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July 16, 2019

A bittersweet moment as the Hill Cumorah Pageant prepares for its final bow (Buffalo News - New York) (July 16, 2019)
Every year since 1937, Latter-day Saints have made their way to a 10-acre patch of land east of Rochester to stage a pageant on their sacred Hill Cumorah, where they re-enact scenes from the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

Layton Utah Temple Site Announced (Church Newsroom) (July 16, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of the Layton Utah Temple. The temple, which was announced in April 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson, will be built on an 11.8-acre site located at the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane in Layton City, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City. Plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 87,000 square feet.

Two Former Missionaries Share What It Was Like to Come Home Early and How Loved Ones Can Help (Church News) (July 16, 2019)
Young adults who serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may experience an array of injuries, issues, and circumstances that result in being unable to continue with their mission service and returning home earlier than expected.

Latter-day Saints Serve Refugees at Rome Friendship Center (Church News) (July 16, 2019)
Carrots and celery—infused with regional spices—boil in a large pot in front of Sister Anita Canfield. She speaks as she chops more vegetables inside the Latter-day Saint Charities Friendship Center located in the heart of Rome. More than a dozen refugees are participating in her cooking class.

“Ambitious” Project to Make Masterworks of Latter-day Saint Scholars Digitally Available (Church News) (July 16, 2019)
With the goal of using digital technology to bring the masterworks and religious writings of Elder John A. Widtsoe to scholars and the public around the world through digital technology, the John A. Widtsoe Foundation and Widtsoe family descendants have jointly announced the Widtsoe Family Collection.

July 15, 2019

A look at the 90 year impact of 'Music and the Spoken Word' — the longest running continuous radio program (Church News) (July 15, 2019)
From a single man climbing a ladder and holding a microphone in the air, to a team of digital production and sound engineers and cameramen backed by radio and television broadcast teams, the means by which the hundreds of voices of the Tabernacle Choir are captured and sent out across the media airwaves around the world each week have changed drastically in the 90 years since the choir's first live radio broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word."

Elder Rasband Calls on “Pioneers” in Belarus to Establish Church for Future Generations (Church News) (July 15, 2019)
With Utah’s Pioneer Day quickly approaching, Minsk Belarus District Branch President Mikhail M. Davydik is a modern-day reminder that Latter-day Saint “pioneers” are not solely the claim of history.

HUD Secretary Carson Visits Church’s Welfare Square (Church News) (July 15, 2019)
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Welfare Square as part of a brief visit in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 11. Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy, and Elder Kent F. Richards, an emeritus General Authority Seventy, hosted Carson at Welfare Square.

New Zealand Latter-day Saint Honoured with Queen's Service Medal (Church Newsroom) (July 15, 2019)
Evelyn Ratima, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is happy to receive the Queen's Service Medal for her work with Māori in her community of Hastings, New Zealand.

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, July 12, 2019 (Church Newsroom) (July 15, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently partnered with Oakland, California, and two other local organizations to help alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis.

Utah Supreme Court rules on a case of LDS ward basketball and injuries in sports (Fox 13 - Utah) (July 15, 2019)
The notoriously rough n’ tumble basketball games that take place in meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have become a cultural joke in Utah, so much so that the state’s top court has now acknowledged it. “An athletic competition acclaimed on some local t-shirts as ‘the brawl that begins with prayer,'” Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Thomas Lee wrote.

New Sunday School general president shares why he is 'all in' to do whatever God asks of him (Church News) (July 15, 2019)
Brother Mark L. Pace remembers the moment at age 12 when his mother asked him a direct question — creating both a challenge and an opportunity that helped shape his life and prepared him for his recent call as the new Sunday School general president.

July 11, 2019

Hill Cumorah Pageant begins penultimate run tonight (Finger Lakes Times - New York) (July 11, 2019)
For over seven decades, the two-week period each July when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts its annual Hill Cumorah Pageant is billed as one of the largest theater productions in the world.

BYU Updates Honor Code Website (Church News) (July 11, 2019)
In an effort to “help reduce misunderstanding and anxiety” expressed among students at Brigham Young University regarding the way the university responds to violations of its Honor Code, the Church-owned university has updated its website—HonorCode.BYU.edu—with additional resources and information regarding Honor Code Office procedures.

BYU makes changes to reduce 'misunderstanding and anxiety' over Honor Code (Deseret News - Utah) (July 11, 2019)
The new Brigham Young University Honor Code Office administrator said Wednesday that additional changes to the school's Honor Code Office are meant to target "misunderstanding and anxiety" over its procedures and increase transparency.

Church Publishes YouTube Series on Overcoming Pornography (Church News) (July 11, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has published a series of dozens of YouTube videos addressing concerns about pornography—specifically, three main topics of personal pornography recovery, pornography use by a spouse, and parenting a child using pornography.

‘Mormon Land’: How LDS art can enhance worship for individuals and the overall church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (July 11, 2019)
Retired Columbia University professor Richard L. Bushman is best known for his biography of Mormon founder Joseph Smith and as an expert in early American history. In the past few years, though, he and his historian wife, Claudia Lauper Bushman, have taken a keen interest in the arts — specifically those associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

‘Stranger Things’ sees Mormons as ‘super-religious white people’ (Religion News Service) (July 11, 2019)
Season 3 of the Netflix hit “Stranger Things” features a rare discussion of Mormonism — but not in a good way. Without spoiling any plot points, Dustin, the curly-headed geek we’ve grown to love, has fallen for a Utah girl at science camp.

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