Jason Swensen is a reporter for the Church News and a frequent contributor to the Deseret News. Prior to joining the Church News staff, Swensen covered police and crime, ethnic affairs and city government for the Deseret News. A proud graduate of the University of Utah and a lifelong Ute fan, Swensen has filed Church News and Deseret News stories from several Latin American countries, Europe and the South Pacific. He enjoys chronicling the growth of the Church in Mexico, Central and South America.
Nov 18, 2018 10:55 pm MSTPresident Russell M. Nelson to Texans: An eternal perspective will help you endure 'serious storms' “That eternal perspective makes a huge difference in our comprehension of things that don’t seem fair in this life,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Nov 9, 2018 12:07 pm MSTChurch News: Paradise Camp Fire hits Latter-day Saint families hard, destroys Church meetinghouses Local Church leaders are relieved that all members and missionaries are safe and accounted for. But the so-called Camp Fire exacted an awful price in the Paradise Latter-day Saint community and beyond.
Oct 20, 2018 10:29 pm MDTChurch News: President Oaks, Elder Bednar visit Florida after Hurricane Michael and answer why bad things happen to good people Joining the first counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' First Presidency at a Saturday gathering in Florida is an apostle, a Seventy, a member of the Presiding Bishopric and the leader of the Relief Society general presidency.
Sep 27, 2018 9:24 am MDTChurch News: Church announces updates to food storage, emergency preparedness The Church announced plans Thursday to supply families and community agencies with “finished good” such pasta, pancake mix and flour — rather than raw wheat which can be difficult to process at home.
Sep 16, 2018 7:09 pm MDTChurch News: Waterlogged North Carolinians pleading for prayers that Florence 'will speed up and move on' An Area Seventy is pleading for Latter-day Saints — and anyone else, for that matter — to combine their voices and petition heaven on behalf of his fellow North Carolinians besieged Sunday by driving rain and rising floodwaters.
Sep 14, 2018 1:58 pm MDTChurch News: Hurricane Florence floods, devastates 20 Latter-day Saint families' homes Hurricane Florence's relentless first-day assault on the Carolinas is impacting a number of Latter-day Saints, with floodwaters inundating homes and transforming subdivision streets into canals.
Sep 13, 2018 7:53 pm MDTChurch News: Former UVU President Matt Holland talks missionary safety in the midst of Hurricane Florence The mid-summer skies were likely sunny and clear when newly arrived North Carolina Raleigh Mission President Matthew S. Holland conducted his first round of zone conferences.