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September 23, 2016

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Dedicatory Prayer (Church News) (September 23, 2016)
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple on September 18, 2016. Following is the complete text of the dedicatory prayer...

Brazil 'LDS frontier' a land of great promise (Deseret News - Utah) (September 23, 2016)
Elder Neil L. Andersen was almost 50 years old when he stepped on Brazilian soil for the first time in 2001. He didn’t speak Portuguese and had little first-hand experience with the culture and people. But over the past 15 years, Brazil has become something of a second home for Elder Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen. The Andersens learned the language and have made countless friends and memories in this South American nation. For several years, he presided over the Brazil South Area. And, after being called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2009, he has returned to Brazil many times on assignments.

Sen. Orrin Hatch proposes bill to speed up missionary visa applications (Deseret News - Utah) (September 23, 2016)
Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced a bill Wednesday to speed up the visa application process for international missionary programs. The Utah Republican proposed to reduce visa processing times by allowing eligible religious organizations to participate in a streamlined blanket petition procedure. Missionaries covered by the blanket petition could get their visas in just a few weeks rather than a few months.

See Photos of New Star Valley Wyoming Temple (Church News) (September 23, 2016)
Five years have passed since President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple (October 1, 2011). A year and a half has passed since the ground was broken (April 25, 2015). This week, the completed temple opens to the public from Friday, September 23, through Saturday, October 8, 2016—with the exception of September 24, September 25, October 1, and October 2.

BYU Museum of Art Covers Six Centuries in “To Magnify the Lord” Exhibition (Church News) (September 23, 2016)
“My soul doth magnify the Lord” (Luke 1:46). That simple yet life-defining statement has been reverently uttered by believers of Christ since the dawn of time. And for centuries, those skilled with a paintbrush, a sculpting tool, or perhaps a carving knife have “magnified” their love for the Master and His works through art.

Latter-day Saints in Nakolo, Tonga, Join the Nakolo Women’s Poultry Project (Church News) (September 23, 2016)
Latter-day Saints in Nakolo, Tonga, recently joined with their neighbors to build a number of chicken coops. The aim was to increase egg production, provide more nutritious meals for families, and reduce the threat of diabetes.

Gala concert celebrates 25th Anniversary in Ukraine (LDS Church News) (September 23, 2016)
Guest musicians and vocalists, members and missionaries performed and delighted attendees of the 25th Anniversary Gala Concert commemorating the dedication of Ukraine for the preaching of the gospel. The concert, organized by the Kyiv Ukraine Stake, was held in the famous National Opera Theatre of Kyiv on Sept.17, exactly 25 years to the day when the Church was officially registered in Kyiv.

Council of Fifty minutes: volume editors comment on Joseph Smith Papers release (Deseret News - Utah) (September 23, 2016)
The Council of Fifty as it was formed and operated in Nauvoo, Ill., in 1844 “wrestled with the meaning of the kingdom of God and anticipated the fulfillment of millennial prophecies,” according to the latest book to be released in the Joseph Smith Papers, publishing in full the council minutes from March 1844 to January 1846.

September 22, 2016

Mormon Tabernacle organist in concert this weekend (News Press - Missouri) (September 22, 2016)
Christ Episcopal Church will host Dr. Richard Elliott, principal organist with the Mormon Tabernacle, for a free master class and recital this weekend on St. Joseph’s oldest working pipe organ.

The Three Brothers in Set of Quadruplets Now Serving Missions (Church News) (September 22, 2016)
An article in the Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) on January 14, 1998, reported: “It's a boy, a boy, a boy, a girl. … “Brownsville resident Estela Cepeda went into labor early Monday and gave birth to the quadruplets between 4:25 a.m. and 4:29 a.m.” Fast forward 18 years, and the three boys in that announcement are now serving full-time missions at the same time.

The business behind Christ-centered energy healing (KUTV - Utah) (September 22, 2016)
“Dear Father in Heaven,” Robin Johnson says as she kneels with her patient. “We pray that this session will go well.” This isn't a doctor's office. Johnson is getting ready to perform Reiki -– a form of alternative medicine focused on energy. On this evening in Centerville, she’s working on a woman named Jessica.

In a first for a top LDS leader, Mormon apostle denounces female genital mutilation (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 22, 2016)
Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland may be the first LDS leader ever to mention "female genital mutilation." In a Sept. 11 speech at a four-day conference in the United Kingdom titled "Religious Persecution: The Driver for Forced Migration," Holland told attendees that sexual attacks do not happen only during war. "Instances of female genital mutilation, removable [sic] of bodily appendages, and honor killings persist during times of peace," the obviously emotional apostle said, "God knows of [the women's] suffering and weeps with them."

September 21, 2016

Public Invited to Tour Star Valley Wyoming Temple (LDS Newsroom) (September 21, 2016)
The public is invited to tour the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wyoming. The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be open for a free public open house from Friday, September 23 to Saturday, October 8, 2016, excluding Sundays.

Church Releases New Video on Refugees (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 21, 2016)
An estimated 65 million people have been displaced from their homes due to conflict and famine. Half of these refugees are children. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced a new video, “Refuge from the Storm,” to encourage people to get involved in assisting refugees in their communities.

Europe’s Finest Days Await, Says President Uchtdorf (Church News) (September 21, 2016)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's recent trip to Europe included visits to five countries with diverse histories and, in most cases, diverse languages. While the Church is well established in two of the nations he visited—Germany and Norway—members in the nations of Romania, Moldova, and Slovakia are still writing the maiden chapters of their own Church histories.

Elder Rasband: Serve one by one (Deseret News - Utah) (September 21, 2016)
Elder Ronald A. Rasband spoke at the inauguration of Southern Virginia University President Reed Wilcox on Sept. 16, marking the first official visit to the campus by an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Council of Fifty Minutes to Be Published in Joseph Smith Papers Release (Church News) (September 21, 2016)
The minutes of the Nauvoo-era Council of Fifty, a document long shadowed in mystery, will be revealed to the public with the publication on September 26 of the latest release in the Joseph Smith Papers Project.

September 20, 2016

President Eyring Dedicates Temple in Philadelphia, “Where So Much Began” (LDS Newsroom) (September 20, 2016)
Not too many years ago, President Henry B. Eyring returned to the small rock chapel in Philadelphia where he was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon temple dedicated in Philadelphia (Inquirer - Pennsylvania) (September 20, 2016)
The new Mormon temple in Philadelphia has been officially dedicated. The temple at 1739 Vine St. is now only open to church members. The long-awaited institution, the first for the city and state, will serve as the site of sacramental rituals for more than 40,000 Mormons in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

Another record enrollment for BYU-Idaho (ABC 8 - Idaho) (September 20, 2016)
Fall enrollment for on-campus students at Brigham Young University-Idaho is estimated to be about 18,000 students. That's a 6 percent increase from last fall. But that doesn't tell the whole story. To accommodate more students, the school has a unique three-semester system. Most students attend just two of those semesters per year. So when you add the students who are off this semester, total yearly on-campus enrollment is about 32,000.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: “Pokemon Go" distracts from things that matter most (BYUI Scroll - Idaho) (September 20, 2016)
Elder Ballard shared his thoughts about “Pokemon Go” in the Regional Broadcast on Sept. 11, 2016. Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, invited members to remember that the Lord counseled His children to find time to be still and know that He is God. “Now someone has found one more way to keep family members occupied away from what matters most,” Elder Ballard said. “It’s something called ‘Pokemon Go.’ I don’t understand this, and don’t ask me anything about it. I just know one thing is that young people, and maybe a lot of old people, they look down on their smartphones, trying to find Pokemon, I guess, instead of looking up to see the beautiful creations of God’s wonderful world.”

How Are The Producers Of 'The Other Side of Heaven' Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Movie? (Good 4 Utah) (September 20, 2016)
Fifteen years ago the movie The Other Side of Heaven was released. It was the first major movie with a LDS theme ever produced and is the only religiously-themed movie ever released by the Walt Disney Studios.

Feedback on Facebook: Three Payson teens arrested after reportedly vandalizing LDS church, causing $20K in damage (Daily Herald - Utah) (September 20, 2016)
Law enforcement arrested three Payson teenagers after they reportedly damaged a church Sunday in Elk Ridge. The boys, one 13 years old, the other two 14, have not been named. They were booked into the Slate Canyon Youth Detention Center in Provo on suspicion of burglary, a third-degree felony; criminal mischief, a second-degree felony; reckless burning and theft. One of the 14-year-old boys was also charged with giving false personal information to a police officer.

LDS scholar, ex-Mormon team up on new blog to debate key topics facing the faith (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 20, 2016)
In a kind of "Odd Couple" pairing, well-known excommunicated Mormon John Dehlin has joined forces with nationally respected LDS scholar Patrick Mason on a joint blog titled "Mormonism Inside and Out." The weekly exchange was the brainchild of Patheos, a nondenominational online media company, and lives on the interfaith site.

September 19, 2016

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Is Dedicated as Church’s 152nd (LDS Newsroom) (September 19, 2016)
President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated Pennsylvania’s first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 152nd on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Youth Celebrate Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple in “We the People” Program (Church News) (September 19, 2016)
Some 1,700 Latter-day Saint youth in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple district—influenced by their shared heritage of United States and Church history—became part of history themselves on September 17.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple youth cultural celebration: 'We the People' (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2016)
As a young man in England, William Penn saw his father imprisoned for his political beliefs. While pondering his father’s plight, young William’s room filled with light. From that time forward, William Penn devoted his life to God. He joined the Quakers, preached, wrote and tried to share the comfort he had received with others. This would ultimately lead him to receive a charter for a new land called America, where he would establish religious freedom.

Southern Utah Mormon Temple Topped with Angel Moroni Statue (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 19, 2016)
The Cedar City Utah Temple, located along the I-15 corridor, has taken a step toward completion with the placement of the angel Moroni, an iconic figure on most temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Viewpoint: Why We Shout “Hosanna” for Holy Temples (Church News) (September 19, 2016)
In a solemn ceremony on April 6, 1853, President Brigham Young laid the cornerstones of the Salt Lake Temple. In the years that followed this sacred ceremony, he insisted that only the best materials and craftsmanship be used in the temple’s construction.

New Christ-themed exhibit at BYU Museum of Art: 'To Magnify the Lord' (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2016)
That simple yet life-defining statement has been reverently uttered by believers of Christ since the dawn of time. And for centuries, those skilled with a paint brush, a sculpting tool or, perhaps, a carving knife have “magnified” their love for the Master and His works through art.

Tucson's Mormon community grows, reaches pinnacle with temple (Arizona Daily Star) (September 19, 2016)
The new temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints looms large before the Catalina Mountains, silver dome glinting in the sunlight, concrete walls appearing to rise from the saguaros. The 38,200-square-foot structure means Mormons in Tucson and Southern Arizona will no longer need to trek to Mesa or Gila Valley for temple visits.

Mormon youths clean up west side neighborhoods in Rockford (RRStar - Illinois) (September 19, 2016)
Plastic jugs, wrappers, broken glass and pottery shards were some of the trash that more than three dozen Mormon young people cleared out of several west side neighborhoods today. More than 40 youngsters and adult volunteers who attend various Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints congregations donned gloves and fanned out with plastic bags to pick up trash. The effort is a youth service project designed to help the West Gateway Coalition.

Philly to Mormons: Come, come, ye saints — with new LDS temple and apartment tower, all is well (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 19, 2016)
Mormons have embraced the City of Brotherly Love with a passion, and the attraction seems to be mutual — even though the LDS project includes a towered temple most Philadelphia residents won't be able to enter and a mini-City Creek development that some won't be able to afford. Completing the Mormon temple and a nearby stake (regional) center in the heart of the historic city, with a 32-story apartment complex going up across the street, has been a "glorious move for us," says Jonathan Stephenson, LDS public-affairs director in Philly. "The overwhelming welcome has been wonderful."

September 16, 2016

Religion in US Worth $1.2 Trillion to Economy (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 16, 2016)
Groundbreaking research finds religion is not only good for the soul, it’s also good for the economy. A new study commissioned by Faith Counts reports the total economic contribution of religion in America to be nearly $1.2 trillion, equal to the world’s 15th largest economy.

Presiding Bishop visits refugee shelters in Berlin (LDS Newsroom - UK) (September 16, 2016)
During a recent trip to Europe, Bishop Gérald Caussé visited two refugee shelters in Berlin, Germany’s capital. The native of France serves as Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “My heart reaches out in gratitude to those who have so generously given of their time and resources,” Bishop Caussé said. “Visiting these facilities was an opportunity to learn first-hand how donations by members of the Church help to provide much needed care and services. I was very impressed by the able staff and committed volunteers of our partner organizations.”

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Open House and Dedication (Church News) (September 16, 2016)
The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m. The sessions will be broadcast to all the stakes and districts in Pennsylvania as well as to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple district. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday to allow members in the area to participate in the dedication services.

Nutty Putty Cave accident victim's widow: 'I know there is life after death' (Deseret News - Utah) (September 16, 2016)
The fact that her husband, John Jones, died after getting trapped in a Utah cave in 2009 is not the first thing Emily Jones-Sanchez brings up when she meets new friends. It usually does come up, she says. Her new acquaintances typically tell her they remember hearing her story. They imagine what they would’ve done and how they would’ve felt had they been placed in her position.

RootsTech 2017 registration now open (Deseret News - Utah) (September 16, 2016)
Registration is open for the 2017 RootsTech conference, along with registration for the Innovator Summit and Family Discovery Day. RootsTech, an annual family history and technology conference, will be Feb. 8-11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Angel Moroni statue placed on Cedar City LDS Temple (The Spectrum - Utah) (September 16, 2016)
The Cedar City LDS Temple met what is perhaps the most significant milestone between groundbreaking and dedication on Thursday as construction crews placed a statue of the Angel Moroni at the top of the sacred edifice.

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