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What's new: 'Sacred Space' examines evidence concerning true location of LDS founding, makes case for Fayette

The location of the LDS Church's first organizational meeting has been debated for years. Some documents say Manchester, others Fayette. Historian Michael Hubbard MacKay sorts out all the evidence... Read more »

June 8, 2016

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New Harmony: For the Larsens, art is creating by organizing

I’ve always liked Joseph Smith’s notion that “creating” and “organizing” amount to the same thing. You take bits and pieces of what exists and organize them... Read more »

June 8, 2016

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Picturing history: Scovil Bakery, Nauvoo, Illinois

The restored Scovil Bakery in Nauvoo, Illinois, has a rich history, including a connection to one of the presidents of the LDS Church. Read more »

June 8, 2016

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Mormon History Association convenes this weekend at Snowbird

Mormon history enthusiasts – professional and amateur – of various religious and cultural stripes will converge this weekend at Snowbird Cliff Lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon for the... Read more »

June 7, 2016

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New Mormon Channel videos feature children explaining Bible stories in their own words

The Mormon Channel released a series of videos featuring children explaining Bible stories in their own words. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: What I learned from Alex Haley

In November 1976, I had the privilege of interviewing Alex Haley, the African-American author whose watershed book and subsequent television miniseries titled "Roots" gave family history an... Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Kourtney Kardashian posts Instagram picture of BYU student's 'Little Mermaid' costume

This weekend, Kourtney Kardashian's Instagram account featured a picture of a Brigham Young University student dressed in a “Little Mermaid” costume. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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600 teens attend Mormon prom in Maryland (+video)

On June 3, 600 youth from eight northern Virginia stakes participated in a Mormon prom. Hope Knudson and Karly Brown Productions filmed a video of the event. Read more »

June 6, 2016

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Returned LDS missionary to compete in Miss World New Zealand pageant

Ariel Pearse, a recently returned missionary, will compete June 4 in the Miss World New Zealand pageant. Read more »

June 5, 2016

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Elder Oaks makes surprise visit during Sister Oaks' keynote address at SVU

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles surprised attendees of the Southern Virginia University Education Conference on Friday morning as he joined his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks,... Read more »

June 5, 2016

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Book review: History, treasure mysteries and LDS missions meet in 'The Land of Look Behind'

Looking for a novel rife with adventure involving intrigue, history, returned missionaries, magic and treasure? Look no further than "The Land of Look Behind," by Latter-day Saint author Aaron... Read more »

June 5, 2016

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40th anniversary of the collapse of the Teton Dam

This year marks the 40th anniversary that the Teton Dam collapsed near Rexburg, Idaho, on June 5, 1976. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Book review: 'Puzzle Pieces' neatly brings a lot of story together

Presley DeGraff is hiding from a painful past when she comes to Haggerty, Georgia. She finds a town full of kind people who have their own secrets, and a puzzle that comes together after a body is... Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Leadership at its best

Many of the best leaders are homegrown, and their greatest influence may be on those at the dinner table or down the street. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Luke Staley, the Angel Moroni and 'incredible' church members in Europe: The most-read stories of May 2016

A profile on former BYU running back Luke Staley was the most-read story on DeseretNews.com during the month of May. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Newly restored Joseph Knight Sr. ancestral home open in New York

The newly restored Joseph Knight Sr. ancestral home in Nineveh, New York, is open for visitors seeking to learn more about LDS Church history. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Throwback Thursday: Son shares story of miraculous reunion with mother after 12 years of separation

One year ago this week, Deseret News told the story of how Chun Chen found his family again through the Church after spending 12 years apart. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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How a Mormon at IHOP won the prestigious Secretary of the Army Award for Valor

Retired Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek had no idea when he took a friend for breakfast at IHOP that he'd face the barrel of a gun. His actions that day led to a prestigious award from the U.S. Army. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley teaches institute crowd about gospel fundamentals, being a 'doer'

Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley taught LDS young single adults the importance of fundamentals and being a "doer" at the Sandy Institute of Religion's weekly forum Wednesday. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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The works of God are manifest: LDS mother learns to recognize God's love as she raises 2 sons with special needs

Jack had a violent outburst as I ordered his fries at a drive-thru window, and everything went horribly awry. “Lord, help me!” I yelled. It was the first but not the last time I have... Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Defending the Faith: A practical way to remember the departed

Placing flowers on graves is a nice gesture, but it doesn't actually benefit the dead. Is there anything that does? Read more »

June 2, 2016

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LDS families join search for missing Mormon missionary in Utah

LDS Church security personnel, missionaries, church members and Ogden Police continue to search today for Sister Heeji Nada Kang, a 20-year-old woman who was serving a full-time Mormon mission when... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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Picturing history: Nauvoo wagon ride

A fun and novel way for visitors to gain an overview of what to see and do while visiting Nauvoo, Illinois, is to take a wagon ride. Read more »

June 1, 2016

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: The power of LDS ward families

Fellow newbies in town sometimes ask how we seem to make friends so quickly. I don’t know how to respond. Trust me, it’s nothing we do. It’s simply built into the fabric of our... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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What's new: '10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission' shares helpful experiences

LDS seminary teacher and youth speaker Benjamin Hyrum White is a relative newcomer to the world of LDS audio. His audio CD, "10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission," is chock-full of... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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Woman serving as LDS Church missionary in Ogden missing

The LDS Church and the Ogden, Utah, police department are requesting the public's help in finding a 20-year-old sister missionary who went missing in the Ogden area Monday evening. Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: Photos enhance family history

Maximizing photos in pursuit of family history includes labeling photos, storing them correctly and keeping the relevant ones. Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Elder Ballard speaks to Mormon Miracle Pageant cast members in Manti

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to cast members and volunteers of the Mormon Miracle Pageant at a devotional... Read more »

May 30, 2016

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Hruska's Kolaches: BYU alumni introduce Provo, Salt Lake City to family breakfast tradition

Hruska’s Kolaches opened the doors of its Provo location on April 1, 2014. The small bakery on Center Street was, and is, the fulfillment of Ross Hruska’s dream of owning a restaurant. Read more »

May 29, 2016

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Remembering Elder L. Tom Perry 1 year after his death

One year ago this month, on May 30, 2015, Elder L. Tom Perry died at the age of 92 from the effects of cancer. Read more »

May 29, 2016

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Book review: 'Secrets of the King's Daughter' brings perspective to story of Ammon, King Lamoni

Author Renae Weight Mackley takes the story of King Lamoni and Ammon in the Book of Mormon and shares a fictionalized account of the daughter who was offered as a bride to Ammon in "Secrets of the... Read more »

May 29, 2016

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A Memorial Day tradition 70 years in the making

There is no doubt where my family will be on Memorial Day. Each Memorial Day holiday, the Nelson clan gathers at 10 a.m. at a small, picturesque cemetery overlooking Cache Valley. Read more »

May 29, 2016

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Book review: Brandon Sanderson's 'Calamity' doesn't quite satisfy as conclusion to Reckoners series

Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, which began with "Steelheart" and continued in "Firefight," now concludes with "Calamity," a book that delivers plenty of satisfaction but also holds some... Read more »

May 28, 2016

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Book review: Welsh historical elements add interest to 'One Last Spring'

With her village in danger, Gwen and her loved ones must consider new opportunities and build new lives. Welsh author Sian Ann Bessey brings the beauty of Wales to life in "One Last Spring." Read more »

May 28, 2016

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4 tips for sleuthing for your ancestors in cemeteries

My visit to this cemetery and several others in the Midwest this spring honed my strategy on the best way to visit graveyards in my genealogical research. Here are some of the important cemetery... Read more »

May 28, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: A silent hymn to the fallen

At the historic West Point Cemetery at the United States Military Academy, we remember and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation since its founding. Read more »

May 28, 2016

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First-edition Book of Mormon to be part of Library of Congress' 'America Reads' exhibit

An 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon is scheduled to be part of the Library of Congress’ “America Reads” exhibit to open June 16, according to a news release. Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Friday Minute: An open letter to my granddaughters

Leave a legacy of learning, faith, love and service. After all, your finest legacy is not what you accomplish, but what God accomplishes in you. Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Sherry Young: The trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land

My husband and I recently took a trip with a tour group to Israel, where we shared life-affirming experiences including walking where Jesus walked. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Throwback Thursday: Why Lindsey Stirling's Billboard dress doesn't matter

One year ago this week, the Deseret News shared a column written by Arianna Rees in which she addressed Lindsey Stirling and the negative online response to the dress that the YouTube star wore at... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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BYU's Ty Detmer discusses prayer, conversion, overcoming obstacles at Sandy Institute forum

1990 Heisman Trophy winner, Cougars new offensive coordinator spoke to a large crowd gathered Wednesday night at the Sandy Institute of Religion Read more »

May 26, 2016

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'An answer to many prayers': Hong Kong China Temple reaches 20-year milestone

In a region with half the world's population as well as multiple languages and non-Christian religions, the inspiration received by President Gordon B. Hinckley to build a temple in Hong Kong has... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Book of Mormon origins and the historical record

The historical data surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon makes the easiest and most natural sense when Joseph Smith's explanation for it is accepted. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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What's new: 'The Washington Hypothesis'

Timothy Ballard's new book, "The Washington Hypothesis," explores evidence that George Washington and the other Founding Fathers knew the Lord had a greater purpose for America. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Picturing history: Isaac Trumbo home, San Francisco

President Wilford Woodruff experienced health problems near the end of his life. He passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 1898, in the Isaac Trumbo home in San Francisco, California. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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New Harmony: The haunting saga of a Latter-day refugee

For many, the word “refugee” sounds like someone foreign and far away, but the truth is former refugees move among us daily. I’m thinking of "fellowcitizens with the saints" such... Read more »

May 25, 2016

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LDS missionary who returned home early shares experience in Mormon Channel video

A new video released by Mormon Channel on Monday features one man’s experience of returning home from a mission earlier than expected. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Is the Angel Moroni a lightning rod? Statue does what it's built to do

The statue of the Angel Moroni on a spire above almost all LDS temples is more than a symbol and a landmark. It's also — literally — a lightning rod made of fiberglass and gold... Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Twila Van Leer: Just picture that!

George Eastman made taking photographs easy for everyone. Now that you can take dozens and hundreds of photos, it's up to you to preserve them. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Mormon Mentions: Lindsey Stirling records with Celine Dion; Alex Boye song hits No. 2 on Billboard chart

Social media posts with a connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members last week highlighted LDS entertainers participating in a variety of activities. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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