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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of 181st Annual General Conference in April 2011 in Salt Lake City.

Sept. 11: I love, love that President Thomas S. Monson participated in the Washington Post blog panel of religious leaders speaking on 9/11. In this incredible piece on how "9/11 destruction allowed us to spiritually rebuild," our prophet states: "If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that he gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving him our faith and trust. We too should be with him in every season."

Also writing on the lesson of 9/11, this blogger remembers, "The morning of Sept. 11 had already served up the unimaginably horrific for all the world to see, yet simultaneously, I was being presented with the most sublime gift available in this life: forgiveness and an opportunity to forgive another. An opportunity to be free.” Save this beautifully written essay on the “Real Lesson of September 11th” to read on Sunday.

Relief Society history: Did you know that there is a “Daughters in my Kingdom Website” where you can find resources about how to use this new book as well as answers to frequently asked questions? Plus, due today is the PDF version of the book and by Sept. 24, you’ll be able to find a searchable text version. Hooray!

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Payson groundbreaking: The LDS Newsroom announced the “Groundbreaking for the Payson Utah Temple” is set for Oct. 8 with Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presiding. Awesome!

Also of note: “The new temple will serve approximately 22 stakes from Spanish Fork, Utah, to Nephi, Utah, comprising approximately 78,000 church members. Temple going members have been driving to Provo or Manti, Utah, for temple services.”

West Africa: Listen to/watch some “West African Mormon Missionaries sing 'Called to Serve'.” Their added African beat had me practically dancing as I typed. Marvelous!

Emily W. Jensen updates "Today in the Bloggernacle" on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best of from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended "Bloggernacle Back Bench" appears on Tuesdays.

Email: ejensen@desnews.com