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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.

Impostor Syndrome is more common than you think; Study finds best way to cope with it

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The impostor syndrome, a phenomenon that manifests when people feel like frauds even if they are actually capable and well-qualified, affects people both in the workplace and in the classroom. A new study from researchers at BYU reveals that perceptions of impostorism are quite common and uncovers one of the best — and worst — ways to cope with such feelings.

Findings of the study, co-authored by BYU professors Jeff Bednar, Bryan Stewart, and James Oldroyd,revealed that 20 percent of the college students in their sample suffered from very strong feelings of impostorism. The researchers conducted interviews with students in an elite academic program to understand the various coping mechanisms students used to escape these feelings, but one particular method stood out above the rest: seeking social support from those outside their academic program.


The findings of their interview study suggest that if students “reached in” to other students within their major, they felt worse more often than they felt better. However, . . . .

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Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Eradicated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Latter-day Saint Charities and other partners such as UNICEF USA and Kiwanis International continue to make progress in a global effort to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a life-threatening disease that affects women of childbearing age and their children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the elimination of MNT in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

This milestone was achieved despite ongoing insecurity and conflict in the DRC, including attacks on health workers battling Ebola and measles outbreaks.

To date, 47 countries have eliminated MNT. Recent successes of the global initiative include the elimination of MNT in Ethiopia, Haiti and the Philippines in 2017 and Kenya in 2018. In 2019, DRC and Chad were added to the list, leaving only 12 countries that remain at risk.

Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and UNICEF USA have been in partnership since 2013, working together to reach children by providing immunizations, supporting children and families with emergency response and meeting the education and development needs of refugees.

Latter-day Saint Charities has been supporting the global MNT Elimination Initiative since 2014. The funding has also been used in Sudan and South Sudan.

WHO estimates that nearly 31,000 newborns died from neonatal tetanus worldwide in 2017, the last year for which data is available. Elimination is achieved when there is less than one case of neonatal tetanus per 1,000 live births in a year, in every district of a country.

Tetanus is acquired by exposure to the spores of the bacteria commonly found in dirt. Mothers who give birth outside of hygienic health facilities and who have not received the benefits of immunization are most at risk. Infants infected during or just after delivery suffer an agonizing death. If a woman is properly vaccinated against tetanus, she will have immunity through most of her childbearing years.

Latter-day Saint Charities sponsors relief and development projects in 189 countries and gives assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation or nationality.

Church Issues Statement Opposing Proposed Utah Psychologist Licensing Act Rule

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The Church has released the following statement in connection with comments filed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family Services regarding a proposed professional licensing rule governing sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts.

The Church hopes that those who experience same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria find compassion and understanding from family members, Church leaders and members, and professional counselors. The Church denounces any abusive professional practice or treatment.

We teach the right of individuals to self-determination and the right of parents to guide the development of their children. We also believe faith-based perspectives have an important and ethically appropriate role in professional counseling.

As detailed in the comments submitted by Family Services, the Church is concerned that the proposed professional licensing rule is ambiguous in key areas and overreaches in others. For example, it fails to protect individual religious beliefs and does not account for important realities of gender identity in the development of children.

We therefore oppose the proposed rule in its current form and respectfully request that it be appropriately amended to address the concerns raised in Family Services’ comments, or that Utah’s lawmakers provide statutory guidance on this important issue.

Mac Christensen - Choir President & Mr. Mac Owner Dies at 85

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Mac Christensen, Tabernacle Choir president from 2000 to 2012, former director of the Church’s Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, and a Utah businessman famous for suiting up countless missionaries at his stores Mr. Mac, died Friday Oct. 11, 2019. He was 85.

Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett said Christensen left an enduring legacy of excellence for The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra and Bells at Temple Square.

“During his tenure, the Choir received the prestigious National Medal of Arts, two Grammy nominations, and Music & the Spoken Word was inducted into the National Association Broadcasting Hall of Fame,” wrote Jarrett.

“His favorite song was ‘God Be with You Till We Meet Again’ because it meant that another broadcast, concert or tour had come to a meaningful end. Those words have never rung truer than today as we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague. May these beautiful lyrics be our prayer of comfort for the Christensen family at this tender time.”

Run, Hide, Fight - Church Releases Active Shooter Security Guidelines

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has updated its guidelines to help its leaders and members remain safe while on Church property. “Changing conditions around the world” are the impetus of this update, the Church’s Presiding Bishopric wrote in a letter to Church leaders.

“These guidelines are meant to help educate leaders and members on how to increase safety at Church buildings and activities,” says the letter signed by Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and his counselors, Bishop Dean M. Davies and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell. “We invite leaders to discuss them in ward and stake councils and to use them to teach members, as needed, to address local concerns. Leaders should apply these guidelines appropriately and be aware of local laws.”

The guidelines direct Latter-day Saints to rely on local law enforcement in emergencies and suggest several practices members can implement to increase safety. These include being aware of one’s surroundings, staying calm, extending friendship and respect to every visitor, not being alone in a Church building and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost for guidance and safety. The guidelines also help leaders respond better in moments when a worship service is being disrupted by an individual or group.

The guidelines conclude with counsel on how to respond to an active shooter or other active assailant. These instructions are taught by law enforcement and security industry experts as the most appropriate response to such a situation. Leaders and members are instructed to run, hide or fight, depending on the circumstance:

Run. Flee immediately if a safe path is available. Move quickly to the safest exit and away from the building to a safe location. Exit quietly, without drawing the assailant’s attention. Adults are to ensure that all children are supervised and accounted for. Do not return to the building or to an office or classroom for personal items. Do not carry anything that could be mistaken for a weapon by responding law enforcement.

Hide. If you are unable to escape safely, hide out of sight of the assailant’s view. If possible, close, lock and barricade the doors to the classroom, office or other room where you are hiding. Turn out the lights, silence mobile phones, and keep low to the floor and away from windows. If there is an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the assailant, everyone in the building is to stay in their barricaded rooms until instructed otherwise by law enforcement.

Fight. As a last resort, if there is no time to run or hide, fight back against the assailant. Use anything available as a weapon, and fight to stop the assailant. If others are present, organize to defend yourselves.


See the updated guidelines documents for more detail:

United States and Canada: Security Guidelines for Church Meetings and Events -Click Here

International Areas: Security Guidelines for Church Meetings and Events - Click Here






Run, Hide, Fight - Church Releases Update to Security Guidelines in Chapels

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has updated its guidelines to help its leaders and members remain safe while on Church property. “Changing conditions around the world” are the impetus of this update, the Church’s Presiding Bishopric wrote in a letter to Church leaders.

“These guidelines are meant to help educate leaders and members on how to increase safety at Church buildings and activities,” says the letter signed by Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and his counselors, Bishop Dean M. Davies and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell. “We invite leaders to discuss them in ward and stake councils and to use them to teach members, as needed, to address local concerns. Leaders should apply these guidelines appropriately and be aware of local laws.”

The guidelines direct Latter-day Saints to rely on local law enforcement in emergencies and suggest several practices members can implement to increase safety. These include being aware of one’s surroundings, staying calm, extending friendship and respect to every visitor, not being alone in a Church building and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost for guidance and safety. The guidelines also help leaders respond better in moments when a worship service is being disrupted by an individual or group.

The guidelines conclude with counsel on how to respond to an active shooter or other active assailant. These instructions are taught by law enforcement and security industry experts as the most appropriate response to such a situation. Leaders and members are instructed to run, hide or fight, depending on the circumstance:

Run. Flee immediately if a safe path is available. Move quickly to the safest exit and away from the building to a safe location. Exit quietly, without drawing the assailant’s attention. Adults are to ensure that all children are supervised and accounted for. Do not return to the building or to an office or classroom for personal items. Do not carry anything that could be mistaken for a weapon by responding law enforcement.

Hide. If you are unable to escape safely, hide out of sight of the assailant’s view. If possible, close, lock and barricade the doors to the classroom, office or other room where you are hiding. Turn out the lights, silence mobile phones, and keep low to the floor and away from windows. If there is an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the assailant, everyone in the building is to stay in their barricaded rooms until instructed otherwise by law enforcement.

Fight. As a last resort, if there is no time to run or hide, fight back against the assailant. Use anything available as a weapon, and fight to stop the assailant. If others are present, organize to defend yourselves.


See the updated guidelines documents for more detail:

United States and Canada: Security Guidelines for Church Meetings and Events -Click Here

International Areas: Security Guidelines for Church Meetings and Events - Click Here






A Quick Guide to This Week’s General Conference

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Scores of thousands of Latter-day Saints from around the world will be on Temple Square in Salt Lake City this weekend for the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church will instruct and inspire in five sessions held in the Conference Center on Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 2019. Those of other faiths are welcome to attend.

Watch the Saturday sessions.

Watch the Sunday sessions.

The Church’s membership of more than 16 million Latter-day Saints, spread throughout some 30,500 congregations worldwide, looks forward to general conference, held during the first weekends of April and October.

General Sessions 

The general sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain daylight time. The women’s session for all girls eight years of age and older will be Saturday evening at 6:00. The priesthood session for men is held in April.

In addition to those attending general conference in person, many other Latter-day Saints will watch or listen to the broadcast. All sessions will be streamed live on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

The broadcast is also available via the Church satellite system, Latter-day Saints Channel, radio, television, satellite and other digital channels. The Church satellite system will also provide rebroadcasts of the sessions and The World Report, which features news of the Church over the past six months. Watch the October 2019 World Report below:

Leadership Sessions 

The Church conducts leadership sessions the week of general conference for General Authorities and General Officers. The entire First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other senior leaders will speak. Reports from those sessions will be available on Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

General Conference News 

Coverage of general conference, including photos and videos for media, will be published on Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org as well as the Church’s Facebook page and news groupInstagram channel and Twitter feed.

Use the #GeneralConference hashtag to participate in general conference via social media. Messages from the Apostles can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. General conference talks will be available for live streaming in 31 languages on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and will be accessible for on-demand viewing or listening in 86 languages. The talks will also be available in 10 languages on the General Conference YouTube channel and published in 86 languages on the Gospel Library app.

Attending in Person 

Complimentary tickets are required for admission to sessions in the Conference Center, which seats 21,000 people. Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the north gate on Temple Square approximately two hours prior to each session.

Additional seating is available in the Tabernacle, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building’s Legacy Theater and Assembly Hall (Spanish language only). No tickets are required in these overflow locations.

Personal items such as large purses, backpacks, shopping bags, suitcases and food items cannot be stored on Church property.

Conference attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to relieve local traffic congestion. Visit ChurchofJesusChrist.org for parking information.

First Presidency Announces Women Can Serve Expanded Role In The Temple

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced an historic policy change Wednesday morning allowing women and children to serve as witnesses of sealing and baptismal ordinances performed in temples and chapels.

“We are joyful about these changes,” President Nelson told general authorities and officers during the leadership session of the Church’s 189th Semiannual General Conference, which also featured instruction from President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.

Effective Immediately:

1.     Any baptized member of the Church may serve as a witness of the baptism of a living person. This change pertains to all baptisms outside the temple.

2.     A proxy baptism for a deceased person may be witnessed by anyone holding a current temple recommend, including a limited-use recommend.

3.     Any endowed member with a current temple recommend may serve as a witness to sealing ordinances, living and proxy.

“I testify of the importance of the work that the Lord has entrusted to each of us,” President Nelson said. “He has prepared us to serve at this time, and He will continue to help and sustain us as we seek to build up His kingdom on earth.”

Women and children who are baptized can now serve as witnesses to baptisms, the Church announced October 2, 2019. Worthy temple recommend holders, including youth with limited use recommends, can also witness baptisms in the temple. Additionally, women who are endowed can serve as witnesses to temple sealings.

Women and children who are baptized can now serve as witnesses to baptisms, the Church announced October 2, 2019. Worthy temple recommend holders, including youth with limited use recommends, can also witness baptisms in the temple. Additionally, women who are endowed can serve as witnesses to temple sealings.

The policy change, part of President Nelson’s fast-paced ministry, comes on the heels of his travels to Central and South America last month. Speaking during press interviews in Brazil, President Nelson said that the work of the Church “is moving forward at an accelerated pace.”

“I want our members to know that the Restoration is a continuing process,” he said. “And we have a lot to do before the Lord will come again.”

Covenants, Ordinances, and Procedures

President Nelson spoke of both historic and recent changes to temple ordinances and procedures in announcing the instruction on witnessing.

 “Obedience to sacred temple covenants is essential for us to qualify for eternal life—the greatest gift of God to His children,” he said. “As leaders in the Lord’s Church, we need to understand the eternal truths taught in the temple. We need to know the importance of and the difference between sacred covenants, ordinances, and procedures.”

President Nelson said that “any adjustments made to ordinances and/or procedures do not change the sacred nature of covenants being made. Adjustments allow for covenants to be planted in the hearts of people living in different times and circumstances.”

Quoting a prophecy from President Wilford W. Woodruff, the fourth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Nelson said: “We have not gotten through with revelation. … President (Brigham) Young, who followed Joseph Smith . . . organized these temples and carried out the purposes of his calling and office. … He accomplished all that God required at his hands. But he did not receive all the revelations that belong to this work; neither did President (John) Taylor, nor has Wilford Woodruff. There will be no end to this work until it is perfected.”

President Nelson illustrated the width and depth of the policy change: “Imagine a beloved sister serving as a witness to the living baptism of her younger brother,” he said. “Imagine a mature couple serving as witnesses in the temple baptistry as their grandson baptizes their granddaughter for and in behalf of a dear ancestor.”

The temple, he said, is the object of every activity and every advancement in the Church. “All our efforts to proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead lead to the holy temple. He has and always will direct how ordinances are to be performed so that we can understand and internalize our covenants with Him.”

“Fundamental Doctrinal Truths”

President Oaks addressed the eternal nature of God’s children, His plan for them, and the commandments to love God and to love others.

His teachings built upon a talk President Nelson offered two weeks ago at Brigham Young University titled, “The Love and Laws of God.”

“While God’s commandments forbid all unchaste behavior and reaffirm the importance of marriage between a man and a woman, the Church and its faithful members should reach out with understanding and respect to individuals who are attracted to those of the same sex or whose sexual orientation or gender identity is inconsistent with their sex at birth,” President Oaks said.

Church leaders do not know why same-sex attraction and confusion about sexual identity occur, he said. “They are among the challenges that persons can experience in mortality, which is only a tiny fraction of our eternal existence.”

President Oaks spoke of three fundamental doctrinal truths that God has revealed:

1.     God created “male and female,” and that this “binary creation is essential to the plan of salvation.”

2.     Modern revelation “teaches that eternal life, the greatest gift of God to His children, is only possible through the creative powers inherent in the combination of male and female joined in an eternal marriage (Doctrine and Covenants 132:19). That is why the law of chastity is so important.”

3.     The long-standing doctrinal statements reaffirmed in the Family Proclamation, issued 23 years ago, will not change. “They may be clarified as directed by inspiration.” For example, “the intended meaning of gender in the Family Proclamation and as used in Church statements and publications since that time is biological sex at birth.”   

“When counseling with any members experiencing challenges related to their sexual orientation, Church leaders should affirm that God loves all His children, including those dealing with confusion about their sexual identity or other LGBT feelings,” President Oaks said. “Such members and their families have unique challenges. They should be offered hope and be ministered to as directed by the Spirit according to their true needs, remembering the admonition of Alma to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those who stand in need of comfort” (see Mosiah 18:9).

Because Latter-day Saints love God and understand His great plan of salvation and the significance of His commandments, “we manifest our love for our neighbors by helping them come unto Christ, repent, and keep His commandments,” concluded President Oaks. “This is part of bearing one another’s burdens that they may be light.”

The Lord’s Promises

During his remarks, President Eyring spoke of promises the Lord has made to Church leaders.

“He has done for each of us what He has always faithfully said He would do. This promise has been true in our service: ‘For I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up’ (Doctrine and Covenants 84:88).”

Using the allegory of the olive tree from the Book of Mormon, President Eyring said the efforts of leaders will not change the Lord’s timetable. “He will do His work in His own time and in His own way. We are assured that He will bless us for having labored out of love until the end of our days, however many or few they may be.”

Acknowledging the burden of local leaders to teach, love, correct, and encourage Church members, President Eyring quoted former Church President Spencer W. Kimball. “What we desire is to have Church programs serve Church members, not the reverse. We also want priesthood leaders to take into account, prayerfully and carefully, the needs of their members and to focus on meeting those basic needs.”

President Eyring said the organizational changes announced under President Nelson’s leadership have moved the Church toward “a home-centered and individualized leadership style.” Since being ordained president of the Church on January 14, 2018, President Nelson has spoken about revelation, repentance, using the correct name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gathering Israel, and seeking the covenant path. Under his leadership the Church also implemented a “home-centered, Church-supported” Sunday worship schedule and changed the way members minister to one another.

“My hope is that you might listen in this training with faith,” President Eyring said. “We serve a living Savior, who calls us to serve with a perfect understanding of the needs of the people we serve for Him. He knows what needs to be done and when. He reveals His purposes to His prophets.”

Latter-day Saints Worldwide Introduced to New Program for Children and Youth

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world were introduced today to the vision and basic principles of the faith’s new program for children and youth in a broadcast shown during the second half of worship services. Six Church leaders, including President Russell M. Nelson, spoke in the pre-recorded 48-minute video.

The new program will be implemented on January 1, 2020.

The production features President Nelson, President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and leaders from the faith’s Relief Society (Sister Jean B. Bingham), Young Women (Sister Bonnie H. Cordon) and Young Men (Brother Stephen W. Owen) organizations and Primary (Sister Joy D. Jones).

We are inviting you to counsel with the Lord about how you can grow in a balanced way. ... You can do hard things. —President Nelson

“This effort has been designed especially for you and your generation,” President Nelson tells youth in the video’s introduction. “Over the years, the Church has provided a variety of efforts to help children and youth. We would not be where we are today without them. Now the time has come for a new approach, designed to help today’s children and youth throughout the world. Instead of giving you many specific assignments, we are inviting you to counsel with the Lord about how you can grow in a balanced way. It will be rewarding and fun. But it will also take some effort on your part. You will need to seek personal revelation. You will need to choose for yourself how to act on it. Sometimes the Spirit may prompt you to do things that are difficult. I think you are up to the challenge. You can do hard things.”

The vision of the program, as outlined by President Nelson in a brief booklet that will soon be available for parents and leaders, is to “[s]trengthen the rising generation’s faith in Jesus Christ, and help children, youth and their families progress along the covenant path as they meet life’s challenges.”

In Pursuit of Spiritual, Physical, Social and Intellectual Growth

A foundational scripture for the new program comes from the New Testament verse that provides a glimpse of the young Jesus of Nazareth: “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

“In other words, Jesus grew spiritually, physically, socially and intellectually,” says Brother Owen, the faith’s Young Men general president. “We are asking each of our children and youth to consider how they want to grow in these same four areas.”

Such growth is most likely to come, Sister Bingham says, when supported by the loving encouragement of a child’s parents and extended family.

“Parents and extended families are key to the success of this effort,” Sister Bingham says. “A parent’s most important role is to help their children to connect with heaven and develop the gospel-based value system that will help anchor them through the challenges in their life. We know that parents often know their child best. They know how to help their child. They know how to help them identify their strengths and their interests and their talents, as well as opportunities for growth.”

Videos shown during the broadcast feature youth and families in areas where the new program has been tested.

Ten-year-old Fernanda from Curitiba, Brazil, set a goal to bake a cake with her father.

“I am bursting with joy because I can do something that I like,” Fernanda says. “Every time I set these goals, I will always be growing as a person. And I’m also developing a talent that can help me with other things. The Lord wants me to develop.”

Joshua, a teenager in Ohio, shared his love of filmmaking with others in his class at church. The group decided to make a movie together.

“The great thing about the initiative,” Joshua says, “is that it allows youth to focus on their own goals and on the goals of others. Everyone can help lift each other up. And so you’re learning teamwork, and you’re sharing and teaching while also having fun. And that’s going to help you feel like you’re part of the quorum.”

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Church News Headlines This Week - Top Stories

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Church News Headlines This Week

Tooele Valley Utah Temple Site Announced:

The Church announced the location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple. The temple, which was announced in April 2019 by President Russell M. Nelson, will be located northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36 in Erda, Utah. Plans call for a three-story temple of approximately 70,000 square feet. An adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built. Full Story - click here

Church Donates to Suicide Prevention and Awareness Campaign:

Community, civic, and faith leaders gathered at the Utah State Capitol Monday to announce a public-private effort to fund a suicide prevention and awareness campaign. The Church’s donation of $150,000 to this suicide prevention campaign matches its previous donation to the governor’s suicide prevention fund in 2018. Full Story - click here

Sister Jones Shares 7 Ways to Improve Our Communities Through Civil Dialogue:

The global leader of children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Sunday that a believer’s best response to living in a world that often misunderstands faith is simple: Engage society in sincere, civil ways. People of faith should participate in their communities, benefit from the world’s goodness and do everything possible to promote the common good. Full Story-click here

First Episode in Book of Mormon Videos Series Viewable online:

The first episode in the Book of Mormon Videos series of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now available. Videos covering the first 138 pages of the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi to Enos) will continue to be released every Friday between now and the end of 2019. Full Story-click here

History of the Nauvoo Temple Star Windows:

The beautiful inverted stained glass star windows that adorn the top of the Nauvoo Temple have a very meaningful history dating back to the early Christian church. Known as the “Morning Star” in Rev 22:16 it is a symbol of Jesus Christ. When the actual Morning Star’s (Venus) orbit is tracked each morning it creates a mathematically perfect inverted five-point star. Full Story-click here

Latter-day Saint to Serve as New National Security Adviser

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WASHINGTON: Robert O'Brien, President Trump’s new appointee to the National Security Advisor post, has had a long career in foreign policy working for both main US parties and currently heads hostage negotiations at the State Department. 

O’Brien, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will become the highest ranking Latter-day Saint in the U.S. government.

As top adviser on national security, Mr O'Brien will be tasked with tackling everything from immigration policy to heightened tensions with Iran.

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The president and his new appointee spoke with reporters on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

"Robert has been fantastic," Mr Trump said, praising Mr O'Brien's work with hostages. "We know each other well."

Mr O'Brien said it was a "privilege" to take on the role.

"We've got a number of challenges but there's a great team in place," he said. "I look forward to working with them and working with the president to keep America safe and continue to rebuild our military."

Mr O'Brien follows Mr Bolton, HR McMaster and Michael Flynn in the role, which does not require confirmation by Congress.

“He is particularly adept at listening to other people, weighing differing opinions and not imposing his own views,” says Sen. Mitt Romney. Romney relied on O’Brien as an adviser during his campaign for president. “O’Brien a clear eyed realist. He harbors no prejudice, but he also is very understanding of the maligned intent of nations that are building a military threat.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who worked with O’Brien in the State Department said “He is an incredible champion of religious freedom around the globe and I am confident that he will excel in his role as national security adviser to the president,”

The new national security adviser trained as a lawyer then went on to advise Republicans on foreign policy and has served in various government roles.

Former President Bush appointed him in 2005 to serve as a representative to the UN General Assembly. 

While at the UN, he worked with Mr Bolton, who was then the ambassador. He has also worked for former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

A former Obama administration official was among those who celebrated the appointment of Mr O'Brien.

"All I have to say is that @robertcobrien is a really, really good person and that I wish him all the best in what will certainly be a challenging role," said Andrew Exum, a former deputy assistant secretary of defence for Middle East policy, on Twitter.

The new Trump pick and his predecessor share some similar views.

Mr O'Brien was critical of the UN in his book, While America Slept: Restoring American Leadership to a World in Crisis. 

He wrote that his son described the general assembly as "when all the dictators come to America and give speeches about how bad we are", something Mr O'Brien called "one of the better descriptions" he had heard. 

Mr O'Brien has also criticised the Iran nuclear deal, calling Iran "the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world".

In his role as special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, Mr O'Brien works with families of US hostages and advises on related issues, including recovery policies.

Mr O'Brien was involved with the release of US rapper ASAP Rocky from Swedish detention last month.

He is believed to be the highest-ranking Mormon member of the Trump administration.



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

  • November 10 , 7:00 pm. U of U Institute Chapel, Salt Lake 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:

Relief Society Bookmark, Poster & Seal Easy Downloads

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