LDS Week in Review: 5 Must-Read Stories (Dec 13 - 19)

Temple Openings and Closures

This week the Church announced changes for four temples in 2015: two that are opening and two that will be closing for year-long renovation projects. 

Open Houses

The Cordoba Argentina Temple: This open house will run from April 17 through May 2.

The Payson Utah Temple: This open house will run from April 24 through May 23. 

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Renovations

The Friberg Germany Temple: This temple will close on February 9, 2015 and remain closed through May 2016. 

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: This temple will close March 16, 2015 and remain closed through October 2016. 

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Elder Holland: To My Friends Who Want to Believe

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"If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can."

In this Church, what we know will always trump what we do not know. And remember, in this world, everyone is to walk by faith. So be kind regarding human frailty—your own as well as that of those who serve with you in a Church led by volunteer, mortal men and women. Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we. And when you see imperfection, remember that the limitation is not in the divinity of the work. 

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30 Retro MormonAds That Will Make You Laugh. . .and Think

Despite their corniness and outdated styles, MormonAds bring back a wave of warm memories for many of us.  Their spiritual insights and witty phrases do more than just remind us of choosing the right, they remind us of who we were and who we have become thanks to their principles.  So, to all the lovers of MormonAds out there, here’s a look back at MormonAds in their hay day—here’s a tribute to those little posters and tear out cards we loved so much.

Mormonads in Their Glory Days

Mormonads in Their Glory Days

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What to Do When You Feel Left Out at Church

It's easy to feel alone, even when we're surrounded by people. This is especially true at Church. "Zion" is supposed to be a loving and supporting place to members--but sometimes, it isn't. 

Here are six suggestions for what to do when you feel lonely at Church: 

1. Forgive quickly. As Elder Jörg Klebingat of the Seventy taught, “Forgive everyone, everything, all the time, or at least strive to do so, thus allowing forgiveness into your own life. Don’t hold grudges, don’t be easily offended, forgive and forget quickly, and don’t ever think that you are exempt from this commandment. Spiritual confidence increases when you know that the Lord knows that you bear no ill feelings toward another soul.”

No matter what someone has done or is doing to you, you are always happier, and frankly much better off by forgiving and forgiving quickly. Remember, you have too many good things to do, to waste time on thinking angry thoughts and holding grudges.

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In Case You Missed It: Muppets Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Holiday Concert

This year's guest at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert took a turn for the fun: nine of the Muppets from Sesame Street joined the Choir in singing Christmas favorites. In case you missed it, check out these fun pictures from the event:

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-->Learn more about the Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

-->Why This Year’s Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Isn't Broadcast on TV or YouTube

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