Prominent church members who passed away during the past six months include Elders LeGrand Curtis, Hans Ringger and Richard Wirthlin; former Young Women president Ruth Funk; and former Relief Society general president Barbara Smith.
Universities with LDS affiliations scored big on the hardwood in 2010. National player of the year Jimmer Fredette led BYU to the Sweet 16; BYU-Hawaii reached the Division II national championship game; and Southern Virginia won the USCAA national championship.
The Church launched several new websites, including "Helping in the Vineyard" and "LDS Tech." Also, the Mormon Messages page on YouTube expanded to include playlists for seminary and institute students.
In early February, an LDS missionary in San Bernardino, Calif., helped save a life by pulling the bloodied pilot from fuel-soaked wreckage after a twin-engine Beechcraft plane crashed.
A flurry of temple-related activity occurred during the past six months, including: the church announced the site for Indiana's first temple; the Angel Moroni statue was placed on the Kansas City Missouri Temple; and President Thomas S. Monson broke ground in October on the Rome Italy Temple.
The LDS Church membership of Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney attracts large media attention as they apparently prepare for presidential runs, while in the U.S. Senate the majority leader (Harry Reid) and youngest member (Mike Lee) are both Mormon.
The LDS Church's humanitarian outreach included the donation of large amounts of physical goods to refugees of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, as well as a substantial cash donation to the Japanese Red Cross.
The LDS Church announced Nov. 12 the release of revised instruction handbooks for church leaders. As part of the update, Volume 2 is made available for anybody to download on LDS.org.
The Provo Tabernacle suffered severe damage on Dec. 17 (a new report released March 31 blames the blaze on a 300-watt lighting fixture in the attic). Several weeks previous, an LDS chapel near Seattle was destroyed in an apparent arson.