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July 06, 2020 08:08 PM MDT
Editor's note: This article used information from Church Newsroom Philippines, which originally published a story on July 6, 2020, about pioneers in the Philippines. Since publication, it has been brought to our attention that some of the information in the Church Newsroom Philippines article is outdated, including the fact that Ruben Gapiz passed away in 2013. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and still acknowledge the remarkable contributions of these pioneer Latter-day Saints.
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June 26, 2020 03:32 PM MDT
As the pandemic restrictions eased in Hong Kong, young single adults donned masks, gloves, and painting clothes to help renovate a part of a local hospital.
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By  Emily Abel
June 05, 2020 05:02 PM MDT
While a virtual MTC may not be the setting missionaries imagined when opening their calls, for some this temporary shift is producing miracles at home.
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By  Emily Abel
May 13, 2020 07:13 PM MDT
Fighting a pandemic would be impossible without healthcare professionals working in unity, but they aren’t the only ones who have seen the need to join hands. Religious organizations across the world have put aside differences in an effort to offer hope and service to the staggering number of those in need.
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February 05, 2020 01:28 AM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement on February 4, 2020:
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January 29, 2020 02:10 PM MST
President Russell M. Nelson’s 40-year professional relationships in China are facilitating a donation of supplies from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that will help Chinese health workers in their effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
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January 15, 2020 04:41 PM MST
Rarely does an apostle happen to be in the area during the time of a natural disaster. But with the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been able to minister to those affected by the volcanic eruption as well as meet with local leaders.
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January 13, 2020 04:30 PM MST
For the first time in 43 years, the Taal Volcano in the Philippines has erupted, sending ash, steam, and rocks nine miles into the sky.
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November 18, 2019 07:18 PM MST
It’s been 23 years since a prophet has visited Vietnam.
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October 14, 2019 02:01 PM MDT
As Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on Saturday evening in Japan, the storm brought a record 36 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. Flooding and high wind speeds wreaked havoc throughout the greater Tokyo area leaving a reported 33 people dead and 19 missing. Several river embankments collapsed as a result of the heavy rains and flooding. Transportation systems, including Narita and Haneda airports, remained closed throughout the weekend as the storm passed.
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October 09, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
"Having the knowledge of all my own mother endured, and being a part of that legacy, is why I cried when I heard the announcement. It’s why my mom gasped out loud — sitting in the Conference Center and hearing the announcement in person — and was flooded with emotion."
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September 09, 2019 06:23 PM MDT
Following a group of people dressed in colorful, handmade tribal clothing up the stairs in a small Church meetinghouse in Hualien, Taiwan, Wen-hsiu Chen squeezed her way through the crowd for a chance to say a quick goodbye.
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July 12, 2019 02:10 PM MDT
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July 09, 2019 08:49 AM MDT
Jiyeon Maeng stood in front of a bustling North Korean farmer’s market wearing a gray sweater and glasses—exactly what she had been told to wear by a complete stranger over the phone days earlier. The voice on the phone said that if she followed his instructions, he would help her reunite with her husband, whom she had last seen eight months before.
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May 22, 2019 04:59 PM MDT
M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ, addressed nearly 700 Church members and friends at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi, India on May 19, 2019—his first visit ever to the country. He expressed his love for the people of India.
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April 03, 2019 06:11 PM MDT
More than 7,000 miles and the world’s largest ocean separate Astrid S. Tuminez’s birthplace in the Philippines from her adopted home of Orem, Utah. But mere geography can’t aptly describe the massive distance this Latter-day Saint convert has traveled.
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January 29, 2019 11:55 PM MST
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the closure of the Hong Kong China Temple effective July 8, 2019.
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By  LDS Living
January 28, 2019 02:50 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground for its first temple in Thailand on Saturday, January 26, 2019, in a much-anticipated event. Since the Bangkok Thailand Temple was announced in April 2015, Latter-day Saints around the world and especially in Asia have begun preparing for this new temple of the Lord.
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January 23, 2019 04:14 PM MST
Before bidding farewell to a group of Brigham Young University students, Mother Teresa asked her visitors from distant Provo, Utah, a final question:
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January 07, 2019 07:02 PM MST
A couple of years ago, Ray Goodson had his hip replaced on a Tuesday. By Friday, to the astonishment of, among others, his surgeon, he was off his pain meds and playing golf.
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November 27, 2018 03:08 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to announce that the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Bangkok Thailand Temple will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The ceremony will be held at the temple site, which is located at 1645/6 New Phetchburi Road Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand.
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September 29, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
I was a 29-year-old United States Air Force fighter pilot, hanging from a parachute, slowly descending into hostile territory. I looked below my dangling legs as I watched my doomed F-4 Phantom shudder, shake, and cartwheel its fiery way to the ground. Missing its tail section and a large part of the left wing, it was now totally engulfed in flames. It was hard to imagine I had been sitting in the cockpit, at the very center of the fireball, a few seconds before. Finally, I saw it hit the ground with a huge concussion that I could see but not hear. The fire and smoke reached into the sky several thousand feet. I thought for a few seconds how unlikely it was for a small-town Texas boy to be involved in such a monumental problem as this was turning into.
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September 18, 2018 08:23 PM MDT
Damage assessments are underway in the Philippines and Hong Kong following Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the category 5 storm that hit Asia over the weekend.
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August 15, 2018 12:53 PM MDT
At the first Face to Face event held in Asia, Elder Stevenson told the youth in attendance at the Manila MTC, "The covenant path is not a path for perfect people. The covenant path is for those who are trying to become perfect." He later added, "The gospel is a gospel of joy and it tries to teach us to be happy." Elder and Sister Stevenson continued to share their message of love and joy as they met with youth in Japan for another Face to Face event, and this time the apostle spoke in the native language of those in attendance.
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July 20, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Of India’s 1.3 billion people, its 13,500 members of the Church represent only a sliver of the country’s total population. But although this number seems small, the faith of the Saints in India is great. The Church in India has grown significantly since the gospel was first introduced, and more growth is coming. With the recent announcement of the new temple in Bengaluru, the hastening of the work in India is just beginning.
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July 12, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A family tragedy would lead this LDS housewife down an unexpected path—one that would bring hope and healing to thousands of people half a world away.
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June 30, 2018 09:20 AM MDT
Twenty-four-year-old Shivam Shah was born in India and raised in Kenya, yet he jokes that it took moving to Draper, Utah, for him to be shot at. It was an attempted murder case that made headlines across the nation, but Shah doesn't remember that terrifying event as the day he almost lost his life—he remembers it as the day God saved his life, setting him on a path that helped him understand the reality of miracles, grace, and Heavenly Father's love.
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June 26, 2018 01:32 PM MDT
Learn how Elder Takashi Wada, who was raised Buddhist, and his wife, Naomi Ueno Wada, who was raised Shinto, discovered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sacrificed much to follow their new faith.
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June 26, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
The first Mormon missionary in Thailand was Elder Elam Luddington, sent by Brigham Young in 1854. It was an exciting but short-lived expansion of the gospel into another part of the world—Elder Luddington struggled with the language and returned to Utah only four months after his arrival in Thailand. Latter-day Saints wouldn’t return to the Southeast Asian country until the Vietnam War years, when LDS servicemen and their families entered Thailand.
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June 25, 2018 03:11 PM MDT
The First Presidency has called the following four new temple presidents and matrons. They will begin their service in November 2018.
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June 15, 2018 09:05 AM MDT
What would you do if your family situation was abusive? As an 11-year-old living in Vietnam, Don Skanchy made the decision to run away. He had no idea that that single decision would lead him a half a world away and back or if he would ever see his family again.
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April 27, 2018 10:06 PM MDT
“I don’t want to go to school!” 5-year-old Usha shouted at her older brother, pulling his hair. Later she would become one of the first Nepali women with advanced degrees in both medicine and public administration, but as a little girl, she didn’t yet realize what a privilege education was.
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April 20, 2018 11:54 AM MDT
About the new temple to be built in India, missionary Sister Monica Yadav says, “It makes us fly. It is like we are so close to heaven.”
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April 07, 2018 11:29 AM MDT
On April 24, 2005, President Gordon B. Hinckley addressed over 100,000 members in 27 stakes on the islands of the southern Philippines. In a live broadcast originating from Salt Lake City, he spoke of the Church’s progress and the requirements to have a temple built in the Cebu City area. After acknowledging their desire for another temple, President Hinckley challenged all the adult members to qualify for a temple recommend. Then he said, “If enough of you can do this, we shall be obliged to build another temple in the Philippines more convenient to where you live.”
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April 04, 2018 01:43 PM MDT
In March, Elder Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles along with several other Church leaders toured 10 Asian countries and visited with Saints in those areas. The growth of the Church in many of these areas is quite remarkable.
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March 13, 2018 12:18 PM MDT
It was 1980 and a coup d’état had just occurred in South Korea. An official from Washington was sent out to meet with General Chun Doo-Hwan, who now ran the country and would be president for seven years. Chun asked me to facilitate communication at the meeting.
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February 06, 2018 06:25 PM MST
The Church opened a Helping Hands Center just outside of PyeongChang on January 27. The center will be open until March 25 and will "provide visitors a place to rest from their travels, and introduce them to several church resources such as Family Search," according to BYU's The Daily Universe.
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November 14, 2017 03:40 PM MST
Filipino artists, including "Asia's Nightingale" Lani Misalucha, received a standing ovation by President Donald Trump at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gala.
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September 11, 2017 03:25 PM MDT
Members from all over the Philippines are celebrating as their country opens up its 100th LDS stake.
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July 19, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Warning: This article contains some war content that might be disturbing for some readers.
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June 28, 2017 06:05 PM MDT
Groups in Japan and South Korea say they've gotten reports from inside North Korea that David Sneddon is alive and well, and his parents continue to hold onto hope.
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June 02, 2017 08:16 PM MDT
Along with the Provo MTC expansion, the Philippines MTC also expanded to include two new buildings to meet the growing needs of missionaries in the Asia Area.
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Fun
May 15, 2017 05:27 PM MDT
When BYU students Tylan Glines, Connor Peck, Davis Blount, Jake Mingus, and Sumner Mahaffey made their first video for their Hey Joe Show, they had no idea just how outrageously famous they were about to become.
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May 02, 2017 11:49 AM MDT
On Friday, April 28, 2017, Yasuo Niiyama, president of the Tokyo Japan Temple, passed away, according to lds.org. “We express our deepest sympathies and condolences at the passing of our esteemed brother in the work of the Lord, President Yasuo Niiyama,” a letter from the Asia North Area presidency states.
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March 24, 2017 02:49 PM MDT
In 2004, BYU student David Sneddon was hiking in the Yunnan Province in China when he went missing. Last year, a Japanese news source reported Sneddon was abducted by agents of the North Korean government, possibly for his ability to speak fluent Korean.
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March 20, 2017 07:55 PM MDT
"Our members have learned from this experience that the church is true wherever it is in the world," Chen wrote. "We are all sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and we are not alone wherever we are. We are all grateful for the rescuing efforts performed by these wonderful Saints in Japan."
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March 09, 2017 12:46 PM MST
“I see your faces light up!" a judge on Mongolia's Got Talent told a choir made up of young Latter-day Saints. And as they went far into the competition, the judges and the country couldn't help but be impressed by the faith of these artists and their desire to donate any of the prize money they received to an orphanage in Mongolia. Check out one of their performances on the show:
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By  LDS Living
March 03, 2017 04:12 PM MST
It's easy to get caught up in thinking about what we don't have and what we want, but some members in the Philippines are thinking of something else instead—gratitude for what they have now.
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February 17, 2017 03:25 PM MST
What a legacy of faith and missionary work Sister Grimm has left in the Philippines.
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February 13, 2017 09:09 PM MST
“We have developed a love for the Cambodian people and it brings us happiness to help them with a healthy food product,” Bill Matthews said.
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January 04, 2017 05:15 PM MST
Recently, BBC featured Mormons in India and the struggles they face finding love in a country with only 12,700 Latter-day Saints, not to mention the difficulties the Church faces when it comes to missionary work in a country wary of Christian missionary activity.
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November 07, 2016 09:00 PM MST
These days, it seems that everyone loves recreating photos. Whether you’re recreating a picture from your childhood with your grown siblings or a hilarious pose from your favorite picture, it’s fun to compare time passing and the stories behind each photo.
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October 28, 2016 04:21 PM MDT
"To me, it feels like I have been led here by the hand of God,” former refugee Saborn Va shares, talking about his remarkable journey to the Church and the United States.
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By  LDS Living
October 27, 2016 03:57 PM MDT
In a recent assignment to South Korea, Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan, reunited with two youth who greeted them when they visited eight years earlier. The official Church Instagram page shared a photo with the following caption by Elder Bednar:
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September 30, 2016 03:15 PM MDT
Following high praise from the Huffington Post, the new book The Orphan Keeper is based on the true story of a Latter-day Saint, a story that landed a top slot between Sunday's conference sessions as it is retold in the documentary Lost in India: A Boy's Journey Home.
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September 29, 2016 01:45 PM MDT
Here's the latest news in the possible abduction of David Sneddon. Our prayers are with his family.
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September 01, 2016 01:45 PM MDT
When David Sneddon disappeared while hiking in western China, his parents quickly became skeptical of the explanation that he must have drowned. Now, a Japanese news report has confirmed what the Sneddons have always believed.
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August 22, 2016 01:59 PM MDT
This beautiful building will not only bless the lives of those who enter its walls, it also is the fulfillment of several prophecies.
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July 18, 2016 04:00 PM MDT
The Kawamitsu family got their start in stardom performing martial arts throughout the United States. The eldest of the four famous siblings, Aikashi, was obsessed with Jackie Chan. “I really wanted to be an action star,” Aikashi shares. “So I forced the younger ones [to join in]. And I would tell them you can’t eat food until you practice, and so I was really strict,” he says with a laugh.
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July 11, 2016 09:08 AM MDT
It can be difficult for members in South Korea to live life according to the teachings of the gospel when society teaches them to blend in. But despite the uphill battle of standing for what they believe in, these faithful Saints find joy in living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are four things to know about the Saints in South Korea:
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