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Meet the Church's new General Authorities (LDS Church News) (April 8, 2016) - Relevance: 5
Church members sustained 11 new General Authority Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 186th Annual General Conference on April 2. Called as new General Authority Seventies were: Elder W. Mark Bassett, Elder Mark A. Bragg, Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, Elder Valeri V. Cordón, Elder Joaquin E. Costa, Elder Massimo De Feo, Elder Peter F. Meurs, Elder K. Brett Nattress, Elder S. Mark Palmer, Elder Gary B. Sabin and Elder Evan A. Schmutz.

Changes Made to the Presidency of the Seventy (June 13, 2005) - Relevance: 4.6
Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Ronald A. Rasband have been called to serve as members of the Presidency of the Seventy effective August 15, 2005. Elder Andersen and Elder Rasband will succeed Elder David E. Sorensen and Elder John H. Groberg. Elder Sorensen has been serving in the Presidency of the Seventy since October 1998; Elder Groberg has served in the Presidency since April 2004.

Three Called to Presidency of the Seventy (LDS Church news release) (August 31, 2007) - Relevance: 4.6
Three members of the First Quorum of the Seventy have been called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy, effective on August 1, 2007. Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, and Elder Steven E. Snow have been called to succeed Elder Charles Didier, Elder Merrill J. Bateman, and Elder Robert C. Oaks.

Elder Holland, Elder Callister Testify of Christ in the Philippines (Church News and Events) (November 10, 2011) - Relevance: 4.5
On October 14, 2011, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy arrived in the Philippines, where they conducted a series of leadership trainings and devotionals, as well as an area audit. Three days after arriving, Elder Holland presided over a special priesthood leadership meeting in San Fernando La Union. Also present were Elder Callister; Elder Michael John U. Teh, Philippines Area President; Elder Abenir Pajaro and Elder Miguel Valdez, Area Seventies, and Manila Temple president Moises Mabunga.

Elder Andersen and Elder Renlund meet with saints in the Philippines (LDS Church News) (December 11, 2015) - Relevance: 4.4
Smiling faces. Optimistic attitudes. Devotion to family. Gospel faithfulness. These are just a few phrases Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy used to describe what they saw and experienced while on assignment in the Philippines Nov. 12-23.

President Nelson and Elder Oaks Sustained as Apostles 31 Years Ago (Church News) (October 14, 2015) - Relevance: 4.3
On Saturday, October 3, members across the globe collectively raised their hands to sustain three new Apostles: Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund.

Meet General Authority Seventies Called during April 2017 Conference (Church News) (April 10, 2017) - Relevance: 4.3
The First Presidency announced the calling of six new General Authority Seventies during the 187th Annual General Conference on April 1. Members sustained Elder Taylor G. Godoy, Elder Joni L. Koch, Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, Elder John C. Pingree Jr., Elder Brian K. Taylor, and Elder Taniela B. Wakolo.

New General Authority Callings and Releases Announced (LDS Newsroom) (April 8, 2013) - Relevance: 4.2
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced eight new General Authorities and 59 Area Seventies, at the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 183rd Annual General Conference this weekend. Called as General Authorities to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Edward Dube, Zimbabwe; Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, Sugar Land, Texas; Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Queretaro, México; and in the Second Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Timothy J. Dyches, Reno, Nevada; Elder Randy D. Funk, Denver, Colorado; Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, Agoura Hills, California; Elder Adrián Ochoa, Highland, Utah; and Elder Terence M. Vinson, Sydney, Australia. Elder Ulisses Soares was named to the Presidency of the Seventy, succeeding Elder Walter F. González.

Elder Christofferson talks about how President Monson calls a new apostle, reflects on Elder Scott (Deseret News - Utah) (September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 4.1
The passing this week of his former mission president and colleague in the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is "a sacred moment" for Elder D. Todd Christofferson. Elder Richard G. Scott, who died Tuesday at age 86, became the president of the Argentina North Mission in 1965, where Elder Christofferson was serving at the time.

Elder Andersen shares one more example of Elder Hales' kindness in 'Story of Tie Buddies' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 12, 2017) - Relevance: 4.1
After all the tributes given at the funeral of Elder Robert D. Hales, fellow member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elder Neil L. Andersen couldn't help sharing one more example of kindness and friendship that involved a boy from Baltimore.

Elder Perry challenges youth in fireside (Daily Universe - Utah) (March 7, 2011) - Relevance: 4.1
The Marriott Center was filled Sunday night as Elder L. Tom Perry spoke to the youth of the Church about helping others return to their Christian faith, in a worldwide CES Fireside. Elder Perry was joined by Elder Russell M. Nelson. He started the fireside by speaking of differences in the generations, especially with technology. “Think of what it is for an 88-year-old man to keep up with you,” Elder Perry said. He said his generation has the advantage, however, because they have been through the changes. Elder Perry said he looked forward to the same things the youth look forward to now: romance, careers and marriage. Instead, though, his generation enlisted to fight in WWII.

Historic apostolic callings (LDS Church News) (October 9, 2015) - Relevance: 4.1
On Saturday, Oct. 3, members across the globe collectively raised their hands to sustain three new apostles: Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom) (October 6, 2015) - Relevance: 4
Many responded to the names of Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund with excitement and support, while others appreciated the warm welcome extended by fellow Church leaders.

Elder Oaks, Elder Ballard talk about upcoming Face to Face in new video (Deseret News - Utah) (October 16, 2017) - Relevance: 4
Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be speaking at the next Face to Face worldwide broadcast Nov. 19.

Elder Cook Expresses Love to Members in Australia, New Zealand—Part 2 (Church News and Events) (February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 4
Following a visit to Sydney, Australia, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to meet with members, missionaries, and local officials in Christchurch, New Zealand, and in Melbourne and Auckland in Australia. Accompanying Elder Cook were his wife, Mary, and other Church leaders and their wives: Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy, Bishop Keith B. McMullin of the Presiding Bishopric, and members of the Pacific Area Presidency—Elder James J. Hamula, Elder Kevin W. Pearson, and Elder F. Michael Watson of the Seventy.

Finding peace, joy in the gospel (LDS Church News) (March 5, 2011) - Relevance: 4
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy spent 12 days traveling in the Asia North Area during February.

Elder Nelson Concludes Visit to Central America (Church News and Events) (February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 4
On January 18, 2012, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, accompanied by Elder Enrique R. Falabella, President of the Central America Area, and Elder James B. Martino of the Seventy, met with members in Nicaragua. Elder Nelson visited Nicaragua more than 20 years ago, in 1990, with fellow Apostle Elder Richard G. Scott, following the dedication of El Salvador. He returned in 1996 with then-President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008). “Being here today brings back sweet memories,” Elder Nelson said in a meeting with members. He continued, “I know that the Church will continue to grow and bless this nation. You will be the means by which the Lord will pour out His blessings.”

October 2016 General Authority Chart (LDS Church News) (October 14, 2016) - Relevance: 4
The First Presidency announced leadership changes during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, Oct. 1: During the session, Elder Daniel L. Johnson, Elder Jairo Mazzagardi, Elder Kent F. Richards and Elder Francisco J. Viñas were released as General Authority Seventies and granted emeritus status.

Elder Glenn L. Pace eulogized for spiritual insight, life of service (Deseret News - Utah) (May 22, 2017) - Relevance: 4
In eulogizing Elder Glenn L. Pace at a funeral service May 20, Elder M. Russell Ballard recalled a miracle that occurred when the two were on assignment in drought-stricken Ethiopia in 1985. Elder Pace was not yet a General Authority then but was managing the Church’s Welfare Services.

While visiting the Holy Land, Elder Holland and Elder Cook recall their days as missionary companions (Deseret News - Utah) (November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 3.9
Five decades ago, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, then missionary companions serving in Great Britain, walked the streets of England and testified of the life, Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Elder Soares called to Presidency of Seventy (LDS Church News) (December 15, 2012) - Relevance: 3.9
The First Presidency announced in a letter dated Dec. 6, 2012, the call of Elder Ulisses Soares as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, replacing Elder Walter F. González, who has been called to serve as president of the South America South Area. Elder Soares' responsibilities in the Presidency of the Seventy will include supervision of the work of the Church in the North America Southeast Area. Both Elder Soares' and Elder González's new assignments will be effective Jan. 6, 2013.

Young 'Elder' lives to serve (Fiji Times Online) (February 18, 2009) - Relevance: 3.9
He stopped to help a few young boys dismantle a tin shed in Nadera and after their good-Samaritan act Elder Matheson and his friend, Elder Teichert, left the compound with happiness in their hearts.

Elder L. Tom Perry to Receive Treatment for Cancer, Elder Richard G. Scott Hospitalized (LDS Newsroom) (April 27, 2015) - Relevance: 3.9
Elder L. Tom Perry will begin radiation treatment this morning after being diagnosed with cancer in the thyroid gland. Elder Perry is the second most senior apostle in terms of length of service in the Quorum of the Twelve, and the oldest living apostle. Elder Richard G. Scott, age 86, was hospitalized last evening due to gastrointestinal bleeding. The bleeding was brought under control and he is resting comfortably. Elder Scott has served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since October 1, 1988. They are grateful for the prayers and kindnesses expressed on their behalf.

Elder Andersen and other Church leaders speak in Auckland (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2018) - Relevance: 3.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder O. Vincent Haleck, General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s Pacific Area, each spoke to separate gatherings of members and friends of the Church in Auckland on Sunday, March 11.

Work begins in Fortaleza, Brazil (LDS Church News) (November 22, 2011) - Relevance: 3.9
On Nov. 15 Church leaders broke ground for the temple to be built at Avenida Santos Dumont in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. President Thomas S. Monson announced construction of the Church's seventh temple in Brazil during the October 2009 general conference. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve presided over the Fortaleza Brazil Temple groundbreaking ceremony. Elder Bednar was accompanied by his wife, Sister Susan K. Bednar, and members of the Brazil Area Presidency — Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, Elder Carlos A. Godoy and Elder Jairo Mazzagardi, of the Seventy. Also present were Elder David Fernandes, Elder Mozart Soares and Elder Victor Asconavieta, Area Seventies serving in Brazil. About 800 Church members and community leaders also attended the ceremony.

Elder Cook and Elder Stevenson Visit Asia Area, Witness Hope Rising (Church News) (June 14, 2016) - Relevance: 3.8
During the past five years as Japan has rebuilt cities and infrastructure following a horrific disaster in the country, the Church has built the Sapporo Japan Temple. As Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Gerrit W. Gong visited the country in May, they saw signs of resiliency and hope rising from both the recovered disaster zone and the temple site.

Remembering Elder L. Tom Perry: Speeches at BYU (BYU news release - Utah) (June 2, 2015) - Relevance: 3.8
We are paying tribute to Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who died Saturday from the effects of cancer. During the nearly 43 years he served as an apostle, Elder Perry visited and spoke at BYU many times.

Pioneer History Day honors California settlers (Deseret News - Utah) (May 31, 2017) - Relevance: 3.8
With the bright sunshine and the American River gorged and turbulent with runoff from this year’s heavy rains, the setting at Sutter’s Mill at Coloma was perfect for California Pioneer History Day on May 20. Elder Carl B. Cook, General Authority Seventy, and Area Seventies Elder Jay D. Pimentel, Elder J. Scott Dorius and Elder Paul Watkins attended the event.

This week on social: Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares post for the first time since initial posts as apostles (LDS Church News) (May 14, 2018) - Relevance: 3.8
On social media this week, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares posted for the first time since their initial posts immediately after their call as apostles. Additionally, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Jean B. Bingham shared insights from their travels, while Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed addictive technology and Sister Sharon Eubank shared her thoughts on Mother’s Day.

Remembering Elder L. Tom Perry (Universe - Utah) (June 2, 2015) - Relevance: 3.8
Flags at BYU flew at half mast Monday in honor of Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who died May 30. He was 92 years old and, at the time of his death, was the oldest living Apostle. The LDS Church announced in April that Elder Perry had thyroid cancer. Within weeks of the announcement the cancer spread, and Elder Perry was placed in hospice care last week.

Elder Christofferson, Elder Jensen Visit Members, Officials in Resistencia, Argentina (Church News and Events) (November 11, 2011) - Relevance: 3.8
Early in November, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy met with members, missionaries, and local officials in Resistencia, Argentina.

Get to know the 5 new general authorities, 4 new auxiliary leaders of the LDS Church (LDS Church News) (April 9, 2015) - Relevance: 3.8
Church members sustained five new General Authorities and four new general auxiliary leaders during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church's 185th Annual General Conference on April 4. Called as new General Authorities to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy are Elder Kim B. Clark, Rexburg, Idaho; Elder Allen D. Haynie, San Diego, California; Elder Von G. Keetch, Salt Lake City, Utah; Elder Hugo Montoya, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico; and Elder Vern P. Stanfill, Kalispell, Montana.

Elder Perry calls LDS church members to help others (Ke Alaka'I - BYU Hawaii) (March 11, 2011) - Relevance: 3.8
A call to “help others return to their Christian faith” was the theme of Elder L. Tom Perry’s message delivered Sunday, March 6. The CES Fireside broadcast in the Cannon Activities Center inspired many to “do their part,” as stated by Elder Perry.

Elder Cook and Elder Christofferson Visit Church’s Asia North Area (Church News) (June 14, 2014) - Relevance: 3.8
The active Latter-day Saints in Japan and Korea are exceptionally committed to the gospel, said Elder Quentin L. Cook after visiting the countries May 22 through June 1 and meeting with members, missionaries, and priesthood leaders.

'Keep up,' young adults told by Elder Perry (LDS Church News) (April 26, 2010) - Relevance: 3.8
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder David S. Baxter of the Seventy spoke April 18 to the young single adults of the Las Vegas Valley. Elder Perry spoke about the technological changes in the world. He said things have changed since his youth. "I'm of that vintage: the slide ruler age," he said. He described how he used a 10-key adding machine, then a Frieden Calculator, the comptometer and the IBM 1401 — technologies largely unknown by the audience.

Elder Michael J. Teh of the Seventy (News from the Church) (April 28, 2007) - Relevance: 3.8
For Elder Michael John Teh, the journey is just as important as the destination—especially while traveling through life. Elder Teh says his calling as a full-time missionary in 1986 made all the difference in his mortal journey because it strengthened his testimony of the gospel.

Elder Douglas Martin, 82, dies (LDS Church News) (January 30, 2010) - Relevance: 3.8
Elder Douglas James Martin, former member of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy, passed away on Jan. 23, 2010, in Hamilton, New Zealand. He was 82. "Douglas J. Martin, to me, was in a class all by himself," said Elder Glen L. Rudd, a released member of the Seventy who served with Elder Martin in an Area Presidency. "In his positions he served faithfully and well in different assignments."

LDS missionary from Utah embraces unique culture of Rio (KSL - Utah) (August 15, 2016) - Relevance: 3.8
Meeting people on the street is nothing new for Elder Muir. On this day, he and his companion, Elder Coca, are spending time with Amarildo, a homeless man. “He was very receptive to the message and told us one day maybe he'll show up at the church,” Elder Muir said. “One day, he'd pass by there but we'll see."

Venezuelan, Peruvian Saints Are “Outstanding,” Says Elder Cook (Church News and Events) (September 13, 2013) - Relevance: 3.7
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy traveled to Venezuela and Peru Aug. 16 to 26, meeting with members and missionaries and conducting an area review and priesthood leadership training meetings.

Elder Bowen shares 3 attributes that will help you be your best self (Church News) (November 14, 2018) - Relevance: 3.7
Elder Shayne M. Bowen spoke to students at a Brigham Young University campus devotional on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Provo, Utah. In his address, Elder Bowen urged students to become their “best” selves...

Elder Andersen and Elder Soares Visit West Africa Area (Church News) (June 11, 2018) - Relevance: 3.7
The small, white, two-story meetinghouse in Senegal—where the Church is in its infancy and where a handful of Latter-day Saint converts gathered on just four rows of chairs—felt familiar to Elder Ulisses Soares.

Update: Statement from the LDS Church on the Missionary Shooting (Deseret News - Utah) (January 3, 2006) - Relevance: 3.7
"Last night, two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Morgan Young, 21, from Bountiful, Utah, and Elder Joshua Heidbrink, 19, from Greeley, Colorado, were shot in Chesapeake, Virginia. Elder Young was critically injured and passed away during the night. Elder Heidbrink is in satisfactory condition. Police are investigating the matter. "Our hearts and prayers go out to these young men and their families."

A visit to the Pacific — People of 'faith and dedication' (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
During a 12-day trip to the Pacific Area, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve visited with missionaries and members in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Tahiti and French Polynesia. Accompanying Elder Andersen during his travels was his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen; Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder Tad R. Callister, Pacific Area President; and Bishop Richard C. Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric.

Elder Komatsu — An Unwavering Servant (LDS Church News) (March 7, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
Elder Adney Yoshio Komatsu was remembered Saturday as a great man who trained and inspired an entire generation of Church leaders. Elder Komatsu, who served in the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976-1993, died in Honolulu, on Feb. 23 at age 87.

Elder Bednar Teaches Come Unto Christ in England (Church News and Events) (September 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
During two days in Reading, England, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed missionaries, young single adults, and the general membership in several meetings and conferences in the Reading England Stake Center. He was accompanied by his wife, Susan, as well as by Elder Gérald Jean Caussé of the Seventy and his wife, Valérie. On Saturday, September 3, 2011, Elder Bednar and Elder Caussé met first with missionaries from the London South Mission. Later in the day they both conducted a multistake priesthood leadership meeting with bishops and stake presidents.

New General Authority - Elder S. Gifford Nielsen: 'Let your light shine' (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2013) - Relevance: 3.7
If there is a scripture that Elder Nielsen has tried to pattern his life after, it is Matthew 5:14-16. "Ye are the light of the world. … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Elder Nielsen said, "The Lord opens His arms to us. We love Him by living the gospel." Elder Nielsen was called to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy announced in the afternoon session of the 183rd Annual General Conference on April 6.

Elder Scott welcomed one last visit from President Monson, apostles and his family (Deseret News - Utah) (September 24, 2015) - Relevance: 3.7
In his final hours, Elder Richard G. Scott was surrounded by his family as he received visits from three special friends. The first two visits were by Elder Scott's fellow members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — President Russell M. Nelson, who leads the quorum, and Elder D. Todd Christofferson.

Elder Ballard reflects on personal connections to Argentina (LDS Church News) (September 10, 2012) - Relevance: 3.7
In his duties as a General Authority, Elder M. Russell Ballard has traveled across the globe many times. But his stops in Argentina always hold special meaning for this veteran member of the Quorum of the Twelve. It was Elder Ballard's grandfather (and apostolic predecessor), Elder Melvin J. Ballard, who dedicated South America for missionary work on Christmas Day of 1925 while living in Buenos Aires. He would later prophesy that the continent would grow strong as the oak and become a power in the Church.

Elder David A. Bednar releases new book about the principle and spiritual pattern of 'One By One' (Deseret News - Utah) (September 5, 2017) - Relevance: 3.7
Serving "one by one" was something Elder David A. Bednar experienced on his first assignment as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two days after he was ordained an apostle in 2004, Elder Bednar arrived in a U.S. city where he was met by a stake president. Elder Bednar asked if the president knew why the Lord would send the newest apostle to his stake that weekend.

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis remembered: 'He would do it and he would do it well' (LDS Church News) (January 3, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
President Thomas S. Monson called Elder LeGrand R. Curtis a peacemaker, and a man who he could send anywhere to solve problems during a funeral held for the former general authority. Elder Curtis, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from April 1, 1990 to Aug. 15, 1995, died Dec. 19. He was 86.

Elder Christofferson Visits Growing Church in Eastern Europe (Church News and Events) (July 3, 2012) - Relevance: 3.7
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently spent 10 days visiting members, missionaries, Church leaders, and government officials throughout the Europe East Area. Other Church leaders, including Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gary L. Stevenson also accompanied Elder Christofferson.

What's new: 'A Conversation with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland' shares responses to 16 questions from the Hollands (Deseret News - Utah) (January 26, 2017) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, answer more than a dozen questions in the DVD “A Conversation with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.” For more than two hours, a group of men and women of varying backgrounds share questions, some very personal and emotional, and Elder Holland shares honest and encouraging answers.

Elder Sam K. Shimabukuro dies (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2015) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Sam K. Shimabukuro, an emeritus General Authority, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 90. Elder Shimabukuro served as a General Authority Seventy from July 13, 1991, to Oct. 5, 1996.

Latter-day Saint Missionaries visiting in Sallisaw (Sequoyah County Times - Oklahoma) (December 9, 2006) - Relevance: 3.6
Two young missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are traveling around Sallisaw telling people about their religion. The two explained they take the first name Elder when they go on the two-year mission trips. Elder Raybould, 21, is from San Diego, and Elder Garvin, 21, is from Yuba, Calif., close to Sacramento.

First Stake in India Flourishes (Church News and Events) (August 24, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Seventy, President of the Asia Area, traveled from Hong Kong to Hyderabad, India, earlier this year for a historic weekend.

Elder Per G. Malm: New Seventy is a first for Sweden (LDS Church News) (June 3, 2010) - Relevance: 3.6
History was made with the sustaining of Elder Per G. Malm to the Second Quorum of the Seventy at general conference in April. Through the years, there have been General Authorities with Swedish heritage, but Elder Malm is the first to be called from that land.

Elder Christofferson Meets with Members in Central Europe (Church News and Events) (March 16, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited members, missionaries, and investigators in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Poland during his visit to Central Europe from March 3 to 12, 2012. Also in attendance was Elder Gérald J. Caussé of the Seventy, who serves in the Europe Area Presidency. Both leaders were accompanied by their wives. Many of those who met with Elder Christofferson traveled 8 to 10 hours to get to their country’s capitals, where the meetings were held.

New apostles testify of Jesus Christ during press conference (LDS Church News) (October 5, 2015) - Relevance: 3.6
Speaking publicly for the first time since being sustained as new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund participated in a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Elder Oaks Optimistic about Church’s Growth in South Pacific (Church News and Events) (May 20, 2013) - Relevance: 3.6
When Elder Dallin H. Oaks traveled to the South Pacific April 16–29, he not only engaged in an apostolic ministry but also reviewed part of his family history. The first stop on Elder Oaks’s itinerary was Samoa, which was Western Samoa when one of his great-grandfathers, Abinadi Olsen of Castle Dale, Utah, served there as a missionary from about 1895 to 1898. Elder Oaks undoubtedly met and spoke with some descendants of people his grandfather taught and baptized.

February Faith Lecture to Highlight Neal A. Maxwell's Life (Church News and Events) (January 30, 2014) - Relevance: 3.6
The Church History Library will host the Men and Women of Faith lecture “Neal A. Maxwell: The Story of a Disciple’s Life” on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall. The presenter will be Elder Bruce C. Hafen. This event is free and open to the public. As a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Hafen served in Area Presidencies in Australia, Europe, and the North America Central Area. During October general conference in 1999, Elder Neal A. Maxwell asked Elder Hafen to write his biography. Shortly after returning home in August 2000 from serving in Australia, Elder Hafen embarked on the spiritual journey of fulfilling Elder Maxwell’s request.

Elder Oaks to Be Featured at CES Broadcast (News from the Church) (November 3, 2007) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at a Church Educational System fireside on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Elder Oaks will address the young adults of the Church, ages 18 to 30, from the Pocatello Idaho Institute of Religion.

Elder Oaks visits Asia accompanied by Elder Hallstrom, Bishop Burton (LDS Church News) (June 12, 2010) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve visited several countries during a recent trip to Asia, sharing instruction, blessings and encouragement with local members, missionaries and others. Also among those he visited were government officials.

Face to Face for Young Single Adults with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (LDS News) (January 28, 2016) - Relevance: 3.6
Young single adults worldwide are invited to participate in a live Face to Face online event with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on March 8, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time. Elder Holland will be joined by Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Seventy.

Apostles Visit Members in Brazil (Church News and Events) (February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
From January 20 to 29, 2012, Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy, visited Church members in Brazil.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband featured at BYU Commencement Aug. 15 (BYU news release) (August 8, 2013) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises Thursday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, president of BYU and emeritus General Authority of the Church, will conduct the exercises. He and Elder Rasband will be joined on the stand by members of the BYU administration and other Church leaders.

British Prime Minister Receives Family History from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (LDS Newsroom) (November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 3.6
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May was presented her personal family history by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a Member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (21 November). During a meeting at the UK Parliament in London, Elder Holland was joined by his wife Sister Patricia T. Holland and Elder Alan T. Phillips, a senior leader within the Church’s Europe Area.

Elder Enrique R. Falabella, of the Seventy (News from the Church) (April 26, 2007) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Enrique Rienzi Falabella Arellano believes nothing is more valuable than a personal testimony of Jesus Christ and how the Atonement can affect one's life. Elder Falabella learned early that gaining a testimony begins with a desire to know the truth and a willingness to live it.

Elder Hans B. Ringger: 'One of the truly great souls' (LDS Church News) (November 13, 2010) - Relevance: 3.6
Elder Hans Benjamin Ringger, who served as a member of the Seventy from April 6, 1985, until he was granted emeritus status on Sept. 30, 1995, passed away at his home in Basel, Switzerland, on Oct. 18, 2010, at age 84. (Please see Church News, Oct. 23, p. 13.) The Church News invited Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, an emeritus member of the Seventy, to share some of his reminiscences of Elder Ringger.

Videos highlight Elder Ballard with European refugees, Sister Marriott and Sister Esplin in Asia, Elder Bednar in Liberia (Deseret News - Utah) (April 7, 2016) - Relevance: 3.6
As part of the April 2016 World Report, Mormon Newsroom featured videos detailing some recent travels of leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Ballard meets with European refugees In November 2015, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited refugees in Germany and in Greece.

Patriarch turns 106 (LDS Church News) (January 11, 2013) - Relevance: 3.6
Long-time friends and General Authority associates, President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Eldred G. Smith spent an hour visiting together, reminiscing about "old times," on Jan. 9 in Elder Smith's home in Salt Lake City. The occasion was Elder Smith's 106th birthday. After presenting a birthday card and a gift, a box of chocolates, President Monson placed a hand on Elder Smith's shoulder and declared, "Eldred Smith is my good friend. We have traveled many miles together. I love and respect this man."

Elder Rasband pays tribute to pioneer ancestors and modern-day pioneers in new 'Special Witness' video (Deseret News - Utah) (December 20, 2016) - Relevance: 3.6
Just over a week after Elder Dale G. Renlund’s “Special Witness” video was posted by Mormon Channel, a new video of Elder Ronald A. Rasband’s “Special Witness” was shared on Thursday.

Thoughts and prayers abound online for Mormon missionary killed in Guatemala (+video) (Deseret News - Utah) (August 2, 2013) - Relevance: 3.5
Family, friends and complete strangers have reacted to the death of Elder Josh Burton, 23, who died while serving in Guatemala as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Burton's family was first notified on Saturday, July 20, after Elder Burton was injured in an vehicle accident while on his way to help a family move to a safer location. Other LDS missionaries also were injured and have since recovered or are now listed in stable condition. It was just two days later on Monday, July 22, that Elder Burton's family learned he had died due to heart and lung failure. Elder Burton was the second oldest of the nine children of Heather and Allan Burton.

A community responds (Iowa) (November 24, 2005) - Relevance: 3.5
Two missionaries, Elder Peters and Elder Moyer, were in town to help with the clean-up and both said it was their first experience with a tornado.

Elder Choi advises BYU-Hawaii students to find and do God's will (LDS Church News) (April 1, 2016) - Relevance: 3.5
“Read His mind and do His will,” said Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, a General Authority Seventy, to Brigham Young University-Hawaii students at a devotional held on March 29. Elder Choi said, “We will be richly blessed by listening to His guidance and following His way, which is the only way to live with Him again someday.”

Elder Oaks to speak at BYU-Idaho, Elder Cook at BYU in Tuesday devotionals (Deseret News - Utah) (February 7, 2017) - Relevance: 3.5
In a rare event created by a late schedule change, two LDS apostles are scheduled to speak on the same day this week at the two largest Mormon universities. Elder Quentin L. Cook will speak Tuesday at a Brigham Young University devotional that begins at 11:05 a.m. Elder Dallin H. Oaks will deliver a devotional address at BYU-Idaho at 2:10 p.m. Both are members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Nelson's fond memories of early years in D.C. (LDS Church News) (April 25, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Be loving, obedient, prayerful, knowledgeable and willing to endure to the end, said Elder Russell M. Nelson during a devotional at the Walter Reed Memorial Chapel on April 17. "This is a historic time in the Church," said Elder Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve. "The scriptures about the gathering are being fulfilled today. You are going to represent the Lord Jesus Christ wherever you go."

Elder Francis Marion Gibbons, a lifetime of service (LDS Church News) (July 22, 2016) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder Francis Marion Gibbons, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on July 16, 2016, at the age of 95. Elder Gibbons died in his sleep in his home in Salt Lake City.

Elder J. Devn Cornish: Consecrated life to do the Lord's work (LDS Church News) (June 13, 2011) - Relevance: 3.5
"If we expect the Lord's Church to work, then we have to work," said Elder J. Devn Cornish, newly called Seventy. "We don't belong to the Church, we are the Church." Sustained in general conference on April 2, Elder Cornish and his wife are excited for the opportunity to consecrate their lives — full time — to serving the Lord. As a youth, Elder Cornish learned from his parents' example what it takes to be a member of the Church. Whether it was his mother's constant example of doing the little things — family home evening, fasting, paying tithing or attending Church — or his father's unwavering faith and willingness to serve, those examples early in Elder Cornish's life set the pattern for his life to follow.

Elder Nelson Promises Young Adults Blessings for Faithfulness (BYU - Hawaii News Release) (April 21, 2011) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy, Commissioner of the Church Educational System, addressed BYU–Hawaii graduates on April 9, 2011, promising that their continued obedience and faithfulness would affect many lives, especially their own.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson counsels how to look to the Savior for help (LDS Church News) (January 31, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
In an address to Brigham Young University-Idaho students Jan. 27 in the Hart Auditorium, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught three aspects of remembering the Savior. "I would like today to elaborate with you what it means to 'always remember him,' Elder Christofferson said, quoting from Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79. "I will mention three aspects of remembering Him: first, seeking to know and follow His will; second, recognizing and accepting our obligation to answer to Christ for every thought, word and action; and third, living with faith and without fear in the realization that we can always look to the Savior for the help we need," Elder Christofferson said.

Elder Jensen speaks about family and education (Universe - Utah) (October 9, 2010) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder Jay E. Jensen spoke about the Church, family, education and words during Honored College Alumni series address Thursday. Elder Jensen, a current member of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy, presented a lecture of his life works he considers “a work of words.” The lecture took place in the David O. McKay building, in a room that was filled beyond capacity. Every seat was taken, and students filled the aisles. Elder Jensen said he was humbled by the overwhelming crowd at the lecture.

Elder Callister Called to Presidency of the Seventy (Church News and Events) (April 30, 2011) - Relevance: 3.5
On April 30, 2011, the Church announced the calling of Elder Tad Richards Callister of the Second Quorum of the Seventy to the Presidency of the Seventy to fill the vacancy left by Elder Claudio R. M. Costa’s asignment as president of the Brazil Area.

General Authorities meet with former first lady (LDS Church News) (November 7, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder M. Russell Ballard, left, and Elder Quentin L. Cook, right, of the Quorum of the Twelve, met with former first lady Laura Bush and other business, government and educational leaders on Oct. 26 following the rededication of the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. Elder Ballard, Elder Cook and Mrs. Bush are joined by LDS businessman J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr., second from left, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, third from left, and University of Utah President Michael Young.

'Strong as the oak' - Elder M. Russell Ballard returns to the land dedicated by his grandfather in 1925 (LDS Church News) (September 19, 2012) - Relevance: 3.5
In his duties as a General Authority, Elder M. Russell Ballard has traveled across the globe many times. But his stops in Argentina always hold special meaning for this veteran member of the Quorum of the Twelve. It was Elder Ballard's grandfather (and apostolic predecessor), Elder Melvin J. Ballard, who dedicated South America for missionary work on Christmas Day of 1925 while living in Buenos Aires. He would later prophesy that the continent would grow strong as the oak and become a power in the Church. The younger Elder Ballard participated in the Sept. 9 rededication of the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple. Again, his thoughts turned to his beloved ancestor.

Elder George Ivins Cannon: 'The rarest of men, as good as he seemed' (LDS Church News) (August 15, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder George Ivins Cannon, former member of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy, passed away at his home in Salt Lake City on Aug. 4, 2009. He was 89. Elder Cannon served in many capacities in the Church beginning as a young deacon called to be the ward organist.

Elder Ballard to Latinos: Fulfill destiny (Deseret News - Utah) (January 24, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to witness President Barack Obama's inauguration. During the Utah Latino Leaders Summit in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, Elder Ballard pointed to the historic event as a "great example" for the state's Hispanic community.

Perpetual Education Fund a new era of church history (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley called Elder John K. Carmack on the phone about a "bold new initiative." It was February 2001, and Elder Carmack of the Quorum of the Seventy was serving as president of the Europe Central Area in Frankfurt, Germany. "We've got great missionaries from all these countries, especially Latin America, who serve their missions and then go back to poverty," Elder Carmack remembered President Hinckley saying. "We're going to do something about it." Elder Carmack was about to play a role in what he called a new era of church history.

Who are these guys? (Virginia) (May 4, 2005) - Relevance: 3.5
It's 6:30 a.m. when the alarm goes off in a small apartment in Front Royal. Elder Jensen and Elder Johnson climb out of their beds and kneel for prayer.

What the 3 new LDS apostles have done since their appointments in October 2015 (Standard-Examiner - Utah) (March 23, 2016) - Relevance: 3.5
Three new apostles were named last fall at the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Dale G. Renlund and Elder Gary E. Stevenson. Naming three apostles at one time was unique in church history. It was more than a century ago that three vacancies existed in the Quorum of the Twelve apostles.

Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy Has Died (LDS Newsroom) (January 4, 2017) - Relevance: 3.5
We are deeply saddened to announce that Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy died at his home last evening, surrounded by his family. Elder Porter, age 64, succumbed to a pulmonary infection that developed in recent weeks. Until earlier this month he served as the President of the Europe East Area.

Three Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Newsroom) (October 3, 2015) - Relevance: 3.5
Three Church leaders — Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund — were named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday.

LDS leader describes writing Elder Neal A. Maxwell's inspiring life story (Deseret News - Utah) (March 7, 2014) - Relevance: 3.5
When he set out to write the biography of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Elder Bruce C. Hafen wanted not just to record the life of a famous Church leader – as important as that was – “but also to honor his experience as one model to anyone seeking to be a true disciple” of Jesus Christ.

Two apostles speak at funerals for Mormon missionaries who died in Romania (LDS Church News) (February 11, 2010) - Relevance: 3.5
After expressing sympathies from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke at the funeral for Elder McKay Choy Burrows in American Fork, Utah, on Monday, Feb. 9. That same day, Elder Quentin L. Cook, also of the Quorum of the Twelve, represented the Brethren at the funeral for Elder Jace Edwards Davis in Logandale, Nev. The missionaries were serving in the Romania Bucharest Mission at the time of their deaths on Jan. 29. The elders died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in their apartment.

Elder Andersen Meets Jerusalem Mayor During Israel Visit (LDS Newsroom Blog) (July 16, 2015) - Relevance: 3.5
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, were in Jerusalem last week to attend the 2015 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference. During the trip, Elder Andersen visited Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Elder Paul V. Johnson New Commissioner of CES (News from the Church) (August 7, 2008) - Relevance: 3.4
On June 7, 2008, the First Presidency announced the appointment of Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy as Commissioner of the Church Educational System (CES), replacing Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, who was called to serve as president of the Logan Utah Temple. The change took effect in August 2008.

Elder Christofferson Instructs Mission Presidents, Meets Officials in Buenos Aires (Church News and Events) (November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
While in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 6 to 10, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy attended a two-day mission presidents’ seminar and met with local government officials.

Photos: Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference of the LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah) (October 4, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
The concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference included messages from three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Ronald A. Rasband and Elder Dale G. Renlund.

Elder Kikuchi: 'How to open your heart to heaven' (LDS Church News) (January 22, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi of the Seventy taught three simple principles to the audience gathered in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus Tuesday, Jan 18, and promised their lives would be changed if they follow them. Elder Kikuchi addressed the students, faculty and staff audience and quoted from the 13th chapter of John when he said that Heavenly Father is the Farmer, the Savior is the Vine, and "we are the grapes."

Church Statement Regarding Missionary Deaths in Texas (LDS Newsroom) (November 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
Two missionaries were killed and another was injured when a vehicle struck all three while they were riding their bikes in Donna, Texas Tuesday evening. Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, Utah and Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, of Fairfield, Idaho were killed. Elder Zachary Todd Harris, 19, of Huntsville, Alabama was rushed to a nearby medical center, but has now been released from the hospital.

Elder Stephen A. West, emeritus Seventy dies (LDS Church News) (March 21, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Stephen Allen West, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on March 10, 2016, at the age of 80. Elder West died in Salt Lake City, nearly six months after suffering a debilitating stroke.

Elder Bednar Sought to Bless “the One” during Visit to Spain and Portugal (Church News) (June 14, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder David A. Bednar and local Church leaders were walking in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in May when they were approached by a man. “Are you from the Church?” he asked. The man told the group he was a Latter-day Saint but that he had not been active for 25 years. Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles looked at the man and said, “It is time to come back.”

Mormon leaders visit Carson (Nevada Appeal) (May 30, 2009) - Relevance: 3.4
For thousands of Mormons in the Carson City-Reno area, May 15-17 was a special weekend. Two apostles to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and two men from the Quorum of the Seventy visited the area. The priesthood for the church consists of prophets, apostles, the Seventy, high priests, bishops, elders, priests, teachers and deacons. The last time an apostle was in Carson City was several decades ago, according to David Johnson, an elder in the Carson City Clear Creek Ward. Speaking at meetings in Carson City and Reno were Elder David A. Bednar and Elder Neil L. Andersen with of the Quorum of the Twelve, and Elder James B. Gibson and Elder W. Craig Zwick with the Quorum of Seventy.

Elder Randall K Bennett and Sister Shelley Bennett: 'Exaltation and eternal life — our highest priorities' (LDS Church News) (February 26, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
"We must change our goals if they are not leading us to eternal life," Elder Randall K. Bennett, General Authority Seventy, said during the campus devotional at BYU-Idaho on Feb. 23. Joining Elder Bennett to speak during the devotional was his wife, Sister Shelley Bennett. Speaking on "three eternally significant questions," Elder and Sister Bennett addressed the topics divine identity, personal desires and priorities — all of which should be centered around obedience to God’s law.

Sen. Orrin Hatch pays tribute to Elder Robert D. Hales on Senate floor (Deseret News - Utah) (October 3, 2017) - Relevance: 3.4
On the Senate floor Monday morning, Sen. Orrin Hatch paid tribute to Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. During his more than five minute speech, Sen. Hatch, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared a powerful witness that Elder Hales is now in a better place by sharing a personal anecdote from Elder Hales’ life.

Brazil Is “Part of Heart of the Church,” Says Elder Nelson (Church News) (June 6, 2014) - Relevance: 3.4
Faithful. Diligent. Dedicated. Mature. Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles used those words as they spoke of assignments in Brazil that included an area review, priesthood leadership conferences, stake conferences, an interim mission presidents’ seminar, and a youth devotional.

Elder Weatherford T. Clayton: Loving the Lord and His people (LDS Church News) (May 6, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
Born of pioneer stock with ancestors such as Brigham Young and William Clayton, Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, a new General Authority Seventy, grew up as one of four sons of parents who were growing and developing in the gospel. “My mother was baptized about a year and a half after my parents were married,” said Elder Clayton. “I was baptized when I was nine.”

Elder Rasband: 'This is just the beginning' for the Church in the Philippines (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2018) - Relevance: 3.4
After standing on the sites of current and future temples in the Philippines and looking into the faces of some of the more than 750,000 Filipino Church members, Elder Ronald A. Rasband did not wait to share his impressions. In a seven-minute Facebook live video — the first of its kind broadcast in the Asian nation by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — Elder Rasband made an Apostolic promise.

Elder Baxter charges students to be the hope of Israel (BYU-Hawaii news release) (June 11, 2009) - Relevance: 3.4
"You are, in every respect, the Hope of Israel," was Elder David S. Baxter's message to young adults at Brigham Young University–Hawaii's initial summer term devotional this past Tuesday, June 9. While en-route to establish the first Latter-day Saint Stake in the Marshall Islands, Elder Baxter of First Quorum of the Seventy and President of the Pacific Area took time to charge BYU–Hawaii students with the responsibility of the future of families, of nations, and of the church. '…We should be in no doubt that we do live in an age when a battle is raging,' remarked Elder Baxter.

Elder Craig C. Christensen Called to Presidency of Seventy (Church News and Events) (May 8, 2012) - Relevance: 3.4
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the call of Elder Craig C. Christensen to the Presidency of the Seventy, effective August 1, 2012. He will succeed Elder Jay E. Jensen, who will be released and receive emeritus status at the October general conference.

Elder Oaks honored (LDS Church News) (December 31, 2012) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve will be honored next year by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Elder Oaks will receive the Canterbury Medal, the organization's highest honor, given each year to "one stalwart defender of religious freedom." He will receive the award on May 16 at a ceremony at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

Elder W. Christopher Waddell: Trust in God is personal, family motto (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
Stenciled wording above a door leading out of the home of Elder W. Christopher Waddell and Sister Carol S. Waddell reads "Return with honor." But, Elder Waddell said, their implicit family motto, as much as anything else, has been "Trust in the Lord" (see Proverbs 3:5).

Vai's View: Elder L. Tom Perry 'was always so good to me' (Deseret News - Utah) (June 8, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
“He was always so good to me.” It was a quote attributed to Elder L. Tom Perry’s son, Lee, in Deseret News reporter Tad Walch’s story last Sunday about the passing of the LDS apostle. The quote was near the end of Walch’s piece, but for me it captured my own 35-year association with Elder Perry.

Elder Holland visits missionaries, members in Europe (Deseret News - Utah) (September 29, 2017) - Relevance: 3.4
After addressing religious persecution during a conference in England’s Windsor Castle on Sept. 9, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland offered counsel and direction to Church members and missionaries in Portugal and Spain. “All in all, it was a delightful opportunity to be on the Iberian Peninsula, a part of the world I don’t get to visit very often,” said Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Church Leaders Tell New Zealand Saints and Local Leaders to Exercise Faith, Improve Community (Church News) (March 22, 2018) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder O. Vincent Haleck, General Authority Seventy and President of the Church’s Pacific Area, each spoke to separate gatherings of members and friends of the Church in Auckland on Sunday, March 11.

Mormon leader Monson lauds late apostle Scott’s ‘keen intellect and charitable spirit’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
The passing this week of his former mission president and colleague in the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is "a sacred moment" for Elder D. Todd Christofferson. Elder Richard G. Scott, who died Tuesday at age 86, became the president of the Argentina North Mission in 1965, where Elder Christofferson was serving at the time.

Coverage of the October 2016 General Conference Sunday Afternoon Session (Church News) (October 3, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
The concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference included messages from three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, and Elder Dale G. Renlund. Their counsel focused on essential gospel principles such as exercising faith, service, remembering spiritual truths, and repentance.

Elder L. Tom Perry Promotes Patriotism through Righteous Living (Church News and Events) (July 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of patriotism, nation-building, and moral renewal to community members in Perry, Utah, USA, on July 3 during the city’s centennial celebration. “We believe strongly that the Constitution was brought about by God to ensure [that] this nation [would be a place] where liberty could abound and where His gospel and His teachings could flourish here on the earth,” Elder Perry said.

Inspired by Verbal Error, Elder Evans Teaches 3 Ways to “Faithen” Our Strengths (Church News) (October 4, 2018) - Relevance: 3.4
During the October 2014 general conference, Elder David F. Evans, General Authority Seventy, had the opportunity to pray at the beginning of the Sunday afternoon session. Before thousands of individuals both in the Conference Center and watching and listening worldwide, Elder Evans said that they were “so grateful for this opportunity to have our strength faithened.”

Changes in Church leadership (LDS Church News) (June 7, 2008) - Relevance: 3.4
The First Presidency has announced changes in area leadership assignments and the Church's administrative areas. Elder Neil L. Andersen has been called as the senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy replacing Elder Earl C. Tingey. Elder Jay E. Jensen has been called as the newest member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

LDS should promote positive image, Elder Perry says (Deseret News - Utah) (May 2, 2009) - Relevance: 3.4
Speaking during Women's Conference at Brigham Young University, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve, asked more than 16,000 women gathered in the BYU Marriott Center to dedicate themselves to strengthening the image of the church. "Your personal experiences can be of comfort and a blessing to many," Elder Perry told the women.

Elder Holland Promises Blessings for Faithful YSAs at Face to Face Event (Church News) (March 10, 2016) - Relevance: 3.4
Thousands of questions poured in from young single adults worldwide for Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Sister Carole M. Stephens, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom in anticipation of the live Face to Face event for young adults on March 8, 2016.

Elder Richard G. Scott, a gifted man who loved family, faith above all, dies at 86 (Deseret News - Utah) (September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Richard G. Scott, a nuclear engineer, a talented artist and an apostle known for his tender sermons and love of family, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 1:45 p.m. He was 86. Elder Scott, who served as an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 27 years, was fourth in seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve at the time of his death.

Elder R. Hinckley to speak at devotional (Deseret News - Utah) (May 10, 2007) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Richard G. Hinckley, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the speaker at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Elder Hinckley was called as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy in April 2005.

Elder Edward Dube: 'With all thy getting, get understanding' (Deseret News - Utah) (March 2, 2017) - Relevance: 3.4
Elder Edward Dube, General Authority Seventy, delivered the LDS Business College devotional on Feb. 28, encouraging students to seek understanding and to ponder the scriptures daily. The devotional theme stemmed from an excerpt in Proverbs 4:7, “with all thy getting get understanding.” Understanding, Elder Dube said, has many definitions but he focused on three in particular: intelligence, discernment and unity.

The story behind New York Mormon missionaries' viral chalk-art video (Deseret News - Utah) (October 25, 2013) - Relevance: 3.4
It wasn't their first project in Union Square, but for Elder Brad Witbeck of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, and Elder Aaron Potter of Idaho Falls, Idaho, last Friday was a completely new experience. Both Elder Witbeck and Elder Potter are serving as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York New York North Mission under President Tom Morgan. Both are close to the end of their two-year service and are in leadership positions. After they received a suggestion from a member of their local congregation assigned to help the missionaries, they invited several other missionaries to join them in preaching in a unique way.

Elder M. Russell Ballard and Sister Barbara Ballard are reunited with friends in Ontario, Canada (LDS Church News) (March 9, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
While dozens, and then hundreds, of young single adults gathered excitedly in the chapel of the Brampton Ontario Stake Center for a Friday evening fireside with Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy on March 5, a smaller, more senior group of members assembled at the other end of the building.

Elder Patrick Kearon speaks about hearts (Daily Universe - Utah) (February 15, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
Everyone thinks about love and hearts around Valentine’s Day, and the Devotional speaker Tuesday was no exception. Elder Patrick Kearon spoke about of the importance for people to open their hearts and improve themselves. Elder Kearon had students reflect about the condition of their hearts, asking them to weigh the barriers between them and the Lord. He mentioned the value of taking time for oneself in order to not get bogged down with stresses of everyday life.

Members Are Steady and Strong in the Pacific Area, Elder Bednar Says (Church News) (March 16, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
There is “a simple steadiness and a goodness” that defines Latter-day Saints in the Church’s Pacific Area, said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Bednar said every time he visits the Pacific he is impressed with the faithfulness and loving nature of these good Latter-day Saints. “These people are strong.”

Armenian Latter-day Saints Gather for Landmark Meeting (LDS Newsroom) (June 24, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has created the first stake (similar to a diocese) in the Republic of Armenia. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was joined by Elder Per G. Malm and Elder Araik Minasyan of the Seventy to form the stake in a special meeting with members and newly called local leaders in the capital city of Yerevan Sunday, 16 June 2013.

Elder Ballard speaks about purpose of missionary work (LDS Church News) (July 4, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder M. Russell Ballard anchored his June 25 counsel to participants at the 2009 New Mission Presidents Seminar on the purpose of missionary work. A member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Ballard began by quoting "the purpose of missionary work" found on the opening page of Preach My Gospel

I AM...On a Mission (Courant - Connecticut) (July 28, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Pedro Laraia, 21, is a missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is nearing the end of a two-year mission serving in Bloomfield, and other parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island. A native of Brazil, Elder Laraia moved to Pocatello, Idaho, and was raised as a Catholic. He converted to Mormonism shortly after graduating from high school. He is serving in Bloomfield with his partner, Elder Clark Goldsberry.

ABC's Nightline meets with Elder Ballard and Elder Cook (ABC News - New York) (January 12, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
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Elder Gay devotional: Insights on future service (BYU-Hawaii news release) (November 13, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
The time spent by students at BYU-Hawaii is not a chance for idle indifference, but a time to prepare for church service, said Elder Robert C. Gay, Area Seventy of the North American Southeast Area. That service, explained Elder Gay during his devotional address November 11, will bring about the spiritual and physical salvation of God’s children all over the earth.

Two New Apostles Chosen (October 2, 2004) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Dieter Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar became the newest apostles as they were sustained by those in attendance at the first conference session held on Saturday.

Photos -- New Apostles Announced (October 2, 2004) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar embrace after being called to fill the two vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: “Pokemon Go" distracts from things that matter most (BYUI Scroll - Idaho) (September 20, 2016) - Relevance: 3.3
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.”

Elder David Rodger Stone passes away (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder David Roger Stone, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 1999-2006, died on Oct. 4, at his home in Mill Creek, Washington. He was 78. Elder Stone grew up in Argentina speaking English at home and Spanish at school. When his mother joined the Church in 1951 she decided to move to Provo, Utah, so that her children could attend Brigham Young University.

Memorial service for Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen (LDS Church News) (April 23, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
Speaking at the memorial service for his "dear friend," President Boyd K. Packer said Elder Malcolm Seth Jeppsen was "as near perfect of a man as I have ever known." Elder Jeppsen, who served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 1989 to 1994, died on Easter morning, April 8, 2012, in St. George, Utah. President Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was the concluding speaker at the memorial service for Elder Jeppsen, held April 13 in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Chapel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Elder Kacher addresses students' questions (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Larry S. Kacher of the Seventy spoke at a devotional in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on March 3. He answered questions submitted to him beforehand by students from LDS Business College. Before the devotional, Elder Kacher spoke on six common questions that many students had posed.

'Hope in Our Hearts' by Elder Russell M. Nelson (Deseret News - Utah) (February 12, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Russell M. Nelson's latest book, "Hope in Our Hearts," covers a variety of topics from family relationships to LDS Church doctrine. In the former area, Elder Nelson recounts a popular instruction: "You fathers can help with the dishes, care for a crying baby and change a diaper. And perhaps some Sunday you could get the children ready for church, and your wife could sit in the car and honk."

Elder Nelson pronounces blessings on six Balkan nations (LDS Church News) (September 24, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Russell M. Nelson pronounced blessings upon the lands and for the people of six nations in Southeastern Europe, Sept. 6-9. After attending and participating in the dedication of the Kyiv Ukraine Temple on Aug. 28, Elder Nelson went to Rostov-na-Donu and Moscow, Russia, Aug. 30-Sept. 2; Stockholm Sweden, Sept. 3-4; and Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 10-13. He met with area leaders and members in each of these countries.

Biography of Elder Uchtdorf (October 2, 2004) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 6 April 1996.

Elder L. Tom Perry Dies at Age 92 (LDS Newsroom) (May 30, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died today about 3:00 p.m. at his home. He was 92 years old.

Marathon missionaries (Herald Journal - Utah) (September 29, 2006) - Relevance: 3.3
Before Tuesday morning, Elder Kyle Roniger and Elder Dave Kincaid thought running 26 miles through Cache Valley seemed like a good way to finish up the LDS missions they are currently serving.

20 years after serving in the country, Elder Cook returns to the Philippines (Deseret News - Utah) (December 2, 2016) - Relevance: 3.3
Two decades ago as a newly called General Authority, Elder Quentin L. Cook served in the Philippines. Twenty years later, Elder Cook — now of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — returned to the country, where he observed meaningful Church growth, youth engagement in family history work and an increasing number of temple marriages among young adults.

Elder Steven E. Snow Called as Church Historian (LDS Church News & Events) (January 12, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced the call of Elder Steven E. Snow of the Presidency of the Seventy as Church Historian and Recorder, a role previously filled by Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks' recent visit to Asia highlighted in new video (Deseret News - Utah) (March 23, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently visited Asia to organize the first stake in Hyderabad, India. Elder Oaks also visited Cambodia and Singapore. After he returned, the Mormon Channel created a video about his experiences there. “Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying that God must have loved the common man for he made so many of them, and by that same token, the Lord must love his Asian children because he made so many of them,” Elder Oaks says in the video. “We have a great work to do here, and that's why we take such heart in the strong and impressive growth of the church in the various nations of Asia.”

South America’s Southern Lands Remain a Power in the Church (Church News) (December 1, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
A trio of General Authorities recently traveled together to visit the southern nations of South America. For each of those visiting Church leaders—Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy—the trip offered moments of personal nostalgia and glimpses into the region’s promising Church future.

Elder Neil L. Andersen travels to Southeast Africa (LDS Church News) (March 11, 2016) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Neil L. Andersen’s recent trip throughout Southeast Africa was notable for several reasons. For one, Elder Andersen participated in a historic event by dedicating the ground for the region’s first temple — the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo Temple (see Church News, Feb. 21, p. 3).

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom: Establishing a foundation of loyalty to the Lord (LDS Church News) (December 11, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
Individuals must remember the Lord and give their mind and heart to Him, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy counseled BYU students during the devotional assembly held Dec. 7. Drawing from experiences throughout his life, Elder Hallstrom provided personal context of how individuals can offer their heart and mind to the Savior.

Elder Bednar Discusses New Position as Apostle for LDS Church (October 9, 2004) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Bednar and his wife Susan held a press conference for local media and talked about the surprise of his new assignment.

Elder Holland speaks in Oregon (February 21, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Jeffrey Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be the featured speaker at the stake's semi-annual conference today and Sunday.

LDS Church representatives share their faith (Daily Reveille - Louisiana) (October 21, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Howard, 21, and Elder Knowlton, 22, share an apartment, a car and a cell phone. They spend every day together, but they’ve only known each other for six weeks.

Elder Scott helped move family history from paper to computers (Deseret News - Utah) (October 1, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
One of Elder Richard G. Scott's lesser-known contributions to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came in family history work, according to Richard E. Turley Jr., assistant church historian and recorder. Elder Scott, who died at age 86 on Sept. 22, directed the Family History Department from 1984-88.

2014 CES Devotional Speakers Announced (Church News and Events) (January 6, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
The Church has announced the speakers for the 2014 CES devotionals. Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy will be the first speaker on January 12, 2014. Throughout the year, the following Apostles and Church leaders will address young adults ages 18–30, married and single: March 2, 2014 Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society May 4, 2014 Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles September 14, 2014 Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles November 2, 2014 Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Earl M. Monson, emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at home at age 84 (Deseret News - Utah) (May 22, 2017) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Earl Merrill Monson, who served as a General Authority Seventy from 1998-2002, died at age 84, in his home in South Jordan, Utah, on Thursday, May 18. Elder Monson was sustained to be a General Authority Seventy on April 4, 1998, at the age of 65 and served in that calling until his release on Oct. 5, 2002. (Elder Monson, whose ancestry is Norwegian, is not related to President Thomas S. Monson, whose forebears are Swedish.)

New General Authority, Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela: His experiences speak to the strength of testimonies (LDS Church News) (May 6, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela's eyes begin to mist when he considers the many who have offered all to help the Church grow in his native Mexico. Recently, for example, while Elder Valenzuela was serving as an Area Seventy, a humble priesthood holder was called to serve as a stake president. The man did not own a car, but stood undeterred. He promised to magnify his new calling and said he was willing to walk to his weekly Church meetings and other duties.

In Venezuela and Peru the Church is strong and growing (LDS Church News) (September 9, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy traveled to Venezuela and Peru Aug. 16 to 26, meeting with members and missionaries and conducting an area review and priesthood leadership training meetings. The Brethren were accompanied on the trip by their wives, Sister Mary Cook and Sister Kathryn Callister. They were also accompanied on portions of the trip by members of the Church's South America Northwest Area presidency: Elder Juan A. Uceda and his wife, Sister Maria Uceda; Elder W. Christopher Waddell and his wife, Sister Carol Waddell; and Elder C. Scott Grow and his wife, Sister Rhonda Grow.

Elder Marion D. Hanks laid to rest (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Marion D. Hanks' greatest desire in life was to qualify to be a friend of Christ. He would realize that sacred desire through decades of selfless service and devotion, said friends and relatives who paid tribute to the late Latter-day Saint leader at Saturday's funeral services in Holladay. Elder Hanks' 90 years on earth, they declared, were defined by service, dedication, learning and always speaking out for those in need.

Elder David E. Sorensen, former executive director of LDS temple department, dies at 81 (Deseret News - Utah) (August 29, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder David E. Sorensen, who served as the executive director of the LDS Church's temple department during a period of remarkable temple building, died Thursday in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Elder Sorensen was 81.

Marines honor Elder Perry (LDS Church News) (November 19, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder L. Tom Perry’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II was recognized at a formal reception, dinner and program on Saturday evening, Nov. 9 in downtown Salt Lake City.

Daughters of God: Elder Ballard's talks about LDS women (Deseret News - Utah) (April 11, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
A book compiling three of Elder M. Russell Ballard's talks about the women of the church was released in March by Deseret Book in time for Mother's Day. "Daughters of God" features two general conference addresses and a speech adapted from a BYU devotional in which Elder Ballard gives advice and perspective to women and their families.

Elder Cook shares thoughts on suffering (February 3, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Gene R. Cook encouraged students during the Devotional address Tuesday that the Lord is showing his love for people by allowing them to suffer.

Elder Maxwell: A Disciple of Jesus Christ (Church News and Events) (February 27, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
When he set out to write the biography of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Elder Bruce C. Hafen wanted not just to record the life of a famous Church leader—as important as that was—“but also to honor his experience as one model to anyone seeking to be a true disciple” of Jesus Christ. Elder Hafen, now an emeritus General Authority, spoke February 13 of his experience in writing the book A Disciple’s Life. He was the first speaker in this year’s Men and Women of Faith Lecture Series organized by the Church History Library and held monthly in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks dedicates new home of Utah's largest law firm (Deseret News - Utah) (April 13, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks was among friends Thursday afternoon, surrounded by legal professionals at the new home of Utah's largest law firm. Elder Oaks, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve, officially welcomed Kirton McConkie to City Creek Center and offered a dedicatory prayer on the firm's new building at 50 E. South Temple. "Lawyers and the legal profession have served humanity ably, responsibly and effectively throughout our lifetimes and for many generations before us," Elder Oaks told the lawyers gathered in the new office.

Elder Scott D. Whiting speaks on 'Fixing Your Eyes' on prophets at BYU-Hawaii devotional (LDS Church News) (September 30, 2016) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Scott D. Whiting, General Authority Seventy, spoke on the importance of the Lord’s prophets at a BYU-Hawaii devotional on Sept. 27. Elder Whiting began by recalling a childhood playground with a man-powered merry-go-round. “I would watch kids playing and laughing and having a good time. Every now and again, I would give it a go only to end up feeling sick, dizzy and miserable,” he said.

South America's southern lands remain a power in the Church (LDS Church News) (November 29, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
A trio of General Authorities recently traveled together to visit the southern nations of South America. For each of those visiting Church leaders — Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy — the trip offered moments of personal nostalgia and glimpses into the region’s promising Church future.

Spreading the word -- Mormons share faith in Danbury (October 9, 2004) - Relevance: 3.3
As missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Sullivan and Elder Matheny ... spend their days sharing the tenets of their faith.

Elder Oaks talks at BYU on May 1 (April 20, 2005) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at 6 p.m. May 1 in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.

Elder Bednar Fulfills Assignment in Europe (Church News and Events) (September 28, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
During the first part of September, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Saints in England, Germany, and Denmark.

Elder Zwick counsels leaders 'to let the Spirit guide them' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 27, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder W. Craig Zwick finds it striking that of all the things they could have prayed for on that occasion, "they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them."

'Elder Buns' is home (Deseret News - Utah) (May 3, 2006) - Relevance: 3.3
Most LDS missionaries make it a point to let people know about their farewells. That wasn't the case for the 20-foot-tall inflatable "elder" tethered atop the Missionary Mall store on University Parkway.

Elder Richard J. Maynes Called to Presidency of Seventy (Church News and Events) (February 11, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
In January the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the call of Elder Richard J. Maynes to the Presidency of the Seventy. He will replace Elder Steven E. Snow, who has been called to serve as Church Historian and Recorder and Executive Director of the Church History Department.

Elder Nelson receives honor from American Heart Association (LDS Church News) (May 24, 2010) - Relevance: 3.3
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve was recognized for his service in the medical field at Utah's 25th annual Heart Ball on Saturday, May 15, at the Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City. Elder Nelson and more than two dozen other past award recipients were inducted to the American Heart Association's Heart Ball Hall of Fame.

New Area Presidency Called in South America West (News from the Church) (December 22, 2007) - Relevance: 3.3
The First Presidency has announced that Elder Marcus B. Nash will serve as president of the South America West Area, succeeding Elder Walter F. González effective December 20, 2007. Elder González was sustained as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy at the October 2007 general conference.

Elder Hales Thanks Members for Faith and Prayers (Church News and Events) (October 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
Many members and friends of the Church have expressed concern for and interest in Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Hales suffered health challenges earlier this year that affected his mobility and endurance. As a result, he was not able to speak in the April 2011 general conference. His presence at the October general conference is an indication of the improvement he has made since the problems arose.

Be cautious about LDS history articles, Elder Oaks says (Deseret News - Utah) (August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Friday instructed members to be skeptical when reading media stories about church history. Elder Oaks, who spoke at the Amasa Mason Lyman exposition in Salt Lake City's Grant Stake Center, referenced a talk he gave Aug. 16, 1985, at the Doctrine and Covenants Symposium at Brigham Young University.

Elder Gibbons encourages students to be in control (BYU-Hawaii news release) (September 26, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Larry W. Gibbons, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, gave a Devotional talk entitled “Are You in Control?” on Tuesday, September 17, in the Cannon Activities Center at BYU–Hawaii. Focusing on doctrine, principles and application, Elder Gibbons outlined his counsel related to the importance of self-control. He started his talk by turning to the scriptures for the doctrine behind self-control. “We are taught … that ‘God gave unto man that he should act for himself,’” he said. “Our Heavenly Father gave us our agency—the right and ability to make our own choices.” Because of this agency, stressed Elder Gibbons, we need to learn self-control in order to make good choices, to act and not be acted upon.

Elder Wirthlin cheers on Utes (November 1, 2004) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, came to San Diego at the invitation of Utah coach Urban Meyer.

Elder Miller explains process and benefits (Idaho) (February 25, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
“The light that accompanies eternal truth transforms us; we are not the same person as before,” Elder Dale E. Miller of the Second Quorum of the Seventy said in his devotional address Tuesday.

Asian saints taught by Elder Nelson (LDS Church News) (March 13, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve made several stops during a tour of Southeast Asia, Feb. 20-28. They included meetings with members and missionaries.

Celebrating 90 years: Elder Perry's decades of Church service (LDS Church News) (August 6, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
The year of 2012 was destined to be a memorable, nostalgic time for Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve. For one, the venerable apostle turns 90 this month. His wife, Sister Barbara D. Perry, celebrates her 80th birthday this year. In October, Elder Perry marks his 40th year of service as a General Authority. To celebrate such a personal and historic year, the Perrys embarked on a recent and literal trip down memory lane. Over the past month, they have visited different areas of the United States that Elder Perry once called home — and where the veteran Church leader played a pivotal role in the construction of several Church meetinghouses.

Elder Richard G. Scott: A beloved leader in Latin America (LDS Church News) (October 1, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Several years ago, Jose Pacheco was working in the men’s section of a Salt Lake City-area department store when a customer approached him. Brother Pacheco was still a teenager, but he immediately recognized the elderly man with kind eyes — Elder Richard G. Scott. The young sales associate helped the apostle select a few white shirts. Then Elder Scott paid for his items, wished the young man well and went on his way.

Elder Holland praises late Congressman Lantos (Deseret News - Utah) (February 7, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
Drawing on four decades of friendship with the family of the late U.S. Congressman Thomas P. Lantos, D-Calif., Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve paid tribute to the former chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs for his "legendary commitment to human rights and justice" and his inspiring example as a family patriarch. Elder Holland spoke on Feb. 1 during a celebration of the congressman's life.

People of Faith Should Defend Freedom of Religion, Elder Oaks Says (Church News and Events) (February 10, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Freedom of religion strengthens society, and people of faith should unite in its defense, according to Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In an interview provided prior to a speech at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California, and also in that speech given on February 4, 2011, Elder Oaks defended the right to free exercise of religion.

Elder Oaks Visits the Philippines: the Land of Smiles amid Trials (Church News) (November 17, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
On his first visit to the Philippines nearly 30 years ago, Elder Dallin H. Oaks met with the 33 stake presidents serving in that nation. Church membership there stood at about 100,000. From October 23 to November 1, Elder Oaks again visited the area and met with local members and leaders. Today, there are 91 stake presidents and a nationwide membership of more than 700,000. Also, the Philippines has 21 missions, 81 districts, and 1,106 wards and branches.

The Work Is Moving Forward in Asia, Elder Cook Reports (Church News) (June 5, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
After visiting Latter-day Saints in Asia—a vibrant, growing area of the Church—Elder Quentin L. Cook said he feels “extremely optimistic.” “The members are excited about the Church, focusing on temple and missionary work, and living the principles of the gospel,” said Elder Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The work is moving forward.”

Elder Robert D. Hales' final statement shared at general conference (Deseret News - Utah) (October 2, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
In the final talk of the Sunday afternoon session of the 187th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles read a few lines from a message prepared by Elder Robert D. Hales, in preparation for general conference, before his death on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Elder Groberg expects new iTunes version of 'The Other Side of Heaven' will continue to do good in the world (Deseret News - Utah) (September 29, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder John H. Groberg remembers well the first time he saw "The Other Side of Heaven." Then a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Groberg, along with director/executive producer Mitch Davis and their wives, were seated near the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and surrounded by other general authorities in a private screening of the 2001 film in Joseph Smith Memorial Building's Legacy Theater.

Elder Sitati Addresses Race, Self-Reliance and Church Growth in Africa (LDS Newsroom Blog) (October 20, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at the “Black, White and Mormon” conference Friday, October 9, 2015, at the University of Utah on the topic of “Race and the International Church.” Elder Sitati, who is from Kenya, addressed self-reliance, race and the growth of the Church in Africa.

Hundreds bid farewell to Elder Young (Deseret News - Utah) (January 11, 2006) - Relevance: 3.2
A missionary who was gunned down while proselyting in Virginia can be counted among early Mormon martyrs, the LDS Church's president said Tuesday at the funeral of Elder Morgan W. Young.

Elder Per G. Malm Passes Away (LDS Newsroom) (July 27, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Per G. Malm, General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday morning at his home in Göteborg, Sweden, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Elder Von G. Keetch Dies at Age 57 (Church News) (January 29, 2018) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Von G. Keetch, 57, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Public Affairs Department, died Friday, January 26, 2018, following a brief and sudden illness.

Elder Scott D. Whiting: Wise decisions prepared him for service (LDS Church News) (April 30, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
Making the right decisions in life is what Elder Scott D. Whiting believes helped prepare him later to serve the Lord in various capacities. Born in April of 1961 to Duane and Beverly Whiting, he grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second of six children. "We were and still are a very close family that enjoyed many family activities together," said Elder Whiting, who was sustained, March 31, during the 182nd Annual General Conference, as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Craig C. Christensen to preside at BYU Commencement Aug. 11 (BYU news release) (August 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker and conducting authority at the Brigham Young University August 2011 Commencement ceremonies Thursday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The exercises will be conducted by Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, president of BYU and also a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church. They will be joined on the stand by members of the BYU administration and other Church leaders.

Updated General Authority chart published October 2015 (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Latter-day Saints gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — and in other locations across the globe — sustained three new apostles during the Church’s 185th Semiannual General Conference on Oct. 3. President Thomas S. Monson extended a welcome to the newly called apostles, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevens and Elder Dale G. Renlund. "These are men dedicated to the work of the Lord. They are well qualified to fill the important positions to which they have been called," he said.

Elder Don R. Clarke: Five principles to help in missionary service (LDS Church News) (January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
The importance of the family, inspired direction from prophets, covenant making and love, were among themes touched on by Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy as he greeted 18 departing couples who will serve in missionary training centers and visitors' centers in various parts of the Church. Elder Clarke, assistant executive director in the Missionary Department, spoke Jan. 15 in the opening session of the Seminar for New Missionary Training Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors held at the Provo MTC. Elder Clarke shared five principles, expressing the hope that they would help the newly called companionships in their service. "The first thing to remember is that the family is the most important organization in this Church," he said.

Elder Paul V. Johnson: Helping students dispel doubt through spiritual knowledge (LDS Church News) (August 13, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
An instructor's approach to students' doubts can be crucial in how they choose to respond, said Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy during the Seminaries and Institutes August Broadcast on Aug. 7. "Some of our best students will have doubts," said Elder Johnson, who serves as Commissioner of Church Educational System. "We want to help all of our students. We love them. We know the future rests on them, their abilities and strengths and their spiritual power."

Elder Andersen visits national Scout jamboree (LDS Church News) (July 26, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Neil L. Andersen stood before a massive, Sabbath-day gathering of Scouts on July 21, reminding them that "to do our best, we must first be our best." A member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Andersen presided over the sacrament meeting at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. The apostle marveled at the size of the outdoor gathering, calling it "the largest sacrament meeting I have ever attended."

LDS elders proud to spread 'word of wisdom' in Santa Maria (November 8, 2004) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Thorne and Elder Young prefer not to use their first names. At this stage of their busy, disciplined lives, the 20-year-old missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would rather use their official Mormon titles.

Elder Oaks speaks of dedication, dating (California) (May 3, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
At the foot of the Oakland Temple hill, Elder Dallin H. Oaks encouraged thousands of young s about living a dedicated life in the Interstake Center Sunday for the CES Fireside.

Missionaries hope to open doors (Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi) (October 8, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Scott Clarke and Elder Ethan Farmer are on a mission from God. The two young men are serving their mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they are not being sent to Peru or Botswana.

'Finding your way' — Elder Packer speaks at BYU devotional (LDS Church News) (January 15, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
“You are needed,” Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy told students and faculty gathered in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Don't marginalize religion, Elder Oaks says to Harvard law students (Deseret News - Utah) (February 27, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Dallin H. Oaks urged Harvard students on Friday to take more than a superficial approach to religion, an approach he said is exacerbated by the secular American university system. Noting that speaking to such a diverse audience is a challenge, Elder Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, "My object is to illuminate several premises and ways of thinking that are at the root of some misunderstandings about our doctrine and practice."

Elder Walker Shares Five Ways to Be Like President Monson (Church News and Events) (May 6, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
By following and emulating the Lord’s prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, individuals will inevitably succeed in becoming more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, said Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy during the Church Educational System devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 5, 2013. “That God has provided a prophet for us is central to the faith and belief of Latter-day Saints everywhere,” said Elder Walker.

Elder Corbridge Encourages Students to Seek What Matters Most (Church News and Events) (July 6, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Never in the history of the world has the instruction to pursue the ultimate treasures of eternal value been more critical or more timely than today, Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge of the Seventy said during a campus devotional at BYU–Idaho on June 18. Speaking in the BYU–Idaho Center, Elder Corbridge asked students the question, “What do you want?” “I don’t mean what should you want. Rather, what do you really want?” he asked. “What do you think about most? What most influences the decisions you make? What are your predominate desires?”

Elder W. Mack Lawrence, emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at age 91 (LDS Church News) (June 26, 2018) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder W. Mack Lawrence, an emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on June 24, 2018, in his home in Salt Lake City at the age of 91. Called to serve as a General Authority in December 1990, Elder Lawrence was sustained on April 6, 1991, in general conference and served in that calling until his release on Oct. 5, 1996.

Elder Yoke Sang Freddie Chan, Area Seventy, dies at age 61 (Deseret News - Utah) (October 28, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Yoke Sang Freddie Chan, an Area Seventy serving in the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Asia Area, died Oct. 19, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Elder Chan, who was 61 years old, had been battling cancer for much of the past year. He is survived by his wife, Wai Ling Jessica Chan, their three sons, and four grandchildren.

To Act, or Be Acted Upon (BYU-Hawaii news release) (October 18, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Before Elder and Sister Cook left their mission serving here at BYU-Hawaii, students and faculty had an opportunity to hear Elder David Cook one last time before they moved to London where they have been called to serve as the first councilor and assistant matron in the London Temple. Elder Cook is the oldest of four boys. When his father died at the age of 10, Elder Cook took the role of the oldest brother very seriously. He and Sister Cook were married and sealed in the London, England Temple. He has previously served as a bishop, stake president, and country and area director in church education, and institute director prior to his mission here in Laie. Sister Cook said, “He loves his country and appreciates the love you have for your countries.”

Elder James M. Dunn, emeritus General Authority Seventy dies (Deseret News - Utah) (January 31, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder James “Jim” Meyers Dunn, an emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on Jan. 24, 2017, at the age of 76. Called as a General Authority in October of 2002, Elder Dunn served in that capacity for seven years until his release in October of 2009. While serving as a General Authority, Elder Dunn served as first counselor in the South America West Area for three years before serving as president of that same area for a year. He also served on general committees and as Assistant Executive Director of the Correlation Department.

Men on a mission (Savannah Morning News - Georgia) (July 12, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
About one in every 50 people will invite these two young men into their home. Those are the odds Elder Matthew Wilson and Elder Tysen Johnson have come to expect as they knock on doors of Savannah homes, introducing themselves as "ambassadors of Christ."

Elder Costa: Don’t be afraid to experience adventure (BYU Universe) (November 3, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy challenged students at Tuesday’s Devotional not to keep their life’s ship safely in harbor due to fear of sailing in difficult seas.

Elder Andersen Receives Humanitarian Award (Church News and Events) (October 18, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Latter-day Saints cannot separate their profession from their faith; they must find ways to integrate the two, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve said during the Collegium Aesculapium fall meeting.

Photos: A photographic look at Elder L. Tom Perry's life and service (Deseret News - Utah) (May 30, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died May 30, 2015, in his home, from the effects of cancer.

Elder Andersen visits central america (LDS Church News) (September 18, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Neil L. Andersen enjoys a special affinity for the Latter-day Saints in Brazil. As a Seventy, the apostle served in area presidencies in that vast South American nation.

BREAKING NEWS: Elder Scott passes away at age 86 (September 22, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. MDT from causes incident to age, while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 86.

In Oxford Speech, Elder Oaks Says Governments Should Secure Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom) (June 14, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
“None of us can ignore the importance of religion globally — in politics, conflict resolution, economic development, humanitarian relief, and more,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks...

Elder Holland at BYU: Preserving Religion’s Place Can Bind Society Together (LDS Newsroom) (August 17, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
“My concern is that when it comes to binding up that fabric in our day, the ‘ligatures’ of religion are not being looked to in quite the way they once were,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Andersen: The urgency of finding people to teach (Deseret News - Utah) (June 30, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is a sacred charge that cannot be dismissed or diminished, said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on June 25.

Elder Holland Shares Family Pioneer Stories with Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Church News) (July 19, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
Though he is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s Mormon and Utah heritage is about diverse as it can get for one person, he said.

Elder Christofferson presents at G20 Interfaith Forum on relieving suffering worldwide (LDS Church News) (September 27, 2018) - Relevance: 3.2
As part of his apostolic duties, Elder D. Todd Christofferson meets with members and many others across the world. He’s witnessed places of great beauty and wealth.

Monte S. Nyman, dead at 81, remembered by Elder Holland, others (Deseret News - Utah) (October 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Mormon scholar and longtime BYU professor Monte S. Nyman, who wrote "Great Are the Words of Isaiah" and 11 other books, died Sept. 30 at the age of 81. "He and Isaiah are in a deep conversation as we speak," Elder Jeffrey R. Holland wrote in a letter read Friday at Nyman's funeral. Elder Holland was BYU's president for part of Nyman's tenure, and now is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A mission to Scottsdale (Arizona Republic) (September 21, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Scott Clarke and Elder Ethan Farmer are on a mission from God. The two young men are serving their mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they are not local kids sent to Peru or Botswana.

Elder Adhemar Damiani dies at 73 (LDS Church News) (July 12, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Adhemar Damiani, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy, died on June 16, 2013, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 73.

Elder Adhemar Damiani dies at 73 (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Adhemar Damiani, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy, died on June 16, 2013, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 73.

Elder Robert D. Hales Dies at Age 85 (LDS Newsroom) (October 2, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Robert D. Hales died at 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the hospital at age 85 from causes incident to age. He was surrounded by his wife and family at the time of his passing.

Mormons on a mission (Maine) (June 11, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
Wearing crisp white dress shirts and name tags reading Elder Bowler and Elder Evans pinned to their dark coats, two young men walked down Mt. Pleasant Street in Biddeford on a recent Wednesday morning knocking on doors.

Elder Morrison to speak at Provo hospital chapel (September 28, 2004) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Alexander Morrison, an emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

Elder Cook: Become a Missionary for Life (BYU NewsNet) (March 15, 2007) - Relevance: 3.2
Missionary work has grown immensely in the last decade, but there is much more to do, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the First Quorum of the Seventy in Tuesday's campus devotional.

Elder Adney Y. Komatsu passes away (LDS Church News) (February 28, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Adney Y. Komatsu, who served in the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1975 through 1992, passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at age 87.

Elder Stephen B. Oveson dies (LDS Church News) (June 10, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Stephen B. Oveson, a former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, died June 2, 2013, at his home in Provo, Utah. He was 76.

BREAKING NEWS: Joseph B. Wirthlin, Oldest Apostle, Dies, Age 91 (December 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, the oldest living apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died last night, age 91. Elder Wirthlin had gone to bed at his Salt Lake City home, and died peacefully at about 11:30 pm of causes incident to age. His oldest daughter, Jane Wirthlin Parker, was present. A member of the family had been staying and caring for Elder Wirthlin, whose wife, Elisa Young Rogers Wirthlin, died in 2006.

Philippines visit by Elder Cook boosts members (LDS Church News) (December 12, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Quentin L. Cook visited the Philippines to conduct a priesthood leadership conference and preside over athe mission presidents seminar on Nov. Nov. 12-16. He was accompanied by his wife, Sister Mary Cook; Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Zulma Gonzalez; and Bishop Keith B. McMullin of the Presiding Bishopric and his wife, Sister Carolyn McMullin.

Elder Maynes throws first pitch, commends San Diego Padres for community service (LDS Church News) (August 3, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy threw out the first pitch on “Mormon Night” at the San Diego Padres game on June 27. After the pitch, Elder Maynes presented to Tom Seidler, owner of the Padres, a crystal baseball to honor the community service the baseball team has done.

Church Leader Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch (LDS Newsroom) (July 27, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, 22 July 2011. Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended the event with more than 4,200 Latter-day Saints and their friends. Elder Cook threw a strike, which was caught by local Church leader Elder Jerryl Garns.

Elder Pace set to speak at BYU (January 7, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Glenn L. Pace, a member of The First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at 11:05 a.m. on Jan. 11 in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.

Elder Bednar tells BYU to 'observe' (May 13, 2005) - Relevance: 3.2
BYU students may not realize they possess a gift of being quick to observe, said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, during Tuesday’s Devotional address.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin passes away at 91 (Deseret News - Utah) (December 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, the oldest living apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday at the age of 91.

Elder Hans B. Ringger dies at age 84 (LDS Church News) (October 22, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Hans Benjamin Ringger, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, died at his home in Basel, Switzerland, on Oct. 18, 2010. He was 84.

Assignments Announced for Elder Uchtdorf (LDS Newsroom) (January 23, 2018) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has received several key assignments following his service in the First Presidency.

Biography of Elder David A. Bednar (October 2, 2004) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder David A. Bednar began serving as president of Ricks College 1 July 1997.

Spirit briefings become our homing devices (Deseret News - Utah) (January 24, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
I've been reading "Hearing the Voice of the Lord," the new book by Elder Gerald N. Lund. Now that he's "Elder" Lund, not just "Gerry" Lund, he seems determined to dig a little deeper in the mine of Mormonism.

Missionaries from western states share their faith with Elk County (Ridgway Record - Pennsylvania) (March 30, 2006) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Michael Gwynn of Simi Valley, Calif., and Elder James Lewis, of Orem, Utah, did not foresee, as children, the course of events which would bring them to Elk County.

Video Highlights Elder Hales’ Talk on Gratitude (Church News and Events) (December 1, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
During his October 2011 general conference address, Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that if we endure with a grateful attitude, then that which we endure will strengthen us.

Elder Ballard shares gentle counsel on suicide prevention (LDS Church News) (December 17, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
Not long ago, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles received a letter from grief-stricken parents who were mourning the death of a teenage son who had taken his own life.

Elder Bednar visits Church's South America South Area: 'A bounteous outpouring' (LDS Church News) (March 18, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
Important visits with government and religious leaders and the use of social media to interact with Latter-day Saints highlighted Elder David A. Bednar’s recent trip to the South America South Area of the Church. Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, visited Chile, Argentina and Uruguay on Feb. 18 through Feb. 29.

Elder Bednar Counsels Those Facing Adversity to “Shrink Not” (Church News and Events) (March 7, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
When faced with trials or tribulations in life, devoted disciples of Jesus Christ can learn “spiritually vital lessons about not shrinking,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve during a Church Educational System devotional on March 3. Elder Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, spoke to young adults around the world from Texas Hall, University of Texas at Arlington campus. The devotional was translated into 39 different languages.

Utahns react to death of Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
"I was deeply saddened to hear of Elder Richard G. Scott's passing. Elder Scott's dedication to God was evident in his service to others. As a missionary, a father and an apostle, he worked tirelessly and served selflessly. Many of us were inspired by his counsel, and even more were blessed by his example. Elder Scott was a man of great faith and unbending principle, who — in his own quiet way — spent decades sharing the light of Christ with people throughout the world. We will miss him dearly." — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah

Ground Broken for Phoenix Arizona Temple (LDS Newsroom) (June 6, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community leaders in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, 4 June 2011 to break ground for a new temple. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy presided at the ceremony. He was joined by the Executive Director of the Temple Department, Elder William R. Walker, Elder Michael D. Pickerd and Elder Jim L. Wright of the Seventy and Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. Several community and civic leaders also attended, including Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Majority Leader Steve Court and the vice mayor of Phoenix, Thelda Williams.

Elder Staheli urges spiritual preparation for future (BYU NewsNet) (June 15, 2006) - Relevance: 3.2
The choices students make today impact who they are now and their future successes, said Elder Donald L. Staheli at the June 14, 2006 Devotional.

Elder Bateman Discusses Traits of Good Missionaries (BYU NewsNet) (March 1, 2008) - Relevance: 3.2
Successful missionaries must show faith, effort, dedication, and humility, said Elder Merrill J. Bateman at a fireside Wednesday night.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Visits National Scout Jamboree (Church News and Events) (July 31, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Neil L. Andersen stood before a massive Sabbath-day gathering of Scouts on July 21, reminding them that “to do our best, we must first be our best.”

New Seventy, Elder Kim B. Clark, Is a Lifelong Learner (Church News) (April 22, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
A lifetime of education—as a student and a teacher—will be of great benefit to Elder Kim Bryce Clark in his new assignment to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy.

LDS missionary 'stable' following hit-and-run accident in San Antonio (Deseret News - Utah) (May 14, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Michael Garver, a 19-year-old missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is in "stable" condition after sustaining serious injuries earlier this month as a result of a hit-and-run accident in San Antonio, Texas. Elder Garver is from Tooele, Utah. The church issued a statement Monday confirming that Elder Garver “was struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking their bikes on the side of a road on (May 2, 2013).”

Mormons Elders sacrifice two years on mission (The Battalion - Texas) (June 26, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
Wearing their signature white button ups, ties, and nametags, Elder Chang and Elder Chavarra stand out from the crowd next to the sandwich board in the middle of Academic Plaza. Despite their presence on campus, few students realize these men have given up everything to be here.

Elder Holland tweets now, too: 'Being with missionaries is the greatest' (Deseret News - Utah) (May 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
The LDS Twitterverse is aflutter about apostles tweeting. Two days after Elder M. Russell Ballard became the first apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to send a tweet, a fellow member of the Quorum of the Twelve joined him.

Graduates receive counsel in “parable of BYU–Hawaii” (BYU-Hawaii news release) (December 20, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Elder Jeffery R. Holland urged students to live up to their potential at the BYU–Hawaii Commencement Exercises on Saturday, Dec. 17. More than 220 students marched in BYU–Hawaii’s December Commencement in the Cannon Activities Center led by Elder Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In his address, Elder Holland implored graduation candidates not to let a “blur in vision” keep them from achieving their goals while also congratulating them on completing their education.

Elder Holland visits the nations of Russia, Ukraine (Deseret News - Utah) (May 5, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
Bringing messages of hope, two General Authorities of the Church visited the nations of Russia and the Ukraine April 13-23. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles with his wife, Sister Patricia Holland; and Elder Donald L Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy with his wife, Sister Diane Hallstrom, conducted the visit to the nations within the Europe East Area.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Dedicates Laos (News from the Church) (March 25, 2006) - Relevance: 3.2
On February 23, 2006, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Lao People's Democratic Republic for the work of the gospel.

Michelle King's Interview With Elder Jeffrey Holland (KUTV - Utah) (November 12, 2007) - Relevance: 3.2
Members of the LDS Church know Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He also has a wealth of experience as an educator and administrator.

Elder Grow at BYU-Idaho (LDS Church News) (May 21, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
"Where will you be in 20 years?" Elder C. Scott Grow of the Seventy asked BYU-Idaho students during a weekly devotional on May 15. "What decisions and commitments do you need to make now and in the future to help you remain faithful?"

LDS apostle Elder Russell M. Nelson turns 90 (LDS Church News) (September 10, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
Lessons, principles and habits learned in childhood remain vivid in memory for Elder Russell M. Nelson, who turned 90 on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Elder Holland accepts key Scouting assignment (LDS Church News) (May 29, 2015) - Relevance: 3.2
On May 20, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was elected as a member of the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting.

Key chapters of LDS history being written in Ecuador, Colombia (Deseret News - Utah) (May 1, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
A few days after returning from his 12-day trip to Ecuador and Colombia, Elder D. Todd Christofferson gathered with his fellow brethren of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Salt Lake Temple. The Quorum’s 92-year-old leader, President Russell M. Nelson, referenced Elder Christofferson’s recent travels with a remarkable observation: “President Nelson said, ‘On the day I was born [in 1924] there was not a single [native-born] member in South America’,” said Elder Christofferson. “In one lifetime, we’ve got millions.”

Elder Maynes Shares Insights of Church Restoration at Worldwide Broadcast (LDS Newsroom) (May 3, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Richard J. Maynes encouraged Mormon young adults around the world to follow the example of the faith’s first leader and ask questions, seek truth and find purpose for their lives.

Elder Rasband Offers Apostolic Blessing to Quake-Weary Ecuadorians (Church News) (June 27, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
In the days leading up to his recent trip to northwestern South America, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles experienced a powerful prompting.

Elder Lindsay, former General Authority, civic leader, dies (LDS Church News) (June 12, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Richard Powell Lindsay, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, died of cancer in Salt Lake City, on June 4, 2010. He was 84. Elder Lindsay was called and sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989, where he served in many capacities throughout the world. His first assignment as a Seventy was as the first counselor in the Utah North Area presidency from Oct. 1, 1989, to Oct. 1, 1990. He was then called to serve as the first Africa Area president until Aug. 15, 1993.

Ground is broken in Sapporo for Japan's third temple (LDS Church News) (October 28, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
In 1949, Elder Matthew Cowley of the Quorum of the Twelve stopped in Japan on his way home from New Zealand to dedicate the first building acquired by the Church after the war. In that prayer, Elder Cowley prophesied that "temples would dot the land of Japan." An early missionary in the Northern Far East Mission remembers Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then of the Quorum of the Twelve, also prophesying of a time when there would be multiple temples in Japan, and specifically a temple in Hokkaido.

Seminar for New Mission Presidents: Elder Quentin L. Cook (LDS Church News) (June 25, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Opportunities and challenges arise from the intersection of agency, opposition and faith in missionary work, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Make Technology Your Servant, Not Master, Elder Ballard Says (Church News) (May 6, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
While heralding the advantages of today’s technology, Elder M. Russell Ballard urged young Latter-day Saints to not let its use interfere with their relationships with God or with family and friends on May 3.

Church Is Sinking Deep, Solid Roots in Colombia, Peru (Church News) (September 5, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
Almost a century has passed since a latter-day Apostle, Elder Melvin J. Ballard, prophesied that South America would become a power for the Church and sprout just “as an oak grows slowly from an acorn.” One of Elder Ballard’s apostolic successors, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, witnessed the ongoing fulfillment of that prophecy during his recent visit to Colombia and Peru. The Church is indeed “a power” in those nations, he said in a Church News interview, because of the faith, devotion, and good works of individual Latter-day Saints.

Elder M. Russell Ballard visits Church members in Canada (Deseret News - Utah) (June 30, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Nearly a century after his grandfather Elder Melvin J. Ballard visited Church members living in the Alberta, Canada, area as part of his ministry as an apostle, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to the same area on assignment to teach and visit with Church members living in the Edmonton area.

Religious freedom is good for business, Elder Christofferson says, so all have a stake in it (Deseret News - Utah) (May 23, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
Everyone has a stake in protecting religious freedom because it contributes to better economic and business outcomes, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church said Friday. "Where religious freedom is respected and protected, society overall is more stable, safer and more prosperous," said Elder Christofferson, citing research data during a speech at the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual convention in Salt Lake City.

Several trends trouble Elder Oaks (November 10, 2004) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Dallin H. Oaks expressed concern Tuesday about several disturbing trends in American society — including the decline in newspaper readership — during a devotional address at Brigham Young University.

Church Leaders Meet with Al Gore (LDS Church news release) (April 3, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
Mr. Gore had a brief courtesy meeting with President Monson and then met with Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elder Quentin L. Cook, and others members of the Church’s Public Affairs Committee.

Elder Holland Ministers in Middle East (Church News and Events) (May 25, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently visited members in several Middle Eastern countries, including Bahrain and Israel.

Elder Harold G. Hillam dies at age 77 (LDS Church News) (March 29, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Harold G. Hillam, an emeritus General Authority and a former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, died March 27, 2012, at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 77.

Elder Bruce D. Porter Is Laid to Rest (LDS Newsroom) (January 6, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Funeral services for Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy were held this morning in Bountiful, near Salt Lake City. He was buried at nearby Lakeview Memorial Cemetery.

Funeral Services Held for Elder Robert D. Hales (LDS Newsroom) (October 9, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was laid to rest in Utah Friday, October 6, 2017.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, 87, dies (LDS Church News) (May 15, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone — an emeritus General Authority, former temple president, and beloved youth leader — died Saturday night at his home in Bountiful, Utah.

Elder Tingey teaches importance of watch towers in devotional (BYU news release) (June 7, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
Focusing his remarks on the parable of the watchman on the tower from the Doctrine and Covenants, Elder Earl C. Tingey of the Presidency of the Seventy addressed students Tuesday in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Elder Holland visits Scotland and England (LDS Church News) (June 17, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
wenty-five years ago, President Gordon. B. Hinckley called Elder Jeffrey R. Holland into his office and gave him a special assignment: Move to the United Kingdom and preside over what was then the Europe North Area.

Elder Holland visits Asia Area (LDS Church News) (September 4, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered messages of hope, faith, testimony and inspiration to several thousand Latter-day Saints as he addressed member meetings in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia Aug. 15-23.

Elder Oaks Addresses Elections, Hope and Freedom at BYU (LDS Newsroom) (September 14, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
“Today, I say that if the Church or its doctrines are attacked in blogs and other social media, contentious responses are not helpful. They disappoint our friends and provoke our adversaries,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles...

Elder Rasband: Serve one by one (Deseret News - Utah) (September 21, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
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.

Fun vs. joy: Elder Bednar speaks at BYU about finding true happiness (The Church News) (December 6, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
During a “spiritually powerful testimony meeting” recently, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles listened intently as a woman declared great joy because of the Father’s plan of salvation.

Elder Larry Echo Hawk: 'Lifting people' a lifelong choice (LDS Church News) (April 14, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
As a young man, Elder Larry Echo Hawk heard Spencer W. Kimball give a speech at BYU envisioning Native Americans as educated leaders. From that day forward he has dedicated his life to "lifting people." A member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Elder Echo Hawk was born in Cody, Wyo., on Aug. 2, 1948, to Ernest and Emma Jane Echo Hawk. While growing up in Farmington, N.M., in 1962, he and his family were taught and baptized by LDS missionaries.

Mormon missionary returns to service following serious accident (Deseret News - Utah) (October 9, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
In April 2012, Deseret News writer Joe Walker reported on the status of Elder Tyler James Johnson, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Toronto, Ontario, who was involved in an automobile accident. Elder Johnson spent three weeks in a medically induced coma after a car involved in an accident nearby swerved onto the sidewalk, striking Elder Johnson and other pedestrians on Feb. 16, 2012.

Elder Malm laid to rest near missionary graves in Sweden (Deseret News - Utah) (September 13, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Per G. Malm, the first General Authority to have been called from Sweden, was laid to rest Aug. 16 near the graves of two men who died while serving as missionaries for the Church in the 1890s. Elder Malm, whose six-year ministry as a General Authority Seventy focused largely on missionary work, died of cancer July 26 at his home in Göteborg. He was 67.

Elder Snow Encouraged Youth to Record Their Own Stories at KINect YOU Event (Church News) (April 10, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Good history requires place, time, and, most important, a story, Elder Steven E. Snow said March 25 at the KINnect YOU family history youth event held at the Burns Arena on the Dixie State University campus. Elder Snow, General Authority Seventy and the Church Historian and Recorder, was the concluding speaker for the eight-hour event that drew nearly 4,000 area high school students from St. George and surrounding communities.

First stake in Mongolia is organized (LDS Church News) (June 12, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
The north Asian nation of Mongolia now has its first stake of Zion. On Sunday, June 7, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy organized the Ulaanbaatar Mongolia West Stake. Elder Hallstrom said that establishing the gospel in our lives and in the lives of our family is just as important as establishing stakes, districts, wards and branches. Elder Joseph Chung, an Area Seventy from Taiwan, spoke of building Zion where we are.

Overcoming the Natural Man Increases the Savior’s Image in Your Countenance (Church News) (November 19, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
“What [are you] doing to increase the Savior’s image in [your] countenance?” Elder Mervyn B. Arnold of the Seventy asked BYU–Idaho students at a campus devotional November 10. Elder Arnold began his address by telling the story of John the Baptist in John 3:30. John the Baptist said the phrase “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Elder Arnold told students that this statement needed to be applied to them.

Inauguration ceremony set for Caldwell -- Elder Holland to speak (Dixie Sun Online - Utah) (April 13, 2006) - Relevance: 3.1
Dixie alumnus Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be giving the inaugural address.

Trial set in slaying of LDS missionary (Deseret News - Utah) (April 25, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
ames R. Boughton Jr., 20, has been charged with the fatal shooting of Elder Morgan Winslow Young, 21, who was going door to door in Chesapeake, Va., with his missionary companion, Elder Joshua Heidbrink, on Jan. 2, 2006.

Elder Perry counsels Y. students to plan (Deseret News - Utah) (October 31, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder L. Tom Perry charged a crowd of students to start planning their careers during a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday morning in the Marriott Center.

Elder Jensen urges scripture study (BYU NewsNet) (March 11, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy spoke to BYU students at the Tuesday devotional about using the word of God to ensure they weather the storms of life and build their testimonies upon the rock Helaman spoke of.

Elder Ballard Reports “Rich Harvest” Underway in Asia (Church News) (March 16, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
During his recent trip to Asia, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles found timeless inspiration in the words of two modern-day prophets.

Elder Richard G. Scott Dies at Age 86 (LDS Newsroom) (September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. MDT from causes incident to age, while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 86.

“Central America Has a Bright Future,” Says Elder Quentin L. Cook (Church News) (April 4, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
Looking out on a capacity congregation of more than 2,000 youth and their parents in Managua, Nicaragua, Elder Quentin L. Cook shared an apostolic witness of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Elder Ronald T. Halverson, Emeritus General Authority, Dies at Age 80 (Church News) (February 28, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Ronald T. Halverson, an emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, February 24, at his home in Ogden, Utah. He was 80 years old. Born on December 18, 1936, in Ogden, Utah, to Marlowe and Hilda Tomlinson Halverson, Elder Halverson dedicated his life to his family, the community, and the Church.

Optimism Needed to Follow Prophet (BYU NewsNet) (May 18, 2007) - Relevance: 3.1
Recent prophetic teachings requiring optimism were given to students by Elder Richard G. Hinckley Tuesday. "Everything we do in this Church requires optimism," Elder Hinckley said.

Elder Christofferson Visits Former Mission in Argentina (Church News) (May 22, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Decades before Elder D. Todd Christofferson became a General Authority, members here and in other communities in northern Argentina already knew him as “Elder Christofferson.”

Soul searching (Daily Journal - Mississippi) (December 1, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
You may have seen them recently in your neighborhood, going door to door. Elder Jaynes of Filer, Idaho, and Elder Jones of Thatcher, Ariz., two missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are canvassing Tupelo and the surrounding area to spread their faith.

Elder Whiting counsels against 'digital detachment' (BYU-Hawaii news release) (February 8, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
Conveniences of technology cannot replace the influence of the Holy Ghost and fulfilling one's duty, Elder Scott D. Whiting, member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said during Tuesday's devotional.

“We Should Never Be Downcast,” Said the Late Elder Perry (Church News) (May 30, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
A buoyant and irrepressible optimism reflected in an ever-present smile and a resounding witness of the reality of God, the divinity of Jesus Christ and the eternal nature of the family unit characterized the life of Elder L. Tom Perry, who died May 30, 2015.

'Treasure up the words of life,' Elder Renlund counsels (Deseret News - Utah) (July 5, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
The Holy Ghost cannot bring to remembrance that which has not been learned in the first place, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles pointed out on June 27 in a session of the 2017 Seminar for New Mission Presidents.

LDS Church General Authority Elder Marion D. Hanks dies at age 89 (Deseret News - Utah) (August 6, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
A submarine chaser in the Navy during World War II, Elder Marion D. Hanks risked his life to fly into hot combat zones during the Vietnam War to minister to LDS soldiers. When a few of the first letters he wrote back to the families of soldiers didn't arrive until after the soldiers were killed in action, Elder Hanks took to staying up late into the night dictating the letters. Each morning, he put the tapes on a plane back to Utah, where his secretary would immediately type and send the letters.

Elder Joaquin Esteban Costa: 'The Lord knows the details of your life' (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Joaquin Esteban Costa has a message he wants to share with all people: Studying the Book of Mormon is the best way to know Jesus Christ. Two days after he was sustained as a General Authority Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Annual General Conference, Elder Costa and his wife, Renée Valera Costa, told the Church News of how the Book of Mormon became one of the most important elements in their lives.

Church of Latter Day Saints missionaries focus on helping others (Victoria Advocate - Texas) (November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
Mission Victoria is what they call it, and their title, elder, is a bit deceiving for the youthful group of 20-something-year-old missionaries in town. "Victoria is awesome," said Elder Johnathon Cobabe, a 19-year-old Church of Latter Day Saint's missionary from Washington. He's been in the city for little more than a month teaching and training. "Victoria is the best place in Texas, and dare I say the world," added Elder Dayton Law, his 20-year-old trainer, flashing a bright smile. Law gave up a cabinet-making business in Utah to become a missionary.

Elder Stucki teaches to use gifts (Idaho) (March 18, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder H. Bruce Stucki, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, encouraged Brigham Young University-Idaho students to live up to their full potential by using their talents during his devotional address Tuesday, March 15.

Elder Mickelsen to talk at BYU devotional (Utah) (June 25, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, in the de Jong Concert Hall at Brigham Young University for a campus devotional.

Elder Bateman Enumerates Lessons of the Atonement (BYU NewsNet) (March 27, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
Prayer, faith, love, obedience and building up Zion are all important principles people can learn from the Atonement of Jesus Christ, said Elder Merrill J.Bateman at BYU's Easter Conference on Saturday.

Elder Huntsman tells Y. students to focus on integrity, hard work (Deseret News - Utah) (November 11, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
"God did not put us here to fail," Elder Jon M. Huntsman Sr., a prominent businessman and philanthropist, told BYU students during the university's weekly devotional Tuesday in the Marriott Center.

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Sr. dies (Deseret News - Utah) (December 22, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Sr., who served as a member of the LDS Church's Second Quorum of the Seventy, died of complications of Parkinson's disease on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at an assisted living center in Cottonwood Heights. He was 86.

Elder Scott urges BYU graduates 'To live well' (LDS Church News) (April 27, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Individuals must be a force for good in a world that desperately needs it, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve told more than 6,000 Brigham Young University graduates and their supporters on Thursday afternoon.

#BYUDevo Elder Kent F. Richards on Jesus Christ's example (BYU news release) (March 12, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
“At times you may feel that you are sitting on the curb, lost and afraid, but if you will look to the Savior, He will guide you safely home,” said Elder Kent F. Richards of the LDS Second Quorum of the Seventy at the BYU Devotional Tuesday.

Elder Hales' love of baseball and personal experiences allowed him to teach gospel lessons (Deseret News - Utah) (October 5, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
As a freshman starting on his high school's varsity baseball team, Elder Robert D. Hales nearly quit during a slump.

'This is a sacred moment': Elder Arnold shares pioneer values during Sunrise Service (Church News) (July 25, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Mervyn B. Arnold was named after his ancestor, Mervyn Sharp Bennion, who was the captain of the U.S.S. West Virginia in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Elder Soares visits Central America during first solo trip as an Apostle (The Church News) (December 7, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
Reading from the pages of his mother’s journal, Elder Ulisses Soares recently learned much about his parents’ conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS missionary in Idaho succumbs to injuries (Deseret News - Utah) (September 7, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Taylor Shane Ward, 19, an LDS missionary from Vacaville, Calif., has died from his injuries sustained Tuesday in an automobile accident near Pocatello, Idaho. Members of the missionary's family had traveled from California to be with him, and they were there at the time of his death, church officials said. Elder Ward was a passenger in a car driven by his missionary companion, Elder John Floyd, of Deep Run, N.C. Police reports indicate that the passenger side of the missionaries' car was hit by a pickup truck when the missionaries' car failed to yield at a stop sign.

Funeral for LDS missionary killed in Idaho set for Friday (Deseret News - Utah) (September 13, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Funeral services for Elder Taylor Ward, the LDS missionary killed last week in a traffic accident in southern Idaho, will be held Friday. According to a story in the Idaho State Journal, Elder Ward's funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the LDS meetinghouse located at 311 Alamo Drive in Vacaville, Calif. Writing for the newspaper, Kendra Evensen also reported that Elder Ward's family has received more than $15,000 in donations to help with funeral expenses through an online donation site established by a family friend. “We are overwhelmed by the love we have received that extends from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Mongolia and Taiwan; the support has been worldwide," Elder Ward's parents, Trevor and Deidre Ward, wrote in an email to the Journal.

Two General Authority Seventies Assigned to Presidency of the Seventy (Church News) (May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
The First Presidency announced May 1 that Elder Juan A. Uceda and Elder Patrick Kearon will serve in the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy, effective August 1.

Missionaries lend a hand (Selma Times-Journal - Alabama) (August 15, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
The Selma Area Food Bank serves as a major food provider to nearly 40 agencies in four counties and relies largely on volunteers. When no one showed up to help pack bags of canned goods, juices and other non-perishable items Tuesday, a team of missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stepped in to help. Missionaries Elder Tyler Allan, Elder James Larsen, Elder Chance Bearnson and Elder Tanner Prestwich of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have collectively been serving in and around Selma for roughly six months, packed 249 bags of food at the Selma Area Food Bank this week. Larson said he and his fellow missionaries enjoyed helping out because it’s not only for a good cause, but it’s what Christ would do.

Missionary Injured in Spain Train Accident (LDS Newsroom) (July 26, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Thursday: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the train accident in Spain. Among those injured was Elder Stephen Madison Ward, age 18, from Bountiful, Utah, serving in the Spain Madrid mission. Elder Ward was treated at a local hospital and has been released. Elder Ward completed 6 weeks of training in the Madrid Missionary Training Center this week and was en route to his first assignment."

Teaching the doctrine of Christ is the purpose of missionary work (LDS Church News) (January 20, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
If there is one thing that is central to missionary work, it is what is known as the doctrine of Christ, Elder David F. Evans said Jan. 14 during the opening session of the 2014 Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors. “The reason we call it the doctrine of Christ is because that’s what Nephi called it,” said Elder Evans of the Seventy, who is executive director of the Missionary Department. When the Savior taught it, He referred to it as “My doctrine,” Elder Evans added.

Mormon missionaries proselytize for Christ (NT Daily, Texas) (October 19, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
These college-age men leave their homes, ready to share their faith with whoever will listen. They wear nametags that portray both their names, Elder Thomas and Elder Kennington, as well as their church’s name in capital letters: “THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.”

Elder Stevenson Urges Use of Technology to Spread 'Knowledge of a Savior' (LDS Newsroom) (May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
“We live in a unique world, with the ability to preach the gospel of peace literally at our fingertips,” said Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the BYU Women’s Conference.

Elder and Sister Rasband: 'One together in the work' (Deseret News - Utah) (June 30, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie T. Rasband, likely experienced a moment of nostalgia when they spoke Monday at the 2017 Seminar for New Mission Presidents.

Ground Broken for Temple in Phoenix, Arizona, USA (Church News and Events) (June 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy and other Church officials joined with community and civic leaders in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on June 4, 2011, to break ground for the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy, executive director of the Temple Department, also attended, along with Elder Michael D. Pickerd and Elder Jim L. Wright of the Seventy and Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. Several community and civic leaders in attendance included Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Majority Leader Steve Court, and the vice mayor of Phoenix, Thelda Williams. Services were broadcast to area meetinghouses.

Elder Lynn G. Robbins: Call to Presidency of the Seventy (LDS Church News) (April 16, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
Since being called as a General Authority in April of 1997, Elder Lynn G. Robbins has enjoyed the “sweet blessing of becoming acquainted with saints all over the world.” “You feel an immediate bond with people wherever you go,” he said. “It is immediate.”

Elder Cook: Make Family History Part of Missionary Work (Church News) (July 10, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
The Lord is hastening His work, and as hearts respond to the atoning sacrifice of the Savior, His purposes will be accomplished, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Cook Reports that the Power of the Gospel Is Evident in Brazil (Church News) (June 20, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
The name Belo Horizonte—“Beautiful Horizon”—signifies the Brazilian city’s beauty. “Belo Horizonte has the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook who visited Brazil in May.

Elder Pearson Says Independent Voices Are Needed to Sustain Faith (LDS Newsroom) (August 6, 2018) - Relevance: 3.1
“More needs to be done to increase awareness of, access to and confidence in trusted resources by Latter-day Saints and seekers of truth,” said Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

New General Authority, Elder Kevin Scott Hamilton: Choose to do good (LDS Church News) (May 25, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Kevin Scott Hamilton describes himself as "the product of a conversion and a rescue." The story goes back to his birth in March 1955 in Wenatchee, Wash., to Norman Russell and Kay Hamilton. "After I was born, my mother had all these questions about life," related Elder Hamilton, who was sustained at the general conference in April as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. "She talked to her minister, but didn't receive the answers she was looking for, so she talked to one of our friends who was a Latter-day Saint, Richard Pratt (a good Mormon name)."

Elder Rulon G. Craven, Emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at age 92 (Deseret News - Utah) (February 7, 2017) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Rulon G. Craven, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on Feb. 6, 2017, in Centerville, Utah, at the age of 92. He served as a General Authority Seventy from 1990 until 1996. Born to Gerald and Susie Schultz Craven in Murray, Utah, on Nov. 11, 1924, Elder Craven was the oldest of four children. He grew up in Boise, Idaho.

Funeral for Elder Marion D. Hanks, longtime LDS General Authority, is Saturday (Deseret News - Utah) (August 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Funeral services for Elder Marion D. Hanks, emeritus General Authority and former member of the presidency of the Seventy, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Salt Lake Holladay South Stake Center. Elder Hanks, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, died Friday, a week after suffering stroke. He served for nearly 40 years as a General Authority before being granted emeritus status in 1992.

Elder Scott's Christmas in Quiriza City (LDS Church News - Utah) (November 29, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
The following took place while Elder Scott was serving as president of the North Argentine Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After numerous attempts, we were finally able to arrange a time with Elder Viselio Antonio Arce to return to his native tribe to open missionary work in that Indian area and quite fittingly, it was during the week of Christmas. We held our first meeting, in the city of Quiriza, approximately 30 miles southwest of Tupiza along the San Juan de Oro River about 20 miles into Bolivia on Sunday, December 25, 1966.

Surviving Mormon missionary in deadly crash speaks out (Valley Central - Texas) (November 11, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Zachary Harris, the teen that survived the deadly Tuesday crash in Donna, spoke with Action 4 News for the first time following the incident. Elder Harris said he was exhausted from his injures both emotionally and physically, but added that once he recovers, he plans to get back to what he enjoys most, spreading the word of Jesus Christ. The 19-year-old was riding side by side with Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, and Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, on Tuesday night when they were struck by a car on Midway Road in Donna.

Elder Paul V. Johnson: Embracing change (LDS Church News) (February 11, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
"Our willingness to accept change in the kingdom helps the Lord hasten His work," Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education said during the Church Educational System's "Evening with a General Authority" held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Feb. 8. "Resistance to inspired change hinders progress of the kingdom." Drawing from the last half of the New Testament as an example of a major challenge the early Church faced as the Gentile converts were being assimilated as Christians, Elder Johnson spoke of how teachers can better adapt.

Elder Ballard counsels Mormon singles during LDS Education Conference in Boston (LDS Church News) (November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder M. Russell Ballard advised more than 600 single adults to consistently feed the spiritual side through simple daily tasks like prayer and scripture study. He spoke at an LDS Education Conference for Mormon single adults in Boston, Mass., over the weekend of October 31. By magnifying the Spirit within them through consistent prayer, single adults will be able to overcome temptations and move towards salvation, Elder Ballard said.

Prophet Joseph Smith, an example of how weaknesses can be made strong (LDS Church News) (November 19, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Weaknesses can be made strong, Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy said during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Nov. 12. Elder Nash used the life experiences of the Prophet Joseph Smith to teach principles relating to making weaknesses become strong. “Although Joseph Smith was strong of body, mind and character, he was weak by almost every other earthly measure,” Elder Nash said.

Elder Perry encourages steadfastness in a changing world (BYU-Idaho press release) (January 28, 2006) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at the Brigham Young University-Idaho devotional Tuesday, January 24.

Elder C. Scott Grow: 'We stand united' (LDS Church News) (November 26, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder C. Scott Grow of the Seventy and representatives from a variety of faiths shared messages of gratitude and unity as part of the Inclusion Center's 23rd annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Apostles attend inauguration (LDS Church News) (January 25, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve were assigned by the First Presidency to respond to a formal invitation to represent the Church at the 57th Presidential Inauguration at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. on Monday, Jan. 21.

Antidote for Fear: Know Gospel Will Triumph, Elder Holland Says (Church News) (February 11, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
“Be not afraid, only believe,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged Church Educational System personnel during the annual Evening with a General Authority held in the Tabernacle on February 6.

Elder Craig C. Christensen to BYU grads: 'Put your trust in God' (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
“Your commitment to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and your willingness to form eternal families will ultimately influence everyone who comes to know you,” Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy told graduates...

A day in the life of two missionaries (MPNnow - New York) (May 1, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
Dressed in white short-sleeve, button-down shirts, neckties and slacks, the two young missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Leder and Elder Osborn, approach a house on Rossmore Street in Gates where the owner is working on his porch.

Tornadoes don't faze missionaries (Deseret News - Utah) (May 14, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
As the rain blew parallel to the ground against their coats and the hail pelted hard against their tags, Elder Chase Wilcox of Alpharetta, Ga., and Elder Ben Osmond of Westbridge, Alberta, Canada, knocked on an investigator's door. "What are you doing here in this weather?" asked the investigator.

Elder Oaks Defends Religious Freedom (Church News and Events) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a landmark address on Friday, February 4, 2011, affirming the importance of the free exercise of religion and calling for people to work together to protect this First Amendment right.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: 'Day of the sons, daughters of Lehi is blossoming' (LDS Church News) (March 17, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
Almost nine decades have passed since Elder Melvin J. Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gathered with a small group in a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and dedicated South America for the preaching of the gospel.

Elder L. Tom Perry — an 'uncommon' life of service and enthusiasm (Deseret News) (May 30, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who championed family values with a robust voice and cheerful optimism, died May 30, 2015, in his home from the effects of cancer. He was 92.

Leadership Changes in Presidency of the Seventy Announced (LDS Newsroom) (October 13, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder L. Whitney Clayton is the senior president of the Quorums of the Seventy, and Elder Gerrit W. Gong will now serve as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. The Church made this announcement Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Thousands tour Cebu City Philippines Temple during open house (LDS Church News) (June 7, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
The busy street of Gorordo in Cebu City became even busier when the Cebu City Philippines Temple opened its doors to the public on May 21. Elder Keith R. Edwards of the Seventy and president of the Philippines Area, along with his counselors, Elder Won Yong Ko and Elder Michael John U. Teh of the Seventy, each escorted a group of media representatives through the temple prior to the public open house.

Elder Steven E. Snow discusses stepping stones and stumbling blocks (BYU news release) (September 12, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Steven E. Snow, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and Church Historian, addressed students Tuesday in the Marriott Center in a devotional titled, “Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks.” Elder Snow relayed the story of the Willie and Martin handcart companies and of the great sacrifice and ordeal they went through to reach the Salt Lake Valley. A few of the survivors viewed the experience as a stumbling block, lost their faith and left the Church, but for others the suffering served as a stepping stone and refiner’s fire. “How do we turn adversity into a stepping stone and not a stumbling block?” Elder Snow asked. “How can we make a bad experience become a learning experience?”

A lesson on work (March 8, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
The doctrine of work helps guide lives in the present and the future, said Elder David E. Sorensen at the CES Fireside. “We can find purpose in our work,” said Elder Sorensen. “Learn to love work..."

Elder Russell Carl Taylor dies at age 90 (LDS Church News) (April 15, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Russell Carl Taylor, emeritus General Authority Seventy, passed away on April 3, 2016, in St. George, Utah, at the age of 90.

Elder Holland: look to the future, not the past (BYU Newsnet) (January 15, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
Former BYU President and member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, encouraged students to learn from the past and look to the future at the BYU devotional Tuesday.

Elder Gardner Russell: A life spent building the Church (LDS Church News) (November 26, 2012) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Gardner H. Russell, who served in the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy from 1986 to 1991, passed away on Nov. 19, in Florida. He was 92.

Elder Hallstrom devotional (Idaho) (May 25, 2005) - Relevance: 3.1
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, of the Seventy, spoke of ‘a heart required of the Lord and a willing mind’ to the students and faculty of Brigham Young University- Idaho at Tuesday’s devotional.

Elder Christofferson Says Religious Freedom Is ‘Under Fire’ (June 28, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
“My remarks this evening are about America’s great heritage of religious liberty — and about the need for each of us to defend that heritage before it is too late,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson...

Discipline For "Ordain Women" Came From High Level LDS Leaders (KUTV - Utah) (June 17, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
2News has learned from several sources in the Virginia area, that disciplinary action against Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women came not from leaders in her former LDS congregation in that state, but rather church leaders in Salt Lake City. Sources say that on May 17 Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Whitney Clayton, were in the area for a training meeting. During that meeting, the local church leaders asked Elder Clayton what should be done about the Ordain Women group.

'Close with his family': Elder Graham Watson Doxey dies (LDS Church News) (October 18, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Elder Graham Watson Doxey, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, passed away at his home in Salt Lake City on Oct. 13, 2013. He was 86.

2018 RootsTech Leadership Session (Church News) (February 19, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be the featured speakers of during the family history leadership session at Rootstech.

Elder Bednar Says Church Growing Steadily in Europe East Area (Church News) (June 17, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Returning from assignments to the Europe East Area, an Apostle, a Seventy, and a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric reaffirmed that the gospel of Jesus Christ unites peoples of all backgrounds, cultures, and languages. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric traveled to the Europe East Area from May 22 to June 2.

BYU devotional — Elder Samuelson: Follow the path of trust (Deseret News - Utah) (January 7, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Encouraging Brigham Young University students to temper their trials with trust, Elder Cecil O. Samuelson said informed and earned trust is integral to all that is good, necessary and uplifting.

Knocking on doors: Mormons on a mission in Mississippi (Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi) (June 30, 2007) - Relevance: 3
Dressed in white shirts, dark ties and black pants, Elder James Robinson and Elder Calvin Taylor walked from house to house in a quiet neighborhood in this Jackson suburb.

Elder Richard G. Scott artwork goes on display (KSL - Utah) (November 10, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Deseret Book has a new art exhibit in its downtown flagship store. The man who created the works is very well-known to Latter-day Saints, but not as an artist. A campfire at sunset, the African plain; Latter-day Saint Apostle Elder Richard G. Scott is sharing his watercolors with the public.

“Jesus Christ Lives” Elder Scott Testifies in Mozambique (Church News and Events) (February 26, 2011) - Relevance: 3
“You are some of the most precious children on earth, and God loves you,” Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told Latter-day Saints of Mozambique recently while he was in the Africa Southeast Area.

Elder Holland Tells Ghanaian Saints to Be Their Best (Church News and Events) (February 23, 2012) - Relevance: 3
While completing an area review in Accra, Ghana, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with area office employees, missionaries, and members, and encouraged them to reach their potential in their different capacities.

Elder Stevenson Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Church in Thailand during Visit to Asia (Church News) (March 30, 2016) - Relevance: 3
In 1966, then-Apostle Gordon B. Hinckley and Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Seventy stood in Lumpini Park in Bangkok, Thailand, and dedicated the country for the preaching of the gospel.

Remembering Elder L. Tom Perry 1 year after his death (Deseret News - Utah) (May 31, 2016) - Relevance: 3
One year ago this month, on May 30, 2015, Elder L. Tom Perry died at the age of 92 from the effects of cancer. At the time of his passing, he had served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 41 years.

Have the 'faith to baptize converts,' teaches Elder Neil A. Andersen at the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents (LDS Church News) (July 1, 2016) - Relevance: 3
It is the hope and prayer of all missionaries to “bring sons and daughters of God to Christ through baptism,” declared Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Bednar dedicates Senegal for the preaching of the gospel (Deseret News - Utah) (June 22, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Just before dawn at the base of the “Phare des Mamelles” lighthouse on a hill overlooking Senegal, Elder David A. Bednar offered a dedicatory prayer on May 22 on the people and land of the West African nation.

Elder Uchtdorf in Berlin: Walls and generations can't divide German saints (LDS Church News) (May 28, 2018) - Relevance: 3
There is a line of granite blocks running through Berlin, interrupted occasionally by a hotel or a subway building. “When you look around, when you are observant of what is happening, you can see the marking of the former wall,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf...

Elder Bednar: Make small things a pattern in life (Daily Universe - Utah) (May 2, 2011) - Relevance: 3
In Friday’s closing session of Women’s Conference, Elder David A. Bednar emphasized this year’s theme, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” In front of nearly 15,000 women in attendance at the Marriott Center, Elder Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke about making small things such as eating right, exercising, scripture study and daily prayer a pattern in one’s life.

Elder Oaks to speak on Tuesday (November 6, 2004) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday in the Marriott Center at a Brigham Young University devotional.

Elder Merrell speaks at devotional (BYU Idaho) (September 9, 2005) - Relevance: 3
Being worthy, willing and prepared to lead was the message by Elder V. Dallas Merrell, former member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, in his devotional address Tuesday, September 6, at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Friends and Family Remember Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (LDS Church news release) (December 8, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Thousands gathered in the Tabernacle on Temple Square and thousands more tuned in by television or on the Internet today to pay their last respects to Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Elder Hafen named temple president (Spectrum - Utah) (June 29, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Elder Bruce C. Hafen, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will serve as the new president of the St. George LDS Temple beginning in November.

Elder Montoya Defined by a Legacy of Faith (Church News) (May 13, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Elder Hugo Montoya will tell you he’s blessed by his family’s legacy of faith. Anyone who is familiar with Mexico’s rich Latter-day Saint history knows of his great-grandfather Rafael Monroy.

Elder Stevenson Throws First Pitch at Angels Game (Church News) (July 20, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 15.

Elder David A. Bednar: 'We are so much thankful' (LDS Church News) (March 17, 2017) - Relevance: 3
After a recent visit to the Philippines, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of a sweet phrase he heard often as Filipino Latter-day Saints prayed: “We are so much thankful.”

Elder Cook Reports Europe Area Focused on Work of Salvation (Church News) (December 18, 2014) - Relevance: 3
After visiting the Church’s Europe Area in November, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reported that missionary, temple, and family history work is moving forward. The majority of the trip, November 14–23, was focused in Portugal and Spain—where Elder Cook presided over stake conferences in the Porto Portugal North Stake and the Lléida Spain Stake, met with members and missionaries, and conducted leadership training meetings.

Book of Mormon can be a revelatory experience, Elder Kim B. Clark tells young adults (Deseret News - Utah) (May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Drawing upon an experience from Joseph Smith's young adult years, Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and commissioner of Church Education, spoke to young adults during the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults on May 7. The devotional was held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square, broadcast to stake centers around the world and streamed live on LDS.org. Elder Clark's wife, Sister Sue Clark, also spoke at the devotional.

Elder Ballard Helps Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Smith Family Cemetery Dedication (Church News) (August 12, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Two apostles—Elder M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Elder Lachlan Mackay of the Community of Christ (both descendants of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith)—met with more than 400 cousins in Nauvoo, Illinois, on August 6 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Smith families coming together to beautify, enlarge, landscape, and increase access to the Smith Family Cemetery.

Elder Ballard, Elder Oaks Organize Stakes in Rome and Paris (Church News and Events) (October 7, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Two Apostles visited five European countries this September—addressing members and missionaries, creating stakes in two major cities, holding an area review, presiding at a seminar for 32 European mission presidents and their wives, meeting with government and faith leaders, and checking on the status of temples under construction in Rome and Paris. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, and Elder M. Russell Ballard, also of the Quorum of the Twelve, and his wife, Sister Barbara Ballard, traveled to Europe September 6 to September 16. They were accompanied by Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Nancy Maynes, and Bishop Dean M. Davies, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, and his wife, Sister Darla Davies, and members of the Church’s Europe Area Presidency.

Seek truth, Elder Bednar says (Deseret News - Utah) (February 5, 2007) - Relevance: 3
Young adults need to constantly replenish their supply of "living water," Elder David A. Bednar told Latter-day Saint youths on Sunday. "You and I need his living water daily ..."

Elder Bruce C. Hafen to present BYU devotional Feb. 5 (BYU news release) (February 2, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Elder Bruce C. Hafen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

LDS Church Elder J. Thomas Fyans dies at 90 (Deseret News - Utah) (May 20, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Elder J. Thomas Fyans, 90, an emeritus general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died May 18, 2008, of causes incident to age. Funeral services are pending.

Elder Russell M. Nelson: Thanksgiving and giving thanks (LDS Church News) (November 28, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Speaking on Thanksgiving to a capacity crowd at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, Elder Russell M. Nelson emphasized a one-word message: Alleluia or Hallelujah.

Elder Oaks Encourages BYU Graduates to Serve (LDS Newsroom) (August 14, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, urged Brigham Young University graduates to use their education to serve others.

Elder David A. Bednar: 'Repeat Over Again ... the Same Things as Before' (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave what he called an unusual title to his address at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Jan. 26: “Repeat Over Again … the Same Things as Before.”

Serving in the line of duty: Elder F. Enzio Busche (Deseret News - Utah) (November 13, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Elder F. Enzio Busche was born April 5, 1930, in Dortmund, Germany. His parents were not members of the LDS Church, but they were great examples of honesty, righteousness and integrity to Enzio and his four sisters.

Elder Renlund and Elder Cook on why 'Saints' is for you (LDS Church News) (October 3, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Standing near a display of foreign-language copies of the new history book, "Saints: The Standard of Truth," two members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave readers the "why?"

CES Devotional - May 2014 - Elder M. Russell Ballard (LDS.org) (May 5, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Link to Elder Ballard's address on May 4, 2014.

Dark suit, white shirt -- here are the Mormons (Ouest-France - France) (February 20, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Vous les avez peut-être déjà croisés... Toujours par deux, ce sont des missionnaires mormons. Henri Poirier, notre jeune correspondant Initiatives solidaires les a rencontrés. Portrait Ils sont missionnaires de l'Église de Jésus-Christ des Saints des derniers jours, plus connue sous le nom d'Église mormone. Elder Broadway et Elder Nelson (1) sont présents sur Cholet depuis respectivement deux mois et trois semaines. Dans un français parfait, appris depuis leur arrivée, Elder Broadway, 20 ans, originaire de Solihull en Angleterre (ville jumelée avec Cholet), et Elder Nelson, du même âge, originaire de Raleigh aux États-Unis, ont mis de côté leurs études pour venir en France.

Elder Glenn L. Pace, emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at age 77 (Deseret News - Utah) (May 18, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Elder Glenn L. Pace, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on May 16, in Bountiful, Utah, at the age of 77. Elder Pace served as a member of the Presiding Bishopric from 1985-1992 and as a General Authority Seventy from 1992-2010.

Elder Ballard will speak to management group (Utah) (December 11, 2004) - Relevance: 3
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the keynote speaker at the monthly meeting of the BYU Management Society, held at noon Wednesday at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Elder Eyring named new second counselor; Elder Quentin L. Cook is new apostle (Deseret News - Utah) (October 6, 2007) - Relevance: 3
With a bright smile and a touch of emotion, President Henry B. Eyring described his call to the First Presidency of the LDS Church as personal and sweet — a time when he felt both joy and a closeness to the Lord, as well as "personal inadequacy."

Elder Bednar warns of dangers on Web (Deseret News - Utah) (May 4, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Speaking of "things as they really are," Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints counseled young adults during a Church Educational System fireside to beware the virtual reality of cyberspace.

Elder Harold G. Hillam remembered for his patience and hard work (LDS Church News) (April 3, 2012) - Relevance: 3
One week after Elder Harold G. Hillam passed away at the age of 77, his family and friends gathered Monday to celebrate his fruitful life during a midday memorial service at the Bountiful Utah Orchard Stake center.

Elder Ballard: Help Missionaries Build Leadership Skills (Church News) (July 5, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Since the time he presided over the Canada Toronto Mission four decades ago, Elder M. Russell Ballard has visited hundreds of missions across the globe. His travels have helped him understand key principles essential to strengthening and lifting a mission.

Elder and Sister Bednar share marriage advice in Australia (Deseret News - Utah) (February 27, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Susan, spoke at a meeting focused on the topic of marriage in Sydney on Saturday.

An evening with a General Authority: Elder Ballard (LDS Church News) (February 29, 2016) - Relevance: 3
A new initiative for seminary students will help youth focus on building and strengthening their faith in Jesus Christ, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told Church Educational System employees during a devotional on Feb. 26.

Elder Stevenson shares firsthand account of the calling of the new prophet (LDS Church News) (January 24, 2018) - Relevance: 3
The world has recently observed "a divine, sacred, solemn and orderly transfer of authority to exercise all priesthood keys from one prophet to another — a clear and continual legacy of succession," said Elder Gary E. Stevenson on Jan. 23.

Elder Holland tells BYU graduates to 'Get out there and ... be a ray of light' (LDS Church News) (April 30, 2018) - Relevance: 3
At Brigham Young University's April 26 commencement exercises, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland touched on a pair of the university's well-known mottos in his keynote address, citing the first when he acknowledged that correcting all of the world's ills may seem to be a daunting task.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong Urges Today’s Pioneers to Build Bridges of Understanding, Kindness (Church News) (July 18, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was standing just a short walk from the towering This Is the Place Monument on Monday when he delivered a pioneer-themed message.

'What matters most': Elder Bednar on finding the Savior and living a simpler life (LDS Church News) (September 21, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Arriving more than an hour before he was to preside over a Sunday meeting with the Amecameca Mexico Stake in Mexico City, Elder David A. Bednar walked into a large tent set up to accommodate an overflow crowd.

Elder Max Caldwell of the Seventy passes away (LDS Church News) (June 21, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Elder C. Max Caldwell, a former member of the Seventy, passed away at his home in Lehi, Utah, on June 19 at the age of 78. Known as a man who lived by his motto, "Be true in all things," Elder Caldwell spent his life serving in different callings and capacities in the Church. He was called to serve in the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1992, and fulfilled various assignments until his release in 1997. Some of those assignments included serving in area presidencies in the North America West, Philippines/Micronesia and Europe areas of the Church. He also served as assistant executive director of the Family History and Audiovisual departments of the Church.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to Address BYU–Hawaii Graduates (BYU-Hawaii news release) (December 16, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Approximately 225 students will participate in the upcoming BYU–Hawaii commencement exercises on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Addressing the graduates will be Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Elder Paul V. Johnson, the Commissioner of the Church Educational System and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. The event will be held at 9:30 AM in the George Q. Cannon Activities Center and will be streamed live online at http://tv.byuh.edu/livestream/livestream.php.

Funeral Services Held for Elder Von G. Keetch (LDS Newsroom) (February 5, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Funeral services for Elder Von G. Keetch of the Seventy were held Friday morning in Highland, Utah. Family, friends and senior Church leaders attended the funeral held in a chapel south of Salt Lake City. Elder Keetch, 57, was serving as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he passed away suddenly from a brief illness at a Salt Lake City hospital January 26, 2018.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks Honored for Championing Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom) (May 18, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Speaking to what he termed the most influential audience he's ever addressed on the subject, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter­-day Saints, encouraged people of all faiths to unite and “walk shoulder to shoulder on the same path” to strengthen and defend religious freedom (see full transcript). “The free exercise of religion is the basic civil liberty because faith in God and His teachings and the active practice of reli­gion are the most fundamental guiding realities of life,” Elder Oaks said.

Elder Christofferson advises students about their moral agency (BYU NewsNet) (February 3, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Heavenly Father gave humans moral agency and Jesus Christ exemplified how to use it, said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy at Tuesday's Devotional, Jan. 31, 2006.

Elder Robert C. Oaks will deliver BYU devotional address today (March 21, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak Tuesday, March 21, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center for a Brigham Young University devotional.

Elder L. Tom Perry to speak at Oct. 30 BYU devotional (BYU news release) (October 27, 2007) - Relevance: 3
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at a Brigham Young University campus devotional on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Ballard's advice concludes Single Adult conference (Deseret News - Utah) (May 19, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Elder M. Russell Ballard advised Single Adults regarding hardships and challenges, speaking during the concluding session Sunday of a weekend-long conference.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom to address BYU devotional Feb. 12 (BYU News Release) (February 12, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at the Brigham Young University devotional, Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Mormon elder denies banning Samoan language from services (Radio NZ International - New Zealand) (September 27, 2013) - Relevance: 3
The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the Pacific, Elder James Hamula, says there is no truth in reports that the church has banned the Samoan language.

Elder Richard G. Scott released from hospital (Deseret News - Utah) (April 29, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Elder Richard G. Scott returned home Tuesday night after the member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spent five nights in the hospital due to gastrointestinal bleeding.

Funeral Services Scheduled for Elder L. Tom Perry (LDS Newsroom) (June 2, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Funeral services for Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

Elder Cook to LDS young adults: 'We should not have fear' (Deseret News - Utah) (September 12, 2016) - Relevance: 3
During a time when “the world literally seems to be in commotion” and there is a "level of contention that is unprecedented,” Elder Quentin L. Cook told Latter-day Saint young adults across the globe to “fear not.”

Elder Kevin W. Pearson: 'The Lens of Truth' (Deseret News - Utah) (March 9, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, spoke on “our divine duty to seek light and truth,” in a devotional held at BYU-Idaho on March 7.

“Commit to Christ, Follow His Path,” Elder Uchtdorf Tells Young Single Adults (Church News) (January 16, 2018) - Relevance: 3
As Latter-day Saints strive to trust God and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, one day they will know that the very hand of God was directing and guiding their steps, said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin: A Life Full of Adventure and Joy that Surpasses Understanding (LDS Newsroom) (December 3, 2008) - Relevance: 3
If ever there was a symbol of one man’s dedication to make the most of every day, it is Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin’s old Olympia typewriter. In a time when computers dominate most offices, it sat on his wide oak desk and was put to good use each morning as he personally typed out his daily schedule on a small 3-by-5 card.

Elder and Sister Gonzalez share pearls with youth (Deseret News - Utah) (July 8, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Elder Walter F. González and his wife, Zulma, shared free pearls with hundreds of Hispanic young single adults Sunday evening. Not jewelry, but gospel principles of hope and happiness to utilize in a complicated world.

Elder Renlund Creates First Q'eqchi' Language Stake in Guatemalan Highlands (Church News) (June 22, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has served as a General Authority for more than eight years—a tenure that’s allowed him to visit scores of nations and worship alongside Latter-day Saints speaking an array of languages.

Elder Holland and Elder Cook reflect on missionary service together in England (Deseret News - Utah) (July 14, 2017) - Relevance: 3
In early 1961, two young LDS missionaries, one from St. George and one from Logan, first shook hands and became acquainted while touring Church history sites in England. They forged an immediate bond and later served together as companions. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

Elder Ballard offers 'blunt' but 'loving' counsel to young adults (Deseret News - Utah) (September 28, 2017) - Relevance: 3
To those beleaguered with questions or doubts concerning the restored gospel, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles challenged to read the Book of Mormon and to study the fundamentals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Von Keetch remembered as kind father, loving husband, remarkable legal mind (Deseret News - Utah) (January 29, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Elder Von G. Keetch, who helped manage some of the LDS Church's major controversies for more than two decades and served as one of the faith's general authorities, died suddenly on Friday night at age 57 in Salt Lake City.

Elder Rasband, Youth Leaders Speak “Face to Face” with Youth Worldwide (Church News) (January 22, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Elder Ronald A. Rasband testified to youth around the world that a loving Heavenly Father will help them maintain balance in their lives as they learn to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

“Unprecedented” Visit to England Opened Doors for the Church, Elder Holland Says (Church News) (November 29, 2018) - Relevance: 3
In a first for the Church, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with British Prime Minister Theresa May on November 21 during a groundbreaking week-long trip to Great Britain.

Elder Cook Says Gospel Is Thriving in the Amazon Rain Forest (Church News) (March 16, 2015) - Relevance: 3
The gospel is thriving in the Amazon rain forest, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Cook traveled February 19 through March 2 to Manaus and Belem, Brazil, where he conducted priesthood leadership conferences, missionary and member meetings, young single adult devotionals, and stake conferences. He also participated in a special priesthood leadership conference that was broadcast to Teresina, Brazil.

Elder Royden G. Derrick dies at 94 (Deseret News - Utah) (December 9, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Elder Royden Glade Derrick, 94, a former Utah industrialist and an emeritus general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Dec. 7, 2009, at his Salt Lake home of causes incident to age.

Elder Holland reflects on life in Chile (LDS Church News) (March 4, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve was on a Church assignment in the African nation of Ghana when he received word of the history-making earthquake that sent a portion of Chile into a literal upheaval on Feb. 27.

Elder Cook throws pitch (LDS Church News) (August 2, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Elder Quentin L. Cook took his place as the pitcher July 22 at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, wound up and threw the first ball in the game with the Washington Nationals. He threw a good pitch that was called a strike.

Elder H. Burke Peterson: 'A model of diligence and hard work' (LDS Chiurch News) (April 23, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Elder H. Burke Peterson, emeritus general authority who died April 14 at the age of 89, was remembered as a wonderful father and faithful disciple of Jesus Christ during a funeral on April 20.

Vai Sikahema interviews Elder Christofferson about pope's visit to US (Deseret News - Utah) (October 2, 2015) - Relevance: 3
While visiting Philadelphia last week for the Catholic World Meeting of Families, Elder D. Todd Christofferson talked with former BYU and NFL player and current NBC 10 morning news anchor Vai Sikahema.

Counseling with Councils Is Lord's System, Elder Ballard Declares (Church News) (January 12, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Elder M. Russell Ballard has been an energetic advocate of the council system in the Church stretching at least as far back as October 1993, when he talked on that subject in general conference for the first time.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Surprises Missionaries with Visitor, Former Australian Prime Minister (Church News) (March 28, 2018) - Relevance: 3
The 188 young missionaries in the Australia Melbourne Mission came to a special conference with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles with a question in their heart.

Ministering Comes Naturally to Filipino Saints, Elder Christofferson Says (Church News) (June 29, 2018) - Relevance: 3
After spending several days ministering among the Latter-day Saints in the Philippines, Elder D. Todd Christofferson was offered a final glimpse of trademark “Filipino compassion” moments after touching down on American soil.

This Week on Social: Elder Andersen talks about traveling with President Nelson, Elder Bednar on receiving revelation (LDS Church News) (August 20, 2018) - Relevance: 3
The social media accounts of Church leaders have covered the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, revelation and learning from the Prophet.

Men with a purpose (Battalion - Texas) (October 19, 2010) - Relevance: 3
If you have strolled around campus within the previous months, chances are that you've stumbled across - or at least seen - Elder Batt and Elder Simons. This might have been a result of them sticking out from the crowd like a sore thumb: no matter the weather, Batt and Simons can always be found wearing black slacks, button-up white shirts and ties.

BYU conference to salute LDS veterans (Deseret News - Utah) (November 4, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Russell Meacham's respect for Elder Marion D. Hanks runs very deep. One of Meacham's most treasured memories from his military service during the Vietnam War was time spent with Elder Hanks, who risked his life to fly into hot combat zones to minister to LDS soldiers.

Elder Falabella Teaches the Principles of Becoming a Zion People (Church News and Events) (September 26, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Our Heavenly Father, as a perfect being, has the power to act upon things and not allow things to act upon Him. If we want to be like Him, we have to follow His example, Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the First Quorum of the Seventy said at an LDS Business College devotional held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on September 17.

Like Grandfather, Elder Ballard Offers Blessing on Argentina (Church News and Events) (March 19, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Almost nine decades have passed since Elder Melvin J. Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gathered with a small group in a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and dedicated South America for the preaching of the gospel.

Choosing the Will of the Father Brings Happiness, Elder Evans Says (Church News) (March 28, 2017) - Relevance: 3
“Understanding our Father’s will and choosing to follow His will is the great test of our lives,” Elder David F. Evans, General Authority Seventy, told Brigham Young University-Hawaii students during a campus devotional on March 23.

Elder Maynes invites BYU students to shape their lives through service to others (Deseret News - Utah) (September 20, 2017) - Relevance: 3
When Elder Richard J. Maynes arrived at Brigham Young University campus as a freshman in 1968, he — like many others — was greeted by a large sign on the western edge of campus, which reads “Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve.”

Elder Quentin L. Cook: Defend divinely inspired freedoms (LDS Church News) (February 23, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Elder Quentin L. Cook issued an unwavering charge to lawyers, law students, educators and business professionals who gathered Friday in the Salt Lake Tabernacle: Don’t drop the ball on religious freedom.

Elder Bednar Shares Five Lessons about the Spirit of Revelation with New Mission Leaders (Church News) (July 13, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Receiving, recognizing, and responding to revelations from God are spiritual gifts for which Latter-day Saints should yearn and appropriately seek, said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 26.

Elder Marlin K. Jensen to speak at Fall Commencement (BYU-Idaho news release) (December 10, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Elder Marlin K. Jensen, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 1,455 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Fall Commencement on Dec. 18. Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. Elder Jensen was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989. He is currently serving as executive director of the Church History Department and was sustained as Church Historian/Recorder in April 2005.

After world tour with President Nelson, Elder Holland to speak at BYU commencement (Deseret News - Utah) (March 2, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Following a scheduled international tour of three continents with new LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at BYU's commencement exercises on April 26. This is the first time that Elder Holland will deliver a BYU commencement address, though he regularly conducted commencement exercises as the school's president from 1980-89. He presided over the school's April 2017 commencement.

Elder Nelson Honors Heritage in Ephraim, Utah (Church News and Events) (June 3, 2013) - Relevance: 3
All eight great-grandparents of Elder Russell M. Nelson converted to the Church in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and England; emigrated to Utah; and came to Ephraim between 1855 and 1863. Thus it was that Elder Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles felt honored to return to this southern Utah community for the annual Scandinavian Days festival held May 23–25. He addressed a devotional on the campus of Snow College May 23. Later, he and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, observed the Memorial Day weekend by visiting ancestors’ graves in cemeteries in Ephraim and neighboring Manti, Utah.

Elder Crockett returns home (Arizona) (December 16, 2004) - Relevance: 3
Elder Keith Crockett and his wife, Kathleen McBride Crockett, have returned to their home in Pima after he served as a General Authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from April 2000 to October 2004.

The Caribbean's first General Authority: Elder Hugo Martinez (LDS Church News) (May 19, 2014) - Relevance: 3
In 1982, Elder Hugo E. Martinez and his wife, Sister Nuria Alvarez de Martinez, were both in their medical residency training in Mississippi when an unexpected knock came at their front door. Standing outside the doorway were two Mormon missionaries.

MTC missionaries spend Thanksgiving preparing 350,000 meal packs (Deseret News - Utah) (November 30, 2015) - Relevance: 3
While spending Thanksgiving nearly 3,000 miles from his home in Oahu, Hawaii, Elder Kivalu Ramanlal knew his family misses him for a special reason. "I'm usually the one who cooks our Thanksgiving," Elder Ramanlal said with a knowing smile.

Elder Bednar speaks in Mexico about the importance of applying the teachings of the Savior (LDS Church News) (September 24, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Arriving more than an hour before he was to preside over a Sunday meeting with the Amecameca Mexico Stake in Mexico City, Elder David A. Bednar walked into a large tent set up to accommodate an overflow crowd.

Elder Neil L. Anderson urges students to understand their past and future heritage (BYU NewsNet) (May 19, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, told students the importance of keeping past and approaching generations in perspective at Tuesday's (May 16, 2006) Devotional.

Elder Nelson urges CES listeners to embrace worthy music (Deseret News - Utah) (May 5, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Young adults need to value the power of worthy and uplifting music and "delete the rubbish from your minds and your iPods," said Elder Russell M. Nelson at the Church Education Fireside on Sunday.

Elder Oaks to speak to students at June Commencement (BYU-Hawaii news release) (June 20, 2008) - Relevance: 3
This year, graduating students will hear from Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle who has long been associated with BYU-Hawaii as President of BYU-Provo and as a member of the board of directors for the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Elder Ballard honored by Catholic Community Services (LDS Church News) (November 21, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Religious and community leaders honored Elder M. Russell Ballard on Nov. 17, calling the apostle a "bridge builder" with a proven knack for bringing diverse communities together in unified efforts to help people in need.

Leaders address members of the Jerusalem District (Deseret News - Utah) (November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a “sacred and powerful experience” with members of the Jerusalem District on Oct. 22 during a trip to the Holy Land.

Ministering Is About Covenants and Loving Like Jesus, Say Elder and Sister Gong (Church News) (May 7, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Just a month after his call to be an Apostle, Elder Gerrit W. Gong told thousands of women during BYU Women's Conference that even small and simple ways of ministering can be powerful and life-changing.

BYU devotional features Elder Holland (Deseret News - Utah) (January 14, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Citing the Savior's admonition in a three-word New Testament verse to "remember Lot's wife," Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve described faith as building on the past but never longing to stay there and as trusting that God has great blessings in store for each.

For Mormons, a trying mission in Philadelphia (Inquirer - Pennsylvania) (August 23, 2007) - Relevance: 3
The ruddy-cheeked extrovert is Elder Mills, age 20. He raps on doors - hundreds every day - with an eager knock, na-knock, na-knock-knock-knock. The tall, quiet one is Elder Keach, also 20. He goes for a more restrained knock na-knock-knock-knock, but moves just as swiftly as his partner.

Elder Zwick teaches new presidents, directors (LDS Church News) (February 4, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Elder Craig W. Zwick of the Seventy is a land surveyor by profession. As such, he is well acquainted with the tools (he prefers to call them instruments) of that work, such as a total station on a tripod, with which a highway can be designed within an hour with "every contour imaginable." A member of the Missionary Executive Council, Elder Zwick on Jan. 16 addressed 18 couples gathered for the 2013 Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors held at the Provo MTC. He drew a comparison between the instruments he uses as a surveyor and the topic of his address, "the power of the Spirit in conversion and repentance."

High-ranking official to preside at temple groundbreaking (Eastern Arizona Courier) (February 12, 2009) - Relevance: 3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that Elder Neil L. Andersen, the senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy, will preside at The Gila Valley Arizona Temple’s groundbreaking. The event is Feb. 14 at the church’s activity center at 5291 W. Hwy. 70 in Central. Services start at 9 a.m. Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the church’s Temple Department, will also speak at the event. Elder Andersen will offer a prayer dedicating the site for the construction of the temple and a meeting house to be constructed adjacent to the temple.

Elder Travis Hall serving as missionary in Honduras (Colorado) (December 1, 2004) - Relevance: 3
Elder Travis Tyler Hall, son of Jan and Suzette Hall, is serving a two-year fulltime mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Bruce D. Porter: The importance of the family (LDS Church News) (March 9, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Marriage and families are at the heart of mortal life, Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy said during the "Stand for the Family" conference held at BYU March 5. If the family breaks down, so does everything else, he said.

Make temple a goal, Elder Hales says (Deseret News - Utah) (November 16, 2005) - Relevance: 3
Temple blessings should be a central focus when dating relationships grow serious between members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Robert D. Hales told Brigham Young University students during a campus devotional on Tuesday.

Elder Nelson marries BYU professor (Deseret News - Utah) (April 7, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was married in the Salt Lake Temple on Thursday to Wendy Watson, a professor of marriage and family therapy at Brigham Young University.

Elder Nelson Speaks at the U.S. Capitol to Protect Marriage (June 6, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — the second-highest governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — joined other religious leaders today in Washington, D.C., to speak in support of a constitutional amendment protecting marriage.

Elder Holland to address BYU management group (Deseret News - Utah) (November 30, 2006) - Relevance: 3
The BYU Management Society will hold its December meeting at noon Dec. 8 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the keynote speaker.

Be 'true disciples of Jesus Christ,' Elder Wirthlin urges graduates (BYU-Hawaii News Release) (December 20, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, congratulated the more than 300 participants in BYU-Hawaii's December 16 commencement and urged them to follow five points of "instruction, counsel and blessing that I pray may be beneficial to you."

Elder Bednar to talk at BYU graduation (Deseret News - Utah) (April 14, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker for Brigham Young University's April 2008 commencement exercises at 4 p.m. on April 24 in the Marriott Center.

Elder Oaks warns grads against 'voluntary slavery' (BYU-Hawaii news release) (June 24, 2008) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles [pictured at left] admonished the 235 new BYU-Hawaii graduate candidates gathered in front of faculty, family and friends in the Cannon Activities Center this morning, "Don't be a slave."

Elder Holland: Be like pioneers, learn to work together (Deseret News - Utah) (July 18, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Individuals must work together with their communities to foster civic good will and to create a better future, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during the Ogden Pioneer Days Devotional on Sunday night.

A visit to 'Tornado Alley' (LDS Church News) (June 7, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy landed on May 31, 2013, in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City eager to learn stories of faith and service, and to minister to those in need. Elder Rasband also carried a personal message for the Saints from President Thomas S. Monson.

Elder Holland Surprises Mormon Youth Preparing for Cultural Event in Fort Lauderdale (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 2, 2014) - Relevance: 3
During a trip to Florida last week, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in Plantation to make a surprise visit to more than 1,200 Latter-day Saint youth.

Elder Peter F. Meurs: 'Unceasingly and unwearyingness in your life' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 26, 2017) - Relevance: 3
“Your greatest differentiator is the gospel of Jesus Christ.” That was the message Elder Peter F. Meurs, General Authority Seventy, gave to Brigham Young Univerisity-Idaho students during a campus devotional held on Jan. 24.

Elder Cook: Four Ways Missionaries Can Love Others and Deepen Their Conversion (Church News) (June 27, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Missionaries should embrace the “four loves of missionary work” by loving their companions, the people where they are called to serve, their mission president and his wife, and the Lord Jesus Christ, said Elder Quentin L. Cook on Sunday, June 24.

Elder Hamula: Draw near to God through prayer (Deseret News - Utah) (May 19, 2009) - Relevance: 3
It takes more than just getting on your knees and speaking to Heavenly Father for a few minutes to truly pray, said Elder James J. Hamula of the Quorums of the Seventy. More from the Single Adult Conference 15 minutes more earns success, says Olympian Peter Vidmar Like the call to walk on water -- Brent Top speaks to single adults "Prayer is described as work," Elder Hamula told the overflowing group of single adults Sunday, May 17. "When you align you heart and mind with the heart and mind of him to whom you pray, when done sincerely and earnestly ... then you have the capacity to endure anything and to be happy."

Elder Ballard speaks to Mormon Miracle Pageant cast members in Manti (Deseret News - Utah) (May 31, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to close to 1,000 cast members and volunteers of the Mormon Miracle Pageant in a devotional held in the Manti Utah Stake Center on Sunday, May 29. "I count it a blessing that Sister Ballard and I can be with you tonight," Elder Ballard said. The Mormon Miracle Pageant has great meaning to his family, he said. "We have a lot of ties to this pageant, more than perhaps many of you might know."

Rely on 'permanent things,' Elder Jeffrey R. Holland tells Snow graduates (Deseret News - Utah) (May 3, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Invoking three British "voices from the past" — Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, writer Rudyard Kipling, and poet and cleric John Donne — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland counseled graduates Saturday at the 122nd commencement of Snow College. Elder Holland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve received an honorary doctorate of humane letters prior to giving the commencement address to 755 graduates at the junior college in central Utah.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: Mission Leadership (Deseret News - Utah) (July 3, 2017) - Relevance: 3
As he stood before his audience of new mission presidents and their wives, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said he was reminded of his own first days as a mission president 43 years ago.

Elder Robert B. Harbertson, LDS general authority and USU basketball star, dies at 82 (Deseret News - Utah) (November 22, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Elder Robert B. Harbertson, a former LDS leader known for his story about a snake tricking a young boy and for making a tournament-winning buzzer beater for Utah State at Madison Square Garden in 1952, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was at 82. Elder Harbertson was part of a historic group called to a five-year term in the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1984. Previously, all members of the Seventy served lifetime terms. During his tenure, the church created a Second Quorum of the Seventy, to which he was transferred and from which he was released in October 1989.

Elder Lance B. Wickman receives Alexander W. Doniphan award (Deseret News - Utah) (February 21, 2014) - Relevance: 3
An award named after one of the great defenders of Mormonism has been presented to Elder Lance B. Wickman, an emeritus general authority and general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Along with the church’s Liberty Missouri Stake, the Alexander W. Doniphan Community Service and Leadership Foundation presented its namesake community service award to Elder Wickman Feb. 14 at a dinner held in connection with the 2014 annual conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Pacific Saints Strengthened by Elder Andersen (LDS Church News) (March 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Church members and missionaries were instructed, uplifted, and edified—and friends of the Church were greeted—as Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles fulfilled assignments in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and French Polynesia.

Elder M. Russell Ballard to speak at BYU Commencement Aug. 13 (BYU news release) (August 4, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker and presiding authority at the Brigham Young University Commencement Exercises Thursday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Richard G. Scott: A return visit to Mozambique (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Returning to the location where he dedicated Mozambique for the preaching of the gospel 11 years ago — on Oct. 19, 1999 — Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve on Jan. 19 stood at the base of a 200-year-old tree overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Elder Holland Testifies of Gospel in Sierra Leone (Church News & Events) (February 27, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Wrapping up his travels through West Africa, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with missionaries, members, government officials, and representatives of the press during a three-day stay in Sierra Leone.

Be a Disciple 24/7, Says Elder Nelson at BYU’s Commencement Exercises (Church News) (August 18, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Disciples of Jesus Christ are defenders of marriage, said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during commencement exercises held in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on August 14.

Elder Andersen Visits Mexican Earthquake Survivors (LDS Newsroom) (February 23, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled to Jojutla, Mexico, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, to meet with survivors of last fall’s devastating earthquake.

Elder Pieper and Elder Echo Hawk Meet with Native American Latter-day Saints (Church News) (October 15, 2018) - Relevance: 3
When the missionaries knocked on her door nearly a year ago, Felicia Neswood Nelson had already heard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her husband was a less-active member, and one of her uncles was a member as well.

Twins serve as mission companions in Marshall Islands Majuro Mission (Deseret News - Utah) (June 13, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Latter-day Saint missions include both meeting and working with new and sometimes challenging personalities, but for two elders in the Marshall Islands Mission, one companionship feels familiar. Twin brothers from Fiji, Elder Joshua Whippy and Elder Jared Whippy, are serving as missionary companions on the island of Kiribati. “We love being companions,” Elder Joshua Whippy said in an interview with the LDS Newsroom staff. “In many ways it makes things easier because we already know what the other is thinking and what he is going to say. It also makes decision-making easier.”

Withstand every temptation, Elder Kerr tells young adults (News from the Church) (February 7, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Exactly 50 years ago from last night's CES fireside, the speaker, Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the of the Seventy, was aboard a beautiful ocean liner bound for Britain. He was on his way to serve a two-year mission where teaching and testifying of the divine truth, he said, caused a testimony to swell within his soul.

Elder Holland shares the Mormon refugee experience at Windsor Castle (LDS Church News) (September 15, 2016) - Relevance: 3
In recalling the persecutions and forced migration of Latter-day Saints in 19th century America, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland noted that their anguish was lessened by the compassion of others. “We will never forget the precious opportunities, blessings, and miracles given to us during that time from God and from kind, caring people.”

Elder Holland Addresses New MTC Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors Concerning the Doctrine of the Godhead (Church News and Events) (January 30, 2012) - Relevance: 3
At the heart of Latter-day Saints missionaries’ message is the doctrine concerning the Godhead, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told 21 couples gathered for a three-day seminar in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from January 10 to 12, 2012. Speaking at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on January 12, Elder Holland gave the closing presentation of the annual Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors.

Elder Renlund “Will Look to Heaven for Direction” (Church News) (November 9, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dale G. Renlund was 11 years old when he had a spiritual witness that the Book of Mormon was true. He was living with his family in Sweden at the time. “The mission president, President Alvin Fletcher, issued a challenge to all of the Aaronic Priesthood youth,” recalled Elder Renlund. His brother, Gary, an Aaronic Priesthood holder, accepted the mission president’s challenge to read the Book of Mormon. Although not yet a deacon, young Dale followed his brother’s example and accepted the challenge as well.

Advertise with usReport this ad 'Face to Face' with Elder and Sister Bednar (Deseret News - Utah) (May 13, 2015) - Relevance: 3
A personal relationship with Heavenly Father and the need to rely on the guidance of the Holy Ghost were two main themes of the “Face to Face” live event featuring Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan, on Tuesday night.

Elder Kerr to lead LDS education programs (Utah) (January 13, 2005) - Relevance: 3
Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and a man long known for various high-level education-related appointments in Utah, has been named commissioner of education for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Bednar visits BYU-Hawaii (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Thousands gathered on the campus of Brigham Young University–Hawaii on Jan. 20 to hear from Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve, who stopped in Hawaii as part of his visit to the Pacific Area of the Church.

Christmas Devotional: Joy of Christmas Includes Christ's Gift of Redemption, Says Elder Christensen (Church News) (December 5, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Christmas “is not only a celebration of how Jesus came into the world, but also who He is—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—and why He came to earth,” said Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy on December 4.

Atonement Is Foundation, Elder Cook Testifies (Church News and Events) (March 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3
The foundation of our lives is the Atonement, says Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Speaking to a group of several hundred young adults (ages 18–30), he told them that now is the time of their lives to accept that knowledge. Elder Cook established Doctrine and Covenants 88:33 as the scriptural basis for his thoughts. He explained that, while the scripture refers to gifts the Savior offers to us, he wanted to use the scripture in a broader sense. In his message, which was delivered at the LDS institute on the campus of Utah Valley University on March 4, he shared several things he learned between the ages of 18 and 30 that continue to be meaningful to him today.

Youth Is Time of Critical Decisions, Elder Bateman Says at CES Fireside (March 7, 2006) - Relevance: 3
Life is short, no matter how long you live, Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Presidency of the Seventy told young adults at the Church Educational System fireside last night. He added that their decisions now will have an impact on them throughout eternity.

Devotional Tuesday features Elder Scott (Deseret News - Utah) (August 17, 2007) - Relevance: 3
Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the speaker at the Education Week devotional Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.

'We are all enlisted' - Elder Nelson exhorts young adults to defend faith (LDS Church News) (June 22, 2010) - Relevance: 3
The evolving nature of the conflict between good and evil was the subject of an address by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve to New England-area young adults June 10 in Boston, Mass.

Elder Ronald E. Poelman dies at 83 (Deseret News - Utah) (November 22, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Elder Ronald E. Poelman , an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former member of the church's First Quorum of the Seventy, died Saturday at his home in Salt Lake City of causes incident to aging. He was 83.

1978 revelation on priesthood brought immediate success in Brazil, Elder Soares says (LDS Church News) (June 11, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Forty years have passed since the 1978 revelation opening the gospel in full to people of African descent. But for Elder Ulisses Soares, the decades-old memory of that day is as fresh as if it happened yesterday.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson illuminates Christmas lights at Washington D.C. Temple (Deseret News - Utah) (December 11, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Emphasizing that Christmas traditions of giving are rooted in the life, message and mission of Jesus Christ, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints heralded the Christmas season at the Washington D.C. Temple and Visitors’ Center on Dec. 2. With honored guest, Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland, Elder Christofferson switched on more than 600,000 lights that will illuminate the temple grounds until Jan. 1, 2014, as part of the annual Festival of Lights.

Elder Oaks honored for contributions to the cause of religious freedom (Deseret News - Utah) (December 18, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be honored by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty for “his lifelong contributions to advancing religious freedom.” Elder Oaks will receive the organization’s Canterbury Medal, given each year to someone “who has resolutely and publicly refused to render to Caesar that which is God’s,” according to the organization's website. It will be presented in May during the Becket Fund’s 18th annual Canterbury Medal Dinner at New York City’s Pierre Hotel.

Utes to honor Elder Wirthlin with scholarship, decal (Deseret News - Utah) (December 20, 2008) - Relevance: 3
The University of Utah athletics department plans to establish an endowed scholarship in the name of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a former Utah football player and a staunch supporter of the program for many years.

Elder Jon M. Huntsman to speak at BYU devotional Nov. 10 (BYU news release) (November 9, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Elder Jon M. Huntsman, founder and chairman of the Huntsman Corporation and Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at a Brigham Young University campus devotional Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Robert D. Hales (LDS.org) (October 2, 2017) - Relevance: 3
Elder Robert D. Hales, who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994 and as Presiding Bishop of the Church from 1985 until his call to the Twelve, passed away on October 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary Crandall Hales, and their two sons.

Saints See New Apostles as Symbol of Church Growth, Diversity (Church News) (April 4, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Reflecting the ever-increasing diversity of the Church, members worldwide sustained Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Saturday morning, March 31.

Faith, forgiveness urged at funeral services for missionaries killed in Texas accident (Deseret News - Utah) (November 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told some 600 mourners gathered at the Kearns Utah Stake Center Monday that Elder Trevor R. Strong "has been transferred — he is still a missionary."

LDS missionaries sing national anthem at Columbus soccer game (Deseret News - Utah) (July 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3
A trio of full-time missionaries and their mission president were part of the Mormon Night at the Columbus Crew soccer game on June 8. Elder Keiton Johnson, Elder Robert Naylor, and Elder Taylor Tanner sang the national anthem and Columbus Ohio Mission President Robert F. Jensen did the coin toss at the beginning of the game. Returned missionaries were scheduled to be recognized at half time.

Elder Richard G. Hinckley to speak at BYU devotional May 15 (BYU News Release) (May 15, 2007) - Relevance: 3
Elder Richard G. Hinckley, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the speaker at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday, May 15 at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

Women are essential to the Lord's work, Elder Ballard says (Deseret News - Utah) (August 22, 2013) - Relevance: 3
Women are integral to the governance and work of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve during a devotional held in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on Tuesday.

Obedience Is Greater Than Sacrifice, Elder Hales Tells New Mission Presidents (Church News) (July 10, 2014) - Relevance: 3
As a former mission president, Elder Robert D. Hales remembers presiding over missionaries who sacrificed academic or professional interests to serve, including a prima ballerina, a concert pianist, and a professional athlete.

Remembering Elder Richard G. Scott: Speeches at BYU (BYU news release) (September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 3
We are paying tribute to Elder Richard G. Scott, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who died Tuesday, September 22, from causes incident to age. During the 27 years he served as an apostle, President Packer visited and spoke at BYU many times. Here are some excerpts from the speeches that he gave at BYU.

Elder Rasband visits LDS Church members in West Africa (LDS Church News) (April 1, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Elder Ronald A. Rasband took spiritual nourishment to Latter-day Saints in the West African nations of Nigeria and Ghana as he fulfilled an assignment March 10-21 to a part of the world where many of the gospel’s pioneers are spoken of in the present tense.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone Remembered as “a Man of Christ” (Church News) (May 22, 2018) - Relevance: 3
Anyone who shared even brief amounts of time with Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone likely walked away with a life-changing story to tell. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency spent plenty of time with his good friend and fellow General Authority. And yes, he said, he was blessed for it.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks to speak at BYU Commencement Exercises April 19 (BYU news release) (April 10, 2012) - Relevance: 3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former president of Brigham Young University will be the speaker and presiding authority at the BYU April 2012 Commencement ceremonies Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The exercises will be conducted by Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, BYU president and emeritus General Authority of the Church. They will be joined on the stand by members of the BYU administration and other Church leaders. The exercises will be broadcast live on BYU Television, BYU Radio, Classical 89 KBYU-FM and byutv.org.

On a Mission (Cowra Guardian - Australia) (March 3, 2009) - Relevance: 3
They are a little more formally dressed than most young people, but they are still essentially students enjoying learning about a foreign country and having new experiences. Elder Savage and Elder Qualls are two missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently visiting Cowra. They are becoming a familiar sight walking everywhere, even during 40 degrees summer heat and they welcome people asking them who they are and what they are doing.

Elder Andersen says pioneers' example can help people face trials today (LDS Church News) (July 31, 2015) - Relevance: 3
In considering the example of faith and courage set by pioneer ancestors, Latter-day Saints today should remember that “our days are no less difficult and no less rewarding,” Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said July 27 at This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.

Elder Scott Remembered as a “Man of God for All Seasons” (Church News) (September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 3
Family, friends, community leaders, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the globe paid tribute to Elder Richard G. Scott—“a man of God for all seasons”—during his funeral, held Monday, September 28, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Elder Andersen: Feast from Book of Mormon’s “Heavenly Banquet” (Church News) (February 8, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Declaring the Book of Mormon to be “like an exquisite banquet table, one thousand feet long, covered with the most desirable food, fruit, and flowers from across the world,” Elder Neil L. Andersen addressed thousands of young adults January 31.

Elder Stevenson visits 'beautiful resilient' people in West Africa (Deseret News - Utah) (October 4, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Just over a year after missionaries returned to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone and almost two decades after civil war rocked the West African nation, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited Latter-day Saints in the area.

Elder Holland visits Cuba (LDS Church News) (June 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the Church's second branch in Cuba on Sunday, June 15, during a branch conference attended by almost 100 people.

Christ saves from sin, death, Elder Porter says (Deseret News - Utah) (December 10, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
All people are captives who may be delivered from their bonds by Jesus Christ, Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday during a Brigham Young University devotional.

Elder Wirthlin now a legacy at Univ. of Utah (Deseret News - Utah) (January 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
In the 91 years he was on this Earth, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, by all accounts and in spite of his many accomplishments, was a most unassuming man. "He taught us to never really seek the limelight," remembers his son and namesake, Joseph B. Wirthlin Jr. "Just be good to others and let life take care of itself. That's how he himself tried to live."

Elder Robert D. Hales Funeral Arrangements Announced (Church News) (October 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Funeral services for Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square Friday, October 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. MDT. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older.

ABC News focuses cameras on LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah) (January 11, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
In two high-profile segments, one on ABC's World News Tonight and the other on ABC's Nightline Friday, reporter Dan Harris spent nine minutes telling about the LDS Church, including reports on the new Draper Temple and interviews with Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Quentin L. Cook.

Two by two: Missionaries teach the Word of God in Lufkin (Lufkin Daily News - Texas) (August 15, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
In his first week in Lufkin, LDS missionary Elder Josh Nielsen, 19, of Moses Lake, Washington, has had doors slammed in his face, people tell him he doesn't believe in the Bible and has rescued his companion missionary, Elder Sawyer Prestwich, 21, of Orem, Utah from getting punched.

Elder Nelson's wife, Dantzel, dies at age 78 (February 14, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
Dantzel Nelson, wife of heart surgeon Elder Russell M. Nelson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at her Salt Lake home. Sister Nelson was 78.

Elder Christofferson Addresses Growing Need to Defend Truth (LDS Newsroom) (January 29, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
“It has always been important not only to teach but to defend truth, and in our time that need seems to be growing,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Robert C. Gay: 'A gospel of deliverance' has defined their lives (LDS Church News) (April 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
In speaking assignments as a Church leader, Elder Robert Christopher Gay is apt to refer to the message of Jesus Christ as "a gospel of deliverance."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: 'Invest yourself in this' (LDS Church News) (January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
There might have been a more exciting time to be a missionary in the Church, "but I do not know when that would be," Elder Jeffrey R. Holland declared to the missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center in a devotional address Jan. 15.

Elder Renlund Makes First Visit as Apostle to Mexico (Church News) (February 18, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dale G. Renlund reports that he was uplifted by the faith and devotion of the Mexican members following his first visit as an Apostle to Mexico at the end of January.

Elder Nelson wed in temple (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 7, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints married Wendy L. Watson on Thursday in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Neil L. Andersen will speak at May 16 BYU devotional (May 10, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak Tuesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall for a Brigham Young University campus devotional.

Elder L. Tom Perry, of The Quorum of The Twelve, Visits the Roswell GA Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (North Fulton Times - Georgia) (November 18, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder L. Tom Perry, extended calls to three men to serve as a new stake presidency in Roswell, Georgia.

'Strong and getting stronger' Elder Oaks visits the Church in South Pacific (LDS Church News) (May 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
When Elder Dallin H. Oaks traveled to the South Pacific April 16-29, he not only engaged in an apostolic ministry but also reviewed part of his family history.

Elder Cook encourages students to put family, Church and Savior first (Deseret News - Utah) (November 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
The choices that are the most significant — to put family, Church and the Savior first — can be made by everyone regardless of their talents, abilities, opportunities or economic circumstances, said Elder Quentin L. Cook on Nov. 28.

Elder Gene Cook speaks Tuesday (January 27, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Gene R. Cook, assistant executive director of the LDS Church's missionary department and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday in the Marriott Center.

Elder Bateman to speak on Sunday (March 3, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Church Educational System Fireside Sunday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.

Excerpts from Elder Nelson's interview with the Deseret Morning News (April 20, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke on the topic of life and death last week with the Deseret Morning News.

Elder Kikuchi encourages Korean, Japanese students (April 27, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1977, shared words of encouragement and a powerful testimony during special meetings on April 20 with Korean and Japanese students at BYU-Hawaii.

A day in the life of LDS missionaries (The Utah Statesman) (April 10, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
A religious mission is like a race: no energy should remain when the race is finished. The runner wants to hit the finish line and collapse, and that is the attitude that missionaries Elder Boizelle and Elder Billingsley of the Utah Ogden mission said they are working towards.

Elder Oaks Addresses Seminary Students about Old Testament Course (LDS Church News & Events) (August 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently prepared a series of online messages about the Old Testament course of study for seminary teachers and students.

Elders Ballard, Jensen Visit Members in Mexico (Church News and Events) (September 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
During the weekend of September 10–11, 2011, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy met with members in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Share More Gospel Messages on Social Media, Elder Bednar Says (Church News) (August 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
During his address at the BYU Education Week devotional on August 19, Elder David A. Bednar urged Church members to flood the earth with gospel messages of truth.

President Eyring, Elder Holland reflect on blessing of second temple in New England (Deseret News - Utah) (December 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Both President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles share a fondness for New England.

Elder Robert D. Hales Honored as Pioneer of Progress (Church News) (July 24, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
After being honored with the 2017 Pioneers of Progress President’s Award, Elder Robert D. Hales walked—with determined effort—to the pulpit and said the greatest challenge in life is “enduring to the end.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard to speak at Winter Commencement (BYU-Idaho news release) (April 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address 1,657 graduates (a 6 percent increase over last winter) at Brigham Young University-Idaho's Winter Commencement on April 6. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m., in the BYU-Idaho Center. Elder M. Russell Ballard was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 6, 1985, and had previously served as a General Authority since April 1976.

Elder Holland visits Asia (LDS Church News) (March 24, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
It is a wonderful time for the Church in Asia, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland during a recent trip to Asia. “The spirit of the Lord is moving over this vast area,” he said. “It would be undeniable, it would be impossible not to grasp, not to feel that there is a great work unfolding here.”

Take time to think of Christ, Elder Christofferson tells BYU students (LDS Church News) (December 13, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
“Take time this Christmas season to set aside some time, at least an hour if not more, to reflect on the wonder and majesty of the Son of God,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told students at Brigham Young University during a campus devotional on Dec. 12.

What’s It Like to Represent the Love of Christ to the World? Humbling, New Apostles Say (LDS Newsroom) (June 29, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
After three months in their new roles as apostles of Jesus Christ, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares sat down for two hours to speak with Utah and national media about what it’s been like to traverse the globe to share the love of Christ.

Elder Halverson sets genealogy talk (July 18, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Ronald T. Halverson, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be a keynote speaker during the 37th annual Genealogy and Family History Conference at Brigham Young University Tuesday through Friday, July 26-29, in the BYU Conference Center.

LDS historic sites group honors Elder Ballard (Deseret News - Utah) (October 13, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
The trail leading up to Ensign Peak Nature Park is in dire need of some maintenance. Elder M. Russell Ballard's reply, directed at the leaders of the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, which built the monument in 1996: "Go get your boots."

Elder Andersen to Address Seminary and Institute Personnel (Church News and Events) (February 24, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address Seminaries and Institutes of Religion teachers and administrators during the Church Educational System broadcast “An Evening with a General Authority” on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Elder Bednar visits Japan, Korea (Deseret News - Utah) (November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
After visiting Japan and Korea — an area of the world where the Church is experiencing slow, but steady growth — Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles praised Asian Latter-day Saints for their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Believing means doing, Elder Jensen says (Deseret News - Utah) (October 11, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Marlin K. Jensen spoke to Logan Institute of Religion students Friday, sharing with them the importance of the relationship in the LDS Church between believing and doing. As part of the weekly Religion in Life Devotional series, Elder Jensen, a member of the Quorums of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and executive director of the church's History Department, spoke to hundreds of students, telling them of an academic person who died and went to heaven. Once there, the person came upon two signs. One, pointing left, said, "Heaven: This way"; the other, pointing right, saying, "Lecture on Heaven: This way."

Elder Christofferson speaks at Ogden Pioneer Days, counsels attendees to put aside differences (LDS Church News) (July 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
It is important to put differences aside and strive for the common good, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught during the annual Ogden Pioneer Days Devotional held in the Dee Events Center at Weber State University on July 12. Drawing from the history of Ogden, Elder Christofferson said, “it is the city in Utah that has had a more diverse population, with potentially diverse — even divisive — interests, over a longer period of its history, and with greater success in accommodating that diversity than any other city or region in the state.

Elisa Wirthlin, wife of Elder Wirthlin, dies at 87 (Deseret News - Utah) (August 18, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elisa Young Rogers Wirthlin, wife of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Salt Lake City of causes incident to age. She was 87.

Elder Gerald N. Lund speaks on the scripture "Come unto me" (BYU-Idaho news release) (September 26, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Gerald N. Lund of the Second Quorum of the Seventy encouraged students to follow the Savior's counsel to "come follow me" in a devotional address given Sept. 23 at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to speak at BYU devotional Jan. 13 (BYU news release - Utah) (January 12, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

A promise to serve: San Jose meet your local Mormon Missionaries (Examiner) (August 3, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Recently I met with two local Mormon missionaries, (Elder Chase Peterson of Idaho and Elder John Creps of Minnesota), to ask them some questions on why they decided to dedicate two years to come and serve others here in the Bay area.

Elder Walter F. Gonzalez to speak at Nov. 3 BYU devotional (BYU news release) (November 3, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Walter F. Gonzalez, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at a Brigham Young University campus devotional Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

The Holy Family Emulates Unity, Sacrifice, Love, and Service, Says Elder Maynes (Church News) (December 22, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
At its core, the Christmas Story is a Family Story, taught Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy during the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional on December 7.

Elder Dale G. Renlund returns to his 'other homeland' (LDS Church News) (May 25, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
For much of his service as a young missionary in the Swedish Mission, Elder Dale G. Renlund had many assignments that took him to the mission home. The home, located approximately ten miles outside of downtown Stockholm, became a familiar place.

Emeritus general authority Elder Groberg will speak at AML conference (Deseret News - Utah) (April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder John H. Groberg will be the keynote speaker at the Association for Mormon Letters annual conference on Saturday, April 21, at Utah Valley University's Student Center. The theme is "Going Forth Into All the World: Mormon Literature in an International Church," and panelists will discuss various authors and LDS film and literature throughout the world, or read poetry/personal essays. Elder Groberg is an emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The movie "The Other Side of Heaven" was based on his Mormon mission to Tonga.

Church Statement Regarding Missionary in Jamaica (LDS Newsroom) (January 18, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today: Our hearts are heavy with the news that Elder Jermaine Luther Walker from Kingston, Jamaica--serving in the Jamaica Kingston Mission--was killed today. He was hit by a stray bullet while he and seven other missionaries were returning to their apartments after a preparation-day activity. It appears the van they were in was caught in the crossfire as local police were pursuing another vehicle. Elder Walker was immediately driven to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Although shaken, the other missionaries in the van were reported in good condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Elder Walker’s family and all who knew this fine young man.

Elder Gong Devotional: Be not afraid, only believe (BYU-Hawaii news release) (October 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Seventy taught BYU–Hawaii students, faculty and staff to “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe” at the weekly campus Devotional on Tuesday, September 24. Elder Gong presented his message of encouragement as advice on making some of life’s biggest decisions. Elder Gong, who currently serves as the President of the Asia Area, began his talk by presenting a brief autobiography to give perspective for those in attendance. He recounted a time in his life when we was scared and unsure and what was done to overcome an obstacle. He expressed concern for the individual hardships and challenges that students were facing, and his sympathetic understanding was coupled with a message of hope: “There are many ways and many reasons we feel uncertainty, doubt, or fear, or are lonely or afraid. But each is an opportunity to grow: fear and faith do not exist at the same time, just as light and darkness do not. Believe our Lord Jesus Christ: Be not afraid, only believe.”

Member Volunteers Teach Robotics (News from the Church) (August 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
Robots are an unusual theme for a community service project in the Shrewsbury Ward, Newcastle-under-Lyme England Stake. When Elder Dudouit and Elder Both of the Manchester England Mission learned that Ashley Green ran an after-school robotics clubs for local children, they volunteered to assist him.

Elder Scott blasts abuse, offers hope (Deseret News - Utah) (April 7, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
In an unusually frank public sermon on a sensitive topic, Elder Richard G. Scott told Latter-day Saints during the faith's general conference on Saturday that God knows the details of each act of verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse and will help victims while holding abusers accountable.

Mormons witness to students on campus (The Famuan - Florida) (September 30, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
A couple of Latter-day Saint missionaries are spreading good news about their faith to students at Florida A&M University. Although on some student’s behalf, this might seem strange being as though they may be trying to get to class. However, to Elder Davis and Elder Barney, who preferred their first names to not be disclosed, it’s a divine duty and commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Vai's View: Taufa family shows faith in wake of LDS missionary's death (Deseret News - Utah) (June 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Last Wednesday evening, as Guatemala was being pummeled by rain, Elder Siosua (Josh) Taufa of Salt Lake City and his companion, Elder Rodriquez of Honduras, were just wrapping up their evening of proselyting following their weekly preparation day in the village of Catalina.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog) (September 16, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to the young adults of the Church on Sunday, 14 September. He encouraged them to find happiness through living a Christ-centered life. Many social media users commented online about their favorite parts of Elder Christofferson's address:

Inside the world of Mormon missionaries (The Michigan Daily) (October 27, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Amid the Diag bustle on a recent Thursday evening, two men, roughly the same age as everyone else, stood apart from the rest of the crowd. You've probably seen them before. Impeccably groomed, wearing identical white up shirts buttoned to the top and sporting black nametags, their names are Elder Stoker and Elder Mackintosh, and they'd like to give you a free copy of the Book of Mormon.

Elder Cook Charges Young Single Adults to Build the Kingdom (Church News and Events) (March 5, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
While serving his mission to Scotland in the late 1890s, then Elder David O. McKay (who served as Church President between 1951 and 1970) and his companion passed a building where the stone above the door was inscribed with a quotation usually attributed to Shakespeare: “What e’er thou art, act well thy part.”

Learn the Language of the Spirit, Elder Packer Teaches (Church News and Events) (May 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Allan F. Packer told LDS Business College students they need to learn the language of the Spirit in order to create their own handbook for success in life. A member of the Seventy, Elder Packer spoke to students May 14 during a devotional held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. He said when he presided over the Spain Malaga Mission, from 2001 to 2004, he told missionaries as they completed their missions that just as they had a handbook to live by while serving as full-time missionaries, they must create a “handbook” to live by when they returned home.

Elder Bednar: Church in Africa Is “Vibrant and Growing” (Church News and Events) (November 20, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
“The Church is vibrant and growing in Africa,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during his recent visit to the Africa Southeast Area.

Elder Holland Organizes First Stake in Jamaica (Church News) (June 17, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
For the first time, a stake of Zion is in operation in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica. On June 8, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized the Kingston Jamaica Stake.

Focus on Savior, Elder Nelson says (Deseret News - Utah) (November 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
The holidays won't be the same this year at the Nelson home...."Sister Nelson and I enjoyed many happy holidays through the years," Elder Nelson said Friday at the Orem Institute of Religion on the campus of Utah Valley State College.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom at Brigham Young University-Hawaii devotional: 'The Power of Covenant' (LDS Church News) (March 11, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Ordinances and covenants will help individuals know and remember what is most important in life, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy said March 9 at a BYU-Hawaii devotional assembly.

Gospel Provides Joy, Elder Cook Says in Korea and Japan (Church News and Events) (March 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
We should be grateful for what we have rather than focusing on what we don’t have, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught Church members in Seoul, Korea. He reminded them that the gospel provides the joy, happiness, and peace we all seek.

Elder Costa Offers Comfort and Relief in Japan (LDS Church News & Events) (May 27, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Presidency of the Seventy traveled through Japan recently, offering comfort, direction, and relief to those still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11.

January CES Broadcast to Feature Elder Jensen (Church News and Events) (December 1, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy will speak at a Church Educational System broadcast for young adults—married and single—on Sunday, January 8, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland addresses graduates at BYU-Hawaii (Deseret News - Utah) (December 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Individuals must get over their insecurities and look to the future with faith, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told graduates during commencement exercises at BYU-Hawaii on Dec. 17.

Elder Craig C. Christensen: 'Children of light' (LDS Church News) (March 20, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Individuals become 'children of the light' by following the promptings of the Spirit, becoming instruments to bring about much righteousness, Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy said during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on March 19.

Begin Missionary Work with the End in Mind, Says Elder Nelson (Church News and Events) (June 25, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
“Missionary work should begin and end with our minds focused on the blessings of the holy temple,” Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in an address he titled “Begin with the End in Mind.”

Elder Don R. Clarke on pure religion and answering, "Do we love him?" (BYU news release) (January 16, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Don R. Clarke, of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed his love for BYU, its students and the opportunity we each have for pure religion while speaking at the BYU Devotional in the Marriott Center on Tuesday.

Elder Richard J. Maynes speaks to young adults around the world (LDS Church News) (May 2, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Different accounts of the First Vision bring a more complete understanding of the sacred experience, Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy taught during a Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults held May 1.

SVU Honors Elder Neal A. Maxwell as a Leader-Servant (December 6, 2004) - Relevance: 2.9
Southern Virginia University participated with the Church’s CES Institute in presenting a memorial fireside honoring the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell. The fireside was held in the Buena Vista Stake Center, and attended by members of the Maxwell family.

Elder Oaks made national news because LDS Church position on gay rights is a 'significant development' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 22, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks is making national news for his comment this week about Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Elder Robert C. Gay Called as Chairman of the Perpetual Education Fund (Church News and Events) (September 21, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced the call of Elder Robert C. Gay of the First Quorum of the Seventy as chairman of the Church’s Perpetual Education Fund. Elder John K. Carmack and Elder Richard E. Cook, who served, respectively, as executive director and managing director of the fund, have been released. President Gordon B. Hinckley established the Perpetual Education Fund (PEF) in 2001 with the purpose of helping youth fight poverty. Patterned after the Perpetual Emigrating Fund—which helped more than 30,000 early Church members journey to the Salt Lake Valley from Europe in the mid to late 1800s—the Perpetual Education Fund helps young adults borrow money at a low interest rate so they can pay for training or advanced education and then pay the loan back. It is funded through contributions and has so far helped more than 50,000 members around the world.

From Bartlesville to Cabildo, Chile (Oklahoma) (May 20, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
If you ever encounter any of the four men assigned to Bartlesville as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), you might wonder if they're a bit young for the title "Elder." But in the LDS Church, which claims around 12 million adherents worldwide, the typical missionary elder vested with spreading and teaching the church's message is a member in good standing of the church between the ages of 19 and 26.

QA: Elder M. Russell Ballard on the Mormon Way (US News & World Report) (November 7, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the church's governing body, the Council of Twelve Apostles, recently discussed some of the more contentious issues, while making it clear that, apart from urging its members to vote, the church remains strictly neutral on matters of politics.

Elder Tingey Encourages Strong Family Organizations (News from the Church) (January 15, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
When our loving Heavenly Father created and organized this earth, He established a pattern with respect to the organization of the family that continues today, said Elder Earl C. Tingey of the Presidency of the Seventy at a Church Educational System firesideon January 13, 2008.

Elder Ladd was a constant example of living the gospel (LDS Church News) (October 24, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder W. Don Ladd, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, passed away peacefully in his home in Snellville, Ga., on Oct. 6, 2009. He was 76. At his funeral in the Lilburn Georgia Stake Center, family members and friends remembered him as a great leader in Church callings, work and home.

Elder Oaks Asks That Deductions for Charitable Giving be Preserved (LDS Church News & Events) (October 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an Apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, testified before the Senate Finance Committee on October 18, 2011, imploring government leaders not to reduce the tax deduction for personal charitable donations.

Elder Andersen Sees Commitment, Testimony of French Saints during Visit (Church News and Events) (December 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
It was a joyful day for Latter-day Saints in France as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Bordeaux France Stake and welcomed Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—an Apostle who was able to speak to them in their native tongue.

Watch: Elder L. Tom Perry's funeral service (Deseret News - Utah) (June 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Funeral services for Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were held Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. MDT in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. A recording of the services is provided on this page.

Elder Ballard visits Baltic States and Ukraine (LDS Church News) (June 15, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Twenty-three years ago, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the country of Lithuania to the preaching of the gospel. Recently, he visited Latvia and Estonia which, in addition to Lithuania and Georgia, comprise countries of the Baltic Mission.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton speaks on becoming ‘people of substance and worth’ at LDSBC devotional (LDS Church News) (February 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Speaking to an audience of LDS Business College students and faculty in the Conference Center Theater on Jan. 30, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy shared experiences from his life to help listeners become “people of substance and worth."

Elder Holland shares 'The Family: A Proclamation' with congress in Argentina (LDS Church News) (June 13, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
On the final day of his visit to the South America South Area, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles underscored the importance of strong families in society as he spoke to members of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in Argentina.

Elder Cook Notes Steady Rise in Temple, Family History Work in Central America (Church News) (September 5, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
A steady rise in family history research and temple work by Church members in the Central America Area is an indication of the members’ faith, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles after a recent visit. Elder Cook traveled to Guatemala August 18–21, speaking to youth in the area, participating in a seminar for mission presidents, and attending a leadership meeting with the Area Coordinating Council.

Have 'eternal perspective' (LDS Church News) (November 22, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Returning to his home of 37 years, Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy spoke to more than 1,000 young single adults from the San Francisco area on Nov. 4 about "having an eternal perspective." The devotional was held at the East Bay Interstake Center at Temple Hill in Oakland. Attending single adults came from wards throughout the Bay Area, such as the university wards in San Francisco and Berkeley and the young single adult wards in Walnut Creek and Livermore. Elder Wilson's talk was preceded by short messages from Elder Robert N. Packer, an Area Seventy, and his wife, Shelley.

Elder Christofferson urges graduates to achieve greatness in their lives (Deseret News - Utah) (August 17, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson urged thousands of Brigham Young University students, as they received their degrees on Thursday at the Marriott Center, to pursue and achieve greatness in their lives.

BYU devotional, Elder Glenn L. Pace: The divine nature and destiny of women (LDS Church News) (March 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Women have a sacred role in the sanctification and purification of men, Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy told students and faculty during the campus devotional in the Marriott Center at BYU on Tuesday, March 9.

Mormon elder: Suspect 'highly regarded for his spirituality' (KGW - Oregon) (June 12, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
The teen suspected of entering Reynolds High School Tuesday and killing one student before shooting himself was an active member of his Mormon church and was “highly regarded for his spirituality,” a church elder told NBC Wednesday.

Elder Perry the sports fan (Deseret News - Utah) (June 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
One thing that Lee Perry will miss about spending time with his father, Elder L. Tom Perry, is their shared love of sports. "I’m going to miss talking about (Boston) Red Sox games or any other sport with him,” Lee Perry told one reporter in an interview following his father’s death over the weekend.

Two Mormon Apostles to Attend 2017 US Presidential Inauguration (LDS Newsroom) (January 13, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
The First Presidency has assigned Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the U.S. presidential inauguration January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Recent Projects Helping Church History Come “Out of Obscurity,” Says Elder Cook (Church News) (June 15, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Church members can “plant faith by studying more about Church history, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a BYU–Idaho devotional on Tuesday, June 12.

How Elder Marlin K. Jensen came to know Joseph Smith was a true prophet (Church News) (November 14, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Epistemology: a great word that can be used to impress others. It’s also the study of the methods of human knowing, or “how we come to know,” Elder Marlin K. Jensen said in a Joseph Smith lecture series and BYU Hawaii devotional address on Nov. 13.

Funeral service for missionary beautiful, heartwarming (Deseret News - Utah) (February 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided at the funeral services for Elder Jace Edwards Davis on Monday, Jan. 8. Davis died Jan. 29 from accidental natural-gas asphyxiation while serving in the Romania Bucharest Mission.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong: 'A nice guy' — A man of faith and learning (LDS Church News) (May 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Among his achievements in life, Elder Gerrit W. Gong was a Rhodes Scholar, worked in high-level positions at the U.S. State Department and for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and, for the past nine years, has been assistant to the president for planning and assessment at Brigham Young University.

Holding Fast to the Rod of Iron (BYU-Hawaii news release) (March 29, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
“There are few other activities we can engage in that will bring greater benefits to us than the daily, consistent study of the scriptures,” said Elder Michael John U. Teh of the First Quorum of the Seventy in his address to the BYU–Hawaii ohana on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Elder Teh serves as Second Counselor in the Area Presidency for the Philippines Area.

Elder Jensen Honored for Church History Work (LDS Church News & Events) (November 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Marlin K. Jensen was “content, downright happy” to be working on his Huntsville, Utah, ranch and practicing law in nearby Ogden when, in 1989, the Lord called him at age 46 to serve as a General Authority. In October, he received emeritus status from the First Presidency and has “gone home.”

Elder Stevenson Is “Especially Blessed” to Participate in Japan Sapporo Temple Dedication (Church News) (August 22, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Gary E. Stevenson remembers the Sunday in August 1975 when he and his missionary companion were the only people attending sacrament meeting in the small branch in Amami Oshima, Japan. All the other members in the area had traveled to a regional conference in Tokyo.

The unexpected moment that taught Elder Gong the eternal importance of learning (LDS Church News) (October 17, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
During a recent flight from Salt Lake City to New York City, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had a last-minute seat assignment change. “In this case, perhaps not without purpose,” he recalled during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Oct. 16.

Elder Ballard Speaks about Finding Courage to Face Trials (LDS Church News and Events) (July 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
By looking to the past, individuals are able to find courage to face the trials of today, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve taught during the Ogden Pioneer Days Devotional held in the Dee Events Center on the campus of Weber State University on Sunday, July 15, 2012. “We owe them much and must never forget that the success of today was built upon the shoulders and the courage of the giants of the past,” he said. Speaking of faithful pioneers, Elder Ballard said, “It is good to reflect on the work of those that labored so hard and gained so little. But out of those dreams and early plans so well nurtured has come a great harvest of which we are the beneficiaries.”

What's new: ‘The Melchizedek Priesthood’ by Elder and Sister Renlund shares insights into the priesthood (Deseret News - Utah) (August 21, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
As Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund had questions about the priesthood, they sought to understand more about the priesthood and its application.

Elder Holland encourages BYU-Idaho graduates to put kingdom of God first (Idaho) (April 29, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffery R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged graduates of Brigham Young University-Idaho to show gratitude to God, have faith in the future and to put service and God above worldly things.

Elder Bednar speaks to Ogden Institute of Religion (LDS Church News) (October 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Every chair in the Ogden Institute building was occupied Sunday evening as students, missionaries and faculty members listened to Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, speak at a fireside.

Elder Bednar Observed Incredible Church Growth in Africa (Church News and Events) (February 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently spent 10 days with Latter-day Saints in West Africa, observing incredible growth and activity in a relatively young area of the Church. “Truly the Lord is hastening His work throughout the world,” Elder Bednar commented. “We saw evidence of that hastening in every country and city we visited in Africa. The devoted and faithful members of the Church on that continent are anxiously engaged in following the example of the Savior and establishing His gospel and Church. I am especially impressed by their diligent preparation to enter the house of the Lord worthily and receive the blessings to be had therein.”

President Packer Teaches about Surviving in Enemy Territory at Seminary Centennial (Church News and Events) (January 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated a century of seminary on Sunday, January 22, 2012, with a special program broadcast featuring remarks from President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Also present were President Thomas S. Monson, who presided; President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency; President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy.

Elder Daniel H. Ludlow dies at age 84 (Deseret News - Utah) (February 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Daniel H. Ludlow, 84, former director of the Correlation Department for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; college professor; and editor of the "Encyclopedia of Mormonism" died Feb. 14, 2009, at his home in Provo of causes incident to age. Elder Ludlow had served as director of the Correlation Department for 15 years. He had also taught at BYU-Hawaii campus; worked as director of Teacher Support Services for the Church Education System; served on the Scriptures Publication Committee of the LDS Church; and had been the editor-in-chief of the "Encyclopedia of Mormonism," published by Macmillan Publishers.

Apostles spend weekend with flood cleanup volunteers (Deseret News - Utah) (September 20, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Two apostles and other Church leaders spent the weekend in Texas with volunteers cleaning up damage from Hurricane Harvey. Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled from Utah to Houston, Texas, to provide encouragement to the hundreds of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers who continue to help residents impacted by the hurricane that hit the region at the end of August. They were joined by Elder S. Gifford Nielson, General Authority Seventy; Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency; and area leaders.

Elder Rasband tells BYU audience to make temple worship a pattern of life (LDS Church News) (February 11, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Speaking of the Church's two newest temples in Utah, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy asked his BYU devotional audience on Feb. 10 to consider how the focus and emphasis on temple building applies to them.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church news release) (April 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Neil Linden Andersen, 57, was named the newest apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday during the morning session of the Church’s 179th Annual General Conference.

Elder David A. Bednar to deliver CES fireside address May 3 (BYU Newsnet) (April 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present a Church Educational System fireside Sunday, May 3, that will be broadcast at 6 p.m. at Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center.

Elder David A. Bednar to deliver CES fireside address May 3 (BYU Newsnet) (May 2, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present a Church Educational System fireside Sunday, May 3, that will be broadcast at 6 p.m. at Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center.

Church leaders visit with heads of state (LDS Church News) (September 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy, and Elder Kent F. Richards, second counselor in the Europe Area Presidency, met with heads of state in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during their recent three-day visit to those countries.

God Wants His Children to Return to Him, Elder Nelson Teaches (Church News and Events) (January 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Russell M. Nelson enjoined 21 departing missionary couples to “keep an eternal perspective” as they assume assignments in various locales at missionary training centers and Church visitors’ centers or historic sites.

Focus on the Doctrine of Christ, Elder Andersen Tells Missionaries Worldwide (Church News) (January 25, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen began his remarks at the 2016 worldwide missionary broadcast by speaking of the love that he, the First Presidency, and his fellow members in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have for the missionaries of the Church.

Elder Kim B. Clark invites young adults to participate in devotional (Deseret News - Utah) (May 3, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Young adults around the world are invited to join in for a worldwide devotional on Sunday night featuring Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of the Church Educational System.

Art competition doubles as service (LDS Church News) (April 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve was picked up by his brother, Dennis, Friday, March 19, at the Sacramento International Airport with one caveat: On the way to his brother's home, Elder Holland had to attend the VIP gala opening of the 2010 Pioneer Heritage Art Competition at the Folsom Historical Museum here.

Elder Paul B. Pieper: The 'realities of mortality' (LDS Church News) (February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Mortality is one of the greatest gifts Heavenly Father has given His children, Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy said during a campus devotional at BYU-Idaho on Feb. 19. "Each person is placed on the earth in unique settings and circumstances," he said "Despite our uniqueness, the Lord has revealed truths about the purposes of this mortal life that apply to all of us."

Elder Ballard Gives Institute Students Time-Tested Advice (Church News) (August 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Classes start soon for Latter-day Saint students at Weber State University. On August 25, several thousand decided to usher in their fall semester by listening to Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in an evening devotional at the Ogden LDS Institute.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Prepared for a Lifetime of Service (LDS Newsroom) (October 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Following the call issued this week by Church president Thomas S. Monson to serve as an apostle of Jesus Christ, Elder Ronald A. Rasband said a New Testament scripture came to mind that night as he pondered and prayed about the new assignment. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you” (John 15:16).

Elder Bednar addresses LDS graduates at U.S. Air Force Academy (LDS Church News) (June 6, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Spirits soared high as Elder David A. Bednar from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed the LDS graduating class of 2016 from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on May 29, in the first LDS Baccalaureate Service held in the iconic Cadet Chapel.

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf Encourage Young Adults to Trust in God (LDS Newsroom) (January 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
“My purpose today is to offer my certain witness that your Father in Heaven knows you, He hears you, and He will never abandon you,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a worldwide devotional for young adults on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Elder Ulisses Soares: A 'witness' for the world (LDS Church News) (April 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
A son of South America now sits for the first time in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. That historic fact works as a first day news headline — and Elder Ulisses Soares is quick to say he’s grateful to hail from a land “where the gospel is growing and the Lord is bringing so many blessings to our people.”

Elder Nelson Creates First Stake in Russia - Photo Gallery (Church News and Events) (June 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized the first stake in Russia on Sunday, June 5, 2011—the Moscow Russia Stake. (Photographs courtesy Public Affairs.)

Apostles return to southern South America (LDS Church News) (December 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
A recent apostolic trip to the southern nations of South America demonstrated the growing ties between the Church and the leaders of many Latin American governments — even as the Church continues to develop in both membership and devotion. On Nov. 14-15, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder D. Todd Christofferson, both members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, together with Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy, participated in a review of the South America South Area. Several training meetings highlighted their tour with priesthood leaders, members and missionaries — along with cordial visits with civic and religious leaders in Chile and Paraguay.

Elder Bednar Visits BYU–Hawaii (Church News and Events) (January 27, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Thousands gathered on the campus of Brigham Young University–Hawaii on Thursday, January 20, 2011, to hear from Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who stopped in Hawaii as part of his visit to the Pacific Area of the Church.

Elder Christofferson says man's laws should reflect God's (Deseret News - Utah) (February 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Man's laws and legal systems should be tied to and reflect the same purposes of God's laws, said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the ninth annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Fireside Friday night.

Elder Cook visits South America (LDS Church News) (December 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
While visiting the Church’s South America South Area, Elder Quentin L. Cook asked local leaders in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to make as their primary goal “building faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement.”

Elder Schwitzer asked a successful missionary what was his key to success, this was the response (LDS Church News) (January 18, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, a General Authority Seventy, once spoke to a young missionary who was enjoying remarkable success in his duties. The missionary came from a humble background. He was not unusually learned or articulate. And yet he found people to baptize wherever assigned.

Face Perilous Times with “Safe Harbors” Says Elder Ronald A. Rasband (LDS Business College) (December 3, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
Safe harbors are critical for those facing the buffetings of today’s calamitous environment said Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of Seventy to LDS Business College students during a devotional address delivered Nov. 30, 2005.

Elder Richard G. Scott to be featured at BYU devotional March 18 (BYU news release) (March 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostlesof The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scheduled to deliver a Brigham Young University devotional address Tuesday, March 18, at 11:05 a.m. inthe Marriott Center.

Elder Christofferson says achieve goals day-by-day (Deseret News - Utah) (January 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Thoughtful planning and preparation are key to a rewarding future, but we do not live in the future, we live in the present, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, told young adults at a Church Education System fireside Sunday.

Elder Oaks Discusses Religious Freedom with KSL NewsRadio (LDS Newsroom) (May 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently discussed the importance of religious freedom with Grant Nielsen and Amanda Dixon of KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City.

Elder Renlund shares his testimony on temples in new 'Special Witnesses of Christ' video (Deseret News - Utah) (December 7, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
In a new video posted on Mormon Channel's YouTube page, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares his testimony of temple blessings and eternal families.

Elder Craig C. Christensen speaks during LDS Business College 130th graduation (Deseret News - Utah) (April 17, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
"Small and simple things" are often the solution to many — if not all — of the issues a person faces in life, Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy told LDS Business College graduates during commencement on April 14.

Youth Worldwide Respond to Elder Andersen’s #TempleChallenge (Church News) (December 6, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited all of the youth of the Church to participate in a global temple challenge, which he issued during his devotional talk held in conjunction with the RootsTech Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 8, 2014.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom tells BYU grads to seek 'a balanced life' (Deseret News - Utah) (August 18, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
"Seeking balance — giving adequate time and effort to each of those things that really matter — is vital to our success in mortal probation," Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a General Authority Seventy, told Brigham Young University graduates during commencement exercises on Aug. 17.

Mormon elder remembers home (Columbia Missourian) (November 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Sean Marett looks up at a Beatles poster on the wall on Wednesday at Gumby's Pizza in Columbia. According to Marett, he used to have posters plastered all over his walls back home in Utah. Marett is in the midst of his two year missions, so he will not go home or see his family until that time is over.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband Counsels, Encourages Saints in Tampico, Mexico (Church News) (April 25, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Ronald A. Rasband is no stranger to Mexico, having traveled in Mexico extensively as a General Authority Seventy and as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Elder Nelson travels to Eastern Europe, reflects on previous visits, Church milestones (LDS Church News) (June 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
When Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles retraces Church history in Eastern Europe, he often walks in his own footsteps.

Elder and Sister Holland identify the most important figure in the Book of Mormon (LDS Church News) (June 29, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Missionaries should cherish and use the Book of Mormon above all other proselyting tools God has given them, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland on June 25.

Elder Jay E. Jensen addresses summer graduates (Idaho) (August 23, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
The BYU-Idaho campus was bathed in late summer sunshine as Elder Jay E. Jensen, a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed summer graduates Friday, August 19.

Elder Holland Connects with Thousands of Members in Japan, Korea, and the Micronesia Islands (Church News) (March 8, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 23 years ago. He’s been a General Authority for almost three decades. His broad ecclesiastical duties have made him something of a globetrotter in a white shirt and tie—traveling far and wide to testify of Jesus Christ and to minister to the many Latter-day Saints across the world.

Elder Keith W. Wilcox dies at age 90 (LDS Church News) (December 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Keith W. Wilcox, who served in the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy from 1984 to 1989, died Friday evening, Dec. 16. Elder Wilcox,a resident of Ogden, Utah, was 90 years old. An architect before he was called as a General Authority, he is perhaps best known for his design of the Washington D.C. Temple. He also designed the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah; the Ogden Federal Building, McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Weber Memorial Hospital, the Roy, Bonneville and Skyview high schools, and the Union Building, Arts Building and Browning Center for the Performing Arts at the Weber State College and other buildings.

Relationships are key to building LDS credibility internationally (Deseret News - Utah) (April 9, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Lance B. Wickman says he sometimes smiles when asked: "What does a church need lawyers for?" Elder Wickman, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he understands the question from a philosophical standpoint. But from a practical view, he said, building the kingdom of God "has much to do with the laws of man."

Elder Ballard Speaks at Anniversary of Historic Kirtland (Church News and Events) (October 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Ten years after President Gordon B. Hinckley walked the paths and dedicated the historic village of Kirtland, Ohio, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve met with Latter-day Saints and community members to celebrate the rich heritage of the Church’s first gathering place.

Elder Larry S. Kacher Shares His Road to Conversion (Church News) (May 9, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
After many promptings during his early adult years, Elder Larry S. Kacher began to recognize a greater power guiding him in his life. At age 19, his sensitivity to the Spirit led him across the globe and back again to find the gospel of Jesus Christ—a decision that has changed his life and made all the difference.

Elder Oaks Tells Graduates to “Push Back” Against World’s Evils (Church News) (March 1, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
“Push back against worldly values and practices that are contrary to gospel teachings and covenants,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told graduates during commencement exercises at Brigham Young University–Hawaii on February 25.

Elder Holland shares 'the missionary speech of all time' at Seminar for New Mission Presidents (Deseret News - Utah) (July 3, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Just as Moses would not endeavor to go into the promised land without the assurance of the Lord’s presence so today’s missionaries are also totally dependent upon the Lord for success, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told mission presidents and their wives who are embarking on new assignments.

Funeral Services Honor “Perfectly Loyal Friend,” Elder Robert D. Hales (Church News) (October 9, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Friends, relatives, associates, and admirers gathered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday for the funeral services of Elder Robert D. Hales—an Apostle they remembered as a beloved husband, father, and unassailable servant in God’s kingdom.

Grow in Grace: BYU–Hawaii Devotional with Elder Hamula (Church News) (June 14, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
In an address given on the BYU–Hawaii campus on June 3, Elder James J. Hamula of the Seventy told those in attendance that Jesus Christ is full of grace and that grace is “an enabling power” that all are in need of.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson says LDS Church's doctrine is constant (LDS Church News) (February 6, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
The appeal by Church leaders for a balanced approach between nondiscrimination and religious liberty does not represent any change or shift in the Church’s doctrine, said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Church Patriarch Elder Eldred G. Smith Dies at Age 106 (Church News and Events) (April 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Eldred G. Smith, who served as Patriarch to the Church from 1947 to 1979, died Thursday evening, April 4, at his home. He was 106.

Elder Christofferson on the need for a prophet (Deseret News - Utah) (May 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Prophets today: “We Need Living Prophets” is the strong statement of this new video and Elder D. Todd Christofferson explains exactly why in this new video on the “Prophets and Apostles Speak Today” lds.org site. Click in for his incredible testimony as well as the testimony of members from around the world. And then consider sharing this video with those who do not know this message. Enjoy!

Christmas Is Every Day, Says Elder Duncan at Christmas Devotional (Church News) (December 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Drawing upon his experiences as a farm boy, a missionary, a young widower with an infant daughter, and later, a husband and father in a family with meager resources, Elder Kevin R. Duncan testified that “it is Jesus Christ’s birthday that we celebrate each Christmas season, but because of the goodness of the Father and the Son, we still get all the presents.”

Locked knees made Elder Wirthlin shake (Deseret News - Utah) (October 11, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, suffered from a case of locked knees during his talk last weekend at the 177th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center.

Elder Robert D. Hales to speak at BYU devotional Sept. 14 (BYU news release) (September 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address Brigham Young University students, staff and faculty in a devotional Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Christofferson to address CES fireside (LDS Church News) (January 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve will speak at a Church Educational System broadcast for young adults on Sunday, Jan. 9. The broadcast will originate from the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, at 6 p.m., with subsequent rebroadcasts to many areas of the world.

Elder Nelson Visits South Africa (Church News and Events) (November 8, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Continuing his trip to the African continent and Madagascar, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Church leaders, local officials, and missionaries in multiple gatherings held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from October 24 to 28.

Mexico City MTC: Elder Oaks dedicates already sacred place as 'more sacred' (LDS Church News) (February 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Greeted by enthusiastic missionaries preparing to serve in North, Central and South America, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated the Mexico City Missionary Training Center on Feb. 9.

Elder Christofferson to Speak at September CES Devotional (Church News) (August 4, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young adults—single and married—in a CES devotional broadcast on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland posts picture of granddaughter's missionary return on Facebook (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted two pictures on Facebook Thursday after his granddaughter returned from serving an LDS mission.

Elder Christofferson to Speak at September CES Devotional (Church News) (September 5, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young adults—single and married—in a CES devotional broadcast on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

President Monson, other LDS leaders and family honor Elder L. Tom Perry at funeral (Deseret News - Utah) (June 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder L. Tom Perry's 41 enthusiastic and indomitable years as an LDS apostle made life better for millions of people, church leaders and family said at his funeral Friday in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square.

Elder Ballard Addresses Importance of Traditional Marriage at World Congress of Families (LDS Newsroom) (October 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke Tuesday morning at the ninth World Congress of Families being held in Salt Lake City.

Elder Holland prepares for Face to Face event by responding to question from missionary who returned early (Deseret News - Utah) (March 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a video on his Facebook page Monday in which he answered a young man’s question about missionary service.

Elder J. Devn Cornish to speak at spring commencement (Deseret News - Utah) (July 6, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder J. Devn Cornish, General Authority Seventy, will address 2,080 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho’s 2017 Spring Semester Commencement on Tuesday, July 18. The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center.

International service builds world peace, Elder Christofferson tells Westminster students (Deseret News - Utah) (November 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson joked in August when he accepted the World Peace Prize in India that the large trophy that came with the award would have to be shipped back to Utah because it wouldn't fit in his suitcase.

Elder Uchtdorf hits 'bullseye' during mission presidents seminar (LDS Church News) (June 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Mindful of the multitude of responsibilities of interviewing, teaching, training and edifying that face new mission presidents and their wives, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles identified a simple target and bullseye for focus.

Elder Rasband Throws Ceremonial Pitch in Los Angeles (LDS Newsroom) (August 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels major league baseball game Friday night, July 27, 2018.

Church patriarch marks 105th birthday (Deseret News - Utah) (January 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Eldred G. Smith , who served as patriarch to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1949 to 1979, turned 105 on Monday. Among those calling upon him at this home to extend greetings was church President Thomas S. Monson . Sitting shoulder to shoulder on a sofa in the living room of Elder Smith's home in Salt Lake City, they reminisced about their long years of service in the church. They spoke of their travels together to such places as Australia, Samoa and Italy. "We had a good time together," President Monson said. They still enjoy a close association. On the first Thursday of each month, Elder Smith, who retains the priesthood office of patriarch and is an emeritus general authority, attends a meeting with all the church's general authorities who are in Salt Lake City. President Monson said he often calls upon Elder Smith to speak. "We always enjoy hearing from him," President Monson said.

Elder Russell M. Nelson presides over BYU–Idaho graduation (BYU-Idaho) (May 3, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over graduation services at Brigham Young University–Idaho on Saturday, April 29.

Elder Perry: The Church is scaffolding for lives (LDS Church News) (January 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
The Church is the scaffolding for individuals and families as they engage the most important building projects of their lives, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve told students during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Jan. 24.

RootsTech 2015: Elder Andersen Adds to Temple Challenge (Church News) (February 16, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
A year ago, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a challenge to attendees of the 2014 RootsTech conference: “Prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple.”

Fundamental principle: Know for certainty the character of God (LDS Church News) (January 21, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
At the heart of LDS missionaries' message is the doctrine concerning the Godhead, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told 21 couples gathered for a three-day seminar in Provo and Salt Lake City Jan. 10-12. Speaking at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Jan. 12, Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve gave the closing presentation of the annual Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors. Other addresses from the seminar are covered on page 5 of this issue; addresses to the couples and to the MTC devotional in connection with the seminar by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve were covered in the Jan. 14 Church News.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson to preside at BYU Commencement April 22 (BYU news release) (April 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker and presiding authority at the Brigham Young University April 2010 Commencement ceremonies Thursday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The exercises will be conducted by Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, president of BYU and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church. Representatives from the BYU Board of Trustees will be present, including Church Commissioner of Education Paul V. Johnson and Relief Society General President Julie B. Beck. BYU Alumni Association President Chris Feinauer will speak to the graduates.

The arts with a side of sunscreen (The Star - Canada) (July 17, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
But I'm a festival veteran. It takes a lot to amaze me. Elder Armstrong is a different matter. He bumped into me at the jazz festival while searching for the best angle to take pictures of a percussion group on his digital camera. A couple of hundred people had crowded round the musicians, some of whom were dancing as they drummed. A name tag on his white shirt identified Elder Armstrong as a Mormon missionary.

RootsTech Leadership Session: Family History Work Essential to God’s Plan (Church News) (March 12, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
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.”

Elder Rasband talks religious freedom at interfaith symposium, goes on air with former president of Paraguay (LDS Church News) (September 24, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
During his recent nine-day assignment to the South American trio of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles looked forward to daily greeting the Saints, including shaking the hands of hundreds of members, leaders and missionaries.

Elder Russell M. Nelson: The gathering of Israel preparing the world for the Second Coming (LDS Church News) (January 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
The Book of Mormon is "specifically addressed to the remnant of the house of Israel" and is a sign to the world that the Lord has begun to gather scattered Israel, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve said Jan. 17.

Elder Christofferson Says Book of Mormon Is “Tool of the Harvest” (Church News) (July 10, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Though written scripture has been produced in the course of each gospel dispensation, the current one began with a book of scripture, the Book of Mormon, Elder D. Todd Christofferson pointed out in a presentation June 27 at the 2017 Seminar for New Mission Presidents.

Reach Out in Love to Those Considering Suicide, Elder Renlund Says (LDS Newsroom) (July 3, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
In an ongoing effort to help prevent suicide, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a series of hopeful videos — several of which come from Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — that encourage Latter-day Saints to listen to and love those considering suicide.

Elder Uchtdorf Shares Message of Thanksgiving with Missionaries in the Provo MTC (Church News) (November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, shared messages about gratitude with a little more than 1,500 missionaries gathered in the Provo MTC in a Thanksgiving morning devotional on November 22.

Periods of history teach us of God's plan (LDS Church News) (February 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
"Each [gospel] dispensation seems to teach us some of the doctrines and principles we should follow in our lives," said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Perry instructed a group of more than 800 single adults gathered at the Midvale Utah Union Fort Stake meetinghouse on Sunday, Feb. 14, about things that can be learned from the different dispensations of the gospel.

Elder Nelson Visits Madagascar, Dedicates Malawi (Church News and Events) (October 29, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Arriving on Friday, October 21, 2011, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spent four days in Antananarivo, Madagascar, where he met with members, missionaries, priesthood leaders, and local officials. He then traveled to Malawi, where he dedicated the land for the preaching of the gospel.

LDS missionary dies in Wisconsin (KUTV - Utah) (May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
We are saddened to share news of the death of one of our young missionaries. Elder Jeremy McCauley died during the night from unknown causes. Elder McCauley, age 19, is from Payson, Utah, and has been serving since November of 2016 in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. We mourn with his family and loved ones and pray that they may be comforted as they deal with this tragic loss.

Elder Hallstrom, Mormon Tabernacle Choir hold special sacrament service in San Francisco (LDS Church News) (June 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom’s paternal grandparents always called their grandson “Don” — except once each year during the last season of their lives. Then, once a year, when it was time for Brother and Sister Hallstrom to renew their temple recommends, they would call their grandson who was also presiding over their ward.

Elder Packer emphasizes the need for personal revelation (BYU-Hawaii) (December 21, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
In his December 17 commencement address to over 250 BYU-Hawaii graduates, Elder Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, used some of his own experiences in the Pacific 60 years ago to emphasize the increasing need for personal revelation in modern times.

Elder Earl C. Tingey to speak at BYU devotional June 5 (June 5, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Earl C. Tingey of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will address the Brigham Young University communityduring the university’s weekly devotional Tuesday, June 5 at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander teaches students to choose the right path (BYU-Idaho news release) (May 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, urged students to set their destinations and begin their journeys during Tuesday’s devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

LDS missionaries performing community service projects (The Northwestern - Wisconsin) (July 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Kaden Marshall from Washington, Utah, and Elder McKay Allred from Huntington, Utah, are in Oshkosh performing community service and spreading the gospel as part of their voluntary two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

As New Temple Rises, Apostles Encourage Box Elder Saints to Prepare (Church News and Events) (August 26, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
As a new temple is constructed nearby, leaders and members from 13 stakes in the Box Elder area surrounding Brigham City, Utah, were counseled by two apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ to prepare themselves to be worthy to enter the House of the Lord.

Elder Cook encourages BYU-I graduates to seek 'the good life' (Deseret News - Utah) (December 21, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Family and the gospel of Jesus Christ are essential to achieving "the good life," Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told 1,997 graduates during commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Dec. 18.

Watch: Elder Holland, Sister Stephens, Elder Hallstrom answer LDS young single adults' questions (Deseret News - Utah) (March 9, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Three leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to young single adults worldwide during a live, online Face to Face event Tuesday evening.

'Discover, gather, connect' is new family history credo, Church leaders say (LDS Church News) (March 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Bradley D. Foster says he has a “death wish,” but it’s not the sort you might think. By all indications, Elder Foster, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Family History Department, loves life and is not in any hurry to depart this mortal sphere.

Brazilian, Swiss missionaries work to spread Mormon faith (Massachusetts) (May 7, 2005) - Relevance: 2.9
As missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Fabricio Duarte, 23, of Curitiba, Brazil and Elder Matteo Bolognesi, 24, of Lugano, Switzerland carry out Christ's instructions to his apostles: Travel two by two from village to village speaking to anyone who will listen. The village just happens to be New Bedford.

Elder Christofferson: Knowing Worth of Souls Important in Missionary Work (Church News) (July 10, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
To God, mortal men and women have infinite value, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared June 24 to elders and sisters at a devotional emanating from the Provo Missionary Training Center and carried internationally to other missionary training centers.

Elder Russell M. Nelson to speak at Young Adult fireside (News from the Church) (May 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
A CES fireside for young adults will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2008, 6:00 p.m. The speaker will be Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The broadcast will originate from the Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University campus.

Elder Jensen: 'Build upon the rock of the Redeemer' (LDS Church News) (March 11, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Those who face and survive life's storms will be those who build upon the rock of the Redeemer, and focusing on "the power of the word" in developing a firm testimony ensures that building on the rock, taught Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy at the March 10 BYU devotional.

Taiwan welcomes Elder Bednar (LDS Church News) (April 25, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
At the conclusion of a five-day visit to Taiwan, April 16-20, Elder David A. Bednar praised the faith of local Church members and missionaries. "We have felt the strength of their testimonies and the power of the Spirit in every gathering," he said. "This has been a faith-promoting experience for Sister Bednar and me."

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Four great fundamental principles of the Constitution (LDS Church News) (September 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Calling the United States Constitution this country's most important export, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve defined the Constitution's four great fundamentals and called on the American public to better understand and support it.

Pioneers have existed through all ages, Elder Ballard says (LDS Church News) (September 21, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
From Adam and Eve to today's defenders of religious liberty, pioneers have existed in all ages, Elder M. Russell Ballard said Sept. 18 in a speech to attendees at the annual symposium of the National Sons of Utah Pioneers in Salt Lake City.

Elder L. Tom Perry: 'Christmas faith' (LDS Church News) (December 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Christmas is a time for families and for reflecting on the birth of the Savior, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve said during the BYU Management Society Salt Lake Chapter's Christmas luncheon on Dec. 19, held in a ballroom at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Mormon and Seventh-day Adventist Leaders Discuss Faith, Family and Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 1, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
On Thursday, 24 April, Mormon leaders Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Ronald A. Rasband met with senior leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church at their worldwide headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

On a mission (Morning Sun - Kansas) (January 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Gabriel Dominguez and Elder Jordan Grover are pretty visible as they pedal around the streets of Pittsburg, impeccably groomed in their white shirts and ties. “We can’t hide the fact of who we are,” Grover noted. “Not that we’d want to.” The two young men — Dominguez is 21 and Grover is 20 — are serving two-year terms as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

Elder Rasband returns to missionary roots, calls Harlem 'a very special place' (LDS Church News) (October 27, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Ronald A. Rasband exited the Church’s prominent 33,000-square-foot meetinghouse located in the heart of Harlem, New York, on Sunday, Oct. 22, and walked one block down the street. There he looked in the windows of the iconic Sylvia’s Restaurant where, two decades earlier, the first LDS branch met in Harlem.

Elder Uchtdorf shares message during Volkstrauertag: A German national day of remembrance (Church News) (November 19, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, recently travelled to Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe. While there, they visited Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and Gdansk (Danzig), two cities that were for many generations “beautiful and strong German communities.”

'Please do not fear technology,' Elder David A. Bednar says at 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents (LDS Church News) (July 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Mission leaders and missionaries will “have help from Him whose Church this is” as they use technology to further the eternally important work of salvation, said Elder David A. Bednar on June 24.

Elder Lynn A. Sorensen, Emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at 97 (Deseret News - Utah) (January 11, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Lynn Andrew Sorensen,who served as General Authority from 1987-1992, died peacefully on Jan. 4, 2017, in Holladay, Utah, at the age of 97.

Elder Andersen Presides at the Groundbreaking of Abidjan Cȏte d’Ivoire Temple (LDS Newsroom) (November 9, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Abidjan Cȏte d’Ivoire Temple on Thursday.

First Presidency appoints new CES commissioner (Deseret News - Utah) (June 9, 2008) - Relevance: 2.9
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Saturday the appointment of Elder Paul V. Johnson as commissioner of the Church Educational System, succeeding Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, who has been called as the Logan Utah Temple president. The leadership changes will be effective Aug. 1, 2008.

Former weather forcaster Elder Mark Eubanks to speak at devotional (Ke Alaka'i - Hawaii) (August 28, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Mark E. Eubank’s career as a weatherman in Salt Lake City, Utah, did not last a mere four years or even 14. It lasted four decades, and he said he liked being a weatherman. “That’s what was so amazing. I talked about the weather, and they paid me to do what I loved for 40 years. That wasn’t work, that was pleasure,” he said.

Elder Ballard speaks at Salt Lake Institute about righteous expectations (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
“Where are you going? What is it you really want to do? And what is it you really want to be?” Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles asked a capacity congregation of students and young single adults at a devotional held at the Salt Lake Institute adjacent to the University of Utah campus on Jan. 24.

Elder W. Eugene Hansen, former president of the Seventy and S.L. Temple, dies at 88 (Deseret News - Utah) (November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder W. Eugene Hansen, a farm boy, Army colonel and personal injury attorney whose tender heart marked his life and his service as a General Authority of the LDS Church and president of the Salt Lake Temple, died Saturday at age 88.

Elder Rasband Tells to Fire-Weary Santa Rosans, “We Can Go Forward with Hope” (Church News) (October 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
The hundreds of fire-weary Latter-day Saints who gathered Friday in the Santa Rosa California Stake Center for a devotional with Elder Ronald A. Rasband began and ended the evening with two hymns they had surely sung many times before.

Legions of Brazilian young people respond to Elder Rasband by sharing this heartwarming symbol (Deseret News - Utah) (December 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
When Elder Ronald A. Rasband spoke recently to a nationwide gathering of young people in Brazil, he concluded with a simple message: I love you. The Brethren love you. And, most importantly, Heavenly Father loves you.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson invites listeners to measure the vitality of their spiritual hearts (LDS Church News) (December 6, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
“The real task at Christmas is to etch that Spirit of Christ in our hearts,” Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during a Christmas luncheon sponsored by the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society.

CES fireside: Elder Richard G. Scott — 'To have peace and happiness' (LDS Church News) (September 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
A member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Scott was the speaker at the first CES fireside of the 2010-2011 school year held in the BYU Mariott Center and broadcast by satellite throughout North America and many parts of the world. "Two of the vital pillars that sustain Father in Heaven's Plan of Happiness are the family and the home," Elder Scott said. "Their lofty significance is underscored by Satan's relentless efforts to splinter family relations and to undermine the significance of the temple ordinances which bind the family together for eternity. He does this by constant encouragement to promote promiscuity and to defile the sacred intimate expression of love between a husband and wife that results in the birth of children."

Elder Scott uses aloha to address the June 2006 graduates (BYU Hawaii) (June 29, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, used the "hallowed greeting, aloha," during the June 24 commencement to teach the nearly 300 BYU-Hawaii graduates five keys to success and happiness.

Elder Perry's 'wildfire' cancer shocked family, but son recalls dear memories (Deseret News - Utah) (June 1, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
The "wildfire" cancer that took Elder L. Tom Perry's life on Saturday shocked his family, but he met the terminal diagnosis with customary acceptance of the Lord's will, his son said Sunday.

Elder Oaks Speaks to Mexican Legislators on Religious Freedom (Church News) (May 4, 2016) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on the importance of religious freedom to representatives of 97 different religions from 23 Mexican states and half a dozen legislators.

Elder Glen L. Rudd: A life of gospel labor (LDS Church News) (December 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Hanging prominently in Elder Glen L. Rudd's Millcreek, Utah, home is an aging photo of a burly work horse harnessed and pulling a heavy load. The animal in the black-and-white image dips its head low and has almost four hooves off the ground as it lunges forward in a moment of great exertion.

Elder Quentin L. Cook on the Word of Wisdom, family choices and financial principles (Deseret News - Utah) (February 8, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
A powerful paradigm shift is occurring and disciples of Christ must learn to recognize good from evil amid Lucifer's tactics, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told students at Brigham Young University during a campus devotional on Feb. 7.

Elder Patrick Kearon Says ‘Rise Out of Ourselves’ (LDS Newsroom) (May 8, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
As a teenager, Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he was “deeply self-absorbed.” His perspective was changed, however, when a natural disaster struck the coast of England where he was attending boarding school. The English coastal area was known for bad weather, but a formidable storm blew in across the Irish Sea at hurricane force.

Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicates LDS meetinghouse in Voronezh, Russia (LDS Church News) (October 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated the Voronezh Branch meetinghouse on Oct. 20, a little more than 17 years after the first members of the Church from this Russian city were baptized.

Elder Holland Bears Testimony of the Book of Mormon in New Mormon Message (Church News & Events) (May 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
A new Mormon Message featuring Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been created to help those who are unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon understand what it is.

'The gospel answers life's problems and challenges' (LDS Church News) (February 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
The gospel answers life's problems and challenges, Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve said in a discussion during the Worldwide leadership Training Broadcast on Feb. 11.

Apostles Visit Church Members in India and Hong Kong (LDS Newsroom) (May 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Two apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Church members in India and Hong Kong to extend their love and blessings. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visited Latter-day Saints in India on 22 May 2011, and Elder Holland was accompanied by Elder David A. Bednar on a visit to Hong Kong on 25 May 2011.

Area residents receive hot meal courtesy of Bluefield Union Mission (Bluefield Daily Telegraph - West Virginia) (November 23, 2007) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Sterling Hasting, 20, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Elder Seth Harrison, 19, of Salem, Ore., representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stopped in to help out with the distribution. “I think it’s great that people work together like this to feed people who are hungry,” Harrison said.

The Character of God (BYU-Hawaii news release) (July 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jerry Wilson’s devotional entitled, “The Character of God,” focused on the characteristics of Heavenly Father and the “Lectures on Faith.” Elder Wilson began his July 5th devotional by advising students to, “be careful of what you allow in your knowledge bases, from the world…Please know that you have plenty of examples of those who sought advanced degrees all the while deepening their faith in God in the process.”

'Are you giving Heavenly Father breadcrumbs?' Elder Klebingat asks BYU-Hawaii students (LDS Church News) (June 6, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
Dedicating quality time through prayer and scripture study will result in "more guidance in your personal life," Elder Jörg Klebingat, a General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director in the Temple Department, told students at BYU-Hawaii on Tuesday, June 5.

Elder Jay E. Jensen to speak at Winter Commencement (BYU-Idaho news release) (March 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jay E. Jensen, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the Brigham Young University-Idaho Winter Commencement speaker on April 10, 2010. Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. in the John W. Hart Auditorium.

First Stake Created in Cape Verde (Church News and Events) (May 21, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Sunday, April 29, 2012, was a historic day for members of the Church in Cape Verde (also known as Cabo Verde) as the first stake in that country was organized by Elder Erich W. Kopischke, Europe Area President, with assistance from his second counselor Elder José A. Teixeira.

Elder Ben Banks discusses the last months and martyrdom of Joseph Smith (February 23, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Ben Banks, Emeritus Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, addressed Brigham Young University-Idaho students during devotional on Tuesday, February 21 regarding the last months and martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Elder Koelliker to Speak at BYU Family History Fireside (News from the Church) (February 25, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Paul E. Koelliker of the First Quorum of Seventy will speak at the annual Brigham Young University Family History Fireside tonight on the topic “I gave unto you a commandment that you should build a house” (D&C 95:8).

Elder West teaches BYU–Idaho students importance of paying tithing (March 14, 2006) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Stephen A. West, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, stressed the importance of paying tithing in his Brigham Young University–Idaho devotional address on Tuesday, March 7.

Video: Elder Oaks talks about the Second Coming (LDS Church News) (June 2, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
A living apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ speaks about the second coming and what has been revealed to us in our day from the scriptures. Elder Dallin H. Oaks is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Patrick Kearon Speaks to BYU Students about Receiving Messages of Love (Church News and Events) (February 16, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
At a BYU devotional held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy addressed students about receiving messages and revelation from Heavenly Father.

Elder Callister Says Lord’s Standard of Morality Is Clear (Church News and Events) (January 29, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
No matter what public sentiment or influences of the day might say, the Lord’s standard of morality is clear, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy said during a campus devotional address at BYU–Idaho on January 22.

Elder Christofferson Visits Members in Central America (Church News and Events) (January 30, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve visited Church members and met with the presidents of Costa Rica and Guatemala during a recent trip to Central America January 10–20, 2013.

Elder Holland’s assertion of religious rights at Church schools not a sign BYU is threatened (Universe - Utah) (February 17, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland asserted religious rights for Church schools at a time when some faith-based institutions are being threatened and BYU’s own re-accreditation is pending.

Elder Oaks BYU’s August 2015 commencement speaker (Universe - Utah) (August 11, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks will be BYU’s commencement speaker during exercises August 13. No tickets are required and seating is open. The Marriott Center opens two hours prior to the 4 p.m. ceremony.

Elder Christofferson Says Protecting Faith Is Path to Peace (LDS Newsroom) (August 16, 2017) - Relevance: 2.9
“Recognizing and protecting faith is the path to peace,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pune, India, Monday, August 14, 2017.

Elder Spencer J. Condie to speak at Feb. 9 BYU devotional (BYU news release) (February 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Spencer J. Condie of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker at Brigham Young University’s devotional Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Rebroadcasts and archive information will be available at byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu.

Elder Renlund sees evidence of literal 'change of heart’ in Asia (Church News) (June 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.9
It was a meeting that evidenced a literal change of heart. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Ruth Renlund visited Japan and Korea this May, spiritually changing hearts during member, missionary and leadership meetings throughout their 10-day trip.

Missionaries are called to bring joy to others, Elder Nelson says (LDS Church News) (January 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Missionaries of the Church are called to bring joy into the lives of all who will follow the Lord, Elder Russell M. Nelson affirmed Jan. 13 at a devotional in the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Alzheimer's, fall claim life of Elder Keith K. Hilbig, former LDS general authority, at 73 (Deseret News - Utah) (August 26, 2015) - Relevance: 2.9
Elder Keith K. Hilbig, whose Alzheimer's cut short his service as a general authority of the LDS Church, died Saturday. He was 73.

President Monson calls Elder Scott 'cherished friend' at Monday's funeral, others recall his legendary marriage (Deseret News - Utah) (September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
LDS Church leaders remembered Elder Richard G. Scott as "a cherished friend" and "a sweet and pure man" during funeral services Monday morning at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. Church President Thomas S. Monson called Elder Scott "the most faithful servant of our Heavenly Father" and "He taught us lessons of patience, lessons of courage, lessons of faith and lessons of devotion. All those things, Richard G. Scott taught us both in word and in deed."

Meet the Mormon Missionaries: Two young men move thousands of miles from home to spread the word (Swindon Advertiser - UK) (September 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
ON the face of it, trawling terraced streets in immaculate suits, crisp shirts and ties, the teenagers look every bit the eager door to door salesmen, writes MARION SAUVEBOIS. Only the intriguing ‘Elder Stokes’ and ‘Elder Vaitoa’ stamped on their oversized name tags betray their spiritual purpose.

Elder Eyring to Speak at CES Fireside (News from the Church) (September 7, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at a Church Educational System fireside for young adults at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, from the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Elder Richard G. Hinckley to speak at Spring Commencement (BYU-Idaho news release) (July 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Richard G. Hinckley, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the Brigham Young University-Idaho Spring Commencement speaker on Friday, July 23.

Church Educational System fireside: Keep Christ's gospel simple, Elder Ballard advises (LDS Church News) (November 9, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Calling it a "very important principle," Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve on Nov. 7, advised young single adults to "keep the gospel of Jesus Christ simple."

Elder Andersen dedicates new institute building at ASU Polytechnic Campus (LDS Church News) (April 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Urging students to make it welcome to all, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated a new institute building April 19 at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in Mesa.

Elder Hales Tells New Mission Presidents, “The Lord Supports His Children” (Church News) (July 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
The Lord sustains and supports His children in missionary service, said Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on June 26 during the 2015 Seminar for New Mission Presidents.

Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland (Church News) (January 5, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will answer questions from youth around the world during a live Face to Face event on March 4, 2017.

Elder Cook Urges Members in Southeast Africa to Build Zion (Church News) (November 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
The progress of the Church in the Africa Southeast Area is remarkable, said Elder Quentin L. Cook after visiting the area October 15–27.

Elder Richard G. Hinckley hurt on plane to Korea (August 2, 2005) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Richard G. Hinckley, son of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Gordon B. Hinckley, is back in Salt Lake City recovering from emergency surgery to repair an eye injury he received aboard the private jet taking an LDS Church entourage to Korea.

Elder Craig A. Cardon to speak at BYU Commencement Exercises April 24 (BYU news release) (April 5, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Craig A. Cardon of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker and presiding authority at the Brigham Young University April 2014 Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Clark Shares Lessons From Joseph Smith’s Life (LDS Newsroom) (May 8, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Young Latter-day Saint adults face many of the challenges the Prophet Joseph Smith experienced when he was a young man. That’s what Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in the Worldwide Broadcast for Young Adults, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Elder Holland Speaks to Argentine Congress, Meets With Country’s Jewish Leaders (LDS Newsroom) (June 7, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to members of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in Argentina May 31, 2018, on how to strengthen families and communities in Argentina. The visit was a part of a six-day trip (May 26 to May 31) that included stops in Argentina and Uruguay.

Elder Holland Speaks to Argentine Congress, Meets With Country’s Jewish Leaders (LDS Newsroom) (June 11, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to members of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in Argentina May 31, 2018, on how to strengthen families and communities in Argentina. The visit was a part of a six-day trip (May 26 to May 31) that included stops in Argentina and Uruguay.

Santo Domingo: Elder Ballard makes return visit (LDS Church News) (November 28, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
In a historic visit to the Caribbean Area, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve addressed a group of priesthood leaders in Santo Domingo, where 31 years earlier he dedicated the nation of the Dominican Republic and opened the land to missionary work.

New Temple Underway in Cordoba, Argentina (LDS Newsroom) (November 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
On Saturday, 30 October, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South America broke ground for a temple in Cordoba, Argentina. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the event, which commenced construction. Elder Andersen was joined by his wife, Kathy.

Elder Ballard shares time-tested counsel with Ogden institute students (LDS Church News) (September 2, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Classes start soon for Latter-day Saint students at Weber State University. On Aug. 24, several thousand decided to usher in their fall semester by listening to Elder M. Russell Ballard of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in an evening devotional at the Ogden LDS Institute.

Stay positive, Elder M. Russell Ballard says (LDS Church News) (November 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Sharing counsel in the loving way a grandfather would talk to his grandchildren, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to young adults at the institute adjacent to Utah Valley University on Oct. 30, reminding them to stay positive amid a world of challenges and trials.

Elder Renlund Visits Peru and Bolivia, Presides over Religious Freedom Conference (Church News) (September 27, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Looking back on his recent visit to Peru and Bolivia, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said the country “just takes my breath away”—both in jest about the altitude (13,600 ft., or 4,150 m) and earnestly referencing the joy of meeting with Church members.

Joseph F. Smith - Beloved by members, strangers (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
In the office of Elder M. Russell Ballard are busts of the Prophet Joseph Smith, his brother Hyrum and Hyrum's youngest son Joseph F. Smith. The latter is Elder Ballard's great-grandfather through his mother's line.

New apostle Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife, Sister Susan L. Gong, speak during Women's Conference (LDS Church News) (May 7, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Just a month after his call to be an apostle, Elder Gerrit W. Gong addressed thousands of women during BYU Women's Conference’s concluding keynote address.

Elder Featherstone speaks about the love and power of the Savior at BYU-Idaho devotional (August 8, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to Brigham Young University-Idaho students and employees about the love and power of the Savior...

Elder Richard G. Scott to speak at Education Week devotional Aug. 21 (BYU Newsnet) (August 21, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the speaker at the Education Week devotional Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.

Elder Cook Expresses Love to Members in Australia, New Zealand (Church News and Events) (January 21, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
While traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia during January 2012, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with missionaries, members, and local officials to express his love and concern for the people.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visits Caribbean Area (LDS Church News) (April 1, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made a special visit to the Church's Caribbean Area that included meetings with local leaders and many other members in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Elder Haleck and ‘BYU Living Legends’ meet with U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (LDS Church News) (May 6, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder O. Vincent Haleck, a General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Church's Pacific Area presidency, met with Mark Gilbert, Ambassador of the United States of America to New Zealand and Samoa on May 4.

Elder Don R. Clarke Teaches BYU–Idaho Students to Develop Celestial Habits (Church News) (June 7, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
“Forming celestial habits and obeying Christ’s teachings are not easy,” Elder Don R. Clarke, an emeritus General Authority, told students at Brigham Young University–Idaho.

LDS Charities responded to 132 disasters in 60 countries in 2014, Elder Holland tells UK Parliament (Deseret News - Utah) (June 11, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
LDS Charities provided relief to dozens of countries last year, in part because church leaders believe humanitarian aid can reduce the damage caused by rising global conflict, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said Wednesday in a historic speech at the House of Lords in London.

Elder Holland speaks to young Saints in England (KSL - Utah) (June 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
It has been busy week for an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has been traveling in Great Britain over the past several days. One of the highlight's of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's trip to England was on Wednesday when he addressed several members of the British Parliament about the involvement LDS Charities has with the AMAR Foundation, which provides humanitarian aid in war-torn countries.

Elder Andersen Travels throughout the Pacific, Meets Archbishop of Brisbane (Church News) (June 14, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Within his apostolic ministry, Elder Neil L. Andersen has traveled to the far-flung corners of the earth. His calling to “go into all the world” to preach the gospel has taken him to many lands including the various isles of the sea. But a recent trip to conduct an area review of the Pacific took him to a few places he’s never been before—Brisbane, Australia, and the Cook Islands.

Elder Larry Y. Wilson at BYU-Idaho graduation: 'The Rock upon which we must build' (Deseret News - Utah) (December 19, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
“The Lord Jesus Christ is the answer for both the calamities of nations and the calamities of our individual lives,” Elder Larry Y. Wilson, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Church’s Temple Department, told graduates and their supporters during BYU-Idaho’s commencement exercises on Dec. 16.

Elder Rasband issues call to action regarding religious liberties (Deseret News - Utah) (May 12, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
At a moment when many religious liberties are under attack, there is no reason for Latter-day Saints to be afraid. That was the reassuring message shared by Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles May 6 in a multistake broadcast originating from a Las Vegas meetinghouse. Thirty stakes from Nevada and Arizona participated in the event.

Elder Oaks visits stake in Montana (May 31, 2005) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oakes, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former president of Brigham Young University and justice of the Utah Supreme Court, presided over the Butte Montana Stake Conference held May 13-14 in the Butte Stake Center on Mount Highland Drive.

Elder Ballard Visits Rome (LDS Church News) (September 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
"An apostle in Rome." That phrase evokes scenes from Christianity's early history and, in light of recent events, represents a new moment in LDS and Catholic relations. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited Rome, Sept. 13 and 14. During this historic visit, he was hosted at the Vatican by Catholic officials.

Elder Scott shares message at BYU (Deseret News - Utah) (August 22, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Learning truth is best accomplished by using multiple senses — sight, hearing and inner feelings that come through inspiration — then recording what has been learned and acting on it. That's the message Elder Richard G. Scott shared Tuesday morning with tens of thousands of participants during the opening devotional of the 85th annual Campus Education Week at Brigham Young University.

Elder Oaks to be honored as a 'pillar' of Utah Valley (Deseret News - Utah) (January 21, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as one of its two 2014 Pillar of the Valley Award recipients.

Elder David A. Bednar featured at Feb. 4 CES fireside (News Release) (February 1, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the featured speaker for a Church Educational System fireside Sunday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at Brigham Young University's Marriott Center.

BYU-Idaho education week (LDS Church News) (August 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
This event offers men and women of all ages the opportunity to learn from more than 350 different classes taught by more than 45 instructors from BYU-Idaho, BYU and the Church Educational System. Along with these instructors, people who attended the event also had the opportunity to hear from the key speakers: Elder Kim B. Clark and Elder David A. Bednar.

CES Fireside Sept. 12 to feature Elder Richard G. Scott (BYU news release) (September 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak in a Church Educational System fireside at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center.

Serving in the line of duty: Elder A. Theodore Tuttle (Deseret News - Utah) (November 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
The future general authority and the late member of the Seventy was involved in the invasion of Iwo Jima and in the raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi. The following is the late Elder A. Theodore Tuttle's account of the flag raising.

Elder Jensen Testifies of Holy Ghost at CES Devotional (Church News and Events) (January 9, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy spoke about “the importance of the Holy Ghost and the unspeakable gift that He is,” as mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 121:26, at a Church Educational System devotional on Sunday, January 8, 2011.

Elder Sitati encourages LDS Business College students to search for 'a pattern in all things' (LDS Church News) (October 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
The laws of nature testify of the laws of God, Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy told LDS Business College students during a weekly devotional held Oct. 20 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

Elder Ballard Tells European Members to “Find One, Just One” (Church News) (November 3, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
“Find just one.” That is the message Elder M. Russell Ballard shared with Church members during his visit to three European countries this October.

Sen. Jeff Flake honors Elder Von Keetch on the Senate floor (Deseret News - Utah) (January 31, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., honored the life of Elder Von G. Keetch when he spoke on the Senate floor this morning.

Church Historian Honors First Pacific Mormons (Newsroom Blog) (January 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Marlin K. Jensen, historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with other leaders, visited the Tubuai Latter-day Saints on the French Polynesian island over the weekend. During their visit, Elder Jensen rededicated the Church's Mahu Chapel after recent significant additions to the building, which is located on an original Tubuai meetinghouse site. "Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the French Polynesian island of Tubuai are a living legacy of the Pacific's first Mormons," said Elder Jensen.

Divine Hand Evident in Life of Joseph Smith, Elder Ballard Says (Church News and Events) (February 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
“Heavenly Father had His eye on the Joseph Smith family from the beginning of time,” Elder M. Russell Ballard told students, teachers, and others in attendance at the Joseph Smith Memorial Fireside at the Logan Utah Institute of Religion on Sunday, February 13.

Elder Christofferson Speaks to Latin Journalists on Protecting Free Speech (LDS Newsroom) (October 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
“We applaud the efforts of IAPA to defend and promote freedom of press and expression throughout the Americas,” said Elder Christofferson in his remarks to the media gathered Saturday night, October 28, 2017, at the Conference Center Theater on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. “So many of the blessings of life and the prosperity of society rest on these freedoms.”

Fire site visited by Elder Cook (Deseret News - Utah) (October 27, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
At the request of the LDS Church's First Presidency, Elder Quentin L. Cook — the newest member of church's Quorum of the Twelve — visited areas of wildfire-blackened San Diego County on Saturday to offer words of thanks to volunteers and Guardsmen, and words of hope to those who homes have been devastated by the flames.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband extols true friendships at fireside (Deseret News - Utah) (March 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
From receiving a new suit to opportunities to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, friends and mentors have played an important role in the life of Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy, he said during a Church Educational System fireside Sunday evening.

"Push back against the world," Elder Dallin H. Oaks encourages BYU-Hawaii grads (Deseret News - Utah) (February 28, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
“Push back against worldly values and practices that are contrary to gospel teachings and covenants,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told graduates during commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Hawaii on Feb. 25.

New Church History Book ‘Saints’ the Focus of Broadcast With Elder Cook (LDS Newsroom) (September 10, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
With the majestic Nauvoo Illinois Temple as a backdrop, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles hosted an engaging discussion on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a group of more than 250 young adults in a live Face to Face devotional...

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa Teaches about Making Good Decisions (BYU news release) (March 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa, a member in the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, addressed Brigham Young University–Idaho students Tuesday afternoon about the importance of making good decisions.

Elder Richard G. Scott answers questions asked by young single adults (LDS Church News) (October 22, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Engaging a large congregation of young single adults in an interactive fireside Sunday evening, Oct. 18, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve discussed various topics, including relationships and marriage.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: The tapestry of God’s hand (LDS Church News) (February 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
God’s hand wove together a tapestry of prophets and reformers who prepared the world for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve during the Joseph Smith Memorial Fireside on Sunday evening, Feb. 13.

Faithful Members in Pacific Commended by Elder Bednar (Church News and Events) (February 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
During a recent assignment in the Pacific basin, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with missionaries and members in Tonga, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands. He commended them for their faithfulness and continuing service to the Church.

Elder Neil L. Andersen: Learn lessons from the butterfly (Deseret News - Utah) (January 7, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Individuals can learn spiritual lessons from a monarch butterfly, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during a devotional in the Bountiful Regional Center on Sunday night.

Elder Perry encourages obedience to 10 commandments in LDS Youth video (Deseret News - Utah) (September 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1974 until his death in 2015, discusses the importance of the 10 commandments, particularly six that are commonly dismissed, in a Facebook video posted Sunday on the LDS Youth Facebook page.

Elder Renlund speaks to fellow physicians on lessons learned from his patients (Deseret News - Utah) (October 10, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
As a third-year medical student, Elder Dale G. Renlund encountered a distinguished physician at the University of Utah who posed the question to another student: “We learned from the patients, and then we wrote the textbooks: What did you learn from your patient?”

Elder Holland's powerful new Mormon Message on pornography cautions men to 'Watch Your Step' (Deseret News - Utah) (July 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
The LDS Church has released through its Mormon Messages a compelling video called "Watch Your Step." The two-minute and 39-second video features the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and video images contrasting the consequences of a man's choice to view pornography — or not. Citing the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi's declaration to "give place no more for the enemy of my soul," Elder Holland promises viewers of the video that gospel light "can and will shine brightly where you feared life had gone hopelessly, helplessly dark" as people work to "keep our love and our marriages, our society and our souls, as pure as they were meant to be."

Elder Ronald A. Rasband to speak at Feb. 10 BYU devotional (BYU news release) (February 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present a campus devotional Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.

Elder William Grant Bangerter dies at 91 (Deseret News - Utah) (April 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder William Grant Bangerter was a fairly unique general authority of the LDS Church in the 1980s, because he would come home at night, change out of his suit, and go out and milk cows. One of his sons, Layne Bangerter, said his late father loved horses and his farm, plus he knew how to have fun with his family, camping, fishing and hunting.

NYC Mormon Arts Festival uncovers story of Elder McConkie's brother, highlights culture of LDS Church (Church News) (July 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had a brother who at one point seemed more poised to become famous than the well-known Apostle. James W. McConkie was a composer who received his Ph.D. from Columbia and studied in Paris with some of the most important classical music teachers of the 20th century.

Watch Elder Stevenson’s BYU Women’s Conference Talk Live on LDS.org (Church News) (April 25, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Enjoy a taste of the 2017 BYU Women’s Conference no matter where you live in the world by watching the live stream of Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Relief Society General Presidency speaking during the BYU Women’s Conference on Friday, May 5.

Elder Nelson Visits Armenia, Germany, Italy, Russia (Church News and Events) (July 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
More than two decades after meeting with a small group of Church leaders on a mountain overlooking the city of Yerevan in the Republic of Armenia, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles again visited the Eastern European nation for another historic day—to preside over the creation of the country’s first stake.

Elder Christofferson Fulfills Historic Assignments in Europe (Church News) (April 14, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Being a Latter-day Saint in Greece is not easy. Members there endure persecution and discrimination. Some have lost jobs because of their faith. Others have been expelled from school. Still, the small collection of members that call Greece home has remained faithful. They persevere amid their hardships. That was the observation of Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Bednar invites people everywhere to continue to 'Light the World' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 16, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
In a video released on Mormon Newsroom on Friday, Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explains what made this year’s Christmas campaign, "Light the World," a success and why the service the initiative encouraged should be carried into 2017.

Elder Holland presents ‘David O. McKay Stone’ to Scottish Museum (LDS Newsroom) (July 13, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Global faith leader Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presented a Scottish museum with the exact replica of an artefact that became linked with Scotland’s religious history, at an event attended by Stirling Member of Parliament Stephen Kerr and Stirling’s Provost, Councillor Christine Simpson (July 5).

Elder Uchtdorf visits with missionaries outside iconic Royal Albert Hall, talks childhood memories in Frankfurt (LDS Church News) (October 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
The ironies were not lost on Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf during his two weeks in the Europe and Europe East Areas. He walked on streets steeped in Church history in London, England. The next day he made historic stops in Gdansk, Poland, and Kaliningrad, Russia.

Elder Uchtdorf visits with missionaries outside iconic Royal Albert Hall, talks childhood memories in Frankfurt (LDS Church News) (October 4, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
The ironies were not lost on Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf during his two weeks in the Europe and Europe East Areas. He walked on streets steeped in Church history in London, England. The next day he made historic stops in Gdansk, Poland, and Kaliningrad, Russia.

Elder Holland dedicates Washington County library (Deseret News - Utah) (February 20, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who, as an elementary-age student, was grateful that the library was strategically located across the street from the Thomas Judd general store, returned to his native city of St. George Monday to dedicate a newly constructed Washington County Library.

Role of the Godhead Is Paramount in Missionaries’ Teachings (Church News and Events) (July 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Bearing fervent witness of the reality and divinity of the Godhead, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told mission presidents and their wives June 23 that when instructing missionaries, they need to balance the “how” with the “why” of missionary work. “When we know the ‘why,’ then the ‘how’ will come much easier, and it will be much more eagerly entertained and much more aggressively pursued,” said Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Serve to Feel Christ’s Love, Elder Ballard Tells Students (Church News and Events) (October 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Service is one of the most important ways for Latter-day Saints to come to know and sense the reality that their Father in Heaven is there and that He hears and answers prayers, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve said at a devotional held at the Salt Lake University Institute of Religion, located adjacent to the University of Utah campus, on September 22.

Ground Broken for Provo, Utah’s Second Temple (LDS Newsroom) (May 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Ground was broken today for the Provo City Center Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Church's second temple in Provo and 16th in Utah. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided over the morning ceremony. “What an absolute stunning site!” declared Elder Holland. “It is a picture-perfect day in Utah County. The temple site is filled with faithful people making history.” He said he was deeply touched today. In fact, he said, “You can tell people Elder Holland was downright giddy today about the temple groundbreaking.”

Elder W. Rolfe Kerr to speak at BYU Commencement Exercises Aug. 17 (August 8, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, commissioner of the Church Educational System and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the featured speaker during Brigham Young University's August 2006 Commencement Exercises Thursday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Holland Instructs Mongolian Saints, Missionaries (Church News and Events) (June 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
After spending time in India and Hong Kong during the latter part of May 2011, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with members of the Seventy, met with Mongolian government officials, missionaries, and Church members in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on May 28 and 29.

Watch: Elder David A. Bednar speaks about the LDS Church and social media at Education Week (Deseret News - Utah) (August 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the devotional speaker for Brigham Young University's Campus Education Week on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 11:10 a.m. MDT.

Funeral Services on Temple Square Pay Tribute to Elder Richard G. Scott (LDS Newsroom) (September 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Thousands of people gathered in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Monday, September 28, 2015, for the funeral of Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Rasband Says Promise, Potential Define Church in India, Pakistan (Church News) (December 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles first traveled to India—as a businessman—24 years ago. He recently returned to that burgeoning Asian nation, this time on an ecclesiastical assignment as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Christofferson speaks at United Kingdom Parliamentary meeting (LDS Newsroom) (May 3, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a global religious leader from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief during a meeting at the United Kingdom Parliament (May 1).

Elder Uchtdorf Visits German Chancellor in Berlin (LDS Newsroom) (July 13, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, Friday, July 6, 2018. It was the first time that a German chancellor officially met with a senior leader of the Church.

Elder Walker teaches students “the example of a prophet” (BYU-Idaho news release) (May 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder William R. Walker of the First Quorum of the Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught Brigham Young University-Idaho students to follow the example of President Thomas S. Monson’s devotion to the Lord, the Church, and his family in Tuesday’s weekly devotional address.

Uniformity of Devotion Found in Elder Holland’s International Travels (Church News and Events) (March 20, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
After traveling to the Middle East and three European nations from February 20 through March 4, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve summed up his trip by saying that the uniformity of faithful devotion he found among Latter-day Saints of diverse cultures and nations was more striking than the differences in their languages and geographies.

Elder Oaks makes surprise visit during Sister Oaks' keynote address at SVU (Deseret News - Utah) (June 6, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints surprised attendees of the Southern Virginia University Education Conference on Friday morning as he joined his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, during her address.

BYU-Idaho Center (LDS Church News) (December 17, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Brigham Young University-Idaho will unveil more than 675,000 square feet of new or remodeled facilities Dec. 17, as it hosts the first meeting in its new 15,000-seat auditorium. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, will dedicate the BYU-Idaho Center and Hyrum Manwaring Student Center at 10 a.m. Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will also be in attendance.

Mormons on a mission (Hattiesburg American - Mississippi) (July 7, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
Dressed in white shirts, dark ties and black pants, Elder James Robinson and Elder Calvin Taylor walked from house to house in a quiet neighborhood in this Jackson suburb. As they knocked on each door, the 20-year-old members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took turns introducing themselves as missionaries out to share a Gospel message and offer service to the community.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong: What it’s like to be called — New apostle and his wife reflect on his sustaining to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church News) (April 13, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Bright colors and vivid images filled the once-blank cinder block wall of the soup kitchen in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Members of Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s family and the army of street children they enlisted to help them paint the scene stood back and examined the work.

Elder L. Tom Perry addresses the topic of traditions in a message to institute students at Utah Valley University (LDS Church News) (January 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Recalling the strong theme of traditions in the well-known production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to students of the Orem Institute of Religion of the importance of good traditions and a balanced life.

Visit to Central America adds 'oil to lamps' (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
The recent visit of Church leaders here will be remembered as an event of profound spiritual significance for Central American members. Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve added "oil to the lamps" of thousands of Central Americans with their inspiring messages and counsel.

Christmas Devotional: Remember Significance of Atonement This Season, Elder Oaks Says (Church News) (December 5, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of the Savior and a time to remember Him and His teachings, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on December 4.

Elder David A. Bednar: Servant, apostle (Deseret News - Utah) (April 27, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
After much cleaning, prayer, cleaning, planning and more cleaning, the weekend finally arrived. There was a humble spirit of reverence when Elder Bednar walked into the chapel for the Saturday afternoon leadership training. It was so quiet, the air so sweet, you could have heard a feather hit the ground from across the building. For many in the room, it was the first time they’d been in the presence of a prophet, seer and revelator.

Elder Uchtdorf Discusses Future Russia Temple (LDS Newsroom) (May 4, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
During a recent visit to Eastern Europe, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged members in Russia to prepare their hearts for a new temple. President Russell M. Nelson recently announced that a new temple will be built in a major Russian city yet to be determined.

'Education — a religious responsibility,' Elder Russell M. Nelson tells BYU-Idaho students (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
At a BYU-Idaho devotional Jan. 26, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve emphatically extolled the virtues and blessings of obtaining higher education, noting that by seeking advanced learning students not only prepare themselves for a career but for eternity as well.

Elder Holland addresses West Point cadets: Three aspects essential to integrity (LDS Church News) (May 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Integrity is realized by doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason — at any cost. That was the message Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve shared with cadets and others gathered May 7 for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Elder Snow appointed to presidential advisory council (Deseret News - Utah) (July 27, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Steven E. Snow of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been appointed to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to a press release issued today by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Elder Oaks speaks at BYU Management Society Christmas Devotional (Deseret News - Utah) (December 11, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed attendees of the BYU Management Society Christmas Devotional at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Elder Marcus B. Nash at BYU campus devotional: 'Guided safely home' (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Understanding the plan of salvation is crucial to navigating many of the social issues facing Church members today, Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, taught during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Feb. 2.

Elder Glen L. Rudd remembered as a charitable disciple of Christ (Deseret News - Utah) (January 5, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
A tireless disciple of Christ. A loving, devoted husband and father. A trusted confidant and friend. A shepherd to the needy. To the many who knew Elder Glen L. Rudd, each of those phrases aptly define their beloved relative, associate and friend.

Help Doubting Students Choose to “Be Believing,” Elder Renlund Tells Seminary and Institute Teachers (Church News) (June 15, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Teachers must help their students “be believing” as they address questions of faith and doubt in their classrooms, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught during a broadcast for seminary and institute instructors held on June 12.

Santisteban Returns Following Missionary Service In Brazil (Gardner Edge - Kansas) (July 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Joel Santisteban has recently returned home to Edgerton, Kansas from a two year mission to Manaus, Amazonia, Brazil. Santisteban, an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served in Brazil from June of 2007 to June of 2009.

God is 'mindful about establishing the Church,' says Elder Dale G. Renlund during 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents (LDS Church News) (July 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
The Lord intends for His missionaries — including mission presidents and their companions — to baptize converts and establish His Church, said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Church Apostle Robert D. Hales Admitted to the Hospital (LDS Newsroom) (September 29, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Robert D. Hales was admitted to the hospital several days ago for treatment of pulmonary and other conditions. To permit their continued medical attention to Elder Hales, his doctors have determined that he should not participate in the Church's general conference this weekend.

Elder Douglas L. Callister teaches of the reality of God at BYU-Idaho Devotional (BYU-Idaho press release) (November 11, 2005) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Douglas L. Callister took opportunity to teach and testify of the reality of God in his address at the Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional on Tuesday, November 8.

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa: 'Ships are not to remain in harbor' (LDS Church News) (November 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
An inscription on the bottom of a painting of a 16 century ship in a harbor was the theme of a BYU devotional address by Elder Claudio R.M. Costa Nov. 11. It read, "A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."

Elder Russell M. Nelson: The doctrinal importance of marriage and children (LDS Church News) (February 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve told Church leaders worldwide on Feb. 11 that the Church stresses the significance of marriage, children and family "because we know the doctrine."

Leadership Changes in Presidency of the Seventy Announced (Church News) (October 7, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
The Church announced October 6, 2015, that Elder L. Whitney Clayton will serve as the senior president of the Quorums of the Seventy, and Elder Gerrit W. Gong will now serve as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Plain and precious testimonies, in word and in deed (BYU-Hawaii news release) (September 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
BYU-Hawaii had the opportunity to hear from one of the members of the first Seventy, Elder Gary E. Stevenson at a weekly devotional on September 21. Elder Stevenson currently lives in Tokyo, Japan with his wife and youngest son as the Asia Area North President. He met his wife Lisa at an institute class at Utah State University and now have four sons and three grandchildren.

Elder Bednar: Learn, Teach, Hasten the Work the Lord's Way (Church News) (July 14, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
The hastening of the Lord’s work requires His followers continuously to learn, to change, and “to press forward with faith in the Savior.” That was the counsel Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared June 25 at the 2014 Seminar for New Mission Presidents at the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center.

Elder Monte J. Brough to speak at BYU-Idaho fall graduation (BYU-Idaho News Release) (December 16, 2005) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Monte J. Brough of the Presidency of the Seventy and Church Education System Administrator Roger Christensen will be the featured speakers during fall graduation at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Friday, Dec. 16.

Elder Oaks to Speak at September 2011 CES Devotional (Church News and Events) (August 1, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at the September CES Devotional, originating from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The devotional is for young adults ages 18–30, both married and single.

Elder Ballard speaks on future BYUH, PCC roles (BYU-Hawaii Newsroom) (June 12, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder M. Russell Ballard [pictured at left] of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, emphasized the importance of the generosity of members of the BYU-Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Center Presidents' Leadership Council (PLC) at their April 7, 2008, meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, by underscoring the role the Lord would have the sister institutions accomplish, especially in Asia.

Focus on the known of the restoration, Elder Hafen counsels (Deseret News - Utah) (January 25, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
There are many wondrous components of the gospel for Mormons to focus their study on rather than the unsubstantiated details and rumors of the church's history, said Elder Bruce C. Hafen of the First Quorum of the Seventy at a fireside for young adults Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Salt Lake City University Institute, which serves the University of Utah campus.

Elder Ballard speaks on Mormons in the media (Standard Journal - Idaho) (February 2, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
A top LDS religious leader gave a rare unscripted fireside to Brigham Young University-Idaho students Saturday. Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, focused much of his remarks on how the LDS Church is viewed by nonmembers and the media.

Elder Christofferson Shares Blessings of Losing One's Life in Christ (Church News) (September 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
As individuals lose their lives in Christ and His gospel they are able to find authentic—and eventually eternal—life, taught Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a Church Educational System devotional held in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on September 14.

'His paths are righteous' — Elder Cook speaks to young adults in Logan area (Deseret News - Utah) (January 26, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Following the path of righteousness is a choice all must make for themselves, taught Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a devotional for young adults on Sunday night in Utah State University’s Spectrum auditorium.

Elder Alexander B. Morrison, renowned scientist and LDS emeritus general authority, dies at age 87 (Deseret News - Utah) (February 14, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Alexander B. Morrison, a scientist who fought against hunger and disease and later served in the Quorums of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more than 14 years, died quietly at home on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 87.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson: 'Everyone has a stake in religious freedom' (LDS Church News) (May 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
“Whether you’re religious or not — whether you initially recognize it or not — everyone has a stake in protecting religious freedom,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared.

'There is room in this Church for everyone,' Elder Anthony D. Perkins tells BYU-Idaho students (LDS Church News) (May 23, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Be inspired by and consecrated to "the better cause of Christ and His Church," Elder Anthony D. Perkins told BYU-Idaho students at their weekly devotional Tuesday afternoon.

Elder Mark A. Bragg: Seeing the Lord's hand in all things (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
When Mark Bragg was 14 years old, friends from his Little League baseball team — Rob and Lane Peterson — introduced his family to the Church. Mark was baptized and his mother, who had been a member of the Church in her youth, was reactivated. “It changed our lives,” said Elder Bragg, sustained April 2 as a General Authority Seventy.

Elder Rasband counsels students to seek the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost (March 3, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at the Brigham Young University–Idaho devotional Tuesday, February 28. He counseled listeners to strive to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.

'Every student is precious,' Elder Ballard tells CES instructors (LDS Church News) (August 5, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
"Every student is precious," Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve told seminary and institute teachers during a on Aug. 3 in the Conference Center theater on Temple Square. Although the broadcast originated from Salt Lake City, instructors all around the world were able to participate via satellite broadcast.

Elder Christofferson speaks to Arizona young single adults (LDS Church News) (September 30, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Urging a group of more than 1,200 young single adults to care more about each other and make a “magnificent difference,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at a devotional held in the Tempe Institute of Religion at Arizona State University on Sept. 20.

President Nelson and Elder Renlund Offer Advice during Caribbean Visit Q&A Interview (Church News) (September 14, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
On September 1, President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a Caribbean Area member devotional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton to preside at BYU Commencement Aug. 12 (BYU news release) (August 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Brigham Young University will be holding its summer Commencement ceremonies Thursday and Friday, Aug. 12-13. The main commencement service will be held in the Marriott Center Thursday at 4 p.m., and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the keynote speaker and presiding authority.

Elder Kikuchi speaks to students at BYU-Idaho (BYU-Idaho news release) (November 1, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught Brigham Young University-Idaho students about the atonement of Jesus Christ in a devotional address given October 28 in the Hart Auditorium.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband invites attendees at BYU Management Society Christmas luncheon to 'share and celebrate the life of Christ' (Deseret News - Utah) (December 14, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Bethlehem may be different today than during the time of Jesus Christ's birth, but the message of Christ — "his birth, life, sacrifice and resurrection" — is the same, said Elder Ronald A. Rasband...

Elder Nelson to speak at CES Devotional and Grant Building Dedication (BYU-Hawaii news release) (August 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young single and married adults in a CES Devotional broadcast on Sunday, September 8, at 2 PM in the Cannon Activities Center. The devotional will be broadcast worldwide via the web at MormonChannel.org, CESDevotionals.lds.org, and the Church’s Facebook page (under ‘Live Broadcast’), and on BYU Television.

Elder Andersen Visits Brazilian Saints (Church News) (September 25, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Neil L. Andersen enjoys a special affinity for the Latter-day Saints in Brazil. As a Seventy, the Apostle served in Area Presidencies in that vast South American nation. He developed a lifelong love for Brazil and its people. Since then, he has made frequent trips to Brazil, providing counsel and encouragement to tens of thousands of members.

Returned missionary treasures life after violent attack (Deseret News - Utah) (May 31, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
It was time for dinner, and Elder Josh Heidbrink and his Mormon missionary companion, Elder Morgan Young, were ready to get their bikes and head back to their apartment. But as their tracting in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake, Va., drew to a close, they began talking to somebody on the side of the street. He showed some interest, and they were writing down his contact information so they didn't forget.

Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words | March 9, 2016 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (March 10, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency; and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy hosted the sixth worldwide #LDSface2face social media forum Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

From one stake come 489 congregations (Deseret News - Utah) (June 14, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
lder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve traveled to the state of Washington for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Seattle Stake, visiting a stake originally organized in 1938 by President Heber J. Grant and Elder Melvin J. Ballard, Elder Ballard's grandfather and one of his predecessors in the Quorum of the Twelve.

Elder Nielson Provides Church Missionary Update After Surge (LDS Newsroom) (April 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
As millions of Latter-day Saints around the world prepare for the 186th annual general conference of the Church, Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy and executive director of the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sat down for an interview in mid-February to reflect on the progress of the Church’s missionary program.

Elder Ballard sees potential for Church growth in Russia (LDS Church News) (June 9, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
This past Sunday, June 5, witnessed the largest combined gathering of Latter-day Saints in stake conferences in the history of the Church in Russia. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who is traveling in that country, presided at the Moscow Russia Stake conference.

Elder Christofferson Prays at National Prayer Service (LDS Newsroom) (January 23, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered a prayer at the interfaith National Prayer Service this morning, held at the Washington National Cathedral. Twenty-five leaders from various faiths around the United States also prayed at the event.

Elder Bednar speaks at BYU-Idaho devotional, presides at groundbreaking for construction projects (BYU-Idaho News Release) (November 2, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former president of Brigham Young University-Idaho, taught students and employees about the spiritual principle of gathering during a BYU-Idaho devotional held Tuesday, October 31.

Elder Anthony D. Perkins teaches the importance of looking forward (BYU-Hawaii news release) (October 1, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
After spending a good portion of his adult life in Asia raising a family in Beijing, Taiwan, and most recently Hong Kong, Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the First Quorum of the Seventy and President of the Asia Area testified of the blessings of allowing the Spirit to guide as we make decisions in life.

You must apply knowledge to life, Elder Jensen says (Deseret News - Utah) (May 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Referring to Joseph Smith as both profoundly normal and divinely inspired, Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Saturday evening that while there is much to be learned through studying the life and teachings of the founding prophet of the LDS Church, the real key is how that knowledge impacts the way we live our lives.

Elder Holland Tells National Scout Leaders Duty to God Is a Way of Life (LDS Newsroom) (May 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
“In a day when some people are using religious faith to divide the human family, this little gathering is a bold declaration that commitment to deity can and should be a powerful, uniting force in this world,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a national meeting of Scout leaders.

Elder Von G. Keetch: Defend beliefs with courtesy and respect (LDS Church News) (June 17, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
“You and I have a difficult mission today,” said Elder Von G. Keetch, a General Authority Seventy, to students at Brigham Young University-Idaho. That mission is, “to teach and defend eternal truth in the way that our Heavenly Father desires, while at the same time exemplifying the respect, compassion and deep love that Christ exemplified.”

Elder Ballard Tackles Tough Topics and Gives Timely Advice to Young Adults (Church News) (November 15, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
In addressing the questions regarding revelation, suicide, pornography, missionary work, kindness, and same-sex attraction, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared candid and timely advice to students at Brigham Young University on Tuesday, November 14, during a campus devotional.

Enterprise benefit concert to host tenor, Elder Oaks (Deseret News - Utah) (October 23, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Internationally famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan and Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be featured at the annual Enterprise Mentors International Benefit Concert and Dinner Oct. 27.

Elder Zwick counsels leaders 'to let the Spirit guide them' (LDS Church News) (January 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
When the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ visited the Nephites and instructed them, the 12 disciples whom the Lord had chosen knelt and prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus for "that which they most desired" (see 3 Nephi 19:9). Elder W. Craig Zwick finds it striking that of all the things they could have prayed for on that occasion, "they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them."

Mormons seek service opportunities (Williams Lake Tribune - Canada) (August 28, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Devin Anderson and Elder Benjamin Carles from the Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as the Mormon Church, are the newest mission team to arrive in the lakecity and have been volunteering time in community service. All young Mormon men spend two years in mission service after they graduate from high school and before settling down.

Elder Ballard confirms LDS Church's political neutrality (Deseret News - Utah) (August 23, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
In a rare media interview by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder M. Russell Ballard confirms to CNN's Gary Tuchman the church's complete political neutrality in the upcoming U.S. presidential race.

Elder Christofferson Counsels Members to Rely on the Lord (Church News and Events) (February 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
The work of the Church today is to prepare a people who will be ready to receive and serve the Lord when He comes, and all members have the responsibility to help prepare the world for that day, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve told members of the Arraijan Panama Stake on January 20.

Elder Richard G. Scott's watercolor paintings now on display (Deseret News - Utah) (November 5, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Fifteen watercolor paintings by Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are now on display at the flagship Deseret Book store, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City.

Emeritus general authority Elder Monte J. Brough dies at 72 (Deseret News - Utah) (September 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Monte James Brough, a Utah businessman and emeritus general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Kaysville. He was 72 years old.

Elder Bednar to Address Young Adults at March CES Devotional (Church News and Events) (February 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young adults around the world in a CES Devotional originating from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, on March 3, 2013.

Elder Oaks tours LDS Church's South America South Area (LDS Church News) (May 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ recent visit to the South America South Area offered him an opportunity to visit and build friendships with several of the region’s key religious, education and judicial leaders.

Funeral Services Scheduled on Temple Square for Elder Richard G. Scott (LDS Newsroom) (September 24, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Funeral services for Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Monday, September 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

Funeral services scheduled for Elder Von G. Keetch, LDS general authority (Deseret News - Utah) (January 30, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Funeral services for Elder Von G. Keetch, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2...

The 'powerful witness of the Savior' that Elder Cook gave Church members in Europe (Church News) (November 20, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Latter-day Saints living in the Church’s Europe and Europe East areas — which include 50 countries and almost as many languages — are looking forward to implementing a new home-centered curriculum, are eager to use the full and inspired name of the Church, and are following President Russell M. Nelson with intensity, reported Elder Quentin L. Cook after an Oct. 19 to Oct. 28 visit.

Elder Tingey teaches the virtue of the Word of God during BYU-Idaho devotional address (May 25, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Earl C. Tingey, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught Brigham Young University–Idaho students about the virtue of the Word of God in a devotional address on Tuesday, May 23.

Elder Cook Calls for Global Effort to Protect Faith and Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom) (May 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took the Church’s effort to protect and strengthen religious freedom to a global audience Wednesday.

Elder Rasband praises 'greatest temple builder of all mankind' (BYU-Hawaii) (May 24, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy, in the keynote address of the BYU-Hawaii Women's Conference on May 19, said of President Gordon B. Hinckley, "We are led by the greatest temple builder of all mankind and all history."

Elder Oaks Counsels on Sabbath Day Observance (News from the Church) (November 6, 2007) - Relevance: 2.8
There’s more to keeping the Sabbath day holy than merely avoiding a list of activities, said Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at a Church Educational System fireside on November 4. In order to reverence the Sabbath as the Lord intended, members need to seek personal spiritual study and growth in addition to not participating in worldly interests.

A look inside the Salt Lake LDS Temple (ABC 4 - Utah) (May 31, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
It's become known the world around as the symbol of Mormonism, but only those selected few are allowed inside the Salt Lake City LDS temple. A new exhibit unveiled today is allowing everyone to get a special closer look inside. Elder William R. Walker, the executive director, Temple Department said, “This will replicate in many ways as Elder Hinckley said an open house.”

LDS Church releases website to help youths respond to Elder Andersen's temple challenge (LDS Church News) (July 8, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
In front of more than 4,000 youth at the 2014 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City this past February, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a challenge: “My challenge for you is to prepare as many names for the temple as you perform baptisms in the temple.”

Elder Valeri Vladimir Cordón: A strong gospel foundation (LDS Church News) (May 13, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
From his mother, Elder Valeri Vladimir Cordón gained a gospel foundation that served him well when he moved 150 kilometers away from his hometown, Zacapa, Guatemala, to attend high school in Guatemala City, never to return to live there.

Elder Perry and Hong Kong Graduate to Speak at BYU-Hawaii Commencement (BYU - Hawaii Newsroom) (December 16, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder L. Tom Perry, one of the Twelve Apostles for the LDS Church, and Hiu Wai Tsui, a psychology major from Sai Kung, Hong Kong, will be speaking at BYU-Hawaii’s graduation on December 17, 2010. Approximately 235 seniors from as many as 72 nations will be graduating at the commencement exercises that begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Cannon Activities Center.

'It is the season to celebrate his birth,' Elder Perry says (Deseret News - Utah) (December 20, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Christmas is a time for families and for reflecting on the birth of Jesus Christ, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during the BYU Management Society Salt Lake Chapter's Christmas luncheon Wednesday, held in a ballroom at the Little America Hotel.

Elder Ballard Speaks at Anniversary of Historic Liberty Jail (Church News and Events) (October 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
It has been half a century since the historic Liberty Jail was dedicated by Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. This monument site is where the imprisoned Prophet Joseph Smith in 1839 received the revelations now recorded as Doctrine and Covenants 121–23.

Michelle Obama Visits Church HQ (LDS Church news release) (February 5, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Mrs. Michelle Obama met with two apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today shortly after a campaign stop in Salt Lake City on behalf of her husband, Senator Barack Obama. Mrs. Obama met with Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Twelve Apostles.

Returning to Tohoku (LDS Church News) (March 19, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Sister Kristen McMain Oaks, wife of Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve, served a mission in the Japan Sendai Mission. Last month, almost one year after a March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami devastated much of the area where she served in Northern Japan, she returned with Elder Oaks to Tohoku.

Elder Oaks urges all Church members to defend religious freedom (Deseret News - Utah) (January 25, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Urging all Church members to take a stand in defense of religious freedom, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other Church officials addressed more than 1,100 people at the Tempe Institute of Religion at Arizona State University on Jan. 21.

Elder Neil L. Andersen: 'You can never speak enough of the Savior' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 16, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Thousands of missionaries from across the globe gathered together Jan. 10 to listen to apostolic counsel from a fellow witness of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at a missionary devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center. The event was broadcast to more than a dozen other MTCs, either live or via tape delay.

LDS Missionaries Share the Spirit (Advertiser - Louisiana) (January 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jones and Elder Harrison are the local missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). These two young men are donating 2 years of their lives (paying their own way) to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen. They are learning to love Louisiana - the people and, of course, the gumbo. Our family really enjoyed their visit last week, and they brought a good feeling to our home.

Elder Monte J. Brough: 'A man for all seasons' (LDS Church News) (October 1, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Born in the rural town of Randolph, Utah, with a childhood and youth spent riding horses and playing in the school marching band, Elder Monte J. Brough would grow to found a highly successful computer services company and ultimately become a General Authority of the Church, what President Thomas S. Monson called "a man for all seasons."

Texas Communities Remember Missionaries Killed in Tragic Accident (LDS Newsroom) (November 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
In an outpouring of support, people in the south Texas communities of Weslaco, La Vista and Dove attended a memorial service honoring two Mormon missionaries. Elder Trevor Reinholds Strong, of Taylorsville, Utah, and Elder Derek Jason Walker, of Fairfield, Idaho were remembered at the service Sunday, 20 November.

History in the Making: Elder Oaks Visits Asia Area (Church News and Events) (June 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Bishop Dean M. Davies, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, spent 12 days traveling in the Asia Area during the month of May. Stops on their historic visit included the first priesthood leadership conferences held in Singapore and Cambodia, devotionals in Hong Kong, a district conference in Taiwan, a young single adult conference in India, and the creation of India’s first stake, in Hyderabad. (Church News and Events will post additional information about the Hyderabad India Stake in coming days.)

Elder Christofferson 'uplifted' by Church growth in Mexico (LDS Church News) (September 11, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder D. Todd Christofferson is no stranger to Mexico. It’s a country he came to know and love while serving in area presidencies there from 1994 to 1997. Now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he recently spent time revisiting the land he once called home. He said he returned uplifted “by just how much the Church has grown in strength and maturity over the course of those two decades.”

“Give Thanks in All Things,” Elder Oaks Tells Missionaries on Thanksgiving (Church News) (November 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Spending Thanksgiving Day away from home for the first time can be difficult for some missionaries who associate the holiday with food and family. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was able to provide a little feeling of the latter as he invited his family to participate in a special Thanksgiving devotional held at the Missionary Training Center in Provo.

LDS Church history missionary shares insightful passages from apostle George Q. Cannon's journal (Deseret News - Utah) (January 24, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Early Latter-day Saint apostle George Q. Cannon recorded in his journal that he lived long enough to turn a few enemies into friends....The colorful, richly detailed entry was one of several that Elder Richard D. Rust featured in an hourlong presentation about Elder Cannon's journals...

New General Authority Seventy Elder Kyle S. McKay finds God in the Lord's mountains (LDS Church News) (June 1, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
In the northern plains of Montana, in the small town of Chinook, there stands an old chapel where a small branch of Latter-day Saints gather weekly to worship. It was in this humble chapel, in a small wooden pew near the back that Elder Kyle S. McKay recalls he had one of his first testimony affirming experiences at the young age of 8.

BYU–Idaho to hold April graduation, Elder Russell M. Nelson to speak (April 6, 2006) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at the Brigham Young University–Idaho graduation commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m. in the Hart Auditorium.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to speak at Sept. 7 CES Fireside (BYU news release) (September 5, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Church Educational System fireside Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Marriott Center on Brigham Young University campus.

Elder Oaks to testify on Capitol Hill (Deseret News - Utah) (October 18, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks will testify at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday about how key proposals to change the federal tax code could affect non-profits. Elder Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will testify alongside Brian Gallagher, president of United Way Worldwide, and other government and academic experts. During his presidency, President Barack Obama has suggested limiting tax breaks for charitable giving six times. The hearing is to discuss potential consequences of cutting back deductions for charitable giving, said Matthew Karakai, press secretary for U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch , R-Utah, who helped to put together the lineup of speakers for the hearing.

Sister Burton, Sister Wixom visit Church’s Pacific Area (Church News and Events) (April 4, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, and Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, traveled to New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, and American Samoa February 16–26—visiting members and participating in leadership training. “We quickly learned the Polynesian people in the Pacific Area are warm, receptive, and faithful,” said Sister Wixom of the visit. Assisting the women with the visit were members of the Church’s Pacific Area Presidency: Elder James J. Hamula, Elder Kevin W. Pearson, and Elder F. Michael Watson—all of the Seventy.

Elder Nelson Teaches about Symbols of Christ’s Birth (Church News and Events) (December 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Members of the Church have the responsibility to help prepare the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Before that can happen, before it will happen, ‘this gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,’” he said. “And as we do this, each day can become our own day with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Yes, our own spirit of Christmas can be ours each and every day of our lives. We can be part of the solution to problems of the world as we live in accord with the teachings of the Creator of the world.” Elder Nelson spoke December 13 at a Salt Lake hotel during a Christmas luncheon sponsored by the Salt Lake chapter of the BYU Management Society, whose purpose is to promote moral and ethical leadership in the workforce throughout the world.

Stay Anchored in Gospel, Elder Ballard Tells Military Families (Church News) (June 3, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
On assignment in the Washington, D.C., area to conduct a leadership training conference and preside at stake conferences, Elder M. Russell Ballard and two General Authority associates added another meeting to their schedule: a special devotional held expressly to thank LDS active duty, reservist members, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and National Guard and their families.

Mission changes for Cook Islands District (LDS Church News) (February 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder F. Michael Watson of the Seventy was warmly greeted by members of the Church as he visited the Cook Islands in January. Elder Watson presided over the Cook Islands District Conference, which was held in Rarotonga at the Arorangi Branch chapel on Jan. 8.

Mission changes for Cook Islands District (LDS Church News) (February 29, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder F. Michael Watson of the Seventy was warmly greeted by members of the Church as he visited the Cook Islands in January. Elder Watson presided over the Cook Islands District Conference, which was held in Rarotonga at the Arorangi Branch chapel on Jan. 8.

Elder Russell M. Nelson to speak at CES fireside Sunday, Feb. 6 (February 3, 2005) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in the Marriott Center for a Church Educational System fireside.

New institute building dedicated in Florida (Deseret News - Utah) (November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Institute is the glue essential to keeping the rising generation together socially, emotionally and spiritually, according to Elder John S. Anderson, an Area Seventy. He spoke at the Nov. 1 dedication of a new Institute of Religion building in Jacksonville, Fla. "We are one generation away from extinction," Elder Anderson told those present. "We have to nurture and save this generation because they are our tomorrow."

Missionaries receive counsel from Apostle during Christmas devotional (LDS Church News) (December 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
Thousands of missionaries received instruction from Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, Christmas morning at the Missionary Training Center in Provo. Elder Nelson encouraged missionaries to open their mouths, open their eyes and fortify their minds.

Creation and Reorganization of Stakes Announced (Church News) (December 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
A new stake has been created from the Rogers Arkansas Stake. The Bentonville Arkansas Stake, which includes the Bella Vista, Bentonville 1st, Bentonville 2nd, Centerton, Central Park, Elm Tree and Grove wards, was created by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder J. Romeo Villarreal, an Area Seventy.

New General Authority: Elder Joni L Koch gained testimony by gospel living (Deseret News - Utah) (May 2, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
“My testimony that Jesus is the Christ is very much connected with the Book of Mormon and the experiences I have had with that book," said Elder Joni L. Koch, a second-generation member of the Church in Brazil and recently called General Authority Seventy.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom announced as BYU's commencement speaker (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, General Authority Seventy, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University's commencement exercises on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

LDS Business College devotional: 'Put God first in everything' (LDS Church News) (February 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder David S. Baxter of the Seventy addressed LDS Business College students during a college devotional in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square Feb. 11. Drawing on the Star of David (also known as the Shield of David) motifs found on the building, Elder Baxter presented six points.

Days of '47: Sunrise Service (LDS Church News) (July 27, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
"We should celebrate the great diversity of this city and of this great state and cultivate harmonious relationships and feelings one with another," said Elder Richard G. Hinckley of the the Seventy. Elder Hinckley was the keynote speaker at the Days of '47 Sunrise Service held the morning of July 25. Around 1,100 people were in attendance at the Tabernacle on Temple Square to honor Utah's pioneers.

Elder Oaks speaks at Johns Hopkins: Religious freedom essential for free, prosperous society (LDS Church News) (February 10, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
There is growing global recognition of the need for engagement with and understanding of religion — and protecting religious freedom. That was the message delivered by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in his Feb. 9 address to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Foundations that support faith are being marginalized in a secular world, Elder Cook tells Seymour Institute (Deseret News - Utah) (July 27, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
The foundations that have historically supported “faith, accountability to God, and the religious impulse” are increasingly being marginalized in a secular world, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on July 26. “They are derided and even banished from the public square,” he said.

Elder Holland answers questions from young, married Latter-day Saints in Anglican Oxford chapel (The Church News) (November 27, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
With notable openness, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared struggles from his own life with young married British members of the Church who gathered in a 300-year-old chapel this week as the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles continued his weeklong trip to England.

'Stand on the rock of honesty,' Elder D. Todd Christofferson tells students at Duke University School of Law (LDS Church News) (March 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a 1972 Duke Law School graduate, repeatedly emphasized the importance of personal and professional integrity to Duke Law students during a "Lives in the Law" event at the Law School on March 17.

What's new — Hearing the Voice of the Lord: Gerald N. Lund (Deseret News - Utah) (January 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Gerald N. Lund, author of the "Work and the Glory" series, poses a key question in his new book, "Hearing the Voice of the Lord." "How do I know for sure when it is the Lord speaking to me?" Elder Lund writes.

The church and the global community (LDS Church News) (April 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2.8
Emeritus General Authority Elder Cree-L Kofford said the church is still developing important cultural and policy practices as it continues to grow in the global community. "The Lord intends his gospel to go throughout the world," Elder Kofford said in the keynote address at the LDS International Society Conference held Monday, April 6, on the Brigham Young University campus.

Elder Oaks Concerned ‘Worldly Gifts’ Overshadow Religious Aspects of Christmas Holiday (LDS Newsroom Blog) (December 10, 2015) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asked Christians to consider their observance of Christmas and to focus more on Jesus Christ. He made the remarks at the BYU Management Society Christmas devotional in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

Elder Gerard Addresses NAACP National Convention (LDS Newsroom) (July 17, 2018) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced expanded collaboration between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Church at the organization’s 109th annual national meetings held in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday evening, July 15, 2018.

Leaders create new stakes: Second in Russia, eighth in Italy (LDS Church News) (September 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
The creation of two stakes — the second in Russia and the eighth in Italy — and visits with two heads of state in the Balkans, were among history-making events during recent travels by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, the Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy, and Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.

Japanese Missionary Couple Researches 39 Generations (Church News and Events) (April 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
“Think of all the people that we have helped to make happy,” Elder Hideo Shio says as he and his wife, Sister Hiroko Shio, unroll a copy of a scroll, more than 20 feet long, that details names and relationships of family members for whom they have done research. The scroll includes hundreds of names and stretches across 39 generations, down to Elder Shio’s grandson.

Learn about and Appreciate Others’ Beliefs, Elder Andersen Tells Institute Students at ASU (Church News) (September 12, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
“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.

Clark Law Society Honors Bishop Burton and Elder Callister (October 16, 2004) - Relevance: 2.8
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Los Angeles Chapter, honored Presiding Bishop H. David Burton and Elder Tad R. Callister of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at its Annual Dinner on Friday, October 15, 2004, at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott on Figueroa Blvd...

Former LDS general authority, state legislator dies (Deseret News - Utah) (June 5, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Richard P. Lindsay, a former LDS Church general authority, Utah legislator and a passionate crusader against pornography, died Friday. He was 84. Elder Lindsay was named to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1989 and served until 1994.

Elder Renlund: Real Power in Combining Family History with Temple (Church News) (February 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
Sharing a story about his grandmother’s spiritual course through life, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained the power of combining family history with the blessings of the temple. “It is not just randomly mixing two things together, but the one helps direct the other,” he said.

Elder Juan A. Uceda: Heritage linked to missionary work, temples (LDS Church News) (May 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
Elder Juan A. Uceda knows well the power of a piece of caramel candy. With a broad smile, the newly called member of the First Quorum of the Seventy remembers being 18 years old, recently baptized and attending his new ward for the first time. The young convert didn't feel comfortable around folks he didn't know — a symptom of a chronic case of shyness.

Elder Wickman: Religious Freedom Requires Engaging with Others, Compromise (LDS Newsroom) (July 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.8
While emphasizing that religious freedom is a fundamental right of paramount importance, Elder Lance B. Wickman, general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told an audience at BYU that "as citizens of this nation, we have a duty to work with our fellow countrymen to find workable solutions to vexing problems—including clashes of rights and fundamentally competing interests."

'Rock-ribbed' faith engages head and heart, Elder Holland says during Chiasmus Jubilee at BYU (Deseret News - Utah) (August 24, 2017) - Relevance: 2.8
In his message to hundreds at Brigham Young University on Aug. 16, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared that “the gospel of Jesus Christ is infallibly true and that a variety of infallible proofs supporting that assertion will continue to come until Jesus descends as the ultimate infallible proof of all.”

Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy to address BYU devotional March 10 (BYU news release) (March 9, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a university devotional Tuesday, March 10, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.

Mormon Media Observer: Elder Oaks debate, by the numbers (Deseret News - Utah) (October 21, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
It was to be expected. Elder Dallin H. Oaks reignited a debate about freedom of religion. Unfortunately, much of the landmark speech's message got derailed by journalist-created sideshows. Here's coverage of the speech by the numbers: 4,325 words. The approximate number of words in the original speech delivered at BYU-Idaho.

Elder Nelson Completes Trip to Africa in Kenya (Church News and Events) (November 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
During the final leg of a trip to the African continent, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited Kenya on October 29 and 30, where he spoke at a public affairs event, a meeting with missionaries, and a priesthood leadership meeting and stake conference of the Kenya Nairobi Stake.

LDS Church President Dedicates Rexburg Temple (KIDK - Idaho) (February 11, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
The new president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was in Eastern Idaho Sunday to dedicate the Rexburg temple. It was President Thomas S. Monson's first official public church business. He was accompanied by Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder David A. Bednar, and other leaders.

Elder Oaks gives high marks to BYU law school (LDS Church News) (August 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
In 1973, Dallin H. Oaks spoke to the entering class and faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. On Thursday evening, , Elder Oaks, now of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke again to individuals involved with the law school. As he spoke 39 years ago, he focused on a future of potential. This time, he spoke of the great things that have happened over the past four decades.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf to present BYU Campus Education Week devotional Aug. 22 (August 17, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will deliver a public devotional address at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center on Tuesday, Aug. 22, as part of Brigham Young University's annual Campus Education Week.

Follow Examples of Early Church Members, Elder Ballard Tells Saints (Church News and Events) (July 27, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
The faith manifested by early European pioneers is required now if Latter-day Saints are to move the Church and kingdom of God forward, said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve during a broadcast to Church members in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway.

Polynesian Cultural Center Promotes Peace, Says Elder Nelson (Church News and Events) (September 14, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
The object of the Polynesian Cultural Center is to assist young people with their education costs, but it brings the attendant blessing of promoting love, peace, and fellowship among people of disparate cultures, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve said.

Elder Quentin L. Cook Addresses the Role of Faith and Values in the Quest for Knowledge (LDS Newsroom) (October 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Speaking to the annual Stanford University Convocation Tuesday, October 27, Elder Quentin L. Cook, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stressed the importance and essential roles of faith and moral values in the quest for knowledge.

Apostle visits Saints in the Land of the Rising Sun (LDS Church News) (March 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy spent 12 days traveling in the Asia North Area during the month of February. Stops on their itinerary included the Japan cities of Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Tokyo and Sendai, as well as many coastal cities in the Tohoku area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Elder Jensen speaks at BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference (News from the Church) (August 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
At a keynote address given Tuesday, August 1, at the 38th annual BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference, Elder Marlin K. Jensen, a member of the Seventy, urged family history “enthusiasts” to actively seek out opportunities to share what they’ve learned with others.

Elder Snow: the life of a small town lawyer (Daily Universe - Utah) (October 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Steven E. Snow of the First Quorum of the Seventy related the benefits of being a small-town lawyer at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at the annual Honored Alumni Lecture. The law school was honoring Snow for his contributions as a lawyer, not for his work as a General Authority.

Councils Follow Heavenly Pattern, Say Leaders in Roundtable Discussion (Church News) (January 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
As Latter-day Saints participate in Church and family councils, they are engaging in a heavenly pattern, said Elder Anthony D. Perkins, a General Authority Seventy. “Our Heavenly Father operates through councils. We all participated in one,” said Elder Perkins, speaking of the Council in Heaven.

Elder Rasband Says Saints in Africa Witnessing Historic Period of Growth (Church News) (June 9, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles began his recent trip to Africa by traveling to the construction site of the Durban South Africa Temple. As he stood on the deep red soil outside the future temple, the Apostle envisioned the gospel’s unlimited and divinely guided potential across the vast African continent.

Sister Linda K. Burton and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon teach leadership principles in Asia (Deseret News - Utah) (March 6, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
“We love Asia,” said Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon of the General Primary Presidency, after completing a visit to the Asia Area on Feb. 9-19. Sister Burton and Sister Cordon were accompanied by their husbands — Craig Burton and Derek Cordon. In addition the women traveled with members of the Asia Area Presidency — Elder Randy D. Funk, Elder Sam C.H. Wong and Elder David F. Evans — and their wives — Andrea C. Funk, Carol Lu Wong, and Mary Dee S. Evans.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone to Speak at Freedom Festival (BYU NewsNet) (June 30, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone will address audiences during the Patriotic Service fireside at the America's Freedom Festival. According to the Freedom Festival Magazine, the festival's theme of family, freedom, God and country will be addressed as the four pillars of American values, as well as the acknowledgment of the divine hand in inspiring the cause of freedom.

Elder Marion D. Hanks dies at age 89 (LDS Church News) (August 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
The Church lost a valued and respected leader, educator and friend with the passing of Elder Marion D. Hanks. He was an admired leader who served in numerous Church callings, including the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Maxine, and their family.

Elder Walker to Address Young Adults at May CES Devotional (Church News and Events) (March 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy will speak at the May CES devotional at BYU–Idaho on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 30—both married and single—are invited to attend. The devotional will be transmitted through the Church broadcast system live at 6:00 p.m. MDT, with subsequent rebroadcasts and online postings to follow.

Elder Steven E. Snow to Speak at BYU's April 23 Commencement Exercises (BYU news release) (April 14, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Steven E. Snow, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

Elder Steven E. Snow to Speak at BYU's April 23 Commencement Exercises (BYU news release) (April 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Steven E. Snow, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks at Neal Maxwell Lecture series (Daily Herald - Utah) (November 12, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said he first heard of former apostle Neal A. Maxwell in a June 1971 Church News announcing Maxwell had been made the church’s Commissioner of Education. He went on to be a close friend and colleague in the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Jensen Counsels Grads to Prepare for the Ultimate Final (Southern Virginia University news release) (May 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Speaking to an audience of more than 700 people gathered Saturday for commencement exercises on the front lawn of historic Main Hall at Southern Virginia University, Elder Marlin K. Jensen congratulated and thanked the 103 members of the class of 2009 for their efforts to learn and grow as they pursued their bachelor’s degrees.

Missionaries spread faith, gain perspective (State Press - Arizona) (September 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Imagine leaving home for two years and traveling to a different state or country, having little or no contact with friends and family. For Mormon missionaries around Tempe, this is a way of life they have chosen, not only to spread their religion, but to find a new meaning in their lives. Elder Jordan Lee, 20, and Elder Taeus Amey, 21, are missionary companions who serve a church ward on the Tempe campus and around the city.

BYU Management Society honors Distinguished Utahn (LDS Church News) (May 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
The BYU Management Society awarded Harris H. Simmons, chairman and CEO of Zions Bancorporation, with the Distinguished Utahn award Tuesday, April 21, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric were among those attending the ceremony.

Elder Dale G. Renlund: An Understanding Heart (LDS Newsroom) (October 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
With tear-filled eyes, Elder Dale G. Renlund describes a family legacy of faith and hope built on the restored gospel of Jesus Christ that has sustained and inspired him throughout his life. Both sets of his Nordic grandparents “instantly converted” to the gospel in 1912 when they heard the message of Mormon missionaries and made great sacrifices for their newfound faith.

Elder Oaks at BYU devotional: Act with civility despite 'current ugliness' in American politics (Deseret News - Utah) (September 15, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Amid a "current ugliness" in the political arena and growing criticisms in institutions of higher learning, Church members must act civilly and press forward with hope in the future, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Sept. 13.

Elder Allan F. Packer: 'Everyone can do something' (LDS Church News) (August 5, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
A little adds up to be a lot when everyone joins together to do family history work, Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy said during the annual Family History and Genealogy Conference at Brigham Young University on July 30. "Each of us has some stories in our lives that are worth recording and worth remembering," he said. "[Stories] that are inspirational and can be motivational and helpful for future generations."

Elder Spencer J. Condie speaks at Southern Virginia University's spiritual retreat (Deseret News - Utah) (July 2, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Spencer J. Condie, an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a keynote address at Southern Virginia University’s 18th annual Education Conference, a two-day spiritual retreat, recently.

Elder Holland to be devotional speaker at BYU Education Week (Deseret News - Utah) (July 13, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is scheduled to be the devotional speaker at this year's BYU Education Week, which is Aug. 15-19. The theme of this year's event, "Assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life," comes from the Brigham Young University mission statement.

Church Leaders Invite Young Native American Members to Temple Square (LDS Newsroom Blog) (April 11, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Over 50 Native American youth and young adults from New Mexico gathered on Temple Square March 30, 2017, to hear from Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk of the Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder and Sister Renlund Talk With Mormon Youth in Africa (LDS Newsroom) (August 7, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Mormon youth participated in the first broadcast event of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from West Africa. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Ruth, hosted a regional Face to Face event Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Elder Harold G. Hillam addresses students about the importance of the temple (April 8, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Harold G. Hillam, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and current president of the Boise Idaho Temple, addressed Brigham Young University–Idaho students during devotional on Tuesday, April 4 about the importance of the temple.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson speaks at Church Education System fireside Nov. 7 (November 6, 2004) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Church Education System fireside at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University.

Hastening the work of salvation is a matter of faith (LDS Church News) (January 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Hastening the work of salvation is a matter of faith, Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis said at the 2014 Seminar for New MTC Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors on Jan. 14. “If God wants to hasten the work now, it’s because it can be done,” Elder Aidukaitis declared. “It’s because it’s supposed to be done.

Elder David A. Bednar: Becoming a 'Preach My Gospel' missionary (LDS Church News) (July 1, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was the devotional speaker at the Provo Missionary Training Center, Friday, June 24, during the 2011 Seminar for New Mission Presidents. In attendance were several General Authorities, 128 new mission presidents and their wives, plus elders and sisters already at the MTC preparing to serve as full-time missionaries.

Mormon Message: Like a Broken Vessel (LDS Newsroom Blog) (June 23, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a Mormon Messages video Monday based on an October 2013 general conference talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The talk, “Like a Broken Vessel,” addressed depression, something Elder Holland acknowledged he has personally dealt with in his life.

President Packer, Elder Bednar speak at special devotional (Hawaii) (March 4, 2005) - Relevance: 2.7
President Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder David A. Bednar, newest member of the same, visited BYU-Hawaii for a special devotional on their way home from touring Guam and Indonesia on church assignment.

LDS Church's Elder Russell Nelson, wife robbed in Mozambique (Deseret News - Utah) (June 1, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Wendy, were among church leaders robbed by armed assailants Friday evening in the Mozambique Maputo Mission home.

Elder Russell M. Nelson Addresses International Conference on Families (LDS Church news release) (August 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
While speaking at an international conference on families in Amsterdam on Wednesday, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasized the importance of children and families to the world’s future.

Elder and Sister Bednar Counsel Youth during Worldwide “Face to Face” Event (Church News) (May 13, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, answered questions from youth all over the world in a live “Face to Face” online event May 12.

Apostles bless two African nations (LDS Church News) (November 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Two African countries — Angola and Burundi — have been dedicated for the preaching of the gospel after two apostles traveled a combined distance of 120,000 miles — 34,000 of them in seven African countries. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve traveled for two weeks visiting and instructing Church members gathered throughout the Africa Southeast Area.

Two Mormon missionaries killed in Texas, third taken to hospital (Deseret News - Utah) (November 9, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Two LDS missionaries were killed while riding their bikes in this southeast Texas town Tuesday and a third was critically injured in the same apparent hit-and-run accident. Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, and Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, of Fairfield, Idaho, were killed in the accident that happened around 7:30 p.m., the LDS Church confirmed Tuesday evening.

Elder Russell M. Nelson to Speak at BYU's August 14 Commencement Exercises (BYU news release) (August 5, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises on Thursday, August 14, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

'Visible as a beacon': Oakland Temple celebrates 50th year of service (Deseret News - Utah) (May 1, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
In 1924, Elder George Albert Smith, then an LDS apostle, was visiting with a local church leader on the roof terrace of a hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. According to Chad S. Hawkins' book, "The First 100 Temples," Elder Smith “ceased talking and for several minutes gazed intently toward the hills above Oakland” before again speaking to his friend W. Aird MacDonald, Hawkins wrote.

Elder Richard B. Wirthlin remembered as a man of integrity who loved his family (LDS Church News) (March 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
He was world famous as U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s political strategist and pollster. But speakers on March 19 mainly remembered Elder Richard B. Wirthlin as a former General Authority who served the Lord with diligence and as a man of integrity who loved his family, understood the Plan of Salvation and lived his life accordingly.

A timeline of important events in Elder L. Tom Perry's life (Deseret News - Utah) (June 1, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Some important events in Elder L. Tom Perry’s life: Aug. 5, 1922 — Born in Logan, Utah, to Leslie Thomas and Nora Sonne Perry 1942-1944 — Served full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission

New stake presidents (LDS Church News) (December 1, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Three new stakes have been created. A new stake has been created from the Rogers Arkansas Stake. The Bentonville Arkansas Stake, which includes the Bella Vista, Bentonville 1st, Bentonville 2nd, Centerton, Central Park, Elm Tree and Grove wards, was created by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder J. Romeo Villarreal, an Area Seventy.

Shinto Priests Greet Latter-day Saint Apostle at Meiji Shrine (LDS Church news release) (May 22, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
Katsushi Toyama, chief priest at Tokyo’s historic Meiji Shrine, met with Elder Henry B. Eyring, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — the second-highest governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — during a special event that was part of Elder Eyring’s tour of Church areas in Asia and the Pacific islands.

Missionaries Found Unharmed in Martinique (LDS Church news release) (December 7, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
Two Mormon missionaries missing since Monday on the Island of Martinique have been found unharmed. The two missionaries, Elder Thomas Levi Swain, from Hamilton, New Zealand, and Elder Tyson Delmar Gray from Taylorsville, Utah were reported missing on Monday night following an excursion on their day off.

Restoration of the gospel, Elder Duncan shares personal testimony (LDS Church News) (January 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Like the glow of the morning sun coming over Y Mountain east of the Provo Missionary Training Center is the Restoration of the gospel, said Elder Kevin R. Duncan of the Seventy in his Jan. 11 address at the Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors.

Elder Dale G. Renlund visits Sweden (LDS Newsroom) (May 3, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Dale G. Renlund, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ second-highest presiding body, visited Sweden on April 28 and 29 accompanied by his wife, Ruth Lybbert Renlund. He spoke to Church leaders, missionaries and Church members at a meeting in Stockholm which was broadcast by webcast to an estimated 1,500 people.

Our World: ‘It’s the greatest thing I could do’ (Naples News - Florida) (December 2, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Brady Schvaneveldt and Shawn Moffett talk to their mothers twice a year — Christmas and Mother’s Day. Neither will see their families until 2012. The two 19-year-olds, Elder Schvaneveldt, top, from Lehi, Utah, Elder Moffett from Norman, Okla., are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints. They are recognizable — two matching, impeccably dressed teenagers biking around town and handing out literature on their church.

14 videos of high school graduates opening LDS mission calls (Deseret News - Utah) (June 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the age change for full-time missionary service for young men and women last October. During a press conference following the announcement, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, happily stated that he was “bordering on the giddy here with this announcement.” Elder Holland then went on to discuss the impact of the announcement.

Elder Lowell M. Snow: 'A successful life' (LDS Church News) (June 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
"How can you live a successful life?" asked Elder Lowell M. Snow of the Seventy during a campus devotional at BYU-Idaho on June 7....Obviously, success means different things to different people but one thing is clear: for all of us today, those who truly desire to be disciples of Jesus Christ must somehow come to understand and embrace His definition of success for us, which to me seems to be embodied in His words: 'therefore, what manner of men [and women] ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am' (3 Nephi: 27:27).

Advertise with usReport this ad Elder David A. Bednar speaks at CES fireside, says we must not shrink (Deseret News - Utah) (March 4, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
As individuals confront trials and tribulations they must not shrink, retreat or recoil, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during a Church Educational System devotional for young adults held in Texas Hall on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.

Elder Ulisses Soares counsels graduates in how to find true happiness (Deseret News - Utah) (June 9, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
“The golden pathway to happiness is one of selflessness and of giving love — the kind of love that has concern, interest and some measure of charity for every living soul,” Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy told graduates of Brigham Young University-Hawaii during commencement exercises on June 8.

Seek to improve yourselves, Elder Hales tells BYU audience (Deseret News - Utah) (August 20, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
Those who are wise about seeking knowledge throughout their lives are concerned about improving themselves and helping others, rather than gaining acknowledgement or accolades. Underscoring the importance of spiritual knowledge in addition to secular learning, Elder Robert D. Hales told thousands of Latter-day Saints that courage, faithful desire, humility, patience, curiosity and a willingness to share what they learn are necessary to effective lifelong learning.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites August 21, 2017 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (August 23, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
The First Lady of the Dominican Republic came to the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently. “We are impressed by its organization, how they operate and their social commitment in helping those in need in our country,” said Mrs. Montilla de Medina. She met with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy. She also visited the Church’s humanitarian center and other sites.

Service can cancel amorality, selfishness, Elder Dallin H. Oaks says at BYU Women's Conference (Deseret News - Utah) (May 1, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Service can counteract today's amorality and corroding individualism, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told thousands of women concluding their two-day Women's Conference Friday.

Elder L. Tom Perry shares personal experiences during WWII (Deseret News - Utah) (July 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
On this week’s Deseret News National Edition, Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shares personal experiences during World War II, a family fights for a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease and an old teaching idea gets new traction around the country.

Apostles to Instruct at RootsTech 2015 Free Family Discovery Day (Church News) (November 13, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson, and other Church leaders will speak and participate during the 2015 RootsTech Family Discovery Day in February.

Elder Evans addresses new 'My Plan' resource for missionaries at Seminar for New Mission Presidents (LDS Church News - Utah) (July 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
The Lord has provided measures to help keep missionaries safe from spiritual and physical hazards, Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy and director of the Missionary Department said during the 2015 Seminar for New Mission Presidents held in the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 25.

Elder Glenn L. Pace to speak at March 9 devotional (BYU news release) (March 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Glenn L. Pace, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at Brigham Young University’s devotional Tuesday, March 9, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on all BYU Broadcasting channels. It will also be archived online at byub.org or at speeches.byu.edu. Rebroadcast information is available at the Web site.

Japanese records; Couple compiles 39 generations of research (LDS Church News) (June 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
"Think of all the people that we have helped to make happy," Elder Hideo Shio said as he and his wife, Sister Hiroko Shio, unrolled a copy of a scroll, more than 20 feet long, that details names and relationships of family members for whom they have done research. The scroll includes hundreds of names and stretches across 39 generations, down to Elder Shio's grandson.

Oxford University Invites Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to Meet with Theologians and Religious Leaders (LDS Newsroom) (November 27, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
In a series of gatherings held at the University of Oxford, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a Member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met senior theology scholars and faith and government leaders (22-25 November). He was accompanied by his wife Sister Patricia T. Holland.

Extended interview with Elder Quentin L. Cook (BYU NewsNet) (May 22, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
BYU'S DAILY NEWS: Extended interview with Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder Holland shares keys to happiness during BYU-Idaho devotional (+video) (LDS Church News) (September 25, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
“Above all else, ultimate happiness, true peace and anything even remotely close to scriptural joy are found first, foremost and forever in living the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught during a campus devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Sept. 23.

Elder Oaks promotes strengthening the free exercise of religion (Deseret News - Utah) (May 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Religious teachings and religious organizations are vital to a free society and deserve its special legal protection, Elder Dallin H. Oaks affirmed in a speech May 16 upon receiving the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's highest honor, the Canterbury Medal, during a program held in the Pierre Hotel on New York Citys Fifth Avenue. Named for the cathedral in which Thomas A. Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was martyred in 1170 by the knights of Englands King Henry II for his defense of religious freedom, the Canterbury Medal is given annually to champions for religious liberty. Elder Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was recognized for his "lifetime commitment to religious liberty for all."

Elder Tad R. Callister speaks to students about receiving revelation (BYU-Hawaii news release) (August 21, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Tad R. Callister, First Counselor in the Pacific Area Presidency and member of the Quorum of the Seventy, spoke at BYU–Hawaii's devotional on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Callister, who was joined by his wife Kathryn, is a native of Los Angeles, California. He recently served as President of the Canada Toronto East Mission (2005-2008), and he and his wife are currently based out of New Zealand.

Leader Encourages Graduates to Impact the World for Good (Church News and Events) (July 31, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
With the blessing of an education comes responsibility, Elder Robert C. Gay of the Seventy told graduates during the Brigham Young University–Idaho commencement exercises on July 23 in the BYU–Idaho Center. This year’s graduating class, the institution’s 125th, received 1,931 degrees. During his address, Elder Gay shared three lessons from his life experience to help graduates continue on their life journey.

Scholar sheds 'new light' on the trial of Jesus (Deseret News - Utah) (April 17, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
While lauding Elder James E. Talmage’s century-old classic, Jesus the Christ, doctrinal and legal scholar John W. Welch offered fresh thinking on the content of Chapter 34 pertaining to the trial and condemnation of Jesus. Elder Talmage was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the time he wrote the book in 1915, and it is still widely read and consulted today.

Mormon Mentions: Taylor Swift look-alike appears on 'Steve Harvey,' Elder Renlund makes Twitter debut, David Archuleta displays Pokémon collection (Deseret News - Utah) (March 7, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Recent social media posts from members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covered a variety of topics and included a video of a Latter-day Saint on the "Steve Harvey" show and a Throwback Thursday post from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

Watch Elder Holland's BYU Education Week Message Live on LDS.org (Church News) (August 12, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Plan now to enjoy a spiritual boost from BYU's 2016 Campus Education Week, right from the convenience of work or home. Watch Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's devotional talk from the conference live on the LDS.org home page on Tuesday, August 16, at 11:10 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). The video will be archived on LDS.org for later viewing.

At funeral, President Russell M. Nelson says LDS leaders trusted, depended on Elder Keetch (Deseret News - Utah) (February 5, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
On the seventh day after Elder Von G. Keetch's death, President Russell M. Nelson and dozens of other LDS leaders joined hundreds of family, friends and colleagues to bid farewell to a General Authority Seventy who marked major events in his life by noting the number of the day in his life when they happened.

Elder Cook addresses BYU–Idaho students about strengthening faith through seeking knowledge (March 17, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, addressed Brigham Young University–Idaho students during his devotional address on Tuesday, March 14 about strengthening faith through seeking knowledge.

Elder Royden G. Derrick, dies at 94 (LDS Church News) (December 12, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Royden G. Derrick, former member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and First Quorum of the Seventy, passed away in his home in Salt Lake City on Dec. 7, 2009. He was 94. He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on Oct. 1, 1976, and served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from Oct. 5, 1980, to October 6, 1984.

Public service award: Elder Christofferson honored for business, Church leadership (LDS Church News) (October 29, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
The San Francisco Bay Area chapters of the BYU Management Society awarded the 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award to Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve for his business and ecclesiastical leadership.

New First Vision Video to Premier Prior to Face to Face with President Eyring, Elder Holland (Church News) (March 3, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
A new film about the First Vision will receive its broadcast premier this Saturday, March 4, immediately preceding the live broadcast of Face to Face with President Henry B. Erying and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

Elder Carl B. Cook tells BYU students to 'cowboy up and learn to put off the natural man or woman' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 11, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
"Cowboy up and learn to put off the natural man or woman," Elder Carl B. Cook, General Authority Seventy, urged students during his campus devotional address at Brigham Young University on Oct. 10.

BYU Campus devotional: Elder Robert D. Hales — Our essential spiritual agency (LDS Church News) (September 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
It is by making right choices today, tomorrow and for the rest of an individual's time on earth that he or she is able to follow the Savior and return to His presence, said Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve during the BYU campus devotional in a crowded Marriott Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14. All must carefully consider how Heavenly Father is preparing them for things He wants them to do, and then they must make choices accordingly.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom to be BYU devotional speaker Dec. 7 (BYU news release) (December 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address Brigham Young University students, staff and faculty in a Marriott Center devotional Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 11:05 a.m. The address will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at byub.org. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.

Elder Holland addresses Clark law society on 25th anniversary (LDS Church News) (February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve addressed the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15 as part of the organization's annual conference. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the JRCLS — a non-denominational group that encourages attorneys to parlay personal religious conviction into meaningful public service and professional excellence.

Elder Oaks to speak at Johns Hopkins on international religious liberty (Deseret News - Utah) (February 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak about international religious liberty on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins University.

Elder Merril J. Bateman to receive honorary doctorate at April BYU Commencement (April 20, 2006) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Merrill J. Bateman, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former president of Brigham Young University, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Christian Service during BYU’s April 2006 Commencement Exercises Thursday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Stay on God’s Winning Team, Says Seventy Elder K. Brett Nattress (Church News) (March 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
During a BYU-Idaho devotional, Elder K. Brett Nattress illustrated principles of God’s plan of happiness with a game metaphor. We must stay on God’s winning team, even when we stumble and feel tempted to quit, he said. To strengthen ourselves spiritually, we can read the scriptures, pray, and serve.

Family of Elder Keetch giving Taco Amigo's proceeds to Huntsman Cancer Institute on late father's birthday (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Von G. Keetch had a favorite saying, according to his family, "If you don't like your lot in life, build a service station on it." With that in mind, the family of the recently deceased LDS general authority has planned a day of service that will allow them to give back to the organization that helped their father in his long battle with cancer.

Elder H. Burke Peterson, emeritus LDS general authority, dies at 89 (Deseret News - Utah) (April 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder H. Burke Peterson, emeritus general authority in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and longtime counselor in the church's Presiding Bishopric, died April 14 in his family home in Bountiful, Utah. He was 89 years old.

Elder Echo Hawk connects Pawnee Indian ancestors with Mormon Pioneers (Deseret News - Utah) (June 29, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk, General Authority Seventy, talked about a connection between his Pawnee Indian ancestors and the Mormon Pioneers as he testified on June 27 of the spiritual blessings that come from doing temple work.

Elder Andersen Invites Missionaries at MTCs Worldwide to Join His Family for Christmas (Church News) (January 2, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
Missionaries at missionary training centers worldwide received a special gift from Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, on Christmas day—an invitation to join the Andersen family for the holiday.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: 'Joseph Smith was a remarkable man, a great American' (Deseret News - Utah) (October 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Joseph Smith was “a remarkable man, a great American and one whom I and millions of our current countrymen honor as a prophet of God,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks declared Sept. 23 on the eve of a dramatization in the Illinois state capital of the Prophet’s legal contests.

Mormon apostle Elder Quentin L. Cook urges 'restoration of morality' (Deseret News - Utah) (December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
REXBURG, Idaho — In order to protect religious freedom, individuals must work with people of other faiths to improve the moral fabric of this nation, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during commencement exercises at BYU-Idaho on Friday night. The ceremony, held in the BYU-Idaho Center on the university's Rexburg campus, honored 1,533 graduates — the largest Fall graduating class BYU-I has had to date. "My challenge today is that you join with people of all faiths who feel accountable to God in defending religious freedom so it can be a beacon for morality," Elder Cook said. "We caution you to be civil and responsible as you defend religious liberty and moral values."

Elder Hales writes new book (Universe - Utah) (July 13, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Using his commonly heard motto ‘Return With Honor,’ Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve gives sound advice for each phase of our lives in his new book, “Return: Four Phases of Our Mortal Journey Home.” The book divides life into four major stages: the decades of preparation, the decade of decision, the decades of serving and pressing forward, and the decades of serving and enduring to the end.

Father feels Elder Strong's mission was extended — again (Deseret News - Utah) (November 11, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
It was two or three months ago that Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, serving in the Texas McAllen Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, first wrote home to his parents, Gordon and Deb Strong of Kearns, about the possibility of extending his mission for a few weeks. "He told us that he had talked to the mission president about it, and he was fine with it," Gordon said during a telephone interview Thursday night. "He said, 'whatever you say, I'll do. But I would like to stay a little longer.'"

Elder L. Whitney Clayton to speak at BYU's April Commencement Exercises (BYU news release) (April 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior president of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be the presiding authority and speaker during Brigham Young University's Commencement Exercises on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center. BYU President Kevin J Worthen will conduct the exercises.

Elder and Sister Renlund Discuss Charity at BYU Women’s Conference (LDS Newsroom) (May 2, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
“Conversion to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement is the key to developing charity, the pure love of Christ,” said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 40th annual BYU Women’s Conference in Utah Friday, April 29, 2016.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Delivers Thanksgiving Message at Provo MTC (Church News) (November 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on gratitude during trials as he delivered a Thanksgiving day devotional held in the Provo Missionary Training Center the morning of November 24. He addressed hundreds of missionaries gathered in the Provo MTC, as well as the other Missionary Training Centers around the world.

Mormon missionaries spreading word in Upstate (Go Upstate - South Carolina) (February 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
A car was parked in the driveway. Lights were on inside the home. But as the two men, dressed in suits and ties, knocked on the stranger's door, no one answered. Not after the first knock, or the second. The young, sharp-dressed Mormon missionaries — Elder Taylor Allred and Elder Kyle Gemmell — eventually turned, walked away from the home and made their way to the house next door to try again.

LDS leaders visit Africa, say 'progress is remarkable' (LDS Church News) (November 11, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
The progress of the Church in the Africa Southeast Area is remarkable, said Elder Quentin L. Cook after visiting the area Oct. 15 through Oct. 27. “We were impressed with the strength of the priesthood leadership and the unity of the members. They come from many countries with different languages and racial backgrounds, but they are united in living the culture of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Seminar for New Mission Presidents: Elder David F. Evans (LDS Church News) (June 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
With revelation granted "line upon line, precept upon precept, the Lord has helped us obtain what we need for reaching His children in this remarkable time," Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy told 173 new mission presidents and their wives on June 23, the opening day of the annual training seminar.

Elder Gay honored with 20th Distinguished Utahn award (Deseret News - Utah) (May 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Whether in the business world, in his calling as a member of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or in his home, friends say Elder Robert C. Gay of the Seventy is a man known for his ability to build relationships and better the lives of others around him. "In a world that we can all observe … that people are often wandering from sea to sea not knowing where to go, it is uplifting and refreshing to find someone who knows the greater path," said Brian C. Dixon, chairman of the Distinguished Utahn Event Committee.

Elder Claudio R. M. Costa to address BYU devotional Nov. 2 (BYU news release) (October 28, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address Brigham Young University students, staff and faculty in a devotional Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The address will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and at byub.org. Visit byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu for rebroadcast and archive information.

Elder Quentin L. Cook Urges LDS Business College Students to Make Right Choices (LDS Business College Newsroom) (December 4, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
“You’re at a critical age. The choices you are making are so essential,” Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles told LDS Business College students at Wednesday’s devotional.

Elder Oaks BYU’s August 2015 commencement speaker (BYU Universe) (July 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Dallin H. Oaks will be BYU’s commencement speaker during exercises August 13.

Elder L. Tom Perry Keynote Speaker at LDS Business College 121st Commencement (LDS Business College news release) (April 10, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address graduates of LDS Business College at the 121st Commencement on Thursday, April 10, in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The academic processional begins at 1:50 p.m.; the program begins at 2 p.m.

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr. addresses 'A Legacy of Faith' during Days of '47 Sunrise Service (LDS Church News) (July 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
The Mormon Pioneers — and many of their faithful descendants — have crafted a legacy of faith that continues to inspire and bless lives. That was the message shared July 25 by Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr., a General Authority Seventy, at the annual Days of '47 Sunrise Service.

Apostle to address BYU-Hawaii graduates (BYU-Hawaii news release) (December 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Approximately 240 students representing 46 countries will participate in the upcoming BYU–Hawaii Commencement exercises on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will address the graduates. Elder Andersen was called to be an Apostle of the LDS Church on April 4, 2009. He is a Brigham Young University (Provo) graduate, where he was a Hinckley Scholar, and he earned a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard University. He has led the work of the Church in southern Brazil and oversaw the work of the Church in Western Europe, Mexico, and Central America. Elder Andersen has also served as a mission president in the France Bordeaux Mission and as president of the Tampa Florida Stake.

Individuals can 'draw upon the powers of heaven' by learning how to ponder, Church leader teaches (Deseret News - Utah) (November 8, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Scott D. Whiting, General Authority Seventy, taught LDS Business College students that pondering can lead to revelation during a devotional held in the Assembly Hall on Nov. 7. "Pondering is a spiritual principle that is often spoken of in scripture and by prophets, seers and revelators, but I have learned that not many of us know how to ponder or how to do so with the degree of effectiveness that will unlock the desired results," Elder Whiting said.

Elder Oaks Honored in Exhibit on Religious Freedom (News from the Church) (November 20, 2007) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was honored in an exhibit featuring those who have helped define the concept of religious freedom. The exhibit, titled Faces of Religious Freedom, opened on September 19, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia, USA, and was created by the Council for America’s First Freedom.

Elder Perry to Speak at March CES Fireside (Church News and Events) (February 8, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at a Church Educational System broadcast for young adults, both married and single, on Sunday, March 6, 2011. The broadcast will originate from the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, USA, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time, with subsequent rebroadcasts to many areas of the world.

Elder Holland Says to Live Gospel in Small Ways (Church News and Events) (September 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Taking his wording from a well-known Mormon hymn, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told college-age Church members Sunday evening, “Israel, Israel, God is calling us to live the gospel of Jesus Christ personally in small ways as well as large, then reach out to those who may not look or dress or behave quite like we do, then (where we can) go beyond that to serve in the widest community we can address.”

Elder Rasband invites Donny Osmond to share message at BYU-Hawaii graduation (LDS Church News) (December 18, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
Graduates of Brigham Young University-Hawaii had an unexpected speaker during commencement exercises on Dec. 15. During the beginning of the keynote address, scheduled speaker Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited Donny Osmond, famous performer and member of the Church, to join him on the podium.

Elder Perry on the Priesthood, Part Two: The Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods (LDS Church news release) (January 6, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Priesthood quorums play a vital role in strengthening those who bear the priesthood, according to Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Quorum members strengthen each other, and those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood help to train those who hold the Aaronic, or preparatory priesthood.

What's new: Elder Scott teaches '21 Principles' in new book (Deseret News - Utah) (May 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Like the steel anchors a mountaineer uses to conquer otherwise impossible cliffs, principles are anchors of safety. They will help a person have confidence in new and unfamiliar circumstances. They will provide protection in life's storms or adversity. Those are among the words written by Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in his new book, "21 Principles: Divine Truths to Help You Live by the Spirit."

Elder Richard G. Scott to receive honorary doctorate during BYU August Commencement (BYU News Release) (July 31, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will receive an honorary doctorate and will be the presiding authority during Brigham Young University’s August 2008 Commencement Exercises Thursday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Randy D. Funk: “Trust in the Lord and His Goodness” (Church News and Events) (May 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Through a series of experiences, Elder Randy Dennis Funk, who was sustained April 6 to the Second Quorum of the Seventy, has gained a lasting testimony of the love of God. He firmly believes the gospel principle “Trust in the Lord and His goodness.” Born August 1, 1952, to C. Dennis and Rebecca Funk, he grew up in Manti, Utah; Madison, Wisconsin; and Smithfield, Utah. As a young man, he would go with his father, who was a great example of a faithful priesthood holder. He remembers his father teaching the importance of fulfilling priesthood responsibilities. “I was taught you need to be where you are supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to do,” said Elder Funk. “Through my father’s example and good teaching, I learned a lot about the priesthood and fulfilling callings. When I later received callings, I strived to do what I was supposed to do because of the example he set.”

Elder Robert D. Hales lays path to eternal life at BYU devotional (Deseret News - Utah) (September 16, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
Individuals must reach eternal life, said Elder Robert D. Hales, of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the BYU campus devotional, at a crowded Marriott Center, on Tuesday. It is by using one's agency to make right choices today, tomorrow and for the rest of an individual's time on earth that they are able to follow the Savior and return to his presence, he said.

Elder David Archuleta performs at Christmas celebration (Deseret News - Utah) (December 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
In a recent YouTube video, Elder David Archuleta is featured performing "Los Pastores a Belen" as if he were back with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Missionary tag and all, Archuleta continues to share his talent while serving an LDS mission. The performance took place at the Santiago Chile Temple Christmas celebration. Dancers performed while Archuleta sang the Spanish Christams carol.

Raised Mormon, actor Claybourne Elder is uniquely qualified for ‘Angels in America’ (Kansas City Star - Missouri) (March 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Claybourne Elder considers himself an ex-Mormon. But when you talk to the Utah-raised actor, you get the idea that there’s more involved than simply embracing or rejecting a belief system. He might be “ex,” but he descends from generations of Americans who created their own brand of Christianity based on revelations delivered on golden plates by an angel to a living prophet in upstate New York.

BYU-Idaho Commencement: Continuing life's journey (LDS Church News) (July 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
With the blessing of an education comes responsibility, Elder Robert C. Gay of the Seventy told graduates during the Brigham Young University-Idaho commencement exercises on July 23 in the BYU-Idaho Center. This year's graduating class, the institution's 125th, received 1,931 degrees. During his address, Elder Gay shared three lessons from his life experience to help graduates continue on their life journey.

Renovated visitors center rededicated by Elder Russell M. Nelson (LDS Church News) (October 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
The rededication of the Church's visitors center adjacent to the Los Angeles California Temple was an evening filled with the anticipation of an apostle's blessing and attended by an audience of richly diverse backgrounds. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve rededicated the newly renovated facility Friday, Oct. 15.

Elder Neil L. Andersen shares stage with President Michael Crow at ASU (LDS Church News) (January 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Highlighting the need for higher education and encouraging high school students to consider Arizona State University as an option, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared the stage with ASU President Michael Crow in the school’s first LDS Family Education Night on campus Jan. 26.

A personal testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith (LDS Church News) (January 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
At any given moment, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ somewhere in the world are testifying of the divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith as the Lord's instrument in the latter-day Restoration of the gospel, Elder Eduardo Gavarret of the Seventy noted Jan. 16 in his presentation at the 2013 Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors. "And this will fulfill the prophecy that his name will be known all around the world," said Elder Gavarret, alluding to the statement from the angel Moroni to the Prophet as recorded in Joseph Smith — History 1:33. Elder Gavarret, a member of the Missionary Executive Council, noted that the lesson in Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel, generally the first lesson missionaries present to investigators, pertains to Joseph Smith and the Restoration.

In memory of the missionaries killed, cyclists want drivers to learn how to share the road (Valley Central - Texas) (November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Cyclists across the Rio Grande Valley hope, in memory of the two missionaries killed in a hit and run Tuesday, drivers become more aware of cyclists riding their bikes through town. The cyclist community said drivers need to learn how to share the road. The death of Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong and Elder Derek Jason Walker was a blow to members everywhere of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "When I first knew, I was really shocked because I really didn't understand why…why them?" said Elder David Magallanez who knows the missionaries. Their grief is shared by many others outside the LDS community who ride bicycles just as the young missionaries were doing when they were struck by a car and killed. "Anytime that there's an accident or somebody that's been injured or somebody that has been killed, it's always a concern. It hits close to home," said Timothy Mantle of Bicycle World in McAllen.

Bishop John C. Wester and Elder M. Russell Ballard share 2011 Days of '47 President's Award (Intermountain Catholic) (July 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Two of Utah’s top religious leaders – the Most Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, and Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – were recognized for their work in the Beehive State during the 2011 Pioneers of Progress Awards banquet...

BYU Devotional: Prayer Is a Priceless Privilege (Church News and Events) (December 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
“Prayer is a priceless privilege,” said Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy during a campus devotional at BYU on December 4, 2012. “Prayer is the ordained means by which men and women, and even little children, come to know God,” he continued. “It is our channel of communication with heaven.” Drawing from the hymn that asks, “Ere you left your room this morning,” Elder Porter spoke of the importance of sincere, heartfelt prayer.

Elder Christofferson Offers Prayer in U.S. Senate (LDS Newsroom) (December 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered the morning prayer in the United States Senate. Customarily every Senate session begins with prayer, dating back to the Senate’s beginnings in the late 1700s. Usually the Senate chaplain offers the prayer, but Congress often invites guest chaplains from various faiths to pray.

Follow Jesus Christ and Reap Spiritual Rewards, Says Elder Cook (Church News) (May 6, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
As Latter-day Saint women faithfully follow Jesus Christ, they will “reap the rewards of righteousness“—the reward of spirituality, the reward of righteous families, the reward of happiness, the reward of prospering in the land, and the reward of peace, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Stevenson testifies of prophets and the Book of Mormon in a new ‘Special Witness’ video (Deseret News - Utah) (January 12, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
From the Conference Center’s Hall of the Prophets, Elder Gary E. Stevenson testifies of the power of modern and ancient prophets, and explains how the Book of Mormon has solidified his testimony of them in a new "Special Witness" video.

Elder Stevenson testifies of prophets and the Book of Mormon in a new ‘Special Witness’ video (Deseret News - Utah) (January 16, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
From the Conference Center’s Hall of the Prophets, Elder Gary E. Stevenson testifies of the power of modern and ancient prophets, and explains how the Book of Mormon has solidified his testimony of them in a new "Special Witness" video.

Elder Ballard dedicates new Days of '47 Arena at Utah State Fair Park (Deseret News - Utah) (July 20, 2017) - Relevance: 2.7
“We gather together this evening to welcome the rodeo back to the Utah State Fair Park,” Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in his remarks at the new Days of ’47 Arena before dedicating it on July 19.

Disaster was training for new apostle Elder Gary Stevenson (LDS Church News) (October 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Walking through what was once a thriving coastal community in Higashi Matsushima, Japan, in the summer of 2011, Elder Gary E. Stevenson examined individual items — a cup, a pot, a blanket — in a massive pile of rubble. The individual pieces of the rubble were somber remnants of the homes that once dominated the desolate landscape and the people who lived in them; each item told an individual story. They were stories of devastation and of resilience.

Elder Oaks Tells Teachers to Help Students Learn and Apply Gospel Truths (Church News and Events) (February 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Teachers have a great responsibility to help the young people of the Church think clearly about gospel truths and how to apply them to the challenges they face, Elder Dallin H. Oaks said during the Church Educational System’s “Evening with a General Authority” February 8, during which he addressed seminary and institute instructors in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

LDS Elder Holland attracts hundreds for Manhood Award (St. George News - Utah) (July 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
Hundreds of people turned out in Veterans Park in Washington for a Pioneer Day eve luau and the opportunity to meet Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Tuesday night. During the luau, Holland,a native of Southern Utah and one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received the Manhood Award from the local community.

Speaking in an Anglican Christmas service, Elder Holland tells of his father's death, Christ's birth (The Church News) (November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
Standing in the midst in the benches of an intricately decorated 1700s Anglican chapel on Sunday during the Church of England’s signature Christmas service, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland delivered a message about the comfort he felt at his father’s death because of Christ’s birth.

Elder Neil L. Andersen: ‘A classroom of faith, hope and charity’ (LDS Church News) (March 3, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Classrooms of faith, hope and charity will help the young people of the Church develop their faith in Christ, said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a broadcast to educators in the Church Educational System originating from the Tabernacle on Feb. 28. More than 45,000 teachers and associates in 137 countries listened in through a satellite broadcast.

BYU Television, KBYU-TV to provide live coverage of funeral services for Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (BYU news release) (December 4, 2008) - Relevance: 2.7
Funeral services for Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will air live on all BYU radio and television stations, including BYU Television and KBYU-TV, Channel 11, on Friday, Dec. 5, at noon (MST).

Elder K. Brett Nattress speaks to BYU-Idaho students about staying on God's 'winning team' (LDS Church News) (March 23, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
“God knows you personally,” Elder K. Brett Nattress, General Authority Seventy, told BYU-Idaho students on March 20. “He is in the very details of your lives. He will never give up on you. You must never give up on Him. And you must not give up on yourself. You are a member of His winning team, and an eternal victory is in your future.

Elder Neil L. Andersen shares memories, lessons learned from President Thomas S. Monson (LDS Church News) (January 12, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
“President Thomas S. Monson’s greatest contribution was as a special witness of the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “He testified of His reality, His divine mission and Resurrection, and the restoration of the Savior’s gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. In all President Monson said and did, he witnessed of our Savior and Redeemer.”

Faith is just as important to refugees as water, food, air, says Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (LDS Church News) (July 5, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
Faith is just as important to many refugees and internally displaced people as water, food and air, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “By preserving a person’s faith, we help preserve their future,” he said.

Elder Nelson delivers holiday message to missionaries during Christmas devotional (LDS Church News) (January 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
Most of the 2,000-plus elders and sisters residing at the Missionary Training Center were likely spending their first Christmas away from home. A few were perhaps battling a pesky strain of holiday homesickness. The cure may have come in an afternoon visit from Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve. The apostle and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, delivered holiday messages Saturday during a special Christmas devotional at the MTC.

Elder and Sister Renlund Review the What, Why, and How of Developing Christlike Attributes (Church News) (July 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2.7
In teaching new mission leaders about developing Christlike attributes, Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, cited from the scriptures and Preach My Gospel. But their most poignant teachings came from describing influences and examples from his Sweden Stockholm Mission service more than four decades ago and from the wives of his two former mission presidents.

Elder Holland Honors Lorenzo Snow at 200th Birthday Event (Church News) (May 2, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
Descendants of Church President Lorenzo Snow are observing the 200th birthday (April 3) of their illustrious ancestor this year with an array of events that included a devotional April 9 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as the main speaker.

Elder Holland discusses religious freedom, faith with radio host Hugh Hewitt (Deseret News - Utah) (March 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
In a follow-up to his Feb. 26 speech at Chapman University, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sat down with popular radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt to discuss not only religious freedom but a variety of other topics.

Emeritus Seventy Expresses Love for Filipino Members (Church News and Events) (November 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
For four years, Elder Ben B. Banks, an emeritus Seventy, called the Philippines his home while he served in the Philippines Area Presidency. He would leave the island nation with a deep love for the Filipino people and their rich culture. Elder Banks’s thoughts have returned to his friends in the Philippines as he has followed the news reports of deadly Typhoon Haiyan.

Mexico: LDS meetings to resume regular schedule (LDS Church News) (May 8, 2009) - Relevance: 2.7
Church meetings in Mexico will resume as normal on Thursday, according to Elder C. Scott Grow, first counselor in the Mexico Area Presidency. "Everything will be back to normal (on Thursday) except for missionaries coming and going," Elder Grow said. "That will be on Monday (May) 11."

Mid-air Mormon Tabernacle Choir serenades passengers and new Mormon Messages (Deseret News - Utah) (March 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
“Tests and trials are given to all of us. These mortal challenges allow us and our Heavenly Father to see whether we will exercise our agency to follow his Son.” So explains Elder Robert D. Hales in this beautiful new Mormon Messages video that follows Brittany, a young woman with a paralyzing stomach condition that has taught her to reach out to bless others. And as Elder Hales explains “Let us not give up on the Lord” because, as the title comforts: “God Will Lift Us Up.”

'Isles of the sea' — First Apostle visit to the Marshall Islands (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve spent 13 days traveling in the Pacific Area during January. Stops on his itinerary included Tonga, New Zealand, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. "According to information provided by the mission president, it was the first time a member of the Quorum of the Twelve had been to and walked on Marjuro," said Elder Bednar. "The people of the Marshall Islands were very warm and welcoming."

Gay marriage battle endangering religious voices, LDS leader says (Deseret News - Utah) (February 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
As the battle over same-sex marriage winds its way through the federal courts, the fundamental right to voice religious beliefs in political debates is seriously endangered, said Elder Lance B. Wickman. Elder Wickman, an attorney for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy, made the remarks Thursday as part of the 2010 J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference at the University of Utah.

Elder Holland Praises, Encourages Those “Lifting Up the Hands That Hang Down” (Church News) (June 21, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
LDS Family Services workers are engaged in “the very heart of gospel service—bearing one another’s burdens that they may be light. You are ‘holding up the hands that hang down and strengthening the feeble knees,’” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland declared June 13 at an LDS Family Services system-wide seminar in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City.

Seminar for mission presidents: Understanding the Godhead (LDS Church News) (June 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Latter-day Saints should know for a certainty the character of the Godhead, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland during the 2012 Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 25. "I am grateful for the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in whose name the sacred and saving ordinances from baptism to sealing are performed in the Church," said Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve. "As you begin your missions, I invite each of you to know deeply These Divine Beings under whose direction you were called, set apart, and now sent you forth to serve in Their name."

Missionary duties as a Mormon (Newton Daily News - Iowa) (January 31, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Missionary duties as a Mormon can be hard at times, but for Elder Allen, 20, and Elder Boydston, 24, the work is well worth it. Mormons have the option to go on missions and spread the word of God: for two years, missionaries give up TV, radio and Internet to concentrate on their faith. “It’s not too big of a sacrifice,” Allen said. “The message that we share is so important. I am perfectly happy with giving that up for two years.” “It gives me a lot of joy,” Boydston said. “It allows me to focus.”

Mormon missionaries take on Palomar (Telescope - California) (March 16, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
Most people have seen them; dressed in white, collared shirts, dress slacks ties and black name badges. They walk through neighborhoods, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells, offering their literature and a helping hand. They are the elders, Mormon missionaries, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Two such missionaries currently serving in the Palomar area are Elder Christian Jones, 20, of Alpine, Utah, and Elder Joonmo Kang, 20, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Teaching with love (LDS Church News) (August 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Seminary and institute teachers must look to the Savior's example as they teach gospel doctrines and principles, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve said during the annual Seminary and Institute August Broadcast for Church Educational System Instructors. The broadcast, which originated in the Conference Center Theater on Aug. 7, was translated into 23 languages and is available to instructors from countries all around the world via the CES website — si.lds.org..

'Living a reverent life' (LDS Church News) (February 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Reverence is more than just being quiet; it is the essence of one's life, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy said during a campus devotional held in the Marriott Center at BYU on Feb. 12. "Upon hearing that word, many may quickly reflect that reverence is merely the act of keeping our children and ourselves quiet when we attend meetings of the Church," Elder Hallstrom said. "I suggest that is not reverence — it is simply one of the ways we demonstrate our reverence. Reverence is to revere — to have a profound love and respect for Diety."

Flag raised in honor of killed missionary (KSL - Utah) (September 15, 2008) - Relevance: 2.6
An LDS missionary killed in an accident last year in the state of Washington was honored today in Salt Lake City. Twenty-one-year-old Elder William Angilau died last year after being hit be a car while riding his bike. One of the boys in his ward wanted to honor Elder Angilau, so he decided to collect money for a flag pole and plaque as part of his Eagle Scout project.

BYU Easter Conference: Remembering Christ and His sacrifices (LDS Church News) (March 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
Remembering all that the Savior has done for humankind is a powerful agent for each individual personally, Elder Gerald N. Lund, an emeritus General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said during the BYU Easter Conference on Saturday, March 27. During his address, Elder Lund spoke of the personal and universal importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Elder Quentin L. Cook to speak at BYU-Idaho Commencement (Standard Journal - Idaho) (December 8, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will address BYU-Idaho graduates at the fall commencement Dec. 16. The event is at 5:45 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. There has been a 5.36 percent increase in graduates since last year, with the number this fall at 1,533 graduates, as reported by BYU-Idaho’s University Communications.

Find people to teach, says Elder Dallin H. Oaks during the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents (LDS Church News) (July 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
In his concluding message at the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 26, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles focused on the vital and timeless missionary duty of finding people to teach.

Strive to obtain spiritual high ground, Elder Hales says to LDS young adults (Deseret News - Utah) (March 2, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Strive to obtain spiritual high ground, Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve counseled young adults in a Church Educational System fireside Sunday evening.

Elder David A. Bednar to speak at Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young adults worldwide on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The worldwide devotional for young adults — originating at 6:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time) — will be transmitted live on the Church satellite system, LDS.org, and other media.

“We Can Find Peace,” Elder Holland Says during Visit to Middle East (Church News) (December 7, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
In chapels, in homes, and as individuals, “we can find peace,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaking to Latter-day Saints in the Middle East during a recent visit. The address to Church members in Jerusalem was one of many during a 17-day assignment to six countries November 6 through November 22.

Elder Ballard speaks at fireside (Deseret News - Utah) (November 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.6
An LDS apostle told a gathering of college-age church members Sunday night that they are fighting a battle that has been going on "since before the foundation of this world." "It is the battle for the hearts and souls of our Heavenly Father's spirit children pitting us against Lucifer, the great deceiver, the father of lies," said Elder M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve. "As it has always been, this battle is fought on the battleground of moral agency and free will."

Sharpton apologizes, plans Utah trip (Deseret News - Utah) (May 11, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
The Rev. Al Sharpton apologized publicly to all Mormons and privately to two LDS Church apostles Thursday for a comment he made during a debate this week that suggested members of the church didn't believe in God. Sharpton also said he plans to travel to Utah to meet with the apostles he spoke with, Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder Henry B. Eyring of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve.

Family, dignitaries honor Elder L. Tom Perry's ability to connect with leaders, regular people (Deseret News - Utah) (May 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder L. Tom Perry's son remembered him Saturday for his ability to connect with anyone. “He had this common touch and he was as comfortable with the common man as presidents and rulers and treated them all pretty much the same and had a way of relating to them and connecting with them that's just profound,” Lee Perry said in a statement released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I think he’ll be remembered as a champion of the family,” Lee Perry added.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks to speak at Constitution event (Deseret News - Utah) (September 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
LDS general authority and former Utah Supreme Court Justice Dallin H. Oaks will be the keynote speaker at a Constitution Day event this month. Elder Oaks, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve apostles, was also on President Ronald Reagan's short list for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Students given hope during hard economic times (BYU-Idaho news release) (July 31, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Richard G. Hinckley, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed 1,305 graduates at the Brigham Young University-Idaho Spring Commencement last Friday evening. “I have decided to talk to you about these times in which we live,” Elder Hinckley said, “which are both difficult economically and morally, and how you might approach them, and to give you hope that things will work out for you if you plan and pray and work.”

Multiply Your Talents, Elder Rasband Tells Young Adults (Church News and Events) (February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy encouraged young adults to magnify their talents and abilities in a Brigham Young University–Idaho devotional on January 25, 2011. He began by retelling Jesus’ parable of the talents, in which three men are given varying sums of money (talents) by their master, who left for a long time and upon returning asked each man what he had done with his money.

Elder Cook Says Studying Church History Will Deepen Faith during Face to Face Broadcast (Church News) (September 11, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
With the historic Nauvoo Illinois Temple as a backdrop, Elder Quentin L. Cook promised young adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that studying the history of the Church will deepen their faith and their desire to live the gospel more fully.

Elder Hartman Rector Jr., emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at age 94 (Church News) (November 8, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Hartman Rector Jr., convert to the Church, emeritus General Authority Seventy and former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, passed away on Nov. 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. He was 94.

Meet Elder John C. Pingree: Growing a testimony through small things (Deseret News - Utah) (May 12, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
“My testimony has been built over time, little by little — through receiving answers to prayers, feeling the Spirit while reading scriptures, repenting, and serving the Lord,” said Elder John C. Pingree Jr., who was sustained April 1 as a General Authority Seventy. Born in 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Carmen and John C. Pingree Sr., he credits the devotion of his parents in helping shape his life.

Elder and Sister Renlund will be featured speakers at 2016 BYU Women's Conference (Deseret News - Utah) (February 26, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, will speak at the closing session of the BYU's 40th annual Women's Conference on April 29. Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak the same day.

Missionaries spread Mormon faith (Times-Gazette - Tennessee) (June 8, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
Taking the message of Jesus Christ to the people of Shelbyville is the mission of Elder Lincoln Gardner of Centerville, Utah, and Elder David Claridge of Thatcher, Ariz.., missionaries serving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). The LDS church, many times referred to as the Mormon Church, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Elder and Sister Renlund to speak 'Face to Face' with LDS youth in Ghana (Deseret News - Utah) (August 2, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, will be answering questions from the youth in Africa during a regional Face to Face event on Aug. 5, reported LDS.org. The apostle and his wife will be filmed live from the new MTC in Accra, Ghana, the article said.

Elder and Sister Renlund Talk “Face to Face” with African Youth (Church News) (August 7, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
“Live your life like a disciple of Jesus Christ.” That was the advice given to youth living in Africa and islands in the Indian Ocean as they met “face to face” with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, during the first Church broadcast originating from the Africa West Area.

Self-discipline and sleep: LDS author Randal Wright teaches importance of rising early at BYU Education Week (Deseret News - Utah) (August 19, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Upon receiving his call as a new general authority, Elder Marion G. Romney asked advice from Harold B. Lee, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on how to be successful as a general authority. “If you are to be successful as a General Authority, you will need to be inspired,” Elder Lee said. “You will need to receive revelation. I will give you one piece of advice: Go to bed early and get up early.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Convert to Jesus Christ and His gospel (Deseret News - Utah) (July 5, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles offered the closing remarks at the 2017 New Mission Presidents Seminar. He began by sharing highlights from the “many outstanding teachings” presented by more than a dozen General Authorities and general Church auxiliary leaders during the four-day seminar. “All have been inspired, edifying and valuable for missionaries and mission leaders,” he said.

Elder Dale G. and Sister Ruth L. Renlund invite BYU-Idaho students to 'Come unto Christ' (Deseret News - Utah) (September 27, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Living the gospel is not a "one-time" event. Rather, individuals are able to become perfected by repeatedly “relying wholly upon the doctrine of Christ,” Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Sept. 26. Joining him in giving the address was his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund.

Elder Neil. L. Andersen throws out first pitch at Dodger Stadium (LDS Church News) (July 5, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on July 1. More than 2,500 Church members and their friends gathered at Dodger Stadium for a continuation of the largest and longest-running community event sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Elder W. Rolfe Kerr Teaches Students to Live Worthy of the Savior’s Eyes Upon Them (LDS Business College news release) (September 20, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder W. Rolfe Kerr’s parents met while attending LDS Business College, a fact that gives the CES Commissioner of Education a particular affinity to the college he told students during Wednesday’s devotional address. He praised the vision that established the college and said, “Prophets, seers, and revelators know the importance of LDS Business College….LDS Business College is here to stay, to serve students from all around the world.”

Video: Church Grows in the Dominican Republic (LDS Church news release) (December 19, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
In November, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited the Dominican Republic, a country that he had visited 30 years earlier when there were just a handful of Mormons there. Today more than 110,000 Mormons live in the island nation and the Church continues to grow rapidly there. A video posted on Newsroom today highlights Elder Ballard’s visit.

Youth-oriented Web site unveiled; visitors can download counsel from Elder Holland (LDS Church News) (January 12, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
The Church has launched a youth-oriented Web site that can be used by young people, parents and leaders in conjunction with the recently released DVD, "A Brand New Year." The site can be found at ABrandNewYear.lds.org or via a link through lds.org. It's designed to be used as a multimedia supplement to the historic DVD that includes messages from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve and other general youth leaders.

Mormons Elders sacrifice two years on mission (Battalion - Texas) (July 1, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Wearing their signature white button ups, ties, and nametags, Elder Chang and Elder Chavarra stand out from the crowd next to the sandwich board in the middle of Academic Plaza. Despite their presence on campus, few students realize these men have given up everything to be here. Chang and Chavarra are on mission to Bryan-College Station as representatives of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They do not attend classes or work in the area, their sole purpose for being on campus is to share their faith and bless others.

Sunday morning session index (Deseret News - Utah) (April 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Talk summaries from the Sunday morning session of the 179th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held Sunday, April 5. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor, First Presidency As we walk in the way of discipleship, we can experience joy even in times of uncertainty. Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve The newly called apostle hopes for the promise that President Monson gave that the Lord will shape the back to fit the burden.

LDS Apostle visited Tonga (Matangi - Tonga) (February 25, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, USA, visited Tonga during the weekend. The Apostle and his wife Sister Kathy Andersen, and the Area President of the LDS for the Pacific, Elder James Hamula and his wife Sister Hamula arrived in Tonga on Saturday, 22 February.

Elder Christofferson speaks at Second annual International Forum on Law and Religion held in Philippines (LDS Church News) (July 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
The second annual International Forum on Law and Religion was held this year in the Philippines, reported Mormon Newsroom. "Religious freedom undergirds and is inseparably connected to all other freedom we cherish. It is the core right," Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told audiences during his keynote address.

Apostle Speaks on 50th Commemoration of 1964 New York World’s Fair (LDS Newsroom) (October 16, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
Fifty years ago, Elder L. Tom Perry, now of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was living in Scarsdale, New York. Elder Perry, now 92, was serving as a leader in the stake over missionary work and part of that assignment included working on the committee for the 1964 New York World’s Fair in New York City, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

'Enormous faith': How African Latter-day Saints are standing out in the Church (The Church News) (November 27, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
It is impossible to travel to Africa and not return a better person, said Elder Neil L. Andersen after visiting the Church’s Africa Southeast Area this November. “You see their enormous faith despite the challenges that beset them and you realize their happiness without all the things you think will bring happiness,” said Elder Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “You sense a peace and a simplicity that you admire and envy.”

Heart, might, mind required of leaders (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
New missionary training center presidents and visitors center directors and their wives need to understand they'll be serving nothing short of a full-time mission over the next two years, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. On the first day of the seminar Jan. 13, participants of a three-day event were treated to two talks by Elder Holland at the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center — an afternoon address just for them, and then they joined the missionaries in the Missionary Training Center for his Tuesday evening devotional message.

Elder Cook, historians tackle tough questions about Latter-day Saint history (Deseret News - Utah) (September 10, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Standing at the foot of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple and with the Mississippi River in full view, a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answered significant — and sometimes controversial — questions of church history Sunday evening. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles assured young adults that the church is not hiding aspects of its 188-year-old history.

Elder Wilson speaks to BYU Students: 'We too await the return of a King' (LDS Church News) (December 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
In a day of uncertainty where many question if faith has a place in life, remember that “the triumph comes at the last day. We too await the return of a King,” said Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy during a campus devotional held in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on Dec. 1. “Each of us faces a choice,” he said. “We can choose to see ourselves as the Lord’s servants, and humbly seek to know what He wants us to be doing with the talents and time He has given us. As such, we can seek to enlarge His kingdom and prepare it for His return.”

Christoffersons meet 'Cara a Cara' with youth across Latin America (Deseret News - Utah) (December 12, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder D. Todd Christofferson enjoyed some “Cara a Cara” time Saturday, Dec. 10, with youth from across Latin America. A member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Christofferson presided over the Church’s first ever “Face to Face” internet broadcast event originating outside of the United States. His wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, joined him at the open-air event in Guatemala.

Elder Dale G Renlund: Family experiences as Scandinavian immigrants resonate with current European events (LDS Newsroom) (January 25, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Reflecting on his rich Nordic family heritage, Elder Dale G Renlund is emphatic: “A Swedish and Finnish mentality is part of who I am – there is a huge part of me that is Swedish and Finnish”, he says. “I am phenomenally proud of that heritage, I’m thrilled to have that”, reflects the newest apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who has cousins living in Finland and Sweden.

Mormon Apostle's Mission Leads to Lifelong Service in France (LDS Newsroom) (April 10, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
When Elder Neil L. Andersen was a young boy raising rabbits at his farm in Idaho in the United States, he never dreamed that one day his life would be forever tied to France and his admiration of the people and its culture. Elder Andersen is one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As an apostle he serves in the second-highest governing body of the Church and travels the world as a special witness of Jesus Christ.

Overheard: Elder Nelson's book a pearl (Deseret News - Utah) (January 28, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
I like hanging out with LDS booksellers. They're full of more juicy tidbits and trivia than Ken Jennings. Just this week I was chatting with Curt Bench of Benchmark Books when he told me about a book that many consider the finest LDS personal history every written -- a book only a handful of Mormons have ever read. It's called "From Heart to Heart," and it was written by Elder Russell M. Nelson back in 1979. Some old elders of our tribe actually remember seeing the book on the shelves of Deseret Book.

LDS Church designates representatives for presidential inauguration (Deseret News - Utah) (January 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
When Barack Obama takes the oath of the office of the president of the United States for his second term on Jan. 21, two members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be there to observe the event as the church’s official representatives. LDS spokesman Scott Trotter said Wednesday afternoon “the First Presidency has asked Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Quentin L. Cook to represent the Church at the Presidential Inauguration and accompanying events.”

Young Church-Service Missionaries Find Joy in Service (Church News and Events) (August 17, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Like the 55,410 proselyting missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the globe, Elder Ernesto Sarabia wore a black missionary badge each day of his mission. But in some ways his mission assignment was unique from many others’—Elder Sarabia served as a young Church-service missionary.

'How we loved him,' President Russell M. Nelson says of Elder Von G. Keetch (LDS Church News) (February 5, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Family, friends, legal associates and many General Authorities gathered in the Highland Utah East Stake Center on Feb. 2 to honor their father, friend and colleague, Elder Von G. Keetch. “Von kept the covenant path with faith in every one of his footsteps,” said President Russell M. Nelson. “Baptized, endowed, sealed and faithful to temple covenants, he will face his Maker with confidence and joy. He will receive all the blessings God has in store for His faithful children.”

Attacked in his own church (Wigan Today - UK) (December 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
A BURGLAR has admitted beating up a religious elder after he was caught red-handed trying to raid a church safe. Shane Clarkson, 22, admitted targeting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Wigan Lane, Wigan, in a bid to steal valuables. But Liverpool Crown Court heard that after he was caught red-handed Clarkson attacked Elder Catalin Szauter in a bid to escape justice.

Apostle Asks Senate Finance Committee to Preserve Deductions for Charitable Giving (LDS Newsroom) (October 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, testified before the Senate Finance Committee today, imploring government leaders not to reduce the tax deduction for personal charitable donations. Elder Oaks was joined by other religious leaders and leaders of charitable organizations and scholars.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: 'We're on a journey' (Deseret News - Utah) (May 24, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Offering a message that “is very tender to me,” Elder M. Russell Ballard asked Latter-day Saint young single adults to observe the Sabbath Day and strengthen their faith. “Our goal is not just to get through the day,” he said during the Syracuse Utah Lake View YSA Stake conference, held May 20 and 21. “You of all people should be the happiest, because you know who you are. You know you are the sons and daughters of God, and you have a special relationship with deity. You have been baptized. You have received the Holy Ghost. Your focus must always be to qualify for that day to enter back into the presence of the Father and Son and to dwell with them forever.”

Former missionaries rejoice for India's first stake (Deseret News - Utah) (July 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
There were times when Joel Bottom wondered how long it would take for India to get its first Mormon stake. For instance, when then-20-year-old Elder Bottom was detained in 1995 and he was the first of more than 50 other American missionaries forced to leave India, he wondered. The good news was only 17 years away. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve officially created the first stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hyderabad, India, on May 27.

Desire constant companionship of Holy Ghost more than anything else, Church leader teaches BYU-Hawaii students (LDS Church News) (March 22, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Fully aware of the topic of Elder Allen B. Haynie’s devotional speech to the students at BYU-Hawaii on Tuesday, March 20, Sister Deborah Haynie, who introduced her husband, pleaded with students to open themselves to being taught by the Spirit because, as she joked, “Even Elder Haynie would agree that the Holy Ghost is a way better devotional speaker than he will ever be.”

New milestone in Russia St. Petersburg becomes home to nation's second stake (LDS Church News) (September 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
As for memorable birthdays, few can measure up to the one Elder Russell M. Nelson had on Sept. 9, 2012. On the day he turned 88 he organized the St. Petersburg Russia Stake. "It was my birthday present," Elder Nelson said of the opportunity he had of creating the second stake in Russia. The milestone event came just a little over a year after he organized the first stake in Russia — the Moscow Russia Stake — on June 5, 2011.

Elder Stevenson opens the Festival of Lights in Washington, D.C. (Deseret News - Utah) (December 2, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, ambassador of Japan, to officially open the Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple and Visitors’ Center on Nov. 29. Together they switched on more than 650,000 lights around the temple grounds and encouraged dignitaries from the diplomatic corps, government, business and diverse religious faiths to reflect that glow by becoming personal beacons of light and hope.

Understanding Doctrine Is Key to Missionary Work (Church News and Events) (July 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Opportunities and challenges arise from the intersection of agency, opposition, and faith in missionary work, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “These doctrines are relatively easy to understand individually, but sometimes when taken together it may seem like they collide,” said Elder Cook. “It is essential that missionaries understand the interrelationship between these doctrines. They can then teach all three and achieve the unity of doctrine that is expected of emissaries of the Savior. The combined impact of these doctrines can be very profound.”

Avoiding temptation 'should be our first line of defense' (LDS Church News) (September 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
It is easier to avoid temptation than it is to resist temptation, Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy said during a devotional held at BYU on Sept. 17. "I invite you to think about your greatest temptations, and then ponder and pray about what you can do to avoid them in the future, rather than trying to resist them," he said. "I then invite you to wisely follow through on the avoidance revelation that comes to you." Drawing from the passage of scripture found in Proverbs 4:14-15, Elder Robbins said, "Enter not into the path of the wicked … avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."

Elders Oaks, Holland preach hope amid political divisions and challenges (Deseret News - Utah) (January 23, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
Two senior apostles addressed students and young adults during a devotional held at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion, adjacent to the University of Utah on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Just two days before the inauguration of the next president of the United States, Elder Dallin H. Oaks was joined by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in offering counsel regarding political divisions and in facing opposition and challenges.

Viewers react to Elder Holland's testimony and explanation the Book of Mormon (Deseret News - Utah) (May 26, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
The testimony of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve along with an explanation of the Book of Mormon and its witness of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world is included in the most recent Mormon Messages video called "The Book of Mormon: An Introduction," which was posted May 18. Reaction to the video abounded in several mediums, including YouTube, Facebook and the Mormon Channel.

LDS Boston blogs used as a missionary tool (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
In the April 2013 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve shared the story of how the Cambridge Massachusetts Stake in Boston turned to online resources in order to share the gospel. During his conference address, Elder Andersen quoted one of the youths participants as saying: "This isn’t missionary work. This is missionary fun." The phrase has since circulated on Pinterest, Facebook and other social media sites.

Member of the Seventy teaches BYU-Idaho students about discipleship of the Savior (BYU-Idaho news release) (November 15, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Sheldon F. Child, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at the Brigham Young University-Idaho devotional on Tuesday, November 13 about discipleship of the Savior. Elder Child taught students that becoming a disciple of Christ means following Him and learning to think, feel, and act as He does.

BYU center for self-reliance named after Elder Melvin J. Ballard (Deseret News - Utah) (May 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
BYU has renamed its Center for Economic Self-Reliance after an apostle who helped to implement the LDS Church's welfare program. Elder Melvin J. Ballard was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve during the Great Depression and directed the organization, which was then called the Security Program. Since then, the welfare program has grown into an organization that helps millions of people each year through long-term sustainable efforts.

Living Our Vision (BYU-Hawaii news release) (September 28, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Ian S. Ardern, First Quorum of the Seventy and Second Counselor in the Philippines Area Presidency, warned against mediocrity in his Devotional address on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Reminding students how blessed they are to be here, Elder Ardern echoed the scripture, “unto whom much is given much is required” (D&C 82:3). “You cannot be satisfied with an average performance; average does not allow you to achieve your best,” he said. “I speak of more than your best effort in your classes; there is also the personal progress to be made in developing Christlike attributes such as kindness, service, honesty, obedience, and virtue.” Understanding the importance of refining characteristics such as virtue, honesty, and benevolence, students “will be the best ‘exports’ of this university.” Shifting his attention to the necessity of “living our vision,” Elder Arden cautioned, “Accepting average or mediocrity is a tool of the devil, for it will take more than an average performance to accomplish what God has planned for us.” This not only applies to students in their coursework, but to all aspects of life for “We must be active participants in achieving our own success.”

Develop a personal relationship with God, Elder Juan A. Uceda tells BYU-Idaho students (Deseret News - Utah) (December 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
“The Lord Jesus Christ invites us to pray and to establish a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father,” Elder Juan A. Uceda of the Presidency of the Seventy told BYU-Idaho students at a devotional on Nov. 28. “Through His wonderful example, He has taught us how to establish and maintain that intimate relationship with His Father.”

Elder Holland in Fort Lauderdale, visits with area youth (LDS Church News) (May 1, 2014) - Relevance: 2.6
A surprise visit from an Apostle added to the excitement felt by some 1,200 youth in the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple District as they gathered for the first time to rehearse for the cultural program they will present on May 3, the eve of the temple's dedication. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who had just finished a mission presidents seminar in the area, dropped by to watch the rehearsal and speak with the youth, whose ages range from 12-18.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks champions religious freedom in Mexico (Deseret News - Utah) (January 20, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
On Jan. 13-14, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) held its first regional conference in Mexico. The keynote speakers for the opening session, which was held in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (comparable to the U.S. House of Representatives), were Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Mariano Azuela Güitrón, retired chief justice of the Mexico Supreme Court. Both spoke on religious freedom.

Newsroom Podcast With Elder Cook (LDS Newsroom) (November 13, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
Podcast with Elder Quentin L. Cook.

Changes to South America South Area Presidency to Come (Church News and Events) (November 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
This month, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced changes to the South America South Area Presidency, which will become effective January 6, 2013: Elder Walter F. González will be released from serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and will replace Elder Mervyn B. Arnold as president of the South America South Area in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

LDS doctrine 'completely linked' to traditional family, Elder M. Russell Ballard tells World Congress of Families (Deseret News - Utah) (October 28, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
LDS theology is completely linked to the traditional family, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the faith's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Tuesday in the keynote address during the opening ceremonies of the ninth World Congress of Families.

Elder David A. Bednar to Address Graduates (BYU-Hawaii news release) (December 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will address more than 270 BYU–Hawaii graduates who will be participating in commencement on Saturday, December 15, 2012. The exercises will begin at 9:30 AM in the Cannon Activities Center. The student speaker at Commencement will be Mark Levi, from Kingston, Washington, who will be graduating with a degree in biological sciences. Levi is in the top 10 percent of his class.

Church Leaders Address Seminary and Institute Teachers through Annual Broadcast (Church News and Events) (August 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
On August 7, 2012, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy, who serves as Commissioner of the Church Educational System, spoke at the annual Seminary and Institute August Broadcast for Church Educational System Instructors.

Elder Oaks, Sister Oaks speak to 1,500 young single adults in Salt Lake City (Deseret News - Utah) (February 10, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, spoke to more than 1,500 young single adults in Salt Lake City Sunday night.

Elder David A. Bednar, Sister Susan Bednar to answer youths' questions in live chat (Deseret News - Utah) (March 24, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, will answer questions from youths around the world in an online "Face to Face" event on May 12, 2015, at 6 p.m. MST.

'Swift messengers' proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ (LDS Church News) (January 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Today's LDS missionaries are the "swift messengers" foretold in ancient scripture, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve told missionaries gathered at the weekly Missionary Training Center devotional on Jan. 10. Elder Nelson is the chairman of the Missionary Executive Council, and his visit to the MTC was part of a three-day annual Seminar for New Mission Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors Jan. 10–12.

Knowing Why Mormons Are Good Neighbors Can Correct Misperceptions (LDS Newsroom Blog) (July 21, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Patheos.com has published an in-depth piece by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a member of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that explains why Mormons make good neighbors. Elder Wilson cites several reasons why Mormons are valuable to a community, including the Church’s health practices, family values, emphasis on obtaining as much education as possible, social engagement, volunteerism, charitable giving, humanitarian efforts and missionary service.

UVU science scholarship created in name of Elder Richard G. Scott (LDS Church News) (April 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Utah Valley University announced the creation of a newly endowed science scholarship in the name of Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve. The Richard G. Scott Scholarship Endowment will be awarded beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year to a UVU student in his or her junior or senior year pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry, mathematics, physics or a related field in the College of Science & Health.

Six Palestine (Texas) Latter-day Saints serve in missions around the world (Palestine Herald - Texas) (July 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Last October, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lowered the age requirements for missionaries from 19 to 18 for males, and from 21 to 19 for females. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic as missionary applications soared from 700 to 4,000 per week. All missionaries serve at their own expense. Males serve for two years, and females for 18 months. As of December 2012, there were 58,990 missionaries serving in 347 missions worldwide. Most missionaries called to foreign missions learn to speak one of the 177 languages within two to six months. Six members of the Palestine congregation of the church are some of those now serving around the world. Elder Marshall and Karlynn Holland, husband and wife, are serving at the historic Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Ill. Elder Alex Hunt was called to serve a mission in Pittsburgh, Pa. Elder Braxton Pew is serving a mission in Leeds, England.

Meteorite affects missionaries and members in Russia (LDS Church News) (February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
More than 1,000 people were injured when a meteorite, travelling at 19 miles per second, exploded over Chelyabinsk, a city 950 miles east of Moscow, raining fireballs and sending a shock wave over the area, Friday morning, Feb. 15., according to Reuters news service. The same morning, in the Russia Yekaterinburg Mission, Elder Kendal King and Elder Benjamin Latimer, zone leaders serving in Chelyabinsk, were in the middle of their morning studies when something unusual happened.

Elder Cook's 'Hard Times' video on YouTube (Deseret News - Utah) (May 26, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
The LDS Church posted another of its ongoing "Mormon Messages" videos on YouTube on May 22. "Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time" features Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve. Like other videos the church has posted on YouTube, it features an edited version of a talk from General Conference with added music, illustrative video footage and text graphics.

Hurricane couple called to be LDS directors at Willie's 6th Crossing Handcart Site (The Spectrum - Utah) (October 24, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Gerald R. Buckner and Sister Shirley Buckner have been called to be the new directors for the Willie's 6th Crossing Handcart Site, which is part of the Mormon Historic Martin Handcart Site in Wyoming. They replace Elder and Sister Gardner of Delta.

LDS Church's 129th temple to serve 60,000 people (Daily Herald - Utah) (January 11, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
‘Let’s go forward and see what we can learn together.” With those words, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints led the Daily Herald and a phalanx of other Utah media on a guided tour of the new Draper Temple. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve also accompanied media on the tour.

Outback Bowl's real winner may be Tampa (TBO - Florida) (January 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
For two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tuesday's bowl game was a chance to spread their faith. That's not always easy in a crowd of people whose minds are on football and beer. As they pedaled through the grassy lot just south of the stadium, dressed in pressed white shirts and ties, the two 20-year-olds — who gave their names as Elder Redd and Elder Waite — said they hoped to introduce some fans to Jesus Christ. "There's a lot of people who are interested," Waite said, "and a lot of people who aren't."

New General Authority: Elder Von G. Keetch (LDS Church News) (May 5, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
The defining moment of Elder Von G. Keetch’s life came as he was completing a judicial clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and preparing to enter full-time law practice. He could have worked in any city in the United States for a multitude of big law firms. Instead, he and his wife, Bernice Pymm Keetch, asked the Lord what they should do. After a period of uncertainty and searching, the couple felt directed to return to Salt Lake City, where he went to work for the law firm of Kirton McConkie.

Basketball fans hear from Elder L. Tom Perry (LDS Church News) (March 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
The Houston Rockets defeated the visiting New Jersey Nets 116-108 on March 13 in a National Basketball Association matchup at Toyota Center. Luis Scola starred for Houston, scoring a career-high 44 points. But behind the box score was the story of the Rockets' sixth annual LDS Friends and Family Night. For the more than 700 Church members in attendance, the game itself paled in comparison to the chance to hear and meet Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Invite Mormons to Tell Their Own Story (LDS Newsroom Blog) (June 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
In an interview with the Mormon Channel, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy gives advice that can be helpful to journalists and others producing content about the Church: invite Latter-day Saints to tell their own story. “We don’t want to push or force our message on anyone,” Elder Clayton says. “But we want to tell our message when we’re invited to do so and when it’s opportune to do so, in a way that is attractive and fair from every point of view.” We understand that journalists need to use a variety of sources in their quest for accurate and balanced reporting about the Church, and we are grateful to those who allow us to participate in the discussion.

Mormon Young Single Adults Will Ask Church Leaders Questions in Live Chat Event (LDS Newsroom Blog) (March 4, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Young single adults from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be able to ask questions to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency; and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy in a live social media forum on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. MST.

Elder Ballard counsels young single adults to stay anchored (Standard-Examiner - Utah) (June 2, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder M. Russell Ballard, an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke with a group of more than 1,200 young single adults Saturday and Sunday. Ballard attended a two-day stake conference in Layton. His fellow apostle, L. Tom Perry, died at age 92 Saturday afternoon, as Ballard was meeting with the Layton YSA Stake.

Elder Cook recalls dedication of Fiji temple amid political unrest in 2000 (LDS Church News) (February 26, 2016) - Relevance: 2.6
Days after armed rebels took a group of government leaders hostage in Fiji in May 2000, Elder Quentin L. Cook traveled to the Pacific island nation and met with military leaders to talk about the upcoming dedication of the Church’s Suva Fiji Temple and the political unrest in Fiji that might prevent it.

"Like a watered garden" (LDS Church News) (September 14, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Christ is the key to living an abundant life, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy said on Sept. 13 during the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. The live event, originating from the Lincoln Square Chapel in New York City, was translated and broadcast to young adults throughout the world. Elder Clayton and his wife, Sister Kathy Kipp Clayton, spoke and the New York New York Young Adult Choir performed special musical numbers at the event.

New Stakes and Stake Leaders Announced during July 2015 (Church News) (August 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.6
Two new stakes have been created. A new stake has been created from the Abak Nigeria District. The Abak Nigeria Stake, which includes the Abak 1st, Abak 2nd, Abia Okpo, Atai Otoro, Ediene, Eka Nto Obo, Ikot Ntuk, and Ikot Oku Mfang Branches, was created by Elder Edward Dube of the Seventy and Elder Aniefiok Udo Inyon, an Area Seventy.

Provo City Center Temple groundbreaking (LDS Church News) (May 14, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Out of the ashes of a beloved tabernacle, the Church will build the Provo City Center Temple, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on May 12. Presiding at the groundbreaking of Provo's second temple, Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated "already sacred ground for an even more sacred purpose."

Elder Christofferson visits presidents of Costa Rica and Guatemala (LDS Church News) (February 4, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
The work of the Church today is to prepare a people who will be ready to receive and serve the Lord when He comes, and all members have the responsibility to help prepare the world for that day, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve told members of the Arraijan Panama Stake on Jan. 20. Members must lift their lights high and raise their voices so that others may know where to find the truth and join, he added, emphasizing the importance of example. "This is the duty of the stake. It is the responsibility of everyone in the stake."

Apostle Speaks to Japanese Youth in Their Language at Face to Face Event (LDS Newsroom) (August 15, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Latter-day Saint youth from all over Japan participated in the first regional Face to Face broadcast in their country on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The event, originating in Osaka and broadcast in Japanese, featured Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Lesa. Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita of the Seventy and his wife, Tazuko, also participated.

What Elder Cook and historians said about polygamy, seer stones and Church transparency during Nauvoo Face to Face (LDS Church News) (September 11, 2018) - Relevance: 2.6
Joined by Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow in a worldwide “Face to Face” broadcast, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles answered significant questions of Church history. Following are summaries of some of the topics addressed during the worldwide broadcast Sunday, Sept. 9, from the grounds of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Counsels Young Adults to Hold Fast to the Words of the Prophets (News from the Church) (March 8, 2007) - Relevance: 2.6
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Presidency of the Seventy counseled young adults during a Church Educational System fireside to hold fast to the iron rod, especially the words of the prophets.

A 'Southern Utah boy through and through,' Elder Holland returns home for Cedar City temple dedication (LDS Church News) (December 11, 2017) - Relevance: 2.6
A “Southern Utah boy through and through,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has “red sand in my shoes and lava in my bones.” Born and raised in St. George, Utah, he claims a Southern Utah legacy that literally runs through his blood; he is the direct descendent of Robert Gardner, William Snow, Richard Bentley and William Carter — great-great-grandfathers all sent during original colonizing years into Utah’s Dixie.

Funeral services set for LDS missionary (Deseret News - Utah) (September 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Funeral services for Elder Jason Wiberg, an LDS missionary who was killed Aug. 25 in a bicycle incident in Malaysia, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Roy Utah West Stake Center, 5080 S. 3100 West in Roy, Utah. Elder Wiberg, a 2012 graduate of Roy High School, had been serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its Singapore Mission for 10 months when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson offers BYU-Hawaii students four important tips (Deseret News - Utah) (September 20, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Gary E. Stevenson asked BYU-Hawaii students on Sept. 19 to enjoy the blessings of a bishop, maintain a gospel perspective, maintain spiritual balance, and remember the Lord will help His children. “The Lord loves each one of you," he said. "You are important. You play such a very important role in the Church here in Laie, Hawaii, as students attending BYU-Hawaii.”

Elder Holland, other leaders address members in Kabul Afghanistan Military District conference (LDS Church News) (August 18, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
With an assist from technology, the more than 500 members of the Kabul Afghanistan Military District recently enjoyed the blessing of participating in a district conference with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve, other General Authorities and a general auxiliary leader of the Church.

BYU students grow beards, long hair for Book of Mormon videos (Daily Universe - Utah) (October 17, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
BYU students are playing a significant role in the production of a series of Book of Mormon videos in a project that started in 2011 with a video series on the New Testament. General Authority Seventy Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. is on the project’s steering committee. “What we are producing through the videos and the still images that are being captured are tools that can be used in helping to introduce people to the Book of Mormon,” Elder Curtis said.

Mormon missionary in Peru recovering from stabbing (Deseret News - Utah) (November 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
A Mormon missionary from Grantsville is recovering after being stabbed in a robbery attempt Sunday in Huacho, Peru. "Elder Benjamin Cole was stabbed by an assailant while serving in the Peru Lima West Mission. The stabbing appears to be entirely random. Elder Cole was taken to a local hospital to repair the wound and is expected to fully recover," said a statement by Scott Trotter, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church Participates in Global Interfaith Gathering in Salt Lake City (LDS Newsroom) (October 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
Religious leaders from all over the world, including from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are in Salt Lake City for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest interreligious gatherings. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy, and government leaders from Utah participated in the opening ceremony and procession on Thursday evening. Elder Clayton offered a prayer and some brief remarks.

City mission - young Mormons on the move (Metro Times - Michigan) (July 30, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
They were an odd sight. Two clean-cut white kids wearing black pants and white shirts with neckties, wandering through the rubble of a burned-out house in the middle of a littered field on the east side of Detroit. The pair, who go by the names Elder Porter and Elder Sturzenegger, are full-time missionaries sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Utah to spread the word far from home, sometimes in dangerous places. On a sunny morning they were in a shell of a Detroit neighborhood near Van Dyke and Harper, momentarily sidetracked.

Answering the call to serve God and country (LDS Church News) (September 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
A retired United States Air Force general with a 37-year military career, Elder Bruce A. Carlson had been a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy only a short time in 2009 when his government beckoned again. He was on his first assignment as a General Authority, accompanying Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy at a mission presidents training seminar and area council meeting in Portland, Ore. "During a break, I got a call from a friend who was connected with [President Barack Obama's] administration," he recalled. "He told me what they wanted. I explained to him I couldn't do that, and he said he was fine with that."

Church Leaders Break Ground in Ft. Lauderdale for Temple (Church News and Events) (June 22, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have broken ground for the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple, the second such structure in Florida. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy presided over the Saturday, June 18 groundbreaking. He was joined by Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department, in addition to several local Church leaders.

Prophet's Commitment to Savior Unchanged after 50 Years (Church News and Events) (October 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Before the opening session of the 133rd Semiannual General Conference 50 years ago, a young father of three found a seat in the audience of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Moments later, he would be called and sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve. The new Apostle, Elder Thomas S. Monson, was just 36 years old. His oldest child was but a deacon. But Elder Monson was no greenhorn. He had already served as a bishop (called at age 22) and as a counselor in a stake presidency. He had presided over the Canadian Mission and was well known and respected throughout the Utah business community as a savvy manager and administrator.

From boyhood, new General Authority learned to 'follow the prophets' (Deseret News - Utah) (May 19, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
If Elder Brian K. Taylor and his wife, Sister Jill Taylor were to pick a headline phrase for their lives, it would be “Following the living prophets of God.” “It reverberates in our hearts and minds,” said Elder Taylor, who was sustained at the recent April general conference as a General Authority Seventy. Sister Taylor said it stems from what they were taught by their parents from childhood. “Setting goals and long-term plans for themselves, they determined that would be the pattern for their lives.”

Become the Greatest Generation, Elder Perry Tells Young Adults (Church News and Events) (March 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
“I have seen the fervent spiritual power of young adults in this Church,” Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says in a Church Educational System fireside broadcast for young adults on March 6, 2011. “I know your capacity.” He teaches four things that will help young adults fulfill their potential and help others regain their faith in Christ: daily prayer, daily scripture study, temple worthiness, and daily acts of service.

BYU-I devotional: Elder Allan F. Packer (LDS Church News) (November 19, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Peace and safety come as individuals are well anchored to the eternal bedrock of the gospel, said Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy during a campus devotional at BYU-Idaho on Nov. 13. "Our responsibility on earth is to qualify for exaltation by completing our divinely appointed responsibilities." Gaining an education and qualifying for exaltation will be of eternal value as individuals complete their divinely appointed responsibilities. It will also provide the needed credentials for exaltation, he said.

Serving as Mormon missionaries is humbling experience (South Coast Today - Massachusetts) (February 11, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
It is the mission of young Mormon missionaries to carry out Jesus' instructions to His apostles: Travel two by two from village to village speaking to anyone who will listen. "I always thought the mission would be enjoyable, fun and easy, but it's not," said Elder Joshua Thorn, 19. "It's a lot of work, but it's good work." Paired with Thorn, Elder David Souza, 21, recalls the day he was serving in the streets of Hartford, Conn. "Someone spit and threw food at us," he said, his eyes filling with tears. "I was furious at the man, but I kept on walking."

Watch: Elder Rasband, Sister Oscarson and Brother Owen answer LDS teens' questions (Deseret News - Utah) (January 21, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president; and Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, answered questions submitted by youths and discussed the Mutual theme for 2016: "Press forward with steadfastness in Christ."

The important things of missionary work have not changed, said Elder Oaks at the 2017 Seminar for New Mission Presidents (Deseret News - Utah) (June 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
During a time of transition in missionary work, the most important things about preaching the gospel “have not changed and will not change,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles while offering an introductory message during the 2017 Seminar for New Mission Presidents.

Stake center in Abu Dhabi: Elder Holland dedicates chapel in Middle East (LDS Church News) (March 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
The Middle East Africa North Area encompasses 20 countries, with Morocco on the west and Afghanistan on the east. In this vast geographical region stands just one building constructed by the Church solely as a meetinghouse for its members. That building is the newly completed Abu Dhabi Stake Center in the United Arab Emirates, which Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated on Feb. 22.

Dedication tickets open to public on Friday (BYU-Idaho news release) (December 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Tickets for the dedication of the BYU-Idaho Center and Hyrum Manwaring Student Center will be open to the general public between Friday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 14. The dedications will occur Friday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., at Brigham Young University-Idaho. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will dedicate the two buildings. Elder Russell M. Nelson and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will also be in attendance.

Elder Richard G. Scott invokes blessing on genealogists (Deseret News - Utah) (February 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Speaking to a group of Mormon volunteer family history consultants Saturday, an LDS apostle evoked a divine blessing on their efforts to help fellow church members research their ancestry. Elder Richard G. Scott of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve led a panel discussion before a gathering of several hundred local family history consultants, family history center directors and others gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Elder Nelson and Ambassador of Ukraine Open D.C. Festival of Lights (Church News and Events) (December 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Children from many nations watched in anticipation as Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his Excellency Olexander Motsyk, ambassador of Ukraine, continued a Washington tradition November 28, 2012, by opening the annual Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center. With the press of a button, they switched on 600,000 sparkling lights in trees and bushes that light the way to the center’s concerts, performances, and creche displays throughout December.

Elder Glen L. Rudd, the Church's 'Mr. Welfare,' dies at age 98 (Deseret News - Utah) (January 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Glen L. Rudd, an emeritus General Authority Seventy and the Church's so-called “Mr. Welfare,” died Friday, Dec. 30. He was 98. His life was defined by his service to others — particularly those who needed a helping hand and a loyal friend. He was a devoted Church employee, a beloved mission and temple president, an influential General Authority and a trusted friend to several Church presidents, including President Thomas S. Monson.

Church Leaders Break Ground for Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple (LDS Newsroom) (June 20, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have broken ground for the Fort Lauderdale Temple, the second such structure in Florida. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy presided over the Saturday, 18 June, groundbreaking. He was joined by Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department, in addition to several local Church leaders.

Face to Face event with Elder Quentin L. Cook and two Church historians to be broadcast from Nauvoo (LDS Church News) (May 15, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
The Church recently announced a Face to Face event for young adults with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and two Church historians, Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow, to be held on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. They will answer questions submitted by young adults from around the world.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shares sweet Valentine's Day tribute to his wife (LDS Church News) (February 15, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
In a sweet tribute on Facebook, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares his love and appreciation for his "forever valentine." "What I have learned of romantic love and the beauty of marriage I have learned from Sister Holland. I am honored to be her husband. She is my forever valentine.

Seminar for mission presidents: We are followers of Christ (LDS Church News) (June 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Bringing the Church out of obscurity goes beyond people knowing that the Church exists, said Elder Quentin L. Cook during the 2012 Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 25. "It involves helping God's Children understand more fully what the Church stands for, what we do and what we believe," said Elder Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve. "As you go forth and share our core beliefs and the fruits of our doctrines, misperceptions will dissolve, prejudices will diminish and people will come to see Latter-day Saints as devout disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Elder Quentin L. Cook Delivers Speech on Morality and Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom) (December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
In a timely speech Friday, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) stressed the importance of restoring the principles of morality and religious freedom to modern society (see full text of speech). Elder Quentin L. Cook delivered the address, titled “The Restoration of Morality and Religious Freedom,” to graduates of Brigham Young University-Idaho during the school’s winter commencement exercises.

Former LDS general authority Albert Choules Jr. dies of natural causes at 86 (Deseret News - Utah) (December 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Albert Choules Jr., an Idaho-born businessman who served for six years as a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died of natural causes Dec. 5. He was 86 years old. Elder Choules was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy at the October 1988 general conference, to the Second Quorum the next year and was released at the October 1994 conference.

Pew Forum Interviews Mormon Leaders (LDS Church news release) (May 26, 2007) - Relevance: 2.5
In recent months, the media have devoted increasing attention to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This coverage has spanned a broad spectrum, ranging from sensational and superficial to substantive and respectful. Among the more serious attempts to get at the essence of the Church’s beliefs and practices is a report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which recently interviewed two prominent leaders of the Church — Elder Russell M. Nelson, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder Lance B. Wickman, member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Face to Face with Elder Rasband, Sister Oscarson, and Brother Owen (Church News) (December 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
Youth worldwide are invited to participate in the Church’s next live Face to Face event with special guests Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Young Women general president Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, and Young Men general president Brother Stephen W. Owen on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. MST.

Mormon missionaries shine shoes, teach the gospel in Harlem (Deseret News - Utah) (December 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
It was a simple act of service that Elder James Pickard, from Lindon, Utah, and Elder Jeffrey Kerr, from Mesa, Ariz., had planned, and it turned out to be a success not only in Harlem, N.Y., but also across social media channels. The two young men serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York New York North Mission under President Tom Morgan. After a meeting with other mission leaders, the elders and sisters decided to come up with an effective way to share the gospel through a group activity.

The LDS Church and the growing Mormon Studies field (Deseret News - Utah) (December 12, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
An operation for a bleeding ulcer topped Elder Marlin K. Jensen's to-do list when his tenure as the LDS Church historian/recorder ended in 2012. He offered his ulcer as metaphor for the growing pains of the past 30 or 40 years in the telling of Mormon history during a panel discussion on Thursday night on "The LDS Church and the Academic Study of Mormonism." "We've learned we're much better off to be friends with the academy rather than enemies," said Elder Jensen, an emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Holland speaks at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography conference: 'The Plague of Pornography' (LDS Church News) (March 14, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
Pornography “ought to be seen like a public health crisis; like a war; like an infectious, fatal epidemic; like a moral plague on the body politic that is maiming the lives of our citizens,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in his keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography’s 14th annual conference on March 12. Over 2,700 people attended the day-long conference in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.

Face to Face event with two apostles scheduled for Nov. 19 (Deseret News - Utah) (September 18, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
In an effort to help strengthen the young single adults in the Church today, two apostles will participate in a live Face to Face event on Nov. 19 for the young single adults of the Church. Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will answer questions from young single adults through a worldwide broadcast.

What historians, scholars and Church members are saying about the Joseph Smith Papers on its 10th anniversary (LDS Church News) (December 3, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
In the fall of 2008, then Church Historian and Recorder Elder Marlin K. Jensen, called the Joseph Smith Papers project "the single most significant historical project of our generation." "Nothing we could do could surpass in importance making available in a collected way the life's work of Joseph Smith," Elder Jensen told the Church News in 2008.

Elder Won Yong Ko: Heavenly Father's divine design (BYU-Hawaii news release) (March 26, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
In this school we call life, teaching moments are not just by simple lectures in the [metaphorical] classrooms, but through other experiences, stated Elder Won Yong Ko, Philippines Area Presidency First Counselor, and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in his devotional speech at BYU-Hawaii on March 24. Ko, a native of Korea and now living in the Philippines, spoke of "Heavenly Father's Divine Design," clarifying that God's Design, the Plan of Salvation, was tailored for each and every one of us.

Worldwide teacher council meeting discusses 'teaching in the Savior's way' (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
In a worldwide teacher training council meeting emanating from Salt Lake City, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland declared to teachers everywhere, “You can do this!” Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided over the event conducted by Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School general president, with participation from the other four general auxiliary presidents of the Church and 18 leaders and teachers who are members of their respective local teacher councils.

Look to trees for life lessons, Elder Marlin K. Jensen says (Deseret News - Utah) (May 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
A careful observer of nature can learn significant life lessons by looking to the ecosystem and growing habits of trees located in the Sacred Grove in upstate New York, said Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy who is church historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church Educational System Devotional broadcast Sunday night was held in a church building near the Sacramento California LDS Temple and was transmitted in more than 40 different languages to young adults around the world.

Apostle Addresses Religious Persecution, Forced Migration at Windsor Conference (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
A tragic yet “largely invisible part of war and conflict” and the resulting refugee crisis is the sexual violence inflicted upon women, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Holland addressed a gathering of humanitarians, scholars, faith and government leaders at a conference sponsored by the AMAR Foundation at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom titled “Religious Persecution: The Driver for Forced Migration.”

Elder Paul V. Johnson: Gospel truths add perspective to love (LDS Church News) (February 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Students from LDS Business College gathered in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square to hear Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy during a devotional assembly on Feb. 12. This is the first time since 2006 that the devotional assembly has been large enough to accommodate the student body in one room, said D. Louise Brown director of public affairs for LDS Business College, and the first time she is aware of that the devotional address has been held in the Assembly Hall.

Keep Pursuing Education, Say Church Leaders during BYU–Pathway Worldwide Devotional (Church News) (November 19, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
When it comes to education, “you have divine help,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Speaking to 450 BYU–Pathway Worldwide students and educators in a special devotional originating from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City on November 8—and more via broadcast around the world—Elder Holland and many of his associates on the executive committee of the Church’s Board of Education offered encouragement and advice to students.

Elder Jack H. Goaslind Jr., Mormon emeritus general authority, dies at 83 (Deseret News - Utah) (April 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Jack H. Goaslind Jr., 83, an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Salt Lake City. He served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for two decades, twice as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and as counselor in the LDS Church's Aaronic Priesthood MIA general presidency and later as the general Young Men president.

Elder Russell Nelson of Quorum of Twelve Apostles to Visit Santa Maria LDS Stake (Noozhawk - California) (April 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Russell Nelson of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will visit members of the Santa Maria LDS Stake at 908 Sierra Madre Ave. in Santa Maria from 9 to 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, April 20.

LDS leader’s remarks on same-sex parenting draw criticism (Fox 13 - Utah) (October 9, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Remarks by a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on everything from abortion to single moms and same-sex parents are generating criticism. Some are calling Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ comments “hurtful.” During his speech at Saturday afternoon’s session of General Conference, Elder Oaks urged more to be done to protect children. Oaks decried abortion as an “evil,” and spoke out against abuse and bullying. “Children need others to speak for them and they need decision makers who put their well being ahead of selfish adult interests,” he told conference attendees.

Raise Light to World, Apostles Tell Central American Saints (Church News and Events) (February 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Each member of the Church must build a deep faith in Christ, Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told members in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua during recent assignments in Central America. Along with other Church leaders, they counseled members to strengthen their families through prayer, scripture study, temple service, family home evening, observance of the Sabbath day, obedience to the Lord’s commandments, and sharing their faith with those around them.

Ghana MTC: Blessings, and hardships, of going directly to a foreign MTC (LDS Church News) (January 6, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
When Elder Justin Brian Wilding opened the envelope that contained his mission call, he wasn’t surprised that he had been assigned to serve in a West African nation, the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission. “I had a unique experience,” recalled Elder Wilding, who hails from Fort Payne, Ala. “Not a lot of missionaries can say this, but when I was growing up, my dream mission was Africa. Opening my call, nobody believed me. My family knew I wanted to go to Africa. I got called exactly where I wanted to go. It’s wonderful. Like any missionary would, I did some research on it. Other than that, I’m just walking by faith.”

Op-ed: Why is ‘Book of Mormon’ play tolerated and even praised? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 26, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
Everybody knows that "The Book of Mormon" musical pokes fun at Mormonism. That's the whole premise, as goody-two-shoes Elder Price and mediocre sidekick Elder Cunningham are sent to Uganda to complete a two-year mission for the Mormon church. Initially, the humor is witty and rather innocent, with dancing Starbucks cups depicted in "Mormon hell" and gags about over-zealous door-to-door missionaries. Yet, by act two, the humor abandons all inhibitions and progresses to the epitome of offensiveness: The Book of Mormon is literally shoved up a missionary's rectum.

Mormon Missionaries Serving In Chattanooga Valley (The Chattanoogan - Tennessee) (May 28, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
The Chattanooga Valley ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located in Flintstone, Georgia, is hosting four full time Mormon missionaries to help with sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The four missionaries are Sister McKenzie Jensen of Vineyard, Utah; Sister Taylor Mansfield of Santa Clarita, California; Elder Reagan Bluth of St. David, Arizona; and Elder Jameson Bingham of Hurricane, Utah. They are between 18-20 years old.

Q&A with President Henry B. Eyring, Elder L. Tom Perry and Bishop Gérald Caussé (Deseret News - Utah) (November 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Deseret News Editor Paul Edwards sat down in Vatican City with President Henry B. Eyring of the LDS Church's First Presidency, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Bishop Gérald Caussé of the church's Presiding Bishopric to discuss the significance of Humanum: An International Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman, and what it means for families around the world.

LDS Church leader wants missionaries to serve successful mission without interruption (LDS Church News) (January 11, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
Citing the scriptural passage “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18), Elder Brent H. Nielson on Monday, Jan. 8, unfolded a “vision of the work” of proclaiming the gospel. Elder Nielson, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Missionary Department, delivered his address at the Provo Missionary Training Center during the opening session of the annual seminar for newly called missionary training center presidents and visitors’ center directors and companions.

Tribute to President Monson: 'A great man' (LDS Church News) (August 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
President Thomas S. Monson will observe his 86th birthday on Aug. 21. Following is a tribute from one of his longtime friends and associates, Elder Glen L. Rudd, who served in the Quorums of the Seventy from 1987-1992. While President Monson and Elder Rudd, 91, were not in the same circle of friends as young boys, they became acquainted and formed a lasting friendship as they served as young bishops at the same time. They worked closely together, particularly through the Church Welfare Program, as they helped meet the needs of members in their wards.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson visits South America (Deseret News - Utah) (February 10, 2017) - Relevance: 2.5
Not long after Elder Gary E. Stevenson was sustained as Presiding Bishop for the Church in March 2012, he was involved in acquiring a piece of property in Uruguay to be used for Church-sponsored events and functions. Intended as a gathering place for members living in the South America South Area, the land — after a few years of development and care — now includes an area with tents, bathroom facilities, a soccer field and a pavilion constructed of local materials harvested off the site.

Trio of apostles visit with local Church leaders in Argentina (LDS Church News) (September 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Stake presidents across this Argentine capital city supplemented their temple rededication weekend with wise counsel from a trio of apostles. The local stake leaders gathered on Sept. 8, the day before the rededication of the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, for a special meeting that included direction from President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve.

CES Broadcast in January Features Elder Christofferson (News from the Church) (December 17, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at a Church Educational System broadcast for young adults on Sunday, January 9, 2011. The broadcast will originate from the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, USA, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time, with subsequent rebroadcasts to many areas of the world. Members can watch the live stream of the broadcast online and find an archive of the video in five languages there (American Sign Language, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) at as soon as the broadcast is over.

Elder Bednar Teaches Women the Spiritual Pattern of Small and Simple Things (Church News and Events) (May 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught women in the Church an important spiritual pattern: “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6), during the Brigham Young University Women’s Conference on April 29, 2011. The scripture was also the theme for Women’s Conference.

LDS Church expanding suicide-prevention website (Deseret News - Utah) (January 18, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
The LDS Church is expanding its suicide prevention resources, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol. Elder Rasband spoke with reporters after a press conference that announced a new state task force on youth suicide prevention. He said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be "updating and making available a new website on suicide prevention."

BYU campus devotional: Constructing spiritual stability (LDS Church News) (September 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Spiritual stability is crucial to successfully navigating one’s earthly experience, said Elder Dale G. Renlund during the campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Sept. 16. “For us to successfully navigate our mortal sojourn, we also need sufficient lateral stability — that is spiritual stability — to confront cross-winds and cross-currents, make the necessary turns and return safely home to our heavenly home,” said Elder Renlund of the Seventy.

Springville sculpture garden dedicated (KSL - Utah) (July 7, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
After four years of construction, the Springville Art Museum's new sculpture garden was dedicated Monday night. Among those in attendance: Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, a Springville native. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles offered the dedicatory prayer. "[We ask] that it may be a place devoted to beauty and serene contemplation of the goodness to Thy children and the creative efforts of Thy sons and daughters," Elder Oaks prayed. The original museum was dedicated in 1937 by David O. McKay.

Elder Wickman, UVU's Matt Holland to speak at BYU religious freedom conference (Deseret News - Utah) (July 7, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
As many faith leaders around the world continue to express concern about the state of religious freedom, BYU is bringing leading national thinkers on the topic together Thursday and Friday to talk about the issues behind the headlines. The general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Lance B. Wickman, an emeritus General Authority Seventy, will provide the keynote address for the BYU Religious Freedom Annual Review on Thursday morning at 9:15 at the BYU Conference Building.

Pacific President of Mormon Church rejects Samoan language ban (Radio New Zealand) (September 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
The President of the Church of Latter Day Saints for the Pacific, Elder James Hamula, says the Samoan language or any other ethnic language has not been banned by the church. A group of Samoan Mormons from Brisbane met with Samoa’s prime minister recently over a ban prohibiting Samoan language worship services. But Elder Hamula told reporters that using the Samoan language by church members in Brisbane is not prohibited and he dismissed the reports.

New monument honors Bluff Fort pioneers (LDS Church News) (October 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2.5
“I know of no other site like this,” said Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy in reference to the Bluff Fort Visitors' Center. “It was built and developed with private resources and donated labor. It is not an LDS historic site, but it is a historic site about the Church.” On Saturday, Oct. 10, Elder Snow dedicated a new monument honoring the two families that came to the San Juan Mission in southeastern Utah with the 1879 exploration party and the pioneer families who were called to go to Bluff after the first group of colonists — those who came through the Hole in the Rock.

BYU-Hawaii Commencement: Visions past, present and future (LDS Church News) (April 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Prophetic visions of the past, present and future are a gift from Heavenly Father to guide His faithful children, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve said during commencement services at Brigham Young University-Hawaii on April 9. "You are beneficiaries of prophetic visions of the past," Elder Nelson said. "The Restoration of the gospel was initiated and authenticated by visions and visitations from heavenly messengers."

Elder Andersen Says Asia Members’ Faith Shines Like Light (Church News and Events) (June 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
“Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is beautiful to see in every nation and culture of the world,” Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve told the Church News after a two-week visit to the Church’s Asia Area. “Even in countries where the name of Christ is spoken by only a few, the faith of the members of the Church shines like a light on a hill. Our members believe in Him. They trust in Him. They believe in the Resurrection. They look to Him for forgiveness, and they receive peace and happiness in their lives through Him.”

Elder Robert D. Hales: Joseph Smith Memorial Fireside addresses Mormon young single adults (LDS Church News) (February 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Young Adults from across Cache Valley came to listen to Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speak at the 67th annual Joseph Smith Memorial Fireside, held at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the campus of Utah State University campus on Sunday, Feb. 20.

Church Calls New Stake Presidents (Church News) (June 12, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Two new stakes have been created. A new stake has been created from the Denton Texas and Frisco Texas stakes. The Frisco Texas Shawnee Trail Stake, which includes the Cross Roads, Frisco 2nd, Little Elm, Prosper 1st, Prosper 2nd and Prosper 3rd wards, was created by Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy and Elder Daniel Jones, an Area Seventy.

Elder David A. Bednar dedicates the Thomas E. Ricks Building and Gardens at Brigham Young University-Idaho (February 25, 2005) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Thomas E. Ricks building and gardens on the Brigham Young University-Idaho campus Friday, Feb. 18.

Mormon missionaries spread faith in the Bible Belt (Virginian Pilot - Virginia) (May 26, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Neal Rappleye stood in the doorway of a Chesapeake home, knocking until the homeowner appeared. Rappleye, a 20-year-old from South Jordan, Utah, had a message he wanted to share about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The man on the other side of the door interrupted. "This is Southern Baptist country," he told the Mormon missionary. "You're going to have a tough time." So Rappleye and Elder Davis Van Wagoner moved on, hoping to find someone receptive to the words of the restored gospel of Jesus, his prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.

Brazil 'LDS frontier' a land of great promise (Deseret News - Utah) (September 23, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
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.

Family History Is More Than Genealogy (Church News and Events) (March 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
Family history is not just genealogy, but includes the present and future as well as the past, and ultimately, it is about connecting families together across the generations “that we may be redeemed,” Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy said March 23 during the RootsTech 2013 Family History and Technology Conference in Salt Lake City. “There is an eternal significance to this doctrine for individuals and families,” Elder Packer said. “When understood, this doctrine, added to the natural love a parent has for his children, motivates individuals to ensure the connections are in place.”

Growth in the Church: Retaining the spiritual change of heart (LDS Church News) (January 21, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Teaching others the doctrine of Christ, inviting them to come unto Him and helping them endure to the end are components of what many of the Brethren are now calling "real growth" in the Church, Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy said in his presentation Jan. 10 at the Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors. "For the Church to be built up, we must have real growth," said Elder Evans, executive director of the Missionary Department, who addressed the 21 departing couples in one of the opening sessions at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Saints celebrate first stake formed in Uganda (LDS Church News) (February 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.5
Smiles on the faces of the saints in Kampala, Uganda, rivaled the bright colorful gomesi (traditional dresses) the sisters were wearing as they gathered on Sunday, Jan. 17, to witness the organization of the first stake in Uganda. Almost 1,000 members met at the Kololo meetinghouse to sustain Jimmy Carter Okot as the new stake president, with Charles Ssekirangi and Jackson Isiko as his counselors. Elder Paul E. Koelliker of the Seventy and president of the Africa Southeast Area presided at the historic meeting, which was conducted by Elder Hesbon O. Usi, Area Seventy.

'Your Personal Ministry,' is topic of address by Elder Gary E. Stevenson at the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents (LDS Church News) (July 6, 2016) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles began his remarks at the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents with a personal memory from a past seminar. In 2004, he and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, gathered at the Missionary Training Center in Provo to attend the seminar before embarking on their service to the Japan Nagoya Mission. He spoke of the nervousness they felt in the days prior to beginning their mission together.

Genealogy Changes Charts; Family History Changes Hearts (Church News and Events) (March 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.5
The family history centers of the future will be in the home, predicted Elder Bradley D. Foster of the Seventy in an address March 23 in conjunction with the RootsTech 2013 Family History and Technology Conference in Salt Lake City. Elder Foster, an Assistant Executive Director of the Family History Department, spoke on “the role of the family in family history.” His presentation was part of a specialized track of training sessions at the conference for priesthood leaders and other Church members with family history-related callings.

Elder Anderson Visits Church Members in Brooklyn, Staten Island (Brooklyn Daily Eagle - New York) (March 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
Elder Neil Linden Andersen, an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), addressed members and guests of the church living in Brooklyn and Staten Island at a special conference on Sunday, March 6, held at Grand Prospect Hall. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is one of the presiding bodies of the church, and its members are given the title of “Elder.” Members of the Quorum of the Twelve govern many of the affairs of the church.

Gentle exposure to the gospel at Cherry Hill Campground (Deseret News - Utah) (June 21, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
As a zone leader in the Illinois Chicago Mission in 1978, Elder Keith Lloyd from Kaysville, Utah, was interviewing baptismal candidates. He asked the husband and wife how they first heard about the LDS Church. While traveling in Utah, they replied, they had stopped at a little campground near Salt Lake City where the owners, Grant and Mary Lou Lloyd, had talked to them about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Lloyd was amazed that they were talking about his parents and their Cherry Hill Campground in Kaysville.

Law Allows Us to Reach Our Potential, Says Elder Christofferson (Church News and Events) (February 25, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
“God delegates to us, His children, the opportunity and responsibility to establish laws and legal systems to govern human relations and conduct,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson said in an address to members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society during their ninth annual fireside on February 4. He spoke on the role that law plays in allowing individuals to reach their full potential in this life and the next. “I want to reference not only matters of our codes and courts, but also the laws of God,” he explained, referencing teachings of Joseph Smith to show how God’s laws enable us to gain knowledge that allows us to progress and achieve exaltation.

Elder Richard G. Scott praises family, home as pillars of happiness (Deseret News - Utah) (September 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
Two vital pillars in God's plan of happiness are the family and the home, the significance of which is underscored by the devil's relentless efforts to undermine them, an LDS apostle told college-age Mormons Sunday night in a broadcast carried by satellite to locations throughout North America and many parts of the word. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University for the monthly Church Educational System fireside.

LDS President ends three-year duty tour in Ghana/West Africa (Accra Daily Mail - Ghana) (June 30, 2006) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Sheldon F. Child, President of West Africa Area Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints LDS) has ended his three-year duty tour. At a farewell ceremony in Accra, Elder Child expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Ghana for assisting the church to construct its temple. He urged members of the Church to remain righteous to receive God's blessings.

'With healing in His wings' theme of BYU Easter Conference (LDS Church News) (April 17, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
All things bear record of the Savior, Elder Gary J. Coleman, an emeritus General Authority, said during the annual BYU Easter Conference on April 7. "The birds are building their nests, the cows are having their calves," he said. "The flowers are blooming and all things bear record of Him — the season, springtime." The conference's theme, "With healing in His wings," focused on different elements of the Resurrection of the Savior. Elder Coleman, Andrew Skinner and Gaye Strathearn addressed the conference.

Savior's light reflected by European Saints (LDS Church News) (December 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
It was a joyful day for Latter-day Saints in France as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Bordeaux France Stake and welcomed Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve — an apostle who was able to speak to them in their native tongue. For Elder Andersen, accompanied by his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, the assignment to France was much more than a regular visit — it was a return to their mission and the first return while on official assignment as an apostle. "It has been a wonderful blessing for me to watch the Church in the French-speaking countries of Europe as it has progressed during the last forty years," Elder Andersen told the Church News. "You can imagine my great happiness in seeing Brother and Sister Jacques Brieu, the first member family I met as a young missionary. Looking at the progress over forty years, we now see many families in the second and third generations. We see a strength of commitment and testimony. How wonderful that President Monson has announced a temple to be built in Paris. France is not only one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but it is a country of devoted and committed Latter-day Saints. I love them very much."

Nigerian saints have strong testimonies of the gospel (LDS Church News) (March 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Almost 50 years after the first General Authority visited Nigeria in 1962, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve met with thousands of faithful leaders and members of the Church who are thriving in this West African nation. In only 22 years, the Church in Nigeria has the largest number of members in Africa. Although many General Authorities have visited Nigeria since before the Church was established in the nation, it was the strength of the members today and their mature testimonies that stood out to Elder Oaks during his visit from Feb. 18-28.

“Love is the Greatest Gift We Can Give” Says Elder Vaughn J Featherstone (LDS Business College news release) (January 31, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Vaughn J Featherstone shared a great number of stories and poems, related one after another in quick succession, to teach the power of love to students at LDS Business College during a recent devotional message. He began with a poem about the sacrifice of the pioneers, saying, “The price they paid was love. My heart will be filled with absolute love for them.” Moving on, he said, “Love is the greatest gift we can give.” It’s essential. Without love there would be no atonement, no redemption. Love is a divine gift of God.

Emblem to the community: Temple groud breaking in Tijuana, Mexico (LDS Church News) (August 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Breaking ground, whether for a new crop of corn or a new temple, is an act of faith. And on Saturday, Aug. 18, some 2,000 Latter-day Saints gathered in East Tijuana to dedicate the site of a new temple and turn the soil again with hope. Elder Benjamin De Hoyos of the Seventy and first counselor in the Mexico Area Presidency, presided at the gathering with second counselor, Elder Jose L. Alonso, also of the Seventy, directing. Meanwhile, like the pioneers of old, the LDS faithful stood or sat in the dusty desert sun, fanning themselves as they listened to testimonies, counsel and expressions of gratitude. Colorful umbrellas, to ward away the rays, sprouted here and there like wildflowers.

BYU-I devotional: The Lord's standard of morality (LDS Church News) (January 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
No matter what public sentiment or influences of the day might say, the Lord's standard of morality is clear, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy said during a campus devotional address at BYU-Idaho on Jan. 22. "There is nothing negative or restraining about God's moral standards," he said. "Rather, they are positive and uplifting and liberating. They build relationships of trust, they enhance self-esteem, they foster a clean conscience, and they invite the Spirit of the Lord to bless our individual and married lives. They are the proven standard for happy marriages and stable communities." What then is the Lord's standard for use of this creative and sacred power — His standard of morality? Elder Callister asked.

Riverdale LDS leader dies in front-loader accident (Standard-Examiner - Utah) (April 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
A local Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints leader died while working at the mineral ponds near Promontory Point. The family of Mitchel Shaw, 46, of Riverdale, became worried when he did not arrive home after spending the day alone driving a front loader at the ponds, Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter said. The family headed north to check on Shaw and found him dead. Box Elder dispatch received the call about the death at 1:48 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies believe Shaw reached into the arm of the machine and was crushed.

Faces of Faith - Honolulu Magazine (Hawaii) (July 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Jacob Moncur is sitting on the edge of a couch, The Book of Mormon open in his lap. Along with his assigned missionary companion, Elder Stephen Williams, he’s dressed in a buttoned-down shirt and tie. Black nametags dangle from breast pockets. They don’t look at all alike, but there is an undeniable sameness about them. Today they’re are on a home visit, teaching a new convert. “We’re here representing Jesus Christ,” Moncur said, “and I’d describe what we wear as conservative.” It stands in stark contrast to their surroundings; but they seem unfazed. Later, they’ll do a service project in a hardscrabble part of town, gently asking their hosts to switch from rap to religious music as they paint.

New apostle, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Relief Society general presidency to speak at BYU Women's Conference (LDS Church News) (April 10, 2018) - Relevance: 2.4
Newly called apostle, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and his wife, Sister Susan L. Gong, will speak during the keynote address of BYU Women's Conference scheduled for May 4. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy W. Nelson, were scheduled to speak, but due to a scheduling conflict have asked the new apostle and his wife to fulfill that assignment.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf offers support to newly called Church leaders (LDS Church News) (January 17, 2018) - Relevance: 2.4
In a note on his Facebook profile, Elder Uchtdorf said: “It was a joy to participate in this morning’s announcement of the new First Presidency. I love and sustain President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks, and President Henry B. Eyring. I can assure you, the Lord Himself is at the head of His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The Lord has provided a divine plan so that His Church is always led by prophets, seers, and revelators. I embrace the opportunity to associate with my Brethren in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I love them and look forward to serving with them as we — along with you — strive to serve the Lord.”

LDS church elder's dog comments spark response (Daily Herald - Utah) (April 8, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
It was a brief moment in the 10 hours of general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But a few words about kids and dogs drew all eyes in the room from the TV to Alison Faulkner. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was giving an example of a young couple who chose a dog over having kids. "Dogs are less trouble, they declared. Dogs don't talk back and we never have to ground them," Oaks said of the couple's reasoning. He went on to say that many LDS couples are among that "unselfish group who are willing to surrender their personal priorities and serve the Lord by bearing and rearing the children our Heavenly Father sends to their care."

Seminar for mission presidents: Gospel of Christ improves lives (LDS Church News) (July 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Latter-day Saint missionaries hope that families and individuals will invite them into their homes, said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve. "Then, in turn, we may invite them into our home." Speaking to new mission presidents and missionaries during the 2012 New Mission Presidents Seminar, Elder Perry explained that as a Church "we invite because we love." "We know that if children of God accept our invitation to enter our home, which is the house of the Lord, the gospel will bring them salvation and exaltation. As missionaries this will be your primary and most important effort.

Elder Callister to Speak at January CES Devotional (Church News and Events) (December 12, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy will address young adults—single and married—in a CES devotional broadcast originating from the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Sunday, January 12, 2014. The devotional will be broadcast at 6:00 p.m. mountain time, and live audio and video broadcasts will be available at mormonchannel.org in English and at cesdevotionals.lds.org in American Sign Language, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Church’s Facebook page will also include live English video of the devotionals, under the “Live Broadcast” tab.

Elder Walter F. Gonzalez counsels LDS Hispanic young single adults to be bold in defending the gospel (LDS Church News) (October 21, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
Be bold in defending the gospel and the Church, Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Seventy counseled young single adults in a regional Hispanic fireside. He reminded the young adults that they — as Latter-day Saints and as Hispanic members — are in a minority.

Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, wife of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, dies at age 87 (Deseret News - Utah) (January 21, 2016) - Relevance: 2.4
Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, wife of the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at age 87 on Jan. 17, 2016. Sister Maxwell was born on April 8, 1928 — Easter Sunday — in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George Erwin and Fern Anna Johnson Hinckley. She had two brothers, George and Ed, and was a first cousin to President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of the LDS Church.

Why We Need Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom) (February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
This is Part 3 in a series of articles on religious freedom. For the series introduction, see “An Introduction to Religious Freedom.” Over the past two years, general officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have delivered major addresses on many aspects of religious freedom — what it means, what it does, the threats it faces and why it is so vital for free people everywhere. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles said, “There is a battle over the meaning of [religious] freedom. The contest is of eternal importance.” And Elder Quentin L. Cook, also an Apostle, challenged university graduates to “work with people of other faiths” to protect and “be an advocate for religious freedom and morality.”

Elder Glenn L. Pace Offers Testimony-Building, 15-Page Study Plan (LDS Business College news release) (January 19, 2008) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy offered a testimony-building, 15-page study plan to LDS Business College students during a recent devotional address. A firm understanding of the plan, which includes the Joseph Smith History, “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles," and “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” will help them “form a base of protection from bombardments of the world,” he told the large crowd.

June 2009 Commencement Speakers (BYU-Hawaii news release) (May 30, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
With more than 200 seniors graduating at BYU–Hawaii's Commencement exercises on June 6, those attending the ceremonies in the Cannon Activities Center will be able to hear from LDS Church general authority and one of the presidents of the Seventy, Elder Steven E. Snow (pictured right; photo courtesy of LDS.org), and BYU–Hawaii graduating senior and accounting major Alex Storms. Elder Snow was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in March of 2001. He currently serves as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and has supervisory responsibility for the North America Central Area.

Ongoing Mormon interfaith outreach efforts aim to build friendships, solve issues (Deseret News - Utah) (October 4, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary as the Brigham Young University students in the Marriott Center stood to welcome Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve. However, the presence of Cardinal Francis George made this day different. The prominent Catholic leader came to discuss issues of common concern for people of faith. The interfaith outreach efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been ongoing and varied since the days of Joseph Smith, but the goal remains to create friendships and solve issues.

Elder David A. Bednar to give Devotional address on Tuesday, August 19 (BYU news release) (August 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
BYU’s Campus Education Week, one of the largest continuing education programs in the country, will be held August 18-22, 2014, at the university’s campus in Provo, Utah. Based on the theme, “Seek Learning, Even by Study and Also by Faith” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:118), Education Week will feature more than 1,000 classes taught by more than 200 presenters, teaching on a wide variety of topics. The Tuesday Devotional address will be given by Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Don R. Clarke: Serving more effectively (LDS Church News) (November 2, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Service missionaries are a vast army for good, Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy told service missionaries in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on October 30. Church service missionaries are Church volunteers who give their time through work-related service missions. These missionaries serve at least 8 hours a week for six to 24 months. Although service missionaries are often involved in other assignments outside of their ward boundaries, they are still encouraged to serve in ward or stake callings at the discretion of their local leaders, as long as their additional duties do not interfere with Church-service missionary assignments.

Elder Cook to Address Young Adults Worldwide at CES Devotional (Church News and Events) (January 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak at a CES devotional for young adults ages 18 through 30, both married and single, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time on March 4, 2012. The one-hour broadcast will originate from the Brigham Young University– Idaho campus in Rexburg, Idaho, USA, and will subsequently be rebroadcast to many areas of the world. Members can listen to the live audio broadcast in English at mormonchannel.org. Live video will be available in American Sign Language, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish at cesdevotionals.lds.org.

Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander Shares Perspectives of Secular and Spiritual Education (LDS Business College news release) (November 24, 2008) - Relevance: 2.4
“Education is the discipline of mind and spirit. It requires dedication and focus,” Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander of the First Quorum of Seventy told LDS Business College students during a recent weekly devotional. He relied on his own numerous years as a student obtaining several degrees as he outlined four principles he personally learned about obtaining both a secular and spiritual education: Each person is a unique being; Understanding must be coupled with wisdom; Goal setting is critical to success; and Service must be a motivator for educational success.

'Obtain and share the light' as members unite in Ukraine (LDS Church News) (September 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Nearly 500 youth, young single adults and leaders journeyed to the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine this summer to participate in a gathering of Latter-day Saint youth and investigators to strengthen personal testimonies and create new friendships. They came from throughout Ukraine, as well as southwestern Russia, some traveling for more than three days to meet and participate in activities with other young people who share the same values and standards. The conferences were sponsored by the Ukraine Kyiv Mission, under the direction of President Jorg Klebingat, and were attended by Elder Randall K. Bennett and Elder Per G. Malm of the Seventy and counselors in the Europe East Area presidency.

LDS missionary dies in South Africa (Deseret News - Utah) (January 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.4
A full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from New Zealand, serving in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission, died on Dec. 23. Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu, 19, from the Auckland New Zealand Tamaki Stake, Clover Park Ward, died of injuries sustained in a car accident. He was traveling with three other missionaries, who are being treated for minor injuries. “We are deeply saddened to share news of the death of Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu,” said Church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

A first stake in Togo (LDS Church News) (December 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
Members from 12 branches of the Church in Lomé, Togo, gathered in their recently dedicated Church building on Sunday, Dec. 8, to witness the creation of Togo’s first stake. Togo is located on the Gulf of Guinea, between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east. Its national capital and main port is Lomé, nestled in the southwestern corner of this country of nearly 7 million residents. Elder Terence M. Vinson of the Seventy and first counselor in the Africa West Area Presidency, organized the Lomé Togo Stake with the assistance of Elder Norbert K. Ounleu, an Area Seventy from Cote d’Ivoire.

A uniformity of devotion is found in international travels (LDS Church News) (March 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
After traveling to the Middle East and three European nations from Feb. 20-March 4, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve summed up his trip by saying that the uniformity of faithful devotion he found among Latter-day Saints of diverse cultures and nations was more striking than the differences in their languages and geographies. Elder Holland's travels took him to the United Arab Emirates where he dedicated the Abu Dhabi Stake Center, the first building constructed by the Church in the Middle East (please see Church News, March 2), and on to the Netherlands, England and Germany.

Latino Saints Encouraged to “Walk in the Light of His Love” (Church News and Events) (November 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Claudio D. Zivic of the Seventy and Elder Gary B. Doxey, Area Seventy, spoke at this year’s Latino event, a Church-sponsored devotional titled “En la Luz de Su Amor” (“In the Light of His Love”), held on Sunday, November 13, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Thousands of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking members of the Church and their friends attended the devotional at the Conference Center, while several thousands more participated in a live broadcast sent to other meetinghouses in North, Central, and South America.

Paul Cardall's new album features hymn co-written by Elder Bednar and spiritual themes (Deseret News - Utah) (September 14, 2016) - Relevance: 2.4
Two years ago, an unexpected conversation with an LDS apostle started Paul Cardall on what became a very rewarding journey. That journey culminates with the Friday, Sept. 16, release of his new album, "A New Creation," along with sold-out concerts at the Salt Lake Tabernacle that night and Saturday, Sept. 17. The album represents many hours of work and features famous voices, choirs and an orchestra, as well as other people with musical talents. At its heart is a new hymn co-written by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Guatemala Temple construction begins (Deseret News - Utah) (March 21, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
On a lovely spring-like morning, more than 700 LDS Church leaders and other guests were witnesses to the March 14 groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple. Central America Area President Don R. Clarke of the Seventy presided at the historic ceremony. He was joined by his counselors Elder Shirley D. Christensen and Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the Seventy, along with Area Seventies Elders Poloski Cordon and Carlos Astorga. The spirit of the ceremony was enriched by an 80-voice choir that featured many woman dressed in the indigenous style that is typical of the Quetzaltenango region in northwestern Guatemala.

Injured Mormon missionary continues making 'small improvements' (Deseret News - Utah) (March 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Elder Britten Schenk, the full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was injured in São Paulo, Brazil, last Friday in a bus mishap, continues to make "small improvements" day by day. "We witnessed miracles and small improvements again today," Elder Schenk's parents, Steven and Karla Schenk of Hyde Park, Utah, wrote late Thursday in the online blog they maintain to provide friends and family with periodic updates of their son's condition. The Schenks traveled to Brazil this week to be with him.

Elder M. Russell Ballard introduces new University of Utah president David W. Pershing to LDS students (Deseret News - Utah) (March 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
The new president of the University of Utah was formally introduced to LDS students Sunday evening by a member of the church's governing Quorum of the Twelve apostles. Elder M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the featured speaker at a devotional of the church's Institute of Religion adjacent to the university campus in Salt Lake City. He used part of his time to present David W. Pershing and his wife Sandy to the congregation of some 3,000 and then asked the couple to speak.

Former LDS Church leaders tabbed for Utah higher education boards (Deseret News - Utah) (August 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
A former LDS Church historian and a former general Relief Society president have been nominated to serve on state higher education boards. Gov. Gary Herbert proposed Thursday that the Utah Senate appoint Elder Marlin K. Jensen to the State Board of Regents and Julie B. Beck to the Dixie State College Board of Trustees. Elder Jensen will be released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and given emeritus status in October. He served as church historian from April 2005 to January of this year.

Set great goals, LDS grads told (Deseret News - Utah) (April 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.4
Decades after he was enrolled as a student at LDS Business College, Elder Russell M. Nelson received the college's highest honor and addressed graduates in the Tabernacle on Temple Square during the school's commencement services Thursday. This year marks the school's 125th year of operation with a graduating class of 486 graduates from more than 70 different countries. "It is true that I was once enrolled as a student at LDS Business College," said Elder Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "But I did not qualify for a diploma. So you graduates are ahead of me. You received your diplomas here while you are still young."

Elder Robert D. Hales urges preparedness to LDS Scouts (Deseret News - Utah) (August 2, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
Some 3,500 boys and their leaders gathered on a grassy slope here Sunday and were issued a charge familiar to any earnest Boy Scout: Be prepared. That was the council repeated by Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve during an outdoor LDS sacrament meeting at the 2010 National Jamboree. The Sabbath service is a favorite tradition for Mormon Scouts participating in Scouting's quadrennial event. The Scouts performed a large role in Sunday's meeting. More than 200 young men in full Boy Scout uniform were enlisted to administer the sacrament ordinance. Many more sang in an Aaronic Priesthood choir.

Salvation Army lauds LDS liaison to help people in need (LDS Church News) (May 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
The Church's ongoing relationship with the Salvation Army was recognized at the charity's 2013 Donor & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on May 8 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Elder Robert K. Dellenbach, the Church's liaison to the Salvation Army (Utah chapter), was presented with the Advisory Board Member of the Year Award. Elder Dellenbach was called by President Thomas S. Monson to represent the Church on the board after he was made an emeritus General Authority in October of 2007. He had previously served as the Young Men general president from 1998 to 2001.

Model of Washington D. C. Temple on Public Display (LDS Newsroom) (January 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.4
Local community and religious leaders were invited to a special Saturday evening reception attended by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency. President Eyring’s brother, Elder Harden Eyring, is serving as the visitors’ center director with his wife, Loi Anne, through January 16. “We have been hoping and planning for this temple display for most of the two years my wife and I have been serving here at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center,” said Elder Harden Eyring. “Now that it has arrived and is ready for its introduction to the public, we are simply overwhelmed with how beautiful and inspiring it is.”

Apostles visit 'great nation' address members in many cities (LDS Church News) (September 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Members in the Philippines had the opportunity to be instructed by four leaders from Church headquarters who visited Aug. 24 through Sept. 2. Elders David A. Bednar and Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy and Bishop Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric, along with their wives, visited the Philippines and conducted priesthood leadership trainings, young single adult devotionals and missionary meetings. A special devotional for temple workers was also conducted. In addition, Elder Cook visited with two Philippine senators, Senators Vicente R. Sotto III and Gregorio Honasan.

Erastus Snow: Faithful servant, missionary and colonizer (LDS Church News) (February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
After more than fourteen years of full-time missionary work, service in the Quorum of the Twelve and leading the colonization of what is now Southern Utah, has earned the title "faithful servant," Elder Steven E. Snow said on Feb. 14 during this year's first installment of the Men and Women of Faith Lecture Series organized by the Church History Library and held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Elder Snow, who serves in the Seventy and as Church Historian and Recorder, shared insights about the life and contributions of his ancestor Erastus Snow and how the faithful example of this early Church leader is still affecting generations today.

To Be a Pioneer Means to “Be Not Weary in Well Doing” (Church News and Events) (July 31, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
If faith was the power that moved the Mormon pioneers, it was the hope produced by their faith that anchored them, Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy declared July 24 at the annual Sunrise Service that traditionally opens the Days of ’47 celebration of Pioneer Day in Salt Lake City. Elder Nash, Assistant Executive Director of the Church History Department, was the featured speaker at the service held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square and sponsored by the Pioneer Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, a national heritage society, for free public attendance.

Media tours begin in new Brigham City LDS temple (Deseret News - Utah) (August 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.4
Proclaiming Tuesday "a great day, a happy day" in northern Utah, Elder William R. Walker of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the doors of the church's new Brigham City Utah Temple to the media. "This community was founded during Utah's pioneer era," said Elder Walker, executive director of the LDS Church's temple department. "For all of that time, the residents have hoped and prayed for a temple. So when (LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson) announced three years ago that a temple would be built in Brigham City, there has been a feeling of joyful anticipation ever since."

Elder L. Whitney Clayton Teaches "A Lesson on Memory" (LDS Business College news release) (October 27, 2007) - Relevance: 2.4
“Plant good works today in order to harvest tomorrow,” Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the First Quorum of Seventy told his audience of LDS Business College students during a devotional address. Noting that such an investment takes faith, he said, “We sacrifice time and exertion and treasure today in the belief that good things will follow. Planting for the eventual harvest is the conscious decision to delay gratification, to invest, to give up something today, based on the expectation that by doing so we put ourselves in line for greater rewards later. Recognizing and then heeding the law of the harvest is a hallmark of maturity and wisdom.”

On Elder Marlin Jensen, Proposition 8 Apologies, and the Future of Mormonism (Beliefnet) (September 28, 2010) - Relevance: 2.3
The Bloggernacle has been buzzing for several days with reports of an uplifting and wonderful pre-stake conference church meeting last Sunday, September 19, in the Oakland, California stake. Carol Lynn Pearson has blogged here at Flunking Sainthood before about some of the beautiful reconciliation efforts that have occurred in that stake since the debacle of Mormon involvement in Proposition 8 two years ago. So as blogger Joanna Brooks has aptly pointed out, the ground had already been laid in Oakland for this remarkable occurrence: Elder Marlin Jensen, the visiting general authority at the stake conference, apologized for the pain and suffering gays had experienced and were expressing at the meeting.

Engineer forsook career for full-time service to God and His Church (LDS Church News) (September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
A nuclear engineer by profession, Elder Richard G. Scott became a full-time minister of Jesus Christ and His gospel. A graduate of George Washington University in mechanical engineering with post-graduate work in nuclear engineering at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Elder Scott served on the immediate staff of famous U.S. Naval Admiral Hyman Rickover from 1953 to 1965. His civilian role on the admiral’s staff was to direct the development of nuclear fuel for a wide variety of naval and land-based power plants.

Elder Perry on the Priesthood, Part 4: Restoration Makes Authority Clear (Church News and Events) (March 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
During his ministry on earth, Jesus Christ gave priesthood authority to the leaders of His Church. Unfortunately, over time apostasy occurred, and the earth was without the blessings of the priesthood until they were once again given to man during the Restoration. But because of that Restoration, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says in this fourth and final interview segment on the oath and covenant of the priesthood, it is readily apparent that “No man leads this Church. It is the Savior’s Church, and He leads through priesthood authority by delegating to one person [the President of the Church] that power and authority, and he [the President] delegates to others the operation of the Church here on earth.”

Elder Ballard speaks to Utah South Area (LDS Church News) (September 14, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
“In greeting you, I will paraphrase Paul's words: 'Unto the Church of God in the Utah South Area, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be Saints, grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ,'” said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He addressed 235 stakes from the Utah South Area during a conference held in the Marriott Center with 15 stakes in attendance. The other 220 stakes viewed the conference via transmissions to stake centers across the state, making it the largest gathering of Latter-day Saints outside of general conference.

Mormon Apostle Creates Church’s 100th Stake in Peru (LDS Newsroom) (July 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created the Church’s 100th stake (similar to a Catholic diocese) in Peru on Sunday. During the Sunday services, Elder Christofferson encouraged Latter-day Saints to continue to follow Jesus Christ by serving others. He also spoke about the Church’s rapid growth in Peru, where some 520,000 Mormons in nearly 800 congregations reside. The first Peruvian stake was created in 1970, and the Church has one of its 141 temples in Lima, with two others (one announced in Arequipa, another under construction in Trujillo) on the way.

Historic milestone: Sierra Leone stake marks LDS Church's 3,000th (Deseret News - Utah) (December 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created a new stake early Sunday morning in Sierra Leone, holding significance not only as the first stake in this western African nation but also as the 3,000th stake in the church worldwide. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve organized the Freetown Sierra Leone Stake. "It is part of the latter-day miracle, evidence of our 'marvelous work and a wonder' that the Church has grown to the point where its 3,000th stake is in far-off Sierra Leone," Elder Holland told the Church News in a telephone call from Sierra Leone.

Five Ways to Detect and Avoid Doctrinal Deception (Church News and Events) (September 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
On the final day of BYU Campus Education Week, Robert L. Millett, an author and BYU professor, gave a presentation outlining five points Latter-day Saints can use to avoid doctrinal deception in the Church. He said that red flags should go off in members’ heads when they encounter things that are not doctrinally sound. One Saturday morning, Brother Millett said, he received a call from Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Maxwell was concerned about a book that had received a lot of attention and had gained somewhat of a cult following. He asked Brother Millett if he knew about it and what he thought about it. Brother Millett said, “Elder Maxwell, frankly, it has a lot of doctrinal problems.”

BYU–Hawaii alumnus called to the First Quorum of the Seventy (BYU-Hawaii news release) (June 27, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
BYU–Hawaii alumnus, Elder Yoon Hwan Choi (pictured right with wife Sister Bon Kyung Koo Choi; photo courtesy of ldschurchnews.com), was sustained to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy, during the 179th Annual General Conference of the Church, in April. Before Elder Choi’s call to the Seventy, he served as bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, stake president’s counselor, stake president, and served in the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Asia North Area.

Will 'Book of Mormon' Fly in the Heartland? (Wall Street Journal - New York) (June 29, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
In the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," Mormon missionary Elder Price wants the church to send him to sunny Orlando, Fla., to spread his faith. Instead he's shipped off to Uganda. Like Elder Price, the road tour of "The Book of Mormon," set to kick off this August, won't be going to Orlando—or anywhere in the South—just yet. On the first leg of the tour, the show will largely be sticking to the coasts and a handful of major Midwestern cities. The show, with its profanity-laced songs and irreverent take on religion and poverty, has grossed more than $90 million on Broadway and picked up nine Tony awards. The racy material will stay unchanged for the tour, say sources close to the show. But will it work in the heartland?

Latter-day Saints clarify Mormon doctrine (Battalion - Texas) (October 18, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
Frequently seen around Academic Plaza, a religious group is doing their part to spread their beliefs to the students of Texas A&M. Easily recognized by the white shirts, black ties and friendly attitudes are the members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, otherwise know as Mormons. Elder Peterson, a Mormon volunteer who evangelizes on campus, said there is a lot about Mormonism that stems from Christianity. “We are Christians. We do believe in Christ and that He came to save us all,” Peterson said. Peterson said Mormons put heavy emphasis on faith, as well as works. It is a common practice to spend two years serving as a missionary, locally or internationally. Peterson and Elder Hicks, also a Mormon volunteer on campus, are doing their volunteer work by evangelizing on the A&M campus.

LDS Face to Face event with President Eyring, Elder Holland to be broadcast live from Palmyra (Deseret News - Utah) (January 31, 2017) - Relevance: 2.3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will broadcast its eighth live Face to Face event on March 4, 2017, but for the first time it will feature a member of the First Presidency. President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland will answer questions from youths worldwide as they focus on the 2017 mutual theme, “Ask,” which is based on James 1:5-6. It is appropriate then that the broadcast will originate in Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith read the scripture in James and decided to ask his question of which church he should join.

Worldwide Devotional with Elder Quentin L. Cook (lds.org) (September 12, 2016) - Relevance: 2.3
Watch the broadcast on lds.org.

Missionaries learn about life, sacrifice (Herald-Press - Indiana) (April 24, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Walking or riding bikes throughout Huntington in black suits, two Mormon missionaries spend two years of their lives talking about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. “The message we share is for everyone, the whole world. Everywhere we’re allowed,” said Elder Camaron Stevenson, 20, from Gilbert, Ariz. Stevenson and Elder Allan Staheli, 20, from Sandy, Utah, were both selected by the church to go throughout Indiana to spread their ministry as well as spend time volunteering in the communities, including working on exotic animal farms and doing flood relief in southern Indiana. In Huntington, the missionaries spend four hours a week helping at the animal shelter and the Red Cross.

Elder Oaks receives Pillar of the Valley Award in Provo (Deseret News - Utah) (March 31, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
Elder Dallin H. Oaks almost didn’t survive his birth in west Provo in 1932. Valiant efforts of his aunt, a nurse saved his life. He would grow to endure challenges, including the death of his father, a young medical doctor, when Dallin was just 8. He would grow to become a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court before returning to Utah Valley to be president of Brigham Young University. Later he would be a Utah Supreme Court justice and ultimately a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Oaks shares the two most important duties of missionary work with MTC presidents (LDS Church News) (January 19, 2018) - Relevance: 2.3
Teaching repentance and baptizing converts is the fundamental duty of those involved in missionary work, and other endeavors must not divert attention from it, Elder Dallin H. Oaks admonished Jan. 11. Speaking at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Elder Oaks spoke to a group of new missionary training center and visitors’ center directors and their companions, capping a four-day seminar in Provo and Salt Lake City. Earlier addresses from other General Authorities were reported in last week’s Church News edition and on the Church News website.

The Book of Mormon: A tool to harvest souls (LDS Church News) (January 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
The mandate to missionaries today is the same as what the Lord revealed in Doctrine and Covenants 31:4, "You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant Joseph Smith Jr.," Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis of the Seventy said Jan. 16 to departing missionary couples attending the 2013 Seminar for New Missionary Training Center Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors. "And what was revealed to Joseph Smith Jr.?" Elder Aidukaitis asked. "The Book of Mormon." He said the Book of Mormon is the tool for fulfilling the scriptural direction to harvest souls. "And we have to thrust in that tool with all our souls," he added.

President Cecil O. Samuelson, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Craig A. Cardon advised April 2014 graduates to reflect and to move forward (Universe - Utah) (April 28, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
President Cecil O. Samuelson, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Craig A. Cardon offered advice for April 2014 graduates, faculty and family members on April 24 in the Marriott Center during the 2014 Spring commencement exercises. President Samuelson conducted his final commencement exercises with remarks of nostalgia and gratitude.

Faith Leaders Gather in Pacific Over Freedom of Religion (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 23, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
Elder James J. Hamula joined Samoa’s head of state and leaders of other faiths last week in the first “Managing Religious and Cultural Diversity in the Pacific” conference at the National University of Samoa in Apia. In remarks directed to fellow conference delegates, Elder Hamula, who is the Pacific Area President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “It is contrary to the interests of all religious faiths to have any one religious faith restrict or limit another religious faith. Further, it is contrary to the doctrines and beliefs of the Christian faiths that prevail in the Pacific to restrict or limit others from believing what they wish.”

New visitors' center director (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
David B. Ostler and Rachelle Ostler, six children, Falls Church Ward, McLean Virginia Stake: Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center, succeeding Elder Stephen H. Stewart and Sister Anne L. Stewart. Elder Ostler previously presided over the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission and is a former counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, stake Young Men president, bishop and missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Retired executive vice president, OptumInsight. Born in Salt Lake City to Oliver Don and Barbara Ruth Ostler.

Elder Eubank describes how to find God (BYU-Hawaii news release) (September 15, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
At a weekly Tuesday Devotional held on September 1, Elder Mark Eubank, missionary and Director of the Laie Temple Visitors' Center (pictured right), focused on our path to finding Heavenly Father emotionally, spiritually, and even physically in our own lives. Eubank explained, 'Someone said, "I didn't know He was lost." No, He isn't, but maybe we are. Maybe we need to know how to find Him.' After coming to this life and being separated from our Heavenly Father, it is our responsibility to find our way back. "Leaving Heavenly Father's presence and going to the Earth is somewhat similar to leaving our homes and going away to college. We can do what we want; no one has to boss us around. That's part of the plan; this life is a test. Will we, at college, where no parental control is dictating what we do, do the right things? Will we choose the right things?" asked Eubank.

Leaders Can Help Members Experience Joy of Family History (Church News and Events) (March 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
Elder Paul E. Koelliker of the Seventy expressed that Church leaders’ “desire is to help faithful, temple attending members of the Church become awakened through the gifts of the Spirit to the full measure of the blessings to be found in loving and bringing their family names to the temple.” Elder Koelliker, an Assistant Executive Director of the Family History Department, spoke March 23 during the RootsTech 2013 Family History and Technology Conference. His address was part of a specialized training session for members of ward councils, except for Young Men and Young Women leaders, who received training in a separate concurrent session.

Elder Christofferson Addresses Young Adults (News from the Church) (January 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to the young adults of the Church during a CES fireside broadcast from the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on January 9, 2011. He addressed the topic of “daily bread,” saying, “as you ask in prayer for your daily bread, consider thoughtfully your needs, both what you may lack and what you must protect against. As you retire to bed, think about the successes and failures of the day and what will make the next day a little better.” He then promised the young adults that “your [daily] reflections will increase your faith in Him as you see His hand helping you to endure some things and to change others. You will be able to rejoice in one more day, one more step toward eternal life.” Archived video of the CES devotional is available in five languages: American Sign Language, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. A transcript of the address will be posted as soon as it is available.

L. Tom Perry, 'An Uncommon Life: Years of Preparation, 1922-1976' (Deseret News - Utah) (March 8, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
Those who associate with Elder L. Tom Perry, a senior member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, have occasionally heard him describe himself as being "as common as dirt." Yet readers of Elder Perry's new biography, "An Uncommon Life: Years of Preparation, 1922-1976," will soon learn otherwise. "Truth be told, there is nothing common or ordinary about this distinctive and distinguished man who has now served for 40 years in the presiding councils of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 38 of those as a member of the Quorum the Twelve Apostles," wrote Sheri Dew, President and CEO of Deseret Book, in the book's foreword.

Elder Andersen: Small decisions often become turning points in life (Deseret News - Utah) (September 20, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Often it is the small decisions that become the turning points in life. "These are the times you want to be spiritually alert and worthy. Decisions you make now will affect many, many years of your life," Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said to a group of young adults during a fireside at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion on Sunday. Andersen quoted Winston Churchill as he admonished the young adults to watch for and be aware of "the sharp agate points, on which the ponderous balance of destiny turns." Weaving these words throughout his talk, Andersen shared experiences in the scriptures, his own life and the lives of others that show the importance of remaining righteous at all times.

Mormon faith comforts Mac Marine (October 20, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
Church elder Clayton Hall has never killed anyone. And he prays he'll never have to.

Elder Samuelson addresses students (BYU NewsNet) (January 11, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
Summary of devotional given at Brigham Young University.

Writing and timing undermine 'Inspired Guns' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 24, 2014) - Relevance: 2.2
If 2013's "The Saratov Approach" represents the dramatic interpretation of the "Mormon missionaries in trouble" theme, then "Inspired Guns" wants to be the comedic side of that coin. Unfortunately, the strengths of the first film underscore the weaknesses of the second. The "Inspired Guns" setup shows plenty of lighthearted potential. Elder Fisher (David Lassetter) is a week shy of his release and tasked with a seven-day fix-it job on his "problem child" companion, a slacker from Park City named Johnson (Dashiell Wolf) who thinks he's rapper Eminem. Elder Fisher has been dreaming of a mystery investigator who will provide a spiritual capstone to his mission experience and is not happy to be spending his final week doing damage control for his companion's wanna-be gangster antics.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 20 June (LDS Newsroom Blog) (June 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Mormonnewsroom.org pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live. Church Apostles Meet With Latter-day Saints Around the World Germany: Elder Russell M. Nelson Creates First Armenian Stake Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the first stake (similar to a diocese) of the Church in Yerevan, Armenia. He was one of several apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who met and gave spiritual counsel to Mormons in June.

Minuteman Award: Elder Nelson honored by Utah National Guard (LDS Church News) (June 29, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Decorated war veterans and members of the Utah National Guard filled a ballroom at the Little America Hotel on Wednesday evening to honor Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and seven other Utahns with the Bronze Minuteman Award — an award granted to military members and civilians for their service to the state and their communities. "You are an example of people finding ways to serve," Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said. "In the throes of adversity we see the character of the people. We've got challenging times; we've had some challenging times. It is not just the fires going on today ... it's been amazing to see the character of the people in these times of adversity as they've stepped forward."

Director hopes to 'raise bar' on LDS comedies with 'Inspired Guns' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2.2
Adam White hopes to "raise the bar" for LDS comedies with the release of his new movie, "Inspired Guns," which hits Utah theaters Jan. 24. The film depicts what might happen if two Mormon missionaries got caught up in a dangerous Mafia operation. "Inspired Guns" is the story of Elder Fisher (played by David Lassetter), a veteran with one week left on his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his goofy new companion, Elder Johnson (Dashiell Wolf), who are accidentally mistaken for messengers from “The Boss.” As the elders unknowingly begin giving the missionary lessons to two dim-witted members of a notorious mafia family, chaos ensues in a wacky string of events.

Video: Two new Apostles named (October 3, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
"Elder Uchtdorf: "IN OUR FEELINGS OVERWHELMED ABOUT THE SACREDNESS OF THIS CALL, WE'RE SOBERED OF COURSE BY THE RESPONSIBILITY."

What's new: George Q. Cannon's Hawaiian mission journals shares peek into early Mormon missionary life (Deseret News - Utah) (October 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.2
In an invigorating era of “hastening the work,” it can be inspiring to peer back into LDS Church history to see how missionary work was done by men and women of remarkable faith, and with very little else. Such is certainly the case when reading about the missionary service of Elder George Q. Cannon as found in “The Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission 1850-1854,” recently published by Deseret Book. Elder Cannon’s inspiring journals capture an important era in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while also providing an in-depth glimpse into how his mission prepared him for a lifetime of devoted service.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s Son Shares His Father’s Legacy (Church News and Events) (April 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
When Bruce R. McConkie was a boy growing up in Monticello, Utah, the town bully approached his father, Oscar W. McConkie, and told him he had a boy who could whip his boy anytime, anyplace. “Well, that may be so,” the father responded, “but that is not the purpose for which I am raising my son.” Of course, the son grew to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve from 1972 until his death in 1985, well respected and remembered for his written and spoken discourses in which he taught the doctrines of the gospel with clarity and power. The above incident was recounted by Elder McConkie’s son Joseph Fielding McConkie on April 11 in an address in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City for the monthly Men and Women of Faith Lecture Series sponsored by the Church History Library. His topic was “Bruce R. McConkie: A Special Witness.”

Former professor of management called to Quorum of Twelve Apostles (October 16, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
Article in Arkansas on calling of Elder David A. Bednar

'There is life after Yale,' apostle says (LDS Church News) (March 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, returned to New Haven, Conn., where they lived for more than two years while he pursued a Ph.D. at Yale University. During that time he served in the presidency of the Hartford Connecticut Stake and she served as Relief Society president of the New Haven Ward. During their return visit on Sunday, March 18, they spoke to members of the New Haven Young Single Adults Branch, who were joined for this occasion by married students as well. In a separate devotional, they spoke to the New Haven Connecticut Stake's young men and young women of priests and Laurel age, along with their leaders and their parents. Both meetings were held in the New Haven Institute Building on the Yale University Campus, which Elder Holland had dedicated 10 years earlier.

The Mormon Pacific Historial Society studies the Tongan Mission centennial (Deseret News - Utah) (October 26, 2016) - Relevance: 2.2
Emeritus General Authority Elder John H. Groberg shared lessons and insights from his more than 60 years of service to Tonga, the Pacific islands and other international areas as the keynote speaker on October 21, 2016, at the Mormon Pacific Historical Society’s (MPHS) annual conference. Elder Groberg — who served as a young missionary in Tonga from 1954–1957, Tongan Mission president from 1966–1968 and later as a General Authority in the islands — spoke during the opening session of the historical society conference, which focused on the formal centennial of the Tongan Mission (1916-2016).

Mormon elder speaks on building of Kyiv temple (Kyiv Post - Ukraine) (October 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
The Church of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons, has erected a glimmering 42-meter high granite temple on the outskirts of Kyiv – the first in Eastern Europe and 134th worldwide. A church spokesperson refused to reveal the cost of the building project, but Mormon elder Alexander Manzhos said it would serve 31,000 believers from as far away as Kazakhstan and Armenia. The first Mormon congregation in Ukraine was launched in 1991, the year the country gained independence, and now numbers over 10,700 baptized members, over sixty congregations and numerous meeting houses and chapels throughout the country. In an exclusive interview with the Kyiv Post, Manzhos fields questions about other church real estate, financial matters and the Mormons’ position in Ukrainian society.

New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding and Hope (LDS Newsroom) (December 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched the website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” (www.mormonsandgays.org). It features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive and sometimes emotionally charged topic. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says the website is important because it seeks to further understanding. Elder Oaks said that because we don’t understand everything about this subject it is wise to stick to the revealed word of God as found in the scriptures. “What we do know is that the doctrine of the Church—that sexual activity should only occur between a man and a woman who are married—has not changed and is not changing. But what is changing and what needs to change is to help our own members and families understand how to deal with same-gender attraction,” he said.

More LDS missionaries planned for Southwest Idaho (Reprint from Boise State Public Radio) (September 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
At 23 and 21 years old, Colby Denton and Davis Jones introduce themselves as Elder Denton and Elder Jones. That’s traditional for young men serving as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both are relentlessly cheerful. Both say they wouldn’t trade their two years in the Boise Mission for anything. But that wasn’t how Jones saw his assignment at first. For young men who grow up Mormon, a mission is many things: a rite of passage, a sacred duty. But it’s also seen as the adventure of their life. That’s how it was for Jones growing up in a small town in central Utah. “Growing up in the Mormon community, you always want that sweet experience where you’re going to a third-world country, you’re eating all sorts of nasty stuff, you have a machete in the jungle somewhere,” Jones says. “Ever since I was a kid, I wanted all that stuff.”

Mormon missionaries spark conversation (Daily Eastern News - Illinois) (February 8, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
In some ways, Elder Josh Romney and Elder Nick Anderson compare themselves to traveling salesman. They are miles and miles from home — about 1,500 or so. They walk door-to-door hoping to share their Mormon faith with others, but many times the door is slammed in the faces of the 20-year-olds — or worse. In Jefferson City, Mo, a man told Anderson he had three seconds to get off his porch or he would sic his dog on him. Anderson only had two seconds before the dog was nipping at his heels. “I’m not sure what kind of dog it was, but it was really ugly,” Anderson said. He survived that situation and moved on to the next house on the street. The man called Anderson back to his house, giving him an orange from his refrigerator as a peace offering of sorts and sent him on his way. Anderson did not go to church for a year and a half before becoming a missionary — a decision his three atheist brothers questioned and his Mormon parents encouraged. He said he can relate to all kinds of reactions to his mission work.

Amazon River Basin: Faithful members fuel Church growth in Manaus (LDS Church News) (September 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Visitors to the Amazon rain forest glimpse the region's beauty and serenity. Rich, green foliage lines the banks of the massive Amazon River — home to unique birds, fish and other native creatures. Silence is the area's song. It is almost like the Lord reached down and touched the region, but instead of pulling His hand away, let His influence remain, said Sister Margareth Costa, wife of Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Seventy and president of the Church's Brazil Area. Elder Costa served as the first president of the Brazil Manaus Mission 22 years ago. The work quickly took hold in Manaus — an isolated city of 1.7 million people surrounded by water and accessible only by boat or plane.

Parents Urged To Inculcate Good Morals In Children, Wards (Nigerian Observer) (May 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Parents have been urged to teach their children and wards good morals and the ways of the Lord, just as children have been admonished to always respect and abide by the teachings of their parents or guardians. A member of the Quorum of 70s of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Elder Adesina Joshua Olukanni, who made the call yesterday in Benin City during the Bi- annual conference of the Church, enjoined Nigerians to desist from running after material wealth and shun other forms of evils. Elder Olukanni stressed the need for Nigerians to love one another noting that Nigerians must show love and help one another. He added that there would be happiness in every home if spouses can show love to themselves. We do not love ourselves and that is why we don’t help each other. As Christians, we are to be honest and cultivate the habit of helping one another,” he remarked.

Ghost hunters reach a higher plane with the help of technology (October 30, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
Her father, an elder in the Mormon Church, blessed the house, and the problems ceased, she says.

Traveling a road of faith (Wilsonville Spkesman, Oregon) (October 1, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
Even before he lost both legs at the age of 6 in an accident, Elder Kacey McCallister wanted to be a missionary.

Leader Biographies (LDS Newsroom) (December 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin was ordained an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 1986.

Church, CES Leaders Counsel Young Adults at Two Special Devotionals (BYU-Hawaii news release) (September 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
The Church Educational System (CES) Executive Committee visited Brigham Young University–Hawaii last week and on Sunday, August 26, two special devotionals were held with members of the committee as the speakers. Members of two Laie Young Single Adult Stakes attended a devotional in the Cannon Activities Center and were privileged to hear from Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Paul V. Johnson of the first quorum of Seventy and CES Commissioner, BYU–Hawaii President Steven C. Wheelwright, and Sister Kaye M. Workman, Laie Temple Matron. More than 3,000 young single adults attended. In his address, President Wheelwright focused on interpreting impressions from the Spirit, and how sometimes the Spirit will not give one clear answer. In situations like these, you will be allowed to move forward until the Spirit tells you to stop. Out of the options you present to the Lord, one may not be wrong, and so the choice is left up to you. Sister Workman then talked about factors that detract from the Spirit. She touched on the importance of keeping your mind pure, which will allow you to have the constant companionship of the Spirit. Elder Johnson built on the two previous messages as he addressed the gathering on the purpose of the CES Executive Committee being on campus and the importance of their visit.

Service with a Smile (LDS Newsroom) (January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Wanting to be of help in the aftermath of Cyclone Evan, Elder Roger Roth a dentist from Hayden, Idaho and his wife Sister Julie Roth, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently took their family, some dental supplies and toys to the Church's Magiagi meetinghouse and gave a free clinic to the many young children still sheltered there. Under the shade of a temporary canopy over the Church’s outdoor basketball court, Elder Roth was the first to see each child. “Now let me see you brush your teeth!” he says as he opens the packaging of a new toothbrush and hands it to a child. “Great job!” he praises, when the child tries. This simple procedure allows him to introduce toothbrushes to children who may never have used one before. He also demonstrates proper techniques for effective brushing on all sides of their teeth, on their tongues, and especially near their gums. In most cases, the children are accompanied by their mothers, who also benefit from seeing how the doctor helps the youngest brush their teeth.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: A 'mission Christmas' (LDS Church News) (December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
I suppose everyone remembers his or her first Christmas away from home. The reason might be missions or military service, student life or employment assignments but, whatever the reason, that first Christmas "away" is a poignant memory for all of us. To those who have been away from home at Christmas, or who may be away from home this year, I dedicate my own such remembrance. In my case it was my service as a missionary. For 19 years I had enjoyed Christmas surrounded by family and friends. I suppose in my youthful self-centeredness I had never considered spending it any other way. Then, as the Yule Season approached in 1960, I found myself half a world away from all that. I had been in England less than three months when, on the first of December, I was summoned to the mission office to meet Elder Eldon Smith, newly arrived from Champion, Alberta, Canada — my first junior companion. We were sent to open up the very conservative city of Guildford in the county of Surrey, an area that had never had Latter-day Saint missionaries and, to our knowledge, had only one member somewhere within its boundaries. We were young, inexperienced and a bit overwhelmed, but we were not fainthearted.

Eyring Visits BYU Campus for CES Fireside (BYU NewsNet) (September 13, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
There are three actions young adults need to take to feel the spirit everyday of their lives, said Elder Henry B. Erying.

Elder Massimo De Feo: 'We know we are not alone' (LDS Church News) (May 27, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
April 3, 2016, will forever be a historic day for Latter-day Saints in Italy. For the first time, one of their own — a “paesano” — was called to be a General Authority.

Mormon missionary's brother shares miracle preceding his death, pays tribute to his life (Deseret News - Utah) (August 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
In this piece, Robert Burton, the older brother of Elder Josh Burton, who died while serving as a missionary for the LDS Church, reflects on the accident that took Josh's life and shares a glimpse into Josh's personality. On the morning of Saturday, July 20, 2013, Elder Josh Burton, age 23, of Leavitt, Alberta, Canada, jumped into the back of a pickup truck with three other missionaries and five members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help a Guatemalan family move the structure of their home to a safer location. Though the road to the home was sufficiently dangerous that some local medical workers avoided it altogether, as a missionary for the LDS church, Josh had dedicated the last 20 months to serving the people of Guatemala, and he knew this family needed his help.

BYU to host annual Women's Conference May 1-2 (BYU news release) (April 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
Brigham Young University will host the 2014 BYU Women’s Conference, the largest two-day gathering of women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thursday and Friday, May 1-2. This year’s theme, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly,” comes from Psalm 84:11. Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve, will speak at the Friday afternoon closing session. Thursday’s featured speakers will include Sheri L. Dew, president and CEO of Deseret Book Company, and Elder Bruce C. Hafen, emeritus member of the Seventy, and his wife, Marie Hafen. Friday’s speakers will include Linda K. Burton, Bonnie L. Oscarson and Rosemary W. Wixom from the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies.

Men on a mission (Alligator Online - Florida) (July 27, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Elder Trevor Ricks hasn't seen his family, eaten one of his mother's home-cooked meals or gone on a date in more than 20 months.

Elder Scott counsels BYU grads (April 27, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Similar to basketball season’s Jimmermania, the Marriott Center burst with shouts of joy Thursday, but this time it was for BYU’s 6,185 graduates.

Becoming a work of art (LDS Church News) (November 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
"Our choices shape our souls," Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy said during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Nov. 5.

No 'backlash' for handcart pioneers and gays analogy (Deseret News - Utah) (November 7, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
In an Oct. 13 speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks made an analogy comparing the "effect" of Proposition 8 protests on Mormons to the chilling effect on African-American political participation felt during the civil rights era. The media went out of its way to manufacture a "backlash" only hours after the speech had been delivered. Fast forward to this week to the actions of a group which is critical of the LDS Church's position on same-sex marriage. During a handcart trek Nov. 4 in Salt Lake City from This is The Place monument to church headquarters, supporters, dressed in pioneer garb, pulled a handcart and delivered a petition of "reconciliation." I don't know about other Latter-day Saints, but to me the whole show was disrespectful. Yet, local reporters didn't make much of the analogy. Some didn't even mention it. But only weeks earlier, journalists told readers of their Elder Oaks report that seeking out reaction to a controversial analogy was just "how they do it."

Traditional family championed at world congress (LDS Church News) (June 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
The traditional family — father, mother and children — is in rapid decline, though children are entitled to be born within the bonds of matrimony and to be reared by a father and mother who honor their marriage vows, a Church leader warned at the World Congress on Families held in Madrid May 25-27. Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy addressed the audience at the opening plenary session of the congress. He was introduced by Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, former Relief Soceity general president. "Even though many people yearn for traditional family life, fewer and fewer have it," Elder Kopischke lamented in his speech. "During the second half of the last century, annual marriages in Germany declined by more than 40 percent. Too many young people do not marry anymore. Many foster a variety of personal lifestyles, often driven by fun, freedom and self-fulfillment."

Utah-area Latinos Invited to “In the Light of His Love” Devotional on November 13 (Church News and Events) (October 8, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Spanish-speaking members and their friends are invited to attend a special Latino devotional titled “En la luz de Su amor” (“In the Light of His Love”) on Sunday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Center on Temple Square. The devotional will also be broadcast live to those who live too far from the Conference Center to attend. Speakers at the devotional include Elder Claudio D. Zivic of the Seventy and Elder Gary B. Doxey, an Area Seventy, who will share messages focused on the “Light of His Love” theme. A special 365-voice regional Latino choir, composed of youth and adults, will provide the music. Prelude music will include a beautiful children’s choir arrangement of “My Heavenly Father Loves Me.”

Praise the Lord and pass the pigskin (November 8, 2004) - Relevance: 2.1
Elder Olson interrupted a stellar U.S. college career to spread word of the Mormon faith during a two-year mission in Canada

Elder Cook devotional available on-line (February 2, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
The Love of God: Suffering Tribulation in the Redeemer's Name; Gene R. Cook - Quorum of the Seventy

Tips, guidelines and principles: How to write a personal history your posterity can't put down (Deseret News - Utah) (February 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
The year was 1967. Young Elder W. Craig Zwick was serving in the Argentina North Mission when his mission president, future Apostle Richard G. Scott, assigned four missionaries to open the work in Southern Bolivia. They traveled north by bus, train and horse to the San Juan de Oro Valley, where they helped establish The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the sleeping little villages of Quiriza, Chacopampa and Chifloca, Bolivia. One of their daunting assignments was to secure a site and build a meetinghouse. Elder Zwick, who came to the mission field with experience in construction, said he drew up the chapel’s blue prints on 8.5-by-11 sheets of paper while riding a bus from Córdoba, Argentina, to the Bolivia border. A prominent site in Quiriza was obtained with the help of some of the community members, and they moved ahead with the overwhelming project. The missionaries actually used rented burros to haul materials, including lumber, cement, steel, window frames and plaster over a 20-mile mountain pass, often in inclement weather. Once the adobe walls were in place, it took all the manpower available, combined with great faith, to hoist and pull a heavy eucalyptus beam into place at the top of the building, using hand woven ropes made from llama hair. When the project was completed, Elder Zwick recorded in his missionary journal that the chapel stood as a sentinel over the valley.

Elder Oaks to Speak on Joseph Smith’s Extraditions (Church News and Events) (September 7, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
An 1842 extradition hearing involving the Prophet Joseph Smith will be the focus of two days of events in Nauvoo and Springfield, Illinois, September 23–24, followed by an encore presentation at the University of Chicago October 14. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission are cosponsors of a reenactment and panel discussion in Springfield preceded by a presentation in Nauvoo by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve. The extradition hearing for the Prophet stemmed from the attempted assassination in May 1842 of Lilburn W. Boggs, former governor of Missouri. As governor in 1839, he had issued the infamous Extermination Order that resulted in the Latter-day Saints being driven from Missouri into Illinois, where they found refuge in Quincy and eventually established the nearby city of Nauvoo.

'Chosen generation' must choose (Utah) (June 30, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
During this time of uncertainty, BYU students must be decisive in their choices, said Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Understand Who You Are (BYU NewsNet) (March 23, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Understanding one's true identity in God's plan of salvation is acknowledging and honing temporal and spiritual gifts, said Elder Robert C. Oaks at BYU's Tuesday Devotional on Mar. 21, 2006.

Praise: On the mission (Roanoke Times - Virginia) (October 21, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
At 6:30 a.m., Elder Austin Crandall slaps off the alarm clock. He splashes water on his face and uncaps the Crest Whitening toothpaste.

BYU devotional: 'Go forth in faith' (LDS Church News) (February 10, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Seventy counseled Brigham Young University students to “go forth in faith.”

LDS leader shares lessons in history, humility with area Mormons (Times Tribune - Pennsylvania) (October 29, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Northeast Pennsylvania's sacred place in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is both a burden and a blessing to area Mormons who steward that legacy, a visiting church authority told hundreds of the faithful on Sunday. Members of nine congregations - from Easton to Montrose - gathered for a semiannual stake conference and the rare opportunity to hear Elder Paul B. Pieper, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, a leading church council based in Salt Lake City. Joseph Smith received the Aaronic priesthood and translated much of the Book of Mormon in the early 19th century in what is now Oakland Twp. in Susquehanna County. Elder Pieper told the congregation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Griffin Pond Road that during the two-hour-long conference his thoughts had often been "a little bit to the north."

Seventy urges appreciation of holy things (November 9, 2004) - Relevance: 2.1
Members of the church must have a sense of sacred things Elder D. Todd Christofferson said at the fireside Sunday.

Family Members Dealing With Loss Of Missionary (KUTV - Utah) (January 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Two grandfathers are trying to deal with the loss of their grandson Elder Morgan Young. He was just 21 years old.

Pursue the True Path to Happiness (BYU-Hawaii news release) (April 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
This is the transcript of Elder Quentin L. Cook's commencement address to students of BYU-Hawaii.

New leadership for PEF (LDS Church News) (October 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
The First Presidency recently announced the call of Elder Robert C. Gay of the Seventy as chairman of the Church's Perpetual Education Fund.

National symposium: Sons of Utah Pioneers (LDS Church News) (May 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Speaking from the perspective of a fairly new member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, "I suppose anybody receiving this calling would wonder why."

Apostle honored for military service in Korea (LDS Church News) (December 1, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
In 1951, Elder Russell M. Nelson was a young physician with a growing family when duty to his country and profession called.

2016 Year in Review (Church News) (January 4, 2017) - Relevance: 2.1
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo Temple groundbreaking ceremony...

Elder Russell M. Nelson Talks of Faith and Families (February 15, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Brothers and sisters, I am delighted to be with you on this special occasion. I am sorry that Sister Nelson has a cold and a cough that has kept her at home.

Despite wars, Mormons in Beirut persist (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 22, 2006) - Relevance: 2
It was Christmas 1965 and Elder Robert Burton had just gotten his new assignment - Beirut, Lebanon.

Mormons live their faith on two-year missions (North County Times, California) (September 9, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Elder Brandon Andra cautiously swung open the gate and announced his arrival with a sharp whistle.

LDS missionaries assist Calif. fire victims (Daily Herald - Utah) (October 30, 2007) - Relevance: 2
The question stings Elder Jacob Welch, who has served around this currently-disheveled suburb of San Diego for more than 18 months. His name tag days are coming to an end. So, you're almost done?

Activists gather to plot defense of ‘religious liberty’ (Washington Post) (May 25, 2012) - Relevance: 2
“Civility ought to be the hallmark in the way we deal with one another,” Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told an audience of about 350.

Elder Clayton tells BYU graduates to get and stay connected (Deseret News - Utah) (April 22, 2016) - Relevance: 2
Although Alma Borshein felt excitement to be donning a cap and gown for the second time for graduation, she couldn’t help but also feel relief.

LDS Church welcomes the Legion (Deseret News - Utah) (August 28, 2006) - Relevance: 2
Service to others is what really matters, according Elder Lance B. Wickman, addressing thousands of members of the American Legion on Sunday.

'Free to choose liberty or captivity' (LDS Church News) (November 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Freedom comes through obedience, Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education said during a campus devotional at BYU on Nov. 6.

BYU-Idaho graduation (LDS Church News) (April 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2
In his last assignment as president of Brigham Young University-Idaho, Elder Kim B. Clark congratulated more than 1,900 graduates during the commencement exercises on April 10.

Elder Robert D. Hales urges preparedness to LDS Scouts (Deseret News - Utah) (August 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Some 3,500 boys and their leaders gathered on a grassy slope here Sunday and were issued a charge familiar to any earnest Boy Scout: Be prepared.

Letters home: Adventure among Irish (February 21, 2005) - Relevance: 2
My name is Elder Matt Nielsen. I'm from Livermore and at present, I am serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ireland Dublin Mission.

Slaying of elder not linked to hate, religion, police say (Deseret News - Utah) (January 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2
Police on Tuesday were trying to determine whether two LDS Church missionaries were shot Monday because they had witnessed another crime.

Arrest in elder's death (Deseret News - Utah) (January 6, 2006) - Relevance: 2
The body of an LDS missionary from Bountiful who was shot and killed in Virginia is expected to arrive in Utah today, and his funeral is set for next week.

Elder Russell M. Nelson: 'Epistles of the Lord' (LDS Church News) (July 2, 2015) - Relevance: 2
With the hastening of the work of salvation and changes in some of the tools used by missionaries to assist in it, “God’s goals have not changed” when it comes to missionary work.

Apostle counsels Y. students to 'observe' (Utah) (May 13, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Observation and observance are critical spiritual gifts that unlock doors to discernment and success, Elder David A. Bednar said Tuesday during a devotional at Brigham Young University.

Dedication blesses two African nations (LDS Church News) (September 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2
During a historic 16-day tour of Africa on Aug. 16-31, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated Cameroon and Rwanda for the preaching of the gospel. In so doing, he became the first known apostle to ever set foot in either nation.

Elder Ballard responds to evangelical criticism (Deseret News - Utah) (December 6, 2007) - Relevance: 2
When it comes to the big theological questions about God, Mormons and evangelical Christians will have to agree to disagree, a Mormon church authority said Wednesday.

Testimony has become more real (LDS Church News) (April 18, 2009) - Relevance: 2
When Elder Neil L. Andersen was ordained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy 16 years ago at the age of 41, he had a firm and true testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel.

Liberal Americans may look north (November 4, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Elder Larry Peterson, a Utah native in Edmonton with the Mormon mission, said the popular vote broke Bush's way because he was seen to be in closer touch with Americans' "core values."

Annual drive brings in food by the truckload (Idaho) (May 16, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Elder Lingard, a Mormon missionary from El Paso, Texas, was one of many church members to take part in the event and said he was taken aback by the quantity of food donated.

Aggies' elder statesman leading by example (Salt Lake Tribune, Utah) (September 27, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Grandpa. Old Man. According to Utah State defensive lineman Jarom Fano, his fuzzy-faced teammates can call him anything they want - on one condition.

Safety of missionaries is priority, LDS leader says (Deseret News - Utah) (January 7, 2006) - Relevance: 2
"An accident is an accident, and we have to accept it for that," said Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Son recalls apostle's life, love of U. (Deseret News - Utah) (December 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2
The University of Utah lost one of its most ardent football fans with the death of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin late Monday night.

'Witnesses of God' (LDS Church News) (February 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Believers have a solemn religious duty to be witnesses of God, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during a devotional held at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Feb. 25.

Seventy Shares Three Principles for Obtaining the “Faith to Leap” (Church News) (March 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Second Quorum of the Seventy spoke to BYU–Idaho students about applying faith and hope.

5 themes from the 'Face to Face' with Elder and Sister Bednar (KSL.com) (May 14, 2015) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued its use of modern technology to reach around the world; this time using a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The Apostles' divine mandate to be ministers — not administers — and how it takes them around the globe (LDS Church News) (August 3, 2018) - Relevance: 2
Just before Christmas, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended his grandson’s school program.

LDS leaders find acceptance in Israel (AP Article) (March 31, 2007) - Relevance: 2
When Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visited Jerusalem in 1987, he was besieged by thousands of Orthodox Jewish protesters who feared the church's new educational center here would be a base for missionary work.

All about joy (LDS Church News) (January 25, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve closed the annual three-day visitor centers directors and Missionary Training Center presidents seminar by enveloping the 15 leaders and their wives in feelings of love and appreciation.

Elder Christofferson urges BYU graduates to keep learning, serving (Deseret News - Utah) (April 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Although it was Thamina Christensen's third time putting on a cap and gown for graduation, she still enjoyed participating in BYU's commencement exercises Thursday in the university's Marriott Center.

A life of devotion to 'God, family, country' (LDS Church News) (June 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Elder L. Tom Perry was remembered for his abiding faith, optimistic attitude and charitable spirit by thousands gathered on Temple Square — and in other locations across the globe — for his funeral on June 5.

Elder Richard G. Scott: A Beloved Leader in Latin America (Church News) (October 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Several years ago, Jose Pacheco was working in the men’s section of a Salt Lake City-area department store when a customer approached him.

Photos, News Releases and Video from General Conference (LDS Church news release) (April 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2
The following is a list of media resources from the Church’s 179th Annual General Conference: News release (including photos and video): Elder Neil L. Andersen Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Video: Press conference with Elder Neil L. Andersen Photos: 179th Annual General Conference Sessions News release: New General Authorities and Auxiliary Leaders Called 2008 Church Statistical Information: http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/statistical-report-2008 Watch General Conference: http://lds.org/broadcast/gc/0,5161,8584,00.html What is General Conference?: http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/what-is-general-conference

Perspective gained through life trials (January 18, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Elder Pace suffered two severe heart attacks last year that gave him a new perspective on life.

Ministry in Africa: Blessing the lives of the people (LDS Church News) (November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Elder Russell M. Nelson conducted a ministry in Africa from Oct. 21-30 that could be described as the fulfillment of scripture.

After Pratt, it was 100 years until return of missionaries (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 1, 2006) - Relevance: 2
LDS Apostle Parley P. Pratt, his pregnant wife Phoebe, and Elder Rufus C. Allen arrived in this bustling seaport Nov. 8, 1851.

Elder Samuelson returns to China (Deseret News - Utah) (August 6, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Cecil O. Samuelson's promise wasn't said with either the historical magnitude of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's "I shall return" or the silver-screen aplomb of The Terminator's "I'll be back."

Y. business building dedicated (Deseret News - Utah) (October 25, 2008) - Relevance: 2
More than 20 years ago, the famous late hotelier J. Willard Marriott asked to meet with then-LDS Church Elder Thomas S. Monson in a room at a Marriott Hotel.

LDS apostle is OK after assault in Mozambique (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (June 1, 2009) - Relevance: 2
A group of armed robbers attacked the LDS Church's Elder Russell M. Nelson, his wife and four others during a dinner in a Mozambique home Friday evening.

'Tomorrow is today,' graduates told (LDS Church News) (August 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Almost 31 years to the day after his own graduation, Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Seventy addressed the 2,342 Brigham Young University graduates and their supporters in the Marriott Center on August 11.

“We Are Never Alone in the Lord’s Work,” Says Elder Eyring (Church News and Events) (July 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, offered a message intended to help others eliminate self-doubt during the Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 24.

Resolve to rise above: Graduation marks new start in the Philippines (LDS Church News) (June 9, 2014) - Relevance: 2
The things Elder Ian S. Ardern of the Seventy saw in the days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines “will linger in my mind much longer than I want them to,” he said.

African LDS missionaries complete relocation (Daily Herald - Utah) (August 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Elder Jacob Abbott told his father Tony Abbott in a short three-minute phone call Wednesday that he didn't have Ebola and he was OK.

Elder Uchtdorf's Facebook response (Facebook) (January 18, 2018) - Relevance: 2
In the last couple of days, I have seen countless comments on social media and have heard many questions regarding how I feel now that I am no longer a counselor in the First Presidency. I appreciate your concern for my welfare, but I assure you, I’m just fine. 😃❤️

Heart to heart and soul to soul (October 30, 2004) - Relevance: 2
I saw Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in passing awhile ago. He said he was thinking about doing a book on the Psalms.

Mitt's LDS roots run deep (Deseret News - reprint from Boston Globe series) (July 2, 2007) - Relevance: 2
Elder Romney didn't even have time to put on his shoes. The 19-year-old missionary was in his apartment when a woman burst in to say some Frenchmen were beating up one of his fellow Mormons down the street.

Mormons, lawyers told to ask 'the right questions' (Deseret News - Utah) (February 13, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Ward clerks keep meticulous records of who attends sacrament meeting each week, but church leaders should instead be concerning themselves with who isn't attending, said Elder Clayton Christensen during an address at Harvard Law School.

Why Race Is Still a Problem for Mormons (NY Times - New York) (August 20, 2012) - Relevance: 2
“I BELIEVE that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people,” sings Elder Kevin Price in the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.” The line is meant to be funny, and it is — in part because it’s true.

Bednar Says Goodbye to Students (November 17, 2004) - Relevance: 2
Thousands of students and faculty dressed in their Sunday best poured into the Hart Auditorium to hear from their departing president, Elder David A. Bednar.

Missionaries learn the word (Fiji Times) (May 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2
Elder Taoupoulou is one of the many missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or LDS. You see them on visits, serving their mission in Fiji and around the world.

Rapa Nui leader pays official visit to BYU-Hawaii, PCC (April 20, 2005) - Relevance: 2
In February 2004 when Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Quorum of the Twelve served in residence as President of the Chile Area, he became the first LDS Apostle to visit Easter Island...

'I'm proud he died with his boots on' (Deseret News - Utah) (January 7, 2006) - Relevance: 2
The mother of slain missionary Elder Morgan W. Young has no qualms about sending two of her children on missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the future. It's what Morgan would want.

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson addresses BYU - Hawaii students (January 16, 2006) - Relevance: 2
I am grateful, once again, to have the privilege to be with you and to address you. This has been a remarkable year at BYU-Hawaii. We had the opportunity in October to be part of the Jubilee celebration, and I want to thank and congratulate all who had key roles in this wonderful and significant event.

Graduation Closing In (BYU Newsnet) (August 10, 2007) - Relevance: 2
August commencement will take place on Thursday, August 16 at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The presiding authority will be Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Education Week journal: John Brailsford, Monday (Deseret News - Utah) (August 28, 2007) - Relevance: 2
I don’t know if I will ever do this again, but I actually attended every session of instruction this week. The only thing I missed was Elder Scott’s talk on Tuesday. I will watch or read it as soon as it’s available.

Elder Archibald speaks at SVU commencement (Deseret News - Utah) (May 7, 2011) - Relevance: 2
An LDS general authority spoke at commencement exercises for the largest graduating class in Southern Virginia University history on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Mormon church pegs Moravia resident for regional leadership role (The Citizen - New York) (May 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Starting next Sunday, Elder Marc Clay will have close to 24,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under his administration.

Better days await members in Brazil (LDS Church News) (March 24, 2017) - Relevance: 2
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered a central message during his recent visit to Brazil: The Lord is in charge — and things will work out for the best.

Elder Quentin L. Cook: Becoming a 'Preach My Gospel mission' (Deseret News - Utah) (June 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2
One of the greatest challenges facing new mission presidents and their companions is helping missionaries feel passionate about their calling during this urgent, last dispensation.

Elder Stevenson Ministers to Shooting Victims in Florida (LDS Newsroom) (February 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2
What does one say to comfort a grieving parent in the immediate wake of a daughter’s death — especially when her passing came by bullet in a school shooting that claimed her life and the lives of 16 others, while injuring a dozen others?

Missionaries not welcome in classrooms (October 9, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
They had hoped to go into classrooms and discuss the Book of Mormon with students, which missionary Elder Gamble pointed out had recently been ranked in book listings as "one of the 10 most influential books."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: 'God is always calling' (LDS Church News) (September 17, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
"We could have added 'Ye Elders of Israel' for the same purpose," he observed. "The message of those two hymns is essentially the same — that God is always calling to the children of Israel to a place where all will be well."

South American prophecy continues to be realized (LDS Church News) (March 4, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Almost a century has passed since a latter-day apostle, Elder Melvin J. Ballard, prophesied that South America “is to be a power in the Church.”

Families of USU victims share in campus tribute (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 8, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang such standards as "Be Still My Soul" and "Come, Come Ye Saints," and Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of the nine as members of the "new 'greatest generation.' "

'Learning, doing and being' (LDS Church News) (November 4, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
“Develop in yourself the character of Christ,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told graduates of Brigham Young University-Hawaii during commencement exercises on Nov. 2. “Remember that the most important thing is and will always be what you are, not what you have,” the Apostle taught.

Brad R. Wilcox describes 6 ways Christ's grace saves us (Deseret News - Utah) (September 1, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
“As Latter-day Saints use the words saved and salvation, there are at least six different meanings,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the April 1998 general conference.

“Where Do You Turn When Life Gets Hard?” Asks Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, Former All-American Athlete (Church News) (March 7, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
The Heisman Trophy candidate loved the play call, a long bomb to his best wide receiver that might give BYU the lead. What wasn’t to like?

Doctor Works for Interfaith Relations in Ghana (March 29, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
A surgeon from West Africa delivered a lecture to students at Brigham Young University today; the subject: Muslims and Christians. Dr. Kissi is also Elder Kissi, an area authority...

LDS leader called as 70 (Southern Utah University Journal) (April 13, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Daniel M. Jones, an SUU LDS Institute of Religion teacher, was appointed as a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the church’s 176th General Conference on April 2.

Helping young people make good choices (LDS Church News) (March 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
In "An evening with Elder Quentin L. Cook" of the Quorum of the Twelve, religious educators of the Church Educational System heard his counsel on the importance of their callings.

LDS missionaries 'grow up' as they serve God (Deseret News - Utah) (March 16, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Matt Connell expected to strengthen his faith in God as well as to help others when he volunteered to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What he didn't expect was to mature personally.

Second Annual Day of Service for Southeast Area (LDS Church News) (April 28, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
"When the review went back to the Quorum of the Twelve on our Day of Service last year," Elder Burns said, "the feedback we got was that we just need to continue to be Christlike in our behavior and our demeanor and follow the example of the Savior in helping people."

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites May 4, 2016 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (May 5, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks's of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to the first meeting of legislators and inter-religious councils of Mexico earlier in April.

Integrity Stems from Love for the Savior and How We Treat Others, Says Elder Rasband (Church News) (March 14, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
As a student studying marketing and business with only two semesters left until graduation from the University of Utah, Ronald A. Rasband was faced with a heavy decision.

Mormon puts baseball on hold to pitch his faith (Canada) (April 26, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
When it comes to attracting new folks to his Mormon church, few individuals make a stronger pitch for converts than Elder Skyler Southwick.

BYU Devotional: Becoming men and women of integrity (LDS Church News) (December 8, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Integrity is what defines the greatness of a man or woman, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy told BYU students during a campus devotional on Dec. 6 in the Marriott Center.

Respect all creation, speaker says (Deseret News - Utah) (November 19, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder L. Whitney Clayton of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he was impressed with the abundance Americans enjoy when a group of Russian students came to visit at his home in California. Their first request upon arriving was to be taken to a supermarket, he said.

Missionaries pound the pavement in Arcata (Times-Standard - California) (May 20, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Over the last 19 months, 20-year-old Elder Lance Lucero has given up watching movies, playing video games, listening to the radio, reading newspapers or magazines, and practically any hobby he has. And, he couldn't be happier.

New presidency called in Georgia to lead 13 local Latter-day Saint congregations (May 23, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder David A. Bednar presided over services in Georgia this past weekend, where he extended calls to a new stake presidency in Lilburn.

First returned missionary from China enrolls at BYU-Hawaii (September 19, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
After successfully completing his two-year mission in Brisbane Australia (Mandarin speaking), the first Elder called from the People's Republic of China has enrolled at BYU-Hawaii.

'Jesus the Christ Study Guide' commemorates 100th anniversary of book (Deseret News - Utah) (December 26, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
It's been a century since Elder James E. Talmage wrote "Jesus the Christ," a Latter-day Saint classic.

The future of the LDS Church in Asia (LDS Church News) (March 19, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
During his recent trip to Asia, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles found timeless inspiration in the words of two modern-day prophets.

Death is part of life, ex-surgeon says (Deseret News - Utah) (April 15, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
When interviewing patients whose bodies died for a time while he worked feverishly to bring them back to life, Elder Russell M. Nelson gained an uncommon perspective on what it means to die.

Life on a mission (The Shreveport Times - Louisiana) (July 23, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Fresh polish hides the work Elder Landon Hasson's shoes have done over the past 18 months. But underneath, faint creases where grooves in the soles used to be reveal the real story of his mission.

Desire to Serve Others Motivates New Apostle (LDS Church news release) (April 8, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, announced yesterday as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke to media in the Church Office Building Saturday afternoon.

LDS missionaries help residents escape burning building (KSL - Utah) (February 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Joe Bolke, from Cottonwood Heights, is a University of Utah student serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fenton, MI. But what he's known best for now is his role in an apartment fire rescue.

'We need not fear,' Elder Andersen says at BYU Women's Conference (Deseret News - Utah) (May 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
After two days of instruction, service and a little bit of entertainment, thousands of women from all over the world left the Brigham Young University campus "recharged" and "renewed" Friday afternoon.

Fear Not, I Am with Thee (Church News and Events) (December 29, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Faith in Christ overcomes fear of the future, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve told graduates of Brigham Young University–Hawaii during commencement exercises on December 15.

To be a witness Best role in the Lord's work (LDS Church News) (May 11, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
One of Elder Timothy John Dyches' favorite roles in life is to "be a witness" and testify to others to help them come unto Christ. Whether it is serving as a missionary, working in his profession or just being at home with his own family, he enjoys that charge and tries to help others do the same.

Senior LDS official gives talk in Pocatello (Idaho State Journal) (August 25, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the Quorum of 12 Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the church will continue to grow over the next 20 years, but it won’t compromise its values.

Elder Holland joins ambassador of Paraguay to switch on Christmas lights in D.C. (The Church News) (December 4, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
In the midst of World War II, two small groups of soldiers — one American and one German — lost their way and ended up in the home of the Vincken family on Christmas Eve 1944.

Black Pioneers: Elijah Abel (February 16, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Abel joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the first black member in 1832 and was then ordained as an elder in the Mormon priesthood in March 1836, documents show.

Missionary did right thing at the right time (Deseret News - Utah) (January 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
As tragedies go, they don't hit any closer to home than this. A Mormon elder from Bountiful, Utah, with pioneer roots is shot and killed while tracting on his full-time mission.

Elder Holland and other clergy promote unity through prayer (BYU NewsNet) (May 8, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
The Utah Valley celebration of the National Day of Prayer Friday (May 4, 2007) focused on the importance of peace and unity among religions and peoples of our community.

Repentance helps missionaries to prosper (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
For missionaries to teach repentance, they must know of the principle themselves, Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy said to couples attending the 2015 Seminar for New MTC Presidents and Visitors’ Center Directors on Jan. 14.

How, and why, to attend church while on vacation (Deseret News - Utah) (June 12, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
In October 2013, Elder Kevin S. Hamilton of the Seventy spoke during LDS general conference about the blessings that come from weekly church attendance — even while on vacation or traveling.

LDS Church names Elder Clayton new senior president of Seventy (Deseret News - Utah) (October 7, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
The changes in LDS leadership continued Tuesday, three days after church members sustained three new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

'Pulling together' to hasten the work (LDS Church News) (December 26, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
“There are no individual efforts” as many work together to accomplish the Lord’s purposes and help Him hasten His work, said Elder Anthony D. Perkins.

Missionary slayings very rare in LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah) (January 5, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
While most Americans watched football bowl games or otherwise enjoyed an extended New Year's holiday on Monday, Elder Morgan W. Young knocked on doors in the rain in Chesapeake, Va., offering a gospel message.

Latter-day Saints gather for Latino cultural events with Elder Christofferson, David Archuleta (Deseret News - Utah) (October 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Latter-day Saint Latinos gathered in Salt Lake City over the weekend to celebrate their faith, rich culture and the vast promise and potential of their youth.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Explains What Ministering Looks Like (Church News) (April 16, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
As a freshman in college and away from home for the first time, Melanie Black, a student studying advertising at Brigham Young University, accepted the call to be a visiting teacher and has been doing her best to reach out to the girls she is assigned to visit.

'Trust that the hand of the Lord is in it,' new General Authority says (LDS Church News) (May 29, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Early during his ministry as an Area Seventy, Elder David P. Homer was presiding at a stake conference. The First Presidency had asked that youth and missionaries be invited to the meeting, part of an emphasis on hastening the work.

Elder M. Russell Ballard outlines gospel principles (Deseret News - Utah) (November 8, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Keep the gospel of Jesus Christ simple and avoid the enticements of Satan, an LDS apostle advised college-age Mormon men and women listening throughout North America on Sunday.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Reflects On Visit to African Nation (LDS Newsroom Blog) (February 12, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Every year, as congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow in different areas, several dozen new stakes (groups of congregations similar to dioceses) are organized around the world.

BYU-Hawaii: 'In His strength I can do all things' (LDS Church News) (April 17, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
As individuals trust in the Lord and in Heavenly Father, they are able to do anything required of them, Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy told 460 Brigham Young University-Hawaii graduates during commencement exercises on April 12.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | November 26 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (November 29, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles toured the African continent and met with local Latter-day Saints and with government leaders. The apostle was accompanied by his wife, Mary.

Stormin' Jeanne hits (September 27, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
A half-dozen young men and women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were at Park Vista to help out during Jeanne. "We are missionaries for the church," said Elder Seth Hutchinson. "They put us in these shelters. We have been assigned to this shelter."

Suspect jailed in slaying of LDS elder (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 6, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
A 19-year-old man was jailed without bail Thursday after being charged with the shooting death of Utah Mormon missionary Morgan Young and wounding of his companion.

14,000 youth celebrate temples (LDS Church News) (May 29, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Cultural events scheduled May 29 and 30 for members of the new Draper and Oquirrh Mountain temple districts are more than just celebrations. They are a way to direct the focus of the youth to the temple, said Elder Ronald A. Rasband.

Worldwide devotional: "Tasting the light" (LDS Church News) (May 4, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
“Your own testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His gospel is much stronger than you may think it is," Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy said during a worldwide devotional for young adults on May 3.

The Power of the Book of Mormon (LDS Church News) (March 16, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
The importance of the Book of Mormon and building a strong testimony around it was part of the message Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the Seventy delivered at BYU-Idaho's devotional assembly March 15.

Emotions again run high as temple nears re-dedication of Atlanta Georgia Temple (LDS Church News) (April 29, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
"We were expecting large crowds, and we got them, some 55,000 people," said Elder M. Keith Giddens, an Area Seventy and local coordinator of the temple's rededication committee.

From USA to Parkes to spread Christ's Message (Parkes Champion Post - Australia) (June 13, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Parkes has a new senior couple representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Ray and Jeannine Andersen.

LDS leader encourages unbridled charity in group efforts (Daily Chronicle) (February 23, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Charitable service is best done as a cooperative effort, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, U distinguished alumnus and member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in the first Founders Day Address of 2006.

Elder Holland Gives Hope, Love to Liberian Members (Church News and Events) (February 14, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
As far as travel is concerned, Liberia is at the end of the world. The Harmattan trade wind blows through this West African nation four months out of the year, creating sandstorms that can block the sun and delay flights for days.

Water balloons and Dear John letters (Northern News Services - Canada) (May 21, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
They may be strangers in a strange land but Mormon missionaries Elder David Philipbar and Brandon Potter are enjoying their time in Yellowknife. "People are friendlier here than in Edmonton," said Philipbar.

Members in Chuuk open arms to apostle (LDS Church News) (June 5, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
During a May tour of Asia and the Pacific, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated the newly completed Namoneas Chuuk District Center in the Federated States of Micronesia on Wednesday, May 12.

LDS elder addresses local Mormons (Ledger Enquirer - Georgia) (August 19, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
One of the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with about 15 million members wordwide, made a special visit to Columbus Sunday and spoke to a full house at the church on Reese Road.

BYU dedicates new Life Sciences Building (Daily Herald - Utah) (April 10, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Brigham Young University’s newest double-purpose building was dedicated Thursday by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

'Angels are walking these hallways': The ins and outs of the Brazil MTC (LDS Church News) (June 25, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Fifty years ago, young Elder Ted Whitaker was basking in the final weeks of serving in the Brazilian Mission, having helped bring a family of eight — the Bittencourts, with two parents and six children — into the Church through baptism.

Women urged to let light shine (Utah) (April 30, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet, told thousands of women gathered at Brigham Young University's Marriott Center that their light can make a difference in the lives of others.

Bush fills vacant judge position (Alameda Times-Star - California) (February 17, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
President Bush has nominated a U.S. senator's elder brother to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, his second nomination to this court in a week.

'Genies' head to Salt Lake City to grow family tree (Marketplace) (July 18, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Family tree research used to belong largely to the realm of free, daytime hobbies -- something one of your distant, elder relatives did, like scrapbooking. Now it's become a business.

Seminary and Institute Teachers Told to “Teach by Example” (Church News and Events) (August 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Seminary and institute prepares young people for the greatest of all blessings—that of eternal life, said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve.

LDSBC student serves others despite disability (LDS Church News) (May 8, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Dan Ito, a 22-year-old Young Church-Service Missionary and LDS Business College student from Tokyo, Japan, has made it his life mission to serve others, despite what may seem like difficult circumstances.

LDS apostle Elder David A. Bednar offers prayer over Utah Senate (LDS Church News) (January 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature on Monday commenced with prayers from two prominent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Bednar Dedicates New High-Tech BYU Engineering Building (Church News) (December 10, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
A “new season” has begun for engineering students at Brigham Young University after the dedication of a 200,000-square-foot building and research lab for the college.

Fireside focuses on ‘spiritual destiny’ (BYU Daily Universe - Utah) (January 11, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen compared the story of US Airways flight 1549 to young adults’ spiritual destinies, during a CES Fireside Sunday night in the Marriott Center.

Gospel urgently needed (LDS Church News) (January 22, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
The word of the Lord is urgently needed throughout the earth, and now is an amazing time to be part of it, in whatever capacity one has been called, Elder Russell M. Nelson said Jan. 13 to a group of couples bound for missionary assignments in various locales.

Mormon Apostle Delivers BYU Commencement Address (LDS Newsroom) (April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered the spring commencement address at Brigham Young University on Thursday.

Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 9 July (LDS Newsroom Blog) (July 10, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was in France recently to review the construction of the Paris France Temple and to meet with members of the Church.

Church Releases Update on Health of Two Apostles (Church News) (May 11, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Richard G. Scott, 86, is resting at home recovering from his recent hospitalization for internal bleeding. An ulcer in the stomach was found and the bleeding was controlled without major surgery.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland rededicates St. George LDS Tabernacle (The Spectrum - Utah) (July 30, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Community members and general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered at the St. George Tabernacle on Saturday to celebrate its rededication after two years of renovations.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland rededicates St. George LDS Tabernacle (Spectrum - Utah) (July 31, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Community members and general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered at the St. George Tabernacle on Saturday to celebrate its rededication after two years of renovations.

Mission to Russia (October 13, 2004) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Chad Murphy...serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is serving in Rostov, Russia.

Sunrise speaker extols faith of pioneers (Deseret News - Utah) (July 25, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognized that July 2006 marks the 150th anniversary of the departure of the ill-fated Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.

Thousands Attend Latino Cultural Events Featuring Elder Christofferson, David Archuleta (Church News) (October 28, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Today’s youth live in a day marked by both historic peril and promise. Blessings and protection await young people when they exercise faith and build their relationship with the Lord.

Business grads told to keep striving (Utah) (May 7, 2005) - Relevance: 1.9
The college's president, Stephen K. Woodhouse, and Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve spelled out more than a few bits of guidance for the graduates during the 118th commencement exercises of the college, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Aspirations, Lobbying are Absent (LDS Church news release) (November 20, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
The simplicity of the succession to two of the highest offices in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was highlighted last month with the appointment of President Henry B. Eyring as a counselor in the First Presidency and the naming of Elder Quentin L. Cook as a new apostle.

Both sides of gay rights issue weigh in on on LDS leader's address (KSL - Utah) (October 15, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
One day after Latter-day Saint Church leader Elder Dallin Oaks spoke on religious freedom and discrimination following the passage of California's Proposition 8, a federal judge in San Francisco has refused to dismiss a lawsuit to overturn it.

Apostle gives guidance to “launching” graduates (BYU-Idaho news release) (December 22, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed 1,280 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho’s largest Fall Commencement ever, held Dec. 19.

Mormon missionaries return to Sendai to help Japanese rebuild (Deseret News - Utah) (June 17, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
From the window of a bus, Elder Patrick Hiltbrand recognized the streets and buildings around him. He saw his old apartment, the places he shopped for groceries and the streets where he proselytized as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Easter Is “The Lord’s Day” (Church News and Events) (April 2, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Deeper understanding of the Resurrection comes through experience, the words of the prophets, and looking to the life of the Savior, Elder John M. Madsen, an emeritus Seventy taught during the Easter Conference at Brigham Young University on March 29.

Blessings and Hardships of Going Directly to a Foreign MTC (Church News and Events) (January 10, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
When Elder Justin Brian Wilding opened the envelope that contained his mission call, he wasn’t surprised that he had been assigned to serve in a West African nation, the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission.

LDS apostle visits Samoa, New Zealand, Solomon Islands (Deseret News - Utah) (February 2, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited LDS Church members, government officials and missionaries in the Pacific over the course of the last two weeks.

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites February 23, 2018 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (February 26, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Katherine, were back in Argentina where he served as a young missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 55 years ago.

BYU devotional: A brave generation (LDS Church News) (November 4, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
It is time to be a brave generation, Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the S