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July 16, 2021 06:12 PM MDT
Mormon Island, an abandoned Gold Rush-era village in Folsom, California, is visible for the first time since 2015.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the Tallahassee Florida Temple groundbreaking will be held in June 2021.
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March 08, 2021 08:55 PM MST
Each year, the NBA hosts an All-Star game featuring 24 of the star players—and this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game also featured a special theme: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
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December 09, 2020 06:06 PM MST
My childhood memories of the temple all revolve around the Washington D.C. Temple. It was this temple that I saw in all of my parents’ wedding pictures. It looked like a castle and I dreamed of going inside someday.
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November 11, 2020 11:55 AM MST
Editor's note: This article appears in the November/December 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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November 10, 2020 07:37 PM MST
While the pandemic has prevented many Latter-day Saints from attending the temple, it hasn’t kept temple work from moving forward. In the past month alone, five groundbreaking ceremonies have been held. Whether local saints are anticipating the second temple in their city—as with the Red Cliffs Utah Temple—or the third temple in their nation—as with the Salta Argentina Temple—each groundbreaking has been meaningful and unique. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from each one.
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Two hundred deliveries to food pantries and charities in the state of New York are being donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first appearance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in Palmyra, New York, to Joseph Smith, prophet and first president of the Church.
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September 02, 2020 02:38 PM MDT
This article appears in the September/October 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine. It isn’t every day that Brigham Young University–Hawaii gets a new president. And while the change is happening during a time of irregularity, a more perfect person couldn’t have been picked to fill the role. Meet Keoni Kauwe: husband and father, direct descendant of one of Hawaii’s most well-known Latter-day Saint converts, Alzheimer’s researcher, and the new president of BYU–Hawaii.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreakings for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple and the McAllen Texas Temple. Renderings of the temples have also been released.
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July 22, 2020 06:29 PM MDT
On Saturday, July 18, 2020, the Feather River California Temple became the fourth temple to have a broadcast groundbreaking ceremony due to current COVID-19 guidelines, but that’s not the only way the groundbreaking of the eighth temple in California was remarkable.
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July 17, 2020 07:25 PM MDT
For the past eight years, a 50-pound American flag has hung over Little Willow Canyon in Sandy, Utah. At 30 feet by 60 feet, the flag is anchored on either side of the canyon and supported by 500 feet of plasma rope, waving proudly in the breeze from Independence Day to the Saturday after Pioneer Day.
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July 04, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This excerpt is from Be Your Best Self by President Thomas S. Monson, which was published in 1979. This excerpt originally ran on LDS Living in July 2017.
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April 15, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
When people think of Missouri, they often focus on the extermination order of Governor Lilburn W. Boggs. On October 27, 1838, the governor’s infamous command declared, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state, if necessary for the public good.”1 But the extermination order isn’t the whole story.
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February 17, 2020 09:56 AM MST
Latter-day Saints aren't the only ones who have spoken from the podium of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Many US Presidents have as well. In honor of President's Day, we are resharing this 2017 article with a few interesting details behind each of their visits to this historic Temple Square building.
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November 27, 2019 09:00 AM MST
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in 2016 but is being shared again to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Laie Hawaii Temple on November 27 through 30, 1919.
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November 19, 2019 02:40 PM MST
Millions of curious people around the world who previously only had the chance to tour inside new or renovated temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they were dedicated during brief open house periods, can now “look inside” a spectacular new cut-away model put on permanent display in the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center.
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October 26, 2019 12:57 PM MDT
On one of my visits to the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i to work on the book The Way of Aloha: Moloka‘i, I visited the Kapuaiwa Royal Coconut Grove. This grove was planted in 1863 by King Kamehameha V and contains approximately 1,000 coconut trees. The tallest of these trees towers over 100 feet into the air.
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October 24, 2019 05:29 PM MDT
A public open house will be held for the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Saturday, October 26, through Saturday, November 2, 2019, except Sunday. Open house hours are Monday through Thursday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations are not required.
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October 12, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
The following originally ran on LDS Living in June 2017 and is an excerpt from the book The Way of Aloha: Lanai by Cameron C. Taylor. You can also read about the powerful lessons Taylor learnedwriting the sequel to this book, The Way of Aloha: Moloka‘i, here.
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October 08, 2019 03:24 PM MDT
Today when you hear the word “theater,” you probably think of a dark room, enormous screens, and overflowing buckets of popcorn. But for some people, the theater still represents sweeping curtains, hours of rehearsal, and mic checks. That’s what it means for a small group of Latter-day Saints who are about to make their debut on Off-Broadway in New York this November with a new musical called An Enchanted April. “I don't think there has been a collection of members of the Church producing a musical like this for about 15 years,” writer and Latter-day Saint Elizabeth Hansen says. “The composer, our executive producer, our assistant musical director, our projection designer, our publicist, and two of our actors are also members. It's unique and quite remarkable.”
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September 26, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
An exterior rendering has been released showing the planned design of the Feather River California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
August 26, 2019 03:10 PM MDT
After 11 years and more than 1,600 performances at the Flamingo, Donny and Marie were honored by the city of Las Vegas with a key to the Strip and an upcoming star on the Walk of Stars.
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By  LDS Living
July 29, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
“They were angelic!" April Mecham said about the choir of 150 missionaries she led in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Houston Astros game.
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2019 11:18 AM MDT
The Tabernacle Choir recently released a series of patriotic videos filmed live at West Point during a Music and the Spoken Word Fourth of July special on July 1, 2018. The choir, orchestra, and United States Military Academy Band at West Point performed "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "Armed Forces Medley," and "America the Beautiful." Watch these stirring performances below:
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
This stirring rendition of "God Bless America" sung by Tyler Perry and created by Book of Mormon Central will fill you with awe as it portrays the beauty of the United States and reflects on the freedoms its constitution grants. As Book of Mormon Central posted on YouTube: "As we celebrate the 4th of July, let us remember and be grateful for the founding of the United States of America, which allowed for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
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July 04, 2019 09:36 AM MDT
With both Memorial Day and Flag Day having come and gone in the past couple months, the season of celebrating freedom in the United States is approaching its peak on July 4, when the country commemorates the day it declared its independence.
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July 02, 2019 08:52 AM MDT
If you happen to be hiking in Grove Creek Canyon, located on the outskirts of Pleasant Grove, Utah, during the week of July 4, you are likely to notice a flag fluttering above the trail. Stretching a fourth of an acre, with the familiar red, white, and blue stars and stripes adorning its 400-pound frame, it’s hard to miss. Big Betsy, as she’s been affectionately named, is the largest free-flying American Flag in the world, and every Independence Day she’s unfurled in the canyon, serving as an unforgettable reminder of what’s being celebrated to all those who see her.
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June 24, 2019 07:45 PM MDT
When Elder Vai Sikahema was a child in Tonga, a wooden home was a luxury in his village where most homes were made of thatch.
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June 10, 2019 11:55 AM MDT
Lasting happiness, even joy, comes to those who keep the commandments of God, said President Russell M. Nelson, speaking here in the “happiest place on earth” on Sunday, June 9.
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June 10, 2019 11:43 AM MDT
ORLANDO, Florida — Before addressing a crowd of more than 15,500 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here, President Russell M. Nelson quietly acknowledged a dark day in this city known for theme parks and happy memories.
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June 07, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The shaka, a friendly hand gesture commonly used by surfers and BYU fans alike, didn't start out as a sign meant for either group.
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May 25, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Jolynn Forman is a Latter-day Saint artist who researches the themes of different temples and incorporates those themes into her paintings. All artwork in this article is by Sister Forman.
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By  LDS Living
May 23, 2019 01:19 PM MDT
Born in Tonga in 1962, Elder Vai Sikahema was 5 years old when his family traveled to the nearest temple in New Zealand for the first time. "Whatever could be sold was sold for our passage to New Zealand," Elder Sikahema says in a new LDS Living video.
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By  Emily Abel
May 14, 2019 01:11 PM MDT
At first, November 8, 2018, must have felt like a normal morning. Stake seminary supervisor Sandi Anderson of Paradise, California, left home at her normal 6:30 a.m. departure time to attend class. As normal, she visited with the students and teachers after class. Then she received a not so normal text from her husband telling her she’d better come home.
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May 09, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
In A. J. Russell's iconic photograph of the celebration following the driving of the golden spike, Samuel S. Montague, chief engineer of the Central Pacific Railroad, is shaking hands with Grenville M. Dodge, chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad. Somewhere in the crowd is Leland Stanford, who first missed and then tapped the golden spike into a pre-drilled hole in a special railroad tie made of polished California laurel.
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By  LDS Living
May 09, 2019 12:06 PM MDT
News outlets across California have been reporting on the Oakland California Temple open house, a house of the Lord the East Bay Times notes "might be the city’s most recognizable house of worship."
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May 09, 2019 11:42 AM MDT
A Latter-day Saint teen was shot twice while helping fellow students subdue a gunman in Tuesday’s school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
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March 29, 2019 02:39 PM MDT
On March 16, thousands of Pocatello Latter-day Saints gathered under crisp, sunny skies for the groundbreaking ceremony commencing construction of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
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March 28, 2019 12:21 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed preliminary plans with Henrico County, Virginia, for construction of a new temple.
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March 04, 2019 11:26 AM MST
Additional renderings have been released showing designs for the new Pocatello Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
February 19, 2019 04:20 PM MST
In a rare interview with local Arizona media outlets, President Russell M. Nelson and President Dallin H. Oaks addressed a wide array of topics, including immigration, politics, and the whirlwind of changes the Church has recently experienced. This interview preceded President Nelson's historic devotional to an estimated 68,000 people in an NFL stadium.
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By  LDS Living
February 12, 2019 06:49 PM MST
In a new video by the Church News, President Russell M. Nelson shares, “If there is anything I’ve learned in my 94 years of living, it is that a life with God is far better — more filled with hope — than one without Him.” These thoughts came from a recent op-ed article President Nelson wrote for the Arizona Republic.
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By  LDS Living
February 12, 2019 03:45 PM MST
An estimated 68,000 people gathered in an NFL stadium on February 10—not to watch football players go head-to-head in an adrenaline-pumping game but to listen to a 94-year-old prophet of God speak. About this gathering, which is believed to be the largest Latter-day Saint gathering in Arizona's history, Arizona Central's BrieAnna J. Frank and Mackenzie Shuman wrote, "The leader of [T]he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday reminded a massive gathering of church members in Glendale to follow the covenants to unlock God's promises and reminded them about the important role that church members will play in preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ."
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By  LDS Living
February 11, 2019 02:07 PM MST
"To be faithful to our temple covenants means we are willing to be different — much different — from men and women of the world," President Nelson said during a devotional at an NFL stadium in Arizona while speaking to 65,000 Latter-day Saints. "As covenant keepers, our thoughts, behavior, language, entertainment, fashion, grooming and time on the internet — to name a few things — are to be distinct from patterns and habits considered as normal by the world."
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February 11, 2019 01:06 PM MST
In a day of repeated and widespread prophetic messaging across the state of Arizona, President Russell M. Nelson summed up his call to action with a personalized invitation that sent a near-audible ripple of listeners giving increased attention.
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February 01, 2019 08:32 PM MST
As more and more temples dot the earth, it's exciting to see many blessings reach members who have waited for generations for a temple to be built nearby—as is the case for the members in Pocatello, Idaho, who have been waiting 80-plus years for a temple.
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By  LDS Living
January 25, 2019 02:25 PM MST
The Church News' Danielle Christensen recently highlighted Latter-day Saint families from Paradise, California, who lost their lifelong home and the canyons, woods, and neighborhoods that filled many of their memories.
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December 01, 2018 04:56 PM MST
Ralph Flores was waiting to deplane a flight in San Francisco when he saw a man struggling to get his luggage off the rack. As he went to help him, the stranger warmly and excitedly greeted him. Ralph had never seen this man before, but the man insisted he knew him, saying, “I never forget a face. I met you in Fairbanks, Alaska.”
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November 13, 2018 02:58 PM MST
“It’s amazing how the members are coming together and supporting one another,” said Bishop Robert Harrison.
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October 08, 2018 09:10 AM MDT
At noon on the Ides of March, 1493, a small wooden ship rode the rising tide up the Río Tinto and into the harbor of Palos, Spain. She wasn’t much of a ship—her deck was only about 55 feet long. She was weathered but solidly built and appeared to be newly caulked. She was named the Santa Clara, but was usually called the Niña after her owner, Juan Niño of Moguer. The Niña had last been seen in Palos on August 3, 1492, sailing down the ebb tide with two other ships, the Santa María and the Pinta as part of an attempt to reach the Orient by sailing west across the uncharted waters.
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September 06, 2018 06:27 PM MDT
An artist rendering of the Pocatello Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was released today, Thursday, September 6, 2018.
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August 06, 2018 04:56 PM MDT
“The Lord uses different forms of trials to help build us,” said Sister Sheri Gordon, the Relief Society President of the Sundial Ward, “I know that these families who have lost [so much] will have hard times, but they don’t seem to be bitter toward the Lord. They feel that people care about them and they feel that the Lord cares about them as an extension of what other people have been willing to do for them.”
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July 25, 2018 12:40 PM MDT
Our prayers are with the Miller family. Many friends and family members of Charles E. "Bert" Miller have taken to Facebook to share memories of his life and service.
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
These inspiring renditions of patriotic sons by LDS artists are sure to give you chills and help you remember the true meaning of Independence Day. Happy July 4th, everyone!
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2018 11:00 AM MDT
In 2016, we ran a poll to discover what patriotic songs in the hymn book resonate with Mormons.
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July 03, 2018 04:50 PM MDT
When it comes to Latter-day Saints and Missouri in the 1830s, thoughts often go to the infamous 1838 extermination order issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs. A less familiar but more redeeming story, however, is that Latter-day Saints had friends on the other side of the state. St. Louisans defended Latter-day Saints, and the city played a key role in their later migration to Utah.
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July 03, 2018 08:26 AM MDT
Throughout the history of the Church, our leaders have praised America and what its flag represents. Read on for some fun and historical facts you might not have known about this patriotic symbol.
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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 13, 2018 02:22 PM MDT
Read the touching responses of black members of the LDS Church when they learned about the 1978 priesthood revelation by following the link below.
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By  LDS Living
May 16, 2018 02:26 PM MDT
Story and photos courtesy of Karyann Hoopes.
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