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Apostle Encourages Youth to Be a Welding Link in Their Families (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2017)
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told young adults at a worldwide Church devotional that the spiritual link in your family starts with you.

Latter-day Saints in Florida Taking Stock of Irma’s Wrath (Church News) (September 12, 2017)
As a busy stake president, it’s not unusual for Joseph Lindsay to spend most of his day on a typical Sunday inside a Mormon meetinghouse. But yesterday was a Sabbath day like no other for the leader of the Fort Myers Florida Stake.

UPDATE: Helping Hands and Convoy of Hope Team Up in South Texas (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2017)
Due to recent flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the city of Victoria, Texas, is among a number of south Texas cities who are under a boil-water notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Church Issues Statement on Mexico Earthquake (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2017)
With the rest of the world, we are deeply concerned about the many natural disasters that have occurred around the globe in recent weeks. Last night's earthquake in Mexico affected thousands of people, and we pray for their safety and well-being. Two missions of the Church were directly impacted (the Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez and Mexico Oaxaca Missions), and the quake was felt throughout a much larger region. We have confirmed that all missionaries are safe and well. The condition of other Church facilities and the earthquake's impact to other members are unknown at this time. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Church Creates 100th Stake in Philippines (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2017)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created the 100th stake (diocese) as a result of significant membership expansion and growth. The Philippines becomes only the fifth country in the world to have 100 or more stakes. The stake was created by Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, at a special conference at the Kia Theater Cubao. The evening before there was a cultural celebration called "Upon the Isles of the Sea" that included over 600 enthusiastic participants celebrating the gospel in the Philippines in song and dance.

Learn about and Appreciate Others’ Beliefs, Elder Andersen Tells Institute Students at ASU (Church News) (September 12, 2017)
“Now is a good time to find opportunities to learn,” Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during the second LDS Family Education Night sponsored by Arizona State University (ASU) on August 29. It is important for those who are at the institute to keep the doors wide open to people of good will from all different thinking patterns, he added.

Mitt Romney is considering a Senate run if Orrin Hatch retires, and a new poll shows he'd likely win (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 12, 2017)
Mitt Romney would handily beat Democrat Jenny Wilson if the two competed for the Senate seat from Utah next year, though Wilson would beat Sen. Orrin Hatch if he runs again, a new poll shows. The poll, commissioned by UtahPolicy.com, finds Romney snatching 64 percent of the vote to Wilson’s 26 percent with 10 percent undecided.

Faith Counts Announces Video Contest Winners in Nashville (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2017)
Winners have been announced in the annual Faith Counts “Film Your Faith” video contest. An awards presentation was held during a dinner Friday night in the country’s Bible Belt at the 68th Annual Religion News Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center, where more than 150 journalists and religious leaders gathered to discuss the role of faith in society.

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