|Celebrating Service (BYU NewsNet)
(January 23, 2008) - Relevance: 5
About 600 students and community members met Monday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through service. Though the morning dawned cold and snowy, only two of the 23 service projects planned for the day had to be cancelled.
Latter-day Saints across Africa Participate in Fifth Day of Service (Church News and Events)
(October 11, 2011) - Relevance: 4.9
Six months after he first invited Church members across the world to participate in a day of service, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, described the thousands of projects that happened in these words:
“A council of your fellow Saints prayed to know what service to plan. They asked God to know whom we should serve, what service to give, and whom to invite to participate. They may even have prayed not to forget shovels or drinking water. Above all, they prayed that all who gave service and all who received it would feel the love of God.”
Virginia: 400 participate in service expo (LDS Church News)
(March 30, 2011) - Relevance: 4.8
From repairing bicycles to crocheting blankets for terminally ill newborns, McLean Virginia Stake Relief Society members and their neighbors engaged in a unique and extensive community service project on March 12. Four hundred people had a chance to participate in 13 on-site service projects as well as to interact with representatives from 40 non-profit service organizations who were seeking volunteers.
Thousands expected to help with Mormon Day of Service throughout county (Daily Herald - Utah)
(September 10, 2011) - Relevance: 4.8
A week from today, thousands of families from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will come out to serve in their neighborhoods during the Day of Service.
The campaign started last year with the goal of strengthening communities and helping local governments and service organizations.
Service projects are planned throughout Snohomish County, and people of all faiths are invited to join the volunteers.
Elder Don R. Clarke: Serving more effectively (LDS Church News)
(November 2, 2011) - Relevance: 4.8
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.
Annual Day of Service planned across Southeastern states (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 20, 2010) - Relevance: 4.7
The first-ever Day of Service event in 2009 featured 554 projects, 1,267 community partners, 47,755 volunteers and 223,204 service hours accrued. This year's event is expected to be even bigger.
On April 24, more than 50,000 Southeastern state residents will assemble "love bags," plant fresh flowers, remove graffiti, repaint homes and hand-tie quilts on the 2nd Annual Day of Service event.
Stakes in Southeast taking part in service day (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 18, 2009) - Relevance: 4.7
Mormon service will be breaking out all over the southeastern United States on Saturday, April 25.
Debora Haring, public affairs director of the Fort Myers Florida Stake, said Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints challenged 96 stakes in the Southeast to set up a day of service. The challenge was issued last August, and "Day of Service 2009" was to take place in all areas on the same day.
Church-Service Missionaries Make a Difference (Church News and Events)
(January 31, 2013) - Relevance: 4.7
The Church-service missionary program began in 1979, and today more than 15,000 members are contributing to the Lord’s work throughout the world.
Claudine Cable, communications and training coordinator for the Church-service missionary program, said that Church-service missionaries make up a large part of some departments of the Church. In the Welfare Department, for example, they make up about 80 percent of the workforce.
“If they weren’t there, it would shut down,” Sister Cable said. “You couldn’t do it without the Church-service missionaries.”
Volunteers reach out on Day of Service (News Chief - Florida)
(May 17, 2010) - Relevance: 4.6
It was all about helping.
Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout Polk County and other volunteers completed 10 service projects for the second annual Day of Service recently.
A total of 390 volunteers donated more than 1,157 volunteer hours during the event.
40K participate in first Mormon service project day (Orange County Register - California)
(April 27, 2009) - Relevance: 4.6
Much was accomplished throughout the county today as thousands of volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their non-church friends united in acts of community service.
The mobilization is part of the first "Mormon Helping Hands" day of service, an organized event that summoned some 40,000 volunteers to carry out service projects throughout all of Southern California, including 11 O.C. cities.
Family Service of Redlands to benefit from Day of Service (Redlands Daily Facts - California)
(April 17, 2012) - Relevance: 4.6
The Redlands Service Club Council will hold its fourth annual Helping Hands Community Day of Service on April 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Ten major projects in 20 locations will take place, and lunch will follow for all participants at Sylvan Park.
Family Service Association of Redlands will get improvements funded by a grant from the Home Depot Foundation aimed at helping veterans in our community, according to a press release.
Volunteers will paint and repair the facilities, expand the community garden and establish an archive unit within the main building.
Provo leads nation in volunteerism (Daily Herald - Utah)
(July 29, 2008) - Relevance: 4.5
The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency in charge of national service programs, reports that 63.8 percent of local residents over 16 give service each year, more than double the national average of 27.2 percent. The nearest challenger is Iowa City, with a rate of 45.1. Nearly 80 percent of volunteer efforts locally were considered "religious," which includes unpaid service in any capacity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said spokeswoman Siobhan Dugan.
Hundreds of service projects completed during North America Northwest Area Day of Service (LDS Church News)
(October 26, 2011) - Relevance: 4.5
Reaching out with helping hands, thousands of Church volunteers throughout Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Alaska and Northern Idaho contributed over 100,000 hours of service during the second annual North America Northwest Day of Service.
This year’s service projects were scheduled throughout the month of September, with many happening on Saturday, Sept. 17. Volunteers included Church members of all ages who partnered with members of other faiths and civic organizations. More than 100 stakes completed 348 projects throughout September.
Mormons spend Day of Service at historic Baptist Cemetery (Fort Bend Sun - Texas)
(October 26, 2011) - Relevance: 4.5
Up to 50 LDS volunteers met Saturday, October 15th to help restore the historic African-American Prairie Grove Cemetery in the Alief area of Southwest Houston.
Due to a call for more service from LDS leaders earlier this year, Mormons across the world have been devoting a Day of Service to their communities. While service is nothing new to the Church, members from the 100 + congregations across the Houston area have gladly donated their time and energy to help better their communities.
Sean Ferguson: A life of service and sacrifice (ABC 30 - California)
(November 15, 2011) - Relevance: 4.5
Army Sergeant Sean Ferguson received two purple hearts for injuries he received during his nearly 10 years of military service. He was discharged in 2010 but returned to Baghdad to work as a private contractor.
A memorial service for Army Sergeant Sean Ferguson will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints on Saturday morning. Friends and family say Ferguson was passionate about his service and fighting for freedom.
LDS Church Receives Community Service Award (Leaf Chronicle - Kentucky)
(November 13, 2009) - Relevance: 4.5
In April 2009, for their Annual Day of Service project, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered with Pennyrile RC&D, the city of Hopkinsville and thirty additional organizations and businesses in efforts to clear debris from the Attucks High School to prepare it for future renovation and preservation of the historic building. The Church was awarded the Community Service award by Mayor Dan Kemp and Pennyrile RC&D for its volunteer service. Over 300 Latter-day Saints from the surrounding area, including Clarksville, TN, removed over 240 cubic yards of debris using over 1500 man hours during the Church's annual Day of Service event.
Local Members of Latter Day Saints Church Help Support Food Banks During Day of Service (BonneyLake-Sumner Patch - Washington)
(September 20, 2012) - Relevance: 4.3
Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provided 1,000 hours of service this past Saturday in the Puyallup area for the Church’s annual Day of Service.
Approximately 7,500 pounds of food were donated to the local food banks on Saturday, as well as $1,600 in cash donations.
The Day of Service in the Puyallup area is part of the Church’s larger Annual Day of Service Northwest, comprised of thousands of volunteers spanning from Alaska and British Columbia to Washington, Oregon, and Northern Idaho.
Called to Serve: You (Church News and Events)
(May 24, 2011) - Relevance: 4.3
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has asked all Church units to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church welfare plan by organizing their own day of service.
“The service may be undertaken at any time during the remainder of this year, and its length may be flexible depending on the service rendered,” the letter from the First Presidency read.
Pass area teams up with Mormons for 'Helping Hands' (Record Gazette - California)
(May 10, 2012) - Relevance: 4.3
On April 28, more than 350 local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with their friends and neighbors as volunteers to participate in a day of service to the community of Calimesa.
Volunteers included members from Banning, Beaumont, Oak Valley, Calimesa, Yuciapa, and San Gorgonio wards.
More than 60,000 volunteers partcipated in a day of service designed to help communities across the state, partnering with interfaith service and community groups for the annual “Mormon Helping Hands-Servicing Our Communities” day of service.
Church's Day of Service a great success (Statesman Journal - Oregon)
(September 27, 2012) - Relevance: 4.3
It was a good day for communities of this region; a number of local church wards make certain of that.
Nationally, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints calls for its Day of Service each fall — Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Pacific Northwest — to summon its legions and direct them toward undertaking productive endeavors in their respective communities. Locally, that call was answered with helping hands from about 600 volunteers.
Day of Service is an event sprouted from a program known as Mormon Helping Hands, which advocates the view that service isn’t just for when there’s a natural disaster but to help communities meet needs.
Mormons seek service opportunities (Williams Lake Tribune - Canada)
(August 28, 2010) - Relevance: 4.2
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.
Mormon volunteers help with Day of Service (Courier-Journal - Kentucky)
(April 27, 2009) - Relevance: 4.2
Hundreds of volunteers turned out across Southern Indiana yesterday for the first Helping Hands and Linking Arms Day of Service. The effort, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' North America Southeast Area, linked volunteers from Mormon churches with local agencies from Indiana to Florida on service projects that would help people, organizers said.
California Governor Honors LDS Church for Service (LDS News)
(April 15, 2016) - Relevance: 4.2
Last summer, waves of Church members—between 10,000 and 15,000—hosted and cheered the athletes of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. In recognition of their acts of service, California Gov. Jerry Brown presented the Church with the Governor’s 2016 Volunteering and Service Spotlight Award—the highest honor the governor bestows for volunteerism.
Strengthening communities through service (LDS Church News)
(August 4, 2011) - Relevance: 4.1
Even a blistering heat wave couldn't stop 2,500 Latter-day Saints from turning out for a Church-sponsored day of service on July 23.
Members of thirteen stakes and districts in the New York metro tri-state area heeded President Eyring's call to serve at general conference by turning out in 100 degree weather to perform community service at approximately 50 different locations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
Missionary work through service (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 14, 2011) - Relevance: 4.1
As members of the LDS Church, we are a service-oriented people. We give service in the church through our callings. We serve members through prepared meals for the sick, helping a new family move or helping the widows with their yard work. We also serve in our communities in various ways including feeding the homeless and aiding victims of natural disasters.
Service Project in Brazil Opens Doors for Missionary Work (Church News and Events)
(November 15, 2013) - Relevance: 4.1
“Through service, you and those who are prepared for the restored gospel come together in a powerful, inspiring way. Your good works will help people recognize you as a servant of God and will lead to opportunities to teach the restored gospel” (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service , 168).
It was with this purpose that members of the Galeo Ward, Rio de Janeiro Brazil Stake, conducted a community service project in Dr. Antonio Monteiro Preschool, located on Ilha do Governador.
The preschool caters to 160 children daily in the Royal Park community and surrounding areas.
Church Honored for Service on Historic Battleship in Hawaii (LDS Newsroom)
(December 6, 2014) - Relevance: 4.1
The USS Missouri Memorial Association is recognizing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its many hours of volunteer service performed by missionaries on the battleship at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. For the past 10 years, missionaries from the Church have provided service aboard the famous decommissioned United States Navy battleship known as the “Mighty Mo.”
Thousands of volunteers participate in Day of Service Northwest projects, with helping hands and by linking arms (LDS Church News)
(September 16, 2010) - Relevance: 4.1
Across the Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho, more than 14,000 volunteers participated in a broad scope of community service on Sept. 11, 2010, as part of the first Day of Service Northwest, reaching out to help others in a variety of ways during tough economic times when families and individuals are in need, unemployment rates are high, plus state and local agencies and schools have experienced budget cuts. More than 35,000 hours of service were gladly given as volunteers — individuals and families from children to seniors— contributed their energy, time and talents to improve their local communities.
LDS Church lends helping hand in "Day of Service" (KVAL CBS 13 - Oregon)
(June 11, 2012) - Relevance: 4.1
More than 400 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints took to the city parks early Saturday morning for a day of community service.
The Mormon Church's goal was to volunteer 2,000 hours of community work in a "Day of Service" event.
Church members of all ages assisted maintenance staffs for the City of Eugene and Springfield parks.
Mormons celebrate jubilee in Fiji
(December 2, 2004) - Relevance: 4.1
The pioneer members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints are about to have their church service but first they must clean up their place of worship before the service begins.
Elder Gay devotional: Insights on future service (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(November 13, 2008) - Relevance: 4.1
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.
Town grieves eight victims (CTV - Canada)
(January 1, 2009) - Relevance: 4
On Friday, a memorial service will be held for Michael and Len Stier. The service for the father and son will be held at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sparwood.
Second Annual Day of Service for Southeast Area (LDS Church News)
(April 28, 2010) - Relevance: 4
"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."
Deseret News Highlights Church-Service Missionary Program (LDS Newsroom)
(October 26, 2011) - Relevance: 4
Many recognize the image of young men and women missionaries riding bikes and wearing name tags as a symbol of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). But these are not the only missionaries giving service and spreading the message.
The Deseret News this week tells the story of another group — Latter-day Saint Church-service missionaries — that carries out a different aspect of missionary work.
LDS missionaries help with N.C. Day of Service food drive (Deseret News)
(May 22, 2012) - Relevance: 4
LDS missionaries provided hours of service during the multi-city, dual-stake Day of Service here this year.
Mormon missionaries helped unload and sort donations at food bank drop-off cites throughout the area.
At the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina warehouse in Charlotte, N.C., nearly 20 missionaries painted hundreds of collection barrels. Laughter, camaraderie and a united effort to serve an agency that serves so many in need permeated the day's events.
Mormon Helping Hands Day Of Service To Support Santa Clarita Schools (KHTS Radio - California)
(April 23, 2014) - Relevance: 4
More than 80,000 volunteers are expected to extend a helping hand to support West Coast communities on Saturday.
Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are participating in service projects to clean up, paint and landscape 10 schools sites under the direction of the Saugus Union School District, as part of the Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service.
First Presidency Honors the Life of US President George H. W. Bush (LDS Newsroom)
(December 3, 2018) - Relevance: 4
We are grateful today for the life and service of President George H. W. Bush. We honor him as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a man of deep conviction who dedicated his life in service to country, family and faith. We express our love to the Bush family. We have been blessed by his legacy of service and devotion, and we pray they will be granted God's peace as they remember and celebrate his remarkable life.
Family honors dad's commitment to service (California)
(February 25, 2005) - Relevance: 4
At the end of every February, the family and relatives of former Redlands High School teacher Steven Lehnhof commemorate his passing by performing community service projects in his name.
Potpourri of service for Oregon's 150th birthday (LDS Church News)
(August 6, 2009) - Relevance: 3.9
In western Oregon, 31 stakes are celebrating the state's 150th birthday with a potpourri of diverse and large-scale service projects.
The vast majority of the service occurred July 25, running the gamut from assembling emergency preparedness kits and collecting food donations to beautifying schools and cleaning up cemeteries. A few stakes' projects took place as early as April and some won't occur for another month.
Young Church-Service Missionaries Find Joy in Service (Church News and Events)
(August 17, 2012) - Relevance: 3.9
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.
Link to "Motherhood" Video
(May 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.9
It’s the highest, holiest service assumed by humankind. It’s the definition of selfless service. It’s both a daunting responsibility and a glorious opportunity. The divine role of motherhood is a gift from God, and key to His plan of happiness for all His children.
Members of Latter Day Saints engage in community service (Ghana News Agency)
(August 23, 2017) - Relevance: 3.9
The Akim Asene branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has undertaken a clean-up exercise in the area to mark the church’s “All African Helping Hands Day of Service.”
The National Public Affairs Council of the Church in West and South East Africa has instituted an annual Day in August to teach non-members of the church the example of Jesus Christ through community service.
Young women prepare for option of missionary service (LDS Church News)
(December 1, 2012) - Relevance: 3.9
On Oct. 6, President Thomas S. Monson announced in general conference that young women throughout the Church could begin full-time missionary service at the age of 19.
"Today, I'm pleased to announce that able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19, instead of age 21," said President Monson.
Then, he added, "We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty, and we encourage all young men who are worthy and physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries and we welcome their service."
Memorial Service to be Held for Missing Scout
(November 16, 2004) - Relevance: 3.9
The family of Garrett Bardsley, the boy scout who disappeared this summer in the High Uintas, says its time to hold a memorial service for him.
Church, city team up for clean-up day
(September 27, 2004) - Relevance: 3.9
According to LDS Stake President Allen Turner, service is one of the basic tenets of his church. "We want to serve in the community, and so we have one day a year that we dedicate to service to the community," he said.
Interfaith Service Unified In Support Of Troops
(October 11, 2004) - Relevance: 3.9
Religious leaders from several faiths joined in Tulsa Saturday for an interfaith ceremony in support of the nation's service men and women and their families.
Army of Mormon volunteers cleans up island (LDS Church News)
(November 17, 2009) - Relevance: 3.9
More than 200 BYU-Hawaii students donned standard beach garb — T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops — on Oct. 24 while undertaking a large-scale service activity.
Despite the casual attire, there was nothing nonchalant about the service rendered by students. The small army of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dispersed and spread over 13 separate service sites ranging from a cemetery to the grounds of the Mormon Church's Laie Hawaii Temple.
Nauvoo service for Smiths Monday
(June 27, 2005) - Relevance: 3.9
Nauvoo will hold a service of remembrance to commemorate the lives of Joseph and Hyrum Smith Monday.
Volunteers to provide Day of Service (Leaf Chronicle - Tennessee)
(April 22, 2009) - Relevance: 3.9
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers from community and faith-based organizations will strengthen communities and bring relief to those struggling because of the economic downturn in an unprecedented single Day of Service across 11 Southern states.
LDS holds Day of Service (Madison County Herald - Mississippi)
(May 12, 2009) - Relevance: 3.9
Hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the southeast part of the United States took to the streets recently to help clean-up communities as part of the organization's Area Day of Service 2009.
120,000 give service in Brazil (LDS Church News)
(August 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.9
Approximately 120,000 Latter-day Saints, friends and neighbors, dressed in the familiar yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests, gathered across Brazil cleaning, painting, filling food pantries and giving other service.
An opportunity to give as a service missionary (LDS Church News)
(March 9, 2013) - Relevance: 3.9
Like the various shapes of this game, Heavenly Father's children are all different. They come from varied backgrounds and have different talents and gifts. Because of this, there are many opportunities to serve within the Church, including service missions available to those for whom a full-time mission is not a good fit.
Day of Service for Seward’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Seward City News - Alaska)
(September 11, 2014) - Relevance: 3.9
On August 9, the designated Day of Service for Seward, dozens of volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked on a variety of service projects.
Members gathered to assist the City of Seward Silver Salmon Derby operated by the Seward Chamber of Commerce. They sold derby tickets, weighed and recorded fish, and answered questions from the public.
Patriotic Service (Daily Herald - Utah)
(July 2, 2007) - Relevance: 3.9
Freedom comes from inside the home and must reside powerfully there, said Vaughn J. Featherstone on Sunday night at the Freedom Festival's annual Patriotic Service Fireside.
California, Hawaii communities unite to serve (LDS Church News)
(June 17, 2015) - Relevance: 3.9
North America West Area members commemorated the sixth annual tradition of community service with the JustServe Helping Hands project on April 25. Formerly known as Mormon Helping Hands and Day of Community Service, the annual event was integrated with the JustServe.org initiative, a website designed to bring faith, community, non-profit and government organizations, as well as individuals wanting to serve, together to accomplish large-scale service projects.
European Members Participate in Area-Wide Blood Drives for Day of Service (Church News and Events)
(January 26, 2012) - Relevance: 3.8
During April 2011’s general conference, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, extended an invitation to Church members worldwide to “lift the people they serve higher” by participating in a day of service.
In response to his invitation, Church members throughout Europe participated in a day of service by organizing blood drives across the continent. What follows is a brief review of the participation of Church members across the area.
Latter-day Saints church begins service project (Ghana News)
(September 23, 2008) - Relevance: 3.8
Bishop Jones Aidoo, Bishop of the Sekondi Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said service to society must be the hallmark of all churches.
He said Christian churches must demonstrate practical help and support for the needy, organizations and the poor in society.
Bishop Aidoo said these when the church launched its Service Africa Project at Essikadu near Sekondi on Saturday.
Mormon Youth Conference lends a few helping hands (The Journal - West Virginia)
(July 29, 2010) - Relevance: 3.8
"It's Virginia's historic worm fence," explained National Park Service Ranger Steve Lowe. "It's been around since it first appeared in the 1600s at the Jamestown settlement." Lowe, together with Park Service Ranger, Jess Liptak, spent much of a day last week sharing a bit of local history with nearly 150 Mormon youth at the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, including a brief lesson on the unique background and construction of the historic fences. The youth were volunteers, lending their time and labor in providing badly needed maintenance that might not otherwise have been available due to limited national park staffing. "Volunteer service is a valuable commodity to the Park Service," Lowe noted, "and this group is by far the largest we've seen."
New visitors' center directors (LDS Church News)
(December 4, 2015) - Relevance: 3.8
Seven new visitors’ center directors and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. With the exception of Dale and Brenda Bradford who began their service in October, these couples will begin their service in January.
City’s turn to shine (The Daily Item - Pennsylvania)
(April 21, 2009) - Relevance: 3.8
More than 300 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will converge on Sunbury April 25 to clean up and beautify portions of the city. The service day is part of the Latter-day church’s service program called Mormon Helping Hands, established in 1998.
Volunteers plentiful for 'Day of Service' (Daily Post-Athenian - Tennessee)
(June 16, 2009) - Relevance: 3.8
April 25 literally was a "day of service" when an "army" of more than 200 volunteers converged on the Friendly City for a day-long creek cleanup project.
The Athens Day of Service was part of a regional event sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). Sponsored by the Athens LDS Church, the creek cleanup saw volunteers clearing junk and debris from 12 sites along Oostanaula and North Mouse creeks in an effort to prevent future flooding in the area and improve the aquatic environment.
LDS, volunteers embrace Day of Service (Tri-City Herald - Washington)
(September 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.8
Local cities' wishes will be answered Saturday when about 3,000 volunteers tackle projects as part of the Day of Service.
The anticipated large number of volunteers has allowed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to add more projects. About 30 will be finished in the Tri-Cities on Saturday.
The event began last year in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to honor and remember those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and who lost their lives in the service of the country, said Lowell Barber, regional public relations director for the LDS church.
Council lauded for community service
(October 7, 2004) - Relevance: 3.8
A century of service to Utah by the Community Services Council was recognized Wednesday, and the late Lowell L. Bennion, past executive director of CSC, was honored for his loving kindness and charity toward the poor ...
After the storm recover efforts under way (LDS Church News)
(November 12, 2012) - Relevance: 3.8
The storm that affected more than 60 million people, killing more than 110 in the United States, 11 in Cuba and 65 in the Caribbean, has caused millions of dollars in damage and brought countless acts of charitable service. Latter-day Saints have been on the giving and receiving end of such service.
Legacy of service: Commemorating 170 years of Relief Society (LDS Church News)
(March 17, 2012) - Relevance: 3.8
Just as Joseph Smith spoke to the sisters many times in the early days of the Church — admonishing them to provide service and relief, increase faith and personal righteousness, and help their children to know what ways to go — so do the leaders of the Church today.
In those meetings, "The prophet himself told the sisters the feelings the Lord has when the women of the Church are put to use in building the kingdom and strengthening others," Sister Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, told the Church News. "That has not changed at all over all of these years. Many times, there will be … something big and impressive, but the bulk of the work is done by small little acts of service that the sisters do in their everyday lives, in their communities, in their families, with their neighbors and with other Church members. When you add all of those small acts of service, then you have something big happening. …
120 years of pioneering genealogy (LDS Church News)
(November 22, 2014) - Relevance: 3.8
FamilySearch International, the Church’s worldwide Internet genealogy service and the largest such service in the world, is observing a milestone this month: 120 years since the formation of its forerunner the Genealogical Society of Utah.
VIDEO: Trujillo Family From Ecuador Answers the Call to Serve (LDS Newsroom)
(October 2, 2014) - Relevance: 3.8
It has been two years since President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lowered the age for missionary service. The announcement came during the October 2012 general conference, which lowered the minimum age of service from 19 to 18 for men, and from 21 to 19 for women.
Members inundate towns with service (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 17, 2008) - Relevance: 3.8
Just as the floods in Indiana began to subside, another flood struck: the flood of yellow-shirted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there to dirty their hands in the service of their neighbors.
Houston Astros thank Mormon Helping Hands for service during Hurricane Harvey (LDS Church News)
(June 27, 2018) - Relevance: 3.8
At the end of the third inning of the baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park in Houston on June 18, the PA system blared: “We’d like to welcome our Group of the Game from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During Hurricane Harvey, there were as many as 16,000 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers working around Greater Houston each day and provided over one million man-hours of service. Thank you for your service!”
Utah ranks No. 1 in volunteers (Associated Press)
(July 28, 2009) - Relevance: 3.7
The federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps ranks Utah tops for volunteerism. The Corporation for National and Community Service says 45% of Utah residents donated 162 million hours of service to a worthy cause last year.
Teens touch hearts with art (Record-Courier - Ohio)
(July 14, 2009) - Relevance: 3.7
The teens scattered through the halls of Happy Day School, leaving a cheerful, colorful reminder of their community service project.
The 66 teens, accompanied by 19 adult leaders, painted murals on the school walls as a community service project. The project was an activity for a youth conference sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Shirley Mars, young women’s president for the Youngstown Stake, a group of seven Mormon congregations in the area, said the service project opened a three-day youth conference.
Day of Service for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (NWF Daily News)
(May 28, 2013) - Relevance: 3.7
On April 27, the designated Day of Service, hundreds of volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, went forth working on a variety of service projects.
In the Crestview area, workers cleared underbrush in a city park to make way for a running trail. City officials expressed their appreciation for all that was accomplished.
The DeFuniak Springs ward helped two families, an invalid on a breathing machine and an elderly couple, by cutting their grass and pruning shrubs in their yard, trimming branches and cleaning debris on 10 acres of pecan trees.
235,260 hours of public service in the Southeast (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 28, 2009) - Relevance: 3.7
According to reports received by Monday evening, 54,330 volunteers participated in 554 projects in the 96 stakes taking part in the service. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with 1,267 community organizations in areas from southern Indiana to Florida to East Texas.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | 1 November (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(November 4, 2013) - Relevance: 3.7
Today’s “Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right” features two Religion News Service articles — one about the Church’s interfaith outreach, the other about the service Mormons provide in their communities. We also include an article from the New York Times about how the Church helps transform lives.
Missionary dies in Chile (LDS Church News)
(May 30, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
A memorial service for a 19-year-old Mormon missionary who died May 21 while serving in Chile was held Wednesday, May 25, in Fredericksburg, Va. Another service was held Friday, May 27, in Provo, Utah.
LDS Church kicks off 'Worldwide Day of Service' (KSL - Utah)
(December 1, 2016) - Relevance: 3.7
Did you hear it? See it? Experience it? Or follow it on social media? Almost two dozen Utah musicians hit various venues across the valley Wednesday to kick off The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Worldwide Day of Service.
Q&A: Mormon Missionaries (SLToday - Missouri)
(August 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
At any given time, there are more than 50,000 proselyting and service missionaries scattered throughout the world from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
That means during any given month, new, anxious missionaries from all over the world are leaving their homes to serve while others are returning home after their two years of voluntary service.
Local LDS youth learn the value of service (Lake Stevens Journal - Washington)
(July 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.7
Just one day after school got out local youth, ages 14 to 18, packed up their bags and headed to Cascade Park outside of Granite Falls to participate in the Marysville Stake’s annual Youth Conference.
The kids, who are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, attended classes, played games and enjoyed serving residents who live near the LDS church owned park.
The youth and their adult leaders pulled weeds, washed and waxed vehicles and scrubbed vinyl fencing as part of their service projects and in an effort to be neighborly. Service is an important part of LDS church members’ lives.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to show what we’re all about,” Joseph Lawrence, 18, from the Cedar Crest Ward said. “We’re learning to become better people. By making service a part of our lives we can make the world a better place.”
Utah top in the nation for giving service (BYU Newsnet)
(June 16, 2006) - Relevance: 3.7
The Corporation for National and Community Service released a national study Monday (June 12, 2006) indicating that Utah residents lead the nation in the amount of time they spend serving as volunteers.
Friend Campaign Invites Children to “Give Us a Hand” (Church News)
(May 4, 2015) - Relevance: 3.7
Hands, just like service, come in all sizes. The Friend magazine incorporates both into its new “Give Us a Hand” campaign.
The campaign, which was introduced in the January 2015 Friend and Liahona, encourages children to find ways to serve. It invites them to find and do an act of service and then trace their hand on a piece of paper, write their act of service on the handprint, and send it to the Friend or Liahona. Handprints are being published in both magazines during 2015 for children to see.
Ghana: LDS Embarks On "Service Projects" (allAfrica.com - Ghana)
(October 19, 2007) - Relevance: 3.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ghana would embark on 24 different projects to help clean up communities and villages in the southern part of the country.
The "Service Projects" would take place on Saturday, October 27, 2007.
LDS church sponsors Community Service Day (Your Hub - Colorado)
(September 1, 2007) - Relevance: 3.7
Volunteers came with bags of nonperishable food, school supplies and personal care items. The Columbine Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a community service day, and more than 200 people participated in projects at the church on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Three teens out of 10 took part in missions, ministry
(November 6, 2004) - Relevance: 3.6
Seventy percent of Church of the Latter-day Saints teens reported religious service involvement, the most among all religious groups. Even though they have not yet embarked on their traditional two-year mission by the age of 17, Mormons are taught the importance of service early on, said Latter-Day Saints spokesman Dale Bills.
Embracing a life of service with warmth and humor (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 10, 2008) - Relevance: 3.6
Had it not been for Kathleen Eyring, there's a good chance her husband, Henry B., would be relishing the latter days of tenured professorship at Stanford University. Instead, the first counselor in the LDS Church First Presidency walked away from a plum teaching position, and the idyllic estate where he lived, to set out for a lifetime of church service.
N.C. war records go online (Times-News - North Carolina)
(November 11, 2016) - Relevance: 3.6
It just got easier to learn about Tar Heels’ service in World War I.
A searchable database of North Carolina’s World War I service cards is now available online at Family Search (familysearch.org). The genealogy organization is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Missionary service is at the heart of the gospel (LDS Church News)
(January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 3.6
A member of the Quorum of the Twelve gave thanks Jan. 15, to 18 couples gathered at the Provo Missionary Training Center for the 2013 Seminar for New MTC Presidents and Visitors' Center Directors.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave remarks at a dinner with the departing couples just prior to giving a devotional address for all the missionaries gathered at the center.
"We love you and honor you for your service," he said. "I'm in a position to realize how much responsibility we bear to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ ... and how impossible it would be to carry out that responsibility without the efforts of all who serve in the great missionary effort of Church service."
Day of service aims to beautify Buchanan (Times-Georgian)
(April 17, 2010) - Relevance: 3.6
On April 24, volunteers will descend on downtown Buchanan to pick up garbage and decorate the area with flowers.
Event Organizer Ruth Clarke invites volunteers to attend “Flowers on the Square” between 9 a.m. and noon as a part of the Helping Hands, Linking Arms 2010 Day of Service.
Religious CEOs: JetBlue Founder, David Neeleman (Minyanville)
(May 19, 2010) - Relevance: 3.6
Ten years ago JetBlue (JBLU) was a breath of fresh air in an airline industry bogged down by the ways of legacy carriers that were unconcerned with customer service and known for price gouging. JetBlue was revolutionary. With a fleet of new planes -- all Airbus A320s, which cut down on repair costs -- a staff that worked primarily from home, and 40% of ticket sales executed online, the company emerged as the premier low-cost carrier focused on providing extra-friendly, efficient service.
The credit for this seismic shift goes to JetBlue's founder, David Neeleman. He parlayed his service-oriented background into one of the fastest-growing and largest airlines in the US.
Episcopalian Convention Includes Hands-On Interfaith Service Project at Welfare Square (LDS Newsroom)
(July 2, 2015) - Relevance: 3.6
More than 10,000 members of the Episcopal Church gathered (for the first time in Utah) for the faith’s 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City.
During each general convention, Episcopalians enjoy the opportunity to complete a service project in the communities they visit. This year they joined Mormons in Salt Lake at Welfare Square for an interfaith service project, according to Amy O’Donnell, wife of the Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi of the Salt Lake Episcopal Church.
New mission presidents by area for 2011 (LDS Church News)
(February 22, 2011) - Relevance: 3.6
The calling of 127 new mission presidents in the Church was announced this week. They will begin their service in July in all but once instance, where the new mission president began his service last year. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below.
Massive Service Day Benefits Thousands (LDS Newsroom)
(April 28, 2009) - Relevance: 3.6
From coast to coast, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined hands with friends and neighbors to clean up and serve their communities in a far-reaching day of service. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers stocked shelves, constructed houses and helped families in transition get their feet back on the ground.
Former Stallings councilman will take on worldwide task (South Charlotte News - North Carolina)
(May 20, 2014) - Relevance: 3.6
Former Stallings town council member Paul Frost and his wife, Tracie, have served their community for years.
And after seven years in Union County, they are about to take their commitment to service around the world.
Paul Frost, 39, is attending training in Washington, D.C., to become a foreign commercial service officer. He will work with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which sends trade professionals around the world to help U.S. companies enter foreign markets.
Frost said he is one of 25 people who recently was appointed to the service. Several thousand people applied for the job in the most recent hiring process, and about 75 will get final offers over several phases of hiring, he said.
Memorial service for Elder Malcolm S. Jeppsen (LDS Church News)
(April 23, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
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.
Portuguese Members and Friends Participate in Day of Service (Church News and Events)
(December 24, 2011) - Relevance: 3.6
About 600 members and friends of the Church across Portugal participated in a blood drive, on Saturday, December 17, 2011, making it the Church’s largest service activity ever held in the nation.
The event was in response to the invitation from the First Presidency that all members of the Church participate in a day of service during 2011. (The invitation was first shared by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, during his April 2011 general conference address.) The challenge was reinforced by a letter from the Europe Area Presidency sent in July, inviting all European countries to follow President Eyring’s counsel.
Full-time service in Sandy's wake coming to an end for Mormon Helping Hands (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 4, 2012) - Relevance: 3.6
After a solid month of daily service to victims of Hurricane Sandy’s fury, missionaries in the New York New York City South and New York New York City North missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are “moving toward the end of what we can do,” according to one of their missionary leaders.
“We have to be very careful,” said President Kevin Calderwood, who as president of the New York New York City South Mission is responsible for 200 of the LDS missionaries who have been the heart and soul of LDS service efforts in the areas hardest hit by the storm. Sandy hit the northeastern United States on Oct. 29, resulting in 253 fatalities and an estimated $66 billion in damages.
Max warns of 'dangerous' foreign social values (Trinidad News)
(October 9, 2006) - Relevance: 3.6
Speaking at the Inter-Religious Organisation's National Day of Thanksgiving church service, Richards warned that responsible citizens must do all they can to stem the tide, or risk losing the country's moral status as a republic.
The service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Cirpriani Boulevard, Port of Spain.
Women's Day of Service (KMVT - Idaho)
(April 26, 2010) - Relevance: 3.5
This weekend women in the Kimberly area came together to help some incoming refugees.
Women of all ages helped out on the Women's Day of Service on Saturday.
Members of the LDS church and cross roads United Methodist Church came together to put together care packages.
The Magic Valley is expecting around 350 refugees through the CSI program.
Virginia governor, first lady kick off LDS Day to Serve (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 23, 2014) - Relevance: 3.5
A massive service spree started on Sept. 11 when first lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe endorsed the Day to Serve, an annual service initiative that involves all the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Annual project by LDS churches in Raleigh helps fuel Food Bank (Eastern Wake News - North Carolina)
(April 21, 2014) - Relevance: 3.5
The nine Raleigh branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now in their seventh year uniting on what they call a month of service.
It’s not a month-long church service. It is the LDS Church Raleigh stake’s version of a Day of Service project that raises food and funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The project also helps supply the food bank with other goods to help keep families afloat.
Padma Venkataraman to speak on service Oct. 8 at BYU (BYU news release)
(October 6, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Padma Venkataraman, the daughter of India's former president, will speak on “Making a Difference through Service and Humanitarian Outreach” at a Brigham Young University David M. Kennedy Center lecture Thursday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.
Ana De Agostini speaks on finding purpose through service (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 18, 2017) - Relevance: 3.5
Ana De Agostini, a former member of the Relief Society general board, gave a BYU Women's Conference address on May 5 about finding one's purpose through consecrated service to others.
“To qualify for and help others attain the blessings of eternal life is our purpose,” she said. “Can we think of a purpose that is more ambitious, more glorious than that?”
LDS Day of Service draws almost 700 (Spokesman-Review - Washington)
(September 19, 2013) - Relevance: 3.5
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a community service day last weekend that drew about 700 volunteers to projects all over Spokane County. Two more volunteer projects are planned for Saturday.
On the menu this weekend is rebuilding the gazebo in the Fairfield City Park and doing yard work at the Rose Pointe Nursing Home at 13013 E. Mission Ave.
Photos: Sunrise service ushers in Pioneer Day (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 24, 2015) - Relevance: 3.5
Not everyone who calls the Beehive State home has family ties to the Mormon pioneers — but all Utahns can learn, emulate and take pride in the principles that guided the pioneers.
That was the message Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Seventy shared Friday at the annual Days of ’47 sunrise service at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Latter-day Saints plan local day of service (Messenger - Iowa)
(August 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.5
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-fay Saints welfare program, the local ward of the church has set aside Aug. 20 as a day of service and invites the public to participate by assembling and donating a hygiene kit or donating time working at the Habitat for Humanity homes in Fort Dodge.
2015 mutual theme: 'Embark in the Service of God' (LDS Church News)
(September 8, 2014) - Relevance: 3.5
The 2015 Mutual theme doubles as a call to action to faithful young men and young women across the globe:
“O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.”
Church recognized for continued service in Iowa (LDS Church News)
(September 24, 2009) - Relevance: 3.5
Church members in Central Iowa received a Governor's Volunteer Award for their service throughout different communities of the state. In a ceremony held July 27 in Des Moines, Gov. Chester J. Culver recognized the Church as a great help in building and helping communities.
Today in the Bloggernacle: The power of a day of service, plus a bishop's testimony (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 30, 2012) - Relevance: 3.5
Service Day: Meeting neighbors. Showing love. Working hard. That’s what these members in Henderson, Nev., did in planning and then carrying out a “Day of Service” in their area. This new Mormon Messages video depicts how the words of President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sparked them to serve. Click in to be inspired.
Calling all translators: LDS Church launches new service program (Daily Universe - Utah)
(November 22, 2011) - Relevance: 3.5
BYU students now have the opportunity to help with the translation of print materials for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through a new service program, Vineyard.
This program was created by the Church to utilize the talents of Church members for a variety of jobs including translation work and photography.
Mormons seek converts online and abroad with Missionary Chat (Religion News Service)
(February 14, 2014) - Relevance: 3.4
“Welcome to Mormon.org chat.”
“A missionary will be with you shortly.”
“Please continue to hold for the next available missionary.”
What sounds like a customer service dead end is actually the automated start of a session on Missionary Chat, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ platform for online proselytizing.
FamilySearch Celebrates 120 Years (Church News)
(December 2, 2014) - Relevance: 3.4
FamilySearch International, the Church’s worldwide Internet genealogy service and the largest such service in the world, is observing a milestone this month: 120 years since the formation of its forerunner, the Genealogical Society of Utah.
In 1894 the society was formed under the direction of Church President Wilford Woodruff, and it held its first meeting on November 12 of that year.
Pioneering: A Work that Fires the Soul, Says Sunrise Service Speaker (Church News)
(July 27, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
Pioneer Day began early on July 24 for hundreds of people who marked the holiday attending the annual Days of '47 Sunrise Service at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Seventy offered the message at the popular event and challenged Latter-day Saints to learn, emulate, and celebrate the principles that guided the Mormon Pioneers.
Rugby Star Will Hopoate Gives Up Millions for Missionary Service (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(November 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
Turning down million-dollar contract offers for two years of nonprofit service might seem silly to some. But that’s just what 19-year-old Australian rugby star Will Hopoate did in May when he chose to become a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) instead of accepting a lucrative offer to keep playing rugby.
New church missionaries (Cherokee Sentinel - North Carolina)
(January 31, 2007) - Relevance: 3.4
Officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that two new representatives of the church have been sent to service in a five county area with headquarters in Murphy. Elder Robert Leinbach and his wife Sister Roseann Leinbach will serve as full time missionaries. They will be here for approximately 18 months to teach the gospel to those who are interested and to perform community service.
Mormons Deliberate With Media (All Africa - Ghana)
(September 12, 2008) - Relevance: 3.4
THE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Takoradi, over the weekend organised an evening encounter with the western press, to deliberate on a project initiated by the church to support communities in which they operate.
The project is dubbed 'All Africa Service Project,' and is meant to provide three hundred thousand man hours dedicated to community service.
Church Thanks San Diego Padres for Their Community Service (Church News)
(August 5, 2015) - Relevance: 3.4
After 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, he presented to Tom Seidler, owner of the Padres, a crystal baseball to honor the community service the baseball team has done.
Mormons Step Out Across Multiple States to Clean Up Their Communities (LDS Church news release)
(September 20, 2010) - Relevance: 3.4
Service is one of the core values for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands are joining with their neighbors, service groups and organizations to meet the demands of growing communities. Two significant Mormon Helping Hands events recently took place in the northwest region of the United States.
Elder Christofferson Prays at National Prayer Service (LDS Newsroom)
(January 23, 2017) - Relevance: 3.4
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.
Helping Hands Projects Successful in the UK and Ireland (News from the Church)
(October 30, 2007) - Relevance: 3.4
Despite the ominous weather forecasts, most stakes in the United Kingdom and Ireland carried on with their Helping Hands Day of Service on June 30, 2007. Thousands of Church members of all ages worked to clean up public areas such as parks, civic buildings and paths. Service was also rendered in hospitals, in care facilities or to those with special needs.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | January 4 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(January 7, 2013) - Relevance: 3.4
In an August 2012 article in the Washington Post’s “On Faith” forum, Church Public Affairs managing director Michael R. Otterson invited journalists to come to Sunday Mormon worship services to better understand “what makes Mormons tick.” We are grateful to the dozens of journalists who have accepted this invitation — including, recently, Geraldine Johns of The New Zealand Herald.
As part of an article about several churches in New Zealand, Johns visits a Church service in Takapuna. In addition to describing the simplicity of a Latter-day Saint worship service (wooden chairs, organ music and a tissue box on the lectern), Johns includes quotes from three members who describe why they choose to attend a Mormon worship service.
Newspaper board remembers service (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 11, 2007) - Relevance: 3.4
A keen interest in people marked President James E. Faust's long service on the Deseret News board of directors.
Former publisher Wm. James Mortimer still recalls what President Faust told him in his first days on the job.
Columnist makes plea for humility (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 19, 2007) - Relevance: 3.4
Gratitude for God's blessings, and a hilarious plea for understanding and humility highlighted a Thanksgiving interfaith service on Sunday.
About 500 attended the service, held in the Big Cottonwood LDS Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5165 S. Highland Dr. After the program, which was sponsored by the city of Holladay Interfaith Council, guests were treated to a plethora of snacks and sandwiches.
Texas Communities Remember Missionaries Killed in Tragic Accident (LDS Newsroom)
(November 21, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
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.
'Callings' a portrait of service (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 28, 2006) - Relevance: 3.4
A seven-year project that took photographer Mark Finch Hedengren to Ghana, Sweden, Scotland, Mexico, Utah, New York, California, France and Cambodia is now on display at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU in Provo. "Callings: Service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" is a photo essay of ordinary people serving as missionaries, teachers, bishops and volunteers in their stakes, wards and missions.
Church Lowers Missionary Service Age (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2012) - Relevance: 3.4
In a move to expand the opportunities for young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve full-time missions, Church president Thomas S. Monson announced today that, effective immediately, men may now begin serving at age 18 and women at age 19.
The previous age for beginning missionary service was 19 years of age for young men and 21 for young women.
Days of '47: Sunrise Service (LDS Church News)
(July 27, 2011) - Relevance: 3.4
"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.
Mormons Respond to Typhoon Pablo With Relief Supplies, Service (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(January 17, 2013) - Relevance: 3.4
Since Typhoon Pablo slammed into the southern Philippines on 4 December 2012, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has responded with relief supplies and volunteer service.
Read the full story at Mormon Newsroom’s Philippines site.
BYU-Hawaii presents service honors to labor missionaries (Hawaii)
(March 23, 2005) - Relevance: 3.4
Hawaii honored 26 labor missionaries during its Koolauloa Community Service Awards Program on March 17. The twenty-six represented several hundred volunteer laborers and supervisors who built the university campus, additions to the Hawaii Temple and Visitors Center, housing, chapels, and the Polynesian Cultural Center in two phases from 1956-58 and 1960-63.
New Mormon president has long years of service (USA Today)
(January 31, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
Long before he became a counselor to Gordon Hinckley, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died Sunday, Thomas S. Monson was well-known to the Mormon faithful.
Monson has spent his entire career in the service of the LDS Church, working alongside every Mormon president since 1963, when he was named one of the 12 apostles at the age of 36.
Sorensen's iPhone fails on cut-down day (ESPN)
(September 4, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
To take their minds off cut-down day, Kansas City Chiefs rookie safety Daniel Sorensen and his wife, Whitney, decided to go to temple on Saturday afternoon. They stowed their cellphones in the car and spent the next two hours worshiping at a service off Interstate 435. Whitney was more nervous and eager than her husband -- "She likes to know," Sorensen said -- and they planned it perfectly when the service ended around 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for cuts. By then, Sorensen, a rookie safety from BYU, would know.
Latter-day Saint Leaders Attend National Prayer Service (LDS Church news release)
(January 22, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
Two Latter-day Saint leaders, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, were among the religious leaders who attended the National Prayer Service today in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
More on missionary incident in Bulgaria (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(June 10, 2008) - Relevance: 3.3
The LDS Church said an Orthodox Christian priest's allegations that Mormon missionaries interrupted a religious service and had to be removed are "erroneous."
"Two missionaries serving in Burgas, Bulgaria, did nothing to disrupt the services of a local church, and when asked to leave, did so immediately," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement. "The missionaries were invited to attend the church service by a member of the congregation."
Virginia stakes give statewide day of service (LDS Church News)
(October 12, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
Still reeling from an earthquake, a hurricane and a tropical storm during August and September, residents of Virginia welcomed the community assistance that more than 10,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided on Sept. 24, 2011. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who officially proclaimed the date as a day of service throughout the state, called the LDS outpouring of good will and thousands of volunteer hours evidence of a people "who have a servant's heart."
LDS Youth Help Bring Meaning to Operation Smile in Ecuador (Church News)
(May 15, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
Twice a year in Ecuador, the Church contributes humanitarian support to Operation Smile through its humanitarian service missionaries. This service is only one part of the involvement that the Church has in humanitarian projects in Ecuador and in over 139 countries across the world.
Blessing others — Church benefits also (LDS Church News)
(December 14, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
For the past 30 years, Church-service missionaries have provided needed work in a variety of positions across the globe, blessing their lives and the Church worldwide.
"I don't know why more people don't serve," said Sister Linda Gentry of the River Oaks 3rd Ward, West Jordan Utah River Oaks Stake, who has been a Church-service missionary for more than two years.
Youth Serve by Documenting Graves with Billiongraves.com (Church News)
(March 18, 2015) - Relevance: 3.3
Following the theme “Embark in the Service of God,” young men and young women from the Lake Havasu City Arizona Stake gathered in the Palo Verde Cemetery in Blythe, California, for a youth conference service project documenting graves on February 28. Around 100 youth and leaders took to the pathways of the cemetery with smartphones in hand, taking pictures of each grave.
LDS Church-service missionaries: 'A dedicated, passionate work force' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 24, 2011) - Relevance: 3.3
For the past six months, Larry and Casi Smith have been living in a trailer on the windy plains of Wyoming. As church-service missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they assisted 18,500 pioneer trekkers — mostly LDS teenagers and their adult leaders — among the Mormon Handcart Historic Sites, specifically at the Willie Center/Sixth Crossing Site, about 60 miles from Martin's Cove.
Mormon Leaders Discuss Helping Hands Efforts With Connecticut Governor (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(May 21, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Connecticut recently presented the state’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, with a photo book of service done by Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in the state in 2011.
Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in Connecticut performed several acts of service in 2011, including cleanup after Hurricane Irene. The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of the Church and their neighbors to provide community service. These volunteers in their trademark yellow shirts help people who have been affected by natural disasters and other emergencies. Mormon Helping Hands volunteers also partner with government and nonprofit organizations to support and improve their local communities.
450 Cambodian Saints celebrate 'Day of Service' with festival cleanup (LDS Church News)
(February 1, 2012) - Relevance: 3.3
More than 450 members of the Central, North and South districts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, recently carried out their local "Day of Service" project by cleaning up trash and other debris left over from the annual Cambodian Water Festival.
"I am so thankful for our members and am happy that they had this chance to help clean our city," said North District President Thaong Chantha. "They show a good example with love and unity."
Changing lives through YSA service project (LDS Church News)
(July 2, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
Changing lives was the goal. Could that be best accomplished with another boating trip, or was there a better way? Contemplating those questions led the youth leaders of the Kaysville Utah Stake Young Single Adults to pick a service project over another trip to Hyrum Lake in northern Utah for a summer activity. Specifically, the YSA committee decided to do an "extreme home makeover" patterned after the popular television program of the same name.
Senator Harry Reid Receives Distinguished Public Service Award (LDS Newsroom)
(January 23, 2017) - Relevance: 3.3
Former United States Senator Harry Reid has been honored for his 34-year career in politics with the Distinguished Public Service Award by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Senator Reid from Nevada was the Democratic leader of the Senate for more than a decade before his recent retirement.
The Future of the Mormon Church? It's Latino (NBC News)
(August 24, 2016) - Relevance: 3.3
The face of the Mormon church is changing.
On a soggy afternoon in Harlem, in New York City, a group of Latinos gather for their weekly church service. As the rain streams down outside, the mood inside the meeting house is cozy and welcoming. An elderly woman waves to a little girl seated nearby, saying "Hola chiquitita!" There is an abundance of small children, as well as a few Caucasians listening to the Spanish-language service with audio translation headphones.
Latter-day Saints lend a hand to Relay (The Acorn - California)
(April 9, 2009) - Relevance: 3.3
The inaugural Mormon Helping Hands Community Day of Service will be on Sat., April 25.
The Relay For Life of Agoura is the official community service project for local church members from Agoura to Newbury Park.
The relay is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and will take place for 24 hours starting 10 a.m. April 25 at Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills.
Church Missionaries Provide Cleanup of Historic Site in Cambodia (LDS Newsroom)
(December 31, 2013) - Relevance: 3.3
More than 100 missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a Christmas service project to help clean the grounds of the Choeung Ek Memorial in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The missionaries from six countries donated 2,000 service hours scrubbing the park’s central monument, parking lots and park entry roads, as well as removing unwanted vegetation from the park’s protective walls.
Church recognized for service in Black Forest Fire (LDS Church News)
(July 14, 2014) - Relevance: 3.3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of 46 agencies and organizations honored and recognized by receiving a certificate of appreciation for dedicated service at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado in June 2013. Other groups included The Red Cross, Care and Share, New Life Church and Mountain Springs Church.
‘Mormon Helping Hands’ spruces up valley (Valley Chronicle - California)
(May 6, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
About 400 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints painted benches, spread bark, and dug dirt in the annual “Mormon Helping Hands” day of service Saturday.
Wearing yellow vests, the church volunteers fanned out across the valley, with most projects centered in San Jacinto.
“It was a really great service project,” said Krystyne Gray, who handles public affairs for the Hemet stake of the church.
Elder Marion D. Hanks laid to rest (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 15, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
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.
Norborne pulls together with help of neighboring towns (Daily News - Missouri)
(June 27, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
"In Norborne we pull together, no matter what," said Jessica Miller, president of the Norborne Fire Department Auxiliary. "Once we got over the initial shock, we got to work."
According to the National Weather Service, straight-line winds ravaged the small town last Wednesday evening, June 17, tearing limbs off of trees, and tossing them -- and sometimes the entire tree -- onto homes and roofs. A brick building, built in 1906, was blown down destroying Larry's Auto Service located next to it.
New Mormon leaders ordained for Gallatin congregation (Gallatin North - Missouri)
(November 3, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Bryan Youd has been ordained as the bishop, or leader, of the Gallatin congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Youd will be joined by two counselors: Michael Steele and Todd Shingleton.
Although there is no stipulated period of service, it is common for bishops to serve their congregations for about five years. These leaders earn their own living and receive no pay of any kind for their service.
Find Your Family’s World War I Veterans in New Collections Online (Church News)
(November 12, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
Veterans Day is a time to recognize the veterans in our lives—to honor their service for our country and show them that we appreciate their sacrifices made in our behalf.
“The Great War,” World War I, began 100 years ago and later ended on November 11, 1918. In commemoration of Veterans Day, FamilySearch.org has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920.
Church-Service Missionaries: 'If Ye Have Desires to Serve God Ye Are Called to the Work' (LDS Church News)
(April 29, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal and share a message with the choir that performed so beautifully at the General Women’s Session of general conference. I arrived early to visit and to see if I could be of assistance. I observed, with gratitude, priesthood and Relief Society leaders — along with choir members and Church-service missionaries — working together in, as Elder M. Russell Ballard once said, a “highly organized beehive” of activity.
How to stay strong after faithful LDS missionary service (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 12, 2014) - Relevance: 3.2
Just days before his flight left Russia to return home to Utah in August 2013, Elder Wayne Owens was serving in his last assignment in the Russia Vladivostok Mission. He was wrapping up his two-year missionary service and had just had one of the most memorable weeks of his life.
“There was this wonderful family; we had taught the husband and his wife, and they got baptized the Monday before I left,” he said. “I can’t think of a more perfect ending to a mission.”
What would Jesus do? Fisticuffs over church seat unlikely (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(July 9, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
In the wake of the recent physical altercation over seating at a worship service in a Plain City LDS ward, Mormons everywhere have now been put on notice: Those days of showing up late to church are long gone, bub.
Apparently, at a recent crowded church service involving both a baby blessing and a missionary farewell, an incident of seat-saving escalated to the point where someone was quite literally washed in the blood. And the rest of us are left wondering, “So whatever happened to ‘Turn the other cheek’?”
Idaho ward reaches out in service (LDS Church News)
(September 7, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
When a lightning strike started a wildfire outside of Boise last summer, flames rushed through the foothills chewing up more than 5,000 acres that included four houses, outbuildings, vehicles, trailers and pets.
No Latter-day Saints were affected, but four families from other churches lost their homes. Bishop Ken Firmage of the Beacon Light Ward, Eagle Idaho Stake, saw a need and began contacting the families to offer the ward's service. As a token of kindness he also gave each family a homemade quilt.
President Eyring feted by BYU Management Society (LDS Church News)
(April 25, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, was honored April 18 by the Washington Chapter of the BYU Management Society. Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Tom C. Korologos, introduced President Eyring, and together with chapter president, Brian Barker, presented him with the chapter's Distinguished Public Service Award for his lifetime of public service.
Methodist choir performs for Mormons following service projects (LDS Church News)
(January 6, 2017) - Relevance: 3.2
In September of 2016, over 100 LDS children, teenagers and adults participated in service projects at the Carol City United Methodist Church and the Opa Locka United Methodist Church. Both are led by Pastor Joann Brookins. In a gesture of friendship, a choir from the two Methodist churches performed Christmas hymns for the LDS members on Dec. 11, 2016, as reported in the Miami Herald.
Drive assists five Denver area food banks (LDS Church News)
(December 8, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
Latter-day Saints in the Denver Colorado North Stake organized the "Help Those in Need" food drive Saturday, Nov. 5. The food drive was in response to a call for a day of service by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, during the April 2011 general conference to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program. President Thomas S. Monson has also encouraged members to participate in service opportunities.
River youth takes her talents to Tonga (Campbell River Mirror - Canada)
(July 22, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
International service projects can be both a learning experience and a time of personal growth, according to Campbell Riverite Taryn Deeble who recently returned from a service-oriented trip to Tonga.
The trip was with the Alliance for Youth Services, which is organized by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; all the participants in Deeble’s group were church members.
VIDEO: Impact of the Mormon Missionary Service Age Change — One Year Later (LDS Newsroom)
(October 4, 2013) - Relevance: 3.2
This week’s general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marks one year since Church President Thomas S. Monson announced lower age requirements for Mormon missionaries. In the video below, Elder David F. Evans, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department, discusses the impact the missionary service age change has had since last October.
Age change should propel more Mormons into missions (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 8, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
It may take years to see the full impact from the announcement that the LDS Church is lowering the age for full-time missionary service, but the Utah-based faith is clearly preparing for one immediate consequence: a flood of new, younger missionaries.
Just hours after church President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men could serve a mission at age 18 (down from 19) and young women at 19 (down from 21), social media and the blogosphere were abuzz with young Mormons who were suddenly planning to put in their applications for service.
Gay-rights advocates' plan for LDS conference: Service, not protests (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 27, 2009) - Relevance: 3.2
Far from the post-Proposition 8 protests that ignited outside of LDS temples in November, gay-rights advocates are taking a gentler tack during next week's LDS General Conference.
Instead of pickets and chants, members and supporters of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community plan to take up garden tools and medical-supply kits for "General Service Weekend" on April 4 and 5.
LDS stake's cemetery service project in Lewiston, Idaho serves the living (Deseret News)
(December 17, 2012) - Relevance: 3.2
People the world around may benefit from the Lewiston Idaho Stake’s Day of Service.
On a cold, blustery Oct. 20, members of the stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were joined by volunteers from the Twin Rivers Genealogical Society, 129 in all, to check nearly 10,000 tombstone inscriptions against the sexton's records at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, Wash. They contributed an aggregate 548 hours.
It was the second such cemetery project for the Lewiston Stake.
Memorial services planned for Mormon missionary who died in Chile (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 26, 2011) - Relevance: 3.2
A memorial service for a a 19-year-old LDS missionary who died while serving in Chile last week will be held Wednesday night in Fredericksburg, Va. Another service is planned for Friday in Provo.
Elder Benjamin Taylor Jennings collapsed while on a morning jog with his missionary companion on May 21, and could not be revived, according to an obituary in Wednesday's Deseret News. The cause of death was not known.
Two churches busy with acts of service (Gainesville Times - Georgia)
(April 26, 2010) - Relevance: 3.2
Two area churches will be separately fanning across Hall County today to beautify, clean up and participate in other community service activities.
East Lanier Community Church in Buford is holding its second annual Day of Extreme Blessings with several projects in South Hall.
Church members will be making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day items for South Hall Meals on Wheels clients and putting together care packages for military serving overseas.
Family History Workshops Held During Martin Luther King Day of Service in Philadelphia (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(January 20, 2016) - Relevance: 3.2
Attendees of the largest Martin Luther King Day event in the United States had an opportunity to learn about their African American ancestors of the Civil War era on Monday, January 18, 2016. FamilySearch, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, participated in the 21st annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service. The event attracted more than 140,000 volunteers and included over 1,800 projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Hundreds Gather to Honor Mountain Meadows Victims (LDS Church news release)
(September 12, 2007) - Relevance: 3.2
One hundred and fifty years to the day that 120 emigrant men, women and children were massacred at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah, hundreds of people gathered today in a communal memorial service at the grave site, some 35 miles from Cedar City.
Elder Henry B. Eyring, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented the First Presidency at the service, which was organized by descendants of those on the California-bound wagon train who lost their lives.
Bay Area Interfaith Group Honoring Christ Through Song and Service (LDS Newsroom)
(May 1, 2014) - Relevance: 3.1
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are joining fellow Christians in the Bay Area for a fourth-straight year to honor Jesus Christ through song and service.
On Sunday evening, 27 April 2014, an interfaith choir and orchestra performed the Lamb of God oratorio (which tells the story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection) at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. It was the final of five such Easter concerts in the Bay Area.
Church members help hurting families (Suffolk News Herald - Virginia)
(February 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Members of eight congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Virginia and North Carolina, in partnership with FEMA and the North Carolina VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters), completed two days of service projects in January. This humanitarian service assisted families who suffered flood damage to their homes during the torrential downpours that occurred in several eastern North Carolina counties last October.
More Than 1000 Attend Services for Fallen SEAL (US Navy Seals)
(August 18, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held in honor of fallen Navy SEAL Jason Workman at the Blanding LDS Stake Center in Utah. The service has been scheduled for August 20 at 2 pm. Workman is also among the 17 SEALs who lost their lives in the Chinook crash in Afghanistan.
It is expected that the memorial service will be attended in by Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah, as well as some of Workman’s fellow Navy SEALs.
Workman would have turned 33 on August 12. He was born in Montrose, Colorado, and finished high school from San Juan High School in 1997. As with most SEALs, Workman was a great athlete in high school, and played baseball and basketball.
After earning a degree in criminal justice from the Southern University of Utah in 2003, Workman joined the Navy. He eventually entered BUD/S training at Coronado, California, in January, 2004. He is survived by his wife, son, his parents, and three brothers.
Ventura California Stake Relief Society extends service (LDS Church News)
(January 26, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
For the past three years, the Ventura California Stake Relief Society has participated in four service projects that have helped lift hundreds of individuals, not only in our own community, but also on the other side of the world. Our first project involved making infant gowns, caps and blankets; bereavement kits; and crocheted cancer caps. The only requirement was that everything had to be handmade. Hundreds of items were sewn, quilted and crocheted.
LDS President Monson, five others honored by Rotary (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 21, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
The service-oriented lives of six Salt Lake City area community leaders were honored and celebrated by the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City during the 100-year-old organization's Centennial Gala at the Salt Palace Grand Ballroom Tuesday night.
The honorees who were cited for a lifetime of "Service Above Self" included:
President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
Helping Hands Day in Brazil Benefits All (Church News and Events)
(August 9, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
On July 30, 2011, yellow vests dominated the scene at hundreds of service projects across Brazil in celebration of the 12th anniversary of Mormon Helping Hands, a program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that seeks to provide community service and disaster relief to those in need.
Mormon Helping Hands actually originated in Brazil (“Maos aue Ajudam”) as a way to acquaint friends and neighbors with the Church’s humanitarian efforts. It has now become a major annual event.
Beck to speak at patriotic service (Daily Herald - Utah)
(June 19, 2008) - Relevance: 3.1
America's Freedom Festival has announced that political commentator Glenn Beck will speak and musician Michael Ballam will sing at a patriotic service at 7 p.m. on June 29 in Brigham Young University's Marriott Center.
Beck is the host of "The Glenn Beck Program," a talk-radio show that airs daily on more than 300 stations nationwide. He also hosts "Glenn Beck" nightly on Headline News. Beck is known for combining a conservative viewpoint with humor.
Helping hands in Brussels (LDS Church News)
(May 25, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
How do you unify a stake whose members do not speak the same language, are from different countries and embrace several different cultures? Bring them together in service.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program, President Henry B. Eyring called upon members of the Church to participate in a worldwide day of service. To honor this directive, on Saturday, May 14, members from the Brussels 1st, Brussels 2nd and Nivelles wards of the Brussels Belgium Stake joined hands with other volunteers in Serve the City's Spring Cleaning Day in downtown Brussels.
Young Church-Service Missionaries Invite Others to Come to Christ (Church News)
(February 12, 2016) - Relevance: 3.1
There’s an adage that advises, “Bloom where you’re planted.”
“In my family it’s ‘Bloom where you’re transplanted,’” Sariah Yiqun Baker said. Sister Baker has been “transplanted” many times in her 23 years—first from her native country of China as she was adopted by American parents and then as her family moved while her father fulfilled assignments in an international company. Most recently, Sister Baker put down roots in Utah, where she finished a year as a Church-service missionary at Welfare Square.
19 young women recognized for hard work (Spectrum - Utah)
(May 21, 2015) - Relevance: 3.1
Nineteen young women from the Mesquite Nevada Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received their Young Womanhood Recognition awards at a special program on May 6.
To earn this award girls ages 12 to 18 years old must set goals in eight value areas — faith, divine nature, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity and virtue. They must achieve them through 70 hours of community service, church service and self-improvement projects. The women also are to read 531 pages of the Book of Mormon.
LDS tradition may hamper cremation scattering service in Utah (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(September 5, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Will it fly in Utah?
That’s the big question facing Russell Whetton, an Ogden chiropractor/mortician/pilot who recently founded Four Winds Scattering Service at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport.
Whetton offers to fly cremated remains in his 1957 Piper Tri-Pacer aircraft, releasing them in midair to scatter them to the winds.
But that might not be an easy sale here in Utah. Traditionally, cremation has been frowned upon among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon Helping Hands (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(June 8, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Members of the Laie community and the BYU–Hawaii ohana joined with communities across Hawaii to beautify the island on Saturday, May 8, as part of the Mormon Helping Hands Program.
Ashley Shaum, a recent graduate of BYU–Idaho and currently a resident of Laie, attended the service project and enjoyed this opportunity to give back to the community. "It felt really good to get out and do some service. It was encouraging to see so many people come out to support," said Shaum.
Area day of service for the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints (Beaufort Observer - North Carolina)
(April 27, 2009) - Relevance: 3.1
The Washington North Carolina Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons) participated in the Area Day of Service on April 25 being carried out by 665 congregations in 11 South Eastern States. These services will range from teaching emergency preparedness to clean up and repair for various needs. The Washington Branch elected to participate in a restoration project for the Old Bath High School that is under construction.
Texas: 'Giving Thanks by Giving Back' (LDS Church News)
(December 10, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Using the holiday theme "Giving Thanks by Giving Back," members of the San Antonio Texas West stake hosted an interfaith service fair to benefit underprivileged residents of the San Antonio community.
Stake leaders provided a venue to hold the Fair and invited wards within the stake to voluntarily conduct service projects related to the theme. Participating wards hosted booths that provided service opportunities at the stake center on Saturday morning, Nov. 20. This included drives to collect clothing, food, school supplies and quilts, the latter of which were donated to the local Ronald McDonald House. Church leaders also invited philanthropic community groups to participate including the San Antonio Food Bank and the Christian Senior Services. The latter organization runs the Meals on Wheels program for homebound seniors.
Church youth project helps African orphans (Star Phoenix - Canada)
(June 5, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
Nine pallet-loads of donated blankets, clothes, shoes, toys and school supplies are heading for orphanages in Africa, thanks to the overwhelming response to a service project by youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lin Watson, an organizer of the weekend activities, said the donations were sorted and boxed as part of a two-day conference in Saskatoon involving 184 youth aged 14 to 18 from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and as far away as Fort Francis, Ont. The annual fun, service and worship event alternates among Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon.
Church Members to Fan Out in Day of Service (Sun Gazette - Virginia)
(September 22, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Northern Virginia are spearheading a community-service day on Sept. 24 in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the church's welfare program, which since its founding during the Depression has focused not only on providing for those in need, but also encouraging self-respect and self-reliance.
Church members will enegage in diverse projects both at church meeting houses and around the community. The efforts will benefit a number of local organizations, ranging from Alternative House and the Arlington Food Assistance Center to Habitat for Humanity and the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Mormon Helping Hands: 10,000 LDS members set service projects in S. Idaho Sept. 11 (Idaho State Journal)
(September 4, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
On Sept. 11, more than 10,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take part in Mormon Helping Hands service projects across Southern Idaho. More than 800 people alone will take part in the Pocatello area.
Local LDS leaders, in partnership with county, city, school district and other community leaders will beautify and improve streets, parks, schools and other areas in their communities.
Mormon Helping Hands: 10,000 LDS members set service projects in S. Idaho Sept. 11 (Idaho State Journal)
(September 10, 2010) - Relevance: 3.1
On Sept. 11, more than 10,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take part in Mormon Helping Hands service projects across Southern Idaho. More than 800 people alone will take part in the Pocatello area.
Local LDS leaders, in partnership with county, city, school district and other community leaders will beautify and improve streets, parks, schools and other areas in their communities.
LDS.org Is Now Mobile Friendly (Church News and Events)
(February 22, 2013) - Relevance: 3.1
Using a technique called responsive web design, the layout of LDS.org was changed to provide a better user experience for individuals using a mobile device. Responsive design automatically adjusts the layout of the content to fit the screen size of smartphones or tablets, which allows for easier reading and manipulation.
Mobile traffic on LDS.org continues to increase, especially in Asia and developing countries. There are nearly 6 billion mobile service subscriptions globally, 1.5 billion of which have high-speed Internet service. Seventy-six percent of those are in developing countries.
More than 20,000 volunteers work in the Vineyard (LDS Church News)
(November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 3.1
To find information about volunteering, go to vineyard.lds.org
It started small and took off like a rocket. First, there were 100 volunteers, then 1,000; 5,000; 10,000 and then more. The goal by the end of 2011 was 10,000 but more than 20,000 volunteers have signed up. They come from every walk of life in more than 50 countries around the world, including Russia, Brazil, Canada, China, Africa, Thailand, Mongolia, the United States and the Philippines. Their common desire is to serve the Lord and provide service. They are dedicating their time and talents bit by bit through "service in the Vineyard." Doctrine and Covenants 58:27 aptly sums up their work: "Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness."
Hal Boyd: What Trump CEO, Desmond Howard don't understand about Mormon missions (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 1, 2016) - Relevance: 3
A recently unearthed interview from last election cycle reveals Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO Steve Bannon criticizing Gov. Mitt Romney and his sons for choosing missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instead of military service, according to a BuzzFeed News report.
“This is a guy who avoided military duty in Vietnam; who has five sons who look like movie stars who have not served their country one day,” Bannon said to Christian Family Radio. “Oh, but by the way all of them did their two years of Mormon missionary service — every one of them."
Church Encourages Members Worldwide to Serve Locally (Church News and Events)
(September 28, 2012) - Relevance: 3
In the last year or so, the Welfare Department of the Church has placed a renewed emphasis on reaching out to local communities. Specifically, members are encouraged to look at local needs before sending materials to the LDS Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City.
The Humanitarian Service section of LDS.org, under “What You Can Do,” suggests that those interested in doing humanitarian service look around their communities: “What needs or challenges do you see or hear about?” it reads. “If you identify a need in your community but cannot find an established program that addresses this need, take the initiative to find a solution.”
Couple leave Brunswick for mission in Finland (Helsinki Times - Finland)
(June 11, 2009) - Relevance: 3
“DR. wayne and Vicki Allgaier are leaving behind a life of service in Brunswick, USA for a life of service as missionaries in Finland. They will spend the next 18 months in Finland, where they will serve as missionaries at the Mormon temple near Helsinki.
‘I was in Finland as a young missionary,’ Wayne Allgaier said last week by telephone from Utah, where the couple went to be briefed before heading to Finland. ‘Our primary responsibility is to help the temple,’ he said.
Yellow vests to canvas Southern California (LDS Church News)
(April 24, 2009) - Relevance: 3
Approximately 20,000 Church members wearing yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" vests will participate in service projects throughout Southern California on April 25, according to Kevin Hamilton of the Southern California Public Affairs Council.
"We have approximately 91 stakes from Bakersfield to San Diego and the Mexican border," Brother Hamilton said. "I can't (pinpoint) a precise number, but I believe 86 or 87 of those stakes have a service project planned (for April 25).
“Service above Self” a Worthy Motto, President Uchtdorf Says (Church News and Events)
(November 25, 2013) - Relevance: 3
With Thanksgiving Day approaching, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, addressed a Rotary Club luncheon in Salt Lake City November 19 on the topics of gratitude and service and declared that in a time of uncertainty and cynicism, there is “still hope for virtue, moderation, and divine moral principles.”
A Rotarian himself who joined the international civic organization almost 40 years ago when he was in charge of the German Lufthansa Pilot School in Phoenix, he remarked, “The motto ‘Service above Self’ resonated with me back then and still does.”
200 strong youth group aids camp summit (Lewisville Leader - Texas)
(January 19, 2010) - Relevance: 3
The Serve America Act signed into law in March 2009 by President Barack Obama seeks to increase the ranks of volunteers by offering monetary incentives for service, but for nearly 200 teens from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denton, service is its own reward. On Saturday, a group comprised of youth from Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Corinth, Lake City and Lantana armed with rakes, saws, brooms and goodwill descended upon Camp Summit in Argyle.
LDS’s “All Africa Service Project” (The Mail - Ghana)
(August 24, 2011) - Relevance: 3
The 2011 “All Africa Service Project” of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) brought several Church members together to be part of clean-up exercises in various communities throughout the country and Africa at large.
In Accra, among some of the places and communities where these exercises took place included the Korle-Bu Polyclinic, Mamprobi Polyclinic, and Usher Clinic at James Town, Tesano Total Filling Station to the Abeka Market, Alajo, Mamobi Polyclinic and the New Horizon School at Cantonments.
Episcopalians Participate in Interfaith Service Project at Welfare Square (Church News)
(July 16, 2015) - Relevance: 3
More than 10,000 members of the Episcopal Church gathered for the faith’s 78th annual general convention in Salt Lake City from June 25 to July 3.
It was the first time the convention, held for Episcopalian Church leaders and their spouses, has been held in Utah. As part of the convention, attendees participated in an interfaith service project at Welfare Square with Latter-day Saints to package cheddar cheese, bag and slice bread, and bottle salsa on June 29.
Interfaith group prays for drought relief (LDS Church News)
(February 12, 2014) - Relevance: 3
Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i and other faith leaders participated in a joint prayer service in Nevada on Feb. 1, urging for divine intervention in view of persistent drought conditions in Western United States.
Sparks Nevada Stake President Joseph E. Johnson served as host of the service held in the Sparks Nevada Stake Center. “Our belief is that prayers are answered and connect us with God. We also need to be responsible stewards of what God has given us,” said President Johnson, who was co-coordinator of the event.
Backpacks, clothes and haircuts | Local congregations help kids get back-to-school (Bellevue Reporter - Washington)
(September 16, 2010) - Relevance: 3
Heeding President Obama’s call for a National Day of Service and Remembrance, local congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) spent September 11 participating in service projects up and down the Puget Sound region.
In Bellevue, members of the LDS Church focused on helping school-aged children get back to school by organizing a Back-to-School Drive that brought in everything from backpacks to pencils to sporting equipment.
Youths from ‘Mormon Helping Hands’ program clean up Pocatello cemetery (Idaho State Journal)
(May 5, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Nearly 350 youth from the Pocatello, Central, East, Alameda, and West stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered the morning of April 16 to remove leaves and winter debris from the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.
This annual service project is part of the church's "Mormon Helping Hands" initiative. According to organizers, the spring cemetery beautification project is one way the youth of the church are able to provide service to the greater Pocatello community.
Mormons in the Northwest United States and Canada Pitch In to Help Communities (LDS Newsroom)
(September 23, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Pear harvesting, museum repair, food collecting and wall building were just a few of the service projects completed by thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Northwest Area Day of Service on 17 September 2011. The activities are part of a worldwide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Church welfare program.
Church members in the Elma Washington Stake worked on three different historical renovation projects. At the 1890 McReavy House in Union City, Washington, volunteers helped sand windows and stairs.
LDS Democrats announce service projects (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(January 7, 2012) - Relevance: 3
The Utah Democrat's newest caucus, the LDS Dems, today announced a large-scale statewide service project to be held over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Multiple projects are to occur in Logan, Ogden, Provo, and Salt Lake City on the morning of Saturday, January 14th. The weekend will finish with a multi-denominational fireside on Sunday, January 15th. The fireside will be held in the OSH Auditorium at the University of Utah at 7:00 pm. Featured speakers are Pamela Atkinson, Dr. Ronald G. Coleman, and Chase Peterson.
Church to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Welfare Program with Day of Service (LDS Newsroom)
(April 5, 2011) - Relevance: 3
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asking members around the world to perform a “Day of Service” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Church’s welfare program.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, made the announcement during his remarks during the Saturday morning session at the 181st Annual General Conference.
The Day of Service should be done on a ward or stake basis sometime during this year. Local Church leaders will decide the details of each project and Latter-day Saints are encouraged to invite neighbors and friends of the Church to participate.
BYU Education Week: Former mission leaders offer tips for returned missionaries and their parents (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 26, 2016) - Relevance: 3
Stephen D. Richardson and his wife know something about the difficulties some missionaries face as they transition home from full-time service. Brother Richardson served a mission to Brazil and returned some 35 years later to serve with his wife, Marianna E. Richardson, as he presided over the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission from 2008-2011. In addition to their mission service, the couple has taught an institute class geared toward returned missionaries for the Alpine Utah YSA Stake since 2013.
How a Mormon-made Cold War drama got the attention of Netflix (Business Insider)
(May 19, 2015) - Relevance: 3
On Friday, Netflix premiered “Granite Flats,” a TV series set in 1960s Colorado during the Cold War where not everyone in town is who they seem. The news here isn’t that the streaming service acquired an existing show to make available for its subscribers, it’s where it came from.
“Granite Flats” is the first scripted drama series from the thriving cable network BYUtv, operated and funded by Brigham Young University. The channel has been in existence since 2000 and is available on Dish Network, DirecTV, and 900 cable providers. But now being tapped by the most prominent streaming service, the network suddenly has many more eyes looking at it.
Service missionaries shuttle 'the world' to Temple Square (LDS Church News)
(July 19, 2016) - Relevance: 3
While the Church is well known for sending missionaries to the far-flung corners of the globe, Elder Jesse Taylor and his wife, Sister Nedra Taylor, spend a lot of time shuttling “the world” to Church headquarters.
As senior service missionaries at Temple Square, the couple fulfills their “tiny little part” — as Sister Taylor describes it — in contributing to missionary efforts by driving a 15-passenger van the 8 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport to downtown Salt Lake City and then back again.
At hotel service, California's Mormon delegates consider Romney's personal side (Sacramento Bee - California)
(August 27, 2012) - Relevance: 3
In a week in which Mitt Romney is expected to highlight his personal side - including, perhaps, his Mormon faith - Harold Stuart, an organist and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, accompanied California members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a service this morning at their beachfront hotel.
Of the state's more than 700 delegates, alternates and guests selected by the campaign to attend the Republican National Convention, more than 100 are Mormon, organizers said.
Mormon Helping Hands serve during weekend projects (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Tens of thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worked their way around California last weekend, flooding the Golden State with sweat, hard work and much-needed service.
"If it seemed like more people worked outside Saturday throughout the Sacramento region," wrote Mark Glover of the Sacramento Bee, "rest assured it wasn't your imagination.
"More than 5,000 members of (the LDS Church) and other volunteers did service throughout the region Saturday, painting curbs, fixing benches, sprucing up playgrounds and pulling weeds," Glover wrote.
Youth Gather for Community Clean Up (WTOK - Mississippi)
(November 13, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
Saturday, a group of almost 100 kids from this area were able to help clean up the community.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints organizes clean-up events like this every year. Kids load up from all over Mississippi and Alabama to clean up communities. The group traveled around the Queen City with a set of supplies and even visited the Threefoot building. Organizers say it is hard work, but the kids love to take part in it.
"The young people want to serve and feel that satisfaction when they do something good for somebody else," according to Colton Campbell with Fall Fun Service. "So as long as an adult puts this together with the assistance of the youth, they show up. They know what they're going to expect: fun, service and there's even a dance for them tonight."
Mormon War veteran honored as 'Ambassador For Peace' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 27, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Before a crowd of Korean War veterans, Peter Elliott, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently was honoured by the Republic of Korea for service in restoring and preserving freedom and democracy to that land.
Officiating was Col. Paul Kim, Republic of Korea Army (ret.), on behalf of Kim Yang, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, ROK, and Park Seh-Jik, MG, ROK (ret), Chairman of the Korean Veterans Association.
We cherish in our hearts the memory of your boundless sacrifices in helping us re-establish our free nation, said Mr Kim in the solemn ceremony. On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Korea, thank you for your service.
Elder Lance B. Wickman receives Alexander W. Doniphan award (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 21, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
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.
Missionaries warned off the buses (Lancaster Guardian - UK)
(September 9, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
STAGECOACH is to ask Mormon missionaries to stop trying to convert passengers on Lancaster buses.
The bus operator is taking action following complaints from passengers and drivers.
Rick Seymour was travelling on the 2A bus service from Lancaster to Morecambe last Tuesday afternoon, and heard a conversation between three young men.
Two of the men, he said, were Mormons using the bus as a way to engage members of the public to tell them about their love for Jesus. Mr Seymour said that he himself had been “engaged” by Mormons on two previous occasions while travelling on the bus, and in a letter to Stagecoach Bus Company said: “I firmly believe that the Mormon Church is using your service as a place where the public cannot escape the attempt to indoctrinate them.”
LDS Youth Learn Value Of Service (Moapa Valley Progress - Nevada)
(March 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
A long caravan of 315 youth and their leaders from LDS Logandale Stake made their way to Alamo on Friday afternoon to participate in the annual Stake Youth Conference. Each year, the Stake puts on a conference for youth ages 14-18.
This year, the youth had their work cut out for them. They performed service on the LDS Church Welfare Ranch near Alamo.
But it was not all work. They youth got to have some fun before all the work began. The local kids combined with youth from the LDS Panaca Stake gathered for a dance in the Pahranagat High School gym. The kids had a good time dancing and enjoying each others’ company.
Foundation Honors Church History Site Director for 50 Years of Service (Church News)
(November 28, 2014) - Relevance: 2.9
As a young returned missionary driving his mission president’s car home to Utah, Donald L. Enders stopped in Nauvoo, Illinois, and saw the lot where the temple had stood.
“It was there that I had the impression—and it was almost like a voice; basically the message to me was, ‘You can be used here if you stay focused and behave yourself,’” Brother Enders recalled November 13 as the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation honored him with its Junius F. Wells Award for a half-century of service in preserving the historic sites of the Church, much of that time as director of the Historic Sites Division of the Church History Department.
Mitt and Ann Romney Get Personal (Wall Street Journal)
(September 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
After months shying away from any attempts to highlight their faith or open up more about their personal lives, the Romneys appear—slowly and surely—to be moving in the opposite direction.
Mitt Romney and his wife Ann chatted about both their Mormon faith and their community service in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday morning.
“I can’t speak for all the members of the church, but I’m sure a number of members of my faith are proud of the fact that someone of my faith and our faith is able to run for president,” said Mr. Romney, who is the first Mormon presidential nominee.
He added that his faith and its emphasis on service helped pluck him from the business world and land him in politics.
American Red Cross partners with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Emergency Preparedness Day of Service (Beaches Leader - Florida)
(April 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
ore than 2,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will hand-deliver emergency-preparedness information to Northeast Florida homes on Saturday, April 25. This service is expected to benefit approximately 40,000 households in the area.
This mass-distribution effort precedes hurricane season, which begins in June, and will include literature related to preparing for a variety of disaster situations, including fire, flood and other devastating and unforeseen tragedies.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts Day of Service (Hattiesburg American - Mississippi)
(June 13, 2009) - Relevance: 2.9
From coast to coast, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined hands with friends and neighbors to clean up and serve their communities in a far-reaching day of service. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers gathered April 25 and stocked shelves, constructed houses and helped families in transition get their feet back on the ground. Eleven Southeastern states - including Mississippi, participated. The local Hattiesburg, Petal, Oak Grove and Purvis congregations participated by giving time and resources to many local organizations.
Rolly: Gallivan and Monson, bridge builders (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
With all the insults leading up to and during the annual Utah-BYU football game — dubbed the "Holy War" — and the Mormon vs. anti-Mormon carping on the comment boards attached to Salt Lake Tribune stories and columns, I witnessed an inspiring moment Friday night.
It was during the vigil at the Cathedral of the Madeleine for longtime Tribune publisher Jack Gallivan, who died last week at 97.
Gallivan was an iconic Catholic in Utah. Besides leading roles in numerous economic development and tourism advancements, his many contributions to his church included campaigns to renovate the exterior and interior of the cathedral where his service was held.
But he also was a bridge-builder and spent a lifetime working to forge understanding and friendship between the different religions and cultures in the state.
So, as the service was in progress, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson walked in, accompanied by one assistant, and quietly sat down in a pew. When the formal service was over, Gallivan’s son Mickey walked over to the LDS leader, gave him a hug and took him by the arm to Gallivan’s casket, where Monson stood in silence for several minutes.
Mormon church reopens in Massena (Watertown Daily Times - New York)
(June 5, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
For the first time in three years, Mormons living in the Massena area don’t have to travel to Potsdam or Malone to attend service, thanks to four missionaries from outside the area who have been working over the past several months to reopen the church in Massena.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was to hold its first service Sunday, led by Elder Philip Huff and assisted by his wife, Kathy, and two other elders, Mitch Hussey and Sam Bybee.
“We would expect around 30 people,” Mr. Huff said Friday afternoon. “We’ll be happy with 30.”
Mr. and Mrs. Huff, who are both retired and residents of Montana, are serving an 18-month mission and arrived in Massena in February to help prepare the church for its reopening.
Cooperation has become the norm for Utah religions (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
At Christ United Methodist Church, a Jewish family from Congregation Kol Ami recently brought dinner to the four temporarily homeless families that were spending the night as part of Family Promise Salt Lake. And there were other helpers there, as well, from Holladay North Stake's 11th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elsewhere in the valley, worshippers at First Prestbyterian Church left the pews for "Faith in Action," a Sunday foray into the community to worship by serving others. They handed out clothes, fed the hungry, cleaned the Jordan River Parkway. Instead of having a service, they provided service, said one of the church's elders, Pamela Atkinson, a well-known advocate for the needy.
Mormon missionaries: A day in the life (Houston Chronicle - Texas)
(March 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
The caricature of the “Mormon missionary” as a straight-laced male riding his bike from door-to-door stalking the streets for the next convert is more parody than reality.
While stereotypes like these are spurred on by Broadway productions such as, “The Book of Mormon,” they are poor reflections of the reality of missionary service with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).
Just ask Elders Quigley and Cai, two young men working in Houston’s “China Town.” While their service is strictly regimented, it is also filled with the unexpected and is not just the stuff of public satire.
“A lot of people have a picture of what it means to be a missionary,” said Cai, “we wear white shirts and ties, we ride bikes, we read the Book of Mormon – yes; but we do so much more.”
Gathering in Washington community service helps hundreds remember 9/11 (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
In a week of dark clouds and rain, Saturday, Sept. 11, was bright with sunshine as hundreds of local church members united around the city of Lake Stevens to serve within their community on this National Day of Remembrance and Service.
Shovels and paint brushes were in hand as over 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their friends gathered at local schools, the Lake Stevens Police station, Lake Stevens Fire stations and at City Hall and the Permit Center all in an effort to beautify the community in which they live and love.
Orson Scott Card honored with BYU Public Service Award (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 27, 2010) - Relevance: 2.9
Orson Scott Card, author of best-selling science fiction novels, contemporary fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays and scripts, and a weekly Mormon Times column, was named 2010 recipient of the BYU Management Society's annual Distinguished Public Service Award.
He received the award -- along with a bronze bust of George Washington -- and spoke to an audience of nearly 400, including government, education, and business leaders, at the 26th annual gala dinner at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., April 24, 2010.
To Be a Pioneer Means to “Be Not Weary in Well Doing” (Church News and Events)
(July 31, 2013) - Relevance: 2.9
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.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | October 19 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(October 22, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
Today we feature stories that highlight charitable giving, volunteerism and military service from several news outlets.
FOX 9 (Idaho):
Jennifer Auh with Fox 9 in Boise reports on the Boise Idaho Temple open house—a period of time when the temple, newly renovated, is open to the public for tours. She correctly explains that all are welcomed and invited to visit during the open house. Once the temple is in service only those “in good standing” can enter. Auh correctly notes that temples are our most sacred places, a “place for special worship,” ordinances, eternal marriages and personal peace.
Vineyard Now Offers Volunteers Opportunity to Share Gospel Online (Church News and Events)
(August 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.9
With the addition of a “Sharing the Gospel” category, vineyard.lds.org now offers members of the Church the opportunity to participate in volunteer missionary projects by rating their local chapels, publishing their testimonies online, and sharing Mormon Message videos.
The Helping in The Vineyard website provides a variety of online service activities that can be completed in minutes. Since the site’s launch in early 2011, thousands of acts of service by members worldwide have helped the Church publish and share many resources related to translation, indexing, photography, video, and editorial work.
LDS missions help players prepare for football and life (KSL - Utah)
(April 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2.9
This past spring practice session at BYU saw an amazing amount of returned missionaries join the team. For some, it was their first practice session while most of them were rejoining the team after having played for a year or two prior to their mission service. All-in-all, the 2011 spring practice session welcomed 10 recently returned missionaries into the football program.
A lot of those returning, such as Spencer Hadley, Justin Sorensen, Daniel Sorensen, Michael Alisa and Kaneakua Friel, had regular roles on the football team before their mission service. They are anxious to reprise and improve upon those previous roles.
(October 30, 2004) - Relevance: 2.9
Miller honored in touching service
Local LDS congregations stay busy with service (Times-Standard - California)
(May 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
In 1842, the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formed to help pioneer women help each other. Today's Relief Society has broadened service to groups around the world, both in and outside of the church itself.
In Humboldt and Del Norte counties, Mormon women have just completed busy projects of making and giving baby clothing, crocheted hats, quilts, toys and many other items to families and community agencies. Nona Sartor, church chairman of humanitarian services, reports that baby supplies have been especially needed, such as booties, crib sheets, receiving blankets, newborn hats and burp cloths.
The cardinal among the Latter-Day Saints (Catholic Star Herald)
(May 7, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
The three years of service that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has given the Church as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have been a great blessing. A recent speech the cardinal gave at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, suggests that that service will continue long after Cardinal George hands the gavel to his successor as USCCB president in November. Scholar-bishops have been rare in the history of the Church in the U.S; Cardinal George is an exception, a true intellectual with the gifted teacher’s capacity for making serious material accessible to people who’ve earned fewer degrees than he has. That gift was on full display at BYU this past February 23.
Fort Collins Colorado Relief Society sews 200 dresses for service activity (LDS Church News)
(March 2, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
Relief Society sisters from the Fort Collins Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sewed more than 200 dresses for young girls in Africa at a service activity on February 19. The dresses will be donated to the Little Dresses for Africa program.
In addition to sewing dresses, the women also sewed ear and neck pillows for the local hospice, collected newborn items to be donated in the community and, along with other members of the stake, donated approximately 90 pints of blood to Poudre Valley Hospital.
Congregation marks 9/11 anniversary with service project (Issaquah Press - Washington)
(September 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
On the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, members of a local church were hard at work in the community to help give the somber day a new image.
More than 80 volunteers from the Issaquah congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ventured up to Tradition Plateau on a sunny morning to take part in the Tradition Lake Reclamation Project.
Andrew Larsen, a local teen working toward his Eagle Scout award, created the event for his Eagle Scout service project. As a member of the Issaquah LDS congregation, Larsen received many willing hands from his Scout Troop 697 and church.
Student Storytellers: Faith, Service, Learning (Wake Forest University - North Carolina)
(October 31, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
As a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Russian Far East, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. My faith has always been the most important thing to me, and my missionary service was the one time that I could leave everything else behind and concentrate not only on living the principles I know, but also on teaching them to others and inviting them to join my Church.
As a missionary, I needed to show a desire to serve others and to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also had to be willing to volunteer anywhere in the world. I was called through inspiration, without any opportunity to request a certain place, to serve in eastern Russia, known in the Church as the Russia Vladivostok Mission. I was assigned to the cities of Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Ussuriysk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Khabarovsk and Artyom.
Celebrating 90 years: Elder Perry's decades of Church service (LDS Church News)
(August 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2.8
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.
Mormon Helping Hands video nominated for CNN award (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 5, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Members of the LDS faith have become known for wearing yellow shirts and giving service. The Mormon Helping Hands program is organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in order to provide community service and disaster relief to those in need.
Projects have been conducted throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the United States. But one project in Queens, N.Y., just last year was documented on video, which has not only gone viral, but has been nominated for original reporting in the CNN iReport Awards.
The video was created by Joshua Brown on Nov. 11, when several Mormon congregations canceled church services in order to serve their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Elder Don R. Clarke: Five principles to help in missionary service (LDS Church News)
(January 21, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
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.
TEMECULA: Volunteers donate 1,472 service hours locally (Press-Enterprise - California)
(May 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2.8
Hidden underneath a baseball cap, mask and hearing protection and surrounded by a cloud of dust, Chaparral High School’s principal, Gil Compton, swung the arm of a powerful blower back and forth on Saturday, April 27. Working all around him were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, community members, and students.
With the blower still strapped to his back, Compton expressed his thanks for the 169 volunteers who spent a few hours that morning doing a variety of work around Chaparral’s campus.
Speaking on the need for service, Compton said, “Over the last few years with the budget cuts, we’ve cut our grounds team by 33%, and our custodial team by 33% and at Chap we have lost 18 teachers, but we have stayed roughly the same in the size of student body.”
Remembering Navy SEAL Jason Workman (KUER - Utah)
(August 26, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
The procession from the mortuary on Blanding's main street to the Mormon church a few blocks away was the only public part of a memorial service last weekend in Blanding for Petty Officer Jason Workman. Inside the church, other Navy SEALs, family and community leaders honored his life and service out of the spotlight.
San Juan High School football coach Monty Lee says Workman's death in Afghanistan has hit the town hard. "It was, I think, as close as it could be to losing a son."
Lee helped Workman win All-State honors at San Juan High School. He recalled a game when a teammate had made a big mistake. "The kid was upset with himself and I happened to walk by and Jason had his arm around him and he just simply said, The sun's gonna come up tomorrow. Forget about it.'"
Auxiliary leadership training: Primary (LDS Church News)
(April 13, 2011) - Relevance: 2.8
"This gospel of Jesus Christ is centered around families and we cannot separate our service in Primary from a child and from that child's family," said Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, general Primary president, during the auxiliary training meetings held in the Assembly Hall Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31. "We know we strengthen families by teaching this glorious gospel of Jesus Christ."
Sister Wixom was joined at the training meeting by her counselors, Sister Jean A. Stevens and Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, as well as members of the Primary general board, to teach Primary leaders how to be more effective in their service.
Victim's family forgives accused drunken driver (Union-Tribune - California)
(August 26, 2010) - Relevance: 2.8
A funeral service will be held Saturday at a Rancho Bernardo church for Marc Durham, a father of five and grandfather of nine who was killed in a multivehicle crash Friday night that San Diego police have said was caused by a drunken driver.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 15750 Bernardo Heights Parkway in Rancho Bernardo, where Durham, a devout Mormon, was a church leader, said his youngest son, Brandon Durham, who is in San Diego from his home in Phoenix.
Friends are invited to visit with the family at the church on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Marc Durham and his wife, Elaine, were married for 42 years.
President Uchtdorf Receives National German Award (Church News and Events)
(November 1, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Praised as a great community leader and aviator, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany during a short ceremony at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City on October 30.
The Order of Merit is the highest tribute that the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for service to the nation, recognizing exceptional charitable work as well as accomplishments in various other types of social, political, and scientific endeavors.
German Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer lauded President Uchtdorf for his lifetime of service and leadership, including his present work as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church.
When George Romney Invited The Press To Church (BuzzFeed)
(July 4, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
When Mitt Romney runs for president, the only glimpse of the candidate in a Mormon church setting comes from an enterprising reporter who seeks out the chapel near his vacation home.
When his father, George, ran, he invited the entire press corps to hear his sermon at a Sunday service.
The contrast between how the two men publicly approach their faith came into clear focus Monday, after The AP's Kasie Hunt visited the Mormon ward in New Hampshire that the Romneys attend on vacation, and published a widely-circulated story advertising a "rare glimpse into his practice of a faith that has permeated every aspect of Romney's life." The article describes Romney chatting with congregants, singing hymns, and feeding dry cereal to a restless toddler during the service.
Alabama native son and fallen hero honored (WSFA 12 - Alabama)
(October 9, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
A memorial service for Senior Airman Mark Forester was held Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2010. A capacity crowd of relatives, friends, honor guards, and comrades in arms filled the floor and the west stands of the Haleyville High School gymnasium in Forester's north Alabama hometown. Forester's flag-draped coffin was surrounded by flowers and a large portrait of Forester in his combat gear. A large screen slide show with background music preceded the commencement of the service.
The twenty-nine year old soldier was one of two soldiers killed in an intense firefight in Afghanistan on September 29, 2010. Forester had served in hotly contested areas of that country's war zone since May of this year.
What's new: George Q. Cannon's Hawaiian mission journals shares peek into early Mormon missionary life (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.7
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.
Sultan puts LDS church in spotlight (Monroe Monitor - Washington)
(October 18, 2016) - Relevance: 2.7
The Sultan ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was honored as the Volunteer Spotlight during last week’s Sultan City Council meeting, for its decade-long span of service to the community.
Volunteer Spotlights are awarded monthly in Sultan. Volunteers are given a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick, and are invited to shake hands with each councilmember. Eslick presented the honor to ward service coordinator Joshua Dunbar during the council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, acknowledging his work in orchestrating the church’s volunteer efforts. The Sultan ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Startup was built in the early 1990s.
Children and Youth Serve the Elderly in Brazil (Church News and Events)
(November 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.7
Early in the morning of October 27, 2012, 16-year-old Bruno Estigarribia of the Parati Ward, located in Campo Grande, Brazil, headed over to the House of Abraham, a rest home for the elderly, to participate in a Helping Hands event organized by the Campo Grande and Campo Grande Monte Líbano Stakes.
Once there, Bruno joined more than 100 other children, youth, and adults from both stakes in providing service to the elderly.
The event, called “Little Helping Hands Who Help the Elderly,” was organized in an effort to teach children and youth the importance of service and to help entire families serve together.
Cambridge Mormon congregation looks to future in rebuilt chapel (Wicked Local Cambridge - Massachusetts)
(June 22, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
For those ushered out of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at Longfellow Park at 10:45 a.m. during the morning service over two years ago, the sight of the burning chapel would be difficult to forget. The spire would collapse that day, and the building’s interior was left a gnarled, burnt mess by a four-alarm fire.
“The memory is still so vivid, two years later. I was evacuated and had to wait for my daughter to get out of the church. I can still remember that feeling of incredible worry, and picture the billows of smoke,” church spokesman Greg Sorensen said after Sunday’s dedicatory service for the rebuilt church.
With hundreds of churchgoers standing outside the freshly rebuilt chapel, smiling broadly as they bathed in the early afternoon sun after the ninety minute ceremony, the church was happily embracing its fresh start.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(April 20, 2015) - Relevance: 2.7
Seven new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
John Jensen Chipman, 68, Foothill 6th Ward, Salt Lake Foothill Stake, called as president of the new Indianapolis Indiana Temple. President Chipman’s wife, Karen Russon Chipman, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a gospel doctrine teacher and temple ordinance worker. He has served as an Area Seventy, president of the Peru Piura Mission, stake president, bishop, high councilor and Church-service missionary. Retired medical advisor of Eli Lilly and Company, he was born in Salt Lake City to Dean Whitaker and Phyllis Gene Jensen Chipman.
Mormon Youth Conference Helps Clean Gowanus as Service Project (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
(May 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.7
On Friday morning, April 22, more than 70 Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormon Church) in Brooklyn and Staten Island teamed up with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy for Earth Day in an effort to clean up trash and other debris along the banks of the Gowanus Canal as part of the annual Brooklyn Stake Youth Conference.
The service project included instruction from Hans Hesselein, a director of the conservancy, on the history of the canal, its current state as a Superfund site and what individual citizens can do to help care for the canal. Ashleigh Walls, 17, a student at St. Savior High School in Kensington, said “I knew the canal was polluted, but I guess I didn’t realize how bad it was until today.”
Church, LAWMA to Clean, Beautify Select Places (This Day - Nigeria)
(August 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2.7
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will on August 21, 2010 carry out various projects to clean and beautify selected places across the country.
The church made this known during a press briefing organised weekend in Lagos. According to the church’s Area Director of Public, Affairs West Africa, Mr. Adesina Olukanni, “many are already aware of the “Helping Hands” project where members of the church all over Africa come together in partnership with the community in a connected effort to clean and beautify selected places around their environments”.
With more than 50,000 people providing more than 150,000 man hour’s service, the programme is expected to promote the ideals of unity in service and create bonds of friendship among the people in the communities.
Top Athletes Head for Next Goal: Missionary Service (LDS Newsroom)
(March 7, 2013) - Relevance: 2.7
When President Thomas S. Monson announced lower age requirements last October for missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he noted that departing for missionary service at an earlier age (18 for men, 19 for women) is an option, not a requirement.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than with the Lone Peak High School men’s basketball team. Lone Peak, which plays its home games about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, recently attracted nationwide attention from the likes of the New York Times and NBC’s Today show for winning 26 of its 27 games and ending the season as the top-rated high school basketball team in the United States. The team is also unique for another reason: all five seniors have chosen to serve in the coming years as Mormon missionaries, some leaving at 18, and others later on.
Christmas charity: Georgia ward forgoes party for long day of service (LDS Church News)
(December 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
At the monthly Webb Bridge Ward council meeting in Cumming, Ga., last July, the activities committee made a proposal that was a bit shocking to several of the leaders. They suggested that the ward members forego the annual Christmas party and find a service project to do.
"Let's not just entertain ourselves," they said, "but let's give something of ourselves to others instead."
With support from the entire ward council and after several false starts in finding the right project, what began as just a couple of hours of making toys for the local children's hospital turned into what one stake high councilor called the most "huge and daunting" project a ward could possibly take on. Roswell Georgia Stake President Vern Ernst said that the Webb Bridge Ward "dared to dream big" and then "went to work" and made their big dream become a reality.
Student serves two-year mission in Italy (The Moore American - Oklahoma)
(May 8, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
Westmoore High School senior Preston John Taylor will leave July 24 to serve a two-year mission in the Italy Milan Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before going to Italy, Taylor will spend six weeks in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, learning Italian and studying the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“I am absolutely ecstatic to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Taylor said.
“The reason I want to serve as a full-time missionary is very simple: I love the Lord. I want to share with others what has brought me so much happiness in life and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“I am looking forward to getting to know and love the people of Italy through my service, and I am very excited to embrace the Italian culture and environment.”
Missionary work will not be entirely new to Preston, since he moved from North Salt Lake City with his family nearly three years ago when his parents, Nolan and Rhonda Taylor, were called to serve as missionaries in the Oklahoma City Mission for the church.
His father serves as the mission president to 168 young adult missionaries and 11 senior couples who share the gospel of Jesus Christ and provide numerous hours of community service. Their full-time missionary service comes to an end in June.
Celebrating Madi Douglas -- a life too short, but joyful
(November 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
Children will proclaim that Jesus loves them, but kids who aren’t singing are welcome to run around, fidget or cry, for the celebration of Madi Douglas’ short but joyful life will not be traditional.
But neither is a child supposed to spend eight of her 45 months on earth in a struggle with a brain tumor, and we certainly don’t expect to see a 3-year-old listed among those who have died.
Madison Kay Douglas died Tuesday and her memorial service is Saturday morning at 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Columbus.
Here is how her mother, Angie, describes the service in a note to Madi’s classmates at the Wynnton United Methodist Preschool: “This is a kid’s funeral. I want kids at the funeral. I want to celebrate her life.”
The newspaper obituary that the family prepared is also a celebration. It tells how she lived with grace and courage, determination and love and how she was their divine gift.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: A 'mission Christmas' (LDS Church News)
(December 17, 2011) - Relevance: 2.6
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.
Volunteer citywide beautification expected to save tax dollars (Sun-Gazette - Pennsylvania)
(April 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.6
They will scour the flecks of old paint and rust building up on the fence around Williamsport Cemetery, where city founder Michael Ross is buried, and spread mulch at the foot of trees at Brandon and Susquehanna State parks and playgrounds.
In two weeks, some 400 volunteers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not only commit to beautifying the city, their service project is expected to save the city thousands in tax dollars and labor costs.
The large-scale beautification, which is set for April 24, is equivalent to nearly eight months of work by a full-time city employee, and if 400 volunteers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints each works four hours, that's 1,600 hours of service donated to the city, according to the church and city Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, who was approached by the Mormons several weeks ago.
College board member resigns (California)
(February 14, 2005) - Relevance: 2.6
Bryant Davis said Friday that he decided to resign because plans to do missionary service would prevent him from finishing his term.
Church Group Makes Winter Trek (Post-Journal - New York)
(February 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.6
The local ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently took part in a pioneer-unity trek, braving temperatures that never reached 15 degrees to complete their task.
Leading up to the trek were several service-oriented activities. One Saturday, the men's Priesthood groups - Aaronic for those ages 12 to 18 and Melchizedek for those ages 19 and up - made scarves for the entire congregation. Primary children between the ages of 3 and 12 learned songs of faith, courage and endurance to sing while they walked in the trek. The Young Women's group, for girls between the ages of 12 and 18, made a flag representing unity, faith, compassion, service and love, which was carried on the trek. The Relief Society women's group began making a book of each family in the ward as well as putting together a memoir book of personal experiences of those who participated.
Faith groups join to benefit food pantries (Press-Enterprise - California)
(May 10, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
Three area churches combined recently to benefit two community food pantries that serve more than 600 families weekly.
Joining forces with St. Martha’s Catholic Church and Murrieta United Methodist Church were volunteers from the Murrieta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The citywide food drive featured more than 630 volunteers, many donning bright-yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” vests, giving a total of 1,800 hours of service.
From moms with babies in carriages to senior citizens in their 80s, all pitched in.
“We anticipated a big turnout and a big collection, but this service project exceeded all of our expectations,” said Brian Connors, director of public affairs for the Murrieta LDS stake. “When you work hand-in-hand for a common good, the spirit emanates throughout all the people involved. It’s energizing.”
Reid Service: 'Tremendous Grief & Love' (Philly.com - Pennsylvania)
(August 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.6
The Reid family, the Eagles and the NFL said goodbye to Garrett Reid, eldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, Tuesday in a 90-minute service held at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Broomall.
A church spokeswoman said about 900 people filled the facility, which she said contains the largest LDS chapel in the Philadelphia area. The chapel, the adjoining gym and all other rooms contained mourners, some watching on closed-circuit TV. Buses brought players from training camp at Lehigh and workers from the NovaCare complex.
"It was a combination of tremendous grief and tremendous love, and of course, they go hand in hand," Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said afterward. "A lot of tears, and a lot of joy, in terms of remembering Garrett ... The sense of Garrett was [as] just a joyous person, upbeat, who brought everybody up ... loyal to his friends. Somebody who enjoyed life, with challenges, but somebody who always was there for his friends."
Family of Lake Powell boating victim holds 5K to honor a life of service (KSL - Utah)
(September 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2.6
On June 20 of this year, three women were killed in a boating accident at Lake Powell.
One of the victims was 29-year-old Utah resident Valerie Rae Bradshaw.
Although Bradshaw's life was short, family and friends say it was filled with service and compassion toward others. As one of nine children, aunt to 28 nieces and nephews and friend to many more, there was no shortage of people whom Bradshaw could love and serve.
According to Bradshaw's friends and family, her influence didn't stop there, extending to hundreds, perhaps thousands of individuals. With many opportunities to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — a full-time mission to Milan, Italy, another at the Salt Lake Temple, as well as other missionary callings in her ward — Bradshaw's influence, or “Rae of light,” as friends have called it, spanned the globe, touching countless lives.
New MTC presidents (LDS Church News)
(November 3, 2014) - Relevance: 2.5
Seven new missionary training center presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in January.
Mormons and Provo United Church of Christ Join to Spruce Up Century-Old Chapel (LDS Newsroom)
(August 30, 2011) - Relevance: 2.5
The service project is part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Church welfare program. Local Church members worked side-by-side with Reverend Daniel Haas, pastor of the Provo Community United Church of Christ, and his congregation, offering their time, talents and some monetary donations to spruce up the 120-year-old Provo Community UCC chapel at 200 North University Avenue.
Reverend Haas, commenting on the service project and friendship that has existed between the two faiths, said, “The Community United Church of Christ began in Provo in 1891. For 120 years our people have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with our Mormon neighbors. Their willingness to make this kind effort to help restore our building is a wonderful honor to us. We are grateful for this outpouring of love and fellowship.”
Accolades abound for mother of seven
(October 15, 2004) - Relevance: 2.5
For Debbie Forrest of Mesa, community service, strong religious beliefs and a close relationship with her family and seven children have always been a major part of her life.
Community service isn't slavery (Midwest voices)
(July 11, 2008) - Relevance: 2.5
I could never be a Mormon for theological reasons but I truly admire them for practicing their convictions. They value their families by setting aside time for them, they help the needy and they send their kids on two year missions to help others.
Adventures with the Mormons (Democrat Herald - Oregon)- )
(January 12, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
Church in 45 minutes. Barb will be speaking during the service so it’s on my shoulders to get everybody ready today. Looks like I will have to rely on my Christlike tendencies and my kind and meek nature as a dad.
Becoming clean (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 15, 2009) - Relevance: 2.5
Much of the service rendered by members of the LDS Church is behind the scenes. Without fanfare, casseroles are delivered, blessings are bestowed and for nursery leaders, well, we have private bleach parties.
Utahns recover from crash that killed Alpine man
(October 22, 2004) - Relevance: 2.5
"Clark was the finest attentive father and husband," it read. "He adored his children. His family was the center of his life. He exemplified the Savior through his service to his fellow man....
Tribute to President Monson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Newsroom)
(January 4, 2018) - Relevance: 2.5
We, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, unitedly express our sincere sense of loss at the passing of President Thomas Spencer Monson. He was our prophet, our leader, our brother, and our dear friend.
President Monson lived an exceptional life of service. He served as an Apostle for more than 54 years, the last 10 years of which were as the President of the Church. From his earliest days of Church service to the very end of his faithful ministry, he never failed to bear witness, in word and deed, of the truth of the restored gospel and of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We will miss his wisdom, his leadership, his meaningful example, and his loving kindness. However, we rejoice in his reunion with his beloved Frances, with other family members who have gone before, and with the prophets of God who preceded him in death, with whom he now stands. As his fellow servants, we echo the words of the Master: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: … enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Humanitarian Outreach: Hurricane Isaac Relief Efforts (Church News and Events)
(September 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
Roughly 200 members of the Roswell Georgia Stake answered the call to help Hurricane Isaac victims on September 1. Church members and community members joined together at the bishops’ storehouse in Tucker, Georgia, on short notice, to package 2,000 boxes of food for Hurricane Isaac victims.
Each box of food contained necessities sufficient to feed a family of four for three or four days.
“This is what the gospel is all about,” said Joanne Mills, Roswell Georgia Stake Young Women president. “As I talk with those around me here at the storehouse, we are just grateful for the opportunity to be providing service to those in need.”
Scott Mower, second counselor in the Roswell Georgia Stake presidency, also expressed gratitude. “We sent an email message out during the middle of the week, asking for 100 volunteers to provide a half-day of service on a holiday weekend. Twice that number showed up, and everyone here feels blessed to be in a position to help those in need in the New Orleans area. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted by this storm.”
Sister Haight dies at age 94
(December 6, 2004) - Relevance: 2.5
Ruby Olson Haight, known for her long years of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, of causes incident to age.
(June 11, 2005) - Relevance: 2.5
Tearfully, Cottle said that she is proud of her grandsons and their accomplishments. She said they are all unique, but service is something they each find important. All eight of the boys are Eagle Scouts and most have served LDS missions -- however, serving in Iraq together has tied them together, the grandmother and aunts said.
Prince Brothers' Funeral Is Tuesday (Tucker Patch - Georgia)
(July 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.5
The funeral service for Griffin and Jake Prince, the Buford brothers who were killed in the boating collision last month on Lake Lanier, will be on Tuesday in Suwanee.
The service will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4833 Suwanee Dam Road, according to a statement issued Monday by representatives of the Prince family. This church is very near North Gwinnett High School.
The Prince family asks that attendance be limited to family and close friends, the spokesperson said.
Those attending are asked to be seated at the church by 11:40 a.m. Parking will be at the church, and overflow parking will be at North Gwinnett High.
"Mike, Tara and Ryan Prince continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of love and concern for their family since the loss of their beloved sons and brothers, Jake and Griffin, in a tragic boating accident on Lake Lanier," the statement said.
Services slated for Palmer teen (Alaska)
(January 24, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
A memorial service has been planned for an 18-year-old hockey player from Palmer who died after being struck in the chest with a puck while playing on his club team.
Faiths focus on gratitude (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 21, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
Gratitude for God's blessings and the need for solidarity with people of other beliefs and ethnic groups was the theme of a multifaith Thanksgiving service Sunday night.
Photo: Missionaries in North Carolina
(June 22, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
Elders Diaz, seated, and Carlston, missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discuss their plans for a 12-hour day of proselytizing and community service in Durham...
Pure religion in Haiti (Washington Post)
(February 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti that left millions of lives shattered, the world saw, and continues to see, an outpouring of love, compassion and service on a magnificent scale.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(April 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
Six temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(May 8, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
Five new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(May 27, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
Three new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(June 17, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
Three new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(May 12, 2015) - Relevance: 2.4
Five new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(May 1, 2017) - Relevance: 2.4
The First Presidency has called the following eight new temple presidents and matrons. They will begin their service later this year.
Widows, widowers get helping hands (Utah)
(August 25, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
Four hundred members of an Alpine neighborhood have come together in a celebration of service, renovating the homes of nine widows and widowers.
Shurtleff enjoys public service
(October 2, 2004) - Relevance: 2.4
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's campaign likes to label the 6-foot-5-inch Republican a big Boy Scout, a man who continues to live up to that organization's oath to do his best to do his duty.
LDS leader reminisces (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 3, 2006) - Relevance: 2.4
The life of a prophet belongs to the entire church, President Gordon B. Hinckley said Sunday in a reflection on his near-lifetime of service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Whatever happened to Mormon fasting? (Religion News Service)
(May 6, 2019) - Relevance: 2.4
It’s Fast Sunday tomorrow, and I’m genuinely looking forward to it.
I have an alert in my phone to remind me to skip my breakfast cereal.
I have a personal situation to pray about that has reached St. Jude-like levels of desperation.
Gladys pops in for church service (UK)
(May 25, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
Soul legend Gladys Knight flew into Manchester for a whistle-stop performance - at the church where her grandson is working as a missionary.
New coat of paint for Hunter Park (California)
(May 10, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
Mix green paint by the bucket load, two diverse churches joined in fellowship and a college group in search of service, then match them up with Riverside's community beautification program.
Spiritual Perspectives - I go a fishing (Independent - New Mexico)
(September 11, 2006) - Relevance: 2.4
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to many, reorganized the apostles, and set them forth into full-time service. However, they still had to live their own lives. At one point Peter said to Thomas, Nathaniel, and four others, "I go a fishing." They replied, "We also go with thee."
Gratitude Reflects One's Testimony (BYU Newsnet)
(June 28, 2007) - Relevance: 2.4
Faculty and students were encouraged to stand as witnesses of Heavenly Father through gratitude and service to others in Tuesday's Devotional address by Delora Bertelsen, BYU's Managing Director of Employee Relations,
Hundreds muck in at special school (IC Berkshire - UK)
(July 11, 2007) - Relevance: 2.4
Members of the congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered at The Castle School, Donnington, as part of a community service project called Helping Hands.
Young, Mormon, and Republican (Religion News Service)
(October 29, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
There’s an old stereotype that says Americans get more conservative as we get older. First we start voting for a few more Republican candidates because we finally have a little set aside that we want to protect from taxes, and then before we know it we have become that crotchety old man yelling at kids to get off our lawn.
Young reflects on his international service
(July 27, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
University of Utah President Michael K. Young reflected this week on his three terms — two as chairman — serving on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
'Look for Him' (LDS Church News)
(December 9, 2008) - Relevance: 2.4
My Christmas experiences are probably comparable to many of yours. Year after year, I love the lights, cards, stories, scriptural accounts, acts of service and beautiful Christmas music.
'Roots' conference ends in S.L. (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 30, 2006) - Relevance: 2.4
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society wrapped up its annual convention Sunday with a visit to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir followed by a worship service and a luncheon at Calvary Baptist Church.
A day of reverence and remembrance (Newstimes - Connecticut)
(December 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2.4
Newtowners of diverse faiths shared the pews at Trinity Episcopal Church on Monday night to mark the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings with an uplifting prayer service of scripture, song and solidarity.
Band is steeped in LDS lore (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 31, 2008) - Relevance: 2.4
The Nauvoo Brass Band today consists of 17 youthful musicians, many of them young women who are serving a summer service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marines honor Elder Perry (LDS Church News)
(November 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
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.
Eagle Scout honored (LDS Church News)
(July 12, 2013) - Relevance: 2.4
When Forrest Bernhardt began work on his Eagle Scout leadership service project, he never dreamed it would be nominated for a national award. He didn't even know there was one.
Viewpoint: Give Selfless Service (Church News and Events)
(March 25, 2014) - Relevance: 2.4
A farmer was once approached by another farmer with a proposal that would help them both “save a few bucks.” The second farmer, a longtime friend, suggested that the two men go in equally on the purchase of some needed farming equipment.
Service is Sister Parkin's priority
(April 2, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
As hundreds of women hustled in and out of the LDS Church's Relief Society Building on Wednesday, anticipating today's opening of the faith's 175th Annual General Conference, two from Texas stepped through the doors and were greeted with an unexpected hug from a woman they've never met.
Service is Sister Parkin's priority
(April 4, 2005) - Relevance: 2.4
As hundreds of women hustled in and out of the LDS Church's Relief Society Building on Wednesday, anticipating today's opening of the faith's 175th Annual General Conference, two from Texas stepped through the doors and were greeted with an unexpected hug from a woman they've never met.
Teens learn joy of service (Kansas City Star)
(July 18, 2009) - Relevance: 2.4
Some kids lounge by the pool for hours on a hot summer day. Others spend that time giving back to the community. The youth group from the Lenexa Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fits into the latter category.
'Have faith and be brave' — Young adults, teens reach out (LDS Church News)
(March 27, 2010) - Relevance: 2.4
" 'Helping hands' is more than a slogan — it's a reality," said Barbara Corro, an elementary school teacher and institute student in Santiago, Chile.
"It was really frustrating to see people in pain, so we put together a service project so we could do something for them."
SVU students serve at the House of the Lord
(October 26, 2004) - Relevance: 2.3
Earlier this month, roughly 200 students, faculty and staff of Southern Virginia University attended a school-wide service activity at the Washington D. C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU–Hawaii Community Donates One-Fourth of Hawaii's Blood Supply (BYU-Hawaii)
(January 25, 2013) - Relevance: 2.3
In appreciation of BYU–Hawaii’s blood contributions, Aaron Knapp, the director of donor services at Blood Bank Hawaii, presented the members of the service team and the Director of Student Leadership, Activities and Service David Lucero with an Award of Excellence.
“A quarter of the blood that sits on our shelves in the hospitals comes from BYU–Hawaii. That means one-fourth of all Hawaii’s blood supply comes from right here on this campus. That’s huge, and we thank you” said Knapp. The plaque is dedicated to the BYU–Hawaii Student Association (BYUHSA) and reads, “from January 2008 to August 2012, BYU–Hawaii Student Association hosted 43 blood drives and recruited donors who gave 2,015 pumps of blood. Because of their dedication, 6,045 lives were saved.”
Lucero commented on the accomplishment, “I am excited because it reflects the consistent efforts of the BYUHSA students and also the general population of students’ willingness to serve. It was also very exciting to see how grateful the Blood Bank of Hawaii representatives were because they rely upon us and need what we have to give. They help us to help and bless others by saving lives.”
Over 200 Brazilian Hospitals Receive Aid From Mormons
(May 25, 2006) - Relevance: 2.3
Sixty thousand Brazilian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have concluded a four-month-long service project that provided aid to over 200 hospitals in 150 cities throughout Brazil.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right (LDS Newsroom)
(March 4, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
After working on the story for several months, The New York Times published a 4,500-word article on Saturday, 1 March, triggered by the surge in numbers of female missionaries serving for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the minimum age for service for women was dropped from 21 to 19.
Mormons prepared for any disaster (Standard-Times - Massachusetts)
(February 18, 2006) - Relevance: 2.3
Whatever the future tribulation — war, pestilence, famine or natural disaster — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is prepared. They are vigilant in order to help their members, as well as to be of service to those who become victims.
Serving at Women's Conference
(May 1, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Volunteers Linda Pattberg, left, of Provo, and Kimberlie Christiansen, of Lindon, measure out tulle to be cut for tutus at one of the many service projects under way as part of the LDS Women's Conference at BYU Thursday, April 30, 2009.
Caring for the poor and needy (LDS Church News)
(December 26, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
We are humanitarian service volunteers serving with two other couples in Jordan. Although Jordan is a place of safety and refuge amidst the turmoil of the Middle East, Jordan still experiences many challenges from its interactions with its neighbors.
Missionaries Return to Madagascar (LDS Newsroom)
(January 22, 2018) - Relevance: 2.3
With the recent containment of the plague outbreak in Madagascar, missionaries who were temporarily transferred from the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission are preparing to resume their service in that country.
Poignant service recalls family members lost in fire
(October 22, 2004) - Relevance: 2.3
Hundreds gathered at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Olathe to remember a father and mother, Matthew and Rebecca, both 46, and their sons Benjamin, 18; Jeremiah, 16; and Kyle, 14. They died when their house went up in flames early Saturday.
Everything I need to know, I learned in Mormon nursery (Religion News Service)
(April 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
A guest post by Mette Harrison
I am a child of God. This means that God is my father, and I have divine worth. There’s nothing I can do that can change my value in God’s eyes. There is no sin so great, no thought so terrible, no mistake so horrendous, that I cease to have value. (This also applies equally to everyone else in the world.)
Viewpoint: Service That Counts (Church News and Events)
(December 17, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
During one holiday season in West Virginia, a local stake contacted a women’s shelter and agreed to provide needed gifts for Christmas. It was a favorite tradition for the stake to serve others each year during Christmastime.
11 challenges for the Mormon introvert (Religion News Service)
(October 22, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
As someone who is an introvert with some social anxieties, I thought it might be useful to talk about some of the specific problems I struggle with. Not all of these will be universal to introverts, and I also don’t mean to imply that because things are difficult they should simply be done away with. Part of the good the church does is expecting me to come out of myself in order to help others.
Boy Scouts honor Dahlquist (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 31, 2007) - Relevance: 2.3
Charles W. Dahlquist II, young men general president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will receive the Silver Buffalo Award for his service to the Boy Scouts of America on June 1.
Napolitano visits Mormon aid facility (Arizona)
(May 20, 2005) - Relevance: 2.3
When Gov. Janet Napolitano visited the Bishop’s Storehouse complex of the Mormon Church in Mesa on Wednesday, she saw a one-stop social service shop that had some surprising things to offer the rest of the state.
A salute to Jake Flake (Arizona Central - Arizona)
(June 12, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
It was just one of many remembrances shared Wednesday during Flake's memorial service at a Phoenix Mormon church, attended by more than 1,000 family members, friends and those the Republican lawmaker came to know during his 11 years at the state Capitol.
Untangling branches of the past (The Signal - California)
(January 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Kellar was one of many who discovered the fascinating leaves and branches of their family tree at the Valencia Family History Center, a free genealogical service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
Unique project, 'Woman to woman' (LDS Church News)
(May 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
A quest for a "fun, easy" service project for a semi-annual Relief Society enrichment activity turned into an opportunity to do something far more rewarding for women in the Logan Utah East Stake.
Sisterhood of Service (Phillippine Daily Inquirer)
(November 8, 2006) - Relevance: 2.3
Bonnie D. Parkin, a ward missionary and Laurel adviser of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was at an interesting point in her life. My husband James, a doctor, was just retiring. We had lived in England for three years because he had been a mission president, supervising 200 missionaries.”
Preach My Gospel Being Launched in Missions Worldwide (News from the Church)
(February 10, 2005) - Relevance: 2.3
After Church leaders first talked about raising "the bar that is the standard for missionary service" in general conference of October 2002, heavy emphasis was placed on sending out more young men and women who are better prepared and more capable of teaching by the Spirit.
Young Mormon voters 'getting into Obama' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 31, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
Within hours of being released from full-time missionary service, I was sitting in my living room watching what appeared to be a Barack Obama music video on YouTube.
Turns out, my first-glance analysis wasn't too far off.
PBS Wages War on Pro-Lifers (CNS News)
(June 24, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
The Public Broadcasting Service recently announced it will not allow new religious programming on their taxpayer-subsidized airwaves. The handful of stations that have shown a Catholic Mass or Mormon devotions will be allowed to continue, but the other 300-plus stations have been instructed to avoid any kind of evangelism.
LDS and Muslims, tying together (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 14, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Latter-day Saint and Muslim young adults tie quilts recently at the Salt Lake University Institute. One of the committees at the institute is the service committee, headed by Charlotte Hansen, assisted by missionary Sister Prella Tilt.
New Visitors’ Center Directors (Church News)
(November 13, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
Eight new visitors’ center directors and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in January 2014.
Assignments Announced for Elder Uchtdorf (LDS Newsroom)
(January 23, 2018) - Relevance: 2.3
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.
Schools get spruced up (Modesto Bee - California)
(November 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2.3
Along with dozens of adults and children, these teens took part in a program called Friends and Families for Schools. Meant to promote community service and unity, the program was established by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ex-missionary sentenced (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 5, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
A former missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was sentenced Thursday to two to six years in prison after a judge ruled he violated terms of a plea deal that called for him to complete counseling and community service.
Quorums of the Seventy: Service to God (LDS Church News)
(April 18, 2011) - Relevance: 2.3
Though perhaps it was little realized until recent years, the Lord set in place early on the administrative structure for a global and infinitely expandable church when he revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith instructions pertaining to the office of Seventy.
New mission presidents (LDS Church News)
(May 5, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
Eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. With the exception of Elder and Sister Zwick, who will begin their service immediately, these couples will begin serving in July.
Utah's volunteer rate tops in U.S., study says (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 16, 2007) - Relevance: 2.3
Crawford attributed part of the overall ranking to the fact that the LDS faithful grow up in a "culture of service" that encourages members to give back to the church and to parts of the community that may have no ties to the state's predominant religion.
Mustangs garner gridiron lessons from Alberta trip (Examiner - Canada)
(June 13, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
The Mustangs also toured the city and experienced local culture, including interacting with the Rams' families, many of whom are Mormon.
"A couple of our kids went to a three-hour (church) service, but they did it with smiles on their faces, which was great to see," said Oldfield.
Reaching Out Around the World (LDS Church news release)
(November 5, 2009) - Relevance: 2.3
Latter-day Saints believe that giving service to others is a lifestyle based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, who “went about doing good.” The desire to serve others crosses cultural boundaries and has been manifested in recent months with stories featured on International Church Web sites.
Dog reacts to LDS missionary returning home after 2 years (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.3
When young men and women serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they leave behind many loved ones.
While the 18 months or two years of service may fly by for some, several homecoming videos also prove that missionaries may not realize how much they miss their family until they see them.
Hatch teams with Kennedy on service bill (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 13, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
Leading Republicans and Democrats are calling for a new wave of volunteerism aimed directly at some of the most pressing problems facing the nation, from the high school dropout rate to energy efficiency to the rising number of unemployed.
What's it really like being a Mormon missionary? (ABC News)
(March 5, 2018) - Relevance: 2.3
Sister Wolfgram can only see her family twice a year via Skype: on Mother's Day, and at Christmas.
She's allowed to email relatives weekly, but as a Mormon missionary, this is the most contact will she have with her family, during her 18 months of overseas service.
Mormon Lay Ministry: An Opportunity to Serve (LDS Newsroom)
(August 22, 2012) - Relevance: 2.3
Virtually every member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is given an opportunity to offer service in their local congregation, a geographically designated group called a ward or branch (based on local population).
We cannot save ourselves (St. Helena Star - California)
(May 13, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
The mother of one of our church leaders once said that "if you're on the right path, you're probably going uphill." For me this suggests that we were placed on this earth to be "Doers of the Word." One of Christ's original 12 Apostles said the following in James 1:22-25: "Be Ye Doers of the Word, and not hearers only." Life was never intended to be "easy," but requires effort and service to others.
Viewpoint: Do Something Good (Church News and Events)
(May 19, 2014) - Relevance: 2.3
The work accomplished by the two crews is an example of service rendered by those seeking to become true disciples of Jesus Christ. Surrounded by total devastation, the men—15 the first day and double that the second day—did not try to do everything for every victim of the storm. Instead, they spent hours helping one woman who was not even a member of their church.
Church Aid Sent to Myanmar (LDS Church news release)
(May 20, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the United Parcel Service, and Atlanta-based CARE International shipped 142,000 pounds of medical and other supplies to Myanmar yesterday, to aid those affected by a recent cyclone.
Gordon B. Hinckley in his own voice (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 27, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
MISSIONARY SERVICE: "We are deeply grateful for the opportunities of radio and television, and the generosity of the public press, all of which help to build a favorable atmosphere in which to teach the gospel. But I am confident that the time will never come when we shall not need vigorous men and women of faith to go into the world as missionaries for this cause." April 1959.
Gordon B. Hinckley in his own voice (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2.3
MISSIONARY SERVICE: "We are deeply grateful for the opportunities of radio and television, and the generosity of the public press, all of which help to build a favorable atmosphere in which to teach the gospel. But I am confident that the time will never come when we shall not need vigorous men and women of faith to go into the world as missionaries for this cause." April 1959.
LDS Second Quorum of the Seventy releases (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 1, 2006) - Relevance: 2.3
Eight members of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were released from their service during the Saturday afternoon session of the church's 176th Semiannual General Conference.
Living abroad to learn a language (Washington Times)
(October 2, 2006) - Relevance: 2.3
Doing missionary or service work abroad is a great way to learn a language while also helping others. For years, the Mormon Church has encouraged young men and women to do a two-year mission, often in another country.
Mormon church taking root in Hardin County (Kentucky)
(December 8, 2004) - Relevance: 2.3
One of the fastest-growing churches in the United States has found a niche in Hardin County, attracting followers with a contingent of missionaries, a belief in living prophets who receive revelations and a commitment to service.
An Interview With Gordon Hinckley (60 Minutes - CBS News)
(February 4, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
The president and prophet of the Mormon church, Gordon B. Hinckley, died last Sunday at age 97. He was buried Saturday in Salt Lake City. The church broadcast his memorial service around the world in 69 languages.
Missionary survives gunshot to head (Arizona)
(May 5, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
Tyler Harding is a soft-spoken, polite young man who has a strong commitment to his faith. Nearly two years ago, he left his home in Mesa to travel thousands of miles to Brazil, on a Mormon mission. The country became his second home -- but in April, his service abruptly ended.
Canyons get adopted (Herald Journal - Utah)
(May 15, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
Knowing that Forest Service funding for cleaning and maintenance of trails and campsites is insufficient, Cruz sought out adoptive “parents” in Cache Valley, and immediately found a willing partner — the Providence LDS South Stake, which volunteered to oversee Providence Canyon.
LDS youth fulfills service requirement (Daily Journal - Mississippi)
(August 16, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
The sun in central Mexico was merciless but Adam Whipple says he wore that crisp white shirt and black tie everyday, the familiar uniform of the young missionaries of his denomination, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
"I sweated through it a lot," Whipple said, laughing.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | July 2 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 3, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes mentions of Mormon temples as places of peace, missionary service through the eyes of a parent, how the Church’s humanitarian work seeks to relieve suffering wherever it is found and the Church’s interest in educating others about the faith.
Inside the Mormons’ elite Missionary Training Center (Religion News Service)
(July 24, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
The 35-acre campus is an island of young people, where teens and 20-somethings outnumber grown-ups by 10-to-1.
The place is awash in fresh-faced students, and even the workers — from the cafeteria to the copy center, the mailroom to the bookstore — and most of the teachers are under 30.
LDS Church Statement (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
We are deeply saddened at the death of Elder Morgan Winslow Young. Our hearts reach out in sympathy, love, and appreciation to his parents, family members and friends at this difficult time. We pray that they will find peace and comfort in the promises of the Lord concerning those who give their lives in His service.
Religion Puts Down New Roots in Mongolia (Radio Free Asia)
(March 23, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
In a conference of Christian groups last year in Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Baatar, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints claimed 7,000 baptized Mongolian members, Alicia Campi, a former U.S. foreign service officer assigned to the country, told RFA in an interview.
Interfaith rite launches inaugural (Utah)
(January 3, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
A preview of an inaugural speech, lessons in the importance of kindness and good deeds, prayers by representatives of several religions and rousing songs by Utahns of varying ethnic backgrounds were highlights of an interfaith music service Sunday night.
BYU recruiting message is mixed (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 2, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
One national recruiting service says Brigham Young got just the seventh-best football class in the nine-team Mountain West Conference. Another says the Cougars signed the 46th-best class in the country and ranks them at least 16 spots higher than any other MWC school.
Commandant Recognizes Top Marines Through Awards (Quantico Sentry - Virginia)
(January 31, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
“When I first came on to recruiting, I said I wanted to be recruiter of the year,” Butters said. “I worked hard for it. I was meritoriously promoted to corporal and sergeant and I recruited 100 people this year – more than any other prior service recruiter – so I was pretty sure of myself, but I also didn’t want to jinx it.”
Faithful gather at LDS conference (AP Article)
(March 30, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
When Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fell ill last year, convert Nora Healey prayed.
"Every morning and every night," said Healey, of Fillmore, who, with her husband, is on a service mission for the church at its Family History Library here.
Massacre site service focuses on forgiveness (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 10, 2007) - Relevance: 2.2
MOUNTAIN MEADOWS, Washington County — The lilting melody of a lone bagpipe and a Christian sermon on forgiveness echoed across this small mountain valley Saturday, as did the names of 120 men, women and children who were massacred here.
BYU students, prof light wildfires in their lab (BYU News Release)
(September 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
A Brigham Young University professor and his students have been tapped by the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires, but not with axes and hoses. Instead, they use experimental fires in their lab to beef up and speed up the computer programs that predict where wildfires spread.
Does religion always demand forgiveness? (Scripps Howard News Service)
(May 16, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
"I forgave them _ I just don't want to think about them anymore. It's over," the Mormon told an audience in Washington, where she helped lobby senators successfully for a tough national sex-offender registry bill. However, her forgiveness does not extend to wanting her abductors to go free. Elizabeth wants them to stand trial and be imprisoned.
Life as a missionary (Victoria Advocate - Texas)
(August 2, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
Elder Aaron Grow knocks on doors, helps his neighbors and performs community service.
How does he have the time? It’s his job.
“Before, I never would have thought I could do what I am doing now,” Grow said about his two-year commitment to serve as a Mormon missionary. “For me, I can do it because of the enabling power of Jesus Christ.”
Pres. Boyd K. Packer recalls days of service (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 5, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
Gazing at an auditorium filled with LDS military chaplains and their wives, President Boyd K. Packer recalled a time less than 50 years ago when the entire chaplain corps of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had dwindled to five or six men.
Reach Out in “Small and Simple” Ways This Christmas Season (Church News)
(December 9, 2016) - Relevance: 2.2
During Christmastime, many families, wards, and individuals search for acts of service to participate in as part of their holiday celebration. This desire to serve gets to the heart of the Christmas season and draws us closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mormon volunteers clean up town (East Oregonian)
(July 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
About 275 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to town to participate in the church's "Oregon Day of Service," said Brian Chambers, event coordinator. They were jointed by 25 to 30 volunteers from Athena.
He has 'gone home' — Service full of fond memories (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 4, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
With millions of Latter-day Saints worldwide watching and listening live, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley was eulogized Saturday — his red chair on the Conference Center dais empty and his casket resting in front of the pulpit handcrafted from a tree he planted decades ago.
Sacred Ground (Star Bulletin - Hawaii)
(October 21, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
Clergy from three faiths gathered at this former leprosy colony Saturday to honor more than 8,000 people buried here -- more than 6,000 in unmarked graves.
The unprecedented "service of rededication and remembrance" was held in Kalawao, the original site of the Hansen's disease settlement.
About 80 descendants of former patients and current Kalaupapa residents attended.
Senior couple sees blessings of service in Mexico (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
"Just do it! Talk to your bishop and put in your papers in to serve a mission!" There they were — those same powerful words once again — not so gently falling into our ears.
These were the thoughts written up by Robert Walsh in Mormon Times, after a fireside that Elder Daniel L. Johnson gave in Bountiful in July of 2008.
'It brings all the youth together': These teens take their weekend to help others (BND - Illinois)
(November 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
More than 100 teenagers ditched shopping, listening the radio and playing basketball on Saturday and, instead, chose to help others.
The youths were members from metro-east congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and some friends of other faiths, who took part in the service project at the St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, or S.A.V.E., building in Belleville.
Singing elders took Korea by storm (LDS Church News)
(December 5, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
One of the first concerns of new Korea Seoul Mission President Eugene P. Till when he began service in 1974 was raising awareness of the Church among the people. A survey he conducted after arriving showed that only 7 percent of Koreans knew anything about the Church.
KBYU show to discuss Snow legacy
(July 23, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
A new production from KBYU-FM at Brigham Young University will host several featured guests to discuss Eliza R. Snow and her service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that airs Sunday at 5 p.m. on KBYU-FM at 89.1 and 89.5 FM.
Mormon Missionary Numbers Reach 75,000 Milestone (LDS Newsroom)
(August 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
Since the October 2012 announcement that men can begin Mormon missionary service at age 18 and women at 19, the ranks of Mormon missionaries have swelled. Prior to the announcement, 58,500 missionaresi were serving; as of this week, that number is now 75,000.
Volunteers help spruce up kids' rehabilitation center (Arizona Republic)
(April 24, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
Payne and Torres were among 50 volunteers from Latter-Day Saints Student Association, a member of ASU's Devils in Disguise coalition of community-service organizations. The volunteers spent about four hours at New Foundation painting dorm rooms and classrooms, and chopping down overgrown vegetation.
LDS leader served behind Iron Curtain (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
FREIBERG, Germany — The years of successive LDS Church service from Henry Burkhardt are impressive enough — more than three years as a full-time missionary, 17 as a counselor in a mission presidency, 14 as mission president and nearly seven more as temple president.
Missionaries: A Force for Service (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 15, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends young men and women as well as couples out into the world to teach and serve others.
They, like the apostles of old, are sent two by two to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that is not all missionaries do. They seek opportunities to help those in need. And currently there continues to be a great need in Japan.
Elder C. Scott Grow: 'We stand united' (LDS Church News)
(November 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
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.
Loss shifts JetBlue's focus to climbing back into black (USA Today)
(February 22, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
Onetime Mormon missionary David Neeleman had hoped to spend 2006 spreading the gospel of JetBlue, especially in America's heartland, where his airline's popular brand of high-style, low-cost, low-fare service remains largely unknown.
Ready for disasters big and small (Albany Times Union - New York)
(October 25, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
The fair, held in Loudonville, included seminars and informational booths on a wide range of preparedness topics, from how to grind your own wheat to how to find a better job. The fair, which was free and open to the public, was hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a service to the community.
LDS institute serves the UVSC community (Utah)
(April 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
The Orem Institute of Religion recently did a campus-wide cleanup to get UVSC ready for graduation. The Institute works closely with UVSC and the Center for Service and Learning to accomplish many projects that benefit UVSC.
Ambassador thankful for Church's humanitarian work (LDS Church News)
(December 9, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Once a Kosovo refugee, Avni Spahiu is now an ambassador to the United States from that nation who on Nov. 16, expressed his gratitude to a General Authority for the humanitarian service given by the Church during the dark days of a decade ago.
VIDEO: Mormon Missionaries Bid Farewell to Colleagues (LDS Newsroom)
(November 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
More than 200 Mormon missionaries serving in the Philippines Tacloban Mission were displaced by the 8 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. All of those missionaries, apart from some who have concluded their mission service, are now filling new assignments in one of 11 other missions in the islands.
Mission president assignments for 2014 (LDS Church News)
(January 13, 2014) - Relevance: 2.2
The calling of new mission presidents in the Church for 2014 has been announced by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below.
Arizona couple helping S.D. Historical Society
(December 30, 2004) - Relevance: 2.2
An Arizona couple is in the midst of a year-long volunteer service project for the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center.
Knight Skips Grammys for Church Service
(February 16, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
Gladys Knight wasn't sitting in front of a television set watching the Grammy Awards. And she didn't even know she shared a gospel performance Grammy award Sunday with the late Ray Charles for their duet, "Heaven Help Us All," until there was a break in church services.
Family, friends remember Wilberger (Corvallis Gazette-Times - Oregon)
(June 26, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
For Brooke Wilberger, the traditional color of mourning just didn’t seem right. Instead, her memory was honored with splashes of her favorite color, pink, found everywhere from the cluster of balloons outside her service, to the attire of some of the hundreds gathered to remember her.
‘She just handles it all’: Senior center volunteer anticipates needs
(August 9, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
LaRue Koeven has lived a life of service. Whether it be the many years she served lunch to schoolchildren, having seven children of her own, going on an LDS mission, or spending 30 hours a week at the Cache Senior Citizens Center, Koeven makes sure her time counts.
General Authority Releases Announced at General Conference (LDS Newsroom)
(October 8, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
The following General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were released and received an expression of gratitude for their many years of service during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 182nd Semiannual General Conference 6 October 2012.
Service Emphasized in 2018 ‘Light the World’ Initiative (LDS Newsroom)
(November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.2
A global Christmas initiative launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages people around the world to serve others during the holiday season. The “Light the World” campaign, now in its third year, runs through the end of December 2018.
The Mormons in India (Global Post)
(July 25, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
Their voices rang out, echoing in the nearby passageway. “Count your many blessings,” they sang. “Name them one by one. Count your many blessings. See what God hath done.” And so, the women, some 25 of them, members of the Sisters Committee at one of the six churches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Delhi, closed their Sunday post-service meeting.
The Mormon Introvert (Religion News Service)
(September 10, 2015) - Relevance: 2.2
I’m (finally) reading a marvelous book on introversion called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
And in typically extroverted fashion, I’m going to tell you some of what’s in the book before I’ve even finished reading it, because blurting out first impressions as if we are already experts is precisely what extroverts do. You’re welcome.
Young Mormons are on a mission (Herald - UK)
(November 4, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
Three young men who attend the Mormons' Hartley Chapel in Mannamead are following in family footsteps by serving as missionaries at home and abroad.Most young men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expect to spend two years in voluntary service as a missionary, and the Plymouth congregation is no exception.
Journals prove to have value and worth in family history (BYU Universe)
(December 1, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Some people feel writing in a journal seems selfish, but it is actually a service to a person’s descendants.
Learning about a person, growing closer to a person and applying experiences in one’s own life are just some of the benefits of reading a relative’s journal and are reasons to start and keep a journal right now.
Lehi shooting: Church service turns tragic (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 7, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
David and Kristy Ragsdale were going through a contentious divorce, but in court last month they agreed to stay away from each other. Instead, the Draper man allegedly shot his wife to death here Sunday morning as she arrived at a local LDS church to attend services on her 30th birthday.
Service by Nigerian Saints Affects Community (News from the Church)
(October 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
On July 19, 2008, Church members from the Ile-Ife Nigeria District removed garbage and sludge from a plugged drainage system that was overflowing and disrupting many businesses.
“This act of goodness is worthy of emulation by other churches,” said F. K. Abiola, the owner of a shop located near the site of the project.
New Zealand Temple Closes for Renovation (LDS Newsroom)
(August 15, 2018) - Relevance: 2.2
The Hamilton New Zealand Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently closed for an extensive renovation.
The New Zealand landmark has been in service since 1958 and needs seismic strengthening retrofit and significant upgrades to its mechanical systems.
Granny’s Attic huge success (Texas)
(August 4, 2005) - Relevance: 2.2
The crowd was waiting in the hot Texas sun for the doors of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Bonham Ward building to open last Saturday. The church’s annual service project to help people with free clothing and household goods was going to again be a huge success.
Mormons Knit to Save Endangered Penguins
(April 15, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — an organization that undertakes hundreds of life-saving humanitarian service projects across the world every year — are collaborating with community members on a project to save the lives, not of people, but of an endangered species.
A Christmas Memory from President Monson (Church News)
(December 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.2
Whether it is his kindness toward “his widows” or reaching out to “the one,” President Thomas S. Monson has led a life of Christlike service. Even as a young boy—often with encouragement from his mother—he was able to look outside of himself and serve others around him, especially at Christmastime. One story tells of the joy he felt as he helped another boy have a happy Christmas.
Church Statement on Volunteers in Turkey (LDS Newsroom)
(July 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2.2
The Church has transferred 15 young volunteers serving in Turkey to Germany, where they will continue their service among the Turkish-speaking population of Berlin. We anticipate these volunteers will return when conditions in Turkey normalize.
Preparedness fair "opens" community doors (LDS Church News)
(September 8, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Thousands of volunteers from the Rogers and Springdale stakes of Arkansas came together with members of the Northwest Arkansas community in a spirit of service to hold the 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair in Bentonville Aug. 21.
First Presidency Expresses Gratitude for Humanitarian Outreach (LDS Newsroom)
(November 20, 2017) - Relevance: 2.2
In this season of Thanksgiving, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expressing gratitude for unprecedented donations and volunteer service by members and friends of the Church in response to the many humanitarian needs around the world.
A day of service in Western Africa (LDS Church News)
(September 21, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
As the beautiful morning sun rose over Western Africa, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, more than 11,000 men, women and children picked up shovels, rakes and paintbrushes and donned bright yellow vests, as the fourth annual All Africa Mormon Helping Hands event swept the continent.
The Mormons in India (reprint from the Global Post)
(August 18, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
Their voices rang out, echoing in the nearby passageway. “Count your many blessings,” they sang. “Name them one by one. Count your many blessings. See what God hath done.” And so, the women, some 25 of them, members of the Sisters Committee at one of the six churches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Delhi, closed their Sunday post-service meeting.
Fresno native, former top attorney wins award (Fresno Bee - California)
(March 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
Fresno native Barbara McDowell is one lawyer who followed her heart. For that, she has won fresh acclaim.
This week, a nationwide law society will honor the 1969 Hoover High School graduate and former top government attorney for her legal aid service.
LDS leaders helped spur big changes in Europe (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 7, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
Benson, McKay, Kimball, Hinckley, Monson, Nelson. These names highlight a long list of LDS Church prophets, apostles and general authorities whose service to former communist-controlled countries in central and eastern Europe were critical during the tense and tenuous four-plus decades following World War II.
Kirby: Service makes sense in spreading Mormon gospel (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2.2
Apparently The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a surplus of missionaries. After the faith changed the age at which Mormons are allowed to serve, its missionary population increased by more than 40 percent.
Missionaries have swamped the church’s training centers, dormitories, even some missions. What to do with them all?
BYU conference to salute LDS veterans (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.2
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.
LDS fitness trainer helps missionaries become more fit (Utah Public Radio)
(October 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
As numbers of LDS missionaries have increased from approximately 58,000 to close to 75,000 this year, so have opportunities for innovative missionary exercise.
To structure and optimize missionary service, many guidelines are provided including the instruction to exercise at least 30 minutes a day before performing proselytizing duties.
Four missionaries spread gospel (Douglas Dispatch - Arizona)
(June 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.2
If you see four young men dressed nicely on bicycles around town, they are Douglas’s missionaries at the Church of Jesus Christ Ladder Day Saints.
Missionaries come from all parts of world. They are here to offer service and teach about Jesus Christ. A mission lasts for two years.
The incredible shrinking Mormon American family (Religion News Service)
(June 17, 2019) - Relevance: 2.2
U.S. Mormons still have more children than other Americans do, but their families are not as large as they used to be.
First, let’s look at fertility in previous generations. According to research from the 2016 Next Mormons Survey (NMS), today’s Mormon adults grew up in families of 4.02 children.
When the saints offer helping hands (Daily Sun - Nigeria)
(September 27, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
The song, “when the saints go marching on,” could have re-echoed across the country recently. That day, as if to emphasise the chorus of the song, “I will be among the number,” the people involved came out in hundreds. They were dressed in yellow short aprons. They came out with working implements. And they worked for three hours, in a special “All Africa Service project.”
Alabama Mormons, others combine on service project (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
BESSEMER, Ala. -- Representatives of four Christian congregations -- including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dilworth Church of God, Waterstone Baptist Church and Red Hill Independent Church -- linked arms on Friday, Sept.18, to assist more than 1,000 deserving members of the Empire community.
'Bring Forth My Zion' (LDS Church News)
(March 17, 2012) - Relevance: 2.2
The gospel dispensation initiated by the Savior among the Nephites as well as the Restoration brought forth by Joseph Smith were the inspiration for "Bring Forth My Zion," a sacred music service commissioned for Brigham Young University-Idaho and performed by the school's Symphony Orchestra, Collegiate Singers and Men's and Women's choirs last weekend.
Trump Nominee Has Blasted Lawmakers, Mormons, Immigrants (Roll Call)
(May 31, 2018) - Relevance: 2.2
Civil rights groups are calling on senators to reject President Donald Trump’s intention to put a former foreign service officer who has harshly criticized immigrants — along with U.S. religious leaders and key GOP lawmakers — into a State Department role overseeing refugees and migrants.
Hey, Mormons — leave dead Jews alone! (Religion News Service)
(January 2, 2018) - Relevance: 2.2
They’re at it again.
They said that they would stop, but apparently, someone didn’t get that memo.
I am referring to the news that the Mormons are once again baptizing dead Jews — effectively making them posthumous Mormons.
If We Don't Feel Oppressed, Are We? (Huffington Post)
(July 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2.2
Many women have come to me personally to ask me why I write about lack of representation of women among Mormon leadership. They tell me *they* don't feel oppressed. They tell me that Mormon church callings are a service that men do for women, so how can that be about power or oppression?
Day of hard work for congregation (Northampton Chronicle - UK)
(June 27, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
Some 300 churchgoers will carry out repairs during the third annual Helping Hands Day Service Project. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints will be at Abington Park, North-ampton, to work on the Choices workshop building for adults with learning disabilities, painting playground equipment and clearing rubbish from the stream.
Twins reflect on 90 years of faith, service (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 31, 2008) - Relevance: 2.2
Identical twin brothers celebrated their 90th birthday in September, marking a shared life of religion, family and patriotism.
Ralph Henderson was born Sept. 6, 1918, in Arimo, Idaho, preceded by his twin brother, Boyd, who came an hour and a half earlier.
Congregations plan ‘acts of service’ (The State - South Carolina)
(April 25, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
As the weather warms and spring blossoms burst forth, Midlands congregations are preparing for days of service and outreach.
Today, youths from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, will be trimming bushes and clearing debris on the grounds of Fort Jackson’s Anderson Street Chapel.
Terrorist attacks inspire life of service (Nevada Appeal)
(September 12, 2006) - Relevance: 2.2
Excerpt from a story that ran Sept. 15, 2001, in the Nevada Appeal:
Student council member Josh Groth, 17, organized a lunchtime assembly for his peers to express their feelings.
He kicked off the assembly by blaring Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" through the hallways.
Sunday of service helps Georgia flooding victims (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
Church pews stood empty throughout North Georgia Sunday as scores of Mormons canvassed neighborhoods hit hard by recent severe flooding.
It took only about seven hours to find nearly 1,000 volunteers from more than 40 LDS congregations between Sugar Hill and Cartersville.
SHe designed for young, Mormon singles (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2.2
Singular Humanitarian experience (SHe) is basically a new help-the-world organization designed for young, single Mormons.
They will be the ones volunteering and traveling to third world countries to dig ditches, train midwives and build schools. They will also be the ones reaping the rewards that come from selfless service, says one of the founders.
A visit to 'Tornado Alley' (LDS Church News)
(June 7, 2013) - Relevance: 2.2
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.
Service Helps Inmates Look Beyond Themselves (LDS Newsroom)
(January 16, 2015) - Relevance: 2.2
David joined a team at the Kane County, Utah, jail that he found surprisingly comforting — the family history indexing team. “Indexing brought the inmates together in teamwork — like a sporting event — and it was really good to see in a setting like this,” the prisoner explained. “Indexing allows us to have a positive interaction with one another.”
Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(September 23, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
The Ogden Utah Temple was rededicated in three sessions on Sunday, 21 September. Originally dedicated in 1972, the Ogden Utah Temple was closed for extensive renovation for the past three years. Many Latter-day Saints expressed excitement this weekend about having the temple back in service.
Changes Made in Senior Missionary Policies (Church News and Events)
(June 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently approved changes in the policies regarding length of senior missionary service and missionary housing to encourage more couples to serve full-time missions and to improve their missionary experience.
Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra (LDS Church News)
(May 2, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
On March 16 and 17, the Portland Ensign Choir & Orchestra performed a service of sacred music titled “The Redeemer” by Robert Cundick. These sold-out performances took place at West Linn High School’s auditorium.
New mission presidents by area for 2013 (LDS Church News)
(March 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
The calling of new mission presidents in the Church for 2013 has been announced by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below.
Idaho Marine laid to rest (Idaho)
(June 18, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Idaho Marine... Lance Corporal Dustin Birch was laid to rest Friday in a memorial service with full military honors.
The 22-year-old from Saint Anthony was killed by a roadside last Thursday.
King called 'champion of peace' in holiday service at his church (AP article)
(January 22, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Clinton noted the diverse presidential race that includes a Mormon, a black man and a Baptist preacher as well as his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"Isn't this interesting? I mean, how cool is it? You know, we've got all these different people seeking the presidency," he said. "And guess what? It's all possible because of Martin Luther King's vision of the beloved community."
BYU to host annual Women's Conference May 1-2 (BYU news release)
(April 10, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
On Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, the 2008 Brigham Young University Women’s Conference, co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will help women “Awake, Arise, and Come unto Him” through a broad range of instructional sessions and a service event that will “Make the Pathway Bright.”
Stay funeral highlights LDS customs (Houston Chronicle - Texas)
(July 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
Footage of the parade of six white caskets has been broadcast around the world. Still photos of mourners have captured moments in time that could be from any funeral anywhere.
But the church service for six members of the Stay family - shot to death in their Spring home last week - contained elements unique to the Mormon faith.
Living their faith (Washington)
(March 28, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Kelly and Lynann Adams of Olympia live their faith by attending a three-hour service each Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints in west Olympia. Their family also takes part in Wednesday-evening activities with Chase, 13, and Rachel, 11, their two younger children still living at home.
Counting blessings while giving service to others (LDS Church News)
(January 29, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Latter-day Saints in the state of Queensland have been counting their many blessings considering how few were personally affected by what has been labeled the worst natural disaster in the state's history.
With more than 200,000 people being forced from their homes in 31 towns in the devastating January floods, only a handful of members were reported to have suffered significant losses.
Kits draw praise at evening of service for BYU Women's Conference (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Just days after Haiti's devastating earthquake, the washcloths, soap and toothbrushes in an LDS Humanitarian Center hygiene kit became much more than appreciated toiletries.
They were mini miracles.
"After the first full day, we ran out of everything, especially casting supplies," said Dr. Craig Nelson, a former missionary to Haiti who rushed to the island nation with several doctor friends.
A look into the life of James E. Faust (ABC 4 - Utah)
(August 11, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints served as a General Authority for thirty-five years. He is remembered as a man of great faith, wit, wisdom, and kindness. He is also being remembered as a man who had a tremendous love of learning, and whose service extended beyond the LDS Church.
President Wheelwright: First-year retrospective (BYU-Hawaii news release)
(May 9, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
As BYU-Hawaii President Steven C. Wheelwright draws near the completion of his first year of service, a faculty member in the May 2008 question-and-answer forum asked what "report card" grade he would give himself for his accomplishments at the university to this point.
New Seminary Graduation Requirements Expect More from Youth (Church News)
(August 20, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
New requirements for seminary graduation are meant to “elevate learning” and better prepare students for lives of service and discipleship. The changes are being implemented throughout the world beginning this school year with this year’s course of study—Doctrine and Covenants and Church history.
Seminar prepares women for disaster (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 28, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Each year, a local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints women's service group sponsors a health-issues event targeted toward women. In the past, it's been a round-robin event with classes on subjects such as stress management, exercise, diet and aging.
Rising Son (Ledger-Enquirer - Georgia)
(January 5, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Brandon Riggs went to Japan and fell in love. With the people. With the land, the cities, the countryside, the food, the culture. Everything. He left Columbus in December 2005 as a 19-year-old and, after spending 2 1/2 months training in Utah to be a Mormon missionary, he flew to Tokyo and immersed himself in the Land of the Rising Sun. For two years he shared his faith and his service and himself.
Quilt Projects Assist Worldwide Service Efforts (News from the Church)
(May 8, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Over the years Marie Weston’s nimble hands may have become less agile, but her desire to serve has only grown stronger.
In 1998 Sister Weston, now 88, was called to serve as her ward’s quilting expert. Starting with just one set of boards, one set of clamps, and one stand set, she set to work creating what has become an ever-expanding quilt project.
LDS Colombians celebrate 50 years with service (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 18, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
Colombian Latter-day Saints are renowned for three distinct “personality” traits:
1. They are people of faith who love the Lord and His restored gospel.
2. They are said to be among the world’s friendliest — eager to help their neighbor, a fellow member or a stranger in need.
3. And they love to celebrate — especially birthdays, anniversaries and historic occasions. (This is, after all, a country with almost 20 national holidays.)
Teen leader: Audrey King (St. Louis Today)
(June 2, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Audrey King just graduated from Lindbergh High School and will attend Washington University this fall as a John B. Irvin Scholar. Officially, the university says the award is given to "students who demonstrate exceptional intellectual and leadership achievements and who have engaged in or shown a commitment to community service."
Missionary explains Book of Mormon 'wordprints' (BYU-Hawaii News Release)
(April 23, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
Elder Gale Bryce, a volunteer service missionary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, explained in the heavily attended April 17 School of Computing InForm meeting how two former colleagues used "wordprint" statistical analyses to authenticate Book of Mormon authorship.
Site expected to be a beacon for the faithful (Chillicothe Gazette - Ohio)
(April 29, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Over the past 58 years, members of the area Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been hoping for a new home of their own. As the congregation has steadily grown, currently averaging between 120 to 145 members who regularly attend service, the national church based in Salt Lake City, is investing in Chillicothe.
The gift of service: Serving God by serving his friend (LDS Church News)
(May 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
The locals who gather in the barber shops, diners and, yes, perhaps even the Church meetinghouse parking lots of Arizona's Upper Gila River Valley will likely tell you that the annual football game between Thatcher High School and nearby Safford High is bigger than the Super Bowl.
Park plants to get 'Mormon Helping Hands' (Orange County Register - California)
(April 26, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Don’t be surprised if you see more than 100 people working on the landscape of Forster Ranch Community Park on Saturday in San Clemente.
It’s a “Mormon Helping Hands" service project, and you’re welcome to join the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are organizing it.
'Change of heart' -- Helping missionaries meet high expectations (LDS Church News)
(January 27, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
The purpose of missionary service as defined in the guide Preach My Gospel is to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.”
Losing Everything Twice: President Uchtdorf’s Refugee Experience (Church News)
(May 5, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
Latter-day Saints in many countries are finding ways to help victims of the refugee crisis by participating in service projects and giving donations.
In a video posted on mormonnewsroom.org, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, expressed his deep empathy for those enduring the current crisis.
Mormon Helping Hands Day! (Mission Valley News - California)
(April 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Saturday, April 30th has been designated as Mormon Helping Hands day in California. On this day thousands of members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all across the State of California will work together to provide a day of service in our communities.
VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Mormon Missionary in London (LDS Newsroom)
(April 15, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
More than 65,000 Mormon missionaries are serving throughout the world and many more are now preparing to serve. MormonNewsroom.org has published a video that gives a glimpse into the daily life of missionaries in London and the selfless service they give.
New Temple Presidents Begin Service (News from the Church)
(October 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Beginning November 1, 2010, 53 new temple presidents and their wives will begin serving in temples around the world. There are currently 134 temples in operation around the world with another 23 announced or under construction.
Church project cleans Farragut State Park (Idaho)
(August 3, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Farragut State Park received a big face-lift over the weekend thanks to about 520 volunteers such as Mamales. The volunteers were participating in the LDS Hayden Lake stake annual service project.
Contestants to join clean up campaign (Fiji Times)
(September 14, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Meanwhile, 50 form two students from the Fiji LDS Church College will take part in the campaign as part of their service project.
The students are sponsored by the Public Affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Varsity, Venturer programs preparing LDS young men (LDS Church News)
(November 1, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
A few weeks ago, a half-dozen young men from the Fox Pointe Ward, West Jordan Utah Bingham Creek Stake, gathered for a special court of honor. Before receiving their Scouting organization's highest award, each of the boys was recognized for providing service to others, learning new skills, working together and demonstrating leadership.
Roots in church, family keep Notre Dame's Te'o grounded (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(August 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Outside the chapel walls on the first Sunday of August, there is little more than sunlight and a tinny thrum of cicadas.
A moderate crowd filters into the parking lots and then through the doors for the 9 a.m. service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They're quiet and happy. Nothing breaks the tranquility except the occasional interjection of a car door snapping shut.
Gainesville mayor ends term as church leader (Georgia)
(May 2, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Sunday will be a "bittersweet" day for Gainesville Mayor George Wangemann as he ends his nine-year term of service as president of the Sugar Hill Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sikahema: A Life of Football, Church and Service (BYU NewsNet)
(March 29, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Then one professor took pity on him, Sikahema said. Bruce Olsen, a former BYU professor and current managing director of the LDS Church Public Affairs Department, assigned one of his teaching aids to help tutor Sikahema, eventually helping him get accepted into the Communications Department.
Mormon teens beautify 20 homes (Arizona Republic)
(November 22, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
About 500 Mormon teens repainted 16 Maryvale homes and landscaped four more Saturday as part of their church's annual Tri-Stake Service Project.
"Our goal is just to be good neighbors, teach the kids how to work," said project coordinator Walt Farnsworth. "Just let them be out in the community and see how it feels to help somebody else."
Mission President Assignments 2013 (Church News and Events)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
The calling of 110 new mission presidents in the Church was announced this week. They will begin their service in July. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below in this order: mission, current president, new president.
Church Transferring 169 Missionaries Out of Nicaragua (LDS Newsroom)
(May 23, 2018) - Relevance: 2.1
Due to growing political instability in Nicaragua, the Church is in the process of transferring 169 missionaries out of that country. This includes 37 missionaries from the Nicaragua Managua North Mission, all of whom were nearing the end of their service and will return home.
Women’s Conference begins (Daily Universe - Utah)
(April 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Campus demographics will change dramatically today and Friday as more than 16,000 women attend Women’s Conference.
The annual conference, co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will feature numerous speakers from diverse backgrounds, including Relief Society General President Julie B. Beck and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve.
While there are many guest speakers at the conference, the event also encompasses other activities. This year’s activities include multiple service projects, book signings and a concert with some well known Latter-day Saint musicians.
The theme for this year’s conference is “By Small and Simple Things Are Great Things Brought to Pass,” from Alma 37:6 in the Book of Mormon. Many of the speakers’ topics will revolve around this message, though many other topics will be discussed, like infertility and the gospel plan, fidelity in marriage and overcoming depression, according to the Women’s Conference events booklet.
The conference’s service portion also has a theme: “Errand of Angels.” Participants can take crocheting packets from the Marriott Center, crochet during their classes then return the completed items to the Wilkinson Center’s Garden Court.
The influx of women on campus has a clear impact on Wilkinson Center sales, said David Smith, the Bookstore’s general merchandise manager.
Member Volunteers Teach Robotics (News from the Church)
(August 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
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.
Best bets on the Net (Florida Times-Union)
(July 17, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
FamilySearch.org claims to be the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world. Visit the non-profit service of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to review research guidance, search the records and library, find genealogy news, share information with others and more.
JetBlue’s founder flies again (Fortune)
(December 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
David Neeleman, the founder and former CEO of JetBlue (JBLU), launched his fourth low-cost airline Monday. This one is in Brazil. It’s called Azul, which means “blue” in Portugese. It’s a lot like JetBlue: TVs at every seat-back, leather seats, extra leg room, nonstop flights between cities that previously lacked nonstop service.
Hardin helps the hungry (Knoxville News Sentinel - Tennessee)
(December 22, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Hardin Valley Elementary School teacher Gina Hanna looks each December for a way that her students can help others.
This year her 25 fifth-graders organized a food drive. One, Ally White, headed the effort as a Girl Scout service project. What began in Hanna's classroom spread through the school.
LDS Swahili Branch unites African Mormons (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 17, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
Plans for an upcoming social at the LDS Swahili Branch may border on the ordinary, but the details are anything but typical.
There will be an African choir, soccer on the lawn, a clean-up service project and a hefty plate of ugali, a cornmeal dish that is a staple starch in East Africa.
Primary Leaders Continue to Carry Legacy of Service (Church News)
(February 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
In 1878, Aurelia Spencer Rogers, a 44-year-old mother, was worried about the behavior of the boys in her neighborhood “who ran freely through the town day and night.”
With the approval of President John Taylor and after receiving a calling from her bishop, Sister Rogers began planning the first Primary—which would be for girls as well as boys.
6 unexpected findings about Mormon doubters—and one that’s no surprise (Religion News Service)
(August 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
I’m not at the Sunstone symposium this weekend, so I missed Benjamin Knoll’s presentation yesterday with some really interesting stats on faith and doubt in the Mormon community, based on the Pew survey from a few years ago. But here’s a recap of the major findings – and if you’re interested, there’s a PDF of the whole report that you can download at the end of this post.
Texas Strong — Mental Health Counselors Complete Service (LDS Newsroom)
(September 20, 2017) - Relevance: 2.1
Within days of one of the worst disasters to hit the United States in more than a decade, the American Red Cross asked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for help. It was help beyond the necessities of life-sustaining food and water that the Church often delivers. The Red Cross needed help to nourish the souls of thousands of hurricane survivors who lost everything.
Monson ready for presidential duties (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Long before he became a counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson was well-schooled in the way of Mormon prophets and well-known to the Mormon faithful.
Monson has spent his entire career in the service of the LDS Church, working alongside every president since 1963 when he was named one of the twelve apostles at the age of 36.
'The leader we need is you,' Beck tells 17,000 at BYU (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 30, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
The answers to America's problems aren't found in Washington; they're found in the people of America.
That's what radio and TV personality Glenn Beck told a vocal crowd of nearly 17,000 gathered at BYU's Marriott Center Sunday evening for America's Freedom Festival's annual Patriotic Service
U.S. Ambassador to China: Who is Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.? (AllGov)
(July 3, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. does not fit the typical profile of a U.S. ambassador. Generally, ambassadors fall into one of two camps: Career diplomats; or wealthy political contributors rewarded for their support of the president and his party. Huntsman has never been in the Foreign Service, and as a conservative Republican, he supported President Barack Obama’s opponent, Sen. John McCain.
Day of Service in Central America (News from the Church)
(May 13, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Members of the Church throughout Central America spent Saturday, April 9, working to improve their communities. Before the day was over, they and some of their neighbors who worked with them had donated more than 166,000 hours of service— the equivalent of one person working 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, for just under 19 years.
Operation Santa Claus celebrates 50 years (YourHub - Colorado)
(December 30, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Operation Santa Claus is an annual tradition for hundreds of Lockheed Martin (LM) employees and their families. It's an event that has a 50 year continuous record of service to families in need in the metro area. On Dec. 18, toys and boxes of food were delivered to about 250 families.
Colorado Springs day of service (LDS Church News)
(November 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
A small battalion of 500 volunteers from Colorado Springs Colorado North Stake invaded Fort Carson Army Base on Saturday, Oct. 22, armed with rakes and shovels to participate in Fort Carson Make a Difference Day, a national day dedicated to helping others.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right| 15 May 2013 (LDS Newsroom)
(May 18, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
This edition of "Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right" features a column from an Episcopal priest who demonstrates the importance of speaking with Mormons to understand Mormons. We also include a blog post that discusses Mormon beliefs about grace and a story from Kansas about a returned Mormon missionary who describes the purposes of his service.
Watch: Elder L. Tom Perry's funeral service (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
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.
JetBlue Founder Starting Airline in Brazil (New York Times)
(March 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
David Neeleman, who as founder of JetBlue Airways helped to redefine start-up carriers in the United States by using new jets and offering above-bargain-basement service, said Thursday that he would start a domestic airline in Brazil.
"Choose to Serve the Lord": Women’s Conference at BYU April 29-30 (BYU Newsnet)
(April 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Women from across the United States and around the world will travel to Brigham Young University Thursday and Friday, April 29-30, for the annual BYU Women’s Conference. They will be attending instructional sessions and a service event during the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Missions to Be Created to Accommodate Influx of New Missionaries (LDS Newsroom)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
Thousands of young prospective missionaries have responded enthusiastically to the October 2012 announcement by President Thomas S. Monson that lowered the age requirement for missionary service. As was indicated at the time of the announcement and reiterated later, the Church is working to accommodate the increase in the number of new missionaries who have made plans to serve.
Willingness to serve blesses providers as well as receivers (LDS Church News)
(March 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
President Ronald E. Mumford of the Preston Idaho North Stake asked every family in his stake to participate this year in humanitarian aid projects.
"It is an eternal law that service blesses the lives of those who give as well as those who receive. Several months ago, as we began our planning, we realized that there are many humanitarian needs – some close by and some in distant lands.
Funeral service for missionary beautiful, heartwarming (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 10, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
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.
Signing and service at the PCC (LDS Church News)
(September 3, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
What do you get when you combine the Polynesian Cultural Center, members of the deaf community and students from BYU–Hawaii? An experience of a lifetime. Recently, BYU–Hawaii’s American Sign Language Club partnered with the PCC to give tours to members of Hands and Voices, a nonprofit organization that helps parents with deaf children.
Cardinal: Catholics, Mormons must defend religious freedom together (Catholic News Service)
(February 24, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Catholics and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must continue to stand together as a "vital bulwark" against those in American society who want to "reduce religion to a purely private reality," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told a historic gathering at Brigham Young University in Provo.
Duty to God under way: Young men already realizing blessings (LDS Church News)
(August 21, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
In a few days, Brother Rhead Kelly will introduce himself to his new seminary students from Utah's Murray High School. Counted among the hundreds of teens in his classes will be many young men just a year away from full-time missionary service in all corners of the globe. Those future elders will be anxious to teach the gospel and share their testimonies — but will they know how and what to share?
President Packer is at half-century milestone of service (LDS Church News)
(October 1, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Early on Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 1961, Boyd K. Packer, then Supervisor of the Church Seminaries and Institutes and a member of the Brigham Young University Administrative Council, was in a meeting with teachers and leaders who had come to Salt Lake City for training in conjunction with the 131st Semiannual General Conference.
Digital volunteerism critical to furthering the goals of the Church (LDS Church News)
(April 13, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
When you think of volunteer work in the Church, images of members feeding the homeless, cleaning up yards, sewing quilts or serving at a Church welfare facility might come to mind. In contrast, the image of volunteers sitting in the comfort of their own home, or office, working on service projects might seem foreign, but it is the vineyard of the present and future.
Latter-day Saint lauded for service to Germany (LDS Church News)
(February 9, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
One cold evening during the hustle and bustle of the 2002 Winter Games, Charles W. Dahlquist, II, was walking through downtown Salt Lake City. While passing an outdoor Olympic medal podium he heard the opening stanzas of the German national anthem.
“I stood there all alone at attention,” he said, recalling that spontaneous observance. “I learned that you can love more than one country, and I was so grateful.”
Mormon missionaries’ escape portrayed in new movie “Freetown” (Religion News Service)
(March 31, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
Next Wednesday, April 8, more than 100 U.S. theaters will begin screening , which tells the true story of a courageous group of LDS missionaries caught in the crossfire during Liberia’s civil war.
In 1990, eight elders and their driver squeezed into a small sedan for a harrowing journey from Monrovia to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where they hoped to serve out their missions in safety.
Art competition doubles as service (LDS Church News)
(April 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
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.
Service members use leave to participate in Hill Cumorah (WHEC - New York)
(July 14, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
The pageant has been going on for 70 years, and involves hundreds of people performing on the stage at one time. One came from halfway around the world to be here.
Army specialist Greg Doyle has been stationed in Afghanistan since February. When he found out he was getting leave, he knew exactly where he wanted to spend it- at the Hill Cumorah pageant.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Prepared for a Lifetime of Service (LDS Newsroom)
(October 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
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).
Getting to know President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency (LDS Church News)
(January 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2.1
On April 6, 1984, Utah Supreme Court Justice Dallin H. Oaks was preparing for a confidential meeting with the Public Broadcasting Service board of directors. It was 9:30 p.m., and he was eating dinner in a restaurant in Arizona when he received a phone call from President Gordon B. Hinckley, then of the First Presidency.
Answering the call to serve, fill a need (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 3, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
It's simply a "Day of Service."
From California to the East Coast, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have recently rolled up their sleeves and helped in their communities, whether it was sprucing up a community park, helping at a blood drive or cleaning up after one of the recent disasters in North Carolina or Alabama. Some don yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" shirts.
Mourners reflect on crash victims (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 27, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Following a 24-hour wake and memorial service, the two directors of the CHOICE Humanitarian group in Guatemala were laid to rest Tuesday morning.
Javier and Walfred Rabanales were two of the 11 people killed in a plane crash Sunday in Guatemala during an emergency landing. The pilot had reportedly radioed that he was having engine problems just before the crash.
Follow-up on Bulgarian Church plea to evict Mormon missionaries (KSL - Utah)
(June 7, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement: "Contrary to erroneous media reports, two missionaries serving in Burgas, Bulgaria, did nothing to disrupt the services of a local church, and when asked to leave, did so immediately. The missionaries were invited to attend the church service by a member of the congregation."
Mormon Radio Launches (LDS Church news release)
(May 19, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
Mormon Channel, a new radio service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, launches 18 May and can be accessed via the Internet or HD radio affiliates. The newly created 24-hour, 7-days a-week format is available live online at http://radio.lds.org, but content may also be downloaded.
Mission Presidents Leave Home Behind to Serve Throughout the World (LDS Newsroom)
(June 26, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
This month 114 married couples will leave their homes, careers or retirement, and even family to serve without pay for three years in leading one of the 344 worldwide missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will replace mission presidents who have just completed three years of service.
President Monson ready for presidential duties (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 27, 2008) - Relevance: 2.1
Long before he became a counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson was well-schooled in the way of Mormon prophets and well-known to the Mormon faithful.
Monson has spent his entire career in the service of the LDS Church, working alongside every president since 1963 when he was named one of the twelve apostles at the age of 36.
Time for closure (Herald Journal - Utah)
(October 27, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
USU to hold memorial for nine killed in Sept.
Musical performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and remarks offered by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of Twelve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be part of a Nov. 7 memorial service to be held at Utah State University in memory of the eight students and their instructor killed in September.
Mormon Leaders Honor Influential Teachers (KHTS - California)
(March 31, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
Several teachers were honored March 21 at a Teacher Tribute sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The teachers were selected because they had made a positive influence on a senior Mormon student’s life.
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar were among the dignitaries there to thank the teachers for their dedication and service.
LDS couple finds joy in church service (The Spectrum - Utah)
(January 9, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Elder Brian Swinton and his wife, Sister Sue Swinton, have spent much of their lives serving in leadership positions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He's been a bishop twice and a stake president once. He served as a mission president in Washington, D.C., when he was in his late 30s. Now he's director of the St. George Temple Visitors' Center and Historic Sites.
Ann Romney corrects Whoopi on LDS (Politico)
(October 19, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Ann Romney corrected Whoopi Goldberg about military service and the Mormon faith after being pressed by “The View” co-host during Thursday’s show.
“As first lady, if you get the job, it’s going to entail a lot of things, and one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars,” Goldberg said. “Now, I believe that your religion doesn’t allow you to go fight?”
Church receives "Heroes Helping Heroes" from Governor Bush
(May 12, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
Bush gave special "Heroes Helping Heroes" awards Wednesday to three groups that showed extraordinary service to the emergency responders after last year's storms: Outback Steakhouse, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Glaser Marketing Group Inc.
Special Olympics: A time for service (LDS Church News)
(February 26, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
Athletes and delegates from around the world gathered to the Boise, Idaho, area to compete in the 2009 Special Olympic Winter Games Feb. 7-11. Nearly 100 countries were represented at the 2009 games, bringing many different cultures and languages to the Boise area and opportunities for members to serve.
Work begins on Camden meetinghouse (LDS Church News)
(September 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Across the Delaware River from historic Philadelphia, Pa., is the City of Camden, the 12th largest municipality in New Jersey, and it's neighbor, Pennsauken Township. On Sept. 17 members of the Camden Ward and Pennsauken Branch gathered to enjoy a groundbreaking service for their new Camden Ward meetinghouse.
Mormon Inner City Project Blesses Lives of Thousands (LDS Newsroom)
(March 22, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Glenn and Kathy Sorte serve as volunteer missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in the Inner City Project of Salt Lake City. After a lifetime of Church service, they are still keeping busy by responding to the needs of central city families.
Winter coat drive gets 1,000 donations (Amarillo-Globe News - Texas)
(December 13, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
Coats, jackets, fleeces, a box of miscellaneous winter items, toys and even a bag of hand-knit winter hats were donated Monday to the Amarillo office of Refugee Services of Texas through Just Serve, a service project organized in the United States by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tornadoes knock out power in Alabama but not spirit of service (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
As May 1 came and went, several hundred thousand people were still without power in Alabama, primarily in the northern half of the state. I write this by candlelight on my 3G-enabled iPad. Isn't technology amazing?
Plenty of annoyances come with having been without power since April 27. No hot showers, canned tuna and a lack of air conditioning are just a few items leading a list that grows longer every day.
'What love is' — Emulate Savior's example (LDS Church News)
(April 16, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
Humble service can build strong bridges, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency said during a dinner in conjunction with the spring meeting for Collegium Aesculapium — a non-profit organization of LDS physicians and health professionals. During the dinner program at a hotel in Salt Lake City on March 31, President Uchtdorf was awarded for his contributions in humanitarian aid.
Elder Gary E. Stevenson: A Life of Constancy and Service (LDS Newsroom)
(October 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
When (then) Presiding Bishop Gary E. Stevenson received a telephone call from the Office of the First Presidency on Tuesday morning, he thought “I knew it!”, and was certain he was being informed that one of his counselors would be called to fill one of the vacancies in the Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles. What followed was “a knee-buckling moment for me,” he said. “It was a very sweet, short experience with the First Presidency. It was not something that I had expected.”
Utah soldier laid to rest (ABC 4 - Utah)
(February 13, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
The family of a fallen Utah soldier killed while serving in Iraq laid their son to rest Monday at Camp Williams. As a bugler played TAPS, SPC Eric Rudolph Sieger's family received the Bronze Star for their son's bravery in service.
Church's humanitarian efforts honored in Bolivia (LDS Church News)
(August 4, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
La Paz’s Departmental Legislative Assembly recently honored the Church for its ongoing tradition of charitable service both in the city and across the entire Andean nation.
Included in the award — which was presented on July 25 to local Church leaders — was also national recognition of the Church’s recent 50th anniversary in Bolivia.
Monument to be placed on unmarked pioneer grave (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 10, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
Descendants of Irene Ursula Haskell Pomeroy will gather at her place of burial in the Salt Lake City Cemetery to pay their tributes by finally placing a monument on her unmarked grave. The memorial service, spearheaded by Pomeroy’s great-great-grandson Morris Cooper, will be June 20 at 10 a.m.
Religion Before The Sun's Up (Hartford Courant - Connecticut)
(December 15, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
While most of his high school peers are still sleeping, Jacob Frost, 18, gets up at 5 a.m. His senior classes at East Hartford High School are still hours away, but Jacob and other Mormon teenagers attend daily religious study classes before sunrise to learn about their faith and, for some, help prepare them for a year of missionary service.
Sister Cheryl A. Esplin: “He Asks Us to Be His Hands” (Church News)
(March 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
“When we reach out in love and service in even the smallest ways, hearts are changed and softened as others feel the love of the Lord,“ Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, second counselor in the Primary general presidency taught during the General Women's Session of conference on March 26.
Former UVU baseball player adjusts focus, goals following LDS mission (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 15, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
Until he put on a name tag in August 2012 and became a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cole Butcher had always identified himself as a baseball player. The Utah native planned to return home two years later and pursue a professional baseball career, but after his missionary service, his life would never be the same.
Mormon Church Considers Creating Its Own Version of the Boy Scouts (TIME)
(July 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
The Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS)—Mormonism’s central church body—is seriously considering creating “its own international program for boys separate from the Boy Scouts of America,” after the Scouts revoked their ban on openly gay scout leaders this week, church spokesman Eric Hawkins told Religion News Service.
'Helping Hands' to Serve Los Gatos this Saturday (Los Gatos Patch - California)
(April 28, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
An opportunity to fix up, clean up and paint up the town of Los Gatos occurs this Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Community volunteers are welcome and should gather at the LDS Chapel, 15985 Rose Ave., to receive their assignments.
What’s it all about? This is the second annual Mormon Helping Hands California Day of Service.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Update (Church News and Events -- scroll to the bottom for the latest update)
(March 31, 2011) - Relevance: 2.1
The nuclear reactors damaged by the quake and tsunami have stabilized, but the situation remains tense with the contamination of water, food, and the environment in the Fukushima area.
More than 11,000 deaths have been confirmed. More than 17,000 are missing. Priesthood leaders continue to search for members not yet located. Young single adults are volunteering time to find missing members using the Internet, social media, and other forms of electronic communication. Many members have been located through their efforts.
Many basic services have been restored; however, gasoline and heating fuel are still in short supply. The government has begun building temporary housing, and the number of individuals in shelters has decreased to approximately 180,000. The Church has distributed more than 70 tons of supplies, including food, water, blankets, bedding, hygiene items, clothing, and fuel. More than 10,000 liters of fuel have been purchased and distributed to Church leaders, affected members, and other relief organizations. Members are delivering aid via Church-provided scooters to areas that are difficult to reach by car. Service projects to assemble hygiene kits and cleaning kits are being organized in multiple stakes and ward in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. More than 40,000 hours of service have been donated by more than 4,000 volunteers.
Damages are expected to exceed $300 billion, making this the most expensive disaster in history.
JetBlue’s Leader Is Giving Up Chief Executive Title (New York Times)
(May 11, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
Everyone takes things personally, but David G. Neeleman is that rare corporate executive who admits to those feelings.
Yesterday, after months of being beaten up over the February service meltdown at the company he founded, JetBlue Airways, Mr. Neeleman heeded the urgings of his board and reluctantly agreed to step aside as chief executive.
Romney's Risky Venture (Cybercast News Service)
(December 6, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
Two weeks ago it was settled policy within Mitt Romney's campaign that his speech dealing with his Mormon faith would be delivered much later -- if at all -- and only after primary election victories. Romney suddenly overruled his advisers to undertake that risky venture today [Thursday] in College Station, Texas, for one reason: Mike Huckabee's ascent in Iowa.
This Year’s MTC Leadership Seminar Features a Series of Firsts (Church News)
(January 29, 2019) - Relevance: 2.1
Lindsay and Christine Dil have a long list of Church service in and around Auckland, New Zealand—he as a bishop, stake president, and Area Seventy; she in numerous stake and ward auxiliary callings; and together as Pacific Area Church history advisers and three years leading the Ghana Cape Coast Mission.
Mormons give Hipsterville a good cleaning (The Brooklyn Paper - New York)
(September 16, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
Wake up, Williamsburg! While you were sleeping on Saturday morning there were real live Mormons cleaning up McCarren Park.
More than 100 19- to 30-year-old Mormons from across the tri-state area woke up at 7 am, prayed, and trekked to Greenpoint to pick up trash and rake leaves as part of the Church of Latter Day Saints’ annual community service day for young singles.
Mongolia: Cleaning up a city, making new friends (LDS Church News)
(May 20, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
The banks of the Selbe River, which runs through the heart of Mongolia's capital city, are now free of unsightly trash, thanks to a service project led by the Church's Ulaanbaatar District.
The Church's public affairs leaders in Mongolia invited other faiths to join in the community project.
2 men make service a real part of lives (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 25, 2007) - Relevance: 2.1
They were wide-eyed 21-year-olds fresh off LDS missions to Ukraine when they hit up family, businesses and acquaintances for donations and flew right back to Ukraine to buy food, medicine, clothing, toys and candy for needy orphans.
Realists might have passed it off as short-lived idealism.
Cynics might have seen it as a nice excuse to return to the old mission field and see friends.
Flanders Sandy victims find a friend in Mormons (Mount Olive Chronicle - New Jersey)
(November 20, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
Two Saturdays ago, Flanders resident John Roberts and 52 fellow Mormons were knocking on doors and asking what they could do to help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The next day, the Ledgewood church that Roberts attends had no power and after an abbreviated service, the Mormon members took out their chainsaws and went back to the community to help with yard cleaning and other needs.
Mormon Works vs. Evangelical Grace? Not So Fast (Religion News Service)
(May 22, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
This month, the evangelical magazine Christianity Today asked three experts on youth ministry how Protestants might better engage their own teenagers and young adults, looking to Mormonism for a possible answer. With its recent sharp increase in new missionary recruits shipping out around the world, Mormonism has become the It Religion for youth involvement and leadership.
Cemetery an Eagle Scout project (Huntsville Times - Alabama)
(December 14, 2005) - Relevance: 2.1
For his service project to reach the rank of Eagle Scout, Brendan Kingsford decided to reclaim this cemetery founded in the 1800s. The cemetery is adjacent to the Bailey Station subdivision at the corner of Mill Road at County Line Road.
Orem man donates thousands to diabetes research (ABC 4 - Utah)
(October 23, 2009) - Relevance: 2.1
An Orem man who recently returned home from serving as a missionary for the LDS church, now has a new mission. The man is dedicating his life to finding a cure for diabetes.
Justin Lindorf just returned home from his mission to Toronto, Canada. However his service was cut short when he was diagnosed with advanced diabetes.
New Pocket Scripture Set Available for All Members (Church News and Events)
(September 10, 2014) - Relevance: 2.1
Since World War II the Church has provided members serving in the military their own set of scriptures to study and use. The old red-cover service-member scripture set had a unique pocket size that many people enjoy. Until now, the military edition of the scriptures has not been available to the public.
BYU Cougars challenge negative perception of athletes through service (LDS Church News)
(March 4, 2015) - Relevance: 2.1
The perception of college athletes has taken a hit in recent years.
Entitled. Spoiled. Self-centered.
Right or wrong, those are just a few of the labels that are sometimes connected to students who suit up for intercollegiate sports in the United States.
Student-athletes at the Church-owned Brigham Young University are challenging those negative notions.
BYU climbs a mountain — to buy Y Mountain (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 1, 2016) - Relevance: 2.1
Brigham Young University has become the sole owner of its signature landmark — and all it took was $180,000, four years and an act of Congress.
With Y Mountain now the exclusive property of the private Provo school, students, alumni and outdoors enthusiasts are celebrating. They expect the land-ownership transfer from the U.S. Forest Service to improve safety on the steep one-mile path that leads to the block letter.
Mid-Atlantic Mormons organize unprecedented 'Day to Serve' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2.1
What a day. An inspiring, monumental "Day to Serve," that is. That was the sentiment of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, three governors, a mayor and thousands of volunteers Saturday, Sept. 29, when residents of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia came together to perform nearly 750 service projects. Together, they served more than 14,000 people and collected more than 600,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry.
Viewpoint: Learn to Both Give and Receive Service (Church News and Events)
(November 11, 2013) - Relevance: 2.1
A father whose 10-year-old daughter deals with chronic health issues stood in sacrament meeting weeks after his child had been hospitalized. He thanked the ward for their love and support. The Primary children made cards for his daughter. The Relief Society brought in dinners to the family and helped organize care for the couple’s other children.
On a Mission of Love for LDS (Statesman Examiner - Washington)
(January 25, 2017) - Relevance: 2.1
January arrived with extreme cold, deep snow, a flu epidemic, and a political climate of uncertainty. Some people are feeling overwhelmed by winter’s darkness. Yet, according to three young men serving as Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “There is light in the world. Each person can be a light, doing a small act of service each day, bringing change to the community and to oneself. We can truly brighten the world.”
Mormons in space: Sci-fi or no lie? (Religion News Service)
(July 28, 2017) - Relevance: 2.1
A giant spaceship is under construction somewhere in the solar system and bears the name “L.D.S.S. Nauvoo,” with a golden angel tooting a horn on its bow.
Its mission: to carry members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to outer space to preach their message to other peoples. The ship’s name is a hat tip to the Illinois town from which 19th-century Mormons launched their terrestrial journey to Salt Lake City.
Romney defends Mormon strategy (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(October 20, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
Governor Mitt Romney vigorously defended a plan yesterday by his political advisers to develop a network of Mormon supporters for his potential presidential bid, while a former Internal Revenue Service commissioner said discussions among Romney operatives and Mormon Church leaders about the initiative could violate the church's tax-exempt status.
Groundbreaking Held for Draper Utah Temple
(August 7, 2006) - Relevance: 2.1
President Gordon B. Hinckley presided Saturday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Draper Utah Temple. His counselors in the First Presidency, President Thomas S. Monson and President James E. Faust, also participated. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles conducted the service.
Service and gratitude fueled recovery in quake-weary Peru (LDS Church News)
(December 18, 2010) - Relevance: 2.1
Church members in Pisco, Peru, and neighboring cities will tell you they've lived two distinct lives: before and then after Aug. 15, 2007. On that date a massive 8.0-magnitude quake devastated several cities in southern Peru, claiming hundreds of lives and thousands of homes.
New Primary General Presidency Eager to Serve (News from the Church)
(April 15, 2005) - Relevance: 2
The new Primary general presidency—Cheryl Clark Lant, president; Margaret Swensen Lifferth, first counselor; and Vicki Fujii Matsumori, second counselor—recently began their service after being sustained on April 2 during general conference.
While all three women bring extensive experience in Church positions to their new callings, each has a different and unique background.
Service, smiles at special-needs event (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 12, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Hayden Beadles says that working with individuals with physical and mental limitations is "the best thing" he has ever done.
"The stock market can be falling and they are still happy," said Beadles, a Brighton High senior who helps out with a Special Needs Mutual program sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "It can be snowing, raining or whatever. I can have a bad day at school and then come here and they are all happy. Every day is a special experience for them."
The life of President Gordon B. Hinckley (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 28, 2008) - Relevance: 2
President Gordon B. Hinckley provided a deep reflection — a first-person eulogy — on his life of service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the April 2006 General Conference.
He advised conferencegoers that this talk should not be regarded as "my obituary. I look forward to speaking to you in October (of 2006)."
What's new -- 'Mine Errand From the Lord' (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 17, 2008) - Relevance: 2
The insights of a lifelong teacher have been compiled in the new Deseret Book publication "Mine Errand From the Lord."
The book is a collection of excerpts from more than 400 sermons or writings of President Boyd K. Packer, who decided during his service in the Air Force during World War II to become a teacher .
New Mission Presidents by Area for July 2012 (Church News & Events)
(March 12, 2012) - Relevance: 2
The calling of 110 new mission presidents in the Church was announced this week. They will begin their service in July. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below in this order: mission, current president, new president.
Relief Society Participates in the Work of Salvation (Church News)
(May 8, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Sisters in the Relief Society are organized to accomplish the work of the Relief Society and the work of salvation. In former years they would gather in “work meetings” to learn, work, and give loving service together as their efforts extended far beyond their meetings.
Heber community cries at passing of Wasatch coach (Utah)
(June 3, 2005) - Relevance: 2
A half-hour before Thursday's memorial service for longtime Wasatch High football coach Ron Tree, a heavyweight wrestling champion, an all-state baseball player, a burly football lineman and several other recently graduated athletes staked their place on the back row of chairs at the Heber LDS Stake Center.
Funeral Monday for Barbara Smith (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 16, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Funeral services for Barbara Jean Bradshaw Smith, 88, former LDS Relief Society general president, will be Monday at noon at the Ensign Second Ward, 135 North "A" St.
Friends may visit Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., and a viewing will be held an hour before the service. Interment will be in the Salt Lake Cemetery.
LDS Church rebuild 114 houses in Ha'apai (Matangi - Tonga)
(September 25, 2014) - Relevance: 2
The rebuilding of 114 core houses destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian in Ha’apai is expected to start next month to be completed early next year, by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Howard Niu the church’s Tonga Service Centre Manager said they have signed with local contractor Oregon Pacific International to carry out the construction.
LDS Church launches website designed to build bridges in communities (Connect Amarillo - Texas)
(July 1, 2015) - Relevance: 2
A website launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is helping to connect people and organizations for service opportunities.
Non-profits like the Salvation Army, who depend on volunteers year round will now have another resource at their disposal. With the help of www.Justserve.org they can gain the services of people who want to volunteer in the community.
Mormon Missionaries: The Joy of Finding Self in Sacrifice (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(June 15, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Daniel Burke of Religion News Service provides valuable insight into how Mormon missionaries are impacted by their choice to sacrifice 18 to 24 months of their lives to serve others.
Former missionaries tell Burke that their “faith flourished during the mission, as they discovered a genuine joy in sharing the gospel and encountered one of spirituality's central paradoxes: by sacrificing the self, you find it.”
Funeral to be held for Texas A&M football player killed in crash (ABC 13 - Texas)
(August 10, 2013) - Relevance: 2
The Texas A&M football team is scheduled to attend the funeral of a teammate who died in a car accident in New Mexico.
The service for 19-year-old Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman at A&M last season, is being held Saturday morning at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Fort Worth suburb Colleyville.
Women of Many Faiths Gather for Day of “Loving Community Service” (Church News)
(May 6, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Relief Society sisters from the Taylorsville Utah Stake recently organized and invited women of other faiths from their community—including members from the Shia Muslim community, the Sikh Temple, and the Samoan Seventh-day Adventist congregation—to join with them in offering a day of “loving community service.”
BYU freshman basketball player Yoeli Childs joins LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 9, 2016) - Relevance: 2
A little more than three months before his freshman season is set to begin, BYU forward Yoeli Childs joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A July 30 Instagram post from sophomore Eric Mika features the two players and a trio of sister missionaries at Childs' baptismal service.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | December 5 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(December 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Several news outlets are writing about how thousands of local Mormons — both from the East Coast and across the United States, wearing familiar yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests — continue to help clean up Hurricane Sandy storm damage.
Writing generally about the post-Sandy cleanup, Washington Post writer Jeannine Hunter quotes Church Public Affairs managing director Mike Otterson, who says that the yellow-vested volunteers “become quickly recognized and people respond very well when they see an army of volunteers like that. They no longer feel alone; it lifts their spirits.”
Phil Garber from the Mount Olive Chronicle correctly notes that, at the time his story was posted, local Latter-day Saints had given more than 80,000 hours of service (the current number is nearly 197,000 hours) — including Mormons in Oakton, Virginia, who helped fill six semi-trucks full of coats, blankets and clothing for storm victims in the Rockaway and Lynbrook areas.
The Greenwhich Time’s Eve Sullivan writes about how thousands of local Mormons have helped and will continue to serve those most severely impacted by the storm. “The Mormons are so conscientious and giving; it makes me weepy,” says Ed Schneck, a Rockaways resident who benefited from Mormon volunteers’ service. “We try to live up to being a church of Jesus Christ,” adds John McFadden, a local Mormon. “We like to help people that are in hardships.”
Day of Service draws volunteers (Leaf Chronicle - Tennessee)
(September 17, 2010) - Relevance: 2
On Saturday, September 11, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered with Mount Olive Historic Preservation Society in an effort to clean Mount Olive Cemetery. More than 365 volunteers worked 937 man hours to mulch walking paths, remove debris and downed trees, unearth hidden headstones, as well as building a bridge across a ravine.
Battleship Missouri association honors LDS volunteers (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 15, 2014) - Relevance: 2
The USS Missouri Memorial Association presented representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a plaque made from a piece of the Mighty Mo’s original teak-wood deck in honor of the approximately 27,000 hours of volunteer service that Mormon missionaries and local members have donated to the famous battleship over the past 15 years.
Faiths give thanks in unison (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 24, 2008) - Relevance: 2
They wore burgundy robes, clerical collars, Indian feathers, yarmulkes or suits. Some spoke Arabic, Hebrew or English with a Catholic Irish lilt. But speakers at Sunday night's Thanksgiving Interfaith Service offered the same message to the nearly 500 people meeting at the Masonic Temple in downtown Salt Lake City: God loves everyone so we should love each other.
Mormon Day of Service: Yes we can and yes we did! (Leaf Chronicle - Tennessee)
(April 29, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Over 350 Volunteers from Clarksville, Ft Campbell military installation, Hopkinsville, nine congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and numerous Attucks Alumni armed with work gloves, facial masks, wheel barrows, push brooms, crow bars, ladders, and shovels turned the 1916 Attucks High School in Hopkinsville, Kentucky into a sight to behold!
Hundreds of volunteers tackle service projects in Salt Lake City (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 20, 2013) - Relevance: 2
After Mary Jude Austin's husband died six years ago, she did her best to keep things together.
She stayed dedicated to her children, took on a full-time job and even managed a calling as a Relief Society president in her LDS Church ward. But the yard of her home on Westminster Avenue was too much.
"I couldn't keep up," she said. "It was hard for me because it was what my husband did. … I'm not incapable, but I felt incapable. It was overwhelming."
Faithful Members in Pacific Commended by Elder Bednar (Church News and Events)
(February 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2
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.
Thousands Honor the Birth of Christ Through Unique Acts of Service (LDS Newsroom)
(January 2, 2018) - Relevance: 2
In its second year, the Light the World campaign has inspired countless people around the world to help others this holiday season. The initiative, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is based on the scripture in the Holy Bible, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). The purpose is to draw individuals and groups closer to Christ by serving as He served.
Catholic agency headed by its first Mormon (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 6, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Brad Drake figures it is something of a miracle that brought him to Catholic Community Services, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in Utah.
After all, Drake is a lifelong and devout Mormon, a former bishop.
"Why would someone of the LDS faith be in this position?" Drake asks. "It's probably a miracle and I say that in my behalf."
Students safe after bandits attack (Daily Universe - Utah)
(August 4, 2009) - Relevance: 2
A humanitarian group in Guatemala, partially made up of BYU students, was sent home last week after some of them were held at gunpoint by Guatemalan bandits.
HELP International, a service organization formed by BYU professors and students, withdrew its summer volunteer team at the urging of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, BYU’s Kennedy Center for International Studies and others.
Updated LDS handbook softens language on gays (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2
A newly published compilation of LDS guidelines — used by all church leaders worldwide when dealing with their members — has softened the language about gay Mormons.
The book, known as the Church Handbook of Instructions, lays out the Utah-based faith’s policies on everything from baptism to running a worship service to counseling troubled marriage partners.
In the name of service, LDS church members serve up sandbags (Bozeman Daily Chronicle - Montana)
(June 11, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Nearly 300 kids from across Montana got together Friday in Bozeman to help out families whose homes are at risk of flooding.
After spending the morning and the early afternoon filling almost 5,000 sandbags with seven truckloads of sand, the high school students gave the bags away to anyone who came by, which was only a small number of people
"We've had just a few takers," said Bret May, the organizer of the sandbagging. "We've probably only given away about 100 bags."
How the 'Light the World' campaign is changing this Christmas (The Church News)
(November 26, 2018) - Relevance: 2
For the third year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging members to #LightTheWorld with simple acts of service and Christlike love during the 2018 Christmas season.
The 2018 theme, “Light The World, Give as He Gave,” is influenced by President Russell M. Nelson’s call to minister in “new, holier ways.”
Barbara Winder, LDS women's leader, dies at age 86 (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 27, 2017) - Relevance: 2
Sister Barbara Ann Woodhead Winder, former Relief Society general president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died on June 25, at the age of 86.
Known for her lifetime of Church service, Sister Winder was a powerful teacher who focused her ministry on helping others “Come unto Christ.”
Mud relief: Service with a smile (LDS Church News)
(September 7, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Hailstones were still visible in mud — two days after a storm that triggered a mudslide — as volunteers pitched one shovelful after another out of Jacobs Ranch basements in Saratoga Springs.
Eleven homes were significantly damaged, and two more received some sort of interior damage, according to Saratoga Springs Utah South Stake President Ronald B. Edwards. As of 9 p.m. Sept. 3, the last bit of mud was cleared from the homes affected by the disaster.
Serve to Feel Christ’s Love, Elder Ballard Tells Students (Church News and Events)
(October 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2
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.
Hastening Family History Work Despite Having a Disability (Church News)
(June 10, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Tracey Brough entered this life almost 44 years ago with cerebral palsy. Despite having challenges speaking and controlling her right arm, right hand, and right leg, she has lived a life of service. She has accomplished, with an infectious smile, things people with perfect health might consider difficult. To date, she has indexed almost 350,000 names in support of research and temple work by using only the index finger of her left hand.
Mormon Missionaries Learn Vietnamese in Little Saigon (Pacific News Service)
(August 29, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Most everyone agrees that those coming to this country should learn English. When asked, many immigrants say they see the urgency, too.
The question is: Where can they find a class in which they feel comfortable?
Enter “Phát,” “Phú,” “Khai” and “Trí.”
They’re missionaries — and Mormons — who, in turn, are picking up another language as they teach the folks in Little Saigon another language as well.
Story on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism to kick off new journal (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2
Max Mueller once went to a Boston LDS Church service with Mitt Romney’s oldest son, and now Mueller believes he has some sense of what the presidential candidate might be like in a familiar Mormon environment.
Tagg Romney has the same chiseled features and graying sideburns as his dad’s, and, like his father, his Mormonism was not Utah-bred.
'A shared commitment' -- Prophet's ancestors are remembered (LDS Church News)
(June 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Members of the Arlington Ward choir, Cambridge Massachusetts Stake, were invited to help celebrate the 350th anniversary of the in a special service May 19. Five generations of the Prophet Joseph Smith's ancestors, including his grandfather Asael Smith, worshipped at the church in the northeast Massachusetts town from 1628-1791.
Obituary of F. Burton Winters (Editor's note: this is a shout-out to my Dad)
(February 21, 2019) - Relevance: 2
Our gentle and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on February 17, 2019. Burton was born on July 12, 1933, in Lyman, Wyoming, to E. Francis Winters and Margaret Burton Winters. Burton’s love for music and the gospel of Jesus Christ formed the foundation for his life of consecrated service.
Mormons on a mission (Hattiesburg American - Mississippi)
(July 7, 2007) - Relevance: 2
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.
Houston Mormon deaf branch finds way to serve (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 29, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from several wards in Houston combined efforts to prepare and donate clothing to Houston’s Career and Recovery Resources, or CRR, on Oct. 15. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the LDS Church’s welfare program President Henry B. Eyring encouraged members worldwide to choose one day to give service in their respective communities.
Viewpoint: Now Is the Time to Harvest (Church News and Events)
(December 31, 2013) - Relevance: 2
The Church was more than a year away from being formally organized when the Prophet Joseph Smith in February 1829 received a revelation declaring that “a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.”
Known to us today as Doctrine and Covenants 4, the revelation was initially directed toward the Prophet’s father. However, it is clear from the wording that the message is addressed not just to any one individual but to all “who embark in the service of God,” commanding them to serve Him with all of their “heart, might, mind, and strength.”
9 reasons to check out Family Discovery Day (MagicValley.com - Idaho)
(April 19, 2017) - Relevance: 2
If there are a few unknown branches on your family tree, consider attending the second annual Family Discovery Day.
The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Twin Falls Stake Center, 421 Maurice St, and is hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The event is free and open to the public. Participants can learn how to research their ancestry and are encouraged to bring their own computers. Internet service is will be provided.
Will the BYU honor code protests make any difference? (Religion News Service)
(May 2, 2019) - Relevance: 2
It’s been nearly three weeks since hundreds of Brigham Young University (BYU) students gathered on campus to protest aspects of the university’s honor code.
BYU students complained that under current rules, they can be punished severely for small infractions, there is little consistency in how the office handles cases, and there is a culture of quasi-McCarthyism in students reporting one another’s behavior.
Federal Way Stake of LDS Church turns 30 (Federal Way News - Washington)
(October 23, 2007) - Relevance: 2
Thirty years of service is the theme of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Federal Way Stake as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Church is planning an anniversary program Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Federal Way Stake Center, 34815 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way.
Lindon woman keeps modest goals after Miss Utah victory (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 8, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Whitney Merrifield's neighbors are surprised to find that the shiny new silver Mercedes in the driveway belongs to Miss Utah.
Most of them didn't know she was competing.
They tend to think of their talented, pretty, 19-year-old Mormon neighbor as "just Whitney" -- a nice, friendly, service-minded woman who doesn't put on airs.
Las Vegas youth conference serves others with "Senior Prom" (LDS Church News)
(May 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2
The youth of the Las Vegas Nevada Stake brought a whole new meaning to the term “Senior Prom” during their recent youth conference. As they met to plan the conference, the youth expressed a desire to organize a service project at St. Josephs, a local rehabilitation center. It was decided they would hold a dance for the residents, complete with decorations and corsages for all.
Mormon Church fire doesn't dampen spirits (KTNV - Nevada)
(February 10, 2009) - Relevance: 2
A fire ripped through a historic Mormon Church in Logandale reducing it to rubble Wednesday morning.
The church was the first and oldest Mormon congregation in Moapa Valley.
Members spent their first Sunday service in another building.
Members tell Action News they are extremely heartbroken over this incident mainly because all of the memories they experienced there.
Deseret News to utilize specialists as way of enriching local reports (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 4, 2010) - Relevance: 2
It took four days for news of the Battle of Trafalgar to reach Britain in 1805.
It took 12 hours, after telephone and telegraph service were interrupted, for news of the Great Kanto Earthquake, which struck Japan in 1923, to reach the outside world.
It took exactly 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds for the SR-71 Blackbird to fly from New York City to London, England, in 1974.
Mormons reach out to abused children (Camarillo Acorn - California)
(August 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Relief Society members of the Camarillo 5th Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of six LDS congregations in the area, made blankets and gathered supplies for county social workers to give children who are removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.
The Relief Society, found in every LDS congregation, is a volunteer women’s organization that provides service to others.
D.C. Mormons kick off Day to Serve 2014 with the Nats (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 13, 2014) - Relevance: 2
More than 1,300 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington, D.C., area, including over 400 full-time missionaries and many of their investigators, attended a Washington Nationals baseball game to kick off this year’s regional Day to Serve, a large-scale service event started by the church in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Arkansan 1 of 4 dead, Army says; helicopter crashed during training (NWA news - Arkansas)
(June 5, 2006) - Relevance: 2
“He’d wanted to join for a long time,” Landers said. “He went to the recruiter’s office to enlist in the National Guard. When he came home, he said, ‘ Mom, you’re going to kill me, but I’m in the Army. ’”
Michael Hall received several medals and awards for his service.
Hall will have a full military funeral at an undetermined date at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Searcy, Landers said.
issionary Service Is a Family Affair (LDS Church news release)
(August 15, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Many young Latter-day Saints devote 18 months to two years of their lives as full-time missionaries. Thousands of retired seniors also serve in various assignments from employment services to humanitarian relief. But a number of years ago, Reginald Nelson Burt confided to a granddaughter that he had always lamented the fact that he did not have the opportunity to be a missionary for his faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Missionary service is a family affair (Daily Dispatch - Arizona)
(August 25, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Many young Latter-day Saints devote 18 months to two years of their lives as full-time missionaries.
Thousands of retired seniors also serve in various assignments from employment services to humanitarian relief.
But a number of years ago, Reginald Nelson Burt confided to a granddaughter that he had always lamented the fact that he did not have the opportunity to be a missionary for his faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS MTC expansion to house missionaries by end of May (Fox 13 - Utah)
(May 16, 2013) - Relevance: 2
More details have emerged about the Provo apartment complexes that will become part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Missionary Training Center.
The Raintree Commons and Wyview Park apartment complexes will be converted to house about 1,700 LDS missionaries, according to plans submitted by the LDS church. The site will eventually be fully contained, with dining, exercise and service facilities.
Primary leaders encourage children to 'Light the World' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2
The Primary general presidency is inviting Latter-day Saint children worldwide to participate in the Church’s Christmas initiative, “Light the World.”
The month-long campaign encourages members to share the light of Jesus Christ through small, but meaningful acts of service on each of the 25 days before Christmas.
Church Continues to Monitor Mormon Missionary Safety in Ukraine (LDS Newsroom)
(May 9, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Due to on-going uncertainty in Ukraine, sixty-seven missionaries formerly serving in the Ukraine Donetsk Mission who had previously been transferred to other areas within Ukraine will be reassigned to missions within their home countries to complete the remainder of their service. Forty-one missionaries who anticipated serving in Ukraine have been reassigned to other missions.
Church Statement Regarding Increase in Missionary Service Interest (LDS Newsroom)
(October 24, 2012) - Relevance: 2
As Church leaders had anticipated when the change was announced, the number of individuals who have begun the missionary application process has increased significantly. Typically approximately 700 new applications are started each week. The last two weeks that number has increased to approximately 4,000 per week. Slightly more than half of the applicants are women.
Elder Gonzalez to speak at Hispanic young single adult conference (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 25, 2010) - Relevance: 2
More than 300 Hispanic young single adults are expected to gather for a summer conference full of service, fun and spiritual activities starting Friday, July 2, and running through Monday, July 5.
The theme of the conference comes from Ephesians 6:10-18 and the words: "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."
Elder L. Whitney Clayton to preside at BYU Commencement Aug. 12 (BYU news release)
(August 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2
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.
SVU graduation: A call to serve (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 7, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Surrounded by hundreds of friends and family members, more than 100 graduating seniors donned caps and gowns Saturday in front of historic Main Hall for Southern Virginia University's 142nd commencement exercises.
Elder Robert C. Gay, a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was the commencement speaker and also received an honorary doctorate for his humanitarian service.
Latter-day Saints to celebrate Family Week (The Cabin - Arkansas)
(October 29, 2010) - Relevance: 2
National Family Week was proclaimed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan as Thanksgiving week. In order to share principles for building more committed, loving families in the Conway area, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are learning how to utilize the vast resources of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
BYU now owns its largest symbol: Y Mountain (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 8, 2016) - Relevance: 2
Y Mountain, the canvas for the largest college symbol in the United States — a white block Y that stands 380 feet tall and 130 feet wide — finally belongs to the university it represents.
BYU officials announced Monday that they have finalized the purchase of 81 acres of the mountain from the U.S. Forest Service. Congress authorized the sale in December 2014.
Use God-given gifts, LDS MBA Conference students told (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 21, 2011) - Relevance: 2
In a corporate world driven by money, power and success in the office, 157 business students took a detour earlier this month to fill up on lessons in service, humility and happiness in the home. Latter-day Saint MBA students from nearly 30 of the world’s top business schools, including Harvard, Wharton and Stanford, gathered at Columbia University in New York City on April 8-9 for the first LDS MBA Conference.
Journey into Japan: LDS missionaries don T-shirts, get to work (KSL - Utah)
(July 14, 2011) - Relevance: 2
When the sea overruns the earth and washes away all semblance of normal life, as Japan's tsunami did in March, everything changes — even Mormon missionaries' routines.
Yuri Bennett, of Pleasant Grove, wanted to be a missionary in the land of her ancestors. But did she think mission service would look anything like this?
"No. I was ready to proselyte, but I'm very happy to do this because that's what they need — to be helped," she told KSL News during our recent trip to Japan.
All the disruption in Japan has given Latter-day Saint missionaries a different way to serve.
Members Participate in Service Project to Beautify Peru's Beaches (Church News and Events)
(January 31, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Some visit Lima’s beaches to take in a few hours of surfing. Others enjoy the arid, sandy beaches for family retreats or for leisurely walks to escape the hubbub of the bustling capital city.
All such visitors will likely notice and appreciate the beaches’ pristine new look. Call it a “coastline facelift”—all made possible by the efforts of thousands of local Church members.
Jubilee in Arvada, Colorado (LDS Church News)
(August 20, 2009) - Relevance: 2
After working with members of the Arvada Colorado Stake on a community service project, Arvada Mayor Bob Frei was complimentary of the Church, saying its members not only "talk the talk," but also "walk the walk."
LDS military district in Afghanistan brings blessings of service (LDS Church News)
(May 20, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to enjoy the blessings of the gospel while serving in Afghanistan. There are more than 400 members serving in Afghanistan at more than 40 locations. While they comprise only a single district, Latter-day Saint expatriates can be found in virtually all corners of the nation.
Why Mormons Have the Lowest Rates of Interfaith Marriage (Religion News Service)
(May 8, 2013) - Relevance: 2
According to Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book Till Faith Do Us Part, 36% of American marriages are now interfaith (when all brands of Protestantism are lumped together). This is up from 15 percent in 1988 and 25 percent in 2006.
But there’s a significant outlier to the national trend toward intermarriage. My own part-member family notwithstanding, Mormons are the least likely of any religious group to marry outside the fold, at just 12%.
Former LDS missionaries wanted for service in Haiti (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 21, 2010) - Relevance: 2
They speak the language, know the people and want to serve.
And if they've got a passport and a shovel, Stephen Studdert wants them on a plane.
Studdert, a former LDS Church mission president, twice-former stake president and former White House adviser to three U.S. presidents, is using his extensive national and international contacts to charter a plane, fill it with former LDS missionaries to Haiti and get to work rebuilding a country.
Mormon conversions lag behind huge missionary growth (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 28, 2014) - Relevance: 2
The stats are staggering.
In the year and a half since the LDS Church lowered the minimum age for full-time missionary service, the Utah-based faith has seen its proselytizing force swell from 58,500 to more than 83,000. That’s a 42 percent leap.
The number of convert baptisms last year grew to 282,945, up from 272,330 in 2012. That’s an increase of — less than 4 percent.
Latter-day Saint Congregations in Freetown Clean Connaught Hospital (LDS Newsroom)
(August 30, 2017) - Relevance: 2
Despite their own losses and devastation in the wake of the recent mudslide, more than 500 members of the Freetown Stake (group of congregations) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embarked on a large-scale cleaning project at the Connaught Hospital on August 19 as part of the previously scheduled Church’s All Africa Helping Hands Service Project.
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge to honor two BYU professors (BYU news release)
(January 28, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Brigham Young University professors Robert Freeman and Dennis Wright will be honored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge with the George Washington Honor Medal for their research on service in wartime by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Lacking funds, not faith, churches turning to unpaid clergy (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 19, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Among mainline Protestant clergy, there is a growing trend: not getting paid.
As these churches "face declining numbers and look to new ministry models to make ends meet," G. Jeffrey MacDonald of Religion News Service reports, "more mainliners [are] cutting back to halftime or one-quarter-time packages for clergy, who increasingly work second jobs."
Lacking funds, not faith, churches turning to unpaid clergy (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 20, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Among mainline Protestant clergy, there is a growing trend: not getting paid.
As these churches "face declining numbers and look to new ministry models to make ends meet," G. Jeffrey MacDonald of Religion News Service reports, "more mainliners [are] cutting back to halftime or one-quarter-time packages for clergy, who increasingly work second jobs."
LDS Church paints three homes for Day of Service (TCPalm - Florida)
(May 24, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jupiter and their friends joined the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County in repainting homes for needy neighbors April 23.
Fifty-six volunteers donated over 200 hours for the "Paint Your Heart Out" program, which identifies low-income homeowners and provides recycled paint and supplies for volunteer groups. A dozen helpers were under age 18.
Mormons put Utah on top among U.S. churchgoers, poll shows (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 19, 2015) - Relevance: 2
More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent — than any other state, according to a just-released poll.
That statistic is "a direct result of [Utah]'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes in a news release, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."
Mormons put Utah on top among U.S. churchgoers, poll shows (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 23, 2015) - Relevance: 2
More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent — than any other state, according to a just-released poll.
That statistic is "a direct result of [Utah]'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes in a news release, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."
LDS Church approves centralized endorsement of all chaplains, including women (Daily Herald - Utah)
(October 14, 2014) - Relevance: 2
"I preach every Sunday in an Interfaith Service. I am a Pastoral Counselor, wife, mom and grandma. I'm a chaplain. I'm a Mormon."
That is what Chaplain Tami Harris wrote Oct. 7 when she started her first "I'm a Mormon" profile at Mormon.org. Harris, of Provo, was the first non-military female chaplain in the LDS Church and has been serving and pastoring trouble teens since 1989.
Prince Andrew Thanks Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers (LDS Newsroom)
(January 19, 2016) - Relevance: 2
HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, met with Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in York (January 7) as part of a gathering of community workers and emergency service personnel following the serious flooding to hit the historic city in recent weeks.
Valuable message for SUU graduates (LDS Church News)
(May 9, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Wearing a robe of academia, complete with a hood signifying the honorary doctor of public service degree bestowed upon him just moments earlier by Southern Utah University President Michael T. Benson, President Thomas S. Monson approached the lectern in Centrum Arena to address the 2009 graduating class. Before speaking, he had to pause, waiting for members of the audience to be seated after giving him a standing ovation.
Digital-Capture Missionaries' Dual Service (News from the Church)
(May 16, 2006) - Relevance: 2
In the name of genealogy, one senior missionary couple in Olympia, Washington says they can be described as camouflaged missionaries. On weekdays, Elder William Barker and Sister Joleen Barker wear badges representing the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU)—with their casual slacks and shirts. But on Sundays and some evenings, they wear regular missionary attire—complete with their missionary nametags.
Gay Candidates Find Support, or at Least a Shrug, in Salt Lake City (New York Times)
(November 2, 2015) - Relevance: 2
It was only at the end of the debate — after arguments over city rail service, policing and homelessness — that Jackie Biskupski nodded to how her mayoral run could make history here in Utah’s capital.
“When I was elected to the Utah Legislature, that was no cakewalk,” she said. “I was the first openly gay elected official, and there was a lot of hard work that needed to be done then, and there’s a lot of hard work that needs to be done in our city today.”
KBYU may lose its PBS affiliation (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 19, 2009) - Relevance: 2
A handful of Public Broadcast Service television stations — including Brigham Young University's KBYU-TV — face the possibility of losing their affiliation if PBS votes this summer to punish those whose programming includes religious shows.
In KBYU's case, the continued broadcast of BYU devotionals could result in the loss of signature PBS fare like "Sesame Street," "Barney," "NewsHour" and "This Old House."
How Successful Are Mormon Studies Books? (Religion News Service)
(October 17, 2013) - Relevance: 2
I have a feature article in the current issue of Publishers Weekly, exploring the rise of Mormon Studies from the publishing angle.
How many books are we talking about, and is that number rising each year?
How many publishers are getting into the act?
And how many copies of these scholarly books are sold?
In answer to that last question, the general theme seems to be: more copies than is typical for other academic books.
Lower Mormon mission age a game changer for Utah women’s sports (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 30, 2015) - Relevance: 2
A highly decorated soccer star at Bountiful High, Paige Hunt was midway through her first season at BYU when the LDS Church lowered to 19 the minimum age for women to begin missionary service.
Three months later — despite helping the Cougars go 20-2-2 and make it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament — Hunt opted to go on an 18-month Mormon mission.
“We Don’t Want to Be Forgotten,” Says Stake President in Puerto Rico (Church News)
(October 13, 2017) - Relevance: 2
Wilfred Rosa wages daily battles with food and water shortages, power outages, gas lines, and spotty cell phone service.
Such challenges have come to define life in the days and weeks since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. But perhaps his greatest fear is “that people will forget about us. We don’t want to be forgotten. We will have needs here for months to come.”
'Calling more servants' (LDS Church News)
(January 28, 2013) - Relevance: 2
President Thomas S. Monson's announcement at last October's general conference lowering the age of eligibility for missionary service is more than a mere policy shift, the executive director of the Missionary Department said.
"As one who was an eyewitness to every step along this way, I can tell you that this was a revelation from heaven," said Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy. "This is the Lord's outreach to this generation, and this is the Lord's own work of hastening His work by calling more servants."
Gallatin Latter-day Saints honor local vets with quilts (Tennessean)
(November 24, 2014) - Relevance: 2
The Gallatin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Nov. 11 hosted an event to recognize the men and women of their congregation who had served in the armed forces.
Twenty-four members of the congregation from all branches of service were honored with a program, music and slide show of military photographs. Each veteran was given a "Quilt of Valor," handmade by the women's auxiliary of the church.
Mormons plan groundbreaking for 10 a.m. Saturday (Black Hills Pioneer - South Dakota)
(March 20, 2009) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints announces the construction of a new chapel in Rapid City.
The new chapel will be located at 2250 Moon Meadows Drive which is next to the new Forest Service offices on South Highway 16. This new chapel will be the home for the Rapid City 3rd Ward and a new LDS ward that will be created when the building is completed.
Tasmanian records on FamilySearch (LDS Church News)
(May 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2
About 168,000 original records will soon be available online under a new partnership between the TAHO and FamilySearch. The volunteer project, which will continue for around 12 months, includes registers of volunteers enrolled in the Southern Tasmanian Volunteer Artillery, details of permanent officers of the public service, lower court records, gaol (jail) records, naturalization records and land engine operation certificates.
Employment Center in the Philippines Recognized (LDS Church News Release)
(November 3, 2006) - Relevance: 2
A Davao, Philippines, city councilor recognized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ employment resource center in Davao for “the service and assistance it is giving to Dabawenyos and its contribution in creating a better business and investment landscape for the city."
Blanding begins tearful farewells to trio who died in plane crash (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 14, 2008) - Relevance: 2
This small Four Corners-area town began saying goodbye to a set of civic leaders Tuesday with the first of three funerals for the men killed last week in a plane crash.
The pilot, Eric L. Johnson, 36, was a city council member, but there was little discussion of his time in politics during a memorial service at an LDS stake center. The focus was on Johnson's family life.
Missionaries safe: Sisters spend time visiting members, giving service (LDS Church News)
(March 19, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Sister Emi Maki and Sister Mai Kado were working in the Ishinomaki Branch, located on the coast in one of the areas hit hardest by a devastating earthquake March 11.
The sisters immediately called Japan Sendai Mission President Reid Tateoka to report they were safe at a refugee shelter. However, there was no word from them again for four days in spite of efforts to reach them.
Ipswich Stake Helping Hands Rejuvenate Local Wildlife Park (LDS.ORG)
(July 22, 2010) - Relevance: 2
250 members of the Ipswich Stake gathered for an annual Helping Hands service project at Mole Hall Wildlife Park, Widdington, Saffron Walden on Saturday June 26th. It was a scorching hot day and members worked tirelessly, some for nearly 12 hours!
Hong Kong District Celebrates Welfare Anniversary (Church News and Events)
(December 10, 2011) - Relevance: 2
It was a unique day of service on Saturday, December 3, 2011, when dozens of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Hong Kong China District assembled humanitarian kits and learned about poverty in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Church welfare system.
Church Adjusts Mission Organization to Implement "Mission Leadership Council" (LDS Newsroom)
(April 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making adjustments to the way its 405 missions are organized, to better utilize the skills and abilities of all missionaries in training and leadership. The change is due in part to the influx of thousands of young missionaries who are responding to the lowering of age requirements for mission service, announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson last October.
Viewpoint: Deepened Discipleship (Church News and Events)
(December 31, 2012) - Relevance: 2
To those who are listening carefully, the Lord regularly sends calls to action by the Spirit. To the humble, these calls bring changes to personal wills and plans—to perform an act of service, reach out to bless someone in need, seek new knowledge and understanding, or change our behavior in a positive way. Quiet calls to change are the pattern for all those who sincerely seek to become deeper disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why Mormon leaders are ‘deeply troubled’ by Oregon militiamen (Religion News Service)
(January 6, 2016) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which prides itself on being law-abiding, is seeking to distance itself from self-styled militiamen who last weekend seized a federal wildlife reserve in southeastern Oregon.
In a statement released Monday (Jan. 4), the LDS church condemned the armed seizure of the facility and said it was “deeply troubled” by reports that the militiamen are doing so based on scriptural principles.
Women's Conference: Pattern our homes after temples, sisters urged (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 2, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Covenants made in temples by Latter-day Saints are the highest expression of the admonition to "Come Unto Christ," as church members seek to obey God's laws through service and righteous living.
Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Quorums of the Seventy and his wife, Marilyn, addressed women attending the Thursday afternoon general session of the annual Women's Conference...
Religion at the Ballot Box (New York Times)
(October 31, 2011) - Relevance: 2
Discussions of faith are a staple of American politics, on both the right and the left. One minister who supports Rick Perry said that, as a Mormon, Mitt Romney is not a Christian — but still would be preferable to “a professing Christian like Barack Obama who embraces un-biblical values.” For his part, President Obama has often emphasized his religion, saying last year that “my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.”
Funeral planned for woman, 2 kids dead after shooting, fire (9&10 News - Michigan)
(March 18, 2015) - Relevance: 2
A funeral is planned for a woman and her two children who were fatally shot before their western Michigan home was set ablaze.
The service for 33-year-old Debra Sheppard; her 12-year-old daughter, Emma McComber; and 10-year-old son, Corey LaValley Jr., takes place Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grand Rapids.
Footprints Show How Children “Stood Tall” in 2016 (Church News)
(December 9, 2016) - Relevance: 2
This year the Friend invited children all over the world to “Stand Tall” by following in the Savior’s footsteps. The invitation was inspired by President Thomas S. Monson’s message “Following in the Savior’s Footsteps.”
“Let us learn of the Savior Jesus Christ,” he said. “Let us follow in His footsteps. Let us live by His teachings. Then we will be prepared for any service He calls us to do.”
Glenna M. Christensen: LDS Church relies on service of young deacons (Idaho Statesman)
(March 12, 2011) - Relevance: 2
When he reaches his 12th birthday, an LDS youth is eligible to receive the Aaronic priesthood and begin serving the church and community as a holder of that authority. The Aaronic priesthood is named after the brother of Moses, and is an appendage to the Melchizedek, or greater priesthood. The priesthood is the governing structure of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and through it church affairs are directed.
Mormon missionaries at Provo’s MTC beat homesickness by giving back (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 28, 2016) - Relevance: 2
Mormon missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center have some advice for those missing family or friends this holiday weekend: The best way to beat homesickness is to focus on those in need.
And so in the spirit of service — and in an effort to put what they were missing from their minds — some 1,500 sisters and elders spent their Thanksgiving packaging nutritious meals for area children.
Mormon missionaries kidnapped in Russia 15 years ago reunite to tell faith-filled story (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 17, 2012) - Relevance: 2
It has been almost 15 years since Andrew Propst and Travis Tuttle were kidnapped and held for ransom in the outskirts of a town in southwestern Russia, where they were serving their LDS missions.
It was March 18, 1998, and just as they had done hundreds of times during their service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the elders knocked on the door of a man they'd met for the first time a few days before. The man had inquired about the church.
Mormon youths spruce up memorial (News Observer - North Carolina)
(July 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Andy Ladner and his veterans responded to a request for help to build park benches as part of a youth group’s service project to enhance Garner’s Veterans Memorial. The turnout surprised him.
“We had no idea how many people would be here. I thought like 20 kids would show up,” said Ladner, the executive director of U.S. Veterans Corps, an organization that undertakes a variety of projects to help wounded veterans.
'Never alone in the Lord's work' (LDS Church News)
(June 30, 2012) - Relevance: 2
"You are never alone in the Lord's work," said President Henry B. Eyring during the 2012 Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 25.
"We who are called of God know that is true, but we sometimes feel and act as if that fact was not a practical and hourly reality in our service in the Kingdom of God."
Speaking to new mission presidents and their wives, President Eyring recalled a conversation with President James E. Faust, then second counselor in the First Presidency.
New temple presidents (LDS Church News)
(January 3, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Three new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
Rómulo Jesús Casós, 71, University City 2nd Ward, San Diego California North Stake, called as president of the new Trujillo Peru Temple. President Casós’ wife, Marlene María Müller de Casós, will serve as temple matron.
Presiding Bishop addresses national Scout gathering (LDS Church News)
(June 3, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Scouting's founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell once declared that the whole of his storied program is based on the realization of God and service in His name. "I stand here today with a resolute belief that Scouting must never overlook this core principle," said Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, the Church's Presiding Bishop, on May 23 during Scouting's annual national meeting.
Church Grumbles at 'Date a Mormon' Site (Courthouse News Service)
(April 11, 2014) - Relevance: 2
The Mormon church is trying to shut down the "Mormon Match" dating website under the mistaken belief that the "church has total ownership of the word" Mormon, the site's owner claims in Federal Court.
Jonathan Eller sued Intellectual Reserve Inc., a holding company for the intellectual property of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon leadership bids farewell to peacemaking progressive (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2
arlin Jensen was 46, with a 2-week-old baby girl, seven older children, an 800-acre farm in Huntsville and a thriving law career, when, in 1989, he was called into full-time service for the LDS Church.
Jensen knew that being a Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would mean constant traveling, public speaking, juggling family with church obligations — and a two-thirds cut in salary.
The one factor missing from Utah’s suicide puzzle (Religion News Service)
(November 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Suicide has long been an alarming phenomenon in Utah.
But a new theory abandons the cultural rationales that have been offered in the past — such as that Mormonism, the dominant religion in the state, is so dysfunctional that it drives people to end their painful lives — in favor of science.
One key finding is that Utah’s residents aren’t the only ones at a heightened risk for suicide — as much as a 30% higher risk. It’s a regional problem throughout the West.
Mormon Helping Hands Day - Renewing California Parks (Ventura County Star - California)
(May 6, 2010) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is calling upon its members to volunteer in a day... of service, known as “Mormon Helping Hands Day- Renewing California Parks” on May 8, 2010. Joining hands with The Rancho Simi Parks and Recreation , two parks in need of repair, cleaning and restoring will be the focus of this project .
Billy Casper remembered as much for kindness as golf ability (Associated Press)
(February 16, 2015) - Relevance: 2
Billy Casper was remembered as much for his kindness as his golfing ability at a funeral service in Provo on Saturday, a week after he died at his home in nearby Springville at the age of 83.... Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Mormon church's First Quorum of the Seventy said Casper was a gentleman off the course, too.
"Billy treated people with sincere kindness and love wherever he went," he said.
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone to Speak at Freedom Festival (BYU NewsNet)
(June 30, 2007) - Relevance: 2
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.
Ann Romney: It feels like the end of a Mormon church calling (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 2, 2013) - Relevance: 2
In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Ann Romney described post-campaign life as similar to serving in a Mormon calling and then being released.
In the first interview since Mitt Romney lost the presidential race, he and his wife talked about the dramatic shift that happens when a campaign ends, the Secret Service leaves, the crowds dissipate, and the attention wanes.
Did the 2015 Mormon LGBT exclusion policy drive a mass exodus out of the Church? (Religion News Service)
(May 30, 2019) - Relevance: 2
In April, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reversed an unpopular 2015 policy aimed at curbing the participation of LGBT church members and their children (see here for more background). Since the reversal, children of same-sex couples are once again eligible for baptism, and their parents are not subject to automatic disciplinary councils just for being in a same-sex relationship.
Churches team up to improve Xchange Place facility (Lufkin Daily News - Texas)
(May 3, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Churches from different faith traditions teamed up last week in Lufkin to make a difference for families.
Members of the Latter Day Saints and Baptist church members joined together to do a service project at the Xchange Place, 207 E. Bremond Street, next to Lufkin First Baptist downtown, according to LDS Bishop Jeremy Grise.
Mormon youth complete service project at shelter for homeless youth (LDS Church News)
(May 19, 2010) - Relevance: 2
More than 60 young single adults from the Walnut Creek 3rd Ward (YSA), Walnut Creek California Stake, joined homeless youth to make improvements to the Calli House, a facility in Richmond, Calif., that provides immediate shelter and services in the San Francisco Bay area for runaway and homeless youth ages 14 to 21.
Mormon Helping Hands turns to Towanda (Daily Review - Pennsylvania)
(May 18, 2015) - Relevance: 2
About 200 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers converged in Towanda on May 10 to participate in service projects throughout the town.
Projects included sweeping Main Street, picking up litter, clearing brush and fallen trees, raking leaves, mulching flower beds, planting flowers and painting light poles and fire hydrants.
Salt Lake-area attorney Jay Kessler 'sets the standard' for volunteers in Utah (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 13, 2019) - Relevance: 2
Every Thursday afternoon, "like clockwork," attorney Jay Kessler bounds into the administrative offices of Catholic Community Services' St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall to dispense free legal advice.
This past week was no different, except that there was a cake, balloons and a certificate of appreciation recognizing Kessler's lengthy volunteer service signed by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.
Catholic Community Services Honors Mormon Apostle for Humanitarian Work (LDS Newsroom)
(November 7, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Utah will honor Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Barbara, with an award for service to others tonight at the 29th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner. The event will be held at the Little America Hotel on Thursday, November 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
New LDS domain name may spark brand war over ‘Church of Jesus Christ’ (Religion News Service)
(April 26, 2019) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just amped up the religious rivalry around who owns the name Jesus Christ.
Last August, Latter-day Saints embraced their prophet’s mandate to use the faith’s official name — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — as a public and private push to recognize the savior who they believe leads their church.
Schaumburg church lends a hand (Schaumburg Review - Illinois)
(August 14, 2008) - Relevance: 2
Members of Schaumburg's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1420 Schaumburg Road, are used to doing community service projects, but on June 14 they pulled double duty.
For the third straight year, they helped staff the Streamwood Stride, 5K and 10K races put on by the Streamwood Park District, with proceeds going to help provide scholarships to those who can't afford park district programs.
Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers Participate in Arkansas Tornado Cleanup (LDS Newsroom)
(May 14, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Jason Rowland owns a tree service in central Arkansas and was among other Mormon volunteers who showed up in western Pulaski County over the weekend to clean up debris from a devastating tornado that hit the region on 27 April 2014. In fact, Rowland has spent the past two Saturdays and two Wednesday evenings helping out his neighbors.
Missionary Service a Tradition at West Point Military Academy (Church News)
(December 18, 2014) - Relevance: 2
Lying 50 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River, the United States Military Academy at West Point is a photographer’s dream. Along with the University of Washington and Brigham Young University, West Point’s Michie Stadium is rated in the top three most picturesque football stadiums in the nation.
Pyeatt 'took service seriously' (Cincinnati.com - Ohio)
(February 23, 2011) - Relevance: 2
When Marine Cpl. Lucas Pyeatt believed in something he was not a passive observer - he took steps to make a difference.
As a child he wrote a letter to a Virginia newspaper in an attempt to persuade the powers that be to preserve a Civil War monument on a site slated for redevelopment. He taught himself sign language in middle school as to communicate with a deaf classmate, was an Eagle Scout, and while a Marine donated bone marrow to a stranger, extending the man's life nine precious months.
'Service is the way of the Lord' (LDS Church News)
(November 4, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Approximately 500 LDS volunteers worked to clean up Roy G. Guerrero Park in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 14. Wearing yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" vests, men, women and youngsters gathered trash and branches along park trails, weeded flower beds, spread mulch, scrubbed baseball bleachers, power washed off graffiti, painted a bridge, cleared dead trees and spread wildflower seeds.
2,000 expected at Sannar funeral in Visalia (Visalia Times-Delta - California)
(September 3, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officials expect as many as 2,000 people to attend today's funeral service for Clay Sannar, a lay bishop shot to death Sunday in his church office.
Visalia police are asking those who don't need to drive near the site of the funeral, a church at 650 N. Lovers Lane, to avoid the area during the early afternoon. All in the community are invited.
'Visible as a beacon': Oakland Temple celebrates 50th year of service (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 1, 2014) - Relevance: 2
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.
Church's litter day saints . . (Scotland)
(September 28, 2005) - Relevance: 2
Church parishioners joined forces with Historic Scotland's ranger service to pick up litter in Holyrood Park.
The park is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its archaeology, geology and wildlife. Among those who took part in the litter pick at the weekend were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS service day cleans Attucks High School (The Leaf Chronicle - Kentucky)
(May 22, 2009) - Relevance: 2
More than 350 volunteers from the Clarksville, Fort Campbell, and Hopkinsville, Ky. area — nine congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and numerous Attucks alumni, armed with work gloves, face masks, wheel barrows, push brooms, crow bars, ladders, and shovels — turned the 1916 Attucks High School in Hopkinsville into a sight to behold!
Youth group puts faith into action (Redlands Daily Facts - California)
(July 7, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Sporting neon green "Extreme Makeover" shirts, 125 teenagers from the Redlands Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently spent a weekend doing service as part of their annual Youth Conference.
"The whole goal of the conference was to generate a mindset in the kids to look for others around them that they can serve," said Cray Carlson, stake young men's president and co-chairman of the conference.
Monuments salute the Mormon Battalion (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 26, 2009) - Relevance: 2
For a year of military service, the 500 members of the Mormon Battalion purchased the future of their faith.
From July 1846 to 1847, the battalion made a grueling 1,900-mile march from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego. And while the battalion never participated in a single military engagement, it helped to pioneer the American West and paid the way for the Mormon pioneers to find a new home in the Great Basin.
Is it a sin to watch the Jazz game Sunday? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 23, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Utah's "faithful" - those devoted to both their religion and the state's premier pro sports team - face a dilemma this Sunday: Will it be the Jazz or Jesus?
Or can they do both? After all, game 4 of the Jazz-Nuggets playoff series isn't scheduled to tip off until evening, allowing them to hit their weekly worship service earlier in the day and still get to EnergySolutions Arena or their television in time for Deron Williams' first assist or Carlos Boozer's first dunk.
Coverage of the October 2016 General Conference Sunday Afternoon Session (Church News)
(October 3, 2016) - Relevance: 2
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.
New LDS stake president announced (Lebanon Express - Oregon)
(April 25, 2017) - Relevance: 2
At a recent conference, new leadership was announced for the Lebanon Oregon Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After nine years of service, President Jason Carlile and his counselors, Brent Wiest and Brian Corbett, were released from their duties as leaders of the Lebanon Oregon Stake, and a new presidency was organized and announced.
Shootings leaves Mormon official, suspect dead (Associated Press)
(August 30, 2010) - Relevance: 2
A gunman killed a Mormon church official after a church service Sunday, then police fatally wounded the man suspected in the attack less than a half-hour later, officials said. Clay Sannar, 42, a lay bishop with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Visalia, southeast of Fresno, died after being shot in his office, said Visalia police chief Colleen Mestas.
Grandma’s Missionary Service Inspires Generations (Church News and Events)
(February 26, 2013) - Relevance: 2
When Gladys Hunsaker served as a missionary in the Central States Mission from June 1928 through June 1930, she had no idea of the legacy she would leave for generations to come.
“Those two years were the happiest years of my life,” she wrote shortly after returning from her mission. During this time she saw the sick healed through the power of the priesthood and worked in the mission office for 14 months.
Nauvoo's young performers testify through song, dance (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 4, 2009) - Relevance: 2
The young performers who entertain visitors to Nauvoo during the summer months sing, dance and entertain. But mostly they testify.
That's because the entertainers are called as church service missionaries, serving in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sharpton in town, meets LDS leaders (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 22, 2007) - Relevance: 2
The Rev. Al Sharpton spent Monday touring LDS sites, discussing his recently unearthed ancestry and exchanging notes on Christian service with Mormon leaders. By afternoon, the Pentecostal preacher who drew ire for comments he made about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith said his subsequent visit to Salt Lake City had been a valuable experience.
Reason to rejoice: missionaries return to Puerto Rico (LDS Church News)
(February 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2
When Hurricane Maria’s lethal winds and rain finally subsided, Puerto Rico San Juan Mission President David Smart wandered about his neighborhood, searching for cell service.
After finally discovering a weak signal he dialed Church headquarters and uttered, perhaps, the happiest words he had ever spoken:
“All the missionaries are safe and accounted for.”
14 videos of high school graduates opening LDS mission calls (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 6, 2013) - Relevance: 2
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.
More than 9 million new names on FamilySearch (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 26, 2008) - Relevance: 2
FamilySearch continues to add new names to its free searchable genealogy databases at its online pilot program.
A news update from FamilySearch, a nonprofit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said that with the addition of over nine million new names this week, visitors to pilot.familysearch.org can now search more than 477 million names.
BYU football: Cougars add four more to 2019 signing class (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 7, 2019) - Relevance: 2
BYU officially announced four additions to its football team for the 2019 signing class on Wednesday to the 14 athletes who already signed during the early December signing period. Throw in 18 more, the majority of whom are returning from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary service, and the Cougars have 36 total new scholarships to the football team.
BYU grad loves finding, saving orphans (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 15, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Amanda de Lange hopes to one day work herself out of a job.
The BYU graduate from South Africa is the CEO and founder of Starfish Children's Services. She loves finding and saving orphans, but she'd like even better to see a day when all children will have families and the love they deserve.
"My biggest hope is that there will someday be no need for me to help children," said de Lange, who was awarded BYU's Service to Family Award in 2009. "Basically that I would have worked myself out of a job."
Stewart Park gets 'helping hand' (Press-Enterprise - California)
(May 4, 2011) - Relevance: 2
It all came together Saturday as 350 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended a "Helping Hand" to paint the extensive wrought-iron fencing around Stewart Park in Beaumont. Members of all ages came from Yucaipa, Calimesa, Beaumont, Banning and Cherry Valley to serve the community of Beaumont, providing at total of about 1,200 hours of service.
Young Mormons on a Mission: Rare Look at Church's Next Generation (ABC News)
(October 6, 2012) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing religion in the U.S., and more than 55,000 missionaries serve throughout the world. For the most part, they are young men about 20 years old. For "Nightline," the LDS church gave ABC News' Bob Woodruff rare behind-the-scenes access to missionaries in Louisiana over a two-day stretch that included door-to-door proselytizing, work on service projects and teaching.
JustServe partners celebrated at Petco Park (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 28, 2017) - Relevance: 2
Moments before every Major League Baseball game, the field becomes a stage with entertainment closely timed to roll into the television broadcast.
The annual Mormon Night with the Padres on Saturday, June 24, provided the Public Affairs Council of San Diego, Imperial and south Riverside counties an opportunity to build awareness of the Church's service initiative JustServe as they planned and implemented the different elements of the pregame ceremonies.
How to Bury a Prophet (On Faith - Washington Post)
(February 15, 2008) - Relevance: 2
The Latter-day Saints buried their prophet on Saturday. Thousands attended the service in person and millions more faithful watched in chapels around the globe, as well as on the internet. What they saw was an unusually personal ceremony for a very public man who led and to large degree defined the contemporary Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Notwithstanding the numbers and titles of participants, Gordon Hinckley’s funeral was a family affair both in word and sacrament. It was an extraordinary display of what makes Mormonism tick.
LDS Church spruces up Abita and upcoming Opry performance hopes to entertain (Times-Picayune - Louisiana)
(May 9, 2013) - Relevance: 2
Recently, the park in Abita Springs was treated to a sprucing-up. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' annual Day of Service event brought in church members desiring to make the beloved play area in Abita an even better place for enjoyment by local children. Planned in cooperation with two other local groups, volunteers made improvements that will hopefully be appreciated by all.
Young Mormons are eager to serve locally (Williams Lake Tribune - Canada)
(April 21, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Two young Mormons are currently doing part of their two-year mission service in Williams Lake.
Logan Cornelius is from Panama City, Florida and graduated from high school a year ago in May. He was studying welding at a technical centre before beginning the first part of his two-year mission in December.
New bishopric serves Delta LDS (Delta County Independent - Utah)
(August 7, 2009) - Relevance: 2
Matthew Clark is the newly sustained bishop for the Delta congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). In sacrament meeting on May 17, Bishop Vally Mulford and his counselors Bob Kinderknecht and Jeff Nelson were released after many years of faithful service. Bishop Clark and his counselors Bob Mick and Gary Graff are now a continuation of LDS lay ministers that have served the Delta area since 1955.
300 Kids Volunteer Through LDS Youth Conference (KSMU - Missouri)
(June 12, 2010) - Relevance: 2
Almost 300 kids were out serving the Springfield community Friday at various locations. The service day is part of a Youth Conference through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Students from around the Ozarks chose to spend this weekend of their summer vacations giving back to the community. Seventy of those students volunteered their time packaging meals at Kids Against Hunger. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.
Seating spat at Mormon ward offers lesson: Make visitors feel welcome (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 12, 2013) - Relevance: 2
A fistfight recently broke out over seating at a Mormon meetinghouse in Plain City.
The ward, or congregation, was packed with visitors for a missionary farewell and a baby blessing. A quarrel ensued when a man who belongs to the ward sat where a family was reserving seats for other members. The dispute continued after the service in the parking lot where, police say, a punch was thrown.
Membership growth spurs LDS expansion (Glendale Star - Arizona)
(January 29, 2015) - Relevance: 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is poised for expansion in Glendale and throughout the West Valley as construction has started on a retail service center and a warehouse and office complex.
The two buildings, located near West Bell Road and North 67th Avenue and close to the Kmart and Chuck E. Cheese’s, will span nearly 70,000 square feet and cost almost $10 million, according to building permits the city issued in December.
Mormon teens to have greater opportunities for temple service in 2018 (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 15, 2017) - Relevance: 2
Eli Staggs, 17, has been dying to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for two years, but while he stood in line to see the movie in Kansas City on Thursday afternoon, he found himself looking ahead to performing proxy baptisms in an LDS temple in January.
"It's a pretty rare opportunity to baptize someone before your mission," said Staggs, a Mormon priest, a priesthood office for boys 16 to 18 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
That's about to change.
Valley teens serve area needs during conference (Porterville Recorder - California)
(June 23, 2008) - Relevance: 2
High enthusiasm beat out high heat as an army of youth volunteers swept through the South Valley in a labor of love and service.
The sun’s beams didn’t stop or slow some 50 youth volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they worked to beautify the Granite Hills campus Friday — one of several projects taking place across the area.
Saturday fair will help you get up-to-date on food storage (Standard-Examiner - Utah)
(April 27, 2010) - Relevance: 2
There's no time like the present to store food for the future.
"The time is right," said Teresa Hunsaker, family and consumer science educator for the Weber County office of the Utah State University Extension Service. "There are a lot of disasters around the world."
And for many families, the economy is a disaster.
"Food prices are probably not going down," Hunsaker said. "Some of those basics -- wheat, beans and dry milk -- are less expensive, and I could stretch a food dollar if I know how to use them."
President Monson Honored for Legacy of Love, Service (LDS Newsroom)
(January 16, 2018) - Relevance: 2
Thousands of people gathered in the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018, for the funeral of President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The man revered by Mormons as a prophet of God died in Salt Lake City January 2, 2018, at age 90 from causes incident to age.
Utah legend LaVell Edwards reflects on life (Utah)
(March 19, 2005) - Relevance: 2
LaVell Edwards is a name that commands respect in Utah.
He's the winningest football coach in Brigham Young University history, an active participant in service projects throughout the state and one of the greatest football players in Utah State University history.
Elder Holland addresses Clark law society on 25th anniversary (LDS Church News)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
LDS Charities joins humanitarian event hosted by Prince Charles (LDS Newsroom)
(December 18, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
Sharon Eubank, Director of LDS Charities, the humanitarian service arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), participated in a roundtable discussion on religious persecution held in London, England hosted by HRH Prince Charles, AMAR International Charitable Foundation Patron, and AMAR founder Baroness Emma Nicholson (December 13).
Elder Merril J. Bateman to receive honorary doctorate at April BYU Commencement
(April 20, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Tabernacle Choir 2019 Easter Concert Streamed Live (LDS Newsroom)
(April 19, 2019) - Relevance: 1.9
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble will perform in a special Easter service on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The concert will be broadcast online and on television.
Korea Mission: Members Celebrate 50 Years with Service, Music (Church News and Events)
(December 29, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established the Korea Mission in the Land of the Morning Calm on July 1, 1962, under President Gail E. Carr, then 32 years of age. When the mission was established there were approximately 1,000 members. Fifty years later, there are three missions in Korea and the membership has risen to more than 83,000.
How Many Mormon Women Work Outside the Home? (Religion News Service)
(July 22, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
In the last year I’ve come across two different and seemingly contradictory pieces of information. One states that LDS women are less likely than other U.S. women to work outside the home. The other declares that LDS women work outside the home at comparable levels to the national average.
Confused by this, I asked a friend who is a professional scholar to help me figure out which was correct. My friend pointed me to new research by BYU sociologists Cardell K. Jacobson and Tim B. Heaton for a nuanced answer.
And guess what? Both of the above statements are right.
Uganda: Monitor Publications, Latter Day Saints Church in Cleanup Drive (All Africa)
(September 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
To improve the hygiene of the people in Namuwongo, Monitor Publications Ltd decided to partner with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in a recent clean up exercise. The programme dubbed 'Mormon Helping hands,' is a church programme for providing community service and disaster relief to those in need. It operates in over 30 African countries and in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.
BYU Women's Conference has become major event (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 30, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Now in its 34th year after considerable transformations and enhancements, the BYU Women's Conference begins Thursday morning with the first of four general sessions in the same Marriott Center. And by the time Elder L. Tom Perry of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve gives his concluding keynote address late Friday afternoon, attendees will have their choice of 95 hourlong presentations, an evening service project, sharing stations, instant choirs and housing and meal plans for those out-of-towners.
humbs up to Mustangs and Mormons, down to flu quarantines and the heat (Mail Tribune - Oregon)
(July 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Cheers — to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which will send thousands of members out across the state this weekend to perform community service projects. In Jackson County alone, 800 Mormons are expected to show up Saturday to clean and repair the Bear Creek Greenway trail from Ashland to Central Point.
The effort is part of the Mormon Helping Hands Project and is in honor of Oregon's sesquicentennial being celebrated this year.
California Pioneer Heritage Foundation honors re-enactors (LDS Church News)
(June 10, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
California Pioneer Heritage Foundation President S. Dennis Holland presented 39 members of the Sierra Nevada Mormon Pioneer Re-enactors Group with the foundation's new Distinguished Service Medal at a recent fireside kicking off preparations for this summer's Citrus Heights California Stake youth trek in the Donner Lake area.
LDS reassign Russia-bound missionaries (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 15, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stopped sending North American missionaries to Russia due to new, tougher visa laws.
North American missionaries who were being prepared at the Missionary Training Center in Provo for service in Russia have been reassigned. So have church members who had received calls to Russia but who had not yet arrived at the MTC for training.
Mich. service project results in hats for orphans (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(December 8, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Many hands make for light work. That doesn't mean the hands of 24-year-old Felyshia Rackham don't hurt after personally knitting 60 hats within the past couple months for orphans in Grand Rapids.
But Rackham's effort was just a dent in the 575 hats the young women's group and Ladies Relief Society have knitted since Sept. 1 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Greenville.
Bishop Gary E. Stevenson: Gospel service a sacred legacy (LDS Church News)
(May 7, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Witnessing the death, damage and destruction caused by last year's historic natural disaster in Japan was a life-altering experience for Bishop Gary E. Stevenson and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson. The Stevensons were, at once, terribly saddened by the heavy toll that was exacted by such cataclysmic events — but also uplifted by the sustaining comfort and support the Lord offered through His Church and its members.
Helping Hands in Slovenia (LDS Church News)
(May 25, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Members in all three branches in Ljubljana were excited to join with a national effort to clean up Slovenia. Wearing their yellow Helping Hands vests, members from Ljubljana joined with members in the Maribor and Celje branches to help to clean up Slovenia in a day of service on April 17.
Applicants for Nauvoo Young Performing Missionaries sought (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Applications to become a Young Performing Missionary (YPM) for the LDS Church in Nauvoo, Ill., for the 2011 summer are currently being accepted.
There is a need for 20 stage missionaries and 16 to 18 band missionaries to perform in Nauvoo. Those selected will receive a four-month church service mission call to the Illinois Nauvoo Mission, assigned to serve in Nauvoo.
Mormon-evangelical detente? Mouw, Zacharias to speak to LDS again (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 31, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Last month, two LDS apostles traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the installation of Russell Moore as head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
That is one in a long list of examples that signal a detente between Mormons and evangelicals, according to a comprehensive story published by the Religion News Service.
"Leaders of the two faiths appear to have reached a new juncture, with some on both sides seeing benefits in more public engagement," the story said.
Few believe Glenn Beck can be a religious leader, survey finds (USA Today)
(September 17, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Glenn Beck, you're no Pat Robertson.
That's what it appears from a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
The Fox talk show host held a Divine Destiny rally the night before his national mall gathering in Washington and he's said repeatedly that he's listening for God's guidance in his efforts to reclaim America for God and history. But fewer than 1-in-5 (17%) of Americans say he is can lead a religious movement.
Exclusive - Jon Huntsman on Being Obama's Ambassador to China: I'd Serve Again (ABC News)
(May 20, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
The Republican who President Obama appointed as his Ambassador to China – and who could be the 2012 challenger Democrats fear most – has no regrets about accepting a post in a Democratic administration. In fact, he said he wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
“I'd do it again. Of course. I've always been trained and I hope to train my own family that when your country needs you…if there is the prospect that you can get in there and bring about change in a way that helps your country through public service, I'm there,” Jon Huntsman told me in an exclusive interview.
Man in Charge of Mormon Missionaries in Valley Speaks Out (KRGV - Texas)
(November 10, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
The man in charge of Mormon missionaries in the Valley is speaking out after two young men from that community were killed while riding their bikes in Hidalgo County.
One day after the deadly crash there was a prayer service in Harlingen. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are using prayer to see past tragedy.
“People take time to appreciate how fragile life is and how quickly life can be lost, regardless of what religion you may belong to,” says Stephen Traynor.
Bill honors LDS President Hinckley (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 13, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
A House resolution that would officially honor the life and work of Gordon B. Hinckley passed unanimously through a committee hearing Tuesday.
Rep. Michael Morley, R-Spanish Fork, is sponsoring the concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor that "honors Gordon Bitner Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for his life of service and dedication."
Funeral services planned for soldier (Hattiesburg American - Mississippi)
(April 15, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
The Petal soldier killed in Iraq last week is expected to be back home for burial this weekend.
The body of William Anthony Blount is expected to be flown from Dover, Del., to Hattiesburg Thursday morning.
Viewing will be at 6 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Petal, with the funeral service scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oak Grove.
European Year of Volunteering Showcases Mormon Helping Hands (LDS Newsroom)
(October 26, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
On a well-traveled street in Berlin, Germany, recently, passers-by stopped at the Mormon Helping Hands display at the Sony Center and experienced a hands-on service project. The daylong event on 16 October 2011 allowed Mormon Helping Hands volunteers to help the people of Europe catch the spirit of volunteering by engaging them in helping children with cancer.
Young Men, Teach about the Sacrament, Brother Beck Says (Church News)
(November 26, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
In his November 13 training at the Ogden Tabernacle, Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, taught an essential truism of priesthood service: “Procrastination paralyzes priesthood power.”
The interactive, 90-minute training November 13—which was broadcast to an audience of young men and their adult advisers from more than 80 stakes in northern Utah—doubled as a call to action.
Dedication of new D.I. outlines service opportunities (Standard - Utah)
(September 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
A Wyoming woman held up a red-headed Cabbage Patch doll named Celeste and shared some emotion as she described how the doll, once missing some toes, butted into her life as she worked to restore her.
Blanche Sessions spoke of her "Cabbage Patch blessing" at the dedication ceremony Wednesday of the new Deseret Industries thrift store and Harrisville Services Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which opens today.
Pageant is a powerful gift of faith (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
The official title is "Jesus the Christ," but people here simply call it the Annual Easter Pageant.
In fact, they've been calling it that for 70 years, from the day it debuted as a simple sunrise service performed on the flatbed of an old cotton wagon.
Now, 15,000 people show up each night on the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to see a modern passion play with production values that would wow a Broadway producer.
Vandals set LDS church ablaze in Sugar House (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 9, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Sunday was going to be the first church service Ryan Bruerton and his family attended in their new LDS ward in Sugar House.
Instead, Bruerton will have to shuttle his family to a church elsewhere in the city after vandals bashed their way through a church door, poured fuel and set the church ablaze.
2010 National Scout Jamboree: Scouts worship in sunny services (LDS Church News)
(August 7, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
The dew was still heavy when the first Scouts began arriving Sunday, Aug. 1, at a sprawling patch of grass near Subcamp 7 at the 2010 Boy Scout National Jamboree.
It was almost two hours before the morning outdoor sacrament service was to begin, but the sleepy-eyed boys and their leaders — all adorned in Class-A Scout uniforms — wanted to claim prime spots to hear an apostle's voice.
LDS figure prominently in top religion news story lists (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 17, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
It's that time of year when journalists make their list of Top 10 news stories. Latter-day Saints are showing up on some Top 10 religion news lists including Time, Christianity Today, and Religion News Service. Send the Mormon Media Observer your list of top LDS news stories of 2008 for a future column.
Three honored with Family First Award (Press-Enterprise - California)
(February 20, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Family and friends of three Temecula citizens, Jeff Comerchero, Mary Ann Tams and Scott Huffman, gathered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Feb. 7 to be honored for upholding and promoting strong family values.
This marked the eighth year that the church held the Family First Award dinner and ceremony. The evening was arranged to recognize them for their community service that specifically promotes and supports the family unit.
Volunteers help out community (ENC Today - North Carolina)
(April 26, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Several local civic groups provided a helping hand Saturday to help make Kinston and Lenoir County a better place to live for themselves and others.
Members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in the church’s National Day of Service. Church member David Mooring joined fellow church members at the Kinston Rotary Dog Park at King Street to help build a new fence, bathroom and picnic shelter at the park.
Children’s Handprints Displayed on Temple Square (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(October 2, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Thousands of colorful paper handprints representing acts of service from children around the world are on display in the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The “We Are His Hands” campaign was introduced in the January 2015 editions of the Church’s Friend and Liahona magazines. The display runs from September 25 through October 9, 2015, to coincide with general conference.
Catholic Church commends PCC in honor of Napela (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 14, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Soon after the Catholic Church canonized Saint Damien of Molokai in October 2009, largely for his 19th century work at the leprosy or Hansen's Disease quarantine settlement on the isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula, senior service missionaries in the Polynesian Cultural Center's Hawaii Mission Settlement began wondering how they might add that information to the exhibit in the small, thatched-roof chapel that tells how Christianity came to the islands.
Thousands More Mormons Choose Missionary Service (LDS Newsroom)
(October 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
The large, white envelope now displayed on the mantelpiece in the crowded family room of the Wright home looks ordinary enough, like any other piece of mail. But there’s good reason for the crowd and the excitement its arrival has caused: this envelope contains the location where its addressee, Sister Allison Wright, will spend 18 months of her life teaching others about God and Jesus Christ.
“It just depends on where the Lord needs me,” says Alli, as she’s been called since around age four. “It will definitely take faith, but I’m excited to see where I get called. I can’t wait.”
PBS to Begin Phasing Out Religious Programming From Airwaves (Fox News)
(June 17, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
PBS board members, who for 25 years have turned a blind eye to religious programming at some of their member stations' religious programing, have decided to enforce a rule banning the broadcasts -- a move that spells the beginning of the end for religious shows on public television.
Six PBS stations currently broadcast "sectarian" programs produced by local religious groups, including the morning "Mass for Shut-Ins," which is popular among elderly and ailing Catholics who cannot attend the daily service.
Sunday afternoon session index (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 6, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Conference conclusion: A call for faith, righteousness
Talk summaries from the Sunday afternoon session of the 179th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held April 5, 2009.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve
Make the sacrifices necessary to lose yourselves in unselfish service to others.
Slideshow: Mormon Helping Hands Day 2011 (Fountain Valley Patch - California)
(May 2, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Local volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were out in force Saturday morning as part of the church's statewide Helping Hands 2011 Day of Service.
In Fountain Valley, the volunteers worked on various projects at the recreation center and sports park, speading mulch, laying sod and painting the restrooms and handball courts.
Ohio teens tackle weeds, serve community (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 28, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Spending a hot summer day cleaning up a nature preserve is not where you would expect to find teenagers, but on Friday, June 18, the Trabue M.L. "Red" Nature Reserve in Dublin, Ohio, was filled with 120 of them. Mormon youths and their leaders from the Columbus Ohio North Stake, including Dublin, Marion, Marysville, Delaware and Worthington areas, participated in this and other service projects Thursday, June 17, to Saturday, June 19.
Senior missionaries bring Mormon message to Monroe (Appleton Post Crescent - Wisconsin)
(March 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Dan and Marie Wilkes are not your typical Mormon missionaries.
Many Mormons, especially young men, travel to a new community for a year or two of service and proselytizing when they're in their late teens or early 20s.
The couple, married 46 years, with four daughters and 10 grandkids, never got the chance when they were young — despite a lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS for short, though members commonly refer to themselves as "Mormons," after the testament they follow alongside the Bible.)
Marlborough Boy Scout receives top conservation award (Marlborough Enterprise - Massachusetts)
(August 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Aidan Steadman, a Marlborough Eagle Scout, received the prestigious William T. Hornaday Award Silver Medal, which is the highest award in Scouting for distinguished service to natural resource conservation.
Steadman, a member of Venturing Crew 51 in Marlborough, picked up the award at a ceremony on July 27 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 240 Hemenway St. in Marlborough.
Mormon volunteers receive national award for community clean-up (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 2, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from two cities in the metro Denver area (Arapahoe and Aurora) were honored on a national level with the receipt of the 2007 Take Pride in America Award on 19 July. The City of Aurora nominated the Church for this recognition based on the service rendered by more than a thousand volunteers at the Aurora Reservoir during last summer's Colorado Cares Day.
Mormon Missionaries Serve People in Tacloban Day After Devastating Typhoon Hits (LDS Newsroom)
(November 18, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
In today's Mormonism in Pictures, we feature photos of missionaries giving service after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the provinces of Cebu, Leyte, and Samar. On November 8, 2013 one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, with sustained winds nearing 200 mph, struck the Philippines. One of several landfalls was south of Tacloban. The next day missionaries from the Tacloban Philippines Mission gathered in Tacloban to offer assistance to those in need.
Hundreds Of LDS Volunteers To Spruce Up Eugene Parks On Saturday (Lane Today - Oregon)
(June 15, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, hundreds of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) will be out beautifying a number of parks in the city of Eugene. This will be the fifth year the church has performed the service for the city.
Since the program begun five years ago, LDS volunteers have donated more than 3,500 hours of their time improving the city’s parks and open spaces.
Church Leader Shares Message of Hope as Community Honors Miners (LDS Church news release)
(September 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Speaking of the recent “hard days and weeks” and “likely difficult days to come,” a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered a message of hope and encouragement tonight to families and friends gathered at a memorial service honoring those who lost their lives in the recent Crandall Canyon mine tragedy.
A new beginning: Blacks giving the Mormon Church a second look (Coumbia News Service)
(June 9, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Angela Carson used to jump up and frequently yell "Hallelujah!" in church. Now, she sits in the middle pew and sings quietly, with a softer, gentler demeanor.
Carson, a 28-year-old black woman, left her Baptist church in New York last year feeling uninspired and removed from the congregation. She visited many traditional black churches, but she found her new home with the Harlem branch of the Mormon church.
Mormons build new meeting house on Avenida del Sol (The Herald - Arizona)
(August 24, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
An eclectic structure with colonial overtones, the new buff brick Latter Day Saints meeting house on Avenida del Sol brightens the desert lot from which it arose, seemingly overnight.
First services were held last Sunday, by the three congregations that constitute the ward surrounding the new edifice, said member Laurie Daynes. There were 619 persons attending the inaugural services. An open house on Saturday, Oct. 20, will be followed by a dedicatory service the next day at 6 p.m., announced Stake President R. Kevin Goates.
5 Inspiring “I’m a Mormon” Videos (Religion News Service)
(April 1, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
The LDS Church instituted its “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign in 2011 as a way for curious outsiders to peek in at Mormonism’s greatest strength—its members. Rather than viewing the Internet’s inherent decentralizing property as an obstacle to be combated, the Church (rather brilliantly) began to envision that very decentralization as an opportunity: Let the members be the message.
In the last two years the “I’m a Mormon” campaign has become the Church’s calling card to the world, often gently challenging stereotypes that people may have harbored about who is or can be a good Mormon.
God and country: Mormons mix missions, military service (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 3, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Twenty-year-old Brady Knowles doesn't look the part of a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps specializing as a field radio operator. With glasses, freckles, a bookish demeanor and a shock of red hair, he looks more the part of Harry Potter than Captain America.
But these days you won't see him in either fatigues or a red, white and blue superhero costume. Instead you'll see him wearing the white shirt and conservative tie of a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Funeral services set for teenager found dead in Lakeland park (Star Tribune - Minnesota)
(October 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Funeral services have been set for 15-year-old Lisa Grijalva, one of two teenagers whose bodies were found Tuesday on a bluff at Humphries Park in Lakeland.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2140 Hadley Av. N. in Oakdale. A memorial fund has been established in her name at Central Bank, 2276 Frontage Road W., Stillwater.
Meet two members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 28, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Think of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which was founded in 1847, and the names of some of the more famous singers might come to mind. Perhaps you’ve heard of Alex Boyé, Laura Garff Lewis or JoAnn Ottley.
But anyone associated with the choir will rightly tell you that each of the 360 singers is important, even if most will never become household names.
Here’s a look at two members of the choir who enjoy their volunteer service, but say they have no aspirations to record solo albums.
Mormon Volunteers Receive National Award for Community Clean-up (LDS Church news release)
(July 28, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from two cities in the metro Denver area (Arapahoe and Aurora) were honored on a national level with the receipt of the 2007 Take Pride in America Award on 19 July. The City of Aurora nominated the Church for this recognition based on the service rendered by more than a thousand volunteers at the Aurora Reservoir during last summer’s Colorado Cares Day.
LDS women in St. George assisted living facility serve Ghana Saints (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 19, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
When the call for service came to Mary Louise Mortensen on March 28, she rallied the support of some unlikely heroes — the women who live with her in the Spring Gardens Assisted Living complex in St. George.
Though the women have various physical challenges and disabilities — some are in a wheelchair and some have limited functionality of their hands — they pooled their resources to make temple bags for the LDS sisters living in Ghana, Africa.
Brandon Flowers - Brandon Flowers wants Mormon hymn played at funeral (Contactmusic.com)
(November 14, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Brandon Flowers wants a Mormon hymn played at his funeral.
The Killers singer - who is a follower of the Latter Day Saint movement Christian religious offshoot - would like 'God Be With You Until we Meet Again' performed at any service held after his passing.
He said: ''It's a nice sentiment. Mormons believe in an afterlife and there's just no doubt that we'll see each other again. We sing it at funerals, sometimes at regular congregation meetings too, but it's a nice one.''
LDS Brazilians join in massive service project (LDS Church News)
(January 20, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Legions of LDS Brazilians recently participated in a nationwide “Helping Hands” project, delivering needed services to thousands of their fellow Brazilians.
The massive, multi-services humanitarian project stretched across several Saturdays in Church meetinghouses across the country. Volunteers donned yellow “Helping Hands” vests and went about the business of looking after their neighbors.
Elder and Sister Renlund Review the What, Why, and How of Developing Christlike Attributes (Church News)
(July 16, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Mormons Provide Humanitarian Services to 4 Million in 85 Countries in 2007 (American Chronicle)
(April 7, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Mormons around the world are quick to provide disaster relief and offer help to improve lives through volunteer service to others, according to a report delivered at a recent conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormons, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have provided more than $1 billion in total assistance to needy individuals in 165 countries.
LDS Church announces new resource for returning missionaries (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 15, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new resource for missionaries: My Plan, an online course designed to help missionaries develop post-mission goals.
The resource was announced in the July 2015 issue of the Ensign magazine and on LDS.org. Beginning in August 2015, LDS missionaries can participate in the online course, which includes eight learning experiences that are designed to be completed before, during and after missionary service.
Mormon designer interprets Jewish tzedakah box (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(June 13, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Doug Burnett learned the power of vision and charity as a teenager when his parents gave glasses to a friend who couldn't afford a pair. So when the American Jewish World Service staged a contest for artists to inspire giving, Burnett eagerly accepted the challenge.
The Chicago art director imagined a 21st-century version of the tzedakah box, the receptacle traditionally used in synagogues to collect donations for the needy.
Saints in Solomon Islands Celebrate First District with Service (Church News and Events)
(December 30, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Latter-day Saints in Honiara, Solomon Islands, celebrated the organization of the nation’s first district this month. The historic event was marked by the Saints’ humanitarian efforts throughout their communities.
For example, using humanitarian funds provided by the Church, members teamed up with a local Anglican congregation to renovate and repair a 40-year-old health clinic. Sixty people worked tirelessly for two weeks on the project.
Stake Serves Neighbor-to-Neighbor (News from the Church)
(May 13, 2006) - Relevance: 1.9
Performing for inmates, refurbishing the roof on the local Baptist community center, or pruning yards, the Oregon City Oregon Stake is in its fifth year serving neighbor to neighbor.
The Neighbor-to-Neighbor initiative, created to unite in service and enhance the Church in their community, brings members together to serve others with whom they wouldn't otherwise come into contact, such as the inmates of Oregon State Prison.
Family rejoices in presence of baby (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 17, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
It's all about heart.
In the first instance, for some unknown reason, Kaidence Stephenson's tiny heart developed problems. In the second instance, it was the outpouring of hundreds — probably thousands — of heart-felt bits of service offered to the Mike and Shauntelle Stephenson family through months of an up-and-down fight to keep Kaidence alive. The baby's extraordinary treatment included use of an artificial left ventricle and, ultimately, a heart transplant.
DVD about President Monson Available (News from the Church)
(February 10, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
On the Lord’s Errand, a new DVD about the life and service of President Thomas S. Monson, is now available in 14 languages through distribution centers and on LDSCatalog.com. The 60-minute video, broadcast between sessions of the October 2008 general conference, includes interviews with President Monson, family members, colleagues, and friends. The available languages include: American Sign Language, Cantonese, Cebuano, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog.
LDS missionary applications jump 471 percent (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 23, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
During the last two weeks, nearly five times the typical number of young Latter-day Saints have begun the application process to serve as full-time missionaries.
The leap was precipitated by an announcement earlier this month that reduced the minimum age for missionary service.
In a statement issued late Monday afternoon, church spokesman Michael Purdy said that while about 700 new applications are typically started each week, during the last two weeks "that number has increased to approximately 4,000 per week."
Mormons to give Minner genealogical history (News Journal - Delaware)
(January 6, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) will give Gov. Ruth Ann Minner four volumes of family history during a luncheon at Woodburn on Wednesday. “This is a small token of our appreciation for her years of public service,” said Steve Engebretsen, who proposed the idea of compiling the governor’s family history to local Mormon leaders.
Utahns are nation's most charitable (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 7, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Utahns give far more of their income to charity than any other Americans, a Deseret News study of Internal Revenue Service tax data shows.
Utahns reported providing $2.9 billion to charity in 2006, or 5 percent of their adjusted gross income.
Nationally, Americans gave an average of 2.3 percent of their income that year -- or less than half of what Utahns provided.
Liberty University responds to complaints about Glenn Beck sermon (Religion News Service)
(May 20, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Popular conservative television and radio host, Glenn Beck, created a stir last month when he preached a sermon threaded with Mormon theology at the evangelical Liberty University. During the talk, Beck referred to the Mormon doctrine of the Council of Heaven and showcased a valuable relic, the pocket watch of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.
Oregon teen shooter laid to rest; questions remain (Times Herald - Oregon)
(June 17, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
The 15-year-old boy who fatally shot a fellow freshman at an Oregon high school last week has been laid to rest, but the questions about why he did it remain.
The funeral that followed Jared Padgett's graveside service Monday was much like any other for a boy who didn't live long enough to become a man. The photos on the program displayed Padgett as a baby, a student, with family at the beach and leaning against a tree with his arms crossed on an autumn day.
Church Leaders Focus on Family and Service at General Women's Session (LDS Newsroom)
(March 30, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussed the importance of women’s roles in the home and family and serving others as hundreds of thousands of women, young women and girls 8 years old and older gathered around the world on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for the general women’s session of the 185th Annual General Conference.
Docents give of time and self at Church History Museum (LDS Church News)
(November 17, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
The faces of the Church History Museum are its 270 volunteer docents.
Each of the docents is a Mormon Church service missionary. They emphasize the Restoration as part of a larger Temple Square experience. Their modus operandi isn't to present art to visitors as typical docents would at any other museum; rather, the Church History Museum's unique band of docents strives to express the faith of Latter-day Saints through artifacts and exhibits.
Volunteers Extend Helping Hands In Lake Murray Cleanup (Mission Times Courier - California)
(May 7, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
On April 30, more than 225 local volunteers extended a “Helping Hand” to The Mission Trails Regional Park at Lake Murray, commemorating the 3rd annual Mormon Helping Hands Day of service. This event was one of many held throughout the State of California today involving over 75,000 volunteers. In San Diego alone an estimated 4,000 people volunteered at over 12 projects county-wide.
Stake works on multiple service projects in Susquehanna County (LDS Church News)
(November 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Pennsylvania's Susquehanna County is well known to students of LDS history. In December 1827, Joseph Smith and his wife, Emma Hale Smith, moved to Harmony, Pa., (now the borough of Oakland). It was there that Joseph began translating the plates that the angel Moroni delivered to him in Upstate New York. On May 15, 1829, near the Susquehanna River, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood at the hands of John the Baptist.
JetBlue, Southwest face off (Finance and Commerce)
(August 18, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Discount airlines increasingly taking on majors, and each other, in big markets across U.S.
The cool kids of the airline industry are giving big-city travelers more opportunities to show who they like more.
For years, JetBlue and Southwest catered to customers in the same way — with cheap fares and good customer service — but pretty much avoided head-to-head competition in major markets. These days, they are trying to distinguish themselves as they ramp-up competition in places like New York, Washington, Baltimore — and starting this weekend, Boston.
LDS Church recognizes Los Angeles sheriff (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 17, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, greets Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and his wife, Carol Baca. The church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council recognized Sheriff Baca on Saturday for his contributions to the community. The church hosted a tribute to the sheriff at a private residence, acknowledging his inclusive service amidst Los Angeles’ diverse populace.
North Houston Youth Spend Youth Conference Serving Others (Church News)
(May 12, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
It’s not all that unusual for a youth conference to include some kind of service activity. But completing three different major projects in two days?
That is exactly what about 170 Houston Texas North Stake young men and young women did Easter weekend. During the conference, built around the theme “We Are His Hands,” the bishops’ storehouse made 1,700 pairs of shoes available for Haitians in need, planted nearly 150 trees in a historic neighborhood, and assembled some 7,000 meals at a food bank.
'One in Charity': 40th annual BYU Women's Conference (LDS Church News)
(April 29, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Thousands of women from — from more than 13 countries and 48 states — spent the day on the BYU campus for classes and service projects as part of the 40th annual BYU Women’s Conference.
“Every topic, every speaker, every decision has been a matter of earnest prayer,” said Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, as she welcomed women to campus during the opening session of the conference. “Individual needs of our sisters have been considered carefully by this inspired committee.”
Elder Nelson receives honor from American Heart Association (LDS Church News)
(May 24, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
LDS Church leaders encourage service (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Saturday's first day of the LDS Church's October general conference began with an announcement of five new temples from President Thomas S. Monson, and it ended three sessions and nearly 10 hours later with President Monson detailing the three R's of choice.
And in between at the Conference Center, three two-hour sessions and 20 talks of testimony and messages of inspiration from general authorities and general auxiliary leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Latter-Day Saints cleans K'dua Reg. Hospital (Modern Ghana)
(August 30, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
As part of its 5th Annual All Africa Service Project, members of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Koforidua district in the Eastern Region, over the weekend, embarked on a clean-up exercise at the Koforidua Regional Hospital.
The over five hours exercise, saw members, numbering about 200, clean in and around the hospital compound, which included weeding, sweeping and removing of cobwebs, they said formed part of the social responsibility of the church to the hospital.
BYU-Idaho, Rexburg experience flooding after heavy thunderstorms (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 16, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Heavy thunderstorms resulted in close to 2 inches of rain and severe flooding throughout Rexburg and Madison County Tuesday evening.
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory at 5:59 p.m. for Madison County, extending it until 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Rexburg Standard Journal reported. Rexburg police shut down areas of Main Street due to the storm.
Church Dedicates Pasta and Mill Plant in Northern Utah (LDS Newsroom)
(March 3, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
The new Deseret Mill and Pasta plant, 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, was dedicated Thursday, February 26, 2015. It is a food production facility to provide some of the basic staples of life to those in need. Another important benefit, said Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the opportunity for members of the Church and others to provide service.
LDS Marine killed in action (LDS Church News)
(July 31, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Marine Corporal Julio Vargas of the Oceanside 3rd Ward, Carlsbad California Stake, was killed by a roadside bomb on Tuesday, July 20, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
Brother Vargas, 23, who served in the Texas McAllen Mission prior to his military service, married Rosita Salgado in the Los Angeles California Temple last December. She had served a mission in El Salvador San Salvador West Mission.
Mormon service and a nondenominational one offer Salt Lake City’s homeless a spiritual home (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 6, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
On a recent Sunday morning in a nondescript rectangular room at a forgettable brick building in a run-down part of Salt Lake City, a Mormon authority addresses about 50 people sitting reverently on tan plastic chairs.
"What would Jesus do if he were in Salt Lake City?" the visitor with a French accent asks the tiny crowd. "I think he would come here to meet those who need him. Whatever your condition, you qualify for the Lord to come here first."
Food, Clothing and Blankets - LDS Church Focuses on Local Needs (Aliso Laguna News - California)
(August 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
It seemed like one project wasn’t enough for the adult women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Rancho Santa Margarita area. On July 24 at the Humanitarian Night of Service, the projects included collecting food for South County Outreach, collecting professional clothing for Working Wardrobes, sewing diaper-changing pads for Casa Theresa, and creating quilts for the teens at Orangewood Children’s Home.
Oakland California and Washington D.C. Temples to Close for Renovation (LDS Newsroom)
(February 27, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the closure of two temples for extensive renovation. The Oakland California Temple will close in February 2018, while the Washington D.C. Temple is scheduled to close in March 2018. After decades of service, the mechanical systems of both temples will be upgraded and their finishes and furnishings will be refreshed.
Service to Bhutanese immigrants unifies Utah stakes (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 8, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
It's hard to say who noticed the Bhutanese immigrants first, but with more than 50 volunteers helping them each week, it really doesn't matter.
A year ago, Stake President John Pingree began noticing Bhutanese refugee immigrants attending church. There were 20 to 30 of them in several chapels in the Salt Lake Valley View Stake each Sunday. "They weren't asking for anything, they aren't even Christian. They just liked being at church," President Pingree said.
Raising Mormon kids to keep the faith (Religion News Service)
(November 7, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
It’s a painful reality for Mormon parents (and all religious parents) that sometimes, their children leave the faith. I’ve known a number of moms and dads whose kids have decided as young adults to stop being Mormon, which can be heartbreaking for parents.
Sometimes, I think those young adults made the right decision for them, which is a topic I’ll tackle in another post. But for now I’d like to explore some new sociological research that suggests key ways that parents might successfully “transmit” their faith to the next generation.
Church Announces Name Change for Family History Callings (Church News)
(February 10, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
In an effort to more closely align family history and temple service, the Church is changing the title for anyone serving in a family history calling or role to temple and family history consultant.
The change was announced both in a February 9, 2017, official notice and by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a leadership training session at the RootsTech family history conference.
This year, LDS women's leader steers clear of storm (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 29, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
What a difference a year makes.
When Julie B. Beck spoke at last October's LDS General Conference, she was only six months into her service as general president of the church's all-women Relief Society. Her talk, then, sparked heated debate, as she urged women to hasten and not limit their child bearing, spoke of the virtues of good housekeeping and - in doing so - set Mormon blogs ablaze and managed to alienate, hurt and anger many single women and others.
Rock Creek cleanup (Canby Herald - Oregon)
(June 17, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Canby first and second wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently made improvements and repairs to Rock Creek Methodist Church and cemetery as part of its annual “neighbor to neighbor” community service project.
In the cemetery, headstones that were deteriorating or suffered vandalism were repaired. The five-acre grounds were cleared with weed wackers, with children and adults getting in on the action.
Volunteers who had construction skills helped with projects at the 1858 chapel.
Mormons dedicated to outreach (Democrat and Chronicle - New York)
(August 1, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
When you're a religion reporter, it doesn't take long to figure out where to get the best hummus (the Islamic Center of Rochester). Some of the best potluck (Rochester's Aenon Missionary Baptist Church). Generous hospitality (the Palmyra Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
I did some interviews at the stake center once, and I wrapped up just as a service was starting. When I said my goodbyes and made it to my car, I smelled gas inside. I called my husband and a tow truck, but didn't dare go back in the building. I knew they would have insisted on getting me lemonade and having someone sit with me.
Interfaith blood drive (LDS Church News)
(July 12, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
It began late in the spring of 2010 with a meeting between Dean E. Criddle, president of the Oakland California Stake, and Salvatore J. Cordileone, then bishop of the Oakland Diocese and currently archbishop of the San Francisco Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Sharing their commitment to community service, President Criddle and Archbishop Cardileone discussed the possibility of an interfaith blood drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross.
Retired Casa Grande dentist, wife seek to improve Honduran lives (Casa Grande Valley Newspapers - Arizona)
(June 13, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
During the first week of July, as another long hot summer month begins, Wayne and Suzanne Tomkinson of Casa Grande will pack their bags and bid farewell to their six grown children, six grandchildren and their cat. On July 3 they will board a plane to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where they will live immersed in the culture of the Central American nation for 18 months while serving as welfare service missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Peanut butter cannery honored (LDS Church News)
(December 1, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored the Church on Nov. 15 with its Outstanding Community Service Organization award for the Church's peanut butter cannery — which partners with local businesses and the community organizations to provide peanut butter to many food banks each year. Elder Gifford Nielsen, an Area Seventy, accepted the award on behalf of the Church.
New Missionary Database Finds Early Church Missionaries in Your Family Tree (Church News)
(June 26, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
Ever wonder if you are related to one of the early missionaries of the Restoration? Someone like Samuel Smith, Parley P. Pratt, or Dan Jones? Well, you just might be!
The Missionary Database is an exciting new service from the Church History Department and FamilySearch that helps members of the Church discover early Church missionaries in their family tree.
Food drive a plentiful harvest (Inside Bay Area - California)
(May 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
With final tallies still coming in, organizers of the annual Tri-Valley Food Drive are ready to call this year's effort a major success.
About 33,000 cans of beans, corn, coffee and other non-perishable items were collected — an increase of 15 percent from the previous year, said David Bahr, the director of the Tri-Valley Youth Service Council, the student-run organization that ran the food drive for the first time this year. Previously, the Boy Scouts ran the food drive.
On faith: Relief Society united worldwide in faith and service to others (Peninsula Gateway - Washington)
(March 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
One of my acquaintances of recent years is Julie Bangerter Beck, who was a young girl in Brazil in the early 1960s when her father presided over a mission in São Paulo. The little girl who played in the mission office with her coloring book and Crayolas has become a great woman of faith.
Two years ago, Sister Beck became the President of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Church youth leaders receive Scouting award (LDS Church News)
(June 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
A pair of veteran Church youth leaders have been presented Scouting's distinguished Silver Antelope Award.
Sister Cheryl C. Lant, who was recently released as Primary general president, and Brother Larry M. Gibson, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, both received the distinguished service honor at the Boy Scouts of America's recent annual meeting in Dallas, Texas.
Mormon Apostle's Mission Leads to Lifelong Service in France (LDS Newsroom)
(April 10, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
LDS missionaries create career opportunities for students (Standard-Journal - Idaho)
(September 15, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
In a time of economic downturn, Latter-day Saint missionaries are giving college students a head start on their careers.
Brigham Young University-Idaho is utilizing service missionary couples in 13 U.S. "hub cities" to create internship and career opportunities for students. BYU-Idaho requires nearly every student to gain hands-on experience through an academic internship, resulting in more than 3,000 interns each year.
Worldwide Leadership Broadcast: A new frontier of missionary work (LDS Church News)
(June 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
With the worldwide LDS missionary force surging due to the recent reduction in age for missionary service, Church leaders on Sunday, June 23, spoke via satellite to a global gathering of missionaries and local Church officers and members, presenting innovative approaches to missionary work, including the use of the Internet by full-time missionaries in their work and the opening of local meetinghouses to guided tours.
Coweta churches reaching out to Haiti in many ways (Times-Herald - Georgia)
(February 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
The Moreland Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be having a special fast for the people of Haiti on Sunday.
Members of the branch will be bringing gifts to help Haitians at the noon service at the Newnan Ward, LDS building on Old Atlanta Road, next to the Newnan Country Club. "Latter-day Saints have a custom of fasting two meals on the first Sunday of each month and contributing the cost of those meals to the needy," explained member Connie Craig.
Family, friends remember sisters killed in crash (Spectrum - Utah)
(March 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
Two St. George women who died in a crash on River Road on Wednesday lived together, cared for each other and will be remembered together during a double funeral service next week. Ila Jean Moore, 75, and Karen Gummow, 71, were killed when they attempted to make a left turn into a church parking lot at 900 South shortly before 1 p.m. in front of a Utah Highway Patrol cruiser driven by Trooper Lars Gardener as he was responding to a fatal accident south of Cedar City on Interstate 15.
Doug Robinson: Utahn Homer Warner led a full life of service to all (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
By the time Homer Warner died last weekend, the only wonder was that he made it to the age of 90. Officially, he died of pancreatitis, but it might have been just simple exhaustion.
When did this man ever rest?
His life's summary is the obituary page's version of "War and Peace," and it only scratched the surface. What did he do? What didn't he do. During his lifetime he was a scientist, inventor, football player, Navy pilot, Scoutmaster, sailor, missionary, bishop, father, husband, editor, medical pioneer and founder of a scholarly journal.
BYU broadcasters have best college newscast in the country (BYU news release)
(May 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Student reporter Brenna Donnelly took her responsibility very seriously.
When FrontRunner South, a new train line from Salt Lake to Provo, began its service last December, Donnelly was assigned to cover the story. Reporting for BYU’s ElevenNEWS, Donnelly was rubbing shoulders with state officials, as well as professional journalists who were covering the same event. But instead of feeling nervous or under qualified in the process, she went right to work.
“I felt very responsible for the story,” Donnelly said. “I really made sure I got it right and double checked everything. This was important news for BYU students.”
Spectacular annual pageant at fount of Mormon faith (Religion News Service)
(July 14, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Christian Hancey is a lawyer, not an actor.
But for the next week, the Pittsford, N.Y., father of four will don a wig and 1800s clothing to play the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, in the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant at one of the faith’s most sacred places.
“It’s exciting … you get caught up in the moment and you’re happy to do it,” Hancey said.
But he’s nervous. More than 700 people from all over the world, many of them with no formal acting or dance experience, have been cast in roles for the dramatic depiction of scenes from the Book of Mormon.
Mormon mission fallout to shake up Utah colleges (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 9, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Saturday was supposed to be about NCAA football for Southern Utah University President Michael Benson.
But news out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promptly changed the subject less than three hours before the Thunderbirds’ kickoff against Sacramento State.
Instead of boasting about the mighty arm of quarterback Brad Sorenson, Benson spent the morning fielding questions from trustees and alumni about how reduced ages for missionary service will affect the Cedar City school.
Service in Houston Unifies Community Relationships (Church News and Events)
(September 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
Members and missionaries from the Houston area joined with other individuals and faith-based organizations to provide welcome-home baskets for the Adopt a Vet program.
Amy Hogan, assistant director of public affairs for the Houston multistake council, had been nurturing a relationship with Betty Adam, pastor at Christ Church Cathedral and founder and director of the humanitarian organization Compassionate Houston, while searching for a project to involve Houston area LDS wards and stakes.
Kiwi man wins legal battle with Mormon church over a family affair (National Business Review - New Zealand)
(July 16, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
An Auckland man has seen off a legal challenge from the giant mormon church over the trademark for his family location internet service, with the Court of Appeal today ruling against the religious organisation.
The Court of Appeal decision brings a close to seven years of legal wrangling between Robert Sintes and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints over the use of the words ‘family search’.
Gov. Herbert to participate in graveside service for former Gov. Bangerter (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 17, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Gov. Gary Herbert will participate in a graveside ceremony for former Gov. Norm Bangerter on Saturday, along with members of the Utah Highway Patrol.
Francine Giani, the Bangerter family spokeswoman for the funeral services, said UHP troopers will conduct the flag ceremony at the South Jordan City Cemetery, and Herbert will present the flag to the late governor's family.
Army, faith helped push Mormon bobsledder Chris Fogt to Olympic success (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 26, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Olympic bronze medalist Chris Fogt’s time in Iraq almost meant the end of his bobsled career.
That’s because the 30-year-old Alpine, Utah, man never aspired to represent his country in athletics. Instead, the American Fork High graduate and Utah Valley University track standout chose military service after serving a two-year mission in the Philippines for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Top Mormon leader Uchtdorf visits Houston, encourages helping hearts and hands regardless of religion (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 3, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
There was LDS leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf at the pulpit, addressing some 800 assembled Mormons and talking about God, faith and love. You know, Sunday fare.
But this was no typical Sabbath and no typical service. For proof, you needed only to look at what many worshippers were wearing. For starters, the white-shirted Uchtdorf ditched his usual Sunday tie and encouraged the male leaders to do the same. Other attendees had donned boots. Even more sported bright yellow T-shirts.
Afadjato South District signs $700,000 water project with Latter Day Saints (Ghana Web)
(February 3, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
The District Chief Executive of Afadjato South in the Volta region, Mrs Angella Oforiwa Alorwu-Tey has signed a $700,000 water project agreement with the humanitarian service of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints last Thursday.
The agreement was signed at the premises of the Assembly located at Golokuati witnessed by the staff, the presiding member and some Assembly Members.
Elder Scott D. Whiting: Wise decisions prepared him for service (LDS Church News)
(April 30, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
LDS Church rolls out ‘Meet the Mormons’ — the sequel (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 15, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
It is time, the LDS Church believes, to meet even more Mormons.
On Thursday, the Salt Lake City-based faith provided a preview of its newest short promotional films, "Meet the Mormons: New Faces/New Stories," featuring a horse trainer and his wife in Morgan, Utah, a Tokyo-based singing group, and an Italian convert who launched a homeless service in Las Vegas.
Man cited in Mormon sacrament meeting for his roaming goats (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
FAIRVIEW, Sanpete County — Gratton Hall says local police got his goat.
But police say they just want Hall to do a better job corralling his more than a dozen farm animals, and they're not kidding.
In June, Hall, 82, was issued a citation for having animals "at large." He was then given a ticket — publicly — while conducting an LDS sacrament meeting.
"I don't appreciate the way (police) handled it. I don't appreciate them coming into a religious service with a warrant," he said. "There's a time and a place for everything, and that was not the time or the place."
Bolivian civic leaders offer thanks to Church (LDS Church News)
(May 15, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
The Church has been involved in several recent humanitarian projects in Bolivia, gleaning the attention and appreciation of national and municipal civic leaders. In one project in the Bolivian city of El Alto, the Church and hundreds of local members provided funds, equipment and thousands of hours of local service to help refurbish and improve the Los Andes Hospital, a clinic for expectant mothers and sick children. (See Church News of March, 13, 2010).
LDS stake in Virginia collects more than 2.5 tons of food for local food bank (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 14, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
More than 2.5 tons of food was collected by members of the Oakton Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a food drive and races Nov. 5 for the LINK Against Hunger program that benefits those in need in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn, Va.
To celebrate the LDS Church’s 75th anniversary of its welfare program, President Henry B. Eyring , first counselor of the First Presidency, asked members around the world to perform a day of service.
Out on a limb: LDS church to transfer genealogy records to digital format (Times Leader - Pennsylvania)
(August 22, 2017) - Relevance: 1.9
An era for genealogists will end next week when the world’s largest repository of genealogy-related microfilms will switch to digital technology.
On Aug. 31, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer offer the public its microfilm rental service, long familiar to genealogists who have visited the church’s many family history centers, the nearest of which is in Clarks Summit. Instead, researchers will find the material available for free on www.familysearch.org, the genealogy website sponsored by the church.
Russian affront: Pro-Kremlin youths want Mormon missionaries out (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 2, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
A pro-Kremlin youth group is calling for a ban on all Mormon missionaries in Russia, alleging the LDS proselytizers are "potential American spies" and that many join the FBI or CIA after their two-year church service.
The group, the youth wing of the country’s ruling party, staged a protest Thursday in front of the Utah-based church’s Moscow headquarters, USA Today reported, holding signs that read, among other slogans, "No, to foreign agents!"
UTubers: YouTube stars post videos for LDS Church's #LightTheWorld day of service (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 2, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Dec. 1 marks the beginning of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' monthlong "Light the World" Christmas initiative. To celebrate, several UTubers posted videos online to share their light.
The Piano Gal, Sara Arkell, shared the story of Matt and Amber from YouTube channel "Matt and Amber Plus 3," who found out on Christmas Eve of 2013 that their baby boy would be stillborn.
Friends and family say goodbye to Orem girl killed in crash (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 13, 2010) - Relevance: 1.9
For a moment, all that could be heard in the quiet chapel was a cassette tape’s crackling static and the high-pitched vocals of a young girl singing “Hannah Montana” songs and recording herself talk.
The hundreds who packed the LDS wardhouse — many had held their heads in hands or wiped tears from red eyes — let out a laugh.
It’s what 13-year-old Madison Mecum would have wanted, friends and family said during the Tuesday afternoon service, a fond remembrance of a life cut short.
Future sister missionaries make video of Temple Square celebration (+video) (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 13, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
On Saturday, Dec. 8, more than 200 future sister missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered at Salt Lake's Temple Square to celebrate their upcoming service.
The LDS Church has seen a drastic increase in missionary applications, particularly from women, since the church announced a lower age requirement for both men and women at the 182nd Semiannual General Conference in October.
McHendry: Stake conference was welcome experience (Broomfield Enterprise - Colorado)
(March 4, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
A little more than a year ago, I was invited to the semi-annual conference of the Boulder Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In part, it was to "acknowledge my many hours of selfless service in the community and the significant impact my work has had on our (Mormon) families"
I was flattered, but I couldn`t attend since I was deep in the rain forest of the Amazon with a group of doctors and nurses operating free medical clinics. It was all part of the fantastic work being done by Extreme Nazarene in Peru and other South American countries.
Orozco: Mormons again lend helping hands (Fresno Bee - California)
(April 19, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the central San Joaquin Valley again will perform community services projects in conjunction with the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service statewide efforts.
Today, April 19, Valley LDS members will clean up the Fancher Creek Trail, make improvements to the recreation area at Avocado Lake and paint a long, wooden fence along the Armstrong Avenue greenway in Clovis from Shaw to Bullard avenues.
LDS youth tackle community projects (Troy Messenger - Alabama)
(June 20, 2008) - Relevance: 1.9
Youth members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints planned something a little different for their youth conference in Troy this year - doing a positive service for the community.
Youth from congregations in Panama City, Dothan, Tallahassee, and Pensacola come to Troy eaach summer to attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Youth Conference.
Mr. Mac, Mac Christensen, honored for charity work (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 22, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
It has been said that a person can be judged by the company he keeps. Another measure may be the respect gained from those around you, for the person you are and the good work that you do.
In each of those cases, Mac Christensen might stand as an outstanding example of a life well-lived.
The founder of the Mr. Mac chain of men’s clothing stores was recognized for his community service and work in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The organization presented Christensen with its Breath of Life Award — given "to caring, generous, selfless people who are driven by the desire to make the community and the lives of others better."
Mormon missionary serving in Guatemala dies after car accident (Global Edmonton - Canada)
(July 25, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
A young southern ALberta musician serving as an LDS missionary in Guatemala died from injuries he suffered when a truck he was riding in overturned on the way to a service activity. Joshua Allen Burton of Cardston, Alberta, broke his back and underwent surgery Saturday night after the accident that morning, but later died on Monday.Three other missionaries not from Alberta were involved in the accident sustained only minor injuries.
BYU professors share experiences in the Holy Land during Easter time (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 28, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
During the month of December, Christians participate in various service activities and worship in their religious sects to recognize the birth of Jesus Christ. When springtime finally arrives, many American Christians may not recognize the fact that Easter is coming if it weren’t for the Cadbury Eggs on the candy aisle.
Although Easter is still considered a reverent and beloved holiday for Christians in America, Easter Sunday falls on a different day each year, perhaps causing the death and resurrection of the Savior to be less celebrated than it should be.
Morrisville Ward Youth’s Missionary Month (Church News and Events)
(May 30, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
The Morrisville Ward in Morrisville, North Carolina, started a tradition when the ward was organized five years ago. The tradition focuses on preparing youth for full-time missionary service. Every March, Young Men and Young Women leaders, under the direction of the bishop, focus on missionary work. This year, 38 youth were assigned companionships and were called to serve in the ward as Latter-day Saint Youth Ambassadors.
"Armed with Righteousness": 2012 Women's Conference at BYU April 26-27 (BYU news release)
(April 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
Brigham Young University will host more than 16,000 women from around the world Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, during the annual BYU Women’s Conference. This year’s theme, “And They Were Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God in Great Glory,” comes from 1 Nephi 14:14. The conference, co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will feature speakers covering a variety of topics along with activities such as service projects, an instant choir, book signings and an evening concert.
Knowing Why Mormons Are Good Neighbors Can Correct Misperceptions (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(July 21, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Latter-day Saints receive 2016 Pioneers of Progress Awards (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 19, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
A trio of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were among those honored with Days of '47 Pioneers of Progress Awards last week.
LDS Church members Matthew S. Holland, Keith B. McMullin and Clive Romney were recognized, along with Cynthia Furse, Apa Sherpa and the 1966 Marine Platoon 1071, for their modern-day pioneer spirit and service at a gala banquet at the Salt Lake Marriott City Center Tuesday, July 12.
Mormon women salute historic step, envision even greater strides toward equity (Religion News Service)
(August 21, 2015) - Relevance: 1.9
Mormons across the globe praised LDS leaders for adding the faith’s top female officers to three high-level councils, calling the historic move a moment to savor.
“This allows women to join their brothers — and to include their perspective, talents, spiritual gifts and leadership abilities — in church governance,” said Suzette Smith, a Mormon feminist in the Washington, D.C., area. “A real positive. Decisions like this make me feel valued and heard.”
LDS plans one-stop 'Welfare Complex' (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 12, 2007) - Relevance: 1.9
The first-ever comprehensive, one-stop "Welfare Complex" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open in Layton by the end of 2008.
Now under construction at 900 W. Hill Field Road, the 65,000-square-foot facility on 6.3 acres of land will put seven different aspects of the LDS Church's welfare program — Deseret Industries, Distribution Services, Family Services, LDS Employment, Bishop's Storehouse, Family Home Storage Center and a Humanitarian Service Room — all under one roof.
Meteorite affects missionaries and members in Russia (LDS Church News)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.9
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.
Holiday Service Project Brings Christmas Gifts to Temple Square Missionaries (Church News)
(December 10, 2018) - Relevance: 1.9
“Mom, please stop sending me so many packages.”
That’s a phrase not many mothers of full-time missionaries expect to hear—but that’s the message Jerri-Ann Sturzenegger received from her daughter, Blakely, while Blakely was serving full-time in the Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission in December 2016. The reason? Blakely noticed her companion, Sister Yi Yi Liu, was being left out.
Mormon Night with the Giants (LDS Newsroom)
(July 8, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
Major League Baseball’s reigning world champs, the San Francisco Giants, hosted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tuesday night, July 5.
Local Church leaders were on hand for the pre-game award ceremony and the airing of a public service announcement (PSA) featuring the Mormon Helping Hands (MHH) efforts in California. The PSA included photos from MHH projects, food drives, a blood drive and a Scout decorating a grave at Golden Gate National Memorial Cemetery.
Celebrating 170 years of the LDS Church's Relief Society on Mormon Times TV (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 7, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
March is the month that we celebrate 170 years of Relief Society — the LDS Church's auxiliary for women — which is the largest women's organization in the world. Its purpose is to help members ages 18 and older increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes and seek out and help those in need.
Anyone who's been a part of it knows Relief Society is a safe haven where love, service and sisterhood abound; where charity means much more than just delivering a meal or a loaf of bread — it's a way of life.
Church Members Gain Free Access to 17.8 Billion Family History Records (Church News)
(October 2, 2014) - Relevance: 1.9
An eagerly anticipated benefit for Church members who use the Church’s FamilySearch Internet genealogy service became a reality September 26 with free access to three major commercial genealogy services.
Personal subscriptions to Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com now may be obtained at no cost for Latter-day Saints as part of individual agreements made with them by FamilySearch, which is the family history arm of the Church.
'Helaman's Encampment' (LDS Church News)
(July 16, 2011) - Relevance: 1.9
A century ago, a contingent of early Scouters from the United Kingdom traveled to western Canada and met with Nathan W. Tanner, the bishop of Alberta's Aetna Ward.
Bishop Tanner was impressed with what he learned about the boy-centered program and its guiding principles of service, outdoor adventure and moral living. He formed a troop in his ward that consisted of a few boys, including his 13-year-old son, N. Eldon Tanner, who, decades later, would serve in the First Presidency. The Aetna Scout Troop was to be the first LDS group of its kind in Canada.
Mormons Consider What Romney Nomination Means For Faith (WBUR - Massachusetts)
(August 29, 2012) - Relevance: 1.9
As she introduces her husband to delegates at the Republican National Convention tonight, Ann Romney may talk about how her family’s Mormon faith shapes their lives.
For the first time the Romney campaign invited a handful of reporters to attend a Church of Latter-day Saints service with the Romneys a couple of weeks ago.
And top aides say Mitt Romney welcomes a chance to talk about his faith, and his role as bishop in the church, in his acceptance speech Thursday night. Mormons are nervous, and excited.
Mormon youths clean up west side neighborhoods in Rockford (RRStar - Illinois)
(September 19, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Plastic jugs, wrappers, broken glass and pottery shards were some of the trash that more than three dozen Mormon young people cleared out of several west side neighborhoods today.
More than 40 youngsters and adult volunteers who attend various Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints congregations donned gloves and fanned out with plastic bags to pick up trash. The effort is a youth service project designed to help the West Gateway Coalition.
Cattle roundup a tradition of service on Church-owned ranch (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 28, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Located just a few miles south of the majestic Snowflake Arizona Temple is the Taylor Arizona Stake Cattle Ranch. At first glance, these two Church-owned properties seem stark opposites.
The temple rests atop a prominent hill and can be seen far across northeastern Arizona’s vast Navajo County. The cattle ranch’s remote headquarters are found at the end of a lowland red dirt road that even locals say is easy to miss after dark.
Cattle roundup a tradition of service on Church-owned ranch (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 1, 2016) - Relevance: 1.9
Located just a few miles south of the majestic Snowflake Arizona Temple is the Taylor Arizona Stake Cattle Ranch. At first glance, these two Church-owned properties seem stark opposites.
The temple rests atop a prominent hill and can be seen far across northeastern Arizona’s vast Navajo County. The cattle ranch’s remote headquarters are found at the end of a lowland red dirt road that even locals say is easy to miss after dark.
Walsh: Immigration: Never an easy answer (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 11, 2009) - Relevance: 1.9
Like most immigration purists, Ron Mortensen sees few grays.
Undocumented workers are "illegal aliens." And compassion is for wusses and "media elites."
So I knew Ron would have a quick answer for two troubling immigration cases keeping me up at night:
In one, the LDS Church knowingly sent an undocumented missionary off to baptize converts for two years, all the while knowing at any moment his religious service could end in jail. It did.
In the other, the Division of Child and Family Services is blocking the efforts of a Mexican grandmother to retrieve her 2-year-old, American-born granddaughter.
The making of Mitt Romney (The Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(June 29, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
A year before the torch-lighting of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics, Mitt Romney's leadership was earning him mentions as a candidate for governor - in two states.
Future public service was likely, he declared, either in Massachusetts or Utah, where some pundits theorized he might fit in as a Democrat. Speculation increased about a run in conservative Utah when he objected to a July 2001 story in the Salt Lake Tribune describing him as ''prochoice'' on abortion. ''I do not wish to be labeled prochoice,'' his letter to the editor said.
What do Americans think about Mormons? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 19, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Many Utahns may have been surprised to learn that only four in 10 Americans correctly identified Mitt Romney as a Mormon in the July Public Religion Research Institute/Religion New Service Religion News Survey.
But perhaps that's not so surprising, given the percentage of Americans who say they don't know much about Mormons in general.
Only 29 percent of Americans say they speak with Mormons at least occasionally, 27 percent say their interactions with Mormons are seldom, and 41 percent say they never interact with Mormons, according to an institute survey conducted in August.
Mormon mission age drop not as significant as feared on Utah colleges and universities (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 22, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
The enrollment fallout at Utah colleges and universities from the age drop of LDS missionaries will not be as significant as originally feared.
In January, the Utah System of Higher Education released a report projecting enrollment dips of between 2 percent and 10 percent at Utah's public schools after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the allowable age of missionary service from 19 to 18 for men and 21 to 19 for women.
Missionary Age Announcement “Putting a Fire Under Our Feet” (Church News and Events)
(June 3, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
When President Thomas S. Monson made the historic announcement in the October 2012 general conference that lowered the minimum age for missionary service, Brother Larry M. Gibson, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, said he wished he could have been home watching it on TV. Instead, he was sitting in a red chair in the front of the Conference Center.
“I forgot to turn my cell phone off,” Brother Gibson said. “It was on vibrate, and I looked down and realized [my family] was going to have seven full-time missionaries in less than two years.”
Food and faith: BYU celebrates a traditional Passover seder (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(April 13, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Growing up in California, Korey Stevens had several Jewish friends who invited him to bar mitzvahs and Hanukkah celebrations.
But it wasn’t until Stevens moved to Provo to attend Brigham Young University that he participated in a traditional Passover seder.
“I had heard my friends talk about it, but I didn’t know what they did,” said Stevens, who attended a Jewish seder service Saturday, April 8, at the Wilkinson Student Center on the Provo campus.
Mormon woman responds: 'How can you go two years without seeing your son?' (Deseret News - Utah)
(November 6, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
That moment you wait for forever. A moment of forever. A moment of peace, power, bliss and the essence of what this life is all about: love.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of witnessing such a moment when a local young man returned home honorably from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After two years of service, his family eagerly waited in the terminal of the airport here in College Station, Texas. I can count on just one hand the moments when I have literally felt the anticipation of the moment coursing through my soul, and I can honestly say this was one of those moments.
Young Mormon’s impromptu smile makes him a sensation (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 13, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Call it the “Smile Seen ’Round the World.”
A young Australian Mormon gave the LDS General Conference a comedic conclusion in April, when he stuck his face — and a smile that would go viral — in front of a camera broadcasting the service worldwide.
With organ pipes rising in the background and Sunday-dressed members leaving their seats, Dan Smith, a 22-year-old who hadn’t set foot on U.S. soil before, stood directly in front of the lens and offered a grin that would generate international buzz.
Much ado about Mormon leadership (Religion News Service)
(October 14, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
“Leaked Videos Pull Back Curtain on…” were six words placed above a New York Times story on Friday. Readers are used to such tantalizers and might ask, “… on whom? On Celebrities… Magnates… Professional Athletes… Entertainers… Politicians…?” Such lures in those cases point to scandals, skullduggery, and more. Now finish the headline with a reference to this or that group of religious leaders, and the headliners will ordinarily lose much of their by now half-lured readers. Write in “Methodist” or “Presbyterian” or other Protestant leaders, and expect yawns. These are too familiar to publics to quicken curiosity. But write in “Mormon,” and you are guaranteed a readership.
Utahns react to death of Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
"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
High school national champion Lone Peak players value Mormon faith, service (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 30, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Talon Shumway had something to say.
The senior was in class at an LDS seminary building next to Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah, part of a clean, quiet, affluent community nestled below a towering Mt. Timpanogos and not far from a Mormon temple. The instructor had asked for a volunteer to share a spiritual message as part of an opening devotional. Shumway immediately raised his hand.
Utah birthrate reaches historic low — is Mormon mission age change a factor? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 4, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Utah's birthrate dipped to a historic low in 2014, continuing a downward trend that began during the Great Recession, new state data show.
The decline mirrors a national trend, but new figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Utah's decrease is more pronounced since birthrates reached a peak in 2007 — a phenomenon that may be an outgrowth of a change in the age of Mormon missionary service.
England Stake Stamps out Poverty (Church News and Events)
(February 16, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
In a world where electronic communication has all but replaced “snail mail,” most people relish getting a real letter. The members of the Coventry England Stake are maximizing that treat with an unusual service initiative.
Two years ago, Des Waddington was serving as the branch president of the Daventry Branch (now part of the Rugby Ward). He began the “Used Stamp Appeal,” an initiative in which members of the ward collected used stamps to be donated to two charities: Oxfam and Leukaemia Care.
The Church Needs Senior Couples’ Maturity and Experience (Church News and Events)
(March 18, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
For many years, Church leaders have been encouraging members to serve as missionaries. In the opening moments of the October 2012 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson said: “We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service.”
Woman confronts Arizona congregation with rape allegation; church responds (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 5, 2018) - Relevance: 1.8
A Colorado woman suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because she claims it covered up her alleged 1984 rape by a former Missionary Training Center president, stood up Sunday during a fast-and-testimony church meeting in Chandler, Arizona, to record and publicly restate her allegation against the man in his home congregation.
The church responded Tuesday, expressing disappointment that McKenna Denson had disrupted the worship service.
Many Hands Make Quick Work (Springfield Connection - Virginia)
(May 9, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
On the morning of April 18, about 200 members of the Annandale Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) descended upon the 15,000-acre Prince William Forest Park. Annandale Stake president Erick R. Erickson of Burke led the LDS saints. They carried with them brooms, dusters, rakes, cleaning solutions and other supplies as part of an effort appropriately named “Operation Clean Sweep.” Some wore T-shirts given to them by the park overseer, the National Park Service (NPS), which expressed thanks to the volunteers for the task at hand.
Mormon agency delays meeting with Affirmation (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 26, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
An August meeting between a gay Mormon support group and a church-run social service agency has been indefinitely delayed pending the appointment of a new director for LDS Family Services.
In a letter sent Wednesday, outgoing director Fred C. Riley said the matter would best be handled by his successor, who hasn't been selected. LDS Family Services is an arm of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Public invited to Mormon Helping Hands concert June 6 (Hannibal Courier-Post - Missouri)
(June 3, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
Yellow vests, gloves, boots, paintbrushes, and other tools will mix with song and dance in Hannibal on Saturday, June 6, as Mormon Helping Hands volunteers gather for a morning of service and a 12:30 p.m. concert in Hannibal’s Central Park. The public is invited to the free 30-minute performance by the Young Ambassadors, an acclaimed touring ensemble from Brigham Young University.
Talaga is the new local Mormon bishop (Mansfield News Journal - Ohio)
(March 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Dave Talaga doesn’t like to talk much about himself.
The man he is replacing as the bishop of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though, is more than happy to do so.
“Dave is one of the most sincere guys you will ever meet,” Matt Parr said. “He is a very humble man with a great sense of humor, and yet he is very in tune to the needs of the people he serves.”
Talaga, 54, recently was called to be the local bishop. Since the LDS church has unpaid clergy, Talaga will continue his regular employment with Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. and devote much of his off-work hours to his church service.
BYU men's volleyball: Devin Young goes from unwanted walk-on to star middle blocker (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 30, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
All things considered, it’s remarkable BYU senior Devin Young is where he’s at entering the NCAA championships.
The lanky, unassuming senior middle blocker enters the NCAA men’s volleyball Final Four this week in Chicago an integral part of the team’s success. A starter at the crucial middle blocker position, Young is second on the team in both blocks and service aces and third in total kills.
Church Volunteers Team Up With Penduka (All Africa - Namibia)
(September 7, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted its fourth annual All-African Helping Hands Day on August 21, 2010.
Members of the Church in over 35 countries across Africa provided volunteer service in their communities.
This year, the helping hands project in Windhoek was in partnership with Penduka.
Over 100 volunteers helped with the planting and expansion of Penduka's vegetable gardens located at the Katutura State Hospital, the Katutura Health Clinic and the Okuryangava Constituency.
New D.I. facility dedicated to serve Sugar House area (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 9, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
After more than 70 years serving the Sugar House community, the second Deseret Industries to open in Utah closed its doors last Friday to welcome a new, much larger facility only blocks away from the original store. Although the location has changed, the purposes remain the same.
"Inside this facility devoted people will extend lifting and helping hands to those whose lives will be transformed for the better," President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said during the dedicatory service Wednesday night.
Photos: LDS Church gears up for general conference (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 29, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Pedestrians soak up the fall sun as they walk past the LDS Church Office Building on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. This weekend, the area will be teeming with thousands of people attending the 186th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday and Sunday's forecast calls for a slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after noon. Skies should be mostly sunny with a high near 80 on Saturday and in the mid-70s on Sunday.
New 2015 Mutual Theme Songs, Videos Encourage Youth to Serve (Church News)
(December 31, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Youth and adult leaders can now find helpful resources on youth.lds.org for introducing the 2015 youth theme in their classes and quorums and emphasizing the theme throughout the year.
General Young Men and Young Women leaders announced the 2015 Mutual theme last September [see related article]: “O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day” (D&C 4:2).”
Call goes out for art by Primary children for an exhibit in the Church History Museum (LDS Church News)
(May 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Art-loving Primary children from across the globe are invited to submit entries that may be featured in a future exhibit at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. Boys and girls, here's how to get involved:
1. Create a work of art on the theme "The Gospel Blesses My Life." Your artwork could be about families, temples, missionaries, prophets, scriptures, nature, service, pioneers, Primary or Church activities.
2. You must be between the ages of 5 and 12, and you may send only one work of art.....
Famous Notre Dame football walk-on 'Rudy' joins LDS Church (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 24, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
Rudy, the former University of Notre Dame football walk-on whose story became a feature film, is now a Mormon, with word of his conversion taking to social media over the weekend.
Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettiger was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Jan. 21, by Highland resident Randy "Rudy" Garn, as acknowledged Monday by James Clarke, a friend of Ruettiger who was also present at the service.
Hinckley touched lives of Las Vegas members (Review-Journal - Nevada)
(February 4, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
While speakers at Gordon B. Hinckley's funeral service in Salt Lake City commented on the Mormon church president's worldwide influence, some seated in the pews of Las Vegas recalled an enduring mark he left on Southern Nevada.
Vern Albright, a Las Vegas native, was at the Thomas & Mack Center in 1987 when Hinckley addressed 15,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and told of the decision to build the Las Vegas Temple, which was under construction at the time.
Church Youth Donate Artwork (Trib Local - Illinois)
(October 21, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Three large murals were recently presented as gifts to three different service organizations in the area.
Youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented a mural to Principal Mary Sowers of the Laremont School in Gages Lake on October 6 during a Parent Teacher Meeting. The school serves special needs students from throughout Lake County. The mural depicted the school’s lion mascot in scenes from the school’s motto of “Earth, Wind, Fire, & Water.”
For governor and his supporters, a warm start to next term (Boston Globe - Massachusetts)
(January 7, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Governor Deval Patrick walked quietly down the center aisle of historic Old South Church in Copley Square, hand-in-hand with his wife, Diane.
As the sun fired stained glass windows and the pipe organ blared, religious leaders from every major faith in the Commonwealth followed, each stopping to greet Patrick warmly at the outset of his second term.
In his first inauguration, the interfaith service was one of Patrick’s favorite moments. Yesterday, he was moved by a ceremony that was more solemn than the celebratory exhilaration of four years ago.
Mormons to spend 1,000 hours sprucing up city parks (KVAL - Oregon)
(July 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
A group believed to be the largest volunteer team to donate time to the City of Eugene will his the streets Saturday to perform 1,000 hours of community service.
Are you taking part? Post your videos and photos to KVAL.com
A group fo 250 to 300 people from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Santa Clara area of Eugene, Ore., will be assisting the City of Eugene with park beautification projects Saturday in honor of Oregon's 150th birthday.
Relief Society makes fleeces for those in need (Sanford News - Maine)
(February 28, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an organization for women in Sanford called The Relief Society.
Each month, on the third Tuesday, the women gather to learn more about their gospel teachings, enjoy fellowship, develop self-reliant skills and complete community service projects.
Janet Paquin, a leader within the Relief Society organization, recently put together a special project called “Wrapped In Love” after considering the needs in the community and speaking to a local law enforcement agent.
Oakland Temple president, matron receive award from BYU society (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 14, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
The Oakland California Temple president and matron and a San Jose businessman were honored by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the BYU Management Society for their public service contributions and their support of the mission to grow moral and ethical leadership worldwide.
Businessman Don Ainge and President Richard Hunter and his wife, Sister Nan Hunter, were honored Nov. 5 at the chapter's annual fundraising banquet.
LDS stakes offer helping hand (Spokesman-Review - Washington)
(August 2, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Well over 1,000 “helping hands” volunteers from two stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints swarmed Farragut State Park July 24.
Citing the anniversary of the pilgrims’ trek to Salt Lake City, Don Callister, member of the high council, Coeur d’Alene Stake, said, “Pioneer Day is a very special date in our church history. The annual celebration was, this year, directed toward community service.” He added, “This is quite unusual, in so far as two stakes, ours and Hayden Lake, came together in a joint effort to help out. Normally, we do our projects within our own stake.”
Hopes and Homes Rise After Cyclone Devastation (Scoop - New Zealand)
(July 15, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Six families on the Fiji islands of Taveuni and Rabi are now sleeping and living more comfortably thanks to the volunteer service of local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Church members worked alongside home-owners in re-building six homes for families whose houses were destroyed during last year’s Cyclone Thomas.
Mario Banidawa is one of the grateful recipients of a re-built home. 60 days after his home was levelled by the cyclone, his wife passed away, adding greatly to his grief.
Hundreds mourn Simi teen hit by train (Ventura County Star - California)
(May 12, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Hundreds of mourners packed into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Simi Valley on Monday to remember Amanda Shoemaker, a Simi Valley High School senior hit and killed by a train last week near Ventura.
Before the service, a line of people stretched from the front of the church at 3979 Township Ave. to its parking lot as mourners waited to sign guest books. About 600 people ultimately signed their names.
Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott: a man of science, faith and family (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.8
Mormon apostle Richard G. Scott, who had a mind for science and a heart for service, died Tuesday afternoon in his Salt Lake City home from causes incident to age.
He was 86 years old.
Scott's passing, surrounded by family, leaves three vacancies in the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles after the deaths earlier this year of L. Tom Perry and Boyd K. Packer — a leadership void not experienced in Mormonism in more than a century.
Become the Greatest Generation, Elder Perry Tells Young Adults (Church News and Events)
(March 7, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
“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.
LDS Business College appoints new president (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 10, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
With 19 years, a campus relocation, curriculum improvements and new community partnerships under his belt, LDS Business College President Stephen K. Woodhouse stepped down Tuesday.
The college's assistant to the president John L. Richards was appointed as the new president by Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and chairman of the Church Educational System executive committee. Richards is the 12th president of the 122-year-old institution and began his service there as an instructor in 2002.
Photos: Mormon missionaries board UTA FrontRunner at sunrise (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 26, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Deseret News Editor Tad Walch caught these images of 40 Mormon missionaries awaiting the arrival of the UTA FrontRunner in Provo on Wednesday morning.
Shortly after the FrontRunner connection to Provo opened in December and the UTA TRAX line to the airport opened this spring, missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began using the service as transportation from the Provo Missionary Training Center to the airport.
Mormons talk policy and more at Obama White House (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(June 4, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
If the White House could ensure that gay marriage would not lead to requiring the LDS Church to allow same-sex weddings in its temples, that would go a long way toward allaying Mormon fears.
And if the Obama administration would publicly recognize the Utah-based faith’s community service, humanitarian outreach and public policy efforts, that might forge a bond between the two.
These were among the suggestions for bridge building offered last month at an afternoon meeting in the White House with 15 East Coast, mostly left-leaning LDS twenty-somethings.
500 SoCal sites get helping hand (My Desert - California)
(April 27, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Volunteers from local factions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered a helping hand with community service projects, including four Family YMCA sites on Saturday. The projects were a part of a multiregional effort called “Mormon Helping Hands Clean Up Day.”
Tens of thousands of volunteers are estimated to have participated at 500 sites across Southern California.
“We just try to find any area that has a need,” said Ron Green, a volunteer who helped paint classrooms at the Palm Springs YMCA.
Church Works Toward World Goal to Eliminate Preventable Diseases (Church News and Events)
(November 12, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
A worldwide goal set by a consortium of health and humanitarian organizations is helping eradicate measles and other infectious diseases, and Church welfare has been assisting the cause by providing funding, service hours, and education.
The goal, which is to “reduce childhood mortality” by two-thirds by 2015, was set 21 years ago by the United Nations Foundation, World Health Organization, Red Cross, United Nations International Children’s Fund, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
Central American youth enjoy fellowship found in encampments (LDS Church News)
(February 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
In recent weeks, some 17,000 Central American youth have participated in nationwide camps organized by their respective local leaders in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Similar nationwide youth camps are planned in the coming months in Honduras and Panama. Once completed, it's expected that 25,000 young people here will have participated in an LDS youth camp designed to better prepare young men and young women for missionary service and the blessings of the temple.
Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(May 22, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
“Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right” presents several recent news articles, blog posts or videos that, in our view, provide accurate and fair reporting on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as those that misrepresent the faith to readers. Don't forget to discuss these stories on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes stories about Mormons’ view of the Trinity, lay leadership, youth Church service and political neutrality. Other stories contain inaccuracies about polygamy and who can enter Latter-day Saint meetinghouses.
Exhibit details Church's worldwide humanitarian efforts (LDS Church News)
(June 14, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
To assist women in West African nation of Sierra Leone, where some must walk miles to find clean drinking water for their families, Latter-day Saints have helped create community wells.
Stories about the Church's worldwide humanitarian efforts, such as that in Sierra Leone, along with suggested ways that individuals can make service a part of their daily lives, are highlighted in "Love Thy Neighbor," an exhibit on display at the Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Centers.
Mormon missionary returns to service following serious accident (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
LDS church crash: 'People were flying and being knocked down' (KTVB - Idaho)
(October 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Witnesses of Monday's accident at the LDS Church on McMillian Road say it was like a scene from a movie. A car unintentionally accelerated into a crowd of people gathered at a funeral, injuring nine people.
"Everything was calm and peaceful and them whoom! This car came out of nowhere," said Dee Cazier.
Cazier says he had just left the funeral service and was standing on a sidewalk outside the church when the white Toyota sedan came crashing up the curb and onto the sidewalk.
"Just all of a sudden, out of nowhere, here comes this white car really moving fast. And I turn and I look down the sidewalk and people were flying," said Cazier.
Mormon church to add 300 million names this week to online genealogy pool (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 29, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
The pool of genealogical records you can access with your home computer is about to get richer and deeper.
FamilySearch President Jay Verkler said 300 million more names will be available online this week through the LDS Church's family history service. Verkler made the announcement to applause at Wednesday's opening session of the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Salt Lake City.
Elder Glen L. Rudd, the Church's 'Mr. Welfare,' dies at age 98 (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 4, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
Dahlquist named president-elect of local Boy Scouts council (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 15, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America has named Charles W. Dahlquist II as its new president-elect.
He will replace John Kirkham in May 2010 as the council's top volunteer.
Dahlquist completed service last April as the Young Men General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served for the past five years. During his tenure, he encouraged all adult Scout leaders to get properly trained by attending Wood Badge and Philmont courses.
Lieberman: Romney’s Mormonism need not be an issue (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 26, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Citing his own historic experience on the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Joseph Lieberman doesn’t think Mitt Romney’s Mormonism will be a problem.
Instead, he told Brigham Young University students Tuesday, most voters will respect Romney for sincerely living his LDS principles.
During that 2000 campaign, Lieberman — the first Jewish candidate on a major presidential ticket — recalled a Secret Service agent remarking on how many people said "God bless you" to the Connecticut senator, then running as Al Gore’s running mate.
Mormon missionaries shine shoes, teach the gospel in Harlem (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
LDS Hispanic members getting own congregation (Gazette Times - Oregon)
(January 2, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Local officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have announced that Hispanic members of the Mormon church in the mid-valley will have their own congregation for the first time.
The Periwinkle Branch will hold its first meeting at 12:20 p.m. Sunday at 1615 28th Ave. S.E., Albany, and will comprise Hispanic members from Linn and Benton counties.
Periwinkle members will meet with another existing Mormon congregation for part of their Sunday services before holding their own Sacrament meeting service entirely in Spanish.
LDS Church members, missionaries brace for next round of Oklahoma tornado cleanup (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
LDS Church members and missionaries in Oklahoma are joining forces with members of other faith groups and community service volunteers to do as much cleaning up as possible from the most recent round of tornadoes to hit America's Midwest before the next wave hits this week.
"I've been here for 18 years and I've never seen anything quite like this," said Kevin Graves, president the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "People are used to tornadoes. It's a fact of life here. It's the sequence, one right after another, that is so unusual. And now they are telling us there are more on the way — maybe as soon as Tuesday. It's unsettling."
Mormon, Bible-Belt states are top givers to charities: report (Chicago Tribune - Illinois)
(August 21, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Americans in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Idaho gave the highest percentage of their income to charities in 2008, according to a report released on Monday analyzing the most recent comprehensive data from the Internal Revenue Service.
With two of the top states home to large Mormon populations and seven others comprising the so-called Bible Belt of heavily Protestant Christian states, rates of charitable giving appeared linked to religion, the report said.
What Drives Mormon Humanitarian Work? (LDS Newsroom)
(January 29, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Elder James J. Hamula, Pacific Area President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explained recently why Mormons engage in humanitarian service throughout the Pacific region, and globally.
“When you attend church in Australia or New Zealand you see tremendous ethnic diversity in Church membership,” he says. “Yet amidst this diversity there is great unity, remarkable unity, among our church members.”
He continues: “Such unity comes, I think, from a real and substantial faith among our people in the Fatherhood of God. You cannot believe in the Fatherhood of God without also believing in the brotherhood of man.”
A bastion of Mormonism rises in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains (Religion News Service)
(May 19, 2008) - Relevance: 1.8
Greg Larsen seems like your typical young Mormon: he was born and raised in Utah, served a two-year mission in San Antonio and is married -- at 23 -- to the woman he met as an undergrad at a Mormon university.
But the campus where he and his wife, Alyssa, met wasn't Brigham Young University in Utah. His newly minted degree comes from Southern Virginia University, a fledgling outpost of Mormonism in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Growing Mormon community opens new Va. Beach church (Pilot Online - Virginia)
(February 4, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints searched eight years for land to build a new church.
“It’s really hard to find a lot four to five acres in Virginia Beach or Norfolk,” said Robert G. Lambourne, stake president. “We finally found this one in December 2009. We considered it to be our Christmas present.”
Their prayers were answered with the recent completion of their meeting house at 4873 Bonney Road.
An open house is planned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, including free tours and refreshments. The first service will be held Sunday.
“No More Shame”: A Mormon Apostle Sheds Light on Mental Illness—And His Own Struggles (Religion News Service)
(October 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
Some readers know that there is a history of mental illness in my family, as I’ve written about before. This includes but is not limited to my father, who died in 2010.
Without going into specifics, I would say that there is no getting around the pain that mental illness can bring into a family’s story. This pain is only deepened when well-intentioned persons want to sweep mental illness under the rug, or—even worse—smugly inform those who suffer from it that they can surely overcome it if they pray harder and have more faith.
In this context, Elder Jeffrey Holland’s talk at General Conference on Saturday—which would have been my father’s 74th birthday—was an unexpected blessing for me.
The Architecture of Mormonism: A 2012 Campaign Guidepost (Huffington Post)
(June 13, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
The Salt Lake Tabernacle is one of the architectural masterpieces of the country and perhaps the world -- Frank Lloyd Wright
Mr. Romney is a former bishop of the ward in the Mormon Church -- one who has given what is estimated as tens of millions of dollars to its core operations and numerous programs of community service and hopeful proselytizing. With the possibility of such a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints becoming the 45th President of the United States, taking stock of its temples and meeting houses emerges as one way to understand the unique cultural contribution this native religion has made across the country.
Walk to aid area families (St. Cloud Times - Minnesota)
(June 2, 2006) - Relevance: 1.8
Enter Nicole Schneider and the Granite City Young Single Adults, a group of single men and women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Cloud. Schneider never met the Korsgrens, but she and the group want to help.
The Korsgren and another family will receive the proceeds from the March for Families, a 5K walk June 10 at Beaver Islands Trail. The Granite City Young Single Adults organized the event as a community service project.
Flags fly at half-staff in soldier's honor (Gainesville Sun - Florida)
(October 16, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Flags in Levy County and at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff today as family members and friends gather for a memorial service for a former Chiefland resident who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Army Sgt. Karl A. Campbell died Oct. 4 in Babur, Afghanistan. U.S. Defense Department officials said Campbell was fatally wounded when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky., and had been awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Global ‘cloud’ company to hire 500 in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 15, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
The $20 billion global digital storage company EMC Corp. officially opened a technical support center in Draper on Wednesday that is expected to eventually employ about 500 people with high-tech and customer service skills.
The 25,000-square-foot center has been operating since December, and EMC officials said they expect to have the 500 jobs filled by the end of 2015. To qualify for a $3.5 million state tax incentive, the jobs are to pay at least 125 percent of Salt Lake County’s average annual wage of $41,636 in 2011, or about $52,000.
Raise Light to World, Apostles Tell Central American Saints (Church News and Events)
(February 23, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
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.
First Presidency Announces Mission Merge in Russia (LDS Newsroom)
(May 23, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
The First Presidency announces that effective July 1, the Russia Vladivostok Mission will merge with the Russia Novosibirsk Mission. Doing so requires fewer volunteers to staff the combined mission. In anticipation of this change, volunteers from the Vladivostok mission who were to be released in July will return home in late May, and volunteers who would have returned home in August will be reassigned and complete their service in missions in the United States.
LDS guest-service missionaries keep crowds moving (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 25, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Glenn and Carol Baugh have been directing Mormons to their seats in the giant Conference Center every six months since the massive building opened in the spring of 2000.
They know what to do in case of a heart attack — raise their arms and make a fist, a signal that draws the instant attention of security guards who will come pronto. They know how the rows and levels are organized in the cavernous auditorium as well as the building’s evacuation routes. They know where the restrooms are and where out-of-towners can get information about taxis and restaurants. They know how to spot contraband in purses and backpacks (such as a small dog dressed in a suit) as the attendees go through the metal detectors.
Women of character: Looking back at the lives of the general Relief Society presidents of the church (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 9, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Though they lived during different time periods, the general presidents of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all have had similar goals to help build unity, provide watch care and service, and stand as advocates of the family.
And each president touched the lives of the sisters for whom they had stewardship. Below are stories about some of the remarkable women who led the Relief Society organization taken from the book "Women of Character: Profiles of 100 LDS Women."
LDS ‘Day of Service’ (Shelby County Reporter - Alabama)
(October 17, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Columbiana City Cemetery looks a lot nicer today, thanks to a volunteer service project by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
About 110 church members from four Shelby County locations worked throughout the day Oct. 15 to clean up the cemetery. Most of the work focused on headstone and marker repair.
Churches assisting with the project included Emmanuel Temple Holiness Church, Columbiana Ward LDS Church, Oak Mountain Ward LDS Church and Hoover Ward LDS church. Several volunteers from churches of different denominations also volunteered.
FastCommand Program Helps Church Members during Disasters (Church News)
(November 4, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
The greenish black clouds that form tornadoes don’t have silver linings, but the technology cloud being formed to deal with the aftermath might seem like one. Software designer Kevin Foote calls the disaster monitoring program he developed FastCommand.
FastCommand can coordinate relief efforts and record keeping for any type of natural disaster. Organizations using FastCommand can also create a non-emergency event, such as a service project, to practice before an actual storm hits. It has already been used in floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes in the United States and Canada.
Community outpouring strengthens family of fallen officer (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 1, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
People lined Main Street Friday and stood in reverence as the vehicle carrying a fallen law enforcement officer made its way through the streets of Spanish Fork to Walker Mortuary.
The honors were for Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride, remembered as a loving family man devoted to service, especially helping the youth. He was the kind of man who would wear his full uniform to church on Sundays and teach the Benjamin 1st Ward's Gospel Doctrine class while being ready to run out at a moment's notice if he was needed, friends and family said.
Walsh: LDS elders showed seasoned political savvy on California's Prop. 8 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 26, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
At post-election rallies in California, protestors passed out IRS complaint forms.
The paperwork for reporting a tax violation by a nonprofit was already filled out -- with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' name and address. People simply had to sign the bottom.
The Internal Revenue Service ultimately will decide whether the Mormon church crossed a line in U.S. tax law when it funneled at least $190,000 of its own resources and directed individual members to give and give often in the $83 million campaign to ban gay marriage in California.
I doubt it. South Temple and their attorneys are too careful for that.
Oklahoma: Mormon youth volunteer at Mark Twain Elementary (LDS Church News)
(February 26, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Youth from the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake volunteered at Mark Twain Elementary school in late January for some very early spring cleaning.
More than 60 youth and leaders from 11 wards met early on a Saturday morning for a scheduled service project organized by Paul Baclawski, first counselor in the stake presidency. Working closely with the school's principal, Dr. Sandra Phillips, several projects were identified where the LDS young people could provide a lending hand.
Delta Executive Chosen to Lead Whitewater Congregation (Fayette Front Page - Georgia)
(October 28, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Life just got busier for 51-year-old Greg Kennedy of Fayetteville. Kennedy, in addition to having four children as well as working as vice president of Airport Customer Service, Atlanta Worldport for Delta Airlines, was recently asked to be the new bishop of the Whitewater congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayetteville.
As do all bishops in the church, Kennedy will preside over this congregation of over 330—known as the Whitewater Ward—on a strictly voluntary basis, receiving no salary for the 20-30 hours that are required of him each week.
30 Quebec wards, branches help in shoreline cleanup (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 13, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
Thirty Quebec congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through the Mormon Helping Hands program, joined forces to support the 17th annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. More than 400 Helping Hands volunteers worked at two cleanup sites in the Montreal area. The shoreline cleanup projects were at Montreal's Angrignon Park and along the St. Lawrence River in Longueuil. This was the first ever Quebec-wide Mormon Helping Hands Service Day.
Church History Museum Exhibit Unwraps Christmas Spirit (Church News and Events)
(November 19, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
An exhibit titled A Good Turn Christmas opens November 23, 2013 at the Church History Museum. This year’s theme for the annual Christmas exhibit focuses on the Christlike act of doing service and relates to the Boy Scout Slogan to do a good turn daily. The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of doing good to others. The exhibit will remain open through January 12, 2014.
Can a Mormon win in the South? (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 20, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Sunday service at the First Baptist Church in Columbia has just ended, and Rex Rish is tying up a few loose ends with the video broadcast of this week’s sermon.
Rish has been coming to this historic church for a quarter-century and volunteers on the technical side to help with the broadcast that hits five stations throughout South Carolina. He considers himself a devout Baptist.
Under the conventional wisdom about Southern Baptists — a group that has in the past condemned Mormonism as a cult and its followers as non-Christian — Rish should quickly dismiss the idea of voting for a Mormon for president. Except that he doesn’t.
Volunteers Needed for Japan Rescue Effort (Church News and Events)
(July 9, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organizing free Helping Hands volunteer tours from Tokyo into some of the areas most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami for those anxious to do volunteer service.
From July 18 through August 30, volunteers who arrange for their own travel to Tokyo can join one of many groups being transported free of charge by the Church to areas still badly in need of relief, including Rikuzen-Takata, Miyako/Noda, and the Miyagi coastal area (Sendai)—all within the Tokohu region, 45 miles west of the epicenter.
Mormon Helping Hands does park cleanup work (Star-Observer - Wisconsin)
(October 8, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 90 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered at Glover Park in the town of Troy for a day of voluntary service Saturday, Sept. 10. The church’s Hudson Ward, which includes members from as far north as New Richmond and Amery and as far south as River Falls, cleaned up the park as a part of a much larger program called “Mormon Helping Hands.”
On that day around the country, thousands of members of the church organized to help their communities with anything from painting and cleaning parks to the clean-up efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | February 26 (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(February 27, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
New Zealand: Mormons Spend Thousands of Hours in Service During Sixth Annual Mormon Helping Hands Day in New Zealand
Mormons in New Zealand donated about 20,000 hours of their time to work in their communities on Saturday, 23 February, as part of New Zealand’s sixth annual Mormon Helping Hands Day. Volunteers painted churches and schools, weeded and mulched reserves, and performed other community beautification projects.
Leaders tour Central America (LDS Church News)
(June 20, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
A pair of Church auxiliary leaders recently spent several days touring Central America where they taught scores of women of all ages the importance of service and gospel living.
Relief Society General President Julie B. Beck and Sister Mary N. Cook, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, also spent time in the homes of local families to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women living in the Central America Area.
Learn about volunteering opportunities (Charlotte Observer - North Carolina)
(May 11, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Charlotte area members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently held a Day of Service. More than 3,000 volunteers collected 105,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest food bank, and worked on 20 projects at parks, community centers, homeless shelters and schools. At Gastonia's Pleasant Ridge Elementary (above), 130 volunteers built benches, painted and did landscaping work. Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City sent a film crew to shoot footage of all the work. It will be shown on BYUTV at the church's general conference this fall.
Lions grapple with religion, sports (Columbia Spectator - New York)
(February 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
As sons, daughters, and students, we constantly feel like we’re being pulled in one hundred different directions. Everyone wants us to be something, and more often than we’d like, those visions of our future tend to conflict. Sometimes we try so hard to reconcile those conflicting images of who we are expected to be, with who we want to be.
For religious athletes, this conflict happens in Division I proportions. In the Mormon faith, there’s a social norm that young men will go on a mission for the church during college. It’s a two-year commitment to missionary work, service, and very little physical activity. These athletes suddenly become a recruiting liability, and understandably so—coaches have limited resources and time to spend on their athletes, and their jobs depend on getting athletes that they can count on to perform and win.
Memorial to honor late Mormon author Sillitoe (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(May 28, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
A leading woman of Mormon letters will be memorialized, fittingly, at a place of books.
The University of Utah's Marriott Library will host a memorial service June 12 celebrating the life and legacy of author Linda Sillitoe.
Emma Lou Thayne and Levi Peterson, longtime friends and literary colleagues of Sillitoe, are scheduled to offer tributes. The public is invited to the event, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium and is sponsored by Friends of the Marriott Library.
California LDS teens brave heat, complete stadium project (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 3, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
With Southern California temperatures reaching 100 degrees, most teens would be at the pool or inside an air-conditioned mall, but not Dallas Hartmann. The 15-year-old was outside at Mission Viejo High School stadium Aug. 26-27 with paint and stencils, repairing bleachers. Alongside his friends and family, Hartmann's Boy Scout Troop 752, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came to help him on his project, even in the extreme heat. There were 25 volunteers who gave more than 100 man-hours of service to complete his Boy Scout Eagle project.
College Costs Are Still Soaring but if You’re Working with a Tight Budget There Are Some Private Schools that Won’t Break You (Consumer Affairs)
(November 12, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
The last school on the list doesn't offer free tuition, but as private schools go, this one is really inexpensive. Brigham Young University is located in Provo, Utah and tuition and fees total $4,420. It is the country's largest religious university. Nearly all (98%) of its more than 30,000 undergrads belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). More than 90% of the men and 20% of the women go on missions while at college, in many cases jetting off to other countries to do community service and spread the message of the Mormon Church. Along the way, they often learn a second language.
Mormons to lend Helping Hands at state parks (Union-Tribune - California)
(May 6, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
More than 50,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, decked out in distinctive yellow vests, will fan out across the state Saturday to spruce up city, county and state parks.
In San Diego County, 3,000 to 5,000 are expected to participate as part of Mormon Helping Hands service day, said local organizer Kathy Marler.
Projects will take place countywide. For instance, in Vista about 300 people will volunteer at Guajome Regional Park, where they will repaint a wedding gazebo, repair a bridge and improve a soccer field, among other projects.
Peace is desire of the world (LDS Church News)
(February 16, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Peace is a worldwide desire, said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during an Utah Air National Guard devotional Feb. 8.
More than 400 members of the guard attended the Sunday morning devotional, which began at 6:30 a.m., in a hangar at the Utah Air National Guard Base near the Salt Lake City International Airport. During the service Chaplain Bruce Brewer offered the invocation and Staff Sgt. Jack Sommer the benediction, while Chaplain Gregory Clark offered remarks and introduced President Uchtdorf.
Latter-day Saints in St. Charles offer Spanish-speaking services (STLtoday - Missouri)
(December 14, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
In a snug room inside the Church of Latter-day Saints in St. Charles, a few dozen Spanish-speaking members of a new congregation met last month for the first time. Many of those who attended the Nov. 27 service of the newly formed San Carlos branch had, for years, driven to Frontenac in St. Louis County to attend Spanish-speaking services. The congregation needed a more central location. This month, Spanish-speaking services for Latter-day Saints are scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 18 and 25 at 2245 Old Highway 94 S. Beginning in 2012, Sunday services will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Critics cringe at Trump strategist Bannon's ties to alt-right, rhetoric targeting Mormons (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 15, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has ties to the so-called alt-right — and has promoted rhetoric critical of Mormons — has raised concerns about his influence over the incoming administration.
Bannon, who headed Breitbart News, an outlet that defended Trump and derided his rivals, previously questioned Mitt Romney's sons' lack of military service but noted they all completed missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
First Presidency Encourages Members to “Just Serve” Hurricane Harvey Victims (Church News)
(September 3, 2017) - Relevance: 1.8
In response to an outpouring from people who want to know how to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the following letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
The still-unfolding disaster caused by the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey has caught the attention of people throughout the United States. Our hearts go out to the thousands who have borne the brunt of this storm, and we are deeply grateful for the acts of unselfish service and the heroic efforts of first responders that have been reported. All who find themselves amid these grave difficulties are in our prayers....
The Mormon Reinvention of Emma Smith (Religion News Service)
(April 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
This weekend at the Midwest Pilgrims retreat in Nauvoo, Illinois, I had the opportunity to listen to a fascinating talk by Linda King Newell, co-biographer of Emma Smith, first wife of LDS founding prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.
In 1984, Linda wrote, with Valeen Tippetts Avery, Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, which has stood for nearly three decades as the definitive biography of Emma. Until that time, Emma had been largely written out of official LDS history. When the two authors began piecing together Emma’s life, there was only one small manila folder about her in the entire LDS Archives.
Mali LDS presidential hopeful optimistic about election (Deseret News - Utah)
(May 31, 2013) - Relevance: 1.8
With Mali’s presidential election scheduled to begin in late July, candidate Niankoro Yeah Samaké, a Mali native and a Mormon, looks to win the election and re-establish a democratic government in the country.
“I decided to run for the highest office in the country of Mali to give Malians an option to choose a leader who will lead this country with the highest sense of service and with integrity,” Samaké said in a video on his website, samake2013.com. “With me, together we will re-establish the authority of the state for peace and serenity for every woman and every man in Mali.”
Church 2014 News Highlights Include Temples, Growth, Service (Church News)
(December 31, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Church highlights from 2014 include news of temples, humanitarian aid, Church growth, and other major events. The Church began a major building project in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, responded to the Ebola crisis in Africa, and served thousands of refugees in the Middle East. Church leaders dedicated temples in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Gilbert and Phoenix, Arizona, and rededicated the Ogden Utah Temple.
Change in Church News subscription policy: Expanding our reach (LDS Church News)
(February 1, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
The change allows residents of Utah to subscribe for mail delivery of the Church News, a service that for decades has been available only to residents outside the state of Utah except for those who live in certain Utah ZIP codes.
Utah residents may now receive by mail the Church News, along with the Deseret News National Edition, for the same rate as out-of-state subscribers, which is $30 per year.
The Church News, an official publication of the Church, publishes news and features about the Church, its leaders and members worldwide.
LDS Australian rugby star chooses service to God over fame and wealth (LDS Church News)
(May 25, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
Will Hopoate is a 19-year-old Australian rugby star with a bright future. Some sports commentators consider him the brightest star the professional rugby league has to offer. Currently playing fullback for the Manly-Warrinagh Sea Eagles, Hopoate becomes a free agent next year and has already received an offer that would make him a millionaire. Will is also LDS and has a strong desire to serve God. He recently announced he was turning down all offers to play professional rugby in order to serve two years as a missionary for his Church.
Family, Friends Say Final Goodbye To Garrett Reid (CBS Philly - Pennsylvania)
(August 8, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
About 900 people turned out today at funeral services to remember the joyful but troubled life of Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Services took place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Broomall.
Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead Sunday morning in his dorm room at Lehigh University, the site of the Eagles’ training camp.
The funeral service was attended by dozens of present and past players, as well as numerous representatives from around the National Football League.
Making a difference, a church calls volunteers to North Bend (KCBY - Oregon)
(July 27, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
The northern gateway to the City of North Bend is looking noticeably better after a large number of volunteers from Brookings to Florence spent a day sprucing up the area.
For the third year in a row, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chose to commemorate their Pioneer Day by tackling a service project on the coast.
After previous projects in Port Orford and Coquille, the Church joined forces with the City of North Bend this year to work on their Simpson Park and Ferry Road Park on Saturday, July 24th.
Church mission takes six youths to exotic locales (Issaquah Press - Washington)
(March 16, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
While some were celebrating Valentine’s Day with loved ones — trading chocolate, giving gifts and going out to dinner — six young men and women from the Issaquah area were planning to leave the country to serve local communities.
In February, more than a half-dozen Issaquah teenagers will leave the country, not to go on an exotic, post-graduation trip, but to serve their church for two years.
Service before studies
When it came time to decide whether to attend college, Anthony Kubeja chose to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mourners say goodbye to 9 miners (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 10, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
With tears, accolades, song and prayer, more than 1,000 mourners said goodbye to the nine men killed in the Crandall Canyon Mine disasters.
Sunday evening's interdenominational memorial service was held on the athletic field of Canyon View Junior High School, where relatives of miners had waited week after week to hear news of the search for the first six men lost in the cave-in. They filled rows of folding chairs in front of a canvas-roofed pavilion, sat on the sloping lawn leading to the field and were seated on and stood beside the school's bleachers.
Mormon founder turned over priesthood keys to women, says Deseret Book author (Religion News Service)
(June 27, 2016) - Relevance: 1.8
Folks, take a look at the lead article in the new issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. (It’s behind a paywall but is well worth the two bucks, I promise.) Titled “The Perfect Union of Man and Woman,” it makes three main historical and theological arguments:
1) Joseph intended the Relief Society to give women a role that was collaborative with male priesthood.
2) Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother co-preside.
3) Ancient traditions (and some early Mormon traditions) associated Heavenly Mother with the Holy Spirit.
Broomfield man killed in Grand Canyon fall described as humble, caring (Broomfield Enterprise - Colorado)
(December 2, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
Friends of the Broomfield man who fell to his death Saturday in the Grand Canyon remember him as a humble, caring man who was always willing to take on jobs no one else wanted.
B. Holt Vaughn, 62, died after falling about 400 feet off the Grand Canyon's Southern Rim. He was visiting the canyon with his family.
Vaughn, a Vietnam War veteran, is scheduled to be buried Friday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. A memorial service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1250 Main St.
Local Mormon stake president finishes 10-year service (Times Call - Colorado)
(November 14, 2009) - Relevance: 1.8
“She’s sat alone for 231/2 years,” said Kamigaki, who will be released as president of the Longmont Colorado Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday.
Since 1986, Kamigaki has been involved in church leadership roles that have kept him behind the pulpit — not in the pew next to Margaret Kamigaki, his wife of 48 years. For the past 10 years, he has presided over the local Mormon body. The church’s General Authority chooses when to call and release stake presidents; a typical term lasts about 10 years.
Tabernacle Choir to celebrate Easter this year with a new concert. Here's how to watch the show (Church News)
(March 27, 2019) - Relevance: 1.8
An Easter service by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble will be held in April 2019.
The concert, entitled “He Is Risen: A Sacred Easter Presentation,” will include a selection of sacred hymns, songs and readings of the New Testament. According to a news release, the concert will focus on the “joy, hope, and promise of the Resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ brings to the world.”
Jon Huntsman 2012: Republican Presidential Candidate (ABC News - New York)
(September 21, 2011) - Relevance: 1.8
On paper, Jon Huntsman's credentials are exactly what one would expect from a presidential candidate: a successful career in state politics, decades of public service and a background in the private sector. But for the former Utah governor, the journey to the 2012 campaign trail was anything but typical.
Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. was born on March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, Calif., to Jon and Karen Huntsman. Huntsman is the oldest of nine siblings. His father is the founder of Huntsman Corporation, a global chemicals company with approximately 12,000 employees worldwide. His maternal grandfather, David B. Haight, was an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Canadian Saints Committed to Humanitarian Aid (News from the Church)
(October 27, 2007) - Relevance: 1.8
Some 60 members in the Petawawa Branch, Ottawa Ontario Stake, located 100 miles [160 km] northwest of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, have not only become committed to service themselves, but they have also excited the community about serving.
“Our little branch became infected with the humanitarian aid bug,” explained branch member Mary Tromp, and they’ve infected others.
It began with a notice in the July 2003 Ensign about the need for quilts in Chile. A sister in the branch presented the idea of making quilts for the needy to the Relief Society. They soon took on the challenge of gathering fabric and batting and then working together at the meetinghouse and sisters’ homes.
Australian rugby star Will Hopoate reflects on the blessings of missionary service (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 11, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Since returning from his LDS mission in November 2013, Will Hopoate's transition back into the life of an Australian rugby star has been fairly smooth.
According to NRL.com in August, the 22-year-old "started slow" but "quickly found his feet" before suffering a minor shoulder injury that required seven weeks of recovery time. Even so, Hopoate was recently named to a highly touted 21-member Australian squad that will compete in the prestigious Four Nations rugby league tournament and the Prime Minister's XIII match against Papua New Guinea, triplem.com.au reported.
Noted LDS poet, author Emma Lou Thayne dies at 90 (Deseret News - Utah)
(December 8, 2014) - Relevance: 1.8
Emma Lou Warner Thayne, noted LDS writer and poet, passed away Saturday after a lifetime of service to her family and the Salt Lake community.
Thayne was born Oct. 22, 1924, in Salt Lake City. During her 90 years of life, Thayne wrote and published 14 books, received numerous awards, and served on several boards, including the Deseret News, the General Board of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association, and The Utah Arts Council and Odyssey House.
Community rallies to fill area food banks (SnoValley Star - Washington)
(September 30, 2010) - Relevance: 1.8
In commemoration of the Sept. 11 attacks, hundreds of local residents and youth fanned out to local groceries stores to collect food for the Mt. Si Helping Hand Food Bank and the Fall City Community Food Pantry.
The effort was organized and staffed by the congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in response to President Obama’s request for a national day of service.
More than 7,500 pounds of food was collected and delivered to the local food banks.
Donations of toys and clothing, enough to fill eight full trucks, were also contributed by community members.
Updated Talking Book Program Benefits Church Members with Disabilities (Church News and Events)
(August 31, 2012) - Relevance: 1.8
For Elder Scott Stanger and his wife, Janis, bringing the light of the gospel to those who cannot see is all in a day’s work.
The Stangers are Church-service missionaries who train members with vision loss or blindness to use the Talking Book Program. This program—which has been around since 1958—provides Church materials in audio formats to Church members who are unable to read because of disabilities like blindness or low vision.
And recent updates to the program have further enhanced the availability and convenience of these materials.
Missionary preparation: Young Men general president answers questions about new policy (LDS Church News)
(October 22, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
On Oct. 6, President Thomas S. Monson announced in general conference that young men throughout the Church could begin full-time missionary service at the age of 18. Following that historic announcement, Church News staff writer Jason Swensen posed a series of questions about the new policy to Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president. (A similar article focusing on the policy changes impacting prospective sister missionaries will appear in the Church News in the coming weeks).
Utah Mormons urged to back missionary high-rise near BYU (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
A majority of Provo Mormons who were fighting construction of a proposed high-rise at the Missionary Training Center have dropped their opposition after a local church leader asked for their support during a worship service.
On July 1, a Mormon Church stake president asked members of Provo’s Pleasant View First Ward during sacrament meeting to support the church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in their decision to build the nine-story classroom building, which some neighbors had opposed because of its height.
'Standing Together As One' deep in the heart of Texas (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 1, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Nearly 2,000 youths from the 11 stakes of the Dallas Texas Mission came together June 23-25 under the banner “Standing Together As One in Truth and Righteousness.” Participants had the opportunity to join in celebrating and strengthening their position as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After nearly two years of planning, the event began with an opening ceremony highlighting Texas culture, followed by a giant dance/party that filled the arena and conference center in Garland, Texas. The next day was a flurry of youth workshops and rehearsals, punctuated with meals served by hundreds of volunteers, impromptu hymn singing and a terrific “share your testimony” Book of Mormon service project.
Ted Kennedy: A lifetime of public service (USA Today - Editor's note: LDS reference is towards the end of the article))
(August 26, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Sen. Edward Kennedy, who began his public life as the prodigal son of a political dynasty and ended as its respected patriarch, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. He was 77 and had been battling brain cancer....
After an Easter weekend of pub-crawling with his nephew, William Kennedy Smith, turned into a scandal when Smith was accused of raping a woman who returned to the Kennedy's Palm Beach compound with him, Kennedy asked Senate colleagues to vouch for him. According to Clymer's biography, Hatch told Kennedy "if you keep acting like this, I'm going to send the Mormon missionaries to you," and Kennedy replied, "I'm just about ready for them."
Superstorm Sandy: Church continues to respond (LDS Church News)
(November 30, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
In late October, Superstorm Sandy struck the coastlines of New York and New Jersey, becoming one of the largest storms to ever hit the United States, impacting 24 states. The Church continues to respond to needs with volunteers assisting throughout the impacted area. During the Thanksgiving weekend more than 6,500 Church volunteers, including members from several stakes from outside the area, provided support in New York and New Jersey. To date, 21,428 volunteers have provided 196,882 hours of service, according to Church Welfare Services.
Charitable Giving By State: Are Republicans More Generous Than Democrats, Or Just More Religious? (International Business Times)
(October 7, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
It turns out that the old Bushism about “compassionate conservatism” may not be a myth after all. In a new analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax records, the Chronicle of Philanthropy on Monday ranked U.S. cities and states by how much money their residents give to charity. The bottom line? People in red states are more generous with their green.
The study, which compared IRS data from 2012 with data from 2006, showed that the 17 most “generous” states -- as measured by the percentage of their income they donated to charity -- voted for Mitt Romney in the last presidential election. The seven states at the bottom of the list, meanwhile, voted for Barack Obama.
He's a man on a mission (Asia One)
(February 9, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
In less than two months, US pop singer David Archuleta will be taking a two-year break from his music career - to serve as a missionary.
The American Idol 7 runner-up, who is a Mormon, will be based in an undisclosed country without a mobile phone and will only get to communicate with his loved ones via letters or the occasional e-mail.
Within Asia, Archuleta has a particularly huge fan base in the Philippines, where he has just finished filming Pinoy TV drama Nandito Ako.
But girls, don't worry.
The cherubic-faced 21-year-old - who is in town to perform at a private showcase at local club Avalon tonight - is focusing on his service during his mission work.
He was in high spirits when he met The New Paper yesterday and even sang Billy Joel's Just The Way You Are at the start of the interview.
Mormon Conference Center fire caused $500K in damage, fire officials say (Deseret News - Utah)
(April 20, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
A fire at the downtown Conference Center caused $500,000 in damage to the LDS Church building, fire officials said Thursday.
The blaze began about 8:15 p.m. Monday in a bank of backup batteries in a mechanical room at the Conference Center, 60 N. West Temple. The batteries serve as a backup electrical service that helps power the generator in the building.
"Investigators have concluded that the fire appears to be accidental," said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay.
Orson Scott Card's game continues with 'Ender in Exile' (Los Angeles Times - California)
(December 31, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
One of my favorite science fiction characters of recent decades is Ender Wiggin, the sad little boy who is plucked from his family home and drafted into military service after tests show he is the best chance to save humanity from an alien invasion. Ender is the creation of author Orson Scott Card, who is back with a new book about the reluctant hero: "Ender in Exile." Alicia Lozano, a writer here at the Los Angeles Times, interviewed Card about "Exile," the new Marvel Comics adaptations of the saga and the ongoing talk of a film. Her story is below.
Marion D. Hanks, longtime Mormon leader, dies (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(August 6, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
In the early 1980s, LDS general authority Marion Duff Hanks, who died Friday, was assigned to oversee Mormon missionaries in Southeast Asia.
During visits to Vietnam, he saw refugee camps awash with disease, distress and death. He convinced LDS leaders that doing Christian service would be as important for the church as proselytizing.
After gaining approval, Hanks then handpicked a few of his missionaries and trained them in Hong Kong to work in various camps. They taught English and basic hygiene, offering any humanitarian aid, but Hanks expressly forbade them from preaching the Mormon faith.
Faces of Faith - Honolulu Magazine (Hawaii)
(July 12, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
Seven Sisters Shine Their Light in the Mission Field (Church News and Events)
(July 16, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
In Job 38:31, the Lord tells Job He bound the Pleiades together. Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, is a constellation of seven stars that are so far away their light needs 350 years to reach the Earth, according to astronomers.
Marisol (Chile Osorno), Antonia (Argentina Resistencia), Daniela (Costa Rica San Jose), Florencia (Honduras Comayaguela), Verónica (Chile Santiago East), Anai (Guatemala City North), and Balbina Nava Aguilar (Argentina Bahía Blanca) are seven sisters bound by their concurrent service as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Relief society assists with hygiene kits for those in need (Echo Press - Minnesota)
(October 8, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Women of the local Alexandria Ward Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contributed time and more than 2,400 hand towels on September 24 to make hygiene kits for families in need.
The women hosted a two-day rummage sale in August, with proceeds going to the purchase of 20-by-25-inch hand towels. They pooled their donation of towels with toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs and soap that had been collected by women across central Minnesota. Women who participated in the service project gathered in St. Cloud to assemble 1,250 hygiene kits.
Mormon women meet to sew dresses for African children (Simi Valley Acorn - California)
(October 27, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Dresses for Africa is an ongoing service project hosted by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon every second Monday of the month starting Nov. 12 at the LDS church, 1600 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks.
Last year a group of women from the LDS church decided to partner with Engage Now Africa to sew 500 dresses for elementary school-age children in Ethiopia. Engage Now Africa is a foundation that works to provide clean drinking water for remote African villages.
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Runcorn welcomes Fijian missionary (Weekly News - UK)
(February 24, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
A GLOBE-TROTTING missionary has joined the team at a newly-rebuilt Runcorn church.
Elder Nemani Delaibatiki hails from Fiji but lived in New Zealand prior to his assignment to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Clifton Road.
Nemani – who is one of 11 children – was in his third year of a medical degree in his home country when he was given a posting half way across the world.
Every young Mormon man is expected to go on a ‘mission’, which means giving two years of voluntary service anywhere in the world, usually at their own expense, to spread the word about the work of the church.
Mormon youth honor 9/11 victims with annual flag display (Ahwatukee Foothills News - Arizona)
(September 10, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
For nine years, teenagers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ahwatukee Foothills have worked together to remind the community of those who were lost during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, by posting more than 100 American flags along the Warner-Elliot Loop for a 24-hour period.
"It was just an idea from the bishop that preceded me on the first anniversary of 9/11," said Kerry Griggs, bishop of Ahwatukee First Ward. "It was something we could do to provide a little service to the community and serve as a reminder."
The church bought the flags and poles to set them up on with church funds and asked the youth, ages 12 to 18, to help set them up and take them down with help from adult leaders.
Fasting promotes healthier arteries, study suggests (Cox news service)
(November 15, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
A small study from the University of Utah, based on patients who had undergone an X-ray of the blood vessels of the heart, showed people who fasted for just one day a month seemed to have healthier heart arteries as a result of their abstinence.
"People who fast seem to receive a heart-protective benefit," said study author Dr. Benjamin Horne in a press statement released by the AHA.
The study specifically showed that those who fasted as part of their religious practice as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and those who fasted for general health reasons both seemed to benefit.
New theory connects a Native American prophet with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon (Religion News Service)
(February 6, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
Last week, Peter Manseau published a wonderfully engaging book on American religious history. One Nation, Under Gods is chock-full of “Aha!” moments, but for purposes of this blog I wanted to talk with Peter about his chapter on early Mormonism’s interplay with Native Americans.
In particular, I was intrigued by a theory about the origins of the Book of Mormon that I had not heard before. (As you can read below, Peter is eager to point out that he was not the first to make a connection between Joseph Smith and the Seneca prophet Handsome Lake, but it was certainly new to me.)
Latter-day Saints church members will distribute storm-preparation information (Jacksonville.com - Florida)
(April 24, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Unsure how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season?
You may not be after Saturday, when more than 2,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will fan out across Northeast Florida to distribute emergency-preparedness information.
The door-to-door effort, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will reach about 40,000 households on the First Coast.
"The impact of these feet on the ground during the Day of Service will do in one day what takes us four months as an organization to accomplish," Jack Morgan, CEO for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, said in a news release from a church spokeswoman.
Peoria North LDS pitches in to help others (Peoria Times - Arizona)
(November 26, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Members of the Peoria North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently combined two community service projects into one large project to benefit the City of Peoria as well as a food bank in Avondale and the Waste Not food collection agency.
Throughout October, donations from the seven wards in the North Peoria area and Sun City were collected and a total of more than $5,900 was given to Waste Not to purchase holiday turkeys for distribution to local food banks. This is the 10th year church members in North Peoria have contributed to a Turkey Drive for the community.
Missionary Policy Changes Give More Seniors Opportunity to Serve (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(June 3, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have approved changes in policies regarding the length of missions and housing costs for senior missionaries. The new changes provide opportunity for people to serve full-time missions who would not otherwise have the resources.
Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve voluntarily and at their own expense. Senior missionaries generally serve after their retirement from the workforce. Their service may take them to another state or province in their own country or to another nation. Senior missionaries may serve proselytizing missions, humanitarian missions, health and education missions or leadership missions where they teach and train local members.
RootsTech Conference Beckons Everyone (Church News and Events)
(March 12, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
RootsTech, which since its beginning two years ago has rapidly become the largest paid family history conference in the United States, will again convene in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City March 21–23, this time with an increased focus on and appeal to beginners.
“RootsTech has something for everyone, whether an avid genealogist or someone just getting started and interested in telling and sharing personal and family stories or simply to discover the latest technologies and solutions to better connect the family,” said Paul M. Nauta, marketing manager for FamilySearch, the Church’s organization providing service to family history enthusiasts worldwide regardless of religious persuasion.
High school graduation different this year for many LDS students (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 3, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
For many in Utah’s graduating class of more than 40,000 high school seniors, this is a year unlike any other.
Amid the traditional pomp and ceremony, there are the usual declarations of short- and long-term plans — work, college, military service, marriage. But this year a new declaration is heard with startling frequency: “I’m going on a mission.”
Many young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have already received a letter from church headquarters in Salt Lake City calling them to serve as a full-time missionary and assigning them to one of the church’s 405 missions worldwide, an event once reserved for college-age Mormons.
Norwich grads head to South America on Mormon mission (The Evening Sun - New York)
(August 29, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Two young Norwich men will be spending the next two years of their lives on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and learning the Spanish language along the way.
Ben Mennis headed to Provo, Utah last week to receive missionary training, cultural skills and to brush up on the Spanish dialect before heading to Trujillo, Peru, his final destination. The 19-year-old Norwich High School graduate will spend the next two years within a 400-mile radius of the city knocking on doors, doing service work, teaching people about the Mormon religion and staying in church-owned apartments along the way.
Groups to join for landmark designation (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(September 12, 2007) - Relevance: 1.7
In a conciliatory move, the leader of one of three Mountain Meadows Massacre descendant organizations used Tuesday's 150th anniversary memorial service to announce her group will join one of the other groups in pushing for historic-landmark designation for the massacre memorial site.
The designation that Patty Norris of Mountain Meadows Massacre Descendants will seek in conjunction with the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation Inc. would offer protection of the site to interested parties without forcing the LDS Church to give up ownership of the site, she said.
Project to make scarves for Iraqis clicks 'like wildfire' (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 9, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
The click-clacking can be heard in halls of Brighton High School, the living room of her home and the Relief Society room at her church building.
Everywhere she goes, Jan Moncur's knitting needles go along with her.
For, in a flurry of brightly-colored spun yarn, Moncur is on a mission: to make 1,000 scarves for Iraqi widows and orphans in need.
The project started in November, with Jan personally resolving to knit 100 scarves to send overseas. But when she posted her project on sugardoodle.net, a Web site offering service ideas for young women and Scouts associated with the LDS Church, the goal increased tenfold.
Help at hand to trace your family trees (Peterborough Evening Telegraph - UK)
(December 21, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
FAMILY history enthusiasts are encouraging people to take up a new hobby for the New Year.
Peterborough Family History Centre, based at the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, in Cottesmore Close, Westwood, runs a free service offering advice and help for people to trace their family tree back through the generations.
It also offers free access to records of births, deaths and marriages in the city dating back to the 1830s.
Eric Dutton, a family history consultant, said that thanks to the television programme Who Do You Think You Are? family geneaology has become the second most popular hobby in the country.
VIDEO: Mormon-GAVI Alliance Saves Lives With Immunizations (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(April 29, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
As part of World Immunization Week, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) — an organization that has prevented close to six million deaths through immunizations — posted a video about its partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
The video features Fred Riley, manager of special projects for LDS Humanitarian Services, who calls the Church’s partnership with GAVI “the perfect blend of two organizations that have the same mission in mind.” Teaming up with GAVI, he says, provides more opportunities for Mormons and others to grow through volunteer service and to learn that “all people are children of God.”
Family and Church Leaders Eulogize Frances J. Monson as One Who “Deeply Loved” (LDS Newsroom)
(May 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Describing Frances J. Monson as a woman who left a "legacy of humility, service, faithfulness and love,"Ann M. Dibb, daughter of Frances J. Monson and Church President Thomas S. Monson, eulogized her mother today at Sister Monson's funeral in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Ann said her mother was one who "deeply loved" her parents, family, the gospel of Jesus Christ and her husband, President Monson. "It has been said that listening is an act of love," Ann said. "Mother must have loved me and Dad a lot because she listened to us a lot. ... Each of us grew up knowing we were deeply loved."
Tears, cheers fill Salt Lake City church as Obama takes oath (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(January 21, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Tucked amid pawnshops, the Calvary Baptist Church near downtown Salt Lake City stood out as a beacon Tuesday, festooned with 50 American flags. Inside, the shouts of hallelujah reverberated above the mixed-race crowd long before the country's first black president even took his inaugural stage.
Tears, hoots and hugs weren't far behind.
"We ask you to call down angels of protection to this man, to his family and to this nation," Darius Gray, a Mormon researching the LDS Church's black history, said during a pre-speech prayer service.
2012 Statistical Report for 2013 April General Conference (LDS Newsroom)
(April 8, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
The First Presidency has issued the following statistical report of the Church as of 31 December 2012.
Wards and branches............................................................................................... 29,014
Total membership........................................................................................... 14,782,473
New children of record......................................................................................... 122,273
Converts baptized................................................................................................ 272,330
Full-time missionaries.......................................................................................... 58,990
Church-service missionaries.........................……………………………………………….. 22,961
Temples dedicated.......................................................................................................... 4
(Kansas City Missouri, Manaus Brazil, Brigham City Utah and Calgary Alberta)
Temples rededicated....................................................................................................... 2
(Buenos Aires Argentina and Boise Idaho)
Temples in operation...................................................................................................140
Church Members in Fiji Provide Humanitarian Aid to Flood Victims (Church News and Events)
(February 17, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Three stakes in the Suva, Fiji, area recently held a drive to collect food, household items, and school supplies for flood victims in northern and western Fiji.
Elder Taniela Wakolo, Area Seventy and the Church’s Fiji Service Centre manager, initiated the drive on February 6, shortly after local Church leaders were alerted about the flood. Members collected food, clothing, bedding, kitchenware, and school supplies.
Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander Shares Perspectives of Secular and Spiritual Education (LDS Business College news release)
(November 24, 2008) - Relevance: 1.7
“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.
What's New: 'Teachings of Thomas S. Monson' (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 23, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
"Teachings of Thomas S. Monson" summarizes five decades of inspired teachings by a prophet of the Lord.
Compiled by Lynne F. Cannegieter and being released on Sept. 30, President Monson's new book is intended as a companion to his biography, “To The Rescue,” by Heidi S. Swinton.
“It’s purpose is to highlight President Monson’s doctrinal teachings on a variety of subjects, focusing on the core of the topic and featuring what he has taught rather than how he has taught it,” reads the preface. “His insights on communication, discipleship, home and family, service, and Jesus Christ, to name just a few of the dozens of topics treated therein, invite us to examine our own lives and move us to reach higher.”
Father, son killed in California plane crash were 'great men' (Omaha.com)
(November 16, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
The father and son shared many things: devotion to family, service to church and the Boy Scouts, a willingness to help others, and a love of cars.
That love of cars took W. Patrick Clarke of Omaha and son Dr. Scott Hansen Clarke of Springfield, Mo., to the Skip Barber Racing School at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on California's Monterey peninsula.
They were flying back to Omaha when their plane crashed Saturday northeast of Fresno, Calif. Both men, the only ones aboard, died.
A joint funeral for them will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14680 California St.
LDS general authority speaks of motivation, protection of pioneers (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 25, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
Utah's Mormon pioneer settlers were motivated by a cause and protected by the armor of faith, an LDS Church general authority said at the Days of '47 Sunrise Service in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the traditional opening event of the July 24 celebration in downtown Salt Lake City.
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the featured speaker at the Friday event, which was highlighted by the posting of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance conducted by the Mormon Battalion heritage organization and the introduction of the Days of '47 royalty.
Family Specialist Lectures on Raising Self-Reliant and Respectful Children at BYU (Church News and Events)
(December 7, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
“A home is where children are taught how to be self-reliant and where kindness and respect reign supreme,” said Daryl Hoole during the School of Family Life lecture at BYU on November 14.
Sister Hoole has been a home management and family living specialist for more than 50 years and has taught and written extensively on topics revolving around the home and family.
“As Church members we desire not only economic, emotional, intellectual, and social self-reliance for our children, but also spiritual self-reliance as well,” she said. “It is a prerequisite to service. It is a key to spiritual growth and progress.”
Duo now on a different kind of mission (Utah Statesman)
(February 25, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
The Utah State hockey team punched its ticket this past weekend to the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament in Boston on March 14-18.
For Stewart Hepburn and Sam Lindquist, two players who have skated key roles for the team, the bond between teammates extends off the ice. Hepburn and Lindquist share something beyond just goals — they share an international bond.
The two met on an iced-over soccer field in Sweden, playing one-on-one for hours until there wasn’t light enough to play. Hepburn was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the country and was allowed by his mission president to bring his skates with him on his two-year service.
The story behind New York Mormon missionaries' viral chalk-art video (Deseret News - Utah)
(October 25, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
For Mormon feminists, progress 'with an asterisk' (Los Angeles Times - California)
(December 3, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently reduced the age requirement for missionaries by one year for men, to 18, and by two years for women, to 19, the number of women applying to serve jumped five-fold.
At the same time, the church reaffirmed that women would serve just 18 months, compared with two years for men. That rule, combined with the one-year difference in age requirements, touched off a new round of questions from Mormon feminists about how much progress women in the church are actually making.
"I didn't get it — why the difference in age and length of service?" said Eileen Mendez, a senior at the University of Utah majoring in Arabic. "Why couldn't things be equal?"
Elder Robert D. Hales urges preparedness to LDS Scouts (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 2, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
Latter-day Saints restore Salem school (Baxter Bulletin - Arkansas)
(November 1, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
The Mountain Home Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently joined with six other congregations of the West Plains Missouri Stake to provide approximately 1,000 hours of community service in the ongoing restoration of the Old Main School building in Salem.
More than 160 people of all ages, many wearing “Mormon Helping Hands” bright yellow shirts, arrived early and spent the day helping in the renovation project at the old community school constructed in the 1930s. Much of their efforts focused on Old Main, an old rock building that was used to educate generations of county residents from the 1930s until 1994.
A spiritual-growth fiesta for Hispanic members in Oklahoma City (LDS Church News)
(October 13, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
It began as a simple athletic challenge from one Spanish-speaking branch to another.
And then the event blossomed into a three-day activity, held Sept. 3-5, designed to build friendships, give service and increase testimonies. The Oklahoma City 6th Branch (Spanish), Oklahoma City South Stake, invited the Norman 3rd Branch (Spanish), Norman Oklahoma Stake, to play them in basketball and volleyball. They expected to build camaraderie among Hispanic members of the Church in the Oklahoma City area.
Mormon volunteers from Cupertino, Sunnyvale chip in a Helping Hand (San Jose Mercury News - California)
(May 6, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
South Bay members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with nearly 75,000 other church members throughout California on April 30 during the third annual Mormon Helping Hands, a statewide day of service.
Recognizing the impact of the current economic environment on California's resources, members of the Mormon church worked with civic officials to identify hundreds of projects across the state. Donning yellow vests and gardening gloves, upward of 200 volunteers from Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara teamed up to beautify five sites in Sunnyvale.
Idaho basketball team reunites after 60 years (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 24, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
In 1950, the M-Men basketball team from the Ashton (Idaho) Ward, Yellowstone Stake, was undefeated and won the LDS Church's stake championship that year.
In 2010, Val D. Wynn, now of Escondido, Calif., who vacations near Ashton, ran across the back-and-white photo of the eight-member team, coach and assistant coach, and he wondered if he could find the other players. Wynn lived in the area for about a year and had worked several summers on his father's ranch north of Ashton. After school and military service, he and his wife settled in Southern California in 1956. They bought a vacation home in the early 1990s near Ashton.
Finding peace a focus in women’s session of Mormon General Conference (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(March 28, 2017) - Relevance: 1.7
Mormon leaders counseled women to find and maintain peace through church service and to rely on Jesus Christ during the first session of the faith's 187th Annual General Conference held Saturday.
Relief Society General President Linda K. Burton thanked members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their "tenderhearted and enthusiastic response" to an invitation issued last year by LDS leaders to reach out to refugees. She encouraged people to continue efforts to seek inspiration and act on spiritual promptings.
Online library: Leading in the Savior's way (LDS Church News)
(October 29, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
A valuable training resource for leaders in the Church across the world is now available on the Internet at lds.org/service/leadership. The new Leadership Training Library works hand in glove with Handbook 2: Administering the Church to illustrate specific sections with interactive video examples. The site exists to help leaders of the Church learn and apply leadership principles. In the overview video for the leadership library, President Thomas S. Monson encourages leaders to follow the Savior, saying, "Jesus loved. Jesus labored. Jesus served. Jesus testified. What finer example could we strive to emulate."
Mormon missionaries ditching suits, donning jeans to do more service (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(February 1, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
In Northern California, the image of Mormon missionaries in dark suits and white shirts, knocking on doors at inconvenient times, is being replaced by the sight of these name-tag-wearing twosomes in blue jeans and T-shirts, hoeing gardens, scrubbing off graffiti, dishing out food in homeless shelters and reading with refugees.
It’s part of the LDS Church’s recognition that its long-held practice of "tracting," going door to door handing out church materials and delivering religious messages, is no longer effective. Now few people are home during the late morning and early afternoon, and those who are may not want to be disturbed.
Excellent seminary teachers made the scriptures real (Herald Journal - Utah)
(March 27, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
The LDS Seminary program turns 100 years old this year, and is more valuable than ever.
This many years out of high school, I am still relieved to be done. I wouldn’t go back for anything ... except maybe seminary.
Seminary was a haven for me, a chance to give focused attention to the important ideas that otherwise were crowded out during my slightly overbooked youth.
I remember explaining LDS Seminary to friends who were not religious. They wondered how I could commit to a life of full-time church service while I was still just a teenager; to them, “seminary” meant theological college to become paid clergy.
No, I wasn’t in training for anything except self-improvement, I said, and my church had no paid clergy. My seminary was a scripture-study class for young people that met early in the morning.
Members in Texas Participate in Community Service (Church News and Events)
(May 7, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Members of the Lewisville Texas Stake joined forces with a community program in the town of Flower Mound, Texas, to help neighbors clean up and beautify their homes by clearing overgrown yards, fixing broken fences, and mending peeling facades.
Calling it the “Lend a Hand Initiative,” led by Mayor Tom Hayden, the town seeks help from the community in the form of donations and volunteer muscle to change lives.
“Service captures the heart of both those who serve and those who are served,” said President Jerry Elmer, first counselor in the stake presidency. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve those in our community who are unable, for whatever reason, to help themselves.”
Death of disabled activist resonates in community (Herald Journal - Utah)
(February 21, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
His father describes him as “stubborn” and “determined.” The head of the Utah State University music department says he was “extraordinarily courageous” and “compassionate.” His brother remembers him as “daring” and “extremely funny.”
When Chad Floyd died Sunday at the age of 29, he left holes in the hearts of his friends and family — but also a legacy of activism and service to the city of Logan.
Chad was born with an immunosuppressive disorder that affected his ability to fight off infections. He received a liver transplant at age 4 and was one of the pioneers of the procedure. Throughout his life, Chad struggled with complications from the transplant. He lost his sight at age 5 after contracting toxoplasmosis. He died from an infection in his liver and blood.
Need caffeine? New business delivers at Mormon-owned BYU (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(December 3, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
A Brigham Young University spokeswoman famously explained last year why caffeinated drinks are not sold at Mormonism’s flagship school: It is "not a university or church decision, but made by dining services, based on what our customers want."
There has not "been a demand for it," Carri Jenkins said in September 2012, a statement met with guffaws by Coke-guzzling students and faculty at the Provo campus.
Now some enterprising undergrads have decided to test the question of demand.
In November, a group of nine launched "Caffeine on Campus," a service that hand-delivers Coca-Cola products to anyone on campus who puts in an order through the website — wwww.caffeineoncampus.com.
Mesa Easter Pageant Celebrates the Savior’s Life and Ministry (EV Living - Arizona)
(March 28, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
For more than 70 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has presented the annual Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant as a gift to the community and to the thousands of visitors that travel to see it each year.
Originally held in 1928 as a choral sunrise service atop a wooden cotton wagon, the pageant has evolved into a full-scale, professional theater production. Known today as the largest outdoor Easter Pageant, it is performed on a 9,600-square-foot stage that towers four-stories high and portrays the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through music, dance and drama.
Erastus Snow: Faithful servant, missionary and colonizer (LDS Church News)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
LDS Soldier recounts Medal of Honor actions (Daily Herald - Utah)
(September 6, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Clinton Romesha got a standing ovation at BYU on Thursday SEmD for doing his job. That's the same response he gave when he was told he was to receive the Medal of Honor from the Army. "I was just doing my job," he said.
Romesha, an LDS Soldier from California, received the honor in February and was also inducted into the Hall of Heroes. "They have demonstrated uncommon valor and extraordinary courage under fire," the Army's Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, said.
He is the fourth living service member to receive the medal for either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. He received it for actions on Oct. 3, 2009 at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.
New Church History Database Lists Early Missionaries from 1830–1930 (Church News)
(February 8, 2016) - Relevance: 1.7
Church Historian Elder Steven E. Snow announced the release of a new database titled “Early Mormon Missionaries” at the RootsTech family history event today.
The database features information about all known full-time proselytizing missionaries serving between 1830 and 1930. In addition to basic information such as names, dates of service, and mission locations, it includes links to thousands of documents—journals, letters, newspaper articles, photographs, and more—that will help researchers better understand the experience of early missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
VIDEO: Moore, Oklahoma, Woman Leaves For Mormon Mission in Wake of Tornado (LDS Newsroom Blog)
(June 7, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Forty years ago, Glenn Orr built the Orr Family Farm, a farm-themed amusement park and horse stables that attract thousands of visitors each year from Oklahoma and beyond. But when a powerful tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, on 20 May, the Orr Family Farm was decimated.
Amid the chaos and cleanup, family member Shelby Orr is leaving for 18 months of service as a Mormon missionary — a tough thing to do in light of what needs to be accomplished before reopening the farm. Her family fully supports her decision to serve. "We have faith that the Lord knows exactly where we need to be at the right time, and this is the time for her to be [a missionary]," her mother says.
Firefighter's widow finds peace, comfort in 'Be Good' bracelet (Deseret News - Utah)
(July 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
For Juliann Ashcraft, widow of Arizona firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, the longest week of her life came to a merciful end Saturday, when a message from her husband — and, perhaps, from God — presented itself in the form of a charred rubber bracelet.
“It has been a whirlwind of emotions,” the young mother of four said during a telephone interview Saturday night as her brother drove her home from a planning meeting for Tuesday’s public memorial service for her late husband and 18 other firefighters. The 19 men died June 30 when treacherous, shifting winds turned the relatively small wildfire they were fighting near Yarnell, Ariz., into America’s most devastating loss of firefighters since the tragedy of 9/11.
Elder L. Tom Perry to Receive Treatment for Cancer, Elder Richard G. Scott Hospitalized (LDS Newsroom)
(April 27, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
LDS First Presidency urges missionary contributions (Deseret News - Utah)
(June 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
A letter from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, read Sunday in many LDS worship services, urges members to contribute "regularly and generously" to the church's missionary fund in light of the recent surge in missionary applications.
"With the recent change in missionary age of service, the number of missionaries serving has increased dramatically," the letter says. "Many of these new missionaries come from modest circumstances. To help maintain this missionary force, we encourage members, as they are able, to contribute regularly and generously to the General Missionary Fund of the church.
Volunteers beautify Amador as part of Mormon Helping Hands Day (Ledger Dispatch - California)
(June 22, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
In California and Hawaii, more than 65,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with friends and other community volunteers on April 30 for the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day.
While most worked with tools and paint brushes, childcare, lunch and snacks were provided by dedicated teams as well. In Amador County, more than 140 members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints participated in the annual Mormon Helping Hands day of service.
Tweeting faith and family: Russell Wilson goes to church before Super Bowl while Shaun Phillips' son comforts dad after loss (Deseret News - Utah)
(February 4, 2014) - Relevance: 1.7
While many football fans gathered on Sunday to snack and socialize during the big game, athletes on both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos teams made sure to thank God, as well as family and friends, for support and the opportunity to play.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson started his Super Bowl Sunday by attending a church service. The athlete has been very open about his Christian faith and often posts Bible verses on his Twitter account. On Feb. 2, Wilson posted a picture of himself at church, along with the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Engineer forsook career for full-time service to God and His Church (LDS Church News)
(September 23, 2015) - Relevance: 1.7
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.
Skull not victim of massacre (Harrison Daily - Arkansas)
(June 4, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
The mystery of the Mountain Meadows skull has apparently been solved.
The skull, which had been found in a box marked “Mountain Meadows” in an Idaho pawn shop in February, had what was thought to be a bullet hole in it. There was speculation that the skull was that of a victim of the Mountain Meadows massacre, a September 1857 event in which about 120 men, women and children, mostly emigrants from Arkansas, were killed in Utah.
According to Phil Bolinger and Jake Fancher, it has been determined that the skull is that of a Vietnamese female. Bolinger and Fancher are both members of the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation, and they learned of the skull’s true identity this past weekend while at Mountain Meadows for a memorial service.
Marshals seize Island Park property in alleged Ponzi scheme (Island Park News)
(April 9, 2009) - Relevance: 1.7
U.S. marshals today (Wednesday, April 8) seized property in the Stonegate subdivision, as well as a Rembrandt painting and hundreds of other art pieces, homes, vehicles, sports memorabilia, and bank accounts in Colorado and Idaho — all allegedly belonging to Shawn R. Merriman, 46, of Aurora, Colorado.
The seizure is part of a U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation of an Aurora-based Ponzi scheme, according to David Gaouette, acting U.S. attorney for Colorado. At least 38 investors and investment groups were allegedly defrauded between 1994 and 2009 of an estimated $17 million to $20 million.
Youth Makes Service Part of Everyday Life (Church News and Events)
(January 15, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
For many years Andrew Baker has been the only active member of his ward in his age group. He served as the deacons quorum president, later as the teachers quorum president, and is now one of two priests—the other being a new member—in the Lawrence 1st Ward, Topeka Kansas Stake.
“He is kind of a trailblazer,” said his mother, Penne Baker. “He goes out of his way to help the younger boys to learn the ropes.”
From the looks of his schedule, one can tell he is a busy 17-year-old junior in high school. He wakes up at 5:20 a.m. every weekday to attend seminary. He runs the 100 meter and 400 meter on the track team. He likes to play basketball, so on Tuesday nights he gets together with family members and friends to play. On Saturdays he works at the local pool.
The mother of an apostle: Alice Holland teaches by example (The Spectrum - Utah)
(May 10, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
At 94, Alice Holland counts four children, 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren among her accomplishments.
Although Holland downplays the role she has played in the lives of her descendents, Debbie Millet, her youngest child, says her mother taught them by example.
"We learned service from all of the things she was doing for other people," Millet says. "We learned goodness from her. She was always so kind to everybody."
Among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alice is known as the mother of an apostle. Her second child, Jeffrey, is better known to LDS faithful as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Changes to Home Storage Centers (Church News and Events)
(June 4, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
The Church has announced changes to home storage centers.
“Over time, we will be reducing the number of facilities where the packaging of dry goods occurs,” spokeswoman Ruth Todd said May 6. However, she added, the Church’s “home storage centers will offer the same or additional commodities in prepackaged form at no additional cost.”
Sister Todd said, “The change from self-service canning to prepackaged commodities occurs over time and depends on what goods are available at each individual facility.”
She said once the change occurs, people will be able to get the same variety of supplies and goods and at the same price.
LDS youths discovering family history is fun and fulfilling (Deseret News - Utah)
(August 9, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Rachel Bybee first became interested in family history when she researched her ancestors in preparation for a pioneer trek. The 16-year-old from Spanish Fork, Utah, then participated in an indexing project at a mutual activity. That led her to organize an indexing class for a Young Women personal progress project. An opportunity came for her to assist a friend as he arranged an indexing event for his Eagle Scout service project. That was followed by another family history personal progress project. When Bybee learned that BYU was hosting its 45th annual Family History and Genealogy Conference July 30-Aug. 2, she was thrilled to register and attend with some friends.
'I went to Dennis' rescue': Phil Jackson revisits comments about Mormons from '98 NBA Finals (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 15, 2018) - Relevance: 1.7
On Wednesday, legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson revisited the comments he and Dennis Rodman made about Mormons during the 1998 NBA Finals, with Jackson saying that he tried to "rescue" his controversial player.
Jackson, whose Chicago Bulls faced the Utah Jazz in two straight NBA Finals, was in town on Wednesday speaking at Domopalooza, the annual conference hosted by Utah-based software as a service company Domo, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Jackson was one of several speakers on Wednesday who had a sitdown interview with Domo CEO Josh James.
Why the Women's Ordination Question Will Shape the Future of Mormonism (Religion Dispatches)
(September 30, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
“An endeavor in radical self-respect”--that’s how founder Kate Kelly has described Ordain Women, a grassroots, social-media driven movement for women’s ordination to the lay priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The question of women’s ordination is nothing new to Mormon feminists. But never before in Mormon history has the issue been so broadly discussed among Mormons at all points on the orthodoxy spectrum—a development some trace to the March 2013 launch of Ordain Women’s website featuring pictures and testimonials from rank-and-file Mormons who support ordination and a more equitable role for women in LDS Church leadership and service.
Muslim, Mormon Teens Team Up for Charity (Lake Forest Patch - California)
(August 24, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
A collaboration between Muslim and Mormon youths sent 5,300 pounds of donated food this month to the South County Outreach food pantry in Lake Forest.
Youths from the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo, Islamic Center of Irvine and Islamic Educational Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa teamed up with Mormon teens from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stakes in Mission Viejo and Santa Margarita for a day of service.
Missions and safety (Deseret News - Utah)
(January 22, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
The news of the death of Elder Jermaine Luther Walker in Kingston, Jamaica, this week made me think about missionary safety and its context relative to another volunteer group: The Peace Corps.
Last Sunday, I happened upon an ABC 20/20 story about a young Peace Corpolunteer from Atlanta named Kate Puzey, who was killed in Africa in March 2009. She was stabbed as she slept on her porch, allegedly by a fellow male African teacher. The story included a half dozen female former Peace Corps volunteers who served throughout the world, recounting being sexually assaulted, beaten and raped during their service. Of the nearly 8,000 current Peace Corps volunteers around the globe, 60 percent of them are women.
A Veteran’s Memories Become a Legacy for His Family (Church News and Events)
(January 24, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
They called it “the beach party.” But there would be no picnics. It was Iwo Jima in February 1945. And Ivan Bruderer, a 19-year-old sailor from Logan, Utah, was assigned to go ashore.
Some 67 years later, Brother Bruderer sat in his living room beside his wife, Ellen, in Star Valley, Wyoming. It is a late summer day and green stretches across the valley where soon will be one of the Church’s new temples.
“For years I wouldn’t talk about my service [during World War II], the things that I saw, to my kids,” said Brother Bruderer, a member of the Meadows Ward, Thayne Wyoming Stake. “Finally, a few years ago, my oldest boy cornered me and said, ‘Dad, you haven’t told us anything about your navy life.’ And then it dawned on me. I owe it to my family what I went through, what war is all about and why I love this country like I do.”
Mormons and Depression (Religion News Service)
(April 25, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
Some questions have come up in blog comments on the Emma Smith thread about LDS President George Albert Smith and depression.
¶I’m traveling today, so this will have to be short, but I wanted to provide a link to the 2008 article in the Journal of Mormon History that chronicles George Albert Smith’s mental health struggles. (You’ll have to scroll through the issue to get to p. 113 where that article begins.) In the piece, BYU religion professor Mary Jane Woodger details the three-year nervous breakdown Smith suffered from 1909 to 1912, when he was in his late thirties and early forties. During those years he had to take an unofficial leave of absence from his duties as an apostle, seeking rest cures in California, St. George, and elsewhere.
Comedian killed in I-40 accident to be buried Saturday (Durham News - North Carolina)
(February 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
A stand-up comedian killed in an accident with an accused impaired driver on Interstate 40 last weekend will be buried Saturday in Tennessee.
A funeral service for Brian Edward Kiley, 38, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Madison, Tenn. followed by burial at Christ Church Memorial Gardens in Nashville.
Raul Herrera, 31, of High Point was initially charged with driving while impaired after Sunday’s wreck. On Wednesday Durham police had a warrant charging Herrera with felony death by motor vehicle, though it had not been served as of Thursday.
Killed Utah deputy Brian Harris laid to rest in Glendale (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 7, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
A community said goodbye to its hero Friday.
Kane County sheriff's deputy Brian Harris, shot and killed in the line of duty Aug. 26 while pursuing a burglary suspect, was laid to rest in the small Kane County town of Glendale.
More than 2,000 people packed the gymnasium of Valley High School in Orderville for Harris' funeral service. A couple hundred other people listened to an audio and video feed of the ceremony from adjacent auditoriums and even in the neighboring LDS Church meetinghouses in Orderville and Glendale.
Monson urges Mormons to serve missions (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(October 3, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Despite an impressive number of men and women preaching the Mormon gospel across the globe, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs even more missionaries, several speakers said on the first day of the 180th LDS General Conference.
A two-year mission is a universal expectation for every “worthy, able young man,”President Thomas S. Monson said Saturday morning, speaking to more than 20,000 Mormons in the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City and millions more watching around the globe via satellite.
Young women don’t have the same obligation to serve full-time, but can make “a valuable contribution as missionaries,” Monson said. “We welcome your service.”
Mormon bishop says church responsible for gays’ emotional wounds (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(November 7, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
The way gays are treated and perceived by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an “atrocity,” an LDS bishop from Illinois told a group of gay Mormons Sunday.
“If you leave here not remembering what I have to say, remember this: I’m sorry,” Bishop Kevin Kloosterman said at an interfaith service held at the First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City.
Kloosterman spoke at the final event of a weekend-long seminar dedicated to exploring gay Mormon issues, titled Circling the Wagons. He said he recently became aware of LGBT issues and his views changed from that of the church — that acting on gay urges violates its moral code — and had a “mighty change of heart.”
Exhibit: 'Love of Christ' (LDS Church News)
(September 23, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
A new exhibit, "No Greater Love,' which will include works showing Christ's love in His earthly ministry and resurrection, opened at the The Church History Museum Sept. 20. It will continue through October 2014 in the museum theatre gallery.
The exhibit will display artwork of the Savior's greatest acts of love, such as the Atonement and His death on the cross, acts of service and healing and the promise of His return. The art features a range of artistic styles, media and approaches. Whereas most of the works of art feature images of the Savior, some will be interpretive pieces that encourage viewers to think about the meaning of Christ's life and the great love He demonstrated through His Atonement and Resurrection.
Be nice, fill the jars with warm fuzzies (Deseret News - Utah)
(September 30, 2010) - Relevance: 1.7
Deseret Book customers and friends of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson are being asked to do good deeds during the next few months and fill the giant glass jars in the 37 stores with colorful, warm fuzzies.
Inspired by the success last year when President Monson asked people to serve others as their birthday gifts to him, Deseret Book managers decided to see how many soft pompoms they could collect between the release date of President Monson's biography, "To The Rescue," and the end of the year.
Customers are invited to jot down a description of what service or act of kindness they've performed and pick up a warm fuzzy to drop into the jar.
Newswoman will lead her Mormon choir, no matter what (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(December 27, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Before metal rods were inserted in her arms, Louise Degn liked to bring her LDS ward choir to its final note with a strong, upbeat flourish. Now Degn must settle for using her baton in downward motion as a more subtle punctuation, with her arms lifted only halfway to her shoulders.
But she can still conduct the choir’s traditional Christmas program Sunday, accompanied by a full orchestra, at the east-side Salt Lake City chapel.
Nothing could stop her from leading the hourlong musical service this year, concluding with scores of former ward members emerging from the congregation to join in the triumphant Hallelujah chorus. The chapel will be filled, as they say, with a “joyful noise.”
Mormon 'Helping Hands' Project at Spring Valley-East Communities Center (Lemon Grove Patch - California)
(May 5, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
On Saturday, more than 300 volunteers from the Mormon “Helping Hands” initiative participated in cleanup and beautification projects at the Spring Valley-East Communities Center. The efforts were part of a statewide service project through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that featured more than 70,000 volunteers statewide.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob presented a proclamation to Bishop Lewis Zollinger of the Lemon Grove congregation of the Mormon Church. The new Community Center resides in his congregational jurisdiction, which is determined by street boundaries.
No. 1 BYU men’s volleyball sweeps Penn State, reaches national title game (Universe - Utah)
(May 3, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
When the sweep was in doubt and the BYU men’s volleyball team looked vulnerable, it went back to it’s bread and butter game plan it executed throughout the whole year. Feed the ball to Taylor Sander and Ben Patch.
BYU did, and the pair of all-Americans didn’t disappoint.
Sander led BYU with 17 kills, seven blocks and three digs while Patch contributed 12 kills, five blocks, five digs and two service aces. Both came up big in the third set to help BYU mount its comeback and propel it to the national championship game, its first since 2004. Penn State was led by EIVA Conference Player of the Year Aaron Russell who recorded 13 kills.
Surprise Mormon announcement could open doors for more women missionaries (CNN)
(October 10, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
Big news broke in the Mormon world this weekend, when the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a lowered minimum age requirement for missionary service, most notably for women.
Women can now go out in the field to serve their church at 19, instead of 21. Though this may not seem monumental to outsiders, some Mormons say it's a game-changing moment that may rewrite women's futures and even influence broader dynamics within the LDS Church community.
“The narrative of young women has been that marriage trumps everything else as your most important spiritual pursuit,” explained Joanna Brooks, scholar, blogger and author of “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith.” This shift “signals a reorganizing of expectations for women’s lives. … It changes the storyline.”
DI Partners Employees with Success (Church News and Events)
(March 28, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
Ariela had just immigrated to the United States from Peru, and although she spoke English and Spanish and had a college degree, she was unfamiliar with the work environment in the United States and felt unsure about finding a job. Her bishop suggested she work with Deseret Industries (DI), a nonprofit, vocational rehabilitation facility that doubles as a thrift store and is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Soon after beginning work at her local DI, Ariela enlisted in DI’s business partnership program, where she was able to have an internship-type experience at a local government justice service company that taught her basic business procedures. She soon felt comfortable with her career skills and was able to find permanent employment.
200 Mormon women lend a hand (Orange County Register - California)
(August 9, 2012) - Relevance: 1.7
It seemed like one project wasn't enough for the women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Rancho Santa Margarita area. Last month, at the Humanitarian Night of Service, the projects included collecting food for South County Outreach, collecting professional clothing for Working Wardrobes, sewing diaper changing pads for Casa Theresa, and creating quilts for the teens at Orangewood Children's Home.
Last year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, provided assistance in 179 countries. Additionally, church leaders encourage congregations to spend time and resources to help those in need in their own communities.
Explosion kills Utah soldier in Afghanistan (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
(July 18, 2011) - Relevance: 1.7
A young South Ogden soldier has died in Kandahar province, the third Utah serviceman to lose his life in Afghanistan this month.
Raphael Arruda’s family learned of his death Sunday morning, the family’s LDS Church bishop, Craig Scott, said.
Arruda, who died Saturday, was "a fine young man with a commitment to service," said Scott, bishop of the South Ogden 6th Ward.
Arruda’s father was in the family’s native country of Brazil on Sunday, tending to affairs in the wake of his mother’s death less than two weeks ago, Scott said.
Event to Celebrate 100 Years of Scouting in the Church (Church News and Events)
(August 26, 2013) - Relevance: 1.7
In commemoration of the Church’s 100-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, an event called “On My Honor: A Century of Scouting” will be held on October 29, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. mountain daylight time. The event will originate at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will be broadcast live throughout North America in English and Spanish.
Featured on the program will be Scout choirs, historical vignettes, and videos highlighting important events, service, and achievements earned during the past century. Hundreds of local Scouts of all ages will participate. Members of the First Presidency of the Church as well as national BSA leaders and executive board members are expected to attend.
Defending the Faith: Christ's resurrection was a witnessed fact, not a later fantasy (Deseret News - Utah)
(March 29, 2013) - Relevance: 1.6
Modern people commonly assume that pre-modern people were stupid, inhabiting a primitive fantasy world detached from reality, unenlightened by science and awash in superstition. Such gullible minds, some modern “realists” claim, merely imagined the resurrection of Christ.
This is a largely baseless prejudice. Pre-modern people knew death intimately, in a way that most of us today don’t. For them, death occurred at home, in battle, through accidents or as a result of plague, not in a sterile hospital staffed by cool, efficient professionals. It was up close, personal and very visible. Family or friends typically disposed of the bodies of their dead. They couldn’t delegate that final service to others.