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Shared LDS faith strengthens bond between 2 men on new weight-loss show

JJ Peterson and Ray Stewart had never met, but the two members of the LDS Church instantly felt a bond.

Utah Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday

Monsignor Joseph Mayo places ashes on Arianna Vasquez's forehead as Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper. Read more »

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Larycia Hawkins, Wheaton College offer gratitude, move on

At an often-emotional press conference to discuss the confidential agreement they had reached to part ways, Wheaton College’s president and Larycia Hawkins expressed gratitude for their time... Read more »

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West gathers digital arsenal against Islamic State -- to what effect?

Twitter recently announced it had suspended 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.” Read more »

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Bernie Sanders supported religious liberty in menorah dispute

As mayor of Burlington, Vt., Bernie Sanders took a decisive stand on a religious liberty question, supporting the placement of a Hanukkah menorah on public property, according to documents... Read more »

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir announces virtual sing-along opportunity

All who have dreamed of singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir now have a chance. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is inviting people throughout the world to join in a virtual sing-along of George... Read more »

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Shared LDS faith strengthens bond between 2 Utah men featured on A&E's new weight-loss show

JJ Peterson and Ray Stewart had never met, but the two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instantly felt a bond. Read more »

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: The most important words you'll ever say

I once asked someone I respect a great deal, “Do you think you’ve been so successful in your career because you are a good communicator?” This person replied, “Tiffany, that... Read more »

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Joseph and Emma Smith's home in Harmony, Pennsylvania

The Harmony, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Emma Smith has been rebuilt on the site where it stood when Joseph and Emma lived there in the late 1820s. It was part of the overall plan of the... Read more »

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Kansas City teacher astonishes with $2 million gift to Jesuits

Even people who knew Anna Kurzweil well wouldn’t have guessed she was a millionaire. She grew up on a farm outside of Kansas City, the youngest of eight children, and entered the convent for... Read more »

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Pope briefs priests: Don't be smug, don't judge sinners

A specially-recruited group of priests received last-minute instructions from Pope Francis Tuesday before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners. Read more »

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir announces 7 cities for European tour

During its European tour this summer, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will visit Berlin, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Brussels, Zurich and Rotterdam. Read more »

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Forbes features Rootstech company competition

One of the judges of the Innovator's Showdown, a competition between app developers, shared her thoughts on the apps on the Forbes website. Read more »

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Multimedia storytelling can help make family history more accessible, easier to share

When multiple media sources are used together to tell a story that's passed down in a family, it become more dynamic and assumes more dimensions than words typed onto a page, said Devin Ashby, a... Read more »

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The struggles of minority faiths arenít over yet ó Sikh actor kept off flight for refusing to remove his turban

President Obama spoke out against anti-Muslim sentiment last week, but other minority faith groups experience similar injustices. Read more »

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How Pope Francis follows a long history interfaith work by past pontiffs

Pope Francis is not the first Catholic Church leader to extend olive branches to leaders of other faiths. Read more »

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LDS missionary department leader: Zika has 'our utmost attention'

The assistant executive director in the LDS Church’s Missionary Department, in a Q&A posted online by the church on Monday, said missionary health is the department's first priority but that... Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Larry King interviews Lindsey Stirling about her career, new book and LDS faith

In an interview with Larry King, Lindsey Stirling talked about her career as a musician, her new book and her LDS faith. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Wheaton provost apologizes to Larycia Hawkins; she's leaving

Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins, who faced termination from her tenured post at the evangelical school for publicly saying Christians and Muslims worship the “same God,” has... Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Taylor Halverson: Finding the first use of the name Christ in the Book of Mormon

If Jesus Christ is the central figure of the Book of Mormon, why isn’t the name Christ used until 78 pages in to the Book of Mormon? Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 7, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 7, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 7, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 7, 2016

LDS World: 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 »

Feb. 7, 2016

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

LDS Church News

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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

LDS Church leaders speak at RootsTech Family Discovery Day

RootsTech 2016, the largest family history conference in the world, ended its four-day run Saturday with Family Discovery Day, a suite of sessions and classes focused toward members of the LDS Church. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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

LDS Church News

"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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

'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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 6, 2016

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LDS Church opposed to state senator's medical marijuana bill

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Friday night that it has "expressed opposition" to a state legislative bill that would legalize access to the entirety of the marijuana... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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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 »

Feb. 5, 2016

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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

LDS Church News

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

LDS Church News

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

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