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Brandon Young, Author at LDS Daily https://www.ldsdaily.com A daily dose of what matters most Fri, 01 Apr 2022 18:45:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 Missionary TikTok Training? Church Unveils New Program for Missionaries https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/missionary-tiktok-training-church-unveils-new-program-for-missionaries/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 06:00:30 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=100434 SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a forward-thinking announcement early Friday morning via the Church News official Instagram account. Missionary Training Centers worldwide will start instructing missionaries how to spread the gospel by becoming “valiant social media influencers.” The announcement comes on the heels of several technological advancements …

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a forward-thinking announcement early Friday morning via the Church News official Instagram account. Missionary Training Centers worldwide will start instructing missionaries how to spread the gospel by becoming “valiant social media influencers.”

The announcement comes on the heels of several technological advancements the Church has rolled out over the past decade including paying tithing online, Sacrament meetings viewable through Zoom, digital attendance rolls, and the availability of flat-screen televisions in place of CRT televisions in meetinghouse libraries.



Elder Moshul Seedya, head of the Church Missionary Social Media Department, made the announcement via a live Instagram broadcast from downtown Salt Lake City. “This is an exciting time in our Church. COVID-19 has forced us to use technology like never before, and it’s time to harness and refine the unique skills of the upcoming generation,” Elder Seedya stated early Friday morning. “Much of the content our missionaries are producing on social media is wonderful and uplifting, other content, is just ‘meh’.” he hesitated. “We really need to provide tools and resources to help these tech-savvy Elders and Sisters produce the highest level of content – not just funny videos of missionaries riding their bikes and slam dunking a basketball.”

The Church will release a supplement to Preach My Gospel called, Your Testimony Through Technology: A Guide to Missionary Work via Social Media which will include topics such as Spiritual Snapping, TikToking into Eternity, Don’t Let Satan Slide Into Your DMs, How to Cha-Cha in Church Clothes, Commenting Without Contention, and Tweeting Your Testimony.

“The lessons included in the new social media guide will contain instruction taught by popular Latter-day Saint content producers including YouTuber Mark Rober, Al Fox Carraway, The Piano Guys, Donny Osmond, violinist Lindsey Stirling, and various other Latter-day Saint women with immaculately organized pantries, very nice hair, and a large number of social media followers.” Elder Seedya continued.

Mark Rober will teach missionaries how to distribute Book of Mormons by making them look like packages delivered on strangers’ porches only to be stolen moments later. Al Carraway will teach Elders and Sisters how to handle judgemental, critical comments on their accounts, while The Piano Guys will instruct missionaries how to properly use drone shots to get the perfect angles for their music videos.

Mark Rober shows how video object lessons can be fun, entertaining, and inspiring from one of the new Missionary Training videos.

“These faithful Latter-day Saints have produced quality content for years and we are grateful for their willingness to assist with the church’s mission to proclaim the gospel. These instructional videos will also be made available on a limited basis to members with social media accounts containing the special blue checkmark.” Elder Seedya remarked.

The Church will launch a new app allowing missionaries to publish their videos across multiple platforms and be reviewed by church headquarters prior to publishing.

Mission Presidents will also be extending special assignments to missionaries to assist in producing top-notch content across various platforms. These assignments include Video Editing Missionary, Mission Drone Pilot, Stunt Double Missionary, Mission Hairstylist, and a Mission Dance Coach.

When Elder Johannes, a local missionary was asked his thoughts on the new program, he excitedly declared, “Oh yeah, bro. The lineup of talent giving us missionaries these lessons is lit. I’m pumped to have my companion be trained on how to film me in our apartment, and not end up with a shaky video that has bad audio quality. It’s gonna be so sick. For real.”



The excitement is expected to spread quickly throughout over 400 missions worldwide. The church plans to roll out the new program immediately in the United States and other countries in the coming weeks.

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Test Your Gospel Knowledge With These 25 Mad Gab Phrases https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/test-your-gospel-knowledge-with-these-25-mad-gab-phrases/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 17:42:21 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=98546 If you’ve ever played the game Mad Gab, you know how comical, and rewarding it can be to try to discover the correct phrase hiding behind ordinary words that make absolutely no sense. We created these fun flashcards to test your gospel knowledge and to get a laugh with friends or family in between sessions …

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If you’ve ever played the game Mad Gab, you know how comical, and rewarding it can be to try to discover the correct phrase hiding behind ordinary words that make absolutely no sense. We created these fun flashcards to test your gospel knowledge and to get a laugh with friends or family in between sessions of General Conference. Enjoy!

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Church Embraces Bearded History with New Grooming Standards https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/church-embraces-bearded-history-with-new-grooming-standards/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:30:04 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=97082

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made another groundbreaking announcement that will immediately affect half of all church membership just days prior to the Church’s 191st Annual General Conference. The announcement was made to a small, masked group of media and church representatives in the lobby of church …

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made another groundbreaking announcement that will immediately affect half of all church membership just days prior to the Church’s 191st Annual General Conference.

The announcement was made to a small, masked group of media and church representatives in the lobby of church headquarters early Thursday morning.

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President Russel M. Nelson listens as President Dallin H. Oaks explains that facial hair should be a personal decision.

“We are pleased to announce that male members of the church may now freely grow facial hair without judgment or punishment,” Elder Juan A. Barba stated while sporting a stylish, well-groomed mustache. “Temple workers, bishops, missionaries, as well as church employees, and students at church schools may now grow facial hair. Missionaries will receive facial hair grooming standards from their mission presidents in the coming days.” 



Elder Barba continued, “With the celebration of the 200th year of the restoration of the church, we feel now is the right time to embrace our pioneer heritage ancestry, most of whom sported wonderfully manicured beards and mustaches.”

Brigham Young, the Church’s second prophet has become somewhat of a cultural icon due to his large beard.

Bart Kinn, of Alpine Utah was asked by church leadership to shave his face just six months ago when he received the call to be the new bishop of his ward.

“I can finally look like some of the other hipsters that I work with at my tech job in Lehi. All these young guys are getting into these grooming creams and stuff, it sounds kinda fun! I’ll fit in a little better and feel like I’m part of their group, and be able to sit on the stand guilt-free on Sundays,” Bart said laughingly. 

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Elder David A Bednar during the filming a new video explaining new church grooming guidelines.

However, not all were on board with the new grooming updates.

“I support changes within the church, but I have always been clean-shaven and believe that the younger generation should be as well,” said a BYU professor who asked to remain anonymous due to his current role within the university. “It’s a shame that we are going to now look like everyone else. Beard cards have been a staple of this university for years, and as someone that enforced the clean-shaven honor code, I will miss it. I feel like this is something that made us stand out in a good way.”



Previously, employees and students of church-operated schools were required to be clean-shaven, carry an authorized “beard card”, or take one on the chin in the honor code office and potentially face disciplinary action. Others are seeing this as a prophecy being fulfilled from a devotional given 50 years ago by then Elder Dallin H. Oaks, president of Brigham Young University. 

The actual beard card given to Brigham Young. The beard card sold at an auction in 2014 for $17,500.

“Our rules against beards and long hair are contemporary and pragmatic. They are responsive to conditions and attitudes in our own society at this particular point in time.” Elder Oaks then declared, “The rules are subject to change, and I would be surprised if they were not changed at some time in the future.”

It appears that time is now. Let’s face it. This change has been a long time coming.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf is sticking with a hipster look.
Elder Jeffrey R Holland sporting his new grand goatee.

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Church Asks Members to Donate One-Tenth of their Toilet Paper https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/church-asks-members-to-donate-one-tenth-of-their-toilet-paper/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:10:51 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=93801 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In a new initiative referred to as “Spare a Square,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking its members to donate one-tenth of their toilet paper to Church reserves as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world. The surge of coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, …

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In a new initiative referred to as “Spare a Square,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking its members to donate one-tenth of their toilet paper to Church reserves as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world. The surge of coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, has caused panic in many areas, leading to unnecessary shortages in crucial supplies such as toilet paper and bottled water.

One-tenth of a toilet paper supply.

Dating back to Church president Gordon B. Hinckley, Latter-day Saints have been counseled by Church leaders to be self-reliant by building their own food storage and emergency preparedness supplies for times of adversity. But some have taken this counsel to the extreme as the virus continues to affect nearly every nation in the world and toilet paper supplies continue to dwindle.

“We have seen cases where members of the Church, especially in areas with high concentrations of Latter-day Saints, buy literally every pack of toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, and party streamers available out of fear of this deadly virus. That is simply not how we as members of the Church should act. We should be our brothers’ keeper,” said Joseph Gayetty, president of the Church’s new Spare a Square committee. “We have to be considerate of others and hoarding toilet paper and water is not how we accomplish the mission of the Church.”

In some areas of heavy Latter-day saint populations, witnesses have seen Church members fighting over packs of toilet paper. In Draper, Utah, a woman named Karen was escorted from a Costco after she had filled two carts full of toilet paper and refused to share with a member of her own congregation.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an Apostle of the Church recently spotted in a Costco in Utah.

“We have seen what is going on out there. Elder Holland himself has seen what is going on in our local stores and we understand the fear. Just know that toilet paper hoarding is not the solution to the problem at hand,” stated President Gayetty. “Symptoms of the coronavirus are not even remotely connected to a need for toilet paper.”

A statement made to Church membership on Wednesday, declared the following:

“Beginning today, we ask that members of the Church contribute one-tenth of their toilet paper supply to the Spare a Square Reserves via their local wards and branches. Please place the toilet paper rolls on your front porch in a sanitized plastic bag to be collected by the Young Men of your local congregation. The rolls will then be taken to the Granite Mountain Records Vault in the mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah to be distributed to those in greatest need.”

“We have lots of important papers stored in the granite vaults of the church. Some papers are just more important than others at this time,” said President Gayetty with a subtle smile.

Granite Mountain Records Vault where toilet paper reserves will be safely and securely stored.

The Church asked that the donations continue through May 31, at which point needs will be assessed and re-evaluated at that point. Members in need of toilet paper are asked to submit a request using the new Gospel Living app where they will find a “Request Toilet Paper” button in the newly released social app for members.

The Church invited members to continue to practice self-reliance according to Church guidelines found on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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LDS Church to Disable WiFi in Meetinghouses https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/lds-church-to-disable-wireless-internet-in-meetinghouses/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:21:07 +0000 http://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=87104

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SALT LAKE CITY – On the heels of historic changes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made yet another groundbreaking announcement Sunday morning. Brother William Fenses, the director of the church Information Technology Department, held a short meeting with media members and church leaders announcing that the church is limiting wireless internet in …

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SALT LAKE CITY – On the heels of historic changes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made yet another groundbreaking announcement Sunday morning. Brother William Fenses, the director of the church Information Technology Department, held a short meeting with media members and church leaders announcing that the church is limiting wireless internet in church meetinghouses.

“It has come to the point where we need to change our wireless internet policy due to the excessive usage of smartphones during church meetings and activities. Although we have tremendous respect for our pioneer heritage, the ‘Pioneer47’ password will no longer be functional on church WiFi. The new wireless password will only be given to members of the bishopric.”

The church has noted a decline in participation in meetings among church membership, especially among those ranging between the ages of 15 and 25 years old.

A flock of children play on their $800 iPhones during Primary Activity Days.

“Any youth instructor will tell you that Snapchat, selfies, and Instagram stories have become a tremendous distraction in their group instructions, and we need to put an end to it. Brother Fenses stated. “We have heard the excuse, ‘I’m reading my scriptures,’ from everyone, including grandmas addicted to stalking their sons-in-law and next door neighbors via social media. It just has to stop.”

The church has offered wireless internet access to its members for years now, initially stemming from a desire to improve instruction using connected media sources. Many of these resources have been created by the church; they include audio clips, a digital picture library, and selected video clips from General Conference sessions.

“When used responsibly, these resources have been a tremendous asset to our instructors. Due to prolonged misuse of church WiFi, we realized that the best wireless signals come from the Holy Ghost.”

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The church will revert to older resources that were recently removed from meetinghouse libraries such as large picture posters, film strips, typewriters, and, you guessed it, physical copies of the scriptures.

“We want people to gather true jewels of knowledge in church meetings, not fake digital jewels. The women of the Relief Society should be sharing the gospel, not memes and GIFs. Youth should be commenting in class discussions, not on their friends’ selfies. Elders should be attacking the fiery darts of the adversary, not other Clash clans. We believe all this will be resolved with a simple update of the WiFi password.”

The church anticipates more real life connections will be made with others, as well as with the Man Upstairs, which ironically, is made via a wireless connection.

Members with additional questions are being counseled to speak with their local leaders.

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LDS Church to Break Up With Singles Wards https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/lds-church-break-singles-wards/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:00:42 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=82998 SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made an unprecedented announcement in a small press conference prior to the opening session of General Conference on Saturday. “After much consideration and debate, the Church has decided to phase out singles wards entirely, with all members attending traditional congregations,” announced Jon S. …

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made an unprecedented announcement in a small press conference prior to the opening session of General Conference on Saturday.

“After much consideration and debate, the Church has decided to phase out singles wards entirely, with all members attending traditional congregations,” announced Jon S. Young, former LDS single and current head of the Latter-day Saint Marriage and Matchmaking department of the Church. “The brethren have unanimously agreed that it was time to stop making our bishops play matchmaker, and for the Church to officially retract President Brigham Young’s ‘menace to society’ statement.”

The brief meeting took place with a small group of local, and national reporters as well as Stake Young Single Adult representatives in what will go down as a historic day in LDS church history. The YSA reps promptly took to their personal electronic devices to start spreading the word through their social media accounts.

Two LDS singles sit anxiously on the front row in a family ward meeting.

Brother Young continued saying, “My great-great grandfather Brigham made the ‘menace’ statement well before the days of important goals like high-paying summer sales jobs and binge-watching The Bachelor. The church is speedily moving into the twenty-first century, and this is part of that change. We are going to let singles take life at their own pace.”

The popular statement by Brigham Young was not part of official Church doctrine, but had made the rounds through Mormon myth websites and even into several YSA ward Sunday School lessons. The phrase was used by both grandmothers and mothers alike in an effort to persuade their male offspring to get serious about finding their eternal companions.

The church will begin to transition hundreds of thousands of LDS singles around the world into corresponding family wards and branches. In areas with heavy single member populations like Provo, Utah, and Southern California, families with three children or more will be assigned to attend singles “clusters” in an effort to excite the unmarried Latter-day Saints to start their own families, but forever ending quiet sacrament meetings.

“We will be rolling out several additional changes in an effort to help singles continue to interact with one another once their singles ward has been closed down. This includes Munch and Mingles hosted by the Primary with leftover nursery treats and new church callings, including a Ward Matchmaker and Family Home Evening Singles Ringleaders.”

The millennial love for social media has also been considered. Brother Young continued, “In addition, the Church IT department has developed a Tinder-style app called “Choose The Right(eous)”, which allows singles to “swipe right” on their interested matches. The app will seamlessly be integrated into the LDS Tools app.”

The new Choose The Right(eous) app is available on iPhone, Android, and Blackberry (mid-singles) devices.

In areas where awkward or uncomfortable dating experiences have taken place, the Church will allow both males and females to request an emergency transfer, in which case they will be relocated to a neighboring ward or branch unit. Transfers must be approved by both the Bishop and the ward matchmaker after a council with both parties. In addition, the Church is doing away with the term “mid-singles” in an effort to provide more intermingling, regardless of age.

“We are confident this change will better accommodate the busy lives of LDS singles around the world and help them feel less pressure to tie the knot,” Brother Young continued to the small awestruck group of media and singles.

The transition process will start in the United States immediately and are expected to roll out to the rest of world in the coming months. Individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to take them to their Family Home Evening Moms and Dads.

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Jamesthemormon Releases New Music Video – Tellin You Y https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/jamesthemormon-releases-new-music-video-tellin-y/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:46:33 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=79993

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Jamesthemormon released a new music video today featuring BYU everything called, “Tellin You Y”. James Brandt Curran, aka Jamesthemormon continues to release catchy rap songs that are so clean you could listen to them with your grandma. I wonder if he’ll tell us why Kalani Sitake opted to go for a 2-point conversion instead of a field goal against rival University of Utah this last weekend.

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LDS Photographer Creates New Event – Photography Decathlon https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/lds-photographer-creates-new-event-photography-decathlon/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:36:03 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=79754 Temple Photo by Beau Sorensen We had a chance to sit down with LDS temple photographer, Scott Jarvie and learn more about his photography challenge, Photography Decathlon. His Photography Decathlon is a one or two day competition to capture the most artistic and inspiring photograph – all for prizes and photography pride. Q. What is …

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Temple Photo by Beau Sorensen

We had a chance to sit down with LDS temple photographer, Scott Jarvie and learn more about his photography challenge, Photography Decathlon. His Photography Decathlon is a one or two day competition to capture the most artistic and inspiring photograph – all for prizes and photography pride.

Q. What is Photography Decathlon?
A. Photography Decathlon is the exploration and energy of Amazing Race, combined with the challenge and push to prepare for a Spartan race or marathon, except no one has to run, you just go out and explore and create. It’s for any skill level and anyone that loves exploring and creating.

2015 First Place Landscape Winner - Beau Sorensen
2015 First Place Landscape Winner – Beau Sorensen

Q. What inspired the idea to start Photography Decathlon?
A. Four years ago I invited dozens of photographers from all around the world to come to Utah for a week-long photo op trip. I took them around to various places in Utah like the sand dunes, Temple Square, the festival of colors, the capitol building, and the mountains. I wanted to create a fun and fulfilling experience. It was 2012 when I had the initial idea for the Photography Decathlon.

Q. Why would someone be interested in Photography Decathlon?
A. The whole theme of the contest is appealing: explore, create, and compete. Growing up a member of the LDS church, those were always three things I got out of the Church. President Uchtdorf said, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

We have always been taught to create, to be creative, to do art, to do music – we are constantly encouraged to create. Constantly improving and getting better at something and magnifying your talents is something we’re commanded to do. Sometimes it takes a challenge like this or competition aspect to push us to do so.

Q. Who is Photography Decathlon for?
A. It’s for everyone. While photographers know this is for them, we are pushing hard to help others realize that going and exploring other places and creating is for anyone. The Photography Decathlon is to help people understand that photography is for everyone.

Q. What do you want others to get out of Photography Decathlon?
A. I want people to explore beautiful places and to love where they are and to see beauty where they are. I also want everyone to understand that photography is for them, it’s not just for people who labeled themselves as photographers. Everyone can benefit from getting better at the creative process. I want people to push themselves to get better.

Q . What has been your biggest challenge starting Photography Decathlon?
A. Just the amount of time it takes to create a new startup business. Putting a thousand working parts into this puzzle. All of these ideas I have, I have to coordinate them. Sometimes to let go and realize that it’s not going to be perfect from day one and you are going to be able to keep improving the business as time goes on.

2015 First Place Architecture Winner - Beau Sorensen
2015 First Place Architecture Winner – Beau Sorensen

Q. In every architecture category, there is an option to photograph LDS temples. What is it that inspired you to include LDS temples in your competition?
A. Temples are beautiful and they are also consistently lit up at night. We want fun, unique things to photograph. They are also accessible. The grounds are open and well maintained and beautiful. I also happen to love temples.

Q. Why do you enjoy photographing LDS temples?
A. I have photographed thousands of other religious buildings and it’s neat to photograph LDS temples because they are a grand symbol for members of the Church. I love photographing temples because the images are loved and appreciated by members. Temples symbolize commitments to God and symbolize families, so having them on their walls is very important. Prophets have even said that we should have pictures of Christ and pictures of temples on our walls. I prefer the types of photography that are more fulfilling, like taking pictures of special events or to make someone feel beautiful, and I get the same sense of fulfillment from temple photography.

Q. What would you tell someone who might not think they can take a good picture?
A. There is joy, for everyone, in the act of creating, exploring, and becoming better. It always comes down to those three things. You can find joy even if someone might be better than you. Just like someone may run faster than you – you can still find joy in running. You don’t have to be a professional runner to run a marathon, you do it because it’s good for you, you want to get better, and it pushes you. Photography is a valuable skill for everyone. In the LDS culture, we’re all about documenting memories, keeping family records and recording memories in our journals.

 

Q. What are your goals with Photography Decathlon? Where do you see your company in 5 years?
A. There will be competitions all around the world. There will be fun video content and shows from these events. Through our efforts people will value great photography while at the same time learning how to get better. The most consistent, celebrated photographers will become even more valued while at the same time more people will pick up the art form themselves.

2015 First Place Waterscape Winner - Mike Costa
2015 First Place Waterscape Winner – Mike Costa

Q. What opportunities have you had to share the gospel through photography?
A. I share my temple pictures frequently on all my social networks; it’s a small and easy way to share what I believe in and love. I have had people ask what a temple is and what is different between a chapel and a temple. Many non-LDS photographers have joined me on many occasions. Hopefully they have felt the special spirit and beauty of these buildings.

Q. What makes Photography Decathlon different from other competitions?
A. There’s no running. It’s more like a sport where the focus is more about art. Plus the schedule is very open. There’s a start and a finish, but a million ways to get the job done. Our culture spends a lot of time showcasing and highlighting what athletes do, so this is fun to have something that highlights what artists do and there are so many talented artists in Utah and in the LDS community. It’s also a competition that focuses on exploring and seeing lots of new places.

The Photography Decathlon has 4 division levels. The non-competitive division is a one day event for teams of 2-5 people. The competitive divisions, which include intro, intermediate, and advanced levels, is a two day event made up of teams of 3-4 people. Each division will photograph 10 categories: landscape, architecture, product, people, photojournalism, cityscape, waterscape, night, thematic, and street.

Registration for Photography Decathlon is now open. LDSDaily readers can use coupon code “ldsdaily” to get a 15% discount. Prices for a team starts at $40 per person.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top teams and top photographs in each division. Most importantly, the event should be based on the fun experience – the awards are just the bonus.

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Elder Andersen Throws Strike At Dodgers Game https://www.ldsdaily.com/entertainment/elder-andersen-throws-strike-dodgers-game/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:34:47 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=78754 Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threw out the first pitch July 1, 2016, in Dodger Stadium. The ceremonial pitch came to Elder Rueben Acosta of the Seventy. Of particular interest was the fact that Elder Andersen threw from the top …

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Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threw out the first pitch July 1, 2016, in Dodger Stadium. The ceremonial pitch came to Elder Rueben Acosta of the Seventy.

Of particular interest was the fact that Elder Andersen threw from the top of the mound — something most people don’t try. Furthermore, his pitch was a strike right over the plate.

Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium is the largest and longest running community event sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each year Latter-day Saints travel from all over California and elsewhere to attend the event.

The Dodgers thanked the Church for the long-standing relationship and wonderful tradition. Elder Andersen expressed his appreciation to be in attendance and be with the audience as they began the Fourth of July celebration.

Elder Andersen joins a number of other senior Church officials who have participated in Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium. Last year, Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, threw out the first pitch.

Sister Tiffany Houghton, a Mormon from Dallas, Texas, was invited to sing the national anthem.

The Dodgers also invited a number of Mormon children onto the field to meet the players. They were given Dodger clothing and an autographed baseball.

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LDS Missionary Killed in Car Accident in Venezuela https://www.ldsdaily.com/world/lds-missionary-killed-car-accident-venezuela/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:58:53 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=78544 Elder Argenis Villarroel, a missionary serving in Venezuela died Wednesday as the result of a traffic accident while riding in a taxi Wednesday afternoon. “We are very sad to share the news of the death of one of our missionaries, Elder Argenis Jesus Gonzalez Villarroel, age 24, who died in an auto accident this afternoon,” …

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Elder Argenis Villarroel, a missionary serving in Venezuela died Wednesday as the result of a traffic accident while riding in a taxi Wednesday afternoon.

“We are very sad to share the news of the death of one of our missionaries, Elder Argenis Jesus Gonzalez Villarroel, age 24, who died in an auto accident this afternoon,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gonzalez was a member of the church’s Caracas Venezuela Palo Verde Stake and had been serving since May 2015 as a missionary in the Venezuela Barcelona Mission.

“Elder Gonzalez was being transferred from one area to another via a taxi service when the vehicle he was riding in was involved in a serious accident that killed three passengers,” Hawkins said. “No other missionaries were involved. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with his family and those who knew and loved him. We also pray for the families and loved ones of the other victims in the accident.”

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