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UTubers: LDS musician Nik Day releases tribute to women, 'Miracle'

Nik Day released a new music video, "Miracle." The song is a tribute to women. Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Magazines feature Donny and Marie Osmond; Vocal Point does the Running Man Challenge

Magazine covers featured LDS entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond. BYU Vocal Point did the Running Man Challenge. LDS leaders shared stories and counsel. Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Reader voices: Lessons from mother to daughter

I visualize my mother teaching when I teach, and I think of her when I become acquainted with those learning about the LDS Church. What would she have said or done? Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: For the unglamorous mother

The days when I am the most worn out, the most exhausted, the most unkept are usually the days when I feel like my little heart has given the very most. Those are the days that I know, even if I... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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Mothers, a midwife and boxing lessons: LDS Church leaders share memories about their mothers, wives

In celebration of Mother's Day and wonderful mothers everywhere, here is a small selection of anecdotes, thoughts and tributes to mothers and wives by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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UTubers: Teenage singer Lexi Walker performs ‘Let It Go’ in China

Lexi Walker performed "Let It Go" with Alex Boye in 2014. A video of the performance now has over 78 million views on YouTube. Her latest performance of the song from "Frozen" took her to China. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Tapping into the power of prayer: LDS Church leaders share principles of prayer

In celebration of National Prayer Day on May 5, here is a collection of thoughts and principles shared by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the topic of prayer. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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'Matriarchs of the Messiah' shares stories of women in Jesus Christ's lineage

Jo Ann Skousen’s “Matriarchs of the Messiah” tells the stories of the women in Jesus Christ’s lineage. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Defending the Faith: When Jesus purged the temple at Jerusalem

Significantly, according to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus revered the temple at Jerusalem. He believed that he stood in a special relationship with the God to whom it was dedicated, and he took... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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What's new: 'To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family' by Elder and Sister Holland celebrates motherhood

Although it is small, this tender book titled "To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia T. Holland spotlights the essential importance of... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Catholics, LDS stand together on issues 'good for America,' archbishop says

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, visiting Salt Lake City at the invitation of the LDS Church, said Wednesday the two faiths stand together “on issues that are good... Read more »

May 4, 2016

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LDS general conference, Disneyland and Chelsie Hightower: The most-read stories of April 2016

Live coverage of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made for the most-read stories on DeseretNews.com during the month of April. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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The Clean Cut: The Piano Guys take on ‘The Jungle Book’ at Chichén Itzá

The Piano Guys filmed a music video combining songs from "The Jungle Book" with George Frederic Handel's "Sarabande" at Chichén Itzá, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Picturing history: Nauvoo Land and Records Office

The Land and Records Office allows one to find out “who lived where” in Nauvoo, Illinois, during the early to mid-1840s. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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LDS leaders announce new teaching manual, teacher council meetings

LDS Church leaders introduced a new monthly program Sunday called teacher council meetings and released a new manual for training teachers throughout the church. The announcement was made via email... Read more »

May 3, 2016

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LDS Church member appointed to US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Sandra Jolley, a member of the LDS Church in Las Vegas, was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: Look before leaping into family history projects

My brother and I had a great idea — we would write a more concise biography on William Gimbert Saunders, our great-great-grandfather on our father's mother's line. But we found there already... Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Putting the family council to work

Some of our best moments as a family come when we take the time to talk as equals. Read more »

May 2, 2016

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UTubers: LDS violinist Jenny Oaks Baker releases cover of ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’

Jenny Oaks Baker released a violin cover of "Nearer, My God, to Thee" from her new album, "Awakening." Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Many foretold Restoration, Elder Maynes tells young adults

“The Restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days has been foreseen and predicted by prophets throughout history,” said Elder Richard J. Maynes during a... Read more »

May 1, 2016

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Book review: 'Wreckage' shares story of plane crash survivors, scandal

Emily Bleeker introduces a topsy-turvy, scandalous tale of plane crash survivors who find themselves stranded on a desert island, in the novel "Wreckage." Read more »

May 1, 2016

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First California Pioneer History Day set for May 21

The first annual California Pioneer History Day will be May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Read more »

May 1, 2016

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Book review: ‘Calvin’ blends philosophy, romance with schizophrenia

Recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, a high school boy decides to walk across frozen Lake Erie. Adventure and romance ensue when the girl next door and an imaginary tiger tag along, in the young... Read more »

April 30, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: The time to prepare

Sometimes being prepared means foreseeing the unforeseen. So how do we prepare? By focusing on things of greatest worth. By placing more value in people than in things. By reading and pondering... Read more »

April 30, 2016

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Would BYU honor code be better with an amnesty clause like Southern Virginia's?

Southern Virginia University, which isn't run by the LDS Church but has a student body that is 90 percent Mormon, last year adopted an amnesty clause for victims of sexual assault. How did it work,... Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Primary general presidency makes public speaking debut at BYU Women's Conference

The newly called Primary general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made their public speaking debut on Friday, April 29, as part of BYU Women’s Conference. Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: Sepphoris — 'The ornament of the Galilee'

A city that isn't even mentioned in the Bible may have been a key part of the earthly upbringing of Jesus and might help us to understand some of the expressions that he used in his teaching. Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Balloon release honors missionary who died; boy with cerebral palsy speaks in church with the help of technology

A balloon release honored Elder David Hampton, a missionary who died in a bicycle accident in Taiwan. A boy who has cerebral palsy spoke in church with the help of technology. LDS leaders shared... Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Niumatalolo and Navy make another trip to the White House

By virtue of beating Army and Air Force, coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Navy football team made another trip to the White House on Wednesday. It was also a special day for the Niumatalolo family for... Read more »

April 29, 2016

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'One in Charity': Thousands gather for 40th annual BYU Women's Conference

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Thousands of women from around the world spent the day on the BYU campus for classes and service projects associated with the 40th annual BYU Women's Conference on April 28. Read more »

April 28, 2016

LDS missionary Mason Wells returns home 37 days after Brussels bombing

More than five weeks after suffering second-degree burns and serious shrapnel injuries in the Brussels airport terrorist attack that wounded three other Mormon missionaries, Mason Wells returned to... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Mormon man's rap album hits No. 1 spot on iTunes chart

James Curran, known as "James the Mormon," released an EP, "I'm Not a Rapper," on April 17. The album hit the No. 1 spot on the iTunes hip-hop/rap top albums chart. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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LDS Church outlines how it prevents child sexual abuse, makes donation

The LDS Church posted a new document online Thursday that provides a comprehensive explanation of how it works to prevent child sexual abuse in its congregations. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, the... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Faith and fame: Former 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Chelsie Hightower shares her story

While visiting New York City in early 2013, Chelsie Hightower attended an LDS sacrament meeting where she heard a man's conversion story. It made her reconsider her career. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Don't use tape, glue to preserve documents, books, specialists say

April 24-30 is Preservation Week, which highlights preserving historical items and collections. Specialists with the LDS Church History library and FamilySearch shared advice on how to repair and... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Taking a 'Leap of Faith' in Bennett's book on the origins of the Book of Mormon

Former Sen. Bob Bennett wrote a surprisingly good book about the Book of Mormon while serving in the United States Senate. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Up-close view of angel Moroni statue being placed atop LDS Star Valley Wyoming Temple

A video shows the angel Moroni statue being placed on the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. Construction workers placed the statue Monday. Read more »

April 27, 2016

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LDS Church hires assistant church historian as new head of Public Affairs department

The new chief spokesman for the LDS Church is Rick Turley, the Assistant LDS Church Historian and Recorder. He will take over Sept. 1 as managing director of the Public Affairs Department,... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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Picturing history: Sutter's Mill, Coloma, California

Latter-day Saints who had served in the Mormon Battalion were present when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, east of Sacramento, California. Several of them documented the moment when that... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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New Harmony: Simplicity and splendor, a marriage made in heaven

As a boy, I was taught to be wary of lavish displays. Simplicity trumped splendor, I was taught. The ordinary didn’t need to be ornate. But I’ve since made peace with all things opulent... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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What's new: 'Temples: Sacred Symbolism, Eternal Blessings' by David J. Ridges

Because of the sacred nature of LDS temples, many things that occur within them are discussed only within their walls. A new audio fireside titled "Temples: Sacred Symbolism, Eternal Blessings"... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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The evolution of LDS 'lady missionaries' and a gender-integrated missionary force

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Speaking in the Conference Center Little Theater on the topic, “ ‘An ardent desire to speak for myself’: Pioneering woman missionaries, 1898-1920,” Matthew McBride discussed... Read more »

April 26, 2016

Angel Moroni statue placed atop LDS Star Valley Wyoming Temple

Construction workers placed the angel Moroni statue atop the Star Valley Wyoming Temple on Monday. The temple will be dedicated on Oct. 30. Read more »

April 26, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: Tips for preserving valuable family history collections, items

I invited Christopher McAfee of Brigham Young University to share tips on how to take care of things that matter, and he responded with a "primer" on how to care for your collections at home. Read more »

April 26, 2016

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Wright Words: Why your physical and spiritual workouts have more in common than you might think

A few weeks ago, I returned to the gym after what we’ll call a “personal hiatus.” It was just long enough to be awkward when I walked back in the heavy glass doors, but not long... Read more »

April 26, 2016

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Former Mormon missionary looks for positive since Belgian blast

One of the four LDS missionaries wounded in the Brussels terrorist attacks described Monday the fear, confusion and lessons learned as he continues on the road to full recovery. Read more »

April 25, 2016

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Funeral set for Elder David Hampton, Mormon missionary who died in Taiwan bike accident

The funeral for Elder David Smith Hampton, the 18-year-old Mormon missionary from North Ogden, Utah, is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Hampton died April 12 when his foot slipped on his bike pedal... Read more »

April 25, 2016

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Following Will Hopoate's lead, returned LDS missionary transfers rugby teams to avoid Sunday games

When Will Hopoate announced he would no longer play or train on Sundays, Caleb Timu felt inspired to take a similar course of action. Read more »

April 25, 2016

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Book review: ‘Book of Mormon: Scriptural Phrases’ is a treasure trove of a compilation

Studying the Book of Mormon through this collection of thousands of phrases can help readers gain greater understanding and comprehension of a sacred book. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Elder L. Whitney Clayton speaks to BYU grads of 'the blessing of connecting to God'

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Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy speaks to close to 6,000 graduates during BYU commencement exercises held in the Marriott Center on Thursday, April 21. Read more »

April 23, 2016

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