Historic Visit by LDS Apostles to American Jewish Committee Headquarters

by PR Newswire | February 20, 2014 | Mormons We Know

Two apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) visited AJC in New York today. The extraordinary visit marked the first time that LDS church apostles have come to AJC's global headquarters, and follows upon a series of meetings at the LDS world headquarters in Salt Lake City last November. During that visit the AJC delegation, led by AJC President Stanley Bergman, met with the apostles, Elders L. Tom Perry and D. Todd Christofferson, among other LDS officials, and engaged in extensive conversations aimed at advancing relations between Jews and Mormons. ...


President and Sister Uchtdorf Speak to Bountiful Utah Temple Workers

by Deseret News | February 18, 2014 | Mormons We Know

Almost exactly 19 years after the Bountiful Utah Temple’s dedication, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, spoke of the blessings of the temple during a devotional held in the Tabernacle on Feb. 9 for those who serve in the Bountiful Utah Temple. “People come to the temple for many reasons,” President Uchtdorf said. “Many will come seeking blessings of the Lord, answers to prayer, or knowledge, healing and peace. Some come with broken hearts, with a prayer on their lips that the Savior’s healing balm will bring peace to their souls. They all...


Al Fox Carraway to be Awarded the BYU Community Speaker Award, Announces Baby Gender

by Deseret News | February 12, 2014 | Mormons We Know

This past week, Al Fox Carraway shared with her social media followers that she has been selected to receive the BYU Donald C. Sloan Community Speaker Award. In addition to receiving the award, Carraway will be featured at the Donald C. Sloan Speech Showcase on April 15. ...


Boyd K. Packer Honored During Brigham City Seminary Centennial

by Deseret News | January 27, 2014 | Mormons We Know

Prior to speaking at a meeting here Sunday night commemorating 100 years of LDS seminary in Brigham City, President Boyd K. Packer of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles whispered that he had traveled some 2.5 million miles just to be back home. The nearly 90-year-old church leader made the comment to Elder Allen F. Packer of the church’s First Quorum of the Seventy, eldest son of President Packer and his wife, Donna, and himself a Brigham City native. ...


LDS Pianist Josh Wright Meets Josh Groban at Carnegie Hall Debut

by Kelsey Berteaux | January 25, 2014 | Mormons We Know Lifestyle

The setting was regal, to be sure.  Josh Wright , decorated LDS concert pianist and accomplished performer, made his Carnegie Hall debut last Thursday, January 23rd. "I was excited for that to be happening," he says. "It's a big event for anybody, their Carnegie Hall debut." Wright, currently a student at the University of Michigan in pursuit of his doctrate in musical art, explains how it came together: "I was invited by my friend Mary Anne Huntsman." Huntsman is also an accomplished musician. "When she asked me, she said, 'would you like to play half of my concert in Zankel Hall?'"...


Elder Christofferson: The Inside Scoop

by Middle-Aged Mormon Man | January 24, 2014 | Mormons We Know

1) As a teenager, he performed in the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra. 2) After his mother had a difficult bout with cancer, Todd became the official family bread maker at age 13, and filled this role (get it?) until he left for college. 3) Loves dark chocolate and has a weakness for Chips Ahoy cookies. ...


The 100 Coolest Mormon Women Alive Today

by Utah Valley 360 | January 23, 2014 | Mormons We Know

If Mormons were to pick 100 women to represent the religion’s “cool” factor to a world-wide audience, who would be on the list? Here is a modest proposal in alphabetical order. Who are we missing when it comes to cool Mormon women? [. . .] ...


Elder Holland and Evangelical Leader Ravi Zacharias Unite in Message of Faith

by Deseret News | January 21, 2014 | Mormons We Know

"Tonight is another night for us to meet … not as warring factions, but as friends," said the Rev. Gregory Johnson, president of Standing Together. "We have significant theological differences. We don't undermine that, but tonight is an opportunity to hear from a great Christian leader to hear about a topic we all care about — freedom of religion." Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke and welcomed the attendees to the historic building, which he said has served as a center of "worship, inspiring music and sharing the word of God" for 150 years. He also welcomed back Zacharias, who in 2004...


President and Sister Uchtdorf: Post-war Converts

by Juvenile Instructor | January 17, 2014 | Mormons We Know

In reading a collection of German Mormon WWII stories for a project,[1] I came across a story told by the Uchtdorfs. Both Dieter and Harriet Uchtdorf were not members by birth; rather, their families converted after the war. President Uchtdorf’s grandmother was actually the one to encounter Mormonism first, when she met “a wonderful white-haired lady with a kind expression on her face” while standing in line one day (queuing up for supplies, any supplies, was part of post-war life for many Europeans, Germans included). ...


The 50 Coolest Mormon Men Alive Today

by Utah Valley 360 | January 16, 2014 | Mormons We Know

If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were to pick a delegation of 50 men to represent its church to a world-wide audience. Who would it pick? Here is a modest proposal. Who are we missing? ...