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March 15, 2019

The World Is Invited to President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration (Church Newsroom) (March 15, 2019)
If you asked those closest to him to choose one word to describe President Russell M. Nelson, you might be surprised at the variety of responses. Father. Patriarch. Scientist. Researcher. Servant. Friend. Songwriter. Physician. Prophet. Musician. Surgeon. Husband. Disciple.

Elder Stevenson Visits Genocide Memorial, Presents Church Donation in Africa (Church News) (March 15, 2019)
In a quiet location at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi, Rwanda, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Sister Lesa Stevenson were contemplating what had occurred in this country a quarter of a century ago. During a 90-day period from April to July in 1994, 1 million people in Rwanda died in civil war genocide.

Pocatello Temple groundbreaking set for Saturday; process has included several 'firsts' for LDS church (Idaho State Journal) (March 15, 2019)
Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they’ve made several decisions believed to be “firsts” involving the Saturday morning groundbreaking ceremony for their forthcoming local temple. The temple will be located off of Satterfield Drive and will be the church’s sixth temple in Idaho. Though it’s one of more than 200 temples that have been announced, are under construction or are operating throughout the world, its building process is proving to be rather unique.

'YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS FOREVER': Thousands clean up site of future Pocatello LDS temple (Idaho State Journal) (March 15, 2019)
With shovels, rakes and other hand tools clinking on the pavement, 16-year-old Jane Jacobsmeyer joined several dozen members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Highland 10th Ward on Tuesday night as they marched up Satterfield Drive to the site of the future Pocatello temple.

March 14, 2019

Video: Apostles share why their friendship is the 'strongest bond' of brotherhood on earth (Church News) (March 14, 2019)
In an unprecedented moment in Church history, the entire First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gathered together for the Rome Italy Temple dedication. For the occasion, the Church News asked the brethren to describe their bond of friendship with each other.

Apostles Testify of Jesus Christ in Rome (Church Newsroom) (March 14, 2019)
As special witnesses to the world of the divinity of Jesus Christ, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared their testimony of Christ by recording excerpts from the original document, "The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles."

Sister Bingham and Sister Cordon Conclude West Africa Tour in Côte d’Ivoire (Church Newsroom) (March 14, 2019)
Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, wrapped up their 11-day tour of West Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, before returning to Utah.

See Inside the New Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple (Church News) (March 14, 2019)
The free public open house for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple begins today, March 12, and will run through Saturday, March 30, 2019, excluding Sundays.

Stunning work by new Latter-day Saint artists showcased in Church's international competition (Church News) (March 14, 2019)
For Latter-day Saint artists across the globe, the Church’s International Art Competition remains a tradition offering unparalleled opportunities to share their talents and testimonies with thousands. Meanwhile, legions of visitors to the Church History Museum can engage with artwork marked by its diversity of artistic tradition and media. This year’s iteration features the works of artists from Argentina to Malawi and dozens of locales in between.

13-year-old Latter-day Saint soccer phenom turns pro (Church News) (March 14, 2019)
Scan the roster of names sponsored by that iconic sportswear brand with the Swoosh logo and you’ll spot some of the world’s top athletes — LeBron James, Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo. Now you can add a 13-year-old Latter-day Saint girl to that list.

Agreement reached to increase alcohol limits on beer in Utah (Associated Press) (March 14, 2019)
Alcohol limits for beer at Utah grocery stores inched closer to the rest of the country Wednesday under a legislative compromise in the state where the predominant faith teaches abstinence from alcohol.

The Role Mormon Religion Plays In 'Abducted In Plain Sight' (Forbes) (March 14, 2019)
As millions of viewers watch the crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix, the overwhelming response is shock and disbelief. How could this have possibly happened? How in the world could a man abduct the same child twice? And then not face consequences for it?

March 13, 2019

Why President Nelson took all Latter-day Saint apostles to Rome, and what they said about it (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2019)
Gasps have frequently followed announcements made by President Russell M. Nelson during his vigorous 14 months as prophet-leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Several months ago, it was the rest of the church's First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who found themselves gasping in their regular Thursday meeting in the Salt Lake Temple.

Rome Italy Temple Dedicatory Prayer (Church News) (March 13, 2019)
Following is the text of the dedicatory prayer of the Rome Italy Temple offered by President Russell M. Nelson on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Video: Sheri Dew gives a behind-the-scenes look at iconic photo of First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Church News) (March 13, 2019)
Sheri Dew, Chief Content Officer for Deseret Management Corporation, talks about what went on behind the scenes of the iconic photo of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taken this week in Rome. "This is an unprecedented moment," she said in a Church News video. "We know of no other time when the full First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have been outside of the United States together, let alone at a temple dedication."

Church Sponsors 11th International Art Competition (Church Newsroom) (March 13, 2019)
A culturally diverse, faith-filled art exhibit in a broad array of mediums is on display for the next seven months at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. The 11th International Art Competition begins March 14th and is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We had over 900 submissions from over 26 countries – the range was astounding,” said competition juror Herman du Toit.

151 works of art from around the world at the Church History Museum's International Art Competition (Deseret News - Utah) (March 13, 2019)
From Peru to the Philippines and Ukraine to Uruguay come 151 works of beauty and deep feeling in the form of woodwork, sculpture, textile and a variety of other artistic mediums at the 11th International Art Competition at the Church History Museum.

March 12, 2019

Rome Temple a 'hinge-point' in Latter-day Saint history, President Nelson says as he leaves Italy (Deseret News - Utah) (March 12, 2019)
Moments before President Russell M. Nelson departed the world capital of Christianity on Monday, he bestowed added significance on three landmark days surrounding the dedication ceremonies for the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Historic Photo of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Rome (Church Newsroom) (March 12, 2019)
In the midst of three days of dedicatory ceremonies for the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (15 in all) gathered Monday for a historic group photo. These four days in Rome are believed to be the first time in Church history that all 15 leaders have gathered in one location outside the United States — and the first group photo taken in two decades.

Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple Opens to the Public (Church Newsroom) (March 12, 2019)
The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple is opening for public tours. The free public open house begins Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and ends Saturday, March 30, 2019, excluding the Sundays of March 17 and 24. Dedicatory services will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019.

President Nelson dedicates Rome Italy Temple 170 years after Church 'opened a door which no man can shut' (Church news) (March 12, 2019)
With both the past and future of Italy on his mind in 1850, Elder Lorenzo Snow walked to a riverside in northeast Italy, performed the first baptism in the country, and “opened a door which no man can shut.”

Video: Sister Wendy Nelson shares her personal witness of President Russell M. Nelson's prophetic ministry (Church News) (March 12, 2019)
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, started out as a typical day for Sister Wendy W. Nelson. She spoke at the funeral of a dear, 100-year-old friend. Then she and her husband, President Russell M. Nelson, went to the temple, did a little Costco shopping, completed some projects and turned in early for bed.

Two U.S. Citizens Deported From Russia, Two Others in Custody (New York Times) (March 12, 2019)
Russia said on Thursday two U.S. citizens volunteering for the Mormon church had been deported for violations of immigration laws and that two others, described by a church official as "in good spirits," were in custody.

March 11, 2019

Rome Italy Temple Is Dedicated (Church Newsroom) (March 11, 2019)
The Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now dedicated. On a cool and overcast Sunday, March day, Church President Russell M. Nelson conducted the symbolic cornerstone ceremony, which signifies the temple’s completion and readiness to be dedicated for sacred use.

Latter-day Saint President Russell Nelson dedicates Rome Temple day after historic meeting with Pope Francis (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (March 11, 2019)
A day after his historic meeting with a white-cassocked Pope Francis in unfamiliar surroundings inside the Vatican, a white-suited President Russell M. Nelson found himself Sunday in a familiar setting to perform a very familiar task: dedicate a new Latter-day Saint temple.

Center of Christianity Has its First Mormon Temple (Voice of America) (March 11, 2019)
Europe’s largest Mormon temple will be dedicated over three days starting Sunday. Russell Nelson, president of the world’s 16 million Mormons, will be in Rome for the dedication ceremonies. No expense has been spared on Italy’s first temple, a magnificence, Mormons say, that is justified by faith.

After decades of behind-the-scenes diplomacy, leaders of Catholic, Mormon churches meet in Rome (Washington Post) (March 11, 2019)
The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with a pope for the first time on Saturday, an event that reportedly followed decades of behind-the-scenes relationship building between denominations whose leaders share a concern over secularism. Pope Francis and President Russell. M Nelson — both men who hold offices of profound spiritual significance for their faiths — met for 33 minutes at the Vatican to discuss the shared priorities of protecting religious rights, traditional family values and young people and opposing secularism...

On the Eve of the Rome Temple Dedication, Prophet Encourages Italian Youth (Church Newsroom) (March 11, 2019)
With building anticipation for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple scheduled to get underway beginning tomorrow morning with the public cornerstone ceremony, hundreds of youth packed a stake center on the campus of the soon-to-be-christened temple. When dedicated it will be the 162nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Historic Photo of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Rome (Church Newsroom) (March 11, 2019)
In the midst of three days of dedicatory ceremonies for the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (15 in all) gathered Monday for a historic group photo. These four days in Rome are believed to be the first time in Church history that all 15 leaders have gathered in one location outside the United States — and the first group photo taken in two decades.

Iconic photo of First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testifies that 'God lives' and 'Jesus is the Christ' (Church News) (March 11, 2019)
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stood together Monday in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center for iconic photographs — symbols of their unified testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. Taken in front of the statues of the Christus and the 12 ancient Apostles by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, the photographs connect the work of the ancient Apostles with the work of Latter-day prophets.

In Rome on Monday, all of the Latter-day Saint apostles make 'powerful' statement (Deseret News - Utah) (March 11, 2019)
In a major capital of Christianity on Monday, all 15 apostle-leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered together for the first time outside the United States in what some called a powerful statement about the church's role as a world religion.

This week on social: Church leaders share love for women on International Women's Day (Church News) (March 11, 2019)
This week on social media, Church leaders shared messages about their love for and the value of women, teaching in the home with the new curriculum and other inspiring messages. In recognition of International Women's Day on March 8, the Facebook accounts of Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, shared a video message on behalf of the 7.2 million women of the Relief Society from Accra, Ghana.

Warrensburg teen who received thousands of letters while battling cancer has died (Fox4KC - Missouri) (March 11, 2019)
A Warrensburg teen who captured the hearts of thousands of people died over the weekend. Matthew Harreld, 17, passed away Friday following a two-year battle with stage 3 brain cancer. “I just laid next to him and I told him, ‘I am so proud of you,’” his mother, Amy Harreld recalled of her son’s last moments. “I said, ‘You’ve done such a good job and you’ve been so brave but it’s time for you to rest. It’s time for you to be at peace.’”

March 9, 2019

Prophet Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican (Church Newsroom) (March 9, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with Pope Francis inside the Vatican Saturday, the first meeting between a Latter-day Saint president and a pope. The visit comes a day before President Nelson dedicates the Church’s first temple in Rome.

Prophet to Dedicate Rome Italy Temple (Church Newsroom) (March 9, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will dedicate the Rome Italy Temple Sunday, March 10, 2019. Unlike most temple dedications, Rome will feature three days of dedicatory services (seven sessions in all) so more Latter-day Saints in the area can participate in these special proceedings. Also, the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be together in Rome. This is believed to be the first time in Church history that all 15 leaders have gathered in one location outside the United States.

Entire First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to Gather in Rome for Temple Dedication (Church News) (March 9, 2019)
Gathering here in one of the most influential cities in the history of the world and in the history of Christianity, every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will participate in the Rome Italy Temple dedication this coming week.

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