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FamilySearch Now Lets You Document Same-Sex Family Relationships

FamilySearch Now Lets You Document Same-Sex Family Relationships

FamilySearch is one of the world’s largest collections of genealogical data, drawn from civil, ecclesiastical and other sources to be assessed for their genealogical value by each researcher. As announced in a news release, FamilySearch Family Tree now provides the ability for users to document same-sex family relationships. Consistent with the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …

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The Church of Jesus Christ Supports the Federal Fairness for All Act

The Church of Jesus Christ Supports the Federal Fairness for All Act

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed support Friday for the federal Fairness for All Act introduced at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., this morning by nine members of Congress from seven states. The Church joins a broad coalition of bill supporters, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the 1st Amendment Partnership, the American Unity Fund, the Council for Christian Colleges …

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Primary General President Speaks at the UN in Geneva

Primary General President Speaks at the UN in Geneva

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed an international audience at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. “I am so delighted to be in attendance representing the Primary, one of the largest children’s organizations in the world, and speaking [on] behalf of Latter-day Saint Charities,” said Sister Jones, who joined …

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New Renderings Released for Salt Lake Temple Renovation

New Renderings Released for Salt Lake Temple Renovation

Additional renderings showing the planned renovation of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been released. The new renderings focus on the renovated endowment rooms. In advance of the temple’s closure at the end of December, Church representatives briefed members of the media Wednesday, December 4, 2019, about the initial phase of construction …

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First Presidency Releases Statement on Refugees

First Presidency Releases Statement on Refugees

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued this statement on refugees following recent media inquiries: As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are deeply committed to living the two great commandments to love God and love our neighbor. We feel tremendous joy in helping all of God’s children, …

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First Presidency Announces a Session Change to April 2020 General Conference

First Presidency Announces a Session Change to April 2020 General Conference

President Russell M. Nelson put Latter-day Saints around the world on notice in October that the April 2020 general conference “will be different from any previous conference” because it “will commemorate the very foundations of the restored gospel.” Spring 2020 marks 200 years since Joseph Smith’s inaugural vision of the Father and the Son, known by members of The Church of Jesus …

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First Presidency Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League

First Presidency Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Tuesday morning with His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) and president of the International Organization for Muslim Scholars, based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Issa was joined by Abdulwahab Al-Shehri, MWL’s director of media affairs, and Raad Fanary, an interpreter. …

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Church Offers Condolences After Mexico Massacre

Church Offers Condolences After Mexico Massacre

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a short statement in response to the massacre of nine women and children in northern Mexico, strongly believed to be perpetrated by drug cartels. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said, “We are heartbroken to hear of the tragedy that has touched these families in Mexico. Though it is our understanding that …

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Church Gives Statement Opposing Proposed Utah Psychologist Licensing Act Rules

Church Offers Condolences After Mexico Massacre

In response to proposed changes to professional licensing rules for psychologists and other mental health professionals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a statement opposing the rules as they currently stand. The changes as listed on the “Psychologist Licensing Act” and “Mental Health Professional Practice Act” would basically ban Utah-licensed mental health care professionals from providing …

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Church Updates Security Guidelines, Including Responding to Active Shooters

Church Updates Security Guidelines, Including Responding to Active Shooters

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has updated its guidelines to help its leaders and members remain safe while on Church property. “Changing conditions around the world” are the impetus of this update, the Church’s Presiding Bishopric wrote in a letter to Church leaders. “These guidelines are meant to help educate leaders and members on how to increase …

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