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May 17, 2019

Prophet Embarks on Nine-Day Pacific Ministry (Church Newsroom) (May 17, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Wendy, left Salt Lake City, Thursday, May 16, 2019, for a nine-day ministry visit to seven destinations in the Pacific. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, are traveling with the Nelsons.

Church Changing Names of More Mobile Apps, Communication Channels (Church News) (May 17, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continuing to roll out changes to various communication channels to follow the Savior’s direction to use the correct name of His Church.

Sissel to Headline Tabernacle Choir’s Pioneer Day Concert (Church Newsroom) (May 17, 2019)
Sissel, the world-renowned vocalist known for her ethereal arias throughout the Oscar-winning film Titanic, will join the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at the 2019 Pioneer Day concerts. The concerts will be held in conjunction with communitywide celebrations at 8 p.m. mountain standard time on July 19 and 20 in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

'Come Back, Come Now, Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice' (Church Newsroom) (May 17, 2019)
In 2007 when President Russell M. Nelson—worldwide leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—rededicated the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple, the Helu family had the privilege and blessing of briefly visiting with the then Elder Nelson and his dear wife Sister Wendy Nelson.

Woman who disrupted LDS General Conference to go on trial (Fox 13 - Utah) (May 17, 2019)
A woman who disrupted a session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ General Conference will go on trial. Crystal Legionaires confirmed to FOX 13 she will face trial in justice court next week for disrupting a meeting, a class B misdemeanor. Legionaires declined to comment on her case ahead of trial but said she rejected a plea offer made by Salt Lake City prosecutors.

May 16, 2019

Mormon Temple in Oakland Hills Is Remodeled in Line with Art Deco Original (Architectural Digest) (May 16, 2019)
The Bay Area’s Mormon temple serves plenty of purposes: It’s a house of worship, an FAA beacon for incoming planes, and an architectural gem. Nearly six decades after its completion, the church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints has renovated the 18-acre complex, keeping the modern Art Deco elements and adding refined, classic touches to the interiors.

Church Provides $4 Million Donation to US Refugee Resettlement Agencies (Church Newsroom) (May 16, 2019)
For the third year in a row, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing a grant to the nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. Representatives of Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian organization of the Church, were on the East Coast this week to hold discussions and deliver a $4 million grant, which includes $1.2 million in cash and $2.8 million in commodities.

BYU pitcher-turned-Army general says military makes him a better Latter-day Saint (Church News) (May 16, 2019)
Serving in the armed forces was a family affair for many of the United States’ most prominent military figures. Five-star general Douglas MacArthur was the son of a three-star. Navy veteran Sen. John McCain’s father and grandfather were both admirals. And “Old Blood and Guts” — Army Gen. George S. Patton — was the grandson of a Civil War colonel.

May 15, 2019

A journey into the Holy of Holies — in a Latter-day Saints temple (Jewish News of Northern California) (May 15, 2019)
Last Monday morning, I found myself in an unexpected place, sitting silently with a group of Bay Area journalists in the Celestial Room of the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — accompanied by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Nigeria Set To Upset Mexico’s 140-year Old Record, Says LDS Leader (Uncova) (May 15, 2019)
A member of the 1st Quorum of 70 of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Utah, USA, has predicted that in less than 15 years, Nigeria would upset Mexico’s 140-year old record of number of stakes of the church. Elder Edward Dube, 1st counsellor, Africa West area Presidency of the church stated this at the 6th Annual stake conference of the church and the inauguration of its new Umuahia South Nigeria stake in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.

All you need to know about the newest volume in the Joseph Smith Papers series (Church News) (May 15, 2019)
At a Church conference in April 1840, Latter-day Saint apostles Orson Hyde and John E. Page were called to a special mission. Instead of going out to proselytize, the two apostles were appointed to travel to "London, Amsterdam, Constantinople and Jerusalem" to converse with "Elders of the Jews" and collect information about the gathering of the Jews. They were also assigned to publish their findings throughout the United States.

Latter-day Saint officials to enlist help of political specialists; what does it mean? (ABC 4 - Utah) (May 15, 2019)
A new policy within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints directs stake presidents to assign political specialists to get church members engaged politically. Some church members say they are uncomfortable with the policy.

New stretch cotton garments now available for men (Church News) (May 15, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is introducing new Stretch Cotton garments for men, available beginning May 14. Women’s Stretch Cotton garments were introduced in January 2018, with additional styles offered in February 2019.

Only thirty-six percent of students at the University of Utah are Mormon (World Religion News) (May 15, 2019)
The Utah state population is dominated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) or as they are popularly called Mormons members. The denomination comprises 61.55 percent or almost two-thirds of the population of the state. This dominance, however, stops at one place in the state: the campus of the University of Utah.

May 14, 2019

Church Expresses Support for ‘Fairness for All’ Approach (Church Newsroom) (May 14, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply concerned that the ongoing conflicts between religious liberty and LGBT rights is poisoning our civil discourse, eroding the free exercise of religion and preventing diverse Americans of good will from living together in respect and peace.

Latter-day Saint leaders call for 'fairness for all' while opposing the Equality Act (Deseret News - Utah) (May 14, 2019)
Does expanding LGBTQ rights require limiting religious freedom? Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say no in a statement released Monday, which addresses high-profile legislation aimed at protecting gay and transgender Americans.

Mormon church opposes federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination measure (NBC News) (May 14, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its opposition Monday to a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that faces long odds in Congress, saying the legislation doesn't "meet the standard of fairness for all," contending it would strip key religious freedom protections.

Elder Stevenson prescribes 'vaccine' for spiritual suffering during Brazil visit (Church News) (May 14, 2019)
Vaccination talk has grabbed plenty of headlines in recent weeks. Each day seems to bring another news story or opinion column debating the importance of being vaccinated against one form of physical illness or another.

The advice Sister Craig would give to her 16-year-old self (Church News) (May 14, 2019)
If she could go back in time, what advice would Sister Michelle D. Craig of the Young Women general presidency give to her 16-year-old self? “I would tell her that there are times in all of our lives that are difficult, that life isn’t always easy,” said Sister Craig in a May 3 breakout session of BYU Women's Conference. “I would tell her she will have heartaches and heart-breaks — both physical and spiritual challenges — but that she can and will find joy in every season.”

Who Is Brittany Fisher Frank? New Details On The Woman Who Fell Off 100-Foot Cliff And Survived (Your Tango) (May 14, 2019)
Brittany was raised in the LDS church, and her faith has continued to be central in her life even as she battled her own demons during her recovery. The prayerful attitude before they set about performing the climb made a world of difference, according to Brittany: “We were able to have a prayer before we went out to the cliff, just on the side of the road there as a family, and it’s really cool because it’s been a journey for everyone.”

May 13, 2019

Latter-day Saints Among Many Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad (Church Newsroom) (May 13, 2019)
Latter-day Saint leaders joined thousands of people at the Golden Spike National Historical Park in northern Utah to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike that marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

President Nelson speaks at Utah's Promontory Summit for 150th golden spike anniversary. Here are his remarks (Church News) (May 13, 2019)
President Russell M. Nelson spoke Friday at the Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Celebration Ceremony on the spot where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met and created the literal Crossroads of the West in Utah. He called the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, “a gargantuan accomplishment” that showed diverse people could work together to build and unite a nation.

Groundbreaking Held for Second Ecuador Temple (Church Newsroom) (May 13, 2019)
Ground was broken for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quito Ecuador Temple on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Church and community leaders participated. Elder Enrique R. Falabella, South America Northwest Area President, presided and dedicated the temple site signifying the beginning of construction for the sacred edifice.

Church Honors NAACP for Advancing Equality and Justice in Society (Church Newsroom) (May 13, 2019)
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honored the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Saturday night for the organization’s commitment to advancing equality and justice in society.

Committees and Strategic Goals Announced for Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook Revisions (Church News) (May 13, 2019)
Survey responses and new music submissions have been received from over 40 countries since the official Church announcement ten months ago that Hymns and the Children’s Songbook would be unified and revised.

Salt Lake-area attorney Jay Kessler 'sets the standard' for volunteers in Utah (Deseret News - Utah) (May 13, 2019)
Every Thursday afternoon, "like clockwork," attorney Jay Kessler bounds into the administrative offices of Catholic Community Services' St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall to dispense free legal advice. This past week was no different, except that there was a cake, balloons and a certificate of appreciation recognizing Kessler's lengthy volunteer service signed by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

Coming Changes Will Enhance Gospel Study Experience Online (Church News) (May 13, 2019)
In the coming months, scriptures, magazines, manuals, and other gospel study content on ChurchofJesusChrist.org will begin mirroring the structure of the Gospel Library mobile application. Though some small changes have already been implemented, Gospel Library Online product manager Jennifer Smith anticipates the enhancements will roll out slowly from now until June, eventually replacing the old navigation links for gospel study-related materials. The transition will occur in all 118 translated languages.

LDS Church ordered to release sister missionary names in Denson case (Daily Herald - Utah) (May 13, 2019)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered by federal Judge Dustin B. Pead to provide a list of names of all sister missionaries who were at the Missionary Training Center in Provo the same time as McKenna Denson.

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