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November 13, 2019

Doors Open for Public Tours of the Arequipa Peru Temple (Church Newsroom) (November 13, 2019)
A public open house will begin this week for the Arequipa Peru Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the country’s third temple. Peru has a Church membership of more than 605,000.

How the US military embraced America’s religious diversity (Navy Times) (November 13, 2019)
In 1919, Lee Levinger buried four soldiers in France. The responsibility to preside over a funeral was not unusual for military chaplains. But during World War I, most Americans would have been surprised to learn that a rabbi led a service for four Christian soldiers.

Learn more about your ‘homeland’ with FamilySearch blog country pages (Church News) (November 13, 2019)
Maybe you know the seven generations of your family that go back to a small town in Italy. Or maybe the only thing you know about your heritage is that you have an Italian last name. With the new blog country heritage pages, FamilySearch wants to reach people wherever they are and provide fun, engaging experiences while learning more about where they came from.

November 12, 2019

An Inside Look at the First Visitors’ Center in South America (Church News) (November 12, 2019)
Guided on a tour by sister missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visitors walk through the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple Visitors’ Center.

Elder Cook returns to his mission in England — here are highlights from his trip (Church News) (November 12, 2019)
Elder Quentin L. Cook began his service as a full-time missionary in South West England in September of 1960 — walking the cobble-stone streets of Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon, viewing centuries-old architecture and scenic views of the River Severn, and thinking of his own English roots.

FBI Joins Investigation Into Killing Of 9 Members Of Mormon Family In Mexico (NPR) (November 12, 2019)
The FBI has joined an investigation into the killing of three women and six children last week along a mountain road in northwest Mexico, an ambush that has shaken the Mormon community that has lived near the border for decades.

Mormon church leader denounces official's adoption scheme (Associated Press) (November 12, 2019)
A leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he is "disgusted" by an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, marking the first time a church official has commented on the case.

November 11, 2019

Elder Uchtdorf’s remarkable story of how good comes from your mission — even if you don’t see it for 46 years (Church News) (November 11, 2019)
A formula for missionary success. A reminder to be intentional and repentant rather than overwhelmed by perfectionism. An anecdote spanning nearly a half-century to represent missionaries being unaware how their simple efforts ripple across eternity. And a closing apostolic blessing.

General Authority Shares Two Strategies to Help You Win the “Battle for Your Soul” (Church News) (November 11, 2019)
One of the most piercing questions in all of scripture was spoken by the Savior when he asked Peter, “Do you love me?” (John 21:15) “This question is universal to all of us,” said Elder Robert C. Gay of the Presidency of the Seventy during an LDS Business College devotional held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on November 5.

Brother Owen explains why young adults should be interested in the new Children and Youth program (Church News) (November 11, 2019)
Shortly after returning from his mission, Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, said he felt he needed some direction for his life. He knew it was up to him to determine what his future would be like. Trying to discern the Lord’s will for him, Brother Owen prayerfully set some goals that would create balance in his life.

Two science societies removed BYU job postings over the school’s Honor Code ban on ‘homosexual behavior' (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 11, 2019)
Two internationally recognized science societies have removed Brigham Young University job postings from their websites after their members raised concerns about the religious Utah school’s LGBTQ policies — which ban “homosexual behavior” among students and faculty.

November 7, 2019

First Presidency Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League (Church Newsroom) (November 7, 2019)
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Tuesday morning with His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) and president of the International Organization for Muslim Scholars, based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

#LightTheWorld Giving Machines Expand to 10 Locations During Christmas Season (Church Newsroom) (November 7, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will place Giving Machines in 10 locations across the world this Christmas season, further expanding its efforts to #LightTheWorld by encouraging people to perform instant acts of service that make a difference in others’ lives.

Washington County Utah Temple Site Announced (Church Newsroom) (November 7, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the location of the Washington County Utah Temple.

Face to Face with Elder Gong to Provide “Deeper Dive” into Children and Youth Program (Church News) (November 7, 2019)
Elder Gerrit W. Gong is taking over the Church of Jesus Christ Youth Instagram account this week to share some of the goals he’s working on in preparation for the Face to Face event on November 17, at 4:00 p.m. for children and youth ages 7 to 18 and their parents and leaders.

November 6, 2019

Church Statement on Tragedy in Mexico (Church Newsroom) (November 6, 2019)
We are heartbroken to hear of the tragedy that has touched these families in Mexico. Though it is our understanding that they are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our love, prayers and sympathies are with them as they mourn and remember their loved ones.

‘Innocence Is Shattered:’ A Storied Mormon Family Reels After Mexico Murders (New York Times) (November 6, 2019)
Fundamentalist groups that split from the Mormon church have for years navigated life amid the drug war in northern Mexico.

Rededicatory Prayer for the Asunción Paraguay Temple (Church News) (November 6, 2019)
Following is the text for the prayer offered by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Spanish to rededicate the Asunción Paraguay Temple on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

Title of Liberty Raised in Three-Country Tour of Central America (Church Newsroom) (November 6, 2019)
A delegation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined interfaith and government leaders, as well as academics, in Central America in late October to make history. The group signed an agreement to work more diligently together to promote and protect religious freedom.

November 5, 2019

At Least 9 Members of Mormon Family in Mexico Are Killed in Ambush (New York Times) (November 5, 2019)
At least three women and six children in a prominent local Mormon family were killed on Monday when their vehicles were ambushed in northern Mexico by gunmen believed to be members of organized crime, family members said. The attack alarmed a nation already reeling from record violence this year.

Deadly attack on Mormons on US-Mexico border (CNN) (November 5, 2019)
Members of a Mormon community were attacked while traveling near the US-Mexico border, authorities said Tuesday.

At least seven members of Mormon family brutally killed in northern Mexico (Washington Post) (November 5, 2019)
Assailants have killed at least seven members of a Mormon family in northern Mexico, national media reported Tuesday, burning alive a woman and her children in a brutal assault that highlighted the growing danger posed by organized-crime groups around the country.

Relatives say at least 9 members of American family killed in Mexico, many of them kids (CBS News) (November 5, 2019)
Relatives say at least nine U.S. citizens, including six children, who live in a Mormon community in northern Mexico were killed Monday in a hail of gunfire. The family has said they suspect it may have been a case of mistaken identity by drug cartel gunmen.

Sister Eubank shares role of priesthood and covenants in blessing the human race (Church News) - (November 5, 2019)
Much like the beautifully crocheted and intricately designed cloths that are used to cover the altars in the temple, all of God’s children — the whole human race — are bound together by a single thread, said Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

UPDATE: Mormon Church calls attack "terrible and tragic," but says victims were not church members (CNN) (November 5, 2019)
The Mormons killed near the US-Mexico border appear to be members of a fundamentalist sect that is separate from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. CNN reached out to LDS-Church spokesperson. Here's what he said: “This does sound like a terrible and tragic thing. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information, as from what I can tell, these were members of a polygamist sect, and not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Former LDS Church Historian Dean Larsen, ‘calming presence’ during Hofmann bombings, dies at 92 (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (November 5, 2019)
On a dark October day in 1985, Dean Larsen, official historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called seven employees into his office to issue them a warning: Be careful on your way home.

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