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Elder Ballard speaks to Mormon Miracle Pageant cast members in Manti

Elder Ballard spoke to cast members and volunteers of the Mormon Miracle Pageant at a devotional.

‘Transfiguration Through Tribulation': Elizabeth Smart speaks at BYU-Hawaii

Elizabeth Smart, president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, recently spoke at the Cannon Activities Center at Brigham Young University-Hawaii about how trials strengthened her faith. Read more »

May 15, 2016

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9 Grand Encampment events to commemorate Mormon pioneers near Winter Quarters July 7-10

There will be nine Grand Encampment events July 7-10 commemorating 170 years since the first wagon companies of members of the LDS Church left the Winter Quarters, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs,... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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LDS Church History Museum hosts ‘Freetown’ filmmakers May 19

“Freetown” director Garrett Batty and screenwriter Melissa Leilani Larson will speak on “Inspirational Drama: Salvation in Microcosm” at the LDS Church History Museum on... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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President Uchtdorf visits Brussels and Paris, calls members 'incredible'

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During a time when refugees are pouring into Europe and despite devastating terrorist attacks in their countries earlier this year, Latter-day Saints in Belgium and France are “joyful and... Read more »

May 14, 2016

Faith leaders question how to address gun violence in churches

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The PBS special, "Armed in America: Faith & Guns," brought together six evangelical Christians with varying views on gun control. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: What is true greatness?

People all over the world, in every culture and clime, pursue greatness. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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Book review: ‘Three Little Words’ is fun frivolity

An easy-reading, lighthearted compilation of short romance stories, “Three Little Words” is perfect for a quick, happy-ending romance fix. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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And the winners of the 2015 Whitney Awards are ...

Josi S. Kilpack’s “Lord Fenton’s Folly” received the 2015 Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year during the gala May 7. Best Youth Novel of the Year went to Jennifer A.... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: The development of early Christian sanctuaries, from temples to homes to basilicas

Christian church buildings, in the sense familiar to us since even before the Middle Ages, took several centuries to emerge. And they still show some signs of the temple that they partly replaced. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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Author requests inspiring stories

Author Jason F. Wright is looking for inspiring stories for an upcoming nonfiction book that explores everyday people having extraordinary experiences. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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Book review: 'Believers, Thinkers, and Founders' examines concept of God in government

In his new book, “Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to be One Nation Under God,” Kevin Seamus Hasson examines the concept of finding God in government without forcing God... Read more »

May 13, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Elder Bednar pays tribute to mother and wife; David Archuleta, Chelsie Hightower, Jimmer Fredette post photos honoring mothers

Sunday, May 8, was Mother’s Day, and people throughout the world shared photos and thoughts on social media honoring the mothers in their lives. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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Court rejects 'Sister Wives' request to reconsider Utah polygamy law ruling

A federal appeals court Friday rejected a polygamous family's request for a full review of a decision upholding the cohabitation provision in Utah's polygamy law. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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International Modest Fashion Week takes off in Turkey

Spring colors, breezy fabrics, high necklines and long hemlines: The International Modest Fashion Week opened Friday in Istanbul as Turkey sought to be seen as a creative hotspot for conservative... Read more »

May 13, 2016

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'A big achievement:' Muslim leader earns US citizenship

USU student and Palestinian native and Muslim Said Ghabayen became a local voice for peace following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Now, after eight years of undergoing the legal processes,... Read more »

May 13, 2016

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The complicated ways the military responds to religious freedom concerns

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A military college in South Carolina announced Tuesday that it won't allow an admitted student to wear her hijab on campus. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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Erroneous reports tie LDS Church to Panama Papers

Incorrect blog reports claimed this week that two LDS Church-owned companies are part of the leaked Panama Papers scandal. Those reports are false. The two companies have names similar to LDS... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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UTubers: Lexi Walker, Jenny Oaks Baker team up with Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra to perform ‘The Prayer’

Three Utah-based artists- Lexi Walker, Jenny Oaks Baker and the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra-come together to perform "The Prayer." Read more »

May 12, 2016

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American Bible Society marks 200th birthday

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Two hundred years ago, the American Bible Society was founded to distribute Scriptures across the U.S. and the globe. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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Non-Muslim groups say mosque should get OK

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Southern Baptists, Sikhs and Hare Krishnas have told a federal court they think a proposal to erect a New Jersey mosque should be approved. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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In honoring Biden and Boehner, Notre Dame lives up to Pope Francis’ vision

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When Pope Francis became the first pontiff in history to address Congress last fall, two of the most powerful Catholics in Washington sat behind him. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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David Archuleta, Paul Cardall to perform humanitarian concerts in the Adriatic North Mission

Two American musical artists, pianist Paul Cardall and David Archuleta, will perform Friday, May 13, in the Slovenian Opera Theatre at the invitation of the Slovenian Heart Foundation for the... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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Reader voices: My experiences visiting the Priesthood Restoration Site

While I still have my own special memories of what seemed like a place few people knew about, I am so happy to know that many more will now be drawn to the sacred location of the restoration of the... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Living in a world with many different religious views

A prominent Austrian-American sociologist argues that there are substantial benefits to living in societies with "competing" religious views. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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UTubers: BYU vocal group releases a cappella version of 'Be Thou My Vision'

This week, Noteworthy released its newest YouTube video, "Be Thou My Vision." Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Being respectful even when we disagree

Phrases such as “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am” are almost unheard of here. Instead of spending so much time teaching our young ones the ABCs, perhaps we should... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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'In His Time': Bishop Gérald Caussé speaks to BYU-Idaho students

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“Time is an essential element of our earthly existence as human beings,” said Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of the Church, during a Brigham Young University-Idaho... Read more »

May 11, 2016

3 Utah siblings serve in the same LDS mission in Taiwan

Three of the four children born to Greg and Gina Anderson of Springville, Utah, have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All three of them have served in the Taiwan... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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'Faith was the answer': LDS woman rediscovers power of faith, hope after miscarriages

Trusting in faith hasn't always been my strong suit. During the 15 years I spent away from the gospel, faith became a burden — something that required vulnerability and humility. Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Picturing history: Tragedy Spring

As former members of the Mormon Battalion cut a road through the Sierra Nevada, they discovered the bodies of three of their scouts who had been brutally murdered. Read more »

May 11, 2016

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90 years of playing the piano: One woman's bond with music

Athleen Toombs, 96, has played the piano for 90 years. Her rare gift of arranging, reading, improvising and playing music by ear has created a life full of optimism and joy as she shares her gift... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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LDS composer shares story of hope in 'The Prodigal Son' musical to be performed at the Conference Center Theater

Andres Paredes is a self-taught composer and lyricist who is telling the biblical story about the prodigal son in a musical May 12-14 at the Conference Center Theater. Read more »

May 11, 2016

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New Harmony: Finding a dollop of Lincoln in Sen. Bob Bennett

During my years on the editorial board at the Deseret News, Sen. Bob Bennett came by many times to clue us in. And seeing his name on our “things to do today” always made me smile. Read more »

May 11, 2016

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What's new: 'From the Outside Looking In' is a friendly yet different perspective of Mormon history

"From The Outside Looking In" is a friendly perspective of Mormon history by professional researchers. The essays were gleaned from the Tanner Lectures over the past 15 years and have been compiled... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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New Neal A. Maxwell Institute executive director named

J. Spencer Fluhman has been named the new executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Study: Changes in racial composition lead to decline in church attendance

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The more mixed the Sunday morning pews are, the fewer people are likely to be in them. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Know someone who is struggling with his or her faith? C.S. Lewis can give hope, writer explains

The spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis can be encouraging for those who struggle with the faith of their childhood, according to a college dean writing for Relevant Magazine. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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London elects first Muslim mayor as Europe struggles with Islamophobia

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Sadiq Khan was elected mayor of London on Saturday, defeating Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: The buddy system works for indexers

The buddy system works for Boy Scouts and for folks learning to do FamilySearch indexing. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Hand in hand: Utah's spiritual leaders bless St. Mark's caregivers

The Rev. Claudia Giacoma participates in the 15th annual Blessing of the Hands at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City on Monday. Read more »

May 9, 2016

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BYU teams compete for three national titles

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Church-owned school vies for national championships in three sports on the same day; falls short. Read more »

May 9, 2016

Construction 'officially' begins for new BYU Engineering Building

LDS Church News

Construction “officially” started on a new engineering building on the Brigham Young University campus after members of the BYU community and donors to the university met on campus... Read more »

May 9, 2016

Former Senator Bob Bennett dies at age 82

LDS Church News

Bob Bennett, who served as a U.S. Senator for 18 years, died on May 4, 2016 at the age of 82. Read more »

May 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton: ‘We need to make countering BDS a priority’

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On the eve of her religious denomination’s quadrennial meeting, Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Jewish agency heads saying she opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement... Read more »

May 9, 2016

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Holy Twitter! Trump takes on a top Baptist theologian

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Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has mounted a Twitter war with the Southern Baptist Convention’s chief ethicist, the Rev. Russell Moore. Read more »

May 9, 2016

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'#HisDay' initiative encourages all to strengthen their faith

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In an effort to “remind the world what the Lord’s day is all about,” a new invitation from the Church encourages members to share their photos and thoughts as they honor the... Read more »

May 9, 2016

From Kirtland to Missouri: 5 interesting notes from 'Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Vol. 4'

The newest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers offers an inside look at such historical events as Zion's Camp, new positions in LDS Church leadership, construction of the Kirtland Temple and the... Read more »

May 9, 2016

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Michael Otterson, retiring managing director of LDS Public Affairs, called to serve as president of the London England Temple

Michael Otterson, 67, the retiring managing director of the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has accepted a call to serve as president of the London... Read more »

May 9, 2016

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Dear Momma, I've been there too: Christian blogger reaches millions with encouraging messages for moms

Becky Thompson addresses mothers' everyday concerns on her blog and in her new book. She has reached millions of women by writing about experiences that have drawn her and her family closer to God. Read more »

May 8, 2016

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16-year-old killed, fellow student injured in Payson collision

The community of Payson Sunday grieved the death of Erica Montague, 16, who was killed in a two-car crash Saturday night. The driver of the car, a 16-year-old student who also attended Salem Hills... Read more »

May 8, 2016

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