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Mormon Missionaries Expand Online Teaching (LDS Newsroom) (March 12, 2018)
Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expanding their online teaching efforts. “The world is changing and so the way we do missionary work is changing as well,” said Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, who serves on the Church's Missionary Executive Council.

Legions being taught the gospel via smart phones, laptops (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Sister Rebecca Hinkey and her companion recently taught the missionary lessons to a man named Victor. They prayed and studied scriptures together. And when Victor had gospel questions, the sister missionaries helped find the answers. Weeks passed and Victor accepted their invitation to join the Church. He was soon baptized.

Primary General President Says ‘Love Kills Porn’ (LDS Newsroom) (March 12, 2018)
“As the popular catchphrase says, ‘porn kills love,’ but let’s also remember that love kills porn,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “That doesn’t mean that our love for someone else can change their addiction or even their behavior. But love can motivate us — how we prepare, how we respond, how we listen — particularly with our children,” said the leader of the faith’s more than 1 million boys and girls worldwide.

Mormon prophet surprises California Mormons with unannounced appearance (Religion News) (March 12, 2018)
Yesterday, members of the Oakland, California LDS stake got the surprise of a lifetime when the announced lineup of speakers at their stake conference underwent some last-minute changes to accommodate an unscheduled visit from the recently ordained Mormon prophet, Russell M. Nelson. I was visiting the area to speak about Mormon Millennials last night (in the same building, weirdly), so I had fourth-row seats to hear Pres. Nelson, his wife Wendy, and an array of other speakers.

Doubting Yourself? Reach for God’s Love, Says Sister Marriott (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Sister Neill F. Marriott discovered at an early age that if she talked a lot, blurted out ideas, inserted opinions over others’ words, or made others laugh and listen, she felt temporarily good and important.

RootsTech Leadership Session: Family History Work Essential to God’s Plan (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
The salvation of the whole human family is interdependent and interconnected—like the roots and branches of a great tree, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Our doctrinal obligation is to our own ancestors,” said Elder Cook. “That is because the organization of heaven is families, not geography or anything else.”

President Oaks' great-granddaughter experiences transforming power of family history (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Margaretta Unwin Clark’s life story is riddled with courage and faith in overcoming trials. After joining the Church in England, Margaretta traveled across the ocean in 1856 and then across the American plains with the Martin Handcart Company. As Kaitlyn Ward learned about Margaretta, her fifth-great-grandmother, she felt an instant kinship. “I found out she struggled with terrible seasickness, and I have a hard time traveling. I have terrible travel anxiety.

“Remember Me” Song Flavors RootsTech 2018 Family History Conference (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
The day before her performance of “Remember Me” at the Academy Awards presentation—where it won the Oscar for best song—Natalia Lafourcade performed it in Salt Lake City at RootsTech 2018, the world’s largest family history conference. Lafourcade is the Mexican singer-songwriter-guitarist who recorded the song with fellow pop star Miguel for the movie “Coco,” which also won an Oscar for best animated feature.

How DNA Is “Changing Everything” about Genealogy (Church News) (March 12, 2018)
When it comes to family history research and genealogy, DNA is the new buzzword, and according to Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch who gave the keynote address that kicked off RootsTech 2018, “It’s changing everything.”

Don't diminish your role, Primary general presidency tells Primary teachers (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Have you ever wondered if you can really make a difference in your calling? Some members may say, “I am just a Primary teacher.” But before diminishing the value of your role, consider the following story about one such sister: “Several weeks ago, my telephone rang and on the other end was my daughter. Like all young mothers, her days include the many responsibilities of caring for a young family.

New mission presidents called to serve in Barbados, Madagascar, Denmark and Samoa (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2018)
Mauro de Almeida, 54, and Rosa Maria Rodrigues Almeida, three children, Jardim São Paulo Ward, Sorocaba Brazil Stake: Brazil Belém Mission, succeeding President Alexandre Stasevskas and Sister Lelia Stasevskas.

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