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Nauvoo News & Events features stories shared from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world.  This includes official Church news releases and contributed articles by Latter-day Saint authors - as well as events & stories from YOU.

Social Media Reacts To Pres. Nelson's LGBTQ Comments at BYU

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BYU - Scripture makes clear that God wants the best for everyone (see Moses 1:39). His motive is pure love. This motive cannot be any different for the prophets He calls to communicate His love, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told young adult Latter-day Saints around the world Tuesday.


In a talk that originated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, the energetic 95-year-old global faith leader reminded young adults of five important truths: (1) they are children of God, (2) truth is indivisible, (3) God loves them and (4) calls prophets to help them, and (5) they can know for themselves what is true. (For a complete look at all five points, read the full text of President Nelson’s address, “The Love and Laws of God.”)

On the fourth point of God appointing prophets to teach truth, President Nelson spoke openly of how delicate a task this can be for him and his fellow Church leaders.

“Sometimes we are accused of being uncaring as we teach the Father’s requirements for exaltation in the celestial kingdom [the highest level of heaven revealed in scripture],” President Nelson said. “But wouldn’t it be far more uncaring for us not to tell the truth—not to teach what God has revealed? It is precisely because we do care so deeply about all of God’s children that we proclaim His truth.” Importantly, President Nelson said, such a commission to preach truth “does not give us the authority to modify divine law.”

Marriage and LGBT issues are areas in which teaching truth has become unfashionable in recent years. Though many governments around the world have accommodated same-sex marriage, President Nelson reminded the audience that “God has not changed His definition of marriage.”


“Though we of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles cannot change the laws of God, we do have the charge to ‘build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations’ [Doctrine and Covenants 107:33]. Thus, we can adjust policy when the Lord directs us to do so. You have recently seen such examples. Because the Restoration [the process of fully establishing the Church of Jesus Christ] is ongoing, policy changes will surely continue.”

President Nelson’s chief illustration for this point was the November 2015 implementation and subsequent modification earlier this year of the policy that prevented the children of gay and lesbian parents from being blessed or baptized without First Presidency approval.


BYU Tops Harvard & Princeton in New Wall Street Journal Ranking

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A new ranking from The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education puts Brigham Young University at the top of the list for colleges across America that are worth the cost.

BYU shares the No. 1 spot with the U.S. Naval Academy in the ranking, which is based on the survey results of nearly 175,000 students. The Wall Street Journal/THE team asked students if they think their schools will turn out to have been worth the expense, and then scored each institution on a 10-point scale.

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Both BYU and the Naval Academy scored 9.6 out of 10. They were followed in the top five by MIT (which scored 9.2), the Virginia Military Institute (9) and Princeton (8.9).

BYU also scored highly on two additional survey questions posed to students:

  • If you could start over, would you still choose this college? (8.8/10)

  • Does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you? (8.4/10)

The “Worth the Cost” ranking is the second No. 1 ranking for BYU this year by a major publication. In April, Forbes named BYU the No. 1 Best Valueuniversity in the country, providing the best return on investment in the nation. Joining BYU in the Top 10 in that ranking were the likes of Princeton, U.C. Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard.

You can see the full college rankings and The Wall Street Journal story at this link:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-your-college-worth-the-cost-heres-what-students-say-about-their-colleges-11567640341

In previous WSJ/THE rankings, BYU has also landed the No. 1 spot among schools in the west for highest student engagement in the classroom.

Nauvoo Young Performing Missionaries - Audition Call

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YOUNG PERFORMING MISSIONARIES

Nauvoo & Carthage Audition Groups

Each summer, single Latter-day Saints ages 18 to 25 are called to serve as young performing missionaries (YPMs). They are set apart as Church-service missionaries to serve at Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail from late April or early May through mid-August. The YPM program features three groups: band members, singers and dancers, and stage technicians. 

Learn more at an information fireside near you

  • September 29 , 7:00 pm. USU Institute building, Logan, Utah

  • October 13 , 7:00 pm. BYU HFAC Nelke Theater, Provo, Utah

  • October 20 , 7:00 pm. BYU-I Snow Building Recital Hall, Rexburg, ID

  • October 27 , 7:00 pm. WSU Institute Chapel, Ogden, Utah

  • November 3 , 7:00 pm. U of U Institute Chapel, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • November 10 , 6:00 pm. SUU Institute building, Cedar City, Utah

Church Releases Book Of Mormon Official Trailer

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The long-awaited trailer advancing the Book of Mormon Videos series project has been released, along with the schedule for releasing the first 15 episodes from two years of filming, editing, and production.

The first series of videos—from the first two years of filming—depicts Book of Mormon teachings and events from 1 Nephi through Enos in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. New videos and images are scheduled for release every Friday from September 20 through December 27, with additional videos available during 2020 and 2021.

“We’re just so overjoyed to share with the Church and with the world what we’ve been experiencing the last few years,” said Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., a General Authority Seventy leading the project’s steering committee.

The videos will be available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, in the Gospel Library app and on the new Book of Mormon Videos YouTube channel. To be notified when new videos are released on this YouTube channel, click here. Beautiful photographs will be released in the Gospel Media section of ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Gospel Media app on the same schedule as the videos.

The collection of videos from the multi-year filming project in Utah and throughout North America is similar to “The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos” project, which was completed in 2016. Filming started on the Book of Mormon videos in the summer of 2017, with third-year production ongoing now at the Church’s Motion Picture Studio in Provo, Utah, and the Goshen outdoor studio—often referred to as “the Jerusalem Movie set”—in Goshen, Utah.

While the project originally called for the first videos from first-year filming to be released a year ago in September 2018, Church leaders decided to have the videos series be released just prior to start of the Church’s 2020 curriculum, which will focus on the Book of Mormon.

“Tying it with the curriculum has just been wonderful,” said Elder Curtis, “I love the fact that we’re going to start September 20 and release the first one,” and then do one a week to have the 15 out by the first of the year, before families start turning their attention to the Book of Mormon and before teachers start preparing their lessons their lessons on the Book of Mormon.”

The video project is expected to result in about 33 episodes=length videos (about 12 minutes on average) and 100 shorter videos (about 3 minutes on average, segmented from the longer episode videos), totaling nearly 8 hours of videos. First-year filming focused on stories from 1 Nephi 1–18—particularly on Lehi’s family in Jerusalem and their journey to the New World, with the second season continuing in the Americas with Book of Mormon prophets such as Nephi, Jacob, and Enos.

The Book of Mormon Videos series will be available initially in 15 languages: Cantonese, Cebuano, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tongan.

Sister Reyna I. Aburto has been a part of the project’s steering committee since her call as Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency in April 2017. “And some people have been working on this even longer than me,” she said, speaking of her excitement for viewers to watch the videos and feel the spirit of their messages.

“This is going to make such a big difference in so many lives, because the truths that are contained can change lives. These videos are going to help with the process, because they hopefully are going to bring people to the book,” said Sister Aburto of the Book of Mormon.

“Because,” she continued with a smile, “the book is always better than the movie, right?”

She said she anticipates the videos will help people “to learn about Jesus Christ and about His mission, His ministry, His doctrine, His teachings, which are teachings of goodness and love for every life. This is such a needed message, right now; this message is so needed in the world.”



Mission President Dies in Philippines - Church News Release

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President Bradley Wayne Kirk, president of the Philippines Naga Mission, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 4, at the age of 61, the Church announced in a statement.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bradley Wayne Kirk,” said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff in the statement. “We call upon people of faith to join us in praying for the comfort and well-being of the Kirk family at this difficult time. We also pray for the missionaries who will miss this wonderful and capable leader.”

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President Kirk was taken to the hospital early Monday morning after having a stroke at home. He and his wife, Sister Shirley Kirk, have been serving since July 2019 and are from Clovis, California. They have three children.

In the announcement, the Church included a statement from the Kirk family: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our father, husband, grandfather, brother, and uncle. We find comfort that he passed while doing what he loved—serving the Lord in a place dear to his heart amongst a people he loved, with his lifelong sweetheart by his side.

“Our family has been overwhelmed with the public and private outpouring of the positive impact he has left on so many people,” the statement continued. “Although his time in Naga was short, he felt a deep love and appreciation for the missionaries. His love for family, music, the outdoors, and our Savior Jesus Christ will never be forgotten. We await the day of our joyful reunion.”

President Kirk was one of 399 mission presidents currently serving worldwide.

Where is Nauvoo - This is a great question.

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Many People ask: Where is Nauvoo, Illinois. For those traveling to Nauvoo it can be a journey to get there. Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois. It is located right on the Mississippi River across from Fort Madison, Iowa. Those asking where Nauvoo is are usually those visiting Nauvoo for its historic importance and its religious significance to members of several groups: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS); other groups stemming from the Latter Day Saint movement; and the Icarians. The city and its immediate surrounding area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Nauvoo Historic District.

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Boy Scouts of America Honors the Church

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“This is a wonderful partnership,” Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said of his personal involvement in Boy Scouts of America. “I am a product of this [BSA] of an earlier day in my life with Boy Scout Troop 95.” He said his Scoutmasters and his mother helped him get through the Scouting ranks.

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Elder Rasband represented the Church at a recognition dinner and commemoration gala honoring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy, Utah, on September 3, 2019.

The national office of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Great Salt Lake Council organized the event to recognize the Church for the more than century-long partnership the groups share, working together to build young men into respectful, upstanding citizens.

The gala included pictures of leaders of the Church and the history of how the two organizations have partnered for 106 years.

“One of the things that’s been celebrated tonight is Scouting is better because of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said Mike Surbaugh, BSA’s chief Scout executive.

“Hundreds of thousands of young men have passed through the [BSA] gateway,” explained Tim Fenton, president of the BSA’s Great Salt Lake Council. “They’ve lived the Scout Law. They’ve lived the Scout motto, and they have learned the Scout values that have helped them be better people.”

Referring to the excellent relationship the Church has had with Scouting, Surbaugh remarked, “It’s our way of celebrating and saying thank you for the partnership we have had.”

“If I didn’t have so much excitement about the future and knowing what the Church is going to do, I’d be very sad,” Elder Rasband said. “I have wonderful feelings of the legacy of Scouting, and I have a tremendous anticipation about the new worldwide initiative for children, boys and girls and our youth.”

Also attending the commemoration gala were Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; Sister Jean B. Bingham, general president of the Relief Society; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, general president of the Young Women; Sister Joy D. Jones, general president of the Primary; and Brother Stephen W. Owen, general president of the Young Men.

Upon conclusion of the gala, the audience stood and repeated the Scout Law, and a bugler played “Retreat.”

2020 Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Manuals Now Online

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The new Come, Follow Me manuals for personal and classroom study in 2020 are now available digitally. The focus of study for 2020 will be the Book of Mormon.

You can access these manuals in the Gospel Library appand also online as follows:

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All Lethal Weapons At Church Prohibited In New Policy Change

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has prohibited nearly all members from carrying lethal weapons on church property. 

Prior to the shift in policy, having a weapon on church grounds was considered "inappropriate." 

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Prior to the shift in policy, having a weapon on church grounds was considered "inappropriate." 

The change was revealed in an update to a handbook sent electronically to local church leaders over the weekend. 

"Churches are dedicated for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and concerns of the world," the handbook reads. "With the exception of current law enforcement officers, the carrying of lethal weapons on Church property, concealed or otherwise, is prohibited."

Lethal weapons include a number of possible items including guns.

There have been several gun incidents on church property in recent years. In September, a 74-year-old man accidentally fired a gun in a meetinghouse in Provo, Utah. No one was hurt or injured.

In August 2010, a man fatally shot a bishop at a chapel in Visalia, Calif., and then was later shot dead by police. Two years earlier, a man shot and killed his pregnant estranged wife in a church parking lot in Lehi, Utah.

In 2004 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mailed a letter to its local leaders in Utah informing them that the Church "plans to invoke ... Utah law and give public notice that firearms are prohibited in the Church's houses of worship, including temples, meetinghouses, the Assembly Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and the Conference Center."

This action implements the Church's position announced by the First Presidency in 1996 that churches are dedicated for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and concerns of the world and that, consequently, lethal weapons, concealed or otherwise, do not belong in houses of worship. The Church shares this belief with many other religions in Utah.

The Church will register its position with the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation and provide notice in the newspaper, as required by the Utah law that allows religious organizations to prohibit concealed weapons from their premises.

Once the actions of registering and providing public notice are completed, individuals with concealed-carry weapons permits will not be allowed to bring their firearms inside Latter-day Saint houses of worship.

The Church's position and these announced actions apply only to houses of worship. The Church has not taken a position on legislation regarding guns in public schools or other public places.

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Church Releases New Book - Saints Vol. 2

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The second in the series of narrative Church history volumes “has its own stories of captivity and deliverance to tell,” said Jed Woodworth, managing historian and general editor of “Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, volume 2, No Unhallowed Hand.”

The first chapters of the narrative are now available at saints.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Church History section of the Gospel Library app. Subsequent chapters will be posted each month until the entire volume is published digitally and in print in February 2020.

Woodworth said the volume details the story of captivity and deliverance as Church members are driven from Nauvoo and settle in the Salt Lake Valley from 1847 to 1893.

“The Saints are captive to punitive judges and laws; they are imprisoned by the caprice of famine and pestilence; by the sorrows of poverty and separation and death; and by their own weaknesses and frailties and sins,” said Woodworth. “Through it all, the Lord stands by His people, upholding them and ultimately redeeming them.”

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The Saints do their part as well, he continued. “They gather Saints by the thousands, found hundreds of thriving settlements, weld a diverse emigration population together and launch new institutions like Sunday School, Young Women and Young Men and Primary. During the worst of their trials, they build three temples, culminating in the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple after 40 long years of construction.”

This volume reminds Church members that opposition is more the regular course of things than the exception, Woodworth said. “The Lord will have a tried and tested people, and volume 2 shows us how it happens.”

“Saints, volume 2” also explores how the Church fought for and ultimately gave up one of the most difficult of all Church practices, plural marriage, said Woodworth. “We see the sacrifices of families and Church leaders for a principle that went against all their religious training and cultural inheritance,” he explained. “We see the agony and loneliness of life in the principle, but also the ecstasy and joy of carrying out God’s commands by raising up seed unto Him.”

The volume also takes Church members “into the deepest recesses of sin by narrating the great tragedy of our past, the Mountain Meadows Massacre.”

More than 1 million readers

Scott Hales, general editor and writer of “Saints volume 2” said those working on the project hoped the first volume would be well received among Church members. “But I don’t think any of us expected such a positive response to the book,” he said. “In less than a year, more than 400,000 copies of volume 1 have been sold. More than one million people are reading it on the Gospel Library app, and hundreds of thousands of people are listening to the audiobook, reading the Church History Topics articles associated with the volume, and tuning into the Mormon Channel’s ‘Saints’ podcast.”

Hales said volume 2 is similar in length, format and style to volume 1. “Readers who liked volume 1 will like volume 2,” he said. “In fact, they might like it more.”

He called the scope of volume 2 “epic — more epic than volume 1.” But, the narrative is filled with intimate, character-driven stories about the restoration.

Volume 2 picks up right where volume 1 ends, he said. “It tells the story of the early Saints efforts to establish a place where they can worship God and build temples without fear of persecution.”

 The Church does not often talk in detail about what happened after the Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. “Many Church members know it took the Saints 40 years to build the Salt Lake Temple, but they often don’t know why,” he said. “And they don’t know what else happened during those 40 years.”

“Saints, volume 2” seeks to recover these stories and make them part of the Latter-day Saint collective memory. “More than anything else, we hope volume 2 testifies to Church members of the reality of the ongoing restoration of the gospel of Christ. The death of Joseph Smith did not bring an end to the Lord’s revelatory interventions into the lives of the Saints. Volume 2 continues to show a living God guiding His people to their heavenly home.”

Just as is volume 1, volume 2 will be translated, said Lisa Olsen Tait, general editor of volume 2.

“Part of the mandate from the First Presidency for this project is that it needs to be made available to as many of the members of the Church as possible in their own language. “As Latter-day Saints, we are all part of the Church and the family of God. These books give us a shared story, and a shared vision, of what that means.”

Church Leaders Meet with US Vice President Mike Pence

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Two Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Thursday morning with U.S. Vice President Michael R. Pence in Salt Lake City during the government leader’s one-day visit to Utah.

“We were pleased to honor the request of United States Vice President Michael R. Pence to meet with Church leaders during his time in Salt Lake City,” a Church statement says. “President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of Twelve and Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Seventy met briefly with him at his hotel, where they spoke of the value of faith and religious liberty in America and expressed our appreciation for his leadership.”

The Church meets with many government leaders around the world on a regular basis. In 2019 alone, Church leaders have engaged with government officials from French Polynesia, Ghana, Kuwait, Micronesia, New Zealand, Tonga, the United States and Vietnam. While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a global faith that maintains a position of strict neutrality in party politics, these bridge-building meetings help church and state come together in a spirit of mutual learning and care to better support society’s common good. This includes, from the Church’s perspective, the encouragement of laws that preserve the rights of families and individuals to worship, work and live in peace.

BYU Honor Code Office Announces Changes

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PROVO — BYU’s Honor Code Office has implemented new software which allows them to send secure letters to students. The need for this new system is for informing students of a need to schedule a meeting and telling them why upfront instead of waiting for the meeting to take place. In the past students were unaware of what they were being called in and the waiting for the meeting caused anxiety and stress for the students.

“Our review of how we serve students showed the importance of clear communication from our office,” said Kevin Utt, Honor Code Office director. “This new system allows us to provide the details students want to know up front while still protecting student privacy.”

In the past, students would receive a generic phone call asking them to schedule an appointment. Then, the students would be informed of the reported misconduct at the beginning of their first meeting. Now the initial communication to students will be a message with a link that allows them to login and view a more detailed letter.

The secure letter will state the reported misconduct and include additional information about a student’s rights within the process. Alternatively, the letter may state that they are invited to meet with an administrator only as a witness.

“In both scenarios, the more detailed initial communication improves transparency and reduces anxiety regarding the process,” Utt said.

The new system will also help Honor Code Office leadership measure staff performance and look for important patterns. Over time they can assess whether student misconduct cases are being handled in a timely and consistent manner for all students.

“The hires we have made in recent years have increased the diversity of our Honor Code Office administrators,” Utt said. “This software will help identify specific areas for training and track overall outcomes. We are ready for a new school year and look forward to implementing these changes and assessing their effectiveness.”

Vaping, Coffee, Tea, and Marijuana - Church Addresses Subject Head-on

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The Church offered some clarification on Word of Wisdom topics for young Latter-day Saints In a recent New Era article. The article focuses specifically on substances like mocha, latte, macchiato, espresso, green tea, iced tea, vaping, e-cigarettes, marijuana, and opioids.

“The longer I live, the more knowledge I gain. That knowledge helps me to understand that the gift of our physical bodies is a transcendent miracle. A unique body is given to each of us by our loving Heavenly Father. He created it as a tabernacle for our spirits, to assist each of us in our quest to fulfill the full measure of our creation. Our bodies allow each of us to experience the great plan of salvation that He has designed for all His precious children. He wants us eventually to become more like Him and return to live with Him. That great blessing would not be possible without our first receiving a physical body in this probationary estate.” wrote President Nelson.

BELOW ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS

Green Tea and Iced Tea:  Both iced tea and green tea are considered tea and would therefore be against the Word of Wisdom. “Green tea and black tea are both made from the leaves of the exact same tea plant. The only difference is that the leaves in black tea are fermented and in green tea they’re not. They’re both tea and against the Word of Wisdom. Some drinks have tea in them but don’t advertise that fact, so always check the ingredients. Also, iced tea is still tea.”

Marijuana and Opioids: With the rush of new users of marijuana due to its legalization the New era warns against the use of the now legal drug. “Marijuana may be legal for medicinal or even recreational use in a lot of places now, but that doesn’t mean that any use is suddenly not against the Word of Wisdom. Medical uses are being studied, but just like many pain medications such as opioids, marijuana is an addictive substance. Such habit-forming substances should be avoided except under the care of a competent physician, and then used only as prescribed.”

Vaping: The New Era article highlighted the negative effects of e-cigarettes - “Electronic vaporizers or e-cigarettes are devices people use to inhale mist, usually with various flavors. One study showed that nearly two-thirds of teen e-cigarette users thought that the pods they were vaping contained only flavoring. That’s way, way far from the truth. Most vaping pods contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and all of them contain harmful chemicals. Vaping is clearly against the Word of Wisdom.”

Mocha, Latte, Macchiato: ”Hot Drinks” in the Word of Wisdom has long been defined as tea and coffee. The New Era article warned “The word coffee isn’t always in the name of coffee drinks. So, before you try what you think is just some new milkshake flavor, here are a couple of rules of thumb: (1) If you’re in a coffee shop (or any other shop that’s well-known for its coffee), the drink you’re ordering probably has coffee in it, so either never buy drinks at coffee shops or always ask if there’s coffee in it. (2) Drinks with names that include café or caffé, mocha, latte, espresso, or anything ending in -ccino usually have coffee in them and are against the Word of Wisdom.”

Youth Theme 2020 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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2020 Youth Theme for Latter-day Saint Youth

NEWS RELEASE - (Salt Lake City) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced today that the Mutual Youth Theme for 2020 emphasizes acting on revelation, and, according to general Church leaders, is an important aspect of the upcoming Children and Youth effort. The theme will be based 1 Nephi 3:7

In a letter regarding the 2020 youth theme from the Young Women and Young Men General Presidencies sent to local leaders August 1, the words “go and do” are emphasized in the scripture: “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (emphasis added).

“This scripture emphasizes acting on revelation, which is an important aspect of the upcoming Children and Youth effort and other home-centered, Church-supported efforts,” the letter from general youth leaders states.

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The letter encourages leaders and parents to teach principles from the theme scripture at home and at church throughout the year. The theme can also be used as a topic for youth-given sacrament meeting talks and provide a focus for youth activities, camps, youth conferences, and devotionals. The theme is also emphasized during For the Strengh of Youth (FSY) conferences worldwide.

Additional resources—including music, videos, and art will be available later this year at ChurchofJesusChrist.org, on social media channels, and in Church magazines. Leaders will be notified when these resources are available.

The new Children and Youth effort beginning in 2020 focuses on helping young people follow the Savior as they grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually. Additional information on the new program will be given during a fifth-Sunday meeting for children, youth, parents, and leaders on September 29, which includes a broadcast with President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Additional details will be presented Sunday, November 17, during a Face to Face for Children and Youth with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Young Women, Young Men, and Primary General Presidencies.

2020 Youth Theme is part of the Mutual program.

Nauvoo Temple Struck By Lightning - Moroni Statue Damaged

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NAUVOO: Just shortly after 2pm, the Nauvoo Temple was struck by lightning. The statue Moroni atop the Temple tower took a direct hit from a lightning strike while a severe thunderstorm passed through the area. The shock of the deep boom startled those attending the Temple as well as most citizens in the entire city.

"I was actually looking up at the tower exactly when the strike happened" said Alex Claiborne, a visitor to Nauvoo who was just across the street as it happened - "there was smoke coming off the Moroni statue."

Lightning strikes occur involving the tall temple steeples around the world and the statues are wired with grounding devices to minimize the damage and control the effects of such a strike.

Today’s storm moved quickly and darkened the skies over Nauvoo as it crossed several cities in the area.

There is no report yet as to the extent of the damage.


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See the Salt Lake Temple in Detailed Model - Very Detailed !!

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NAUVOO NEWS - More than a century has passed since the public open house was held for the Salt Lake Temple, but an exhibit featuring a 1:32 scaled replica of the Mormon temple opened today that offers an open house experience of the magnificent building. Earlier this morning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled the 88-inch tall, near-identical replica of the temple in the South Visitors’ Center on Temple Square. The permanent exhibit will be open to the public starting at 1:30 p.m. today.

“This replica will show the millions of visitors who come to Temple Square the beauty and majesty of this sacred and historic building,” said Elder Richard G. Hinckley, executive director of the Missionary Department. “Like all temples, once the building is dedicated it is used for sacred Church purposes and not open to the general public, but this exhibit will provide the public with a glimpse of the interior and a feeling of the Spirit that is present there.”

The Salt Lake Temple is a landmark known throughout the world.  When it was last open to the public in April of 1893, the local press reported that approximately 5,000 people, most of whom were not members of the Church, toured the temple before the dedication.  The reports went on to say that “altogether the richness and elegant workmanship of the temple was a revelation of wonder to the visitors.”

Extensive open houses have been held prior to the dedication of newly constructed temples throughout the world and allow visitors to walk through and experience the sacred structures. Once dedicated, temples are in continual, even daily, use by members of the Church for religious purposes. While public open houses for new temples regularly draw tens and even hundreds of thousands of people, millions will likely see this model of the Salt Lake Temple over its lifetime.

“Many people think our temples are like great halls or cathedrals. Actually, they have a number of rooms designed for certain functions such as marriages, baptisms and instructional sessions,” said Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department.

The model of the Salt Lake Temple sits in front of a giant window in the South Visitors’ Center facing the actual building that it replicates. The south and east walls of the replica have been cut away to show depictions of many of the rooms in the temple, including the large assembly hall and rooms where the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meet. The baptistery and other ordinance rooms are also depicted. Close attention is paid to detail, and even paintings, furniture and working chandeliers and lamps imitate those found in the actual temple.

Peter McCann Architectural Models of Toronto was commissioned to create the replica last August. Sixteen modelers with different expertise in various parts of the duplication process worked on the project for five months. (Click here for fact sheet, photos and audio sound bites about the creation process).

“This replica will show the millions of visitors who come to Temple Square the beauty and majesty of this sacred and historic building,” said Elder Richard G. Hinckley, executive director of the Missionary Department. “Like all temples, once the building is dedicated it is used for sacred Church purposes and not open to the general public, but this exhibit will provide the public with a glimpse of the interior and a feeling of the Spirit that is present there.”

The Salt Lake Temple is a landmark known throughout the world.  When it was last open to the public in April of 1893, the local press reported that approximately 5,000 people, most of whom were not members of the Church, toured the temple before the dedication.  The reports went on to say that “altogether the richness and elegant workmanship of the temple was a revelation of wonder to the visitors.”

Extensive open houses have been held prior to the dedication of newly constructed temples throughout the world and allow visitors to walk through and experience the sacred structures. Once dedicated, temples are in continual, even daily, use by members of the Church for religious purposes. While public open houses for new temples regularly draw tens and even hundreds of thousands of people, millions will likely see this model of the Salt Lake Temple over its lifetime.

“Many people think our temples are like great halls or cathedrals. Actually, they have a number of rooms designed for certain functions such as marriages, baptisms and instructional sessions,” said Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department.

The model of the Salt Lake Temple sits in front of a giant window in the South Visitors’ Center facing the actual building that it replicates. The south and east walls of the replica have been cut away to show depictions of many of the rooms in the temple, including the large assembly hall and rooms where the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meet. The baptistery and other ordinance rooms are also depicted. Close attention is paid to detail, and even paintings, furniture and working chandeliers and lamps imitate those found in the actual temple.

Peter McCann Architectural Models of Toronto was commissioned to create the replica last August. Sixteen modelers with different expertise in various parts of the duplication process worked on the project for five months. (Click here for fact sheet, photos and audio sound bites about the creation process).

“Some of the detail is so fine that we had to find people that were capable of doing it at that scale,” said Josh Coulas, manager of the project for Peter McCann Architectural Models.

More than a century has passed since the public open house was held for the Salt Lake Temple, but an exhibit featuring a 1:32 scaled replica of the Mormon temple opened today that offers an open house experience of the magnificent building. Earlier this morning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled the 88-inch tall, near-identical replica of the temple in the South Visitors’ Center on Temple Square. The permanent exhibit will be open to the public starting at 1:30 p.m. today.

“This replica will show the millions of visitors who come to Temple Square the beauty and majesty of this sacred and historic building,” said Elder Richard G. Hinckley, executive director of the Missionary Department. “Like all temples, once the building is dedicated it is used for sacred Church purposes and not open to the general public, but this exhibit will provide the public with a glimpse of the interior and a feeling of the Spirit that is present there.”

The Salt Lake Temple is a landmark known throughout the world.  When it was last open to the public in April of 1893, the local press reported that approximately 5,000 people, most of whom were not members of the Church, toured the temple before the dedication.  The reports went on to say that “altogether the richness and elegant workmanship of the temple was a revelation of wonder to the visitors.”

Extensive open houses have been held prior to the dedication of newly constructed temples throughout the world and allow visitors to walk through and experience the sacred structures. Once dedicated, temples are in continual, even daily, use by members of the Church for religious purposes. While public open houses for new temples regularly draw tens and even hundreds of thousands of people, millions will likely see this model of the Salt Lake Temple over its lifetime.

“Many people think our temples are like great halls or cathedrals. Actually, they have a number of rooms designed for certain functions such as marriages, baptisms and instructional sessions,” said Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department.

The model of the Salt Lake Temple sits in front of a giant window in the South Visitors’ Center facing the actual building that it replicates. The south and east walls of the replica have been cut away to show depictions of many of the rooms in the temple, including the large assembly hall and rooms where the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meet. The baptistery and other ordinance rooms are also depicted. Close attention is paid to detail, and even paintings, furniture and working chandeliers and lamps imitate those found in the actual temple.

Peter McCann Architectural Models of Toronto was commissioned to create the replica last August. Sixteen modelers with different expertise in various parts of the duplication process worked on the project for five months. (Click here for fact sheet, photos and audio sound bites about the creation process).

“Some of the detail is so fine that we had to find people that were capable of doing it at that scale,” said Josh Coulas, manager of the project for Peter McCann Architectural Models.

In addition to the scaled model, the new display in the South Visitors’ Center features new kiosks that show high-definition photos and video of the Salt Lake Temple interior rooms. A narrator gives an explanation of the purpose of the rooms and a diagram shows where they are located on the model. The presentation is very similar to what a person would experience during the public open house of a temple.

“This new display will give people another reason to visit Temple Square for the first time or for the hundredth time,” said Elder Hinckley. “Because of its history and spiritual significance, this temple is beloved by millions and recognized as an icon of Mormonism throughout the world.”

Brigham Young designated the location for the Salt Lake Temple just days after the first group of pioneers came into the Salt Lake Valley. Construction began on the building in 1853 and was completed in 1893.

More than just a structure with a beautiful and functional design, the temple was central to the faith of the pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley. Latter-day Saint temples are considered houses of God, a place of holiness and peace separate from the preoccupations of the world. They provide a place where Church members make formal promises and commitments to God. They are also the place where the highest sacraments of the faith occur — the marriage of couples and the “sealing” of families for eternity.

Anyone, regardless of religion, may enter a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse and attend services. However, because of the sacredness of temples as “houses of the Lord,” only members of the Church who are in good standing are allowed to enter the temples. A member must be observing the basic principles of the faith and attest to that fact to his or her local leaders once every two years in order to enter a temple.

The Salt Lake Temple was the sixth temple built by the Church. Today there are 132 operating templesthroughout the world.


The model was built by Peter McCann Architectural Models of Toronto, Canada.

  • The model is 88 inches tall from temple base to the top of the spires. With the pedestal, the entire display is nearly 12 feet tall.

  • The model weighs somewhere between 600 and 800 pounds.

  • Each glass panel installed in the pedestal weighs 200 to 300 pounds.

  • A 16-member team constructed the model in five months, after several months of preparation.

  • Experts were brought in with specialized skills in model construction, including an electrical engineer and craftsmen who constructed the chandeliers, the structure, parts and interior paintings.

  • Materials used in the model include acrylic plastic, heavy card stock, brass, wood, gold leaf and glass.

  • The model was built in eight different sections. Each section is independent of each other.

Have Questions about the Salt Lake Temple Renovation? Find Answers to FAQ Here

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As part of the Salt Lake Temple renovation announcement on April 19, 2019, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the Church will make every reasonable effort to honor and maintain the temple’s historic beauty.

“We will strive to preserve its reverent setting and character as originally directed by President Brigham Young,” President Nelson said. “We promise that you will love the results.”

Here are some questions and answers that will hopefully help those following the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square to better understand how the project will unfold in the coming years.

When will the Salt Lake Temple close?

The Salt Lake Temple will close on December 29, 2019.

How long will the Salt Lake Temple be closed?

The Salt Lake Temple will be closed for about four years. It is expected to reopen in 2024.

How will the renovation affect the plaza and other buildings on Temple Square?

The project will include the removal of the existing temple entry/annex, removal of the South Visitors’ Center, renovation of the historic Salt Lake Temple, construction of new temple entry buildings and visitors’ pavilions, and new hardscape and landscaping.

The plaza between State Street on the east and the Main Street Plaza will be repaired and refreshed with greater emphasis on the visitor experience and on the Savior.

West of the Main Street Plaza, the temple renovation and nearby site improvements will extend from North Temple to South Temple and from the Tabernacle to the Main Street Plaza.

There will still be access to the North Visitors’ Center, the Assembly Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and other buildings surrounding the Salt Lake Temple.

How much of Temple Square will be closed during the renovation, and what can I still visit?

Guests can still visit the Family History Library, Church History Museum, Church History Library, Conference Center, Salt Lake Tabernacle, North Visitors’ Center, Assembly Hall, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Church Office Building, Relief Society Building, Administration Building, Beehive House, and Lion House.

Only the Salt Lake Temple, the South Visitors’ Center, and east plaza area will receive renovation attention.

During the renovation, the Church will closely coordinate pedestrian and vehicle traffic issues with Salt Lake City.

Tours by missionaries from the Temple Square Mission will continue to be available during construction.

How will the Temple Square renovation affect the annual tradition of Christmas lights?

Visitors will still be able to come and see Christmas lights, although it may be somewhat limited and smaller during the construction period.

How will this affect the Salt Lake Temple District?

Patrons who normally attend the Salt Lake Temple are encouraged to attend other nearby temples, including the Ogden, Bountiful, Jordan River, Draper, and Oquirrh Mountain Utah temples, although they may experience increased waiting. There are no plans to formally reassign any Latter-day Saint stakes to other temple districts during the closure.

What will be different about the sacred work of the Salt Lake Temple when the renovation is complete?

Following the renovation, the Salt Lake Temple will include live and film sessions.

The Salt Lake Temple currently has no ability to accommodate patrons who do not speak English. When the renovation is completed, the temple will be able to serve members who speak more than 86 different languages.

Where will the weekly meeting of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles take place?

Administrative meetings held by Church leaders in the temple will be held in designated areas of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Will there be an open house and rededication of the Salt Lake Temple when the renovation is finished?

Yes. When complete in 2024, the Church will host a public open house, and the Salt Lake Temple will be rededicated.

When was the last time the Salt Lake Temple underwent a major renovation?

The last major renovation of the Salt Lake Temple was in 1962. The temple closed on July 29 of that year for extensive renovation that included demolition of the old annex; cleaning of the exterior stone; replacement or upgrade of all mechanical systems, plumbing, wiring, carpeting, and light fixtures; reupholstering of furniture; and redecoration of the entire building. The temple reopened on May 21, 1963, according to ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org.

On March 7, 1963, the building that would later become the North Visitors’ Center was dedicated as a temporary annex.

A new annex built to house seven new sealing rooms, a children’s waiting room, mechanical systems, two new locker rooms, new initiatory areas, and a new chapel seating 450 patrons opened on March 19, 1966. This new annex was dedicated on October 23, 1967.

What will change/remain the same about the Salt Lake Temple’s exterior/interior?

The Church plans to preserve the historic aspects of the Salt Lake Temple’s exterior wall and hopes visitors will feel more welcomed to Temple Square.

The work of the project is a mix of preservation, restoration, renovation, and new construction.

All of the temple’s aging mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be replaced.

Extensive research has been undertaken regarding such things as soil composition, granite strength, concrete and plaster sampling, and vibration movement modeling, along with additional research in cooperation with the Church History Department on the historic aspects of the temple, including its original design and subsequent modifications. A detailed study of this research includes paint samples, murals, millwork, and furniture.

The renovation will include a significant seismic upgrade to help the temple withstand a large magnitude earthquake. A base isolation system will be installed.

The stone spires and walls will need to be strengthened.

As part of the project, a new access tunnel will be installed under North Temple Street. The tunnel will grant direct entry to the temple from the Conference Center parking area.

The renovation of the plaza east of the temple will make it more public and friendly, with seating areas and new corridors.

There will be times during the construction when scaffolding will cover the temple and nightly lighting will be reduced.

How will the renovation affect Temple Square activities, such as tours, weddings, parties, concerts, restaurants, and state tourism?

Tours by missionaries from the Temple Square Mission will continue to be available during construction, as will access to all the buildings surrounding the temple and plaza. Couples can still make marriage reservations until the temple is closed on December 29.

How much will the renovation cost?

The Church acknowledged the cost of the renovation will be significant but did not disclose a specific figure.

Who is doing the architecture and construction?

FFKR Architects and Jacobsen Construction.

Will there be any street closures?

No. The Church will coordinate closely with Salt Lake City to address any pedestrian and vehicle traffic concerns.

How much noise and dust will the renovation generate?

The project will involve scaffolding on the temple, multiple tower cranes, dust, and noise. The Church hopes to keep the dust to a minimum and comply with Salt Lake City noise ordinances.

How will the Church prevent what recently happened with Notre Dame from happening to the Salt Lake Temple?

The Church acknowledged the recent Notre Dame fire and understands how construction puts any project at greater risk for a fire. The Church plans to work closely with the contractor, Church risk management, and local fire officials to finalize a fire prevention plan.

Will the Tabernacle Choir still rehearse at the Salt Lake Tabernacle during the renovation?

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will continue to use the Salt Lake Tabernacle but at times might move over to the Conference Center in coordination with the construction schedule. The Church emphasized that visitors will still be welcome to enjoy the Tabernacle.