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April 19, 2018

President Nelson Completes Africa Tour in Zimbabwe (LDS Newsroom) (April 19, 2018)
“This is a sight that I shall always remember,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a visit to Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

President Russell M. Nelson's 2018 Global Ministry Tour (LDS Newsroom) (April 19, 2018)
The global ministry tour of President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland runs April 10–23, 2018. The senior Church leaders are visiting eight cities in 11 days in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Mormon leader delights in songs of ‘precious children’ as he wraps up African tour (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 19, 2018)
For LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson, the welcoming voices of a Zimbabwean children’s choir both warmed his heart and underscored the need to teach the gospel to future generations of Africans.

East African Mormons look forward to a Nairobi temple (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 19, 2018)
The LDS Church will break ground for a temple in Nairobi to serve its growing number of East African followers. The church confirmed the plan this week during the visit of its president, Russell M. Nelson. The new leader — installed in January after the death of President Thomas S. Monson — made Kenya his third stop on a global tour that church officials bill as an effort to connect with the faithful.

Utah is the only state where Republican officials haven’t engaged in anti-Muslim rhetoric, report finds (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 19, 2018)
There are dozens of examples across 49 states of Republican officials attacking and shaming Muslims since 2015. The one outlier is Utah, according to a BuzzFeed News report published April 10.

April 18, 2018

Visiting LDS president salutes Kenya’s Mormon ‘pioneers’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 18, 2018)
LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson assured throngs of Kenyan Mormons that they share the pioneering spirit of faith with Latter-day Saints who settled Utah’s Salt Lake Valley nearly two centuries ago.

‘Dowry is not the Lord’s way’: In Kenya, LDS President Nelson says tithing breaks poverty cycle (Deseret News - Utah) (April 18, 2018)
To listen Monday to an LDS Church president's voice in person for the first time, East African Mormons traveled hundreds of miles in dust-covered buses, bouncing and swaying over dirt roads, broken streets and omnipresent speedbumps that keep speeds under 50 mph.

New Website Launched to Recruit Senior Mormon Missionaries (LDS Newsroom) (April 18, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched a new website designed to recruit senior missionaries and help them find opportunities to serve. Seniormissionary.lds.org aims to better connect potential senior missionaries with volunteer opportunities that best suit their lifestyles and preferences.

Latest Volume of Joseph Smith Papers Covers Early Nauvoo Recovery from Oppression (Church News) (April 18, 2018)
The Latter-day Saints had endured outrageous oppression in Missouri, been driven from the state by order of its governor, been taken in as refugees by generous Illinoisans, and had reclaimed swampland to establish a new settlement on the bank of the Mississippi River.

Seventy Tells BYU-Idaho Graduates Four Christlike Attributes for a Successful Life (Church News) (April 18, 2018)
Speaking on several Christlike attributes they would need following graduation, Elder Vern P. Stanfill, General Authority Seventy, spoke to newly minted alumni of Brigham Young University-Idaho in his commencement address on April 13.

2018 Mission Presidents Called to Mexico, Germany, Chile, and More (Church News) (April 18, 2018)
The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2018. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2018 on news.lds.org. Find other published biographies.

Mormon Church announces new Clarksville area wards, new bishop (Leaf-Chronicle - Tennessee) (April 18, 2018)
Members of Clarksville area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received special news during Sunday’s worship service: the creation of a new congregation, called a ward, by splitting established wards that have outgrown a manageable capacity.

April 17, 2018

President Nelson Arrives in Africa (LDS Newsroom) (April 17, 2018)
“Our message to the world is that Jesus is the Christ and that His way of life is the way of joy and happiness not only in this life but in the life ahead,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as he arrived in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, Monday, April 16, 2018.

Mormon Kenyans jubilantly await President Nelson, hope visit helps reduce persecution (Deseret News - Utah) (April 17, 2018)
"For the last few weeks, we have been elated about the news," Athi River Ward Bishop Stephen Kasue said during the church's sacrament meeting on Sunday. "It doesn’t happen always that we have the prophet visit our country. He has a busy schedule."

President Nelson’s Visit to the Holy Land Is “Significant,” Says Elder Holland (Church News) (April 17, 2018)
Jerusalem was President Nelson’s second destination on his worldwide tour to cities in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Hawaiian Islands. The tour began in London, England, on Thursday, April 12. (See related story.)

Temple Announcement Changes Lives of Members in Russia, India, Nicaragua (Church News) (April 17, 2018)
At 1 a.m. on April 2, long after putting their children to bed, Konstantin Serebrennikov and his wife, Maria, sat in their home in St. Petersburg watching general conference via the internet. It was the last session and President Russell M. Nelson was the final speaker.

See 3 of the latest photos of the Mormon temple in Rome as it nears completion (Deseret News - Utah) (April 17, 2018)
Work on the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is nearing completion, almost one decade after the late President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to build the iconic temple on Oct. 4, 2008.

Mormon Mentions: Missionaries create #WHYLDS video, Lindsey Stirling performs for NBA halftime show (Deseret News - Utah) (April 17, 2018)
Mormon missionaries in Texas are sharing the gospel with a new video, and Lindsey Stirling was in the spotlight this week for an NBA halftime performance. This week’s Mormon Mentions also includes a new video by LDS Youth and Facebook posts welcoming the new Young Women General Presidency.

April 16, 2018

President Nelson Begins Global Ministry Tour in the UK (LDS Newsroom) (April 16, 2018)
“We're bringing the love of the Lord to the people, and they will learn to love each other,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he began his global ministry tour in London, England, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

President Nelson cancels visits to local sites, leaves Jerusalem as tensions rise in Middle East (Deseret News - Utah) (April 16, 2018)
Hours after the United States Armed Forces ordered a strike on Syria, President Russell M. Nelson cut short his stay in Jerusalem, leaving the central location of his global ministry tour following conference sessions at the BYU Jerusalem Center.

Hours after the United States Armed Forces ordered a strike on Syria, President Russell M. Nelson cut short his stay in Jerusalem, leaving the central location of his global ministry tour following conference sessions at the BYU Jerusalem Center (Salt La (April 16, 2018)
LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson was in Jerusalem this weekend for the second stop on his world tour, but left ahead of schedule due to “concerns pertaining to tension in the region and available airspace,” the Utah-based faith said Saturday.

Inside the newsroom: How we follow the prophet (literally) around the world (Deseret News - Utah) (April 16, 2018)
Plans were changing rapidly. LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson, his wife and members of their traveling party arrived to Jerusalem from London and made an early visit to the BYU Jerusalem Center Friday night in anticipation of Saturday meetings with area church members and visitors.

Elder Ulisses Soares: A 'witness' for the world (LDS Church News) (April 16, 2018)
A son of South America now sits for the first time in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. That historic fact works as a first day news headline — and Elder Ulisses Soares is quick to say he’s grateful to hail from a land “where the gospel is growing and the Lord is bringing so many blessings to our people.”

'Chance' meeting with future apostle blossoms into longtime friendship (LDS Church News) (April 16, 2018)
Jon Lanenga’s family prayers on Sunday mornings never include the plea: “Bless us today that we might befriend a future apostle.” They simply follow a long-held family commitment to remember to “entertain strangers” on the Sabbath Day. “We always prepare enough food on Sundays to invite guests that we meet at Church to our house afterwards for dinner,” Lanenga said.

Apostle gives LDSBC graduates advice on how to prepare for the future (LDS Church News) (April 16, 2018)
With her 9-month-old baby in one arm and her new diploma in the other, Rosa Baker walked proudly across the stage of the Salt Lake Tabernacle, smiling as Elders Dale G. Renlund and Kim B. Clark waited to shake her hand.

Meet the new Area Seventies sustained during April 2018 general conference (LDS Church News) (April 16, 2018)
Church members sustained 55 new Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Annual General Conference on March 31.

Elder Neil L. Andersen Explains What Ministering Looks Like (Church News) (April 16, 2018)
As a freshman in college and away from home for the first time, Melanie Black, a student studying advertising at Brigham Young University, accepted the call to be a visiting teacher and has been doing her best to reach out to the girls she is assigned to visit.

Watch the New Videos about Ministering on LDS.org (Church News) (April 16, 2018)
The Church has added several instructional videos to Ministering.lds.org, the website mentioned during general conference on April 1 after President Russell M. Nelson announced the retirement of home and visiting teaching in order to implement a “holier,” coordinated effort called ministering—“a better way to minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of our people in the Savior’s way.”

2 concerts added to Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2018 Classic Coast Tour (Deseret News - Utah) (April 16, 2018)
Two cities have been added to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2018 Classic Coast Tour. Concerts have been added in Los Angeles on June 20 and Berkeley, California, on June 23. The tour is from June 18 to July 3 and includes stops in California, Washington and Canada.

April 13, 2018

First stop: London — President Nelson addresses missionaries, members as global tour begins (LDS Church News) (April 13, 2018)
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles knew exactly what it would be like for the missionaries of the England London Mission when President Russell M. Nelson met with them Thursday, April 12, at the Hyde Park Chapel.

'The Lord's message is for everyone': President Nelson talks about global tour (Deseret News - Utah) (April 13, 2018)
Sacha Winters had not been actively attending church when she had a miscarriage more than a year ago, but her Mormon bishop, other leaders and some local missionaries came to see her and offer comfort. "They helped us get back to church," Winters said. "There was a transition period there where they really supported us and helped us get back to the temple, where I felt so much peace."

Melting pot of Mormons to greet President Nelson Thursday, hoping to reach irreligious Europeans (Deseret News - Utah) (April 13, 2018)
The aroma of roast chicken and the rich seasonings of Nigeria's famous Jollof rice whirled out the window, puncturing Wednesday's otherwise wet air on another gray day here. While his delicacies cooked inside his east London flat, Paul Omo-Bamawo beamed broadly as he considered the prospect of meeting LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson in 24 hours.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong: What it’s like to be called — New apostle and his wife reflect on his sustaining to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church News) (April 13, 2018)
Bright colors and vivid images filled the once-blank cinder block wall of the soup kitchen in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Members of Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s family and the army of street children they enlisted to help them paint the scene stood back and examined the work.

'All worth it': How one announcement changed the lives of members in Russia, India and Nicaragua (LDS Church News) (April 13, 2018)
At 1 a.m. on April 2, long after putting their children to bed, Konstantin Serebrennikov and his wife, Maria, sat in their home in St. Petersburg watching general conference via the internet. It was the last session and President Russell M. Nelson was the final speaker.

Meet the Latter-day Saints from Richmond, Virginia, anxiously awaiting their temple, including a family with an 'RVA TMPL' license plate on their van (Deseret News - Utah) (April 13, 2018)
In the fall of 2014, Chris Sorensen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Richmond, Virginia, invested in a license plate. It read “RVA TMPL.” Sorensen had become fixed on the idea that an LDS temple would eventually come to Richmond, and he wanted people to know he really believed it would happen.

New mission presidents called to serve in Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, North Carolina, Chile and beyond (LDS Church News) (April 13, 2018)
The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Pocatello man charged with battery after allegedly displaying knife, struggling with LDS missionaries (Idaho State Journal) (April 13, 2018)
A 39-year-old Pocatello man is facing two misdemeanor battery charges following a physical disturbance on the 300 block of Washington on Wednesday. Pocatello police say Forrest Von John approached two LDS missionaries, whom he did not know, and started acting aggressively and talking to them in a strange voice.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints completes new meetinghouse (Wicked Local - Massachusetts) (April 13, 2018)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has completed construction on their newest meetinghouse in New England. It is located at 747 Federal Furnace Road and will serve church members who reside in the towns of Plymouth, Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Lakeville, Middleboro, Pembroke and Plympton.

April 12, 2018

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites April 11, 2018 (LDS Newsroom Blog) (April 12, 2018)
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited four Central American states recently. He met with government, religious and civic leaders, as well as Church missionary leaders.

View or Download April 2018 General Authority Chart (Church News) (April 12, 2018)
Changes to Church leadership are reflected in a new chart of General Authorities and General Officers dated April 2018, available to view or download.

‘Today' show uses Sister Camilla E. Kimball quote for ‘words of wisdom’ segment (Deseret News - Utah) (April 12, 2018)
A quote from Sister Camilla E. Kimball, the wife of former LDS Church President Spencer W. Kimball, appeared on the "Today" show Wednesday....“Never suppress a generous thought,” the quote read.

Navajo Nation judge weighs jurisdiction of sexual abuse lawsuits against Mormon church (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 12, 2018)
A Navajo Nation judge is weighing whether sexual abuse lawsuits against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should proceed and where the cases should be heard.

April 11, 2018

President and Sister Nelson Begin Global Ministry Tour (LDS Newsroom) (April 11, 2018)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Wendy, left Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon on the prophet’s global ministry tour. Over the next 11 days, they are traveling around the world...

Elder Neil L. Andersen shares more insight on call to 'minister' (LDS Church News) (April 11, 2018)
As a freshman in college and away from home for the first time, Melanie Black, a student studying advertising at Brigham Young University, accepted the call to be a visiting teacher and has been doing her best to reach out to the girls she is assigned to visit. “I have tried to say hi to them when I see them,” she said. “We are busy, so I try to look for them.”

After 'electric' general conference, U.K. Mormons eager to see, hear President Nelson in London (Deseret News - Utah) (April 11, 2018)
British Mormons here found the faith's recent international general conference riveting, as new LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson presided for the first time and made announcement after announcement. Now 10 days later, President Nelson is coming here to see them.

First Presidency Statement on Utah Marijuana Initiative (LDS Newsroom) (April 11, 2018)
We commend the Utah Medical Association for its statement of March 30, 2018, cautioning that the proposed Utah marijuana initiative would compromise the health and safety of Utah communities. We respect the wise counsel of the medical doctors of Utah.

The Mormon church signals opposition to a Utah medical marijuana ballot initiative, an item most voters have supported (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (April 11, 2018)
The LDS Church on Tuesday appeared to come out against a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Utah, a move that followed opposition by Gov. Gary Herbert and the powerful Utah Medical Association in recent days.

The story behind the viral 'Les Mis' video sung by LDS family from Utah (Deseret News - Utah) (April 11, 2018)
What started out as a simple Mother’s Day gift has amassed more than 9 million views in just over a week. The LeBaron family had no idea their home video of "One Day More" from "Les Miserables" would gain such popularity when the oldest son, Jordon, shared it with friends on Facebook.

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