox News) (April 15, 2019)
Several hundred students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University chanted "If God forgives me, why can't you?" during a protest Friday aimed at pushing college officials to be more compassionate with punishments for violators of rules banning things that are commonplace at other colleges — including drinking, premarital sex, beards and piercings.

This Idaho temple will serve 62,000 Latter-day Saints when it’s finished (Idaho Statesman) (April 15, 2019)
Construction has begun on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ $62 million Pocatello temple, the sixth of the church’s temples in Idaho. Church leaders hosted a groundbreaking in March that drew several thousand attendees, including interfaith representative. The other faiths represented included the Praise Temple of God in Pocatello and the Islamic Society of Southeast Idaho, the church said in a news release.

One Teenager Killed Himself. Six More Followed. (Wall Street Journal) (April 15, 2019)
HERRIMAN, Utah—Eight months to the day after his only son, Chandler, killed himself, Kurt Voutaz was in his kitchen eating lunch. He and his wife, Catherine, had long since ripped the blood-soaked carpet out of Chandler’s bedroom and cleaned the walls and ceiling. It was warm for February, and they had taken the snow tires off the car. They were hoping winter was over.

Should the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints background check volunteer clergy? (ABC 4 - Utah) (April 15, 2019)
Three men across the country have been charged in recent weeks for sexual crimes against minors and they have one things in common: their position within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided them access to their victims. Some are asking the question, would a background check have prevented the abuse?

April 12, 2019

Memphis Tennessee Temple Opens Doors to the Public (Church Newsroom) (April 12, 2019)
The public is invited to visit the newly renovated Memphis Tennessee Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Share Easter Message with New #BecauseofHim Video and Invitation (Church News) (April 12, 2019)
Commemorate the resurrection of the Jesus Christ this Easter season with a new #BecauseofHim video and invitation to “celebrate Easter with us” on April 21. A new video released April 10 on ComeUntoChrist.org shares a message of hope for the Easter season.

Get to Know the New Sunday School Presidency Sustained in April 2019 Conference (Church News) (April 12, 2019)
The First Presidency announced the calling of a new Sunday School General Presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 6.

Why general conference rumors paled in comparison to this year's messages of love, hope and repentance (Church News) (April 12, 2019)
Rumors about possible announcements and changes preceding the 189th Annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were abundant on social media in the days leading up to conference weekend. However, in the end, conference was replete with messages of love, repentance and the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Returned missionary siblings hit the high notes as rising opera stars (Church News) (April 12, 2019)
Saratoga Springs, Utah, is a long way from Vienna, New York, Milan or the other so-called capitals of opera. But distance isn’t dissuading a pair of return missionary siblings (and proud Utah County residents) from pursuing their ambitions in the hyper-competitive world of opera.

A first look at the Memphis Tennessee Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Memphis Commercial Appeal - Tennessee) (April 12, 2019)
When Bishop Ivon Faulkner of the Memphis Second Ward joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had to travel to Atlanta to visit a temple. It wasn't until 2000 that members of the church had a temple in the Memphis area — and it shut its doors in 2017 for an extensive renovation. Due to issues with mold, the building had to be essentially razed and rebuilt.

The Mormon Church still doesn't accept same-sex couples – even if it no longer bars their children (Houston Chronicle - Texas) (April 12, 2019)
Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have reversed a policy that prevented minor children of same-sex married couples from joining the church and participating in its sacred rituals since 2015.

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