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January 22, 2019

President Nelson Speaks at His “Righteous and Joyful” Daughter’s Funeral (Church News) (January 22, 2019)
When a parent bids farewell to a child, something dies within that parent’s heart, said President Russell M. Nelson, speaking at funeral services for his “righteous and joyful” daughter on Saturday.

Discipleship Means Changing Who We Are, Not Just What We Do, BYU–Hawaii President Says (Church News) (January 22, 2019)
While visiting his 98-year-old mother in Utah for Christmas, BYU–Hawaii President John S. Tanner sang “I Am a Child of God” with her. Due to her failing memory, singing songs is one thing she especially loves.

Church Revises Dates for Haiti Temple Open House, Dedication (Church News) (January 22, 2019)
The Church has announced an updated schedule for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple open house, youth devotional, and dedication. The temple’s open house will be held from August 3 through August 17, with the exception of Sundays.

‘The guy was full of life’: Family members, colleagues gather at a candlelight vigil to remember slain real estate agent (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 22, 2019)
Every day, David Stokoe walked into the board room of the real estate company where he worked, took his seat at exactly 9 a.m. — having a penchant for punctuality — and declared to his colleagues: “Today is great because I choose to make it great.”

Prominent Mormon gay conversion therapist comes out as gay (Yahoo News) (January 22, 2019)
A prominent gay conversion therapist in the Mormon church, who identified for decades as “ex-gay,” announced on Monday that his 30-year marriage to a woman has come to an end, and that he is pursuing life as a gay man again.

January 18, 2019

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens Mormon temple near Vatican in Rome (Fox News) (January 18, 2019)
Italy's first Mormon temple opened its doors on Monday in Rome, just a few miles from the Vatican.

See the complete list of 164 new mission president assignments for 2019 (Church News) (January 18, 2019)
The First Presidency has called 164 new mission presidents and companions who will begin service in July 2019. Mission presidents and their companions will serve in various locations across the world.

‘Mormon Land’: Outside of Utah, ‘there are fewer litmus tests for what makes a ‘real Mormon,’ scholar says (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 18, 2019)
Latter-day Saints are full of jokes, jabs and judgments about so-called “Utah Mormons” — how church members who live in the heart of the faith are somehow different than those who live elsewhere.

January 17, 2019

Apostle leads Catholic delegation on tour of Rome Temple (Deseret News - Utah) (January 17, 2019)
A Catholic delegation led by the secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity took a tour Tuesday of the new Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

New video shows exquisite shots of the Rome Italy Temple (Church News) (January 17, 2019)
Newsroom released a video on Jan. 14 detailing how the land for the Rome Italy Temple was selected. Posted just weeks before the public open house begins on Jan. 28, the video explains the symbolism within the temple and the significance of the building to the Roman community.

Elder Holland presides at Urdaneta Philippines Temple groundbreaking — here's a quick look at future temples in the country (Church News) (January 17, 2019)
Newsroom announced on Jan. 16 the groundbreaking for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the ceremony. Senior Church leaders and local community leaders in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, were also in attendance.

Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Ground Broken by Church Leaders (LDS Newsroom) (January 17, 2019)
Senior Church leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community and interfaith leaders in Urdaneta, Pangasinan on Wednesday, 16 January 2019, to break ground for a new temple.

Temple Rededications Announced for May 2019 (LDS Newsroom) (January 17, 2019)
The Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been renovated and will be rededicated in May.

Freshman Shaylee Gonzales has quickly become a star at BYU, and will lead the Cougars into Thursday’s WCC showdown with Gonzaga (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 17, 2019)
From afar, it appears that BYU point guard Shaylee Gonzales is exceeding expectations, much like the Cougars themselves after a 6-0 start in West Coast Conference play.

Judge denies early depositions in sex abuse case involving LDS Church president's family (KUTV - Utah) (January 17, 2019)
A motion to speed up the deposition process in a case involving The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president's family has been denied. The lawyers who are representing six people accusing President Nelson's relatives of sexual abuse wanted early depositions because of Nelson's age.

January 16, 2019

Elder Uchtdorf Asks Young Adults to Listen for the Music of the Spirit (LDS Newsroom) (January 16, 2019)
“We are here to learn how to hear the music of the Spirit, to find God, to recognize and follow His voice, even amid the clamor and noise of the world,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf encourages BYU students to listen to God's voice (Daily Herald - Utah) (January 16, 2019)
In a busy Washington, D.C. subway station in 2007, Joshua Bell pulled out a $3.5 million handcrafted violin, and, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, the world-class violinist began to play. It was an experiment — crafted by a Washington Post journalist — to see if busy commuters would understand what they were hearing.

Move over, Vatican -- there's a new church in town (CNN) (January 16, 2019)
Italy's first ever Mormon temple opened on Monday, just a few miles up the road from the Vatican, in the Eternal City of Rome. While the building's spires don't reach the heights of St. Peter's 450-foot-high dome, the Pope's new neighbors hope their temple will also become a place of pilgrimage for spiritual seekers.

A look at how the Christus and 12 Apostle statues went from Copenhagen to the Rome Italy Temple grounds (Church News) (January 16, 2019)
The ancient apostles have traveled again, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Carrara, Italy, and on to Rome. It’s the second time in as many centuries those cities have been linked with the likes of Peter, James, John and Paul. In the early 1800s, a Danish sculptor trained in Rome crafted sculptures of Jesus Christ and 12 New Testament apostles — first of clay, then of plaster and finally of Carrara marble, with all 13 destined for a redesigned Copenhagen cathedral.

“Dotting the Earth”: Entering an Era of New International Temples (Church News) (January 16, 2019)
Simply put, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has embarked on an unprecedented era of more international temples. Of the Church’s 161 currently operating temples, 81 temples are located within the United States and 80 are located in other countries. But the last two temples dedicated in late 2018 were in South America—the Concepción Chile and Barranquilla Colombia Temples.

Strong Faith Guides BYU Volleyball Coach on Journey to National Coach of the Year (Church News) (January 16, 2019)
Life can get a bit frantic for a college volleyball coach during the playing season. Time not spent training or traveling with the team is likely filled in film study, recruiting, and preparing for that next match. It can be tough to look beyond the next pressing item on the day’s to-do list.

'Hey, some crazy dude with a gun is making us buy stuff': Kidnapped missionaries had sent text for help (Deseret News - Utah) (January 16, 2019)
A man accused of forcing four missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to give him money — essentially kidnapping and robbing them at knife and gunpoint — now faces eight first-degree felonies.

Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China (BBC) (January 16, 2019)
US officials say China is trying to influence US policymakers, steal secrets and spy on the US government. But how? The story of Kevin Mallory, a man who seemed to lead a typical suburban life in Virginia, provides the answer.

January 15, 2019

Watch: President Russell M. Nelson comforts Latter-day Saints affected by devastating Paradise fire (Deseret News - Utah) (January 15, 2019)
Days after his daughter's death following her battle with cancer, President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comforted church members in California who lost homes, loved ones, businesses and more in the Paradise Camp Fire in November 2018.

Integrity in government, and why it matters: A conversation with Bob Woodward, Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Michael Dimock (Deseret News - Utah) (January 15, 2019)
When Bob Woodward learned that Richard Nixon had been pardoned, the reporter whose investigation led to the president’s resignation believed the pardon was improper, “the final corruption of Watergate.”

Italians wowed by Michelangelo motif in Rome Temple (Deseret News - Utah) (January 15, 2019)
The first Italians to tour the new Rome Italy Temple stopped just inside the front door Monday and began to point and smile at something familiar, even though none had ever been inside a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before.

Get the first look at Latter-day Saints’ new showcase temple in Rome (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (January 15, 2019)
After years that included fasting and praying, waiting and wondering, Latter-day Saint eternal marriages soon will be solemnized in the Eternal City.

Former journalist Jane Clayson Johnson shares personal story of depression in new book (KSL - Utah) (January 15, 2019)
Nationally recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson, who started her career at KSL TV and later became anchored the morning show on CBS, was back in Utah recently — this time to share her own story about her battle with depression.

January 14, 2019

Rome Italy Temple to Begin Public Tours (LDS Newsroom) (January 14, 2019)
Public tours begin this month for the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy, the Church’s 162nd operating temple in the world.

Apostles lead first open house visitors through Rome Italy Temple (Deseret News - Utah) (January 14, 2019)
More than a decade after it was announced and two millennia after Peter and Paul preached here, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the doors Monday to its stunning new Rome Italy Temple.

Elder and Sister Renlund Discuss Faith and Doubt in Worldwide Broadcast (LDS Newsroom) (January 14, 2019)
“God wants us to have faith so that He can bless us,” said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Renlund and his wife, Ruth, spoke to young adults during a live Church Educational System (CES) worldwide broadcast originating on the Brigham Young University–Hawaii campus, Sunday, January 13, 2019.

President Nelson Brings Hope to Californians Caught in 2018 Wildfires (LDS Newsroom) (January 14, 2019)
As people in northern California recover from the deadliest wildfire in state history, the worldwide leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared words of hope and inspiration with those who lost everything.

Artist Rendering Released for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple (LDS Newsroom) (January 14, 2019)
An artist rendering of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was released today, January 12, 2019.

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites January 11, 2019 (LDS Newsroom) (January 14, 2019)
A conversation between friends at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner focused on the thousands of people in Northern California who lost everything in the 2018 fires and brought a strong desire to help.

Daughter of President Nelson Passes (LDS Newsroom) (January 14, 2019)
With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Wendy Nelson Maxfield, a daughter of President Russell M. Nelson and Dantzel White Nelson. Wendy died peacefully at her home Friday afternoon, January 11, 2019, at age 67 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The FBI has been tracking crimes against Latter-day Saints for 3 years. Here's why (Deseret News - Utah) (January 14, 2019)
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise, but so are crimes against members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to hate crime statistics from the FBI released in December.

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