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Missionary’s Call For Unity Results In Global Community Of More Than 500K

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The call for a global day of fasting and prayer over the coronavirus pandemic prompted a young Utah County man to create a Facebook group that quickly gained hundreds of thousands of members. It started April 4, and within a week, more than half a million people had joined. He told KSL-TV he never thought it would get so popular. Over and over, we’ve seen how a good, small idea can turn into an inspiring way to make a big difference. Jaden Taylor was serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he heard President Russel M. Nelson issue a call for a Global Day of fasting and Prayer during the April 2020 General Conference. “Let us fast, pray and unite our faith once again,” President Nelson said. “Let us pray...
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KSL-TV Looks Back At Experiences From 50 General Conference Special Reports

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For years, KSL-TV has produced hours of special programming to air over General Conference weekend. One of our latest documentaries, “We Remember: Journeys of Faith,” takes you behind the scenes with the photographers and producers who have traveled the world together. Since 1998, Carole Mikita has been the reporter of many of these conference specials. Now you will meet members of our team as we share memories – and it’s important to begin with the man who created the idea. Our former colleague, Duane Cardall began following leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint around the world, starting with President Spencer W. Kimball, in 1976. Duane was with the Tabernacle Choir in 1991, two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as...
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Coronavirus Necessitates New Era In Church’s Missionary Work

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A new era of missionary work has begun for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a result of the deadly and contagious coronavirus virus that has swept across the world. It’s an unprecedented day for missionary work in the Church. The quick onset of the pandemic generated the challenge of navigating tens of thousands of missionaries back to their homelands. Never before has the church had to organize the mass transit of so many missionaries so quickly. Decisions then had to be made on how to get missionaries back into the field.It’s an unprecedented day for missionary work in the @Ch_JesusChrist. Don't miss a preview TONIGHT at @KSL5TV at 6 of my exclusive documentary during Conference weekend, "Onward Ever Onward: A New Era of ...
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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For Orem Utah Temple

OREM, Utah — Ground has officially broken on the Orem Utah Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A small group of invited guests gathered for the ceremony Saturday morning. Guests were limited due to local government restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to build the temple during a session of General Conference in October 2019. The new temple will be located on a 16-acre lot at approximately 1471 South Geneva Road, west of Interstate 15 and south of University Parkway. Officials said the three-story temple was expected to be about 70,000 square feet with a center spire. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be constructed on the temple site. Utah currently has 17 operating temples including th...
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Tabernacle Choir Cancels 2020 Christmas Concert

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square announced it is canceling its 2020 Christmas Concert and auditions amid the coronavirus pandemic. The choir made the announcement Friday.  The cancelation is consistent with an earlier direction from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to postpone large gatherings in areas that have been affected by COVID-19. The Orchestra at Temple Square’s fall concert and the Bells at Temple Square in November have also been canceled. In addition, the remainder of the choir’s 2020 audition cycle will be postponed until next year. “This is disappointing for all of us, but we have found a silver lining in these unique times by discovering innovative ways to share our vast repository of music with more people g...
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Church Withdraws Rezoning Request For Development Around Tooele Valley Temple

ERDA, Utah – A rezoning request for a residential development surrounding the planned Tooele Valley Temple has been withdrawn by The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We acknowledge the efforts of those who have raised questions and sincere concerns about the Tooele Valley Temple project, including the residential development surrounding the temple,” the First Presidency said in a statement Tuesday. “There is a sincere desire on the part of the Church to avoid discord in the community. Therefore, regardless of the outcome of a pending signature-gathering effort, we have determined to withdraw our rezoning request for the residential portion of the temple project.” Over 1,500 residents had signed a petition calling for a referendum...
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Two Sister Missionaries Injured In Houston Home Invasion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Office Building is pictured in Salt Lake City on July 18, 2008. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) HOUSTON, Texas — Two sister missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were injured in their Houston apartment during a home invasion. Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff confirmed the incident happened early Sunday morning. “The young women were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover,” Woodruff said. Their identities and details of their injuries were not released. Local authorities are conducting an investigation. // Allow detecting when fb api is loaded. function Deferr...
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Two Sister Missionaries Repeatedly Stabbed In Houston Home Invasion

HOUSTON, Texas — Two sister missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were stabbed repeatedly while they were sleeping inside their Houston apartment. Local authorities confirmed the incident happened inside a first-floor apartment at the Willowbrook Apartments around 4:15 a.m. Sunday. Harris County Deputies said a man broke into the apartment and repeatedly stabbed two women as they slept, then took off without taking anything. “The young women (ages 19 and 20) were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover,” said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff. Deputies said they have a suspect, a male under 20 years of age, in custody. He reportedly lives at the complex and was only seen wearing jeans at the time of the attack. Hours after the att...
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Changes To Church Magazines: ‘Ensign’ To Be Retired, ‘New Era’ Renamed

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nearly 50 years after its first publication, the iconic “Ensign” magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being retired. The First Presidency announced the change Friday, saying the Church will replace its four current magazines with three global magazines: the “Friend” (for children), “For the Strength of Youth” (for youth) and the “Liahona” (for adults). “I’m great with it,” said Church member Karen Noyce. “I think it’s exciting that the Church is looking at things.”The “Ensign” has come to mean so much for Noyce and other members of the Church. “My favorites are the little inspirational stories that share how others have been blessed by God,” she said. The magazine, currently published only in English, has become a s...
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Church Announces Several Utah Temples Entering Phase 2 Of Reopening

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – More temples will be moving into the next phase of the reopening plan from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On Aug. 17, temples in Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Logan, Mount Timpanogos, Ogden, Payson, Provo, and Vernal will move into Phase 2, which includes performing temple ordinances for living people and endowments of in-field missionaries. The patron housing, clothing and cafeteria operations will remain closed in Phase 2. The Draper, Jordan River, Manti, Monticello and Oquirrh Mountain temples will remain in Phase 1, which allows for “living sealings only for previously endowed members under strict guidelines and safety precautions,” according to the Church. The St. George and Salt Lake temples are both closed for r...
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Time Capsule Found In Salt Lake Temple Capstone Opened After 128 Years

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A time capsule housed in the Salt Lake Temple capstone on which the Angel Moroni has stood for nearly 130 years has been opened. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday revealed what historians found inside.  The capstone was placed on April 6, 1892. On May 18, 2020, construction workers removed the granite capstone along with the Moroni statue as part of a seismic upgrade that began in January. Two days after the stone was removed, the Church’s First Presidency joined a small group of people at the Church History Library to witness the opening of the capsule.TIME LAPSE: Here's the moment the Angel Moroni statue was lifted off the spire of the Salt Lake Temple and brought to the ground. It will be refurbished and plac...
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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For Feather River California Temple

YUBA CITY, Calif. — A small groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Feather River California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Yuba City. Officials said attendance was limited Saturday due to current COVID-19 guidelines. Elder Paul H. Watkins, an Area Seventy for the Church, presided at the ceremony and offered the dedicatory prayer. The Feather River California Temple was first announced by Church President Russell M. Nelson in the October 2018 General Conference. It will be the eighth temple in California following Fresno, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Oakland, Redlands, Sacramento and San Diego Temples. Plans show the building will be 38,000 square feet and built at 1470 Butte House Road. It will stand on the same ground as the recently ...