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LDS Church leaders speak at RootsTech Family Discovery Day

RootsTech 2016 ended with a suite of sessions and classes focused toward members of the LDS Church.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: 'Tell and retell stories' of people's lives so they live on

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world renowned presidential historian and award winning author and former three-time Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt spoke on the value of storytelling at the RootsTech conference in... Read more »

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Elder Oaks to speak at Johns Hopkins on international religious liberty

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak Tuesday at the School of Advanced International Studies on the Washington, D.C., campus of Johns Hopkins University. The topic... Read more »

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LDS Church donates additional $5 million to refugee crisis; President Uchtdorf shares refugee experience

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared his personal experience as a child refugee and discussed what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing to help with the European refugee crisis. Read more »

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Women hired by LDS Church History Department making huge strides in Mormon women's history

Kate Holbrook, the woman hired to be the first women's historian in the history of the Church History Department, and three female colleagues have improved the department's scholarship and are... Read more »

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LDS missionaries safe in Taiwan after earthquake

A strong earthquake in southwestern Taiwan killed at least five people and trapped dozens more, but an LDS mission president sent an email to parents Friday to say the Mormon missionaries in the... Read more »

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Lessons from the Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is more than rote repetition, more than a pattern as to how we communicate with God. The overriding intention is to condition a certain mindset when we pray that can be derived... Read more »

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Learning from generations

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Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, and Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, spoke during the Family Session at RootsTech on Feb. 6. Read more »

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Book review: Picture book 'Out of the Ashes: From Tabernacle to Temple' shares family's history with Provo Tabernacle

Based on a true story, "Out of the Ashes: From Tabernacle to Temple" is a picture book hat shares the story of a violinist who played in the Provo Tabernacle and her family’s history in... Read more »

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New tools to facilitate work of salvation introduced to priesthood leaders at RootsTech

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Several new resources were introduced to priesthood leaders at a special session at RootsTech to facilitate the work of salvation for the living and the dead, combining instruction from the... Read more »

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Football meets family history: Taysom Hill and Britain Covey at RootsTech

Two prominent players from Utah’s rival teams shared the stage Saturday night, Feb. 6, during RootsTech 2016 Family Discovery Day at the Salt Lake Convention Center. Read more »

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UTubers: Returned LDS missionary part of ‘American Idol’ Top 24

Jenn Blosil, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made it into the Top 24 on the 15th and final season of "American Idol." Read more »

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Elder Renlund at RootsTech 2016 Family Discovery Day: Combine family history with temple blessings

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"The real power comes when we combine family history with the blessings of the temple," Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said at the 2016 RootsTech Family Discovery Day. Read more »

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'Be open to ideas, beliefs of others,' chairman of interfaith group urges Utahns at state Capitol

The chairman of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable urged Utahns Friday to be “open to the ideas and beliefs of others, respectful of our differences and not threatened by them” during... Read more »

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Turning inward on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent and gives Christians an opportunity to repent for past sins, will be celebrated on Feb. 10. Read more »

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Hamblin & Peterson: Buddhism and violence

Although many in the West imagine Buddhism to be pacifistic, its history contradicts this — not because of the nature of Buddhism so much as because of the nature of human beings. Read more »

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7 software tools to help with family history research

Mark Mansfield from MyHeritage, an online genealogy platform, presented "7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries" at RootsTech to help save time and increase success in finding relevant... Read more »

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Book review: 'Provo's Two Temples' shares history, photos of Provo Temple, Provo City Center Temple

“Provo’s Two Temples” by Richard O. Cowan and Justin R. Bray shares the histories, memories, photos and other information about the Provo Utah Temple and the Provo City Center... Read more »

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Music and the Spoken Word: Choosing to act

People who react are, in a very real sense, prisoners. They are controlled by the world around them. On the other hand, people who act for themselves have decided beforehand what kind of person... Read more »

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Sharing stories is how to best leave a legacy, RootsTech presenters say

Main session speakers at Friday's RootsTech 2016 family history conference spoke of how today's technology facilitates the sharing of family stories, the richest kind of legacy. Read more »

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Mormon Mentions: Adam Levine praises The Piano Guys, home teaching pays off for BYU football staff

Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, praised The Piano Guys' new song. BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake praised home teaching for developing recruitment skills. Elder Quentin L. Cook met with... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Former Ute Luther Elliss is making an impact as Broncos' team chaplain

Former University of Utah All-American and NFL star Luther Elliss is serving as the team chaplain for the Denver Broncos, who will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Elder Cook visits Central America and reports missionaries are safe, members strengthening homes

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After returning from a trip to the Church’s Central America Area, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reported that the faithful Church members there are receiving the... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Mormon Taylor Swift look-alike draws national attention, talks self-worth, divine identity

Keitra Jane Calaway's resemblance to the singer-songwriter is undeniable, but battles with eating disorders and low self-esteem have forced her discover her own worth and identity. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Family history enthusiasts are 'heart specialists' for the rest of society, RootsTech speaker says

To attract novices, including family members, to family history, enthusiasts need to reach their hearts with meaningful stories — and they need to do it within 60 seconds, the keynote speaker... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Obama at prayer breakfast: 'Jesus is a good cure for fear'

In his last National Prayer Breakfast speech while in office, President Obama gave an introspective talk about how his faith overcomes his fears. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Honduran cardinal and top papal adviser warns against abortion for Zika fetuses

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, a top adviser to Pope Francis, has denounced the idea of “therapeutic abortions” — which are carried out because of fetal... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Bernie Sanders disappoints some atheists with 'very strong religious' feelings

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders dashed the hopes of some atheists when he declared he had “very strong religious and spiritual feelings” at a Democratic town hall. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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After 3rd round of Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol,’ 1 LDS contestant remains

During Wednesday night's "American Idol" episode, three LDS contestants saw the end to their time on the show, and one continued on to the next phase of the competition. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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California pioneer history exemplified in art competition

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The California Pioneer Spirit in Art competition and exhibit brings together artists from all over California to share their faith through art. The exhibit will be displayed at the Folsom History... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

Restaurants du Coeur: LDS Charities is assisting work in Lebanon to preserve dignity

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Restaurants du Cœur exists because the economic crisis in Lebanon makes it difficult for all people, especially the elderly, to have warm meals for lunch. LDS Charities and members of the... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

Former BYU star Vai Sikahema urges education, honors family and heritage at Polynesian Football Hall of Fame ceremony

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrined former BYU and professional football player Vai Sikahema into its Class of 2016 at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, on Jan. 30. Read more »

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'Rich and fascinating': New online database will help people connect with missionary ancestors

Elder Steven E. Snow announced the launch of a new online database at RootsTech on Thursday that will enable people to connect with their missionary ancestors. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Obama's take on 3 key debates about Muslims in America

In his first appearance at a U.S. mosque, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he wanted to refute “inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans" from Republican presidential... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Change in travel plans allows New Zealand Saints to hear from LDS apostle

Mormon Newsroom Pacific reported members in New Zealand had the opportunity to hear from Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve after his plans to visit Vanuatu were cancelled due... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Why the question of God matters

The claims advanced by theism, or belief in God, can be and are disputed. But there seems little reasonable dispute that they're enormously important. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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What's new: 'Return and Succeed' offers habits for post-mission success

"Return and Succeed" by Robert R. Shallenberger is a short, easy-to-read but profound guide to continued spiritual growth written specifically for returned LDS missionaries. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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RootsTech 2016 a 25,000-member 'studio audience'

RootsTech 2016, the largest family history event in the world, got underway Wednesday, drawing the vanguard of an expected 25,000 registered attendees from 50 states and 40 countries who will be... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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'A unique insight': Jermaine Sullivan shares conversion, experiences since 'Meet the Mormons' release

Jermaine Sullivan's life has changed in some ways since the filming of the documentary "Meet the Mormons," of which he said he's “glad to have been a part.” Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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To fight ISIS, West Point cadets secretly build Facebook page

Last fall, 16 West Point cadets — none of them Muslim — signed up for an elective on counterterrorism and created a Facebook page to appeal to young Muslims thinking about joining the... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Panthers or Broncos? God does not care

Super Bowl? What Super Bowl? Most people say God — almighty, all-knowing, compassionate, righteous, faithful, forgiving and with about 100 other biblical attributes — has no interest... Read more »

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Americans' views on Islam, Muslims divide by party lines

Republicans and Democrats divide sharply over views on Islam, Muslims and how a U.S. president should label violent extremists. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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RootsTech keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin knows presidents, baseball and the power of stories

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian. She is one of the featured keynote speakers at this year's RootsTech conference. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Maintaining faith during LDS Church meeting ban: Mormons in Ghana reflect on ban in new video

A video released Jan. 6 shares the stories of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana during a freeze on church meetings. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Picturing history: Priesthood Restoration Site, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

The newly restored and developed Priesthood Restoration Site was dedicated Sept. 19, 2015, by President Russell M. Nelson. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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New Harmony: Reading the pope's words with LDS eyes

Pope Francis is a leader with a gift for sounding themes that hover near the heart of all religions — themes such as sharing, patience, goodwill and fixing your eye on the divine. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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RootsTech, Family Discovery Day sessions to be streamed online

Fifteen RootsTech sessions will be broadcast live during the conference this Thursday through Saturday at RootsTech.org, according to a news release. Several of Saturday's Family Discovery Day... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Italian senators debate same-sex union bill under Vatican's watchful eye

ROME -- Italian senators have begun voting on a historic law to give legal rights to same-sex couples for the first time, a key test for the authority of the Vatican, which has for centuries had a... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Muslim Americans involved in terrorism 'rose dramatically' in 2015

The number of Muslim Americans involved in terrorism cases “rose dramatically” in 2015, although the overall threat they posed to public safety has been exaggerated, says the author of... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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France bulldozes refugees' church, mosque

A church and mosque in France’s “jungle” camp for migrants and refugees have been destroyed, despite authorities’ reportedly promising not to demolish the places of worship. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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