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Inmates Use FamilySearch to Index Names

SALT LAKE CITY — Inside county jails across Utah, Arizona and Idaho, nearly 2,300 inmates voluntarily meet as family history indexing teams to help organize genealogical records around the world. Using FamilySearch.org, the inmates view digital images of the genealogical records and enter the data into a document, which is then compiled into a searchable index and made available for …

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11 New Mormon Missions Officially Announced

11 New Mormon Missions Announced

Early in December, leaked reports from missionaries and their families foreshadowed the creation of multiple new LDS missions. Today, the Church has official announced the creation of 11 new missions, as well as the 2015 mission president assignments. The new missions are both completely new missions and consolidated missions. The new missions created are: -Utah Logan (New) -Utah Salt Lake …

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Church Responds to Questions Regarding Upcoming TLC Program

My Husband's Not Gay TLC

The Church released an official statement today regarding the much talked about reality TV show coming this month to TLC: A new program on the TLC cable channel to air later this month, titled “My Husband’s Not Gay,” has generated significant news media coverage this week. Several journalists have asked the Church questions about the program because it features three …

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New 2015 Youth and Primary Themes and Resources Released

Youth Theme 2015

With the arrival of a new year, the Church has unveiled a multitude of powerful resources to help youth and leaders use the annual themes to their full potential. Announced last September, the 2015 Mutual Theme is found in D&C 4:2: “O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind …

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BREAKING NEWS: Church Approves New LDS Missions

New Orem Mission

UPDATE: According to our sources, the new California Modesto Mission will include the Turlock, Modesto, and Modesto North stakes and three stakes from the CA Sacramento Mission.  The three northern stakes are likely to be Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca. Desert News has also reported the creation of a new mission based in Yakima, Washington. It also discusses how this normally sensitive information …

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Two Temples Scheduled for Renovation in Germany and Idaho

Temple Renovations

Salt Lake City — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the closure of the Freiberg Germany and Idaho Falls Idaho Temples for extensive renovation. The Freiberg Germany Temple will close on February 9, 2015, and remain closed through May 2016 to accommodate the renovation, which is the second time this temple has been …

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Two New Temples Will Open in 2015

New Temples 2015

From Mormon Newsroom.  The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the open house, cultural celebration and dedication dates for the Córdoba Argentina and Payson Utah Temples. A free public open house for the Córdoba Argentina Temple will begin on Friday, April 17, and go through Saturday, May 2, 2015, and run every day …

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Hundreds of Nativities Displayed at Historic Kirtland

Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit

All of the hundreds of nativities displayed at Historic Kirtland depict the same Christmas story — the birth in a manger of the baby Jesus, surrounded by Mary and Joseph. Sometimes the Wise Men are part of the scene and lambs, a camel and a donkey also are sometimes present. In some cases the key characters are different, but they …

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The Treasured Christmas Traditions of LDS Church Leaders

Christmas Traditions of Church Leaders

Throughout the years, the First Presidency, Apostles, members of the Seventy, and other leaders have shared some of their favorite Christmas traditions. We’ve gathered some of the most beloved examples to help get you into the Christmas spirit. “For almost as long as I can remember, I have had a particular tradition at Christmastime. My family knows that just before Christmas …

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