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September 20, 2018

Human Flourishing Is the Fruit of Religious Freedom (LDS Newsroom) (September 20, 2018)
Elder Joseph W. Sitati, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged those gathered at the 3rd All Africa Congress on Religious Freedom September 14 to “let human flourishing be the vision we take back to our communities and promote in our own capacities.”

Cleanup Efforts Underway in Asia Following Typhoon Mangkhut (LDS Newsroom) (September 20, 2018)
Damage assessments are underway in the Philippines and Hong Kong following Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the category 5 storm that hit Asia over the weekend.

Latter-day Saint Scholar Named a Welsh Bard, Unveils Plaque at Church History Site (Church News) (September 20, 2018)
In 1849, a small chapel located in Llanelli, Wales, was dedicated for use by Dan Jones, president of the Welsh Mission at the time. It was the second building constructed and dedicated by members of the newly formed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—the first was the Kirtland Temple—and the first built outside of the United States.

Utah's Mormon Republican establishment is backing Trump's assault on public lands (Los Angeles Times - California) (September 20, 2018)
Nearly two-thirds of Utah is public land, including the densest array of national parks, monuments, forests and wilderness in the lower 48 states. Federal agencies manage this vast maze of red rock canyons on behalf of all Americans. But the state’s elected officials seem to believe all this public land is their land.

Former Mormon Leader Used Position To Swindle Church Members, Feds Say (Huffington Post) (September 20, 2018)
A former leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used his “position of prominence” to cheat friends and fellow church members out of more than half a million dollars, Utah federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Prosecutors charged Robert Glen Mouritsen, a 71-year-old from Kaysville, with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Aug. 30.

September 19, 2018

Meet the 11 new members of the Young Women, Primary general boards (LDS Church News) (September 19, 2018)
The Young Women and Primary general presidencies have called new members of their general boards. The 11 women will work with the general presidencies to help meet the needs of young women and children around the world.

Church Presents Family History to New Zealand Prime Minister (LDS Newsroom) (September 19, 2018)
Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, with a two-volume family history today in her Wellington office.

Shawn Bradley Is Really, Really Tall. But Why? (Wall Street Journal) (September 19, 2018)
A geneticist named John Kauwe took his window seat on a small plane a few years ago when he looked up at the man next to him and realized he knew him from college. “I recognized him because I’m a BYU alumnus and BYU faculty member,” Kauwe said. It also helped that Kauwe’s neighbor was 7 feet 6 inches tall.

Think You’re Spiritually Tone-Deaf? BYU President Shares 3 Ways to Improve Your Ability to Receive Revelation (Church News) (September 19, 2018)
BYU President Kevin J Worthen remembers when he was the age of many college students, listening to some of his acquaintances sharing stories about how the Spirit had given them specific directions in dramatic ways. But he couldn't readily recall any such personal experience of his own.

Relief Society Serving “Minute by Minute” after Hurricane Hits North Carolina (Church News) (September 19, 2018)
Duty called Karen Pierce, even from her Red Cross-provided cot in the hallway of an elementary school where she found shelter from Hurricane Florence’s deadly winds and rains.

Sam Young announces he was excommunicated by local church leaders (Deseret News - Utah) (September 19, 2018)
A Texas man whose 23-day hunger strike punctuated his protest of one-on-one bishop's interviews with children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday that he has been excommunicated for apostasy.

Another Mormon excommunication, 25 years after the ‘September Six’ (Religion News Service) (September 19, 2018)
On Sunday, former Mormon bishop Sam Young of Texas announced his excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

September 18, 2018

President Nelson Shares Life Lessons in Pacific Northwest (LDS Newsroom) (September 18, 2018)
“We are living in the most crucial era in the history of the world,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Nelson Urges Members in British Columbia to “Teach the Children” (Church News) (September 18, 2018)
President Russell M. Nelson strained to see the Primary-age children in the congregation of 4,600 Latter-day Saints gathered in the Langley Events Center on Sunday evening, September 16.

See 31 #followtheprophet reactions on Twitter, Instagram about President Nelson's messages this weekend (LDS Church News) (September 18, 2018)
Back-to-back devotionals with Church members living in Seattle, Washington, and Langley, British Columbia, Canada, meant President Russell M. Nelson spent the evenings of Sept. 15 and 16 with more than 55,000 people.

Latter-day Saints Ready to Provide Disaster Relief on US Southeast Coast (LDS Newsroom) (September 18, 2018)
As Hurricane Florence reaches landfall on the Southeast Coast of the United States, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is ready to aid those in need.

Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines (LDS Newsroom) (September 18, 2018)
Church leaders have been in contact with mission, stake and district leaders in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, urging them to take all necessary precautions to prepare those in their care for the storm. Many Church buildings in the path of the typhoon are already being used to shelter members and others, and the Church is working with local vendors to secure food, water and other basic supplies.

New Latter-day Saint General Board Members Named (LDS Newsroom) (September 18, 2018)
New members have been called to the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general boards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While the 14 new board members reside in Utah, most have lived extensively across the United States and in other countries.

Church Leaders Meet Chile’s Minister of Women and Gender Equity (LDS Newsroom) (September 18, 2018)
Two leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society and Young Women organizations recently opened a dialogue with Chile’s Minister of Women and Gender Equity, Isabel Plá.

Senior Missionaries Needed Worldwide; Explore Service Options Online (Church News) (September 18, 2018)
When Bruce and Valerie Bowen from Burley, Idaho, were first married, they decided that someday, after raising their children and retiring from work, they would like to serve a mission together.

Mormon Activist Excommunicated After Campaigning Against Church Policies (Huffington Post) (September 18, 2018)
A Texas activist has been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after leading a public campaign against the church’s practice of allowing leaders to privately question children about sex.

September 14, 2018

Church News: Members sheltering missionaries serving in eastern North Carolina (Deseret News - Utah) (September 14, 2018)
The mid-summer skies were likely sunny and clear when newly arrived North Carolina Raleigh Mission President Matthew S. Holland conducted his first round of zone conferences.

President Nelson and Elder Renlund Offer Advice during Caribbean Visit Q&A Interview (Church News) (September 14, 2018)
On September 1, President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a Caribbean Area member devotional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Ministering Worldwide Is “Broadening” Experience for Prophet and Apostles Who Accompany Him (Church News) (September 14, 2018)
Sitting on the rostrum off to the side and behind the speaker’s podium, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland didn’t have the best sight lines to see the face of President Russell M. Nelson as the prophet spoke to Latter-day Saints in eight member devotionals spread over two weeks and three continents in April 2018.

Similar religious views are more important than sports fandom for most couples, new survey finds (Deseret News - Utah) (September 14, 2018)
What’s more important: finding a partner who is a fan of the same sports team, or a partner with the same religious views? A new report from discovered that religion tends to be more important for men and women seeking a partner.

September 13, 2018

Church leaders speak out against Utah's medical marijuana initiative on radio broadcast (LDS Church News) (September 13, 2018)
On Sept. 12, General Authorities and a general auxiliary leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were invited to weigh in on KUER’s RadioWest about why the Church has joined a coalition opposing Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative.

Recreational use of marijuana violates Mormon Word of Wisdom, church leaders say, regardless of legality (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 13, 2018)
Mormon doctors who recommend cannabis to their patients, and voters who support medical marijuana legalization efforts, are not at risk of jeopardizing their standing within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a member of the faith’s leadership said Wednesday.

BYU students impress India VIP with commitment to honor code (Deseret News - Utah) (September 13, 2018)
BYU's honor code had long interested Rahul Karad, but when he finally got to visit the campus this week, he wanted to know whether it was for real. So Karad, executive president of MIT World Peace University in India, spontaneously stopped separate, random groups of students during his visit and quizzed them whether they follow the honor code.

‘Mormon Land’: Former bishop Sam Young discusses his stance on youth interviews, his possible excommunication and how church leaders are misinterpreting his opposition (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (September 13, 2018)
Sam Young is a Mormon on a mission. He wants bishops’ one-on-one interviews with Latter-day Saint youths to end. He wants the sometimes sexually explicit “worthiness” questions they are asked in these private sessions to cease. To propel his cause, he formed a group, Protect LDS Children, launched an online petition and led a march to church headquarters to deliver tens of thousands of supportive signatures. He even staged a three-week hunger strike to draw attention to the issue.

September 12, 2018

Missionaries Evacuated as Hurricane Nears the US East Coast (LDS Newsroom) (September 12, 2018)
Missionaries in the path of Hurricane Florence are taking necessary precautions to remain safe as the storm prepares to make landfall. Missionaries serving in coastal areas are being moved to safe locations with adequate supplies.

Advancing Hurricane Florence Has Local Latter-day Saints on High Alert (Church News) (September 12, 2018)
Carolinians are a storm-savvy lot. Almost every year a hurricane or powerful tropical storm threatens their coastlines and even interior communities. And usually they, well, weather the winds and rains with trademark aplomb. Enduring an occasional violent storm is simply a part of life in eastern North and South Carolina. Even the Raleigh-based NHL hockey team is aptly named the Hurricanes.

MormonLeaks: Leaked document sheds light on LDS Church's handling of seven sex abuse cases (KUTV - Utah) (September 12, 2018)
The website MormonLeaks obtained a formerly confidential document that shows how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in 2012, handled allegations of sexual assault against missionaries and one stake president.

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