Jason Swensen
Jason Swensen is a reporter for the Church News and a frequent contributor to the Deseret News. Prior to joining the Church News staff. Swensen covered police and crime, ethnic affairs and city government for the Deseret News. A proud graduate of the University of Utah and lifelong Ute fan, Swensen has filed Church News and Deseret News stories from several Latin American countries, Europe and the South Pacific. He enjoys chronicling the growth of the LDS Church in Mexico, Central and South America.

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Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., counsels descendants of all pioneers to embrace the legacy and determination of their ancestors.
Hundreds begin Pioneer Day celebration at annual sunrise service.
Backcountry encampment allows hundreds to step away from the day's distractions on recommit themselves to the blessings and duties of the Aaronic Priesthood.
It's vital to protect core elements of religious freedom while leaving room for compromise in areas of less importance, said Elder Lance B. Wickman, emeritus General Authority Seventy, at BYU conference.
The doctrine of Christ remains anchored in baptism, teaches Elder Neil L. Andersen at the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents.
Finding people to teach remains the essential first step in teaching the gospel, declared Elder Dallin H. Oaks.
Mission presidents and their wives are set apart as missionaries to share the gospel with others and invite them to be baptized, said Elder Gary E. Stevenson.
The Lord's commandment to establish His Church can be realized when missionaries find those who will help build up His work.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf promises new mission leaders that they will have the Lord's guidance as they serve alongside the missionaries.
Every member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other Church leaders participated in the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents, addressing the theme "Teach Repentance and Baptize Co...