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LDS Church announces changes to presiding bishopric, Relief Society presidency, First Quorum of the Seventy (3-31-12)
Changes in leadership of the Relief Society and Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were announced in the Saturday afternoon session of the 182nd General Annual Conference.
President Monson promises 'This great cause will go forward' as conference opens (3-31)
On a bright, breezy spring morning, the 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened Saturday with assurances from church President Thomas S. Monson that "this great cause will go forward."
Book review: New historical book details early LDS mission work success and struggles in New Zealand (3-31)
"TIKI AND TEMPLE: The Mormon Mission in New Zealand, 1854-1958," by Marjorie Newton, Greg Kofford Books, $29.95, 343 pages (nf)
Survey clarifies Mormons' beliefs about race (3-30)
Religious controversies continue to rile the 2012 presidential campaign. One of the most recent concerns The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its past ban on blacks receiving the Church's priesthood.
LDS General Conference to be business as usual, despite 'Mormon moment' (3-29)
The 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open Saturday morning, beginning two full days of conference sessions that will feature sermons, prayers, music and a little church business.
If heavenly reunions are true, then what else matters? (3-29)
My only sibling — my half-brother, Kenneth Walters (we never thought of ourselves as half-brothers) — died unexpectedly last Friday morning, March 23, in Southern California.
LDS members prepare for conference, social media explosion (3-29)
After the Savior appeared to the Nephites, the Book of Mormon records, “And it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark, that the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had administered unto them, and that he would also show himself on the morrow. … Yea, and even all the night it was noised abroad concerning Jesus ...” (3 Nephi 19:2-3).
Proposals for BYU Sperry Symposium (3-29)
Brigham Young University Religious Education has issued a call for paper proposals which focus on the themes of temple, worship and praise in the text of the Old Testament to be presented at the 42nd annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Scriptures in October 2013. Proposals are due electronically on or before May 1 and may be sent to email@example.com.
LDS Church giving original tabernacle foundation stones to Provo (3-28)
The LDS Church will give foundation stones from the original Provo Tabernacle to the city now that archaeological work on the site is wrapping up Saturday.
What are 'Mormon names' and how do they affect children? (3-28)
Our take: Celebrities have elevated baby-naming to an eyebrow-raising art. Apple, Zuma and Pirate are just a few original examples. Of course, movie stars aren't the only people who have a knack for creativity in this department; Mormons are making a mark as well.
Provo Tabernacle archaeological work almost done (3-28)
With work winding down on the archaeological examination of the original Provo Tabernacle foundation, officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are beginning to prepare to break ground for the new temple that will be built on the site.
David Archuleta announces haircut, spends time with family pre-mission (3-28)
David Archuleta is about to leave on his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but even as his remaining time at home ticks away, he manages to share updates on his life with his fans.
In Utah, religion is truly an all-or-nothing proposition (3-28)
A new survey from Gallup details religious observance in America by dividing each state's population into three categories: very religious, moderately religious and nonreligious. And suffice it to say, the data reveals Utah's religiosity is far and away the most statistically extreme in the nation.
LDS Living interviews 'Napoleon Dynamite' star Jon Heder (3-27)
Our take: LDS Living recently talked with "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder about his favorite role, his identical twin and his heros. Read the complete interview on LDSLiving.com.
LDS conference week continues with leadership auxiliary training (3-27)
A full week of training and instruction for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues Tuesday, when the first two of eight auxiliary leadership training workshops are held at various locations in the Salt Lake City area.
Listening to what President Thomas S. Monson says at LDS general conference (3-27)
Without a doubt, attending general conference is a highlight for millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While they gain much from all addresses delivered during conference sessions, many feel that hearing and seeing church President Thomas S. Monson is a highlight among highlights.
President Henry B. Eyring's priesthood talk inspires, motivates and comforts (3-27)
For Elder Reggie Lewis of the Florida Orlando Mission, the loving language of President Henry B. Eyring's talk during the priesthood session of the October 2011 Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was just what he needed.
Unforgettable talk sparks renewed interest in flower (3-27)
At the annual general Relief Society meeting last fall, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, departed from his signature stories about airplanes and instead talked about flowers.
Rabbi: 'No wonder two Mormon candidates and church growing' (3-27)
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach noted the heavy emphasis on service within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his blog on the Huffington Post.
LDS missionary blogs useful if etiquette is observed (3-26)
When Elder Britten Schenk, a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Brazil Sao Paulo East Mission, was seriously injured in a bus mishap a week ago, his family in Hyde Park, Utah, immediately did three things.
City Creek prepares for LDS General Conference weekend (3-26)
The debut of City Creek Center exceeded expectations, but owners of the shops and stores that constitute the mixed-use downtown destination are bracing for more, possibly larger, crowds in its second weekend.
YSA stake will be formed April 15 in Virginia (3-26)
A new young single adult stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be formed on April 15 to serve members of the Buena Vista Virginia and Roanoke Virginia stakes, including students attending Southern Virginia University.
Priesthood session traditions 'must be served' (3-26)
For many priesthood-holding Latter-day Saint males, ages 12 and up, the Saturday night priesthood session of general conference means ice cream.
Odds and Ends: Mormons most creative when tired, Battalion re-enactment, service and a 'Mormal' (3-26)
A post on the blog "A Motley Vision" with a reference to a Wall Street Journal article on how to be creative (the answer: get groggy), suggests LDS writers shouldn't have much trouble when it comes to creativity.
Behind the scenes of an apostle's visit (3-26)
You may have seen the news that “Harvard Hosts Mormon Apostle as Speaker” and now, thanks to the blogs, you can get an insiders’ view of the event from one of the organizers herself.
Reader voices: The art of listening to general conference (3-25)
No matter how many times I have watched The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' general conference or listened to general conference while at the kitchen table painting my latest masterpiece, I end up surprised when, at the end of the meeting, there has been no mention of me.
President Monson offers tips to help young women navigate life's storms (3-25)
Young women must "look to the lighthouse of the Lord" for guidance in the storms of life, President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said during the General Young Women Meeting held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
Mormon Prom in California promotes high standards (3-24)
Southern California teenagers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended the Mormon Prom on Saturday, March 17, at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Youths ages 16-18 from the Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, San Clemente and Laguna Niguel congregations were invited to join the annual event.
'Treasures of the Collection' exhibit features church cultural celebrations (3-24)
The spring "Treasures of the Collection" open house at the LDS Church History Library features church cultural celebrations and will run through April 7. The event is free and open to the public.
It's official: the Provo City Center Temple (3-23)
A little more than a month ago, an LDS Church spokesman made a passing reference to the "new Provo City Center Temple" in a story about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acquiring additional property for its new temple in downtown Provo.
The Truth About Mormons: National Review's take on American attitudes towards Mormons (3-23)
Our Take: An even handed observation of the "Mormons, Mitt Romney and those who hate them." The full story is available online to National Review subscribers behind a paywall, but author Kevin D. Williamson offers a taste on National Review's website.
Good news, missionaries: 'Being bilingual makes you smarter' (3-23)
Bilingualism makes brains of all ages more adept at multitasking, ignoring distractions and monitoring the surrounding environment, according to an op-ed piece in the New York Times by Science Magazine staff writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland delivers message of Restoration at Harvard (3-22-12)
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went to Harvard University Tuesday with a message about LDS doctrine and teachings.
DNA, anthrax and a Mountain Meadows Massacre murder mystery (3-22)
The first clue was a spider bite. The Fancher-Baker party of emigrants were wending their way toward a tragic destiny at Mountain Meadows in 1857. But before the Arkansas wagon train reached Utah territory, a member of their party named Peter Huff was bitten in his sleep by a tarantula and died after intense suffering.
Mesa Easter Pageant starts March 28 (3-22)
The annual Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant titled "Jesus the Christ" will be March 28-31 and April 3-7 on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center, 525 E. Main St. in Mesa. Admission is free and tickets aren't required.
Beyond gymnastics with Peter Vidmar (3-22)
It was probably the first time a pommel horse had been on the ninth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
New MormonVoices website is positive LDS voice (3-22)
Inspired by the "Book of Mormon" musical on Broadway but especially by the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, media coverage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to soar both nationally and internationally.
Today in the Bloggernacle: More Joseph Smith documents and the Kansas City Temple open house (3-21)
Papers project: Yesterday I mentioned the teaser the editors of the latest Joseph Smith Papers Project book "Histories, Vol. 1," announced about an upcoming large deposit of historical resources onto the JosephSmithPapers.org site, and today I am happy it came true.
LDS missionary in Brazil injured in bus mishap (3-21)
A full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hit by a bus Friday and suffered severe injuries that required emergency neurosurgery to relieve swelling on the brain.
New nine-story MTC building the subject of meeting between LDS Church, neighbors (3-21)
When neighbors of the Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather Thursday evening to talk to church officials about plans to build a new nine-story building on the MTC campus, they'll not only get to talk about the building, they'll get to see it.
Joseph Smith Papers 'Histories' volume released (3-21)
A commandment to keep a history of the LDS Church was given to Joseph Smith on the very day the church was formally organized, as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 21:1.
What's new: Lost manuscript of apostle turned apostate, William E. McLellin (3-21)
"WILLIAM E. MCLELLIN's LOST MANUSCRIPT," edited by Mitchell K. Schaefer, Eborn Books, $59.95, 304 pages (nf)
Book shows what makes Mormons tick (3-20)
Sometimes, when you get a mouthpiece, you catch a break. You get a good one.
BET.com interviews LDS singer Gladys Knight (3-20)
Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul," has "always tried to live a life that is suiting to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father," she said in an interview with BET.com.
And should we die — the great mystery of death, what comes after (3-20)
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we possess a sacred knowledge of life and death. We know that we are eternal beings with a pre-existence in the presence of our Father, and a life hereafter that will transcend the dim limitations of this mortal day.
'Liahonaroo' aims to be a family-friendly Bonnaroo (3-20)
A group of Mormon musicians in Tennessee is planning a family-friendly alternative to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the Tennessean reported.
Study rates Latter-day Saints high for 'prosocial behavior' (3-19)
According to a recent academic study, active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “are the most prosocial members of American society."
Odds and Ends: LDS missionary car fire, 'Holy Grail' of Mormon currency and Las Vegas before the strip (3-19)
Two missionaries in St. George, Utah, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were woken abruptly by their host this week who told them their car was on fire, according to the Saint George News.
Please get the Book of Mormon right (3-19)
Maybe I should compliment Timothy Stanley, a history fellow at Oxford, who has written some interesting blog posts about Latter-day Saints and the presidential campaign for the legendary Atlantic magazine.
Frederick Pratt, a gracious Catholic relative of Parley P. Pratt, Mitt Romney (3-16)
Recently, my 18 year-old daughter, Lana, invited me to speak at a forum at her high school. Lana is a senior and is the only Latter-day Saint at Merion Mercy Academy in Philadelphia—an all-girls Catholic school with an enrollment of roughly 500 girls.
It's time to move past 'the Mormon moment,' LDS official says (3-15)
Suggesting that references to "the Mormon moment" trivialize the lives of millions of church members and the 182-year history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Public Affairs Director Michael Otterson used his regular Washington Post "On Faith" blog to invite journalists to "get to know us, properly."
It's unjust to say LDS Church is anti-Semitic (3-15)
One of the charges leveled in the recent controversy over vicarious baptisms for the dead is that Mormonism is anti-Semitic.
Sharing stories from family history: Robert Crookston's testimony of the Prophet (3-15)
Editor's note: This week Mormon Times shares stories from staffers' and contributors' family history — whether one from an ancestor or their search to fill out their family tree — that educate, entertain, inspire or uplift.
LDS Church email reminds members to follow proxy baptism policies (3-14)
Continuing its effort to encourage all church members to comply with established policies for the submission of names for proxy baptisms, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent an email Tuesday to users of its New FamilySearch genealogical website reminding them that the conditions for use of the website "require compliance to the policies before you can submit names to the temple."
Picturing history: Larned Trail Center (3-14)
Members of the Mormon Battalion camped at this site in Pawnee County, Kan., on Sept. 8, 1846. The Santa Fe Trail Center of Larned, Kansas, is presently located at the site.
MormonVoices calls for Santorum to disavow pastor (3-13)
A day after a Florida pastor who supports Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum challenged Mitt Romney to denounce The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what the pastor called its "racist" teachings, an LDS-oriented group is calling on Santorum to repudiate the pastor's anti-Mormon comments.
LDS Living interview with General Relief Society President Julie B. Beck (3-13)
Sister Julie B. Beck serves in a calling that few others can fully comprehend. In a recent interview, she shared what its like to work with church leadership, what she wishes women in the church better understood, and her inspiring testimony of faith.
Bucking Trend, Mormons Build Giant Mall (3-13)
Church Finances Large Retail Center in Salt Lake City in Partnership With Taubman; Designed to 'Last for 100 Years'
Florida pastor calls for Romney to 'renounce his racist Mormon religion' (3-12)
The Mormon Church looks like a white man's country club with a few black people running around doing work around the club," Dozier said. "That's what it looks like. Is this the kind of racism we want guiding our country?
Santorum backer demands Romney 'renounce his racist' religion (3-12)
A Florida pastor is calling on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to denounce his religion, calling it a "racist Mormon religion."
Odds and Ends: Y. alumna a rising food star (3-12)
A former BYU student is being referred to as "a rising star" in the world of food television.
LDS Church responds to 'ironic' proxy baptism charges (3-9)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "doing exactly what we have been asked to do and what we said we would do" in implementing technological barriers to prevent unauthorized name submissions for proxy baptism, according to LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy.
Mormonism 101: New LDS Church infographic describes beliefs, members (3-9)
Nine months have passed since a Newsweek cover story proclaimed that America was indeed immersed in a "Mormon Moment."
Faith, truth and priesthood restriction (3-9)
The current furor among Latter-day Saints and others set off by comments attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott exemplifies the combustibility of thought and emotions when the topics of race and religion are combined.
'Glory' showcases feelings of Mormon Tabernacle Choir members (3-8)
Karen Maxwell says not to underestimate "the power of 600 people giving their all to something they feel so intensely."
Gardens teach children important life lessons (3-8)
Young children love gardening. For parents, a home vegetable garden provides a great opportunity to teach children some of life’s most valuable lessons.
LDS Church blocks abuse of proxy name submissions (3-7)
In a letter read in LDS Church worship services last Sunday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterated "the policies first stated in 1995 concerning the submission of names for proxy temple ordinances" and urged "faithful adherence to these policies by all members of the church."
Still dogged by evangelicals, Romney rakes in delegates (3-7)
Once again, evangelicals were Romney’s nemesis.
Celebrating 170 years of the LDS Church's Relief Society on Mormon Times TV (3-7)
March is the month that we celebrate 170 years of Relief Society — the LDS Church's auxiliary for women — which is the largest women's organization in the world. Its purpose is to help members ages 18 and older increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes and seek out and help those in need.
Picturing history: Scioto River (3-7)
On May 13, 1834, the members of Joseph Smith's division of Zion's Camp marched 19 miles in conditions of remarkable temperature variation.
Genesis members, others respond to LDS racism statement (3-6)
James Sheppard's powerful voice seemed to lift everyone in the packed LDS meetinghouse Sunday night to his or her feet.
NPR reports on what the IRS could learn from Mormons (3-6)
NPR's blogger Robert Smith tells of what the IRS could learn from Mormons and their belief in paying tithing, or 10 percent of their income, to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Newspaper explores the Mormon trail of tears (3-6)
Our take: John Treadwell Dunbar, a freelance writer for the Canada Free Press, shares a visual account of his experience while visiting key landmarks along the Mormon Trail in western Wyoming.
African-American history goes far beyond famous faces (3-5)
No famous ancestors are necessary for you and your family to have a part in history.
Elder Cook urges Mormons, others to participate in political process (3-5)
Reminding listeners "the price of freedom has been too high and the consequences of nonparticipation are too great," Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reaffirmed Sunday night the church's recent encouragement for everyone – LDS and otherwise – to participate fully in the political process "in all states and all countries where elections will be held."
Mid-air Mormon Tabernacle Choir serenades passengers and new Mormon Messages (3-5)
Comforting blessings: “Tests and trials are given to all of us. These mortal challenges allow us and our Heavenly Father to see whether we will exercise our agency to follow his Son.”
What the media often misses in LDS baptism stories (3-5)
I feel fairly certain that Dornan Willett would have been shocked to learn that his years of devotion were newsworthy.
Odds and Ends: Mormon Moment in New Jersey, service in Missouri and a new Institute building in Arizona (3-5)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' numbers are growing in New Jersey, according to an article by Joe Cooney of the Courior-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. To accomodate this growth, there are plans for a new building on an East Camden street.
Southern Virginia University Concert Chorale to perform with Liberty University, Roanoke Symphony March 5 (3-5)
The Southern Virginia University Concert Chorale, Liberty University Concert Choir and Roanoke College Children’s Choir, along with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, will perform a concert titled “American Voices in War & Peace” on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre.
Scholar Terryl Givens explains Mormon concept of 'Restoration' (3-3)
Mormons may think they understand the Restoration, but in 19th century America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not just another restoriationist religion.
Book review: 'Quest' delves into question of a Mormon president (3-3)
"THE MORMON QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY: From Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman," by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster, John Whitmer Books, $24.95, 398 pages (nf)
Despite woes, Detroit Mormons still serving others (3-3)
What first attracted Danita Rouzer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the neatness.
Vai's View: 2 stories on LDS priesthood stand in contrast to each other (3-2)
I read the article in Tuesday's Washington Post about Mitt Romney's faith that veered into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' priesthood restriction. It's a subject at which the media love to poke and prod, especially if it can weaken a possible Republican nominee.
Jewish columnist calls LDS proxy baptism 'eccentric, not offensive' (3-2)
Calling proxy baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "eccentric, not offensive," Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote recently that "Mormons undergoing peaceful rituals in their own temples aren't on the list" of the "very real, very dangerous enemies" to Judaism.
Elder Sybrowsky tapped as new Southern Virginia president (3-2)
Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky, released last October from the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a former commissioner of the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities and chairman of the board of directors at Utah Valley University, was introduced Friday morning as the new president of Southern Virginia University.
'I'm a Palestinian' campaign in Seattle area reminiscent of 'I'm a Mormon' ads (3-2)
A new ad campaign in Seattle may look familiar to those who've seen advertisements from the "I'm a Mormon" campaign, which first came to Seattle in October 2011.
Faith and adventure: A patriarch leads a full life (3-1)
Not many people would fly more than 1,500 miles for a two-hour interview with a reporter. Then again, there aren't many people who approach life like Robert "Robin" O'Brien.