Here’s a snapshot of what you may have missed on LDS Living this week. You can also subscribe to the LDS Living newsletter for daily inspiration right to your inbox.
In the year 2020, 21 temples started construction. Perhaps when we look back years from now, we won’t remember 2020 so much as the year so many temple doors closed, but maybe it will be the year that enabled more temple doors to open around the world. Take a look at progress on temple construction with these pictures.
In 1980, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a Christmas short film that featured James “Jimmy” Stewart. In the four decades since, the film has captured the hearts of many viewers. We look back at what those who were a part of the film called a miracle. Read more.
Have you been asking, ‘Heavenly Father, are you really there?’ This counsel from Elder Rasband could help
In his new book, Be Not Troubled, Elder Ronald A. Rasband writes, “Not long ago, I met with a dear friend that I have known and loved for many years. My friend asked the question so poignantly phrased in the Primary song: ‘Heavenly Father, are you really there?’ If you have been asking this same question, I would like to share with you the counsel I offered to my friend and hope that you may find your faith strengthened and your resolve renewed to be a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.” Read more.
• The Church announced the location for the Lindon Utah Temple.
• The Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple will become the second temple to enter Phase 3 on December 28.
• President Russell M. Nelson is now a great-great-grandfather.
• Elder Gerrit W. Gong celebrated his birthday. We updated an article featuring photos from his life.
• Temple Square published photos of progress made on the Salt Lake Temple renovation in December.
• The state of New York recognized the 200th anniversary of the First Vision with an official citation.
Study Helps, Podcast Previews, and Other Weekly Series
• “Resources to follow Him” is a curation of study resources, teachings, and thoughts related to this week’s Come, Follow Me. This week, author Morgan Jones asks, “What do you see when you ‘Look!’ at the manger this Christmas?” You can also find this week's podcast episode of Sunday on Monday here.
• “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church. This week's article shares messages from President Nelson, Sister Michelle D. Craig, and more.
• In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, a new Christmas tradition challenges Matt to put into writing all the things he has trouble saying. Read an excerpt from the episode, “Excerpt Title.”