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14 Major Church Announcements and News from 2016


9. Church Releases New Mormon and Gay Website

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In October, the Church launched a new website, Mormon and Gay, to provide resources for members who experience same-sex attraction as well as their wards and families.

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Not only does the new website share videos of members sharing their personal stories, but it also includes information and advice for family members, frequently asked questions, resources to prevent depression and suicide, and explanations of LDS Church beliefs.

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10. Church Makes Major Changes to the Gospel Library App

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More recently, the Church made changes to the Gospel Library App that makes gospel study on your device even easier. Four major improvements will make your study experience even smoother:

     1. Improved study tools—including reading footnotes in a sidebar, sharing notes with others, linking sources in both directions, etc.;

     2. Video tutorials with tips and training;

     3. Everything is annotatable—even videos and songs;

     4. Same experience on Android or iOS.

If you want to learn more about the changes, read "Church Makes 4 Major Changes to Gospel Library App," or download the app on lds.org.

11. First Presidency Makes Statement Following Election

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Following the November 2016 presidential election, the First Presidency released a statement congratulating President-Elect Donald Trump and commending Secretary Hillary Clinton for her participation in the democratic process.

The statement also urged Americans, whether members or nonmembers, to pray for the leaders of our country:

"We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to join us in praying for the president-elect, for his new administration and for elected leaders across the nation and the world. Praying for those in public office is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers as they govern in these difficult and turbulent times.