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Church Releases Short Essay on Book of Mormon Geography

In a new Gospel Topics page on LDS.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarifies its position on the potential geography of Book of Mormon lands. The short essay begins: The Church takes no position on the specific geographic location of Book of Mormon events in the ancient Americas. Church members are asked not to teach theories about …

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Groundbreaking Held for Bangkok Thailand Temple

Groundbreaking Held for Bangkok Thailand Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground for its first temple in Thailand Saturday, January 26, 2019. Elder Robert C. Gay of the Presidency of the Seventy presided and, along with Church and local community leaders, participated in the ceremony with 700 members of the Church. Many others joined via broadcast in Church meetinghouses throughout the country. …

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St. George Utah Temple to Close for Two Years

In a news release from the Church’s official newsroom, it was announced the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will close November 4, 2019, for major renovations. Crews will undertake extensive structural, mechanical, electrical, finish and plumbing work. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2022. Church President Russell M. Nelson first announced in October …

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WATCH: Worldwide Government, Academic Leaders Visit Rome Italy Temple

WATCH: Worldwide Government, Academic Leaders Visit Rome Italy Temple

Before the Rome Italy Temple begins its public open house on January 28, 2019, a variety of VIP tours have been hosted for the last week for government, business, and interfaith leadership members. In a video series for the Church’s official newsroom, these leaders discuss their impressions of their visit to the Rome Italy Temple. You can watch the reactions …

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Sister Eubank Shares About Visit to Iraq, “Audible Gasp” at a Female Religious Leader

Sister Eubank Shares About Visit to Iraq, "Audible Gasp" at a Female Religious Leader

In a recent social media post, Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency, discussed her visit to Iraq to discuss religious intolerance. She noted the shock of the audience at seeing a female religious leader and asked followers to share thoughts on ending persecution and violence everywhere. “Recently I traveled to Baghdad, Iraq, to meet with religious leaders …

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Open House, Dedication Date Announced for Haiti Temple

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced dates for the open house, youth devotional and dedication for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. The free public open house for the Haiti Temple will begin Saturday, August 3, and go through Saturday, August 17, 2019, except for the Sundays of August 4 and 11. A youth …

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Elder Bednar & Elder Rasband Walk in the Footsteps of Peter, Paul

Elder Bendar & Elder Rasband Walk in the Footsteps of Peter, Paul

Elder David A. Bednar and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared their personal witness of the reality of Jesus Christ from the Mamertine Prison in Rome, Italy. The dungeon prison is believed to be the place the apostles Peter and Paul were held captive for their preaching of the gospel in ancient times. “Joyfully, …

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President Nelson Ministers to Wildfire Victims After Personal Tragedy

President Nelson Ministers to Wildfire Victims After Personal Tragedy

Just two days after his daughter Wendy Nelson Maxfield, 67, died of cancer, President Russell M. Nelson traveled to California to minister to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who lost everything in the deadliest wildfire in state history. “We mourn the loss of our second daughter,” said President Nelson in a media interview Sunday, noting …

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First Photos of Rome Italy Temple Released

First Photos of Rome Italy Temple Released

Of the Rome Italy Temple, the 162nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and chairman of the Temple and Family History Department said, “It is beautiful. The craftmanship is expert and perfect.” After years of construction, Italy’s first Latter-day Saint temple …

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President Russell M. Nelson’s Daughter Dies of Cancer

President Russell M. Nelson's Daughter Dies of Cancer

The following statement is provided by spokesperson Irene Caso regarding the passing of the daughter of Church President Russell M. Nelson.   “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 …

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