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See the Church's new Easter campaign and read about exciting new changes to the Book of Mormon publication in this week's stories.
Church Announces 'Exciting Developments' to Standard Works
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Almost 185 years after the first pages of the Book of Mormon were printed on E. B. Grandin’s press in Palmyra, New York, the 110th translation of the Book of Mormon was published online.
The First Presidency announced March 18 the publication of the Kosraean Book of Mormon — the first book of scripture available in that language — on LDS.org and the Gospel Library. Printed copies will be available in July. Kosrae is an island in the Federated States of Micronesia.
In the past, the Church released printed versions of new translations before the digital versions. Now the Church is releasing the digital versions at the same time translations are sent to the printer, which makes the newly translated scriptures available to members much earlier.
Discover which temples are about to have their open houses and watch a thoroughly unique missionary homecoming in this week's LDS news.
Church Announces Two More Temple Dedications for 2015
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the open house, celebration, and dedication dates for the Mexico City Mexico and Tijuana Mexico Temples.
Apostle Answers Questions on Gay Marriage & Members (Video)
In an interview with KUTV news, Elder Christofferson answers questions about members and LGBT issues.
Missionary Welcomed Home at Airport with Polynesian Haka Dance
Fox 13 did a report on this out-of-the-ordinary missionary homecoming.
Pull out your pie-making supplies and skills and celebrate the ultimate pi day! The traditional celebration of the mathematical ratio 3.1415 (usually abbreviated to 3.14) has a little more significance today, on 3-14-15.
Pioneer Louisa Mellor Clark, a member of the Martin handcart company, told the story of how a pie saved her mother after she had given up on life and their journey:
"My mother, still being weak, finally gave up and said she could go no further. The company could not wait for her, so she bade my father goodbye and kissed each one of the children Godspeed. Then my mother sat down on a boulder and wept. I told my sister, Elizabeth, to take good care of the twins and the rest of the family, and that I would stay with mother. I went a few yards away and prayed with faith that God would help us, that He would protect us from wolves, and that He would let us reach camp. As I was going back to where my mother was sitting I found a pie in the road. I picked it up and gave it to mother to eat. After resting awhile we started on our journey, thanking God for the blessings. A few miles before we reached camp we met my father coming out to meet us. We arrived in camp at 10:00 p.m."
Why was Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling part of Mormon news this week? Find out in this week's can't-miss LDS stories.
Church Explains Involvement in Prop 8 + Current LGBT Stance
Church involvement in LGBT issues has been a hot topic in recent months and years. This week Mormon Newsroom released a list of comprehensive answers to common questions about the Church's views on LGBT politics.
Will the Church support gay marriage if it becomes law?
No. The Church is not sanctioning gay marriage or allowing its ecclesiastical leaders to perform gay marriages. The Church recognizes that it is now legal in most states and accepts the reality in those places as far as the law of the land is concerned. But same-sex marriage will not become a part of Church doctrine or practice.
Sister Missionary Dies in Argentina
This week we were saddened to hear about the passing of Sister Brittany Scadlock. The sister missionary from Utah died from an E. coli while on her mission in Argentina. She left in August 2014.
This week's stories include a new adoption policy, a dog welcoming home his missionary, and one woman's battle with pornography.
Church Announces New Adoption Policy
David McConkie, LDS Family Services adoption group manager, explains the gist of the new arrangement: "The Church has signed an agreement with Adoption.com where the Church, through LDS Family Services, will be able to have Adoption.com post profiles for eligible couples through the end of February 2016."
In other words, for the next year, LDS couples looking to adopt can use the Adoption.com website—a subscription that usually costs $199/month per family—and the Church will pick up the tab. Following the February 2016 date, members can still use the service, but at a substantial discount.
"The Church really has never done anything like this," explains McConkie. "We’re moving from our agency model that just helped a very limited number of LDS members around the country to a model where any family that meets some basic criteria can be eligible to take advantage of this new program which will give them so much more exposure than we’ve ever done."