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Popular Latter-day Saint Podcaster & Scholar Laura Hales Dies of Cancer

Popular Latter-day Saint Podcaster & Scholar Laura Hales Dies of Cancer

Laura Harris Hales, a scholar and founder of the popular Latter-day Saints Perspectives Podcast, passed away on April 13, 2022, from pancreatic cancer. She was 54 and her death was noted by an obituary in the New York Times. A faithful Latter-day Saint, she was also the author of multiple books about Church history and presented regularly at scholarly meetings. …

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First Presidency Releases Statement on Death of Utah Senator Orrin G. Hatch

First Presidency Church of Jesus Christ Orrin G Hatch

Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the longest-serving United States Senator and a champion of right-wing causes, died Saturday at the age of 88. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins with all those who are mourning the passing of Orrin G. Hatch. Throughout …

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Sister Donna Packer, Wife of Boyd K. Packer, Passes Away

Sister Donna Packer, Wife of Boyd K. Packer, Passes Away

Donna Edith Smith Packer, wife of the late President Boyd K. Packer (1924–2015), former president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at home Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 10:25 p.m. from causes incident to age. She was 94. Donna was precious to her husband and honored by her children, …

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Berlin Candy Bomber, Gail S. Halvorsen, Dies at 101

Berlin Candy Bomber, Gail S. Halvorsen, Dies at 101

The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation announced Thursday morning that the beloved officer and command pilot died at the age of 101. He passed away on the evening of February 16, 2022, at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by loved ones. Halvorsen was born on October 10, 1920, in Salt …

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Harry Reid, Notable Latter-day Saint Politician, Dies at 82

Harry Reid, Notable Latter-day Saint Politician, Dies at 82

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a notable Latter-day Saint politician who served in public office for over 30 years, died on Tuesday. “I am heartbroken to announce the passing of my husband, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,” Landra Reid, his wife of 62 years, announced in a statement. “He died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by our family, following …

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Missionary from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Passes Away

A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has passed away. Church spokesman Sam Penrod released the following statement: It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of a young missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan East Mission. Elder Tshiama Anaclet Tshiama, age …

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Elder Dean M. Davies Dies at Age 69

Elder Dean M. Davies Dies at Age 69

With tender feelings, the Church has announced that Elder Dean M. Davies of the Seventy died after an extended battle with cancer Tuesday night in North Salt Lake, Utah. He was 69. Elder Davies is survived by his wife, Darla, their five children and 17 grandchildren. Elder Davies was called to be a General Authority Seventy at the October 2020 general conference. …

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Two Missionaries Die in New Mexico Traffic Accident

The following statement about the deaths of two missionaries was released to media today by Sam Penrod, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of a tragic accident which has claimed the lives of two young missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in …

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Mission President Passes Away Following Battle with COVID-19

Sam Penrod, spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to media on Tuesday about the death of a mission president: It is with sadness that we share news of the passing of President José Maria Batalla, president of the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Batalla, age …

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Two Missionaries Serving in Texas Die in Car Crash

Elder Luke Carter and Elder Eli Fowler

Two elders serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost their lives in a two-vehicle crash north of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Church spokesman Sam Penrod released the following statement: We are saddened to share news of the passing of two young missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who were …

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