May 26, 2019 5:52 pm MDTFacing epidemic of amputations and death, Pacific Islanders fighting diabetes The South Pacific is threatened by an epidemic. Tonga's king, Samoan village chiefs, presidents, prime ministers and ministries of health are turning to a class from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the solution.
Tad Walch covers the LDS Church and the Church Education System, including BYU, BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii. Tad has worked for the Deseret News for 10 years, serving as the Enterprise Team Editor, the City Editor and the Utah County Bureau Chief. Tad studied journalism at BYU, where he twice served as editor of the Daily Universe. He was a co-founder of Cougar Sports Magazine and served co-editor from 1993-1997. He worked as a sports reporter, sports editor, Olympics reporter and courts reporter at the Daily Herald from 1997-2003. Tad has lived for 28 years in Utah County, where he and his wife are raising five children.
May 24, 2019 10:49 pm MDTIn Tonga, coconut trees, a saw and fishing nets provide a path for help and lead to self-reliance The woman faced one of hardest questions a single mother could face: How will I find a place to keep my children out of the rain? The solution required people from all over her island nation to help.
May 20, 2019 11:18 pm MDTNew Zealand mosque shooting: Gunshots shattered a day of prayer, but gave rise to interfaith resolve "Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the world over were heartbroken when we heard of the deadly attacks on innocent worshippers in the Al Noor and Linwood mosques of Christchurch on March 15," President Russell M. Nelson said.
May 19, 2019 11:26 pm MDTPresident Nelson meets New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, says church will donate to mosques On her first day back at work after a triumphant trip to Paris that substantiated her No. 2 ranking on Fortune's list of the world's greatest leaders, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed President Russell M. Nelson to Parliament.
May 18, 2019 6:36 am MDTChurch News: Protect your children, President Russell M. Nelson tells Samoans who waited to hear him speak on a rainy field “Please protect your families from the deception you will see in your future,” President Nelson said on his Pacific tour. “That’s why we are all busily engaged in this work."
May 17, 2019 6:06 am MDTSamoa preps field for 10,000 Latter-day Saints to hear President Nelson speak Despite an outdoor field venue drenched by two weeks of rain and a forecast calling for a 90 percent chance of more rainfall during the event, 10,000 people are expected to attend a devotional address by President Russell M. Nelson here on Saturday.
May 16, 2019 9:36 pm MDTHow Samoa's prime minister is backing a Latter-day Saint effort to provide education in his nation The prime minister of Samoa is backing a new idea for free preschools that is disrupting paid preschools and improving performance. The new model is fueled by less-educated mothers and organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 10, 2019 11:29 am MDTPresident Russell M. Nelson speaks at Golden Spike anniversary extolling the virtues of 'oneness' President Russell M. Nelson stood Friday under a brilliant blue Utah desert sky next to the tracks where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific met 150 years ago today and called the intercontinental railroad a gargantuan achievement of unity.
May 6, 2019 11:04 am MDTEllen gives $10,000 to BYU grad who came out during graduation speech Ellen DeGeneres gave $10,000 to BYU political science valedictorian Matt Easton during a taped interview that was scheduled to air Monday, just more than a week after he came out as gay during his graduation speech.
May 6, 2019 8:48 am MDTLatter-day Saint leaders eliminate yearlong wait period for temple sealing following civil marriage Latter-day Saint leaders have announced a historic change in temple marriage policy, eliminating the one-year wait period following civil marriage. The effect was felt immediately during a media tour for the renovation of the Oakland Temple.