You’ve seen the internet memes and countdowns anticipating the end of 2016. From multiple celebrity deaths, a bitter presidential election in the United States, and terrorist attacks around the world, many want the year to be over. However, there were multiple inspiring news stories we shouldn’t forget about. Here are just a few from the LDS community.
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February 29, 2016: ‘The Bread Man’ Has Fed Over 37,500 Loaves to LDS Missionaries, Members
Over the past 32 years, Richard Dean Shuté has provided homemade bread for LDS missionaries and sacrament tables in his Louisiana hometown. He also knits homemade sweaters and socks for the missionaries.
LDS missionaries in Kirtland, Ohio, recreate Emma Smith and Elizabeth Ann Whitney’s ‘Feast of the Poor’ by creating meal bags for hundreds of people in the local area.
March 20, 2016: Provo City Center Temple Dedicated + 7 Others
Eight new temples around the world were dedicated in 2016, including the Provo City Center Temple in Provo, Utah. It was a joyous occasion after the Provo Tabernacle was devestated by fire in December 2010.
In March’s General Relief Society Meeting, the Church announced their official “I Was a Stranger” program designed to help refugees suffering around the world.
Best-selling author and professor Jeff Benedict was highlighted for his monthly dinners supporting LGBQT students at a private LDS university.
April 28, 2016: Watch This Amazing LDS Youth With Cerebral Palsy Give His Sacrament Talk Via Computer
Gibson Porter, a young man with cerebral palsy, was able to give his first talk in Sacrament Meeting after years of hard work. He used a special talking device to share a powerful testimony.
May 31, 2016: Vietnam Grants Official Recognition to LDS Church
The Church was official recognized by Vietnam in an occasion celebrated by Elder Cook and Elder Stevenson and multiple Vietnamese government and Church officials.
On March 22, 2016, four LDS missionaries were severely injured in the terrorist attacks in Brussels. All four miraculously survived. In June, three of the missionaries were able to meet in the MTC in a joyful reunion.
June 14, 2016: Mormon Political Community Reacts to Orlando Massacre
After the horrific attack on an nightclub in Orlando, Florida, members of the LDS political community took to social media to offer their condolences and support.
July 18, 2016: This Beautiful Cover of Rachel Platten’s “Better Place” Celebrates Adoptive Mother of 35 Special Needs Children
This special music video highlights Christie Jamison and her family. Over the course of her life, Jamison has adopted 35 children with 11 still living at home. The children have been adopted from Israel, Mexico, the United States, and other parts of the world.
July 19, 2016: LDS Teen Creates Powerful Tribute to Her Father With Cancer
Young LDS singer Evie Clair created this touching tribute to her father, who is struggling with stage 4 colon cancer. Multiple LDS musicians joined Evie to support her dad.
September 12, 2016: The Untold Story Of The Mormon Bayou Food Angel
As floods ravaged Louisiana, Glenda Fuller feed an army of Mormon Helping Hand volunteers with her own food storage. They called her the Mormon Bayou Food Angel.
October 9, 2016: Alex Boyé Baptizes Mom, Shares Joy on Social Media
After 20 years, popular LDS singer Alex Boye was able to baptize his mother in London.
October 25, 2016: Mormon and Gay? The Church Just Launched a Website For You.
The Church official launched a brand new website for members of the Church who identify as gay or lesbian. The resources available featured first-hand accounts, messages from Church leaders, and more.
October 27, 2016: BYU Adopts Amnesty Clause for Sexual Assault Victims on Campus
Brigham Young University took the criticism for it’s policies surrounding sexual assault and rape victims seriously and completed an in-depth study on how to improve. In October, they release new amnesty policies for victims, new leadership positions to help affected students, and more.
December 1, 2016: Mormons in Tennessee Assemble Kits for Wildfire Victims
When wildfires raged in Tennessee, local LDS members gathered together to create hygiene and supply kits for those who lost everything.
December 2016: LDS Church Launches ‘Light the World’ Christmas Initiative
Millions of members around the world joined together to use the 25 days of Christmas to serve as Christ did.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.