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Timeline: You Won't Believe All That's Happened Since Last General Conference

A lot has happened in the world and within the Church since last general conference—from the US Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to the death of three Apostles to the dedication of four new temples. It's incredible to think just how much can change over six short months. Take a look!

President Obama Meets with Apostles

April 2, 2015

Timeline: You Won't Believe All That's Happened Since Last General Conference

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President Obama meets with LDS Church leaders, including President Henry B. Eyring, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder L. Tom Perry, and Elder D. Todd Christofferson, in Salt Lake City.

Plans for 3 New Temples Announced

April 4, 2015

After two years of no new temple announcements, President Thomas S. Monson announces three new temples to be built: Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Bangkok, Thailand; and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

Ground Is Broken for First Wyoming Temple

April 25, 2015

Ground is broken for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, which is expected to take two years to complete and is the first temple to be built in Wyoming.

LDS Charities Responds to Nepal Earthquake

April 25, 2015

Following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal, LDS Charities distributes immediate relief. The Church made a formal statement and Church leaders toured the country a month after the disaster.

Online Tithing Payment Is Announced

April 29, 2015

The First Presidency announces donating online as "an alternate method to contribute to the Church, similar to giving the donation to your bishop or branch president.”

Cordoba Argentina Temple Is Dedicated

May 18, 2015

President Uchtdorf dedicates the Cordoba Argentina Temple as the second temple in Argentina, following the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple.

Elder L. Tom Perry Passes Away at 92

May 30, 2015

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Elder Perry passes away in his home after an aggressive form of cancer spread to his lungs.

Church Moves Missionaries Out of African Nation Due to Unrest

June 2015

The LDS Church moves missionaries out of Burundi as anti-government protests lead troops to fire bullets and teargas.

Payson Temple Is Dedicated

June 7, 2015

The Payson Utah Temple is dedicated by Henry B. Eyring as the 15th temple in Utah.

Church Institutes New Method for Planning Sacrament Services

June 15, 2015

In a leadership training video, bishoprics are instructed to adjust how they plan sacrament meetings by incorporating insight from their ward councils.

FamilySearch Releases 4 Million Freed Slave Records

June 9, 2015

Elder Christofferson announces the launch of a nationwide indexing effort to help with 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records released by FamilySearch.

Trujillo Peru Temple Dedicated

June 21, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ second temple in Peru, the Trujillo Peru Temple, is dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Church Responds After U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Gay Marriage

June 26, 2015

The Church makes an official statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to allow same-sex marriage.

Church Announces New Resource for Returning Missionaries

July 1, 2015

My Plan, an online course designed to help missionaries develop post-mission goals, is announced by the Church in the July 2015 Ensign magazine.

President Boyd K. Packer Dies at Age 90

July 3, 2015

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Boyd K. Packer dies at home from causes incident to age. He was 90 years old.

Elder Nelson Set Apart as President of the Quorum of the Twelve

July 15, 2015

Russell M. Nelson is officially set apart as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, succeeding the late President Boyd K. Packer.

Church Announces 2016 Mutual Theme

August 1, 2015

The Young Men and Young Women General Presidencies announce in a letter the new mutual theme for 2016: "Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ."

Church Releases Manuscript of Book of Mormon and Seer Stone Photos

August 4, 2015

Church Historian and member of the Quorum of the Seventy, Steven R. Snow, announces a new volume of The Joseph Smith Papers Project featuring the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon and pictures of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone.

Church Announces 2016 Primary Theme & Other Curriculum

August 2015

The theme for Primary sharing time in 2016 is announced as “I Know the Scriptures Are True.”

First Presidency Announces Year-Long Closure of Utah Temple

August 7, 2015

The First Presidency announces the closure of the Jordan River Utah Temple for extensive renovations from February 15, 2016, through the latter part of 2017.

Church Breaks Ground for New Utah Temple

August 8, 2015

Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy breaks ground for a new temple in Cedar City.

Women Join Key, Leading LDS Church Councils

August 18, 2015

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The LDS Church  adds women to three major Church leadership committees.

First Presidency Announces Closure of Frankfurt Germany Temple

August 20, 2015

The First Presidency announces that the Frankfurt Germany Temple will close beginning Monday, September 7, 2015 through July 2017 for extensive renovations.

The First Temple in Indiana Is Dedicated

August 23, 2015

President Henry B. Eyring dedicates the Indianapolis Indiana Temple — the first temple in the Hoosier State and the 148th worldwide.

Vandalized Temple Site Receives Angel Moroni Statue

August 25, 2015

Construction for the Fort Collins Colorado Temple goes forward even after vandals damaged the construction site on August 23.

First Presidency Makes Decision About Scouting

August 26, 2015

After reevaluating their relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, the Church decides to move forward with the Scouting Program and remain a chartering organization.

Church Opens Online Tithing to All U.S. Members

September 2015

The Church makes online tithing donations available to all wards and branches in the United States.

Church Releases Raw Video Series on Addiction Recovery

September 1, 2015

Timeline: You Won't Believe All That's Happened Since Last General Conference

In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel releases a powerful and raw video series focusing on the struggles and triumphs of those working to overcome addiction.

Church Opens New Exhibit for 100th Anniversary of Jesus the Christ

September 8, 2015

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Church History Library launches a new exhibit titled “Jesus the Christ.”

Mexico City Mexico Temple Rededicated

September 13, 2015

After closing its doors for a 19-month remodel, the Mexico City Mexico Temple is rededicated by President Henry B. Eyring.

Church Releases New LDS Edition of the Bible in Portuguese

September 15, 2015

The First Presidency announces the publication of a new LDS edition of the Holy Bible in Portuguese, available immediately online and to be distributed worldwide in the spring of 2016.

Church Dedicates Last Major Church History Site

September 19, 2015

President Russell M. Nelson dedicates the Church's newly developed land and visitor's center at the spot in former Harmony, Pennsylvania where the priesthood was restored.

Elder Richard G. Scott Dies at Age 86

September 22, 2015

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Elder Richard G. Scott dies from causes incident to age while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City.

20th Anniversary of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

September 23, 2015

The Church celebrates the first official reading of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” by President Hinckley on September 23, 1995.

Church History Museum Reopens

September 30, 2015

After a year-long renovation, the Church History museum reopens with the launch of the new exhibit, “The Heavens Are Opened.”