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Church Missionary Department Explains Approach to Zika Virus

Church Missionary Department Explains Approach to Zika Virus

News Release from Mormon Newsroom. In recent weeks, general public concern over the spread of the Zika virus has prompted some questions about the Church’s approach to protect its missionaries. In the following interview, Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, assistant executive director in the Church’s Missionary Department, discusses the issue. Elder Schwitzer, tell us a little about yourself and your role in …

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8 New Mission Presidents Called

Eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July. Dominic Balcorta Bangal, and Edeline Nicolas Pike Bangal Dominic Balcorta Bangal, 50, and Edeline Nicolas Pike Bangal, six children, Lucena 1st Ward, Lucena Philippines Stake: Philippines Baguio Mission, succeeding President Anthony John Balledos and Sister Carolyn Balledos. Brother Bangal …

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LDS Church Leaders Mourn Reported Deaths in Mormon LGBT Community

LDS Church Leaders Mourn Reported Deaths in Mormon LGBT Community

An article posted by Deseret News highlighted an official response from the Church in regards to deaths among young members in the LGBQT community. Dan Jones, a spokesman for the Church, said, “Every soul is precious to God and to the church and the loss of life to suicide is heartbreaking. Those who are attracted to others of the same sex face …

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Elder D. Todd Christofferson Expresses Love to Samoan Saints

Elder D. Todd Christofferson Expresses Love to Samoan Saints

Originally posted on Mormon Newsroom.  Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited American Samoa and Samoa last weekend. Elder Christofferson is visiting the South Pacific with his wife, Katherine Christofferson. In American Samoa he was accompanied by Elder O. Vincent Haleck of the Pacific Area Presidency, …

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Church Leaders Speak About Dowry in Africa

Church Leaders Speak About Dowry in African Culture

In late 2015, Church leaders in Africa spoke candidly about the practice of ‘mahari’ or paying a dowry conflicts with Gospel teachings. “By virtue of our membership in the kingdom we covenanted with the Lord that we would abandon our old ways that conflict with the gospel of Jesus Christ and uphold and sustain those practices that testify of Christ,” …

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Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, Wife of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Dies at Age 87

Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, Wife of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Dies at Age 87

Originally posted on Mormon Newsroom. Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, the wife of late Mormon apostle Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004), died on January 17, 2016. She was 87. Born on April 8, 1928, Easter Sunday, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Colleen Hinckley was the only daughter of George Edwin Hinckley and Anna Fern Johnson Hinckley. She had two brothers, George and …

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The First Presidency Announces Open House and Dedication Dates for Three Temples

The First Presidency Announces Open House and Dedication Dates for Three Temples

Originally posted on Mormon Newsroom.  The public is invited to visit the newly completed Sapporo Japan and Philadelphia Pennsylvania temples and the recently renovated Freiberg Germany Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this summer. Sapporo Japan Temple The First Presidency of the Church has announced that the Sapporo Temple open house will begin on Friday, July …

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