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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.

Church Releases Statement on Future of Each Pageant

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NAUVOO NEWS: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made an announcement regarding which pageants will continue on and which ones will be effected by the new changes.

THE FOLLOWING IS AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE CHURCH”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged.

As it relates to existing pageants, conversations with local Church and community leaders took place in October 2018 to appropriately end, modify or continue these productions. Below are the decisions the Church has made from those discussions:

  • The Nauvoo Pageant will continue with support from Church headquarters.

  • The Mesa Pageant will continue under area leadership in 2021 following the renovation of the Mesa Temple.

  • The British Pageant will continue every four years under area leadership. The next pageant will be in 2021.

  • The Hill Cumorah Pageant will end in 2020.

  • The Manti Pageant will end in 2019.

  • The Castle Valley Pageant is discontinued.

  • The Clarkston Pageant is discontinued.



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New Update - Church Announces Which Pageants to Continue

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NAUVOO NEWS: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made an announcement regarding which pageants will continue on and which ones will be effected by the new changes.

THE FOLLOWING IS AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE CHURCH”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged.

As it relates to existing pageants, conversations with local Church and community leaders took place in October 2018 to appropriately end, modify or continue these productions. Below are the decisions the Church has made from those discussions:

  • The Nauvoo Pageant will continue with support from Church headquarters.

  • The Mesa Pageant will continue under area leadership in 2021 following the renovation of the Mesa Temple.

  • The British Pageant will continue every four years under area leadership. The next pageant will be in 2021.

  • The Hill Cumorah Pageant will end in 2020.

  • The Manti Pageant will end in 2019.

  • The Castle Valley Pageant is discontinued.

  • The Clarkston Pageant is discontinued.

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Nauvoo Mercantile is Now on Pinterest

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We would love to have you follow us on Pinterest. We just launched and have tuning up our Pinterest page and we are looking forward to adding new items every week.


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Minerva Teichert - Her Amazing Life in Photos & Art

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This collection of photos & art tell an amazing story of Minerva Teichert’s life.

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EARLY LIFE

Minerva Bernette Kolhepp Teichert was an American artist beloved for her paintings of Mormon history and the great American west.  Although her Latter-day Saint art subjects are perhaps her most prominent work, her western paintings depicting scenes ranging from rodeos to American Indians are also highly collectible and sought after.

Minerva Teichert was born in August of 1888 in Ogden, Utah the second of ten children. Although she was born in Utah she grew up on a ranch in Idaho in what was as much a part of the American frontier as could be found in those days.  With much to do and much more to see, Minerva's mother gave her her first set of paints when she was only four years old. Without any formal education or training she set our on her favorite horse to paint and sketch the wild world around her.

At age 14, Minerva took a job in far way San Francisco as a nursemaid or what is known today as a nanny. It was a big move in her life - she was earning money, she saw an art museum for the first time in her life, and she began taking art lessons.  It wouldn't be long before she would earn enough money to travel east.

EDUCATION & FAMILY

Minerva Teichert studied art in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Upon completion of her courses in 1912 she returned to Indian Warm Springs, Idaho to earn more money for art lessons.  During this time she began dating a young man named Herman Teichert.  However, Minerva was off again after saving up her money - she left Idaho & Herman behind in 1914 and traveled to New York.  Minerva studied at the Art Students League of New York, under renowned artist Robert Henri.  Henri, who was from Nebraska, was well acquainted with Mormons and wester American Indians.  He challenged Minerva to paint the Mormon experience.   Robert Henri gave Minerva a scholarship and ranked her among his best three students. Minerva paid for her schooling by sketching cadavers for medical schools. and illustrating children's books. 

Shortly after returning to Idaho, Minerva married Herman Adolph Teichert.  The couple had five children. Minerva spent most of her life with her family on a ranch in Cokeville, Wyoming.  She never lost her love of painting and although she didn't have the money to buy proper art supplies, she was able to sketch on scraps of wood and paper and paint from time to time. 

Minerva Teichert painted throughout her life, and her work can be seen in places ranging from museums and private collections to murals in remote Mormon chapels.  She once explained "I must paint", when asked how she was able to produce despite being almost isolated from the art world. She created beautiful works of art without a studio or even much free time. Minerva was a intelligent political conservative - she was a confident, independent, capable woman who stood up for many things including women's rights

MINERVA TEICHERT ART

Heroic men & women as well as American western themes would feature prominently in Minerva Teichert art.  Scene's of contrasting metaphors such Teichert's painting The Madonna of 1846. It depicts depicts a mother and child in a covered wagon, crossing the plains to settle in Utah.  Minerva Teichert painted over 400 murals in everything from public building and homes, to churches and Mormon Temples.  One of her larger commissions was a request to paint 42 murals from stories found in the Book of Mormon. 

 

 

Minerva Teichert art has a distinctive style that can be seen in most of her paintings today.  For example Teichert painted much of the clothing in her paintings with patterns, a detail unique to her paintings. She would also include the color red to add contrast. She often left the edges unfinished or just sketched. Many of her paintings are filled with the colors from the desert and feature distant mountains.

Teichert submitted many pieces of artwork to the church, but in several instances they were rejected, so, she gave the paintings to Brigham Young University to help pay tuition for members of her family.  Today, her works can be found on display all around the BYU campus. 

Towards the end of her life it became clear that her lifetime of art was a monumental contribution to not only the LDS Church historians, but just as much to the western art museums all around.  Minerva Teichert art has been featured in most church periodicals and manuals and to this day hangs framed or as murals in most LDS chapels and Temples throughout the world. Her legacy of strong heroic scenes has helped in documenting the the remarkable role women played in the early migrating days of the church, but in the settlement of the western United States.

Minerva Teichert was a life-long devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her faith influenced the subjects of much of her work. She served in various positions in the church, including Primary President. and Sunday School President. She also worked in the Young Women's organization.

Her husband, Herman, was not a member of the church when the couple was married. He supported her activity in the church and donated tithing. He was later baptized in 1933. The couple was sealed the following year in the Logan Utah Temple.

Minerva Teichert continued painting into her seventies but after a hip fracture, she stop painting. Leaving behind a unmatched scattering of amazing art she died in Provo, Utah, in 1976.

We are proud to carry Minerva Teichert art in our gallery in Nauvoo, Il and as part of this online gallery.

Minerva Teichert - Rescue of the Lost Lamb

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Minerva Teichert - Rescue of the Lost Lamb painting was done in 1939 by the artist. Minerva was a student of art in New York City. She worked with other artists like Edward Hopper who encouraged her to paint “her church history and story using Mormon Art”.

Rescue of the Lost Lamb

Rescue of the Lost Lamb is among the most beloved of Minerva Teichert art. It depicts the biblical parable of the lost lamb. "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." (Luke 15:4-6).  This piece is printed on high quality Museum Giclee Canvas. 

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Minerva Teichert Rescue of the Lost Lamb

Nauvoo Community Christmas Tree Lighting

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NAUVOO NEWS: There were many gathered last night at the annual Nauvoo Community Christmas Tree lighting. Each year community members from around the Nauvoo area share an evening together in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ visitors center.

The festivities included a live Nativity scene, music provided by the Warsaw High School Jazz combo and Choir. There were also horse drawn wagon rides and refreshments.

Photos courtesy of Nauvoo News Editor - Brielle Hill

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First Presidency Christmas Broadcast - Ways to Watch

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The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.

The program, originating from the Conference Center, will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.

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View live

The following options are available for viewing the devotional live:

Various other stations and internet sites throughout the world will also carry the devotional. Check local program listings for availability in your area.

Stake technology specialists

Stake technology specialists should refer to the Church broadcast schedule when it becomes available approximately three weeks before the event.

Tickets to live event

The event at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is free but tickets are required for admission. For ticket information, see the Temple Square Events page.

Social media sharing

To participate in conversations about the Christmas devotional on Twitter and other social media channels, use #ChristmasDevo.

Visit Nauvoo News on Facebook at: facebook.com/nauvoonews/

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Nauvoo Blanketed in Unusually Heavy Fog

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Nauvoo News - The winter weather has brought a deep blanket of fog to Nauvoo. Although fog is not entirely uncommon for Nauvoo this cold weather typically doesn’t bring fog weather to the area.

Nauvoo, Illinois is mostly known as a place with warm and even hot weather in the mid too late summer. But the weather is typically pleasant most of the year.


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Live View of Christmas on Temple Square - Webcam

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NAUVOO NEWS - Temple Square has a 24hr online live camera to get a glimpse of the holiday season. Hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights return to Temple Square in Salt Lake City Friday, November 23, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. The lights will be turned on every morning from 6:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every evening through January 2, 2019.

Christmas on Temple Square features several activities, including the Christmas lights, the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional, Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts, musical performances, nativity displays and movies in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Legacy Theater.

Christmas on Temple Square features several activities, including the Christmas lights, the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional, Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts, musical performances, nativity displays and movies in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Legacy Theater.

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Temple Square Christmas Lights


NAUVOO NEWS - Temple Square has a 24hr online live camera to get a glimpse of the holiday season. Hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights return to Temple Square in Salt Lake City Friday, November 23, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. The lights will be turned on every morning from 6:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every evening through January 2, 2019.

Christmas on Temple Square features several activities, including the Christmas lights, the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional, Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts, musical performances, nativity displays and movies in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Legacy Theater.


This year, the Legacy Theater will be showing four movies:

  • “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas”

  • “The Nativity: A Bible Story”

  • “Be One — A Celebration of the Revelation on the Priesthood”

  •  “Meet the Mormons”

A schedule of the showings can be found on LDS.org.

“Mr. Krueger’s Christmas” is a television special that was produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980. It stars Jimmy Stewart and The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

“The Nativity” is a short movie that revisits scenes from the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.

“Be One — A Celebration of the Revelation on the Priesthood” is a recording of the 40th anniversary celebration of the revelation on the priesthood that took place on June 1, 2018.

“Meet the Mormons” is a series of vignettes examining the diverse lives of devout members of the Church.


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Salt Lake Temple Built of Legos - Time Lapsed

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BYU - This is a great time lapsed video of an impressive Salt Lake Temple built using legos.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect - Salt Lake City

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Utah 1 hour ago – National Weather Service issued a WINTER STORM WARNING

THE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON ... Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches ... Until 4 PM MST this afternoon ...

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM MST THIS
AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches.
Winds gusting as high as 65 mph at the higher exposed
elevations.

* WHERE...Wasatch Mountains South of I-80 and Wasatch Mountains
I- 80 North.

* WHEN...Until 4 PM MST this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions with
blowing and drifting snow at the higher passes.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency.

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Church Publishes Links to All 15 Apostles’ Instagram Accounts

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NAUVOO NEWS - In an effort to increase their ability to reach young adults and youth, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are now actively publishing inspiring gospel messages on Instagram—a photo and video-based social media platform.

President Russell M. Nelson became the first member of the First Presidency to publish on Instagram on November 1 when he shared some thoughts and photos upon the completion of his recent visit to South America.

“This is a global ministry. We are prophets for the whole world, to all of God’s children—not just the members of the Church,” President Nelson said in his first Instagram post. “So, on this tour, we talked to people in five different countries. If there are 200 or more countries in this world, five is such a small drop in the bucket! We’ll get around, but we’ll still miss more than we’ll touch. But we’ll try. We won’t give up just because it’s a big job. We’re just at the exponential phase of growth. And it will continue.”

President Henry B. Eyring and President Dallin H. Oaks published their first Instagram posts in the days following. The First Presidency’s presence on Instagram comes on the heels of the Quorum of the Twelve’s initial participation, which began in July of this year. In addition to Instagram, each member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

The Church leaders’ use of social media platforms demonstrates a desire to connect with members around the world and use technology in a positive way to emphasize the global nature of the Church. According to Newsroom, Instagram is a platform used by over 1 billion people worldwide, the majority of which are outside of the United States.

“We have been tremendously blessed in recent years to reach people around the globe with messages that promote faith in Jesus Christ in ways that simply were not possible when I was a young man—or even a young father,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “These advancements in communication are a blessing. We expect to continue to utilize digital channels—such as Instagram—that best help us in our desire to share the Savior’s message of hope, love, and peace.”

With 72 percent of teenagers using Instagram on a daily basis, according to Newsroom, the platform is a great way for Church leaders to share messages of love and hope with the youth and young adults of the Church and exemplifies the efforts to connect with them on a more personal level.

“I love having the Apostles on Instagram,” said Bethany Reynolds, a young adult Latter-day Saint in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. “I was really inspired during my 10-day fast [following the invitation of President Nelson] to use social media less [and] to also change what I was seeing on my feed. … I unfollowed a lot of pages, and it’s been so nice to fill my feed and my mind with uplifting, positive, and inspiring posts and messages like the Apostles’ posts instead. Can’t wait to see them post more!”

Following are links to all 15 of the Apostles’ Instagram accounts:

President Russell M. Nelson

President Dallin H. Oaks

President Henry B. Eyring

President M. Russell Ballard

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder David A. Bednar

Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Elder Dale G. Renlund

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Elder Ulisses Soares

Relief Society Coordinating Relief Efforts in California

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NAUVOO NEWS - The Relief Society and Local Priesthood leaders for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are coordinating relief efforts in California wildfire disaster. The death toll from the Camp Fire in Northern California has reached 71 while 1,011 people are yet unaccounted for. The blaze is now reported to be 50 percent contained after consuming more than 145,000 acres. 

Just outside of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire is 78 percent contained after burning 98,000 acres. 

Now, dense smoke from the fires is smothering parts of the state with what has been described as "the dirtiest air in the world."

Firefighters have been racing against time, with a red flag warning issued for Saturday night into Sunday, including winds up to 50 mph and low humidity. Rain was forecast for mid-week, which could help firefighters but also complicate the challenging search for remains.

"It's a disheartening situation," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Friday "As much as I wish we could get through this before the rains come, I don't know if that's possible."

The wildfire that largely incinerated Paradise, California, offered a stark reminder that Latter-day Saint bishops often shepherd others even while enduring their own trials.

Paradise 1st Ward Bishop Robert Harrison and Paradise 2nd Ward Bishop Troy Mattson have spent the past several days monitoring the welfare of their members, offering spiritual support, and coordinating relief efforts with fellow priesthood and Relief Society leaders.

Both bishops lost their own homes to the flames and are counted among the thousands displaced by one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history.

“We got confirmation on Sunday that our home had been completely destroyed,” said Bishop Mattson, a husband and father of four children, ages 10–15.

Bishop Harrison, meanwhile, learned he had lost his two Paradise-area houses shortly after fleeing for safety on November 8 when the wildfire spread across the Northern California community. But even as they minister to those in their charge, both Bishop Harrison and Bishop Mattson said they too are being ministered to by fellow members from the Chico California Stake and beyond.

“It’s amazing how the members are coming together and supporting one another,” Bishop Harrison told the Church News.

For many Latter-day Saints from the Paradise area, the temporal and spiritual support they are receiving now represents a sizable chunk of all they own.

The blaze swept over the town of 27,000 and practically wiped the town off the map with flames so fierce that they melted metal off cars, the Associated Press reported.


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Elvis Presley's Copy of the Book of Mormon a Forgery?

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NAUVOO NEWS - BYU is preparing to release its findings in the upcoming issue of BYU Studies.

For almost 30 years, a copy of the Book of Mormon has been preserved in the historical collections of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book was published in 1976 with a soft, light blue cover featuring a golden Angel Moroni. Within the book there are handwritten markings on nearly one of every six pages — the majority are underlining or curved brackets, but three dozen of the pages contain handwritten words. The first page contains the signature “E. A. Presley” and on the last page (in the index) was written, “Father, I want more! I need more now. Help me!” The content and placement of the annotations suggest that Elvis Presley read this copy of the Book of Mormon from cover to cover.

The idea of Elvis Presley cherishing the Book of Mormon has captured the popular imagination of some Latter-day Saints. The story of this book has been told by fireside speakers, classroom teachers, newspaper columnists, and an independent filmmaker. And the story continues to circulate throughout the market for “uplifting” books and social media.

However, after carefully analyzing the historical opportunities for Presley to have read this volume and the handwriting throughout its pages, I affirm that Elvis Presley did not write in this Book of Mormon. A detailed presentation of the analysis with photographic evidence will be published in a forthcoming issue of BYU Studies, but my findings about the book’s history, its forged signature, and its forged annotations are summarized here.

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Handwritten letter used by BYU to compare writing inside the Book of Mormon

The book’s donor claimed to have given the book to Elvis Presley on Aug. 2, 1977. He died 14 days later, and the book was allegedly returned to the donor who shared it with a few people before it was transferred to the Church in 1989. The last two weeks of Elvis’ life were very busy. His 9-year-old daughter, Lisa Marie, had arrived on July 31 and he entertained her by renting out a local amusement park, screening several films, and spending an evening visiting the family of his then-current girlfriend. The day of his death was supposed to be the day he departed on tour, so much of those two weeks were spent reviewing plans and details, avoiding and reluctantly starting a liquid diet, and playing racquetball once. And, Elvis also reeled from the Aug. 6 publication of a devastating exposé of his prescription drug abuse and violent behavior. It is very unlikely that Elvis read and pondered nearly 600 pages of scripture during these 14 event-filled days.

The signature on the first page of the book is a clear forgery. Elvis signed his full name for autographs, but he did sign with just his initials on formal documents. Despite a general resemblance to his signature, significant differences appear in nearly every letter, the most dramatic being that the “P” is connected to “resley,” a closed-bottomed “s,” and the omission or serious misformation of the second “e” in Presley.

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Looking Back: President Gordon B. Hinckley Helps a Dream Come True in Fiji

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NAUVOO NEWS - We all have moments we’re not likely to forget, some so vivid they seem to knit together past and present.

One of those moments for me occurred on October 15, 1997, in Suva, Fiji, which was one of the stops on President Gordon B. Hinckley’s visit to eight islands of the South Pacific from October 10 to October 17. The tour gave me new insight to the term “island hopping.”

President Hinckley began his tour in Laie, Hawaii, on October 10. The Church News turned over to a correspondent in Hawaii the assignment to report on that leg of the prophet’s journey for the simple reason I couldn’t keep up with him and his entourage. They traveled by private jet; I flew on commercial airlines—the schedules of which didn’t always meet their itinerary.

Those accompanying President Hinckley included Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley; Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Elisa Wirthlin; and Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Merlene Featherstone.

I met up with President Hinckley and his group in Apia, then Western Samoa—now it’s called Samoa—on October 11. He visited the island of Savai’i and then went to Pago Pago, American Samoa, on October 13. That same day, he traveled to Nuku’alofa, Tonga, a trip of about 90 minutes, but because of crossing the International Dateline, he arrived on Tuesday, October 14.

The moment I mentioned earlier—in Fiji—occurred as President Hinckley arrived in Suva. I got to Fiji’s National Stadium about two hours before he was scheduled to address Church members there. I watched members from many of Fiji’s islands arrive. As in the other island nations, most had never seen a prophet in person. Their anticipation was almost palpable.

I met some members from the Labasa Branch, part of a group of 100 Latter-day Saints who undertook an arduous journey from the island of Vanua Levu to Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. The Labasa members began saving money to pay for their trip to Suva as soon as they heard President Hinckley planned to visit. They did without things they ordinarily would have bought for daily use. They traveled four hours on an uncomfortable bus over dusty roads and then 12 hours on a boat. The daytime travel was hot and humid; the night hours were chilly. The journey was the first time many had traveled away from their island.

They arrived at National Stadium three hours before the meeting. They watched people arrive by the hundreds until about 5,000 had assembled. Labasa Branch President Tipo Ralifo told me their eyes widened in amazement as they, for the first time, found themselves in the midst of a vast congregation of Latter-day Saints.

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. That hour came and went. President Hinckley’s plane had been delayed leaving Tonga earlier that day. Time seemed to stand still. Every few seconds, members looked toward the portal through which President and Sister Hinckley were to enter. Then the moment finally came. At 3:10 p.m., the members stood and began singing “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.”

Instantly, tears welled up in the eyes of many in the congregation. Emotion choked their voices, but they continued to sing “to guide us in these latter days.” Soon, emotion overcame control. Many stopped singing and wept. They used handkerchiefs, scarves, backs of hands, shirttails, sleeves, and dress collars to wipe tears from their eyes so they could have clear vision to see the prophet.

As he addressed the members, President Hinckley asked how many of them would like to have a temple in Fiji. It almost seemed as though an electric current ran through the stadium. Hands went up. More tears flowed.

However, President Hinckley said he wasn’t announcing a temple for Fiji on that day, but he promised that—one day—a temple would be built in the island nation.

That promise, that dream for the Fijian Saints, became reality when he returned and dedicated the Suva Fiji Temple on June 18, 2000, less than three years after that memorable visit.

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Family Search Adds New WWI Records for Armistice 100th Anniversary

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NAUVOO NEWS - On Veterans Day 2018 this Sunday, the world will look back a century to the victory of Allied forces and the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of World War I. With that signing, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the world rejoiced.

In memory of those who served, FamilySearch has added millions of new, free historical records to help families discover more about their WWI veteran ancestors. Search the WWI collections at FamilySearch.org.

In many allied nations, Armistice Day is a national holiday coinciding with Veterans Day and Remembrance Day to celebrate the endings of both World War I and World War II. In the warring nations of World War I, millions registered for war and millions served. Twenty-one million were wounded and 20 million died.

As countries pause to remember, families seek to document their ancestors’ wartime stories. The stories from WWI are no longer first-person memories, but they do exist on documents, in pictures, and as memorabilia. The era’s records supply rich ancestral details including physical characteristics, vital information, service details, and more.

FamilySearch has a large, constantly expanding, free collection of World War I records to help remember World War I soldiers. Governments on both sides of the conflict, Allied nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire) created a treasure trove of documents useful to genealogists.

Some records are unexpected today. For example, American women married to non-American men lost citizenship. Many created citizenship papers to be renaturalized. Nearly everyone who had a male ancestor aged 21–30 that lived in the U.S. during WWI can find a record of that ancestor.

William Earl Potts from Juab County, Utah, served in France in WWI.

Jennifer Davis, a family historian, found all four of her great-grandfathers in the WWI Draft Records online—even though none of them served active duty. “The only picture I have of my great-grandpa Figgins is in black and white from a copy of a newspaper clipping,” said Davis. “In his draft record, it gives a physical description of him and says his eyes are brown. That’s a cool discovery, because I never would have known his eye color.” 

The draft records can be the perfect springboard to searching other records, because they often give hints about the registered individual, such as clues to family members listed in the “closest living relative” section or employment clues.

Among World War I records are draft cardscemetery records, and statement of service cards. The armed services kept military records that name the names and describe the work of those who served in any capacity.

Nauvoo Exhibit of Rare SLC Temple Photos

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NAUVOO NEWS - The Nauvoo Gallery has scanned hundreds of rare glass negatives from the C. E. Johnson & Charles Savage photograph collection. The photographic negatives were part of a private collection that includes Johnson’s professional journal related to the photographs. The journal has several Salt Lake Temple dedication artifacts, including the photographer’s entry ticket to the dedication and a very rarely seen tower ticket for entry up to the capstone ceremony among other items.

The glass scans and photos of the artifacts will be published online this month according to gallery manager Jenell Anderson. “These photos are really exciting to see and have views that show the event in ways that most people have never seen.” said Anderson. The gallery is preparing descriptions of the photos and hopes to have them completed by the intended release date. “We will be holding a gallery open house showing the printed versions of the photographs here in Nauvoo, but we want to create a place online as well for those who can’t make it to Nauvoo” - says Anderson.

 Salt Lake Temple - C. E. Johnson Collection

Salt Lake Temple - C. E. Johnson Collection

Book of Abraham & Related Manuscripts - Now Available

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NAUVOO NEWS - The Church Historian’s Press today announced the release of the latest volume of The Joseph Smith Papers. Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts tracks the development of the Book of Abraham from the time Joseph Smith and others purchased Egyptian papyri in 1835 through the publication of the Book of Abraham text and its accompanying illustrations in the church newspaper Times and Seasons in 1842.

“This latest volume offers readers an unprecedented look at the manuscripts and earliest publications of the Book of Abraham,” explains Robin Scott Jensen, one of the volume’s coeditors. “But it also takes readers inside Joseph Smith’s study of the Egyptian papyri before he dictated the Book of Abraham—which is a history with which few Latter-day Saints are familiar.”

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New High-rise Planned for SLC by Church Development Co.

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NAUVOO NEWS - City Creek Reserve Inc., a development company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is proposing a new downtown high-rise tower.

The group submitted building drawings and renderings to the Salt Lake City Planning Commission this week and fielded questions regarding the proposed 28-story tower.

The proposed 395ft tall building would be located at 61 South State Street. The renderings were created by architect firm Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, LLP. The building would have a mostly glass exterior.


Tickets for Christmas Devotional Available Online

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NAUVOO NEWS: The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.

The program, originating from the Conference Center, will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.

View live

The following options are available for viewing the devotional live:

Various other stations and internet sites throughout the world will also carry the devotional. Check local program listings for availability in your area.

Stake technology specialists

Stake technology specialists should refer to the Church broadcast schedule when it becomes available approximately three weeks before the event.

Tickets to live event

The event at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is free but tickets are required for admission. Reserve up to six tickets beginning November 1 at 9 a.m. on the Temple Square Events page (be sure to refresh your Internet browser to see the link) or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free at 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS). Tickets may also be obtained in person at the ticket office located at door 4 of the Conference Center (open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Social media sharing

To participate in conversations about the Christmas devotional on Twitter and other social media channels, use #ChristmasDevo.

Archive

Video and audio recordings of the devotional—along with text from the messages in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—will also be provided on broadcast.lds.organd in the Gospel Library app within a week. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.